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Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar No. 56!

The 56th annual Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar begins at 9 am and is open until 5 pm Thursday, August 7th. It continues again on Friday the 8th and Saturday the 9th. Main Street in Downtown Gloucester is closed to all vehicles, and vendors of all types line the street from Prospect Street to Washington Street. Dance and musical performances take place all day. This is a great event for children and for grown up-bargain hunters. Enjoy! Painting by "Painter Barb," my sister.

The 56th annual Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar begins at 9 am and is open until 5 pm Thursday, August 7th. It continues again on Friday the 8th and Saturday the 9th. Main Street in Downtown Gloucester is closed to all vehicles, and vendors of all types line the street from Prospect Street to Washington Street. Dance and musical performances take place all day. This is a great event for children and for grown up-bargain hunters. Enjoy! Painting by “Painter Barb,” my sister.

Growing Up on Main Street Gloucester, Circa 1960s ~ Stories Shared by Melissa Abbott and Toby Pett

In the comment section of several recent posts, Melissa and Toby have been sharing some super fun stories about growing up in Gloucester during the 60s. I know everyone doesn’t read the comments, so we are posting their conversation. Wonderful Gloucester history–thank you both so much for taking the time to write.

Melissa Abbott gloucester ma.jpgPhoto of Melissa Abbott , circa 1970

Melissa writes (see Toby’s original comment, posted yesterday, below):

“Very Funny Toby. I have never heard that story about C2 in Nick’s Pool Room. Women were not allowed in the Pool Room and it was like walking the gauntlet to walk in front of it carrying your school books. Once I was bet .50 to walk into the pool room and all the way around the back pool table and back out. I loved a dare so I did it amidst all kinds of cat calls and whistles. I think I was in the 8th grade at Central Grammar so it must have been about 1966 or so. Nick Danikas was in my class and such a nice boy. I think I took the .50 and went down the street to Connor’s Drug Store and bought some Cherry Cokes and hung around in the wooden phone booth with some other kids. Whenever I went into Connor’s Drug Store (now Sugar Magnolias) on Main St., the old man and his son Austin would nudge each other and stare at me. I later found out it was because my great great grandmother was named Mary Connors and she had been married to the 1880′s Halibut Highliner Schooner Captain Wiilliam Greenleaf who was my great great grandfather. Capt Willam had lost a Schooner called the Henrietta during a storm on a shake down cruise when they were tossed over by a rogue wave. Mary Connor’s brother was onboard and was lost with several others. My great great Grandfather was a finest kind of guy and he supported all of the families for the rest of his life till he died while living on Middle St in the 1930′s. He was known as the best cusser in Gloucester but he never swore and was a teetotaler. He and his brother Nathanial Greenleaf were well known on Gloucester docks as very fast and able men in the late 1800′s. Anyway, the Connor’s always nudged each other because apparently I looked like a Connors Girl and the genes had come through on my face. Dr Cohen had his office upstairs and Ina Hahn taught dance there. We bought all our shoes at Phillip Weiner across the street (Now mark Adrian) and if we weren’t in Connors drug store after school waiting for the late bus then maybe we were in the Tic Toc sharing a plate of French Fries in a book (now the Franklin). Like Toby mentioned, in those days Gloucester Youth sort of “came of age” in and around the “waiting station” in that area of Gloucester. We practiced swearing, acting grownup, smoked cigarettes, wore outfits from Adaskos, Goldman’s, or Empire Stores. All carried the same pocketbook bought at Mark Adrian and wore circle pins at our peter pan collars with matching heather toned wool skirt and cardigan sets. The Clique and the West End Kids rivaled each other like West Side Story only it was the Gloucester version and it was the 1960′s. Background music was Louis Louis, 96 Tears, and the Beatles.”

Toby’s comment, to which Melissa responded, 

“I realize that many do not keep our early to bed, early to rise schedule…was hoping to hear from someone re: C2…well, here is the answer: where David Cox’ wonderful little shop is, there was Nick’s Pool Room…it was a wonderful place to spend time and make friendships…Mike Patil, one of the founders of Timberline, spent time there…Phil Mazzeo, who just closed his hair salon on Center Street, was one of the best shooters…I could go on and on…it was a place where you learned to mature and to respect others…It was run by the Danikas family, Artie, now in his 80′s, walks Essex Ave and Good Harbor Beach every day…and his son Capt. Nick is co-owner of the Hurricane II, the whale watch boat…anyway, I have gotten off track here, C2 was the number on the Juke Box for “It’s Over”, that great tune by Roy…and when you were about to finish off your opponent in a game one would often say “C2″…to this day when I am watching sports and one team has clearly claimed the upper hand I often say “C2″, although I don’t think many around me understand…”

Melissa adds more to the story:

Hey Toby, As you know, you and I go in the WAY BACK Machine together quite a bit and probably know where more bodies and buried on Cape Ann then we care to describe. The history is forgotten and the ways we relate to each other is forgotten as new generations emerge and new people move onto Cape Ann. Your post about Nick’s Pool Room certainly piqued up the memories of the Waiting Station and downtown Gloucester in the 1960′s. The streets and sidewalks were thronged with kids after school. This is where we made our “connections” and learned our social queues, that and passing notes in class were our social network. I thought about those times more this morning. I loved Grays Hardware across the Street (now the new stores where Kid’s Unlimited is located). Nancy Gray was my best friend in 6th and 7th grade and we would go into her father’s store on Main St after school and see her mother and brothers there. Her father would give us a dollar and we would scamper off to Connors Drug store together. I was also friends with Wendy Wonson whose Mom and Dad were fantastic people and invited kids to their home on Eastern Point many times where we played 45 records and twisted in their living room. Dr Wonson was a dentist and he was upstairs from Nick’s Pool Room someplace. Other friends of that era that you could find on the sidewalk at the Waiting Station in the 1960′s included Donny Steele, Robbie Wonson (from Rocky Neck), Whitey Wonson and his older brother Todd, Peter Asaro, Fingers Mike Parisi, Edie Kuivanen, Rick Melanson, John Love, Eric and Brett Hawks, the Peloquin Brothers, Holly Davis, Holly Bell, Judy and Jack Gale, David Lacey, Charlie Abbott (my now husband AKA Wicked Abbott and yes he is still WICKED), David Abbott, Andy MacInnis, Pouchie, Jackie Chimaseno (now married to JJ Bell), Paul and Peter Jeswald, Scott MacNeil, John Ahonen, Isabel Natti, Cliff and Ralph Amero and their brothers from Magnolia, Maureen Viera, Fly and Linda Amero, Michael March, Jonathan Pope, Valerie Means, the McCarthy Brothers from Long Beach, Ralph Pino, Robert Hawkins, Miffy and Jay Somers, Jackie Alexander and even you Toby Pett. I am probably missing many more people but even to this day when I walk past Passports or Deborah Coull Salon I still can squint my eyes and see all the people I knew at Central Grammar congregating, waiting for the late bus home. I still remember my penny loafers, leather boots, knee socks, and the Carnaby Street style double breasted Maxi Coat I wore. White Lipstick and Vidal Sassoon haircuts were the rage for girls but many just grew their hair as long as they could. I was always looking for split ends and wishing my hair longer, combing it constantly between classes to get that smooth flat look. Everyone said I had the best manners in town, at least my friends parents told me that when I called and announced who I was, “Hello, This is Melissa Smith, May I please speak with…..” Everyone knew my name then, as I had the same name as my grandmother whose name was on loaves of Anadama Bread in the First National Stores and on the sign outside Easterly Inn on the back shore. Everyone had at one time worked for her and either loved her or hated her, there was no middle ground. Now a days, no one remembers our history. Everyone knew you Toby as Dr Pett’s son. The connection, the roots meant something and were respected. Nowadays it is quite different and thats ok. I like the anonymity to a certain degree. People often try to explain things in Gloucester to me and give me directions. I don’t even tell them that I could drive to that place in my sleep or with my eyes closed. I know the feel of driving on the streets with my eyes closed.

I am not sure if I could do an oral history on my own but once you get me started on something and my memory gets woken up I do tend to know who lived in what house and the history of almost any house or area in town having known people who lived there or been in the homes at one time or another and maybe even lived there myself. Some things are best left un-talked about and when I observed newcomers explaining Gloucester and Gloucester history to people on the social nets and even writing books about it, I do know they may be missing a certain flavor of the story because they hadn’t lived it and it becomes rote and disconnected from the truth and the roots, lacking the personal experience touch.

Toby, you and I could have a field day with the Kings Rook and Stonehenge Days. If I ever talk about those days to people, no one believes me. It was THAT cool. Yes, we saw J Geils Band 38 times before they were famous or listened to a young Bonnie Raitt open for people who got mad because she was so good with that bottleneck guitar and was a girl besides. You were the Manager and I was a waitress. I only worked there so I could hear the music for free. It was a good gig.

So while it is hard to believe that as a baby boomer, my stories about Gloucester and history are even something interesting. I documented my families businesses in my book “The Legacy of Three Melissas” but maybe there is more to the story and another book in me from that era. Not everything in the past was that great and mostly I am not sure the memories are worth talking about. I prefer to remember the good times and the highlights with affection. Thank-you Toby for sparking the story!!”

Melissa Abbott circa 1960s

Melissa Abbott, circa 1960s

See related GMG posts: Fantastic Roy Orbison Photo by Kathy Chapman , Roy Orbison Mystery Girl:Unraveled 

 

Ladies’ Night 2013

It was the traditional Ladies' Night, and they sure came out. Santa even stopped in, and here he is with up and coming painter Laureen Maher and Janet Crary. They'll both be at the preview opening party at the Magnolia Historical tomorrow: http://goodmorninggloucester.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/magnolia-historical-society-art-show-poster31.jpg

It was the traditional Ladies’ Night, and they sure came out. Santa even stopped in, and here he is with up and coming painters Laureen Maher and Janet Crary. They’ll both be at the preview opening party at the Magnolia Historical tomorrow: http://goodmorninggloucester.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/magnolia-historical-society-art-show-poster31.jpg And what’s in that white cup? Must be coffee. Taken in front of my gallery.

As the night was winding down, Main Street was enveloped in fog. Fortunately, it didn't rain during Ladies' Night. I drove down a part of the Boulevard, saw groups of people heading home from Downtown, all holding shopping bags. It was a good night. When I got into my car it was 50º. Can't complain about that. Uniformed police were out there, but cutting parkers some slack. Looking to protect the public from those over the limit. Thank you.
As the night was winding down, Main Street was enveloped in fog. Fortunately, it didn’t rain during Ladies’ Night. I drove down a part of the Boulevard, saw groups of people heading home from Downtown, all holding shopping bags. It was a good night. When I got into my car it was 50º. Can’t complain about that. Uniformed police were out there, but cutting Ladies’ Night parkers some slack. Thank you. 

 

Already? The Holiday Parties are Here!

The events start on Thursday, December 5th at 5:00pm, with the overwhelmingly poplar Ladies' Night on Main Street. Most of the shops will be open for shopping, sampling holiday eats, and refreshments. The following Thursday, December 12th at 5:00pm is men's night in the shops with treats tailored to the guys. Remember that Ladies and Men's Nights are open to all, including children. The next day, Friday December 13th, is the Third Annual Good Morning Gloucester Holiday Party. This grand celebration, which is open to the public, is the "over the top event of the year." It begins at 6:00pm at my gallery, Bodin Historic Photo, 82 Main Street, Gloucester. Contact: 978-283-2524 or preferably info@bodinhistoricphoto.com

The events start on Thursday, December 5th at 5:00pm, with the overwhelmingly poplar Ladies’ Night on Main Street. Most of the shops will be open for shopping, sampling holiday eats, and refreshments.
The following Thursday, December 12th at 5:00pm is men’s night in the shops with treats tailored to the guys. Remember that Ladies and Men’s Nights are open to all, including children.
The next day, Friday December 13th, is the Third Annual Good Morning Gloucester Holiday Party. This grand celebration, which is open to the public, is the “over the top event of the year.” It begins at 6:00pm at my gallery, Bodin Historic Photo, 82 Main Street, Gloucester. Contact: 978-283-2524 or preferably info@bodinhistoricphoto.com

Santa’s Here!

Santa and dozens of other floats paraded down Main Street today, braving the gray and threatening weather. The heavy rain fortunately held off. The long parade ended up at the City of Gloucester's Christmas tree at Kent Circle, near the Fisherman at the Wheel statue. This year's tree is lit with LED lights, which I think is the way to go. Economical to run, and resistant to vibration and breakage.

Santa and dozens of other floats paraded down Main Street today, braving the gray and threatening weather. The heavy rain fortunately held off. The long parade ended up at the City of Gloucester’s Christmas tree at Kent Circle, near the Fisherman at the Wheel statue. This year’s tree is lit with LED lights, which I think is the way to go. Economical to run, and resistant to vibration and breakage.

Passports’ Makeover after Olive Kitteridge

After HBO filmed there, our Passports Restaurant (110 Main Street) is taking the opportunity to renovate and will reopen soon. Top notch painter Katherine Richmond, center, is in charge of the wall treatments. Owner Eric Lorden is working his ass off, with his trusted crew. Passports is the only restaurant I've ever sent people to, who went out of their way to come back and thank me for the recommendation.

After HBO filmed there, our Passports Restaurant (110 Main Street) is taking the opportunity to renovate and will reopen soon. Top notch painter Katherine Richmond, center, is in charge of the wall treatments. Owner Eric Lorden is working his ass off, with his trusted crew. Passports is the only restaurant I’ve ever sent people to, who went out of their way to come back and thank me for the recommendation.

Here, owner and chef Eric Lorden, in the white t-shirt,  is pulling up 100+ years of flooring with a claw hammer. Eric and his construction crew are going petal to the metal, and hoping to open in a couple of weeks.

Here, owner and chef Eric Lorden, in the white t-shirt, is pulling up 100+ years of flooring with a claw hammer. Eric and his construction crew are going pedal to the metal, and hoping to open in a couple of weeks.

HBO on Main Street, Day Three

Today was the last day of filming Olive Kitteridge on Main Street. I don't want to be redundant with the snow and production shots. Here are cast members taking a break outside the pharmacy, including the pharmacist. The wheelbarrows and shovels are for moving the snow.

Today was the last day of filming Olive Kitteridge on Main Street. I don’t want to be redundant with the snow and production shots. Here are cast members, taking a break outside the pharmacy, including the pharmacist (Richard Jenkins). The wheelbarrows and shovels are for moving the snow.

The movies travel on, but I'd like to leave you with a nice photo of flowers and snow in front of the West End Salon. Why the dirty snow? HBO purposely put sand on the snow to make it realistic. We know all about that too.

The movies travel on, but I’d like to show you with a nice photo of flowers and snow in front of the West End Salon. Why the dirty snow? HBO purposely put sand on the snow to make it realistic. We know all about that too.

The “snow truck.” Not real snow, but what you see on the sidewalks is real snow. I understand they’re going to just let it melt. We know what that’s all about!

The "no truck." This SUV plowed thru 4 traffic cones and was dragging one toward the set. The young woman on duty stopped them and put them on the right course. She also reset all of the orange cones at the top of Center Street.

The “no truck.” This SUV plowed thru 4 traffic cones and was dragging one toward the set. The young woman on duty stopped them and put them on the right course. She also reset all of the orange cones at the top of Center Street.

HBO on Main Street, Day 2

This scene featured a woman driving a firewood truck. The camera was aimed into the cab.

This scene featured a woman driving a firewood truck. The camera was aimed into the cab.

I look around, and who do I  see, but Hillary Derby, costumer! She's going over some stats with a colleague. I stuck close to the Gloucester Police officer, because you're usually safe from getting into the scene when next to them.

I look around, and who do I see, but Hillary Derby, the costumer! She’s going over the call sheet, which informs the cast and crew where they should report on a particular day of filming). I stuck close to the Gloucester Police officer, because you’re usually safe from getting into the scene when next to them.

Here's the last scene of the day, the firewood truck driving away. It was being pushed for whatever cinematic reason. There was supposed to be a kitten in the scene, but I never saw it. Notice the unusual reflection on the side of the building across Center Street (where Gabriel's Antiques is).
Here’s the last scene of the daytime, the firewood truck driving away. It was being pushed for some cinematic reason. There was supposed to be a kitten in the scene, but I never saw it. Notice the unusual reflection on the side of the building across Center Street (where Gabriel’s Antiques is).

Night filming on Main Street. about 5:30. Very impressive to see the setup. They've got a ton of equipment to stow away for tomorrow.
Night filming on Main Street. about 5:30. Very impressive to see the setup. They’ve got a ton of equipment to stow away for tomorrow.

 

Olive Kitteridge Another Time Another Camera…

Couldn’t hold back from going to see some of the filming and tried to get some shots of actors, crew etc.. Amazing amount of work to create a fantasy! After seeing some new stores and old cars I was able to look inside a bit…

HBO on Main Street, Day 1

Here's a view of today's shoot at the corner of Main and Center Streets. From what I could glean, the filming was mostly drive-by's with 70's and 80's cars, all with Maine plates. They'll be working here tomorrow and the day after. Interesting for me, but not much business.

Here’s a view of today’s shoot at the corner of Main and Center Streets. From what I could glean, the filming was mostly drive-by’s with 70’s and 80’s cars, all with Maine plates. They’ll be working here tomorrow and the day after. Interesting for me, but not much business.

This is Hillary Derby with her HBO walkie talkie, a professional costumer for big productions. She stopped by for a short visit. I know Hillary through Janet, they're cousins. "Hill" and her husband Tom have hosted the family for many an Easter Dinner at their home in Boston. The poor woman has to be on set at 5:30am, but she's used to it.

This is Hillary Derby with her HBO walkie talkie, a professional costumer for big productions. She stopped by for a short visit. I know Hillary through Janet, they’re cousins. “Hill” and her husband Tom have hosted the family for many an Easter Dinner at their home in Boston. The poor woman has to be on set at 5:30am, but she’s used to it.

In talking to Hillary, I pointed out the truck across the street in Palazola's parking lot. "Is that the Chow Wagon?" I asked. Turns out, it's the "Snack Wagon." They serve water, coffee, sandwiches, and other snacks. The real chow is served at Sugar Magnolia's, which HBO has rented.

In talking to Hillary, I pointed out the truck across the street in Palazola’s parking lot. “Is that the Chow Wagon?” I asked. Turns out, it’s the “Snack Wagon.” They serve water, coffee, sandwiches, and other snacks. The real chow is served at Cruiseport, part of which which HBO has rented.

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