Monthly Archives: June 2009

Chickity Check It!- L A Dahlmer

Brenda Malloy sent me the link to Larry Dahlmer’s website-

From the site-

Recollections of my life on the island and the heritage of the fishing industry from the days of Champlain, through my art.

Dedicated to the growing family tree of Dahlmer’s, and motivated with the idea of capturing the essence of what fishing “out of Gloucester” has meant for the last 400 years.

Grandfather John Dahlmer brought the newly-launched Margaret D. to Gloucester from Charlevoix, Michigan in 1911.

He, brother Lawrence and son Ronald sailed her along the same route that  had brought  many new families from the Lakes to Gloucester the previous year.

The hundredth anniversary approaches, Gloucester changes, as the world. In the coming years I will show  a reflection of what has passed in just a couple of generations.

Here’s the link

Willie Alexander – TONIGHT!

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1 Washington Street, Gloucester

On Saturday we proudly present

Willie Alexander with the Persistence of Memory Orchestra.

Anticipate selections from the just-released collaboration between Gloucester’s recently departed poet laureate, Vincent Ferrini and our most illustrious, celebrated, and unmistakably alive punk-rocker.

Willie Alexander

The performance is at 8 PM on Saturday, June 13
Admission: $10. For reservations, please call 978 281 0680

Things To Do- Cape Ann Garden Festival


An Evening in Sleeper’s Garden

Cape Ann Garden Festival

Gloucester, Mass. – June 12, 2009 –  Historic New England’s Beauport , Sleeper-McCann House, located on 75 Eastern Point Blvd , hosts an evening reception to kick off a weekend of garden celebrations in conjunction with the tenth annual Cape Ann Garden Festival hosted by the Sargent House Museum .

The event, An Evening in Sleeper’s Garden, takes place on Friday, June 19,         6 p.m.– 8 p.m. Historic New England’s Property Care Team Leader, Benjamin Haavik will discuss the ongoing landscape work at Beauport, highlighting the restoration of the original terrace staircase built by Beauport’s creator, interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper.  Abridged house tours and light refreshments are available.

Admission is $15 for Historic New England and Sargent House members and $20 for nonmembers.  To register, please call (978) 283 – 0800 or email  For more information about and tickets for the other Garden Festival events, please visit

Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. If offers unique opportunities to experience the stories of New Englanders through their homes and possessions. For more information visit

Hilarie Holdsworth Photo Garden Tour

Hilarie Holdsworth Photo Garden Tour

From Judith Nast-

Hi Joey,
Great to talk with you and thanks for your help about putting up the
Garden Festival info and how to do a slide show.

Many thanks….
Judy Nast

10th Annual Cape Ann Garden Festival
This year The Sargent House Museum has  teamed up with Beauport and
Cape Ann Museum to offer a weekend of activities.

Friday night, 6/19, is a reception at Beauport overlooking Gloucester
Harbor with a talk about the recently
discovered garden stair and garden renovation by a staff member of
Historic New England. Drinks, appetizer, talk and short house tours
6-8pm. $20

Saturday, 6/20, is the Garden Tour from 10-4.  A self guided tour of 10
fabulous flower and herb gardens that feature sculptures, private quarries and
the many ocean vistas of Cape Ann.  Several of the homes are open for
visitors’ viewing as well.    Restaurant discounts available for ticket
holders.  $35

Sunday’s events are:
10 am    Join Kim Smith, author of Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities,
for a talk about designing a garden for people and pollinators.  Kim
is an accomplished designer, illustrator and author.  $15

11:30    Judy Hallberg will talk about Herb Gardens in 18th Century
New England and will included using herbs for lotions and salves.
She’s been involved in Ipswich’s restoration of 18th century herb
gardens and is an accomplished gardener and speaker.  It should be a
fascinating lecture with great ideas for using the herbs you grow (or
can grow!) for comfort and healing. $20

1:30    Docent-led tour of the exhibit at Cape Ann Museum of
Hutchinson’s paintings of local scenes….lots of floral motifs and
ocean views and exquisite work.  Free with a Garden Festival Ticket

3:00  Peggy J. Flanagan who teaches at a local college, will conduct a
workshop of the propagation and care of antique roses.  Bring a pair
of pruners and learn how to care for these lovely plants.  Everyone
gets a plant for your own garden.  $20

Join us for the whole shebang and just an event.  Tickets can be
purchased a la carte at

***Also, we have an online auction on Ebay running June 19-30.  Check
out the stuff!***

Beautiful Industry – Roller and Gear

The seine net will come over this roller as it comes back aboard the boat.  Inside these housings there are bearings which allow the roller to turn freely.  You see those bronze nipples sticking out?  Those are grease fittings where they pump grease into the bearings and roller so it doesn’t get covered in salt water and freeze  up.


I’ve been learning little by little about light when taking pictures.  To be perfectly honest 90 percent of the pictures I take are with the automatic settings from the camera.   At one point I thought you could never get enough light and that ideally you wanted your subjects flooded with bright sunshine.

If I took this shot in bright sunshine you never would have seen the ruffles of the feathers.  The automatic settings would have adjusted the shutter speed and it would have been all black.  Because it was dark and overcast it came like this-

Cormorant, originally uploaded by captjoe06.