Monthly Archives: December 2011

Info on The Second USS Gloucester From Bill Hubbard


Bill forwards this info-

USS Gloucester – PF-22
Following here shakedown cruise in June 1944 she was employed in training Frigate crews at Galveston, TX.  On June 16 she was attached to Escort Division 38 and later ordered to the Alaskan Sea Frontier for transfer to Russia under Lend-Lease legislation.
Leased to the Soviets on Sept. 1945 and renamed EK-26 she served as a patrol vessel in the Far East.  Gloucester was returned to the US at Yokosuka, Japan in Oct. 1949.
Recommissioned in US Navy 11 Oct.1950, she served patrol and anti-submarine duty during the invasions of Winson, Korea and saw combat there, destroying gun emplacements.  On November, 1951 while engaging shore batteries off Kojo she took a direct hit which killed one and injured 11 of her crew.  Following repairs in Japan, she returned to Korean waters and continued effective support of UN forces on shore.  She was decommissioned in Japan 1 Oct.1953 and transferred to Japan in 1962 and served as Tsuge(PF-292).  She was decommissioned on 31 March 1968 and returned to US custody the same time.  Her fate is unknown
Note: from public domain, Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

Partial Lunar Eclipse This Saturday Morning

Sunrise around 7:01AM on Saturday morning. Moonset just two minutes earlier at 6:59AM. That’s a full moon. But when the moon is setting the earth’s shadow will be creeping out onto the disk of the moon before it sets. Cool photo to shoot if you get in the right spot. Camp out at Capt Joe’s Dock over to Rocky Neck and the City Hall Tower will be battling with that setting moon. Get there early for that shot. Or over on Light House Beach in Annisquam all the way up to Halibut Point for a shot right on the water of this big moon setting.

Forecast is clear and cool. Go get that photo of the last lunar eclipse of 2011. As you take the photo, realize that people from Colorado to California are going to see a full lunar eclipse since the sun won’t set on them for a few more hours. But you gotta get out of the sack to see anything.

They were drinking from a fountain
That was pouring like an avalanche
Coming down the mountain

(name the band for extra credit.)

Painting Buoys At Art Haven Today Pics From Sista Felicia

Get your kids down there tomorrow and be part of the great tradition. Take a pic of your kid’s painted buoy, send it in ahere at and I promise to post it on GMG.  Don’t forget to add your kids name.


Rudyard Kipling Quote of the Week From Greg Bover

“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same….”
From If-  1895
Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)


Best known hereabouts for his 1897 novel Captains Courageous, Kipling was the quintessential apologist and proponent of British imperialism. He was born in Mumbai, then called Bombay, to English parents, and became famous for his poems and short stories set in India, (Gunga Din, The Jungle Book, etc). Henry James referred to him as a man of “complete genius.” He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907, the youngest recipient of that honor. He and his young family lived in Brattleboro, Vermont from 1892 to 1896, and it was during this period that he visited Gloucester to write about fishing from the dory schooners. Kipling’s unquestioning support of the Empire was cooled by the death of his son in the First World War. He continued to write, but with less success, until his own death in 1936.

Greg Bover

Curious about Rockport’s Beautiful Inns & Kitchens? Take a Holiday Tour!

Don’t miss Rockport’s Sea Shells & Jingle Bells Holiday Inn & Home Kitchen Tour this Saturday, December 10th. Enjoy the sight of Rockport’s Inns and homes decked out in their holiday finery along with delicious treats, a raffle, Santa’s Cottage, and much more. Proceeds to benefit the Rockport High School DECA Club, with special thanks to Sue Andersen & Diane Ambrose for organizing this unique and festive event. For more information go to the Sea Shells & Jinglebells website HERE and check out for even more fun events taking place over the holidays in Rockport.

The Details:

Visit 4 beautiful seaside homes and 6 inns of Rockport, decked out for the holidays. Along with wonderful winter scenes, there will be demonstrations and fun events at each location! Organized by Rockport High School’s DECA Program, The Inns of Rockport and Rockport PTO, seasonal food sampling, gingerbread house making, and a visit to Santa’s cottage can all be experienced on the
 Seashells and Jingle Bells
Inn & Home Kitchen Tour 2011

The tour and registration will begin at Rockport Inn and Suites

183 Main Street in Rockport
Saturday, December 10, 2011
1 pm to 6 pm


$15 in advance ~ $20 on event date
Separate ticket for Santa’s Cottage – $5 if on the tour/$8 if not on the tour
Santa’s Cottage ticket price includes a craft & photo
Advance tickets may be purchased at
Ace Hardware Stores in Gloucester and Rockport, Brothers Brew in Rockport
Toad Hall Books in Rockport and Rockport Inn and Suites
Cash or Personal Check
Information –
All proceeds benefit the RHS DECA program

Foggy Autumn Sunrise Featuring a Ring-necked Pheasant

Foggy Autumn Sunrise ~ November 9, 2011, 6 minutes.

Filmed at Good Harbor Beach on a luxuriously warm November morning. Standing in the sand dunes filming the wildflowers and rising sun I heard a noise behind me, and only several feet away. I turned to see a Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus). This is my first encounter with a Ring-necked Pheasant at Good Harbor Beach, but have subsequently learned they are fairly common. I was amazed to see it foraging so close to the public beach and not closer to the marsh where cover is dense. Introduced to Massachusetts in 1894, this game bird continues to thrive in both rural and metropolitan areas. The footage of dried flower heads is of Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens). The opening and final clips show the White’s house, formerly referred to by townspeople as the ‘”Birdcage” because it was wrapped on all four sides with open porches, which have now been enclosed.

Music composed by Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Sesaons Opus 8 Autumn Allegro. Performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Itzhak Perlman Violin.

From wiki: The Four Seasons (Le quattro stagioni) is a set of four violin concertos by Antonio Vivaldi. Composed in 1723, The Four Seasons is Vivaldi’s best-known work, and is among the most popular pieces of Baroque music. The texture of each concerto is varied, each resembling its respective season. For example, “Winter” is peppered with silvery pizzicato notes from the high strings, calling to mind icy rain, whereas “Summer” evokes a thunderstorm in its final movement, which is why the movement is often dubbed “Storm.”

The concertos were first published in 1725 as part of a set of twelve concerti, Vivaldi’s Op. 8, entitled Il cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventione (The Contest between Harmony and Invention). The first four concertos were designated Le quattro stagioni, each being named after a season. Each one is in three movements, with a slow movement between two faster ones. At the time of writing The Four Seasons, the modern solo form of the concerto had not yet been defined (typically a solo instrument and accompanying orchestra). Vivaldi’s original arrangement for solo violin with string quartet and basso continuo helped to define the form.

Don’t Be A Negligent Parent! Get Your Kids Down To Art Haven Today or Saturday To Paint A Buoy For The Lobster Trap Tree

The lobster trap tree is up once again and it needs to be decorated! Art Haven is once again offering a free day of buoy painting on December 10th from 10:00am – 4:00pm. Children and teens of all ages are welcome to visit the 180B Main Street studio space in Gloucester to create their own original painted buoy ornament for this year’s community tree. The tree will then be lit with all of its festive décor at 5:00pm on Saturday as a culmination of the Middle Street Walk events happening all day.

Also for the fourth year, everyone is welcome to participate in creating a giant ice sculpture in front of Art Haven from 10:00am – 12:00pm on Saturday the 10th. All of these activities are made possible by generous donations from Cape Pond Ice, Ben’s Paint, Winchester Fishing and Rose’s Marine.

“We are so thankful to have been able to start a new holiday tradition for the community,” says Art Haven Director Dawn Gadow. “It’s great to see the kids faces as the lights go on around their beautiful buoy creations on the tree! Things like that start teaching them at a young age what it means to be a part of the Cape Ann community.”

The day is becoming even more of a community effort this year, as Project Uplift will also have a presence at the tree lighting and buoy painting day. Santa will be collecting toys, clothes and gift cards for Action Inc.’s Project Uplift program throughout the day and tree lighting, so you can bring a toy to help out another family this holiday season. In addition, the winner of this year’s downtown shopping spree will also be drawn at this year’s tree lighting ceremony.

For more information visit, call Art Haven at (978) 283-3888 or email

Christmas Tree Giveway Question 5 @ gimmesound

Inge Berge performs Trivia Question #5 in the Christmas Tree Giveaway brought to you by Dan Leaman Landscaping and!

Now that you have all of the trivia questions:

  • Click the ANSWER LINK under the video to give us your answers for this weeks trivia questions.
  • The FIRST person with the correct answers wins a Christmas Tree of your chioce.


With so many great musicians playing tonight, where are you heading? Check out the full list here, and listen to Inge Berge here.


Time:  7:00 pm – 9 pm at the newly formed Crosswinds Coffeehouse in the First Baptist Church, 38 Gloucester Ave, off Grant Circle in Gloucester.  

The Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester will open the evening with several medley’s of 60’s girls group hits, as well as the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Bobby Darin and more. Throughout the evening guests will have the opportunity to sing-a-long with several holiday songs.
The acoustic duo Wild Maple will also take the stage.  Wild Maple’s repertoire is a wide range of folk, bluegrass, 60’s & up pop, originals and an occasional Celtic or bluegrass instrumentals in the mix.  Wild Maple will join in with several members of Honky Tonk Women to form a circle of song creating an easy listening night of acoustic music featuring guitarists Gary Dolinsky and Ron Schrank.  Vocalists include Elaine “Patsy Cline” Persons, Caroline Haines, Barbara Jansson, Sheila Schrank on guitar and vocals along with Trish DeCaprio and her haunting violin.   A unique “spa themed” gift basket, $1 per chance door prize will go home with one participant.  Refreshments, delicious homemade desserts, coffee, tea and beverages are affordably available from the kitchen.  A $10 donation is requested at the door.  Come early for best seating.

The Pewter Shop

As I mentioned in another post, I went down to Bearskin Neck one evening last week in search of Christmas decorations to photograph. A variety of the shops have nice window displays, but one of the few places that is really lit up is the Pewter Shop. You can’t miss it!

Recently, we (Holy Family Parish) bought a set of pewter cups and bowls from this shop for use at Mass, and at the time I was impressed by both their beautiful variety of pewter wares and the friendliness of the proprietors.  I decided to go back to photograph some of the beautiful things they sell. It would be a good place to go for some elegant Christmas or Chanukah gifts.

Zan welcomed me to the store

Walking in and seeing everything shine makes quite a first impression.


Among the treasures they offer is a large variety of Christmas tree decorations.

Being a deyed-in-the-wool fantasy fan, I count these dragons among my favorite items in the store. I'll buy one someday...

Irish Pewter

They aren’t kidding about this being “Irish Pewter”. I saw these same items being sold in gift shops in Ireland earlier this year. Surprisingly, the price at this shop in Rockport is as good or better than what I saw in Ireland…

Don’t forget to go through to the back side of the store (as I did the first time I was there)…

Don't miss it!

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