Monthly Archives: December 2011

Molly Ferrill Shares Her Timelapse Video Settings and Another Video Lobstering Aboard The Arethusa

Molly writes-


It’s manual focus, shutter speed 1/13, aperture 4.5, manual iso (400) and there are 335 frames included! I think I had the interval between shots at 5 seconds. Each image is a full-size jpeg, (which I don’t think was actually necessary, especially not for the web!) and I used final cut express software to edit the time lapse. (each frame is .03 seconds long I think). It was one of the first time lapses I have made with the intervalometer but I think it worked out pretty well… next time I will set the interval for a little shorter and take more frames so the final time lapse is a little longer! Oh and by the way, at the end I made the last few shots with longer and longer shutter speeds so that it would gradually fade to white. It wouldn’t have been that drastic at the very end if I hadn’t done that.

LOVE the one you did with the clouds! Gorgeous. It looks just like a time lapse but less jerky which is good for clouds. Very nice!

Here’s a link to a short little video I just made compiling some of the photos and short video clips from going out on the boat.

Lobster Fishing with Tom and Cody!

Did You Know? (Oliver Griffin)

That the Oliver Griffin House c.1761 on Leonard Street is also known as the house at the head of the cove?
Oliver Griffin, son of Samuel and Mary Goss Griffin, was born in Gloucester December 9, 1739 died in June 1815.  Babson’s history says he seems to have been a mariner most of his life, and that the sea took the lives of all six of his sons.  In March 1763 he married Mary Wise who was born in 1742 and died in June 1821.  Mary was a granddaughter of Joseph York, a successful fisherman at Lobster Cove who settled in Annisquam and married Abigail, daughter of Abraham Robinson (of the Dorchester Company).
Mary Wise Griffin herself was an educated woman and strong character, a careful student of the Bible and a faithful expounder of the doctrine of the Universalist church. It was she who discussed theological subjects so forcibly with Rev Dr Ezra Leonard that he converted from the Orthodox Congregational faith to a zealous Universalist, and his conversion was followed by all members of his former church except two families.

(from History of Essex County, MA by D. Hamilton Hurd, 1888)

E.J. Lefavour

Tribute from Senator John Kerry to Joe Garland

Over the holidays Helen Garland kindly lent me a copy of The Gloucester Guide, Joe’s fascinating  historical guidebook, or, as it is sub-titled, A Retrospective Ramble. I am looking for photos and information about Good Harbor Beach and recalled Joe’s book. Regrettably, I had lent my copy and it has not made it’s way back to our home. The Gloucester Guide is unfortunately out of print, but I have heard talk of it going to yet another printing. While visiting with Helen she shared the following heartfelt and moving tribute to Joe, from Senator Kerry, published in the Congressional Record, October 12, 2011, Vol. 157, No. 152.


Mr. KERRY: Mr. President, over the course of the past half-century, Joe Garland served as the unofficial historian of Gloucester, MA—its fishermen, its boats and its life. But Joe Garland not only wrote history in his books and newspaper column—he was part of history, guiding his beloved hometown through headwinds and troubled waters. Joe Garland passed away August 30, and his family and friends gathered October 1 for a memorial service. I would like to share with the Senate the thoughts and memories of Joe that I shared with those who were part of that service honoring this great champion of all things Gloucester.

If you visit the Fisherman’s Memorial on Gloucester’s waterfront on a stormy winter day, the statue of the Heroic Mariner seems to be steering the whole town into the wind toward fair weather. And if you look closely at the statue, you can almost see Joe Garland in its carved granite face, full of grit and determination, guiding his beloved Gloucester through headwinds and troubled waters.

‘‘Beating to windward’’ is the art of sailing into the wind. ‘‘Beating to Windward’’ is also the name of the column Joe wrote so many years for the Gloucester Times. And it is no surprise to any of us who knew him that Joe used the column to champion all things Gloucester.

Joe didn’t just chronicle Gloucester’s history—he was a part of it. In his column and in his books, he brought to life the era of the great schooners—like the 122-foot Adventure, the flagship of Gloucester, and the larger-than-life Gloucestermen—like the ‘‘Bear of the Sea,’’ Giant Jim Patillo, and the ‘‘Lone Voyager,’’ Howard Blackburn.

But he also used the sharpness of his pen to make his case on all kinds of civil causes—opposing unbridled economic development, warning about the loss of local control of the hospital and water supply, complaining about compromises on the environment or demanding the preservation of Gloucester’s beauty. And trust me—Joe never hesitated to offer his advice to a certain U.S. Senator, if he felt like I needed it.

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gimmesound New Year’s Rockport Eve Question 3

Watch the video and get question 3 in our New Year’s Rockport Eve Family Giveaway sponsored by the New Year’s Rockport Eve organizers

Here’s how the contest works:
Every day we’ll have a trivia question (Monday – Friday)

Be the first person to submit all five correct answers on Friday (look for the ANSWER link right under Friday’s video) and win 2 adult and 2 child buttons to New Year’s Rockport Eve.

Your favorite local artists are around town tonight, see the full lineup for tonight here.

John Keegan joins the Blues Party ~ This Thursday night at The Rhumb Line

Dave Says,

We’re gonna  close out this notable year of 2011 by bringing you the world’s biggest…. the one and only Mr. John Keegan®. The greatest wowman in theworld! This guy practically invented the hangover! Gootarist, and vocal gunslinger, he’s sure to put a smile on your face as he pokes your eye out with a mikestand! Fencing masks recommended. But, seriously, folks, we’re trying to beat your liver into compliance in preparation of New Year’s Eve. Come dance to all the magic he can bring to your heart! And all you married guys: bring your wives for a change!   And he’s bringin’ all his ants with him. Crawling up your leg will be an old buddy of mine, Mr. Paul Foss, gleeboard maven and author of the bestseller: “Chicken Soup for The Criminally Insane”. Crawling out of other places will be our Irish Ace Of Pace: Mr. “Molto” Benny Benson. Of course, Greg. T. and myself connect the dots. Rumor has it that millions of saxaphone poofters are showing up, just on accounta…we shall see. And doesn’t it suck that Lat 43 scuttled the Earley Show on Thursday evenings? Get mad! Write your congressman! Give up sushi!


The Historic American Sneakboat

Sneakboat and Decoys, Plum Island, circa 1885 Anonymous/©Fredrik D. Bodin
Basic Sneak Boat
The sneakboat is a type of duck hunting boat, dating from the early 1800’s, that was, and still is used throughout the United States in one form or another (sneak, sneak box, sculling boat, float boat, and coffin boat). This low-profile camouflaged boat allowed the hunter to lie down at water level amoung his decoys, maneuver quietly by wiggling a paddle out the stern transom, and lure flying ducks to seemingly safe waters. When the birds descend, he hunter sits up and fires away with a shotgun. Sneakboats proved to be deadly for ducks in the days of “market hunting,” when one could make a decent living killing waterfowl. The Rodigrass clan migrated to Plum Island from Nova Scotia in the late 1800’s to commercially harvest ducks, clams, and fish. They were notable both as hunters and as guides.
Nathan Rodigrass, Plum Island, circa 1885 Anonymous/©Fredrik D. Bodin
The Rodigrass Camp, circa 1900 Anonymous/©Fredrik D. Bodin
Built in 1882, the Rodigrass Camp stood on Plum Island until 1989, when it was torn down. The Rodigrass clan later became stewards of the National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island, protecting the animals they once hunted. I’ve met people in Gloucester who are familiar with or hunt with sneak boats. However, not many of us have seen a sneak boat, and neither have the ducks.

2011 Christmas in Rockport Photos From Tina Ketchopolos

Tina Ketchopolos Shares her Photos From Christmas Morning In Rockport

Joey:  Here are a few photos I took on Christmas morning at Dock Square in Rockport where Santa arrived!

It was a very happy scene in the beautiful town of Rockport!

Happy New Year!


Follow Up- A Note To Restaurant Owners

Following up on my thoughts about service at restaurants and bars for the owners and managers and servers and bartenders-

The point I was trying to make in yesterday’s tirade about the lousy attitude at that particular restaurant was that it behooves everyone to do with that establishment to engage your patrons.

I completely understand if the place is mobbed and your staff is doing everything in their power to get people their food or drink that they shouldn’t be expected to have a full on conversation with every customers.  I get it believe me.  If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time at all you know how often I eat out and like to sing the praises of the awesome restaurants we have here locally.  But even if you’re mobbed you should still be able to afford a smile or gesture of acknowledgment.

There are coffee shops like George’s, Sugar Mag’s and Fort Square Cafe that even when they are full on balls to the walls (I use these places as examples because they are usually very busy and for good reason) the owners and/or servers find ways to engage their customers.  It’s an art form.   There are plenty of lunch and dinner joints that perform the customer service thing equally as well.

The thing is that while I know that there are some patrons that no matter how good the service you provide they will break out their calculator and leave exactly 15-20% of their bill regardless of how well they were served or treated.  However I know there are enough people like myself that if you go just a little out of your way to make me feel welcome that tip on a $10 breakfast can easily go to $3 from $2 or in large parties out for dinner when we are all throwing money in toss in an extra $5 or more because they had a great time because they were made to feel special by their server.  Now $3 instead of $2 is 50% more and at the end of the day if you are working for tips and then at the end of the year you add all that up you just gave yourself a huge raise.

That’s all from the server or bartender’s perspective, what about the owners of these restaurants?

If you think I’ll be going back to that restaurant/bar from the other night any time soon you’re crazy.  There truly are way too many great restaurants/bars in Gloucester where the people welcome you even if they don’t know you and at the very least offer a smile when you belly up.  If you’re not insanely busy and can’t offer up a smile you’ve lost me forever, multiply that times every other person like me.

I think it would benefit you as a restaurant/bar owner to go to one of these places and observe how the servers and bartenders interact with their customers- The Farm Bar and Grill, Duckworth’s, Passports, Topside Grille, Lat 43, Ithaki, Stones Pub, Mamie’s Kitchen.  Please don’t take offense if your restaurant isn’t listed here,  there are way more very worthy local restaurant candidates but for the sake of space I’ll just highlight a few of the standouts.

Check them out and then check out how your staff interacts with their customers.  Are your servers doing anything other than the bare minimum to take an order and bring people their food/drink?  Because in as competitive a restaurant scene as we have here in Gloucester if your staff isn’t good enough to offer up a smile then you are losing your share of customers to the places that are.

Look, I get that not everyone, everywhere can be “ON” all the time, but when I’ve been to the same place a couple of times in a row and get the same “I could care less if you’re here or not” attitude, let me tell you, I’m gonna opt out in favor of someplace that wants to take my money.

Community Stuff

Youth Basketball Reminder

Just a reminder- the Cape Ann YMCA’s Youth Basketball League sign-ups are going on now. League starts next Saturday!

Game times are as follows:

Dyno-Mites (ages 3.5-5)- 11:30am

Mites (kindergarten)- 10:30am

Rookies (grades 1-3)- 9:30am

In addition to Saturday morning games, this year we will be having optional additional weekly practices and a family movie night! Please contact the Cape Ann YMCA for registration or more information 978-283-0470.

The Lobstah Crackah Ballet: One Week Left

Hi, Joey:
Here we are in our FINAL WEEK…   Just four more performances: Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun at 7pm. (No matinee Sunday). Catch our last show of the season! It’s a doozie!

Also, we’re enrolling now for NEW CLASSES AT THE ANNIE for ALL AGES,
starting Tuesday, January 3rd. Check it out: