Monthly Archives: June 2017

Are fishcakes obsolete? __ No. 12 from Al Bezanson

It was 90 years ago this week that COLUMBIA landed a trip of 350,000 pounds of salt cod for Gorton Pew.  According to Gordon Thomas in Fast and Able (1952), it proved to be the last fare of salt fish landed by a Gloucester vessel and taken out at a Gloucester wharf.  We can guess that much of the fare was processed into fish cakes, which at that time had been made famous by Gorton’s, who was running half-page ads in the New York Times for their canned Ready-to-Fry.  “Feed a family for 25¢.  Prepared in a few minutes.” The alternative – start soaking your salt cod the day before yesterday to have fish cakes today.

Columbia sailing for the banks, Leslie Jones

The fish had been caught by dory hand lining and COLUMBIA set off July 3rd 1927 on her second dory hand lining trip.  She never returned.  The crew:

Lewis Wharton, master, 57, married, Liverpool, N.S.

Rupert Bragg, cook, 46, married, 92 Dakota street, Dorchester

Arthur Firth, married 60, Shelburne, N.S.

James MacAloney, single, 24, Parrsboro, N.S.

Isaac Gould, married, 60, 31 1/2 Rogers Street, Gloucester

Colin Hawley, married, 30, Blackburn place, Gloucester

William Colp, Bucksport, Maine

Leo White, Bucksport, Maine

James McLeod, 63, Liverpool, N.S.

Foster McKay, single, 20, West Green Harbor, N.S.

Clayton Johnson, 26, West Green Harbor, N.S.

Joseph Mayo, 54, Halifax, N.S.

Thomas Hayden, 39, Shelburne, N.S.

Carroll Williams, married, West Green Harbor, N.S.

Enos Belong, 54, married, West Green Harbor, N.S.

George Williams, 56, Liverpool, N.S.

Frank Dedrick, 52, Shelburne, N.S.

Allison Firth, cachee, 17, Shelburne, N.S.

Samuel Belong, single, Green Harbor, N.S.

Robert Steward, married, Liverpool, N.S.

George H. Mayo, 28, Halifax N.S.

Charles L. Huskin, single, 39, Green Harbor, N.S.

Photo credit:  Leslie Jones. “ COLUMBIA heading for the banks”

Boston Public Library:  Accession# 08_06_007032

Al Bezanson

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY…AND OTHER TALES OF WOE fROM THE SUNDAY GREASY POLE #greasegang

Photos of our Sunday Greasy Pole Walkers walking The Walk. Congratulations again to second time winner Jake Wagner, who was walking in memory of his Dad, John Wagner. Sunday was one of the most exciting Greasy Pole events ever, with outstanding walks and legendary losses.

Lenny Taormina, the agony!


Jake Wagner Sunday Greasy Pole Champion

This Weekend in the Arts

Artist Drawings & Paintings:

A Juried Exhibition of
Contemporary Works

July 7 – August 6, 2017

 

Artist Reception:
Saturday, July 8, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

The Rocky Neck Art Colony’s Cultural Center Gallery
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12:00-6:00 PM

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) is pleased to present “Artist Drawings & Paintings” a juried exhibition of contemporary works by eleven artists chosen by an art colony committee of jurors. This work is on view at the Cultural Center for five weeks beginning July 7 and continuing through August 6, 2017. The public is invited to meet the artists at the opening reception on Saturday, July 8, 4:00-6:00 PM. Light refreshments and beverages are served.

Oil drawings and pencil paintings? Many artists do both; some very traditional, some not connected to their paintings at all. Artwork selected for this exhibition represents the variety of ways artists approach the techniques of drawing and painting. The jurors for this exhibit sought works that are referential, visually connected, or an entirely separate exercise of expression as well as the use of a strong mix of materials. Artists were asked to classify works as a drawing or a painting to recognize the individual approaches to each discipline. This show gives viewers a chance to consider both sides of painting and drawing and gain a rich insight into artistic process.

RNAC welcomes eleven artists, many from Massachusetts, including Terry Del Percio, Otto Laske and Rokhaya Waring from Gloucester, Susan Emmerson of Dorchester, Eleanor Fisher from Lynn, Stephen Godlieb of Dover, NH, Anne Johnstone from Somerville, Barbara Moody from Beverly, Iris Osterman of Lincoln, Regina Piantedosi from Boxford and Rocky Neck and Julia Van Houten from Jaffrey, NH.

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Surf’s Up at the Cape Ann Museum’s
White-Ellery House on Saturday, July 1st!

Insights On Site
A series of one-day installations at the Historic White-Ellery House

Surfs_Up_23-1.jpgThe Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Surfs Up! on Saturday, July 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the White-Ellery House (1710), located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester.

Stop in for a rare chance to see a huge collection of vintage surfboards compiled by Cameron Ahearn, Kerry Sullivan and Jamie Hosker. Boards range from the mid 20th century through the present day. The collection was compiled by Cameron Ahearn’s father and once adorned the walls of The Studio Restaurant on Rocky Neck. This program is free and open to the public.

The White-Ellery House (1710), owned and operated by the Cape Ann Museum, has served as the backdrop for a series of one-day contemporary art installations since 2010. The House is located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester and is free and open to the public on select Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each month from May through October as part of Escapes North 17th Century Saturdays.


Insights On Site – 2017 Season

June 3
Reading the Past: A Calligraphic Installation — Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord

Using excerpts from the 1848 journal of a 13-year-old Gloucester girl, Gaylord’s installation will bring the rhythms of everyday life alive through her subject’s observations of school and home.

July 1
Surf’s Up!
Cameron Ahearn, Kerry Sullivan and Jamie Hosker

A rare chance to see a collection of surfboards ranging from the mid 20th century through the present day. The collection was compiled by Ahearn’s father, and once adorned the walls of The Studio Restaurant on Gloucester’s Rocky Neck.

August 5
Sphere
— Sarah Slifer Swift

In this durational performance, Swift and company explore women’s social and political power through the lens of the historic White-Ellery House. Using movement, film and sound, the performers will examine the complexities of labor, value and respect, as they have been gained, lost or changed over time.

October 7
Taking Care — Alyssa Pittman

In this installation Pittman explores the universal ritual of sweeping and investigates the act and practice of “taking care” of the spaces and places around us. Her work is inspired by the craft of broom making, by the broom as a powerful icon and by sweeping as a symbolic act.

Support for these programs was provided by The Umberto Romano and Clorinda Romano Foundation which celebrates Umberto Romano’s (1906–1982) legacy on Cape Ann through arts education and appreciation and by fostering the work of emerging and/or working artists.

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GLOUCESTER STAGE’S “THE EFFECT” IN THE NEW YORK TIMES!

Relaxing on the beach? Dozing by the pool? Not these writers and performers, who are using the warmer months to take some risks, test themselves and expand their talents onstage.

Brad Hall

Over a span of some four decades in which he helped found Chicago’s Practical Theater Company, with an ensemble that included his future wife, Julia Louis-Dreyfus; acted for two seasons on “Saturday Night Live”; created the TV sitcoms “The Single Guy” and “Watching Ellie”; and wrote comedy movies including “Bye Bye Love,” Brad Hall says he has few career regrets.

“That’s because I have a selective memory,” Mr. Hall joked in a recent phone interview. A bit more sincerely, he added: “Those regrets that I do have are, exclusively, not doing plays that I wish I had done. So now I decided to say yes when people ask me to do them.”

Among the opportunities that Mr. Hall has embraced in this more receptive mode is the Gloucester Stage Company’s summer production of “The Effect,” by the British playwright Lucy Prebble.

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Photo Credit: Cody O’Loughlin for The New York Times

Pet of Week- Hayley


Talk about your adorable, mushy young adult! This girl knows how to work at the heart strings! She is a super affectionate and goofy gal. She loves hanging out with the office staff here and can often be caught curled up on her blankets and suckling on an edge of her comforter (never chews it just sucks on it). It really is one of the cutest things ever when she falls asleep with the blanket in her mouth like a toddler with their thumb! Hayly loves going for walks and enjoys the company of other dogs. She is very good about going potty outside and settles very well in her crate overnight or if you need to head out, as long as she has a good chew bone and a comforter to suckle on she is content to wait for your return. Hayly is happy to meet everyone and free with her kisses. She is a strong girl and still needs to learn not to give in to the urge to jump or pull but she is practicing self control and getting better every day. Hayly is considered special needs because she recently went through heartworm treatment so her new family needs to keep her exercise level on the low end for another couple of months and follow up with their veterinarian. Hayly is super sweet and if you like a big girl with a gentle soul and a comedic side this is the lady for you! To see all of the available animals at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our website:capeannanimalaid.org.Talk about your adorable, mushy young adult! This girl knows how to work at the heart strings! She is a super affectionate and goofy gal. She loves hanging out with the office staff here and can often be caught curled up on her blankets and suckling on an edge of her comforter (never chews it just sucks on it). It really is one of the cutest things ever when she falls asleep with the blanket in her mouth like a toddler with their thumb! Hayly loves going for walks and enjoys the company of other dogs. She is very good about going potty outside and settles very well in her crate overnight or if you need to head out, as long as she has a good chew bone and a comforter to suckle on she is content to wait for your return. Hayly is happy to meet everyone and free with her kisses. She is a strong girl and still needs to learn not to give in to the urge to jump or pull but she is practicing self control and getting better every day. Hayly is considered special needs because she recently went through heartworm treatment so her new family needs to keep her exercise level on the low end for another couple of months and follow up with their veterinarian. Hayly is super sweet and if you like a big girl with a gentle soul and a comedic side this is the lady for you! To see all of the available animals at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our website:capeannanimalaid.org.

Lobster Molting In A Fish Basket

 

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Elder Abuse Hotline Change

Cape Ann Community

Beginning Friday, June 30, 2017, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs will centralize the Elder Protective Services abuse reporting system (Elder Abuse Hotline) to a single phone number. The 24/7 single phone number will simplify the process for elder abuse reporting.

All calls (day or night, 7 days a week) will go directly to the Massachusetts-based call center at 1-800-922-2275, regardless of the location of the reporter or the elder. While the initial report intake will be centralized, all reports will continue to be referred to and handled by local Protective Services Agencies for screening, investigation, and service planning.

Beginning June 30, 2017, to report suspected elder abuse, please call the statewide 24-hour hotline at 1-800-922-2275.

More information about Protective Services can be found at www.seniorcareinc.org/services/protective-services.

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HAPPY ONE WEEK OLD BIRTHDAY FOR OUR PIPING PLOVER CHICKLETS, ALL FOUR!!! – AND VOLUNTEER HELP IS MUCH NEEDED FOR THE COMING FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND

Good Morning Sleepy Head ~ Seven-day-old Piping Plover Chick Snuggling Under Dad

Happy Birthday to our Good Harbor Beach Piping Plover chicks! All four have made it to the one week birthday milestone and that is nothing short of a miracle (born Thursday morning, June 22). The volunteers are making a tremendous difference, the trash situation is being managed by the DPW and volunteers, and fewer dog owners are bringing their dogs to the beach. Thank you to everyone for taking such great care. If the PiPl can survive the first two weeks, their chance of survival increases exponentially.

This weekend is not only the fourth of July, but a heat wave is predicted. Volunteers are much needed on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, especially between the hours of 11:30 to 3:30. If you can spare some time and would like to spend an hour at Good Harbor Beach being a Piping Plover ambassador, please email Ken Whittaker at kwhittaker@gloucester-ma.gov.

Our East Gloucester neighborhood kids named the Piping Plover parents Papa Joe and Mama Joy. This year’s chicks hatched during Fiesta and an anonymous reader suggested we name the chicks Me chi, Samiou, Tutti, and Mutti. I kind of love that!

After first snuggling under Dad’s wing, the little seven-day old chick popped up and immediately began to scratch an itch. He scratched so hard that he knocked himself over. Then off he ran pell mell for a yummy breakfast of sand fleas.

Papa Joe making room for one more under his wing.

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