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Fish Tales – Road Trip Stories – Dec 1

Fish Tales Road Trip (2)And after you visit the Fisk Open House, head on over to Gloucester Stage for Fish Tales, the live story-telling program from the Gloucester Writers Center. This is the big yearly show that benefits these two great arts organizations. The Road Trip theme is sure to bring out some amazing true tales, all told by local folks you know. If you like NPR’s Moth Radio Hour, you’ll love Fish Tales.

Last year this show was completely sold out, buy your tickets early.

Fisk Open House, Friday December 1st

147 model portrait

You are cordially invited to join us at our Gloucester workshop to celebrate the creation of a new pipe organ. Come see and hear Opus 147 and learn about the craft of organbuilding.

Friday, December 1
4 pm – 8 pm

21 Kondelin Road

Cape Ann Industrial Park

OPUS 147

for the


3 manuals
61 stops, 55 independent voices, 73 ranks
(scale model 1:16 shown)

Dear Friends,

This one is so big it’s in sections all around the shop. I hope you will come, and feel free to bring along anyone you think might be interested. Please note that the event will be on a Friday afternoon and evening this time.


Emily Dickinson Quote of the Week


Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul

And sings the tune without the words

And never stops -at all-

Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886)

Born to an Amherst Massachusetts family with deep Puritan roots, Dickinson was better known in her lifetime as a gardener and a baker than as a poet. Famously reclusive, she spent decades brooding on the mysteries of life and death, and became more and more preoccupied with the latter. A few of her poems were published in The Atlantic Monthly, but the vast majority of the more than 1,800 she wrote were not known to the public until after her death. A complete collection did not appear until the 1950’s.

Greg Bover

Saul Bellow Quote of the Week


“When we ask for advice we are usually looking for an accomplice.”

Saul Bellow (1915 – 2005)

Born in Quebec to parents of Lithuanian-Jewish ancestry, Bellow moved to Chicago as a child and was educated according to the Anthroposophist tenets of Rudolph Steiner. He attended the University of Chicago and Northwestern, and later received a Guggenheim Fellowship, which made it possible for him to move to Paris, where he wrote The Adventures of Augie March to great critical acclaim. He won a Pulitzer and received the National Book award three times. His later novels include Herzog, and the incomparable Humboldt’s Gift, both best sellers, the latter winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1976. He taught writing at many universities throughout his life including Bard College and Boston University. He was married five times and had four children, the last when he was 84. He died in Brookline.

Greg Bover

Adventure has returned – and is sailing from Gloucester

Adventure Under Sail 6246 (2)

After an early summer of intense activity showing the Gloucester flag in other ports, the 1926 Schooner Adventure has returned and is taking passengers sailing for the rest of the season. In her role as ambassador for the city, she was in the thick of the Tall Ships Parade at Sail Boston in early June, went north for the Portland Schooner Festival, and then on to Boothbay for Windjammer Days, welcoming thousands on board for deck tours and daysails.

Now she is back at her home berth at Maritime Gloucester on Harbor Loop and offering sailing opportunities several times a week, typically Wednesdays and Fridays in the late afternoon and Saturday mornings, as well as special events and group outings. Gloucester’s National Historic Landmark fishing schooner is fully restored and Coast Guard certified, sailing aboard is a satisfying and exciting experience you won’t want to miss. Information and schedules at


What’s your favorite poem?

Do you have a favorite poem, and can you tell a five minute story to go with it? There are still a couple of spots open for the Fish Tales/Gloucester Lyceum event at the Sawyer Free Library Tuesday evening at seven o’clock. Tell us why it’s your favorite, or something that happened when you shared it with someone. Maybe it got you in trouble, or it made you a friend, or a mentor introduced you to it. You’ll have about five minutes to tell the story and read the poem if you email

Schooner Adventure Volunteer Session

I received the following from Captain Willy Leathers:

“Our Thursday April 6th Intro session will be held at the Maritime Gloucester classroom, located on the lower floor as you walk towards the main pier.  It will run from 1800-2000, with some pizza and refreshments provided. This session is intended to welcome everyone back for the operational season, check in regarding our up coming training and volunteer opportunities; it is intended for existing and new volunteers alike.  If you have a friend who may be interested in joining Adventure as well feel free to bring them along!”

from aftThis is a great opportunity to get involved with one of the true gems of Gloucester. I’ve been volunteering aboard for a while now and it’s one of the most satisfying and exciting things I do. You don’t have to know anything about sailing to get started and the training is always well done. We’ll be starting Saturday work parties next weekend as the winter cover comes off and the ship is up-rigged for the jam-packed sailing season ahead. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of the gang that keeps this National Historic Landmark sailing.

Derek Walcott Quote of the Week

Love After Love

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

Derek Walcott (1930 – 2017)

CaptureA native of the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, Walcott was one of the most decorated of modern poets and playwrights. A winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature, he began writing in his teens, attended the University of Jamaica and moved to Trinidad to teach. He was hired by Boston University in 1981 and was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Grant the same year. He later taught at the University of Alberta, (Canada) and the University of Essex, (England). Thrice married, thrice divorced, Walcott had two daughters. He died last week in St. Lucia.

I heard Tom Hiddleston read this on NPR last Sunday and wished my radio had a repeat button.

Greg Bover

Quote of the Week


After a long hiatus this one just cried out to be shared:

“The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism, but February…Spring is too far away to comfort even by anticipation, and winter long ago lost the charm of novelty. It is the very three a.m. of the calendar.”

Joseph Wood Krutch (1893 – 1970)


A Knoxville native, Krutch received an undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and then a doctorate in English Literature from Columbia. From the 1920’s to the 1950’s he was the theater critic for The Nation, a prominent magazine of the time, and also published well received biographies of Samuel Johnson and Henry David Thoreau. It was his study of the latter, and a move to Tucson, that lead to his own nature and conservation writing for which he is perhaps best known, including The Desert Year in 1951 and The Great Chain of Life in 1956. There is a cactus garden at the University of Arizona named in his memory.


This timely quote was stolen from the Sawyer Free Library’s excellent February newsletter which can be subscribed to here. My thanks to the uncredited author.

Greg Bover

Fish Tales at Gloucester Stage Friday

This is the live storytelling event that has been keeping Gloucester entertained for the last four years. This time the theme is therapy and therapists, so there are sure to be special stories that are funny or poignant by turns. And how do you really feel about that?

It’s a joint fundraiser for the Writers Center and the Stage Company, just the sort of collaboration that makes our town the vibrant art and culture scene that it is.

So come hear folks you know speak from the heart, you’ll be glad you did.


Save the Date – Fish Tales – December 2

Save some time to attend this special edition of Fish Tales, Gloucester’s own live storytelling event. The theme is all about therapy and therapists so there will be great stories, some hilarious, some poignant, and this time told at the Gloucester Stage Company so there’s plenty of room. You know you’ve been meaning to catch one of these, don’t miss it.


Quote of the Week



“In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create.”

Raoul Vaneigem (1934 –     )

Born in Belgium, Vaneigem studied philology (the study of written history) at the Free University of Brussels in the 1950’s. He and Guy Debord were the principal theorists of the Situationist International, which had wide influence on radical artistic and political thought in the 1960’s. His best known work, The Revolution of Everyday Life, expounds the situationist belief that capitalism promoted “passive second-hand individual expression through the consumption of commodities over directly lived experiences and first-hand fulfillment of personal desires” and inflicted profound damage on the quality of human life for both individuals and society.

Fish Tales – Call for Storytellers

The Gloucester Writers Center’s live story telling program Fish Tales is looking for storytellers for the upcoming show on Friday, October 7th, 7:30 PM at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center.

The theme is Tag Team, stories told by two people taking turns. Sisters, brothers, friends, spouses, any two people who share a tale. Please get in touch with Maureen Aylward ( if you have a story to tell with a partner. Don’t delay, only a few spots left in the line-up.

Fish Tales Storyteller Guidelines

  • Stories should be true and from the personal experience of the storyteller.
  • Stories must be stories, not personal narratives about a subject/theme.
  • Stories are most effective if told without reading a script. If this seems difficult, make an outline and tell the story to the mirror a few times, then try it without the outline. Experience tells us that a story that is told and not read has greater lasting power.
  • Stories must be five minutes. Keep an eye on the time keeper who will signal when you are approaching the end of your time. In some venues we only have 1 hour for the show so your help is appreciated in keeping to the 5 minute limit.
  • Storytellers who are far over the 5 minute timeline will not be included in the final cut of our film that appears on Cape Ann TV and posted on the GWC website.
  • Arrive at the venue ten minutes before the start time to find out where you are in the line-up and to get comfortable.
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  • To see a sample show:
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