Tag Archives: Dogtown
Dylan L’Abbe-Lindquist serving Cape Ann Brew Pub Dier Beer
Although it sounded so interesting, I very unfortunately missed the Dogtown Days lecture program held at the Cape Ann Museum as I was covering the Rockport Harvestfest (we oftentimes say on GMG that we are incredibly blessed that here on Cape Ann we have an embarrassment of riches in wonderful and worthwhile things to do and see). I did however attend the reception held afterward at the Sawyer Free. This is the second annual Dogtown Days event sponsored by the group of citizens Friends of Dogtown, a relatively newly formed outfit dedicated to restoring, protecting, and celebrating Dogtown, along with the far reaching goals to construct a visitor’s center and to help mitigate the ongoing misuse of the landscape.
Mary Weissblum’s Swamp Cake
Two of the highlights of the reception were Mary Weissblum’s Swamp Cake and Cape Ann Brew Pub’s colonial Dier Beer, both made with ingredients mentioned in historical accounts of Dogtown. Mary is going to provide GMG readers with the Swamp Cake recipe, spiced with ginger and nutmeg, and super delicious. Dylan L’Abbe-Lindquist’s Dier beer was outstanding and is going to be available at the Brew Pub in about a week. The brew was richly dark, made chocolatey in color almost, from the molasses and special carmelized flavored hops. Most amazingly, Dylan and his wife, along with their little baby, scoured Dogtown trails for authentic ingredients, which include Staghorn Sumac, winterberries, cranberries, and beach plums–it truly is a wonderfully flavorful brew. Ask for it at the Brew Pub, you won’t be disappointed.
Kit Cox and Dylan
Today is the 123rd anniversary of James Merry’s unfortunate encounter with a neighbor’s bull, Jack. It is recounted in Charles Olson’s renowned poem and is permanently memorialized in Dogtown, where it all occurred.
Thanks to Paul Morrison for the reminder.
From MAXIMUS, FROM DOGTOWN-I
Originally posted October 18, 2010
Below is a blurb describing some graffiti removal work around Gloucester yesterday.
I wonder if your GMG readers might help us identify other areas around Gloucester for future clean-ups.
Nick, Cape Ann Trail Stewards
The Essex County Anti Graffiti unit was in town this Wednesday morning to clean up the Sawyer Library and sites in West Gloucester and at the Cherry Street entrance to Dogtown.
The clean up team, led by Sergeant Christopher Goudreault, uses a combination of high pressure water and baking soda to remove paint from various surface.
Here is a before and after view of a utility building along Concord Street near the new Exit 13 entrance to Greenbelt’s Tompson Street Reservation.
Below are before and after photos from the Bray Street entrance to Tompson Reservation and the entrance to Dogtown.
Thanks to Mary Devaney of Rockport’s Anti-graffiti task force and to the Gloucester Department of Public Works and Gloucester Police Department and Sawyer Library Director Fred Cowan for coordinating this work.
Nick Holland, President, Cape Ann Trail Stewards
James Merry was a fisher man back in days of yore
But he left the blue in ninety-two for the trade of matador
So he got a bull and he raised it up full
And he learned the corrida lore
Then he died like a toad on the Dogtown Road
Bleeding from a stomach gore
-by Shep Abbott
Lots of beauty in the details!
These were photographed in Dogtown.
P.S. I still have more 2nd hand stores to talk about! Coming soon!
I love sumac at this time of year! Great colors, textures and lines. From a photo walk in Dogtown with the participants in my photography workshop.
The Babson Boulders of Dogtown are one of the harder-to-find attractions in Gloucester; you have to download a map and go trekking through the woods. It’s well worth the walk, and can be a lot of fun (especially when it isn’t tick-and-mosquito season).
It was a gift from the artist, my friend Michael Foley. I don’t know of anyone else who makes these! You can see more of his work, including other “boulders”, on his website or on Facebook. He also has work at “The Art Nook” on Bearksin Neck.
As part of Earth Day Clean Up Cape Ann Trail Stewards organized a clean up along the trails around Goose Cove Resevoir.
For Today and the upcoming week’s Earth day Schedule around Cape Ann Click Here-
Click map for interactive information and send in your Earth Day Clean Up Pictures And I’ll attach them to the map and the blog!
Roger Davis reports:
On Sunday, the Cape Ann Trails Stewards organized a cleanup along the trails around and above the Goose Cove Reservoir. A number of people worked at cleaning up the service road around the reservoir (including at least a couple of dads with young sons). Patti Amaral reported collecting several bags of trash around the parking area at the entrance to Dogtown. These photos show the cleanup at an apparent party spot near the city’s compost area in Dogtown. A group of a dozen volunteers collected a dozen bags full of empty cans, bottles and litter. This area borders a sensitive vernal wetland, so it was good to see it cleaned up. It was good to see so many people stepping up to return our woodlands to its beautiful natural state.
Kudos to volunteers. Kudos for Cape Ann Trails Stewards. Keep your eyes open for future activities of this newly organized volunteer group.
The scene after clean up.
Michael Dugan, the little boy in this 1975 photo, is now a senior VP at Forbes. His mother, Jean Dugan, suggests that he took the message on this boulder to heart!
This classic photo comes courtesy of Jean Dugan, one of the parishioners at Holy Family Parish. I’d love to do a series of photos of each boulder with a person or object that typifies the word, like she has done here with “loyalty”! What could be better than a loyal dog in Dogtown on the “Loyalty” boulder?
I was trying to come up with something for a post for today, and could only come up with rough ideas I found in Dogtown…