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Hail to the Chief!

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Chief Samuel George, of the Bear Clan of the Cayuga Nation, represents with his wife Debbie. They live in Cuba, NY, and will be vacationing here on Cape Ann next summer. I guess this is the first Chief and head of state to visit my gallery. Perhaps he’s also the first American Indian Chief to own the sticka.  All Hail to the Chief!


In talking to the Chief, I could tell that this was a wise and gracious man. He wanted to know about Dogtown’s history and of local native Americans. I told him what I learned from Elyssa East’s book, www.dogtownthebook.com/elyssa-east, and how the Dogtown residents left because of raids during the French and Indian War. Then I explained how Dogtown is now: Big, wildly overgrown with few marked trails thru the jungle, and is very easy to get lost in. Chief Samuel George softly remarked: “That’s good.” Makes you think…

The New Gloucester Harbor and Monster Tuna

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Tonight (Sunday 8/18/13) Janet and I went to the final hour of the Waterfront Festival. After a brief stop in the gallery, we decided to take our cars to Captain Carlo’s for dinner, and on the way to our cars, Janet pointed out a large motor yacht tied up at the Fort. I immediately saw the possibilities of an interesting post of our old harbor and what’s ahead in the future, so I told her I’d meet her after taking a few shots from behind Latitude 43.

Out of the corner of my eye I saw a very large tuna being unloaded at the Intershell dock. The tuna boat was Second Source of Marblehead. Even the Intershell fish cutter/processor (orange foul weather pants) was taking photos of this exceptional fattie monster tuna.

It looks like they were in awe of this fish. The Intershell employee is holding a fillet knife to cut out samples to check for quality, and they’re all hoping it won’t fall on them. That would be bad – real bad. Taking into account the relative size of the fishermen, we estimate this tuna to be at least 12 feet in length. Tomorrow, I’m walking down to Intershell and getting us a piece of this beautiful giant for the grill. This island we live on is very, very special.

Gray’s Hardware post reached Texas–1896 Gray Pig Pin

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PigCropped Gray hardwareI received an email yesterday from Attorney David Richards of Fort Worth, Texas. He read my post about Gray’s Hardware on GMG, and the fact that ancestor Lynn Gray said: “My dad, James Gray, used to ride an old fashioned bicycle with the large front wheel around Gloucester as advertising for the store. If anyone has a picture of my dad on that bicycle, now THAT’s something I’d like to see :)” In his email, David Richards expressed his desire to give this pin to Lynn Gray, free of charge. I contacted Lynn and she’s now the proud owner of a vintage 1896 Gray’s pinback.

Schooner Adventure Sails Again!

Schooner Adventure Sails Again!

Yesterday, August 10th, was a historic day for Gloucester and the Schooner Adventure. For the first time in almost twenty years, the historic 1926 Essex–built knockabout schooner sailed Gloucester Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. This was a trial sail, or soft opening as restaurants call it.


Adventure carries 6,500 square feet of sail and is 122 feet long. Yesterday she easily plowed thru the water at almost 10 knots. The photo below gives you an idea of how big she is. That crew member is not even working on the larger mainsail behind him.


The restoration of Schooner Adventure began in 1990, and she stopped sailing a few years later. This sail opens a new chapter in the vessel’s history, and marks a proud moment for Cape Ann.


Our Adventure will be sailing in the Gloucester Schooner Races this Labor Day Weekend. I think she’ll be the one to beat.


This article is a collaboration between Fred Bodin (writing) and graphic designer Cheryl Briscoe (photography) bluewater_graphics@hotmail.com.

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Dead–Tired Blogging from the Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar

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Dead–Tired Blogging from the Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar

The Sidewalk Bazaar was swarmed on the last day, as expected. It’s fun, fairly profitable, and exhausting.

My potter Dave Matthews made a timely delivery of his mugs for the Bazaar. These are discounted at $10 each. Mohawk Trail mug anyone?

Laura Jardullo shows off her balloon dress, which she bought at the Dress Code. Laura was selling her headbands in front of the gallery. Photo taken with her iPhone.


Diana Long of Gloucester gets snaked at the Cape Ann Vernal Pond booth at Bazaar www.capeannvernalpond.org. Doing the snaking is Alice the boa constrictor. Alice the boa wanted to snake me too, but I demurred.


Great day at the Bazaar! City Councilor Melissa Cox asked if I’d collect donations for the Gloucester Fireworks Fund. Here, Phil Krone of Burlington, VT contributes. I now keep the container in the gallery for future donations. Come visit, say “hi,” and donate, even if it’s a dollar!

Fred Bodin Covers The 2013 Sidewalk Bazaar

Sidewalk Bazaar 2013

Thursdays during the Bazaar are usually very slow, but not this one, as you can see. We’re looking to the west toward the end of Main Street.

Too busy to eat but famished, I escaped to Passports up the street. The owner, Eric, was outside serving up lobster rolls, and late in the day they were reduced to $10 from $12. They’re made Joey C. style, with mayo and no or minimal condiments. There was probably a full lobster in this sandwich, and I apologize for eating 1/4 of it before taking a picture. The willpower is weak when you’re hungry. Passports will have them again tomorrow.

Interesting aside: While struggling to remember the correct phrase for “the willpower is weak,” I considered going into Jalapenos to ask, but that might have been kind of weird. But just then, a couple came into the gallery. It was, I found out, Kay Lazor, a reporter for the Boston Globe, and her husband, who voluntarily helps her with editing (he was an editor for the Boston Herald). They thought “willpower” was good, and corrected my usage of commas. I don’t know them, but I realize I need to brush up on my “AP Stylebook” and “Strunk and White’s Elements of Style.” Life is so interesting, and tomorrow will be a zoo on Main Street and in the gallery. I rush forward to meet it. http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/blogs/white-coat-notes/2013/07/30/summer-first-batch-mosquitoes-with-eee-found-amherst/zUCgZIuxPt7kIHdPi5kFRK/blog.html

Tomorrow we’ll be open at 9am. Outside we’ll feature Laura Jardullo (left) of the Dress Code with her feathered hair bands, and I’ll have 50 newly (today) arrived pieces of Dave Matthews’ pottery at discounted prices. Photo taken in front of the gallery.

Three Generations Represent From Fred Bodin

Three Generations Represent

Grandmother Eileen Donovan of Gloucester, Cheryl Baressi and her daughter Elizabeth Hynes (both from Brookline), represented in my gallery today. It astonishes me how nice people are, and are willing to be photographed for my FB and GMG. They leave with the sticka, and they’ll always remember us.

Birthday Mug Up From Fred Bodin

Birthday Mug Up

The Birthday Mug Up party was a great success.  Friends and people walking by came in. All of the food was over the top, most of it being homemade. Thanks to all! Donuts anyone?


We drank 1.5 gallons of coffee, ate pastries, monkey bread, blueberry scones, smoked salmon, deviled eggs, and Sista’ Felicia’s zucchini pesto with almonds. Although a mug up is a breakfast event, you can see from the debris that this crowd was in a party mood: Beer, Champagne, and Bloody Marys. The photo evidence does not account for all the disposable cups that may have been used as "I’m not drinking – drinking cups." Fun time!


Fred Bodin’s GMG Birthday Mug Up

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This Sunday, July 28th at 9:30am, Fred will be hosting  Mug Up at his gallery, Bodin Historic Photo at 82 Main Street.  Come help celebrate Fred’s birthday (inquiring minds want to know which one it is – anyone care to guess?), and bring along some food or beverage to share if you like, but it’s not required. We’ll be gnawing on deviled eggs, monkey bread, and Fred will be serving coffee and juice.  Meet the GMG crew: Family, authors, and photographers of Good Morning Gloucester.  Birthday presents are fine as long as they are edible and we’ll all share them.  So come on down to Main Street when the parking is free and Fred is one year older.  It’ll be fun, because we don’t just have a party — we ARE the party.  All are welcome!
E.J. Lefavour

The LilyLady of Lanesville from Fred Bodin

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I knew Bobbie Brooks 30+ years ago when she had an antique shop in Lanesville. Now she’s doing amazing work as a professional garden designer, plus growing  and creating hybrids of her own daylilies. Her fields are expansive, covering over one acre, but you’d never know it driving down Rt. 127. She has 800 varieties of hybrid daylilies, the "summer jewels of the garden." I learned much about daylillies in my short time shooting in Bobbie’s one acre garden.

Bobbie demonstrates how hybrids are made. What she likes about this daylily is it’s teeth, or jagged edges.

Bobbie is a hand’s on gardener. She’s a successful garden designer, which is her main business, but she’s also passionate about dayilies. Who else on God’s earth would grow 800 varieties of a plant, and it’s not her major source of income. It must be LOVE.

Fred’s first Birthday present, a potted Sugar Plum daylily, was an unexpected gift from Bobbie Brooks.

I’ll have it displayed at Fred’s Birthday and GMG mug up on Sunday, July 28th, at 9:30am to 11am or later. It’s at my gallery, 82 Main Street in Gloucester. All are welcome.

On your way back home after my event, go see Bobbie – she’ll be open until 2pm Sunday. Go Bobbie! Trust me, I know a good egg when I see one, and it’s her.

Bobbie Brooks 73 Langsford St Lanesville / Rt 127 978 283 4480




The Demolition of a Rockport Landmark

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This iconic smokestack is being slowly taken down, in anticipation of a
housing development planned for the site. It’s scary to see how high up these workers are as they attack the masonry. The "Tool" closed in 1987 after almost a century of manufacturing drop-forged metal tools. Sailors will miss the navigational marker, but now we have GPS and cell phones. The black ring marked the very top of the tower. In the foreground is Pigeon Cove Harbor.

These workers have been working hard with powerful and noisy equipment, and this is how far they got. Implosion is not an option because of nearby homes, boats, cars, and its proximity to Route 127, the major and only road that circumnavigates this island of Cape Ann.

I’ll report on this project as things change, including the mandated public access to the shoreline and water.


Fred’s GMG Birthday Mug Up

This Sunday, July 28th, I’m hosting a Mug Up at the gallery to celebrate my birthday. It starts at 9:30am, and is supported by EJ and Good Morning Gloucester. Bring something to eat or drink if you like, but it’s not required. We’ll be gnawing on deviled eggs, monkey bread, and serving coffee and juice. Meet the GMG crew: Family, authors, and photographers of Good Morning Gloucester. Birthday presents are fine as long as they are edible and we’ll all share them. So come on down when the parking is free and Fred is one year older. Don’t worry, it’ll be fun, because we don’t just have a party — we ARE the party. All are welcome!

Blackburn Challenge 1991 From Fred Bodin

This may have been the Seine Boat with hibachi and keg.. Notice there are two extra passengers. The one in the bow is the bartender, and the one in front of the cox is the grill chef. Rowing is always a good time. If you’d like to row, visit Home page: MaritimeGloucester: Oceans of Discovery, Gloucester, MA 

That’s where I rediscovered the joy of  rowing.



Drive by Shooting on Main Street

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This just happened – a Drive By Shooting! I was walking down to La Trattoria to check out their menu, and as I passed the HarborWalk granite post, I mentioned to the woman looking at the sign that she could read the QR code with her smartphone. After walking another 6 feet, a car stopped in the middle of Main Street. A young woman stuck her head out, iPhone in hand, and said: "You two look great together!" I replied: "I don’t even know her." The woman in the car insisted, so I went to pose with a stranger, and put my arm around her for a picture we’ll never see. When they drove off, I introduced myself as Fred, and she as Jane. She came into my gallery and we chatted. Jane Kingsland, originally from England, is a librarian in Randolph, NJ. She’s here on holiday, and represented our GMG at the scene of the crime. Strangers no more.

Main Street Canal

Submitted by Fred Bodin:

We didn’t get a tornado, as predicted, but we did get heavy rain. It flooded Main Street in downtown Gloucester, and I called it the “Main Street Canal.”

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Riding along the banks of the Main Street Canal

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The storms were moving at 30 mph, and conditions for funnel clouds were popping up here and there. One was sighted in Danvers. Locals and visitors on the street were notified on their phones about the threat. Some tourists asked me what to do. I told them to find a brick building that has a bar and a wine cellar. But really, we know Jack about tornados (or even have shelters), and we tend to be cavalier about devastating hurricanes. Blizzards – Light the candles, crank up the wood stove, open the wine, and belay the shoveling until it stops. Snow storms in New England we know, I’ll take them any day over tornados, earthquakes, and hurricanes.

Sushi Bar at the Madfish From Fred Bodin

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Last week Janet and I parked ourselves at the Madfish Sushi Bar. It had a view of our two professional sushi chefs and Smith Cove. Our appetizer was a dozen Pemaquid (ME) oysters, which were new to us. They get Chowhound Fred’s seal of approval. Excellent! The waitstaff gives you prompt service and coordinates seamlessly with the chefs.


These are two sushi rolls: the Rocky Neck (L) and the Parisienne (R). So delicious, and there’s so much to choose from.


Not exactly dessert, but better. This the the "Toro" Sashimi. They sear the edges with a torch. It literally melts in your mouth!


Madfish Grille, Rocky Neck: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Madfish-Grille/219110261434146?rf=117896918222946

4th of July Reflections

Submitted by Fred Bodin:

I try to keep two things in mind about the 4th of July: It’s a celebration of family, friends, and cookouts; concerts, parades and fireworks. And it’s also a recognition of those who have served and sacrificed to achieve our independence, and keep it since 1776.

Ruth Pino, a local realtor, sends out occasional motivational and timely quotes. Here are two from today: “You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” ~Erma Bombeck. And this one: “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” ~Elmer Davis

Musicians on Main Street

Submitted by Fred Bodin

Here’s a very short video from Main Street during Fiesta Friday night. These two musicians were going into shops and restaurants to play Italian music. Between their lack of English and my lack of Italian, I couldn’t find out who they were or who hired them. My guess is that they were freelancers. You can see the $$ stuffed into their jackets!

Musicians on Main Street
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