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Cedonia Crosby Tugboat

Overcast skies and chilly temperatures. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Deep sigh, and waiting for spring.

Cedonia Crosby  Glopucester MA©Kim Smith 2015

The Cedonia Crosby, from Tugboat Information:

Built in 1979, by Eymard and Sons Shipyard of Harvey, Louisiana (hull #12) as the Nora Adams for the Adams Marine Towing Company of Morgan City, Louisiana.

In 2008, the tug was acquired by Crosby Marine Transportation of Golden Meadow, Louisiana. Where she was renamed as the Cedonia Crosby.

Powered by two GM 12V-71 diesel engines. With a 6:1 reduction, for a rated 1,000 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two 30kW generators. The tug’s capacities are 10,000 gallons of fuel oil, and 2,000 gallons of potable water.
(Birk Thomas)

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They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships

Snowy morning scenes from the boulevard and Eastern Point Lighthouse.

They that go down to the sea in ships.

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The Fisherman 's Family

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Snowy Day Eastern Point Lighthouse

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BREAKING NEWS SNOWFALL RECORDS SMASHED!

With a total of 108.6 inches, last night at 7pm 2014-2015 became Boston’s snowiest winter since snowfall records started being kept in 1872.

Gloucester smashed her record awhile back. I think we are currently at around 125 to 126 inches. Does anyone know Gloucester’s official total?

 

Flurrying in Gloucester

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Read more about record snowfall in today’s Globe.

Top Ten Snowiest Winters

 

 

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Homie Is Flying At The #GloucesterMA Booth At The Seafood Show

Big time props to all those who made the Gloucester Booth happen. For too many years I’d attend the International Boston Seafood Show and Gloucester had no representation. This group has elevated our town on an international stage and for that we should all be proud. Thank you for all you do.

BIKINI-SPEEDO DODGEBALL 2013 – THE MOVIE #gloucesterma

For all of you folks that have never witnessed THE MOVIE for 2013, please take the time to do so. You will be entertained.

(for ease of playback on a video of this length, click the play button, then pause it for a few seconds, it speeds up the loading process)

And please come out and support this years event, it’a for the NEXT STEP, they change lives…you could, too!

Exciting News! (Edited)

GORGEOUS JUVENILE SNOW GOOSE IN GLOUCESTER!
Snow Goose Juvenile Gloucester Massachusetts ©Kim Smith 2015Many thanks to Michelle Barton for alerting us about the Snow Goose at Good Harbor Beach. Michelle and Chris Anderson’s son, Atticus, has a superb eye for identifying rare and unusual birds that are migrating through our region. It was the Barton-Anderson Family who first alerted us to the Snowy Owl in our neighborhood this past January.*Snow Goose Juvenile Gloucester Massachusetts Cnadian Geese ©Kim Smith 2015

Snow Goose Juvenile Canadina Geese Gloucester Massachusetts Essex County  ©Kim Smith 2015The juvenile Snow Goose and flock of Canadian Geese are foraging for grasses along the water’s edge. They yank and tug vigorously at the sea grass roots until dislodging.

Snow Goose Juvenile Gloucester Massachusetts -3 ©Kim Smith 2015Snow Goose Gloucester Massachusetts Essex County Teeth Tomia ©Kim Smith 2015 copySnow Geese mate for life, breeding during the summer months in the Arctic Tundra. Their annual journey  from summer breeding grounds to winter home is a roundtrip of more than 5,000 miles, and they are oftentimes traveling at speeds of up to 50mph! There are four migratory corridors, or flyways, in North America. From west to east, they are the Pacific, Central, Mississippi, and Atlantic. Gloucester is a special place where we are centrally located in the Atlantic flyway.

Snow Goose Good Harbor Beach Gloucester Massachusetts ©Kim Smith 2015Thanks so much again Michelle and Atticus for the Snow Goose alert!* See comment below from Chris Anderson

See More Snow Goose Photos Here Read more

Welcome to Historic Gloucester!

Welcome to Beautiful and Historic Downtown Gloucester. Visitors,  you’re often left to dispose of your trash on the sidewalk or street. Nearby residents, you dump your household trash in the barrels or on the sidewalk when they’re full. It’s convenient for you and you save $2 per week.Trash5695wm

I tried to help Fred Bodin visit the State House. Here’s what happened

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He doesn’t need help.

Fred with Peter Webber, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, and Ronda Faloon, Cape Ann Museum.

Since 1993, the Massachusetts Cultural Council Commonwealth Awards have been given every two years and celebrate achievement in arts and culture. Specifically,

“The Commonwealth Awards shine a spotlight on the extraordinary contributions made by the arts, sciences, and humanities to education, economic vitality, and quality of life in communities across the state.”

See the full list here. Yo-Yo Ma (1997) and David McCullough (1999) are two notable past recipients. Prior city or town wins include:

Somerville (1993)

Northampton (1995, same year as Aerosmith)

Boston via Clara Wainwright (1999 First Night, Quilts—including Gloucester)

Springfield (1999 Library and Museums)

Cambridge (2003)

Worcester (2009, same year as Peabody Essex Museum)

Haverhill (2011)

Barnstable (2013)

Gloucester (2015) and Plymouth (2015)

Maritime Gloucester, Cape Ann Museum, Art Haven, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library, Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester Stage, Cape Ann Cinema, HarborWalk, the City Archives, the partners of the two Cultural Districts, and more all mentioned this special day.

Joey and guests summed up the honor on Podcast 120: “Without having the narrow blinders of us living in this community, can you really think of another community (other than Boston and one that’s our size)…Where else would have as vibrant an arts community?” Well, nearly that quote. Hmmm. Nominate GMG for 2016 in media?

Congratulations to the other 2015 winners:

Malcolm Rogers, Beverly Morgan Welch, Town of Plymouth, Pittsfield Barrington Stage Co, Highland Street Foundation (see Free Fun Fridays GMG post), Barr Foundation, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Artsboston, WBUR, WGBY, Holyoke Enchanted Circle Theater, Amherst Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Cambridge Science Festival, Boston Conservatory, and the Worcester Art Museum

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Breaking News!

A male King Eider is currently on the backshore. Two gentlemen from Carlisle were kind enough to allow me to look through their scope and Michelle Barton reports that it was there on Friday, too. The eider can be seen while standing at the small cleared space on the side of the road, across from The Elks at Bass Rocks. The King Eider is a spectacularly colored bird and is too far offshore for the capabilities of my 200mm lens but here is a beautiful photo from Wiki Commons Media. King Eiders forage on seabeds up to 82 feet deep and I imagine that is what the diving eider spotted this morning was doing. Happy Birding!

 

Read More about the Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend schedule of events, which is taking place this weekend, here.

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Thank You, Grand Isle

There have been some great posts (and gorgeous photos) about the USCG Cutter Grand Isle, its years of service, and the fact that it was decommissioned earlier this week.

This may sound silly, but here in Rockport, at our tiny little home, it was sad news.

My boys have loved that vessel since they could both say, “boat.”  The several months that the Grand Isle left us back in 2011 for an overhaul in Baltimore were loooong months for Thatcher and Finn.  Such a quirky thing, but they missed her presence in the harbor greatly.

Grown-ups do coffee runs….  Thatcher and Finn have asked me to do boat runs for as long as I can remember.  I’ve written about this before, so forgive me if you read it, but for YEARS now, no matter the season, we have been doing the tour.  “The tour?”  You may ask.  Well, it goes like this….  some time in the parking lot of Cape Ann Marina to see the shrink wrapped boats, or a drive by the docks to see those in the water, down the boulevard, past the Fishermen’s Wives Statue, a quick sit at the Man at the Wheel to watch whatever traffic may be going in or out of the harbor, through the fort, past St. Peter’s Square, check on some of the fishing fleet, look for the Privateer, check on the Lannon, down Washington Street to Harbor Loop, count the Coast Guard inflatables and grey 47-footers, see who is docked behind Captain Carlos, down to Cape Ann Whale Watch to see the Hurricane, and then on to the their Disney….The State Fish Pier.   Each and every time…upon driving past Pratty’s, the boys would declare, “I think the Grand Isle is in!” or “I think the Grand Isle is out!”  “What do you think, Mom?”  They’d make me drive crazy slow to let the anticipation build until the nose of our Jeep would peak past the Environmental Police building to catch a glimpse…or not…of the mighty Grand Isle.  It took a couple of years for them to realize that if they would just look up (at high tide anyway) they could see her yellow tower rising from the harbor…hence giving her away.

Thatcher, in particular, has been somewhat obsessed with the Coast Guard as a whole for years.  I’ll never forget the day he was standing forever peering at the boats through the fence at Solomon Jacobs Park until a new hero, Petty Officer Bowen, came over and invited him into the fenced in area for a tour.  Oh my, the smile!  Petty Officer Bowen later shared with me, that having grown up in Chatham, he used to spend hours doing the very same thing.  Kindred spirits, those two.  I’m not sure he’s aware of the little fire that was lit in Thatcher that day.  But I’m incredibly thankful for it.

As the love affair continued there would be more tours of the Coast Guard Station and vessels at Harbor Loop, a Coast Guard hat for his birthday, a Coast Guard shirt that reads, “Schrafft” and the year “2025”….as in the year Thatcher would be eligible for the academy, Coast Guard patches, and even a Coast Guard Halloween costume (loved that!).  And then….there was the tour of the Grand Isle.

The boys couldn’t even believe their good fortune.  They looked forward to the day for a couple of weeks….and then clammed up like crazy in the midst of all of the excitement….but, talked about it relentlessly for months afterwards. (Thanks, Cousin Rob!)  They were so little then….yet, so in love with that boat.

As a parent, you never really know what your children will become passionate about.  We have clocked hours sitting in the parking lot of the State Fish Pier just looking at the Grand Isle.  During winter months, the boys would sip their hot chocolate after hockey practice.  Summer months….there’d be smoothies.  On so many of those days, my dad would happen to call and get a good chuckle upon asking, “What are you guys up to?” only to find out that we were sitting looking at her ….again.

I wouldn’t trade a single one of those seconds that I spent wondering who thought I was stalking them as we sat in front of her bow. I was always keenly aware that surely there was someone up in the pilot house thinking, “Yikes. There’s that Jeep again.”  I was happiest when I could put the windows down so that the boys would be visible in the back seat.

So, Thank You, Grand Isle.  Thank you for helping me foster something wonderful in my boys.  Thank you for helping to spark their interest and for being the impetus for many valuable lessons.  I know at least two little boys who will miss seeing you sit proud and strong in our waters.

 

Tremendous News for Gloucester

TS Eliot’s Restless Ghost Finds Home in Seaside Idyll

The Guardian UK

February 14, 2015

By Robert McCrum

Last September, listeners to National Public Radio, the US equivalent of Radio 4, heard an elderly New England widow, Dana Hawkes, describe how, at home in Massachusetts, her late husband would sometimes say “he used to see TS Eliot’s ghost.”

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TS Eliot at his house, 18 Edgemoor in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Photograph: © Estate of T.S. Eliot

There is something apt in this claim. The author of Four Quartets and Murder in the Cathedral, who was born in St Louis on 26 September 1888, but lived and died in London, has always projected a rather spectral persona.

From his haunting recitation of The Waste Land (“Unreal city …”) to his cadaverous alter ego, Old Possum, and his fascination with clairvoyants such asMadame Sosostris, Eliot has always been a sombre, other-worldly figure in the literary landscape.

In his afterlife, as an Anglo-American literary giant with a long shadow, the poet’s psychic exile has never been quite fully commuted. Despite a memorial stone in Poet’s Corner and the kind of instant recognition known to Shakespeare, Keats and Wordsworth, TS Eliot has no shrine to equal Stratford, Hampstead or Grasmere.

Even in his native America, Eliot has remained homeless. In New England, Concord celebrates Henry Thoreau. Emily Dickinson is remembered in Amherst, and Nathaniel Hawthorne in Salem.

In contrast, the founding father of Modernism and author of The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock, seems remote and unaffiliated. For all his British citizenship and membership of the Church of England, Eliot has become strangely rootless.

But now, 50 years after his death, and two years after the passing of Valerie, his beloved second wife, Eliot’s ghost is being appeased. The Observer has learned that, in a remarkable coup, the poet’s estate has just acquired the Eliot family’s summer house by the sea, in Gloucester, Massachusetts. READ FULL STORY HERE

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18 Edgemoor, Eastern Point ~ The Eliot family house in Massachusetts. Photograph: © Estate of T.S. Eliot

Not only has the estate bought the house (for $1.3m), it plans to use it to promote Eliot’s life and works to his American readers. Reihill said: “By this time next year we hope to offer up to six poets, essayists or playwrights at a time a peaceful retreat to work on their projects. We’d also like to work with institutions of higher education to make it a centre for weekend symposia on Eliot or on poets and poetry related to him.”

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View from the porch at 18 Edgemoor

8fc3e992-f4e5-4cc9-a34d-4e17bef04ec9-2060x1590Young Tom with his mother at the house in 1895. Photograph: © Estate of T.S. Eliot

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Shared on FB by Eastern Point Lit House co-founder Chris Anderson.

AMIRA & SAM – Boston- One Night Only Feb 21 Meet the director and star- next week Salem

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Single-screen movie houses whether intimate (Cape Ann Cinema and Stage) or grand (Ziegfield) are a luxury. Seeing a movie in a place like that is an event. The really good ones can make you feel like you’re about to see a masterpiece. And then there are movies that must be seen on a big screen and that invite a shared cultural experience. Sometimes both. You just have to leave the house. If you missed the recent Gloucester premier for the movie Amira & Sam at Cape Ann Cinema, get ready to mark your calendar for two more Massachusetts premiers. The movie will be shown this weekend ONE NIGHT ONLY for a very special Boston screening and again next week in Salem, details for both as follows:

 

First up—BOSTON. This Saturday, February 21, join writer-director Sean Mullin and star Dina Shihabi for a One Night Only screening Amira and Sam. Mullin works out of LA and is promoting his debut feature. AMIRA & SAM – Boston – One Night Only

What: Amira and Sam special Boston screening with Director and cast member(s)

When: Saturday, February 21, 2015, 7pm

Where: Theater 1 and Space 57 at the Revere Hotel, Boston, MA

Purchase tickets here  https://gm1.ggpht.com/MIH2xns_C0K5RM4_4pbEUdXMQShRF5X3sn50AUbK3uy3rqoJWdwEdDXpudVV3BKZb7hTXnJesI6OENHIq84ELhwB3z0ARyVMmRbJ7GS80z2V6h6DaA84Mu9Gimk3QJndZuxWeFzTZm9yD2Du90UshngOXffXEfEZQ-TuO77LqGCcXm0VUsyr5wch9R97Rrac9nfMUk4se2pE3luAf8PVdwu-mv2oKo7Cy_EMVs_42hvFIz1lXPKnOG3yMDAzsdl2hQXOyVpI1ZypUxUPGzYiTMr0sGnnvxIL3JtAhJd3n7SJnjc_K6AZ4GKo0LSlRitmG0vlyHmBtlzzsyXQjXH7-d-wo9RTWyX0PJ0Il2mrBTJ6O4ZP87TCM6KYdvlcLHAdoezZ2iBSwTHmJ3he92LpgZ4uuOYiOe_-uhLIHV7KFCLrDS0GJI4Z6aLgDfrSrZ2uFam7xYLBOupVfAzBqBkjcqPxJTRTrYnkjLmGzrxAIQxDgvKPKgqgVvCmFZEAhGQmPWoTO9-ycs9zJ-p3ZkQB5UvOF-A_MI3aSdhSUk2rZkx2m84MV47EANxN2zxuRkm3PUTWUl40HA=w222-h144-l75-ft

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**Just Announced**
Discounted tickets for students and military (active, reserve, and veteran)!

 

Next week, SALEM.  Premiers Thursday February 26th with a special screening and skype Q&A with the writer-director Sean Mullin. The Q&A at the Gloucester premier was great fun thanks to Mullin’s smart, quick wit. The movie will continue its Salem run through March 5th.

What: Amira and Sam special Salem premier with skype Q&A

When: Salem premier, Thursday, February 26, 2015 with Skype Q&A

February 27-March 5th daily screenings

Where: Drafthouse Films, Salem, MA

Purchase tickets here:

http://drafthousefilms.com/film/amira-sam

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