Every year the Rotary Club spends a day scraping, painting, cleaning and landscaping around the Anthony Gentile Bandstand to ready it for the tourist and wedding seasons as well as the summer concert series. One of Greg Bover’s jobs as the club member most comfortable with working up high is to go up on the roof to the cupola to spruce it up and change the light bulb. He learned to do this job from the late Herb Goodick, and remembers his dedication to citizenship, “service above self” and his deep love of Gloucester every time he climbs up there.
A few years ago Greg noticed that the cool one-of-a-kind weathervane with its two homies was not turning and took it down for repairs. Only then after cleaning it did he realize that it was a memorial to Yvette Suzanne York. She was a young woman who died of leukemia some years back, and her family gave this nicely conceived piece of work for this windy spot.
The copper birds both have inlaid glass eyes and the lighthouse has a little mirror where the light would be, it shines out if you see it from just the right angle. Greg would love to know who made it, if anyone knows.
It has now been greased and is ready for another year’s service.
This is an update to this post I wrote in May 2012. Following is the story by Linda York-Robbins, Yvette’s mother, who desiged the weathervane that Greg was repairing:
My new swimsuit arrived today from Coastal Dog Apparel in plenty of time for the New Year’s Polar Plunge. These thing are pretty snazzy and might be just the thing for a cold dip. Comfy and loose outer swimsuit with an inner swimsuit that is form fitting. Keeping those kibbles and bits all snug is key when diving into 42° F ice water.
The tourists and the snowy owls all flew away. I wonder why?
To prepare for the chill the Rubber Duck went off to Stage Fort Park to check out the snowy owls.
This is a photo of a sexy potato which has nothing whatsoever to do with this post.
While walking this morning at Stage Fort Park with Elynn Kroger, we encountered this beautiful snowy owl. A little later, I ran into Peggy Russell from Pop Gallery, who also had seen him, but hadn’t been able to get a shot of him. This is for you Peggy. Merry Christmas. What a special treat on Christmas morning.
Of course it never fails that I encounter something magical when I carry my chumpy little pocket camera. I wish I’d brought the nice one Paul Frontiero gave me, as I had originally intended. Lesson. Never second-guess your first impulse.
On Saturday we took Avery (2) and Cole (4) to Stage Fort Park and Half Moon Beach with Auntie Ericka. So much fun.
Stage Fort itself was used during the American Revolution, which is evident in the cannons that line the path to the top of he rocky cliffs.
Can you feel it? People trying to pack a whole summer into the last week before school starts, which seems to get earlier every year. It feels like there’s so much going on that every choice we make effectively says “No” to a dozen other things we’d like to do. Take today for instance. Live music starts at 11:30am at Stage Fort Park and continues into the night at restaurants, clubs, @ Shalin Liu, on schooners and in the streets. See the full live music schedule here.
Just in case that’s not enough for you, there’s also the Farmer’s Market at Stage Fort Park from 3-6:30 and today you can catch NAMA’s only Gloucester-based Seafood Throwdown of the year at 4:30 featuring a showdown between 2012 HarvestFest champs Gloucester’s Willow Rest and 2008 Genoa World Pesto champs Beverly’s Prides Osteria. Spectators get to taste the food so you really don’t want to miss this one!
See how much fun these Seafood Throwdowns are in this video by Joey from the 2010 epic rematch between Passports & Dog Bar.
August 11th at 7pm for an afternoon of Latin and World Music with the band Grupo Fantasia at at the Stage Fort Park bandstand.
This is a FREE concert.
For more information visit www.davidlbenjamin.com or http://www.gimmesound.com/Venue.cfm?vID=127
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MUSIC IN MASCONOMO PARK – SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
TONIGHT, Tuesday, July 9, 2013
HARBOR LOOP – SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
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Gloucester has so many great wedding photo opportunities, this one was at Stage Fort Park.
Patiently waiting for the gates to open.
The unleashing with Mayor Kirk.
The first belly rub.
The Gloucester Dog Park at Stage Fort Park opened officially on Saturday. Many 2 legged and 4 legged friends came out to play in the park for the first time. I was surprised by how many people came out.
Congrats to the Friends of the Gloucester Dog Park for making it a huge success!
The Dog park has three sections, one for Large dogs, one for smaller dogs, and another for dogs who may not be completely ready to romp with their friends. At the entrance to each play area are park rules. Make sure you and your dog(s) follow those rules for everyone’s safety. You can read them HERE.
It was nice to see the dogs chasing each other, playing with their humans and relaxing in the sun. I would say it’s dog approved!
Exploring Stage Fort Park From Ann Kennedy
Half Moon Beach
I happened upon this shot on my way out of town last Wednesday.
North Shore Kid
The water-color has been really amazing lately.
Shot this this afternoon… It’s an Aerial Video of portions of Stage Fort Park.
There is a New Set of Propellers on the machine that haven’t been balanced yet and they are causing some distortion…
Will have the problem corrected this weekend.
Filmed by John Van Ness (Zip Line Kid) using his new Christmas present (Nikon Coolpix) with a little help from Dad.
Commentary by Julia Amero & John Van Ness. Edited by Dad.
It makes me want to get out my red Flexible Flyer.