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Get Ready for Cape Ann’s Premiere Fashion Show!

unnamedBaylee Kirk models an Alyssa Fishenden Band-Aid dress.

By Terry Weber

 

Fashionistas and jewelry lovers across the North Shore are gearing up for the Celebrate Wearable Art Fashion and Runway Show scheduled for September 27 at Cruiseport in Gloucester. Celebrate Wearable Art (CWA) is a half day celebration of handmade unique clothing, jewelry, and accessories crafted by local and visiting artists and designers. The event features a fashion runway show with local models, a sale of locally made clothing, jewelry and accessories, and a buffet of Mediterranean appetizers, coffee and sweets.

 

The proceeds will benefit the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts – Cape Ann (seARTS) and is organized by seARTS Wearable Art members and volunteers.  This year it will kick off Boston Fashion Week, and links the North Shore fashion community with the Boston Fashion Trail by way of Gloucester. 25% of the participating artist-vendors sales are donated to seARTS and for the first time, exclusive wearable vests will be auctioned at the event with vest artists donating all or part of the sale to seARTS).

 

Here’s what you need to know to participate in this event:

 

Would you like to attend? If you book your tickets before August 15, your name will be entered into the Arts Destination Drawing, sponsored by the Franklin Cafe. That means you could win one of two packages including a night’s stay after the show, and a gift certificate for shopping and dining. Gift package donors include: Blue Shutters Beachside Inn, Pleasant Street Inn, Lexicon Gallery, Ohana restaurant, and Canterbury Hill Studio & Gallery. Please note the August 15 deadline represents an extension from the original July 20 deadline. Don’t delay on buying tickets, two shows in previous years have sold out!

 

For best seating, purchase your tickets today at http://www.cwa3.eventbrite.com or mail a check to seARTS, PO Box 1476, Gloucester, MA. 01931. Please include your email for ticket confirmation. Or, stop by the Pop Gallery, 67 Main Street, Gloucester, MA to purchase your tickets. Ticket prices range from $125 to $175 and details about seating arrangements can be found here: http://www.searts.org/wp/cwa.

 

Are you a fashion designer, artist, or local creative looking to turn your idea into a wearable piece? To check out the possibility of your designs being showcased on the runway, download and save the PDF application from searts.org/cwa, and email to wearableart@searts.org. Or, send your application to seARTS, PO Box 1476, Gloucester, MA, 01931 with an application fee of $35 by August 15. A limited number of spots are available.

 

Are you a model? A call for additional models will be held on Saturday, August 22 in Gloucester at the Cape Ann Savings Bank Community Room (10 AM to 1 PM, 123 Main Street). Hosted by Darlene Sweeney of WSM Talent, Newburyport, participating models will be matched with fashions and jewelry submitted by designers and artists.   Potential models must sign up in advance by emailing wearableart@searts.org; please enter “model inquiry” into the subject line. Be sure to include your name and photo.

 

Would you like to sponsor this event? Event sponsorships are open for all categories; in particular, seARTS seeks a presenting sponsor. Sponsorship requests should be directed to Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco at jgdefalco@verizon.net.

 

For all other details and updates on this event, please visit www.searts.org/CWA. Don’t miss out on this Cape Ann original event!

Katherine Worth model

Katherine Worth models a Jane Wilson Marquis pressed flower wedding dress.

Both photos are from Linehan Photography

Fun Facts About Gloucester’s Breakwater From Terry Weber

old time photo breakwater

Fun Facts About Gloucester’s Breakwater

Because I am a research geek, I present to you some fun facts about Gloucester’s breakwater.

This 2,250 foot breakwater was built by the Army Corps of Engineers aided by the Rockport Granite Company between 1894 – 1905.

Its official name is the Dog Bar Breakwater.

It was built partly because after Eastern Point Lighthouse was lit in 1832, ships continued to run aground on Dog Bar Reef. Residents also wanted to keep rough water out of the harbor during storms.

The substructure is a rubble hill made from grout, broken granite and the refuse from quarries, averaging 100 feet wide at the base and gradually narrowing to about 30 feet. 

The rubble was dumped overboard in a line and allowed to “settle” for several years until it was ready for the top structure, or “superstructure.”

The superstructure is composed of seven tiers of cut granite, placed on top of each other in pyramid-like fashion.

Each of the top capstones weights at least ten tons.

Further extension of the breakwater was considered, but officials at the time could not agree whether it was necessary, or would have adverse affects on the harbor.

Cost at the time was $300,000 to $500,000; now it would cost an estimated 14 million.

The breakwater was described in a 1905 Boston Globe article as a “delightful promenade for the people.”

Dog Bar Breakwater is now part of a 53-acre nature preserve owned by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Monarch butterflies and seabirds can be spotted there.  

Nearby the breakwater, towards the Eastern Point lighthouse, you can find “Mother Ann’s Rock”—a rock formation similar to New Hampshire’s Old Man of the Mountain. You can find a great post about Mother Ann’s Rock from E.J. LeFavour on GMG, just put the words “Mother Ann” into the Search Box, and you will see it about three posts down.

Did you know? A short loop trail through a nearby “forest“ is located across from a cul-de-sac named Aileen Terrace. It’s public and you can walk it if you can find it!

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Wild, Wacky and Wonderful…Gloucester!

Story by Terry Weber

My husband and I were hiking in the Ravenswood Park area and saw this:
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Yes, it appears to be part of a human skeleton, nailed to a tree. It was about 15 to 20 feet off the ground–too high for us to touch or get a closer look.
We discussed it, saying it was creepy, and hoped it was not real. We considered all the “rational” reasons part of a skeleton could be nailed to a tree: It was fake and just a prank from someone who wanted to cause a stir and obviously needs attention. Or, it was a leftover “decoration” that no one took down from a Halloween Haunted Woods event. Or, real or fake, it was a symbol, warning, or trail marker left by an unusual religious group. And last, we thought it might be part of a crime scene. Okay, maybe we have watched too many crime or zombie-apocalypse TV shows. But, we felt that there was a 1% chance it could be real.

With the 1% chance of it being real, I decided to tell the Gloucester Police. Even though I felt silly, I emailed Chief Campanello with a picture of the skeleton so he could decide if, or how, to proceed. The Chief was in Washington DC when I made the report, and he referred the situation to two of his officers. He said based on my picture it was worth looking at, but agreed it was probably just a prank.

Next thing I knew, I was meeting Lt. Joe Fitzgerald and Officer Troy Simoes at the entrance to Ravenswood Park. After looking at the map, we entered the woods from an entrance I was not familiar with, resulting in a navigation challenge while I tried to figure out where the bone was located from a new direction. We took two ATV’s that handled the wider parts of the trail well, but the trail soon became smaller and rockier. I may have screamed and cursed a few times when Lt. Fitzgerald apparently thought he was a NASCAR driver, plowing over rocks and plunging down hills at breakneck speeds. J Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I hardly cried at all.

After about 15 minutes of searching for the right spot on the trail, we had to get off the ATV’s and start walking. I told the officers that the skeleton would be nailed to a tree on our right. A few minutes later, Officer Simoes said “I see it!” and he pointed to the left. I looked up, confused, as I thought the skeleton would be on the right. It was a different skeleton, on a completely different tree! But, like the other one, it appeared to be the foot and lower leg of a human.

photo 2 2nd boneUpon closer inspection (this bone was lower than the one my husband and I found), both officers concluded it was a fake. They could see little seams, and said that a nail would not cause such a neat indentation in the bone. I was relieved there was no crime victim, as were the officers. We also agreed even though the skeletons were fake, they were unsightly and not a great thing for small children to see.
I apologized and thanked both officers for their time, but they said it’s always better to check something out than to ignore it. Plus, there are certainly worse ways to spend your time, riding on an ATV ride through the woods on a beautiful spring day!
After discussing my story with a few people, I heard through the grapevine that other hikers who have lived here longer than me knew about the bones.  There may be many more nailed to trees, but no one had ever notified the police (at least not in recent history).
The experience left me with a few questions: Real or fake, why are the bones nailed to trees?  How long have they been there? Who put them there? Have you ever noticed them? And, should they come down?  Share your thoughts and stories!
Special thanks to Chief Campanello, Lt. Fitzgerald and Officer Simoes. And yes, Officer Simoes is related to GMG’s own Manny Simoes.
 

Read Terry Weber’s Advice for Planning a Memorable Cape Valentine’s Day (Joey is quoted in the article, too!)

By Terry Weber
capeann@wickedlocal.com
Posted Feb. 6, 2015 at 9:02 AM

GLOUCESTER

The good news is that you can complete your shopping for Valentine’s Day right here on Cape Ann. The bad news? You only have eight more days to shop! Yes, you can make dinner reservations, send flowers, and buy chocolates, as most people do. But this year, why not think outside the candy box?

– See more at Wicked Local

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Shop Rockport, even in the winter!

Terry Weber writes…

Shop Rockport, even in the winter!

Yesterday I was very happy to get out of the house and enjoy a day of walking, working and shopping. I went to Rockport, and although the shopping area seemed abandoned compared to summer months, upon closer inspection I found many businesses open. (See below for a partial list of businesses that are open during the winter in Rockport during the winter).

You might think there is nowhere to park, but I found parking easily as the usual tourists are not around and there weren’t many people to be found. But here’ a couple of folks I did run into…

1 traci budrow at sand castlesTraci Budrow at Sand Castles wants you to know that that everything in their store is 50% off, right now! Including these tee shirts!

2 jamie russell uncovering his shopJamie Russell himself was out shoveling his walk way and wants you to know he will be open in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. Give him a call to confirm his hours!

3 dog wants in

This dog was determined to get into the Hula Moon Café! No owner was nearby, the folks at Hula called the police department to report a stray dog. Hope he or she made it home!

Here is a partial list of businesses open in the winter in Rockport. Always call ahead or look online for specific business hours which might be limited during the winter, especially during and after snow storms!

Name Type Address Phone
Bean & Leaf Café Eatery 12 Bearskin Neck 978 546 7500
Brothers’ Brew Eatery 27 Main Street 978 546 3775
The Grand Café Eatery 1 Cathedral Ave 978 546 9500
Hula Moon Café Eatery 27 Mt. Pleasant St. 978 546 2572
Red Skiff Grille Eatery 15 Mt. Pleasant St. 978 546 7647
Dolce Vita Salon Salon 6 Dock Square 978 546 7900
AliKat Shopping 2 Bearskin Neck 978 546 6737
Beadles Shopping 23 Dock Square 978 546 2223
Bearskin Neck Leathers Shopping 7 Old Harbor Road 978 546 2258
Canterbury Hill Studio Shopping 41 Main Street 978 309 8468
James Russell Jewelers Shopping 15 Bearskin Neck 978 546 1695
John Tarr Store Shopping 49 Main Street 978 546 6524
La Provence Shopping 4 Main Street 978 546 5868
London Venturers Shopping 2 Dock Square 978 546 7161
Lula’s Pantry Shopping 5 Dock Square 978 546 0010
Milk and Honey Shopping 1 Main Street 978 546 6546
The Paper Mermaid Shopping 57 Main Street 978 546 3553
Sand Castles Shopping 9 Mt. Pleasant St. 978 546 9002
Sea Again Shopping 14 Dock Square 978 309 8335
Scott Tubby Fine Art Shopping 26 Bearskin Neck 978 309 8637
TBT Post Shopping 8 Dock Square 888 676 7102
Tuck’s Candy and Gifts Shopping 15 Main Street 978 546 6352
Tusinski Gallery Shoopig 2 Main Street 978 546 2244
Wicked Peacock Shopping 17 Dock Square 978 546 0200

 

 

Solstice Stroll in Ravenswood from Terry weber

Hi Joey,

Last night about 60 people enjoyed a Solstice Stroll through Ravenswood Park. The walk began as the sun was setting and a light snow was falling. Led by Ramona Latham and volunteers of the Trustees of Reservations, the crowd learned about the history of Ravenswood, its animal life, and the meaning of the winter solstice. Flashlights were discouraged even as it grew darker, but Ramona provided makeshift “candles in cans” to light the way. After the walk, the crowd enjoyed hot cocoa and s’mores by a campfire. What a peaceful and beautiful way to mark the weekend of the “shortest day” of the year.  Enjoy the pics of Ravenswood at night, especially the pic of the fog creeping in, it’s a bit mysterious but beautiful.

Merry Christmas, 

Terry

 

Patio Farewell Week From Terry Weber

Hi Joey, 

For the last two weeks, the owners of the Patio Restaurant–John and Irene Burke, have bid farewell to their restaurant and to their many friends, family members, and ‘regulars’ at the Patio. The Burkes recently sold the Patio after over 30 years in business on Lexington Avenue in Magnolia. Click on this link for just a few snapshots of one of their farewell parties. 

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The Patio has been described by many as a “home away from home, an extension of one’s own living room, a clubhouse” and more. This is due to the warm hearts and hospitality of John and Irene, their family members: Margo and Chris Rezza, Melissa and James Rezza, and long time friends and co-workers: Kathy Mackin, Lori Somers, Dave Morley, Charlene Young, and Lopes. 

Thank you to John and Irene Burke, and their family, who have made the Patio a second home to many Magnolia & Gloucester residents. Even though “we’ll see you around the neighborhood”, we’ll miss seeing you on a regular basis as you enjoy some long overdue relaxation. The neighborhood won’t be the same without the Patio. 

If any of the readers of GMG have a fond memory of the Patio, and would like to see it published in a possible memory book or other publication, please email your story to bartlett103@yahoo.com. You may also email photos. Please send your stories before November 1.

Terry Weber, Finally An Honest Woman!

the official wedding photo

Dear Joey,

I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all the people who made our wedding day a beautiful success. We are grateful for not only the presence of our family and friends, but the people who worked ‘behind the scenes’ to make it a special day. They include:

Stacey Dexter and the staff of the Elks at Bass Rocks

Vinwood Catering

Barbara and Al Boudreau Jazz Band

Kathy Sullivan and Jo-Ann Figuerido from Shear Madness Hair Salon

Melissa Rezza, Flower Coordinator

Kim Smith, photographer (from GMG!)

Joey Ciaramitaro and GMG for referring us to local folks for help

Jackie and Michael Defalco & Kristine and Rick Fisher for fabulous decorations

Scottie Mac, DJ, host

Richard Perry, Justice of the Peace

The Blue Shutter Inn for hosting our families and friends

You can click on the link to see more wedding pictures, mostly the wonderful work of Kim Smith. In the pictures you’ll see fellow GMG contributor Donna Ardizzoni and of course, other Gloucester folks!

Thank you everyone!

Terry (Weber) and Chris Mangos

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Terry’s Engagement Party at Giuseppes

A few snapshots from GMG’s Terry Weber’s engagement party last night. Cocktail  hour was held at Latitude 43 and then the party moved to Guiseppes where Terry’s friend  Michelle had festively decorated the private dining room. My iPhone photos aren’t great, but at least you can get a sense of how much in love are Terry and Chris!

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Gloucester Education Foundation Celebration From Terry Weber

Hi Joey,

On Friday night at the Cape Ann Museum, the Gloucester Education Foundation (GEF) held its annual celebration, noting its growth and progress over the past year. Over 100 people attended including teachers, donors, and city officials.

One exciting GEF initiative you’ll be hearing more about in coming weeks is the "Using Technology to Enhance Project-Based Learning" program which will allow students in the program to use iPads to document changes to Gloucester from 1900 to the present day. More details to come!

To see more pics of the celebration, click here

To learn more about the GEF and their mission, click here

Video- Taste Gloucester Tour Highlights Video From Terry Weber

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Last Saturday, I was lucky enough to participate in the first ‘Taste Gloucester’ walking tour. The tour highlighted downtown restaurants and food shops, with a dash of history thrown in.

Patrick Halloran, a Gloucester native who now serves as a fireman in Somerville, served as our tour guide. He graduated GHS in 2002 and his love for Gloucester was apparent as he proudly told us various tales from Gloucester’s history. Patrick himself was a highlight of the tour, with his friendly personality, sense of humor and depth of knowledge.

The tour started at the Fitz Hugh Lane House on Harbor Loop and ended at Turtle Alley Chocolates. Along the way we visited the Topside Grill, Virgilio’s, Intershell’s Fish Market and the Cape Ann Brewery—just to name a few. We enjoyed food samples prepared just for us, shopping opportunities, as well as great customer service by the local shopkeepers. At other stops we learned about the history of the Greasy Pole, the tale of Howard Blackburn, and the history of the Universalist Church. Check out the video for more details.

Who is this tour best suited for? Locals who want a fun and delicious way to spend a few hours; locals who have guests visiting; and tourists and newcomers who need an introduction to the downtown area. I guess what I am saying is, this tour is for everyone! J Personally, I had never shopped The Cave or Intershell’s Fish Market, and thanks to the tour, I will be a returning customer at both places.

Because the ‘Taste Gloucester’ tour is a new (and fun!) venture, it is sure to evolve and grow. Patrick, the owner, is open to feedback and ideas. For more information on how to sign up for a tour visit www.tastegloucester.com. Bon appetit!

Good Egg Report From Terry Weber and a Lost Wallet Poll

Terry Weber writes-

Hi Joey,

Just wanted to send a “shout out” to a security guard at the Addison Gilbert Hospital. I don’t know his name but he turned in my wallet which I had left there on Tuesday. He was an older gentleman and friendly. I am very grateful. Some might think it’s not big deal or that’s his job, but not everyone does their job. My wallet didn’t have a lot of cash in it, but replacing credit cards and my license would have been a pain.  Thank you! A ‘little’ deed means a lot.
Terry

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Terry also suggested I run a poll with thisand although I unquestionably would return the wallet I doubt anyone scummy enough to not return it would bother answering that they wouldn’t on the poll  so my guess it would be skewed.

Barred Owl Eating A Snake At Ravenswood Pics from Terry Weber

Last Sunday I received a call from Ramona Latham at the Cape Ann Discovery Center (Ravenswood). She told me that a Barred Owl had set up a nest for her babies in one of the treetops. While I was snapping photos of the baby owls, the Mama* owl stopped by with lunch for her children. A nice plump snake! I have never seen an owl in real life, so this bit of luck was a special treat. Some quick facts about the barred owl:

·    Commonly referred to as a “Hoot Owl.” Listen to its call here: http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/id/framlst/Song/h3680so.mp3
·    A Barred Owl’s wingspan can reach 44 inches.
·    They typically hunt at night or at dusk by sitting on a high perch, looking and listening for prey, which they catch with a short flight or drop to the ground.
·    Adult Barred Owls swallow their prey whole. Their stomach acids digest the soft parts, and then they regurgitate a pellet containing the bones and hair.
·    Barred Owls sometimes go fishing. They will wade knee-deep in water and catch fish with their feet.
·    Barred Owls generally live alone except when mating or raising young, and are known to find the same mate every year.

Thanks to Ramona for her phone call. If you want to visit the Discovery Center or Ravenswood, click here for more info:  http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/northeast-ma/ravenswood-park.html. Ramona runs a variety of fun and educational programs for children and adults throughout the year. Don’t miss out!

*This owl may have been the Papa owl too, no disrespect intended! J

Terry Weber’s First Ever Barbeque

Hey Joey,

Last Sunday I held my first ever BBQ. Because it was my first one, I kept it small to reduce the anxiety I generally have before big ‘events.’ But there was no reason to worry. It was a perfectly sunny day and the food was good. One of the things that made it great was the company of a few friends and my friendly neighbors. The view wasn’t bad either…I realized again why I love living here.

Now that I am a pro, I am already looking up the prices to host clambake for 100 people…;)

Terry

For more pictures, click here:  www.themightyvoyager.com

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A Mountain Biking Four Year Old! From Terry Weber

Hey Joey,
Yesterday before the rain came, we went on a walk in Ravenswood. On the trail we met Eli from Manchester who was mountain biking with no training wheels! I am a terrible judge of age, but I am guessing he was about 4 years old. With his parents nearby, Eli did manage trek down some of the hills by himself. Check out his bike!
For more pictures of Ravenswood, visit www.themightyvoyager.com

Chickity Check it! Cape Ann Guide Digital Edition Forwarded By Terry Weber

Terry Weber forwards us a link to the digital version of The Cape Ann Guide.

Terry writes-

hey joey. i know you have seen the hard copy of this mag, but did you see the online edition. on this site your article starts on page 20, but in the hard copy it is really on page 18.
terry would like for you to view the following digital edition.
Please, click on the link below to be directed to the digital edition:

Cape Ann Guide Digital Edition

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You can use the controls to make the pages larger or smaller or to flip through the entire magazine.

It should be noted that Terry wrote the piece about me in the magazine.  "Lies, all lies I tell you.”

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