Best wishes to GMG’s own Terry Weber! She was recently hired to do marketing for Seaport Grill and Cruiseport. We know her as a super writing talent and are sure she will be fantastic in her new position! Congratulations Terry!!
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Last Sunday marked the “real” end of summer as Capt. Carlos closed for the season. The house was packed and decorated for Halloween. Check out the video below to see Gloucester’s finest dancers!
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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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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 models a Jane Wilson Marquis pressed flower wedding dress.
Both photos are from Linehan Photography
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!
Story by Terry Weber
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.
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.
By Terry Weber
Posted Feb. 6, 2015 at 9:02 AM
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?
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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…
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!
|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|
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also email photos. Please send your stories before November 1.
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
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
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!
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
Terry Weber submits-
Who are these guys in this picture? What are they doing? Any guesses? If you come up with the best caption you will win…
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!
Terry Weber writes-
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 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.