Elyssa East: Dogtown: Death and Enchantment In A New England Ghost Town Video

You can buy Dogtown: Death and Enchantment In A New England Ghost Town at The Bookstore of Gloucester or any of the local bookstores including Toad Hall in Rockport.

From Simon Shuster Videos-

Look for my interview with Elyssa Tomorrow.

From DogtownTheBook website-

The area known as Dogtown—an isolated colonial ruin and surrounding 3,000-acre woodland in storied seaside Gloucester, Massachusetts—has long exerted a powerful influence over artists, writers, eccentrics, and nature lovers. But its history is also woven through with tales of witches, supernatural sightings, pirates, former slaves, drifters, and the many dogs Revolutionary War widows kept for protection and for which the area was named. In 1984, a brutal murder took place there: a mentally disturbed local outcast crushed the skull of a beloved schoolteacher as she walked in the woods. Dogtown’s peculiar atmosphere—it is strewn with giant boulders and has been compared to Stonhenge — and eerie past deepened the pall of this horrific event that continues to haunt Gloucester even today.

In alternating chapters, Elyssa East interlaces the story of this grisly murder with the strange, dark history of this wilderness ghost town and explores the possibility that certain landscapes wield their own unique power.

East knew nothing of Dogtown’s bizarre past when she first became interested in the area. As an art student in the early 1990s, she fell in love with the celebrated Modernist painter Marsden Hartley’s stark and arresting Dogtown landscapes. She also learned that in the 1930s, Dogtown saved Hartley from a paralyzing depression. Years later, struggling in her own life, East set out to find the mysterious setting that had changed Hartley’s life, hoping that she too would find solace and renewal in Dogtown’s odd beauty. Instead, she discovered a landscape steeped in intrigue and a community deeply ambivalent about the place: while many residents declare their passion for this profoundly affecting landscape, others avoid it out of a sense of foreboding.

Throughout this richly braided first-person narrative, East brings Dogtown’s enigmatic past to life. Losses sustained during the American Revolution dealt this once thriving community its final blow. Destitute war widows and former slaves took up shelter in its decaying homes until 1839, when the last inhabitant was taken to the poorhouse. He died seven days later. Dogtown has remained abandoned ever since, but continues to occupy many people’s imaginations. In addition to Marsden Hartley, it inspired a Bible-thumping millionaire who carved the region’s rocks with words to live by; the innovative and influential postmodernist poet Charles Olson, who based much of his epic Maximus Poems on Dogtown; an idiosyncratic octogenarian who vigilantly patrols the land to this day; and a murderer who claimed that the spirit of the woods called out to him.

In luminous, insightful prose, Dogtown takes the reader into an unforgettable place brimming with tragedy, eccentricity, and fascinating lore, and examines the idea that some places can inspire both good and evil, poetry and murder.

Cape Ann Youth Hockey Learn to Skate & Learn to Play Hockey Programs for 2010-11


Cape Ann Youth Hockey Learn to Skate & Learn to Play Hockey Programs for 2010-11

Programs at various skill levels for boys & girls age 3 to 14

It’s not too late to register!

Visit us online at www.capeannyouthhockey.com

Learn to Skate program begin on Saturday, October 30th / Cross Ice & In House begin on Saturday, November 30th

Questions? Visit our website or contact CAYH Registrar, Kristin Michel @ 978-290-6035

The Boys are Back in town tonight ~ Dog Bar ~ Hoodoo Revelator 10/23/2010

Click here to listen > http://www.myspace.com/hoodoorev

If you did not get chance to see these guys last week when they were in  town or get your fill.  Here is your chance to do so. Put your dancing shoes on and be ready to rock and roll.  This is indeed one the most highly energetic bands you will come in contact with. Their music is like a tornado with a spiraling effect without the violence and danger, of course. You may also get a chance to take home a free CD too!

About Hoodoo Revelator

Eastern Massachusetts/New England based Boogie and Blues band that has torn up stages from Haverhill to Worcester to Providence, RI..and beyond. We are NOT your typical blues band; our grooves are infectious and like no others you will hear! Hoodoo Revelator has been played on such local radio stations as WBOS, WZLX, WATD, WUMD, WMFO, WCUW, and WHRB…and sometimes you can find us throughout the country on blues shows in Oregon, Missouri, and Michigan. So if you like us please request us on your local radio station……. and if you have a radio show and would like to play us we are always open for getting you material to play…just ask us!! Hoodoo Revelator has also been reviewed and featured in such media outlets as: Metronome Magazine, The Blues Audience Newsletter, The Gloucester Times, The Metrowest Daily News, The Milford News, The Noise Magazine, Muse’s Muse (Thanks Mr. Chip Withrow), and others…

Band Website    http://www.hoodoorev.com
Band Members    Moe Moriarty (Guitars), Jeff Fabrizio (Bass), Bob Palumbo (Drums), Kevin Haney (Lead Vocals), Glen Asaro (Harmonica)
Influences    Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Hound Dog Taylor, Willie Dixon, RL Burnside, T-Model Ford, Junior Kimbrough, Muddy Waters, Slim Harpo, Bo Diddley, JB Hutto, Junior Wells, Sonny Boy Williamson, Hubert Sumlin, The Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan, Blind Willie Johnson, Lonnie Johnson, Little Richard, and many more….
Sounds Like    HARD CORE BOOGIE & DRIVIN’ GROOVES AND BLUES….OR…..Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker on Speed
Record Label    Unsigned

Docksider Halloween Coffee House

Docksider Halloween Coffee House

Celebrating their 10th year of making music, The Docksider’s will be hosting their Halloween Coffee House, Saturday, October 23, at 7:00 pm in the High School Cafeteria. The Docksider’s are pleased to be introducing their newest addition to the band with the vocally talented Spindrifts! Enjoy an evening of live music, song, coffee, tea, and trick or treat goodies for a $5.00 donation. Students are free. CD’s, raffle items and tickets to future Docksider events will be available for sale and they will also be accepting donations of empty ink cartridges and old cell phones at the door.

North Shore Blogger Consortium Weekend Picks

Here we go again

Cape Ann Restaurant Week-

Friday October 22

Cape Ann Restaurant Week Last Night Friday October 22

click the picture for all the details


Friday Night Under The Lights-

GHS football vs Peabody at Gloucester High School 7PM


Saturday October 23,2010

Essex Clamfest


Sargent House Museum Writing Closet Exhibit Thinktank


Here are the picks from my fellow bloggers in the North Shore Blogger Consortium


The wonderful Jane Ward has some great ideas, including Flying Pumpkins over at Food and Fiction.


North Shore Dish spices things up with their weekend picks here North Shore Dish


Choices from all over New England at The Two Palaverers.


Abby shares her picks from 5th Joy.


Media giant Seth gives up the best of Lynn at Lynn Happens.


Heather Atwood from the Gloucester Times has her picks at Food For Thought

Local28 ~ Tonight @ The Rhumb Line ~ Put on your dancing shoes!

Have a listen > http://www.archive.org/details/Local282009-06-20.AUD.Flac


First time I heard these guys I was very impressed and try to see them as much as possible. Different with Greatful Dead thing going on.  Let’s say when they play you want to hit the floor.  You wanna dance or hear some great stuff?  Check them out have a listen better yet,  come out and see them. FYI, They usually draw a big crowd.



Local 28 hails from the north shore of Massachusetts and has been entertaining audiences since 2006 with their high-energy shows.  In the spirit of song-based improvisation, whether it’s traditional roots, searing rock ‘n’ roll, psychedelic blues, galloping country or rhythmic reggae, LOCAL 28 plays inspired versions of songs by a wide range of artists including The Grateful Dead, Dire Straits, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, The Band, Bob Marley, and many more.

Pete Schibli – vocals, guitar

Dudley Nostrand – vocal, guitar

Tim Brunelle – bass, vocals

Chris Perkin – keyboards

John Fogarty – drums

Lauren and Ted Represent!

Hey Joey! Ted and I are having a cross country adventure! 2nd stop Winona, Minnesota! This is our girl Sophie Gail in the hotel. Hope to be sending you loads of shots from around our beautiful country!  Cheers! Lauren


Looks like life after Last Stop is not so bad!


Do I insert the cheesy Last Stop not being the Last Stop joke here?  nah.

The Yankees Lose! The Yankees Lose! Theeeeeeee Yankeeeees LOOOOOOSE!


There Is A God


Congratulations to the Texas Rangers on their AL Championship win with their $50 million dollar payroll vs the Yankees $200 million dollar payroll.

Check out the link below for some great payroll numbers comparing the teams like-

  • Texas Rangers however, were at a clear monetary disadvantage against everyone; even the Giants. The San Francisco Giants payroll is 179% higher than that of the Texas Rangers; the Philadelphia Phillies payroll is 259% higher than the Texas Rangers; and The New York Yankees payroll is 375% higher than the payroll of the Texas Rangers!
  • For the price the Yankees pay A-Rod, the Rangers pay 22 players and still have $3 million left over.
  • The entire Texas Rangers starting playoff Rotation, Cliff Lee, C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis and Tommy Hunter make less combined than the Yankees 15 loss – 5.26 ERA pitcher, A.J. Burnett, who didn’t even get a start in the ALDS!

Rangers Beat the Yankees! Biggest Accounting Upset in MLB History!