Adam Bolonsky Sends In VHF Radio Mayday: Winter on the Gulf of Maine

Be Prepared to Give Your Location for a Channel 16 Mayday Call

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One key to making a vhf radio mayday call is to give your location. In this call, the harried captain of a sinking fishing boat fails to. A second nearby fisherman breaks in on the call to remind the captain to give his location, in this case with Loran bearings. Video background footage is of dayboats unloading their commercial fishing catch in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Backstory: The fishing vessel Whistling Dixie strikes a submerged object in winter seven miles off the coast of Maine. The captain makes a rushed vhf mayday radio call to the Portland Coast Guard. He struggles to give his loran bearings. His boat rudder post has punctured the boat’s hull, leading to catastrophic flooding. A nearby fisherman chimes in on the call to assist, reminding the captain to give his location. The crew members were later rescued from their life raft. Whistling Dixie sank and was marked a securite hazard by the Coast Guard.

Credit: Sea Kayaking Dot Net/



Thought to have been washed out to sea during the Christmas storm, the scary clown mascot of the Schooner Ardelle has apparently been found, rescued and returned to his watch. He looks a little worse for his adventure, but that may be because his new perch can’t be very comfortable.

In other Ardelle news, framing is now completed. Planking is next.

Did You Know (Annisquam Exchange and Leonard School)

photo collage of Annisquam Exchange / Leonard School and Annisquam Historical Society
Photos by E.J. Lefavour

That The Annisquam Exchange has served the community for over 66 years by donating its profits for the maintenance of the historic buildings of the village: Village Hall, Village Church, Leonard School, Library and Firehouse?  The Exchange also supports the Good Neighbors Program and the village’s Mt. Adnah Cemetery. The Exchange is a wonderful consignment shop that sells jewelry, both costume and designer, antiques and collectibles, small furniture pieces, lamps, linens, china, clocks, cards, prints and paintings.  On the second floor above the Exchange is the Art Gallery.  In addition to the permanent exhibition, there are two group exhibitions by local artists in the main gallery. The small gallery hosts two special exhibits of local artists. The Gallery and Exchange are Open May 1st through October 16th.  Annisquam is one of the oldest and best-preserved villages in Gloucester.  The Annisquam Exchange was established to insure that the history, architecture, art and community of Annisquam be preserved for future generations. The Exchange began in the old Firehouse, which is now the Historical Society Museum for the preservation of Annisquam’s 380 year-old history.  You can learn more about The Exchange by visiting their website at

The Exchange moved to its present location in the historic Leonard School in the mid 1940’s.  My neighbor, Sarah Hackett, attended the first through fourth grades at the Leonard School in the early 1930’s.  These four grades were taught in the single room on the ground floor, and her class consisted of 8 students.  Her mother was also a teacher at the school when she was a young woman.  Once she married though, she was required to quit teaching, as married women were not allowed to teach in those days.  The wire mesh on the windows was installed to keep them from being broken by fly balls of children playing on the green during recess.  There is similar mesh on the inside of the windows for the same purpose, when weather was inclement and the children stayed inside to play.  The school, as well as Leonard Street, was named after Father Ezra Leonard (remember him from the Annisquam Village Church post?). 

The school was built in 1834 – the land and building cost $840.  In 1836, William Young was paid a salary of $16 for teaching at the school; Samuel Young was paid $87.75 for teaching and supplying wood to heat the school.  (From Gloucester Record of School Buildings and Selectmen’s Records of Payments, researched and provided by Katherine Groves of Gloucester.)

The top photo is of the Annisquam Exchange/Leonard School.  The middle photo is of the mesh windows.  The 3rd photo is of the Exchange and the Historical Society (old firehouse) to the right of it.

E.J. Lefavour

Additional Showing of No Pretty Prayer

Hi Joey,

Hope you’re doing well.  I’m hoping you can help us get word out about an additional Gloucester screening of No Pretty Prayer.

When: March 4 at 7:30p

Where: Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main Street

Tickets are available online at:;

Tickets are also available everyday at the Cinema between 2p and 9p.

The ticket cost is $10.

Thanks for any help you’re able to give!



The News From Rocky Neck

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Dead of Winter at Inn Magnolia

Have you ever wanted to go on a ghost hunt?
Now’s your chance!

On Saturday January 15th, from 8pm to midnight, join author, radio personality, and paranormal investigator Ron Kolek and members of the New England Ghost Project for an investigation of Inn Magnolia. The elegant mansion has a history of unusual occurrences and many visitors have witnessed strange events.

Sign up for this special event and you will become part of the NEGP team as they attempt to collect evidence of paranormal activity at the inn. An initial investigation on Halloween revealed that the spirits there were more than willing to communicate but reluctant to disclose their true identities. Who haunts the inn? Is it one of the former residents, a sailor looking for a lost love, a struggling artist, an ailing child? Or is it something more sinister?

Join Ron and the rest of the NEGP crew for an unbelievable night as they and you attempt to unravel the mystery of Inn Magnolia. The price of this investigation is only $60 and space is extremely limited, so sign up today at or for more information call 978-455-6678.

Overnight accommodations are available from the Inn for $20 off the already very low winter rates. Call 978-525-3642 or go to for room reservations.

Inn Magnolia – 18 Norman Avenue – Gloucester, MA 0193

Wed, Jan 19 : Patti Sullivan Show at Alchemy Gallery

Patti Sullivan

Rocky Neck Art Colony Portraits

Last month Kathy Chapman, a new RNAC member and resident of East Gloucester, introduced herself to the area by offering her photographic portrait experience to the community. Judith Monteferrante volunteered the use her new digital photo studio for the event and the rest is history. Fifteen artists were photographed by Kathy and Judith, with more expressing interest for the next session, taking place in the spring.

Chapman Monteferrante portraits

Kathy is currently accepting portrait, event and wedding jobs, as she works out of her studio on Gloucester Harbor. Her online portfolio has samples of 30 years of work, made while she was based in Boston’s Fort Point. Most of the portraits of artists and musicians (among others) were shot on assignment and published widely in national and international news venues.

Judith is a fine art and portrait photographer out of Gloucester as well as travel locations, including Africa. See her work at Topside Grill until January 15 and State of the Art Gallery in Gloucester. See her new website at

Cape Ann Museum Free to Cape Ann Residents in January

ON VIEW: Contemporary Cape Ann Artists
Now through January 30, 2011

The Cape Ann Museum invites the public to visit the Museum during the holiday season. The galleries and Museum Shop are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00 and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00. The Museum will close at 3:00 PM on December 24 and December 31, and will be closed for the day on December 25 and January 1. During the month of January the Museum is free to all Cape Ann residents.

Currently on view is a selection of paintings from the permanent collection by contemporary Cape Ann artists, including works by George Anderson, Ed Touchette, Elaine Wing, Robert Anderson, David Crowley, George Aarons, Gordon Goetemann, Barbara Aparo, Zygmund Jankowski, Paul Ciaramitaro, and Steve Buddington.

Joseph Flack Weiler


Richard Seeley’s image "Food Fight" received an Honorable Mention in the Mile High Wildlife Photo Club competition for November 2010 in Denver, Colorado.
Richard Seeley
Two male grizzly bears have a disagreement over who owns this particular salmon fishing spot. Brooks river, Katmai National Park, Alaska.


FRI, Jan 21 : Rocky Neck Gallery Meeting

Current members of the Rocky Neck Gallery will meet from 2 to 4 pm on Friday, January 21
at the Studio of Kate Somers, 25 Lexington Ave., Magnolia 978-325-0771.
The agenda will be distributed in a separate email.

seARTS PWA Request for Proposals

seARTS is pleased to announce the 2011 Partner With an Artist (PWA) request for proposals. The PWA program provides grants for artists to make a new work in partnership with a Cape Ann business to be presented publicly in spring 2011. seARTS is looking to fund innovative projects that explore arts/business collaborations and embrace the partnership as integral to the work of art to be created. Jurors will award $1,500 grants to five artists for arts/ business partnership projects. For more information, contact or 978-281-1222.

Goetemann Artist in Residency Program Info Available Online

The application form for the 2011 Goetemann Artist in Residency Program is now available online at

Deadline to apply : March 1, 2011


FUNDING Support is available to professional architects, designers, and creative artists through NEA’s Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. The program provides financial aid for up to five outstanding artists for a three month residency in Japan to pursue individual artistic goals. The deadline for this program is February 1, 2011. More information at the Commission’s website.

Galleries for Rent

Several galleries are for rent for the 2011 season. To get first choice of prime space contact

Niki Ahearn at 617-543-2977 OR e- mail:

Rocky Neck Art Colony, PO Box 60, Gloucester, MA 01931