First Light Anglers Present 3rd Annual Fly Fishing Film Tour

Pete Yukins writes-

Hey Joey, this is Pete Yukins form First Light Anglers tackle shop and fishing
guide service in Rowley MA.  I actually know you from when I worked on Jon
Herrick’s (Doc) boat Dog & I a few years back and have run into you a few times
since at Al’s Cafe. We are hosting the third annual Fly Fishing Film Tour on
April 17th at Chunky’s theater in Haverhill MA on April 17th at 7:00pm.  The
tour is a compilation of short films about fly fishing from filmmakers around
the country and around the world.  It plays around the country over the course
of the winter and now its our turn to show it off.  All of our proceeds go to
stocking the Mill river in Newbury MA with Sea Run Brook trout which was a
native species that we are trying to bring back.


Did You Know (Earth Day – Gloucester Clean Up)

Dear Friends, Please join Good Morning Gloucester on April 23rd for a citywide Gloucester clean up and concert!

Celebrate and Be Celebrated this Earth Day! 

It has been a long winter and now that the snow has finally melted, it is time to give the City we love a good Spring Cleaning!  So here is your chance!!  We are asking folks to turn out for a citywide clean up on Saturday, April 23rd.   And after you are done cleaning, you are invited to an Earth Day Concert featuring Chelsea Berry and friends at the Cape Ann Brewery from 6 to 8 pm! 

Interested participants (all ages welcome!) should plan to meet at Stage Fort Park Visitors Center Saturday morning starting at 9 am until noon to pick up gloves and City provided yellow trash and clear recycling bags.  A limited number of pick sticks will be available so volunteers are encouraged to use their own tools if they want.  The clean up will take place rain or shine.  The Clean City Initiative will be focusing on Stage Fort Park from 9 to noon, the One Hour at a Time Gang will be working downtown, but the clean up is citywide and participants are encouraged to choose a public area in Gloucester they would like to see cleaned up.  We are also asking different groups to reach out to their members and pick a problem area to clean that day.  We will also have a list of suggested sites on hand, if folks need ideas. 

The Concert!!

Berry Green Earth Day Concert April 23rd from 6 – 8 at The Brewery 

Chelsea (Berry) will be doing an Earth Day Concert at The Brewery (from 6 to 8 pm) that night along with Pete Lindberg and Jake Pardee.  Anyone can go, not just volunteers, but it is hoped that volunteers go and be celebrated for their work.  All ages are welcome!   

 To sign up or for questions about the event, contact:  Sharon Byrne Kishida at or 978 605 2409 / 978 317 9701.

Thanks to the City of Gloucester for providing the trash bags and trash collection, Hiltz Waste Disposal, the Gloucester Clean City Initiative, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the One Hour at a Time Gang and to the MassDEP for their help in coordination of the event.

Did You Know? (Ardelle’s Rum Plank)

preparing rum plank to be installed in shuttering of schooner Ardelle at Burnham Boat Yard in Essex
Photos by E.J. Lefavour

That the last plank to be affixed to a boat is called the rum (or whiskey) plank because of the spirits traditionally imbided after its completion?  In the old days, this was the time the crew would finally get their first pay and a celebration would often ensue.  These are some shots of the ARDELLE and rum plank being prepared.  The first shot is of the ARDELLE awaiting shuttering (the final planking).  The second photo is of the inside starboard section of the whiskey plank.  The third photo is of the Steam Jenny where planks go to be steamed and made pliable enough to be bent and twisted into place before being affixed to the boat.  The fourth photo is of the schooner MAINE, whose masts and other useable parts will be recommissioned for use on the ARDELLE.  Next we see Steve Willard, volunteer helper on the ARDELLE, who is also working on the Schooner ADVENTURE in Gloucester, and is a member of the Three Sheets to the Wind sea chantey group that do a chantey night at Brew Pub on Tuesday nights (got to do that, I love sea chanties – Marit, you want to go with?).  Finally the sails being made by apprentice sailmaker, Chuck Redman (not pictured), for the ARDELLE, as well as replacement sails for schooner FAME.

Harold Burnham, not pictured, is the 11th generation Burnham to operate a shipyard in Essex since 1819.  I’d say shipbuilding is hardwired into his DNA.  The Pinky ARDELLE, scheduled to be launched this summer, (something I definitely want to experience) will be the sixth full-scale historic representation and the third Coast Guard-inspected passenger vessel he has built including the pinky schooner FAME of Salem, owned and chartered by Michael Rutstien. Pinky Schooners were a common type of fishing vessel that sailed out of Cape Ann harbors from the early eighteenth century through the early twentieth century. In 1839, there were 64 registered out of the Gloucester district. Pinkies were generally smaller vessels but were known for their seaworthiness. 

The ARDELLE will operate out of the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, where she will serve as the centers’ research and educational vessel as well as taking passengers out during the season. The ARDELLE will be certified by the Coast Guard to carry 49 passengers and it is anticipated that she will run several two-hour public trips a day and be available for charter for weddings, birthdays, family events or other special occasions.

The ARDELLE is named after Harold’s grandmother Ardelle and his daughter, Perry Ardelle. As far as her design goes, the ARDELLE is a typical clipper pinky schooner and her lines are based largely on the original Pinky MAINE built by Ebeniser Burnham in Essex in 1845.

To keep up with the progress of Schooner ARDELLE, visit

E.J. Lefavour

Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s 4th Annual One Day Digital Photography Workshop! May 7th

Workshop LogoArt

Hi Joey, thanks so much for including my photos in your site and directing viewers to my flickr site. I’m retired and have found it’s a great enjoyment to be involved in photography. I volunteer at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum and have been documenting there vast collection of artifacts with digital photos and also covering the many events they have though out the year.
    Each year 3 local guys and myself teach an all-day digital photography workshop at the museum’s Waterline Center. All the proceeds go to support the Museum. It’s a hands-on all-day workshop and has been very well received.
    Is it possible for you to include the information and the enclosed photo montage for the workshop on your site? It would be a great help to the Museum.
    Here’s the information and photo…
Thank You, Sincerely, Len Burgess

Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s, 4th annual…
One Day Digital Photography Workshop!
Learn the basics and professional advanced skills of
digital photography in one day!

For beginners or advanced photographers
Grab your digital camera, and give yourself a day off to really learn the secrets professionals use to get great pictures. You will learn composition, portraiture, and how to use light to your advantage. This is not a lecture but a hands-on workshop, where we will give you photo taking “assignments” around the shipyard. Using a low-key, creative, collaborative  approach, we help you learn how to better use your camera and capture the image you see — an image you’ll be proud to frame.
You’ll need to bring:
1.) A digital camera (from simple point and shoot to the best DSLR).
2.) Your data cable to connect your camera to our computer.
3.) The software that came with your camera. 4.) Your instruction manual
(if you can find it).  No matter whether you are just a beginner or have been shooting all your life, you will leave a better photographer. 
Your workshop leaders are: Barry O’Brien, Len Burgess, Tony Schettino and David Delorey. The proceeds from the course directly support the Essex Shipbuilding Museum.
When: Saturday, May 7, 2011  Time: 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. 
Where: Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Waterline Center, 66 Main Street, Essex, MA 01929
Please enroll by: Monday, April 25, 2011, limited to 15
Full Day Course Fee: $ 45.00 
To enroll: call Barry O’Brien at (978) 282-8222
For questions: call Barry’s cell phone at (617) 967-1227
There will be coffee served in the morning. You will be on your own for lunch, bring a bag lunch or eat in a nearby restaurant.

Cape Ann Seasonal Openings, Quick Hit

Tons of openings next week (email me your opening or leave a comment) and I will post this coming Thursday.  But I have to put up a quick note of the first ice cream store. The Dairy Train of Rockport. Turn in off Railroad Ave right at the train station to have  soft serve in a Red Sox batting helmet. Or dozens of flavors and why not throw in a hotdog on a lovely day like today. Stop futzing on your computer and go for a drive or a bike ride.  Make mine one scoop mint chocolate chip.

Artist’s Resources for a Sunday Morning.

It’s going to be a beautiful day here on the Island, I hope!

So I’m sure no one will be reading GMG Today.

Here are a couple of fun websites to check out if you are an Artist or just interested in Art.

The first is “Wetcanvas”.  It’s a great forum for artists to find out about; Materials, techniques, and just get your ass kissed if you post one of your works there. 🙂

Another mutual butt kissing site;

Just Kidding! These two sites are great for advice and feedback on your art. Check them out! and if you have any other sites to share please do in the comment section.

Thanks, Paul!/capeannpainter

Clam Tucker

Clam Tucker ~ On the ‘Squam, circa 1900 Alice M. Curtis/©Bodin Historic Photo
Clam Tucker is one of my favorite photos, and I always try to keep a print hanging in the gallery. My best guess on the location is the Mill River in Gloucester. Clam (Osmond “Clam” Tucker) kept his boat and had his clam shack on Clam Alley, which was paved with his shucked clams, and is across Washington Street from Gee Avenue.
I have talked to people in the gallery who knew Clam Tucker when they were children. Their parents sent them with buckets to buy his clams, and they timidly entered his shack where he told them stories. One person even claimed to have his clay pipe.
One piece of the puzzle that I haven’t solved yet is the type of boat this is. It can be rowed and also sailed. Any ideas?
Printed from the original 5×7 inch glass negative in my darkroom.
Fred Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Mary Ann Anderson Looking For Photos Of The Rosemarie

Hi Joey,

I’m looking for some old photos of my grandfather’s fishing boat the Rosemarie. I was wondering if you could put something on the Good Morning Gloucester website to see if anyone has some. The boat sank years ago. My brother (Tom Scola) and I don’t have. My father, Joe Scola, is now 88 and would love to see some. Please let me know if this is something that can be done. Thank you.

On another note, I remember as a teenager, my father and his brothers would “take out” their fish at Capt. Joe’s. I’m assuming that is your grandfather. I use to work there for a short while before going to college. That was a long time ago. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely, Mary Ann Anderson

Yep, we offloaded the Rosemarie for years. Great people.

Adam Bolonsky Sends In Striper Fishing Video

Hi Joey,
I just posted a short video of Marvin Tighe (Rocky Neck) striper fishing off Flat Rocks at Rockport.
He lands a schoolie and gives  some commentary on bait.

Kayak Fishing for Striped Bass: Trolling the Tube and Worm-

A Local Gloucester, MA Kayak Fisherman Offers Some Insights Into Trolling the Tube and Worm