Our Grandfather Captain Joe 1946 Article From The Atlantic Fisherman Courtesy Fred Buck and The Cape Ann Museum

joey – ran across this page in ‘atlantic fisherman’ from 1946.  feel free to post in gmg.  it’s from the collection of the cape ann museum, full set of the publication from the 1920s to 1950s donated by the publisher, gardner lamson, about 30 years ago.  he also gave us a trove of original photos of the gloucester fleet and wharves, skippers and owners, fishermen, processing plant workers and managers, etc.  there’s a lot of history in those pages.
fred buck


"Atlantic Fisherman" Archive
Gardner Lamson Collection

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Motif #1 in 1971 Photo From Len Burgess

Motif #1 in 1971

From my 35mm archives this was the original Motif #1 before it was destroyed by a storm in Feb. 1978. That’s my old 1968 wooden Carver.

No crowded harbors in those days. Just tie up anywhere and stay overnight.
A long way up the ladder when the tide was out.

Len Burgess

Gloucester and Rockport 50’s, 60’s Photo Series From Mark Holzman Part XII

Gloucester Harbor- I’m thinking this is Fisherman’s Wharf but I’m not sure.  Can anyone ID the boats or exact location?

marks old pictures 032Sam Frontiero writes-

That picture looks like fisherman’s wharf to me too. The boat tied up there I believe is the St. Peter 111 before they put the whaleback on her. The boats in the back ground I would say is the Santa Lucia, with the red top tipped mast, and the little one outside of it is the Seabuddy… Sam Frontiero

Go Courtney! She Made the Final Five!

Remember Gloucester singer-songwriter Courtney Reid’s bid to win the Folgers Jingle contest with her original song? Thanks no doubt in part to GMG voters (who could, in good conscience, vote for her great entry), Courtney is in the top five of the contest out of thousands of entries – now it’s down to a live Grand Audition competition in NYC on June 16th. Keep pulling for Courtney — you can follow along and see her video submission if you haven’t already by checking out this link. But fair warning: you’re gonna want a cup of coffee after you see it. Yes, her jingle is just that good.


The Annisquam Exchange Will Open for the Spring Season Friday, May 20

Hi Joey,

The Annisquam Exchange will be opening for the spring season in a few weeks, and since we all follow your blog we were wondering if you might post a quick blurb about us. Not sure if you typically post things like that but thought I would ask. The info is below if you can do anything with it:

The Annisquam Exchange, 32 Leonard St., will open for the spring season Friday, May 20. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until June 11. The Annisquam Exchange, a community-based nonprofit organization, offers antiques, collectibles, linens, cards and gifts. Call 978-281-0358 or email info.annisquamexchange@gmail.com.

Thank you! Britta Cahoon

Photos- EJ Lafavour

Opus 139 Open House May 14th

Greg Bover Writes-

Dear Friends and Family,

I hope you can join us at the Fisk shop in Gloucester on Saturday, May 14th, from 2 to 6pm to see and hear the new instrument we are building for Memorial Church at Harvard University, shown in the attached photo of the design model. Please feel free to send this invitation on to anyone you think might be interested.

Warm regards, Greg


Upcoming At The Liu


37 Main Street, Rockport, MA

978-546-7391 or www.rockportmusic.org



Thursday, May 12, 7:30 PM

Founded in 2008 by composers Howard Frazin and Tom Schnauber, Wordsong is a new concert format in which one text is presented in multiple, newly composed settings, and is the focus of directed conversation between composers, performers, and listeners. At the Shalin Liu Performance Center the Lorelei Ensemble will be premiering five new settings of “Dona Nobins Pacem” (Grant Us Peace). Dedicated to the expansion of repertoire for women’s voices, this choral ensemble of eight women, works to expose audiences to lesser-known music from the Medieval through Baroque periods as well as works by living composers.

Admission: Free and open to the public. Tickets not required.



Sunday, May 15 at 5PM

Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street in Rockport, MA

The acclaimed Austrian soprano Ute Gfrerer makes her Shalin Liu Performance Center debut on Sunday, May 15. Gfrerer and her band offer a program based on four divas–Judy Garland,Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf and Lotte Lenya — who found great celebrity and fame, but whose lives were fraught with great pain and disappointment. Ute sings such notable songs as "La vie en rose," “Mon Dieu” “Trolley Song,” "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Falling in Love Again," and "Stranger Here Myself."
Tickets: $18, $24, $32. 978-546-7391 or http://www.rockportmusic.org



Monday, May 23, 8PM

Composed a century apart, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony both share a sense of pushing the symphonic genre into new areas, in both cases partly through the inclusion of chorus. But while Beethoven’s final work in the genre bears an outwardly "symphonic" structure–four movements and a big finale–Stravinsky’s from 1930 feels more oratorio-like. "It is not a symphony in which I have included Psalms to be sung," Stravinsky said. "On the contrary, it is the singing of the Psalms that I am symphonizing." In any event Stravinsky’s finale, "Alleluia-Laudate Dominum" delves the same celebratory spirit that made Beethoven’s "Ode to Joy" an unprecedented expression of ecstasy in 1824. Maestro Dutoit is joined in this ingenious pairing by renowned soloists and the Philadelphia Singers Chorale.

General Admission: $15, $5 for students and youth 18 and under. 978-546-7391 or http://www.rockportmusic.org



Saturday, June 4, 5PM-10PM

Concert to benefit Rockport Music’s Education and Outreach Program.

Live taping of NPR’s “From the Top” with pianist and host Christopher O’Riley and remarkable young guest artists. Hits from the Great American Songbook performed by musicians fromBoston Conservatory.
Individual Tickets: $200 per person ($100 tax-deductible)

Tickets may be purchased at http://www.rockportmusic.org or by contacting: Sara Young: syoung@rockportmusic.org or 978.546.7391 x106

Satch Kerans Releasing His Third Solo CD At The Rhumbline Friday May 13th

Hey joey- How you doing? hey I’m releasing my third solo CD "Pieces" on friday may 13th Upstairs at the Rhumbline 8pm. Got some special guests coming. By the way it is now called The Satch Kerans Band.

Best, satch

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Gloucester’s Joe, Gus and Nino Sanfilippo on ABC’s Expedition Impossible Website!

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From The Site-

Ready to represent the storied Northeast fishing community of Gloucester, Gus (the captain), Nino (the engineer), and Joe (the deckhand) are three old-school Italian fishermen with small town values and big time hearts. Bonded together by blood (Gus and Nino are brothers, Joe is their cousin), they also work side-by-side as crewmates aboard the Captain Dominic. They believe their experience working together under pressure and routinely risking their lives while out at sea gives them an inherent "toughness" that will help them win. We’ll see if that’s the case.

The News From Cape Ann Art Haven


Summer is approaching!!

For kids in grades 2-6 we’re offering full day programs this year in partnership with Henry Allen TheatreWorks. They’ll spend the morning with us doing a variety of art project and afternoons at The Cape Ann theater writing a play and working on acting skills. Each two week session will culminate in a performance of their own entirely student produced play!
WEEKLY WORKSHOPS This summer we’re offering more technical, in depth opportunities for middle and high school students to learn artistic skills like photography, graphic design, silk-screening, illustration, woodcarving and pottery. Find more details and registration forms on our summer programs page!

Information about our summer classes and registration forms are now up on our

web site, so sign up now!

Once again this summer we’ll be working with up and coming high school artists to sell their work at the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market and other venues around town. If you are or know of a student that may be interested in being a part of this, contact us at arthaveninfo@gmail.com.

Parent & Youth Survey

We also want to invite you all to take our

parent and youth survey to tell us what you think of Art Haven. We are here for the community and we want to know how we can serve you better. Let us know what you think! 

Dawn Gadow
Cape Ann Art Haven

Coffee House at St. John’s Episcopal Church Gloucester Friday, May 13 at 7:00 pm. Featuring Gary Backstrom


Gloucester, MA – St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle Street, and Gloucester is holding a Coffee house on Friday, May 13 at 7:00 pm.  Coffee and Tea will be available for purchase. Admission is free provided attendees bring canned goods or make a free will donation to the Cape Ann Food Pantry.

Renowned local guitarist Gary Backstrom spent over 12 years in the Boston based jam band Jiggle The Handle. He currently fronts The Gary Backstrom Band plus Road To Utopia – a Todd Rundgren tribute band. Don’t miss seeing Gary; even in an intimate acoustic setting he will rock your socks off.

“I’ve seen Gary about a dozen times the past 6 years and what amazes me is how he never does the same set twice. It is always a new and rewarding experience to hear him play. A unique part of this Friday’s event will be the “open mic” session. We are hoping folks will come and spontaneously share their performing skills whether it be singing, storytelling or poetry.”  – Jim LaBelle

 The Coffee House is open to the public. People attending are asked to bring canned food items or make a free will donation to the Open Door (the Cape Ann Food Pantry).  For more information please call Jim LaBelle at 978-828-0055.

St. John’s Episcopal Church Gloucester was founded in 1863 and will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2013.  It is a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and is proud of its commitment to the spiritual growth and to the social justice needs of the residents of Cape Ann. www.stjohnsgloucester.org.



Sober Connections Presents “The Spring Event” at the Cape Ann

All proceeds going towards the non profit filing costs for Sober Connections Inc.
Big Giveaway Prizes during event from Local Merchants (Save your admission Ticket Stubs!)
Kids under 12 Free
Doors open at 7pm
Please consider our “Sponsor a Ticket” program. You can purchase tickets anonymously at the door or on our website, for those new in sobriety that would love to come to have fun, but financially are struggling to make ends meet as they walk the path to stay sober.
To Purchase tickets in advance, please visit Http://SoberConnections.org

(Any Local Merchants wanting to participate in the “Local Merchant Giveaway, feel free to email Daniel Driscoll at danield@SoberConnections.net to make arraignments to pick up your gift certificate or donation to show those new to sobriety that the community cares and are behind them.)