A Day at the Beach Part II

Homie: OK, OK, I’ll try to be good but that sitting in wet sand just looks so uncomfortable.¬†Homie: Well doggone I am having a Jonathan Livingston Seagull moment here, I learned something new, it feels kind of nice.

As always, one can click on the photo to download the larger size for a desktop photo. ūüėČ

Thursday Night ROCKS!

Thursday Night ROCKS!

I’m finding it hard to make finding these Rocks Hard.

There’s this one with the photo hint:

You’ll have to look around for it. It’s a small one.


Then there’s another one out there¬†you just have to get lucky and trip over. Well, maybe not so lucky to trip over.



Gloucester Negatives With A Prize From The Infamous Fred Buck and David Cox

Fred Buck Writes-

joey –
i’ve been working with dave cox of main street antiques on his personal collection of gloucester negatives.  among those are three sets of photos of gloucester fishing boats taken in the 1940s:  immaculate conception, launch from montgomery boat yard on ferry st in 1946.; st. christopher, launch from reed brothers in boothbay harbor maine in 1944; and the christening of another boat at fort wharf (?) around the same time.
we need some help from gmg. HELP!  if anyone recognizes the folks on deck or the boat or the location, let us know.  prize is an 8×10 glossy of your favorite shot.
infamous fred buck


Richard Gaines Deserves The Highest Journalism Award In The Country

I hope everyone understands that with all the injustice that happened with the regulators in the fishing industry that there is one man, ONE SINGLE MAN who is most responsible for exposing it all and getting the wheels turning to see that things change.

That man is Richard Gaines at The Gloucester Daily Times.  For years  complex rules were made and the regulatory scheme changed so often and without warning that even the most involved person in the fishing industry would be forgiven for giving up trying to understand it.  This is the reason that the regulatory departments within the government basically got away with anything, because no reporter would bother to try to figure out the moving target.

Ray Lamont, editor at the GDT in his wisdom, unleashed the journalistic beast that is Richard Gaines.  Armed with the protection of the First Amendment Richard threw himself headlong into this world and immersed himself trying to figure out just what the hell was going on.  As he dug it became apparent that  fisheries management was completely out of control.

He exposed it and exposed it and exposed it daily and it was through his investigative journalism that people began to understand just how fucked up it all was.  This is the reason that the politicians got involved because they could no longer sit on the sidelines,the abuse had become apparent after Richard had broken it down for all to see in the pages of the Gloucester Daily Times. Before Richard took on the task, there was literally NO ONE who brought all the complexities to the masses.

Richard Gaines deserves the highest journalistic awards this country has to offer.

Here are some interviews I did with Richard not long after he had taken on the waterfront beat for The GDT back in June of 2009-

Does anyone know who one needs to write to nominate him?  Because hopefully he gets the recognition he deserves.

Things To Do- Gloucester Area Astronomy Club at Bearskin Neck Friday Night May 27th

Weather permitting, members of the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club will be set up at Bearskin Neck in Rockport this coming Friday evening (5/27) from 8:00 to 10:00. The public is invited to come on out for views of the moon, Saturn and other celestial sights. Hope to see you there! Directions: http://bit.ly/hSWkzA


Skip Work Beach day for Homie and Rubber Duck

Maybe we should see what’s playing at Shalin Lui this weekend?

 A Thursday and the perfect day to hit Front Beach in Rockport. Behind me there were actually bikini clad sunbathers!

Note to self: leave tubbie toys at home if you want to speak to strangers …

Did You Know? (Watercolor Workshop with Jane Goldman)

Watercolorist and teacher, Jane Goldman, is offering a 2-day workshop in lovely Annisquam?  You can see some of her work at http://www.somervilleopenstudios.org/artists/artist_profile.php?artistID=119 and see her teaching resume here http://www.janegoldmanartist.com/teaching_resume.pdf.

Did You Know? (Diana’s Gallery on Madfish Wharf)

Photos by EJ

That Diana Pasquariello has operated Diana’s Gallery at 75 Rocky Neck, G12 for ten years?  Diana’s gallery showcases her original watercolor paintings inspired by florals, landscapes and abstract concepts.  Fine art prints can also be found in this sun-filled gallery (when the sun is actually out).  Primarily self-taught, Diana has taken workshops and classes with several wonderful artists over the years.  As a child she loved drawing and painting and has developed a unique, impressionistic style which is both delicate and strong in color.  Her style is spontaneous and intuitive, and she creates from memory or instinct.  Her gallery is really lovely and welcoming, and although Diana is a bit camera shy, I was able to capture her, so you’ll recognize her when you visit.  Her husband, Tony is often there helping her as well, and he is the one responsible for stringing the white Christmas lights along Madfish Wharf to make the place more festive and inviting at night.  Her gallery is open from May 15 to October 15, and normal gallery hours are noon to 6:00 pm and weekends until 9:00 pm.  

E.J. Lefavour


Jeff Weaver Solo Exhibit at North Shore Art Association May 29-June 12

Dear Joey,

Thanks for all the hard work on your great blog. I know you can’t always post everything you are sent, but just wanted to let you know Jeff Weaver will be having a Solo Exhibit of his Drawings, at North Shore Arts Association’s gallery at 11 Pirates Lane, behind Duckworth’s. Jeff’s show goes up May 29th and runs through June 12th.

It will coincide with our new Member’s Exhibition II, and there will be a reception for that, which Jeff will make sure to attend, on June 5th from 2-4pm. All of our receptions are free and open to all. Come by, have a glass of wine and take in some great art.

Thanks again for all you do, loved the pictures from Kim Smith’s pre-opening party. The gallery looks beautiful.


Suzanne Gilbert Gallery Director

North Shore Arts Association
11 Pirates Lane
Gloucester, MA 01930

Here is the three part interview with Jeff we did a while back-

World’s Largest Sailing Yacht Drops Hook Off Dog Bar Owned By American Media Entrepreneur Barry Diller and His Wife, Fashion Designer Diane von Fürstenberg

From Peter Feinstein-


At 305 feet in length overall, Eos is the largest private sailing yacht in the world. However, much of that length is in the lengthy bowsprit. Maltese Falcon, built by venture capitalist Tom Perkins, is 14 ft. longer on deck and 20 ft. longer on the water.

Launched in Germany in 2006, Eos is called a "three masted, Bermuda rigged schooner." The vessel is currently owned by American media entrepreneur Barry Diller and his wife, fashion designer Diane von F√ľrstenberg. The figurehead is said to be a likeness of Ms. F√ľrstenberg. Eos is a Greek goddess, the "Bringer of Dawn," who rises from Oceanus each day to open the gates of heaven with her rosy fingers, so as to allow Apollo to ride his chariot across the sky. 

  • LOA: 305 ft., including bowsprit
  • LOD: 271 ft.
  • LWL: 233 ft.
  • Beam: 44.29 ft.
  • Mast Hight: 200 ft.
  • Hull & Superstructure: Aluminum
  • Gross Tonnage: 1500
  • Engines: 2 x 2,333 hp MTU Diesels
  • Max Speed: 16 knots
  • Normal crew: 21

Kevin Henry Adds-

Hi Joey,

He’s got all the right stuff…including his IAC HQ. in NYC….designed by Frank Gehry.   Next time you & the family are in town take the stroll along the High Line (they just opened another section) and there are great views of it from there, especially when the light is right.

Best, Kevin


$6 For A Family Pass To The Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center On Groupon

I think I’ve written and told more people in the past that The Heritage Center along with a whale watch, a sail on the Thomas Lannon and stop at Cape Ann Museum are all must-do activities for any tourist as well as locals when in Gloucester MA.  Here is an opportunity to get your whole family in to see all the cool stuff at the Heritage Center including the touch tanks, Geno’s Dory Shop which Marty highlighted yesterday, the Dive Locker, the exhibits, the docks, the list goes on and on.

Do yourself a favor and instead of getting pounded for $20 plus at the New England Aquarium per person plus parking or the over $10 per person at The Peabody Essex Museum spend a measly SIX DOLLARS for your whole family for an experience where you get to touch fish right down on the docks!

Click here for the deal


Here is some of the cool stuff you can see there-

Gorton’s Seafoods Gallery At Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center

Getting pictures of stuff behind glass is a challenge, especially without a tripod and with funky lighting but this gives you a little glimpse of some of Gloucester’s fishing past which has been preserved and displayed here.  You just gotta go check out the exhibit at The Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center.  These are original advertisement and packaging from Gorton’s back in the day.  There’s just a ton to look at and discover here.

If you are looking for a Mother’s or Father’s day gift with a Gloucester flair, look no further than the GMHC gift shop. There are literally hundreds of Gloucester themed items for sale.

click on the picture to view the video-

Here is one of the many displays at the GMHC.  Depicted is a schooner fisherman in a bosun’s chair.  The Bosun’s Chair is what would get hoisted up to work on the rigging up on the huge schooner’s masts.

Click The picture to view the video which was filmed a couple of yeas ago-

Here students and visitors can touch marine life and get interactive. It’s a great way to bring kids that don’t have any interaction with marine life into the fold.

There are many interesting activities for children and families at the GMHC.