Hard Bottom Makes Last Stop In Gloucester

George hardy sold out.  Traps, buoys, permit and all to a nice fellow from Marblehead.

Weird seeing Marblehead across her stern but life goes on and at least she will continue lobstering.

This shot was taken just minutes before her final moments in the port of Gloucester after dozens of years in our fair port.


Here is a a story we documented about George Hardy and the Hard Bottom a couple of years ago in these pages which unfolded over the course of a week.-
July 23, 2008

Broken Davit On The Hard Bottom

So George Hardy set out to go lobstering yesterday afternoon and within hauling of the first couple of trawls he busted his davit.

A davit is the boom that hangs out over the boat with a pulley that the line goes through to pull the traps up onto the boat. It hangs out away from the boat so the traps dont gouge the boat on their way up over the rail.

The reason his davit broke was because when he went to haul his traps up from the ocean floor there were four other lobstermen’s trawls set over his. so when he went to lift his trawl up, the entanglement of four other lobstermen’s gear was being lifted at the same time. Apparently it was too much strain for his old wooden davit and it snapped.

This time of year the lobsters are in close to shore so all of the lobster gear is concentrated in a much smaller geographic area. It creates much tension among lobstermen fighting for prime lobster bottom.

The result for George was a davit that snapped in half. Not good.

George Hardy’s Second Broken Davit In Three Days

Posted on July 27, 2008 by Joey C

Here’s half of the broken davit on George Hardy’s boat The Hard Bottom.

George’s davit snapped from the strain of trying to get his lobster gear up from the bottom of the ocean floor while being entangled with the traps of four other fishermen. This is the second davit that has snapped in three days.

When the first one snapped he went and replaced it with a piece of pine (shown below). So he saved himself a few bucks by using the cheap scrap pine, but cost himself two days fishing due to the mechanical failure of the soft knotty pine used as a davit.

Adding to George’s frustrations on this particular day was the fact that his backman overslept so he had to go fishing alone.

 Here’s a picture from two days ago of broken Davit #1

George Hardy Dismantling Broken Davit #2

Posted on July 27, 2008 by Joey C

Hear George’s choice words as he disassembles the second broken davit aboard his boat in three days in the upcoming video at 9:00AM.

I’m hoping the next one he replaces the broken with is made out of something stronger than untreated pine.

George Hardy And Davit #3 Video

Posted on July 28, 2008 by Joey C
Posted on July 28, 2008 by Joey C

Hey George, you have no idea how happy I am that you decided to make the new davit out of steel instead of knotty pine. It was painful watching the frustration as you disassembled that second one. Video coming soon! Looks like the third time is a charm.

If anyone has been following the George Hardy Broken Davit debacle, there is hope. Watch the video.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about click this text for the background

New Shops Part 1: Scout Vintage Finds in East Gloucester

Discovered on one of my recent scouting trips around Cape Ann: a new shop, appropriately named Scout Vintage Finds. The shop is small in size but generous in spirit, with enough interesting vintage pottery, sewing notions, small furniture, lighting and more to make you wreck your car as you drive past, craning your neck trying to see all the stuff inside before you find a parking space. The shop is located at 186 East Gloucester, just across and up the street from the North Shore Arts Association as you head toward the turn to Rocky Neck. The owner of this new venture is Karen King, seamstress, milliner and expert in all things vintage. She sews beautiful lavender sachets out of vintage linens for the shop, and when you stop by the shop to see the goods she has in stock, be sure to ask about her collection of hats — no, not hats she finds at estate sales — these are hats she makes. Scout Vintage Finds is an unusual and unusually perfect addition to East Gloucester.

Stay in touch with Scout Vintage Finds through the store’s facebook page and on twitter (@scoutfinds).

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7th Annual Race to the Bottom

7th Annual "Race To The Bottom"

Wacky Cardboard Boat Race Fundraiser

This year, the Tryian-Ashler-Acacia Lodge is holding our 7th Annual "Race To The Bottom" Wacky Cardboard Boat Race Fundraiser and would like to extend an invitation to all that are interested in participating. This year’s event will be on Saturday, July 16, 2011, from 11am to 4pm at Back Beach in Rockport, MA. This time frame allows you to build your boat from a prepackaged kit (cardboard, duct tape, etc) and then race it. There is a cost of $100 per team, which is used for scholarship funds and community charity within the Cape Ann Area. Come and enjoy a wacky and fun filled day in the sun and on the water. If your team does not want to, or can not find a captain for your boat, the Rockport Boy Scouts will provide a captain to race your boat for you.

Spectators are welcomed and encouraged! Don’t forget your cameras!! The Tyrian-Ashler-Acacia Lodge will be serving refreshments to supplement this fund raising event. If you need more information or would like a registration form, please contact Gary Lucas at 978-546-6788 .

The Tyrian- Ashler-Acacia Lodge would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated and supported our "Race to the Bottom" Wacky Cardboard Race for the last six years. Hope to see you on Saturday, July 16!

Laureen Maher Exhibit Opening

Laureen Maher had a great, well-attended Opening Reception for her “Brushwork” Guest Artist Exhibit at Khan Studio and the GMG Gallery on Sunday.   Allen Estes and J.B. Amero, two of the subjects of her Rock Stars series of portraits were in the house, as well as many of the cool, artsy and art appreciating crowd from Rocky Neck and beyond.  Sorry Adam, the painting of the snack bar at Good Harbor Beach that you loved so much is sold, but there are a number of other beautiful oil landscape, floral and rock star paintings still available.  Her exhibit runs through July 21, so come on down to 77 Rocky Neck at Madfish Wharf and check out her work.  The Gallery is open daily from noon to 8:00 (or earlier and later by chance).

E.J. Lefavour



Did You Know? (Another Ciaramitaro)

Jim, Charity and Laine (10 years old) Ciaramitaro (Jim didn’t know if he was related to Joey, but with a name like that, they certainly could be), stopped into the Gallery after a morning of boogey boarding at Good Harbor Beach, to get a sticker and meet and see Laureen Maher’s guest artist “Brushwork” exhibit of oil paintings.  Jim grew up in Gloucester but moved to MN to be with Charity, who he met at Fiesta.  In 2009, they returned to Gloucester to live.  With them were Charity’s brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Sarah with 5-month-old Mae, visiting from Morongo Valley, CA. 

E.J. Lefavour


Mendy and Odin Garron Represent! In Barbados

Hi Joey,

I just wanted to pass along a pic of me representing GMG in the fishing village of Oistin, Barbados last week.

BTW, you met my husband and son a few weeks ago: Jim and Odin:)  Here is a picture of Odin representing too.



This Wednesday Ric St. Germain Joins Fly Amero

Hello everyone!
Wednesday, July 13th
Special Guest:

Ric St. Germain is Cape Ann’s master of rockabilly! It is
a thrill for me, revisiting (and joining in with) so many
historic Sun Records classics. Come and be a part of this
great jam! ~ Fly
Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Wednesdays Only!
Prime Rib Dinner –
$9.95 (while they last)
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
I hope to see you there! 🙂 ~ Fly

Art exhibited July 15-30 • Art reception Friday, July 15 6:30-8:30pm • Madfish Gallery 5 • 77 Rocky Neck Ave • Gloucester, MA

Gloucester, MA: From July 15-30 Madfish Art Galleries is please to present Jamais vu, an exhibition of art by Stéphanie Williams. Held in Madfish Gallery number 5, there will be an informal reception with treats and wine this Friday, July 15 from 6:30-8:30pm (before the Prince tribute band, Lovesexxy live at the Madfish). The reception will be a chance to meet the artist, mingle with art lovers at all of the local galleries, and enjoy a reading by Margaret Young, a poet from Beverly, MA.

Born in France, a teacher, designer, beekeeper, and an emerging artist, Stéphanie Williams (currently living in Beverly) fell in love with the Cape Ann area over a decade ago. She is pleased to be showing her work in the famed Rocky Neck Art Colony.

The works on display represent Williams extensive travels, where she is never without her sketchbook. These humble journals hold some of her fondest memories and the watercolors displayed are samples of such vagabondages. As for her new paintings, she uses the wax of her own bees, oil paint and graphite, penciling, brushing, wiping, and carving. None of the work exhibited has been shown before and represents a new direction for Williams just as her new life as a mother.

This past May, Margaret Young’s second collection of poetry, Almond Town, was published by Bright Hill Press. She teaches creative writing at Endicott College and lives in Beverly.

Also on display will be pottery by Williams’ friend, Lyn Black, a potter originally from South Africa. Black “is grateful for all that has influenced her, and eager to experience and share more through her life and art.”


GMG Series: What’s New in Jenna’s Garden? Week 4

Pleasant Street resident Jenna Howard has agreed to provide updates on the tomatoes, squash and other vegetables growing in her plot at the new Burnham’s Field Community Garden. The reports and photos will allow GoodMorningGloucester viewers to follow the garden’s progress with a weekly answer to the question, “What’s New in Jenna’s Garden?”

Jenna Howard headshot

By Jenna Howard

Week Four

This week was THE week for tomatoes! The tomato plants are growing like wild — literally. I had to use gardener’s Velcro to keep the tomato plants in their cages and stop them from shading the other veggies. Lots of cherry tomatoes appeared this week. But even more exciting was the sight of the tomatillos. For those who aren’t familiar with the tomatillo, it is basically a tomato that grows in a green husk. Pretty cool, right? And these tomatoes are perfect for making salsa! Tomatillos are "self-incompatible," which means they need another tomato plant nearby for proper pollination. Lucky for my tomatillo there are plenty of others around which is probably why we already have so much fruit.

Here is a yummy salsa recipe using tomatillos. Enjoy!

Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Ingredients: 1 1/2 lb tomatillos, 1/2 cup chopped white onion, 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon sugar, 2 Jalapeño peppers (stemmed, seeded and chopped), salt to taste

First remove the papery husks from the tomatillos and rinse well. To roast the tomatillos: Cut in half and place cut side-down on a foil-lined baking sheet. Place under a broiler for 5-to-7 minutes to lightly blacken the skin. Put tomatillos, lime juice, onions, cilantro, chili peppers and sugar in a food processor and pulse until all ingredients are finely chopped and mixed. Season to taste with salt. Cool in refrigerator and then eat up!!

“Art, Rocks!” Better Late Than Never! Rockport 09/04/2010

“Art, Rocks!”

Better Late Than Never!

I received an email a few weeks ago from a 10 year old boy who when he was nine years old at the time he found one of my “Art,Rocks!” a Rock that I left at T-Wharf in Rockport on 09/04/2010. I think that was about 9 months ago.  I remember leaving it there after having a cup of coffee and watching the Lobstermen get ready for their day. About 5am.  I always wonder about the ones I leave that don’t get reported back to the email I leave on them. Currently the last three that I’ve left in the past two weeks that I never gave notice on GMG Have not been reported back. Which is fine. In this world we live in now, maybe people think there is a catch too this thing. Maybe they think I want money for it. Emails like Coopers who found it is payment enough! I will never ask anything for them. An email would be nice but, If I don’t get a response that’s fine too! Mystery and fantasy is what makes life! isn’t  it?

Here’s the email from Cooper and Photos of the “Art, Rock!” He found! Who could ask for anything more?!!!! Thanks Cooper!

Am I a little weird? Maybe! 🙂

from Cooper;

Dear mr or mrs frontiero. I picked up one of your pictures of the motif in a parking lot in rockport on 9-4-2010. I am very sorry not to get back to you sooner. I am a 10 year old boy and I’m in fourth grade at st johns in Beverly Massachusetts . I picked it up when i was nine with my aunt and little sister delaney who is now 6. That is my lucky rock because that day I won a contest at bearskin neck country store. You are a beautiful artist. Sincerely , Cooper

I’m Not a Writer, so please forgive any errors! 🙂


So You Say You Know Gloucester? From Adam Bolonsky

Adam writes-

Here’s a quiz for all you locals out there in GMG land. 

Can you read the navigation codes for the south lighthouse at Thachers Island off Rockport, the lighthouse at Eastern Point, and the light at the end of the Dogbar at the entrance to outer Gloucester Habor?

Here are the codes, taken from the images below:

1. Thacher’s Island south light:  FL R 5s 166ft 17m

2. Eastern Point lighthouse: FL 5s 57ft 20M

3. Dogbar light and horn: Oc R 4s 45ft 6M

First reader to give the correct answers gets to accompany Joey  "Baitmaker" Ciaramitaro on his next trip out of town to chop up yet another counterfeit lobster roll maker into tuna chum.

(By the way, you can download NOAA’s printable pdf navatigation chart of Rockport and Gloucester inshore waters for $2.75 at NOAA 13279)



Teen Artist Guild Gallery Opening July 16th At Art Haven

Hey Joey!! Hope you’re doing well and enjoying the summertime 🙂 Just wanted to let you know that to go along with this Saturday’s block party we’re going to be opening our new Teen Artist Guild gallery where The Hive gallery used to be! Now the students you’ve been seeing every week at the Farmer’s Market and, most recently, at Nights on the Neck, will have a permanent gallery space in our studio. The opening will be on Saturday night from 7-10 and it’s going to be a lot of fun!



Mike Dyer Ardelle Launch Photos

She goes in!


Steve Willard, “paint master”, with Ardelle on mooring in background


Harold Burnham adjusting bilge block before the launch


The Ardelle on launch morning


The garland arrives, just before the launch


Harold relaxes afterward with a friend


Bob Brophy carves “Gloucester, MA” on the stern


The crew starts work on the port side “car”, upon which Ardelle will lean for the “Essex side launch”