Did You Know? (Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods)

That Juni Van Dyke from the Rose Baker Senior Center (she’s been there 20 years) is working on an amazing quilting project called “Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods” banner project?  Fifteen neighborhoods have been identified so far to be included in this collaboration overseen by the senior citizens at the Rose Banker Senior Center under the direction of Juni Van Dyke.  The neighborhoods include West Gloucester, East Gloucester, Magnolia, Annisquam, Lanesville, Rocky Neck, the Waterfront, Briar Neck, Stage Fort Park, Riverdale, Bayview, Downtown (East Main Street, West Main Street, Rogers Street, and the Library neighborhood).  The project started in the Fall of 2010.  There is a core group of 18 seniors that meet on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and bring snacks to share with each other.  They love the project and it has created a great sense of camaraderie, support and sharing between the participants.  When completed, the banners will be hung at City Hall and auctioned as a fundraiser for the City Hall Restoration project and the Senior Center.

Pictured here are West Gloucester (created by Lois Stillman) and The Fort created by Pauline Dion and Gerri Lovasco – good friends who grew up on the fort. The photos really don’t do them justice; these quilts are incredibly detailed and beautifully made.  Rocky Neck is the next neighborhood banner that has been started and so far includes the paint factory, but additional input and collaboration is desired from the artists of Rocky Neck.  If you are interested in being involved in collaboration input on your neighborhood (particularly Rocky Neck, as that is the neighborhood currently being worked on), contact Juni at 978-526-7248, email junivandyke@yahoo.com

E.J. Lefavour


Coveted Yarn Summer Overstock Sale Starts- NOW!

We are running our annual Summer Overstock Sale tomorrow through Sunday over at Coveted Yarn. There will be quite a bit of yarn on sale both online at http://www.covetedyarn.com and in the store at 121 East Main St. I was wondering if you would be so kind as to put the word out for us. Our hours for the sale are:
Friday 10:00 am to 9:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
We will have some special guests on Saturday and Sunday. Leslie Wind, a silversmith from Rockport who makes beautiful shawl pins and Tewelry (tools you can wear) and also Heather Bolcome Spellman, a Gloucester native and yarn dyer under the trade name of Mad Color Fiber Arts. Come on by and Satisfy Your Yarning!
— Coveted Yarn
121 E. Main St.
Gloucester, MA 01930

Marty Goes Lobstering With Jim Waddell

Since settling here in 2010, I’ve wanted to learn the ins and outs of lobstering. To get me started, Jim Waddell of Rockport took me aboard Dolphin II out of Pigeon Cove as he tended his pots in Sandy Bay. It was a marvelous morning; I learned a lot and ate very well.

My thanks to Jim for his warm hospitality.

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R Ducky Likes Swimming Pool

Good Morning Joey~

Just thought that I would share with you readers our new friend…she shows up in our swimming pool at least 3 times a day…She is seen here with her friend who recently has had some "plastic surgery" if you know what I mean…………Seriously though, she splashed down last night even with 8 people on the deck having dinner….We’ve named her "Rudder." 

Mary Ann Boucher


Rockport Residents Only- Adam Bolonsky Submits


Really now?

From the Mass Office of Coastal Zone Management-

Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management


Cogswell Farm Landing Rocky shore accessed by public footpath. Limited street parking.

From The Rockport Open Space Report 2009-2014

Access to the ocean south of the center of Rockport is available along a chain of beaches, coves, and rocky ledges. Public footpaths lead in from the road to Emerson Point, Flat Rock Point, Steep Bank Landing, and Cogswell Farm Landing. There is limited parking at Long Beach, Cape Hedge Beach, Pebble Beach, and Loblolly Cove, but all these areas attract walkers as well as large numbers of swimmers, divers, surfers,  fishermen, bird watchers, and picnickers year-round.

Couldn’t Have Been a More Perfect Night & Better Company on Our Rum and Stogie Cruise Aboard The Thomas Lannon Last Night

I didn’t take too many pictures because I was having such a great time last night but I’m sure we will be getting some photos from our friends that were aboard.

Huge thanks to Paul Giacalone of the Old Cuban Cigar Co, Bobby Ryan at Ryan and Wood for the fantastic rum tastings and of course our hosts The Ellis Family and the Thomas Lannon.

If everyone else had half as much fun as I did I’d say it was a wildly successful event.

If any of you guys wants to send your pictures I’d love to post them.