Ardelle Shots

Here are some not particularly great shots of Ardelle as she pulled up to Gloucester Maritime, I think to pick someone up, then went back out and raised her sails and then headed back out of the harbor.  I caught a few shots of her under sail as she passed behind the paint factory (the gates were open, so I got to scoot to the back and catch her as she passed).  The light wasn’t great, but she sure does look alot prettier than when I watched her whiskey/rum plank being installed.  I missed her launch, so it was really great to see her under sail for her maiden voyage.

E.J. Lefavour

Carol St.John Has Some Nice Things To Say

Before I leave Cape Ann for my other life in the west, I want to say to those who care that I love this place for more reasons than I can name, but one of them is the people. For example,  I took my grandkids to the Gloucester Cinema one rainy day and left my purse hanging on the back of a seat when I left.

It took 24 hours for me to realize what I had done. I was sick with worry and then rewarded with the integrity of a number of people. First the usher who my broughtmy bag  to the manager. Then the manager who tried to identify the owner by looking inside the purse. When he learned I  was from Arizona, he could have stopped there but he found an appointment card from the Unique Hair Salon for the the following week. With the possibility I was still in town he called the salon, who not only called me a few times but contacted my daughter to confirm my cell phone number. What a group effort to save the day for one scatterbrained old lady!

These acts of kindness will live in my memory forever, right alongside the funky parades the block parties, the art and the inspirational  vistas. From Gloucester to Rockport it is a feast for the senses.  Thank you for sharing.  Carol St.John

Karen Ristuben "Beneath the Blue" Installation/Presentation September 3 At The White Ellery House


Hello all,
Wanted to let you know that I’m doing an installation and presentation at Cape Ann Museum’s White Ellery House on Sat. Sept. 3, from 11-3 pm.  I’ll be presenting my 45-minute performance/lecture at 11:30 and 1:30 called "Just, one word…"
The project deals generally with our use, over-use, and disposal of plastics, and their toxicity and effect on our public health.  The presentation specifically highlights the issue of marine plastic pollution and its impact on ocean ecosystems including the marine food chain.  The project is based on a whole lot of research I’ve done in the past year or so, including my voyage last month across the North Pacific with leading marine scientists who study the issue of marine plastic pollution.
Addressing this issue as an artist, I’m offering a different kind of communication of the hard scientific data that is currently on the minds of many marine scientists, toxicologists, epidemiologists, and policy-makers.  I hope you will join me at the White Ellery House on September 3! 

The Seaward Inn, Rockport, welcomes the Nautilus Brass Quintet

The Seaward Inn, Rockport, welcomes the Nautilus Brass Quintet, recent winners of the 2011 University of Connecticut Brass Day Finalists in the 2010 International Jan Koetsier Chamber Competition. Exciting teaching opportunities include collaborating with NOVA Musica, the The Rectory School, and continued national and international chamber music competitions.
Performing Sunday Morning Live August 28th. from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. during a Breakfast Buffet by the Sea.

Visit or call 978-546-3471. No cover charge.

New Addition to The 2011 Gloucester Schooner Festival

GMG’s Entry in the 2011 Gloucester Schooner Festival Mayor’s Race.

She Maybe Small but she’s sleek and Fast.

We just need a good name for Her.


The Essex Dragger Newton

Dragger Newton, Essex, 1930 Anonymous/ © Fredrik D. Bodin
In view of the arrival of our newest Essex-built Schooner Ardelle, I thought it appropriate to show you another arrival in her time. The 116 feet long by 23 feet wide Newton. The Dragger Newton was built in the A. D. Story Shipyard for the Boston Trawling Company. Decorative flags and lines on the bow tell us she’s ready for the September 10th, 1930 launch. The Newton’s sister ship, the Brookline, was launched on December 18th of the same year.
Printed from the original 4×5 inch glass negative in my darkroom. Image # A9145-373

Fredrik D. Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930