Linn Parisi writes-
Following is the first of a few articles that Ilona Biro from AOL Canada (now Huffington Post Travel) is doing about the Seafood Trail.
She and her husband had a wonderful visit here, and they plan on coming back with their kids. That’s what we like to hear!
The Seafood Trail will continue to make a difference in visitation, as does your generous participation in these FAMs.
This summer, my husband and I were lucky landlubbers – lucky enough to land on Massachusett’s Seafood Trail, one of those culinary road trips that dreams are made of.
Just north of Boston, the Seafood Trail (unofficial slogan: "all seafood, all the time"), serves up everything you can imagine, from crispy fried clams, oysters, and fish ‘n chips to rich, lip-smacking chowder, steamers and mussels. From casual meals fresh off the boats to romantic four-star dinners, it can all be had here. In truth there’s so much amazing food along the Seafood Trail you could take a week to experience it all. We did our best to pack in as much as we could in a single day.We started in Gloucester, dubbed America’s Oldest Seaport and founded in 1623. It’s a tight-knit town that’s seen more than 10,000 of its souls perish while fishing on the plentiful seas, among them the men of the Andrea Gail, whose story was captured in the movie The Perfect Storm (which was also filmed here). A monument honouring those brave men takes pride of place along the seaside promenade leading into the town centre, and the seafaring tradition carries on today.
So before we got cracking on the lobster, we wanted to meet some of the locals. One local light, Clarence Birdseye, invented his flash freezing technique in Gloucester, and went on to fame and fortune. Fast forward to today and Gloucester is still a working fishing village, not a replica of something from the past. While Birdseye’s methods are still in use, we were curious to see the inner workings of the seafood industry today. First stop was Steve Connolly Seafood where we met up with foreman Romeo Solviletti. It’s a busy place, where fish was being gutted and filleted and lobsters cooked in huge pots, before being sent off to grateful diners – from Los Angeles to Hong Kong. Soviletti showed us a 14-pound lobster that he said was more than 100 years old. It looked like it belonged on the Seafood counter at Harrod’s, but Solviletti told us what happens to a lot of these monsters: "At Christmas, people come in and buy the biggest lobster they can get and set it free in the harbour. It’s a tradition for some people, and to be honest, you’re better off eating a smaller, younger lobster anyhow." Our mouths were watering by this time, but we wanted to do a little more exploring.
So we went to Joey’s place. One of Gloucester’s biggest boosters, Joey Ciaramitaro has run the Good Morning Gloucester blog for years, and has built the Web’s largest collection of mutant lobster photos, one blue lobster pic at a time. If you want to tap into what’s happening around town, you’ll find no better place. And if you want fresh lobster, straight off the boat, head to Joey’s dock and he’ll weigh it in for you with a huge smile. Extra bonus? Joey’s unvarnished opinions on the best seafood restaurants this side of Boston. Follow his advice and you won’t go wrong. His tip on lobster rolls: "Never, never put
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Woman in The Marsh
On a breezy day I was looking out over the fresh water marsh;
the cattails and grasses swaying, rustling, weaving and merging
and making my vision grow blurry and my eyes tired.
It was warm, but the air had the color of autumn and the
scent of the nearby ocean induced a dream.
From the gently dancing grasses, from the moistened soil,
from the sea-infused ether and the autumn tinted marsh there appeared a woman.
At first I thought her to be a stalk of rare vegetation,
with a head of tightly wound cauliflower-like flower buds.
But, no, it was a woman in the marsh.
Thank you Damon
NOTE — Nancy Dudley took pictures but could not stay for the third heat where Len Robertson rowed alone and had the fastest time, winning the cup. At the time Nancy left we figured the cup was going to New Jersey but Len, rowing in a one boat heat at the end, kept the cup in Gloucester.
All but Mick Cody who is a beach lifeguard rower from New Jersey are local Cape Ann dory racers.
Course from the Heritage Center around Ten Pound Island and back
1. Len Robertson 21:42
2. Mick Cote 21:48
3. Erik Dombrowski 22:13
4. Jeff Muise 23:16
5. Joe Sanfillippo 24:36
6. Mike Harmon 24:37
7. Glenn Harrington 25:54
Winner Len Roberts photo from Rick Isaacs
Oarmasters cup dorys rounding Ten Pound Island Photo Rick Issacs
Rick thanks the Gloucester Gig rowers for giving him a lift.
The Opening of the Out of Africa exhibit of photography and paintings by Judith Monteferrante, Rich Seeley and Roger Salisbury was a big hit, and an amazing grand finale guest artists exhibit opening for the first season of Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery on Rocky Neck. We have never had so many people packed inside and waiting outside the Gallery for an event this season – and we’ve had many very well attended events. A gallery talk was scheduled for 6:00 pm, but the crowd was so thick that it was impossible for the artists to even consider giving a talk. Neighbors watching the flow of people in and out, estimated visitors throughout the evening at between 150 and 200 people. Kudos to the Gloucester Daily Times for putting the opening info on the front page of Saturday’s paper, as many people who came said they had learned about it from the Times. For those of you who wanted to see the exhibit but couldn’t make it to the opening, or those who came but couldn’t see the work because of all the people, the show will be up through October 6, so please come back and see the exhibit daily from noon to 8:00 pm. There are also videos of the animals and a digital frame with a slideshow of many of the photos taken but not physically exhibited in the gallery. This exhibit is truly a great adventure, an African safari that you can vicariously experience through these artists’ work. Don’t miss it.
I’m excited to announce an upcoming one day photography workshop which I will be teaching here in beautiful Gloucester, MA along with my fellow photographer, Nadine Boughton.
The workshop titled, "Sharpening Your Eye" will be held on Sunday, October 2. We will be photographing, editing and discussing our work in a relaxed, supportive environment.
Please feel free to write or call me with any questions and please pass this message along to anyone you know who might be interested.
Warm regards, Paul Cary Goldberg
Thanks George Kauss for the recommendation!
The 45 foot Schooner Ardelle was built at Harold Burnham’s Boat Yard in Essex, Massachusetts. It was launched in Essex on July 9th at high tide almost one year after Harold and friends began building her. (More about the Ardelle below).
What you see here are stills and HD footage all shot with the iPhone4. This is not an edited piece. Instead, I’ve inserted a panorama of the boat to open the piece which was shot in December, 2010. A couple of HD clips from the launch come next, followed by a few clips of her maiden voyage from Essex to Gloucester. It ends with a still image of her in Ipswich Bay (My godson and I were out fishing early that morning. Didn’t find the fish, but we saw this image of the Ardelle making her way to safety before Hurricane Irene arrived).
Large school of Atlantic white-sided dolphin off coast of Gloucester MA. Dolphin are as curious about people as some people are about them. They like to eat, play (riding bow and stern waves), and get bored quickly. Sound familiar?”
– Courtesy Eric Swanson Gloucester resident