Mending Nets Aboard The Captain Novello

Sam Novello and crew repair the net after a return from Stellwagen Bank.

Photographs by Kathy Chapman

G. K. Chesterton Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

November 10, 2011
"Just going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car." 
G. K. Chesterton 1874-1936

Often called “The Prince of Paradox,” Chesterton wrote about 80 books, several hundred poems, 200 short stories, 4000 essays and several plays. His 1905 biography of Charles Dickens is often credited for reviving interest in Dickens’ then largely overlooked work. Though they differed strongly in their respective world views, George Bernard Shaw described him as a man of colossal genius. His life-long study of religion and theology culminated in his 1922 conversion to Roman Catholicism. Diverse writers and thinkers including Mohandas Gandhi, Ingmar Bergman, Jorge Luis Borges, Neil Gaiman and Hilaire Belloc cited Chesterton as an influence on their work.

Greg Bover

Early Elf Open House! Saturday, November 12th

6 pm until 10 pm

Bodin Historic Photo & Fine Art

82 Main Street

Gloucester, MA 01930


The gallery Elves have been busy, and are hosting a pre-holiday Open House, with a special menu: Short Rib Chili simmered by our neighbor chefs at Passports Restaurant, with delicious accompaniments, and light refreshments. Painters Jean Byrd and Kathleen Miller will display new oils, calendars, cards, and tree ornaments. Fred Bodin will exhibit his work and George Lenart’s The Perfect Storm, Eastern Point Light, 1991 photograph. Fred will also be showing his substantial photo database on his new 27 inch iMac, aka The Beast.


Each purchase of $60, of any gallery product, or any combination, will receive a free Dave Matthews coffee or chowder mug, batter bowl, word jar, or vase. These items usually sell for $16 each, and are currently on sale for $10. Now every $60, $120, or $180 purchase will get you one, two, or three mugs free. Offer valid while supplies last. Right now we have 55 pieces.


Come on by and join us before the holiday rush and craziness begins. Don’t worry – we’ll be here when it does – pencil us in for our annual Holiday Open House on December 3rd, Ladies’ Night on December 1st, and Mens’ Night on December 8th We’re open late every night until Christmas Eve.

While you’re in the neighborhood, stroll across the street to the POP Gallery for a POP-tail drink and a premier viewing of holiday cards and gifts, ahead of the crowds!


Fred, Jean, Kathleen, and all the other artist Elves!

Fredrik D. Bodin

Bodin Historic Photo

Live Music Lineup for Cape Ann ~ 11/11/11

FINAL CLUE ~ Have You Connected the Dots?

Get today’s Music Lineup and your final clue.  Goto Facebook or Twitter and give us your answer.  The FIRST person with the correct answer wins a wicked cool prize!  This is something you WANT ~ no rinky-dink prizes here!




Near Andersonville: Winslow Homer’s Civil War

Saturday, November 12 at 3:00 p.m.

Winslow Homer,

Winslow Homer, Near Andersonville, 1865-1866.
Courtesy of the Newark Museum.

Peter Wood, Professor Emeritus of History at Duke University, offers a fresh look at Winslow Homer’s early career, the struggle to end slavery and the dramatic closing years of the Civil War. This program is presented in honor of Veterans’ Day and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Cost is $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers. To make a reservation or for more information, please call 978-283-0455, x11 or

The admired American painter Winslow Homer rose to national attention during the Civil War, yet one of his most important early images remained unknown for a century. While best known for depicting ships and sailors, hunters and fishermen, rural vignettes and coastal scenes, Winslow Homer also created some of the first serious black figures in American art. Near Andersonville (1865-66) is the earliest and least known of these impressive images.

Peter Wood, a leading expert on Homer’s images of blacks, reveals the long-hidden story of this remarkable Civil War painting. His brisk narrative locates the picture in southwest Georgia in August 1864 and provides its military and political context. Wood underscores the agony of the Andersonville prison camp and highlights a huge but little-known cavalry foray ordered by General Sherman as he laid siege to Atlanta. Homer’s image takes viewers "behind enemy lines" to consider the utter failure of "Stoneman’s Raid" from the perspective of an enslaved black Southerner.

By examining the interplay of symbolic elements, Wood reveals a picture pregnant with meaning. He links it to Abraham Lincoln’s presidential campaign of 1864 and underscores the enduring importance of Homer’s thoughtful black woman. The painter adopted a bottom-up perspective on slavery and emancipation that would take most scholars another century to discover. By integrating art and history, Wood’s provocative study gives a fresh vantage point on Homer’s early career, the struggle to end slavery, and the dramatic closing years of the Civil War.


‘The Four Brothers’

Sunday, November 13 at 1:30 p.m.

The Cape Ann Film Festival presents a table reading of ‘The Four Brothers,’ a screenplay set inGloucester in 1932, written by Garrett A. Hughes. This program is free with admission.


Saturday, November 19

3:00 to 5:00 p.m. OPENING RECEPTION Jay McLauchlan: 55 Years of Woodworking and Design This special exhibition is on display through January 29, 2012. This program is free and open to the public.

Saturday, November 26

10:00 a.m. GALLERY TALK Join the craftsman for a closer look at Jay McLauchlan: 55 Years of Woodworking and Design. This program is free with admission. Space is limited. Reservations required.

Saturday, December 3

10:00 a.m. HOUSE TOUR Craftsman Jay McLauchlan will lead an intimate tour of private homes that feature his work. $25 members; $35 non-members. Space is limited. Reservations required. Call for details.

3:00 p.m. Searching for Motif No. 1 Author L.M. Vincent will discuss his personal journey exploring the artistic inspiration behind Rockport’s famous fish shack. Book signing to follow. This program is free with Museum admission. Reservations are required.

Saturday, December 10

Middle Street Walk Holiday Celebration Free admission all day. Museum Shop sale: Members receive 15% off.

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Drop-in Art Activities for Families Decorate holiday ornaments.

11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Tours of the Captain Elias Davis House Enjoy a guided tour of this 19th century sea captain’s house decorated for the holidays. This program is free and open to the public. Space is limited; first come, first served.

3:00 p.m. Book Launch and Holiday Reception On Opposite Tacks: When Artist John Sloan & Capt. Solomon Jacobs Crossed Wakes in Wartime Gloucester by Chester Brigham. Book signing and holiday reception to follow.

International Dories Off-Season Update From Erik Dombrowski


Winter is upon us!

You’d never know it the last couple of days, but its time to get the dories on dry land for the off-season.  We will be removing 2 dories this Sunday morning if we can get a couple trailers and a few volunteers to help haul, nest and put them away.  We are planning to meet at 9 am at the High School landing with trailers or 9:30 am at Eastern Ave Self-Storage to help move them.  Please let us know if you can help.

2 dories will remain in the water for your use through the winter to be hauled in the Spring for maintenance.


Mark your calendars for a fundraiser at Jalepenos in Gloucester benefitting the IDRC with a percentage of the night’s profits!  Thursday, December 22nd…get your Christmas shopping done and stop by for dinner & drinks with your fellow dory rowers.

Hoping for a large turn-out and competitive races in June, so keep rowing through the off-season.

See you Sunday!

IDRC Board

Community Photos of The Day From Judith Montferrante and Joe Scamardella

Some images of the near full moon and its effects on Gloucester Good Harbor and Gloucester Harbor. Best time to shoot the moon is the day before the full moon.   Enjoy, Judith


Check out Judith’s Site Here

Hi Joey,
Taken along the Back Shore last week …
later, joe