2012 Rocky Neck Plunge Video from Kim Smith

Happy New Year!


2012 Rocky Neck Plunge with a pre-plunge breakfast hosted by Passports Restaurant and rally at Sister Felicia’s home. Featuring The Ciaramitaro Family, Donna Ardizzoni and her daughter Erica, E.J., Ed, Mayor Kirk, Nicole, Alicia, Paul, the van Ness Family, and too many more brave souls to mention all by name. Cathy McCarthy and friends set up boxes by the entry to the beach and a truckload of food was collected and donated to The Open Door.

Included is a postlude video short titled New Year’s Day Bath ~ Swan Style. 

Filmed at Flynn’s Beach on Oakes Cove, Gloucester.

Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Opus 68 “Pastoral”
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Opus 125 Choral Finale (Ode to Joy)

Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.

Ann Kennedy Finds A Bit Of Gloucester MA In MO

Ann writes-

Hi Joey.  Yesterday I was wandering through a local (Liberty, MO) flea market and from across the room a dusty old postcard caught my eye.  I could hardly believe it when I picked it up and read the caption, "Surf at Eastern Point, Gloucester, Mass."!   I especially love the sentiment written on the back:  "The ocean is wonderful.  I never tire of looking at it."  I couldn’t agree more.
Happy New Year to you and all GMGers!  I look forward to more great coverage of all things Gloucester in 2012!


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What do The Noise & TMax say about Chelsea Berry?

“In the couple of years that I’ve been aware of Chelsea Berry, I’ve seen her go from star-quality to superstar-quality. She is blessed with vocal power, down-to-earth authenticity, and a wonderful engaging spirit.” -TMax, The Noise Music Magazine

See the article in the Noise Magazine.  Chelsea Berry ~ Who is She, and Why is Everyone Talking about Her?  by Bejon Gae


Click the picture to hear Chelsea talk with Peter about her plans for 2012 and the kind of shows she truly loves to play.  Check out Chelsea’s gimmesound profile.

Have dinner tonight with Fly Amero with special guest Bill Gleason (best Trad, Blues Man in the Boston Area) and then check out the rest of the schedule to figure out where to go later.  See the full list here.

The Pier at West Beach

West Beach, circa 1920 V. Blanden/©Fredrik D. Bodin
The West Beach photograph evokes fond childhood memories from local visitors to the gallery. The beach, on Route 127 in Beverly Farms, is privately owned, although open to the public for nine months during the off-season. It runs about a mile from Prides Crossing through Beverly Farms to Beverly proper. It has been administered by the West Beach Corporation since 1852, after being bequeathed to the residents of Beverly Farms and Prides Crossing by John West, who acquired it in 1666. The pier was originally built for docking boats, later evolving into a popular place for jumping into the water and swimming. The sign at the pier’s entrance reads: “This Pier for the Sole use of the Members of the West Beach Corporation and Subscribers.” Great Misery Island, pictured in the distance, and now owned by the Trustees of Reservations , had structures such as the Governor’s Cottage, the Casino hotel, and Bleak House, complete with sea plane hanger. The pier at West Beach was destroyed in the blizzard of 1978, and now has only a few pilings remaining. This beautiful beach was painted by Gloucester’s Fitz Henry Lane 1855.
Printed from the original 5×7 inch negative in my darkroom. Image # FS-001

Fredrik D. Bodin

Bodin Historic Photo

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Mishap and Mayhem on the High Seas Event Jan 7th


The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present As the Wind Turns or There is No Such Thing as Plain Sailing: Mishap and Mayhem on the High Seas on Saturday, January 7 at 3:00 p.m. Stephanie Buck, Librarian/Archivist at the Cape Ann Museum, will discuss the experiences of three trading captains at the turn of the 18th century as told by themselves. From lonely hearts to pirate raids to foul weather and fair – there was no such thing as plain sailing – just mishap and mayhem on the high seas.  This program is free and open to the public. To make a reservation or for more information, please call Jeanette Smith at 978-283-0455, x11 or email jeanettesmith@capeannmuseum.org.

STEPHANIE BUCK is the Librarian/Archivist here at the Cape Ann Museum.  She was educated in England and was awarded a degree from London University before coming to this country.  She is married (to the museum’s photo-archivist Fred Buck) and the mother of three and grandmother of seven.  She retired about fifteen years ago – from her long term position of general manager for the Cape Ann Food Co-op – but finding the lure of history and the challenge of detective work too great – she began volunteering in the archives department of both the City and this museum.  In 2004 she joined the Cape Ann Museum staff as librarian and archivist while continuing her volunteer work in the City Archives.  Since then she has authored and co-authored several books and papers and given lectures on such topics as The Art of Gossip and the Life of Rev. John White.

Funding for this program was made possible through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences, in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Museum is closed during the month of February, on Mondays, and on major holidays. Admission is free for Cape Ann residents during the month of January. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information please call: (978) 283-0455. Additional information can be found online at http://www.capeannmuseum.org