Alright, who’s the joker that left this for me at the dock?

I’m doing a little clean up around my desk on my last day at work before vacation and I find this bag containing some hair club for men bullshit!

Very funny, verrrry funny.  When I find out who is responsible for this just remember that the big boss man has final editorial control over this here blog.  You wanna mess with me? 

It’s bad enough living with this male pattern baldness without having to be reminded of it with not-so-subtle hints of cheapo “thicker, healthier looking hair” products being left around your workspace. 

Oh the humanity.


a quick visit to Gloucester on Saturday April 21, 2012

Gayle White writes-

My friend, Kate, and I visited Gloucester last Saturday, and had the good fortune to walk through Fredrik Bodin’s Historic Photos Shop. Loved the shop! Fred Bodin was so informative about the area, and made sure we knew about your facebook and blog site. Very impressive! We also visited Jeff Weaver’s Art Gallery, Topside Grille for a sandwich, and Fisherman’s Outfitter’s (my brother’s store). We were able to take a quick ride up along the ?East Point along the water before heading back to South Boston. We didn’t get to see a fraction of Gloucester, so we’ll be back. In the meantime, it’s great to have your pages and pictures so we know where to visit when we come back. What a great place! Gayle White       including a couple of pics – one is Fredrik Bodin, one is John White (fisherman’s outfitter) and last is one shot along ?East Point. Can’t wait to come back again!

Cape Ann Museum Park and Sculpture Garden Opening Reception

WHAT:  Cape Ann Museum Park and Sculpture Garden Opening Reception; free and open to the public, refreshments will be served

WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 4:30pm (immediately following Gloucester Public School District Arts Festival)

WHERE: Across the street from the Museum, located at 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, Mass. 01930 

WHO:  Remarks by J.J. Bell, Vice President of the Museum ; John Raimondi, the Rockport artist who created the Park’s central bronze sculpture, Dance of the Cranes, will be in attendance

WHY:  Please join us in celebrating the official opening of our new landscaped park and sculpture garden. A wonderful urban green space for the citizens of Cape Ann and its visitors, the park includes an inviting granite stairway leading up from the corner of Pleasant Street (there is also an accessible walkway), a variety of plantings and two rugged granite benches for seating.  At the center of the park is an engaging bronze sculpture Dance of the Cranes by Rockport artist, John Raimondi. The inspirational depiction of cranes in flight exudes the optimism and positive spirit which is reflective of the proud and triumphant architecture of the iconic City Hall, which serves as its backdrop. 

The park and sculpture garden, located in the heart of Gloucester’s Civic District, appears at a time when much of the district is being refurbished, including City Hall, the Central Grammar apartment building, and the Saunders House and Sawyer Free Library. It is one of a number of initiatives  to continue the Cape Ann Museum’s community outreach efforts, in this case, building a public amenity that includes a piece of the Museum’s collection.  With this park and sculpture garden in the heart of Gloucester, the Museum hopes to establish a more visible connection with the public and to contribute to the creation of a “cultural campus” comprising the Museum, City Hall, the Saunders House and the Library.


Elf Child of Gloucester

Clara Bray~Elf Child, 1913 Alice M. Curtis/©Fredrik D. Bodin
People visiting the gallery fall in love with the ethereal charm of this photograph. It has universal appeal, and LIFE Magazine published the image in a special Children’s Issue in 1990. Back in 1913, a story with this picture ran on the front page of the Gloucester Daily Times. The headline read: She Proved Herself a Dainty Performer in a Pretty Play. The story went on to say that Little Miss Clara Bray was the leading character in The Elf Child Pageant, an event held on the Addison Gilbert Hospital grounds to benefit the District Nurse Fund. Six-year-old Clara, along with other Riverdale children, performed for an audience of 900, including Mr. and Mrs. John Hayes Hammond, their guests, acclaimed playwright Charles Rann Kennedy and his wife Wyanne Matthison, who was a leading actress on stage and in silent films. The costumes were designed by Mrs. Palmer of Rocky Neck. Clara later married Delbert Andrews, foreman at the Rocky Neck Marine Railways, and raised their family in Gloucester. In 1954 at age 48, Clara modeled for Cover Girl Makeup, and, as an accomplished pianist, performed at the Riverdale Grange and Trinity Church. I’ve met five of Clara’s children: Arlene, Caroline, Marilyn, Geraldine, and Bonnie, all of whom cherish this photograph. Reverend Bonnie Goodwin, pastor of the Christian Union Church in Truro, MA, is a special friend to myself and the gallery. Bonnie told me last night that her mother always had a distinctive glint in her eyes, and that sparkle never left, even in times of hardship. Clara, the Elf Child, was buried in 1979 at Beechbrook Cemetery, in Gloucester. Remember your Mother’s Day.
Printed archivally from the original 5×7 inch glass negative in my darkroom. Image #A8857-437
Fredrik D. Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Welcome Tulip Trees!

The magnificent Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), also called Tulip Poplar or Yellow Poplar, is named and noted for its tulip-shaped flowers. Tulip Trees are native to the eastern United States and are relatively fast growing, without the problem of weak wood strength and short life span typical of fast growing trees.

Tulip Trees at the Gloucester HarborWalk Butterfly Garden

The foliage of the Tulip Tree has a distinct four lobed shape, with a beautiful fluttering habit when caught in the wind. Come fall, the tree is ablaze in brilliant clear yellow. Rich in nectar, Tulip Trees are a major honey plant of the east. In our region the tree typically flowers in June. The nectar also invites songbirds Cardinal and Gold Finch, as well as Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Liriodendron tulipifera is one of only two species in the genus Liriodendron in the Magnolia Family.

Fun fact from wiki: Native Americans so habitually made their dugout canoes of its trunk that the early settlers west of the Appalachian Mountains called it Canoewood.

Planting Underway at the Gloucester Harbor Walk Gardens

Tulip Trees (Liriodendron tulipifera)

Monday the Tulip Trees were planted at St. Peter’s Square and Tuesday was devoted to Whale Watch and General Store planting areas. Today we are tackling Gus Foote Park. You may notice a few bare spots; not all plants have been delivered. We’ll be adding more to the gardens as they arrive.

Jay Ramsey and his crew from Farm Creek Landscpaping are doing a top-notch job—professional and so enthusiastic. We are all so excited to see the installation of the city’s Harbor Walk gardens underway. I’ll be bringing you information on some of the native beauties we have planted and their value to the landscape and to wildlife. People often ask me why they have so few bees in their garden and I respond, “What have you planted for the bees and for all the pollinators?”  When you plant for the pollinators, they will come!

Young Ladies Tea

From Lisa Ramos: The young Ladies Tea party hosted by the Magnolia Historical Society on Sunday May 6th was a great success!  The girls dressed in their Sunday best for a tea party catered by Classic Cooks Catering. They enjoyed tea and pastries followed by magical entertainment from Freckles and Ruffles the clowns.

1650s Improv. Bet you’ve never seen music that looks like this!

Yesterday we introduced you to gimmesound artists of the week, Frances Fitch & Greg Bover (click here if you missed it — people asked what time is next Tuesday’s concert at Shalin Liu.  Answer: 7:30pm).

Today we have a special treat as Frances Fitch show us some Harpsichord music written in the 1650s and then plays it for us.  You can hear the entire piece next Tuesday night.

Plenty of music tonight starting at 7pm at six excellent Gloucester venues — all FREE.  See the full music lineup here.

Young Artist of the Week: Becca!

This week’s artist is a little bit older than the ones I’ve shared with you the past fewweeks. Becca’s a part of Action Inc.’s Compass Youth Program that comes to do art with us at Art Haven on Friday afternoons. She painted this beautiful imitation of Claude Monet’s Carrieres-Saint-Denis on a bottle this past Friday! She’s done lots of other beautiful work with us as well and we can’t wait to see what else she creates!

Becca's Monet bottle


If you know of a young artist that should be featured here, email with a picture and a little info!


Eileen Patten Oliver Shows Hers!

Eileen Patten Oliver Shows Hers!

2nd Submission in the series: “I’ll Show You Mine If you Show Me Yours”

From Eileen;

“I posted pictures on my Facebook page a while back of the little corner of the world where I do my painting. I was always posting pictures of the finished pieces and thought it would be fun for people to see where I actually do the work. This is my paint box and brushes. I use heavy bodied acrylic paint as it has a very similar quality and texture as oils but are faster and easier to work with. My palette is just an old, cracked plate. I like the way I can move the paint around to blend on the smooth surface and it’s easy to clean up.

I love having this opportunity to peek into the paint boxes of other artist to see the tools of their trade!”
Eileen Patten Oliver

To see more beautiful paintings from Eileen of Cape Ann click the Links Below.

Click here to see how you can share your painting set up with GMG 


Year of the Dragon, part 4

As I mentioned in my previous posts on this topic, this is the Chinese year of the dragon (within the twelve-year cycle based on the Chinese zodiac). While I do not subscribe to any form of astrology, I like the idea of a “mascot” for the year. I am also particularly fond of dragons. So, as an origami artist in Gloucester, I decided to share a series of origami dragons that I have folded, either from my own designs or from others’ designs that I have modified to my own taste.

I’ve gotten a few responses to the idea of starting an origami group here on Cape Ann. Maybe to get started, if a few people would like to learn how to fold an origami dragon, I’d could to set up a time to teach a public class.   We just need to find a suitable date and venue. Which model I would teach would depend on the level of experience of the students.

Speaking of origami classes, the annual Origami USA convention in New York City is now open for registration! It’s a great event – I’m already signed up. Anyone else going?

Today’s dragon is my variation on Robert Neale’s design:

This is the simplest of the models I’ve presented so far, and represents perhaps the most “classic” species of dragon. It has an elegant simplicity that makes it one of my favorites.   This example is made from a 6″ square of uncut textured foil.  My contributions to this design are the horns and jaw on the head and the specific size and shape of the wings.

One can fold it without the horns and with slightly smaller wings in just a few minutes (as opposed to the other designs I have posted so far, which require more time to fold with any real precision).  That simpler form is the one that would be easiest to teach.

Kaleb-Pet of the Week

Good Day!  My name is Kaleb, I am a three-year-old tiger cat with a handsome black-and-brown short coat.  I love to be patted and brushed.  My special time of day is playing with the many toys that my friends here at the Cape Ann Animal Aid have given me.  You probably have heard that we are preparing to move soon to our new shelter located at Four Paws Lane in Gloucester!  Everyone is talking about how excited they are and grateful to our many friends in the community who have supported this important project.

 The nice volunteer just asked me to step over to the computer and we went to online and visited: and I can see photos of the beautiful new Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter!

Wow!!  We will have so much more room over there, I can probably even skate board!

Gloucester Webcam of The Day- Ryan and Wood Distillery Cam

Check Out Ryan and Wood Distillery Website Here


This Webcam and more can be found at

This local webcam portal project was an idea I had last year to have as many webcams streaming from local businesses or organizations as possible which highlight the incredible vistas that we as people that live and work here get to enjoy each and every day.

The idea was to have the organization install the webcam, have them embed the webcam feed on their own websites as well and have a link to each business website on the Gloucester webcam portal website to showcase their business as well.

Tim Blakeley from Gloucester Bytes provided the initial installation at ridiculously cheap cost because he believed in the project.

GHS Theatre presents "Little Shop of Horrors" May 11, 12, 13

Gloucester High School Theatre presents "Little Shop of Horrors" on Friday night May 11, Saturday night May 12, and Sunday (matinee) May 13.  Tickets are on sale each night at the door (no advance sales); $10 adults, $8 for students and Senior Citizens.
Friday night show starts: 7:00 p.m. (ticket booth open by 6:30 p.m.)
Saturday night show starts: 7:00 p.m. (ticket booth open by 6:30 p.m.)
Sunday matinee starts: 2:00 p.m. (ticket booth open by 1:30 p.m.)

Posters/artwork by GHS Junior Alexis Chipperini