International Dory Race Boat Launch This Sunday


Erik Dombrowski writes-

We will be meeting this Sunday, May 20th at 9:30 AM at Eastern Ave. Self Storage to launch the freshly fixed and painted Race Dories in preparation for the upcoming eliminations.  Anyone who has a trailer available is asked to bring it along.  4 race dories will be launched and 2 practice dories will be pulled that morning, but with a little help it should only take an hour or two.  Please respond if you can help and if you have a trailer available.

And, a big thank you to all who supported our 60th Anniversary fund raiser last weekend.  Many bought tickets making the night a success.  And some even came and enjoyed the festivities.

Lastly, a reminder that this Saturday is the Essex River Race.  Anyone looking to use a dory should email the board for approval before taking one from the town landing.  And, eliminations are June 9th so get a partner and get rowing!

See you Sunday,


Cameron Johnson Goes Freakin’ Fast

Caught Cameron Johnson of Rockport windsurfing before work Thursday morning, and he was screaming across the outer harbor.  He was moving so fast, I was certain he would crash and ruin his board running up over Niles Beach, but he had amazing control and could turn that thing on a dime and head back out across the outer harbor like a flash.   That had to be an invigorating way to start the day.

E.J. Lefavour

Le Gamin

Dining al fresco at le Gamin

We had a very successful move and my daughter Liv is loving her new apartment. See her blog Boston to Brooklyn for several photos. For a lovely belated Mother’s Day treat, she took me to one of her favorite restaurants in Brooklyn, a sweet and authentic French cafe, Le Gamin. The charming patio was open, despite the soft evening mist, and we dined in the garden under the arbor. On Monday nights they serve exquisitely fresh and sweet, all-you-can-eat mussels, poached in Chardonnay and fresh herbs, along with a glass of wine, along with absolutely the most perfect fries; crisp outer skin, tender and hot inside–and all for only $20.00!!  Liv and I shared the mussels and salade Niçoise and it was ablsoltuely perfect. She had her favorite mousse au chocolat and I had the most divine crème brûlée  ever tasted. I am so taken with Robert Ardor’s recipes, I’ve just this moment ordered his cookbook, in its third printing, Joie de Vivre: Simple French Style for Everyday Living.

Brooklyn balcony above Le Gamin garden, with fresh herbs. Cleverly, the dweller of this flat has draped a bag of soil over the balcony’s edge, reinforced the slashes with industrial tape, and planted four different herbs; with what looks like oregano, thyme, parsley and dill. I am reminded of the beautiful story A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

Another Save The Date for an Event You Don’t Want to Miss

August 11 from 11 to 7 (lucky dates and times) Stage Fort Park.  Top blues artists in Gloucester.  Save $12 by getting tickets NOW (get them on-line here)

Sponsored by North Shore 104.9Cape Ann Brewing Co, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce & gimmeLIVE Summer Concert Series.

It’s a beautiful day.  Perfect night to follow.  10 venues with music on Cape Ann starting at 6pm.  How do you choose?  Well, go to lots of them.  We’ll be at the Berklee Tribute to Herb Pomeroy @ Fuller School to support the Berklee/Gloucester Scholarship Fund.

See the full Cape Ann Music lineup here.

“A Tale Of Two Paint Brushes” from deb Clarke

“A Tale Of Two Paint Brushes”

From deb Clarke;

“My David was good friends with Armand Sindoni and received one of Armand’s paintbrushes, along with a giclee print of one of Armand’s last paintings as a remembrance gift from Armand’s family.  The brush was proudly displayed above Armand’s print, until we moved.

A few months back I was painting when David took the brush from my hand, claiming it was Armand’s.  I said:  “Well, you better put it someplace safe, because if I need a brush and find a brush, I use it.”  and that was that,  until yesterday.  Yesterday I cleaned a flat brush when I realized the handle was encrusted with chrome green, a color I do not use.  The handle was used to mix a vat of paint (something I have never done). The ferrule encrusted with old oil.  I checked all of my paintbrushes. The ferrules of all of my old brushes were scraped clean. of encrusted paint.  A former studio assistant used a razor blade to clean my old brushes (a practice I put an end to…the bristles were getting shaved in the process).    I showed the brushes to David, told him that chrome green was a color commonly in use by painters of Armand’s generation, then showed him my greens based on veridian and thalo…my greens lean towards blue. David agreed.
The flat is the Armand Sindoni brush, the bare ferrule bright brush is mine.”

Another Sidoni Painting:

Deb Received the random email from a Sidoni connection;

To Debbie Clarke,

This is so random, but I was scanning old family photos and came across this old double exposure.  The painting is an Armand Sindoni portrait
of my uncle Richard Duncan, who was a friend of Armand’s in Lynn.  So I googled Armand to share information about Armand with family on facebook and saw your
paint brush story.  Unfortunately the portrait went missing from storage unit during a move so very long ago.
It’s just a snapshot in time (& not a very good one) but I thought you’d appreciate seeing it.

love your magpie nest!!

Elizabeth Chapman

Working overtime

The other day I went for a walk, and came across these gentlemen working on the water pipes under the street. It was already 7PM, but they told me they can only do this work after hours because it affects the water supply to businesses on the street.

The two fellows in the hole are both Irishmen, from County Mayo and County Galway.

They were friendly and funny.  They were still there – looking a lot more tired – when I walked back past the same spot at 10PM.  I have really been impressed with how fast the work crews are moving.   Although it can be frustrating when the work closes lanes or entire roads, it’s great that the job is getting done!  It must be rough on the workers and their families to working odd hours.  May they be safe on the job and duly rewarded for their labors!

TOMORROW: Schedule of Events for Motif No. 1 Day!

For more information about specific events, click HERE to go to the website.

2012 Motif No. 1 Day Schedule of Events

All Day Activities
Kids’ Art Zone art activities for children
Dock Square Chowder Stand
Mini-Motif Scavenger Hunt
Sidewalk Chalk Competition
Try Your Hand Interactive Art Event

Scheduled Events

9 am
The Motif No. 1 Day 5K to benefit Rockport Elementary Schools Health & Wellness programs!

10 am
The Motif: Why it Matters presentation on the Motif by artist and historian Les Bartlett at the Rockport Art Association.

Community Event: Toad Hall 40th Birthday Celebration! Meet at 10 o’clock in front of Toad Hall for a walk to Millbreak Meadow to enjoy face-painting, books & CUPCAKES!

10:30 am – 12 noon
Instrument Petting Zoo at the Old Firehouse Trust. Sponsored by Rockport Music. For more click HERE.

11 am – 3 pm
Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest throughout downtown. Registration located at the corner of School & Main Streets.

11 am
The Merrimac Valley Rounders in Dock Square. A lively mix of bluegrass & Americana.

11 & 11:45 am
The Way We Were a multimedia presentation by the Rockport High School Band in Harvey Park at the First Baptist Church

12 pm – 1 pm
Free Community Concert at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Sponsored by Rockport Music.

12 pm – 2 pm
Photography Exhibit Reception at the Rockport Art Association.

1 pm
The Rockport Legion Band in Harvey Park.

Folly Cove Designers Feature in the Old Firehouse Trust.

  • Design Showcase: the Sarah Elizabeth Shop Rockport block printer Julia Garrison is the new owner of the legendary Sarah Elizabeth Shop and will be showcasing her work as well as the work of Isabel Natti and the Folly Cove Designer Sarah Elizabeth, printed on the original Folly Cove Designers’ acorn press.
  • Film: Virginia Lee Burton: A Sense of Place with the film’s producer, Christine Lundberg. A short documentary on the legendary Cape Ann author & designer. The producer, Christine Lundberg will be at the screening.

2 pm
Alek Razdan & the A-Train Orchestra on Bearskin Neck.

Artist Rocky Delforge painting in Dock Square in a collaborative work created on the spot.

Brad Byrd playing an acoustic set in Dock Square on Bearskin Neck.

3 pm
Carrtunes in Dock Square. Dixieland Jazz from the 20s, 30s & 40s.

3:30 pm
"In Search of the Motif" reading & book signing by author LM Vincent at the Old Firehouse Trust.

4 pm
Sidewalk Chalk Contest Winners announced in Dock Square

Words Before Dinner Event at the Old Firehouse Trust. Original poems inspired by life on Cape Ann. Twin Lights Soda, a Cape Ann original, will be on hand.

5 – 5:30 pm: A Community Festival Finale
Rockport Home Movies with Twin Lights Soda. Film from the collection of Pierce Sears of the Thomas Wilson Beverage Co. Located at the Old Firehouse Trust. Complimentary Twin Lights soda available at the screening.

Words Before Dinner

Suellen Wedmore An Acrostic for Ray Bentley Ending with a Line by Jane Hirshfield
Marty Luster: At the End of Bearskin Neck, The Joy Within, Below the Waxing Gibbous Moon
Sarah Clarke: Charles Haskell’s Fence
James Scrimgeour: In the Nook of Dancing Leaves
Sharon Chace: In Honor of Camilla Ayers, In Memory and Celebration of Dorothy Mack Russell
Susan Bumagin: Good Harbor: Memories and Dreams
Ruth Maassen: To Rockport, 2012

Italy Day 8: Capri

Took the Ferry From Positano to Capri. Beautiful ride- 38 euros for the two of us plus the one large suitcase we brought.

It is amazing to me how very distinct each of these places are along the Amalfi Coast. Each one more beautiful than the next.

Here is how I would rate them (even though rating them is totally subjective)

Rating them from least favorite to favorite might give the wrong impression that any one of them is not spectacular in its own right- they are all amazing places.

Capri is bustling with high end dining and shopping. The kind of shopping that is way out of our budget but is still cool to look in the windows. It is very active on one side and then on the other side of the island it is tranquil and there are long paths cut into the mountains that lead down to the sea.

I don't know who paid to have all of the beautiful parks and walkways done or how long ago but I'm continually awestruck at the beauty of the architecture and landscaping.

The people from Italy that come to the US must look down at us for not having one tenth of the imagination and creativity to create beautiful spaces that they do here. Everywhere. We have it in certain spaces but here in Italy the attention to aesthetically pleasing spaces is everywhere.






50s Rockport From Ann Kennedy

Hi Joey.  Welcome home.  A dear family friend, no longer living, was a geographer and children’s textbook author.  While going through old books in the basement, I came across one of his texts and discovered that the first chapter was about Rockport.  Thought you might enjoy the images from the early 50s, from the book, Ways of Our Land, by C.W. Sorenson, 1954.


Community Stuff May 18th

Free Health Resources and Information at Safe Boating Day at US Coast Guard Station in Gloucester


On Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. free health resources, access to health insurance, overdose prevention information, safety resources and other educational materials will be provided by: Healthy Gloucester Collaborative / Gloucester Health Department, Addison Gilbert Hospital Gloucester Family Health Center, The Open Door, PACE, and Adult Foster Care.

This program will be held at the U.S. Coast Guard Station, 14 Harbor Loop in Gloucester.  There is no fee and all are welcome to attend.  The free health fair is being held in conjunction with Safe Boating Day that will be held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For further information about the health fair, please contact Kathy Day at Healthy Gloucester Collaborative Gloucester Health Department 866-964-4604. Safe Boating Day features: Commercial Boating Education, Recreational Boating booths, Signal Flare and Fire Extinguisher distress at 1000 and 1200, Fishing Vessel Examinations, try out safety gear, learn about safety gear requirements,  VHF Radio Use Class, Rescue Boat, Police Boat, and Cutter Tours, Dispose of expired flares (collected with appointment). Fun activities for kids!

For more information about the Safe Boating Day Events please contact Rick Bowen 978-283-0705, ext. 208.

Parking for these events are available at the lot adjacent to the Building Center and on Harbor Loop.



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Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe will present its final production of the season, the comedy "I Hate Hamlet" written by Paul Rudnick and directed by Ray Jenness. The story involves a television actor, Andrew Rally, who has been offered the part of Hamlet with the Shakespeare In The Park company. At once attracted to the challenge and at the same time afraid of it, he is encouraged by his girlfriend to take it on. A real estate agent finds him an apartment in New York once occupied byJohn Barrymore, famous for his Hamlet in the mid twentieth century. When Barrymore’s ghost is summoned at a seance, he returns to coach Rally in the role. Rally, however, is more conflicted about playing Hamlet after being offered an easy well-paying TV role. Pulled in one direction by Barrymore and his girlfriend and in the other by fear and greed, he faces some tough choices with comic results. The cast includes Beth Bevins, Evie Gariepy, David McCaleb, Beebe Nelson, Craig Owen, and Nick Neyeloff

Trupiano’s Sausage Facebook Page

Hi Joey –
Just wanted to shoot you a quick email to let you know that Trupiano’s Sausage now has a Facebook page – if you wouldn’t mind spreading the word a little and/or liking us on Facebook.
Ciaramitaro Family

North Shore Art Throb Launch June 1 at Latitude 43

Please mark your calendars for our Friday, June 1 Launch Party on the deck at Latitude 43 in Gloucester. Our monthly launch parties bring our readers, contributors, advertisers and lovers of the arts all in one place! We’re in our second year as the go-to magazine for bridging art and community. The May party at Porter Mill in Beverly gathered more than 150 people from all over the North Shore.
Come enjoy the beginning of summer and pick up your free copy of our Water issue! Fun begins on the beautiful deck overlooking the harbor from 6:30 to 8:30 and then moves next door to Minglewood Tavern!  Latitude 43 is at 25 Rogers Street, right
Hope to see you there!