Wind Turbine Transportation Time- Lapse Video From Jay Groccia

Jay Groccia from   writes-

Hi Joey,

I was hired by Varian Semiconductor to produce a time-lapse documentary film of the installation of their wind turbine.

I started shooting this week and I met Fred of Bodin Historic Photo while the hostess was getting me a coffee Gloucester Cruiseport restaurant. He asked me a few questions about the project and then we said goodbye. The next day I walked into his shop and as soon as I entered he exclaimed, "Hey, I met you last night!". We chatted more and then he introduced me to your blog.

Here is a sneak peek of the film – it shows the barge arriving and a blade getting transported to the site.

StudioVO: Commercial and Fine Art Studio in addition is selling Antiques and Collectibles/Come Visit!

Hi Joey,

Just spreading the word that StudioVO: Commercial and Fine Art Studio in Gloucester in addition to great art and business graphics is now selling Antiques and Collectibles.  Bob Viau has done much notable art work around Gloucester and Cape Ann such as the copper roses on the Rose Baker, The Artwork depicting Azorean Life on the blue and white tile installations on the Azorean to menus for Passports and the O’Maley School signs.  The studio located at 121 R East Main Street, Gloucester (the little red building behind Smokin’ Jims and Coveted Yarn) is now selling Antiques and Collectibles in addition to unique and beautiful original art.  Prices range from $5-$200.  Open Tues. Thurs. Friday afternoons and most Sat. and Sun.

Check out StudioVO website a 978-879-6130

Come Visit.

Best, Deej and Bob

Erica Jong Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

“Advice is what you ask for when you already know the answer, but wish you didn’t.”

Erica Jong (1942-   )


A native New Yorker, Jong (née Mann) is best known for her 1973 novel Fear of Flying detailing the self-search of a young woman discovering her sexuality and power. A graduate of Barnard College with a Master’s degree in English Literature from Columbia University, Jong has written more than two dozen books including poetry, novels and non-fiction. She is an active campaigner for equal rights for the LGBT community, and continues to write and speak about the intimate lives of men and women of advancing age. She has been married four times.

Greg Bover

Boston Globe covers Berklee in Gloucester

Boston Globe correspondent, Wendy Killeen, lists Berklee in Gloucester in her weekly Arts/Entertainment column that appeared in the Globe North today.  Excerpt below:

JAZZ ON TAP: Berklee in Gloucester launches its season with a performance by The Jim Odgren Quintet at The Gloucester House on Thursday.

The series of concerts features professors from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and some of their top students. Proceeds benefit the Gloucester2Berklee Scholarship Fund, which helps send students from the city to the music college.

“Given all the Berklee students and alumni who live here, we feel that Berklee is somewhat responsible for Gloucester’s burgeoning music scene,” said Peter Van Ness of gimmeLIVE, producer of this season’s Berklee in Gloucester shows. “Normally, you’d only expect to see these concerts in a big city. You get to catch the best players in the world today as they train the best players of tomorrow.”

The jazz quintet is led by Berklee professors Jim Odgren on alto saxophone and Dave Santoro on acoustic bass. They are joined by Berklee student musicians Roberto Giaquinto on drums, Davis Whitfield on piano, and Lucian Gray on guitar.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 (cash only) at the door. Call 978-525-9093 or visit 

Read the full Boston Globe article here:

Liv Ullmann to Speak at The Cape Ann Community Cinema Saturday October 27th at 7:30pm

New England Premiere for the documentary film Liv and Ingmar at the Cape Ann Community Cinema, Saturday October 27th at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the Ullmann event are $20.00 ($17.50 for Members), and benefit the Cinema. More about the film can be found at, tickets

Liv and Ingmar is an affectionate yet truthful account of the 42 years- and 12 films-long relationship between Ullmann and Bergman. It is a rollercoaster journey of extreme highs and lows, constructed as a collage of images and sounds from the timeless Ullmann-Bergman films, behind-the-scenes footage, still photographs, passages from Liv’s book ‘Changing’ and Ingmar’s love letters to Liv. Ultimately, this film is a homage – a candid and humane look – not only at two of the greatest artists of our time, but also at two wonderful human beings, two inseparable friends and soul mates.

Ingmar Bergman is the legendary Swedish master filmmaker, and their incomparable relationship is told entirely from Ullmann’s point-of-view.


About 85 Rubber Ducks long: NSFL (this post may not be safe for viewing while eating lunch.)

The Finback is about 85 Rubber Ducks long.

Homie and half a dozen of his pals were working on this piece. Maybe some jaw with baleen attached.Only a guess that there might be 5 or 6 tons of whale. In a few weeks it might be dangerous to be downhill of the body because when she pops there may be quite a landslide of whale innards. Also why I am not saying exactly where it is. It’s cute and all but better left to the winter storms. Another unit of measure is on a scale of one to ten, what does Homie think of it? Ten being potato chips and one being an old sock. Right now Homie thinks it only rates a 3 right up there with a dried three week old fish rack. That number might even drop once she really starts ripening. The blow hole flies might not lay eggs since we are past frost but there are a few smaller type flies interested.

My advice is to find it in the spring when there will be a cool set of whale bones that no one can touch because that is illegal or else a winter storm or three will send her on her way to Nova Scotia.

A Rubber Duck Unit of Length

Unit of Measure: A Standard Rubber Duck.
Length including duck bill: 6 inches (15 centimeters)
Height: 5 inches (12 centimeters)
Width: 3 inches (6 centimeters)

In the afternoon I will be posting photos of the Rubber Duck sitting  on a dead Finback Whale washed up on the rocky coast of Cape Ann. It will help to realize that RD is not a small duck. (The closeup fisheye effect of the iPhone distorts the view but RD really is 6 inches from stem to stern.)

And yes, RD has a red fiberglass cast on her right wing. She thanks everyone for all the get well cards. She only misses being able to give Homie a big hug.

Famous Great Guy!

When I worked at Tadco Mfg. in the late 70’s and early 80’s I met Phil Bissell at one of the train station shops at the Whistle stop Mall in Rockport, Ma. During my lunch breaks I used to stop by and say Hi and talk Art and if it was one of my friends Birthdays I’d have him draw a quick sketch for them. He would love to talk art. He’s is one of my inspirations. I think $25.00 for one. He wasn’t Famous back then but he should be now! You never know!, Gloucester, MA

August 28, 2009

Rockport’s Bissell and his legendary logo celebrated

By Matt Langone

In the world of sports, followers often subscribe to the notion of out of sight, out of mind. Sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally.

Historic moments and people become lost in the rapidly changing times. The founding fathers and iconic figures that our professional sports leagues and teams were built upon become forgotten due the right here, right now mentality of sports. However, New England Patriots fans will have a chance to get acquainted or reacquainted with the symbol of the beginning of the Patriots, and the man who created that symbol.

That man would be Rockport’s Phil Bissell, who created the original New England Patriots logo Pat Patriot in 1960 shortly after the team — then known as the Boston Patriots — was formed as one of the eight squads to play in the American Football League (a league that existed from 1960-1969 before merging with the NFL).

With this year being the 50th anniversary of the Patriots organization and the AFL, the new sleek Flying Elvis logo of the Patriots will step aside for a few games and allow the retro uniforms and Pat Patriot to make a triumphant return.

For The Entire Story Click Here To View At The Gloucester Daily Times Website

Greetings from France

Greetings from France!

This is the famous Abbey of Solesmes, in the area of Sarthe, west of Paris. I was here for two days, soaking in their amazing Gregorian Chant (and taking photos of the monastery buildings and gardens), before heading off to Paris. More photos of France (with the GMG logo!) will be forthcoming…
– Fr. Matthew Green