USS Lark (AM-21) operated out of Gloucester

Hi, Joey,
I discovered something recently while doing some geneology research on my Uncle, Navy Commander Wm. Winfield Dyer, late of Gloucester.  Bill dyer enlisted in the navy in 1916, fought in WW-I and WW-2.  He was a deepwater sailor serving in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans on vessels ranging from Navy Tugs to the Battleship Louisiana,
In 1930 he was a Lt.Cmdr. and was assigned to the 189′ Minesweeper "Lark" AM-21 and surprise of surprises, she was stationed in Gloucester until 1938 when she deployed to the Pacific.  While in Gloucester she conducted mapping and hydrographic studies.  During the cold NE winters, she was stationed in St.Thomas, Virgin Islands.  Following Bill Dyers’ 18 Mos. on the "Lark" the was given a dual assignement.  In 1930 he became assistant to the Captain of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine with specific duties to oversee the rebuilding of the Frigate USS Constitution.
On 12 Jul.1931 Greebe took Old Ironsides in tow and spent the next three years visiting every major port on the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Pacific coasts and back to her permanent station at the Boston Navy Yard.  Bill Dyer and the officers and crew of the Greebe were also officially listed as officers and crew of USS Constitution.  That was all just a part of an amazing navy career terminating with Bill’s retirement at the Boston Navy Yard in 1946 after reaching full Commanders’ rank.
USS Lark-AM21
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2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Dogtown Books

The fourth year of the GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Video Series where we walk up and down Main Street and try to capture as many retailers as we can and highlight their best gift ideas one a day every day leading up to Christmas.


2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Main Street Art and Antiques

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- The Dress Code

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- The Weathervane

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Menage Gallery

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- House of The Raven

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Village Silversmith

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Toodeloos

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Bananas

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Nelsons

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Alexandras Bread Co

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Lone Gull

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Kids Unlimited

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Harbor Loop Gifts

2012 Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Pleasant Street Tea and Coffee Co

Downtown Gloucester Men’s Night Latest Updates

Listen I know y’all if you’re like me are notorious late shoppers but here’s the thing-  This Thursday night there are a buttload of Downtown Gloucester Merchants offering up cheese platters and Cavemen Chili (I’m talkin about you The Cave) and huge discounts on the stuff you’re gonna wanna buy for your family and friends anyway.

So don’t be a dope and wait til after Thursday to buy it, make a night of it with the boys.  Call your buddies, get that shopping done Thursday night so it’s not hanging over your head til the night of the 24th, take advantage o the savings, and eat some grub at the many many participating stores, and then hit the local watering holes afterward.



The Old Lady can’t get mad at you when you walk in the door with armfuls of bags with presents in them.  I t’s like a get out of jail free card, the proverbial hall pass to get out of the house.  Bang out the shopping in a half hour and then go to Stones, or Alchemy or Passports, or Lat 43, or Seaport Grille or Dogbar or The Rhumbline or Minglewood or Topside Grille or Cape Ann Brewing or The Franklin or any of our other fine drinking establishments.  Just remember to call a cab if you have to.

I’ll be at EJ and My Two Buddies Show at Alchemy from 5:30-7:30 where they will have a nice spread for us of wine and cheeses and you can pick up one of my Giclee’s made by Cape Ann Giclee or EJ’s awesome works of art or a This is Gloucester DVD.

Right after that I plan to hit up all of Main Street especially The Cave,  hello cold beer caveman chili rat cheese and pate, Life is Good Shrimp dip, Common Crow Our chef’s best dips, local and artisanal cheeses and organic crudite, Palazola’s  crackers and cheese with wine, Seaport Grille free Chowder, (are you kidding me)???????-

Good Morning Joey,

The Cave will be serving Caveman Chili, cold beer, pate & rat cheese. We will offer up a discount on gift certificates as well. Thanks for including us.

Merry merry,



Kids Unlimited will be open and offering 20% off clothing.

As other local retailers send in their plans on hosting the men of Cape Ann for Men’s Night I’ll add them to this post.

Mens’ Night @ Common Crow

Hi Joey
Men’s night is coming right up… Common Crow grocery & GreenLife are both offering everyone special deals from 5 to 8 this Thursday:
20% off your WHOLE purchase plus
Our chef’s best dips, local and artisanal cheeses and organic crudite to dilute the ‘high spirits’ offered elsewhere
Advice, ideas & gift wrapping from our helpful and expert team.
Common Crow grocery :
20% off your most expensive item, plus free dips& crudite & cookies!
Kate Noonan

Seaport Grille-

You are invited to “Men’s Night”, Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 at Seaport Grille. There will be FREE Chowder from 4-7PM, Entertainment: Kevin Smith 7PM-10PM, 1/2 Price Appetizers, and A $100 and $50 Gift certificate will be drawn at 10:00PM. You must be present to Win!

Try our World Famous Lobster Roll with FF for $9.95

Palazola’s Sporting Goods

Hi Joey,

Palazola’s is running 20% off, crackers and cheese with wine. Also, sign up for a chance to win a $50.00 gift certificate.

Thanks, Linda

The Weathervane

We’ll have 20% off the entire store (Cape Pond Ice excluded)!  Great selection of zip hoodies, our famous “sherpa” coat, and of course all the great Gloucester t-shirts for friends and family near and far.  Sale includes Christmas cards, ornaments, wrapping paper, giftware – you name it!  Ladies are WELCOME too, everyone gets the discount!  We do NOT discriminate – plus, it’s a good night to be on Main Street to flirt up the fella’s!
Thanks, Joe!
Joe C.

Mark Adrian Shoes

We are offering for men’s night a free $20 gift certificate when purchasing merchandise for $100 or more.

Junque & Disorderly, Antiques and Collectibles, 57 Washington Street, will be open for Men’s Night from 4:00 to 8:00. 20% Off throughout the shop. Enter to win a $50.00 Gift Certificate. Don’t forget to take a right at the end of Main Street!

Harbor Goods/Life is good
Yummy snacks, Julie’s famous shrimp dip, cold beer, great customer service AND 20% off regular priced items.   

Jewels of Gloucester Chimes In-

Hi Joey! Nice post for Men’s Night. If you are still adding to the post, I’d love it if you would add our info.
Jewels of Gloucester will be serving up wine, cheese and crackers up to 9pm, and giving a 20% discount off most of our jewelry and watches. It’s also a good time for the guys to sell their old scrap gold and silver. We are paying cash on the spot. Why not free up some cash to cover their holiday shopping. It’s a win-win.
Jim, John, and Kelly

Bodin Historic Photo

Hope to see you on Thursday, December 13th for Men’s Night. It’s lower key than Ladies’ Night, but it’s still lots of fun. We’re serving home made Viking Herring, cheese, wine, and cold beer. Not to send you all elsewhere, but my neighbor the Cave is serving Cave Man Chili. Hey, you can have surf and turf by visiting me here and Laura at the Cave!

Savour Wine and Cheese

Come and join us for Men’s Night in Gloucester, at Savour Wine and Cheese.  In addition to our 20 wines we always have on the wine machines to taste, we will be tasting out spectacular ports, including a 20 yr. tawny and a 2000 vintage (while supplies last).  Try these memorable ports with the best Stilton Cheese made. 

We will also be offering some excellent craft beers, including very hard to find small-batch brews, like Berkshire Lost Sailor and Jack’s Abbey Smoke and Dagger lager. Nibble on fine cheeses, chocolate, olives and nuts while you do your Christmas shopping at 10% off (all day for men)!

We look forward to seeing you and sharing our new wonderful space at 76 Prospect St., Gloucester.  (Just a stroll down Pleasant St., 2 blocks from Main).  

5 – 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13. 

We will see you there!

Dog Bar

Dog Bar is pulling out all the stops for men’s night with Beer, wings, football and gifts. Stop down after shopping for $.50 wings, $3.50 domestic bottles, Cincinnati vs Philly, and 15% off all gift cards.


If you need some ideas just check out the GMG Shop local Video Series Here-

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series

Ho Ho Ho – to Studio 34 you should go!

studio34 open studio
Make East Gloucester your destination on Saturday. From 3:00-5:00, go for the RNAC Winter Shop Happy Hour opening at the Cultural Center of Rocky Neck, and then head right up Mt. Pleasant Street to #34 to the Studio 34 Open House from 5:00-7:00. You’ll get your Ho Ho Ho on for sure, and find lots of great holiday gift ideas, while supporting local arts and shopping “Made in USA” to boot. Don’t miss Studio 6 across the hall at 34 Mt. Pleasant Street where you will find the work of Elynn Kroger, Joan Frank, Marie Sweeney, and Barbara McLaughlin.
E.J. Lefavour

The Emperor of China and How to Make Chrysanthemum Tea

Emperor of China Chrysanthemum ©Kim Smith 2012 copy

An ancient variety of chrysanthemum originating from China, the ‘Emperor of China’ resembles and is thought to be the chrysanthemum depicted in early Chinese paintings. Chrysanthemums are also grown for their medicinal properties, and their purported magic juices were an important ingredient in the life-prolonging elixir of the Daoist. Fragrant chrysanthemum tea was considered good for the health, and tonic wine was brewed from an infusion of their petals. Although thought to be rich in healing properties and lovely in form, a more modest well-being was conferred by the vigorous blossoming of the chrysanthemum. Perhaps the late flowering chrysanthemum suggests their connection to a long life, for other plants have finished flowering just as the chrysanthemums begin.

The techniques for learning to paint the orchid, bamboo, plum blossom, and chrysanthemum comprise the basis of Chinese flower and bird painting. They are referred to as “The Four Gentlemen” and are thought to symbolize great intellectual ideas. The orchid is serene and peaceful, though sophisticated and reserved from the world. Bamboo is vigorous and survives throughout the seasons, forever growing upright. The plum blossom expresses yin-yang dualities of delicate and hardy, blooming through snow and ice to herald the arrival of spring. Chrysanthemums continue to flower after a frost, are self-sufficient, and require no assistance in propogating themselves.

China owes its astonishing wealth of plant life to a combination of geographical incidents. The mountains escaped the ravages of the great ice caps and unlike much of Europe and North America, where many plants were wiped out, plant species in China continued to evolve. Additionally, the foothills of the Himalayas are moistened by soft winds from the south, creating an ideal climate for alpine plants. In this warm and moderate environment, three different floras – that of the colder, drier north; that of the sub-tropical south; and that of the alpine species – all mingled and crossed freely for thousands of years.


 Chrysanthemum tea is a tisane made from dried chrysanthemum flowers. The flowers are steeped in boiling water for several minutes, and rock sugar or honey is often added to heighten the sweet aroma. Popular throughout east Asia, chrysanthemum tea is usually served with a meal. In the tradition of Chinese medicine, the tisane is thought to be a “cooling” herb and is recommended for a variety of ailments including influenza, circulatory disorders, sore throats, and fever.

Excerpt from Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden.Leave a comment to be eligible to win a copy. See yesterday’s post about the Magnolia virginiana. Continue reading “The Emperor of China and How to Make Chrysanthemum Tea”

Satch Kerans at Shalin Liu on Friday with Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters

“Satch” Kerans

This will be a great night, local favorite “Satch” Kerans  opening for Ronnie Earl & The Boardcasters.  Ronnie’s music truly transcends genres and touches the soul.   Some tickets are still available.

If Satch & Ronnie don’t do it for you check out the other great live shows happening around cape ann here.  Get out and enjoy the holiday with some great music, good friends and always good food.

Whoa! Andrew Clark to join the Dave Sag’s Blues Party tonight @ The Rhumb Line 9:00 pm

Dave SaginarioDave says,

This Thursday at the Rhumb Line please welcome back that Tootin’ Torquemada of the Tenor: Mr. Andrew Clark. A.C., who has just been returned from his annual alien abduction, is ready to rip the antennae off your cranial pod with his sonic nebulizer. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have Mr. Forrest “Frosty” Padgett around to fill in the gaposis. My avatar says it’s all done with mirrors. Come find out for yourself. I’ll be in the corner with a dunce hat on.


Check it out!

Public Art Call

Step One: Go to and click on “A Public Call for Art” to see PDF link for the complete and full Call.


Step Two: Artists who want to apply, keep the complete CALL on hand.Head over to to fill in the application



Announcing opening CALL for 2013 Gloucester MA HarborWalk Public Art Challenge budgets $47,000

Joey, artists, big news! Gloucester Committee for the Arts is pleased to be announcing the opening CALL for the 2013 Gloucester MA HarborWalk Public Art Challenge


City of Gloucester, Massachusetts , USA,

2013 Gloucester MA HarborWalk – Public Art Challenge


Open to artist/s and/or artist team(s) nationally.

Deadline: February 8, 2013

Open to all media; artists working in all creative art forms

Budget: $47,000

The Gloucester Committee for the Arts, on behalf of the City of Gloucester, MA, is seeking professional artist/s and/or artist team(s) for 3 new public art commissions. Artists are asked to submit proposals to design, create and complete new public art work in downtown Gloucester for our 2012 designed HarborWalk. The total project budget is $47,000 which will be distributed as follows:  $20,000 for one (1) permanent project; two (2) additional prizes will be awarded totaling $27,000, at least one of which must be temporary. The minimum project budget is $7500.   Note: this is a two-stage process requesting concepts and full proposal to select a short list of semi-finalists.  We are delighted to announce that the panel for selection of the 3 finalists will include, among others, these distinguished jurors:

Andrée Bober, Landmarks Director, The University of Texas , Austin , TX

Trevor Smith, Curator of Contemporary Art, Peabody Essex Museum , Salem , MA

Peter Sollogub/Chris Muskopf, Architects, Cambridge Seven Associates, MA.

Visit to view/download the complete Call.

From there, artists wanting to apply will submit their entry in digital format through CaFE™ at Artists will create a profile page on the CaFE site and upload artwork images and input artwork details. There is no fee to apply, nor to create a profile on CaFE. Following successful set up, all interested applicants will be granted full access to our detailed application; simply click on “Apply to Calls” and click on “Gloucester HarborWalk Public Art Challenge”. Your account information and images will be saved for your convenience and easy access when applying to future calls using CaFE.

The Work Is Hung! Hope To See You Tonight At Alchemy 5:30-7:30PM For Our Two Buddies Show

Thanks Cape Ann Giclee, Thanks EJ. Thanks Matty Rose and Staff At Alchemy, Thanks ED, Thanks Gloucester Education Fund, Thanks Gail McCarthy and The Gloucester Daily Times, Thanks Judy Robinson Cox and our buddies in Rocky Neck!

Couldn’t be happier with the work.  So very pleased!


alchemy exhibit two buddies