Maine Boatbuilders Show with Harold Burnham

Al Bezanson submits-

The Maine Boatbuilders Show runs from March 15th  through the 17th in Portland.  This is  what Peter Spectre wrote in WoodenBoat, “the exhibits were real boats, and the parts for real boats, and service for real people, and the folks in attendance were real boat enthusiasts.”  The show takes place in a boatyard – the Portland Company, a complex of old wooden buildings.  It takes the better part of a day to work through the exhibits.  Schooner friends of mine from “away” have been gathering there for years for a weekend rendezvous.

The show includes a program of seminars and on Friday March 15th Harold Burnham will be making a presentation on “Building and Launching Ardelle” with photos from Dan Tobyne and video from Len Burgess.  This is my amateur shot of the launch.

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The MBBS features all kinds of exhibits you won’t find at the likes of a Boston boat show.  Here is another real person who exhibits there – Mudd Sharrigan, age 86, champion swimmer and maker of seaman’s knives.  He has no website and this is the only place he exhibits.  Mudd was a legend in the early 50’s amongst us early hotrodders.  Now he lives in Wiscasset.  I sailed up the Sheepscot for a visit to his little home shop a couple years ago.  Mudd crafts every detail of these knives and sheaths by hand.

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Mudd on the right with my shipmate Jay Irwin.

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Mudd’s seaman’s knife.  He has hand crafted close to 700 of these.

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This was a drive chain on a Harley before Mudd forged it.  If you want a handle fashioned from an old schooner he has a collection of remnants from the four masters, Hester and Luther Little that use to nestle in the mud below the Route 1 bridge. 

Check it out.  And if you go be sure to have lunch at the show.  Real food for real people at realistic prices.

Al Bezanson

Statues & Plaques in Gloucester Part III From Peter Dorsey

Dear Joey,

I knew that there had to be a Civil War statue in downtown Gloucester, but I had to hunt around a little for it. Sure enough, right next to the City Hall at the corner of Dale Avenue and Warren Street is a Greek Revival obelisk, a ” large granite and bronze monument with a finely hammered base, plinth (slab base), die and cornice, surmounted by a large size statue of Liberty in bronze.” (from “History of Gloucester, James R. Pringle -1892) It was dedicated oddly enough on September 11 in 1879, a day which was observed as a general holiday in order to mark the occasion. It was the second Civil War statue erected in Gloucester. This statue, next to the City Hall, was erected by Post 45 of the Grand Army of the Republic, G.A.R., one of the many patriotic societies of the day, “In Honor of the Soldiers and Sailors’ of Gloucester, who Fought in the War of 1861 – 1865, for the Preservation of the Union”.

This is another of the beautiful statues that graces the City of Gloucester. I recommend taking the time to find and gaze upon this handsome monument.

Peter Dorsey


Taste of Home From Kate Young

Hi Joey,

I’m a faithful follower of GMG and I appreciate all that you do for Gloucester and all of Cape Ann.  We do live in the most beautiful place in the world.

My sister in California sent the attached photo she took at a grocery store in Buena Park, CA.  I thought you’d get a kick out of it.  She titled it “Taste of Home”.

Kate Young


GAAC: Gloucester Area Astronomy Club cancelled tonight

GAACGloucester Area Astronomy Club, “Intro to Amateur Astronomy,” is moving to next Friday night, March 15 at 8:00PM, at the Lanesville Community Center as usual. We’ll have the same great program we were expecting tonight. 

I’ll post next Thursday as a reminder as this Introduction is not to be missed.

Fish on Fridays

Well, we’ve run 13 Fish on Friday posts, and that’s Kathy’s lucky number, so we are going to hang up this series until the spring. We hope you’ve enjoyed the posts and, if you take the bait, we’ll resume FOF soon.

By the way,we love Jack Lemmon (originally from Newton MA!) especially with Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot. In 2000, the American Film Institute listed Some Like It Hot as the greatest American comedy film of all time.

JackLemmon1963byFuchs  Photos © Kathy Chapman 2013 and
© Marty Luster 2013


Love Letters Cancelled Due to Storm

—-CANCELLED!!— “Love Letters” of John and Abigail Adams tonight at the First Congregational Church on 39 Main Street, Essex, MA



Cape Ann Painters and Photographers Group

The Cape Ann Painter and Photographer Group will meet on Monday, March 11.  Anna and James Eves of Cape Ann Giclee will be hosting our meeting at their Fine Art and Printing Gallery at 20 Maplewood Ave., Gloucester.  The meeting will be held from 10-11:30 AM.  Anna and James will give us a general overview of the materials they use, the printing and the process, followed by a question and answer period. Coffee and muffins will be served.

You can park on the far right of Shaw’s Market. There is also some parking at 20 Maplewood Avenue.

We are delighted to be invited to Cape Ann Giclee.  A number of painters and photographers in our group have had their work reproduced at Cape Ann Giclee and have been very happy with the results.  They have also enjoyed meeting Anna and James.

All are welcome. Even if you can only come for part of the program, feel free to just drop in when you can.

Hope to see you.

Alice Gardner  978-778-8623

Cape Ann toughing it out, so you can too — most places are open for music tonight


Most of main street is open right now and planning to stay open.  Check the live music listings as you get closer to going out.  CANCELLED shows are marked and we’ll be updating all day long.  Here are some highlights of things that we know are open or closed.

The Brewery is open and said they’re extending they’re kids under 10 eat free special until 5pm.

Jalapenos is open and planning to stay open.

Poseidon says they are “fully operational”.

Rhumb Line is open now and will stay open tonight with Runaround

Minglewood Tavern is open with Dave Bailin tonight.

Espresso’s is open and Wes says Full Circle is till on for tonight.

The Sold out Gordon Bok show with Three Sheets to the Wind at Old Sloop is still on.  And tomorrow’s Debbie & Friends show is still on for tomorrow at 10:30 AM

The Farm is open.  Kid’s eat free until 4pm.  MAC members get 15% 0ff (you can work your ass off then pig out).  Nick’s Jazz Fest is on for tonight.

Looks like Northbound Train will be at Dog Bar.


Dress Code – Closed
Cherish the Ladies Concert at Shalin Liu Cancelled
Grove Cafe in Manchester is closing early and has cancelled Marina Evans.

BREAKING NEWS – Cherish the Ladies Concert Cancelled at Shalin Liu

Rockport Music Announcement

Cherish the Ladies Concert Cancelled

 Due to the weather,
Rockport Music announces that the Cherish the Ladies concert tonight—
Friday, March 8 is cancelled.

Rockport Music is coordinating a new date with artist’s management to be announced soon!

Ticketholders will be notified of the new date and provided an opportunity to exchange tickets.  Please note: The Box Office is closed today, due to the weather.  Please check Shalin Lin Liu homepage for updates on other concerts this weekend.

Box Office phone number is 978-546-7391, ext. 197.

Thank you!
Karen Herlitz

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