The Rudder Opens April 18th!

Besides Having The Most Beautiful Room To Dine In Gloucester the Rudder Also Has A pretty Good Web Presence.

Check Out Their Site For All The Details-

The Rudder is available for private functions 7 days a week. Contact Greg
Halle the event coordinator if you would like to book your special function.


For more information on the hours of operation, private functions and
social media visit"

Community Photos 3/26/13

Janet Rice Submits-

The weather front was magnificent as it moved in today! (Do you see what I see?)



the Annie B. is prepared to be launched at Maritime Gloucester. Check out out the Pilot Gig Rowers Club at

All Aboard!

Best-Janet Rice


Two Headed Shark Submitted By Bill O’Connor-


Click here for more pics and the story

Rocky Neck Marine Railway

As we were walking at the Rocky Neck Marine Railway took some photos and decided to do a little research on the railway.

In 1855, Dodd & Tarr Fisheries was started on the tip of Rocky Neck in Gloucester Harbor. As the fisheries business grew to encompass a wharf, a grocery store, warehouses and 15 schooners, the need arose for a way to repair and maintain the fishing vessels. In 1859, the company constructed the first of two marine railways on the northern-most tip of their property on Rocky Neck. From then until about 1970, the Railways used a steam engine to haul up the vessels. One note of interest is that the gears used in the steam engine were produced at the same factory that built the engine for the Civil War battleship, the Monitor.  In 1874, the Tarr bothers of Gloucester took over the firm of Dodd & Tarr and by 1879 the company was listed as “Rocky Neck Marine Railways Association”. The name “Dodd & Tarr & Co.” was reserved for the fishing business only. By 1892, the railway was maintaining 20 first class vessels. In 1907 Capt. Frederick Albert Cook reportedly brought his schooner to the Railways to be sheathed for ice and outfitted for an Arctic expedition. In the 1920s and 30s, schooners participating in the International Fishermen’s Races were hauled out at the Railways for painting and last minute repairs. In the late 1980s the Mayflower II came for repair. Recently the privately owned 128 foot Nantucket Lightship was hauled up in dry dock as she received fresh paint and maintenance.  Since 1859 the Rocky Neck Marine Railways, now known as the Gloucester Marine Railways Corp., has maintained and repaired thousands of fishing, commercial and pleasure boats from the wooden schooners of the last century to the present day steel and fiberglass vessels. A modern Travelift has recently augmented the original railways as GMRC keeps moving ahead, from one century to the next, distinguished as the oldest continuously operating marine railways in the country and a well-respected member of the marine industry in the Northeast.

March 23, 2013 Outward bound

Beautiful Amanda Mohan

Amanda (Felicia’s daughter and Joey’s niece) is a positively wonderful young woman. She is a freshman in high school at Governors Academy and studying photography. Amanda asked for some help with a photography project for school and we had lots of fun exploring the shoreline.

Amanda Mohan ©Kim Smith 2013

Amanda Mohan ©Kim Smith 2013 -2.

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Turn Your Camera Into a Canvas with Cape Ann TV’s Andrew Love

Turn Your Camera into a Canvas

Join Cape Ann TV’s staff member and videographer Andrew Love for a video composition workshop on Tuesday, April 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This class is for the novice filmmaker who wants to take their project to the next level by covering the rules and aesthetic guidelines industry professionals follow when crafting their camera shots.

Your camera is your paintbrush. Whether it cost $300 or $30,000, use it to mold the emotions and perspectives of your audience.  In this workshop you will learn how to make your subjects powerful, vulnerable, attractive, interesting, and identifiable using only your zoom rocker and a tripod.

Andrew in studio 1

This video composition workshop is open to the public for a fee of $10 and is free for Cape Ann TV members.

To sign up for this class email Andrew at or call 978-281-2443.

Time: 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2

Place: Cape Ann TV, 38 Blackburn Center, Gloucester, MA

Fee: $10 (free for Cape Ann TV Members)

TICKET UPDATE: Big Band Sold Out, Few left for Chelsea Berry, David Maxwell, Brendan James, Henri Smith & Charles Neville, Livingston Taylor

The season is heating up and you just can’t wait until the last minute to get tickets any more.  Here’s the scoop.

Cape Ann Big Band’s Friday concert @ Shalin Liu is already sold out, but you can still get tickets to see Blues piano man David Maxwell next Saturday and also Livingston Taylor on 4/13.

There are also a few tickets left for two excellent Crowell Chapel shows this week: Chelsea Berry and Dawn Mitchele tomorrow (WED) and Brendan James with Brian Jarvis, Charlee Bianchini & David Brown on Saturday.

Tickets and a limited number VIP Packages are still available for Henri Smith featuring Charles Neville – next Saturday’s benefit for the fourth Y Teens Rebuild New Orleans trip.

Check the complete live music schedule for all live music on Cape Ann.

Elephants on the Beach? Check out this 1950s photo and help restore Cressy Beach on Tuesday, April 2 @ City Hall

When the circus came to town in the 1950s, their elephants bathed at Cressy Beach (click photo to enlarge)

Bob Ryan, President and General Manager of CATOC (Cape Ann Transportation Operating Company) has applied to the Community Preservation Committee for funding to restore Cressy Beach to the way it was when this photo was taken.  As you can see by this photo, Cressy Beach was once a sandy beach, on which parents sunbathed while their children chased elephants.  Bob says it can be a sandy beach again and he’s done his homework.  In a nutshell, here’s what he says about the project,

The project involves the Gloucester Conservation Commission, Mass DEP, the Army Corps of Engineers and Endangered Wildlife and Species Agency. In addition, the “Beach Nourishment” project includes site preparation, topographical survey, engineering plans and bringing in 3,500 tons of sand to cover the beach above the “mean high water area.”

Letters of support are pouring in for this project, including one from Janeil C. Rey, PhD, who also sent this photo.  So if you’d like to see Cressy Beach full of sun-bathers, come to City Hall next Tuesday, April 2 and support this project.

PLEASE NOTE: There’s no guarantee you’ll be able to chase elephants into the water once the beach is restored.

This Tuesday @ Jalapenos ~ J.B Amero, Dave Mattacks, Wolf Ginandes & Dave Brown


Hola everyone!
This week’s line-up:
J.B. Amero, Dave Mattacks, Wolf Ginandes & David Brown

The music, as always, promises be as hot as the Tamales… and as cool as the Margaritas!

Tuesday, March 26… 7 to 9pm

86 Main Street
Gloucester, MA  01930-5710

Island Art & Hobby Review and Info from Eileen Oliver


From Island Art and Hobby;

Local shoppers ROCK! Thank you to Eileen Oliver for posting this rave review! –

Gloucester’s own Island Art and Hobby is having a clearance sale on Windsor & Newton oil paint… 40% savings! They’re making way for a new line of paints. Stop in and say hello to Don and consider making Island Art and Hobby your one and only art supply store! He has just about everything at VERY competitive prices. What he doesn’t have, he’ll be happy to order for you. Why drive all the way up the line when you can support LOCAL business… it’s a win/win! Island Art and Hobby is located at 117 Main St. in Gloucester.

Pet of the Week- Poppy!


Hi!   My name is Poppy, I am a two-month-old, black-and-white miniature Dachshund with a smooth coat.

I am a sweet little girl pup.  If you are interested in meeting me, I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid, located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, located at Four Paws Lane in Gloucester.  If you are up to the challenges of an active and playful pup, I am your dog.


Remember that Pride Stride 2013 will be held on Sunday, April 28 from Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, beginning with 10 a.m. registration and 12 Noon Walk and celebration cookout for all walkers at 1:15 p.m.  The CAAA’s team will be Team Paws for the Cause!  Check out more information at:

There is a dog behind me and thinks he is going to take my toy, so I must attend to this right now.  I may be miniature, but when someone takes my toys, I am rather mighty!