A Race For Real Sailors

Al Bezanson submits-



How many folks can name the schooner sailing over City Hall and explain why she merits such a lofty presence?  It is a fascinating story – thoroughly researched here in Gloucester by a Canadian — Capt. Keith McLaren.   A Race for Real Sailors (2006), the Bluenose and the International Fishermen’s Cup, 1920-1938.  An America’s Cup yacht race had been cancelled in 1920 for weather conditions considered ‘normal’ for working fishing schooners, and this prompted the idea for the competition between the Gloucester and Lunenburg fleets with ‘honest to God boats.’  In the words of Joe Garland, Capt. McLaren’s book is “The definitive account of the fabled sailing rivalry between the fastest of the last fishing schooners of Canada and the States — and with photos to take your breath away.  What a read!”  The front jacket painting: Racing Schooners, circa 1921, by Dusan Kadlec, portrays Bluenose and Elsie racing.  Sailing proudly over City Hall is Elsie

At the Cape Ann Museum across the street there is an exquisite Elsie model built by Erik Ronnberg.   


In the acknowledgements the author makes special mention of help he received from Joe Garland and Dana Story, and credits Erik Ronnberg along with James Craig and Stephanie Buck at the Museum.  A Race for Real Sailors is available in the Museum’s gift shop.

A newly-launched Bluenose II will be making her first appearance in Gloucester on Labor Day weekend at the Schooner Festival.  Our good  friends from Nova Scotia have reached deep into their pockets to create a new masterpiece.  This would be a perfect time for people in our city to refresh their knowledge of Gloucester’s famed past in preparation for a grand welcome.

Al Bezanson

Backyard Growers Is Growing!

Hello Friends, Colleagues & Get Fit Gloucester Partners,
The Backyard Growers Program has just launched its first-ever on-line fundraising campaign! We are raising money to host a FoodCorps Service Member next year and to support our expansion into Gloucester’s elementary schools (read below for details).
Check out our campaign at www.indiegogo.com

Please consider making a donation and/or forwarding our campaign to your networks.
The fundraiser video features my lovely daughters, and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face : )
Thank you!
Here’s the nitty-gritty on who we are and what we’re asking for (you can also read this on our campaign site):

What we do
Backyard Growers is a program of the Cape Ann Farmers’ Market. We are part of the farmers’ market strategy for increasing fresh veggie eating in Gloucester!

Since 2010 the Backyard Growers Program, in partnership with The Food Project, has provided low- to moderate-income Gloucester residents with backyard raised-bed vegetable gardens, garden training, and ongoing mentor support.
It’s simple! We help people grow their own fresh vegetables. Our survey results show that having a backyard garden and knowing how to use it:

  • Increases the amount of fresh produce a family eats,
  • Gets kids excited about eating fresh veggies,
  • Saves money on grocery bills, and
  • Builds community within neighborhoods.

We are expanding!
Next fall we will expand into Gloucester’s elementary schools, bringing our comprehensive garden program to over 1300 students! Our program will build the capacity of each school community to manage their school farms over the long term. Students will:

  • Learn through doing in the school garden!
  • Grow and harvest their own salad greens and eat them as part of school lunch in the cafeteria.
  • Plant crops in June to be harvested when they return to school in the fall as part of an annual harvest celebration.

To do this we need help…
We have an opportunity to host a FoodCorps Service Member for one year starting in September.

FoodCorps is a national nonprofit organization that works with schools to create a healthier school food environment. It is part of the AmeriCorps service network, and targets improving childhood health by placing service members in public schools around the country to teach hands-on nutrition education; build and care for school gardens; and work to bring high-quality local food to school cafeterias.

Our Service Member will build the capacity of each school to maintain productive school gardens with the goal of school gardens becoming part of the culture of each school!

Your contribution will make all this possible! Please help us raise $7,500 by donating to our campaign.

  • $5,000 = Our salary contribution for a one-year, full-time FoodCorps Service Member
  • $2,500 = Program expansion costs (garden & program supplies, additional staff costs)

We have some fun perks for you, including free seeds & seedlings and garden training, and some special ways for you to connect with the school garden program. If we don’t reach our entire fundraising goal we will ramp up the grant writing. If we exceed our goal, we will put the funds toward the future sustainability of the Backyard Growers Program.

Help us Spread the Word!
Forward this indiegogo campaign to your people.

Like and follow Backyard Growers on Facebook.

Lara Lepionka

Gloucester & Cape Ann Featured on Chronicle Tonight

Last month, we previewed Chronicle star Ted Reinstein’s new book (see post here) with Motif #1 on the cover.

Tonight’s Chronicle at 7:30pm on Channel 5 previews his book for the first time on TV — and it features a segment on Gloucester & Cape Ann.  Don’t Miss it!

After the show, take advantage of this gorgeous weather and check out over a dozen artists playing live tonight around Cape Ann tonight.  See the full schedule here.

Brad Byrd tonight @ The SingerSongwriterShuffle and The Dog Bar Cape Ann

Brad Byrd dbExcited to be playing again @ Giuseppe’s Ristorante, Gloucester, Ma tonight from 8:25-45pm, some amazing singer/songwriters on the bill tonight including ex Velvet Underground member Willie Loco Alexander, and local superstar Chelsea Berry among others… speaking of Chelsea, she’s also our featured artist tonight at 10pm at the Dogbar Capeann. It’s gonna be a BIG night in Gloucester….come early for the DJDK dinner set.

Brad Byrd


Motif No.1 Short Film Festival

The newest element of Rockport Motif No.1 Festival is the Short Film Festival. Festival organizer and GMG’s Sarah Kelly writes that, “one of the goals of the festival is to help create grass-roots interest in Rockport as a place to work across the arts, and as a place that encourages working artists outside a historical context.”

All the short film entries accepted are screening on both Friday and Saturday. On Friday at 7:30pm at the Rockport Community House hear filmmaker Emile Doucette talk about his work and his short film “Homemade Parade” which captures the unique spirit of Cape Ann. On Saturday, at the Old Firehouse Trust, the screening events begin at 3pm. I will be giving a brief talk about my BomBom Butterflies short film and forthcoming film, Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly.

I am so excited to have been invited to be part of the first ever Rockport Short Film Festival and I hope to see you there!!

Friday, May 17th at the Rockport Community House Brown bag community supper, 5K race packet pickup & Motif 1 Short Film Festival Screening 7pm. Bring your supper (optional) to enjoy with friends and neighbors while checking out our 45-minute screening of short films. And if you’re registered for the Motif 1 Day 5K, you can pick up your race packet and number too! Filmmaker Emile Doucette will be on hand to talk about his work and his short film “Homemade Parade” which captures the unique spirit of Cape Ann.

Saturday, May 18th at 3 pm

Motif 1 Short Film Festival Screening in the Old Firehouse Trust.

Your Motif No.1 Day Festival Guide HERE on GMG!


Barbara Moody at the Cape Ann Museum

Barbara Moody at the podium 2
On May 12 at 2PM, Barbara Moody gave a presentation on “Finding Your Unique Voice as an Artist”. She spoke to a fairly large audience about her own experience as an artist, accompanied by a slideshow illustrating her artistic journey through a wide variety of themes and styles in her work. She also showed a sort of time-lapse video of herself doing a charcoal painting; it was fascinating to watch the work evolve and change radically before our eyes!
Barbara Moody at the podium small


Barbara Moody was invited as the Distinguished Artist/Teacher this year for the Goetemann Artist in Residency Program, Rocky Neck Art Colony.  Click here for more details about her career and the Goetemann Artist in Residency Program.

Fr. Matthew Green

2013 Season, 61st Year of the International Dory Races

2013 Season, 61st Year of the International Dory Races


The weather is improving and eliminations to qualify to race the Canadians are only a few weeks away (Saturday, June 8th).  I hope your training is well on its way!  This May, we have undertaken an extremely popular “learn to row” program with 33 new rowers and many members volunteering to be mentors.  The program is a great success so far, but we still need mentors any Wednesday at 6PM or Sunday at 9AM to help with the rowing instruction.  Please let me know if you can help out!

On another note, there will be a change in the schedule of events this weekend.  We will postpone the race dory launch from Saturday May 18th to Sunday May 26th meeting at noon at Eastern Ave Self Storage (bring a small trailer if you have one).  In the mean time, this Sunday May 19th, we will be meeting at noon at Eastern Ave Self Storage to finish painting the race dories.  Sorry for the time change, but I have to fit in the learn to row sessions before.  Please let me know if you can make these events.

I look forward to seeing you all on the water!


Don’t forget Father’s Day presents from our apparel site linked to our website www.internationaldories.com or like us on facebook!

Sunday May 19th          12 noon                        Dory painting at Eastern Ave Self Storage

Sunday May 26th          12 noon                        Dory launch starting at Eastern Ave Self Storage to launch at HS boat ramp

Saturday June 8th        9AM                             Elimination races at Niles Beach …sign-ups at St. Peter’s Square the Friday night before at 6PM

We could use a trailer or two for the 26th as well as a boat to tow them over to the town landing.

Community Stuff 5/16/13

Connie Condon via Lily Linquata submits-

This Saturday — May 18th — the Veteran’s Center on Emerson Avenue will be holding a yard and bake sale to benefit our military. Please stop by from 9am until 2pm to show your support.

Dear GMG,

For those in the community who are concerned about the welfare of animals, there’s an upcoming forum at City Hall on Thursday May 23 @ 7PM. The goal is to bring the community together in light of the recent dog abuse cases and learn more about: abuse/neglect of animals; how these situations can be prevented; what to do if you are concerned a dog is being mistreated; and what the role of law enforcement is as it pertains to animal cruelty.

Michael Keiley of the MSPCA at Nevins Farm and our Chief of Gloucester Police, Leonard Campanello will be delivering short presentations and then we’ll have an audience Q & A period afterward. 

If anyone has any questions, email gacforum@gmail.com.

Thanks for posting on your site!

Christina Russo


Anita Pandolfe Ruchman,  Childbirth Specialist and Psychotherapist at A Tender Place, in Rockport.

Is hosting a special event:

Women’s Voices  sheds light on how the experience of childbirth has such a profound impact on a woman’s life.

Anita invites the community to come spend an evening focusing on BIRTH…Karen Brody’s marvelous play, shown on DVD, followed by Discussion, Q&A, and information table.

Come on down to: Rocky Neck Cultural Arts Center,

6 Wonson St., East Gloucester, Fri. May 24, 7 – 9:30pm,

$10 suggested donation.

For further info call Anita @ 978 546 6599