The Big Freeze of January 1979

Hi, Joey.  Thought you might want to post the attached photos sometime this month.
There always seem to be photos of Gloucester Harbor freezing in the early 1900’s, but have you ever seen photos of a frozen Ipswich Bay?
Here’s the proof!
It has been 25 years since Ipswich Bay froze so solid that my brother, Dan Brown, and his friend, Russell Hazelgard, walked out from Bay View to the bell bouy off Wingaersheek Beach at the entrance to the Annisquam River. January of 1979.  We haven’t seen a freeze since then!
Laura Brown

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Tribute To Chet Curtis WCVB Channel 5

Gloucester resident Carl Mckay-Stratton  AKA Crazy Carl our local The Facebook Weatherman  shares  his heartwarming goodbye to his idol and legendary Boston  Chet Curtis… Everyone loves Carl and his crazy weather post on Facebook. He is know around town as the man with a heart of gold and is loved by everyone fortunate enough to call him a friend. Clink link below to view…

1930’s-1940’s Copy-Ocean-Clear Lobsters Consolidated Lobster CO INC Gloucester MA (Bay view)


As I said I would send.  My mother sent this to me of her Father (Chester E. Mac Neil) lived both in Lanesville Duley Street early 30’s and Bay View, Washington Street.  Mom  told me ‚Äď Lived on Duley Street when she was about 2 around 1933 young child her Dad Chester Mac Neil worked for the Ocean Clear Lobsters – drove out of Bay-view Lobster Company driving a truck. Later family moved to Kilbey Street in the year of 1935, then to Washington Street where mother Mildred Mac Neil lived until late 90’s…The music is for my fond memories of Grampy and Grandmother God knows they were there when we needed them most!  (Chester E. Mac Neil in the sky summer of 1968- wife Mildred Mac Neil (Fitting words of song in the sky please post both thanks you and his Wife Mildred Mac Neil).  Family is way too important!
The man in the Roadie Cap is Chester by left close to van…Mr. Raymond O’Connell (owner) with Brother in Boston pier North Shore Lobster Company State Street Boston according to her.  He drove his truck out of Bay view Mr. Bob Lee worked in office and she said she road with him across cut bridge and sometimes on trips to Boston. I think she said his longest trip was to Nova Scotia?  She told me he stopped driving after injuring his shoulder dislocated never was the same after.  (He had a beautiful garden in on his property I know (we ate vegetables out of it) ūüôā
Have to rotate view clockwise on PDF…This copy is yours to post (Fred-Capt Joe)…and keep…
Keep up the great work at GMG and I will pass on other’s as they come available to the foundation of my childhood  Cape Ann.
Gloucster Daily Times Obit her passing on into the sky with her father.

Mildred E. (Peters) MacNeiI Mildred E. (Peters) MacNeil, 106, wife of the late Chester E. MacNeil, died Friday, April 11 2002, in the Grey cliff at Cape Ann Nursing Home. Mrs. MacNeil was born Dec. 21, 1896, in Williamstown, daughter of the late James W. and Mildred (Giroux) Peters. Mrs. MacNeil, known only as Mrs. Mac, resided in Bay View with her grandson and his wife, Richard and Carol MacNeil, for many years.

Mrs. MacNeil was an active member of the community and the Sacred Heart Church in Lanesville, where she was a member of the Ladies ‚ÄėAuxiliary. She often sang in the Sacred Heart Choir and performed in minstrel shows around Cape Ann. She was a good cook and her pies and doughnuts were ‚Äúlegendary‚ÄĚ at Sacred Heart bakes sales. During World War II, she often took in the Annisquam Coast Guard Station attendants, Opening her house to the men stationed there before the facility burned down. She was often quoted saying that was the least she could do, and that she hoped other women overseas were opening up their homes to her sons.   Cape Ann Known for the great cooks passed on through Generations.

Round Up of Top 2013 Local and National Art Stories: Aplomb

image004Local and national common threads include advocacy, aplomb, and access. Oh, and Amazon. December 5, 2013 was a huge news day. Here, aplomb (awards and institutions)

Part Two: PLOMB

Gloucester,¬†MA:¬† the¬†Gloucester HarborWalk designed by¬†Cambridge Seven Associates¬†took home an impressive array of local, regional, and national awards in 2013. Click this¬†HarborWalk design page link¬†and once there click the dash for ‚Äėaward winning walk‚Äô to read more about the details.

2013 Highlighted with other Innovative MA Placemaking Spaces, Ma Smart Growth Alliance, ABX

2013 Pioneer in Partnership Award, Essex National Heritage Commission

2013 Eminent Waterfront Center Excellence on the Waterfront Awards

2013 Prestigious Gold MUSE Award from the American Alliance of Museums

2013 Golden Shoe Award from WalkBoston

2013 One of many key parts for downtown Gloucester receiving a 2ndMassachusetts Cultural Council Cultural District designation

2013  Kenneth E. Pickard Municipal Innovation Award from the Massachusetts Municipal Association


Gloucester, MA: The stellar Cape Ann Museum raises millions for upgrades

Gloucester,¬†MA:¬†Worth repeating,¬†Gloucester¬†has two cultural districts¬†Rocky Neck¬†and downtown‚Äôs¬†Harbortown. Who knows, there could be five in¬†Gloucester¬†with all that is vibrant and historic within its Magnolia, Lanesville and Annisquam villages. The twoGloucester¬†districts have been partnering with¬†Rockport, and¬†Essex. On the Northshore there is also¬†Newburyport¬†and¬†Lynn.¬†Salemand¬†Ipswich¬†can‚Äôt be too far off. Soon launching, the Cape Ann Cultural District¬†mobile¬†App will help pinpoint and navigate all four districts’ cultural¬†destinations and other points of interest.¬†The City of¬†Gloucester¬†and the towns of Essex and Rockport¬†were¬†awarded a grant¬†from¬†the MCC for¬†the¬†development of this new App. ¬†The¬†Cape Ann¬†Chamber of Commerce¬†and¬†seARTS¬†are key¬†partners (join both!) The¬†bulk of the required matching¬†funds¬†were¬†provided by¬†the¬†City of¬†Gloucester, through¬†the¬†Office of Mayor Carolyn Kirk and by partner¬†organizations and municipalities.

AAA article and hot off the press Kim Smith’s wonderful Mott article

READ MORE “Round Up of Top 2013 Local and National Art Stories” from Catherine Ryan here:

Continue reading “Round Up of Top 2013 Local and National Art Stories: Aplomb”

Winter’s Tale

DSCF4017¬†‚ÄúIt soon got so cold that the men rushed to close the doors. When they had shut them and the room was again silent, they saw that several women had begun to cry. The women said it was because of the numbing air that had washed over their bare shoulders, but even strangers embraced sadly as they coasted into the new year and felt its strength commencing.”

Mark Halprin, Winter’s Tale.

Look Who Stopped By The All You Can Eat Bird Buffet Today

PrintTodays cold¬† weather¬† brought a steady flow of visitors to our backyard buffet…





I am so pleased with the success of this bird feeder click link below to see how it was made

Sista Felicia’s Recipe For Feeding Your Backyard Birds

Posted on January 8, 2014 by Sista Felicia

For those who think the Blog has gone soft – here are some Nude Photos for you!

Me nude bathing and nude horseback riding. ¬†How’s that for hard core GMG.

nude bather

nude horseback rider

Found these and many other great old slides from the 50’s and before while visiting my mother this weekend. ¬†I didn’t know I had been photographed nude so many times!

E.J. Lefavour

Winter Carnival & Ice Skating on I4-C2?

This just in from Cape Ann TV’s Lisa Smith:

Will I4-C2 become a skating rink and downtown a winter wonderland? ¬†Find out what Mayor Kirks thinks about this¬†when she is interviewed by Meredith Fine on this week’s Cape Ann Report. They also discuss these topics:¬†Birdseye property development; harbor moorings; new happenings in the Gloucester Police and Fire Departments; laptops for Gloucester students and more. ¬†The show airs on Cape Ann TV Channel 12: Thursday @ 6pm; Friday @ 1pm and Sunday @ 3pm. You can also watch this and other shows online here.

Pet of the Week- Beef Cake



Hello!  My name is Beef Cake. I am a four-month-old male Lab mix. I am residing at the Cape Ann Animal Aid (CAAA) in Gloucester until I am adopted.   I will be medium in size when I am all grown.

If you might like to visit me, and I hope you do, the CAAA is located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane in Gloucester.  Check out our website at: and more importantly, stop by and visit me.

I really love the shelter here, it is so nice and I love the outside trails and yard!    You will be impressed to see how sweet I am and my handsome black-and-white coat. I am also very smart, love toys and people, too!   Could you ask more of a four-month-old pup?!



LAST CALL for the Cape Ann Mobile App


I am coordinating the uptake of Points of Interest for the new mobile app across all 4 cultural districts (Essex, Rocky Neck, Rockport, Harbortown). To date very few Gloucester businesses and inns have entered their information. And only ONE downtown restaurant is entered!

We know that Gloucester is home to some amazing food and a wide variety of restaurants!!

  • There is no fee to join the app – yet. It is grant funded for the first two years.
  • Your business will be “pinned” to a Google map for visitors to see and contact you based upon your address 
  • Your business will have a “landing page” on the mobile app. Please keep your information brief and concise. It makes the download faster.
  • You can have an image/logo/photo for your landing page, however it must conform to the following design specs: 240px H max x 600px W max (same format as a Facebook banner), 150 dpi.
  • You can list up to 3 categories for your business. When visitors select a category like “Shopping and Antiques” businesses will appear based upon the proximity to the user, not alphabetically. Here are the categories:
    • Arts + Galleries
    • Attractions + Recreation
    • Historic Sites + Museums
    • Performances + Music
    • Restaurants + Lodging
    • Shopping + Antiques
    • Services

Here is the link to add your business to the mobile app. DEADLINE: January 31 @ 5:00pm

If you want to get a feel for what this app will look and feel like, check out


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Rebecca Borden

President & interim Executive Director

Cape Ann Art Haven

Community Stuff 1/23/14

February Vacation at Maritime Gloucester

We are pleased to announce our February vacation week lineup! Explore sea life and engineering during these fun and educational programs for children PreK – 5th Grade.  Click the sessions below for full info and registration.  Space is limited for these popular programs, so register today! $20 per session for Non-Members, $15 for Members.  All programs are run on-site in our classroom, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 

PreK – 1st Grade with parent/guardian, weekdays 10:30-12:00
Feb 17: Floating Boats
Feb 18: Spaghetti Skeletons
Feb 19: Costumed Crabs
Feb 20: Jellies and Coral
Feb 21: Fish Facts and Shark Socks!
2nd-5th Grade drop-off programs, weekdays 1:00-3:00
Feb 17: Recycled Boats
Feb 18: Scrimshaw and Whale Tails
Feb 19: Recycled Sea Creatures
Feb 20: Ice and Snow Science
Feb 21: Rube Goldberg Machines


GBTfollowupmeetinginviteon 1 22 2014RESCHEDULE

Topics to be Discussed:

à Developing Neighborhood Youth Safety Initiatives

How can neighbors work together to make sure all of our children are safe and healthy?

à Leveraging our wonderful waterfront

What are some new ways to create even greater economic, cultural and recreational opportunities?

à Creating a Vibrant Community

How do we build traditions while growing, changing and fostering inclusiveness and new ideas?

INTERESTED IN THESE TOPICS? Come join us at the community meeting to have your voice heard!

Thursday Forecast

The frigid cold is here to stay for the next 10-15 days ….. Also plenty of storm chances in this extremely active weather pattern out of Canada.

Mariners Forecast

Small Craft Advisory
Thu: NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.

Thu Night: W winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.

Will we ever see this again?

I’m not so sure , but with this continued FRIGID WEATHER!!! I guess anythings Possible…
Have a great Thursday Gloucester ūüôā

Diabolical New Coyote Defense Technique For Deer

Adapt or Die Baby. ¬†Flat Out One Of The Most Brilliant Defense Mechanisms On Display I’ve Ever Seen.

I don’t care how hungry that coyote is that’s creeping up on the deer. ¬†Deer lets one rip like this and the pack of coyotes are like “We out man. ¬†I don’t want any part of that stank ass!” ¬†Diabolical!!!

I’m guessing that was a three day old chili fart. ¬†Had to be right? ¬†I just hope the deer had some toilet paper laying around so it could do a wipe check. ¬†Don’t want any poop remnants that might have snuck out making your deer butt all stanky. ¬†Gotta at least give it one or two test wipes to make sure it’s all clear back there.

That deer in West Gloucester that got surrounded by the coyotes last year could have learned a thing or two from farting deer.  Would have saved itself a whole lot of time and aggravation during the standoff.  Shoulda just let one rip and that pack of coyote would have high tailed it back to Canada STAT!

BTW this post is for new subscriber Bill.