Phyllis A To Participate In Trails and Sails

Hi Joey,

Would you please post this information about our Maritime Saturdays during the Trails and Sails Weekends?

This is the first year we have participated in the Essex National Heritage Area’s Trails and Sails weekends and would love to make sure everyone knows we will be there to welcome anyone interested in finding out about Gloucester’s oldest fishing vessel!

Thank you Again!!!


Gloria Parsons


Phyllis A. Marine Association

Mission: To promote the gill net fishing industry through the display and preservation of the fishing vessel Phyllis A.


Flowers opening timelapse 5000 shots In 9 months time from David de los Santos Gil

From David de los Santos Gil
After 9 months and 50,000 shots (only using 5.000 for the final video), my first flowers timelapse has finished. After a long work looking for flowers that would open fast, here is a list of the flowers that have been part of the timelapse: Lillium, hibiscus, carnations, orchids, dandelions, lilies, daisies, alstroemeria, peonies and nigella damask.
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I See Moolongz Book Launch Party and Spontaneous Collaboration Art Exhibit

I see moolongz book launch

Whether you see Moolongz or not, whether you believe in Moolongz or not, whether you wish Moolongz had never appeared or are happy they did, they are here and you are all invited to the I See Moolongz book launch party on Saturday, September 27th from 4-6:00pm at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson Street.

During the book launch party, there will be an exhibit of an amazing collaboration series of five paintings by five artists in five weeks. The artists involved in the collaboration are Sue Handman (fabric artist), Brenda Malloy (abstract painter), Diana Pasquariello (watercolor painter), Regina Piantedosi (non-representational art) and E.J. Lefavour (photographer, painter, digital artist). In the true spirit of creativity, sharing and inspiration that the Rocky Neck Art Colony embodies, these five distinctly unique and different artists have come together to collaborate and share in the process of jointly creating five pieces of art. The experience has been one of learning, teaching, sharing, trust and letting go of the ego’s involvement in the creative process, and has resulted in five completely unique, never in a lifetime to come anywhere near being recreated again, pieces of art. If you are an artist or understand the creative process, you will appreciate how rare and unique an undertaking like this is. Please come by and check out our “Spontaneous Collaboration”.

After this brief exhibit at the Cultural Center, one of the pieces will be on exhibit in each of the five artists’ galleries for the remainder of the season.

E.J. Lefavour

News from councilor McGeary

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Important forum: Sea Level Rise on Cape Ann

Dear Friends:

I would like to invite you to an important forum on Wednesday evening.

As you are doubtless aware, rapid climate change and rising sea levels are already an issue for those of us living on the coast. Whether it’s “superstorms” like Hurricane Sandy or rising flood insurance rates, we are already feeling its effects.

The forum, entitled “Sea Level Rise on Cape Ann,” is important to all of us.

The keynote speakers are Dr. David Burdick and Dr. Paul Kirshen of the University of New Hampshire, both of whom are researchers into the effects of climate change. The forum is sponsored by Friends of Good Harbor, Maritime Gloucester and Salem Sound Coastwatch.

The event will be held at the Elks at Bass Rocks on Atlantic Road on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Full details on the presentation and the participants are available by clicking here:

I will be attending and I encourage all of you to join me there.

Very truly yours,


Something You’d Never Have Heard One of My Grandmothers Say…

Please allow me to paint a picture for you……

A somewhat crisp, early afternoon on a late summer day….

Children gather all over Evan’s Field in Rockport, families in tow, with a rainbow of colors representing the various teams that make up our little Rockport Youth Soccer League.  Couldn’t be sweater, really.

The boys and I took Marlin, our German Shorthaired Pointer, to Finn’s early morning Kick Start Soccer Program and let him sniff the other dogs and then have a good romp around the field once the youngest players had scattered. We took a stroll down the dirt road and waved to the horses grazing in the field.

With just enough time to get home, regroup, and grab our bikes….we were off for Game #2.  The boys are new to riding their bikes across town.  I’m not going to lie, I slightly panic that Finn is going to swerve, fall off the curb accidentally, and get struck by a car.  I’m trying to be less nervous…and they LOVE riding down South Street, through town, up Broadway, past the train tracks, and to the ball field.  So, we do it.

Thatcher is a hockey player first and foremost, but he’s been loving soccer so far this season too.  He has a fantastic coach and is a totally different player than he was just one year ago.  I was just settling in after getting Finn a snack and watching him wander up the hill to pat a super cute puppy.  I was enjoying a bit of a “my boys are pretty awesome….and things are getting easier as they’re growing up a bit” moment.

And then, Thatcher and another kid collided. Thatcher tripped, totally fine, but was on the ground fumbling with his cleat that had fallen off. The other child was also fine…and kindly took a second to turn around to check on Thatcher.  As I was thinking, “That’s sweet….good job….way to check out the other player” my thoughts were quickly interrupted.

The grandmother of the other player shouted, “Don’t look back to see if he’s ok. Who cares.”  I was flabbergasted.  My first though was, “He’s fine, your kid isn’t that tough.”  My second was, “Shame on you, lady.”

Seriously….shame on her.

I don’t really straddle the fence of Helicopter Parentville.  I’m, as many people can attest, a pretty tough parent.  I expect my boys to be polite, I don’t tolerate too much crappy behavior, and I offer up plenty of constructive criticism.  I love them more than I ever knew humanly possible, but I don’t sugarcoat, and I expect them to be accountable and good kids.

While I wan’t compelled for even a second to run down and check on Thatcher….because A) he was fine and B) it is more my nature to let the coach assess the situation and summon me if necessary… I was still horrified by her “Who Cares” assertion.  I mean, really. Who cares?  Is that really what any of us want to teach our children.  That is exactly the type of response I hope that my boys NEVER have as they continue to grow and live their lives.  I hope that they always care.

As a parent, as a teacher, and as someone who hopes my kids are, above anything else kind, sympathetic, and compassionate to their friends, their classmates, their teammates, and even strangers, I was sad.

What did I do, you may ask.  Not much.  I’ve been regretting my lack of reaction all weekend.  I simply looked over my shoulder, made eye contact with the mother of the child, and said, “Wow.”


Behind the Scenes Of a GMG Podcast 09/15/2014

Yesterday I stumbled in on the taping of the GMG Podcast for 09/15/2014 with Toby Pett and Kim Smith.

This is the first podcast I can think of that part of it was Video Taped. A behind the scene look at how it’s done.

Joey was so glad to see me. Little ball busting at time 1:02

It was an interesting podcast that you should listen to.

Abbey Mathews Is This Weeks GMG Cook


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Abbey Mathews Writes~

Just had to try the new recipe! They were delicious and my neighbors definitely approved!!
Abbey, your Blueberry Cheese Danish look delicious! Happy to hear they were enjoyed!  Thanks for sharing your photo!


Cat Ryan submits-


See just a few of many artist’s ideas through temporary public art installations on utilitarian surfaces. Different purpose, message and style.

Os Gemeos, artists and brothers, monumental silos in Vancouver.

The Water Tank Project in New York City; overtime 100 will be wrapped.

Justin Desilva’s crosswalks and James Owen Calderwood’s FISH NET in Gloucester.

UPDATE: James Owen Calderwood

James Owen Calderwood’s FISH NET was recognized as an example of one of MA extraordinary public spaces. This summer Calderwood has re-painted and expanded the mural, completing his award. Professional photographer Linimberg Oliveira of Medford was in downtown Gloucester August for a photo shoot on Parsons Street. He described being inspired by Gloucester: the heady mix of historic buildings and architecture juxtaposed with modern art, specifically James Calderwood’s public street mural, FISH NET. You can see more of Calderwood’s work on view at the group show Sting! 18 Landscapes: Between Tradition & Imagination, at the Beehive in Boston. Calderwood works with lines in a variety of media. His welded aluminum sculpture Star was selected for the 2014 SculptureNow. The historic estate of Edith Wharton, the Mount, in Lenox, MA, is the current site for SculptureNow exhibition of large outdoor sculpture, which continues through October 31, 2014. REMINDER: The sculpture exhibit is a quick 5 minute drive to the Berkshire Museum’s Butterfly exhibit featuring work by Gloucester’s multi-talented artist, Kim Smith. 

UPDATE: Justin Desilva

Justin lives and works North of Boston. People have asked: Yes. Portuguese background. (Desilva’s grandfather emigrated from the Azores. He immigrated to the US, eventually working for a plastic injection mold company. An Uncle was a fisherman). His creative crosswalks make vivid connections based on Gloucester and stories from the HarborWalk. This installation is temporary and in progress. One of the next crosswalks will be on Harbor Loop and another on the east end of Main Street. He’ll reverse the crosswalks when the installation closes.  For a walking tour of the crosswalks Click for Google map for Justin Desilva crosswalk locations . Justin’s art is inspired by Jane Jacobs and her book the Death and Life of Great American Cities: “I was moved by her attention to detail of human interaction, and the idea that neighborhoods and cities are safest when they’re walkable.”

Justin Desilva’s art installation, With Every Street there’s a Story, is the second of three new works of art commissioned by the Committee for the Arts on behalf of the City of Gloucester for the 2013 HarborWalk Public Art Challenge, with funding from the Seaport Advisory Council. Calderwood’s was the first.

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Here in Gloucester, both installations are on view during the not-to-miss 2014 Essex National Heritage Trails and Sails weekends (Sept 19-21 and 26-28), which overlap with the September 20 Gloucester Block Party Saturday. MEET THE ARTISTS: they’ll be in town September 20th for these events.  Stop by the block party for special coloring page activity sheets!trails

Mola Mola Video Just A Few Miles Outside The Harbor From Eric Swanson

Hi Joe

In case your readers are interested in seeing a 30 second video of a classic (and common) Mola Mola or Ocean Sunfish. As you know they are a remarkably odd fish. This one was just a few miles outside the harbor.

Congratulations To Ocean Alliance For Being Featured In Engadget

Researchers seek permission to collect whale snot with drones (video)

Community Stuff 9/15/14

Cape Ann Museum News


Copley Society artist Eli Cedrone has been selected as artist in residence in Gloucester for the month of September. An accomplished oil painter, Eli will be painting in her Rocky Neck studio and en plein air, capturing the alluring vistas of Cape Ann throughout the month of September.
2014 marks the inaugural year of this residency, generously provided by the Charles family of Gloucester. The residency was created by the Charles Family Foundation as a dedication to and promotion of the North Shore and Boston art communities.
A Conversation with the Artist and reception will be held at the Cape Ann Museum, during which Eli will discuss her work, residency and artistic career.

Artist Talk and Reception
Thursday, September 18 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Cape Ann Museum
27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester
Reception 6:30 t0 7:15 p.m.
Artist Talk 7:15 to 8:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Charles Family Foundation.
For reservations and information contact Victoria
978-283-0455 x10 or


Hi Joey.

Please submit as you are able. It’s not ‘too far’ over the bridge!  ;- )

Loving Others Begins With Loving Yourself. Tuesday. September 16th. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Beverly Council on Aging. 90 Conant Street. Beverly MA.

Nurturing and supporting yourself is one of the keys to healthy relationships. Come hear how self-care is important for ‘loving’ yourself and allows you to be more present and available for those you love. Sample some simple self-care tools that can be quickly and easily used to take better care of yourself. Lecture is FREE, but Advance Registration Required. RSVP to Annie Wright- (978) 921-6017 90 Colon St, Beverly, MA 01915. For Further Information on this topic and other available lectures and workshops Contact Karen Pischke- or Call (978) 283- 4258.

Thank you for all that you do to support Gloucester and Cape Ann!     Karen