Get Your Skateboard On!: Live Blogging With Two Pretty Excellent Local Companies in Rockport!

The boys were psyched to stumble upon this action right now!  On the corner of Marmion Way and Richard’s Ave in Rockport, two local companies are joining forces for an afternoon of skateboarding fun.

Pulp and Fizz a local label that produces independently made music and who has a fantastic mission for doing good and helping artists thrive, and whom follows the motto “thoughtful provisions for living a life full of love, color and music” AND RESTOKE (forgive me for not knowing how to make that R backwards!!) “a lifestyle apparel brand created to inspire the pursuit to relive the stoke and NEVER STOP!” are currently setting up some pretty cool obstacle courses for boarders to tackle.

I look forward to doing a longer blog post to do these two great companies justice later on…

In the meantime, if you’re in the area…get on down there!


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Rockport Bonfire Aftermath

In 2011 Les Bartlett posted a photo on his website of dawn on July 5, 2011 and I have been fascinated ever since about what the bonfire is doing the day after. Click here for his shot and links to Les’s website.

This year it was as hot as ever. You could have roasted a Seaview Farm Grass fed Steer on these coals.
This year it was as hot as ever. You could have roasted a Seaview Farm Grass fed Steer on these coals.
So immature.
So immature.
There were 24 boats moored in Sandy Bay this year up from 4 last year when I took this photo.
There were 24 boats moored in Sandy Bay this year up from 4 last year when I took this photo.


AT THE INVITATION OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE NORTH SHORE ARTS ASSOCIATION, artists from communities south of Boston mixed and mingled with NSAA members in a full day of plein air painting on Tuesday, June 23rd.

Seventy artists, many of whom are nationally and internationally known,  painted en plein air at six private property locations on Rocky Neck opened only to them for this special event, and at the harbor side grounds of the historic North Shore Arts Association overlooking East Gloucester’s sparkling Smith Cove.  The artists stimulated and inspired each other’s work forming new and lasting collegial relationships that will enhance the already formidable reputation of the eastern Massachusetts art community, and add to our region’s creative economy.   Coordinators of the enormously successful event were  North Shore:  artist, Judythe Evans Meagher,;  South Shore: artist, Nancy Colella,

The North Shore Arts Association’s galleries are open, free to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.

More information on all North Shore Arts Association events is available by visiting  their website at, and by email at, or by telephone 978 283-1857.

July 4 Pool Test – Fail!

It was fun to get away to a 4th of July cookout. I wanted to do a float test on myself, but it was so cold that I could only stick my toes into the pool’s water. I don’t how the kids do it! My hostess showed off her patio tomatoes, but, like mine, are getting big with no color yet. It will be hot enough ripening next week.


Our (Boston) annual Independence Day music and fireworks on the Charles River was the best I’ve seen. All from the comfort of my bed!

LAST MINUTE PARALYSIS- PLEASE ADVISE!- The (Help Maybe Get a Couple More Years Out Of The Cheap Table I Got At A Yard Sale) Table Project

Thanks everyone for all the great suggestions.  I paid $15 for this table to use as a staging area for food when cooking with the STOK Charcoal Drum grill.

Knowing the complete monkey I am with any DIY project I didn’t want to commit a lot of dough to the project and I didn’t want to spend $75 doing a complete restore of an old $15 yard sale table.  The whole idea was to just try to preserve it for maybe a couple more years with it being left outdoors for three seasons.

Here was the original post where you can read the suggestions on how to treat the table-

Help! How Should I Treat This Wood Table To Preserve It For Outdoor Use?


I went and bought this stuff but I’m totally questioning if I should just sand it down roughly and wipe it down with an oil with some type of UV protection in it (if such product exists) or if its really so easy to sand it down and wipe it with a natural oil that I wouldn’t mind doing it once or twice a year.  Help!!! I HAVE MAJOR DIY PARALYSIS!!!!!


I’m a complete idiot with handyman stuff and figure I’ll just mess it up if I try to do the Polyurethane.

Gonna go outside and start sanding and hope someone makes a convincing argumet for either going forward with the polyurethane spar helmsman or rubbing it down with some other type of oil so I can move forward without this anxiety and paralysis.

Know what’s funny?  Ask me something about cameras or blogging or marketing and I’ll move forward on an initiative without a second of hesitation.  as soon as it comes to wood or mechanical stuff and I turn into the village idiot.

So please everyone, LISTEN TO THE PARAMETERS_

I don’t want to spend a lot on paint or oil because it’s just an old yard sale find. 

I want it to be quick and easy.

I mistakenly said I’d be using it for food prep but what I meant to say was that I was going to use it as a staging area for grilling.  So no food will ever hit the surface.  I don’t want it to be tacky.

I DO like a darker wood look like dark brown/ mahogany.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Submit your suggestions keeping in mind that I don’t want to spend more than $30 on materials.


If anyone is bored and wants to stop down the dock to coach me a little or has a product laying around that they think I should use, I’ll be down the dock all day working

95 East Main Street

Gloucester MA

Captain Joe and Sons.  Please stop down and give me some advice!

Just started sanding with the coarse sanding blocks and they work great. Not a lot of effort is scraping them right down

Update 7:44AM
Captain Pete Mondello stopped down with a sander. Even though the sanding blocks are super effective I’m gonna give the electric sander a go.
Girls came down the dock and I was ready to set the project aside but they wanted to help
Rough sand and damp rag drying complete. Kim Smith urging a stain first. Eric Lorden suggesting oil. Pete Mondello suggesting polyurethane
Currently at a standstill. Leaning toward the ease of wiping it down with oil every month or so.
Spoke with Kim Smith just now who convinced me that if I like the imperfections in the wood and already have the Helmsman Spar Polyurethane, that I may as well go ahead and use it. Her points were that it will hold up better than just oil and I could just go to work on the table right away. She also said to set up out if the sun because the poly may bubble up.
Kimcame down the dock with some latex gloves and a baggie to keep the brush in between coats
Plugging away. Am I supposed to poly the underneath?
First coat is applied. No one has died yet. Nothing has blown up. The table is still intact and I’m very happy with the initial results.

Now I’ll probably wait til tomorrow to apply the next coat. I’ll lightly sand it and coat it again. Thanks to all the folks who have offered suggestions 🙂

And so it begins