Eating bait again and loving it.

Bored with kayaking? Stop and bounce a little silvery thing off the bottom and catch a few Atlantic Mackerel. (Three Lanterns Marine, Deadly Dick Lure, good for lots of stuff, go with a small one for the Atlantic Mackerel. Catch a Pollock and eat that or rehook on something bigger and drop down for a blue or a low IQ Striper.)

Marinate in olive oil, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper overnight in a ZipLoc.
Marinate in olive oil, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper overnight in a ZipLock.
Heat up the grill on high then turn to medium low. 6 minutes a side or until charred just a bit.  Hard to screw up.
Heat up the grill on high then turn to medium low. 6 minutes a side or until charred just a bit. Hard to screw up.

Jasper White has these as an appetizer for around 23 bucks at the Summer Shack. He adds some fancy Venezuelan pickle relish on the side. Skip that and use Genuine Vidalia Sweet Onion Mustard Relish from Seaview Farm in Rockport. Rubber Duck Seal of Approval.

John Sloan Lecture Series at the Cape Ann Museum


Breezy Day Gloucester by John Sloan

Three Moderns Paint Gloucester: Sloan, Hartley, and Hopper on Cape Ann

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (July 10, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Three Moderns Paint Gloucester: Sloan, Hartley, and Hopper on Cape Ann on July 23 at 7:00 p.m. This is the first in a series of three lectures being offered in conjunction with the John Sloan Gloucester Days exhibition on view at the Museum through November 29, 2015.

Presented by Carol Troyen, an independent scholar and author, and the Kristin and Roger Servison Curator Emerita of American Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Although they never overlapped in Gloucester, three of the greatest painters of the early 20th century – John Sloan, Edward Hopper, and Marsden Hartley – spent significant parts of their careers on Cape Ann. The three artists’ responses to the region differed markedly, but the area’s appealing vistas led each to a new and modern style. The lecture will trace their steps through Gloucester and compare what each found there.

Tickets for the lecture series are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. For the series, tickets are $25 for members and $40 for non-members. For more information, call 978-283-0455 x10 or

The series continues with John Sloan, Robert Henri, and John Butler Yeats: A Portrait of Friendship presented by Avis Berman on August 13th and Passing through Gloucester: John Sloan Between City and Country presented by Michael Lobel on October 30th.

About the exhibition:

One of this country’s most important artists of the early 20th century and a highly respected teacher, John Sloan (1871-1951) spent five summers—1914 through 1918—living and working on Cape Ann. During that time he created nearly 300 finished oil paintings, using Gloucester’s rugged landscape as a backdrop to experiment with color and explore ideas about form, texture and light. Arguably the most productive period of his career, the body of work that Sloan created during this time continues to astonish and delight viewers a century after it was completed.

The Cape Ann Museum is proud to have five major works by John Sloan in its permanent collection:  Sunflowers, Rocky Neck, 1914; Old Cone (Uncle Sam), 1914; Glare on the Bay, c.1914; Red Warehouses at Gloucester, 1914; andDogtown, Ruined Blue Fences, 1916.  Approximately 30 additional works, drawn from public and private collections across the country, will also be on display.

Exhibition Sponsors:

John Sloan Gloucester Days is sponsored by Carpenter & MacNeille Architects and Builders, Inc. and by Cape Ann Savings Trust & Financial Services.



2015 Cigar and Rum Cruise Tickets 5 Spots Just Opened Up For Tuesday Night’s Sail!

It Always Sells Out!

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2 Killer Cigars From Paul Giacalone’s Personal Collection, 3 Rum Drinks From Ryan and Wood Distillery, A Sail On The Lannon All For Only $40

Total deal of the century.  If You added all this up that’s like $85 worth of stuff and even if it cost double it would be worth quadruple.  Best night of the summer.  I can’t wait!

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Photos from Past Cruises Courtesy Kim Smith and Dani Lubbers-

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rocky neck artist party

David Amaral of the Rudder Restaurant is throwing a combo party first for the artist on rocky neck, they will be at the party to talk art and take you through their galleries and show you whats new….lets support the artists on Rocky Neck. Second…it is a welcome to Gloucester party for my fiancé who is visiting from Tennessee so she may meet all my friends and realize what a wonderful place this is.  I will be serving Lobster sliders and a beautiful dry rose wine…and some beer….if you would like something else please feel free to BYOB.  Look forward to seeing y’all there!

Forgot to tell you the time: the party at the rocky neck art studios between the rudder and madfish starts at 7:00pm!

Andre’s Famous BBQ

andres bbq

madfish new look

Finally got down to Madfish Grille to try Andre’s Famous BBQ yesterday.  He is there Thursday through Sunday from noon until closing, although he didn’t open until 5:00 yesterday, so maybe best to call ahead to make sure he is there.  The prices are reasonable, the food is very fresh and delicious.  I had the chicken kabob and a cucumber, tomato and avocado salad.  The vegetables were fresh and crispy (except the avocado, which was perfectly ripe) and the dressing was very tasty.  The chicken was marvelous – juicy and tender with a BBQ sauce that was sweet with a nice hot kick to it.  I don’t care for traditional BBQ sauce, but this was delicious.  There was live music playing, which I am told will be happening on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, which makes this a really great spot to go on the weekend.  The bar was very quick and easy to get service at, unlike past years when it could be a challenge to get a beverage, and there was a good crowd, so it wasn’t like I was the only one waiting for service at the bar.  There is no wait staff.  You order from Andre and the bar, and then sit out under the canopy and enjoy the view, good food and music.  Check it out.  The Madfish has a cool, funky, colorful new look, which is fun and happy.

E.J. Lefavour


Mayor Romeo Theken made the announcement from her office at City Hall that she has officially entered the race for Mayor. She joins City Councilors Paul McGeary and Greg Verga. To be listed on the ballot, a candidate must return nomination papers by August 11th for the November 3rd election. A primary will be held on September 29th.

Barbara McAllister Had a Great Time At Bass Rocks ocean Inn

Hi Joey,

I just wanted to tell you what a treat it was to see you and  Sista Felicia and your mom while we were staying at the Bass Rocks Ocean Inn on our recent visit to my Gloucester paradise. 
I can’t believe the way things turned out. First, I met with my best friend in the world (Bonnie Steele Bedell) when I lived in East Gloucester from 1st – 4th grade. The next uncanny happening was I wanted to get your sister’s cookbook signed by her, and as we were going to dinner, there you all were by the firepit.  Your sister got a cookbook from her car and signed it for me and we got to socialize with you and a lot of your family.  It was a highpoint in our trip. My friend, Bonnie, works at Noble Electric and apparently her boss’s wife is a good friend of your sister.  Talk about a small world.  We had a “mahvelous” time, even loved the Nor’easter and got  some great pics. I’m trying to attach a couple of pics of us with your mom and sister and me with my friend.  It was a great trip and we loved seeing you all.

Best wishes to all,

Barbara McAllister 



Coyote Colors

Hi Joey,

I shot this photo a few weeks ago and its cropped from a larger image.  I couldn’t figure out why I took the larger image until I noticed the coyote against the sea wall.  From my perspective when I took this, the coyote blended in extremely well with the stones on the beach and the seawall itself. It was very hard to track her movement along the shore from a distance. 

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


Interesting Local Botanical History Of The Sweet Bay Magnolia flower Submitted By Dave Marsh

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Sweet Bay

Dave Marsh submits-


Here is a picture of a Sweet Bay Magnolia flower on a tree in my yard.

The Sweet Bay is an  interesting plant/tree .


Magnolia virginiana in Massachusetts

The sweet bay magnolia swamp in Gloucester, Massachusetts has
been a botanical shrine since its discovery in 1806 Early New England
naturalists and botanists of all types, from Henry David
Thoreau to Asa Gray, made pilgrimages to the site of this northernmost
colony of Magnolia virginiana L.* (fig. 1). The local residents of
Gloucester were so impressed with a “southern” plant growing this far
north that they changed the name of the Kettle Cove section of the
town to Magnolia in the mid-1800s. It is probably no coincidence that
this name change occurred at the same time the area was starting up
its tourist trade.
In addition to its isolation, the Gloucester Magnolia population was
remarkable for having escaped notice until 1806 in an area that was
settled in 1623. This fact has led at least one author to speculate that
the colony was not wild but escaped from a cultivated plant (Anonymous,
1889). However, the overwhelming consensus of earlier
botanists is that the population is, in fact, native. Whatever its origin,
the swamp remains today the unique and mysterious place it has been
for almost 200 years.
Very little has been written about the magnolia swamp in recent
years. The latest, and best, article about it was written by Dr George
Kennedy, and appeared in 1916 in Rhodora, the journal of the New

England Botanical Club. Dr. Kennedy summarized the history of the
stand, and cleared up the confusion about who discovered it by publishing
a letter he found, written by the Honorable Theophilus Parsons to
the Reverend Manassah Cutler in 1806. The letter captures the emotion
of the moment of discovery:
Reverend and Dear Sir:
In niding through the woods in Gloucester, that are between
Kettle Cove and Fresh Water Cove I discovered a
flower to me quite new and unexpected in our forests. This
was last Tuesday week [July 22, 1806]. A shower approaching
prevented my leaving the carriage for examination, but
on my return, on Friday last, I collected several of the
flowers, in different stages, with the branches and leaves,
and on inspection it is unquestionably the Magnolia glauca
Mr. Epes Sargent has traversed these woods for flowers and
not having discovered it, supposes it could not have been
there many years. It was unknown to the people of Gloucester
and Manchester until I showed it to them. I think you
have traversed the same woods herborizing. Did you discover
it? If not, how long has it been there? It grows in a
swamp on the western or left side of the road as you go from
Manchester to Gloucester, and before you come to a large
hill over which the road formerly passed. It is so near the
road as to be visible even to the careless eye of the traveler.
Supposing the knowledge of this flower, growing so far
north, might gratify you, I have made this hasty communication.
Your humble servant,
Theoph. Parsons
The existence of the magnolia swamp was first announced to the
general public in 1814 by Jacob Bigelow in the first edition of his
famous Plants of Boston:
The only species of this superb genus, that has been found
native in our climate. It attains the height of a dozen feet,
but is sometimes killed down to the roots by severe winters
… The bark is highly aromatic, and possesses medicinal
properties. It grows plentifully in a sheltered swamp at
Gloucester, Cape Ann, twenty five miles from Boston,
which is perhaps its most northern boundary. – June,
And on September 22, 1858, Henry David Thoreau visited the
swamp and wrote about it in his Journal:
Sept 22. A clear cold day, wind northwest
Leave Salem for the Cape on foot … We now kept the road
to Gloucester, leaving the shore a mile or more to the right,
wishing to see the magnolia swamp. This was perhaps
about a mile and a half beyond Kettle Cove. After passing
over a sort of height of land in the woods, we took a path to
the left, which within a few rods became a corduroy road in
the swamp. Within three or four rods on the west side of
this, and perhaps ten or fifteen from the highroad, was the
magnolia. It was two to seven or eight feet high, but distinguished
by its large and still fresh green leaves, which had
not begun to fall. I saw last year’s shoots which had died
down several feet, and probably this will be the fate of most
which has grown this year. The swamp was an ordinary
one, not so wet but we got about very well. The bushes of
this swamp were not generally more than six feet high.
There was another locality the other side of the road.
Clouds of doubt concerning the survival of the swamp started to
gather in 1875, in A Report on the Trees and Shrubs Growing Naturally
In the Forests of Massachusetts by George B. Emerson. He noted
“scores” of trees broken down in a single season by people who sold
the flowers in Boston and Salem. By 1889, the situation had deteriorated
to the point that J. G. Jack, the dendrologist at the Arnold
Arboretum wrote:
So eagerly have the flowers been sought for by collectors,
and especially by those who wished to make money out of
the sale of both plants and flowers, that there has been
some apprehension that the day would soon come when the
’ Magnolia could only be classed in New England floras as
one of the indigenous plants of the past.
But some good news also appeared in this article, for he goes on to
say, “The hope is now entertained, however, that the owners of the
woods where it occurs, appreciating its rarity and interest, will take
care that its existence, in a wild state, may be perpetuated.” And
indeed it was, for in that same year, 1889, Mr. Samuel E. Sawyer, the
owner of the swamp, set up a trust fund, to be administered by a board
of trustees, to manage the land. He chose to call it “Ravenswood Park”
and instructed that it be left open for and made accessible to the
general public.

This great display of generosity, however, did not stem the tide of
destruction. Dr. Kennedy in his Rhodora article quotes a letter from
C. E. Faxon, the illustrator at the Arnold Arboretum, to a Mr. Walter
Deane, which shows the condition of the swamp in the summer of

* The next nearest population of M. U1rg1722a11Q is growing 150 miles to the
south on the eastern shore of Long Island, New York (Little, 1971).



Figure 1 This drawing of Magnolia virgimana appeared on 1849 in Asa Gray’s Genera
Plantarum (p! 23), with the caption “a branch in flower of the Northern variety,from
Gloucester, Massachusetts, of the natural size”


An unusualty old, taU, multi-stemmed specimen of Magnolia virgimana growing
in the old C. S Sargent estate in Brookline, Massachusetts The tree is 10 meters tall
Photograph by P Del Tredici.


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