Butcher Block Cart Restoration With Tung Oil

The first cart restore I used Spar varnish and got great results. I wanted to try something else this time mostly just to learn the differences.

Here she is as I got her-

The updates yesterday-

Lightly sanded the butcher block cart and now about to apply a Tung Oil Finish. I don’t consider myself real handy so we will see how this goes.


First coat of Tung Oil applied. Went on easily. Now I’ll let it set up for a bit and apply a second coat.



After letting it set up overnight a third coat-

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cape-ann-plein-air-painter-andre-lucero-gloucester-copyright-kim-smithAndre Lucero

Last night after sundown I took our sweet pooch Rosie for a walk down Pirate’s Lane. There were not one, nor several, but five Cape Ann Plein Air painters stationed around the docks and all facing towards Rocky Neck and the Inner Harbor. I didn’t want to disturb them too much as they appeared to be racing against the fading light but if you click on the captions, you can learn more about each of these master painters and see galleries of their work. Read more about the Cape Ann Plein Air event here.

cape-ann-plein-air-painter-eric-jacobsen-gloucester-copyright-kim-smithEric Jacobsen

cape-ann-plein-air-painter-patrick-lee-gloucester-copyright-kim-smithPatrick Lee

cape-ann-plein-air-painter-neal-hughes-gloucester-copyright-kim-smithNeal Hughes

cape-ann-plein-air-painter-mitch-baird-gloucester-copyright-kim-smithMitch Baird



This Saturday October 15: “The Quarries of Cape Ann” by Les Bartlett at Cape Ann Museum

Les Bartlett will give a talk on the quarries of Cape Ann this Saturday at 10 AM at the Cape Ann Museum Click here for details.

Last month Rubber Duck visited Profile Rock and posted on the Rockport Facebook page.

Old photo of Profile Rock with Cape Ann Tool Company Smokestack in background.
Old photo of Profile Rock with Cape Ann Tool Company Smokestack in background.
Profile Rock as of September 2016
Profile Rock as of September 2016
RD checking out a circular mark at the very center of Profile Rock.
RD checking out a circular mark at the very center of Profile Rock.

Les promised to explain what that circular dent was during his Saturday talk. He said, “RD is next to perhaps the most important spot on Cape Ann and along the Northeastern seaboard.”

RD tried to google the answer but came up dry so she is going to the talk this weekend.

Cape Ann Reads 2016 Children’s Picture Book Contest is now open! Grand prize valued up to $10,000

One new book. Four communities. Everyone reads!


Find out more about this public call for entry: your book could be the one published by the 4 Cape Ann Libraries  SUBMIT YOUR BOOK

CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester coming this weekend

september-27-2015-she-looks-so-strongThis event is always fun and inspirational. Come and enjoy.


Hundreds of top professional and amateur racers from across North America and throughout Europe, including many former national champions, will again converge on Stage Fort Park for the CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester this weekend. The premier race on the New England cyclocross calendar is set for Oct. 15 and 16.

The two-day competition, now in its 18th year on the coast, is the opening event in the 2016 Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series.

Often called the “steeplechase” of cycling, cyclocross represents “everything that’s good about cycling,” says race promoter Paul Boudreau.

This unique, race-specific discipline is a wild, entertaining mix of road racing, mountain biking and running on an obstacle-laden clover-leaf course that snakes through every corner of the park. The sport requires racers to fight for position while negotiating sharp turns, mud, sand, hills and hurdles, all at full speed for an hour. Cyclocross is demanding, challenging, and humbling for racers of all ages, men and women alike.

“Gloucester is a special race for me. It’s a true New England classic: the big, rowdy crowds always show up, the course is dynamic and challenging, and all the top riders line up,” said Jeremy Powers, a United Stats Cyclocross Champion. “Historic, classic, and epic.”

Again this year, the race’s title sponsor will be CRAFT Sportswear, a Swedish apparel company headquartered in Beverly and presenting sponsor Ipswich Ale Brewing.

“We’re so fortunate to have such an iconic and prestigious race in our backyard, and having partnered with the event for a number of years, it’s frankly about time we took this next step,” said Eric Schenker, CEO of CRAFT Sportswear.

In addition to professional and elite racers, the CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester is an enormous draw for weekend warriors from throughout the Northeast. Anyone can race (pre-registration is required), with competitors placed in fields of similar ages and ability levels. All racers – even beginners – compete on the same course as the top riders. The result is an event that attracts roughly 1,000 competitors each day.

Cyclocross is also one of the most spectator-friendly bike-racing disciplines. The colonial-era Stage Fort Park, overlooking Gloucester Harbor and its views of the Atlantic Ocean, provides a stunning venue. Fans can eat, shop, and learn more about cyclocross racing in the Expo, or sample craft brews at the Beer Garden. Families can enjoy the picnic area with grills and a playground for youngsters. There will even be a free kids’ bike race for youngsters ages 12 and under.

“There is something about that place. It’s got a soul. I’ve been everywhere in the world that cyclocross races, and little comes close to the aesthetic drama of Gloucester,” Race announcer Chris Zigmont said.


* Races start at 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, and run for the better part of the day. Both days finish with the showcase Pro (Elite Class) races from 3-5 p.m.

* A free Kids Race will be held Sunday at 1:50 p.m. Registration for the Kids Race will be the day of the race. Up-and-coming racers ages 5 to 12 are invited to compete.

* The Ipswich Ale Brewing Beer Garden will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, where spectators can sample a variety of craft brews. The Expo will also be open both days, featuring a food court, cycling vendors, and local businesses.

Dave Sag’s Blues Party tonight to host Diane Blue, Ricky “King” Russell and Ed Scheer 8:30pm 10.13.2016 There’s gonna be whole lotta shakin going on!


Diane Blue. She’s a fireball of intergalactic rocket fuel,and no fool, either. Watch flames erupt from her harmonica as she thrills you with her cantankerous systemic vibrosis! Watch mere ordinary world-famous vocalists cringe as she lets loose with her four dimensional uvula! You’ll need your Ridalin!

Diane Blue
And she’s dragging in kicking and screaming two of your favorite (and mine!) mooseicians to tickle your brain stem. First, Mr. Ricky “King” Russell, mastermind of the Boston Blooze Scene,will be in the glitar chair ,safely fastened for that burning sensation. Then there’s “Mr.” Edd Scheer, our diaphanous yet protophonic swamp popper, on the skins. and me two, on base. Ommm…..
It just doesn’t get any better than this. I mean it!

Dave Sag…


40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732


Nichole’s Picks 10/15 + 10/16

Pick #1:  Rockport Harvest Festival


Pick #2:  Grand Prix of Gloucester



What is the Gran Prix of Gloucester? Take a dramatic harbor front park at the height of fall foliage season. Set up a twisting grass, dirt and asphalt racecourse with challenging obstacles. Unleash a crowd of world class cyclists to charge through the sharp curves and jump the barriers. Add screaming, cowbell ringing fans incited by a dynamic announcers. What do you have? One of the premier bicycle races in the country, right here in Gloucester.

The Gran Prix of Gloucester is two days of international calibre races where competitors from all over the US, Canada & Europe converge to race on the most beautiful race course in North America.

The 2016 dates are 15 & 16 October.
Amateur Races: 8:00am-2:30pm (both days)
Kids 5-12 race 2:20pm (Sunday only)
Elite Women: 3:00pm (both days)
Elite Men: 4:00pm (both days)


Pick #3:  Appleton Farm:  Down on the Farm Concert Series



Sunday, October 16

Member Car: $20 Nonmember Car: $30

Contact Information
978.356.5728 x4112

Join us for fall concerts in the Stone Paddock! This family-friendly concert will offer live music from Soul Rebel Project. Food will be available for purchase from Boston Burger Company and CopperDome Crust Pizza. Beer and Wine will be available for purchase from Ipswich Ale and Old Planters Brewing. Or bring your own picnic! Enjoy our lawn games, meet our animals, and enjoy a gorgeous fall evening on the farm. Gate opens at 4pm, concert begins at 5pm. Sorry no dogs or byob.

No pre-registration required. Cash accepted at the gate. Bring your own lawn chairs.


As always, for a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Extremely rare in these waters, Captain Pete Mondello brought in this cool trigger fish to share with us. #triggerfish #commercialfishing #lobstercompany #lobster #GloucesterMA

Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 10/13/16


Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

Joey C ~

A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to http://www.goodmorninggloucester.com . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

The web address will be http://www.capeanncommunity.com

To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.

Organist Peter Krasinski performs ‘Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde’ at the Gloucester Meetinghouse on Sunday, October 23, 6:00pm


October 12, 2016 ~ chasnaz

A thrilling family event: silent horror film classic ‘Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde’ accompanied by organist Peter Krasinski at the Gloucester Meetinghouse on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 6:00pm.  The  program is sponsored by Cape Ann Savings Bank and ticket proceeds benefit the Meetinghouse Foundation Preservation Fund.


World-renowned sonic artist Peter Krasinski performs on the grand 1893 Hutchings-Fisk pipe-organ in the historic 1806 Meetinghouse, improvising accompaniment to 2 silent film classics:  the Buster Keaton comedy, ‘The Haunted House’ and the scary main feature ‘Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde.’  This Halloween season event opens with a fun costume parade and an impressive organ prelude followed by the 2 movie features.

The Gloucester Meetinghouse is located at the corner of Church & Middle Street with an accessible side entrance at 10 Church Street.  Admission is $15 General, $12 Students & Senior (65+), kids under 12 free.  For more information please visit http://www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

GHS Interact Club Lobster Roll Fundraiser

October 12, 2016 ~ cmraimo



Action Inc. Fuel Assistance Flyer plus Program Dates

Image ~ October 12, 2016 ~ Joey C


World Family Puppet Theatre

scn_0182Dora Tevan writes:
We are announcing the exciting news of the opening of the World Family Puppet Theatre here in Gloucester!
The most recent venture of a continuous thread of multicultural arts programming for children for 39 years, since 1978, this endeavor seeks to instill in Cape Ann children a love for their world neighbors through engaging puppetry workshops which brings world cultures alive through their beloved folktales.

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