Jude Seminara has provided us with his perspective of the oft told James Merry – Dogtown tale.
The Matador of Gloucester
In the mid-morning of Sunday, September 18, 1892, three local men, Henry and Chester Norwood and Isaac Day discovered the bloody and battered body of 60 year old James Merry wedged between two boulders near the Dogtown Road. His abdomen had been ripped open. Nearby, Patrick Nugent’s Jersey bull was in an agitated condition, bellowing and stomping his hooves, his horns stained with blood. Mr. Day left immediately to summon the police, and Officer Ropper, accompanied by the Undertaker Lloyd and medical examiner Quimby came to investigate.
Tradition holds that Merry had, while a sailor, visited Spain and became interested in bull fighting. When he returned to Gloucester, he raised a bull from a calf and practiced wrestling it in Dogtown. The night before he was killed, the story goes, he was drinking up in town and was challenged to wrestle the bull. The bull won, goring Merry with its horns. While a romantic story, it is simply untrue.
James Merry was born in Edgecomb, Maine, one of three sons, in 1832 to Heram and Betsey Merry. He was in Gloucester sometime prior to 1850, at which time he was recorded as James Murray, fisherman in the census. According to the vital records of Gloucester, he married Catherine Witty in 1856. The Merrys had three children: James Howard, Frank, and Carrie. Carrie died of typhoid fever at the age of 14 in 1878. Merry’s brother David Murray was lost at sea in 1859 and is memorialized in the cenotaph at the Fisherman at the Wheel statue. His other brother Jonathan left Gloucester shortly after David’s death to returned to Maine.
The Berkshire Eagle has done a great job covering the Berkshire Museum’s puzzling year of undoing. The museum has consigned 40 of its most recognized and regarded works of art to finance an expansion and rebrand. Sotheby’s Berkshire Museum sales commence Nov 13th.
Read the Attorney General’s complete filing here:
Norman Rockwell’s sons lobbied hard for the art to stay in Pittsfield, per the artist’s intent. One granddaughter penned a different opinion, a plea to George Lucas–a major Rockwell collector– hoping he’d acquire them for his future illustration museum. Sotheby’s has unveiled billboards. The museum is firm on selling. Next steps?
it’s up to the Berkshire Superior Court judge to hear both sides tomorrow morning.
The older we get, the more we lose; this is the law of impermanence. We lose loved ones, cherished dreams, physical strength, work, and relationships. Often, it seems like loss upon loss. All these losses bring up enormous grief that we must be prepared to embrace completely, if we are to live with open hearts.” – Ram Dass
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Frida Kahlo’s Inspiration Aids Puerto Rico at Local Colors
Kathy Bucholska, a member of Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, will be showing her new line of jewelry and mixed media, inspired by Frida Kahlo, a Mexican artist and feminist, to benefit the US citizens of hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico. She’ll display her jewelry and mixed media from October 23 through November 3 and donate 50% of her show sales to The Boston Foundation/Latino Legacy Fund (http://www.tbf.org/puertorico). The funds will go to Puerto Rican disaster relief, sustainable rebuilding and support of Puerto Ricans migrating to Massachusetts as a result of the hurricane. Connected to Frida Kahlo’s art, the show also includes the traditional Mexican Day of the Dead altar, celebrated this time of the year, where the public can leave remembrances of ones who have journeyed on. Local Colors has often made this cultural tradition of the altar available to the public in prior years.
“I have always been intrigued by the life of Frida Kahlo and her controversial art. Many of her self-portraits show her in various types of jewelry which served as an inspiration” says Kathy. “It allowed me to expand my creativity with bolder, more culturally diverse designs and at the same time, give me an opportunity to offer support to our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico.”
Kahlo’s work often included symbols of the traditional Day of the Dead celebration so in the spirit of celebrating her life and inspiration, Kathy installed a Day of the Dead altar for the public to post a remembrance of a loved one, friend, favorite artist or just someone who has been an inspiration. She also saw it as an opportunity to raise much needed funds for the people of Puerto Rico who after almost four weeks are still struggling for water, food and electricity.
Kathy will be working all day at the Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, 121 Main Street, Gloucester on October 30 from 10 to 6 pm where she is offering cider and cookies and an opportunity to ask questions about the exhibit and the cause. Regular hours are daily from 10 to 6, 978-283-3996.
While a lot of us wait patiently for the power to come back on, we can be grateful that the sun is out to warm us up a bit! Hoping everyone gets their power by the end of today!! Happy Halloween!
We spent last night at Cape Ann’s Marina and Resort. The boys swam in the pool, we ate dinner, and then went upstairs so that Thatch could finish homework and get a decent night’s sleep knowing that Halloween night wouldn’t lend itself to lots of rest and that we have late nights planned much the rest of the week as well.
Here is the sunset and then sunrise over the cut bridge from the deck of our room. Maybe not as spectacular as some, but it was really nice to fall asleep and wake up with such a nice view.
The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation and TownGreen/2025 present a
Community symposium called ‘HISTORIC PRESERVATION & ARCHITECTURAL SUSTAINABILITY?’ at the Meetinghouse, Saturday, November 11, 2:00-6:00pm
BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The event will explore whether preserving our older homes and buildings is compatible the goal of becoming “green” through presentations, responses from a distinguished panel, and ample time for audience Q&A.
MORE INFO: Cape Ann is actively pursuing two goals that are sometimes viewed as separate or opposed. One is for the preservation of our historic buildings and homes, especially as Gloucester’s 400th anniversary approaches in 2023. The other is to seek alternate sources and minimize energy consumption, reducing our overall carbon footprint to counter the global forces of climate change.
We ask the question of whether preservation and sustainability can be complementary rather than competitive goals. The Symposium is designed to provide a friendly and informative forum in which residents may interact with professionals to see how these two worthy goals may go together.
The mission of TownGreen/2025, an initiative under the GMF and working with the Gloucester Clean Energy Commission, is to help Gloucester become less reliant upon fossil fuels and approach being carbon neutral in a decade.
More information is available at http://www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org
LOCATION: The historic (1806) Gloucester Meetinghouse, home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, on the green at the corner of Church & Middle Street. Parking is available on the green, next door at St. John’s Church, and at the Sawyer Free Library. Side entrance with an elevator is at 10 Church St.
ADMISSION: Free (offerings gratefully accepted), refreshments available
MORE INFORMATION (not for publication)
EVENT CONTACT: Charles Nazarian, president, Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-821-5291
November 11th 2017, Symposium
Historic Preservation & Architectural Sustainability
Draft Sequence (revised 10-30-17)
2:00pm Welcome & Statement of Purpose Charles Nazarian
2:10 Greeting from the Mayor Sefatia R-Theken
2:15 Review of Terms/Definitions Maureen Aylward
2:25 Vision of Carbon-Neutral: TG/2025 Susan Hogue
2:40 Q&A panel
3:00 Historic Preservation Guidelines Prudence Fish
3:15 Example: City Hall Maggie Rosa
3:30 Conserve, Fix or Replace…greener? Action, Inc.
3:40 Q&A panel
4:00 Building Products & LEED Measures Peter Nobile
4:30 One Builder’s Perspective Carl Thomsen
4:40 Q&A panel
5:00 Solar Sharing Program Isaac Baker
5:15 Carbon Sequestration, RTT Dick P.
5:30 Example: AirKrete Dana Nute
5:40 Q&A panel
5:55 Closing Charles N.
Paul McGeary Former City Council President, Member CEC
Bill Remsen Preservation & Restoration Architect
Walter Beebe-Center Owner, Essex Restoration (TBD)
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We are thrilled to welcome back multi master healer, Sue Ustas of ZuZu’s Healing Arts, Inc!
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Sue Ustas first began having Psychic experiences as a teenager, which led her to pursue her natural abilities through countless books, classes and teachings. She studied Mediumship and Healing at the Greater Boston Church of Spiritualism, but her first love was always Crystals. She had collected rocks, stones and crystals as a child at every beach, river and wooded area she found herself near, always appreciating the magic in nature…
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