GloucesterCast 347 with Dave Hussey, Judi Van Loon, Peter Seminara, Danielle and Carlo From Yella, Susan Lipsette, Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 7/21/19

GloucesterCast 347 with Dave Hussey, Judi Van Loon, Peter Seminara, Danielle and Carlo From Yella, Susan Lipsette, Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 7/21/19

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Topics Include:
Love my Yeti drinkware but I’m not sure if I’m losing them or if they’re getting stolen so I’m loading up on the RTIC sale here
Do you put dirty dishes in the dishwasher?
Pete Seminara Gloucester MA Shellfish Constable
Bluefin Blowout Coming Up! July 25-27th
Uraed report in response to email query will be posted on the blog today. Thanks Mary Louise Downey for bringing it to our attention!



During this heat wave I have been concerned about one of the Piping Plover families that I am documenting. They are nesting in an exposed site and it is late in the season. I wondered if their eggs were at risk of becoming overheated. As of Saturday, my worries were for naught.

Both the Mom and Dad are sitting high on the nest. Typically when brooding eggs, Piping Plovers fluff out their brood feathers and the eggs are entirely hidden. During these 90-degree-plus days, the parents are continuing to sit on the nest to keep predators from seeing the eggs from overhead, but they are raising their bodies enough to allow air to flow beneath.

Both parents are struggling in the heat; they are overheated and panting while minding their nest, yet despite their obvious discomfort, they are determinedly continuing to brood.

Panting nesting Plover in 95 degree temperatures.

Allowing for air circulation is really a pretty genius way of managing their eggs and I am keeping my hopes up that the pair will be successful ❤

Dad PiPl says why is it so dang hot!

Gloucester Sea Serpent Sighting | Cape Ann Museum unveils new public art

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photo caption: Chris Williams, Gloucester Sea Serpent, 2019, 9 feet tall mixed media metal sculpture (bronze, glass, granite), collection Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, Mass., a 2018 commisioned gift of CAM and donors in honor of Ronda Faloon, Cape Ann Museum Director (2006-2019). Chris Williams resides and works in Essex, Mass. © c ryan

Gloucester Sea Serpent

The Gloucester Sea Serpent is like a Massachusetts Loch Ness monster though an ocean rather than freshwater creature. Alleged sightings date back to 1638; see excellent research by Lise Breen for the HarborWalk marker #19 “The Sea Serpent”.

In 2017, the Cape Ann Museum (CAM) celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Sea Serpent’s peak folklore moment when hundreds of accounts were published in newspapers. (In comparison, the first written record of a monster in Loch Ness dates way back to 565, picks up popular speed by 1802, and on to global recognition by 1933). Swampscott and North Shore sightings surged as competition with Newport and other summer tourism hotspots increased.  Sea serpent inspired art across media continued into the 20th and 21st centuries.

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photo caption: Cape Ann Museum – street banners heralding Sea Serpent Exhibition 2017


Below: A Sea Serpent at Cressy Beach Stage Fort Park in Gloucester was originally painted by fine artist Robert Stephenson circa 1960 and is kept fresh by adoring community. Many moons ago, a free standing climber serpent was a favorite element at the Stage Fort Park playground. My photos in this post span years/seasons, roughly 2011-2019. Hover for descriptive details or double click & enlarge.


July 20, 2019

The new sculpture commission, Gloucester Sea Serpent, by Chris Williams at Cape Ann Museum was dedicated July 20, 2019,  to honor Ronda Faloon, distinguished Cape Ann Museum Director (2006-2019) who retired in 2019.

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Look for the serpent’s nocturne visage: the Williams sculpture is the first one on museum grounds to incorporate light amidst its mixed media.

The Gloucester Sea Serpent at the entrance joins other sculptures on view in the Cape Ann Museum Courtyard and Sculpture Garden, a special public space dedicated to the memory of Harold Bell, President of Cape Ann Museum (1979-2003).

ALBERT HENRY ATKINS (1880-1951) Spirt of the Sea 1915 bronze [fun fact courtesy Alex Monell: architect (Cape Ann Museum & CAM board) Don Monell held this sculpture on his property until the best re-siting]

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ROBERT AMORY, Reflection, 1970 gift of the artist

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KEN HRUBY Uneasy Crown, Uneasy Chair, Uneasy Piece, 1986 (cast 2008) Gift of Judith McCulloch in memory of Harold Bell

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And dappled today, GEORGE DEMETRIOS bronze fountain, Spring

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Across the street, the Cape Ann Museum sculpture park and gardens designed by Clara Batchelor, CBA Landscape Architect Principal, opened in 2011. Its centerpiece features

JOHN RAIMONDI sculpture, Dance of the Cranes

A solution to common foot problems -Nia classes on Cape Ann

Cape Ann Wellness

Do you suffer from pain, neuropathy, poor balance and other common foot ailments?

According to AARP, there are many simple measures you can take to fix some of these pesky pedal problems.  Here’s a link to the full article

Here are two solutions they offer to help feet, both of which can be found in a Nia class.

1. Get on your feet

The more you sit, the more you deactivate your glute muscles — and proper foot function requires strong glutes, hips and abs, Splichal says. Exercises like hip bridges and planks encourage not only tummy work and hip extension (counterposes for sitting), but also help you practice getting up and down from the floor — something research has correlated with longevity.

2. Go barefoot

The nerves on the bottom of your feet are even more receptive than those on your hands — but stuffing your feet into…

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These two beautiful ladies love♥️Cape Ann and between them they have three Cape Ann License Plates! They love that by having a plate you are continually giving back to the Cape Ann Community. In the last three years the Cape Ann Community Foundation has awarded $39,000 to local nonprofits and education initiatives. Show your love for this amazing community today, go to and order your very own Cape Ann License Plate!!!

Historic Heroic Story of Uraed

A recent visitor to Gloucester, Mary Louise Downey, reached out to GMG recently wondering if we were aware of a plaque somewhere in the City commemorating the 1905 arrival of Uraed, the first enclosed lifeboat to cross the Atlantic after a 5 month journey.  I immediately began to research this intriguing event. Although I have not yet found a plaque, I did find the story fascinating.

The Uraed was built in 1904 in Norway by Ole Brude in an effort to design a safer lifeboat. It was his intention to sail it across the Atlantic from Norway in time for the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904.  Apparently the voyage went pretty smoothly for Brude and his 3 man crew for the first part of the journey, but then trouble set in and the trip took longer than expected and they missed the World’s Fair. They landed in St. John’s NF first but wished to reach New York so set sail again, this time into wicked winter storms.  The Uraed and its crew landed on Pavilion Beach in January of 1905.

Brude did succeed in designing a safer lifeboat and this adventure made news headlines around the world. One of the crew, Iver Thorsesen, remained in Gloucester and became a citizen according to the Gloucester Daily Times account of the 2005 commemoration (Jan 5 2005). There is a good account and some pictures available online here. There is also a free ebook available in Google Books available  here.

Although I found no evidence (yet) of the plaque, this historic event is another marine related story that brought worldwide attention to Gloucester. Cheer Ole Brude and crew! Thanks Mary Louise for bringing it to our attention!

Gloucester Daily Times Jan 9 1905 after a bad winter storm:

Uraed arrival GDT Jan 9 1905

Gloucester Daily Times Jan 5 2005 for the commemoration:

Uraed remembered GDT Jan 5 2005

Huge props to the Priests that officiated the funeral at the church in 90 plus degrees with no AC.

These guys deserve Purple Hearts for wearing their layers of gowns and stuff through the funeral yesterday.   I was nervous that one of the older people would drop because there was no air movement at all and I consider myself healthy and could barely get a breath of air.  After the ceremony the priests were outside with just huge beads of sweat all over their heads.  Brutal conditions for a funeral.

Huge props to those priests.  Huge.

Boston Globe seashore jaunt all #GloucesterMA | Beauport Museum, Halibut Point restaurant, Virgilio’s, Bananas

Gloucester in the news again this weekend about  a great road trip. See today’s Sunday paper- Boston Globe By Linda Greenstein

Read full article  here

to see more mentions from their itinerary.



If you don’t have at least one double insulated tumbler by now you’re an idiot. On Sale For $9.99 today. Here’s the link-

It’s a bajillion degrees out right now.  You know how smart people stay cool and hydrated?  They fill one of these bad boys up with ice and pound water all day.

You can spend $30 on a Yeti or be smart and buy an RTIC (basically the same thing but it says RTIC instead of Yeti) for an insanely cheap on sale price of $9.99 on amazon.

Here’s the link to purchase-

RTIC (191) Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Tumbler, 30 oz, Stainless Steel

Here’s the one I keep on my desk at the dock with a cool Gloucester sticker from Brass Monkey on it.