So this is high tide #RockportMA and winter shoveling WINDY after super snow moon

Rockport, Mass.- Shoveling Windy just before high tide after the super snow moon

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And then the dinghy.

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Just before high tide



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Winter Rockport Massachusetts Harbor just before morning high tide after big full moon_20190221_© cryan (2)
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Winter Rockport Massachusetts Harbor just before morning high tide after big full moon_20190221_© cryan (3)
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Winter tide- Rockport Massachusetts Motif 1_February 18 2019 © catherine ryan
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CROSSWALK ART: next two site specific Justin Desilva public art

Cat Ryan submits-

Hi Joey

Justin Desilva’s 20 part work of art is titled, Every Picture Tells A Story. His crosswalk art enlarges and interprets HarborWalk story moment content through a combination of digital paintings that he’s printed and combined with long stretches of color field painted sky.

Here’s one by the Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free library for the Samuel Sawyer story moment #31, an abstraction of the exterior and trees.

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Acting Director Freyja Sanger with artist Justin Desilva

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This one leads to the HarborWalk story post # for Temple Ahavat Achim across the street by the YMCA.

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The dory is on Main Street. The Harborwalk story moment #24 is over on Harbor Loop.

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Public Art: Two more Justin Desilva crosswalks downtown Gloucester

Cat Ryan submits-

Hi Joey

As a reminder, there will be 20 temporary mixed media crosswalks throughout downtown by artist, Justin Desilva (Rhode Island School of Design alumnus). Each one features different HarborWalk story moment content.  Special thanks to Ben’s Paint.

Here’s the TS Eliot work along the intersection of Washington Street and Main by Tallys. The HarborWalk Story Moment marker #2 featuring TS Eliot is further down on the path by St. Peter’s and Cape Ann Brewing.

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Comments included how the images change depending upon where and how one is looking (viewing the images through a lens, or viewfinder, from a distance, or up close).

This man thought it was fun to compare Justin’s ideas and process with Seurat and other Pointillists. The pug is unfazed by the new surface over his frequent path past Joan of Arc. The HarborWalk Joan of Arc story marker is #37. We’ll ask Justin about his ideas in another post.

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Today’s intermittent rain slowed down the process, but not the speed of the cars! (Drivers fly past Joan of Arc heading to the Boulevard).

Thanks to Phyllis Cucuru for spending time with us and supplying a barney trash bag. Feeling fortunate that Café Sicillia, Building Center and other businesses are open on Sunday as we had to make a couple of trips. Desilva was planning to complete Hammond Castle and one in tribute to the Dory (on Main Street by Café Sicillia and Short and Main).

Here’s the Hammond Castle site BEFORE looking down to the Boulevard and out to the harbor. There’s also a photo looking back in the direction of the Joan of Arc memorial.

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The 2013 Gloucester HarborWalk Public Art Challenge was a competitive, two-stage, open process established and administered by the Committee for the Arts (CFTA) on behalf of the City of Gloucester, and at the direction of Mayor Kirk and the City’s Community Development Department under Sarah Garcia. Funding for the purchase of public art was provided through a grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Seaport Advisory Council. The awards reflect discussions, community development, planning and determination to remember and work towards incorporating the creative arts broadly alongside other city efforts. Gloucester hearts art! For further information Gloucester Committee for the Arts

Have an idea? Want to get involved or volunteer? Please email friends of the HarborWalk or visit

Dory Row, Gloucester

I shot this dory photo with a Nikon 500mm mirror lens. The heavy 500mm beast is known for recording reflected points of light as circles, or "doughnuts." Measuring almost 12 inches long, a tripod is required for sharp photos. Doughnuts do not a great lens make, and I was happy to unload it a couple of years ago.
I shot this dory photo with a Nikon 500mm mirror lens. The heavy 500mm beast is known for recording reflected points of light as circles, or “doughnuts.” Measuring almost 12 inches long, a tripod is required for sharp photos. Doughnuts do not a great lens make, and I was happy to unload it a couple of years ago.

Best Money You Can Spend To Get Out On Gloucester Harbor–International Dory 2013 Sign Ups Are Here

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A new year is upon us and Spring is right around the corner.  What a great opportunity to pitch in, and be a part of “living history” with the Gloucester International Dory Racing Committee.  Recreational rowers, competitive rowers, and fans of dory racing can make a difference this year with memberships and volunteer work that benefit the entire community of Cape Ann .  Attached are your membership forms and schedule of events for 2013.  Please send us your forms right away and save the Committee the price of a stamp!  Mailers will be going out in a couple weeks so act now and we will see you on the water.



For more info-

International Dory Race Boat Launch This Sunday


Erik Dombrowski writes-

We will be meeting this Sunday, May 20th at 9:30 AM at Eastern Ave. Self Storage to launch the freshly fixed and painted Race Dories in preparation for the upcoming eliminations.  Anyone who has a trailer available is asked to bring it along.  4 race dories will be launched and 2 practice dories will be pulled that morning, but with a little help it should only take an hour or two.  Please respond if you can help and if you have a trailer available.

And, a big thank you to all who supported our 60th Anniversary fund raiser last weekend.  Many bought tickets making the night a success.  And some even came and enjoyed the festivities.

Lastly, a reminder that this Saturday is the Essex River Race.  Anyone looking to use a dory should email the board for approval before taking one from the town landing.  And, eliminations are June 9th so get a partner and get rowing!

See you Sunday,


IDRC Boat Launch Saturday

Thank you volunteers!

Thanks to an overwhelming turn out last Saturday, we have sanded and prepped both the race dories and practice dories. Now we are ready to launch the 2 practice dories to help alleviate early morning waiting at the dock. We are looking for some volunteers this Saturday, April 7th to help with the launch. We will meet at Eastern Ave Self Storage at 8:30 AM to help load up (if you have a trailer hitch or an empty trailer we really need your help!). Then we will launch at the High School landing shortly after. We need a few volunteers to bring their oars, seats, etc. to row the boats over to the docks as well. All should be done by 10AM with many hands doing light work.

Please let me know if you can tow or row.

Erik Dombrowski

Community Stuff Friday


Cape Ann Artisans

2012 Spring Open Studio Tour

On Cape Ann in Gloucester and Rockport, Massachusetts.

Cape Ann is home to a thriving arts community, one of the oldest in the country. For twenty-nine years Cape Ann Artisans has been inviting the public to visit their studios during their Open studio weekends. This year’s spring tour will be held June 23rd and 24th from 10 am to 5 pm each day.

Brochures with route maps will be available at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the Rockport Information Booth on Rte 127 and at each of the artisan locations. A bright magenta Studio Tour banner marks each location.

Bring friends and family to visit the studios and meet the 21 Cape Ann Artisans. Make a day of it! Enjoy the extraordinary beauty of our coastline and sample our local seafood.

Come find out why Gloucester was named 3rd in Top 25 Arts Destinations for cities under 100,000 by American Style Magazine

June 23-24 from10am to 5pm daily

The self-guided tour along the scenic coastline of Gloucester and Rockport presents a unique opportunity to meet 21 professional artists and see their work in the setting in which it was created. The work represented includes: pottery, painting, sculpture, photography, mosaics, jewelry, hand made glass beads, and weaving. Several of the artists will be demonstrating their working process during the tours.

Our website has more information, a map, a copy of the 2012 brochure and a list of participating artists and examples of their work.

Please share this email with anyone that might be interested in joining us!

About the CAA

The members of Cape Ann Artisans, while diverse in our art and expression, share a common sense of place on Cape Ann. Whether we were born and raised in the area, left and returned from other places, or found Cape Ann later in life, we draw our aesthetics and our inspiration directly from the color, light, and vistas of our environment.

International Dory Racing Committee Reminder From Erik Dombrowski


Cape Ann Military Support Group

The Cape Ann Military Support Group is "Springing" into action with a special event on Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at the Frank Ritvo Veterans Center, 12 Emerson Ave. Gloucester. 

Cape Ann resident, Teresa Tocantins will present a new program called "Yoga Warriors" for all Veterans and their families.

Most people have heard about the benefits of Yoga, but  a recent study conducted on our Iraq troops has shown that  special yoga methods  can reduce PSTD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

The new "Yoga Warrior Method"  is a pro-active way of managing combat stress and improving  the focus of our returning troops who may be trying to manage the more silent wounds of battle. Ms. Tocantins will discus how sleep habits, irritability, concentration, anger management, and intrusive thoughts of images, loneliness, self blame and sadness have been improved.  It is a way for our troops as well as stressed family members of returning troops to find healing in relaxing.

We are fortunate that Ms. Tocantins has chosen to make this program available here on Cape Ann.  Let’s all spring together and welcome all our Vet’s from all wars  home to such a great program.

Sarah VanAuken

Cape Ann Military Support Group

FOB Kyle Edmonds Honored At The Bruins Game!

From the Bruins Website:

The Boston Bruins organization is proud to announce the 2012 recipients of the Boston Bruins Ice Hockey Sportsmanship Medal. These student-athletes were selected for best exemplifying a commitment to the ideals of sportsmanship throughout the season. These young men and women demonstrated a tremendous commitment to teamwork and exhibited respect both on and off the ice. For 10 years, the MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association) and the Boston Bruins have partnered to honor one worthy student-athlete from every boys and girls ice hockey league statewide. Boston Bruins Hall of Famer and hockey legend John Bucyk will present each of these deserving athletes with their awards.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 27 during the second intermission of the Bruins/Lightning game beginning at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114 (on the Bruins bench)
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Hall of Famer and hockey legend John Bucyk

From the Rockport High School Website:

RHS junior Kyle Edmonds was named by the Commonwealth Athletic Conference the winner of the 2012 Boston Bruins – MIAA Sportsmanship Award winner! Congratulations Kyle. The award is given annually to one individual from each league who best exemplifies the highest standards of fair play and sportsmanship in high school ice hockey. Kyle will be presented his award on the ice on Tuesday, March 27th at the TD Garden during the 2nd intermission of the Boston Bruins game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Congratulations Kyle we are all very proud of you!

From the MIAA Website:


For the tenth consecutive year, the MIAA and Boston Bruins have partnered to honor a student-athlete from every boys and girls high school ice hockey league in the state for best exemplifying a commitment to the ideals of sportsmanship throughout the season. These student-athletes were selected by representatives of their league according to the following award criteria:

· An exemplary record of complying, both in spirit and letter, with all league and MIAA rules and regulations during the season.

· A demonstrated record of respectfully accepting the rulings of game officials during the season.

· A record of conduct, on and off the ice that brings honor to self, team, school, and community.

· An exhibited commitment to teamwork by providing all members with recognition of their talents, an opportunity to contribute them to the team, and a spirit of camaraderie.

· A demonstrated respect for opponents before, during, and after games.

These student-athletes were honored on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at the TD Garden during the second intermission of the Boston Bruins game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Kyle Edmonds (Gloucester, MA)

Rockport High School

Commonwealth Athletic Conference

A junior defenseman, Kyle served as a captain on the Rockport team that advanced to the semi-finals in the MIAA Division 3 North Tournament this season. Rockport Head Coach Derek Papalegis says, “He is adisciplined player. That’s why we put the ‘A’ on his jersey. He’s not a vocal leader but he leads by example. The way he plays is the right way, he always gives 110% and he does the little things. He makes smart passes, he will give up his body to make a play. You don’t necessarily have to be vocal to be an on ice leader, he does it by doing the right things.”

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Woot!  Kyle’s a great young man!  Congrats!

Here’s Kyle with Joey Ciolino in the International Dories-

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Gloucester Maritime Dory Topsides All Painted Up!

As a member of the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center (Maritime Gloucester) you can take this dory out for a row.  There’s no better way to see Gloucester Harbor than on a dory.  Just one of the many perks of membership.



Time To Start Rowing! US International Dory Eliminations Are Only Weeks Away!

Erik Dombrowski writes-

Ladies and Gentlemen:

US Elimination races are only 2 weeks away!  Still looking for women and junior crews to participate, so dust off your oars, find a partner and get in the dories!  New race dories are in the water and will be at the town landing next week to be rowed, fit your gear, etc.

Let the season begin.


Schedule of Events for June Races

Friday, June 3rd, 6 pm – US Elimination Race Sign-up

At: St. Peter’s Square

*All committee members are welcome to participate.

Saturday, June 4th, 8:30 am – US Elimination Dory Races

At: Niles Beach, East Gloucester

*Open to the public.

Monday, June 6th, 6 pm – US final Eliminations

At: Niles Beach, East Gloucester

*Open to the public.

Note: Please be courteous and respectful to our neighbors here at the town landing and do not leave any lines on the dock, take care coming and going as not to damage their boats, and do not leave any trash or other items on the dock or in the dories.

Thank You!

Your International Dory Committee’s Board of Directors

Hey look- in the picture that Erik are the new dories named- The Elsie, The Dauntless, the Catherine and the Thomas Gorton (thanks Damon for the other names)dories

for more info check out the International Dory website-