“…Then early last year, “Expedition Unknown,” a television show on the Discovery Channel, did a special on “The Secret” that set off a new frenzy of treasure hunters.
“I’ve been making travel adventure shows for 10 years, and I’ve never seen anything like the reaction to that show,” said Josh Gates, the show’s host, who is a Tufts grad and a native of Manchester-by-the-Sea. “So many people contacted me, and a lot of them were from the Boston area because it’s long been believed that one of them was hidden there.”
The Krupat children, 12-year-old Molly and 10-year-old Jack, saw the episode and called their parents into the room, knowing this would be right up their father’s alley. Jason Krupat makes his living as a puzzle and game designer. Soon, the family began making weekend trips into the city to work on what had come to be known as “the Boston verse.”
Great read. Hidden treasure, a family’s quest, and ‘The Secret’ by Billy Baker Boston Globe, here.
photos above – John Tlumacki Boston Globe “The Krupat family found buried treasure in Boston’s North End” and West Construction Corp., Halifax.
We’re looking forward to trying Cape Ann’s newest restaurant this evening and will let you know how we fare 🙂 The menu looks very enticing.
|$5.95||Chicken and Vegetable Soup|
|Field greens, cherry tomatoes, red onions, cucumber, creamy balsamic vinegar dressing|
|Romaine hearts, caesar dressing and our homemade crostini, parmigiano cheese|
|Fresh mozzarella, vine tomatoes, roasted peppers basil, extra virgin olive oil.|
|Baby spinach, roasted peppers, tomatoes and honey-roasted walnuts with a lemon dressing.|
|$14.95||Antique Table Antipasto|
|Sampling of cured meats with vegetables and cheese|
|Crispy fried Squid rings, and hot cherry peppers served in a spicy marinara sauce hot cherry peppers.|
|Sauteed with choice of garlic, olive oil and wine or marinara.|
|$16.95||Antique Table Clams|
|Sauteed with garlic, olive oil, onions, fresh tomatoes and baby spinach in a white wine sauce.|
|$13.95||Shrimp Grand Marnier|
|Egg battered shrimp, flamed with grand marnier liqueur and orange juice.|
|Home made with mushrooms, in red sauce topped with ricotta cheese.|
|Stuffed with mozzarella, Romano cheese and basil, served in a marinara sauce with crostinis.|
|Prosciutto rolled with provolone cheese, peppers & basil, drizzled with balsamic reduction.|
|Toasted bread, topped with diced tomatoes, basil, olive oil, garlic & pesto sauce.|
|Roasted garlic, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese and basil.|
|$11.95||Antique Table Pizza|
|Red and green peppers, onions, mushrooms, grilled chicken breast and mozzarella cheese.|
|$13.95||Shrimp Scampi Pizza|
|Baby shrimp with garlic, lemon, olive oil and mozzarella cheese|
|Marinara sauce, mushrooms, prosciutto and smoked mozzarella|
|$2.95||Oven Roasted Potatoes|
|$3.95||Sauteed Spinach with Garlic and Oil|
|$3.95||Oven Roasted Seasonal Vegetables|
|$16.95||Chicken, Ziti, & Broccoli|
|Choice of garlic oil and fresh tomatoes or Alfredo sauce|
|Sauteed chicken, bell peppers, onions, garlic and tomatoes in a pink vodka sauce.|
|Our homemade Ravioli served with marinara sauce.|
|Lobster filled ravioli in our delicious lobster cream sauce.|
|Potato gnocchi sauteed with garlic, fresh tomatoes, basil, olive oil & romano cheese.|
|Our delicious hearty meat sauce ,tossed with your choice of pasta|
|Hand Rolled with wild mushrooms & Alfredo or baked with marinara, mozzarella cheese & basil.|
|Breaded, baked with marinara sauce, basil and mozzarella cheese served with pasta.|
|Chicken or Veal cutlet, with roasted peppers and baby spinach in Alfredo sauce. Served with pasta.|
|Pan seared with mushrooms in a marsala wine sauce. Served with pasta.|
|$16.95||Chicken or Veal Saltimbocca|
|Baked in Alfredo sauce, topped with prosciutto, provolone & romano cheese served with pasta.|
|$16.95||Chicken or Veal Francese with Pasta|
|sauteed egg battered chicken breast with artichoke hearts & fresh tomatoes in lemon & white wine sauce.|
|Sweet Italian sausage ragu, sauteed with garlic and broccoli rabe in a light tomato sauce.|
|Prosciutto, onions and romano cheese in an Alfredo sauce.|
|Garlic, olive oil, anchovies, capers, olives and basil in a marinara sauce.|
|$18.95||Antique Table Fettucini|
|Sauteed with shrimp and spinach in an Alfredo sauce.|
|$18.95||Linguini Shrimp Fra Diavolo|
|Pan seared shrimp with garlic and basil in a spicy marinara sauce.|
|With your choice of garlic, olive oil and wine sauce or marinara sauce.|
|Topped with prosciutto and fontina cheese, stuffed with spinach, & roasted peppers over roasted vegetables & potatoes in a tarragon and truffle oil cream sauce|
|Pan seared with capers and lemon in a white wine sauce, served with pasta.|
|$23.95||Di Mare- with choice of Risotto or pasta|
|Clams, mussels, calamari, scallops & shrimp sauteed with garlic. Choice of red sauce or garlic white wine.|
|Pan seared and topped with tomato and caper sauce, served with roasted vegetables|
|$18.95||* Fried Haddock|
|Rolled in pecarino cheese and served with our homemade tartar sauce and roasted potatoes.|
|$18.95||*Antique Table Haddock|
|Panko crusted and pan seared haddock served over risotto in a lemon caper, butter and white wine sauce.|
|French cut and stuffed with bacon, figs and gouda cheese, served in a creamy port wine with mushrooms & roasted potatoes|
|* served with a side salad|
Antique Table tratorria opening soon in downtown Manchester on 7 Central Street where the restaurant 7 Central had been for decades. Established in 2008, additional Antique Table locations include Lynn, Winthrop and Salem. Dinner menu here and lunch menu here
Manchester by the Sea Public Library summer schedule offers recurring Monday, Wednesday and Thursday programs interspersed with special library events on site and at Singing Beach. Notices on display at Essen
Scenes from Manchester last week © Beth Welin, Director of Manchester Historical Museum
Librarian, Carol Bender, Head of Youth Services, Manchester Public Library, reading Where in the World is Catherine Abigail by Michael LaPenna and illustrated by Leslie Galacar. The children from Magic Years were visiting Once Upon a Contest at Manchester Historical Museum.
They met special guest artist Leslie Galacar.
Tomorrow is the last day to catch the travel exhibition Once Upon a contest in Manchester. Explore fantastic new children’s books by local authors and artists at the lovely Manchester Historical Museum. Friday will also be the last chance to catch Leslie Galacar’s temporary work consisting of a series of intricate illustrations that progress from the entry to the main gallery. Can you find this one on site?
The exhibition changes with each installation as each locale and architecture is unique and special- as are the programs and public art component. The reading and art exhibit is coming to Essex next, opening on May 4th at TOHP Burnham Library.
Today’s program Seaside Saturdays: Cape Ann Reads Book Fun was enjoyed by all ages and featured the Once Upon a Contest group exhibition, stories and special guest artist, Juni VanDyke, who illustrated the If I Were series by James McKenna. Seaside Saturdays is a joint offering by Early Childhood Partners/CFCE, Manchester Public Library & Manchester Historical Museum. Once Upon a Contest Selections from Cape Ann Reads by the four libraries of Cape Ann is on display at Manchester Historical Museum through April 26th. In addition to the new and original books by local artists and writers, don’t miss Leslie Galacar’s four part public art sequence made just for this venue.
Bustle of arriving, exploring (nifty new museum display!), visting, settling, and seat selecting
Busy, busy- Children chose drawings VanDyke created especially for this event and set to work collaging.
Eben Jordan II was born in boston on Nov. 7, 1857, the son of Eben Dyer Jordan and Julia M. (Clark) Jordan. Jr. founded the Boston Opera House, was president of the New England Conservatory of Music, and director of the Royal Opera in London and the Metropolitan Opera.
information and visuals from Beth Welin, Director of Manchester Historical Museum:
Anthony Sammarco lecture Jordan Marsh: New England’s Largest Store presented by Manchester Historical Museum at First Parish Chapel (across from the museum) on April 16th. Stop by Manchester Historical Museum to see Once Upon a Contest and head over for refreshements and a great talk!
These photos are mostly installation views BEFORE the lovely reception for Once Upon a Contest at the Manchester Historical Museum. The show continues through April 26th. There was quite a turn out on that gorgeous sunny Saturday so I fell off duty taking photographs during the party. The Editor of the Manchester Cricket was on site; I will add a link to any story/photos. Please visit the beautiful exhibition, read the books explore the museum and library, and discover Leslie Galacar’s temporary public art installation created just for this site.
photo: Beth Welin Director of the Manchester Historical Museum and Sara Collins Director of the Manchester Public Library
Here’s the link: “Exhibit Explores Connection between art, literacy” Gloucester Daily Times by Gail McCarthy
The Manchester Historical Museum opens the first major solo museum exhibit of Manchester based artist, Marion Hall, October 5th, 2018 with an artist’s reception from 6:30-8:30PM. The show features recent watercolors and will be on view through November 10. The museum is located at 10 Union Street, within the historic Trask House (1823), Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.
About the artist and scenes from the artist’s studio Continue reading “First solo museum exhibition for artist Marion Hall opens October 5th, 2018 Manchester Historical Museum”
Look for New Information about artist Byron Brooks and images of his work added here https://goo.gl/WPv1XT and on Good Morning Gloucester (GMG). Byron Brooks Homeward Bound, found displayed Addison Gilbert Hospital spring 2018:
Good Morning Gloucester readers shared comments and images of Byron Brooks paintings to help rediscover the artist and the man.
Searching for artist! Byron Brooks? Part 1 November 2016
7 Central , 7 Central St., Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 978.526.7494
Entertainment and Special events information — like kids under 10 (1 per adult) eat free every day and SUNDAY BRUNCH from 11am to 2pm. “On the 1st and 3rdSundays of the month, the popular CELTIC SESSION delivers Cape Ann’s finest Irish Music upstairs in the 7UP Room. 5 to 8pm. This is always a popular evening, so reservations are suggested.”
Happy Cape Ann news:
Anna Lisa and Porter Grieve, “a recently married couple in their early 20s from Manchester-by-the-Sea” turned their blog and Instagram account “into a means of full-time travel.” Boston Sunday Globe, Making a living living the dream, Sept 17, 2017, Kaitlyn Locke
The recess city instagram account has 52,600 followers today.
recess city blog: https://www.recesscity.com/
Salt Island, Good Harbor Beach and Brier Neck are naturally connected. The five acre Salt Island is about 1000 feet from Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Massachusetts. A sandbar links the island and beach at low tide. I’ve culled a few milestones in its history. Scroll down to 2017 to find the links for the Cape Ann Beacon and today’s Boston Globe.
History of the Town of Gloucester: Cape Ann, John Jame Babson’s published history includes a shipwreck of the vessel, Industry, at Little Good Harbor Beach near Salt Island in 1796
Joseph Parsons’ family operated a lobster business from Salt Island
silent movies were filmed on location
Parts of the Fox Film Corporation movie, Bride Number 13, were shot on location at Good Harbor Beach and Salt Island. The 15 part serial silent film –“the most costly pictures ever made…would consume expenditures of at least one million dollars.” It was conceived and written by Edward Sedgwick, directed by Richard Stanton aka “Salt Island’s Mighty Emperor”, and starred Marguerite Clayton, Jack O’Brien, and Ed Rossman. The script was inspired by Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.
Here are a few fun excerpts from 1919 correspondence published in the book, “My father, a silent films pioneer,” by George E. Mcavoy:
“Again the picturesque Gloucester shores have been sought by a motion picture corporation for scenery and the noted Fox Film Company of New York, with its prominent director, Richard Stanton, has arrived at Hotel Harbor View, East Gloucester, to start immediately on the work of filming “Bride Number 13” at Salt Island off Brier Neck.
“It was decided that Salt Island in Gloucester, Mass., would be the setting of the silent film thriller, “Bride Number 13.” This island was an island at high tide and part of the mainland at low tide. Fox film Co. was building a wooden castle on the island, which was about one hundred feet high and hosted the actions of this silent film…”
“(This was five days before the real tornado blew the wooden castle out to sea.)”
Oct 24, 1919“Dear Mother: I left Mary and the babies in Gloucester. I am on my way through New Hampshire and Maine for a lumber camp location. I expect to be back in Gloucester Monday night…
the time for the blowing up of the castle on Salt Island and the rescue of the brides from the pirate band is rapidly approaching…
Billy Carr of Gloucester, Chief Gunner’s Mate on the Navy submarine R-1 that was assigned to the picture, was to play the hero who rescues one of the brides, slashes through the nest of cutthroats, leaps into the basket with her and off. It was now November 10th. A throng of 3,000 was at Good Harbor and all over Brier Neck to watch…On the fourth day Bill Carr was called away on duty and his place was taken by Tom Corbiey…”
“Mr. Sedgwick has achieved something heretofore unknown in moving picture production. He conceived the idea of the story, witnessed and helped direct the scenes, acted in them, had a hand in the grinding of the film, and in fact had a part in every process of the film production…”
“While all bid good-bye to Gloucester last night, there was a general expression of a desire to return and several of the company said that they intended to return here next summer for the vacation period if not in picture work.”
“The explosion was a heavy one and its shock was felt in all parts of the city. It shook the windows of houses on Mt. Vernon Street and vicinity, also at East Gloucester and as far as Rockport. It occurred at 4:20 o’clock and people who felt the shock readily attributed it to the blow-up of Salt Island.”
Then and now: filmmakers love Gloucester.
Fox Film Corporation returned to film the patriotic silent era Navy spy film, THE SILENT COMMAND on Good Harbor Beach, again on the Briar/Brier neck side.
1923 was a busy year for Gloucester, MA. In addition to the municipality managing the bustling tercentenary, Gloucester welcomed another major Fox movie production to shoot on location at Good Harbor Beach. The film was made in cooperation with the Navy. It was directed by J Gordon Edwards, and starred Edmund Lowe and Bela Lugosi in his first American film. It’s essentially a spy thriller with a honeypot formula: foreign power attempts to secure plans to the Panama Canal and blow it up. The villains are thwarted by the US Navy. The production required assistance from the city’s fire department and city electrician. The film crew stayed in Gloucester at the Harbor View Hotel and the Savoy. Local people were cast and spectators lined the beach to watch the thrilling production.
I love this excerpt from the Gloucester Daily Times describing the staged wreck and tremendous waves washing the crew (stuntmen and Gloucester locals) overboard:
“A crowd of several hundred thronged the (Good Harbor) beach for the picture taking and enjoyed the proceedings, which were interesting, and at times thrilling…The Good Harbor beach setting is a clever contrivance, and constructed to produce a natural rocking motion of a steamer in a heavy sea. The rocking is produced by four winches operated by a crew of 10 men…Storm scenes were filmed yesterday afternoon with local actors, Stuart Cooney, son of Marion J. Cooney, taking the part of the hero and making a thrilling climb into the rigging to the crow’s nest during the height of the storm. Fred Kolstee, a rigger, commanded the crew of the steamer. The crew were (locals) Alfred Marshall, Tony Amero, Tom Bess, Peter Rice, James Francis, James Whittle and William Byers. Rain was produced from lines of hose, and a most realistic effect was produced by two aeroplanes, the wind from the speeding propellors driving the water about, and rushing through the rattlings and rigging with all the vengeance of a real gale at sea. Three times the big tank of water was released and the thousands of gallons broke over the deck in a most thrilling manner. There was some concern among the movie men before the water was released that some of the men might get buffeted about and get hurt, and they were cautioned to hold on tight.
It was best expressed by Alfred Marshall when he stepped toward the ladder to leave the craft after the picture taking was done. Alfred was quite vexed. “Blankety, blankety, blank___, is this the best you can do? Blank, I’ve bailed bigger seas than that out of a dory. And he sung it right out so all could hear, too.”
Stuart Cooney ensured that the movie was a success from a technical perspective and “purchased the outfit and (took) it over” after the filming finished. He was a Gloucester pioneer in the film industry that’s still going strong. Film Cape Ann facilitates bringing local productions here, like the award winning Manchester by the Sea. The Wikipedia page doesn’t have any mention of Gloucester, but it helped me with an illustration for The Silent Command lobby poster.
See for yourself; here’s a link to the complete movie. A few of the Gloucester scenes (not all) 1:03:44, 1:08:54, 1:09:54 (some coast), 1:10:21, 1:10:52 (dory lowered from navy ship), 1:11:12 (beach island)
AFI for TCM brief synopsis: “This is one of those ‘Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean’ pictures. Full of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner,’ patriotic to the nth degree with the navy floating all over the screen. A real hero, a vamp, and a flock of thrills.” (from Var review.) Foreign agents, determined to destroy the United States Navy’s Atlantic Fleet and the Panama Canal, after an unsuccessful attempt to obtain from Capt. Richard Decatur information regarding mine positions in the Canal Zone, hire adventuress Peg Williams to vamp Captain Decatur, thereby putting him at their mercy. Decatur, advised by the Chief of Naval Intelligence, plays along with the spies to gain their confidence. He leaves his wife and is dismissed from the Navy as a result of his association with Miss Williams. Finally, he goes to Panama, thwarts the saboteurs, saves the fleet and the canal, and gains honorable reinstatement and the gratitude of his country for his heroism.”
Guy Parsons used one of the old family fishing shacks as a summer place
By now the fishing shacks were no longer visible
Parson family sold Salt Island
James Kimball purchased Salt Island for $2000
Yankee Magazine article about Bride Number 13 Lights! Camera! Disaster! by Joseph E. Garland
Gloucester Daily Times article mentions that James Kimball “has no plans for the island, although in the past he has thought of building a summer home on the island. When I was young my family spent their summers on Brier Neck…So when the island became available I jumped at the chance.”
One of the designated “Special places in Gloucester”
“Special places in Gloucester” appendix list for the MA Heritage Landscape Inventory Program, MA Dept of Conservation and Recreation Essex National Heritage
GMG abou the Filming of Bride 13 on Salt Island by Fred Bodin
“Where is this film? I’d love to know. All sources indicate that Bride 13 was either lost or destroyed, as happened with many silent films. The reference used for this post was the May 1972 Yankee Magazine article, Lights! Camera! Disaster!, authored by the late Joseph E. Garland of Gloucester.”
and September 9, 2011 GMG Filming of Bride 13 on Salt Island Fred Buck Cape Ann Museum adds photos from the location filming
Salt Island listed for sale $300,000 plus beach parking passes for the family
Salt Island listed For Sale $750,000
“If somebody buys it and builds, it’s because these guys didn’t step up to the plate and protect it the way my father did when I was a little girl, ” said Maslow, who pointed out that she and her siblings are not rich people with big summer houses. “I can’t help it if someone buys it and paints it purple and puts pigs on it.” – Karen Maslow
“…this island has been available for public use informally for generations thanks to the goodwill of that family. That point should not be lost.” — Chris LaPointe, Essex County Greenbelt