TOday! Special Book Signing, Reading And Family Fun, The 🎄 in Dock Square | Photo Tour Sawyer Free Library #SFL@21Main

10-11:30 Saturday December 3, 2022 – Free family fun!

A reading and book signing of The Tree In Dock Square at Sawyer Free Library **location on Main Street**

with special guests author Jean Woodbury and artist Bonnie L. Sylvester

SFL@21Main photo tour

The bright library is in the space memorably outfitted by Rob Newton’s Cape Ann Community Cinema (now in Rockport). His investments into upgrades and renovations –concession stand, lobby, viewing room (staff and Wellspring meeting uses), handicap accessible bathrooms, and more– are well suited for the retrofitted library zones. Stairs/elevator to 2nd floor. Ground Floor is Mystery Train. Note: The elevator is to the right when you walk in the entry. (65 Rogers/21 Main –the only entrance is on Main)

Another brick in the wall: St. Peter’s Club exterior renovation with dressed up quoins #GloucesterMA 21 Main Street thru Rogers St.

Brick cladding exterior renovation underway on a ‘for sale’ commercial building spanning Main Street to Rogers, 21 Main Street, with tenants Mystery Train and St. Peter’s Club. Before and In Progress photos below.

Before- June 2020

Prep in process – October 2021

Multi story major building prep foreshadowed extra weight

Underway – November 2021

Note the architectural details developing like the decorative pattern emphasized by quoins (pronounced “coins”) toothed (staggered), lighter in color, and running 2/3 the full height (at this point) where the building edges meet.

Stay tuned for the After photos.

Exhibition of St. Peter’s Fiesta Photos by Greg Cook


Greg Cook Photo

Greg Cook will exhibit his photos of Gloucester’s St. Peter’s Fiesta in the front window of Mystery Train, 21 Main St., Gloucester, from June 23 to July 3, 2011. Cook will be present at a 30-minute exhibition reception that will be held in front of the store window a half hour after the conclusion of the greasy pole contest on Saturday, June 25. So somewhere around 7 or 7:30 Saturday night.

This small exhibit, in the window where the St. Peter’s statue was displayed for many years, features Fiesta highlights from the past three years—from greasy pole walkers to the procession of statues and icons of saints through downtown Gloucester, from seine boat races to a pie eating contest. Over 15 years of photographing the St. Peter’s Fiesta, Cook has taken his camera onto the greasy pole platform and into seine boats, followed greasy pole champions as they were carried up Pavilion Beach and stood next to Cardinal Sean O’Malley in Holy Family Church as he blessed the procession. His photos of St. Peter’s Fiesta are a comprehensive and intimate account of Gloucester’s great summer ritual.

Cook’s photos can be seen at In addition to St. Peter’s Fiesta, Cook has spent years photographing community-building spectacles across the region—Chinese New Year Lion Dances in Boston, the Honk Parade of radical marching bands in Somerville, the Festival Betances greased pole climbing contest (vertical versus Gloucester’s horizontal one) in Boston, the monster costumes of the Mirabal Carnival Dancers in Lawrence, St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston, and the Boston Caribbean Carnival. A selection of his photos of Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont from the past three years appeared in the June 2011 issue of the national art magazine Juxtapoz.

Cook lived in Gloucester for 11 years, including a stint reporting for The Gloucester Daily Times, before moving into Boston to write for The Boston Phoenix. He now lives in Malden. He organized a guerrilla exhibit of 21 artists and collectives at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts on June 15, 2011, that was reported widely, including on WBUR radio, the Boston Globe, GoodMorningGloucester, and, nationally, on the front page of the Huffington Post. Cook is the founding editor of The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research (which won a 2009 Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant), an award-winning cartoonist (his comics have been published in Nickelodeon Magazine, Publishers Weekly, The Believer and many other places), and founder of The New England Art Awards, a regional open-source contest supporting art created here.