Springtime Harborside Dining at the Rudder!

The Rudder’s porch is open and is wonderfully cozy and fully heated. It’s lovely to be dining al fresco on the harbor again, despite the unseasonably chilly temperatures.

Twentieth century pricing in the twenty-first century! For the month of April, all food at the Rudder is half off! The plate of sweet puffy sea scallops and tender shrimp in the last clip is $12.50!!!!!!!!!! GO! Reservations Recommended.


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Swing Into Spring

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Hello friends,


Please join us and show your support for the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck on Sunday April 28, 4 pm.  We start with wine & cheese at the Center for an hour with the Cape Ann Swing Ensemble, Mary Martin on vocals and a special dance performance by Sarah Slifer Swift, followed by dinner at the Rudder – a chance to check out the new spring Rudder offerings!

Since May, 2012, we have made enormous progress in establishing the Cultural Center as a year-round hub of arts and educational activity on Rocky Neck, while contributing substantially to the cultural vibrancy of Cape Ann. Just some of the Center’s uses have been:

*Launching an innovative Teaching Artist Partnership with the Gloucester Public Schools to connect hundreds of middle school students with professional artists.
*Welcoming diverse classes and workshops that served over 500 artists and community members.
*Generating earned income to support Cultural Center operations from cultural and community programs.
*Hosting the Schooner Adventure lecture series.
*Hosting several Gloucester Writers’ Center poetry readings and 10-Minute Play performances.
*Co-hosting three speakers on international topics with the Cape Ann Forum.
*Providing space for more than twenty business meetings.
*Hosting ten extremely well attended art exhibits with sales of artwork.
*Providing space for community salsa dancing, yoga, Ta’i chi and meditation classes.
*Sponsoring numerous artist talks, critiques, and conversations.

This spring, the Rocky Neck Art Colony will take ownership of the Cultural Center and launch the next phase of our capital campaign to retire our debt. This is an exciting crossroads for the Art Colony and the city, along with an increasing number of partners who are committed to our vision to foster the community’s economic and cultural vitality.


We hope you will come and enjoy this fun way to show your support for the Center’s acquisition by the Rocky Neck Art Colony for the benefit of all.  Limited space is available so reserve your tickets (and wine raffle tickets) early by:


* Paypal at www.rockyneckartcolony.org

* Send check payable to Rocky Neck Art Colony Building Fund to P.O. Box 60, Gloucester MA 01930 or

* Call Brenda Malloy at 978-559-1709.

Hope to see you there!!


Karen Ristuben for the Rocky Neck Art Colony

Chickity Check It- The New Rudder Website!

Click the picture to check out the Rudder’s New Website!

It features the reconstruction slide show detailing the renovation from frame to finish along with video interviews with owner Jeannie Boland and much more.

Jeannie Boland From The Rudder

Look for our interview with Jeannie at 8PM tonight.

Doesn’t it look like that lobster with the red lobster bands over Jeannie’s left shoulder is planning an attack?

To View The Rudder Reconstruction Slide Show Click This Text

Jeannie Boland From The Rudder, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Explorer II Rudder

Check out the bad ass rudder on The Explorer II.  She is going back in the water this morning so I was glad I got to the Railways early to get the shot before it was under water.

Who goes through the trouble to paint racing flames on a Runner that is going to spend 99.9 percent of it’s time under water?


Explorer II Bad Ass Rudder, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

(thanks Bonnie Akerley for bringing this to my attention)

Rudder and Prop on The Holy Mackerel

If you notice on the rudder there is a silver zinc and also on the bottom of the keel.

The reason that boat owners replace the zincs when they haul out is because electrolysis eats away at metal under the water line on a boat but it eats away at the zincs first so the rest of the metal goes untouched by the electrolysis. If the boat owner keeps up on replacing the zincs when they get eaten away the other metal below the boat will stay in better shape over time.