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GloucesterCast With Guest Kim Smith and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/24/14


Topics Include:
Guest Kim Smith, Sea Shanty Clarification,How Great A Guy Pete Souza, The Monarch Migration Prediction and JourneyNorth Monarch App, Chargers Football Having Trouble Fielding A Team, Criticizm of The HarborWalk, Our Weather Guy Pete Lovasco Is ready For The Big Leagues, Seagull Poop, Saint Patrick’s Day Songs, The Ukeladies, Schooner Festival, Kim’s Daughter Has a New Beau,The Dip Test

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Gloucester Welcomes Schooners with Loaves of Warm Virgilio’s Bread!

Joe Virgilio ©Kim Smith 2014 -2.This past spring while working on Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph film project, I filmed Joe Virgilio making Virgilio’s Saint Joseph rolls and wrote a post for GMG about Virgilios. At that time, Al Bezanson, owner of the Green Dragon Schooner, shared that during Schooner Festival, Joe Virgilio welcomes the schooners with warm loaves of freshly baked bread as they sail into Gloucester Harbor.

Al provides the details:

“Hi Kim

Virgilio’s started donating bread to the visiting schooners two years ago, and it now threatens to become a popular new tradition.  The first year Brett and Max Ramsey, in Brett’s high speed inflatable, met up with schooners as they entered the harbor and presented them with a loaf or two along with a pineapple.  In some cases the bread was still warm from the oven.  When that happened with Adventurer, out came the butter, and the bread was enjoyed in a flash. Last year Max and Dom Nesta made the deliveries, and more of the Sea Scouts may be handling it this year.”

Schooner welcome

In the photos Green Dragon had just received a delivery in the outer harbor as she entered from Manchester.

Schooner welcome 1

I was so struck by the Virgilio’s generous gesture and thought what better time to pass along this bit of information than the night before the Schooner’s begin to arrive. As Al points out, “When you get around schooner people you may hear them talking about the need to have extra butter aboard in Gloucester. This is a very big deal in fending off other ports that are vying for schooners that same weekend. Thanks Joe and the high speed Ramsey/Nesta delivery guys!”

Joe Virgilio bread gloucester ma ©Kim Smith 2014

Virgilio's ©Kim Smith 2014

10606178_718995488173406_6058799094986917975_nDuring summer months Virgilios makes fabulously delicious and delightfully refreshing Italian ice, created only with pure fresh fruit juices and cane sugar (no corn syrup).

For store hours and menu visit their Facebook page here.

Read more about Virgilio’s Saint Joseph rolls here.

Joe Virgilio St. Joseph Bread ©Kim Smith 2014Joe Virgilio Making Saint Joseph Rolls




We Need Your Vote!

We Need Your Vote!
We are excited to learn that RNAC was chosen to be on the ballot for BankGloucester’s 7th Annual Banking for Community Program. BankGloucester is giving $20,000 away to nineteen organizations based on the number of votes received: the organization that gets the most votes will be awarded $5000, 2nd and 3rd places get $3000, 4th and 5th get $1000 and the remaining 14 organizations will each receive $500.

Click Here to Cast Your Vote

You can only vote through BankGloucester’s website, one vote per email address (although you can vote for three different organizations when you vote). Friends, relatives and colleagues can vote.

Your vote will help us

· Encourage free expression and open mindedness through our creative programming and exhibitions
· Provide opportunities for educational and professional development in the arts through lectures, worshops, scholarships and residencies
· Work to keep the traditions upon which the Rocky Neck Art Colony was founded to keep them vital in the context of contemporary culture

Boston Globe lists Gloucester Schooner Festival in “10 Ways to Spend Labor Day Weekend in New England”

After this spectacular article in the New York Times a couple of weeks ago, it’s nice to see this piece in the Boston Globe’s travel section listing 10 Ways to Spend Labor Day Weekend in New England.


Weekend Starts Tonight with FREE Harbor Loop Concert feat. What Time Is It Mr. Fox?

So you think the Schooner Fest starts tomorrow?  Think again.  You’ve gotta consider a free concert at Harbor Loop right in the heart of Gloucester’s waterfront, as the beginning of Schooner Fest. (Complete Schooner Fest Schedule here.  Henri Smith Tickets here)

Last year I saw crew coming off visiting schooners who were charmed by the Harbor Loop concert and astounded when I told them we have these every week. Thank you Bradley Royds!

So come on down to Harbor Loop tonight and party with one of the most creative local bands, What Time Is It Mr. Fox?

Music begins at 6:30pm with Piano Forte opening.  Just in case you’ve never seen Mr. Fox, read this:

“Time has come for Mr. Fox”
- Barry Thompson, Boston Herald

“Catch him as his star rises”
- Adam Feldman, Time Out New York (Critic’s Pick)

“a triumph of mood and style, an unforgettable musical, theatrical and emotional experience.”
- Edge

“can simmer in blues, tremble with high drama, and faint into a yawning croon”
- Michael Brodeur, Boston Phoenix

Isn’t it Ironic?

An ironic place for some seagulls to snack on lobster legs, isn’t it?

Brazen little buggers sat right on top of our live lobsters to dine on some of their cousins.  Well, I can’t really prove that they’re actual cousins…but, you know what I mean.

I can almost hear the lobsters in the crate….”Enough already.  I can’t take it. STOP!  Why are you doing this?  What more do you want from me?”




Boat light parade aboard the Hurricane 2 For Only $15


Hi Joey: Hoping you could post something about our fireworks cruise here at Cape Ann Whale Watch aboard the” Hurricane 2″!! Once again we have been chosen to be the judges boat for the boat light  parade. Our cruise will depart Rose’s Wharf at 7:30 with boarding at 7:00. The cost of the trip is $15 per person (cash only) which includes synchronized patriotic music to the fireworks by DJ Tracey F. Sousa. His selection of music is dedicated to my father the late Capt. Fred Douglass. This was my dad’s favorite weekend of the summer as he was one of the chambers original members of the Schooner committee which started this weekend. The trip will also include a cash bar along with a cash snack bar. People are welcome to bring their own munchies if they wish, just no alcohol. Happy Labor Day and keep up the good work at Good Morning Gloucester!!

Regards, Capt. Jim Douglass


Live From Inside Market Basket with The Managers



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The excitement in the store is infectious between employees and MB loyal customers happy to be back in their store!Currently streaming live coverage of Artie T speech on TV on loud speaker in the store! Patrons are cheering and clapping listing to Artie T Speech ! Simply Amazing ! The bakery manager reported fresh persian bread will be available tomorrow!


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I’m so excited to have our Market Basket Back! It feels like Christmas Morning!

Adventures with Donna

"Adventures with Donna." I cannot walk and I cannot drive (yet). I rely on my friends for 99% of my transportation to anywhere, including medical appointments and buying essential items. Today, Donna Ardizzoni, a fellow GMG author, drove me to the East Gloucester Rite Aid. We got everything I needed, including special special undergarments (which I'll cover in another post). One thing we found was Monkey Butt Powder, which may have worked for me after wearing my sneakers for several months without socks. One can only do that with a true friend.

“Adventures with Donna.” I cannot walk and I cannot drive (yet). I rely on my friends for 99% of my transportation to anywhere, including medical appointments and buying essential items. Today, Donna Ardizzoni, a fellow GMG author, drove me to the East Gloucester Rite Aid. We got everything I needed, including special special undergarments (which I’ll cover in another post). One thing we found was Monkey Butt Powder, which may have worked for me after wearing my sneakers for several months without socks. One can only do that with a true friend.


Live From Gloucester Crossing Market Basket!

Market Basket Employee parking lot is already full while a steady stream of trailer trucks with inventory and shoppers pull into the lot…Im heading into shop now!!!

Don’t You Have Better Things To Do Than Get Eaten By a Shark In Cape Cod? It’s Schooner Festival weekend In Gloucester!!!!

You know you can avoid getting eaten by a shark in Cape Cod by attending Schooner Festival this weekend don’t you.  The way I see it, it’s your only option really (unless of course you’re one of those thrill seekers who like to jump in shark tanks and cages with lions in which case by all means head on down to the trafficky Cape Cod).


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Thursday August 28th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast :
Today N winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Tonight NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.

Beach Forecast …
Water Temp 68°
Air Temps 70°s
Winds NNW 10 MPH
UV Index 7
Sun And Clouds …

Pod Cast Weather :

Hourly Forecast :




Community Stuff 8/28/14

Joey, I was wondering if you could help us out? I am a daily reader of your blog and realize that you reach a lot of people. The East Gloucester Vikings Organization is looking for additional players. We are looking for 3rd and 4th grade kids. We can take kids from all over Gloucester and Rockport. We are taking sign ups at our practice field on Green St at our storage container from 5 to 7 on Thursday and Friday this week and all of next week except Monday. Do you think you could help us get the word out? They can also reach out to me direct via email or cell.

Thanks for the help.

Adam Sherlock

Communications Coordinator

East Gloucester Vikings



Rocky Neck infrastructure work
Project follow-up

Dear residents of the Rocky Neck area,

First, of all, thanks to all of you who took the time to come out to our neighborhood meeting on Wednesday night, and to the Rocky Neck Cultural Center for hosting it.
As we saw on Wednesday, the project will be done in two phases, with the water work being the first part of the project and the sewer work following on. It is hoped that the water work will be finished by mid-November and the entire project by January.
There will be some street openings to allow access to the water pipes so they can be upgraded, but there will not be any lengthy trenches along the streets of the Neck. The new technology allows the rehabilitation of the pipes to be done from fixed points along the water lines, so the entire course doesn’t have to be dug up and replaced. The pits to access the water lines will be chiefly at intersections and should not occasion complete road closures. Traffic should be able to get by during the construction, though roads may be briefly closed as equipment is moved around. Police will be on site to manage traffic during the digging and work within the access pits. Overnight and on weekends, the pits will be covered with steel construction plates and the roads should be fully passable.
Temporary water service will need to be installed while the pipes in your area are being upgraded. Crews will need access to your water meter to hook up the connection. The connections are rubber hoses so the crews should not have to dig up your yard to make the connection.
There will be water service interruptions of up to four hours on the day the lines are cut to allow access, but beyond that no prolonged interruptions of service are expected. You will receive 48 hours advance notice of the time when service in your area will be interrupted.
In response to a question posed at the meeting, the main roads will be repaved, not just patched, when the project is completed, but since it will be winter time, the paving will wait until next spring.
If you have particular needs or anticipate a problem with connecting to your meter (some folks had meters in cellars that didn’t have windows, for example), you should fill out the form at the link below and return it to the address on the form. There will also be a construction manager on site at all times who will help with any unanticipated problems that arise.
You can also see the memo and map describing the project that was handed out at Wednesday’s meeting at this link:
Please contact me if you have any problems during the project.

Gloucester Artist, Anna Coniaris Comolli – Revisiting Monet’s Garden Exhibition, French Cultural Center Boston


Hi Joey…

Would love to share this press release from the French Cultural Center Boston with Good Morning Gloucester readership.

Of interest to the Greek, French or Cape Ann Arts communities, this is a celebration of Gloucester artist Anna Coniaris Comolli’s Monet’s Garden solo exhibition of paintings. Anna has also been an advocate of artists for decades organizing and curating many exhibitions.  Anna was actively involved  in the arts as a member and officer in the Boston Visual Artists Union, a trustee at the Institute of Contemporary Art, as art teacher, art consultant. and curator.  I’ve always appreciated her wisdom and support of the arts and artists so hope you may share her exhibition news.

Thanks for keeping the Glow of Gloucester shining in cyberland.

Jo-  Castano  

Anna Coniaris Comolli – Revisiting Monet’s Garden

Exhibition at the French Cultural Center, Alliance Française of Boston


Monet Admires the Gardens: the Sunflower. Oil on canvas, 18’’ x  26‘’. 1986


Anna Coniaris Comolli – Revisiting Monet’s Garden

Oil paintings of Monet’s Giverny gardens and portraits of his contemporaries.


French Cultural Center

53 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA 617.912.0400

September 3 – 29, 2014

Gallery Hours:

Mon.-Thurs. 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM;

Free Event

OPENING RECEPTION* Wednesday, September 10 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Boston, MA – The French Cultural Center is delighted to bring oil paintings of Monet’s Giverny gardens and portraits of his contemporaries by Gloucester, MA artist, Anna Coniaris Comolli in Revisiting Monet’s Garden to its gallery for the September exhibition.

Anna Coniaris Comolli visited the famed restored gardens created by Impressionist painter Claude Monet during his last forty years. Although the day was raining, her experience of these lavish restored gardens inspired a new focus in her art. She was overtaken by the beauty of Monet’s garden and took many photos. Working in a style that she calls “natural realism,” she has created a series of oil paintings, each of which has taken from four to six months to complete. Her paintings reflect Monet’s themes of water lilies, weeping willows, blossoming flowers, and vibrant color.

While Monet painted his gardens impressionistically, Anna has painted them as naturally as possible on canvas to reflect her admiration and respect for his labor and genius. She has conquered the challenges of painting in a dark room from slides that arrested a moment in time. Each of her many thousands of abstract shapes of color has produced its own absolute reality. She has painstakingly solved the problems and complexities of translating all of the magnified visual information onto canvas. This process has resulted in the vibrant paintings in this exhibit, which reflect beauty, harmony, perfection in nature, and reverence for life.

Anna has studied the life and times of Claude Monet. Portraits of himself at different times in his life and of his contemporaries are also part of this exhibition.

About Anna Coniaris Comolli

Anna Coniaris Comolli lives and works in Gloucester, Massachusetts. She has studied art at Vesper George School of Art and costuming and costume design at Boston University. She has worked in theater and opera for a number of years before receiving a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. Ms. Comolli’s paintings have been exhibited at the Baker Library, Harvard University, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, the Brockton Art Museum and several Boston area art galleries. Her paintings were exhibited at The French Library in 1987, and the French Cultural Center is thrilled to see their return to its gallery. Artist’s web site:

About The French Cultural Center

The French Cultural Center of Boston is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure the vibrant growth of French Language and Francophone Cultures in New England.

Library houses the second largest private collection of French books, periodicals, DVDs, and CDs available in the United States, in addition to offering online accessible resources through Culturethèque. Our school, a member of the Alliance Française network offers language classes and programs for adults and children. Our cultural programming showcases the many aspects of the francophone culture through numerous lectures, concerts, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, art exhibitions, holiday celebrations and more. Political and artistic personalities often hold talks at the French Cultural Center, making it the center of French culture in Boston. Web site:

*Complimentary French wine will be served at the opening reception

Images and artist information available at web site:


Dear Joey C

As I was researching places to send publicity for my upcoming exhibit at the Cox Reservation Barn in Essex, I came across Good Morning Gloucester. What an amazing resource for the city. I’m from Newburyport which likes to think it has culture covered, but we have nothing that compares. I’ve attached a press release and some images as well as a link to an online media kit. Thanks in advance for your time.

in god spirit


Newburyport Artist Launches New Book of Art and Nature at Essex County Greenbelt Association

Newburyport, MA artist Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord finds the beauty and meaning of nature in the small things she gathers rather than in landscapes and vistas. Embracing the idea that there is an invisible world supporting the one that we see, she finds branches, sticks, and vines to be messengers from that other world. She combines them to create contemplative art objects—part book and part sculpture—that she calls Spirit Books. 

After 22 years of making these wordless volumes, Gaylord is publishing The Spirit Books, a paperback book with evocative images of 34 of the books and explanations of the inspiration behind each one. To celebrate the publication, an exhibition at Essex County Greenbelt Association Headquarters in Essex, MA on September 27 and 28 will feature 20 Spirit Books and include a talk by the artist on September 27 at 11 AM and a book sale and signing. Gaylord is donating 30% of all sales to Greenbelt, Essex County’s Land Trust. Susan chose to partner with ECGA because she believes in their mission of land conservation and is impressed by their success in accomplishing it. It has conserved more than 15,000 acres in Essex County since its founding in 1961. She finds it fitting that income from the sale of work created from the land will go back to supporting it.

Gaylord describes her inspiration and process:

“I feel a deep connection to older powers as I gather twigs, branches, vines, and roots. Using them to cradle books, I link them to the longstanding tradition of books as testaments of faith and belief. Each page is a meditation that echoes nature with both repetition and variety. “Reading” the book is meant to be a contemplative experience that takes the reader out of the everyday world and into a state of gratitude and reverence.”

Since she created her first Spirit Book in 1992 and coined the name, they have been exhibited throughout the US and Canada and in Korea. They have gained fans worldwide through articles and features in books such as 1,000 Artist’ Books, 500 Handmade Books, and 500 More Handmade Books and magazines including Fiberarts, Somerset Studio, and Bound & Lettered as well as online through her website and blog, facebook, Pinterest, and tumblr. 

Gaylord grew up in New Jersey where she spent many hours walking along and wading in the Rahway River. She came to Massachusetts to study English Literature at Boston University. Her love of words led her to calligraphy which in turn led her to the world of handmade books and book art. She has been working as an artist for 35 years. 

See the online media kit for a book preview, gallery of images, bio, resume, and author photo.

Could you please post the following for the chargers youth program.

West Gloucester Chargers
Sat August 30 9-1230
Sears Eastern Ave Gloucester

Thanks CYP

Gloucester’s Small Green Schooners (Did You Know It’s Schooner Festival weekend?)

There’s a little event you may have heard about that’s going down this weekend-


Check Out The Gloucester Schooner Festival Web Page For All The Info About The Schooner Race, The LobsterFest and The Parade Of Sails!!!!

Al Bezanson submits-

There are three size classes in the Gloucester Schooner Race and here are some entries  this year in the Small (under 45 ft class).  Sub-category “TOOGAG” meaning Traditional Out Of Gloucester And Green.


Bald Eagle, launched 1955, designed by Sam Crocker, built by Bud McIntosh in Dover, NH, owned by Judy Nast & Paul Cole


Green Dragon, started 1939, launched 1951, designed by Scotty Gannett, built by Chester Spear in Scituate, MA, owned by Al Bezanson


Sugarbabe, launched 1975, designed by Tom Colvin, built by Alan Vaites in Mattapoisett, MA, owned by Ed Boynton

(All photos by Al Bezanson)

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