Monthly Archives: March 2011

Cape Ann Marina Currently Exhibiting At The New England Boat Show Plus Free Overnight Dockage Raffle

Cape Ann’s Marina Resort and Cape Ann Marine Sales & Service is currently exhibiting at the New England Boat Show. We are proudly encouraging visitation by Sea or Land to Gloucester. We have spoken to a lot of Gloucester fans! Please let your readers know to tell them to spot by our booth at 222 and say hello. We are raffling off FREE Overnight Dockage!

Be well,

Tobin

Cape Ann’s Marina Resort and Spa

Cape Ann Marine Sales & Service

Mile Marker One Waterfront Cafe & Bar

Tobin Dominick

75 Essex Avenue

Gloucester, MA 01930

Main #: (978) 283-2116

http://www.goodmorninggloucester.com Do you get it?

Funding PBS Guest Post From Bill O’Connor

Hey Joe,

I’ve been following the story in the news regarding Congress’s desire to cut funding for PBS. I’ve seen the topic spiral into the political morass of us vs. them and vice-versa. Actually, this is a social issue as well as an educational one, and politics really has nothing to do with it. If you step back and think about it, funding for PBS should be a no-brainer, which is probably why this is up for debate in Washington!J Anyhow, I wrote a post about it on my site and thought I might share it with you:
http://northshorekid.com/story/funding-pbs-helps-american-kids

Captains Courageous Readers Needed!

Readers are needed this Saturday, March 5, 2011:


Hi all -

We’ve had some folks suddenly cancel as readers this Saturday, March 5 due to various personal matters. emergencies, etc., so I’m putting the call out for READERS to volunteer to read a short selection from Captains Courageous. Scripts will be provided in advance. the FINAL SCHEDULE is attached below and on seARTS homepage www.seart.org
Please help spread the word about READERS and CCF itself. All are welcome – adults, teens, kids. The event is great fun.
Here’s when we need READERS:
9 – 11 am Cape Ann Museum - courtneyrichardson@capeannmuseum.org
2 – 4pm Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center –  hwebster@gloucestermaritimecenter.org
4:15 – 6pm Cape Ann Art Haven – arthavendirector@gmail.com

To volunteer to read, please contact the venue directly or :captscourageous@gmail.com or 978-281-1222

Check out photos and video by Manny Simoes and Joey from last year at: http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/?s=captains+courageous

Essex Shipbuilding Museum call For Volunteers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: March 3, 2011
KILL DATE: March 19, 2011
CONTACT: Nancy Barry

EMAIL:
Telephone: 978-768-7541

Date: Saturday, March, 19, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: Essex ShipbuidlingMuseum (66 Main Street, Essex,
MA)

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS! ~ We’re
actively looking for volunteers who would like to get involved. The
success of the Essex
Shipbuilding Museum
is due in large part to our energetic and motivated volunteers who devote
countless hours to the museum. To recruit new volunteers and better motivate
our existing volunteers, we are having a Volunteer Day with three purposes in
mind.

1. Provide
an opportunity for interested individuals to learn more about the Museum and
the many interesting and fulfilling opportunities that we have for volunteers.
2. Provide
an opportunity for existing volunteers to get a broader picture of what goes on
in the Museum as a whole and what other opportunities are available.
3. Provide
a special opportunity to inspect the on-going work on the Pinky Schooner
Ardelle and hear first hand from boat builder Harold Burnham.

Whether you are a seasoned professional or a raw newcomer, we can find
a place for you. You will have a good time, meet some really interesting
people, and have the satisfaction of doing something that will make a lasting
difference.
For more information on our volunteer program, please visit our website

Essex Historical Society and ShipbuildingMuseum
978-768-7541
www.essexshipbuildingmuseum.org

Lisa Marie and All Shook Up to appear at March Madness Dance Party ~ Lanesville Community Center

On SAT. MARCH 19 , the fabulous Lisa Marie and her band All Shook Up will be at the Lanesville Community Center, for a rock and roll dance party fundraiser for the LCC building. Suggested donation $25, starts at 7 pm.  Munchies provided, beer and wine will be for sale.  The building is being renovated, and we are celebrating the first phase.  Come over and see!  Special naming opportunities auction.  www.lanesvillecommunitycenter.org


Did You Know? (Starfish)

starfish in tidal pool at cambridge beach in annisquam

Photo by E.J. Lefavour

That Starfish or sea stars are echinoderms belonging to the class Asteroidea?  The names “starfish” and “sea star” essentially refer to members of the Class Asteroidea. There are 2,000 living species of starfish that occur in all the world’s oceans, including the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian as well as in the Arctic and the Southern Ocean (i.e., Antarctic) regions. Starfish occur across a broad depth range from the intertidal to abyssal depths (>6000 m).

Starfish are among the most familiar of marine animals and possess a number of widely known traits, such as regeneration and feeding on mussels. Starfish possess a wide diversity of body forms and feeding methods. The extent that Asteroidea can regenerate varies with individual species. Broadly speaking, starfish are opportunistic feeders, with several species having specialized feeding behavior, including suspension feeding and specialized predation on specific prey.

Starfish are capable of both sexual and asexual reproduction. Most species are dioecious, with separate male and female individuals, but some are hermaphrodites. For example, the common species Asterina gibbosa is protandric, with individuals being born male, but later changing into females.

Male and female sea stars are not distinguishable from the outside; one needs to see the gonads or be lucky enough to catch them spawning. Each arm contains two gonads, which release gametes (a cell that fuses with another cell during fertilization) through openings called gonoducts, located on the central body between the arms.  (excerpt from Wikipedia)

As a lifelong avid tidal pool explorer, I love coming across a starfish.  This is the first one I had found since moving to Cape Ann, and it remained in this same spot for a couple of weeks.  I didn’t check for gonads, so don’t know if it is a he or a she, or both.

E.J. Lefavour

www.khanstudiointernational.com

GMG Questions and Answers- The Godmother- Sefathia

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How long have you lived in Gloucester?

ALL MY LIFE

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

SPRING

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?

WALKING THE BEACH, WHERE IT WOULDN’T BE SECRET.. ONE PLACE STAGE FORT PARK PAST THE CANNONS AT THE VERY END THE BENCH ON THE ROCKS WITH THE WATER BELOW IS MY THINKING SPOT IN THE SUMMER.

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

SEBASTIANS, LA TRATTORIA


What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

YELLOW SUB FOR TUNA, CHEESE STEAK DESTINOS, MIKES PLACE FOR PASTRAMI, AND THE BEST ITALIAN PLACE FOR REAL ITALIAN COLD CUTS NOT FAKE SCLAFANI’S


What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?

OCEAN VIEW ON THE WATER… FOR PRIVATE I WOULD PACK A BASKET GO TO LIGHT HOUSE…

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

DONT GO TO BARS.. BUT I DID LOVE THE LIVE BANDS AT CAMERONS.. NOW THERE IS NO OVER 35 BAR FOR LIVE BANDS..


What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

SUGAR MAGNOLIA’S, LOBSTER LAND

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

FIESTA

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?

BOTH BUT DONT HAVE A BOAT SO BEACH

Who is your favorite local artist?

SINGER FLY AMERO

Which is your favorite local beach?

PAVILLION

Who has the best chowder in town?

GLOUCESTER HOUSE CLAM CAUSE WAY FOR FISH CHOWDER

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

NONE

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?

HADDOCK

What is your favorite Gloucester neighborhood?

WEST END

What is your favorite local band?

SCARLET, FULL CIRCLE

Mike O’Connell Band this Saturday March 5th Minglewood @ Lat 43

Photo by Sharon Lowe

Say There! Band heads down to Latitude’s Minglewood Tavern for a night of Music for all you Rockn’ Rollahhs, Show starts at 9 come down early and chow down, food is top notch and drinks are splendid. 25 Rogers St. Gloucester, Have Mercy Everybody,  Maybe it will be warm enough so’s that Uncle Jeffrey can take out the Orange Car to pass out earplugs,  Have to talk to Blakey to see if he can have his own orange parking space…… Luv U,MO’C

http://www.myspace.com/mikeoconnellmusic/music/songs/eyes-wide-open-demo-64500622

http://www.latfortythree.com/groove.html

I totally love Mike O’Connell,

If you love the Allman Brothers you will love the Mike O’Connell Band. Not only does the band do a mean “Whipping Post”  they go into some pretty wild rock, leaning to the more psychedelic side, as well.  You should hear some of the guitar solos. Mike and the band have been known to lay down some  hot Southern Rock and I mean smokin hot. At most of the gigs they offer up some  ZZ Top, Tom  Petty and even  reggae stuff.   I remember a while back at the Dog Bar when the band did a couple of Door’s tunes “Riders On The Storm and “Soul Kitchen” it blew me away. I was thinking this is way better than the Doors, really and it could never be reproduced like that again, and it hasn’t.  It was just one of those moments. There are some originals on his music page that I wish he would share more often.  “Eyes Wide Open”, “Hard Bargain” and “Stars” are a  just a few.

Joanne

Sassy Eco Bags

 

Susan O’Leary

 Designer

Sassy Eco Bags are uniquely designed handbags, purses and totes.  Each bag has been handcrafted from discarded coffee or tea bags from area coffee houses.  By rescuing these materials and reusing them, they are kept away from dumps and landfills.  The materials used in each bag are durable as well as attractively functional.  I hope you enjoy the bag.

  Feel free to feel good about helping the Earth and looking Sassy at the same time.

Sassy Eco Bags came about from the idea that if we can lighten our Carbon Footprint and lessen the amount of trash we throw into dump sites, we can help the Earth.  If any of the trash we produce can be utilized for fashion, function and fun, then let’s go for it!

Bags are available in a variety of sizes, styles, colors and schemes.  Please contact me by email or phone if you are interested in placing an order or if you would like more information about Sassy Eco Bags.

Best,

Susan

978-697-5252

http://sassyecobags.com/Page_2.html

 

Trash The Dress Photo Shoot On Good Harbor Beach and a Quick Poll about Bangs

A photographer recently did a photo shoot on good Harbor Beach with a woman in a wedding dress.

Click the first picture to go check out their blog-

Do bangs come and go?  I’m kinda curious because much like the mullet I thought that bangs were almost retro nowadays.  Unless I’m just out of touch.  Maybe I just haven’t paid attention and they’ve made a comeback.  like you see some of those rockabilly chicks that have the exaggerated bangs and that’s kinda cool, but I’m wondering if anyone intentionally still does the bang thing.

I’ll have to pay more attention when I venture away from the dock this morning.  Maybe I’ll do a quick mental survey at the coffee shop.  It could be that they never really went away I guess.  Poll time?

Jon and Carol Stack Have Some Nice Things To Say

Hello Joey,
My wife and I were in town a couple of weekends ago and had stoppped by the dock hoping to have a chance to meet you. We have been coming to Gloucester since around 1988. We wanted to thank you for all that you and your group do to keep those of us from out of town up to date on all the happenings around town. We are from upstate New York and first came to Gloucester for a one day whale watch trip, and have been coming every year since at least once and sometimes up to four times a year. We sometimes say we started coming to Gloucester before there was a Tourist Information Center at Stage Fort Park. We always stay at Cape Ann Marina Resort and relied for many years on those fine folks to give us directions and hints on what to see and do. My wife is an avid bird watcher,and we are yearly members of the Mass. Audobon, Trustees of Reservations and the Federal Preserve on Plum Island. We enjoy your site everyday, and I especially

enjoy Paul’s Art Rocks and hope someday to find one. So far I have been able to guess just about everyone. I was really surprised that two weeks when I finally fired up the laptop that the rock was not found at the Paint Factory until late Saturday afternoon. We be back in a couple weeks and maybe I’ll get a chance to find one. Take care and if you see a silver SUV around town with your (sticka) on the side window and New York plates toot your horn, so I can shake your hand.

Jon & Carol Stack