Author Archives: Joey C

Community Photos 8/22/14

Eric Schwartz forwards this photo of The Hard Merchandise-

20140819 (DSC_2159) Hard Merchandise (S) (WM)

Wild Collins asks-

hi Joey
when I was a kids in the late 70’s  I remember going to west Gloucester
near Stoner Pier and seeing a big old wooden boat on land I was trying
to get some pic’s or info on it but cant
do you no anything about it

Hi Joey,

This morning I watched as Homie, with incredible grace and style, came in for a perfect landing on the ball that tops our flagpole. He remained up there for a good ten minutes.

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


Cape Ann Farmer’s Market In Top 100 Nationwide!

Niki Bogin submits-

Hey GMG!

As the keepers of all things amazing about Cape Ann, I wanted to let you guys know that The Daily Meal has complied a list of the top farmers markets in the country, and out of 4000 in the nation, we have been in the top 100 two years running. Even more exciting is that we are one of only a handful in New England to make the list, with the CAFM poised as the #1 in our region.

It looks like this year it was Trupiano’s sausage that put us over the top, which is completely understandable!

Cheers to all and see you on Thursday at Stage Fort!



2014 Magnolia Road Race – This Saturday Morning @ 8:30AM

Hi Joe,

The weather looks great for Saturday’s races.  On-line registration is now closed, but runners can register at the Library on Saturday starting at 7:30AM.  I will be in the gym area Thursday night from 7-8:30PM to hand out shirts and numbers to the pre-registrants and to sign new runners up at the discounted price.  For those who don’t plan to run, we will have a pancake breakfast starting at around 8:30 and everyone can walk down the hill to watch/participate in the group pier jump.  The tide is just right!



For All The Info-


Gloucester Sports Legend Randy Oneil



Community Stuff 8/21/14

Hi Joey,

Monday night, Peter Todd was announced as Gloucester’s new Poet Laureate.

Peter requested I take this photo of he and his wife in front of the Fisherman’s Wife statue to commemorate the occasion.  This statue has a special place in Peter’s heart as he  wrote the poem for the Fisherman’s Wife dedication and another for her 10th  anniversary.   

The dedication poem is included below.   

Peter is well know as “Huck Finn” on Cape Ann on Line,  and through his numerous contributions to the My View column in

the Gloucester Times.  Peter wrote the poem for the ground breaking of Gloucester’s World War II Memorial, has published 3 poetry books, and numerous poems which he freely shares with anyone interested (contact

information is included below).   

Peter also just accepted the task of writing a poem for the new Open Door expansion dedication.

One of the things that is so endearing about Peter is his complete commitment to freely sharing his poetry with all.  Peter 

firmly believes that art should be for all of the public.  

Mary Barker

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The Fisherman’s Wife

By Peter A. Todd

In our gathering of endless hope and love

We celebrate Gloucester’s Symbol of Faith

The Fisherman’s wife who reflects the spirit above

That rest in the promise of Jesus for all that await

Our symbol crafted by a woman’s hand

That has captured the hearts and souls of us all

As people cross through American and Foreign land

To experience the heritage that her stature recalls

That of many families who have lost to the sea

Their loved ones for whose sacrifice we have survived

It is in this our symbol of Faith that sets our spirits free

To continue to keep the memories of those lost alive

We pay tribute to St. Peter , Patron Saint of the sea

Just as we honor the Captain’s at ships wheel

It is our symbol of the Fisherman’s wife

That the true reality of Gloucester’s heritage is revealed

Peter can be reached at one of the following: / huck finn .





Gordon Goetemann: Extending Boundaries

Exhibit Dates: September 4 – September 28, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, September 5, 2014, 4-6pm

Artist Talk: Sunday, September 14, 2014, 4pm

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester.

Gloucester MA—The Rocky Neck Art Colony announces an exhibition featuring the work of Gordon Goetemann opening Thursday, Sept 4 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester. The exhibit will highlight seminal works of Gordon Goetemann’s career spanning a sixty-year period. As The Rocky Neck Art Colony celebrates a new era as home to Massachusetts’ first designated Cultural District and acquisition of the historic carpenter-gothic church building to create a new Cultural Center, it is fitting to honor Gordon Goetemann, one of its own, whose artistic career mirrors the Colony’s Mission statement to, “Acknowledge the importance of the traditions upon which the Rocky Neck Art Colony was founded and work to keep them vital in the context of contemporary culture.”

This exhibition will showcase Goetemann’s traditional grounding in painting and drawing; and his exploration of abstraction in landscapes and painting to music, along with more current works in contemporary realism.

The Opening Reception will be held, Friday, September 5 from 4 to 6pm. The public is welcome to attend and refreshments will be served.  An Artist Talk will take place on Sunday, September 14 at 4 pm, these events are free and open to the public.


Gordon Goetemann earned a BFA at the University of Notre Dame, and his MFA from the State University of Iowa. He taught for forty years at the university level: studio arts, art history and other subjects at the University of Notre Dame, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, and the University of Alberta, Canada among others. He also led lecture tours at sites and museums in Europe, Asia and Africa. Goetemann came to Cape Ann in 1953 to study at Umberto Romano’s School of Art and returned seasonally until moving to Cape Ann permanently. Gordon and his wife, artist Judith Goetemann have owned and operated the Goetemann Gallery on Rocky Neck since 1977.

Gordon Goetemann is a member and former officer of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, a founding board member of SeArts (Society for the Encouragement of the Arts on Cape Ann), served as chairman of the art department at CSB/SJU, as well as a consultant to federal and state agencies and schools in Curriculum Development and Student performance.  He is the founder of the Artists in Residency Program at Rocky Neck Art Colony, which has been renamed in his honor in 2010. Goetemann’s works have been collected by the Cape Ann Museum, the Aldrich Museum of American Art, are also found in private and corporate collections such as Bain and Company, Citicorp, First Bank Systems, John Hancock, IBM, as well as university collections, Carleton College, State University of Iowa, University of Notre Dame and St. Johns University.



Gloucester, MA – Calling all young performers! Want an opportunity to sing, dance, act and be a part of an ensemble on stage or “behind the scenes?”

ST JOHN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH is looking for young performers (ages 9 -16) and stage hands to share the “good news” through songs & scenes from Godspell, Jr
beginning on September 5th in Gloucester, MA. All young performers looking to be a part of this exciting musical should contact St John’s Youth Director, Jay DiPrima via e-mail at for further information. The first meeting will take place at St. John’s Church, 48 Middle Street on Friday, September 5th from 3 – 5pm.
Rehearsals will then be held each Friday afternoon from 3 – 5pm and each Sunday from noon – 2pm with final performances scheduled for November 14th – 16th.
All are welcome! There are many ensemble roles and soloist songs.  

Based on The Gospel According to St. Matthew, the musical uses major episodes in the New Testament – including the baptism of Jesus, the Last Supper, his arrest and crucifixion – to explore important ideas like compassion, love, forgiveness and sacrifice for the greater good. The show draws on various theatrical traditions and musical styles, including pantomime, charades, acrobatics, vaudeville, folk and rock to create a unique reflection on the parables of Jesus.

Godspell JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) and its collection of musicals for younger performers. This show will be co-directed by Dr. Jay DiPrima and Mark Nelson, the music director of St. Johns. (Visit the website for their bios)

Contact: Jay DiPrima – or visit  and click on “Education” for more Godspell, Jr information.

The Schooner Defender From Al Bezanson

The Defender

American Eagle with Alabama in pursuit

American Eagle with Alabama in pursuit, 2011 Gloucester Schooner Race.  Capt. John Foss has held off many newer, faster schooners to win the Mayor’s Cup time and again. American Eagle was the last fishing schooner built in Gloucester (1930). Capt. Foss reconstructed the boat in 1984-86 and has since worked diligently to keep her in tip-top shape.  The challengers to American Eagle in the over 80 ft class this year on August 31st are Adventure, Amistad, Liberty Clipper and Roseway.

Sailing in or alongside American Eagle in the Mayor’s Race is an unforgettable experience.  One passenger will be making his 16th trip to the GSF on American Eagle this year!  For his investment in all those races and weekends aboard in Gloucester he might have purchased just one Super Bowl ticket, to which he could add the cost of transportation and lodging.  The commercial boats that participate in the Gloucester Schooner Festival are dependent on paying passengers and there are spaces still available.  Information on sailing opportunities is available here

(Photo by Amy Beaudet from Green Dragon)

Al Bezanson

First Ten Tweets With Image Of Someone Buying A Six Pack Of New Cape Ann Brewing Cans Gets A $25 GC From Cape Ann Brewing, Get On It

Our Weather Guy Pete Gives The Classic Weather Guy Hedge Response When Asked For His Prediction If The Cool Summer Portends a cooler Fall/Winter-

So I ask Pete on twitter-

Pete comes back with-

and then-

Way to have all your bases covered there buddy!

You’re officially ready for the big time.

Can’t argue with that prediction. You’ve got every out imaginable.

I gotta get in on this weather forecasting game.  No doubt I could bring some keen insights to the local weather scene.

Go ahead, anyone, ask me a weather related prediction and I guarantee I’ll knock it out of the park.  Right here in the comment section on this post, fire away, i’m waiting for your weather question with baited breath.


Tom Balf submits-

This year’s 30th annual Gloucester Schooner Festival, which runs from August 29th to August 31st, celebrates and honors our maritime history.  Says Festival Chair Daisy Nell “this year’s Festival reaffirms Cape Ann as a premier location for schooner history, education, sailing and fun.”

This year’s festival offers a number of great story lines.

First, the City welcomes the Coast Guard Barque Eagle for the weekend. At 295 feet in length, the Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in the U.S. government service. With more than 23,000 square feet of sail and six miles of rigging, the Eagle is a sight to see. In fact, the ship wil sail into Gloucester Harbor on Friday at approximately 1pm led by the Gloucester police boat and water cannon, the Schooners Ardelle and Thomas Lannon and a flotilla of other vessels. It will be berthed at Americold’s terminal in Gloucester Harbor (One Rowe Square on Rogers Street, adjacent to Cruiseport) and the training vessel will be open to the community for free tours on Saturday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Second, the Festival has surpassed last year’s record number of schooners. Vessels vying for the Esperanto Cup on Sunday will include  Gloucester’s Schooner Adventure, Roseway, American Eagle, Amistad and Liberty Clipper. Additionally, at least six schooners will be offering spots to paying passengers to sail over the weekend and during the race. Go to for further information about booking a sail on a schooner. This is your opportunity to sail in the race!

Third, this year’s festival will continue its theme of putting kids on the water. The Festival will be supported by the Sea Scout “Ship” 5 out of Maritime Gloucester as well as teens from Gloucester High School Sailing and The Museum School/Project Adventure . Some spaces are available to sail on some of the schooners at no cost. Interested youth should contact Maritime Gloucester at 978-281-0470 or at

The festival sees the return of the now famous Lobsta Bake. On Saturday afternoon – from 4:30 to 7:30 — a Lobster Bake at Maritime Gloucester and Fitz Henry Lane Park will offer a lobster, corn on the cob and a Virgilio’s roll for $15. Beer, wine, soda and water, as well as hot dogs and hamburgers, will also be available. Music will be provided by Old Cold Tater. Advanced tickets can be purchased at Maritime Gloucester at 23 Harbor Loop.

In addition to the deck tour of the Eagle, Schooner Adventure (at Maritime Gloucester) and Schooner Amistad (at the Coast Guard Station Gloucester) will offer deck tours.  In fact, the Amistad (a replica slave trade schooner) will host a special tour on Monday from 11am – noon entitled “Refuse to do Nothing” that discusses contemporary world slavery issues.

In addition to the sailing, Maritime Heritage Day takes place Saturday, August 30st from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. Area environmental groups and maritime heritage organizations will be set up with interactive exhibits along side of local crafters demonstrating their art. Music will be provided during the afternoon and lunch will be available on the pier. This is a great and fun event for families and visitors to Gloucester Schooner Festival weekend. The event is followed by the Lobster Bake and then the Boat Light Parade and Fireworks over Gloucester.
Lead sponsors of the Festival include: Building Center of Cape Ann, City of Gloucester, First Ipswich Bank, Market Basket, Americold and Institution for Savings. For a full list of sponsors, go to the website. The Festival raises much needed funds from the community by offering Schooner Festival raffle and lobster bake tickets in addition to corporate support. Please purchase raffle tickets (available at Maritime Gloucester) or during Maritime Heritage Day. These funds directly support our efforts to put kids on the water and to bring the Tall Ship Eagle to the City.
Maritime Gloucester is a 501(c) (3) non-profit institution whose mission is to inspire students and visitors to value marine science, maritime heritage and environmental stewardship through hands-on education and experiences. Its one-acre campus is located on Gloucester Harbor at 23 Harbor Loop, adjacent to the Coast Guard Station. For more information go to or like us on Facebook.
Current List of Schooners Intending to Participate in the Gloucester Schooner Festival.
1.    Adventure
2.    Adventurer
3.    American Eagle
4.    Amistad
5.    Apella
6.    Ardelle
7.    Bald Eagle
8.    Brilliant
9.    Estrela
10.    Fame (Parade of Sail only)
11.    Green Dragon
12.    Hindu
13.    Humble
14.    Irena
15.    Liberty Clipper
16.    Light Rein
17.    Perception
18.    Redbird
19.    Renegade
20.    Roseway
21.    Sugar Babe
22.    Thomas Lannon
23.    Tillicum I
24.    Tyrone

Community Photos 8/20/14

Al Bezanson submits-

Last week the 185 ft three-masted schooner Atlantic was anchored for a spell inside the breakwater at Eastern Point.  She is a 2010 replica of the schooner that held the monohull transatlantic speed record from 1905 until 1997.    In Newport earlier this summer with my friend Jay Irwin, the captain invited us aboard when he learned that Jay had visited the original in 1954, and had met the first mate who sailed the 1905 race.  He gave us a grand tour and this photo is one small example of her fit and finish.  Atlantic sank at a dock in Norfolk in 1982 and our friend Lane Briggs (founder of the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race)  made a number of dives on her in an attempt to raise the old girl, but she was too far gone.  He salvaged one of the masts, which was resurrected as a flagpole near downtown Norfolk.

Al Bezanson


Photo from August 2014/Celtic Music at the Stage Fort Park Bandstand/Janet Rice


Len Burgess submits-

Perfect sailing day out in Gloucester harbor Saturday. Got some photos of the ‘Thomas E. Lannon’ from Al Bezanson’s schooner ‘Green Dragon’.  -Len Burgess

Community Stuff 8/20/14


Magnolia Auction, Live & Silent Auctions, featuring spirits and hors d’oeuvres,  Saturday September 6th.

All are welcome to the “Little Red Schoolhouse”, under the tent, dealers welcome at the Blynman School, 46 Magnolia Avenue, Magnolia.  Wind down summer with a good time! 
A not-to-be-missed event, the MHS announces the Magnolia Auction! 

Live and Silent Auctions, HUGE silent auction 4-6pm.  Live auction 6pm. 

The event will be catered by Classic Cooks Catering, great food and drink! 

Come for the auction, stay for the party atmosphere, fun neighborhood event, all welcome,
$25pp ($20 for MHS members).
Auction items include antiques, paintings – featuring artists Carol Loiacono, Sandy Herdman and more. Gift Certificates from the greatest stores and finest restaurants on Cape Ann.  Red Sox & Celtics tickets, sports memorabilia, collectibles and fine goods and more, come by!

For questions and more information, contact Chairperson Heidi Williams, at 978.879.9132

Siren By the Sea

A graduation recital by Gillian Hurst (RHS Class of 2010), accompanied by Dr. Beverly Soll will take place on Sunday, August 24 at 4pm.  Gillian recently graduated from Westminster Choir College with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, summa cum laude.  They will perform approximately 45 minutes of music from the Middle Ages to Modern Day.  First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School Street.  Donations gratefully accepted to help fund studies at the University of St. Andrews.

Grad Recital Pic

Gloucester author  Jackie Zollo Brooks   will be the speaker at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Rockport Library on Thursday, August 28th at 7 PM on the second floor of the Rockport Library.

Jackie Zollo Brook, who is an alumna of Tufts University,  has  just written a  new romantic novel  entitled “The Ravenala

She was a Teaching Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and also taught in the English Departments of the University of Massachusetts and Wentworth Institute. 

From 1997-1999 she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar, serving as an English Teaching Supervisor. Her time in this beautiful but impoverished land and its people stayed with her. 

The Ravenala   is named for ‘the travelers tree’ found only in Madagascar.  A traveler cutting into the palm’s branches can receive a refreshing drink of cool water  Today she lives and writes full-time in Gloucester.

This meeting is open to the public and all are invited.  


Thursday, September 18th, 7 PM, , at the
Rocky Neck Cultural Center


Understanding and Misunderstanding
Our Freedom to Do and Achieve
What Others Expect of Us

A Discussion
Moderated by Tom Kiely of West Gloucester


Karl Frank of East Gloucester, Former Instructor in Philosophy, Dartmouth College

John D. Mullen of Rocky Neck, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Dowling College

Rory Anscombe of East Gloucester, Read Philosophy and Forensic Psychiatry at Oxford College, England

Richard N. Rosenfeld of Rocky Neck, Philosophy Major, Yale College

What if the idea of free choice is an illusion?  Wouldn’t that be disturbing?  After all, the notion that we are free to make the choices we make and especially the choices that determine whether we are successful or not, criminals or not, moral or not, responsible or not, and praiseworthy or not is at the very core of our religious, political, and moral codes. Religion makes us answerable for our actions because it says we have “free will.” Our “free” enterprise system assumes we are “free” to make good or bad economic choices and is designed to reward us accordingly. Our criminal justice system punishes those who “choose” to commit crimes.

But suppose freedom of choice is just a myth. That is it just a rallying cry for Western Civilization.  Will our idea of freedom survive philosophical scrutiny? And if it doesn’t, what are we left with?  That’s what this discussion is about.

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