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Jenny Dee and The Deelinquents.Tonight @ The Rhumb Line.9:30pm.8.22.2014

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“For what it’s worth to my ears, this version of SSA is one of the best versions I’ve heard. It’s how The Ronettes or Shangra La’s would approach it. Very cool stuff!!” – Paul Kopf, Magic Christian
“It’s fantastic…And what an insight for me. Mainly, because I never realized The Four Tops influence when I wrote it. But it’s obvious…because of their version. Thanks a whole lot for hippin’ me to it!” – Cyril Jordan, Flamin’ Groovies
“I’m fascinated by the fact that you guys are doing material that’s inspired by the things we did with Phil Spector in the ’60′s. I think it pays tribute to a classic sound which will always be fresh and which will never become dated over time.” – LaLa Brooks, The Crystals

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.

Windhover Gala Fundraising Event – Fête Du Moment (Celebration of the Moment)

Following upon the tremendous success of Quarry Dance 3, Windhover invites you to a GALA FUNDRAISING EVENT:  Fête Du Moment (Celebration of the Moment). 

Windhover Performing Arts Center has been given a matching grant for exciting new plans to build an indoor theater. This will extend the season of live performances from May through October and allow for the continuance of excellent dance and theater events regardless of the weather.   The goal will be to provide the audience with an exceptional experience at Windhover at all times.

In celebration of this grant and with a commitment toward building this theater and realizing this vision, we are hosting a two hour gala presenting Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre and Sarah Swift Slifer in a short program of dance during this intimate evening that also includes culinary treats, live jazz music, champagne and conversation.  Dušan Týnek and his troupe from New York City performed the last three quarry dances on Cape Ann as well as their own choreography in the past on the Windhover stage.  They are returning to perform a duet. Sarah Slifer Swift, a well-known performer on Cape Ann and award-winning choreographer, will present a solo dance she created while on artist’s retreat at Windhover.

Jazz pianist Joe Mulholland will perform some jazz riffs on keyboard.

Tickets are $55.00 per person and include festive drinks, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, the dance and music program – and an opportunity for great camaraderie.

Please join us as we launch our efforts to match the grant for a theater, and to rally around the expanding vision of historic Windhover. This Fête Du Moment will take place on the grounds of Windhover rain or shine, both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting.)

SPACE IS LIMITED, so please send in your check today.
Checks are to be made payable to Windhover and sent to the following address:
Windhover, Box 2249, Rockport, MA 01966
(phone: 978-546-3611)   Actual address is: 257 rear Granite Street, Rockport, Ma. 01966

Paypal is also available online through the Windhover website:
For any questions, please send to the following email address:
(Windhover is a 501(c) 3 corporation and contributions are tax deductible.)

Lisa Hahn, Co-Director of Windhover

Allen Estes and The Souls & Joe Wilkins Band Tonight @ The Harbor Loop Concert 2014 6:30

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Joe Wilkins -Tonight- Playing at the Harbor Loop stage in Gloucester – outdoors! – with Steve Burke on Bass, Dennis Monagle on drums and Scott Noring on percussion. Allen Estes opens the night the Harbor Loop stage in Gloucester

Joe Wilkins original. One of my favorites…


Today’s Globe North Best Bets column features 4 events and the first 2 listed are in Gloucester.  Here’s what they say:


Gloucester: Gloucester Stage Company closes its current season with August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Fences.” The play tells the story of a former Negro baseball leagues star working as a garbage man in Pittsburgh in 1957. Thursday through Sept. 7. $35, $40. Gorton Theatre, 267 East Main St. 978-281-4433, .


Gloucester: The Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert Series presents blues artist James Montgomery, joined by Danielle Miraglia, Marissa Licata, Sax Attax Horns, and Willie Loco Alexander. Friday, 8 p.m. $25-$55. A portion of proceeds will go to The Open Door food pantry. Waterfront Pavilion, Cape Ann Marina, 75 Essex Ave.

Looks like the editors of the Boston Globe know where to go for top entertainment north of Boston.

Aren’t you glad you live here?


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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

BREAKING NEWS & VIDEO: Whitney Doucet, who sang with Keith Urban, to join James Montgomery at the Celebrate Gloucester Kick-off on Friday

James Montgomery just added young, rising Country star, Whitney Doucet to his lineup for the Celebrate Gloucester Benefit for The Open Door this Friday at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion in Gloucester.  Whitney is fresh off a duet with Country Star and American Idol judge Keith Urban that blew Keith away.

Whitney’s addition to the stellar lineup will add a Country flavor to the already unique benefit concert that showcases two beautiful and talented young women namely Jazz phenom Marissa Licata, and rising Blues star Danielle Miraglia, and also one of the Founders of the Boston Rock scene Willie Loco Alexander. Backing the Montgomery Band that night will be the Sax Attack horns, one of Boston’s premiere horn sections, who add a lot of power on the songs they perform.

The very best in Blues, Rock, Jazz, and Country will all be represented in one unique electrifying performance. This is a very special James Montgomery benefit concert that can only be seen on This Friday, August 22!  VIP is already sold out, but good seats are still available.  Get them NOW (right here)!


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.

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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.

HarborWalk ET tonight and special prizes at Wednesday’s Lego Movie! Find and trace all the story moment icons!

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Cat Ryan submits-

Hi Joey,

Grab some Reeses Pieces, it’s a gorgeous day and will be a memorable night to see ET on the HarborWalk Summer Cinema jumbo screen. Get there early, bring a picnic dinner or take out from the yummy vendors. You could have boiled lobster in the rough at Gloucester House or Topside and still see the screen! The pre-movie family tailgate is true community. Community Development has worked with Rob Newton from Cape Ann Community Cinema and Aurelia Nelson and the North Shore 104.9 team to make it festive. Thanks to Pop Gallery for helping to bring ET tonight and Gloucester Stage for The Lego Movie.

Don’t forget: if you haven’t yet, better hustle and SEARCH AND TRACE

There are many fun and free activities on the Gloucester HarborWalk. One of the great games dispersed throughout the entire HarborWalk involves a search and trace game at each story moment post. Children and adults will want to find all (or most) of the story moment posts and trace the unique symbol found on each one. These icons are on the binding of each story moment post. Take a pencil or crayon and make a rubbing of the symbol directly into the squares on these special print outs or onto your own tracing paper. You may need help holding the paper while tracing so bring a friend!

Here are files for printing these sheets. You can also find them on or print outs at the summer cinema series movie nights or Stage Fort Visitor Center.



There is a special prize whenever a child brings or sends along a completed “Hunt on the HarborWalk” ANY TIME to Mayor Kirk at City Hall! City hall is located at 9 Dale Avenue.

For the HARBORWALK SUMMER CINEMA SERIES: bring your completed sheet to the August 20th feature, “The Lego Movie”, for a special awards ceremony. Prizes will be awarded for collecting at least 10 icons and a special prize for collecting 20 icons. A special HarborWalk Lego Movie Night grand prize will be awarded to anyone who collects every icon!


Wednesdays with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line ~ Special Guest: Allen Estes 8-11pm

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This Week:
Prime Rib, $12.95!
Wednesday, August 20th
Special Guest:

We all know who the great Allen Estes is, so there isn’t much
for me to say except, if you’re interested in an evening of
wonderful music and entertainment, I’d expect to be saying
hello to you in person at the Rhumb Line this Wednesday! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Awesome food prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Prime Rib, $12.95! (while they last)
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
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Looking forward……to seeing you there!  :-) ~ Fly

Cheryl Arena plays the Thursday Night Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line 8:30-11:30 August 21st.

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It’s a pleasure to have back that rascal of the blues: Ms. Cheryl Arena. A great vocalist and harpist, she’s sure to have you shakin’ your tootsies all over the dance floor. We weren’t sure she was gonna make it, since she accidentally overdosed on Polish Fly last week and nearly broke her arm bowling. However, rest assured, all is well in bloozeland and we got the band to prove it. She’s bringing along Pete Henderson on guitar. Pete’s a real treasure and hasn’t been here in a long time. He’s killer! Forrest Padgett handles eggbeater duties, and I, Salmon Dave Sag provide cosmic relief.

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And Friday night I’ll be down to Guiseppe’s eating pizza with Orville Giddings and who knows who else. But I think Marque Earley and Steve Chaggaris are the great unknowns. We’re gonna have a 120 volt contest, see who can last the longest. Free sparring partner for any of you over the age of 50! Seeya there!

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Now That’s A Carousel

I am absolutely in love with this carousel!  Boston’s Rose F. Kennedy Greenway is unbelievable in so many ways and the carousel is the cherry on top!  The 14 different critters…all hailing from the fine state of Massachusetts…are whimsical yet gorgeous all at once.  It is a true piece of art!  How wonderful would it be to have a carousel of this caliber here in Gloucester?

The boys and I took the train into the city yesterday and spent 6.5 hours exploring, laughing, and learning between North Station and Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park.  We walked through the Haymarket Farmer’s Market, past the North End, and along the docks of the Boston Harbor Marina to check out some of the crazy “mega yachts”.  We saw the seals at the New England Aquarium, got some lemon slush, and rode the newish “thrill ride”, CODZILLA (and got wet). The boys played in the splash pad on the Greenway, rode the carousel, and fed the pigeons.  We took a horse-drawn carriage ride through the financial district, had a nice outdoor dinner at Ned Divine’s, and then ice cream at The Berry Twist in Faneuil Hall.

My vision for our day in the city involved going at least as far as The Public Gardens, the Frog Pond, and the Swan Boats….but somehow, in the blink of an eye, it was time to catch the 7:40 train outbound to home.  A true testament to the wonder of the Greenway and surrounding areas is that we were able to spend an entire day there and still wish that we had more time.  Next time.

Read more about the Greenway Carousel here

Read more about the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway here


VIP SOLD OUT – But good seats still left for James Montgomery Open Door Benefit on Friday

Every ticket gets you a seat in the giant tent at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion. It will be a long time before you can see blues legend James Montgomery with his full band PLUS a horn section.  And don’t forget about his special guests Danielle Miraglia, Marissa Licata (who recently toured with Jethro Tull) and Gloucester’s favorite music icon, Willie Loco Alexander.  Plus you’ll be supporting The Open Door — having fun & doing good.  You can’t get better than that!  Get your seats today before they sell out!


Fred’s Takeaway from Saturday’s Block Party

Shelley4390wmYes, there were massive crowds on the street, but the the 150+ people I appreciated most were the folks who came in to encourage me with my battle with cancer and the attack by a gangrenous appendix. Tugboat Captain Doug walked right up to me behind the desk to give me a big bear hug. I thought I was going to get mugged, as he was clean shaven and unrecognized at first. City Councilor Sepatia thrust my rollator/walker aside to give another hug and kind words. Reiki Master Karen Pischke made a promise to bring the resources of her Dreamtime Wellness treatment to me at home. Shelley (with PT/OT calzones) from Den-Mar Rehab, one of my prime physical therapists, came by with half a dozen of her best friends,. Then three nurses from Mass General charged in and offered their support too.

I’d like to thank Valerie Marcley, long time organizer in charge of the Block Parties, for her hard work on the event, her sensitivity, and for being a good friend. She was there cleaning up long after I had gone home. Lastly, I want to mention my “Gyotaku” fish print artist Patrick Horgan, who just happened in from Seabrook, N.H. I convinced him to set up his display outside the gallery. It’s always a pleasure to work with Pat, and he escorted and drove me safely thru the darkness to the refuge of my home in Rockport. Cape Ann is a very special community that cares. They’ll always have your back.

Community Stuff 8/17/14


Tutta la Famiglia:

A Photographic Exhibition of Community Life
in Gloucester, Massachusetts

Photographs by Paul Cary Goldberg

September 19, 2014 – January 9, 2015
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor (Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
New York, New York 10036  
Opening Reception: September 18 from 6pm to 8pm
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm


Hi Joey,

As you probably know, the Cape Ann Museum is reopening this month after a huge renovation. One of the new exhibits will feature the incredible fresnel lens that used to be housed in one of the Thacher Island lighthouses. Included in the exhibit are a series of videos about the island that will be projected onto glass next to the giant lens. We recently finished a video reel that will play between those videos with some stunning aerial footage of Thacher Island. 

Below is a link to a promotional video I created using some of that same footage cut to music. Would you mind posting to GMG?

Thanks very much,

Erich Archer
Executive Director
Cape Ann TV

Please ad this from the Gloucester United Methodist Church

Little Dresses for Africa/Britches for Boys

A new mission program is starting at the Gloucester United Methodist church and we want you to be a part of it.

Pillowcase dresses and t-shirt shorts are on the sewing machines as we make these clothing items for little girls and boys.

How can you participate?

If you are a person who sews: You can use the patterns on the website (or your own) and make as many dresses as wish.

If you want to learn to do some simple sewing: This is a great place to start. Help is available to lead you through the process.

If you don’t have the time/desire to make a dress but you have fabric or pillowcases: You can donate new or lightly used pillowcases or fabric 

(requires about one yard per dress). Someone will turn your donation into dresses for needy little girls. 

If you don’t have pillowcases or fabric, but would like to help: You may purchase fabric or notions to be used for this project. Thread, ¼ inch elastic, double wide, 

white binding tape and fabric (one yard) are all that are required to make a basic dress.

If you don’t want to shop, but would like to donate: You can help with the cost of shipping the dresses. 

If you don’t sew or have extra money but you’d still like to be involved: Your help with ironing, sizing, and/or packing the dresses would be appreciated.

An open meeting for all who wish to be involved about these projects is scheduled for Sunday, August 31st at 6pm at the Gloucester United Methodist Church, located at 436 Washington St. Contact Julie Kesterson at 978-290-9312 or go to

Thank you

Julie Kesterson

GUMC Liaison

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