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Community Stuff 11/22/14


Holiday Present Making Workshops at Maritime Gloucester!

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Saturday, December 6th Customer Appreciation Day & Photos With Santa
BankGloucester, 160 Main St., Gloucester
Photos with Santa 10:30 am -12 pm* *Please sign in by 11:30
Enjoy refreshments from 8:30 – 1 pm. Have photos taken with Santa from 10:30-12. Your child’s photo will be emailed to you or a 4×6 print will be mailed.

Monday, December 8thHospice Tree of Lights Ceremony  
5 pm at BankGloucester, 160 Main St., Gloucester
Join BankGloucester for the grand illumination of the Hospice “Tree Of Lights”. The ceremony is a meaningful way to remember loved ones while supporting the mission of Care Dimensions. A reception will follow in the lobby.
To sponsor a light, or for more information visit

November 28th – December 22nd  Project Uplift Toy Drive  
160 Main St., Gloucester & 15 Martin St., Essex
BankGloucester  will be supporting Action, Inc.’s Project Uplift Toy and Clothing drive by collecting new, unwrapped toys and gift cards for youth 0-14 years old. Please drop off your donations in the collection boxes in the bank’s lobbies in Gloucester or Essex. Your donation will help alleviate the holiday stress for many local families and bring smiles to children’s faces.
Call BankGloucester at 978-283-8200 for more information

BREAKING NEWS: Charlie Farren to headline Cape Ann Winter Solstice – Get Tix Tomorrow (SAT) At the Cape Ann Farmers Market Before they go on sale to the public

Just Announced: Boston Rock Star Charlie Farren of FARRENHEIT and THE JOE PERRY PROJECT will headline this year’s Cape Ann Winter Solstice concert hosted by Allen Estes with Rising Boston Blues Star Danielle Miraglia (who blew the crowd away with James Montgomery at this year’s Celebrate Gloucester benefit for The Open Door).

You can get tickets to this very special event at The Cape Ann Farmers Market’s first Indoor Market is tomorrow (SAT) 10am – 1pm at Gloucester’s UU Church. Just go to the Farmers Market and look for the UU Church table.


Community Stuff 11/21/14

What’s Happening at GHS 11/19/14

TOMORROW NIGHT: The Guidance Department will present a Financial Aid Night on Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 pm in the Lecture Hall. A representative from MEFA will be here to guide you through the financial aid process. Included in the presentation will be information about the FAFSA form, CSS profile, PELL Grants and other loans. This presentation is highly recommended for parents who are new to the college application process.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Open House on Thursday Evening November 20, from 6:30 until 8:00pm.  Please join us in introducing course offerings, student panel presentations, student performers, guided tours and refreshments so that all may see the dedication to excellence in education that occurs daily within our school.

Cap and Gown Measurements will be taken on Thursday November 20, at GHS for any student in the class of 2015, who is preparing to graduate on June 14th this year.

The Student Council will be collecting all non- perishable food items for the FOOD DRIVE this year and hopefully will reach their goal of 2000 items. Items may be dropped off in most classrooms but all will be collected in the library divided by class, Frosh, Soph, Junior and Senior. May the most dedicated class win!

Upcoming Dates of Interest

GHS Open House Thursday, November 20 for all new incoming 8th grade students and their parents
MEFA Financial Aid Night    Thursday,
November 20
Early Release ½ Day for Students Wednesday November 26, for Thanksgiving Recess

Sea Change Theatre Company Presents “Cariboo Magi”

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Good Afternoon,

Would you please publish this community announcement? thanks! Pastor Anne Deneen

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, to be held on Monday, November 24th at 7:00 p.m., hosted by the First Baptist Church, 38 Gloucester Avenue, Gloucester. First Baptist kindly opened their doors for an interfaith gathering for Thanksgiving. The service will include readings, prayers, and songs from different faith traditions, focusing on the theme of gratitude and blessings. Please join us for a lovely evening.

Hi Joey-  My name is Julie Arvedon and I handle PR for Boston Children’s Theatre.  I was talking with Mary Barthelmes at the Wenham Museum yesterday and she recommended that I reach out to you as well.  BCT is so excited to be bringing our family-friendly holiday production of THE VELVETEEN RABBIT to the North Shore this season.  We will be performing at the Manninen Center for the Arts at Endicott College December 6 – 21.  Many of our young actors are from the North Shore and BCT’s Executive Artistic Director Burgess Clark and Executive Director Toby Schine both live in Beverly.  This past summer we were also conducting our summer program at Shore Country Day.


A rocking horse that talks, boats that dance, a toy soldier that marches and a soft, endearing rabbit who changes a young boy’s life.  This is all part of the magic created on stage in Boston Children’s Theatre’s (BCT) annual production of the classic children’s story THE VELVETEEN RABBIT.  Returning for a 6th season, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT will be performed this year at Endicott College’s Manninen Center for the Arts in Beverly from December 6 – 21.

By combining the unique art of puppetry with live actors on stage, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT captures the essence of the holiday spirit with memorable characters and beautifully hand-crafted puppets designed by Marjorie Tudor of the Tasha Tudor Family.  “We are so proud to bring such a heartwarming story to our audiences each year during the holiday season,” said BCT Executive Artistic Director Burgess Clark.  “The magic and joy of The Velveteen Rabbit appeals to all ages and it’s wonderful to see multi-generational families come together to enjoy this touching tale of friendship, love and loyalty.  We are especially excited this season to bring one of our most cherished productions to new audiences on the North Shore.”

Adapted by Clark from the classic children’s book by Margery Williams, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT tells the moving and amusing story of a friendship and love between a boy and his beloved Velveteen Rabbit.  Audiences follow the boy and his stuffed rabbit on a journey that ends with a life lesson that is guaranteed to warm the heart.                                                                                                            

Directed by Jay Pension, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT features young actors from 10 area communities.  The cast includes Amesbury student Carly Gendell as ‘Boy’; Beverly actress Katie Clarke as ‘Nana’; Lexington student Chloe Thorburn as ‘Rabbit’; Peabody actress Jenney Dale Holland as ‘Margery’; Quincy student Alex Cox as ‘Wooden Lion’; Sudbury student Owen Sherrin as ‘Skin Horse’; Tyngsborough student Cameron Perrin as ‘Velveteen Rabbit’; Wayland student Sophie Stowell as ‘Fairy’; Winthrop student Heather Buccini as ‘Rabbit’; and Worcester student Sima Kasten as ‘Tin Soldier’.

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT will be performed at Endicott College’s Manninen Center for the Arts, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA.  Performances are December 6 at 2:00 pm; December 7 at 6:00 pm, December 13 at 4:30 pm, December 14 at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm, December 20 at 2 :00 pm and 4:00 pm, and December 21 at 12 noon and 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $27.00 and can be purchased by visiting the BCT website at or calling the BCT Box Office at 617-424-6634, x222.  Grandparents Packages are also available that include 2 tickets to the show, a special souvenir and a photo with the cast. School groups can also reserve tickets for weekday performances by contacting the BCT Box Office.

About Boston Children’s Theatre

For over 60 years, Boston Children’s Theatre has served as one of the regions premier not-for-profit theaters.  Named Best of Boston® 2013 and 2012 by Boston Magazine for Best Children’s Theatre, BCT’s mission is to provide access to exceptional theatrical experiences dedicated to fostering the artistic and personal development of diverse youth, with a focus on professional training and the development of new works.  Programs at Boston Children’s Theatre provide a unique chance for self-discovery and individual expression in a supportive, and productive environment. At BCT, talented and motivated students gather from across traditional boundaries and nationalities to learn about themselves, each other and the world as they create some of the finest theatrical productions in New England.  

Photo Caption: (l-r)  Heather Buccini of Winthrop, Carly Gendell of Amesbury and Cameron Perrin of Tyngsborough will be appearing in Boston Children’s Theatre’s production of THE VELVETEEN RABBIT running December 6 – 21.  Photo courtesy of Boston Children’s Theatre.

North of Boston Cast

Hello Joey,

We are a group of concerned Gloucester residents that are trying to spread the word regarding the proposed height of the cell tower in West Gloucester and it’s permanent impact on our scenic shoreline and hiking vistas.  I am requesting that you post a reference to our grassroots website,, on GoodMorningGloucester so that local residents can be more informed before the zoning board of appeals soon makes a decision.  Feel free to grab an image from the site if you should choose to post an article on the matter.


Many thanks in advance,
Jennifer McTiernan West Gloucester




The O’Maley Innovation Middle School Guidance Department will host a special parent/guardian information night Tuesday, December 2nd entitled:


A look at how adolescents are using social media, the internet, and cell phones today and understanding how we can help them make healthy choices.

As technology continues to change so rapidly and middle school students are getting more and more involved with communicating via multiple platforms it is important that we stay informed and updated.Think Before You Send, a presentation developed by Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office that highlights using digital communication responsibly will be shared along with tips and strategies, and students will on hand to present and enlighten us about what is really happening in their world of texting and online communication. Please join us!

6:30-8:00pm – O’Maley Auditorium

Refreshments will be provided



MUSIC & MEDITATION IN THE MEETINGHOUSE (MMM) featuring meditation leader Janet Green with guitarist & balladeer Gerry Ryan, November 30th, 2014 in the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse


Meditation and Music combined in a candle-lit setting
November 30th, 2014 at 7:30pm in Gloucester’s 1806 Meetinghouse, home of the
Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Corner of Middle and Church Street, on the green
Free-will Offering ($10 suggested), disability accessible, all are welcome
Social gathering afterwards with light refreshments
Web site: Email:, Phone: (978-283-3410)


The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church is pleased to announce the next event of its monthly series called Music & Meditation in the Meetinghouse (MMM) that offers Cape Ann residents and visitors a unique combination of beautiful music and relaxing meditation. Each MMM event offers the participants an opportunity to enjoy a different combination of peaceful self-awareness through various kinds of meditation enhanced by the musical offerings.

The MMM experience is intended to be comforting, entertaining and spiritual but it is emphatically not a church service. It is held in the candle-lit sanctuary of the grand Meetinghouse, a place of gathering and welcoming for the entire Gloucester community for over 200 years. The Meetinghouse, whose lantern tower with a Paul Revere bell has guided generations of mariners safely into our harbor, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the oldest, largest and last surviving historic Meetinghouse in Gloucester.

The October event will feature meditation leader Janet Green with guitarist & balladeer Gerry Ryan. There will be a collation with light refreshments afterwards in the Entrance House, giving participants the opportunity to meet the leaders and each other in a convivial atmosphere.

Parking is allowed on the church green at the corner of Middle and Church Street, entering between the granite pillars but please be aware of the newly-installed granite benches. A free-will offering of $10 is requested but everyone is welcome regardless of financial capability. The Sanctuary is accessible with facilities for persons with disabilities via the side entrance at 10 Church Street.


Janet Green PhotoJanet Green Garrison, M. Ed., R.Y.T., CADAC, Founder and Director of Yoga for Health

Janet began teaching Hatha Yoga forty years ago and named her practice Yoga for Health because of her personal experience with the healing powers of yoga. Within six months of regularly practicing the yoga asanas, or postures, Janet stopped smoking, lost weight, changed her diet from junk food to health food and felt as though she had found a path that could guide her through whatever challenges life had to offer. The positive changes in her body, mental attitude and spiritual beliefs were undeniable and inspired her to pursue further training and become a yoga instructor.

Janet completed the 6 week Teacher Training Program with Swami Vishnudevananda in 1973 and the White Lotus Teacher Certification Program in Santa Barbara in 1994. Each year she continues her studies with various renowned Iyengar, Bikram, Kripalu and Sivananda instructors and maintains a personal practice that feeds the wealth of experience that her teaching comes from. Her classes are an eclectic blend of Hatha Yoga styles reflecting her continued study with instructors such as Rodney Yee, Angela Farmer, Erich Schiffmann, and Gayna Uransky.

Janet is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor and has led therapeutic groups at local substance abuse clinics for two decades. She is a popular speaker on the benefits and pleasures of yoga, and hosts ” Yoga For Health ” on Cape Ann Cable Access Television, Channel 12, Thursdays, 8:30 to 9:00 pm. She maintains her practice as a teacher and guide from her Lanesville studio.


Gerry Ryan PhotoMUSIC & MEDITATION IN THE MEETINGHOUSE “Gerry Ryan – an acoustic guitar player from Massachusetts who is well known throughout coffeehouses, clubs and festivals throughout New England.” –

For most of his adult life, Gerry Ryan has been chasing the musical muse, learning and writing songs in a wide range of styles… folk, country blues, western swing, rock, ballads … songs that explore topics snatched from the ledger of life. He has performed his songs wherever lovers of acoustic music gather — coffeehouses, clubs, and camps, festivals — and any place good songs are welcome.

Based on the North Shore, Ryan is a singer/songwriter who performs solo as well as in the popular trio, Ryan, Ortolani & Fleming. In performances, you will hear catchy original tunes, American classics, country blues, and songs from the Celtic traditions. Ryan has issued two CD’s of original music, Halfway Home and Today in Yesteryear both of which

have received airplay on WUMB-FM in Boston and on other popular folk and acoustic programs on radio and the internet stations across the country.

As a solo act and with Ryan, Ortolani & Fleming, he has featured several times at Geoff Bartley’s singer/songwriter nights at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge and performed at the Nameless Coffee House in Cambridge, the Me & Thee Coffee House in Marblehead, the Linden Tree Coffee House in Wakefield, the Amazing Things Coffee House in Framingham and the Parish Center for the Arts in Westford, the Beal House in Kingston and many other venues.

Tonight Mr. Gordon “Sax” Beadle joins the Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line 8:30 to 11:30 Nov. 20, 2014

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Dave says,

Tighten up your asteroid belt this Thursday as we blast off with the espied piper on the tenor sax: Mr. Gordon “Sax” Beadle. Everybody’s favorite! Just released from MGH where frantic doctors worked slavishly to relieve his screech defect , Big G. is being served piping hot for your musical edification. Not only that, but “Mr.” Edd “Duato” Scheer, on drums, will be joining us, too. What a night! We’re also dragging in Mr. Mike DiBari, kicking and screaming, on gootar, for that new car smell. We all sing, dance and play and will be cracking up all night long.You won’t get a chance to see anything like it again for many months!



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Nichole’s “Family Picks of the Weekend” November 22nd and 23rd

Ok, peeps.  I’m giving you one Schrafft family faithful field trip in case you’re not up for anything big, but my other two picks involve going over the bridge.  Not just that bridge….but, also the big bridge.  We’re talking The Tobin Bridge, people.


So, Pick #1

If you’ve never gone, you should.  Wolf Hollow.

If you or your kids aren’t up for learning, this isn’t for you.  I didn’t mean that in a snarky way…I meant it for real.  Wolf Hollow is no zoo.  Your children should be of an age where they’ll feel like sitting and listening to a fabulous and informative talk about the wolves while watching them romp and play in their large enclosure.  For a couple more weekends they are open for Saturday and Sunday presentations, but starting in December they only do Sundays.  Ticket sales begin at 1:00 and shows are at 1:30. My boys “adopted” Bear and Angus and they’ve become a part of the family.

Check them out here



Pick #2

Saturday afternoon check out the “Free Day of Holiday Fun For the Whole Family” at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in Boston from 11-2. Cookie decorating, face painting, photos with Globe Santa, lots of arts and crafts, Legoland Discovery Center activities, a live holiday performance, and more!

A great event to kick off your holiday season!

Read all About it Here


Pick #3

AND talk about kick starting the holidays!!!!  The annual lighting of the Christmas Tree in Faneuil Hall also takes place on Saturday!  As a huge bonus, if you’ve ever wondered what 350,000 LED lights look like, you’ll be in luck, because it’s also the first night of BLINK “A light and sound Extravaganza” featuring music of the Holiday Pops! 

Stroll through Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, get a bit to eat, drink some hot cocoa, listen to the music, and be amazed by the lights… and then count down as the huge Christmas Tree gets lit for the new holiday season.  Does it get any more festive?

More about BLINK!

Schedule of Events for the Tree Lighting Ceremony


Community Stuff 11/20/14


The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present  Lighthouses of Cape Ann, an illustrated talk with New England lighthouse expert Jeremy D’Entrement, on Saturday, November 29 at 3:00 p.m.  This program is free for members or with Museum admission.

Jeremy D’Entremont has been photographing and writing about lighthouses for the past 30 years. He is the author of hundreds of articles and more than a dozen books on lighthouses and maritime history, including The Lighthouse Handbook: New England and Great Shipwrecks of the Maine Coast. He has been recognized as the leading expert on New England’s historic lighthouses and has appeared on the History Channel, the Travel Channel, Public Television, and National Public Radio speaking on the topic. He is the historian for the American Lighthouse Foundation and the founder of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses. Jeremy’s presentation will focus on the rich history of the lighthouses of Newburyport, Ipswich, and Cape Ann, with an emphasis on the human interest stories of lighthouse keepers and their families. The presentation will be illustrated by historic images and Jeremy’s own recent photos.

The Cape Ann Museum recently completed stabilization and installation of the first order Fresnel lens originally housed in the south lighthouse tower on Thacher Island off Rockport.  The project was a collaborative one, done with the Thacher Island Association. In 1861, first order Fresnel lenses, made in Paris, were installed in the newly constructed lighthouse towers on Thacher Island.  The lenses remained in place until 1980 when they were decommissioned and removed from the Island; just one of the two—the lens in the south lighthouse—was preserved.  Recently, the United States Coast Guard has been sending these magnificent lenses back to the communities where they were originally used to be preserved within museum settings. The gallery in which the lens is now permanently installed includes a mixture of artifacts and interpretative materials designed to help visitors appreciate the beauty and power of the lens along with the history of Thacher Island.  In addition to the first order lens a smaller fourth order Fresnel lens, originally installed in the lighthouse at Eastern Point, is also on exhibition.  Jeremy D’Entrement’s lecture is one of many that the Museum hopes to offer related to the newly acquired Fresnel lens.


Guess I’m up before you this morning. I don’t see any lights on in your office, from my vantage point. 

Many readers of GMG may already  know about Tricia O’Neill’s terrific mural  downtown. What an exemplary illustration of public art in Gloucester. Next year I think another mural  should be done on  Charles Olson. This is the product of a SeArts Partner with an Artist Grant that Tricia forwarded with the help of the Gloucester Writers Center. Jack down at Palazola’s and the Pilot House contributed the brick canvas.   The poem chosen for the mural  is called THE THEORY OF POETRY.  It is the epigram from KNOW FISH, Vincent’s  first volume of his epic poem on Gloucester.   So already there are  two businesses and two non-profits collaborating. Add to that  Tricia and her husband and artist Steve Brettler, two artists  who painstakingly created the mural.  

The video combines the work of  few more Glocuester Artists:   a striking image of the bard by cartoonist, illustrator and writer Tony Millionaire,  a haunting and rocking sound track by Willie Loco Alexander,  time lapses by Eliot Francesa, drone footage by Martin Del Vecchio, photography by Hank Nahamkin and a good bit of slicing and dicing by your neighbor cross Cripple Cove.  The mural and the video bring back  Vincent  words into the life  of the city today.  See for yourself if you have not.


Here is another picture showing the variety of things goings on at Harvest Festival.This was put together by on the volunteers and guests at the Grace Center.

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Essen and 14 local artists invite you to our Holiday Reception

December 5, 2014 From 5-7pm

Good food, good cheer, good art at good prices for holiday gift giving. 

Essen, 4 Summer St, Manchester exhibits the work of

On The Right Track Artists through December 2014

Thank you for considering this and thanks for GMG!


Gloucester Youth Council

Join the HGC Gloucester Youth Council as they lead a discussion about current rates of substance abuse in Gloucester, current initiatives, and future goals to keep our youth and adults healthy and safe!!
We need your input, so please spread the word and attend if you can! All ages welcome and babysitting available on site!. Make sure to SHARE this event and INVITE your friends.
Click here to see the Facebook Event:
For more information or to RSVP call (978)-281-0908


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Want to learn techniques to avoid it? If so, come to Rose Baker Senior Center this Friday, November 21 at 10AM. Representatives from the Institution for Savings are presenting a free interactive workshop on various types of scams and ways to avoid them. The workshop is fun as well as educational. It lasts about 45 minutes and ends in a game of Identity Theft Bingo, complete with prizes.

The Pigeon Cove Circle will be holding its annual “Christmas in the Cove” on Saturday November 29th from 9 AM to 2PM at the Pigeon Cove Circle, 6 Breakwater Avenue, Rockport. There will be many venders, a Christmas Past Room, Raffle Items, a Food Table including Homemade Nissu and Baked Beans. We will be serving coffee and muffins and a luncheon with Greg’s famous Homemade Chili. 

Submitted by: Judith Harris


GHS Theatre’s production of “Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde play” written by Lauren Wilson is this weekend! I was hoping you would be able to mention it on Good Morning Gloucester, as we received a lot of responses directly from your readers regarding the advertising and sponsorship!

The play is a darkly comic adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In Victorian England, repressed impulses burst their corsets as Dr. Jekyll’s experiments in the nature of evil threaten to reveal the bloody hands beneath the gloves of the British.

Performances are Friday, November 21 at 7pm, Saturday November 22nd at 2pm & 7pm, and Sunday November 23rd at 2pm. Tickets are available online through PayPal or at the door (cash or cards through PayPal.) Students and Seniors are $5 and Adults are $10.

I’ve attached some photos from our dress rehearsal last night, taken by our technical assistant, Joshua Fay.

Photo 1127 shows Jessalyn Silveira as Plodget, the cook, and Danielle Bauke as Ivy, the maid, eavesdropping on Jekyll as he discusses his evil potion.

Photo 1047 depicts the dinner party hosted by Euphronia Jekyll (Mikayla Healey – bottom right.) Standing is Genevieve Healey as Ambrosia Jekyll and Hayden Cushing as Xavier Utterson. Below the table (L-R) is Joshua Flynn as Henry Jekyll, Jessyca Muniz as Rosamunda Dewthistle, Madison Smith as Calliope Throckmortonshire, and Mikayla Healey as Euphronia Jekyll.

Photo 1007 shows (L-R) Jessyca Muniz as Rosamunda Dewthistle speaking with Joshua Flynn as Henry Jekyll, as Genevieve Healey (Ambrosia Jekyll) and Hayden Cushing (Xavier Utterson) look on.

Thank you so much!

Jessica Ruggles
Theater Arts Teacher


Wednesdays with Fly Amero…Special Guest: Andy Pratt @ 8-11pm 11.19.2014

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This Wednesday Only:
Prime Rib Dinner $12.95!
(while they last)

Wednesday, November 19th
Special Guest:


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We have a bit of rock/pop culture history with us this week
at the Rhumb Line.  After a 4-year absence, Andy Pratt finally
returns as musical guest.  A very special night.  I sincerely
hope no one misses it! ~ Fly

Wikipedia: Andy Pratt (born January 25, 1947) is an American
rock music singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. In the
1970s, he made a number of experimental records and scored a
commercial hit with “Avenging Annie”.  After words of praise
from Rolling Stone magazine (“By reviving the dream of rock
as an art and then re-inventing it, Pratt has forever changed the
face of rock”), he tried a more commercial approach.  Pratt
converted to Christianity in the late 1970s and continued to
make records and perform at big Christian pop music festivals.
Pratt has released over twenty studio albums as of April 2012.

Check it –    

Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Prime Rib Dinner $12.95! (while they last)
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
Thanksgiving Eve
w/Dave Sag’s Blues Party

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Come Back Kid! chance to win a $500 complimentary overnight stay in Gloucester

Hi Joey,

GMG readers, Gloucester is looking for feedback for our local businesses.

Any FOBs that have visited Gloucester and want to help, please take a brief online survey

GMG readers who have any trade with the visitor-based economy, please have a look and share it with your customers, business travelers, and guests (especially any that travel and stay overnight).

Bonus prize! Respondents (prior visitors) who complete the survey will be entered to win a complimentary overnight stay in Gloucester with value of $500.

Per ordinance and under the direction of Community Development’s Tom Daniel and Carol Thistle, the City of Gloucester has established a tourism commission and engaged Open the Door (not to be confused with wonderful The Open Door) to gather as much information as possible for a new Five-Year Marketing Plan. One of the next steps includes casting a net far and wide for feedback from Gloucester visitors. Queue this on-line survey!

Please note that the deadline is in two weeks–no later than December 5, 2014. Good luck!


Editor’s note-

I find it funny on question 11 where they ask-

*How did you get your information on Gloucester? (Check all that apply)

That Good Morning Gloucester is not listed when we probably get more web traffic than all of the other listed sites combined.

If you do indeed feel that GMG is your source of Gloucester info for events then feel free to fill us in in the “other” option on question 11.

Community Stuff 11/19/14



With their new show, Holiday Bizarre:Where Art and Toys Collide, Flatrocks Gallery invites you to connect to your child within. The magic of the season is brought to life in full color, with energy and irony in this group show. Hans Pundt’s sculptures, made from his vast collection of toys, are fantastic and fun, spinning on a glittering ferris wheel or tumbling from a jungle gym. With care to every detail, the viewer is intrigued and kept slightly off balance. Joy Halsted uses toys to help tell stories. She reimagines classic playthings adding an adult twist.

Icons of childhood appear in various mediums with Mary Rhinelander’s prints, Beverly Rippel’s portraits in thickly applied oil paint and Lazaro Montano’s haunting black and white photographs. Both Mia Rosenblatt and Ken Goldstrom create small sculptures in clay that are endowed with character and whimsy, yet are wildly different in nature. Fairytales and myths are explored by Anna Lane with magical pointillist gauche paintings. Anna Vojtech offers the original watercolor and pastel illustrations from her acclaimed children’s books. Lynne Sausele’s mixed media collages have a moral to share, in a surprising language. Doris Prouty’s baby quilts and Jill Solomon’s clay rattles are on display, as well as a collection of local jewelers and potters work .

It is a big holiday party and all the guests are interesting!  An artist’s reception will held November 22nd from 6-8pm. The show runs through December 21st.

Flatrocks Gallery 77 Langsford St., Gloucester

Open Thurs.- Sunday 12-5 and by appointment. 978-353-911

Hi Joey.

If possible to share with the Gloucester Community via GMG, there is still space to sign up for our ‘Wellness Initiative for Veterans’ this Thursday a the Manchester Community Center. 40 Beach St.

It’s a fundraiser for the ‘Gloucester Office of Veterans Affairs.’ Wellness services offered FREE to vets. ‘By Donation’ for all others. Thanks for helping to get the word out!     Karen

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Dear Joey,

Happy Fall from all of us at beach gourmet. We are working on many exciting upcoming events, Chef’s Table dinners and Winter classes are being scheduled now. Stay tuned to Facebook and email for further announcements.

How about a gift certificate for that special someone? Gift Certificates are now available and may be used toward a Chef’s Table dining experience, a cooking class, prepared holiday foods or catering menu items.               

Stop in today to pick one up for a hostess gift, holiday gift or for any reason. 

Holiday Pick-Up Menu

It’s the season to celebrate with friends and family! Let the professionals at beach gourmet help

ease the pain of entertaining, we will fuss over the menu details while you enjoy the company of your guests.

Call now 978-282-1414 or stop by.

Pick-up at beach gourmet at your convenience. It is as easy as that!

A full menu of options is available at the kitchen, but we listed some of our more popular items below.


Brie Baguette with Walnuts, Sage, and Cranberry – $10.95

Artichoke Dip – $7.95, 8 oz.

Salmon Dip – $9.95, 8 oz.

Tuscan Shrimp with Lemon Aioli – $20 per lb.

Rosemary Spiced Nuts – $8.95, per 10 oz. bag


Classic Mashed Potato – $10.95, 32 oz.

Potato Gratin – $36, serves 10

Sausage and Sage Stuffing – $9.95, 32 oz.

Roasted Root Vegetables – $10.95, 32 oz.

Pumpkin, Butternut, Apple Soup – $10.95, 32 oz.

Whole Cranberry Sauce – $3.95, 8 oz.

Turkey Gravy with Sage – $7.95, 32 oz.


Pumpkin Cheesecake – $30, serves 8-10

Gingerbread Bundt Cake – $30, serves 8-10

Order by Friday, November 21st for pick up on 

Tuesday, November 25th or Wednesday, November 26th. 

About the Chef’s Table

The Chef’s Table is a great way to extend our hospitality to clients for private tastings and classes. Our antique, hand-crafted table seats up to twelve people comfortably and is uniquely located inside Savour Wine and Cheese, adjacent to the beach gourmet exhibition kitchen. Guests at the table experience an exclusive private dining experience with a menu that is designed specifically to compliment the wine pairing by our wine expert, Kathleen Erickson.

These events are typically booked for private parties and are not open to the public, however we periodically open the table to reservations on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sample Chef’s Table menus can be viewed on our website. Do not delay in making your reservations. Open Chef’s Table events tend to sell-out very quickly.

We look forward to serving you, your family and friends this holiday season.


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Megan McKenzie and Jeff Buckridge have a very special show this Thursday night @ Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant 8-10pm!

This is our first time playing here so please won’t you come out and join us for some margaritas and music this ones for all you out there that have asked for an early show, well here it is! See you Thursday!

megan jeff jal

2014 Shop Rockport Event Friday December 5th

Hi Joey C!
Join us in Downtown Rockport, Friday, December 5!  Participating cafes,
galleries and shops will be serving hor d’oeuvres, wine and drinks while
you shop throughout downtown Rockport and enjoy a night of special
promotions from 4-9pm!
Visit our Facebook page for more information:
Thanks for sharing!
Dawn @ La Provence


Community Stuff 11/17/14

Phyllis A Annual Meeting

at Rocky Neck Cultural Center
January 24, 2015 4:30-7 pm
Join us for chowder and cream puffs!
Hear the amazing news of the past year, and our plans for 2015!

Suggested donation of $10.00 per person

Hi Joey:
Love keeping up with your e-paper “ Good Morning Gloucester” which I read regularly.  However, I did want to mention to you, have you gotten any e-mail about the St. John’s Country Cupboard Fair” and most importantly the Harvest Festival?
Although I promised everyone that I would not get involved with it this year it so happens here I am again.  There are two major things happening that I would like to emphasize this year. First I think the “Godspell”  and Wendy Betts concert with sing-a-long music during the Harvest Festival at Trinity needs a good plug. I saw the kids in Godspell this afternoon and they were terrific and they got a standing ovation to a packed St.John’s.
Secondly I think I would like it if you could mention the Country Cupboard Fair as well as the Harvest Festival since they are the first event open at 9:00 am next Saturday, if that is at all possible.
We have about 5 days  and frankly I need as much help as i can get. I think with the all the events mentioned in our poster we should have a great program before Thanksgiving. We just need to get the word out.
Thanks a million.

To All,

The Rockport Navy Committee will sponsor its annual Mass General Hospital Blood Drive on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Rockport Police Department.

“Blood is a medicine that can only be given from one person to another – no other source is currently available.” ( Blood supplies often run low during the holiday season due to increased need and donors feeling they are too busy. A half hour can save three or four lives!

The blood drive is dedicated to those who have served and are still serving in the US military. We’d like to get as many donors as possible. This year we are going to have a raffle. Anyone donating or attempting to donate blood will be eligible.

We are asking if you would notify your family, friends and coworkers about the date of the blood drive, and to ask anyone you think might be willing to donate a raffle prize to contact Sharon or Roger. Prizes can be gift certificates, merchandise, gift baskets, artwork, etc.



    Tree House Winter Jam Sessions #2 Today 5:30pm – 8:30pm @ The Dog Bar. 65 Main St Rear (20 Rogers St), Gloucester, Ma.




    Hey – we are back again this month at the Dog Bar in Gloucester, MA for our second installment of the Winter Sessions Tree House Jams! The first time was a blast, and we hope to continue the trend… and this time, we are donating all of our earnings to the Science All Around Us with Collin Keegan Kickstarter Project! Check out the details of this awesome idea here:
    It seems that Collin Keegan plays a pretty mean Viola. It also sounds like he will be joining the Tree House Charlatans for this up coming show at the Dog Bar this Sunday!
    Hope to see you there!!

    The Cheshire Cat/ Magnolia Revitalization

    There is a new store at 15 Lexington Avenue called The Cheshire Cat/ this boutique store has Antiques and Décor.
    If you would like to contact the owner, Wendy Horne,    please email to

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