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Rapha Super Cross Gloucester and The Hive to Host Photo Exhibition

Rapha Super Cross Gloucester and the Hive to Host Photo Exhibition


For two days a year, the beauty of Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park serves as the backdrop for one of the biggest cyclocross races in the US. The historic race is also a stop on the global tour of the Rapha Super Cross Series, spanning Japan to England, Australia to the US.

Ben Ingham’s Theatres of Cross: Exhibition explores the essence of Gloucester’s character – and the character of the other stunning race locations around the world – during those other 363 days. This seaside town’s long history and understated beauty feature prominently in this photo exhibition as it travels to Manchester, New York, San Francisco, and Gloucester’s own art space, The Hive.

The opening reception from 7-9 pm on September 25 will feature light refreshments. The exhibition will remain on view through Friday and Saturday, coinciding with racing events at Rapha Super Cross Gloucester.

Theatres of Cross: Exhibition

Ben Ingham

The Hive

11 Pleasant Street

Gloucester, MA

Opening Reception: Sept 25

On view Sept 25-27

Rapha Super Cross Gloucester

Stage Fort Park

Sept 27 + 28

Gloucester Writers Center and the RAPHA SUPER CROSS GLOUCESTER sponsor presentation by author Lorenz J. Finison on “Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880-1900.

September 27th, 2014, 7:30 PM

Cultural Center of Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester

There will be a presentation and book signing by Lorenz J. Finison, founding member of Cycling through History and author of Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880-1900 on Saturday evening at 7:30 at the Cultural Center of Rocky Neck. The event will follow the Pro Cyclocross Race held Saturday at Stage Fort Park. Finison explores the rise of Boston Cycling through the lives of several participants, including Kittie Knox, a bi-racial twenty year-old seamstress: Mary Sargent Hopkins, publisher of the Wheelwoman; and Abbot Bassett, a vocal cycling advocate for forty years. Finison reveals the challenges facing these riders in a time of segregation, increased immigration, and debates about the rights of women.

Fro 1877 to 1896, the popularity of bicycles increased exponentially, and Boston was in on it from the start. The Boston Bicycle Club was the first in the nation and the city’s cyclists formed the nucleus of a new national organization the League of American Wheelmen. Massachusetts had the largest per capital membership in the league in the 1890s and the largest percentage of women members.

There will be a suggested donation of $10.00,. $5.00 for students with proceeds benefitting GWC community education programs. As always at GWC events no one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more information go to

Big Block Party Bash Celebrates End of Summer

Even after dark, the street is packed. Here is my neighbor Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant. Always busy and always tasty. All the restaurants serve late.

SATURDAY from 6-11, this year’s final Block Party features a stellar mix of entertainment, including The GHS Docksiders Big Band, a quintet of Boston jazz maestros and a variety of other talent on five outdoor stages PLUS The Brass Fed Horns (featuring Carlos Menezes, Jr., the hardest working musician on Cape Ann) roaming Main Street with Gloucester’s version of Little Italy at the West End (from THE CAVE to Washington).


See the Entertainment SCHEDULE BY STAGE HERE


Participating Restaurants & Merchants here.

Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line to Host Ricky “King” Russell along with Ed Scheer and Mario Perrett…Put on your dancing shoes! 8:30pm-11:30pm

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We’re opening up the bomb bay this Thursday, to welcome back those spirited jokesters who may inflict moderate to severe Blooz damage to your soul. I’m talking about that fabulous glottal gurgler (and drummambulator) Mr. Edd Scheer. He’s draggin’ in his musical buddies, Mr. Ricky “King” Russell , on Qatar and vogelsang, and the modishly-styled cutie-pie of tenor sax,Mr. Mario Perrett. Everybody sings,sometimes together and in tune, and everybody gets a turn to embarrass himself and/or make bad jokes. Something to see. Czech it out.


And then, on Saturday, why not grab some extra chewing gum, lube up with Hai Karate® and join “Madhouse” for some fun and alcoholic madness at Captain Carlo’s. John Keegan© and his voracious ants are ready to crawl up your leg once again and make you dizzy on the dance floor. Come celebrate the end of summer(???)!
And don’t forget: for those of you in the prune juice and Cheez-Whiz® crowd, there’s always a great free show with the Good Old Salty Jazz Band this coming Monday at The Rose Baker Senior Center. From 1 to 3 these kats wail the greatest old toons in the world! It’s a national treasure! Shame on you for ignoring it!

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40 Railroad Ave
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
Phone (978) 283-9732

Forced Family Fun Fall Farm Tour

The last official day of summer marks the date for what we consider to be one of our favorite fall events. And when I say “we” I really just mean myself and the boys, because my husband isn’t necessarily fond of being on tour for the entire fall season. But, he does it….so, brownie points there.  This year’s Family Farm Day at Appleton Farm in Ipswich is happening on Sunday, September 21st from 10-3…oddly enough it may reach into the 80s.  Sadly, the Schraffts will most likely be no-shows this year due to an 11:30 hockey game…go figure.  But, you should all go!

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Our fall days at an assortment of farms continue to be some of my favorite memories with the boys. We are, and always will be, “summer people” but, that having been said, there is something about the crisp weather, the pick-your-own abundance of super yummy fruit, the music, the changing leaves….the cider donuts, etc. that gives me super warm fuzzies.  I am a stickler for tradition and there is something sentimental about the annual trip to each place that makes me happy.  I love seeing how much the boys have grown from autumn to autumn and see what parts of each farm draw them in each season.  My boys have also always been a bit obsessed with farm animals.  There are no fewer than 50 goats, cows, and pigs that could tell you tales about a Schrafft boy’s finger being shoved into places they don’t belong.  Primarily noses….but, there was that one time….   Bygones.

This year our Farm Tour will take a significant hit due to conflicting hockey schedules, but, we still have a few “must do” romps that I’m not willing to skip. Our favorite farm of all is Applecrest Farm in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. First of all, I kind of like that it is a bit of a drive.  A little known secret is that I’m a wicked Sunday driver. Again, my husband may disagree that the ride is a bonus, and…if I’m being honest here…it did lead to quite a marital tiff one year. The words “remind me again what exactly is wrong with the apples that are 20 minutes away from home?” were uttered in traffic on the way home….and we may or may not have missed the first quarter of the Patriots game.  I digress. Applecrest is a fantastic destination and if you take the back roads, the drive is stunningly gorgeous.  If you check out their event calendar you may get lucky enough to catch their super cute “Story Book Hayrides” that are put on by the drama students of a local high school to help pay for their annual school trip. They also host car shows, a field plowing day, and other events in addition to the already excellent activities that can easily fill a whole day.  I’m a giant fan of the petting farm (small barnyard animals, peeps….seriously) and the excellent blue grass music.  The good eats don’t hurt either!  There’s also some good shopping to be done in their barn.  We always come home with some classroom snacks for the boys and some sinful treats for the house.


We have lots of close runner-ups when it comes to local farms, but I’d rather hear yours!  So, with fall approaching, where do you and yours always head?  I’d really like to know!



Community Stuff 9/18/14

The Cave To Host Sicilian and Tuscan Wine Sampling For The Block Party-

On the cusp of the Sept. block party, and with Caffe Sicilia hosting a “Lil Italy”  fete in the west end, The Cave is hosting a free Italian wine & cheese tasting to complement the event. Thought I’d throw it out there. Sampling a Sicilian & Tuscan wine between 5-7. Hope to see you there.


Laura @ The Cave


Hi Joey,

I am helping the Lanesville Community Center with communications for its annual Lanesville Music Festival at the LCC next weekend, Sun. Sept 21st from 1pm-7:00pm.  I have attached a blurb & poster with the details – similar to last year – and would like to ask for your help including this event online in your posts/tweets for GoodMorningGloucester.  You helped post for us last year but I gave you a bit more notice.  So, whatever you have time to do this year again will be greatly appreciated by the LCC.

Thanks so much,

Osha Rose Saylor


The Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street in Gloucester, presents our 5th Annual Lanesville Music Festival on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 1:00 to 7:00 pm.

The Festival features 6 hours of great live music outdoors on the grounds from 1-7pm with some of the North Shore’s best musicians covering:  bluegrass, traditional and contemporary folk, Celtic, country and blues, classic rock, and reggae.  Here’s the line up:

1:00-1:30pm – Lisa Marie Blues Duo

1:45-2:15pm – Marblehead School of Music Ensemble

2:30-3:00pm – Tom Eaton & Pick 3

3:15-3:45pm – Orville Giddings

4:00-4:30pm – Quentin Callewaert & Ken Steiner

4:45-5:45pm – The Treehouse Charlatans

6:00-6:50pm – Alek Razdan & the A Train Orchestra

Great food and beverages will be sold by Smokin’ Jim’s BBQ with beer and wine on sale, as well as local crafts, health & wellness vendors,  and children’s activities.  Admission for the music festival is by donation.

Visit our website: for more information on the outdoor music lineup and times, as well as directions, parking information and our other upcoming events.


Mary Rose Vintage Design Sale

Hi Joey,
I would like to announce that Mary Rose Vintage Design located at 269
Main street Gloucester will be having a 20% off all stock sale
beginning Wed September 17.  We have some lovely up-cycled furniture,
linens, local soaps and assorted vintage finds priced to sell.  The
sale extends through the end of October.

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Thursday September 18th at 7:30

Vicki Lindsay speaks about her experience in Mexico working for

Math for Peace, Inc.

The Pigeon Cove Circle will hold its  monthly Pot Luck Dinner on Thursday, September 25th at 6:00 P.M. at the Pigeon Cove Circle, 6 Breakwater Avenue, Rockport, MA. All members and guests are welcome. Please bring a pot luck dish.

The Pigeon Cove Circle is a benevolent group which includes men and women throughout Cape Ann. The Circle holds fundraisers throughout the year to support the needs of the community  including a scholarship to a Cape Ann High School student, Day in Rockport for the Disabled Veterans, Families in Need just to mention a few. We are always accepting donations to benefit these causes.

We also rent out the Hall for functions at a reasonable price.  There is plenty of parking.


For More Information: Carolyn 978-546-7146

Function Hall Rental: Michelle 978-546-1195


Saturday, September 27th – 9am to 2pm at the Gloucester High School parking lot: Docksiders Electronics and Appliance Recycle Day Fundraiser. Help the environment, help the Docksiders, and clear out your storage space at once! Recycle electronics such as computers, scanners, flat panel monitors, copiers at $5 each; large appliances such as washers, dryers, stoves, microwaves, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, air conditioners, exercise equipment, lawn mowers, small engine items, snow blowers, lawn mowers, etc. at $10 each. CRT (glass) computer monitors $10; TVs $10-30. The following will be recycled for NO FEE: cables, keyboards, cell phones, car batteries, sewing machines, and bicycles. Please contact Dennis Wood at 508-277-7513 or with any questions.

Wednesdays with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line ~ Special Guest: John Rockwell 9.17.2014



logo rlWednesday Only:
It’s comfort food night this week!
Homemade Meatloaf Dinner
w/mashed & mushroom gravy $9.95!

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Wednesday, September 17th
Special Guest:



It has been many months since I’ve been able to capture the
very busy and very popular John Rockwell as musical guest
on my weekly Rhumb Line show.  We’ll be making up for lost
time, no doubt.  Never fails to be an entertaining and hilarious
evening.  Welcome back, John! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Homemade Meatloaf Dinner
w/mashed & mushroom gravy $9.95!
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
Orville Giddings
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Looking forward……to seeing you there!  :-) ~ Fly



The Big, BIG STRUM Saturday, October 4, 2014 @ The Gloucester House 63 Rogers Street Gloucester, MA Doors @7pm


Purchase tickets ($20-advance, $25-at the door)
The Gloucester House – 978-283-1812
Gloucester Music – 978-281-4874

Improv or Stand Up…You Choose

You know what I don’t do nearly enough?  Go to comedy shows.

Every few years a few of us get together and make plans to take in a show….and then, inevitably I find myself wondering, “Why don’t I do this more often?”

Who doesn’t need a good, honest, unbridled laugh every so often?

Last week I did just that.  I laughed, and laughed, and laughed.

Somehow, a year has gone by since my friends opened Laugh Boston and, on the club’s 1st anniversary, it was finally time to cross it off this year’s bucket list. I am so glad that I did! The comedians were, well, hysterical and the club itself is, dare I say, the perfect combination of industrial yet cozy.  Its fantastic location within the Westin Waterfront in Boston’s Seaport district doesn’t hurt either.  Nor does its full bar and “light fare” menu.

Laugh Boston is, as they say, “the stand-up brother to the Improv Asylum, Boston’s improv & sketch comedy theater located in the North End.”

If you haven’t been there either….you are totally missing out. In contrast to Stand Up comedy, the Improv Asylum features incredibly quick-witted improvisation and sketch comedy.  Which, in my humble opinion, takes a true artist to pull off.  They can boast to over 10,000 shows since its opening in 1998.

So, dinner and drinks in the North End and then a riot of an evening at the club. Or, a trip to the Seaport District, tons of laughs at the stand up club, and maybe even a quick overnight stay at the Westin? With summer coming to an end, that’s two good excuses to get over not only the A. Piatt Andrew, but also, the Tobin Bridges!

Laugh Boston

Improv Asylum 

Community Stuff 9/16/14

What’s Happening at GHS

We have just completed our second week of school and things appear to be settling in. Thanks to all of our parents who attended the “Meet the Teacher Night” last Thursday evening.

School Picture Day will be Wednesday September 17, and we look forward to some new and updated pictures.

For all Seniors, the regular registration deadline for the October 11 SAT was September 12, 2014, but the late registration is available until September 30. The Guidance Counselors will begin meeting with all of their seniors to follow up on their progress with applications and college visits next week. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your child’s guidance counselor for more specific information.

Guidance Department: 978-281-9874
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Matt Duncan               x 14010
Ellen Clarke                   x 14009

The PSAT’s will be offered at GHS on October 15, 2014 for all Juniors and any Sophomores who may be interested. This practice opportunity for the SAT’s is a wonderful time to begin thinking about the entire college application and acceptance process. To register for the PSAT, a payment of $20 (cash only) may be deposited with Mrs. Mondello before school, during lunch or after school.

Gloucester U will be beginning this week and offers all of our students the opportunity to take advantage of some exciting educational courses.

Session One
September 15 – November 20th
·    Read and Write Anywhere (Wednesdays, 2:15 – 5:00)
·    Art – Mixed Media (Wednesdays, 2:15 -5:00)
·    Calligraphy (Wednesdays, 2:15 -5:00)
·    Video Game Design/Programing (Mondays, 2:15 – 5:00)
·    Career and College Readiness (Thursdays, 2:15 – 5:00)
·    Anime Club/Website Creation (Wednesdays, 2:15 – 5:00)
·    Gloucester Farm (Tuesdays, 2:15 – 5:00) Credit Recovery ( Mondays and/or Wednesday 2:15 – 5:00)
Please register at

NEXT WEEK: High Holy Day at the Temple Ahavat Achim!

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Join us for the High Holy Days services at the Temple Ahavat Achim (86 Middle St, Gloucester)! We do not charge for tickets and do not require advance reservations. Everyone is welcome! More details on our website,
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday, September 24th at 7 pm
Rosh Hashanah Day 1
Thursday, September 25th at 9 am
Rosh Hashanah Day 2
Friday, September 26th at 9 am
Kol Nidre
Friday, October 3rd at 7 pm
Yom Kippur
Saturday, October 4th at 9 am





Two Weekends of Free  Historic Ice House Tours
In conjunction with Essex National Heritage Area Trails & Sails
Hosted by Cape Pond Ice Company
Fort Wharf, 104 Commercial Street, Gloucester, MA, 01930

Chill with the coolest guys in town! Enjoy a cool visit to Cape Pond Ice Company, icing Gloucester’s fleet since 1848. We were featured in Sebastian Junger’s account of The Perfect Storm. Tours highlight the history of the ice industry, with vintage film of natural ice harvests. See first hand 300-pound block ice being made (up to 350 tons per day), fishing vessels taking on ice and ice sculptures being carved in our historic icehouse on Gloucester’s working waterfront.

Free Trails & Sails Historic Icehouse Tour schedule at Cape Pond Ice:

Friday, September 19, 2014, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM  &  1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Sunday, September 21, 2014, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Friday, September 26, 2014, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Sunday, September 28, 2014, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

No reservations needed.  Practical footware and a warm sweater/sweatshirt recommended for freezer & wharf.  Family Friendly, On Coastal Byway, Parking, Restroom.  More info @ , tel. 978-283-0174, or 



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See just a few of many artist’s ideas through temporary public art installations on utilitarian surfaces. Different purpose, message and style.

Os Gemeos, artists and brothers, monumental silos in Vancouver.

The Water Tank Project in New York City; overtime 100 will be wrapped.

Justin Desilva’s crosswalks and James Owen Calderwood’s FISH NET in Gloucester.

UPDATE: James Owen Calderwood

James Owen Calderwood’s FISH NET was recognized as an example of one of MA extraordinary public spaces. This summer Calderwood has re-painted and expanded the mural, completing his award. Professional photographer Linimberg Oliveira of Medford was in downtown Gloucester August for a photo shoot on Parsons Street. He described being inspired by Gloucester: the heady mix of historic buildings and architecture juxtaposed with modern art, specifically James Calderwood’s public street mural, FISH NET. You can see more of Calderwood’s work on view at the group show Sting! 18 Landscapes: Between Tradition & Imagination, at the Beehive in Boston. Calderwood works with lines in a variety of media. His welded aluminum sculpture Star was selected for the 2014 SculptureNow. The historic estate of Edith Wharton, the Mount, in Lenox, MA, is the current site for SculptureNow exhibition of large outdoor sculpture, which continues through October 31, 2014. REMINDER: The sculpture exhibit is a quick 5 minute drive to the Berkshire Museum’s Butterfly exhibit featuring work by Gloucester’s multi-talented artist, Kim Smith. 

UPDATE: Justin Desilva

Justin lives and works North of Boston. People have asked: Yes. Portuguese background. (Desilva’s grandfather emigrated from the Azores. He immigrated to the US, eventually working for a plastic injection mold company. An Uncle was a fisherman). His creative crosswalks make vivid connections based on Gloucester and stories from the HarborWalk. This installation is temporary and in progress. One of the next crosswalks will be on Harbor Loop and another on the east end of Main Street. He’ll reverse the crosswalks when the installation closes.  For a walking tour of the crosswalks Click for Google map for Justin Desilva crosswalk locations . Justin’s art is inspired by Jane Jacobs and her book the Death and Life of Great American Cities: “I was moved by her attention to detail of human interaction, and the idea that neighborhoods and cities are safest when they’re walkable.”

Justin Desilva’s art installation, With Every Street there’s a Story, is the second of three new works of art commissioned by the Committee for the Arts on behalf of the City of Gloucester for the 2013 HarborWalk Public Art Challenge, with funding from the Seaport Advisory Council. Calderwood’s was the first.

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Here in Gloucester, both installations are on view during the not-to-miss 2014 Essex National Heritage Trails and Sails weekends (Sept 19-21 and 26-28), which overlap with the September 20 Gloucester Block Party Saturday. MEET THE ARTISTS: they’ll be in town September 20th for these events.  Stop by the block party for special coloring page activity sheets!trails

Community Stuff 9/15/14

Cape Ann Museum News


Copley Society artist Eli Cedrone has been selected as artist in residence in Gloucester for the month of September. An accomplished oil painter, Eli will be painting in her Rocky Neck studio and en plein air, capturing the alluring vistas of Cape Ann throughout the month of September.
2014 marks the inaugural year of this residency, generously provided by the Charles family of Gloucester. The residency was created by the Charles Family Foundation as a dedication to and promotion of the North Shore and Boston art communities.
A Conversation with the Artist and reception will be held at the Cape Ann Museum, during which Eli will discuss her work, residency and artistic career.

Artist Talk and Reception
Thursday, September 18 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Cape Ann Museum
27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester
Reception 6:30 t0 7:15 p.m.
Artist Talk 7:15 to 8:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Charles Family Foundation.
For reservations and information contact Victoria
978-283-0455 x10 or


Hi Joey.

Please submit as you are able. It’s not ‘too far’ over the bridge!  ;- )

Loving Others Begins With Loving Yourself. Tuesday. September 16th. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Beverly Council on Aging. 90 Conant Street. Beverly MA.

Nurturing and supporting yourself is one of the keys to healthy relationships. Come hear how self-care is important for ‘loving’ yourself and allows you to be more present and available for those you love. Sample some simple self-care tools that can be quickly and easily used to take better care of yourself. Lecture is FREE, but Advance Registration Required. RSVP to Annie Wright- (978) 921-6017 90 Colon St, Beverly, MA 01915. For Further Information on this topic and other available lectures and workshops Contact Karen Pischke- or Call (978) 283- 4258.

Thank you for all that you do to support Gloucester and Cape Ann!     Karen

Rubber Duck Tech Tip: RD wants the iPhone 6Plus


Apple iPhone 5s. High noon light, rocking platform. Shot was “normal”, not HD.

Shot this Saturday waiting for the Cut Bridge to go up (high tide) after Mug Up trying to get a duck and the Birdseye Plant being taken apart in the background (They are working Saturdays.)

Non-descript photo, a snapshot, no real subject, point and shoot. But considering the conditions, it captures some detail. There was a lot of light but the boat was rocking. So the iPhone 5s shuts the aperture down to get a long depth of field but it should be muddy in the resolution and indeed it is a bit. We zoom in:


The rod holder probably got the center of the depth of field but because the aperture is shut down to a F22 pinhole (guessing) the focus stretches from the duck butt to the paint factory. The software digital stabilization gives the Birdseye Plant some muddy painterly effects (the shot is right out of camera unprocessed) but still shows some detail of the demolition of frozen food history.

So what does this have to do with the new Apple iPhone 6Plus? The 6 Plus is going to make this shot better. The six Plus has optical image stabilization. (The iPhone 6 does not, it sticks with software fake focusing.) What is the difference? A lot. When I snap that photo two weeks from now there will be micromotors moving the lens around to lock on the Birdseye Plant while the lens is open. So if you are shooting from a rocking boat it still comes out clean.

But wait, there’s more. Something called pixel focus. Remember when you had that five pound Nikon DSLR and you manually focused the lens and you tried to get that little split image in the center to line up? 20 years ago but they looked like pixels which suddenly cleared when you focused on your subject? That (sort of) is pixel focus. There will be designated pixels across the field that need to match up, and when they do the lens is focused on that subject. When you tap the screen with your finger to light balance on the birdseye plant you are also selecting it as your primary focus (thank you Adam Bolonsky for pointing that out). Pixels in the birdseye plant will be used to “pixel focus”.

But you don’t need to know any of this. What it means is that iPhone 6Plus shots will be cleaner, sharper right out of the camera so you can fill your Facebook feed with more selfies than ever. The focus will be on your subject the entire time in a movie so your cat gifs you upload on #Caturday in G+ will be even more sickeningly cute.

The take home message: Tech marches on led by Apple. That used to be cool point and shoot digital camera you have covered with dust in the drawer next to your film cameras? Get ready for some company. High end point and shoots are history and this phone is going to start nibbling into the professional camera category. OK, you filmsters who said nothing will kill film quiet down. The three to seven thousand dollar DSLRs have plenty of life left. But everything underneath those price points I would worry if I was making a living selling them. People want to take snaps. More snaps on iPhones this year than all photos combined. Compact cameras will go the way of compact video will go the way of the Dodo bird. Because you use what you have. Since you have to have a phone in your pocket to check facebook and text you are going to shoot with your smart phone. Everything else is a slide ruler. Neat to own, but gathering dust in that drawer.

When and what to buy: The new Apple phones are the 6 and the 6Plus. I just described a few advantages of the six Plus. The six Plus also has 37% more screen, more pixels, and also better battery life than the 6. But I am still going to wait until next Friday, September 19 so I can touch them before deciding in the Boylston Street Apple Store. Everything points to the six Plus. For a hundred bucks more you get a ton more features. The battery and the camera are the deal maker. The downside is that the thing is an air craft carrier, a cross between a phone and a tablet. A “Phablet”. An awful portmanteau. I don’t want a phablet in my front pocket. “Is that a phablet in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?” Bend over and start singing falsetto. But I will likely go big. I was poking fun at Toby’s Androidy Phablet just a few weeks ago. (Can you land jet planes on that?) I will live through his eyebrows raising when I pull out my Fabulous Phablet. Or my Fab Fablet out of my Euro man purse.

if you read this far …

Disclosure: I have been an Apple fan, Apple Fan Boy, member of the Apple Sheeple flock, ever since I used a Macintosh 512 to make graphs in a paper published in 1985. I find Apple is like real Science, it just works and makes my life simpler. I am biased towards simpler. Sue me.

Unnecessary detail: the Info on the shot says F2.2 ISO 40. So instead of shutting the aperture down the camera digitally selects “slower” film to capture more detail. I’m not going back to change the verbiage just to make film school graduates happy who want to argue about the size of silver halide crystals.


Cape Ann Symphony 63rd Season Opens on Saturday September 27

Cape Ann Symphony proudly announces the launch of the orchestra’s 63rd Concert Season on Saturday, September 27 at 8 pm with A Night At The Opera! featuring an exciting program of opera favorites performed by rising young stars of the opera world.. The orchestra’s new season features the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus in the annual Holiday Pops Concert in November, world renown pianist Cape Ann’s own David Deveau in March 2015 and  father daughter duo of Richard and Erin Svoboda in double concerto for clarinet and bassoon in May 2015. Music Director and Conductor Yoichi Udagawa is eager to open the CAS’s new concert season, “The incredible musicians of the Cape Ann Symphony and I are very excited about the musically thrilling and challenging 63rd season of the orchestra. We have everything from fantastic singers who will be joining us for A Night At The Opera, an amazing chorus who will be singing along at the Holiday Pops concerts, magnificent pianist David Deveau returning to play Beethoven to our final with a dynamic father/daughter pair playing a gorgeous concerto written by Boston based composer Michael Gandolfi for Mother’s Day. The support of our ever growing audiences inspires us, and we are looking forward to presenting concerts that will move and excite the heart and lift the spirit. Thank you for your support and see you soon!” All Cape Ann Symphony Concerts are held at the Manchester-Essex High School auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea. The Cape Ann Symphony opens the 63rd season with A Night At The Opera! On Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible. Ticket prices are $35 for adults, $30 for senior citizens, $20 for Young Adults and Free for children 18 years old and under.  For information, call 978-281-0543 or visit

Performance:                Saturday, September 27, 2014                  8:00 P.M.

Cape Ann Symphony kicks off their 63rd season with A Night At The Opera! featuring BIZET, MOZART, PUCCINI, ROSSINI, VERDI and more thrilling opera favorites sung by Mara Bonde, soprano; Krista River, mezzo; Ethan Bremner, tenor; and Thomas Jones, baritone .

Performance: Saturday, November 29, 2014               8:00 P.M.
Performance: Sunday, November 30, 2014                 2:00 P.M.

The Cape Ann Symphony’s annual Holiday Pops Concert is an exciting celebration of holiday music favorites to kick off the holiday season on Saturday, November 29 at 8 pm & Sunday, November 30 at 2 pm. The concert features Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts. as well as the orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and Anderson’s Christmas Festival/Sleigh Ride plus an updated audience sing-along.

Performance:                Sunday, March 22, 2015        2:00 P.M.

Pianist David Deveau returns to Cape Ann Symphony to play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 pm. He most recently performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Cape Ann Symphony in March 2013. Having appeared as a soloist with numerous symphony orchestras in many of the world’s leading concert venues, pianist David Deveau has been acclaimed internationally for his expressive and poetic interpretations of repertoire.. Mr. Deveau serves as the Artistic Director of Rockport Music as well.. The March 2015 concert program also features the orchestra performing Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 and Weber’s Overture to Euryanthe.

Performance:                Saturday, May 9, 2015                    8:00 P.M.

Cape Ann Symphony welcomes the father and daughter team of Richard and Erin Svoboda to perform Michael Gandolfi’s Double Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon. Melrose resident Richard Svoboda has been the principal bassoonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players since 1989. He is currently on the faculties of the New England Conservatory of Music and the Tanglewood Music Center. The Past and Present Concert features the orchestra playing Rossini’s Overture to Italian Lady in Algiers and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. 


Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium: 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA
Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible

Senior Citizens/$30.00
Young Adults/$20.00
Children Age 18 and Under/FREE
Season Subscriptions are Available.

For Information call 978-281-0543 or Visit

Community Stuff 9/12/14


PMC Kids Ride on Cape Ann This Saturday!

Hi Joey,

I searched GMG looking for the Cape Ann PMC Kids Ride coming up this weekend and found nothing, so I thought I would share.  Kids will have fun and raise money for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund! Here’s the info:

There will be a Post Ride Party for all participants with fun activities, refreshments, awards, raffles, music and more!

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


Dear Joey,

Could you run this poster again asap, for the Schooner Challenge this Saturday.

Thank you!


Gloria Parsons


Phyllis A. Marine Association

Mission: To promote the gill net fishing industry through the display and preservation of the fishing vessel Phyllis A.

2014 schooner challenge sail

Hi Joey!

My name is Meghan Stratton and I’m Lara Lepionka’s new service member at Backyard Growers. Our major fall event starts tomorrow and will go for the next couple weeks, so we were hoping you could post about it on Good Morning Gloucester. Below is our logo and a quick blurb about the events. I’ve also attached a few pictures of the sunflowers, squash, and pumpkins from Veterans that we’ll be harvesting tomorrow. Let me know if there’s anything else I should send or if there are any problems.

Thank you!!

School Garden harvest time with Backyard Growers this month!

Throughout the district over 1,300 elementary school students will harvest the vegetables they planted last spring as part of Backyard Growers Fall Harvest Days. At Veterans’, Beeman, Plum Cove and East Gloucester, students will harvest pumpkins, beans, squash, carrots, beets, potatoes, and sunflowers. The next day, each school’s cafeteria staff will roast up some of the veggies for the children to sample during lunch time! Since West Parish students are currently without a garden we will host a special harvest event for them at Burnham’s Field in partnership with local farmers, Cape Ann Farmers Market, Cape Ann Art Haven, and Sawyer Free Library. 

If you are a parent who would like to volunteer at your child’s school on the day of the harvest and/or on the day the harvest samples are served in the cafeteria please contact Meghan at Dates for each school are listed below:

9/10-9/11 Veterans

9/12 West Parish

9/15-9/16 Beeman

9/17-9/18 Plum Cove

9/25-9/26 East Gloucester

Learn more about Backyard Growers at And Happy Fall!

Walking tours on the HarborWalk

Year round, select one of three Gloucester MA HarborWalk walking tours

1) Self-guided, year round, free, public-access and award winning walkway. 42 story moment granite posts installed as a permanent outdoor exhibit. The reclaimed granite posts feature plaques highlighting the city’s past and contemporary cultural treasures. Gloucester’s maritime heritage, innovators in business, politics and the arts are all featured. The signs also provide suggestions for exploration elsewhere in Gloucester and there are QR codes which scan to additional content. It’s family friendly for all ages and accessible for all. Visit just one story moment marker or “hop-on, hop off” like a transit line. Follow a specific inner loop 1.2 miles or extend it for a nice, long walk (3 miles RT). It is designed to be flexible for any length or duration, and for educational and programming opportunities for community and visitors. It was designed by Cambridge Seven Associates. Contact: friends of the HarborWalk

2) Guided: a mini mobile tour that leads you to 14 story moments and is narrated by the coolest host ever, Gloucester singer, Ann Marie. You may know her work with Bandit Kings and elsewhere. The HarborWalk mobile guided tour –an American Alliance of Museums gold MUSE winner- can be downloaded ahead of time and brought along wherever you go. Loads of talented Gloucester creatives helped and/or featured.   You’ll be guided along a shorter trail (14 stops) by following Ann Marie to the Story Moment markers that include an extra sign, postcards lettered “A” through “N”. There are surprises within stores, public spaces, and businesses as you explore our community via the app’s activities. Along with the video introduction, the two short films, “HarborWalk Cinema”, can be viewed anytime, but reward a visit downtown with not to be missed interactive elements! Contact: friends of the HarborWalk



3) Self–guided kids and family activity: Become a “Gloucester Explorer”

Any kid who hunts and finds each trail marker icon can receive a certificate signed by the Mayor for becoming an official “HarborWalk Explorer”. People can print out this 2-page tracing master sheet (see attached PDF) ahead of time from their own printer OR check at the Chamber or Stage Fort Welcoming Center for copies. Contact: friends of the HarborWalk at



Danielle Miraglia this Thursday night @ The Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30 to 11:30

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A special treat this week as we welcome Ms. Danielle Miraglia to our stage.  She’s a  real up and coming talent in the musical world and I’m so glad to have her.She’s everywhere these days, so catch her before you can’t afford it! Mr. Blob Enik, fanciful thought-provoking glitarist , has brought her to my attention and will be joining us. Also, Mr.Jim Gambino, ace pinky-wiggler, will be on keyboard dooties as well as that landscape-beheaded drummbler, Mr. Steevee Chaggaris. Of course, Salmon Dave Sag will be on base, with a full count. I wouldn’t miss it for the world!


NEXT WEEK: Rikkky Russell, Edd Scheer and cutie-pie Mario Perrett.


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40 Railroad Ave.

Gloucester, Ma.





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Join us for a fabulous buffet dinner with carved prime rib, baked haddock and much more, plus a wonderful harbor cruise and music by our favorite DJ, Scottie Mac! 6:30-9:30pm. $49 adults/ $24 children.


Cruiseport Gloucester

Six Rowe Square

Gloucester, MA 01930


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