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


Update! Copper Dory Planter Made By James Fiahlo To Highest Bidder Who Was Gayle Piraino From Gloucester Based GAP Promotions

Gayle Piraino From Gloucester Based GAP Promotions Was The High Bidder, Thank You Gayle and James

James Fiahlo With Cousin Nicky Watch The Pats Undress Indy

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James dropped this copper Dory off at the dock yesterday with the instructions- use it to raise money for Paul Russo’s Brain Cancer Fight.

Dimensions are 2 feet long by 4 inches deep by 7 inches wide.

If you would like to donate to help with Paul’s Battle with Cancer and get something in return, here’s your opportunity.

Email your bid to and I’ll announce the highest bidder on the 11/16 GloucesterCast podcast.

There is also a Pray For Paul Skate Around Fundraiser and Traditional Online Fundraiser as well Here

Pray for Paul Skate Around Fundraiser November 15th, 2:00p.m-4:00pm @ Dorothy Talbot Rink


Let’s rally around Paul, who needs our support to help battle his fight against cancer.

Paul Russo is from Gloucester, and frankly one of the nicest people you can meet. After graduating from Gloucester High School as a Captain of his hockey team, he took his bright mind and talent to Bryant University where he studied Accounting and received his Bachelors degree. While at Bryant he also shined on the schools Club Hockey team where he became Captain again. Paul then went on to earn his Masters in Accounting from UMass Lowell and accepted his current job at PwC in Boston.
This past Halloween morning, Paul suffered two seizures and was taken to Lahey Medical. Paul was diagnosed with Brain Cancer the following day. Just like many of us who are fighting to pay school loans, Paul could use support with now helping with his medical expenses for surgery and treatment.


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


GMG Contributor Post Counts as Of 11/19/14

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Below is a table of total number of posts from each current GMG contributor-

Joey C 21907
Paulie Walnuts 1687
Donna Ardizzoni 1634
Kim Smith 1489

Joanne Silva


Marty Luster 1367
EJ LeFavour 1341
Peter & Vickie Van Ness 1248
Manny Simoes 965
Paul Morrison 592
Felicia Mohan 518

Alicia Pensarosa


Fred Bodin


Peter Lovasco 245
David Cox 233
Nichole Schrafft 188
Sara Kelly 167
Craig Kimberley 125
Lowell Peabody 85
Ed Collard 57

Joanne Silva 1483
paul frontiero 1687
Joey 21907
Marty Luster 1367
Craig Kimberley 125
David Cox 233
Donna Ardizzoni 1634
Ellen Lefavour 1341
Fredrik Bodin 290
Vickie & Peter Van Ness 1248
Lowell Peabody 85
Nichole Schrafft 188
Paul Morrison 592
Peter Lovasco 245
Manuel Simoes 965
Felicia Mohan 518
Sarah Kelly 167

#BandAid30 ~ Listen to This Soulful Rendition of “Do They Know Its Christmas” and Help Support African Nations in the Fight Against Ebola

Band Aid 30 ~ Do They Know Its Christmas (2014)

All proceeds from the sale of “Do They Know Its Christmas” go towards the Band Aid Charitable Trust.

Thirty years after the first “Do They Know its Christmas,” which was recorded to raise money and awareness for famine relief in Ethiopia, Bob Geldof has again rounded up an all star cast of musicians including Sam Smith, Chris Martin, Seal, and Bono.

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Cape Ann Cinema and Stage Presents: Tomfoolery the Words and Music of Tom Lehrer

The North Shore’s premiere community cinema inaugurates new stage with homegrown tribute to renowned satirist

This December, The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage at 21 Main Street in Gloucester will present its first stage production, the witty musical, “Tomfoolery: The Words & Music of Tom Lehrer.” The show runs from Wednesday, December 3 through Thursday, December 11, and features an all-local cast featuring Brian King, Jeph Ellis, Jennifer Lee Levitz, and Olivia Gale. The production is directed by Nick Neyeloff, with Joseph Nuccio serving as Musical Director.

“This show is homegrown–by local folks, with local folks, for local folks,” explains Cinema owner and Creative Director, Rob Newton. “It’s a hilarious show, and we hope all of Cape Ann will join us for it as we kick off our new stage and our new name.”

Tomfoolery castcolorCape Ann Cinema & Stage’s Tomfoolery cast: Jeph Ellis, Brian King, Jennifer Lee Levitz, and Olivia Gale.

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Please feel free to contact Rob Newton for an interview at 978-309-8448 or



GHS Athlete Tess Destino Signs National Letter Of Intent To Merrimack College


 Coach Meghan Maclaughlin,Tess Destino, and Coach Amanda Levie

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Alex J. Destino Writes~

Our daughter Tess has accepted an offer to play lacrosse at Merrimack College next year. She signed her National Letter of Intent along side her coaches and athletic director today at GHS. A lot of hard work led to this day…

Our friend Falzarano Thom was the director of Cape Ann Youth Lacrosse when our daughter Tess first started to play lacrosse in the seventh grade.About two weeks into the season Thom came over to me to introduce himself. He said “your daughter has a lot of ability…you need to get her involved with a “Club” team.”  At that time I knew essentially nothing about lacrosse.  Thom made a few phone calls which led to a tryout for Tess with Revolution Lacrosse in Boston.   90% of the players involved with this program came from elite private schools around New England. We were a little out of place…but I think they were intrigued with a public school kid from Gloucester who brought a certain amount of grit and toughness to their program.  So, they selected her.  It was a huge commitment for her (and us) but she received excellent coaching, became a very skilled player and traveled all over against the best talent in the country.  Thom, please know how grateful we are to you. Today’s signing for Tess simply does not happen without you reaching out to us.

Thank you and God Bless!


   The Destino’s have been family friends for generations. Our family is super happy and incredibly proud of this beautiful young lady, and share in the excitement of celebrating this awesome achievement. Congratulations Tess! Hope you and your  family, enjoy every moment of this day. Celebrate all the years of hard work, and dedication to the sport you love.

Congratulations Tess & Congratulation Mom & Dad!

Updated ~ BREAKING, BREAKING NEWS: Science All Around Us Did It!!!!

Our heartfelt congratulations to Science All Around Us!

With the help of 313 backers, the Science All Around Us team has raised $35,748. All best wishes for continued success!

A note from the Science All Around Us Kicksarter Project Update:

“As we mentioned in our Kickstarter pitch, if we raise more than our goal of $35,000 we will use the additional funds to hire a team to create an interactive and fun website that will allow Collin to engage with kids from all walks of life. This will be a state-of-the-art site that will grow along with the series. It will also keep Science All Around Us alive and growing online as we produce the pilot and find the right broadcast outlet for Collin and this series.”

Click here to donate: Science All Around Us with Collin Keagan.


Let your friends and family know about this exciting series and share the links on Facebook and Twitter.

SAVE THE DATE: 2nd Annual Cape Ann Winter Solstice on Sat, Dec 20 @ 7:30pm

WinterSolsticeBenefitSave2014-420We’re almost ready to announce the lineup for our 2nd annual Cape Ann Winter Solstice concert at Gloucester’s UU Church Meetinghouse on Saturday, December 20th at 7:30PM.  If you’re on our mailing list (click here to join) you’ll get a pre-sale announcement via email that will let you get tickets before they go on sale to the public.

After a tremendously successful John Sebastian concert in September, we have confirmed the acoustics are just perfect for intimate concerts featuring voice and guitar and we have a wonderfully varied lineup of music featuring top local and regional talent playing Americana, Blues, Pop, Rock and a few surprises.

Here’s a video that Jim Capillo made for Cape Ann TV of last year’s concert

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