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Harbor Loop Concert Series 2014 ~ The list..

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Special thank you to all involved, Bradley Royds, Harry (Skip) Pardee, Frank Hawks, John Silviera ( the sound guys), Walter Peckham, the Police, the Mayor: Carolyn Kirk, Suzanne Egan, Gail McCarthy, Peter Van Ness, Lucky, Will Hunt, Sheila Orlando…the bands, and everyone who lives in and/or loves Gloucester…

It’s a community effort!

Run to Home Base- I Need your Help!

On Saturday, July 19th, I will be participating in the 5th annual Run to Home Base to help returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families heal the “invisible wounds” of war.  This is my first 9k! So far I can run a 5k, but I am willing to put in the dedication to train and run for our troops! I hope you can help me out in my fundraising journey by donating. Any amount counts. My goal is to raise $750 by July 15th, but I would love to surpass that with your help!

Please click on my link to Donate: http://www.runtohomebase.org/2014RunToHomeBase/AliciaPensarosa

Let’s Support our Troops who have risked their lives, health and families for us!

Home Base operates one of the only private sector clinics in the nation dedicated to helping veterans and their families recover from post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury through clinical care, education and research. They have provided additional support for thousands of veterans and family members through free recreational activities, work in public schools, and on college campuses.  Home Base has trained more than 11,000 clinicians nationwide to recognize and treat the invisible wounds in their medical practices, and the program is engaged in national research to improve the treatment and understanding of PTS and TBI.

 

If you have any training suggestions, I would love to hear about them. Leave them in the comments.

Thank you for your support!

~Alicia

 

Submit Your Short Film or Poem for Rockport’s Upcoming Festival!

 

The Red Shed Film FestSUBMIT YOUR FILM FOR THE RED SHED FILM FEST ON ROCKPORT’S MOTIF No.1 DAY Are you a filmmaker? Apply to screen your film at the Red Shed Film Festival on Motif No.1 Day in Rockport! The Red Shed is a micro film festival featuring selected shorts produced on Cape Ann or with Cape Ann as the subject. The history, geography, art, people, city and towns of Cape Ann are all suitable for treatment — anything that conveys the region’s sense of place. The Red Shed Film Festival takes place on Saturday, May 17, 2014 as part of Rockport’s annual Motif No.1 Day festival of the arts. The Guidelines for Entries: Films must come in under 15 minutes and should be produced on, or be about, Cape Ann. Film structure and genre can be fiction or non-fiction, abstract or literal, linear or non-linear – play with your aesthetic tastes.Application does not guarantee screening. As such, a winner in this festival is anyone whose film is chosen to be screened. If your piece is chosen to be screened, you will be contacted based on the information you provide in the application (email or phone probably). Please submit your film at: www.rockportartfestivals.com/motif-1-festival-events/film-festival. For more information please contact granitevisions@gmail.com 978.290.9200 or go to http://www.rockportartfestivals.com

SUBMIT YOUR WORK FOR THE “WORDS BEFORE DINNER LITERARY EVENT” ON ROCKPORT’S MOTIF No.1 DAY! Have you written a poem or essay with Cape Ann as its theme? If so, we’d love to have your submission for the annual Words Before Dinner Literary event, taking place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 17th in downtown Rockport as part of the town’s Motif No. 1 Day festival. Readers will share selections of their own work from poems to brief essays (under 750 words) featuring the beauty, history, industry art and landscape of Cape Ann as inspiration. Please submit your work for consideration to rockportfestivals@gmail.com and plan to join other members of Cape Ann’s literary community for a few Words Before Dinner on May 17th. For more information go to www.rockportartfestivals.com or call 978-546-2861

A Coffeehouse in Rockport with an Awesome Band!

Yes, this band is indeed awesome. Not that I’m biased or anything. Of course the fact that the band is made up of my brother, niece and two nephews doesn’t influence my love for their music. Not at all, I swear (well…maybe just a bit). But it is true that I really think that anyone who digs roots music will find Daniel Dye & the Miller Road Band’s live show to be just as awesome as I do. They are playing this Thursday, March 13th at the Rockport Community House, with proceeds to benefit the work of Rockport Festivals, the group that puts together the Rockport Farmers Market, HarvestFest and Motif No.1 Day in downtown Rockport.

The Coffeehouse will feature the delicious coffee of Brothers’ Brew and give community members a chance to connect with the folks of Rockport Festivals. Opportunities to sign up to volunteer with the festivals and Farmers Market will be on hand, and we look forward to meeting up with our friends and neighbors and kicking off the spring after a long, cold, snowy winter.

Daniel Dye & the Miller Road Band are making a stop in Rockport on their Northeast mini-tour in support of their new album and feature a mix of original tunes in the style of indie-folk, Americana and roots music, playing everything from the fiddle, cello, viola, harmonica, mandolin, guitar, banjo to the melodica.
Please call me at 978-546-2861 or email rockportfestivals@gmail.com if you need any more information, and we’ll see you Thursday in Rockport!DDMRBpromoRockport SMALL

My 2013 Gloucester Community Person Of The Year- Melissa Cox

I’ve never done a Gloucester Community Person of The Year Award  but I got to thinking and this year it just was so obvious who I would pick for the title because after being around her (and her awesome husband Bill) and seeing how much she gives of herself to our community, to me it wasn’t even up for debate.

Melissa it seems is at every single community event and is always volunteering her time and work to make Gloucester a better place.  There are people that show up for ribbon cutting ceremonies, get their picture taken and then take off.  Melissa is the one who generally was there on the ground floor of whatever people were there to celebrate by getting her hands dirty and making things happen.  Always with a smile always with a laugh.

Not talking just about her work as a City Councilor which during her young tenure has shown a great desire to do what’s right for the City not based on political vendettas, but truly based on what she thinks are the right things to do.  She is responsive and effective in making things happen for her constituents and the city as a whole.

But politics is my least favorite thing so what I’d rather point out is how she’s always there at events lending a hand or at The Burnham’s Field Community Garden clearing plots and organizing meetings, and honestly it seems like every single event we cover here on GMG Melissa is there, supporting or participating to make our City better.

Melissa, thank you so much for all you do to make Gloucester even better than the place it already is.

We love you (and Bill too) Smile

Allen Estes Vickie and Melissa Cox at Cape Ann savings bank toy drive

Vickie Van Ness photo

Getting Dirty For Breast Cancer

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Good Egg Melissa Cox Rocking Her New City of Gloucester Pin

Posted on March 2, 2012 by Joey C

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Melissa and Bill Cox at the Red Sox game.. lucky them

Melissa at World Series

HarvestFest is TODAY!!!: Cooking Demos, Live Music, Local Food & Contra Dancing!!!

Don’t miss Rockport’s HarvestFest THIS Saturday, October 19th from 10am to 6pm. The fun includes dancing and a bit of Ipswich Ale, among other delights. This post would be a million words long (really!) if I included everything going on, so for the details check out the website:  www.rockportartfestivals.com/harvestfest/schedule-of-events In the meantime, here are just a few highlights:

  • Rockport Music is sponsoring a Make Your Own Instrument Workshop for children at 10am (first come, first served)
  • Cape Ann Animal Aid is sponsoring a Dog Parade at 11:30, with lots of fun prizes to be awarded!
  • Bearskin Neck Leathers is sponsoring the Buddy Walker Band, a polka band founded 65 years ago with performances at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm in front of the shop.
  • The MIT Juggling Club is joining the fun with performances throughout the afternoon.
  • The HarvestFest Contra Dance, sponsored by the Cape Ann Contra Dance group, will host an outdoor dance in Dock Square, complete with live musicians and a caller. Did you ever think there would be dancing in the streets in Rockport?
  • -1The Annual Scarecrow Chase Costume Parade for children begins at 3pm. Lots o’ fun & a treat for children are in store.
  • Don’t forget the all-day food & drink under the big tent on T Wharf. Ipswich Ale, Twin Lights and an awesome roster of vendors will be on hand.
  • Cooking demos will take place throughout the day, culminating in the famous Seafood Throwdown at 2:30, sponsored by the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance.RFHarvestFest2013FoodVendors
  • Finally, close out the festival by sending off the public art installation that has been on Lumber Wharf all summer (due to be disassembled the day after HarvestFest). Head over to Lumber Wharf at 6:15 to join us to say farewell to this very cool piece of public art.HFsummerbuildartlight

Cape Ann Museum After Hours

Last Friday, the Cape Ann Museum had one of its “After Hours” events, featuring custom-made music installations in three galleries, refreshments from The Azorian restaurant, a raffle, and an artistic scavenger hunt! A good crowd showed up for the event.

There were lots of familiar faces in the crowd.

Rev. Bret Hays (left), rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Gloucester, was chatting with CAM’s Curatorial Assistant (and talented artist) Leon Doucette (on the right, with the beard, which – alas! – he has since shaved).

Nathan Cohen, who teaches music in Rockport public schools, designed (composed?) the music installation for Gabrielle Barzaghi’s exhibit in one of the galleries.  Gabrielle told me she loved what Nathan had put together, and posed for this photo with him and his magnificent beard:

I also ran into Ken Steiner, who I photographed at the museum before while he was playing the bass as part of a jazz trio in the museum courtyard. Here he is with Sue in front of some work by the Folly Cove Designers:

 

 

I only noticed afterwards that all three photos I picked to post had men with beards in them… Perhaps my own facial foliage adds a subconscious bias to my selection process?

Any event at the Cape Ann Museum is bound to be interesting, because of the amazing art collection and friendly staff.  It’s even better because of the great Cape Ann community that meets there to enjoy the art and each other’s company.

“At the shrine of friendship never say die, let the wine of friendship never run dry” – Les Miserables (Victor Hugo).  The wine didn’t run dry last Friday night!

 

I hope someone ate the wine-soaked fruit afterwards…

- Fr. Matthew Green

 

Community 2012 Sidewalk Bazaar Live Blog- Send in Your Pics and I’ll Post Em Here

I know lots of you have been asking where the GMG tent will be.  We should know in about an hour and I’ll post it here.

In the mean time, we’re gonna do like we do for most big events- Live Community Blog it!

Send in your cell phone or regular photos from this year’s sidewalk bazaar and I’ll post em as they come in right here.

Send them to goodmorninggloucester@yahoo.com

Look for Sista Felicia, the Mrs, Amandacakes, BJ and Donna Ardizzoni manning the tent.

Regular on the hour posts from our contributors will show up just under this post which will be stickied to the top of the blog throughout the day.  New content from our contributors will show up just below this post til I un-sticky it.

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Ed Collard Submits-
GMG Setting Up Shop In Front Of Sugar Mag’s

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Get Your Ice Cold Refreshment On!

Bill O’Connor Submits-

Fred Bodin Representing!

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GMG Has A Busy Booth

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Check Out www.northshorekid.com

2:30PM Due To Overwhelming Demand The Girls Temporarily Sell Out of Mason Jars.

DVD’s T Shirts and Post Cards Still Available and They Will Be Working through The Night To Generate More Mason Jar Glasses For Tomorrow’s Bazaar

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I repeat if you missed out today get there early tomorrow as they will be working throughout the night to create more mason jars for tomorrow.

Mary Bowles Has Some Nice Things To Say

Hi Joey,

My husband and I have been Gloucester residents now for almost 2.5 years and I can’t say enough not only how much we love it here for all the obvious reasons but also how thoughtful, unselfish and helpful people are.  Just this past Tuesday I had yet another great experience of generosity.  I’m a mosaic artist and I realized the mirror part of a mosaic mirror I needed to bring to the cape that very night for a customer was scratched.  So I ran up to Banner Glass on Pond Road and the woman there said unfortunately there was no one there to cut a piece of mirror for me.  But she’s thoughtful enough to recommended another glass merchant in town, Al’s Glass on Main Street.   I run down there and meet Al who couldn’t have been nicer.  So I got to meet someone who’s had a Gloucester business for 47 years and chat with him which was the best thing.  Then he takes time to find just the right mirror which he cuts and in the end won’t take any money for it! 

And I had a similar experience at The Building Center a couple of months ago when I needed a piece of plywood and they cut it right away and said "no charge".    And of course many many other wonderful people like EJ for example who has taken the time to give me much encouragement and guidance as a new artist in town.   

All these people are role models and I will do my best to "pay it forward".

Mary Bowles

2012 Community Blackburn Challenge Live Blog and Paul Morrison GPS Live Tracking Map

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Most Importantly before we get into the meat of the Live blog I’ll provide a link to Paul Morrison’s Live GPS Location Tracker Here  (The GPS Tracker will be turned on at 8AM to save battery but you can still check it out now. This is a real time tracker so if you see him coming up to where you are on Cape Ann run out to the water’s edge and give him a holler.  I’ll randomly draw a name from people that submit photos of Paul on the Race Course before the end of the day for a Real Deal GMG T Shirt $20 value.  His GPS Tracker even works on smartphones so there’s no excuses.  Bookmark that cool ass link and track his freaky Rubber Duck Toting Around Ass down on your smartphone.

Send in your pictures from the start middle or finish and I’ll add them to this post which I’ll keep stickied at the top of the blog and regular scheduled posts will update below this one.  I’ll also give regular updates from our Paul Morrison’s GPS Tracking Map as to his whereabouts around the Cape.

A note to all Blackburn Challenger Competitors and their families-
Swing down the dock after the race to get a free Good Morning Gloucester Sticker and have your picture taken for these pages Representing!

The Blackburn Challenge – July 14th, 2012

Click to View Current BBC 2012 Registration by Group

New – Click to View Current BBC 2012 Registration by Class

From The Blackburn Challenge Website:

Time Limit Update – 6 Hour limit to complete course. Chase Boats and Timing will finish after 6 hours. Racers are paddling at their own risk after 6 hours on the course. Please plan appropriately if you believe you can not complete in 6 hours.

The Blackburn Challenge is a 20+ mile open water circumnavigation of Cape Ann. Participants row or paddle small boats in the open ocean waters around Cape Ann, and conditions can vary dramatically throughout the day. Occasionally the water can be very rough, with strong winds and high waves.

Paul Morrison writes this pre-race entry-

Saturday: Give a Hoot and a Holler to the Blackburners

Good Luck Paul and All the Other Brave Contestants in this year’s 2012 Blackburn Challenge from the team here at GMG!

Google Map of path around Cape Ann different than Paul Morrison’s GPS Live Race Position Tracking Map Found Here

Here’s Paul Morrison from last year (you can see the Rubber Duck Tracker mounted to the bow of his Kayak)-

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Here is our 2011 Blackburn Challenge Coverage

Below this line begins our Live Race Day Coverage-

Last Update from the Live Tracker Was A Test At The High School Launching Area at 6:38AM- Looks Good For The GPS Tracker Paul! -

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Update 7:39AM: Paul Morrison Rubber Ducky GPS Live Tracker Is Live

Click here for live ,tracking map so you can stalk him like the stalker freak that you are

Donna Ardizzoni posts live shot of Paul Morrison’s 2012 Blackburn Challenge Rubber Duck GPS Tracker-

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Paul Morrison and Rubber Duck Tracker Pre Race From Ed Collard-

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Update 8:11AM:

He is In The Water Just Past The Train Bridge-

Click here for the live map

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Update 8:24 Rubber Ducky and Paul are off- averaging between 4 and 5 mph

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Our Paul going under the A. Piatt Bridge photo from Donna Ardizzoni-July 14, 2012 Paul going under the A Piatt 

8:37AM Update:

Well past the A Piatt Andrew Bridge and approaching the first entrance to Jones Creek.  Speed 5mph Uploading video from the starting area now

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8:52AM Update:

At The Mouth Of The Annisquam River 4mph

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9:25 Update:

Coming Up On Lane’s Cove

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Mary Page submits-

Blackburn challenge from Rust Island

Pictures I took this morning of the challenge looking across the Annisquam at the frog rocks

10:16 Update:

Just off Pigeon Cove and maintaining that 4mph pace.

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11:23 Update:

Passing Good Harbor Beach

Click here for live GPS Rubber Duck Tracking

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Update 12:21:

Approaching Eastern Point Lighthouse and Dog Bar Breakwater

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12:43 Update: 3mph

Heading For Home Stretch and Pavillion Beach! C’mon Paul Finish Strong!!!!

Click here for live GPS Rubber Duck Tracking

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Blackburn triumph!

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Community Fiesta Photos 2012

Neil Matthews submits-

Hi Joey,

This is my first submission to you and I hope you like it. I took these pictures from my kayak Fiesta Saturday when Nick took down the flag.

Thanks

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2012 Saint Peter’s Fiesta Children From Alice Gardner-


Greg Cook has a set of photos at his The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research

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The GloucesterCast Podcast Episode 12

GloucesterCast Podcast Episode 12

Click here to play or save the podcast

Taped January 23, 2012 with hosts Joey Ciaramitaro From GoodMorningGloucester.org and Kenny MacCarthy from www.CapeAnnInfo.com

Show Notes:

Due to my miscalculation Kenny announces this as Gloucestercast 11 but it is Gloucestercast 12.

Difference Between Cats and Dogs, seARTS Initaiative for Style Magazine’s Best Arts Community in the Country, Bikini  & Speedo Dodgeball Tournament, Next Step Organization, Kenny’s State of Cape Ann Real Estate Segment, Playa del Carmen, Trying To Understand The Lack Of  Internet Searching Ability.

Intro music Gloucester Til the End From Earl and Arch available for download free at Gimme Sound

If any of you have the time I’d appreciate if you took a bit and rated the podcast on iTunes here

Sold Out Again- Thank You GMG Community

Well the first batch of 100 sold out in three days so I reordered 50 and am keeping 10 for myself.  I’m not going to take any more orders but I have a few (6 or so) that I’ll keep for folks if they want to pick them up here at the dock- first come first served.

TO CLARIFY ALL OF THE DVD’s are THE SAME none of them in the first or second batch have Saturday Greasy Pole or The Why I Love Gloucester Interviews.  If I order another batch the new batch won’t have those chapters in the either.

If enough people write in on the comments on this post that they wanted to buy some I’ll consider putting in an order for another 50.

I want to thank all the folks that ordered them and despite my mess up of sending in the wrong master copy to the duplicator and the DVD missing those two chapters (out of 21) we actually sold a record number yesterday and after contacting some folks about the mess up we didn’t have a single person cancel their order.

I still believe that this DVD is unlike anything ever produced that captures so much of the essence of Gloucester despite it missing the Saturday Greasy Pole (it still has the Friday 2011 Greasy Pole).

Here is a preview of the opening chapter featuring background music from Dan King put to a slide show of my favorite Gloucester at Dawn Photos in widescreen format-

I’m taking the order form down as well so if you didn’t order one you can let me know that you intended to and I may place another order if there is enough interest on Monday.

Here’s the details from yesterday:

The DVD is still awesome but thought I should let people know about it.  If the reason you bought one was because out of the 21 Chapters those two were critical to your decision to purchase one I will issue you a refund before I ship them.

They look great and I’m thrilled with the results of how they play and Beth Swan’s cover arrangement, I just must have slipped one of the test DVD’s into the envelope when it went to the duplication company.  It still has the Friday Greasy Pole, the mutant lobsters, the Novenas, The Gloucester at Dawn Video with Dan King’s music to it, The Good Harbor Zen videos, Down in The Fish Hold of The Captain Domenic, and more.

Just thought I’d let y’all know before I ship them though in case that was why you bought one.

I’ll be writing a check out for $132 for the Greasy Pole rebuilding fund.  We ordered 150 total DVD’s, I’m keeping 10 for myself and 8 DVD’s were given as extras when people ordered 5 and got one free and one person who ordered 10 and got two free and I assume the 6 extra DVD’s that are unsold will sell so I added them into the total as if they were sold and paid for.

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