The last Block Party of 2014 will be held on Saturday, September 20th. This event will be bigger and different than previous ones. Starting at 6 pm, the retailers and restaurants will be featuring their fare on Main Street and inside their establishments. A new feature will be “Little Italy,” with music, cheese making, and specialty Italian food, courtesy of Gallo Productions of Gloucester. This is a first – so don’t miss it. I’ll be in my gallery until 9 pm or later. After all, I’m the appointed Party King. Hope to see you!
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Cat Ryan submits-
Reimagining Railroad and Maplewood and … MEETING #2
Gloucester Community Development / Metropolitan Planning Area Council
Back in March, the City of Gloucester’s Community Development partnered with the Metropolitan Planning Area Council (MAPC) to host the first in a series of 3 discussions about Gloucester’s railroad station and the surrounding area. As a reminder, these interactive meetings have an extra special focus on the Railroad and Maplewood Avenue and train station area. Our input will inform the process, and there’s funding lined up.
Residents, commuters, bikers, pedestrian walking—what do you think?
Please come for some preliminary findings and recommendations at the second meeting THIS COMING MONDAY June 23, 2014, from 6PM-8PM at Kyrouz Auditorium in City Hall.
For the Railroad discussions, send in ideas and comments and/or sign up for updates on any future meetings with:
Eric Halvorsen email@example.com
Gregg Cademartori firstname.lastname@example.org
Cat Ryan submits-
A cruiseship is coming! A cruiseship is coming! Sunday, May 4, 2014, Holland America will be arriving at Cruiseport
Calling all Main Street, downtown, shops, restaurants, cultural districts, Rocky Neck:
v Open up if you can on Sunday May 4, and maybe at an earlier time (see flyer)
v Print out and hang up a welcome sign that’s being created for this day (coming soon!)
v By April 30th, email Carol Thistle if you will be open, email@example.com
v By April 30th, email Carol Thistle if you can offer a special discount or have a creative theme you would like to share.
o Gloucester doesn’t need too much help in that department but if you’re needing last minute oomph ideas, search GMG and see what Toodeloos and Pop Gallery and so many others come up with for holidays and block parties!
v Some of downtown is open Sundays anyhow (Island Art & Hobby); it would be good for all of us to know who is open on Sundays
v Passengers won’t be able to visit everywhere, of course. Residents: this might be a fun day to come together to support downtown, your favorite store, restaurant, gallery– and some great people watching!
Gloucester is one port of call. Hundreds of passengers have pre-booked, arranged itineraries– day or ½ day trips that will depart directly from Cruiseport. Some passengers remain on board. Many passengers specifically selected disembarking and exploring Gloucester.
Stage Fort Visitor Center will be open. Maritime Gloucester will be open. Cape Ann Museum is closed for renovation. How about you?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any more information, and we’ll see you Thursday in Rockport!
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?
- The 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.
- 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.
Check it out: Rockport’s Harvestfest has it all: fantastic local food & drink. Live music. Activities for families. A Seafood Throwdown…
But wait! There’s more! A Doggy Parade sponsored by Cape Ann Animal Aid, a contra dance in Dock Square sponsored by Cape Ann Contra Dance, the Scarecrow Chase — the annual Harvestfest costume parade for children, the Make-Your-Own-Instrument event sponsored by Rockport Music…I could go on and on…Click HERE for the Schedule of Events.
Put it on your calendar! Rockport Harvestfest on October 19th, 2013!!!!
The sixth annual Gloucester Block Party Series kicks off this Saturday, July 20 at 6 pm on Main Street. Restaurants will expand to serve outside and stores will have extended hours. There will be live entertainment on several performance stages all evening and activities for children in the Kids’ Town section.
The Rose Baker Senior Center joins the festivities this year with a chorus coached by musician and author Jorgelina Zeoli. The group will perform at 7 pm on the Applied Materials (formerly Sovereign) Stage. The new Hometown Realtors Marketplace central area features sponsor and local business information tables, games and contests.
Performers A Little Bit Country, Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester, Lauriellen and the Boys, Inge Berg, Not that Blonde, T Max, the Alex Razden Polygroove Orchestra, Cape Ann Dance, Joe and Renee, Dr. Bones Circus of Marvels, Fraternal Combustion Engine, The Electric Ear with special guest Flag Worship will appear on three stages renamed for major sponsors: Bank Gloucester, Whitmarsh Lock & Safe and Applied Materials. Appearing at 8 pm at the Dog Bar is Ned and the Big Babies. Street performers and a surprise or two are anticipated.
Ryan and Woods Distillers will sponsor a Block Party Cocktail contest. Bartenders will use R and W products to create a signature Block Party drink. Restaurant customers may sample and vote for their favorite at the Ryan and Woods Distillery information table.
Visit www.glostblockparty.com for details, performer and sponsor lists, directions, videos and to reach organizers. Future Block Parties will take place again August 17 and September 21.
the game’s afoot: fun with urban planning
Ok. So Downtown. I know, Joey, you want more block parties among other stuff! What else everyone?? What’s on the table for you? Cycling? Parking? Arts? Jobs?
We really hope there will be a good turn-out for tomorrow’s 6PM public meeting at City Hall to discuss thoughts on downtown. All of downtown. It’ll be a good chance for everybody to knock about what they like downtown, what they think could be better, and to listen to others’ views.
Busy? The next 2 meetings will be on August 20 and September 17.
Hate to speak in public? That’s ok, too. If you have a comment, question, idea, impression…bring it, send it! Even if it’s a repeat (squeaky wheel…just sayin’) Everyone can email anytime and have voice.
Email Tom Daniel, Community Development: TDaniel@gloucester-ma.gov
No city plan is an ultimate fixed anchor. At any window in time, planning involves simultaneous sweeping aerials along with pockets of hyper focus. Responsible cities explore multiple scenarios and need to be adaptable and resilient– and try. Cities by nature are in flux. Gloucester tries! It has heart.
We’re lucky that Gloucester has had years of a dedicated and talented community development department including folks like Tom Daniel—the current Community Development Director who is orchestrating these evenings– and former Community Development Directors Sarah Garcia (now Harbor Planning Director), Dale Brown, and others, along with responsive teams including Marie Demick, Gregg Cademartori, Matt Coogan, Steve Winslow and so many more. Thanks so much for doing this work.
Among the many second-hand stores in Gloucester, some are “generalists” (the church and charity-affiliated thrift shops, Main Street Arts and Antiques, etc..) and others are specialized in things like books, music, or clothes. Today we look at one that specializes in vintage clothing and accessories: Bananas (78 Main St)!
I have heard from many people that this is the go-to place for vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories for theater productions, but Bananas also sells contemporary clothing. I picked up a nice pair of suspenders here not long ago.
The store hours are 10-5 Monday-Saturday., 11-4 Sunday. Click here to see a GMG interview with the proprietor, Richard Leonard, from four years ago. Most of the time when I go in, I see local artist Debbie Clarke behind the counter. Her beautiful work has been seen on this blog on more than one occasion.
I can’t help but mention that frequent GMG contributor and all-around nice guy Fred Bodin’s gallery is practically next door. But then again, there are so many cool places and GMG contributors and friends in close proximity downtown, that if I were to list them all, I’d end up making a map of downtown Gloucester… And I mean that!
Okay, so here goes…Rockport is packed this weekend with activities for residents, visitors, and people in every other category. Not sure what is going on when? Keep this post handy, because it will guide you through the festivities in the expert way you’ve come to expect from Good Morning Gloucester, your guide to all things local.
Thursday, May 16th at the Blue Lobster Grille in Dock Square
- The Inns of Rockport is sponsoring a DineAround at the Blue Lobster Grille on Thursday. 20% of the proceeds from your meal will go to support festival programming. The activities at Motif No.1 Day are free, so community fundraisers are an important part of keeping the festival alive in Rockport. Come out and enjoy a great meal while supporting a good cause!
Friday, May 17th at the Rockport Community House
- Brown bag community supper, 5K race packet pickup & Motif 1 Short Film Festival Screening. Bring your supper (optional) to enjoy with friends and neighbors while checking out our 45-minute screening of short films. And if you’re registered for the Motif 1 Day 5K, you can pick up your race packet and number too! Filmmaker Emile Doucette will be on hand to talk about his work and his short film “Homemade Parade” which captures the unique spirit of Cape Ann.
Saturday, May 18th throughout downtown Rockport
The big day! Here is a downloadable schedule of events, or go to www.rockportartfestivals.com. Read on for the list of the day’s events, and whether you check out art, dance, film, poetry, the race, live music, theater or ALL of it, you are sure to have a good time! See you downtown for Motif No.1 Day!
Motif No. 1 Day Schedule of Events: May 18th, 2013
9 am – 10:30am
The Motif No. 1 Day 5K & Fun Run to benefit Rockport Public Schools Health & Wellness programs! Sponsored by Rockport Public Schools.
10 am – 5 pm
Art & Flowers at the Rockport Art Association. Floral arrangements inspired by works of art at this RAA-sponsored event.
Shopping Scavenger Hunt. Over 60 shops participating in a fun scavenger hunt for special Motif No. 1 Day weekend promotions. Organized by La Provence, 4 Main Street.
10:30 am – 12 noon
Instrument Petting Zoo at the Old Firehouse Trust. Sponsored by Rockport Music.
11 am – 5 pm
Kids’ Art Zone in Harvey Park. Motif-y graffiti, coloring pages, lobster toss & more.
Rockport Elementary School Art Show in the Old Firehouse Trust.
Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest throughout downtown. Registration located at the corner of School & Main Streets. Sponsored by Rockport National Bank.
Dock Square Chowder Stand serving chowder from Nate’s at Front Beach A percentage of proceeds support 2013 festival programming.
New Year’s Rockport Eve Food Booth in Harvey Park. Proceeds support 2013 New Year’s Rockport Eve programming.
Vision, Light & Motif No.1: a free presentation by the photographer and historian Les Bartlett at the Rockport Art Association, Hibbard Gallery.
Rockport Dance Academy performs in Dock Square.
Singer Michael O’Leary & harper Carol McIntyre in Harvey Park.
The Sturdy Oaks in Dock Square. A lively mix of bluegrass & Americana.
Singer-songwriter Courtney Reid on Bearskin Neck.
Rockport School Band Concert in Harvey Park.
12 pm – 2 pm
Dora Tevan, Puppeteer & Storyteller in Barletta Park (next to Harvey Park) sharing Cape Ann’s heritage and folklore.
12 pm – 4 pm
The Evolving Mural in Harvey Park with several artists passing the paintbrush to create a piece together.
The Sturdy Oaks on Bearskin Neck. A lively mix of bluegrass & Americana.
Fight or Flight Aerial Theatre Co. in Dock Square. Sponsored by Brothers’ Brew Coffee Shop.
Alek Razdan & the A-Train Orchestra on Bearskin Neck.
The Rockport Legion Band in Harvey Park.
Fight or Flight Aerial Theatre Co. in Dock Square. Sponsored by Brothers’ Brew Coffee Shop.
Motif 1 Short Film Festival Screening in the Old Firehouse Trust.
Fight or Flight Aerial Theatre Co. in Dock Square. Sponsored by Brothers’ Brew Coffee Shop.
Rockport School Bands & Ensemble in Harvey Park.
Singer-songwriter Brad Byrd in Dock Square.
Words Before Dinner literary event at the Old Firehouse Trust. Original poems inspired by life on Cape Ann. Twin Lights Soda, a Cape Ann original, will be on hand.
Photographer Thi Linh Wernau shares excerpt from her “You Are Beautiful” photography project. Books available, with all net profits benefiting at-risk children and veterans’ programs.
5 – 5:30 pm: A Community Festival Finale
Vintage Rockport on Film. From the collection of Pierce Sears of the Thomas Wilson Beverage Co. Located at the Old Firehouse Trust. Sponsored by the Twin Lights Beverage Co. with complimentary Twin Lights soda available at the screening.
Old reels of tape converted to digital files. Ciaramitaro and Curcuru families. Benny Curcuru, Auntie Annie, Captain Joe and Felicia Ciaramitaro. Stage Fort Park, Gloucester Harbor, the Paint Factory, The Dragger Fleet, Downtown, Rogers Street, The Gloucester House, Bearskin Neck, Rockport. I don’t recognize a lot of the older Italian women and men, feel free to leave a comment with the names you recognize and the time displayed when you see them in the comments on this video. Thank you
The Motif No. 1 Day festival celebrates art across different mediums on May 18th, and this year’s event is jam-packed with activities, which will be highlighted over the next few weeks. First part of the festival we’re highlighting on GMG? The Motif 1 short film festival, a new part of the event this year. The festival organizers are calling for films up to 10 minutes in length with Cape Ann as the subject. Any aspect of Cape Ann — industry, geography, the arts, the people — anything that conveys a sense of place. If you have something you’ve created, or know a filmmaker who is working on a piece on Cape Ann, please submit a film or spread the word about submissions for screening consideration. For more info go to www.rockportartfestivals.com. For inspiration check out Emile Doucette’s short film on the Lanesville Parade.
Listen I know y’all if you’re like me are notorious late shoppers but here’s the thing- This Thursday night there are a buttload of Downtown Gloucester Merchants offering up cheese platters and Cavemen Chili (I’m talkin about you The Cave) and huge discounts on the stuff you’re gonna wanna buy for your family and friends anyway.
So don’t be a dope and wait til after Thursday to buy it, make a night of it with the boys. Call your buddies, get that shopping done Thursday night so it’s not hanging over your head til the night of the 24th, take advantage o the savings, and eat some grub at the many many participating stores, and then hit the local watering holes afterward.
The Old Lady can’t get mad at you when you walk in the door with armfuls of bags with presents in them. I t’s like a get out of jail free card, the proverbial hall pass to get out of the house. Bang out the shopping in a half hour and then go to Stones, or Alchemy or Passports, or Lat 43, or Seaport Grille or Dogbar or The Rhumbline or Minglewood or Topside Grille or Cape Ann Brewing or The Franklin or any of our other fine drinking establishments. Just remember to call a cab if you have to.
I’ll be at EJ and My Two Buddies Show at Alchemy from 5:30-7:30 where they will have a nice spread for us of wine and cheeses and you can pick up one of my Giclee’s made by Cape Ann Giclee or EJ’s awesome works of art or a This is Gloucester DVD.
Right after that I plan to hit up all of Main Street especially The Cave, hello cold beer caveman chili rat cheese and pate, Life is Good Shrimp dip, Common Crow Our chef’s best dips, local and artisanal cheeses and organic crudite, Palazola’s crackers and cheese with wine, Seaport Grille free Chowder, (are you kidding me)???????-
Good Morning Joey,
The Cave will be serving Caveman Chili, cold beer, pate & rat cheese. We will offer up a discount on gift certificates as well. Thanks for including us.
Kids Unlimited will be open and offering 20% off clothing.
As other local retailers send in their plans on hosting the men of Cape Ann for Men’s Night I’ll add them to this post.
Mens’ Night @ Common Crow
Men’s night is coming right up… Common Crow grocery & GreenLife are both offering everyone special deals from 5 to 8 this Thursday:
20% off your WHOLE purchase plus
-Our chef’s best dips, local and artisanal cheeses and organic crudite to dilute the ‘high spirits’ offered elsewhere
Advice, ideas & gift wrapping from our helpful and expert team.
Common Crow grocery :
20% off your most expensive item, plus free dips& crudite & cookies!
You are invited to “Men’s Night”, Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 at Seaport Grille. There will be FREE Chowder from 4-7PM, Entertainment: Kevin Smith 7PM-10PM, 1/2 Price Appetizers, and A $100 and $50 Gift certificate will be drawn at 10:00PM. You must be present to Win!
Try our World Famous Lobster Roll with FF for $9.95
Palazola’s Sporting Goods
Palazola’s is running 20% off, crackers and cheese with wine. Also, sign up for a chance to win a $50.00 gift certificate.
We’ll have 20% off the entire store (Cape Pond Ice excluded)! Great selection of zip hoodies, our famous “sherpa” coat, and of course all the great Gloucester t-shirts for friends and family near and far. Sale includes Christmas cards, ornaments, wrapping paper, giftware – you name it! Ladies are WELCOME too, everyone gets the discount! We do NOT discriminate – plus, it’s a good night to be on Main Street to flirt up the fella’s!
Mark Adrian Shoes
We are offering for men’s night a free $20 gift certificate when purchasing merchandise for $100 or more.
Junque & Disorderly, Antiques and Collectibles, 57 Washington Street, will be open for Men’s Night from 4:00 to 8:00. 20% Off throughout the shop. Enter to win a $50.00 Gift Certificate. Don’t forget to take a right at the end of Main Street!
Harbor Goods/Life is good
Yummy snacks, Julie’s famous shrimp dip, cold beer, great customer service AND 20% off regular priced items.
Jewels of Gloucester Chimes In-
Hi Joey! Nice post for Men’s Night. If you are still adding to the post, I’d love it if you would add our info.
Jewels of Gloucester will be serving up wine, cheese and crackers up to 9pm, and giving a 20% discount off most of our jewelry and watches. It’s also a good time for the guys to sell their old scrap gold and silver. We are paying cash on the spot. Why not free up some cash to cover their holiday shopping. It’s a win-win.
Jim, John, and Kelly
Bodin Historic Photo
Hope to see you on Thursday, December 13th for Men’s Night. It’s lower key than Ladies’ Night, but it’s still lots of fun. We’re serving home made Viking Herring, cheese, wine, and cold beer. Not to send you all elsewhere, but my neighbor the Cave is serving Cave Man Chili. Hey, you can have surf and turf by visiting me here and Laura at the Cave!
Savour Wine and Cheese
Come and join us for Men’s Night in Gloucester, at Savour Wine and Cheese. In addition to our 20 wines we always have on the wine machines to taste, we will be tasting out spectacular ports, including a 20 yr. tawny and a 2000 vintage (while supplies last). Try these memorable ports with the best Stilton Cheese made.
We will also be offering some excellent craft beers, including very hard to find small-batch brews, like Berkshire Lost Sailor and Jack’s Abbey Smoke and Dagger lager. Nibble on fine cheeses, chocolate, olives and nuts while you do your Christmas shopping at 10% off (all day for men)!
We look forward to seeing you and sharing our new wonderful space at 76 Prospect St., Gloucester. (Just a stroll down Pleasant St., 2 blocks from Main).
5 – 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13.
We will see you there!
Dog Bar is pulling out all the stops for men’s night with Beer, wings, football and gifts. Stop down after shopping for $.50 wings, $3.50 domestic bottles, Cincinnati vs Philly, and 15% off all gift cards.
If you need some ideas just check out the GMG Shop local Video Series Here-
Hey Ladies- Head Downtown Gloucester For Ladies Night- Get Tanked On Cheap Rum Punch and Drop Some- Cash December 6th
The growing popularity of Ladies Night in Downtown Gloucester is irrefutable. This has become a monster night out for yoga pant wearing prozac popping mommies. Go get your cheap rum punch and cheese and cracker swagger on Downtown December 6th!
(and don’t forget to drop some cash) Shop local baby!
Awhile back I read a GMG blog post about a coyote attacking a cat.
I was happy to hear that the cat survived and didn’t think too much
about coyote attacks until today.
Sadly our beloved cat Daisy was attacked and killed by a coyote early
this morning. We live downtown in a totally populated and NOT wild
part of Gloucester. The coyote cornered our cat on our neighbor’s
porch. There was a ruckus as deck furniture was upset during the
If I had known about coyotes in downtown Gloucester I would have kept
my cat in always. I hope the news of Daisy’s death will warn other
downtown folks and save at least one pet’s life.
Thank you so much for helping us reach our goal on Kickstarter. The project we funded through Kickstarter is called the Art Exchange and it begins TONIGHT at 6 o’clock on White Wharf in Rockport. The response to the Art Exchange has already been interesting, and it has yet to take place. Usually when people hear about the idea behind the Art Exchange, they say something like “What a great idea!” followed by “I really want to be a part of this!” followed by “But what-if-what-I-bring-is-worth-more-than-what-someone-else-brings?” or “But what-if-what-I-bring-is-not-as-good-as-what-other-people-bring?” followed by, “I’ll just wait and see this year and maybe participate if you do it again.”
This is the thing: the Art Exchange is an experiment for all of us. At times we allow our experience of art to become an overly-mediated one, or we allow the market to dictate our response to what we see. The point of the Art Exchange is to make the art market a more immediate, interactive experience. Things may get interesting, or they may stay boring. You may find the experience to be less than satisfying, or it may be the best night of your life. The thing is, I don’t know. And neither do you. So in between gallery openings and the block party, come down to Rockport’s Art Exchange. Eat a hot dog, listen to some tunes, and if you really like a piece of art you see there, try to trade for it. If not, you’ll have had a few hours on one of Rockport’s beautiful wharves on a nice summer evening. So things could be worse. Hope to see you there, and thanks again for your support!
Go to www.artnowrockport.com for more information.
Rockport is an awesome, beautiful place, but some of us who live here would like to shake things up a little bit. So we’re throwing an art party of sorts on August 18th right in downtown Rockport. And to truly make this a community event, I set up a project page on Kickstarter. I’ve been really out of it lately, having a baby and trying to stay awake during daylight hours, so putting this together on Kickstarter took some more mental prowess than I expected, but I figured it out eventually (hats off to GMG contributor E.J. who funded her book project with your support through Kickstarter!). Anyway if you’re one of the Cape Ann locals or visitors who want to see art happen in spontaneous ways in dowtown Rockport, check out the Art Exchange project to see if it’s something you can support. We are funding this event with a goal of $500 and so far we have $50 raised, which is exciting! Feel free to email me (Sarah) at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the project or the event itself. And just click the image to find out more: