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GMG Q&A With Jennifer Amero

How long have you lived in Gloucester? 35yrs minus college, wanderlust and grad school

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?
Summer of course

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?
Ravenswood

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?
Trattoria

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?
Mikes

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?
Franklin or Alchemy

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?
Latitude tavern

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester? Cafe whimsy

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?
Fiesta

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?
Beach

Who is your favorite local artist?
Peter Tysver

Which is your favorite local beach?
Good Harbor

Who has the best chowder in town?
Latitude 43

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?
None but GMG

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?
Clam

What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?
Terrific!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What is your favorite local band?
Mile 21 and groove therapy
Thanks, Joey

GMG Q&A With Pat Towler From The Common Crow

If your have a website you would like promoted add it in and I’ll feature it.

www.commoncrow.com is our business’ website

Local Website everyone should know about (excluding GMG)

www.signs-unique.com
 
How long have you lived in Gloucester?

Since 1992

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?
Late spring, when you can hear the earthworms munching away at night in the ground.

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?

Yes and if I tell you then it won’t be secret.  Wilderness here is limited, shrinking and precious.

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

LaRosa’s – the sausage there is better than others, and they’re open later than others.
 
What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

Leonardo’s – Eggplant Parmesan

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?

Passports
 
What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

Don’t know don’t drink

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

Two Sisters hands down

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

Schooner Festival
 
In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?

Beach at 6 am, no hoardes
 
Who is your favorite local artist?

a tie between Coco Berkman and Ellyn Kroeger, but they’re all great customers so I love them all!
 
Which is your favorite local beach?

Good Harbor

Who has the best chowder in town?

Halibut Point
 
Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

I dont know anyone else
 
Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?

Clam

What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?

Great community building and loads of good will: the benefit to business will come with repetition and effective promotion
 
What is your favorite local band?

Mile 21

Thanks, Joey

GMG Q&A With Kenny MacCarthy

Local Website everyone should know about (excluding GMG)

thecutbridge.com . It’s a great show.

How long have you lived in Gloucester?

8 years. I was living in Magnolia for the first 3 months then my condo burned down.

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

Hmmm. REALLY hard to pick. Just one? Summer.

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?

Yup. The path from Castlewiew Dr. through the marsh then out onto Coffin Beach. Great beach to run and walk. And the small beach/path next to Done Fudgin’.

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

Lately it’s Mike’s. Tends to change, though.
What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?
Don’t eat a lot of subs. But I love a “St. Joes on a roll” at Virgillios. The
chicken roll ups at Jim’s Donuts are great, too.
What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?
The floor in front of our fireplace.

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

Last time I drank in Gloucester was at Little Earls. Remember that stainless steel dance floor.  Sheeesh. What a mess.

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

Sugar Mags.

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

The Wet Paint Auction at NS Arts and the Horribles Parade.

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?

Hmmm. Depends on who I’m with. Can’t run away on a boat. :)

Who is your favorite local artist?

This’ll get me in trouble. We own works by several but love ‘em all. My favorites, alphabetically: Paul Ciaramitaro, Luisa Cleaves, Eddie Herman, Laurel Hughes, Ruth Mordecai, Melody Phaneuf, Patty Sullivan, Jeff Weaver

Which is your favorite local beach?

Coffin’s Beach

Who has the best chowder in town?

The Causeway.

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?
Nope. Love ‘em both.

What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?

Lots of fun to walk around, watch the people, yak with neighbors, eat a cannoli.  Tough night to sit down and eat. Not sure how the restauranteurs can cure that. Prep work must be horrendous.

What is your favorite local band?

Any band with a bagpiper. Don’t think we have one, do we?

Thanks, Joey

GMG Q&A With Dean Salah

Dean is the man behind the fantastic George’s Coffee Shop.   Gloucester’s most iconic  breakfast joint.  In a town with the best breakfast offerings anywhere, that’s saying alot.

Good Morning Gloucester Questionnaire

Local Website everyone should know about (excluding GMG)

U Dine 4 Less

How long have you lived in Gloucester?

forever (46 years)

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

spring

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?

the rock at Stage Fort

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

frequent many but the polo primavera at Mikes is tremendous

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

again many to choose from but i think Destino’s salad bar puts it near the top

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?

Duckworth’s

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

Most social drinking I do is at the Elks

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

Obviously partial to Georges, but on the rare occassion I do breakfast it would be Lobsta Land

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

Labor Day Sat. night boat parade and fireworks is an annual family event for us

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?

Boat

Which is your favorite local beach?

Good Harbor

Who has the best chowder in town?

Causeway

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

u dine 4 less

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?

haddock

What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?

I think as a businessman in town that the hard work done by the committee is such a boon to downtown, kudos to all that make it such a huge success

What is your favorite local band?

Docksiders

Thanks, Joey

GMG Q&A With Kalesy

Kalesy is the very gifted writer behind  the blog Life’s A Typo.  A semi recent transplant from Jersey, you can read about her life’s trials and tribulations (and oh my god there are a lot of tribulations).  Read about how she deals with CBL (Crazy Boss Lady), Good Buddy and other folks that make up her life.

Here’s her GMG Q&A-

Local Website everyone should know about (excluding GMG)

http://lifes-a-typo.blogspot.com

How long have you lived in Gloucester?

October 2007

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

Every

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?

I walk the backshore and spend some time just past where Grapevine meets Atlantic looking out past the large, flat rock that lives there

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

Not sure. I’m from the New York area, so I’m a bit of a pizza snob.

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

Recently been a fan of Virgilio’s Nor’Easter. Also like the eggplant at Espresso’s.

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?

Lat 43 deck or the Rudder.

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

Hang out/good time bar – Cruiseport

Get drunk bar – Vinny’s (walking distance)

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

Lee’s for a big breakfast, Cape Ann Coffees for bfast on the run

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

So many…

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?

Yes please!

Who is your favorite local artist?

WOW – I can’t answer that. There are so many talented artists in this city. I’m blessed to live within walking distance of all the galleries on Rocky Neck and love all of it!

Which is your favorite local beach?

Good Harbor for a full day at the beach

Niles for quiet contemplation

Who has the best chowder in town?

Will I get killed if I admit I don’t eat chowder?

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

LOL! Can I self promote? I’ll be decent and say capeannonline

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?
See above.

What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?

I love the Block Parties. Wish I could actually attend more of them.

What is your favorite local band?

Safety

Thanks, Joey

GMG Q&A With Mover and Shaker Jane Fonzo

Jane and Mike Fonzo have purchased and been in the process of renovating a good portion of the properties in the West End of Main Street- specifically (48 – 64, and 55 – 71 Main Street).  I’ll be touring the properties this morning.   Included in this morning’s tour will be the future headquarters for our club in the space above above Lat Trattoria.  I’ll be sure to bring back some interesting video in yet another space we’ve all walked past a million times but have never been inside.

How long have you lived in Gloucester?

9 Years

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

The ocean is beautiful during every season.  Every day is a new picture to view.

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?

Gloucester has “secret outdoor spots?”  Who knew, and where are they?

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

LaTrattoria Pizzeria for thin crust cheese pizza, overcooked for a crispy bottom – it’s better than Regina’s of the North End.

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

Destino’s

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?

The people of Gloucester demand good food, so any restaurant in Gloucester, open for any long period of time, has great food.  However, I can’t think of any restaurants in Gloucester that you could say were romantic (with candlelit tables, linen tablecloths, china, crystal, silver, extended wine and champagne list, etc.)

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

Bars aren’t my favorite pass time. We could all do without them.

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

Atlantis Motor Inn during open season, Charlies Place, and Morning Glory.

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

The Christmas Season on Main Street.  Thank you Ringo Tarr for the lights and thank you Kathy Cuddyer for the Christmas decorations!

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?

Boat

Who is your favorite local artist?

Ohrvel Carlson

Which is your favorite local beach?

Good Harbor

Who has the best chowder in town?

Wow, hard to say, but I always order it at Lobsta Land, Gloucester House and The Causeway.

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

Who could compare to GMG?

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?

Haddock

What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?

I never attended (I’m in jammies by 7:30 PM), but my tenants on Main Street have been thrilled.  It reminds them of Italy where they close the streets every night at 6:00 PM and people walk from shop to shop until midnight, when they finally stop at a cafe for espresso or cappucino before going home.
Now that’s an idea!  Let’s make Main Street into a true “Little Italy“. Open the stores at 9:00 AM and close them at 12:30 PM.  Everyone goes home for an afternoon meal and siesta then re-opens there stores at 4:00 PM closing at 9:00 PM.

Getting back to the original question – Others I know that attended the parties have had accolades for the people responsible – THANK YOU, JOEY!!!

Thanks, Joey

GMG Q&A- Kate Glass Gloucester Times Photog

Photo of Kate Glass By David Cox

Photo of Kate Glass By David Cox

We were honored to have a media slideshow from Kate Glass as one of the participants in the Downtown Gloucester Block Party media presentations last Saturday night.  Recently Kate won an award from the Associated Press News Executive Association for a photo of Anne-Margaret Ferrante and her mom moments after she won the election for 5th Essex District state representative.

Congrats Kate!

Here’s Kate’s GMG Q&A-

How long have you lived in Gloucester?
Sadly, I don’t live in Gloucester, but I’m trying to convince my husband that we should move here! I’ve worked in Gloucester for a little over a year though.

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?
Fall. The weather is still beautiful and easier to enjoy without all the summer traffic.

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?

I don’t think these spots are much of a secret, but I do like Rafe’s Chasm in Magnolia. I also love Folly Cove.

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

Andiamos had the best pizza. I was very upset when I found out they closed.

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?
I don’t eat too many subs, but for sandwiches and salads I’d have to say Willow Rest. Gotta be careful there though, because everything looks good!

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?

I liked the food and look of the Franklin when I shot it for the Cape Ann Magazine.

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

I like the margaritas at Jalapenos. I am also a fan of the beer at Cape Ann Brewing.

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?
Jim’s Bagels, though I am dying to try Sugar Magnolias.

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?
The Farmers Market and music. The block parties are good too. I never really get to enjoy Fiesta because I’m too busy running around looking for photos!

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?

Definitely the beach. (I get seasick)

Who is your favorite local artist?

That’s a tough one. There’s too many good ones. Jon Conant and the work he’s bringing into the Hive in Rockport is a nice addition to the area.

Which is your favorite local beach?
Good Harbor

Who has the best chowder in town?
Halibut Point

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?
Clam.

What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?
Love the outdoor dining. Gloucester needs more of that!

What is your favorite local band?

While I have seen some of the local bands, I can’t say I’ve seen enough to answer this one. I do love how all the musicians here show up and play at each other’s gigs.

Kate Glass
Photographer
Gloucester Daily Times

Photo Of Kate Glass By David Cox

Photo Of Kate Glass By David Cox

GMG Q&A With Leah Lovasco

Leah is a Gloucester High School Docksiders mom and has been very involved with the local band for years.  This will be her last though.  Here is Leah’s GMG Questionnaire-

How long have you lived in Gloucester?

42 years

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

Summer

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?

If I told you, they wouldn’t be secret.

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

Delaney’s

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

Leonardo’s

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?

Alchemy

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

George’s Coffee Shop

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

Too many to list.

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?

Beach

Which is your favorite local beach?

Good Harbor

Who has the best chowder in town?

The Cupboard

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

Cape Ann Online

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?

Clam

What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties?

I thought they were great!  Looking forward to many more.

What is your favorite local band?

Gloucester High School Docksiders!

Thanks, Joey

GMG Q&A – Rob Hall

Local Website everyone should know about (excluding GMG)
I like looking at reviews of local businesses and places on yelp. http://www.yelp.com/search?find_loc=01930

How long have you lived in Gloucester?

We closed on our house on leap year day 2008, so it has almost been exactly one year. I was hoping that the city would allow us to pay our water bill annually on that day! I grew up in a neighboring community on Cape Ann.
What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

Not Winter.

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?

My back deck.

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

Valentino’s  for sit down and Sebastian’s for take out.

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

Need to try more sub shops but probably Virgilio’s.

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?

Alchemy.

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

I’m a family man now. However, I’m glad that Cape Ann Brewing is now serving at the brewery and I’m excited to check it out.

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

Two Sisters or Sugar Magnolias

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

Schooner festival or 4th of July events.

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?

A good mix of both.

Who is your favorite local artist?

I have to give a shot out to my mother, Marion Hall.

Which is your favorite local beach?

Wingaersheek

Who has the best chowder in town?

Charlie’s Place. I also remember having a great seafood chowder at The Gull.

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?
 

I don’t subscribe to any other local blogs. I do subscribe to the feed from the Gloucester Times.

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?
Depends on my mood, but I’m a big fan of chowder in general. (I’ve always wondered why the two chowder questions aren’t next to each other.)

What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?

I was only able to attend the first one but I had a GREAT time! We had some friends visiting and they thought that Gloucester was a pretty impressive place based on what they saw that night. It was great to check out all the shops on Main Street as it can be hard to get there before 6 PM on normal day. I loved that we suspended our puritanical ways for one night and allowed al fresco dining on the street with *GASP* real drinks.

What is your favorite local band?

Don’t have one yet… You should feature local bands on GMG with music downloads.
 Thanks for putting so much time into producing such a great site, it is a real asset to the community.

GMG Q&A- Melissa Smith Abbott Part VII (the final installment)

What are your thoughts on The Block Parties last year?

I love the way the Gloucester Downtown is pulling together and making themselves interesting and relevant to the community. It is a real chance to get a sense of community and bond with the local businesses and your neighbors. I have made a decision in the last year to shop locally and keep my money in town rather than driving to a mall and giving it to a corporation. I would much rather support local businesses. I hope Gloucester Downtown continues to band together on the same grassroots level and organize more events for both the locals and the tourists. I had a blast at one of the block parties and went into stores and talked to people I normally would not have had a chance to get to know. I actually won a raffle at the Black Swan and now have one of thier beautiful purses. In days gone by, Gloucester Downtown was a real meeting place. Everyone congregated in front of the waiting station which is where Passports, Sugar Magnolias, The Franklin, and
Deborah Coull Salon is now. We had Connors drug store with thier soda fountain, Nick’s Pool Room (not that any girls ever went in there), Sam Ann’s which was a coffee shop after school hangout for the High school kids. Everyone waited for late buses there to get home and it was a social network. In the 1960’s there were actual cliques of kids. Two of them were The West End Kids and The East Gloucester Kids AKA The Clique. Sometimes there would even be rumbles between the boys in the halls at school or at house parties. It seems kind of silly now, but it was a big deal back then. Grays Hardware Store was across the Street and Dr Wonson the dentist was upstairs. You could walk up the hill to Sterlings Drug Store or Woolworth’s and then there was Brown’s Department Store, Goldman’s and The Empire. All of these sold the sweater sets we yearned for which we wore with little peter pan colored blouses and circle pins. We bought our shoes and purses at Mark
Adrians (was known as something else but I can’t remember).  We took dance Lessons from Ina Hahn upstairs from the waiting station. So for me, Downtown Gloucester was a place where I came of age and learned about the world. Now that I work for The Gloucester Times, my territory is downtown Gloucester and it is very interesting to me to meet and know everyone there now. Some of the names and faces are the same but most are new.

What is your favorite Local band.

I have been a fan of Fly Amero since High School when he was the only musician we knew who could play the whole of the song by Arlo Gutherie, Alices Restaurant, all the way through (which took about 45 minutes). For some reason I was very impressed by this. I also knew his older brother JB when he played in a rocking 60’s band called JB and Water. They played all the Yacht Club and High School Dances at the time and they were a cross between The Kingsmen of Louis Louis fame and The Kinks and he was definitely one of the coolest guys around musically. His sister Linda was one of the most lovely girls around in the 60’s and boy could she sing then and can she sing now! A few years ago I went to Fly’s 50th birthday party and reconnected with everyone and it was very cool.

Thank you Melissa for taking the time to write all this down and share with us.  It is much appreciated!

GMG Q&A- Melissa Smith Abbott Part VI

Who has the best Chowder in town?

I really don’t like anyone’s Chowder all that much. I don’t think people know how to make it anymore. They don’t put in the fish broth or clam broth which is what makes it really tasty. Here is my grandmother, Melissa C. Smith’s recipe for Fish Chowder from the Blacksmith Shop Cookbook 1947.

Blacksmith Shop Restaurant Fish Chowder 1947

4 lbs. haddock or cod
4 potatoes peeled cut into 3/4 inch cubes
1 sliced onion
1 1/2 inch fat salt pork
1 T. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
3 T. butter
4 c. scalded milk

Preparation

A New Englander orders her fish from the market with the fish skinned, but the head and tail left on. Remove fish from backbone and cut off head and tail. Cut fish into 2 inch pieces and set aside. Put head, tail, and backbone pieces into a stew pan, add 2 cups of cold water and bring slowly to boiling point; cook 5 minutes. Cut salt pork into small pieces and fry out, add onion and fry 5 minutes. Strain fat into a large pan, add potatoes to fat, then add 2 cups boiling water and cook 5 minutes. Add liquor drained from the bones, add fish, cover and simmer 5 minutes. Add milk, salt, pepper, and butter. Melissa C Smithʼs comment: Although it is not traditional, I find most people prefer fish chowder which is slightly thickened. Melt 2 tablespoons butter and add 4 tablespoons flour, blending well. Gradually add 4 cups scalded milk. A little cream is good too. Serve with pilot crackers.

Note: source: Blacksmith Shop Specialties – How to Prepare and Serve Our Famous Dishes – Melissa C. Smith 1947

Now, I am  not sure if you are aware then you can not get Crown Pilot Crackers anymore. Nabisco decided not to make them. I did a bit of research on them. Crown Pilot was actually Nabisco’s oldest recipe, purchased when they bought out a small baker in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where the cracker was made as early as 1792 for seafarers.

I have a Pilot Cracker Recipe which I will share with you. It’s easy and they come out pretty good. So if you like things authentic, you really can’t get them in too many places commercially and chowder just isn’t chowder without Pilot Crackers.

Pilot Crackers

1 1/2 Cups milk
4 Cups flour
4 Tablespoons butter
3 Teaspoons brown sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoons salt

Mix the ingredients into a dough and roll out to a thickness of
about 1/2 inch. Cut into rectancles. Prick the squares with a fork
or knife. Place them on a lightly greased baking pan and bake
at 400 degrees F for 20 to 30 minutes, until golden brown.
Yield: 24 2 x 2-inch bars.

I prefer a Haddock Chowder but if I dug the clams myself, then I like Clam Chowder too.

GMG Q&A- Melissa Smith Abbott Part V

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

I love the Schooner Festival. It’s a day where the sails are alive in the harbor just like in the old days. It’s like a convention old Victorian ladies still all decked out in their lace and velvets. If you squint your eyes you can imagine what it looked like over 100 years ago. I like going out with the schooners and sailing with them and taking loads of photos. It is always a great weekend in Gloucester when lots of visiting boats come to town. I always wonder why Gloucester doesn’t have more moorings and marinas for boats to attract that kind of business to the city. Lot’s of people come to Gloucester by boat and there is no where to land and it is very unfriendly towards them. We have such a huge beautiful harbor and we could manage a few more moorings and a public marina with showers, groceries, and a laundromat. It would definitely bring in a different sort of tourist during the summer. You can charge big money for it too. Everyone loves Fiesta and
I like the blessing of the fleet and the greasy pole with all the costumes. The best place to watch is right beside it and to go there by dingy. The 4th of July in Laneville is off the hook but scary because of the noise and fire. I also like the Boat Parade at the end of the summer with the fireworks afterwards. It is a fun night.

In the summer do you prefer beach or Boat.

I prefer going to the beach by boat! I love Lighthouse, Wingersheek, Jones Creek, back side of Cranes, Niles, and Braces. If I have to drive to a beach, I definitely like Cape Hedge or Pebble because of the sound of the rocks. But I am on our boats everyday in the summer and wouldn’t be anywhere else.

Who is your favorite local artist.

Well…. you didn’t ask, dead or alive….so I will tell you both. I love Czerepak, Armand Sindoni, Edna Hibel, Maurice Comprise, Harrison Cady, Strisik,Thieme, Hibbard, Otis Cook, and early Gruppes to name a few Cape Ann Artists who have passed on. I always think of Armand’s “schooners at night” paintings that used to hang in Capt Bills Restaurant (now known as Elliots) in the 1960’s. Capt Bill used to buy his clams from this digger named Floyd and you would always see Floyd hanging around the west end of town. Gloucester used to be filled with characters like Floyd who wore rags, boots, and carried a bag and clam fork around town. If you were eating in Capt Bill’s in the 1960’s you might have seen Charles Olsen who was a huge hulk of a man walking by with his big overcoat and shock of gray hair.

Currently, I love Jeff Weaver, Tom Nichols, and Robert Gruppe. I am also a fan of Robert Hawkins who lives in Europe now but was originally from Gloucester and I was lucky enough to buy one of paintings last year.

What is your favoritie local beach?

I think I have already talked about the beaches but I really don’t have a favorite, they are all great in their own way and what is so cool is that we have such a variety of beaches here so whatever your mood, you are all set.

GMG Q&A- Melissa Smith Abbott Part IV

What is place you would go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?

As far as restaurants go, in the summer, its definately The Rudder on the porch or at the bar and in the winter it is a draw between Duckworth and Passports. The porch at the Rudder is sexy and fun and there are always lots of locals there to say hello to and greet. You can walk around Rocky Neck afterwards or if you went to the Rudder by boat go for a little dingy ride afterwards in the sunset. Duckworth’s has great Lobster Risotto and fun things you might not have tried before and everything is delicious. Passports has very high quality food. The vegtables are definately the freshest and biggest portions and you can’t argue with the popover they give you.  Mostly though, I have to say that the most romantic place to have dinner in Gloucester for me is aboard my husbands 35 ft sailboat “Sealord” moored in Smith’s Cove. We pretty much eat there as much as we can during the summer and we always joke as we cook a couple of lobsters or fish we caught
ourselves that day with a bottle wine from the Liquor Locker (they have the best wine selection on Cape Ann) that our meal cost under $20 and all those people over at The Studio, The Rudder, and the Madfish are paying way more for thier dinner and we even have a better view. I also like to cook dinner at sunset anchored off Niles Beach.

What is your favorite local bar in Gloucester?

I would have to say Latitude 43 because they have Stella Artois on draft. A couple of years ago my husband and I went to England on a vacation and we kind of got hooked on Stella’s there. They are great in the bottle but if you can find it on draft, it is great.

What is your favorite Breakfast joint in Gloucester?

I would have to say that I love and have always adored Sailor Stans on Rocky Neck. It is a social experience in an East Gloucester sort of way. I like that it hasn’t changed very much and it is still the same counter and bar as when it was called The “Drift In” years ago.

GMG Q&A- Melissa Smith Abbott Part III

What is your favorite Pizza Joint in Gloucester?

First of all I have to say that we are very lucky here in Gloucester. There are so many good pizza places that there is something to suit any mood. You know one night you might be in the mood for Delaneys or Marias thin crust and on another night you might be yearning for Sebastians or Valentinos. So we have it really good here as far as the variety and quality of  all the Pizza places. Years ago there was a place in Gloucester called Ra-Joes on Main Street. It was exactly to the left of where the Halibut Point Restaurant is now. Ra-joes had 2 sides to it. One the right was a bar with booths and on the left was a dark restaurant with high tin ceilings and booths. about half way up the walls was a shelf with wine bottles spray painted black for decoration. There was a Chianti bottle with a candle on every table. The pizza was amazing and practically the same as Delaneys Pizza is now. I think a small pizza was like $1.50.and a large pizza was like $2.75.
Everyone used to go to the Strand Movie Theater which was located where the Liquor Locker’s walk in cooler is now and then for pizza at Ra-joes. In the early 70’s Earle Foote owned Ra-joes and that was at the time the 18 year old drinking age got ratified. You have to remember that this was during the Vietnam War and the big call of exasperation from a lot of young people was, “that they are old enough to get drafted and killed but they couldn’t have a drink”. All the kids started going to the bar next door and it got to be kind of a hang out. Unfortunately, the building ended up burning down and was rebuilt into a disco alled “Lil Earles” and later bought by Gorton’s.
But to get back to your question about the favorite Pizza Joint in Gloucester? I would have to say my own kitchen. I make the best thin crust Pizza I know of besides Delaneys. There is a trick to getting really crisp thin crust at home and I will share it with you. You must use a pizza stone or cast iron pizza pans that are heated in a 425 degree oven first. I will share my recipe with you because in this economy cooking at home is where it is at for many of us.

Melissa Smith Abbott’s Thin Crust Pizza
Pizza Dough
1/3 cup white wine – 2/3 cup warm water – 1 1/2 oz yeast – 1 Tbsp honey or maple syrup – 1 tsp sea salt – 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil – 3 cups King Arthur Flour
Combine the wine, water, and yeast in a large bowl and stir until dissolved. Add sweetner, salt and oil oil – stir. Add 1 cup flour and stir to make a wet paste. Add remaining flour and knead for several minutes. I use a Kitchen Aid mixer with a dough hook but you can use a food processor or do it by hand with very good results. Place dough in an oiled bowl and let rise for 45 minutes in a warm place. Divide Dough into 2 balls. Meanwhile heat up the oven and place your stone or cast iron pizza pans in the oven to heat up first. You can use a couple of cast iron frying pan in a pinch.

Using a little flour, a rolling pin, and your hands to create a thin crust the size of your pan. Use the rolling pin to get it nice and thin. Take out the hot pans from the oven and place the dough right on top and then quickly coat with sauce of your choice either homemade or canned in a thin layer. I use Prego (it doesn’t seem to have a lot of chemicals or fillers in it) with very good results if I have not made my own sauce from scratch. Then quickly sprinkled grated mozzarella and grated Parmesan on top of the sauce. I usually do one cheese pizza and then one with toppings. My favorite toppings are mushroom, red and green peppers, thinly sliced onion, sliced chicken or shrimp. I use whatever I have around. Quickly get first in oven and then repeat on 2nd pan or stone. Rotate the pizzas on the racks while cooking . They will only take about 10-12 minutes in this type of hot oven with preheated pans. If you have a very hot oven then you can turn down the
oven to 375 or 400 if the heat is making you nervous it will cook too fast. Experiment.

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

You can not beat Destinos. They serve the soup and salads with the sub and that is pretty amazing. I remember when Destino first opened up around 1960 or a little later. it was the cool hang out for the high school kids and believe it or not submarine sandwiches were a bit of a new thing. The place was originally across the street to the left of Our lady of Good Voyage Church where their parking lot is now. It was a little hole in the wall with a counter.  I know a lot of people like the sandwiches at Virgilios too.

GMG Q&A- Melissa Smith Abbott Part II

What is your favorite season in Gloucester?

My favorite season in Gloucester is Fall. The reason being is that it is still wonderful weather and lots of the tourists go home so you can enjoy some of the places here with a little more privacy. Many people have the mentality that Cape Ann is a place to come to and “party” during the summer. I like a party as much as the next person but I actually get tired of it in the summer. I am always relieved to take the locality back from the revelers.You can go to the back side of Wingaersheek by boat in the Fall and its all but deserted. The heat is lessened and so its nicer to take walks around the back shore or Braces Cove. The air is brisk and there is a certain freshened energy of the easterly wind in fall which brings heightened sense of aliveness and creativity. The summer is wonderful for sure but the fall is Exquisite. During the summer the sunsets sitting on the boat are the best and swimming is fantastic (I don’t mind the cold water). I enjoy a
good sail and get to do plenty of it.
I also like the Christmas season on Cape Ann. I love the decorated trees and houses, the Santa Parades, the Nativity Pagent in Rockport, and all the events and parties of the Christmas Season great and small. I like reconnecting with old friends and family at that time of year. It is the threshold of the introspection of the winter season and I find it very contemplative.

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester to “get away”.

Yes, Most of them accessable only by boat. I love to anchor or pick up a mooring behind Ten Pound Island or off of Niles Beach or anywhere else in the harbor off of Eastern Point. I love to go “up the river” and hang out at Jones Creek of take a ride up into Lobster Cove. My most favorite spot is by the lighthouse off of Lighthouse beach in Annisquam. I love to dive off of the rocks there at high tide.

Look for part three tomorrow.  Thanks Melissa.  Anyone else who would like to fill out a questionnaire leave a comment and I’ll send you the form.

GMG Q&A- Adam Hayes

How long have you lived in Gloucester?

10 years

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

Summer

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?

niles beach to read the paper.

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

LaRosa’s

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

Destino’s

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?

The Franklin

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

Pratty’s

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

Two sisters

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

Fiesta

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?

Beach

Who is your favorite local artist?

Armond Sindoni

Which is your favorite local beach?

Niles

Who has the best chowder in town?

Do not eat chowder!

What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?

They were great.

What is your favorite local band?

The Gloustafarians.

Thanks

GMG Q&A – John Hintlian

John Hintlian a Gloucester Guerilla who presented at GGAP II shares his Gloucester Questionnaire answers.

photo by John Hintlian

photo by John Hintlian

Local Website everyone should know about (excluding GMG)

http://johnhintlian.blogspot.com/

How long have you lived in Gloucester?

Well, I’ve lived in
Rockport on and off all my life – since 1965

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

Summer – hands down.

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?

The quarries, Flat Point

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

Sebastian’s/Maria’s tie

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

Destino’s

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?

The Cupboard for sunset

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

Rhumb Line

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

Sugar Magnolia’s

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

Fiesta, of course! Block Parties a close second

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?

On a surfboard

Who is your favorite local artist?

Andy Cunningham

Which is your favorite local beach?

Pebble or Long

Who makes the best burger in town?

The Franklin

Who has the best chowder in town?

Charlie’s

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

WickedLocal.com

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?

Haddock

What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?

I had a blast – we need more.

What is your favorite local band?

Dutch Oven

GMG Q&A- Mike Lindberg

I recently brought Mike into the GMG mix after he dazzled me with his outstanding photography work and frequent contributions to our pages.  Mike will be filling the 3:00PM slot and adding in breaking events as he sees fit.

How long have you lived in Gloucester?

Moved here when I was 12. (38yrs)

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

Summer

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?

Halibut Point (By Boat) just sit and drift

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

Marias

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

Destinos

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?

Passports
What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

hmmmm..Rhumbline

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

Lee’s

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

Fiesta Week

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?

Boat for sure

Who is your favorite local artist?

Don’t know many but I would say Ken Knowles

Which is your favorite local beach?

Good Harbor

Who has the best chowder in town?

Halibut Point

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

The Rest of Everest Video Blog…therestofeverest.com

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?

Clam

What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?

Heard it was great but I did not go

What is your favorite local band?

Groove Therapy ( I play in that band so I am a little biased)
Thanks, Joey

GMG Q&A- Mike Parisi From Three Lanterns

Three Lanterns Ship Supply
Local Website everyone should know about (excluding GMG)
www.3lanterns.com

How long have you lived in
Gloucester?
Long time

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

Summer

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?

Braces Cove by boat

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

Sebestains

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

Mike’s

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?

not sure

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

Halibut Point

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

none

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

Schooner Races

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?

boat

Who is your favorite local artist?

Robert Gruppe

Which is your favorite local beach?

Niles

Who has the best chowder in town?

Causeway

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

Cape Ann Images

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?

Clam

What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?

never went

What is your favorite local band?

Teddy And The Panders
Best fishing and Marine store-www.3lanterns.com
Best fishing charter boat-www.Amandamariefishing.com

GMG Q&A- Kirsten Elaine Myers

Kristen is part of Time Banks and Cape Ann Yankee Swap

How long have you lived in Gloucester?

9 years since January 2000

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

Fall

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?

Half Moon Beach at night under moon

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

La Trattoria

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

Subway, sorry

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?

All are so good depends on my food mood at the time

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

Don’t do bars anymore but Franklin

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

Zekes!!!!

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

Adventure Schooner Festival and Fiesta and Lobster trap tree

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?

Either

Who is your favorite local artist?

Alan Estes

Which is your favorite local beach?

Half Moon Beach but don’t tell anyone

Who has the best chowder in town?

Captain Carlos!!

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

Don’t know any others

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?

Clam

What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?

Loved them loved them loved them

What is your favorite local band?

Alan Estes

Thanks, Joey Joey you are awesome thanks

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