Congratulations to Gloucester’s Peter and Vickie Van Ness for a sold out Johnny Winter concert last night at the Larcom Theatre!
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This Tuesday, September 10th, Alchemy’s Chef Scott Jensen will challenge Chef Steve Morlino of Boston’s Union Bar and Grille to a Wicked Tuna throw down! Both chefs will whip up their best dish using the famed tuna – yes, the tuna from the show – and YOU will get the chance to choose the winner. Peter Van Ness will MC the contest just like a seafood throwdown, but YOU are the judges and Cape Ann TV will film — even in the kitchen!
The Wicked Tuna Challenge starts at 7:30 – so don’t be late. For $25, every guest gets a signature challenge cocktail made with Gloucester’s own Ryan & Wood spirits, a Wicked Tuna dish from each chef, and the opportunity to cast their vote for the winner. Oh, and did we mention Chef Scott Jensen got his start in Boston at Union Bar and Grille?
Call Alchemy (978.281.3997) to reserve your spot now – space is limited!
Wicked Tuna Challenge
Location: Alchemy, 3 Duncan Street Gloucester, MA
Date: September 10, 2013
Time: 7:30 pm
It was so much fun seeing you at the Stage Fort Park Visitor’s Center Opening. Thank you for posing with the new Cape Ann Foodies Signature Fork.
Here are a few pictures of some of the Usual Tourism Suspects mugging with the Fork.
Cape Ann Foodies is the creation of Gloucester local Patrick Halloran. What a great idea – a walking tour that combines History, Food, and Local Beer. It is fun and filling!
Check out the website: http://www.capeannfoodietours.com or give him a call at 617-902-8291.
I am excited to be one of his tour guides this year; just need to lose the crutch and I’m good to go.
You know what the sign in the office of The Schooner Lannon says?-
“There’s no such thing as bad weather. Only inappropriate clothing”
Peter Van Ness Writes-
You’ve been telling me since December that we JUST HAD to get the Local MusicSeen shows on the Web. Well, we finally got our first archive video published thanks to the help of our very talented and resourceful Web editor Jon Cooney.
See it here http://localmusicseen.com/BanditKings.cfm
In order to make it work best on the Web, Jon cut it into 3 parts. I’ve published all 3 on a single page so you can watch the entire show at once if you like.
We picked The Bandit Kings show for our archive debut for several reasons — some technical — but mostly because it’s a SUPERB SHOW! Performances are stellar; the energy reaches through the screen and grabs you; songwriting is inspired – and they look so good on camera!
Hope you enjoy it — and remember, Joey, when you speak we listen!
The Finale To The GMG 2011 Tourism Kick Off Week.
Can you just feel the energy after listening to the interview?
http://www.GloucesterMA.com Chickity Check it!
They must have listened to our boy Paul Morrison who has been putting local restaurants on watch to get their sites updated in his “Seasonal Openings” posts which y0u can read here. Local restaurants, if you launch a new website, have something newsworthy happening and feel like sharing it with our readership of 15-22,000 people a day, you might want to pimp your info out just like Peter did in the following email to your boy Joey *hint-hint* in case you haven’t figured out how to contact us with breaking news or photos, there’s a tab up top labeled “Contact” it contains the email address for GMG. If clicking the tab is too difficult I’ll also provide it for you here so you won’t have any excuse-
Peter Van Ness Writes-
I know you’re a fan of the Rudder on Rocky Neck and I love the video and photo series you did on their renovation, so I thought you’d like to know that they open tomorrow April 14th with Tax Relief Specials like Chapter 7 drinks for $7 (IRS Screwdriver — Vickie’s name), 1040ez Appetizers $10.40 (Agent Crab Cakes) and lots more
(see all of them here http://rudderrestaurant.com/TaxReliefSpecials.pdf)
Also, Vickie and I just launched a new website for them with great photos (check out the attached Monkfish and Cioppino). The new Web site works great on a mobile phone (I’m almost ready to give up my Blackberry for a Droid … yikes!).
Check it out here: http://rudderrestaurant.com/.
We did a photo shoot there and got to taste some exquisite food. I’m not kidding, it’s better than ever this year!
City of Gloucester launches new, smart phone friendly, official visitor website-
A group of volunteers today launched a new visitor website for the City of Gloucester. With stunning visuals, expanded listings, a highly intuitive interface and search feature, the new content-rich GloucesterMA.com was built by Peter and Vickie Van Ness as part of a push by PR for Gloucester founders Tracey Muller and Jan Bordinaro to promote tourism and boost the City’s visitor economy.
“The new GloucesterMA.com features Gloucester’s authentic beauty, maritime culture, storied history and thriving arts community,” says developer/marketer Peter Van Ness. “We feel that promoting our unique, authentic nature is the best way to attract visitors to Gloucester. Plus this website looks and works great on all smart phones — including the iPhone.”
“The visitor economy holds great promise for creating new jobs and generating new tax revenue for Gloucester,” said Mayor Kirk, who embraced the PR for Gloucester group’s enthusiasm and encouraged them to remake the website. “This dramatic overhaul of our official Visitor website cost the City nothing.” She added. “We are grateful to the volunteers and partners who gave their time, photos, data and inspiration to get the job done.”
Every effort was made to include all Gloucester businesses that serve the visitor economy. Any business that may have been accidentally overlooked can go to the site and fill out the contact page and the developers will include them as soon as possible. New businesses can do the same.
One of the new features on GloucesterMA.com is a page of stories about Gloucester that includes videos chronicling the sinking of the Corinthian, Gloucester’s official song, links to the Cape Ann Museum’s story of Howard Blackburn, movies filmed on Cape Ann, T.S. Eliot, Rudyard Kipling and the Gloucester Daily Times special coverage of The Perfect Storm. The PR for Gloucester group encourages anyone who has a story idea to fill out the contact form.
This website is a volunteer effort led by the City of Gloucester Mayor’s office, Tracey Muller, Jan Bordinaro and Peter & Vickie Van Ness, with the help on many partners.
The developers would like to extend our deep gratitude Joey Ciaramitaro of Good Morning Gloucester for sharing his spectacular photos & blog widget, and for his inspiring encouragement and undying support.
Peter Van Ness writes-
We’ve been scheduled to make a 15 minute presentation of our Heart of the Harbour concept for I4-C2 at City Hall next Monday 1/24 at 5pm. There will be a total of 5 presenters that evening (see schedule here: http://www.gloucester-ma.gov/DocumentView.aspx?DID=618). We’re scheduled to be the 2nd presenter.
We’ll offer some updates on our original proposal and be available to answer questions. This should be very interesting to anyone who wants to help revitalize our City by integrating the four economies that hold the most promise for Gloucester’s future:
Fishing Industry-Maritime Economy-Creative Economy -Visitor Economy
For more info on Heart of the Harbour see here: http://www.heartoftheharbour.com/.
Hope to see you there …
Meet the Media Exchanging ideas to serve the community.
Last week I had an idea to try to get a bunch of my media buddies together for an impromptu coffee meet up at Pleasant Street Tea and Coffee Company. Those of you who have been following the blog closely may have noticed many posts coming from the space at Pleasant Street. This is not a slight to Gloucester’s other coffee shops like Lone Gull and Cape Ann Coffee which I love and feel play a huge role in the fabric of a community. Pleasant Street happens to have that nice back room which is conducive to meetings and taping interviews so that’s where I’ve been because the dock is just too crazy this time of year to try to tape any segments.
Anyway what I thought would end up as a meeting between four or five of us turned into something much bigger as 90% of my media rolodex showed up.
The idea behind the meet-up was to introduce many people that may have only contacted each other through emails or telephone for a meeting where everyone could share ideas and explore opportunities to help each other and themselves. With the planning and help of Johhny McElhenny and Heather Fraelick we held what I believe to be the first of it’s kind cross media meeting between such a diverse group of Cape Media moguls.
We had the newspaper Editors from The Gloucester Times and Cape Ann Beacon Ray Lamont and Jane Enos. We had Cape Ann TV’s new executive director Donna Gacek. We had international TV producing media giants Gianni and Terry Gallo along with Joe Langhan. Peter Van Ness- Producer and local web genius. Andrea Holbrook- Night editor at The Times. Terry Weber- freelance writer who will soon be releasing her adventure blog to the world. Local PR gurus Heather Fraelick, John McElhenny and Kate Moran. Hybrid Advertising executive Jon Cahill from Bait and Tackle. Local bloggers and writers Heather Atwood, Billy O’Connor and Laura Ciampa, Manny Simoes and your boy Joey of course.
I know I made several connections and came away with some exciting cross promotional opportunities that we will be pursuing to make GMG even better and I’m sure there were other connections that were made in that room.
We are planning to meet monthly but the next one will be at Cape Ann Brewing and in the evening so we can spend more time and have more space.
Here’s a video that Manny put together-
I had the opportunity to photograph and video their Premier Show, an exclusive for GoodMorningGloucester.
Enjoy the “behind the scenes” slide_show, video will be posted at a later date with Allen hosting and performing.
CLICK ON PHOTO BELOW FOR SLIDE_SHOW
Sam Hartson has been working tirelessly to bring the full length movie to the masses. Here is a taste-
The Premiere will be November 11 at Cape Ann Cinema.
Peter VanNess going to be the MC for the Seafood Thowdown at the Boston Local Food Festival on Saturday. It should be a lot of fun.
Let’s play a game: How many words can we throw out before you realize that you can’t miss this thing? Free. Sustainable. Local. Whole hog, whole lamb, whole goat butchering demos. Fort Point waterfront. Zero-waste. Farms. Beer. Wine. Organic. A seafood throwdown. Non-profits. Cheese-making. A band called “Squeezebox Stompers.” Yeah? Yeah.
Details: 11am-5pm, all ages, free.
Boston Local Food Festival, Fort Point
Here’s the link-
From3-10PM for more information – http://www.celebrategloucester.com/
Peter Van Ness
Ringo Tarr Prepping The Stage
Setting Up The Stage
Gloucester’s Own Half Shell
Donna and Rick- Volunteer Corps
September 5th is gonna be a special day- I can assure you of that!