Monthly Archives: November 2009

Things To Do- The Weekly Catch From The Chamber

The Weekly Catch
Weekly Highlights from the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester by the Sea, and Essex
November 18, 2009


THE SCHOONER ADVENTURE presents “Restoring Shellfish Beds and Salt Marsh at Gloucester’s Mill Pond” on Wednesday, November 18, 7pm at Cruiseport Gloucester. Featuring comments by Barbara Warren, Director of Salem Sound Coastwatch and Eric Hutchins, NOAA Restoration Coordinator. 978-281-8079

THE SAWYER FREE LIBRARY presents an Australian travelog with Jim & Lea Watson-Traveling to Teach Down Under-on Thursday, November 19, 7pm. 978-281-9763 (rescheduled from October 22)

NAMI CAPE ANN is pleased to present Janet Ruth Young reading from her novel “The Opposite of Music,” about a family dealing with the father’s depression on Thursday, November 19, 6:30-8pm at the Rockport Library, A discussion of holiday tips and strategies for people with mental illness and their families will follow.

, located at 50 Rogers Street in downtown Gloucester, is now featuring entertainment on Thursday nights. This Thursday, November 19, 8-11pm, come see Steppers Heaven, who come from Boston and play an infusion of Blues, R&B, Funk, & Rock. 978-281-1399

EASTERN POINT DAY SCHOOL Family & Friends Dinner Dance and Auction will be held on Friday, November 20, 5:30-9:30pm at Cruiseport Gloucester. A delicious dinner by the amazing Turner’s Seafood Market and Grille. Music for the whole family by the amazing twisting fun DJ Chuck. Adults $25, Kids $15. RSVP to: 978-283-1700 or

THE TRUSTEES OF RESERVATIONS presents a Great Magnolia Swamp Hike on Saturday, November 21, 1-3:30pm at Ravenswood Park. Join us for this pre-Thanksgiving hike. Get some exercise on this four-mile long rocky loop through beautiful habitats. Adults $5. Pre-registration required. 978-281-8400

SEA MEADOW GIFTS, located at 7 Main Street in Essex, will host a Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 21, 10am-5pm. Come join us for our 12th annual Holiday Open House celebrating the start of the holiday season. Enjoy gourmet food tasting, door prizes, and Open House specials while you start your holiday shopping. 978-768-3441

THE NORTH SHORE UNITED WAY (NSUW) will host its second annual NSUW Rocks II event on Saturday, November 21 7:30-11pm at the Mansion at Turner Hill in Ipswich. Proceeds from the event will go to support the North Shore United Way’s annual campaign that raises money to support local agencies and help build brighter futures for children and families on the North Shore. 978-922-3966

ROCKPORT PTO HOLIDAY FAIR. Saturday, November 21, 9:30am-2pm at Rockport High School. Featuring Crafters and Artists, Gingerbread Houses, Surprise Jars, Enchanted Gift Shop, Games, Face Painting, Baked Goods. Enjoy the Jazz Band 9:30-11:30. The DECA Store will be open all day. Come see Santa for pictures!

BLUE SHUTTERS BEACHSIDE INN is holding its Fall Wine and Food Tasting on Saturday November 21. Guests will be treated to a complimentary selection of wines and a sampling menu prepared by Langham Hotel Chef Mark Sapienza. And we’re offering a special discount for this weekend — book Saturday night and get Friday night for half-price. 978-283-1198

THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM welcomes the Revels Repertory Company school touring ensemble to the Folly Cove Auditorium on Saturday, November 21, at 11am. This event is free and open to the public. The ensemble will be performing a school version of their original musical theater production “An American Journey,” about immigration to Boston in the early 1900s. 978-283-0455

HALIBUT POINT STATE PARK presents a Babson Quarry Ranger Walkabout on Saturday, November 21, 12-1pm. Healthy Heart walk for all ages – kids come and stamp your Passport; get a Healthy Heart Sticker and Activity map! Meet at the parking lot and take this walk with the District Ranger which loops around the Babson Farm quarry – take a step back in time to the days of the quarrying industry. 978-546-2997 617-694-9190

THE MAGNOLIA LIBRARY CENTER, located at 1 Lexington Avenue in Gloucester, is hosting an Electronic Recycling Pick-up on Saturday, November 21, 9am-1pm. Simply bring your items to the library and volunteers will be available to help you unload your car and weigh-in. Items are 50¢ per pound and large items are capped at $20. Sorry we cannot accept fluorescent light bulbs, tires, propane tanks, waste oil, and other non-electric items. 978-525-3343

Flute and Organ concert on Sunday, November 22. Eva Østergaard Principal flutist of the Royal Danish Opera & Heinrich Christensen, organist play music of C.P.E. Bach, Mozart, Alain, Fauré and a new piece by Graham Gordon Ramsay. 4pm at ST. JOHN’S CHURCH, 48 Middle St, Gloucester. $15/person 978-283-1708

THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM presents an artist talk with photographer Steve Rosenthal on Saturday, November 28, at 3pm in conjunction with the current exhibition Churches of Rural New England. The program will also include a documentary film by Peter Hoving, and a book signing for Rosenthal’s book, White on White: Churches of Rural New England. This program is included with Museum admission and reservations are required. Please call 978-283-0455 x11.

THE CAPE ANN SYMPHONY’S annual Holiday Pops: Holiday Sparklers is set for Saturday, November 28, at 8pm and Sunday, November 29, at 2pm at the Fuller Auditorium, featuring the return of the Cape Ann Singers. Ticket prices are $30/adults, $25/senior citizens, $20/college students, and free for children under 18 years old. 978-281-0543

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY OF ROCKPORT, located at 4 Cleaves Street in Rockport, will host a Holiday Craft Fair every Saturday from November 28 to December 19, 10am-1pm. Original art, handcrafted jewelry, greeting cards, knitted scarves, stained glass boxes, fresh baked cookies and candy, and much more. 978-546-2989

GLOUCESTER’S SANTA PARADE & TREE LIGHTING will be held on Sunday, November 29. The parade begins at 3pm at the State Fish Pier, running through Main Street and ending at the Boulevard for the Annual Tree Lighting at Kent Circle (at about 4:30pm).

Celtic music sessions. Join Michael O’Leary and Friends for their Celtic music sessions on Sundays, 5-8pm, November 29 at THE LANDING AT 7 CENTRAL in Manchester and November 22 at ELLIOTT’S AT THE BLACKBURN in Gloucester. An acoustic session of mostly traditional songs and tunes from the Celtic countries and Cape Breton.

Lights of Love is an annual tribute to Cape Ann families and friends whose lives have been touched by cancer. Launched in 2008 by Gloucester residents Sue Kyle and Shawn Wilson in gratitude for exceptional patient care delivered at the GORTON’S SPECIALTY AND CANCER CARE CENTER AT ADDISON GILBERT HOSPITAL, the 2009 Lights of Love seeks to raise $25,000. The culminating event will take place on December 1st with a tree lighting featuring carols, holiday treats, and inspirational remarks at the hospitals Washington Street entrance. 978-853-4738

The Art Advisory Committee of the SAWYER FREE LIBRARY will sponsor the Annual Art Auction the entire month of November. Patrons are invited to come in and view original paintings by local artists. Silents bids will be accepted the entire month with a final live auction on Wednesday, December 2, at 7pm. A preview party will begin at 6pm. 978-281-9763

GMG Local Music and Beyond 11/18-11/22

Remember you can subscribe to GMG Local Music by clicking on the link on the sidebar.There’s lots of good music in Gloucester this week. This post will be updated as info comes in.


Latitude 43

Dog Bar

Rhumb Line

Topside Grill





Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ the Rhumb Line

We’re gettin’ on track for the holiday season by  bringin’ in our favorite chef and dishwasher: Mr. Mike O’Connell. His latest book: “Cooking With Beano” Is number one, nationally, and number two, locally. We eggspect some wild souffles and panting pancakes out of our gravelly genius, so get there early to get a seat.
Pushing him forward into the mix will be Leo Shimataro(sp.?) on drumbs and symbols,and of course, Greg T. on catarrh, and myself. Should be a wild time.


What’s up everyone? This Thursday I have a great band playing at The Topside. The Band, Steppers Heaven, come from Boston and they play an infusion of Blues, R&B, Funk, & Rock. I had them down last month and they were unbelievable! Honestly, if you can only make it down once to check out a band at the place, this is the one to check out. If you were there last time, you know how good they are. 2009 winners of the NEUMA (New England Urban Music Awards) categories Best blues band, Best new single, Best original music, and Best female vocalist. Also, a featured group as part of the Boston Blues Society! I am expecting a great turnout and I’m going to be opening up the back lounge for the night! Be sure to get there early if you can! I will be behind the bar as always, and it’s always easier for me to socialize a bit more before the show. Be sure to try some food/appetizers & cocktails if you haven’t tried them yet. Thanks for the continued support, the night has been a success so far and the music has been incredible, hope to see you there! Thursday night 8-11. I’ll be there after 5:00.

Here is a list of other upcoming shows:

11/19/2009 Steppers Heaven (Blues/R&B/Funk)
12/3/2009 Steve Brennan (Rock/light rock/Covers)
12/10/2009 Trish & Gary ( Bluegrass & Contemporary Folk)
12/17/2009 Julie Dougherty (Cover songs & Jazz)
1/7/2010 Ric St. Germaine (Electric Acoustic/Guitar & Vocals)
1/14/2010 Sasquatch (A Gloucester legend…)

Also check out Topside shows online at:

North Shore Tonight



Doug Silva


Topside Grill

50 Rogers st.

Gloucester, MA

(978) 281-1399 (restaurant)

(978) 335-1014 (cell)



From Frank Hawks
Slingdaddy has its first show at the Rhumbline in Gloucester, this
Friday, Nov 20th.  This one could be one for the ages….the stars have
aligned in such a way that members of one of Gloucester’s band’s from the
heyday of such venues as Li’l Earl’s are able to converge and thus there
will be a  mini-reunion of “Macduff”.  For those of you who remember the
vocals of Rebecca Jackson, the thundering rhythm section of  Spanks and Orlando with the twin Marshalls of them Hawks(e)s boys – we will all be there.  There will definitely be some “sittin’ in” going on.  (Don’t
worry, the twin Marshalls will stay at home).



Also from Frank Hawks

For a change of pace, my other project, the Megan McKenzie Band will be
at Elliot’s @ the Blackburn on Saturday, November 21st.  Fronted by the
powerful vocals of Megan Downey, and backed by local veterans of the
Gloucester music scene, Megan McKenzie Band performs songs from the 60’s to the present.  Remember, this show is from 8:30pm to 11:30pm.

From GMG’s own Mike Lindberg

Don’t miss Exit 11 this coming Saturday Night at Camerons. We don’t get together that often so it’s sure to be a great time. See you there!



From Michael O’Leary

Sunday, Nov. 22, 5-8pm- Elliott’s at the Blackburn, 2 Main St., Gloucester, MA

2nd & 4th Sundays.  I’m joined by piper/whistle player /singer David de la Barre, guitarist/banjo player Lin Swicker and banjo/mando player/singer Steve Levy in hosting this Celtic session.
Info:  978.282.1919, 
*Click here for an Elliott’s coupon:

Cape Ann Musicians Over the Bridge



Hey there everyone,

We have noticed there are some people on this event who say they are coming, but have yet to get tickets. If you have confirmed you are coming, please get your tickets now, as they are selling fast!

Remember, $20 buys you free food, full bar, and 2 rocking bands. We can’t guarantee that price could go up at the door of the Franco-American club the night of the event, so get them NOW!

To get your tickets, please contact or send a Facebook message to Peter Tentindo. We can definitely find a way to get you tickets. Thanks guys! Looking forward  to a great night!


Things To Do- The Cove Showing at Cape Ann Community Cinema To Benefit Ocean Alliance

From Iain Kerr-

We will be showing the movie ‘The Cove’ this weekend in Gloucester.

There will be two screenings of The Cove (to benefit the Ocean Alliance) this weekend at the Cape Ann Community Cinema, Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22, both at 2pm.  The Cape Ann Community Cinema is at 21 Main Street, upstairs from Mystery Train.  More information is attached.

I will introduce the film and answer questions on the film and if people are interested on the Paint Factory after the showings.

Hope to see you there.

LoGrasso’s Cafe Bistro

LoGrasso’s Café Bistro, an amazing Italian-American Eatery. Sound good..? If you’ve eaten here before then you know how special this place really is. If you haven’t then you must give it a try. LoGrasso’s is, and has been, family owned since 1987. Your chef for the evening and every evening is owner and proprietor, Sal LoGrasso himself. His homemade recipes will amaze and entice your taste buds, with secret ingredients only his mother knows, “and maybe his wife” who is also there night after night to welcome you to their bistro. LoGrasso’s serves an array of appetizers, entrees, specials, salads and home made sweets. So today LoGrasso’s is the GMG Deal Of The Day!

Click To View LoGrasso’s Menu



North Shore Magazine’s Lauren Carelli Takes Bribes

We here at Good Morning Gloucester will do anything for coverage on our most entertaining events.  Even if we have to bribe reporters with monopoly money.


If you haven’t watched any of the videos thus far from the GMG Farm Bar and Grille Hot Wing Challenge you owe it to yourself to look at these final ones.  It is where things reach climactic levels filled with suspense, drama, chaos and the conclusion.

Banana Glam O Rama Pics From David Cox

Huge thanks go to David Cox for covering the Glam O Rama for GMG.  We will be releasing pictures from the event all week long.


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Banana Glam O Rama Pics From David Cox

Banana Glam O Rama Pics From David Cox

Banana Glam O Rama Pics From David Cox

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