Monthly Archives: February 2010

GMG Q&A With Pat Towler From The Common Crow

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Local Website everyone should know about (excluding GMG)
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?

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?


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

Annisquam Lighthouse at Dusk Photo From Alyson M

Alyson M contributed this photo to the Good Morning Gloucester Flickr Group Upload some photos to Flickr and join the group (all for free) and you too could see your pictures here on GMG.

Alyson writes-

We were all walking away from the lighthouse, turned around to take a last look and scrambled to set up the tri-pod’s once again. I unfortunately am not so quick with the tripod so this one is without, but the feeling of this picture and being there was pure beauty! 

Annisquam Lighthouse at Dusk, originally uploaded by Alyson M..


Roller Derby Season Aproacheth!

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Boston Derby Dames – Season Opener

Bout 2 > Wicked Pissahs vs Cosmonaughties
Bout 1 > Boston Massacre vs Providence
Shriners Auditorium > Wilmington, MA
Saturday, February 27th > Doors open @ 4pm

Thanks to The Hive Cape Ann for the Heads Up!


Well here we are finally it is Friday!!!  There is no better way to start a Friday then giving away 4 FREE $25.oo Gift Certificates to 4 North Shore Restaurants. Click on the Contest below to Enter. You can enter once a day for each contest, and we will draw a winner at the end of the month.






WIP “Stranded on the Annisquam”

Here is a W.I.P.(work in progress)of a Painting I did of a boat at it’s mooring at Dead Low tide.
It’s Right around the Bend from the A. Piatt Andrew Bridge Looking North down the Annisquam River. It looks like it would get Dangerous at dead low tide there. You can see the photograph I used for reference in the third photo. The thing I like about Painting  compared to Photography is; you can add, subtract and move anything anywhere you’d like.  Opps! Sorry I forgot, some talented GMG  people  can do that with Photoshop.


Spirit of Massachusetts

Built by New England Historic Seaport at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
*Launched in 1984*

Length Overall: 125 feet
Length of the Waterline: 81 feet
Length on Deck: 100 feet
Draft: 11 feet
Height from Waterline to Main Topmast Truck: 100 feet 6 inches
Beam: 24 feet
Gross Tons: 90 tons
Sails: Mainsail, Foresail, Jumbo, Jib, Jib Topsail, Fore Gaff-Topsail, Main Gaff-Topsail,Fisherman
Sail Area: 7000 Square Feet
Keel: Greenheart
Hull: Long Leaf Yellow Pine and White Oak
Frames: White Oak
Masts: Douglas Fir
Spars: Douglas Fir
Deck: Douglas Fir
Main Engine: 220 h.p. John Deere
Freshwater Capacity: 600 gallons
Diesel Fuel Capacity: 570 gallons
Number of Students: 20
Number of Crew: 8-11

Spirit of Massachusetts was launched on April 28, 1984 at the Charleston Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts. She is modeled after the 1889 fishing schooner Fredonia, designed by Edward Burgess. The Gloucester fishing schooners were widely known as “fast and able” vessels, and Fredonia was widely known for her speed. Spirit of Massachusetts proudly upholds that  tradition to this day.

Spirit of Massachusetts was built by her original owners for service as a sail training vessel for young people. She also served as a good-will ambassador for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1984 until 1987.  Ocean Classroom Foundation began chartering Spirit for our own educational programs in 1997, and subsequently purchased her in 2000.


GMG Poll Question- Vote For The Style Of The Blog

As you know if you’ve been a reader of GMG for any amount of time at all we post a lot of pictures and videos.

The format of the blog is such that the current style only allows us to post pics and videos which are 500 pixels wide.  This bothers the hell out of me because I don’t feel as though people get to see some of the amazing photos in all their glory because of this limitation.  It’s also the reason I go through the extra step often times of providing a link to where the full size photo is hosted for those who might actually want to be able to see the pictures and videos full sized.  To say that always typing out the hyperlink to the larger sized photos or videos isn’t a bit monotonous would  be a lie.

So anyway there is an alternative- changing the look of the blog to one which would support a larger viewing width of 725 pixels wide.  We would gain a lot of screen real estate where the current wasted space in the left hand margin is and we could post larger pictures and videos. I think the typeface might also be a bit easier to read on the newer style.  We would lose the Good Harbor Beach Logo Header up at the top and the light blue borders however.

All of the other features such as the commenting and stuff you see in the right hand column would remain.

The format I was thinking to switching to is the blog format FOB Bowsprite uses.  You can check out her site here to see exactly what GMG would look like except you would swap out her information and links for ours.

Messy Art Night Tonight At Essex Elementary School–come see the Rhino!

The Essex PTO’s Messy Art Night is TONIGHT from 5:30-7:30pm at Essex Elementary School.

Come see a life sized, two ton bronze Rhinoceros!

Meet more than fifteen local artists who will show off their work to children and parents alike!  Move freely from station to station talking to the artists and trying out woodworking, painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing and three potter’s wheels!   The evening will end with a raffle open to anyone who has completed the scavenger hunt that will be handed out at the door.  The price for the evening will be $5 per person or $20 per family!

The purpose of the evening is:

·  To inspire people to make art by offering them the opportunity to try out a variety of artistic techniques and mediums

·  To publicize the vibrant local art world in and around Cape Ann

Please come and check it out and support the Essex PTO.

Doug Niedermiller HDR Cape Ann Photography Album

Doug Niedermiller put together an incredible collection of Cape Ann HDR Photography from last fall.

Click The Picture To See His Slide Show

Doug Niedermiller HDR Cape Ann Photography Album, originally uploaded by captjoe06.