Author Archives: Joey C

Announcing a new Dance Studio and Performance Venue for the North Shore!


Movement Arts Gloucester MA


MAGMA is a center for movement practices where people of all ages can discover, develop, and create in a broad curriculum of movement styles.

MAGMA’s dance classes focus on the actively evolving forms of dance as art. With an understanding of the past, and an eye to the future, we nurture students in the highest standards of dance education.

MAGMA also offers classes in somatics, martial arts, strength and conditioning, social dance forms, and more.

In addition to offering classes and workshops, we are a 100 seat performance venue.

Grand opening Saturday August 26, 2017

Classes start Tuesday September 5th

11 Pleasant Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

handicapped accessible through 186 Main Street, elevator to 5th floor

visit for information and pre-registration for classes

Sawyer Free Library, Week of June 19-June 24


Tech Seminar June 20

The Writer’s Group with Susan Oleksiw

Each person is invited to bring their current work (fiction or non-fiction) to share. We will read & discuss and provide constructive support.  The group meets the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month at the Sawyer Free Library in the Muzzey Room from 10:30am-12:30pm.  Next group Saturday, June 24.




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St. Peter’s Fiesta App From Andrew Nicastro

As a local resident born and raised in Gloucester, the St. Peter’s Fiesta has always been one of my favorite times of the year.  Nothing compares to the unique tradition our community has maintained for decades. I built the St. Peter’s Fiesta app to do just that, help maintain a tradition by bringing it to the 21st century and into the hands of people around the world. With app users from across the US and around the globe the St. Peter’s Fiesta has attracted a wide audience and continues to grow! This year you’ll find an updated schedule of events, history of Fiesta, local restaurants and a “Shout Out” section during the live stream.  Whether you’re out of town or are a local resident be sure to check out our “Fiesta Live” tab for a front seat view of the LIVE Greasy Pole and Seine Boat action! Download the FREE app in the iOS or Google Play app stores today and spread the word! It’s time to share our unique St. Peter’s Fiesta celebration with the world!

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Check out our Facebook for more info.

Bouna Fiesta!

Andrew Nicastro

Streamography | Stream On!

Two Inch Thick #ReverseSear #Ribeyes Finished With Bacon Fat Sauteed Mushrooms On The @WeberGrills Performer For Father’s Day

Northeast BBQ

Got to use Ryan and Wood Distillery Whiskey Barrel chunks for smoke. They sell them at the distillery. Directions- 15 Great Republic Dr, Gloucester, MA 01930
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Support Reid’s Ride; Altering the Course of AYA Cancer

Cape Ann Wellness

Riding for Reid R. Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance

To participate in and donate to Reid’s Ride

Stage Fort Park will be hopping with activity as the finish line for Reid’s Ride, Sunday July 16th, 

Come to Stage Fort Park, Gloucester MA Sunday, July 16th and meet ‘the force’ behind Reid’s Ride –    

Join Reid’s Family, Lorraine, Gene, Weston, Deb and Frank Sacco and their wonderful group of organizers and participants for 28 Mile fundraising Bicycle Ride from Lynnfield MA high school to Gloucester MA, Stage Fort Park.

So much positivity behind this group, you can’t help but get caught up in their wave of progress against cancer in adolescents and young adults.

Stage Fort Park, overlooking beautiful Gloucester Harbor – 

  • Greet and cheer on the cyclists as they arrive at the end of their 28 mile ride to Stage Fort Park.
  • Stop by the Raffle Table at the finish, Stage Fort Park

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GloucesterCast 229 With David Calvo, Kim Smith, Randy Oneil and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 6/18/17

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Topics Include:

Wonder Woman IS A Must See
Parade Of Sails
GMG/Ryan and Wood Plus 90 Cigars Rum and Cigar Sail On The Thomas E Lannon Is Set For July 20th.
Parking- Would It Be Bad To Put Up A Sign That Reads “Pull All The Way Up and Don’t Park Like An Asshole”
David Calvo Wood Carving  and Craft Workshops- For Class Schedules
Swan and Plover Update
Alice Gardner Book Signing At The Library
Laura Ventimiglia “Nonna, What is St Peter’s Fiesta”
The Effect at Gloucester Stage
Butterfly Superhero Plants
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In All The Years Of Reading Dumb “Best Lobster Roll” Articles I’ve Never Seen Such An Abortion As The One Laurie Wilson Wrote For Open Table

It’s been 4 years.  People always send me photos or links to articles that have terribly bastardized lobster rolls and I’ve been on hiatus for several years, but the article by Laurie Wilson brought me out retirement from the stupid lobster roll review shaming game.

It’s THAT bad.

First a refresher course before we get to the silliness in Laurie Wilson’s Top Lobster Roll article hack job.


Posted on June 3, 2013 by Joey C

I’m putting out this Lobster Roll PSA at the beginning of this lobster season to save chefs from making the horrible dastardly crimes against lobsterdom that so many make each year when they try to go all fancy with their lobster rolls.

One of our lobstermen, Dave Jewell’s boat was originally christened as the KISS.  Chuck Kersey built it and explained the meaning behind the name-

KISSKeep. It. Simple. Stupid.

What I will suggest to you is to take the name of the lobster boat which Chuck Kersey christened and apply it to your lobster rolls.

You don’t want to end up in the list of lobster roll debacles like the ones we’ve chronicled through the years here on GMG-


Bastardized Lobster Roll on Tap Today At Gloucester Gourmet

Posted on June 26, 2012 by Joey C


What Is Wrong With People???? Another Lobster Roll Disaster From Some Broads In California

Posted on July 11, 2011 by Joey C

The Broads Out In California Try To Defend The Undefendable

Posted on August 16, 2011 by Joey C

What Does a $50 Lobster Roll Look Like???????

Posted on December 21, 2010 by patrickr

Grandma Ethel Needs To Put Down the Crack Pipe

Posted on July 19, 2011 by Joey C


Posted on June 25, 2009 by Joey C


Roll Call: Top Lobster Rolls to Celebrate National Lobster Day


Avenue Restaurant, Long Branch, New Jersey

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Order the lobster roll and you’ll get fresh lobster with tomato, spicy mayo, oranges, and arugula, all crowning a brioche bun.

In all my years I’ve never seen such an unmitigated disaster of what some people call a lobster roll as this one that Laurie Wilson puts in her Top Lobster Rolls In The Country article.  Tomato?  Really??? Oranges???? Arugula????  OMG.  Laurie Wilson you have insulted your readership with this nonsense.


Baptiste & Bottle, Chicago, Illinois

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Chef James Lintelmann’s chunky lobster roll keeps things interesting with a little fruit. The roll is created with housemade crème fraîche, fine herbs, shallots, chopped celery, and honey crisp apple.

I’m not even sure where to start here.   Normally it’s easy to decide where to hammer the outrageousness but there’s so much going wrong here it’s hard to decide which to list first.  I guess I’ll start by saying that when looking straight down at a lobster roll if you can’t optically distinguish anything at all resembling lobster then you automatically start out with a failing grade and can only go down from there.  But we can’t let the whole “Fruit” thing slide.  You’ve all heard the phrase “Don’t fruit your beer”.  I really didn’t think we had to spell it out for the Foodies (and lets be honest, is there anyone that refers to themselves as a foodie that you can talk to for more than three minutes before you want to kill yourself from pretentiousness overload), but let me spell it out anyway-



Kingbird at the Watergate Hotel, Washington, D.C.
It’s a New England Lobster roll — with a twist. This ocean treat is created with yuzu mayonnaise, and scallions on a brioche bun along with classic pommes frites

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Uhmmm Kingbird at The Watergate Hotel, how bout you rename this yuzu mayonnaise roll with a hint of lobster?

You have to go 8 deep on her list before you get to a restaurant location that is a place where lobster catching is a staple of a community.

Baptiste & Bottle, Chicago, Illinois

Avenue Restaurant, Long Branch, New Jersey

Blue Island Oyster Bar & Seafood, Denver, Colorado

Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar, New York, New York

Vince Young Steakhouse, Austin, Texas

Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood Restaurant, Las Vegas, Nevada

Ways & Means Oyster House, Huntington Beach, California

Paddlefish, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

The Hourly Oyster House, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Siena Tavern, Chicago, Illinois

View, Oakdale, New York

Kingbird at the Watergate Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Striper’s, Kennebunkport, Maine

This lady has to be a Yankees fan, no?

To list Chicago, New Jersey, Denver, New York, Austin Texas, Las Vegas, Huntington Beach and Lake Buena Vista before you even get to a Maine or Massachusetts based joint, you gotta be out of your foodie mind.   Don’t they revoke your foodie card if you’re not pushing farm to table in every article you write?  This is food critic blasphemy in this, the Golden Age of Pretentious Food Writing.

Ed Collard put it best after listening to me rant about this article while creating this blog post.  Ed says- “The poor lobster already died once, why are you killing it again?

May god have mercy on your soul Laurie Wilson.  I don’t know how you sleep at night.

Would I Be Wrong To Post This Sign In My driveway?

So at the new homestead we have a skinny driveway that opens up to a space where you can easily park four cars with the teeny tiniest amount of courtesy and common sense.  You can clearly see the open space in front of you where you can park three side by side and one in the corner allowing everyone easy access to come and go as they please.


I’d say 5 times out of 10 people that are visiting or doing work pull right to the skinniest part of the driveway and park, making it impossible for anyone parked respectfully inside of them to leave.  Equally if not more frustrating, if someone is coming home they will have to block the person that parked like an asshole in, and then have to go back out to move the car to let them out.

So after having said that, do you think it’s entirely inappropriate to put up this sign right at the skinniest part of the driveway?

BTW Frankie Gwynne says it’s a total power move to park like that big of a dickhead

Karen Pischke Represents In Nova Scotia

We happened upon these Canadian dory rowers in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia – Kelly Jones, President of the Canadian Dory Racing Association, (her husband John was the one that passed out rowing last year) and Glady Collicut; ‘pumped up’ and ready for the mixed doubles in this weekend’s International Dory Race.

All photos courtesy Karen Pischke


Nova Scotia International Dory RaceNova Scotia GMG Dory Racers Kelly and GladysNova Scotia Dory Racers

International Dory Race Results 6/17/17

Damon Cummings reports – 

1. USA Alex Pizzamenti, John Francis 6:01
2. CAN Gladys Collicutt, Morgan Smith 6:18

1. CAN John Ernst, Josh Bell 5:53
2. USA Anthony Sanfilippo, Robbie Horne 6:29

1. CAN Taylor, Danielle Dempsey 6:40
2. USA Alexis Novello, Kristen Burnham 6:51

1. CAN Willie Wells,Walter Nickerson 5:57
2. USA Jimmy Tarantino, Rick Miles 6:04

OPEN (long one mile race)
1. USA Mark, Nick Giacalone 9:43
2. CAN Brett, Todd Dempsey 9:50

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