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The Welcoming Mary Prentiss Inn

Welcoming guests from all walks of life!

Cosmos American Goldfinch ©Kim Smith 2015Hmmm, looks tasty…

Cosmos Goldfinch ©Kim Smith 2015

don’t mind if I do!

Last week on my Mary Prentiss Inn garden check up I was greeted by a fine pair of goldfinches. They were breakfasting on the expiring cosmos and weren’t at all bothered my presence tidying up the garden. The garden is coming into full summer bloom and has become the neighborhood mecca for pollinators. See the Mary Prentiss Inn website with a new video showcasing the Inn’s many outstanding architectural features and lovely decor: The Mary Prentiss Inn.

Hibiscus ©Kim Smith 2015 copy

A pair of red hibiscus topiaries greet the guests at the entryway.

Mary Prentiss Inn Cambridge -3 ©Kim Smith 2015

Mary Prentiss Inn Cambridge -2 ©Kim Smith 2015Mary Prentiss Inn Cambridge -4 ©Kim Smith 2015Mary Prentiss Inn Cambridge ©Kim Smith 2015jpgProprietor Jennifer Fandetti’s colorful pots at the Inn’s secret garden courtyard.

PHOTOS: Good Music, Good Food, Good Sun, Good Fun – and a free gift from Boston Fence @ Gloucester Blues Fest Today

VIP Seats Still Available.  You could be sitting here!

Setting up for the Blues Fest — VIP Seats Still Available. You could be sitting here!

Here's what the artists see.  Get down there NOW and you could be in the front row!

Here’s what the artists see. Get down here NOW and you could be in the front row!


The good people at Boston Fence replaced the old rusty fence at Stage Fort Park FOR FREE! Thank you FRANK!!

You Want To Get a Special present For a Friend? Get One Of Your favorite Photos and Email It To James And Anna At Cape Ann Giclee And Let Them Do Their Magic


It’s That Easy.

Take A Cool Photo- Contact James or Anna- Place Your Order-Pick It Up-Done.


NOt to mention James devotes hours upon hours populating the GMG Community Calendar for free every week so why wouldn’t you want to give them your business!

BREAKING NEWS: $28 Gloucester Blues Fest Tix still available @ Chamber

When I posted yesterday, I didn’t know the Chamber is still offering $28 tickets at their 44 Commercial St. office until Friday @ Noon.  And if you go to the Harbor Loop concert tomorrow and track down Frank Biscardi or Gary Gorczyca, you can get $28 tickets from them too.  Weather prediction is for 72 and sunny.  A tad cool for the beach, but perfect for dancing to the Blues @ Stage Fort Park!

Come dance to this!

Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes, A.J. Croce, Rockport Jazz Fest & More @ Shalin Liu this month

This is it.  Right now.  August probably gives us, here in Gloucester, more entertainment choices than any other month — I haven’t really studied this, it just feels that way, but I’ll bet it’s true.

Shalin Liu‘s busy schedule is a prime example.  Many of their concerts are sold out, but here are a few choice shows we recommend, all of which have good seats left.

Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes this Thursday, August 6th.  They’re billing this show as ONE MAN, FIVE GUITARS AND TRUE ARTISTRY.  No kidding.  Get tickets here.

A.J. Croce next Wednesday, August 12.  Knowing he’s son of Jim Croce might be enough to get you there.  But you might as well just take it from Willie Nelson, who said, “A.J. Croce has wisdom beyond his years. With his music, he represents his generation with a profound sense of honesty in his lyrics and quality in his delivery. The future of entertainment is safe in his hands!”

And then there’s the Rockport Jazz Festival from August 13-16, featuring one of my newest friends, Sean Jones, on August 15.  Sean was Henri Smith’s special guest at Saturday’s Block Party in Beverly and let’s just say he owned the crowd of thousands, who showed up.  Expect great things from Sean Jones over the next few years!

Beverly’s Block Party vs Gloucester’s Block Party – Contrast & Compare!

Perhaps it’s worth a trip to Beverly tomorrow to see how they do their Block Parties (info here). There are some differences between theirs and ours in Gloucester, notably that the entire area is fenced and you can walk down the street drinking a beer (or wine).  Music is only on 2 stages and Gloucester’s own Henri Smith headlines the Beverly Bank Stage tomorrow, featuring Sean Jones (new, young chair of Berklee’s Brass Department) and Salem’s Henley Douglas, Jr.

Something new in Beverly for tomorrow is an AFTER PARTY at 9:30pm hosted by The Cabot featuring Beverly born comedian Dave Rattigan, an intimate New Orleans concert by Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours with Grammy-winner Amadee Castenell added to the bill along with other performers from the Block Party and a Taste of Beverly’s Best Late Night Snacks competition with food from Beverly Favorites: The Wild Horse, Gloria’s, The Indo, Freeda’s and Calibasil.

So check it all out, then come back here and tell us what you think . . .



OMG did you really wait ’till the last minute to get your Gloucester Blues Fest Tix? Save $12 get them now!

So … saving $12/ticket means nothing to you?  Really?  Here’s the thing: Advance sales END on Monday.  It’s a NO BRAINER to get your tickets RIGHT NOW — RIGHT HERE and save money! 

Every year the Gloucester Blues Festival gets better and better.  Next Saturday (Aug 8th) is your only chance to see major blues stars LIVE IN GLOUCESTER on the same stage.  Here’s a little taste of what you can expect from one of the SEVEN bands, Mitch Woods, who will ROCK stage Fort Park like you’ve never heard it done before!


It’s much harder to write a good review than a bad one

Inge Berge

It’s not that hard to write review panning a concert or an album.  You’ve probably read many such reviews.  It’s much more difficult to write a glowing piece that doesn’t sound corny or like a puff piece.  Below is one of the best examples of a rave review that I’ve ever read. It is at once intelligent, witty, entertaining, straight to the point and completely devoid of obscure references and highfalutin language reviewers all to often use in an attempt to show off their intellect.  It’s written by local singer/songwriter/composer/lighting designer Inge Berge, who is actually smart, so he doesn’t need to try and convince anybody.  Check it out:

Fans of exquisite music: Pay attention to Ruby Rose Fox. Her headlining at The Cabot tonight, courtesy of Peter Van Ness and GimmeLive is easily among the top 3 shows I’ve seen all year (and I see way too many shows.) This show was pure magic. Sublime. Genius.

Her songwriting is smart, heartfelt, genre-bending, profound and just plain gorgeous. Her musicianship is impeccable. Her stage presence is mysterious, deep, eclectic and sexy as all get-out. The backup singers blend like butter yet cut like a razor. The band is road-tight and stadium-confident. The material is presented with rock balls, sensual vulnerability and analytic intelligence. A show chemically cleansed of clichés and standard showbiz cheese.

I count myself among the lucky few who got to experience this evening of not-yet-world-famous MA-grown music before it turns into something more industry-processed. (Hopefully not.)

Unfortunately, what I find of Ruby Rose Fox’s music currently online does not quite do justice to the show I saw tonight. But I understand there’s a full length CD in the works. I’m first in line to purchase.

Looking For Some Local GMG Volunteers To Test Free Dog Tag Prototypes For Church St Press

churchstpresspageChurch Street Press is making tags from old typewriter keys and is currently looking for a few good volunteers…


Play the video to check out the program-


Church Street Press is making dog tags from old typewriter keys and is currently looking for 15 to 20 people that would be interested in taking part in some end-product testing for these tags.  The testing is centered around the particulars of the type of protective finish that is applied to the tag after it is made.

What you get:  A free tag!  Two actually.  Read on for more info…

What you need to do:  Once you get your tag, provide me with regular updates on its appearance–wear and oxidation–for the next three months. Sending a photo once every couple of weeks is fine.  At the end of the test period, I will select the best finish per the testing results, and you will receive a coupon code for another free tag.

If you are interested in taking part, please send an email to and I will get back to you.

M.E. Productions presents HOT TUNA w/ Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams Saturday, July 11 at 8:00 pm – all tickets $45

hot tuna

Buy Tickets Online or by Phone: 978-525-9093
Rock N Roll Hall of Fame alumnus, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady have been performing together for the past 50 years. Originating from Jefferson Airplane, the duo formed the iconic blues-roots band Hot Tuna.

While in Jefferson Airplane, putting together the soundtrack of the 60s, the pair remained loyal to the blues, jazz, bluegrass, and folk influences of the small clubs and larger venues they had learned from years before. San Francisco down time…hotel rooms on the road…just about anywhere they could manage some off time, they would play together and worked up a set of songs that mirrored their love of roots music. They would often play ‘their’ music at clubs in the Bay Area and while on the road, often after having played a set with the Airplane. In an era in which volume often overtrumped musicianship, Hot Tuna provided both. Fans also discovered that Jack and Jorma really loved to play, sometimes 3-6 hour long sets…which only energized the crowds, and in turn energized their performances.

Buy Tickets Online or by Phone: 978-525-9093
Jorma and Jack certainly could not have imagined, let alone predicted, where playing would take them. It’s been a long and fascinating road to numerous exciting destinations. After two decades of acoustic and electric concerts and albums, the 1990s brought a new focus on acoustic music to Hot Tuna. More intimate venues with a more individual connection to the audience became increasingly frequent stops. Soon, the loud electric sound (and the semi trailer load of equipment) disappeared entirely from Hot Tuna tours. Two things have never changed: They still love to play as much as they did as kids, and there are still many, many exciting miles yet to travel on their musical odyssey.

WATCH VIDEO: Hot Tuna “Hesitation Blues”

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

Larry Campbell recently performed, and some say stole the show, to a full house at the Shalin Liu Performance Center alongside David Bromberg and David Hidalgo. Larry is well known in musical circles, initially as the instrumental wizard behind Bob Dylan’s Never Ending Tour and later as the musical director and three-time Grammy-winning producer for Levon Helm. Campbell’s musical dexterity is legendary and won him a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association. Larry stays busy producing albums for Garland Jefferies, the Steep Canyon Rangers, David Bromberg and Hot Tuna. Campbell is married to Teresa Williams and the pair often perform together. The two of them also performed on Jorma Kaukonen’s newest album, Ain’t In No Hurry.

Buy Tickets Online or by Phone: 978-525-9093

Liv Wedding Photos Are In! ~ Thank You Esther Mathieu

We are just loving looking through the wedding photos and reliving Liv’s and Matt’s dreamy day. I’ll post pictures next week but in the mean time, we wanted to give Esther a huge shout out. I think she is our area’s best wedding/portrait/lifestyle photographer. See hee website here: Esther Mathieu. Fabulous in every way Esther!!!

Bombarding the world with our love. #sorrynotsorry #lobstercovewedding

A photo posted by Liv (@livviiiiii) on

SELL-OUT ALERT: Only a few tickets left for James Montgomery Band aboard The Beauport Princess Cruise Ship tomorrow July 4th

James Montgomery – photo: Boston Herald

Tomorrow’s July 4th party cruise aboard Gloucester’s Beauport Princess Cruise Ship with blues icon James Montgomery and his band is nearly sold out.  If you want to go, you should probably click here RIGHT NOW.


The cruise boards at Cruiseport Gloucester at 7pm, departs at 8pm and returns at 10:30pm.  The Beauport Princess Cruise Ship has 2 enclosed decks, an open air top deck, 2 dance floors and three bars.  Your ticket includes the concert, Gloucester Harbor cruise and a lobster roll (chicken salad and veggie wraps available too.)


TheHomieCast Episode 5 Featuring @Eves3 @CoachDeWolfe @CraigShoots @Frankruptcy , Toby , Rick Doucette and @Joey_C

We Announce The Top Three Vote Getters Through Wednesday Evening In The 2015 Gloucester’s Best Bartender Poll and More
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Discover TribeTats: Cape Ann’s New Summer Essential

If you’ve been following the antics on GMG over the years then you’re familiar with one of our favorite lobstermen Tuffy.  Tuffy has provided some GMG classics such as Sean’s Swan Dive and The Whole Viral Buddhist Monk Lobster Liberation Madness

Well his daughter Degelis started a new company called TribeTats and here’s the promo for it-

Cape Ann has a new favorite summer accessory: TribeTats metallic body art, applied like the temporary tattoos we used in our youth but made for adults. The brand was founded by the daughter of Gloucester lobsterman Mike Tufts, and are quickly becoming must-haves for local kids, teens and adults alike.  TribeTats is offering a special 30% off and free shipping for our readers on their website with the code GMG30 at checkout.   


Apply the temporary tats for a day at Good Harbor or Wingaersheek Beach, and keep them on for happy hour at the Studio or the Rudder on Rocky Neck. TribeTats will also be stocked at Linda Bella Boutique later this month. Contact Degelis at if you want to order in bulk for a summer event or have other partnership ideas. 

Follow TribeTats on instagram here along with their 320K followers. 


Discover the History of Cape Ann Granite! Local author releases exciting new title featuring stunning, vintage images


Telling a story in pictures is Cape Ann Granite, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book by local author Paul St. Germain is set to release on July 20, 2015. The book boasts over 200 vintage images, many of which have never been published, and showcases memories of days gone by.
The granite industry began on Cape Ann with the first sale of a piece of Rockport granite, for use as a millstone, to a farmer in Newburyport in 1800. The industry would grow to include more than 60 quarries and operations around the cape, becoming the second-largest economic force in the area behind fishing. Hundreds were employed as quarrymen, stonecutters, paving cutters, and finishers. Cape Ann was particularly well fitted for the pursuit of granite as its rocky hills and shores afforded a comparatively inexhaustible source of supply, and its splendid shipping facilities gave the advantage of quick and economical transportation to market by sea and land. The industry eventually declined, and by 1930, most quarries had gone out of business because of labor strikes and low demand. Today, most of these quarries are filled with rainwater and springwater, and many are used as reservoirs for the surrounding communities.
The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.
Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places. Have we done a book on your town? Visit


Paul St. Germain, has been a resident of Rockport, Massachusetts for the past 20 years. His interest in Cape Ann area began in 1999 when he was asked to join the Thacher Island Association’s Board of Directors. In 2002 he was elected President of the Association and has worked to develop a variety of ways to fund the restoration efforts on the island

Download the Cape Ann Cultural Districts Mobile app today and promote to visitors to Cape Ann all season!

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Get It For Android Here



The “Cape Ann Cultural Districts” mobile app is available in the Apple and Android apps stores and can be downloaded free on these sites or scan the QR code.

The mobile all continues to increase awareness of Cape Ann’s creative communities, individual artists, museums, recreational attractions, historic sites, restaurants, lodgings and businesses. The mobile app provides a free, consolidated, flexible platform to access information and way-finding for each of the four state-designated Cape Ann cultural districts – Essex River, Gloucester’s Harbor town, Gloucester’s Rocky Neck and Rockport.

Each cultural district has its own page and directory listing of cultural offerings and businesses that include a description, location, phone number, directions and links to web sites and other associated social media sites.   This year visitors and residents who download the app with find calendar event links to interesting and engaging activities around Cape Ann.  The consolidation of events in one app will make is easier to plan, locate and enjoy all that the area has to offer.  Several merchants on Cape Ann will be offering discount coupons which will only be available through the app. 


Jean Grobe


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