Category Archives: Good Morning Gloucester

goodlinens on Main Street any day now!


More finishing and architectural details will continue through the summer and into the fall. Featured artisan panels and more inventory and stock will be added. Yet goodlinens is ready enough for its soft launch opening! You just might have the chance to step inside if not today then any day soon! Jo Ann is a blur of activity.





Call ahead for the best subs of summer. Gloucester beaches sandwich directory.


Hungry? Pack light. You’ll pass great sandwich shops, locally owned and operated, en route to Gloucester’s magnificent beaches. Jeff’s Variety can set you up for a good lunch to go wherever you’re headed including Good Harbor Beach, Long Beach, or the back shore. Jeff says that there are many repeat customers that come back each and every season–for years–on their way to Good Harbor Beach. IF you have a big group, you can order trays with finger sandwiches. Sandwich platters featuring Virgilio’s rolls need at least two days notice to prepare. They’re open Sundays. What else? “Yes!” the answer to my question if they have plenty of call ahead requests from cars caught in traffic. Passengers calling only, please!

Scroll down the post for a one-stop, sub-shopping Gloucester directory with phone numbers and links. I could add in our favorite choices from each place.




*the great 2013 Good Morning Gloucester Italian sub winners

on the way to Gloucester’s GOOD HARBOR BEACH

on the way to Gloucester/ Rockport LONG BEACH

on the way downtown headed in any direction to Gloucester beaches: Pavilion, Cressy, Half Moon, Niles, Good Harbor

  • Cafe Sicilia (978) 283-7345 sandwiches and pizza slices
  • Cave (978) 283-0896 for baguette/cheese French picnic style fare
  • Cupboard (978) 281-1908
  • *Destino’s Subs 
  • Cape Ann Farmer’s Market (Thursdays) fresh produce & baguette/cheese French picnic style fare
  • *Jeff’s Variety (978) 281-5800
  • Leonardo’s  (978) 281-7882
  • Last Stop (978) 281-2616
  • Mike’s  (978) 282-0777
  • Morning Glory (978) 281-1851
  • Poseidons (978) 290-4313
  • *Sclafanis (978) 283-6622
  • *Virgilios (978) 283-5295
  • Yellow Sub Shop (978) 281-2217

on the way to Gloucester’s NILES BEACH

  • Last Stop (978) 281-2616
  • Sailor Stan’s to go (978) 281-4470

on the way to Gloucester’s PLUM COVE BEACH / ANNISQUAM/ LANESVILLE 

  • Captain Hooks (978) 282-4665
  • Plum Cove Grind (978) 281-3377
  • Willow Rest  sub and/or the farmer’s market fresh produce, cheese, specialty prepared meals picnic option (978)283-2417

on the way to Gloucester’s WINGAERSHEEK BEACH

  • main concession stand at Gloucester’s Wingaersheek beach (978) 281-9785
  • Marshall’s Farm Stand (picnic route rather than sandwich counter)  (978) 283-2168 (pints of fruit, munchies, loaf artisan bread, mozzarella specialty cheeses)

I haven’t forgotten Magnolia–just missing Magnolia’s House of Pizza. ON Mondays there’s Cape Ann Farmer’s market for Magnolia. “M” for Mondays, “M” for Magnolia.

Lovin’ some Loons

Yesterday cousin Wendy and I got up at 3:30 am to drive out to Quabbin Reservoir in Belchertown, MA out near Amherst.   With our camera’s in hand we were blessed with the company of this Loon family who were happy just to hang out, fish and be adorable!  I’ve never seen a Loon this close and never realized how large they were.  This particular family had 2 babies who were 4-5 weeks old and starting to learn how to fish for themselves. (FYI these were taken with a 600 mm lens so that we could stay a respectable distance from the family.  Enjoy nature, but be respectful!)  Have a Sunday Funday!

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Community Photos 7/24/16

Len Burgess submits-

“Hard Merchandi$e” is melting at the dock with this 90 degree weather.


Saturday’s Storm Rolling In from Lisa Lavoie


Evening in White Album-

“Hi Joey,

Long time since I’ve offered  photos, but here are some from last Friday’s “Evening in White.” Always a good time not to mention a worthy charity.  Most of these photos were taken by my friend, Pamela Nicholson with the gracious permission of all those pictured.”

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Visual weather tale of same day that actually looks like two different days.

1st shot taken 7/18 at 4:17PM

2nd shot taken 7/18 at 8:10PM

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What’s on the @webergrills Performer tonight? #bbq #bbqporn

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Live blogging from Cape Ann Museum and Our Lady: eloquent and moving portrait from Linda Brayton and Jen Holmgren on their grandfather and great-grandfather, notable architect Halfdan Hanson


L-R Linda Brayton, Jennifer Holmgren, Lisa Sawall (Sleeper’s grand niece) before a special Beauport Sleeper McCann tour focusing on the  correspondence and collaboration of Sleeper and architect Halfdan Hanson which was led by Lorna.


Photographs in this post are from yesterday’s special Beauport Sleeper McCann program, stemming from the Cape Ann Museum Design/Build exhibition. Lorna Condon, senior curator of Historic New England’s Library and Archives, led this tremendous tour.

Neither Sleeper not Hanson family members knew they’d be there together at this tour. Yet members of both  families wore the same shoes!




Other special guests included Chris Sicuranza from the Mayor’s Office and the Rev. Rona Tyndall, Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator for the Grace Center of Gloucester. Mayor Romeo Theken also wanted to go.



More pictures coming of these back to back events!

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This Weekend in the Arts

Architect Halfdan M. Hanson: His Hidden Legacy

A multimedia presentation followed by optional tour of Our Lady of Good Voyage Church

Saturday, July 23 at 1:00p.m.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a lecture and walking tour focusing on the life and work of Halfdan Hanson, architect of Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House. Hanson’s granddaughter, Linda Brayton and great-granddaughter, Jen Holmgren, share the fascinating details of his hidden legacy and conclude with a short walk to view Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, one of Hanson’s major designs.

Tickets are $10 for Cape Ann Museum and Historic New England members / $15 non-members (Museum admission included). Space is limited; reservations required.

For more information and/or to purchase tickets, call (978)283-0455 x10 email


Image credit: International Newsreel photo 175229. “July 28, 1922 John D. Rockefeller Jr. visits Gloucester. The church of Our Lady of Good Voyage at the famous little fishing city.” Collection of the Cape Ann Museum.

Upcoming Cape Ann Museum – Historic New England Collaborations:

August 6, 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. Old House Doctor at the Cape Ann Museum’s White-Ellery House


Hopper’s Houses – A Guided Walking Tour

Get your art fix outside.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a guided walking tour of select Gloucester houses made famous by American realist painter Edward Hopper on Saturday, July 23 at 10:00 a.m. Tours last about 1 1/2 hours and are held rain or shine. Participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time. Cost is $10 for Cape Ann Museum members; $20 for nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited and reservations are required. Email or call (978) 283-0455 x10 for more information or to reserve a space. This tour will be offered again on July 30, August 12 and August 27.

American realist painter Edward Hopper is known to have painted in Gloucester on five separate occasions during the summer months between 1912 and 1928. He began working in watercolor, capturing the local landscape and architecture in loosely rendered, light filled paintings. This special walking tour will explore the neighborhood surrounding the Museum, which includes many of the Gloucester houses immortalized by Hopper’s paintings.


Image credit: Edward Hopper, American, 1882-1967. Universalist Church, 1926. Watercolor over graphite on cream wove paper, 35.6 x 50.8 cm. (14 x 20 in.). Princeton University Art Museum. Laura P. Hall Memorial Collection, bequest of Professor Clifton R. Hall x1946-268. Photo: Bruce M. White.



“The Intersection of Marine Science, Conservation, Activism and Arts.”  This is the third offering of a series addressing the interconnection of the Arts and Sciences as part of NSAA’s “Art in Action – Connecting Communities” initiative for their 2016 season.

Saturday, July 23, 3 PM.  Open Free to the Public.

 Fascinated by the transparency and reflectivity of glass, and similarly those qualities in our ocean waters, highly regarded Arts and Environmental activist and major force for the growth of the arts on Cape Ann, Karen Ristuben will offer a dynamic look at the ways in which marine science, conservation, and the arts can positively impact each other.  Through photography, video, sound and performance with “environmental advocacy at the core” her goal is “to expand the efforts of scientists working on issues of ocean contamination and public health” and to stimulate interest, involvement and awareness in the general public.

By using the arts to present fascinating information about our ocean environment she believes that visual, sensory offerings provide an emotional experience allowing audiences to come away not only with new and interesting information, but also a desire to learn how they can make a difference.  Aesthetically compelling experiences can be transformational in stimulating individuals’ discovery that they can, in whatever way personally appeals to them, make a direct difference in the protection of our oceans and planet.

Karen Ristuben’s presentation promises to be not only an innovative educational experience, but also a stimulating and exciting melding of the Arts and Sciences.

Supporting Ocean Alliance’s mission to protect and preserve our oceans and marine life and North Shore Arts Association and Rocky Neck Art Colony’s mission of supporting the arts, an “Art Exhibition of the Sea and Science” continues through July 30 in the galleries of NSAA. Although works of all genres will be on display, the main focus will be works depicting the sea and Cape Ann.

The North Shore Arts Association’s galleries are open, free to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, Noon to 5 PM.

More information on all North Shore Arts Association events is available by visiting their website at, and by email at, or by telephone 978 283-1857.


Hans Pundt Summer Artist Exhibition
Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck

Show Dates: July 20 – August 9, 2016
Reception: SAT July 23, 6 to 8 pm

Gloucester resident and mixed media/assemblage artist Hans Pundt is the fourth Summer Artist in the Rocky Neck Art Colony’s Summer Artist Series at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck. His show opens on Wednesday, July 20, and continues to August 9 with the opening reception on Saturday July 23, from 6-8 pm.

Pundt searches out the rich visuals found in the obscure and unusual. His creative spirit takes him on a journey that can be quirky, mystical, edgy, odd and fascinating, which is all reflected in his work along with a bit of fun. Every piece he creates tells a story and engages the viewer to use his or her own imagination to interpret the story.

He loves to use found objects in his collage and assemblage work, often combining the two mediums. He enjoys the hunt for materials, the tactile manipulation and construction of the piece and likes giving life back to found objects and discarded bits of paper.

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck
53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

Gallery hours
Sun – Thurs 10:00 AM-6:00 PM, Fri and Sat 10:00AM – 8:00 PM

For more information call Gallery 53 at 978-282-0917.


The Evolution of Architecture in Gloucester

Architecture Walking Tours at the Cape Ann Museum

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a new addition to its popular outdoor walking tours. The Evolution of Architecture in Gloucester will take place on Sunday, July 24 at 2:00p.m.


Image credit: Colonial revival house on Pleasant Street in Gloucester, MA. Designed by architectural firm, Phillips & Holloran.

 Downtown Gloucester boasts a variety of architectural styles, often alternating from one house to the next. This historical architecture tour will introduce participants to those building styles from the mid-18th to the mid-20th century. Participants will learn to distinguish key architectural elements that grew out of the socio-economic and cultural changes in Gloucester that took place during this 200 year period. After this tour you’ll find it hard not to notice the diversity offered in Cape Ann’s building styles and what they reveal about the community during different time periods.

This walking tour is offered in conjunction with this summer’s special exhibition, Design/Build: The Drawings of Phillips & Holloran, Architects which runs through October 9, 2016.

All walking tours begin in front of the Cape Ann Museum. Guided walking tours are held rain or shine and last about 1½ hours; participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time. $10 Museum members; $20 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; reservations required. Call (978)283-0455 x10 or email for details. Tickets can also be purchased online at Eventbrite.

This walking tour is also offered on Friday, August 5 at 10:00a.m.


2016 HSP Poster - UR Upper Harbor


Safety wowed the crowd and yes, there was dancing in the street! July 21, 2016 @ The Harbor Loop Concert Series 2016. Next week The Mike O’Connell Band

Band Members
SAFETY features – Dan King,Tony Goddess, Dennis Monagle, Renee Dupuis, Megan Mckensie, and Brian King
Safety Alumni – Kascia Murray, Guy Fiero, Colin Harhay, Ann Marie
Gloucester, MA

Victory Agents

Live 80s cover band featuring 4 lead singers and the best hair in music (currently).
80’s done with a new twist and fantastic duds.

Your party, is our party.
Personal Interests
Bangles, Bowie, Blondie, Eurythmics, Kulture Klub, Go Go’s, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, The Cure, Stacie Q., Devo, Talking Heads, The Pretenders, Michael Jackson, Depeche Mode…

General Manager
Victory Agents


Finding Nemo fun at HarborWalk Summer Cinema

What a treat! I wish everyone could have heard the hundreds of happy cries of  “Mine. Mine. Mine.” with each unforgettable Finding Nemo seagull scene. This was real life surround sound right at Gloucester’s harbor, seagulls aloft and searching in the enveloping night.


6pm–hundreds more will stream in before the movie starts!

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Aurelia Nelson 104.9 Gloucester HarborWalk Summer Cinema 2016


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Gloucester HarborWalk Summer Cinema 2016 Awesome vendors

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OPEN DOOR at Gloucester HarborWalk 2016 Summer Cinema, with pre movie family activities and canned food drive. Finding Nemo sponsor

Thanks Rob, Cape Ann Community Cinema & Stage, for the community movie nights and for taking these photos. I didn’t bring my camera and was too busy eating even if I had!  What did we carry in and carry home?  On the way to the movies, we walked over to purchase delicious take-out subs from Leonardos for a picnic, and bug spray (not needed it turned out) and sundries from Walgreens. From the vendors at the outdoor movies we picked out candy, Kettlecorn and slush. We didn’t have the fried dough but there’s always next week!

Finding Nemo was the second movie of five FREE outdoor movies hosted by the City of Gloucester HarborWalk through the Cape Ann Community Cinema. Aurelia from North Shore 104.9 and Open Door hosted the festive pre-screening gathering.

The three premier sponsors for the HarborWalk Summer Cinema are North Shore 104.9, Cape Ann Savings Bank, and North Shore Community College. Finding Nemo was presented by Open Door. Next week’s Minions will be shown thanks to Toodeloos!

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Live blogging: In Their Own Words- Henry Sleeper and Halfdan Hanson Build Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House. Cape Ann Museum and Historic New England special tour!


We are on this incredible tour at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House.  Descendants of both Sleeper and Hanson are here! This special programming duet was brought together by two Gloucester institutions, the Cape Ann Museum in collaboration with Historic New England’s Beauport property, inspired by the Cape Ann Museum’s Design/Build exhibition.

Lorna Condon, senior curator of Historic New England’s Library and Archives, is leading the tour. Martha Van Koevering is the Site Manager for the Beauport Sleeper-McCann House.


Stephen Bridges, Martha Van Koevering, Lorna Condon

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Come To the Lobster Pool Sunday Night For Our Farewell Party For “Blue” The Super Rare #BlueLobster

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More Cape Ann Dining News-


After talking to Joey at Captain Joe and Sons where we get our lobsters we’ve decided that the super rare Blue Lobster he gave us to show our customers should really be returned to the ocean to spread more Blue love and procreate.  We’ve named him “Blue” and we’re happy to announce that BLUE WILL LIVE ON IN FREEDOM!

So come on by this weekend to check out Blue in our tanks before we release him and stick around for our-

Release “Blue” the Lobster Party!


SUNDAY AT 7PM we will send Blue Back To the Ocean.  Come Celebrate with us and watch the sunset and enjoy smores on the firepit and send Blue Off With Some Good JUJU!

The Lobster Pool
329 Granite St

Rockport, MA

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#Porkribs 7/22/16 on the @WeberGrills Kettle with assistance from the Performer

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Northeast BBQ

Obviously I love BBQ cooking.  I love the versatility and ease of using two kettles but if I were only going to own one it would have to be a Performer.  That cart just makes everything so simple and convenient.  Being able to rest your tray of prepped food of hold your remote thermometer sensor makes things so simple.  When you factor in the gas assist for starting your coals, to me, it’s a no-brainer to go with a Performer.

When you consider the fact that unlike gas grills , a Weber Kettle can easily last you over 20 years with the bare minimum of care and you divide out the cost of ownership over all those years, I’d recommend you buy a Performer every time.  It’s only a couple hundred more and when you think that you probably only get 5 years on average out of a gas grill…

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