Category Archives: Good Morning Gloucester

Perfect time of year to make Sista Felicia’s Rosa Rugosa Rose Hip Jelly! 

While your out watching this weekends Schooner Race, along the shoreline  pick some Rose Hips, and make some jelly! Rosa Rugosa Rose Hip Jelly tastes amazing on toast & delicious on a pork roast and yummy with a cheese & crackers … Stop by ” The Cave” on Main Street for the perfect cheese to accompany this unique tasting jelly! Don’t forget to tell Laura Sista Sent you in ! 

Mega Yard Sale Saturday: In part w the League of Women Voters

It’s a multi-family, friends and neighbors yard sale event! The League of Women Voters will be participating as well, (their table sales to benefit their organization’s student scholarships). So come out to support and treasure hunt!

Location: 546 Washington St.

Time: Sept. 5th 9am – 3pm

Home furnishings, kitchen supplies, outdoor and yard furniture, antiques, collectables, sporting equipment, lawn & garden, and a vast multitude of other exciting treasures!!

Located just up the hill from The Willow Rest, (plan your beach feast & grab some surprises from the sale!)

Help Wanted…



Looking for a Part Time gig as a Host/Busser?

Well we got the place for you!

Foreign Affairs in Manchester, MA

Contact Kim at 978-704-9568 for details


Are you a Nail Tech looking for a place to settle in to?

Styles on Main  220 Main st, Gloucester

Contact Meghan for details

978-865-3287 or email


Know a business that is hiring? Drop it in the comment section and we will add to the post!







MMoAA and North Shore Prints Show Opening

The Goetemann Artist Residency at Rocky Neck is pleased to announce the arrival of their second month long artist-in-residence, Laurelin Kruse. Her opening talk will be held at The Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, on Thursday September 3rd at 7pm. The talk is free and open to the public.
Laurelin will be parking her Mobile Museum of American Artifacts at various sites around the city.
The Mobile Museum of American Artifacts is a traveling museum of everyday artifacts and their stories. Housed in a vintage travel trailer, the MMoAA sets up at libraries, grocery stores, museums and other public spaces across the country to invite people to see its evolving collection of artifacts of significant (and insignificant) connection to every day life. The museum crowdsources its collection – at each stop people are welcome to submit objects from their own lives, which will travel on with the museum as part of its rotating exhibit. Inside the museum, artifacts are presented alongside a curated text, which tells the story of the object and its donor, per an interview conducted in the MMoAA at the time of donation.
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North Shore Prints is a wonderful show of 17 printmakers works.  The opening reception is tonight from 5-7:00.

This Weekend at Cape Ann Museum

Insights On Site at the White-Ellery House

Picasso’s Women – A one-day installation by Gabrielle Barzaghi

 The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present an installation of sketches by Gabrielle Barzaghi entitled The Picasso Women Visit the White-Ellery House, on Saturday, September 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This program will take place at the Cape Ann Museum’s historic White-Ellery House (1710) and is free and open to the public as part of Escapes North 17th Century Saturdays. The House is located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester at the Route 128 Grant Circle Rotary; parking is available off Poplar Street in the field behind the house.

Picasso women studio

Sketches by Gabrielle Barzaghi based on portraits done by Picasso.

Gabrielle Barzaghi graduated from the Boston Museum School in 1978. She moved to Gloucester in the mid-1990s and has taught drawing as a Senior Lecturer at the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University in Boston for many years. She is a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant for drawing and has participated in many invitational and group shows throughout the region. Her work has been shown at the Boston MFA, the Currier Museum, the Fuller Museum and the Cape Ann Museum.

Artist’s Statement: Many of my works spring from my imagination, while others are the result of close observation and drawing from life. Often my drawings are a mixture of both, with close observation in the past serving my visual memory in the present. The themes are of myth and transcendence.

The White-Ellery House has served as the backdrop for a series of one-day contemporary art installations (Insights On Site) for seven years running. It was built in 1710 and is one of just a handful of First Period houses in Eastern Massachusetts that survives to this day. Unlike other structures of this period, the largely unfurnished house has had very few interior alterations over the years. Stepping inside today, visitors enter much the same house they would have 300 years ago. The historic home is open on the first Saturday of the month from May through October as part of Escapes North 17th Century Saturdays.

Hopper’s Houses – A Guided Walking Tour

A tour in downtown Gloucester to view houses immortalized by renowned American realist painter Edward Hopper

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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 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, September 5  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 September 12 and 19.

American realist painter Edward Hopper is known to have painted in Gloucester on five separate occasions during the summer months between 1912 and 1928. His earliest visit was made in the company of fellow artist Leon Kroll. During his second visit to Cape Ann in 1923, Hopper courted the young artist Josephine Nivison. He also began working in watercolor, capturing the local landscape and architecture in loosely rendered, light filled paintings. In 1924, Hopper and Nivison who were newly married returned to Gloucester on an extended honeymoon and continued to explore the area by foot and streetcar. During his final two visits to the area, in 1926 and 1928, Hopper produced some of his finest paintings. This special walking tour will explore the neighborhood surrounding the Museum, which includes many of the Gloucester houses immortalized by Hopper’s paintings.

Guided Walking Tours Offered by Cape Ann Museum

Explore downtown Gloucester through the historic lens of maritime painter Fitz Henry Lane

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Fitz Henry Lane’s Gloucester, a guided walking tour, on Saturday,  September 5 at 10:00 a.m. Explore downtown Gloucester and discover what it was like in the 19th century when Fitz Henry Lane roamed the streets and painted the views. Tours last about one and a half 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 September 26.


Image credit: Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865). Gloucester Harbor at Sunrise, c. 1850, oil on canvas. Gift of Lawrence Brooks, 1970. [Acc. #2020]

Fitz Henry Lane was a Cape Ann artist, printmaker and world-renowned American marine painter. With his subtle use of gleaming light, Lane is generally regarded as one of the finest 19th century practitioners of the style known as luminism. The Cape Ann Museum’s unparalleled collection of works by Fitz Henry Lane – which includes paintings, drawings and lithographs – is on permanent display in the gorgeously renovated Lane Gallery, a space fully devoted to Lane’s life and work.

Spots Available for Youths Interested In Sailing On A Schooner For The Gloucester Schooner Race!

Hey Joey — Please post the following:

Please have youth interested in sailing on a schooner for the Gloucester Schooner Race contact Amanda at to signup. Please  provide name, age and cell phone number. It’s generally first come, first serve. “Kids” should be age 12 – 18 and need to be ready to go from 8:45  — 5pm on Sunday, Sept 6th. 


Thomas Balf
Executive Director
Maritime Gloucester

Missing Fred Bodin. This photo was taken in downtown Gloucester. Where?

Cat Ryan Submits-


On the wall is an Alice Curtis Fred Bodin print of Dogtown Babson boulders. This one is hanging in a salon. There are others around town. He was on my mind and I’ve seen it there before. This time it was just after what would have been his 9AM GMG posting.

Fred Bodin had time to be companionable, none of this I’m so busy and rush about manner. If you didn’t meet Fred or have the chance to visit his gallery, you could sense it in his GMG posts and Facebook page where he’d take time to research any newcomer to best introduce and welcome them into the fold. A dash of humor didn’t hurt nor asking questions. He wrote generous and respectful introductions on GMG, too.

Fred was thrilled to join the Good Morning Gloucester ranks as official GMG contributor in September 2013 and grateful that Joey pushed him into social media.

“Who knew what influence GMG would have on us all? I had no idea. Love you all, eager to post interesting and sometimes provocative content.” – Fred Bodin

“From the little that I know, Joey does his WP Good Morning Gloucester work around lobster boat deliveries and bait pickup slack times. I’ve never had a job as physically demanding as Joey’s. He works his ass off.” – Fred Bodin

Post production (pun intended) was an art for him. He liked his GMG and Facebook posts short and crafted them deliberately. He was proud of meeting his morning deadline. He experimented with ideas and topics.It’s tempting to describe his process akin to dark room developing. Magic in the end. 

Fred Bodin belonged ‘here’–Gloucester, Rockport, Cape Ann, Main Street, harbor, GMG, on line- and it was contagious. He knew the festival, restaurant, artist, merchant, and neighbor. He blended art, business, history, sense of place. And he helped.

“My criteria for selection is this: You have only to ask me.” – Fred Bodin

He helped local merchants

He was an essential and proud contributor for the HarborWalk\

“Thanks Jenn. The marker was cured and done when I got to work this morning. The signage looks great, and will even be helpful to those without smartphones (like me), and much more so to those who can scan the QR. I believe the new technology makes the old much more available to us.” – Fred Bodin

and the block parties.

He was the early and key partner for the downtown cultural district.

He knew how to say thanks.

Every inch of his gallery was filled with works of variety and originality like his approach to life.

Jump On In

I took the boys to the Annisquam the other day because they’ve been wanting a chance to jump off the bridge.  It was about 90 minutes after high tide and neither of them were sure they up for the challenge, so they swam off the dock for a moment while deciding what to do.

While swimming, this charmingly goofy bunch of boys came stampeding down the dock, towels tossing, smiles flashing, and enthusiasm bursting!  Quintessential summer kids! The three of us stopped and watched them in awe. Without missing a beat, they were leaping, splashing, cheering, and even back-diving, with abandon.

As I was snapping photos of them, I noticed that Thatcher was almost immediately in line with them, waiting his turn. While maybe not as savvy as the rest, Thatch stood (a bit shakily) up on the railing and took flight.

A big “Thanks” to that awesome bunch of boys for letting Thatcher jump right in (pun intended) and join them in their last few moments of summer fun.

Good kids…enjoying a summer tradition…in one of Cape Ann’s most beautiful spots.

And Now, Back to Football. Blogging with the Pats.

The boys and I were lucky enough to attend last night’s Patriots game.  My attempt at Live blogging failed miserably as my cell service is always weak at best in the stadium.

You may have heard by now that the team….most specifically that Quarterback of theirs (and ALL of Pats Nation)…received some good news yesterday and we were thrilled to be in the house to celebrate with them.

The fans that were waving Berman For President signs might be onto something.

Live from 2nd Mayoral Debate! 

Live from 2nd Gloucester Mayoral Debate. Best wishes to all the candidates!

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Packed house for Mayoral debates!

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