Category Archives: Good Morning Gloucester

Juni Van Dyke solo exhibition at Jane Deering Gallery: Artist of such expressive power and spirit

Juni Van Dyke’s show at Jane Deering Gallery opens this Saturday 5-7PM. I think Juni’s art transposes her passions and delights into works of sumptuous color and significance. They are beautiful, moving and resonant with her life experiences.


Jane Deering Gallery is located within the 1842 home built for Capt. Harvey Coffin MacKay and  Sally (Somes) MacKay. They were married in 1816. The building is one of many distinctive assets within Gloucester’s Central Historic District. There aren’t many wood structures dating from this time because of fires.


McKay’s name is on the 181 First Fire Club list, established in 1766, appointed to Engine No. Two.  Members agreed to 14 Articles: “to be helpful to each other in case of fire; 2, each member to provide two good leather buckets and two strong bags of not less than three bushels capacity, the fine for non-compliance being 12-1/2 cents; 3, to meet annually, also quarterly, with a fine of 12-1/2 cents for non-attendance; 4, a committee of two to inspect each other’s premises and inspect all fire apparatus quarterly; 5, a moderator and clerk to be elected; 6, prescribe the duties of the clerk; 7, to expel members absent from four quarterly meetings and refusing to pay the fines and assessments; 8, to pay for buckets or bags lost at any fire; 9, each member to pay 50 cents for a printed copy of the articles; 10, a secret watch-word for the society, the fine for divulging the same being 40 cents; 11, a fine of 12-1/2 cents for buckets or bags being out of their proper places; 12, fines and assessments to be paid to the Clerk; 12, a three-fourths vote necessary for admission, etc.; 14, a quarterly assessment of 25 cents to meet ordinary expenses.” See The Gloucester Fire Department: its history and work from 1793 to 1893 by John J Somes, ©1892 

Capt. MacKay was born Joshua Gee Whittemore, Jr; records indicate that on February 13, 1813 he was “allowed to take the name of Harvey C. Mackay,…and be called and known by the said name; and the said name shall forever hereafter be considered as his only proper and legal name, to all intents and purposes.” At one time MacKay was Fitz Henry Lane’s landlord. Fitz Hugh Lane changed his name to Fitz Henry Lane in 1832. You can learn more about Lane at the Cape Ann Museum, right next door to the Jane Deering Gallery. The MacKay house jogged my memory about something else I learned from the Cape Ann Museum in a brief article by Stephanie Buck. In 1879, Sarah Johnson, a MacKay lodger, was the first woman to vote in Gloucester for a public official.  Buck’s article reveals who was second, third and fourth in line!  I thought about that when I peeked through the window at Juni’s show. Here’s a solo exhibition by a woman, at a gallery owned by a woman, next to a museum run by Ronda Faloon, with nearby exhibits featuring other solo shows by women, galleries and businesses owned by women, and Mayor Romeo Theken at City Hall. I hope we can raise money to commission original portraits of Mayor Kirk and Mayor Romeo Theken to add to City Hall.  They are the only Mayors that aren’t represented.





In 2014, a trunk filled with archival material attributed to Captain MacKay including papers about the ship Parthian fetched $900 (est. $150-200) at online auction site, Invaluable, for The Gallery at Knotty Pine in West Swanzey, NH.

“I, Harvey C. Mackay do solemnly, sincerely, and truly swear, that the within REPORT and LIST, subscribed with my name and now delivered by me to the Collector of the district of BOSTON AND CHARLESTOWN, contains, to the best of my knowledge and belief, the names, age, sex and occupation of all the passengers, together with the name of the country to which they severally belong, and that of which they intend to become inhabitants, which were on board the London Packet whereof I am at present master, at the time of her sailing from the port of London or which have at any time since been taken on board the said vessel. And I do likewise swear, that all matters whatsoever in said report and list expressed, are, to the best of my knowledge and belief, just and true. SO HELP ME GOD. (Signed) Harvey Mackay, MASTER. Sworn to before me, this twenty-fifth day of April 1827, (signed) J. W., Dy. COLLECTOR.” See the (short) Passenger list on board the packet Ship London from England to Boston, Massachusetts on 25 April 1827 


A fishing schooner built in Essex in 1866 was named for ‘intrepid Capt Harvey C Mackay (1786-1869). From Out of Gloucester, On December 24, 1879: The Sch. ‘Harvey C. Mackay’ Given Up as Lost: The Schooner Harvey C. Mackay, for whose safety fears have been entertained, and for whose coming back to port anxious ears have long been waiting, has been given up as lost by her owners, and she must be added, with her crew of hardy men, to the list of lost fishermen. She left port… 

Flowers on a first date


Who doesn’t love flowers? I mean really.

Are the good ole days of men bringing flowers on a first date gone?

When did this stop? or better yet did it stop?


This cute article gives some great insight


Reading the articles we have now talk about flowers as being desperate or needy.


Do you think flowers as being as act of kindness or neediness?

Can’t wait to hear what ya’ll think!



Today’s headline had me at hello: Congratulations Curtis Dagley!

Krakow’s Gothic masterpiece- the Veit Stoss altar (ca.1480)!

Great article by Andrea Holbrook: Poland to Honor Fisherman for Saving Treasure

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland will present Curtis Dagley with a Bene Merito Medal, Thursday, October 27 at 2PM in City Hall. “Mr Dagley is honored for his participation in returning to Poland cultural treasures robbed by Germans during WWII; and also in recognition of the imprisonment he suffered at the hands of the Communist authorities of Poland.”



Nichole’s Picks 10/29 and 10/30

Pick #1: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

I am really hoping to get Thatcher and Finn into Boston to tour the museum sometime before next month’s election.  I am a big believer that studying the election process, democracy, Checks and Balances, and the levels + branches of government during an election year is an opportunity that should not be missed.  That having been said, it has been harder this go round to make it a positive learning experience….as much of it has been more of a circus than an age-appropriate lesson.  I want to use the opportunity to show my boys how great America can be…but, it is hard to shield them from the drama and nonsense.  So, I am hopeful that taking a trip to learn about JFK will help instill some of the pride and character that I would like them to feel and develop.

Just my two cents….

If you’d like to learn more about visiting the JFK Library CLICK HERE



Pick #2: Howl-o-ween Movie Party at the Cape Ann Cinema and Stage



Bring your friends and family and join Cape Ann Animal Aid as they raise funds with this spooktacular Halloween movie classic!

Pizza will be served at 1:00pm, and movie starts at 1:30pm.

Costumes are welcome!

Plus, enjoy the prize wheel, door prizes, raffle and more! A fantastic way to kick off the Halloween weekend and all for a great cause!


Pick #3: Go Do It!  Visit Salem.




As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Volunteer Artists and Illustrators Sought

There are a few local writers who would welcome help from local artists to complete their book submission into Cape Ann Creates for Cape Ann Reads Children’s Picture Book Contest! Please email

For more information about registration and the guidelines, see this dynamite flyer designed by Valerie Marino at Sawyer Free Library. Thanks to Cape Ann Chamber At-A-Glance weekly newsletter and Rocky Neck’s This Week on Rocky Neck- Art Opportunities for helping to get the word out!car-deadlines-register-now


Operation Troop Support

Pauline Bresnahan forwards the Cape Ann Veterans Services list. “Please share, boxes will be shipped overseas to arrive in time for the Holidays.” When my kids were at East Gloucester  awesome Mrs. Pierce organized for this collection, helping kids understand the significance and giving them an opportunity to be helpful and give back.



Jim Masciarelli Represents In Alba, Italy

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Hi Joey

Went to see some goof friends in Italy. Lots of time in Rome, Milan

at historical sites and lots of good eats.

Here are two pics  in Alba in the Piedmont region.

Alba is the place for white truffle

One picture is me standing on a hill overlooking the city of Alba the other is at one of Albas Caffes

Just got back to our winter place in Naples, Florida

I read GMG every day wherever I am. It keeps me connected to our fair city.

Best Regards

Jim Masciarelli

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Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 10/27/16


Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

Joey C ~ 3 Comments

A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

The web address will be

To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.

Sawyer Free Library: October 29-Nov 5,2016

October 26, 2016 ~ sawyerfreelibrary ~



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Millennial Networking Event

October 26, 2016 ~ chambercacc ~

Born between 1976 & 1994? That means you’re a Millennial! Come hang out with other professionals from around Cape Ann to mingle with, promote, and inspire each other. This event will be casual & fun.

Cape Ann’s Next Generation will be at Jalapeno’s Mexican Restaurant on November 3rd from 5 to 7 PM – join us! Check out the event details on Facebook – Millennial Networking Event.


Like our page on Facebook for event details – Next Generation Cape Ann
Contact Andrew Marques at or 978-282-5732 for more information.

West Parish students paint for GEF 10th Birthday Gala

October 25, 2016 ~ sam ~

Students at West Parish Elementary School  paint a garden bench that will be auctioned off at the 10th Birthday Gala for the Gloucester Education Foundation.


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The Gloucester Education Foundation’s 10th Birthday Gala is a fundraising event to celebrate and support GEF, and the organization’s work in the Gloucester Public Schools. Garden benches painted by students at each of the Gloucester schools will be auctioned off at the event held on Friday, November 4th at the Beauport Hotel.
Stay tuned for a preview of the benches painted by students at the other Gloucester schools, and if you missed the beautiful one from the kids over at East Gloucester Elementary School, you can find it here.
For more information, please visit the GEF Facebook page.

November 11th Blood Drive

October 25, 2016 ~ kofc215

Come give the gift of life in honor of our Veterans.  The Gloucester Knights of Columbus is hosting a Red Cross Blood drive on November 11th (Veterans Day) at Our Lady of Good Voyage hall from 1 pm to 6 pm.  gloucester-11-11-16-sm-poster







Gloucester Rotary Trivia Night This Friday, 6PM, Gloucester House

There may still be time to register a team. Get four smart people, 25 bucks a piece and come show off how much junk is stuffed in your brain.

Or come have a couple of drinks and cheer on the newest team, The Bag of Hammers.

Team Captain Greg Bover will lead The Bag of Hammers, Christine Armstrong, James Dowd, and Paul Morrison, to victory. They are setting the bar low hoping to outwit at least any other bag of hammers that have entered the trivia contest.

Gloucester Rotary Trivia Night (CLICK for INFO)
Friday, October 28, 2016
Gloucester House Restaurant
Doors open at 6pm, Game begins at 7pm
Great prizes for the top three trivia teams

Cash bar and pub menu available

50/50 Raffle


Tea lovers beware!


So every morning a go to Dunkin Donuts and get an XL Tea.   I know that I should save the money and the environment by making my own tea at work, but it saves me from having to worry about having skim milk at work and it is a “luxury” I give myself.   TODAY….I walked into DD to get my XL tea and the lovely young lady behind the counter explains that they no longer sell XL tea.   You can only get a large and it comes in the Latte cup.   So looking around at the Coffee lovers getting their XL Coffee in their XL cups I say to her…so you still have the cups for and XL Coffee…why can’t you just give me an XL tea in that cup?   Her only answer was that they don’t sell tea in those cups anymore.   I get to work and my co-worker is enjoying her XL 24 oz coffee and I am feeling a little jealous lol!   You would think they would want my extra 50 cents every day for my extra 4oz of water….so thanks DD.   You will save me about $20 a week and save the environment 7 XL cups a week cause I’ll be switching to a nice big 24oz contigo mug and bringing my own skim milk to work!

Special Offers, Packages at Beauport Hotel Gloucester

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Check out these limited-time-only offseason special offers and packages! Wine and Spirits special has only a few days left to go (Oct 27-31)! It includes bottle of wine upon arrival, breakfast for two each morning of your stay and more–at no extra charge to room– just book at regular offseason rates. Autumn by the Sea offers 25% discount on a midweek stay (Sun-Thurs). The 1606 Friday Dinner deal is a $50 food credit in the restaurant when you book at regular offseason rates. Read all about the deals and our Thanksgiving plans at Most of these deals can only be found on the hotel website and most can only be booked by calling 978.282.0008. More special offers and events to come through the Fall and Winter, so be sure to visit our the hotel website often!


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More Cape Ann Wellness News-

Cape Ann Wellness

introtospiritualcareofdyingv2Rev. Sue earned her Master of Divinity degree with distinction from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology (Boston College) in 1994. She has served as chaplain at Wellesley College, where she was part of a pioneering interfaith spiritual life program, working with Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Protestant, Unitarian, and Muslim colleagues and students. Later, as Chaplain with Community Hospice in Schenectady, NY she became a skillful spiritual counselor and end-of-life educator.In November 2014, Rev. Sue moved to Cape Ann with her husband, artist David Arsenault.  She is Dean of Second Year students and teaches on the Spiritual Care of the Dying at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in NY, NY.

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Phyllis A Marine Assoc Fall Art Show & Sale @ Marine Railways

In case you missed the one day art show for the Phyllis A Marine Assoc good cause, here’s a link to their current  fundraising campaign. The photographs indicate some of the participating artists–look for their work!


more than one hour at a time and always smiling

Saltwater Massage Studio: Soft light, warm blankets, and the sounds of gentle piano. This room makes me happy every time I step into it.

More Good Luck with

Some of you may remember the awesome houseboat that I rented back in August…which, by the way, a friend just rented and loved as much as we did.  Well, this past weekend I rented an oceanfront home directly on York Beach in Maine…that gazed across at Nubble Light.  The house was clean, bright, nautical, and perfect for our group of 10 friends.

It was close enough that some peeps could just drive up for one of the two nights….and I even was able to jet home on Saturday to catch Thatcher’s hockey game at Pingree Rink in Hamilton and then turn around and head back up again.

Granted, it is pretty much off-season, but we each only paid $65 per night. The Kittery outlets were only minutes away….as was downtown Portsmouth….and local restaurants. We opted to bring lots of food, snacks, and beverages up with us and just sat and laughed (and laughed) in the living room both nights. During the day there was lots of leaf peeping, beach walking, sightseeing, photo taking, and shopping.

If you’re looking for a getaway, I highly recommend both and

This is the listing that we just rented…. in case you are interested.


Photo courtesy of their listing


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