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Community Stuff 9/26/15


Fellowship Soup: Saturdays 11:30am-1pm

From October thru April, (weather permitting), GUMC once again is opening it’s kitchen to the community.

  Located at 436 Washington St, GUMC offers free soup, bread, and dessert for all. 


Parents Night Out

Drop of the kids at the Gloucester United Methodist Church and enjoy a night out. 

On Friday, October  9th from 5-8pm, kids will be busy doing Christian themed games, music and crafts and it’s free for all!  We serve supper so you don’t have to!

to register call the church at 978-281-1040


Pillowcase Drive

The Gloucester United Methodist Church is holding a Pillowcase Drive for their mission, Little Dresses for Africa. Simple dresses are made out of pillow cases or fabric, and distributed through the orphanages, churches and schools in Africa and throughout the world.

We accept all sewing aid from bias tape, elastic, lace and thread. The pillowcase aid can be dropped of at the church and placed in the specially marked drop box, 

located by the ramp door. For more information contact Julie at 978-290-9312.

Thank you

Julie Kesterson

Hi Joey.  Could you please help publicize the next Theatre in the Pines production, Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”?  It will be performed at the Shalin Liu, opening on Thursday, October 1 and running through Sunday, October 4.  Show times are 7:30 PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 PM on Sunday.  Attached is a small version of their poster.  Thanks in advance. Peter


What a weekend!

Summer might be over, but the hot Fall music season has just begun.

TONIGHT (FRI) you’ve just got to go see Sarah and the Wild Versatile at Minglewood.  Here they are at our gimmeLIVE summer concert featuring Boston’s Rising Stars at the Cabot.

TOMORROW (SAT) Cape Ann Symphony‘s musical feast featuring “The most descriptive sex music ever written” (more on that in this post).  Get tickets here.

SUNDAY Lanesville Music Festival, featuring some of Cape Ann’s finest musicians.  (More on that in this post.)  Donations accepted at the door.

Remember, you live in one of the most culturally rich areas in the country, so get off your couch, get out and soak in the area’s extraordinary live music — there’s no other experience like it!


6th Annual Charles Olson Lecture: Michael McClure

Lecture and Readings by Michael McClure

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present, in collaboration with the Gloucester Writers Center and Charles Olson Society, author Michael McClure as this year’s Charles Olson Annual lecturer. The 6th annual lecture will be held Saturday, October 3 at 1:00p.m.This program is free and open to the public. A book singing will follow. McClure’s book can be purchased at The Bookstore of Gloucester. For more information please email or call (978) 283-0455 x10.


In 1954, poet Robert Duncan introduced Michael McClure to poet Charles Olson’s influential manifesto,Projective Verse. McClure’s lecture, entitledThe Greatness of Olson will include a discussion about his relationship to Olson, as well as readings from McClure’s most recent work.



Three Visions of Gloucester

Peter Vincent, Jeff Weaver and Don Gorvett in a new show at the Cape Ann Museum

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to announce the opening of their latest exhibition, Vincent, Weaver, Gorvett: Gloucester, Three Visions on Saturday, October 24 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The opening reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition will remain on view through February 28, 2016.
unnamed-3Peter Vincent (1947–2012), Howard Blackburn [detail] (undated), egg tempera on board, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Harold White, 1993 [Acc. #2887]; Jeff Weaver, Pavilion Beach [detail] (2006), oil on canvas, gift of the artist, 2008 [Acc. #2008-25]; Don Gorvett, Gloucester Reveries [detail] (1996), woodblock reduction print, 9 of 12, gift of the artist, 1996 [Acc. #1996.32].

During the early 1970s, the lives of Weaver, Gorvett and Vincent converged in Gloucester. They had each studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and for a time, Don Gorvett and Jeff Weaver shared studio space in an apartment building on the Fort; Peter, who lived in Rockport, was a frequent visitor. For each artist, Gloucester’s hardscrabble working waterfront was the attraction. Struggling to recover from the ravages of urban renewal, while at the same time weathering the slow steady demise of the city’s fishing industry, Gloucester Harbor in the early 1970s was a gold mine for the three artists.

Today, Jeff Weaver maintains a studio in Gloucester. After painting signs and murals in the 1990s, he turned his focus to watercolor and oil. Jeff can frequently be seen around town, brush and palette in hand, looking to capture the particular flavor of the city he calls home. Don Gorvett currently lives and works in Portsmouth, NH, having maintained a studio in Gloucester for many years. Don excels at the exacting art of reduction wood block printing and is a dedicated teacher. Peter Vincent, who passed away in 2012, secured a solid reputation as one of New England’s most well regarded marine artists. In 1986 he was honored with the coveted Mystic Invitational Award for excellence in painting.

Related Programs
Saturday, November 7 at 9:30 a.m.
The Art & Life of Peter Vincent: A Gallery Talk with Eoin Vincent

Saturday, November 14 at 9:30 a.m.
Jeff Weaver Gallery Talk

Saturday, December 19 at 10:00 a.m.
Don Gorvett Gallery Talk

Saturday, January 23 at 2:00 p.m.
A Conversation with Eoin Vincent, Jeff Weaver and Don Gorvett

These programs are free for Museum members / $10 nonmembers (includes admission). Space is limited, reservations required: (978) 283-0455 x10 or Updates and details at

Wednesdays with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line ~ Tonight’s guest: Ron Schrank 7-10pm 9.23.2015


This week…
Chicken Cacciatori over
Linguini or Rice – $12.95!

Wednesday, September 23rd – 7pm
Special Guest: RON SCHRANK!

ron schrank

Once again, Ron Schrank does his (very cool) thing at the
Rhumb. Thanks to Allen Estes for holding things together
these past two weeks while I was away. So happy to be
back! 7pm! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Next week…
Charlee Bianchini

J.B. Amero

Jon Butcher

Looking forward……to seeing you there :-)

High Street Ladies Art Show 2015

The High Street Ladies will hold a show and sale of their artwork at the Hall-Haskell House, 36 South Main Street, Ipswich. An opening reception with light refreshments will be held on Friday, September 25 from 5-8PM.  Saturday and Sunday show hours are 124PM
High Street Ladies 2015.pdf
The High Street Ladies are Cara Connors, Marion Frost, and Sarah Winderlin, next-door neighbors and artists who together have shown their watercolors, photography and mixed-media art for the past 10 years. A sampling of their work is on the attached flyer. 
We hope to see you there!


Community Stuff 9/22/15

Manchester Essex Rotary event

Join the friendly folks of the Manchester Essex Rotary club on Wednesday, September 23, 6-8 PM at Shea’s Riverside Bistro in Essex to meet professionals from all walks-of-life who join together socially for a purpose.
Learn about our club, our service projects, and our outings. We have a lot of fun helping our local communities and others.
Tours will be available of the adjacent Essex River House Motel’s new year-round Hotel – a great place for visiting friends and family!


Reserve your ticket for the BEST ODDS in town!

Join the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, October 1, for the Chamber’s annual $25,000 Game. The event will be held from 5:00 – 7:00pm at The Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA, and one person will walk away the lucky winner of $10,000. As one of the most exciting and fun-filled events on Cape Ann this Fall, it will also feature a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and much more. A total of $25,000 in prizes!

Tickets are available on a first come first served basis at the Chamber office located at 33 Commercial Street in Gloucester and are $100 each. A limit of 500 tickets will be sold. Each ticket admits the ticket holder and one guest to the Gloucester House festivities on October 1st and includes a light dinner. Prizes are as follows:

Grand Prize:  $10,000

2nd Prize:  $5,000
3rd Prizes:  $2,500

4th Prizes:  $1,000 each (6 lucky winners)
5th Prize: $500 (3 lucky winners)

Total: $25,000

TICKETS ARE GOING FAST!  To reserve your ticket for the Best Odds in town, please visit the Cape Ann Chamber today or call us at  (978) 283-1601.  More information can also be found on

25k Game Flyer

Community Stuff 9/21/15

Henry Ferrini submits-

Joey this is another Gloucester Project I’m working on.  Cheers.  Henry

Magnolia library & community debate


MLCC has a mayoral debate scheduled for Wednesday, September 23 from 7 to 8:30 pm.  Can you help us get the word out?  Thank you!



Perfect Weather for tomorrow’s HARVEST MOON MUSIC FESTIVAL (SAT 11-5:30)

Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy a day in the sun filled with music, dancing, art, food and drink! (Cape Ann Brewery Beer Garden and Ryan & Wood Distillery Spirits Tent!)
Tickets for Police, Fire, active service and veterans are free!  See lineup here. Tix here.


PUBLIC ART and more: mark your calendars! ESSEX HERITAGE TRAILS AND SAILS 2015 this weekend!

Cat Ryan submits-

PUBLIC ART and more: mark your calendars! ESSEX HERITAGE TRAILS AND SAILS 2015 this weekend!


It’s coming! Here’s your annual chance to check out two weekends of 150+ FREE events throughout Essex County, September 18-20 and 25-27.

The schedule can change with new and wonderful additions, but as of today here are some public art and other highlights in Gloucester.


Climb up City Hall Tower hosted by City Hall Restoration

Gloucester HarborWalk: three self-guided walking tours including some new selfie postcard fun for the mini trail mobile tour. Also new for 2015, the HarborWalk historic exhibit along Fisherman’s Wharf by Latitude 43.

City Hall murals Talking Walls guided talk and tour 1:15  on 9/19  and open 1-3 on Sunday 9/20 hosted by the Committee for the Arts

FISH NET and peek at Art Haven/Hive mural in progress on Parsons Street’s private building

Hopper’s Houses Walking Tour, Cape Ann Museum      

Historic Art Trail Walk, Rocky Neck

Historic Ice House Tours, Cape Pond Ice

Maritime Gloucester and Schooner Adventure Family Games and Fun

Magnolia Library & Community Center’s

“It’s not a weed: food, medicine and magic of wild plants”

Tour of Babson Boulders in Dogtown

REI Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing


From our friends at The Lanesville Music Festival — check it out!


On Sunday, September 27, 2015 between 12 noon and 7:00 pm, The Lanesville Community Center proudly presents its 6th Annual Music Festival featuring local musicians, food, artisan and cultural vendors, activities for kids and beverages for adults all supported by enthusiastic local volunteers.

Admission is by Donation at the event – Rain or Shine.

Performances feature the talents of Charlee Biancini, Quentin Callewaert, Joe Wilkins, Mamadou Diop, Steve Amazeen, Greta Bro, The Tree House Charlatans, and Squash, Hicks and Pickens. This brilliant line-up brings together new faces as well as old favorites performing in delightfully diverse musical styles from African Drumming to Digeridoo – from sea shanties to sultry Blues.

In addition to the music, the Festival promises food and other fun… the former provided by The WillowRest, Joe’s on a Roll, Holly Cow Ice Cream, and our own LCC festival fare…the latter by a showcase of wonderful vendors and community volunteers.

The Festival is generously supported by The Cape Ann Savings Bank, The City of Gloucester, and other friends of the LCC.  And, we in turn, are sharing raffle proceeds in support of the Cape Ann Animal Rescue who will be on hand with pet-able furry friends.

The Lanesville Music Festival is truly a celebration of our neighborhood and we look forward to sharing The Lanesville Community Center and the “Lanesville Way”.

Come early – stay late – listen to great music, amidst a festive combination of food, art, culture, education, beer, wine, raffles, popcorn, Hoola-Hoops and more.


Community Stuff 9/17/15

Hi there,

Hope there’s room for this event listing:

What: “Bully” a documentary on the risks and realities of youth bullying. See the trailer and information on the film at

When: September 24, 2015, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Rockport Little Art Cinema, 19 School Street, Rockport, MA 01966

Admission: Free. But suggested donation to the North Shore United Way, which funds the program

Questions: 978.867.7137

After the film, Dan Graham, LICSW, a youth therapist from Lahey Health Behavioral Services, will lead a discussion and take attendees’ questions.

September Soiree


Allen Estes Hosts This Wednesday @ The Rhumb Line with Special Guest: Justin Tocco accompanied by Guy Cloutman 7Pm 9.16.2015

This week…
Stir-fry chicken, oriental vegetables
w/rice or choice of potato- $12.95!

Wednesday, September 16th – 7pm
Your Guest Host: ALLEN ESTES!

allen justin rl 9.16.2015

Once again, Allen Estes hosts with his wonderfully versatile
catalog of compelling original material while I tour the Pacific
Northwest. His guest this week is Gloucester’s very own
Justin Tocco accompanied by Guy Cloutman.

You see Allen & Justin this week, and I’ll see
all of you next week! :-) – As always, 7pm! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
J.B. Amero

Charlee Bianchini

Jon Butcher

Looking forward……to seeing you there :-)



Hi Joey!
Can u please post this for us?! Please let people know they are encouraged to bring their blankets and chairs and enjoy a day in the sun filled with music. dancing, art, food and drink! (Including alcoholic beverages for the adults in our Cape Ann Brewery Beer Garden and Ryan & Wood Distillery Spirits Tent!)
At only $20 a ticket, it’s an affordable local event as children 10 and under are FREE!  Otherwise, kids are $5 and seniors are $15.
Online tickets available at:
Our Facebook page is:
Lastly, tickets for Police, Fire, active service and veterans are free too!
Thank you!
Carol Pallazolla



It’s One Thing To Save A Lot Of Money On Topsfield Fair Tickets That You Know You’re Gonna Go To- It’s A Whole ‘Nother Thing To Get Skip The Line Passes While You’re at It!

Topsfield Fair is awesome, the one suck part is waiting in that monster line for tickets.  Groupon has a killer deal for $20 for two tickets AND skip the line passes. Here’s the link-


Artist Talk with Copley Society of Art’s Abby Lammers at the Cape Ann Museum

Join Abby Lammers, recipient of the 2015 Charles Family Cape Ann Residency.

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (September 12, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present, in partnership with the Copley Society of Art (CoSo), an artist talk with this year’s artist-in-residence, Abby Lammers on Sunday, September 20 at 2:00p.m. in the auditorium. This program is free for CoSo and CAM members or with admission to the Museum. The residency was created by the Charles Family Foundation as a dedication to and promotion of the North Shore and Boston art communities. For more information email or call (978) 283-0455 x10.

Lammers will discuss her development as an artist with a love of design. She will present her process and touch upon her influences in color and composition. Examples of finished works and sketchbooks will be on display.“I try to portray a unique vision of my subjects, so that everyday life becomes a little less invisible.”

Abby Lammers, is a native of Missouri and works full time as an artist from her studios in East Falmouth, MA and Rochester, NY. Her work has been featured in numerous group and solo shows at museums, galleries and cultural centers throughout the United States.  In her seventeen year career her accomplishments include acceptance into over 196 national exhibitions and winning over 62 awards.

Community Stuff 9/16/15

Standard GMG Disclaimer:

Good Morning Gloucester Does Not Endorse Candidates and this press release should not be indicative of a an endorsement or non endorsement of any candidates.  We do not back politicians but do post candidacy announcements.

Campaign Kickoff Event for Council at Large Candidate Joe Orlando

Hello All,

  As you may know, my son, Joe Orlando, Jr. is running for city council at large. I am so proud of Joe’s willingness to step forward to serve his community, and to make the city of Gloucester the best it can be for future generations.

  I want to personally invite each of you to his campaign kickoff event, this Thursday, September 17th at 6:30 p.m. at the Gloucester House Restaurant.  Please call the office and let Amanda know if you are able to attend.   For more information, here is the Facebook Event Page:

   I truly appreciate any support you can lend Joe during his campaign, and most importantly, don’t forget to vote for him on November 3rd!

All my best,

Joe Orlando



Water System Maintenance has begun

Dear Friends:
I have received the following communication from the Larry Durkin of the city Water Department:

The Gloucester DPW has begun a city wide water distribution system two- to three-week “fall flush” and three- to five-week switch to chlorine from monochloramine in the distribution system. These maintenance procedures are performed annually each September.  The switch to chlorine began Sunday morning, Sept. 14, at West Gloucester Water Treatment Plant.
Flushing will begin Sept. 14 (tonight) with DPW crews working from 6 p.m. to 12 midnight. 
After three to five weeks the DPW will switch back to monochloramine from chlorine at which time the DPW will flush throughout the distribution system to restore monochloramine.
During the switch to chlorine in the distribution system, a chlorine odor may be noticeable, which will not be noticeable when we return to monochloramine. Monochloramine is the main chemical used for disinfection in the distribution system. It is formed when dilute concentrations of chlorine and ammonia are combined at the water treatment plants and pumped to the distribution system and water storage tanks.  The annual switch combined with flushing has helped greatly with the maintenance of water distribution system quality.
During the line flushing, if discolored water is experienced, running of cold water is recommended as flushing can disturb normal flow patterns.  If water quality problems persist please call the DPW at 978-281-9785, so spot flushing can be performed as necessary.
Finally, the Klondike Water Treatment Plant on Quarry Street in Lanesville will begin approximately one month of operation in a few weeks.  It is tied into the city’s distribution system and primarily will supply water to Lanesville and Annisquam. 
This Water Treatment Plant is normally reserved for emergencies, and starting in 2016 it will be operated in the peak demand months of July and August annually.
Thank you for your cooperation
Lawrence A. Durkin, P.E. – Environmental Engineer
City of Gloucester – Department of Public Works
Water Compliance Office
50 Essex Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone 978-281-9792, Fax 978-281-9724
Lawrence A. Durkin, P.E.
Environmental Engineer

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