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Lessons On the Water Part 2: $100 sailing PLUS call to artists


Winslow Homer, Sailing out of Gloucester Harbor, 1880, Yale



Sign up for $100 per week blocks of morning lessons. Sail GHS leaves from Maritime Gloucester, Monday – Friday, from 8AM-11-11:30ish AM. The program targets middle schoolers through high school age. Participants should be able to swim, wear closed toe footwear, sunscreen, and bring a water.

Rob Bent provided the distinctive t-shirts. They’re ‘foresail’ $15 to help fund the Sail GHS program. Does anyone have a photograph of the sail club from the Horribles parade for them to replace this one?

Sail GHS


Artists interested in live sketching from these sail times can email  me. Sail GHS is on Facebook.


Thanks to Sail GHS board member Hilary Frye and congratulations on her new book of poetry!


Additional Gloucester sailing lessons

YMCA sailing (see prior post)

Annisquam Yacht Club junior sailing

Eastern Point  junior sailing

Gloucester Motif Monday: Lessons On the Water

Scenic spots for Gloucester’s beach swim lessons, part 1.



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From Jeremy Nestor at the YMCA:

“Beach Swim lessons are offered at Niles Beach on Tuesdays and Plum Cove on Thursdays starting July 5th. The free to member classes give children the tools they need to be safe at the beaches this summer! If you are not a member do not worry. You can still register for the Beach Swim Lessons for $50. Ages 3-5 at 11:00 am and 6-10 at 11:45 am.”

beach swim lessons

Weekly sailing camp options for kids and adults are available from the City of Gloucester through the Cape Ann YMCA. I will add additional sailing options in a separate post.

From Jeremy Nestor:

“YMCA Sailing Camp is a great way to experience all the scenic views Gloucester has to offer from a boat. Kids will learn the essential to sailing and build skills to last them a lifetime. The Cape Ann YMCA partnered with the City of Gloucester to run this recreational sailing program. We also offer adult sailing lessons on Tuesday and Thursday evenings because you don’t have to be a kid to learn the fun of sailing!”

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Water balloon baseball? 9:30 Saturday YMCA Fiesta at GHS Newell Stadium. It’s on!

And hula hoops?! Thank you Garrett Coler, Sports and Recreation Director at the Cape Ann YMCA, for giving Good Morning Gloucester the scoop on the details. Sounds like something will be going on for all ages! From Garrett:

This Saturday at Newell Stadium at Gloucester High the YMCA will be hosting a Family Activity Day where kids of all ages can come by and play pick up sports games with our staff as well as participate in parachute games, face painting, water balloon baseball and more. The event is free for all and will be followed up by a hula hoop show! 

Come on down to Newell Stadium from 9:30-12 and join us! Parents welcome!”



6th grade Gloucester Day at O’Maley and community service

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I had a great time at O’Maley this week, presenting to 6th graders for “Gloucester Day”. For the past couple of years, I’ve spoken with classes about the HarborWalk because they study it at some point during the academic year. 6th graders are great and all (they were fantastic), but these O’Maley teachers make it seem effortless. Me? I bought cookies from Cafe Sicilia and Virgilios to hand out!  This year I ran into Tom Balf for Maritime Gloucester on the way in,  heard the teachers delight in seeing their former student, David Brooks for the Hive, back as a mentor, coach and leader. I caught some of Rick Doucette’s presentation because I heard the exclamations over YMCA summer camp and the 24 sleepless hours in a rocking chair fundraiser. Allison Cousins was heading into a class with Little Charlie Goes To Gloucester, a children’s picture book about poet Charles Olson by filmmaker Henri Ferrini and illustrated by Stefan Mallette. (It was also mentioned as it’s one of the links on the Olson marker for the HarborWalk and you can see it with other Cape Ann Reads published books.) This year, Gloucester day fell on National Teacher Appreciation Day. Every day could be National Teacher Appreciation Day.  Here’s the report from 6th grade social studies teacher, Jessica Haskell and her O’Maley colleagues:

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 6th grade students at O’Maley Innovation Middle School participated in “Gloucester Day” as part of an introduction to their end-of-the-year service projects.  Citizens who are active members of the Gloucester community volunteered their time and expertise to come in and teach students about organizations that work to make our community a better place.  Students were also introduced to ways in which they can personally get involved in these efforts through exploring and discovering their hometown, volunteering, participating in summer camps, and coming up with their own ideas.  Community mentors who attended were Catherine Ryan (HarborWalk), Rick Doucette (YMCA, Awesome Gloucester), Meghan Stratton (Backyard Growers), David Brooks (The HIVE), Tom Balf (Maritime Gloucester), Beth Klinefelter (The Open Door), and Allison Cousins (O’Maley Guidance).

Thanks for sending these photos and looking forward to hearing about the students’ projects!

Get better soon, Mr. Davis.



The YMCA Plans For The Fuller School Site Explained @NorthShoreY

Explained by the leaders of The Cape Ann YMCA and North Shore YMCA

Rick Doucette
Executive Director, Teen & Camp Services, Cape Ann YMCA

Chris Lovasco, CEO, YMCA of the North Shore

Jack Meany, former CEO, YMCA of the North Shore

Nichole’s Picks of the Weekend 2/28 and 3/1

March….finally.  Maybe, just maybe, the worst of it is over.

Pick #1 

Mentioned just yesterday on GMG….and sounding like a lot of fun….is the Harlem Superstars Basketball Game!

Proceeds go to benefit the Cape Ann YMCA’s Annual Campaign!

The game starts at 7pm at Gloucester High School.  Tickets are $7 per person ($8 at the door) and all proceeds support the YMCA’s Annual Campaign to provide scholarships for local kids and families.


Pick #2

The Lunar New Year at the Peabody Essex Museum


Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 10am – 4pm

Check out the day’s schedule HERE!

A full day of fantastic family activities waiting to be had!


Pick #3

Also in celebration of the Chinese New Year…the Annual Lion Dance Parade

Chinese New Year Events – Lion Dance Parade

Click Here for Information about this year’s parade!

Be sure to scan all the way down when checking out the link above.  If you do you’ll find some great suggestions for where to eat some dim sum and more!


                                  Photo of Lion Dances at Boston's Chinese New Year Celebration in Chinatown


When: Sunday, March 1, 2015

See Boston Discovery Guide’s March Events Calendar for more information


Note:  In case you remember that this this parade takes place in February, you’re right.  However, Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar, and it takes place later than usual this year.


Where:  Beach Street and other nearby streets in Chinatown, Boston
Closest T station: Orange Line/Chinatown (or walk over from any Downtown Boston T station
Cost: Free




GloucesterCast 108 With Kim Smith and Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 12/14/14 #GloucesterMA


GloucesterCast 108 With Kim Smith and Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 12/14/14

Topics Include: Guests Kim Smith and Toby Pett, Host Joey Ciaramitaro, Toby’s Attractive Nurses At Salem Hospital, GMG HOLIDAY Party (bring booze not food) is December 19th , Melissa Cox On The Stripper Pole, Those People That Come To The Party Just To Eat the Food and Not Socialize, Congratulations To Brian O’Connor and Family On Birth Of His First Masculine Child, Thanks To Leslie Heffron For The Nice Cards, Thanks To Jess and Dennis Alves For The Dinner Dealer Deck Which Ellen Landrigan Won,Middle Street Walk and the Awesomeness That Is The Art Haven, Art Haven Buoy Auction January 23 At Cruiseport, Art Haven, Cape Ann YMCA and Maritime Gloucester, Men’s Night Thursday Dec 18th, Pinoli Opening December 18th, Mark McDonough and His PR Person Samantha Porter Get Social Media, Breaking The Pinoli News, Breaking  The La Trattoria News, Passports Restaurant 20% Off On Gift Certificate Purchases, Joey’s Top Local Gift Ideas, Bex’ Micro Lobster Trap Tree, Group Text Messaging Hell, Kim Asks A Facebook Question Shout Out To Sefathia and Lillian LoGrasso, Whole Foods Lynnfield Review,(J Pace, Sclafanis and Virgilios) >Whole Foods, Describe The Ultimate Meatball Based On Size, Ingredients and Cooking Method, When Having Pasta With The Zugu Do You Mix The Zugu In Before Serving Or Ladle the Zugu on Top, Crack Cocaine Romano Cheese, GMG Christmas Holiday Party December 19th At Bodin Historic Photo.


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Nichole and Toby, Madeline drawing Podcast 107 ©Kim Smith 2014

Sell Out Alert: A Few VIP Seats Left for Henri Smith YMCA Benefit on Friday 8/29 @ Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion (the BIG Tent)

JMB-WillieLast Friday’s James Montgomery show jam packed Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion (the BIG tent next to Mile Marker One) and VIP was sold out. The photo on the right shows how close the VIP seats are to the stage.

Wouldn’t you like to be this close to Henri Smith and his band New Orleans Friends & Flavours featuring Grammy-winning sax & flute player Amadee Castenell?

Henri_postcardYou can still get VIP seats (right here), but they won’t last long.  Plus you’ll be supporting Cape Ann YMCA Camp & Teen Services.

Don’t be one of those people who comes at the last minute and then complains that all the best seats are taken.  DO IT NOW!

Here’s a shot of the VIP section from behind the last row of VIP.
VIP Seating

Isn’t this where you want to be on Friday night to kick off the Schooner Festival?

Check out this video of Henri Smith’s sold out Mardi Gras 2013 concert at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly.


New Live Henri Smith CD to be released at Celebrate Gloucester Aug 29

HenriPoster_600When Henri Smith brings New Orleans Friends & Flavours, featuring Grammy-winner Amadee Castenell to Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion on August 29, he’ll be helping to raise money for the Cape Ann YMCA — and he’ll release his new live CD recorded at The Larcom Theatre last March.

This will be Henri’s first live CD and it features stellar guests, including Grammy-winners Charles Neville and Amadee Castenell along with young, rising stars — all brought together by Henri Smith, one of the country’s premier band leaders.

Recorded and mixed by Bill Winn (whose award-winning credits include Whitney Houston and Herbie Hancock among many others), this CD is destined to become a classic — and you can get yours signed at the concert.

Henri Smith concerts have been selling out, so you probably shouldn’t procrastinate.

Get your tickets now (right here) and then you can relax the rest of the summer.


BREAKING NEWS: We just announced the Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert Series — three great concerts for three great causes, beginning with Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee John Sebastian on August 15th, the 45th anniversary of his performance at Woodstock.  Get tickets here.

VIDEO: Laissez les bons temps rouler (Let the good times roll) it’s Mardi Gras!

Well, here in frosty New England, it used to be just another Tuesday in the dead of winter.  But once Henri Smith moved to Gloucester (after Katrina blew is house down — see short bio here) we started celebrating Mardi Gras and now you have plenty of opportunities to celebrate on Cape Ann.  Here are a few:

Eat and drink at Lat43 and Minglewood from 11:30 – close today and 10% of what you spend goes to help send YMCA Teens on their service learning trips to New Orleans and the Navajo Nation.  Plus you can enter a raffle to win cool prizes (including 4 tickets to see Grammy-winner Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers with Henri Smith on Friday at The Larcom Theatre just down the road in Beverly).

Great music tonight all over town and music is the best way to celebrate.  See the complete live music schedule here.

Any time you like you can see Henri Smith and Charles Neville’s 2012 Mardi Gras concert at Minglewood Tavern on Cape Ann TV’s wicked cool streaming site here.

If you’re NOLA homesick, check out the live webcams here.

Maybe — just maybe — if we celebrate Mardi Gras today, we’ll heat up Cape Ann and usher in Spring a tad earlier.  Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Gloucester Schooner Festival awarded four scholarships to Cape Ann organizations who foster greater knowledge and appreciation of Cape Ann’s coastal waters

On Tuesday, December 3rd at Maritime Gloucester, the Gloucester Schooner Festival awarded four scholarships to Cape Ann organizations who foster greater knowledge and appreciation of Cape Ann’s coastal waters by providing opportunities for young people to sail, row or otherwise become immersed in our ocean environment. The 2013 Gloucester Schooner Festival Awards were given to adults and student representatives from GHS Sailing, Cape Ann YMCA, the Gloucester Museum School and Sea Scout Ship 5. Checks for $1,000 were presented to each organization. The grants are made available through the generosity of the corporate sponsors of the Schooner Festival, as well as raffle and merchandise sales.

Media Pict1_Schooner Fest Awards

The picture include the following individuals from left to right

Tom Balf, Maritime Gloucester,

Patti Paige, GHS Sailing
Amanda Madeira, North Shore Sea Scouts Ship 5

Jo-Anne Crawford, Gloucester Museum School/Project Adventure

Katy Coffey, YMCA Sailing

Daisy Nell, Gloucester Schooner Festival

After all this snow…you deserve to treat yourself right!



4th Annual

All-Day 7 All-Night Fundraiser – 11:30am – 11:30pm





·        50/50 RAFFLE



Rick Doucette
Executive Director of Teen & Camp Services
Cape Ann YMCA
71 Middle Street, Gloucester MA 01930
(P) 978-559-3002 (F) 978-283-3114
(E) doucetter@northshoreymca.org (W) www.northshoreymca.org
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BREAKING NEWS: Charles Neville & Henri Smith Back in Beverly Fri, Feb 8 for a Mardi Gras Concert to benefit Y TEENS

A rare opportunity to see Grammy-winning Charles Neville with Henri Smith and an 8 piece band at the historic Larcom Theatre.  With its elegant horseshoe balcony, antique pressed tin ceilings and original silk wall coverings, the Larcom is a jewel practically in our own back yard.  Don’t miss it, get tickets NOW!

MardiGras2013_LargeYou could get yourself in the mood by going to see Our Boy Ed get sworn in as the next Chamber President at Cruiseport this Saturday — Henri Smith & Runaround will provide music and Our Boy Joey will be the MC!

And there’s plenty of great live music all week long too — just to get you in the mood.  See the week’s live music schedule here.

Daddy Daugther Valentine’s Dance!

Daddy, Daugther Valentine’s Dance!
Saturday, February 12th
Please join us at the Cape Ann YMCA on Saturday, February 12 from 6:00-8:00pm for our annual Daddy Daugther Valentine’s Dance! Dress up for your favorite Valentine for a night full of dancing, great fun, and most importantly, love for your family. Light refreshments will be served.
YMCA Members- $15 per couple
Community- $20 per couple
Additional Daughter Fee:
YMCA Members- $4
Community- $6
If you have any further questions, please contact Katy Milne at 978-283-0470 ex. 1714 ormilnek@northshoreymca.org

Women’s Sport League At Cape Ann YMCA


Women’s Sport League

(Ages 21+)

Fee: Members: $30 Community $60

Many women were involved in sport teams throughout high school and college, yet when life moved on, leagues were dropped out of our lives. This is a call to all women who miss being involved in fun competitive leagues. Join us Thursday evenings as we launch our women’s leagues. We welcome all skills and levels. League will begin January 20th (plenty of time for you to figure out your children’s schedule!). Register as an individual or a team. For more information contact Youth & Sports Director, Katy Milne. milnek@northshoreymca.org

Cape Ann YMCA Youth Sports Basketball League Registration


Join us Saturday morning as we continue on with our Youth Sports League.  Each basketball league is age specific and will help to teach the game of basketball.  Participants will be instructed on the fundamentals of basketball, including dribbling, passing and shooting.  Players will be placed on teams with volunteer coaches.  Team T-shirts will be distributed on the 2nd week of play.  League begins January 8th.  Registrations are due Monday, January 3rd.  For more information contact Katy Milne at milnek@northshoreymca.org

The league game times will be held as follows:

Rookies (Grades 2-3)- 9:30 AM

Mites (Grades K-1)- 10:30 AM

Dyno-Mites (Ages 3.5-5)- 11:30 AM

Fee: Members- $50

        Community- $75

Katy Milne | Youth & Sports Director
Cape Ann YMCA

71 Middle Street | Gloucester, MA 01930

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