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Photo left to right – Scout: Carly Williams, Atticus Finch: Lewis D. Wheeler, Jem: Nathaniel Oaks & Dill: Gabriel Magee

To Kill a Mockingbird Triumphs at Gloucester Stage Company

By Tom Hauck

The Gloucester Stage Company is renowned for introducing important new plays to New England and often the world. In To Kill a Mockingbird, the company proves it has the same magic touch with a story that since its publication in 1960 has become an American classic. The stage version, written by Christopher Sergel, made its debut in 1990, and won the Pulitzer Prize.

The GSC production of To Kill a Mockingbird is nothing less than a magnificent shooting star streaking across the heavens and with only a month of performances, you must see this masterful interpretation before it vanishes into the night. Every aspect of the production, directed by Boston stage legend Judy Braha, is exceptional. Led by GSC veterans Amanda Collins as the grown-up Scout and Lewis D. Wheeler as Atticus Finch, with Aaron Dowdy as Tom Robinson and Cheryl D. Singleton as Calpurnia, Carly Williams (Scout), Nathaniel Oaks (Jem), and Gabriel Magee (Dill) as the children, the cast is pitch-perfect throughout. They’re supported by an evocative and flexible set designed by Jon Savage and sublime lighting by John Malinowski. The lighting, in particular, effectively sets the mood for each scene, whether it’s the ramshackle courthouse interior or the deep and mysterious woods on Halloween night.

This is a great story masterfully interpreted by an outstanding company. To Kill a Mockingbird  deeply touches our hearts and connect us with the humanity of each of the characters. The GSC production is outstanding on every level, and it is my guess that during the final scene when Boo Radley makes his appearance, you will be among the many people in the audience who feel tears gathering in their eyes.

To Kill a Mockingbird is onstage now through October 28. For schedules and ticket information, visit www.gloucesterstage.com or call 978-281-4433. A smash hit, get your tickets today!

All Photos Courtesy Gloucester Stage Company By Gary NG


Scout: Carly Williams & Jean Louise Finch: Amanda Collins


Cape Ann Whale Watch- Is A Must

Kate reviews Cape Ann Whale Watch-

Cape Ann Whale Watch: Two thumbs up, 5 star experience, a must do for visitors and locals!  Whether you go alone, with a friend or with your family, Cape Ann Whale Watch will provide an exciting and educational experience. The 3-4 hour adventure on the Hurricane II began with an introduction and safety message, a beautiful ride through the harbor pointing out areas of interest such as Gorton’s and the Paint Factory, and an educational experience throughout. On this particular trip the Naturalist, Christopher Ferrante, educated us on not only the sea life we were searching for but kept the passengers laughing with shots to the Yankees fans, Giants Fans and all other non-Boston/New England sports fans that saturated the boat! Top to bottom, the boat was super clean, including the four restrooms. Hungry? The galley offers tons of food options from clam chowder to sandwiches, beverages and a variety of different snacks.  All in all, the morning trip out to search for whales was not only exciting but educational and, thanks to Christopher, comical. The entire staff from Captain Scott, to Christopher and all the others on board were friendly and full of knowledge. Whether you’re a resident of Gloucester like us or visiting, a trip on Cape Ann Whale watch is something everyone needs to do. Take our word for it!

5 star reviews:

Eloise: “It was amazingly fun and awesome!”

Madeline: “I would totally do it again!”

Connor: “I loved when the whale jumped up out of the ocean!”


Check out their Facebook page at this link for all kinds of whale videos from their latest trips-


Down the dock we’re constantly sloshing around in water or herring juice that drips out of the fish totes an inevitably on top of your feet.

If you want to keep your feet dry you have options.

You can wear clunky boots that come up to your knees or calf but when you’re on your feet for 12 hour days heavy boots are just not a great choice.

Enter Bogs.  I discovered the low cut “Journey” style Bogs a couple of years ago and since then it’s all I wear down the dock (and around town for work)  year round.  They are just incredibly comfortable but at the same time keep my feet dry.

Much like my love for Dry Fit shirts Bogs use moisture wicking technology and with the combination of keeping your feet dry from outside elements like herring juice or the water from the lobster tanks splashing all over the place and then wicking the moisture away when you sweat, Bogs just provide an unmatched combination of comfort, dryness level and quality that I just haven’t been able to duplicate with any other boot.

I just got a pair of the Tillamook Bay Bogs.  They’re just like the Journey.  Low cut and comfy while keeping my feet dry.

You can get them at Palazolas downtown and if they don’t have the style you want they will get it for you.


Downton Abbey: That’s All Folks (Until Next Year…)

I grimace because I care…

Season 4 of Downton Abbey is over, and as much as I love to complain about its soap opera excesses, I’m gonna miss now it’s gone. I’m already looking forward to next winter, when the millions of us who watch this show can once again spend January and February with the Crawley family and their servants. In Season 5, will viewers get to see Mary’s decision about which one of her suitors to marry? For my money, I think it will be the Pigman. Mary will steal him away from Edith and together, Mary (Lady Pigman to you!) and her man will raise pigs and make so much money for Downton Abbey by selling bacon rashers that the old home place will never be in financial trouble again.

For my full rant, feel free to head over to my blog by clicking the link…

Dollar Shave Club Unboxing and Razor Video Review With Joey C From goodmorninggloucester.com

Best Razor I’ve Ever Used And It’s Not Even Close (‘cept the shave that is)…

The heft and solid feel of the handle they send you, the smoothness of the shave, the way lower cost.  Dollar Shave Club IS AN ABSOLUTE NO BRAINER.  It’s a downright luxurious shaving experience and it is one third the cost of buying Gillette Razors.

You can sign up, try it for one month and if you don’t like it cancel.  There is no question in my mind that once you try it you won’t go back.  Perfect stocking stuffer gift.  $6

Join The Dollar Shave Club Here

Watch the unboxing video and first shave-

Dollar Shave Club Unboxing Pics-

Join The Dollar Shave Club Here

This was the original post which led me to ordering signing up for Dollar Shave Club about a week ago-

In light of my recent shaving disaster I’m taking my boy Rick Doucette’ (among other people’s) advice.  Literally 7 different people emailed me today telling me how much they dig the dollar saving club service.

Rick Says These Razors Are Great and They Ship You 4 New Blades Each Month for $6 Including Shipping and Handling.


What a handsome son of a gun the Rick Doucette is.

So for $72 a year I’ll get 48 Blades.  Way Less Than Gillette razors for the same quality shave.  I get to toss the blades once a week and use a fresshie.  They give you a free handle and if you don’t like the razors you simply quit without any obligation.  No Brainer city baby.

I ordered the middle of the line razors-


From the site-

How it Works

Are you ready to join the ranks of our enlightened membership?

Dollar Shave Club couldn’t be simpler. Select one of our great razors, pay one low monthly fee, and we send ‘em right to your door. No more over-paying for fancy brand name shave tech.

No more forgetting to buy your blades.

Thi Linh Wernau’s "You Are Beautiful" Exhibit Review from James Eves

Hi Joey,

Anna and I went to Thi Linh Wernau’s “You Are Beautiful” exhibit at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center this afternoon. On the way over, my mind was wandering with work stuff and other concerns. However, from the moment I stepped into Thi Linh’s world  I was moved by beauty in people, all people. Her art has a profound affect on any who experience it. Walking into the Cultural Center I was impressed by her overall presentation. She has such attention to all details of her work. Like the other patrons in the gallery I took my time with each piece of art. Marveling at the beauty in her photography and the statements of her subjects. I am impressed that many of the people Thi photographed were strangers to her at first and how much they gave of themselves. She has a way of creating intimacy immediately.

This weekend she is inviting visitors to participate in her “You Are Beautiful Polaroid Project”. We found Thi downstairs where she’s set up a photo studio. Anna and I decided to participate in her project. Thi had us make our own “You Are Beautiful” sign and write a statement of why we are beautiful. Coming up with the statement was harder than you might think. Thi takes two polaroids of each person; one she keeps for her project and the other she presents to the participant in a beautiful black box. I  was thrilled by the experience of participating in her art.

I am looking forward to going back in the coming weeks for the other events she has planned.


Enjoy wine, light appetizers and good company. There will also be an after-party at Short & Main in Gloucester, with 10% of food and drinks donated to charity.
Listen to a talk with Cape Ann fine-art photographers, including Paul Cary Goldberg, Judith Monteferrante and Anne Rearick. The panel will also include a special guest artist, Joseph Geary, who was also photographed by the artist for this project.
Watch the artist’s film and listen to her talk. Celebrate Veterans Day weekend with art and stories from local vets.

James Eves

Cape Ann Giclée

20 Maplewood Ave.

Gloucester, MA 01930


Oh Yeah Baby- The Review is Coming- NordicTrack Performance Wear Boxer Brief

I’m just waiting for a sweltering hot day to put these bad boys to the test.

Here’s the stats you need to know-

Product Description

Performance Wear delivers 4 way stretch, mirco fiber, moisture wicking, odor control and day in, day out durability. Cool Effects keeps you feeling cool and dry. Offers all motion comfort fabric. Great for sports!

  • Stretch
  • Moisture wicking
  • Breathable
  • Odor control
  • 86% Polyester/14% Spandex
  • 6 inch inseam

The only thing that concerns me is the 6 inch inseam might be a little snug for the package.

2012-07-27 04.28.08

GMG Gear Preview- KAYALU RAM Marine Grade Gear Locking Suction Camera Mount

Ed and I preview the Kayalu RAM camera mount before putting it to the saltwater test, using it to film The Blackburn Challenge.

I recently bought a Kodak zx-3  Playsport waterproof video camera.  It was the camera that GMG contributor Adam Bolonsky used to tape this year’s Greasy Pole.  When I found out that the camera was only $77 it was an absolute no-brainer.

Last week I used it to film my ride to Gloucester in this video-

As you can see in the video there is a decent amount of camera shake with it being hand held.  I couldn’t use my Manfrotto Modopocket because that is made to sit on a flat surface.

So then I got to thinking about how much cool footage I could get if I outfitted one of my lobstermen with a saltwater resistant type camera and mount and I began my search.  With some advice from Adam Bolonsky I discovered the Kayalu RAM suction mount which uses heavy duty marine grade materials throughout.  A simple mount made from ordinary metal would be useless after it’s first use hitting saltwater.

We plan to use the Kaylau RAM saltwater camera mount with an 8 inch toughbar extension and the Kodak Playsport zx-3 to capture some footage attached to Ed’s Kayak for the Blackburn’s Challenge.

Here are some pictures-

I’m looking forward to seeing how it holds up. Look for our review post race. In teh meanwhile check out our preview here-

I put it on my Joey’s Approved Products page if you want to order one from Massachusetts based Kayalu

Five Guys Gloucester Burgers $9.23 Double Cheeseburger and Cajun Fries

I’d been to Five Guys in Naples a couple of times but never paid attention to the price as we were on vacation and when we’re on vacation I tend not to obsess over saving money.

Here is the burger I got yesterday morning at 11:00AM  I was the 21st ticket of the day.  The first video will be posted at 8:00AM

The total for a two patty bacon cheeseburger with bbq sauce and sauteed onions along with an order of cajun fries came to $9.23- note that I didn’t get a drink.
Now here’s the thing, the burger was very good.  Way better than McDonalds or Wendy’s or Burger King, but it was also considerably more money.  It took about 7-8 minutes to get the complete order.
I think there are better burger options in town- be it Passports, Alchemy, Dog Bar, Elliots, Topside Grille,  and some people would throw Halibut Point in there.  You can get a better burger with fries at any of these other joints for about the same if not slightly less money.   That’s not a slight to the Five Guys Burger because they are tasty and prepared well.  It’s just when you factor in the pricing there are better burger values for the quality you get.  That’s  a testament to the strong restaurant offerings in Gloucester.  I’m sure there are other restaurants in Gloucester that have burgers equally as good.  If any Gloucester restaurateur that I didn’t mention would like to send in a picture of one of their burgers, I’d be happy to post it for comparison’s sake.

Five Guys Cajun Fries

Five Guys Cajun Fries

The bottom line is that you should try it for yourself though because it is a different kind of experience and the burgers are very very good.  I rate them better than Fudruckers by a mile actually but I’ve never been a Fudruckers Fan.  If the pricing was just a bit less I’d probably make it a regular stop but I have a hard time justifying over $10 for a fast food lunch.  I’d prefer to get any number of specials around town for under $10 for a restaurant style meal.
For comparisons sake here is a Passports Bacon Blue Burger with sauteed onions and BBQ Sauce and Hand Cut Fries for $8.95

Passports Bacon Cheeseburger With Blue Cheese and Sauteed Onions

Passports Bacon Cheeseburger With Blue Cheese and Sauteed Onions