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And what a great bunch of fish tale story tellers! You may recall Greg Bover’s invitation from last week where the Gloucester Writer’s Center, Schooner Adventure, and Maritime Gloucester joined forces to bring us Gloucester’s Fish Tales held not at the writing center but from Webster Pier, on board the beautiful and welcoming Schooner Adventure. Maureen Aylward organized a fantastic line up of story tellers. I unfortunately was only able to stay for the first several story tellers but had the pleasure of listening to GMG FOB Ron Gilson, Bing McGilvray, Jim Masciarelli, and Jimmy Tarantino. I believe Henry Ferrini was filming the event so hopefully it will be available to see soon.

Ron Gilson Schooner Adventure Gloucester MA ©Kim Smith 2015Ron Gilson holding a photo taken in 1951 when he was a young man aboard the Adventure during the time when it was still a working dory fishing schooner. 

Bing McGilvray Schooner Adventure ©Kim Smith 2015jpgBing McGilvray

Fish Tales Schhoner Adventure ©Kim Smith 2015Jim Masciarelli

GloucesterCast With Guests Kim Smith, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 09/21/14

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Topics Include: The effervescent Toby Pett and Mr Grumpypants Kim Smith, Block Party Kudos, Sefathia, Mark McDonough Valerie Markeley, Block Party Review, Gianni Gallo, Rome TV based in where else but Gloucester MA, Mercedes Flavin and Paolo Laboa and The Space at Alchemy, J Pace, The Big Dig, The Format For The 100th Podcast, Holy Cow, Burnham’s Field, John McElhenny, Steve Winslow, Melissa Cox, Mayor Kirk, The Ward 2 Move, Richardson’s Ice Cream, Appleton Farms, Gloucester Daily Times Website Redesign, Arizona’s Stupid Motorist Law, Israel Horowitz’ My Old Lady Playing At Cape Ann Community Cinema, House Of Games, Lindsay Crouse, Adam Horowitz and The Beastie Boys, Rob Newton From Cape Ann Community Cinema, The Prototype For Kim’s Butterfly Screening Audience, Kim Smith Butterfly Movie On PBS, Send Kim Your Monarch Butterfly Sightings, www.journeynorth.org , Eastern Point Lit House Kumbaya Moment, Duckworth Book Series The Secret Life Of Bees, NFL Football Food Menu, Against Football: A Reluctant Manifesto, The Hard Core Liberal Car and Ron Gilson’s 10 Cent Trade In, Live On Boats Being Sold In Favor Of Cheap Housing, SmallHouseBliss, Send In Your Football Day Food Pictures

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GloucesterCast 6/6/13 With Guest Ron Gilson and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

GloucesterCast 6/6/13 With Guest Ron Gilson and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

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Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include:

International Dory Races, Gloucester Harbor Launch,Boating Season, Gloucester Harbor Water Shuttle, Vacationing In Gloucester Totally Based On Public Transportation, The Accommodations At Rocky Neck, The Gloucester House, Cruiseport, The Patio

GloucesterCast Podcast With Guest Ron Gilson and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 6/1/13

GloucesterCast Podcast With Guest Ron Gilson and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 6/1/13

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Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include: Summer In Gloucester,The First Upscale Breakfast joint In Gloucester, the Makings of The Union Hill Coffee Shop, Au Beaujolais, Relationship Between Restaurant Patrons and Servers, Flags On The Boulevard, Differences Between Generations Honoring  Veterans, Paul Frontiero Sr, Death Row Sub, Death Row Meal.

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This Morning’s Sunrise: How Not to Shoot Panorama Part II


Tide and time wait for no man and that includes the sun. If the webpage says sunrise is 7:00 AM on the dot then you better be out there before that to get the rich colors. I was trotting down the Atlantic Path at 6:59 AM enjoying the sunrise but before I could get the iPhone out BAM!  Still working without a tripod although I did line the horizon up on the panorama arrow onscreen which helped calm down the wavy horizon a bit. More after the break …sunrisepartIII just downloaded some good photos of the Edwardo Coronation Saturday night. Wait for my 2:30 PM regular post time for the shot of Sistah Felicia with tambourine over her head (did the lead singer hand it over voluntarily?) with Ron Gilson cutting a rug on the dance floor swinging a tablecloth over his head. I may be exaggerating but not by much.


Ron Gilson’s An Island No More

Thank you Ron for this treasured gift of An Island No More!!!

An Island No More Ron Gilson ©Kim Smith 2013Yesterday on our front porch my husband found a wonderful surprise package, not long a mystery from where it came with a lovely inscription from the author himself, Ron Gilson.  An Island No More ~ The Gloucester I Knew is a deeply personal and fascinating account of Gloucester’s working waterfront and its people, with hundreds of black and white photographs. I was immediately transported to Gloucester during the Great Depression and haven’t been able to put down the book. An Island No More is available from Amazon or by contacting the author at P.O. Box 557, Gloucester, MA 01930.
Note: The little boy sitting on the dock and looking at the Emily Brown (see the book jacket illustration) is none other than RON at eleven years old, circa 1944.

To read more about Ron Gilson and An Island No More see the following GMG posts:

Ron Gilson of Gloucester lectured Wednesday night at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s Waterline Center about working aboard Gloucester’s Schooner ‘Adventure’ back in 1951.

Ron Gilson Discusses Gloucester Fishing in the 20s, 50s and Today Part I

Ron Gilson Discusses Gloucester Fishing in the 20s, 50s and Today Part II

Ron Gilson Gloucester Fishing History Lesson


2013 Rocky Neck Plunge

Felicia Amanda and FriendsThree Amigos and Sista Felicia

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The first day of the new year started with pre-plunge preparations and a spectacular brunch at Sista Felicia and Barry’s Always Warm and Welcoming Beautiful Home.




_DSF7759Ron Gilson, Peter Van Ness, and Erika



Wonder Woman, also know as Donna Ardizonni



More Three Amigos





Van Ness Family



GMG Chief and The Zip Line Kid

Happy New Year!

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Read Ron Gilson’s Letter To the Editor in Today’s Gloucester Daily Times

October 1, 2012

Letter: City’s harbor vision out of focus

Gloucester Daily Times

To the editor:

Why is the city of Gloucester, its Waterways Board and some elected officials “hell bent” on establishing a municipal recreational boat “floating marina” in the middle of our harbor in direct competition with existing private, commercial marinas?

For the entire Letter click here

Photos From The Gloucester Archives, City Hall Courtesy Ron Gilson

Sara Dunlap Archive Volunteer co-director


George Thurston, Volunteer Microfilm expert searcher


Liesa Logsdon From Spring City TN, (visitor searching genealogy)and Stephanie Buck Historian Cape Ann Museum and Archives Volunteer


Patricia Wright from Spring City TN and Shirley Thompson from Brownsburg IN (visitors searching genealogy)


Jane Meade and Joan Gilson Archives Volunteers


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