Lauren From Last Stop Represents! And More!

Hi Joey!

Just wanted to let you know that Last Stop will re-open for the season on Monday March 1st! We have missed all of our great customers & can’t wait to see everyone! Soups on!!



PS Finally sending you the pictures of Ted & I & GMG from London this summer!

Antique Desk?

I bought this desk last weekend. I don’t have much information on it, but here are several photos that might give someone enough to identify the style, period, wood, etc. I talked to David Cox and Dick Davis at Dave’s antique shop downtown and got some possible  info.

Click on any photo and if you click on  “all sizes”, you’ll get a much closer view.

– The hardware is NOT brass.

– The wood is probably mahogany.

– It may have been built in the early 1900’s.

– It looks like it is Governor Winthrop style.

– It is signed on a piece of paper on the back.

I’d love to find out more about this and how to proceed with the refinishing. Most of it is down to the bare wood, but there has been some repair done with filler near the top and the cubbies inside need to be sanded. I’d like to do this myself, but I’m not sure how. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance!           —–Sharon

Flanagan’s Wake, Saturday night, March 6 at Gloucester Stage Company Organized by Eastern Point Day School

From Ally O’Connor-

For one night only in 2010, on Saturday, March 6, Flanagan’s Wake comes to the Gloucester Stage Company.  An interactive Irish wake that magically transports you to the Emerald Isle to mourn Flanagan, dear friend and cousin.  A cast of actors play the roles of Flanagan’s family and friends, toastin’ , singin’ and dancin’ with all the audience members – the “American cousins”.  This brilliant ensemble of Boston area improvisers, including several from Cape Ann and North of Boston, use suggestions from the audience to create improvised songs and stories about the man in the box.  Critics call Flanagan’s Wake “hilarious…rich and spontaneous…charming cast” (The Boston Globe), “Dead-funny…a good humored spoof” (Boston Herald) and “The funniest show you’ll ever see” (NBC TV).  With an almost sold out show, pre-purchase of remaining tickets is recommended and are $25.00. Contacting the event organizers at 978-283-1700 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              978-283-1700      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or by email at

Boston Derby Dames Home Opener Slide Show From Thom Falzarano

Click the picture to see a slide show from last night’s Boston Massacre Home Opener vs The Rhode Island Riveters pictures Thom Falzarano, music Earl and Arch, produced by Joey C

click picture to view the video

Bass Rock’s Motel Roof ends up on 13th Green

Part of the Roof blew off in Thursday’s storm, and also up-rooted a tree on the 13th green at Bass Rocks Golf Course.  Some Golfers were happy the tree is gone, but Tracey the owner of the motel was not thrilled about the roof.   Click on photos to enlarge.

Seaman Scarves Fund-raiser on March 2 at Cape Ann Brewery

From Kat Valentine at Parlez-Moi Blog-

In a previous blog I talked about using the very old, traditional knitting pattern for Seaman’s Scarves as a possible fund-raiser here in Gloucester. The Seaman’s Scarves are used for endeavors such as  Christmas at Sea, a project The Seaman’s Church Institute. Ever since 1898, during the Spanish American War, The Seaman’s Church Institute has sent thousands of packages to mariners at Christmas time. Included in the packages are hand-knit items donated by knitters from around the country. These include watch caps, socks, vests, and, of course, scarves (photo above), in addition to lip balm, hand lotion and toothpaste and brushes. Last year over 10,000 garments were sent by knitters and thousands more were needed. (They also offer information on how citizens can help our mariners who are the victims of pirates at sea.) Their web site offers a list of free patterns in PDF format for both knit and crocheted patterns for the items they need.
Subsequently I designed 2 original Seaman’s Scarves. One is in Aran Style:
And the other is Guernsey Style:
I am writing the directions for these scarves and Tuesday night, March 2nd, at 6:30, I will be at Cape Ann Brewery with the patterns. Knitters are invited to come and “purchase” a pattern for whatever donation they would like to make. Cape Ann Brewery has graciously offered to match whatever is donated and the proceeds will be donated to the fund for the children of Matteo Russo, a Gloucester fisherman who was lost, along with his crew in January of 2009. I will be present to help knitters get started on the pattern, if they wish (bring worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles) and I’ll help anyone who is interested with either of the patterns.
This should be a great time — an opportunity to learn something new, do some good for our community and have an excuse to drink Cape Ann Brewery’s scrumptious product. I look forward to seeing you there….

Things To Do-Holy Family Parish Irish Stew Supper

Hi Joe
Last August you mentioned our Penny Sale on your blog, how about another big favor for Holy Family Parish Women’s Guild?
An Irish Night will be held on Saturday, March 13th in St. Ann Church Hall on Pleasant Street beginning at 6p.m. with an Irish Stew Supper followed by lots of Music and Comedy, great entertainment and fun!   Tickets are $15.00 each and may be purchased at the Parish Office or from one of the Guild members.  A cash bar of beer and wine will be available and table reservations may be made.  Everyone is welcome to attend and join in our “circle of friendship”, any questions please call Helen at 978-283-7391.
Thanks for your consideration.
Helen Downey

North Shore Dish Features Fort Square Cafe!

The lovely ladies from North Shore Dish came down for the interviews we did last week and after we had finished up were off to Fort Square Cafe.

You can read their review here-

Gloucester’s Fort Square: Familiar Faces at Breakfast

Thank you to the GMG Family!

This past year and a half has been amazing. When Joey invited me to come aboard as a GMG contributor, I never realized how much my life would change. Not only has it been a great place to show my photography, I get to play. The electronic yodeling pickle, the puffy shirt, all of that!

What a great place to share the good times and the bad! Our GMG family congratulates us as well as supports us when the going gets tough.

I just want to thank Joey, Paul, Frank, Mike, Laurie, Manny, and everyone who makes being on this blog an incredible place to hang out! Big hugs for all!

A Call Out To Former Employees At the Paint Factory From Ocean Alliance

From someone named John at Ocean Alliance-

Last Stop Variety in east gloucester offers free wifi

also, i have a question about the paint factory, we at the ocean alliance are looking for people who worked there. we want to interview them and set up an area at the paint factory where their stories about the building can be listened to on tape. we need to find people who worked there and i think we could find many via your excellent gmg blog if you would be willing to post a note about our search for ex-employees there. thanks! look forward to hearing from you, love your blog, john

Thanks John, I’ll update GMG WiFi map immediately and hopefully some former Paint Factory will step forth to tell their stories.

Rockport Art Association 1960s Summer Dances

I was recently at the Rockport Art Association for the seARTS annual meeting.

As I headed back to the Art building in the back, old memories passed through my head.

Even though it was cold and rainy, the memories of warm summer nights, heading down to Rockport, to attend the RAA dances.   Back then it was a great opportunity for locals to meet kids from out-of-state, who were vacationing with their parents.  Some of those memories are another story. 

It was amazing that they trusted us in the beautiful surroundings of all that art.

This video clip shows some of the local art today, recommend going down and taking a look, and a clip of how teenagers danced in the 60’s.  If you recognize yourself in the video, you may want to keep it to yourself at least that is my intention.

Enjoy a blast from the past.

This video clip shows some of the local art today, recommend going down and taking a look, and a clip of how teenagers danced in the 60’s.  If you recognize yourself in the video, you may want to keep it to yourself, at least I am.

Enjoy a blast from the past.   (Note: video is from a dance at the GHS not at RAA)

The First Episode of The Good Morning Gloucester Program

Featuring Anne Robinson from seARTS talking about the upcoming Captains Courageous Festival-

Special thanks to Gallo Productions and Joe Langhan for producing the segment and Earl Foote and Archie Muise who provided the theme music.