June 19th Downtown Gloucester Block Party Preview With Erika Hansen

Erika Hansen Previews New Changes and Highlights This Year’s Downtown Gloucester Block Parties

Everything Kicks Off Next Weekend With The First Block Party Of The Season.  Get Your Restaurant Reservations In Now!!!!!!!!

Entries From The GMG Flickr Group

I somehow got sidetracked on the GMG Flickr Group and things have piled up.  Here are just some of teh amazing photos that have been added to the group in the past week.  To see the entire group click here for the Good Morning Gloucester Flickr Group.




Thomas Philbrook- Dawn At The Gazeebo

Thomas Writes-This gazebo lives on the western side of Front beach — our most popular little beach here in Rockport, MA.


Elinor Teele-Lane’s Cove




Hieclix-awesome sunset, gloucester ma


Cathy Tarr-Great Morning


Marty Luster

imageDeb Clarke-Little Mako

imageciabat AKA kevin


How Does This Good Egg Spend Her Birthday? Why Cleaning The Streets Of Gloucester, That’s How!

A little birdie Ed Collard told me it was a very special person’s birthday today.  Not any ordinary citizen but super dooper, over-the-top Gloucester helper and lover Donna Ardizzoni’s Birthday.

Now you may know Donna as the woman who organizes the One Hour at a Time Gang Saturday morning volunteer clean up crew or you may know her as a Board of Director on the Chamber of Commerce or you may know her from seeing pictures of her cleaning at the very end of the night after everyone enjoyed the Block Parties and she was right there with us making sure the streets were completely clean so that permitting for subsequent Block Parties would go smoothly.

But today was her birthday.  A day that is for one’s self.  And Donna one who is the ultimate doer as opposed to many out there that like to talk but never take action was out cleaning the streets of Gloucester with her group of One Hour At a Time Gangers- On Her Birthday.

So next time you see Donna- Give her a pat on the back and an atta girl.  She’s one hell of a good egg!

Happy Birthday Donna From Your Buddy Joey! First Drink Is On Me At Next Week’s Block Party!   Woot!



Collection for Soldiers At Addison Gilbert Hospital

Collection for Soldiers to take place at Addison Gilbert Hospital

Team Cape Ann from Addison Gilbert Hospital, will assist the
Cape Ann Military Families Support Group (CAMFSG) by collecting items for our soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. In
addition to holidays, the CAMFSG sends packages to our soldiers throughout the year.

CAMFSG meets monthly at the Major Frank Ritvo Veterans Center, 12 Emerson Avenue in
Gloucester. Family members, friends and veterans on Cape Ann and surrounding communities are welcome and invited to attend. The support group meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. The next meeting will be held in August as the July meeting the group will be preparing for the 4th of July parades in building a float for local parades.

If you would like to learn more about the support group, add a soldier’s name to their listing, help with the 4th of July project, ride in the parade, provide a soldier’s name that you would like worn on a sash at the parade, please
e-mail: CapeAnnMFSG@aol.com

During the month of June, a collection of non-perishable new and unopened items
will be collected. Donations of items may be left at Addison Gilbert Hospital at
Telecommunications located at the main entrance of the hospital.

Suggested items include bar soap, Q-tips, shot/boot inserts, Wet-naps,
writing paper, mini Kleenex packs, breakfast bars, Microwave Popcorn,
trail mix, canned sausages, Tuna and Chicken Salad – canned (comes with mayo and plastic
silverware), Chunky Soups (for microwave), powdered milk, ready-to-eat soups,
instant coffee that comes with dried cream & sugar, sardines, canned
salmon, powdered Crystal Light, Disposable cameras, car magazines, People Magazine,
paperback books, pens, playing cards puzzle books, crossword puzzles, etc.

Thank you for your consideration to help!

Tina Ketchopulos
Community Relations Coordinator
Northeast Health System
55 Tozer Road
Beverly, MA 01915
Ambassador – Team Cape Ann

Rock the Boat! Thursday, June 24!

Rock the Boat! Thursday, June 24!
Start St. Peter’s Fiesta on the water with an evening cruise around Glosta!

Privateer IV leaves 7 Seas Wharf 7:30PM; returns 10PM.

Live music with Full Circle; chowdah & munchies; raffles and fun!
Cash bar; over 21.
$30 donation. Tickets: Call 978-283-1776
Benefits the North of Boston CVB, our regional tourism council.

So You Want To Learn About Fish Distribution In Modern Times Locally?

Let Your Boy Joey Explain it For You The Best Way I Know How- Through Pictures and Video


Heather Atwood has been looking for a lead for her upcoming story which you will be able to read in her Wednesday Column in The Gloucester Daily Times.  So to help her sound like she somewhat knows what she’s talking about I was digging through the archives and found these posts from 2008 and sooner that many of our readers probably missed but are essential if you want to understand how fresh fish is distributed in Gloucester in modern times

Gloucester Seafood Display Auction- Market Cod
Grading Fish Inside The Gloucester Seafood Display Auction Video
Gloucester Seafood Display Auction- Monkfish Tails
Gloucester Seafood Display Auction- Grey Sole
Gloucester Seafood Display Auction Diplay Floor Video
Getting Ready To Offload 4:45AM Gloucester Seafood Display Auction
Gloucester Seafood Display Auction With Paul Vitale Part II
Gloucester Dragger Angela Rose Gets Offloaded at The Gloucester Seafood Display Auction
Gloucester Seafood Display Auction-Hake

View From The Western Venture Wheelhouse

Martha Hale Harvey

Lobster Cove, Gloucester. Platinum Print Photograph by Martha Hale Harvey - ca. 1900

I was talking to Jane Enos from the Beacon yesterday about some old WPA photos of Gloucester fishermen included in the Library of Congress. I didn’t have much luck finding those photos, but I did find several by this woman. Her prints can be found in museums throughout the country.

Jeff Weaver- Gloucester Artist Interviews Parts I, II and III

Due To A Large Number of Folks Asking To See All Of The Jeff Weaver Video Interviews In One Place I Created This Post To Combine Them-

Part I

Part II

Part III

Hope You Enjoy Listening To Jeff’s Insights Into Gloucester, His Approach To Painting  and Speak About His Influences As Much As I Enjoyed Conducting The Interview