More Mutant Lobsters From Our Docks

Here’s a blue one from last December-

Here’s an albino one from last June

To see the ocean oddity slide show which I added some more blue shaded lobster, and quadruple clawed claws to you can click this text

Here’s a speckled cull we got back in May of 2009

Speckled Lobster Landed At Captain Joe's

Seascape Festival at the Heritage Center is coming up soon: July 24-25

Hi Joey,

The Seascape Festival at the Heritage Center is coming up soon: July 24-25. I’m sending along an updated press release.  We’d appreciate any coverage you might be able to give us.




picture from the GMHC website

Heritage Center Hosts SEASCAPE

Two day festival features music, storytelling, dance and art

SEASCAPE.  The Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center is proud to present SEASCAPE on July 24th and 25th. This 2-day festival celebrates Gloucester’s relationship with the sea through music, dance, storytelling and the visual arts.  SEASCAPE is produced with grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Commission, and the McCarthy Family Foundation.  

Beginning at 10 am on Saturday, a lively schedule of workshops and concerts will explore the cultural impact of Gloucester’s distinction as the oldest seaport in America. Featured performers include David Coffin, story teller Jay O’Callahan, Sea Shanty singers The Johnson Girls, singer Ken Sweeney, and native American musician Strong Eagle Daly. The performers will conduct a series of 50-minute long concert/workshops on both Saturday and Sunday, providing the public with opportunities to learn from experienced performers.

Workshops are open to visitors of all ages, with the exception of the Saturday 11 a.m. workshop with Jay O’Callahan, which is limited to 25 participants 15 years old on up.

Throughout the day on Saturday, master batik artist Mary Edna Fraser will facilitate the making of a 3’ x 10’ community banner. Participants will draw in wax and paint with dyes on silk as they add to a banner which will serve as the backdrop for the Saturday evening concert.  Younger children will use crayons and water colors to have a similar experience while creating projects to take home. On Sunday, all participants will make small pieces to take home.   

On Saturday evening at 7 pm, all performers will gather for a three hour long concert under the Heritage Center’s tent overlooking Gloucester Harbor. They will perform both individually and together, creating a lively night filled with music and stories. Students from the Cape Ann Center for Dance will perform a piece of choreography commissioned specifically for SEASCAPE, set to an arrangement by David Coffin of a popular “fishing” lullaby.

The festival continues on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a second series of concert/workshops. There will also be a 3 p.m. concert bringing together all participating musicians in one long collaborative set.  
Children’s activities and refreshments will be available throughout both days of the festival.

All of the daytime concert/workshops are free of charge. The same goes for the Sunday finale concert. Tickets to the Saturday night concert are $15 ($7 for kids 14 and under) and are available at the Heritage Center, in advance and at the door.  

The Performers
David Coffin, who lives in East Gloucester, has performed throughout New England for the past thirty years.  While his venues include concert halls, festivals, coffeehouses, and museums; he is most often found performing one of his two school enrichment programs throughout New England. He has also performed with the Cambridge-based Revels since 1980 as a singer, instrumentalist and, since 1991, as Master of Ceremonies.
At the heart of David’s work is traditional and contemporary folk music, including an extensive collection of songs from the Maritime tradition. Widely know for his rich baritone voice, his impressive collection of musical instruments includes concertinas, recorders, penny-whistles, bombards (loud Breton double reeds), gemshorns, cornamuse, shawms, and rauschphieffes.
Jay O’Callahan is one of the world’s best-known storytellers. He has performed at Lincoln Center, at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and other theatres around the world, at the Olympics, and with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His work appears regularly on National Public Radio. In addition to creating and performing stories, he leads workshops on storytelling and writing.
Jay was commissioned by NASA to create a story in celebration of the agency’s 50th anniversary in 2008. The National Association of Independent Record Distributors and Manufacturers awarded first prize to the High Windy recording of his story, “The Boy Who Loved Frogs.”
The Johnson Girls is an energetic all-woman mostly a cappella group performing folk music with an emphasis on songs of the sea and shore.  Each member (Joy Bennet, Alison Kelley, Bonnie Milner, and Deirdra Murtha) of the group brings a specialty and style to the ensemble.  The Johnson Girls’ extensive repertoire of both traditional and contemporary music includes songs with an Afro-Caribbean influence, of the inland waterways, of fishing, mining, Irish, Anglo-American, Italian and French Canadian ballads and work songs, and much more.  With a sound that has been called “exciting”, “haunting”, “uplifting”, and “full of harmony”, the Johnson Girls give “hair-raising” performances of powerhouse chanteys, tender ballads and just plain fun songs, bringing audiences to their feet wherever they go.
Ken Sweeney performs mountain ballads, old time songs and sea music. A top notch player of the clawhammer banjo, English concertina, and harmonica, he also makes music playing spoons. He is a former member of the infamous Mystic Seaport Chanteymen.
Strong Eagle Daly, of the Nipmuc nation, handcrafts the flutes he plays. Each of Daly’s flutes contain a hand carved animal which faces the performer. He says that “in addition to the animals, the spirit of tree resonates through the flute as I breathe new life through it and give it a new voice.” Through Daly’s observation of different flute players and their varying techniques, he has created his own improvisational style and voice. He fills empty space with the haunting and inspirational sounds that come from the various woods and octaves of his flute.
Mary Edna Fraser is an internationally known textile artist who collaborates with scientists from a variety of disciplines to illustrate the changing environment. She researches her landscapes by hiking the terrain, exploring the waterways by boat, and by taking aerial photos from the open cockpit of her grandfather’s 1946 Ercoupe plane. She also uses satellite images and maps to plan her expansive compositions, which take the form of huge batiks. In 1994, she was the first woman to be honored with a one person textile exhibition at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.  
Mary Edna’s work has been included in exhibits at many museums and organizations including the National Academy of Sciences, the New England Aquarium, Mystic Seaport , North Carolina Maritime Museum, and the Duke University Museum of Art.


Free Outdoor Family Concert, July 20 6-8pm, Masconomo Park, Manchester


Hi Joey,

Hope you’re having a great summer! We’ve got a very fun, free outdoor concert coming up next week that we would appreciate you posting about on Good Morning Gloucester. I’m attaching a photo of us and our CD album cover, in case you want to use either in the posting. Bring the whole family!!

The Music in Masconomo Park Summer Concert Series continues on Tuesday, July 20, from 6:00-8:00pm with award-winning children’s music artists Leeny and Tamara! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, maybe the fixings for a nice picnic, and get ready for a fun evening of singing, dancing, learning, and laughing for the whole family! We’ll have a full band with us for this event. And, we are especially excited to be premiering some new music, including a song that was co-written with 9-year-old Sara Wheeler of Gloucester! (Rain date is July 21.) For more details, please visit our website at and click on Shows.


Ilene Altman(aka Leeny


Kristin Rotondo Heading Effort To Raise Money For Bench In Honor Of Mike and Alice Wheeler

I loved reading "Where would you want your bench?". I often think about where my bench should be.
I am trying to raise $950 to purchase a bench from the city for Mike and Alice Wheeler to be put in at Cripple Cove park. The Wheeler’s are the unofficial caretakers of the park. They mow, plant & clean the park. They do everything from prune & plant to clean trash, graffiti and poo. If you have spent any extended time there you have met them. They do this because they love the park and the children that play there.
I thought that your readers might be interested in donating or know someone who would be.
You can donate by going here
or there is a link on the Cripple Cove Park fan page on facebook.
Thanks so much.
Kristin Rotondo

Kristen’s Photos-




Guess Who’s Going to the cook off in Chicago?

Me!  Thank you all so much for your votes and encouragement.  I am so grateful for your support and I am going to start practicing this week to make sure I get it executed perfectly in 45 minutes.

The cook off will be Saturday, September 25th on the main stage of Chicago Gourmet 2010, a food and wine festival a Millennium Park downtown and it is a good thing I can cook in front of a crowd because this is a big deal.  I had no idea when I got involved in this that we would be cooking during the festival but I am excited to do so.

Thank you all again so much for your votes–the support of the GMG community is the BEST!  And in case you want to try what I hope is going to be the winning recipe, here it is:

Creamy Seaside Shells with Pan Seared Scallops and Seasonal Vegetables

Paired with Pinot Grigio


Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio pairs beautifully with seafood, particularly when prepared with a delicate sauce, fresh garden vegetables, herbs and zesty citrus. Delicious served warm or cold.


  1. 1 to 1 1/2 pounds asparagus, trimmed & broken into bite sized pieces
  2. 1 small yellow (summer) squash, cut in 1/2 lengthwise & thinly sliced
  3. 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  4. 1 pound medium shell pasta
  5. 3 tablespoons butter
  6. 1 1/2 cups leeks, thinly sliced
  7. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  8. 1 1/2 pounds large sea scallops, patted dry & sprinkled lightly with salt & pepper to taste
  1. 1 cup Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio
  2. 3/4 cup chicken broth
  3. 8 oz goat cheese, broken in to small chunks
  4. 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  5. 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  6. Zest of one lemon
  7. Salt & pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a sheet pan with cooking spray and place asparagus and squash in a single layer in the pan. Drizzle with 2 TBSP oil, season with salt & pepper and bake for 7 minutes. Cook shells in salted water until al dente. Drain, pour into a large bowl, toss with 1 TBSP oil, season with salt and pepper and cover to keep warm. Meanwhile melt 3 TBSP oil with butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add leeks and garlic and cook over medium heat, 5-10 minutes or until cooked. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon. Increase heat to high and sear scallops on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from pan, cover and set aside. Add Pinot Grigio and broth, scraping browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil and reduce by half. Return leeks and garlic to pan and whisk to combine. Slowly add goat cheese, and whisk until a creamy sauce forms. Stir in all vegetables and combine with pasta. Stir in dill and zest. Serve topped with 3-4 scallops per bowl.

Christopher Swain Checks In While On Cape Ann During His Canada-Washington DC Swim

I am swimming the coast between Maine/Canada border and Washington D.C. working on Cape Ann right now…
Got your name from Bob at Dogtown Books.
Christopher Swain

You can view the field reports from my swim here:

From the site-

Swim For A Healthy World


Some of my earliest childhood memories are of swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. As a kid, I loved to wade, snorkel, bodyboard and run in the waves. Now, I swim the entire length of dirty waterways like the Hudson, the Charles,and the Columbia Rivers, in order to put the problems facing our water planet squarely in the public eye.

In the process, I have survived collisions with boats, 12-foot waves, lightning storms, class IV+ rapids, giant storage dams, industrial chemicals, nuclear waste, oil slicks, raw sewage, toxic blue-green algae, and repeated Sea Lamprey Eel attacks.

Swimming in the Columbia River 
Near the Port of Vancouver, WA

Stories about my environmental adventures reached a worldwide media audience of more than two billion people, but the bulletins I sent back from the big wet world weren’t always uplifting: high levels of CO2 were acidifying the oceans, manmade toxics were spewing into rivers, and fisheries were collapsing as factory ships scoured the seas.

When I was a boy, this was business as usual, but now there is a worldwide scientific consensus that we need to change our ways before our planet becomes a place where we can no longer live.
My 1,500 mile swim from Maine to Washington, DC, isn’t just designed to raise awareness of the challenges facing the ocean, but to sample the water at over 5,000 locations along my route to measure and map the effects of pollution and Climate Change, and to challenge over 50,000 schoolchildren to launch projects designed to improve the health of our ocean planet.

As usual, it is not easy. I have to deal with frigid water temperatures, nasty currents, severe storms, and dangerous fish. But if I want my daughters to inherit a healthy world, this is the least I can do.
When the effort ends, I hope it will have benefitted more than just my children. I hope there will be tens of thousands of kids leaning on their parents, teachers and caregivers to protect our ocean planet.

Go See- ANNIE, opening August 10 and running through August 15th

Hi Joey :

Jane Deering here, for the Annisquam Village Players.   Our summer musical this year is ANNIE, opening August 10 and running through August 15th.    Could you list the info below all the what/where/when/how.    Thanks, Joey!



What :   Annisquam Village Players presents the musical ANNIE

When :  August 10 through August 15, 2010

    Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday performances at 7:30pm

    Friday, Saturday & Sunday performances at 8:00pm

Where :  Annisquam Village Hall

     34 Leonard Street, off of Route 127 North

     Annisquam, MA 01930

Ticket prices :  $15 General Admission

              $30 Reserved Seating, ordered only online at

General Admission tickets can be purchased at :

The Bookstore of Gloucester, 61 Main Street, Gloucester MA 978-281-1548

The Annisquam Exchange, 38 Leonard Street, Annisquam MA 978-281-0358

Lula’s Pantry, 79 Main Street, Rockport 978-546-0010

Sea Fair in Annisquam Village only on Saturday July 31st

and online at

The Annisquam Village Hall is air-conditioned and handicap accessible.

Refreshments available at intermission.

The Captain Novello

I took a little liberty with the editing to make it look like an old postcard. Didn’t add those seagulls in but to me they look too perfect and I wouldn’t blame someone for thinking that I did.  Love the way it came out.

click for the larger version-


363 Days to the Blackburn Challenge 2011

Yesterday was a nice day to go for a paddle. Down the Annisquam with over 250 other boats was amazing. These people were serious. The high performance kayaks blow by then those six man outriggers, hut!, Hut! Felt great past Andrews point and wife and daughter can’t hail me because I am ahead of my schedule and off into Sandy Bay when they spot me.

Then I started hitting the wall. Sandy Bay seemed to take a bit of time and the finger and toe muscles started getting all twitchy. Gap Cove, Whale Cove, Folly Cove and out into the chop. By this time the west wind had kicked up and in a kayak it seemed like a washing machine with the echoes of waves crossing the predominate swell. Milk Island on my left would not go away. Paddle paddle paddle, look over and I can still see the damn gulls sitting on their eggs. Am I stuck on a lobster pot? Nope, I’ve blown a seal. Have you ever been to the Boston Marathon around Heartbreak Hill and watched someone crash and burn? They look like they are moving right along but then go all twitchy, bounce around trying to get rid of a muscle spasm and end up splayed out on someone’s front lawn? That would be me off Cape Hedge but there was no lawn to flail around on.

Ellen Degeneres in “Finding Nemo” kept playing in my head, “just keep swimming, just keep swimming”. Turn the corner at the end of the breakwater I felt like I spent a day getting down Gloucester Harbor. The frozen pea plant refused to get bigger. From Good Harbor to Gloucester Harbor I passed three boats which I think each one bailed once I blew their doors off. DNFs. I did finish, the lovely ladies on the committee boat cheered me on and I could still paddle on to Pavillion Beach. Getting out of the boat was another story but by the time I got to the beer keg there was plenty left and a yummy pork sandwich to boot.

363 days until Blackburn 2011. Both my boat and the occupant are going to upgrade by losing a few pounds. And I might get out there more than once and kayak some distance. I made it in a tad less than 5 and 1/2 hours. I can beat that.

I thought I would wake up this morning and not be able to move. But I actually feel great except for the very tops of my thighs that got royally sunburned. One place I forgot to spray sunblock. Went down to Andrews Point and took a few casts at sunrise but nothing happening. Sandy Bay looked different though as I could connect it up to the shoreline of Cape Ann from Annisquam all the way around to Gloucester Harbor.

Paul Morrison Eaten By A Shark Photoshop Contest Poll

It’s rather unfortunate that Paul didn’t get eaten by a Great White as that would have made some great Blog material and I’m sure our viewership would have greatly increased.  But I guess the sharks weren’t all about eating the monkeybread lined intestines as I thought they would have been.

Vote for your fave in the poll below.

Beth Swan’s entry-

Paul, a Kitten, and a Shark


Our Chum Paul Sent In By Jim Hughs


Old Hippie’s Submission-


My Submission- Oh Shit!


Triple Pincher Clawed Lobster Landed At Captain Joe’s Video

I’ve seen double pincher clawed lobsters, I’ve seen triple and quadruple clawed crabs, albino lobsters, half blue lobsters, all blue lobsters, yellow lobsters, speckled lobsters, you name it but never one with a claw like this.

For more of the mutant sea creatures I’ve documented at our dock click the link-

mutant sea creatures landed at Captain Joe’s