Paul Boudreau 2010 Gran Prix Of Gloucester Preview

Paul gives us some insights on why YOU should check out this international event happening right here in Gloucester!

For more information check out the website-

Good Times Ahead!

This Week on Cape Ann From the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce


THE SCHOONER THOMAS E. LANNON will offer a romantic sail around Gloucester’s harbor and coastline in the moonlight on Wednesday, August 25, 9-10:30pm. It’s magical! The 65-foot Schooner Lannon sails from Seven Seas Wharf at the Gloucester House Restaurant, Rogers Street, (Rt. 127), Gloucester. Tickets are $40 per person and include dessert. 978-281-6634

ROCKPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY will host Rockport resident and writing professor Jonathan Strong as he reads from his latest novel, "Consolation," and discusses the process of writing fiction on Wednesday, August 25, at 7pm. 978-546-3259

THE GLOUCESTER LYCEUM AND SAWYER FREE LIBRARY will present a program by sculptor David Black on Wednesday August 25, at 7pm. Mr. Black, Gloucester native and sculptor of public art, will present an illustrated discussion of his work which is located around the world. This program is free of charge and open to the public. 978-281-9763

THE CAPE ANN FARMERS’ MARKET will be open every Thursday through October 7, 3-6:30pm at its new location– I-4/C-2 on Rogers Street.

CAPE ANN COMMUNITY CINEMA will host a performance of singer/songwriter Chelsea Berry on Thursday, August 26, with 50% of proceeds going to Gloucester-based human services agency Action, Inc. Originally from Alaska, Berry now lives and regularly performs throughout Cape Ann, and is also a part of the Boston music scene. Thursday’s show is all-ages and begins at 7pm. Tickets are $15 at the door. (978) 282-1988

GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY presents "An Ideal Husband" August 12-29. Four actors portray nine characters, adding a gender bending layer to Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy about friendship, political corruption, blackmail, and redemption-as timely today as when first presented in 1895. 978-281-4433 m

THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM will host Music in the Courtyard, featuring Susan Slowick on Friday, August 27, 4-5pm. This outdoor event is free and open to the public. 978-283-0455

222 ARTS & WELLNESS CENTER, located at 222 Eastern Avenue in Gloucester, will host a Kirtan on Friday, August 28, 7-9pm. Join Satya Lee Harrington and friends as we raise our voices in call-and-response chant. Beginners welcome…there are no wrong notes in chanting. If you would like to be a musician, please call 978-281-6222.

THE 17TH ANNUAL ESSEX MUSIC FESTIVAL on Saturday, August 28, in Centennial Grove in Essex features a collection of the area’s finest acoustic performers in a family oriented venue. An eclectic mix of genres perform on two stages and include Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, Celtic, Ragtime, Cajun/Zydeco and Americana Roots music.

THE SEAWARD INN, Rockport will hold a Book Signing Benefit and discussion, Saturday, August 28, 9am-noon with Paul St. Germain, author of "Twin Lights of Thacher Island, Cape Ann". The Whiskey Boys, will provide some great music for the event. All proceeds of the book will go toward the purchase of a new boat for Thacher Island Association. 978-546-3471

COGSWELL’S GRANT invites artists and painters to a day of plein-air painting on Saturday, August 28, 9am-5pm. Join your fellow artists from all over the North Shore to paint beautiful vistas including the Essex River and the Great Marsh, farm fields and landscapes, and our eighteenth century historic house and barns. Artists can take a free tour of the house museum and its collection of American folk art. 978-768-3632

SEASIDE POW WOW AND FESTIVAL will be held on Saturday-Sunday, August 28-29. Stage Fort Park. Intertribal American Indian event featuring dancing, story telling and arts and crafts. 10am-5pm. Free Admission. 978-335-8702

THE ANNUAL FISHERMEN’S MEMORIAL SERVICE, a service to honor the memory of fishermen lost at sea, will be held on Saturday, August 28, at 5pm on Stacy Boulevard in Gloucester. 978-281-9740

THE SEAWARD INN, Rockport, will feature 20-year-old Felix Peikli, Jazz Clarinetist from Norway and 18-year-old Italo Cunha, Jazz Guitarist from Brazil, at Sunday Morning Live on August 29, 9am-noon during a Breakfast Buffet by the Sea. This amazing Duo are Berklee Collage Scholarship recipients, and have been on tour in Norway. 978-546-3471

THE LANDING AT 7 CENTRAL will host Celtic singer Michael O’Leary and string players Bob & Jennifer Strom for their Celtic music session on Sunday, August 29, 6-9pm. An acoustic session of mostly traditional songs and tunes from the Celtic countries. 978-526-7494

ROCKPORT LEGION BAND CONCERT SERIES. Sunday, at 7pm at the bandstand overlooking Rockport’s Back Beach. Concerts will be held every Sunday evening through August 30; listeners are invited to bring their own chairs or blankets to this family-friendly program.

CYNTHIA CURTIS POTTERY, located at 80 Pigeon Hill Street in Rockport, will hold 8-week Fall Pottery Classes August 30-October 23. Surrounded by the woods of Pigeon Cove, small classes for all ages and abilities offer individualized instruction on wheel throwing, handbuilding, and glazing. Classes for kids and adults, private, independent or class setting. Daytime and evening. 978-546-6186

GLOUCESTER DOG PARK. There will be a public hearing concerning a Gloucester Dog Park on Tuesday, August 31, at 7pm at Gloucester City Hall. All interested parties are welcome to attend.

Release and renew with sound and song at SoulSong, a relaxing yet energizing class led by singer and song-leader Michael O’Leary. If you can talk you can sing! 7-week session starts Wednesdays, September 1 & 8, 7-9pm at 222 ARTS & WELLNESS CENTER. Private sessions also available. 978-283-0495 or

INN MAGNOLIA presents the Travel Channel’s Most Haunted star Dr. Ciarán O’Keeffe to benefit the Magnolia Historical Society on Wednesday, September 1, 7pm. Ciarán will regale us with horror stories from the world of paranormal investigation, including some of his most unusual cases, a behind-the-scenes look at television investigations, and examples of mysterious and comical equipment faux-pas. $25/person. 978-525-3642

ROCKY NECK ART COLONY’S final Nights on the Neck of the 2010 season will be held on Thursday, September 2, 5-9 pm. Featuring: JoeAnn Hart, Gordon Baird, Thomas Hauck, Margi Green and Her Delightful Assistants, Rick Drost. Specific showtimes and locations will be posted in the parking lot on the Rocky Neck Ave causeway, and at the various venues around the Neck.

THE ROTARY CLUB OF GLOUCESTER presents its Fourth Annual Comedy Show at Cruiseport Gloucester on Thursday, September 2. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Dave Rattigan will host the show again this year and DJ Hazzard, Patty Ross and Jim Colliton have been lined up to perform. Tickets: $30, table of 10: $250. Tickets available at the Chamber or by from Ruth Pino.

THE ROCKPORT ART ASSOCIATION is holding a 50/50 Raffle for RAA Art Certificates– first prize is $15,000 in RAA Art Certificates. Tickets are $20 each and the drawing will be held on Friday, September 3, 5-7pm. 978-546-6604

GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL, Gloucester Harbor, September 3-6. Click here for information on riding a schooner during the Mayor’s Race on September 5.

DOWNTOWN GLOUCESTER BLOCK PARTY. Friday, September 3, 6-11pm. Main Street Gloucester from Pleasant Street to Washington Street. Come One Come All. Free Downtown Block Party. Get ready to dance and play. Free presentation by Cape Ann Community Cinema of "Captains Courageous" at 8:30pm on an outdoor screen.

THE GLOUCESTER MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER will celebrate Gloucester’s relationship with the sea with Gloucester Maritime Heritage Day on Saturday, September 4, 10am-4pm. The Center’s exhibits and aquarium will be open free of charge throughout the day. 978-281-0470

Come join SCHOONER ADVENTURE for a Working Waterfront Walking Tour starting at 10am at the Fisherman’s Statue and ending at Fitz Henry Lane House on Saturdays, September 4, 18, and 25. Using old maps and photographs, we will journey back to the 1880’s -1920’s and visit the old wharves and businesses that once lined our inner harbor. Each tour will last approximately 90 minutes. 978-281-8079

THE SCHOONER THOMAS E. LANNON will host Michael O’Leary & Friends for a sailing ‘seisiun’, an evening of traditional songs ‘n tunes, as she takes a sunset sail around beautiful Gloucester harbor on Saturday, September 4, 5-7:30pm. 978-281-6634

CELEBRATE GLOUCESTER, on September 5, sponsored by National Grid is the first ever concert and celebration on the I4-C2 property at 65 Rogers Street, recently purchased by the City of Gloucester. Volunteers needed! Please contact Donna Ardizzoni if you can help out at Celebrate Gloucester.

Eleventh generation shipwright HAROLD BURNHAM will start construction on a new schooner – the Pinky Schooner Ardelle on Monday, September 6. The keel will be signed and frames will be raised. In celebration of the birth of this new schooner, THE ESSEX SHIPBUILDING MUSEUM will have demonstrations on traditional boat building techniques and food will be available for purchase, including ribs, chowder, hot dogs, beverages, and more. 978-768-7541


THE ENTERPRISE CENTER AT SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY, located at 121 Loring Avenue in Salem, presents a series of workshops for businesses in September, including Your Business Plan: Soup to Nuts on September 9, So You’re Thinking About Starting a Business on September 10, and Mastering the Sales Process on September 21. 978-542-7528

LOCAL COLORS ARTIST’S COOPERATIVE, located at 121 Main Street in downtown Gloucester, will host a reception for painter Lawrence Martin-Bittman on Saturday, September 11, 6-9pm. This unique artist is presenting a collection of recent still-lifes, figuratives and scenery paintings of Cape Ann. 978-283-3996

THE TRUSTEES OF RESERVATIONS in Cape Ann is hosting a "Wilderness to Special Place" Walk at Ravenswood Park, Gloucester, on Sunday, September 12, 1-3pm. Once a main thoroughfare, then a backwoods, and now our favorite local refuge–join us for the story of Ravenswood through the centuries. Please preregister at 978-281-8400.

Rescheduled due to rain. ANTONIO GENTILE BANDSTAND CONCERT SERIES. Sunday, September 12, at 7pm, Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, featuring Old Cold Tater (Acoustic Bluegrass).

DREAMTIME WELLNESS, located at 66 Summer Street in Manchester, hosts a Reiki Clinic on the second Tuesday of each month. Next Reiki Clinic will be 9/14. Advance registration required. $10 Reiki Practitioners. $20 Non-Reiki Practitioners. Reiki Circle at 5:30 pm. Half hour sessions at 6pm, 6:40pm, and 7:20pm. 978-283-4258, 978-526-4400 x-5

NORTHEAST SENIOR HEALTH and ADDISON GILBERT HOSPITAL will host a free Health Fair on Tuesday, September 14, 10am-1pm at the Rockport Council on Aging, 4 Broadway in Rockport. Free health screenings, Sun damage screening, Balance screening, Blood Pressure, Educational materials, Take-away materials, and more.

THEATRE IN THE PINES presents "Hamlet" at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, located at 37 Main Street in Rockport, on September 17-19. Friday and Saturday 7:30pm, matinee: Saturday 2pm and Sunday 3pm. Tickets available at Toad Hall Bookstore, The Bookstore of Gloucester, Shalin Liu box office. 978-546-7391

THE LANESVILLE MUSIC FESTIVAL will be held on Sunday, September 19, 1-6pm at the Lanesville Community Center. Food, crafts for sale, raffle, great music.

THE 7TH ANNUAL LYONS AMBULANCE SERVICE GOLF TOURNAMENT will be held on Monday, September 20, at Bass Rocks Golf Club to benefit Gorton’s Specialty & Cancer Care Center at Addison Gilbert Hospital. Foursome Scramble Format. For sponsorship and player Information, please contact: Amy Sullivan at 978-236-1600 or

THE EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR ROCKPORT GOLF TOURNAMENT will be held on Monday, September 20, at Rockport Golf Club. For sponsorship and player information, please contact: Bob Krause at 978-546-5135.

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS OF NORTHEAST MA 13TH ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC will be held on September 21 at Turner Hill in Ipswich- Highly acclaimed golf course, live auction, awards, and more! Bring spouse or friend for dinner & auction only! Event supports disaster victims in Cape Ann and surrounding communities. 978-922-2224

“Honoring Virginia Lee Burton: A Family Arts Celebration” on September 25


Special family event scheduled: “Honoring Virginia Lee Burton:

A Family Arts Celebration” on September 25

Cape Ann families and visitors are invited to join in an exciting special event,

“Honoring Virginia Lee Burton: A Family Arts Celebration,” on Saturday, September 25 from Noon to 3 p.m. At this event, visitors will have the unique opportunity to explore the grounds of Folly Cove designer and author Virginia Lee Burton on 1255 Washington Street where she created her timeless children’s books.

Some of the special arts activities planned for the event include: touring the grounds of the beautiful Gloucester home of Virginia Lee Burton; taking pictures with characters Little House Katy the Snowplow, and Mike Mulligan’s Steam Shovel, Mary Anne; blockprinting activities for all ages with Art Haven from noon – 2:30 p.m.; art projects with Valerie McCaffrey, Drama games with JoJo from JoJo’s DreamCart at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; a Family Scavenger Hunt at 1 and 2 p.m.; and the Plum Cove School singers perform children’s music at 1:30 p.m. Bring a blanket and plan a picnic or enjoy light snacks that will be available to purchase. The suggested donation is $5-$10 per family to benefit Cape Ann TV.

The event will be a fun and enjoyable way to celebrate the work of a beloved local author and her life in the City of Gloucester.

The event will be held rain or shine and a CATA shuttle bus will transport visitors from the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington Street, Gloucester to and from the grounds – no parking is available at the site. 

The event will benefit Cape Ann Television, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit public access television station that offers many educational and training programs and resources to the Cape Ann communities. We invite everyone to share in what should be a very memorable event! For more information, call Cape Ann TV at 978-281-2443.

Thursday Night Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line ~ Special Guest Cheryl Arena


From Mr Dave Sags himself,
  After a trooly yucky week weatherwise, you’ve got no excuse for comin’ out to play,so, here it is: the fateful admixture of Ms. Cheryl Arena, vocal miss and conglomerist, with the boys in the band. Last time she was here, the roof was rockin’ and the neighbors were knocking. We’re glad to have her back!
  Hoisting her up to the top floor will also be that sawdusty swami of the ivories, Mr. John Cameron Swayze, from Mutual of Omigod, threatening us with a glissando or two on his organ,Old growth Forrest “Frosty” Padgett, on drummbulators, and ,of course, Greg “Hazmat” Tower, on catarrh, as well as myself, on base. Don’t be a cube, rube, go ape.
  While I’m at it, those left standing should make plans to limp on down to Cap’t Carlo’s next Monday nite. Seems like I got roped into crooning my way through the Great american Songbook with the likes of Mark Early, on tenor and barium sax,John Hyde, on keys, and Frosty (again!) on drummps. I’m expecting a slew of coolcats to drop by, fall down , or maybe sit in. The weather is gonna be georgeous , hot and bothered, and we’ll be out on the deck. It’ll be a great surprise,for you and to me!
Click photo for Cheryl Arena's myspace page


Things To Do- Rebel Shakespeare At Halibut Point August 28th


Hi Joey,
We’re flickr friends, and I wanted to invite you if you’re around to come see Rebel Shakespeare at Halibut Point on august 28th at 5pm.
We’d love to have you.
spread the word if you can. Traditional press leaves a lot to be desired. I’m finding that word of mouth through arts and neighborhood channels works best. is the website for details.
chris geiger
tour coordinator

The meek shall inherit the blame (via northshorewaterman)

Once again Doug Maxfield makes way too much sense. Read and be enlightened as to what is really going on with commercial fishing politics.

If you haven’t subscribed to his coherent ramblings do so at once.

Richard Allen wrote a piece for 'South coast today' citing how there are only so many fish in the ocean to support local fleets.  He writes about the need to shed excess boats, despite the fleet maintaining a healthy balance while fish stocks have improved over the last six years.  Any downsizing of said fleets with the new sector regime, according to Allen,  is a natural correction based on what local economies can sustain.  Again, anyone with n … Read More

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Rockport Legion Band Final Summer Concert, Sunday, August 29, 2010

Here’s a teaser for our last summer concert:

“On Sunday, 7:00pm  ~ August 29, the Rockport Legion Band will present the final concert of the 2010 summer season. Jason Howard and Steve Thomas will co-conduct the program which will include marches by Panella, Sousa, Hall, Maquet, Meacham, plus a march written for the band by a former member of the band; a salute to the American Armed Forces, a Broadway medley, and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 )\Overture”, which will feature live rifle fire provided by the American Legion Post 98 Honor Guard.

As usual, refreshments will be available and parking is free, but listeners will need to provide their own seating. Copies of the band’s CD will also be available. Further information may be posted on the band’s web page at:

Steve Thomas, Music Director
Rockport (MA) Legion Band

Here’s Your Chance!

It’s Thursday 10am GMG Time but it’s actually Wednesday 8:22pm my time. I try to have a post ready and scheduled for the next morning. But, It’s almost time for my favorite TV Show “Ghost Hunters” And I’ve got nothing. Nothing at the moment that I can  share with GMG.

I’ve tried to draw the GMG readers out with The life Cam video submisson and Find me a new Hat contest. I’m still looking for one. I guess I could Photoshop Sharons Name on someones butt. That will come Later when the Summer Calms down.

So Here’s YOUR Chance. DO ANY OF YOU GMG Readers have any idea for a Contest that hasn’t been done here before? If so leave a comment and if it meets GMG Standards we’ll try it!


Trapper John Setting Lobster Traps In 12 Foot Seas Yesterday

Steve Clings On To The Totes Of Bait While George Gets Ready To Hand Set Each Trap Off The Stern.

Good Times!

This is the kind of work for only the hard core.  Most men would be curled up in the fetal position down below puking their brains out. But the boys aboard the Trapper John slogged their way through a brutal day at sea.



Pop Gallery’s Peggy Russell

Look for the Peggy Russell interview At Newly Opened Pop Gallery Tomorrow



Here’s the link to Pop Gallery’s Blog-

Click below for the slide-show of some of Peggy’s Work-


Pop Gallery Is Located at 67 Main Street In Beautiful Downtown Gloucester’s West End