2010 Seafood Throwdown Finale Slide Show

It was Dogbar vs Passports with Chef Saskia Case backed up by Malcom and Chef Jeremy Guyotte backed up by Sister Felicia.

Click in the corner to make this one full sized- and prepare to drool.

Videos coming tomorrow.

Things To Do From The Cape Ann Chamber Of Commerce

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.

NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S CORPORATE AND COMMUNITY DIVISION is holding a Career Night on Wednesday, September 8, 6:30pm at 100 Cummings Center, Suite 121E in Beverly. Learn about short-term high-tech and green job training, health careers and trade certification. Free admission, priceless information. 978-236-1200

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

The acclaimed Tir Na Theatre production of Mark Doherty’s TRAD enters its final week of performances at GLOUCESTER STAGE, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. The production must close on Sunday, September 12. 978-281-4433

THE EMERSON INN BY THE SEA will host "Tunes on the Town" 6-9pm in the Parlor Restaurant. Thursday, September 9: Amberly Moody, Friday, September 10: Joe Blanchard; Saturday, September 11: Bob Allison; Sunday, September 12: Amberly Moody; and Wednesday, September 15: Joe Blanchard. 978-546-6321

ROCKPORT MUSIC presents an eclectic mix of classic, independent and art films in the Shalin Liu Performance Center through September and October. Tickets are $9 and may be purchased at the door starting 30 minutes prior to the start time. Friday, September 10, 7pm, Saturday, September 11, 7pm, and Sunday, September 12, 2:30pm: The Art of the Steal. Sunday, September 12, 5pm: Bruce Springsteen: London Calling. 978-546-7391

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

Paul St. Germain, President of the Thacher Island Association and author of the newly published book entitled "Twin Lights of Thacher Island, Cape Ann" will hold a book signing and discuss the history and background of the many vintage photographs used in the book. The event will be held on September 11 at 1:30pm at THE ROCKPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY. The presentation is free and open to the public. 978-546-6934

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.

CAPE ANN ANIMAL AID’S annual Dog Day will be held on Sunday, September 12, 11am-3pm at Stage Fort Park. (Rain Date 9/19). This popular celebration of all things canine features a expo with vendors and community groups, doggy games and contests, demonstrations, activities for kids, bouncy house, raffles and prizes, food and more! The event is free to attend! $10 participation fee for dog activities. 978-283-6055

THE NORTH SHORE ARTS ASSOCIATION will present two new Featured Artist Exhibitions; Sculpture by Ed Krukonis and Paintings by John Patrick Flynn will be on display from Sept 1 to Sept 19 in the Gordon Grant Room. An Opening Reception will be held Sunday, September 12, 2-4pm. 978-283-1857

THE TRUSTEES OF RESERVATIONS presents Jazz in the Barn on Sunday, September 12, in the historic barn on the Crane Estate. Picnic on the lawn, 4-6pm. Concert in the barn, 6-8:30pm. Rain or shine. $17 online, $20 at the door, students $10. 978-356-4351

THE SCHOONER THOMAS E. LANNON will host Michael O’Leary & Friends for a sailing ‘seisiun’, an afternoon of traditional songs ‘n tunes, as she takes a sail around beautiful Gloucester harbor on Sunday, September 12, 2:30-5pm. 978-281-6634

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

NAMI CAPE ANN presents Family to Family, a free 12 week course starting Monday, September 13, 7-9:30pm for family members and care givers of persons with a psychiatric diagnosis. Classes are held at 43 Gloucester Avenue, Room 2A, Gloucester. 978- 281-1557

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.

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY SINGERS will begin rehearsals on Tuesday, September 14, 7:15pm, in the Rockport United Methodist Church. Wendy Betts seeks singers for all voice parts to perform with the Cape Ann Symphony in the Holiday Pops Concert in November. Newcomers welcome! 978-546-5220 for information and to schedule an audition time. $15 registration fee per singer covers all music and rental costs.

THE NORTH SHORE CAREER CENTER presents a special event for Cape Ann Employers on Wednesday, September 15, 8-10am in the Chamber Conference Room. Michael Corcoran, Supervisor at the Workforce Training Fund, will discuss Training Grants and Tax Incentives. Information: Paul Ventresca, 781-691-7429, pventresca@detma.org.

ROCKPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY will host a meet and greet with author Katherine Towler on Wednesday, September 15, at 7pm. Towler has written a trilogy of novels set on a fictional New England island. The series chronicles two generations of two island families and the impact of recent wars on their community. 978-546-3259

THE CAPE ANN YMCA will host the second annual, Taste of Cape Ann on Thursday, September 16, 6-9pm at Cruiseport Gloucester. Stop in and enjoy tastings from some of the area’s best restaurants and caterers and sample fine wines, beer and more! All proceeds will benefit the YMCA’s Child Care, Camp and Teen Initiatives in Gloucester and Rockport. Tickets $35. 978-283-0470

THE SCHOONER ADVENTURE’S Natural History of Cape Ann Lecture Series presents "The Lichenized Fungi of Cape Ann: How they look; where they grow, and what they can tell us" by Dr. Michaela Schmull, Farlow Herbarium, Harvard University, on Thursday, September 16, 7pm at the Sawyer Free Library. 978-281-8079

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

TRAILS & SAILS — TWO WEEKENDS OF WALKS & WATER will be held Saturday-Sunday, September 18-19 and September 25-26. Over 100 FREE adventures await you. Organized by the Essex National Heritage Area. 978-740-0444

Join THE ESSEX SHIPBUILDING MUSEUM for Salty Dog Day On Saturday, September 18, 11am-3pm. The day will be filled with things to do for adults, children, and dogs all in celebration of the long history between the maritime trades and dogs. Admission: $3/person (well-behaved, leashed salty dogs – free). 978-768-7541

THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM will present an illustrated lecture about Rockport in the 1930s by Les Bartlett on Saturday, September 18, at 11am. This lecture is presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Ars Longa, Vita Brevis: Rockport Artists of the 1930s. This event is free for members or with museum admission. Reservations required. 978-283-0455

The seventeenth annual FISH BOX DERBY race will run down Rogers Street Sunday, September 19, at High Noon. Each year dozens of kids between 8 and 14 build cars with their families or friends and compete for bragging rights and great prizes. Rules and details at www.fishboxderby.org. There is no entry fee for the kids. Sponsors are needed. For information on sponsorship, call Greg at 978-283-1932. With your help, the committee can continue to award two $1,000 college scholarships each year to former racers.

THE LANDING @ 7 CENTRAL will host a Celtic Music Session with singer Michael O’Leary and string players Bob & Jennifer Strom on Sunday, September 19, 6-9pm. An acoustic session of mostly traditional songs and tunes from the Celtic countries. 978-526-7494

THE LANESVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER, located at 8 Vulcan Street in Gloucester, presents the first annual Lanesville Music Festival on Sunday, September 19, 1-6pm. Five hours of great music performed by some of the North Shore’s best. The setting is outdoors, under the tent in the field next to the historic barn that houses the Lanesville Community Center.


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 asullivan@nhshealth.org.

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.

NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE is offering Chamber members a 2-for-1 discount for tickets to Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which opens on September 21. If you would like a night of music, dancing laughs, and romance on the French Riviera, call the Box Office at 978-232-7200 and ask for the Cape Ann Chamber Two-for-One.

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

THE CAPE ANN COMMUNITY CINEMA announces The Cape Ann Film Festival, which will run from October 1-17, and will feature 43 films and events, many of them with filmmakers in attendance. The Festival’s preview night is on Thursday, September 30, starting at 7pm, and will feature trailers from each of the 17 nights of films. Admission to this special event is $10, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine for all guests.

THE UNITED VETERANS COUNCIL of the City of Gloucester will sponsor "Operation Commitment to Our Troops" on Saturday, October 2, 10am-4pm at Gloucester High School. The focus of this event is to assist recently released veterans to find assistance and help in the many different areas that they may need assistance. For information on this event,

SENIORCARE’S autumn breakfast fundraiser will be held on Thursday, October 21, 6:30-11am at Lobsta Land. $8/person for your choice of pancakes, French toast, eggs, or yoghurt/fruit plate. 978-281-1750

BUSINESS BRIEFS – News and Special Offers from Chamber Members

Furniture Annex now open at SECOND GLANCE. Looking for used furniture? Check out the new 1,800 square foot Furniture Annex at Second Glance Thrift Store. Freshly primed and painted by a volunteer crew (pictured) from Gorton’s, the Furniture Annex is open for shopping Wednesday through Saturday, 10am-4pm. Second Glance, a program of The Open Door, is located at 2 Pond Road in Gloucester. 978-283-4298

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Confirmed: 25th Blackburn Challenge is Saturday July 23, 2011

Mark your calendars. Donna Lind of the Cape Ann Rowing Club has confirmed today that the Silver Jubilee, 25th running of the Blackburn Challenge will be on Saturday, July 23, 2010. (I had posted a tentative date of July 16, make sure and scratch that out.)

The Blackburn Challenge is a twenty plus mile open water race around Cape Ann using any seaworthy oar or paddle powered craft. There were 300 craft that made it around in this summer’s race and likely more will be entered on the magic 25th running.

There are only 316 days, and 15 hours to get ready. I have a countdown timer for motivation here.

I made a google map of the course with notes here.

Eurodam vs Thomas E. Lannon

The perspective makes it look like the Eurodam swallows the Lannon. The Thomas E. Lannon showed great spunkiness with cannon fire just before being devoured (though I didn’t get that part on video).

Check out the video:

Note: No spunky boats were harmed in the filming of this video.

Cruise Ship Eurodam Holland America Lines – Visits Gloucester – Slide_Show

It was a great photo day with the Holland America in the middle of the harbor.

 Bob Hastings President of the Chamber of Commerce was down at Cruiseport along with so many volunteers welcoming the passengers.

 Many Gloucester residents became the best ambassadors for the City of Gloucester.

 I took photos from both sides of the harbor, the backshore and some shots of the ship passing the Twin Light houses as it left the safe waters of Cape Ann.

 Click on photo below and  enjoy the slide_ show.

Click on Photo for Slide_Show (Idaho Couples enjoyed Gloucester)

Friends in need of community deeds

Friends on Facebook posted this important letter:

From the Times

To the editor:

Being friends of Jim and Marilyn Curcuru for many years, we are writing to ask our community for its help.

Many of you may or may not know Jim and Marilyn, so let me tell you about them. Marilyn was stricken with multiple sclerosis more than 25 years ago. She was employed by the now Shaw’s Supermarket.

Even though Marilyn is in a wheelchair and has been for many years, she was still sitting in at Shaw’s Railroad Avenue once in awhile. She is the person you see smiling and giving out samples.

Jim had his own business, Jim’s Frame Design, and while he continued to maintain his business, he would have to leave whenever Marilyn needed help at home since she was confined to a wheelchair. No one expects such horrible circumstances, but people deal with their problems.

Then, about five years ago, Jim had a major heart attack and almost died. Working miracles, his Boston doctors were able to save him. About two weeks ago, he had more problems and was forced to close his business.

Jim now has a small part-time job and they continue to struggle, but they continue to deal with what comes their way. Life has not been easy.

Recently, they had some problems with their old wheelchair-accessible van and Jim came up with the money to fix it, only to find out that, within weeks of the work being done, the floor of the van had rotted out. No one who had repaired the van had realized that the floor was falling through.

The floor of the van cannot be repaired. They now have no vehicle, and Marilyn is not only confined to her wheelchair, but to her house, too. Local wheelchair vans are only available for doctors and or medical appointments.

How do they keep going? Being the people that they are, they won’t ask for help, but they need it — desperately. Everyone is in tough times and many are out of work. We are hoping that with donations, they will be able to acquire a used wheelchair-accessible van, even though they are very expensive. With the help of the community, we’re hoping this can be achieved.

There are many businesses and organizations here in Gloucester that help people. We are hoping that some of them will come forward and help with donations as well. If there is anyone out there who can help with even a small donation (even a dollar) or knows someone who can help with a wheelchair accessible van that could be donated, they would be helped immensely.

If anyone would like to help, please send any checks made out to Jim and Marilyn Curcuru Van Fund. Any checks should be sent c/o Rockport National Bank, 4 Parker St., Gloucester, MA, 01930.

If you only have a dollar to spare, please feel free to drop any donation off in the afternoons at STUFF, 161 Main St., where there is a cash donation set up. If you have any questions or know of a van that might be available for them, please feel free to call Louise or Joe Palazzola at 978-281-1048, or Anthony and Eleanor Curcuru at 978-281-0874. We want to thank Rockport National Bank for setting up this account for them. Any and all questions will be appreciated.









Lanes Cove Bluefish Tournament Pictures From Stephanie Viera

Hi Joey,
Here are some photos I wanted to share from the Bluefish Tournament in Lanes Cove on Sunday. I’ve never been to an event like this. I had a lot of fun photographing it. As I watched the fish get weighed, I thought it would have been great to be taking pictures from one of the fishing boats. Maybe next year!
Hope you can use them on GMG!
Stephanie Vieira

Click Pictures For Larger Versions




Historical Opening Night of the Fisherman’s Feast in Boston’s North End Video

Video From Joanne Aiello

August 12, 2010: For the first time ever, the statue of St. Peter was brought out of Gloucester in tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Fisherman’s Feast in honor of the Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca, the longest running feast in Boston. This was a touching moment made more so by a beautiful rendition of the Ave Maria and the large contingent of Gloucester people who accompanied the statue of St. Peter through the streets of the North End shouting “Viva San Pietro!” and “Viva La Madonna del Soccorso!”

Several years ago the statue of the Madonna was brought to the Cape Ann Historical Museum as part of an exhibition of Sicilian-American artifacts, a testimony to the bond between the Madonna del Soccorso Society and the Sicilian fishermen of Gloucester.

Frances Ferro Carreiro Art Exhibit – a retropective of the artist’s work

 A Gloucester Local Artist – Come join her friends and family and enjoy her art.

Opening reception Thursday,September 9, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 705 Hale St., Loring Hall, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Beverly Farms

GHS Field Hockey Opens The Season With A Win At Home

Click photo for more Field Hockey photo from Thom Falzarano

The GHS Varsity Field Hockey team walked a way with a 2-0 Victory over Malden. The Defense held Malden to NO shots on net.   Co-Captain Hilary Ellis and Katie Mctigue each had an assist and a goal.  The team travels to Salem for their second game of the season, face off at 4:00pm. Come out and  support GHS sports!