Seasonal Closings

Did I already miss one last time for the fried fish with cheese at The Cupboard? Say it ain’t so. This is my shout out for request of all closings of seasonal places on Cape Ann. Post to this thread or email me and I will blog a comprehensive list.
The only three I have:
Top Dog closes Wednesday October 27 Bearskin Neck.
The Rudder, Wed, Thurs, Frid, Sat, through October 30th. (What happens then?) On the Neck, Gloucester
The Lobster Pool, Monday December 13. Halibut Point, Rockport
Of special interest is any closing extravaganza. Finish all the ice cream, eat all the fired clams from the bottom of the Frialator! With the way this weather is going I think we should postpone all  summer closings until after Santa arrives in Rockport.

Summer isn’t over until question of gender sign comes down!

Cathy & Willy Eastman ,Joe & Debbie Aiello Represent In Playa del Carmen

Hi Joey:

We took these pictures while vacationing in Playa del Carmen, Mexico thought you might like them.  The first picture is Cathy & Willy Eastman – the second is Joe & Debbie Aiello and the third is GMG logo relaxing!

Catherine Eastman

Cape Pond Ice Co., Inc.

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Love it!!!!!!!

Art Rock Found By Eurodam Cruiser- On It’s Way To San Diego

Bonnie Writes-

Hello:  I found your art rock on Friday the 24th around 2:30 pm. I was heading toward the cruiseport in order to board my tender for the Eurodam when I noticed your rock leaning against the bottom of the granite boulder in the cruiseport sign area in Gloucester.  I was so surprised to find it and chuckled when I turned the rock over and noticed the contact information. I was visiting your city as part of my package. I live in San Diego and am a jogger/walker always on the look out for treasures. I also found a nice purse flashlight while I was out walking to add to my list. 

I also dabble in art and would like to refer you to a website you might find interesting called  The members trade original artists cards the size of a baseball card throughout the world. 

Thanks for  helping to make my trip fun and interesting. It’s always fun to have a unique story to tell.



The Tide Rips Through The Dog Bar

The Tide Rips through the Dogbar

The Tide, featuring Gordon & Jock Baird and Mr. Guitar,  Dave Koen
The Dog Bar
65 Main St,

Gloucester 978-281-6565
Friday, Oct 1  9-12 p.m.

Not every Friday is Good Friday. This one is Party Friday. Red Sox and Patriots got you down? Kick the family out and join The Gloucester Beatles, the singing  Baird Bros. to dance the night away, singing along to songs  you know every word to but didn’t know any band had the guts to play.  Eat, drink and be merry at Dog Bar,  Gloucester’s rock’n’roll livingroom – the former White Rainbow –  it’s nothing but fun. Best Burger in Town and great folks to hang with.

Father Bullock 5 mile Run 2 Mile Walk Event Saturday October 2, 2010


Hi Joey,

Mark Grenier at BankGloucester told me I should sent you some information to post on your blog about the Father Bullock 5 mile Run 2 mile walk event on Saturday October 2, 2010.  We will be set up at Good Harbor Beach.  All proceeds will be donated to the needy of Cape Ann.  Last year we raised over 3000.00 which was donated to Action Inc., The Open Door, and Saint Vincent de Paul Society our website is .

Thanks in advance for any press you can give to us.


Father Bullock 5 Mile Road Race


2 Mile Walk

Presented by

Saturday, October 2, 2010




Run the beautiful shoreline of Historic Gloucester, MA!


If you are unable to attend the event and would still like to make a donation to the Fr. Bullock 5 Miler Charitable Trust to help needy families on Cape Ann you can send your donations to: 

Bank Gloucester

Attn: Patricia Natti, Fr. Bullock 5 Miler Charitable Trust,

160 Main St., Gloucester, MA  01930.

Donation checks are payable to Fr.Bullock 5 Miler Charitable Trust.

The Father Bullock Charitable Trust is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

Going to the Fair?

If you’re heading out to the Topsfield Fair this week, be sure check out my photography the Coolidge Building. I have 2 hanging pieces in the main hall and several smaller photos and note cards in the bin room. Many of the images have been seen on GMG, so here’s your chance to see the real thing, and maybe take one home!

This one, “Niles Pond Rd.”, is hanging in the main hall.

Thanks for your support!   —–Sharon

Gloucester Legislators to Declare October Arts & Humanities Month

Guest Post From Jo-Ann Castano Announced first here On GMG!

What: State Senator Bruce Tarr and Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante of Gloucester will read a proclamation from Governor Deval Patrick declaring October Arts & Humanities Month in Massachusetts, kicking off a month-long series of events designed to showcase the public value of the arts and humanities in communities around the state. The event coincides with the kick-off of the "Charles Olson Festival," a week-long collaborative celebration among the City of Gloucester’s cultural institutions and its community of writers, artists and businesses, to honor the 100th year of the poet’s birth.

When: Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 1 p.m.

Where: White-Ellery House, 245 Washington Street, Gloucester

Who: Sen. Tarr, Rep. Ferrante, Ronda Faloon, Director, Cape Ann Museum, Jo-Ann Castano, ArtsGloucester, Peter Anastas, The Charles Olson Society

About the Massachusetts Cultural Council:

The Massachusetts Cultural Council promotes excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities and sciences, to improve the quality of life for Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities. MCC is committed to building a central place for arts and culture in the everyday lives of communities across the Commonwealth. The agency pursues this mission through a combination of grants, services, and advocacy for cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists. MCC receives an annual appropriation from the state of Massachusetts and funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources.

THE EVENT:  Proclamation will be presented on Sunday, October 3rd at 1:00 pm at the …


(left) Susan Erony, To Gloucester with Love. Courtesy of the artist. (right) Paul Cary Goldberg, Olson, Fragment #3. Courtesy of the artist.

The Man Who Loved Gloucester, by Susan Erony

The Big O, by Paul Cary Goldberg

To Gloucester with Love is Susan Erony’s ode to Olson and his passion and to Gloucester through him. She made it with respect and awe for his momentous work. Other works in the installation, The Man Who Loved Gloucester, are condolences for the environment Olson wanted so much to protect. Paul Cary Goldberg’s installation is "a series of photographic fragments, interpretations and riffs on Charles Olson the manpoet, the largeness of him and his work, the BIG O." This program is part of a series of events associated with the Charles Olson Centennial Celebration and is free and open to the public. The historic White-Ellery house will also be open that day as part of Escapes North’s 17th Century Saturdays

Then go out to lunch in downtown Gloucester and head back over to the Cape Ann Museum

on Pleasant Street at 4:00 p.m. for the…


Charles Olson: Letters Home 1949-1969

Edited by David Rich, published by Cape Ann Museum

Sunday, October 3, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Poet Charles Olson (1910-1970) took the fishing port of Gloucester as the subject of his Maximus Poems, an enduring literary achievement that explored the relation of self to place on an epic scale. From childhood summers at the Barrett campground to living at Fort Square as a controversial poet at the height of his powers, Charles Olson was fascinated by Gloucester.

This book, published in Olson’s centennial year, is a study in letters of Charles Olson and a sampling of ten people in Gloucester who were part of his circle: artists, writers, a publisher, a museum president, an inventor, and an architect. Editor David Rich has taken the unusual step of arranging each chapter by correspondent and presenting both sides of each exchange when possible: the result is a group portrait, with Olson at the center, of a vibrant literary and artistic scene.

The book signing and reception with editor David Rich will be held at the Museum; this program is free and open to the public as part of the Charles Olson Centennial Celebration.

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(left) Book jacket; (right) Charles Olson contemplating a statue of the Madonna, 1961, Fort Square, Gloucester.

An Apology To “Dana”

When writing about the second banded gull sighting I wrote the unfortunate words “after some research” in regards to how I found The Gulls of Appeldore blog and who was responsible for the Gull banding program.

One of our readers “Dana” takes offense to me stating that I did any research and for me being responsible for tracking down the Gulls of Appledore blog and Dr Julie Ellis who headed the gull banding program.

She/He? writes in a comment on the post-

“after some research”??
I contacted Dr. Ellis and she contacted you.
What research!!?

I must apologize because in my haste and trying to get out 8-12 strong posts to entertain our readership sometimes I write things quickly to bang out a post.  I honestly don’t remember how it all went down and if Dana says that she got me in touch with the Gulls of Appledore blog and Dr Julie Ellis I’ll take Her/His? word for it.

The day of the first banded gull discovery I do remember trying to pinpoint where they were coming from and doing a good amount of research using google with the keywords “Gull Banding” and I do remember coming across several different websites that had gull banding programs but I couldn’t pinpoint exactly which one was responsible for the particular band that was on the first gull I photographed with the black lettered band.  It was at that point that I asked for help on the blog and Dana responded in the comment section of that post telling me that it was Dr Julie Ellis.

The first banded gull caught by the GMG lens-


Dana tells me that Dr Ellis contacted me but I have no recollection of ever having any contact with Dr Ellis.  I was contacted by the person who is filling doing the posting on The Gulls of Appeldore Sarah Courchesne who wrote after I left a comment on the Gulls of Appledore Blog about my find-


Hi Joey–
I work with Julie Ellis who runs the gull banding project. I’ve been helping her out with her blog, and I wanted to let you know that I just posted on OK9, and linked to your blog. Thanks for reporting on the bird, and your blog is awesome!

So just in case my memory is off which I will freely admit could entirely be the case as my memory is HORRIBLE, I would like to make sure that DANA gets full credit for giving me the heads up that indeed it was him/her? that alerted me to the fact that the banded gulls were banded by no other than Dr Julie Ellis.

Thank You Dana for bringing this to my attention.


the second banded gull caught by the GMG lens-