Finally Someone Stands Up To The Eco Foodie Nazis

Richard Gaines Reports- What do you think the odds that the Eco Foodie Nazis change their position? My guess is that they will still call codfish unsustainable while they choke on their rabbit bones from their dead bunny stew.

Read on as government scientists call cod stocks recovered (unless of course you yourself are an Eco Foodie Nazi). We wouldn’t want you have to admit you’re a fucking sheep that believes whatever your spiritual foodie Nazi guru advisor has been telling you even though the regulators themselves call the stocks rebuilt to sustainable levels.

Read Richards article below- Do you get it?

A Plea for Help

Warning: Rant Ahead…

Rockporters need help (Selectmen?  Economic Development Committee?  Joe Citizen? Are you listening?). Besides a few very hearty, hard-working souls, we can’t get any restaurant-owners to keep their establishments open year-round.   “But there are only 7,000 year-round residents!” I’m told.  Well, it seems to me that 7,000 is not an insignificant number – small towns all over America manage to support downtown restaurants based on a similar number.  My hometown in Ohio has 1,699 living souls occupying it – and ZERO tourists – yet it miraculously manages to support several eating establishments, from pizza places to family restaurants.  I know – it’s a chicken-and-egg thing.  Locals don’t come downtown to eat because there are so few places open and then restaurants don’t stay open because there is no one coming to eat.  And of course restaurant owners are used to gauging success by the numbers they do in the summer, so the off-season numbers must seem pretty paltry in comparison, even if the business is still profitable.

To add insult to injury, the Boston developer who owns the former Greenery Restaurant building, located in the heart of Dock Square and one of the only places where parties of four or more can be accommodated, has applied for a change-of-use approval for the location – he wants to turn it into yet another condo building!  Meanwhile, shop owners all along Main Street and even several on Bearskin Neck stay open year-round in spite of the fact that locals don’t show up in great numbers (because why bother to shop if there’s nowhere to grab lunch for you and your friends?), and their revenue is decidedly more dicey than the revenue of food establishments.  And then there is the Shalin Liu Performance Center, bravely forging ahead with programming throughout the entire Winter season.  Presumably someone is filling those seats and those same people consume food, just like the rest of us.  Where are they going to eat?  And finally, it has been crushing to see that The Coffee Shop (fresh doughnuts and Nisu bread!) was scooped up by a local restaurant-owner, only to be immediately shut down just in time for the holidays.  Merry Christmas, Rockport.

Restaurant owners: you’re killing us here!  And Rockporters: you need to support your local restaurants, especially the ones who stay open year-round: Bean & Leaf Cafe, The Red Skiff, and Hula Moon (let me know if I forgot someone) and thank them for their support.  It’s time that we Rockporters invest in our own downtown – or suffer the consequences.

Did you Know?

Did you know that The Annisquam Yacht Club is a private club whose purpose since 1896 has been to provide for its members a haven for sailing, yachting, tennis, and friendship.  The membership of the Annisquam Yacht Club is a diverse group of families, professionals, students and retirees — all of whom share a passion for Annisquam, yachting, tennis, and the ocean.

Annisquam Yacht Club winter reflections
Photo by E.J. Lefavour

E.J. Lefavour

Paddleboard Insanity Part I: SUP the Coast

I thought the Blackburn Challenge was, a challenge. I kayaked all the way around Cape Ann, about 20 miles. But what would you call adding ten miles and standing up on a paddleboard? That would be a little crazy right? Then how about doing that for a hundred days straight? That would be absurd. But Alana Horne of Magnolia has just notified GMG that her brother, Will Rich and his friend, Mike Simpson are going to paddleboard from former Gloucester High School hockey coach Dick MacNeil’s house to Portland, Maine on a paddleboard. But wait, didn’t Dick and Carol move to Key West??? That’s right. They did.

Will Rich (grew up in Bayview) and Mike Simpson are going to paddleboard from Key West, Florida, to Portland, Maine to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project and SUP Cleanup.

This will be an ongoing series of articles of this adventure up the east coast. They start on March 1, 2011 and could be rounding up around Cape Ann before 4th of July. Much more information about this incredible journey in later posts. For more information just click the links below.

SUP the Coast website

SUP the Coast on Facebook

Cape Ann Museum presents Family Fun Day on the Second Saturday of The Month


The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a drop-in program for families with young children on the second Saturday of each month. Family fun day includes free admission for family members all day, family gallery guides for our special John Manship exhibition, art and history activities in the education room, and light refreshments served throughout the day. Stop by on Saturday, January 8, 2011 to learn more about the Quarries of Cape Ann

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Museum is closed on Mondays, and on major holidays. Admission is $8.00 adults, $6.00 Cape Ann residents, students and seniors. Children under 12 and Museum members are free. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information please call: (978) 283-0455. Additional information can be found online at

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner Dance ~ Featuring “GARFISH”.

Happy New Year Music Fans,

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GARFISH will be performing at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner Dance at Cruiseport this Saturday from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. This is a public invited event where reservations are required. Cruiseport is located at 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester. For tickets and additional information please contact The Cape Ann Chamber Of Commerce at 978-283-1601 or

This is a great event to get all dressed up and head out on the town. Always a popular venue for the business leaders and politicians to get together, socialize, have a few drinks, a great diner, a few more drinks then kick up their heels and have some fun.

Garfish will be performing dinner music along with classic rock-n-roll from the 1960’s & 70’s  and 80’s along with some current hits that will surely get the crowd to its feet. This is the first show of the New Year for Garfish since their sold out performance at the Gloucester Elks Lodge in November. Tickets are limited so please make your reservations early.

The band consists of Kevin Lopes on lead vocals, along with fellow musicians: Walter Piscitello on drums, Doug Comeau on guitar, Gary “Gar” Hiltz on bass and Jeff Worthley on piano & saxophone.

Garfish has played regularly at many area venues, including the American Cancer Society and Senator Bruce Tarr fundraisers along with other local benefits.  The band performs their own renditions of classic songs by Elton John, Jethro Tull, The Beatles, Gordon Lightfoot, Styx, Lionel Richie, Dropkick Murphys, Moody Blues, Joe Cocker, Billy Joel and others.

Best Wishes to you all for the New Year…..Gar

Blue Shutter Dips – New Years Day

Photos sent in by Tony Sapienza, forwarded to me by Joey from St Lucia.  Click on photos to enlarge.

Fans of the Blue Shutter Dips

 Tony writes:

Enjoying all the Cape Ann “plunge” photos — didn’t realize there were so many of this happening that day.  Figured our four were the only crazies out there.  Saw the video on your latest update — we should have ours up on YouTube (from one of our friends) sometime soon.

 Thought you could use this photo — our own version of the “polar bears”.

 One of the Blue Shutters innkeepers, Patty Sapienza (that’s her in the black t-shirt and balloon hat), joined three friends for an annual New Year’s Day swim.  They’ve named themselves “The Blue Shutters Dips” — and they’re attracting a growing group of followers.  There were plenty of them on Good Harbor Beach — at 11am today (1/1/11) — to witness their plunge.

 There are other photos on our website blog/diary and on the Blue Shutters Facebook page.


Hope you had a great holiday — Happy New Year

 – Tony