Attention All Local Bars- Send Me Your Info

I’ve been in contact with the developer of BarBird– an iPhone twitter and desktop app which will stream all tweets from you or about you into one iPhone app.  free publicity to get you the much deserved attention you deserve.

if you don’t have a twitter account, firstly, shame on you and secondly get a free twitter account in your bar’s name even if you only link your Bar’s Facebook stream to it you will be listed.  I’ve been assured by the developer.

I already have @minglewoodtav , @alchemybistro and @farmbargrille listed on their site, the more local joints we get listed the more our area will gain exposure.


You don’t need to have an iPhone to use this, check out the site on your desktop or laptop computer here-

Poll- How Much Does The Patriots Loss Bother You?

In an effort to get an idea of how important professional sports are to our readership I offer this poll-

On a scale from 1-10  10 meaning that the Patriots loss is personally devastating and 1 meaning that the Patriots loss means nothing to you.

if it doesn’t bother you, feel free to explain whether it is because you don’t care for professional sports, football in general or root for another team all together.

More From This Weekend’s Sled Dog Races

Three cheers for the Myopia Sled Dog Races – Yet another great annual event hosted on the North Shore! Think of the first time someone raised this idea to a large group of people to host a dog sled race here – SAY WHAT?  Think of the risk and coordination needed to pull off such and event. This weekend the stars aligned and everyone I saw had a smile on their face. Below are some pics that I got and more coverage at the Patch

Kids taking it all in

Thanks – Patrick

Paulie Walnuts’ Art Rocks Buoy To Be Auctioned Off For Art Haven


Art Haven Director Dawn Gadow contacted Paulie about making one of his famous Art Rocks Buoys for the upcoming Buoy Auction and Art Show at Cruiseport.

So for all of you who have tried and failed to get yourself an Art Rock you can  bid for Paulie’s Art Rocks Buoy- (a one of a kind) at the Art Haven Buoy Auction.  I can attest to this being a super fun night. The Art Show itself is worth it, seeing all the talent that is coming up in this community is amazing.

Details From Art Haven

Join us on Friday, January 28th from 6:00-9:00 for Art Haven’s biggest fundraiser of the year! See the beautiful artwork created by our students throughout 2010 and take home your favorite buoy from the 2010 lobster trap tree!

Ellis Island Passenger Search

The Ellis Island Foundation now offers free online searches of passengers that have immigrated to America through Ellis Island. It’s free, you just have to sign up!

I was able to find my Grandfather, Great Aunt and Great Grandparents. The site gives you a passenger record, passenger manifests and even images and information about the ship. You can purchase copies of the documentations through the Ellis Island Foundation. Tip: when searching you may want to try different name spellings in order to find your family.

My Grandfather was born in the US, but as a child went back with his mother and sister to Italy for medical care and ended up staying until WWI ended. This documents their return trip. Such a fun way to discover your family’s history!

This is my Grandfather’s passenger record:

The passenger list from October 17, 1919:

The Ship:


Gino Cavalieri Photo

Yesterday Morning When going for coffee I ran into Paulie Walnuts just as the sun was getting to rise at Good Harbor.

I was setting up my tripod to take a pic or ten and Gino Cavelieri introduced himself to Paulie and I and asked for a few pointers on how to capture the sunrise.  I gave him the pointers that I knew and took him through some of his camera settings while Paulie gave him a GMG sticka.

Here is one of Geno’s shots from yesterday morning-


Did You Know (Babson Farm)

That on the 28th of December 1658 James was granted “twelve acres of fresh meadow [at Beaver Dam] lying above the Mill, also twenty acres of upland lying by the side of it”? (Gloucester Town Records 1: 71) This was where he and his wife settled and was known as the James Babson farm. It was here that he built the little stone cooperage shop, still standing today and open to visitors every summer. The barrels he made here were taken to Good Harbor Beach, filled with fish and shipped to England, the West Indies, etc. Roger W. Babson’s research indicated that James Babson’s stone shop was the first factory on Cape Ann.
E.J. Lefavour

photos of James Babson Farm Cooperage and historical marker
Photos by E.J. Lefavour

Women’s Sport League At Cape Ann YMCA


Women’s Sport League

(Ages 21+)

Fee: Members: $30 Community $60

Many women were involved in sport teams throughout high school and college, yet when life moved on, leagues were dropped out of our lives. This is a call to all women who miss being involved in fun competitive leagues. Join us Thursday evenings as we launch our women’s leagues. We welcome all skills and levels. League will begin January 20th (plenty of time for you to figure out your children’s schedule!). Register as an individual or a team. For more information contact Youth & Sports Director, Katy Milne.

Cape Ann Skeptics Annoucement January 18th- Dog Bar

Skeptics in the Pub

The next meeting of Skeptics in the Pub will be on January 18, beginning at 6:00 PM at the Dog Bar, 65 Main St. The meeting will kick off with time to meet, greet and order food followed by the magic and mentalism of local magician Peter Jackson. This gathering is sponsored by Cape Ann Skeptics. Skeptics in the Pub get togethers are regularly scheduled on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. All skeptics or those interested in skepticism are invited. For more information or to join our mailing list, visit rich.

The Farm Bar and Grill Reps the North Shore In State Dart Championship Match

A few months ago The Farm Bar & Grille began competing in the Minuteman Dart league, one of the most prestigious dart leagues in all of the United States.  After a long regular season the Farm team beat out 12 other teams from around the Northshore and was crowned "Regular Season League Champions".  They entered the State tournament as a huge underdog due to their first year status.  The State tournament started well with a quick win, but since then the pressure has been mounting. The next three matches came down to the last dart but the FARM team always seemed to find the cork.  Just this past week The Farm beat another bar/restaurant from western mass in the State semi-finals to push them on to the State Championship.  This week, Tuesday and Thursday, The Farm will be competing in the State Championships as they represent the North Shore.  Their first game is this Tuesday 1/18/11 @ The Farm Bar & Grille at 7:30pm as they will be competing against the champions from the Boston division.  The Farm will be offering food specials to all the fans that show up to cheer on the team.


Coast Guard rescue crews medically evacuate crewman from fishing vessel

BOSTON – U.S. Coast Guard crews medically evacuated a crewman from the fishing vessel Jennifer Anne 115-miles east of Cape Anne, Mass., Jan. 16, 2011.

Coast Guard watch standers received a report from the captain of the fishing vessel Jennifer Anne that a 53-year old male on board was experiencing chest pains at approximately 3:50 p.m.

An HH-60 rescue helicopter crew and an HU-25 Falcon Jet crew launched from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod to aid the injured man.

Once on scene the man was hoisted to the helicopter.

The man was transported to Cape Cod Hospital and was reported to be in good condition at 8:45 p.m.


Things To Do- Cape Ann Museum Free To Residents All January


If you haven’t been to the Cape Ann Museum lately and are sitting around saying to yourself- “there’s nothing to do” then you ought to get your ass down to The Cape Ann Museum right here in your back yard.  It’s free all month and it is a huge treasure.  You’ll be blown away with the sheer number of cool artifacts and stuff you can learn there.

No excuses- Get there- It’s Free- and Totally Worthwhile!

Here’s the press release-

Museum free to Cape Ann residents during month of January

January Events

The Cape Ann Museum invites all Cape Ann residents to visit for free during the month of January! The Museum presents a full schedule of public programs that should not be missed:

Saturday, January 15 at 3:00 p.m.: Researching Alone at Sea: An illustrated talk with author John Morris, book signing to follow.

Saturday, January 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and Sunday January 23 from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.: Winter Shorts: Cape Ann Museum docents present a weekend series of mini tours highlighting their favorites from the Museum’s collection. See website for a complete list of tour topics

Saturday, January 29 at 11:00 a.m.: Saturday Showcase: Celebration of the Sea: Revels Repertory Company. Explore the lives of the men who went to sea during the great age of sail as whalers or merchant seamen and the family and friends who remained on shore.

Guided Tours: Docent-led tours during January: Highlights of the Collection tours will be offered every Friday and Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. No reservations are required.

Special exhibitions currently on view include: To Gather Together and Keep These Bonds: Highlights from the Permanent Collection; John Manship: Views of Butman’s Quary; and, Outside the Box: Large Scale Paintings from the Collection. The Museum is closed to the public during the month of February.

Funding for these programs was made possible through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency which promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences, in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.

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 during the month of February, on Mondays, and on major holidays. Admission is $8.00 adults, $6.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. 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

Liza Browning Education Assistant

Cape Ann Museum 27 Pleasant St. Gloucester, MA 01930

978-283-0455  ext.16

Chickity Check it! North Shore Kid Puts Together A Five Page North Shore Ice Skating List


Hey Joe,

Here’s our story on Ice Skating:

There are a lot more places around the North Shore to skate!  If people want to make a suggestion for their favorite spot, we’d love to hear about them.  They can use this form:  Submit a Place to Skate


submitted by Bill O’Connor