Fort Film No Pretty Prayer Accepted In Boston International Film Festival!

Hi Joey,
I hope you’re doing well.

You asked that I keep you updated with news from our efforts to have No Pretty Prayer accepted into film festivals.

I am happy to let you know that ‘No Pretty Prayer’ will screen at the Boston International Film Festival on April 21 at 29 at the AMC Theatre at 175 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. According to information provided by Festival organizers, the film was one of about 100 films accepted from 2600 entries.

More information about the Festival is available at their website:

Exciting stuff!

Thanks again for your help, support and interest in the project.

Here’s my interview with Sal before the first screening-

St Patrick’s Day At The Farm

Thursday, March 17 · 8:00am – 11:00am
THE FARM Bar & Grille
233 Western Ave
Essex, MA
Created By
THE FARM Bar & Grille
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Saint Patrick’s Day happens to be our favorite holiday at the Farm. So, in celebration of this holy event we will be opening the bar up at 8am for a traditional Irish Breakfast. Throughout the day we will be offering food specials (boiled dinner, Guinness mac and cheese, Irish bread, bread pudding, etc), music, games, tomfoolery, contests, dancing, celebrating and other various shenanigans. Join in whenever your schedule allows but don’t miss out on spinning the big board. This year we are offering t-shirts and sweatshirts, they are limited so the earlier you get here the better off you’ll be.

GMG Question and Answers- Bobby Ryan

How long have you lived in Gloucester? The first half of my 57 years on the planet. I married “over the bridge” and moved 7 miles away to Manchester… Still Cape Ann… well, I thought that comment was worth a try. But I considered nowhere else to open our business.  
What is your favorite season In Gloucester? Summer. You don’t need to shovel sunshine.

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”? No secret now since the security cameras are there.. Head of the State Fish Pier, looking out off o’ Five Pound Island. You’ll see me there with a small Tuna & Egg Sub and a Dr. Pepper.  I will be thinking, not mid-day napping.  
What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester? Virgilio’s, but not for the pizza. I don’t really do Pizza. I hear they have a nice homemade Beauport Vodka pasta sauce in various sized jars and affordable prices, available daily. Should not every local restaurant feature local Virgilio’s Beauport Vodka Sauce. Call today. It is a “local “ call.

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester? The closest one at the time of need. Destino’s, Yellow Sub,……

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester? It does not matter what I think is “Romantic”. It matters what Kathy Ryan thinks is Romantic. I got engaged in the building where Duckworth’s Bistrot is. So Duckworth’s Bistrot  is my answer !!!

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester? So, you want me to pick one? That would be poison to my business, Ryan & Wood Distillery, Gloucester’s maker of Beauport Vodka, Folly Cove Rum and Knockabout Gin. Very soon to launch: Ryan & Wood Straight Rye Whiskey! As the Craft distillers say “Think Globally, Drink Locally”

Bar style drinkin’ is pretty well behind me these days, but in an effort to answer each question here, having worked for 25 years on the State Fish Pier, I have been seen at a location known by many names. Pier Café, Earls CAV, Sherms CAV, Parker St. Palace, … Pratty’s CAV….3 part Trivia question, the first, most correct answer is worth a T shirt from us: What & Why is “C.A.V.” & Why the Key Slot at the entrance? I will confer with Jimmy Pratt as judge. I hope a true “Vet”  wins.

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester? I’m a simple breakfast guy. Joe Georges or Two Sisters…Two Sisters Bread, Fish Cakes & Beans and Patty let’s me bring my own Piccalilli.

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester? Dory races, St Peter’s Fiesta, 4th of July..    Thank you City of Gloucester, JimmyT and the International Dory Committee, Joe Novello with the Fiesta committee, Pete Williamson, Mr. Tucker, and all the committee for the Horribles Parade.. We have problems, but seriously, across the globe people are giving their lives daily to have just a thought of what we are able to be and do. For well over 200 years the cost has been high, but for me it’s the 4th of July.
In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat? Boat! I have not enjoyed the beach since a teen in high school. It was one particular day at Good Harbor when I and a friend went to the concession to get “tonics” for our group. When we returned “Fly” Amero had sat down, started with that guitar, in his odd way, and all the girls, I mean all the girls on the beach went to sit by him. It was like a darn Frankie Avalon movie. We were left holding the Fanta’s. Not Fly’s fault, of course, just nature. I decided that would not happen to me at a beach again, so no more beach. 40 years ago. Maybe I should let go of that.
Who is your favorite local artist? For paintings, it may seem odd, but I really do get lost in the murals around town by Jeff Weaver.  Given my failing eyesight and his artistic license  I enjoy the colors and feelings of his pre “Urban Renewal” working waterfront. I’m appreciating the photographic work of that era more and more.
Which is your favorite local beach? Good Harbor. If it were nearer to the equator it would be one of those top ten celebrity millionaire “must be seen at” beaches.
Who has the best chowder in town? Tough one. I’m rarely disappointed. I have not tried them all, but, Charlie’s Place and Lobsta Land are up there. Not so common but traditional, have you had the Finnin Haddie Chowder at the Patio? Tell Mixologist Rezza I sent you and you may get an extra bag of crackers.

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog? Are you telling me there are other Blogs?

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder? Haddock, Cusk, Cat are all over clam. Unless it is Billy Novak’s clam chowder. I like my clams in Fritters. Laurie Lufkin, can you make clam fritters with Folly Cove Rum in the fixings?

What is your favorite Gloucester neighborhood? Downtown. We all default to childhood. Are you asking me to trade that? My Gloucester may not be today’s Gloucester in that regard. Cedar & Sargent & Shepard was where I grew up. Cedar was not even paved at the time. Lots of kids, always a ballgame to join at Burnham’s Field, a thriving neighborhood back then. Zion’s, Nelson’s Bakery, Salah’s, Corey’s Barbershop, Sarofeen Subs, etc, all just on that street. As with all the neighborhoods everything needed was a quick walk away. The Fort, East Glou. West Glou, Magnolia (yes, there is a diff.), Green St, Lanesville, ‘Squam, on and on. They are all defined and it’s all good.

What is your favorite local band? One Man Band Jimmy Moses. Also, “Fly” Amero  and family. Because of the above “Beach or Boat” answer.. Truthfully, I hear and read the bands names but, cuz, other than “Sunny D and Folly Cove Rum” I’m not really hip to the righteous G-town groovy music scene these days, diggit?  I am so embarrassed I wrote that. But I do know it is the music and the restaurants that will carry Gloucester’s  new economic future along with the already established daytime ventures. I hope not just umbrella rentals on the Beaches. To Fly, David Brown, Allen Estes, Gordon Baird, Peter Van Ness and all the facilitators, thanks for opening the doors and creating jobs through the newer Cape Ann music scene. (Soooooo..can I get some cloth or product placement on stages?)

As A Reward For Filling Out The Form For Use On GMG Feel free To Provide a Link Here to Any Business, Band or Website You Would Like Promoted

Did You Know (Gloaming)

photos of the gloaming over Wingaersheek Beach from River Road and Cambridge Beach in Annisquam
Paintings by E.J. Lefavour

That Gloaming is the time of day immediately following sunset and before dark?  People go to watch and photograph the sunset; but it is the gloaming that to me is always the most spectacular atmospheric condition and what determines whether a sunset was amazing or just nice.  I have had people say to me as I arrived at a spot: “Oh, you just missed the sunset”, as they were leaving and missing the grand finale of the event that I was arriving just in time to catch.

E.J. Lefavour

More Andrews Point from Yesterday 3/12/11

Trying new ways to post photos. This time I made a mistake with Flicker so that the photo is scrunchified in width and relaxes out and pops up in a new window after you click on it . I thought it was kind of weird so I left it that way.

Attempting to capture how the waves really look. Andrews Point has no sand within a mile so the clarity of the water even when waves are pounding is amazing at times. The water is currently at 38 F so the bios are at their nadir too so catching them aqua clear green is easier this time of year. I did punch them up in iPhoto a bit since the sun was not cooperating. Once a year the morning sun gets behind a cloud but lights up the waves as if they glow from within. The sun only does this when my camera is in my closet.

I was down on the edge since there was a nice fat seal lolling in the waves when I arrived. I thought it would be cool to snap a photo of her but as I whipped out the camera she winked and dove. They can hold their breath for 15 minutes and so I waited.  I think she may have been snickering miles away by the time I gave up.

Free Skin Cancer Clinic at Addison Gilbert Hospital

A free skin cancer clinic will be held at the Addison Gilbert
Hospital on Tuesday, March 29 from 1-3 p.m. in the Gorton’s Specialty
and Cancer
Care center locate on the fourth floor.
The clinic will be conducted by dermatologist
Robb Marchione, M.D. with Northeast Dermatology Associates.
Appointments are necessary and may be scheduled by
calling the Health Connection at 888-253-0800.
Those individuals who are concerned about a mole or other
skin abnormality are welcome to attend the clinic.  This is not a
dermatology clinic and surgical procedures will not be performed.
The clinic*s purpose will be to determine whether any treatment is

Crafts Fair to Benefit the O’Maley School March 26th- Vendor Spaces Available

I’m putting on a crafts fair to benefit the O’Maley School on Sat. March 26, 2011.  I have about 10 spaces available at $50 (6′ table and chairs included) for anyone who makes anything other than jewelry and doll clothes.
Contact Ann Caulton at or or call 978-281-5871.
Thank you for your help in this matter.
Warm regards,   Ann

Irish Sweepstakes From The Chamber

Don’t miss out on the best odds in town!

Don’t miss your chance to win $10,000! There are less than 15tickets left for the12th annual Irish Sweepstakes. The party istomorrow, March 15, from 5:00 p.m. to7:00 p.m. at the Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 Roger Street, in Gloucester. The festivities will include Irish music and dance, traditional appetizers, great door prizes, and the chance to be one of eight winners who will share $15,000 in prizes.

The Chamber’s Sweepstakes Committee, chaired by Patrick Thorpe of BankGloucester, has printed 300 tickets, which are for sale at $100 per ticket. Purchase of a ticket will admit two people to the party and drawing. There will be a $10,000 first prize, three $1,000 second prizes, and four $500 third prizes. Contact the Chamber office at 978-283-1601 or susan if you would like to purchase a ticket. Do you get it?

Jenn Cullen Coast Guard Pic

Hey Joey,
I moved down the Fort in January, loving it so far, especially the view,
but can’t wait for the nice weather.  I took this pic from my phone while
looking out my kitchen window this morning…are they stuck or just hanging
out?  They’ve been there at least an hour.


Hmm, Jenn, I’ doubt they are stuck but I’ve never seen the black hulled Coast Guard boat in the Harbor.  I wonder what purpose this boat is used for.  Maybe our friends the Lubbers who are Coasties will chime in and educate us.