GMG Question and Answers- Ed Collard

How long have you lived in Gloucester?25yrs   

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?
I enjoy them all but I’d have to pick summer  

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”? My vague answer is the woods in West  Glou.
What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester? Sebastian’s

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?Mikes

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?Franklin

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester? ‘Stones’ hands down. Really a pub more than a bar.

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester? There’s no way that I could pick. We’re blessed with so many great  breakfast joints.

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester? Fiesta.
In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat? Taking a boat to the beach.
Who is your favorite local artist? Very much like our Breakfast Joints to many to choose from. I will however tip my hat to Paul.  Paul’s Art Rocks series have touched many people in so many ways and brought attension to the varied artist we’re blessed with here.

Which is your favorite local beach? Wingarsheek
Who has the best chowder in town? Causeway   

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog? Is there another?  I do go to Jay’s from time to time but I only have so much time.

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder? Haddock

What is your favorite Gloucester neighborhood? Mine

What is your favorite local band? Garfish

Fantastic Dinner At Duckworth’s Bistro

I generally don’t bring the camera out for dinner with the Mrs which means places like the Duck don’t get pictures of the food in our pages.

Let me just say that there is a reason it’s the number one Zagat rated restaurant in the northeast.

They hit all the points of excellent service, fantastic food, and reasonable prices (yes you read that right) reasonable prices. I think many times people assume they are going to be pricey but it general it isn’t any more expensive than going to any other fine restaurant in G-town. do you get it?

Did You Know (Empty Bowl)

Photos by E.J. Lefavour

How in 1990 a high school art teacher in Michigan helped his students, and ultimately Cape Ann solve a problem? They were searching for a way to raise funds to support a food drive. What evolved was a class project to make ceramic bowls for a fund raising meal. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread, and were invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world.

By the following year the originators had developed this concept into Empty Bowls, a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations that fight hunger. Since then Empty Bowls events have been held throughout the world, and millions of dollars have been raised to combat hunger. The Open Door/Cape Ann Food Pantry saw this event as a way to raise funds and also to raise awareness in the community that hunger does exist on Cape Ann.

For the last ten years professional potters from the North Shore ClayWorks group have donated bowls; seniors at the Rose Baker Senior Center made bowls; students in public and private schools all over Cape Ann made bowls; and lots of people who had never worked with clay created hand-built bowls at Marty Morgan’s studio. 

The photos above are: 1.)  Jim and Lea Watson and Mark Morgan creating their lovely bowl contributions, 2.) some completed bowls awaiting glazing and firing, 3.) inside Marty’s workshop are many bowls in process (the blue tinted ones have been decorated, glazed and are awaiting firing) and a couple of finished products, 4. & 5.) pottery on a rolling shelf system, that when the time is right gets rolled into the large gas-fired kiln at right,  and 6.) some of Marty’s lovely pottery in the studio shop.  Marty Morgan Pottery is located at 428 Washington Street in Gloucester.  Mary has been working on Cape Ann since 1972, creating dinnerware and other functional pottery.  Her glazes and designs, inspired by the quarries and river outside her studio, has evolved over time.  Her latest work features heavily textured, multi-colored porcelain wall tiles and vessels.  She welcomes visitors to tour the studio, see work in progress and sit by the river to watch the swans and egrets.  Visit to see more (and better photos) of her work.  Marty also has some of her work on exhibit at the Sawyer Free Library as part of the Cape Ann Artisans Group exhibit through March, a very nice exhibit which you should definitely stop in to see.

This year’s Empty Bowl event will be held May 12th 4- 8 pm at Cruiseport.  Tickets $15 for adults and $10 for children and are available at the door. Extra parking is available at Harbor Beach with complimentary trolley service to and from the event site. The Silent Auction part of the event features work by local politicians as well as local artists such as Marilyn Swift, Kevin Ellis, Betty Lou Schlemm and Sigrid Olsen.  There will be delicious soups and breads donated by local restaurants and bakeries. Best of all, everyone in the community who attends the event has a wonderful time, makes a significant contribution to the Food Pantry, and gets to take home a beautiful bowl as an unspoken reminder that somewhere someone’s bowl is empty.  In 2010 nearly 1,000 people attended the event and they raised over $26,000 for the Food Pantry!

On Saturday, March 26 from 10:00 am to noon, you too can enjoy painting a bowl to contribute for the event at Open Door Food Pantry, 28 Emerson Ave.

For more information on the Empty Bowl Project, visit  For more information about the Open Door/Cape Ann Food Pantry:, or call: 978-283-6776. 

E.J. Lefavour

Applications for Round 2 of CPA Projects Deadline of April 1


Hi Joe,

Would it be possible for you to announce on goodmorninggloucester that the first step for applications for round 2 of CPA projects has a deadline of April 1.  Applicants can refer to the city’s website and click on Community Preservation Committee in order to get instructions for the full process.  They can also contact Matt Lustig at the Community Development Department. (978) 281-9781 for further information.

Thank you very much,

Sandy Ronan

or click here-

New funding round beginning for the Community Preservation Act (CPA) grants.

Spring Fling Fair March 26th at O’Maley Middle School


The Spring Fling Fair is a great event happening March 26th at O’Maley Middle School, 32 Cherry Street, Gloucester from 9a-2p.  See attached flier.
Proceeds this year will go towards the purchase of lockers for O’Maley Middle School.  The current lockers pre-date backpacks (yeah, when I was there in ’79, we actually CARRIED our books!).  New lockers will be wider and will accommodate coats & backpacks.
Hope to see lots of folks at the Fair.  As you can see, there will be all kinds of terrific vendors, kids’ crafts by the PTOs, pizza & snacks, etc.!!! 
It will be a lot of fun and a great way to SPRING forward!


Donna and Her Band Of Outstanding Citizens Start Up One Hour At A Time Gang March 19th


Looking to make a huge impact with a bunch of like minded folks who love our fair city?  Well if you are just coming to GMG in the past 8 months you may not know about the fantastic job that this group does each week by picking a section of the city and meeting to spend an hour or so picking up trash  together.  If you are new to town or are a long time resident you can’t help but love the positive energy you will glean from this group of Gloucester’s finest.

Here are the details for the first clean up of the season from Donna-

Date:   Saturday:               March 19, 2011

Time:                                   9:00 AM

Place:                                  St. Peters’ Square.

I will get the bags..

Thanks all

Donna Ardizzoni

Twitter Folk You Should Follow- Bean and Leaf Coffee Co

Yes I’m not going to stop banging the drum about how important it is to use social media for your business or organization.

Here is an example of a company who just started up their twitter thang and how they just plain get it already-.  The Bean and Leaf Coffee House is in Rockport and they tweeted this-

Scones, muffins, bagels baked fresh today – on sale for $1….now until 5pm!about 15 hours ago via HootSuite

Now I wouldn’t have known this otherwise.  It took the owner or employee responsible for their twitter feed all of 5 seconds to write out this little special deal but it got my attention and I’m sure a whole bunch of either folks attention.   Building a business and brand one customer at a time. 


Check out their twitter feed here and follow them- @BeanLeafCafe