Quote Of The Week From Greg Bover

"When a man is wrapped up in himself, he makes a pretty small package."

John Ruskin (1819-1900)

An Oxford graduate, Ruskin was the pre-eminent art and achitecture critic of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. His support of then modern painters such as landscapist J. M. W. Turner created much controversy, as did his criticism of others such as James Whistler. Ruskin’s hugely influential books on architecture, The Seven Lamps of Architecture and The Stones of Venice expound on social thought and morality while they dis Classical design and cheer on the Gothic Revival. Many of his ideas on social justice and the importance of work pre-figure William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement. 

Greg Bover

Click the picture for the Ruskin Wikipedia page


47 Motor Life Boat Tour At USCG Station Gloucester With MK1 Kurt Lubbers

This is The First Part of A Ten Part Video Series-

CWO2 Luis Munoz extended an invitation to GMG to come down to the USCG Station Gloucester and see what it’s all about in anticipation of the upcoming Boating Safety Event. GMG Contributor Manny Simoes and I spent a fantastic morning at the station.

The entire crew at the Station was incredibly friendly and courteous and I can’t thank Chief Warrant Officer Munoz enough for the access he granted us..

In our first video we have FOB (Friend Of the Blog) Kurt Lubbers give us a tour or the inside compartments including the Survivors Compartment, Engine Room, Auxiliary Machinery Space, and All The Way Inside The Hold of The Boat.

You are cordially invited to attend US Coast Guard Station Gloucester’s Boating Safety Day.  This multi-partnered community event kicks off National Safe Boating Week on Saturday, May 21st, from 9am to 3pm and will take place at USCG Station Gloucester.  Our boating safety partners involved in this event include Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Coast Guard Auxiliary, US Power Squadron, State of Massachusetts Marine Environmental Protection, commercial fishing safety representatives and many others. The goal of this community event is to put all aspects of boating safety back in the public eye as we approach our spring and summer boating season.  We will showcase an assortment of search and rescue demonstrations, structured boating /paddling safety and Boating Under the Influence (BUI) forums, flare demonstrations, commercial fishing vessel safety, tours of Station Gloucester and vessels, as well as various informational booths.

Did You Know? (You’re All Invited!)

That I’m having my first coming out party as a Cape Ann artist on Wednesday, April 13th at Alchemy, and I’d love everyone to come?  I am excited about my exhibit at Alchemy, and the opportunity to meet in person some of the people I’ve connected with virtually through Good Morning Gloucester, as well as see again those I’ve had a chance to meet and get to know in person.  In addition to the art opening, I handed off the completed Did You Know book files at 7:00 morning to Barry Pollock at Cricket Press, and he assures me I will have books in hand by the 13th, so it will also be a kickoff and book signing for Did You Know the book.  This is the chance for those of you who have just been hankering to have a signed first edition of Did You Know to get one fresh off the Cricket Press.  In addition to the books, I will also have some matted prints of my work available for sale.  Did you know that during an Alchemy exhibit, 10% of the proceeds of any art sales go to the Gloucester Education Foundation?  During the opening party, 20% of the proceeds of any matted print and Did You Know book sales will go to the GEF, so come out, have fun, give me the chance to meet and see you, help the GEF, and help me start paying for the rest of the printing of the book.  Also, Mark McDonough, does a great thing for artists with his Alchemy of Art exhibits, so show him some love by filling his place to overflowing.  The only thing I am really sad about, is that Joey C., the person I have most to thank for so many of the wonderful things and people I have experienced since moving to Cape Ann, will be away (he’s on vacation again! I really need to become a lobster broker!), so won’t be able to be there.  Hopefully Manny (the driving force behind the Did You Know book being done in the first place) will be and can capture it on video for Joey to see on GMG. 

You saw it first on Good Morning Gloucester!  Have a Good Morning Gloucester (and any where else in the world that you might be right now reading GMG), and a blessed day.  EJ

E.J. Lefavour


Cape Ann Seasonal Openings Part IV

Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day and the seasonal openings really start heating up. I have colored red everything that will be opening this coming weekend. Blue is two weeks from now.

Friday, March 25, , Nate’s of Front Beach Rockport It’s open. What’s better than fluffy pancakes and a walk on the beach?

Friday April 1, 11:30 AM The Lobster Pool of Rockport opens. You might find me on Saturday, April 2nd with my BYOB six pack and some fried scallops and fried clams at the picnic table closest to the guitar watching the boats entering Folly Cove. Or I might splurge and have a fresh Capt. Joey steamed lobster. None of the snow stuck and it’s sunny, meet me out back.

Friday, April 1, Topside Grill opens. The dining room is completely renovated but the martinis have not changed. Opening Day party with music by John Jerome. Then Tuesdays are always Oyster night. Check out the Good Morning Gloucester artwork on the walls.

Saturday, April 2, Top Dog of Rockport opens. A clam roll at a picnic table outside. That is my official start of the season. Might be chilly so go for a Hot Chihuahua Dog with Chili Cheese Fries.

Thursday, April 14 @ 5:00PM The Rudder opens. They will be open for 3 days only on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until June 19th when they open for 7 days a week. “Tax Relief” specials the first weekend and some great new items on the menu this year. Even if it is still cold and snowy on tax weekend the fireplace inside and the heated deck overlooking Smith Cove is the place to be.

Thursday, April 14, Lobsta Land Restaurant opens. Just say “Lobsta Land!” out loud three times. I feel better already. Check out their website. Countdown to Lobsta and it can be used for countdown to taxes also.

Friday, April 15, Captain Carlo’sopens with Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents playing that evening. Your taxes are in. Time to celebrate.

So what day do you think Mister and Misses Bathroom sign goes up noting that the bathrooms at the Rockport Information booth are frost free, turned on, and open?

Seasonal establishments, add a comment and I will add you. Update your website, your Facebook page, and start tweeting. The early bird gets the fried clam sold.

Dory Report From Laurel Tarantino

Hello Joey,

It’s me again, Jimmy T’.s Secretary and I’m not sitting in his lap!  We got the Practice dories painted up and ready for the next step, which is "Launch Day" Saturday, April 2nd.  Hopefully that will go as smoothly as everything else has gone.  We couldn’t have done it without our much appreciated volunteers.  We’d love it if more folks would be so kind as to help out on launch day too.  Boats will leave on trailer from Eastern Avenue Storage @ 10:AM brought to the ramp in East Gloucester behind Martinetti Dentist for launching, from there, they will be rowed to their Summer Home at St. Peter’s Square Dock.  We need trailers, rowers, and folks to taxi rowers back to their vehicles.  Last year things went great and we were done in well under two hours.  Seeing the boats back in Harbor Cove will be a welcome sight, like Spring bulbs pushing up through the ground are now.  It won’t be long!

Thanks so very much once again Joey, for your precious time and wonderful exposure.

For more info on how to get involved with the International Dory Rowing Check Out Their Website- http://www.internationaldories.com/index.html

Chip Noton & Marge Robertson "Gettin’ her Done"

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"Bottoms Up"  Jimmy T. & Gina Lampassi

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Gina "Upright!"

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Erick Dombrowski, Chip Norton, Nancy Dudley & Mark Duval

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"Inspector Tarantino"

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Reflection of Columbia in the Gertrude L. Thebaud

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Mike O’Connell, Tim Pike and the Backstabbers ~ Friday April 1st. Lat 43 ~ Minglewood Tavern

Lord have mercy, these two together.

Band rolls back to Lat 43 for April Fools Day, and there are gonna be some fools on stage,, Honorable Back Stabbers… Uncle Timmy Pike will be on hand with some Shenanigans!!! Cliffy The French Octopus Of The Organ will be there too on the B3, (Uncle Sag gets all credits for Octopus of The Organ) Irish Hooligan Steve Monahan will be Bassin’ it up,, And Frosty Padgett The Clock will me watching the time on his Drum, and his wrist watch to see if the song is ever going to end. Please join us for this Foolish Event,, we start at 9 and hope to see some foolish people. Love, MO’C

My Sources Tell Me…..

That Captain Dusty’s Will Open and Ice Cream Location May 1st In The Schooners Plaza In Essex Where Puna’s Market Used To Be. On the Corner of Haskell Ct and Eastern Ave In Essex

I haven’t confirmed this but that’s the scuttlebut anyway.  Smile


Just thought you might wanna know.

Thanks for the tip LS

Topside Grill GMG Art Show This Season- Sharon Lowe

Doug Silva who has been making some fantastic changes as manager at his father’s Topside Grill invited our posse to fill the newly renovated space with our photos.  If you haven’t heard by now from Paul Morrison’s Seasonal Restaurant Openings list,  The Topside will be opening April 1st.

We stopped by Saturday morning to drop off our work and I’ll be posting some images of each of our contributors with their pieces all week long.  You can check it all out for yourself (and get some great grub) on April 1st at Topside grill.


YuKanRun Road Race Just Two Weeks Away


Joey –
It’s hard to believe that we are only 2 weeks away from race day.
Thanks so much for your help promoting the upcoming Building Center YuKanRun.com Road Race.  I really appreciate your help. If there’s any chance you could include us in another GMG before the race, that would be great.
The discounted early registration fee is available for a limited time and ends on 3/31/11.
We have $1,000.00 in prize money and will have facepainting, balloons, music and more on race day.
Registration is going well and this is going to be a great race!
Thanks again,  Rich Morrell

The Building Center YuKanRun.com

1-Mile Road Race Saturday, April 9, 2011     9:00 am

Gloucester, MA

Announcing the first of nine races in our exciting series that includes events all over the North Shore. Each race gets a little longer and helps you get a little stronger.

Enjoy breathtaking views of the Atlanic Ocean as you run past the Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial Statue along the historic waterfront. Test your off-season training and spring fitness or save the date as goal for your first road race.  Portions of race proceeds help support The Open Door Food Pantry. Click here to start your fundraising and help support The Open Door Food Pantry today.

This spectacular course is fast and flat. This is an officially sanctioned USATF race. View a course map.

$1000.00 in prize money! FREE race shirts to the first 300 that pre-register!

Registration:   $15     before 3/31/11    $18     after 4/1/11

Preview Pics- USCG 47’ Motor Life Boat

Here are a few preview pictures from tonight’s Behind the Black Gate video- look At USCG Station Gloucester. Look for the video at 5PM tonight.  GMG contributor Manny Simoes and I had almost complete full access.  the only room we couldn’t bring you was the control room with the computers.

In tonight’s video we bring you aboard, and down below the belly of the beast- the 47’ Motor life Boat with FOB (friend of the blog) and Coastguardsman MK1 Kurt Lubbers.