1st Annual Cape Ann Public Schools VIDEO FESTIVAL


1st Annual Cape Ann Public Schools
• All Cape Ann Students ages 6-19 are invited to participate.
• Videos will be judged in three age categories: Elementary, Middle and High Schools.
• There is no limit to the number of students participating on a video.
• Selected entries may be shown at various locations during the Gloucester Public School District Arts
Festival on Saturday May 7, 2011 at the Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main Street, Gloucester.
Rules & Submission Checklist
1. An opening Title Screen and Closing Credits are required.
2. The video must run 3 – 5 minutes.
4. Copyrighted material must be acknowledged in video credits
5. Record your entry on a DVD and label it with contact information.
6. Please include a typed copy of the script (if any) and list of students participating with school’s affiliation. Include the email
address, home address and phone number of one Participant in the video Project.
7. DVD submissions will not be returned but pickup may be arranged. We reserve the right to post all or portions of all
submissions on School System Web Sites, the Gloucester Education Foundation (GEF) website and videos may be shown at
various Gloucester Public School District, GEF and Cape Ann Community Cinema functions.
8. No video that portrays a minor will be publically shown without a signed release form from that minor’s parent or guardian.
9. Submit to Gloucester Education Foundation, 33 Commercial St, Third Floor, Gloucester, MA 01930.
• STORY: Your Film should have a point, tell a story even if it’s a documentary.
• GENRE: Drama, Comedy, Documentary
• PRESENTATION: Film quality, Lighting and Sound.
• CREATIVITY: Use your imagination
• SPECIAL EFFECTS: Props, Music, Sound and FX
• EDITING: Story Telling, Transitions, Graphics Titles, Subtitles and Closing Credits.
For more information please contact: emailus@thinkthebest.org
Sponsored by


The Rockport Swap Shop: a Little Slice o’ Heaven

For those of us who like rooting through other people’s cast-offs, there is a little shed at the Rockport Transfer Station that is like a slice of heaven on earth. This shed is home to Rockport’s Swap Shop (just to the left of the Book Barn, the site of more happiness), and  trumps all other forms of scavenging (Goodwill, yard sales, and so forth) because the bounty that you see before you is free for the taking.

Yes, it can get a little depressing at times to squeeze in among the other human seagulls, desperately hunting for that perfect item, like the replacement carafe that you needed for your coffeemaker or the coffeemaker that you needed for your broken carafe. But it’s all worth it for moments like the one I experienced today, when I brought along a few members of my extended family on my Dump Run and introduced my five-year-old nephew, Jon Luke, to the joys (and sometimes heartbreak) of the Rockport Swap Shop. He came away with an item so prized that it seemed almost unbelievable to him, a gift magically appearing out of a humble little shed, as if there were actually a Trash Fairy and today was a holiday he had never heard of. And it shall be called Trashmas.

Maybe creating a holiday around the Swap Shop is too much to ask, but if you had seen Jon Luke racing around in his new-to-him Swap Shop find this afternoon, you might have felt a little secondhand magic stirring in your heart.


Jon Luke's find: A Retractable Batman Cape. Holy Swap Shop!
Rockport's Swap Shop. Check out that fan! And that baby seat! And that...
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From Rocky Neck #3 Photo from Thomas Philbrook

From Rocky Neck #3

Had the great good fortune to spend a Sunday morning on a friend’s deck at the very end of Rocky Neck during the 2010 Gloucester Schooner Festival. There were many vessels heading out to join the Labor Day Parade of Boats.


Check Out Thomas Philbrook’s Artist Portfolio

Nicole Duckworth Pimps Duckworth’s Grass Fed Beef

Hey Joey,

Bistrot in Gloucester!

Ken and our kitchen crew, acting on a tip from a loyal customer went on a road
trip to Paris, ME to check out the grass fed cattle at Mount Mica farm! Pleased
with what they saw, Ken committed to purchase two cattle when they were ready.
Hand selected, house butchered grass
fed beef is now being showcased on Duckworth’s Bistrot menu in a few nightly
specials. You will see a preparation using the house ground beef, generally a
braised selection and finally a steak. This meat was raised with care,
butchered with care and prepared with care.
The following
is a menu of the recent specials
We are very excited to be
Grass fed beef
from Mount Mica farm in Paris, Maine.
Over the next few weeks
we will be showcasing this
selected and house butchered beef
in a few nightly offerings.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Onion soup with Brie
croutons 9

Braised eye round with
celery root purée, grilled celery hearts and braising juices 28

Meatloaf with mushroom
gravy, mashed potatoes and sautéed broccoli rabe 26

Grilled Ribeye or Delmonico
steak with roasted potato,
Brussels sprouts sautéed
with bacon and onions; hollandaise sauce
Delmonico 36
Ribeye 38

And of course, we are still serving our Lobster Risotto with lobsters
from Captain Joe and sons. J

Did You Know? (Cape Ann Museum)

Photos by E.J. Lefavour

That the Cape Ann Museum has been in operation for well over a century, and collecting objects tied to Cape Ann’s past since the early 1920’s? 

Cape Ann Museum holds the preeminent collection of paintings and drawings by the American maritime artist, Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865).  This gives the organization a status that few other museums its size can claim.  The Cape Ann Museum’s collections represent the history of Cape Ann, its people, its industries, and especially its art and culture. Permanent exhibits include visual artists and sculptors of the 19th and 20th century, the Folly Cove Designers, maritime trade and the fishing industry, and Cape Ann’s granite industry.  The maritime and fisheries gallery provides a permanent home for the Great Republic, the 25 foot long sloop that famed Gloucester fisherman, Howard Blackburn single-handedly sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 1901, as well as the original carved wooden statue of Our Lady of Good Voyage.  I personally really enjoy the maritime and fisheries gallery.

The Cape Ann Museum is a great asset to Cape Ann, and a tremendous community resource.  On the first floor is a multi-purpose room that currently serves as the hub of the Museum’s educational programming and as a space for showcasing works by young artists from throughout the community.  They offer wonderful performances in the Folly Cove Auditorium, a couple of which I attended and enjoyed immensely; the Revels Repertory Company’s performance of A Celebration of the Sea was really great and had the packed house audience clapping, tapping their feet and singing along.  On Fridays during August, they offer live music in the courtyard from 4:00 to 5:00, ranging from folk to classical, with tea and coffee donated by The Tea Company and cookies donated by Lark Fine Foods.  The Cape Ann Museum maintains close ties with the children in Cape Ann’s public schools, who are welcome to visit at any time without charge. Planned tours and school education programs, tailored to the interests and grade levels of the students, are also free.  The Museum is also writing an arts based curriculum for Gloucester High School, which they hope to replicate for other schools.  The Museum offers a number of family and children’s programs, which you can check out at http://www.capeannhistoricalmuseum.org/education/children_sched.htm.

If you’ve never been to the Cape Ann Museum, you owe it to yourself to plan a visit soon.  Guided tours of the Museum collections and the Captain Elias Davis House (1804) are offered Friday and Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.  These tours are included with the price of admission to the Museum ($8, $6 for Cape Ann residents, seniors and students) and are a great way to explore the museum on a first visit, as you come away having learned so much more from the very knowledgeable docents, than you would on your own.  If you have been before, maybe its time to go see what’s new.  Visit http://www.capeannmuseum.org/special/exhibits.htm for a list of upcoming exhibits and programs.  The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00, and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00; closed on Monday.

E.J. Lefavour


Cape Ann Family Fun Fair April 9

Please join us for a free, activity-filled Cape Ann Family Fun Fair including Curious Creatures shows, face painting, arts & crafts, an interactive puppet show, an open mic for kids and tons of free raffle prizes ranging from children’s toys to family memberships to a variety of local clubs on Saturday, April 9, 2011, 9:30AM – 12:00PM at  Pathways for Children, 29 Emerson Ave, Gloucester.  For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Amy Larsen at alarsen@pw4c.org or  978.281.2400 x 120.


Fly Amero to host Bradley Royds

Now Serving, Wednesdays Only:
Prime Rib Specials!

Hello everyone!
Wednesday, April 6th
Special Guest: BRADLEY ROYDS!

Royds is a composer, performer, producer,
sound designer and recording artist.  Currently, his songs
and sounds can be heard in television shows, commercials,
theater, video games, and on the radio, CD’s and the
internet.  Learn more…
Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prime Rib Dinner –
$9.95 (while they last)
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
I hope to see you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

Treasured Audio-Gloucester History Cigar Joe Talks About Fishing In the Early Part of The Twentieth Century Part II

Good Morning Gloucester  Exclusive

Cigar Joe Frontiero born in 1898 these tapes were recorded in 1981 when he was 83 years old.

Click here if you don’t see the arrow below to listen to the audio

The family of Cigar Joe Frontiero brings Good Morning Gloucester these treasured recordings of Fishing out of Gloucester MA in the early part of the century  in the second of the multi-part collection of recordings.  I’m happy that the family entrusted GMG with these priceless recordings and am proud to be able to have the platform in which we can archive and share with the community.

Look for part III April 7th at 6AM

Cigar Joe (Charlie Lowe Photo)1975

Ray Witham and Joseph “Cigar Joe” Frontiero land an 18 foot basking shark after it got tangled and died in a mackerel net off Rockport.

The history behind the tapes: Someone had asked Cigar Joe for an interview for an oral history project but Cigar Joe decided to do the recording himself. At the time he was having trouble with circulation in his legs and spent most of the time at home so he bought a tape recorder. He had trouble with the tape recorder and threw all of the tapes away. His mailman took the trashed tapes, spliced them, and made copies. He gave Cigar Joe copies and kept backups (with Cigar Joe’s consent) in case the originals were lost. This occurred in 1981.

Part I can be heard here


Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester will join the Everly Sisters @ Seaport Grille this evening

Looking out at a waterfront sunset, Gloucester harbor

Seaport Grille at Cruiseport, Gloucester MA
April 6th, Wednesday night from 6pm – 9 pm

Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester
will join the Everly Sisters in the lounge.
You’ll know every song, just sing along with
a friend and a soothing beverage.  It’s gonna be
a fun night.  Please join us.  FREE show.

Amy Shapiro is Pushing Some Kind of Stuff That She Wants You To Know About

Amy writes-

GMG-ers may remember Dorian musician Johan Onvlee of Holland — he performed on Cape Ann and is now on YouTube:


–his video with the “Elves” is sweet (kids love it).  He came with his father, Jo Onvlee, a metaphysical scholar, who taught T’ai Chi and lectured on the I Ching in Gloucester — we co-wrote 2 books on that topic, and I am teaching the I Ching (and much more) in a “Body-Mind-Soul” series coming up — I invite GMG folks to contact me for the flyer … AmySun@aol.com.  Thanks!  Amy Shapiro

Another Horrible Video!


Do you think GMG Should have a Float in this years Horribles Parade?

This Video is from last years Horribles Parade. The GMG Group held out well, right to the end.




Cape Ann Museum unveils the Gloucester fishing schooner Elsie April 9th


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Cape Ann Museum unveils the Gloucester fishing schooner Elsie
The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present the unveiling and launching of model maker Erik Ronnberg’s latest masterpiece, the Gloucester fishing schooner Elsie, on Saturday, April 9 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. This program, which includes a talk by Ronnberg and a reception, is free with admission, reservations are required. To make a reservation or for more information, please call Jeanette Smith at 978-283-0455, x11 or email jeanettesmith@capeannmuseum.org.

The schooner Elsie was built in 1910 at the Arthur D. Story shipyard in Essex, Massachusetts.  She was “smart, able and beautiful,” a proud member of Gloucester’s once famous salt fishing fleet and a contender in the International Fishermen’s Races of 1921.  Elsie was designed by Captain Thomas McManus and built for the Atlantic Maritime Company of Gloucester and Boston.  On her maiden trip she landed over 280,000 pounds of salt cod in Gloucester.  In 1916, Elsie was sold to the Gorton-Pew Company for whom she continued to be a top producer.  After a short stint under Canadian ownership, in 1921 the vessel was taken over by Frank C. Pearce Company and brought back to Gloucester.  It was under the ownership of Pearce that Elsie, with Captain Marty Welch in command, challenged the Canadian fishing schooner Bluenose in the International Fishermen’s Races of 1921.  Elsie had earned the right to represent Gloucester in the Race by out sailing four other local schooners.   Despite gallant efforts in the two races which were held off the coast of Nova Scotia that year, Elsie lost to the Bluenose. The Elsie was lost in January 1935 in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  

Erik Ronnberg, one of the finest ship model makers in the country, made this model of the fishing schooner Elsie for descendants of the Pearce family.  It shows the Elsie under full sail with ten dories on its deck.  Crewmen are depicted aloft and working on the deck, engaged in the everyday activities associated with the cod fisheries.  The model is in the scale of 3/8 inch equals one foot;  it took Ronnberg 1800 hours, or approximately eight months to complete.  At the unveiling on April 9th,  Ronnberg will give an overview of the history of the vessel, the research that preceded construction of the model and the actual model making process.  His remarks will be followed by a reception.  The model will remain on display at the Cape Ann Museum through the early summer.
For additional information on the launching of the schooner Elsie and this special program, please visit the Cape Ann Museum’s website at capeannmuseum.org or call 978-283-0455.

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 www.capeannmuseum.org

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