Duckworth Beach Gourmet To Change Hands and Reopen As Savour Wine and Cheese Shop

We wanted you to be among the first to know that, after much thinking and soul searching, we have decided to sell Duckworth Beach Gourmet. It was a difficult decision, and it wasn’t until we found the right buyer that we became 100% comfortable with the move.

We have had a great run, but we have realized that as individuals we have slightly different passions to pursue. The sale will allow Ken to focus entirely on his restaurant, Duckworth’s Bistrot, which continues to exceed its own stellar reputation. Matt and I want to devote our energies to the catering and personal chef services business. Matt will continue to prepare for catering events using the kitchen at 24 Washington Street, honoring all existing catering commitments and taking new reservations as well.

A Word about the Buyer
Kathleen Erickson has a well-deserved reputation as one of Gloucester’s most knowledgeable wine aficionados. She has worked in all aspects of the wine business, including restaurant, retail, distribution, and education. Most recently, she revamped the wine program at Seabreeze Liquors as their wine manager, and began teaching her wine education classes at Latitude 43 and Alchemy. But, this is her first venture as a business owner, something she has been preparing for over many years. She has chosen the name Savour Wine & Cheese for her new venture. It will offer a greatly expanded wine department along with a gourmet deli featuring some of the same fine cheeses you’ve come to love at DBG.

A Word about Logistics
The store will remain open until mid-May as Duckworth Beach Gourmet. Beginning this week, Kathleen will be working in the store to meet customers and get familiar with our operation. During this time prepared foods and sandwiches will be available, but as we work through our inventory the selections may be lean. For those customers who rely on our prepared foods, we will begin taking special orders so that you may continue to enjoy your favorite items. Please identify yourself the next time you are in the store if you are interested in becoming a "personal chef" customer. For those of you who have gift certificates, you can redeem them this month, though Kathleen has agreed to honor them during the first six months the new store is open. In May, the store may close briefly while Kathleen and Bob renovate the space to accommodate their new concept.

A Farewell and a Greeting
We will continue to host wine tasting events through mid-May and Kathleen will begin promoting her 5-part wine education series, which starts Tuesday, April 26th, at 7:30 p.m. at 24 Washington Street. Check Kathleen’s website, for details, and stay tuned for many more exciting things to come. We hope many of you will stop by to meet the new owners and allow us to thank you in person for your patronage. We are tremendously indebted to you, our customers, for supporting us in so many ways.

John Lamirande
Duckworth Beach Gourmet

Mike English Asks For Dough and Tells People He’s Running The Boston Marathon For The Tenth Year

Hi Folks:

Next week I am running my 10th consecutive Boston Marathon.  It is hard to believe that 10 years have passed since I first started running long distances. Growing up in the Boston area, Patriot’s Day was always a special spring holiday.  I remember going into Boston to watch the Marathon finishers thinking “wow that is  a long distance”. 10 years ago I started running and “got hooked” training for the 16 mile race around Cape Ann on Labor Day.  At that time I figured I had trained for 16, what’s a few more and continued to train and increase my distance.  Over the years I have been enjoyed meeting hundreds of people thru training.  I was never a fast runner and have always considered myself a back of the pack runner but I have enjoyed every step of the way.

This year I have decided to raise money for the Boston Living Center (BLC).  BLC is an organization located in Boston that strives to foster the wellness of all HIV+ individuals and respond to the changing needs of the HIV/AIDS community. Through peer-leadership and support they are able to enrich the lives of members by providing education, treatment information, and support services to empower members to live productive lives and participate in family and community activities.  They provide over 40,000 meals annually.

Would you please consider making a donation to the BLC as I strive to complete my 10th Boston?  Any donation will be greatly appreciated.  I have a page setup on First Giving. keyword Mike English

If you are along the route on Monday please keep an eye out for me.  I am hoping to break 6 hours.  No speed records but as long as I finish with a smile on my face I will be happy.  My good friend Terry Sands is running the last 10 miles with me.  For those of you I know from the AnnisquamVillage Players that is usually the time when he convinces me to try out for the play.

A special thank you goes out to my family.  Without their support and allowing me to take up a lot of weekend time I could not do this.

Thanks, Mike English

Marine Corp Marathon

Seasonal Openings Part V

This is another big weekend coming up. But first, who has already opened up in the past few weeks? Nate’s of Front Beach Rockport, The Lobster Pool at Halibut Point, Topside Grill in Gloucester, The Top Dog of Rockport, and last but not least just this past weekend the Dairy Train Ice Cream Shop next to the Railroad Station in Rockport.

This weekend is a real biggy. If you have not had your first 2011 summer hot dog, ice cream, oyster, or fried clam you should check your pulse if you make it through this weekend without a taste of summer.

A real spring kick off: get those veggies planted. Get down on your knees and get dirty because Goose Cove Gardens opens this Saturday April 16th. Well rooted flats of beets, to broccoli, kale to kohlrabi, leeks to lettuces and don’t forget swiss chard, onions aspargus and brussel sprouts. You say you don’t like brussel sprouts? Try growing your own and throwing them on the barbecue grill along with some baby beets. Find them on Facebook.

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’s opens with Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents playing that evening. Your taxes are in. Time to celebrate.

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.

Bob Dylan says it’s the weekend, partyin’ partyin’ yeah!

Peter Prybot and Go Magazine, Air Tran In Flight Magazine

I’m not sure if you guys remember but last summer a freelance writer for Air Tran In Flight Magazine- “GO”, came down the dock to do a story highlighting Gloucester. I spoke with him at length and then a photographer came by a couple of weeks later to take some photos for the story.
About two weeks ago the editor called me to confirm some details about the story before it went to print and that was that. But on my way back home from Naples about an hour ago I just remembered that the writer had mentioned that he was going to also speak with Peter Prybot (I believe the timeframe was either September or October when they came to Gloucester to speak with us).
So I frantically searched my email box for the emails from the editor to alert them in case they hadn’t heard the tragic news about Peter. Thankfully they caught it just before it went to print as it was scheduled to be on all Air Tran flight seat pockets May 1st. They rewrote the story and included the news about Peter. So if anyone flies Air Tran in May look for the story and save a copy for me if you could.

RIP Peter





Here’s the league site/blog that covers info on the league and updates. Year #82, the oldest know amateur baseball league in the country.





12PM-1PM     ITL Alumni Batting Practice

1PM        ITL Alumni Game

Immediately after ITL Alumni Game will be the

2010 Awards Presentation

(All Stars, MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of Year, Championship Trophy)

4PM (Approx.) Rockport Townies vs. M/E Mariners

Any former ITL players interested in participating in the game must email Bryan Lafata @ or Terry Poste at to reserve a spot on one of the teams. 

Cost is $10 per player, and this includes a game shirt.

50/50 Raffle

Food Concession provided by the Essex Lions Club

Tonight at Jalapenos ~ J.B. Amero, Dan King, Wolf Ginandes & David Brown

Hola everyone!
This week’s Special Guest: J.B. AMERO 

Tuesday’s line-up:

J.B. Amero, Dan King, Wolf Ginandes & David Brown
… J.B.’s on the bill for the NEXT THREE TUESDAYS!

Tuesday, April 12… 7 to 9pm
86 Main Street
Gloucester, MA  01930-5710

Fly Amero to host Tom Eaton & Pick 3

Now Serving, Wednesdays Only:
Prime Rib Specials!

Hello everyone!
Wednesday, April 13th
Special Guests:

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

Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents kick of the 2011 Summer Season at Captain Carlos


The warm weather today can only mean one thing…that the season is upon us, and Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents will be kicking off opening night at Captain Carlo’s this Friday, April 15th.  Send in your taxes, and come dance the night away!   The Dees will be performing three sets starting at 9pm, and wrapping up at midnight.

Check out the band’s performance last week at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble Preliminaries!

Nikon D70 Digital SLR Camera with Nikon AF-S DX 18-70mm lens

Many photos that I have posted here on GMG have been shot with this camera. It was my constant companion for several years and gave me the ability to satisfy my need for instant gratification. In the process, I have become a better photographer because of it. I now have the D90, but the D70 is still being used regularly.

If you’ve been thinking about getting a DSLR, this would be a great way to get one for less money than a point and shoot. I can show you the basics, and when the GMG Photo Treks begin, you can join in the fun!

Here’s the camera (Photo taken with my phone).

I can sell the body alone ($300) or with the kit lens and other accessories for $100 more.

Here’s more info on the camera

Sent me an email below if you’re interested! I’m here in Gloucester, so if you’re local, we can meet up so you can see it in person.:)     ~Sharon