Inside Our Lady of Good Voyage Church From Bill O’Connor

Hey Joe,

I was passing Our Lady of Good Voyage Church on Friday and saw the door open, so I thought I would have a look inside.  I haven’t been in there for quite some time, and as soon as I walked through the door there was the strong residual odor of frankincense, which instantly made it feel comfortable and familiar. I have vivid memories of how the altar boys would swing the incense burner (the thurible or censer) as they walked down the aisle. On the last steps out they would make it do a full loop over their heads, and Father Alves would smile [with consternation].

I had forgotten about the rich fishing ties that the church had to the community until I saw the décor inside again.  Notice the model ships on the wall between the stations of the cross and along the choir balcony.  I think the swag under the boats on the balcony is actually fishing net!

Enjoy!
~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

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

Good Morning Gloucester  Exclusive

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

Click here or the arrow below to listen to the Cigar Joe audio Part V

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 VI April 16th at 6AM

To listen to the previous Cigar Joe Recordings Click Here

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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.

Spring is Here! Time to Get Out of the House

A little of that Cape Ann winter hibernation thing is still going on around here (especially on cold, rainy days like today), but tomorrow you’ll have the chance to shake off that favorite blanket you’ve had draped over you for the last three months, get off your couch, and step outside into actual Spring sunshine. Come on down to the Community House in Rockport where we’re serving Twin Lights Soda, Coffee, Cupcakes and giving you the opportunity to take a photo with Motif No. 1 itself! There’ll be some dancing magic too, and if you’re lucky, maybe some GMG contributors will even show up to shake a leg. Rumor has it that no one cuts a rug like Paul Morrison, the smoothest scientist in Rockport. Admission is a Pay-What-You-Can donation, with all proceeds going to support programming for Motif No. 1 Day & Rockport’s HarvestFest. Check out www.rockportartfestivals.com for more info and we hope to see all of our friends and neighbors there for a real Community bash!

Tonight! Our EJ To Be The Featured The Alchemy of Art Artist

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Alchemy Bistro continues it’s “The Alchemy of Art” Gallery Series, a yearlong art showcase featuring local artists and benefiting arts education in Gloucester through the Gloucester Education Foundation.  This month’s featured artist is Ellen “EJ” LeFavour.  The April show will open Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 5:30-7:30 with an open gallery night at the bistro featuring complimentary appetizers, the music of Chelsea Berry and a chance to meet the artist.
In a statement from the artist, EJ shared, “I use my paintbrush, camera and computer graphics to express and pass on to others my joy and peace in life.  
Since moving to Cape Ann, I have been focusing on both the natural beauty of the area, and the spiritual connection it imparts, as well as the historical significance of the area.
I hope my work instills a sense of peace in you, gives you joy and expands your love and appreciation of Cape Ann.”
EJ’s lives in Annisquam.  Her works have won numerous awards and found homes in private collections around the world. Her path to the North Shore has taken her through Boston, Jamaica, Key Largo, and East Boston. She also runs Khan Studio which provides services for other artists and the general public which range from photographing . To view more of her work and that of other artists in Khan Studio, go to www.khanstudiointernational.com
All paintings are available for purchase on-site at Alchemy Bistro, 3 Duncan Street in Gloucester with cash or credit at the event and throughout the month.  The series benefits the Gloucester Education Foundation with a 10% donation from the sale of all paintings throughout the year donated to that organization to support and grow arts programs in the schools.  A year-end gala auction is in the works with 100% of the sale of auction proceeds also going to the GEF.
Alchemy would like to extend our Request for Artists and invite local artists who are interested in potentially showing their art at Alchemy to contact us and we will send out our “Guidelines for Consideration” package. Artists to be showcased in 2011 will be contacted by Alchemy. For more information please contact Matt Rose at mattalchemy@gmail.com or at Alchemy at 978-281-3997.  For information on the GEF and it’s mission go to www.thinkthebest.org

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Treasured Audio- Cigar Joe Frontiero Talks About Fishing Out Of Gloucester MA In The Early Part Of The 20th Century Part IV

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. 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.

Thank you to the family of Cigar Joe Frontiero

Cigar Joe Photos Provided By The Frontiero Family
Cigar Joe Photos Provided By The Frontiero Family

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

Click here or the arrow below to listen to the recording

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.

For The Other Parts Of This Series-

Treasured Audio-Gloucester History Cigar Joe Talks About Smuggling Liquor In the Early Part of The Twentieth Century Part 1

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

Treasured Audio- Cigar Joe Frontiero Talks About Fishing Out Of Gloucester MA In The Early Part Of The 20th Century Part III

Look for part V of VI April  13th and 16th

 

 

 

 

Did You Know? (Three Sheets to the Wind)

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That Three Sheets to the Wind is an old sailing term and refers to a ship whose sheets (lines) have come loose, causing the sails to flap uncontrolled and the ship to shudder and roll (like a staggering drunk) and meander at the mercy of the elements?

Three Sheets to the Wind is also a Gloucester chantey/sea music group.  Many of the crew have years of established song and sea history to offer and create a perfect storm of song and good cheer.  Their vocals, harmonies and instrument skills are phenomenal, and they have such a great time performing and drawing the audience into the fun.  The group has performed in venues such as The Gloucester’s Mayor’s Cup schooner races, Essex Music Festival, Mystic Sea Music Festival 2006, Essex Shipbuilding Museum Basin Fest, Essex Clamfest, Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festivals, Lowell’s Boat Shop events, Salem Antique and Wooden Boat Show, Press Room Shanty sings, American Schooner Association annual meetings, Rocky Neck Nights on the Neck, Gloucester Reads Literacy events, Gloucester Block Parties and Middle Street Walks, shipboard events, Cape Ann Museum events as well as their weekly chantey sings at the Brew Pub at 8:30 pm on Tuesday evenings.  The singers and players that make it all possible include: Peter and Joanne Souza from Schooner Adventure, Tim Perkins, George Thompson, Alex Thompson, Liz Duff, Gardi Winchester, Barry O’ Brien, Martha Bowen, Carol Karlson, Roger Hussey, Leslie Wind, Tony Hilliard, Janet Young, Graham and Jan Walker, Gary Foreman, Jim Milone, Kevin Quinn, Steve Willard, Ray Spiecker, Judy Keith, John Hicks, Audi Lane and many other voices who often join in with the crew, like Paco, featured playing his Excalibur Anglo Concertina.

This isn’t great video, but you can hear them and experience a little of the roaring good time we all had there last night.  I am not a beer drinker, so wouldn’t normally be apt to go to the Brew Pub, but I love good chantey singing, and Three Sheets does that a flair.  I may become a regular Tuesday night Brew Pubber and learn to like beer just to enjoy and take part with them.  They make the old Newfie seafaring blood of my grandfather race through my veins, and provide a quintessential Gloucester fisherman experience that you can’t help but love.

E.J. Lefavour

www.khanstudiointernational.com

 

"Gone To The Dogs! The Continuous Saga of the Spiny Dogfish in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean"

Hello Joey,
I wanted to remind people of our seminar this week by Dr. James Sulikowski, entitled "Gone To The Dogs! The Continuous Saga of the Spiny Dogfish in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean: Using New Methods to Challenge Old Paradigms for Better Management".  The seminar will be held Thursday, 7pm, at the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center.  Could you post this reminder and/or re-post our attached seminar announcement?
Thanks so much,
Emily Chandler
— Emily Chandler Program Manager
Large Pelagics Research Center, UMASS Amherst

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Local Music Seen with Allen Estes Returns Tonight at 6:30pm Featuring The Bandit Kings Unplugged

Dear Joey,

Cape Ann TV has fixed the problems they had and Local Music Seen with Allen Estes returns tonight at 6:30pm featuring The Bandit Kings – unplugged.  Music is excellent, harmonies superb, camaraderie shines through and everybody looks great too!

More info and air times here: http://localmusicseen.com/

Allen Estes with The Bandit Kings
(L-R) host Allen Estes with Bandit Kings: Ann Marie, Renee Dupuis, Dan King, Dennis Monagle, Joe Cardoza

North Shore Garden Club to Host a Spring Flower Show

The North Shore Garden Club to host a spring flower show.Willowdale

The North Shore Garden Club is hosting a beautiful exhibition of all things flowers entitled “C’est la Vie” on May 25th from 1:00-5:00pm.  This event includes many classes of flower arrangement, dried plant material, photography and horticulture.  The historic Willowdale Estate in Topsfield is the setting for the event.

Please join us as a visitor to explore the many categories.  Share with us what is a spring opening of the senses!

The North Shore Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club of America and was started in 1915 for the purpose of stimulating interest in all elements of gardening, charitable giving as well as to support civic beauty and conservation of natural resources.

Contact: Cindy Morton

Email: cindymorton@verizon.net

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Monday, May 2 – Jalapenos Benefit Featuring LIVE MUSIC by ColdStream

Hi Joey,

My husband and I subscribe to Good Morning Gloucester – it has really helped us get acclimated to the area. Thank you! Love your pics and updates.

I am a repeat Breast Cancer 3 Day walker – I have walked the 60 miles in Boston in July of 2009 & 10 and I am now preparing for the July 2011 walk. I will be doing a benefit at Jalapenos on Monday evening, May 2. We will have live music from 6:30-9 pm by ColdStream. I was wondering if you might add this event to your live music section? As you probably know, Jalapenos donates 10% of their proceeds from these benefits, which is very generous!

Monday, May 2 – Jalapenos Benefit Featuring LIVE MUSIC by ColdStream – a 4 piece acoustic band made up of 2 guitarists, a bass player and a mandolin player. They specialize in three and four part harmonies. Their music ranges from soft rock to pop, soul, Irish, Americana, country, English folk and classic rock. They are a staple in the southern New Hampshire restaurant circuit playing to warm receptions everywhere. 6:30 – 9 pm

Thanks for any shout out you can provide. If you have other promotional ideas, please let me know!

Best,
Liz Dooley

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2009, 2010, 2011!
http://www.the3day.org/goto/LizzieD

Two things: 1.I need your vote and 2. I am looking for new show ideas!

Happy Wednesday!  I need your help in this contest.  I know that GMG is everywhere and has lots of readers and this Cape Ann Girl needs some voting love from you.  My Spiced Cranberry Pumpkin Minis with Cashew Butter can win me some cash if I get the most votes by Friday night.  Easy to vote-simply go to:

www.zoyeoil.com

and go to the top of the page to “Recipe Contest” and then “Vote”

You do have to register but they are not going to send you a ton of junk emails. You can print out the recipe for yourself from the page if you want to as well—thank you so much!

And now on to part two—Between cook offs, holidays, moving to a new place, life, vacations (no, not mine), cooking trips, new hips (again, not mine) and regular everyday life it has been a very very long time since I have shot a show–last Fall to be exact!

However, we are all in luck–my first guest of the year is going to be the famous Clark Dexter!  We are making baked stuffed clams from the Hearthside days and he will be sharing the recipe with us.  I will have all of the details on my blog and here on GMG before the show airs on Cape Ann TV.

Of all of the shows I have done, whenever I am out and about and people talk to me about Inspired Cooking, the comment I hear over and over again is how much people love watching Clark, hearing his stories and seeing him make his delicious food.  I love that stuff!

Does anyone else come to mind that you might like to see on Inspired Cooking?  I love suggestions.  And they don’t have to be professional chefs.  How about someone who makes the best cookies or cake you have ever eaten?  Someone who has developed a recipe that they want to share?  A neighborhood legend who makes the best bread or  sauce ever?  I want to highlight those people on Cape Ann and beyond and I need your help to find them.

Please send me an email at laurielufkin@yahoo.com or comment on this post with your ideas.

Now that Spring has Sprung hopefully I will be posting more regularly.  Thanks again for your voting support and please, keep those ideas coming!  Laurie

Seal at Lighthouse Beach Photos From Elinor Teele

My family and I discovered this visitor taking a bath at Lighthouse Beach.
Naturally we didn’t think it polite to disturb, so we headed for home, only to discover it had finished performing its Sunday ablutions and was moving on to dinner.
Sushi, we presume.

(We kept well away – pictures are taken with long lens)
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Freelance Copywriting, Fiction and Photography

Laurel Tarantino Needs to Get Something Off her Chest

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Hi Joey,  I was thinking of you and all the wonderful deeds you do for our community, which lead me to thinking…”I wonder if Good Morning Gloucester” is all about the good, the fun, and the beautiful.  Please know that I would never expect to use GMG as a podium for one of my maddening rants, but I wanted to throw these two photos at you, trying perhaps, to get someone elses blood boiling other than my own.

While walking my dog this morning on Pavillion Beach I took the photo of the makeshift ashtray in which someone has made a poor attempt at NOT being a Litterbug.  Seriously?Take it one step further and find a trash barrel!  Please!!!  So, I’m posting my photo into my album on the computer, which takes all of a few minutes, and in that time someone actually cleaned out their car in the parking lot across the street from my house.  See second photo.  I couldn’t believe it, then asked myself,  “Why can’t I ever catch them in the act?”

Now I’ll take an hour out of my day and walk the beach with a Yellow Bag, to pick up some things that others have been so unkind to leave behind.

I don’t ask that you forward this to your most informative website, but I do thank you for letting me vent!  If there ever comes a time when you have a local “rant” section, I’m readily  available.

Yellow Trash bags for anyone desiring to pick up litter can get them any weekday at the Gloucester DPW.  Earth Day ~~~ Everyday!

Send me a bill for the Psychiatric Fees!

Love, Laurel

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