Air Tran’s In Flight Magazine Features Gloucester, Peter Prybot and Your Boy Joey

For those of you who actually read the blog and don’t just look at the pretty pictures, you know last fall I along with Peter Prybot were interviewed about our love for Gloucester, Cape Ann and our industry- the lobster industry for Air Tran’s in flight magazine- Go.  The issue will be in every seat back pocket of every Air Tran flight during the month of May.  Presumably travelers with money in their pockets will read the article and fall in love with our area or at least be tempted by our seafood and unpretentious attitude and come visit.  Hopefully it helps with the local tourist season.

The picture of my ugly mug in the picture in this post was taken by Jessica Scranton who also shared the pictures she took of Peter with us in this post

Click the link to read the story on Go Magazine’s website-

The Old Town & the Sea

By John O’Connor

Find your sea legs — and claws, and tails — among the clam and lobster shacks and restaurants around Gloucester, MA, a place steeped in maritime history and atmosphere.



Free Music is Almost Always a Good Thing

This time, in my opinion, it’s a really good thing, if bluegrass/indie/Americana/folk music is your style. Singer-songwriter Daniel Dye is offering a couple of free downloads through his facebook page. Daniel’s music is all original – he comes up to Cape Ann a few times a year with his band, The Miller Road Band to play a mix of Americana music with bluegrass instruments (banjo, mandolin, guitar, harmonica, fiddle and even a cello). These people are all family members of mine, so I’m probably a little biased but if the Avett Brothers are your thing (or the suddenly-they’re-everywhere Mumford and Sons), you will probably want to take advantage of these free downloads. Of course, you have to be on facebook to take the band up on the offer but you can’t truly get something for nothing, I guess. Click here for the download:

Here’s a video of Daniel Dye & (part of) the band recording a show at public radio station WYSO.

GMG cub reporter on double probation

Boy did I screw up. As cub reporter here at GMG I have a couple of defined tasks. My two big ones are cover the arrival of Rockport Santa and cover seasonal openings. I think I have nailed Santa pretty well the past three years but today I get the email I dread and that is I have failed miserably on the seasonal openings. I can blame it on a new beak or keeping up with Rubber Duck (crap, she has got a hollow leg when it comes to boilermakers) but today I blew it big time.

The Cupboard opened today! The Cupboard Opened Today! They always have a soft opening on the first Thursday of May and I plumb forgot. I am cutting my Friday short so I can order a Fish sandwich with cheese tomorrow delivered onto that well worn and familiar formica then maybe take it down to Cressy beach and eat the lunch that defines the beginning of the season. Or as Churchill once said, the end of the beginning of the season because The Cupboard is open! Get that boat in the water! Go catch a striper!

The Morning After

Turn that damn light off! Can’t a girl get some beauty sleep?

Put the notebook away and do something useful like fill my coffee cup.

OK, Chapter one, paragraph one, it was a dark and stormy night, I would call it weather only a rubber duck could enjoy and I was enjoying the night out but it took over seven hours of watered down Fenway suds before the Red Sox lost then the free drinks started stacking in front of me and I learned how to drink boilermakers out of a straw then a shot rang out as shots are wont to do and everyone hit the floor sounding like a bag of seedless watermelons thrown off a Dorchester Triple Decker since I think we landed up downstairs at Down Under and they hadn’t mopped up yet and the wet splat of large garden fruit was the last thing I remember before I woke up rubber side up in your lobster tank and I never ever want to hear someone cackle “bottoms up” again and no, you cannot see my new tattoo.

Got all of that? Got any leads on Homie? And not any Homie, my Homie. I heard of your idea of tying some fresh herring around my neck and tossing me in the harbor which I think totally sucks. What kind of girl do you take me for? OK, scratch that. Oh, my achin’ beak – any good Cinco de Mayo parties tonight – hair of the Rubber Dog and all – who made this coffee – hit me again –  thanks bro.

New Glasses For Your Nerdy Buddy Joey-The Bet


How much do you think they cost including frames, super-lightweight lenses with scratch roofing and anti-glare?

Over $200 or under $200

OK, OK I can’t take it any more!!!!  I have to spill the beans.  If any of you heard the last podcast you were privy to my absolute meltdown rant about the reaming the Mrs took even after using a $50 for $200 Groupon worth of eyeglasses at a regional eyeglass place which shall go un-named (not in Gloucester).  It was the only time I’d gotten burnt using a Groupon but my ass still hurts from getting bent over at that place.  First of all the worst frames not including the lenses that they offered in the whole place started at $169. the frames the Mrs picked out were $228  Then if you wanted the standard lenses which are heavy and are thick as old school coca-cola bottles they are an additional $220 and if you want the the lightweight and scratch-proofing that is an additional $124.  After hearing all this in the store I was visibly and audibly upset, knowing we were being taken advantage of and I let the guy know it.  We opted to forgo the scratch proofing and lighter lenses and we paid $428 minus the Groupon which cost us $50 for $200 worth of glasses which netted $278 out the door for her middle of the road frames without any special lenses.

Listen to my rant about this experience on the GloucesterCast podcast by forwarding to 9 minutes in after clicking here-

So as we left the un-named regional Eyeglass chain after shelling out the dough we got into the car where The Mrs knows I’m steaming mad.  I’m mad at myself for not investigating a little more but never in my wildest dreams did I think there could be that much juice in eyeglasses but apparently I was grossly mistaken.

I was railing on and on about how screwed we just got and how mad I was.  After hearing enough she starts to tell me that I’m just out of touch with prices nowadays and that it had been forever since I bought eyeglasses and that they must have gone up in price.

That’s when we made the bet.  I bet her that I could get glasses at Costco or BJ’s WITH the lighter lenses AND the scratch proofing for $200 or less.  She took the bet saying that there was no way.

Well wouldn’t you know I didn’t get one, but two pairs of goddamn glasses and two boxes (a dozen) contact lenses for $200.98.  One pair has the scratch proofing and the super-light anti-glare lenses for $108.98 and the other at $59.99 I got without the extras as a spare.


So there you go.  I paid for two pairs of prescription eyeglasses and a dozen contact lenses 30% less than she did for one pair without any upgrades. And for those of you wondering, she had a regular single prescription just like mine, no bifocal or progressive lenses.

Do your eyeglass shopping at BJ’s or Costco and save yourself some dough.

SUNDAY MORNING LIVE concerts at the Seaward Inn, Rockport MA

Note If you are a morning person check out the SUNDAY MORNING LIVE concerts at the Seaward Inn in neighboring Rockport, truly a Destination Breakfast Experience! Step back in time, visit and experience the splendor of an ocean view, exquisite culinary delights and live concerts by some of New England’s finest  musicians. These concerts run 9:00 a.m to Noon and there is never a cover charge.

You can view the entire Sunday Morning Live Series and sample the artists’ music on line by clicking the Entertainment Calendar at

Mother’s Day will feature the blissful sounds of Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli For more information please call 978-546-3471

Topside Grill ~ Kentucky Derby and Mother’s Day

Hey Everyone,

I wanted to let you all know about this weekend at The Topside! Saturday is the Kentucky Derby which means our annual Kentucky Derby party! Every year, it continues to get bigger and bigger. Come join us for prizes, give aways, pools, contests, and more! Come dressed up in your Kentucky Derby outfit an win the best dressed contest!!! Mint Juleps and Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwiches will be on special! The fun starts at 3:00 this Saturday!!
Sunday is Mother’s Day, take mom out for a day to remember and let us take care of everything else! We will be serving Brunch from 11-3 and also Mothers Day Lunch specials all day long (Roast Leg of Lamb, Honey Baked Virginia Ham, Stuffed Turkey Dinner, swordfish, steaks, and more!) seating is still available, but going fast, reserve now…


Doug Silva
General Manager
Topside Grill
50 Rogers St.
Gloucester, MA
(978) 281-1399

Amy’s Coffee and Cones Seasonal Opening Announcement and More!


Hey Joey,

We are finally out of the dreaded winter and spring is here!!!!  The shop is opening Friday, May 6, 10am-7pm.  I’ll be open weekends until Memorial Day and then I’ll be there 6 days a week.  Also I’m on the agenda Tuesday, May 10 for the city’s licensing board to seek approval for live entertainment on Saturday May 28.  I would love all the support I can get to be there.  I’m super excited to hear that you have secured a place on Rocky Neck this summer, it will be fabulous having you here!!  Stop and see me soon and have a hotdog!! 

Thanks, Amy J. Blake

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a holiday held on May 5. It is celebrated nationwide in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla. The date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, and to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.  Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexico’s Independence Day, the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico, which occurs on September 16th. Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that is virtually ignored in Mexico.

GMG Gloucester Tourism 2011 Kick Off Week- Get Your Gloucester Tourism Business Listed At

Get Your Tourism related buisiness listed on the website for free


Did you know that you can get your Gloucester tourism related business listed in the website for free?

Well you do know sucka!  Thank your boy Joey.  We went to the meeting for you and listened to the Mayor and the E-Board talk about what is happening to make this tourist season one of the best yet and I know with people’s busy schedules that it’s tough for business owners to get to all the meetings, but that’s where we come in.  We went and taped the speeches from Mayor Kirk, Jan Bordinaro and Sheree Delorenzo (before we ran out of memory space on the camera.

We learned of a bunch of things on the website that can help you and tourists know what you need to know.

Click here to get your business listed for free