News from the Topside Grill

Hey everyone,

I wanted to check in and let you know about a few things going on at The Topside 🙂 First off, beginning tonight, the lovely Elizabeth is back behind the bar! She will be here tonight and every Saturday pairing up with the infamous Antoine slinging drinks and serving our delicious menu. Friday nights will have Kristie and Jennifer behind the bar to make sure every weekend night is filled with bartenders to fulfill all your thirsty requests!
Don’t forget we serve Sunday Brunch every week, now with live Jazz entertainment!

Tomorrow we will feature Julie Dougherty from 11:00am until 2:00pm.

Gloucester’s most delicious eggs Benedict, Kahlua  French Toast, Huevos Rancheros, Corned Beef Hash, Scrambled eggs and Ham, and more! Also, $5 Bloody Mary’s, Mimosa’s, and Passion Flower (pineapple, pomegranate, and vodka)!
Also, every Tuesday is Oyster Night! $1.50 Blue Point Oysters on the half shell. Also feat. Oyster Casino, Rockefeller, fried oysters, oyster stew and more!
We also offer $5 Happy Hour appetizers from 4-6 Monday-Friday. Nachos, buffalo wings, potato skins, fried mac&cheese, veggie egg rolls, baked stuffed clams, Jalepeno poppers, liver & bacon, and Jalepeno chilli cheese fries. Don’t forget, our 14oz Margaritas are always just $4.95. See you soon!!! What are you up to tonight?!?!?


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

Oasis Rockport- Shoeboxes For Kids Donation Center

Angela Writes-

I was wondering if you would help me get the word out.  I have established a Cape Ann Chapter of Shoeboxes For Kids, an organization that has done a lot in helping out after the devastation in Joplin.  The Cape Ann Chapter is helping out those affected by the recent tornadoes in Massachusetts. Details are below:

Would you like to help after the recent devastation caused by the tornadoes in Massachusetts?  We are taking collections for the Cape Ann Chapter of Shoeboxes For Kids.

Our goal is to give a little hope to the children devastated or affected by the tornadoes. The shoe boxes contain items such as Play Doh, coloring books, crayons, sidewalk chalk, jump rope, small stuffed animals etc. Would you like to help us help out?  If you would like to put together a box and send it to us or bring it by the Oasis Rockport gallery we will arrange for delivery to the areas affected by the recent tornadoes in Western Massachusetts.

Please place items in a shoe or a plastic box and mark boy or girl and approximate age range.  We will take care of the rest. These boxes will be distributed to shelters, schools, churches, anywhere they can be distributed to the children to give them hope in these sad times.

Donation Center is located at:

Oasis Rockport
65 Bearskin Neck
Rockport MA 01966

Or call Angela at (978) 290 – 3184

Cape Ann Profiles Broadcast Schedule With Rich Sagall


On the Cape Ann Profiles host Rich Sagall interviews Fred Cowan on volunteerism and the rewards of being a volunteer. Fred donates his time to many local, regional and national nonprofits including the Gloucester Board of Health, the Council on Aging, The Open Door, AIDS Action Committee Hotline, NeedyMeds, plus many others.
Cape Ann Profiles can be seen on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 on Friday, June 10 at 10:30AM and 7:00PM and on Sunday, June 12 at 2:00PM. It repeats on Friday, June 17 at 10:30AM and 7:00PM and on Sunday, June 19 at 2:00PM.
Upcoming guests include Attorney Meredith Fine, Gloucester Times editor Ray Lamont, Max Levi on his experiences as an adolescent in Nazi Germany and other Cape Ann personalities who have a story to tell.
Rich Sagall is a physician and the president of NeedyMeds, a national non-profit that provides information on programs that help people unable to afford their health care costs. He also publishes Pediatrics for Parents, a children’s health newsletter.

Allison Varga – May 13, 15, 20, 22

Henry Allen– May 27, 29, June 3,5

Fred Cowan– June 10, 12, 17, 19

Meredith Fine – June 24, 26, July 1, 3

Ray Lamont – July 8, 10, 15, 17

Max Levi – July 22,24,29, 31

Joey Ciaramitaro – August 5,7, 12, 14

Debbie Clarke Summer Studio


Summer Studio: a beginning


Here’s the set-up, palimpsest on gessoed canvas 26×26″ .  that’s Capt Joe’s in the background.  again the geometry confounds me.  thought to give it a try, but…

the light was shining through the canvas.  turned the canvas and did this instead.  says it all. now what do i do?  go find some more stretchers.

have a stretch of good hot summer weather setting in.  better go to the art supply and get some stretchers.


ps:  there’s an intimation of Heasley’s house on the upper left.  and how could i ignore that big tree?  easy…i just didn’t see it until the end. 

13 Days!!! A Contest From The Infamous Fred Buck! AND St Peter’s Fiesta Family Free Fun Day At Cape Ann Museum!!!!

Fred Buck Writes-

joey – from the charlie lowe archives at the cape ann museum:  late 1950s, practice for the race.  i recognize sleepy and paul ciluffo (?) behind him…  first person to name everyone in the boat AND the winner of that year’s race wins the grand prize – 8×10 glossy of the pic and 2 free passes to the museum.  stay tuned, folks.  more to come!
infamous f.b.

click the picture to view full sized

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I believe my father is the second man from the top left of the boat.  Saint Peter’s Fiesta will always be my favorite time of the year.

Thanks Fred

click here for a link to the GMG Fiesta coverage

Today Is The Cape Ann Museum Fiesta Family Fun Day Exhibit!


Museum presents St. Peter’s Fiesta – Inspired Family Fun Day June 11th(Today)!

Viva San Pietro! Visit the Cape Ann Museum on Saturday, June 11 to learn more about Gloucester’s historic St. Peter’s FiestaThe second Saturday of each month is family fun day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Drop by to enjoy free admission for family members, gallery exploration handouts, and art & history activities, including Fiesta inspired oar decorating, a Fiesta parade map activity, and a Greasy Pole challenge. Light refreshments will be served throughout the day.  This program is free and open to the public.

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 on Mondays, and on major holidays. Admission is $8.00 adults, $6.00 Cape Ann residents, students and seniors. 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