July 1, 2011: Rockport Officially Open!

Rockport has stuff going on 365 days of the year. It’s not like they roll up the sidewalks in the winter. But the official demarcation into the true summer season is the opening of the Rockport Information Booth. Don’t tell me you’ve lived here your entire life and never stopped in.

Here, Peter Webber is performing the premier, annual, first rights of summer, by hanging Mister and Misses Bathroom sign by the entrance to the Information Booth. Now, and throughout the summer, the booth will be fully manned with experts in all things Rockport, (and all of Cape Ann). And if you have a question about gender, make sure to turn right in Rockport. OK, I know I ask this every year but am I the only one who thinks that when they see this sign when entering Rockport?

The other reason to stop is to admire the flowers planted by Nan Blue at the base of the sign. She has placed a multiplicity of plantings which are timed to flower throughout the summer finishing off with Montauk Daisy (my favorite.)

GMG Float To Feature Local Soundtrack For 2011 Horribles Parade- I Want To See All My Homies Shaking Their Tail Feathers!


Sista Felicia continues her assault on the budget and promises and over-the-top float this year!  It better be, she keeps coming back to me to hit up the wallet.

Title Sponsor Peter Van Ness Writes-

You asked for it.  You got it.  Music.  The best independent music north of Boston will be blasting from the GMG Float on July 3 thanks to Will Hunt (Celebrate Gloucester sound man, who is donating the PA) and all the extraordinary musicians who live here.

We’ve put together the Ultimate Gloucester Area Playlist with music from 2 dozen local artists on gimmesound.com.  ALL THE MUSIC IS LOCAL, INDEPENDENT MUSIC!  Best if all, IT’S EXCELLENT MUSIC.  Rock, pop, blues, soul, indie, jazz, country, celtic, ska, folk, reggae, americana, and more!

What better way to celebrate our independence than with independent music from Gloucester, which is becoming known to have one of the most vibrant music scenes in the US — Austin of the Northeast!

You wanted music, Joey, and you got it.

Here’s a list of some of the local musicians who you’ll hear from the GMG float (alphabetical by First Name — expect a few surprises too):

Allen Estes, Bandit Kings, Bingo Fridays, Chelsea Berry, Dan King, Earl & Arch, Erinn Brown, Everybody’s Neil, Fly Amero, Gary Shane, Henri Smith, Hoodoo Revelator, Inge Berge, Karen Ristuben, Lisa Landy, Michael O’Leary, Mile 21, Pete Lindberg, Runaround Sound, Satch Kerans, Tod Ellyson, Tony Hilliard, Will Hunt, Willie Alexander

Much Thanks To All Of Our Friends and Sponsors Including-

Help building from Bro-In Law Barry, Sista Felicia, Ed Collard, Jeremy Frost Construction and the kids.  Paulie Walnuts will be printing up the limited run t-Shirts and Greg Harris’ Briarwood Landscaping is providing us with the trailer.  Frank and Joey Ciolino are doing the truck detailing.  will Hunt is donating the PA system.

Of Course it wouldn’t be possible without sponsorship from these fantastic community minded businesses-


gimmesound.com — local live music listings.  Find every live music show in Gloucester and Cape Ann — listen to music on-line & download — all for free.


The Lone Gull is a family owned coffeehouse located on Main Street in historic downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts. Our ideal location makes us a great place to stop for a drink or a bite to eat, to chat with friends, or to have a business meeting. We offer free wi-fi to our customers, extremely comfortable couches and chairs, and a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere.

Passports Restaurant


Ed Collard House Doctors Handyman Services


Is it possible that R. DUCK, the suave debonaire duck-about- town we have all come to know and love is really someone much more sinister? A GMG investigative report now has photographic evidence that beneath that smooth and yellow, dare we say “sexy” exterior,  lies the mastermind of an impending invasion of Cape Ann.

Here is a GMG exclusive photo of the invasion force in their landing crafts ready to wreak duck havoc on the unsuspecting citizens of Cape Ann.

Not here! Not now! Not on our long weekend!

Warning: Deep Thoughts Ahead (Paul Kelly Talks About Summertime Philosophy)

In this short video, Paul Kelly — a teacher, worker at Apple Street Farm in Essex, writer, and all-around great guy — talks up the Philosophy & Writing Camps he offers to high school students in the summertime. He meets with small groups of students at the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem a few hours a day to use the collections there as inspiration for developing skills in writing and discussing Plato, Aristotle and all the rest of those famous guys. Paul says high school students eat this stuff up; they love discussing the big ideas, according to him. The first camp start next week, from Tuesday July 5th – Friday July 8th. For more information, go to Paul’s website: www.philosophy4.com


Did You Know? (Discover Gloucester Bag Finds New Home)

Gwen Wilcox and David Manis from Somerville found their way to Rocky Neck for the first time, at the direction of their Gloucester friend, Peggy.  Gwen purchased Joey C.’s photo of the walkway to Good Harbor Beach at dawn and won the famous Discover Gloucester bag.  David got my “Winter Plunge” painting print.  They also got GMG stickers for themselves and their friend Peggy (of course they have to check it out and tell all their friends in Somerville now that they will be famous on Good Morning Gloucester). 

E.J. Lefavour





On July 7, from 6-9 pm, Art New England invites you to discover the serene beauty of Cape Ann at a launch party for its July/August issue, featuring Art New England‘s second annual Focus On: Cape Ann, at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

According to Art New England publisher Tim Montgomery, “New England is home to uncountable enclaves of art and innovation. From the smallest of places, like Putney, VT to the most storied, like Provincetown, MA, our region is as artistically fertile as any in the world. And, Cape Ann is one of the most important of those places. Art New England has committed to shining a light on these pockets of creative energy and we are particularly pleased to showcase Cape Ann, a region that has long attracted artists looking for solitude and inspiration.”

While its breathtaking beaches and quaint villages make Cape Ann a wonderful vacation spot, the area is also a bastion of artistic integrity. Cape Ann has been quietly hosting and producing remarkable artists since the 18th century, and museums and galleries in Gloucester, Rocky Neck, and Rockport, many of which are featured in the July/August issue of Art New England, are home to expansive collections of art and artifacts that celebrate Cape Ann’s cultural and nautical history. Cape Ann’s misty harbors and artistic wealth make the region an unusual and invaluable arts destination.

Gloucester artist Jon Sarkin will be on hand to celebrate the launch of Art New England‘s July/August issue, which features Sarkin’s i am what i am on the cover. Sarkin’s bold multimedia work has captivated the art world, but it is the fascinating story behind the art that has gained the attention of art experts and novices alike. In 1988, Sarkin, a husband and father who worked as a chiropractor, underwent deep brain surgery and experienced a subsequent stroke. While this experience represented the end of Sarkin’s former life, he recovered from the stroke with a newly-awakened insatiable desire to create art.

Sarkin’s story and art have been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, ABC Primetime, This American Life, GQ, ArtNews, and Vanity Fair. Sarkin is also the subject of Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Ellis Nutt’s recent biography Shadows Bright as Glass: The Remarkable Story of One Man’s Journey from Brain Trauma to Artistic Triumph. Sarkin will be signing copies of Shadows Bright as Glass, which Kirkus calls “a mind-bending and inspiring book.”

In addition to Sarkin, guests will also have the opportunity to mingle with some of Cape Ann’s artists and gallery owners featured in Art New England‘s July/August issue. Please join us for hors d’oeuvres and wine as we celebrate Cape Ann, one of New England’s most treasured artistic hubs.

About The Cape Ann Museum

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts, America’s oldest fishing port. Cape Ann – which lies just north of Boston and includes the city of Gloucester and towns of Rockport, Manchester and Essex – has been a leading center for artists since the 18th century, a maritime powerhouse and the source of granite for many major building projects up and down the East Coast.  The Cape Ann Museum has a number of collections relating to this rich cultural heritage, including an extensive selection of maritime paintings and landscapes by American artists such as Fitz Henry Lane, Milton Avery and John Sloan.

About Art New England

Art New England magazine was started in 1979 by area artists on a mission to foster a lively and critical discussion of the regional art scene. It has since evolved into the premier contemporary art publication in New England. Recently acquired by New Venture Media Group, publishers of the Boston edition of Playbill, as well as Panorama, The Official Guide to Boston, Art New England has renewed its thirty-year-old commitment to objective, sophisticated and enthusiastic coverage of New England art and artists.

AOL Senior Travel Editors Ilona Biro and Jeff Silverstein represent!

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They stopped by with Linn Parisi and are traveling around Massachusetts as part of a seafood trail tour.

We had a nice visit and they asked a ton of questions. I’m looking forward to reading their Gloucester write up. Smile

Hey Ilona, here’s that post I was telling you about

and here’s the other one

Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester, MA presents Chilean Photographer Rodrigo Gutiérrez in person on July 7th

Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester, MA presents Chilean Photographer Rodrigo Gutiérrez in person on July 7th at 7:00 PM.T


The Sawyer Free Library is proud to announce that photographer Rodrigo Gutiérrez of Chile will be presenting a  talk about his acclaimed print collection entitled “Beauty Will Save the World: Picture a Story”. This premier event will take place at the Sawyer Free Library on Thursday,  July 7 at 7:00 PM. The show opens on Tuesday, July 5, and continues through July 30, in the Matz Gallery at the library.

Mr. Gutiérrez will talk about how he discovered his passion  for seeing the world through the lens; especially children from his travels around the world including the Himalayas, the United States , Europe and Gloucester . His expressive black and white portrayals portray children and the inner beauty that spills out of them even when their lives are spent “on the street”

This unique program will inspire not only artists but also those who appreciate a man who is a photographer by avocation but who captures the soul of humanity in his photographs.  Mr. Gutiérrez leads a blended double life. Professionally he is a senior vice president in Latin America for Merrill Lynch, the global wealth-management company.  He was educated as a lawyer in Chile and later earned a master’s degree from Tufts University ’s Fletcher School .

Mr. Gutiérrez took up photography when he decided words were not enough to express to family and friends what he saw in his travels. Inspired by the likes of Henri Cartier Bresson and Minor White, he studied with other leading photographers to develop mastery of composition and darkroom technique.

Please come and  welcome Mr. Gutiérrez to the Library and to the community.  For further information,  please visit the libaray’s website at www.sawyerfreelibrary.org.


Run Gloucester! 7-Mile Road Race Organized by Boston Marathon’s Dave McGillivray

Registration continues at www.rungloucester.com for Aug. 21 road race along ocean in historic Cape Ann


Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray says runners who participate in this year’s Run Gloucester! 7-Mile Road Race on Sunday, August 21 will enjoy one of the most scenic road races in the country – with more than five miles of ocean views in New England’s most famous seaport.

“It’s one of the most picturesque race we manage, just spectacular scenery nearly every step of the way,” said McGillivray, whose firm DMSE Sports directs the BAA Boston Marathon, the upcoming July 4 Harvard Pilgrim 10K at Patriot Place in Foxborough, Mass., the sold out TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K in Maine and the recent Run for the Dream Half and 8K in Williamsburg, Va.

Registration for the race, created by DMSE Sports and now in its second year, is ongoing at www.rungloucester.com.

McGillivray, who ran across the U.S. for charity – twice – and manages more than 30 races a year, recently shared some thoughts about Run Gloucester! 7-Mile Road Race, his work and the value of running.  [He also spoke recently about the race on this brief video posted today on You Tube: http://youtu.be/F-WwpQa0978.]

Q: What are your thoughts heading into the second year of the Run Gloucester! 7-Mile

Road Race?

A: I feel like we had a successful inaugural race, lots of positive comments from runners, strong support from the town, almost 1,000 runners taking part. Now we’re trying to build on that success to establish this road race as a real can’t miss event for runners across New England.

Q: How did you end up creating a new road race in Gloucester in the first place?

A: We wanted to produce a new DMSE-owned event, looked at the August race calendar with the TD Bank Beach to Beacon followed by the Falmouth Road Race, and decided it would be unique to add a third major seaside road race. We looked for a coastal town and it was DMSE’s Ron Kramer who came up with Gloucester. Ron showed the course to me and I knew right there we had the makings for something special.

Q: How does managing an event like this one stack up against something like the Boston Marathon?

A: Although Boston is a major event, given the experience of the staff, the Organizing Committee and all the volunteers, and the number of years we’ve been doing it, it isn’t overly difficult to organize. It’s just a lot of work. Creating first time events can be a greater challenge, that is, producing an event from scratch, from nothing. I was pretty anxious to get the first year over with. Now we have a better sense of what we’ve got and it’s a great race.

Q: How has the Gloucester community been in its support of the race?

A: The community was and continues to be very supportive of the race, which is the most important ingredient for a successful race.  
Q: What is the best way to prepare for a race like the Run Gloucester?

A: Probably no different than most, just make sure you are at a fitness level where you can cover the 7-mile distance. 
Q: Do you suggest running every day to get ready or several times a week?

A:  Depends on initial fitness level, however, consistency is key so running at least five days a week is recommended. Simply put, anyone training for the race should set a goal, develop a plan to reach that goal and then stick with it.
Q: What are the advantages to a course like Gloucester?

A: The Gloucester course is a rolling, loop course with incredible, inspiring ocean views.  It doesn’t get any better than this course.

Q: What is the best part of the course, in your opinion?

A: The start and finish by the Fisherman’s Memorial at statue and of course the sections with ocean views. 
Q: Will there be prize money this year?

A:  Yes, to be determined.
Q: Does the race need volunteers and if so, in what areas?

A: Yes, the race welcomes anyone willing to volunteer. Go to our website at www.rungloucester.com and sign up!
Q: Were there spectators along the course last year?

A:  Yes, many residents came out of their homes to cheer on the runners and the start / finish line was crowded with family and friends. It was really amazing.
Q: How is this year shaping up – anything new?

A: Registration continues online at www.rungloucester.com – we’re hoping more folks from nearby towns come over to Gloucester to run this course. We’re trying to improve upon last year’s success. 
Q: What motivates you to run in a race – any suggestions for folks considering Gloucester?

A:  Running helps raise self-esteem and self-confidence in everyone who engages in it.  I began running when I was 12 when I didn’t make the basketball team – haven’t stopped since – it’s been a very fulfilling part of my life.  
Q: What will the race beneficiary – the Gloucester Fishermen Athletic Association (GFAA). – do with the money it receives, if you know?

A:  Funds raised by the GFAA will be used to help finance the refurbishing of Newall Stadium. It’s a great organization and very deserving.

Q: What is the long-term goal/vision for the Run Gloucester event?

A:  Ideally, we want this race to become the last leg of a major, national-class, three-race Triple Crown summer series here in New England.

Q: If you can get one thing right when directing a race, above all else, what would that be?

A:  It’s all about the course, getting the course right…runner friendly, minimize local impact, involve community, aesthetically appealing, not too complex to manage or for the runners to negotiate.

Q: How do you know, what are the clues, that an event has been a success?

A:  The immediate positive comments from runners are a sure sign, plus positive comments from the local community. We received a lot of positive feedback our first year, so we’re looking to replicate that on Aug. 21.   

Q: You’ve run a lot of different marathons and road races in your career on courses throughout the U.S. and around the world, how does this course stack up and what aspects of the course stand out?

A: The out-and-back layout of the course is so convenient, plus it’s a relatively flat, rolling course with these beautiful ocean views that just can’t be found at many other races anywhere.

Q: Some of the views along the Run Gloucester! 7-Mile Road Race course are just breathtaking. In your experience, does the beauty of a course matter to runners?

A: Is it critical? Maybe not. But I think it certainly enhances the whole experience. I think a lot of runners will tell you when they’re out there pushing their body, part of the exhilaration and motivation comes from their surroundings. That’s why runners seek out scenic spots to train. Who doesn’t like the idea of running along the ocean?

Q: Anything else about the race you’d like to share?

A: Hoping everyone who loves running as I do signs up at www.rungloucester.com
The Run Gloucester! 7-Mile Road Race also features a Kid’s Fun Run the morning of the race. This year’s sponsors include the Gloucester Times, North Shore 104.9 and Addison Gilbert Hospital. Others who wish to be a race sponsor this year may contact Alan Steinberg, Sponsor/Event Consultant at DMSE Sports, Inc., 561-676-3531 or by e-mailing him at alan@dmsesports.com.

For additional information on this year’s race, visit the race website at www.rungloucester.com. Also, find the race on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RunGloucester

Founded by McGillivray in 1981, DMSE Sports, Inc. is a leader in sports event management, specializing in creating, marketing and producing mass participatory athletic events throughout the U.S. and abroad. McGillivray has produced or consulted on more than 900 events throughout the world, including 24 Boston Marathons; 13 TD Bank Beach to Beacons, the 2004 and 2008 USA Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials, the 1990 Triathlon World Championship, the 1998 Goodwill Games Triathlon, and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. For more info, visit www.dmsesports.com.

Dave McGillivray

Good Beach on a Bad Day: Boogie Board Family Rips it up at Good Harbor Beach

Contributor Adam Bolonsky writes-

Ahh, nor’east storms in summer. The day turns to slop, the sky grows overcast and grey, and then rains. But surf is up! Mom and dad and daughter take boogie boards and wetsuits to make good during a bad day at Good Harbor Beach.

Or is "bad day at Good Harbor Beach" both a non-sequitur and an impossibility?