Did You Know? (NOTN)

That this Thursday is July’s Night on The Neck on Rocky Neck?

Come celebrate post-4th of July with unique summer fun on Cape Ann’s historic Rocky Neck Art Colony in East Gloucester. Thursday 7/7, from 5 to 9pm, is ‘Night on the Neck’– a summer series orchestrated by the Rocky Neck Art Colony, held on the first Thursday of each month, June – September. Taking place all along Rocky Neck Avenue, galleries and shops will be open and serving refreshments as well as hosting street-side entertainment by musicians, authors, sea shanty singers, dancers, as well as various artistic demonstrations.

Highlights of this free public event include: 

Bird Mancini at the Madfish Wharf, 77 Rocky Neck Ave.

7-8:30pm: outdoor concert 

“A cosmopolitan fusion of blues-tinged rock, Latin-flavored Bossa Nova, country folk balladry, and woolly psychedelia!”  Listen: http://www.birdmancini.com/ 

Moira Kelly, Traditional Celtic Harpist

Moira is a Celtic singer/ harper/ rhythm guitarist, originally from the coast of CT.
She has been playing, teaching and giving harp workshops from Florida to the NYC metro area to Ireland’s green countryside, to the sunny coast of Melbourne, Australia and back to Boston/North shore.  She now lives in Gloucester.

6-7:00 at Madfish Wharf, 77 Rocky Neck Ave.

Goetteman Gallery, 37 Rocky Neck Ave: 7:15pm Local author Carole St. John will be speaking on  ‘Owning the artist within.’

Rocky Neck Gallery presents “The Quarrymen” featuring Matt Natti on the Didgeridoo, Eli Natti on Upright bass and Jim Corcoran on the hand drums. 

Elynn Kroger Gallery, 15 Rocky Neck Ave

Live music:  Lisa Landry 5pm to 6:30 pm – Janet Young 6:30pm to 8pm – Jeweler, Skye Fresh, will be demonstrating techniques and selling her wares   

Imagine Gallery, 43 Rocky Neck Ave.

7:15 Rick Drost, accoustic guitar player and singer 

Sailor Stan’s, 1 Wonson St. – music and dinner 5 – 9pm 

Sea Shanty Singers at Schooner Adventure in The Marine Railways: 5 – 9pm 

Alma MacGloughlin Antiques, 77 Rocky Neck Ave.: Paco, Flamenco guitarist and Concertina player

E.J. Lefavour


Gloucester At Dawn 7/5/11 4:50AM

Now that the major events are behind us it’s time to slow down and enjoy the rest of the summer. 

Oh wait, we’ve got the GMG Cigar and Rum sail Coming up aboard The Lannon with the Old Cuban Cigar Company and Ryan and Wood Folly Cove Rum!


This party ain’t over baby!  It ain’t over ‘til we say it’s over!!!!!

Did You Know? (Call for Fishermen)

Call for Fishermen for 2012 Gloucester Fishcake Calendar

That Adam Bolonsky came up with a great idea that Rocky Neck East End Madfish Wharf Girl artists Wendie “Bomb Diggity” Demuth, E.J. “Did You Know?” Lefavour and newest addition to the Neck, Gigi “Spicey Meatball” Mederos are running with?  We are going to put out a 2012 Gloucester Fishcake Calendar (Gigi came up with the name) full of your favorite and hottest looking Gloucester’s Finest Kind.  This is a call to all of you who know and love some of those strong, good looking, manly professional harvesters of the sea (fishermen, lobstermen, clammers, shrimpers, if it comes from the sea and they bring it home for a living, we’re looking for them) to be nominated to be featured in this one-of-a-kind, definitely destined to become world famous, Gloucester Fishcake Calendar.  We need to move quickly to have the calendar ready to distribute to the world by September, so if you want to nominate your favorite fisherman or lobsterman, please email khanstudio@comcast.net, call 857-891-9054 (EJ at Khan Studio and the GMG Gallery) or stop by 77 Madfish Wharf at your convenience – we’re here all the time.  This is going to be real, Glosta, oldest working seaport, finest kind, fishing capital of the world stuff.

E.J. Lefavour


Blackburn Challenge: Registration Closes this Saturday July 9

The epic silver jubilee 25th running of the Blackburn Challenge is Saturday July 23.  This oar or paddle human powered race in dory, kayak, outrigger canoe or even SUP; Stand Up Paddle, can enter this race around the entire circumference of Cape Ann.

Over 300 boats are all in. Registration ends this Saturday at midnight, July 9. Do not regret missing this race. Gloucester High School start, up the Annisquam, then clockwise all the way around until you paddle under the greasy pole finish line back in Gloucester Harbor. Besides the ability to say that you paddled around the entire island you get a cool Patagonia shirt you can proudly wear showing you completed the race.

Your humble scribe kayaked it last year and was a bit surprised that most every entrant took the race “seriously.” No duffers in the lot. All I wanted to do was finish before the beer keg was drained and I made it. The pulled pork sandwiches were dee-lish. This year I am taking Rubber Duck and my protege, Ed Collard, The House Doctor, around the island. Ed has kayaked exactly three times  in his life, (past four weeks), but he is pumped and may very well tow me over the line.

There will only be one 25th running of the Blackburn Challenge. Sign up now, do it for a charity, but find a vessel and a paddle, slap a GMG sticker on the bow and meet us July 23.

Register here.   Countdown here (18 days left!) My detailed map of course with all the pitfalls here.

Rubber Duck Quick Tip: No dory or boat? Check out Cape Ann Stand Up Paddle right on Pavilion Beach. I bet you could rent for the race, paddle over the finish line right to their rental location. Paddleboards get a head start at Blackburn Challenge!

Supporting Our Troops July 7

The Cape Ann Military Family Support Group meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Major Fred W. Rito Veterans Center, 12 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester.   They provide support to Cape Ann families and friends who have family and friends serving in the military.  All are welcome to attend.
On Thursday, July 7 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., members of the Cape Ann Family Support Group will be in the Café at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington Street, Gloucester. 
Please stop by and visit their informational table.
During the month of June, items will be collected for our military serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.   Items that are needed include:

Energy bars
Hard candy
Granola Bars
Pretzels, Pringles
Canned nuts
Powdered Drink Mixes, such as Gatorade, Lemonade, Kool-Aid, Ice-Tea mix, etc.
Micro-wave popcorn
Beef Jerky

Items may be brought to the main entrance of the Addison Gilbert Hospital during the month of June.   These items will be provided to The Cape Ann Military Family Support Group who will be making up care packages to our local soldiers serving.

Patti DeRosa of Randolph, MA and Livio Guardi of Florence, Italy @ The Seaward Inn, This Sunday

The SEAWARD INN, Rockport, will feature Patti DeRosa of Randolph, Ma. and Livio Guardi of Florence, Italy, an International Acoustic Duo, Sunday Morning Live, July 10th. from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Their unique blend of American, Mediterranean and global acoustic music has been captivating
audiences in the U. S. and Europe. Savour the flavor as they create an intoxicating musical sound   during a Breakfast Buffet by the Sea.
Please visit blog.seawardinn.com or call 978-546-3471.

Bumagin-Korn Clan Celebrates the 4th and Represents!

Hey Joey,
Just to let you and Frankie know how much we appreciate your help and warm attention to make our annual reunion a success each year.
Hailing  from New York City, New Jersey, Chicago area, Baltimore, and Massachusetts, our Bumagin-Korn clan represents 4 generations who come together in Gloucester to celebrate the fourth and family every year. And we always include a wonderful Lobsta-Fest, relying on the good graces of Captain Joe and Sons.
Thanks, to Joey and Frankie.
Happy Independence Day to all.
Paul Korn

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2011 Good Morning Gloucester Horribles Float Construction Day I

A Huge Thank You To The Horribles Parade Committee who is working on the parade all year long to insure everyone has a good time.  Our hats are off to you and all the hard work you do-

The Fishtown Horribles Parade Committee

Al Kipp, David Tucker, Pete Williamson,

Doug Goolsby, Mike Turner, Melissa Cox,

Darryl Goolsby, Dave Harvey, John Linquata