Mark Your Calendars- First Downtown Gloucester Block Party Slated For Next Saturday July 16th


The Gloucester Downtown Block Party, a citywide food, family and arts event occurring three times throughout the summer in the oceanside community of Gloucester, on Cape Ann celebrates its fourth year with a new spin in the fashion of that other hipster seaside community – Portsmouth, NH.

Valerie Marcley, co-founder and coordinator of the tremendously successful Seaport Fringe Festival in Portsmouth has come on board as Event Coordinator of the Gloucester Downtown Block Party series, which has drawn thousands at each event, organized and powered historically through volunteer efforts alone. Valerie brings a fresh perspective and some new ideas to help broaden the already successful community event to attract and entertain festival goers of all ages.

New this year is the introduction of street minstrels to entertain seated diners when entertainment on the main stage is too far from your al fresco table, a large family zone with more inexpensive and free youth activities such as sidewalk chalk drawing, face painting, games and interactive theater, picnic tables, street food options for those not wishing to wait for a table on “restaurant row”, an Art Street area with works on display and adult street artists, an event-wide 50/50 raffle, and the inclusion of off-Main Street Vendors in the areas not filled by downtown retailers.

Stages at Hancock and Main, and Porter and Main will once again have people “dancing in the streets” with live music, dance performances and lessons, spectacle, comedy, and even a parade down to a waterfront dance party. As always, and perhaps even more this year, Main Street will be full of arts and music, friends and food for participants of all ages to get out and have fun.

The change in organization comes with the retirement and relocation of two of Gloucester Downtown Block Party founders, Janice Shea and Erika Hansen. Their departure from the wonderful summer series has resulted in a new set of local volunteers coming forward, under their invaluable guidance, to sustain and grow this local calendar highlight.

Lorre Anderson of the Black Swan, Mark McDonough of Serenitee Restaurant Group, and founder of Farmer’s Market and Cape Ann Time banks, Judith Brackley, accomplished writer, Jennifer Goulart Amero, Public Relations and Marketing Director for Serenitee Restaurants and Lucinda Seigel join Linn Parisi, destination marketing guru for Cape Ann and event visionary Janice Lufkin to lead events subcommittees including local artists and entertainers like Dawn Gadow of Art Haven, Peter and Vicki Van Ness of GimmeSound and Henry Allen of The Annie.

Festival dates are Saturday July 16, August 20 and September 17, 2011. Information on performing or volunteering at the Gloucester Block Parties through Val at

For information and event schedules go to

Dan King, Dave Brown, J. B. Amero ~ With Dave Mattacks On Drums ~This Friday Night ~ Dog Bar
Current Bands
Currently Booking
Madfish Grille
The Studio
play music.

Did You Know? (New to Lanesville)

That Rebecca Rettig and Mitch Mahoney just bought a house in Lanesville?  Rebecca is a devoted FOB and came into the gallery to get a sticker.  Lanesville, welcome a lovely new couple to your great little village.  Jim, keep an eye out for them – I told them about the great community center you have there.

E.J. Lefavour


The Block Party Series needs volunteers to help before and during the event. Some tasks: Stage Manage; help and monitor street set-up; sell raffle tickets; man an information table; CLEAN UP!! Enjoy the party, work a little and party some more. You will make your block party work and support our downtown. Please Contact: or call 978-525-3131. Thank you!

Cape Ann Medical Center Talk On Mammograms and Breast Cancer Testing June 8th

Hi Joey,

We’re hoping you can help us spread the word about an event we’re having at Cape Ann Medical Center on breast health. Here’s a quick write up on the program:

Confused about when to have a mammogram?
Join Mass General/North Shore Breast Health experts to learn more about the importance of mammograms, when and how often to get a mammogram, the latest diagnostic testing and treatment fro breast cancer, and get the answers to all your questions. Held at the Cape Ann Medical Center, 1 Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, June 8, 6-7:30 pm. To register call 978-354-3060 or


Cape Ann Profiles show host Rich Sagall interviews Gloucester Daily Times Editor Ray Lamont

On the next Cape Ann Profiles show host Rich Sagall interviews Gloucester Daily Times editor Ray Lamont. They discuss editing a local newspaper and what makes it different from a big city one.
Cape Ann Profiles can be seen on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 on Friday, July 8 at 10:30AM and 7:00PM and on Sunday, July 10 at 2:00PM. It repeats on Friday, July 15 at 10:30AM and 7:00PM and on Sunday, July 17 at 2:00PM.
Upcoming guests include Max Levi on his experiences as an adolescent in Nazi Germany, Joey Ciaramitaro of the blog Good Morning Gloucester 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.

Cape Ann Healing Center July 9th Workshop!

From Dr. Nicole;


Reiki 1 – Saturday, July 9th, 11AM to 7PM 

Room 205 – Cape Ann Healing Center

with Silvie Lockerova – EcoTour Guide, Reiki and Matrix Quantum Healing Therapist

Silvie is a Reiki Master/Teacher, a Matrix Quantum Healing Therapist and a Tour Guide. Silvie is originally from the Czech Republic and has been studying and practicing alternative medicine for over 13 years as well as traveling and living in Third World Countries working in development programs.  

Silvie is particularly interested in holistic energy healing and she teaches her healing knowledge through Reiki and Osho Meditation. Silvie, besides teaching, offers Reiki and Quantum Healing sessions. Silvie specializes in developing Eco-tourism healing retreats in variety of countries and destinations including Cape Ann. She believes in a healthy effective combination of healing and traveling, while contributing desired destination and its community. Click here to learn more about Silvie.  

In this workshop we will learn the healing system, receive attunement into Reiki level 1 and Seichem 1. After the class students have knowledge of a physical self treatment.  This class is the pre-requisite to Reiki 2 which will be offered in August.

What is Reiki?
Reiki is an ancient spiritual practice which helps to heal on physical, emotional and psychological level. In translation from Japanese language, Reiki means the Universal Life Force Energy. During a typical session, a client lies fully clothed on the massage table, while the practitioner slowly and systematically moves hands over the client’s body. Reiki brings deep relaxation, peace and general well being. Reiki helps to reduce stress, increase energy, lower heart rate and diastolic blood pressure. It facilitates to remove blockages in energy flow and the dispersal of toxins. Reiki helps the body in recovery after surgery and after chemotherapy.

What is Seichem?
Gentle healing energy similar to Reiki. In translation Seichem means Living Light Energy which empovers Reiki healing.

Cost: $150. The number of students in class is limited so pre-registration is required with a non-refundable $45 deposit. Call 978-412-5400 to register. For info contact Silvie at

Chickity Check It! Karen Ristuben’s Plastic Ocean – North Pacific Gyre voyage & blog


Karen writes-

Hi Joey,
To follow up from when I saw you last on the Neck, I’m on my way to Hawaii to meet up with the marine research sailboat SeaDragon ( and marine scientists from Algalita Marine Research Foundation ( to sail from Hawaii toVancouver through the North Pacific Gyre, where our plastic trash accumulates.  More about the multi-media presentation/performative lecture that I’m creating about the issue can be found on my website –, as well as a blog that I’ll be updating throughout this journey.
I can’t believe I forgot to bring a GMG bumpersticker!!  Maybe I’ll just put the GMG logo on my computer screen and "represent" from the N. Pacific in a week or so!!
Hope you have a great July….

Today- Must Do Events Nights On The Neck- Cape Ann Farmer’s Market


Thursday, July 7 : NIGHTS ON THE NECK

Elynn Kroger Gallery, 15 Rocky Neck Ave

5 – 8 pm: Live music: Lisa Landry and Janet Young
Skye Fresh will demonstrate jewelry techniques and sales

Sailor Stan’s, 1 Wonson St.

5 – 9 pm: music and dinner

Imagine Gallery, 43 Rocky Neck Ave

5-7 pm: Rick Drost, accoustic guitar player and singer
7 – 8 pm: Moira Kelly on Harp
8-9 pm: Rick Drost, accoustic guitar player and singer

Rocky Neck Gallery, 53 Rocky Neck Ave

6 – 8 pm: The Quarry Men featuring Matt Natti on the Didgeridoo, Eli Natti on Upright bass and Jim Corcoran on the hand drums

Alma McLaughlin Antiques, 77 Rocky Neck Ave

5-8pm: Paco, Flamenco guitarist and Concertina player

Madfish Wharf,77 Rocky Neck Ave

6-7 pm: Moira Kelly, Traditional Irish Harpist

7-8:30 pm: outdoor concert, Bird Mancini : "A cosmopolitan fusion of blues-tinged rock, Latin-flavored Bossa Nova, country folk balladry, and woolly psychedelia!" Listen:

Schooner Adventure in The Marine Railways

5 – 9 pm: Sea Shanty Singers

For more detailed info on all events see EJ Khan’s Did You Know on GoodMorning Gloucester.


Cape Ann Farmer’s Market- 3-6:30PM at Stage Fort Park Click Pic Below for Directions