Auction For Charity: Two Tickets to this Thursday’s Sold Out Sail on the Thomas Lannon to Benefit the Cape Ann Animal Aid

This Thursday the Thomas Lannon will be Sailing away with GMG FOBs and rum and cigars 7PM to 9PM. All the tickets are gone.

But wait, there are two tickets that just became available and this pair will be auctioned to the highest bidder before 6PM Wednesday.  Normally $70 for the pair we want to raise a few dollars for the Cape Ann Animal Aid.

Do it for the puppies. Or do it for the fine Cuban Cigar Company and Rum Drinks along with a lovely sail aboard the Lannon with Joey and his pals. Just add a comment to this post with the dollar amount. Should we start at $50?

ps. If you would like to make anonymous bids send them to and he will post them as anon to this thread. We will update the bidding on Monday and Tuesday night.

Sailing Disaster Narrowly Averted

There were a bunch of people taking sailing lessons off Niles Beach the other morning, and it was amazing to see how quickly the instructors raced to the rescue to save moored boats from being smashed into by wayward, totally out of control sailboats.  It was pretty chaotic and fun to watch.  No one was injured and no boats were hit, at least while I was watching.

E.J. Lefavour

Deb Hardy and Kerry Mullen Represent

Gloucester artists, Deb Hardy (singer/songwriter) and Kerry Mullen (painter/sculptor and sexton at the UUC) and lovers of the blog, stopped by the gallery to say hi, talk art and pick up GMG stickers.  Now Deb is going to be one of the performers on Madfish Wharf during our next NOTN on August 4, possibly with Kerry accompanying on drums.

E.J. Lefavour

Gentile Bandstand 2011 Concert Schedule

Hi Joey,

I’ve attached the schedule for the summer concerts at the Gentile Bandstand at Stage Fort Park. We started last Wednesday evening. The next concert is tomorrow evening at 7pm. We are featuring North Shore A Cappella, with Gloucester born Vinnie Straccia.

Thanks, David Benjamin

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Barefoot at Rockport, Celebrating Fashion as Art July 28th

On July 28th, Art comes alive in a day long celebration, Barefoot at Rockport. Barefoot at Rockport is a showcase for independent local and national designers, and boutiques. It’s a day of shopping, wine tasting, a showcase for our artisan food designers, and stylists. it’s a fashion exhibit at one of New England’s most notable art associations, the Rockport Art Association and a fashion show and exclusive cocktail party all set against the back drop of the jewel of the north shore, Rockport MA.



12-4PM Designer Showcase and Trunk Show, Shalin Liu Performance Center

2-4PM Exhibit and Reception, Rockport Art Association

7-10PM Fashion Show & Cocktail Party, Shalin Liu Performance Center

For More Info Click Here

Talk 2 The Hand ~ Seaward Inn, Rockport MA, this Sunday

The SEAWARD INN, Rockport, proudly presents “Talk 2 the Hand”, Sunday Morning Live, July 17th., 9:00 a.m. to Noon, during a Breakfast Buffet by the Sea.  Emily, Liz, Sarah and Laura is a women’s acapella quartet returning for the third time by popular demand!
These foxy ladies cover a variety of pop, rock and country artists – all rendered with the magical touch of The Hand.
Please visit or call 978-546-3471.

Chickity Check It! Seven in Eleven A Littoral Adventure Live Blogging It Today

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On Monday July 11, 2011 a group of adventurers will attempt to swim at seven salt water beaches in seven different states between dawn and dusk. With the support of several chapters of The Surfrider Foundation, Seven in Eleven celebrates the beauty of the coastal Northeast and proves that age is no barrier to having fun outdoors.

The event begins at sunrise (5:36 a.m.) at Long Branch, NJ. Subsequent stops will be at Rockaway Beach (Beach 90th Street) in New York City,

Sherwood Island State Park (East Beach) in Westport, CT,

Misquamicut State Beach, Westerly, RI,

Salisbury State Reservation, Salisbury, MA,

Wallis Sands State Beach, Rye, NH,

Ending before sunset (8:23 p.m.) at Long Sands Beach, York ME.

The Seven in Eleven builds on last year’s Quick Six – six beaches, six states, one day. The Quick Six was featured in the Travel Section of the Boston Sunday Globe.

This year’s participants, most in their 50’s and 60’s, are expected to include a registered nurse, a computer security expert, a former Coast Guardsman, a van driver, a veteran long-distance swimmer and runner, and a retired city planner.

For additional background, see

Live blogging begins right here on Monday July 11, 2011 at 7 a.m.

What Is Wrong With People???? Another Lobster Roll Disaster From Some Broads In California

My buddy Heather Atwood forwarded me this shamockery of a lobster roll recipe.

I honestly don’t know where to begin in a critique.  I could probably do a whole ‘nother blog in addition to GMG with all these recipe’s from people who don’t know how to let perfection alone.

First the a small preview of the mess that  DENISE WOODWARD & LAUDALINO FERREIRA from EAT Boutique display as their lobster roll- (for the full sized picture I suggest you go to their other than the horrible lobster roll post, excellent food blog)-EAT BOUTIQUE!

Now just from the tiny sample of a picture above at EAT BOUTIQUE! you can imagine how any self respecting lobster roll lover would cringe when you see a lobster roll that has more green visible than lobster parts.

Any of you that have been with the blog from the beginning know how I feel about anything green touching a lobster roll.

A quote from my original post from July 3, 2008 as a refresher-

What I found was shocking and disturbing. It seems these mooks up in Maine have found a way to fuck up ruin a perfectly good lobster roll. Listen to me, under no circumstances should the words lettuce, paprika, French baguette, or celery enter the equation when speaking about lobster roll preparation.

So back to the mess in California and the EAT BOUTIQUE! version of a lobster roll.

This quote near the end of her blog post really gives you an idea of how unqualified they are to be writing about lobster rolls-

I like to use a live lobster, but have used frozen lobster tails, when I am in a pinch; both types are as equally delicious.

Really now????   You’re gonna go and say that frozen lobster tails are in any way shape or form equally as delicious as fresh shucked meat?  Oh No You Diin’t


If stating that frozen lobster tails are just as delicious as fresh shucked lobster meat for your lobster rolls wasn’t enough wait ‘til you see what they use for ingredients-

There isn’t just one strike on their ingredient list, there are five, count ‘em five!

Among the list of ingredients on the Mrs Joey C lobster roll banned ingredients list which the author uses-

  • 1 – 1-1/2 pound live lobster (a frozen tail works as well)
  • 1 lemon, cut into quarters
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed, minced
  • 1 celery stalk, minced
  • 3 green onions, minced
  • 1/8 cup mayo
  • 1/4 fresh lemon, juiced
  • Salt for sprinkling
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • Butter

If you didn’t already know, the highlighted ingredients in her list are all no-nos.

I understand that some strange folk like celery (for the crunch), but jalefuckingpenos?  Jalepenos????  This just strikes me as another food writer’s attempt to differentiate their dish, but what they obviously don’t get is that the beauty of the classic lobster roll is it’s simplicity.

I guess you have to give these poor misguided women a pass with them living in California and all with all those other fruitcakes. 

They  do some things right, like buttering the hot dog rolls and grilling them so they get a 2 on a scale from 1-10.

To do the right job refer to this original post from The Mrs’ recipe-

For the proper way to prepare a lobster roll see this post

Lobster Roll Ingredients

Worls Greatest Lobster Roll

Has to be Cains mayo, and hot dog rolls so you can grill them to a golden brown with the salted butter.

Notice there is no lettuce, paprika, celery or any other filler. If anything else appears in your lobster roll, you have an inferior lobster roll.

steam the lobsters and shuck the meat

tear the meat into 1/2 inch chunks or so and mix with cains mayo


once lobster and mayo is chilled, butter each side of cheap hot dog rolls (the kind you tear apart)

you do not want to use any goddamn baguette or crusty overpowering roll

you want white bread tear apart soft hot dog rolls

once you butter the sides of the hot dog rolls with SALTED butter you pan brown the roll so its warm and golden brown

just barely browned but the roll should still be very soft

then load up your cool lobster/mayo filling into the warm soft buttery roll and you have yourself the perfect lobster roll



This one from the perspective behind the Schooner where all the action was including the jacking of the bow and the hammering away at the blocks!

Click here for the dozens of posts containing the building and launching of The Schooner Ardelle here at Good Morning Gloucester.
I think it is safe to assume that no one covered it as well all the way through as the GMG team.
Great Job everyone!

KIM SMITH- Northward Migrating Monarch Butterflies Arrive to Good Harbor Beach and to Our Garden!

To read the full story, with many more photos than I can attach to the newsletter, click here for blog.

While snapping a photo of the divinely scented honeysuckle embowering the outside shower…
Honeysuckle embowered shower enclosure Lonicera japonica 'Purpurea'

I spotted our first female Monarch butterfly of the season.

Monarch Butterfly Marsh MilkweedShe’s arrived a bit earlier than usual this year, or more accurately, the milkweeds in our garden are slightly behind in blossoming time-Marsh Milkweed won’t bloom for another half-week and Common Milkweed won’t flower for another two weeks (both milkweed patches are growing nearby the shower enclosure). However, she did not have nectaring in mind.

Monarch Butterfly Marsh Milkweed

Click here to read the rest at Kim’s Blog