Patience- Cape Ann Animal Aid pet of The Week


Hello, my name is Patience and I am a two-month-old, tiny girl kitten.   My lovely coat is brown-and-black.  If you would like to meet me in person, I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid in Gloucester.   The shelter is located at 260 Main Street in Gloucester. 

The volunteers and staff here are so kind to me.  This is a non-profit shelter and although I have no idea what that means, I do know when people come in with items such as gas cards for the shelter van, everyone is so happy and grateful.   I know they also like receiving toys for the shelter cats and dogs and postage stamps for their mailings. 

Please stop by to see if I will fit into your life, heart and home.  I know one – thing, I probably can fit into your pocket, too!

Gloucester Hospitality From Mary LoJacono


Mary LoJacono writes-

Joey –

As Gloucester’s #1 spokesperson, I thought I’d share this with you…

Whoever gave Southerners all the credit for their hospitality has never been to Gloucester!  We’ve just spent a week up here for my daughter’s wedding at the Elks at Bass Rocks and have experienced nothing but warm, welcoming, wonderful people.

We invited 150 to join in the celebration and most of them came from the DC, North Carolina, Delaware areas.  So we’ve definitely tapped most of the resources Gloucester has to offer:

· 1 Beach Road – the best house for hosting a main event and our landlords could not be more accommodating and generous (during last week’s heat wave, they offered rooms in their own air-conditioned house so the bride-to-be could be more comfortable!)

· The Best Western has several of our more rowdy friends, but they have all thoroughly enjoyed their stay and can’t stop talking about the amazing views.

· LaRosa’s restaurant – Chef Terry not only fed droves of us throughout the week, but also managed to cater the wedding reception – more than a few people commented that it was the best food they’ve ever had! I agree. And his servers were quick, efficient and patient throughout the whole evening.

· The Elks at Bass Rocks – although Kelly Barusso was fantastic and I was nervous when I learned of her departure, Samantha Dennis was a total delight.  She had everything in order and kept things moving.  She took every worry away. IT was a perfect venue for the ceremony and reception.

· Rick Perry – Rick presided over the ceremony and his son, Jonathon, provided the sound and music.  Fantastic.  Such a genuine and warm feeling was felt by all.

· Redline – the Murray Hill Talent Band out of the Boston area had everyone on the dance floor from the first dance at 7:30 until almost midnight.  Their range included everything from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga – unbelievably fun and really great sound!

· The Gloucester House – our rehearsal dinner was picturesque and perfect.  From Leo’s stories about Gloucester and Cape Ann, to the wonderful soft-shelled lobster, to his wife’s nursing of my elderly father after suffering through Friday’s heat – could not have been more accommodating.

· The West End Salon – the hairdressers and make-up artists worked their magic on several bridal party members, grandmothers and cousins.  While I may be a little biased – we looked AMAZING when they were through with us.  They were so nice, they listened to what styles we were going for, they applied makeup so we looked great without looking made-up – they are artists and lovely ones at that.

· Jenny’s Cakes – Again – one of the best wedding cakes we’ve ever seen and tasted.  The beach theme was expertly executed and the flavor of the cake – out of this world!

· The Madfish Grille and Cap’t Carlos where dozens of us went for dinner Thursday and Friday evenings and thoroughly enjoyed their food and live music.

· The Vista – where the bride and groom spent their wedding night before heading off to Punta Cana, DR was a perfect site for a special night.

· Audrey’s Flowers – beautiful bouquets made the bride and bridesmaids outfits pop.  And the starfish on the groom and groomsmen’s boutonnieres provided a perfect touch!

I’m quite sure I’m missing someone or something, but these are just a few examples of the wonderful Gloucester-area establishments that went all out for our special event and we certainly appreciate all the effort.  It was a fantastic wedding – from rehearsal to ceremony to reception – and it would not have been possible without the Gloucester hospitality we’ve been shown.  I’ve attached a couple of my favorite photos that really show the Gloucester setting that is so unique and made everything so special. Thanks to all of you.

Most sincerely,

Mary LoJacono



Did You Know? (Linnet)

That the Linnet is currently Red Listed in the UK?  The linnet is a small Old World finch that was common in the British Isles up until the 1970s, when changes in farming practices, and the use of herbicides to kill weeds, drastically reduced the Linnet’s food sources

The Linnet is about six inches long, has a rapid twittering song, and migrates in flocks across the British Isles sometimes going farther south in the winter. The male has a grey head with a crimson crown, and the female is plain brown. The English name, Linnet, comes from the Latin lin and linum, for linen, through the Middle French Linnette, because the bird feeds on flax seed. The scientific name, Carduelis cannabin, comes from the Latin carduelis—of the family of small finch-like birds, and cannabin—of the hemp seed—because the bird also feeds on hemp seeds.

The bird was a popular pet in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. Tennyson mentions “the linnet born within the cage” in part 27 of the poem In Memoriam A.H.H, the same section that contains the famous lines “‘Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all. 

An appropriate name for Greg Bover’s sailboat.  It is the same name his wife’s family always gave to their boats.

E.J. Lefavour


Chickity Check It! Brad Byrd To Play This Weekend’s Sidewalk Bazaar

Just wanted to follow up w/u and say that it was a pleasure to meet
you a week or so ago out on Rocky Neck.  Congrats again will all of
your success with your blog!  Brad and I are subscribers and look
forward to following along.  Just a quick heads up, Brad actually was
asked to perform this Sat Aug 6th from 3-5pm for the annual sidewalk
Bazaar.  We are looking forward to it…  I know you had mentioned
sending over a youtube clip so here’s a link to a video and also a
link to Brad’s website which will bring you directly to all of his
pages, fb, twitter, youtube, myspace, etc.
Hope to see you around soon!
Marnie Valley Byrd

Lanesville Community Art Show August 12 through August 14th

Dear Joey C.,

Everyone loves your "Good morning Gloucester".

Thank you for talking about Local Colors on different occasions.

If possible would you please talk about the Lanesville Community Art Show. It helps to raise money for our newly renovated community center.

    The 9th annual Art in Lanesville exhibition will take place at the Lanesville Community Center on 8 Vulcan Street, Gloucester, August 12 through August 14th. There is no admission charge to the public.

Opening night with free refreshments is Friday August 12 from 5-8 PM.

Saturday August 13th the show runs from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

Sunday August 14th the show runs from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

A percent of all sales goes to the Community Center.

All the art exhibited is created by artists who live and/or work in the Lanesville section of Gloucester.

Thank you for your help.

Pat Doherty

Sasquatch Joins Fly Amero This Wednesday Night



Prime Rib Specials!
Wednesdays Only!

Hello everyone!
Wednesday, August 3rd
Special Guest:

In music as well as in life, Sasquatch has captured his own
personal hold on Cape Ann’s cultural history. He has written
a mini-catalog of moving songs of the sea, including the
unforgettable anthem: “Wrapped in the Arms of Gloucester”
Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prime Rib Dinner –
$9.95 (while they last)
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!

Upcoming Guests:
August 10: ALLEN ESTES (tentative)

August 17: J.B. AMERO

I hope to see you there! 🙂 ~ Fly

Good Harbor Beach Blue Shutters BeachCam Now Live!


We thought Good Morning Gloucester crowd would be interested in the new Blue Shutters BeachCam, which this weekend began broadcasting live video of Good Harbor Beach and of guests of the Blue Shutters strolling across the way to the footbridge. The camera is right in the Main Room of the Blue Shutters, by the big windows overlooking the beach. While you can’t make out every bathing suit and boogie board, you’ll be able to tell if it’s a good day for sunbathing, beachwalking or surfing…or just watching the weather and the waves. We’ll soon have this as a direct link on our website, but for now folks can visit our site’s “What’s New” blog to access the BeachCam.

FYI – we have GMG to thank for this…you featured the Fiesta webcam back in June and that got us thinking that a Good Harbor BeachCam would be a good addition.  We hope others agree – check it out and let us know what you think.

Blue Shutters Beachside Innkeepers Tony & Patty Sapienza and Ed & AnnMarie Comer


Harbor Walk Meeting Today Aug 2 4:30 at St. Peter’s Park

Melissa Cox writes-

Today Aug 2nd at 4:30 there is a meeting on the Harbor Walk at Cape Ann Brewing. This meeting is for anyone interested in more information about the Harbor Walk. We encourage lobstermen to attend because this will directly effect your working waterfront. We need your input. If you are unable to attend please ask someone to attend for you or send me questions and I’ll ask them on your behalf. Include your name with your questions and/or concerns. Thank you, Melissa Cox

A visit to Cape Ann-

Hi Joey,

I had a wonderful visit from my best friend from high school who now lives in Florida and writes a blog.  She posted about her visit to Cape Ann and I thought you might find it interesting and I would love to share it with the GMG community. 

Laura Dow

click the pic to read about her Gloucester experience-