Deb Clarke at The Sargent House 08/21/2011

From deb Clarke;

Here and now! Sunday August 21st! at the Sargent House. I will be working in the garden again. maybe portraits? i don’t/won’t know until i arrive. come by and say hello! about 12-4pm

$25,000 Game From The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce


Don’t miss out on your chance to win the grand prize in the Chamber’s $25,000 Game! Only 500 tickets printed!  The drawing will be held at The Gloucester House on Wednesday, September 28 from 5pm to 7pm.  There will be appetizers and a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased for a $100 donation and admits two to the party.  The $25,000 game prizes are as follows:
1st prize        $10,000
2nd prize        $ 5,000
3rd prize        $ 2,500   
4th prize        $ 1,000 (six prizes)
5th prize        $    500 (three prizes)
Again this year, we will have the 50/50 raffle at the party.  Those interested in purchasing a ticket should contact the Chamber office at 978-283-1601 or email

Get your ticket now.  This is always a SELL OUT EVENT!

The Glamorous Sigrid Olsen Shares Her Incredible Pink Ginger Cocktail Recipe

At the last Nights On the Neck Sigrid was serving up these drinks and I will tell you it was probably the most refreshing delicious libation I drank all summer.  Try it for yourself this weekend while we still have some summer left!



1 part vodka

1 part sparkling water

1/2 part fresh ginger syrup*

splash cranberry juice

Mix and serve over ice.

* to make ginger syrup:

Cut very fresh ginger root into large chunks and cover with water. Simmer slowly on the stove for 30-40 minutes until the water is well saturated with the ginger. Strain through a sieve and discard the ginger pieces. Take the ginger liquid and combine with equal parts sugar (I use organic sugar). Simmer on the stove for about 10 minutes to dissolve the sugar and make a syrup. Cool before using. It may be stored in the fridge.
34 Rocky Neck Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930

Snapshot 1 (8-12-2011 7-16 AM)

Did You Know? (Sinikka, Scaffidi, Ribbons & Eggs)

Steve and Diann Scaffidi are devoted FOB’s who transplanted to Gloucester from Middleton seven years ago.  See them here in front of Sinikka Nogelo’s newly hung exhibit and showing y’all the First and Second Place GMG Deviled Egg Competition ribbons.  So don’t forget to come by Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave. at Madfish Wharf on Saturday from 5:00-7:30 for Sinikka’s Opening Reception, and Sunday morning at 10:00 for Mug Up and the First Annual GMG Deviled Egg Competition.  Also, if you can’t make it to Sinikka’s Opening Saturday evening because you are at one of the myriad “sheer embarrassment of cultural events going on around Gloucester that bedroom communities can only envy” (a line from Joey C.’s Gloucester poem that I just love), she will be here Sunday morning for Mug Up, so you have another chance to see her work and her.  And if you are coveting one of these extra special never before seen or ever to be duplicated ribbons, get crackin’ on those eggs.

E.J. Lefavour

Marcus Martin- Striper Assassin!


It wasn’t enough that he wins the Rhumb Line Striper Tourney For His Age Group.  he comes down the docks and catches another nice one right in front of our eyes the very next day!

No assist from Uncle Louie- This was all Marcus!  Great job kid.

(Marcus’ dad Dana worked here at the dock for years)

USA Today Travel Writer Laura Bly Came To Gloucester A While Back and Files This Report Today

Laura Bly swung by the dock on July 8th as part of her tour of Gloucester for a story she would be producing.  Well that story hit USA Today and the internet today.

Travel writer Laura said she decided to write this story after seeing a story that PR firm Matter Communications worked with one of her colleagues on about cruise ships coming to Gloucester. It ran in USA Today in April. Matter Communications is the PR firm in which my pal John McElhenny works and has been hired to promote Gloucester under the stewardship of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

Congratulations to the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and kudos to those local businesses who had the vision to hire Matter Communications and lead this positive PR campaign for Gloucester.

You can read it here-

A sea change for Gloucester as it goes fishing for tourists

GLOUCESTER, Mass. – Twenty years ago this October, a howling Nor’easter blindsided the New England coast and sank a Gloucester-based swordfish boat at sea with all six hands aboard. Author and then-resident Sebastian Junger weathered the tempest from town, and his best-selling account of the tragedy, The Perfect Storm, prompted a Hollywood film and a wave of visitors curious to learn more about America’s oldest seaport.

Even before the loss of the Andrea Gail and her crew, rampant overfishing by foreign vessels, dwindling fish stocks and stringent government regulations were deep-sixing a once-vibrant marine economy in Gloucester, less than an hour’s drive northeast of Boston.

Now tourists — including a record 20,000 cruise-ship passengers expected this year — are challenging fishing as the town’s leading economic driver. While parts of the waterfront remain crumbling eyesores, a microbrewery and upscale restaurants have moved in. And that evolution continues to fuel a passionate debate about the close-knit community’s authenticity and seafaring future.

“A lot of the old-timers here are resistant to change,” says Heidi Wakeman, 41, who sells high-end tote bags made from recycled sailcloth at a local shop called Again and Again.

“There’s still a public hunger,” says Wakeman, for the iconic fisherman represented by Gloucester’s “Man at the Wheel,” a statue of an old salt in a slicker and sou’wester gazing resolutely toward the open sea.

I find it incredibly ironic that she writes in the top part of the story with a picture that-

The most iconic structure in Gloucester is the Tarr & Wonson Paint Manufactory, a marine paint factory built in 1863. Vacant since the 1980s, it has been purchased by the Ocean Alliance and will be used as a research and public outreach center.

In light of the proposed demolition.

For the entire Gloucester article from Laura Bly at USAToday click here

Here are some pictures of Laura and I that Craig Kimberly took while he was down the dock-(click pic for slideshow)

and here are some of my photos she used in the story on USAToday-



Here is good egg Heidi Wakeman who was quoted in the USAToday article talking about her feelings for Gloucester in a GMG interview 3 years ago-

and part II