The GloucesterCast Podcast Episode 11

GloucesterCast Podcast Episode 11

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Taped August 29, 2011 with hosts Joey Ciaramitaro From and Kenny MacCarthy from

Show Notes-

Literal Guy, Hurricane Irene Round Up, Crazy Weather Guy Tomatoes, Buddha, Llama Marut and The Summer Retreat,Blog Notes, Kenny’s Property Management Tips For The Fall.

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GMG Old Cuban Cigar Ryan and Wood Rum Sail Aboard The Schooner Thomas E. Lannon- We Had So Much Fun The First Time We’re Goin’ Again!

The First One Was So Much Damn Fun I Didn’t Want The Night To End. 

So what the hell, Paul Giacalone, Bob Ryan and Kay Ellis all agreed to shave a little off the prices of their incredible products and we give you the deal of the century for what promises to be another incredible night aboard the most beautiful ship in Gloucester Harbor- The Thomas E. Lannon.

For less than the price of regular ticket aboard the Lannon you get two hand rolled Cigars from Paul Giacalone’s Old Cuban Cigar Company and three rum drinks Featuring Ryan and Wood’s Folly Cove Rum and a couple of rum samplings from Bobby Ryan’s private collection.  $35 bucks gets you two hand rolled cigars three rum drinks AND your sail aboard the Lannon.  No brainer, right??? Call Kay at 978-281-6634

The thing is after we had so much fun last time I’m pretty sure the tickets are going to sell out  quickly.  So if you are one of my peeps I WANT YOU ABOARD DAMNIT!

Don’t be a lazy bastard and put it off, call now so we can hang- and smoke- and drink!  Fuck that sounds like a great time!

Here’s the deets-

Thursday September 8th


Catch a Minor League Baseball Game for the Price of Parking at Fenway!

I feel the need to catch at least one professional baseball game a year with the family. It now costs ~$334.78 to take a family of four to a game at Fenway. It will cost you 40 bucks just to park your car. I recently took the family out to a Lowell Spinners game and for 35 bucks got a family of 4 parked and in the stadium. We sat 15 rows behind the plate and I think I only spent another 20 on food and drink! For families with younger kids it provides an incredible value and entertainment the big leagues simply can’t match, including entertainment between innings, a kids play area & a run around the bases after the game ends. The minor league seasons are winding down, but I recommend you check out the spinners or 2 other local options. I stand behind this as a must do for North Shore residents at least once during the summer! Here are some pics that show how much fun can be had and what a great park they have there.

I really believe there should be a better located North Shore minor league team and Gloucester would be a great spot. If I had sneaker company billions, I would really try to bring my own team to Gtown. There are 2 more options for some local Baseball fun.

North Shore Navigators  – I am going to check this out next year in Lynn.  A lot of folks have visited and given the thumbs up.

Essex Baseball Club – This is where a bunch of sweaty guys put on old school baseball uniforms and play on a “Field of Dreams” setting  – Spencer Pierce Little Farm in Newbury. The best feature is the Ipswich Ale truck is there offering brews for spectators and players. You can even try the game out for yourself. Here is a shot my cousin took and he swears by it as a must do on the North shore list of things to do.

Ipswich vs. Fitchburg 1851
Thanks – Patrick Ryan

Did You Know? (Sista Felicia’s Bista Zugu Goes Global)

That my sister, Judy Wilburn, who first introduced me to GMG a year ago May, was intrigued by Bista Zugu and so googled it?  First came up my GMG Bista Zugu mug up post.  Next came up  Silo Breaker is a search service for news and current affairs that aims to provide more relevant results to the end user than what traditional search and aggregation engines have been offering so far. Instead of returning just lists of articles matching a search query, Silobreaker finds people, companies, topics, places and keywords; understands how they relate to each other in the news flow, and puts them in context for the user through graphical results in its intuitive user interface. In other words, Sista Felicia’s bista zugu has gone global.  Cool!  There is also a strange, but apparently relevant graph that connects Hurricanes, Tropical Storm Irene, Zucchini, Chris White and Geneva with Paul Morrison at the center

Silo Breaker also reports good news for all chocolate lovers (my sister, Judy being a major one).  A research has indicated that a daily dose of dark chocolate could slash the risk of developing heart disease by a third.  So skip the broccoli and go for the dark chocolate.

E.J. Lefavour

Magnolia Road Race 5K and 1K Kids Fun Run With Ribbons for ALL The Kids!

Magnolia FrontMagnolia Chest

Hi Joe,

Thanks so much for the shout out to the Magnolia Road Race with JD a couple of weeks ago on GMG.  Time flies and the race is this Thursday evening.  What JD did not mention is that besides the 5K race at 6:30, there is also a 1K Fun Run for kids.  The cost to enter this race is only $3!  The course is short, easy and also includes scenic Shore Road.  All kids who enter get a ribbon and there are trophies for the top finishers.  We will also have an ice cream concession for the first time!

Also, we just got in our new race shirts and are really excited the way they turned out.  Saucony is again sponsoring the Magnolia 5K and we have their top notch dri-poly shirts.  I have attached a few pics also showing off our in-house model.  The first 100 5K entrants get these shirts and we are selling them at the race for $10 each.  All proceeds from the races, ice cream, and shirts go to the Magnolia Library.

You can sign up either at or
We have a few spots remaining for the free shirts.

I would really appreciate it if you could alert your loyal readers to this fun night!

Thanks, Randy Oneil


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Dave Sag’s Blues Party To Host Andrew Clark This Thursday

Dave says,

Well, another summer shot to hell. I’m needing all this week to recover from last weekend’s grueling gigload. Nearly made $150 for three nights’ work. Things are looking up! We’re going to razzmatazz you this thursday with the likes of Mr. Andrew Clark, the tootin’ Torquemada of the tenor. Thrill to the dentist drill-like sorties from one of the most pre-eminent sax tootlers in the New England area. A.C.’s the man! Whether he’s crooning yer favorite toon or just outgassing to the boogie beat, you’ll find something to pray for.
Pushing the beat behind him will be one of my personal faves, Mr. Forrest “Gump” Padgett. Or, “Frosty” as we refer to him. I don’t know why. Someone left him here one night and we can’t figure out how to get him home!
Of course,all you air glitar heads will be happy to know that, yes, Greg T. will be there, too, as well as myself.


Johnny Carwash Joins Fly Amero This Wednesday Night.

Prime Rib Specials!
Wednesdays Only!
Hello everyone!

Wednesday, August 31st
Special Guests:

Bob Davis
and his great band, JOHNNY CARWASH
will be bringing authentic american surfer-style guitar music
to the Rhumb Line this week. It is perhaps a lesser-known
fact these days… Bob represents a MAJOR chapter in the
long-term history of Gloucester’s rock/pop music scene. He
was around BEFORE the Beatles emerged – back when Jason
Chamberlain started what might’ve been Cape Ann’s very
first rock band, The Galaxies in the early, early 1960s. Davis
was (and still remains) a true master of the Ventures “twang”,
bending the neck of his Fender Telecaster into shapes and
contortions unintended and unimagined by its manufacturor.
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!



I hope to see you there! 🙂 ~ Fly

What the Heck is a Windlass?

What the Heck is a Windlass?

I never knew what one was until I viewed this video. I always thought it was probably one of the small sails on a Schooner. You learn something new everyday.

From the Youtube Description;

“What’s a windlass? The students from Cape Ann TV’s After-the-Beach Video Club visited the Gloucester Schooner Adventure on Tuesday, July 12, where some of the crew from the Schooner Adventure gave the students a tour of this historic sailing vessel, which is docked at the Marine Railway on Rocky Neck in Gloucester. Watch this short clip to find out about the ship’s newly restored windlass.”

Natural Selection at Work


Bill O’Connor Writes-

Hi Joe,

Here’s a photo of two near winners of the Darwin Award from yesterday’s storm.  This was a few minutes before high tide at Good Harbor Beach.  Obviously, their need for attention far outweighed the value of the life of the person who was going to pull them out of the water if the undertow had taken them. Just a reminder to all the parents out there – make sure you teach your kids that it’s never a good idea to enter the surf in a storm surging tide during a Hurricane! The ocean is a powerful force and you should never taunt it like this.

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


and here’s my Photo from 5:05 PM the Day of Hurricane Irene-

I was shocked that there were people bodysurfing and could not believe the stupidity.

(click the photo for the larger view)


Bass Rocks Ocean Inn- You Wanna Stay Here- Trust Me

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Holy Crap Where Did The Summer Go? It’s Schooner Festival Weekend!

Weekend after weekend there are amazing things to do around here, we all know that.  But this weekend is a biggie- Schooner Festival.  I’m not sure how it slipped off my radar but you can rest assured that will will be covering the shit out it here in these pages.

Marty and Barbara will be aboard the Press Boat, Paulie Walnuts will be getting shots from his favorite perches above the harbor and we will have pictures and video. 

You know the drill- if you have some great footage pictures or youtube video you want to upload send me the links and we will Live Blog It like we do so many other events.

GMG will be THE PLACE to follow along with the action if you can’t be there yourself- believe that!

Here’s the press release from the Chamber-

27th Annual
Labor Day Weekend

The Gloucester Schooner Festival will take place Labor Day weekend, September 2nd through the 4th, 2011.  It’s Gloucester’s major marine event, with participating vessels coming from ports along the Eastern Seaboard.  There will be both large and small vessels—ranging from 19 feet to over 100 feet in length.  You will see new boats and old boats, from newly built to over 100 years old!  Schooners include Gloucester’s Thomas E. Lannon and American Eagle from Rockland, Maine, and many more. Salem’s tallship Friendship will also join in the festivities.  New this year will be the entry of Gloucester’s newest schooner, Harold Burnham’s Ardelle.

The Mayor’s Race is the major event of every Schooner Festival and will take place this year on Sunday, September 4th, with fifteen schooners expected to compete for the Esperanto Cup, the Cameron Cup, and the Ramsey Plate.  Racing starts on Saturday afternoon with seven classes of traditional small craft from 19 to 45 feet long.

An obvious choice for boat lovers, the Schooner Festival also offers plenty of shore side events.  On Saturday, these include Gloucester Maritime Heritage Day, walking tours of Gloucester’s harbor front (hosted by The Schooner Adventure), the lighted boat parade, and a gala fireworks display over Gloucester Harbor. Sunday morning, a grand Parade of Sail passes the Boulevard promenade (Stacy Boulevard, Route 127) as the schooners head out to sea for the Mayor’s Race.  In addition, Festival-goers won’t want to miss Gloucester’s many attractions, including art exhibits, beaches, fishing, museums, dining, historical sites, whale watching, and more! 

The Gloucester Schooner Festival is made possible with the generous support of our sponsors: TD Bank, Market Basket, and the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon. The Festival is planned and organized by the Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee, composed of representatives of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the City of Gloucester, the U.S. Coast Guard, the business community, and private citizens.

A full schedule of events is available online at


and the schedule-

Twenty-Seventh Annual
Gloucester Schooner Festival™
September 2-5, 2011

The Festival is sponsored by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
(Schedule will be updated as events are confirmed. Last update: 8/20/2011.)

(subject to change)

Friday, September 2, 2011

All Day Arrival of Participating Vessels.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm            
Cape Ann Museum
visiting hours.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm            
Essex Shipbuilding Museum visiting hours.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm            
Maritime Gloucester visiting hours.

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Mayor’s Reception for invited guests. Sponsored by the Schooner Adventure.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

10:00 a.m.
Skippers Meeting for all Traditional Small Craft, at Solomon Jacobs Park, immediately adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Harbor Loop.

10:00 a.m
Gloucester’s Working Waterfront Walking Tour. Join Schooner Adventure at the Fishermen’s Memorial for a guided walking tour of the Gloucester’s Working Waterfront. Looking at old photographs and maps, we will go back to the days of Gloucester’s fishing heyday. Old companies and buildings will be identified at their original locations as we make our way to Duncan Point.
($5 per person)

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Gloucester Maritime Heritage Day Maritime Gloucester (formerly the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center), located at 23 Harbor Loop in downtown Gloucester, will host its annual Heritage Day celebration from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Center’s exhibits and aquarium will be open free of charge throughout the day. Free to all.

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Maritime Saturday with Schooner Adventure at the Gloucester Marine Railways on Rocky Neck. Maritime Tool Flea Market, Open House on the 1926 Schooner Adventure, View the 1925 Gillnetter Phyllis A., Dory and gill netting fishing presentations, Dress-up  like a Gloucester fisherman, Children’s Activities and Ship’s Store. Free admission.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm            
Cape Ann Museum visiting hours.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm            
Essex Shipbuilding Museum visiting hours.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Start of Sailing Races for Traditional Small Craft, off Eastern Point Light.

6:00 p.m.
Festival Crew Party for invited guests.

7:30 p.m.
Boat "Parade of Lights".

9:15 p.m.
Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor. (following Parade of Lights, time approximate)
(The Gloucester Fireworks Committee is in need of more donations for the Labor Day weekend fireworks. Donations may be made to The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Please notate "fireworks" on your donation.)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

8:30 a.m.
Skippers Meeting for all Schooners sailing in Mayor’s Race at Solomon Jacobs Park, immediately adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Harbor Loop.

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Open House at the Schooner Adventure at the Gloucester Marine Railways on Rocky Neck.

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Shuttle Bus to Eastern Point Light, from Eastern Point Gate (Eastern Point Boulevard at Farrington Avenue) to watch the start of the Mayor’s Race. Free of Charge.

10:00 am – 3:00 pm            
Open House at the Schooner Adventure, Gloucester Marine Railways, Rocky Neck.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm            
Essex Shipbuilding Museum visiting hours.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm            
Maritime Gloucester visiting hours.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Parade of Sail as Schooners proceed from Inner Harbor, past the Fishermen’s Memorial on Stacy Boulevard, to the race starting area off Eastern Point.

1:00 p.m.
Start of Mayor’s Race for Esperanto Cup, Ned Cameron Trophy and Betty Ramsey Trophy off Eastern Point.

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Reception and Awards Ceremony for contestants and invited guests.

Monday, September 5, 2011

"Rain Day" for recovery from postponements caused by inclement weather. ONLY IF REQUIRED.