The Bean Family Has Some Nice Things To say


Rich Bean writes-

Thank You GoodMorningGloucester

Dear Joey,

My family and I would like to thank you and the other contributors of GMG for helping us find our new home here in Gloucester.  3-4 years ago my wife and I started the path of picking the neighborhood to move to and raise a family. 2-3 years ago we realized we wanted to move to Gloucester.  (Seeing as though it used to take me  a yr. to shop for a CD player, picking a new neighborhood seemed daunting)  So we starting taking day trips from Medford as often as we could.  We wanted to explore and learn as much as we could about this city.   Thankfully we found GMG.  This site offered so much information and community input that we would NEVER have gotten from any other resource.  It’s been amazing.  Early on we recognized how much people loved living here and sharing it.  There was always some cool event or some place new to see.   Without this site we wouldn’t have found hidden gems like Lobster cove,  Lane’s Cove, Cressy Beach, and all the great restaurants.  With each visit we got to enjoy all the new things we discovered through GMG, like Stage Fort Part, Rocky Neck, Heritage Museum, or Main St.  I’ll never forget the day I finally got to witness the Greasy Pole Contest on a beautiful day in 2010.   We moved here in July and have been enjoying everything about it.

Thank you all so much for opening the doors.

Rich, Jess, and Emily Bean

Judith Monteferrante, Roger Salbury and Rich Seeley’s Out Of Africa Exhibit Opening Photos

Here’s a video from Rich Seeley

click the long skinny ones to view the panoramas


Khan Studio and The Good Morning Gloucester Gallery
77 Rocky Neck, G3, Madfish Wharf
Gallery Hours: Wens. – Sun. noon – 8:00 pm

Art Now Event in Rockport in Photos

We had a great evening at Art Now Rockport at the historic former Rockport Lodge (now the beautiful home of Abigail Cahill O’Brien & Greg O’Brien) enjoying miniature apple pies & spiked cider while discussing art with local contemporary artists Kurt Ankeny, Renata Fryshara, Nina Samoiloff, Karen Tusinski & Ben Macadam). We even had the chance to sit around the fire for a bit on a cold evening in early Fall before heading inside to hear art advisor Lydia Barry Kutko make a presentation on the local contemporary art scene. For a more detailed account of Art Now Rockport, click here. Meanwhile, enjoy some photos! (And if you didn’t join us this year, and would like to know when the next Art Now event is going to take place, be sure to click this link and sign up for our newsletter. Thanks!)

photos courtesy of Sandi Hickey and Abigail Cahill O’Brien

Relevant Links:

Art Now Rockport

Kurt Ankeny

Karen Tusinski

Ben Macadam

Nina Samoiloff

Renata Fryshara

Lydia Barry Kutko

Lula’s Pantry 

Wernau Asset Management (a big thank you to Wernau Asset Management, Inc, Art Now Rockport sponsors!)

5th Joy (Abby Cahill O’Brien’s blog)

Dwight Hebert Represents! In Roma

Dwight writes-

GMG was once again a witness to the sites and sounds of Europe, this time we are in Roma.  A wonderful city, with warm people who send their love and affection to the folks on Cape Ann.  Next on the agenda (tonight)…the closing ceremonies for the Barcelona (Spain, if in question) fire festival, aka: La Merce Festival. It features a fireworks and laser show.  Monday, we head to Ibiza and then to Formentera. 

As always, Dwight Hebert


Final Mug Up, Bloody Mary Competition & End of Season Blow Out

We had a great turnout for our next to last Mug Up with Joey C. and some contributors and regulars (Paul Morrison & R.Duck, Paul Frontiero, Donna Ardizzoni and Ed Collard), and new and old friends.  Karen Hanson from Quincy came with Kathy Downer from Rockport, newcomers Mike and Eva DiLascio who moved to Gloucester in July, guest “Out of Africa” artists, Judith Monteferrante, Roger Salisbury and Rich Seeley and his wife Beth, neighbor Richard Rosenfeld, Bob Ryan (with great presents in hand).  Sista Felicia and Amanda arrived with an out of this world still warm apple spice cake (Joey and Felicia’s grandmother’s recipe – see the two of them photographing the cake before it was all gone).  A couple of friends of the blog from FL, Barbara and Gerry McAllister, flew in to experience a Mug Up – great to have you with us.  I’m sorry if I missed anyone.

 The Season Grand Finale Mug Up and Ryan & Woods Distilleries sponsored Bloody Mary Competition (yep, we have raised the bar way up) at Rocky Neck, will be on Sunday, October 2.  Bob Ryan has very generously donated some awesome prizes for the creators of the winning Bloody Mary entries, including coasters, t-shirts, and Ryan & Woods Beauport Vodka (!!).  Also, for those planning to enter a Bloody Mary mix, so that we level the playing field and judging is based solely on presentation and mix, and no drink is heavy handed on the alcohol (it will be 10:00 am after all, and we have to protect our judges from inebriation), Beauport Vodka will be conservatively added to all mixes here before they go to the judges and attendees.  So no one has to go out and buy vodka and everyone’s entries will be made with only the best locally distilled Ryan & Woods Beauport Vodka.  Entrants only need bring a container of their best Bloody Mary mix creation and a glass with preferred garnishes for presentation to the judges.  In the best interest of judging time and the judges’ alcohol levels, we will limit the number of entries to six.  Of course, entrants must be 21 years of age or older.  As always at Mug Up, there will be plenty of great coffee, deviled eggs and whatever Mug Up type fare people bring along to share.  Always a good time and everyone is welcome at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck at Madfish Wharf.  This will be the final Mug Up for the season on Rocky Neck, so don’t miss it.

 Finally, there will be a Big Blow Out End of Season and Early Holiday Shopping Sale at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery from Saturday, 10/1 through Columbus Day, 10/10.  Everything will be discounted off the already lowered end of season prices, and there will be many items under $20 to choose from.  Wendie Demuth Photography Gallery next door will also be slashing prices and have many great furniture pieces and household items for sale.  Plenty of free parking, and it is such a pretty and cool place to visit.  Other galleries and shops on Rocky Neck are still open too, so it’s a great time to visit and do some local unique holiday shopping while supporting your local art community.  Special note: After 25 years on Rocky Neck, Joe Weiler Photography will be closing for good as of the end of business on Saturday, October 1.  If you have always wanted one of Joe’s beautiful B&W photographs, this is your last chance.

E.J. Lefavour

Rockport Harvest Fest Coming October 15th!

The organizers of Rockport’s Harvest Fest do an AMAZING job with activities for every age group.  This undoubtedly will be at the very top of the must do list Saturday October 15th!


Here’s the presser-

Downtown Rockport will come alive on Saturday, October 15th with the sights, sounds, and tastes of Autumn in New England.  The annual Rockport HarvestFest celebration features the best of the season in a quintessential coastal New England setting, offering live music, great food, and plenty of activities for families. Hayrides, pumpkin-painting, even a unique costume parade called “The Great Scarecrow Chase” will all be part of the festivities, not to mention the opportunity for children to make their own guitars through a workshop sponsored by Rockport Music.

As HarvestFest celebrates the bounty of Fall, it only seems appropriate that the centerpiece of the festival is the Local Fare Fair, where New England food producers gather under a huge tent on one of Rockport’s historic working wharves to celebrate the best of local food.  Lobsters provided by the Roy Moore Lobster Co. will be under the big tent as well as chowder, cider doughnuts, maple sugar products and a host of seasonal and year-round favorites.  Cape Ann Brewing Co. will be on hand with their award-winning locally crafted beer, the highly anticipated Pumpkin Stout on tap.  Cooking demonstrations will also be highlighted, with the Seafood Throw down – a competition-style showcase between two chefs – showcasing just what can be done with coastal New England’s most significant harvest: fish.  HarvestFest also features the annual Scarecrow Stroll, where artistic, creative, and generally fascinating scarecrows can be found throughout downtown.

Festivalgoers have the chance to vote for their favorite scarecrow, with the winner taking home glory and a coveted HarvestFest rosette.  Live music, featuring everything from indie rocker Brad Byrd to the Americana of Daniel Dye & the Miller Road Band to bluegrass to Rockport’s own Legion Band, will be heard throughout downtown, with Dock Square serving as the main stage.  Several Rockport inns, shops, restaurants and galleries are offering HarvestFest specials and packages.  Go to: for more details.  Don’t miss the chance to celebrate the best of New England in the Fall!

Swan at Russell Orchards in Ipswich Photo From Donna Ardizzoni

Donna Writes-

Great to see you this morning..  love the gallery…  Rick and I went
apple picking and we saw this swan…  it actually looked fake..  hope
to see you soon.  Next weekend, Joe Garland’s memorial, Rick and I are
volunteering and also Cycle Cross, hope to get here to take pics after
the mug up.
Have a good week and thanks friend

Seacoast Nursing Home To Host Fair November 19th

The Fair will be on November 19th from 10-2 in the main lobby.

Tables for arts and Crafts vendors are available

White Elephant items that are in good Condition

Contact Information is Abby Boyd Activities Director- 978 283 0300 ext 124

Federal ID# 041305001

The Drawing for the Raffle will be held the day of November 19th

Raffle tickets will be available at 10 dollars per ticket. They are on sale from Oct 1st thru the day of November 19th 

We have gift certificates to local restaurants, Lobsters, construction work from Boyd Builders, wine Cellar raffles.

SeArts Fashion Show – Wearable Art (Model Slide_Show)

Terry Weber writes:

Yesterday’s Celebrate Wearable Art Show was a smashing success, with over 160 attendees enjoying a runway fashion show featuring designs and jewelry from local and other artists. The event, organized by volunteers and friends of seARTS, was held at the Bass Rocks Golf Club and attendees enjoyed not only a spectacular runway show, but a luncheon, and opportunities to shop for one of a kind pieces. The beautiful models included local fashion lovers and professional models recruited by Mobius and Rising Design of Boston. The show was a fundraiser benefiting the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (seARTS) which seeks to energize the arts community of Cape Ann– and if you attended the fashion show, you know they accomplished their mission!

See Designers photo below, and also enjoy slide_show of the models displaying Wearable Art by CLICKING on Any Photo.