Everyone Congratulate Donna Ardizzoni!!!

To say that Donna has earned her stripes here at GMG would be an understatement.  She is our girl on the street.  Everyone on our team has different talents.

What I consider Donnas big time strength is her love of people and being involved hands on at local events.  This love often finds her smack dab in the middle of the action and more times than possibly anyone else this year she has brought us the photos live from breaking events.

I can’t stress how critical this is for us.  We pride ourselves on bringing you Gloucester events first and best.  We certainly have very talented photographers which serves big time importance to the blog as well but it’s nice to have both timeliness and quality!

If someone takes photographs at a sporting event and it takes them two weeks to edit them because they don’t want to release anything until they are 100% technically correct and edited we may as well forget about it as it’s old news.

Please welcome good egg Donna Ardizzoni, OUR GIRL ON THE STREET TO THE OFFICIAL GMG STAFF!

Donna just yesterday was authorized with posting privileges after sending in photos to me for a couple years!


FOB Cynthia Hill Takes Some Pics of Gloucester FROM The Seven Seas Navigator Cruise Ship

By now we’ve seen many fantastic cruise ship pictures of the boats but here’s what the passengers of these cruise ships see when they enter Gloucester.

Cynthia writes-

This is a wonderful ship, and what I think is the best cruise line afloat. Great fares – not inexpensive but completely inclusive – air, liquor, shore excursions, and gratuities! May seem high but when you look at what you spend on other lines with the nickel and diming that happens you actually save money. The only extra charges are for Canyon Ranch Spa Afloat….We’re not talking Carnival here, Regent is certainly high-end, but that said – it consistently offers the very best bang for the buck….did I mention all cabins are suites with walk in closets, a tub and shower in the bath, and almost all have balconies.

Thanks for letting me brag about this cool company!


Cape Ann Artisans Tour this Sat/Sun/Mon!

Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour is this weekend! If you see this banner while driving around Cape Ann this weekend, ( including Monday), just pull in and check out the art that is being made on our island. Better yet, print this brochure out right now and stick it on the dashboard of your car. Using all three days of the Columbus Day Weekend wisely you should be able to check out all of the fourteen studios that are packed with great stuff to check out and purchase. Get your Christmas shopping done early.

The Rubber Duck and I are going to start at the Annisquam Arts & Crafts Show at 10:AM on Saturday and work my way around the island clockwise. Hmm, that would mean we would have to go all the way around to get to Marty Morgan’s kiln. Maybe I’ll start at the bridge …

2011 Cape Ann Artisans
David Archibald Plum Cove Pottery

Leslie Bartlett Photography & Folding Screens

Cynthia Curtis Stoneware Pottery

Anni Melancon Dogtown Studio Pottery

David Montgomery Marine Painting/Portrait Artist

Marty Morgan Pottery & Sculptural Tile

Marge Rack Sculpture & Wire Drawings

Mi Robertson Sculpture & Water Colors

Twin Lights Studio Pottery & Sculpture

Pam Stratton Mosaics

Bart Stuyf Sculpture

Beth Williams Jewelry

Judy Wright Mosaics, Pastels, Oils & Jewelry

Sara Wright Fiber Wrights

Sat Oct 8 Wine Tasting Photo from Rockport Rotary

Four Cheers for Rotary!

Rockport Rotary Wine Tasting 2011-1

(left to right)  Event Committee Co-Chairs Marryanne Bland, MIna Sheedy and Laurene Wessel, along with Club President Bob Gillis, raise their glasses to support Rockport Rotary at this Saturday’s World Adventures Wine Tasting  – That’s October 8,  5-8 pm at the Shalin Liu Performance Center Reception Hall.  $30 tickets available at the Shalin Liu box office 978-546-7391, and from local Rotarians.  Includes more than 75 wines and delicious appetizers contributed by local businesses  – all to support the scholarships and local community service projects of the Club.


Willie Alexander At The Gloucester Writer’s Center Video From Kathy Chapman

Last night the Gloucester Writers Center presented “A Reading of Poets and Laureates”. Rufus Collinson, John Ronan, James Cook and Willie Alexander. Here is a video of one of Willie’s songs about Gloucester.

Video by Kathy Chapman


R.I.P. Mr. Jobs!

I own a Apple Ipod Touch. I’ve had it for over two years and I’m still amazed with it.  I’m still a PC person that won’t change. Steve Jobs did a great job turning around Apple and pushing the competition to a higher level. A lot of people including my Son James think he had too much control with the proprietary of apples Software and hardware. But as I told my son who is on his 2nd Ipod Touch, “You don’t have to buy it”. Hopefully the new guard will push the technology as he did. It will be interesting to see what he does in his next life! Namaste! Mr. Jobs.

from GMG April 2011:

Steve Jobs Displays what’s driving the sale of the Apple Ipad and Ipad II

Video- Seven Seas Navigator Depature Timelapse From Bill O’Connor

Hi Joey,

I took this time lapse of the Seven Seas Navigator leaving port just after dusk, and thought it might be fun enough to share!  I forgot to lock the auto focus, which is why it gets blurry at the end.

Enjoy! ~Bill O’Connor

North Shore Kid