Up the Creek From Bill O’Connor

Hi Joey,

I was in Essex today and stopped by the Essex Shipbuilding Museum to take a few pictures and noticed the Ardelle at Harold Burnham’s on the low tide mud. Lewis H. Story was on her starboard.

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


24 MOVIES, 18 DAYS, 1 THEATER. OH, MY. 2nd Annual Cape Ann Film Festival Kicks Off


So many movies, so little time. The Cape Ann Film Festival kicks off this week at the Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main Street in Gloucester, and anyone who wants to catch all 24 movies is going to have to rest up and do some serious planning.
"Consider it a glimpse at how I spend some of my days," says Robert Newton, the creative director of the Festival and the Cinema. "Wake up, watch a movie, watch a movie, watch a movie, and if there’s time, do silly things like eat and sleep."
For every film that screens at the Festival, Newton notes, another ten don’t make the cut. That means that a line-up of 24 films represents about 500 hours, or about 3 solid weeks spent watching.
The three weeks that comprise the Festival open on Thursday, November 10th at 7:30pm with a Festival Trailer Round-Up, followed by a short documentary to commemorate 20 years since the actual Perfect Storm (of October 31, 1991). There will be prizes (such as movie passes and a private movie party at the Cinema) and surprises, and the night is sponsored by Cape Pond Ice of Gloucester.
Political satirist Jimmy Tingle opens the first official night of the Festival on Friday, November 11th at 7:30pm with an encore of his JIMMY TINGLE’S AMERICAN DREAM: LIVE ON STAGE & SCREEN. October’s show that marked the CACC’s 3rd birthday was sold out. Tickets are $22.00, and are available in advance at www.CapeAnnFilmFest.com.
Writer-director Jay Burke presents a work-in-progress version of his fishing drama WHALING CITY on Saturday, November 12th at 7:30pm. This dramatic narrative feature film is set in New Bedford, Mass. in the rapidly-changing world of the modern fishing industry. It tells the story of a 3rd-generation independent commercial fisherman, struggling to keep a grasp on his way of life – and a long-held family boat – as costs rise and the heavily-regulated fishing industry is pushed towards a corporate model of efficiency. While developing an unlikely relationship with a marine biologist, he is tempted to do whatever it takes to keep his boat.
Other Festival guests include "Who Does She Think She Is?" director Pamela Tanner Boll (Sat. Nov. 12 @ 2:30pm), "The True 1692" writer/director/producer Paul Van Ness (Sat. Nov. 19 @ 5:00pm), "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" star Gunnar ‘Leatherface’ Hansen (Sat. Nov. 19 @ 10:00pm), "Nuremberg" restorationist Sandra Schulberg (Sun. Nov. 20 @ 2:30pm) and "Take Shelter" producer Sarah Green (Sun. Nov. 27 @ 5:00pm), who will close the Festival.
As has been part of the Cinema’s mission since it began in 2008, this year’s Festival features three fundraisers for local organizations. "The Legend Of Pale Male" (Sat. Nov. 12 @ 5:00pm) benefits Kestrel Educational Adventures, "The Economics Of Happiness" (Sun. Nov. 13 @ 5:00pm) benefits Cape Ann Timebank and for the fourth Thanksgiving running, "Alice’s Restaurant" (Thurs. Nov. 24 @ 6:30pm) benefits Cape Ann’s food bank, The Open Door.
On Sunday, November 20th at 7:30pm, the Festival offers a sneak preview of the new sports drama "The Hammer," a Massachusetts exclusive. The film is based on the life of the UFC fighter Matt Hamill, and is a coming-of-age drama about the first deaf wrestler’s journey to win a National Collegiate Championship. Raised among those with the ability to hear, Matt finds himself no less an outsider amidst the Deaf community. But through sheer determination, he turns what could be a disability into an asset and in the process serves as an inspiration for both those who can hear and those who cannot. The film will encore at 7:30pm on both Friday and Saturday and Sunday, November 25th and 26th.
The Festival features a series of five film classics: "His Girl Friday" [1940] (Mon. Nov. 14 @ 2:30pm), "Meet John Doe" [1941] (Tues. Nov. 15 @ 2:30pm), "Detour" [1945] (Wed. Nov. 16 @ 2:30pm), "The Inspector General" [1949] and "D.O.A." (Fri. Nov. 18 @ 2:30pm). All films in the Free Classics series, which continues in January, are completely free to attend.
The rest of the films playing at this year’s CAFF are "Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey," "Chico & Rita," "Mia And The Migoo," the ‘restored’ "Monty Python & The Holy Grail," "My Afternoons With Margueritte," "Weekend," "The Whale" and "The Women On The 6th Floor." A full schedule, including synopses and trailers, is available at www.CapeAnnFilmFest.com.
In that the Cape Ann Community Cinema is "the film festival that never ends," the magic continues this winter. On Saturday, December 3rd at 7:30pm when the Cinema hosts Oscar-nominated animator Bill Plympton and filmmaker Alexia Anastasio and her new documentary about Plympton called "Adventures In Plymptoons." On Wednesday, December 28th at 7:30pm, the CACC welcomes Oscar-nominated writer/producer/director John Sayles and his creative/partner Maggie Renzi, with whom he has been working since they made "The Return Of The Secaucus Seven" together in 1979. They will host a Q&A (moderated by Sarah Green) after a screening of their new film "Amigo" (his 17th). On Saturday, January 14th at 7:30pm, former Providence mayor Buddy Cianci lands for a screening of the documentary "Buddy," a Q&A and a book signing. Tickets for all of these post-Fest events are available at www.CapeAnnFilmFest.com.
Tickets for most films are $9.50 adults, $8.00 students & seniors (60+) and $6.50 for Cinema Members. For a full list of films both regular price and premium-priced, visit www.CapeAnnFilmFest.com.
For more information on the Festival or the Cinema, contact Robert Newton at (978) 309-8448.

Eenie meenie miney mo – To Which Christmas Fair Shall I Go

On Saturday, December 3rd from 9:00-1:00 you have at least 2 choices of Christmas Fairs to attend:  The Annisquam Sewing Circle Christmas Fair and the Pigeon Cove Circle Christmas on the Cove Fair.  Both are being put on by long established Cape Ann women’s groups, both run from 9:00-1:00 and both are serving lunch.  I will be exhibiting at Pigeon Cove; but if I weren’t, I’d go to Annisquam.  I can’t do both, but you can.  Problem solved.

E.J. Lefavour


Cape Ann Museum presents Family Fun Day on the second Saturday of the month


The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a drop-in program for families with young children on the second Saturday of each month. Family fun day includes free admission for family members all day, family gallery guides for our exhibitions, art and history activities in the education room throughout the day. Stop by on Saturday, November 12, 2011 to learn more about Native Americans on Cape Ann!

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Museum is closed on Mondays, and on major holidays. Admission is $8.00 adults, $6.00 Cape Ann residents, students and seniors. Children under 12 and Museum members are free. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information please call: (978) 283-0455. Additional information can be found online at www.capeannmuseum.org.

Cape Ann Profiles

From rich Sagall-

On the next Cape Ann Profiles show host Rich Sagall interviews Mark Warhol, a Cape Ann composer of contemporary classical music. Mark explains contemporary classical music and airs clips of some of his work .
Cape Ann Profiles can be seen on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 on Friday, November 11 at 10:30AM and 7:00PM and on Sunday, November 13 at 2:00PM. It repeats on Friday, November 18 at 10:30AM and 7:00PM and on Sunday, November 20 at 2:00PM.

Mayor Kirk and City of Gloucester honored

Deanna Fay writes-

Hi Joey,

Sharing a couple of photos of the honorees that Melissa Cox took, including the Gloucester contingent, from Harborlight Community Partners’ Celebration of Partnership event last Friday at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem. The city of Gloucester was among the honorees, for its ongoing efforts to provide affordable family rental housing, assisted living and first-time homebuyer access for elders, working families and those with disabilities. Mayor Carolyn Kirk  accepted the award.

Gloucester Group Photo – From left to right: Mary Anne Koeller, Executive Secretary-Gloucester Housing Authority; Sarah Garcia, Community Development Director; Mary John Boylan, Trustee of Gloucester’s Affordable Housing Trust; Mayor Carolyn Kirk; Ruth Pino, Trustee of Gloucester’s Affordable Housing Trust; and Jim Duggan, Chief Administrative Officer

Honorees Photo – From left to right: Paul Lanzikos, Outgoing Harborlight Community Partners Board President; Carolyn Kirk, Mayor of the City of Gloucester; and Jack Meany, Executive Director of the YMCA of the North Shore

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Sean Hurley Cape Ann Artist/Printmaker Gives An Update On Halibut Point

Sean Hurley here, Cape Ann artist/printmaker.
As you may or may not know, I am also full time cook down at Halibut Point, and we are trying to spread the word about our upcoming anniversary, and the return of our classic menu.  In January, Halibut Point will celebrate its 30th anniversary, almost unheard of in the restaurant business.  We’ve recently been trying out some new things, but we want to get the news out that due to customer feedback and demand, we’ve returned to what we do best, re-instating our old menu.
I’d love it if you could help spread the word – I’ll attach the current menu below.

Oyster Bar

Oysters & Cherrystones 2.50 each ½ dozen 14.00
Shrimp Cocktail – With homemade cocktail sauce 10.00 Chowders & Soups – cup 6.00    bowl 8.00
Clam Chowder – White and creamy
Italian Fish Chowder – Spicy tomato base with peppers and onions
Howard’s Chili – Beef, black bean, and tomato
Soup of the Day – Ask your server
Side of Italian bread 2.00
Appetizers & Salads
Sliced Prosciutto, Fresh Mozzarella, Salami, and Italian Bread 8.00
Cajun Shrimp Kabob – Served with blue cheese dressing 8.00
Steak Kabob – Marinated sirloin with veggies 8.00
Grilled Buffalo Wings – Spicy and served with blue cheese dressing 9.00
Garden Salad – with garlic mustard, balsamic vinaigrette, or blue cheese dressing 6.00
… with grilled chicken 11.00 …with grilled salmon or steak tips 13.00

From the Grill

Served with chips and a pickle, coleslaw, or hot side
Old Fashioned Burger or Grilled Chicken Sandwich 8.50
… add choice of cheddar, Swiss, provolone, or creamy bleu cheese, caramelized onion, or bacon 1.00 ea.
Haddock and Cheese Sandwich – grilled in foil, with cheddar cheese, bread crumbs,and a side of coleslaw 13.00
Open Faced Salmon – with pesto and mozzarella on a slice of Italian bread 13.00
Grilled Hot Dog 5.50 …with sauerkraut and cheese or chili and cheese 6.50
The Harf and Harf – A juicy cheeseburger and cheese dog relaxing on a bun, withgreen pepper, lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup, mustard, and mayo 14.00
The Point Reuben – on rye bread with sauerkraut and Swiss cheese 9.00
The Fatty Matty – steak tips on a bun with onions and blue cheese dressing – 12.00
Grilled Chicken and Ham Sandwich – with choice of cheese 10.00
Feta Chicken Sandwich – with lettuce, tomato, and poppy seed dressing 10.00
Cheese Steak – with melted cheddar cheese 9.00

Deli Sandwiches

Served with chips and a pickle, coleslaw, or hot side
Turkey and Cheddar – with lettuce, tomato, red pepper, and aioli 8.50
Ham and Swiss Sandwich – with lettuce, tomato, and mustard 8.50
Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato – with mayo 7.00
Chicken Salad Sandwich – secret recipe 8.50
Tuna Salad Sandwich 8.00
Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella Sandwich – with pesto 8.50
The Dagwood Delight – Ham, turkey, tuna, cheddar and Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato,onion, mustard, mayo, and green pepper, on crispy Italian bread 14.00

Halibut Point Special:

Burger, Chicken, or Deli Sandwich, with Cup of Chowder or Soup & Draft Beer 18.00
Served with our hot side and vegetable of the day
Howard Blackburn’s Haddock – Cooked in foil with parsley lemon butter, topped with crumbs 20.00
Charcoal grilled Salmon 20.00
London Broil – marinated, sliced thin and served with toast 19.00
Teriyaki Steak Tips 20.00
Cajun Shrimp Kabobs – spicy, served with our blue cheese dressing 18.00
Boneless Chicken Breasts – with feta and poppy seed dressing, or with buffalo sauce and blue cheese 18.00

Grandson Chris Muise talks about life in the Army

From the Beacon 

by Jason Brisbois

Chris Muise, 19, talks about life in the Army-

In a hostile environment, in a foreign country, miles away from family and across the Atlantic Ocean, finding any level of comfort is a challenge.

For Chris Muise, who is currently back at home in Gloucester while on leave after serving for six months in Afghanistan with the United States Army, comfort comes from knowing the person standing next to him has his back.

“Me, personally, I rely on everybody around me,” explains the 19-year-old Gloucester native, who graduated from Gloucester High School in 2010 and graduated from basic training in February of this year. “We rely on each other to keep each other sane. We try to look on the bright side of stuff while we’re over there, doing what we can.”

For now, he finds a level of comfort simply being back home with family, including parents Cynthia McDonald and Michael Wall. He anticipates spending Thanksgiving with his family members, but most likely will be assigned to his next tour of duty (with destination unknown) before Christmas. It’s possible he could be back in Afghanistan, or another war-torn country with a hostile terrain and populace. Such is the life of the modern-day soldier, a reminder of just what current service men and women endure as we celebrate Veterans Day on Nov. 11. Read more here.

Schooner Thomas E. Lannon Webcam The Latest To Go Live on www.gloucesterwebcam.com

Yep The Lannon now has it’s own webcam with a view of the docks at the Gloucester House and The Star of The Show, The Thomas E. Lannon. 

Click below and find the Thomas E Lannon Webcam among the 23 webcams on www.gloucesterwebcam.com Have you bookmarked the site yet so you can go to it when there is something interesting going on in town?


This will be perfect for judging the line at Fiesta to get into The Glo Ho and monitor the comings and goings of the working ships in Harbor Cove.  A GREAT GREAT VIEW!



Special thanks To Tim Blakeley from www.gloucesterbytes who has been installing the webcams at a reduced service rate because he believes in the project.

23 cams up with more to come from The Schooner Adventure at The East Gloucester Marine Railways, Cape Ann Marina Cam and Mile Marker 1 Cams!

Mamie’s Kitchen For Breakfast With The Gang


I always have to start out any breakfast joint post by stating that Gloucester MA is by far and away the all time greatest place for a wide variety of outstanding places  to eat breakfast.  there is no where on earth that has the amount of incredible options we have.

So to make it in this town with the intense competition you have to do something unique, and you have to bring the thunder.

I will tell you that Alicia, the owner of Mamie’s Kitchen does indeed bring the Thunder!





The other breakfasts were fantastic as well, especially her homemade coffee cakes.



Donna Ardizzoni (What Else, Talking) Ed (What Else Posing) and Kathy Chapman


Father Green working his iPhone, Manny and Thom in the background discussing cameras.


Eggs Benedict


Fr Green’s Waffles






I have no idea how Kim Smith escaped the lens but she was with us as well.

Mamie’s Kitchen

65 Pleasant St (across from St Ann’s)


here’s a few photos from kim Smith-

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