Pre-order The First Good Morning Gloucester DVD- This Is Gloucester

Here it is, the order form click to get on the list
I’ll put a permanent tab up at the top for easy access.

Here is a low res version Beth Swan designed DVD jacket.  Pretty snazzy don’t you think?


and here is the artwork for the DVD-

The magenta colors won’t be there, it’s only there for the art department when they press them.


I can’t help but think that this will be an easy peasy Christmas gift decision for people who love Gloucester and what we do here on GMG.

The goal was to make a DVD which you could show people and blow them away with stuff that they have never seen before.  Especially cool are the mutant lobster and marine life videos on the larger screen.

As a Christmas or Hanukah  present it’s a no-brainer.  Small size, easy wrapping, totally unique, totally Gloucester, easy shipping, perfect price point- $20.

This will be the perfect gift to have a couple wrapped and in the front hall closet for when those people stop buy with a present for you but you didn’t think to get them one- you have a couple Good Morning Gloucester DVDs all wrapped up in the closet and ready to go!

No brainer, right?

They will cost $20 for 1 Buy 5 and get 1 free, buy 10 and get two free.

Huge thanks to Dan King for the background music for the DVD menu and The Joey C’s Gloucester at Dawn Slideshow, Adam Bolonsky and Sam Hartson’s Greasy Pole Footage and Beth Swan for Designing The DVD Artwork.

I’ll be donating 5% of the proceeds from the sale of this DVD to The Saint Peter’s Fiesta to rebuild the Greasy Pole.

21 Chapters in all-

  1. ReplyGloucester at Dawn Featuring Music By Dan King
  2. 2011 Friday Greasy Pole
  3. 2011 Jr Womens Seine Boat Champs Donna Del Mare
  4. 2011 Saturday Greasy Pole Featuring Footage From Adam Bolonsky & Sam Hartson
  5. Building The 2011 Greasy Pole Shrine
  6. Down The Fish Hold Of The Sanfilippos Captain Domenic
  7. Gloucester Zen 6/3/11 Good Harbor Beach at Dawn
  8. Why I Love Gloucester Interviews
  9. How Your Lobsters Were Harvested- Aboard The Trapper John
  10. Blue Lobster Landed In Gloucester By Lobster Boat The Connemara Bay
  11. Lobster Molting In Real Time At Captain Joe and Sons
  12. Monkey Balls or Sea Squirts -European Invader Ascidiella Aspersa
  13. One Inch Baby Lobsters Filmed and Released
  14. Rare Golden Sea Robin Landed Videotaped and Released
  15. Triple Pincer Claw Lobster
  16. The Back Shore 3/16/10
  17. Salting Herring At Cape Seafoods
  18. Gloucester Zen 6/3/11 Good Harbor Beach at Dawn
  19. Lobstermen Matt and Mark Ring Prepare A Trawl For The ’11 Season
  20. Fontana Family St Joseph Novena 2011
  21. Ferrante Family St Joseph’s Novena 2011

Here’s a screenshot of the DVD menu-

What do you think?

Some Lucky Girls At East Gloucester Richdale Get Some Schweddy Balls

Just look at those smiling faces!  They got the last two pints out of the freezer.

Nothing like some schweddy balls to brighten up your day.


Eat that American Family Association!

You may recall my message to the AFA when news broke about this delectable treat-

Here’s My Message To The AFA

11/17 Discover Gloucester Mug Up Meeting

Discover Gloucester’s November 17th Mug Up Meeting will be a 2011 tourism season wrap-up.

Beginning at 8:30AM at Maritime Gloucester on Harbor Loop, formerly the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, attendees will meet and hear from Maritime Gloucester’s new Executive Director, Tom Balf, and we’ll share 2011 data from attendees regarding their tourism growth during the past season.

Start crunching those numbers!

All area tourism supporters, business owners, front end staff and Visitor Center volunteers are welcome.

Special incentives will be available at the Mug Up Meeting for purchasing advertising space in the 2012 Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide.

Discover Gloucester is a volunteer outreach marketing effort to get more visitors and their money to come to our fabulous destination.


Public Meeting in Rockport on 11/16

Citizens of Rockport, be sure to come by the library on Wednesday night at 7 o’clock to learn more about the proposed Cultural District. A representative from the Mass Cultural Council will be on hand, so it will be a great time to learn more about this great initiative and what it will mean for Rockport and other Cape Ann communities. To keep updated on all things Rockport Cultural District-related, check out the local Facebook page HERE and hit the Like button to stay in touch.

For more detailed information, read below:

The public is invited to attend an information session on Wednesday, November 16th, at 7PM in the Rockport Public Library’s Peggy Brenner Room, concerning Rockport’s proposed application for a cultural district designation. This designation is part of a new Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) marketing and promotion initiative in which Rockport was invited to participate, along with other communities throughout the Commonwealth.

A cultural district, as defined by the MCC, is a specific geographical area in a city or town that has a concentration of cultural facilities, activities, and assets. The District should be an attractive, walkable, compact area that is easily identifiable to visitors and residents and which serves as a center of cultural, artistic, and economic activity. It is not a town zoning designation and has no regulatory impacts.

According to Karen Berger, who has volunteered to coordinate the application process for the town, “The statute that created cultural districts has specific goals: to attract artists and cultural enterprises, encourage business and job development, establish the district as a gateway for visitors, preserve and reuse historic buildings, enhance property values, and foster local cultural development.” She continued, “It is strongly supported by Senator Bruce Tarr and Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante and offers Rockport an opportunity to more effectively reach out to those visitors who may be interested in the arts and the cultural opportunities we have to offer.”

Several members of the Rockport Board of Selectmen and members of organizations currently working on the application process will be joined by Meri Jenkins, program manager for the Massachusetts Cultural Council, to explain the program and the applications process and answer questions. For those who can’t attend, comments and /or questions may be submitted via email at or by phone at 978-502-1854.

Rockport to be visited by Santa on Saturday December 3

As an annual tradition dating back centuries Santa Claus rides into Rockport Harbor on a fishing boat and then makes his way to Dock Square to light the tree.

Get it on your calendar; Saturday, December 3PM. Santa arrives at 3:45PM and the tree lighting is at 4PM.

Last year’s tree:

GMG coverage in 2010

GMG coverage in 2009

Did You Know? (Cellar Holes)

That in addition to his quirky mission to leave behind inspirational message carved on boulders strewn throughout Dogtown, Roger Ward Babson was also fascinated by the history of the people who inhabited the Commons Settlement and marked the cellar holes of the long ago inhabitants of this community.  This is cellar hole number 22.  As you can see, the homes were pretty small back in the 1600’s.

E.J. Lefavour

The 7th Annual Rocky Neck Art Colony Winter Show Begins November 18th

Rocky Neck Goes to Town


The Seventh Annual Winter Exhibit and Sale –
Rocky Neck comes to downtown Gloucester for its seventh annual winter exhibit and sale from November 18 through December 29, 2011 at 130 Main Street in Gloucester. The public is invited to a Meet the Artists Opening Reception on Saturday, December 3, from 5 to 8 pm, featuring tastings from your favorite local restaurants.
The special focus of this exhibit will be the abundance of the Captains Table. The show will feature painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, and jewelry by members of the Rocky Neck Art Colony where, during the summer season, over 50 working artists display their work in Rocky Neck galleries and studios.

The exhibit will be open Monday-Wed 10-6, Thurs 10-6 but to 8 on Thursdays in December, Friday-Sat 10-6 and Sunday 12-5.

For more information contact: Marie Sweeney at 978 281-6130 or email


Clue #2 gimmesound Live Music Lineup ~ 11/15/11

If you think winter is lonely in Gloucester click the picture to see what it is like in Finland and Get today’s Live Music lineup.  Also make sure you look for Clue #2 in this weeks gimmesound give-away.

Wednesdays at the Rhumb Line

Prime Rib Specials!
Wednesdays Only!

Hello everyone!
Wednesday, November 16th
Special Guest:

That’s right, folks.  This week’s musical guest: Fly Amero!  So
you know, I’ll be doing a non-stop, 3-plus hour show starting
at 8pm.  Call me self-indulgent.  I like doing this every once
in a while.  For those who may be interested, our recent St.
Andrews, Scotland Orleans performance was reviewed in the
country’s largest news publication, the Glasgow Herald (most
commonly known as Herald Scotland).  Copied below:

Orleans, Inn at Lathones

It’s decades since they troubled chart compilers with any regularity and those who haven’t kept up might be forgiven for thinking that they’d slipped into day jobs in music college faculties or some such.  So it’s great to report that Orleans are very much still around and delivering the kind of performance that made Asylum Records sign them as potential rivals to label mates The Eagles.

Their long overdue UK debut could hardly have been less rock biz and they had one or two equipment problems to sort out before starting but it turned into the kind of pinch yourself intimate experience that people lie about attending.  So if you’re going to pretend you were there, yes, they did start with Let There Be Music and they did do all the hits, including Dance With Me with a really imaginative melodica solo from pianist-guitarist Larry Hoppen, and, for three guys, they made a mighty big, superbly tight, beautifully arranged  sound.

Sibling-close vocal harmonies – Larry and bassist brother Lance are joined by Dennis ‘Fly’ Amero, who replaced original songsmith John Hall – are just one of Orleans’ attractions, however.  Their music digs deep into its American roots, with funky rhythm ‘n’ blues guitar grooves, gospel-soul melodic richness, bluegrass country-style confession and a distinct touch of Little Feat-esque Nawlins boogie.

The rogueish Amero is a serious asset, adding swing and blues songs with panache and absolute honesty and guitar solos that really probed and sang.  But that was the hallmark of the set generally: It may have been a modest room in Fife but in terms of quality and conviction, for these guys, it was the Hollywood Bowl.

From The Herald, November 4, 2011

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 you there!  🙂 ~ Fly


The Rockport Department of Public Works is once again in the process of converting downtown parking meter posts into holiday tree stands, as Rockport makes ready for its  annual Christmas in Rockport celebration.  The DPW is also working to find the perfect evergreen tree to place in Dock Square, and is inviting any Rockport homeowner with a suitable tree (approximately 35 feet in height) to contact the DPW office at 978-546-3525.  Representatives of the DPW will select the most suitable tree from among those offered, then work with the property owner to remove the tree and prepare it for its new home in Dock Square celebrating Christmas in Rockport 2011.  This year’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 3, beginning at approximately 4:00 pm.

Passports Italian Wine Dinner with Chili Sullivan This Thursday Nov 17th


Thursday Nov 17, 7pm
1st course – Mixed Antipasti Scallop, Mozzarella, Stuffed Little Neck
Wine pairing – Vermentino, Pala
2nd course – Grilled Quail and Potato Salad
Wine pairing – Barbera d”Asti, Colle dei Venti
3rd course – 1855 Roasted Sirloin Arabiatta Penne
Wine pairing – Ripassa Superior, Zenato
4th course – Raspberry Cheese Cake
Wine pairing – Moscato, Castello del Poggio

Schooner Adventure Series November 17th- Mathias Collins


2011 Schooner Adventure Fall Lecture Series

November 17th:  Mathias Collins

NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service, Gloucester

"Historical Trends in New England River Flooding and What is Happening Lately"


Lectures are held 7PM, Friend Room, Sawyer Free Library



Supported by Cape Ann Insurance Agency, Inc. and VarianSEA

Sponsored by the Gloucester Adventure

phone: 978-281-8079           email:

Sylvia Opens this Week!


Don’t Forget to Buy your tickets for the Cape Ann Theatre Performance of Slyvia! Sylvia Runs This week, November 17th-20th.  The Dog Park Benefit show is this Thursday November 17th.

(Julie Cleveland as Sylvia)
You can see more great photos from their rehearsal on the CAT Facebook page