Jackie Ganim Defalco Represents Above The Colco Canyon In Peru

Hi joey & thanks for posting yesterday!  Today I met this couple from Oregon and they have great friends in gloucester so they asked me to say hi from jeff & jamie stephens to greg & enza iacono – they are biologists and were with us today to see condors in flight above the colco canyon in peru



Gloucester Creates seeks new emerging Cape Ann artists to exhibit at the Cape Ann Community Theatre (The Annie) December 1 through December 7. The show will promote and display new talent who has not exhibited prior, and strives to contribute and enrich Cape Ann’s thriving arts vision and prestige.
The exhibition coincides with the downtown Ladies and Mens Christmas shopping nights. Artwork may be presented for holiday sales. Henry Allen, managing director of the Annie generously donated the exhibit space. The gallery will be open for viewing through the week. Additional sales days will be scheduled through December 7.
Please apply for exhibit space of your art by emailing Valerie Marcley at Gloucestercreates@gmail.com.

Rockport Legion Band concert notices

Our Christmas concert schedule:
Friday, December 2, 2011 Concert at Rockport Methodist Church, 36 Broadway, 7:00 PM
Thursday, December 8, 2011 Concert at Rockport Congregational Church, 12 School St., 7:00 PM
(Full Band)
Thursday, December 15, 2011, 7:00 we split the Band and do two:
Golden Living Center, 272 Washington St., Gloucester
and Den-Mar, 44 South St., Rockport 7:00
Our site is http://rockportlegionband.wordpress.com/ We also welcome additional players. There are no auditions. We are particularly looking for Bassoon, three Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, French or Alto Horn, and Tuba.
John Bassett
Publicity, the Rockport Legion Band
617 739 1160

gimmesound @ Ryan & Wood Distillery 11/19/11


Had a great tour of Ryan & Wood with our gimmesound winners Jessica & Dean.  If you haven’t done the tour you must.

(click the picture to see the video) to hear about Ryan & wood  you can get Saturday’s  music lineup here.

Festive Choral Evensong Sunday Nov 20th


In 2011, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Rockport, is celebrating an important milestone – the 125th anniversary of its 1886 founding as a parish church in the Diocese of Massachusetts. As part of our celebration, we have commissioned a new choral anthem, to be premiered by the St. Mary’s Choir during a Festive Choral Evensong Service on November 20th at 4 pm.

The anthem is in the form of a triptych, or a work in three distinct parts. (The number three is of central importance in terms of Christian doctrine and symbolism). Dr. Jeannette M. Lindholm, Professor of English at Salem State University, acclaimed hymn writer, and longtime member of the St. Mary’s Choir, was commissioned to write the poetry for the anthem. It is from Dr. Lindholm’s exquisite Mary-centered poem Tryptich that the text of Annunciation is drawn.

Our composer is Dover, New Hampshire resident and Boston Conservatory faculty member Kevin Siegfried. Acclaimed by the UK magazine Choir & Organ as writing music of “austere beauty” that exhibits the “pressure and presence of personal conviction,” Mr. Siegfried (b. 1969) is a composer with an emerging international voice. A passionate advocate for choral music and the expressive power of the human voice, Siegfried has devoted increasing attention to the composition of vocal music in recent years. His most recent work, Child of Earth, is a cantata for mezzo-soprano, choir, strings, and harp, and was commissioned by the Capitol Hill Chorale of Washington, D.C. It’s much anticipated premiere took place in early June to great acclaim.

Throughout the season of Lent 2011, the St. Mary’s Choir learned and sang a number of Mr. Siegfried’s arrangements of Shaker Songs during our Sunday liturgies. We have also sung several of his freely-composed choral anthems over the past several years, including “The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me”, (composed for the 2004 consecration of Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire), the Advent motet “There Is No Rose”, and “More Love” (which we sang for Bishop Tom Shaw’s visitation to St. Mary’s this past February).

St. Mary’s has a long-standing tradition for excellent choral music. David C. Pike has been Music Director for over 25 years. He is also the Executive Vice President and Tonal Director of C.B. Fisk Inc., Pipe Organ Builders in Gloucester.

Annunciation will be sung again soon as part of the Sunday liturgy at St. Mary’s on Advent IV, Sunday December 18th at 10:15 am.

Gloucester Stroke Club Meeting December 1st

Gloucester Stroke Club Monthly Meeting will take place on Thursday, December 1,  at 6:30 p.m. at Addison Gilbert Hospital, Women’s Health Center, 298 Washington St., Gloucester
Annual Holiday Party and Pot Luck Supper and $5.00 Gift Exchange.
Family, Friends and Guest are Welcome. Please bring a dish to share and gift to exchange.
No meeting in January. Please Call Virginia 978-283-3968 or Cynthia 978-283-2633 for further information.

Cape Ann Military Family Support Group collecting items for our Soldiers in Time for the Holidays

Employees, staff and volunteers at Addison Gilbert Hospital will be assisting the Cape Ann Military Family Support Group in collecting items to be sent to our Cape Ann soldiers in time for the holidays.

Containers are marked inside the main entrance of Addison Gilbert Hospital in the Fisher Lobby for items being collected.  The collection will take place through November 28th.

The following items are being requested: Candy Canes miniature matchbox cars

Assorted snacks:  Beef jerky, beef sausage logs, slim Jim’s individual cookie , cheese and cracker packs dried fruits and fruit, pudding and applesauce cups packaged dried fruits, seeds, nuts and raisins peanut butter and individual cereals boxes, Pop-tarts

Breakfast bars, granola and health bars Pretzels and Pringle’s canned chips Canned items should have the pull tabbed tops:

Pasta Dinners and bowl type meals

Soups Ready to eat  and packet soups

Canned tuna,chicken, salmon pull top cans only

individual packets of condiments: mustard, catsup, relish, Mayonnaise, B-B-Q sauce, single serve salad dressings, jelly and jams.

Powdered drinks: Crystal Light lemonade mixes,

Kool-Aid,  teas, coffee, cocoa, milk

Assorted candy and gum

Small games, playing cards, Uno, Sorry, puzzles, crossword books and travel size board games.

What is Happening Today in Gloucester?

I’m heading out the door to the dump and shopping. But I want to go to the Farmer’s Market and something else Joey posted that was happening today. Why doesn’t Joey have a calendar I can go to? But then I can already hear his response, “Use the search!”

But search for what? And then the dim lightbulb goes off! Search for “19th”. Check it out:


Look at that! A long list of Christmas Fairs. Shoot I’m missing the cleanup at Burnham’s Field breakfast. Gotta go.

[ps edit] And on tomorrow the 20th, guess what works?


Weathervane Calendar Signing on Dec 1, 2011

MPphotoCOLORMark Parisi, award winning syndicated cartoonist and creator of off the mark cartoons was born and raised in Gloucester, MA.  His Parents, Fran and Nick along with his broth Nick and wife Linn still reside in Gloucester.   His daily cartoon, off the mark, appears in the Gloucester Times.  Mark Parisi will be in town to sign his 2012 page-a-day off the mark calendar at The Weathervane at 153 Main Street in Gloucester during the Ladies Night Out Shopping Event in Gloucester starting at 6 pm on December 1, 2011.  We hope to see you you there.


The Hyper Consolidation of Our Fleet seems To Have Some Backlash According To Today’s Gloucester Daily Times Article


Gaines writes-

Fishermen’s ‘catch share’ letter sparks furor

Facilitated by officers of influential industry groups — including members of the Gloucester-based Northeast Seafood Coalition — the letter signed by the 109 fishermen, roughly a quarter of the current New England groundfishing fleet, included 15 from Cape Ann and asserted that elected officials, while responding to minority calls "amplified in the media," have put their businesses at risk with "a series of increasingly dangerous proposals."

These include accumulation caps, setting aside community quota, putting limits on trading catch shares across vessel and gear-type categories, according to leaders of the seafood coalition, which, since its 2002 founding, has grown to become the largest industry umbrella in New England.

Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk said she was surprised by "many of the names on the letter supporting catch shares."

"The catch share system is collapsing," said Lang in a telephone interview. "What would motivate the fishermen to write the letter saying catch shares are fine with us?"

Click here for the entire article

Back in 2009 I started to keep a collection the articles about the Hyper-Consolidation of our fleet in a thread on Cape Ann Online

It seems all those predictions made back then have been dead on.

Video Produced by Erika Street Two years ago. Ann Malloy, Frank Rose, Scott Memhard, Beanie Nicastro and Yours truly are interviewed for this documentary about the effects of Fishing Industry Consolidation on the City of Gloucester.

GMG Tech Talk: Lifehacker Pretty Much Sums Up Online Music Services

This article from Lifehacker sums up online music purchases well.  I actually have used and continue to use all three and agree pretty much with everything in this article.  I used to buy everything through iTunes but now buy my music through the amazon store and then import them to iTunes because the music is usually about 10-30% cheaper on Amazon MP3.  Check out Amazon Music here

It’s a great article to get you up to speed. 


Google Music vs Amazon MP3 vs iTunes: Which Online Music Store is the Best for You?

Google opened its new music store to all comers in the US this week, touting its partnerships with music labels and indie musicians, and its broad reach thanks to the Android Market. The new store has millions of songs for sale, but whether it’s a game changer, serious competition for iTunes and Amazon MP3, or the best online music store out there is another question entirely. Let’s take a look at each service based on its features.

Each music store is a little different. This showdown is all about the music stores that these companies offer—not their respective players, applications, or services. We can’t help but mention them in terms of usability and integration with the store and the user experience, but we’re going to try and focus on the features of the stores and steer clear of the bugs or quirks of each player.

Click here for the whole story


The annual Gloucester Holiday Parade, a Gloucester tradition for many years, will take place on Sunday, November 27th at 3:00 PM. Volunteers will line up parade participants at the State Fish Pier on Parker Street at 2:00 PM and will guide them through downtown Gloucester and on to Kent Circle for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The parade is also the official welcoming of Santa Claus to Gloucester for the holiday season. At Kent Circle, children will have the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap – a great photo opportunity for parents. And – as in the past – while folks are at Kent Circle, they are invited to sign holiday cards that will be sent to our troops overseas.

This year, the Downtown Gloucester Holiday Parade Committee is pleased to announce that Amvets Post 32 will be participating in this year’s Parade in partnership with the United States Marine Corp’s annual "Toys 4 Tots" drive. Look for the big pink elephant and Santa and his elves. Bring an unwrapped toy to the Parade or look for the drop off points around Cape Ann listed on Facebook. There will also be a drop off spot at Kent Circle during the Tree Lighting Ceremony.

This year’s Kent Circle Tree Lighting ceremony will feature festive music by the North Shore Bell Ringers as well as popcorn and hot chocolate provided by Lobsta Land and Ringo Tarr. This great community event is enjoyed by all ages. Along with the Parade, the tree celebrates Gloucester’s close ties to Shelburne, Nova Scotia that each year provides a tree to be lit.

Further Information/Contact Information
Rain Date: December 4th

If you are interested in participating in the parade with a Christmas float, team of walkers or musical group, contact 978-281-1227 or weather.vane@verizon.net. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please send it in care of the Gloucester Fund, 153 Main St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Please note on memo line "Santa Claus Parade".

Any questions on the Toys for Tots drive can be addressed to Victor Anido at 978-879-7562.

Donations are being sought this year to replace many of the tree lights damaged by storms last year.

Donations can be made to the Kent Circle Christmas Light Committee, 18 Timberview Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. If you have any questions or would like to be part of the ceremony, contact Ringo Tarr at 978-283-2923