Newlyweds Paul & Mary Spinola Represent!

Good Morning Joey,

We are big fans of GMG, thanks for all the hard work you do creating and keeping up with everything Glosta! Your mom (who we work with) was nice enough to supply me with some GMG stickers to "represent" with during our recent trip to St. Thomas and subsequent honeymoon cruise to the Southern Caribbean. After getting married on the beach in St. Thomas, we visited Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Maarten.

Here we are at beautiful Magens Bay in St Thomas as well as a pic of me at Boo Boo Jam Beach in St. Maarten.

Feel free to post!

Thanks and keep up the great work!

Newlyweds Paul & Mary Spinola


Judith Montferrante Newsletter


I am in the Gallery Della-Piana show "The Beauty of the Beast: The Animal as Muse" November 26 through January 15, 2012. Gallery Della-Piana is at 152 Rear Main Street, Wenham, MA.  Opening reception is for Saturday, November 26th 5-7 pm.  A special Holiday night also scheduled for December 8th from 5-8 pm.

Elephants of the Massa Mara

Elephants of the Masai Mara

I Nude shoot

am featured in the Holiday Show at the The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery at 511 West 25th Street in Chelsea, NYC, NY (Whitehall building – between 1oth and 11th Street) from December 2 through January 3 (with a probable 2 week extension). Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11am – 5 pm.

The Gala Champagne Reception and Holiday Party is scheduled for Thursday, December 8 from 6 to 8 pm. We would love to see you there.

The Rocky Neck Art Colony Winter Show:  Rocky Neck Comes to Town open now with Reception December 3, 5 to 8 pm.  130 Main Street, Gloucester, MA.

RNAC winter show card 2011

I am represented by  State of the Art II Gallery at 18 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA.

Visit the Topside Pub and Restaurant and see my Solo Art Exhibit in the Pub area as well as a section of the restaurant for the entire season. These pictures will be seen in a new TV show sponsored in part by National Geographic tentatively titled "Blue Gold" .  It will detail the sagas of the Tuna fisherman of Gloucester with some episodes shot at the Topside Grill. Similar to "Deadliest Catch"." and planned for the spring or summer.Slideshow preview of my PUB Art exhibit at: JudithMPhotography at the Topside.

Photography Hints and Reviews:

Top 10 Most Popular Photography Artices of 2011

by PictureCorrect Photography Tips.  Click for Link.

A good review for the New Year.

Extra, Extra on Plug-Ins: Just had the pleasure of reviewing the new OnOne

Perfect Photo Suite 6

Wow! Lots of great tool updates with some new ones such as Perfect Portrait.

High Five Photo Tips for DECEMBER:

1. When shooting Portraits, alter you viewpoint and either get up higher and shoot down or lower and shoot up. Try direct eye contact and then have the subject look outside the field of the camera or inside the camera field. Try props or candid poses often during action such as with jumping or in an activity. Add light Painting (more on this technique for January)

light paining

senior 1 with heart senior 3

2. Lighting is the key to compositing. This will make the selections easier and the composite look real. The lighting on the subject and on the composite needs to match. Another trick – don’t include the feet if possible. Plan ahead.

composite 2composite 1

3. Simple compositions are often best. Clean and pure. Follows my photo motto: Simplify.

Fish Market


4. Foreground elements help to balance a composition. Choose them wisely. Use leading lines to draw the eye into the photo.

Or just look for patterns and colors.

Times Square steps

Times Square

5. Location, location, location. True in photography as it is in real estate. Choose a great location and a landmark of that location to be the key focus. This is an infra red pannoramic shot vertically at Pepsico in New York.
IR Pano

Infra Red Panno

Judith Monteferrante Photography has a three tiered focus:  Fine Art Photography, Portrait Photography and Education. Contact Judith to schedule a portrait session. Art Galleries that show her work are listed under Professionals on the website. Photography workshops and private instruction are available.  Workshop schedule is in the News and Events section above as well as under Events in the website.

Preparing for Sunday’s Christmas Tree Lighting!

Nick Curcuru, Cynde Francis & John Van Ness
Decorate the tree at Kent Circle

Gloucester’s Santa Parade begins at the State Fish Pier at 3pm and ends at Kent Circle with music from the North Shore Bell Ringers and the tree lighting at about 4:30pm.

Ringo Tarr has promised snow no matter what the temperature!

Mr_MrsSantaSanta will travel the parade route on a Gloucester fire truck.  Once he gets to Kent  Circle, children can sit on Santa’s lap and meet Mrs. Clause too.

Look for the Pink Elephant along the parade route with AMVETS children collecting unwrapped toys for Toys4Tots.  If you miss the Pink Elephant you can bring an unwrapped toy to Kent Circle.

This year The Docksiders will perform in the parade and at Kent Circle.

Everyone at Kent Circle is invited to sign holiday cards to be sent to our troops overseas.

Free popcorn and hot chocolate at Kent Circle provided by Lobsta Land and The Gloucester Fund.

After the Tree lighting there’s plenty of Music in Gloucester and Cape Ann.  See a complete list of music here:

The Franklin Cape Ann Newsletter


Maria writes-

A Week of Thanks November 17-25

Thank you to all of our customers and friends for another great year at The Franklin Cape Ann. 

As an expression of our gratitude to you for your continued patronage, we have included a couple of very sweet coupons in this newsletter – print them, clip them and use them soon – they are too good to let them last forever!

Scroll down for a coupon for $5 off any entree on Black Friday. Even sweeter is our 20% off Gift Card Coupon, good THIS weekend only.

And, what’s more, we have included some announcements about events and special promotions  to help our friends to really celebrate the season.  So much fun is in the air!

As a reminder, The Franklin Cape Ann will be closed on Thanksgiving Day to allow our staff to spend time with their families and we hope that you will enjoy your day with the people you love.

We appreciate our customers, and we are happy to show it!

Happy Thanksgiving,~Maria




FOB Tina Greel To Be On Cape Ann Profiles Tonight!

On the next Cape Ann Profiles show host Rich Sagall interviews Tina Greel, a Gloucester resident and artist. Her work includes acting, painting, printing, writing, poetry and fishing. On the show she, for the first time, recites some of her poems. She also discusses some of her paintings.
Cape Ann Profiles can be seen on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 on Friday, November 25 at 10:30AM and 7:00PM and on Sunday, November 27 at 2:00PM. It repeats on Friday, December 2 at 10:30AM and 7:00PM and on Sunday, December 4 at 2:00PM.
Rich Sagall is a physician and the president of NeedyMeds, a national non-profit that provides information on programs that help people unable to afford their health care costs. He also publishes Pediatrics for Parents, a children’s health newsletter.

Live Blogging Building The 2011 Gloucester Lobster Trap Tree

Ready For Lights And Buoys!!!

if you’re just sitting there picking lint out of your belly button why not swing down to the Police Station and give them a hand?  It’s fun and something which the whole community appreciates!

If you are afraid the Po Po are gonna recognize you and pick you up on an outstanding warrant, just put on a porno stash (they’ll never guess it’s you)!

How do you think Ed is getting away with roaming around down there during the install?


Photos From Ed Collard


Trivia Question 5~gimmesound Music Lineup ~ 11/25/11

All the tryptophan in the world couldn’t keep you down. Now it’s time for the final Main Street trivia question of the week. Put on your thinking caps and be the first to answer all correctly on our Facebook or Twitter at 5pm (not before) and you win a $50 Cape Ann Gift Certificate from the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

SOLD OUT! GMG This Is Gloucester DVD SOLD OUT!

Well it only took 3 days but we sold out of them- all 100 DVDs.  I’ll be writing out a check to the Saint Peter’s Fiesta for Rebuilding the Greasy Pole.

I called the company who manufactured the DVD’s and they tell me they can get me another 50 by the end of the week so I went ahead and ordered another 50 of which 10 or so I’ll be keeping for gifts for myself.  Thanks a bunch to those of you who bought one not only because I happen to think they are great gifts, but because it is nice to show your support for the labor of love that is GMG.  Don’t forget about EJ’s and Sharon’s Calendars, they make nice gifts as well. You can see them here and here

So if you didn’t order one over these past few days then you have another shot at ordering them for holiday presents.

If any local folks that have already paid want to pick up their DVDs they can swing down the dock this morning and get theirs early: 95 East Main Street,Gloucester MA.  Just email me to let me know.

Same deal as last time for the 40 we have left to sell and will be coming in at the end of the week-

I ordered 100 DVDs and am so very pleased with the way they came out.  To say with the investment in time and passion that I haven’t been on pins and needles to see the finished results from the DVD company I’d be lying but I couldn’t be happier or prouder.  So much thanks goes out to Beth Swan for the uber-professional design work , Dan King for the background music for the Gloucester at Dawn Chapter, Adam Bolansky and Sam Hartson’s footage on the Saturday Greasy Pole video.

I’ll be donating 5% of the sales to The Greasy Pole Rebuilding Fund.  Thanks to everyone who has ordered some.  I really think they are going to make perfect perfect no-brainer holiday gifts for people that love Gloucester.  With 21 chapters of Gloucester Love there’s something in there for everyone.

Watch the video to see The Bean unveil the shipment of DVD’s and us test out the first one out of the box!

Here it is, the order form click to get on the list-

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?

2011 Middle Street Walk Program of Events

Here’s the Updated Middle Street Walk Program of Event’s Info Which We Got Yesterday


…and below is the fine web work done by Bill O’Connor at North Shore Kid  which you may find a little more legible-

The 16th annual Middle Street Walk is a great way to experience Gloucester’s Historic District while having fun with the family. The Festivities begin at 9 am and go all the way though to the end of the Holiday Ball on Saturday evening! Pick up a Schedule of Events (or download this one) and get your walk on!  A whole day of FREE activities, shows and events await for all the members of the family.

On the Middle Street Walk families can decorate ornaments for the holidays at theCape Ann Museum, have a ride on the CATA Trolley, drop by Cape Ann Art Havento paint a bouy for use as an ornament on the Lobster Trap Tree, have a try at sculpting ice on the corner of Pleasant and Main streets, take a museum tour, listen to concerts and watch dance recitals, tour the newly finished Temple Ahavat Achim and don’t forget about the Gingerbread House Contest Display atGloucester City Hall!  There’s a lot do do and see, with the grand finale being the lighting of the Lobster Trap Tree in courthouse square followed by the family friendly Holiday Ball at Gloucester City Hall.    

Whether you come for a visit or experience all of the day’s events, you and the kids will be sure to have fun!

2011 Middle Street Walk Schedule of Events

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Where and What

9 am-6 pm
Saunders House, Sawyer Free Library
SeArts Wearable Arts Show and Fundraiser Raffle Sale to benefit Sawyer Free Library – tickets sold at Saunders House and at Library.

10 am
Sawyer Free Library

Deborah Costine, Gerwick Puppeteer, with her program ‘A Woodland Cinderella’.  Refreshments will be served.

10:30 am to 3 pm

Gloucester City Hall

  • Committee for the Arts will sell postcards of City Hall’s WPA Murals and have a table with information on City Hall Restoration efforts.
  • The Gingerbread House Contest Display – winner will be announced in Kyrouz Auditorium at 1pm.
  • Girl Scouts Troop #235 – Bake/Cocoa Sale
  • The Phyllis A. Marine Association will have an information table and Ship’s Store.
  • Schooner Adventure – Coffee and Pastries, Ships Store will offer items for sale to support [node: 1323] and an ongoing FREE children’s activity making ‘Sailor’s Valentine Ornaments’.
  • Craft Vendors
  • Flu Shot Clinic
  • Senior Center – Neighborhood Quilts display
  • Whale Center of New England – information and mini store

10 am-2 pm
Cape Ann Museum

  • Arts and Crafts for Families
  • Decorate ornaments the holidays

Saunders House, Sawyer Free Library
Presentation of history of murals and Samuel Sawyer.

10 am-3 pm

Trinity Congregational Church of Gloucester
Cape Ann Thrift Shop Seasonal Goods Sale.

10 am-4 pm
Cape Ann Art Haven

  • 10 am–12 pm (or until complete) help create a Giant Ice Sculpture (ice courtesy of Cape Pond Ice)
  • Buoy Painting for Lobster Trap Tree

Sargent House Museum
Open House decorated for the season, Holiday Goodies & Seasonal Gifts.

10 am-8 pm

Rocky Neck Art Colony Main Street
Annual Winter Exhibit

11 am

Cape Ann Museum
Tour of the Elias Davis House with period “Winter Display” decorations for the Holidays by Gloucester Civic & Garden Council.

Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Church Tour

Gloucester City Hall
Live performance – The Lobstah Crackah preview by the Henry Allen TheaterWorks

11 am-1 pm

Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Chowder Lunch

11 am-2 pm
Gloucester City Hall

  • Tours of City Hall Tower on the half hour by Maggie Rosa, Chair of City Hall Restoration Committee.
  • Ring the bell for $100 donation.

12 pm
Trinity Congregational Church of Gloucester
The Heavenly Bell Choir performs Seasonal Music.

12-2 pm
Middle Street Trolley Rides
Featuring the Songbirds and a Holiday Sing Along, courtesy of CATA.

12:30 pm
Temple Ahavat Achim

Learn about Shabbot and tour the new temple

1 pm
Gloucester City Hall

Saint John’s Episcopal Church
‘A Children’s Holiday’ with area churches children’s choirs.

Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Church Tour

1:30 pm

Sawyer Free Library
The Girl Next Door concert

Trinity Congregational Church of Gloucester
Louis Stella and Friends concert

2 pm

Cape Ann Museum
Tour of the Elias Davis House with period “Winter Display” decorations for the Holidays by Gloucester Civic & Garden Council.

Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Elementary and Middle School String Group, O’Maley Middle School Band and Gloucester High School Chorus performances.

2:30 pm

Gloucester City Hall
West Parish Elementary School Student Chorus

3 pm

Cape Ann Museum
Book Launch for On Opposite Tacks: When Artist John Sloan & Capt. Solomon Jacobs Crossed Wakes in Wartime Gloucesterby Chester Brigham.

5 pm

Cape Ann Art Haven
Annual Lobster Trap Tree Lighting at Police Station Plaza with a visit from Santa

7 pm
Gloucester City Hall
Family Friendly Holiday ball featuring the Cape Ann big Band to benefit City Hall’s Restoration
($15 per person)

Participating business and organizations include:

When: Saturday, December 10, 2011 9am – 10pm

Location: Downtown Gloucester

Prices: Free

Phone: 978.283.9292


Link(s): 2011 Middle Street Walk Schdule of Events Download

Good Morning Gloucester Middle Street Walk Coverage

Huge thanks to Bill for including all those hyperlinks back to those community organizations which put so much energy into making the Middle Street Walk more and more successful each year!

Check out North Shore Kid, The Most Comprehensive guide to family activities I’ve ever seen.