Team GMG Rubber Rippers Dodgeball Practice- Yeah We’re Comin’ For Ya!!!! Mark Your Calendars March 4th At The Farm Bar and Grille!!!

Dani Lubbers Has Her Game Face On!!!

This Shit Just Got Real!

Check Out The 2012 Speedo Bikini Dodgeball Facebook Page Here and Like it!




We have 19 teams signed on with one slot open.  Complete team listings coming tomorrow including new teams from Cape Ann Brewing Team Nacho Libre, North Shore Cross Fit team Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle, Maestranzi Brothers Red White and Blue Balls, and a second team from Cross Fit Cape Ann.

If any other teams have pre tourney pictures they want to submit I’ll run ‘em ASAP!

All of the profits from the sign-ups of the Tournament are going to Next Step, an organization that provides support, education and resources for teens and young adults coping with cancer and other life threatening illnesses.



click here for Cape Ann Brewing Coverage Team Nacho Libre


North Shore Cross Fit Team Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle Captain Tracy Conley


Maestranzi Brothers Red White & Blue Balls Team Captain Frankie Gwynn

Our Hosts The Farm Bar and Grille check them out the Farm’s Facebook Page here


Farm Team Name- Ass With Class With Captain Ryan Cox

Here are the other squads signed on

We have a Ryan and Wood Distillery sponsored squad (best damn spirits you can consume on the planet) check out their website and live distillery webcam


Sugar Mags is putting a yet to be named team together- check the breakfast artistry that is Sugar Magnolia’s and like their Facebook page. Also did you know Sugar Mag’s does catering?


Cross Fit Cape Ann should be the early favorites, we will see if their elite training will put them over the top. Check out their blog here


Beverly Athletic Club’s Team will look to contend with the cross fit athletes from Cross Fit Cape for the top seed.


Team Name- Kiss Our BACsides

I will be sponsoring  GMG Team Rubber Rippers featuring our boy Kurt Lubbers and a team of maniacal Coasties.


Passports Restaurant

Passports Canadian Bacon Team Captain Erik Lorden


and Ed Collard’s House Doctors Handyman Repair Services

Team Name Blinded By The White


check out Jungle’s website here


Mamie’s Kitchen’s Muffin Tops has signed on to the Farm Bar and Grille Good Morning Gloucester Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Tournament!


Team Name Mamie’s Muffin Tops

Check out the delectable dishes from Mamie’s Kitchen here


Team Name- Hot Mess

Here’s her website-

Beach Gourmet Catering


Matt Beach will be opening up shop after last year’s horrible Washington St fire in the location of the former Connors Pharmacy.

The T Shirt Design Front (the date is going to be correct March 4th)-

Gloucester Author Tom Bruno’s Novella “Bambino Free For Download On Amazon Now!

Hey Joey,

Got another story up on the Kindle store for free this weekend- in honor of Truck Day I’m doing a promo for my Red Sox horror novella "Bambino":


The Boston Red Sox may have finally reversed the Curse of the Bambino in 2004, but only a few know the true story of what actually happened that fateful season. When a grand piano is found at the bottom of a lake in Quincy, James Flynn — hot dog vendor at Fenway Park and seventh son of a seventh son — finds himself drawn into a world of demons, exorcists, and MIT’s mysterious Department of Alchemy, where a group of secret paranormal researchers are preparing for a final showdown with one of baseball’s most legendary players.

Download it free here

Product Details

  • Published on: 2012-02-04
  • Released on: 2012-02-04
  • Format: Kindle eBook

This Sounds Like A Job For The Infamous Fred Buck At The Cape Ann Museum

Hello here Joey!

I stumbled across your site when looking for research info on a drydock incident on Aug 22 1877. Yes, that does read 1877! Seems I’m 4th and 5th generation removed from immigrants that made Gloucester and the seas their home and workplace for many years.

I’ve discovered that my great great grandfather had several ships out of Gloucester and even gave congressional testimonial about the Fortune Bay boardings. What I can’t seem to find is the Aug. 1877 editon of the Cape Anne Advertiser that covered my Great, great, great, grandfathers accidental dry dock Death.

Being such a great representative of all things Gloucester can you point me in the right direction?

Thanks Mike

The Illusion

The Illusion


At mid ebb I was sitting at the side of

a tidal creek along the edge of the marsh

that cushions Essex Bay like a large soft pillow

placed on a  hard granite bed.


The stream was long and snaked off into the distance

reflecting both the border marsh grass and the

thin clouds far overhead.  The stones in the water

were like signposts showing the way to the sea.


What a lovely scene, I thought, how gentle and sublime.

This is the way to experience life; immersed in beauty,

a vision to hold onto – a flashback of the

best there is –  a remembrance of joyful days.


Three hours later, the stream was gone, the rock filled

bed was mud, no more a mirror of sky and grass .

And the rocks, alone and exposed, spoke only of what had been;

my river of peace and beauty now empty.


This must be a magician’s trick, an illusion that

appears and enthralls only to disappear

at the pass of a wand or the murmuring

of some secret and ancient incantation.


But I am the sorcerer. I am the illusionist

who attaches to objects and scenes the word

sublime. I conjure up the images to

be remembered; if not for me, beauty would not be.


Marty Luster

Duck Leg Confit at Duckworth’s Bistrot

Even the Rubber Duck thought the Duck Leg Confit with a waffle looked yummy. It was.

A quick tip: reservations at Duckworth’s Bistrot are hard to come by. I have a hard time thinking two weeks ahead of time. But the 4-4:30PM slot on Saturday can be nabbed even  only a day in advance if you’re lucky. Just have an early brunch then aim to be hungry by 4.

Another tip: the kids can have dessert but the adults can have the Espresso Martini, both pictured below. (Then you have the rest of the evening and you’re wide awake!)

Yes, those are two right hands. I guess the adults can have just a wee bite.

Think Spring!

Narcissus ‘Ziva’

Which version do you prefer, black and white or color?

Beginning in November, we maintain a continuous flow of blooming narcissus by planting a new batch every two weeks or so. Paperwhites ‘Ziva’ blooms before the first of the year and ‘Galilee’ just after the holiday season. The ‘Chinese Sacred Lily’ (Narcissus tazetta var. orientalis) is almost as easy to force and has a sweeter, though no less potent fragrance. The scent is a dreamy blend of orange and honeysuckle. They are also a member of the tazetta group bearing multiple blossoms atop slender stalks, with white petals and cheery yellow cups. The ‘Chinese Sacred Lily,’ brought to this country by Chinese immigrants in the late 1800s, is traditionally forced to bloom for New Year’s celebrations.

With both paperwhites and ‘Chinese Sacred Lilies,’ place the bulbs in bowl or pot and cover with stones. The emerging green tips should be poking though the stones. Water up to the halfway point of the bulb and place in a cool dark room; an unheated basement is ideal. Water periodically and within a week or so, new growth will be visible. Then place the bulbs in the room away from strong light, continue to water as needed, and once in bloom, they will flower and scent your home for a week or more. Excerpted from Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden.

Where’s Henri Smith?


He’s the singer in the hat.  Watch the video and see him with Grammy Award winner Charles Neville on Big Chief, a signature New Orleans Mardi Gras song.  You can see Charles Neville with Henri Smith and his band in a rare, intimate setting at Minglewood Tavern on Mardi Gras (next Tuesday 2/21) to benefit Y Teens Rebuild New OrleansCheck it out.

Whitney Houston ~ We will miss you!

We’ll be watching the Grammys tonight, in part to see the tribute they added at the last minute to honor Whitney Houston, who died yesterday before she could attend the pre-Grammy party hosted by her friend, mentor and Arista Records founder Clive Davis.

For those of you who’d rather go out tonight, you’ve got plenty of choices.  See full lineup here.

Young Artist of the week!

Ivan and his monster

This young artist of the week is a very multi-talented boy named Ivan who made this incredible embossed monster in this week’s Metal Tooling class at Art Haven! Ivan has already taken art classes in a variety of mediums, and it’s always exciting to see what ideas and creatures come out of his creative mind next…

If you know of a young artist that should be featured here, email  with a short description and a photo of some of their work!

Beautiful Industry- Birdseye At Dusk


Richard Belair says:

I would say that the loss of a neighborhood through the money making plans of one person is a blow to the entire community, fishing industry and a slap to the face of the historical perspective of Gloucester. Frankly, Joey, I am very surprised to see you sitting on the fence with this issue, when your perspective with so many other things shows you have good eye for composition. One would think that growing up around the industry would make your choices far in favor of people who’s entire lives and the livelihoods of generations before them helped make this city become an attractive place. It didn’t happen the other way around. People didn’t come here to enjoy the flavor of the area and then build an entire fishing industry around the beauty of the harbor. The harbor was built and then the people came to work the already growing industry. The beauty was discovered after the hard dedicated work was already done.

  • Joey C says:

    I disagree that only one person gains completely. I grew up 5 houses from a hotel. My sister built a house two doors down from where we grew up and my mom still lives there.
    The jobs created, the vendors that this property would support, the increased taxes paid to the city and much more on top of the fact that the people behind this already have a GREAT track record of supporting our community and its organizations.

    Destroying neighborhoods and not helping the community by donating Five Hundred Thousand Dollars to help rebuild Newell Stadium?
    Destroying neighborhoods by providing jobs in a building that has basically been vacant for years? Destroying neighborhoods by paying the city many multiples more in taxes to pay to keep fire stations open, roads paved and schools in better shape? Destroying neighborhoods by providing visitors a place to stay and support our vital Downtown businesses, area museums and attractions such as whale watches, schooner tours the Cape Ann Museum, The Heritage Center and The Sargent House? A place where they can park and walk to all of these destinations without having to clog up our streets with vehicles?

    Building a hotel on a beach where you would never offload a boat. Because you know, you don’t offload boats on beaches. You don’t have to displace fishermen to do this.

    I’d say that what is destroying neighborhoods is not encouraging development and change when the industry you relied on for years has been radically consolidated to make fish stocks more sustainable which means no way that you could ever land the amount of fish that was once landed or else you would simply be negligent to returning to overfishing.

    Destroying neighborhoods? Really???

    I’d say what destroys communities more than anything is not having enough tax revenue and jobs to support strong school systems and this is the kind of project that will help with both!


Andrew Innes says:

So it’s all about the money is it ? What about the businesses all ready there? Shall they be bought or forced out ? And what about, of course, the people that are already there? Are they to be bought or forced out ? This is an invasion of the super rich upon the history, the industry, the people, the place that is Gloucester. “Polis is this.”

  • Joey C says:

    All about the money????

    The building has been empty. Who says anyone has to sell their house????
    Show me the person that had their ARM twisted to sell out???

    An invasion by someone that wants to invest in our community and provide jobs on a site that was close to being foreclosed on???

    Invasion by someone who has donated their other space to countless community organizations to hold their fundraisers?? Invasion by a group of people who demonstrated that they didn’t force a single fishing boat off of the Cruiseport site and where there is probably more port activity with a restaurant and function facility operating on the same space with fishing boats, cruise line landings and LNG pipeline support.

    Invasion by a group that employs probably hundreds in Gloucester and that’s not to mention the hundreds of vendors that supply services such as photographers, food purveyors, caterers, electricians, webmasters, florists, linens and again supporting them without displacing a single fishing boat.

    You act as if people making money is a bad thing.

    How do you expect to improve our schools, pay for our growing infrastructure needs, and public safety?? With empty buildings? The fishing industry is not going to be allowed to overfish again. It isn’t going back to a free for all. The number of permits and fishermen have been drastically reduced.

    Why are you scared to death that people will make money and pay more taxes and support our downtown? Can you simply not stand it?

    Do you not recognize that the fishing industry has been greatly consolidated?
    Do you not recognize that with the auctions, that the amount of fish that goes through way fewer waterfront buildings is a fraction of what it once was?

    As long as the boats aren’t being displaced the fishermen I speak to are in favor of changes to the upland parts of the waterfront.

    Don’t you want better for our children than empty buildings and no way to fund stronger educations for them?

Blogger visit Flashback; 2009

Flashback November 2009, Gloucester got a visit from  a few Bloggers; Bowsprite (NYC), Tugster (NYC) and MonkeyFist (Maine). Bowsprite decided to take a dip.

Christina’s Blog

Tugsters Blog


Saturday night on the town, part I

Yesterday was a great evening to be in Gloucester.

First, there was Fred Bodin’s party at Bodin Historic Photo and Fine Art. I got there early and snapped this panorama of the gallery before many people arrived.

As always, there were delicious refreshments, including some good wines, hot meatballs in tomato sauce, and a table of sweet and salty snacks:

Our host, Fred Bodin, with GMG contributor Kathy Chapman:

If you missed this event, you should consider going another time.  There’s great food and company, and you can talk to some of the artists whose work is represented.

I also visited two other interesting places, to be described in upcoming posts…