The Colonial Arms Grand Hotel Eastern Point Gloucester- Series- 100 Year Old Gloucester Postcards From Peter Dorsey

Peter writes-


I have a big box of old postcards, and I realize that a few of them are from Gloucester, Mass.  Perhaps your readers would like to see some of them. I’ll send you a few here. Maybe I can find some more in my big box. I’ll send them from time to time; if you like.  My father was born in a house near the cut in 1919, and his father worked as a scientist for Mr. Hammond (of the castle);so I have a historical attachment to Gloucester.

I always think its amazing to see the changes that occur in just 100 years, and am glad to have the chance to study old pictures and share them when I can.

I really enjoy Good Morning Gloucester!

Peter Dorsey


Pink Heather

Pink Heather


What a delight to sight the pink heather

that marks  the giant granite block path

to our front door and then around to the

southeastern side where the dormant beds

await the go-ahead to declare winter’s end.


We really can’t complain; it’s been a mild

and dry winter, but it was still, in February,

a thrill to have this hardy soul break out

of its slumber and present its gentle

blossoms to us, a subtle sign of change.


Early color is a surprise and a joy.

My only fear is that it may be a

false messenger, an agent provocateur

that has been sent to divert our eyes from

the sneak attacks for which March is so well known.


Marty Luster

Dog Bar Re-Opens Tonight with Michael O’Leary

Michael O’Leary & Friends on Local Music Seen (see full show here)

OK, we’ve waited for weeks — now it’s happening.  Perfect day to get some sun and then head down to the Dog Bar for Michael O’Leary and friends at 5:30pm.

Watch the video, above, and see what you’re in for.  Since it St. Pat’s week, we thought you might be thinking about Irish music — ergo perfect time to point out just how good Michael and his band are ALL YEAR LONG!  He’s an excellent performer who captivates his audience in any venue so you feel like he’s right in your living room singing just for you.

Be prepared to stay out for a while tonight — lots going on.  See the full lineup here.

It Doesn’t and Didn’t SUCK!

It Doesn’t and Didn’t SUCK!

I haven’t been to a Bruins game since 1996. My wife Cathy and I were invited to her sister Liz’s 40th birthday celebration yesterday at the Td Garden. Her Husband rented a premium box suite from his friend. I’m now officially spoiled. Unlimited food, beer, snacks, soft drinks and a private bathroom so you don’t have to deal with the Riff Raff. Not a bad Deal. $100 for two tickets. It would’ve cost more than that for one ticket in the stadium seats. Maybe us GMG Authors can get together next Bruins season and rent a box for the year.

Architectural detail in St. Ann stained glass window

Another detail from a stained glass window in St. Ann’s Church in Gloucester (part of Holy Family Parish).

We usually focus on the people and events in the window and can easily overlook the wonderful attention to detail in the backgrounds…

Eventually I hope to photograph the stained glass windows in other churches in Gloucester. Any suggestions of churches with really great windows besides St. Ann’s?

“Rockport – Historical Photos, Then & Now” ~ Video presentation at the Rockport Senior Center

“Rockport – Historical Photos, Then & Now” ~ Video presentation
at the Rockport Senior Center

Gil McCarthy, Rockport Council on Aging board member and Freda Collins,
meals coordinator for SeniorCare view old photos of Rockport. The photos
will be on display on Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Rockport Senior Center.
McCarthy is preparing a photo video of “Rockport – Historical Photos, Then & Now.”

The Rockport Council on Aging is extending an invitation to
all area residents to attend. The presentation will be a comparison of
historical photographs with current photos. There is no fee, refreshments
will be served. Pre-registration is requested by calling 978-546-2573.

The evening will also be an opportunity to view the
recently restored oil paintings that were placed in the
building around the boarder of the ceilings in the late 30’s.

Michelle Talisman, Chairman of the Rockport Council on Aging
said, “this will be an excellent opportunity for Cape Ann residents
to attend an enjoyable evening with friends and to share refreshment
and exchange experiences of living in the beautiful town of Rockport.”

The Rockport Senior Center is located at 58 Broadway.
To learn more about this program or upcoming programs,
please contact the center’s director,
Diane Bertolino at