GMG Spring Fling At Bodin Historic Photo Downtown This Saturday Night!!! FOB ATTENDANCE MANDATORY!!!!!

Paul (I’m Horny For Ducks) Morrison will be bringing some of Ryan and Wood’s Knockabout Gin, Sista Felicia promises she’s making something special, Kim Smith is bringing scallops wrapped in bacon, Alicia Cox from Mamie’s Kitchen is Bringing her world’s greatest coffee rolls and to-die-for linguica.

It’s a BYOB or appetizer party.  Come on down and have a blast withyour favorite GMG personalities.  There will be autograph signings, you can get your picture taken with a rubber duck and a whole lot more (and who could resist that?)

If anyone wants to buy a “This is Gloucester” DVD let me know and I’ll bring some, or if anyone wants one of EJ’s calendars or Sharon’s Calendars or if one of our contributors has a certain print you would like to have them make up for you let us know.

The party hosted by the awesome Fred Bodin starts at 6:30PM at his joint at 82 Main Street in the heart of Beautiful Gloucester MA.

If you consider yourself one of our FOB’s this is a must attend event.  The Christmas party was off the Chain and I know all you crazy MoFo’s are just itching to get out and have some fun!

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oh and don’t forget to swing by the Horribles Parade fundraiser first and place some bids to help support the great Gloucester tradition!

Discover Gloucester Weekly From Linn Parisi

Linn Parisi writes-

A team of Discover Gloucester partners just got back from attending the four day Discover New England Summit for the 4th time, held this year at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston. I’m happy to say that it went very well with lots of interest in visiting Gloucester. This trade show is appointment based where International tour companies (Buyers) meet with and learn about destinations, local accommodations and attractions (Sellers).  There were five of us from Gloucester, the best representation we’ve had so far, and I couldn’t be more proud of the great job that the team did talking up all the reasons for travelers to come here for their holiday from Europe, South America and Asia. The international tour companies put together what they learn here and create vacation packages and itineraries that they sell to individuals in their countries. Our job was to pitch all the great things about our area and how they fit into the overall vacation experience starting with their flight into Boston. The buyers said they want a real New England experience – and what’s more real than Gloucester?

We did particularly well with companies from Italy, Germany, Norway and Japan.  If you’ve seen the news of the new Boeing 787 coming to Boston you know Japan Airlines begins their non-stop flights from Tokyo to Boston on April 22, which will offer new adventures in New England for the Asian market. We got to attend a seminar to learn how to work with Japanese travelers. Did you know: They want to come here to learn about our culture, so trying to replicate a Japanese breakfast – poorly – would be offensive. They want to experience a good American breakfast – even though they might not eat any of it! Food portions should be cut in half. They would much rather have a small “perfect” lobster roll than a big overflowing roll. Two beds are a must, even for honeymooners.

I was talking with a Japanese woman at an appointment and she mentioned Gloucester’s relationship with our Japanese sister city Tomano. I was impressed! She then said “And we work with Robert, Why Not?” Of course, I’m thinking – yeah, why not? While we were waiting to go to the MFA for an evening event, another American helpfully said to a small group of Japanese Buyers “The ducks are here to bring us to the event!”. That took a few moments to translate and we had a good laugh.  Once we got there, I could hear Pilar Garro from Beauport Museum, whose fabulous laugh you can hear from a mile away. Turns out she was showing others the silver pieces donated to the MFA by Henry Sleeper, who owned the Beauport mansion. Way to go, Henry! We’re all still trying to figure out what’s behind the name of one Italian tour company name: “Quiiky”!

I’m extremely pleased that contracts are being written between DNE Summit Buyers and Discover Gloucester partners right now, building on recent and past exposure at this trade show. Many companies will be including Gloucester and the area in itineraries for their clients. Woot!

On Sunday before the trade show began I was showing a rep from Germany around Gloucester, She’s looking for another accommodation to recommend to her clients. I showed her a couple, and then drove her by the Birdseye site and she said “Now you’re talking!” She wants a hotel where people can walk to dining, shopping and things to do.

Another company’s rep I spoke with, who knows Gloucester well, jumped up out of her seat to high five me when I told her that Gloucester might be getting a new hotel.

Discover Gloucester partners are working very hard to promote our amazing area to people beyond our amazing area. We are entering our 5th year and it’s great to see the efforts paying off.

Shrimp – Pet of the Week

Shrimp – Pet of the Week


My name is Shrimp, I am a male cat who is at the Cape Ann Animal Aid presently located at 260 Main Street in Gloucester.  I think I was named Shrimp because I love to lounge and when I curl up, I look like a shrimp!

I am only two-years-old and we cats do not go through the terrible twos!  Please stop on by and visit us.   We look forward to the new shelter opening later this year at Four Paw Lane.

Check our website at

As you can see I have a handsome black silk coat and I have magnificent green eyes.  I am affectionate, sweet, and a medium size cat … but I am no shrimp!

Updated at 9:29PM Baby Seal Still Stranded as of 4:45PM On Pavilion Beach Gloucester MA


Hi Everyone,
This seal is a harbor seal pup. Pupping season for this species begins in the spring from Maine to Massachusetts mainly, but pups have been documented as far south as New Jersey. Responders from New England Aquarium, authorized by NOAA, are monitoring this animal. The pup looks in very good condition, but will be monitored to see if the mother returns for continued nursing. Pups are on land to rest as they nurse and gain weight. It is very important that the mother returns to the pup. A lot of human activity near the pup may frighten the mother and cause her to abandon her pup, so please observe from a distance. New England Aquarium is monitoring the animal for any changes in health that may require intervention by Aquarium personnel. Further information on harbor seals can be found at:

Mendy Garron
Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

Dory Fishing on Schooner ADVENTURE

A large crowd was treated to an outstanding talk by Ron Gilson, author of An Island No More, at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum on Wednesday evening. Ron introduced his slide illustrated reminiscence of an eight day trip on Adventure when he was 17 years old in 1951 with random vignettes of his youth on the wharves of Gloucester Harbor.

Someone once said something like, “We experience life only once–as a child. All the rest is memory.” At age 79, Ron brought us back to the days of his youth. With some emotion, he evoked all of the excitement, adventure and sense of awe that many of us feel when we search our own memories of growing up. His respect and love for an era now gone by enveloped the audience and made us all feel privileged to share his experience and memories.

“Although he’s not well known for his work in children’s music or lullabies, he was brilliant playing, arranging & producing on this CD” ~ Miranda Russell

Who is gimmesound Artist of the Week Miranda Russell talking about?  Watch the video and find out.

About 10 years ago, she and her collaborator (who, in addition to arranging and producing performs on guitar, percussion, whistle, piano and backing vocals) released a beautiful lullaby collection CD (listen to one of those lullabies here).  This is not your usual lullaby CD for baby only.  The excellent musicianship, harmonies and arrangements will captivate an adult audience as well — and it might just instill good musical taste in your little one.

Plenty of music to choose from tonight.  If YOU want to be the DJ, bob on down to Minglewood at 9pm and choose a song.  See full music lineup here.

Come One, Come All to the GMG Spring Fling

When: Saturday, March 31 at 6:00pm

Where: Bodin Historic Photo 82 Main Street (978-283-2524)

What: A Good Morning Gloucester and Bodin Historic Photo gallery spring party for FOBs, FOGs, contributors, and open to the general public.

If you missed our winter bash you don’t know how much fun we had; the place was packed!  BYOB (appetizers/dishes are welcome too), and come meet up with your favorite GMG contributors and FOB’s!  Don’t be a lonely little dandelion puff.  Come out and be part of the GMG fun and help us celebrate Spring. 

E.J. Lefavour

Cole Herbst and other young artists showing at The Annie next Friday

Great show next Friday of some exciting young artists from Gloucester! If you haven’t seen any of Cole’s stuff before, look here and here. Jason Burroughs, Jamie Rynkowski, Jake Stafford and Justus Dunton will be showing work also – really fun new stuff from some young local artists!


Cole Herbst art show at The Annie

Two Ten Dolla Tickets To Berklee Jazz and Roots Concert Friday Night Yo!


We’ve got our grubby little mitts on two tickets to the Berklee Jazz and Roots concert Friday night at The Glo Ho.

Second person that subscribes to GMG here gets them free.  You can pick them up at Fred Bodin Historic Photo on Main Street any time after 2PM today if you win.  I will email the winner at the email address they use to sign up to let them know they won.

It pays to subscribe I’m tellin ya!

Looking forward to the GMG Spring Fling at Bodin Historic Photo

This Saturday, March 31st at 6:30PM, there is going to be a GMG “mug-up” at Bodin Historic Photo on Main Street! If you haven’t been to one of these before, you should really stop by. It’s always fun, with good company, good food, and good art too! I plan on showing up for at least part of the time, and hope to see all my GMG friends there!

Here’s a shot (from a previous event) of Fred Bodin with two of the artists whose work is represented in his gallery.

Fred and friends at the "Early Elf" Opening last November


How Does Curt Schilling Get Inducted Into The Red Sox Hall of Fame and Not Pedro Martinez?

I just read on the Eagle Tribune’s Smitty on Baseball that  that Curt Schilling will be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame.  Looking at the list of inducted players I see that Pedro Martinez isn’t in there.  How can that possibly be?

If it wasn’t for Pedro’s willingness to throw inside and intimidate opposing players I just don’t see us winning a World Series. Pedro played for the Red Sox from 97-2004 and was dominant throughout.  Schilling had two good years and then was injured for his remaining two.   This is ridiculous in my opinion.  Your thoughts?

From wikipedia-

Pedro Martinez Red Sox 1997-2004-

The seven-year contract he received from the Red Sox had been considered a huge risk in the 1997 offseason, but Martínez had rewarded the team’s hopes with two Cy Young Awards, and six Top-4 finishes. Martínez finished his Red Sox career with a 117–37 record, the highest winning percentage any pitcher has had with any team in baseball history.

Curt Schilling with the Boston Red Sox 2004-2008

On October 19, 2004, Schilling won Game 6 of the 2004 American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees. Notably, he won this game playing on an injured ankle—the same injuries that contributed to his disastrous outing in Game 1 of the ALCS. These injuries were so acute that by the end of his performance that day his white sock was soaked with blood, which is now referred to as “the bloody sock”. Following the game, Schilling took the famous sock and threw it away in the Yankee Stadium clubhouse. The win forced a Game 7, making the Red Sox the first team in MLB history to come back from a three-games-to-none deficit. The Red Sox would go on to win Game 7 and the ALCS and make their first World Series appearance since 1986. Schilling pitched (and won) Game 2 of the 2004 World Series for the Red Sox against the St. Louis Cardinals. In both series, he had to have the tendon in his right ankle stabilized repeatedly, in what has become known as theSchilling Tendon Procedure, after the tendon sheath was torn during his Game 1 ALDS appearance against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. As in Game 6 of the ALCS, Schilling’s sock was soaked with blood from the sutures used in this medical procedure, but he still managed to pitch seven strong innings, giving up one run on four hits and striking out four. This second bloody sock was placed in the Baseball Hall of Fame after Boston’s victory over St. Louis in the World Series. A four-game sweep of the World Series erased the Curse of the Bambino.

Schilling was once again runner-up in Cy Young voting in 2004, this time to Minnesota Twins hurler Johan Santana, who was a unanimous selection, receiving all 28 first-place votes. Schilling received 27 of the 28 second-place votes. Later, the entire Red Sox team was named Sports Illustrated’s 2004 Sportsmen of the Year, making Schilling only the second person to have won or shared that award twice.

Schilling began 2005 on the disabled list due to recurrent ankle injuries. He returned in July as Boston’s closer. He eventually returned to the starting rotation and continued to struggle. The Red Sox made it to the playoffs, but were swept by the Chicago White Sox in three games.

For the 2006 season, Schilling was said to be healthy. He began the season 4–0 with a 1.61 ERA. He finished the year with a 15–7 record and 198 strikeouts, with a respectable 3.97 ERA. On May 27, he earned his 200th career win, the 104th major league pitcher to accomplish the feat.[6] On August 30, Schilling collected his 3,000th strikeout. Schilling has the highest ratio of strikeouts to walks of any pitcher with at least 3,000 strikeouts, and is one of four pitchers to reach the 3,000-K milestone before reaching 1,000 career walks. The other three who accomplished this feat are Fergie Jenkins, Greg Maddux, and former Boston Red Sox ace and teammate Pedro Martínez.[citation needed]

Would you pay double to see a classic like Springsteen play ONLY His Old Stuff?

How many times have you gone to see a musician that has a library of 20-40 incredible classic songs, pay huge money for the tickets and then endure over half the songs off the new album they just put out with songs you’d never heard of?

You’re standing in the audience expecting to hear Rosalita and Badlands and three or four songs in a row go by and there isn’t a single song you recognize.

Before everyone jumps down my throat, I completely understand the need to grow as an artist and explore and create new stuff so you can satisfy your own desire to create.  I get that.  When I feel like the blog has been stagnant and we haven’t come up with new ideas in a while I get extremely irritable and it’s when we break new ground or stories that I feel most satisfied with the work we’re doing.

But what I’m talking about is strictly from the consumer’s standpoint.

Would you as a consumer be willing to pay double for a ticket to a classic band if they promised a complete show of pure top number one hits and nothing new?

Because I rarely go to concerts any more, I would.

Wouldn’t it be great if say Springsteen alternated years where one year he does the classics tour and then the following year he plays a mix of classics and new stuff?

Community Stuff Thursday


The Cape Ann Chamber will tee off at the 23rd Annual Golf Tournament at Bass Rocks Golf Club on Monday, May 7 at 1:00 pm. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Business Education Collaborative Scholarship Fund.
Golfer registration is $200 and includes carts, green fees, clubhouse facilities, awards dinner, a gift bag, and chowder donated by The Causeway Restaurant. Additional food will be provided by The North Shore Meat House. Prizes will be awarded at various holes for low gross, longest drive and closest to the line. The grand prize for the first hole-in-one on the 13th hole is a 2012 Buick Verano, compliments of Sudbay Motor Group.
Sponsorship opportunities are available at five levels to area businesses from $100 to $2,000. For a list of sponsorship opportunities or would like to find out more on how to play in the tournament, please contact Tim Burton at or call the Chamber at 978-283-1601.

"The Cape Ann Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a program on Tuesday, April 10, at the Rockport Police Station on Main Street in Rockport at 1:00 p.m.  The public is warmly welcome to listen to the speaker, Kim Smith; an author, illustrator, garden and interior designer who is a committed conservationist.  For more information on Kim Smith, visit her website at:"

Business After Hours at PACE Elder Service Plan of the North Shore, Inc. is a member of the non-profit, national organization called:

PACE ~ Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly 

Tim Burton of the chamber with Rachel Kestner of PACE

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