Pre-Announcing Red Solo Cup Event. Which Local Joint Wants It Most?

We are going to have a party.

It will be hosted by a local drinking establishment.

We will be singing.

Just like Sunny D and Rum night at The DogBar.

Only This Time.

We will be singing the greatest song ever written in the history of the entire planet.

Red Solo Cup.

We are now accepting offers from local drinking establishments who want to host this most momentous event of all times.

There will be drinking. There will be singing. There will be laughter. There will be prizes.


We’re gonna bring it and bring it B I G. Believe That!

Gloucester At Dawn 5:12AM 3/31/12 South Channel From Captain Joe and Sons

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Hope you like it.  This one is gong in my favorites pile.  I may even blow it up for myself.

to me it’s very atmospheric with both the boats in the fore and background somewhat visible even though it’s very early morning.  It was a 4 second exposure, f4.5, iso 200.


Gloucester Random Acts Of Kindness

Lynn Maclaughlin writes-

I get a huge kick out of people putting xtra change in expired meters around town, especially Dale ave./handicapped spaces.

If you notice someone doing something that deserves recognition as a random act of kindness around town that is not an obvious advertisement for business send it in to and I’ll post it

Are you a Fast Chick? A Must Do Event for All Women on the North Shore!

When it comes to powerful organizations on the North Shore, the Mother’s clubs rank first over all other organizations, including state and local government! My wife is the co-president of this organization and they are pulling out all the stops to make this the must run event of the year. It is going to be a tremendous event and is open to all women. They even have a “rooster” contest to allow a single male runner that I am saying must run in a rooster costume.  Sign up by April 5th to ensure you get the awesome t-shirt. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2012, rain or shine
Location: Patton Park in Hamilton. Park at the Winthrop School
Fee: $25
Start Time: 8 a.m. day-of registration, 9:15 a.m. start

To Register: Visit to download a registration form for Fast Chicks 5K run/walk or sign-up online. Race Packets can be picked up at North Beverly’s New England Running Company on Friday, May 4th, 2012. While there, race participants can join a raffle to win a free pair of running shoes.

Here is more about the event:

On Saturday, May 5th, 2012, the Hamilton-Wenham Mother’s Club (HWMC) will host the First Annual Fast Chicks 5K. The Fast Chicks 5k is a women’s-only race/walk designed to celebrate active women everywhere. This year all monies raised will support the Patton Park Playground Fund; a three-phase project already underway by Friends of Patton Park with a $100,000 fundraising goal to update and redesign the playground.

“The Fast Chicks 5K is more than just a road race,” says Martha Farrell, a Mother’s Club member and chair of fundraising committee. “It’s a call to action to celebrate the active rolls we women take as community leaders. To contribute to women’s interest charities and to empower each other, our mothers, our friends, and our daughters to lead, not follow. And it’s also one heck of a way to have fun!”

The nearly century old club has a long-held tradition of supporting women in the Hamilton-Wenham community and around the North Shore. The HWMC plans to make this an annual event, raising money for a new cause each year.  As mentioned above, this year all monies raised will support the Friends of Patton Park create a new playground for the town.

“We are thrilled the Mother’s Club wants to help our project,” says Emily Sumner, co-chair of the Friends of Patton Park. “Patton Park is a luxury for our town and we want to improve upon what is already there. It’s a wonderful and safe place for children and families to gather and play, but we see improvements that are necessary to keep this Park an asset to the town for years to come.”

Mother’s Club Co-President Jeannine Ryan is excited for this new fundraiser. “We wanted an event that we could bring back annually that would not only honor women, but allow us to support a cause locally that benefits Moms and their families.”

Although the HWMC 5k is a women’s only run, the Club is planning to auction off a bib number to one wicked lucky “rooster” (male) who will get to join the field and race along side of us. In addition, the winner will receive a custom t-shirt and specialized race packet and goodies. To join the fun and submit your bid, visit our facebook page.

In order to be guaranteed a t-shirt, participants must register by Thursday, April 5th. All runners are asked to arrive prepared for a 9:15 a.m. start. If registering day-of, registration begins at 8 a.m. For questions please email Martha Farrell or Ashley Hopkins at

Open House at The Center

Yesterday from 1-4:00pm there was a fun and well attended Open House at the new Center at Rocky Neck, home of the new Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District and Rocky Neck Art Colony.  If you didn’t have a chance to make the Open House yesterday, there will be another one on Sunday, April 15th.  The space is really lovely and inviting, and there was an excellent exhibit of works by Rocky Neck artists on display.  Watch for lots of great things to be happening in this space.

E.J. Lefavour

Who will be Miranda Russell’s Celebrity Guest at her Shalin Liu Concert this week?

Watch the video and find out.  Miranda also talks about some new music you’ll hear at her concert this week.  There are still tickets left for Miranda’s Thursday show.  Get them here.

It’s a new month with new music this week on Cape Ann.  Check out the full music lineup here.

Harbor Seal Pupping Fact Sheet From Mendy Garron and a Contest from our Friends at Fort Point


There’s a harbor seal photo contest at Fort Point Pier In Boston

Click the title of the post below for the details and please keep in mind the pupping fact sheet sent in below (most importantly be sure to try to take the photos with a long lens if photographing a pup)-

1st Annual Harbor Seal Sighting Contest


As shown in our rendering below, we’re predicting that harbor seals will find a sunny respite from Harbor waters on the dock at Fort Point Pier. Over the past decade, harbor seal sightings in Fort Point Channel have been increasing in regularity.

Rubber Duck Review: Birding Binoculars

I’m not a birder with a life list but I wanted to get Sue a pair of decent birding binoculars. So I asked my sister who does have a life list and does go to Panama to crouch behind dumpsters to check out birds. She said to go to and see what pair scored highest in the mid-priced binocs. There was a pair at the top of the list scored by how they function as birding glasses for $350.00. After going back and forth to Amazon and a bunch of other sites I bought them through since they had the best price and availability. Showed up three days later. These puppies are awesome.

Vanguard Endeavor ED 8×42 Read the review here.  So why 8×42 and why this particular pair? At 8×42 you get the best fit for a pair of binocs you don’t mind hanging around your neck all day. See a bird and instantly have it in view and focused. Higher mag and all that gets a little more difficult. This pair gathers so much light with great eye relief (your eye can move around a bit behind the pair without the image going black) that they are just a lot more fun to use than the old pair we had been using.

They are also perfect for checking out the moons of Jupiter or the Orion Nebula. Can’t wait for those warm evenings laying on my back out on Halibut Point checking out the stars. With these binocs it is as Carl Sagan said, there are billions and billions of stars. More than the estimated 2.6 billion birds in the United States.

April Vacation Workshops at Art Haven and Maritime Gloucester

Art Haven and Maritime Gloucester are collaborating on April Vacation programs! There are also opportunities to make a bowl for the Empty Bowl dinner, make Mother’s Day cards, paper flower bouquets or come to HARRY POTTER DAY!! Call 978.283.3888 or email to sign up now.

April Vacation programs at Art Haven

Wednesday’s with Fly Amero ~ Special guest KATRIN

Prime Rib Specials!
Wednesdays Only!

Hello everyone!
Wednesday, April 4th
This week:

Pictured here from the cover of her latest release, “Frail to
Fearless”, Katrin Roush – known simply as Katrin) is among
the very best of my best all-time Rhumb Line guests. This
brand-new disc was masterfully produced by my good friend
and former bandmate Jerry Marotta (Orleans, Peter Gabriel,
Paul McCartney, many others) and offers a number of
compelling new “Katrinsongs” – many of which she plans to
feature this Wednesday for our intimate Gloucester forum.
Katrin is a serious artist who has carried her music and her
message around the world and back again. How lucky we
now are to have her among us! ~ Fly
Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prime Rib Dinner –
$9.95 (while they last)
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!

Looking forward…
…to seeing you there! 🙂 ~ Fly


Len Burgess writes-

Ron Gilson of Gloucester lectured Wednesday night at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s Waterline Center about working aboard Gloucester’s Schooner ‘Adventure’ back in 1951.

Ron recounted his growing up in Gloucester and personal memories of the fisheries and fishermen of Gloucester and the shipbuilding of Cape Ann. In great detail he described, at 17 years old, working aboard the ‘Adventure’ for 8 days and with slides how the fish were caught by the crew. The trip brought home 80,000 pounds of fish.

Ron has a book out which any true Gloucester FOB should have.  
‘An Island No More’–A Memoir, The Gloucester I Knew

"GLOUCESTER in the 1940s was a self-contained "city", an island, literally, the ocean separated us from the outside world. We were a complete entity, supported mainly by our anchor industry — fishing. United and focused on a common goal, harvesting the sea, our workforce was akin to an army marching to a deafening cadence. As a young boy, I thought this fantasy would go on forever; it was a magical time!" –Ron Gilson

Ronald Gilson was born into a Gloucester working class family in the depths of the “Great Depression.” He was raised in Ward II’s Dog Hill neighborhood and introduced to the waterfront while still a boy. Gilson operated the harbor’s only freshwater boat (delivering fresh water to the Schooners), learning the ways of the waterfront, from the bottom up. He has fished the vessels, worked the wharves, and insured the fleet. Considered an authority on the great fleet buildup of the 1940s and 1950s, his blog relates many personal experiences of his life on the Gloucester waterfront. He graphically writes of a bygone era, spiced with personal anecdotes that takes his readers into the heart of Gloucester’s historic anchor industry.
Ron’s blog…