The Search is On! Rand McNally’s Best Small Towns. Let’s Make Gloucester MA #1

Arianne Doud from Matter Communications writes-

What better day than this, full of sunshine to show off Gloucester’s beauty, to bring the following to your attention: Rand McNally/USA TODAY has launched their 2012 Best of the Road competition! You may recall from last year, we encouraged voters to narrow down categories for a higher concentration of votes.

This year, let’s take it further: we suggest all voters go to just one category, “Most Beautiful,” to make sure we don’t spread the votes thin.

Go to: and contribute your thoughts (and a photo if you can) on what makes Gloucester deserving of the “Most Beautiful” title.

Last year we received 74 submissions. Let’s try to at least double that this year to push Gloucester higher into the winner’s circle!


The 2012 Search is On!

We’ve teamed up with USA TODAY for the second annual Best of the Road Rally and your town could be a stop! We’ll send amateur travelers across the country exploring the Most Beautiful,Most Patriotic, Friendliest, Most Fun, and Best Small Towns for Food to name the 2012 Best Small Towns in America. Review and vote to get your town on the map, tell us about your favorite local spots, and follow us on and twitter for updates.


Chickity Check It New England Beach Soccer Interview With Joe LaRocca and Mike Torres


Nice header on their home page isn’t it?  You may recognize it from my as it’s the same image. 

Joe LaRocca and Mike Torres are bringing a way fun tournament to Good Harbor with music and soccer.

Check the website and this video for the details.

The Day Has Finally Arrived- The Beaver Leaves Gloucester Railways for Her New Berth In Boston at the Tea Party Ship Museum Photos From Kathy Chapman

Kathy writes-

The day has arrived……The first of the three ships that will be a part of the new Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum will arrive in Boston Harbor on the Anniversary of the start of the American Revolution, Thursday, April 19 at 8:30am.

The Boston Tea Party event in 1773 is the single most important act that took place leading up to the American Revolution in 1775. The historic sailing vessel, the Beaver, will arrive on the 237th anniversary of the battle that began the American Revolution.

The completely restored and historically accurate hull of the Beaver will make it’s way down from Gloucester to Boston for the arrival at the new Museum. The Beaver will be towed to its berth at the Museum site in the Fort Point Channel. Once in place the masts will be stepped and the rigging will be completed.

Photographs © Kathy Chapman 2012


Today is Homie and Rubber Duck’s First Anniversary

Homie: “You’re not from around here are you? May I show you the cove?”
Solitude of the lonely Homie.
Cold, lonely, rubbery, but Patriotic!
A little stand offish at first.
They’re eyes locked and Homie was in love.
“So how many children should we have?” Homie wasn’t wasting any time.
“I have a lovely nest on Milk Island.”
You’re not listening to a word I’m saying!”
“We could make it work!”
“Do you think it’s safe to come out?”
Your friends are rude Homie.
Rubber Duck out on the Town at another Fred Bodin Christmas party.

I cannot believe it has only been one year since the Rubber Duck met Homie on a blustery day just like today, April 18, 2011. When I posted that first part of the Rubber Duck saga I was only joking about it being a twenty part series. Little did I know that maybe a hundred posts later the story is still not finished. To commemorate their anniversary I repost the first few chapters. Later this week will be an update of how Homie and Rubber Duck spent their day today. Part I posted April 18th, 2011:  (This will be a twenty part series.) Part II posted April 19th, 2011: But first, the back story. Two lonely birds:  But soon the connection was made and time stopped. ”  “I am so out of here!”  But Homie came back of course and took Rubber Duck all over. The Rockport Dump, Thacher Island lighthouse, Maine, Florida, meeting Santa when he arrived in Rockport, wine tasting at Passports, Duck Confit at Duckworth’s. Then, just a few months later, things got a little weird: Last sighting of RD was at the Spring Fling two weeks ago with rumors that she was at the Thirsty Golf contest at the DogBar last week when Joey caught her again staring at him.  Flexilis anatidaephobia is the fear that a rubber duck is staring at you and Joey has got it bad.

Orville Giddings ~ thin man FAT sound!

In this video gimmesound Artist of the week, Orville Giddings talks about his excellent band (sorry about the wind noise).  You can see them next Saturday at Stone Soup in Ipswich.  And you can see Orville with tomorrow at the Rhumb Line with Dave Sag.

It’s Wednesday, which means a new show on Local Music Seen with Allen Estes.  Bradley Royds is Allen’s guest tonight on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.  The show premieres at 6:30.

After the show, there’s plenty to do in town tonight.  Check out the full music lineup here.

Cameron’s Feast

“Cameron’s Feast”, a benefit dinner organized by Henry Allen at The Annie for to support both The Annie and the Brain Candy Foundation, was a great success on Monday night.  The food was great, and the performances of song, dance, and poetry (by Henry and his friends, colleagues and students) were inspiring!

The event was held on what would have been Cameron’s birthday.  He died from brain cancer four years ago, but his courage, hope, and desire to make a difference in the world, are still alive through the “ripple effect” he has had. Henry spoke movingly about Cameron and the initiatives that were born during and after Cameron’s fight with cancer. Great things are happening thanks to Cameron!

For a slideshow of photos, click here:

Motif No. 1 and the Fish Boat, 1934

Motif No. 1, Rockport, 1934 Alice M. Curtis/©/Fredrik D. Bodin
Motif No. 1 is the most famous fish shack in the world, constructed around the time of the American Civil War (exact year uncertain). Initially used for storing fishing gear, it is located on Bradley Wharf, in the middle of Rockport Harbor (MA). The building soon became a popular subject for painters, including students of renowned artist Lester Horby (1882–1956), who coined the term “Motif No. 1.” Motif became an art studio in the 1930’s and was sold to the Town of Rockport in 1945, dedicated to the Rockport men and women who served in the armed forces. In this photograph, a 17′ Montgomery Fish Boat glides by. The Fish Boat class was designed in 1921 by Nick Montgomery. Six to eight hundred were made at the Montgomery Boatyard in Gloucester, and still are at the historic yard on the Annisquam River. This one probably sailed from the Sandy Bay Yacht Club. They were also raced at the Annisquam and Eastern Point Yacht Clubs. You can read more about the boatyard and fish boats in a GMG post by E.J. Lefavour here. Coincidentally, when I was traveling through the southwestern U.S., I visited Rockport, Texas – a small fishing town (mainly shrimp). In the restaurant where I stopped for lunch, there was a laminated placemat on my table with a photo of … guess what?
Printed archivally from the original 4×5 inch film negative in my darkroom. Image #A8345-196

Fredrik D. Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Video Interview- Introducing "The Seafarer" With Rory O’Connor and Jay DiPrima


For more information visit the website

Fishtown Players Theater announces its production of Conor McPherson’s instant classic, The Seafarer, is to be performed starting April 19th with a pay as you can performance at The Gorton’s Theater (home of Gloucester Stage Co.) at 267 E. Main Street, Gloucester.

Additional performances on 20, 21, 27, 28 at 7:30 pm and Sunday the 22 & 29 at 3 pm. Tickets are $18.00 for adults and $15.00 for seniors and students. For information and reservations please call, 978-515-7957. There will be a special benefit for The Gloucester Writers Center on April 26 at 7:30 pm. Call the Center for details (978-283-7738).


Community Stuff Wednesday

Hi Joey,
I was hoping you would include my little blurb – maybe in your Thurs, Fri or Sat letter. Would really appreciate it. Photos attached.
TIN CAN SALLY has ‘GONE FISHIN’! Tin Fish, tin lobsters, tin crabs, tin mobiles – a veritable tintinnabulation of tin sea life. ‘GONE FISHIN’ demonstrates a creative reuse of an everyday material in a fun, whimsical manner. The show runs from April 21 through May13 at Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, 121 Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Hours: Monday-Sunday, 10-6 pm.
Sally Seamans
Gloucester, MA 01930


Hey Joey C–
Josh here from Geeks Who Drink.
We’re a live-hosted pub quiz company launching a quiz May 9 in Gloucester, and we’re looking to hire a quizmaster. You seem really connected. Surely, you must know someone interested. Open mikers? Would love any assistance.
We’ll be in town next soon auditioning performers to host the quiz, and I was hoping you could give me some advice on finding folks. It’s a weekly, paid gig — cash and a bar tab — and a great way to get comfortable on a mic and own a room. Comedians, improv folks, actors, radio DJs, roller derby announcers all make great quizmasters. Anyone who is, or imagines themselves to be, a performer.
We’re launching our quiz soon at the Cape Ann Brewing.
Below I’ve pasted the link to a YouTube video that explains what it means to be a quizmaster, as well as a link to the online application. If you could share the video and application (social media rules!), it would be much appreciated. Also, if you can recommend other ways to reach out to people, I’d love that.
Funny YouTube video:
Online app and more info:



Wednesday, April 18th, The Topside Grill will be the featured restaurant at the monthly Cape Ann Olive Oil Company food infusion & tasting. This will be an invite only free event. Please reply back to this email if you would like to come and check it out. Doug Silva of The Topside Grill will be creating some fantastic food and drinks infusing some of The Cape Ann Olive Oil Company’s top olive oils and balsamic vinegars. It will start at 6:00pm and run for about an hour. I hope to see you there if you can make it! The Cape Ann Olive Oil Company is located at 57 Main Street in Gloucester. You can also call The Cape Ann Olive Oil Company to reserve seating as well 978-281-1061.