Gloucester At Dawn- Beacon Marine Basin 4:56AM 4/26/12

As always, click the photo for the larger version.

Have I told you guys how much fun I’ve been having taking pictures for you?

Took this a couple of days ago before work. It was nearly pitch dark out and I set up the tripod in the corner of Beacon Marine right where the black iron fence starts. I was bent over adjusting the settings when two people came out from around the corner and startled the hell out of me. I don’t often have people bouncing around at that time of morning. Stay tuned throughout the next couple of weeks where you will see some of the best photography I feel I’ve captured to date.

Thanks for visiting GMG and being part of our community.


What Just Happened? Sculpture Event at Toad Hall Bookstore!

Toad Hall Bookstore is celebrating their 40th birthday this year with several special events, one of which took place on Earth Day, April 22nd. As many of you know, Toad Hall’s profits go toward supporting environmental causes, so in keeping with that theme, sculptor Nina Samoiloff brought 40 pieces of (GREEN!) beach trash scavenged from Rockport’s beaches to create a sculpture in a live event in front of the store on Earth Day. And don’t say Rockport isn’t a wild and crazy place for street art, because just like in the big cities, the cops came by and made her move along. Vive les arts! Vive Toad Hall Bookstore! 

For more on Toad Hall Bookstore, click HERE. Nina Samoiloff has a website coming soon, and in the meantime check out her blog documenting her beach trash finds HERE.

The man keeping a close eye on things in downtown Rockport. 'Cause things are liable to get out of control when it comes to beach trash and art!


1 plastic  water gun

1 plastic toy toilet

1 24 Hour Protection deordorant 2.6 oz plastic package

1 Habitat for Humanity AMERICORPS pen plastic

1 Blistex Medicated Lip Balm 1.4 oz plastic

1 Mentos Chewing Gum plastic package

4 green plastic soda bottles

1 plastic Dasani water bottle

2 Mountain Dew bottles

1 Gatorade Tiger Plastic beverage bottle

1 Sprite can

1 Bud Lime can

1 Rolling Rock glass bottle

2 plastic SOLO cup

2  Newport cigarette boxes

1 Smoke Friendly 100’s cigarette box

4 Bic lighters

1 plastic disposable floss utensil

1 plastic childs rake

1 plastic castle mold for child

1 Juicy Pop plastic container

1 Green Giant Broccoili and Carrots with Garlic & Herbs Bag 19oz

1 GoGo SqueeZ Apple Strawberry 3.2oz plastic package

4 childs  beach shovel plastic

1 rubber super ball

1 plastic childs starfish mold

1 plastic childs block

1 Playtex sippy cup top plastic

1 plastic/silicone/latex baby pacifier 

2 plastic childs toy pieces

1 plastic childs beach toy sifter

2 mylar  Birthday balloons

2 bunches of mylar ribbons for balloons

1 child flip flop rubber

1 adult flip flop rubber

1 plastic tampon

1 plastic pill bottle

1 glass light bulb for Christmas tree light

1 squeeze top plastic

13 beverage tops plastic

1 plastic spray top

1 heavy duty glove plastic

1 latex glove

1 plastic chair part

1 hand wipe plastic top

1 plastic earth ball

1 plastic funnel

1 plastic part of container

1 part of plastic container bottom

1 piece of nylon netting

2 small nylon bait bags

2 plastic beverage caps

1 plastic cigar case

2 plastic parts of container

1 plastic part plant pot

2 metal parts of lobster traps

1 pleather wristlet

1 plastic shopping bag

1 styrofoam buoy

1 plastic buoy

3 pieces of plastic buoy rod

1 broken styrofoam buoy

5 1/4  plastic lobster trap part

1 Maine lobster tag plastic








Painting Studio Space Available on Rocky Neck

If you are a painter looking for studio space for the season, there is space available for rent in the back of Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery on Rocky Neck for the season (June through September) – a fun and inspiring place to be.  The space is just under 100 sq ft, has a separate entrance, storage shelves for paints and supplies, and a work table.  There is also a table and standup easel available to use.  If interested, please contact EJ at

E.J. Lefavour

Twin Lights Half Marathon needs Volunteers on Saturday, May 12

Volunteer for helping out at the Marathon and get a nice T-Shirt and a lot of fun watching sweaty skinny people run by. Just click this link to get all the info on volunteering for the Race on Saturday, May 12. In the comments section make sure you say you heard about it on Good Morning Gloucester and if ten volunteers do that then Cait Cedarstrom, co-director of the race will give Rubber Duck a blue ribbon!

Farmer Daves CSA

Farmer Dave’s CSA vegetable shares begin in 6 weeks. Shares are available for pick-up in two Gloucester locations:

  • The Lanesville Community Center on Mondays from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • The Cape Ann Farmers Market (Stage Fort Park) on Thursdays from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Shares offered include a Vegetable Share, a Fruit Share and a Late Fall Share.

· The Vegetable Share runs for 20 weeks, from mid-June to the end of October, and includes main season vegetables such as lettuce, beets, peppers, sweet corn, eggplant, summer squash, heirloom tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, potatoes, onions and more. Available in small (one to two adults) and regular size (between five and 20 pounds of produce) shares, the veggie share starts out light with lots of leafy greens and becomes more varied and abundant as the season progresses.

· The Fruit Share, which runs for 13 weeks or morefrom early- to mid-August through the end of October, features blueberries, raspberries, pears, peaches, melons, multiple varieties of apples and more. The Fruit Share is meant for about one or two people, with multiple shares being an option for larger families.

· There is also a Late Fall Share, which runs from the beginning of November for seven weeks and ending in mid-December. Harvest permitting, the Late Fall Share could include Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, potatoes, carrots, winter squash, apples and more.

For more information and to register, visit or call 978.349.1952. 

Mayday, Mayday

No I’m not about to crash.  That’s M’Aidez, M’Aidez (French for “Help me”).

It’s May Day, which is a holiday in many foreign countries (including New York City), so I figured we’d think about how to celebrate it here, in Gloucester.  Dancing around a May Pole outside today doesn’t seem all that attractive.  But dancing indoors?  Oh yeah!

You can start by hearing some of Cape Ann’s best musicians at Jalapenos during dinner (in the Video, above, they’re at Berklee) then over to the Dog Bar’s open mic at 9 and end the night dancing to Henley Douglas Jr. at the Rhumb Line.  And it’s only Tuesday.  Think how much fun we’ll have as the week goes on . . . (See the full music lineup here.)

And mark your calendar NOW so you don’t forget to go to Minglewood on Saturday to hear Brad Byrd’s full band (they’re awesome) and you might just end up in his next music video (see his recently release video here.)

Wednesdays at The Rhumb Line to Host Allen Estes with special guest Bill Gleason

Prime Rib Specials!
Wednesdays Only!

Hello everyone!
Wednesday, May 2nd
ATTENTION: This week’s Dinner
Show host will be:

w/Special Guest:

Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prime Rib Dinner –
 $10.95 (while they last)
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
…and many more
Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

HUMAN JUKEBOX @ The Rhumb Line May 6, 2012~7:00 -10:00


Johnny Rockwell & The Human Jukebox will be playing the Rhumbline from 7-10 pm. Featuring singer/leader John Rockwell, drummer Gordon Baird and guitarist Dave “Dwayne” Koen, this Beatlesque quartet will soothe what ails you as it propels you to the dance floor to sing out and careen to the classics still playing in your head. The early hour is tailor-made to listeners who lived these songs in the 60’s but relive them in the themes of their lives. Excellent chow and a great party atmosphere round out a fun, inexpensive rockin’  evening at the Rhumbline to really kick off Spring.

Year of the Dragon 1

According to the Chinese calendar, we are in the year of the dragon! (As you may know, the Chinese have a 12-year cycle which assigns an animal to each year.)  I don’t lay any stock by astrology of any kind, Chinese or otherwise, but I like the idea of giving each year a “mascot”.

As it happens, I am particularly fond of dragons. So, in honor of the year of the dragon, I will post a series of photos and descriptions of varying “species” of origami dragons that I have folded.  These are either my own designs or, in two cases, fairly significantly modified by me but based on other people’s designs.

Here is today’s species: the Broadwing.

The dragon this model represents followed an evolutionary path leading to unusual proportions. It is small of body and had developed large wings that allow it to stay aloft for long periods of time. The hind legs are underdeveloped, because this dragon spends most of its time in the air. The front appendages, by contrast, have large, grasping claws, which the beast uses to snatch prey from the ground and kill it swiftly, eating while aloft.

Designed and folded by me, from a (single uncut) 6″ square of textured foil. The final model is 2″ from head to tail.

It’s Still On- The Thomas E. Lannon Groupon Now Front and Center On Boston’s Groupon Page And Dani Lubbers Lannon Photos

Now Just last week I was telling you that the number one thing I would tell anyone that they had to do on a 70 degree plus day in G Town was to go for a sail on the Lannon, and lo and behold BAM!  A groupon for half off.  These don’t last long and usually they shut it down half way through the day because they only release so many to groupon.  Don’t be a dope, get yours for 45% off now!


The Fine Print
  • Expires Oct 8, 2012
  • Limit 4 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Not valid until 5/12/12. Reservation required; 24hr cancellation notice required. Reservations are held until 10 minutes before scheduled sail time. Subject to weather. Not valid for Feature Trips.
  • See the rules that apply to all deals.

Here was what I wrote on April 22,2012-

The Schooner Thomas E Lannon Hauled Out At Rose’s 4:45 AM 4/19/12

Posted on April 22, 2012 by Joey C

It’s almost that time of year when all the really cool stuff around happens.  At the Top of my list for anyone coming into town on a nice day is a sail aboard the Thomas E Lannon.  Bottom line if a tourist had one thing to do and only one thing I’d tell them on a nice day to take a cruise aboard what I consider to be the most beautiful ship in the harbor.

Not only is the ship beautiful, but you also get to experience the warm genuine hospitality of some of the finest representatives our city has to offer The Ellis family. Captain Tom, his wife and sons are just the nicest most sincere, fun loving people you’d ever want to meet.

There is hospitality that is, you know, kinda forced, which in my book is fine because in the absence of the warm fuzzy true genuine friendliness I’ll take a forced friendliness over bad or rude service any day.  But from the minute you enter the booking office and you meet Kay you realize there is nothing phony about the Schooner Lannon’s operation.  They just happen to be really good at what they do, they love it and they provide a great experience genuinely and naturally- the best of all worlds!

This is not to say there aren’t a bunch of other very cool things to do around town like whale watches, deep sea fishing, Visiting The cape Ann Museum or The Heritage Center, coffee at one of our great coffee shops, breakfast at our many awesome breakfast joints, ect, ect.  I’m just saying, you give me a sunny 70 degree day and I have folks in from out of town, A guaranteed great time is to be had aboard The Thomas E Lannon.

click the first pic for the slide show-


Gloucester Webcam of The Day- Atalntis Oceanfront Inn

This Webcam and more can be found at

This local webcam portal project was an idea I had last year to have as many webcams streaming from local businesses or organizations as possible which highlight the incredible vistas that we as people that live and work here get to enjoy each and every day.

The idea was to have the organization install the webcam, have them embed the webcam feed on their own websites as well and have a link to each business website on the Gloucester webcam portal website to showcase their business as well.

Tim Blakeley from Gloucester Bytes provided the initial installation at ridiculously cheap cost because he believed in the project.


Check Out the Atlantis Oceanfront Inn Website Here

Benefit Yard Sale for Wellspring House May 6th

Benefit Yard Sale for Wellspring House

On Sunday, May 6, 2012 there will be a Yard Sale to benefit Wellspring’s children playground improvements organized by Ethan Wheeler from Gloucester Boy Scout Troop 112.   The Yard Sale will be held at 31 Eastern Point Road in Gloucester from 8 am to 1 pm.  All proceeds will go to pay for materials used to improve the children’s play area at a Wellspring residential facility. Creating a safe place for the children to play is part of Ethan’s Eagle Scout project.

Contact: Lisa Wheeler (