Commercial Fishing: Rome

Apparently commercial fishing in Rome is alive and well.  In my opinion you can tell how well the boats are doing by how well they are maintained.  These boats are all in good shape and devoid (mostly) of rust so they must be doing alright.

Click below to see the photos


2012 Membership Power Luncheon on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 featuring Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Richard A. Davey


Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Membership Power Luncheon

The 2012 Membership Power Luncheon Speaker Series kicks off with guest speaker Richard A. Davey, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary and Chief Executive Officer on Wednesday, May 23, 2012.

A key member of Governor Deval Patrick’s Cabinet, Secretary Davey will lead off the series by providing updates and insights on major transportation initiatives on Cape Ann and throughout our region. The goal of this new Chamber series is to inform, educate, and empower members through a diverse array of speaking programs and seminars.

In 2010, the Boston Business Journal named Secretary Davey a “Top 40 Under 40” award winner. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Immigrant Learning Center, a non-profit center providing free English classes to immigrants and the Board of Advisors of Samaritans, Inc. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a Juris Doctorate summa cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law. Secretary Davey and his wife live in Boston, where they are regular users of the MBTA system.

The Membership Power Luncheon will be held at the The Elks at Bass Rocks, 101 Atlantic Road, Gloucester, at noon on Wednesday, May 23, with registration and check-in starting at 11:30 am. Tickets for members are $35 in advance or $40 week/day of and $50 for future members. For more information or to RSVP for this event, please contact Robert Heidt at or call the Chamber at 978-283-1601.


Greg Bover & Frances Fitch on NPR today & Shalin Liu Tonight

Well you saw it first right here on GMG.  Then the Artist of the week Video Series on gimmesound all last week.  Now Greg Bover and Francie Fitch are on NPR — SEE HERE.  BUT WAIT!  THAT’S NOT ALL.  You can see Francie play Greg’s magnificent harpsichord at Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport Tonight at 7:30 FOR FREE.  Don’t let the rain keep you home.  This is BIG!

Here’s what Greg says about the interview:

Dear Friends,

Thanks to an introduction made by John McElhenny of Matter Communications, Francie and I were interviewed yesterday by Andrea Shea of NPR affiliate WBUR. The interview will be broadcast this afternoon about 3:50 on the show Radio Boston and may be on All Things Considered later. We will be discussing tonight’s 7:30 concert at Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport celebrating the completion of the harpsichord I’ve been working on for 25 years.  

As John McElheny says, “Nice to see such a positive Gloucester story in the news.  Congratulations, Greg and Francie!”

ColdStream at Jalapeno’s

This Wednesday, May 16, there will be LIVE music at Jalapeno’s Restaurant by the band ColdStream, a four piece acoustic band made up of 2 guitarists, a bass player and a mandolin player. They specialize in three and four part harmonies. Their music ranges from soft rock to pop, Irish, country, English folk and classic rock. They are a staple in the southern New Hampshire bar/restaurant circuit playing to warm receptions everywhere.
Come enjoy some background entertainment while sampling delicious, authentic Mexican cuisine! ColdStream will be playing from 6:30 to 9:00pm to support the Breast Cancer 3 Day benefit night at Jalapenos.
Thank you!
Liz Dooley 

Special Herb Pomeroy Tribute @ Fuller on Friday 8pm

Herb Pomeroy’s Big Band ~ To Herb With Love
Friday, May 18 ~ 8:00pm @ Fuller School Auditorium
Sponsored by
gimmeLIVE Summer Concert Series
and  BankGloucester

Come see the people who performed with Herb Pomeroy at a special tribute concert to one of Gloucester’s most famous jazz men and one of Berklee’s most legendary faculty members.

The rhythm section (bass and drums) from this video will be there. You should be too. Doors open at 7pm.  Full band includes:

» Phil Wilson – trombone
» Jack Stout – trumpet
» Tom Ferrente – Clarinet & Sax
» Ray Santese – piano
» John Rapuchie- Bass
» Arti Cabal – Drums

Tickets are $20 ($10 for 12 and under) available at Liquor Locker, Gloucester Music or call Dan Leahy at 978-876-1953.

Proceeds benefit the Berklee/Gloucester Scholarship Fund.  More info on that here.

Don’t forget all the great FREE music tonight.  Click here for the full lineup.

Brad Byrd Live At The Landing @ 7 Central this Saturday night

Rockport resident, Brad Byrd, by way of NY and Los Angeles, will make his first appearance at The Landing at 7 Central this Saturday night.Fresh off of the recent filming of his latest music video, Brad will play songs off of his new release, “Mental Photograph”, which recently won Europe’s’s “Best Singer/Songwriter Album of 2011”. In winning the award, Brad beat out well-known heavy-hitters like Bon Iver and Ryan Adams.

If you like the contemporary singer-songwriter genre, and are a fan of musicians like Ryan Adams and Pete Yorn, you won’t want to miss this special evening of live music.

7 Central Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944


Show me Yours and I’ll Show you Mine!

A call to Artists!

Deb Clarke shares her paint box with us. If there are any painters out there that would like to share their Paint box photos with us please email with a Photo and info like: the paints, brushes, easel etc.. Also include anything you’d like to share. Such as; Your website, facebook page, exhibits etc. Email me at

From Deb Clarke;

This morning the Tea Party Ship Eleanor was towed to Boston Photo Kathy Chapman


This morning the Tea Party Ship Eleanor was towed to Boston.

Photographs © Kathy Chapman 2012

The Eleanor

The original Eleanor was one of several vessels owned by leading Boston merchant, smuggler, and Boston Board of Selectman, John Rowe. His holdings included stores, warehouses and Rowe’s Wharf, a current Boston landmark. Rowe was an active smuggler and inciter in the years preceding the American Revolution. He was influential in protesting British authority, specifically Britain’s tightening restrictions on colonial trade.

GHS Music at City Hall

Last Saturday, the Gloucester Public School District Arts Festival took over several venues in the center of Gloucester, including City Hall, the Cape Ann Museum, the Sawyer Free Library, Alchemy, and Art Haven. I’ll be posting photos of the displays in a few of these locations.

For today, here are some photos of the musical presentations at City Hall by the GHS Chorus and the GHS Docksiders.  As usual, their performances were outstanding!

The GHS Chorus shared their talent with the community
The Docksiders were in great form!
While the Docksiders played, it was hard not to want to dance. Some children gave in to the music and started dancing together.
The angle of this panorama makes it look like there was more empty space than there really was There were lots of people in the balcony, in the seats, and at the activity tables around the auditorium.
For the grand finale, the Chorus, the Docksiders, and other children from the public schools performed “We Are the World”.

There were many other beautiful moments during these performances, including the vocal talents of a student who won prizes for her performance at Disney World, but I could not capture them all.

It was appropriate that all these talented young people were performing under the message written on the wall: “Build not for today alone but for tomorrow as well.”  Teaching these children and young adults to develop their talents, to share their gifts, and to dare to dream of great achievements, is an important way of building for tomorrow.  Thanks and kudos to all the teachers, coaches, etc., who help the children of our community realize their potential!

Can we do away with pennies already?

Imagine how much time, energy and space we could save by simply eliminating pennies? Can someone explain the reasoning behind not eliminating pennies and making the smallest coin the nickel?

Is it true that the value of the commodity copper is currently worth more by weight than what a penny is worth as currency or not?  Just seems like such a waste of time.

Here’s an idea- Instead of wasting time legislating whether or not bake sales in schools should be allowed, why not legislate pennies out of use and make things more efficient for commerce.