Til the end of the month voting is open for the North Shore Magazine’s BONS Awards in many different local categories.


Just as I would only have you vote for GMG for best Blog if you thought we are truly worthy I would suggest you vote for some of our other locals which in my mind are worthy of votes.  you can click on any of the highlighted links to go to that voting page for that category.  If you don’t see your favorite you can nominate them anyway.

We have three local Bakeries under the bread category which I could make a case for any one of them- Sclafanis, Virgilios and Alexandra’s Bread Co.

Then there is the Bakery sweets category in which you could make a case for Nichols or Turtle Alley.

We have a bunch of  different restaurants which in my mind are as good as you’ll find anywhere on the planet.

There are places you might get your lobsters or seafood to consider voting for.

There is the greatest brewery on the planet right here in Gloucester Cape Ann Brewing which deserves your vote IMO.

The Best BARBQUE.  I mean is anyone in their right mind going to argue with Smokin Jims under the best BarBQue?  Please!

Coffee Shop– Lone Gull, Pleasant Street, Cape Ann Coffee Take your pick.

Farmer’s Market– Cape Ann Farmer’s Market by a landslide.

Mexican– If Tacos Lupita doesn’t take this home there should be an investigation- huge portions, fresh, cheap prices.

Pizza– My favorite is Sebastians but I know there are a lot of Delaney’s, Captain Hooks and Maria’s fans out there.

Sushi– Lat 43

Romantic- The Rudder comes to mind as the most in the summer.

General Excellence– Helloooo Duckworth’s Bistro

Al Fresco Dining– If there’s a more beautiful view than that of the Lobster Pool in Rockport at sunset I haven’t seen it.  Bonus points for being able to brown bag your beer and wine.

Arts and Crafts– Duh social media savvy and always open Coveted Yarn

Again I stress only vote for folks you think deserve to win.  There are many more worthy local businesses but as I’m completely slammed here at work on Memorial day weekend forgive me if I left out some important ones as I’m just trying to remind folks to vote for their favorites..

The Old Map

The Old Map


The old map I picked up downtown at Fred Bodin’s

tells me a lot about where I am.

In 1884 my house would have been part

of the holdings of Wilber E. Proctor, whose family

owned quite a bit of land in West Gloucester.


But the map also tells me that there was no

dwelling where mine now stands, or anywhere else

on Mr. Proctor’s land; that nearly the entire area

of the Adams Estate, which included Wingaersheek,

and Wambull’s property along Coffin’s Beach, was vacant.


Atlantic Street was there, skirting the marsh as it does today;

branching with Atlantic Avenue which ran straight to

the beach, giving Benjamin Trumbell access to his home

near Sleepy Hollow Pond.  Who knows, the remains

of his three buildings may still be there in those woods.


But not a sign on the map of the houses now crammed

quite close together, each vying for a better view

of the ocean and the beach and the light across the bay;

each the home of joyous summer and the expectation

of more to come, but that map has not yet been made.


© Marty Luster 2012

Sinikka Nogelo and Barbara Michel Represent

Sinikka stopped into the gallery with friend Barabara Michel visiting from Berkeley, CA.  The girls have known each other since 5th grade in Mr. Nosenchuck’s class at Jefferson School. 

Sinikka will be exhibiting again this year at Khan Studio in September.

E.J. Lefavour

Gloucester Vietnam Veterans Memory Honored













Thank you for your sacrifice.

Neville Brothers Aaron & Charles make only one New England appearance this year

If you ever wondered why the Nevilles are known as New Orleans’ first family of funk, this video tells the story.  It was shot at Jazz Fest 3 weeks ago.  You can see Aaron with his brother Charles on sax plus the quintet at North Shore Music Theatre on June 30 (get tickets here or you can try to win tickets here).  This is their only concert in the Northeast U.S. this year (they recently returned from a wildly successful tour of Japan).

Opening for the Nevilles will be Gloucester’s favorite New Orleans transplant Henri Smith, who is assembling an all-star band for this performance.  June 30 will be a night you won’t soon forget.

There’s music all day today — it’s going on right now and will continue into the night.  You can get to most of it because the shows are spread fairly evenly throughout the day and evening.  If you start now you could take in 8 free shows (see the full music schedule here).  Where else on Earth could you do that in a friendly environment surrounded by water, beaches and one of the world’s most beautiful harbors?

Memorial Day Remembrance – The Battleship Maine


 Battleship USS Maine, circa 1909 Anonymous/©Fredrik D.Bodin

The battleship Maine depicted in this photograph was the second United States Navy ship to be named the USS Maine. She was the first of the Maine class battleships, which included the USS Missouri and USS Ohio. Ironically (perhaps), her construction began on February 15th, 1899 – exactly one year after the original “Maine” exploded and sank in Havana Harbor. Almost 400 feet long, and fitted out with the latest armament (such as the first battleship with submerged torpedo tubes) and steel armor, USS Maine sailed with fifteen other US battleships on a 45,000 mile around the world cruise with President Theodore Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet. After serving as a training ship during World War I, the Maine was decommissioned in 1920 and broken up for scrap in 1923. Since then, a third battleship Maine was authorized and then cancelled in 1943. The latest USS Maine is a 560 foot long nuclear powered ballistic submarine (fires missiles while submerged), launched in 1994 and still in active service. They have a Facebook Page. Thank you to all who have served on the USS Maine(s) since 1895, and to all of our veterans.

 USS Maine, 2010

Courtesy of the United States Navy

Printed archivally from the original 5×7 inch glass negative in my darkroom. Image #A9257-182 (USS Maine, circa 1909)

From the USS Maine SSBN 741 Facebook Page (USS Maine, 2010)

Fredrik D. Bodin

Bodin Historic Photo

82 Main Street

Gloucester, MA 01930 

Muhammad Ali Quote Of The Week From Greg Bover

“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.”
Muhammad Ali (1942-       )


Born Cassius Marcellus Clay in Kentucky, Ali won the Olympic gold medal for light heavyweight boxing in 1960. He worked his way up to a title fight by 1964 and was the youngest challenger to take a title from a champ (Sonny Liston). A follower of Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam, Ali was arrested and stripped of his title in 1967 for his refusal, as a conscientious objector, to be drafted during the Vietnam War. His conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court four years later. He went on to take the title twice more from Joe Frazier and George Foreman. He retired from the ring in 1981 and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984, likely caused by repeated head trauma. Since then he has traveled extensively as a UN ambassador of peace and is active in promoting education and the defense of the Bill of Rights. George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008.

Greg Bover

Adventure Spars From Mike Dyer

Mike Dyer writes-

A small crew has been working on making replacement spars for the Schooner Adventure, at Harold Burnham’s yard in Essex.  Right now we’re working on the main boom.  These pics show a series of steps for putting together laminations of 12” X 2” Douglas Fir planks.  Note: we’re not done yet!

setting up the jig


Bruce and Bernie cutting a series of scarfs on the stacked planks using a chain saw on a frame fit over the jig.


Bernie after the first cut.


the rough scarfs, later to be planed smooth and for the right fit.


Bruce showing his clamped scarf joint.


epoxied planks ready to go.


all clamped up.


Harold Burnham’s Shop


Community Stuff May 27: Annisquam Village Church On-Line Auction

Annisquam Village Church On-Line Auction


Hi Joey,

My mom and two sisters are buzzing off their hair in an event to raise money for children and their families fighting pediatric cancer. It’s called the One Mission Kid’s Cancer Buzz-Off and will be held on Sunday, June 3, at Gillette Stadium. All proceeds will benefit Children’s Hospital Boston and the vital programs and services they provide to help kids beat cancer.

They have chosen to buzz off our hair because the toll pediatric cancer takes on patients and their families is profound. Children must endure painful treatments and lengthy hospital stays while their families cope with unimaginable stress, anxiety, and financial strain.
A fundraiser will be held at Jalepenos on Monday, May 28th from 4:30 – 10:30 pm.  A portion of all food sales (dine-in and take-out) during that time period will go to support my family’s team, "The Bald and the Beautiful."  Come out and enjoy a great meal while helping raise funds for a great cause!


Nanci Milone Hill