Greasy Pole The Musical is Back


Hi, Joey!
Greasy Pole, The Musical! opens our 2012 Season at The Cape Ann "The Annie," back by popular demand!
Bigger cast, two brand new songs, and some surprises you won’t want to miss!
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and can now be purchased online at!
We still have ad space in our >>> PLAYBILL <<< for anyone interested in promoting your business or placing a message to the ensemble.
We sold out last year’s show to more than 2,000 people, so you will want to buy advance tickets to guarantee yourself a seat. Each ticket sold and playbill ad bought is a donation to The Cape Ann "The Annie" to help us keep bringing you original works that are by, for and about our own amazing, unique and diverse community. We are a 100% community-supported non-profit organization, which makes us very proud indeed. Thanks to You & GMG for all your support last year. Great things are coming in our new season, so be sure to join our mailing list at
Get your arts in here!

Henry Allen  Director

Local Favorite Opens Blues Festival ~ Top Local Talent On Stage with National Recording Stars!

Did you really think Gloucester would have a Blues Festival without featuring Local Talent?  Not in the Live Music Capital of the World!  (Just in case you thought that was Austin TX, check this out)

Gloucester’s favorite New Orleans transplant, Henri Smith will open the Blues Festival on August 11 at Stage Fort Park.  (If you want to see & hear the national recording stars who will follow, check out all the videos on this page.)

Exactly three weeks from today (and six weeks from the Blues Festival) Henri and his band open for AARON NEVILLE at North Shore Music Theatre in Aaron’s only Northeast US concert this year.  You know you want to go to both concerts.   Get Aaron Neville tickets here and Blues Festival tickets here.

More proof that Gloucester is in fact the live music capital of the world can be found by checking out the live music schedule for this weekend.  More new listings since yesterday bring us to 25 artists at 17 venues just tonight and tomorrow — ’nuff said!

Sing at The Annie

The other day, my 3.5-5.6/18-70mm kit lens for my Sony SLT Alpha a55 died, so I went shopping for a replacement.  Joey tipped me off to the advantages of a 1.8/50 DT SAM lens, so I checked it out at Ritz Camera in Peabody.  After a few test shots, I was sold on it. Or rather, it sold itself to me…  It is good for low-light situations, so I decided to take it with me to The Annie for the weekly  7-9:30 PM Wednesday night “sing”.  As usual, it was a fun night, with songs from many genres and epochs, from the esoteric to the well-known.  Anyone who enjoys singing is welcome, so please join us!  It doesn’t matter if you’ve only ever sung in the shower before; if you have fun singing, come sing with us, and we will all enjoy it with you.

Alexander Thompson also brought along a jar of his fantastic bread and butter pickles, which we polished off completely.  He happened to have one of his jars of tomato marmalade with him too, and since I’ve heard such good things about it, I bought it from him, and will share my experience of it with our GMG readers as soon as I open it.

Here are a few shots that give a bit of the ambience of the evening, taken with my new lens! (and tweaked somewhat to improve brightness afterwards)

Cressey’s Beach, Stacy Blvd and Eastern Point From Rick Gates

Hey Joey,

   I thought I would share these pics of Cressey’s beach, Stacy Blvd and Eastern Point. I’ll probably imprint them at some point and have them up for sale at Premier Imprints 48 Main st. on a variety of items. Anyway, if they look to be something others might enjoy please post them. Thanks!

Rick Gates, Premier Imprints

Morley Piper tells rapt Essex audience his personal experiences of D-Day landing, on its 68th anniversary

Rick Isaacs Writes-

On June 6, 1944 Morley Piper was a 19 year old Second Lieutenant in the 29th Infantry Division when his platoon landed on Omaha Beach.

Last evening this youthful and handsome 87 year-old told a rapt audience at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum about his personal experiences on that "Longest Day", and the months that followed. He told his story of bravery in the face of terror and death with pathos and humility, punctuated by his wonderful self-deprecating sense of humor.

Morley Piper was executive director of the New England Newspaper Association for 45 years. He has lived in Essex for over 30 years.


Community Photos June 9th, 2012

Three Lighthouses from Janet Rice


Hi Joey,

My husband, Greg) shot this free hand.

Anita Dziedzic

M B Lighting

2012 Transit of Venus from Bill O’Connor

Hi Joey,

On Tuesday, June 5 the last transit of Venus occurred for this century, and I snapped this photo using my telephoto lens filtered through a welding mask shield. What you are looking at is the Sun, and the little black dot in the upper right corner of the Sun’s fireball is the planet Venus. Transits are important because they help us nail down astronomical measurements. For example, previous Venus transits helped astronomers determine the Earth’s distance from the sun – 93,000,000 miles, a.k.a. 1 astral unit. 

To put an astral unit in perspective, it takes light emitted from the Sun, travelling at 186,000 miles per second, 8 minutes 20 Seconds to reach the Earth.  This means that the moment I snapped the photo of the transit actually shows the position of Venus 8 minutes and 20 seconds prior to its actual position.

For more Astronomy Geekery on the subject of the transit of Venus check out these two videos from NASA:

NASA Video: Transit of Venus Part 1:

NASA Video: Transit of Venus Part 2:

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


Community Stuff June 9, 2012

Upcoming Programs and Activities

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Members’ Party ~ June 15th

Help us kick off the season at our annual Members’ Party as we catch up with friends, honor the past, and celebrate the future.  Dance on the pier, raise a glass, enjoy some good food.  Renew or sign up for a membership that evening.

When: Friday, June 15th.  5:00-8:00

Where: Under the tent, on the pier, and across the site.

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Ocean Classroom at Maritime Gloucester

The Harvey Gamage, a ship in the Ocean Classroom fleet, will be docking with us over the next few weeks.  Students in Ocean Classroom live on board, learning to work together, and studying math, science, history, and literature. 

We are very pleased to welcome the students and crew of the Harvey Gamage.  Stay tuned for open house opportunities aboard the vessel.

Summer Programs

We have planned a summer full of events for all ages and interests! 

Schedules have been included in our member mailing (arriving in your mailbox any day).  Our first program is a Photo Safari Workshop, featuring Sigma, on Saturday June 16th from 8am-12pm.  Register through Essex National Heritage at 978-740-0444 or

Remember, members get a discounted rate on our programs!

Where & When

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Check schedule for dates and times

Rockport Community Cennter

June 14th 

FREE Food Demonstration  12:30

“Easy Summer Meals”

Demonstration & Lecture

Please RSVP 978-546-2573

June 12th

Father’s Day Special 11:30

Menu includes Breaded Boneless Pork Chop, Whipped Potatoes,

Baby carrots and Lemon Meringue Pie $2.00

Musical Entertainment

RSVP  Freda 978-546-5027

Sponsored by Rockport Council on Aging & Senior Care Nutrition

June 19

FREE Continental Breakfast  9-10

RSVP 978-546-2573

June 20th 

Pizza, Salad & Fruit Juice 11:30

Special Traveling Chef will be preparing

Strawberry Shortcake $3.00

Call Freda  978-546-5027

Sponsored by the Rockport Council on Aging & Senior Care Nutrition

Hi Joey!

It was good to see you recently at the St. Peter’s docks when you were watching your niece I think it was rowing the dories!  I finally got to go out myself later on, it was so nice out on the water!

I was wondering if you would have space in one of your upcoming GMG blogs for this piece.  The staff at Gloucester’s PACE site was named the Top Corporate Fundraising Team for the recent North Shore Arthritis Walk that was held back on May 20.  If you could, I would be greatly appreciative!  Thanks!!


Elder Service Plan of the North Shore, Inc. is happy to announce that the Gloucester PACE Site on Emerson Avenue was named Top Corporate Fundraising Team at The North Shore Arthritis Walk this year. Under Gloucester resident, Team Captain Julie Aubrey’s leadership, their team “Keep Up The PACE” raised $1,425.00.  The 2012 North Shore Arthritis Walk took place on Sunday, May 20th at Lynch Park in Beverly. The Walk was a beautiful day with over 300 walkers and fundraised over $60,000 for the Arthritis Foundation.

PACE stands for Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly.  Through its multiple integrated services, ranging from a full-spectrum of healthcare needs and social support, PACE is dedicated to maintaining the health of older adults so they may continue to live in their homes independently in the community.  It is a free program people are entitled to if they are already on MassHealth or qualify for MassHealth.  PACE in Gloucester is located at 29A Emerson Avenue, next to Pathways for Children and across from The Open Door. (978) 283-7375.  For more information, visit them at

Arthritis affects 1.32 million, or 1 in 5, adults and 5,900 children in Massachusetts. Join your fellow North Shore residents to help find a cure. There are so many different ways to help with this important event. This is a great opportunity for members of the North Shore community to help support the Arthritis Foundation in their mission to prevent, control and cure the over 100 types of arthritis and related diseases. To get involved in this important North Shore community event for next year, visit the website at or call 617-219-8221.

walk top corporporate team PACE

The photo attached is of Gloucester residents, Julie Aubrey, Gloucester PACE Certified Nursing Assistant and Team Captain and Carol Pallazolla, Gloucester PACE Education & Outreach Coordinator, holding the Certificate of Recognition they were awarded for Outstanding Leadership in the Fight Against Arthritis in being named the Top Corporate Fundraising Team “Keep Up the PACE”