The First GMG,Old Cuban Cigar CO, Ryan and Woods Sunset Sail Aboard The Thomas E. Lannon 2012 In Pictures From Kim Smith

It was awesome, the people, the cigars, the crew, the rum, Gloucester Harbor, The Sunset.  100% Good Vibes and A Whole Lot Of Love.  Kay and I are working on the date for the next one.  The first sold out in 6 hours so when I send out the notice get on it.  if you want to be put on the reminder list email me at and we will send you a pre-announcement before they go on sale to the general public.

Here’s a slide show from Kim Smith with many more pics to come-


One Year Anniversary of the Launch of the Schooner Ardelle From Len Burgess

Great weather Monday night for a special sail to celebrate the launch of the schooner Ardelle. It was one year ago last July 9, 2011 that the schooner splashed down into the Essex river in front of about 2500 people. It was a textbook Essex side launch that occurred at high tide about 6 p.m in the evening. What a sight is was. And, a year later here’s Capt. Harold Burnham’s doing what he loves! It would not have been possible without the amazing help of all of the shipwrights, friends and family who helped build and launch the Ardelle!

Harold lights a candle for the cake that celebrates the one year anniversary of the launch of the schooner Ardelle.


Shipwrights, friends, family and crew gather aboard for a special night


Tom and Kay Ellis of the schooner Lannon sailed close by firing a salute with their cannon and guests sing Happy Birthday to the Ardelle.


Friends, shipwright and our most awesome cook, Cathy and Bruce Slifer sail past during the song! They should have been on board!


Zack the young apprentice who was the only one onboard the Ardelle when it was launched last year was Harold’s crew for the night.


Steve reads a tribute to Harold and the Ardelle.


Bernie Noon was at the Helm most of the evening


Harold did video interviews during the sail with some of his loyal helpers.


Check Out Kathy Roberts’ Exhibit at Addison Gilbert Hospital

Throughout the month of July 2012, Artist and Gloucester native, Kathy G. Roberts will be displaying her watercolor paintings at the Pat Maynard Gallery at Addison Gilbert Hospital. Located adjacent to the cafeteria. Painting for over 20 years, Kathy’s show highlights her show with scenes of local seascapes. For additional information she can be contacted at or 978-281-3665.

Sista Felicia’s Penne Pasta with Gorgonzola Cheese Spinach & Cherry Tomato

Part of Her weekly Fresh from the Farm and Farmer’s Market Series


4 cups fresh spinach
2 cup cherry tomatoes
1 lb. Penne pasta
1 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
ÂĽ cup Parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 cup pasta water

Step 1: bring large pot of water to a boil; add 1 tablespoon kosher salt


Step 2: bring water to a second boil, add pasta, and cook penne pasta until it’s soft but still holds its shape, al dente


Step 3: while pasta is cooking place cleaned spinach into a large pasta serving bowl


Step 4: Using a paring knife, cut each tomato in half


Step 5: scatter cut tomatoes over fresh prepared spinach leaves


Step 6: Crumble Gorgonzola cheese over the top of the spinach and tomatoes


Step 7: using a large spider spatula carefully transfer al dente pasta over the spinach tomato and cheese



Step 8: pour reserved pasta water over the top, and toss well using kitchen tongsimage

Step 9: top with a dusting of Parmesan cheese and freshly ground pepper




Sea Garden Restaurant at Seaward Inn to host Jay and Abby Michaels this Sunday.

Sea Garden Restaurant at Seaward Inn – image

July 15 – 10:30 – 1:30 ~Jay and Abby Michaels

"Celtic Harps, Flutes, Recorders, Penny Whistles, Bowed Psaltery, Epinette de Jambe, Guitar and beautiful vocal harmonies will transport you to another place and time!"

Madfish is trying something new ~ Just Like Newman July 21st 5-8pm

Exciting new date for JLN. On Saturday, July 21st from 5pm to 8pm, we’ll be playing an afternoon gig at one of our favorite places to hang on the water – Madfish Grill! We are psyched about this one and hope you’ll come join us for some late afternoon / early evening fun.

Thursday night blues party @ The Rhumb Line to host Ricky “King” Russell

Thursday – 9:00 to 12:00 ~ Dave Sag’s Blues Party

Photo by Sharon Lowe

Dave Says,

It’s that time again! We’re gathering all the troops to pay obeisance to the king of the Boston blues Scene: Mr. Ricky “King” Russell. Approved by Pope John Paul Ringo! Everytime he plays here we gotta call in a hazmat team! I’m oiling down my bass in preparation for the great sleazy, cheesy, wheezy effluvium that’s gonna emanate from the throbbing stage. Master of the gritar, this guy will chase you back under your own personal rock where it won’t be safe to come out for weeks! You’ll see!
Unfortunately , his doppleganger on drums, Mr. Ed Scheer, is  down with a bad case of St. Vitus dance, and coupled with unsuccessful cosmetic weenis surgery, won’t be able to hit a stick for several weeks. So a surprise drummer is in the pipeline, trying desperately to get out! Fortunately Mr. Greg T. and myself will be there, litter in tow, to assist in medical emergencies. The bombing will start in 5 minutes….

Pet of the Week-Cleo

Dear Friends on Cape Ann:  My name is Cleo and I am a two-year-old Siamese/mix girl cat who is residing at the Cape Ann Animal Aid (CAAA) located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane in Gloucester.  I hope you might come and visit me.  I love to curl up on soft cushions and would love a lap to sit on.   I am a quiet girl who loves to relax, sit in the sun and if you read or watch television, I will be happy to join you.

Don’t miss the Sunset Cruise on Sat., July 21 from Capt. Bill’s at Harbor Loop at 7 p.m.  You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch, but we will have hot dogs, grilled cheese, etc., and a cash bar and raffles.    Tickets are $20. for adults and $10. for children and are available now at the CAAA and Animal Krackers at 232 Main Street, Gloucester.

Please check out website at: and you will see our “Wish List” as well.  We would appreciate items such as wet cat and kitten food, wet dog and puppy food and ceramic dishes for cats and dogs.   Thank you for your consideration to help us.

If you adopt me, my full name is Cleopatra and my last name will be the same as yours!!!


Cleo is a very pretty kitty and I don’t think she’ll be at the shelter for long!


Loblolly Cove, Rockport, circa 1920


Loblolly Cove, Rockport, circa 1920 Alice M. Curtis/©Fredrik D. Bodin

Gloucester photographer Alice Curtis shot this photograph from Eden Road, looking across Loblolly Cove. The tip of Emerson Point is on the right. Thacher Island sits in the distance, with its two 124 feet tall granite towers. Built in 1861, Thacher has the only remaining twin lights still operating in the United States. I’ve been asked several times in the gallery what loblolly means. Since 1597, loblolly was a restorative thick stew or gruel served on a ship to ailing or injured sailors, much like the way chicken soup is usde today for colds. Also an old British and American naval term, it refers to a warship surgeon’s assistant – a loblolly boy.

Printed archivally from the original 5×7 inch glass negative in my darkroom. Image #A8657-125

Fredrik D. Bodin Bodin Historic Photo

82 Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930

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Preview Inside The New Gloucester McDonalds- Pics From Ron Gilson

Ron Gilson writes-

Outstanding DĂ©cor Beautiful Building and A Wonderful Addition To Gloucester

Paulie Parisi, Chubby Liacono, Joe Giacalone, Bikey Scola, Gussy Balbo, Joe Turk and Tom Half a Buck Linquata


Gussy Balbo, Joe Turk, Tommy Half a Buck Linquata, Jimmy Verga and Paulie Parisi


Joe Giacalone, Bikey Scola and Gussy Balbo


Memo Spinola


Gloucester Harborwalk News! From Catherine Ryan

Hi Joey,

News from the Gloucester HarborWalk.  For readers who haven’t heard, the Gloucester HarborWalk is a free, self guided path downtown for residents, employees of surrounding businesses, and visitors. The build out began this year. There are many elements happening all at once. The blooms and landscaping are already growing in.

The ramp at I4C2 is well under way and part of making the Gloucester HarborWalK image accessible for all image

Some of the Story Moment markers have been installed. Some are maps. You might also see some of the Story Moments or maps wrapped, because they need to “cure” or set for 24 hours before they’re securely installed.  Here’s architect Chris Muskopf from Cambridge Seven Associates with Sarah Garcia and Mike Hale and others up by the Fitz Hugh Lane House today. Also see pictures of Sean and Kevin from Mystic working on the installation of one Story Moment to a granite post; and an art lesson nearby. Sean and Kevin showed us an example of one of the relief icons that can be traced and collected from each Story Moment. The Story Moments also have QR codes to scan. The QRs are not “live”…yet!  Keep checking for yourself the progress as the HarborWalk continues to build out.

Pics from the Gloucester Harborwalk Story Moment Markers install from Catherine Ryan-

Community Photos 7/11/12

Christopher Lewis submits-


Two photos, taken from Eastern Point Road of the spectacular sunset on Sunday night, June 8.


Susan LaRosa Submits-

Mama turkey with two babies.  (There used to be three babies?)

Gloucester Motif #3: Good Harbor Beach House From Martin Del Vecchio

Beach with Cole-145

Community Stuff 7/11/12

Terry Weber writes-

It may be summer, but things are not slowing down at the Gloucester Writers Center. The summer kicked off with the Life is the Poem party, celebrating Vincent Ferrini’s birthday. At the party it was announced that a book would be published next spring containing poems that Ferrini wrote to his friends and colleagues on Cape Ann. If you have a poem you would like to share, send a copy to the Gloucester Writers Center at 126 East Main Street in Gloucester.

The Finish Line Writers Group and the Center also hosted bestselling author Brunonia Barry who talked about her transition from self publishing all the way to the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Barry, who is from Salem, is the author of "The Lace Reader" and "The Map of True Places." A big thank you to Ms. Barry for her informative and entertaining talk, and for answering dozens of questions about the self-publishing.

Check out the calendar of summer events and workshops at the Center by visiting Summer is not an excuse to ignore your inner writer! 🙂

Pictured: Brunonia Barry, front left, meets a few of the writers from the Finish Line Writers Group at the Gloucester Writers Center.

Brunonia Barry at the GWC

July 20 Gloucester Health Fair!

Hi Joey!

Wicked awesome to see you on Chronicle last night, that was so exciting!  You did a great job!  We are so lucky to have you as one of Gloucester’s own and finest!!!!  You help us all so much and in such a fun and positive way, what did we ever do before you and Good Morning Gloucester came along huh?  I don’t know! 

Well we are gearing up for our 1st ever Gloucester Health & Wellness Fair to be held next Friday, July 20 at The Gloucester Senior Center.  Here is the flyer we created with our sponsors so far.  If you could please include it in one of your upcoming posts, that would be fantastic.  Thanks again for everything!



Lemonade Stand Today To Benefit The Cardone Family- Fire Victims

Hey Joe, 
This is Brieana, I work at Seacoast on Atlantic Shores I take care of your Dad, was wondering if you could do me a favor and advertise on Good Morning Gloucester tonight, that my 6 year old  daughter Bailee Militello will be having a lemonade stand July 11th from 2:30-4:30 p.m. to raise money for the Cardone family who lost alot in the fire on Ashland Place , they have kids that lost alot of clothes and toys, so my daughter wants to raise money to help the kids, the lemonade stand will be in front of my house 29 East Main Street, just a good old fashion lemonade stand and I’m sure I’ll do all the running back in forth refilling pitchers while she looks cute and sells, Thank you!!
Brieana Saunders Militello