Lars Boynton Represents! On The Schooner Sugarbabe

Hey Joey,

My son Lars, who now lives in Norway, was here for two weeks of wonderfull sailing aboard the Schooner Sugarbabe.  We had a blast for the time he was here.  He even got to meet up with one of his teachers, Greg Swenson and a few classmates.  Here he is at the wheel of the Schooner Sugarbabe representing Good Morning Gloucester.

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A dozen venues with Live Music Tonight ~ and 2 of them are floating!

Being a waterfront community, you’d expect Cape Ann to have plenty of restaurants, pubs & live music venues on the water — and we do.  Tonight we also have two that are IN the water — literally.  The Schooner Thomas E. Lannon is hosting a bluegrass sunset sail at 6pm featuring local legend Allen Estes with Gloucester’s best bluegrass musicians and Gloucester’s newest schooner, Ardelle, built by Howard Burnham (who build the Lannon) is hosting a sail at the same time with doo-wop/oldies girl group Honky Tonk Women of Glocuester.

Now, there are plenty of choices for those of you who wish to remain on land, from jazz standards, reggae, rock, funk, soul, motown — you name it.  See the full live music lineup here.

Discovering a local author

A while ago, Joey posted about a book “Confessions of a Gourmand, or How to Cook a Dragon” published by Gloucester author Tom Bruno. It looked interesting; I am a big fan of fantasy and science fiction, and the description of the book made it sound like an unlikely and original entry in the fantasy genre. However, I forgot about it after I downloaded it to my Kindle…

Then, a few months later (back in April), Joey posted about another short story by the same author, this time in the realm of scifi: “Bibliophile (L is for librarian)” I dutifully clicked over to and downloaded the Kindle edition… and only got around to reading it over the past week or so! But I’m glad I did. The story’s protagonist is a librarian on a rural colony on a far distant planet, where he has taken on the personal mission to provide good books and to kindle an enthusiasm for literature in the local population. His endeavors are impeded by local culture and by galactic politics, but he is not easily daunted. It’s a well-crafted and fun read, with likable characters and a satisfying conclusion. He promises a sequel, so I’ll have to keep my eye out for it!

So, now have started to read the longer book I downloaded earlier in the year. A word to the squeamish: you might not want to read the beginning of the book, which is a detailed explanation of how to butcher and cook a dragon, while you eat lunch, as I did (fortunately I’m not very squeamish). I’ll post a full review when I finish! Thanks to Joey for sharing the links to these stories; otherwise I would not have discovered them.

I don’t wish this on inconsiderate cyclists, really I don’t.

You know the biker that rides three abreast for 10 minutes at a whack?

The dudes in this post

Nope, thought never crossed my mind that I’d like something like this to happen to them.  never once. Double pinkie swear.

saw the video on Barstool Sports

Other Notable Local BONS Winners From Crescent52

Crescent52 writes-

Congrats on the BONS Award- you do a great job.

Because I love to research best of lists etc, etc, I made this list of Gloucester restaurants that also won- an admirable selection.


From pasta and meat entrees to paninis and pizzas, La Trattoria & Pizzeria of the west end in Gloucester will make you think you’ve somehow arrived in Italy. The family-run ristorante’s menu is filled with delicious, home-cooked, Sicilian-style dishes. Come hungry, because the portions are huge. Molto bene! La Trattoria & Pizzeria, 64 Main St., Gloucester, 978-281-0790,

Lobster Roll

When it comes to lobster rolls, there tends to be two camps: those who love theirs with mayo, and those who prefer them without. We dare say the version served at the Seaport Grille at Gloucester’s Cruiseport just might unite parties on both sides of the aisle. Seaport Grill’s lobster salad is indeed tossed with a little mayo, but the condiment far from overpowers the meat. Rather, it binds together all those juicy, tender chunks of lobster and crunchy bits of celery. The whole savory mix is piled in heaping spoonfuls onto a freshly baked Virgilio roll, making for what we say is the best lobster roll around. Seaport Grille, 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester, 978-282-9799,

New Restaurant

With only a few months under its belt, Ohana in Gloucester is off to an impressive start. Ohana (which means “family” in Hawaiian) adds Hawaiian twists to American cuisine, and dishes are as beautiful as they are mouth-watering. With options from sashimi to ribeye, there’s something for everyone. Ohana, 151 Main St., Gloucester, 978-283-3200,


For years, locals have flocked to this nondescript roadside spot for a tank of gas and a bite to eat. But what really sets Willow Rest apart from the Gloucester dining scene is its homestyle brick-oven focaccia. Just one slice of the crisp, thin-crust dough topped with herbs and fresh ingredients is a bite of pizza heaven. Willow Rest, 1 Holly St., Gloucester, 978-283-2417,

Pub Food

If you’re craving some bona fide pub grub, Minglewood Tavern at Latitude 43 in Gloucester is where you should head for the happiest of hours. Order a house starter from the menu, like the infamous nacho pile, Parmesan-truffle fries, or Brian’s chili con carne. Hearth-oven pizzas are also all the rage, and with six different varieties, you’ll definitely want more than one slice of each. Minglewood Tavern at Latitude 43, 25 Rogers St., Gloucester, 978-281-0223,


For the best tapas in town, Gloucester’s Alchemy Cafe and Bistro can’t be beat. The cozy, romantic bistro offers exquisite dining at affordable prices. Try a small plate for yourself or split a sampler plate with a friend. Our fave, the antipasto platter, comes with olive tapenade, grilled vegetables, seasonal fruit, assorted cheeses, arugula and tomato salad, and warm chips. It’s sure to whet your appetite for more. Alchemy Cafe and Bistro, 3 Duncan St., Gloucester, 978-281-3997,


There’s a reason that Latitude 43 Restaurant and Bar in Gloucester is back for the second year in a row as the top pick for the best sushi on the North Shore: It’s the freshest and best we’ve found. For a well-rounded sampler of the restaurant’s standout sushi, opt for the Lat 43 Sushi Boat—a feast of California rolls, spicy salmon press box sushi, nigiri, and sashimi. Throughout the sushi menu, unique touches— think mango, microgreens, and wasabi goat cheese—put welcome spins on tried-and-true favorites (but there are plenty of those, too). Latitude 43 Restaurant and Bar, 25 Rogers St., Gloucester, 978-281-0223,


Though not octane posh, The Causeway in Gloucester is the place to be if divine seafood is your goal. Favorites like fried calamari, steamed mussels, and clam chowder are served alongside some dishes with interesting twists, like baked coconut-rum haddock. Crowds here are nothing out of the norm, but once seated, you’ll agree your meal was worth the wait.  The Causeway Restaurant, 78 Essex Ave, Gloucester, 978-281-5256

Cape Ann Brewing wins in the PLAY category


There’s nothing like a lively pub and a frothy beer after a long day, and Cape Ann Brewing Gloucester is where we love to go. The brewery, which moved to a new location on Front Street last year and now boasts its own Fisherman’s selection, featuring ales, IPAs, and stouts, among others. Using two-row Barley imported from Europe, the brew crew concocts some of the most memorable flavors on the North Shore. Cape Ann Brewing Company, 11 Rogers St., Gloucester, 978-282-7399,

Community Photos 7/20/12

Rick Isaacs submits-

Gloucester Inner Harbor last evening – The Annie B & Schooner Ardelle


Gloucester Gig Rowers Racing Crews waiting out Wednesday’s Storm

Long Beach 2 am, 6 am, July 17-18

From- Jane Paznik-Bondarin



Community Stuff 7/20/12

POP Gallery At The Block Party


Mamie’s Kitchen

Hey Joey,

Here’s whats going on this weekend at Mamie’s Kitchen!

bacon cup

Come and Join us Saturday and Sunday as we celebrate our
               ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
FREE MINI COFFEE ROLL when you dine in with us!

Everyone get a chance to win a gift cerfifcate!
Lots of specials and order Cape Ann’s first Bacon Cup!

SAT, July 21, 7 – 9 pm : Reception for Deb Schradiek at Khan Studio

Deb Schraedick at Good Morning Gloucester

New Rocky Neck Art Colony member, Deb Schradiek, will exhibit of her exquisite watercolor paintings at Khan Studio & the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave. from July 20-August 16 with an Opening Reception on Saturday, July 21 from 7:00-9:00 pm. Please come by to meet Deb and see her beautiful work.

Ceramics Group Show

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See the latest Rocky Neck Gallery news

Group Shows at the Cultural Center: JULY 18-AUGUST 6 and AUGUST 9-27

Reception: Sunday, July 22 : 4-5pm

A small group of artists are featured with multiple works at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, from July 18 through August 6. Paintings, photographs, and assemblages are included in works by Frank Karl, Skip Montello, Christy Park, Lully Schwartz, Theresa Testaverde, and Rokhaya Waring among others.

True Reflections by Skip Montello
True Reflection by Skip Montello

Currently open: Saturday and Sunday,12 noon to 4 PM. A giant "OPEN" flag will signal that the Center is open at other times with information available on the Rocky Neck Cultural District, featured artists, and Art Colony members.

MON, July 23, 7pm : A Free Public Talk with Lindsay Crouse and Rick Blue
at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

Lindsay Crouse
Get Off Your Own Back!
Why You Must be Kind to Yourself.

Why do you put yourself last? Take a moment to meet the person you never invite to the party. Cutting yourself some slack is the opposite of being selfish. It’s the best gift to give. Learn the ideas behind enlightened self-interest.

Join Lindsay Crouse and Rick Blue for a life-changing evening talk and conversation on July 23rd, 7pm, at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester. Bring yourself and your questions. The event is free and everyone is welcome. Call Lori MacDonald 310-745-0700 for more information.

Karen Ristuben

WED, July 25, 7pm : Just One Word, by Karen Ristuben at the Cultural Center

Karen Ristuben is presenting "Just, one word…" on Wednesday, July 25, 7pm at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street. Please come, and spread the word about this event: a multimedia performance/lecture on the issue of marine plastic pollution, plastics toxicity and public health viewed through the lenses of marine science, economics, politics, and public policy. Hope to see you there!!

Future performances are scheduled for the Boston Harbor Islands (Aug), Maine Maritime Academy (Oct), and American Cetacean Society’s Annual Meeting in San Diego (Nov).

WED, August 1: Lisa K. Rosenstein, Studio Talk at Residency Studio, 7pm

Cut Me Loose

Artist statement:

Life is chaotic, complex, noisy,
and at times painfully full.
These paintings are a reflection of my need for peace and quiet.
Using nothing but white paint and found objects
I hope to created a space of
contemplation, solitude,
and a visual opportunity for slowing down.

Historic New England's Beauport - landscapeHi Joey,

I hope you weathered that crazy storm that just blew through Gloucester!  It was wild.

Afternoon Tea

Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House

Thursday, July 26, Seatings at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Bring friends and family to an elegant tea on the terrace overlooking Gloucester Harbor.  The tea includes scones, finger sandwiches, and sweets, and is accompanied by a classical guitarist playing in the background.  A tour of the house is offered after each seating.  Rain or shine.

Sun hats recommended.  $35, $25 Historic New England membes.  Registration required. or call (978) 283 – 0800.

Many thanks, Joey!

Best, PilarHistoric New England's Beauport - landscape

Seacoast Seven Road Race

Hey Joey,

Hope that you can pass this info along!

Once again this Saturday (July 21)  Stage Fort Park will be the center of activity as runners, walkers, and caregivers join together to raise funds for the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

What a wonderful way to start a glorious summer morning and for such a great cause.

Even if  you  can’t find time to participate on Saturday, please check out and possibly make a donation.  Sorry to get all Pollyanna-ish on you, but why not think of visiting and getting to know one of the wonderful residents or rehab patients at Seacoast.   As Huey Lewis (I could so see him playing at Seacoast) so aptly put it, “Don’t need money, don’t need fame, don’t need no credit card to play this game”.  Time is still on our side and I can’t think of any better way to be “a good kid” than caring for another human being.   You can make a difference – Please do!

Thanks, Joey, I know this is a Special place for you as well.  Here’s a photo of my 87 year old Dad (broken hip – finally coming coming home after 3 months in Rehab at Seacoast.)  Pictured are the two physical therapists that he yucked it up with everyday.  They have been such a great help – both in keeping him happy and making him better.

Dad and P.T. girls

You’re the Best – Not like all the Rest!

Cindy Hendrickson