Crazy Fiesta Hat Ladies go to the Lowell Folk Festival

Amy Clayton writes-

Hey Joey,

    My sister Robyn and I just came from a weekend at the Lowell Folk Festival sharing our crazy Fiesta hats. We were invited by the curator of festival. The theme of the festival was from head to toe and we were honored to be invited. But we couldn’t just go with our hats and expect people to understand what we do, so we had to bring St.Peter’s Fiesta with us…lol. We brought with us a 5ft statue of St. Peter ( my sister made) a wooden cut out of St.Peter that people could take pictures with and many pictures on foam board of the different aspects of the fiesta. I handed out over 350 Gloucester visitor guides and St.Peter pins. We had so much fun and people were in awe of our community celebration and of course the hats.

   I am emailing you this to see if you could share this with GMG viewers, I wish I had thought of it before we went, a press release was sent to the newspaper but they nothing went in. So I was thinking you could let people know about our great opportunity to share our great community with people from all over.

Here is the website that had a write up about us…., and I included some pictures.

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How many of you know the significance of this picture.

Where it all began back on April 2, 2012-

Poll- New Gallery Wall At The House.

Posted on April 2, 2012 by Joey C

The Mrs just put up this great wall of frames. Over/under on the time before any pictures get placed in the frames is 2 months and I’ve got the over. What cha got?

Update: July 30, 2012

Performance Sock Review Fox River Stay-Dry Sock Liner


When working around the lobster tanks all day long during the summer I don’t wear my heavy winter muck boots which keep everything super dry.  I wear lower cut boots which inevitably get water splashed inside them and my feet sweat due to the heat.

So I was in Nelson’s buying some new work gloves and stumbled upon these FoxRiver sock liners which claim to wick and dry your feet.

At $5.98 a pair I didn’t want to buy too many just in case it was a gimmick.

If you suffer from having damn uncomfortable wet feet all day long that these sock liners work the nuts.

Dry and comfy and that makes my days a whole lot more comfy when I’m on my feet all day long.

Well worth the $5.98.  I bought two more pairs this morning.

Get ‘em at Nelsons on Main Street

248 Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930‎

(978) 283-5675

Leon Poindexter declares the Tea Party Ships finished. From Kathy Chapman

Leon Poindexter declares the Tea Party Ships finished. On board both vessels is a mix of robots and actors reenacting life at sea in colonial times.

Photos © Kathy Chapman 2012


Mass Bay Junior Olympics at Annisquam Yacht Club

Today Annisquam Yacht Club is quiet, but two weeks from now – watch out!The Annisquam Yacht Club will be hosting the 2012 Mass. Bay Junior Olympic Sailing Festival on August 13-15.  US Sailing’s Junior Olympic Sailing Program is a nationwide series of regattas for youth ages 8 to 21. Each event in this family of regattas is hosted by a different club or organization, but all events share a common goal: to promote the enjoyment of sailing and development of skills to young sailors as well as provide an Olympic pathway for talented junior sailors.

Events mix Olympic-style competition with elements of learning and fun for all levels–from beginning racers to those with Olympic aspirations. In 2012, 30 events are planned in the continental United States and Hawaii and over 4,500 sailors expected to participate. Junior Olympic Sailing is coordinated by US Sailing and sponsored nationally by West Marine and Gill.

The Annisquam Yacht Club will be welcoming sailors aged 8-18 in the Optimist, Laser Radial, and Club 420 classes, and expect more than 300 sailors to participate in this exciting and fun-filled event!

Registration is now open and available online via Regatta Network. For help with registration, contact

Grace Papp, 15, has been sailing since she was 7.  This is her third year crewing 420’s – she handles the spinnaker and jib.  Grace loves sailing and sails all day everyday during the summer.  She is the only girl who is going to the overnight away regattas.

E.J. Lefavour

Thought you had plenty of time to save $12 on the Blues Festival? Time is running out.

Henri Smith with an all-star band at North Shore Music Theatre 6/30/12
Henri Smith will open the Gloucester Blues Festival next Saturday 8/11 at 11am
photo by Paul Lyden

You’ve only got ONE MORE WEEK to purchase tickets for $28.  On-line ticket sales END next Monday (Aug 6).  After that, tickets will be $40 at the gate.  Get your tickets here.

It’s a big week for music on Cape Ann, with over 30 artists just through Friday.  Something for every taste — from Sea Shanties to South Africa to Soul to Sing-A-Long — performing in restaurants, pubs, schooners, parks, concert halls, theatres . . . even in the streets.  See full music lineup here.

Help me cure those post-swing blues…


It was an amazing weekend at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport. The Cape Ann Big Band blew away the crowd during two sold-out shows with their energy and swing. It was a privilege to sing with them and share in that incredible energy.

So now, Monday morning, I’ve got to figure out a way to cure these dreadful withdrawal symptoms. I hope you can join me this Wednesday from 7-9 at Alchemy in Gloucester. Super fretmaster Flynn Cohen will be joining me, and I look forward to that.

Friday, it’s rock and roll at a private party on Eastern Point with Human Jukebox: Dave Koen, Kevin Levesque, myself and the inimitable Gordon Baird.

Saturday, I play two sets at 11am and 1pm with friend and fiddler Larry Young at the Manchester Public Library during (but not affiliated with) the Festival-by-the-Sea.

I’d love to see you!


Wednesdays at The Rhumb Line

Surf & Turf Specials!
Wednesdays Only!

Hello everyone!
Wednesday, August 1st
Special Guest:

Get ready for yet another night of incredible music at the
Rhumb Line!  My good friend and wonderfully talented Inge
Berge, pictured here during a rare moment of normalcy, puts
his amazing performance and songwriting skills up on the
block once again. 🙂 ~ Fly
Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Surf & Turf Dinner –
 $11.95 (while they last)
Something new for the summer! Tenderloin Tips with Grilled Garlic Shrimp!
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
August 8: Chick Marston & Ellen Ford (as Guest Hosts)

Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  🙂 ~ Fly



Grand Opening of The Hive

Art Haven held the grand opening of it’s community center, The Hive, on Saturday, July 28th.  There was a good turn-out with a lot of local artists and familiar faces from Gloucester’s cultural community – plus, delicious food from Giuseppe’s!  They have done a great job preparing this space.

“Cape Ann Art Haven is a community space where artists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to develop creativity and confidence through hands on learning and collaboration.”

Here are some photos from the event.  For a slideshow, click on the mosaic below – or scroll down to see some highlights!

– Fr. Matthew Green

Limited openings for the Inaugural Patrican Memorial Golf Tournament on August 3

Hi Joe,

As of this morning we have room for two more full foursomes and a few singles.  Those interested in a fun round of golf with with a great group of guys, and donating (through your participation) to the scholarship fund set up for Aran Patrican’s son, Thomas should contact Rob Bouchie at to secure your spot. 

Patrican Memorial
Invitational Golf Tournament
Cape Ann Golf Course
Friday August 3, 2012
A golf tournament will be held in the honor and remembrance of two great, respected individuals. Both Aran and Ryan Patrican passed on far too early in their lives, although their spirits will forever be with us all.
The golf tournament shall be a shotgun start, with a scramble format. It is expected that each group have one principal representative, responsible for payment, and coordinating the group. The $125.00 payment (per player) will include a full round of golf (18 holes), golf cart, and a full hot lunch. One should expect raffles, prizes, and plenty of laughs.
A generous amount of the group fee will be placed in the Thomas Patrican Educational Fund. Please respond as timely as possible, as half the group spots have already been filled.
The winning team with the lowest score card will have their names eternally etched upon the Patrican Memorial Cup, and they shall house the trophy until the following years event.
___________________ (Principal)
Please respond to:

Thank you,

JD Perry

Dinner on the Annisquam Bridge From Fred Bodin

The forecast wasn’t great for the Annisqaum Sea Fair’s Dinner on the Bridge: Severe Flood Warning with Heavy Rain and Thunder Storms. Nevertheless, we packed our rain gear with the wine and bug spray, hopped in the Jeep, and hoped for the best. We found light rain and stalwart locals lined up at the serving table, determined to get their dinners, support a good cause, and enjoy the final event of the 166th Annisquam Sea Fair.


Roy Moore’s Fish Shack catered the dinner. It started raining more heavily, but the staff didn’t break stride in serving up the food, which included fresh corn on the cob and potato salad, with either chicken or lobster.


When Janet and I sat down at a choice but wet table, I took a photo of my plate in front of the fantastic view of Lobster Cove. Fresh picked flowers and a fisherman added to sense of place – the feeling of being in Annisquam and on the island called Cape Ann.


I hadn’t even started on my lobster when fisherman Rick Taylor’s rod bend down to the water from a big bite. After a few minutes, he reeled in a large striped bass. Gloucester’s Tina Greel assisted in landing the fish, as she and her husband Terry (in the background eating corn on the cob) had tied up there on their boat.


The striper measured 34 inches – a beautiful fish! Rick generously gave the fish to Tina and Terry. Oh yeah, my lobster dinner was still hot and tasty, and the wine was cold and delicious. Rain? I didn’t even notice. What an incredible place we have here! It rains on your dinner, a large fish is caught 20 feet from your table, everyone is so friendly, and it’s a birthday night I’ll never forget.


The Annisquam Sea Fair’s Dinner on the Bridge: Next year, I’m in!

Fred Bodin

Bodin Historic Photo

82 Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930

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Community Photos 7/30/12

Anthony Marks submits-

Straitsmouth Cove Landing Rockport, Mass

Old lifesaving station / Coast Guaed station Straitsmouth cove Rockport, Mass.IMG_1553

Janet Rice submits-

Mother Nature creates awesome bouquets!


Ann Kennedy writes-

In Missouri our courteous wildlife will almost always pose for a photo shoot when they amble onto your property…as these guys did.
We’ll be in Gloucester soon, but I promise to leave my mom jeans, fanny pack, and coyote at home:-)


Melissa Cox submits-

Photo’s from The Hive Opening Saturday July 28th


Community Stuff 7/30/12



Another opportunity for RNAC artists!  We are seeking five to six artists to submit two to four works of art for exhibition at the Cultural Center. The four-week show, August 8 through September 4, will be up during our August 17 Cultural District Gala and “Pass the Hats” fundraising party at The Center.  And, Labor Day weekend is prime time on Rocky Neck!

Art delivery will be on Monday August 6, 12-4 PM, the works installed on August 7 and an opening reception on Sunday, August 12, 4-6 PM following the 2-4 PM Summer Artist series opening at the RNG.

If at all possible, please submit jpegs of your work (Maximum size: 48 inches) via email by Wednesday, August 1 to ease the process of selection.

A 30% commission on sales will support the Capital Campaign Fund.

Please complete the following information:

Artist Name:
E mail:
Total number of pieces:
Special instructions:

Description of each piece:
Framed size:
Price:         Donation amount:
Jpeg: ___yes ___no

I understand that the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck and RNAC will not be responsible for damage or theft of any artwork exhibited at the Center unless preventable by reasonable means.

Signature: _____________________________________


susan hershey writes-

Friday evening I attended the Gloucester Stage production of “Master HAROLD” and the Boys, by Athol Fugard. The audience was asked to spread the word about the play because the theatre’s usual Boston Globe coverage will not be available until the day before the show closes, Sunday, Aug. 12.

I urge everyone who loves the theatre, and is drawn to the deep complexities of human imperfections, attend this extraordinary production. The award-winning play, once banned in Apartheid-riddled South Africa, features outstanding performances by Johnny Lee Davenport, Peter Mark Kendall, and Anthony Wills, Jr. and is superbly directed by Benny Sato Ambush. This is an evening of stark emotion and complicated interactions between three South African men, two black and one white, with a history of friendship and connection through employment. The script by Athol Fugard is absolutely brilliant. In an hour and 45 minutes – with no intermission – through the use of  humor, irony, and anger, the audience experiences the anguish of recognizing that entrenched racism has affected the special relationship these three men have had since the 17-year old white man was a boy. A sense of intractability is pervasive. Although, when, at curtain call, the three men embrace, there is relief!

I left the theatre in tears, deeply moved by a feeling of hopelessness, but then uplifted by Fugard’s message which director Ambush expresses in his director’s note within the program: in the words of poet/humanist Gwendolyn Brooks, “We are each other’s harvest, We are each other’s business, We are each other’s magnitude and board.”

Please go to see this play before it closes on Sunday, August 12. The Gloucester Stage is a Cape Ann gem that must be supported. Do your part!