Photos From The Gloucester Archives, City Hall Courtesy Ron Gilson

Sara Dunlap Archive Volunteer co-director


George Thurston, Volunteer Microfilm expert searcher


Liesa Logsdon From Spring City TN, (visitor searching genealogy)and Stephanie Buck Historian Cape Ann Museum and Archives Volunteer


Patricia Wright from Spring City TN and Shirley Thompson from Brownsburg IN (visitors searching genealogy)


Jane Meade and Joan Gilson Archives Volunteers


H.A. Lind Returns to Gloucester

H.A. Lind will be exhibiting her new paintings of the Cape Ann area at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery from August 17th-august 30th, with an Opening Reception on Sunday, August 29th from 2:00-4:00pm.  Come by and say hi to H.A. and see her new work.

E.J. Lefavour

Win 2 Killer Mason Jar Iced Teas and 2 Tickets to see ORLEANS 40th Anniversary Concert

Look for the GMG booth at the Waterfront Festival on Saturday and get your Killer Mason Jar Iced Teas.  While you’re there, be sure to enter to win 2 more iced tea jars, plus 2 tickets to the once-in-a-lifetime concert at North Shore Music Theatre on August 31 starring Gloucester legend, Fly Amero‘s touring band ORLEANS featuring the band’s founding songwriter/guitarist John Hall with John Cafferty (of the Beaver Brown band and cult film classic, Eddie & the Cruisers).  Award-winning Gloucester singer/songwriter Allen Estes opens the show.

GMG Iced Tea Jars by Sista Felicia and The Mrs at the Sidewalk Bazaar ~ photo by Donna Ardizzoni

Speaking of Allen Estes, he’s also opening the Harbor Loop concert tonight and has a great new song that needs a name (click here if you want to try to name it).  He’ll most likely play it tonight.  Dan King follows and then Safety rocks the night away.  And that’s just the tip of the entertainment iceberg tonight.  See the full live music lineup here.

Quilled Sweet Coneflower

Introducing Henry Eiler’s Sweet Coneflower ~

New to our garden this year is the Quilled Sweet Coneflower. The finely quilled sunny  yellow petals are simply lovely, as is the overall shape of the plant. The wildflower is a North American native and bears the name of the southern Illinois horticulturist who found it growing in a railroad prairie remnant.

When lightly rubbed, the leaves of Rudbeckia subtomentosa reveal their sweet vanilla scent. I’ll let you know if it attracts bees, butterflies, and songbirds when the center florets open.

Railroad Prairie Remnants
“…the only remnant of any virgin, unplowed prairie that remains is along railroad tracks. When the railroads were originally built in the 1800’s, if they were going over a natural prairie, all they had to do was lay down the wooden crossties, pack in bed fill, and lay the rails….the remaining right-of-way remained essentially undisturbed. In many locales, a road also was constructed parallel to new tracks, so that the few hundred feet of railroad right-of-way trapped between the tracks and the road remained unplowed to this day, and in many areas has reserved a remarkable diversity of prairie species. In most areas, accidental fires happen fairly regularly, which enhances the vigor of the prairie vegetation.” Larry Lowman

‘Henry Eiler’s’ Sweet Coneflower (Rudbeckia subtomentosa)

Last Chance to Get a FREE Sandwich & Coffee from Brothers’ Brew!

How can I get my free & delicious food from Brothers’ Brew in Rockport? I can hear you asking… Well, by supporting the Art Exchange, an event taking place in Rockport on Saturday, August 18th. You have just a few hours left to take advantage of the generous offer from the team at Brothers’ Brew, a business that is incredibly supportive of downtown and community initiatives that help make Rockport and Cape Ann such an incredible place to live.

Click HERE to support the Art Exchange project and be sure to check out Brothers’ Brew online. But even better, check them out in person. This is a coffee shop that is a local business in the very best sense. And they make great doughnuts.

Community Photos 8/16/12

Kellie Rich submits-

Double sunset 8-14. The lower one reflecting off the inner harbor between Captain Joe and sons and Cripple cove. I’m asking santa for one of those Sony Rx thingamajiggers!


Gloucester Harbor Schooner Race From Len Burgess

Last Monday evening was the first race between two schooners built by Master Shipwright, Harold Burnham, the Thomas E. Lannon Captained by Tom Ellis and the schooner Ardelle captained by Harold Burnham.

It proved to be great fun for all. Besides the schooner race itself, there was a lively contest between the ships guest crews for the best chanty song, knot tying, photography and a lifesaving test.

Here’s a few shots… and there is a slide show at…

–Len Burgess

Schooner Brilliant ~ Decks Awash From Fred Bodin


The Brilliant was built in 1932, and is 61.5 feet long. She was designed for speed, and set the record for a Trans-Atlantic crossing for a vessel of her size at the time. This is an ocean-going, sail powered speedboat if ever there was one. As you can see, there was good wind during this Gloucester Schooner Race, where one competing schooner blew out her topsail, and there were a few green-looking photographers on the Committee/Press boat. Schooner Brilliant will compete in the Gloucester Schooner Races this year.

As with all historic schooners, paying passengers are essential to support the cost of Schooner Brilliant, sailing from her home port of Mystic (CT) to Gloucester, during the race itself, and the trip back to Mystic. Any leg of this voyage would certainly be an experience of a lifetime! I urge you to support Brilliant the other schooners during our annual Gloucester Schooner Races: Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea™ : Sail Overnight on Schooner Brilliant For more information and to book passage call: 860-572-5331


36th Annual Magnolia Road Race & Red Sox Ticket Raffle

Magnolia’s 36th Annual Road Race will be held Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 6:00pm. This 5K Race will be held rain or shine along a beautiful, scenic route in Magnolia. Proceeds from the Road Race benefit the Magnolia Library.

$20.00 Pre-entry fee for all entries post-marked by August 23, 2012.

$25.00 Fee after August 23, 2012 and on day of race.

$3.00 Fee for Fun Run/Walk.

Register online here

Race Route

Lap One Lap Two
Norman Ave to Cole Square Pass Magnolia Library
Left on Shore Road Right on Magnolia Ave
Right on Hesperus Ave U-turn at Blyman School
Left on Norman Ave Thru Square to Shore Road
Left on Hesperus Ave
Right on Lexington Ave to Finish

Race professionally timed by Yankee Timing.

Splits every mile. Water stops on course. Race results posted on

Race ScheduleEvent opens 5:00pm
Register for Race and Fun Run/Walk by 5:45pm
Registration closes 6:15pm
Race begins 6:30pm
Awards ceremony 7:30pm

Event Features:
Free T-Shirts to first 100 pre-entrants
Merchandise drawing for all 5k Runners
$100 Prize to 1st place Male and Female in 5K
Prizes for male and female 1st place finishers in the following categories: under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70

Red Sox Raffle

Red Sox Tickets

Enter to win two tickets to the Red Sox!

Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays – September 25, 2012 @ 7:10 PM

Donated by Dennis Drinkwater and Giant Glass

2 Tickets to the EMC Club Level (Est. Value $850) Section 1 / Row 1 / Seats 7 & 8

The EMC Club Seats at Fenway Park are seats directly behind Home Plate right below the press boxes. The EMC Club seats are the most luxurious seats at Fenway Park. The
seats are comfortable, the view is spectacular and the service is grand.

Registered 5K Runners can purchase a raffle ticket for $5.00.

All others can purchase a raffle ticket for $10.00.

Race Sponsored by

Community Stuff 8/16/12

Announcement re Volunteers needed for Gloucester block Party this Saturday August 18th

Hi Joey – I’m working on the Downtown Gloucester Block Parties.    The July party went very well; this weekend’s party is shaping up nicely as well. 

But, we are short volunteers for this Saturday.   Val Marcley said that I should contact you to get an announcement into your wonderful Good Morning Gloucester ramblings.  I’m new here but read it often….

See below for the facts on the need for volunteers.  Feel free to call me on my cell 617-901-3805  if you have any questions.   Please let me know if there are any problems.  Thanks very much for your help.  Lucinda Seigel


Volunteers needed

Downtown Gloucester Block Party

Saturday, August 18th

Main Street, Gloucester MA

Some of the easy jobs that may need to be done:

Help set up Main Street for the party – e.g., putting  up signs

Help out at the information table, answer questions

Sell Raffle Tickets

Help stage managers with last minute prep

And, … whatever else needs to be done

Please contact us at:  Provide your name and how to reach you this week.   Thank you !!!!

Striped bass tournament to benefit Open Door Pantry

Tourney in memory of Danvers official has raised over $44,000 in the last nine years; marks its tenth anniversary Labor Day weekend

Tickets are now on sale at Winchester Fishing in Gloucester and Fin and Feather in Essex for a striped bass fishing tournament to benefit the Open Door Pantry in Gloucester.

The Leo Almeida Memorial North Shore Striped Bass Tournament is celebrating its tenth year this Labor Day weekend. It is the only tournament that combines the North Shore’s fishing heritage with the fight against hunger on Cape Ann and in other local communities.

The tournament will be held Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3. Prizes up to $500 will be awarded in various categories, including boat, shore/surf and for youth 15 and under.  A raffle of dozens of prizes will also be held. Those who wish to donate to the pantries can enter and will also be eligible to win raffle prizes.

Entry fee is $15. Tickets are available at Winchester Fishing in Gloucester and at Fin and Feather in Essex. Ticket sales end Friday, Aug. 31.

The Open Door Pantry on Emerson Avenue has been feeding local residents for over 25 years. The tournament will also benefit the People to People Food Pantry in Danvers, Our Neighbor’s Table in Amesbury and Essex County Hunger Relief.

Leo Almeida was a lifelong North Shore resident whose commitment to public service was matched by his love of fishing. He died in 2003 shortly before the first North Shore Striped Bass Tournament that he organized. Now family and friends carry on the tournament in his name each year.  In the past nine years, the tournament has raised over $44,000 for anti-hunger organizations in Essex County. Over 900 people have participated since the tournament began.

To enter or for more information, see or call Tournament Chairwoman Amy Almeida at (617) 501-1659

Carol St.John, artist, author and workshop leader, formerly of Gloucester, will be delivering a talk at the Unitarian-Universalist Society in Rockport next Sunday, August 19th at 10:30AM. Her subject includes personal observations and experiences at the US border where Nogales, Sonora meets Nogales, Arizona. She will describe events that demanded her involvement and turned her into an activist for human rights. St.John offers an insider’s view to a situation that is being filmed, exposed and critiqued around the world.

Fishermen Memorial Service

The Fishermen Memorial Service, a ceremony to remember fishermen lost at sea, will be held on Saturday, August 25th. The procession will leave from American Legion Square promptly at 5pm and will proceed to the Monument of the Gloucester Fisherman on George O. Stacy Boulevard where the ceremony will take place. The public is encouraged to participate in the procession and ceremony. Please bring loose flowers to be scattered into the harbor. Wreaths will be placed at the Fishermen’s Monument. If raining, the ceremony will be held in American Legion Post 3, corner of Middle and Washington Streets.

For information please contact the Office of Veterans’ Services
(978) 281-9740.

Splash into Cape Ann Museum’s CAMafterhours

Enjoy a Night of Art, Dancing, Music, Fun, Food, Spirits & More

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to announce this summer’s CAMafterhours, inspired by water, water, the multimedia installation by Gloucester artists Sarah Hollis Perry and Rachel Perry Welty. Come join us for a night of art, dance, music, fun, food & spirits on August 16, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Museum. Free for Museum members; $10 for non-members. Cash bar. RSVP to Courtney Richardson at or 978-283-0455 x12.

Playing off the themes of water, water, dancer Sarah Slifer and musicians Brian King (of What Time is it, Mr. Fox?) and Kristen Miller go Victorian in a performance piece which explores social taboos, inspired by works in the Museum’s collection. Selected songs use water as a metaphor for the unknown. In between these short pieces, DJ mixes provided by Mystery Train Records will fill the Museum galleries. These culled water-themed tunes come directly from the racks of this popular downtown Gloucester vintage record store.

After enjoying the great performances and music, dive beyond the water, water installation and follow the CAM scavenger hunt into the other galleries. Prizes will be awarded! Stirring things up, Alchemy Bistro’s general manager, Matt Rose, and Clayton Belanger, principle bartender, will give mixology demonstrations featuring Ryan & Wood Distilleries’ Beauport Vodka.  A cash bar will also be available and hors d’oeuvres will be generously provided by Alchemy Bistro and Latitude 43.

Always popular, CAMafterhours is an event you don’t want to miss, so reserve your spot early.

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Museum is closed during the month of February, on Mondays, and on major holidays. Admission is $8.00 adults, $6.00 Cape Ann residents, students, and seniors. Children under 12 and Museum members are free. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information please call: (978) 283-0455. Additional information can be found online at