I’m having a 16x 20 canvas print made from my favorites

Let me know at goodmorninggloucester@yahoo.com if you would like one for yourself or for a gift.  They are canvas wrapped around a one and a half inch frame and come with the hardware attached to hang so you don’t have to pay for expensive framing.

Going to place the order if any of you want one. $125 for a 16×20.   $137 if you want it shipped in the US.  Thanks for your support 🙂

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Ned Liggett Has Some Nice Things To Say

Good evening Joey C,

I met you last week by stopping by Capt. Joe’s, a place you have worked since your were 9 years old. You handed me a 3 pound lobster and my wife of 30 years took a photo of us, me grinning like an idiot holding a large crustacean with a man I hold in high regard. You may have an inkling of what influence you wield with GMG but then you might not. You are a fantastic advocate for this very special place called Gloucester. It is a natural for you, your affinity and passion for all the great things this very unique community has, but you deserve credit for connecting the dots- connecting people within your community and by your gregarious bent, connecting people from outside to this unusual place that is Gloucester. I suspect that you see yourself as just a regular guy, and you are, but then again, you aren’t. You have an exceptional talent in promoting Gloucester. Keep up your good work and thanks for coordinating a wonderful blog- Good Morning Gloucester.

My wife and I are very much taken with Gloucester and we have you to thank at least in part and for this I thank you.

Love ya man, keep up the good work!

Ned Liggett

City Hall Weathervane in 1989 before She Was First Hoisted Atop City Hall From The Infamous Fred Buck

photo courtesy Cape Ann Museum

Fred writes-

joey – here’s the schooner with a broken mast on top of city hall.  the copper model was created by washburn on rt. 114 in 1989 and donated to the city by the cape ann savings bank.  this pic was taken just before she was hoisted up to her place of honor.  it is, of course, the elsie, built in 1910 by a.d. story in essex.  gordon thomas, in fast and able, called her "one of the greatest."  if anyone can help bring her down for repairs, step forward!  a model of the elsie by cape ann master craftsman erik ronnberg is on display at the cape ann museum.  it’s a beautiful thing…
infamous fred

copper model of sch. elsie made by washburn, rt. 114 as weathervane for city hall.  donated by cape ann savings bank.  1989.

This post is in response to our August 16th photos from David Cox showing the Elsie weathervane in serious peril below-

Sail on City Hall Schooner needs help–David B. Cox Photos

Posted on August 16, 2012 by Manuel Simoes



2012 Gloucester Waterfront Festival Live Community Blog Day II- Sunday


The Mrs writes-

Tell people to look for the huge red balloon and they will find the tent


Very proud of the hard work the girls and Brother in Law Barry and Beasly put in to making the GMG tent kick–ass.
We will be posting updated pictures all day long from the Gloucester Waterfront Festival.

If you wander down there snap a picture or two. if you are a vendor down there send in your photo in front of your booth and we will post it.  Send in your iphone/android phone pics from the waterfront festival to goodmorninggloucester@yahoo.com

If you don’t have a camera or the ability to take a picture head to our GMG booth(Booth 88) and Amanda will take your picture and send it in.

9am to 6pm each day

Where to Park?
Free parking along Stacy Boulevard or at the High School.
However, please note that there is small fee to park across the street at Beach Parking.

Directions … Stage Fort Park, Hough Ave, Gloucester, MA
Easy to find … From Route 128 North, take Exit 14, follow to end.
Weather … Held Rain or Shine! …and it’s gonna Shine!
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce … Area info dining, shopping…

Meet the Artisans at the Gloucester Waterfront Festival …

Christian Derobert submits-

. I thanked “Sista” Felicia. She made my grand kids happy campers with her recipe of the toasted Genoa Salami with crème fraĂ®che. Every time they come to Gloucester I have to make that for them (5 and 3 Years Old)



8:45AM Update From The Mrs- Things are Heating Up


Homey’s Dominion – The Gloucester Waterfront Festival From Bill O’Connor

Hi Joey,

I saw Homey on Tablet Rock Saturday overseeing the Gloucester Waterfront Festival.

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


Solitary Sailor

Solitary Sailor


To make a long voyage in a small boat

was a quest of mine for many years;

spurred by Slocum, Guzzwell, Chichester and Johnson

I planned my trips to Nova Scotia and beyond.


Though some small sailing adventures I’ve had,

I’ve never left the shore very far behind

and never saw a distant shadow on

the horizon become the outline of a new land.


But the image still appeals to me as I

sit on the heights at Stage Fort Park

and listen to the sea as a solitary

sailor makes his voyage across the harbor.


© Marty Luster 2012

For more picture-poems go to


Did You Know? (Lion’s Mane Jellyfish)

This photo of a Lion’s Mane Jellyfish was taken by Katherine Eyre at Eastern Point Yacht Club on Saturday, and was submitted by Violet Gray.  It looks like a flower blossom.

The lion’s mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata) is the largest known species of jellyfish. Its range is confined to cold, boreal waters of the Arctic, northern Atlantic, and northern Pacific Oceans, seldom found farther south than 42°N latitude. Similar jellyfish, which may be the same species, are known to inhabit seas near Australia and New Zealand. The largest recorded specimen found, washed up on the shore of Massachusetts Bay in 1870, had a bell (body) with a diameter of 7 feet 6 inches (2.29 m) and tentacles 120 feet (37 m) long.[1] Lion’s mane jellyfish have been observed below 42°N latitude for some time—specifically in the larger bays of the east coast of the United States.

Although capable of attaining a bell diameter of 2.5 metres (8.2 ft), these jellyfish can vary greatly in size, those found in lower latitudes are much smaller than their far northern counterparts with bells about 50 centimetres (20 in) in diameter. The tentacles of larger specimens may trail as long as 30 metres (98 ft) or more. These extremely sticky tentacles are grouped into eight clusters, each cluster containing over 100 tentacles,[2] arranged in a series of rows.

At 120 feet (37 m) in length, the largest known specimen was longer than a blue whale and is considered one of the longest known animals in the world.[1] In 1864, a Bootlace worm (Lineus longissimus) was found washed up on a Scottish shore that was 180 feet (55 m). But because bootlace worms can easily stretch to several times their natural length, it is possible the worm did not actually grow to be that length.

The bell is divided into eight lobes, giving it the appearance of an eight-pointed star. An ostentatiously tangled arrangement of colorful arms emanates from the centre of the bell, much shorter than the silvery, thin tentacles which emanate from the bell’s subumbrella.

Size also dictates coloration—larger specimens are a vivid crimson to dark purple while smaller specimens grade to a lighter orange or tan. These jellyfish are named for their showy, trailing tentacles reminiscent of a lion‘s mane.

The Lion’s mane jellyfish appears in the Sherlock Holmes short story The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane published in The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes. Holmes discovers at the end of the story that the true killer of a school professor who died shortly after going swimming was actually this jellyfish. Suspicion was originally laid upon the professor’s rival in love, until the latter was similarly attacked (he survived, although badly stung). In the context of the story, it is only because the school professor has a weak heart that he succumbs, as is confirmed by the survival of the second victim.

Most encounters cause temporary pain and localized redness.[8] In normal circumstances, and in healthy individuals, their stings are not known to be fatal. Common remedies include: vinegar, isopropyl alcohol, and meat tenderizer.[9]

On July 21, 2010, around 150 people are thought to have been stung by the remains of a lion’s mane jellyfish that had broken up into countless pieces in Rye, New Hampshire in the United States. Considering the size of the species, it is possible that this mass incident was caused by a single specimen.[10]

Ouch!  Hopefully there aren’t any more of these puppies floating around for people to get stung by.

E.J. Lefavour


Mary Giurleo Asks If Anyone Remembers Ina’s in Magnolia

I spent my summers growing up in Gloucester.  Back in the sixties there used to be a high end fashion store in Magnolia called Ina’s.  Once a year my mother would go there to buy one dress.  It was a big occasion.  I am trying to find someone who might remember this store.
Hope someone does.
Thank you.
Mary Giurleo

Community Stuff 8/19/12


Essex County Trail Association is having a surf-themed fundraiser party on September 7th in Hamilton.  Both of the bands playing are local Gloucester bands – The Runaround Sound and Johnny Carwash.  Dom from Cape Ann S.U.P. is helping out with decorations and promotions, and he and one of our board members, Dan Mayer, suggested that I contact you to see if you would be willing to spread the word about this event on your blog and Facebook page.

We’re really excited about this event – it should be a great night!

Here are the links to the party web page and the raffle web page:



If you need more information, I would be happy to give you more details.  You can email me, or call my cell at 978-500-4014.

We really appreciate your help!

Ashley Hill
Outreach Coordinator
Essex County Trail Association

EPDS is having a Free Kid’s Science and Arts Activity Day on Tuesday 8/21 from 2-6.

The Annisquam Exchange, 32 Leonard St., is having a red dot sale on antiques and collectibles beginning Friday, August 24. Select merchandise and jewelry on sale and 15% off our inventory of Annisquam merchandise. The annual furniture sale will take place Saturday, September 15, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the schoolyard. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Annisquam Exchange, a community-based nonprofit organization, offers antiques, collectibles, linens, cards and gifts.Call 978-281-0358.



WHAT:                 Each month throughout the summer, Chef Frank McClelland hosts a themed dinner at his home on Apple Street Farm to showcase the farm’s seasonal and organic produce, protein and eggs. For the month of August, Chef has designed a four-course meal inspired by the versatile tomato. Rather than farm-to-table, the Festival of Tomatoes Dinner will bring the table, and the guests, to the farm for an evening of wine, moonlight, and tomatoes.

Guests are encouraged to explore the beautiful grounds while enjoying cocktails and savory hors d’oeuvres prepared by the chefs of L’Espalier and Sel de la Terre restaurants. Seated under the moonlight, guests will enjoy an evening of the freshest fare Chef McClelland has to offer. The Festival of Tomatoes menu includes:

WHEN:                 August 24 & 25

                                5:30 p.m. arrival

6:30 p.m. dinner begins

WHERE:               Apple Street Farm

                                35 Apple Street

                                Essex, MA 01929

Other:                   Tickets to this event are $175.00 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity.

Space is limited so call L’Espalier at 617-262-3023 to make a reservation.

Dinners will be held rain or shine.


For more information, please visit: www.applestreetfarm.com.

Hi Joey,
We have two opportunities for kids this week at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck.  One is Tues. & Thurs. morning, poetry and art combined with artist/teacher Jayne Lacey.  The other is drawing and painting with artist/teacher Ed Touchette on Wednesday morning.  Kids can register through the Rocky Neck Art Colony website – www.rockyneckartcolony.org, click on CALENDAR, and register directly with the teachers – info is all there and space is limited!
Thank you, as ever!

Jayne Lacey’s 2 Day Poetry/Art Workshop for Ages 9-13

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 and Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 10:00am to 11:30am. Cost: $25.00 (this includes the cost of all materials) For more information, please call 978-283-9026 or jaynela@gmail.com .

     Poetry is an accessible mode of writing for children with all ranges of writing abilities. Whether an apprehensive or a confident writer, finding success in creating poems is possible for all.
     This workshop is designed to bring a sense of fun, satisfaction, and pride for each child. The timing may be perfect for the transition back to school. Children will enjoy the process of coming up with ideas, choosing words, playing with language, and ultimately creating a small portfolio of poetry. Simple art projects will be used to enhance the presentation of the poems.
Jayne Lacey is a Boston Public School teacher, a writer, and a resident of Gloucester.

Watercolor Art Class with Ed Touchette for Ages 7-14

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Cost is $25.00 per student.
All fees benefit the Cultural Center. Contact: Ed Touchette at eddesign@nii.net

Auction for the W.Gloucester Trin. Cong. church ends tomorrow. Great local items.
Easy to bid just register online. Just click on the following link to see.