FINALLY……You too can have a chance to see Sista Felicia in action and be a part of a Traditional Sicilian Dinner Preparation


After repeated requests, lots of begging, and downright cooking-night crashers…Sista Felicia has agreed to open her kitchen to the public.

Felicia will be cooking in her kitchen, with friends and family, at least 2 x a week and you now have an opportunity to watch Felicia in action, help with the food preparation, and finally eat all together at her famous dining room table.

The menus will be set with Mohan/Ciaramitaro traditional family favorites such as Sunday Zuggo, Braciule, and Meatballs, Dishes created from Gloucester’s Local Waters, Arancini Rice Balls and Pasta Bolognese Sauce, Chicken and Beef Speddini and Pasta, Homemade Pasta (Mmm), Homemade Sausage, Zucchini Night with 4-5 different Zucchini recipes, or Mudiga Bread Crumbs, Steaks, and Sangies.

Every meal will be accompanied by pre-dinner nibbles, specialty side salad, bread and dessert of Felicia’s choice. You will literally be eating your way through the evening.
The choices will be endless and you can feel free to request items you have seen on the Good Morning Gloucester blog site. You may also feel free to bring your favorite Italian wine or spirits to accompany your meal.

The Demonstration Classes will kick off on Wednesday, September 12th, at 6:30 PM… with Felicia’s all time favorite meal of a Traditional Sicilian Dinner. The cost will be $75 a person and the Space is Limited to 10 people.

Menus and Dates for Future Classes will be posted on Sista Felicia’s Kitchen’s Facebook Page and Good Morning Gloucester.

Special Demonstration Nights for Groups of 10 can be arranged.

To reserve your spot in Sista Felicia’s Kitchen….email
Hope to see you there.

#BOOM! Coastal Living magazine calls Gloucester a "Coastal Dream Town"

More positive national media coverage for Gloucester: Coastal Living has a great article on Gloucester in next month’s issue. The article calls Gloucester a "Coastal Dream Town" and says Gloucester has a "rare combination of urban spirit and historic charm."
"An enthusiastic nightlife scene featuring live theater and local bands is bolstered by a restaurant renaissance," the article says about our city.

Great job by you and local Remax Realtor (and GoodMorningGloucester contributor) Kenny MacCarthy for talking with the reporter and providing colorful quotes in the story.
Matter Communications started talking with Coastal Living, one of the top lifestyle and travel magazines, about Gloucester two years ago so  it’s nice to see such a positive story finally come out! Matter works with the Cape Ann Chamber and local businesses to put the good word out about what a great place Gloucester is to live, work and visit.
Readers can see the Coastal Living story here:
Congrats, Gloucester!


Can You Identify This Schooner?

Schooner Festival is Coming!!!  August 31st – September 2nd

Can you identify this schooner? 

Hint – the photo is from GREEN DRAGON in one of the previous 27 Gloucester Schooner Races.

Al Bezanson

Can you name this schooner

For more info about the Gloucester Schooner Festival Check Out The Chamber of Commerce website-

Gloucester Schooner Festival Information

Thank you Tyler and Domenic – Cape Ann SUP Rocks!

I have long wanted to try stand up paddleboarding.  I ran into Tyler a week or so ago and told him again that I wanted to try to carve out a time to go out on one before summer was over.  He said that he would be happy to do a Rocky Neck demo session.  Yesterday from 4:00-6:00, Cape Ann SUP co-owners, Tyler Knight and Dominic Olivo, came to Rocky Neck with a bunch of paddleboards so Rocky Neckers could try it out.  It was too bad that more people didn’t turn out, as there were plenty of boards and it was such a gorgeous afternoon, warm air and water with smooth waters at Oaks Cove where we went out.  I definitely want to try going out at night now on one of those lit up boards, although with my night blindness, I might crash into something.  If you haven’t tried paddleboarding, you owe it to yourself to get in touch with Tyler or Domenic and go out before it gets too cold.

 Call  978-233-1SUP 

or visit

E.J. Lefavour

Why does Fly Amero play guitar upside down?

No, Fly’s not upside down.  The guitar is.

If you look carefully, you can see that the thin strings (higher) are at the top in this picture.  That’s upside down from the norm.

But why?  Well, this question has generated much speculation over the years and Fly clears it up in an excellent interview on  Aurelia Nelson’s Curtain Up show this past Sunday on 104.9

Listen to a podcast of the show here.

You can see Fly tomorrow at the Rhumb Line and next Friday with his touring band Orleans at North Shore Music Theatre.

It’s another excellent week of music on Cape Ann leading up to a weekend of two sold out Tom Rush shows at Shalin Liu.  See the full live music lineup here.

Wednesday’s with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line

Surf & Turf Specials!
Wednesdays Only!

Hello everyone!
Wednesday, August 22nd
Special Guest: 
Toni Ann!

The lovely and talented Toni Ann Enes joins us this week.
Please come for some great music and great fun! ~ 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!
John Rockwell

Dan King
…many more!
Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

GARFISH will be returning to perform at the Harbor Loop Concert Series Thursday August 23rd, 6:30 to 8:00pm. This is their first appearance since 2008. Also playing at 8:00 Miss Judy’s Farm

Pictured from left to right, Gary Hiltz, Doug Comeau, Kevin Lopes, Walter Piscitello & Paul MacEachern

Garfish will be performing classic rock-n-roll music from the 1960’s & 70’s. The band performs their own renditions of classic songs by Jethro Tull, Chicago, Styx, The Doors, Joe Cocker, Billy Joel, Dropkick Murphys and others which will surely get the crowd to its feet. The second band to perform that evening will be Miss Judys Farm.

The band consists of Walter Piscitello on drums, along with fellow musicians: Kevin Lopes on lead vocals, Doug Comeau on guitar & vocals, Gary Hiltz on bass & vocals and Paul MacEachern on keyboards, guitar and vocals.

Garfish has played regularly at many area venues since forming the band in 2006, including the Topsfield Fair, American Cancer Society and Senator Bruce Tarr fundraisers along with other local benefits and venues on the North Shore.

Bring your chairs, blankets and picnic dinner and enjoy the show from the lawn of the historic Fitz Henry Lane House with views of Gloucester’s Inner Harbor.


Also playing will be:


Join Miss Judy`s Farm, a tribute to the music of the Faces and early Rod Stewart, this Thursday night at The Fitz Hugh Lane House. This is part of the Harbor Loop Concert Series. Also playing, Garfish. The Fitz Hugh Lane House and Harbor Loop is located directly across from Walgreen`s on Rogers Street in Gloucester, MA.

“The Sing” at The Annie

Come join the fun at The Annie every Wednesday night at 7PM for two and a half hours of musical sharing.  We sit in a circle in the Art Parlor and take turns singing (or playing acoustic instruments, or both), and if others know the song, they join in.  All genres are welcome!  Prior experience singing in public is NOT necessary – it’s just about sharing our love for music, whether you are a pro, or usually only sing in the shower… It’s a very informal setting. People can also bring snacks or beverages to share. There is a $5 recommended donation per person.  We have a pretty steady group of regulars, but there is also many people who come whenever their schedule allows.  Here are some photos from past “sings”:



Michael Foley (below) is not only a musician, but also a stone carver.


Alexander Thompson brought some of his new organic variety of “Ma’s Brand” tomato marmelade:

In between his turns to sing, he was designing the label for the jars:



Ernie Pigeon, the organizer of The Sing:

When it’s not our turn for singing, some of us also do other artsy things while we listen, like knitting, drawing, or origami!  Or you can just sit and listen and admire the art show in the art parlor.

Fr. Matthew Green




Susan McGee asks About Vegetarian Restaurant offerings Around Gloucester For her Visit


Hello Joey,

How lucky I am to have stumbled upon your Interactive Eats page!  Great work!  I could use some of your help, if you have a few minutes. 

I have enjoyed several trips to Gloucester with visiting friends (we are in Salem, NH).  Very soon my family will be visiting and we want to explore Gloucester during the Schooner Festival.  We have an 87 year old Mom with us, so we are limited in speed and distance for walking.  We are planning to get to Gloucester early, and base ourselves around the Harbor Loop, take the water taxi for some easy water time to view the schooners, and go to different locations in Gloucester in the water taxi. 

Here is where I need your help – Do you know of any good places to eat that have at least a few vegetarian dishes?  While I am a huge seafood fan, one person is not, so ideally there is a place with good seafood and other options for vegetarians as well.  My plan is to park at Harbor Loop.  Hopefully we will find suitable parking if we get there early enough.  Maybe the water taxi goes to some great place within the harbor?

In the meantime, I will go through all the listings in your map and check out their menus.  Just thought you might know of something off the top of your head.  Thanks so  much for putting the map together!

Susan McGee

Anyone have some good suggestions for Susan?  Pipe right up in the comment section of this post.

Community Photos 8/21/12

Huge White Hibiscus From Len Burgess

Len writes-

Very large White Hibiscus plant attacked my camera on Pleasant St. Gloucester 8/18/12
–Len Burgess


Jonathan Cahill submits-

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Hi Joey

Really enjoyed the Wonderfront Festival at Stage Fort Park today and stopping by your booth for a mason jar. 

Today’s sunset was incredible and here’s a couple of pictures of what it looked like from Rust Island if you’d like to use them.   I enjoy reading GMG every morning.  Keep up the great stories and fantastic photos.

Sandy Chadwick

Sunset on Rust Island 1Sunset on Rust Island 2

Paint Factory photo by Anthony Marks

Paint Factory

Gail Guittarr submits-

Off Annisquam YC    Another Cape Ann sight to behold.  Viewing this afternoon from Annisquam light and beach