Sista Felicia and The Mrs Will Be Rocking This Week’s Cape Ann Farmer’s Market With Mason Jar Iced Teas and GMG T’s

Thursday 3-6:30 Stage Fort Park.  If you haven’t got yours yet, then this is your chance!

Look for them!

For more info and a list of all the vendors who will be present click here









Photos by Amanda Mohan

Yo, If any of you twitter folks out there don’t know it, Maritime Gloucester Has a Twitter Account.

Someone asked me for a couple of the must do things in G Town and I replied a sunset cruise on The Lannon, A Visit To Maritime Gloucester, The Cape Ann Museum and a mudiga steak bomb sandwich at Virgilios.

Bill O’Connor from North Shore Kid just so happened to send me in this little blurb about Maritime Gloucester-

Hi Joey,

One of the best things about Maritime Gloucester is that this time of year, there’s always something new to see.  We stopped by on Monday and they had a couple of baby squid in the large tank.  This one was only about 2 ½” long, and was doing his best to camouflage himself…

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


What you twitterites may not know is that Maritime Gloucester has a Twitter presence an dthey are pretty active.  follow them here-

Piper Cub–Gloucester Harbor–1946

Hello Joey,

Thought the picture attached might prove of interest to some.  It was taken in 1946 by a friend of mine as I taxied out for takeoff from the base at Stage Fort Park, in a Piper J-3 Cub on floats.  The veiws from the air around Cape Ann were spectacular.  I would fly over and land and take off in Magnolia Harbor.  Just back from military service that summer, I got my long yearned for solo at the Beverly Airport, then got checked out in float planes at Gloucester.  That operation only lasted a few years, but I was glad they made it possible for me to get that seaplane solo while living in Magnolia.  Accumulated a few thousand hours thereafter in other parts of the country.

Keep ’em flying!

George Krewson


Why Hurry?

You will find this poster and much more at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum.  Two good books on the topic:

A Race for Real Sailors “Bluenose and the International Fisherman’s Cup 1920 – 1938” by Keith McLaren

Caught in Irons “North Atlantic Fishermen in the Last Days of Sail” by Michael W Santos

The 28th Annual Gloucester Schooner Race will be upon us September 2nd.

Al Bezanson


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

Gloucester Schooner Festival Information

Madeline and the Monarch

The Ciaramitaro Family stopped by Willowdale today for a tour of the butterfly gardens. We were lucky to see several Monarchs and dozens of Painted Ladies.

Click the photo to view larger and you will see the Monarch climbed onto Madeline’s finger–it takes great patience to hold still long enough to allow a butterfly to climb aboard!

Madeline was determined that a butterfly would climb onto her finger–first trying the Painted Ladies and then very, very patiently, and holding very, very still, encouraging the Monarchs. She was thrilled when one did–and did so several times–very sweet to see her joy. Madeline and Eloise were expertly identifying the male and female Monarchs and explaining to all in how to tell the difference.

HUGE REMATCH RESCHEDULED – Sugar Mags vs. Classic Cooks Tomorrow (Thursday) at 4pm

OK, you’ve waited patiently now for 4 weeks to see this epic rematch and tomorrow is the day — 4pm Stage Fort Park — weather looks great — and we have a special twist:  Thursday’s throwdown will help answer the question How does local seafood affect the health and diet of young people?  In addition to the pro judges (Lara Lepionka of Backyard Growers and Beacon Street Farm and Hallie Baker of Turtle Alley Chocolates) we’ll have 3 youth judges who will make sure the chefs’ creations are compatible with young people’s palates — a very tall order, indeed.  So bring your kids and get them to try the dishes too.

Here’s a video that Joey made of the last contest between these two culinary giants (check out the end of the video where Angela Sanfilippo tells you what to do with the head of a hake — delicious!)

And here’s the press release from Niaz Dorry of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, who sponsors the throwdowns:

Seafood Throwdown Brings Unique Partnership to Farmers Market
Highlights Local Seafood in Healthcare Industry’s Purchasing Decisions

 Gloucester, MA – Seafood Throwdown, a unique cooking competition that highlights the importance of local seafood in restoring a healthy ocean ecosystem, is back at Cape Ann Farmers Market on Thursday, August 23, 2012 with a twist: focus of this Throwdown will be to highlight the role of local seafood in young people’s health and diet while showcasing the work underway to assist healthcare industry in shifting their buying practices to support locally caught seafood. The Cape Ann Farmers’ Market and the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance have sponsored Seafood Throwdowns for the past four years to raise awareness about why “Who Fishes Matters.”

This Thursday’s event is a rematch between Classic Cooks and Sugar Mags. Last year’s Seafood Throwdown winner Julie Ann Geary of Classic Cooks Catering will be joined by Justin Grandin of The Happy Taco food truck. They will compete against 5 time winner Sugar Mags who will be featuring Lidia Sands and Sandro Carvalho with owner Missy Hart cheering from the sidelines … download the full press release PDF here.

After the throwdown, be sure to stay in town for a night of great music at 10 local venues.  See the full music lineup here.

Lisa Marie to join the Dave Sag Blues Party this Thursday night 8-23-2012 @ The Rhumb Line

 Dave Says,

Thank you for flying Widow’s Peak Hairlines. We’re ready to fly over the top, under the radar, pulling out all the stops whilst pulling up the landing gear and your leg with the one and only Ms. Lisa Marie at the helm. Fasten your seat belts as we rev up the jets and burn some rubber on our way to the wild blue yonder! Ms. LM has been away awhile on a quest for gold, and we’re happy to have her back to rattle your cage. And my teeth.
Our instrument panel includes Air speed indicator, Mr. John Hyde, pantywaist, jazz snob and loving husband, on keyboards, Tachometer Mr. Jeff Casper, the  friendly drummer, on what else?, wind direction meter, Mr. Bob Enik, on glitar( a new guy for us) and check engine light basest, meselph, on the dented fender bass. You might think I’m crazy, but you keep on comin’! This is gonna be a nite to remember. Come early and stay late. Recuperation’s our most important product. Alive music is best!

Oustanding music is to be had tonight. It’s not every day that Soule Monde comes to town. Tonight~ MinglewoodTavern AtLat with ~ Dennis Monagle Sessions…… there. It gonna be awesome

Ok, so if you did not catch Soule Monde at The Sexy and 17 Years of The Open Jam celebration at The Rhumb Line last Monday night, have no fear. Because, you can see them at MinglewoodTavern AtLat  tonight Wednesday at The Dennis Monagle Sessions.

How awesome is that. Now I’m not one who is use to listening to music without vocals. Their music is like a whirlwind of sound so exciting and enticing you don’t need them. I got their CD  and had to go out of town so I got to listen to the whole thing. It had me dancing in my seat and slightly rockin my head (didn’t want anyone to think I was having a seizure or something). I bet my son Michael will know exactly what I’m talkin about. Check them out here or go to the Russ Lawton website.
I totally love the live music scene here and all that it has to offer!
Photo: Courtesy of Morgan Day Photography
Soule Monde with Renee Dupris and Dan King……Last time they came to town a couple of years ago. You never know who may join in tonight either.

Russ Lawton and Ray Paczkowski from the Trey Anastasio Band bring their duo Soule Monde to join the Bandit Kings- Dan King, Ann Marie, Renee Dupuis, Dennis Monagle and Joe Cardoza

St. Ann School Open House Tonight

Current and Prospective Families are cordially invited to join us for an upcoming Open House Event:

All Grades, PK – 8
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Preschool Only
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
9:00 – 10:30 am

St. Ann School provides an academically rigorous,
faith-based curriculum with a full range of exploratory
subjects and extra-curricular activities
for students in Grades PK – 8.

For more information, please contact:

St. Ann School of Cape Ann
60 Prospect Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

St. Ann School of Cape Ann – Where Faith and Education Meet

Pet of the Week-Pecan

pecan, pet of the week, cape ann animal aid

Hi!  The silly volunteer here keeps calling me sweety pie!   I keep telling her I am a dog, not a pie!  I think it is because my name is Pecan.  She keeps telling me what a sweet and cute pup I am.

I am a eight-month-old Retriever/Lab mix girl and I am black-and-white.   I am a playful pup and I still need a little training, but if you are up to the challenge a new pup can bring, I am up to learning and listening.   I promise you will never be bored, my tail will always be wiggling and my personality is always happy.   Please stop by the Cape Ann Animal Aid, now located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter in Gloucester and visit me.

Don’t forget Dog Day on Sunday, September 9 (rain date September 15) from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at State Fort Park overlooking beautiful Gloucester Harbor.  There will be a Pet Expo with mini games, agility, alumni photos, pet related vendors, food, games for people and dogs, bouncy house and more!  Fun for everyone!

You may visit us online at: or visit us in person which is even better because you will get to meet me, Pecan.  I have to run – now I am hungry thinking about pecan pie!



Community Photos 8/22/12

Thank you, Al Bezanson for the story of the beautiful schooner Bald Eagle. Here’s a shot of her in the Schooner Festival parade in 2010.

–Len Burgess

BaldEagle'10 _1641

Marvelous Sunset Sunday NIght 8/19/12
–Len Burgess


Fred Bodin submits-

Nanette Benoit, Ginny Renehan, Fred Bodin Jaa Goduti, Major Marshall Plavan USAF, and girlfriend Fanony Buleje at Bodin Historic Photo during the second Block Party of 2012. Fanony left with the ‘sticka," and promises to represent from Machu Picchu when she visits her home in Peru.


Mile marker 1 Serving Breakfast 7 Days A Week

Tobin writes-

Hey Joey,

So a lot of people now know that Mile Marker One serves Lunch & Dinner. However they might not know that we now serve BREAKFAST too!  Can you please help us out and shout out to all your GMG fans.

– Breakfast is served EVERYDAY starting at 7am.

– Directly on the water on our  River Deck or inside our new year-round dining room.

There is no view like the Mile Marker One view for a waterfront breakfast where you can watch the sunrise over the Blynman Bridge and enjoy your fresh brewed coffee and watch the waterfront start to bustle.  

Items you that might interest you include: Our Huevos Rancheros, Lumper’s Picnic, Lobster Benny, Annisquam (smoked salmon) omelet, or our Funky Monkey Pancakes to name a few.

Mile Marker One also serves lunch and dinner 11:30am-10pm.

Just looking for a place to have a drink? Hang out on our Bridge Deck, chill in our Adirondack chairs. Or hang in our Pool Bar and watch our new 60” flat screen TV. Live music continues Thurs-Sunday on our Bridge deck. Check out our entertainment schedule at


Tobin Dominick

Mile Marker One – Waterfront Restaurant & Bar