Alright Here’s My Top Pick For Schooner Festival

Al Bezanson and I have been beating the drum for you to make your reservation for a sail aboard one of the many fine Schooners coming to Gloucester for Schooner Festival but I have to put my two cents in here as far as my Number 1 Pick. 

Obvi- The Thomas E Lannon.

Tom Ellis and Kay and Heath and their crew are hands down the friendliest funnest people ever to sail a schooner.  Tom Ellis being my hero and all doing something he loves to do and getting paid to do it in such grand fashion.

So anyway call now to book with the hometown team- The Lannon or The Ardelle.  Once the Ardelle sends me their Schooner Festival schedule I’ll post it as well.

This from Kay-

Lannon and the Schooner Festival

The Schooner Festival is our favorite weekend in Gloucester. Lots of schooners will be here this year and that always makes for interesting sails. The Lannon will be sailing a lot over those few days, so check out our schedule and join us if you can. It is always fun to see these other vessels in our home port.
Friday, August 31st, we are sailing from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 3:00-5:00 p.m., 5:30-7:30 and offer a sail in the moonlight with dessert from 8:30-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 1st we sail at 12:30-2:30 p.m., and 3:00-5:00 p.m. Then we offer a chowda and lobsta roll sunset dinner sail from 5:30-7:30 and a fireworks sail with dessert from 8:00-9:45 ish.
Sunday, Sept. 2nd is Schooner Race Day. Come onboard and join the crew for the day as we lead the Parade of Sail and then race in the Mayor’s Race for the Cameron Cup. Great fun!
Monday, Sept. 3rd, we sail from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2:00-4:00 p.m. and offer a sunset Celtic Music sail from 4:30-7:00.
We never seem to know exactly when the participating vessels will be arriving and departing, but we will do our best to sail near them for you. Bring your camera!
Give our office a call at 978 281-6634 to make your reservations. We hope to see you onboard.

Schooner Race Day 2008-Len Burgess

Where the Heck is This Beach?

Fred Bodin Writes in-

Where the Heck is This Beach?


I got an email late tonight from a guy in eastern MA, who wanted to know where this photo was taken. He wants to give it to me, but I’ll be happy to share it in digital form with any FOB who can help ID it. He wants to give the original print to the appropriate local historical society, if it can be identified, and I’m all for it. If anybody can help, the Good Morning Gloucester aficionados can. Where is this lonely, remote, and forgotten place? My guess is on my Facebook Page.

The Hiram Walker House

Seeing things from the water side.

‘Rockledge’ Breathtaking oceanfront residence has panoramic views of the Atlantic, Boston skyline and beyond. Located in Magnolia, this Mediterranean style Villa was originally built for liquor magnate Hiram Walker has been renovated to the highest of standards with state of the art systems and modern conveniences while maintaining its magnificent grand stature. Featuring 10 bedrooms, 11 fireplaces, 11 baths and 3 half baths, this magnificent residence also offers a new 8-car heated garage with office space above

Newly Molted Caterpillar

Butterfly caterpillars molt four or five times as they grow. Each different caterpillar stage is called an instar.

In the photo below you can see the caterpillar’s crumpled discarded exoskeleton.

Molting Monarch Caterpillar

The caterpillar first grows a new skin under its old skin. Then the caterpillar draws its head out of its head capsule. Occasionally it will need to use its front legs to help remove the head capsule. Next the caterpillar crawls out of its old skin. This is called molting. After the molt and while the new skin is soft and pliable the caterpillar swallows a lot of air, which expands the body. As the new exoskeleton hardens it lets out the air to allow room to grow.

Molting takes a great deal of energy and after each molt, the caterpillar rests quietly for a brief period before then eating its discarded exoskeleton.

Cape Ann Museum – Music in the Courtyard

Wonderfully talented Gloucester native Mari Martin was singing jazz in the courtyard of the Cape Ann Museum this past Friday from 4 to 5PM, accompanied by bass and keyboard. Here is a slideshow of the event:

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You can see the photos full-sized on my photostream on Flickr.

Fr. Matthew Green

Provincetown? Where’s That?

Why risk your life when you can have a better and more enjoyable experience right here on the BETTER CAPE. CAPE ANN.

‘Pandemonium’ aboard grounded ferry says passenger

By Jordan Graham
Saturday, August 25, 2012 – Updated 16 hours ago
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A Provincetown ferry ran aground in Boston Harbor this morning, stranding 149 passengers and sparking a scene of “pandemonium.”

The Provincetown III, part of Bay State Cruise Co.’s “Fast Ferry” service, ran aground near Nixes Mate, a small island, around 8:50 this morning, according to the Coast Guard.

“We were cruising along, and all of a sudden the boat came to a halting stop, it was crazy,” said passenger Joshua Bottoni. “It was like pandemonium.”

“The worst is you can see the bottom,” said Bottoni.

Read the rest of the story by clicking here; CLICK HERE

Henry David Thoreau Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

August 16, 2012

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)


Sometimes called the first environmentalist, Thoreau, born and raised in Concord, Massachusetts, was mentored by the Transcendentalists Ralph Waldo Emerson and Bronson Alcott, his neighbors. His book Walden, about the two years he spent living in a hut he had built himself on Emerson’s woodlot at Walden Pond, has become a classic of American literature for its introspection blended with natural history. His Civil Disobedience, written as an explanation of his non-payment of taxes as a protest against the Mexican-American war, is still influential, and his books on his journeys to Maine, Canada and Cape Cod go much deeper than mere travelogues. Thoreau is also credited with the invention of raisin bread.

Sweet Shots Secret Spots Jeep Tour On Rocky Neck

Hi Joey,

Could you post this photo of the Island Tours Jeep (978-559-6649.)

Violet had just given my wife Pat and myself an exciting tour of Gloucester.

The photo shows various Rocky Neck artists from the Mad Fish Wharf around the Jeep.

People from left to right: EJ, Wendy, Mary, Violet (Island Tour Driver), Pat, Diana, Tony and Pabst Blue.

Inside the Jeep are Lily and friend and Mr. Bogie Dog.

Island Tours

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Joseph Flack Weiler

Much More from The 2012 Bluefin Blowout-

This was the first year out with this tournament????

You’re kidding right?

All hats off to Drew Hale, Tobin Domenick, the sponsors and all the support staff who pulled off the most professionally run kick ass Tuna tournament I’ve ever seen in this town.  Packed and WATCH OUT NEXT YEAR.  I feel bad for any high line sponsors who passed on this because it was THE Tuna Tournament of the Northeast and next year people are going to be FIGHTING To GET IN.


We will have a ton more coverage and follow up with pictures from Brianmoc and Pete Seminara and Pictures and Video I shot last night.

The Winnning Fish from  The Maya Elizabeth Photo Peter Seminara-




Paulie Walnuts Video From Saturday-

For The Photos From Saturday Night Click the Slideshow Here


Brianmoc photos coming.

Video- Pete Libro and Crew of The Cabaret V At The 2012 Bluefin Blowout


Community Stuff 8/26/12


Theatre in the Pines celebrates its 25th Anniversary Season with its eightieth production, Lend Me A Tenor by Ken Ludwig at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, Friday, Sept 14 at 7:30; Saturday Sept 15 matinee at 3:00 and evening at 7:30 and Sunday, Sept. 16 matinee at 3:00 p.m. Directed by Nan Webber, this hilarious comedy takes place in an hotel suite in Cleveland, Ohio. When Tito Morelli, the Italian star slated to play Otello, succumbs to an accidental overdose of tranquillizers, an unknown singer masquerades as Tito. The newcomer succeeds so well that neither Tito’s public nor his women suspect the substitution. Mayhem ensues when Tito sobers up, and the truth is revealed. Rick Doucette reprises the role of Tito which he first played here and in England in 1996. New to the cast are Larry Cook, Courtney Peckham, Martin Ray, Eileen Fitzgerald, Henry Cooper, Marjorie Grace and Mary Rudolph Black. Set design is by Frank Wolcott, costumes by Carol McKenzie and stage manager is Anne Hyde. Tickets are $20. and can be purchased at the door or at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport and The Bookstore in Gloucester, or by calling Rockport Music at 978-546-7391. For more information visit