100th Quote of the Week From Greg Bover

Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.

William Penn Adair (Will) Rogers (1879 – 1935)


Born into the Cherokee Nation in what was then called Indian Territory, now Oklahoma, Rogers was a cowboy with a penchant for travel, working in Argentina, Australia and South Africa before turning to a career in vaudeville as a trick roper. It was his social commentary while roping that made him the best known star of his time. He appeared in scores of movies, wrote thousands of newspaper columns, and became a friend of the famous of the day. Although a patriot and supporter of the democratic process, it was that process and the foibles of politicians that gave him his best material: “A fool and his money are soon elected.” An early proponent of air travel, Rogers and aviator Wiley Post were killed in a plane crash in Alaska.

With this post the Quote of the Week celebrates two years with Good Morning Gloucester, one hundred entries. Just so you know, I write the bios based on my research to give the quote context, and one can click on the name or the picture that Joey adds to be connected to a Wikipedia entry for that particular author. Sometimes the adages are only attributed when I can’t find evidence of the direct quote; famous quipsters like Abraham Lincoln and Yogi Berra are often credited with things others actually said first.

I am always encouraged by your comments, and your suggestions are welcome too.

Many thanks to Joey and the GMG team for creating a forum where these lines can be shared. I find it astonishing how much wisdom there is in the world, and how the thoughts of famous men and women can apply to my own life. I hope you do too.

Greg Bover

60th Anniversary Dory Races,2012 Lunenburg N.S. Recap From Erik Dombrowski

Saturday August 25th 2012 at 10 AM, teams representing the US lined up against competition from Nova Scotia , Canada to determine the finest dory rowers in the world.  The weather was perfect with bright sunshine and a light breeze.  The docks of Lunenburg were filled with dory enthusiasts from around the Maritimes and a contingent from the US .  Picturesque Lunenburg Harbor was the perfect backdrop to set the scene for some athletic competition on the water.


Although there was no US team for the Junior Division, Senator Bruce Tarr teamed up with Canadian Dory Association President Kelly George to row an exhibition race against Canadian Juniors Nathanial Beck & Jorgan Martin.  The Canadian juniors won, but Bruce held his own handling the oars like a veteran with the help of a little coaching from Kelly.  The next race on the half mile course was the Mixed Doubles Division, where the flamboyant pair of Elin di Angelo & Mike “Gappa” Frontiera lined up against veteran rowers Tim Mair & Dorothy MacDonald.  Elin & Mike displayed a perfect combination of raw power and technique quickly pulling ahead of the Canadians.  The lead steadily increased with the help of perfect course navigation by Mike, ending with a decisive win for the US !  The Women’s Division presented a rematch from June with Denise Desautels & Edie Wald-Smith from the US taking on Gail Atkinson & Pattianne Verburgh of Canada .  Gail & Pattianne won the race, but Denise & Edie significantly improved their technique and course navigation while swapping bow and stern seats a few weeks before the race.  The Over 40 Division offered another rematch, but from last August where Mike Harmon & John Scola took on legendary Walter Nickerson & his long-time partner Danny Moody.  Mike & John rowed them line-to-line loosing only a couple of strokes at the turn, but unfortunately that made the difference in the race.  Walter & Danny enjoyed another victory in their storied career.  The last race of the day was on the mile course, where Joe Sanfilippo & Erik Dombrowski took on June Over 40 Canadian Representatives Joel George & David Croft Jr.  Joe & Erik overpowered and outlasted their hard-trying opponents and cruised to a sizeable victory.  A special thanks goes to our American Rowers who traveled the grueling 13 hour drive to compete, as well as our Committee Race Officials who helped out at the races: Rick Medico (chase boat), Ron Woodard (timer), and Hilary Dombrowski (start boat).

The hospitality shown to the IDRC members by the Canadian Dory Association was extraordinary once again this year.  The festivities started off at the Fire House with a Welcoming Reception where David Croft Jr.’s band was the entertainment.  The CDA hosted a sailing cruise on Friday exploring the sights around Lunenburg Harbor .  And, of course we were welcomed to an Awards Banquet at the Oven’s park after the races where scallops, chowder and celebratory drinks were abundant.  There was a lot of talk about enduring friendships and camaraderie built on dory rowing competition, and it was personified in this 60th year. 

City Hall Ventilators From Maggie Rosa


I thought that the community would find the attached photos of interest. One, taken on Monday,  is of one of the four ventilator towers with the cresting restored. The second photo shows the cresting  in a photo from the Cape Ann Museum’s collection.


1882, corliss and ryan photo.  courtesy cape ann museum.Ventilators Returned to Glory

Adventure Mast Raising

Fascinating to watch them maneuver those massive logs around and then lift and pop them into the hole on deck.  Much scurrying about and preparation to get Adventure ready to go out with the others for Schooner Festival.  See Greg Bover working hard and looking like a handsome sailor.

E.J. Lefavour


Marion Hall Exhibit

Moodscapes, an exhibit of watercolor paintings by Marion Hall from August 31-September 13 with an Opening Reception on Saturday, September 1 from 1:00 to 5:00pm.  Khan Studio and the GMG Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 3.  Beautiful work, don’t miss this exhibit.

E.J. Lefavour


Look for your boy Joey C to make a complete idiot out of himself on Fox tomorrow morning at 7:15AM

I’m gonna be interviewed by VB tomorrow morning in a ten questions segment on FOX.  The over/under on questions guessed correctly by me is at 3 and I’m taking the under because I am a complete moron when it comes to history and I’m fairly certain that 90% of the questions will be Gloucester History.

It’s gonna be ugly I ‘m warning you now.  best not to watch this train wreck. At 7:15AM


Fox 25 Zip Trip Details for Friday 6-10am at Stage Fort Park

Here’s the latest press release from Maggie Hennessey-Nees, Director of Marketing and Community Affairs at Fox 25


FOX25 Morning News is on the road for another season of Zip Trips!  Every Friday morning we’re live in cities and towns across New England.  This is the ninth year of Zip Trips with visits to more than 150 New England communities.  Our final summer stop this season will be Gloucester, MA 01930!  Join FOX25 Morning News Co-hosts Gene Lavanchy and Shannon Mulaire, Meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon, News Commentator Doug “VB” Goudie and Reporter Elizabeth Hopkins on Friday, August 31st, at Stage Fort Park on Hough Avenue. Our live broadcast is from 6 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Neighbors, residents, and kids of all ages who want to share their “Gloucester Pride” are encouraged to be part of our live audience! We’ll have special guests and features that celebrate the unique qualities of Gloucester. Explore the town, meet the people, and enjoy specialty food demonstrations.

Features Include:

*   Taste of the Town: Local restaurants, cafés or bakeries demonstrate savory dishes and sweet treats!

•         Home Town Team: A salute to a youth or senior team ranging from baseball and soccer to the local running club!

•         Zip Trip Trivia: VB tries to stump a special guest with town trivia.

•         Home Town Hero: Meet the local hero who helps out whenever needed! We’ll feature a resident who’s making a difference.

•         On the Market: Why is Gloucester a great place to live? Preview homes in three price points and hear about schools, services and recreation.

•         Firehouse Fridays: Local firefighters will be honored for all they do.

•         Zip Trip Fan of the Week: We’ll pick someone from the crowd with true Zip Trip Spirit as our Fan of the Week.

•         High Speed Deal: On-site scavenger hunt game for Zip Trip attendees.

•         Zip Trip Jr. Reporter: We’ll select a child from the crowd to help us with a few reporter duties.

•         Town Tour: The FOX25 Morning News team explores the best eats, must-see attractions, hidden gems, and little known landmarks!

•         Children’s Book Drive: Donate a new children’s book to benefit Reach Out and Read.

Residents are invited to drop-off a brand new children’s book from our book list featured on the Zip Trip page at myfoxboston.com. All new books collected will benefit Reach Out and Read, a national nonprofit that prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.

Zip Trip attendees will also have the chance to find out who will win a new Mazda CX-5 as we conclude the Mazda Zip Trip Giveaway! Complete contest details are available on the contest page at www.myfoxboston.com<http://www.myfoxboston.com/>. Prizes, games, children’s story time, and free products (while suppl         ies last) will be part of the fun provided by our Zip Trip partners including: Dunkin Donuts, New England Mazda Dealers, Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU), McGeough Lamacchia Realty, Fallon Community Health Plan, Sal’s Pizza, Tedeschi Food Shops, Catania Hospitality Group, The Paper Store, Canobie Lake Park, The Steamship Authority and Hunt’s Photo & Video.

For additional information about FOX25 Morning News Zip Trips visitwww.myfoxboston.com<http://www.myfoxboston.com/>.

Crimes of the Heart opening tonight

Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley

Running August 30th-September15th

Gloucester Stage

267 East Main Street 
Gloucester, MA

No holds are barred as three southern sisters confront life head on in this hilarious and heartbreaking family drama. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Drama Critics Circle Award, Crimes has joined the canon of great American plays. Guest director Carmel O’Reilly returns to Gloucester Stage after her triumphant staging of Trad.

Production photos © Kathy Chapman 2012



Seaward Inn Sunday Morning Live Music Brunch Finale!

Join Seaward Inn this Sunday for their live music brunch finale. The tantalizing à la carte menu is prepared by the talented Beach Gourmet catering team. The Seaward Inn is located on Marmion Way, which runs along Rockport’s picturesque shoreline. Sunday brunch is served from 10:30 to 1:30. The cost is 18.95 per person--really quite reasonable considering coffee,  juice, freshly baked breads and croissants, organic yogurt, and homemade granola are all included with the three course prixe fixe menu. Featured musicians, Jay and Abby Michaels, also known as ‘The Harper and the Minstrel,” will be performing. Harmonizing vocal ballads with penny whistles, Celtic harps, flutes and recorders will transport you to another time.
Reservations are recommended, 978-546-3471www.seawardinn.com.
Eggs Florentine
To read more about the Seaward Inn’s brunch read our full GMG Seaward Inn review from June of this year.

Weekend starts now ~ Don’t be fooled

And what a weekend it is!  First, there’s the Harbor Loop Concert Series Finale TONIGHT.  You simply cannot miss this extraordinary gathering of some of Gloucester’s best talent.

Tomorrow “our boy” (as Joey would say) Allen Estes interrupts his vacation to open for “our boy” Fly Amero and his touring band ORLEANS at North Shore Music Theatre.   Now, don’t be fooled.  Just because you can’t get a VIP seat (they’re sold out) doesn’t mean you can’t get a great seat! Here’s a trick to using their ticketing website:
1) Choose “Best Available” where it says “Select Price Level”
2) Put the number of seats you want in the line that says Regular under Ticket Type (see example, below).

Remember, all seats at North Shore Music Theatre are good seats — even the BACK ROW! This picture of Chris Isaak on June 28th was taken on Vickie’s phone from BEHIND the last row! Get your tickets now and LET THERE BE MUSIC!

Then on Saturday, it’s a FREE concert at the Boulevard featuring FULL CIRCLE from 7-11pm with breaks for the Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks.

And Sunday Morning, you’ll want to sleep late in order to recover from all this fun, but you’ll be happier if you get yourself out of bed for the Parade of Sail led by the Lannon.

OK, now you can sleep  . . .

Tonight’s Dave Sag’s Blues Party will host Mike O’Connell ~ Smokin!

 Dave says,

Fur trapping season is over and we’re lucky to snag Mr. Mikey O’Connell for a ruminative blast o’ blues this week. Newly recuperating from  bear trap removal surgery, he’ll be hobbling in this thursday to regale you with his awesome originals and bluesy renditions of classic r&b. Moreover, Mr. Steve Sadler,string iconoclast,vocalist, and slide master will be along for the ride. Worse, one of our fave drummblers, Mr. Forrest “Frosty” Padgett, will be orchestrating the Heimlich maneuver to the boogy beat. I’ll be there, too, holding on to the stick bass for dear life. It’s gonna be a carpet bombing kind of nite, with little elves digging little holes and jumping around muttering muted incantations. I wouldn’t miss it even if I could. Show starts at 9, goes till midnite. And…the air conditioning is working! Thanx for your continued support!

Hey ya’ll. What better way could you top off an exciting Harbor Loop Concert Series night (  https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/the-2012-harbor-loop-concert-series-finale-on-thursday-august-30th-will-be-an-exciting-night-for-the-city-of-gloucesters-music-fans/). Mike OConnell is joinin the Blues Party with Dave Sag @The Rhumb Line 9:00 to 12 mid………go let off some steam….there will be plenty of it there too, I am sure :O
Mike O’Connell says,
Uncle Sag Is having me down at the Rhumbline for his weekly Blues Party,, I cant wait,, Uncle Steve Sadler and Frosty are coming too! You should also. I will put in my request for Sags shoes,, Sagaroonies,, Love You, MO’C

Mike O’Connell says,
Uncle Sag Is having me down at the Rhumbline for his weekly Blues Party,, I cant wait,, Uncle Steve Sadler and Frosty are coming too! You should also. I will put in my request for Sags shoes,, Sagaroonies,, Love You, MO’C

Saturday night, September 1, Gloucester Assembly of God ~ Bob Bennett in concert.

Saturday night, September 1, Gloucester Assembly of God (211 Washington St.) will be hosting Bob Bennett in concert. A singer, songwriter, storyteller and amazing guitarist, his acoustic folk style will appeal to a wide audience. His lyrics are honest and thoughtful. With 10+ CDs to his recording credit and a new one on its way, Bob has been a highly regarded musician in the industry for many years. The concert is free, but an offering will be taken to defray expenses. ALL ARE WELCOME!


Saturday, September 1, 2012
7:00 p.m. Concert
Admission: Offering Will Be Taken, Donation Appreciated

Gloucester Assembly of God
211 Washington St.
Gloucester, MA 01930

978-283-1736 Church
Church Web Site Contact Page is HERE

My thanks to Ann Olson for assisting me in scheduling this date.
So excited to be doing this.
I rarely get to the Northeast … hopefully Fall will make itself know early.
(One can hope!)


Be Careful Kayaking Near Seals Donna

Be Careful Kayaking Near Seals Donna  🙂

A great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) feeds on a grey seal off the south tip of Monomoy Island, Chatham, MA on August 22, 2012. Shark was easily 15′ long and was previously tagged by Dr. Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.

Dubliner Cheddar from The Cave

If you are a cheese lover, you really should stop by The Cave.  You can taste before you buy, so you can find just the right kind of cheese for whatever recipe or occasion you are planning.  They also offer wine and cheese tastings on Thursday nights, 5-7PM (they are announced on their Facebook page).

I stopped by several days ago, looking for something not too bland, but not too sharp; something with character, but not overwhelming.  I particularly enjoy cheese with soup – either on the side with crackers, or diced or grated into the soup itself.  (Some cheeses, especially aged cheeses, are a source of glutamate, which gives the “umami” flavor to things, which I like very much).  After trying a couple of options that Laura suggested, I settled on Dubliner cheddar.

As it turns out, I haven’t had soup since I bought this cheese, so last night I opted to try the it with some multi-grain Wheat Thins and Sauvignon Blanc.  It really worked!

I mean, wow! I could have polished off all the cheese in one sitting, but I held back, because I really want to try it with soup.

So, if you are looking for the perfect cheese for your palate, let Laura help you find it.  She also sells wine and various artisanal marmalades and spreads at The Cave, so she can undoubtedly help you find the perfect pairing.

Fr. Matthew Green


Tha Lobstah in Glostah

Hi Joey,

My friend Albert and I are the guys who came by your dock several weeks ago on an old motorcycle and interviewed you.  I wanted to let you know that the interview is now online at: http://slowridestories.com/2012/08/29/episode-16-tha-lobstah-in-glostah

Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us. I hope you enjoy the episode, and I hope the rest of your summer has been great!



Here’s the thing about the guys that did this video.  They obviously had an agenda that they wanted to associate anything they could with Global warming.

Maybe Geno really felt this way but I’m not sure how you can extrapolate one year where we have an abnormally mild  winter and spring with a trend.  Because how would you explain winter before last when there was so much cold and snow we were running out of places to put it.  We don’t talk about the extreme colds I guess because that wouldn’t fit in with their piece.


Sista Felicia and The Mrs Will Be At Stage Fort With Iced Tea Mason Jars For Today’s Cape Ann Farmers’ Market!

She’ll also have GMG T-Shirts available for all you FOBs!

Stage Fort Park from 3-6:30

For a complete list of vendors check out the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market website by clicking the photo below-