Gloucester MA Harbor Timelapse 9/18/12

Music it’s Been so Long By The Twees. 720P sped up 16times fast. filmed with the Kodak ZX3 Waterproof Camera $81.89 on Amazon on sale from $140

I’d buy the $40 used one if this one got lost overboard in a heartbeat.  Great cheap camera you can beat the hell out of and not worry about.  Especially great is the 720p or 1080p video recording capabilities for this price.


City of Gloucester Tourism Commission Radio Advertising Campaign


Dear Gloucester Businesses,                                                                            

The Gloucester Tourism Commission has entered into a contract with WBOQ radio, a.k.a. North Shore 104.9 FM, to promote the City, our Downtown and all that Gloucester has to offer, with multiple daily radio spots during the fall and holiday seasons.  Some of you may have heard them as they started last week.  Listen to last week’s spot here.

The intent is to draw visitors during the off season.  The beginning and end of each spot is the same and there is time reserved in the middle to plug upcoming City events.  You’ll notice in last week’s spot there was a plug for the Block Party in the middle.

If you would wish to purchase your own ad for your own business while the city campaign is being run, here is the contact information.

To discuss radio ads (a very simple process) and rates please contact:

Aurelia Nelson

North Shore 104.9   Phone: 978-927-1049 extension 14 or 
The more people that advertise, the more Gloucester gets promoted!

The City’s Campaign runs from now until October 21 then will start up again for the holiday season November 22- December 20.


The Gloucester Tourism Commission

Mendy Garron and Family Represent! In Sao Miguel, Azores

Hi Joey,
My family and I recently returned from a fabulous trip to Sao Miguel, Azores.  Attached is a picture of Jim and Odin representing near Lomba de Sao Pedro (meaning the Hill of Saint Peter), which we thought was appropriate for the Gloucester followers!  I have included a few more pictures of the beautiful scenery.  It is an absolutely amazing place!
All the best,
Mendy Garron 

Lexington Avenue in Magnolia

The Magnolia Historical Society asked me to take some photos of a building that was being renovated.  The new Landlord, J. Stratton Moore,of Manchester, MA, graciously allowed me to take some photos.  As the workers were taking down sheet rock, they found these amazing sites that had been covered up over the years.  Also what was found was a hidden safe in the wall.

Information will be available for viewing once the MHS has established the Magnolia Historical Museum and Cultural Center at the Blynman School.

Hodgson, Kennard & Co.
Magnolia, MA c. 1890-1940’s
Edgar Hodson and H. Arthur Wood Kennard. Advertised in the 1920’s as jewelers and silversmiths; they retailed many silver items made by others.

Help Give a Grand Old Girl a Lift!




Gloucester’s Unitarian Universalist Church is about to become handicapped-accessible, for the first time in its 206-year history.  Platform-lift elevators are being installed and an outdoor ramp is already in place, to make it easy for everyone to access this historic building!   To help pay the bills, the church is conducting an online Bidding for Good auction, starting Thursday, Sept 20, and ending on Sunday, Sept. 30.   More than 150 items are on auction, from fine art to good eating, to fuel oil, to a Red Sox No. 34 jersey signed by David Ortiz (size XXL)!  Start your Christmas shopping now. Go to and then click where it says “View Our Auction Here.” Please bid!  And pass the word! 

And, oh, yes – come visit us during Trails & Sails weekend – tours are on Friday and Saturday at 10, 1, and 3 – and on Sunday at 1, 2, and 3. And on Saturday, come hear some great sea chantey singing by Baggywrinkle and Three Sheets to the Wind – part of the Captain’s Courageous festival!

Trails and Sails – Essex National Heritage Area – This Weekend









150+ free, fun, family friendly events at outdoor, historic and cultural sites – including at Khan Studio & the GMG Gallery for Mug Up and Captains Courageous events on Saturday: at 10:00 am Gwendolyn Carr – poetry readings and at noon Author talk – Anita Sanchez – “The Invasion of Sandy Bay”.


E.J. Lefavour 


Kim Smith Close-up Photography Workshop at the Arnold Arboretum

Monarch Butterfly Migration Gloucester Massachusetts 2012

Registration is still open however, my close-up photography workshop, Nature in Focus, is nearly full. The workshop will be will be held at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard, at the Hunnewell Building, on Sunday September 3oth, at 9:00 am.  I especially love teaching at the Arnold Arboretum. The facilities are beautiful, the staff wonderfully helpful, and September is a particularly gorgeous month to visit the gardens of the Arboretum. I hope you can join me!

Nature in Focus: Taking Great Close-ups  Kim Smith, Photographer and Filmmaker1 Session: Sunday, September 30, 9:00am–NoonLocation: Hunnewell BuildingLearn tips for taking great close-up photographs from celebrated butterfly and garden photographer Kim Smith. Through slides and hands on demonstrations, Kim will guide you in capturing the beauty of the flora and fauna found in nature. Bring your camera and questions, and a tripod if you have one. You will gain more from the class if first you familiarize yourself with your camera’s manual. (Note: This is not a macro-photography class.) See examples of Kim’s great images.Fee $40 member, $55 nonmemb

 Common Milkweed Seedpod (Asclepias syriaca)Asclepias syriaca

Music connections revolving around Gloucester

Allen Estes‘ Cable TV show Local Music Seen features Brian King tonight at 6:30pm.  On the show, Brian sings his hit Cold Rain, which was recorded by Irma Thomas, the “Soul Queen of New Orleans” (listen here).   You can see Brian at Giuseppe’s tonight.

Irma Thomas appears in the HBO TV hit Treme (season 3 premieres this Sunday night).  And in the Treme video below, you can see Irma Thomas with Amadee Castenell in the blue suit on sax right next to her (that’s Dave Bartholomew, who lived down the street from Henri Smith, on trumpet next to Amadee)

Amadee performs with Henri Smith here in Gloucester and was in Henri’s band when he opened for Aaron Neville on June 30 at North Shore Music Theatre (see him in the photo below, on the right next to Danny Heath on Trombone)

Before he went on stage that night, Aaron Neville had been reviewing mixes from his upcoming album, My True Story with his wife, Sarah, who directed the video, below, that was released exactly 1 week ago today:

Now back to Gloucester:
Veteran blues man, Bill Gleason is Fly’s guest tonight at the Rhumb Line.  He’s also one of the featured performers at the Lanesville Music Festival on Saturday followed by KBMG with Fly’s brother J.B. as a special guest.

And Pete Lindberg, who plays drums on Marina Evans‘ new EP (listen here) is performing his own songs at the Lanesville Music Festival at 5:30 (see festival schedule here)

Confused yet?  Sort it all out with the full local live music lineup here.

Ricky “King” Russell to join Dave Sag’s Blues Party this Thursday night @ The Rhumb Line.

Dave says,

It’s time to check engine light and tighten down the thumbscrews as we welcome back that truly transformative king of the Blues: Mr. Ricky “King” Russell. Everytime this guy shows up, I have to go to a day spa for three days to recover and get my toes…well, never mind. Put an air raid horn on the jukebox, drink 12 cups of coffee, and you’ll know what this guy sounds like.

Worse, he’s bringing “Mr.Ed” Scheer with him. Haven’t seen him in awhile since his stint on Celebrity Rehab. I think his elbow is fine, too. Ed D. is the finest frontman,singer, and drummer I’ve ever heard, I swear to Gawd!
That’s it! 3 singers, 2 gunslingers and a cleanup man. You miss this, you will pay!

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ Special guest ~ Bill Gleason

Surf & Turf Specials!
Wednesdays Only!

Hello everyone!
Wednesday, September 19th
Special Guest: 

The straight and natchel blues!  Come see how it’s REALLY
done.  The great BILL GLEASON! ~ 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!
Sept. 26: Allen Estes (as guest host)

Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

Calling all QUEEN fans: Don’t miss this world premiere right here in Gloucester

Tomorrow 9/20 is the world premiere of a limited theatre event: Hungarian Rhapsody Queen Live in Budapest and believe it or not, Cape Ann Community Cinema is one of the theatres!

But it gets better, because this premiere screening is followed by a LIVE SET by the all-female Queen tribute band, Gunpowder Gelatine!

CALL (978) 309-8448 to be sure you have a seat.

Parish Picnic Fun and Games 4: Egg toss!



Does this guy play baseball? He was one of the finalists.


Good catch!

Good catch, but she’s a goner…

Some people got eggy, but everyone had fun!


Egg tossing is a spectator sport:

– Father Matthew Green

Pet of the Week-Hershy

Hershy pet of the week, cape ann animal aid


My name is Hershy and I am a calm little girl who is only a few months old.  I am staying at the Cape Ann Animal Aid, at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane in Gloucester until I am adopted. Don’t forget the 2nd Annual Christopher Cutler Rich Golf Tournament on Monday, October 15 12 Noon shotgun start registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at Bass Rocks Country Club in Gloucester.

Also, raffles are available here for $10. each for a Ducane Affinity 4100 Gas Grill donated by Foster’s Grill!  I think if my new family is the winner, they can make me plenty of tuna and chicken.    Visit: for more details.

I arrived at the shelter with my mommy and my three siblings, but I stand out because I love to laugh!



Community Photos 9/19/12

Dawn Walk, Old Garden Beach From Ann Kennedy

Hey Joey

It has been awhile since we’ve passed along a heads up on photos/updates from the Blue Shutters, but we wanted to make sure you saw what we just posted on the Blue Shutters blog – some spectacular shots of the Eurodam taken from the Dogbar as the ship left the harbor. 

There are also some photos of Sunday’s road race that ended by the Good Harbor Beach footbridge.

Here’s a link to the blog – hopefully you can use these.  Let us know if you need anything more from us on this.

Tony Sapienza Blue Shutters Inn


O’Maley Field Hockey Update From Marcy Plante

Joey we had a GREAT game today. The O’Maley Field Hockey beat Saugus 2-0.
The goals were scored by McKenzie Plante and Megan Russo.  The Player of the
Heart goes to Rachel Alexander and Gabby Machado.


Community Stuff 9/19/12


On the next Cape Ann Profiles show host Rich Sagall interviews Cape Ann artist Roger Martin. They discuss his history on Cape Ann, his artwork and his role as one of the founders of the Montserrat College of Art.
Cape Ann Profiles can be seen on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 on Friday, September 21 at 10:30AM and 7:00PM and on Sunday, September 23 at 2:00PM. It repeats on Friday, September 28 at 10:30AM and 7:00PM and on Sunday, September 30 at 2:00PM.

American Red Cross Blood Drive at Addison Gilbert Hospital

An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington Street, Gloucester

on Saturday, October 27 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Blood Drive will take place inside the Washington Street entrance of the hospital.

To schedule an appointment, please call the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 or go on-line

at  Walk-in guests are also welcome.

Hi Joey,
I’m hoping that you can help the Manchester-Essex Rotary Club find Runners to join us in Manchester’s 3rd Annual Heater 5K and Kids Beach Fun Run on October 13th!
– Jo McCollough


Senior Center News
September is National Senior Center month and as always the Rose Baker Senior Center is a busy place with many interesting programs and two new programs are starting this month: Preventing Falls and Exercising to Reduce Pain.
Preventing Falls
Fewer Falls, the preventing falls program, is funded by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and free to all seniors.  All sessions are on Mondays, and the first one is on September 24th.
You can just show up for any session, except the screenings. For the screening, you must call Rose Baker (978-283-9765) to schedule an appointment. The sessions are:
·    September 24 from 10am to 11 am, Falls and Our Risks
·    October 1 from 10am to Noon, Osteoporosis Screening (appointment required)
·    October 15 from 10am to 11am, Exercise (wear slacks and comfortable shoes)
·    October 22 from 10am to Noon, Orthostatic BP Screenings (appointment required)
·    October 29 from 10am to Noon, Balance Screenings (appointment required)
·    November 5 from 10 to Noon, Medication Review
·    November 12, from 10 to 11, Making Fall Prevention Work For you
Exercising to Reduce Pain
The Pain Relief Exercise program is also free and is at the Rose Baker Center. This program teaches people with arthritis exercises that will help them reduce their pain and increase mobility. This program started September 17th, but you can join at any time. It is meets from 10:30 to 11:30 every Monday. Contact the Rose Baker Center for more information.
Drug Disposal Day
Don’t forget Saturday, September 29th, is Drug Disposal Day. From 10am to 1pm, you can dispose of any unwanted or expired drugs at the Rose Baker Center. This program is sponsored by the Healthy Gloucester Collaborative and the Gloucester Police Department. It is open to everyone, not just seniors.