Check Out The @Joey_C Cape Ann Retailer List For Local Black Friday Deals

Check Out The @Joey_C Cape Ann Retailer List For Local Black Friday

@Joey_C Cape Ann Twitter List

There are some crazy good deals to be had without even having to go over the bridge.

Toodles toy store for example is having 30% off from 6AM-8AM

You don’t need to have a twitter account to benefit, anyone can view it.  Below is a snapshot of what the list looked like this morning at 4:30AM while I type this but it gets updated as the people that are on the list update their twitter feed.  So if you are a retailer, update your feed and be seen.  You can also check out my Gloucester and Cape Ann Restaurant twitter list here

Check the @Joey_C Cape Ann Retailer twitter list for more crazy local Black Friday Deals!


Please Welcome Brooke & Tristan Welty- New Gloucester Residents Long Time GMG FOB’s


Tristan and I finally made the move this month after much planning and apartment hunting. We absolutely love it here. We’ve only been in town less than a month, but already we feel at home. Everyone we’ve met has been nice. Literally, everyone. We haven’t met an a-hole yet (though I’m sure they’re around.) As Tristan says, living by the sea makes people saner and more reasonable. I think it’s true. There’s a bit of magic in hearing seagulls when you wake in the morning.

Since we’re still both looking for jobs, we’ve had plenty of time to explore the area. We had a pleasant surprise when we came across a smattering of Cornish road names (Penryn, Penzance, Camborne, Tregony) and stopped to explore Loblolly cove. It looks so much like the Cornish coastline where Tristan grew up that he felt even better about our new home.  We’re looking forward to settling in and getting to know the town and our new neighbors. We’re lucky to have found this place, with all it’s music, culture, history and oh yeah..the FOOD. I haven’t yet worked up the nerve to cook a whole lobster though. I feel bad about plopping the poor thing into boiling water.

And special thanks to Joey, number one because without GMG we probably would have passed Gloucester on by and number two being our unwitting tour guide!

Brooke & Tristan


You may want to read how it all began back in May here-

Brooke and Tristan Welty Enjoyed Their Stay In Gloucester

Posted on May 17, 2012 by Joey C

Joey, Just wanted to write a note to let you know how much Tristan and I enjoyed our trip. It was perfect! The people in Gloucester were warm and welcoming, the food was amazing and the town is beautiful. It’s … Continue reading →

On Thanksgiving be grateful

Cape Ann escaped the wrath of Hurricane Sandy but the people of the Mid Atlantic states especially New York and New Jersey were not so lucky, so it is time for us to give back.  Rose from the DPW has requested a post regarding what we can do for others. Gloucester’s City Councilors are organizing a drive to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy the week after Thanksgiving to deliver clothing and supplies to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  The hours for dropping off items at the GHS Field House Nov. 26-30 will be Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., then again each evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Items needed are all types of winter clothing, socks, blankets, disposable diapers, baby wipes, towels ,first aid kits, work gloves, flashlights, batteries, sleeping bags and pads, contractor trash bags, packing boxes, packing tape, and black magic markers.  They are not at this time collecting money only the items above.  If you can help, by donating, collecting needed items, sorting, packing, or in any other capacity is asked to contact Hardy at

Celebrate the Holidays with Music This Year

Thanksgiving day is the perfect time to consider your plans for celebrating the holidays.  So take a little time this afternoon, before Black Friday hits, to think about what Celebrating the Holidays really means.  Regardless of your religious affiliation, or lack thereof, these end-of-year holidays are a perfect time to celebrate everything that’s good about life here on Earth.  Music plays a major part in enriching everyone’s lives here on Cape Ann, making music one of the best vehicles for celebration.

Here are some gems to consider over the next month or so (don’t forget about the abundance of music this weekend — see full live music lineup here.)

Berklee in Gloucester Indie Rock Night — one week from tonight at Latitude 43, you can hear new music from some of Boston and Gloucester’s best young musicians and recent Berklee graduates — and you’ll be helping to send a Gloucester Student to Berklee.
Get tickets here.

Soul infused vocal rock from Overboard at the Old Sloop Coffeehouse on December 8th.  Get tickets here.

And here’s the skinny on upcoming holiday shows at Shalin Liu Performance Center sent to us by Karen Herlitz


Celebrate the Holiday Season with Rockport Music!  From hard-swinging jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut to A Christmas Celtic Sojourn to an afternoon at the Met Opera, take the opportunity to hear these artists in an intimate setting with exemplary acoustics– the Shalin Liu Performance Center!

Experience the unique interpretation of A Christmas Carol by the Firebird Ensemble on Wednesday, December 5, at 7 pm (Please Note: Date has changed from Thursday, December 6).  TheFirebird Ensemble has been described as “ambitious and eclectic” by the New York Times and has earned a reputation as one of the premier new music ensembles in the United States. Known for its virtuosic performances and wide audience appeal, Firebird Ensemble’s musical interpretations are drawn from diverse sources and genres.  This concert is free and open to the public, no tickets required.

Led by jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut, the Cyrus Chestnut Trio performs Sunday, December 9, at 5 pm in a special holiday program of jazz and holiday favorites.  Cyrus’ hard swinging, soulful interpretations set him apart from many musicians today.  A graduate of Berklee School of Music, Chestnut has worked with such celebrated artists as Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, and legendary Betty Carter, as well such artists as artists in other musical genres like Vanessa Williams, Kathleen Battle, Bette Midler, and Isaac Hayes.  Chestnut is known for blending such styles of Gospel, blues, as well as tones of Jelly Roll Morton’s ragtime and early jazz.

The New York Times hails, “His brand of crisp articulation and blues-inflected harmony evokes another era…multifaceted and dynamic…Mr. Chestnut was the evening’s star and he brought charisma to the role…”  Additionally, Time Magazine states that, “what makes Chestnut the best jazz pianist of his generation is a willingness to abandon notes and play space.”  Chestnut’s new album, Journeys, is his most compelling to date—his playing is lyrical, timeless, and always deeply soulful.  Tickets are $18-$32.

Ring in the holidays with the New England Ringers performing classical and holiday favorites on Sunday, December 16 at 5 pm.  This fifteen-member highly energetic ensemble plays advanced handbell works with a blend of musical moods and styles—from classical transcriptions, familiar favorites, and original compositions, all with a touch of entertaining humor.   Tickets are $15-$28.

On Monday, December 17 at 4:30 and 8 pm, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn returns to Rockport Music to celebrate the holidays!  Brian O’Donovan’s acclaimed Celtic holiday show returns this year to perform in two SOLD-OUT performances featuring a stellar line-up of singers, musicians, and dancers steeped in Celtic tradition and traditional Irish cheer.   Tickets are $39-$58.

On Saturday, December 22, at 7 pm (Please Note: Date changed from Saturday, December 15), Rockport Music will host the annual Holiday Community Sing featuring Rockport High School Madrigal Singers led by Patti Pike and host Bill Hausman.  This concert follows the Rockport Christmas Pageant held earlier the same day.  It is free and open to the public, no tickets required.

Met Opera Live in HD

The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD is broadcast directly from New York with behind-the-scenes interviews and a “front row” perspective of the opera.  Tickets are reserved seating and range $20-$32.

On Saturday, December 1, the Met Opera Live in HD presents Mozart’s La Clemenza di Titowith Giuseppe Filianot as the title character, a Roman emperor and Barbara Frittoli as the vengeful Vitellia, daughter of the deposed ruler.

On Saturday, December 8, the Met Opera Live in HD presents Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, a story of jealousy and vengeance starring Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia, Marcelo Álvarez as Gustavo Ill, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Anckarström.

On Saturday, December 15, the Met Opera Live in HD presents Verdi’s Aidastars Liudmyla Monastyrska as the enslaved Ethiopian princess and Olga Borodina sings her royal rival Amneris.

For tickets and more information on these and other concerts/events in the 2012-13 Season, please visit our website at  Tickets are also available through the Box Office at 978-546-7391 or visiting 35 Main Street, Rockport, MA.  The Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 10am-4 pm.

Small Business Saturday At Big Mike’s Bikes


If you have some time and availability, could you post letting your lovely readers know that this Small Business Saturday, we’re having a sale? We’re offering 20% off pretty much everything in the shop, even used bikes! We’ll also have a 30% off clearance section. If you need cheap bike stuff, Saturday’s your day to shine! I will also give out cookies. For free. Yeah, that’s right. Free cookies. For your face.
We’ve got gift certificates in any amount, as well, for this upcoming holiday season. And as always, we have all our used bikes up on the website so you can check out what we’ve got without braving the cold.
We’re open 10-3 Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and 10-6 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Specializing in used bicycle sales and service.
New and used parts and accessories.

Community Photos 11/22/12

Dusk from Janet Rice

The colors have been stunning this week!

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Thanksgiving Greetings From Ann Kennedy

Sending best wishes to all of you at GMG for a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Thank you for the great continuing coverage of all things Cape Ann! 
After leaving MA last month, I stayed on in CT for awhile and happened on this great scene and it seems like a fitting tribute to the season, at least for some folks:-) 
Happy Thanksgiving!


Lobster Cove. Not a breath of air from Thomas Hovey


Lobster cove sunset from Thomas Hovey


Community Stuff 11/22/12


Julie Douglass writes-

Hi Joey

Could you please post this flyer?  Rockport Viking Hockey invites all to a family skate and alumni hockey game on Saturday 11/24.

Thank you, Julie Douglass




My son Matt Ambrogi is organizing a kids winter clothing collection this weekend in Rockport. Clothing will be accepted on Saturday, Nov. 24, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Rockport Transfer Station, and on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24, at Ace Hardware in Rockport. A poster for the drive is attached. I’d appreciate it if you could let your readers know about this.

-Bob Ambrogi


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Toys For Tots Photos With Santa Toy Drive

Oasis Rockport is holding its first Annual Toys For Tots Photos With Santa Toy Drive on Sunday, December 2nd from 12pm-5pm at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway.  Admission is a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys For Tots.  Cocoa, coffee and sweets will be served, holiday music will be played, and Santa, who arrives by fishing boat on December 1st, will be at the event for photos. Everyone who donates will get a free photo with Santa from Oasis Rockport.  This is our first annual toy drive, and is being co-sponsored by  Marines will be on hand to help out at the event, along with some of Santa’s helpers.  Our website is at  We are also live on Facebook. A feel good community event like this will bring lots of people together for an enjoyable and festive afternoon.

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