Now Accepting GMG Logo T-Shirt Size Orders and “This Is Gloucester” DVD Orders For Holiday Presents

To order contact Joey at

Sm, Med, Lg, XL, add $2 for XXL Add $5 for Long Sleeve

$20 per shirt, Order 5 get One Free, Orders of 5 or More Also Get Free Shipping

We Are Using Haynes Top Quality Tagless T-Shirts This Year. 

Money Goes To GMG URL Registration, and Hosting Fees Printing From Our Boy Paulie Walnuts, Logo Design From Beth Swan.

White, Light Blue or Light Pink- Your Choice.

I also have some GMG “This Is Gloucester DVDs available.

Literally the greatest holiday present ever.  You buy 2-5 of them, put them in gift bags and when someone shows up with a presnt for you that you weren’t anticipating you go for the DVD in the bag and not look like a chump Smile


$20 for those.

“This Is Gloucester” DVD Review From A Biased FOB Linda Colman

Posted on December 12, 2011 by Joey C


Linda writes-

Hi Joey!

Here’s my review of your “This Is Gloucester” DVD.  I’ve watched it twice.  First time was the day I received it in the mail.  Since I’m your target audience I decided to watch it a second time with one of my BFF’s, Judy, who’s never been to Gloucester and has never seen the blog.  Not being an FOB like myself, I figured she’d be able to provide the objective viewpoint that I lack since I’m a lover of Gloucester and a rah rah fan of GMG. I’m biased for sure.

Let me begin by saying that the DVD cover is really cool.  Beth Swan has a great eye for design and did a fantastic job.  Appealing right away.  Beginning the DVD with “Gloucester at Dawn” and the beautiful music was a great way to set the tone and my friend Judy said she didn’t know Gloucester was such a beautiful place.  BOOM!

I imagine that deciding what to include and what to leave out of the DVD from all the GMG material must have been the hardest part of making it. I don’t know how you managed to do it, but you wound up with a really well balanced presentation of the essence of Gloucester- the beauty of the place, the fishing industry, the history, festivals and the passionate people who call it home.  A really great mix.

The only trouble I had with the DVD, and believe me I realize that this is totally personal (although Judy had the same reaction), was the appearance of the “Rare Golden Sea Robin”.  I remember seeing it on the blog and it was bad enough looking at that thing on my laptop, but on my big TV screen?  Yikes!! I can see how it might be a big deal to land one of these horrifying creatures but it’s a TERRIBLE thing to look at.  Judy gasped, covered her eyes and I had to tell her when it was over so she could keep watching.  Just when we were regaining our composure, THERE IT WAS AGAIN!!!  It made an unannounced and unexpected second appearance after “The Back Shore” chapter!!  At that moment Judy fled from the room and wouldn’t watch any more.

The people chapters (as opposed to the creature chapters) appealed to me the most. I enjoyed “Building the Greasy Pole Shrine” because of the obvious passion of the people involved in its construction, “Salting Herring At Cape Seafoods” because… well I don’t know, I just liked watching it… and the “St Joseph Novena” chapters that finished off the DVD were the best.  The people who live in Gloucester truly love their city and it shows!  

So there’s my review, Joey.  It’s yours to do with as you please.  Run it on the blog, trash it completely, edit it as you see fit, whatever.  Oh, one more thing.  I think an introduction by you at the very beginning would have been great.

Thanks a million for putting the DVD together!  Linda

Beautiful Industry- Captain Joe and Sons at Dusk 5:00PM 11/24/12

Shot with my trusty Sony NEX-5N.


BTW right now Amazon has a great deal on memory cards.  For a 32GB Class 10 SD Card for only $19.99.

Considering Apple charges you an extra hundred dollars for a jump up from a 16GB iPad to a 32GB iPad, that’s a great deal.

Imagine that, SD card storage is THAT cheap that you can buy two times the amount of storage that comes on a stock iPad for less than $20.  Anyway if you’re buying a camera it’s always good to have a couple extra SD cards so you can leave one in your computer to edit your photos off of and rotate in your spare to the camera so when you leave the house with the camera in a hurry you don’t pound yourself in the head when you get to that birthday party because you left the memory stick in the computer.  I always rotate mine and have a stick in my computer and swap it out on the spot with the memory stick that was in the camera.

Anyway here’s the deal if you want one (they’re normally $32)-

Transcend 32 GB Class 10 SDHC Flash Memory Card

Oscar Messes Up Some Little Rat’s Evening and a Cat vs Rat Poll

I don’t know how he does it without claws.  I guess cats are just quicker than rats.  Either that or he’s just relentlessly going for the kills all day long and every once in a while gets lucky.

Guess we may as well poll it.


Mystery of the Disappearing Soap

Halfway through the summer my not-inexpensive shea butter outside shower soap began to disappear once it wore away to about three to four inches long. I was puzzled and found it mildly annoying and couldn’t imagine why the soap continually went missing. Whatever was stealing the soap has developed a real taste for it because the critter can no longer contain its desire, now nightly chowing down even before it is small enough to cart away. I think it is a rat or perhaps a skunk. My husband wants to trap it, but I ask the question–what if it is a skunk and you do manage to capture, how are you going to remove it from the trap??

Who is eating our soap?

I’ve tried discouraging the little borrower by switching from lavender to lilac, verbena, honeysuckle, and gardenia; no matter, it savors them all. It would be fun to film the creature with an infrared camera, similar to the ones used by National Geographic photographers for filming lions and tigers at night. Does anyone have one I can borrow?

Rocky Neck Winter Show on Rocky Neck this year

This just in from Brenda Malloy:

Happy Day!

Wanted to let you know that the Rocky Neck Art Colony Winter Show, which is normally located on Main St. in Gloucester for the month of December, will be located this year at The Cultural Center on Rocky Neck.  From Dec 1 through Dec 23, Thurs – Sun, 11am to 6pm, The Winter Show is open with artwork, pottery, jewelry, ornaments, etc.  There is a reception each weekend, for a total of four fun events in December for you to enjoy!  The Cultural Center is located in the former Christian Science Church at 6 Wonson St, Rocky Neck.

The opening reception is this Saturday, Dec 1 from 6 to 8 pm

Hope to see you there! Please pass this on to anyone you know that may be interested.



Mary Barker Gloucester Engineering Windmill Pics

Hi Joey,
I am sure you are inundated with windmill photos, but I took these this
evening (11.23).  I only had my little point and shoot camera, but it did ok
capturing the windmill being built now.  I thought it was great that they
have a stand with markers for people to use to sign the blades.  Amazing to
get up close to one of the 45 meter blades.  And to think this one is
smaller than the one at Varian.
M.A. Barker

What a Great Night at the Bodin Gallery!

Fred Bodin Writes-


Peggy Russell (POP Gallery), Kirstin Myers (of Downtown Gloucester), and Kat, the Star Clam Lady.


Stuffed Clams that we served tonight at my gallery, made by Kat, a passionate professional. Gotta do it.

We had a great opening last night with Kat’s stuffed clams, Ginny and Nannette’s stuffed mushrooms, and Debbie Demarkis’s meat, cheese, and marinated sun-dried tomato platters, And wonderful Joy, our Angel Reader. Although we had 50+ people here, Kat’s clams, which were a huge hit, were not completely consumed, because she brought so many. Tonight I gave three of them to Steve, (one of the owners of Jalapeños). So I’m opening up the gallery for stuffed clams, and other leftovers for a mug up tomorrow at morning 10:30 am. I also have Belgian Ring Rasperry pastry to put out. Low key:, so eat, drink, and relax before the Santa Parade. BYO coffee. I’ve got soda, cider, beer and wine. All FOB’s and FOG’s (friends of the GMG Blog  and Friends of the Gallery) are welcome, plus everyone else, to come in to eat, drink, and hang out. Fred

Community Stuff 11/25/12


Rockport Legion Band free Christmas concerts

Free Christmas concerts by the Rockport Legion Band.

Friday, December 7, Concert @ Rockport Methodist Church — 7:00 P.M.

Thursday, December 13, Concert @ Rockport Congregational Church — 7:00 P.M.

Thursday, December 20, Concerts @ Nursing Homes (Denmar and Seacoast in Gloucester -split band) — 7:00 P.M.