Hope To See You All At The Rocky Neck Plunge Jan 1 at Oakes Cove Beach- Don’t Forget Some Non-Perishables For The Open Door!

The 2013 Rocky Neck Plunge will be held  Jan. 1st at 11 am

If you’re a FOB we want you there and don’t forget to bring some grub for Open Door.

From Cathy McCarthy-

Hey Joey,

The Annual Rocky Neck Plunge will be held on Jan. 1st….2013 at 11 am..

Once again, we will be hosting a food drive for The Open Door.. ‘

Items most needed::

Tuna, 100% juice, Soups, Peanut Butter, Pasta Sauce, Breakfast Cereal , Baking Items.

They requested no glass bottles. We collected over 600 lbs last year and would love to be able to hit that mark,plus more..

We will do our traditional poem by George Sibley at 11 am. and then the plunge…

Much Thanks Joey,

Cathy McCarthy

Alicia and Chris At Mamie’s Kitchen Offering Free Coffee and World’s Greatest Coffee Roll To Rocky Neck Polar Plungers


Hey Joey,
We are bummed we can not make it to the Plunge but in honor of our absence
we invite all the plungers (is that a word) in for a FREE coffee and FREE coffee roll
to warm their hearts before the Rocky Neck Polar Plunge!
We are open 7am to 2pm New Years Day!
Happy New Year!
Alicia & Chris
Mamie’s Kitchen


After The Rocky Neck Plunge Hot Coffee, Hot Chocolate and Fish Chowder At The Cultural Center on Rocky Neck

Brenda Malloy Forwards-

There will be a post swim get together open to all at The Cultural Center on Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St. (site of former Christian Science Church), just down the street from where the swim will take place.  There will be hot coffee, hot chocolate and fish chowder served for everyone.  If you have not seen The Center yet, this is a wonderful opportunity to see what is going on there.   Hope to see you there!  If you’d like to bring some donuts or muffins, feel free!  PEACE!

Tim Bell Has Some Nice Things To Say

Joe………………..Not sure if we have ever meet but I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for this amazing site you put out everyday. I could not imagine all the hard work that goes into this labor of love .Thank you for making my mornings better and to reminded of just what a beautiful place Cape Ann is ,not to mention the awesome people that live here!

Happy New Year to you and all the people that make GMG a joy to view!
         best to you,
T.Bell  3 Maplewood ct.

P&V’s LOL #7: You’re freezing when it’s colder than your age

Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit

Of course, this LOL is only true for those of us who use the temperature scale developed by the inventor of the mercury thermometer, Mr. Fahrenheit.

This Law of Life, was inspired by Kevin Ricci of The Village Restaurant in Essex, whose answer to my question about why he always vacations in warm climates was, “I just don’t like when it’s colder than my age.”

It didn’t take me long to realize that Kevin was on to something.  You can easily test this law by asking yourself at what temperature do you feel like you’re freezing.  As predicted, that temperature (for me) is right about my age, which is considerably warmer than either the air or water will be tomorrow, hence the reason I will NOT be taking the plunge.  (There’s part 1 of your answer to this post, Joey.)

Last year Vickie took the plunge, but she’s a year older now.  More importantly, she’s a lot wiser, so she will not be taking the plunge either (part 2 of the answer).  Now the Zip Line Kid, is certainly young enough not to feel freezing in 45 degree water, but his commentary in yesterday’s video was so good that he’ll be filming instead of plunging (part 3 of the answer).  So we’ll bring donations to the Open Door, a camera, a commentator and plenty of enthusiasm for those young enough and/or crazy enough to plunge tomorrow.

But before we even think about tomorrow, we just have to point out just how much music is available tonight MORE THAN 70 SHOWS TO CHOOSE FROM!   See the full NYE schedule here.

Here’s a wintry video from 25 years ago to get you into the NYE and plunge spirit:

These girls ROCK, but their version omits the 2nd half of the bridge from Simon & Garfunkel’s original.  Does anybody know what those lyrics are?  Here’s some help:


200 Days until the Blackburn Challenge

The timer is set. You’re sitting there on your butt thinking of a New Year’s Resolution today. How about joining the Cape Ann Rowing Club Blackburn Challenge in a paddle around the island on July 23rd? That butt a little too big for the kayak? Divide the lard you need to drop by the 29 weeks until the paddle. You can lose a half pound a week can’t you? You get a great sense of accomplishment and a wicked cool T-Shirt. The Essex River Race on May 11th is only 130 days away. Put down that Nacho. The Cape Ann Rowing Club puts on a great event. If Rubber Duck can do it the last three years, you can too.

Blackburn Challenge

Put down the Nacho, Beat the Duck; Paddle!

This is 40

If you want to see a film that will make you LOL, go see This is 40. I loved it, my husband not so much. He had trouble empathizing with the characters because they are fairly dishonest with each other. I on the other hand found a certain truthfulness in the characters imperfections and lack of honesty,

The film could really be titled This is the Apatows at 40 because Judd Apatow, the film’s creator, cast his real life wife, Leslie Mann, and their daughters, Iris and Maude Apatow, in the lead roles. I think it is very cool that the family works together on films and imagine the bonds created are rock solid; antithetical to the more typical Hollywood working family lifestyle, where all the family members are running in opposite directions. One of my best friends lives in Hollywood Hills and works in the film industry in Hollywood, and I know this to be true from speaking with her about the daily struggles of being a mom while working in the industry.

If you go, don’t miss Melissa McCarthy’s hysterical outtake after the credits have rolled.

This is 40 now playing at Loews


The deadline for the application for the three awards for $47,000 for the Public Art Challenge is February 8, 2013. All  media! 18 years and up! Applications are starting to come in!



Application Help and Site Visit:

The Gloucester Lyceum Sawyer Free Library has reserved the mezzanine and a block of computers for an information session on the Gloucester MA HarborWalk Public Art Challenge. Please join the Gloucester Committee for the Arts at Sawyer Free for help with the digital application and a site walk(s). Thank you so much Sawyer Free!


Date: Saturday, January 12th, 2013

When: 10AM-11AM at the library followed by site walk 11AM-Noon

Where: Sawyer Free Library, upstairs on the Mezzanine Level, by the Public Access


Throughout the Call, any questions for this Public Art Challenge:

Email the Committee for the Arts at gharborwalk@gmail.com, subject line “Public Art”.

Visit http://www.ghwalk.org to find the Call. How to apply? Visit here http://gloucester-committee-for-the-arts.zapd.com/PublicArtCallforArtists

Binders with print outs of the full and complete Call have been left at several Gloucester locations. The Committee for the Arts is grateful for their help in spreading the word!

Binders with the complete call can be found at these locations:

Gloucester Lyceum Sawyer Free Library, Cape Ann Museum,, Art Haven , City Hall, Mayor’s Office, Lone Gull, Pleasant Tea, Cape Ann Coffees

The Committee for the Arts is so grateful to these folks for putting the word out:

Good Morning Gloucester; Cape Ann Beacon; Zapd featured the Call on their homepage;

Bustler; Massachusetts Cultural Council’s ArtSake blog; UMASS blog Arts Extension Service; North Shore Arts Association; seARTS; Rocky Neck Cultural District; Rhode Island State Council on the Arts; Pittsburgh’s Art Council; Raleigh North Carolina’s Art Coucnil; Nebraska Arts Council; Palm Desert CA; California Arts Council and others!


Made up of citizen volunteers appointed by the Mayor and City Council, The Committee for the Arts was established by City ordinance in 2000 to promote and celebrate Gloucester ’s cultural heritage.  The Committee recently has worked to preserve and increase awareness of Gloucester ’s WPA murals and other City-owned art. Additionally, the Committee develops and promotes educational programs and establishes awards and honors to recognize local artists. It implements a city-wide public art policy.

The snow storm in Connecticut

I was home for Christmas, which was great. I didn’t make it back to Gloucester before the storm because I got laid up with a stomach sickness (the cause of my not having a post ready yesterday). As a consequence, I go to enjoy a good snowfall at home! We got around 8″ of snow.

The view from my parents’ house in Connecticut is always beautiful, but especially with snow!

Fr. Matthew Green

Alicia and Chris At Mamie’s Kitchen Offering Free Coffee and World’s Greatest Coffee Roll To Rocky Neck Polar Plungers

Now That’s What I’m Talkin About!!!


Hey Joey,
We are bummed we can not make it to the Plunge but in honor of our absence
we invite all the plungers (is that a word) in for a FREE coffee and FREE coffee roll
to warm their hearts before the Rocky Neck Polar Plunge!
We are open 7am to 2pm New Years Day!
Happy New Year!
Alicia & Chris
Mamie’s Kitchen


GMG New Year’s Eve Restaurant Round-Up

Here are the submissions from local joints that have sent me stuff-

If your restaurant isn’t represented here send in your submissions and I’ll add it in.



New Years Eve & Day @ The Topside

Topside jpeg

Still no plans for New Years Eve? Come join us at The Topside Grill! No expensive covers or outrageous mark up’s. Dinner features Roast Duck Ala Orange, Broiled Filet Mignon, Pork Scalopini Ala Oscar, Shrimp Vieste, Salmon with Mango Salsa, Pork Chops Vinegarette, & Yellow Fin Tuna with Lobster Risotto. Plus many more options off of our very special New Years menu!!

john jerome

Don’t have a million bucks this year to drop on New Year’s Eve? Ring in the New Year at The Topside Grill!

Join us for our annual New Year’s Eve Celebration. Monday December 31st at The Topside Grill

Complimentary Champagne Toast at Midnight!

Wonderful live entertainment featuring The John Jerome Band starting at 9:00pm.

Make your reservations now to hold an amazing table. (978) 281-1399
We will be serving New Years Day Brunch on Tuesday!

Roast Leg of Spring Lamb, Monte Cristo Sandwich, Spanish egg Frittata

Topside’s famous Huevos Rancheros, ,Egg, Cheese & Sausage Omelette

Corned Beef Hash, Asparagus & Cheddar Quiche, Eggs Benedict, Kahlua French Toast

Mimosa’s & Bloody Mary’s!!!

  Ring in the New Year at The Franklin Cape Ann!

Join us for our 12th Annual

New Year’s Eve Celebration
Monday December 31st

There will be live jazz with

Billy Novick & Thomas Hebb

We will be accepting all reservations
Call Maria @ 978-283-7888


For The Table…



First Course


Second Course



Entree Course – Choice of…





Dessert Course



gift cards not accepted for special events

Have a Happy and Safe New Year from the Franklin Cape Ann!

Dinner Reservations:

Latitude 43 978-281-3997

Alchemy 978-281-0223

Old Gloucester Sea Food Recipes Circa 1932 Frank E Davis Fish Co

Clark Dexter dropped off this booklet filled with old fish recipes and some commentary from the man himself- Frank E Davis. The man who built the last building that was on I4C2- The Frank E Davis Fish Co.

I’ll be posting a page or two a day-

click the photos for the larger easier to read versions-

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