Common Crow Moving From 2400sq ft Space To 8000sq ft Space

Common Crow is Moving from their current 2400sq ft spaceacross the street to the former location of Camerons with over 8000 sq ft of healthy organic funky freshness.

If you’ve been in the Common Crow you know they’ve got this niche cornered locally and are bursting at the seams in their current location.  Common Crow is about to turn the local market game on it’s ear. 

Healthy Pre-Made Lunch Options Await At Common Crow


2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Present

Video Series where we walk up and down Main Street and try to capture as many retailers as we can and highlight their best gift ideas one a day every day leading up to Christmas.



2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Pisces
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Green Life
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Island Art and Hobby
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Local Colors
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Harbor Goods Life Is Good Store
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Jewels Of Gloucester
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- G33K
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Dogtown Books
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Larsens
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Main Street Art and Antiques
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- The Dress Code
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- The Weathervane
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Menage Gallery
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- House of The Raven
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Village Silversmith
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Toodeloos
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Bananas
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Nelsons
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Alexandras Bread Co
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Lone Gull
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Kids Unlimited
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Harbor Loop Gifts
2012 Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Pleasant Street Tea and Coffee Co

Rockport’s 66th Annual Christmas Nativity Pageant

In the spirit of the holiday season, the Rockport Pageant Committee, in partnership with the Rockport Art Association, the Rockport Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, and the Christmas in Rockport Committee, is presenting Rockport’s annual Christmas Nativity Pageant on Saturday, December 22, 2012, beginning at 5 pm. (Rain date: Sunday, December 23 at 5 pm)

Each year hundreds of spectators gather to watch the live re-enactment of the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of baby Jesus. The pageant begins with a torch lit procession which starts at Dock Square and proceeds up Main Street, with a brief stop at the Rockport Art Association, representing the Bethlehem inn, and then on to the stable at the Congregational Church. Along the way the story of Jesus’ birth is brought to life through a live narration and Christmas hymns sung by a full choir.

The pageant was originated by Dr. William F. Strangman and Mrs. Aldro Hibbard in
1947, as a gift from the Rockport Art Association to the village. It remains a solid holiday
season fixture to this day.

The Rockport Pageant Committee wishes to thank this year’s lead sponsors Granite Savings Bank, Rockport National Bank, and Rockport Rotary Club for their generous financial support; Rockport Art Association for providing the space for cast costuming and costume and crèche  storage;  Rockport Music for the use of the Shalin Liu Performance Center to broadcast the narration by Mike Costello, and for hosting a free community sing-along and presentation of vintage Christmas TV specials following the Pageant; Rockport National Bank for hosting the post-pageant open house reception; carpenters George and Jeff Hobbs, Bill and Billy Elwell and Jake Rowe for building the crèche; Bruce Rowell of Bayside Electric for lighting; Brad Bigelow for crowd management; Pat Marshall and Marshall’s Farm for providing Jasper the donkey; Mark Nelson and his choir; Rockport Congregational Church for the use of the church lawn for the crèche and the church to house and broadcast the choir, and for providing a community ham and bean supper following the Pageant; as well as the efforts of scores of dedicated individuals both in the cast and providing support behind the scenes. Cast List to follow soon.

Get a fresh start on Saturday after the world ends tomorrow

We’ve been hearing so much about tomorrow’s end of the world that we figured today is a good time to consider a fresh start–after the world ends tomorrow.  Funny, the Mayan’s don’t think the world will end tomorrow.  But that hasn’t stopped crazies around the world from fearing 12/21/12.  According to this article, the Mayans will “mark the new calendar with prayer and traditional ceremonies.”

So perhaps we should too.  After all, it is the winter solstice, a time when people of all traditions look to the return of the light — both physically (days will start getting longer on Saturday) and spiritually.  A good time to open Pandora’s box back up and grab the hope that still lies at the bottom.

Here’s a hopeful view of the world as sung by the great Louis Armstrong.

You wouldn’t think of this song as controversial, would you?  But it was when it was released in 1967, because of it’s subtle, anti-racist tone, mostly due to this stanza:
The colors of the rainbow
so pretty in the sky 
Are also on the faces
of people going by

ABC Records refused to promote it, so it sold fewer than 1000 copies in the U.S., while becoming a huge #1 hit in the U.K.  Of course, it’s a standard now and was performed beautifully by Gloucester’s youngest rock star, Snoop Maddie Mad this past June:

So much for the genius of record labels.

No major label artists in town this weekend, but who cares?  Check out Gloucester’s major talent (see complete live music schedule here) and get ready to party like it’s the end of the world!

Rubber Duck Poll Analysis

The votes are in Rubber Duck is not voted off the island!!

Rubber Duck was worried but the breakdown of voting shows that she has a lot of support out there and although she might have some over exposure problems for some,  she is tolerated, if not loved, by 64%.

The breakdown:

326 votes questioning Paul’s paddling ability! Wow, he is now downloading Youtube videos in an attempt at paddling on both sides of the kayak equally.

32 votes for more stories about RD and Homie love life. Rubber Duck pledges to write more about Homie if Homie would stop hanging out at the pier picking at dead clams with his pals.

28 votes wondering if RD is the GMG mascot. Homie really needs to kick it up a notch to keep his rightful place on the GMG sticker.

23 votes for 24/7 cable channel for Rubber Duck while 13 voted that there has been too much Rubber Duck. This also correlates to the 13 votes who would like to see 2013 without a Rubber Duck sighting. I think the cable channel wins and this is where the 64% positive rating comes from.

17 votes wonder about Joey’s fear of Rubber Ducks and 16 want to send more Rubber Ducks to the dock to cure Joey of his fear. Not a huge number unless 16 people actually send Joey Rubber Ducks to the following address:

℅ Joey’s Rubber Ducks

Captain Joe & Sons

95 East Main Street

Gloucester, MA 01930-3860

Joey photographing Rubber Duck butt.
Joey photographing Rubber Duck butt.

One last comment: There were more than  1,800 views of the Rubber Duck Poll.

Not sure what to make of that. It might mean that most of us do not have both oars in the water. And that’s OK. (RD says so.)

Yikes! Only Five More Days Until Christmas!

Orange Wine and Tapenade

Making Christmas cakes and orange wine and wrapping, and more wrapping–getting my boxes ready to ship to family and out-of-town  friends. I hope their gifts arrive before Christmas! Too much Christmas-making to write a brand new post. Orange wine is one of my favorite recipes to prepare at this time of year and I posted this same recipe last year. Try it. I guarantee, you will not be disappointed. My daughter loves orange wine and during the holidays I also make another of her favorites, which is tapenade (so easy) and the two pair beautifully. Spread a thin layer of  tapenade on home-baked crostini and serve with orange wine before dinner.


1/2 cup black olives, pitted

6 anchovy fillets, cleaned, rinsed, and drained

1 1/2 tablespoons capers

1 garlic clove peeled and crushed

juice of 1 lemon

4 tablespoons olive oil (more may be needed)

freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons fresh finely chopped basil

Place all ingredients, except for the basil, in the blender and blend on high speed for a few seconds. Push down with a spatula and add more oil if too think. Pour into a bowl and check seasonings; if too salty add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. Add basil and cover. Will keep for approximately ten days.*

Crostini ~ Slice thinly on the diagonal best quality French or Italian bread. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake in 350 degree oven for 3-4 minutes. Flip the bread slices and drizzle a tiny bit more olive oil and salt and bake an additional 3-4 minutes. Optional, add a very slight sprinkling of freshly grated Parmigiano or Romano cheese, after flipping, and prior to baking the second time.

Orange Wine

Orange infused wine, or vin d’orange, is a warm weather Provençal aperitif, but I never remember to make it during the summer months, only during the holidays. Although, when drinking it, I like to imagine sipping orange wine from a garden somewhere (anywhere!) along the Côte-d’Azure. Vin d’orange is marvelously easy to prepare and makes a much appreciated holiday host/hostess gift.

Over the years I’ve experimented with the original recipe, which was, to my way of thinking, much too sweet—add more sugar if you like a sweeter aperitif. I think you will find this concoction intoxicatingly fun, light, and aromatic. I hope your family and friends enjoy as much as do mine!

12-15 Clementines thoroughly washed and cut in half

3 bottles modestly priced dry white wine

1 Cup sugar

½ Cup Courvoisier

Long strips of orange zest

In a large glass or stainless steel bowl combine the wine and Clementines, gently squeezing each half to release some of the juice. Cover tightly and refrigerate for 5 days. Save the empty wine bottles and corks; wash and remove labels. You will need a fourth empty bottle.

Remove orange infused wine from the refrigerator and squeeze any liquid remaining in the orange halves into the large bowl. Discard oranges. Add the sugar and cognac, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Strain through a sieve lined with cheesecloth. Pour wine concoction into wine bottles. Insert a strip of the zest into each bottle and cork. Chill the wine for one week. Serve neat or over ice. The vin d’orange will keep for 6 months when chilled. Makes approximately 4 bottles.

*The tapenade recipe is based on Mirelle Johnson’s classic Provençal cookbook, The Cuisine of the Sun (Random House)

Dropkick Murphy’s Holiday Song of the Day

GMG reader Kathy sent this link included with her list of favorite Christmas songs. Thank you Kathy for sharing–so funny!

“The Season’s Upon Us” from the Dropkick Murphy’s forthcoming album “SIGNED and SEALED in BLOOD” (January 8, 2013)

Bell Ringing In Memory Of Children and Staff Who Lost Their Lives In the Newtown Tragedy Friday at 9:30AM

Hi Joey,

Tomorrow (Friday) at 9:30am the city of Gloucester will join city halls and churches around the nation in ringing our bells 26 times in memory of the children and staff who died in the tragedy in Newtown.  Everyone is invited to join us outside at City Hall for this remembrance. 

Thank you.

Mayor Kirk

Madeline Wraps and Addresses The Bean’s Christmas Present

Truth be told Snoop Maddie Mad was more excited about driving downtown and picking out presents for her sister at Toodeloos than she has been about picking out stuff for herself. All ride down to Gloucester she was fretting and nervous because she wanted to be sure that she got something that her sister would like. Then when we got home it was straight up to her room so she could wrap the presents herself.
She’s a good one that Snoop Maddie Mad.



Someone you should be following on Twitter- @CapeAnnMuseum


Cape Ann  Museum has started tweeting old photos from its archives.

I know people can’t get enough of the stuff here on GMG that The Infamous Fred Buck sends us so if you’d like to see more of that, then it’s time to follow @CapeAnnMuseum on twitter

Right now they have 177 followers, let’s see what the power of GMG can do within 24 hours to their twitter follower count shall we?

Follow them here- and check out a picture of a huge schooner stuck in the ice in Gloucester Harbor (their latest tweet)

Tonight~Dave Sag’s Blues Party~Cheryl Arena~The Rhumb Line~9:00 pm.

Dave SaginarioDave says,

Ah, the holidaze are here and So am I, and, being the musical Santa who’s ready to stuff your tympanic stocking with myriad treats and feats of joy. So, listen up: this Thursday at the Rummie let’s welcome back  the  honking harpist of Houston, Ms. Cheryl Arena. She ventures forth  to these parts bi-annually from a secret base under the Rio Grande to thrill you with her fab vocals and stinging harmonica sorties. It’s always a blast.
She’ll be backed up  by the one and only Billy “Blitzkrieg” Loosigian, one of my favorite  Glitarists, the man with the golden fingernails. This cat knows all the chords. Paying attention behind piles of sandbags and keyboard amps will be one of my oldest friends, Mr. Paul “Chopsaw” Foss, just down from Bangor, Me. to visit the DaveSag Museum of Psychic Shocks and hotdog stand. Systolic pressure will be applied by that Irish Ace of Pace: Mr. Benny Benson. Bring your codpiece!