Cape Ann SUP adventures Down In South Florida Night SUPing

Tyler Knight submits-

The saga of the NightSUP from Cape Ann SUP continues down in sunny South Florida….

Tyler has taken the fleet and joined forces with a local company from
Ft. Lauderdale called Precision Paddleboards and the mind-blowing
tours continue….

The critters that we’ve seen down here are truly awesome….whether in the intercoastal waterways or out on the open ocean, the results are the same, lots of interaction with beautiful aquatic life.  Squid, Jellies, Sharks, Rays, Manatees, and lots of fish, like Needle Fish and Puffer Fish,..just to name a few…..

We’ve developed a new NightSUP kit which is better, bolder and brighter…..and it’s turning lots of heads all over the country.
Gloucester Harbor was the first place we tested this product, so it seems proper to check in with the GMG family with updates…. especially since it’s a Lobster update…. check out this video from Islamorada…..

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!



I wish I could fly

I wish I could fly.  That’s the title of a gorgeous Christmas song by Fly Amero & Allen Estes (Fly gets top billing — it’s not called I wish I could Allen).

Fly Amero (L) with Allen Estes (R)

You can hear this song on Aurelia Nelson’s show Curtain Up on North Shore 104.9 FM Tomorrow (Sunday, Dec 23) at 9am.  You’ll also hear a beauty by Aaron Neville.  If you were lucky, you saw Aaron Neville at North Shore Music Theatre in August with Henri Smith opening.

And tonight you’ve got excellent live music choices in all four Cape Ann towns.  See the live music lineup here.

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Pearls

The fourth year of the GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift 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

Sista Felicia Shows Heather Atwood How To Make The Traditional Sicilian Style Octopus Salad In This Gloucester Daily Times Video


Traditional Octopus Salad Recipe Here

MF Pez!

Pez is like the greatest invention of all times. How you open it up and it magically dispenses a piece of candy is straight genius.
Whoever designed the classic pez dispenser deserves a Pulitzer and a Nobel and a JD Powers and Associate’s Award.
I’m fairly certain that when the girls come home and I give them these, there’s a 50/50 chance their heads might explode because they’ll be so excited.
Dollar for dollar huge bang for your child bribing dollar.

Holiday Song of the Day “Baby its Cold Outside”

The Holiday Song of the Day today is for Kathleen.

Louis Armstorn and Velma Middleton improvising will make you smile and then LOL as more ad-libbing ensues!

“Baby Its Cold Outside,” with words and music by Frank Loesser, premiered in 1944 when he and his wife Lynn Garland sang it at their housewarming party, signifying to guests that it was time to go home.

My favorite version–recorded by Johnny Mercer and Margaret Whiting in 1949.

End Of The World Breakfast At Mamie’s Kitchen

Home Of The Worlds Undisputed Greatest Coffee Rolls


Misti and Larry Serving Up Glosat Joe’s Perfect Storm and Blackburn Coffee At Mamie’s Kitchen End Of The World Party


Packed House!

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Misti Presents Me With her Hand Crafted GMG Ornament Filled With Glosta Joe’s Beans!


The requisite Worlds All Time Greatest Coffee Roll At Mamie’s Kitchen Pic

(If you haven’t tried one yet you should just kill yourself)


Breakfast of Champions ( the most overused breakfast cliché of all time)


Christmas Cheer from Fred Bodin

Last weekend, Fred Bodin and I were both at a great Christmas party / sing-along with a lot of other guests.  I guess I was feeling lazy, because I didn’t bring my camera.  Fred, on the contrary, was on top of things and he used his camera to grab some video of our caroling. Here is a medley I put together from his footage.  The last part is a snippet of a traditional Christmas Gregorian chant I sang with Kevin McDermott.

Thanks for the footage, Fred!

Fr. Matthew Green

An O’Maley Fish Tale

Students in the sixth grade at O’Maley Middle School have caught a couple of really big fish – an endangered Atlantic sturgeon and an endangered shortnose sturgeon – right under the watchful eye of the National Marine Fisheries Service!
In fact, the students have been studying the endangered species of sturgeon using a set of interdisciplinary lessons created by the NMFS as the closing piece of their semester-long study of environmental science.  Social studies classes have looked into the economic exploitation of sturgeon.  Math classes have done data analysis with sturgeon statistics. Science classes have examined the sturgeons’ life cycle and adaptations, with a view to the environmental impact on the sturgeon population of river dams on their fresh water spawning behavior.  The English/language arts teachers have conducted mock public hearings on fishing and the protection of threatened species, leading up to a composition written from the point of view of different interests.
This kind of interdisciplinary project based learning is the kind of work being developed at O’Maley as part of its new efforts as an Innovation School. The lessons and activities were developed by teachers and staff from NOAA’s education branch here in Gloucester and shared with teachers from across the country, including Roger Davis, science teacher from O’Maley, at a conference at the NOAA offices in November.  O’Maley is one of the first schools to field test these interdisciplinary lessons, providing NOAA with valuable feedback.
Ms. Edith Carson of NOAA has been visiting all O’Maley sixth grade classes this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with two life-size models, one of an Atlantic sturgeon and the other a shortnose sturgeon, its smaller cousin.  Students also explored the sturgeons’ life cycle, spawing habits, and the adaptations that made it a successful species since the Cretaceous Period, over 120 million years ago.  They explored the effects of overfishing in the early 1900’s (primarily for the caviar made from sturgeon roe).  The sturgeon is now a protected species, under a fishing moratorium.
The students examined preserved samples of sturgeon collected from sturgeon fish farms, explored how paleontologists draw conclusions from fossils of sturgeon scales, called scutes, and discovered how sturgeon use their sense of smell to find their way back to their native spawning grounds such as those in the Merrimack River.  The students enjoyed the interaction and direct contact with these special materials and activities.
This special week will conclude Friday with a guest panel representing two sides of the difficult question of sustaining the fish population and the fishing industry into the future.  Mr. Peter Ferrante, a Sicilian immigrant and longtime Gloucester fisherman, who recently retired from his work on the custodial staff of O’Maley, his job after being forced to abandon fishing due to the increasing restrictions, will represent the point of view of the traditional Gloucester fishing fleet.  On the other side, Ms. Colleen Coogan, an educator and researcher on the staff of NMFS, will explain the fishing laws and regulations to the students of the sixth grade.  This will be the third year for this guest panel, and while the subject can be controversial and the discussion of conservation methods lively, the program has always helped the students understand that both fisherman and regulators share the same goal, that of preserving a sustainable fishery to feed more people and provide more jobs long into the future.