Fish on Fridays

The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.

This week we have photographs of Cod from the Cape Ann Seafood Exchange ( and tuna from the line at Connolly Seafoods (

tunaChapmanPhoto MarketCod Color work © Kathy Chapman 2012

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B+W photos © Marty Luster 2012


New Years Rockport Eve is right around the corner

New Years Rockport EveDon’t have buttons yet?  Here’s where to get them:

In Rockport:
John Tarr Store, Main St.
Smith hardware & Lumber at the Lumber Desk
Toad Hall Bookstore, Main St.

In Gloucester:
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Commercial St.
House of Raven, Main St.
Gloucester Music, Main St.

Here’s a list of the live music (dozens of choices).  The whole shebang goes from 6pm to midnight and is one of the best entertainment values of the year.  You can download a map and complete schedule (in table format) here.  Plus if the weather cooperates (which it just might) you can see the moon, Jupiter and its moons, and galaxies so far away they’ll convince you that you really are as insignificant as you thought — a great way to begin the new year.  The Zip Line Kid and I are still talking about how much fun we had looking through the telescopes set up by the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club at Dock Sq.

Last year we were too late to get in to see Cape Ann Big band at Shalin Liu.  We won’t make that mistake this year.  Here’s a sample of what we missed:

Plenty of opportunities to get into the party spirit tonight (see complete live music listings here).  Might be a good time to check out  Mike O’Connell and his excellent band at Minglewood starting at 9pm.

The Four Legged Faithful ~ The Rhumb Line ~ Tonight ~ 9:30 pm

My head is spinning at all the excellent music right here in our little town alone.
You have to hear The Four Legged Faithful
Tonight ~ The Rhumb Line 9:30
They are a young lively bluesgrass funkyphsycodelic fun band.
A real pleasure to hear and watch…… seriously. IMG_1152

I happened upon this band a while ago.  Being so excited to fit in three bands in one night and hearing just about an hour of each. These young men blew my mind. After reviewing their music I got goosebumps all over again, as when I first heard them. They are totally a must see band.

Listen to the link below and you will see/hear exactly why.

Megan McKenzie Band @ The Rhumb Line ~ Saturday~December 29 at 9:30 pm

meganAll our favorite funk and soul tunes to get you grooving on a Saturday night along with some funked up originals, as well! Woohooo, time to party!
Megan McKenzie wailing on vox, Jeff Buckridge rockin’ guitar, Ed Spargo holding it down on bass, and special guest John Iltis on drums!

WEEKEND MUSIC UPDATE: Megan McKenzie Band will be rockin The Rhumb Line this Saturday night 9:30-close bringing you the soul and funk your love to groove too!

Then on Sunday Jeff Buckridge’s Uke Joint will be playing at Chianti Tuscan Restaurant and Jazz Lounge from 6:30-9:30, jamming to everything from Duke to Amy and Marley to Hebb all on electric ukelele 🙂 See you there!!!

The Megan McKenzie Band

BANDITs. BFs. Rhumbline Mighty Fancy NYE III. (& cd release party)

The Bandit Kings

bandits new years eveposter by_bobnilson minor editing by j.s.

The CD


The BF’s

the BF's

Monday, December 31, 2012
9:30pm in PST

Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
The Bandit Kings and the BFs are pleased to
announce the third annual Rhumbline Mighty Fancy
New Year’s Eve Party!

Dress up if you wanna. Get down if you’re gonna.
Celebrate a brand new effing year.

What else?! Oh yeah. AND The Bandit Kings third
album will be officially released that night as well.
The BKs are taking a hiatus this winter, so this may
be the last chance to see ’em for a bit. No pressure.

December 31 • 9:30pm • Open latah than usual •
yeah, there’s a cover, get under it.

Prehistoric Origami

Michelinoceras and Anomalocaris, folded from a Japanese origami book I got for Christmas called “Dinosaurs 3” by Fumiaki Kawahata.  Neither of these creatures is a dinosaur, but you get the point – the book has diagrams for how to fold creatures of which we only have fossils. These models are not very complicated, but there are others in the book that are more challenging. I hope to fold some of them soon and will post photos…

Fr. Matthew Green


Plunge for Pete – Freezin for a Reason

Good morning Joey

I am not sure you know about and will be covering the "Plunge for Pete" taking place tomorrow afternoon at Good Harbor Beach.  It would be great to get some publicity for this awesome event.  Over 80 people will be plunging into the water at 1PM to raise awareness of ALS in support of a wonderful 27 year old, Pete Frates from Beverly.  Here’s the link to his page.

Sully and Jan

Community Stuff 12/28/12


Community Preservation Act News

The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) would like to invite any interested parties to attend a Public Hearing and Information Meeting regarding the Community Preservation Act (CPA), Round IV (2013), application process.
The CPC would also like to obtain the views of any interested persons, boards and committees, regarding the city’s needs for community preservation with an emphasis on recreational uses due to the recent changes to the CPA legislation.
The meeting will take place on:
Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM
Friend Room, Sawyer Free Library
2 Dale Avenue, Gloucester MA
Please pass on this information to board and committee members and/or anyone you think may be interested.

The Round IV application process is as follows:
Project Eligibility Form (1 page) Due: February 1, 2013
If project is eligible, full application Due: March 15, 2013
Information, application forms and instructions are available on the Community Preservation Committee webpage and at the Community Development Dept., Grants Office.
If you have any questions, please contact me.
Debbie Laurie, Senior Project Manager, CDBG & CPA

Happy New Year!

Celebrate the New Year, with a special sparkling wine or champagne

from Savour Wine and Cheese.

Ready to say Good-bye to 2012 and Hello to 2013!

Come to Savour Wine and Cheese, at 76 Prospect St. in Gloucester, to get just the right sparkler or champagne to ring in the new year.

We have unusual sparkling wines, from Italian Brachetto, with its shimmering notes of fresh raspberry to a sparkling Gruner Veltliner that shines with fresh vegetables (and can’t be found anywhere else in the area).

From vintage Cava to great Prosecco (check out the nod to Savour in the Boston Globe), we have it all, including the Adami Prosecco Bosco di Gica, mentioned in the Globe article.  ($17.99).

I am also very proud to be offering a magnificent collection of fine Grower Champagnes, from the Thierry Theise portfolio.  From Premier and Grand Crus to Blanc de Blancs and Roses,  these wines are clean and fresh, with fine bubbles, and a subltle complexity found in much more expensive labels, all for $50.00 – $70.00. 

We are also offering a few speciality food items we got in for Christmas at 50% off too (like the wonderful Chocolate covered figs, that sing with the Five Vitners Zinfandel or the 2000 Vintage Port)!  So come in and see what you can find to make the end of this year and the beginning of the next something truly memorable.

All the best for great health and prosperity in the New Year.

Sincerely,  Kathleen Erickson and Robert Morgan

Savour Wine and Cheese

Tons of Stuff Happening At Cape Ann Museum

For more info-



2013 Folly Cove Designers Calendar available
while supplies last in the Museum Shop or online!

January is Membership Month! Museum admission is free to all Cape Ann residents during the month of January.

Saturday, January 5

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Members’ Reception

Please join us for light refreshments to celebrate the New Year. This is a complimentary, members only program. To make a reservation email or call (978)283-0455 x35. Thank you for your support!

Saturday, January 12

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Draw-Copy-Paint-Stomp-Repeat!

Family program: Learn about the Folly Cove Designers’ process, then get to work in the Children’s Activity Center. This drop-in program is free for members and Cape Ann residents or with Museum admission. For more info call (978)283-0455 x16.

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Gallery Demonstration with Artist Mary Rhinelander

Join Mary Rhinelander in the Folly Cove Designers exhibition for a block printing demonstration. Visitors will have a chance to try their hand at printing. This is a drop-in program that is free for members and Cape Ann residents or with Museum admission.

Some Notables Who Have Not Chimed In On The 2012 Rocky Neck Pledge To Plunge List…

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

Here are some GMG FOBs who have yet to pledge to plunge-

The Van Ness Clan,  Mayor Kirk and Bill, Marty Luster, EJ,  Patrick Ryan, Father Green, , Greg Bover, Gloucester Newcomers Rich Bean, Brooke and Tristan Welty, Len Burgess, Ron Gilson, Janet Rice,Rob Hall and Beth Swan (they’re married), Elinor Teele, Anthony Marks, Joan Kimberley, Toby Pett, Doug and Gloria Parsons, Bex, Alice Gardner, Maggie Rosa, Solange Baumann,  Shewsberry, Joey Ciolino, Denny Cunningham, Marty Morgan, Misti and Larry from Glosta Joes, Katherine Richmond, Bob Ryan, Paulie Walnuts, Judy Wilburn, Al Bezanson, Thom Falzarano, David Cox, Tom Philbrook, Brenda Davis, Kathy Chapman Scrobie, Meg Lee,  Andrea Holbrook, James and Anna Eves, Kevin From New Jersey, Bill O’Connor and B, Litter Lady, Patty Goulart, Carol McKenna, Terry Del Percio, Sinikka Nogelo, Laureen Maher, Martin Del Vecchio, The Destinos Kimberley Funk and Bradley Sheetz, Sheree DeLorenzo, Gail Guitarr, Heidi Wakman, CammyGramm, Bruce McDonald, The Grows,   ect ect ect.

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

Rocky Neck Plunge Countdown- 6 DAYS!!!!!! Comment and Get On the Pledge To Plunge List!

Here’s the IN List-

Pledge list- Joey C, Paul Morrison and Rubber MF Duck, Donna Ardizzoni, Rick and Ericka Hyam, Karen Ristuben, Ed Collard, Heather Smidt and Nick Zagami, The Anderson clan is IN, colleen apostolos-marsh, Melissa and Bill Cox, Gabe, BJ, Will, Amandacakes, Alicia Pensarosa, Steve Noble, Stephanie and some other idiots, Lindle Willnow, Zamira, Barry Cuda Pollock