Nancy Shaw From Lanesville Submits Some Storm Photos and a Deer Hanging From a Tree

Hi Joey!

For some strange reason I receive my Good Morning Gloucester Blog in the evening!  So for me it is a Good Night Gloucester every night before I go to bed.  Thank you for your informative and interesting blog. 

Here are a few pics that I took yesterday in the Northeaster Storm.  Also there is one of a deer hanging in a tree on Rt. 127 going towards Annisquam that I thought was rather different as it is out in public for all to see.  My son who has the award winning Hunter Angler Gardner Cook blog ( said it is a spike deer and very good eating.  Although he thought hanging it in the front yard was rather brazen!

Happy New Year!

Nancy Shaw from Lanesville


Ravenswood 1920 From Fred Bodin

In view of the weather in store for us tomorrow, I submit to you: Ravenswood, Gloucester, 1920. Many of us have hiked, skied, and photographed on this public property. Gloucester photographer Alice M. Curtis took this photo and others in Ravenswood. One is of a cross-country skier in action. I’m saving that one for the snowstorm that drops enough on us to ski there.


Ravenswood is a fairly easy place to cross-country. There is limited parking, but folks park on the side of Route 127.  Whether you CC or not, it’s a great spot to take photos in any season. Sorry, but I forgot to mention snow shoeing, which I have not done yet, but definitely want to try. It is owned and managed by the Trustees of Reservations. When you’re done and hungry, come to downtown Gloucester to say "hi" to me and I’ll recommend the perfect restaurant(s) to you. Here’s the map:

See you there!

Fredrik D. Bodin, Bodin Historic Photo

82 Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930

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Kudos To Maine!!!

Gay marriage comes to Maine: Couples wed when law takes effect after midnight

By NBC News wire services

PORTLAND, Maine – Gay and lesbian couples exchanged their vows early Saturday as Maine’s new same-sex marriage law took effect a minute after midnight.

Among them were Steven Bridges and Michael Snell, who held a commitment ceremony six years ago but wanted to make their marriage official under state law.

"It’s historic. We’ve waited our entire lives for this," said Bridges, a retail manager, who’s been in a relationship with the Snell, a massage therapist, for nine years. Bridges, 42, and Snell, 53, wore lavender and purple carnations on black T-shirts with the words "Love is love."

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New Year’s Plunge Rubber Duck Style

Rubber Duck had some sand kicked in her face her last year so she is bringing her big brother to the New Year’s Plunge.

If you’re lost, here’s a map to the beach. The plunge is at 11AM. The A01 buoy is recording the exact same temp as last year, 46F.


There is actually a hole in the middle of big brother duck which is the exact size of Paul’s ass. Don’t be late as someone might blow a seal. No glass or sharp objects allowed on the beach near inflated rubber ducks.

Joey C Advice To Youngsters

There will come a day either in middle school or high school or on the street with friends that somebody offers you pills to get high.

Do yourself a favor and just never ever ever ever ever take one.  Not if it’s free, not if your friend or acquaintance makes fun of you or calls you a pussy.  Not if that really hot chick that you’ve been dying to get with is there and she is taking one.   There’s no freaking reason for you to take a pill recreationally.

Yes you’re young.  Yes you feel invincible and your testosterone and estrogen are doing crazy things to your body. But just trust me on this one.  I’ve seen smart good looking people that thought they would only take them once in a while just completely screw their lives up.  First you need one or two,, then one or two turns into four or six,  then your missing days at work, stealing from your parents to get money for pills, then you try the oxytocin, then the oxy becomes too expensive and while just a year before you would laugh at the idea that you would ever consider sticking a needle in your arm you have to get high and the only thing you can afford is a cheap bag of crack or heroin.

There’s no need to take pills.  None.  Not to look cool because some hot piece of ass broad is taking pills, not because your buddy is taking them, no reason.  No reason at all.

Please don’t consider this preaching.  Just consider it a friendly message from someone who wants the best for you.  I’ve seen handsome young men turn into walking dead zombies and I want better for you.  I’ve seen beautiful young women turn into crack ho’s with brown jagged teeth and sullen sunken in faces that made them look 30 years older than they were.

Oh, and stay in school for as long as you can pull it off, it’s wayyyy easier than working for a living.


Tickets for new Rockport Music concerts go on sale today

Here’s a press release from Rockport Music announcing new concerts.  Check them out!

New Concerts in Winter & Spring at Rockport Music

Rockport Music announces several new concerts added to our 12-13 Season.  Experience the highest quality of concerts and presentations year-round at the stunning, seaside Shalin Liu Performance Center.

On Friday, February 15 at 8 pm, rapidly rising star jazz pianist Yoko Miwa performs with special guest jazz vocalist Rebecca Parris for an unforgettable evening of music.  The Yoko Miwa Trio was voted the 2012 Best Jazz Act by the Boston Phoenix and debuted their fifth CD Act Naturally in Japan. Regularly playing sold-out shows in Boston and New York City, Jazziz Magazine hails that “Yoko Miwa displays unpretentious melodies, elegant phrasing, and the lyrical sensibility of a jazz poet.” Known as “First Lady of Boston Jazz,” vocalist Rebecca Parris has reached legendary status in the New England jazz scene performing with jazz greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, and Woody Herman.  A nine-time winner of the Boston Music Awards, Parris’ latest CD You Don’t Know Me had Jazz Journal International proclaiming that she, “…delivers lyrics with care and affection, with wit and flair, and her phrasing is exemplary.” (Jazz Journal International)  Tickets: $15-28

On Sunday, March 3 at 5 pm, the Bill & Bo Winiker Sextet, a Boston musical institution, will perform at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.  Bo and Bill Winiker were taught how to play music, and specifically jazz, by their father at a very young age.  Now, over 50 years later, they have moved on to record with Billy Joel and perform with Aretha Franklin at President Clinton’s inaugural ball.  With a repertoire of over 15,000 songs they cover for special occasions, they are also true jazz musicians.  Fred Taylor, founder of Sculler’s Jazz Club, says Bill and Bo Winiker are, “…really underappreciated for their great jazz knowledge and performance.”  Tickets: $15-$28

On Friday, March 8, at 8 pm, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the world-renowned Celtic ensemble Cherish the Ladies, the most sought-after Irish American group in the country. For nearly 25 years, the six-member, all-female group has been collecting awards and accolades from fans and critics worldwide, including the BBC’s Best Musical Group and Top North American Celtic Group at the Irish Music Awards. They have shared the stage with celebrated entertainers like James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, and The Chieftains. On their latest release, Country Crossroads, they teamed up with stars Vince Gill and Nanci Griffith; and their recording with the Boston Pops, The Celtic Album, led to a 1999 Grammy nomination.  “The band brilliantly…exudes a tremendous joie de vivre and deep nostalgia.” (The Irish Times-Dublin)  Tickets: $27-$49

Singer/songwriter Catie Curtis performs on Saturday, March 9, at 8 pm.  An American singer-songwriter dubbed a “folk-rock goddess” by The New Yorker, Catie Curtis tours extensively in diverse settings from Chicago’s legendary Old Town School of Folk Music to the White House.  A Lilith Fair alum and former tour mate of Mary Chapin Carpenter, this urban-folk powerhouse is one of the best singer-songwriters recording today.  Many of her recordings have been featured on episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, Dawson’s Creek and other TV series.  “With a clear, deceptively gentle voice, she can turn on a dime and thrill the listener with unforeseen power and emotion.”  Tickets: $18-$32

Returning by popular demand, the 17-piece Cape Ann Big Band will delight audiences on Friday, March 29, at 8 pm, with jazz, swing, soul, and rock n’ roll that will make you want to dance.  Led by Carlos Menezes, the diverse 17-piece big band performs big band classics from a nostalgic era like “Mack the Knife,” “I’ve Got You Under my Skin,” and “Take the A Train.”  Tickets:  $19-$34

On Thursday, May 2, at 7 pm, NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! makes its cinematic debut with a live broadcast of its popular news quiz show beamed into hundreds of theaters across the U.S., including the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Host Peter Sagal and official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell will be joined on-stage by panelists like Paula Poundstone and Mo Rocca to play the quiz in front of a live audience. Enjoy the familiar segments “Who’s Carl This Time?,” “Bluff The Listener,” “Not My Job,” “Limericks,” “Lightning Fill in the Blank,” and other audience favorites–all written around the news of the week. These presentations are made possible by NPR, WBEZ-Chicago, and BY ExperienceTickets: $22 general admission

Described as “riveting” (Chicago Tribune) and “hypnotic” (Entertainment Weekly), Patty Larkin, a “guitar driven songwriter,” performs at the Shalin Liu Performance Center on Sunday, May 5 at 5 pm.  A winner of an unprecedented 11 Boston Music Awards, Larkin has re-interpreted traditional folk and rock melodies with her distinctive vocals and guitar wizardry for over 25 years.  In her latest CD 25, she uses her remarkable guitar skills and creative vocals to rework her favorite songs in an acoustic, unplugged performance.  “A virtuoso guitar player and mood-shaper…She is also a superb slide guitarist whose mature work is comparable to the best of Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams.”  The New York Times  Tickets: $18-$32

For tickets or more information on these and other concerts in the 2012-13 Season, please visit our website at  Concerts are added throughout the year, so make certain you check the website for new additions.  Tickets are also available through the Box Office at 978-546-7391 or visiting 35 Main Street, Rockport, MA.  The Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 10am-4 pm.

John Rockwell ~ Alchemy ~ Back in the saddle again

John Rockwell

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas/Hanukkah/Festivus/solstice.

I surely did. Nora and I put a lot of miles on the family car as we performed in this year’s Christmas Revels, 16 shows celebrating the season with an Irish emigration theme. Aside from being a big success for the non-profit Revels, Inc., it was a total gas to be on stage with talented friends old and new in one of the nicest performance halls around, and to share it with my daughter. It was a big commitment for her, including missing several holiday traditions in our little seaside village of Rockport: the Christmas tree lighting, caroling parties, etc.

As the memories of late nights, bleary-eyed travel, a grueling performance schedule and neglected family are supplanted by the echoes of fabulous choral music and shared traditions with new friends, I am happy to report I will return to my regular Wednesday gig (7-9 pm) at ALCHEMY in Gloucester, beginning January 2.

If you seek a thoughtfully prepared menu, excellent drinks, cozy atmosphere and my goofy antics, I think you’ll enjoy it:

I’d like to thank Chelsea Berry, Charlee Bianchini, Joe Cardoza and Renée Dupuis for minding the musical store while I was away.

Finally, I am grateful for all of you who came to performances and supported live music this past year. It really is a joy to sing for you!


Here is a slide show of many scenes from the production, set to our recording of “Deck The Hall”. It’s hard to describe the intense feelings of community, mutual admiration, affection and sheer fun we all had as cast members. Thank you, Revels!

New Year’s Rockport Eve is Just a Few Days Away!

NEW YEAR’S ROCKPORT EVE will entertain you with clowns, cowboys, magicians, musicians – classical, pop, jazz, Dixieland, folk, country, gospel swing and rock and roll – ventriloquists, dance, drama, puppets, and MUCH, MUCH MORE! And, we have planned a spectacular midnight event that will be a truly memorable welcome to the beginning of a new year.

Our buttons ($15 adults, $6 children 12 & under, 3 & under, free–no button needed) are now available. Buttons can be purchased at the following locations:

In Rockport:

John Tarr Store, Main St.

Smith hardware & Lumber at the Lumber Desk, 3 Station Square

Toad Hall Bookstore, Main St.

In Gloucester:

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Commercial St.

House of Raven, Main St.

Gloucester Music, Main St.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION: Can I buy buttons on the 31st?

Buttons also sold on December 31st at Spiran Hall (our headquarters) on the corner of Broadway & School Street from noon ’til 11pm.

Many of our inns, B&B’s, and motels will be open and we suggest you make your reservations early. Click on the Food/Lodging link for a list of Rockport Inns with links to many of their web sites courtesy of

As a non-profit organization, we are continually engaged in fundraising. Besides tax-free donations (which we would welcome – make checks payable to NYRE, Inc.), we are offering items for sale. Please click on the Store button on the site navigation to order NYRE souvenirs.

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Sailor Stans Open The Morning Of The Rocky Neck Plunge!

Brenda Malloy writes-

    Happy Day Joey~
    thought I’d let you know that Sailor Stan’s Restaurant on Rocky Neck will be open for business the morning of the swim serving breakfast to the hearty souls and cheerleaders and bystanders of the Plunge (and everyone else too, of course).  8am to 11am, breakfast is on!