We Can Get Busy Livin’ Or We Can Get Busy Dying. What’s It Gonna Be For You In 2013?

Len Burgess submits-

Joey, our man for all seasons, thanks for all the fun in 2012 too…


Joey edit-

Yeah I look pretty silly in this hat. Yeah we got freaks like Morrison strapping a Rubber Duck around his waist and Ardizzoni wearing a wonder woman outfit, newphew BJ and his buddies and Amandacakes and her buddies wearing bodypaint, and all our other crazy community friends that take part of the Polar Plunges all over in icy cold water.

It’s a New Year.  Break down some barriers for yourself, don’t let others dictate how you act, stay positive, have fun and follow your passions through.



John Wright Asks About Rockport’s Submerged Breakwater- I’m guessing The Infamous One Or Fred Bodin Has The Deets For An Interesting Follow Up To His Question

Hi Joey,
I had a discussion with my father-in-law, Pete Ciarametaro, a former fleet fisherman, about a curious man-made rock structure 1.64 miles due east of pigeon cove.
It is linear and facing due north. It is about 500 feet long.
He says it’s a breakwater. I say it’s too far out to be a breakwater and in the past might have been a staging area for the fleet.
Would you have any knowledge of this structure? It’s purpose and when it was built?

Old Gloucester Sea Food Recipes Circa 1932 Frank E Davis Fish Co Part 3 “Why I’m Proud To Be Called A Crank”

Thanks to Clark Dexter who 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 and click here for the other pages in the series

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The Most Cherished Gifts of All ~ Our Daughters and Sons

For Christmas Liv gave me an early edition of Emily Dickinson’s poems. I cried. The poems of Emily Dickinson play a beautiful role in my book, Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities, but the sweetest poem found within the books’ pages is the poem written by Liv, when she was only twelve.

Emily Dickinson early edition poem s©Kim Smith 2013

Emily Dickinson, published 1892

When Liv was twelve I hired her to transcribe the first draft of the manuscript for Oh Garden, which I had written in longhand, to our then new computer. I had not yet learned how to use the computer and she was quite proficient. The original manuscript included recipes and illustrations, but no poetry. She took her job of transcribing very seriously and one day, about halfway through the project, announced that I needed a poem for the book. She dashed upstairs to her bedroom, returning only half an hour later with her contribution, “My Mother’s Garden.” Her tender poem suggested to me that I include more poetry and it was a joyous experience searching for just the right poem to illuminate each chapter. The book grew to comprise many poems by Emily Dickinson, along with works by Federico García Lorca, John Keats, Amy Lowell, Chinese painter- poets, and even a funny and sweetly sarcastic poem by Dorothy Parker titled “One Perfect Rose.” When the time came, I showed my publisher, Mr. Godine, Liv’s poem. He was delighted to include “My Mother’s Garden” and it can be found on page 206.

Now I keep this cherished gift of Emily Dickinson poems by my bedside table and each time I reach to read it or simply when the cover catches my eye, I am reminded of her gentle, thoughtful love and of the most cherished gift of all, my daughter.

My Mother’s Garden

An exotic sunset-tinted rose

Intoxicating breath of a magnolia

The small windy brick path

Leading to a hidden paradise

Butterflies flutter their own petal-wings

Over the smiling face of a daisy

A hushed lullaby to the garden sings the stream

Honeysuckle vines twist their elegant tendril,

Grasping the delicate lattice

Gorgeous, vibrant hollyhocks stretch their faces

Towards the radiant sun

Drinking in the soft light

Soon the sweet mellow silence is broken

By a joyful cry of children,

Two, three, now four

Suddenly the garden is a place of singing and frolicking and dancing,

Youthful and inviting.

This blessed garden’s soul shines forth in each and every existence

From the flitting butterflies

To the smallest thriving plant

To the noisiest child that finds peaceful comfort,

In the gentle haven.

                    -Written by our Liv when she was twelve

Gorgeous vocals, fascinating instruments & a dancer Saturday @ Old Sloop ~ Bring coats, hats, gloves for the homeless

Check out this video!

poster-130105-crop-for-gmgEvery performance is surprisingly different and always entertaining, exciting and educational Get tickets here!

Homeless shelters need your support more than ever this time of year, so take advantage of the opportunity to bring warm coats, gloves, hats, etc. and get a free drink!

Full Circle Fundraiser for the Hoyt Foundation ~ January 26, 2013

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By Wes Thibodeau
Come enjoy food, drinks, music, dancing, and a good time, while helping to raise money for a great cause!On Saturday January 26th, I will be hosting a fundraiser at the Gloucester House Restaurant to raise money for the Hoyt Foundation. We will be teaming up with the local band Full Circle, who will be providing some tunes for the evening.

Tickets can be purchased for $20 prior to the event or $25 at the door. Tickets will include admission, appetizers, and entertainment. We will also have a cash bar. There will be raffles, silent auctions and a 50/50 raffle throughout the evening.

Tickets can be purchased from Meghan, Amy, Mark or Caitlin Cole, and Josh Patton with cash or checks payable to The Hoyt Foundation. Tickets can also be purchased online by making a $20 donation on my fundraising pagehttp://www.crowdrise.com/teamhoyt2013/fundraiser/meghancole1. Once the donation has been made, please let one of the Cole’s or Josh know that you purchased online.

For those who do not know, I am excited to say that I have been chosen to join a team of 30 carefully selected athletes from Canada and across the United States to form the 2013 Team Hoyt Boston Marathon Team. On Monday, April 15th, 2013, Dick and Rick Hoyt will be running their 31st Boston Marathon with Team Hoyt. The team will be running to raise money for the Hoyt Foundation, a charity whose purpose is to help integrate handicapped people into everyday activities so they may live fruitful and productive lives.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me and I look forward to seeing you on the 26th!

Wednesdays at the Rhumb Line with Fly Amero


Surf & Turf Specials!
Wednesdays Only!

Happy New Year everyone!
Wednesday, January 2nd
Special Guest: MARINA EVANS!


What a lovely way to start off the New Year!  So many, many
people have urged me to invite Marina to the Wednesday
show.  I am happy to play host for this young talent that I’ve
heard such wonderful things about. ~ Fly

Taken from her website: http://marinaevansmusic.com/
Marina Evans combines sultry jazz vocals, folk influences and
rock into a sound entirely her own. Since her start in her hometown
of Rockport, Massachusetts, Marina has taken her music from New
York to San Francisco, and from London to Florence, Italy.
Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Surf & Turf Dinner –  $11.95 (while they last)
Tenderloin Tips with Grilled Garlic Shrimp!
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Jan. 9: Charlee Bianchini

Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

We don’t have to go to Paris for beauty…

Granted, our local churches aren’t  Notre Dame… but we have lots of beauty right here at home in Gloucester. Here are some photos of St. Ann’s Church (Holy Family Parish) with the Christmas decorations up.

First, a shot from a night right before Christmas (Dec. 23) when several blocks in Gloucester mysteriously had a power outage over several hours. We rounded up extra candles and Christmas lights for the evening Mass in Portuguese:


Then a few shots with normal lighting:


Remember, Christmas isn’t over yet! Today is the 9th day of Christmas (as in, “9 ladies dancing”).

Fr. Matthew Green

Big Time Props For Cathy McCarthy and Susan and Denny For Organizing The Food Drive At The Rocky Neck Plunge

645 Pounds of Food and $141 Were Collected At The 2013 Rocky Neck Plunge!

Great Work Cathy, Susan and Denny and Everyone Who Contributed!!!

G Town At It’s Finest

Doing Good For A Cause While Having Fun


Pet of the Week- Billy

Happy New Year!



My name is Billy, I am a friendly and sweet three-year-old short-haired kitty who is at the
Cape Ann Animal Aid, located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane, Gloucester.

Don’t forget the Winter Ball on Saturday, February 9 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester, Six Rowe Square.  Silent auction, premium live auction, raffles, music, dancing, dinner and cash bar.  Tickets price: Single ($45.), Couple ($85.) table of ten ($440.). This event will benefits animal medical care costs.   For details, visit: CapeAnnAnimalAid.com

Remember when you stop by the shelter to ask for Billy! Please hurry!



Hipstamatic 12-30-12 Where Zat??


Do you know “Where Zat?” Take a guess, and watch for the challenge of identifying a Cape Ann location each week. Answer correctly, and you’ll become a member of the “I Know my Cape Ann” club! Good luck and have fun!  ~Sharon

5:08AM Pre Loading The Blog For When I’ll Be Away

See those sheets of paper to the left? it’s a scheduled grid I made three years ago. There are 7 columns and 15 rows- 7 days a week across and every hour on the hour from 6am to 8pm going down where we fill time slots. 

In one or two more days all of my scheduled time slots will be filled through the 12th.  Except for a few that I’ll leave open in case I get that creative urge while I’m away.


It’s not easy cranking out quality material every hour on the hour.  Thankfully I have the greatest contributors in blogging who have just as much passion.

2012 in the books. Bring on 2013 #Boom!


Harbor Cove Dental To Open January 7th On Main Street!

Hello Joey, I’m Leif Bakland and am new to reading and visiting GMG. I’ve lived in the Fort for almost 15 years and operate a Dental practice in Nbpt, where I’ve been for 32 years. I have been looking for an opportunity to open a practice in Gloucester for the last several years since this is where my wife and I call home. Several of my patients who make the drive to Nbpt to see me have asked me when I’ll be opening an office in Gloucester. I’ve signed a lease with the Cape Ann Savings  and after 5 months of construction, will open for business next Monday the 7th of January!

The address is, 123 Main St., Gloucester, 2nd floor right over ” Kid’s Unlimited “.  The E-mail address for now is: harborcovedental@gmail.com, a web site is being produced now. For almost two years now I’ve been working on this project, and I can’t say enough about the Quality of people I’ve been involved with. It’s exciting to finally be opening in Gloucester. The office phone # is : 978-865-3360
Thanks Joey for any help you can give me. Regards, Leif

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