BREAKING NEWS: Charles Neville & Henri Smith Back in Beverly Fri, Feb 8 for a Mardi Gras Concert to benefit Y TEENS

A rare opportunity to see Grammy-winning Charles Neville with Henri Smith and an 8 piece band at the historic Larcom Theatre.  With its elegant horseshoe balcony, antique pressed tin ceilings and original silk wall coverings, the Larcom is a jewel practically in our own back yard.  Don’t miss it, get tickets NOW!

MardiGras2013_LargeYou could get yourself in the mood by going to see Our Boy Ed get sworn in as the next Chamber President at Cruiseport this Saturday — Henri Smith & Runaround will provide music and Our Boy Joey will be the MC!

And there’s plenty of great live music all week long too — just to get you in the mood.  See the week’s live music schedule here.

5 Questions With @Joey_C’s Favorite Twitter Peeps- @RyanPinkham

Five Questions With Ryan Pinkham-


What are your duties at your job and do you use twitter as a tool for your job?

1. I work as a content developer on the marketing team at Constant Contact. My main responsibility is developing educational content to help small businesses and nonprofits better market themselves online. 

For me, Twitter is more about building my own profile online. I use the site to share posts from our blog and to share other industry-related articles, news stories, or hot topics.

It’s also a valuable networking and communication tool that enables me to hear directly from business owners and other marketers with questions, feedback, and ideas of their own.

Why do you think you are follow worthy on Twitter?

If you’re interested in email marketing, social media marketing, and anything related to small businesses check me out. If there’s something going on around town that people are talking about, I also like to share my two cents.

Sometimes I tweet pictures of booze, food, and puppies. Sometimes at the same time, sometimes not.

What types of tweets or twitter user drive you up a wall?

Any sort of overly promotional stuff from businesses really puts me off. If you’re a restaurant I’ve decided to follow on Twitter, I don’t need you to keep asking me to visit your restaurant. Instead, tell me what’s on the menu, take pictures of people enjoying your food, share interested articles, maybe share a few tips from your kitchen. Make it interesting.

Oh, and autofeeds from Facebook. If you don’t want to be active on Twitter then don’t be on Twitter. Twitter isn’t going to make or break your business. In fact, most businesses probably don’t need to be there. But if you’re going to be there, be there, don’t just serve me stuff from your Facebook Page. I ain’t down with that.

Who are some of your favorite twitter users?

I think if you’re a business who wants to learn how to do it right, follow @Boloco. In fact, follow Boloco on every social network and do as they do. I also think the social media team at Constant Contact (@ConstantContact) does an amazing job at sharing content that small businesses can actually use to improve their businesses. I know, it sounds like a shameless plug but if you’re looking for that type of stuff, check ’em out.

Otherwise, I really use Twitter as a feed for the blogs, websites, news outlets I like. I’m kinda getting burnt out with all the personal sharing on social media. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, it’s just too much…

Do you have a website you would like to promote?

If you’re looking for small business marketing advice, check out If not, you can follow me on twitter @RyanPinkham or find me on Google+ (+RyanPinkham).

Cape Ann Flag Football – Playing For Phil Palminteri

For more views of the games click on Phil
For more views of the games click on the photo

On Saturday Jan 19th 9 teams descended upon Fuller & Green Street fields to do what this community does best, support each other in the time of need.  The Game, Flag Football, the cause to support Phil Palminteri in his time of need.   With over 140 players and many spectators this day was a great success.  GSE battled all day against some very good competition to emerge the winners.

Good Harbor and the Great Blue Heron

Notes on Good Harbor Beach November Sunrise

One morning in late November I followed the elusive Great Blue Heron up and down the length of the salt marsh creek while a stunning sunrise unfolded in the background. The dance of the lone heron feeding was as hauntingly beautiful as is the ebb and flow of Fauré’s “Pavane” through its series of musical climaxes, and seemed perfectly choreographed to the intensely focused movements of the heron.

Earlier in the month of November I had filmed three herons feeding simultaneously—the most I typically see at Good Harbor are two at a time. That footage is lost, and perhaps it is just as well because it may not have been the most interesting as the focal length was some distance in order to capture all three in the frame. I found it captivating to see this lone heron feeding alongside the seagulls and ducks, not an event I have often observed. Whenever a dog approached or some other imagined disturbance startled the birds, all would take flight; the seagulls and ducks dispersed and the heron invariably headed to the opposite end of the marsh. This went on for several hours, back and forth, up and down the salt marsh. The Great Blue Heron is majestic in flight, with deep powerful wing beats, and a wingspan of five and a half feet to six and a half feet. Oftentimes difficult to find in the cameras’ lens, the heron’s subdued blue-gray and brown plumage is perfect camouflage against the rocky shoreline, particularly in the pre-dawn light and early hours of sunrise.

I looked for the herons again after that late date of November 29th, but I think they had all departed for warmer shores further south.

If you stay until the end, look for a funny clip after the credits have rolled. I couldn’t figure out how to make this most ordinary of body functions fit with the heron’s beautiful dance.
“Pavane in F-sharp minor, Opus 50,” was composed by Gabriel Fauré in 1887. Fauré’s “Pavane” obtains it slow processional rhythm from the Spanish and Italian court dance of the same name. The earliest known pavane was published in Venice in 1508 by Ottaviano Putrucci and is a dignified partner dance. The original music seems to have been fast, but like many dances, became slower over time. For this film I looked for a recording approximately 8 minutes in length, although Fauré’s “Pavane” is more typically six minutes long. The origin of the term is unknown; possibilities include from the Spanish pavón meaning peacock.

Flu Clinic on Wednesday at Addison Gilbert Hospital

Flu Clinic on Wednesday at Addison Gilbert Hospital

The Gloucester Health Department will conduct two flu clinics on Wednesday at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington Street, Gloucester.   The clinics will take place from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.   There is no charge, you do not have to reside in Gloucester, all are welcome.  The clinic is available to those four years of age and older. 

Can we get this at the McDonald’s on Maplewood?

Wouldn’t it be nice if the local McDonald’s sold locally made Italian pastries? Something like this:

Yes, that’s a pastry counter at a McDonalds! More specifically, in the “McCafé” part of a McDonald’s in the Les Halles shopping center in Paris:

Lots of neat stores, but nowhere near as beautiful as the older architecture.  Here’s a McDonald’s sign in a more traditional setting in Paris, the Rue de Rivoli:

As you can see, I’m still working my way through the photos of my vacation last October…

Fr. Matthew Green

Coming Soon To Ipswich- SALT KITCHEN & RUM BAR

In the location of the Former Stone Soup Café. on the opposite corner of Choate Bridge Pub. 1 Market Street Ipswich MA


NOW under renovations!



From their Facebook Page-

Here is a great shot of how the bar is coming. Kitchen is being detailed this week and a lot of electrical and plumbing being done. We seem to be right on schedule!


Follow them on Facebook Here

Adventure Hauled At The East Gloucester Marine Railways

Mary Barker Writes-

Hi Joey,

The Adventure got hauled out on the Marine Railway on Monday, 1.14.13, so
some planks could be replaced.  I was invited aboard, as the Adventure’s
photographer, to get a unique perspective on the process.  This is my very
naïve, non-technical explanation of the process. The guys on the docks and
on the Adventure first had to move the Adventure from her berth over to the
railway.  This was done mainly by manpower using brute strength, ropes and
tide assist.  Donny King did add a bit of motor support with the Scotia Girl
in the beginning.  Once the Adventure got around the end of the pier and
was moved into place along the Railway cradle (with direction by the Railway
coordinator), the guys cranked up the cradle supports to secure the
Adventure.  The scuba diver then went down to check that everything was set
up properly with the supports.  Once he gave the okay, the Railway
coordinator signaled the engine house to start up the engines which drive
the chain winch, which took the Adventure on a forward and upward
trajectory.  Although I’ve seen this done before from just outside the
engine house, it was so powerful seeing it all up close (literally hanging
over the edge of the vessel at times).  I never cease to be inspired by and
in awe of these guys and what they do.  These folks have always taken the
time to welcome me and to educate me.  My hats are off to everyone at the
Marine Railway and the Adventure.  Here are a few photos.
Mary Barker