Before you go out tomorrow (WED) night, catch Charlee Bianchini on TV

Charlee Bianchini (R) with Allen on the set – photo: Roger Ward

Charlee Bianchini is Allen Estes‘ guest on Local Music Seen this week.  Charlee’s distinctive voice and thoughtful lyrics capture the studio audience and will capture you too. Plus you will hear another one of Allen’s excellent new songs.

The show airs on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 on Wednesday 2/13 at 6:30pm.  Then again on Friday at 1:30pm and Sunday at 6pm.

After you see the show, check out the great live music available in Gloucester.

How lucky we are to live in a town so full of musical talent!

Brooks Williams with Danielle Miraglia at Old Sloop Coffeehouse

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Brooks Williams at Old Sloop Coffeehouse February 15 with Danielle Miraglia

Old Sloop Coffeehouse will present a performance by Brooks Williams  on Friday, February 15, at 7:30 PM at the handicap-accessible First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School St, with Danielle Miraglia opening.  Ranked one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, singer-songwriter Brooks Williams writes groove-laden songs and delivers them with an easy-going vocal style and monstrous guitar chops.  Walking the line between blues and Americana, Williams has worked stages worldwide for over 25 years, amassing a staggering back-catalogue of songs, recordings and tales.  With nearly 20 CDs to his name – and more on the way – this Statesboro Georgia native is, according to americanaUK, “impossible not to like.”  Danielle Miraglia comes armed with a strong steady thumb on an old Gibson, an infectious stomp-box rhythm and harmonica.  Her tunes range from heart-felt to socially conscious and will move both your heart and hips.  Danielle’s latest release “Box of Troubles” a bare-bones expression of all these attributes, explores the highs and lows that life has to offer and has already received rave reviews.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 from the coffeehouse web site at, at Gloucester Music, and at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport.  The suggested donation at the door is $12 for adults, $7 for those 65 and older, $5 for those younger than 18, and $24 for a family.

You can find more information at

Gloucester’s First Wind Turbine Photo Licensed for a Textbook

Gloucester First Wind Turbine ©Kim Smith 2012

I thought everyone would like to know that a photo of mine, Gloucester’s First Wind Turbine, has been licensed for a million-run children’s textbook on wind farming. I think its pretty exciting that our turbine and Gloucester Harbor will be featured not only in one million textbooks, but in the electronic version of the book as well. Upon publication, the publisher is sending a copy of the book and I plan to donate it to the Sawyer Free Library. This photo was shot at daybreak last October while filming the barge transporting the wind turbine through Gloucester Harbor.

Thanks to a google search, I found this very handy Stock Photo License Pricing for Editorial Use chart and it really helped to negotiate a fair price: Photographers Index

Valentine’s Day for Procrastinators

Don’t worry, Valentine’s Day isn’t until Thursday, so you’ve got a full day and a half to keep on procrastinating.  That’s what I do.  If you remember, in this post I admitted that I spent Men’s Night looking at art, talking with friends and shopping for myself at the Cave while Vickie and John finished their Christmas shopping.

SweetsTable450One reason I love the Cave is their idea of a Valentine’s Day Special is to offer it ON VALENTINE’S DAY.  What a concept!  No Preparation necessary, other than knowing about it, which is precisely why you read GMG, right?

So, on Thursday Glosta Joe’s and Roseanne’s Biscotti (another local business) will be at The Cave with free coffee & biscotti from 2-4pm.  Buy a bag of coffee & win a chance at a beautiful gift basket full of coffee, chocolate, biscotti, mugs & more goodies from the table in the picture (plus cheese, of course).

That leaves you plenty of time to get ready for a night of live music at your choice of six venues in Gloucester (see the complete live music schedule here).

Wednesdays at the Rhumb Line with Fly Amero ~ Special Guest: Inge Berge


Surf & Turf Specials!
Wednesdays Only!Hello everyone!
Wednesday, February 13th
Special Guest: I N G E  B E R G E!
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From the web:  INGE BERGE, a Norway native, came to Boston in 1989 and
went to Berklee.  A young man full of half-baked dreams of becoming a famous
Hollywood composer, he undertook a course of study in the art of FILM SCORING.
Nothing ever really came of that.  Instead, he settled in Gloucester, MA, where he
got a gig as Resident Music Director at the Gloucester Stage Co.  While there, he
wrote, arranged and performed for various & sundry productions including
original Israel Horovitz plays, and a number of successful musical tribute shows
The story continues.  Please visit:
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!
Coming soon…
Elaine O’Rourke
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Chick & Ellen
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 T-Max (of the Noise)
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Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

It’s not just another Tuesday in the dead of winter ~ It’s MARDI GRAS ~

Today is MARDI GRAS.  Check out what’s going on in New Orleans here.

Until four years ago, Mardi Gras in Gloucester was, for most of us, little more than another Tuesday in the dead of Winter.  But when local YMCAs began taking teens to New Orleans on a service learning trip during April vacation to help rebuild the City, the YMCA MARDI GRAS BENEFIT was born.  Last year they sold out Minglewood Tavern for a Mardi Gras concert featuring local New Orleans transplant, Henri Smith with Grammy-winning saxophonist Charles Neville (of the Neville Brothers).

This year, Latitude 43 and Minglewood Tavern are donating 10% of all food and beverage revenue from the entire day and night (starting at 11:30am RIGHT NOW!) to the YMCA trip.  And The Runaround Sound has generously donated their performance at Minglewood Tavern tonight so we can have a Mardi Gras party in snowbound Gloucester!  Here’s The Runaround Sound at the Middle East:

If you’re wondering what happened to the Henri Smith/Charles Neville concert — don’t worry, it’s been rescheduled for April 6 at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly (get tickets here).


Instagramming the Chocolate Tour

On Sunday afternoon, after baptizing five beautiful little babies, I ran out to do the Main Street chocolate tour! I Instagrammed my way from store to store, savoring the variety of chocolate offerings and getting heart stickers, signatures, and fancy checkmarks on my chocolate tour map. I didn’t win the gift certificate, but I had a great time!

Eco Boutique was giving cookies
Toodleloos had chocolate covered pretzels!
The Village Silversmith gave out little velvet bags with chocolate hearts!
The G33K store had “healthy” chocolates (no high fructose corn syrup, etc.)!
Chocolate chip cookies at Local Colors
Harbor Gifts had bags of dark chocolate
Island Art and Hobby had pretzels dipped in chocolate and coconut!
Little cookies at Mark Adrian Shoes
Cookies at Palazola’s!
Hot chocolate with peppermint Schnapps at Fred Bodin’s Historic Photo and Fine Art – scrumptious!

Don’t miss the next one!

Fr. Matthew Green

What Do You Love?


There isn’t a soul on earth who doesn’t love a good story, and last year I came up with an excuse to hear some of yours. Over at The Roving Home we hosted a “I Love My Vintage _____” contest for February where participants were asked to submit a photo of a favorite vintage item along with a few words explaining the reason for their affection. We had entries ranging from a vintage VW car passed down from father to daughter to a cache of letters written between family members over decades to favorite dishware acquired piece by piece. It was a lot of fun to see and read about the different pieces people value and the contest reminded anyone who followed along just why it is that we love old things. (Not that most of us need a reminder…)

So at the risk of bothering you again, I’m going to ask (again): what is your favorite vintage item? It can be something you came across last week or something you have held dear for a lifetime. If you don’t mind sharing a picture and your story, submit it to our Facebook page HERE. If you’re not a fan of all things Facebook (and if this is the case I am deeply supportive of your position), submit it via email to The deadline for submissions is this Friday, the day after Valentine’s Day. Voting will begin on Saturday and continue for a week, and this year’s prize is a vintage trophy and some coffee and chocolate in honor of the season of love. If you win the contest but have no interest in shiny trophies, vintage or otherwise, hate coffee and despise chocolate, we’ll work out another prize that will make your dead heart (just kidding) pound with happiness.

Vintage trophy, vintage diner coffee cup, fresh coffee and chocolate: deeeelightful!
Vintage trophy, vintage diner coffee cup, fresh coffee and chocolate: deeeelightful!