Bob Ritchie’s Grandkids Represent! In SE Asia

Hi Joey,

My dad, Bob Ritchie (of Dogtown Books) gave us a GMG Sticka for Christmas.  We brought it along on our trip to SE Asia this month.  Here are some photos, hope you like them!  Here are Evelyn, Daniel and Edward with The Sticka in:

Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia

GMG Angkor

Phuket Butterfly Garden in Phuket Thailand (no Monarchs here!)

GMG Butterfly

and on Gloucester Road in Hong Kong

GMG Glou Rd

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.

Today we take a look at Turner’s Seafood. are particularly interested in their skinning machine (see video).



Photos © Kathy Chapman 2013 and
© Marty Luster 2013



Local Merchants represent GMG at the New England Boat Show in Boston

Tobin from Cape Ann Marina Resort, John from Voyager Marine in Essex and Brown’s Boat Yard.  Rick and I love going to the boat show, we wish to thank our client Voyager Marine for the tickets.  Lots of fun and will be posting more photos tomorrow.

February 22, 2013 Brown

February 22, 2013 John

February 22, 2013 Tobin

Craig Kimberley’s Show Airs Tonight

Yo yo yo, so here’s my first show to air tonight at 7pm on The Outdoor Ch. – Comcast ch. 127, non HD around here, boo.
But anyways, it’s the first of 2 Georges Bank Tuna shows I did as Director/DP/Editor. It’s also my international debut!
So yes, your boy, from Gloucester, directed, shot, and edited the entire show, one man production BOOOM!
(Take that Wicked Tuna’s huge Hollywood crew, and budget! Local boys can get r done, too!)

I did some shots at the Man at the Wheel in this episode. And in the next one in 2 weeks, we go into a little depth w the Man at the Wheel shots again.

Photo attached of a tuna we caught, w show times.


Touch screen gloves

Your phone rings and you have to take your gloves off to answer, at the ATM, gloves off again, I Pads, gas pumps, etc.  It can be a nuisance.  Now there is a better solution, they are called smarTouch gloves.  You can go to following link to see more information about these gloves.  Some are expensive, but I actually saw them at local stores for less.  Thinking of getting myself a pair.


NSC Big Money Raffle copy

The Northeast Seafood Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to working to preserve the long-term health of fishery resources, fishing communities and the fishing industry of the northeast United States – will host its annual “Big Money Raffle” fundraiser on Saturday, February 23 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Gloucester House Restaurant. All proceeds from the event go toward supporting the work and mission of the Northeast Seafood Coalition.
The “2013 Big Money Raffle” is an evening filled with fresh and local seafood, entertainment, live and silent auctions, great company, and of course – the Big Money Raffle! Tickets are currently on sale for the raffle, and the prizes are outstanding. With each $100 ticket purchased, you have the chance to win $10,000, $5,000, $2,000, $1,000 or $500. Local seafood for the event is donated by BASE New England, DJ Scottie Mac provides musical entertainment, and State Senator Bruce Tarr will auction off a variety of truly fantastic items.
Some of the highlighted items up for bid include:
· original paintings by local artists
· premium-seat tickets to sporting events
· lobster pot chairs
· safety equipment for fishermen
· restaurant gift certificates
· recreational charter boat gift certificates
· vessel haul-ups
· and more
Only 500 tickets will be sold, and they’re going fast! Get your tickets today by calling (978) 283-9992 or (978) 269-4555 and ask for Chris.
If businesses would like to contribute an auction item, please call the Northeast Seafood Coalition office at (978) 283-9992 for more information.
Christine Sherman
Tel: (978) 283-9992
Mobile: (978) 269-4555

gloucester harbor collage copy

I’ve donated the Artist Proof of photo montage “Glorious Gloucester” framed as an auction item. Those of you who said you loved it, this is your chance to get the only signed Artist Proof that will be available for this Limited Edition print and help the Northeast Seafood Coalition in the process.

E.J. Lefavour

How to catch up on everything you missed — or thought you missed

For all of you who missed recent TV & Radio premieres and shows, here’s how you can catch up:
Henley Douglas premiered on Meg Griffin’s Sirius Radio show last Friday (see details in this post).  Catch it again tomorrow (Sat) at 9pm.  Then again Sun, Mar 3 @ 5pm and Mon, Mar 25 @ 4pm.

Charlie Farren premiered on Local Music Seen with Allen Estes on Wednesday (see details in this post)  Catch him again on Sunday 2/24 @ 6pm.  Then again on Wed 2/27 @6:30pm, Fri 3/1 @ 1:30pm and Sun 3/3 @ 6pm.

chelseaChelsea Berry’s shows at Shalin Liu, originally scheduled for February 8 & 9 have been rescheduled to next weekend (Fri 3/1 and Sat 3/2).  Saturday is sold out, but you can still get seats to Friday 3/1 here.

The Henri Smith / Charles Nevile benefit for Y Teens Rebuild New Orleans originally scheduled for Feb 8 has been rescheduled to Saturday, April 6.  You can still get tickets and VIP Packages here.

Last, but certainly not least, this weekend you can choose from 2 dozen live shows all over Cape Ann — and plenty of them with start times early enough to bring the kids.  See the complete weekend live music schedule here.

Banned: The Abominable Words Horror, Zombie, and Terror

The Golden Age of DC Comics

Interestingly, in light of the recent discussion about hyper political correctness on GMG, Wednesday an interview aired on NPR with Paul Levitz, former DC Comics president and author of the new book The Golden Age of DC Comics. He spoke about the Great Comic Book Scare, and how censorship of comic books stifled the creativity of the authors and artists for nearly 20 years. Through the 1930s-1940s comic books were often thought to be violent, weird, and scary. American psychologist and morality crusader Fredric Wertham led the charge in censoring comics with his book Seduction of the Innocent, published in 1954. One particular noteworthy claim of Wertham’s is that Wonder Woman’s strength and independence made her a lesbian.

Seduction of the innocent

Wertham blamed comics for causing maladjusted and juvenile delinquents (sound familiar to video gamers?). The movement to censor comics grew and soon schools were holding comic book burnings, distributors refused to sell comic books, and senate subcommittee hearings were held. Subsequently 75% of the comic book publishers were forced out of business. In order to appease the morality police and stay in business, the remaining comic book publishers formed the self-regulating Comics Code Authority. The use of words such as “horror,” “ zombie,” and “terror” were banned.

The Adventures of Tin Tin Volume 1

Both my kids loved from a very young age (and still do) the comic albums by Hergé, The Adventures of Tin Tin (published 1929-1976).  I worried about the salty and perpetually drunk Captain Haddock, racial stereotypes, and colonialism. On the other hand, Hergé’s drawings are exquisite, the characters utterly engaging, and around-the-world adventures well researched and exciting. We explained to our kids that The Adventures of Tin Tin were written in the spirit of the time.

Recent GMG Posts About Hyper Political Correctness:

Pickles and How The PC Police Runs Rough Shod Over America

Poll- Is Lenny Bruce Offensive?

While we’re on the Subject

The Wilkins Noise is where it’s at tonight @ The Dog Bar Cape Ann 9:00pm


TONIGHT! This is Luke’s last performance on the East Coast. Come get funked up, gypsied out and folkified with us! — with Leo CiaramitaroRyan Goodhue and Luke Conlin.

Listen here > click the listen now button on the top right.



Where’s Skipper?

A fun contest from the Gloucester Dog Park…

Where’s Skipper?


By now, you’ve probably seen Skipper the dog as you drive past Grant Circle, where – day after day – he served as a reminder of the funds being raised to complete and maintain the Gloucester Dog Park.

This week, Skipper was moved to a new location in Gloucester! Have you spotted him yet? The first Good Morning Gloucester reader to find Skipper and correctly name his new location in the comments section of this post will win a Gloucester Dog Park t-shirt, as well as a bandana for your dog. Ready. Set. Go find Skipper!


Community Stuff 2/22/13

stone wall historian speaking at library

Drive along any back road in New England and you’ll most likely see miles and miles of stone walls.  These walls can teach you much about the commercial and cultural history of an area if you know how to read them.  Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, has been building and studying the stone walls of New England for nearly forty years. He distills his years of experience into principles and practices that are adaptable to a wide variety of designs and circumstances. Travelling throughout New England, Gardner has been speaking at dozens of historical societies, bookstores, and libraries.  He seeks to refocus attention on these fascinating landmarks, explaining why and how they were originally built and how their styles have changed over time.  On the practical side, he also provides tips and techniques for restoring stone walls as well as information about design and materials for preservation.

Gardner has also worked as a feature writer and producer for New Hampshire Public Radio and as an actor, critic and teacher of theatre.  His book, The Granite Kiss (Countryman Press), received  great critical response and was selected as one of the top fifty books of 2001 by Christian Science Monitor.

Gardner will be appearing at the Sawyer Free Library to discuss not only the history and philosophy behind New England stone walls but also to give amateur wall builders some hints on basic techniques.  Along the way, Gardner will consider the mythology of the stone wall and its place in the New England imagination. As part of his presentation, Gardner builds a miniature stone wall atop his podium/table, illustrating the techniques he is teaching. 

Gardner’s presentation on Saturday, March 9, will run from 2 to 4 pm in the Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Avenue. The program is part of the Gloucester Lyceum’s Adult Lecture Series and will include a question/answer period during which attendees are encouraged to bring up questions or problems concerning their own projects.   The program is free and open to the public.

September 24, 2010
This image is believed to be a view from the top of the hill near the exit 4 southbound off ramp on 93, looking towards Derry, New Hampshire.


Inn Magnolia announces our third annual Women’s Retreat Weekend: Relax and Renew – April 12, 13, & 14

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Join Inn Magnolia for a weekend of relaxation and strengthening of the mind and body. Our practitioners will pamper and inspire you to take on the spring with a rejuvenated approach and an optimistic outlook. The weekend is chock-full of activities, which range from sublimely calming to joyously energizing, and we have some special offerings to satisfy your tastebuds (all meals are provided).  Group sessions in Yoga, Alexander Technique, Meditation, and an inspirational talk, as well as one hour-long and one twenty-minute-long private session in a selection of massage techniques are ALL INCLUDED. We made sure you will have a wee bit of time free to explore the beautiful beach and incredible conservation land nearby, or just to curl up and read, but you’ll want to take advantage of all the programming that is provided by our extraordinary practitioners.

Our past two retreats have brought together an incredible set of warm, intelligent and friendly guests and practitioners.  We can’t wait to meet this year’s group!

Prices range from $295-$465 per person, including lovely accommodations.  Our early-bird rates apply to those who sign up before March 31.

Please see events.html for more information, or email us at

Thank you!