Shrinkage For A Cause! Thanks To Jungle Silkscreening For The Awesome Job On The 2013 GMG/Farm Bar and Grille Bikini Speedo Dodgeball T Shirts

Dri-Fit Technical T-Shirts Made Possible By Jungle. for Our Dodgeball Competitors and Volunteers. They will be for sale on game day with all the money going to Next Step.

Check In On The Event Facebook Page For All The Details Here

T shirt design by Frankie Gwynn from the Farm and

T- Shirts Hot Off The Presses at Jungle Silkscreening

Front with the Logo


Back- Shrinkage For A Cause


Dodgeballers and Friends of Dodgeballers Don’t Forget to Come To The Farm Wednesday Night To Pick Up Your Dry- Fit Technical T-Shirts and Registrations Bring Your Uniforms for Approval and Get In The Harlem Shake Video we’ll be taping Wednesday night!

The event itself will be held at YMCA Camp Spindrift in West Gloucester. They have an ideal facility to accommodate this event as it grows. Parking will be at nearby Wingarsheek Beach and there will be a shuttle between the parking lot and Camp Spindrift.

On Wednesday, March 13th at 7pm there will be a COMPETITOR’S PRE-EVENT MEETING at the Farm Bar & Grille in Essex, MA (233 Western Ave). The purpose of this meeting will be to give the athletes their tshirts and wristbands, as well as go over the rules of play and verify athletes’ age and make sure swimwear is all legal. At least one person from each team should be present. The idea here is to make everything run smoothly on the day of the event.

The Farm Bar & Grille and Good Morning Gloucester together with YMCA Camp Spindrift present the 3rd annual outdoor bikini/speedo dodgeball tournament to benefit Next Step, a charity that provides aid to children and young adults with life threatening illnesses (








Peter Dorsey Does Joan of Arc


I have been looking at some of the commemorative statues that there are around Gloucester. There’s art and history in so many places. One is a WWI memorial and is a large statue of Joan of Arc on a horse in Legion Square at the intersection of Washington and Middle streets. The imposing bronze statue, which was dedicated in 1921, is one and a quarter times life size, stands on top of a large carved granite base. There are bronze plaques on either side listing “The Sons of Gloucester Who Gave Their Lives in the Great World War” and decorative plaques at either end. Wrapping around the base is a granite bench; perhaps designed so people might sit there with friends and family, and reminisce. There are beach stones surrounding the monument, and set into the ground like cobblestones.

Designed by Anna Hyatt Huntington (1876-1973), her original Joan of Arc statue won an honorable mention at a Paris art show. There were four other Joan of Arc statues cast by her that were placed in either New York City, San Francisco, Quebec, Canada and Blois, France. Huntington was 34 when she made the original plaster statue in her family’s studio in 1910 which was near Annisquam. It has been reported that the horse was modeled after one of the East Gloucester Fire Station’s horses, and that “Joan” was actually Anna’s, niece who was sitting on a barrel.

For those who have never looked closely at this imposing statue and monument, I suggest they park, and carefully walk to the center of the square. It is truly an artistic masterpiece!

Peter Dorsey

Cape Ann Giclee is hosting a Good Morning Gloucester FOB art and photography show

Hi Joey,

Cape Ann Giclee is hosting a Good Morning Gloucester FOB art and photography show here at our studio/gallery March 29th – April 7th. We will be displaying and making available for sale the work we have printed for GMG FOBs notables such as founder of the blog Joey C, Kim Smith, Donna Ardizzoni, Thom Falzarano and others – full list to follow. We will be donating our 15% gallery commission to the Cape Ann Food Pantry. We will also have a friendly best in show competition and award the first, second and third place winners with Cape Ann Giclee gift certificates in the amounts of $100, $50 and $25 respectively. To kick this show off and give a good start we will host an opening party on March 29th from 5pm – 9 pm. We hope that people will join us to celebrate the work of the many talented FOBs we are lucky to have here on Cape Ann.

For FOBs who have not spoken to us about submitting work for the show please contact us or just come on by the studio.


Cape Ann Giclee
20 Maplewood Ave
Gloucester, MA 01930

Pat Conant, alias Cammygrammy Represents! in Tuscon AZ

Pat Conant, alias Cammygrammy, represents while visiting her daughter in Tucson, Arizona. Woke this morning to snow on the mountains in the desert. Nothing to compare to the storm in Gloucester. Bring on spring!!

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Sista Felicia Does St. Joseph’s Day Pasta For The Gloucester Times Taste of The Times

From The Gloucester Daily Times-

When Felicia was growing up this special recipe was prepared by her Aunt “FeFe“, Vincie and Uncle Mike (Militello). Now she makes it herself and passes along the family’s recipe secrets. The main ingredients are cauliflower, fava beans, and the ferns on top of the anise bulbs. In fact, since the grocers and supermarkets typically throw away this part of the plant before even putting it on the shelf, Felicia goes around each year to remind them to avoid that for this special week of St. Joseph’s Day so that she and others can properly make the dish.

Her aunt and uncle FeFe and Vincie used to create an alter every St. Joseph’s Day and that became very big, so big that many people came each year to pay their respects and eat some of the special pasta dish. The pasta sauce was served over home made St. Joseph fettuccini pasta. What made this St. Joseph Pasta is that all the flower used to prepare the feast was blessed by a priest the day before St. Joseph day. It was done, in fact, at a very special mass in Aunt FeFe and Uncle Vincie’s home in front of her alter. You cannot get much more authentic than that.


You can read my buddy Heather Atwood’s article about Felicia and St Joseph’s Traditions here-

Feast of St. Joseph fare celebrates workers

More St. Joseph Day Preparation Photos with Sista Felicia and Family

Thank you Felicia and Family for sharing your blessed and beautiful St. Joseph Day celebration. Thank you Sefatia for your stellar explanations of the traditions during filming this past weekend. Thank you Orlando Family for welcoming me to your home last year to share your beautiful novenas, which has helped enormously in developing the St. Joseph Day film project.  Thank you Grace and Giambanco Sisters and Family for providing the first of many interviews to come. And my deepest thanks to all the Gloucester Families who are opening their hearts and homes this coming week during filming.

Sista Felicia making pasta © Kim Smith 2013

Sista Felicia’s pasta is the lightest, tenderest, sweetest melt-in-your mouth “bista” you can possibly imagine.

Barry Mohan Sista Felicia making pasta © Kim Smith 2013

Everyone lends a hand in the making, including teens Amanda, BJ, and Sabrina, and with Felicia’s husband Barry, Grandma Pat, Aunt Gina, nieces, cousins, great aunts, and friends. That’s really the best part–everyone working together to keep the traditions alive by creating a beautiful and memorable event for loved ones.

Pat Ciaramitaro Sista Felicia making pasta © Kim Smith 2013 Over thirty pounds of semolina flour was purchased for the pasta. Every slender slice was gone by the end of the day, either eaten or given away to all who came to the Ciaramitaro-Mohan St. Joseph Day Feast.

Amanda Mohan Sista Felicia making pasta © Kim Smith 2013BJ Mohan Sabrina Sista Felicia making pasta © Kim Smith 2013Sabrina and BJ Mohan Sista Felicia making pasta 2 © Kim Smith 2013Pat Mom and Sista Felicia making pasta © Kim Smith 2013St. Joseph Day Feast Preparations

So much music at Shalin Liu this summer, you’d think it was in New York City ~ plus a tip for parents & young music fans

Karen Herlitz of Rockport Music sent the following along with a gorgeous PDF (get it here) full of pictures and a complete schedule for this year’s Rockport Chamber Music Festival, the Summer at Rockport season and the Rockport Music Jazz Festival.  Subscription tickets go on sale March 27.  These concerts always sell out, so don’t delay.

Now, we also got a very nice booklet in the mail (see a PDF of it here), and under the heading DISCOUNTS, it says YOUTH: 18 and under are eligible for free tickets (limited number available).  So, check out the summer schedule and call Rockport Music 978.546.7391 to see if you can get some of those free tickets for your kids.  Live music is the best way to inspire your kids to appreciate the music you love!

Rockport Music

Announces the

32nd Season Rockport Chamber Music Festival


Summer at Rockport

2nd Annual Rockport Music Jazz Festival

And Folk, World, and Pop Music

Rockport Music is pleased to announce our 32nd Season of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival and 2nd Annual Rockport Music Jazz Festival that will be held in our stunning, seaside Shalin Liu Performance Center.

The 32nd Rockport Chamber Music Festival opens with pianists Peter Serkin and David Deveau with A Far Cry chamber orchestra on June 7th performing J.S. Bach’s Double Concertos for Two Keyboards and Strings.  Other Festival highlights include chamber ensembles Jupiter String Quartet, Vega String Quartet, Calder Quartet, and the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, as well as violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and International Tchaikovsky Cello Competition gold medalist Sergey Antonov.  Highlights of the pianists performing this year include Joyce Yang, Dubravka TomšiÄŤ, and Russell Sherman.

Two exciting additions this year include early music productions–Gotham Early Music Scene presenting their highly acclaimed production of Play of Daniel and the Boston Early Music Festival presentation of works by Marc-Antoine Charpentier.  The Festival concludes on July 14th with the internationally acclaimed Canadian Brass.

The Rockport Music Jazz Festival and Summer at Rockport concerts are held in July and August and offer a variety of music from folk icon Judy Collins to ten-time Grammy® Award-winning super group Manhattan Transfer to three-time Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis performing with jazz pianist Joey Calderazzo.

Thursday ♪♫♪ Dave Sag’s Blues Party ♪♫♪ with Orville Giddings and Mark Earley@The Rhumb Line and more.

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New hours – 8-11

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Dave says,

It’s a double whammy this week as I  get to hang out and play not only once, but twice in a row with that  famous jongleur, former rockstar,  Gleem® spokesmodel and all-around Ipswich Idol: Mr. Orville Giddings. I’m talking about Wed. nite at Chianti’s in Beverly AND Thurday nite at the Rhumb Line. Worse, we’re being joined at the hip by my good friend and industrial tenor tooter, Mr. Mark Earley. Even better, we got our  general egg-beater Mr. Steevie Chaggaris to pound the skins. It’s gonna be a blast as we drill down deep into the bedrock and dig out the gems. So, skip your dentures appointment and hurry on down, either Wed. at Chianti’s from 7:30 to 10-30, or Thursday at the Rummie from 8 to 11. Or both. See you there!

Orville Giddings


Mark Earley

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Fly Amero interviewed by Vintage Guitar Magazine

Hello friends!
It is my honor to announce…
features an interview with me in its newly released
May issue… the one with Buddy Guy on the cover!

Available online and in stores today.  
Believe me… this is a big
deal!  I am humbled!  Here’s a link.  Grab a copy.  Let me know
what you think!   

“Flash Mob” for the Grace Center

Glow with Grace

WHO: All members of the Cape Ann Community wishing to support Grace Center, Inc.

WHEN: Saturday, March 23 – Registration between 6:00-7:00 p.m. March begins at 7:15 p.m.

WHERE: Meet at Gloucester High School to join others as we march to Stacey Boulevard and then return to Gloucester High School.

WHY: To raise visibility and awareness for the Grace Center, a day resource center to help those in crisis.        @GraceCenterInc

– Fr. Matthew Green

Pet of the Week-Rudy!

pet of the week, rudy, adopt, dogs


Hi!  My name is Rudy, I am a two-month-old Terrier mix boy pup.  I love to play and have fun! My siblings and I are at the Cape Ann Animal Aid located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, located at Four Paws Lane in Gloucester.

I love it here.  The staff and volunteers are so friendly and kind and they play with me! You might want to visit and see other photos of me!  I will be medium size when all grown.  I have a handsome brown and reddish coat.

My brother is a little smaller, not much; just a little – maybe this is because I am three minutes older!!


I don’t think Rudy will stay at the shelter very long! What a handsome pup.



Plum Island Houses Toppling Into Water Nothing New- 1976 Photo From Fred Bodin

Plum Island

Storm Damage, 1976 – Like Only Yesterday


It’s been going on for a long time on Plum Island, MA, and elsewhere along coastal New England. I have a liking for Plum Island, because I surf fished there for years when I lived in Boston. When this hit the TV news, I drove right up and photographed this tragedy in 1976. I felt so, so bad for the folks who owned this vintage home. I believe it was owned by a Boston (Harvard?) professor. It had been there for many years. How many generations enjoyed delightful meals made on that old stove? Best of luck to those currently impacted, and to the rows of houses behind them.

Fredrik D. Bodin

Bodin Historic Photo

Community Photos 3/12/13

Dwight Hebert submits-

Look close and you can see the resident on his deck eyeballing this wave

Bass Rocks March 9th 2013


Saw some storm photos on Good Morning Gloucester and thought we’d share a couple of post-storm Good Harbor Beach shots taken from the Blue Shutters on Saturday and Sunday. There are even more photos on our Facebook page and blog

The good news – as you can see from the “sun rays “ shot, Good Harbor is as beautiful as ever after a tough few days.

Tony, Patty, Ed & AnnMarie

Blue Shutters Beachside Inn

Pat Morss submits-

Joey:  The storm was impressive, but the day after was awesome.  “Pat”

Spring Ride from John Wright

Hi Joey,
Took this pic a couple of years ago. A wasp floating on a whirly-gig going downstream.
A hint of Spring ..
Thanks and BTW I voted for GMG for BONS and saw the overwhelming results. It’s a slam dunk!


Sandy Chadwick contributes-

Hi Joey

Love GMG.  Took a couple of photos this morning off of Atlantic Ave as the tide was coming in.  Don’t know if you can use them. I love all the beautiful photographs of Gloucester that readers contribute.

Sandy Chadwick

Atlantic Ave March 10, 2013View from Atlantic Avenue

Community Stuff 3/12/13



On Cape Ann Profiles host Rich Sagall interviews David Tower, Steve Whittey and Neil Dineen, three Cape Ann wine makers.

David Tower, founder of a Massachusetts winery in the 1980’s with an annual production of 16,000 cases, now leads a small winemaking group that produces 2,000 bottles a year.  He has a Master’s degree in winemaking and two years apprenticeship in Germany’s wine country. He’s currently the chemistry teacher at Rockport High School.

Steve Whittey, a Gloucester native, is a West Point graduate and retired US Army Major. He is also a recently retired Rockport High School math teacher. As assistant winemaster, he aids Tower in the technical aspects of the winemaking and leads the wine crew.

Neil Dineen has been teaching history for 32 years, both in Virginia and Massachusetts. He is the current high school history teacher at Rockport High School. Involved with the wine group since 1996, he enjoys the people and the winemaking and says his extended family loves the gifts.Cape Ann Profiles can be seen on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 on Friday, March 15 at 10:30AM and 7:00PM and on Sunday, March 17 at 2:00PM. It repeats on Friday, March 22 at 10:30AM and 7:00PM and on Sunday, March 24 at 2:00PM

St Patty's Day at Seaport Grille

March 11th-17th  All Week

Corned Beef Dinner with Cabbage, Irish Soda Bread, Potatoes, Carrots, Turnip & Green Beer!


Come join the fun