Statues & Plaques of Gloucester From Peter Dorsey


Possibly the largest plaque in the City of Gloucester is found 20 feet high set into the side of a 60′ high by 200′ wide glacial outcropping mass of granite at Stage Fort Park. This park is where the first settlement on the Eastern Shore of what would become the Massachusetts Bay Colony was first settled in 1623. The inhabitants came from Dorchester, England (which is in the Dorset region), and were first engaged in fishing. The wide open fields were used for drying the fish. This large rock outcropping was used first by the native inhabitants as an ancient ritual area, and is the most prominent geological feature in the area.

The bronze plaque and the extraordinary granite carving that surrounds it was placed there in 1907 by the Citizens of Gloucester to commemorate an important piece of arbitration and peace-making by the soon-to-become important governing citizen, Roger Conant. The peace-making efforts by Roger Conant enabled the settlement to continue peacefully between two groups of citizens who both wished to fish for cod in those coastal waters. I have provided close up photographs of the wonderful chiseling that produced links of chain and anchor elements out of the granite face into which the plaque was fastened.

There is a historical marker sign that was erected in 1930 which re-commerates Roger Conant’s action of peace-making for the 300th anniversary of the settlement.

Peter Dorsey

It’s a Dance Party Tonight!

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Saturday, March 16th, 7 -10pm 

The Cultural Center on Rocky Neck
6 Wonson St, Rocky Neck, Gloucester

We’ve got some great dance tunes loaded up on the ipod, a terrific sound system, a big wooden dance floor, now all we need is Y O U !

If you love to dance, have been looking for the opportunity to do so in a friendly, welcoming environment that is not a bar or club, this is the dance for you. Come one, come all, come alone and meet some new friends or bring your own bunch of friends. Dancing from the moment you walk in till the moment you leave, if that is what you like to do. All are welcome, all ages, everyone!!!!!!

If you wanna bring a snack to share, please do so. Bring your own beverage, of whatever sort. Please note that this not a drinking party, it’s a dance party.

Hope to see YOU there! The people make the party, hope you’ll help us make it a good one! PLEASE SHARE THIS AND INVITE OTHERS!

Suggested donation of $10 per person,
this is a fun, fundraiser to help support
The Cultural Center on Rocky Neck

Come On Down to the GMG/Farm Bar and Grille Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Event HAPPENING NOW Until 4:30!

Bill Kubicek ©Kim Smith 2013 copyEvil Knievil Bill Kubicek (and Next Step Director)

Bikini Speedo Dodgeball ©Kim Smith 2013

©Kim Smith 2013Bill Kubicek and Aria McElhenny

Aria John McElhenny ©KIm Smith 2013Aria and John McElhenny

Joey Ciaramitaro DJ Matt and Bill Kubicek ©Kim Smith 2013Joey Ciaramitaro, DJ Matt, and Bill Kubicek

The Women’s Fund of Essex County “Power of the Purse” Fundraising Event

The Women’s Fund of Essex County will host its fifth annual “Power of the Purse” fundraising event.  Inspired by the Victor Hugo saying, “As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled,” this signature event includes a ladies’ evening of fabulous hors d’oeuvres and wine, together with a raffle featuring chances to win distinctive purses and bags donated by renowned designers and retailers.  The fundraiser will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2013, from 6:30 until 9:00 p.m. at Brookwood School located off Rt. 127, in Manchester, MA.  All proceeds help fund special projects and annual grant awards made by The Women’s Fund.

Tory Burch Navy Purse

Just one of the many lovely purses that are featured in the raffle.

The Women’s Fund of Essex County was founded in 2003 to promote philanthropy and to raise and distribute funds to organizations that provide opportunities and solutions for women and girls in need throughout Essex County.

To date, The Fund has awarded over $500,000 in grants to Essex County nonprofit organizations.  The Women’s Fund is a field of interest fund of Essex County Community Foundation located in Danvers, MA.

Tickets for the event are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.  For more information, please visit

Check out Massachusetts HED’s promotion for the Creative Economy Industry and sign up!

Catherine Ryan Submits-

Hi Joey

Check out Massachusetts ’ Housing and Economic Development’s re-tooled creative industries website.

Congratulations to everybody there and to Massachusetts ’ Creative Economy Industry Director,

Helena Fruscio, for the recent roll out of a new initiatives, PR and website!

I hope they add a home page prompt box directly linking to the MCC’s Cultural Districts and vice versa

Also check out their good work featured today at the Massachusetts Creative Economy Council which is an advisory council to HED.

If you haven’t heard about today’s featured panelists, you should!

Blair Benjamin, Assets for Artists

Debi Kleiman, MITX, MITX Up

Tim Loew, Mass Digi, Games Challenge

Wendy Northcross, Cape Cod Chamber, Arts App

Sign up for HED’s MA Creative Industries newsletter and Facebook.

And Check out their GOOGLE MAP

I wrote them to add pushpins for some of our creative networks:

  • Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
  • All of the North Shore Cultural Districts
  • seARTS
  • HarborWalk
  • Good Morning Gloucester J

Come on Cultural Coast : Gloucester , Cape Ann and North Shore : Email them to add in yours!




Fisk open house last week

A week ago, C. B. Fisk had an open house and demo of an organ they recently finished and are shipping off to it’s destination in Japan.

The open house was well frequented, with lots of local people coming and going, munching on the tasty tidbits that were being offered and taking tours of the facility.  Organ students and other people from the organ’s destination in Japan were on site as well, some playing the organ and others strolling through the workshop.  I planned on getting lots of photos, but ended up in several engrossing conversations instead…  I got a few more photos of the workshop last year when I got a fascinating tour from my friend Rick Isaacs.  I continue to be amazed by the versatility and skill of the artisans at Fisk!

Fr. Matthew Green


Community Photos 3/16/13


I grew up in Magnolia/Gloucester and was in town last weekend visiting family. I took this shot at Good harbor Beach Sunday morning and my sister suggested I share it with you. It was an absolutely beautiful morning on the beach!!

Now that I live in Vermont, your site keeps me connected to all that I love and miss about my home town – thank you!!


Jennifer (Cavanaugh) Mathieson


Charlie Carroll Submits


Dodgeballers and Friends of Dodgeballers- Send In Your Pics from Today

We will be live tweeting pics today. If you come, tweet your dodgeball pics and add the #Dodgeball hashtag. I’ll feature your pics on GMG.
Or you can forward your pics and youtube videos to goodmorninggloucester and I’ll feature them.

Teams send in photos getting ready this morning too!

Are You Ready For This???????