Andrea Gail Model Complete Thanks To Help From GMGers!

Lisa Freed writes-


Hey Joey


My dad finished building the model of Andrea Gail. Couldn’t have done it without the help of the GMG readers and the history/photos and knowledge they emailed us. Individual pieces, hand built, all from those photos, and research.


Thank you again!




Greetings all:

FINALLY! The long-awaited Vernal Equinox arrives on Wednesday, March 20th at 7:02 am EDT. Crocus are blooming and the days are lengthening. May the miracle of Spring bring you as much joy as it does to me!

Tom Philbrook


Always wanted to live on Rocky Neck?

amy bell house

For sale by owner:  distinctive, recently renovated 1200 s.f. two-bedroom home in the heart of “America’s Oldest Working Art Colony” on historic Rocky Neck in Gloucester, MA. With Smith Cove as the vibrant backdrop, enjoy two harbor-facing decks, an open floor plan, chef’s kitchen with restaurant-style stove and granite countertops, gas fireplace, airy master bedroom with deck and wet bar, 1 1/2 designer baths with spa tub and glass-enclosed shower, insulated multi-paned French doors and windows and refinished hardwood floors throughout. Large closets, full basement and attic provide plenty of storage.  Brand new roof, new gas furnace and new state of the art tankless hot water system.   Includes charming detached 220 s.f. garden cottage complete with kitchenette and full bath to use as studio, guest quarters, gallery, or legal rental unit.  Private landscaped backyard with deck and grape arbor. Crushed stone driveway provides parking for up to four cars. 

Price:  $595 K 

Contact us:   at (978) 282-9540 or to schedule a visit to see this property.

Visit to see photos of this lovely Rocky Neck home.

Dan King with Brown, Mattacks & Ginandes @ Jalapenos tonight

Just got the word from DB that Dan King will be joining the boys at Jalapenos tonight before he flies back to the west coast.  Here’s a nice video, albeit a bit shaky, shot  by Ned Nugent, of the boys at Jalapenos last May — one of my favorite Dan King songs.

More KBMG live videos here.

Happy St. Joseph’s Day!

Viva San Giuseppe!

St. Joseph Trolley Party ©Kim Smith 2013

St. Joseph Trolley Party

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A huge heartfelt thanks to All the Gloucester Families Helping with the San Giuseppe Film Project. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

A special thank you to Sefatia for organizing the trolley, and for being the best most spectacular hostess for the St. Joseph trolley. Traveling from home to home, she knows by heart, and explains in great detail, each of the family’s alar traditions and stories. She also manages to keep the trolley gang together (all 50 or so). Thanks to Sefatia, no one was left behind!

Thanks to Mayor Kirk for sharing in the St. Joseph trolley and festivities. Gloucester is so blessed to have the BEST Mayor ever!

Thanks to CATA and Ed Sallah for donating the trolley. Ed is an amazing driver and was so considerate towards each and every member of our exuberant party.

Ciaramitaro Family and Friends St. Joseph 2013

A special thanks to Felicia and her family and friends. Felicia is the first to say she could not have done it without her dear husband Barry, her mom Pat, son BJ, daughter Amanda, her beautiful aunts and gamatis, and all her friends and family, working alongside her, from sunrise until the well past the midnight hour. 

Felicia Ciaramitaro and friends ©Kim Smith 2013

Felicia and Her Best Gamatis ~ Le migliori amiche*

A very special thank you to Joey for inviting me to participate in his family’s St. Joseph festivities last year, which planted the seed for the St. Joseph film project. 

Photos of each of the families interviewed coming this week. 

* Thanks to Paul Frontiero for the correct spelling of best girlfriends.

Larry Coryell Power Trio will knock your socks off on Friday

If you saw jazz guitar master Larry Coryell back in November 2010 when he played a benefit for seARTS, you already know what I’m talking about.  At the risk of dating myself (this is Peter, not Vickie) I was mesmerized when I saw him on tour with Gary Burton back in the late sixties/early 70s (I was in high school).

Larry Coryell is a master, plain and simple.  And you’ve got a chance to see him with his Power Trio (Larry Coryell on guitar, Larry Gray on bass & Paul Wertico on drums) this Friday at Shalin Liu (get tickets here). You might think of jazz guitar as beautiful, lyrical and highly improvisational, if a little on the quiet side.  Here’s a video of Larry’s Power Trio showing off Paul Wertico on drums — spectacular!  Anything but quiet.

Here’s what it says on the Rockport Music website:

Known as the pioneer guitarist merging jazz, rock, free-form improvisations, and Eastern influences, Larry Coryell brings his eclectic style back to the Shalin Liu Performance Center this March. Described by critic Whitney Balliett as “the most innovative and original guitarist since Charlie Christian,” Coryell’s career spans four decades, over 60 albums (dozens more as a sideman), and performances with some of music’s heavy-weights like Eric Clapton, John Scofield, Elvin Jones, and Chick Corea, to name a few. Also a consummate composer, he tells Rockport Music, “I write music because I can’t help it. I think perhaps I want to complement all the great compositions already out there…Wayne Shorter and Sonny Rollins come to mind, and of course, Monk!” Coryell’s personal philosophy of music has kept his playing fresh and exciting, and makes each of his personal appearances a special event.

“…Coryell played poetically, switching between unhurried, unmetered passages and a subtly swaying backbeat. Before long, however, the guitarist was throwing off fleet runs and venturing far afield harmonically, onceagain swept up in the exuberance of the moment.” – Chicago Tribune

Gloucester Friends Represent at Saint Joseph’s Celebration in Valencia Spain known as Las Fallas Festival

Our friends Tom & Lorna are in Valencia and shared these photos and the video.  The City of Valencia is given over to a carnival of bonfires, fiesta, fireworks and a healthy dose of satire known as Las Fallas, the fires.

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Displayed on every corner all over the city are colourful ninots, giant papier-mâché figures often 20 feet tall or even more that have been paraded through the streets and then placed in fantasy groups to tower over excited spectators. Each one in some way satirises a political figure, or a soap star, or more exotic creatures from the movies, TV, sports idols, or simply imagination. Some of them are grotesque – others playful and charming – all are larger than life and up for public scrutiny.

Every day at 2pm firecrackers rip through the Plaza del Ayuntamiento in an noisy event called la Mascletá. This concert of gunpowder is very popular and involves different neighbourhood groups competing for the most impressive volley, ending with theterremoto, (literally means “earthquake”) as hundreds of masclets exploting simultaneously. While this may not be for the frail or faint-fainthearted, you understand how hearted, the Valencians got their valiant name.

Another important event is the Ofrenda de Flores a la Virgen de los Desamparados, a beautiful ceremony every March 17 and 18, that honours Valencia’s patron Virgin. Thousands of Falleras andFalleros arrive to the city from every corner of the Comunitat (Valencia State) and take the streets wearing traditional costumes and dancing to their neighbourhood or village bands as they wend their way to the Plaza de la Virgen to offer bouquets to the giant image of the Virgin.  You can also check out this video, image this on main street!!

Our friend Tom representing in Valencia, Spain

Do you think our Block Parties could be like this?

Paella cooking right in the street.
Paella cooking right in the street.

Cape Ann Symphony will play “Romantic Masters” on Sunday, March 24th at 2 p.m. at Manchester High School



SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2013, 2PM

Having appeared as a soloist with many symphony orchestras and in many of the world’s leading concert venues, David Deveau is critically acclaimed internationally. He has received the prestigious Solo Recitalist Award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Concert Artist Guild Award. David has been the Artistic Director of Rockport Music and the Rockport Chamber Music Festival since 1995.


Three Sheets to the Wind opened for Gordon Bok at the Old Sloop Coffeehouse

…and I got some photos!

The concert was almost two weeks ago, but I’ve been too busy to get the photos ready until now… I have wanted to see Gordon Bok in concert since I was a child, so it was great to finally have the chance! And “Three Sheets to the Wind” are a great group to hear and to sing with. It was a wonderful evening of music!

Fr. Matthew Green

Singing Beach Beat Up From Recent Storms- Photos From Allison Sigrist

singing beach erosion


Hi Joey,

Here are some storm damage photos from Singing Beach, if you’d like to post them. Several feet of sand just left, and lots of rocks exposed. You can see just how much, since the recreation area line is now way above ground level. The beach was literally flattened by the storms.

-Allison Sigrist