Tuffy Represents! In Honduras

Today at Anthony’s key resort ( A.K.R. ) Roatan . Gracie is twenty years old and has two babies (dolphins ) .We meet them both . One is six and the other is just over a year old and is still nursing.There are thirty dolphins here that are well kept and highly trained .The dolphins are beautiful animals and extremely intelligent .You can spend time with them or put on snorkel equipment and swim with them and their babies .They jump , tail dance and come up and laugh at you .  A.K.R.  Is a first class resort.It’ s known for it’s dive center, dolphins,horseback riding and dining . Everything is all inclusive ………..part of getting stronger — is knowing when to rest .  NAMASTE

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Spring Has Sprung: Cape Ann Seasonal Openings Part I

Today, the first day of spring, the water is a brisk 39 F but Summer is just around the corner and with it the seasonal openings of restaurants on Cape Ann.

Saturday, March 30, Top Dog of Rockport opens. A clam roll at a picnic table outside. That is Rubber Duck’s official start of the season. Ward off the chill with a Hot Chihuahua Dog with Chili Cheese Fries.

Thursday, April 11, Lobsta Land Restaurant opens. Just say “Lobsta Land!” out loud three times. Quack quack quack, Rubber Duck feels better already. RD had to check their Twitter to find the date. Their website still just says “closed for winter.” Bad Lobsta Land. Engage in all social media.

Thursday, April 11, Captain Carlo’s opens.

Friday April 12th, Dairy Train in Rockport opens.

Thursday, April 18 The Rudder opens.

Note to Restaurateurs of Cape Ann: Do you want patrons when you open your doors this season? Then update your web page!! Update your facebook page!! Rubber Duck should not have to turn over every facebook, web or twitter rock and still have a hard time finding your opening date! Too many places still had, “We’re closing this week for the winter, come back in the spring.” Not good. Update and make a comment on this post and Rubber Duck will add your restaurant to Seasonal Openings Part II.

Rubber Duck chillin' at Duckworth's Bistrot
Rubber Duck chillin’ at Duckworth’s Bistrot

Happy First Day of Spring!

Never put the kid’s boots away, until after St. Joseph’s Day!

Magnolia 'Alexandrina' Buds ©Kim Smith 2013

New England springs are predictably unpredictable. The above photo of Magnolia ‘Alexandrina’ was taken exactly one year ago. The Ciaramitaro’s Auntie Elenanor reminds everyone of an old Gloucester saying ~ Never put the kid’s boots away, until after St. Joseph’s Day!

Happy First Day of Spring!

Happy Birthday to my son Alex!

First Blues Fest Performer Announced — and he’s HOT!

Bob Hastings sent me an email last night announcing the first act to be booked for this year’s Gloucester Blues Festival.  His name is Anthony Gomes and he’s a smokin’ guitar player as you can see by the video below.

Here’s the thing: He’s not even the headliner … Whew!  This will be a spectacular Blues Festival.

You can’t get tickets yet, but you can save the date, which is August 10 at Stage Fort Park.  Remember, you heard it here on GMG first and you can trust GMG to let you know the minute tickets  go on sale.  In case you’re one of the unfortunates who missed last year’s Blues Fest,  see some videos here.

No, you don’t want to miss this year, do you?

Thursday Night Blues Party with Dave Sag’s to host Steve Sadler, Dave Brown and Dave Mattacks 8-11 @ The Rhumb Line

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Dave says,

The Large Hadron Collider is proud to present the mashup of the Gods this week as we attempt to create the Higgs Boson’s mate right here at the Rhumb Line. They said it couldn’t  be done but they didn’t know we have slide swami Dave Brown being helped out by the commodious Steve Sadler and venerable Dave Mattacks. The sorties will accelerate around the track as the vibrating cesium atom ticks and tocks until critical mass is reached and unused brain cells splatter all over the place. Bring a dustpan! And rubber gloves!
But seriously, folks, this is going to be a very special night with dancing  girls in grass skirts and plenty of umbrellas in the drinks, so, get there early and croon the night away. Oh, and remember : our special new hours are 8 to 11.

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The Bandit Kings ~Tonight @ The Monagle Sessions ~ MinglewoodAtLat43 9:00pm

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Bandit Kings live at MinglewoodAtLat43 – 9:00pm-12:00am

This is the last show with all the Bandit Kings before Dan King returns back to the West Coast. I am so looking forward to three sets versus the half an hour at the Monday night jam, but at this point I’ll take what I can get. Great original music, songs that you can relate to and ones that make you feel like you are there, especially “Carnival”.

It was great to see the band member  smiling during their performance at the jam. It’s good to be whole.

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Here’s a great mix of songs that Sharon Lowe was able to capture of The Bandit Kings, enjoy!



2013 GMG/ Farm Bar and Grille Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Action Shots From David Cox

Once again I’d like to thank Rick Doucette and Camp Spindrift for being incredible hosts and for everything they did to make this event successful.

If you ever have a need for a spot for a corporate outdoor function, wedding or family reunion, Camp Spindrift is the perfect spot.  Contact Rick Doucette at the Cape Ann YMCA for details on how you can rent the facility.

Rebecca Siswick’s art at Island Art and Hobby

Rebecca Siswick Graham is the Artist-of-the-Month at Island Art & Hobby! Her current collection of artwork in acrylic, encaustic, and mixed media will be on display now through March 31st. They held a reception on March 15, and was well frequented.

Rebecca with her art


Her work, inspired in biology, uses an interesting variety of techniques and media.

By the way, Island Art and Hobby also has a growing selection of origami materials:

Fr. Matthew Green


Pet of the Week-Winter


Hello, I know you want Spring to arrive, but my name is Winter.  I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid, located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane in Gloucester.   I arrived at the shelter as I was found as a stray and brought to the Cape Ann Animal Aid by another rescue.  They believe I was once someone’s pet because I am a very sweet boy and I am looking for a loving home.   For more information about me, you  may also go on-line at:  CapeAnnAnimalAid.com


I really love it here – all the staff are great and my roommates are too – they were kidding me and said because my coats is black-and-white, I look like an Oreo cookie!  Someone said I look like a miniature cow!




Community Photos 3/20/13

Ray Shaw Writes-
Gloucester is beautiful!!! Took this picture Sunday am. Thought you and readers might enjoy it.
Love Good Morning Gloucester.
Ray Shaw
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Christina M. Raimo submits-
Hi, Joey,

Here are some photos that were taken of GLoucester High School teacher Eric Leigh and Gloucester 10th-grade students Morey Ronan and Jason Erwin at last Friday’s presentation of the Joshua Boger award in Cambridge. Gloucester high School was named Innovative School of the Year by the Mass BioEd Foundation.
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Gloucester High School 10th Graders Jason Erwin and Morey Ronan (center) with biology techer Eric Leigh (right) accept the Joshua Boger Award for Innovative School of the Year from the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation in Cambridge, Mass. Presenting the award are, from left, Robert K. Coughlin, President & CEO of MassBio; Lance Hartford, Executive Director of the MassBioEd Foundation; and James Hoyes President of EMD Serono, Inc.
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Morey Ronan (L) and James Erwin
James Erwin and Morey Ronan

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Community Stuff 3/20/13

6th Annual Pizza Taste Off!


My name is Jessie Carini. I am a board member of the Interact club at Gloucester High School. We will be holding our 6th annual pizza taste off Wednesday, April 3rd, 5:30-7:30 at the Cruiseport Gloucester. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 5 and under. Tickets are limited to 300 and will be available at the door. All proceeds will benefit Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.


Maritime Gloucester will be hosting a program on Sustainable Seafood Choices on Thursday, March 21st at 7pm at the Gorton’s Seafood Gallery at Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop. Join Allison McHale, from NOAA’s Fish Watch and Heather Tausig from the New England Aquarium’s Ocean Friendly Seafood Program who will discuss international trends in the development of sustainable seafood programs, partnerships with restaurants and seafood companies and discuss these two consumer-oriented seafood informational programs. This is a must attend for seafood consumers who wish to know more about sustainable seafood guides and the emerging — and some say dizzying — world of seafood labeling schemes. Hosted by Maritime Gloucester. Sponsored by Turner’s Seafood. The event is free to the public. Seating is limited, however, so arrive early.


Thacher Island Association Web Site
We are excited to announce a newly designed and more user friendly web site. From our new site you will be able to buy Thacher merchandise, renew your membership, donate, check up-coming events, find details on how to visit the island and view recent photographs that our guests,visitors and professional photographers have submitted.Just click on this link to see what it looks like and send us your comments Thanks. Link

2013 Membership Renewals are due.
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Although we plan to send you the new newsletter some time in April with membership renewal information,we thought we would give you a heads up on renewing your membership for 2013 with this e-mail blast.
Annual memberships run from April 30 to May 1st of each year.
This year is more important than ever to join.
 We are planning to begin charging a fee of $20 per person($10 for children under 14) for the boat ride to Thacher this summer.
As a member this fee will be waived!  
Family memberships($60) will allow up to 6 immediate family members seats on the Thacher Island launch free. Individual memberships ($30) will allow one person to ride free. (Reservations are still required)
We have also instituted a credit card option for those who want to join immediately. Just click on the link below and it will take you to our web site where you can sign up and pay for your membership by credit card. You can also pay by check as well.

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Thacher Island Association

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Equinox Egg Balance! Happy Spring! from deb Clarke

Equinox Egg Balance! from deb Clarke

from deb Clarke;

Equinox Egg Balance!

The rumor is you can only balance an egg on the equinox.  not quite the equinox, almost. this egg balanced until  the dishwasher changed cycles to rock’n roll.

can you balance an egg?  no salt.  this is not a bar trick.