This is the final trailer in efforts to get your lazy ass, and your even lazier friend’s assesses, to The Damn Farm Bar & Grille for the world premier.

May 4th 7PM at The Farm Bar and Grille
REMEMBER! It’s all for a good cause! for more info on NEXT STEP, go to:

We will be starting with Kim Smith’s videos and finishing with Craig Kimberley’s 35 minute Bikini Speedo Dodgeball movie starring a cast of every man woman and child who attended this year’s event!

GloucesterCast With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guest Donna Ardizzoni

GloucesterCast With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guest Donna Ardizzoni Taped April 29th 2013

Click to listen- With Host Joey C and Donna Ardizzoni

Topics Include: Kim Smith, Moving To Gloucester, Good Harbor vs Wingaersheek, One Hour at a Time Gang, Best Outside Deck To Dine, Favorite Community Events, Block Parties, Celebrate Gloucester, Schooner Festival, Ravenswood vs Halibut Point Park, Kayaking Gloucester, Staying Positive


Vote For Duckworth’s Bistrot

Nicole Duckworth writes-

Hey Joey,
I was late getting us entered, the deadline is May 12. Could you spread the word? We are hoping to win a small business grant for the Bistrot.
Thanks so much!
Check out this wish from Intuit’s Small Business Growing Strong campaign. You can help this small business grow by voting for its wish to come true this spring! Vote at


Beanpot Title game at Fenway Park with GHS graduates Dylan Maki and Ryan Cusick

Beanpot Title game at Fenway Park with Gloucester’s own Dylan Maki from Northeastern playing against Ryan Cusick from U. Mass. Ryan played well. Dylan did not play, because he had pitched a couple of days before.

Ribbon Cutting at The Center at Rocky Neck

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We’re lucky our Mayor isn’t an “off with their heads” kind of gal, or some people might be in trouble with those massive scissors she was wielding last night. 

It was a wonderful celebration of the Center passing into the hands of the Rocky Neck Art Colony.  We now have a permanent home, and a space where everyone in the community can come together and enjoy a great diversity of programming.

If you haven’t yet been to the Center, you owe it to yourself to stop by and visit soon.  It is really a beautiful, warm and inviting space with lots of great things happening in it.   Visit to see what’s coming up.

E.J. Lefavour

WOW and WONDEFUL—150 milkweed plants ordered!!!

Thank you to everyone participating in our Cape Ann Milkweed Project!

Monarch Butterfly milkweed Good harbor Beach ©Kim Smith 2011

Monarch Butterfly Nectaring at Common Milkweed ~ Good Harbor Beach

Milkweed may not be for everyone’s garden; even if you did not order plants, you are welcome to come on down to the dock Saturday morning, the 18th of May, and learn more about the Monarch-milkweed connection. The plants are being shipped on Monday the 13th and I will keep you updated on their progress.

Music Updates – Renee & Joe on TV and the Goddesses play the Rhumbline

Renee & Joe on Local Music Seen with Allen Estes on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 Wednesday (tonight), at 6:30pm and airs again Friday at 1:30pm and Sunday at 6pm.

20130430_155500CrippleCoveThe Cripple Cove Quintet featuring The Goddesses will be performing three sets of pre-Beatles and Pub Rock at The Rhumb Line on Friday, May 3rd starting at 9:30pm.   The CCQ consists of husband and wife harmonizing duo Tony and Samantha Goddess plus Pete Koeplin on drums, Ryan Alto on bass, and Geoff Small on guitar.  No Cover/21+.

Check out the full music lineup here.  Don’t forget the Fly Amero’s special guest tonight is John Hall at the Rhumbline

Gordon “Sax” to join This Thursday night blues party with Dave Sag’s 8-11

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Let’s welcome back that jet-propelled guru on the hautboy of honk: Mr. Gordie “Sax” Beadle. Just back from a series of successful shows at the North Shore Mall Third Annual Shoplifting Festival, he’s sure to put a smile on your face and a couple blisters on your feet!  We’re gonna wiggle our way thru the entire jukebox of R&B without dropping a stitch of laughter. But, seriously, folks, if you haven’t seen Gordie yet due to a coma or something, you owe it to yourself to make the extra effort. This guy is an amazing Saxophonist\ singer and frontman. This will cure whatever ails you, and then some.
  Backing him up will be a new guitarist , Mr. Mike DiBari, who i’ve worked with and enjoyed immensely. He knows all the chords. Cheer him on! Mr. Jeff Casper, the friendly drummer will be beatin’ the skins, and I’ll be on base. 
  Do not drive a car or operate heavy machinery until you know how Gorditol® affects you. Women who may become pregnant WILL become pregnant after hearing this guy! So stay away!

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Giuseppe’s Ristorante, Gloucester, Ma ~ This Thursday is our first night of our second SingerSongwriterShuffle, hosted by TMax and sponsored by The Noise!

Second SingerSongwriterShuffle

This Thursday is the first night of our second SingerSongwriterShuffle, hosted by TMax and sponsored by The Noise! For our first week, we have performing in this order: TMax, Sunni Badore, Pete Lindberg, Brad Byrd, Amy Spillert, John Jerome and Janice Fullman. 7-10pm! Don’t miss it! Call for a table if you like, 978-879-4622

Artist Work Spaces: Scout King

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Hello there!
I’m a milliner, with my studio carved out of a corner in my East Gloucester shop, Scout Vintage Finds. I hand-craft hats using time-honored millinery techniques and tools. I use wool & fur felt, straw, or buckram to create the basic hat shape, then finish and trim by hand, using vintage trims and findings.
Hats in process:
A few vintage hat blocks. A block determines the shape of the hat, and can be literal (lower left), or perhaps a bit science-fiction-y, like the one on the right. This block will yield a hat that, after being blocked (using intense heat and steam) and dried, will have those side bumps pushed in, with the small creases left by those ridges stitched into place; the lower portion of the hat below the block’s “waist” will fold up and under, to create a finished, inside band. Blocks can demand vision and faith from both the milliner and client, as it’s sometimes a visual leap from block to finished piece. Blocks are virtually always hand carved from hardwoods like maple, walnut, poplar, etc., and are beautiful objects themselves.

These particular blocks belong to Wayne Wichern, a dear friend of mine & master milliner, whose San Francisco workshops I take at every opportunity:
A felt hat starts with this…
…and can become this. I name my hats after vintage cocktails; this is the “Third Rail.”
Inspiration is essential:
I love making hats! When I’m not away making hats for far-flung theatrical productions, I’m making hats at Scout – and when I’m not at Scout, I’m dreaming about making hats.
Scout is open Thursday-Sunday 11-6, and by appointment. I always, always welcome hat chat!

I welcome custom hat orders, and that I offer millinery classes & workshops. 
Scout Vintage Finds is located at 186 East Main St. (across from Beacon Marine);
 I can be reached at (978) 290-0533.

Scout King

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Remember the “Super Moon”?

This was a year ago now… Time flies! A canvas giclée print of this shot will be for sale in the GMG section of EJ Lefavour’s gallery on Rocky Neck very soon. It was printed at Cape Ann Giclée, so the quality of the print is excellent.

– Fr. Matthew Green

Pet of the Week-Fatima


My name is Fatima, my sister and I are at the Cape Ann Animal Aid (CAAA) located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter,  Four Paws Lane, Gloucester.  We are friendly and outgoing pups and very eager to find families to adopt us.  We are affectionate and active three-month-old pups who are Fox Terrier/Beagle mix with tan-and-white coats.  We will be small to medium when we are all grown.

Everyone is grateful for all the friends who walked at Pride Stride.  Also, something else I keep hearing about being grateful for is Cindy Oliver.  Cindy is retiring after nearly 20 years of dedicated service to the CAAA.  Everyone is going to miss her.  Member of the public, volunteers and friends are invited to stop by and say farewell to Cindy and enjoy some refreshments on Sat., May 4 between   11 a.m. – 3 p.m. right here at the shelter.  We love refreshments, but we all love Cindy more!

Community Stuff 5/1/13

Ryan & Wood Distillery wins 2013 “Best of New England – Editors’ Choice” in Yankee Magazine


Ryan & Wood Distillery has been recognized as a 2013 “Editors’ Choice” winner for Best Distillery Tour in Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England, on newsstands now. This designation is awarded by Yankee’s editors and contributors, who select restaurants, lodgings, and attractions in New England for the exclusive list. For 37 years, Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England has been the most widely distributed and best-selling guide to the six-state region.

President Bob Ryan noted that he was particularly honored to be recognized for his tours. “From the start, we aimed to embrace tourism as part of our business. We are proud to bring people to Gloucester and draw attention to the region.” Bob’s wife Kathy, who leads most of the tours, added “giving tours requires a big portion of our day but it’s time well spent. We are happy to have a great mix of locals from the community and visitors from all over the world. We try to represent Cape Ann with each tour and each bottle.”

Distillery tours are offered twice-daily Monday through Saturday at 10:00am and 1:00pm. On any given day visitors may witness fermenting vats of molasses for Folly Cove Rum, hand-milling of grains for Ryan & Wood Straight Rye Whiskey, or perhaps Bob himself at the still, taste-testing his distillation of Beauport Vodka or Knockabout Gin.

Yankee Magazine’s May/June 2013 Travel Guide, on newsstands April 23, features 317 “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” winners, which include the region’s best attractions, food & dining, lodging, and bargains.


Saturday, May 25, 2013

8-11 AM

At the Annisquam Exchange, Leonard Street, Off Rte. 127

The PLANT SALE includes perennial plant treasures dug from members’ gardens at bargain prices, plus a wide array of the freshest, bright annuals and perennials from a leading garden center. There will be hanging baskets, bedding plants, roses, and some exotic plants.

Not to be missed is our BAKE SALE TABLE with delicious pies, cakes, and savory treats. Many items will be prepared from recipes in the Sewing Circle’s award-winning cookbook, “A Circle of Recipes,” which commemorated the 175th Anniversary of the organization. These popular cookbooks will be on sale at the Plant Sale.

Come early for the best selection at this popular holiday weekend event! The plant sale is in charming Annisquam, Gloucester, off Rte. 127. Turn at Leonard Street at the Annisquam Village Church and continue to the Annisquam Exchange.

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Cindy Cafasso Donaldson, Vice President of Addison Gilbert Hospital expresses her appreciation to David Murray, Addison Gilbert Hospital volunteer for his nearly 3,500 hours of service.  

A appreciation luncheon was held for volunteers at Addison Gilbert Hospital, Beverly Hospital and Beverly Hospital at Danvers at The Essex room at Woodman in Essex on April 26.  This enjoyable event provided an opportunity for administration and staff to thank 350 volunteers who provided more than 41,000 hours of service last year.

Prior to the delicious luncheon, music was performed by The Ray Novack Trio. 

Game Over. It’s A Sad Day For Gloucester


May 1, 2013

NOAA sticks to cuts in fish limits

By Richard Gaines

The Northeast groundfishing industry faced the music Tuesday — and it was a dirge.

NOAA Regional Administrator John Bullard informed members of Congress Tuesday that he was filing in the Federal Register catch limits and the overall fishing regime for the new fishing year starting today and carrying through 2015. And the briefing confirmed devastating cuts in the stocks on which the fleet of about 450 boats have depended.

Boats primarily from Gloucester, New Hampshire and Maine that fished for Gulf of Maine cod found their allocations cut by 78 percent, and many fishermen — including Joe Orlando, one of Gloucester’s best known and most vocal captains — said their businesses were rendered non-viable.

“Want to buy a boat?” said Orlando, who fishes from the 70-foot vessel Padre Pio. “I put it up for sale. I have no choice.”

For the entire story click here

We are a far cry from here when 1oo foot plus commercial fishing boats were tied up 4-5 abreast all around the harbor –

I’ll never forget graduation day from Bentley College when I was at a crossroad in my life.  We still hadn’t left campus right after the graduation ceremony and I was wrestling with the decision between staying in school and becoming an economics professor or going to work at the dock.  My dad said to me “Joe, there’s always gonna be fish and they’re always gonna need a place to unload them.”  That was 1989.

Never could we have imagined how far and how fast it would all fall apart.

Our once might port is not even a tiny flicker of what it once was.