Bananas Saturday Night Steppin Up For City Hall Photos From Michael Miller


Hi Joey,

A woman I know from Bayview, Marianne Spencer, invited me to Saturday night’s Bananas Benefit Extravaganza, and here are my 

photos from that event:

Michael Miller

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Mad Hot Ball Photos from Martin Del Vecchio

Martin Del Vecchio submits-


The Mad Hot Ball is my favorite Gloucester event.  Every year, every 5th-grader in GPS participates in this wonderful event, and every single one of them puts this non-dancer to shame.

I took a few photos of this year’s event, and I have posted them at:


Updated:A Note About Running Races On Cape Ann

Yesterday we decided to use one of our Dinner Dealer coupons and grab lunch before the City Hall Fundraiser. It was 12:30 and we decided upon Cape Ann Brewing. Walked in and it was packed to the gills with runners who had just finished the Twin Lights Half Marathon. We waited a bit as people continued to file into the joint from the race, runners and people who had gone to support runners in their half marathon.
We ended up leaving and heading to Lat 43 which was packed as well.  Nice to see these places doing well.

There is nice economic impact from these races.

Update 5/8 from Phil Scannell:

Hey Joe, I also noticed the town was a buzz last Sunday we stopped into Captain Carlos and it was hopping at 2 pm then we walked down to Latitudes and that was jammed and I got to thinking –I went by stagefort and couldn’t see any visible damage on the grounds and I hope they have not forced the fall bike race off with all the complaining about the damaged grass.

Best Phil

Evelyn Howe


Photo of Evelyn by Wendie Demuth

HOWE, Evelyn M. 46, of Gloucester, and a former Norfolk resident died suddenly on May 5, 2013 the victim of an accidental drowning. Born In Boston on April 21, 1967, she was the beloved daughter of the late Walter R. Howe, and of Charles and Susan Brindley of Norfolk. She was a graduate of King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham and had attended Clark University. Evelyn has been employed as a Technical Account Manager for Harbor Networks in Framingham, and has lived in Gloucester for the past three years. She loved to help people and was always generous of heart. Even while vacationing she would find great causes that she could lend support to. Once while vacationing in Belize, she found a local animal shelter where she could volunteer her time. Evelyn loved the outdoors and enjoyed Kayaking, Paddle boarding, and Jeeping with the Bay State Jeepers. She was the loving mother of Timothy J. Howe of Haverhill, and was the dear sister of Walter Howe Jr. of Attleboro, and Mark Brindley of Norfolk. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the RJ Ross Funeral Home, 135 South Street, Route 1A, WRENTHAM CENTRE, on Thursday from 4-8 PM. Her Funeral will be Friday at 10 AM, in the Original Congregational Church, East Street at Dedham Street, Wrentham Centre.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Garden Tour with Kim Smith at Willowdale Estate

Please join me Monday evening for a tour of the butterfly gardens I designed for Willowdale Estate. Come experience a taste of Briar’s gracious hospitality and enjoy refreshments served in the conservatory. The tulips are at their peak and look simply spectacular this year. I will also be showing several of my short films. Please RSVP to Sarah at: ~ 978-887-8211.

I hope to see you there!

Kim Smith Artist Spotlight 2013

Singer vs. Crowd

The deck is open.  We eat outside because Cape Ann Brew Pub is full inside.  People had come to hear Chelsea Berry and her friends and to support Boston Strong.  

After dinner, there’s room to stand inside to see the music.  It’s a relaxed, fun, lively atmosphere.  But it’s loud.  People are talking over the music.  You’ve been there right?  The band turns up.  The crowd talks louder.  It begins to feel like a contest.  Most musicians hate this.  They’d rather be playing to a listening crowd.  

Chelsea sings her song, “Blues House”, which is about this very problem.  From the back, it’s hard to hear her over the crowd.  But it’s too loud in there to carry on a conversation either.  I’ve always puzzled about this singer vs. crowd phenomenon.

Then something magical happens.  Chelsea sings her signature a cappella song, “King of Rome” and does something unexpected.  She leaves the mic.  Chelsea’s powerful voice is still heard over the din.  And the sheer power of her presence and performance begins to quiet the crowd.  Finally all you can hear is Chelsea’s soaring song about Charlie and his racing pigeon accompanied by the clanging of pots and pans in the kitchen as if it were an off-stage percussion section.

Singer vs. crowd.  Singer wins.  But so does the crowd.  Live music takes you to a place you simply cannot experience any other way.

BTW: This is the 100th anniversary of the 1001 mile race from Rome to England that Charlie Hudson’s racing pigeon, The King of Rome, won in 1913.

Thursday night blues party @ The Rhumb Line with Dave Sag’s and his special guest is Chris”Stovall” Brown 8-11


Dave says,

It’s a busy one, so let’s get goin’!
This Thursday at the Rhumbline I’m proud to present the one  and only Chris “Stovall” Brown. Born of Titans, raised by wolves and lowered by hydraulics, Mr. CB is up there on the top of the blues world, having toured with the likes of James Cotton or is Jerry Portnoy?  Who can remember? He sings, he plays killer guitarrh, he’s a blast! I love working with him! Gush, gush gush. Now add the cracklings of that sartorially-challenged eggbeater, Mr. Steevee Chaggaris, and myself, and see what our special musically enhanced interrogation techniques can do for you!


Click to  the link to visit Chris Stovall Brown’s website

And Saturday nite, I’ll be at Captain Carlo’s flailing away with the HooDoo Revelator Band, playing all your top  forty or fifty favorite blues tunes at extremely high volume. I’m gonna wear earplugs, you should, too. But seriously, it’ll be fun to dance to.
Now Sunday,from 6 to 9, for something completely different, I’ll be at Glenn’s Cool Bar in Nbpt. with the marvelous vocallist Ms. Mari Martin. It’s Mother’s Day! Come celebrate. I get tired of repeating myself, but there’s a whole other world over that bridge, and you oughta czech it out. It’s an awesome  restaurant, just ran into Glenn hisself at Nordstrom Rack, looking for size 14’s.

Island Art and Hobby Sale Found on Facebook

Island Art And Hobby

SALE SALE SALE!!!! Everything in the store is 15% off (even clearance items!!!!) until the end of May!!! We are getting ready for new summer stock. Now’s the time for you to get some great deals! Get a ticket to the downtown promo too! HOW COOL IS THIS???

St. John’s Episcopal Church 150th Anniversary Concert

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Gloucester is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year!

As a part of the celebrations, they will be holding a concert:

All Parish Musicians in Concert

4pm, Sunday, May 19

Music especially chosen to celebrate our Sesquicentennial will include:

Detail from a window in St. John’s

Britten’s Festival Te Deum
McKie’s “We wait for thy loving kindness”
Sumsion’s “They that go down to the sea in ships”
Will Todd’s “The Call of Wisdom”
Gardiner’s “Tomorrow shall be my dancing day”
Tindley’s “The Storm is passing over”

Also included will be several hymns
as well as readings from church history involving music.
Former Music Director Frances Conover Fitch
will play the organ and conduct the choir.

There will be a very festive reception to follow.

Fr. Matthew Green