29th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival Labor Day Weekend– August 30 to September 1, 2013

Chickity Check It- the Gloucester Schooner Festival’s Dandy New Blog!

Complete with printable schedules and everything.

It seems that this year they’re taking the promotion of the Schooner Fest seriously and we may get people to step up and take notice of what is one of the greatest events locally in  G-Town.

You don’t suppose it had anything to do with the prodding of our month long Pre-Schooner Festival promotion last year do you?

Kudos to The People That Put It On To Be Getting Out Early and Often and With the Great New Website!

Hey Al Bezanson, I think they got the memo! Smile

Check It!- 29th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival Website


North Coast Angler Report From Skip Montello



North Coast Angler Report From Skip Montello

Fishing Report: 5-17-2013

Brad Sudbay with a freshly caught keeper 5/12/13

With warming temperatures finally here, the striper migration continues to build in both size and numbers throughout the greater Cape Ann area and to the north at Plum Island and the Merrimack estuary. The stripers are ranging in size from as small as 10 inches to some over 30 inches. The stripers are hitting just about any type of bait including flies, metals, jigs, soft plastics, swimming plugs and topwater twitch baits. The Little River at the Candy House has been producing stripers throughout the tide cycle, but best at the tide top and drop. The Essex River backwaters are also producing stripers for those who know their way around. There is tons of bait in the area that include herring, peanut bunker, alewife in the backwaters. Some squid and mackerel are also showing up in Gloucester Harbor. And by all reports, the fishing should steadily improve throughout the remainder of the month as lots of positive reports continue to come in from many locations to the south of Cape Ann. Stripers are also showing in good numbers at the mouth of the Merrimack and are also pushing upstream in hot pursuit of herring and shad; I won’t be surprised if they begin to be caught at the Great Stone Dam in Lawrence. Also the shad run is off the charts excellent with more and more fish entering the river; I heard one report of catching as many as 20 fish per hour just below the dam at Lawrence.

If you haven’t already heard, the past week has produced a few fifty plus pound stripers at RI and New Jersey. If you are a FB fan, be sure and "like" the On The Water page for daily fishing posts.

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Fish on Fridays

The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.

Because of the new quota restrictions, Sal and Joe Sanfilippo (father and son) of the fishing vessel Janaya and Joseph, wait for the best time to go out and fish.


Photos and videos ©Kathy Chapman 2013

Olin College from Needham, MA

What a cool project for these smart kids from Olin College.  There will be 19 different teams competing.  Sounds like a fun time.  They were down at the Maritime Gloucester, I would like to thank Damon for letting me know they were there.

Did a short interview with one of the students.

If you would like more information please follow the sailbot link.

Let the Fun Begin!

joey with ardelle tree nail passes

Here we have Joey with treenails sticking out of his ears.  Treenails were used in ancient shipbuilding to secure the planks of the boat, and are still used today by builders like Harold Burnham at Burnham Shipyard in Essex on boats like the pinky schooner Ardelle.  These treenails are Ardelle passes, which Joey received yesterday at the gallery from Harold, delivered by Len Burgess, giving him passage on the Ardelle.

madfish opening night 2013

Last night was the opening of Madfish Grille and a bunch of us artists on Madfish Wharf went down after we closed our galleries to have dinner, courtesy of the generosity of our friend and fellow artist, Alma McLaughlin, who treated us.  I’ve been craving some of Jordan’s sushi, and last night ordered the Thunder, which did not disappoint, and even tasted more amazing than I remembered from last year.  The others who had sushi were equally pleased.  It was the first night the Madfish was open for the season and there were a few hitches.  The bar hadn’t yet been fully stocked so a couple of people in our group couldn’t get what they wanted to drink, and there were no lights on coming down Madfish Wharf, giving the appearance that the place was closed once it got dark.  Hopefully that will all be rectified before the weekend.  The service was great and the place looks beautiful.   If you’ve been hankering for some of Jordan’s (or Sang’s – who is back at Madfish this season and is getting hitched in June – sorry all you gals who has crushes), come on down to Madfish and get your fill.

E.J. Lefavour

Top Boston Area Blues artist Gracie Curran to open Gloucester Blues Fest

This just in from Bob Hastings of the Gloucester Blues Festival:  Hailed by Alternate Roots Magazine as one of the top 20 Boston Bands Right Now, Gracie Curran & the High Falutin’ Band will open the Gloucester Blues Festival on August 10.

This April’s Noise Magazine proclaimed, “Gracie is one of the best blues divas on the local scene.”  Bob says she’s likely to join Lydia Warren during her set.  It’s the blues.  Who knows what will happen.  See videos of the rest of this year’s Blues Fest lineup in this post.

Gracie and the band won the 2013 Boston Blues Society’s Blues Challenge and is a Boston favorite.  Here’s a video them at Johnny D’s, one of my favorite places to go when I lived in Sommerville in the late ’70s / early ’80s.

Rob Newton’s Interview with Screenwriter Paul Laverty (“The Angels’ Share”)

“The Angels Share” is the Winner of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize and is playing at the Cape Ann Community Cinema this week.

Rob’s Interview:

The sweeping Irish historical epic “The Wind That Shakes The Barley.” The entertaining midlife crisis of “Looking For Eric.” The hard-hitting take on the world’s water woes in “Even The Rain.” Paul Laverty is responsible for writing some of the most intelligent and engaging films of the last decade, a trend that he continues in his latest, the bittersweet but heartwarming comedy from director Ken Loach, the master of social realist cinema. The film is the Cannes Grand Jury Prize-winning “The Angels’ Share” a very likable tale about city outsiders in search of a better life.

paul laverty screenwriter

Glasgow boy Robbie (newcomer Paul Brannigan), while on community service, makes three friends, all similarly cast-out from society and hard-up to make ends meet. Little does Robbie know how much a drink could change their lives – not cheap booze, mind you, but the finest of malt whiskies. Robbie’s newly-discovered palate and delicate nose lead him and his crew to a strange new world – the Scottish Highlands – and the biggest gamble of their lives when a cask only rumored to exist appears and tempts them with a big way out of their hard-knock lives.

“The story grew out of the frustration with the way that young people are treated and demonized,” Laverty explains. “The chances are that people like Robbie will never find work in their lives – or taste Scotland’s national drink. They’re frustrated and angry and often self-destructive, and it was such a fun challenge to find a balance that would depict that.” To read the entire interview visit NorthShoreMovies.net

Manchester Music Happenings ♪♫♪ Meg Hutchinson Live at The Crowell and John Rockwell and Loose Tongues @ The Landing AT 7 Central.

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Meg Hutchinson~I’d Like To Know


Meg Hutchinson performing her song “I’d Like To Know” at the OAOMA benefit at Club Passim on October…


I’d Like To Know


Meg Hutchinson performing her song “I’d Like To Know” at the OAOMA benefit at Club Passim on October…


john loose tongues

Boston Casting is Looking for Couples from Boston, Cambridge and the North Shore for a Bank Commercial.

www.FilmCapeAnn.com  Submits-


Boston Casting is looking for couples from Boston, Cambridge and the North Shore for a bank commercial.

Shoot date is either May 22nd or May 23rd.

If cast, Job Pays $700 for the couple.

Please email your PHONE NUMBER and PHOTOS of you and your significant other

and include the TOWN you live in

to bostoncastingsubmit@gmail.com ASAP!

We will be in touch if we need to schedule an audition


The art of negative thinking

largestWhat are your thoughts?

The art of negative thinking
May 17, 2013
Dear P F,
Recently, I had the opportunity to look over the shoulders of two painters who were giving demonstrations on the same day. The first was almost deliriously positive and bubbly about his work, his wonderful life as an artist and his prior successes. Enthusiastic throughout, he shouted epiphanies and dispensed “empowerment” like rose petals at a wedding.

The second demonstrator spoke less and, when he did, it was mostly about problems he was having with the work–and other more worrisome ones that lay ahead. A couple of times he got himself into trouble–but he scratched his brain and was able to recover. Guess what–the gloomy malcontent did the better painting. We all applauded when he held it up. There were whistles. He didn’t even smile.

This understanding has now been backed up in a new book by former Indiana and Texas Tech college basketball coach Bob Knight, aided by Bob Hammel: The Power of Negative Thinking: An Unconventional Approach to Achieving Positive Results.
“Superiority and success doesn’t favor good effort or self-esteem,” says Knight, “and it definitely doesn’t hand out trophies for participation. The mentally precise and physically fit win, while the mediocre and obtuse take solace in hopeful cliches.”

Bob and Bob have come to the conclusion that if you’re perennially upbeat you’re just setting yourself up for defeat. The positive thinker, they think, has a chronic “no danger ahead” disorder. He’s so busy believing in himself that he’s blindsided by oncoming problems and his own shortcomings.

Success, it seems, favours rigorous self-criticism. Here are some other interesting items I gleaned from the book:
Never gloat. Don’t talk too much. Don’t seek praise. Failure is endemic. Success is being hard to please. Be intolerant of failure. The easiest person to fool is yourself. Know your weaknesses. Be tough. Never let scanty positives override glaring negatives. Don’t be a good loser. Don’t satisfy yourself by just knowing you can do it. Do it. And by the way, keep

God out of your equations:
“So when I hear a guy after a game-winning home run say or gesture that God was on his side,” says Bob Knight, “I think to myself, ‘He’s saying God screwed the pitcher.’ “

Best regards,
Robert Genn

PS: Positive wish: “The sun will come out tomorrow.” Negative reality: “Yeah, and it will flash brand-new daylight on the same old mess unless something is done to clean it up.” (Bob Knight)

click here for more articles from the painters key

Murder on Rocky Neck, The Opera – in its second and last weekend!

Last night I went to this show over at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck.  It was a lot of fun!


There are several more performances this weekend: 7:30PM today and Saturday, and 2PM Saturday and Sunday. More information and tickets available here.

Here’s a slideshow:

Fr. Matthew Green


Community Stuff 5/17/13


The Topside Grill would like to invite you toour 1st annual Preakness Party!!!

You’ve all been to ourKentucky Derby parties… Well this year, we decided to give the Triple Crown a try! Join us for the fun tomorrow. Party starts at 4:00pm Get there early to secure your spot at the bar!

Open Auditions Annisquam Village Players


The 25th Annual
Putnam County
Spelling Bee
The Gloucester High School Theatre Program annual musical comedy is being rehearsed and perfected; gearing up for this week’s performances. We hope you will come out this weekend and join us at the show!


The Gloucester High School Theatre program presents…
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
This GHS production is directed by Jape Payette, Technical Director is Nick Neyeloff, and the music is directed by Duanne Sullivan. Come see the students who made the county level competition and navigate their way through the lexicon comedy that is The 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee.  This musical comedy is set in an “anywhere” Middle School gymnasium and the participants are as quirky as you may suspect. We invite you to watch them reach for vocabulary greatness!
Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 at 7pm and a matinee on Sunday May 19 at 2pm
at the Putney Auditorium at the Gloucester High School.


Love GMG!!! My name is Archie. I have signed up to host a Hands across the sand event at Good Harbor Beach this Sat at 11:30am working closely with Mercy Cover at Oceana.

Info available here: https://sites.google.com/a/regenerate.is/gloucester-hands-across-the-sand-good-harbor-beach/

Wondering if you might be able to throw up a post? I saw you did so a couple years back. If this is something you want to support, would be great for the shout!! Thanks for the consideration and happy to answer any questions.

Many thanks!!


Hey Joey;

Two new items – my talk tomorrow at the RAA – Saturday for Motif1 Day

AND – the  ‘Cape Ann,’ iPad App debuts with the story of Motif No.1.

This app is being updated monthly with historic and contemporary content features.

When you can add it , great!


Benefit Concert for Schooner Adventure

Wednesday, June 5 (6-10pm) at the Gloucester House Restaurant come enjoy a concert with Daisy Nell & Captain Stan along with a silent auction, raffles, dinner buffet and cash bar.

Tickets $40. For more info call Schooner Adventure @ 978-281-8079 or email info@schooner-adventure.org.

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