Douglas Adams Quote Of The Week From Greg Bover

May 17, 2013

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.

Douglas Adams (1952-2001)


Born in Cambridge, England, Adams was an early standout in prep school for his height and writing ability. He was initially “discovered” by Graham Chapman of the Monty Python troupe and is one of the few outside writers to work with the Flying Circus. In 1974 he wrote The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy as a play for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. A tour de force of British humor and understatement, it was later published as a five volume series of books. Adams also wrote for the television series Dr. Who and worked on various BBC shows as a script doctor. A fine amateur guitarist, he sat in on occasion with Pink Floyd and Procol Harum. He counted evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins among his friends and worked with him on expressions of their shared atheism. Adams died of a heart attack at 49 while in California. His many fans celebrate Towel Day each year on May 25th and remember not to panic.

Greg Bover

Savour Wine and Cheese

Rick and I went to Savour Cheese and Wine the other night.  What a great spot.  Please check out a couple of pictures of a very fun experience. Savour Cheese and Wine is located at 76 Prospect St., Gloucester, MA, at the corner of Pleasant St., across from St. Ann’s church.  Tasting is complimentary always and anytime.  They have their own parking lot in the back.  For more information please feel free to call 978-282-1455.

May 15, 2013 sip

Great Wine Station
Great Wine Station
Yummy Carrot Soup
Yummy Carrot Soup

Free Wine Tasting next Thursday @ The Cave on Main St 4-6pm

You really don’t want to miss this — plain & simple.  If you’ve been to The Cave, you know what we mean.  If you haven’t , you’re truly missing out on a new Main Street gem.  Check them out ahead of time and mark next Thursday 5/23 4-6pm on your calendar.

The Cave

Sugar & Spice Tasting


May 23rd from 4-6

Join us at The Cave for beautiful Italian wines, sumptuous cheese and salts from the waters off Marblehead. Complimentary. Hope to see you there.

The Cave
44 Main Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930

When does “the season” start? Today!

Live music is already playing at Motif #1 Day (see Motif #1 live music schedule here).  Brad Byrd headlines at 4pm in Dock Square.  All free!

Then it’s a HUGE night on Cape Ann.  You can’t possibly see it all, so you’re gonna have to choose.  See the full live music lineup here.  Aren’t you glad you live in a community with a vibrant local live music scene?  Twenty Two local artists performing today alone!

Crowell Chapel is a gem of a venue in Manchester and tonight you can see award-winning Boston singer/songwriter Meg Hutchinson with local rising star, Joe Wilkins opening.   Get tickets here.  Here’s a taste of Meg:

Dinner at Latitude 43

On Tuesday, a friend of mine was visiting from New York. He loves good food, so we had planned to head down to one of Gloucester’s fine dining locations on Main Street.  We had settled on the Franklin, but when we got down to Main Street, we found out about the broken water main and saw that all the restaurants were closed.

We ended up going down to Rogers Street and trying Latitude 43.  I had only been there once before, quite a while ago, and it was the first time for my friend.  We were both impressed by the decor as soon as we walked in. The metal sculptures of the octopus, fish, etc., are quite something, as is the mural of the shoreline over the bar!

Our waiter, Zorba Kinigstein, was enthusiastic, friendly, and very knowledgeable about the menu, giving us tantalizing descriptions of how the different dishes are prepared and the different flavors and textures we could expect.  My friend ordered the lobster bisque and the pan-seared halibut special; I opted for the clam chowder and the crispy potato sushi roll (tempura asparagus, lettuce, avocado and cream cheese, topped with fried sweet potato and served with a spicy mustard sauce!) which you can see in my photo at the beginning of this post.

Everything was delicious! I’d read a lot about Latitude 43 on GMG before, but I don’t eat out often on my own and usually aim for more inexpensive options to fit my budget. I am glad that circumstances (and my friend’s generosity) led us to eat there!

Fr. Matthew Green


The Essex Shipbuilding Museum is having a SHIPYARD SALE Today

The Essex Shipbuilding Museum is having a SHIPYARD SALE!! Not your ordinary YARD SALE but a

GIANT YARD AND TOOL SALE to raise funds for the support of the Museum. SATURDAY MAY 18th 8:30–NOON.

More information on this Facebook link…

Community Photos 5/18/13

Susan Kelly submits-
wildflowers from my woodland garden and spring irises

Here are some flowers blooming now in my west gloucester garden.  You are welcome to post them.  My gardens will be on the Gloucester Garden Tour that we are organizing to benefit the HarborWalk July 13th.  I will be sending you much more on that when the GEF plant sale is done. 

Thanks so much,

Susan Kelly

beautiful trilliumyellow columbineyellow spring irises

Community Stuff 5/18/13

Essex Shipbuilding Museum

What:  talk with power point presentation

Title – Essex in the Civil War

Who -  Kenneth Lawson

When – Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Time – 7:30 p. m.

Location -  Waterline Center, Essex Shipbuilding Museum

                    66 Main Street,

                    Essex MA 01929

For information: 978-768-7514

Admission -  $8 members, $10 nonmembers
As we are in the midst of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, few people realize that Essex built vessels had a small but interesting part in the war. Early in the war, two Essex vessels were captured and used by the Confederates as blockade runners against the Union blockade of southern ports. Essex vessels were attacked at sea and burned by a Confederate raider. Three Essex built vessels were armed and sent after this Confederate raider. Also, an Essex built schooner was captured by the Confederates and used to attack Portland, Maine. An Army colonel with descendants from Gloucester and Essex, Kenneth Lawson has written a 200 page book called Essex Vessels in Times of War. On Tuesday May 28 at 7:30 PM, Colonel Lawson will lecture from his book on the chapter related to Essex and the Civil War. The author will be available to sign books for sale after the meeting. All proceeds from book sales go to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum.

Arrr Little Mateys, Join Us for a  Pirate Concert by the Sea

Little pirates, ages 3-6, and their families are invited to join our Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade classes for a free concert on the Eastern Point Day School lawn, just around the corner from Niles Beach in East Gloucester, Monday, May 20, 10:30-11:15.

Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate is coming all the way from Vermont to perform for EPDS and friends. Bring a blanket and a buddy, dress in your best pirate attire and come enjoy the show. We are hosting a hot dog picnic lunch after the performance, and tours will be available for interested families.

Rain means we’ll batten down the hatches and move the performance inside – pirate, hotdogs and all.  Rain or shine, join the fun!

To reserve your spot please RSVP before Monday, May 20,

by clicking here or call 978-283-1700.

EPDS offers rolling admission for grades Pre-K through 8, curriculum to augment homeschool learning, scholarships and financial aid. We deliver an exceptional opportunity for your child. Come visit!


Gloucester High School Class of 1947 will be celebrating their 66th Reunion at the
Gloucester House on Monday, May 20th at 1 pm. Everyone starting with the class is
welcome, also St. Ann’s High School Class of 1947 is welcome. Pay your own lunch.
Call Virginia McKinnon 978-283-3968 or e-mail for Reservations.

WHAT: Ethical Electronics Recycling Drive To Benefit Ocean Alliance
WHERE: Ocean Alliance Headquarters, (Old Tarr and Wonson Paint Manufactory on Rocky Neck) 32 Horton Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, May 18 & 19, 2013, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., both days, RAIN OR SHINE!
WHO: All are welcome!
PLEASE DO BRING: almost anything with a battery or a plug, including: TVs, CRTs, monitors, computers and peripherals, printers, fax machines, scanners, routers, cables, cords, telephones, laptops, keyboards, marine electronics, e-readers like Kindle and Nook, copiers, stereo equipment, speakers, CD & DVD players, iPods, iPads, iPhones, tablets, MP3 players, remotes, VCRs, projectors, still and video cameras, PDAs, radios and radio equipment, tape recorders, answering machines, typewriters, game systems, games, pagers, fans, vacuums, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, heaters, A/Cs, microwave ovens, toasters, blenders, small “dorm-room style” refrigerators, power tools, ink cartridges, toner cartridges, USB media, CDs, DVDs, cassette tapes, 8-track tapes, Zip Disks, video tapes, audio tapes, floppy diskettes, and household batteries.
Filing cabinets and office furniture are okay, too.
Cell phones will accepted at no charge.
PLEASE DON’T BRING: Hazardous Materials Of Any Kind.
COST: $1 per pound. Recycling fees are payable by cash, check, MasterCard or VISA. A share of the net proceeds benefits Ocean Alliance. Discounts may apply; see below.
DISCOUNTS: We will offer discounted recycling fees to Seniors, Teachers, and Ocean Alliance Staff.
WIN AN IPAD MINI: Everyone who recycles 50 or more pounds of materials in conjunction with this event qualifies for a chance to win an iPad Mini!
NOTES: This event is a production of Ethical Electronics RecyclingTM and exceeds the requirements of the Electronic Waste Code of EthicsTM–the highest set of electronics life-cycle standards on the planet. Nothing we collect will be tipped into landfills, incinerated as solid waste, or dumped in the developing world.
QUESTIONS/HEAVY ITEMS/SCHEDULE CONFLICTS: Do you have a question about the event? Do you have an old TV or other item that’s too heavy or awkward for you to lift or transport? Do you have a schedule conflict and need a pickup at your home or business during the week? Just contact Christopher at 617-233-4120, or, and we’ll do our best to accommodate you!

A CONCERT celebrating 150 years on Cape Ann.

4 pm Sunday May 19, 2013 at Saint John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St (Parking 33 Washington), Gloucester MA 01930
Featuring great music of hope and promise. Featuring all parish musicians with friends Music of Britten, Sumsion, Gardiner, Todd, Tindley, Howells and McKie. One of the pieces is the setting of Psalm 107, "They that go down to the sea in ships", which is printed on the Fishermen’s statue. Directed & accompanied by Mark Nelson, Music Director with Frances Conover Fitch, former Music Director This program is free and open. A Gala reception follows. 978.283.1708

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Event: 3v3 Youth Basketball League for youth entering grade 6 through youth finishing grade 12

When: PreSeason: Tuesday May 14 – June 18 from 6:30-8:00; Regular Season: Tuesdays June 25 – August 13 from 6:00-8:00
Where: Community Church of East Gloucester, 7 Chapel Street
Registration Fee: $30 prior to May 31; $40 after May 31
Contact Person: Patrick Keeley
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Patrick at 978-283-5527 or


Maritime Gloucester-

Get Ready to SailBot!


Come to Maritime Gloucester tonight to learn more about the International Robotic Sailing Regatta (SailBot2013) scheduled for June 9 -13 in Gloucester Harbor. Andrew Bennett, organizer of this year’s event, will describe the robotic, unmanned sailing boats, the sailing course and rules, and the technical challenges and opportunities associated with building and sailing these boats.

This year’s event, hosted by Olin College and the City of Gloucester, consists of 19 teams – including Gloucester High School and seven other high school teams. Join us (adults and students) for an engaging and entertaining evening.

Call 978-281-0470 for more information.

When:  May 16th, 7 pm,

Where: Maritime Gloucester

           23 Harbor Loop

Countdown to Opening Day!

We officially open for the season Saturday, May 25th at 10:00.  Come on by and say hello.  Trod the new floats, check out the new blue and the great new items in the Museum Shop, take a gander at the sea robins, the sea squirts, and the sea stars in the Aquarium. 

Where: Maritime Gloucester

             23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester


Eating Your Way Back To Health

Rocky Neck Cultural Center

David Calvo submits-

Lately on a personal level, I have been taking another look at my eating habits as they relate to health. Years ago, one of my student had handed me a book called “ The China Study” by Colin Campbell and told me to read it which I never did. Recently, I searched that topic on the Internet to see if there was anything current about it and found that a documentary had been done on the book titled “Forks Without Knives”. Netflix’s stream had it so I watched it several times and the information seem academic, competent and undeniable. “Forks without Knives” is basically about eating your way back to health and reversing certain illnesses on the way. The documentary presents an interesting case with results beyond expectations. Simply stated, your health and dis-ease are related to your diet. Then Netflix, in its logical way, said, if you like this documentary you might like to watch this one as well, so I watched a series of documentaries on nutrition, diet and health. At the end of it all, I sat there quietly with the conclusion that I would be “turning a blind eye” if I ignored what I had learned.

With the information in hand, the task then was how to address my personal diet, turn myself into an experiment, and see how these changes would affect me. Of course, in light of all this, the strong winds of my own personality and habits blew hard and it became a challenge. Like many of us, I was faced with the riddle of personal change. The idea came to mind that others in the area might be interested in the connection between diet and health. I saw people posting on the topic in Facebook and also noticed in my brief conversations with others that they were having similar thoughts too… so an idea occurred to me.

Here is my proposal. If I have piqued your interest in watching “Forks Without Knives”, then start there. In addition, in my research I ran across an interesting Web site:, hosted by a medical doctor named Dr Greger. On that Web site, scroll down until you see the video “Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death” and watch that. If you are a Netflix streamer, after “Forks Without Knives” it will prompt you with a number of other documentaries as well. Research diet and nutrition and educate yourself.

Then, let’s meet as a group and address the topic as a community experiment. It will be a forum for many diverse perspectives. Bring all your thoughts and information including your personal health habits because we can learn from each other. We will meet once a month. Our first meeting will be Tuesday, May 28th at 7:30pm. at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center. I have set up a Facebook page titled “Eating Your Way Back to Health” where you can post your thoughts, or you can contact me at:

If you come to my same conclusions, which to me were undeniable, and are looking to make this kind of personal change with the collective support of others, then join us. All said, I can pass along one simple observation from the steps I have taken, when I wake up in the morning, I wake up earlier and I feel rested.

North Shore Health Project announces it’s Third Annual Community Health Activist Award breakfast
The North Shore Health Project will be holding its Third Annual Community Health Activist Award breakfast on Thursday, May 30 at 7:30AM. The event will be held at the Gloucester House at 63 Rogers Street in Gloucester
For 25 years, the North Shore Health Project has been helping local residents with HIV/AIDS or hepatitis C. We provide case counseling, holistic therapies, peer support, nutritional help, housing assistance, and support groups. This award is given to an individual who has contributed to the health of the North Shore community in a special way. Previous recipients are Sunny Robinson, for her dedication to many local organizations, and Julie LaFontaine, for her work with the Open Door.
This year’s recipient in Congressman John Tierney. He has contributed to the community’s health in several ways. These include his work on national health care reform and his support of local health organizations such as the North Shore Health Project, Gloucester Health Center and Open Door.
Speakers will include former Gloucester Mayor John Bell.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Tickets and information can be obtained by calling 978 283-0101 or going to
All proceeds from this event will go to the North Shore Health Project. We hope you will join us!