GloucesterCast Podcast With Guest Ed Collard and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 5/19/13

GloucesterCast Podcast With Guest Ed Collard and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped May 19th, 2013

click to listen-GloucesterCast With Guest Ed Collard and Host Joey Ciaramitaro taped May 19th, 2013

Topics, Ed Collard, Safe Boating Day, Kim Smith Milkweed Project, Motif No 1 Day, Dog Park Opening, Alicia Cox, Sista Felicia, Crappy Coffee, Glosta Joe’s Coffee, Maxwell House, lone Gull, Pleasant Street , Cape Ann Coffee, Brewing Method, Keurig, Coast Guard Safe Boating Day, CERT, Rockport Merchant’s Group, Sara Kelly, Angela Cook, Kudos For Footbridge Repair Completion, Fans Of the Blog, Cameltoe, Cape Ann Images, Shooting My Universe, My View of life On the Dock,Pink Winged Sticka, Beavis and Butthead, Good Morning Gloucester Mug Ups, Khan Studio , Block Parties, Madfish Grill, Gig Medieros, Carol McKenna, Craig Kimberley’s Dodgeball Movie Gloucester Screening

What Are the Chances This Potential Relationship Works Out Based On This Phone Call?

PSA for all the single ladies and men out there-

This shit right here is textbook what not to do the night you meet a potential date.

Desperation? check

Too soon call back right after they met? check

Drunk as fuck? check

Guy makes up excuse that he has indigestion to get away from crazy chick? check

Girl has to be what, an 8+ to even consider the call back based on this phone call and even then only a booty call right?  But under those circumstances it can’t be worth it based on this level of crazy.  I mean this is the amorous drunk chick, can you imagine the psycho version of her after the guy drills her and doesn’t call her back? 

The horror.

New Launch Service

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Mayor Kirk pops her cork at the ceremony celebrating the start-up of the City’s new launch service.

Day boaters will now be able to come to Gloucester and have access to downtown using the launch. Boaters will be able to pick up available City guest moorings or drop anchor in the large Federal anchorage conveniently located in the center of the inner harbor, under the watchful eye of the Harbormaster’s staff. From these locations, boaters will be able to hail the launch on VHF channel 72 or call 978-942-0660 for a lift to one of Gloucester Harbor’s three public floats or the Historic Art Colony at Rocky Neck.

The launch is a first-class, 26-foot, 24-passenger, solid fiberglass “Duffy” built by Atlantic Boat Company. It was christened GLOUCESTERMAN by Mayor Kirk and Waterways Board Chair Anthony Gross.DSCF2442 DSCF2446 DSCF2448 DSCF2450 DSCF2452 DSCF2455 DSCF2460 DSCF2462 DSCF2469 DSCF2481

Guest Artists Judith Monteferrante and Roger Salisbury

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The first guest artists of the 2013 season at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery will be Judith Monteferrante and Roger Salisbury.  Their work is already hanging, so stop by any time to check it out.  Judith has some amazingly beautiful metal print still lifes, as well as a spectacular canvas giclee closeup photo of a peony, and a lovely bathing nude that you will have a hard time believing is not a pastel painting.  Roger’s powerful and moody pastel paintings will captivate and move you.  Their opening reception will be on Friday, June 7th from 5:00-8:00pm, so mark your calendars now. 

Also, don’t forget the Khan Studio and Good Morning Gloucester Gallery grand opening Mug Up will take place on Memorial Day weekend Sunday, May 26th at 9:00am.

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Sarah Kelly, Rockport Short Film Festival, 7th Wave, and a Great Saturday on Cape Ann!

There were so many amazing community events taking place yesterday. Although our GMG Cape Ann Monarch Milkweed Project was held in the morning, I was able to attend the Rockport Film Festival in the afternoon, where Sarah Kelly, the festival’s organizer (and GMG contributor) had invited me to speak about my forthcoming film “Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly” and my short film”BomBom Butterflies” had been accepted to the screening.

Rockport was teeming with families and activities. It was difficult to find a parking space but when I finally arrived at the Firehouse where the afternoon’s screenings were taking place, Craig and Hannah Kimberley had very kindly saved me a seat. All of the films were well-worth seeing;  just some of the highlights were Len Burgess’s film about the launching of the Schooner Ardelle, Robert Newton’s film about Gloucester’s WPA murals, and “Homemade Parade” by Emile Doucette. The short film event was followed by poetry readings from local poets. I left shortly after and returned home, with plans to return to the 7th Wave with my husband for dinner (where our son is the cook).

When we returned to Rockport at 7:00, Sarah Kelly was still working away at the Firehouse cleaning up with her family and friends after the day’s events. She was so gracious and I think is doing a fabulous job promoting the festival. I am hoping she will perhaps write a post-festival GMG post on her perceptions of the event’s successes.

We arrived at the 7th Wave Restaurant and were seated at a lovely spot by the window, with the gorgoeus view of the harbor made even prettier in the light of the setting sun. I had a Blue Moon beer, which I love because the name of the beer is one of my favorite Ella Fitzgerald songs. The beer was served with a wedge of orange–a flavorful touch, and fitting because Blue Moon’s list of ingredients includes orange peel. My husband had the cooked-to-perfection grilled mahi-mahi with a delicious spicy mango salsa. Usually I don’t order fried clams because frankly they often aren’t very well prepared and, as they are currently more expensive than a lobster dinner, it really is no fun to bite into a pricey soggy, soden lump of sand and grease. Have no fear of being diappointed at the 7th Wave because, really, their fried clams are to-die-for; simply the best fried clams I have had in a long time (take note Craig if you are reading this!). The batch I had last night was soooo fresh and delicious, perfectly golden brown and crunchy crispy on the outside, with tender, fat bellies on the inside. I had heard in Joey’s podcast with Craig that the fried clams at the Cape Ann Brew Pub are pretty awesome and I have yet to try those, but I know where I will be heading next time I get a jones for extra delicious fried clams and dinner with a stunning view!

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Many Thanks to the Positively Most Awesome Community Ever!

The Cape Ann Monarch Milkweed Project was positively a resounding success. Thank you to everyone who ordered and picked up your milkweed plants. Thank you to Joey who turned my small seed of an idea into a fabulous community-wide project and who also very kindly offered Captain Joe and Sons for mug up and pick up. Thank you to Felicia for taking valuable time from writing the world’s-greatest-cookbook-ever and spending the entire morning making and serving coffee and Sicilian gigilani cookies (I know that is totally misspelled) and for helping with the plants and for just being a great friend. Thank you to all my GMG fellow contributors and all the FOBs for coming, and for everyone’s enthusiasm in the project.

And, most importantly, the Monarchs thank you!!!

We have exactly fourteen plants remaining and all fourteen are spoken for. After all the plants are picked up and the money totaled, we will have enough to make a donation to the Rocky Neck Cultural Center. So thank you again. I am very inspired by the success of the program and plan to later in the summer have a Cape Ann Monarch Aster and Goldenrod Program.

Monarch Butterfles Eastern Point Gloucester MA © Kim Smith 2012

Monarch Butterflies at Eastern Point

How to Plant and Care for Your Milkweed Plants

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) has a taproot. Plants with taproots do not like to be disturbed once established so it is best to plant your Common Milkweed seedlings as soon as possible. Common Milkweed is not too fussy about soil and is the milkweed we see growing in fields, roadsides, dunes, and meadows. It can reach up to six-feet in height, but more commonly grows two- to four-feet. Common Milkweed spreads by underground shoots and by seed dispersal.

The Marsh Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) are well-rooted year-old plants and can be planted in the garden now, or within the next month or so. Marsh Milkweed grows best in good garden soil and/or moist areas. Marsh Milkweed is clump forming and does not spread by underground shoots.

Both milkweed species prefer full sun, but will take some slight shade. Plant with the soil line equal to the soil line in the pot. Place a stake nearby so that you do not step on your little milkweed seedling. Water gently. Check frequently on your milkweed plant until it is fully established. Water when dry, but do not over water. Monitor for milkweed aphids. Milkweed aphids are tiny soft-bodied orange insects. If you do see any aphids, gently wash them away with water; no soap or strong pesticides needed!

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Darth Maul Lobster Landed At Captain Joe and Sons

We’ve had some crazy mutated lobsters landed at our dock over the years including albino, blue, marbled, calico but none that were separated at birth from Star Wars character- Darth Maul.

Separated At Birth?  You decide.




Some previous mutant lobster landed at our dock-

Click below for the slideshow of all the mutant lobsters landed here at our dock.

We have more documented mutated lobsters here than any other dock on the planet!


Community Stuff 5/19/13

The Annisquam Sewing Circle’s Plant Sale is a great place to purchase flowers for your summer planting needs ~ and find some lovely perennials from members’ gardens!  Plus all members of The Sewing Circle will be baking delicious pies and treats in case you have guests coming to visit for the official FIRST SUMMER WEEKEND of 2013! So please stop by in Annisquam on Saturday the 25th from 8-11 am!