Sharon St Clair-King and Hubby Represent! In Florida

Hubby and I love the new hat.  I think we will have to have another so we won’t fight over it. Lol.  Representing today at Kasey Key,Fl.
I am forwarding another pic of hubs at the Crows Nest (southern version) in Venice Beach, Fl next to an incredible stained glass window of The Man at the Wheel. 
We may be Floridians but Gloucester lives in our hearts!  See ya’ next month.
Best, Sharon St Clair-King


Crows Nest in Venice Beach, Fl


Good stuff right there!!!!!

Operation Osprey

On July 30, Dave Rimmer, Director of Land Stewardship at  Essex County Greenbelt, researcher Bob Bierregaard, and a small crew of Greenbelt personnel and other researchers set out to trap and tag, with a Telemetry strap,  one of the family of Osprey which nest in the summer before their migration to South America. The nest is on the high stand in the middle of the marsh west of the road to Coffin’s Beach.

After 4 1/2 hours, one of the young birds and one adult male were trapped. A  one ounce satellite transmitter was placed on the juvenile’s back and they were released.

Video by Marty Luster

Still photo by Bob Wayne.

Four Great Reasons to Have Rocky Neck on your Radar this Week

this week on rocky neck

Thursday, August 1st – Nights on the Neck – always fun for the whole family.

Saturday, August 3rd – Stop by Khan Studio and the GMG Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 3 for Audi Souza’s Opening Reception for her exhibit Cape Ann Views and North Shore Gardens from 6-8:00, then head over to the Beaux Arts Ball at the Center.  And if that’s not enough, Chowderhouse is back at Sailor Stan’s with music by Kitt Cox’s Sunny Fishcakes Review 5-8:00pm.  Chowder & Chilli ($5 Cup/$7 Bowl).

E.J. Lefavour

The Big BLT at Willow Rest

Your standard BLT at Willow Rest. There are two things to add (besides the company of a blue eyed Rubber Duck).

1) Ask for the spicy mayo. (Not hot, just the right amount of tang.)

2) Grab a San Pellegrino Aranciata Rossa (blood orange) with the fancy foil top out of the cooler while you wait.


A “Signature Sandwich”, served on Ciabatta bread. The BLT and the Cuban are amazing. Unless you want to take a nap, split the Cuban with someone and have a cup of soup with it.

Willow Rest Menu

Honoring David Wonson McLoud With A Photo, Entering of Ashes To Sea Aboard The Thomas E Lannon and a Poem From Our Marty Luster

Emy Saint Amour submits-

I took this with my dad this morning at Good Harbor beach. I love Gloucester, and enjoy your website. If you like this photo feel free to post.


Hi Joey,

Thanks great~ this is Emy’s grandmother, Mary.  Our Wonson/McLoud family members are here on vacation. Tomorrow we are having a memorial service in honor of my brother, David Wonson McLoud. We will be entering his ashes to the sea from the “Thomas E. Lannon.”  Captain Ellis and Kay have been great assisting us with our arrangements.  A reading of Marty Luster’s poem, “The Gift,” will be part of the day.  The poem was first posted last July while we were vacationing here~it told our story.  My brothers and I were born in Gloucester. When we were kids, my parents moved to the Annapolis, Maryland area. Always returning to Gloucester for summers and holidays.  I discovered “Good Morning Gloucester” a couple of years ago~it has become my good night reading.

Emy is 14 and loves photography.  This morning, her father had her up at 5am, sunrise was at 5:34.  What a beautiful Gloucester morning!

Thanks for posting.

Hold Fast ~ Mary McLoud Tucker

Sidewalk Bazaar Starts Tomorrow (THURS) ~ Outdoor Dining, Shopping, Music, Kid Fun & Great Prizes

Every year the Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar gets better.  This year, there’s an excellent music lineup all three days (see here).  Plus North Shore 104.9 will host a prize wheel at which you can win very cool prizes including fall-series concert tickets from GIMMESOUND and CDs from top local artists including Chelsea BerryJulie DoughertyMichael Thomas DoyleAllen EstesTom Hauck, Will HuntOrleans “Still the One Live”, Andy PrattRenee & Joe and T Max!

Wednesday’s with Fly Amero~Special Guest:Bill Gleason 7.31.2013

rhumbSpecial: Tenderloin Tips over Salad!
Wednesdays Only!

Hello everyone!
Wednesday, July 31st
Special Guest:

Bill Gleason
His actual name is Howlin’ Blind Lemon Mississippi Delta Billy
Boy Junior Gleason, but we just like to call him Bill.  It’s the
genuine blues, folks.  He puts on a clinic every time. ~ Fly 🙂
Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Tenderloin Tips over Salad –
 $11.95(while they last)
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!

Thank you, Allen Estes for hosting the next few weeks while
the Orleans/Sail Rock Summer Tour kicks into high gear!
Check my touring page at…
Aug 7: Allen Estes hosts w/guests Old Cold Tater

Aug 14: Allen Estes hosts w/guest Marina Evans

Aug 21: Allen Estes hosts w/guests The Backwoods Ramblers

Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

Mark Parisis Is Going to Be on Chronicle on Wednesday 7/31

Hi Joey,

My bro in law Mark Parisi of "off the mark" cartoon fame (Nick’s brother) is going to be featured on WCVB Channel 5’s Chronicle show on Wednesday, 7/31, at 7:30PM. Cool, huh? He has a legion of local fans that I think would like to know, and  GMG is the best way to clue them in 🙂

Mark has won the National Cartoonist Society’s Award for Best Single Panel of the Year twice and his cartoon has been running in the Gloucester Daily Times for a long time. One of his hilarious Gloucester-centric cartoons is always featured in the Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide, too.

He’s internationally syndicated, so his wacky sense of humor gets pretty good reach, for a home boy!

Here’s a link to the WCVB blurb, and thanks for spreading the word.


Sista Felicia’s Cookbook Just Went over 100 Books Sold

If you would like to reserve your copy click here (guys, think perfect Holiday or Birthday present)  you can reserve your copy now and have a back up present ready to go in the inevitable situation when you forget.

Here’s the link-

Click to check out her video produced by our boy Craig Kimberley-


RIP Chipp Davis Wells

Fred Bodin Submits-

Chipp Wells

Chipp and one of his beloved pugs at Mother Ann Cottage, Eastern Point

I first met Chipp in my gallery when he was looking for a historic photo of his summer home on Eastern Point, Mother Ann’s Cottage. I had a good one, and it hangs in his home. I know people, and Chipp was one of those I instantly liked. He was sweet and affable, honest and trusting, and one could tell there was a depth of fascinating background behind this guy. He was an art director for major advertising agencies in New York City, and later devoted himself to full-time painting.

His year–round home was Wusapinuk Lodge, in woodsy Westerly, RI, which coincidentally was just up the road from where my parents lived in nearby Hope Valley, RI. 

From Chipps website: I began my early art training during summers spent in the Eastern Point, Gloucester, MA. summer studio of the marine artist Amee Davis (1893-1972), my maternal grandmother. To this day I continue to spend part of every summer painting in that same studio next to the lighthouse.  My subjects are New England coastal scenes, rivers, lighthouses, beaches, and groups of people I call PEOPLESCAPES.

After a formal art education in Rome, Italy and The Tyler School of Art, Temple University (BFA1970) in Philadelphia, I pursued a successful career as a T.V. and print Art Director in New York City. (J.Walter Thompson, BBD&O, SSC&B Lintas, etc.) I gave up my “day job” as V.P. in charge of B.S. in 1998 to paint full time.


Painting by Chipp Wells.

I regret that we never got together, as invitations were extended for both Rhode Island and Gloucester. Rest in peace, Chip, and be assured that many folks will miss you. I for one certainly will.

Your friend, Fred

Community Stuff 7/31/13

Schooner Adventure’s Working Waterfront Walking Tour

10 am – This Saturday, 8/3, and every other following Saturday: 8/17, 8/31, 9/14, 9/28 (weather permitting)

Come join Schooner Adventure’s guide for a 90 minute guided walking tour of Gloucester’s Working Waterfront, starting at the Fisherman’s Statue and ending on Harbor Loop. We will be looking at old photographs and maps, taking us back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Old companies and buildings will be identified at their original locations as we make our way down the Boulevard, Rogers St. and Harbor Loop. Meet the guide at 10 am at the Fisherman’s Statue.

$5 per person ****Please RSVP by calling 978-281-8079



The Essex Board of Health is holding the fifth annual Essex Youth Triathlon on Saturday, August 3, at Centennial Grove / Chebacco Lake in Essex for youth of all abilities ages 5 through 15. This is a USAT sanctioned event.

A BOH goal is to keep this race affordable, so that all who want can participate. Entry fees are $25 per entrant, with a family cap of $50.  Because this is a USAT sanctioned event, all participants must be USAT members. The Deadline for registration has been extended until noon, Thursday, August 1 or when capacity is reached. A $12 late fee is currently in affect.

Additional information and printable registration forms are available on the Town of Essex website,, or online registration is available at  USAT membership is required to participate. For USAT membership, please go to 

Because our goal is to keep the Essex Youth Triathlon safe, affordable & enjoyable for all, the BOH depends exclusively on donations and registration fees to make this a success. The Board continues to need & welcome donations of funding, goods (raffle prizes, food & drink, etc), talent (entertainment, photography, etc.), and (maybe most importantly) volunteers to help & oversee the racers. If you, or anyone you know of, can help in any way please contact the Essex Board of Health. The BOH, race participants and their families thank you.



Summer is here and there is much activity down at the dories.  With the June International races behind us we turn our attention to the upcoming eliminations on Saturday August 10th at Niles beach to establish our teams who will compete in Lunenburg , NS Canada for the International Championships August 24th.  Teams in most categories have been seen practicing on Gloucester Harbor , but we are still weary that we will not have a women’s team to represent the USA .  Please let me know if you plan to compete for an “expense” paid trip to race in Canada .

We had 4 IDRC warriors take on the 20+ mile Blackburn Challenge race in our Banks Dories.  Christina Carpenter (only woman to conquer the challenge solo in a Banks dory…now multiple times) and Jeff Muise (first time going around solo) completed the race solo in true Howard Blackburn style.  And, last minute entrants Vito & Nick Giacalone completed the course in the double banks division (their first time going around).  Congrats to these iron men & woman!!

Please continue to use the dories and enjoy these best days on the harbor.  Those who have not paid there 2013 dues, please send them in to the PO Box.

See you on the water!


Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School Students Get A Little Lobster Edumacation Here At The Dock

Hi Joey!
Thank you so much for being willing to entertain 26 students from the Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School this afternoon!  The two-week summer session that they’ve been participating in has followed the theme of "Marine Biology and Maritime History."  They have been incredibly fortunate to spend most days on the water engaged in a variety of hands-on activities.  Today they had to opportunity to explore Gloucester Harbor to learn about the rich fishing industry and to see up close the large variety of vessels that call Gloucester their home. 
Last week was spent learning about plankton, mollusks, echinoderms, fish, and crustaceans while conducting research at sea.  After having hauled traps and having learned about lobsters, it was important to me that they see "what happens next."  I really wanted the students to see a working waterfront and you very kindly supplied that opportunity!  As expected, you were incredibly patient with their questions and able to hold their attention while refining their knowledge.  They felt at ease with you right away and would have gladly stayed for hours had they the chance.
Not only do you now have 26 new FOBs, you’ve also helped this group of children better appreciate an industry that has been incredibly foreign to many of them.  To quote one of your new friends as he boarded the bus to head home, "That place is so cool!" 
Thanks so much!
Nichole Schrafft