Our second installment of  Homies Eatin’.  We get together, cook man meals and learn about wine and food from industry pros.  Chef Eric Lorden owner of Passports Restaurant and Toby Pett who has been around a bottle or two of wine will edumacate us in a casual setting.

Part I The Wine-

Toby Pett Selects Wine To Pair With Ribeye Steaks

We performed a blind taste test between three wines Toby picked out-

Wine A-2008 Lang & Reed “214” Cabernet Franc

Wine B-2008 Frank family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine C-2010 Domaine Virginie Thunevin Bordeaux

The wine we all independently agreed to be the finest selection with the steak was purchased at Savour Wine and Cheese


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Ice Cold: Natural Extracts at Rocky Neck Gallery

Rocky Neck Gallery’s Summer Artists Series: Ice Cold: Natural Extracts New photography by Skip Montello and Tom Robinson-Cox Wednesday, August 14 – Tuesday, September 4, 2013 Artists’ reception this Friday, 8/16 @ 6-8 PM

natural extracts RNG

Rocky Neck Gallery: Skip Montello & Tom Robinson-Cox

rngSkip Montello & Tom Robinson-Cox are exhibiting photography at the Rocky Neck Art Gallery starting tomorrow, Wednesday, August 14 for three weeks. But don’t wait, or at least, don’t miss the artist’s reception this Friday from 6-8PM.

Click the Rocky Neck Art Gallery Banner above to go to the Gallery Website for details or the artist’s names to go to their sites.

Fun Fact from the gallery website: You have walked by 55 Rocky Neck a million times but did you ever wonder why the building looked like that? The Answer: Those shingles are Russian stamped steel painted with copper boat bottom paint.

Another Fun Fact: the name of their exhibit is “Ice Cold: Natural Extracts”.  Now if you were going to have a reception on a Friday night (6-8PM) in August with a name like that you might expect some nice cold natural extracts, maybe a pitcher of Margaritas or even martinis so cold you have those little flecks of ice floating on top? (Just thinking out loud here.)

Gloucester Stage – ‘This is Our Youth’ ~ Worth Seeing

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As Dan Mac Alpine says “The Gloucester Stage Company continues its exploration of youth and coming of age it started in its first production this season, “Spring Awakening,” with the early ‘80s play, “This is Our Youth.”

And like its two predecessors, “Awakening,” and “North Shore Fish,” this production is well worth the audience’s investment.

This is the play “Friends” would have been if it had been reflecting reality, not that “Youth” doesn’t have some funny one liners and, in fact, has the audience laughing through the pain and pathos its three characters negotiate.

Read more: http://www.wickedlocal.com/ipswich/newsnow/x1676646633/Gloucester-Stage-mounts-another-worthy-production#ixzz2br0iNRQO

Remember Cape Ann Residents are only $20 on Wednesday & Thursday, get your tickets today.

Inner Vision @ Mile Marker 1 – Friday & Saturday – Dan King Interviews them

From Dan King:

Innervisions has been playing Castle Hill in Ipswich the last few years but the crowds became too large for them to handle so Mile Marker 1 is  hosting them over two nights at Cape Ann Marina  – Mile Marker One. Friday August 16th and Saturday August 17th On Friday the 16th we have an Opening act from Newburyport called Freevolt.

Doors are at 7pm. 15$ at the door. Cape Ann Marina 77 Essex Ave. Gloucester Ma Mile Marker One 978 283-2122

We also have Free Shows on our Bridge Deck All weekend with Jah N I on Friday 8/16 and The Glostafarians on Saturday 8/17 plus The Runaround Sunday 8/18 at 5pm.

Q: When was Inner Visions formed?
A; The band is dated back to when Phillip “Grasshopper” Pickering returned from the military in 1979 and joined “Prophecy” Reggae Band. Over the years the band saw a name change and has continued on since that time as Inner Visions.

Q: What is the history of the band?
A: Inner Visions has been the around since the golden days of reggae when the likes of Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Dennis Brown, Toots and the Maytals, Peter Tosh, Third World, Steel Pulse, Inner Circle, Aswad and so many other foundation Artists presented the world with a music that would not be denied. Because the Virgin Islands dominant music art form was Calypso and now is Soca music, (and the fact that St. John was so far removed from the limelight), it was not until 1995 that the band started getting some recognition when we released our first official recording. Since then the music has taken us through the Caribbean, to Cancun Mexico, Europe and all over the USA. We now boast six self produced recordings to our credit.

Q. Who are the current members of the group?
A: Current members are Alvin “Jupiter” Pickering (Bass/Background Vocals), Phillip “Grasshopper” Pickering (Guitars/Percussions/Lead Vocals), Akiba “Mr. Snooze” Pickering (Keyboards/ Lead and Background Vocals), and Aswad “Hollywood” aka “Black Lion” (Drums). Just incase you are wondering about those Pickering last names, “Jupiter” and “Grasshopper” are brothers and “Mr. Snooze” and “Black Lion” are the son’s of “Grasshopper!”

Q. Who are your Musical influences?
A:  Wow, there are so many to mention! I think the group Culture for the energy, Third World for the message of love, Aswad for the party style grooves, Steel Pulse for the consciousness, Bob Marley for the universal strength, and many, many more!

Q. What keeps you coming back to New England?
A: The awesome love we feel from our fans many of which we have had the opportunity to greet on our Island home long before performing stateside.

Q. What is your connection to Gloucester?
A: Joe Loiacano (Manager at Mile Marker 1) had known of us as he had lived and managed a venue on St. John a few years back. We had played Gloucester before at the Rhumb Line, but after hearing about the crowds we were packing in at the Castle on Crane Beach’s Summer Concert Series, he decided to have us. It was such a great success last year, he up-scaled it for this year’s performance.

Q. What is Island life like on St. John?
A: It is a rewarding way of life as one might expect but the drawback is it is very expensive to live there. We boast some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and some of the most wonderful people but like everywhere these days things are tough all around. Still we would not trade it for the whole wide world!

St. Anthony’s by the Sea

This lovely little chapel of St. Anthony by the Sea (near Niles Beach) belongs to Holy Family Parish. It is open for Sunday services at 9:30AM only in the summer, and for weddings until the fall.  I think the stained glass windows are absolutely beautiful, real works of art.


For more about the history of the chapel, visit this link (thanks to Fred Bodin for the great info)!

Matthew Green

The Invites For Sista Felicia’s Book Launch Gala At Cruiseport Are In!!

Sista Felicia writes-


let our GMG FOBs know they can get their tickets through Kickstarter or at the GMG Tent this week at the Farmers Market, and at the Waterfront Festival 

Or you can post in comments and I’ll hold tickets for pick up or send them out.


The Food, The Music, The Venue- All Spectacular!

To Get Your Invite go To The Kickstarter Page and Look In the Right Hand Column

Also if you only got a book I believe there’s an option to get a book and an invite to the Gala!

Here’s the link-

Sista Felicia’s Sicilian Cookbook


The Manchester Athletic Club Has a New Fitness Director and She Rocks!!! The Get ‘Er Done- True Energy- Fitness Pro Nan Gorton!

Tremendous things will be happening at the MAC with Nan at the Helm of The Fitness department- Mark My Words!

Can’t wait for lobster season to end so I can get back in there!


Manchester Athletic Club Strengthens Fitness Program with New Director.

Manchester Athletic Club is strengthening its fitness program with leadership from Nan Gorton. Gorton was recently chosen to helm the business’ growing Fitness Division, which includes Manchester Athletic Club in Manchester by-the-Sea, MA, MAC Fitness in Rowley, MA and MAC Fitness in Gloucester, MA.  

Gorton has been a staple at Manchester Athletic Club for the past seven years as a fitness trainer and co-owner of Hilltop Training, a popular running program among members. Most recently, she launched North Shore Sports Performance Institute (NSSPI), which offers sports performance training to kids 10-18 years old. She comes to the position with a myriad of backgrounds in addition to fitness, including careers as a lawyer and as an Olympic caliber athlete in the sport of women’s ice hockey.

The move will bolster the club’s already booming fitness department, which includes a ProFitness Program, personal training, TRX, pilates, swimming, basketball, nutrition and wellness, and over 75 group fitness classes—from strength to cardio, indoor cycling, Zumba, mind body, aquatics and Les Mills Body Pump and Body Combat.

“Nan brings a tremendous amount of energy, expertise and creativity to our members and, importantly, to our local community,” said Keith Callahan, General Manager and Managing Partner. “With Nan’s leadership, we’re excited to launch new programs for our members and have already developed a unique program called Commit to Get Fit that will be provided for club members as well as open to the community this fall.” 

“I have always believed that great success comes from sharing a common goal and working together to make it happen,” added Gorton. “I am excited to get to work getting the best out of everyone I work with both as a coach and a manager.”

Manchester Athletic Club is a full-service health club featuring 12 tennis courts, the Gymazing! Child Center for preschool-aged children, iXl programs for young teens, a fitness and strength training center staffed with certified professional trainers, indoor aquatics center, multiple group exercise studios, and an outdoor pool with playground.

Captain Pete helps Tourist

Captain Pete from Harbor Tours  give direction to other Gloucester sites, than poses with the group from Chicago.

For more information and schedule link to Harbor Tours. IMG_5156IMG_5158

17 Days Til the 2013 Gloucester Schooner Race And Don’t Forget The First Annual Schooner Race Community Lobster Bake!!!

Lobster Bake!

Lobster Bake!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 2013, 4:00 PM



Enjoy freshly steamed lobster, corn on the cob, and a Virgilio’s roll— all for $12 per person. Relax with your dinner on the slopes of the Fitz Henry Lane lawn while listening to Old Cold Tater & Friends. Also available for sale: hot dogs, hamburgers, veggies burgers, cold sodas & spring water, beer & wine. Tickets available in advance from Maritime Gloucester or at the event. Must bring confirming email to Maritime Gloucester to redeem. Tickets will not be sent via mail. 

This event is part of Maritime Heritage Day at Maritime Gloucester and Schooner Festival weekend.

To Purchase Tickets

TYRONE was designed by Manchester’s famed SS Crocker and built by Simms Bros. in Dorchester in 1939.  She is a beautiful, rugged classic, owned by Matt Sutphin of Harwichport.   Last year she was first in the Gloucester-Provincetown Race.  There is space for a few passengers during the race Sept 1st and also for a sail on Saturday Aug. 31st.

Tyrone  http://www.amschooner.org/node/954

Sailing opportunities  through Maritime Gloucester  http://gloucesterschoonerfestival.net/?p=408

Al Bezanson

Tyrone docked