The 33rd Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival This Weekend August 17 & 18


Historic Stage Fort Park along

Gloucester Harbor will come alive with color, flavor and music for the

33rd Annual


Waterfront Festival

Saturday, August 17 & Sunday, August 18

9am to 6pm daily

Over 200 Juried Artists and Craftsmen from throughout the U.S. will display their unique American made creations, craft demonstrations, live musical entertainment, children’s activities plus delicious ethnic foods.
A pancake breakfast, famous Gloucester Seafood and a huge assortment of Antique Cars complete this

picture perfect Seaport event!

Are you ready for this?….  this is a big one folks!

Come on out and meet the Artisans … Exhibits include Fine Jewelry, Original Wildlife Art, Dolls, Custom Signs, Plush, Acrylic Sculpture, Tile, Pressed Flowers, Painted Antiques, Photography, Candles, Metal Sculpture,  Maps, Fiber Arts, Tapestry, Stained Glass, Vintage Chic, Scroll Work, Wood Burning, Slate, Scarves, Nautical Crafts, Aromatherapy, Pewter, Soaps, Wearable Art, Oil Paintings, Blown Glass,  Ornaments, Tide Clocks, Stone, Fleece, Calligraphy, Pet Gifts, Fragrance, Primitive and Folk Art, Tile, Stone, Candles,

Wire Mesh Buffalo by

Peter Robinson Smith

Mosaics, Wire Mesh, Stone, Candles, Stained Glass, Turned Wood, Basketry, Leather, Glass Chimes, “Sports” wear, Felting, Handbags, Walking Sticks, Accessories, Flags, Burl Wood,  & more. 

Ginger SargentCome and sample gourmet delights such as Herbal Dips, Tea,

Honey, Nuts, Home-made Fudge and Candies, Oils, Vinegars, Maple, Cannoli, Pickles, Hot Sauces, Slushy Mixes, Mustards & more.

Westminster WhimsyHebert Honey HerbalDips

Bring your appetite … Food Vendors include traditional American Fare and Lobster Rolls, plus Fried Dough with all the fixins, Fabulous Kettle Corn, Gourmet Lemonade, Trolley Dogs and Fresh Healthy Paninis, Guzpacho, Soups and more!

Live craft demonstrations include Basketry, Decorative Painting, Fiber Art, Red Work Sewing, Pottery, Tile Making, Leather Embossing & Acrylic Sculptures and more. 

The Rotary Club starts us off Saturday morning with their fabulous       Pancake Breakfast! From 7:30am to 10am

Lobster Bake

North Shore Old Car Club will display over 75 Antique or Vintage Autos on Sunday ….

The Gloucester Waterfront Festival runs from 9am to 6pm each day.

Handicap Accessible and friendly pets are welcome, on a leash. Sophia Puppy

Directions: From Route 128 North take Exit 14. 

Stage Fort Park, Hough Ave Gloucester

Admission is FREE! Rain or Shine. 

Free parking along Stacy Boulevard or at the High School. However, please note that there is fee to park  across the street at Beach Parking.

Free, live “family style” entertainment includes

Julie & Brownie Pirate Show, Mary Poppins Pops In,
51 Soul, All Hands Drumming,   

Just Like Newman

Some Links of Interest …

Exhibitor List … See who is in the Show!

Wow! This Event is awesome and bigger than ever!

Directions …

Stage Fort Park, Hough Ave, Gloucester, MA

Easy to find … From Route 128 North, take Exit 14 , follow to end. 

Weather … Festival goes on Rain or Shine … but it’s looking good!

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

Area info dining, shopping …

Keep the Party going at the Downtown Gloucester Block Party

On Saturday August 17 from 6pm to 11pm

Shop ~ Dine ~ Dance

A few photos from past years Waterfront Festival …

Crowds at GunstockGloucester Kids Area


For more information visit

or call 603-332-2616

Ann Straccia from Gloucester Ingredient List Makes Mario Batali’s First Video In His Batali Cooks 4 Series

Hi Joey

I hope you’re well and enjoying your summer.  I wanted to reach out to you regarding a new video series we just launch entitled Batali Cooks 4, where we asked fans to send us their top 4 favorite ingredients using the hash #batalicooks4. Mario picked a list and created a custom recipe and video based on those picks. 

In this inaugural video, mario chose a list from Ann Straccia of Gloucester which includes monkfish, artichokes, lemon and kale. Mario then created a custom recipe and video – where he walked viewers through all the steps of the recipe in his signature style – teaching us along the way.

Sweet Sixteen

photo This is our eldest grandchild, Priva, who turns 16 today. She is half Mexican and visits with her cousins in Mexico City every July. This year, the family had a belated quinceanera to celebrate her 15th birthday.

Priva lives in Brooklyn, is bi-lingual, an experienced traveller and a budding flutist.

The photo was taken by Guillermo Audelo, Priva’s cousin, in Mexico City.

Meet Liz Horwitz at Aquatro Gallery

liz horwitz at aquatro

liz horowitz at aquatro

Saturday, August 17th from 3-5:00pm at Aquatro Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave. Gallery 4.  There will be a Japanese paper weaving demo at 4:00, as well as a demonstration on the making of her beautiful eggs.

Artist Liz Mitsuye Horwitz, whose exquisite, three-dimensional paper sculptures in traditional Japanese fan shapes and her magnificent, micro-origami earrings are on display at Aquatro Gallery through Columbus Day in 2013, will be in the gallery Saturday, August 17, 2013 between 3-5 PM for Aquatro’s Meet The Artist Reception in her honor. The artist will be giving the paper-weaving demonstration at 4:00PM that day. The event is free and is open to the public.

Liz Mitsuye Horwitz grew up in Tokyo, Japan surrounded by both the traditional materials and arts of Japan and the contemporary expression of Japanese life and culture in printmaking. Her sculptural work and her more functional origami earrings both use Japanese “washi” paper which is a staple of Japanese life. Mitsuye’s three-dimensional fans seek to reconfigure the static scenes of sumo wrestlers, herons and cranes, geishas
and make them more dramatic. Multi-layered constructions in traditional fan shapes, the illustrations on the washi paper are often completely realized, even though the sculptures are built from many layers of foam and paper, each layer painstakingly created and plotted to keep the scene intact.

Horwitz attended Colby College and is an accomplished musician on the flute
and double-bass in both classical and jazz idioms. She resides in Newton,

Vining Around the Garden

For readers not yet aware, Vine is a free downloadable app for your cell phone. Vine allows you to make six-second continuously looping videos, which you can share instantly to Twitter, FB, and Vine. I like Vine because it is so immediate, uncomplicated, and fun to use. Some people I follow on Vine are John McElhenny; his Vines are always interesting scenes taken in and around Gloucester, and also Amanda Mohan and Macklemore because their Vines are often super funny.

To read the caption, wave your cursor over the lower left-hand corner of each video.

A Beautiful Night ~ Start the weekend by walking to live music @ 6 downtown venues

Start at Captain Carlos with Cripple Cove Quartet at 5.  Walk out the door to catch Alek Razdan & A-Train at Harbor Loop at 6:30, followed by Johnny Carwash.  Then you can walk to Rhumb Line to see Punk legend, Wille Loco, with Dave Sag.

Yes, I said walk.  It’s not that far.  If you’re not from Gloucester check out Google’s Walking Directions (still in beta, but they work well).  Here are Google’s directions for the 13 minute walk from Harbor Loop to Rhumbline.  And it’s a nice walk — especially on a night like tonight.

While they’re on break you can walk down to the Dog Bar, Brew Pub and Minglewood.  No cover for any of these shows tonight, so start the weekened NOW!

Trouble deciding where to go?  See the full live music schedule here.

Dueling Divas (…and a Dandy!) Cabaret One Week Only at Gloucester Stage


Kathy St. George and Kerry Dowling – 2 of the region’s most accomplished performers- will banter, bellow and bewilder in this special cabaret featuring songs from the Great American Songbook. Daniel Robert Sullivan, from the National Tour of Jersey Boys “officiates” this affectionate battle for center-stage. Song selection includes There’s Nothing Like A Dame, What You Don’t Know About Women and a medley of Broadway love songs from across the ages among many other songs. Dueling Divas (…and a Dandy!) Cabaret is a special one-week engagement for six performances only.

The performance schedule for Dueling Divas Cabaret is Wednesday, August 28 through Saturday, August 31 at 8 pm; a Saturday matinee on August 31 at 3 pm and a Sunday performances are September 1 at 4 pm. Gloucester Stage is handicapped accessible. Ticket prices are $40 for all performances. Senior citizen & student tickets are $35 for all performances.

Full Price Ticket – $40, Students & Seniors (65+) – $35
Cape Ann Resident Discount- $20, Wednesday & Thursday nights – call 978-281-4433 for more information.
Student Rush tickets available 1/2 hour before showtime. 1 Ticket per Student ID. $20 each, Cash Only. Based on availability.

For reservations or further information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit

Auditions for Honors Youth Choir – Sept 12 & 19

Honors Youth Choir
Auditions for Honors Youth Choir will be held on:

  • Thursday, Sept. 12th at the Rockport Baptist Church 4:00 
  • Thursday, Sept. 19th at Ascension Memorial Church – Ipswich 3:30 followed by the first rehearsal.

Honors Youth Choir is sponsored by Chorus North Shore.
Students pay no tuition.
Ages are: 10 thru high school.

If you have any questions, please call Sonja Pryor [978-356-4713] or
Mary Sepich [978-468-2841] or []

Honors Youth ChoirOver the years, Chorus North Shore has worked with local area schools to promote choral singing by inviting students to sing with us for credit, and by offering scholarships for graduating seniors who plan to further their interest in music. But, our strategic plan required a more focused approach toward educational outreach.

As a community arts organization, we are particularly sensitive to the cutbacks in funding and support that have steadily eroded the music programs in schools throughout the North Shore. The Honors Youth Choir of Chorus North Shore is a fully funded program allowing children aged 10 through high school the opportunity to learn and perform choral masterworks along with Chorus North Shore, and present extraordinary concerts on their own.

By establishing The Honors Youth Choir of Chorus North Shore, we are able to accomplish several goals for Chorus North Shore:

  • provide an avenue for young singers to learn basic vocal techniques and ear training
  • introduce young singers to a life-long love of choral music
  • offer an opportunity for a children’s choir to work with a premier adult chorus and orchestra
  • reach out to a new audience in the communities we serve

The Honors Youth Choir is selected by audition. The students range from ages 10 through high school, and must attend scheduled rehearsals and concerts. The Chorus North Shore artistic director, Sonja Dahlgren Pryor and associate conductor, Mary Sepich bring their experience as life long educators and musicians to the planning and development of this special group.

Willie ” Loco” Alexander to join the Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line Tonight 8:30-11:30 . 8.15.2013

Dave Sag's
Dave Sag’s
jisilva photo

Dave says,

We’re having too much fun this summer,so, let’s make it even better. Please welcome back Gloucester’s own Godfather of punque, Mr, Willie Alexander. Just indited into the Gloucester Rock and Roll Museum, right next to Sylvester Ahola and Joe Pal, Willie’s sure to get tour fluids movin’. That is, if he can find the place. I’m gonna help him out.

jisilva photo

Blazing his saddles will be that cosmic gas-giant, Mr. Billy Loosigian , who’s been in more fabulous Boston Bands than you can imagine. Presently in Willie’s band, this guy plays like he has four hands and 24 fingers.
Rounding out the heavy lifting will be our favorite tonsorially-challenged drumambulist, Mr. Steevie Chaggaris ,keeper of the flame and general mucky muck. A great nite! We hit at 8:30  and play till exhaustion. Somebody help me!



40 Railroad Ave.

Gloucester, MA 01930

phone: 978-283-9732


GMG Local Twitterati Report! 8/15/13

Sista Felicia Publically Thanks her Kickstarter Backers…

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you all for supporting my Kickstarter project. Because of your support, my first cookbook, Gifts of Gold In a Sicilian Kitchen with Sista Felicia Harvest will be available very soon. I truly appreciate your generosity and hope my recipes bring your family, friends and loved ones in to your kitchens to enjoy my Gifts of Gold. Hope to meet and celebrate with each of you at the Red Carpet Cookbook Gala at the Cruiseport Gloucester August 28, 2013Tickets are on sale now…3 days remaining to support Sista Felicia’s Kickstarter project, reserve your copies and Red Carpet Gala Tickets here


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Urgent: Special Needs Dog needs Forever Home


Willow-Female, pit bull mix

This little bundle of wiggles was found wondering the streets of Boxford. The kennel staff in the pound were quickly drawn to her happy nature. She weighs in at 39 pounds and is around 1-2 years old. She needs a special owner. She is frightened of new people. She does warm up nicely once she gets to know them but she is not good with strangers. She has been in intensive training for 2 months accessing her needs. She knows all her commands and is extremely bright. Willow’s options for adoption are limited. She needs an experienced handler and a structured environment- calm and quiet. No wild parties for this girl. She is happy simply spending time with her people and doggie friends. And she thrives on affection. She needs an adult loving home that will be patient and keep up her training. Her ideal home would have another dog and fenced-in yard where they could play together. If you are an experienced dog handler that enjoys a quiet environment and could fulfill a need to help a dog with limited options please consider Willow. She loves walks, cuddles, car rides and playing with other dogs. Willow spends her time between the kennel and her foster Mom in Gloucester. She has wonderful eye contact and seems to have lots to say when she looks at you. Willow is trying to find her place and wants nothing more than a human companion who will spend time with her showing her a safe, quiet new life in this world. She is waiting patiently for that special someone. For that she will give you undivided love, affection and tons of smiles

Note from Mary Lou, her Foster Mom:

This is a dog that needs a very special owner.  She is a fabulous dog. All the attributes you would hope to have in your animal companion. Loyal, fun-loving, mild temperament, loves dogs, smart as a whip, cute as a button, loves car rides, housetrained, crate trained, requires little exercise, affectionate…

So why does she need a Special owner?  She is afraid of new people. Once she warms up to them she is their friend for life. But she needs someone who will keep her safe and someone who enjoys a quiet lifestyle preferably with another dog and a fenced in yard.  

PLEASE, Willow has been in shelters and rescues for nearly a year now. She so needs someplace to relax and decompress from the stress of it all. 

Will you please post on your FB site, ask others to share it  and keep posting weekly?

We need a massive campaign going to get this sweet girl into the right home.

Thank you,

Mary Lou


Community Photos 8/15/13

Bees In The Lavender At Harbor Loop From Rick Isaacs


Hi Joey-

I simply want to share the glorious row we had in Gloucester Harbor this morning.

Check us out at As always, we welcome new rowers.

See you on the water!

Best, Janet


Up The Essex River From Elinor Teele


Last Friday unveiling of the Lanesville Neighborhood Quilt at the Community Center: Juni Van Dyke and Mayor Kirk.



Joey, this is the Lanesville Neighborhood Quilt which was created by Gloucester Senior Citizens in my art program at
The Rose Baker Senior Center. The quilt was unveiled by the Mayor last Friday evening.
Thank you Joey for printing the photos.


Adventure Sails

Hi Joey,

The Adventure has had a very exciting couple of weeks.   The Amistad sailed to Gloucester the weekend of August 2, 2013, to assist the Adventure with her rigging and sail installation.

They were amazing.  Unfortunately, prior commitments caused them to leave before the Adventure could have her first trial sail.  

Ryan Graham, who was directing the efforts in this stage, pulled together an amazingly experienced crew (in only 4 days) to ensure the Adventures first sail trial went smoothly.

With 32 crew aboard, the Adventure left the pier at the Gloucester Marine Railway about 10:20 on Saturday morning, August 8, 2013.  Captain Greg was at the helm with Ryan as his

mate.  The crew brought up the sails when the Adventure was in the outer harbor, and the Adventure was sailing for the first time in 20 years.  What a magnificent accomplishment!

Congratulations to the Adventure, the City of Gloucester, and to all of Adventure’s supporters who never gave up the belief that she would sail again!

Here are some photos of the past few weeks in the Adventure’s life.

Mary Barker

Amistad and Adventuere crew ready the hoopsAmistad and Adventure crew get a lesson from RyanAmistad and Adventure crew prepare for jumbo and fore sailsAmistad crew move the foresailMain sail ris readied