Getting ready for the Waterfront Festival

Getting ready for Saturday and Sunday, August 17th and 18th the Waterfront Festival at Stage Fort Park. Weather should be terrific.  Also the Rotary Pancake Breakfast starting at 7:30 on Saturday morning, always a great way to start your day.
August 16, 2013 See you at the Waterfront Festival

August 16, 2013 Waterfront Festival

August 16, 2013 working hard

Fish on Fridays

The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.

Baby Haddock:  Now legal, but is it healthy for the fishing industry?

The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries recently amended the state’s regulations to complement federal groundfish regulations. The minimum size of commercial Gulf of Maine haddock has been reduced from 18 to 16 inches. Similar adjustments were made regarding other species of groundfish.
Romeo Solviletti of Steve Connolly Seafood in Gloucester explains how what sounds like an easing of catch regulations hurts the fishery, the industry and in the long run, the consumer.


Photos © Kathy Chapman 2013

Video © Marty Luster 2013

Gloucester 2014 Calendar by Deb Schradieck

deb schradieck calendar

If you’re looking for a unique calendar for yourself or as a gift, stop by Khan Studio & the GMG Gallery at 77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 3 and check out Deb Schradieck’s incredibly detailed pen & ink drawing 2014 calendar.  It includes the Tarr & Wonson Paint Factory and Main Street as pictured above, as well as Annisquam Light, Pigeon Cove, rowing gigs Gannet and Siren Song, Marine Railways, Motif #1, the Thomas E. Lannon sailing past Ten Pound Island, Good Harbor footbridge, Beacon Marine, Gloucester Harbor, and for December — the lobster trap Christmas Tree.  The minute details in Deb’s pen & ink drawings will amaze you.

E.J. Lefavour

Blue Moon

Blue Moon ©Kim Smith 2013For several reasons, Blue Moon is my favorite beer to order out on a hot summer night (warning to readers, I know even less about specialty and craft beers than I do about wines). The first reason being is that it always makes me think of the sweet song “Blue Moon,” written by Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart, and covered by many artists; the second reason is the attractive label, and lastly, because it tastes pretty good!

7th Wave ©Kim Smith 2013.Family friendly tree-top dining on the 7th Wave’s upper deck

This was intended to be a post about the 7th Wave Restaurant in Rockport. We sat down and ordered drinks, which I managed to photograph. I was just so hungry and dove right in as soon as our dinners were served. We were halfway through dinner, enjoying some very fabulous fried clams, before remembering that I had wanted to take photos–anyway, next time! I will say, they were the best friend clams of the entire summer. Craig Kimberley, are you reading this recommendation?

7th Wave ©Kim Smith 2013-2.View from the deck

My favorite rendition of “Blue Moon” is Ella Fitgerald’s, but Billie Holiday’s is nearly just as wonderful and the following video has some lovely stills of Lady Day and of fashions from the 50s and 60s.

Toby Pett adds Elvis Presley’s tenderest of renditions. This video too has many beautiful photos, of The King.

Local stars going over the bridge to Beverly this fall

MardiGrasCrowdThere’s a hidden gem down the road in Beverly: The Larcom Theatre.  Opened in 1912 (the same year as Fenway Park) featuring Vaudeville shows, The Larcom’s initial advertising boasted, “Lit Completely by Electricity.”  Fully restored in 1985, the Larcom Theatre  became a second home to Le Grand David Spectacular Magic Company, which closed in May 2012.

In April 2013, Vickie and I presented Henri Smith at the Larcom Theatre to a sold-out crowd, many of whom had never before set foot in the theatre.  We fell in love with the Larcom the minute we walked in, checked the acoustics and told one of the owners (David Bull, star of Le Grand David) that we’d like to present lots of concerts in this acoustically magical theatre…

So, we begin with a 2013 Fall Music Series featuring Gloucester legend Allen Estes and his new Band on October 5 with Dave Foley’s Fabulous Mustangs opening, The Slide Brothers on November 2 with Gloucester’s Michael Thomas Doyle opening, and A New Orleans Christmas with Henri Smith on December 14.  We’re working on another six shows for late winter and spring of 2014 and will announce them in the not-too-distant future.

These shows will sell out quickly, so we’re giving FOBs first crack the best seats.  Here’s where you can get tickets:

The last time Allen Estes performed with a full band they nearly sold out the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford, which has more than twice as many seats.  

The Slide Brothers are the greatest living musicians who embody the Sacred Steel tradition. The joyous music these legendary artists create extends far beyond scared steel to encompass blues, rock and soul all celebrated with a sound that is uniquely their own.  This is their only New England show this year.

Henri Smith sold out the Larcom in April.  Plus he sold out the 2012 Mardi Gras show in Gloucester and was the headliner for the 1000+ Celebrate Gloucester crowd in 2010.

I know it seems like you’ve got lots of time, but don’t wait to get good seats to these shows in one of the most beautiful, acoustically perfect venues north of Boston.

Sargent House celebrates Block Party from 6-8pm


This Saturday, 8/17, the Sargent House celebrates Block Party from 6-8pm.
SHM will have costumed actors roaming the garden, historic lawn games for
kids, and first floor Open House during the festivities on Main Street.
Boxed lunches by Beach Gourmet will be for sale; bring your blanket to
picnic on our scenic lawn.
At 6:30pm Henry Allen’s North Shore Folklore Theatre Co. will perform an act
from Judith Sargent Murray¹s 1795 play “The Medium” on the Block Party
stage. Judith¹s plays were the first plays by an American woman to be
staged. They have never been performed in Gloucester, and have rarely been
exhibited since their original debuts at Boston¹s Federal Street Theater.
Witness history in the making!
Kimberlee A. Cloutier-Blazzard, Ph.D.

Community Photos 8/16/13

Wednesday morning action on the harbor from Lowell Peabody


OMG, OMG they were so good. The large tail is left because I had both of our legs and knuckles that I love. I mentioned to my hubby, maybe we should get smaller ones, his response: “why on earth would we want to do that?  Miss having lobster rolls?  Are you crazy?”  I suspect we’ll be back next week.
My very best friend who now lives in SF, grew up in Cambridge (and was close to Julia child, yikers) will be visiting around  our son’s wedding. She wants lobsters, so we will call ahead for a small order. She taught me ( from Pittsburgh) how to eat lobster and doesn’t leave a smidgen except the shell behind.
Thank you!  Thank you!
I am stuffed ( in a delicious way)


Origami at the Farmer’s Market

Yesterday I got a slightly last minute invitation to go teach origami at the Gloucester Farmer’s Market with Art Haven / Tag / The Hive.  Fortunately my schedule was pretty clear, so I was able to go! I had so much fun, I think I got almost more out of it than the kids did… I hope to do it again, although next week I won’t be able to.

The funny thing is, I was wearing an origami shirt that I had put on before I knew I would be teaching, and I didn’t even notice until one of the parents of a student commented on it…

Matthew Green


“Simpler Tides” winning Cocktail from July’s Spirit of Gloucester Cocktail Contest

Help select the 2nd Block Party Cocktail Winner at the Block Party on Saturday, August 17, 2013.  Ryan & Wood  Knockabout Gin will be the featured liquor.   Sample selections at participating restaurants and vote for your favorite at the Ryan & Wood table! Make sure you’re at least age 21!

Community Stuff 8/16/13

GHS Boys Soccer Car Wash – this Saturday, August 17th from 9:30-1:30 at the Sears Parking lot.

Thank you so much.

Jodi Bertolino

GHS Boys Soccer Boosters Secretary

‘TINS OF TIME’ by Tin Can Sally will be featured from August 17 through September 6 at Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, 121 Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Sally has taken this special collection of tins and transformed them into one-of-a-kind timepieces. Tins included are Singer Sewing Machine, Marilyn Monroe, Winnie the Pooh, Peter Rabbit, Gingersnaps, Zodiac, Schooners, Paddington, Snow White, and Lions and Tigers and Bears (OH MY!). Some of the tins are also music boxes and play tunes such as ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘Whistle While You Work’. Summer hours are 10-6 Sunday through Thursday and 10-8 on Friday and Saturday.

Submitted by:

Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative

Hey there all you Patrons of the Arts!

This Saturday, August 17th, is the Second Annual Wet Paint Event and Auction.  Over 60 artists have signed up to paint their favorite scenes in Essex and donate them to the silent and live auction.  Here are the details:

Painter registration Saturday morning beginning at 8AM at the Waterline Center on Main Street.

Artists will be all over Essex for the day and they would love to have you come by and watch them at work.  Just look for the balloons!

Beginning at 5PM, there will be a gala event at the Cox Reservation on Eastern Avenue.  Chebacco Liquors will have a cash bar set up, Dana King and friends will be playing great music, Laurie Lufkin will be serving delicious food and you will be able to see, up close and personal, all of the wonderful art that was produced during the day right in Essex.

There will be both a silent and live auction component to the evening; most of the art will be sold during the silent auction, while some of the most interesting art will be sold during the live portion of the evening.  Last year there was competitive bidding and no one went home disappointed!

This entire evening is brought to you by Terri Eramo of Eventide Gallery at Periwinkles and the Essex Merchants Group.  Proceed from the evening will go directly to promoting Essex as a destination and to help promote other events for our town.

Tickets are $25 each and are available at Main Street Antiques, Periwinkles and other locations.  They are selling quickly so get yours now.  There may be a limited number available at the door, but don’t wait!

Butch and I are counting on you to come and hang out with friends and neighbors and support local art as well as the Merchants Group, buy some exceptional works of art, painted that day, right in our little town.  It is an event not to be missed!

See you on Saturday!

Susan and Butch

Looking for ASL “speakers” to master the art of signing

I’m learning ASL (American Sign Language) and wanted to see if GMG has any deaf/hard-of-hearing readers (I myself am a hearing person). I’d love to meet new people whose primary means of communication is signing. Is there anyone in Gloucester? I’ll treat you to a nice cup of coffee/tea for your troubles 🙂
Thank you so much!


Pottery Trail this Weekend! Look for the orange flags.

Download your map and listings at or get your

festival program at:

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester

The Cape Ann Community Cinema foyer, 21 Main St., Gloucester

Cynthia Curtis Pottery Studio, 80 Pigeon Hill St, Rockport

and participating businesses around town

Tour around on the Pottery Trail this weekend. Open studios around Cape Ann and Beverly. Check out demos, see and purchase beautiful ceramics for table, spirit and home, schmooze, snack and learn.

Special events:

Extended hours for Beauty In Use: Ceramics from Cape Ann, Pucker Gallery and Beyond, Sat-Sun, 8/17-18, 10-6, Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester

Diane Chen Demo, ceramic carving, Sat, 11-2, Cynthia Curtis Pottery, 80 Pigeon Hill St, Rockport

Demos at The Hive, Gloucester, Sat, 11-3, 11 Pleasant St, Gloucester

Clay Dreaming, Free Paint-Your-Own Pottery Studio fee with coupon in Festival Program, 186 Cabot St., Beverly

…and open studios at Ruth Worrall Pottery, Twin Lights Studio (Scott and Erin O’Sullivan-Place), Scott Tubby Fine Arts, Four Winds Pottery (Mary Kay Carbone), Pigeon Hill Pottery (Susan Hershey), Plum Cove Pottery (David Archibald), Dogtown Pottery (Anni Melançon), Marty Morgan Pottery, and Annisquam River Pottery (Nina Goodick)

IDRC Update

he IDRC heads to Lunenburg, NS

      A great day of racing with a limited field last Saturday produced winners in 4 out of 5 dory racing categories.  The first heat featured multi-time mixed doubles champs Elin D’Angelo/ Mike Frontiera in an exhibition race with first time competitors Tyler Edmonds/Thomas Beaton.  Both faired well in the race and completed the course with ease.  The second race was the Masters (Over 40) division with a rematch of last August’s barn burner between Mike Harmon/John Scola and Allan Murray/Bill Edmonds .  This year Harmon/Scola took an early lead and held it throughout the race.  Also, competing in the masters division for the 2nd time this year was the tandem of Alex Thomas/Donny Favaloro who continue to improve with race experience.  The final race Saturday delivered on its promise to be a tight heat.  Mark Duval/Joe Sanfillipo took on rivals Glenn Harrington/Erik Dombrowski and Chris/Nick Giacalone.  All 3 crews raced into the turning flags in a dead heat and the race home was on!  Duval/Sanfillipo and Harrington/Dombrowski continued the pace home changing leads with the help of some building waves.  In a final push (and crash into the start boat by Harrington/Dombrowski) Duval/Sanfillipo came away as victors in a photo finish.  What an exciting day of racing.  The final teams traveling to Canada will be announced once the rowers coordinate their individual schedules.

      On another note, the Fishermen’s Memorial Service will be held this Saturday at the Fisherman’s Statue on the boulevard at 5 PM.  To show our support for the forefathers of our sport, the IDRC plans to row over to the boulevard after meeting at the town landing around 4 PM Saturday.  Bring a partner or take a friend for a ride on the harbor and show your support for those who have lost their loved ones at sea.

      Lastly, the annual Maritime Gloucester Harbor Race sponsored by the Gig rowers will take place on Sunday, September 15th off Niles Beach .  The race course is about 3.5 miles out to Eastern Point and back around Ten Pound Island .  Registration will be at Niles Beach at 8 AM that Sunday morning.  All members are welcomed to use the IDRC dories on a first come first served basis, so if you plan to row sign up and reserve a dory!!