2013 Fish Box Derby Photos From Rick Isaacs


Hi Joey,

Here are some of my pics from Sunday’s Fish Box Derby.  They’re all from the same vantage point, the finish line, as I was the timer for the race.  FBD family and friends feel free to use these, just go to:   http://www.flickr.com/photos/rickisaacs/sets/72157635607117484/

3rd & Final Block Party of 2013 Saturday September 21st

September’s  Block party highlights a variety of entertainment with an emphasis on women performers. In addition to Willie Alexander, Karen Ristuben and Mo Bounce, emerging new talent such as Marina Evans and Alexandra Valenti will fill five stages.

Main Street restaurants serve outside and the stores are open late for shopping. Youngsters are entertained in Kids’ Town.

The third & final Ryan and Wood Distillery Block Party Cocktail contest will feature Rye Whiskey for the September party. Restaurant patrons may enjoy a sample and vote for their favorite creation at the Ryan and Wood information table.

  • The July winner was Alchemy Bistro’s “Simpler Tides” created by mixologist Felicia Grossi.  
  • August winner was Dog Bar’s  “Knockabout Jell-O™ Shots” created by mixologist Misty Baker.  

The popular contest will continue in September.

September 21 Entertainment

Applied Materials (SOVEREIGN STAGE) @ Sovereign Bank Upper Main St.
  • 6:00 PM – Bonnie Barrish – Romantic concert piano compositions
  • 6:45 PM – Toni Ann Enes – Original folk to rock to diva!
  • 7:30 PM – Deb Hardy– Dynamic Rockport singer-songwriter
  • 8:30 PM – Bradley Royds– X-tra-ordinary guitar and songs
Gloucester’s Hometown Realtors Stage – Main St. by Mark Adrian Shoes
  • 6:00 PM – Naoya and Yuri featuring Jamie Song – Japanese pop!
  • 6:30 PM – Bill Gleason  – Acoustic blues treasure vault
  • 7:20 PM – Karen Ristuben – Smooth Jazz Chanteuse with combo
  • 8:30 PM – Willie ALexander with the Razdans & Doctor Dave Vincent!
Whitmarsh Lock & Safe Stage (SARGENT STAGE) – Middle Main St. by Sargent House
  • 6:00 PM – Play Reading – “The Medium” by Judith Sargent Murray
  • 6:45 PM – Cape Ann Dance Company – Back by popular demand- this troupe always dazzles us!
  • 7:15 PM – Tony Fonseca – Drumming
  • 8:30 PM – Livin’ on Luck – Classic rock and choice gems to dance to!
Bank Gloucester Stage (MYSTERY TRAIN STAGE) – Lower Main Street in front of Mystery Train Records and the CA Cinema
  • 6:00 PM – The Docksiders – Gloucester High School’s terrific Big Band
  • 6:45 PM – Joe  Thomas – Giuseppe’s piano song monster takes requests
  • 7:30 PM – Marina Evans – Back from tour with a new CD!
  • 8:15 PM – Alexandra Valenti – young voice big talent, one to watch
  • 9:05 PM – Johnny and the Firecrackers – Rock ‘n’ roll , punk, new wave and soul

*All times approximate

  • Joe Thomas – outdoor sing-alongs during the breaks!
To see lineup by time click here
To see lineup by time click here

Toni Ann Enes on Local Music Seen with Allen Estes tonight

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Toni Ann Enes on the set – photo: Joanne Silva

Local diva Toni Ann Enes is Allen’s guest on Local Music Seen with Allen Estes, which premieres tonight at 6:30 on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.

One of Gloucester’s most passionate singers, Toni Ann treats us to her original folk, blues and rock with a heartfelt, emotion that reaches through the screen and grabs you.

You can see Toni Ann live this Saturday at the Block Party Sovereign Stage at 6:45pm.

Watch the show tonight and get ready to have your heart strings pulled!

See complete Block Party music lineup here.  More Block Party details coming soon . . .

Dave Sag’s Blues Party to host Lisa Marie…..once again the joint will be jumpin Thursday @ The Rhumb Line 8:30 to 11:30

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We offer natural pain relief this week as we welcome back that analgesic angel of the high stool: Ms. Lisa Marie. She’s been busy putting out fires all over New England, and now it’s our turn for her to take the pain out of your heart. She’ll be belting it out from 8:30 on,bringing tears to your eyes and a smile on your lips. Clothing optional.
She’s bringing along a couple of her favorite sidemen. First off, there’s Silvertone (or as I call him-Silverfish) Steve. Born that way, with a glitar in his mouth and Vitalis® on his fingers, Nobody knows his real name, although if you said it backwards, the entire bar would disappear..
Then there’s Johnny Juxo, on keys, whom I’ve never met, but my traiteur knows him well. I believe her! Had a good drummer on board,  but he took a stray bullet at a jam session, so I’m waiting to hear back from my Ouija board So, roll out the barrel and have a good  time. See you then.

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Don’t forget: DaveSag’s blues Party has a Facebook page now, although I don’t snow why. So, hate me on Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Davesags-blues-party/1413082458915228
You’d pay to know what you really think!
And again, thank you for your continued support in this ruptured disc we call live music.We’re nothing without you! XXXX

Touch a Truck Fundraising Event Horribles Parade Fundraising Event Sept 28th!

The Fishtown Horribles Parade Committee would like to announce that on Sept, 28, 2013 from 9 am to 2 pm (rain date Saturday October 12th), at the O’Maley Middle School in Gloucester Ma, we will be hosting our Touch a Truck Fundraising Event. This family oriented event will be fun for all and include many vehicles from the communities of Gloucester, Rockport and Essex. The entrance cost will be $5 per person and children 3 and under are free. There will be door prizes and food will also be sold. The money raised from this event will go to support next July 3rd parade here in Gloucester. A sample of some types of trucks to expect are Fire Trucks, Police vehicles, dump trucks, backhoes, Coast Guard Boat, tractors, and many others. It should be a great opportunity for everyone, especially the children, to enjoy the day by climbing and taking lots of photos with their favorite truck. Please come out and support the Fishtown Horribles Parade. We hope to see you all on Sept 28th at O’Maley Middle School from 9 am to 2 pm (rain date: Saturday October 12th, 9 am to 2 pm).


Fabulous Fall Finds From Pop Gallery!

The gals from POP Gallery at 67 Main Street have done it again! They have compiled a style spread of their top fashion picks for Fall! All brands/styles featured are available at Pop Gallery now!

Click the picture below to view the spread!


And remember to fall out for the last Block party of the Season on September 21st and “turn over a new leaf” with some new seasonal accents to your wardrobe! I will also be open block party weekend, with refreshments and snacks! Going to be a great time!

(And be sure to check out Pop’s facebook page for up to date information and special sales!)


Oh The Irony- Sawyer Free Parking Sign

If reading is fundamental then what is spelling?


Bill Clark submits-

Sign at Library parking lot that has been up for a while……

Editor Note from possible the worst person ever to criticize anyone else’s spelling- me.

It happens.  No one died in the process.  A little embarrassing maybe, but yeah, no one died.


Community Stuff 9/18/13

The Cape Pond Ice Company, which dates from 1848, will be offering free Historic Icehouse Tours this coming weekend, September 20 – 22, on Friday at 2pm, Saturday at 11 am and 1 pm, and Sunday at 11 am.  A warm sweater or sweatshirt, and practical footware (no flip flops !) are recommended. 


The narrated tours last 45 minutes to an hour, and include archival film footage of natural ice harvests from the beginning of last century, an account of the company’s 165 year history, a tour through the 335 # block ice manufacturing area and the 28 degree F. icehouse where new custom ice sculptures are on display, and kids may indulge in a snow ball fight !  The tour concludes with a visit on the ice company wharf overlooking Gloucester Harbor, where vessels are still iced down with tons of ice, and  then with several film clips from the WB Perfect Storm movie and the company’s own upbeat TV Commercials.

These free Icehouse tours are sponsored through the Essex National Heritage Area’s Trails & Sails program, which Cape Pond Ice Company has participated in now for 10 years, since 2004, and has consistently been voted the “People’s Choice” popular venue Award.  Parking is available.  The free tour program will be repeated again next weekend, September 27 – 29.

Further details and directions available at 978-283-0174 or coolestguys@capepondice.com.

Joe Muzio to speak at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck


When: Wednesday, October 2, 7:30 pm

Where: The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson street, Gloucester, MA 01930

The Gloucester Writers Center is proud to present author Joe Muzio at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck on October 2nd.   Muzio’s memoir Buddy Remembers- Then and Now is a intimate view into the life of an American Family.  Joe is the second child of Italian American parents, both of whom came to America from southern Italy as children. The book is a detailed recollection of his parents’ lives: their marriage, their approaches to life, how they raised his sister and he in Brooklyn and Queens, New York and their continuing influence.  Mr. Muzio is married to Lois Grant Muzio and has three sons and two grandchildren, he lives in Rockport, MA.

Founded in 2010,The Gloucester Writers Center’s mission to preserve, promote and celebrate Cape Ann’s rich literary legacy and to encourage writing and citizenship in the belief that all voices count.  For more information about GWC go to gloucesterwriters.org

MarkHoffman_goodmorningThe Rocky Neck Cultural Center in Gloucester, MA is hosting an art exhibit titled Synthesis featuring Montserrat College of Art and Endicott College faculty and students, Sept. 26 – Oct. 20. The Public Reception will take place Saturday, Oct. 5, 3 – 5 pm at The Rocky Neck Art Colony, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA. See attached, contact the Cultural Center at 978-515-7004 or visit rockyneckartcolony.org for more information.


Local artist, J. Abbe, has a open studio this Saturday from 1 – 4 at 548 Washington St, Gloucester, MA
public welcome.



Join us on September 21st:
Trails & Sails and Block Party Doubleheader
NEXT WEEKEND: Sat., Sept. 21st we have 2 great outdoor events at The Sargent
House Museum.
€ Trails & Sails. Noon-6:00pm. Open Door Event. (House will be open for paid
tours during this time.) Explore the fascinating world of early American
feminist writer Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820) and her husband Reverend
John Murray (1741-1815), the founder of Universalism in the Country. Event
includes historic children¹s games and activities in the garden that bring
Judith¹s story to life.
€ Downtown Gloucester Block Party. 6-8pm. At 6pm North Shore Folklore
Theatre Co. will perform two acts from Judith Sargent Murray¹s 1795 play
³The Medium² in the garden. We guarantee a good time will be had by all as
you watch young Eliza¹s story come to life.
Check out our events page for more details! http://sargenthouse.org/events/