Patio Farewell Week From Terry Weber

Hi Joey, 

For the last two weeks, the owners of the Patio Restaurant–John and Irene Burke, have bid farewell to their restaurant and to their many friends, family members, and ‘regulars’ at the Patio. The Burkes recently sold the Patio after over 30 years in business on Lexington Avenue in Magnolia. Click on this link for just a few snapshots of one of their farewell parties. 

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The Patio has been described by many as a “home away from home, an extension of one’s own living room, a clubhouse” and more. This is due to the warm hearts and hospitality of John and Irene, their family members: Margo and Chris Rezza, Melissa and James Rezza, and long time friends and co-workers: Kathy Mackin, Lori Somers, Dave Morley, Charlene Young, and Lopes. 

Thank you to John and Irene Burke, and their family, who have made the Patio a second home to many Magnolia & Gloucester residents. Even though “we’ll see you around the neighborhood”, we’ll miss seeing you on a regular basis as you enjoy some long overdue relaxation. The neighborhood won’t be the same without the Patio. 

If any of the readers of GMG have a fond memory of the Patio, and would like to see it published in a possible memory book or other publication, please email your story to You may also email photos. Please send your stories before November 1.

Degeylse Buoy Found- Long Cove Point Chamberlain Maine

From Gloucester To Long Point Cove Chamberlain Maine

Dear Joey,
My name is Dale Cooke and in the summers I reside in Chamberlain, Maine.  Today has been a rough seas day, as was last night.  While walking around Long Cove Point Road (where my cottage is), I spotted a very large buoy with Egelyse and 000777 on the side and VII on the top.  I Googled  Egelyse and came up with your name and website (which I have subscribed to).  My husband, Matt, climbed down into the gut of Long Cove Point and brought back the buoy.  We now have it at our cottage.  I don’t know if the Capt. wants it back…it’s in fine shape, the rope is the only thing that gave out.  I will be here until the end of Oct. so if he does want it back he is more than welcome to come and get it.  I would bring it down on my way back to Alabama, but it is just too big with all the stuff I have to carry home.  If not, we will keep it here at the cottage, and next season if he wants it and is in the area he is more than welcome to it.  Otherwise, I will clean it up and keep it in the garden.
Dale Cooke


Here are those same type buoys aboard the Degelyse from years past.


You can see how far it’s traveled from this Google Map


Hi Joey,
Sorry about the misspelling regarding the lobster boat and buoy.  Attached you will find the pic of Long Cove Point and 2 pics of the buoy. 


This is where it was found-


Rocky Neck Gallery’s Summer Artists Series: Family Trees

Rocky Neck Gallery’s Summer Artists Series: Family Trees
Mixed media assemblages by Stephen Thomas Martin
Wednesday, September 25 – Sunday, October 13, 2013
Artist’s reception on Friday, September 27, 6-8 PM

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Rocky Neck Gallery is pleased to announce the next Summer Artists Series show: Family Trees, featuring the mixed media assemblages of Stephen Thomas Martin. This is the last exhibit in this series for the gallery’s 2013 season. And the first time Rocky Neck Gallery is exhibiting the fascinating and mysterious assemblages by Martin of Amesbury, MA. This new show opens Wednesday, September 25 and runs until Sunday, October 13, 2013.

Martin’s art is both literally and figuratively about reclamation. While the literal incorporates found objects to form the “ground” of the pieces, of more importance, is the figurative element. The search for unique “found objects” he uses in his pieces is a big part of his creative process. In many of his works he incorporates old photos of individuals he discovers at antique shops and flea markets.

As Martin states, “Using these photographs I am giving new life to people long forgotten by family, friends and society. They have not only been reclaimed but are indeed reclaiming a place in the existing world, not to be forgotten again.”

Martin is a self-taught artist now working full time to meet the demand for his assemblages. Prior to this new career, he owned and operated an antique and retail furniture business for twenty years in Newburyport, MA. Martin is the founder and owner of Gallery 206, a pop-up experimental gallery in Amesbury, MA. He is also represented by Galatea Gallery in Boston, MA and is a juried member of the Cambridge Art Association, of Cambridge, MA and Newburyport Art Association in Newburyport, MA. His award winning work is juried into many prestigious shows along with residing in several private art collections throughout the USA. The corporate collections that currently own his assemblages are Growth Coach Management Consultants, Kodiac Venture Partners, and the Italian movie production company, Blue Suede Shoots.

Please join us on Friday, September 27, from 6-8 PM for an artist’s reception. Meet Stephen Thomas Martin and learn about his process reclaiming and reinventing new lives for discarded objects.

Rocky Neck Gallery is located on 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester. The hours are: Sunday – Wednesday: 11 AM – 6 PM, Thursday – Saturday: 11 AM – 8 PM. Free parking is available.

Rocky Neck Gallery
53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

Image: “Family Tree” by Stephen Thomas Martin, Mixed Media Assemblage, 12 x 12

Schooner Roseway

Schooner Roseway ©Kim Smith 2013

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While searching though my photo library, I discovered a batch of stills from the Schooner Festival that I have not yet posted because I was so intent on editing the Schooner Festival video. I’ll try to post them this weekend–if everyone hasn’t already had enough of schooner photos!

The Schooner Roseway is a National Historic Landmark, owned and operated by World Ocean School, which is located in Camden, Maine. She is a gaff-rigged schooner and was first launched from Essex in 1925.  The Roseway runs sails out of Boston during the summer and out of Savannah, Georgia and St. Croix during the winter months.

If you have sailed on the Schooner Roseway, I would love to know about your experience. Please leave a comment in the comment section. Thank you!

History of the Roseway from the World Ocean School website: 

In the fall of 1920 a Halifax, Nova Scotia, newspaper challenged the fisherman of Gloucester, Massachusetts, to a race between the Halifax fishing schooners and the Gloucester fleet. Therefore many schooners, such as Roseway, built at this time were not strictly designed for fishing but in order to protect American honor in the annual races.

Roseway, 137′ in sparred length, was designed as a fishing yacht by John James and built in 1925 in his family’s shipyard in Essex, Massachusetts. Father and son worked side by side on Roseway, carrying on a long New England history of wooden shipbuilding. She was commissioned by Harold Hathaway of Taunton, Massachusetts, and was named after an acquaintance of Hathaway’s “who always got her way.” Despite her limited fishing history, Roseway set a record of 74 swordfish caught in one day in 1934.

Read more about the history of the Roseway here


Win tickets to see Allen Estes Band & Fabulous Mustangs at Beverly’s Historic Larcom Theatre

Allen_PosterI know.  You think you can wait until the last minute to get tickets for the Allen Estes Band at the Larcom Theatre next Saturday, October 5th.  And even though you know you don’t want to miss this concert because it’s one night only — and because Allen will have a brand new band featuring multi-platinum guitarist David Brown, Fairport Convention founder Dave Mattacks on drums, Matt Leavenworth on fiddle, Steve Burke on keyboards and Wolf Ginandes on Bass. You also want to be the first to hear Allen’s newest music. And when you see Allen Estes singing his Howard Blackburn hit “Not With Ya Hands” on next season’s Wicked Tuna TV premiere, you want to be able to say you danced in the aisles as Allen sang and played that memorable song with his new band in October.

And you want to be able to see South Shore sensation Dave Foley and his Fabulous Mustangs open for Allen (Foley opened for REO Speedwagon at the Melody Tent this summer to rave reviews) because you’ve got no intention of driving to Plymouth any time soon.

But you’ll still wait to get tickets because you think that maybe, just maybe, you can win them.  Well you’re right, but only for another couple of days.  Here’s how:

Like our gimmesound page on facebook (  Then comment on the HUMP DAY post with the picture of the Allen Estes Band poster in it.  We’ll pick a winner tomorrow morning.

Listen to North Shore 104.9 tomorrow morning.  They will be giving away tickets before noon.

You should also know that, unlike our sold-out April concert at the Larcom Theatre, all of our concerts in this Fall Series have reserved seats.  So if you get your tickets now, you’ll be assured of the best seats.  You can even get a discount subscription with premium seating to all three concerts for only $99.  But those great seats won’t last long, so don’t wait until the last minute.

Alexandra Valenti this Wednesday for her 7 week residency! Be sure to come out to hear her! 6-9pm @ Giuseppe’s Ristorante


I have had the opportunity to see Alexandra  many times. Totally delightful performances. A must see and you have the chance too,  right here in town @ Giuseppe’s Ristorante, 2 Main Street, Gloucester MA


Hammond Castle is preparing for their Halloween fundraiser "Castle of Madness"

Hi Joey,

Hammond Castle is preparing for their Halloween fundraiser “Castle of Madness” and they’re looking for volunteers, high school and above, for cast and crew. There are six evening performances: Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26 & Nov. 1 & 2.

There’s an organizational meeting for interested volunteers this Thursday, September 26, 7PM, at Hammond Castle. There’s a few paid positions available as well. Working on the “Castle of Madness” is a blast, and attending it is wicked scary fun!

Thanks for posting this, Joey… I’ll send along updates & pics along the way.

Linn Parisi


Invasion of the Four Blondes

On a slow Sunday earlier this month, a blonde woman came into my gallery, asking for directions to the Crow's Nest. "I'll tell you all about it," I offered, and she said: "Wait! I'll get my friends." So I told them some colorful stories, and then they weren't quite sure how to get there. So I said: "Let's go!" Without hesitation, they drove me to the Crow's Nest, where I took this photo of them representin' with the GMG sticka'.
On a slow Sunday earlier this month, a blonde woman came into my gallery, asking for directions to the Crow’s Nest. “I’ll tell you all about it,” I offered, and she said: “Wait! I’ll get my friends.” So I told them some colorful stories, and then they weren’t quite sure how to get there. So I said: “Let’s go!” Without hesitation, they drove me to the Crow’s Nest, where I took this photo of them representin’ with the GMG sticka’.
Once inside the "Nest," we all had a beer, and they bought mine. These ladies are all from Rhode Island, and attended Catholic school together. One is a social worker, one a teacher, one a therapist, and the other is "ummm," a blonde, and that's all I know. Very nice people, and the fact that they came to Gloucester for a girl's reunion is wonderful. I have the feeling they'll be back. And they got the GMG sticka' to remind them.
Once inside the “Nest,” we all had a beer, and they bought mine. These ladies are all from Rhode Island, and attended Catholic school together. One is a social worker, one a teacher, one a therapist, and the other is “ummm,” a blonde, and that’s all I know. Very nice people, and the fact that they came to Gloucester for a girl’s reunion is wonderful. I have the feeling they’ll be back. And they got the GMG sticka’ to remind them.

Virginia & Robert McKinnon 60th Wedding Anniversary

Hi Joey, I have had several request for my 60th Wedding Anniversary Story and Pictures.

We had a wonderful time and many happy memories. Here we are at 84 and 89 yeas old and still enjoying our life together. We are so blessed.

Love your blog. Virginia (Frontiero) McKinnon

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60th Wedding Anniversary Party      Virginia (Frontiero) McKinnon

My Wedding Anniversary’s actual date is November 26, 2013. I planned our celebration early, June 8, 2013. I did not want to wait until winter. The party was such a wonderful celebration. Over 100 guest attended at the Gloucester House’s Compass Rose Room from one to 4 o‘clock. Most of our seven children, eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, brother, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends attended.  All having  a wonderful time. Many highlights: Father Kiley renewed our marriage vows, a wonderful buffet lunch, my brother Paul playing his trombone for a fabulous sing-a-long. And the Rose Ceremony, two dozen large long stem roses. All our children, grandchildren and even our little adorable great-grandchildren and many family and friends presenting us with a rose and professing their love for us and telling stories of happy times, events and jokes. One by one they came to us with joy, hugs and kisses. Life could not get any better than this!  Our granddaughter, Jennie, read a tribute to her grandfather. Also our two other beautiful granddaughters, Jessica and Cheryl rose to the occasion with endearing memories.  I sang a love song to Bob “You Belong to My Heart.” Remembering how Bob loved to dance to the beat of the Rumba. We were dancing in spirit.
     Our friend Pat Cecilio presented us with a masterpiece of an Anniversary Wedding Cake. No professional could have competed with this, The cake was adorned with a picture of us at our wedding cutting our original Wedding Cake. The cake was a homemade lemon cake with raspberry filling and very ornately decorated with frosting and roses. For lunch we had appetizers of calamari, chicken wings, fruit, vegetables, cheese and crackers. A berry, berry salad with strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, walnuts and blue cheese with a raspberry dressing, soda and coffee were served at our tables. Then the buffet of baked haddock, chicken Alfredo, seafood Newberg, sausage, peppers, carved roast beef and roasted potatoes. For dessert we enjoyed strawberry shortcake, our Anniversary cake and Italian cookies.
     Our guest enjoyed the acrylic frames with their name and table number, which they could take home as a souvenir and also we had match books to remember this occasion. Most of our original wedding party were present. I encourage my brother Paul to take my Dad’s place in our pictures. My sister Rosalie and her husband Rit were our maid of honor and best man, we missed them, and ushers Jack Lucido and Gordon Hilsey have also passed on. My junior bridesmaids were my twin sister’s Mary Ann and Ida. My bridesmaids, Mary McCoy, Mary Herrick, our ushers, Joe Orange and Bob Beard and our ring bearer, Vito Piscitello were all in attendance. Bob’s cousin, Anne and his niece, Moira from Danvers sat at our table. My brother Paul and his wife Dorothy came from North Carolina and his family; Dena from California, Michael from Virginia, Wendy and her family from Beverly. My sister’s Mary Ann and Ida from Essex and their children even Ida’s newest baby great-grandchild Alexa. My nephew Ric came from working in Pennsylvania and his sister Diana from Rhode island. I was so happy to have my mother’s last two siblings, my Aunt’s Frances and Millie with their family present. My niece, Krista, took lots of pictures. Our family picture is a treasure of remembrance for generations to come.  So many precious memories of this joyous occasion.

Community Stuff 9/25/13


Good Morning Joey,

Upcoming for the Photography Division of the Rockport Art Association is Large Works: by Leslie D. Bartlett and Jeffrey Trubisz, September 28th thru October 17th. Opening Reception Sunday, September 29th ~ 2-4pm.

         This show will highlight panoramas under glass and around walls, from locations near and far.   “Expanding beyond traditional photograph sizes of  8×10 inches and 11×14 inches, Leslie and Jeffrey are providing unique views of the familiar and places we have yet to see,” says Law Hamilton, chairperson of the Photography Division at the RAA.

         Leslie D. Bartlett invites us to –

“View from, gaze across, stand in the midst of…

And enter a moment of Emotional Intelligence where all the senses are present.”

He will be featuring a quarry wall image “Noli Me Tangere.”

         Jeffrey Trubisz invites us to –

“Step into this room and cross my trail for a few moments.  My photographs might be titled “wild places” and my goal is to share with you the simple wonders of environments that are remote and unspoiled.”

Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St. Rockport, MA 01966   
(978) 546-6604

Through Columbus Day Weekend: Monday thru Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday Noon-5pm
Columbus Day: Noon-5pm

After Columbus Day: Tuesday thru Friday 10am-4pm; Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday Noon-5pm

Thank You, Law Hamilton

Red Cross worker deployed to support flood relief in Colorado

Ron Beckley

The American Red Cross is supporting rescue operations in Colorado by providing shelter, food, relief supplies and comfort to thousands of people forced them from their homes by flash flooding.

Red Cross workers from the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts are now accepting deployments to help residents recover. Ron Beckley of Gloucester, who specializes as a Disaster Services Technology Supervisor, has been deployed to Colorado.

Disaster Services Technology specialists are responsible for all the technology that is deployed on disaster relief operations. DST volunteers set up satellites where all phone and internet services have been disrupted, they set up computer services in remote locations for Red Cross caseworkers and often have to repair equipment in crisis situations.

More than 800 trained Red Cross disaster workers are staffing shelters and evacuation centers. The Red Cross has delivered more than 17 truckloads of relief supplies to residents – more than 5,000 items have already been handed out. Volunteers are working with community partners and have served more than 15,000 meals and snacks.

Flooding has also destroyed homes in Guam, New Mexico and Texas. Red Cross workers are also helping in those areas by providing shelter, food and comfort for people in need.

Beckley, in accepting this deployment, is gaining more experience working with Red Cross experts throughout the U.S. When he returns to Massachusetts, his knowledge will help better inform our efforts, and help make our local region stronger.

Donations can be made by visiting or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


Gloucester Conversations Study Circles start Sunday, September 29

Citizens from all walks of life in Gloucester are invited to participate in an open and
thoughtful dialogue where diverse points of view are harnessed on issues of public concern.
Topic: Gloucester’s Municipal Facilities: Public Safety, City Services Public Schools and Civic Development

Four 2 hour sessions starting September 29 and ending October 24

Groups of eight to twelve citizens in facilitated dialogue

Join any group anywhere in Gloucester. Commitment is for all four sessions with the same group.