Dedication for Austin W. Connors Jr

A memorial stone from the city of Gloucester in honor of Austin Connors was placed at the Spanish War Veterans Memorial on his birthday.

     There will be a formal dedication on Sat. October 5th at 10am.  We would love to see anyone that would like to join us,  He so deservers this

     tribute and so much more.

     Thank you,

     Family of Austin Connors

Chris Wagner’s Gloucester Bar List- is He Missing Any Place?

Hey GMG!

New to the area in the last year and I just discovered your site.  Good stuff!  I’m lovin’ gettin to know Cape Ann and your site is going to be a big help.  

My pals and I are beginning an odyssey of sorts to have a drink at every bar on Cape Ann, starting with the bars, taverns and pubs of Gloucester. The only rule is that the establishment must have an actual bar to sit at.  I have a list going based on visual and web reconnaissance and I was wondering if you could help me out with any places I am missing.  After Gloucester, we’ll do ever bar in Essex, Manchester, Ipswich, Hamilton/Wenham and Beverly.   Maybe after that we’ll start over in Gloucester!

The List, in no particular order:

1. Latitude 43.  25 Rogers St

2. Topside Grill. 50 Rogers St

3. Dog Bar.  65 Main St

4. Crows Nest.  334 Main St

5. Stones Bar.  242 Main St

6. The Rhumb Line.  40 Railroad Ave

7. Cape Ann Brewing Co.  11 Rogers St

8. Azorean.  133 Washington St

9. Franklin Cape Ann.  118 Main St

10. Halibut Point.  289 Main St

11. JD & Meyers.  24 Lexington Ave

12. St Peter’s Town Landing.  46 Commercial St

13. Smokin’ Jim’s Bar-B-Q.  121 E Main St

14. Mile Marker One.  75 Essex Ave

15. The Rudder at Rocky Neck.  73 Rocky Neck Avenue

16. Madfish Grille.  77 Rocky Neck Avenue.

17. Oceans Edge Restaurant.  171 Atlantic Road.  Closes at 9pm.

18. Espresso Italian Grille & Pub.  116 East Main St.

19. Seaport Grille. 6 Rowe Square Gloucester, MA

20. Alchemy Café and Bistro. 3 Duncan Street

21. Passports Restaurant.  110 Main Street.

22. Jalapeno’s.  86 Main St.

23. Pilot House BBQ Restaurant.  3 Porter Street

24. Minglewood Tavern.  25 Rogers St

25. Horizon Chinese Rest.  4 Rogers St.

26. Giuseppe’s.  2 Main St.

27. House of Mitch.

Catch 22 or whatever it is called now

Any suggestions you have will be appreciated and appropriately acknowledged on our forthcoming blog.


Chris Wagner

“The Pollinator Garden” at the Beverly Public Library

On Tuesday evening, October 15th, at 7 pm, I will be giving my program, “The Pollinator Garden,” at the Beverly Public Library. Following the rhythm of the seasons, I present a slide show (with over 100 photos!) and lecture demonstrating how to create a welcoming haven for bees, birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Native plants and examples of organic and architectural features will be discussed based on their value to particular vertebrates and invertebrates. I hope you’ll come join me!

Sunflower and bee ©Kim Smith 2013Helianthus annuus

Seaside Garden Club October Program from Kate Willwerth

Ford floweral arrangement

The Seaside Garden Club Presents Fall Into the Holidays: A Home DĂ©cor Demonstration and Raffle by Bert Ford of Ford’s Flowers.  The program will take place onTuesday, October 8th at the Manchester Community Center.  Social time begins at 7:00, Program begins promptly at 7:30.  Light refreshments will be served. Open to all, guests $5. You will have a chance to win beautiful one-of-a-kind arrangements created by Bert as well as the opportunity to learn how to create your own!

Don’t miss a chance to see this high energy program with focus on home decor.  Fresh flowers, grasses, live plants, fruit and vegetables and permanent botanicals will be featured.  Bert will demonstrate tablescapes, wall and door decor and ideas for decorating your home for this festive time of the year (Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas).Ford floweral arrangement3

Bert Ford, AIFD, PFCI is one of New England’s leading floral design professionals. He is the owner/operator of Ford Flower Company in Salem,  Bert delights in creating different and unique designs, incorporating nature, art and today’s trends into his designs.  He has extensive and broad-based experience in the floral industry, blending strengths in design, buying and selling techniques and floral shop operation and management to present the full spectrum of floral design.  Bert has served as president of Teleflora’s New Hampshire-Vermont unit.  As a member of Teleflora’s prestigious team of Education Specialists, he has presented and commentated floral design programs and has participated on design panels through the United States, Mexico and Canada.  His work has be published in numerous floral selection guides and publications including feature articles and covers in “Flowers &” magazine.  Bert has taught many classes at Teleflora’s Education Center in Oklahoma City, featuring trend setting designs for weddings, sympathy and everyday.  He also presented the opening program at the American Institute of Floral Designers international symposium in July 2010.

The Seaside Garden Club is a group of fun, active, civic-minded and hands-on gardeners.  We welcome all types of gardeners from beginners to experienced… there is always something to learn and share.  We invite you to become a member of our club (only $25 for the year!) and enjoy our monthly programs which feature interesting guest speakers and creative workshops.

The Seaside Garden Club meets the second Tuesday of every month (September through June) at 7:00 pm at the Community Center, Manchester-by-the-Sea.


Visit the Seaside Garden Club blog:

MERHS Field Hockey 4-1 winner over Triton Saturday 9/28/13

Lowell Peabody with the coverage-

Junior Tasha Statz-Geary …ready to take over!


Senior Captain Brittany Smith (#26) fends off Triton challenge


   Senior Captain Anna Heffernan (#4) attacks


Senior Rachel Gallagher moves the ball up the field with authority!


   Senior Captain Taylor Meek (#5) shoots the ball past Triton’s goalie with Seniors Britanny Smith (#26, Captain) and Meg Conway (#34) in position to score!


   Freshman Liddy DeConto (#12) rips it on a free hit while Coach Kara Beauregard looks on!


Senor Captain Anna Hefernan (#4) attacking with support from Freshman Liddy DeConto (#12)


Senior Captain Brittany Smith (#26) with a shot on goal!


Dedicated to Jim Dowd and his Missing Bikes

About an hour before I went to the Cyclocross Gran Prix Gloucester on Sunday, Michelle of Danvers walked in with a t-shirt that caught my eye. In talking to Michelle and her Mom, I learned it was actually purchased from They didn't even know about the bicycle race, so I sent them there. I bet it was a big hit. Jim Dowd, I thought of you!
About an hour before I went to the Cyclocross Gran Prix Gloucester on Sunday, Michelle of Danvers walked in with a t-shirt that caught my eye. In talking to Michelle and her Mom, I learned she wore the shirt because a friend had a bike stolen, but actually purchased it from They didn’t even know about the bicycle race, so I sent them there. I bet it was a big hit. Jim Dowd of GMG, I thought of you!

It’s The Final Stretch! Backyard Growers Update!!! Your Vote Could net Gloucester School Gardens $10,000

They’re right there, please help make sure this happens for our school gardens!

PLEASE VOTE once a day until 10/15 so Backyard Growers can WIN $10,000 for SCHOOL GARDENS–We’re in the winning top 15 of the Tom’s of Maine competition! Help keep us there! VOTE HERE = (click on Massachusetts)

A feast for the eyes and the tastebuds! Check out the roasted carrots, beets, and potatoes enjoyed by Gloucester students from veggies they grew themselves!

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A vegetable petting zoo? Yes! My favorite quote from School Harvest Days, “Is it real? Or is it plastic?”


Pet of the Week-Cutter

Cutter, adopt, dog, cape ann animal aid

Hi!  My name is Cutter and I am handsome yellow lab pup who is one.  I am very sweet and affectionate and can’t wait to be adopted.  I like to walk and play in the back yard with the great staff here at the Cape Ann Animal Aid, located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter in Gloucester.   I am an adult rescue so I am looking for a home with older, calmer children or adults.

I have been asked to tell you about the Blessing of the Animals.   It will be held rain or shine on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. at Millbrook Meadow in Rockport in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.   The Rev. Karin E. Wade, rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church invites all Cape Ann pets to this short, ecumenical service.  Animals should be on a leash, lead or in a cage or carrier.  A donation will be taken to benefit the Cape Ann Animal Aid.  Please adopt me and bring me to the blessing!


I hope Cutter is adopted soon! It looks like he needs someone to play football with in the backyard.


Verizon is coming! Verizon is coming!

Bex reports-


Verizon is installing their new cell phone tower over The Hive today.

If you are a Verizon customer, like me, it’s been a long wait!

Rebecca Borden

President & interim Executive Director

Cape Ann Art Haven

Where can you get a brown paper bag with $1000 cash in it?


Awesome Gloucester’s first Pitch Night is tomorrow 10/3 at The Gloucester House.  The three finalists who will pitch their ideas are

  • Soft-Shelled Lobsters
  • a Book of Poetry and
  • a Blue Revolution,

The winner walks away with a brown paper bag containing a thousand dollars in cash!

Anyone can come and watch the proceedings.  See this post for more detail on Awesome Gloucester.