Come Down To Captain Joe and Sons Through The Weekend To Take Your Picture With The Blue Lobster

Bring your kids, bring your family members and/or friends to take pictures with the blue lobster that Dave Jewell landed this week.


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Harbortown Cultural District Update From Cat Ryan

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Harbortown Cultural District will be included in an upcoming AAA publication featuring 10 cultural districts! Also look for some breaking tech news. Our Harbortown cultural district joined forces with the 3 other Cape Ann Cultural Districts (Harbortown, Rocky Neck, Rockport and Essex) to apply for a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant to help us towards some exciting shared marketing. We found out that YES we were awarded a grant, and are looking forward to creating a new mobile APP.

We’re also crossing our fingers this week, waiting to see if an amendment to the state’s supplemental budget happens or not. The MCC is asking for an amendment that will include $500,000 to market the state’s cultural districts through advertising on commuter rail lines, the subway and on busses in the Boston area.


GMG contributor and the ever affable Main Street proprietor Fred Bodin is one of our many talented founding partners. During our August event at the Cape Ann Museum, he multi-tasked. The good photos from the event are his! Visit


Cape Ann Museum Director, Ronda Faloon, outlined the museum’s impressive next steps and guided us on a mini tour. Cape Ann TV –also a founding partner—was filming.  The Fresnel lens is gorgeous! I can’t wait to see it in its new location when the museum re-opens. Look at the scale of this thing (see photo with Bob Whitmarsh, Co-Chair, to get an idea of size—)!



We followed up with a discussion of our district goals led by Bex Borden.



We are so grateful to Cape Ann Museum for hosting and the lovely appetizer spread and beverages. They also set up and readied for our visit and meeting. Harbortown founding partner, Lise Breen, and other members also helped set and clean up for this double billing. What a spot to have it. Check out the large Gordon Goetemann oil on canvas From a High Place Nice!


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Two Sisters

Two turkey hens ©Kim Smith 2013

Eastern Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris)

Benjamin Franklin writes a letter to his daughter Sarah Beche  in 1784, criticizing the appearance and choice of the Bald Eagle as the national bird of the United States, presumably preferring the Wild Turkey, “…I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For in truth the Turkey is in comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America… He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a Red Coat on.”

Eastern Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris)

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.

This week Marty visited with Richard Arnold, the last captain of the gill netter Phyllis A. now undergoing an extensive restoration at Gloucester Marine Railways.

 Phyllis A was built by Richard’s father in Kennebunkport, Maine in 1925. Richard skippered her from 1972 until the boat and he both retired in 2000. The boat is named for Richard’s sister, who, at age 4, helped christen the vessel.

Here, compressed into a few minutes, is the shared story of Phyllis A and Captain Richard Arnold.



Video © Marty Luster 2013

Color photo © Kathy Chapman 2013

Image of Phyllis A. at Arnold’s Wharf ©Fredrik D Bodin 2013

Thanks to the Phyllis A. Marine Association for the use of their archival photos
and to SaveCapeAnn for footage of Phyllis A at sea.

Giuseppe’s Ristorante: Food, Music and a Wedding ~ Memory Layne & Joe Thomas to Tie the Knot this Weekend

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by Chris Langathianos with Joe Wilkins

Joe Thomas plays his 90-year-old family piano, handed down to him by his Uncle Barney, with a wide-eyed grin – his head swaying with each note. Then a sweet voice creeps in singing the melody to Tom Waits’ “Ol’ 55”.

“Well my time went so quickly, I went lickety-splitly out to my old ‘55 As I drove away slowly, feeling so holy, God knows, I was feeling alive.”

Thomas looks to his right with a look of pride and adoration as Memory Layne effortlessly glides through the classic song. This is not an uncommon scene at Giuseppe’s Ristorante, which has in the course of its 3 years, become a dining and live music staple on the Gloucester night life scene. Serendipitously, this is how the story begins – 5 summers ago at a piano not far from here.

Joe Thomas and Memory Layne met while Joe was hosting a piano bar at the former Studio Restaurant on Rocky Neck. One evening, she called out from the back of the restaurant requesting a favorite song, All I Want From You, and Joe, looking up from the piano, replied, “Can you sing it?”

They have been accompanying each other ever since that night, only the stage has changed. After meeting that summer, the two lived an idyllic, seaside relationship – filled with walks on the beach, great food, music and cocktails – but the season’s end inevitably rolled around. Thomas had to pack his bags and begin his annual winter pilgrimage to warmer climates, where he could be found playing piano and singing familiar songs for vacationers escaping the New England cold.

“I wish I could stay longer ‘cause this feeling’s getting stronger.”

For Joe and Memory, this was a crossroads of sorts and the already romantically involved pair knew what they had to do. They wanted to share their music year-round, and that’s when they decided to create their own special piano bar on Cape Ann where guests could enjoy the same great food, music and company that originally brought the two of them together. They had come full circle.

Fast forward to Giuseppe’s 3-year anniversary. Roughly 100 friends and family members gather at Giuseppe’s to celebrate the occasion. As the piano plays in the background, various guests get up and accompany Joe on vocals, from piano bar regular “Wild Bill” Shepherd to local musicians Bradley Royds and Brian King. The steady stream of guests seem to revel in the fact that they are a part of the 3 year celebration. Joe and Memory’s vision has been truly realized. Over the course of the last several years, the restaurant has become a live music staple in the arts-rich, Cape Ann community. Guests will find live music 5 nights a week – from piano bar on Fridays and Saturdays to acoustic performances on Wednesdays and Sundays. The popular Thursday night Singer-Songwriter Shuffle, allows guests to catch 20 minute sets from 7 of the area’s best songwriters, including the likes of Chelsea Berry, Allen Estes, Joe Wilkins, and AnnMarie Shiminoski, to name a few. Giuseppe’s commitment to the arts however, extends beyond the local music scene. Glancing past the piano, one can’t help but notice the giant canvas prints – the work of local photographer, Brendan Pike. Each print highlights something of significance at Giuseppe’s – pizza, cannolis, the piano, a microphone. Elsewhere on the brick walls, watercolors by Memory Layne add a splash of seaside color to the restaurant’s interior.

By design, the space has a uniquely handcrafted, almost home-like feel. When asked about the Giuseppe’s experience, Memory says, “we do everything we can to make people feel as if they are a guest in our home – from the moment they walk in the door until they leave.”

And indeed, this welcoming philosophy is evident each time a guest walks through the door. The hospitable staff, while working hard to keep partiers happy, are also greeting familiar guests and regulars with warm hugs and familiar conversation. This has been just one part of Giuseppe’s formula for success – getting to know people.

Restaurant regulars Steve O’Connell and Amy Sweeney gushed about how the restaurant is a “warm and welcoming place where old friends meet new friends. It has wonderful food and an eclectic mix of music and artists. Best of all, Joe and Memory make you feel like you’re not in a restaurant, but in their home.”

Giuseppe’s holds a unique place in Gloucester’s rich culinary landscape. While the restaurant celebrates its 3-year anniversary in the old Blackburn Building, the concept is rooted in a 25-year family tradition. Joe’s sister, Julie, opened the first Giuseppe’s Ristorante & Pizzeria in Meredith, NH in 1989 and Joe has spent a lot of time playing piano on their stage. That was the inspiration for Giuseppe’s Gloucester – authentic Italian pizza and cuisine in a warm environment, surrounded by good music. Asked what she would tell a first-time guest to order, Memory pauses and says, “I generally ask what they’re in the mood for – pizza, pasta, chicken, or seafood? I’lI often recommend our pizza because that’s what Giuseppe’s was built on and it’s part of our 25 plus years of history. If they want pasta, I’ll tell them to build their own from the “Pasta-bilities” section of our menu. A favorite of ours is the Creme Rosa sauce with the pasta of your choice. Oh and everyone raves about our Spinach Roll!”

Regulars might say that Memory is being a bit humble in failing to mention dessert. All of Giuseppe’s desserts are handmade by Memory, the warm, triple chocolate bread pudding being a signature offering. Often times, guests will come in and eat a light dinner just to leave room for this decadent chocolaty concoction.

“I made it for Christmas dinner the year before we opened the restaurant”, Memory says of the bread pudding, “we knew we were opening the restaurant, and that was when we decided I would be baking all the desserts. Coming from an art background, it really enables me to be creative with the dessert specials each week, ranging from strawberry shortcake and raspberry cheesecake, and coconut cake, which is a favorite.”

Also unique to Giuseppe’s offerings are their gluten free options, including gluten-free pizza, rice pasta and other dishes that accommodate various dietary restrictions. Using rice flours, and grilled meats and fish, instead of the standard flour or breadcrumbs, the kitchen is able to cater to diners with gluten-free diets. Joe Thomas says that Giuseppe’s actually hears the most from guests who come in for the gluten-free menu, “so often we have a guest say ‘I’ve really missed pizza!’”

This wekend, the musical pizza and piano pioneers, Joe and Memory, will finally make their story official, with plans to get married right in the middle of their own restaurant. Memory describes it as a “total do it yourself wedding…” with music provided by Joe’s long time Dueling Pianos partner, Ricky Lauria and food prepared onsite in the restaurant’s own kitchen. When asked about what will be on the menu, Memory says “I keep changing my mind… when the world is your oyster in a restaurant kitchen… it’s hard to decide”. In the words of the Giuseppe’s menu, there are endless “Pasta-bilities”.

Naturally, Joe and Memory will tie the knot right next to the grand piano, and will become a truly dynamic duo. Their continued partnership in romance, in music and in business, is part of why Giuseppe’s has been so successful in its first few years. But the formula would not be complete without all the loyal customers that Joe and Memory have won the hearts of, like Bill and Lucille Shephard. Wild Bill, as he is fondly referred to, said, “We love going to Giuseppe’s. I’ve been with Joe for about 10 to 15 years. He is the first piano player that I can sing with. I met them at the Studio and I happened to be there the night they met and I think they were made for each other. I will soon be 80 years old and I would like to continue going to Giuseppe’s for the rest of my life.”

When asked about the biggest factor in the 3 years of nonstop growth at Giuseppe’s Ristorante, Memory immediately says, “The loyalty of our customers. One of the greatest privileges of owning and running a restaurant is getting to know your customers. We feel truly blessed to have met and made friends with so many of our regulars. The sense of community that we feel makes all the hard work well worth it.” Giuseppe’s is truly the kind of restaurant where, if you become a regular, you become part of the family.


Pumpkin Challenge Benefits Open Door


On Tuesday, October 29th, Alchemy’s Chef [and defending throw down champion] Scott Jensen will challenge Chef Stacy Cogswell of Regal Beagle to a throw down with the season’s #1 staple: the pumpkin.

While the chefs battle it out in the kitchen to see who can make pumpkin taste the best, there will also be a contest to see who can make it look the best. The restaurants are inviting artists and non-artists alike to enter their carved pumpkins in a contest, and for each pumpkin entered Alchemy will donate $5 to the Open Door.

At the challenge, every guest will receive a signature challenge cocktail made with Gloucester’s own Ryan & Wood spirits, a pumpkin dish from each chef, and the opportunity to cast their vote for the winner of both contests.

Contestants in the pumpkin carving challenge do not need to be present at the event itself to win, they simply need to bring their carved pumpkin to Alchemy anytime between now and 7:00 pm on October 29th. The best looking pumpkin will earn its maker a $100 gift certificate with second place receiving $50.

The last chef challenge sold out, so call to reserve your spot now 978.281.3997.

For more information:
Pumpkin Throwdown Poster

Dogtown, 1914

In 1914, Dogtown was still pretty bare. What an amazing landscape. I'm sure the Lanesville photographer John I. Coggeshall, leveled his camera and this is the true contour of the land  The tracks in the road look like it's used. I guess they were still raising pigs and vegetables. Nobody owned Dogtown, so why take your enterprise elsewhere, when cleared land with roads were available for free? Perhaps in our future, Dogtown may be used for a similar purpose.
In 1914, Dogtown was still pretty bare. What an amazing landscape. I’m sure the Lanesville photographer John I. Coggeshall, leveled his camera and this is the true contour of the land. The tracks in the road look like it’s used. I guess they were still raising pigs and vegetables. Nobody owned Dogtown, so why take your enterprise elsewhere, when cleared land with roads were available for free? Perhaps in our future, Dogtown may be used for a similar purpose.

HarvestFest is TODAY!!!: Cooking Demos, Live Music, Local Food & Contra Dancing!!!

Don’t miss Rockport’s HarvestFest THIS Saturday, October 19th from 10am to 6pm. The fun includes dancing and a bit of Ipswich Ale, among other delights. This post would be a million words long (really!) if I included everything going on, so for the details check out the website: In the meantime, here are just a few highlights:

  • Rockport Music is sponsoring a Make Your Own Instrument Workshop for children at 10am (first come, first served)
  • Cape Ann Animal Aid is sponsoring a Dog Parade at 11:30, with lots of fun prizes to be awarded!
  • Bearskin Neck Leathers is sponsoring the Buddy Walker Band, a polka band founded 65 years ago with performances at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm in front of the shop.
  • The MIT Juggling Club is joining the fun with performances throughout the afternoon.
  • The HarvestFest Contra Dance, sponsored by the Cape Ann Contra Dance group, will host an outdoor dance in Dock Square, complete with live musicians and a caller. Did you ever think there would be dancing in the streets in Rockport?
  • -1The Annual Scarecrow Chase Costume Parade for children begins at 3pm. Lots o’ fun & a treat for children are in store.
  • Don’t forget the all-day food & drink under the big tent on T Wharf. Ipswich Ale, Twin Lights and an awesome roster of vendors will be on hand.
  • Cooking demos will take place throughout the day, culminating in the famous Seafood Throwdown at 2:30, sponsored by the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance.RFHarvestFest2013FoodVendors
  • Finally, close out the festival by sending off the public art installation that has been on Lumber Wharf all summer (due to be disassembled the day after HarvestFest). Head over to Lumber Wharf at 6:15 to join us to say farewell to this very cool piece of public art.HFsummerbuildartlight

New Film: Love Letters to Gloucester ~ Summertime 2013

Love Letters to Gloucester ~ Summer 2013 is a ten minute film compiled from butterfly films in progress and scenes from short films created for my community during the summer of 2013.

Special thanks to the Ciaramitaro Family and my Good Morning Gloucester friends and family.

Stay until after all credits roll to see a preview of films yet to come!

Cast In Order of Appearance:

Good Harbor Beach Surfers, Pat Ciaramitaro, Dante Holding, Amanda Mohan, Vanessa Linquata, Greasy Pole Walkers, Nicky Avelis, Sleepy Pallazolla Family, Crazy Hat Ladies Robyn & Amy Clayton, Alicia Cox, Chris DeWolfe, Joey Ciaramitaro, Bex Borden, Toby Pett, Ed Collard, Melissa Cox, Craig Kimberley, Brian M. O’Connor, Captain Heath Ellis, Captain Tom Ellis, Donna Ardizonni, Cathy Kelley, Lillian LoGrasso, Rick Doucette, Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan, Barry Mohan, Hannah Kimberley, Ron Gilson, Joan Gilson, BJ Mohan, Eloise Ciaramitaro, Madeline Ciaramitaro, Kathy Ryan, Bob Ryan

Creatures in Order of Appearance:

Great Blue Heron
Good Harbor Beach Harbor Seal
Mama Kildeer Searching for Baby Kildeer
Pair of Whimbrels
Shivering Monarch Butterfly Found at Daybreak
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Donkeys Zack & Abe
Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Luna Moth
Green Darner Dragonfly Migration
Eastern Point Light House Monarch

Links to Summer 2013 Film Projects:

Beauty on the Wing ~ Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly
Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Walking for Loved Ones ~ Sunday Greasy Pole Winner Nicky Avelis
Parade of Sails ~ Schooner Festival 2013
The Good Harbor Beach Seal PSA
Gifts of Gold Red Carpet Interviews
Good Harbor Beach Sunrise ft. the Great Blue Heron
Sunset Sail Aboard the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon
Happy Horribles
A Luna Moth Takes Flight

Community Stuff 10/18/13

Hi Joey,

I hope all is well and you can enjoy this beautiful Fall on Cape Ann. I was wondering if you could post our invitation for our belle+me fall Show to be held on October 24, 2013 at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center. As you might know,  created by 2 Cape Ann locals, Lisa LeVasseur and myself, belle+me is a French-inspired line of cool scarves and cooler jewelry. The handmade pendants are one of a kind and we use “repurposed” metal, beads and fabric when possible. This is a prefect gift- early Christmas gift, perhaps! And we have a collection of Junior Scarves….might be great for your girls!

I hope to see you,


Anne Malvaux


All Gloucester High School Juniors are invited to join the College Success Program for help with SAT prep, resume building, the college search and application processes, career exploration, and more!  All meetings are free and will be held Tuesdays from 2:30-5:30 in room 2306 (the computer lab behind the library).  Students will continue to be accepted until all spots are filled.  We are also looking for volunteer tutors for the SAT’s and all academic subjects.  Contact Betty at (978)740-6667 x105.

Wendy Flyer2


Hi Joey C.
Just wanted to share with GMG readers that we’re having a Fall Sale –
20% OFF All Tablecloths and Accessories thru Sunday, Oct. 20th. We’re
also having a party during this Saturday’s Harvest Fest!  Stop in and
say hi and enjoy some snacks and cider.
Dawn @ La Provence
4 Main Street
Rockport, Ma 01966


Free Ship Model show this weekend.

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This weekend don’t miss the big free SHIP MODEL SHOW. Over 150 models –It’s the largest ship model show in New England.
Excellent first class models, including some from the Constitution Ship Model Guild in Boston.
Being held at the Torigian Community Life Center, 79 Central St, Peabody, MA 01960. The show runs from 9am to 3pm, both Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19th and 20th.