The Fleet


Traditionally I suspect when people think of the Gloucester Fleet or Gloucester Fishermen they think of large draggers, wooden or steel.  Fact is probably over 90% of our fleet are boats less than 50 feet in length and most are made of fiberglass.  Sure there are a few draggers left but that subsector of Gloucester‚Äôs fleet is miniscule compared to what it once was.

This morning in the office our fishermen were having a conversation about how many fishermen and lobstermen are due to retire within the next 10 years.  The last great generation of fishermen to fish out of this port are nearing retirement.  The last generation of fishermen who can remember Gloucester fishing when it was humming.

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Congratulations Savour Wine and Cheese on the Tremendous Success of Your First Annual Wine Tasting!

Savour Wine and Cheese ¬©Kim Smith 2013Savour Wine and Cheese’s First Annual Wine and Beer Fall Tasting Event was a phenomenal success. When I stopped by to take some snapshots at 3:30 there must have been 150 people and this was after the peak!Savour Wine and Cheese  -3 ¬©Kim Smith 2013.

This just in from Kathleen as I am writing the post–if it was too chaotic when you stopped by to pick up your order, Savour is extending the tasting discounts through the week (10% off 6 mixed wines or beer and 15% off 12 or more mixed wines and beers).

Savour Wine and Cheese  -4 ¬©Kim Smith 2013.Correction–there were closer to 200 people at the event, from as far away as Boston, Stoneham, and New Hampshire. It was Savour’s Best Day Ever and the event was only three hours long!¬†Congratulations Kathleen, Bob, Matt, John, and Team Savour for much deserved success!!!

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Artist Spotlight Series – Deborah Way

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Spotlight on Deborah Way

Deborah learned her craft from a jeweler in the ‚Äė70s on Cape Cod, beginning with sterling silver. She soon expanded her repertoire to include gold and gems. Working for 12 years on the other Cape, she was further inspired by a master craftsman who taught her the finer points of hammering, as well as other advanced techniques.

Deborah counts herself very lucky to have landed in Gloucester in 2000; a perfect way to start a new century in an environment that encourages such a variety of expression. She settled in, set up her bench, adopted her shelter dog, Hope, and takes her daily walks on the Boulevard; all the while marveling at how much of the coast line is open to residents and visitors, which is not the case on Cape Cod.

After spending many years in business, Deborah is grateful to be back at her bench creating jewelry from sterling and gold, and taking some metal courses to explore new methods to extend her field of work. She just loves being able to live in this artistic environment, which encourages her to work better instead of harder.

Presently, she is finding new inspiration from the curves she sees in nature, and her next step is to create new designs for her jewelry based on these curves. As a result of her recent metal course, she is also looking at the possibility of working iron for garden ornamentation.

Look for more of Deborah’s beautiful jewelry at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, East Gloucester during the Rocky Neck Holiday Art & Fine Crafts Festival

Saturdays and Sundays, Noon-4 PM

November 30 – December 29

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Viva Verde – Celebrating Verdi’s 200th Birthday

Thanksgiving week starts with ‚ÄúViva Verdi!‚ÄĚ Saturday, November 23 at Crowell Chapel

Check Other Upcoming Events Below

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Thanksgiving week starts this Saturday with American Soprano Diana Jacklin, and leading Austrian violinist Hartmut Ometzberger throwing a 200th birthday celebration for Giuseppe Verdi at Manchester’s Crowell Chapel at 7:30. They will be performing Ometzberger’s beautiful arrangements of Verdi, Mozart and Turn-of-the-Century songs in Manchester’s visually stunning 1903 chapel.

See the program, bios of the performers and other Holiday Music events at the Crowell web site ( And while you’re on the web, help with historic preservation by ‚Äúsharing‚ÄĚ this event with your friends through the Crowell Chapel Facebook page.

The Concert Series is sponsored by the Historic Manchester Trust which helps care and advocate for the maintenance of Manchester’s historic structures. Tickets are $25, and $15 for students and children under 12. Purchase them online, at local stores in Manchester-by-the-Sea including Nor’East Frameworks, North Coast Too! or by calling Woody Kelly at 617-755-9299.

The Manchester Council on Aging is offering Seniors special $10 tickets and transportation to the event. For information or tickets please call them at (978) 526-7500.

Free street parking at the edges of the Rosedale Cemetery. Parking directions are on the website:


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Win a Pair of Tix 2 see Johnny Winter at Larcom Theatre on 1/31/14

Wanted to share a Facebook Post:

Ticket Tuesday! Win two tickets to see blues-rock legend Johnny Winter just by being a fan of our Facebook page AND “liking” this photo! Feel free to click the share button and tell your friends, but sharing not necessary to win. We’ll pick¬†a winner on Thursday. Have fun and click “like”!

Disclaimer: Entrants must be 18 years old or over. This promotion does not have a connection with Facebook in any way and is not sponsored, supported or organized by Facebook. The recipient of the information provided by you is not Facebook, but M.E. Productions, LLC.

There is a lot of great stuff happening at the Larcom Theatre and it is virtually next-door not “up the line”. ¬†Do yourself a favor and check out it out.

Live from Boston Flower Market


Today¬†my BFF, Dee and I made our annual¬†¬†trip to Boston’s Flower Market to buy supplies for my annual Holiday Boxwood¬†Tree workshop/Ladies Only Christmas Party for my girlfriends. This year will be¬†our 5 th year kicking off the holiday season together before the hustle and bustle really kicks in.¬†Dee¬†and I¬†are like two¬†kids¬†in a candy¬†store, filled with¬†excitement, walking up and down the aisles, looking at the new looks for¬†the season.¬†The market place¬†never disappoints…always¬†so many beautiful new looks and design tips¬†for the holiday season it’s hard to commit to just one. This year blues, greens, and bronze were very much highlighted and seem to be very popular colors among the designers shopping around us!

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Reminder ~ Auction Tonight 1 Lexington Ave in Magnolia 6:00pm. Inspection starts at 4:00pm.

What are you doing tonight? Do you love antiques, sit glued to the TV when American Pickers, Pawn Stars and Storage Wars are on? Do you get up at 5am to be ready for yard sales? Want to go shopping at a venue that has unique one of a kind items? Looking for a special gift for someone? What if that place let YOU be in control of how much you pay? If any of this sounds like fun, you should head over to¬†1 Lexington Ave in Magnolia¬†tonight for the auction being held by Cape Ann Auction. The sale is filled with antiques, jewelry, coins, furniture, glass & china and much more. It starts at 6pm, but inspection starts at 4pm and there’s a lot of things to see so you should get there early.
Walt Kolenda
Here’s a YouTube quick preview video

Dave Sag’s Thursday Night Blues Party with Orville Giddings, Mark Earley and Steve Chaggaris @ The Rhumb Line 8-11~ 11.21.2013

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This Thirsty,

The polls are in. And it’s official: Orville Giddings and Marque Earley¬† are the undisputed kinghs of Ipsquitch. Many Magi believe that twins were born at the virgin birth, and scholars have long debated how a freakin’ tenor sax was hawked out of the birth canal to the tune of “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy, I got love in my tummy”. We’re here to dispel the notion that flossing will help you lead a more upright life. Indeed, the mere mention of saxophone reeds and guitar picks is enough to send the most¬† covalent of humanoids into a maelstrom of shock.
That being said, Let’s welcome that¬† fabulous guffawer of glee and full-time guitslinger Mr. Orville Giddings. This guy writes great songs, sings them well, too, and plays a mean goo tar. and then there’s Marque Earley, tenor and baritone buffonio maestra on sexomaphone, willing to chase you back to whatever evil planet you came from. How can we miss?? Add the stylistic cacklings of Stevedore Chaggaris and basic innuendos of Dave Sag and you have the beginnings of a life worth living and dying for. And we will.
Our new winter hours are 8 to 11. Bring cash.


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40 Railroad Ave.

Gloucester, MA 01930

phone: 978-283-9732

Don’t forget about all things happening tonight (Tuesday)!

Here is the schedule for tonight!


Vegetarian Thanksgiving Challenge

Location: Alchemy
Date: November 19, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: $25
MC: Peter Van Ness
To keep with the season of giving, bring a canned good with you to the event for The Open Door, and we will match your donation can for can. 

Are you [or someone close to you] a vegetarian who feels a little left out during the Thanksgiving season? Do pilgrim sandwich specials and Pinterest boards devoted to Thanksgiving leftovers bum you out? Then, Alchemy has the chef throw down for you!


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And of course live music happening around:

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Check online for latest information

Fallen Soldiers Etched into the Sand on Normandy Beach

9,000 Fallen Soldiers Etched into the Sand on Normandy Beach to Commemorate  Peace Day on September 25, 2013


This past weekend British artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss accompanied by numerous volunteers, took to the beaches of Normandy with rakes and stencils in hand to etch 9,000  silhouettes representing fallen people into the sand. Titled The Fallen         9000, the piece is meant as a stark visual reminder of  the civillians, Germans and allied forces who died during the D-Day  beach landings at Arromanches on June 6th, 1944 during WWII. The  original team consisted of 60 volunteers, but as word spread nearly 500 additional local residents arrived to help with the temporary  installation that lasted only a few hours before being washed away by the tide.


Social Media Genius Chris DeWolfe from Mamie’s Kitchen Tweeted Out This Mudiga Steak Sandwich With Bacon Special and I’m On It

What, you think you’re gonna go tweet out something like Mudiga Steak Sandwich With Bacon and Provolone On A Virgilio’s Roll and Not Think I’m Gonna be all over that like white on rice.

You crazzzzy!


Passports’ Makeover after Olive Kitteridge

After HBO filmed there, our Passports Restaurant (110 Main Street) is taking the opportunity to renovate and will reopen soon. Top notch painter Katherine Richmond, center, is in charge of the wall treatments. Owner Eric Lorden is working his ass off, with his trusted crew. Passports is the only restaurant I've ever sent people to, who went out of their way to come back and thank me for the recommendation.
After HBO filmed there, our Passports Restaurant (110 Main Street) is taking the opportunity to renovate and will reopen soon. Top notch painter Katherine Richmond, center, is in charge of the wall treatments. Owner Eric Lorden is working his ass off, with his trusted crew. Passports is the only restaurant I’ve ever sent people to, who went out of their way to come back and thank me for the recommendation.
Here, owner and chef Eric Lorden, in the white t-shirt,  is pulling up 100+ years of flooring with a claw hammer. Eric and his construction crew are going petal to the metal, and hoping to open in a couple of weeks.
Here, owner and chef Eric Lorden, in the white t-shirt, is pulling up 100+ years of flooring with a claw hammer. Eric and his construction crew are going pedal to the metal, and hoping to open in a couple of weeks.

Pet of the Week-Pumpkin Spice

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Hi, my name is Pumpkin Spice and I am a playful, sweet and cute two-month-old kitten with a handsome orange coat.   I am here at the Cape Ann Animal Aid, located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane, Gloucester.   The staff and volunteers are so nice and the shelter is beautiful with lots of room to stroll around, toys, windows and bird feeders to look at!   I am looking forward to being adopted, especially in time for the holidays.

Please check our website at: to learn more about our upcoming events and adoptable cats and dogs.   It is ok to stop by with toys for our shelter animals here.   Everyone says that I am just like my name Рsweet and spunky!