Facebook Auction to benefit Cape Ann Wildlife, Inc.

Michael Foley’s

Facebook Auction to benefit Cape Ann Wildlife, Inc


“GMO Catfish” ~ Black Granite ~12″ Long
This wall hanging sculpture is the first of a new series entitled “Horrors of the Deep” Cape Ann Wildlife of Gloucester needs our help, and you can help by making a bid for this piece right here. I would put this on the market for $225, but would like to start the bidding at $75. All proceeds will go directly to CAW, so your purchase price will be tax-deductible. This auction will be open until 4:00pm on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at which time the highest bid gets it.

Do I hear $75?

Our Mission: Cape Ann Wildlife, Inc. is dedicated to rescuing and providing the necessary rehabilitative care to all injured, orphaned or otherwise impaired wildlife during their confinement and adjustment period with Cape Ann Wildlife to ensure their survival upon release back into their natural environment.

This auction will be open until 4:00pm on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at which time the highest bid gets it.



Joe Virgilio Making the Saint Joseph Rolls

Joe Virgilio ©Kim Smith 2014 -2.This morning we continued filming for Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Film Project; today at Virgilio’s! So many thanks to Joe Virgilio for taking time from his busy, busy work day running the bakery.

Joe Virgilio ©Kim Smith 2014We talked a bit about the history of Virgilio’s, founded in 1934, and at its current location since the 1950’s. At that time, Virgilios was not only a bakery, but a full grocery store as well (before there were supermarkets) and you could purchase goods such as whole chickens and sausages.

Joe Virgilio St. Joseph Bread ©Kim Smith 2014

The Virgilios began making St. Joseph rolls in the early 1950s, specifically for the Feast of Saint Joseph and today, they make them year round. Back then, there were so many families that celebrated the Saint Joseph traditions that even as young kids, Joe and all his cousins had to hurry to the bakery after school to help their grandfather fill the St. Joseph roll orders. Now the bread is made with state of the art equipment but in his grandfather’s day it was all made by hand. Joe smiled thinking about how his grandfather would love today’s mixing and baking machines. I went home with a camera-full of stories and bag full of Joe’s bread, both generous, and much-appreciated gifts.

Virgilio’s Saint Joseph rolls are super yummy plain, with a touch of butter, or olive oil, and are even more super delicious made into one of their world-famous sandwiches!

Virgilio's ©Kim Smith 2014

In case you missed the Virgilio’s Phantom Gourmet episode, here it is:

As did Maria, Nina, and Domenic from Caffe Sicilia, Joe took time from his tremendously full work day to allow time for filming and sharing his stories. We’re so blessed to have these fabulous and welcoming bakeries/grocerias in our community. Next week, filming at Sclafani’s is scheduled!

Addendum ~ Al Bezanson writes in the comment section (see below):

“As a side note, did you know about the tradition of delivering donated fresh (sometimes warm) Virgilio’s bread to schooners as they arrive for the Labor Day Schooner Festival? When you get around schooner people you may hear them talking about the need to have extra butter aboard in Gloucester. This is a very big deal in fending off other ports that are vying for schooners that same weekend. Thanks Joe and the high speed Ramsey/Nesta delivery guys!”

THANK YOU AL for your always super helpful comments. This is information about Joe’s generosity that we would never have know without you sharing!

Virgilio's ©Kim Smith 2014-2

Greetings From Our Fred

P1000153 Fred is doing well and sends his best regards to all. He is working hard at his physical therapy and expects to be back on his feet soon. Fred is finding photo subjects, even in his small room, and will be posting some results on GMG and his Facebook page. His spirits are good and his will to get better is strong. Can’t wait to see him back behind the counter at Bodin Historic Photo.

Neil Young, Massachusetts’ most “distinctive” artist, just might revolutionize digital music today at SXSW

A recent blog by Paul Lamere of Echo Nest (in Somerville, MA) claims to have analyzed listener data from music streaming services to determine the most “distinctive” artists by state.  His method is very interesting, if a tad wonkish (see his explanation here). Essentially the most “distinctive” artist for Massachusetts is the artist that is very popular in MA, but NOT very popular in other states — and, based on Paul Lamere’s study, that artist is Neil Young, who is scheduled to unveil his new, studio-quality music service and device called Pono, at 5pm today at South by Southwest (more here).

Artists LOVE this new sound.  Check out what they have to say in Neil Young’s Kickstarter campaign for Pono, here.  Even if Pono is a flop, the mere fact that people who make music are finally talking about good quality sound in the digital age is a major breakthrough.  Who knows where this revolution will lead, but you can say you were there (even if only via the Internet) when Neil Young Started it.

I guess we should all be proud to live in Massachusetts!  Perhaps the boys can play a little Neil Young tonight at Jalapenos in his honor!

Wenesday’s with Fly ~ Special Guest: Renee Dupuis 8-11 March 12th


Wednesday, March 12th
Special Guest: RENEE DUPUIS!

photo by Louise
photo by Louise

This week, the lovely, joyful and talented Renee Dupuis breaks
from her tight schedule with the Bandit Kings to be my musical
guest at the Rhumb.  This is the very first time we share a stage
and I’m really looking forward to it.  We’ll be joined by “Kings”
bassist, Joe Cardoza.  It’s gonna be a treat, for sure! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ new wine menu!
Next week..
Marina Evans


Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/

Looking forward……to seeing you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

Found on the Hard Drive

I found this photo of a Painting I did of Annisquam Light seen from Wingaersheek Beach. I donated it a couple of years a go to a St. Ann’s School Auction. It reminded me a little of a Beautiful photo Marty posted recently.
16″x20″ Oil on Canvas

The Linquata Family St. Joseph Altar From The 40’s

PrintDolores Sheehan shares~ Linquata family in the 40’s celebrating St, Josephs at 55r Main St (now the Dogbar Parking Lot)

Linquater family altar Dolores

Dolores, thank you for sharing this  beautiful photo with GMG !

The Linquater Family is a perfect example of a Sicilian Family here in Gloucester who is known to keep up family traditions throughout the year, for many generations. I have been blessed to attend many of their celebrations over the years

Old St. Joseph Altar photos are so much more than just old photos. They are priceless treasures, tangible documents, which link us back to the roots of this cultural tradition that our ancestors started many generations ago. Each photo depicts volumes of family stories and shared times together.  Yesterday while driving in the car with my twins, the topic about the importance of keeping tradition came up. My son asked me “Mah why is it so important to you to keep up the traditions that your grandparents kept?”I took a moment to gather my thought, in how to best give an example that they’d forever remember… Continue reading “The Linquata Family St. Joseph Altar From The 40’s”

Pet of the Week- Chance


My name is Chance, I am a four-month-old male Boarder Collie/Retriever pup with a tan-and-white coat.   I should be medium in size when I am fully grown.   I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid, located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane, Gloucester until I am adopted.  I am here with my brother.  We are active and happy pups.   The shelter has lots of trails and places to play; we feel safe and well taken care of.   Please stop by and visit us and you can also check out the shelter’s website at: CapeAnnAnimalAid.com

On this site you can learn more about the shelter, our wish list and upcoming events.  Also, there will be photos of all adoptable cats and dogs.  If you are looking for a pup, please give me a chance!

Community Stuff 3/11/14

CAST has several roles still open in its upcoming production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” which will play at the Gorton Theatre May 8 – 18 (eight performances). Rehearsals begin March 17 in Rockport on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 7 – 10 PM.

Following are the roles and rehearsal times:

Abraham Slender – male, 20’s – 30’s; Monday & Tuesday

George Page – male, 50’s – 60’s; Monday, Tuesday & Thursday

Bardolph/Rugby – male, any age; Tuesday & Thursday

Peter Simple – male, any age; Tuesday & Thursday

Host of the Garter Inn – male or female, 30’s and up; Monday, Tuesday & Thursday

For further information, please contact the director, Joseph Stiliano at cast2008@prodigy.net .

www.capeannshakespearetroupe.blogspot.com and Facebook

Hi Joey
Just wondering if you could send out a reminder.  The Grand Opening of my new Children’s Portrait Studio at Whistlestop Mall in Rockport will be from 9am-1pm Saturday, March 1st.  There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am.  There will be over $900 in giveaways at the event along with some great grand opening discounts.  Oasis Rockport Children’s Portrait Studio is located above the old IGA in Rockport, at 37i Whistlestop Mall.  The studio will specialize in photos from Maternity through High School Seniors.  Here is just a sample of what Oasis Rockport does:

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Maritime Gloucester is looking for pictures of Cape Ann — specifically pictures of coves, such as Folly Cove or Brace’s Cove — for potential use as the cover photo for the reprinting of the seminal book “The Sea is All About Us”, a guidebook to the marine environments of Cape Ann and other northern New England waters. First published in 1973, it was authored by Gloucester resident Sarah Fraser Robbins and noted marine biologist Clarice Yentsch, Ph.D. The photo should be high resolution and include “sky,” in addition to the coast line, as the title of the guidebook will be printed on the photo. We can offer attribution and Maritime Glouceter membership benefits to the photographer of the chosen photo. All photos must be submitted electronically to Tom Balf at tbalf@maritimegloucester.org by this Friday, March 14th. Thanks in advance.

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Hi Joey,

The Rockport Rotary is hosting a Wine Tasting event at Cruiseport on March 28th. We would like to announce it to Cape Ann and thought you might be willing to include it on GMG  next week.  It should be a fun night and a much needed spring break from this cold winter weather.  The proceeds will benefit our community and international service projects.

Attached is a poster which provides the details on our event which include both live and silent auctions. We are moving it this year from the Shalin Liu to Cruiseport so we can accommodate more people.

Thank-you for your anticipated assistance in spreading the word.

Kecia German

Rockport Rotary


Hi Joey!  Planning a fundraiser event for Cape Ann Animal Aid and would love if you could help spread the word.
Bark In The Park
Oasis Rockport is planning a Bark In The Park Day next month. Join me at Millbrook Meadow Park for Bark in the Park Limited Edition Pet Portraits. There are some gorgeous spots that make incredible backdrops for memories of your favorite four-legged friend. Limited Edition pricing will be in effect, with a session fee of only $45 and packages starting at $99. $5 of every session fee will be donated to Cape Ann Animal Aid as well as 10% of all portrait packages. Call 978-290-3184 to reserve a time. Sessions will be held on April 12th, and only a limited number of session times will be available.

On Saturday, March 8, vegan chef Elizabeth Reed of Rockport presented a class in cooking with winter vegetables. An avid crowd of nineteen cooking enthusiasts swarmed the kitchen of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church as Reed demonstrated the preparation of three dishes: creamy roasted root vegetable soup, raw winter vegetable salad, and roasted Brussels sprouts salad with toasted spiced pecans. Students tasted all three dishes, learned about the benefits of a plant-based diet, and received plentiful recommendations for food shopping, kitchen tools, and cookbooks. The event drew cooks from Salem, Malden, and Concord as well as Cape Ann.
The cooking class was sponsored by the church’s recently formed Green Committee, which is making the church a community headquarters for information on environmentally conscious living. If you have ideas for future Green activities, please email the church atgloucesteruu@earthlink.net. For recipes and for more information on Elizabeth Reed,  visit her blog, http://elizabethruns.wordpress.com/.
Photos by Janet Ruth Young and Krissie Burnham.

Vegan chef Elizabeth Reed demonstrates a recipe at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church.IMG_20140308_112919



Good Afternoon, are phone line for the Beauport Princess is currently being repaired if you could help us spread the word that any interested parties could call our mainline at 978.282.9700 xt.1 that would be greatly appreciated.

Best Regards,
The Team at Cruiseport Gloucester
Event Manager
Cruiseport Gloucester
6 Rowe Square
Gloucester, MA  01930
Ph:  978.282.9700
Fax: 978.282.9717

A Coffeehouse in Rockport with an Awesome Band!

Yes, this band is indeed awesome. Not that I’m biased or anything. Of course the fact that the band is made up of my brother, niece and two nephews doesn’t influence my love for their music. Not at all, I swear (well…maybe just a bit). But it is true that I really think that anyone who digs roots music will find Daniel Dye & the Miller Road Band’s live show to be just as awesome as I do. They are playing this Thursday, March 13th at the Rockport Community House, with proceeds to benefit the work of Rockport Festivals, the group that puts together the Rockport Farmers Market, HarvestFest and Motif No.1 Day in downtown Rockport.

The Coffeehouse will feature the delicious coffee of Brothers’ Brew and give community members a chance to connect with the folks of Rockport Festivals. Opportunities to sign up to volunteer with the festivals and Farmers Market will be on hand, and we look forward to meeting up with our friends and neighbors and kicking off the spring after a long, cold, snowy winter.

Daniel Dye & the Miller Road Band are making a stop in Rockport on their Northeast mini-tour in support of their new album and feature a mix of original tunes in the style of indie-folk, Americana and roots music, playing everything from the fiddle, cello, viola, harmonica, mandolin, guitar, banjo to the melodica.
Please call me at 978-546-2861 or email rockportfestivals@gmail.com if you need any more information, and we’ll see you Thursday in Rockport!DDMRBpromoRockport SMALL