Ipswich Bay

DSCF4247 Looking westward along Coffin’s Beach to the houses on Two Penny Loaf, across the Essex River to Cranes Beach and beyond to Plum Island. From this vantage, on a clear day, we can also see the Isle of Shoals on the New Hampshire – Maine border. It still amazes me that just 15 minutes away by car is Niles Beach from which we can view the Boston skyline, so that from two locations in the City of Gloucester we can enjoy the view of more than 50 miles of beautiful New England shoreline.


Call to Artists – Be a Part of the Excitement of Rocky Neck this Summer

madfish wharf

There are a number of seasonal gallery spaces available for the 2014 season on Madfish Wharf, 77 Rocky Neck Ave. near the Madfish Grille, Rudder and newly renovated Studio Restaurants.  For an artist, the Rocky Neck Art Colony is the place to be in the summer.  If you or a group of artists have thought about opening your own gallery space, this could be the perfect time and opportunity for you.  To learn more, email Niki Ahearn at nicoleahearn@comcast.net or text her at 617-543-2977.

What’s on your Easel? A call to Artists

What’s on your Easel?
Calling all Painters and Sculptors.
If you would like to share your latest work with the readers please email me frontiero@hotmail.com with; photos of your latest works, a description of them and your process. Also include any of your website, email and Facebook addresses



BREAKING NEWS: James Cotton Band w/ guest guitarist Jay Geils @ Larcom Theatre

w/ guest guitarist JAY GEILS

From 54′ when Muddy Waters needed a harmonica player and tapped Cotton for a 12 year run that has become the stuff of legend, “Superharp” continues to showcase his immense talent with his own band that keeps him one of the most sought-after, hard-driving, seminal blues musicians touring the world today. Jay Geils needs no introduction to the legion of music fans that made The J. Geils Band one of the leading acts in the history of rock and roll. Yes, THE Jay Geils, playing the music that was his first love, blues, the lifeblood that runs through the veins of every rocker. Expect Jay’s soul drenched, masterful guitar work to be featured during Cotton’s show on a bagful of classic blues tunes. This is the blues, baby. Hot, fast, down & dirty. Don’t miss it!

Get Your Tickets Now


It’s that time again. The first Friday of the Month ~ Indoor Yard Sale, 1 Lexington Ave. Gloucester, MA. 4.4.2014 5pm sharp.

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Doors open at 5pm sharp! We’ll be packed again with fresh lots of antiques, collectibles, junque, household items and more. People are setting up with things out of their attics, basements etc. There are also other dealers, and of course, Cape Ann Auction will have it’s usual unusual selection. Please share and pass it along!


OH, and Coffee by Glosta Joe’s, Desserts by East Main St Baking co.


Magnolia Library Center Inc
1 Lexington Ave
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
Phone (978) 525-3343

Evan Goodrow joins the Dave Sag’s Blues Party this Thursday @ The Rhumb Line April 3rd 8-11.

dave sag rl 4.3.2014

This week features The dynamic Mr. Evan Goodreau, standup philosopher,winged digitator and blues tweezer, comin’ at you with arms akimbo, ready to take you to where the rubber meets the road. Mr. G., former Stetson® spokesperson and Zen magistrate,is gonna show you how it’s done…in spades!  Big G has been busy, but has made the time to come down here and hook you up to the jumper cables of life. Ladies, put away your Jane Austin and  start your Austin Healeys!

evan goodrow post


Fortunately, Mr. Benny Benson, who required CPR after last week’s paroxysm with Mike O’Connell will be on hand to paradiddle the night away. So will I, plucking the bass and eyebrows to the boogie beat. Free smelling salts provided, compliments of Schrigley Industries.

benny benson eg ds

40 Railroad Ave.

Gloucester, MA 01930

phone: 978-283-9732

Shout Out To All GMG Peeps!


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Years ago Marshmallow Peeps were only sold during the springtime months surrounding the Easter holiday. Today they are manufactured into dozens of  holiday shapes and marketed in retail stores year round. Even though they are now regularly available, I think many would agree that spring time, and Easter wouldn’t be complete without enjoying a brightly colored sugary traditional bunny or chick shaped marshmallow Peeps!   With thousands of people across the country annually  flocking to the store  to buy a package, I thought It would be fun to give GMG FOB’s  an opportunity to share their favorite way to incorporate a marshmallow Peep into an Easter/Spring Time sweet treat! …Send us your creative ideas including a photo and I will personally post them for all to see here on Sista’s Dish!

Wednesday April 2nd , 2014 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast ..
Wed NE winds 5 to 10 kt…becoming SE in the afternoon. Seas 4 to 6 ft.
Wed Night S winds 5 to 10 kt…becoming W after midnight. Seas 3 to 5 ft.

Today Sunny with a few clouds 45-50° degrees .. Cooler along the shore with a light north east wind 5-10 mph becoming SE 5-10mph later in the afternoon .. Wednesday night partly cloudy not as cold lows 35-40° degrees with a light and variable wind…

Hourly Forecast ….




Community Stuff 4/2/14



2014 Fish and Fisheries Public Seminar Series at Maritime Gloucester

Maritime Gloucester will host the Large Pelagics Research Center’s April Seminar Series.  Weekly programs start at 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays in the Gorton’s Seafoods Gallery. For advance online reservations click the links below or call 978 281 0470.

April 3:  Atlantic Bluefin, Bigeye, and Billfish:  Research for Sustainable Fisheries-and the Challenges That Go With It

April 10:  From Food Webs to Fisheries: The Interdependence of Socioeconomics and Ecology in the Gulf of Maine

April 17:  Minimizing Vessel Strikes to Endangered Right Whales: A Crash Course in Conservation, Science, and Policy

April 24: Near and Far, Large and Small: What Underwater Sound Can Tell Us About Fish and Plankton in the Sea