GloucesterCast With Guest Ken Riehl CEO Of The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/9/14


GloucesterCast With Guest Ken Riehl CEO Of The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/9/14

Topics Include: Challenges and Victories For The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Cape Ann License Plate Voting, Kudos To Mike Costello, Bob Hastings and Robert Heidt, Magnolia Rising!, Railroad Connector and Community Development Director Tom Daniel, Education.

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It’s so easy to vote- no asking for email addresses, just a straightforward bullet vote, vote now! Vote here-


YOU Can Influence The Vote for Cape Ann’s License Plate Design!!!!

While taping the GloucesterCast with new Chamber CEO Ken Riehl he told me the voting is wide open and so easy to do- no email address involved, all you have to do is go to the Chamber website and vote-

I’ll make it super easy for you click this link (see that you don’t even have to Google the Chamber website) and vote for your favorite.




A Huge Thank You to Everyone for Your Milkweed and Aster Orders!!!

Monarch Butterfly Explosion El Rosario Mexico ©Kim Smith 2014 finalMy Deepest Thanks to Everyone 

The above is a favorite photo from my trip in February to film the Monarchs. This week we will be bringing you the short interview film with Tom Emmel at the summit of the Sierra Chincua Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve!

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WOW and DOUBLE WOW!!! Today we totaled the excel spread sheet and placed the order for our wildflower seeds. I hope everything is fully in stock, and if all is, the seeds should be arriving by early next week! I thought everyone would be interested to know our amazing grand totals:

Marsh Milkweed Packets: 36 Marsh Milkweed 1 Ounce Quantity: 21 Common Milkweed Packets: 74 Common Milkweed 1 Ounce Quantity: 11 Pink New England Asters: 58 Purple New England Asters: 44

A HUGE THANK YOU to EVERYONE participating in the Cape Ann Milkweed Project!

Below are several GMG posts with lots more information about the Cape Ann Milkweed Project. For more posts, type in the search word milkweed or Monarch Butterfly.


Cape Ann Milkweed Project Continues ~ Plant Milkweed Seeds to Save the Monarchs

Setting the Table for a Regal Butterfly Comeback, With Milkweed

Frenchman’s Pier


Frenchman’s Pier

How sublime it would be to have lived here as a child;

to amble out on Frenchman’s Pier to cast a line,

or, in the early morning, hear the tide softly

brush the marsh grass of the Little River’s gentle shores.


Oh, what it would have been like to take my skiff

to explore Susan Point and Stanwood Point

and keep going beyond Biskie Head into the

Annisquam – and from there – from there, anywhere!


A place where I could steer a course in a summer breeze

that never ends and see foreign lands and

mountains and magical islands, all while on

my back, gazing up from Frenchman’s Pier.


© Marty Luster 2012
Encore, first posted July 22, 2012.

I’ll be taking a short break from daily posts. See you soon.



Sailor Stan’s Reopening this Saturday

sailor stans copyCome by Rocky Neck Saturday or Sunday morning for a great Sailor Stan’s breakfast.  Now open weekends at 7:30am.

If you’re there later and see my open flag (I will not be open at 7:30!), stop up and see Hobbit House Studio (right behind Sailor Stan’s at 1 Wonson Street, through the purple door and up the stairs).

E.J. Lefavour

Jon Butcher on Local Music Seen with Allen Estes tonight at 6:30

Photo by Sheila Roberts Orlando
Photo by Sheila Roberts Orlando

Jon Butcher will be featured on “Local Music Seen with Allen Estes” today at 6:30 pm, Channel 12 Cape Ann T.V. and will be aired over the next 2 weeks! You don’t want to miss the show Jon has a BIG announcement.  

Allen Estes Hosting for Fly Amero Tonight @ The Rhumb Line 8:00pm 4.9.2014

allen estes hosting

hey folks,  i will be subbing for Fly Amero at the Rhumb Line here in Gloucester Weednesday nite…8pm on…singers/songwriters welcome to come by and sit in…a “musical love fest” if you will.see you then,allen

The Rhumb Line

40 Railroad Ave.

Gloucester, MA

Because It’s Hump Day…

Introducing my friend (and soon to be yours), The Incredible Dancing Skate.  If you’ve never been to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH and need another reason to get yourself up there….well, here it is.  This guy…or girl (because how the hell would I know….although I’m sure someone is going to tell me) makes me laugh every time we see it.  Is it possible that it has knees and ankles??

Other than that, I have no words.  Happy Hump Day.

Check out the Seacoast Science Center

A Call to Artists: from Michael Foley

from, Michael Foley;
“This piece is called “The Birth of Industry”, is 13″ Tall and is done in Danby Marble and Black Granite. It will also be debuted on Sunday April 6th at the Rockport Art Association.”


GMG FOB Shares Marshmallow Peeps Easter Centerpiece



AnnMarie Cody Oliveria Writes~Life was so much simpler before Pinterest….

AnnMarie Cody Oliveria peep photo

Bunny Topiary


Styrofoam Foam: 9” x 5” cone

Marshmallows PEEPS: 20 – 22 blue; 18 purple; 10 green; and 3 yellow

Low temp glue gun or toothpicks


1 using glue gun, secure Styrofoam cone to pedestal dish, candleholder, or decorative plate

2 fasten Peeps, bunnies around cone in rows, starting at the bottom, using toothpicks or cool temperature glue gun

Sista Felicia~ Love this Easter centerpiece!  Thank you for sharing your photo with the GMG community.


Wednesday April 9th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast ….
Wed NW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Wed Night NW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt… Becoming W 5 to 10 kt after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Today Mostly sunny with highs in the lower 50’s .. North West winds 15-20mph… Tonight mostly clear lows in the 30’s to lower 40’s with a light North West Wind around 10 mph …
Hourly Forecast…





Community Stuff 4/9/14

Seeking Picture of Rosie Balboa-


      I’m hoping you can help me locate a picture of Rosie (Crud) Balboa, who was a local visual fixture who lived by The Tavern and was usually seen down the blvd. in the 70’s.  Recently I did this portrait of Floyd Morris, The Clam Digger who use to sell clams door to door all around Cape Ann when I was a kid in the 60’s.  I’m a life long local artist and this is a project I’m working on.  Any help will be greatly appreciated.  I’m offering a free print of Floyd or Rosie ( once I’m done) to anyone who can find me a picture of the subject.  Currently the picture of Floyd can be found at local art & toy store, Island Art and Hobby, on Main St. in downtown Gloucester.  There’s a wonderful wall there where local artist can show pieces of their art for sale at low prices under &250.. framed.

Sincerely, James Oliver

Floyd The Clam Digger Morris



Athletic & academia fitness fair!

In Memory of alphonse “Al” Swekla

Saturday, May 17, 2014 ~ 10-2pm


Held at The Gloucester High School Field House During The Boston Red Sox World Series Trophy Tour!

AGH Patron Sponsor – $500                          

· Sponsor name on printed materials, including event flyers distributed & posted in area

· Recognition during opening ceremonies at event

· Sponsor name/logo included in our event sponsor program booklet –Top Quarter Page Ad location

· Premium space provided at fair site, for your sponsor table or booth

· Sponsor name included in press releases submitted to the media

AGH Exhibitor Vendor Sponsor – $100                                 

· Table/booth set up at fair to promote your business

· Sponsor name on printed materials, including event flyers distributed & posted in area

Payment Information

q Please accept my enclosed check, made out to AGH Citizens Fund

Please return to:       AGH Citizens Fund, Inc.   

                                    P.O. Box 1495

                                    Gloucester, MA 01930

q Credit Card payments can be made securely through our online site via PayPal.

Presented by the Addison Gilbert Hospital Citizen’s Fund

All proceeds go towards our vision for Addison Gilbert Hospital, for the existence of a full service hospital with the availability of acute services on site 24/7.


Lee Swekla


FOS Scratch Ticket Raffle 2014



EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT!!               
5:30-8:00                                   May 2, 2014
Ages 3+                               
Pizza and juice served for dinner!
$10 per child
Contact Gymazing! to sign up
Note: No shows will be charged $10 per child
978-525-6111                                                     May 9, 2014