“The Last Fish Tale” Writer’s Book Club Event at Duckworth’s ~ Get Your Tickets Now!

Another beautiful jpeg flyer from Chris Anderson at Eastern Point Lit House. Thanks so much Chris for making sharing with our GMG readers so enjoyable.  Also, get ready for some super exciting breaking news from Eastern Point Lit House!




Last chance to save money on tomorrow’s Beatles Benefit for UU Meetinghouse Restoration

Just because it’s a benefit doesn’t mean you can’t save a little money by getting your tickets on-line.  Go for it.

You’ll recognize the songs, but experience them in a wonderfully new way as they are interpreted by some of Cape Ann’s finest singer/songwriters. And you’ll continue to help restore one of Gloucester’s best-loved landmarks.

As quoted in today’s Gloucester Daily Times, “It’s such a historical landmark for religious freedom and freedom of thought,” said King. “This is a place we need to preserve.”  We agree.  Please join us.  And save a bit of money by getting your tickets now, right here.

All the ingredients for a great restaurant at Short & Main right here in Gloucester

For the past few weeks, Vickie and I have been even more insanely busy than normal, which is pretty insane to begin with.  On Tuesday night when, at the last minute, our son went off to the movies with friends, we had a chance to dine alone — so we went where people have been urging us to go for nearly a year: Short & Main. What a perfect treat!

This place is an adventure.  Now, before you quiver with fear and say, “Ohhh, I don’t like adventure when I go out to eat — I just want comfort food,” check this out.  It IS comfort food.  Oysters, Pizza, Meatballs, Smoked Cod, Salads, Breads, Crème Brûlée, Ice Cream, Unique Cocktails, Excellent Wine & Beer.  It’s what they do with some of the foods you eat all the time that is so adventurous.  I’ll give you just one example: Pizza made with mozzarella, red onion, arugula, prosciutto and Parmesan.  But this is no ordinary pizza.

Anna (L) and Nora from Short & Main
Anna (L) and Nora from Short & Main

I asked Nora, who was nice enough to answer lots of questions, how hot the oven was and she said about 950.  This is NOT something you try at home.  Now, the arugula and prosciutto aren’t cooked, just warm, so you get a taste, texture and temperature sensation like nothing else you’ve ever experienced before.  And that’s just one dish.  EVERY dish is this much fun.

Plus they take sourcing their ingredients very seriously.  They get a pig every week — and they use the whole thing.  Ask about that next time you’re there.

But good food alone does not a great restaurant make.  For that you need what most of us refer to as “atmosphere”.  In my view, atmosphere is comprised of 10% decor and 90% personality.  Short & Main exudes the personality of people, who are 100% in love with food and have invited you into their warm, cozy, friendly and (most importantly) fun establishment.

Here’s an example: After Oysters, Pork Rillettes, Greens w/ Smoked Cod and a some excellent wines, our son calls just as our individual pizzas are ready.  We had over-estimated the running time of the film (that’s what we get for not checking).  So we ask our server, Anna, if we can get them to go.  Then we have an idea.  Get the kid and bring him back.  So, Vickie leaves and when Anna comes back with the pizzas, beautifully boxed, I ask if we can change our plans and add our son, who would like the meatballs.  “No problem,” she replies enthusiastically and moves me to a larger table.  Then she suggests I speak with Nora, who can answer some of my more specific questions about sourcing, etc., while I wait.  When Vickie and John return, we’re treated like long-lost friends weary from an arduous journey, which matches exactly how we feel (almost spooky isn’t it).

Dennis Brennan joins the Dave Sag’s Blues Party tonight @ The Rhumb Line 8:30 to 11:30 new time. 4.24.2014

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Oh dear, My atomic piles are acting up…and there’s no cure but to present Mr. Dennis Brennan, the only cure for the blues. This cat is the sodium lamp of vocalization, with a great collection of hats and tunes to ease your pain and assuage your inner  übermensch. Big D is one of my fave singers and easy to follow into his pungent cave of She did me wrong. Girls, tighten that bustiér.
D is bringing along a new guitarist for us to taste: Mr.Tim Gearan. Known by reputation only, he comes here to ruin your life, musically speaking. I can’t wait. Temple throbbing provided by that Rheumful ‘o Blooze mainstay and imperial wizard,
Mr. Chris Rivelli. I’ll be on bass as usual. N.B. Our hours are back to 8:30 to 11:30

Dennis Brennan
Dennis Brennan
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  But wait! There’s more. Czech out poster below. Sunday sees me in another incarnation as  the Dupe of Earl in corralling the Good old Salty Jazz Band in providing accompaniment to the proceedings listed below. I don’t know much else, but it promises to be a great time. C’mon by and drink a beer and grind to your favorite hits from the Teens and Twenties. See below.

Marian Leah Knapp Music by Dave Sag and The Old Salty Jazz Band


40 Railroad Ave.

Gloucester, MA 01930

phone: 978-283-9732

Not So Common Courtesy

I thought twice about writing this post (maybe even three or four times) because I didn’t want to seem all self-righteous and “I’m so awesome” because I’m not….but rudeness seems to be following me like my back pocket these days, and I simply couldn’t fight the urge any longer.  I just don’t get it.  I am F…A…R. from perfect and have enough flaws and faults that we could make it a full fledged category here on GMG (don’t get any ideas, Joey).  Just ask my husband.  Likewise, my boys have plenty of skills that could be worked on.  Lately, though, I have been more than the average dose of disheartened by the interactions that I’ve had “out there.”  The thing that started to push me over the edge is something that has chronically happened to me for years….making me wonder if, indeed, I am actually at fault.

Scenario #1:  Aisle of any given store.  Me: Heading one way.  Another shopper: Headed towards me.  Me: “Sorry. Excuse me” while we jockey for space to get by each other.  Other shopper: Nothing.  Nothing!  Crickets!  As if I was actually at fault!  Why am I always the one saying, “excuse me“??  Aren’t we both equally responsible for sharing the aisle?    Maybe I open myself up for being at fault by saying “sorry“….because that is probably a bit much?  Maybe I should just stick with “excuse me.”   Well, I’ve done that too.  Still….crickets!  How is it that I never hear, “no worries“or “excuse me too“?  Sometimes, the lack of response even comes with a quick glance that almost implies, “You’re darn right you should excuse yourself!  This aisle is all mine!”   Which I get, I don’t shop a lot.  I’m not a “regular” anywhere when it comes to shopping.  Well…my Amazon account and J Crew card would disagree, but they don’t have aisles.  Oh, and when I’m talking about said aisles, I’m not talking like Vineyard Vines… where I would expect to be looked upon with a bit of pity or quickly dismissed because my grosgrain ribbon belt doesn’t match the whale on my cardigan and headband.  (Before you write in…I’m kidding….I don’t really think it is ok to treat customers or fellow shoppers like that even in establishments like VV…and, for the record, my belt, cardigan, and headband always match…kidding, again).  I, to get back to my original point, am talking about places like Market Basket, Staples, Michael’s Craft Store, and Sports Authority.  Do these people really think they have more right to these aisles than I do?

Scenario #2:  Door Holding.  And lack there of.  I ALWAYS hold doors.  Sometimes too much so.  By that I mean that sometimes the necessity to hold doors is actually questionable.  Like, sometimes the next person is a good clip away and I think, for a second, “Do I really need to stand here and hold this door for them or should I let it go?”  Often though, in that space of a thought, I’ve inadvertently made eye-contact with the next person, and then feel obligated to stand there for a slightly awkward period of time.  Efff.  Insert Chariots of Fire slow motion music….and awkward wait period.  However!  What is up with all of the times that I hold doors for people and they DON’T say, “Thank you?”  Seriously!!  What in the world is wrong with people!  Does this happen to anyone else or just me!?  Blasted common courtesy, people!  I know that I didn’t hand you $1.000, but come on!  Likewise, I don’t do it for the “thank you” but when the other person acts like it is my purpose in life to stand and hold a door for them, I get pissed.  I won’t even bother getting into the lack of door holding and my secret ill-wishing towards those who let doors slam in the faces of my young children.

Scenario #3:  Driving Etiquette.  Turning into parking lots.  This indeed may be pushing it, because if you were to read the actual laws-of-the-road, these people are in the “right”, but I don’t think so.  I can’t tell you how many times I have been waiting, with my directional on, to turn into a parking lot across a lane of on-coming traffic only to finally see an oncoming car put their directional on to turn into the same parking lot and have thought “oh, good, they’ll let me go“(because now I’m starting to feel bad for the back-up of cars behind me) …..only to have them sneak in in front of me.  I know they probably really have the right of way….but, doesn’t common courtesy dictate, “hey, that person has been trying to turn in there for quite a bit now, and even though they’re in the opposite lane, they were here first, so maybe I’ll let them go???”   I accidentally did that to someone at Dunkin Donuts once and then bought their coffee in the drive-thru because I felt so bad.   And, for the record, if someone actually did let me go…I’d wave an appreciative “thank you.”  Just sayin’.

So, why rant now?  What brings this all to a head, you may ask?  A trip to the zoo, I would answer.  I love kids.  I love my kids, I love my students, I love my friends’ kids.  What I don’t love is kids that run freakin’ wild in public while their parents ignore them like crazy….so much so that they ruin other people’s fun.  Yesterday, there was a group of kids barreling between exhibits while shouting and hollering at the zoo.  I realize that I expect too much from my own children when it comes to manners in public…I absolutely border on the “strict” side….and I might even go so far as to say that sometimes I hamper their fun because I expect them to let other children have a turn too quickly or I make them wait longer because someone else’s child has cut them in line and I’d rather they take the high road.  I’m working on getting better at that.  That having been said, I have a super low tolerance for other parents who let their children act rudely in public.   This same group of children kept jumping in front of other children and one of them ran right into a lovely grandmother who was trying to show her grandchildren the jaguar.  No one told him to apologize…and it was kind of a rough hit.  Another snatched a view finder right out of a little girl’s hands.  No one told him to wait his turn.  Later, I watched a boy finish a snack and drop the wrapper on the ground.  WHAT!!??  Then, on the playground, this entitled little 5 year-old or so, snapped at Finn….who was soooo in line before her for a turn on the little zip line thing, and actually put her hand up in his face and said “I’m next“.  She then complained that “that kid (meaning my other son) left the bar 1/2 way across and I can’t reach it now” to me and added, “Can you get it?”.  To which I said, “Come on Finn.  We’ll come back when she’s done trying to have her turn” and walked away.  Where were little bossy pant’s parents….no idea?  Ironically, just 10 minutes later, when my boys wanted to ride the little train, we found bossy pants sitting mid-train crying like crazy because “she wanted to sit up front in the engine and it isn’t ffffaaaaiiiirrrr.”  Still not sure which parents in the crowd were hers.  But, I am sure that no one was telling her to “enjoy the seat she had or feel free to get off, but either way stop screaming” like I would have done.  My boys chose to wait until the next ride.  A much quieter one.  And sat in the engine.

And then lunch.  I’ll make it quick.  Picture if you will, two clearly marked cans.  A blue one that says, “Bottles and Cans Only” in large letters across the top…with a recycling symbol on it and a brown one with no words.  Wouldn’t you know that just as my 4-year old was done recycling his water bottle a lady came and dumped all of her trash…ketchup covered french fries, napkins, remnants of hamburgers, chicken fingers, drink cups, you name it….right into the recycling can.  Dumbass.  Ummmm….and allow me add…it was Earth Day.

I’d like to finish by saying that I am well aware there is an ocean of lovely, well-mannered people out there…including all of you, but for some reason, the way my stars have aligned, I seem to be missing them.

Portuguese Sweet Bread Ham and Cheese Panini



I’m sure I am not the only one sneaking a little piece of Easter’s leftover ham from the refrigerator the past few days.  Yesterday,  I was busy around the house, lost track time, and missed breakfast and lunch.  Starving with a growling belly, I went to the kitchen to fix a late afternoon snack using leftovers from our Easter feast.  I pulled out a loaf of Portuguese Sweet Bread, a few slices of Honey Ham, and a small wedge brie cheese and placed it on my kitchen island next to a ripened whole pineapple.  After cutting the loaf of sweet bread,  I reached into the refrigerator  for the Dijon mustard, and noticed the bottle of barbeque sauce next to it and the concocting of  this amazing sandwich began!  Immediately after taking the first bite, I called my neighbor working in her yard next door, over to sample the new recipe, she like it so much she called her son over to sample a bite!  This is a must try recipe, especially if you still have ham and sweet bread leftovers hanging around the kitchen!

Portuguese Sweet Bread Ham and Cheese Panini


2 slices Portuguese Sweet Bread

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon honey

1/4 cup barbecue sauce

2 pineapple slices; cut 1/8 inch thick

2 ham slices

2-4 thinly sliced pieces Brie cheese

1 tablespoon salted butter


1 in small mixing bowl whisk Dijon mustard, honey barbecue, and barbecue sauce together; spread sauce evenly on bread slices

2  butter one side of each sweet bread slice; arrange cheese, ham, and pineapple slices on unbuttered side of one bread slice; top with second bread slice (buttered side facing up); grill on preheated Panini Press 2-3 minutes until sweet bread is toasted and cheese is melted; serve immediately

Pet of the Week- Daisy

Hello, my name is Daisy, I am a nine-month-old kitten who has a beautiful grey-and-white coat.
I am inquisitive and energetic.   I love attention, humans and have enjoyed spending time with dogs and
children.   I have a very soft purr, but I don’t talk.  I am residing at the Cape Ann Animal Aid located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter in Gloucester.    This shelter is incredible, if you haven’t been here, it is worth the trip.
We always appreciate receiving gently used towels; I especially like the pink one’s!  We also appreciate
postage stamps for our mailings, bleach and trash bags of all sizes.
If you are looking for a kitten, I hope you will consider me.  Remember, my name is
Daisy – I am a cat – not a flower!

Thursday April 24th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather….

Marine Forecast ….
Gale Warning ….
Thu NW winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 40 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Thu Night NW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt… Diminishing to 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt after midnight. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Forecast : Today mostly Sunny very strong winds highs in the 50’s to Lower 60’s .. Gusty NW winds 25-35 gusting to 50-55mph at times… Tonight winds diminish some clear sky’s temps dropping into the 40’s..
Have a great Thursday ! Thanks for Viewing 🙂

Hourly Forecast..

Extended Forecast…


Community Stuff 4/24/14


The Medication Disposal Day will take place on:

Saturday, April 26, 2014 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the
parking lot of Rose Baker Senior Center,
6 Manuel F. Lewis Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Did you know that medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning?  Just as disturbing, are the alarmingly high rates of prescription drug abuse among young adults and teens.

A National study, conducted last year by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and the MetLife Foundation, found that 49% of teens who misuse or abuse prescription medicines get them from a family member or friend.  More often than not, these drugs are found in our medicine cabinets.
You can be part of the solution! Safely store and lock up your prescriptions and dispose of unused pills properly. Go to http://medicineabuseproject.org.
CLICK HERE FOR AN IMPORTANT PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCMENT: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=164145413750620&set=vb.177925665657199&type=3&theater



On Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 9am to 3pm, Extreme Truck and Auto Repair is hosting an Oil Change Party to benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid at 14 Kondelin Road in Gloucester. Oil changes will be provided for all types of vehicles and there will be fun for the whole family including BBQ food, raffles, games, and prizes. Friendly dogs on leash are welcome to come along for the fun! Roamin’ Baths Mobile Pet Spa will also be offering dog nail trimmings. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Cape Ann Animal Aid. For more information, contact Extreme Truck and Auto Repair at 978-281-0339.

Free Community Skin Cancer Clinic at Beverly Hospital

Cancer Services at Beverly Hospital will host a free community skin cancer screening on Thursday, May 22 from  1 p.m. –   3:45 p.m.

The clinic will take place in the Hematology/Oncology Center at Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick Street, Beverly.   To schedule an appointment, please call 1-888-253-0800.

This is not a dermatology clinic and surgical procedures will not take place. This clinic is not a replacement for your routine health check-up with your primary care provider or dermatologist.  The screening physician at the skin cancer clinic will advise you as to whether or not further evaluation/treatment is necessary.

Good afternoon GMG.

Thompson Island Outward Bound is offering full tuition scholarships (essentially free!) for local Outward Bound summer expedition adventures.  You simply need to be a resident of Cape Ann; Rockport, Gloucester, Essex or Manchester.  Expeditions include sea kayaking throughout Boston Harbor, sailing along the Massachusetts coastline, andexploring and climbing on the Boston Harbor Islands.  Scholarships are first come, first serve and are limited in number.  For more information – please call 617-830-5144, email admissions@thompsonisland.org or visit www.thompsonisland.org.