Burnham’s Field groundbreaking this Saturday


GoodMorningGloucester has done a great job covering the improvements to Burnham’s Field over the last four years so just wanted to share this news below — the official groundbreaking of the Burnham’s Field renovation project! It’s a good day for open space in the heart of Gloucester.

Thanks for all you do,

John McElhenny  

Burnham’s Field groundbreaking this Saturday

After four years of planning and community meetings, the renovation of Burnham’s Field, the largest open space and playground in central Gloucester, is set to begin with an official groundbreaking this Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m.

Mayor Carolyn Kirk, City Councilor Melissa Cox and the Friends of Burnham’s Field invite friends, neighbors and anyone who cares about Burnham’s Field to attend the groundbreaking. All are welcome and invited.

The renovation is the first major upgrade to Burnham’s Field in more than 30 years. The renovation will include new playground equipment, swings, walking loop, lighting, fences, resurfaced basketball courts, a spray fountain for kids, trees and new bathroom.

Burnham’s Field is located on Pleasant Street across from St. Ann’s Church. Plans call for the work to be completed in time for the opening of the West Parish School at the former St. Ann’s School in late August so the kids will have a newly renovated Burnham’s Field to play on. For more information, contact John McElhenny at jmcelhenny@gmail.com

Fun Video of Mega-Crowds Gathered to See First Sighting Ever Recorded of an AMERICAN ROBIN in the NETHERLANDS!!!

An American Robin (Tudus migratorius), or a Roodborstlijster, as it is called in Dutch, was first spotted on sand dunes before moving inland. I love the video of the crowd of birders waiting to catch a glimpse. It reminds me of the backshore, times ten, whenever a rare bird is seen on our shores!

Both videos were originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some Blog: American Robin in the Netherlands. Dear Kitty often reblogs my posts, sending new readers to GMG. Thank you Dear Kitty!

I feel a little sad for the lonesome fella and can only hope another was carried off course, too.

See recent GMG posts about the American Robin:

Birds of Cape Ann: The American Robin and Bird Food!

I Love Sumac


Who Remembers Virginia Il?


I came across these old Polaroid snapshots that my mother took of her friend Kay during a trip to Gloucester in August 1983 aboard the Virginial.  I was surprised to see a big ferry boat like that tied up behind the Studio.  Who remembers this, and when did it stop coming and why?  Wouldn’t it be great if they resumed ferry service from Boston to Gloucester.  It would help alleviate vehicular traffic and we have the transportation infrastructure in place with Lady Jillian, the Trolley and CATA to allow visitors to move around and take advantage of much that Gloucester has to offer.

E.J. Lefavour

Have You Howled Yet? Wolf Hollow!

GMG phenom, Paul Morrison, has told you to get yourselves down to Wolf Hollow before…but in case you didn’t listen, it bears repeating.  I, like many of you, had driven by the relatively small and unassuming house that doubles as Wolf Hollow in Ipswich so many times without ever even considering stopping in.  Shame on me.  As is typical of my life now, it took my boys all of a sudden being super interested in wolves and coyotes for me to think, “Hey…we should go there!”   So, back in October we stopped in and my boys were immediately in love.  So much so that we got them the Junior Membership for Christmas and “adopted” two of their favorite wolves.  They were so excited to get their membership cards, stickers, and beautiful photos of Argus and Bear Christmas morning.  And….couldn’t wait to get back for their next visit!

If you ask me, it is a perfect example of a Sunday (or Saturday) afternoon trifecta!  1.  Get outside  2.  Learn something  3.  See some beautiful animals up close… and the bonus #4.  Some quality time with your children during which they get the opportunity to learn about conservation and the balance of nature.  NO brainer!!!

The “dock talk” as my older son called it (even though we were no where near a dock) is just the right length.  Not too short and not too long.  The staff member who taught us about the wolves easily engaged a crowd of 30 or so people who ranged in age from 3-83 years and allowed for a long session of questions when she was done.

Kudos to Wolf Hollow for devoting themselves to these gorgeous animals and making a difference while doing what they’re passionate about!  I, as a mom and a teacher, am so thankful for the plethora of places (such as this one) where my boys can learn and be inspired.  Selfishly, I also had a great time photographing them in all their majesty.

Wolf Hollow



What’s Your Favorite SANPELLEGRINO Flavor?



Our family has been drinking SANPELLEGRINO sparkling fruit beverages for years.  SANPELLEGRINO was one of the many imported Italian specialty products sold at my grandfather’s Italian verity store “Pat’s Center Grocery” on Washington Street here in Gloucester Ma., when I was a child. Growing up, everyone in the family was spoiled with the endless supply of Sicilian imported carbonated lemon and orange sparkling fruit waters, sold at ” Pat’s Center Grocery.”  I think our families younger generation shares this same passionate likeness to our family favorite beverage SANPELLEGRINO, because it literally now runs in our blood after the amounts we consumed over the years in my grandfathers’ store. 


SANPELLEGRINO has expanded their flavors’ to six including the original Lemon and Orange.   Today Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit, Clementine, Pomegranate & Orange, and Blood Orange verities, are manufactured in the United States, and sold in almost all major grocery and retail stores. 

Look what’s on sale this week at Stop & Shop!


Yesterday while shopping at Stop & Shop, I noticed a display advertising a 10/$10 sale on SANPELLEGRINO, and decided to surprise my kids with their favorite “Orange” along with a few other flavors including Pomegranate & Orange, a flavor I had never tasted until yesterday…OMG  it was delicious!


 Pomegranate & Orange is definitely my new favorite SANPELLEGRINO flavor!



Gloucester Marine Railways Spring Cleanup From Mary Barker

Hi Joey,,

This past week at Gloucester Marine Railway the yard was busy with people getting their vessels ready for warmer weather.

The Full Moon is in dry dock having some maintenance before a Coast Guard inspection.   She is being sold.

The new mast was being readied for the Sloop Wndwawrd.

Farmaa (James Brosnahan) had his boathouse taken out of the water for the first time since her  1998 launch.   Doug Parsons was working the lift.

the Yankee’s !st mate Jan Kelly and Captain Steve Waewin were preparing for the upcoming tuna season for the charter boat Yankee.

And the newly covered Adventure was having her decks caulked.r

Mary Barker

Tuesday April 29th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather …

Marine Forecast…
Small Craft Advisory…

NE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 6 to 9 ft.
Tue Night E winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt in the evening. Seas 7 to 9 ft.

Tuesday Forecast :
Video Cast ……

Hourly Forecast…

Mid – Week Outlook !

Thanks for viewing … 🙂

Community Stuff 4/29/14

Eileen Oliver  Newburyport Art Association Award

These were the lovely comments given on Sunday, April 27th for my painting, “The Schooners”, winner of the Mary Alice Arakelian Memorial Award for work in Oil (Best Oil Painting In Show) at the opening reception for the Newburyport Art Association 17th Annual Regional Juried Art Show . It will be there on display from now until June 2nd.

“The precise control of the brushwork coupled with the strong compositional placement of the sailboats, as well as the deft use of colors both in the water and sky, result in a very accomplished and satisfying painting. Congratulations.” – Bruce Brown, Juror. Curator Emeritus, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine. 

Eileen Patten Oliver


ssex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum Presents:

A Panel Discussion led by the Essex Writing Group: Topics in Essex History: Some Essex History,

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s Waterline Center, 66 Main Street, Essex, MA 01929

Admission is free

Please join us on Sunday, May 4 from 3 – 4:30 p. m. in the Waterline Center at the Shipbuilding Museum.   We will learn about growing up in a clammer’s family during the depression and Revolutionary War veterans from Chebacco (now Essex).  Other topics will be about some very interesting people of Essex.  Carrie Andrews was a gifted singer who died tragically at a young age.  Annie Gosbee was a professional baseball player in a league of her own.  Rev. John Cleveland was a minister and a prominent patriot.
The Essex Writing Group provides an opportunity for those with an interest in Essex history to discuss, research, and prepare a permanent record of their work.  It is led by Karin Gertsch and Kurt Wilhelm, who have published books about Essex and Cape Ann.  Participation in the group is open to all.  This is the first presentation of a continuing program of their activities.
Light refreshments will be served.

Email:  info@essexshipbuildingmusem.org or leave a message with Kurt Wilhelm at 978-768-7342.