Live Cinco De Mayo @ Stones Pub

I can’t think of a better place to celebrate this fine holiday at an authentic errrrrr Mexicano joint like Stones Pub!

Oh the chips! Order them extra crispy!

And the “Not Gary’s 5 Cheese Dip” that I’ve now coined “NG5″… Sooo good!

Top it off w a fine IPA? Oh yes!

Such a good time, so come on down and celebrate Cinco De Mayo at a fine Irish establishment!

Our Most Heartfelt Congratulations to the 2014 Gloucester Citizenship Award Winners!!!

UU Citizenship Awards 2014 ©Kim Smith 2014Back row left to right: Martin Klugman, Joe Novello, Jim Flint, Terry Sands, Barry McKay, and John McElhenny

Front row left to right: Maggie Rosa, Linn Parisi, Donna Ardizonni, and Ann Straccia

To receive a Gloucester Citizenship Awards is a very special honor and it is truly only bestowed upon the most deserving. At the award ceremony last night the love and positive energy had by family and friends for these outstanding Gloucester citizens was palpable. Donna Ardizonni and Melissa Cox ©Kim Smith 2014Donna Ardizonni and Melissa Cox ©Kim Smith 2014 -2Melissa Cox presenting Donna’s award, and sharing a funy story about removing dead seagulls from the beach.

Here at GMG we are very proud of all the recipients, but especially, especially proud that our own Donna Ardizonni was nominated for her good work with the One Hour at a Time Gang. John McElhenny ©Kim Smith 2014We are very proud too of our GMG super FOB and friend John McElhenny for his stellar job in spearheading the Burnham’s Field improvements and in turning it into a gorgeous new community playground, garden, and park.

Mike English Terry sands ©Kim Smith 2014Mike English Terry sands ©Kim Smith 2014 -3Mike English Honoring Terry Sands

On a personal note, I am also very proud that a very dear friend, Terry Sands, is one of this year’s honorees, for his extraordinary work directing (along with his co-director Mary Curtis) the fabulous Annisquam Village Players, for the past TWENTY- SEVEN YEARS!

Kay Ellis Linn Parisi ©Kim Smith 2014Kay Ellis Honoring Linn Parisi for her work with Discover Gloucester

Each winner was honored by a friend or colleague and it was wonderful to learn about the roles they have played in making our beautiful community all the more beautiful. Gloucester is  a very special place to call home and it is people like this year’s 2014 Citizenship Award recipients that make our city profoundly unique and, simply awesome! Our most heartfelt congratulations to the 2014 Citizenship Award winners!!!

Jim Flint ©Kim Smith 2014Jim Flint for his work with the Lanesville Community Center

Martin Krugman ©Kim Smith 2014Marty Krugman for the Schooner Adventure

Joe Novello ©Kim Smith 2014Joe Novello for the Saint Peter’s Fiesta

Barry Mckay ©Kim Smith 2014Barry McKay for the Rose Baker Senior Center

Maggie Rosa ©Kim Smith 2014Maggie Rosa for City Hall Restoration and the Gloucester Educational Foundation

Ellie's beagle ©Kim Smith 2014Anne Straccia’s Rescue Beagle Ellie

McElhenny Famiky ©Kim Smith 2014McElhenny Family

AVP Family ©Kim smith 2014AVP Family

Ann Margaret and Sefatia ©Kim Smith 2014Sefatia Romeo Thekan and Ann Margaret Ferrante

Sefatia ©Kim Smith 2014Sefatia for Terry!

Donna and Rick ©Kim Smith 2014Donna and Rick and Family

Sefatia and terry sands ©Kim Smith 2014JPGSefatia and Terry

McElhenny Family AVP Family ©Kim Smith 2014McElhenny Family and AVP Family

Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“It’s not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”

Gabriel Garcia Márquez (1927-2014)

Columbian by birth, Márquez left the study of the law at the National University to take up a career as a journalist, ultimately working for newspapers in both Columbia and Venezuela before beginning to write novels and short stories in mid-life. His 1967 book One Hundred Years of Solitude was an almost immediate success, selling 30 million copies and garnering the 1972 Nobel Prize for Literature. Márquez is credited with launching the Magic Realism genre in which miraculous things happen to ordinary people in ordinary settings. A superstar in Latin American art circles, his leftist politics have often put him at odds with various regimes at the peril of his freedom. Although his fame allowed him to facilitate talks between the Columbian government and M-19 guerillas, his friendship with Fidel Castro and his criticism of US interventionist policies made him persona non grata in the States.

Greg Bover (with thanks to Shelley Vincent for the suggestion)

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There’s something primal about drums — Feel it SAT @ Gloucester’s UU Church Meetinghouse

EntrainPoster_900bArchaeologists have dated instruments back at least 37,000 years. They figure the first ones were likely made long before that and were probably flutes and drums.  Suffice it to say that when we hear and feel drums, most of us react instinctively by moving — even if it’s just a little bit — and our consciousness changes a little bit too.  This Saturday, you can feel what I’m talking about at Gloucester’s UU Meetinghouse when we present ENTRAIN.  In case you haven’t guessed, it’s the perfect venue to experience drums for lots of reasons.  Built in 1806, it’s the oldest standing church building in Gloucester; it’s made of wood; the acoustics are spectacular!

Don’t wait until the last minute.  Get your tickets now and save $10.

Hello Birdie!

Last week my friend Catherine and her family gave me a stick-on bird feeder for my window, along with a bag of wild bird food. Janet installed it last Saturday, May 3rd. I was told that birds will discover the seed banquet in a few days to a week. I can't wait to say "Hello Birdie!"
Last week my friend Catherine and her family gave me a stick-on bird feeder for my window, along with a bag of wild bird food. Janet installed it last Saturday, May 3rd. I was told that birds will discover the seed banquet in a few days to a week. I can’t wait to say “Hello Birdie!”
So when will I see the first bird in my new bird feeder? The closest comment to the actual bird observation will be a rubber duck, signed by Mr. 'RD' Paul Morrison.
So when will I see the first bird in my new bird feeder? The prize for the comment closest to the actual bird observation will be a rubber duck, signed by Mr. ‘RD’ Paul Morrison.

Monday May 5th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather…

Marine Forecast….
Mon NW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 30 kt…diminishing to 5 to 10 kt with gusts up to 20 kt in the afternoon. Seas around 2 ft.
Mon Night NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Today clouds and sun with a chance of a few instability showers after noontime .. Highs in the 50’s with a gusty north west wind 15-25mph diminishing late in the day … Monday night clouds break showers dissipate .. North west winds 10-15mph lows in the 40’s …
Hourly Forecast….

Week Ahead ….



Gloucester Writer’s Center May Line-up, with Our Own Joey C Discussing Blogging at the Rocky Neck CulturalCenter


Sat., May 10 7:30pm
Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street

Suggested Donation $10
No one turned away for lack of funds

Join actor/educator Jay DiPrima, for this spirited and thought provoking reading of
Henry David’s Thoreau’s lecture on



David Rich
Wed., May 14 7:30
GWC 126 East Main Street

The Hiring and Dismissal of a
Black Teacher in 1950’s Gloucester


unnamed-2Come hear, speak and see
Joey Ciaramitaro, Steve Brettler, Greg Gibson, Martin Ray and Kathleen Valentine talk about
B L O G G I N G .

Tues. May 20th 7:30
Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

Robert Podgurski
Wandering On Course to a Gestalt Poetics
Thurs. May 29th 6:30pm Ravenswood Park
Space is limited so Email Annie to reserve a spot.
Donation at will

After the walk come to a reading by Bob at the GWC at 8:00pm