Reminder: Monarch Milkweed and Aster Seed Pickup and Information Day is Next Sunday, May 18th, from 9:30 to Noon

male-female-monarch-butterfly-marsh-milkweed-2-c2a9kim-smith-2012-copy Male and Female Monarch Butterfly on Marsh Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

Where are the Monarchs today in their northward migration? They have spread throughout the Great Plains and Southern States. Some have already been sighted as far north as Michigan and Wisconsin! Monarch Migration Map

Our Milkweed and New England Aster seed pickup day is next Sunday from 9:30 to noon at Captain Joe and Sons. Captain Joe’s is located at 95 East Main Street and you can find directions posted on their website here. Thank you so much to Joey for offering to host the event at the dock. See You There!

monarch-new-england-aster-c2a9kim-smith-2013Monarch Butterfly and New England Aster

You Can Vote Everyday for Red, White, and You Contest to Fund Our Fireworks

Melissa Cox shares a link to win a contest sponsored by Destination America to help fund our fireworks display. She writes, “Can you please share this link to a contest to support our wonderful Gloucester Fireworks show on the 3rd of July? You can vote once a day until May 16th.”

Red, White, and You People’s Choice

An Evening of Whimsy and Merriment at the Wenham Museum

935Gala Reception
7:00 – 10:30 pm
Wenham Museum Tent

The Awards Dinner
The Wenham Tea House
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket to the dinner!
Tickets to the Gala Reception are available by phone and online.

Gala Reception
7:00 – 10:30 pm
Wenham Museum Tent
Join Honorary Chair
Karen Nascembeni of The North Shore Music Theater
for a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious evening
Live Music | Dancing | Auction
Hors d’oeuvres | Sweets | Cocktails
Timothy S. Hopkins Catering

Step in Time to the Sounds of Henri Smith and New Orleans Friends and Flavours
Diane and Company with Mark Retallack and Roger Brockelbank

Stonehome Estate Jewelers of Portland & Kennebunkport, Maine
**20% of Sales Proceeds Benefit the Wenham Museum**

CIGAR ROLLING by Boston Cigar Factory
LIVE AUCTION by Rick Nazzaro of Nazzaro Auctions
with prizes including a
Zulu Nyala African Safari

CAR SERVICE to the event by UBER BOSTON.
Guests receive $40 off their first ride with promotional code ALLABOARD14.

(978) 468-2377

Fish on Fridays

The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.

Nino Cannova and his F/V Christina Eleni in Gloucester Harbor. Nino, originally from Sicily, has been fishing his whole life. He lands multi-species including Cod, Haddock, Monkfish, Skate and Flounder, going out for 2-3 days at a time.




Photos © Kathy Chapman 2014

Let the race season begin!!


From The IDRC dory Committee;

Let the race season begin!!

 For those of you who have been anxiously waiting for the race boat launch, you will have the opportunity to help out tomorrow morning.  We will be meeting at Eastern Ave Self Storage in Gloucester at 8:30 AM tomorrow Saturday May 10th to load up the freshly painted race dories, then trailer them to the High School landing.  This process shouldn’t take long, but we need bodies to load and unload as well as trailers to tow.  Please respond if you can help!  Looking forward to a great rowing/racing season.


Annual Digital Photography Workshop

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Every year, this class fills up fast.  If you want to take the course, please sign up NOW…
To enroll:  Call Barry O’Brien (978) 282-8222. For questions: Call Barry’s Cell: (617) 967-1227

When:  Saturday, May 17, 2014

Time: 9:00 A.M to 1:00 PM

Where: Essex Shipbuilding Museum

66 Main Street, Waterline Center (Center of the Shipyard)Essex, MA 01929

Please enroll by:  May 10, 2014

Limited to 15 | Course Fee” $ 60.00

There will be coffee served in the morning. We’re not stopping for lunch,
so bring a snack to munch on during the course.


Luis Barragan Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“A garden must combine the mysterious and the poetic with a sense of joy and serenity”

Luis Barragan (1902-1988)

A native of Guadalajara, Mexico, Barragan first studied engineering but moved toward architecture after coming under the influence of the French-German writer Ferdinand Bac and Le Corbusier. Best known for his modernist work of simple shapes expressed in bright colors, Barragan rejected functionalism for what he called “emotional architecture.” He was the second person to be awarded the Pritzker Prize (1980). His house and studio in Mexico City are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Greg Bover

Gregory R Bover

V.P. Operations, Project Manager

C. B. Fisk, Inc.

978 283 1909

You have until noon tomorrow to save $10

EntrainPoster_900bJust because tomorrow’s Entrain concert will help raise money for Gloucester’s UU Meetinghouse Restoration Fund doesn’t mean you should pay more than you have to.

Yesterday we told you the minute a few good seats were released for John Sebastian (they were gone within an hour of our post).  Today we’re giving you fair warning that $20 advance tickets for Entrain will be gone by noon tomorrow.

So get down to the Liquor Locker tonight or when they open tomorrow at 8am.  Or get advance tickets online here.

New Restaurant in Magnolia open ~ 525 Magnolia

Jeff Cala with his family
Jeff Cala with his family



Opening Parting
Opening Parting
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Saturday & Sunday Brunch Menu – Great Idea for Mother’s Day

525 Brunch May 2014 for Menu box

M –Th  3:00 – 10:00
Fri      11:00 – 10:00
Sat     10:30 – 10:00
Sun     10:30 – 9:00
*The bar closes later

Here’s the info on the special nights:

Neighborhood Nights
Mondays we give 10% off to anyone who lives within a two mile radius.  525 has its own giant map of Magnolia and you can put your pin on the map! If you live within the two mile circle, you can add a numbered pin to make your house – this corresponds with a covered “Beach Sticker” that is your ticket to 10% off on Monday nights.

Way Back Wednesdays
We turn the clock back to the 50’s and 60’s with specials from those halcyon times. Get retro with rotating weekly specials like tuna noodle casserole and chicken cordon bleu, plus your favorite dishes from the old Patio — all at Blue Plate prices.


The Open Door’s Empty Bowls Were Full Last Night!


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The Godmother of Gloucester, Sefatia Giambanco Romeo Theken shares her photos from last nights Open Door Empty Bowl event at Cruisport Gloucester! 

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Massachusetts State Senator Bruce Tarr and City Counselor/ “The Godmother” Sefatia Giambanco Romeo Theken

The Godmother writes~“Having a nice espresso after a rewarding evening.  I volunteered tonight for Open Door Empty Bowl it actually is a selfish volunteering because I always get more than I give and I meet the most amazing people have fun and do it for a good cause. I do it cuz I’m selfish. You should try it u will never regret the time you give I never have”

Last nights “Empty Bowl” fundraiser event was one of many held nationally to generate awareness concerning hunger and to raise money for local hunger relief programs.  Proceeds from last nights event will benefit open-door summer meal and mobile market programs.

If you would like to support the Open Door please contact them through their website at or call 978-283-6776




It Must be Jelly, ‘Cause Jam Don’t Shake Like That!

Here in the rehab, we're served toast or English muffins with breakfast, accompanied by a tiny .05 oz. sealed cup of so-so jelly. It made me think: I didn't know the difference between jelly, jam, and preserves. Quite a few people I asked didn't know either, especially guys. Here's what I use now and how they differ. -Jelly (L): Cooked fruit juice with sugar and thickened with pectin. -Jam (M): Crushed fruit cooked with sugar. Pectin is in the fruit. Less of a gelled texture that jelly. -Preserves (R): Cooked fruit with sugar. Fruit is in medium to large chunks.
Here in the rehab, we’re served toast or English muffins with breakfast, accompanied by a tiny .05 oz. sealed cup of so-so jelly. It made me think: I didn’t know the difference between jelly, jam, and preserves. Quite a few people I asked didn’t know either, especially guys. Here’s what I use now and how they differ.
-Jelly (L): Cooked fruit juice with sugar and thickened with pectin.
-Jam (M): Crushed fruit cooked with sugar. Pectin is in the fruit. Less of a gelled texture than jelly.
-Preserves (R): Cooked fruit with sugar. Fruit is in medium to large chunks.

Friday May 9th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather ..

Marine Forecast…
Fri E winds 5 to 10 kt…becoming SE 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Seas around 2 ft. Scattered showers.
Fri Night S winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A chance of showers.

Friday overcast with a chance of shower or storm . Highs will only make it into the 50’s under a south east wind 10-20mph … Very slim chance will see sum sunny breaks in the clouds. Patchy Fog / Drizzle possible along the coast .. Friday night evening showers and storms ending after 8-9pm lows dropping into the 40’s …winds becoming south 10-15 mph …
Weekend is still looking beautiful with highs in the 70’s and plenty of Sunshine ..
Hourly Forecast…

Weekend Preview ….