Second Glance Chair Project Voting Is Open

The Chair Project 2014

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Check out this year’s parade of chairs. You can vote for your favorite in the store July 7 through 12. Reuse. Repurpose. Reimagine.




New Film: Mark Allen ~ Sunday 2014 Greasy Pole Champion Walking for Loved Ones

Mark Allen Walking for Loved Ones

Congratulations to Mark Allen, the 2014 Sunday Greasy Pole Champion! This was Mark’s first win, after 16 previous years of walking! Allen was walking for his cousin Peter “Black” Frontiero who has the second most wins of all time, with a total of nine.

Each year I look forward to filming and photographing the greasy pole events. The determination on the men’s faces, the camaraderie, the ecstasy and pride in winning, the anguish of defeat, the hilarious costumes, and the Felliniesque antics combine to create a fabulous fiesta of stories and images.

The film opens at the childhood home of the Giambanco Family, with Sefatia leading the Greasy Pole Walkers and guests in the rallying “Viva San Pietro,”  the cheer that is heard throughout the city of Gloucester during Saint Peter’s Fiesta. Giambanco sisters Marianne, Grace, Rosaria, and Sefatia continue with their mother Rosalia’s, “Lia’s” custom of feeding the Greasy Pole Walkers dinner before the walk. The tradition began years ago when their brother, Anthony “Matza” Giambanco, began walking. Sefatia explains that Lia had always held a huge family feast with relatives from all around the country attending. The first year her brother walked he told his mom he couldn’t eat because he was meeting everyone. She said I don’t care; you have to eat, and told him to bring everyone back to their home. That was in 1978!

Next the Walkers head over to rally at the Gloucester House, where they greet Lenny shouting his name over and over, to a packed restaurant full of guests. Several more stops are made along the way before the next rally at the Saint Peter’s Club. The Walkers make one last stop to say a prayer to Saint Peter, and perhaps pin a gold charm or coin to the statue, before departing for the greased pole platform at Pavilion Beach

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With special thanks and appreciation to Nicky Avelis and all the Greasy Pole Walkers for allowing me to ride on the boat. It went by way too fast! And thank you to the skipper for giving me a ride back to shore.

With thanks and appreciation to Rosaria, Sefatia, Marianne, and Grace for inviting me to come film the Walker’s rally at your welcoming Fiesta Sunday Feast!

The song “Love Runs Out,” is by OneRepublic for the reissue of their third album, Native.

The song “The Walker” is by Fitz and The Tantrums from the album More Than Just a Dream.

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Mark Allen Sunday Greasy Pole Winner ©Kim Smith 2014

Free Outdoor HarborWalk Summer Cinema Series Starts on Wednesday

Destination: Downtown Gloucester

Free Outdoor HarborWalk Summer Cinema Series!

The Wizard of Oz July 9, 2014

Grab the Popcorn!  The City of Gloucester and the Cape Ann Community Cinema are pleased to announce a swell summertime partnership:  The HarborWalk Summer Cinema Series.  These FREE outdoor movies will run Wednesdays for eight weeks throughout the summer, July 9 to August 27 at 65 Rogers Street (I4C2)—adjacent to the Building Center.  Movies start at 8 PM (or when it gets dark, whichever is earlier), and feature blockbuster classics suitable for the whole family.  Imagine seeing “Jaws” with Gloucester Harbor as a back drop, or “ET, the Extraterrestrial” in the moody dark of night!

The movies are free, and all are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, a blanket, or perhaps a picnic.  Local vendors will provide snacks for purchase.  Better yet, support our local restaurants by having dinner then walking down to enjoy the show.

North Shore 104.9 will provide pre-show entertainment, music and prizes beginning at 6 PM!

Ron Schrank joins Fly Amero this Wednesday @ The Rhumb Line. 8-11pm July 9, 2014


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This Week:
Prime Rib “French Dip”
w/choice of potato, $9.95!

Wednesday, July 9th
Special Guest: 
ron schrankIt gets better and better every time with Ron Schrank.
Straight ahead folk & blues all the way… no messin’ around!
~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prime Rib “French Dip”
w/choice of potato, $9.95!
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
Coming soon…
Julie Dougherty

Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  🙂 ~ Fly


Slip Sliding Away

The “lighthouse” at the end of the harbor breakwater on Bearskin Neck in Rockport has precariously tumbled away from its perch.  Even though I live right down the street and go by this often by boat, I’m not sure exactly when this happened.  Anyone?

I've fallen and can't get up
I’ve fallen and can’t get up




Following National Chocolate Day, July 8 annually celebrates National Chocolate with Almonds Day, also celebrated by many as National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day Filled with health benefits, this treat is a delicious combination that is loved by millions across the country.

Perhaps your favorite today would be a chocolate candy bar filled with almonds, a bag of chocolate covered almonds, chocolate brownies filled with chopped almonds or any of the many other combination that are available. Whichever option (or options) you choose, it is sure to be a delicious and enjoyable treat !

◦reduce the risk of heart attack
◦lower ‘bad’ cholesterol
◦protects artery walls from damage
◦help build strong bones and teeth
◦provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss
◦lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals
◦help provide good brain function
◦nourish the nervous system
◦alkalize the body

Following is a “tried and true” recipe for you to enjoy:


Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Chocolate with Almonds Day, an “unofficial” national holiday

Tourist – Shriner from Sarasota Florida visits Gloucester

Terrell (81) and Carol drove from Sarasota Florida on their Honda Motorcycle to visit a friend in Gloucester.

Terrell is/was a “Sahib” in the Shriner Organization.



Shrimp, Sausage & Sugar Snap Pea Spring Rolls w/ Habanero Garlic Scape Dipping Sauce




Shrimp, Sausage & Sugar Snap Pea Spring Rolls w/ Habanero Garlic Scape Dipping Sauce


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Community Photos 7/8/14

Good Foggy Morning from Janet Rice!

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Rockport Flaming Inferno

Hi Joey,

Another year, another inferno. I repeat myself, but this event is an under publicized gem that never fails to impress. I brought more friends this year from 

faraway, over-the-bridge towns, and they returned home with with stories to tell their families.  “The top of the pile was sixty feet tall.”  “The fire singed the lens of the Hubble Telescope.” True, of course, and I believe I saw Vulcan with his hammer, but I believe the real story lies in the community that has created this supremely playful night. 

My website photos:

Michael Miller

Rockport “From the Headlands” (1995)

Submitted By Nat Johnson

Tuesday July 8th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast …
Tue SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas around 2 ft. Patchy fog. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Tue Night SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt in the evening. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Patchy fog. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.

Pod Cast : Weather

Hourly Forecast :


Hot Outlook



Community Stuff 7/8/14

Meeting on Friday, July 11, 9-10:30 at Cape Ann Giclee, 20 Maplewood Ave, Gloucester

Hi Everyone,
The Cape Ann Painter and Photographer Group will meet on Friday , July 11 at Cape Ann Giclee, 20 Maplewood Ave from 9-10:30 AM. Thank you to James and Anna for graciously offering their space for our meetings!
Alice Gardner will lead a discussion on marketing your art. She recently returned from an art week with Robert Burridge in Greenville, New York. Robert and his wife Kate Burridge  teach marketing at art schools in California and have published a book on marketing and also a DVD. I will be using these very helpful materials as part of the discussion.
All are welcome!
Hope to see you. I think it will be a lively discussion.
Alice Gardner 

Good Afternoon

We would love to be able to have a press release to let folks know of the Summer Sailing Camps offered in conjunction with the City of Gloucester and the Cape Ann YMCA

Thank you for your consideration:

SAILING CAMP—Now until Aug 22 weekly sailing camps for ages 7+ including family options.  Fully certified and licensed, life jackets provided and sails from the Harbor Masters office at Harbor Loop. All experience levels welcome.

Give us call at 978 283-0470 or email inquires to

Rockport Council On Aging

Wednesday, July 9th, Senator’s Tarr’s representative will be at the Rockport Senior Center from 9-10:30AM.

Thursday, July 10th the VNA Nurse will be at the Rockport Senior Center from 9:30AM-12PM. She will check blood pressure and answer any health questions you may have.

Shine Counselor, Sefatia Romeo Theken will be at the Rockport Senior Center on Tuesday, July 15th from 1:30-3:30PM

Don’t be Scammed Presentation by The Elder Insider. Tuesday, July 22nd at 10AM at the Rockport Senior Center. Learn how to protect yourself and what to look for.

New Reservation Procedure at the Rockport Senior Center

We will be taking reservations for day trips and activities at the Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway on Tuesdays from 1:30-3:30PM and on Thursdays from 9:30-11:30AM. Payment is required when registering.


The Rockport Council on Aging’s day trip on the Spirit of Boston’s date has been changed to Thursday, August 21st.

Depart from the Rockport Depot at10AM and we will board the luxurious Spirit of Boston cruise ship for a two hour narrated cruise and enjoy a delicious meal, served buffet style. Sit back and enjoy the lively entertainment. After, we will go to Boston’s North End where you will have time to shop. Return home around 5PM. Sign up and payments are on Tuesdays from 1:30-3:30PM and Thursdays from 9:30-11:30AM

Rockport Senior Center will be traveling to Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA on Wednesday, August 13th. Bus and entrance fee are $25.00. Lunch will be on your own. Register at the Senior Center on Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30PM and Thursdays, 9:30-11:30AM.

September 24th: Lake Winnipesaukee Foliage Cruise  Sail from Weirs Beach aboard the 230-foot M/S Mount Washington as you cruise the famous lake. Your narrated cruise will include a delicious buffet luncheon. After the cruise we  will visit the Moulton Farm Market where farm fresh vegetables, cakes, pies and more are available for purchase. Cost is $74.00 Registration and payment are on Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30PM and Thursdays, 9:30-11:30AM.

October 16th: Buddliner Tour  Enjoy the scenic ride to North Conway, NH. We will enjoy a delicious luncheon at The Mount Washington Hotel. After lunch you will enjoy a scenic Buddliner train ride from North Conway to Glen where you will go into the Cider Mill to enjoy a homemade cider donut and hot apple cider. Train ride is about 1 ½ hours roundtrip. Cost is $82.00 payable when registering on Tuesdays,1:30-3:30PM or Thursdays, 9:30-11:30AM.

North Shore Arts Association and Music at Eden’s Edge Collaborate to Present:

“A Really Open Rehearsal!” at NSAA on July 9th, 3 – 5 pm. 
Rehearsal Open and Free to the Public

    Music at Eden’s Edge invites you to an open rehearsal set in one of the North Shore Arts Association’s exquisite galleries surrounded by the work of its extraordinary artist members.
    During the rehearsal you are invited not only to paint as you absorb inspiration from the woodwind quintets of four French composers, but also to offer questions and comments as you interact with the musicians.  Maria Benotti, Artistic Director of Music at Eden’s Edge says,  “The Summer Concert Series brings together high musical art and engaged audience participation.” 
    This rehearsal is in preparation for MEE’s “Summer in a Parisian Garden” concert
at the NSAA on July 19th, at 8 p.m. for which you will need tickets. Check their website at   
    Come experience the joy of creating in the stimulating environment offered by the
combination of art and music at the North Shore Art Association.

    The North Shore Arts Association’s galleries are open, free to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m. 
    More information on all North Shore Arts Association events is available by visiting  their website at, and by email at, or by telephone 978 283-1857.

The North Shore Arts Association Artist Members Offering Three July Workshops:


“Pastels” in The Studio.  July 11th – July 13th, 10 am – 4 pm.  Well known artist instructor Shelley Eager says, “Let’s Shake Things Up!”  She will offer exercises that “will turn up the heat and inspire some creativity.”  This workshop will suggest and encourage participants to change the way they normally approach their work by changing color palettes and working looser and faster.  She says, “You will be amazed how new stimulation and challenges can change the flow of your creative juices.”  Come spend three days to see how far you can push your creative vision.  

“Pencil, Pastel and Acrylic” and The Plein Air Experience.  July 20th – July 22nd, 10 am – 4 pm.  Taught by noted artist Joy Buell, who for over 20 years has been taking plein air groups to Costa Rica and France, this workshop is for those who have never worked out of doors.  She encourages using mediums in colored pencil, pencil, pastel (both hard and soft) and acrylics.  Joy will advise about supplies, design and drawing in all these mediums.  She suggests bringing a portable chair for your comfort in painting outdoors. 
“Oil & Acrylic” in The Studio with Charles Gruppe.  July 25th – July 27th, 10 am – 4 pm.  Nationally recognized artist Charles Gruppe shares his own unique techniques when using a palette knife and brush in a rapid wet-on-wet approach with tonal colors.  Quick and exciting, the results are a combination of impressionistic-style loose painting , clean color and detail.  Gruppe will demonstrate each day, and provide daily individual assistance.  All skill levels are welcome.

    The North Shore Arts Association’s galleries are open, free to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m. 
    More information on all North Shore Arts Association events is available by visiting  their website at, and by email at, or by telephone 978 283-1857.