Nights on the Neck – Thursday Night

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There have been a couple of changes on the schedule.  Daisy Nell & Capt. Stan got caught off guard by the hurricane and won’t be able to make it back to home port in time, so look for Ernie Pigeon at the Goetemann Gallery.  Clara Kebabian has a new job that won’t allow her to get up to Gloucester in time to play at Rocky Neck Gallery, so look for Pat Conlon and Fran Clark who play acoustic guitar, mandolin, harmonica and vocals bluegrass,blues and a mix of things.  They are a frequent act with Dan King at the Rhumbline and Mike Marker 1.

E.J. Lefavour


Check Out the Native Wildflowers at the HarborWalk Tonight Before the Outdoor Screening of Wizard of Oz

Bee Purple Prairie Clover Dalea purpurea Gloucester Harbor Walk Butterfly Gardens ©Kim Smith 2014. JPGPurple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea)

Yesterday afternoon and evening while weeding at the HarborWalk butterfly gardens I encountered a gorgeous male Summer Azure butterfly, lots of friendly Red Admirals, and myriad bees. If you are there at the HarborWalk tonight watching the The Wizard of Oz, stroll through the gardens and have a look at these beautiful native wildflowers in bloom today!Veronicastrum virginicum Bee Gloucester Harbor Walk Butterfly Gardens ©Kim Smith 2014

Veronicastrum virginicum

You may notice some bare spots in the garden, which will soon be filled! Hose spigots were just installed this week at the gardens and we now have an improved way to water!!!!! Up to this point, for the past several years, Lenny Linquata has graciously allowed the city to hook up hoses and fill watering cans at his restaurant spigot. Monarda didyma Bee Balm Gloucester Harbor Walk Butterfly Gardens ©Kim Smith 2014

Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)

See previous GMG posts for more information about Gloucester’s Summer Cinema:

Coming This Summer: Free Movie Night

Free Out Door Summer Cinema Series summer-cinema-free-movies Veronicastrum virginicum Gloucester Harbor Walk Butterfly Gardens ©Kim Smith 2014

Hellenium  Purple Prairie Clover Dalea Gloucester Harbor Walk Butterfly Gardens ©Kim Smith 2014JPGHelenium autumnale and Dalea purpurea make a cheery bee and butterfly attracting duo!

FREE Harbor Loop Concert Series Starts TOMORROW

This just in from Harbor Loop Concert Series organizer, Bradley Royds.  He says we’ll have the full summer lineup soon. What better way to kick off a summer of free outdoor music than with Mamadou & Jake! — Thanks, Bradley, for making this happen again this year!

Harbor Loop Concert Series 2014

(photo by Mamadou Diop)
Mamadou Diop

Summertime in Gloucester – its time for a party!

Thursday, July 10th marks the launch of the 41st Harbor Loop Concert Series. This is the perfect event for music-loving folks of all ages and the fun-loving musicians who enjoy playing for their hometown crowd.

Concert organizer Bradley Royds proclaims “The kick-off acts are sure to cause unbridled happy-feet and impulsive head-bobbing.” Jake Pardee will open at 6:30pm, and Mamadou will hit the stage from 7:45pm until 9:00pm.

Headliner, Mamadou, is well-known for whipping up original world-fusion rhythm and reggae based music. The band is comprised of a variety of well known Boston based musicians, featuring multiple percussion players and Pardee as lead guitarist. Royds adds “Jake is fantastic and he will knock it out of the park before Mamadou does the same.”

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Jake Pardee

Lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets and coolers are all welcome in the park. A variety of food and beverage vendors will be on-site. As the sun sets over Gloucester, come enjoy the music while overlooking the scenic-historic Inner Harbor from the hillside of Fitz Hugh Lane Park.

The Harbor Loop Concert Series is totally kid-friendly, and the park offers an environment that is safe for the whole family. Shows are every Thursday in July and August, 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Please go to for further information and for notice of cancellation in the event of rain.

What the Fluke

I will swim with a humpback whale some day.

It’s at the top of my bucket list for sure.

I actually planned a vacation to Costa Rica several years ago for the opportunity to swim with the whales in Drake Bay, but sadly, no whales were in the area during my stay.

I have, however, had the opportunity to swim with wild dolphins, sea turtles, sea lions, rays, black tip reef sharks, and manatees.  Each of those experiences are kind of sacred to me.  All are moments that I will never forget.

While swimming with wild marine life may not be everyone’s cup of tea, if you haven’t been on at least one amazing whale watch, you are missing out.  We are incredibly fortunate to have whales not far off our coast for a good part of the year.  I, all kidding aside, sometimes find myself laying awake at night thinking, “I wonder what the whales are doing right now?” Freak meter rating high, I realize, but true nonetheless.

So, today, knowing that the whales have been plentiful for the past several days, we went for a trip with Cape Ann Whale Watch.  How do I know they’ve been plentiful you may ask?  I follow their blog.

I had the opportunity to speak with both long time owners, Nick Danikas and Jim Douglass, in the parking lot prior to the trip.  Both are great guys who are pretty passionate about offering trips that leave guests with memories to last a lifetime.

Likewise, the crew and the naturalists are phenomenal and beyond highly educated on the matter of whales and sea life indigenous to our waters. Their enthusiasm was contagious.  Even the captain, John Karvelas, was excitedly pointing out bubble clouds as they formed on the surface of the water.  Bubble clouds are a method that whales use to trap krill and sand eels in a tight school so that they can emerge, mouths open, and swallow up a giant meal.

Today’s trip was nothing short of amazing.  To begin, we only had to head 11 miles off the Dog Bar Breakwater, which was a treat in itself.  After a short steam, we were literally surrounded by humpback whales.  I’ve been on many whale watches.  Both on local whale watching boats and on smaller private boats. Today’s trip was one for the record books.

Click Here for more information about Cape Ann Whale Watch

Hear are some of my favorite photos from today’s trip.


Burnham’s Field Renovation – VIDEO Update

Why is project manager Steve Winslow standing knee-deep in a trench in slacks and a button-down shirt? It’s “Trench Week!” Here’s your Burnham’s Field renovation project video update.

John McElhenny, Friends of Burnham’s Field

1976 Vintage Wicked Tuna- Janice Schrafft Catches 996Lb Bluefin (Her third of the day)

Janice Schrafft

996 lb Tuna


North Shore Sports Dock (Next To Beacon Marine)

3rd fish of the day and biggest….the only one they kept that day

The Fish was caught on Stellwagen



Wednesday July 9th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather…

Marine Forecast :
SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Patchy fog. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Wed Night S winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt… Becoming W 5 to 10 kt after midnight. Seas around 2 ft. Patchy fog. A chance of showers and tstms. Some tstms may produce gusty winds and heavy rainfall. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.

Pod Cast Weather :

Hourly Forecast :


Extended Forecast :



This weeks Guest on “Wicked Weather” My Bud Anthony Siciliano


Anthony is a Great Forecaster, Enthusiast , Weather is his Passion ! So glad to have him as my guest . Saturday Night 8pm don’t miss it !
Will talk , SPC warnings / East Coast storms / modeling / winter / and much much more !!!

Community Stuff 7/9/14


Gloucester Community Development Department Announces Expanded Social Media Program

The City of Gloucester’s Community Development Department has expanded its social media program under the unifying theme, “Gloucester 2.0.” The program, launched earlier this year on Facebook, Twitter and now via a blog on, will allow the City to share stories of residents, businesses, non-profit organizations, the working waterfront, innovation and much more directly with the community and key stakeholders.

“Gloucester’s story is rich and vibrant, which makes social media the ideal platform to exchange ideas, highlight the City’s  initiatives to foster innovation on the working waterfront and across the city as well as promote our lively arts and culture scene,” said  Tom Daniel, Community Development Director. “The administration is excited by this initiative and hopes that everybody in Gloucester who uses Facebook and Twitter will engage with our program.”

The Gloucester 2.0 Facebook page will highlight event information, digital images, news and conversation about the Community Development Department’s ongoing work. The Twitter account will provide brief updates regarding upcoming events, blog posts and community news. The Gloucester 2.0 Blog will provide comprehensive insight into important Gloucester developments, undertakings and issues. The Community Development Department is committed to ensuring that Gloucester 2.0 is an immersive, interactive experience that benefits residents and stakeholders by providing useful information about City initiatives.

Residents can engage in social media programs at the following addresses:

Facebook :  Search for Gloucester 2.0
Twitter: @GloucesterCD

About the City of Gloucester

America’s oldest seaport, the City of Gloucester is known throughout the world as an authentic, working waterfront community, a place of spectacular natural beauty, and home to a diverse population of about 30,000 residents. An important center for the fishing industry, Gloucester also is proud of its vibrant cultural life and rich art heritage as one of the premier art colonies in the United States. In addition, the city is a destination for thousands of visitors who visit the harbor and its beaches during the summertime. In recent years, Gloucester has been actively diversifying its traditional maritime economy, adding leading small research institutions such as the UMass Amherst Large Pelagics Research Laboratory and the Ocean Alliance to the array of local businesses and state and federal agencies working in the city. Recent advancements in Gloucester include new investments in marine robotics and new product development from the fishery.

Media Contact: Tom Daniel, Community Development Director, City of Gloucester,, 978-281-9781

Fire Department Promotions

Mayor Carolyn Kirk and Fire Chief Eric Smith are proud to announce the following promotions effective July 1st as part of the Fire Departments reorganization.

Deputy Chief Thomas Aiello promoted to Assistant Fire Chief
Firefighter Dan Kennedy promoted to Lieutenant 
Firefighter Jamie Santos promoted to Lieutenant 
Firefighter Thomas Sayess promoted to Lieutenant 
Firefighter Douglas MacArthur Jr. promoted to Lieutenant 
Firefighter Robert Rivas promoted to Lieutenant 
Firefighter Sean Ketchopulos promoted to Lieutenant 
Firefighter Dominic Barbagallo promoted to Lieutenant 

This is a great achievement and we want to celebrate their accomplishment and success as we all look to the future.

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