Gloucester’s Small Green Schooners (Did You Know It’s Schooner Festival weekend?)

There’s a little event you may have heard about that’s going down this weekend-


Check Out The Gloucester Schooner Festival Web Page For All The Info About The Schooner Race, The LobsterFest and The Parade Of Sails!!!!

Al Bezanson submits-

There are three size classes in the Gloucester Schooner Race and here are some entries  this year in the Small (under 45 ft class).  Sub-category “TOOGAG” meaning Traditional Out Of Gloucester And Green.


Bald Eagle, launched 1955, designed by Sam Crocker, built by Bud McIntosh in Dover, NH, owned by Judy Nast & Paul Cole


Green Dragon, started 1939, launched 1951, designed by Scotty Gannett, built by Chester Spear in Scituate, MA, owned by Al Bezanson


Sugarbabe, launched 1975, designed by Tom Colvin, built by Alan Vaites in Mattapoisett, MA, owned by Ed Boynton

(All photos by Al Bezanson)

Beth Van Duzer sends a doozy of a thank you and JAWS THIS WEDNESDAY HARBORWALK CINEMA

Cat Ryan submits-

Hi Joey,

Over 1000 people attended the Lego Movie Wednesday night. Gloucester Stage sponsored a fun one. Markouk sold out. Jaws is presented by Cape Ann TV. Great job Matt Coogan, Community Development, Carol Thistle, Mack and Zak; North Shore 104.9 team; Wenham Museum; and Rob Newton Cape Ann Community Cinema for the community through art.

Joey, but wait; there’s more. You and several GMG contributors, and other Gloucester residents, generously contributed content for the HarborWalk. Enjoy the feedback by a grateful mom who took time to write a memorable note to Mayor Kirk and the City.

Plus, photos from David Cox and a super cool lego prize from Cat Barbagallo.

From Carol Thistle, Senior Project Manager for the City, sharing a note from the City Website:

“I thought GMG readers would be interested to see this great thank you note that Mayor Kirk received from Beth van Duzer; her children won a HarborWalk Certificate at Wednesday night’s Lego Movie as part of the HarborWalk Summer Cinema Series. Many children participated in the HarborWalk challenge, and fourteen youth completed all story posts making them official “HarborWalk Explorers”.  In addition to the certificate all the kids received a HarborWalk goodie bag filled with prizes, including a special “Ten Pound Island” Lighthouse Lego designed by Cat Barbagallo. Bring in your completed sheets next week! Here’s the note

Greetings Mayor Kirk.
I just wanted to tell you what a joy it was to complete the Gloucester Harbor Walk. My friend, Mary-Clare Dalzell, was born and raised in Gloucester. It was her idea to go to the outdoor movie where we heard about the Harbor Walk. My daughter, Lucy, has autism and Mary-Clare’s son, Lee, was born with some medical issues so we did drive the children around to the markers that were further off the beaten path. I just wanted to share with you some of our experiences.
We started off our search up at Stage Fort Park. We parked in the 20 minute parking area asked in the visitor center if they knew where the marker was. They either really didn’t know or did an amazing job at making us believe they didn’t know – either way they didn’t tell us where the marker was. We left the visitor center and roamed around a bit, looking near Tablet Rock and down by the water, but we were unsuccessful. As we returned to the visitor center Lee noticed the pillar, right at the end of the visitor center’s drive. Two of the children were instantly exuberant as they each made their rubbings and we happily returned to the car, followed by a police officer. Apparently, we were close to the 20 minute time limit and were really, really close to getting a ticket. The officer was very nice and probably got a chuckle out of our antics and, most importantly, we didn’t get a ticket.
We moved on to the markers down the road where, I must say, we found lots of parking. Some of it was only 15 minute parking but that was enough for our clown car adventure of having the children and parents jump out of a minivan, run down to a marker, make the rubbing – try to make the children read a bit about the marker – and jump back into the car for the next marker. Whilst on the walk Mary-Clare found a photo of her Grandfather and Lee took a selfie with the photo. Lucy found a boat named Lucy and took a photo with it. Lola took time to stop and smell the flowers at the memorial garden.
The best part for the children was when they found the markers all together along Rogers St. Each child (yes, even the two 12-year-olds) delighted in running to be the first to claim a rubbing. From this Harbor Walk my children and I saw parts of Gloucester we had never seen before and I found out where to park – which is almost everywhere. Lucy, Lola (my other daughter), and Lee had a grand time. Mary-Clare and I probably had more fun than the kids, by the end of the day they were a little cranky since our mission was to complete the Harbor Walk in one day, which we did. I homeschool my girls. We are studying Medieval History this year, and I already told them we will revisit Hammond Castle and the Joan of Arc statue when we reach that point in our curriculum.
As Mayor you probably receive a lot of complaints. I just wanted to make sure you knew how much fun we had. It was fabulous that our children were able to meet you last night and all the children were ecstatic with their prize bags. Lucy has already announced that she will be displaying the Ten Pound Island Lego lighthouse in her room. Lola can’t wait to show up for the Jaws movie in her Gloucester Harbor Walk t-shirt and hat. Thanks again to the City of Gloucester for creating an adventure that anybody can take part in. Thank your for posing with photos with the children and rewarding them for completing the walk. It was definitely one of the highlights of this summer.
Best regards,
Beth van Duzer”

Crimson-eyed Rose Mallow

Niles Pond Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014
Niles Pond ~ Rose Mallow Natural Habitat

GMG FOB Allen Sloane writes with the subject line White, Floppy, and Big:

It was a pleasure to meet and talk with you on Saturday.

Thanks for all the info on poke weeds. My dog doesn’t seem to have any interest in the berries so some day I’ll get around to removing it.

Last night I went to look at it and right next to it is this plant which has decided to blossom. I have seen a couple of other plants in the neighborhood so I don’t know if they are from seed or it is a cultural decision to grow them. Be my guest if you want to answer via your daily post.

Above photo courtesy Allen Sloane

Hi Allen,

The gorgeous flower in the photo that you sent is the North American native Hibiscus moscheutos, also known by many common names, including rose mallow, swamp mallow, eastern rosemallow, and crimson-eyed rose mallow. Crimson-eyed rose mallow blooms in shades of pure white to cheery pink and deepest rose red.

To answer your question, the seeds are dispersed by birds, and they are also readily available in nurseries. Locally, Wolf Hill always has a lovely selection. I plant rose mallows widely in my client’s native plants gardens as well as in Arts and Crafts period gardens because they are beautiful, easily tended, and are a terrific source of nectar for ruby-throated hummingbirds. H. moscheutos grow beautifully along marsh edges as well as in gardens. There’s a sweet patch growing at Niles Pond, and I am sure we would see many more if phragmites weren’t supplanting all our marsh wildflowers.

We planted a patch at the HarborWalk, but sadly they were stolen. Next year I am hoping we can replace the lost plants!

Rose Mallow Marsh Mallow ©Kim Smith 2013Rose Mallow Growing at Niles Pond

The following is an excerpt from an article that I wrote awhile back, titled “Growing Native:”

“…Throughout the American Arts and Crafts movement, and well into the 1930’s, home and garden magazines, among the most influential sources of ideas for the homeowner, espoused the use of native plants in the landscape. Perhaps the most notable was Gustav Stickley’s The Craftsman, which was published for fifteen years, beginning in 1901. Stickley revered the North American white oak (Quercus alba), admiring it for its majestic role in the eastern forest and for its unique strength and figuring of the wood for furniture making. A sense of connectedness to nature is at the heart of the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement and the popular writing of the era reflects how to create this relationship.

I am reminded of a lovely and memorable cover of Country Living for the September 1905 issue featuring a drift of rose mallows (Hibiscus moscheutos), which resemble and are closely related to hollyhocks (Alcea rosea). Both are members of the Malvaceae or Mallow Family. Hibiscus moscheutos are commonly referred to as crimson-eyed rose mallow and also marsh mallow, because the roots were used to make marshmallows. Rose mallows are a practical and economical native perennial as they reliably return year after year, unlike hollyhocks, although charming and beautiful, are short-lived (with the exception of Alcea rugosa). Rose mallows bloom in shades of pale pink to deeper rosey pink, from July through the first frost. Although found growing in marshy areas along stream and river banks, rose mallows will flourish in the garden when provided with rich moist soil and planted in a sunny location. New growth is slow to emerge in the spring. When cutting back the expired stalks after the first hard frost of autumn, leave a bit of the woody stalk to mark its spot for the following year. The leavesof Hibiscus moscheutos are a host plant for the Gray Hairstreak butterfly and the flowers provide nectar for Ruby-throated hummingbirds.”

Crimson-eyed Rose mallow ©Kim Smith 2010Crimson-eyed Rose Mallow

Final Weekend – Cape Ann Ceramics Festival

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“Final weekend of the Cape Ann Ceramics Festival. Contemplation: Fine Ceramics from Cape Ann and Beyond continues through Monday, September 1. This weekend join us for the Art of the Possible: All Clay Inclusive also at the Cultural Center. Opening Friday 8/29, 5-8PM with live music and great food, continuing Saturday 8/30 and Sunday 8/31 from 10-6PM. Hope to see you there.”

Progress, Recall, and Relax

Progress continues on the Birdseye Building, as now we can see the inside, as the walls crumble.  Paul Nicastro recalls his grandmother’s house being on the site, along with twenty plus houses before Birdseye.  Beach goer relaxes on Pavilion Beach.



Fly Amero J.B. Amero and Dave Mattacks join the Blues Party with Dave Sag’s @ The Rhumb Line. Thursday night 8:30-11:30 8.28.2014

Dave Sag's
Dave Sag’s


Well, it’s the big one this week, what with Labor Day and all, so, let’s get going!
For a real treat, c’mon down to the Rhumb Line this Thursday for a rare appearance of the Fabulous Flying Amero Brothers . That’s right; both Fly and J.B. will be whooping it up with me onstage, playing all your favorite Country and R&B toons! Moreover, Mr. Dave Mattacks will  be joining us. It’s going to be awesome! Be there or be square! Hours 8:30 to 11:30.


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This Wednesday Guest Host: BRADLEY ROYDS!! @ The Rhumb Line. 8-11pm

Wednesday, August 27th

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10 people, 10,000 people… he performs the same. Bradley
Royds fills in for me as host this week at the Rhumb. Great
stuff! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Awesome food prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
Bill Gleason


JB Amero


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


Back To School: Then and Now

A great friend from High School shared this with me last night and it made me laugh.  As it is so timely (and funny) I thought it was totally worth sharing with you all.  As a child of the 70s and a harried mom of two young boys…plus a Montessori Elementary Teacher….I can SOOOO relate.

Many of my back to school memories from the 70s indeed include several of the things that are mentioned (god, I loved those thermoses)…and, between you and me, I see a bit of myself in the “today” routine also. 🙂

Back in the 70s and early 80s much of my back-to-school shopping was done at Hill’s in Ipswich and included a trip to Pennyworth’s across the street (was that the name?).

Some of my must-haves from waaaay back then you may ask?

Happy Back-to-School!


Coconut Wishes Everyone A Belated ” Happy National 2014 Dog Day”




Late last night after noticing lots of doggie photos posted on FaceBook throughout the day, I learned that people were posting their beloved canines photos in celebration of 2014″National Dog Day.” Of course I immediately jumped on board and posted this photo of my beloved Coconut!

Today Coconut & I wish all our GMG Canine Friends a Happy Belated National Dog Day! Woof!

Eating Lobsters At The Gloucester Schooner Festival Lobster Bake This Saturday= Good / Getting Eaten By A Shark In Cape Cod = Bad

Don’t get eaten by a shark this weekend in Cape Cod.  Come enjoy the beauty and tradition of Gloucester’s Schooner Festival and Eat Some Lobster!  Schedule of Events Here





Not Good



Wednesday August 27th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather…

Marine Forecast :
Today SW winds around 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A chance of showers and tstms this afternoon.
Tonight SW winds 5 to 10 kt…becoming NW after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.

Beach Forecast :
Water Temps 69°
Air Temps 84°
Dew points 66-71°
Mostly Sunny with chance late Storms after 5pm …

Pod Cast weather :

Hourly Forecast :



Community Stuff 8/27/14


The Book Starring pete Mondello

Hi Joey
Just a reminder–“Caught Dead Handed” will be in stores (Barnes and Noble, Target, Walmart, Book a Million, etc.) beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 2 (online too at Amazon and Barnes and Noble and Kensington.
Cape Ann folks will enjoy reading about Salem and witches and ghosts and all that good stuff, but especially because the hero happens to
have the same name as the author’s favorite son-in-law. Here’s a picture of the cover.

Carol J. Perry

Carol Perry, Gulfportcaught dead handed cover

For seventh year BankGloucester will donate
to the community! This time they’re giving more money than ever before to even more organizations!

BankGloucester is very pleased to announce that they once again will be offering their very popular “Banking For the Community” progam. Over the past six years BankGloucester has given $90,000 to non-profit and community organizations through their “Banking for the Community” Program. 

Over the past six years they have donated at total of $15,000 to 15 organizations. This year they will award – a combined total of $20,000 to nineteen organizations. As always, voters decide how the funds are allocated.  The organization with the most votes will receive $5,000. The organizations receiving the second and third most votes will receive $3,000 each. The organizations with the fourth and fifth most votes will receive $1,000 each and 14 other organizations (with the next highest number of votes) will receive $500 each. This year, all voting will take place through the Bank’s website.

Voting began at 8:00 am on Monday, August 25, 2014 on BankGloucester’s website:  One entry per person/email address – you may vote for up to three organizations. Voting ends on September 30, 2014. Winners in this years’ program will be announced at a “Winners Reception” at the Bank on Tuesday, October 7th at 5:00 pm.

“BankGloucester, prides itself on giving back to the community and our “Banking For The Community” program is one way we do that. We are delighted to be able to support local non-profit organizations and community causes” states BankGloucester President and CEO, Patrick Thorpe.

The following organizations are included on this years’ ballot:  Action Inc., Addison Gilbert Hospital Citizens Fund, Art Haven, The Brain Candy Project, Cape Ann Animal Aid, Cape Ann YMCA, Care Dimensions (formerly Hospice NS & Greater Boston), The Educational Foundation for Rockport, Essex Historical Society, Gloucester Education Foundation, The Gloucester Fund, Healing Abuse/Working for Change (HAWC), Manchester Essex Education Fund, Natl. Assoc. for Mental Illness – Cape Ann (NAMI),  Old Farm Rockport, Open Door Food Pantry, Rocky Neck Cultural Centers, Rose Baker Senior Center.  There is also a space where voters may write-in an organization of their own choice. Information about the organizations is available on the Bank’s website and in the Bank’s lobby located at 160 Main Street in Gloucester.


Photographer Dan Hendrickson will be having a show at the Pleasant Street Tea Company on Saturday, August 30 from 5:30 – 8:30 and Sunday, August 31 from 5:30 – 8:30.  He will be there to talk about his photography including many Cape Ann landscapes. Dan was the first of many artists to show their work on the walls of the Pleasant Street Tea Company and he is happy to be returning there for this show. All are welcome to stop in.

Dan is a Cape Ann native who began taking photographs in the early 70’s with a Polaroid camera that he got for Christmas as a child. In addition to taking photos of family and friends, this also marked the beginning of Dan’s lifelong passion for capturing Cape Ann’s natural beauty in photographs. Quickly seeing the limitations of the Polaroid, he saved up and bought a Pentax K1000 camera which he used for his photography until switching to digital around 2004.

Among Dan’s favorite subjects to photograph are Cape Ann and Bar Harbor landscapes, including sunrises, sunsets, and reflections in water bodies. He has taken many photos of the Cape Ann Tool Company and Motif 1. He also enjoys photographing birds of all types and has an extensive collection of hummingbird photographs which show his great patience in capturing the moment.

Dan has previously shown his photography on the North Shore, including in Salem. He was the first artist to have his photographs hung on the walls of the Pleasant Street Tea Company when they opened. That began a tradition there of many other artists showing their art for all to enjoy. Dan is especially happy to be returning to the Tea Company for this show.


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Hi Joey –

I hope you can share this announcement.  The first sessions of each class are scheduled to begin on September 3.
Folks can get in touch with me, Rose Sheehan, at, at 978-879-6826, or on Facebook at

“Sing through the Seasons”, a new program by Rose Sheehan of Folk Life Studio, is now enrolling for the autumn. Focused on seasonal folk and traditional songs, games, chants and rhymes, the current offerings include Wednesday morning classes for young children birth through five years with an adult caregiver, and a Wednesday after-school folk songs and games class for children entering grades one through five. The after-school program includes an option to participate in a public performance. All classes meet at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church Street, Gloucester, MA.


Rose Sheehan, Folk Life Studio

Autumn Session Flyer SECOND

Dory Racing Lunenburg
Young US Team returns defeated but hopeful to beat Canada in June

After a relaxing trip and some PR work aboard the Nova Star, team USA supported team Canada in an historic Stamp launch depicting dory rowers, newly built dory dedication with rum salute, a parade through the streets of Lunenburg on race day, and the 62nd annual dory races.  With inexperience taking it’s toll on the young US teams of Tyler Edmonds/Thomas Beaton (Juniors), Lindsey Rogers/Amanda Palazzola (Women), Donny Favaloro/Alex Thomas (Over 50) and Dylan/Clayton Morrissey (Seniors), the Canadians were able to win all divisions on their home harbor.  “Team Krazy” Elin DiAngelo/Mike “Gappa” Frontiera rowed hard and straight but were also bested in a rematch with 2013 opponents.  All of our young teams have made amazing progress in a short period of training which is very encouraging for future racing events.  Congrats to rowers and thank you to all rowers and supporters who made this trip possible!

Team USA promoting the races like never before in the picturesque town of Lunenburg, NS.

Luxurious accommodations provided by Nova Star Cruises transporting rowers to Canada.

Labor day weekend and Fireworks Cruise On The Beauport Princess


Wednesday, August 27
Luncheon Buffet Cruise!

Enjoy a lovely afternoon with a buffet of chicken piccata, baked haddock and much more while cruising the harbor in style! Music from our favorite DJ, Scottie Mac makes for a fun afternoon! $39adults/ $19 children. 11:00am-2:00pm

Wednesday, August 27
Sunset dinner cruise!

Enjoy a sunset dinner cruise, a wonderful buffet of carved prime rib, baked haddock and much more. All this and live music from rising star AJ Edwards! $49 adults/$24 children. 6:00-9:00pm

Thursday, August 28
Lobster/Clambake Luncheon!

Enjoy fresh steamed lobsters, fresh clams, baked haddock, corn on the cob and more! All this plus a lovely harbor cruise and music from our favorite DJ, Scottie Mac! $44adults/ $22 children. 11:00am-2:00pm

Thursday, August 28
Sunset dinner cruise!

Join us for a sunset dinner cruise, a fabulous buffet of carved prime rib, baked haddock and much more, and live music! $39 adults/$20 children. 6:00-9:00pm

Friday, August 29
Schooner Festival Cruise!

Enjoy sailing with the schooners in style on a delightful sunset cruise! Price includes a great buffet with carved prime rib, baked haddock and more, plus music from High Society! 7:00-10:00pm. $49adults/ $24 children.

Saturday, August 30
Labor Day Weekend Lobster/Clambake Cruise!

Enjoy fresh steamed lobsters, fresh clams, baked haddock and much more! Add a harbor cruise and music for a fun afternoon! $44adults/ $22children.


Saturday, August 30

Fireworks Cruise!!

Watch the fireworks over Gloucester Harbor with the best view!! Enjoy a great buffet of carved prime rib baked haddock and more. Music from Mari Martin band, and a harbor cruise! Dance the night away

$54 adults/$27 children. 8:00-11:00pm.

Live Band

Sunday, August 31

Jazz Brunch!

Enjoy live jazz, a wonderful brunch buffet and a harbor cruise! It’s a perfect way to spend a Sunday! $45 adults/$22 children. 11:00am-2:00pm

Sunday, August 31
Dance Cruise!

Live music, a carribean style buffet and a sunset cruise around the harbor! Bring your friends and dance the night away!

$49adults/$24 children. 6:00-9:00pm

Monday, September 1

Labor Day Luncheon Cruise!

Say goodbye to summer in style! Join us for a delightful lunch buffet cruise with music from our favorite DJ, Scottie Mac and a harbor cruise. 1:00-4:00pm. $39 adults/ $20 children.