Phi Kappa Sigma Doing It Big For Rush week Per Usual!

It’s the first week of September and that means the Boys From Phi Kappa Sigma Are Back For Their Rush Week Lobsters

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Past Years-

Posted on September 3, 2013

Its gotta be a dozen or more years running the men from Phi Kappa Sigma come down to Captain Joe’s for Rush week lobsters.

Tradition. Gotta love it!
If you’re a prospective pledge and you don’t go with PHI KAPPA SIGMA you really need to reevaluate your whole college existence.
Just drop out and become a garbage man already because you’re not college material.
Here they are back in 2008-

Rush Phi Kappa Sigma At MIT!

The boys from Phi Kappa Sigma at MIT come every year for rush week to pick up a ton of lobsters to serve prospective rushees.

I thought MIT was primarily an engineering school but apparently they have their marketing down pretty good too!

Friends Of The Library

Dear Joey,

The Friends of the Library is having a membership drive.  It would be great if you could mention it, or let us brag a little about what we do for everyone that uses the library.  Basically we use the membership dues and the Annual Book Sale income to do a whole bunch of “extra” things with a focus on things that make it better for the patrons.  I’ve listed some below and would be glad to talk to you if you have any questions.  Any publicity that might bring us new members would be great.  I’ll attach our form here (it’s at the library too) but people can join online just by going to the library website and the HOW DO I/JOIN THE FRIENDS section.  Thanks. 
Carol Kelly
For the Board of the Friends
–Pain in the neck finding a space and paying at a meter just to drop a book off?  The Friends have bought (and it will finally be in place soon) a drop box which you can use from your car. 
–In a hurry and there’s a line at the desk?  The Friends are buying  self-checkout systems for both the Adult and Children’s Rooms. 
— No longer able to get to the library because of age or illness?  Outreach includes home delivery of books and weekly read-alouds and book groups in the nursing homes, staffed and supported by the Friends.
–Museums too expensive but you want to take your kids?  The Friends pay every year for lots of museum passes….the cost of ONE visit to a museum would equal the cost of membership for the year!

— And just because it’s nice….we supply munchies and drinks for the Corporators meeting and the December holiday celebration. 

— Scholarship for a Gloucester resident for whom the library has been important.

— Books too expensive?  The Annual Book Sales offers cheap books AND raises money so we can donate money for new purchases.

— And ….welcoming kits for the youngest library card holders, data input of  genealogy material — soon to be posted online, response to any program request from the staff and much, much more.

–Our new Director has already got exciting new ideas and she WANTS the Friends to be involved and needs their support.


My daughter Liv’s new beau, Matt, took this very fun timelapse with the new phone app, HYPERLAPSE, while they were bike riding on Mount Pleasant Street.

Hyperlapse takes only a moment to install and you are instantly brought to the record screen. The phone can be held vertically or horizontally. After recording, you are given multiple choices by which to speed up the footage, from 1x to 12x and each can be previewed. After you’ve decided on the speed check the green checkmark. Your video will be automatically saved to your camera roll and you’ll have the option to share it on Facebook or Instagram

A note of caution-be careful how you save the footage. I took a terrific Hyperlapse at Captain Joes and it was unfortunately saved in real time. I am not sure how that happened and hope it was my error and not a kink in the app.


Breaking News: Jolie Holland to Play EP Lit House!

JH_LRT-1Hi Kim,

It’s official: ANTI-Records recording artist Jolie Holland is playing the Lit House on Thursday, September 11! Holland is warming up for her European tour with a brief living room tour that takes her from Gloucester to NYC. Tickets are available only through her website, where you can also get more information. That link is here:
This is a fantastic opportunity to see an artist who would usually play The Middle East, House of Blues, or The Sinclair. But this time she’s coming to the Lit House. She’ll be joined by her guitarist for this intimate, acoustic show. Pow!

Live Filiming On Atlantic Road of a German TV Mini Series


PrintIMG_1113Today the filming of a German TV Min series has been in full swing on the corner of Atlantic and Grapvine Road here on the scenic coastline of Gloucester’s Back Shore!  Camera and lighting crews report the movie being filmed today is based off a series of romantic novels written by best-selling German Author Katie Ffrode.  They also reported that many famous German actors and actresses staring in the mini series were on location today!  While I was taking photos I noticed everyone on set was speaking a foreign language.  That would probably explain the camera and lighting crews explanation of having a little bit of a langue barrier on set during their apology for not being able to provide  me with a list of the famous actors and actresses names. 


  Best-Selling German Romantic Novelist TV Mini Series Films on Gloucester back-shore!

Kaity fforde 2* Please Note~Above photo credit of Katie Fforde is from Katie Fforde Twitter Page  Click link below for more info on Best Selling German Author Katie Fforde


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Veteran foreign correspondent James Brooke, who spent the past eight years reporting from Moscow, will speak on the Ukraine crisis, the outlook for Russia under Vladimir Putin, and rising tensions with the United States at the first Cape Ann Forum of the 2014/2015 season. The event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. at Gloucester City Hall and is free and open to the public.

“The Kremlin’s strategy is to surround itself with weak and divided states,” wrote Brooke in a recent blogpost. “Ever wonder why there is no solution in sight for Moldova’s breakaway region of TransDniester Republic? For Georgia’s secessionist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia? For the Azeri-Armenian dispute over Nagorno Karabagh?

“Very simple: the EU and NATO will not accept as members countries with territorial disputes. So now, Ukraine joins the list of former Soviet republics kept weakened and on the defensive by Kremlin policy.

“Crimea exemplifies a zero sum view of the world that Russian foreign policy makers have adopted without much change from their Soviet predecessors. If you are up, I am down. If I am up, you are down.”

James Brooke, a native of the Berkshires, first visited Moscow as a correspondent for the New York Times in 1989. Over the following quarter century, he reported from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg, from the Arctic to the Caucasus.

In July, he wound up eight years in Moscow, first as Bloomberg Bureau Chief, then as Voice of America bureau chief for Russia and the former Soviet Union. Most recently, he reported from Kiev’s Maidan on the rise of Ukraine’s democracy movement and from Moscow on the Kremlin’s military response.

With the New York Times, he worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa, Latin America, Canada, Japan, North Korea, and South Korea. He studied Russian in college during the Brezhnev years, first visited Moscow as a reporter during the final months of Gorbachev, and then came back for reporting forays during the Yeltsin and early Putin years. In 2006, he moved to Moscow to report for Bloomberg. He joined VOA in Moscow in 2010.

He recently moved to Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital, to take over as editor-in-chief of The Cambodia Daily, a privately-owned newspaper printed in English and Khmer, with an editorial staff of 50. Educated at Yale, he speaks Russian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, and basic Japanese.

This is the Cape Ann Forum‘s 85th public lecture and discussion since the community-based nonprofit was launched after 9/11 to increase public understanding of international issues. The Forum is an all-volunteer organization funded entirely by donations from local supporters.

Other forums planned for the season will focus on global climate change, the continuing crisis in Haiti and the Israeli/Palestinian issue.

For more information, go to the Forum’s website at

Community Photos Tuesday After Schooner Festival weekend Edition 9/2/14

Plenty of close-up action at the Gloucester Schooner Festival Race this year. -Len Burgess


Annisquam Sunset, photos from Anthony Marks

The Adventure (plus the diminutive Lannon) in Gloucester Harbor From Nancy LeGendre

Some firework images from Saturday night including my traditional photo montage to mark the event. 

Cheers and Happy Labor Day, Judith

Thought you might enjoy these photos I took yesterday during the
schooner races at Eastern Point,  came up from Salem for the festival
and races and had a great time.
Rick Matthias

Homie Picture From Susan LaRosa

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Hi Joey,

The Parade of Sails and Schooner Race were magnificent as viewed from the Schooner Adventure.   We had a couple of Sea Scouts aboard helping with the lines and a great variety of past and present Adventure supporters.   Capt. Stefan Edick and crew did a magnificent job and were delighted with the 2nd place finish in such an esteemed field.   Here are a few of photos of our day.

Mary Barker

Yacht Sea Farer, photo from Anthony Marks




Good seeing you quickly today. If you would like feel free to use attached on Good Morning Gloucester. Attached pics taken 9/1/2014.

Eric Schwartz

Tuesday September 2nd , 2014 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast :
Tue S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 2 ft. Patchy fog. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Tue Night SW winds around 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Patchy fog. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.

Beach Forecast :
Water Temps 70° Degrees
UV Index 9 Very High Depending on if low clouds / fog hold off …
Air Temps 80°s Late Morning / Early afternoon Sea Breezes likely …
South Winds to South East Winds 5-15mph …

Pod Cast Weather :

Hourly Forecast :



Schooner Festival Up Close on the King Eider and Lady Jillian

Capt Steve and Capt Pete gave everyone an up close view of the schooners in the parade of Sails, and their trip to the starting Line. Photographers, Parents and children were thrilled to see the schooners in full sail up close. King Eider and Lady Jillian are operated by Cape Ann Harbor Tours.  See Slide Show below of all the happy faces.


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Community Stuff 9/2/14

Hello Joey,

For your consideration – would you mind adding this to GMG?  This is a group of young women artists whose work is at Earth’s Treasures on Bearskin Neck in Rockport.  They are having an end of summer gallery opening this Saturday at 6 PM.  Your help is greatly appreciated!

Thank you,


And thank you for GMG – it’s great!

~End of Summer~
Gallery Show

Save the date!
Saturday, August 30th
6 pm – 8 pm

Come celebrate the end of the Rockport summer season with us!
We’ve been working hard all year in our beautifully repainted space, and we’re looking forward to sharing our new art with you!  There will be work from several new artists, sparkling cider, and, of course, our fantastic company. 
Most importantly. . .there will be cheese.
~Amelia Leonards, Tessah Stanton, Laura Tejeda, Kate Tortland, Denise Walter~


The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club and Halibut Point State Park are hosting the final Star Party of the 2014 season on Friday September 5, from dusk to 10:30. If there are clouds we’ll try again on Saturday night. Come see close-up views of the moon, bright star clusters, planets and exploded stars in our telescopes. Park in the lot on Gott Avenue and walk up the hill to the Visitor Center. There’s no charge — it’s your sky too!

The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club meets on the second Friday of the month from 8:00-9:30 at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street, Lanesville. The public is warmly invited; no special knowledge or equipment is needed. More info on the club is available on our website at or on Facebook at You can also follow us on Twitter, @gaactweet.


Art New England Cover Story:

Gloucester Times Cover Story:

Artist response to a controversial element of the show:

This blog was posted on Facebook, as well as the artists blog – my response was:

Greg Lookerse – you are outstanding. An installation piece is meant to be provocative – stimulate thought – and invite a dialogue. This piece accomplished all objectives – it went from a still life form to a performance piece – and all who saw and know the story were moved – well done!


Hi Joey, Please post this notice for me, Virginia McKInnon

Gloucester Stroke Club meeting Wednesday, September 3rd 10:30 to 11:30 am

Addison Gilbert Hospital, Logan Room, 298 Washington St. Front door entrance.

Also handicapped accessible from Fisher Lobby and elevator to First Floor.

Please note change in date, day and time. Stroke Survivors and Caretakers are

encouraged to attend. All are welcome. Virginia McKinnon will be retiring  after over

25 years of leading the group with the late Cynthia Asaro. New leader will be

Eileen Consentrino, Stroke Program Manager of Gloucester and Beverly Hospitals

All are welcome to attend. Refreshments.

For more information please call Eileen at 978-922-3000 x 2235

Fall Pottery Classes
Now accepting registrations for the next session:
September 8 – November 1
Come Get Muddy!
Monday adult class: 9:00 a.m. -12:00
Tuesday adult class: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday adult class: 9:00 a.m. -12:00
Wednesday kid’s class: 3:30 –5:00
Thursday adult class: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday adult class:  9:00 a.m. -12:00

All levels of experience – beginners always welcome!
Wheel-throwing ~ Hand Building ~ Glazing
Private lessons ~ Independent Study Program ~ Retail Gallery

Cynthia Curtis Pottery
80 Pigeon Hill Street, Rockport,
To register, call 978 546 6186 or email: