Community Photos 9/18/14

Last Day Standing 9/17/2014 – photos from Anthony Marks


Twilight Show On Wonson Cove

Hi Joey,

Twilight in the cove was incredible on Tuesday night!

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


Sunday sail on the Thomas E. Lannon

Matt Cegelis

Rapha Super Cross Gloucester and The Hive to Host Photo Exhibition

Rapha Super Cross Gloucester and the Hive to Host Photo Exhibition


For two days a year, the beauty of Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park serves as the backdrop for one of the biggest cyclocross races in the US. The historic race is also a stop on the global tour of the Rapha Super Cross Series, spanning Japan to England, Australia to the US.

Ben Ingham’s Theatres of Cross: Exhibition explores the essence of Gloucester’s character – and the character of the other stunning race locations around the world – during those other 363 days. This seaside town’s long history and understated beauty feature prominently in this photo exhibition as it travels to Manchester, New York, San Francisco, and Gloucester’s own art space, The Hive.

The opening reception from 7-9 pm on September 25 will feature light refreshments. The exhibition will remain on view through Friday and Saturday, coinciding with racing events at Rapha Super Cross Gloucester.

Theatres of Cross: Exhibition

Ben Ingham

The Hive

11 Pleasant Street

Gloucester, MA

Opening Reception: Sept 25

On view Sept 25-27

Rapha Super Cross Gloucester

Stage Fort Park

Sept 27 + 28

Gloucester Writers Center and the RAPHA SUPER CROSS GLOUCESTER sponsor presentation by author Lorenz J. Finison on “Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880-1900.

September 27th, 2014, 7:30 PM

Cultural Center of Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester

There will be a presentation and book signing by Lorenz J. Finison, founding member of Cycling through History and author of Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880-1900 on Saturday evening at 7:30 at the Cultural Center of Rocky Neck. The event will follow the Pro Cyclocross Race held Saturday at Stage Fort Park. Finison explores the rise of Boston Cycling through the lives of several participants, including Kittie Knox, a bi-racial twenty year-old seamstress: Mary Sargent Hopkins, publisher of the Wheelwoman; and Abbot Bassett, a vocal cycling advocate for forty years. Finison reveals the challenges facing these riders in a time of segregation, increased immigration, and debates about the rights of women.

Fro 1877 to 1896, the popularity of bicycles increased exponentially, and Boston was in on it from the start. The Boston Bicycle Club was the first in the nation and the city’s cyclists formed the nucleus of a new national organization the League of American Wheelmen. Massachusetts had the largest per capital membership in the league in the 1890s and the largest percentage of women members.

There will be a suggested donation of $10.00,. $5.00 for students with proceeds benefitting GWC community education programs. As always at GWC events no one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more information go to


Brothers Brew Rockport  Laura© 2014 Kim Smith. .

After the chill of early morning filming, my favorite place to stop along the way home is Brothers Brew. The coffee is really, really good–smooth, flavorful, never bitter, and always super fresh (even the decaf). Their housemade doughnuts, TO-DIE-FOR!

Brothers Brew Donuts Rockport © 2014 Kim Smith. .Brothers Brew’s current seasonal selection of delicious donuts includes apple cider and pumpkin glaze.

Brothers Brew Rockport -2 ©2014 Kim Smith. .Morning Mecca!

Brothers Brew Rockport © 2014 Kim Smith.Terry Bracket Brothers Brew Rockport © 2014 Kim Smith. .Laura, left, and Terry Brackett, Donut-Maker Extraordinaire!

Kathleen Archer’s New Show: Geology!

Looks Beautiful Kathleen!


Kathleen Gerdon Archer’s show GEOLOGY opens with a reception at The Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, Ma. on Sunday, September 21 from 2-4pm.The show runs from September 20- November 2. 

Additional information at 781.631.2608
The artist will also participate in a panel discussion regarding photographic composition on October 2nd at 7:00.

Open Letter To Fred Bodin

First, please read this GMG post of April 30, 2013.

“Where Is This?”

Now, the following open Letter to Fred will make sense.

Dear Fred,

Barbara and I took a walk today to Wingaersheek Beach. As we walked past the auxilliary parking lot on the right (before the main entrance) I realized that if I could see through the trees on the far side of the parking lot, the view would approximate that seen in the photo that accompanied the one of the huge round boulder we have been searching for.

When I got home, I went to Google Earth and found what might be the escarpment described in the letter that mentions the old photos and says that the picture was taken “from in front of the boulder at the edge of the cliff.”

If that is the cliff, our mystery boulder should be in the dense trees and foliage just to the west of the red circled structure (the “cliff?”) in the screen shot of the Google Earth image and just east of the small parking lot.

One more reason for you to keep on keepin’ on so we can find Moby Rock together.


G earth



Ready for A Ride Rubber Duck?

Buckle Up RD, ransom demands have not been met and there are a couple kiddynappers that are none too happy about that.

Is There A Solution?

mug up and RD hostage taking end

Come to Mup Up on Saturday at 9:30 at YUPO Gallery and Khan Studio & the GMG Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave. to witness the solution to the Rubber Duck Hostage taking drama. The hostage takers have promised to return RD to Paul this weekend – let’s see if they are good to their word. Always fun, always good coffee, food, GMG peeps, fobs and passersby that we drag in to join us. The end is very near.

Big Block Party Bash Celebrates End of Summer

Even after dark, the street is packed. Here is my neighbor Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant. Always busy and always tasty. All the restaurants serve late.

SATURDAY from 6-11, this year’s final Block Party features a stellar mix of entertainment, including The GHS Docksiders Big Band, a quintet of Boston jazz maestros and a variety of other talent on five outdoor stages PLUS The Brass Fed Horns (featuring Carlos Menezes, Jr., the hardest working musician on Cape Ann) roaming Main Street with Gloucester’s version of Little Italy at the West End (from THE CAVE to Washington).


See the Entertainment SCHEDULE BY STAGE HERE


Participating Restaurants & Merchants here.

Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line to Host Ricky “King” Russell along with Ed Scheer and Mario Perrett…Put on your dancing shoes! 8:30pm-11:30pm

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We’re opening up the bomb bay this Thursday, to welcome back those spirited jokesters who may inflict moderate to severe Blooz damage to your soul. I’m talking about that fabulous glottal gurgler (and drummambulator) Mr. Edd Scheer. He’s draggin’ in his musical buddies, Mr. Ricky “King” Russell , on Qatar and vogelsang, and the modishly-styled cutie-pie of tenor sax,Mr. Mario Perrett. Everybody sings,sometimes together and in tune, and everybody gets a turn to embarrass himself and/or make bad jokes. Something to see. Czech it out.


And then, on Saturday, why not grab some extra chewing gum, lube up with Hai Karate® and join “Madhouse” for some fun and alcoholic madness at Captain Carlo’s. John Keegan© and his voracious ants are ready to crawl up your leg once again and make you dizzy on the dance floor. Come celebrate the end of summer(???)!
And don’t forget: for those of you in the prune juice and Cheez-Whiz® crowd, there’s always a great free show with the Good Old Salty Jazz Band this coming Monday at The Rose Baker Senior Center. From 1 to 3 these kats wail the greatest old toons in the world! It’s a national treasure! Shame on you for ignoring it!

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40 Railroad Ave
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
Phone (978) 283-9732

Forced Family Fun Fall Farm Tour

The last official day of summer marks the date for what we consider to be one of our favorite fall events. And when I say “we” I really just mean myself and the boys, because my husband isn’t necessarily fond of being on tour for the entire fall season. But, he does it….so, brownie points there.  This year’s Family Farm Day at Appleton Farm in Ipswich is happening on Sunday, September 21st from 10-3…oddly enough it may reach into the 80s.  Sadly, the Schraffts will most likely be no-shows this year due to an 11:30 hockey game…go figure.  But, you should all go!

Check out the Event

Our fall days at an assortment of farms continue to be some of my favorite memories with the boys. We are, and always will be, “summer people” but, that having been said, there is something about the crisp weather, the pick-your-own abundance of super yummy fruit, the music, the changing leaves….the cider donuts, etc. that gives me super warm fuzzies.  I am a stickler for tradition and there is something sentimental about the annual trip to each place that makes me happy.  I love seeing how much the boys have grown from autumn to autumn and see what parts of each farm draw them in each season.  My boys have also always been a bit obsessed with farm animals.  There are no fewer than 50 goats, cows, and pigs that could tell you tales about a Schrafft boy’s finger being shoved into places they don’t belong.  Primarily noses….but, there was that one time….   Bygones.

This year our Farm Tour will take a significant hit due to conflicting hockey schedules, but, we still have a few “must do” romps that I’m not willing to skip. Our favorite farm of all is Applecrest Farm in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. First of all, I kind of like that it is a bit of a drive.  A little known secret is that I’m a wicked Sunday driver. Again, my husband may disagree that the ride is a bonus, and…if I’m being honest here…it did lead to quite a marital tiff one year. The words “remind me again what exactly is wrong with the apples that are 20 minutes away from home?” were uttered in traffic on the way home….and we may or may not have missed the first quarter of the Patriots game.  I digress. Applecrest is a fantastic destination and if you take the back roads, the drive is stunningly gorgeous.  If you check out their event calendar you may get lucky enough to catch their super cute “Story Book Hayrides” that are put on by the drama students of a local high school to help pay for their annual school trip. They also host car shows, a field plowing day, and other events in addition to the already excellent activities that can easily fill a whole day.  I’m a giant fan of the petting farm (small barnyard animals, peeps….seriously) and the excellent blue grass music.  The good eats don’t hurt either!  There’s also some good shopping to be done in their barn.  We always come home with some classroom snacks for the boys and some sinful treats for the house.


We have lots of close runner-ups when it comes to local farms, but I’d rather hear yours!  So, with fall approaching, where do you and yours always head?  I’d really like to know!



Thursday September 18th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast :
Thu NW winds 5 to 10 kt…becoming N in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Thu Night N winds 5 to 10 kt…increasing to 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt after midnight. Seas 2 to 4 ft.

Pod Cast Weather :

Hourly Forecast :



Community Stuff 9/18/14

The Cave To Host Sicilian and Tuscan Wine Sampling For The Block Party-

On the cusp of the Sept. block party, and with Caffe Sicilia hosting a “Lil Italy”  fete in the west end, The Cave is hosting a free Italian wine & cheese tasting to complement the event. Thought I’d throw it out there. Sampling a Sicilian & Tuscan wine between 5-7. Hope to see you there.


Laura @ The Cave


Hi Joey,

I am helping the Lanesville Community Center with communications for its annual Lanesville Music Festival at the LCC next weekend, Sun. Sept 21st from 1pm-7:00pm.  I have attached a blurb & poster with the details – similar to last year – and would like to ask for your help including this event online in your posts/tweets for GoodMorningGloucester.  You helped post for us last year but I gave you a bit more notice.  So, whatever you have time to do this year again will be greatly appreciated by the LCC.

Thanks so much,

Osha Rose Saylor


The Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street in Gloucester, presents our 5th Annual Lanesville Music Festival on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 1:00 to 7:00 pm.

The Festival features 6 hours of great live music outdoors on the grounds from 1-7pm with some of the North Shore’s best musicians covering:  bluegrass, traditional and contemporary folk, Celtic, country and blues, classic rock, and reggae.  Here’s the line up:

1:00-1:30pm – Lisa Marie Blues Duo

1:45-2:15pm – Marblehead School of Music Ensemble

2:30-3:00pm – Tom Eaton & Pick 3

3:15-3:45pm – Orville Giddings

4:00-4:30pm – Quentin Callewaert & Ken Steiner

4:45-5:45pm – The Treehouse Charlatans

6:00-6:50pm – Alek Razdan & the A Train Orchestra

Great food and beverages will be sold by Smokin’ Jim’s BBQ with beer and wine on sale, as well as local crafts, health & wellness vendors,  and children’s activities.  Admission for the music festival is by donation.

Visit our website: for more information on the outdoor music lineup and times, as well as directions, parking information and our other upcoming events.


Mary Rose Vintage Design Sale

Hi Joey,
I would like to announce that Mary Rose Vintage Design located at 269
Main street Gloucester will be having a 20% off all stock sale
beginning Wed September 17.  We have some lovely up-cycled furniture,
linens, local soaps and assorted vintage finds priced to sell.  The
sale extends through the end of October.

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Thursday September 18th at 7:30

Vicki Lindsay speaks about her experience in Mexico working for

Math for Peace, Inc.

The Pigeon Cove Circle will hold its  monthly Pot Luck Dinner on Thursday, September 25th at 6:00 P.M. at the Pigeon Cove Circle, 6 Breakwater Avenue, Rockport, MA. All members and guests are welcome. Please bring a pot luck dish.

The Pigeon Cove Circle is a benevolent group which includes men and women throughout Cape Ann. The Circle holds fundraisers throughout the year to support the needs of the community  including a scholarship to a Cape Ann High School student, Day in Rockport for the Disabled Veterans, Families in Need just to mention a few. We are always accepting donations to benefit these causes.

We also rent out the Hall for functions at a reasonable price.  There is plenty of parking.


For More Information: Carolyn 978-546-7146

Function Hall Rental: Michelle 978-546-1195


Saturday, September 27th – 9am to 2pm at the Gloucester High School parking lot: Docksiders Electronics and Appliance Recycle Day Fundraiser. Help the environment, help the Docksiders, and clear out your storage space at once! Recycle electronics such as computers, scanners, flat panel monitors, copiers at $5 each; large appliances such as washers, dryers, stoves, microwaves, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, air conditioners, exercise equipment, lawn mowers, small engine items, snow blowers, lawn mowers, etc. at $10 each. CRT (glass) computer monitors $10; TVs $10-30. The following will be recycled for NO FEE: cables, keyboards, cell phones, car batteries, sewing machines, and bicycles. Please contact Dennis Wood at 508-277-7513 or with any questions.

Scientists Speak about “Sea Level Rise” to a packed house




IMG_5582Burdick_spkrDr. David Burdick and Dr. Paul Kirshen talk about the rise of sea levels, sponsored at the Elks of Gloucester by The Friends of Good Harbor (FOGH)







Taped so be sure to watch the whole session on Cape Ann TV.