If you like me, and you have been an iPhone adapter since day 1, your probably pretty bummed about the new iPhone 6+, and it’s mounting issues. So I found this gem of a test video, so you don’t have to go through the pain yourselves.

Is there a Galaxy in my future?  LG? What phone should I get??? I’M LOST!!!!

BUT WAIT!!! Let’s see if the GALAXY 3 bends as well shall we?!!

FOB’s From SC

pete and pam beardes

Had a very nice visit yesterday at the gallery with Pete and Pam Beardes who had just arrived in Gloucester from Charleston, SC. Pete is an avid GMG FOB who was stationed here with the Coast Guard from 1986-88, during which time he painted the Annisquam Lightkeeper’s house (among other things). Enjoy your stay Pete and Pam, and come back soon!

The Big, BIG STRUM interviews on North Shore 104.9’s “CURTAIN UP” This Sunday (Sept. 28) – 9am

imageFly Amero and Jon Butcher, sit in with Aurelia Nelson on her
acclaimed morning show, “Curtain Up” this Sunday at 9am to
discuss the upcoming Big, BIG STRUM event scheduled for
Saturday, October 4 at the Gloucester House, 63 Rogers Street,
Gloucester, MA. Amero and Butcher will be joined by Cliff
Goodwin (of Joe Cocker Band fame) via telephone. The three
frontline guitarists cover much ground in a short time, touching
on various aspects of their careers and reflecting on each other’s
history together – a history that very much includes fellow “Big
Strummer”, David Brown. For those living beyond radio signal’s
reach, simply go to the 104.9 site,
and click on “LISTEN LIVE” in the upper right corner for live
online streaming.

Fly Amero (Orleans) – gtr, voc
Cliff Goodwin (Joe Cocker) – gtr, voc
David Brown (Billy Joel, Simon & Garfunkel) – gtr, voc
Jon Butcher (Jon Butcher Axis) – gtr, voc
Mike Levesque (David Bowie) – drums
Wolf Ginandes (Al Kooper, Tracy Nelson) – bass



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September 20 BLOCK PARTY HarborWalk – Trails and Sails – Harbortown – Committee for the Arts

Cat Ryan submits-

Thanks to Ringo, MBT Electricians, Parsons Street was ready and lit as darkness fell.

Downtown Block Party overlapped with the first weekend of Essex National Heritage annual Trails and Sails (Sept 19-21 and 26-28). James Owen Calderwood, the artist who created FISH NET, was here to experience both events, help set up and answer questions.

There were hours of great LIVE and local music by the stage in front of Bank Gloucester. I’ll add the entertainer names and sponsors for that stage into the comments below. Parents dining al fresco at Ohana watched their kids engage at the YMCA kid town area. 4Square dominates, effectively trapping all kids. The YMCA staff is excellent!

We enjoyed working with Don and Francis of FABOLA and the guys from Surfside Subs. Throughout the Block Party, happy customers lined up for Surfside Subs pizza (the biggest slices ever!) and it was non-stop at Markouk’s booth with City Hall rising beyond. (The next morning, Markouk would be up and at it again for Appleton Farms.) 

FABOLA enlivened the sidewalk and parking space with mid-century modern “parklet” seating areas. A cozy chair and ottoman upholstered with a touch of Provence did not sell, but a trio of friends paused on FISH NET with their new modern lamp purchase.

I didn’t get to Smokin Jim’s Barbecue in the back garden by Dog Bar, nor Cape Ann Community Cinema to see Charade with Cary Grant, or the cheese tasting, or…well, there’s no way to get it all in. I did see the King, Fred Bodin! Congratulations to Judith Brackley, Valerie Markley, Lucinda, and others for their professionalism and attention to detail for these top notch street festivals.

Friday September 26th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather!

Marine Forecast :
Fri NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Fri Night E winds around 5 kt…becoming NW around 5 kt after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Pod Cast Weather :

Hourly Forecast :


Get ready for a RETURN TO SUMMER!! That’s Right 80’s This Weekend!!!
Maybe Sea Breezes at the Shores but why not go to the beach one last Time!
I’ll have a beach forecast Saturday AM.


Events in Magnolia this weekend

Two Events at the Magnolia Library & Community Center This Saturday, Sept.27 A Community Yard Sale opens at 9am. Need a break from shopping? A Medicinal Plant Walk with Iris a Weaver, a Trails & Sails Event, starts at the MLCC at 11:00, returning at 12:30. Learn about local fauna and enjoy the outdoors with Iris! The Yard Sale continues until 2pm. Make a day of it! The MLCC is at 1 Lexington Ave in the heart of Magnolia Village.

Community Stuff 9/26/14

The Second Weekend of Trails & Sails Begins Friday!

150+ free, fun, family-friendly adventures!
Enjoy a variety of FREE guided walks, sails, historical tours and other adventures for all ages, skill levels and interests during the second and final weekend of Trails & Sails 2014! It’s all free and it’s all located within Essex County.
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The Gloucester Health Department is sponsoring several flu vaccination clinics. The clinics are open to everyone. Please bring your insurance card if you have one. No co-pay is necessary.

September 30, 9:00am – 1:00pm at Rose Baker Center

October 2, 8:00am – 11:00am at Addison Gilbert Hospital

October 9, 3:00pm – 6:00pm at Bank Gloucester

Please call 978-282-8022 with any questions.

Thank you for your help in spreading the word.

Joanne Christopher
Principal Account Clerk
Gloucester Health Dept.

The Annisquam Village Church will be holding a Memorial Service in honor of

Edward L. Price III this Saturday, September 27 at 11 a.m.  A reception will follow 

in the Cove Room of the church. All wishing to pay their respects are welcome.

820 Washington Street in Gloucester (intersection of Rte 127N and Leonard Street)

Mr. Edward Price

seARTS Uncorked – The Art of Food & Wine Pairing!
2014 Fall Benefit to be Served Up on October 18
Art lovers and foodies to celebrate with wine, food and music
at Bass Rocks Golf Club to benefit the Cape Ann arts community
Gloucester, MA, September 22, 2014: seARTS will hold its 2014 Fall Benefit on October 18 at the Bass Rocks Golf Club, serving up an evening of wine, food and music — alongside Cape Ann art work — all to support the organization’s efforts on behalf of the region’s arts community.
seARTS Uncorked – The Art of Food & Wine Pairing! will feature a “wine pull” — each ticket to the fundraiser entitles guests to draw two corks and take home two bottles of select wine. In addition, guests that night will be treated to a sampling of food & wine pairings led by Kathleen Erickson of Savour Wine & Cheese. Kathleen holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, is a teacher and published author, and has 40 years’ experience in the food and beverage industry, working with Master Chef Rick Bayless and running her own catering service, Ambrosia. As a certified Court of Master Sommelier, Kathleen will present five unique wines that she highly recommends.
seARTS is particularly thrilled to welcome The MERJ, the eclectic, North Shore club cover band, as entertainment for the evening. Led by Roze Tyler-Malone’s electric fiddle, The MERJ performs a bracing mix of the loved and familiar with the new and different – classic rock, country rock, Irish rock, folk rock stirred into a danceable stew. The MERJ is known for the energy, passion and love of pop music that infuses the band.
Bass Rocks Golf Club, home of the seARTS Art Loan program since 2008, will host seARTS Uncorked. At 6:30PM, guests will be able to enjoy a docent tour of the Art@Bass Rocks exhibit with Law Hamilton, noted photographer and one of the show’s jurors. The evening also includes a raffle and art sale of hand-decorated wine bottles, glasses and more. Timothy S. Hopkins Catering will provide gourmet hors d’oeuvres for the wine and food pairing discussion at 7:45PM. The evening peaks with music by The MERJ.


Nick Holland Submits-

Link to an article on how Russia and Norway have successfully managed their Cod stocks.

Nicholas Holland

Members and friends of the Rockport Garden Club are invited to meet on October 6 at 12 p.m. for tea. This social gathering will be followed at 1:15 p.m. by a presentation on “The Pollinator Garden” by Kim Smith, a well-known Gloucester landscape designer, filmmaker, author, illustrator, photographer, and naturalist who documents the world around her in a wide variety of media. Through her landscape design firm, Kim Smith Designs, Kim specializes in creating butterfly and songbird habitat gardens in public spaces. She will present a slide show and lecture demonstrating how to create a welcoming haven for bees, birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Native plants and examples of organic and architectural features will be discussed in relation to their value to specific vertebrates and invertebrates.