“CHASING ICE” captures largest glacier calving ever filmed – OFFICIAL VIDEO


On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski filmed a historic breakup at the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland. The calving event lasted for 75 minutes and the glacier retreated a full mile across a calving face three miles wide. The height of the ice is about 3,000 feet, 300-400 feet above water and the rest below water.

Chasing Ice won the award for Excellence in Cinematography at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and the Best Documentary from the International Press Association. It has won over 30 awards at festivals worldwide. Still playing in theaters worldwide.

Video: Hawk Attacks Drone

If the weather cooperates we are going to be filming with a drone all around the shoreline of Eastern Point this coming week, capturing Cape Ann from the perspective of a Monarch butterfly’s migratory path.

With so many seen along our local beaches, I hope a hawk attack doesn’t happen to us!

Milkweed Fever!

Reader Suzanne Kramer  from North Reading sends along this wonderful photo ~

Hi Kim,

I was up in Jackson NH today and saw this display and thought of you and your efforts.

Sue Kramer, NR Garden Club.

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RANT: Too many non-profits have an unfair advantage over small family businesses

Before you read this rant … vote for our grant.  It’s free & easy.  Just go here.

People who know us have seen how much Vickie and I support non-profits.  We volunteer our time.  We produce concerts & festivals that raise money for them.  And we donate money when we can.  Gloucester is blessed to have several excellent non-profits with dedicated staff, supporters and volunteers who serve our community well.  You know who they are.

Lately, it feels like some organizations with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status are gaining an unfair advantage in the marketplace.  And last week, several events conspired to drive this point home to us.

It began last Wednesday when an MCC delegation came to Beverly for a proposed Cultural District site visit. The proposed Beverly Arts District (BAD for short) includes The Larcom Theatre, where we present concerts, so we arranged for the MCC delegation to tour the theatre and I participated in a round table dialogue afterwards.  The Larcom Theatre is clearly the largest arts organization in the district in terms of the number of people we connect with annually (over 30K people come to shows at the Larcom from over 320 towns in 30+ states).

But The Larcom is not eligible for an MCC Cultural Facilities Fund Grant because it’s not a 501(c)(3).  Neither is gimmeLIVE.  Currently, the Larcom has no air conditioning, so we don’t have concerts in the summer; and no sound system, so we rent one (an excellent one, BTW) for the season.  If we were a 501(c)(3) we could apply for a grant and use the money for those and other improvements.  But we can’t.  Nor can we hang posters in lots of locations (including Market Basket) that only allow posters for non-profits.

However, the group that hopes to purchase the Cabot Theatre (just up the street from the Larcom) is rumored to be a non-profit.  They won’t pay taxes.  They could get a Cultural Facilities Grant.  They could hang posters where we can’t.  So… our tax dollars are funding our competition, whose 501(c)(3) status gives them lots of other advantages over us too.

Does this seem fair to you?

When I mention this disparity to various people, their answer is usually, “Well, why don’t you become a non-profit?  It’s really not that hard.”  In fact, that’s what Biotech investor Greg Verdine is doing for his new Gloucester venture according to this Boston Business Journal article that I read on Thursday.

Is this really what we want?  Smart business people starting non-profits to gain an advantage in the marketplace?

We’re not talking about poor starving aid workers here.  People who run non-profits in the Northeast make over $148K on average and as much as $3.7 million a year in salary according to this report.

Recently we applied for a Mission Main Streets Grant from Chase Bank.  Getting this grant would allow us to hire people, buy sound equipment, take bigger risks on more expensive artists and maybe even help get air conditioning in the Larcom Theatre (it’s not enough for that, but it could help).  Refreshingly, these grants are only available to for-profit small businesses.  That’s us — a small, family business trying to make a living for ourselves, our crew and our artists by bringing the best live music to your backyard at reasonable prices.  Non-profits have a huge advantage.  Please help level the playing field by voting for us.  It’s easy and free.  Just go here.


Italian Sausage Pepper & Onion Sandwich

Saturday Mom & I Made a special trip to Joe Pace & Sons in Saugus Ma. to stock up on some of our favorite Italian ingredients which included a few pounds of Italian small link sausage! Within minutes of arriving home the Zizzita (sausage) peppers and onions were fried and fixed between freshly Sliced Sclafani Italian Bread. Zizzita Sandwiches are easy to prepare and make a delicious meal or snack anytime of day!










Every once in a while you’ll hear me say how smart my boys are….and then, one of them will say something like, “Well, obviously that goat is a boy.”

And my bubble is burst.

And…to make matters worse, I’m pretty sure the goat to the far right was teasing him…and the goat in the middle was snickering.

“Did you hear what that kid said?  He thinks Gertrude over here is a boy.”


So much for the Topsfield Fair being a learning experience.


AWOL in Africa 01966


A giraffe must have wandered  from the sculpted granite animal park, and into someone’s driveway. This striking bronze animal changes color with the sunlight. When admiring the African animal sculpture park on Phillips Avenue in Rockport, turn and look directly behind you into the woods. If I’m not mistaken, this is the work of Chris Williams, who also created the bear family: https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/big-bear-hug/#comments

Community Photos 10/13/14

Hi joey, I took this picture of the sunrise at good Harbor and thought it was worth sharing.  I’m moving to new jersey soon for work and will definitely miss these kinds of mornings the most. 

Amanda Taylor


Hi Joey,

My name is Sam Winslow. I’m 25 and I live over on Nautilus rd. at Good Harbor Beach.

I’ve gotten a couple cool full moon photos over the last two nights, and my Mom recommended I send them to Good Morning Gloucester– you guys are welcome to use them if you’d like! I’ve also got plenty of other Good Harbor/Gloucester photos on my instagram, www.instagram.com/samuelwins


Sam Winslow


Community Stuff 10/13/14

Oarmaster Cup – Dory racing

On Saturday Oct. 11 at 10 am the single handed dory races commenced off the Maritime Gloucester Harriet Webster pier. The course was from a line between Schooner Adventure’s bow and the nun off the Rocky Neck railway, out around Ten Pound Island leaving it to starboard, and return. Our president, Erik Dombrowski, rowing Corinthian in the second heat, took the win from Dylan Morrissey rowing Gertrude Thebaud of the first heat. Third was Len Robertson, 2011 and 2013 winner. There was a fine celebration lunch and trophy transfer up in Geno’s dory shop following the event.
1. Erik Dombrowski 21:50
2. Dylan Morrisey 22:02
3. Len Robertson 22:06
4. Billy Edmonds 24:55
5. Tyler Edmonds 25:41
6. Peter Parsons 28:15


Hi Joey C & GMG,
We’re celebrating HarvestFest at La Provence with a 5-day Linen SALE!
Save 20% OFF all tablecloths and matching accessories Thursday, Oct 16th
– Monday, Oct 20th.  Sale includes all tablecloths, napkin sets,
placemats, aprons, bread baskets, dish towels, chair cushions & rugs.
Visit us, Saturday, October 18th, during HarvestFest and enjoy homemade
snacks and cider while you shop our linen sale.
Hope to see you at the shop!
Dawn Noble
La Provence
4 Main Street
Rockport, Ma 01966


Creative Economy of the North Shore:

A Talk with Stephen Immerman

Wednesday, October 22, 6:00 PM

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester.

Steve Immerman - Montserrat

Free to the public

Gloucester MA—Please join the Rocky Neck Art Colony and seARTS in welcoming Stephen Immerman, to the Cultural Center at 6 Wonson St, Wednesday, October 22 at 6:00 PM when the president of Monserrat College of Art talks about the importance of the creative economy to the North Shore.

Creative economy companies include for-profit businesses, such as video game makers, architectural firms, musicians, and promotional product companies, as well as non-profits, like museums and theater companies. Over 120,000 people work for creative economy firms in Massachusetts, with an estimated economic impact of $1 billion.

Montserrat College of Art was named a North Shore regional leader in February 2014 as part of a statewide Creative Economy Network begun by Massachusetts State Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Greg Bialecki and Economy Industry director, Helena Fruscio. The network is meant to help creative companies find resources, such as space, talent, access to capital and tracking progress.

Rocky Neck Art Colony and seARTS are partners with Montserrat in this regional effort that also includes Salem State University’s Enterprise Center, the Salem Partnership, North of Boston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, North Shore Chamber of Commerce, Beverly Main Streets and many others. The Immerman talk is free to the public and all are invited.CEANS LOGO

Cape Ann TV Lunch and Learn Event: Getting Started with Adobe Premiere Taught by Henry Cooper

Cape Ann TV Announces It’s Next Lunch & Learn Event
Getting Started with Adobe Premiere

Adobe Premiere Basics taught by Cape Ann TV’s Henry Cooper


(Gloucester, MA)– Cape Ann TV (www.capeanntv.org), a regional non-profit local access television station that serves all of Cape Ann, is pleased to announce the next learning experience in the popular “Lunch & Learn” series –Getting Started with Abode Premiere to be held on October 21, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. at Cape Ann TV (38 Blackburn Center, Gloucester MA 01930).

“The question of which editing platform to use is a common one,” said Erich Archer, Executive Director of Cape Ann TV. “Adobe Premiere has been generating a tremendous amount of interest recently and it’s time we open the hood and take a look.”

Here to guide us through the basics is Henry Cooper. Henry has a Graduate Certificate in Digital Video from Northeastern University and has worked as a Production Assistant with Rockport Music for 3 years.  He has a wonderful and informative presentation to help us navigate through getting started with Adobe Premiere.

About Cape Ann TV: Cape Ann TV is a non-profit, member-based organization dedicated to the Cape Ann Community. Cape Ann TV is an important community resource that gives everyone a voice. We strive to produce programming and educational content for the community, by the community.


RSVP to: rtober@capeanntv.org
This event will fill up fast!

Lunch to be provided.