The Stones of the Quarries Documentary

Hi. Hows it going?

My name is Rob Apse and I’m a filmmaker out of Boston, MA. Over the last year or so I filmed a documentary involving the granite quarries of Cape Ann. It was an Official Selection at both the Boston International Film Festival and Newburyport Documentary Film Festival. The film is also receiving a Gloucester Historical Commission Award on May 17th and will be screened at the ceremony as well.

I’d love to share it with the entire Cape Ann community and Good Morning Gloucester seems like the perfect place.

I hope you’d be willing to share it and more importantly, I hope you enjoy it.

You can watch the film here.

Take care and thank you for your time.

Rob Apse
creative writer//director//editor

Beautiful, Beautiful Watecolors by Gloucester Artist Marilyn Swift Solo Show!

11150558_1112214238805833_8996139550142108701_nCome see Marilyn Swift’s exquisite solo show at the lovely gallery at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms. The opening is this coming Saturday afternoon, May 9th, from 4 to 6pm. Congratulations Marilyn!11149551_1112214018805855_1959557921795544107_n

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Eastern Point Lit House Welcomes Emily O’Neill

Emily O’Neill is a writer, artist, and proud Jersey girl. Her recent poems and stories can be found in Five QuarterlyProfane, and Split Rock Review, among others. Her debut collection, Pelican, is the inaugural winner of Yes Yes Books’ Pamet River Prize. She teaches writing at the Boston Center for Adult Education and edits poetry for Wyvern Lit.

She has facilitated workshops and poetry programming in association with the White Plains Public Library, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, and the New Jersey public school system.  She competed at the 2010 National Poetry Slam in St. Paul, MN with the Hampshire County Slam Team and is a founding member of the nationally touring performance poetry troupe No More Ribcage.

Her work has appeared in The Best Indie Lit New England Anthology, Sugar House Review, and Whiskey Island, among others.  Her poem “de Los Muertos” was selected by Jericho Brown as the winner of Gigantic Sequins’ second annual poetry contest, and her poem “& when the canary stops singing” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2014 by Vector Press.  She is a former editor and essayist for Side B Magazine.


Red Sox vs Tampa Bay

Red Sox beat Tampa 2-0 with Rick Porcello pitching shutout ball for seven innings and Mookie Betts hitting two solo home runs over the monster seats. It was fun seeing the guys from that epic 1975 World Series. Boy did they get old! Just for fun I will post a few photos from that series next.

Flatrocks Gallery’s May7-June 7 show, ‘Blooming’

Flatrocks Gallery’s May7-June 7 show,  ‘Blooming’– features paintings by Claudia Kaufman, Rokhaya Waring, Patricia Crotty and Laurel Hughes, photographs by Paul Cary Goldberg, stainless steel sculpture by Gints Grinsbergs. This survey will lead the viewer on a journey from photo realism, to abstract art. Using flowers as the subject, they take on new identities as characters in a metaphorical journey.

Claudia Kaufman’s is a contemporary realist painter, her works are studies in observation – still life set-ups of familiar objects that are deceptively simple, yet complex. She challenges herself to translate the perceived three-dimensional world to a 2D field by observing and capturing the conditions of light, form, color and space through the painterly properties of oil paint.

Rokhaya Waring paints in the spirit of Impressionism and Plein Air painting, with its constant change in light, color and mood, are a natural extension of her sensibilities and lend vibrancy to her work. She conveys through her paintings a feeling of being there, the power of nature- a transient beauty that is often bittersweet.  

Patricia Crotty’s paintings explore the territory between abstraction and realism with bold gestural brushwork and a sureness of line and color.  When her subject is flowers, she “tries to capture their fleeting beauty and catch a glimpse of the eternal in their brief life, to see the universal in their particular forms.”

Laurel Hughes is an abstract painter, drawing on quiet moments in nature, her paintings grow out of thoughtful observation, sensations and split second glimpses.  She is perpetually drawn to ideas and practices that help ‘re-seed our earth.’ —planting seeds of compassion, joy, and gratitude so that we touch the earth and stir her wonder.

Paul Cary Goldberg has established a reputation photographing our local industry and culture with a keen eye that transcends documentation, with painterly results. Last year he returned to his studio and the still life. His images are layered with rich texture, color and symbol – contemporary versions of still-life painting of the 17th-century Dutch genre containing symbols of change as a reminder of its inevitability. 

Gints Grinsbergs’ creates welded stainless steel over sized flowers that maintain their delicate grace. The sculptures indoors or out combine modern metal structure with rough, natural stone making these works unique sculptural forms.

There will be a reception for the artists May 16th from 6-8pm. ‘Blooming’ runs through June 7th.  Flatrocks Gallery is open Thursday – Sunday 12-5pm. 77 Langsford St. , Gloucester. (978)879-4683. or visit us on facebook.

Saturday’s Clean up

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Clean Gloucester and the One Hour at a Time Gang’s Saturday’s schedule


When:                  Saturday, May 9, 2015


Where:                 We can meet at the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial


Time:                    8:00 – 9:00


I have bags, hope to see all there on Saturday.


Paul Harris Fellow

Thanking Tracy Arabian for sending this information to GMG.

Rick and Doug


Contacts: Steve Kaity, 978-879-1051, Michael Costello, 978-546-7140



The Gloucester Rotary Club has named Rick Doucette and Doug Shatford as Paul Harris Fellows, the prestigious award named after the Chicago lawyer who founded the Rotary movement in 1905. Doucette was selected by a Club committee of previous recipients of the award, while Shatford was chosen by members of the Interact Club, the very active group of Gloucester High School junior Rotarians.  Doucette and Shatford will be honored at a special dinner on Tuesday, May 12, at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe Square in downtown Gloucester. The social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Rick Doucette was born and raised in Gloucester, and is a proud product of the Gloucester public school system.

Rick has served as Executive Director of the Cape Ann YMCA since May 2002, turning his focus specifically to Teen & Camp Services in 2008.  Rick began his career at the YMCA as a Counselor-In-Training (CIT) at Camp Spindrift in 1984.  Through his career, Rick developed many new innovative programs and initiatives that remain as “mainstays” of the YMCA youth and family programming. These include unprecedented levels of growth and participation at Spindrift, the Friday Night Fun program, the afterschool child care program, Y Teen Leaders Rockathon, teen service trips, sports leagues, many of other youth and teen initiatives.

In addition to his work with the YMCA, Rick also spent four-and-a-half years as a faculty member at O’Maley Middle School.  Rick has been very active in the community throughout his adult life, coaching Senior Little League, Pee Wee Football and Fisherman Youth Soccer and serving on various civic and municipal committees.  Rick currently serves as co-President of the Gloucester Pride Stride Committee, a Trustee of Awesome Gloucester, a member of the O’Maley S.A.I.L.S. Team, and a charter member with Theatre in the Pines.  Rick is very proud to be a member of the Gloucester Rotary Club and served as its President in 2013-14.

An accomplished actor, Rick has performed locally in numerous productions as well as on stages in Boston, New York and London.  Rick has earned praise and positive recognition for his work in several short film projects – in particular earning awards at the Woods Hole Film Festival and the Manhattan Short Film Festival.

Doug Shatford has been a pillar of the Magnolia community for many years. Another Gloucester boy, Doug is a graduate of Gloucester High School and currently is a co-owner of Machine Technology in Beverly.

Doug’s record of service to the community is extensive.  As a long-time coach of youth sports teams, the co-founder of Citizens for Public Safety (a group dedicated to the re-opening of the Magnolia Fire Station), a member and President of the Magnolia Library Board, and a member of the Magnolia Historical Society and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). He also belongs to the Magnolia Lions Club and the Tyrian-Ashler-Acacis Lodge of Masons.

Shatford is a known leader in his community.  Whether working to repair the Magnolia pier or coordinating efforts to assist victims of recent fires, or chairing on the local sports team, Doug serves with enthusiasm, kindness, and humility.

Tickets to the Paul Harris Distinguished Service Award Dinner are $47 per person and may be reserved by contacting event Chairman Steve Kaity at 978-879-1051. The Dinner is open to the general public, and friends and colleagues of Doucette and Shatford are encouraged to attend.

“Why Me?”

“Why Me?” That’s the thought that kept racing thru my mind 15 months ago from my hospital bed, tethered by IV tubes, pumps, and very serious medical conditions (cancer, kidney failure, etcetera). That mindset soon changed to: “Why NOT me,” and “Better me than you.” This beautiful morning is a gift. Enjoy it.

Ignorance Was Indeed Bliss

No!  Nooooooo!

Not my beer.  Anywhere else, but not in my favorite, super yummy and refreshing, grapefruit beer. And, to add insult to injury, why now?  Why find out now….just when the weather is getting warm and I am primed for Grapefruit Beer drinking on the deck and at the beach?

I don’t mean to be naive.  I guess, if I were to think about it, I’d be certain that I eat things I’d prefer not to eat on a weekly basis.  But this blatant….slap you in the face declaration… right there on the label makes it kind of difficult to turn the other cheek.

Do I continue to “enjoy” my favorite beer, regardless of the fact that I’m now aware it is partially bug juice?  Or do I run for the hills and find a new favorite?



Cochineal extract is extracted from the cochineal, specifically the female, a species of insect that belongs to the order entomologists refer to as the “true bugs.” (Don’t trust any account that calls this bug a beetle — it’s not).


Read More About How These Bugs End Up in Your Food   HERE   and    HERE  (if you dare)

Chapatti at Gloucester Stage May 8th-10th

bannerTheatre in the Pines brings its production of Christian O’Reilly’s delightful Irish comedy to the Gorton Theatre at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street on Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9, at 7:30 and Sunday, May 10 at 3 pm. First presented during blizzard season in Rockport, the show is moving to Gloucester this weekend so all snowbound Cape Anners can enjoy this tale of a man and his dog and their adventures with a cat woman who is determined to liven up their lives.  Cast includes Martin Ray, Sarah Clark, Randy Dupps, Chuck Francis, Ann Roman, Hattie Rich, Barbara Brewer and director Nan Webber. Tickets are available at the door or at The Bookstore and Toad Hall.  Adults, $15 and students $10.

Joey C Invited You to Dropbox

Taped The GloucesterCast At Cape Ann TV yesterday. Using DropBox, it made it easy to transfer and share large media files to collaborate which otherwise would have been too big to go through email. It’s easily one of my most important apps and it’s free. Here’s a link to get free space to use for yourself-

Hey there!

I’ve been using Dropbox and thought you might like it. It’s a free way to bring all your files anywhere and share them easily.

Sign up with this link to get some bonus space: