Plant and They Will Come!

The proof is in the caterpillars!


2nd Instar Black Swallowtail Caterpillar ~ Willa Brosnihan Photo

Monday I had the great joy of being given the grand tour of the O’Maley Innovation School Butterfly Garden recently installed by Mrs. McGrath’s sixth grade class. We first had a screening of my film Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly and then went out to the garden to see the very same caterpillars!

The garden hits all the right notes with caterpillar food plants and colorful nectar-rich, butterfly attracting flowers. With the bed dug entirely by the students (you can see by the surrounding beds that the soil must have been incredibly compacted), prepped, and all planting done by the kids it is truly a fabulous accomplishment. You’ll see amazingly adorned handmade and beautifully painted informational signs and butterfly baths.

The garden was made possible though an award winning project created by students Emma Duckworth, Willa Brosnihan, and Kelsey Lowthers. For more information see the Awesome Gloucester Foundation O’Maley Butterfly Garden project page here .


Emma Duckworth Photo

Emma, Willa Kelsey Butterfly Garden ©Kim Smith 2015

Project creators Emma, Willa, and Kelsey


Hand painted water dish for butterflies and birds. 

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O'Maley Sixth Grade Butterflyy Gardeners ©Kim Smith 2015

See More Photos Here


Sail away on the Schooner Ardelle to the world of Fitz Henry Lane

Sunset Tours of Gloucester Harbor

Sail away on the Schooner Ardelle to the world of Fitz Henry Lane

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (June 4, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum, in partnership with Maritime Gloucester, is pleased to announce three dates for their popular Fitz Henry Lane Sunset Harbor Cruise this summer. The narrated tour of Gloucester Harbor aboard the Schooner Ardelle will be offered on the following Wednesday evenings: June 17, July 15 and August 12. Cost is $30 for Museum members; $45 for nonmembers. Space is limited; reservations required. For more information please call (978) 281-0470 or visit maritimegloucester.org.

Fitz Henry Lane, Gloucester Harbor at Sunrise, c. 1850. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum. [Acc. #2020]

The newly renovated Cape Ann Museum celebrates the art, history and culture of Cape Ann – a region with a rich and varied culture of nationally significant historical, industrial and artistic achievement. The Museum’s collections include fine art from the 19th century to the present, artifacts from the fishing & maritime and granite quarrying industries, textiles, furniture, a library/archives, and two historic houses. For a detailed media fact sheet please visit www.capeannmuseum.org/press.

The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 adults, $8.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at www.capeannmuseum.org.

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ This weeks special guests Annette Dion @ The Rhumb Line 6.17.2015

This week only…
Grilled Salmon – $13.95

Wednesday, June 17th – 7pm
Special Guest: ANNETTE DION!

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It’s been many years since Annette Dion graced the Rhumb
Line stage. We’d have to go back to the Open Mic days prior
to the dinner format which began in 2009. She’s a songwriter
in the pure sense of the word, putting herself and her music
up on the block, having dogged the streets of Nashville like
so many artists and poets have done before her. I’m happy
to be hosting her awaited return! It all starts early… 7pm! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
6/24 Brian King

7/01 Charlee Bianchini

7/08 Marina Evans
Coming Soon… Fozzie-kins

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂
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2015 Harbor Loop Concert Series is ON!!!! Stay tuned for the season lineup!!

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Great news! All donations to the Harbor Loop Concert Series are now tax deductible! Please make checks payable to:

The Gloucester Fund
45 Middle Street
Gloucester, Ma. 01930

Be sure to write “Harbor Loop Concerts” in the memo section of your check!! This is very important!
The Gloucester Fund is a 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Contact Barry Pett (barry.pett@verizon.net) for questions about IRS filing and/or to obtain forms.

We hope that this might inspire more people to participate in our great Gloucester tradition of providing free concerts in Fitz Hugh Lane Park on Thursday nights in the summer, and that past donors might be moved to increase their contributions. Spread the word!
Please note that the organizers of The Harbor Loop Concerts do not receive any monetary compensation. If you would like to help in any way, please contact one of our volunteers:

Bradley Royds: royds@aol.com
Skip Pardee: hpww2@yahoo.com
Jake Pardee: jacobpardee@gmail.com
Walter Peckham: walter.peckham@gmail.com (508-574-8981)
Again, be sure to write “Harbor Loop Concerts” in the memo section of your check!!!

History Channel’s Tougher In Alaska host Geo Beach is researching Gloucester


Geo Beach is researching Gloucester for the TV series “Geo Beach:Fishes & Dishes” we spoke at length about Gloucester and GoodMorningGloucester and St Peter’s Fiesta.







Geo and Mike who was out for a dory row.

Discover TribeTats: Cape Ann’s New Summer Essential

If you’ve been following the antics on GMG over the years then you’re familiar with one of our favorite lobstermen Tuffy.  Tuffy has provided some GMG classics such as Sean’s Swan Dive and The Whole Viral Buddhist Monk Lobster Liberation Madness

Well his daughter Degelis started a new company called TribeTats and here’s the promo for it-

Cape Ann has a new favorite summer accessory: TribeTats metallic body art, applied like the temporary tattoos we used in our youth but made for adults. The brand was founded by the daughter of Gloucester lobsterman Mike Tufts, and are quickly becoming must-haves for local kids, teens and adults alike.  TribeTats is offering a special 30% off and free shipping for our readers on their website www.tribetats.com with the code GMG30 at checkout.   


Apply the temporary tats for a day at Good Harbor or Wingaersheek Beach, and keep them on for happy hour at the Studio or the Rudder on Rocky Neck. TribeTats will also be stocked at Linda Bella Boutique later this month. Contact Degelis at degelis@tribetats.com if you want to order in bulk for a summer event or have other partnership ideas. 

Follow TribeTats on instagram here along with their 320K followers. 


St. Peter Novena Day 1



Last night’s dreary weather didn’t stop the faithful women and men from packing the American Legion hall to kickoff the first night of honoring St. Peter through song and prayer.




Fiesta Legend, and past guardian of St. Peter, Donnie Nicastro and his beautiful wife Cathy were in attendance last night


The Famous Fiesta Hat Ladies, sisters Amy Clayton and Robin McNair’s Novena Table!

Can’t wait to see their Fiesta Hats This years!*


Grace Favazza, Joanne Aiello, Marie Linquata


The Rosary was beautifully lead by Rosie Verga



The Customary Novena Coffee!


Last night an assortment of delicious dessert trifle were served !




Click read more for a complete photo gallery of last night Novena ! Continue reading “St. Peter Novena Day 1”

The Construction of 2015 St. Peter Novena Altar



Sunday afternoon the St. peters Fiesta Novena Committee gathered at The American Legion Hall to assemble this years altar.


Construction is truly a team effort from design to assembly. Hat’s off to this amazing crew for their time talent and dedication to St. Peter and our deep rooted Sicilian Heritage! 


The committee drew inspiration for the theme of this years St. Peter’s Novena Altar from the “St. Peter’s Fiesta, Through The Years” book. Several years ago the Fiesta committee assembled a beautiful display of past Fiesta photos in the once Doyon’s Appliance building, which is now, “The Brew Pub”,  located adjacent to St. Peter’s Square. The committee hopes this years altar brings our community back to the original roots of what fiesta is all about. Faith,Family, and tradition. 


A limited supply of “St. Peter’s Fiesta Through The Year’s” books will be on sale for $10.00 at the rosary while supplies last!


Click read more for complete altar construction photo gallery!

Continue reading “The Construction of 2015 St. Peter Novena Altar”

The Earl Foote Band (Singer Of The Official Song Of Good Morning Gloucester) Will Be Playing At Katrina’s Friday Night of Fiesta

Earl Foote Jr Namesake of Legendary Gloucester Establishment Lil Earls and co creator of GMG’s official song and the intro to the GloucesterCast Podcast will be playing Katrina’s To I’m sure a packed crowd so get there early.

Here’s the music video former GMG contributor Mike Lindberg made for Our Official Theme song- “Gloucester Til the End”-

The First Time I Heard It I Sobbed It Was So Beautiful




For the past week or so, each and every time we come and go through our front door, a momma house sparrow (I think) takes off from one of our hanging plants and sits in a nearby tree until the coast is clear.

The other day I figured I’d peak into the plant to see just what was going on in there.  I found four precious little eggs…and one, much larger, speckled one.  Hmmmm.

After a shout out to social media and some research, I quickly discovered that we had an interloper on our hands.

According to dictionary.com the definition of interloper is

a person who interferes or meddles in the affairs of others or a person who intrudes into a region, field, or trade without a proper license.

As it happens, cowbirds are interlopers (or the bird variety) and it seems that is what egg #5 might just be.  When the momma of the house (or plant, in this case) was away the female cowbird apparently snuck into the nest and deposited her own egg to be incubated along with the others.  Sneaky.

Upon researching further, I realized that this practice will often lead to the demise of the resident eggs.  The cowbird is much larger and demands more food once being hatched.  Often times the smaller birds don’t stand a chance.  I thought about removing the interloper egg, but that didn’t seem right.  I also read that sometimes all of the birds may hatch and grow successfully…so I didn’t want to do anything that would jeopardize that possibility.

The very next day I peaked inside the nest again…and low and behold…the interloper bird had hatched.  It is now three days old and still the only bird in the nest.  The momma house sparrow still comes and goes each time we do the same.  We have been keeping our distance, but I did sneak a few photos….and it would appear that the momma is indeed nurturing the young interloper bird.

I sure hope the other four eggs hatch and that their well-being is not at risk.

*After reading this post this morning to check again for any typos, etc. I noticed that the original 4 House Sparrow eggs have already decreased in number to three.  Not sure how I missed that fact!  Did one egg get kicked out of the nest?  Is the 4th egg underneath the hatched baby bird?  I don’t think so. Did it already hatch and not survive? Hmmm.

Read more about this interesting avian phenomenon HERE

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Community Stuff 6/16/15

2015 summer Session Handout

For more info- http://www.gloucesteru.weebly.com/

BG Financial Services Group (A division of BankGloucester)  Cordially Invites All Educators and Administrators to this Complimentary Educational Workshop

The ABC’s of Retirement for Teachers

Plan now and help avoid surprises in retirement

•          Understanding your pension system

•          Facts on retirement options A, B & C

•          Alternatives to Option C

•          Health Insurance and Medicare

•          Social Security / GPO/ WEP

•          How to buy creditable service using pre-tax dollars

•          Will your pension keep up with the cost of inflation?

Thursday, July 16th, 9:30am – 11:30am

Sawyer Free Library

Friday, July 17th, 8:00am – 9:30am
Ipswich Public Library 

Tuesday, July 21st, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Danvers Public Library

RSVP to Joan at 978-675-9941 or via email: joan@bgfinancialgrp.com