Harbor Loop Concert Series Starts this Thursday with “What Time Is It Mr. Fox” and Quentin Callawaert to open 6:30pm July 9, 2015


Come see the whole band as we kick off the Harbor Loop Concert Series in Gloucester, MA.


Esther Mathieu livmatt_06-20-2015-256 (1)Perhaps you are planning a wedding or special event in the coming months. Our daughter Liv Hauck and Matt O’Rourke, married on June 20th, wanted to share about the talented people who helped make their dream wedding come true. From caterers Dan Allen and Andy Maitland to Esther Mathieu Photography, everyone involved did an outstanding job. We wish to express our most heartfelt thanks to all and thought the best way to say a big thank you to each was to provide contact information and a brief description about their businesses.

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Invitation by Shaina Gregory

First and foremost, our tremendous thanks and appreciation goes to Dan Allen Catering. He, along with partner Andy Maitland (Maitland Mountain Farm), prepared an exquisite menu using the most freshest and sweetest ingredients from local farms and fisheries. The theme was New England clambake meets county dinner, based around everyone’s favorite main courses—Ken Duckworth’s sublime recipe for lobster risotto and a wonderfully delicious buttermilk fried chicken. Captain Joe and Sons provided the lobster and the fresh vegetables came from Maitland Mountain Farm, as well as from Appleton Farms. Even the honey butter for the cornbread came from Dan’s own beehives! We were all raving about how delicious and unique were the hors d’oeuvres, which included such tantalizing tidbits as open-faced braised rib sliders, smoked tomato roasted corn arancini, and salmon canapés with mascarpone, capers, and fresh dill. Accompaniment dishes were devoured as equally as were the main courses and hors d’oeuvres—traditional clam chowder, farm fresh succotash, and homemade pickled vegetable—to name only a few.

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Son Alex’s Heaping Helping


Dan’s assistant Mary made the divinely delicious desserts—raspberry tarts, brown butter chocolate chip cookies, brownie layers—the list goes on and on!

Dan and Andy were an absolute dream to work with. I know you will be hearing more about their catered events in the near future. Dan is in the process of launching his website and in the meantime, he may be reached at 978-491-9493 or dangallen@yahoo.com.

Esther Mathieu is simply the most talented life style photographer in our region. Liv first became interested in Esther’s work from her Instagram account and we all fell in love with her luminous imagery. And she is a total sweetheart to work with! The photos are a treasure and we’ll be pouring over all, thanking Esther for capturing Liv and Matt’s wedding day with such grace and beauty. Contact Esther at: info@esthermathieu.com.

Our deepest thanks to Lisa Smith who was our fabulous videographer. Lisa is a producer at Cape Ann TV and is also a dear friend. We so appreciate her time and talent. Lisa was discreet; you would hardly know that she was present. We’ll be looking at the footage in the coming days and can hardly wait to see. Lisa can be reached at: lsmith@capeanntv.org. 

Like a dream, the enchanting music floating throughout the evening was by none other than Cape Ann’s own beautiful songstress Renee Dupuis and the fabulously talented Joe Cardoza and Nathan Cohen. From the sweetly romantic, “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” to which the bride and groom danced their first dance, to one of the bridesmaid’s favorites, “These Boots Are Made For Walkin,” there isn’t a song Renee, Joe, and Nathan could not play, and play beautifully. Could we have been more fortunate than to have these extraordinary talents performing at Liv and Matt’s wedding? Click Renee, Joe, and Nathan to learn more about their current projects. To book the trio, contact Renee at: reneedupuismusic.gmail.com

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Melissa Glorieux of Aster B. Flowers created the exquisite bride’s bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets, and table arrangements. Not only were the flowers full and lush and perfect, they are all locally grown at her farm in Essex! Aster. B grows her flowers using organic practices only. Read more about Melissa and her sustainable farm here: Aster B. Flowers. 

livmatt_06-20-2015-261The very talented Maria Cracchiolo from Caffe Sicilia made the seashore inspired wedding cake as well as the perfectly coordinating 65th anniversary cake for Liv’s grandparents. Delicious and delightful (both cakes), Maria is a pleasure to work with. She also made the cannolis we served at Friday night’s celebration and they too, were devoured by all! Maria can be reached at: 978-283-7345.EM livmatt_06-20-2015-466EM livmatt_06-20-2015-301Emily Reed did a stunning job styling the bride and bridesmaid’s hairdos. Each girl’s hair was perfectly suited to her personality and each was so happy with her work. It was a delight to see their expressions after she had created her magic. Emily can be reached at: ejwatt@gmail.com.

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Special thanks to Virgilio’s Italian Bakery for catering the party the night before the wedding—the sandwiches, antipasto, and entrees were a tremendous hit. And Nancy Virgilio helped us order just the right amount so that there would be sandwiches enough for late night snacking! Call 978-283-5295 for information abut Virgilio’s catering menu

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Kathleen Erickson, owner of Savour Wine and Cheese, was instrumental in choosing the wines and Prosecco. We informed her of the menu and of our budget for both the reception and Friday night’s celebration and she knew just what to recommend. Thank you Kathleen for the wonderful selections; they were simply perfect.EM livmatt_06-20-2015-442

Fun and imaginative, the invitation set the tone of the wedding weekend from the get go. Liv and Matt designed the invite and worked with Shaina to refine the look. Contact Shaina at: sbethg@gmail.com.

Gloucester Rental Center did an excellent job and we found nearly all of our event needs there: Gloucester Rental Center.

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Last, but not in the least, we wish to thank Stan Wohlfarth of Stan’s Classic Service for the vintage VW limo service. Everyone loved that bus! Stan may be reached at: stan_wohlfarth@msn.com.

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Shaina Gregory Invitation

*With the exception of invitation scans and the group photo of the wedding party.

Photos of the guests and wedding party to come after Liv and Matt return from Thailand.


Update: Day Two Grill Staging Table Preservation Project

Day One Journal Here-

LAST MINUTE PARALYSIS- PLEASE ADVISE!- The (Help Maybe Get a Couple More Years Out Of The Cheap Table I Got At A Yard Sale) Table Project

After sanding and applying the first coat of Minimal Helmsman Spar Polyurethane I let it dry overnight and thus morning gave it a light sanding and wiped it down with a damp rag.  Easy.  Now for the second coat



Second coat of Spar Polyurethane went on much quicker. Still have about a half a quart left. It was so quick and easy I’ll probably put on another coat around noon and be done with it. The second coat darkened it up nicely.
Very pleased with the results so far.

Another light sanding and wiping off with a damp rag and now to apply the final coat.

Ive already put 3 coats on and lightly sanded in between coats. Staring at a half a can of Spar Urethane and with each consecutive coat going on that much easier, I’ve decided to just keep adding layers. 4th Coat-

Don’t forget about the Seth Mcnally/ M.E. Productions HOT TUNA w/ Campbell & Williams show this Saturday July 11th at The Cabot. Hot Tuna is made up of Jefferson Airplane Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Alums Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen.

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Who knows when the next time you’ll be able to see these two ICONS together so get those tickets now. Hit the link below!


Atlantic Crossing: the 44 ft Sailboat Tioga, passes Gloucester, departs Nahant MA on 19 June and Arrives in the Azores 3 July!

Peter Koslowski submits-

These kids go to school in Swampscott High for the record…

Hey Joey

Definitely News worthy….. very few days with seas under 9 feet… and some over 30ft!!! You ever try to take a crap in that kind of weather! Holy Sh…!

A family of four with 2 (courageous) teenagers, 16 and 17, daughter and son, got out of class for the Summer of 2015, and in less than an hour later they were boarding their family sailboat on the way to Europe with 3 good friends… has just docked in the Azores. The trip well was a rough one but they made it safely! A Proud Capt and crew indeed!

Please see their blog

For those who have not been following their daily progress and blog, I am happy to report that Tioga and crew have landed in the Azores

The below link gives their report on landing and can also be used to go back and read previous entries and comments.


I have also attached a couple shots of the boat WSW about 7 miles off of Cape Ann departure Day.

images: Looking from aft off the Port Side is Cape Ann,  Looking from the bow you can see aft of the boat the Boston Skyline on the Horizon about 1800 19 June 2015 the day they left.  Images taken from a Jet Ski.



Despite Torrential Rain, NSMC Cancer Walk a Success!

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A Good Day for Ducks, Fund Raising and Lots of Enthusiasm! Sunday’s weather brought torrential rain, but it didn’t keep participants from walking at the 25th Anniversary North Shore Medical Center’s Cancer Walk.  Over 2,000 people walked in the midst of the storm.

Lynn Daily Item Report – http://www.itemlive.com/news/cancer-walk-rains-in-money/article_c8aed3c4-1e18-11e5-aee9-2bfc34f2cd78.html

Most people planned ahead and prepared for the rain …,

NSMC Cancer Walk 2015 Enthusiastic Wet Crowd A Wet But Enthusiastic Crowd.

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NSMC Cancer Walk Finish Line FullSizeRender Congratulations!

…  but a few were caught out in the cold in just shorts and a tee-shirt. One lucky dog was able to snag a poncho and find shelter under a table.

Congratulations to all the walkers!Some were walking for themselves, others in memory and in honor of loved ones. One woman told me after she, “I lost 50 pounds to get in shape for the walk,” and was “walking in memory of her father.” He must be so proud!  One thing…

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Sunday Afternoons are Getting Real Again at the new Blue Collar Lobster Co.

Many of you probably know by now that there is great new outdoor seating and a new restaurant area at the Gloucester House.  Named the Blue Collar Lobster Co., this new establishment stands to be a lot of fun on Sunday afternoons.  Think old school…like waaaay back to 1991ish.

Thatcher and I stopped by quickly today to take some pics and to grab a bite to eat.

Two crab races, two rounds of corn hole, one virgin pina colada, one margarita, a hotdog, and some great reggae songs later, we left thinking, “We’ll definitely have to go back with the rest of the family and some friends next week!”

Community Stuff 7/6/15

We have lost our small gray poodle.  His name is Little Guy, (LG)  His hair is cut to look like a mohawk. 

We let him outside to go to our backyard and he took off.  He is not wearing a collar. 

We are on Marshfield St. in West Gloucester.  If anyone finds him please contact us.  978-283-9759.

Thank you Joey for your help with this.  LG belongs to my mother who is visiting from PA.

Thanks again,

Eric Christensen


Hi Joey,
Our annual online Auction to support the extensive outreach of The Annisquam Village Church is ready to launch!  It runs July 8 through July 22 and we have donations from all over Cape Ann that will make for lots of fun bidding. I have a poster that is going up around town, and we are hoping that you can post this on Good Morning Gloucester!  And bidding is easy by going to http://www.annisquamvillagechurch.org and there is a direct link to the Auction.
Thanks so much,
Nancy Guselli
Auction Chair


The Friday July 10 GAAC meeting, 8:00 at the Lanesville Community Center, will feature astrophotographer extraordinaire Phil Orbanes with “Springtime for Galaxies,” an expansive, colorful look at the island universes all around us, unspeakably large and far away but connected directly and materially to us by the light they radiate. 

Galaxies, in their number and distance from us, test the limits of our understanding, but there they are nonetheless.
Phil’s presentation features a spectacular, lavishly illustrated look at 36 galaxies, alone, and in pairs and groups, culled from the areas between the Big Dipper and Virgo. Each galaxy, like our own, shines with the light of hundreds of billions of stars.
Phil will also be giving away, to one lucky person, a new copy of James Geach’s wonderful book “Galaxy,” and there will be a consolation drawing as well. We’re not going to tell you the prize; you’ll have to come in and take your chances. There’s big fun here folks, goodies to eat, great conversation, and an enlightening presentation on a stunning subject.
GAAC meets on the second Friday of the month at 8:00 pm at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street in the Lanesville neighborhood of Gloucester. GAAC is always free, no dues, fees or costs. Plenty of free parking.

More information on the club is available at http://gaac.us, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GAACpage, and on twitter, @GAACster.

Hi Everyone,
Happy 4th of July!
Our next Painter and Photographer Group Meeting will be held on Thursday, July 9, 6 -7:30 PM at Cape Ann Giclee, 20 Maplewood Ave.
Hope you can come . Be sure to bring something to share!
Alice Gardner