Would It Be Strange For A Woman To Drive Across Town To Casually Drop In On Her Husband’s Poker Night With His Male Friends?

Say a man gets together with his male buddies every so often for poker night where they shoot the shit about man stuff and drink copious amounts of beer and one of the wives randomly drops in 3 weeks in a row. Is that strange or totally acceptable?

Discover the History of Cape Ann Granite

Local author releases exciting new title featuring stunning, vintage images

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present an illustrated book reading/signing with local author Paul St. Germain on Saturday, July 25 at 3:00 p.m. Cape Ann Granite is the newest title in Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book, which is set to release on July 20, 2015, boasts over 200 vintage images, many of which have never been published. This program is free and open to the public.unnamedThe granite industry began on Cape Ann with the first sale of a piece of Rockport granite, for use as a millstone, to a farmer in Newburyport in 1800. The industry would grow to include more than 60 quarries and operations around the cape, becoming the second-largest economic force in the area behind fishing. Hundreds were employed as quarrymen, stonecutters, paving cutters, and finishers. Cape Ann was particularly well fitted for the pursuit of granite as its rocky hills and shores afforded a comparatively inexhaustible source of supply, and its splendid shipping facilities gave the advantage of quick and economical transportation to market by sea and land. The industry eventually declined, and by 1930, most quarries had gone out of business because of labor strikes and low demand. Today, most of these quarries are filled with water, and many are used as reservoirs for the surrounding communities.

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

Paul St. Germain has been a Rockport resident for 20 years and has written two other books in the Images of America series about the lighthouses and lifesaving stations on Cape Ann and Thacher Island. With assistance from the Cape Ann Museum, the Sandy Bay Historical Society archives, and other private collections, he has developed a revealing record of the men, the quarries, the tools, and the final uses of Cape Ann granite around the nation.


Help The Beatles

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BIRD MANCINIT MAX, and special guest KAREN RISTUBEN are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of the “Help!” single. A full night of Beatles songs will ensue on FRIDAY, JULY 17 (doors at 7:30) at The Center (6 Wonson St, Gloucester, MA). Advance tickets are available at The Center, Diamond Cove Music (57 Washington St, Gloucester MA), and online at http://culturalcenterbenefit.bpt.me

Wicked Tuna–Competition Between Capt. Greg and Capt. Bill “Hollywood”

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Note: Tuna Harpooning Regulation – You can Only Catch 2 below 82 “ per Trip, no limit on tunas over 82 “, considered Giants, per trip.

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Captain Greg Chorebanian (Right) and First Mate Greb Gibbs(left) of the F/V Kristiana


F/V Kristiana heading out to catch some Giants after icing up.

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Dave Sag’s Blues Party at The Rhumb Line To Host Andrew Clark This Week! 8:30 pm July 16, 2015

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Dave Sag’s Blues Party

Why not c’mon down to the Rhumbline this Thursday and dance your ass off to the pimple-popping sounds of that Tootin’ Torquemada of the Tenor: Mr. Andrew Clark. With his erumpent  vocal shenanigans and ventricle-atomizing saxophone, there’ll be plenty to talk to your therapist about on your next visit. I’m making an appointment now. Not only that but Mr. Steve Sadler, on catarrh, will  be sandbagging the groove with the likes of Mr. Ephraim Lowell, on the jackhammers. Gonna be a great night!
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40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

THE WAILERS w/ Dub Apocalypse show. Another amazing M.E. Productions at The Cabot!! Ya


get tickets here > http://thecabot.org/event.cfm?id=211551&cart


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Dub Apocalypse

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The Cabot  photo by Social Palates

photo by Social Palates


286 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915

Palazolas Bike Shop Is For Sale

I ran into Jack this morning and I told him that I was in Palazolas yesterday asking to have Matt Johnson’s Martini Shaker Engraved and they told me that the engraving machine was sold.  He told me the bike shop was for sale as well.  So I let him know that if he sent in a blurb about selling the Bike Shop at Palazolas I’d run it for him.

He just sent this-

I turn 66 in Sept. and I can not do this forever so I am looking to sell or at least down size in the interim. So we have put up for sale the bike shop , the Trophy business and the Embroidery machines.

I would like to see some one in Gloucester get the Bike shop. I have never been so busy with bike work and there is not another place to go in town.

I have over 50 new bikes (Schwinn, GT, Red Line, Ross, Torker and a few others) plus all parts (tires, tubes ,wheels,brake and gear parts etc.) and accesories  ( helmets locks, lights etc.) all going for less than wholesale.

Contact Jack


Great opportunity To See Martina Hingis Play At Manchester Athletic Club- Boston Lobsters Offer

Martina Hingis, winner of 5 Grand Slam singles titles and 13 Grand Slam doubles titles will be at the MAC in Manchester-by-the-Sea next Thursday, July 23rd playing with the Washington Kastles against the Boston Lobsters.  Get a 20% discount on tickets when ordering online at www.bostonlobsters.net and using code STARS.


Saturday’s Clean Up

Clean Gloucester and The One Hour at a Time Gang will be cleaning Washington Street.

We will meet near the Variety Store across from George’s and start from there.  Noticed the butts and trash that is along the street.


Time:   8:00 am

Where:  Washington Street

When:   Saturday 18, 2015

Thanks all hope to see you all, if you have a broom, please bring it along.

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The Thing About Our Cigar and Rum Cruise Aboard The Thomas E Lannon Is That We Never Have Any Fun

I’ve said it for as long as I can remember. If I had a visitor in Gloucester for only one day and they wanted to do the very best thing they could do in this city and it could be only one thing, at the pinnacle of my list would be a sunset cruise aboard the Thomas E Lannon. The pinnacle. As in the very tippity top of the list. Such a no-brainer good time, The Ellis family are the nicest, funnest, most hospitable people in this town, the Lannon is the most beautiful boat in town, you get Gloucester Harbor. It Is The Perfect Evening, Every Single Time!
It doesn’t hurt that you get to share your time drinking with Gloucester’s finest spirits with Bobby and Doug Ryan from Ryan and Wood, and 95Plus rated cigars from Paul Giacalone. Win Win Win
Photos from Terry Weber-

So sweet Of Pauline Bresnahan to make a special commemorative pennant for us

Community Photos 7/15/15

Hello Joey ,
I enjoy reading your web page every day!
I enjoyed seeing my friend Capt Gary Cannel landing his prize catch the other day.
I was wondering if you like to receive photos from captains of prize catches they have made in Gloucester waters?
A customer of mine landed a 50 lb bass last Thursday and I have a photo posted on my homepage (www.fullstrikeanglers.com).
If you would like to use it I would be glad to send you a higher resolution photo.
Keep up the great work!

Capt. George Lemieux
Full Strike Anglers

Cod Fishing - Platts Bank - Maine 2007

Picton Castle of the coast of Gloucester 11:00 AM From Peter Seminara



Hi Joey, do you see these often, my brother caught this one today.  Charlie Nugent on FV Driftwood III, it is now at Maritime Gloucester for all to enjoy. 🙂
Have a great night,

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We’ve been nurturing our milkweed patches to welcome back the Monarch butterflies, but there’s been no sign of them for two years now.  We do have a flock of these on our milkweed, however.  By the color I figure they are transmogrified Monarchs.  Awaiting verification from Kim Smith.

Transmogrifiied Monarch butterfly on milkweed

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Hi Joey,

I would like to thank the 15 Annisquam Garden Tour homeowners and the many Garden Club and Generous Gardener Volunteers for helping make an unforgettable day.  Here is a collage of some photos put together by Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco and some additional photos by Susanne Guyer.  The whole village of Annisquam was amazing.

Susan Kelly

Chair, Gloucester Planting Committee

Gloucester Garden Tour 2015


The Wall From Susan Canning

Earning Their Keep

It was a hazy, hot, and humid day on the water but the boys need to earn their keep nonetheless.  I like that they are learning at a young age that the traps cannot be ignored just because they may not feel like going out. Not that they ever actually don’t want to go out!

Not a lot of keepers, but some other fun creatures to examine before releasing.  A crab, some sea urchins, and a few different species of fish.

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Community Stuff 7/15/15

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Hi Joey,

Hope you are well and having a good summer.

I was hoping that you could help me spread some public awareness? 

I used to be a Volunteer for the Marine Animal Rescue team at the New EnglandAquarium….

But unfortunately due to Federal cuts Cape Ann is no longer under the Aquarium’s jurisdiction….

It’s seal season right now….the time when baby seals are learning how to survive on their own….and you will frequently find them resting on beaches.

Yesterday I was on GHB and had to physically get in the way to stop a man from carrying a baby seal pup off of the island in a tarp.

This was so dangerous for this baby seal….because the very people who think they are helping are actually hurting or even killing the seal. 

Stressing out a seal by picking it up or touching it or getting too close to it can make the seal very sick and can even kill it. Also getting too close to seals can be harmful to humans and dogs!!! Seals carry many diseases (Seal finger, influenza, distemper and more!!!) that can make you, your kids and your dog sick!!

A lot of people think if they see a seal on the beach that it’s sick….but this isn’t the case. 

This is directly from the NEAQ’s webpage:

Seals belong on the beach. It’s normal. Please don’t disturb them. Unlike whales or dolphins, seals are semi-aquatic and are comfortable out of the water. Most seals come onto beaches to sleep, nurse or soak up some sun.

What should you do if you spot a seal on the beach?

Seals are cute, but they are wild animals and should not be disturbed. By getting too close, you could upset the seal or possibly get bitten.

Watch quietly from at least 150 feet away.

Keep dogs away from the seal.

Do not offer the seal food or water.

Do not pour water on the seal or try to cover it with a towel or blanket.

Do not try to make the seal move.

Does the seal look injured or unhealthy?

Most seals on the beach are perfectly healthy, but sometimes they do need human assistance. Does the seal have any obvious injuries, gunky eyes, or look skinny or underweight? If the seal does, please take notes on its location, size, coloring and behavior and call the New England Aquarium’s Marine Animal Hotline at (617)  973-5247. Cape Ann is no longer under the NEAQ’s jurisdiction but they can give you the number of the proper wildlife agency to call.

All marine mammals are federally protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. This law makes it a Federal Crime to touch, disturb, feed or otherwise harass marine mammals without authorization.

Please help me spread the word to help inform & educate the public about this.

Thank you & have a great summer!

Jen Johnson 


Hey Cap’t Joe, another update…Boston Globe calls Method 15/33 “Riveting” and I sold the movie rights for full feature film to Production company named Next Wednesday.  Here’s the Globe review…

Hope you’re doing well!!



July Gloucester History Sharing Program

Come see images of old Gloucester and share your own memories during these monthly presentations presented by Beth Welin at the Rose Baker Senior Center. On Monday, July 27, 10am, the program will be “ Ghosts of Vincent Cove: The Shipbuilders and their Vessels.” Sponsored by the Phyllis A Marine Association and supported by the Awesome Gloucester Foundation.  For more information go to the Phyllis A Marine Association website at www.phyllis-a.org.


hi joey!

This Friday at 7pm, our good friend Julie Upton will be making a public presentation entitled, “In the Footsteps of the Buddha”

Julie has traveled northern India and Nepal extensively over the past few years and has created a tour that highlights the four sacred places of the Buddha’s life: where he was born,  reached awakening, taught for the first time, and died.  She’s going to give an oral and photographic journey of what it’s like to visit those places.  Everyone is welcome. Wisdom’s Heart, 2 Duncan St., Gloucester  wisdomsheart.org





Poet Charles Giuliano at Annisquam Village Library August 27

The poet, Charles Giuliano, spent the summers of his youth in Annisquam.

On Thursday, August 27, at 7:30 PM he will return to his roots with a reception and reading from Shards of a Life at the Annisquam Village Library at 354 Leonard Street, rear.

The book of verse, which is available through Amazon, contains a number of poems related to growing up in Annisquam.

A second book Total Gonzo Poems which will be published this fall contains a chapter The Nugents of Rockport. On his mother’s side, Dr. Josephine Flynn, his Irish ancestors are an important part of Cape Ann History.

In 1875 Patrick and Mary Nugent, Irish immigrants, leased the 32 acre Beaver Dam Farm in Rockport from the Babson family. They raised 13 children of which three died tragically in 1913.

When Mary died in 1927 the farm was abandoned and later torched by local kids. All that survives is the stone kitchen from 1658. George Nugent bought land up the road on which is now located Nugent Farms a condominium complex. For a time George Nugent was the Boss Tweed of Gloucester politics.

There will also be a reading of selections of Nugent poems from the soon to be published book.

Now retired from teaching art history and running the gallery program for Suffolk University/ New England School of Art and Design Giuliano has an extensive career as a curator and critic. He also taught at Boston University, U. Mass Lowell and other colleges.

In 1970 he coined the word Gonzo which he was the first to publish in a July 3, review of Ten Years After at Harvard Stadium. At the time he was the rock critic for the daily Boston Herald Traveler. Giuliano is the only surviving original gonzo journalist. That legacy is the focus of his second book.

In addition to the Herald Traveler he was a columnist and editor of Art New England, contributor to Art News, the daily Patriot Ledger, Boston After Dark/ Phoenix and numerous publications.

Currently he lives in the Berkshires where he and his wife Astrid Hiemer publish and edit the on line digital magazine Berkshire Fine Arts.


The Cape Ann Contra Dance Summer Series kicks off on Saturday, July 18
at the Magnolia Library Community Center, 1 Lexington Avenue, Gloucester, MA at 8:00 PM.
Live music and dance instruction are provided by the Cape Ann Contra Dance House Band. Sit-in musicians are also welcome.
There is a requested donation of $10 per dancer/sit-in, dancers/sit-ins younger than 16 are free.
This event is supported in part by a grant from the Gloucester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The Cape Ann Contra Dances are organized and produced by Folk Life Studio.

The Summer Series will continue, same time and place, on Saturday, August 8 and Friday, August 21.

For further information visit   https://www.facebook.com/CapeAnnContraDance


– Rose

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