The 2015 Bluefin Blowout is On!

The 2015 Bluefin Blowout is on!

Live Blogging from the Captain’s Dinner!

Who other than Rene Rancourt to ring in this fantastic tournament!?

Stay tuned to see which boats get on and what their fish weigh in at!

Be sure to come on down and join the fun Friday and Saturday at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort.

See Rene singing “The Star Spangled Banner” a moment ago!


Two pollinator attracting beauties for your garden, bougainvillea and native spiraea, or meadowsweet (Spiraea latifolia). We keep our bougainvillea’s in the basement during the colder months and bring them outdoors after all danger of frost has passed. Both swallowtails and Ruby-throated hummingbirds nectar from the blossoms. Our native meadowsweet is a fantastic shrub for creating wildlife habitats. Not only does it attract a bevy of pollinators, it is also a food plant for the beautiful Blue Azure Butterfly caterpillars.

Bougainvillea and Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Meadowsweet (Spiraea latifolia)

Just another thing for the world to be offended about…..

Target came out with a “Bridal” line of t-shirts and one t-shirt is making headlines.

Introducing the “Trophy” wife shirt:

trophyHonestly, we could get all “feministic” (yes I made that word up) on many levels but I’ll just keep it simple and say;

I’m mad there isn’t a mens line. I would love one for my husband! 

Click here to read all about it!

Blackburn Challenge this Saturday!

340 or so athletes will be paddling or rowing all sorts of high and low tech watercraft all the way around Cape Ann this Saturday. Click here for specifics at Cape Ann Rowing Club website.

Click on the new updated GMG map of the race to find a good location for viewing the race. Hint: Go to Cape Ann, face water, watch racers go by left to right.
Click on the new updated GMG map of the race to find a good location for viewing the race. Hint: Go to Cape Ann on Saturday, face water, watch racers go by left to right.

If you are on shore:

Anywhere on Cape Ann facing the water is a good view of the race. Obviously a point sticking out will be a better view as the racers cut the corner. Good Harbor Beach on the other hand is not so good as they will just be dots on the horizon. 8AM staggered start and the Annisquam River is good, they will be starting to exit the river by 9AM. Then from there until 2-3PM the fastest boaters will be circling the Cape entering Gloucester Harbor and on to the Greasy Pole finish. But don’t forget to cheer on the slower boats, the SUP boards, the dories, and everyone else who just want to finish the challenge in under six hours.

If you are watching from a boat:

Again, anywhere along the shore of Cape Ann. Please be aware there are many serious racers in high performance craft in this race. That means some are in razor thin craft and your wake can easily flip their boat. Steer clear, view from a distance, and keep the speed down when near these fragile craft.

Click the map, 33 tidbits of new information sprinkled within, and don’t be like Rubber Duck and miss the race entirely. She is paddling the race on Friday morning the day before! Such an airhead.

Chris Stovall Brown joins the Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line. Tonight 8:30pm 7.23.2015

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We’ll provide a musical haymaker this Thursday with the delivery of Mr. Chris “Stovall” Brown to our shores. It’s been a while since Chris has been here and we welcome his string-biting analgesic style as we cavort thru the entire teenage canon of pimply blues and other sordid recollections of days gone by. A blast to play with! Not only that, but the Atomic Clock hisself, Mr. Dave Mattacks, supplies the heartbeat. Expect to hear a lot of bad jokes, rampant diatribes and plenty of whining about the Republicans or the tip jar. I’ll be on base, too, with my newly freed right hand out of the cast (of thousands!) and into a free-range productive baby button, held up by a strong belt of vodka. hit at 8:30 at the Rhoomba Line.

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Wicked Tuna–F/V Lily Prepares for 2 Weeks of Taping

IMG_2672Captain Bill “Hollywood” Muniz prepares the Lily for two weeks of Wicked Tuna taping.  The Lily was geared up with all electronics for the cameras, harpoons prepared, new Custom Calcutta Bamboo Gaffs made by Daryl Morita of California. Even New mats to lay the Tuna Catch.




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GMG is at the Cape Ann Farmers Market Tonight!

Contributors from Good Morning Gloucester will be taping this weeks GloucesterCast from the Cape Ann Farmers Market at 5PM from the Bandstand in Stage Fort Park. Come down and see the shenanigans complete with interviews with some of your favorite vendors.

And If that’s not enough, Sista Felicia, partnered with Marshall’s Farm Stand is now officially offering sumptuous fare from her kitchen. Here’s the Menu:


Come on down to Stage Fort Park, shop to fill your cupboards with the best food and treats that Cape An Farmers have to offer. Check out the Farmers Market web site for all the details!


Thursdays, June 11th to October 8th
3-6:30pm at Satge Fort Park – FREE PARKING!

Pet of the Week-Sampsy


Sampsy is what they call me! I love going for walks, toys are cool and I am having great fun romping and playing with lots of other dogs here.  I love the pool and sprinklers…I am a water boy for sure.  For some silly reason folks have overlooked all my cuteness and wonderfulness so now the shelter has reduced my adoption fee to $100 to help find me a home. I can’t wait to meet you and start making memories today! So don’t wait to come say hello to me! For more information about Sampsy or any of his furry friends please visit the shelter in person or check our website for more information.


Nichole’s Picks 7/25 + 7/26

Pick #1

The Bluefin Blowout!  

Get yourself and the kiddos down to Cape Ann Marina Resort and Mile Marker 1 to see some giant tuna, meet the captains, check out the boats, bid at the silent auction and much, much more!  A FANTASTIC event, a premier fishing tournament and a tremendous addition to Cape Ann’s summer of fun!




Click HERE for a full schedule of events!

Pick #2

Misselwood Concours d’Elegance:  Car Show


Located near Boston, the Misselwood Concours d’Elegance is a premier classic car show featuring some of the finest automobiles in an unrivaled lawn and oceanfront setting on the East Coast. Attracting people from across the United States, the full weekend event has become the prime classic car happening of the summer on Boston’s historic Gold Coast.

Read all about the event HERE and see the schedule of events

Pick #3

2015 Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival


What is better on a summer day than a good old sand sculpture “competition”.  I’ve got to be honest and admit that I’ve never been to this, but each and every summer it is on my bucket list!  Sounds like a fun way to spend a summer day.

Check out the schedule of events HERE!


Pick #4

Footebrothers Canoe and Kayak Rentals


Canoeing and kayaking has fast become one of Americas favorite pastimes. Inexpensive and easy to learn, it’s the sport of choice for people of all ages! Once you try it, you’ll agree that there is not a better way to exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and have fun with family and friends.

Our stretch of the river runs through a National Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, scenic wetlands, and Bradley Palmer State Park and Willowdale State Forest! Much of the river is accessible only by canoe, and our some of our regulars include birders, botanists and fisherman.

Get all the information that you many need HERE

For a more comprehensive list of family activities, visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Today’s The Day! Sista Felicia’s Food Is Finally Available Starting Today At The Cape Ann farmer’s Market



Sista Felicia’s food is finally available for you to purchase and enjoy.

She has happily partnered with Marshall’s Farm Stand to prepare for you, delicious (and healthy) specialty dishes. Marshalls Farm Stand has been family owned and operated, for many generations at 144 Concord Street, Gloucester Ma.

Sista Felicia will be working with Bobby Marshall each week, going to Marshall’s Farm Stand to select the freshest and most seasonal ingredients to prepare dishes to be sold at The Cape Ann Farmers Market. The Cape Ann Farmers Market is held every Thursday at Stage Fort Park from 3:00 to 6:30 PM. Parking is Free.  Farm To Table.

Stop by Sista’s Booth Located next to the Bandstand in the Food Court area of today’s Cape Ann Farmer’s Market and take home yummy delights like Lobster Rolls, Shrimp Rolls, Haddock Sandwiches, Lobster Chowder, New Potato Caper Dill Salad, and Mango Radish Slaw. Sista Felicia’s Homemade Sweet Tea will also be available to quench your thirst.

She will be at the Cape Ann Farmers Market beginning today, Thursday, July 23rd and will continue through to the close of the season.


Lobster Corn Chowder

Who Needs To Cook Come Get Some For Your Family Tonight!







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Community Stuff 7/23/15


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2015 WINDHOVER ANNOUNCES “QUARRY DANCE 4” at Little Parker Quarry

Off Rowe Avenue in Rockport, MA  01966

Performances are: FRIDAY, JULY 31st at 5:30PM

SATURDAY, AUGUST 1st at 11:00AM & 5:30PM

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2nd at 1:00PM

Windhover Performing Arts Center has presented unforgettable Quarry Dances for the past three years on Cape Ann. The New York City based dance company, Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre, returns again this summer for a residency at Windhover for one week in order to create and choreograph a site specific quarry dance for the public. The quarry dance performances continue to grow in popularity each year.  (see attached flyer)

For Quarry Dance 4, the Dušan Týnek dancers will use the architecture of Little Parker Quarry — its ledges, cliffs, terraces and water — to celebrate this special place. The uniqueness and beauty of the quarry will be embraced and honored as in the previous quarry dances. 

Performances are free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. No reservations are required. The performance will last just over one hour.

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There is NO parking on Rowe Avenue or on Drumlin Road. Due to the lack of any available parking at Little Parker Quarry, please take note of these special instructions for parking and shuttle transportation:

Limited parking has been arranged at the Granite Pier on the upper level. Although fees are waived for parking, you must stop at the small parking kiosk and request a Quarry Dance parking pass from the attendant. Please display this parking pass in the front window. Due to the limited space for parking, car pooling is highly suggested.

There will be a six passenger van shuttle available at Granite Pier for $1.00 per person each way for those who do not want to walk. It is about a 15 minute uphill walk from Granite Pier to the Quarry on Rowe Avenue. The shuttle will begin 45 minutes prior to each performance and run continually until the performance starts.  It will return guests back to Granite Pier following the performances. We are requesting that no private vehicles be driven on Rowe Avenue or on Drumlin Road going to the quarry during the shuttle and performance times in order to allow for an unimpeded flow of traffic.

Note: Seating will be on a first-come-first-served basis and chairs will be provided. In addition, people are welcome to bring blankets to sit on, as well bring their own water and soft drinks. Please do be advised that space is limited.

In case of rain, the performance is cancelled.