Home for a New Tree in time for the Sidewalk Bazaar

Toodeloos’ Bears, wearing lots of sunscreen,  await the planting of a new tree.  The Old Tree was causing dangerous passage, but in one week’s time  the tree was uprooted, and a new sidewalk put in place, just in time for the Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar coming this Thursday August 6th – Saturday August 8th, to downtown. 



Amazing Footage of Cecil the Magnificent Lion

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One of the most heartbreaking aspects of Cecil’s brutal and gruesome killing is learning about how human kind has forever altered the gene pool of African lions. The unrelenting hunt for the largest and most dominant of the lions has led to an overall weakening of the species. In recent studies, scientists have shown that the largest male African lion is thirty pounds smaller than the largest male lion of only a few decades ago.

EMXP61 Image shot 2014. Exact date unknown.

Powerful and Regal Cecil


Images courtesy Google image search.

Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes, A.J. Croce, Rockport Jazz Fest & More @ Shalin Liu this month

This is it.  Right now.  August probably gives us, here in Gloucester, more entertainment choices than any other month — I haven’t really studied this, it just feels that way, but I’ll bet it’s true.

Shalin Liu‘s busy schedule is a prime example.  Many of their concerts are sold out, but here are a few choice shows we recommend, all of which have good seats left.

Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes this Thursday, August 6th.  They’re billing this show as ONE MAN, FIVE GUITARS AND TRUE ARTISTRY.  No kidding.  Get tickets here.

A.J. Croce next Wednesday, August 12.  Knowing he’s son of Jim Croce might be enough to get you there.  But you might as well just take it from Willie Nelson, who said, “A.J. Croce has wisdom beyond his years. With his music, he represents his generation with a profound sense of honesty in his lyrics and quality in his delivery. The future of entertainment is safe in his hands!”

And then there’s the Rockport Jazz Festival from August 13-16, featuring one of my newest friends, Sean Jones, on August 15.  Sean was Henri Smith’s special guest at Saturday’s Block Party in Beverly and let’s just say he owned the crowd of thousands, who showed up.  Expect great things from Sean Jones over the next few years!

CATA Trolley is Fun

CATA Trolley

I decided to jump on the trolley with my mother as it came through Rocky Neck on Sunday and take a little hands free tour of Gloucester.  Since we are both seniors now, it was a fun little excursion that only cost $1.00.  Jessica is the driver, and she is very sweet.  I plan to take it again to go to Stage Fort Park for a walk and picnic lunch.  It is nice not to have to drive, especially on weekends when if you leave Rocky Neck, there is a good chance you won’t be able to park when you get back.

10:00 a.m. to 5:39 p.m.

June 20 through September 7
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays

One Way Fare: $1.00
All Day Pass: $3.00

Persons with Disabilities, Seniors
& Persons on Medicare $0.50

Children under 5 years FREE


* No free parking during Waterfront Festival (August 16 & 17) & other city-wide events at Stage Fort Park

Visit http://www.canntran.com/Trolley.cfm for schedule

E.J. Lefavour

Rubber Duck at the Beach

Rubber Duck's SP50 is wearing off so heading in for some DNA repair enzymes. 1) 1.5 oz Ryan and Wood Folly Cove Rum, 2) 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice, 3) 1.5 oz Coco Reál Cream of Coconut in the soda aisle at Gucci Shaws.  SHAKE WELL WITH CRACKED ICE! OMG I AM SAVED MY DNA IS REPAIRED!
Rubber Duck’s SP50 is wearing off so heading in for some DNA repair enzymes. 1) 1.5 oz Ryan and Wood Folly Cove Rum, 2) 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice, 3) 1.5 oz Coco Reál Cream of Coconut in the soda aisle at Gucci Shaws. SHAKE WELL WITH CRACKED ICE! OMG I AM SAVED MY DNA IS REPAIRED!

You put the lime in the coconut you shake it all up. Don’t bother calling me in the morning. Rubber Duck book review in two weeks.

Annisquam Art Gallery: August Show Opens today

The Gallery on the second floor of the Old Leonard School is now in its 58th year.  The August show starts on August 3 and runs through September 7.  Hours of operation are the same as the Annisquam Exchange.  Monday through Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  For more information you can all 978-501-0715.  The address is 38 Leonard Street, Gloucester, MA  01930.


James Eves, owner of Cape Ann Giclée, Fine Art Printing and Gallery, is GMG’s Arts Enthusiast and the Calendar Guy. To submit arts related press releases, photos of arts events or any arts related posts email: james@capeanngiclee.com.
To add an event to the GMG Cape Ann Calendar go here to see how to submit events.


Blackburn Challenge Outrigger Canoe Video

Hi Joey,
My lovely wife, Mary Kay, Cindy Perry and Scott Tyrrell paddled a 4-person outrigger canoe in last week’s Blackburn Challenge. We belong to Boston Outrigger Racing Association and our club was well represented in this year’s event. The 4-person outrigger is called “The Duke” and had a couple of GoPro’s running. As you know, the seas were big and there was plenty of adventure! Our “ama” or outrigger filled up with water and we had to drain it on the beach in Gap’s Cove. We had a terrific race and hope Good Morning Gloucester enjoys our video!

Sweet or Sour

We spied this graffiti on a rock on Straitsmouth Island while hauling lobster traps the other day.

I’m feeling kind of torn about it.  While the sentiment is sweet (right?)….it’s still legitimate vandalism isn’t it…kind of sour?  Or is it just innocent fun?  Maybe it will wash away soon? Or is it there forever…or at least a really, really long time?

I remember judging how far we were in our weekly trips to my grandparents’ house when I was little and living “up the line” by the familiar graffiti on the rocks along Route 128.  Certainly graffiti has its place in our culture, but is a beautiful island sanctuary the right place?

I don’t know.  Thoughts?



Kamsihibai Storytelling at Abi’s Art Studio with Rachel Grinstead-Babson

Kamishibai Lady Storytelling at Abi’s Art Studio in Lanesville
1073 Washington St.  01930
August 3 – August 28
Monday & Wednesday at 10 and 12
Tuesday at 1:30
*Kamishibai is a fun storytelling experience from Japan for kids from 3-10. At Abi’s Art Studio we tell stories, play games and create our own Kamishibai Stories to take home and share with friends and family.
Parents can drop-off or stay and play with us, $12 a visit.