Foggy Morning Music at Annisquam Lighthouse

Lighthouse Annisquam Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015I had a wonderful adventure early his morning looping around Cape Ann and listening for the clearest fog horn sounds to record. My drive began at the Paint Factory to listen for the Ten Pound Island fog horn, then onto Eastern Point Lighthouse, Thacher Island Light, and Straitsmouth Island Light, before landing at the lighthouse at Annisquam. For my purposes the Annisquam Lighthouse was perfect and I loved the combined sounds of fog horn, birds awakening, waves lapping at the shore, and the clanging of buoy bells in the distance. I think I got some good stuff!Lighthouse Beach Annisquam Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015


Lighthouse Annisquam Gloucester  - 3 ©Kim Smith 2015Lighthouse Beach Annisquam Gloucester -1 ©Kim Smith 2015Lighthouse Annisquam Gloucester -2 ©Kim Smith 2015Lighthouse Beach Annisquam Gloucester  -4 ©Kim Smith 2015Click the triangle to hear the Annisquam Lighthouse foghorn.

A view from Hull

I spent my summers in Hull from the age of 3 to 21.  My Nonnie bought a cottage on the bayside with a view of the bay and also Paragon Park.  On August 19, 2015, went to visit a very close friend to visit her and her mom in Nantasket Beach.  We went to the Hull Point and took this photo of Boston.  The airport is only 7 miles away from this spot.

August 19, 2015 from Hull

Take advantage while summer is still here……

$1 Oysters are what’s up on Cape Ann right now.

The following places advertise on a weekly basis and are subject to change by the week. If there are places that I have not listed please leave a comment and I will update.

The Studio 

All day Monday- Thursday

Foreign Affairs

Sunday- Brunch

Tuesday- Dinner hours

Wednesday- Lunch and Dinner hours

Thursday and Friday Lunch hours only

Short & Main

Everyday except Wednesdays

During the hours of 5pm to 6pm and 9pm to 10pm

Seaport Grille

Wednesday- All day

Mile Marker

Every Sunday all day

Mug Mondays Tonight at the Lexicon Gallery


Mug Mondays

Mondays 4-7pm
During Magnolia Farmers Market


Pottery for Sale from the Cape Ann Community
Come and Find your Treasure

Lexicon Gallery
Location: 15 Lexington Ave., Magnolia, MA 01930
Hours: Fri-Sun, 12-5pm
Mon 4-7pm (During Magnolia Farmers Market)
Or By Appt

Rockport Legion Band – Free Concert Sunday 8/30/15

The Rockport Legion Band will perform our eight free  concert of our 82nd consecutive summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand, Beach St, Rockport, MA.

7:00, Sunday, August  30, 2015.

Popcorn is available.  Children are welcome.  Folding chairs and blankets are good.  In case of rain we will play inside the Legion Hall, next to the bandstand.

Jason Howard will conduct this program.

The Star Spangled Banner Francis Scott Key
Mercury K. L. King
The Music Man Meredith Willson
Blue Moon  (Euphonium Solo, Connie Villanti) Richard Rodgers
Force of Destiny Larry Neeck
The Emerald Isle Dave Black
Trumpets, Ole!      (Featuring the Trumpet Section) Frank D. Cofield
Foiled Again Jack Wilds
Dixieland Jam!     (Dixie group) Arr. Bob Lowden
Disney Blockbusters Arr. John Higgins
Clarinet Polka    (Featuring the Clarinet section) Arr. David Bennett
March Ponderoso


K. L. King
1812 Overture    (Featuring the American Legion Riflemen) P. Tschaikowsky
Stars and Stripes Forever John Philip Sousa
God Bless America Irving Berlin

An Offer To All #GloucesterMA Election Candidates:


As you all know we don’t take political stances here or endorse candidates but what I’d like to offer is an invitation for any candidate that is running for office in Gloucester to submit a video explaining why they think they are best suited for the position they are running for.  The easiest way to do this would be to upload the video to YouTube.

The videos will be released once and placed on GMG at 7PM on the following night that they are received.  If more than one video is submitted to me at then the first one that is submitted will be aired the following evening at 7PM and the next one submitted will be posted the following evening at 7PM.  There will be a link in each candidates post containing their video to which will have all previously submitted candidate’s videos.

Once they are submitted they will be added to where all the videos will be available for viewing at any time on the same page.

In the title of the video it should list the candidate’s name- position they are running for and the words “GMG submission”.

If a candidate is not able to create a video to submit, then that speaks in my opinion to their qualifications to hold a position at this level of City Government.  If a candidate doesn’t read GMG or doesn’t get the word about this opportunity then that also speaks to their qualifications to hold a position at this level of City Government knowing the reach GMG has.

As always the GMG politics disclaimer- any post on these pages containing a candidate does not imply an endorsement for any candidate.  Comments on for these video submissions on the blog will be turned off for these posts as well.

Hopefully this will serve to help candidates get their message across.

Good luck and thank you to all that participate in the process for the love of Gloucester and making it better.

The 39th running of the Magnolia Road Race Is Next week!


Hi Joey,

We are pleased to announce the 39th running of the Magnolia Road Race to benefit the Magnolia Library Center next Saturday morning. This year, the great Joe Nadeau Band featuring Sandy Peek will perform right on Lexington Ave at the finish line.

The traditional kid’s 1K Fun Run will begin at 8:30AM followed by the USATF approved 5K Road Race at 9:15 AM.  The 1K Fun Run route will follow Norman Ave. to Shore Road to Hesperus Ave. to Lexington Ave. and finishing at the Library. The 5K road race map below outlines the route and streets that could be affected between 8:30AM and 10:15AM.  Senator Bruce Tarr will officially start the 5K while Cape Ann Savings Bank EVP and Team Gloucester running legend Bob Gillis will kick off the 1K.

Still Time to Register To Run: It is easy to register any of the following ways:

· On-line at  ($25 or $20 for Magnolia Residents; $5 for the kids fun run)

· If you choose to register on race day, please be certain to show up well before race time. ($30 race day)

We hope you can run our classic 5K (3.1 miles) race or come out to cheer on the runners! Race day registration is in the Library. The starting line is at 1 Lexington and Norman in front of the Library Center.

All are welcome to join in the Library’s pancake breakfast and Gloucester Police touch a truck!  Kids get free pancakes and entry to the Library’s Bouncy House as part of their 1K entry fee.

Sponsors:  The race committee could not be more pleased by the generosity  of our sponsors this year.  Led as always by the Cape Ann Savings Bank, we are so grateful to the following companies:

Cape Ann Savings Bank, Machine Tech., Inc., Extreme Truck & Auto, O’Hara Industrial Service

Manchester Athletic Club, Bass Rocks Golf Club, Shannah Montessori School, Jennifer’s Hair Studio and Spa, LUX Realty Group

Magnolia’s, Building Center, Rooter Man, Freedom Fitness, Hiltz Disposal, Lee Pasture Farms, The Joe Nadeau Band

Daymark Solutions, Cape Ann Auction, Magnolia 525 Tavern, Jim’s Bagel & Bake Shoppe, JPL Landscaping

Good Morning Gloucester, Jungle Stuff, Palazola’s Sporting Goods

For Safety the Following Roads will be Closed During the Event:

Norman Avenue, from Ocean Ave to Dalton Ave ( 8:25AM-8:35AM; 9:10AM-9:20AM)

Lexington Avenue, from Hesperus Ave. to Norman Ave. (8AM to 10:45AM)

Magnolia Avenue from Magnolia Square to Western Ave. (approx. 9:25AM to 10:10AM)


PS: We are still looking for race volunteers.  If interested, please reach out to


BeautyBar New Logo Beautifies Neighborhood

Hi Joey! …Mr. Small Business Person of the Year! Congrats to you!
Here’s my small business story about my long awaited logo.
When I first launched BeautyBar—a hair cutting/styling business—4 years ago, needless to say, I was unsure of its’ future. Investing immediately in its identity with a logo and advertising seemed risky.
Over the past four years, Beauty Bar on Parker Street has made itself known and gained a foothold here in ‘Glosta’. But the shops lack of any real signage has been criticized by my clients as having ‘no presence’. I realized the time had come for this busy one-woman beauty shop operator, as well as fine artist (I paint and display my canvases at the shop as well) to finally get that logo done!
My graphic designer friend, Deb Queally called me to chat about the long, hard winter we had, and the topics of hair, art and logos came up. Old ideas for the Beauty Bar logo we had had four years earlier were dusted off and joined up with the new, and she’s come up with an outstanding representation of my business. FINALLY A LOGO!
So I thought I would contact you for the BIG REVEAL, as my sign/banner will be more of a piece of public art than just an ad cluttering the landscape. It will adorn the sloping roof I share with that chic late night bar, Pratty’s, aka the ‘Parker Street Palace’. Filming by K Films of a bar fight with Casey Affleck, recently took place there and I’m in the scene holding a fake beer (never thought I’d be in that act)! I also got to do the hair of a few of the locations crew!
The hood is shaping up here on the old State Fish Pier! I’m in good company with Tree Top Yoga, Three Lanterns Bait and Tackle Shop, Wholefoods Distributors, Essex County Landscape Associates and recently the new home of Yankee Fleet Tickets.
Okay…here it is…maybe I can I get a drum roll from David Doc Vincent?!
Fond Regards, Laureen Maher
BeautyBar, Owner/Stylist/Artist • 12 Parker Street • Glosta, MA •


Pat and Jim Dalpiaz Big Time GMG FOBs Stop By For A Chat

Pat and Jim give props to James Eves, Donna, Kim, Sista Felicia, Kenny MacCarthy, misses the inappropriateness from the early days of GMG.

To get some quality GMG Logo gear Like Jim’s wearing check out the storefront-
Featuring our latest super quality fleece lined Gloucester Beach Sticker Hoodie and T shirts

Over Ice

I did a post the other day about how much fun it is to tailgate at a polo match over at the Myopia Polo grounds.  If you didn’t read it, check it out HERE

Sure, the picnic spreads can get all fancy and surely there is a fair share of the highfalutin, but don’t for one second think that the crowd isn’t also fun and laid back.

Take this for instance….  It might look like a juxtaposition, but I think not.


Summer is still here and I’m certain you can all think of a celebration or get-together that would be enhanced with your own ice luge!

Check out Cape Pond Ice to order yours today!

Community Stuff 8/24/15

Attention Professional and Recreational Photographers

The Rotary Club of Gloucester is holding a Photo Contest for its Annual Calendar.  All profits from this calendar sales go to support the Club’s many community and international projects and activities.  Winners will have their photos featured in the 2016 Calendar and will receive a $50 cash prize and photo credit in the calendar. 

Photos that show the beauty of Cape Ann in all four seasons, Gloucester photos preferred, images from other Cape Ann towns considered.  We are looking for very high quality fall, winter, spring and summer images. A selection committee from the Gloucester Rotary Club will make the choices.

Technical specifications:
Horizontal, color, minimum size 12 x 8” .jpg files at 300 dpi. In your entry email, title and identify where the photos were shot and the approximate month (if possible) they were made.  Photo title must be in your file name. (e.g. good harbor_dawn.jpg). Make sure to give your name and contact info with your entries as a Word document. Photographers who submit photos understand that we may need to slightly crop or downsize the winning entries for printing purposes and accept this. We reserve the right to use low res files of winning entries to help advertising the sale of the calendar. No copyright watermarks are to be embedded in the photos or they will automatically be rejected.

How many?
Maximum 5 entries per person

Where to?
All entries must be emailed to:

Entry Deadline: September 18, 2015  12:00 PM 

Rotary Club of Gloucester MA

P.O. Box 1228

Gloucester, MA 01930
Tracy Arabian
Rotary Club of Gloucester MA

Thrift Shop Grand Re-Opening

St John’s Episcopal Church is pleased to announce the grand re-opening of its Thrift Shop on Saturday, August 29th from 9 am – 2 pm. The Thrift Shop closed last summer for renovations, following the installation of the church’s new heating system. We are again able to serve the community by offering gently used goods at reasonable prices. Following the August 29th re-opening, the Thrift Shop will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am – 2 pm until the end of November. St John’s is located at 48 Middle Street, Gloucester, and the entrance to the Thrift Shop is from the church parking lot on Washington Street.

I am trying to remember the name of a cool clothing discount store which was in Rockport in the 60’s. My friends and I used to drive up there from Cambridge for our back-to-school clothing, but we can’t remember the name of it. Can you help!