September 4, 2015 Sails and Tails Gloucester Block Party Schedule



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Participating stores and restaurants-

Participating Stores and Restaurants:

The Cave, Premier Imprints,TBT Post, West End Sweets, Short & Main, Cafe Sicilia, Cafe Bishco, Cape Ann Olive Oil, Pop Gallery, Dog Bar, Palazola’s Sporting Goods, Jalapenos, Pisces, Mark Adrian Shoes, Harbor Goods/Life is Good, Local Colors, Kid’s Unlimited, Topside Grill, Turtle Alley, Dogtown Book Shop, G33K, Village Silversmith, Toodeloos!, Ohana, The Weathervane, The Dress Code, Fabola, Trident Gallery, Blue River Diamonds


Submitted by Al Bezanson


Sighted at the Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta #PANERAI off of Marblehead August 8th. #FREEBRADY #SCHOONERGREENDRAGON


There were thumbs-ups galore from the participants. Here’s the reaction of Allesandro Pagani and his crew in NINA during a close encounter in the race. 


Katherine Richmond gave us a quickie professional lettering job with the house paint at the Gloucester marine Railways an hour before launch last Friday.


The Green Dragon Tavern was the meeting place of the Sons of Liberty. On the night of the Boston Tea  Party it was mysteriously empty. 

“The truth shall set him free schooner or later!

-Al Bezanson

Liv and Matt’s Wedding on the Cover of North of Boston Weddings Magazine!

livmatt_06-20-2015-378Check out the elegantly beautiful spread in the summer issue of “North of Boston Weddings,” created by Gail McCarthy and Amy Sweeney, featuring our daughter Liv and son-in-law Matt’s Lighthouse Beach wedding.

Our family’s deepest thanks and appreciation to Gail and Amy–truly a wonderful memento of their special day that we will treasure for always.

Story by Gail McCarthy and Liv, photos by Esther Mathieu.

North of Boston Weddings

Bouquet by Aster B. Flowers

“North of Boston Weddings” presents a guide to planning your wedding day, local couple’s weddings, gowns, flowers, invites, venues, and more! To read this and more about Liv and Matt’s cover story you can pick up a free copy of “North of Boston Weddings” magazine at the following locations:

The Essex Room


Adesso Spa

Avanti Hair Salon

Bass Rocks Golf Club

Sunbanque of Gloucester

Cakes by Barbara

Cape Ann’s Marina & Resort

Captain Carlo’s

Castle Manor Inn

Chrisholm & Hunt Printers

Cruiseport Gloucester

Kyla Salon

Dr. Jeffrey H. Ahlin

Eastern Point Yacht Club

En Vogue Salon

Espresso Italian Grille & Pub

Fatima’s Hair Design

Gloucester Estate Buyers

Gloucester Rental Center

Hamond Castle Museum

Harbor Loop Gifts/Building Center

House of the Raven

Nor’east Cleaners

Russell’s Florist

Sage Floral Studio

Salon 127

Salon Unique

Soft Touch Hair Salon

Trident Gallery

Virgillio’s Itallian Bakery

West End Salon

Mila’s Beauty Salon

N Larson Jewelry

Seaside Wellness & Spa

Mimi Gift Gallery

Emerson Inn by the Sea

Nicole’s Hair Salon

Rockport Golf Club

Rockport Inn & Suites

Yankee Clipper Inn/Bistro 127





Do you care?


When it’s early in the morning and you are walking your dog do you really care what you are dressed like?

I definitely do not. I am the crazy lady walking her dogs around the block in Christmas PJ’s

(yes i realize its August I love them and wear them year round)


Do you go out of your way to get dressed and get in appropriate dog walking attire? OR

Do you just roll out of bed throw on a sweatshirt (maybe) and some flip flops and go?



Recap of August International Dory Races 2015.

Saturday, August 22, 2015, Lunenburg, NS
International Dory Races

It was a great day of racing this past weekend with good match ups in all divisions, that are gaining momentum each year.  US women’s team Amanda Palazzola and Lindsey Rogers in their 2nd year of dory racing competed in a close race to the very end losing out to arguably one of the best Canadian women’s teams of all time (Kath Moore & Gail Atkinson).  The Junior men’s category showed two teams with similar boat speed but the Canadian’s John Ernst & Jack Smith navigated a superior course to a win over Tyler Edmonds and Thomas Beaton.  I believe both of these teams will have 1 final year competing against one another in the Junior category.  The US mixed team’s 18 year old Lily Jean Sanfilippo broke an oar on the start in her very first race.  She was pretty rattled and had to row with unfamiliar gear, but made the US team and her partner Bill Edmonds proud with a valiant effort.  Canada’s newly paired mixed team Danette Eden/Willy Wells looked like they had rowed together for years, and  with superior course navigation and composure, they powered to a victory.  The Over 50 match-up pitted last year’s US contenders Alex Thomas/Donny Favaloro against Canadian living legend Walter Nickerson (with 5 decades of experience and too many wins to keep track of) & 8 year dory mate and equally successful Danny Moody.  There are not too many 50+ or younger who would like to see Walter and Danny line up beside them in a dory.  As expected, Walter & Danny piled up another win for the Canadians despite the heart felt efforts of the Americans.  And, in the final race of the day 3 time International Champs Glenn Harrington/Erik Dombrowski faced off with 5 time consecutive International Champs Joel George/Markus Schmidt.  After a close race to the turning flag, the Canadian team executed a perfect approach and turn gaining a lead and extending it back to the finish line.  Joel and Markus are excellent rowers with an unmatched work ethic in the dory, showing all the teams in the event the passion and dedication it takes to dominate dory racing.

A great day of racing in front of a good sized crowd after a very foggy start on picturesque Lunenburg Harbour was capped off by an afternoon/evening of camaraderie with US and Canadian rowers and friends rekindling long time friendships, swapping rowing stories and challenging each other with future competition to determine who has the world’s best dory rowers.  Don’t miss the 2016 June International Dory Races in Gloucester, MA.

Best wishes and a sincere thank you to CDRA and the Nova Star for making this event possible, pleasurable, and exciting for all participants and fans.  With all of your help, we have continued a 53 year tradition born out of schooner dory fishing heritage and national pride.

Team USA takes some time off from rowing to see the cliffs & caves at the famous Ovens Park.

Massive Building Project on Main Street–Public Meeting August 27th 6:00PM at Rose Baker Senior Center from 6-8pm.

The property was once Cameron’s Restaurant which sold for $600,000 in 2010 and than sold for $975,000 to two non-profit organizations Action Inc. of Gloucester and North Shore Community Development Coalition of Salem, on Aug 6th 2015.

The plan as described in the Gloucester Daily Times on July 16th is to construct 30-40 affordable apartments with parking on about 9,000 square foot parcel of sloping land.

A public Meeting will be held at  Rose Baker Senior Center Thursday August 27th at 6:00 PM, located at 6 Manuel F. Lewis Street.

To view previous comments on this web site click here.

Please Note: Photos indicate the mass that will make up the building, not the design.



Capt. Bill Muniz of FV Lily Helps NOAA in Research Project


Wicked Tuna  Captain Bill Muniz of the F/V Lily assists a NOAA Team led by J. Michael Jech.   The project involves the tracking of Tuna using a Drone seen below with Capt. Muniz . his first mate and J. Michael Jeck and Jennifer Johnson also from NOAA.  The project is part of the Large Pelagic Research Center.



Gloucester’s Middle Street – Guided walking tour offers historic perspective

An ever evolving neighborhood

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Historic Middle Street, a guided walking tour of one of Gloucester’s many historically rich streets, on Saturday, August 29 at 10:00 a.m. The tour meets at the Cape Ann Museum at 27 Pleasant Street and lasts about 1 1/2 hours. Tours are held rain or shine. Cost is $10 for Museum members; $20 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited, reservations required. Email or call(978) 283-0455, x16 for more information or to reserve a spot. Additional walking tours are offered through the end of September – please to find out more.

unnamed-4Image credit: The Saunders House, now part of the Sawyer Free Library, in the early 1880s. Photo by Edward Corliss & J. F. Ryan House Photographs, c. 1882-85. 4″ x 6″ cabinet cards. From the collection of the Cape Ann Museum Library and Archives.

Did you know that a resident of Middle Street, Gloucester, saved the town from a British attack by sea during the Revolution? Or that a leading feminist and religious free thinker lived halfway down Middle Street? Or, that the 1764 Saunders House that forms part of the Sawyer Free Library has undergone at least three radical architectural changes including a massive Victorian tower? Four centuries of Gloucester’s social, economic, and architectural history are packed into this one short street in the heart of downtown Gloucester. Join us for a docent-led tour of an ever-evolving neighborhood where you will see surviving evidence of the past and will learn about structures and people now gone.

MOSSE the band will be playing at the Harbor Loop Concert Series this Thursday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m.

Listen to a clip here-



MOSSE the band will be playing at the Harbor Loop Concert Series this Thursday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m.

MOSSE band members Andrew Luman and Jerry Smith are Gloucester guys and the band is kinda famous thanks to GoodMorningGloucester (here was the world exclusive post on GMG about MOSSE’s debut.)

Thursday’s concert will be free, fun and kid-friendly. 

Attached to this email is a music clip of their sound and a Mosse CD poster, in case it’s helpful. 

Oh, and special bonus — the band will have their new CD available at Thursday night’s concert, too. 

See you there,

John McElhenny

Image of Mosse for GMG

So There’s This Bridge… (Poll)


So there’s this bridge in Westwood MA where trucks just keep smashing into.  It happens so often that someone has set up a video camera and put together a highlight reel of trucks smashing into it.

Play the video here-

You’ll see in the video that the trucks look like they’re gonna clear it but I’m not sure if the road suddenly has a bump but BAM, they all smash right into it tearing their box trucks to pieces.

Ultimately it’s the driver’s fault because there’s a big low clearance sign on the bridge itself and another tiny sign buried among about 5 other signs.

Do you think the town could do anything differently to alert the drivers Like attach a huge billboard photo of the previous truck wreck where it says LOW CLEARANCE so maybe it will sink in better or do you think that it won’t matter and they should just let these truck smash-ups continue to occur? Another alternative would be to install a hanging sign about 20 feet before the bridge that would be the height of the bridge so if the truck hit the sign it would make a loud noise and let the driver know that he won’t make it under and he better stop.


His Newest Story, What Pet Should I Get &

The Lorax

Peter_Pan_HelpsAudience memberActivity Time: Peter Pan(Olivia Osterman) helps a young audience member find her shadow


 Live Theatre Performances for Young Audience Members Age 3 and Older

Gloucester Stage continues Playtime Stories, a fun combination of children’s stories, live performances and children’s activities for ages 3 and older, on Saturday, August 29 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester. The stories set for August 29 are from Dr. Seuss: the new Dr. Seuss story, Which Pet Should I Get? and the classic tale of The Lorax. Following the performance, young audience members are invited to join Youth Program Director Heidi Dallin, Gloucester Stage Education Apprentices: Avery Daniels, Jenna Worden and Amelia Dornbush and cast members from the Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop program for activities and theatre games. On August 29 young audience members can learn about Stage Makeup and be made up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character from the stories, play theatre games and participate in a craft. Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theatre as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage as well as the opportunity to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops relating to the story. Each week Playtime Stories explores a different story ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors. All Playtime Stories’ performances are held at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Admission is $5. For more information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at978-281-4433 or visit

150218115124-02-dr-seuss-0218-exlarge-169This week’s story the new Dr. Seuss story What Pet Should I Get?

Apprentice_Helps_Young_Audience_MemberGloucester Stage Education Apprentice Avery Daniels helps a young audience member during activity time

PeterPan and Wendy_Fly_1590Peter Pan(Olivia Osterman) and Wendy(Miranda Joyce) Fly

PLaytimeStoriesPerformsPeterPan_1582Playtime Stories Company Performs

Community Stuff 8/25/15

The Gloucester  Nor Easters  are wrapping our first  summer program this Friday  Aug 29. We  have had a very  successful campaign  with  about 45 participants this summer which  was done a every  Friday thru July and August. I was hoping you could assist  us in promoting the Fall  season ,  I have attached a flyer that can be used if possible on your web site. Please feel  free to call me at home if you would like to further discuss or receive more information , my home number is 978 515 7116
Glen  O. McEachern



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.