I know people get all horny for pumpkin flavored stuff. I’m not one of those people.

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Not sure what it is but just the thought of pumpkin coffee makes me queasy.  I know there’s tons that wait all year long for Dunks to bring back the Pumpkin coffee so this probably puts me on the outside looking in on the Pumpkin party.

Where do you fall on Pumpkin flavored coffee?

Greg Verga 2015 Gloucester MA Mayoral Election Video

To View Other Candidate submissions- https://2015gloucestermaelection.wordpress.com/

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 goodmorninggloucester@yahoo.com 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 goodmorninggloucester@yahoo.com which will have all previously submitted candidate’s videos.

Once they are submitted they will be added to https://2015gloucestermaelection.wordpress.com/ 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 www.goodmorninggloucester.com 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.



Today was simply a fabulous day, and it began very early with picking the first batch of ripe peaches from our peach tree. While washing the peaches, I turned to the large terrarium on our kitchen table and there were Monarchs galore beginning to emerge from their chrysalides. I had asked our gang of neighborhood kids if they would like to watch the butterflies as they emerge and help me with my film project and soon our home was filled with their wonderful selves. I’ll post the photos from our Monarch Day after the long weekend and don’t have time to get a new post together so here’s a favorite post from last year’s Schooner Festival/Labor Day weekend.belle-of-georgia-peach-c2a9kim-smith-2014-copy

Reblogged from Kim Smith Designs September 2014

Our ‘Belle of Georgia’ peach tree never disappoints. Each and every year without fail, and always around Labor Day, this semi-dwarf white-fleshed peach tree gives us mouth-watering sweet peaches. Not all of the peaches are perfect and the ones that are not eaten out of hand are whipped into smoothies, cooked in confections, or macerated with Prosecco. 

Bellinis make a festive addition to your Labor Day/Schooner Festival weekend brunch or dinner, especially at this time of year when the farmer’s markets and grocer’s shelves are brimming with tree-ripened fresh fruit.

bellinis-from-our-peach-tree-c2a9kim-smith-2014~ Bellini Recipe ~

Marinate peeled, pitted, and sliced (halved or quartered) peaches in Prosecco for several hours. Just before serving, puree the peach-Prosecco mixture. Spoon the puree into champagne glasses, about 1/3 to 1/2 filled, and to taste. Gently add more Prosecco to the puree. Add a drop of raspberry liquor, Chambord, or a few fresh raspberries to the puree, to give the drink that beautiful pinky-peach glow.

Bellinis are traditionally made with white-flesh peaches such as ‘Belle of Georgia,’ but any variety of sweet peach will do.
peach-tree-blossom-belle-of-georgia-c2a9kim-smith-2011‘Belle of Georgia’ Peach Blossoms

In flower and in fruit, the peach is a pretty tree for your landscape ~

Read an excerpt about the ‘Belle of Georgia’ from my book Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities ~ Notes from a Gloucester Garden here ~


Prunus persica ‘Belle of Georgia’

Cultivated by the Chinese for thousands of years, the peach tree is grown for its fruit as well as for its exquisite flowers and gracefully shaped branches. To better understand the significance of the peach tree in the Chinese culture it is worth noting that the development of the Chinese garden with its ying-yang symbolism was essentially Daoist in origin.


LWV Mayoral Debate Airing Tonight at 7:30 pm on Cape Ann TV

Cape Ann TV Channel 12 will air last night’s Mayoral Debate hosted by the League of Women Voters of Cape Ann tonight (Friday, September 4) at 7:30 pm.

The Debate also airs this weekend on:

Saturday, September 5 at 9:00 am; 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Sunday, September 6 at 9:00 pm and

Monday, September 7 at 8:00 pm

For future airings of the Debate go to: http://capeanntv.org/schedule/



Mega Yard Sale Saturday: In part w the League of Women Voters

It’s a multi-family, friends and neighbors yard sale event! The League of Women Voters will be participating as well, (their table sales to benefit their organization’s student scholarships). So come out to support and treasure hunt!

Location: 546 Washington St.

Time: Sept. 5th 9am – 3pm

Home furnishings, kitchen supplies, outdoor and yard furniture, antiques, collectables, sporting equipment, lawn & garden, and a vast multitude of other exciting treasures!!

Located just up the hill from The Willow Rest, (plan your beach feast & grab some surprises from the sale!)

Help Wanted…



Looking for a Part Time gig as a Host/Busser?

Well we got the place for you!

Foreign Affairs in Manchester, MA

Contact Kim at 978-704-9568 for details


Are you a Nail Tech looking for a place to settle in to?

Styles on Main  220 Main st, Gloucester

Contact Meghan for details

978-865-3287 or email meg@stylesonweb.com


Know a business that is hiring? Drop it in the comment section and we will add to the post!







MMoAA and North Shore Prints Show Opening

The Goetemann Artist Residency at Rocky Neck is pleased to announce the arrival of their second month long artist-in-residence, Laurelin Kruse. Her opening talk will be held at The Rocky Neck Cultural Center,  http://www.rockyneckartcolony.org 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, on Thursday September 3rd at 7pm. The talk is free and open to the public.
Laurelin will be parking her Mobile Museum of American Artifacts at various sites around the city.
The Mobile Museum of American Artifacts is a traveling museum of everyday artifacts and their stories. Housed in a vintage travel trailer, the MMoAA sets up at libraries, grocery stores, museums and other public spaces across the country to invite people to see its evolving collection of artifacts of significant (and insignificant) connection to every day life. The museum crowdsources its collection – at each stop people are welcome to submit objects from their own lives, which will travel on with the museum as part of its rotating exhibit. Inside the museum, artifacts are presented alongside a curated text, which tells the story of the object and its donor, per an interview conducted in the MMoAA at the time of donation.
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North Shore Prints is a wonderful show of 17 printmakers works.  The opening reception is tonight from 5-7:00.

Rubber Duck Treasure Hunt, or Hoax?

Rubber Duck received an anonymous email precisely at midnight last night. It was a very short email.

DATE:09/03/15; 23:59:59 EDT (DST)
BODY: At the GPS coordinates below you will find treasure Rubber Duck. You must dig at this spot before high tide tomorrow morning or all is lost Rubber Duck. You must dig Rubber Duck. No one else.

Since RD was online chatting at midnight she immediately put an IP trace on the message. Whoever sent it covered their tracks. They used anonymous Web Proxy Servers based in Russia and Romania to bounce the message and hide the source.

At first light we punched the GPS numbers in (specific to within 3 feet!) and set off. One twisted ankle and a grumpy duck later we find:

To keep the treasure a secret while Rubber Duck excavates we are removing all coordinates and identifying items in the photos. This could take a while.
To keep the treasure a secret while Rubber Duck excavates we are removing all coordinates and identifying items in the photos. This could take a while.

Me: “The message said you had to dig Rubber Duck.”
(This is when Rubber Duck starts sounding like Carol Channing when she is excited but also a little ticked off)
Rubber Duck: “Hello? Has anyone noticed my little stubby rubber wings and I don’t even have any feet?”

I think I hit something and it smells kind of ripe. Could you pass me a sani-wipe?  WELL HELLO DOLLY!
“I think I hit something and it smells kind of ripe. Could you pass me a sani-wipe?  WELL HELLO DOLLY!”

What do you think Rubber Duck will find?

This Weekend at Cape Ann Museum

Insights On Site at the White-Ellery House

Picasso’s Women – A one-day installation by Gabrielle Barzaghi

 The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present an installation of sketches by Gabrielle Barzaghi entitled The Picasso Women Visit the White-Ellery House, on Saturday, September 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This program will take place at the Cape Ann Museum’s historic White-Ellery House (1710) and is free and open to the public as part of Escapes North 17th Century Saturdays. The House is located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester at the Route 128 Grant Circle Rotary; parking is available off Poplar Street in the field behind the house.

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Sketches by Gabrielle Barzaghi based on portraits done by Picasso.

Gabrielle Barzaghi graduated from the Boston Museum School in 1978. She moved to Gloucester in the mid-1990s and has taught drawing as a Senior Lecturer at the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University in Boston for many years. She is a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant for drawing and has participated in many invitational and group shows throughout the region. Her work has been shown at the Boston MFA, the Currier Museum, the Fuller Museum and the Cape Ann Museum.

Artist’s Statement: Many of my works spring from my imagination, while others are the result of close observation and drawing from life. Often my drawings are a mixture of both, with close observation in the past serving my visual memory in the present. The themes are of myth and transcendence.

The White-Ellery House has served as the backdrop for a series of one-day contemporary art installations (Insights On Site) for seven years running. It was built in 1710 and is one of just a handful of First Period houses in Eastern Massachusetts that survives to this day. Unlike other structures of this period, the largely unfurnished house has had very few interior alterations over the years. Stepping inside today, visitors enter much the same house they would have 300 years ago. The historic home is open on the first Saturday of the month from May through October as part of Escapes North 17th Century Saturdays.

Hopper’s Houses – A Guided Walking Tour

A tour in downtown Gloucester to view houses immortalized by renowned American realist painter Edward Hopper

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Image credit: Edward Hopper, American, 1882-1967. Universalist Church, 1926. Watercolor over graphite on cream wove paper, 35.6 x 50.8 cm. (14 x 20 in.). Princeton University Art Museum. Laura P. Hall Memorial Collection, bequest of Professor Clifton R. Hall x1946-268. Photo: Bruce M. White.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a guided walking tour of select Gloucester houses made famous by American realist painter Edward Hopper on Saturday, September 5  at 10:00 a.m. Tours last about 1 1/2 hours and are held rain or shine. Participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time. Cost is $10 for Cape Ann Museum members; $20 for nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited and reservations are required. Email info@capeannmuseum.org or call (978) 283-0455 x10 for more information or to reserve a space. This tour will be offered again on September 12 and 19.

American realist painter Edward Hopper is known to have painted in Gloucester on five separate occasions during the summer months between 1912 and 1928. His earliest visit was made in the company of fellow artist Leon Kroll. During his second visit to Cape Ann in 1923, Hopper courted the young artist Josephine Nivison. He also began working in watercolor, capturing the local landscape and architecture in loosely rendered, light filled paintings. In 1924, Hopper and Nivison who were newly married returned to Gloucester on an extended honeymoon and continued to explore the area by foot and streetcar. During his final two visits to the area, in 1926 and 1928, Hopper produced some of his finest paintings. This special walking tour will explore the neighborhood surrounding the Museum, which includes many of the Gloucester houses immortalized by Hopper’s paintings.

Guided Walking Tours Offered by Cape Ann Museum

Explore downtown Gloucester through the historic lens of maritime painter Fitz Henry Lane

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Fitz Henry Lane’s Gloucester, a guided walking tour, on Saturday,  September 5 at 10:00 a.m. Explore downtown Gloucester and discover what it was like in the 19th century when Fitz Henry Lane roamed the streets and painted the views. Tours last about one and a half hours and are held rain or shine. Participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time. Cost is $10 for Cape Ann Museum members; $20 for nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited and reservations are required. Email info@capeannmuseum.org or call (978) 283-0455, x10 for more information or to reserve a space.  This tour will be offered again on September 26.

Image credit: Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865). Gloucester Harbor at Sunrise, c. 1850, oil on canvas. Gift of Lawrence Brooks, 1970. [Acc. #2020]

Fitz Henry Lane was a Cape Ann artist, printmaker and world-renowned American marine painter. With his subtle use of gleaming light, Lane is generally regarded as one of the finest 19th century practitioners of the style known as luminism. The Cape Ann Museum’s unparalleled collection of works by Fitz Henry Lane – which includes paintings, drawings and lithographs – is on permanent display in the gorgeously renovated Lane Gallery, a space fully devoted to Lane’s life and work.

BREAKING NEWS: Harvest Moon Music Fest Tix On Sale NOW!

We’ve just put tickets on sale for the Harvest Moon Music Festival benefit to help save Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Five years after Celebrate Gloucester, top north-shore musicians once again take the stage at Gloucester’s award-winning HarborWalk for an extraordinary day of music, food and family fun to help the Addison Gilbert Hospital Citizens Fund save our local hospital.

This is an all-ages festival with plenty of food, an artisan marketplace and a beer and spirits tent for people over 21.

North Shore Curtain Up host Aurelia Nelson will MC the show.

Dance, eat, drink, party and feel good about it because you’re contributing to a great cause.

Get your tickets right now, right here!

Spots Available for Youths Interested In Sailing On A Schooner For The Gloucester Schooner Race!

Hey Joey — Please post the following:

Please have youth interested in sailing on a schooner for the Gloucester Schooner Race contact Amanda at amappy@sbcglobal.net to signup. Please  provide name, age and cell phone number. It’s generally first come, first serve. “Kids” should be age 12 – 18 and need to be ready to go from 8:45  — 5pm on Sunday, Sept 6th. 


Thomas Balf
Executive Director
Maritime Gloucester

Missing Fred Bodin. This photo was taken in downtown Gloucester. Where?

Cat Ryan Submits-


On the wall is an Alice Curtis Fred Bodin print of Dogtown Babson boulders. This one is hanging in a salon. There are others around town. He was on my mind and I’ve seen it there before. This time it was just after what would have been his 9AM GMG posting.

Fred Bodin had time to be companionable, none of this I’m so busy and rush about manner. If you didn’t meet Fred or have the chance to visit his gallery, you could sense it in his GMG posts and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BodinHistoricPhoto where he’d take time to research any newcomer to best introduce and welcome them into the fold. A dash of humor didn’t hurt nor asking questions. He wrote generous and respectful introductions on GMG, too.


Fred was thrilled to join the Good Morning Gloucester ranks as official GMG contributor in September 2013 and grateful that Joey pushed him into social media.

“Who knew what influence GMG would have on us all? I had no idea. Love you all, eager to post interesting and sometimes provocative content.” – Fred Bodin

“From the little that I know, Joey does his WP Good Morning Gloucester work around lobster boat deliveries and bait pickup slack times. I’ve never had a job as physically demanding as Joey’s. He works his ass off.” – Fred Bodin

Post production (pun intended) was an art for him. He liked his GMG and Facebook posts short and crafted them deliberately. He was proud of meeting his morning deadline. He experimented with ideas and topics.It’s tempting to describe his process akin to dark room developing. Magic in the end. 

Fred Bodin belonged ‘here’–Gloucester, Rockport, Cape Ann, Main Street, harbor, GMG, on line- and it was contagious. He knew the festival, restaurant, artist, merchant, and neighbor. He blended art, business, history, sense of place. And he helped.

“My criteria for selection is this: You have only to ask me.” – Fred Bodin

He helped local merchants


He was an essential and proud contributor for the HarborWalk


“Thanks Jenn. The marker was cured and done when I got to work this morning. The signage looks great, and will even be helpful to those without smartphones (like me), and much more so to those who can scan the QR. I believe the new technology makes the old much more available to us.” – Fred Bodin

and the block parties.

He was the early and key partner for the downtown cultural district.


He knew how to say thanks.

Every inch of his gallery was filled with works of variety and originality like his approach to life.

O’Maley PTO, Gloucester Gardeners Club and Gloucester DPW Team Up To Beautify The O’Maley entrance

Debra Lucey and Christine Leveille forward-

Thanks to the O’Maley PTO for the beautiful benches, Gloucester Gardening Club for the planters and flowers and DPW for the cleanup and removal of cement lights.  The O’Maley entrance looks great!