GloucesterCast 176 With @KimSmithDesigns @DonnaArd @Joey_C Taped 3/28/16 #GloucesterMA


GloucesterCast 176 With @KimSmithDesigns @DonnaArd @Joey_C Taped 3/28/16 #GloucesterMA

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Topics Include:
Easter food
GMG Questionnaire- Paulie Walnuts was here the other day and brought up the old GMG questionnaire so look for those from all the new gmg contributors.
Syracuse in the Final four.  We have Alicia’s daughter Talias Quince Party Saturday Night but thankfully the game doesn’t start til 8:40PM
Selling My Grill.  I got a grill on Craigslist

It’s like seventy five cents to park for most of our classes between 9 and 5 Monday through Saturday which is only about half of the classes on our schedule anyway. So yea if you have to pay to park it really costs you $10.75 or $11 to practice. Still a lot less expensive than almost every yoga class anywhere.

Latitude 43 is looking for hosts, servers, bartenders, cooks (sauté, fry & sushi) and dishwashers.

If you’re interested, please email:

Speaking of Lat 43-

Another Freebie Out Of Nowhere From The Serenitee Reward Card @MinglewoodTav- A Free Pizza

Good One Hour At A Time Gang Clean-up
Donna Ransomeware/Backup- For Your PC Repair needs-
Updated to Windows 10 and its awesome!


Easter Sunset Gloucester Harbor. 

Last night’s saturated sunset from East Gloucester was arresting, becoming even more so after the sun set. The colors on the water momentarily reflected the voluptuous hues of the twilight sky, when very quickly the horizon turned glowing coral-pink-peach before extinguishing itself in purple.

Gloucester Harbor Smiths Cove sunset Kim Smith

The violet-orange on the water’s glass-like surface in the foreground looked as though it had been applied by paint.

Gloucester Harbor UU Church sunset Kim Smith

Gloucester’s Unitarian Universalist Church beautiful steeple

City Hall Gloucester Harbor Sunset
City Hall


The Ascension


The Ascension (24×30 mixed media)

The Ascension doesn’t occur until 40 days after the resurrection of  Jesus, during which time He appears to the Apostles and others.

Acts 1:6-11
So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Forty days after the resurrection, Jesus and His disciples went to Mount Olivet, near Jerusalem. There, Jesus promised His followers that they would soon receive the Holy Spirit, and He instructed them to remain in Jerusalem until the Spirit had come. Then Jesus blessed them, and as He gave the blessing, He began to ascend into heaven. The account of Jesus’ ascension is found above in Acts, and in Luke 24.

It is plain from Scripture that Jesus’ ascension was a literal, bodily return to heaven. He rose from the ground gradually and visibly, observed by many intent onlookers. As the disciples strained to catch a last glimpse of Jesus, a cloud hid Him from their view, and two angels appeared and promised Christ’s return “in the same way that you saw Him go” (Acts 1:11).

The Ascension of Jesus Christ is significant for several reasons:

1. It signaled the end of His earthly ministry. God the Father had lovingly sent His Son into the world, and now the Son was returning to the Father. The period of human limitation was at an end.
2. It signified success in His earthly work. All that He had come to do, He had accomplished.
3. It marked the return of His heavenly glory. Jesus’ glory had been veiled during His sojourn on earth, with one brief exception at the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9).
4. It symbolized His exaltation by the Father (Ephesians 1:20-23). The One with whom the Father is well pleased (Matthew 17:5) was received up in honor and given a name above all names (Philippians 2:9).
5. It allowed Him to prepare a place for us (John 14:2).
6. It indicated the beginning of His new work as High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16) and Mediator of the New Covenant (Hebrews 9:15).
7. It set the pattern for His return. When Jesus comes to set up the Kingdom, He will return just as He left — literally, bodily, and visibly in the clouds (Acts 1:11; Daniel 7:13-14; Matthew 24:30; Revelation 1:7).  So do not be deceived by false reports of His return.  When He comes, everyone will see Him, and rejoice or tremble, depending upon their relationship with him.  Be one who will rejoice.

E.J. Lefavour

Will Rogers Quote of the Week



“There is nothing as easy as denouncing… It don’t take much to see what is wrong, but it takes some eyesight to see what will put it right.”

William Penn Adair (Will) Rogers (1879 – 1935)

Born into the Cherokee Nation in what was then called Indian Territory, now Oklahoma, Rogers was a cowboy with a penchant for travel, working in Argentina, Australia and South Africa before turning to a career in vaudeville as a trick roper. It was his social commentary while roping that made him the best known star of his time. He appeared in scores of movies, wrote thousands of newspaper columns, and became a friend of the famous of the day. Although a patriot and supporter of the democratic process, it was that process and the foibles of politicians that gave him his best material. It was Rogers who said “A fool and his money are soon elected.” An early proponent of air travel, Rogers and aviator Wiley Post were killed in a plane crash in Alaska.

Julie Rhodes Band this Friday @ Katrina’s April 1st 9pm This is no joke!

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Listen to Julie Rhodes on Beale Street Caravan while on tour…see what they have to say. I have had the opportunity to see Julie a few times and thank a good friend and music lover for turning me on to her last year. Powerful, gripping and full of songs one can certainly relate to.  Julie’s brand new and first CD “Bound To Meet The Devil” is one of the best records I own and that says a lot. This live recording just blew me away. Have a listen and hope to see you at Katrina’s this Friday.




And the Winner Is…..

If you take one large water jug filled with money, sort it into quarters, dimes, nickels, pennies, and bills….carry the heavy buckets one at a time to the change machine at the bank, find out your car is dead in the parking lot after one of the trips, help the mechanic at the gas station right next door push it into their lot, leave it overnight, pay $413 to pick it up, tally up the receipts, sort through the couple of hundred guesses made as to the total in the jug, and find a winner….you have a Monday morning blog post.  You also have some cash to reward the winner, give a little bit to charity, and help take your kids to Florida/Disney World one more time before they’re too old.

So, here’s how it went down.

$62 in one dollar bills, one $10 roll of quarters, $1228.16 in loose quarters…with 3 rogue nickels and one penny snuck in  (I counted by hand once because I was dying of curiosity and wasn’t that far off), $377.56 in nickels and dimes, and $86.00 in pennies.

Grand Total =  $1763.72

And…all I can say is THANK HEAVEN for Beverly!!!  Because, without her guess of $1,765.23, our very own GMG Contributor, Paul Morrison, would have been closest with his guess of $1,785.73 and it would have looked INCREDIBLY fishy since he already stated that he would “use the fifty bucks to purchase sirloin steaks for the GMG Spring Mug Up at Joey’s grill.”  🙂

So, the winner is Beverly.  She made her guess, only a mere $1.51 off from the actual total, on March 22nd at 7:33 pm.

I need her to comment to this post….I think using the same computer or device she used to make her original guess…so I can tell it is the same person.  (Super official, I know).   When commenting, please let me know which charity you would like your $50 check written to.  And I will happily give you your own $50 as well.  We can coordinate how to go about that when you comment.  Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone for playing!

Good Morning Gloucester Questionnaire With Nichole Schrafft


How long have you lived in Gloucester?

      Moved to Gloucester right after college graduation, 1993.  Moved from Gloucester to Rockport in 2001.   So, 23ish years.  Both of my parents are from Gloucester though…so pretty much grew up here anyway.

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

Totally….without a doubt….SUMMER!

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?

Mill Pond Park in Rockport.  

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

Sebastians in Gloucester and Seaside in Rockport

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

Destinos for a true “sub”….Willow Rest for a “sandwich”

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?

My version of romance….two super quiet end stools at the nice dark bar in Short and Main.  

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

The Rhumb Line…..I wouldn’t sleep tonight if I hadn’t given them my top nod.  2nd is the outdoor bar at the Studio during the summer though…Big time!

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

      Sugar Mags

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

Schooner Festival

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?

Honest answer is to the beach, by boat!

Who is your favorite local artist?

No brainer.  Paula Morgan.  The amazingly talented art teacher from West Parrish.  😉 

Which is your favorite local beach?

Back side of Wingaersheek by boat.  Cape Hedge Beach in Rockport by car.

Who has the best chowder in town?

A year ago I would have said the fish chowder at Halibut Pt….but I don’t go there anymore.

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

Scary Mommy

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?


What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?

Always meant to get to one….never did.  

What is your favorite local band?

Dan King…..solo or with any combination of artists.  

What about Gloucester sets it apart from anywhere else?

Big time history, tradition, and beauty.  Big enough to feel big,  little enough to feel little. 

Thanks, Joey

Pratty’s Cape Ann Veterans Completes 30 Years in Business


Pratty’s C.A.V. in Gloucester, MA completes 30 years in business on April 1, 2016 and will celebrate with a weekend full of festivities and fundraising to support local war veterans. The real history of this establishment started back in 1947 as a veteran’s club called Cape Ann Veterans (CAV) and was run by John Madruga. It was located above where Connolly Seafood is now and later moved to the current location on Parker St. It was started by the Korean War veterans and in the late 1950’s Earl Foote bought the business and changed it to Earl’s Cape Ann Vets. After about 15 years in business, Sherm Anderton took over and renamed it Sherm’s Cape Ann Vets. After working for both Earl Foote and Sherm Anderton, James Pratt bought the business in 1985 and renamed it Pratty’s Cape Ann Veterans.

James Pratt, known locally as Jimmy, got involved in the bar business at a young age. His father, Ralph Pratt, owned the original Hideaway, Kazbar, and Ra-Jo’s with his wife Josie. Josie Pratt also owned a Lebanese restaurant and night club in Magnolia, next to the current fire station, called The Open Door. Jimmy started working at Ra-Jo’s at age 13 as a dishwasher and from there worked his way through the ranks and had pretty much every job in the restaurant. Jimmy was in the US Coast Guard and would often take leave to come manage the restaurant with his older brother Michael while his parents would vacation to Florida. While in the Coast Guard, Jimmy Pratt served in the Vietnam War from 1969-1970 on the US Coast Guard’s 378ft ship, the Cutter Hamilton.

Earl Foote, who at the time already owned Earl’s Cape Ann Vets, purchased Ra-Jo’s in 1971 and renamed it Little Earl’s. At that point, Jimmy started working for Earl at the Vets bar and continued under Sherm. When Sherm was ready to sell the business, there was no question who the buyer would be. Jimmy became the proud owner of Pratty’s Cape Ann Vets in 1985 and continued the family legacy of bar ownership.

Pratty’s is an essential part of the local sports community. For all 30 years in business Jimmy has been a sponsor of local little leagues, men’s and women’s softball teams, dart teams, and basketball teams. Currently, Pratty’s sponsors 8 different teams and not only has almost every team won their respective championship in the past 3 years, but every team has a member of the Pratt family as part of their roster. For Jimmy, it is not just about owning a bar, its about supporting the community and giving back to the town he grew up in.

Throughout the years, Pratty’s has been featured on the big screen from Hollywood productions to television specials. Known to the regulars as “Parker Street Palace”, Jimmy has created an environment that fosters the veterans of all ages.