How long have you lived in Gloucester? 18 years the 1st time then 25 years away and now 36 years this time
What is your favorite season In Gloucester? Both spring and fall
Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”? Not really “get away” but I like going to when possible: the pasture in Squam, Lighthouse beach, the Back Shore, walks in the woods-Dogtown
What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester? Poseidons
What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester? Poseidons & Market Basket
What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester? What’s that?

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?   Not drinking these days… have not been going to bars for years.
What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester? Sugar Mags!
What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?  This one’s tough  The Block Parties, The Fiesta, The Sidewalk Bazaar, The Annisquam Sea Fair, The Horribles Parade are some of my favorites.
In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat? I  guess I’d rather be on a boat.
Who is your favorite local artist? Jeff Weaver.
Which is your favorite local beach? It’s another toss up… Good Harbor or Lighthouse.
Who has the best chowder in town? Halibut Point.
Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?   There’s others???
Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder? Haddock.
What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year? They were great when the weather was OK.
What is your favorite local band? The Docksiders.
What about Gloucester sets it apart from anywhere else? It’s People and the quality of light.

Thanks, Joey


A face only a Mother could love ~Wild Turkey male close up wattle, caruncle, snood Kim Smith 2016

Male turkey’s faces are brilliantly colored red, white, and blue and change color depending on what mood. A solid white head indicates the most excited.

Wild Turkey male Courtship display Kim Smith 2016

There were three males courting in this group, with one being the dominant Tom. To attract the females, the males were spreading their tail feathers (called strutting) and spitting. Group courtship like this usually takes place after the winter months in March and April, when they are still flocked together.

Wild Turkey male female Tom pea Courtship display Kim Smith 2016Tom and Hen Eastern Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey male female Tom pea Courtship display -2 Kim Smith 2016

Anatomy_of_turkey_headAnatomy of a Turkey Head

1) Caruncles

2) Snood

3) Wattle (dewlap)

4) Major caruncle

5) Beard

Notice the small light tan colored holes to the right of the eye in both the above photo and the top photo. That is the Tom’s ears with which he can hear quite well.

The photo below is not tack sharp so I almost didn’t post however, it demonstrates that this turkey is comparatively more excited as his face is more white and blue than the turkey in the first photo. And you can see the ear quite clearly in this photo, too.

Wild Turkey male close up wattle, ear, snood, caruncle Kim Smith 2016

Domestic turkey photo courtesy wiki.

Raymond Gonzalez in Concert

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April 16, 2016, Doors at 7:00 PM Concert Starts 7:30 PM

Tickets $25, $20 for RNAC Members

Buy Now:

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Raymond Gonzalez is a composer, arranger, producer and multi-instrumentalist. A professional guitarist since the age of 16, he has traveled extensively throughout the US performing on concert stages, festivals, radio, TV, coffeehouses, house concerts, and most things in between. Classical, celtic, jazz, folk, blues, rock and the avant-garde are all in Raymond’s arsenal of musical styles. He began composing for solo guitar, piano, and small (classical) ensembles at a very young age, which ultimately lead to a Master’s degree in Composition from the New England Conservatory of Music.  He continues to compose and perform in the classical and modern music arena. Raymond taught guitar (all styles) at University of Massachusetts, Boston for 11 years and currently teaches at Salem State University.

In addition to his commercial writing and production work at blue fish sound productions (see the production tab), Raymond has written and produced eleven albums of original songs and solo guitar pieces. Curly-Headed Humans (1989), and On the Water (1993) were both recorded with Amy Malkoff ; since going solo, Raymond has recorded Thieves (1997), the company you keep (1999), Moonlight and Sage(2004), tunes from the blue fish-ballades, breakdowns and tributes (2006), tunes from the blue fish II (2008), and Night Sky (2008), Carols(2011) Open Tuning (2012), One Bright Light (2013).

“One of America’s finest guitarists and composers”

-Dave Palmater, WUMB Radio Boston

“It’s hard to say which is better, his way with a six string or his way with a pen”

-Neil Fagan, Performing Songwriter Magazine

“Raymond Gonzalez proves himself to be a world class artist worthy of recognition beyond our humble seaside state” -Brian Owens, Metronome Magazine, Boston.

Open Tuning” listed in the top 20 Albums for 2012 – Metronome Magazine

According to Neil Fagen in Performing Songwriter magazine, “It’s hard to say which is better, his way with a six string or his way with a pen.”

“A world class Musician” Peter Janson, Acoustic Guitarist, Eastern Woods Music.

Raymond Gonzalez

blue fish sound productions


This Weekend in the Arts



Cape Ann Artist:
Bobbi Gibb Gallery Opening
Friday, April 8th ~ 6:00pm

Tracksmith Runner’s Lounge and Showroom
899 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115


Fifty years ago Bobbi Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Artist, athlete and author, Gibb defies professional pigeonholing. Half a century after her momentous run from Hopkinton to Boston, Tracksmith is celebrating her varied and groundbreaking career with the first ever public display of her paintings and sculpture. On Friday April 8th, we invite you to explore Bobbi’s work alongside the artist herself.

For updates, photos and more, visit:


Rocky Neck Art Colony Annual Fundraiser


Saturday, April 9th at The Studio Restaurant

“Blast From The Past!” is this year’s theme for Rocky Neck Art Colony’s annual fundraising event, the exciting Beaux Arts Ball, Saturday, April 9th at The Studio Restaurant.  Costume Parade through Rocky Neck begins at The Cultural Center 6:30PM.  Party at The Studio Restaurant 7:30PM.  Costumes encouraged but optional.

Tickets $40 until March 31st online at, $45 at the door.  Costume and Raffle prizes, dancing and food.

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Gallery hours, Thurs-Sun, 12:00-4:00 PM

The Rocky Neck Art Colony invites everyone to experience a glorious Colony tradition in artistic self-expression with fun, frolic, food and drink as you strut your stuff in an original costume creation – or not! (costumes optional) There will be costume prizes and fun raffle items!

Ever wish you could have lived in the time of the flappers and the Charleston?  Or the Elizabethan or Victorian eras?  How about the poodle skirt, Peter Pan collar 1950’s. Or the flower child hippie 60’s?     This year’s “Blast From The Past!” theme is an invitation to create a fun frock evoking any period or character from the past.  Whether you create with wild whimsy, ebullient elegance or fashionable flamboyance, leave inhibitions behind while you dance and dazzle with a “Blast from the Past” creation at the glorious Beaux Arts Ball!


God Bless Art
Portraits by self-taught artist
Earle Merchant at the Cape Ann Museum

Opening Reception
Saturday, April 9 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to announce the opening of their latest exhibition, God Bless Art: The Portraits of Earle Merchant on Saturday, April 9 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The opening reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition will remain on view through May 27, 2016.

Born in Gloucester in 1903, Earle T. Merchant was a self-taught artist who for many years was the monitor of painting and sketching groups at the Rockport Art Association and the North Shore Arts Association. He graduated from Gloucester High in 1921, earned a law degree from Boston University Law School and returned to Gloucester to practice law. Over a span of 20 years, Merchant captured the personalities and likenesses of hundreds of Cape Ann residents, from local characters such as Floyd the Clam Digger and the Catnip Man, to district judges, ministers and businessmen. The exhibition will include over 70 works of near uniform size (most measure 12” x 18”) dating from 1961 through the early 1970s.

Earle T. Merchant (1903–1997). (left to right) Edna Lane (1961); Ginger McGary, 11 Years (1969); James Bolquerin (1965). Oil on canvas board (16 x 12 in.). Gift of the Rockport Art Association, 2015 [Acc. #2015.029].


The recently renovated Cape Ann Museum celebrates the art, history and culture of Cape Ann – a region with a rich and varied culture of nationally significant historical, industrial and artistic achievement. The Museum’s collections include fine art from the 19th century to the present, artifacts from the fishing & maritime and granite quarrying industries, textiles, furniture, a library/archives, and two historic houses. For a detailed media fact sheet please visit

The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 adults, $8.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at


Click to read the story behind Laureen Maher’s “We Dive at Five
part of the exhibit at Lone Gull Coffee House”Tall Tales of Beach and Birdseye”

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To our devoted supporters:

Just $16,000 more needed!!

We are excited to be so near our goal of $100,000 needed to purchase four parcels of land on Atlantic Road, and pay for legal and closing costs.

As of today, we estimate our total donations and pledges at $84,000.

A short time ago, one of the most beautiful places in New England was threatened with massive construction and irretrievable damage. We’re just as amazed as each of you that this prized land and viewscape will belong to all of us.  Without the support of each and every one of our more than 400 donors, this would not be possible.

Thank you for your continued support and for showing up at all of those meetings.

Save Our Shores Gloucester (SOSG)

Roger Armstrong

Hazel Hewitt

Marty Del Vecchio

Dave Manley

Mark and Pam Poulin

Barbara Silberman

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Nat Osborn Band This Friday @ MinglewoodAtLat43 9pm 4.8.2016 Oh yeah! Be ready to dance…

Nat Osborn Band

The King and The Clown is on iTunes/Spotify
Nat Osborn Band EP on Bandcamp


Nat Osborn, “the mastermind behind the suitably named Nat Osborn Band, writes smart, punchy tunes that blend old-school Gershwin-era songcraft with decidedly modern sensibilities.” (Popdose)

The seven-piece band, flanked by a powerful three piece horn section, takes the best elements of soul, funk, indie-rock, and jazz and weaves them around Osborn’s truly infectious and clever songs. The band has rcently returned from a three month stint in Europe supporting their April 2015 self-titled EP release on Rope-A-Dope Records.

The band released their debut album, The King and The Clown, in April 2013 to a sold out crowd at Le Poisson Rouge in New York. Following the release, the band toured tirelessly playing 200+ live shows between the United States and Europe. They have appeared at, and often headlined, festivals on both sides of the Atlantic and been on television in seven countries, all while operating as a hard working independent act.

“The Nat Osborn Band has a rare knack for existing simultaneously in several different places at once” – The Deli NYC

“Eclectic, smart, high energy, Osborn gets his fingers into a whole bunch of different pies here and comes up with something good every time” – New York Music Daily

“Wow! What a sound” Artie Lange, live on the Artie Lange show

“The inability to label Osborn with any one specific genre lent greatly to his appeal. Dramatic vocal runs, rolling exotic and ghostly horn melodies, and even blues fueled guitar binges; Osborn fit it all into his tightly packed arrangements. With vocal theatrics likened to Muse, and playful horn runs a la Beirut, Osborn folded different genres into his compelling repertoire.” -Flush the Fashion.


Dave Birkin Tonight! The Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line 8:30pm 4.7.2016

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We’re late celebrating Keaster this week as I offer you hipster replacement therapy in the guise of Mr. Dave Birkin. A newbie for you and me. I met this guy at a party where the wallpaper curled and houseplants died after a rousing set of heat-seeking blues and j**z got the audience wheezing and drooping in hysteresis. Just back from a perspirational visit to The Mount Of Olive Oyl, where he scored a pair of Roman sandals and a scutum real cheap, Dave will visibly shake you up with modern renditions of classic blues and jazz. He has a really great Sax sound. And he sings, too. I really mean this.

dave birkin

Blacking him up will be that nun-eating master of the gootar, Mr. Mike DiBari; our antidisestablishvegetarianism recipient of the year, and Mr. Chris Anzelone, a new piston-popping drummmbler, who’ll knock your block off. I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time and can’t wait to hear me cry “Uncle!” Do come!



40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732



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Beauty and the Beast at Beeman School April 12, April 13  and April 14

The Beeman Elementary School Chorus presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Tuesday, April 12, Wednesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 7:00PM at Beeman School, 138 Cherry Street, Gloucester. All tickets for the production are $5.00 each and will be sold at the door the night of the performance.

The production features 30 fourth and fifth grade Beeman students directed by Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop director and actress Heidi Dallin with musical direction by Beeman Music teacher Beth Goldberg. Dallin was brought into the elementary school by the Gloucester Education Foundation initiative to support and enhance elementary school theatre by partnering teachers with theatre professionals.
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8150_LumiereBeastBelleHighResLumiere: Marissa Numerosi; Beast: Justin Lark; Belle: Ella Anderson
8610_gastonSilly girls HighresGaston and the Silly Girls
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Saturday Clean

Thought this photo would show how much fun we have doing a good thing.

Hi all:

Hope everyone is doing well. Melissa mentioned that Fishermen’s Park could you use some TLC. There is an amazing view up there.

When: Saturday: April 9, 2016
Time: 8:00 – 9:00
Where: Mount Vernon and Ledgemont Avenue

Please bring gloves, I have plenty of bags.

Thanks kids…


Public Art: Blooming Poetry. What are you doing this month to celebrate?


National Poetry month celebrates a milestone this year: 20 years. If you haven’t heard of this commemorative theme, a generation of children has grown up with this awareness from a parent, teacher, librarian or friend. Please let us know of local events and programs honoring poetry this April so we can collect them in one spot (write in comments below and add to James Eves calendar). I am toying with ‘Terse Verse Thursdays’ as a possible theme for a series, because I’d love to share your poems on GMG. They don’t have to be strictly ‘terse verse’ where a two word rhyme response solves a question or statement.

In the meantime, you have two weeks till National Poem in Your Pocket Day. Although the date skips around annually, this year it falls on April 21 as it did in 2002 the year it was established. PIYP Day (not sure this acronym will ever have legs) was inspired by the Favorite Poem Project founded by Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the United States in 1997. Write your own or carry a favorite to share with others throughout the day. What will you choose?

Gloucester children can submit their original poems to Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library’s Poetry without Paper competition thanks to Christy Russo, John Ronan and volunteers who step up to serve on that jury panel.  Gloucester students can send their original poems to the Office of the Mayor, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA, any month. Mayor Theken promises to read them! Students should include their name, which Gloucester school, and their grade. Mention a teacher if they’ve helped.


Art at the Schoolhouse!


GMG Contributor Donna Ardizonni and I were busy preparing for “Art at the School House” Show this weekend!  100% of the proceeds go to the restoration of the old Schoolhouse, so if you have a few minutes this weekend please stop down and see some awesome work by some amazingly talented locals (including some of our own GMG contribs!)  (Special shout-out to James and Anna at Cape Ann Giclee for the printing of our canvases & prints!)


Fiesta tile/coaster sets
Great images by the boss Joey C!
Another stunnah by the Boss!
Colby Farms & Skiff at Lane’s Cove by yours truly
Heaven over Essex Marsh & Portland Head Light by yours truly



Nichole’s Picks 4/9 + 4/10

Pick #1:  Kite Day at Cogswell’s Grant, Essex

Saturday, April 9, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (rain date Sunday, April 10)

Cogswell’s Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.

Come fly a kite at Cogswell’s Grant. Bring your own kite or build one with us, and watch professional flyers from Kites Over New England.

Archie Stewart of Kite Education leads an optional workshop with all materials included, where kids and adults can make their own kites and learn how to fly them.

Free for flyers and spectators

$10 for kite-making workshop

Please call 978-768-3632 for more information.



Pick #2: Rye Airfield Skate and Bike Park

Ever since my boys designed and helped to build their own skate boards, I’ve been dying to get them up here.  On my own spring bucket list for sure.

Check out their website HERE 


Pick #3:  It’s That Time of Year!

 Take a Tour of Fenway Park

Read about the tours and book one HERE


As always, for a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid


A Few Screenshots From Craig Kimberley’s Dodgeball Movie Trailer

The Full Movie Will Be Debuted at 7PM Friday Night At The Farm Bar and Grille, Come By and Mingle With Your Favorite Bikini Speedo Dodgeballers!


Frankie Gwynne and I will be on 104.9 Radio Show With Dana Hersey and Mugs Mc Gonacle Friday Morning at 8:45AM promoting the event, listen in for some laughs.

For more info-2016 Bikini and Speedo Dodgeball World Championship