When The Fish Came First Launch Party

Neil and I stopped down to meet the author and pick up our copy of When The Fish Came First by Nubar Alexanian.  Tonight is the last night you can get the pre-sale price so come down for some wine, cheese and hear Nubar’s stories on creating the book.  He will be at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center until 9pm.


What a delightful surprise to see this young turkey in our hood. I imagine they are ubiquitous, but it’s only the second time that I know of that they have been seen perusing Plum Street. My husband thinks she slept in our garden the previous night. Wild turkey Gloucester Massachusetts Meleagris gallopavo c Kim Smith

Hungry, fearful, and on the run, she didn’t stay very long.

Wild turkey Gloucester Massachusetts Meleagris gallopavo -2 c Kim Smith

How Long Have You Been A Reader Of Good Morning Gloucester and Can You Remember What Story Pulled You In?


Paulie Walnuts suggested that I pose this question to the readership.  It will be interesting to read the answers, especially from some of our long time friends.  I launched the blog in late December 2007 for reference.  It’s always great to see familiar names in the comment section and it’s even more fun when I get visits from our long time subscribers and FOBs when they come down the dock to say hi.

So please leave a comment on this post and let us know how long you’ve been around.  The person with the best comment wins a T Shirt.

It would also be interesting to hear how you view GMG.  Do you read it on our Facebook Feed?  In the nightly email blast which you can get for free by subscribing here, or if you have the site bookmarked and come direct to the url http://www.goodmorninggloucester.com.

Today in the Arts

A one-person show presented at the Open Door Gallery

Special Boston ARTweek event:
May 5, 5:30 PM to 8 PM with an artist’s talk at 6 PM


VSA Massachusetts ~ In collaboration with Law and Water Gallery,
89 South Street, Boston, MA 02111
Show Dates: April 29 to July 28, 2016
M – F 10:00 to 5:00 and by appointment
Contact: Charles Washburn, VP / COO 617-350-7713 x 102

Jon Sarkin is a prolific, even compulsive artist who creates elaborate drawings and paintings cluttered with words and images. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, ABC Primetime, This American Life, GQ, ArtNews, The American Visionary Art Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.

After a brain hemorrhage and a stroke that nearly killed him, the once-shy ambitious chiropractor awoke with an effusive, unfocused need to create.  He was a different man in body-deaf in one ear, his vision splintered, his balance permanently skewed-and in mind.

Jon’s work lacks complete inhibitions as he creates vigorously almost to the point of obsession/compulsive. His brain constantly tries to make sense of the world, and he constantly tries to make sense of his brain’s failure-through colors and images and words.  He cannot stop; he does not want to stop.  In fact, he is afraid to stop.  Jon has been referred to as the, “Accidental Artist.”  He needs to create, put it all down on paper; it’s his engine, his purpose in life.

Jon is unable to see the world as a whole and unable to ignore it in its infinite detail.  His brain constantly tries to make sense of the world, and he constantly tries to make sense of his brain’s failure- through colors and images and words.  He cannot stop; he does not want to stop.  In fact, he is afraid to stop.  He is an accidental artist, but he needs to draw, to put it all down on paper, is his engine, his purpose for living.



a book of photographs by Nubar Alexanian

The public is invited to a celebratory “Meet The Author” and book launch party at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson St. Gloucester, on Thursday, May 5, at 7:30 PM.

Retail Price: $295, Pre-publication price: $125. (Orders before May 6.)

Walker Creek Media and the Rocky Neck Art Colony announce the release of GLOUCESTER: WHEN THE FISH CAME FIRST, a limited edition beautifully reproduced large format book (14”x11.5”) of 67 photographs by celebrated photographer Nubar Alexanian from his Gloucester collection.

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A New England native and Gloucester resident, Alexanian accompanied the Brancaleone family of Gloucester and their crew aboard the Joseph and Lucia II on four ten-day fishing trips to Georges Bank in the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s, just prior to the collapse of the fishing industry.  His photos from these trips form the heart of this book and reflect his deep connection to these Gloucester fishermen.  They record the last glory days of commercial fishing out of Gloucester harbor, and also life as it was lived in Gloucester over a forty year period. In his introduction Sandy Tolan writes: “This book is a love poem to Gloucester; it is, as Nubar says, a ‘historical document describing a way of life that will never ‘be’ again.’ “

Copies of GLOUCESTER: WHEN THE FISH CAME FIRST are available to individuals at a pre-publication price of $125 from March 25, 2016 through May 5, 2016.  See the book’s official website, walkercreekmedia.com/gloucester.

GLOUCESTER: WHEN THE FISH CAME FIRST is distributed exclusively through the Rocky Neck Art Colony.

Resellers interested in carrying this limited edition title may order through the Rocky Neck Art Colony, 978-515-7004 or by emailing info@rockyneckartcolony.org.

A portion of the proceeds from the sales of GLOUCESTER: WHEN THE FISH CAME FIRST will be donated to the Northeast Seafood Coalition.


BREAKING NEWS: 2nd Annual Gloucester Harvest Music Festival Tickets On Sale NOW

Here we go again!  The Addison Gilbert Citizens Fund presents their 2nd Annual Gloucester Harvest Music Festival on September 17th at I4-C2.  Tickets went on sale today (get them here).

This year’s lineup includes:

Nadia Robertson
Henry Allen & the New Swingset
Allen Estes
Back Eddy
Zili Misik
Liz Frame and the Kickers
Danielia Cotton

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Check them out here.

Mark your calendar for a gorgeous day of music, food, wine, spirits and fun on the water in America’s Original Seaport.


Oh lordiy be….the floors will be a bouncin and the walls a tremblin.. Just look at this lineup… Davesag’s blues party Tonight! 8:30pm 5.5.2016

john keegan dsbp rl new




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


6th grade Gloucester Day at O’Maley and community service

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I had a great time at O’Maley this week, presenting to 6th graders for “Gloucester Day”. For the past couple of years, I’ve spoken with classes about the HarborWalk because they study it at some point during the academic year. 6th graders are great and all (they were fantastic), but these O’Maley teachers make it seem effortless. Me? I bought cookies from Cafe Sicilia and Virgilios to hand out!  This year I ran into Tom Balf for Maritime Gloucester on the way in,  heard the teachers delight in seeing their former student, David Brooks for the Hive, back as a mentor, coach and leader. I caught some of Rick Doucette’s presentation because I heard the exclamations over YMCA summer camp and the 24 sleepless hours in a rocking chair fundraiser. Allison Cousins was heading into a class with Little Charlie Goes To Gloucester, a children’s picture book about poet Charles Olson by filmmaker Henri Ferrini and illustrated by Stefan Mallette. (It was also mentioned as it’s one of the links on the Olson marker for the HarborWalk and you can see it with other Cape Ann Reads published books.) This year, Gloucester day fell on National Teacher Appreciation Day. Every day could be National Teacher Appreciation Day.  Here’s the report from 6th grade social studies teacher, Jessica Haskell and her O’Maley colleagues:

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 6th grade students at O’Maley Innovation Middle School participated in “Gloucester Day” as part of an introduction to their end-of-the-year service projects.  Citizens who are active members of the Gloucester community volunteered their time and expertise to come in and teach students about organizations that work to make our community a better place.  Students were also introduced to ways in which they can personally get involved in these efforts through exploring and discovering their hometown, volunteering, participating in summer camps, and coming up with their own ideas.  Community mentors who attended were Catherine Ryan (HarborWalk), Rick Doucette (YMCA, Awesome Gloucester), Meghan Stratton (Backyard Growers), David Brooks (The HIVE), Tom Balf (Maritime Gloucester), Beth Klinefelter (The Open Door), and Allison Cousins (O’Maley Guidance).

Thanks for sending these photos and looking forward to hearing about the students’ projects!

Get better soon, Mr. Davis.



Nichole’s Picks 5/7 + 5/8

Pick #1:  Appleton Farms Mother’s Day Spring Alpen Festival

Read All About it HERE


Date & Time
Sunday, May 8

Moms are FREE; Member Adult: $24; Member Child: $12; Nonmember Adult: $30; Nonmember Child: $15

Contact Information
978.356.5728 x4112
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich, MA

Directions to Appleton Farms

Register Now

A fresh idea for Mother’s Day!  Spend the morning at Appleton Farms ushering in the season of spring, the fresh flavors of the farm, and the dairy herd’s return to pasture.  A tradition originating in the Alps, this day will include traditional Swiss treats and homemade breakfast goodies from our farm kitchen.  A fondue bar, live music, and more. Let the Moms relax and enjoy the festivities while the kids help us open the barnyard, meet the baby animals, and make a gift for mom. Flower crown making in the Carriage Barn for all to enjoy. Decorated with bells and flowers, the cows will end the celebration in a traditional cow parade to their new spring pastures.

FREE for moms! Please register all other adults and children. (Example: If Dad is registering for the family of five -Mom, Dad, and three kids- add 1 adult and three child tickets to your cart.)

This event runs rain or shine. Please pre-register so we have enough refreshments for all. Children under 1 are free.


Pick #2:  Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum 

I realize I wrote about the Arnold Arboretum in another “Picks” post, but Lilac Sunday for Mother’s Day is a pretty special event.


Sunday, May 8th 10:00-3:00

Of the thousands of flowering plants in the Arboretum, only one, the lilac, is singled out each year for a daylong celebration. Mainly located on the edge of Bussey Hill Road in the heart of the landscape, the lilac collection at the Arnold Arboretum is among the premier collections of these plants in North America.

Tours of the lilacs and other special collections, family activities, and food vendors make for a memorable day. Be a part of this beloved Boston tradition! Check back for the day-of schedule of events.

The Arboretum is open as usual from dawn to dusk. Activities are available from 10:00am to 3:00pm, and refreshments are available from 11:00am to 3:00pm.




Pick #3:  Boston Harbor Cruises:  Free Ferry Day

May 7th, 2016



Free Ferry Day!

As part of National Park Service Centennial Summer, we open our 2016 season with a FREE FERRY DAY – this is a special one-day ferry schedule to either of the two most popular Boston Harbor Islands – Georges and Spectacle Islands.

  • Free tickets for the Boston Harbor Cruises ferry will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis at the Ferry Center on Long Wharf-North.

  • No tickets will be given out at the Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center on the Greenway or Long Wharf South ticket booth.

  • Free tickets are from Boston only. Hingham and Hull ferries will resume later this season.

  • The ticket window opens at 8:30 am. On nice weather days, all free ferry tickets are distributed before 11 am, with all of the departures listed below completely booked at that point.

  • Tickets will be handed out for the earliest ferry, then the next, and so on, until all ferry seats for the day are distributed.

  • Each adult in line may pick up a maximum of 4 tickets.  There will be no special arrangements for groups of more than 4 to be on the same ferry.

  • The inter island service in/out of Boston is not available on Free Ferry Day.

Don’t forget to visit the Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center on the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway for free programs available throughout the day!  Check our calendar for program details.

There are three departures from Long Wharf North to Georges Island for Free Ferry Day. Travel time is 45 minutes. Ticketholders must return on the ferry time listed with an average alloted time of 3-4 hour round trip per ticket.Ticketholders must return on the ferry time listed on ticket.  All tickets will have pre-assigned return time.


There are two departures from Long Wharf North to Spectacle Island for Free Ferry Day. Travel time is about 25-30 minutes. Ticketholders must return on the ferry time listed with an average alloted time of 3-4 hour round trip per ticket. Ticketholders must return on the ferry time listed on ticket.  All tickets will have pre-assigned return time.

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

“It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglass

More Cape Ann Wellness News – http://www.capeannwellness.com

Cape Ann Wellness

mysore B.K.S. Iyengar as a boy amid his fellow yoga students. He started yoga at a young age and the work cured him of many serious ailments.

Come, bring your kids to practice with you at

Cape Ann Power Yoga!

All the time students are asking us if they can bring their kids to yoga…..the answer is YES!

As a general rule, by 13 most kids are able to take a power yoga class. We’ve had younger kids who are engaged and used to being coached, they do just fine. Our classes are 60, 75, or 90 minutes. We just ask that your kids be ready to focus and follow directions for that period of time. They certainly don’t have to do all of the poses perfectly, and they can take breaks whenever they need to.

Basically, if your child is respectful, likes to have fun, and can take direction from a…

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Latitude 43 Bakes for Breast Cancer

More Cape Ann Dining News-


Latitude 43 Bakes for Breast Cancer
AND is now open 7 days a week!

For the third year in a row, Latitude 43 is bringing Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer to Gloucester.

To participate, all you need to do is order Latitude’s Red Velvet Cake anytime between now and Sunday May 8th (yes, you can even make a donation while taking your mother out on Mother’s Day. win-win) and Latitude 43 will donate the entire cost of the dessert to help fund breast cancer research.

Lat Boston Bakes dessert

So go ahead… order dessert first. It is for charity.

PS. Latitude & Minglewood Tavern are now open 7 days a week for the season, so you can get your fix any day of the week.

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Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Postings For 5/5/16 More At www.capeanncommunity.com

Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

Joey C

A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to http://www.goodmorninggloucester.com . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

The web address will be http://www.capeanncommunity.com

To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.

SeniorCare Presents Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers, A 3-Part Workshop Focused on Early Stages

May 4, 2016 ~ trixy546

SeniorCare Inc., in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH, will host Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers, a 3-part workshop focused on the early stages of the disease on May 16, May 23, and June 8, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at SeniorCare’s offices at 49 Blackburn Center in Gloucester, MA. Lunch will be served at each session. There is no charge for the series.

In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, caregivers face many new questions, needs for care planning and support. Join us for this education program to hear of coping strategies and practical answers for the questions and concerns that arise during early stage.

Attendance at all three workshops is strongly encouraged. To reserve your space, contact Susan Doughty, Caregiver Support Specialist at SeniorCare at 978-281-1750 x-520.

Living with Alzheimer's

Pre-K Open House at Eastern Point Day School!

May 4, 2016 ~ epdsfrontdesk

Want to know more about our amazing Pre-K program?

Come play with us, tour the school and meet our teacher! Pre-K open house Saturday, May 14th 10 am to 1 pm at our school! All are welcome!


Open Space: Working Together as Stewards

This interactive meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 11th, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street Gloucester, MA www.lanesvillecommunitycenter.org


Guest speakers and subject matter experts will include Steve Winslow, Senior Project Manager in the Community Development Department and member of the Open Space and Recreation Committee; Larry Durkin, Environmental Engineer in the Water Compliance Office; and Nick Holland, President of the Cape Ann Trail Stewards.  Together, they will provide an overview of their priorities, short and long term goals, and vision for Gloucester’s Open Space.
Ward 4 Councilor Val Gilman and Ward 5 Councilor Sean Nolan will co-facilitate a brainstorming session where small groups will work together to discuss ways we can work together to protect, maintain, and expand Cape Ann Trail Networks and our Open Space.
Questions?  Contact Ward 4 Councilor Val Gilman at 978-283-1993, vgilman@gloucester-ma.gov  or www.facebook.com/valgilmanward4  or Ward 5 Councilor Sean Nolan at snolan@gloucester-ma.gov   at 978-375-8381.