Iris versicolor copyright 2016Blooming today all along the shoreline, pond bank, marsh, and meadow Iris versicolor goes by many charming common names including Sweet Blue Flag, Harlequin Blue Flag, and Northern Blue Flag. The specific epithet versicolor refers to the fact that it flowers in a range of blue to purple hues. No matter what shade of purple-blue, the falls are always yellow. Whatever one calls our native iris, it sure is beautiful, much prettier I think than hard-to-get-rid-of Siberian iris or the top heavy and overly showy bearded iris. And this American beauty is a hummingbird attractant!Iris versicolor -2 copyright 2016

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Joey writes-

I have deleted EJ’s writing and replaced this with my response that I posted to the people on Facebook that think I greenlighted or agree with EJ’s comment.-

You all realize that this wasn’t written by me and that I wasn’t even aware of it til I saw a comment about it and as soon as I saw it and I addressed it in the comments on that post.

I know EJ and I know she does not have bad intentions. She crossed the no religion line that all our contributors are explained when they get on board. She was wrong to do that. If you know her you know she’s anything but a bigot and is one of the most loving people you’d ever meet. I KNOW she did not mean to offend although she clearly unintentionally has. We had a conversation about this and will not be posting her religious views again.

You can read my comments on the post that I wrote on it as soon as I found out about it and know that I did not write nor condone her writing this post. I do believe that people trying to paint her as racist or bigoted simply don’t know her. She’s got something going on with her God. It’s her thing and GMG will not be the forum for her to preach about it. I ask that the people that profess to live tolerant, accepting lives be tolerant of EJ.

I’m disappointed that she wrote what she wrote on GMG knowing our policy but I’m not going to go into hysterics about it either. It is being taken down and replaced with this,  my comment explaining why it was not approved by me nor condoned by me.  

Our contributors post on their own and I generally don’t see their posts til the next day.

Wazzat? (#38)

There is a perfectly good explanation. First to comment the full reason gets a rare original pink Good Morning Gloucester bumper sticker signed by RD.

[edit] Adding Hint #1: This activity involved Rockport Police Radar. (It could have been any town but right now much easier in Rockport.)


Strawberry Festival

The Strawberry Festival hosted by our friends at The Bridge, Mile Marker and Marshalls Farm Stand is in full swing at Mile Marker today until 4.  Stop by, grab some fresh berries and support local business!


Anna Eves from Cape Ann Giclee representing the GMG family!



Marshalls Farm Stand with some delicious fresh ripe strawberries!


Daisy Nell and Captain Stan entertaining the crowdimage

These ladies from Western MA are rocking their bag from Again and Again (oh…and some cool shades!)


Shelley Nicastro from the Essex Bird Shop ready with some treats for your pups!

Castle Manor Inn Cape Ann Chamber Small Business of the year Awards



Nice annual event. Gorgeous day at the Inn.

Congratulations Gloucester’s Mark Nestor. Last year it was GMG  Joey Ciaramitaro, “longtime co proprietor of Captain Joe and Sons Lobster Company in Gloucester and the creator and driving force behind the blog GoodMorningGloucester.”

read more about the four 2016 winners from the Gloucester Daily Times article:



Poetry Without Paper reading Sawyer Free

Great reading at the library on Thursday. Mila and Tessa, two O’Maley awardees, prerecorded their winning entries as they were on a class field trip on the Lannon. Justine Vitale photo captured one of the great moments after a student reading and Mayor Theken’s reaction.



Book Store hosts Sebastian Junger June 21 in Gloucester

The Book Store 61 Main Street in Gloucester is readying for an upcoming Sebastian Junger author event that they’re hosting, and Fiesta!

They have filled one of their windows and the walls behind the check out counter with Alice Gardener’s art. Super-star selling author of War and The Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger,  will be in town with his new book  The Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging  on June 21, 2016, 7pm. Note the venue for the book reading as it will be held  in the Amvets on Prospect Street rather than the Book Store in order to accommodate more guests.




The Award Winning Albatross Opens For Limited Run At Gloucester Stage Company

unnamedThe Award Winning Albatross Opens For Limited Run At Gloucester Stage Company

 Inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s classic, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Albatross brings Coleridge’s tortured seaman into the present day to recount one man’s doomed journey on the open sea. Written by Matthew Spangler and Benjamin Evett, Albatross, a fast paced adventure filled with sea battles, storms, and ice-bound ships, uses visually thrilling stagecraft powered by the latest multimedia technology to bring The Mariner into the modern world. In his Gloucester Stage debut, actor and co-author Benjamin Evett recreates his bravura 2015 Elliot Norton-winning solo performance of The Mariner in this rollicking sea yarn staged by director Rick Lombardo. Following the limited engagement at GSC, Albatross will enjoy runs at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, 2016 and at 59E59 Theaters in New York City in January, 2017. Albatross runs from June 16th through July 3rd, at Gloucester Stage Company. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm andSaturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Single ticket prices are $28 to $38 with discounts available for Preview Performances, Cape Ann Residents, Senior Citizens and Patrons 25 years old and under. For information about Gloucester Stage, or to purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visitwww.gloucesterstage.com

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