#Bacon wrapped stuffed chicken breasts, Atomic Buffalo Turds and Corn On The Cob on the @webergrills Performer . #bbq 


The view from the Beauport Hotel restaurant looking towards Stage Fort Park. Happy 4th of July!

Gloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -9 copyright Kim Smith

Gloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -12 copyright Kim Smith

Gloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -11 copyright Kim SmithGloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -7 copyright Kim SmithGloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -5 copyright Kim Smith

Red, White, and Blue Grand Finale

I thought the fireworks this fourth extra stupendous. If you agree, the Gloucester Fireworks Committee is looking for donations, small and large, for the fireworks display during Schooner Festival over Labor Day Weekend.  If you haven’t already contributed, they would appreciate your help. You can donate by clicking here or sending a check to:

The Gloucester Fund
45 Middle Street
Gloucester, MA  01930

Please make the notation on your check “Fireworks.”

A few more

Gloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 copyright Kim SmithSpectators Along the Boulevard


Pavilion Beach Sunset Gloucester Greasy Pole Beauport Princess copyright Kim SmithBeauport Princess and Greasy Pole

Last night’s spectacular fireworks display was preceded by a glorious twilight. After photographing the parade, I met my husband at the Beauport for a fabulous al fresco dinner of fresh, locally sourced fish and veggies. The deck was filled to capacity with expectant firework’s viewers yet despite that, our meals were delicious and the service exceptional. Marly was our waitress and although it was her first night on the job, she is top notch. Colleen was the hostess. Many may recall what a sweet and welcoming person she is from her years at the Studio and Rudder. It was a treat to see Colleen at the Beauport!

The sky changed from golden violet to violet pink within seconds and it was fun to see all the boats jockeying into position for firework’s viewing.

Pavilion Beach Sunset Gloucester Greasy Pole Thomas Lannon copyright Kim Smith

Schooner Lannon and the Greasy Pole

Pinky Ardelle and Ten Pound Island copyright Kim SmithPinky Schooner Ardelle and Ten Pound Island from the Beauport Hotel Deck

Schooner Lannon copyright Kim SmithSchooner Thomas E. Lannon

DSCF1747Beauport Hotel’s very helpful and friendly concierges  Emily Jermyn and Chris Horack

MESSAGE FROM MAYOR ROMEO THEKEN: #gloucestermovingforwardtogether

“Local Foods, Local Places” Launched in Gloucester
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | Posted: Sunday, June 19, 2016 5:05 pm
BOSTON, Mass. —

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Curt Spalding visited Gloucester, Mass., recently to applaud the commencement of a workshop to help the city of Gloucester promote use of underutilized fish species as a way to enhance and make the local economy more robust, to advance public health and nutrition,
as well as revitalize the downtown. The workshop is being conducted as part of the White House Rural
Council’s effort to promote Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative that helps communities increase economic opportunities for local food producers and related businesses, creating vibrant places and promoting wellness by improving access to healthy local food.Gloucester is one of 27 communities in 22 states that has been selected to participate in this program, and is the only New England municipality selected under this program.

“EPA is pleased to be working with the city of Gloucester and their diverse partners to ensure that the Local Foods, Local Places program will help these hardworking people to continue with their livelihood and provide healthy local seafood for local residents and other New England families,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. “By working together to bring healthy local food to market, we can ensure we are making the right decisions for our environment, for public health and for our economy.”

The workshop started with a public meeting at the Gloucester House Restaurant and continued with an action planning session at City Hall. After the workshop ends, Gloucester will receive a “Next Steps” report
that describes options for actions the city and their partners can take to support a healthier and stronger Gloucester through local food and community planning strategies.

“Gloucester is proud to continue all efforts around healthy, community-based initiatives through Local Foods, Local Places. Our partnership starts with local leaders and is maximized with care and support from our friends at the EPA. We strongly endorse this economic opportunity to better help local farmers, foster entrepreneurship and improve access to healthy food,” said city of Gloucester Mayor Sefatia
Romeo Theken.

Developed as a partnership among the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Transportation, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Delta Regional Authority, the Local Foods, Local Places Initiative is part of the White House Rural Council’s Rural Impact work to improve quality of life and upward mobility for children and families in rural and tribal communities. As one of the 27 projects selected under the program, Gloucester’s
program was chosen from more than 300 applicants. The Local Foods, Local Places partnership is bringing a team of experts to Gloucester this week to help community members with technical assistance to integrate seafood into food systems planning and use local foods to improve health and drive downtown revitalization.

SOURCE: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The best way to spend the 4th of July

The grandchildren came to visit over the fourth weekend.  We as always had so much fun, going to the beach, hanging at the Magnolia Pier, riding the Lady Jillian, shopping at Toodeloos, walking Main Street and the fire works.  Great weekend with the love of our lives.

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Horribles, 4th, done, What’s next? Blackburn Challenge!!

Blackburn Challenge, July 16, 2016. Long range forecast shows partly cloudy 85 degrees for that Saturday. Tide chart shows high tide at 9:30AM so the boats will be flushed out of the Annisquam at the beginning. So, perfect weather, perfect tide.

And for the 30th running of the Blackburn most contestants will be tracked by GPS using RaceJoy. (Click here.) Even if you are just watching the race you should go download the app to your phone now. Besides clicking to see that the race starts in 11 days, 17 hours, 30 minutes, you will get to see a progress report of participants. Rubber Duck will be finding out more about this app in the next week so watch GMG for updates. If you want to try it out on Rubber Duck her “Bib Number” is 40. (RD needs a bib, she dribbles.)

Breaking news: Cape Ann Rowing Club Facebook page might be able to change Rubber duck into a shark!! She feels faster already!

Rubber Duck in a shark costume.
Rubber Duck in a shark costume.


Participants: if you want to be tracked by the unwashed masses of GMG just post your bib number in the comments. Then you will see Rubber Duck closing in on Jimmy T.

Start at the high school, gun goes off north of the railroad bridge, paddle down the river and then start taking right turns until you go all the way around and into Gloucester Harbor to the Greasy Pole Finish line. Simple.
Start at the high school, gun goes off north of the railroad bridge, paddle down the river and then start taking right turns until you go all the way around and into Gloucester Harbor to the Greasy Pole Finish line. Simple.



Wounded Warrior, Capt Dave Marciano Yankee Freedom copyright Kim SmithIn honor of our American military veterans and Independence Day, Wicked Tuna’s Captain Dave and Nancy Marciano are hosting a group of veterans aboard the Yankee Freedom. Captain Dave first began working with the Wounded Warrior Project about four years ago. He usually treats small groups throughout the season but his year has been incredibly busy for the Marciano’s and he needed a larger boat to bring out a larger group of vets.Wounded Warrior Marcianos Yankee Freedom copyright Kim Smith.jpgG

Capt Dave, Tom Orrell Yankee Freedom copyright Kim SmithCapt. Orrell and Capt. Dave

Captain Dave naturally turned to Captain Tom Orrell, from where he began his fishing career. Capt. Orrell owns and operates Yankee Fleet Fishing. Orrell was all on board with the idea and has donated his largest ship, the Yankee Freedom. Jim Destino donated lunch and Mayor Romeo Theken and the City helped organize gift bags.

Capt Dave, Nancy Marciano Yankee Freedom copyright Kim SmithCaptain Dave and Nancy Marciano

Wounded Warrior,Destinos copyright Kim SmithNancy Eva Rose copyright Kim SmithEva Rose and Nancy

Wounded Warrior Nancy Marciano Yankee Freedom copyright Kim Smith copy

Wounded Warrior, Capt Dave, Nancy Yankee Freedom copyright Kim SmithSalted and chopped sea clams are used to bait the groundfish

Wounded Warrior Nancy Marciano -1 Yankee Freedom copyright Kim Smith copy

Read more here in Saturday’s Gloucester times. 

From This Time Forward Forever More


“The day will be most memorable in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations  from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

John Adams