On the Latest GloucesterCast I spoke About Two Houseboats/Designers I’m Obsessed With Their Projects- Check Out Daniel W. Bates’ Bates Flotel Project

Click On The Image To Go To His Site For a Slideshow Of Homemade Houseboat Ingenuity-


and his other work here- http://www.dwbates.com/

To listen to the words we spoke about this project and the #MVNUMNUM check out GloucesterCast 197 here

Kay Ellis Scholarship Fund–August 2016

DSC03058Tom, Brian and Heath Ellis hold hold one of many checks, and donations for the Kay Ellis Scholarship fund which will benefit students in Tourism and Hospitality. 

A pour of love turned out to honor Kay and  start the scholarship fund.

Songs were written and sung in her name.



Following our son-in-law Matt’s gorgeous, controversial, and highly successful ad for Volvo, titled “Wedding,” he has created the evocative and beautiful “Song of the Open Road.” Watch it here ~

On Growing Old


From ULYSSES, by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are,–
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Awesome Gloucester Video

Here’s a link to a video John Cooney made about Awesome Gloucester, an organization that has quietly raised nearly $40,000 and distributed it to the community in various ways over the last three years. The twenty trustees each chip in $50 a month, review and vote for their favorites out of the 10 to 15 proposals we receive every month, and then hold a public Pitch Night to decide among the top three. The best idea gets $1,000 in cash. It’s very simple to make a proposal, fun to attend Pitch Night (3rd Mondays at Gloucester House (Thanks, Lenny)), and sometimes we are looking for new trustees. Even more info at our website.



This is going to be a huge clean-up.   Please email me at donna@circleconsulting.com or kileybdavis@gmail.com to let us know which area you would like to help out.  We look forward to hearing from lots of great citizens of Gloucester.  Please bring your gloves and we will supply the yellow bags.  If you have a picker it is always helpful.

Thank you

September 10 clean up

Holy Antipasto!

Back in June I had a work gathering at a friend’s house and promised to bring something. After working all day and then bringing the boys home to Rockport before heading back up to Hamilton, I didn’t leave enough time to finish preparing what I had originally planned to bring.  So…. I picked up the phone.  I called Mike’s Place in Gloucester and ordered a 1/2 tray Antipasto.  It was ready in 15 minutes, it was HUGE, it came with lots of homemade pita pockets, and it was only about $25.

As simple as it was, it was a big hit.  And…there was a ton left over to bring to work the next day to feed the troops.

Once this summer I ordered the same salad tray again and packed it a few days in a row for easy beach lunches…and for a couple quick light dinners. The only downside is that the salad is SO incredibly big that we could probably eat it two meals per day for five days in a row….but that would be a bit monotonous….even though it is yummy enough to do so.

After heading back to work full-time yesterday to plan for a new school year…and with the boys having a 1/2 day soccer camp each day all week long…the same 1/2 tray antipasto was calling my name.  It made for a nice dinner last night for all four of us, it will be my lunch today at work, it will be waiting for the boys after 4 hours of soccer this afternoon, and will probably be lunch and dinner again once or twice Wednesday and/or Thursday.

Long story short…. order one!   Perfect during a super busy week….especially when it is too hot to cook.

Mike’s Place

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Charlie_DSC8000 Maya_FinnB_DSC8053 FALL Session 2016 Starts on

Friday, September 9 For Children &

Saturday, September 10 For Teens

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops is accepting students 5-19 for the Fall Session.  The six week Youth Acting Workshop Fall Session meets for a total of four hours per week through Saturday, October 15. The Fall Session features expanded class hours & lower tuition. The Fall 2016 Session features Acting Instruction taught by award winning actress, Harvard graduate and Gloucester native Heidi Dallin; Lighting Design taught by GSC Master Electrician PJ Strachman; Sound Design taught by The Totalitarians Sound Designer David Remedios and a special course incorporating play writing, dramaturgy and music in “How To Make A Musical” taught by guest instructor Tufts graduate and Danvers native Sarah Vandewalle.

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops are designed to provide young people an outlet to nurture their creative potential through developing self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills to use in their daily life as well as introducing them to the skills necessary for professional theatre.

Registration is open for the FALL 2016 Session. Students are divided in classes according to age.  The Children’s Class (ages 5-10) meets Fridays, 4-6pm and Saturdays, 11-1pm. The Teen Class (ages 11-19) meets Saturdays, 9-1pm Class size is limited and registration is on a first come basis. For class times and schedules and to register, call978-283-6688 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com.Charlie_H_Lucy_DSC7962

GSC Youth Acting Workshop Students in Action.

All Photos by Gary Ng



Continuing through September 11th:  Geoffrey Bayliss | Prints, Drawings : rhythmic and lyrical at Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street (next door to the Cape Ann Museum), Gloucester.  The gallery is open Thursdays-Sundays 12noon-5pm and by appointment.  917-902-4359.  A selection of works from the exhibition can be viewed atwww.janedeeringgallery.com.


Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 8/30/16


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.

Image ~ August 29, 2016 ~ middlestwalk

sept. 3 revision for GMG

Final Block Party of the Summer!

August 29, 2016 ~ chambercacc ~

Join us this Friday night, September 2, for the final Gloucester Block Party of the summer!  As always, the event will feature our wonderful downtown merchants, delicious food, music, entertainment and more!

Details on participating vendors and performances will posted this week on gloucesterblockparty.com.  Follow along on Facebook for photos and videos.


As a reminder of how fun these community events are, here are the videos from this year’s block parties so far… We hope to see you there on Friday night!

August Block Party

July Block Party