Would you like to help us spruce up the pollinator gardens at the HarborWalk? The wonderful Maggie Rosa called last week expressing interest in helping care for the garden. We had a nice walk through the HarborWalk and talked about weed versus wildflower. Maggie has already made a tremendous improvement. If you would like to volunteer, I’ll be at the HarborWalk on Sunday morning from 7am to 8:30, before the podcast, and happy to show anyone interested how to identify the wildflowers. Please feel free to comment in the comment section or email me at if you have any questions. Thank you.

Thursday night blues party with Danielle Miraglia 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 6.8.2017

Thursday at the Rummie sees the return of the magnificent Danielle Miraglia. The divine Miss D always gets everyone cranked up, flapping and working up a big appetite. You’ll see.


Tagging along is the Bobster,i.e. Bob Enik on guitar and the formidable Edd Scheer, on drums and vocals. Be there!!


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

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ This week’s special guest: Allen Estes 7-10pm 6.7.2017

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, June 7th – 7pm
Special Guest: ALLEN ESTES!

Cape Ann’s premier songwriter, Allen Estes is with us this
week. Multi-instrumentalist. Brilliant lyricist. One of our
most beloved cultural treasures. We hit at 7!



Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
6/14 – Bill Gleason
6/21 – Quentin Callewaert
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Congratulations Topside Grill & Pub! Now serving great food, drinks and fun year round

Topside Grill & Pub, 50 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA (978) 281-1399

Topside Grill shut down January through April, but no longer! I asked restauranteur Doug Silva what it means to Topside Grill to have a year round liquor license awarded by the licensing board?

“First of all, we are very excited and feel pretty lucky to have been selected with all the choices.” Other businesses vying for the license included: Captain Carlo’s; Jasmine Garden Restaurant; Dennis Senecal for the former Espresso location; Simon Prudenzi for the former Dog Bar space; and Karma Liquors. You can read more about the process and see a map of all MA licenses on my earlier GMG post. 

“What does it mean to us? It means many things. We can stay open year round. We can hold on to our staff which will really help out with turnover. It’s great for our customers who come on a regular basis and won’t need to shift plans in the winter anymore. A year round schedule will stamp out any lingering seasonal perception that we cater solely to tourists. We’re all about local. We live downtown. We help downtown. We’re here for Gloucester and part of the community.” 


“It’s been super nice to hear congratulations and feedback from everyone, and so so so nice to hear from the professional community, too.”

Anything else?

“We get to play with a year round cocktail menu, too.”

If you hadn’t heard, Doug is a master mixologist. What’s popular now? Topside Grill makes a delicious homemade artisan ginger beer–fresh ginger!— refreshing on its own or shoring up a signature Moscow Mule or Dark & Stormy.

Topside Grill serves a great menu selection of seafood and steak entrees, and creative daily specials. My kids love the appetizers and delicious homemade lasagna and chicken-eggplant Parmesan which are family recipes. They think Doug is so lucky because his mom could cook these, you know, probably after school. Anytime. Just like that.

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Topside Grill is part of the downtown cultural district and the Chamber. Doug serves on Gloucester’s Tourism Commission

In case you missed this sign in the background.




Join Us to Celebrate 2017 Cape Ann Small Business Winners!

Cape Ann Community

Small Business Week

We are in the midst of Small Business Week here on Cape Ann! The Luncheon on Friday is already sold out but we invite you to join us at the receptions in each community to celebrate the winners!

Manchester Reception
Last night we celebrated Manchester Small Business Person of the Year, Jay Siblukin of Allen’s Pharmacy. Thank you to 7 Central for hosting and to everyone who joined us!

Rockport Reception | Tuesday, June 6, 2017 | 5-7 PM
Location: My Place by the Sea, 68 Bearskin Neck, Rockport
Small Business Persons: Matt & Missy Anzivino, Rockport Inn & Suites

Gloucester Reception | Wednesday, June 7, 2017 | 5-7 PM
Location: The Studio Restaurant
Small Business Person: Greg Bover, C.B. Fisk

Essex Reception | Thursday, June 8, 2017 | 5-7 PM
Location: Shea’s Riverside Restaurant & Bar
Small Business Person: Georgeanne Richards, Sea Meadow Gifts & Garden Shop

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