GloucesterCast 275 With Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz, Ruth Pino, Bob Gillis, Kim Smith  and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/19/18


GloucesterCast 275 With Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz, Ruth Pino, Bob Gillis, Kim Smith  and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/19/18


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Topics Include:

Free Tickets To Cape Ann Community Cinema – Share this post on Facebook for a chance to win two free tickets to Cape Ann Community Cinema, The Cinema Listings are always stickied in the GMG Calendar at the top of the blog or you can click here to go directly to the website

Gloucester’s 400th Anniversary Input Meeting April 28th! Check The Facebook Page For More Info

Good Morning Gloucester April 2018 Oyster Quest– Thanks Pat and GMG Jimmy

The cutoff became $1.50 and pat discusses the parameters.

Trader Joe’s Birdsnests in the Airfryer

Speaking to a dog owner yesterday- there may end up being a murder.

Dogwalking Tips For The Piping Plovers

The Studio Restaurant Is Now Hiring All Positions


The Undermining On The Boardwalk On Long Beach Is Scary

Briar Barn Inn Photos

Steel Cut oats to lower your cholesterol




Join in planning now for #GloucesterMA 400th Anniversary in 2023!

All are invited to have fun, join in, share ideas for Gloucester’s 400th Anniversary possible celebrations in 2023. A public meeting will be held at City Hall on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 1-3pm. Can’t attend? Email your input to the 400th steering committee: email  and check out the 400th Anniversary Facebook page For More Info

“Although Gloucester’s 400th Anniversary is five years away, we know that those years will go by quickly.  400 years deserves a year long celebration in 2023 and a steering committee has been meeting for the last six or seven months to get the process started. Three Captains have been chosen to lead the group:  Bruce Tobey, Bob Gillis and Ruth Pino. The Committee is sponsoring a public meeting on Saturday April 28, 2018 in City Hall Auditorium…What should happen during 2023? What would you participate in? What would you miss if it didn’t happen?” 

With so much advance notice, it’s fun to ruminate. Three words come quickly to mind for one idea: Virginia Lee Burton. Burton was one of the most influential children’s book author-illustrators of the 20th century and Folly Cove textile designer and founder. She received the Caldecott medal in 1943 for The Little House. Whether for the 400th Anniversary or not, I hope one day that there are tribute commissions for Virginia Lee Burton’s beloved characters Katy from Katy and the Big Snow and Mary Ann from Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel at Stage Fort playground.  Life Story and Song of Robin Hood were also informed by landscape and her life in Gloucester. (The Burton tributes could be massive, interactive and accessible bronze sculptures. Tom Otterness commissions were completed at this scale. Why not Burton? They don’t have to be. Also bring back the monumental sea serpent and the big truck. These memorable imaginative expressions were wood in the past and maintained for years. Perhaps they could be recreated with modern decking materials. And add in Burton’s Little House! )



May 1923 Gloucester Daily Times covers down to the wire plans tercentenary Gloucester Mass.jpg

Gloucester has a history of producing major anniversary celebrations which makes looking back through archives* inspiring for future plans. Here are a few I’ve pulled:

*digitizing Gloucester Daily Times and Gloucester’s municipal archives is another oft repeated plea of mine and others–am sending that one along to a 400th dream wish list…


Link to Gloucester’s 250th memorial celebration BOOK:


August 16, 1942– the city’s second (!) Tercentenary Celebration.


1923 Fighting for public art –  the Fisherman at the Wheel memorial commission

On May 21, 1923, the Gloucester Daily Times published an article about the appropriations and planning for the city’s 300th Anniversary which is remarkable in content and its late date–the celebration was just months away!  The idea itself and related costs concerning a public art commission –the one that would become Gloucester’s renowned Fisherman at the Wheel Memorial– were hammered out at a heated City Council meeting. Here’s the nearly complete transcription:

COUNCIL RECONSIDERS AND VOTES $5000 TO CELEBRATION: Equal Amount Will Be Reserved for Permanent Memorial Fund–Executive Committee Held Prolonged and Animated Session Saturday Evening. May 21, 1923 (*note ______ indicates illegible copy)

After three hours of discussion and a conference of the municipal council behind closed doors lasting about three-quarters of an hour on Saturday evening, it was voted to reconsider their action whereby the $10,000 appropriated for the anniversary committee should be alloted for a permanent memorial and voted for _____ committee to expend a sum not exceeding $5000 for the celebration, and the other $5000 to be used for the creation of a permanent memorial.

The agreement as finally reached is ______________ provide for the dedication in whole or in part of a permanent memorial to be erected and paid for jointly by the _______ city of Gloucester. “The municipal council agrees that a sum of $5000 of the amount appropriated by the city for the celebration will be for the general purposes of the committee if necessary, with the understanding that all expensea for additional police protection incurred by the  committee on public safety will be paid for by the anniversary committee. And with the further understanding that the anniversary committee will do all possible to have this sum of money applied to the permanent memorial in addition to the sum reserved ____ by the municipal _____ surplus after the celebration is over, this surplus also to be for the purpose of a permanent memorial.” The meeting opened at 8.15 o’clock, with a reading of the records by Secretary Harold H. Parsons, and following this there came without hesitation_____ ing of the celebration from those present, and for a time, one was reminded of the old town meeting days. ___________ A Piatt Andrew ___________ carnival parade by members of the art colony of the city were accepted and adopted. 

Plain Talk by Chairman Barrett-  Chairman Barrett then arose and addressed the members present and said: “I sent a communication to the municipal council some time ago to find out just what standing this celebration had with them. The letter I received was not

Continue reading “Join in planning now for #GloucesterMA 400th Anniversary in 2023!”

“IN WAR AND AFTER: The Art of Combat Veterans”, Curated by Ken Hruby May 17 – June 24, 2018

“IN WAR AND AFTER: The Art of Combat Veterans”, Curated by Ken Hruby

May 17 – June 24, 2018

Location:Cultural Centerat Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930

Gallery Hours:Thurs – Sun, 12:00 – 4:00 PM in May, 12:00 – 6:00 in June

Opening Reception: Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 3:00 – 5:00 PM

ADiscussion with Andrew Bacevich: Veteran, Gold Star Parent, Military Historian, Commentator Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 6:30 – 8:00 PM, The Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930

Co-sponsored with the Cape Ann Forum

All events at no charge to the public, donationsgratefully accepted.

Gloucester, Massachusetts, April 17, 2018– The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC)proudly presents “IN WAR AND AFTER: The Art of Combat Veterans”, a multi-media, juried exhibition of over sixty works by more than thirtycombat artists from the military services and by veterans making art from their experiences in zones of combat. The exhibition opens on Thursday, May 17, 2018 and continues through Sunday, June 24 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester, MA 01930. The gallery is open each Thursday – Sunday in May from noon until 4:00 PM and in June from noon until 6:00 PM. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Sunday, May 20 at 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Immediately following the reception, everyone is invited to a special event at the nearby Gloucester Stage Company theater at 6:30 – 8:00 PM. A Discussion with Andrew Bacevich, a veteran, a military historian and commentator. This event is co-sponsored with the Cape Ann Forum.


Congressman Seth Moultonof the 6thcongressional district of Massachusetts, himself a Marine Corps veteran of four tours in Iraq, states of this exhibition, “The ‘incommunicable experience of war,’ as Oliver Wendel Holmes once described it, indeed often defies explanation by words alone. That veterans can share some of their experience through art can help us all better understand what they went through. And as a veteran myself, who returned to war with a camera after I left the Marines, I know how cathartic art can be for those of us who were there. The work of combat artists is important for civilians as well, to deepen their understanding of the lives of our service men and women, and their families. “In War and After” is an a very important exhibition for both communities.”

Few people are aware that when US military forces go to war, some of them carry, in addition to their weapons, their sketch pads, graphite pencils, watercolor brushes and cameras. These are combat artists, tasked to not only serve the combat mission but to record that mission in ways only an artist can. Men and woman have served in this capacity from WW II to Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere.

One such person, Robert Louis Williams, a Cape Ann fine artist and RNACmember, was a Marine Corps infantryman and combat artist in the Vietnam War. It was upon learning of Bob Williams’ service that the RNACventured to prepare this exhibition. It presents not only the work of official combat artists, but of veterans of combat who chose later to express their experiences through the visual arts.

This exhibition celebrates the vibrant art communities have arisen among military veterans of war across the United States. One representative of this is the exhibition curator, Ken Hruby, a US Military Academy graduate, veteran of Vietnam, noted sculptor and faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston. Ken’s installations have been widely exhibited, the latest in a recently completed exhibition sponsored by Long Island University in Brooklyn.

IN WAR AND AFTER: The Art of Combat Veterans”presents the lives of combat servicemen andwomen, both active and veteran, in ways that break through the images and stereotypes presented in film and other media. The textures of these lives have too often become disconnected from, and misunderstood by, the civilian community. This exhibition seeks, through the powerful medium at art, to enhance understanding and connection. It presents the work of artists from all over the United States in multiple media; sketches from battlefields, encampments and military hospitals, oils on canvas, sculpture from bronze and wood, watercolors on paper, video, poetry and more. Peter Wernau, President and CEO of Wernau Asset Management, and a major supporter of the exhibition writes,“We are proud to support our veterans and humbly strive to live by the values they set for our country of loyalty, courage and integrity.”

No one comes home from a war unchanged. Combat veterans who are artists have the means to process those changes that are both cathartic and expressive. This exhibition explores the wide range of veteran’s responses to being “in war and after”, from the very literal through the abstract to the conceptual in a deliberate attempt to represent as wide a range of response by veterans as possible. After reviewing the submissions to the exhibition, curator Ken Hruby states,As a veteran of Vietnam and an artist, I’ve been waiting a very long time for this show. It offers the public a wide variety of the amazing work of combat artists and other veterans. It’s been a joy and an honor to be involved.”


The photos were taken after the storm on Tuesday morning, at dead low tide, standing almost to Salt Island and looking toward Thacher Island. I don’t recall ever seeing such enormous waves at low tide and will stay tuned in the future. Look for the surfer’s head in the waves 🙂


On behalf of Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Gloucester Health Department, and Gloucester Coalition for the Prevention of Domestic Abuse, we are pleased to announce that the 2018 Take Back the Night event will be held on April 23 at 5:30 pm at Gloucester City Hall ending at Unitarian Universalist Church. 


On April 23, 2018, the City of Gloucester, the Coalition for the Prevention of Domestic Abuse, the YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center, and HAWC will take a stand against sexual violence in all forms—dating abuse, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence – every type of sexual abuse.

Our event will begin at 5:30 PM at Gloucester City Hall (9 Dale Ave, Gloucester) and will end at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church Street, with a closing program which will include discussion about the issue of consent, as well as music and refreshments. People of all ages, races, religions, backgrounds, and genders are welcome to attend this free event and join us as we work toward a violence free Gloucester community.

Since the early 70’s, Take Back the Night Events (TBTN) have been held to bring together those committed to taking a public stand on behalf of sexual assault survivors in over 30 countries and 1000 locations around the world.  This will be Gloucester’s 6th Annual Take Back the Night event.

Once again, we will celebrate the voices of our community’s youth, as they lead the way in demanding an end to the injustice of sexual assault and harassment. Speakers at the event will include Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and representatives from the Gloucester Coalition for the Prevention of Domestic Abuse, the YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center, HAWC, the School Department and youth groups from the YMCA and GHS Gay Straight Alliance. Local Artist Nadia Robertson will provide a music performance.

Our TBTN event activities will include a gathering in honor of survivors of sexual violence and a walk to end all sexual and relationship violence.  Sexual assault is an extremely personal experience, often silent, often unspoken, but one that changes lives forever. Most importantly, we cannot forget that rape and sexual violence can be prevented in a caring community where we are all given the opportunity to be an ally to victims and survivors.


According to Ross Steinborn from the YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center, “The reality of sexual assault can be overwhelming for both the victim and the larger community. It’s important to remember that sexual assault can be prevented – first by always respecting other’s boundaries, and secondly by safely stepping in and checking when you notice situations that might seem threatening in any way to another.”

We invite all members of the community to join us in recognizing that there is no excuse for abuse and that as a community, we will speak up to offer safety to victims, ongoing education to the community, and do all we can to reduce the incidence of sexual assault and domestic violence.


Fun time at the Franklin Park Zoo

Papa and Nonnie had the best day with Maddie, Owen, Cole, Avery at the Franklin Park Zoo.  What a great zoo.  The Franklin Park Zoon has a wonderful reputation for taking great care for the animals and making sure animals are respected.  Some of the animals, such as the magnificent lions were rescued as many others.  It is very easy to get there right of Rt. 93 in Boston.  For more information please follow the link below.

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Chris Stovall Brown Tonight! Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 4.19.2018



Dave says,
Thursday, I’m wired to join Mr. Chris “Stovall” Brown at the Rummie. Chris and I have been whooping it up often lately and we have a nice little thing going, musically (see next paragraph). We have a lot of groovie toons and often the jokes fly like under-inflated footballs.

Mr. Mike Clarke, former L.A. drummer and Delbert Mclinton sideman will join us and fill the loose moments with a tutorial on Esalen hair gel. 830 to 1130.

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


You never know what beautiful pollinator you will encounter while shopping at Cedar Rock Gardens! 

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Sunflower, Cedar Rock Gardens

For more information visit Cedar Rock Gardens website here and see post from earlier this week.

Oysters Around Town Updated!

As promised, GMG Jimmy and I drove ourselves all over the Cape seeking $1.50 or less Oysters for you faithful readers.  Here’s a handy chart.  ONLY Oysters that are $1.50 or less are included when they are offered consistently on a particular day of the week.    NOT occasional specials if you can’t depend on what day of the week oysters might or might not be offered.

This chart includes only $1.50 or less Oysters  offered on specific days of the week on a regular basis



Update from Short and Main–shortandmain@captjoe06 yes, we have it regularly every day! We currently have dollar oysters every day from 5-6PM, and again from 9-10PM Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 10-11PM Friday & Saturday. Closed Tuesdays

Restaurants for oysters click here for Word document

We had a good time visiting with the various wait staff and bartenders.  Thanks to all for their input!

Acoustic Night at Feather & Wedge – Thursday, April 19, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Acoustic Night at Feather & Wedge – Thursday, April 19, 7:00 – 9:00 PM


Andrew James, returns to Feather & Wedge Thursday, April 19. Andrew has an extensive set list of original music and covers by artists including Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Tracy Chapman, John Mayer and Jack Johnson. Come have dinner and enjoy this very talented artist.

Thursday, April 19

7:00 to 9:00 PM

Reservations suggested.




Cape Ann Community

Gloucester Biotechnology Academy is still accepting students for its upcoming class of 2019.  Classes begin in September.  There are no math or science prerequisites needed –  all high school graduates between the ages of 18 and 26 are encouraged to apply!

Visit our website or contact Education Director John Doyle at 978.491.5968 or to learn more about our unique, hands-on training program.

Rolling Admission flier 4.2.18

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