GloucesterCast 292 With Heath Ellis Daisy Nell and Captain Stan, Randy O’Neil, Cat Ryan, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/12/18


GloucesterCast 292 With Heath Ellis Daisy Nell and Captain Stan, Randy O’Neil, Cat Ryan, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/12/18

JOEY’s iPad software glitched only recorded the first 18 minutes.  I am horribly horribly sorry that the last 50 minutes of teh podcast is lost with me having no way to retrieve it.  Absolutely brutal.


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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

2018 Gloucester Schooner Festival- More info


Drift Cafe and the Elks

Next week all the people that have kids in school will be all about getting back to school.
Block Party, Blues Festival and last two Saturdays being rainy
Drinking Sazeracs at Susan’s

Tickets and Donations online
Schooner Cruise and Dock Party $60
Dock Party $40

Schooner Lannon office 978-281-6634

Daisy Nell’s New Book- Darryl Eats A Donut

Magnolia 42nd Road Race August 25th Register Here

Clean Harbor Swim

Ginger Beer- Why Is It So Expensive- Twin Lights Bottling or Pigeon Cove Ferments

Coastal Waterbird Conservation Meeting

Straitsmouth Island Work Has Begun

Monsanto Ordered to Pay 289 Million dollars Because Of Roundup



One of our West Gloucester readers, DB, spotted a Giant Swallowtail in her garden! She was too surprised by its appearance to take a photo, and I completely understand why. They are fantastically large in size, as large as a Cecropia Moth. Giant Swallowtails are more of a southern species, but sometimes make it this far north and east, especially during long stretches of hot, humid weather.

Readers, please keep your eyes peeled, and if you can, try to get a snapshot, and please let us know of your sighting. Look for them nectaring in your garden; they especially love native Marsh Milkweed, tropicals such as lantana and bougainvilla, also butterfly bushes, Wild Sweet William, and honeysuckle.

I have only see one once in my garden (in 2012) and it was drinking nectar from the lantana growing in pots on my patio. By the time I ran indoors and back to the garden with camera, it was gone. The photos are from wiki commons media so you can id the butterfly if you see one in your garden. Happy spotting!

The yellow will be paler on an older butterfly as the scales wear off, but look for the arrangement of the spots for an id.

Giant Swallowtail Butterflies, with a wingspan of up to 6.5 inches across, are noticeably larger than Eastern and Canadian Tiger Swallowtails (Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, left, Giant Swallowtail, right).


GHS Hockey Cruise



Join the GHS Fishermen Hockey boosters in a fun filled “Jimmy Buffet” style cruise around the harbor. HawaiiIan shirts and grass skirts encouraged.

The cruise leaves promptly at 7PM from the dock at 24 Harbor Loop – DON’T MISS THE BOAT.

We only have a limited amount of tickets – get yours today!!!

Order here

Restorative Workshop Tonight


Join us at North Shore Restorative Yoga this evening for a deeply relaxing experience. Focus on your calming breath with supported yoga poses, guided visualization and attention on your body all by candlelight. You will hear the gentle rain and flickering of candles with essential oil massage and reiki assists. Harmonize, clear and release.

$25 6:30PM-8PM

My buddy Adam had to move from downtown Gloucester to Annisquam. This is how he felt about it.


Adam is really smart and his writing is funny and thoughtful. For 10 years, he and his wife Mysha lived near us in downtown Gloucester. We’d walk to his house for dinner sometimes and pass his place on walks down for coffee at Lone Gull or cookies at Caffe Sicilia. That all changed when he and Mysha moved to Annisquam. It’s a way different experience over there. Here’s what Adam had to say about the move. It’s a great read.  

A Shout from Annisquam

This winter, after ten years of renting apartments in the shadow of City Hall, my wife and I moved to another Gloucester outpost, Annisquam, a few scant miles away. When we told our downtown friends the news of our impending move, they responded in ways typically reserved for a cancer diagnosis.

“My God,” one friend said.  “Annisquam.  Isn’t there anything they can do?”

As the move drew near, our friends’ initial sympathy curdled into mild reproach.  This shift in tone opened the door to their gripes about the 3-mile overland journey between downtown and the Annisquam hinterlands.

“Can we find food along the way,” asked one friend.  “Or should we plan to eat the weakest member of our party?”

Read Adam’s really well-written post on The Gloucester Clam here.

1775 Battle of Gloucester Re-enactment

You don’t have to be a History Geek to be totally wrapped up in the Battle of 1775 re-enactment Saturday morning off Pavillion Beach!   The narrated re-enactment, having the 3 Schooners, Lewis H. Story, Fame and Ardelle, all authentic to the period, and the smell of gun powder gave you a taste of the battles that our Fort defended in her early years.   I’ll be looking forward to reading Joe Garland’s book “Guns off Gloucester.”  Published in 1975, as it told the tale of what Garland wrote as “Gloucester’s resolute role in America’s fight for freedom.”


Schooners in our Lives

The Schooner Festival is coming up so of course, my thoughts turn to the role of such vessels in my family’s life in Gloucester.

This is a picture of the schooner Concord, owned and operated by Captain John Duguo, an ancestor-in-law a couple of generations back who sailed about the same time as my direct ancestor Captain John Bentley. This picture puts in perspective for me the relative size of the ship to the men and to the sea. Yikes. Those guys sure look small there and it’s a wonder ANY of them ever came back from these fishing trips.

John Bentley was born in 1847 in County Galway Ireland. I have not yet found the siblings he surely must have had. To my knowledge, his parents Henry and Kate never came to America. He arrived in New York from Ireland before he was 18 years old, perhaps in 1863 when he would have been only 16.  He made his way to Cape Ann and  married Mary Catherine Costello (Kate) Christmas Day 1864 in Gloucester. (17 years old if we accept the dates on the various records). There were 6 children born to this couple.

Captain Bentley and his father in law, Martin Costello, died at sea in February 1882 when he was only 35 years old. His wife was left with 5 living children, the youngest only 8. Kate Bentley died just 3 years later of “natural causes”. By this time, the children were older and probably taking care of each other, but I’ve often wondered what life was like for them after they lost their father and then their mother in such a short time. An article in the October 1886 The Century Magazine called Gloucester Fishers states “Few men who fish on the Banks live to be old, and the result is there are comparatively few old fishermen in Gloucester.” And many fatherless children.

Seeing the schooners in the harbor is glorious and it’s worth taking a minute to remember the high price Gloucester has paid to get to this point.