Thirteen Harbor Seals warming on the rocks, plus a few bobbing heads spotted around the harbor. This charming duo was the most photogenic of the bunch ūüôā


During the podcast this morning I mistakenly suggested that Present Gloucester, the delightfully whimsical holiday pop-up shop, was located at last years’ location.

This year Present has popped-up at 263 Main Street, right next door to the fabulous Alexandra’s Bread, which is also chock-a-block full of wonderful holiday treasures.


My friend Nicole Duckworth is part of the Open Door’s Turkey Team, a group of individuals collectively raising funds for the Open Door’s Thanksgiving drive. Nicole has raised $250.00 towards her $500.00 goal. Please help Nicole help local families. Thirty dollars buys a family a turkey dinner, complete with all the fixings. You can donate by clicking here. Thank you!

Nicole writes:

“Join me making a real difference.

Even a small donation will go a long way to helping me meet my fundraising goal for The Open Door — and we’ll be making the holidays so much brighter for our neighbors in need. Every $30 provides a basket, so whether you give $10 or $100, we’ll be helping local families set their holiday tables.

Thank you!”

There are more people than ever this year who need our community’s help with Thanksgiving. Working with all the Turkey Team members, the Open Door’s  goal is to raise $10,000.00.  Read more about how you can help here:

Help The Open Door Provide Holiday Meal Baskets

Start a fundraiser to provide families who struggle to make ends meet with all the fixings to prepare their own festive holiday meals

We’re asking a few of our key partners to rally their friends, family, and networks to help us provide Holiday Meal Baskets to families who struggle to make ends meet.

We invite you to help us collectively raise $10,000 for Holiday Meal Baskets this season. Set your own fundraising goal to help us get there. When you join The Open Door’s Turkey Team, you can help these families uphold their own family traditions by preparing their own home-cooked holiday dinners — and you’ll help your friends feel good about doing good!

Starting a meal-basket fundraiser is easy to do — and it’s fun. We’ll give you all the tools you’ll need. With your help, we’ll be able to make the holidays so much brighter for our neighbors in need.

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Veterans Day schedule #GloucesterMA kicks off at 9AM GHS then…


Itinerary from the Gloucester Daily Times:


Gloucester will mark Veterans Day on Monday with a 9 a.m. ceremony in the auditorium at Gloucester High School, 32 Leslie O Johnson Road. Retired U.S. Army Col. William H. O’Brien Jr. will be the guest speaker. D’Amico and Paul Dexter at Norwich University from which he graduated in 1964.

A march to the Lester S. Wass American Legion Post 3, 8 Washington St., for a brief wreathlaying ceremony in honor of Armistice Day commemorating the end of World War I and a luncheon will follow. The luncheon, like the other events, is open to the public and is aimed at saluting all of those who have served in our armed forces.

Beautiful opion letter and reminder by Mark Nestor Gloucester Daily Times:

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GloucesterCast 365 with Ralph DiGiorgio, Chris McCarthy, Phoebe Potts, Rebbecca “Bex” Borden, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 11/10/19

GloucesterCast 365 with Ralph DiGiorgio, Chris McCarthy, Phoebe Potts, Rebbecca “Bex” Borden, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 11/10/19


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Topics Include:
The bad news is I couldn’t figure out how to mute the chat notifications.¬† The good news is that I have it figured out for next week.
The new webcam and podcast studio setup!
We finally hung the GMG sign that Bex made for us.
Hello Winter
No Patriots Game this week due to the bye.¬† What to do about people that don’t check the Patriots schedule and plan a child’s birthday party for the same time as the Patriots Game?
Joey’s Show At Cape Ann Giclee Is Live Online You Can Order Prints, Canvas, Acrylic Check Out The Show At This Link
Phoebe Potts is an author, comedian and storyteller. She’s also director of education at the Temple Ahavat Achim. Her husband is the well-known Gloucester artist Jeff Marshall, and she is mom to a Plum Cove third grader.
Phoebe’s show will be a funny take on trying to adopt a baby from China. She’s already a published author. Her¬†first book¬†was about trying to have kids and this show at Gloucester Stage will be the sequel to that.
Ralph DiGiorgio Restaurant Reviews LaRosas In Andover
Apple Watch is a bazillion percent better than the Android watch I owned and very useful.
Rebecca “Bex” Borden Mini Lobster Trap Trees For Sale
The Fishmonger Cookbook By Dot Batcheldor
Should Joey Patent His Diet?- The “Don’t Eat like An A$$hole” Diet. Has Dropped 3 lbs in a week.
Coinstar – count and roll coins yourself or do it the old fashion way?
Dylan the drink shaker from Short & Main is leaving.
Taste of Cape Ann  should be renamed to the Taste and DRINK of Cape Ann.
Present Gloucester Opening Today Details Here
Next week Dylan from Pigeon Cove Ferments will be introducing his and his wife’s new Kombucha!


Savour’s 2019 Fall Holiday Grand Wine Tasting November 10th!

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So it’s that time again – The Grand Fall Tasting is Here!
Sunday, Nov. 10
at Savour from 1 – 5 p.m.
(First hour for Wine Club Members Only)
Over 80 wines to taste!
 artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, olives, bread and more . . . .
to sample while you sip and savour your way around the globe!
10% off 6 bottles
15% off 12 or more
Complimentary!  ($5.00 suggested donation to Pathways for Children)
For the first time, we are publishing the list ahead so you can look it over and make a plan to taste exactly what you are looking for.  Also, feel free to come in and see me before Sunday, Nov. 10 if you would like personalized suggestions.   Please print out the list and pass it along or email it to as many wine-loving friends as you can think of.  This is a great opportunity to make this holiday season special with some rare and incredible wines!  At savings of 10% on 6 bottles and 15% on 12 or more, this is a remarkable deal Рjust in time for the holidays!
Fall Grand Tasting 2019, List of Wines
Harry Zarkades – Main Street Wines (Table 1A)
Haton Champagne Blanc de Blanc Brut, NV, France
            Fiou Sancerre, 2018, France
            Panther Creek Pinot Gris, 2016, Oregon
            Turtle Rock Willow White, 2017, Oregon
            Panther Creek Pinot Noir, 2016, Oregon
Musset-Roullier Anjou Rouge, 2017, France
Turtle Rock Plum Orchard Red blend, 2016, CA
Bookmark Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, CA
Chris Hoffman- Oz Wines (Table 1B)
            Avinyo Petillant Blanc, 2018, Spain
Yvonne Saumur Blanc, 2017, France
            Schoenheitz Riesling Herrrenrebe, 2016, France
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Ovum “Off the Grid” Cedar Ranch Vineyard Riesling, 2017, Oregon
            Abouriou Cotes du Marmandais Carignan, 2016, France
            Arnoux Savigny-les-Beaune Les Pimentiers Burgundy, 2015, France
            Schoenheitz Pinot Noir, 2018, France
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Scagliola Frem Barbera d’Asti, 2016, Italy
Casey Gruttadauria- Ideal Wines (Table 2A)
            Campagnoni Franciacorta Saten, 2014, Italy
Ardoisières Silice Blanc IGP Allobroges, 2018, France
Clair St Aubin 1er Cru Sous Roche Dumay, 2017, France
Amplify ‘Subliminal’ Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018, CA
Clos De La Brosse Saint Amour, 2017, France
Closerie des Alisiers Marsannay Vieilles Vignes, 2017, France
La Bouysse Roc-Long Corbières, 2015, France
            Selvapiana Chianti Rufina, 2018, Italy
Danny Giddings – Classic Wines (Table 2B)
            Moncontour Dry Sparkling Vouvray, NV, France
            Villa Wolf Pinot Gris, 2017, Germany
            Errazuriz Chardonnay, 2017, Chile
Olianas Vermentino, 2018, Italy
Villebois Menetou-Salon Rouge, 2015, France
Donati Claret, 2015, CA
Honig Bartolucci Cabernet, 2015, CA
Leacock’s Madeira Tinta Negra Doce, 2001, 500 ml, Portugal
Anthony Sciarappa – Carolina Wines (Table 3A)
Terras Gauda O Rosal, 2018, Spain
Neyers Sonoma County Chardonnay, 2018, CA
Forman Napa Valley Chardonnay, 2017, CA
Patrimonio Giacometti Red, 2016, France
Neyers Sage Canyon Red, 2017, CA
Paul Autard Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 2015, France
Shafer TD-9 Napa Vally Red, 2016, CA
Far Niente Dolce, 2012, CA
Bob McVicker – Masciarelli Wines (Table 3B)
Janny Meursault “Flamoise” Chardonnay, Burgundy, 2015, France
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†FiveVintner’s Admiral’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, 2017, CA
            Schiopetto Friulano Collio, 2016, Italy
            Cave de Turckheim Pinot Blanc, 2018, France
            Belpoggio Rosso di Montalcino, 2016, Italy
            Chateau Pindefleurs St. Emilion Grand Cru, 2016, France
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Del Fin del Mundo “Special Blend,” 2016, Argentina
            Beppe Marino Bramusa Brachetto, 2018, Italy
Gary Ballard – MS Walker (Table 4A)
Akakies Kir-Yianni Sparkling Rosé, 2018, Greece
Granbazan Albarino Verde, 2017, Spain
Chateau Fuissé Pouilly-Fuissé Grand Cru Chardonnay, Burgundy, FR
Cooper Mountain Biodynamic Pinot Gris, 2016, Oregon
Abbazia di Novacella Pinot Nero, 2018, Italy
Fontanabianca Barbaresco, 2016, Italy
642 Maremma Toscana Rosso Riserva, 2016, Italy
Cogno Dolcetto d’ Alba, 2018, Italy
Michael Bonilla – Horizon Beverages (Table 4B)
            Villa Sandi Sparkling Rosato, NV, Italy
Domaine Bichot Long-Depaquit Chablis, 2016, France
Villa Matilde Fiano di Avelino, 2018, Italy
Fernandez Tinto Pesquera Crianza, 2014, Spain
Tamarack Cellars Merlot, 2015, Washington State
Vall Llach Embruix Priorat, 2016, Spain
Browne Family Cabernet, 2015, Washington State
            Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria, 2016, 375 ml, Italy
Now is the time to join the Wine Club!
For a forever one-time fee of $20.00, members:
Get early access, with few crowds and great selection at our Grand Tastings.  (First hour is Wine Club members only).
Always receive 10% off 6 bottles and 15% of 12 bottles or more.
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Also – we are getting low on these bags.¬† They cost us almost $3.00 each, so if you are piling them up, please return all but 2 you can reuse.¬†¬†We even give you $1.00 off your purchase for each bag you bring back.¬† So you get an extra discount for returning something free!¬† What’s a better deal than that?!!
Holiday Season Hours
Tuesday – Friday – 11 am – 7 pm
Saturday – 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday (now open) noon – 4 pm
also open Monday, Nov. 25 – 11 am – 6 pm
and Monday December 23, 11 am – 6 pm
Savour Wine and Cheese, 76 Prospect Street, Gloucester, MA 01930


Checking the traps in Norway — pat morss

We are in Tjome, Norway visiting Anne-Lise’s sister Berit and her husband Jan. This morning we followed him out in his boat checking his lobster traps. His private license allows him up to 10 individual traps and the commercial lobster season only lasts 2 months from October 1st to December 1st. Allowable size is between 25 and 32mm from tip of nose to end of tail.

Flying in over the Norwegian west coast mountains and fjords
Boat viewed from house, looking like Cape Ann
Jan getting suited up
Pat ready to go
Our daughter Jeannette along for birding
Pulling a single trap with an electric winch
Crabs this time
Lobsters in this one
Will be covered to avoid shock in winter air
Confirming legal length
Elastic bands on the claws
Ready for the pot

GloucesterCast 365 Live Video Feed Will Stream At 9:15AM Here & At

GloucesterCast 365 Live Video Feed Will Stream Live At 9:15AM Here & At This

The bad news is I couldn’t figure out how to mute the chat notifications.¬† The good news is that I have it figured out for next week.

Sunday at Tonno

Last Sunday we decided to go to Tonno and try out the Sunday dinner special featuring an appetizer and an entree for a fixed price. GMG Jimmy had the eggplant appetizer and I had the shrimp bruschetta. They were each amazing and nearly a meal to themselves.

I chose chicken parmigiana and Jim ordered spaghetti with meatballs and sausage. We were not disappointed. Lovely evening out! Thanks Tonno for bringing back some of Jim’s childhood memories in an Italian household.