I think it might have finally come around. Gen Z laughing in the face of outrage culture Boomer Keyboard warriors. #Genz



I think I get it and it’s pretty awesome.  The kids today rejecting and laughing in the face of old people who are constantly looking for something to be outraged about on the interwebs.  gen Z is so far ahead of the game.  Gives hope for the future.

I wonder what the tipping point was, or if it was just a culmination of ridiculous headlines they read about every group in America freaking out and trying to create mass hysteria over every little thing. 

The ultimate “Whatevs” and for those of you who don’t get it, “Whatevs” = the big FU.

Bravo gen Z, Bravo.

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Another Year, Another Tradition Unlike Any Other- Richard Baressi Delivers The Annual Thanksgiving Cheesecake!



Thanks Richard!

Nutella Cheesecake

Past Years-





Friend Of The Blog Richard Baressi, Executive Chef At St Anselm College Tuned Me Up This Morning When He Came To Pick Up His GMG Cap!

There’s too much for me to eat do if you come down this morning for your cap you’ll get a slice of heaven courtesy Richard!


Happy Thanksgiving to all our Friends of the Blog!

Each and every day we are thankful for your interest, kind comments, and suggestions. I hope your Thanksgiving  is filled with family, friends, and joy. 

Today’s Brace Cove sunrise – My heart is filled with gratitude for this beautiful, beautiful island we call home and for the amazing and fascinating wild creatures that call our shores home.

I think I speak for many in the community in that we are so especially grateful for the return of Swans!

Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation Presents




Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gloucester Meetinghouse corner of Middle and Church Streets in Gloucester.  The accessible side entrance is at 10 Church Street. Event parking is available on the green and at additional parking lots nearby in the Historic District.

The ensemble, The Musicians of the Old Post Road, returns for the fourth season to perform their greatly anticipated annual holiday concert held at the Gloucester Meetinghouse, home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church. The program includes traditional favorites by Handel and Telemann and rarely-performed works by Bach contemporaries Christoph Graupner, Johann David Heinichen, Johann Christoph Pez, and Augustin Pfleger.

Tickets for A Christmas Pilgrimage are available at the door or online with more information at www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org. Preferred seating $45; general $30; students $10 with ID; under 12 free. Thanks to a generous sponsor this concert is dedicated to the memory of Carol Ackerman.

The Musicians of the Old Post Road, a chamber ensemble based in the Boston area, specializes in works from the Baroque to early Romantic eras performed on period instruments. The ensemble is well known for bringing their audiences rediscovered masterpieces, works that are rarely performed in public. The Musicians of the Old Post Road received the Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society in 1998. They have seven CD recordings to their credit and have toured throughout North America and Europe.

Concert selections include Georg Philipp Telemann’s Der mit Sunden beleidigte Heiland; Johann David Heinichen’s, Pastorale per la Notte di Natale; Johann Christoph Pez’s, Concerto Pastorale; and Augustin Pfleger’s Mache dich auf, werde Licht. The centerpiece of the program is a world-premiere revival of Christoph Graupner’s cantata  Das Volk so im Finstern wandelt, researched and reconstructed by co-Artistic Directors Daniel Ryan and Suzanne Stumpf. Additional works will be the familiar Pifa sinfonia from G.F. Handel’s Messiah, and an audience sing-along with “Joy to the World,” adapted from one of Handel’s choruses.

Members of the ensemble, all specialists in period instrument performance, include flutist Suzanne Stumpf, violinist Sarah Darling, violist Marcia Cassidy, cellist Daniel Ryan, and fortepianist/harpsichordist Michael Bahmann. They are joined by four soloists well known to Boston area audiences: soprano Jessica Petrus; mezzo-soprano Sophie Michaux; tenor Jason McStoots; and baritone David McFerrin.

This concert is made possible by a generous gift in memory of Carol Ackerman. Carol is fondly remembered as a longtime member of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church and a devoted member of the church choir. Her passion for music was well known throughout Cape Ann and the Boston area where she sang in several choruses. She served on the board of Rockport Music and established their Music Outreach Program for young people.

The Gloucester Meetinghouse, home of the Unitarian Universalist Church, is located at the corner of Church and Middle Streets. The accessible side entrance is at 10 Church Street. Event parking is available on the green and at additional parking lots nearby in the Historic District. For more information on this program and for the full 2019-20 event schedule, please visit www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org.


The Musicians of the Old Post Road takes its name from its acclaimed concert series that brings period instrument performances of music from the 17th to the 19th centuries to historic buildings along New England’s fabled Old Post Road, the first thoroughfare to connect Boston and New York City in the late 17th century.

The ensemble has garnered a reputation for its original and unique holiday programming. Each December the ensemble spotlights outstanding works that have been lost to audiences for centuries. The Boston Musical Intelligencer described, “rich, delicious and completely unfamiliar works….Hurrah for the enterprising investigation of repertory by The Musicians of the Old Post Road and equally for their spirited playing and singing.”

Winner of the 1998 Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society, The Musicians of the Old Post Road has also received programming awards from Chamber Music America and the US-Mexico Fund for Culture. They have toured in Germany, Austria, and Mexico, and have appeared at festivals and on concert series in the US, including the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival Concert Series, the Castle Hill Festival, the Artist Series at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and the Connecticut Early Music Festival. The ensemble held a residency at Dartmouth College and was featured on WCVB television’s “Chronicle” program and 99.5 All Classical radio’s “Live from Fraser” program. Their discography includes seven recordings that have each been praised in the US and abroad.


Alicia Unleashed- Episode 96


It’s our 5th THANKSGIVINGSODE! And we have the one, the only, The Island Cowboy-John Jerome sitting in with us!

On location at the “Jerome Zone” we talk to John about his Turkey (or Non-Turkey) Day traditions. What he is grateful for. What foods he eats…or doesn’t. Also Alicia was this many years old finding out about Friendsgiving.

Shoutout to Erica Dutton-Pequeno of Evolve Masonry, BSide talks about how EVERYONE needs to get their tails to MAGMA for Eric Lilienthal’s HEEL CLASS!

John talks about his BIG GIG DEC 14th at the Old Sloop Coffeehouse in Rockport with Brad Byrd, Marina & Berna. How he got involved with these great artists. Tickets are moving fast so get them soon!

John also talks about the last year since he sat with us and what he’s learned in a year of gigs, what’s coming up in 2020, when we’ll get a new album? Also he’s got MERCH?! WHAAAAT?!

Also listen all the way through there might be a chance to spend Thanksgiving with The Island Cowboy!

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Hammond Castle Holiday Show

For the first time in years, Hammond Castle will be open to the public to celebrate the holiday season! The Museum will be open for self guided tours beginning Saturday December 7th through Friday December 20th from 10:00am to 3:00pm daily (except for Sunday December 15th when the Museum is closed for an event) with the last tickets sold at 2:30pm.

We have invited local community groups and businesses to sponsor a room and decorate it and trim a tree! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to visit during the most festive time of year.
Dec 7 at 10 AM – Dec 14 at 3 PM


for more information please follow the link below:

Hammond Castle Museum
80 Hesperus Ave, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930

Future of Housing in Gloucester

From FOB Kathleen Williams

I am attaching for your consideration a PDF of a follow-up story from the recent symposium on housing that was organized by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation.


Kathleen Williams

November 27, 2019
The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation’s symposium on November 16 drew a large audience interested in hearing ideas on how to turn Gloucester’s housing situation from crisis to opportunity.
The initial panel discussion featuring Shawn Henry, Gloucester Planning Board, Robert Gillis, President of the Cape Ann Savings Bank, Ken Riehl, CEO of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and David Houlden, of the Gloucester Housing Authority spoke of the conditions that contribute to the lack of affordable housing and how they are holding the city back. Among them is the gap between local salaries and the income that would be required to purchase or rent housing in the Gloucester area.
Keynote speaker Andrew DeFranza of Harborlight Community Partners, offered a way to determine the current state of housing in a given community and the direction in which it is going. His advice was to examine the demographics, policies, and flow of money and how they define and contribute to the housing situation. He recommended creating public partnerships to generate affordable housing projects and to keep supportive language around affordable housing in public policy.
Peggy Hegarty-Steck, President and Executive Director of Action, Inc. spoke of the challenges in developing the affordable housing project at the former Cameron’s Restaurant in Gloucester which began in 2015. Funding for the project was delayed as a result of current practice that offers a single funding cycle each year rather than the previous two funding cycles.
Ruth Pino has been a realtor in Gloucester for many years and reflected on past practices in developing residential housing and how changes in policy over time now restrict certain options.
Residents also described their personal experiences in seeking affordable housing in Gloucester. Katie O’Leary, Homeless Prevention Case Manager at Wellspring House, who works to help clients secure local housing, faces a similar problem when searching for affordable housing for her own family. Rob Newton found himself seeking temporary shelter with friends when the rent on the Cape Ann Cinema and Stage was increased beyond what he was able to afford and he was searching for personal housing at the same time. Clare Higgins, who moved to Gloucester to continue to explore her artistic career and work
with seARTS, discovered that housing in Gloucester presented challenges similar to what she
experienced in New York City.
Carl Gustin of the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation offered some revealing statistics
on the current state of local housing. And Tom Balf, Founder and Principal of
OceanVest shared some novel approaches to housing including pre-fabricated
units and a floating barge.
In her summation, Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken reminded the audience that
change often happens at a very local level and described a few of the success
stories that had their origins in some of the city’s wards. She encouraged
attendees to get involved at the ward level and to continue to dialogue around the issue of housing.
The mission of the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is to preserve the historic 1806 Meetinghouse,
as a civic hub, entertainment venue, and community center. In support of its mission, the Foundation
organizes community conversations on topics of timely interest to the citizens of Cape Ann. Previous
symposiums have included historic preservation and sustainability and gun violence. TownGreen2025, a
program of the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation, is taking bold action to lower Cape Ann’s carbon
footprint and to lead the community effort to address the effects of climate change.
For a complete outline of the November 16 Symposium, Gloucester’s Housing: From Crisis to
Opportunity, and for more information on monthly concerts and events of the Gloucester Meetinghouse
Foundation, please visit our website at http://www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org.

Thanksgiving Eve @ The Rhumb Line

Wednesday, November 27… 8pm start
Featuring the one and only: TALKING DOGS ELECTRIC SHOW!
We’re staging a rare rockin’ electric show this year for Thanksgiving Eve.  It’s The Talking Dogs, with Dave Brown, Fly 
Amero, Wolf Ginandes and Dave Mattacks – plus… special guest star, Dan-O King!  Whole thing kicks off at 8pm and goes to, well, whenever. If I were you, I’d get there early.  Hey… I’m ME, and I’M gettin’ there early!  Know what I mean? ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen…..features Morgan Forsythe!  Dishes are better than ever before!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
12/4 Lisa Marie
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

It’s the last weekend! 3 full days to visit major Winslow Homer art exhibition at Cape Ann Museum #GloucesterMA

Last chance to see Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869-1880 closing December 1, 2019.  “Eyewitness” companion show at Harvardcontinues through January 5, 2020.

Cape Ann Museum hours Thanksgiving week
11/29/19 Friday 10am-5pm
11/30/19 Saturday 10am-5pm
12/1/19 Sunday 1-4pm  last day extended hours 10am-5pm!

Cape Ann Museum 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-0455

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PBS News Hour broadcast https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/winslow-homers-long-love-affair-with-the-sea  with Jared Bowen

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Don’t forget to come by on Friday and Saturday to start your holiday shopping! For every $50 gift card purchased, you will receive a bonus $10 gift card!


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Don’t forget to come by on Friday and Saturday to start your holiday shopping! For every $50 gift card purchased, you will receive a bonus $10 gift card! Our gift card sale will run until December 25th! .
Bonus cards are not valid on special events, i.e functions, wine dinners, etc. Promotion is not valid with online orders or previously purchased cards

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1606 Live Music Series Wednesday Night November 27th – Peter Tentindo


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Join us every Wednesday and Thursday for our 1606 Live Music Series with local artists from 6-9PM! With full bar bites & dinner menus available, 44 seat bar with lounge, couches, fireplace, and wide screen TV’s, 1606 is a great spot for all to enjoy local live music. There is no cover fee and we also offer complimentary self and valet parking.

1606 Restaurant & Bar is located on the lobby level of Beauport Hotel Gloucester at 55 Commercial Street in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

November 27th – Peter Tentindo

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Happy Thanksgiving Day 2019

On our way back to Gloucester recently, we spotted these 3 eagles in a tree along the River. I imagine them to be a family. A short distance up the river, there was a 4th resting eagle! It filled my heart to see these majestic birds. I thought to myself that perhaps this is a scene our forefathers might have seen in just about the same setting back around the time of the first Thanksgiving. Enjoy your weekend with family and friends.

The Open Door Thanksgiving Meals

Cape Ann Community

There’s still time to make a family’s Thanksgiving!

Gobble, gobble! More than 350 volunteers came together at The Open Door this weekend to assemble and distribute Holiday Baskets and join food drives throughout Cape Ann and beyond to help feed local families and people that need a little help over Thanksgiving.

Mountains of orange and green bags filled with potatoes, carrots, stuffing, squash, apples, cranberry sauce, muffin mix, gravy, and, of course, plump turkeys, ensured local families have ALL the fixings to prepare a hearty Thanksgiving meal with their own traditions in their own homes.

Big shout-out to the entire community for the Thanksgiving food drives held Saturday, Nov 23 at five local grocery store locations that collected 24,320 pounds of food for The Open Door that will help stock neighbors’ shelves over the next few months.

Distribution of Thanksgiving Baskets continues through Wednesday, Nov 27 at The Open Door…

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