The Annual “Friends Don’t Let Friends Buy Red Mulch” Post For 2020 Has Positive News To Report

Ahhh, a tradition as old as time.

My annual reminder that red mulch is tacky, classless and you need to rethink your whole life if you consciously pick artificially colored red mulch over deep black/dark brown mulch.

According my deep dive investigative reporting, and by deep dive investigative reporting I mean- “I snapped this photo.” Our yearly post deriding the decision of anyone who buys ugly red mulch seems to have made an impact because clearly people are jumping on the dark mulch train in droves this year.

Evidence: Exhibit A

Black Mulch Clearly Outselling Red Mulch In 2020

A retrospective of “ Friends Don’t Let Friends Buy Red Mulch” Posts From Past Years-

GloucesterCast 417 Live Whiskey Tasting With Anthony Caturano, John Drew, Chris McCarthy, Scottie Mac and Joey C


Masterson’s 10 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey 90 Proof, Bib and Tucker 6 Year Small Batch Bourbon 92 Proof, Redemption Rye Whiskey 92 Proof and Redemption Bourbon 84 Proof.  All of which you can get at Liquor Locker  287 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930 

Grab a bottle or two and participate in the live stream on Facebook Live Go to Thursday night at 6:30 and join us.  John Drew knows just about everything there is to know about whiskey and will be on hand to answer any questions about these labels or others.  Anthony Caturano from Tonno Gloucester/Wakefield, the Blue Ox in Lynn and Prezza in the North End will be talking spirits with us as well!

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A stranded deer in the rocks and ocean on Shore Road

As I got there was told there were four deer swimming from Kettle Island and got caught up in the current and were tired.  Three were able to swim towards Magnolia Beach, this poor one, people thought she may be the mom, was stuck in the rocks with the current.  The Environmental Police, Gloucester Police and Animal Control were trying to help.  The Environmental police officer stated that because the tide was coming in hopefully she could get herself back on Shore.  Also I must add, there were three young boys on the rocks named Theo, Kellen and Owen who were so kind and very helpful to the Environmental police.  Hope this deer is ok.

Sittn’ on the dock watching …..

Seaport Grille & 1606 Beginning Takeout Service


Takeout Service Begins Thursday at Seaport Grille and 1606! Beauport Hospitality Group is happy to share that both Seaport Grille and 1606 at Beauport Hotel, will begin curbside takeout service starting Thursday, May 14th!

Seaport Grille

Starting off with $15 Lobster Roll Thursdays! We’ll begin offering takeout from 12-8pm, Thursday through Sunday of this week. We’ll then take a few days off, then we’ll begin DAILY TAKEOUT SERVICE Wednesday, May 20th – right up until we can reopen!

VIEW TAKEOUT MENU and call 978-282-9799 to place your order. Call when you arrive and we’ll bring it right to you! Enjoy your Seaport Grille favorites at home this weekend! – 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester

1606 Restaurant and Bar

We have an exciting new menu to share, and a new Executive Chef to meet – and our takeout version is a great sneak peek for when we reopen! Enjoy upscale versions of…

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Gloucester Stage: 2020 Season Postponed to Summer 2021

For the safety of our valued patrons, artists, and staff, we have decided to postpone our 2020 Season and shift all productions to 2021. When we began planning our response to COVID-19 in the beginning of March, we knew this was a potential outcome; but we were also confident in our ability to remain flexible if there was to be the possibility of presenting on stage. This is not an easy decision to make, but safety is paramount.

If you had a subscription or individual tickets, you should have heard from our box office manager, Billy Burgoyne. To make an exchange, donation, or refund, you can reach him at – Onsite office hours are limited, so voicemail response time has increased.

In keeping with our mission to produce world-class theater on Cape Ann and finding ways to continue to support artists, we are developing several new digital opportunities this summer:

  • Taking full advantage of our NeverDark Series (more aptly named than ever) to film staged readings of new plays for future consideration;
  • Highlighting local storytellers through virtual events like Fish Tales later this month; and
  • Bringing archived content from our stage, back to life on your home TV.

Gloucester Stage will miss out on over $620,000 in revenue this year, but thanks to a successful 40th Season and donors like you, we are in a safe place to weather this storm. The board and staff are committed to making sure there will be a successful 2021 Season, and for that, as well as staging virtual programming and completing our bathroom renovations, we need your continued support.

Please consider a contribution of any size to Gloucester Stage’s COVID19 Response Fund and thank you for helping anyway you can during this unprecedented time.

Congratulations, RHS Class of 2020

I love the congratulatory messages around Gloucester and Rockport that serve as well wishes to this year’s graduating seniors.  Our hearts truly go out to the kids who are wrapping up their school careers without the usual fanfare and celebration.  This giant message sends a giant message.


Horribles Parade and Fireworks Cancelled for 2020

If you are like me, you are just starting to dream about making summer plans….July 3/4 near the top of that list. I had dreams of a Beauport Hotel staycation for the fireworks July 3 but that’s not going to happen this year. Totally understandable and not unexpected and now you can make different plans for the holiday.

According to the Gloucester Fireworks Facebook page, the July 3 2020 fireworks are cancelled but they are still in debt from last year’s show, so you can help by sending any donations (even $5) to The Gloucester Fund.

From the Gloucester Fireworks Facebook page:

So very sad to have to report this news. However due to lack of interest in donations coupled with the state of the current situation we are cancelling the July 3rd fireworks this year. For those that still want to help we are in need of over $5,000 to pay for last year’s show. Please donate if you can.

If everyone that has seen our most recent post about canceling the fireworks show this July 3rd sent in just $5, we would have almost enough money to pay off last year’s bills. PLEASE DONATE TODAY!

In addition, the Horribles Parade and Concert are also cancelled according to

This is difficult news but we need to remember we are all in this together and better days are coming for sure.

Image provided on the Gloucester Fireworks Facebook page.


We are live with this weeks Online Ordering for hot food takeout and market items at Tonno



We are live with this weeks Online Ordering for hot food takeout and market items. We are offering restaurant quality fish, meat and more. Call us when you pull into our lot for curbside pickup. Check us out at

2 Main St.
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930

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Celebrating International Nurse’s Day: Nominate your Favorite Cape Ann Nurses

Cape Ann Wellness

Today is International Nurses Day, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.

Healing Through Cleanliness: Infection Prevention and Control is an essential part of today’s healthcare. Florence Nightingale can be credited for this important practice. Her philosophy of cleanliness and sanitation in order to prevent infection in hospitalized patients began during the Crimean War and has had a lasting and major impact on infection control in hospitals to this day. Nightingale’s approach to health care was holistic, and she also emphasized nutrition as a way of improving or preventing infection. She is credited as the founder of holistic nursing, and she also stressed ‘evidence-based’ practice. 

Infection Prevention and Control. Many of today’s procedures for preventing hospital acquired infections (HAI’s) include standard, contact, droplet, airborne and universal precautions. Each precaution has specific guidelines, policy and protocols. Florence Nightingale spoke of these as the means for preventing infection control in the 1850’s…

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