Commercial Fishing Up Close — pat morss

There has been a lot of sport fishing in close to the Eastern Point rocks recently, and this morning a spotter plane and two commercial fishing boats out of Gloucester got our attention. The photo captions below may just be my imagination, but this is what it looked like.

Fish spotter plane scanning the East Gloucester shore
Amanda & Andy II with a circular net
Starting to pull the net in
Gannet II coming alongside for the fish transfer
Wide angle shows how close the fishing is to shore
Gannet II ready for transfer, as Ripple passes by
Multiple fish transfers from Amanda & Andy II to Gannet II
Amanda & Andy II shipshape with net stored – Life is Good passing by
Spotter remained overhead discovering new opportunities
Amanda & Andy II heads off to next location

Ripple On The Water Is Back!

Ripple on the Water restaurant in Essex has reopened on Main Street! This place holds a soft spot in my heart so we were so happy to see they have returned that we went for dinner on opening day. We were not disappointed. The atmosphere is perfect for the view of the launch and landing on the Essex River. Endlessly entertaining view and the menu is nicely varied. We were greeted by owner/chef Thomas who remembered our last visit which wasn’t long before they had to close two years ago. Other familiar faces (Rachel and our server Cathy) were warm and friendly. We gave a GMG sticker to Thomas and his wife Michelle as our very own “Welcome Back.”

We enjoyed clam chowder, vegetable spring roll, the burger and mahi fingers and chips, but the key lime pie definitely stood out –tart and tasty! Just about a perfect meal. I hope you will find an opportunity to give it a try yourself.

One thing we are noticing in our area restaurants is the increased need to adjust hours due to lack of help so, wherever you go, check their current hours before heading out.

Magnolia Community Farmers’ Market

Thank you all who came out of Sunday morning for the  Magnolia Community Farmers Market on Lexington Avenue, Magnolia, Gloucester, MA.   It was well attended and lots of fun.  Hope to see you all Sunday, June 27, 2021.   June 27, 2021 10 -1,  Lexington Avenue will be  alive with fun and great food and gifts.

Alicia Unleashed- The Mini Viva

Episode 105-The Mini Viva!!!

Weeeee’re baaaaaack! Did you miss us?!


We got Alicia, BSide and of course our resident Fiesta Mayor/Queen Samantha Barrett! Even Emmet stops by to give us some impressive VIIIIIIIIVAS! Props to Samo and ‘The Crazy Hat Ladies’ for our epic intro!

Probably our shortest episode ever and shortest Fiesta Cast…It’s not MINI VIVA FER NUFIN?!

We chat about live music being back (we see you Neon90s),

Can we also talk about how Sam refuses to have a gap in “Pin Life” and made her own again this year?!

The Island Cowboy is back in the saddle and Runaround Sound got the band together to give us 3rd of July feels on the Boulevard!

Shoutout to @glostagear for the amazing shirt also featured on our cover!

Be safe this weekend and be kind to hospitality, like Sam says “Don’t be a gahgutzah”

See you soon Mom’s Kitchen!

#stpetersfiesta #fiestacast #neon90s #johnjeromemusic #captaincarlos #glostagear

Lovely Morning on Thacher Island

I was able to fulfill a long-time dream of taking a ride out to Thacher Island on the rides offered by the Thacher Island Association yesterday. What a day! It was a wonderful photo opportunity so I was glad to be able to go with a photography friend Melissa Cox. If this is one of your dreams, I suggest you check out their website which is very robust and offers reservations for these rides.

We were on the island for almost 2 hours and walked all over, including climbing to the top of the South Tower (156 steps). It was a lovely day for a walk. However, the birds (mostly gulls and some geese) were VERY aggressive protecting their young, so the docents recommend you take a big stick with you! And we used ours once or twice as poor Melissa got dive-bombed more than once.

The ride out and back was delightful. The captain allowed the young man to drive the boat which was thrilling for him. The children were on the tour with their great-grandmother (!) and climbed the tower with her. I noted nearly no one gets to climb a lighthouse with their great-grandmother!!! So it was a special day all around.

Boston Red Sox’s Wally Making Books Come Alive with Sawyer Free Library on Wednesday, June 30 at 2pm

Cape Ann Community

Join the Sawyer Free Library for a virtual story time with Wally & Tessie from the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, June 30 at 2:00 pm and explore stories in a new and exciting way!

The mascots of the Boston Red Sox, Wally and Tessie the Green Monsters, will encourage and inspire us to get reading and have fun! Register here and a zoom link will be sent out prior to the program.

For more information, visit

Wally and Tessie from the Boston Red Sox

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