After Todd Angilly opened the Massachusetts State Little League Championship Tournament at Boudreau Field (an important stop on the road to Williamsport and the Little League World Series) with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem, GMG Jim had the opportunity to chat with him for a bit. Gloucester Little League was thrilled to be chosen to host this tournament and an army of volunteers has been working hard to ensure that the tournament is a success and that the city of Gloucester is able to shine for the huge crowd of visitors who are expected throughout the weekend. You can view the live stream of the opening ceremonies here as well thanks to Pat and Jim. It was a big honor to have Todd Angilly sing.

Pauline’s Gifts Is a Real Treat

We stopped by Pauline’s Gifts on Essex Ave to deliver her prize for sharing the GloucesterCast podcast last week but I had an ulterior motive because I needed some gifts anyhow. As always, Pauline greeted us in a friendly manner and we chatted for a while. We wished her well on the upcoming final results of the 70th annual Retailer Excellence Award. Pauline’s Gifts is a finalist (!) and is looking forward to the August 3 announcement of the winners. This is a great honor for Gloucester as well as for Pauline herself. Congratulations! (PS you could also win a prize if you join us for the Good Morning Gloucester podcast livestream on Sunday mornings on Facebook, hit the share button and comment “shared”). And, bonus, I got the PERFECT gifts locally.

John Hay With A Tip Of The Chef’s Cap To Tonno

Hey there, I hope you’ll appreciate this…

I’m a long-time follower of GMG, traveler to your fine city for over 30 years, and booster of all things Gloucester.

We enjoy grabbing lobsters from your dock on our way out of town (to steam on our patio-cooker once we get home, to prolong our vacation, and make the neighbors jealous.) , and all the outstanding cuisine options while we’re there.  We plan our beach days and activities around where we will eat every night before anything else gets decided in the morning.

Last night we were guests at an awesome establishment in Albany, NY.  In a brownstone-type walkup (built 1880, in biz since 1982), we had a Chef’s Table Italian meal that was outstanding. Had never been there before or ever had such a dining experience.

Separating our party from the chefs and working kitchen was only a large wooden prep table. 

Served family-style, every course was prepared as we watched and interacted with the chefs. The dishes were delivered with details of the ingredient’s sources, the regions of Italy they originated from, and sometimes with the chef’s inspiration to prepare it.

Here’s what went down when the fish course was served:https://youtue/9MsMo6_rK8g
I was so stoked when Danielle presented with a nod to Tonno I wanted to rob my own house!
I don’t have the charm, chops, or tech of GMG, but I tried to emulate some of the aspects of your POV-establishment impromptus.  Hoping it comes across legit and not cringy.

They were kind enough to allow me to record this, with full knowledge GMG was my intended audience.

I’ll be in Gloucester the 2nd week of August for Tonno, and a Stickah…. to bring back to Albany for Cafe Capriccio.
Peace, and thank you.

John Hay