GMG Questionnaire Series-Jim Dalpiaz

GMG Questionnaire Series- Your Answers will be posted-

How long have you lived in Gloucester? 5 years

What is your favorite season In Gloucester? All seasons..yes, even Winter!

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”? On water: a Thomas Lannon ride   On land: YMCA

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester? This is tough…Magnolia Cafe and/or 525 for traditional but I love Bravo Wood Fire too…this is why they don’t ask me when we are out driving to decide….

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester? Another tough one… Jeff’s has great variety and quickness! Speciality Sub? St Josephs at Virgilios

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester? Oliver’s Harbour or Passports

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester? Minglewood 

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester? Since I am an all season guy – Mom’s Kitchen but when they go vacation Sugar Mags but when they go on vacation – Georges

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester? Naming a favorite is tough… I really loved the BlueFin Blowout…what a blast but I also loved to watch the Soap Box Derby too! I loved Fiesta! But I really enjoyed the lobster crate races too! 

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat? Someone’s boat and I let them pick what beach we should go to!

Who is your favorite local artist? Joe Fish. I appreciate the many musicians that perform in Rumbline…great job Fred to some artists back after Covid!

Which is your favorite local beach? Plum Cove

Who has the best deck in Gloucester for dinner/drinks? LobstaLand

Who has the best chowder in town? Sit down: Passports  Roaming around: The Lobsta Roller Food Truck

What are some of your favorite local online websites/Instagram accounts? GMG!!!!

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder? Haddock

Name an unsung local hero. The Generous Gardeners and Warren Waugh

What is your favorite local band? This I cannot answer… I am still new to the scene and have witnessed many good groups…

Balancing Act — pat morss

I don’t know who this is, but he was out on the Audubon rocks this morning balancing stones on his see-saw. He had patience.

Bringing stones for the second layer of the stacks
Easy enough
And more stones for the third layer
Have to put them on at exactly the same time
Looking good
A little adjustment
A fourth layer is going to be tricky
Got to hold the see-saw steady
But that wasn’t steady enough
I’ll rearrange the stack and try again
Disaster – hard to balance the see-saw while picking up the stones
There goes the stack at the other end
Time to go – the stones won this round


This was the first year that our annual St. Joseph’s Day Feast was held at the Elk’s Lodge on Bass Rocks. The turnout, food, smiles, and laughs were amazing! Thank you to Sista Felicia, and all the ladies of Novena, for starting this and keeping it going year after year.

Viva San Giuseppe!!


Location: The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA

Dates:  March 23 – April 23, 2023

Opening Reception:  Saturday, March 25, 4 – 6 PM

Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday, Noon – 5 PM

Gloucester MA— Don’t miss Part 2 of ROCKY NECK NOW 2023, the highly anticipated annual Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) members show! In commemoration of Gloucester’s 400+ and RNAC’s 50th anniversary as a non-profit organization, members were invited to reflect on the past, assess the present through the lens of history and look to the future with fresh eyes. The resulting exhibition, divided into two parts, showcases the work of 73 artists that demonstrates where they have been, are now or are headed in their practice. Each show presents a wide range of artistic interpretations with representational, abstract and expressive styles in all media.

This second part of the exhibition runs for five weeks, and will include work by 39 member artists in the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck’s two galleries, Thursday through Sunday, from noon to 5 PM and online at

The Artists

Exhibiting in the second show: Meredith Anderson, Lisa Angelini-Adams, Claire Bean, Robert Bent, Elizabeth Bish, Paula Borsetti, Jennifer Brown, Mike Cangemi, Matt Cegelis, Michele Champion, Yhanna Coffin, Alev Danis, Terry Del Percio, Maria Denjongpa, Cheryl Dyment, Cindy Efinger, Seth Goldfine, Dina Gomery, Nancy Gorman, Leslie Heffron, Ann Lafferty, Maria Malatesta, Carmela Martin, Roy McCauley, Elizabeth A. McLindon, Vanessa Michalak, Ed Mowrey, Brian Murphy, R. D. Murphy, John Nedosko, Jenny Pivor, Joyce Roessler, Katherine Richmond, Kathy Roberts, Judy Robinson-Cox, Tom Robinson-Cox, Helen Tory, Suellen Wedmore, Jodi Wright. 

Special Events

The public is invited to celebrate the creativity of RNAC artists at the opening reception on Saturday, March 25, from 4 to 6 PM. View the art, meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments, drink and ever-lively conversation. 

For additional public programs accompanying this exhibition, consult and the websites for details and updates. 

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) was founded in the mid-19th century and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1973. With the creation of the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck in 2012, RNAC programs are reaching a wider demographic as the visual arts focus is expanding to include more diverse cultural and educational offerings. The Cultural Center is located at 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. For more information, visit

A Visit To Googans Galley in Essex

We have long been intending to stop at Googans Galley on Martin St in Essex and we finally took the short detour off our route to stop in. It was very well worth the visit! Matthew greeted us warmly and took Jim’s order for a scone (yum). I picked up some mulling spices which I am unable to find elsewhere. The location is larger than it appears from the outside, bright and open. There are a few options for those that want to eat and sip while watching the world go by outside. One enthusiastic customer was doing just that as we arrived. It’s a great take for treats, sandwiches and some prepared foods. Don’t forget to check out the freezer case and the pantry items. Well worth a stop!