Rotary Calendar Contest Deadline Extended

The annual Gloucester Rotary Calendar Photo contest deadline has been extended to Sept 27 at 12 PM (I believe that’s noon….I looked it up 🙂 ) As you may remember, the Gloucester Rotary Club offers a calendar full of local phots as a fundraiser each year. This year’s theme is “Community”. As is needed with contests such as these, specific rules and guidelines need to be followed and you can further details here. You can find The Gloucester Rotary club online at http://www.gloucesterrotary.org or on Facebook. If you have a photo you think expresses Community and falls under their guidelines, you have a week to submit it prior to the deadline.

Image borrowed from the Gloucester Rotary website:

The Future Players for Gloucester Softball

I have a soft spot in my heart for softball. We spent a couple of decades involved with softball at the local and state level in New York before we moved to Gloucester. We miss it still so when we get a chance to watch some, we do. This Gloucester travel team played at West Parish yesterday and we got a glimpse of the future! Great job coaches and players!!! There’s some talent coming down the pike.

The Office at George’s Friendly Dinner Choice

We had a comfortably relaxed dinner at the new Office at George’s. The former ice cream spot is nicely transformed into pub style dining. Sandwiches, wraps and dinner platters are served by friendly staff in a welcoming atmosphere.

I couldn’t resist trying the margarita flight offered by bartender Michael. There are two sweeter versions (Cherry Ice and Blue Hawaiian) and two citrus selections ( Apple Lemon and Orange). Michael is tracking everyone’s favorites for future cocktail selections. It’s nice to know customer preferences are being taken into account!

Jim ordered the mountainous Breakfast burger and I tried out the Buffalo wings. The wings were great:saucy and meaty. The Buffalo sauce did not disappoint.

The place was busy, but appropriately distanced and sparkling clean. Prices are reasonable. At a nearby table, dessert was clearly a big hit. We will return. Thanks Rachelyn and Michael!

Lunch at Seaport Grille

I had lunch with my favorite aunt at Seaport Grille this week. Now that Labor Day is behind us, we were able to get seated inside quickly and efficiently for a weekday lunch. Tables are distanced and all protocols appear to be in place. Jennifer served us in a friendly manner taking our order for a fish sandwich and a cheeseburger. I talked my aunt into my favorite dessert there: Seaport Coffee….yummmmm……Thanks Seaport Grille for a lively lunch experience.

Kindness Mosaic Installed This Week

Just when we need a little extra kindness, the fifth MosiacGloucester panel was installed a few days ago on the Americold Building. Like its four other companions, it is named after Dogtown Boulders: Kindness joins Use Your Head, Never Try Never Win, Help Mother and Courage. More information about the panels and the project can be found here.

These panels are designed to tell some of the stories of Gloucester so I am including some close-ups that contain just a few of the local references. They are quite beautiful and I encourage you to take a closer look.

City Alert Regarding Maplewood Ave Gas Main Repair Work Upcoming

The City of Gloucester recently posted the following alert for Friday Sept 18- Monday Sept 21:

Gas Main Work at Maplewood Ave Railroad Crossing

National Grid is committed to delivering safe, reliable natural gas service to its customers.  To make improvements to their gas distribution system, they will be replacing a section of the gas main that runs underneath the railroad crossing on Maplewood Avenue.

For their crews to work in this area safely, it will be necessary to close the railroad crossing to vehicular traffic.  The roadway will be closed beginning on Friday, September 18th through the early morning hours on Monday, September 21st.

Although the roadway will be closed, care will be taken to provide access to the businesses and residences in this area.  Detour signs will be placed in advance of the closure.

We regret the temporary inconvenience.  Should you have any questions, please contact National Grid’s Customer Service at 1-800-233-5325.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Image copied from City Alert and available in pdf format here.

When the Sky is the Star of the Show

We are surely blessed with beautiful skies and dramatic cloud formations. Sometimes the sky is the very star of the show! Or as Mark Twain said: “The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be?–it is the same the angels breathe.”

Unexpected Osprey Sighting

We were driving up the highway on our way to meet our newborn grandson when we saw a large nest in an unexpected place. It turned out to be an osprey nest with 2 birds in it, squawking away to beat the band.

I was so delighted to find these unexpected osprey that I decided the check the Essex Greenbelt Osprey Cam one more time to see if “Liz” was still hanging around and (to my surprise) yes! There is still an osprey in the Lobsta Land nest as you will see below, also seemingly squawking!

Egrets on Essex Avenue

I found some roosting egrets in the trees near the marsh by Gloucester Cinema on Essex Ave recently as well as some additional ones near the river seemingly watching the Lori B head out. There’s something about these beautiful birds that makes it hard for me to drive by without taking some pictures. Surround by egrets on Essex is a pretty nice place to be!

Free Kiddie Cone With Food Donation!

The Cupboard of Gloucester located at Stage Fort Park has the following offer for this Tues and Wed (Sept 8-9) in support of the community food drive:

Bring one of the following items with you to The Cupboard on 9/8 and 9/9for the community food drive get a free kiddie cone!

🍦100% juice or juice boxes
🍦Cereal
🍦Tuna
🍦Peanut Butter

Image borrowed from The Cupboard of Gloucester Facebook page

Cape Ann Brewing Co. for Lunch

We chose the holiday weekend to make our first COVID era trip to Cape Ann Brewing Co. I had been missing the fries and the friendly atmosphere so it seemed a perfect place to take visitors for lunch. We were glad we made reservations as it was hopping.

We ordered fish tacos, haddock sandwich, and a steak bomb but I guess I was so excited I forgot to take a picture of the food! Yummy as always. I had the Sundog cocktail and we ordered a flight for the table. GMG Jim likes the Reel Easy tall. We were not disappointed and our visitors thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

I hope everyone enjoys the holiday weekend. Stay safe.