Winter Solstice 2014 From Thomas Philbrook


IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE — because on Sunday, December 21st at 6:03pm EST, your days will begin to lengthen. That is — if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. Those of us who do can rejoice at the coming of the Winter Solstice.

Mary and I wish you a vast abundance of goodness and light through this holiday season — and beyond!


Tom Philbrook


Middle Street Walk At The Sargent House Museum Dec 13,2014 11-3PM

This Saturday!

From 11A-3P, see historic Sargent House finely decorated for the holidays as you shop for gifts, greens and more! Snack on holiday treats and enjoy our family-friendly programming:

  • Listen to music provided by Rockport High School musicians, led by director Nathan Cohen.
  • Happening at 1:00PM at the UU Church (see map & inset below): Dramatic reading of “Mingling of Souls from Sorrow to Joy.” A one-act play by Jay DiPrima about the lives and writings of Reverend John Murray and Judith Sargent Murray. (Suggested donation $5.) Afterwards, walk with the actors to Sargent House.

For more information, visit our website:

Sargent House Museum is #11 on the map.
UU Church is #12.
(Click on map for full Middle St. Walk program.)

Kim Smith Live Vining 2014 #GloucesterMA Downtown Ladies Night Like It’s Nobody’s Business!




First and only thing I’ve heard about it was the lone promo I got from Pop Gallery.

Chop Chop!  Send in your ladies night promo here-

Edit:  Who is in charge of Downtown any more?  The Chamber?  The Downtown Merchant Group?  Is it every man for themselves down there?  Nothing in Todays Times, nothing from anyone except Pop Gallery seems strange.

Update #1:

Hi Joe
Ladies Night Deals
Common Crow
20% store wide
20% store wide plus mystery discount
Delicious spread in Greenlife



Happy Holidays from Savour Wine and Cheese!

Come join us for food, wine and fun at Savour Wine and Cheese for the Annual Gloucester “Ladies’ Night!”

Enjoy wine, cheese, charcuterie, and appetizers made by chef Matt Beach of Beach Gourmet – all complimentary!

Thursdays evening – 5 – 8 p.m.  AND – 10% off for ladies on everything at Savour all day, Thursday, Dec. 4.

Update #2

Hey Joey and GMG Readers, great News…..Relay for Life  of Cape Ann will be wrapping presents at Ladies Night on December 4th…We will be located at the Art Haven….Relay for Life of C ape Ann will supply the Wrapping and the Ribbons….All this for a donation to a great cause…. We will also be available to wrap during Men’s night December 18th….doesn’t get easier than this now does it!!!!giftwrap


Hi Joe – the Gloucester Downtown Association planned has a December full of events – Ladies Night, Men’s Night – and much more!
For Ladies Night at the Weathervane:

GDA December

Mark Parisi, Gloucester-born cartoonist whose award-winningpanels appear each day in the GloucesterDaily Times and whose works have been featured in a number of books andcalendars, will be at The Weathervane on Ladies Night to greet shoppers andsign copies of the 2015 edition of his calendar. Starting at 5 p.m., The Weathervane gift shopon Main Street will have Mark signing calendars while shoppers can takeadvantage of the 20% off store-wide sale (excluding Cape Pond Ice merchandise).

Thanks for all you do to support local business!

Joseph A. Ciolino

The Weathervane


7 SeasOAwhale

Hey Joey!

Promo for Ladies Night:

Ocean Alliance and 7 Seas Whale Watch will be at Cape Ann Art Haven on Ladies Night with whale watch tickets and whale adoptions for the holidays. Whale watch tickets will be discounted $5 off for the 2015 season and we’re offering a special Whale Lovers’ Cape Ann Combo Gift Pack – with your Basic or Deluxe Whale Adoption get $10 off your 7 Seas whale watch tickets. We’ll also have brand-new bumper stickers hot off the press to stuff your stockings for a $5 donation. So come see Heather and Rebecca at Cape Ann Art Haven!

Amy Kerr

Ocean Alliance

Social Media Manager

Gloucester Downtown is in full swing for the holidays!

Beth Williams Studio-


Come Shop, Visit, and Enjoy……

December 4th:
In My Studio…and Downtown Gloucester
Thursday, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
41st Annual Ladies Night

December 11th:
In My Studio…and Downtown Gloucester
Thursday, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
3rd Annual Friends and Family Night (and Employees Night, too!)
December 19th:
In My Studio…and Downtown Gloucester
Thursday, 5:00 – 10:00PM
41st Annual Men’s Night


Eastern Point Lit House:

We’re having Eastern Point Lit House’s Author Night that Kim posted two days ago in conjunction with Ladies Night. We didn’t really include the words Ladies Night in our promos because we thought there would be more noise about it and everyone would assume. I’m surprised too that there wasn’t more promo for this. Anyway, we’re having a raffle for cool gifts, etc. Nine authors, one night. Signed books for all ages and interests make great gifts!

Topside Grill

Dear Joe,

December is a month to celebrate! Join us tonight for our first event of the month- Ladies Night!

Ladies Night!

two-wine-glasses.jpg Join us this Thursday, December 4th, for Ladies Night at the Topside Grill! All night, upstairs in the pub.

Try our Topside Margarita for only $5.95!

Check out our cocktail menu for amazing signature drinks:

Fall Harvest– Domaine de Canton ginger liquor with apple juice, muddled orange, and brown sugar

Peanut Amaretto Martini– Peanut rum from St. Lucia, amaretto, and Stoli Vanil

Spanish Coffee made with Liquor 43

Blood Orange Margrita made with jalepeno infused tequila & fesh squeezed blood oranges

Also offering great $5 appetizers:

Sweet chili Fried Calamari

Potato Skins Baked Stuffed Clams Nachos Chicken Wings Mozzarella Sticks Stuffed Mushroom Caps

Topside Grill

Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team & Kestrel Educational Adventures – Our Favorite Things

We’ll be having a blast at the Get Outside Center, 186 Main Street, Gloucester, from 5:30 – 10 pm.

With only 4 days left in the auction, tonight is your chance to view our auction items in person.

Bid on any items, or Buy Now and walk away with select items.  Everything for a great price, and to benefit Kestrel and the CAVPT!

We’re providing light refreshments, drinks, AND live music!  Don’t miss out on the fun!

View All Auction Items Here

Ladies Night Promo From Pop Gallery- Holy Crap Ladies Night Is This Thursday

First I heard about Ladies Night was this promo from Pop Gallery.  Any other Downtown Merchants Have Ladies Night Specials submit them to me for posting!

Oh Yes, It’s Ladies Night…. and the Sales are Right!

Oh what a night it will be!

Gloucester’s 42nd Annual Ladies night stroll is happening THIS Thursday! Many businesses along Main Street will be participating and so will POP!

So many new looks to shop and also a SALE rack packed with unique finds at great prices!

Come party at 67 Main Street with the fab fashionistas of POP! December 4th, starting at 5 pm!

Middle Street Walk Gingerbread House contest

Hi Joey,

Would you please post this announcement in goodmorninggloucester?  The Middle Street Walk is coming up and we would love to have lots of Gingerbread Houses in the contest!

Thank you again!


Time to Start Making your Gingerbread House for the Middle Street Walk!


The 17th annual Middle Street Walk will be held on Saturday, December 13th this year and the Gingerbread House Contest is a huge part of the event!
We are very fortunate to have two professional bakers as our judges.  Barbara Catalini from Cakes by Barbara and her friend, Roz Puleo from Nahant, have been judging the contest since the beginning,
There are a few rules, which are listed below.  There will be several different entry levels, from 5 year old beginners to professional bakers.  Individuals and groups may enter. 
                                              What a wonderful way to kick off your holiday activities!
1. The contest is open to everyone.
2. Contestants may submit entries either individually, or as a group. More than one entry may be submitted.
3. All entries must be made entirely of gingerbread and decorated with candy or other edible embellishments. Anything that appears on the house must be edible. Contestants may decorate their entry with non-edible figures, material, etc.  However, these embellishments may not be connected to the house in any way. Everything that appears on, or is connected to, the house must be edible.
4. The gingerbread house submitted may take any shape, form or size. Creativity is encouraged and contestants should model their houses on places real or imaginary, basic or elaborate.
5. Each entry must be submitted on a cardboard, wooden or plastic base. There is no standard size or shape for the bases although it must be larger than the house.
6. Entries must be dropped off at Kyrouz Auditorium in Gloucester’s City Hall either Thursday, December 11th between the hours of 8:30 AM and 6:00 PM or on Friday, December 12th before Noon. There is an elevator in case you need it as the Auditorium is on the second floor.
7. Judging will occur prior to the start of the Middle Street Walk which begins at 11:00AM on Saturday, December 13th   Entries will be on display to the public that day at City Hall until it closes at 3:00 PM. Contestants can pick up their houses at that time or can pick them the next week during regular City Hall hours.
8. Entry forms will be on the tables set up in the Kyrouz auditorium Thursday, December 11th and Friday, December 12. Please make sure you fill out the front and the back of the form!  Turn the back side of the form UP next to your entry.  And, please make sure you fill out your contact information!
9. Prize ribbons will be awarded in numerous categories as stated on the entry form. Please make sure you enter your contact information!  This year there will be a trophy for Best of Show!
10. Please let us know if you are planning to submit a gingerbread house by registering over the phone to either of the following contacts: Barbara Catalini of Cakes by Barbara at 978-281-0639 or email   or Gloria Parsons at 978-283-9292 or email 
Cape Ann TV It will begin airing “How to Make a Gingerbread House with Barbara Catalini”:  Thursday, November 27 at 6:30 pm; Friday, November 28 at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm; Saturday, November 29 at 8:00 am and 6:00 pm; Sunday, November 30 at 9:00 am and 12:00pm; Monday, December 1 at 9am; Tuesday, December 2 at 5:00 am; Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 8:00 am at 1:30 pm and 11:30 pm
It is also on the website on their “video” page.
Please visit  for more information about this year’s Walk and see Gingerbread House contest entries from past years.  The program for all the Middle Street Walk events and activities will be uploaded on the site by December 5th.  You may also pick up your programs from Sawyer Free Library, Cape Ann Museum and other places throughout Gloucester after December 8th.
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2014 BLACK FRIDAY Participating Stores IN DOWNTOWN GLOUCESTER November 28th 2014 from Downtown Gloucester Association

November 28th 2014

119 MAIN ST.


Please come and support the shops and restaurants where you live!
Some stores open at 6AM,
the rest at 7AM!
Many Discounts & Specials
offered all day long!

Sponsored by the Downtown Gloucester Association

Linda rae has another outstanding trip in Gloucester

Pick what you find interesting, you have such great photographers around.  We have gathered these memories to last for the long months ahead before we can visit in the Spring.  We were amazed at the Gloucester Museum, especially the hall of fishermen families.  What a great idea.  Could have spent hours there.  We always visit the railway marina to see the latest work going on.  And then there was the day last winter in a Pennsylvania grocery  store when Rob discovered this famous fellow and dragged him from aisle to aisle just to catch a big smile on my face.  Needless to say, he was in the way of countless shoppers who weren’t as friendly as Gloucester people.  And I was ready to pack our bags and head six hours to Gloucester.  Congratulations on the excellent restoration of City Hall.  Magnificent!
Just to reiterate something I posted before.  Your Radio Shack is exceptional.  Once again I called ahead to have Travis help me with my iPhone. Their staff and his technical expertise surpass even the Apple Store.  And all with a smile.  You are fortunate… Don’t lose it!
Have a gentle winter, we hope to visit four or five times again next year.  Thank you for Good Morning Gloucester!!
The bridge is of our little town of Milford right across from Pennsylvania situated in the beautiful Delaware River Valley .
Blessings, Linda rae and Rob
Chestnut Hill on the Delaware

2014 Shop Rockport Event Friday December 5th

Hi Joey C!
Join us in Downtown Rockport, Friday, December 5!  Participating cafes,
galleries and shops will be serving hor d’oeuvres, wine and drinks while
you shop throughout downtown Rockport and enjoy a night of special
promotions from 4-9pm!
Visit our Facebook page for more information:
Thanks for sharing!
Dawn @ La Provence


Erecting The 2014 Kent Circle Christmas Tree – photo from Anthony Marks

Hi Joey
Ringo Tarr and crew got got busy this weekend erecting the Kent
Circle Chstmas tree.
Best Anthony

Kent Circle Christmas Tree photos from Joe Novello

Hi Joey
Ringo Tarr and Joe Novello traveled to Nova Scotia to pick up the
Christmas  tree for Kent Circle. these are the photos Joe and Ringo

      Best Anthony Marks

Glimpses of the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race in Portsmouth, VA – Part 3

Glimpses of the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race in Portsmouth, VA – Part 3


North Landing from my window in the Renaissance.  Pig and Oyster Roast Awards in the tent at far left.  Portsmouth Visitor Center and landing for the ferry to Norfolk on the far side.  The ferry was evicted for the weekend to make space for schooners.  On the near side center, with flags flying, LIGHT REIGN, first in Class A and winner of the Perpetual Trophy for the best corrected time to Thimble Shoal (127 nm)

2014 Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race – Official Results 10/18/2014

Start off Annapolis; AA and A boats race 127 nm to Thimble Shoal, B and C boats race 80 nm to Windmill Point

Class AA 127 nm Start Thu 13:40:00

Elapsed time / Corrected time / Place

Summerwind  18:19:26 / 14:46:58 / 1

Pride of Baltimore II  23:15:34 / 20:56:26 / 2

Liberty Clipper  DNF

Lady Maryland  DNF

A J Meerwald  DNF

Mystic Whaler  DNF

Lynx  DNF

Class A 127 nm Start Thu 13:40:00

Light Reign 18:54:44 / 13:04:58 / 1

Woodwind 18:13:34 / 13:18:33 / 2

Brilliant Fri 18:37:00 / 13:54:37 / 3

Adventurer (56) 20:51:49 / 14:51:37 / 4

Hindu 35:58:00 / 30:20:44 / 5

Britanya  DNF

Liberté  DNF

Class B 80 nm Start Thu 13:50:00

Apella 19:02:00 / 14:45:32 / 1

Tom Bombadil  18:49:00 / 14:51:54 / 2

Adventurer (65)  19:07:00 / 15:24:44 / 3

Sally B   22:11:00 / 17:53:41 / 4

Libertate  36:47:04 /  32:01:15 / 5

Edlyn Rose  DNF

Shanty  DNF

Sultana  DNF

Bonny Rover  DNS

Class C 80 nm Start Thu 13:50:00

Farewell  18:15:00 / 12:59:21 / 1

Susan B Merryman  23:22:06 / 17:48:36 / 2

Istar  30:32:00 /  24:17:16 / 3

Adventure DNF

Summer Wind  DNF

Norfolk Rebel  DNF

Quintessence  DNS

Celebration  DNS

According to Race Chair Bill Mellen, “It was light air at the start with winds appearing early AM on Friday. Then it was a drag race on a reach for schooners Woodwind and Summerwind as they made the 47 nm between Windmill Point and Thimble Shoals in 4hr 6min neck and neck with Woodwind making it to the line at Thimble Shoals first.”


This year Jay Irwin received the Black Dog Trophy, created in 2006 to honor the individual(s) who supports the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race in the spirit of Captain Lane Briggs (1932-2005), the founder of the GCBSR. Named after Captain Briggs’ faithful companion, Reb, this bronze statue of a black dog signifies loyalty to the race mission and faithful and honorable support for the event without personal recognition. In the words of Captain Briggs, “It’s amazing what you can get done if you don’t care who gets credit for it!”

The board of directors presents this award, honoring significant contributions to the race, as deserved and not on an annual basis, making it the most prestigious presentation of the organization.  Flanking Jay are Race Chair Bill Mellen and Al Roper in his role of perennial emcee.


Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race Perpetual Trophy  Awarded to LIGHT REIGN (A Fleet), James Turrell at the helm, with the best corrected time at Thimble Shoal of 13 hours, 4 minutes and 58 seconds.  LIGHT REIGN was first in the new Special Class this year in Gloucester.


Howdy Bailey Buckle, awarded to a B or C Fleet schooner for line honors at Windmill Point, was given to FAREWELL (C Fleet), sailed by Linda Gunn, with an elapsed time of 17 hours and 18 minutes.  The Windmill Point Trophy, formerly the Michelob Chesapeake Bay Challenge Trophy, was also awarded to FAREWELL, with the best corrected time at Windmill Point of 12 hours, 59 minutes and 21 seconds.  Linda is hobbling with ski poles after hip surgery.  Looking on is P-town’s Stormy Mayo, who hung in with ISTAR for third place with an elapsed time for the 80 miles of 30h32m.


Capt. John Eginton with Pat Dutton of Mystic Whaler received the Rebel Educational Trophy, which balances the triad of the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race: a valiant race down the length of the Chesapeake Bay; historical preservation of the schooner fleet; and an education program focused on the heritage, ecology and natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay. We all know that it takes an experienced crew to race a schooner under full sail, but often the educational program the schooner carries along goes unnoticed. The schooners participating in the education program spend untold hours planning, fundraising, training and executing their educational program. The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race Educational Program Committee selects the schooner deserving recognition for their contribution to this essential element. It is the schooners’ educational programs that will perpetuate Captain Briggs’ vision of the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race for generations to come.


The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race Clock, awarded for line honors at Thimble Shoal to the fastest schooner in the race, again went to WOODWIND, Capt. Jen Kaye, with an elapsed time of 18 hours and 15 minutes.


Every year a donation is made to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation with the stipulation to put students on the water for a day.  Many of  these kids are from large cities, and it is a very special experience for them.  $177,624 has been donated to date.  Nan Nawrocki, Race Chair from Baltimore, George Treiber, GCBSR Treasurer and Elizabeth Buckman of CBF.


James Grundy, owner of Class AA winner Summerwind (the ex-Merchant Marine Academy boat familiar in Gloucester) made a personal gift of $5,000 to match the GCBSR.


The volunteers that make the GCBSR so enjoyable for schooner crews are like family to those who are, or have been regular participants.   This is race chairman Bill Mellen, who has run the event for seventeen years.  It is a complicated one-way race that requires a very wide starting line for the large schooners close to the main shipping channel.  Bill is always ready to listen to suggestions about handicapping, safety or any other aspect at the Sunday morning captains’ recap of the race.    Roger Brown donates a breakfast for all the captains, crew and volunteers at his popular restaurant.


Schooner crews have a way of blending and here we have folks from ADVENTURE, BRILLIANT, PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II etc. etc. and etc.


At the Gloucester Schooner Festival no volunteer worked harder than Brett Ramsey.  Our mutual friend Jay Irwin is no stranger to Gloucester.  Jay, 81 drove up from his ‘old folks home’ in Baltimore to help rig Ed Boynton’s SUGARBABE in May,  then again to race with Ed in the Gloucester Schooner Festival.

So hat’s off to the volunteers!

Al Bezanson


Postcript ___  In Baltimore, before the race, there are days of festivities with a similar dose of hospitality.  Every schooner is assigned a liasion in Baltimore and another in Portsmouth,  insiders, who make a real difference in the quality of the participants’ visits.  It can be a tough slug getting a boat to and from this race, with a substantial  commitment in time and expense.   The typical autumn weather often makes the race itself challenging to say the least.  Why do we do it?   It’s the people!

2014 Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race Recap From Al Bezanson

The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race finished last weekend in Portsmouth, VA and here is a glimpse of goings on there.  Brett Ramsey and Al Bezanson from the Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee attend on a regular basis.


Night crew tended to the schooner bait, aka slow roasted pork.  No need to hurry, for the wind was contrary and most of the boats were a long time getting there.


In due time it was roasted to perfection


Transportation to Norfolk was compromised for a worthy cause


The Dockmaster’s Command Center was set up while the Schooner Liaison Crews kept the coffee flowing.  It was going to be a very long wait for the arrival of most of the boats.


The race this year was hosted by four boat/yacht clubs, and the Portsmouth Boat Club stood by the docking area.


Early arrivals were BRILLIANT, LIGHT REIGN AND WOODWIND.  They are docked at the North Landing, adjacent to the Renaissance Hotel and Portsmouth Visitor Center.

More to come, including the race results, in Part 2 of this report.

Al Bezanson

Track the 2014 Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race



Local schooner fans might enjoy tracking the boats in the 127 mile Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race starting today at 1330 off Annapolis.   Entries in this year’s race include these schooners who have raced in Gloucester:  Adventurer 65, Apella, Brilliant, Hindu, Liberty Clipper, Light Reign, Lynx, and Pride of Baltimore II.  Istar, stormy Mayo’s new schooner from Provincerown is also racing.  The tracking link is

Here’s the forecast at the start.  Not a friendly one for schooners.

The actual wind near the start is displayed here

There is a half day oyster and pig roast at the finish in Portsmouth, VA.  When you’ve spent up to forty hours rockin’ and rollin’ your way down the bay dodging shipping traffic it’s the light at the end of the tunnel.

Al Bezanson

Three Captains Briggs

We’re Comin For You Fine and Frontiero and We’re Bringin’ Hell With Us- Rotary Trivia Night- Sign Up Now!

Merideth Fine all smug and confident after back to back to back Roatry trivia night championships.  You and Frontiero and that guy with the huge melon housing the worlds largest brain.

Go ahead, snuggle into your nice warm jammies tonight all confident that victory awaits while we do mental brain challenges 24/7 leading up to Rotary trivia night.

Buckle your chinstraps, the ride’s about to get rough.

McElhenny, Koneckey, Ciaramitaro and the Ringer (remember those names)

Konecky with his strike fear into the hearts of your opponents look-

The Rotary Club of Gloucester will host a Trivia Night on Friday, October 24, at the Gloucester House, located at 63 Rogers Street in downtown Gloucester. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the game will begin at 7 p.m. Teams of four will compete for the title of Cape Ann Trivia Champions.

All trivia fans are invited to this fun night of knowledge and laughter. The registration fee is $100 for a team of four players. Proceeds from this event will support programs of the Gloucester Rotary Club. The night will also feature a 50/50 raffle, a cash bar, and light snacks for purchase. A registration form is attached to this email. Additional forms may be obtained any Gloucester Rotary Club member or may be downloaded from