Yummy scallop jambalaya! Awesome eats | Cape Ann Fresh Catch is open

Cape Ann Fresh Catch, 46 Commercial Street, Gloucester, at St. Peter’s square.

Whatever’s caught on the dayboats is what they have that day, plus prepared eats like Chef Trina’s awesome jambalaya. They are expanding rapidly.

Look for the OPEN sign by again and again Thursday–Sunday 12-5



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VIVA ~ The Perfect Saint Peter’s Fiesta Accessory!

Saint Peter's Fiesta Viva ©Kim Smith 2014 Alexandra's bread -2Durable, practical, fun, and cololorful–I can’t decide which of Frieda Grotjahn’s Fiesta designs I like better, VIVA or the Greasy Pole–both would be wonderful fun to own! All Again and Again bags are made of recycled sailcloth. 

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Again and Again Fiesta bags are available at their design studio, located at 195 East Main Street and at Alexandra’s Bread, 265 Main Street, Gloucester. See previous GMG posts about Again and Again: Shopping Local ~ Again and Again Saint Peter's Fiesta Viva ©Kim Smith 2014 Alexandra's bread copy

Again and Again Sailbags Featuring Fiesta VIVA Designs!

Check them out online or in person-

195 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 407-7849



Chickity Check it!- Heidi Wakeman’s New Gloucester Biking Blog –


Check out the interview with the ever upbeat Heidi Wakeman


Here’s the blog-


Send in pics of your bike, start up the conversation about local biking, all that good stuff.  Heidi is about the sweetest woman you’d ever wanna meet.

Here’s our interview from August 2008 when the GMG was only a few months old-

Beautiful Morning After Snowfall in East Gloucester Square

Beacon marine Basin © Kim Smith 2013Beacon Marine Basin ~ Click photos to view full size

Wednesday morning East Gloucester was especially beautiful although, is anywhere not magically beautiful after a new fallen snow? While photographing around the neighborhood, I nearly ran into Frieda on her way into her shop, Again and Again (with lots of terrific gift items for last minute shoppers). After photographing down by the North Shore Art Association I stopped in to say hello to Frieda and Beth at Again and Again (see yesterday’s post).

Leaving the shop, and while admiring Duckworth’s wreath and lovely holiday decor, I met Ken Duckworth outside his bistro. We had a friendly chat and I was reminded of what a fabulous neighborhood is ours. At that moment I was thinking not of the beauty that surrounds, but of our wonderful neighbors.

Maritime Heritage center ©Kim Smith 2013Maritime Center from Smith’s Cove

Duckworth's ©Kim Smith 2013Duckworth’s in the Snow

Dinner at Duckworth’s Bistrot anytime of the year, but most especially during the holidays, is always a very special treat. Plan to go soon for your Duckworth’s fix because I believe they close for several weeks during. January.

East main Street snow © Kim Smith 2013Snowy Morning East Main Street

Pine cones snow ©Kim Smith 2013 copyGlitter Pine Cones

Duckworth's wreath ©Kim Smith 2013Duckworth’s Wreath

This is the first little batch of photos after Tuesday’s snowfall. I don’t like to post too many full-size photos in the same post because it bumps my fellow contributors too far down the page. I’ll post more from Wednesday morning’s after snowfall tomorrow.

Wedding dress out of recycled spinnaker

A dream comes true, this year I got lucky with 3 seamstresses who worked with me at Again and Again.
Beth Chianciola , Pam Lally and Regina  Loicano made a beautiful wedding dress all put of recycled spinnaker, also the flower girl dress and the flowers .
You can see it on Sunday at the SeArts Fashion Show at Cruise Port.


Heidi Wakeman Details The Again and Again 2010 Design Your Own Sailcloth Handbag Contest Video

Heidi Wakeman Details The Again and Again 2010 Design Your Own Sailcloth Handbag Contest Video

Thanks For Watching

Heidi Wakeman and Frieda Grotjahn -Again and Again 2010 Design Your Own Handbag Contest

The contest which is free to enter and money raised through the auction of your cleverly designed sailbag goes directly to supporting the GHS Sailing program which gets Gloucester kids out on Gloucester harbor for no cost to them.

Frieda’s Again and Again shop makes bags from recycled sails.  Instead of these sails clogging up landfills they are put to good use as gorgeous and functional bags made from this durable and water repellant material.  You can learn more about the design your own sailbag contest in the video we made coming tomorrow

Heidi Writes-

Once again, Again & Again is hosting a Design Your Own Handbag Contest & Silent Auction to benefit the Gloucester High School Sail Team.  This year we are partnering with Cape Ann Art Haven.

Pick up your materials pack at either Again & Again, located at 195 E.Main St. Gloucester, or Cape Ann Art Haven, located at 18OB Main St. Gloucester.

Deadline for submissions is JULY 26.

There will be a Silent Auction & Party on JULY 29 at Art Haven.

Questions? Email Heidi at againandagaincontest@gmail.com








Joey’s ManBag! Breaking News!

Joey was caught, I think on Niles Beach Sporting his new “ManBag” by “SOB OF THE BLOG” Sorry, I mean FOB (Friend of the Blog) Cathy.


Whoever Cathy is thanks for the photo of Joey and his ManBag!

give yourself a plug if you’d like in the comment section and i’ll pass it  on the Blog!

I’m not trying to bust’em on JOEY AND HIS “MANBAG”, I’M JEALOUS. IT’S A BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF ARTWORK! Done by Again and Again.

I’ll have to put an order in for one. I have two but not as nice as his for my painting stuff. I’ll post them someday.

Cathy's Photo of Joey and his "ManBag"

For more on Friedas Bags and Totes made out of recycled Sails click the link below


Rocky Neck Artist In Residence Melinda Hannigan

Melinda left Gloucester yesterday to drive back cross country to Seattle making stops along the way with her Irish companion whose name escapes me (I get a pass on forgetting her name as she called me Bob a couple times).

Here she poses with a couple of her pieces made from actual sails.  When speaking with Melinda she told me how helpful and supportive Freida Grotjahn from Again and Again had been during her stay as well as Bob Ritchie from Dogtown Book Store.

Rocky Neck Artist In Residence Melinda Harrington, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Melinda Harrington Art From Sails
Melinda Harrington Art From Sails
Melinda Harrington Art From Sails
Melinda Hannigan Art From Sails

Again And Again Recycled Sailcloth Handbags

Here’s one of the recylcled sailcloth handbags made by Freida Grotjahn at Again and Again- 195 East Main Street In Beautiful East Gloucester next to Duckworth’s Bistrot.  Patti Page stopped by telling us that the handbag auction was a huge success and added some much needed financial help to the Gloucester Sailing program.

Again And Again Recycled Sailcloth Handbag Contest Auction

Don’t forget about Thursday night’s handbag auction with proceeds going to Gloucester and Rockport sailing programs.

Again and Again 195 East Main St, Gloucester Ma
Again and Again 195 East Main St, Gloucester Ma
Freida Grotjahn Displays Contest Entries In The Window
Freida Grotjahn Displays Contest Entries In The Window

Again and Again Handbag Auction Thursday Night Video

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The Auction is Thursday Night for more details click this text


Frieda asked me to contact you about the handbag contest auction that’s coming up. As you know, Again and Again is sponsoring a handbag contest which has been running for the past month or so. We have gotten a lot of entries, and they are all going to be displayed on Thursday night in the shop, where each entry will be able to be bid on. All proceeds will go directly to the Gloucester and Rockport Youth Sailing Program. We have over thirty extremely creative entries and we would love if you could post the information for Thursday night on your site. It’s open to absolutely everyone. There will be light food and drink, as well as door prizes. We would also love to have you stop by on Thursday to see what what we’ve put together, if you get a chance.


Again and Again Handbag Contest

Click this text for the details

From Freida-

Again and Again has a handbag contest.
call Willie 978 239 0213 or Tracy 978 879 9539  for more info
or come to the store and get your material.
Deadline August 1st.
Have fun creating.
Please forward this to your friends.
Best Frieda

GMG Q&A Frieda Grotjahn From Again And Again

Frieda started Again and Again, a shop that makes designer handbags out of recycled sails.  You can visit her website here

How long have you lived in Gloucester?

I can not believe it almost 9 years.
What is your favorite season In Gloucester?
All the seasons are my favorite, or do you really would like to miss the green in the spring, going to the beach in the summer or and rowing in the harbor;putting a warm sweater on and enjoying the colors from the leaves in fall and the winter, ice cold but see the sky, it is perfectly blue.

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?

We are so lucky that we can live here, there are sooooo many spots..
What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?
My house
What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?
The Last Stop

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?

Defenetly Duckworth
What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?
I do not have one

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

Morning Glory, to sit outside in the summer

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?


In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?


Who is your favorite local artist?

Viginia Lee Burton

Which is your favorite local beach?

Niles Beach and Good Harbor

Who has the best chowder in town?


Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

right now: Off the Charter

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?

I like both

What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?


What is your favorite local band?

I do not have one

Thanks, Joey

Again and Again Inc Workspace Pic

Another workspace photo from Freida Grotjahn’s Again and Again Inc. This is exactly how my workshop would look if I produced cool bags made from recycled sailcloth.

Again and Again, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Again and Again is located at 195 East Main Street. Freida’s website with contact info is

www.againnagain.com Tell her you saw her bags on the blog.