Charles and George King share the following,

Hello everyone!

Joann Mackenzie from the Gloucester Daily Times wrote an excellent article on the upcoming installation of the Civil War coat at GHS!

We’d like to thank Joann and the Gloucester Daily Times for their continued support and interest in the coat and its restoration.
Click the link below to read the story.
Charles and George


From noon to four this afternoon City Hall will be abuzz with a special celebration exhibiting the work of Cape Ann children’s book authors and illustrators. Each author has a table with their projects. Come meet and talk to the authors about their original stories. The illustrators have created art coloring sheets taken from the pages of the books to give to guests. The award ceremony, hosted by Mayor Sefatia, takes place at 1:30. This is a unique and new book fair created by Cape Ann’s four library directors, Deborah Kelsey (Gloucester), Deborah French (Essex), Sara Collins (Manchester), Cindy Grove (Rockport), and art director Catherine Ryan.

I am looking forward to seeing all the artists coloring sheets. My Monarch Butterfly project and documentary film Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly first incarnation was an illustrated book, then photo exhibit, and now film.

The illustration above is of a male and female Monarch mating. The Monarchs fly up into a tree and stay joined together, abdomen to abdomen, for about four hours. The blue butterflies are a cousin of the Monarchs, the Blue Tiger of India (Tirumala limniace), but you can color your butterflies anyway you see fit–I’d love to see a pair of rainbow Monarchs 🙂

Read more about the Cape Ann Reads celebration in a post by Catherine about Gail McCarthy’s Gloucester Times article here.

Just when you thought it was safe to crawl into a hole for the winter

What’s this?  More music?  More fun?  I thought this was the start of the slow season.  Nope.  The truth is, folks, that there’s no such thing as a “slow season” in GTown any longer — at least not when it comes to music and the arts.  There are plenty of restaurants that stay open year round, plus lots of other year-round venues for music and the arts.

And we’re seeing an expansion of music venues even after summer is over.  Catch 22 is expanding their music offerings to Tuesday – Saturday and  Seaport Grille has music tomorrow (a new player in Wednesday night music).

Sure we might relish the idea of less traffic downtown and fewer tourists walking the streets, but that wears off quick.  This is what we want, right?  A thriving music scene all year long.

And this is precisely the time of year when we can  support the steadfast restaurants and venues who stay open all year long (see them here – along with their live music lineup for this week).  The best way to convince them that they’re doing the right thing is to go there.

Oh, it gets better.  Perhaps you caught the Gloucester Times story about Endicott (see here).  Nancy Gaines’ insightful article focuses on the educational value that Endicott will provide Gloucester residents and only hints at how Endicott students will help revitalize our City, breathing new life into arts, culture, science, music — all in the “off season”.  Becoming a college town is likely to be the best thing that has happened to Gloucester this century.  Let’s welcome Endicott and the students, parents, vitality and just plain fun they are bringing to our City.

Making Italian Donuts With Sista Felicia and Nephew BJ At The Gloucester Daily Times Website


From the Gloucester Daily Times Taste of The Times-

These are considered a special treat by Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan’s family, especially her son BJ, who helps make this recipe. Every Sunday, especially on religious holidays such as Easter Sunday, Grandfather Joe would make these special donuts “for us (seven Grandchildren) on Sunday mornings. This is one of many treats he and my grandmother Felicia would make for Sunday coffee time after Sunday Mass.”
The special ingredient in these homemade donuts is ricotta cheese. It is mixed into the batter and makes for a very moist and tasty round donut, which is rolled into powdered sugar right after frying them in oil.
“My Grandfather passed away when I was in high school. When my twins were born many years later, I remember counting the months till they could have table food so I could make them to enjoy on Sunday mornings and Holiday mornings just as I did growing up.”
“My kids enjoy them just as much as my cousins bother & I did. My daughter Amanda knows how to make the batter, BJ is a professional donut powdered and my husband is defiantly the best at eating them! With our busy schedules traveling with our daughter Amanda for tennis, Sunday mornings as a family are tough to fit in. In spite of this, everyone knows, including my nieces Eloise & Madeline, that when TeTe, Uncle Barry, BJ & Amanda are home on a Sunday donuts are being made while the sauce and meatballs are cooking for our family dinner!”
You may want to try them for a special day such as Easter or at any time you want to make a special treat.

Chickity Check It!- Gloucester Times Reporter Steven A. Fletcher Blog The Convergence Point

He writes-

This week, I’m writing a series on newspapers, social media, and their communities.

Check out his post in which he mentions GMG here-

A less public pint; at the social media tap.

GMG Questions and Answers- Andrea Holbrook From the Gloucester Times

How long have you lived in Gloucester?

I don’t.

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?


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

Half Moon Beach and Stage Fort Park in the late fall, when its nearly empty

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

It was Andiamo’s, but now it’s Poseidon’s

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?


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

The Franklin

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

Cape Ann Brewery

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

Sugar Magnolia

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

The farmers market

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

Boat, as long as I don’t have to crew or put bait on a hook. I’ll gladly hold/watch a pole, but I never hooked a tuna when I’ve gone out — just a warning

Who is your favorite local artist?

Dead: Fitz Hugh Lane
Living: Jeffrey Weaver

Which is your favorite local beach?

Half Beach Moon

Who has the best chowder in town?

I’m allergic to shellfish, and don’t eat clams.

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

Heather Atwood’s Food for Thought

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?


What is your favorite Gloucester neighborhood?

Rocky Neck. OK call me tourist

What is your favorite local band?

Bandit Kings

As A Reward For Filling Out The Form For Use On GMG Feel free To Provide a Link Here to Any Business, Band or Website You Would Like Promoted

As always the GDT

Sista Felicia’s Rosa Rugosa Video On The Gloucester Times Website

Here is the video on the Gloucester Times Taste Of The Times on demand video recipes featuring Sista Felicia making the Rosa Rugosa Rose Hip Jelly and Rose Petal Jelly.

Click here for the Article From The Gloucester Daily Times-

Take time to eat the roses

Rosa Rugosa is a carefree rose which will grow in salty conditions, shade, full sun, and poor soil so long as it’s well-drained. Its fruits and flower petals can be used to make jelly.

Click The Video Below For The Video


Julie Geary’s Lamb Shank Video

Since Julie Geary has been in the catering business that her mother started out of their home in Magnolia she has learned many tricks and techniques for getting the most flavor from her food – and when she wants to the most bang for the buck. She loves to share that knowledge with people and does so here with this delicious recipe for cooking a lamb shank that is so tender the meat will fall off of the bone. The secret is to braise, cook in the proper liquids and slowly simmer on the stove or in the oven for a few hours. It is a good recipe for a long, cold, rainy afternoon. Watch her do it here.

Click Here To Watch Julie Geary of Classic Cooks Shows You How To Make Lamb Shank

The Dealiest Batch- To Air Live On GDT Tonight


TJ Peckham and Tom Ryan to Host Weekly Home Brew TV Show –“The Dealiest Batch” – on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM “The Dealiest Batch” will start this Wednesday at 7:00 PM and cover all things home brewing. It is live so that viewers can email in their questions. It will be on every Wednesday at the same time. TJ and Tom began their home brewing careers in college. Even when they were fishing out of Dutch Harbor, Alaska they both brought books on beer, brewing and breweries to read while we were isolated on the ship for months at a time. Now they both work at Cape Ann Brewing Co. of Gloucester, home of The Fisherman’s IPA, but still carry on their home brewing activities, including a home brewing club, videos and a new weekly TV show, “The Deadliest Batch – Home Brewing with T&T” to be seen every Wednesday at 7:00 PM at Viewers can also see their other videos and replays of the program in the Wine & Beverage Videos category.

check out the promo-

GMG Q&A- Kate Glass Gloucester Times Photog

Photo of Kate Glass By David Cox
Photo of Kate Glass By David Cox

We were honored to have a media slideshow from Kate Glass as one of the participants in the Downtown Gloucester Block Party media presentations last Saturday night.  Recently Kate won an award from the Associated Press News Executive Association for a photo of Anne-Margaret Ferrante and her mom moments after she won the election for 5th Essex District state representative.

Congrats Kate!

Here’s Kate’s GMG Q&A-

How long have you lived in Gloucester?
Sadly, I don’t live in Gloucester, but I’m trying to convince my husband that we should move here! I’ve worked in Gloucester for a little over a year though.

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?
Fall. The weather is still beautiful and easier to enjoy without all the summer traffic.

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

I don’t think these spots are much of a secret, but I do like Rafe’s Chasm in Magnolia. I also love Folly Cove.

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

Andiamos had the best pizza. I was very upset when I found out they closed.

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?
I don’t eat too many subs, but for sandwiches and salads I’d have to say Willow Rest. Gotta be careful there though, because everything looks good!

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

I liked the food and look of the Franklin when I shot it for the Cape Ann Magazine.

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

I like the margaritas at Jalapenos. I am also a fan of the beer at Cape Ann Brewing.

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?
Jim’s Bagels, though I am dying to try Sugar Magnolias.

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?
The Farmers Market and music. The block parties are good too. I never really get to enjoy Fiesta because I’m too busy running around looking for photos!

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

Definitely the beach. (I get seasick)

Who is your favorite local artist?

That’s a tough one. There’s too many good ones. Jon Conant and the work he’s bringing into the Hive in Rockport is a nice addition to the area.

Which is your favorite local beach?
Good Harbor

Who has the best chowder in town?
Halibut Point

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?

What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?
Love the outdoor dining. Gloucester needs more of that!

What is your favorite local band?

While I have seen some of the local bands, I can’t say I’ve seen enough to answer this one. I do love how all the musicians here show up and play at each other’s gigs.

Kate Glass
Gloucester Daily Times

Photo Of Kate Glass By David Cox
Photo Of Kate Glass By David Cox

Old Home of The Gloucester Times

This photo I believe was taken around 1924.

It is the old home of the Gloucester Times which I believe sat in the building that houses Passports restaurant.

On the bottom floor it looks like there was Sullivan’s Drug Store in the exact spot where Passports operates.