Gloucester Public Works – DPW projects along Rogers and Thatcher

Gloucester DPW projects along Rogers by Cape Ann Savings Bank and Minglewood include necessary sidewalk and ADA crosswalk construction as well as remedying the pooling puddles at Minglewood and by St. Peter’s. They should be completed this week!


Between Good Habor Beach and Long Beach Dairy Maid, DPW manages a long standing issue of poor drainage. They’re testing clearing and rough grading at this stage.

What a weekend!

Summer might be over, but the hot Fall music season has just begun.

TONIGHT (FRI) you’ve just got to go see Sarah and the Wild Versatile at Minglewood.  Here they are at our gimmeLIVE summer concert featuring Boston’s Rising Stars at the Cabot.

TOMORROW (SAT) Cape Ann Symphony‘s musical feast featuring “The most descriptive sex music ever written” (more on that in this post).  Get tickets here.

SUNDAY Lanesville Music Festival, featuring some of Cape Ann’s finest musicians.  (More on that in this post.)  Donations accepted at the door.

Remember, you live in one of the most culturally rich areas in the country, so get off your couch, get out and soak in the area’s extraordinary live music — there’s no other experience like it!


Raising Money for Rob McNutt, the Minglewood Employee who was Shot Friday Night

3449026_1424710714.4727_rIf you don’t know the story, from Rob’s Go Fund Me page: As Rob was leaving at the end of the night and getting into his car to go home, he noticed that a man he had to escort out of the establishment earlier in the evening acting strangely in the nearby parking lot. Rob being the guy that he is turned around because he had realized that some of his fellow co-workers were still inside closing up and he did not want to leave them unattended or in harm’s way. Rob payed the ultimate price and ended up getting shot in his leg at point blank range. Shattering his femur and just missing his main artery, changing his life forever in more ways than one. Read more here: ROB MCNUTT 


Read Chief Campanello’s report here:

Gloucester Police Arrest Man in Connection with Early Morning Shooting


Cold Engines show canceled tonight @ Minglewood 2.7.2015

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Minglewood will be closed from today (Saturday, 2/7) through Friday, February 13th to have our floors redone.

Test out the new dance floor next week with Otis Grove on Friday and Megan McKenzie Band on Valentine’s Day!

25 Rogers St. Gloucester, MA 01930


The Broadcast at Minglewood on Friday November 8th

The Broadcast is hard-edged, soulful rock music bursting-at-the-seams. Drawing much of their ambience from 70’s classic rock, they’re a band with an explosive female lead singer, riffing guitar, mood-altering keys and a rock-solid rhythm section. A dynamic ensemble known for their powerful live performances, The Broadcast continues to break new ground across the country with vocal powerhouse Caitlin Krisko leading every step of the way. Described by audiences as a modern day “Grace Slick meets Led Zeppelin”, The Broadcast’s infectious energy and authentic approach to rock & roll music has propelled them into the live music community spotlight. The band is currently on tour supporting their new studio album “Dodge the Arrow” released September 2013.

Check online for latest information
Check online for latest information

New Music Hitting Gloucester this Week

DENNIS BRENNAN returns for another week with the Woodpeppers at Jalapenos Tonight.  The Woodpeppers are always great but adding Dennis Brennan to the mix is something you don’t want to miss – check out his video below and get over to Jalapenos tonight

FLY AMERO WITH SPECIAL GUEST JOHN HALL at the Rhumbline on Wednesday.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Fly & John.  Who knows if it’ll ever happen again.  The Orleans concert at North Shore Music Theatre last summer was great.  Orleans_gli

LITTLEWOLF  All the way from the great state of Texas!!  Alternate Roots Magazine 2013 Debut Artist of the Year @ Captain Carlo’s – Friday May 3rd.  LITTLEWOLF fashions a unique, dynamic roots/blues/rock explosion: a fusion of Steve Lett’s 35 years of experience and Kristi Clanton’s youthful exuberance.  You have to check them out, Friday at Captain Carlo’s 

LOIS LANE & THE DAILY PLANETS  at Minglewood on Saturday May 4th.  Lois Lane & the Diaily Planets specializing in classic rock, blues, rhythm and blues (R&B), funk, jazz, rock, soul and pop music, Lois Lane and the Daily Planets are sure to satisfy even the most demanding audiences!  Check out the video

There is so much great music happening on Cape Ann that there is no reason you are not out enjoying some great music.  See the full lineup of music here:

Maggies Farm

Maggies Farm Middleton ©Kim Smith 2012

Last night we stopped at Mark McDonough’s newest restaurant, Maggies Farmlocated in Middleton. Disclaimer: our son Alex recently started working there although, I can honestly say, our dinners were simply outstanding. And as you can see in the photos, the portions are enormously generous.

Maggies Farm Restaurant Middleton ©Kim Smith 2012-2Alex recommended the Nachos and, even though I generally dislike shouty capitals– WOW is all I can say!

The host Kai was gracious and friendly and our waitress was super professional and efficient. The ambiance was warm, welcoming, and fun, and the crowd ranged in age from 20-somethings through the ages including dating couples, sports bar fans, a group of women getting together after work, and sitting next to us, was a grandmother with her granddaughter discussing the granddaughter’s upcoming wedding plans.

Maggies Farm Restaurant Middleton ©Kim Smith 2012-3

Husband Tom ordered the Fish and Chips. I did not try the fish however, the onion rings were the best I have ever tasted–extra crispy flavorful golden brown on the outside, perfectly sweet, tender onions within. We were not sitting under the lights and I apologize for the not-so-great photos, but we’ll be back often. I ‘d love to return at lunch time for better photos and to try more items on the menu. I struggled to decide and was more than happy with the delicious Pan Roasted Chicken with cranberry cornbread stuffing, parsnips, Brussel sprouts, and gravy (and much too full after the perfectly enormous plate of nachos to eat all my dinner). The menu is a collection of favorite comfort food from many cuisines, and is comfort food at its most sublime. For sushi-lovers, the sushi looked very tempting and is half-off on Monday nights. I can see any number of reasons to head over to Maggies for lunch or for dinner as it is only a five minute drive past the long stretch of shops, stores, and car dealerships that line Rt. 114. Maggies is located adjacent to Richardson’s Farm. When the weather warms it will be lots of fun to make a night of Richardson’s mini golf and dinner at Maggies!

Maggies Farm Restaurant Middleton -4 ©Kim Smith 2012.

The name Maggies Farm Restaurant is taken from the Bob Dylan song he penned (from the album Bringing it All Back Home), after his departure from acoustic folk to electric rock. See Mark McDonough’s Gloucester restaurants Alchemy, Latitude 43, and Minglewood.

Dennis Monagle welcomes the Dejas to Minglewood again ~ always a great show

If you haven’t seen this enchanting duo, check them out tonight at Minglewood Tavern.  Rumor has it they may even perform at the next Block Party.  Stay tuned for word on that  . . .

If you want to be outside tonight, you have two great choices:  Remember, Conscious Reggae Band will be in Masconomo Park (rescheduled from yesterday) and Compaq Jazz Band at Stage Fort Park.  Get details and the full live music lineup here.

Have you figured out what to do for Father’s Day? (It’s Sunday)

Ok here are some great ideas:

  1. Stuff the kids in the car and take a Sunday drive to Latitude43 for their Classic Car Meet and Honky Tonk BBQ.  They are having pulled pork in the smoker and smokin’ hot Johnny Carwash beating out classic 60’s surf songs and rockabilly.
  2. Linda Amero Trio at Captain Carlo’s
  3. Brunch at Alchemy with Flynn Cohen & Friends
  4. Brunch at Seaward Inn with Julie Dougherty

That’s 4 ideas from 11am – 3pm.  10 more choices after 3pm and 14 choices TODAY (Sat)! Check out the full list here.

Get out and enjoy family, friends, and some great music on Cape Ann.

Oops wrong song title ~ the real one is better

In yesterday’s post (see here) I got the title wrong to my favorite new Pete Lindberg song.  The real title is Death, Taxes, & Matches — perfect title.

I also forgot to mention that at the end of Tuesday’s spectacular show at Minglewood, Pete led ALL the performers in The Weight, which turned into a crowd sing-along and really got to me (I’m a big  Levon Helm fan and we had him booked at North Shore Music Theatre for July 7 — bad luck for all).

In this video, Pete does an excellent version of another Band favorite, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, at Celebrate Gloucester 2010.  Not many people can pull this off solo.  We should all be grateful that Pete’s voice is getting better!

It’s almost the weekend.  Lots of great choices starting tonight.  See the full music lineup here.

And don’t forget the Herb Pomeroy tribute concert on Friday that benefits the Berklee/Gloucester Scholarship Fund.

Ghost writer revealed, SXSW star visits Minglewood & 2 great songs about matches

OK, we admit it.  Vickie’s GMG posts are not always by Vickie.  Sometimes they’re by Peter.  This could be because Richard Gaines  once called us “interchangeable”.  Or it could be because we’re both insanely busy and sometimes she doesn’t have time to post.  Actually, sometimes we co-write the posts.  Anyhow, that’s why we’ve newly identified ourselves as team FOBs and you now see both of us in the photo.  So you can try to guess which one of us writes each post.  Just put your guess in the comments and maybe we’ll do something about it.

Let’s all thank Pete Lindberg for bringing Tristen to Minglewood last night.  Watch the video and you’ll  see why she is SOOOOO GOOD (see what SXSW says about her).  Also check out this video of her song Matchstick Murder. (No, Tristen, we’re not afraid).

Now, we can’t mention Pete Lindberg without reference to his great new song “I Won’t Pay for Matches” (Please correct me, Pete, if I got the title wrong).  Next time you see him, be sure to request it.  We’re all waiting patiently for him to record it (well not so patiently, really).

Before I went to Minglewood, I was at Shalin Liu for Greg & Francie’s spectacular presentation/concert.  No amps, no mics.  Just a harpsichord on stage in one of the most perfect acoustic settings on Earth.  I was in the back row and I could easily hear every nuance.  Beautiful!

All this on a Tuesday night!  There’s simply no way to see all the great music on Cape Ann.  You just have to choose.  See the full lineup here for some help with that.

And don’t forget the Herb Pomeroy tribute concert on Friday that benefits the Berklee/Gloucester Scholarship Fund.