Brian, a fellow blogger from Brooklyn came to town for a visit. Before he came I tried to give him some suggestions on stuff to do around town.
How many of you have relatives that still go down and get their loaf of Italian bread every morning?
My Grandma Rose (although I never called her Grandma Rose, it was always Grandma with the store) would take warm loaves of Italian bread, cut them flat in half, pour the good Italian olive oil on it and season it with salt and pepper. I’ll tell you what, I could eat a half a loaf, even when I was ten years old.
Please spread the word.
Tickets are still available for the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce $25,000 Game. The odds are far better than the lottery – 1 in 500 of winning $10,000 and 12 in 500 of collecting at least $500 – and the proceeds benefit the Chamber’s activities right here on Cape Ann.
A $100 ticket also entitles the holder to admission for two to the $25,000 Game Party, September 23, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Bass Rocks Golf Club. There will be appetizers, a cash bar, and the thrill of learning who will win the grand prize.
To purchase a ticket, call the Chamber today at 978 283 1601. Good luck!
1. Just because it’s less money doesn’t mean it’s a good deal i.e. the mess with Comcast. We went back to Verizon today. Yippee!
2. You can lower your cholesterol and blood pressure with fish oil, flax seed oil, and a little help from prescriptions. My cholesterol went from 256 to 146 and my BP went down 40 points.
3. Cycling ( I made it around the island yesterday), kayaking (Kylie and her dad’s first time out), and the beach are great ways to spend summer in Gloucester especially when you have grandkids who like to do the same things. Cooking baby beets from the Farmer’s Market when we only had bottled water to wash the “red” out was a tasty treat!
4. You don’t have to spend a cent to have fun here.
5. Summers in Gloucester are way too short.
6. I love Gloucester despite the fact that fall is coming.
7. I love Joey in spite of the fact that he pushes me almost to my limit.
8. I love Joey because of this.
9. I learned that I am a lousy videographer.
10. I learned that I keep meeting the “funnest” people right here in G-Town!!
Big hugs and kisses to all of you!
Here are Grover and Cindy, long time owners of The Cupboard at Stage Fort Park. My grandparents Joe and Felicia Ciaramitaro (The Captain Joe) lived up the hill from The Cupboard on Tolman Ave.
Both of my grandfather’s names were Joe Ciaramitaro. One, Captain Joe who started Captain Joe and Sons with my father and uncle and the other- Joe Popcorn who owned Pat’s Center Grocery which started in the location where Sclafani’s is and then moved across the street to the location where the plaza housing Tedesci’s Market and Yama Wok are currently.
Grandma Felicia (although I never called her Grandma Felicia, it was always Grandma with the wharf) would go down to Stage Fort Park and knit with her sisters under one of the trees. She’d walk down the bottom of the hill behind The Cupboard with her knitting bag and they would kabbitz and knit.
I remember way back then what a treat it was to go down to The Cupboard after ball games or when we would all go down as a family and eat on the benches outside, always finishing up with ice cream. Some things are traditions and even though Cindy and Grover are not from Gloucester, you’d be hard pressed to say that there are many more people woven into the fabric of Gloucester memories over the years.
An imprint in my mind from yesteryear is the mural of Mother Hubbard hanging on the wall behind the counter. It’s been there as long as I can remember and I wanted to be sure to take a picture of it. The signature in the bottom right reads “Franklyn Hamilton”
Franklyn E. Hamilton
GLOUCESTER – The family of Franklyn E. Hamilton are saddened by the passing of their father after a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, Jan. 28, 2008.
Franklyn was born in Gloucester on June 10, 1918, the son of Frank and Esther (Wilkie) Hamilton.