Cape Ann Brewing Kills It On Opening Night!

The Boys Knocked it out of the park with rave reviews, huge smiles and killer food all the way around on opening night at Cape Ann Brewing’s new location on Rogers Street directly across from the Saint Peter’s Club.

This was the place to be tonight without question as an excitement and electricity filled the year in what is destined to be yet another top destination for craft beer lovers WORLD WIDE.  Yeah I said it- WORLD FUCKING WIDE!  The place is unlike anything around and expense was not spared in bringing the masses a dining and drinking establishment that is uniquely Gloucester.

Here are a few pictures- more to come tomorrow along with video.



Did you know

Weather Vanes and Slate Roofing

A weather vane is an instrument for showing the direction of the wind. They are typically used as an architectural ornament at the highest point of a building. Although partly functional, weather vanes are generally decorative, often featuring the traditional cockerel design with letters indicating the points of the compass. Other common motifs include ships, arrows and horses, or as in the case of this one in Annisquam at Lobster Cove, a lobster. The word ‘vane’ comes from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘fane’ meaning ‘flag’.

Slate roofing was used in the eastern part of the country prior to the American Revolution. Despite this, the slate industry did not gain prominence here until the mid-nineteenth century.  A number of factors contributed to the industry’s development including the advent of cheaper forms of transportation, first by canal and later by rail. An increasing U.S. population (which almost tripled in the years from 1830 to 1860) increased the demand for housing and building materials.  Architectural tastes also contributed to advances in the slate industry. The prevailing architectural styles of the mid-nineteenth century placed strong emphasis on prominent rooflines. Slate, laid in multi-colored decorative patterns, and was particular suited to the curved or straight Mansard roofs of the Second Empire style and the steeply pitched roofs of the High Victorian Gothic. Installed properly, slate roofs require relatively little maintenance and will last 60 to 125 years or longer depending on the type of slate employed, roof configuration, and the geographical location of the property. Some slates have been known to last over 200 years.

Hippy – Pet of the Week

Hippy – Pet of the Week
Hello!  My name is Hippy, a sweet five-month-old boy Spaniel mix pup. 
I am happy and outgoing.  I love people and other
dogs.  I weigh about 13 pounds, so I will be medium in size when I am
all grown.  I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid (
and hoping I will be adopted soon.  I am so excited
about being part of a family.  I don’t need my own room, I would be
happy just to sit on my new owner’s lap.
Please stop down to 260 Main Street in Gloucester and ask for
Hippy!  If you want to start out the New Year with lots of fun,
just adopt me!


Thanks to Tina Ketchopolos who sends in the Pet of the Week

Beautiful Industry- Cape Pond Ice Harvesting Ice For Boston’s First Night

Click these posts to see videos of the process-

Video- 2010 Boston’s First Night Ice Sculptures Born In Gloucester MA At Cape Pond Ice

Beautiful Industry- Video Harvesting Ice For Boston’s First Night -Cape Pond Ice Part II

Beautiful Industry- Video Harvesting Ice For Boston’s First Night -Cape Pond Ice Part III


New Years Eve at the Topside


Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a great Christmas!  I also want to let you all know about New Years Eve at the Topside. We will have a great dinner menu featuring Baked stuffed lobster, filet mignon, Duck Ala Orange, Fresh Atlantic Salmon, and Pork Scallopini Ala Oscar (with asparagus and lobster meat). We will also be ringing in the New Year with entertainment from Ryan Faraday and will also have a complimentary Champagne Toast at midnight!! See you there…

Doug Silva
Topside Grill
(978) 281-1399

The Scene of The Crime- Rocky Neck Plunge New Year’s Day

This is where we will be at noontime on New Year’s Day for the Rocky Neck Plunge.  It will be a time to conquer fears.  It will be a time for new beginnings., a time to bond with your fellow crazies who dare to step outside of normalcy and to do something just because others say it shouldn’t be done!  People ask “Why?”  I say- Why Not? 

Bucket list stuff!  Once you do it you will be able to recount the memory every year fro the rest of your life.  Come join us for some serious fun!

Oak Cove Beach-DSC01943



Rocky Neck Plunge Info from Brenda Malloy-

Thought it may be a good idea to give people some directions on exactly where the beach is that The Rocky Neck Plunge takes place. It is called Oak Cove Beach at the end of Stevens Way, neither of which names are commonly known to most, even on Rocky Neck!
When one is driving down Rocky Neck and bears right at Sailor Stan’s restaurant, you take the first street on the  left ‘Stevens Way’. This is a short street, 2 houses long, then you must go either right or left on Wonson St.  If you were to continue straight you go down the gravel path ahead of you, this leads to Oak Cove Beach where the plunge takes place.
Hope to see a big crowd, one and all are welcome!

No Pretty Prayer

Sal Zerilli grew up “down the fort” during the 70’s and 80’s. He moved away, but held on tight to the love for his unique neighborhood of close-knit families and Italian traditions. Two years ago, fearful that the slow but imminent process of gentrification of his beloved fort would destroy its charm, Sal decided to preserve a bit of the precious history.

His documentary, “No Pretty Prayer” is a touching documentary of people and place. Each show at the Cape Ann Community Cinema has sold out. I saw it last night with Joanne (GMG’s own)who grew up as a non-Italian down the fort. Please-if you get a chance, catch this film. It’s a bit of Gloucester history that everyone should see. Bravo,Sal!!

See more here.

Weekend Picks From Your Boy Joey and The North Shore Blogger Consortium

My Number One Pick Is New Years Day at Noon-

You know you wanna!

The Rocky Neck Plunge!

There are a ton of New Year’s Eve Celebrations-

Friday Dec 31st-

Cape Ann Community Cinema Wizard Of Oz Sing-A-Long

Giuseppe’s Ristorante New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve @ The Franklin Cafe ~ “Sinatra to Bocelli” Linda Amero & Ferdinando Argenti


The Rhumb Line’s Mighty Fancy New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Day Jazz Brunch @ Gloucester House Restaurant ~ Linda Amero & Steve Heck

New Years Eve at the Topside

Music Around Town ~ December 27, to January 2, 2011

More listings to be added as they come in

Jan 1st New year’s Day-

Things To Do! New Year’s Day Rocky Neck Plunge

North Shore Blogger Consortium Picks-


The wonderful Jane Ward has some great ideas, over at Food and Fiction.


Media giant Seth gives up the best of Lynn at Lynn Happens.


Choices from all over New England at The Two Palaverers.


North Shore Kid: Weekend Picks Dec. 31- Jan. 2, 2011

The “Doc” is in the House!

The “Doc” Will Be In The House!!

Willie Alexander…will be joining David “Doc” Vincent…Alek Razdan…Rik Razdan..New Years Rockport Mass. Shalin Liu Performance Center Main Street is an early W.A. video this aired on M.T.V. Filmed on Bass Rocks in Gloucester..thought you might enjoy this.

Previously aired on GMG

Fun filled music video shot in Gloucester, Massachusetts in the early 1980’s, starring: Willie Alexander and the Confessions.