If You’re Stuck Without a Father’s Day Present We Will Be Down The Dock Father’s Day

There’s not much worse feeling than waking up and realizing you are that horrible son or daughter that forgot to get your dad a present.

If you are THAT person, fear not.  We will be open at the dock to bail your ass out.

Give us a call at (978) 283-1454 and order your dad the easiest most no-brainer gift ever and watch him smile when you deliver them.  We open at 5AM 7 days a week but it’s best to call ahead so we can put exactly what you need aside for you.

I can tell you personally that lobsters as a gift have a huge impact which people do not forget.  There isn’t anything where you make as much impact for as little money as lobster.

Bottom line.

We will be open Father’s Day, best to call ahead and put in your order and we will put exactly what you want aside for your morning pick-up.

Here’s the Captain Joe and Sons Website

Mug Up at 77 Rocky Neck

These are photos from the first Mug Up at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery.  We will be holding Mug Up every Sunday at 10:00.  Tomorrow is Father’s Day, so if you’re a Dad and can’t make it, we understand.  Everyone’s invited.  Greg Bover has said he is bringing some edible offering.  Offerings are gratefully accepted and consumed by all.

What to do on a rainy Sunday in Gloucester?? A Walk in Ravenswood!

Karen Pischke writes-

Hope you enjoy!

What to do on a rainy Sunday in Gloucester?? A Walk in Ravenswood! Last Sunday was rainy and grey, making the woods in Ravenswood even more magical!

Candace White of the Trustees of Reservations was a wealth of knowledge, taking us back in time pointing out old cellar holes, stone walls, the story of ‘the hermit’ of the woods. Candace related the history of Gloucester Harbor and its transition from a farming community to a fishing community. Old stone walls marking homesteads, each allowed to cut 20 cord of wood to heat their home for the winter. You could almost smell the fires burning in the hearths and hear the sound of horses trotting, wheels rolling as carriages carried folks in their Sunday finest along the stately paths.

Senses were aroused by the smell of damp leaves, bark, and pine. A kaleidoscope of shades of green with moss, fern, and stands of oak. Mountain laurel in bloom, chickadee singing and bubbling brooks lent to a sense of a ‘walking meditation.’ Lady slippers reminded many of their childhood, it was a most memorable walk and FUN for the whole family! The Nature Center had the start of the trail is a great place to visit. And even GMG was there to represent! No matter the weather, there’s always something fun to do in Glosta!

Best,    Karen http://www.dreamtimewellness.com/

Ravenswood Trail Sign

Karen Pischke photos

Rocky Neck Happenings

Photos by E.J. - Fun by Everyone

Happenings on Rocky Neck

Alma McLaughlin hosted the most amazing re-opening of her new two shop location at 75 Rocky Neck last night.  All the famous and infamous artists, colorful and beautiful people, characters and denizons of Rocky Neck and beyond were there.  If you were there, you know you were at the happening place.  If you weren’t, well, sorry, you missed a magnitude thing.  Paul Morrison hightailed it over from Rockport as soon as he heard “stuffed mushrooms”; I think that’s Paul’s hand you see reaching into the food shot.  If you missed last night, you should schedule a trip to Alma’s Art & Antiques as soon as possible.  The shops are chock full of great art and really neat collectibles at very affordable prices.  Karen Roberts from Sailor Stan’s did an amazing job with the food, which never stopped coming and was incredible, believe me, I tried it all!  Afterwards a bunch of us headed to Madfish Grill and wore holes in the floor dancing nonstop and wildly to Boston Horns’ great funk and soul.  Wendie Demuth says she can’t dance; but that girl kicked  up a storm and wanted to marry both the horn players (which I think is illegal in this state, and at least one of them was already married).

This is an early tip to everyone out there in GMG land who will be on or near Cape Ann on Thursday, July 7th  from 5:00 – 9:00pm.  We are planning an amazing Night on the Neck that you and the whole family will enjoy and not want to miss.  Mark your calendars now – details to follow soon.

E.J. Lefavour


Youth Expressive Art Summer Program With Kathy Gentile Roberts

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Instructor & Artist, Kathy Gentile Roberts

The Art Studio @ 12 Lendall St., Gloucester

Website: capeannartgallery.com

Have fun with other children while drawing, painting, creating fish prints, collages, stamp art & jewelry

An opportunity for children to express themselves creatively while learning different artistic techniques with other children in a small group atmosphere.

Includes all supplies: canvas, paper, pencils, paints, ink & stamps, brushes, beads etc.

Tuesdays and Thursday: 10:00 -12:00

June 28, 30 & July 5, 7, 12. 14, 19, 21

August 2 & 4

Attend all 10 classes @ $190. or

A block of 5 classes @ $100

To register or for more information: call Kathy Roberts @ 978-281-3665 or kathygroberts@yahoo.com

New Fish Festival

Sefatia informs us-

Place: Gloucester House Restaurant

” New Fish Festival “
Place: Gloucester House Restaurant
Sponsors Gloucester House/Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives
Date June 22, 2011 Wednesday
Time: 6 p.m. for cocktail, and hor’duves 7 p.m. dinner featuring  New & Traditional Creations.
Price $30 pp..
Call the G/House 978-283-1812 for your advance tickets to either purchase or make a reservation every year sold out…

Annisquam Exchange Summer Hours From Britta

The Annisquam Exchange, 32 Leonard St., is open for the season. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Annisquam Exchange, a nonprofit organization, offers antiques, collectibles, linens, cards and gifts. For more information call 978-281-0358 or email info.annisquamexchange@gmail.com.

Photos- EJ Lafavour

ART on the PIER Located on the Scenic Gloucester Harbor

New Schedule for SUMMER ART PROGRAM 2011


Drawing and Illustration Techniques: Pencil work through techniques that focus on, portraiture skills, dimension, lay out, shading. Please bring in minimum size 5×7 photo of person or pet to work from

Storyboards and Cartooning: Pencil work through illustration and drawing techniques that focus on elements of size, dimension, lay-out, shading, light and darks, character development.

Co-ed Ages 10 – 16 (space limited) Must have five students to run class


Owner/Artist of STUDIOVO: Commercial and Fine Art Studio

121R East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. (At East Gloucester Marina)


SUMMER Program Sessions: Tues., Wed. & Thurs. afternoons

Session 1: July 5, 6, 7th: 3:00-5:00: Drawing and Illustration (Wednesdays 1:30-3:30)

Session 2: August 2, 3, 4th: 3:00-5:00: Storyboards and Cartooning (Wednesdays 1:30-3:30)

Each session $95: 10% Family discount off second child

Snacks and Materials Provided.

  • Private lessons: $35 dollars per hour. Call for appt. 282-0269

Registration and payment for Session One: July 1st. Session Two: July 29th

Any questions please contact us at dviau3@verizon.net or 282-0269

Please read and sign below with registration and mail or deliver to:

StudioVO: 41 East Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930

CHILD’S NAME and Age: _______________________________ Phone ________________

Allergies: ___________________________ Parent sign: __________________________-_____

I hereby allow my child/children to participate in the ART on the PIER. I acknowledge that my child/children are in proper health to do so. I will not hold the Viaus, StudioVO or their property liable/responsible in any legal way should anything occur with or to my child.

A Bit of Gloucester History at the Blue Shutters


We just posted this on the Blue Shutters blog (http://www.blueshuttersbeachblog.blogspot.com) and thought the GMG community might be interested in the Gloucester history lesson unfolding at our B&B this week….

The four of us took over the Blue Shutters in early 2007, but it feels like we’ve been here forever. Our roots may have been down 128 a few exits — in Burlington, Woburn and Stoneham — but Gloucester has always part of lives. It’s where we came on a summer Saturday for a few hours of Good Harbor Beach fun, on a Friday night for some dancing at Little Earls and on a Sunday afternoon for dinner out with Mom and Dad.
But our Gloucester history seems insignificant when compared with the group staying here at the Blue Shutters this week. It’s a gathering of the direct descendants of Capt. Elias Davis and James Mansfield, described by one of the organizers –Rev. Graham M. Patterson –as "late 18th and 19th century contemporaries who figure prominently in Gloucester’s seafaring history."
Graham is here to host a memorial gathering for his mother, Marion Mansfield, who he describes as "the last of her generation of Mansfields." According to Graham, their "forbearer James Mansfield (1765-1842) established a ship’s chandlery on Front Street in 1792. From there he built one of the largest fleets of fishing schooners in mid-19th century Gloucester. On the 1852 Walling Map, the Mansfield Wharf is the largest on the western end of the harbor. He built a four-story, double Federal house at No. 26 and No. 28 Front Street in 1832, the year my great-great grandmother Abigail Somes Davis married Alfred Mansfield, Sr."
He goes on to talk about his great-great grandmother Abigail Somes Davis Mansfield (1811-1900), who "befriended Fitz Lane (1804-1865) from the days of her childhood, purchased his paintings, and left them to my cousin Alfred Mansfield Brooks." Graham tells us that one of his ancestors owned the California, which is featured in one of Fitz Henry Lane’s most celebrated paintings at the Cape Ann Museum. A great uncle left the museum a cache of Fitz Henry Lane drawings in the 1940s, and since the very opening of the Cape Ann Museum, some of the many Mansfield family fine arts objects donated to the Cape Ann Museum have been housed there.
Nearly a dozen Mansfield cousins — from Paris, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New Hampshire and here in Massachusetts — are attending this reunion, touring both the Cape Ann Museum and Cape Ann itself with Linn Parisi, serving as tour guide, following the journal entries of Graham’s grandmother, Adelaide Mansfield, which she made during her trips to Gloucester between 1915 and 1948.
We feel very fortunate to have this group with us this week — while we hope we’re contributing to Gloucester’s future with our work here at the Blue Shutters, we also think it’s important to celebrate the unique history of this city and surrounding towns. And you can’t get much historical than this Mansfield clan. We hope you agree — if you do, give this group a wave if you see them on the streets of Cape Ann these next few days.

Tony & Patty Sapienza, Ed & AnnMarie Comer

Blue Shutters Beachside Inn

No Pretty Prayer To Play During Fiesta

DOWN THE FORTgloucester, massachusetts

gloucester, massachusetts

No Pretty Prayer explores the gritty character of an old seaside neighborhood in the oldest seaport in America. Known locally as the Fort, the enclave has long served as the working heart of Gloucester, Massachusetts’ marine industrial economy and as home to the city’s Sicilian community. The film examines how this mix of industry and culture has fused the character of this place and its people over the past one hundred years. With the threat of urban gentrification as a haunting backdrop, the film invites viewers to contemplate what it means to sustain cherished roots to a humble place that the broader world threatens to erase and forget in time.

Next Screenings: 2011 St. Peter’s  Fiesta

Cape Ann Community Cinema http://capeannecinema.com

Seven screenings throughout Fiesta

Things To Do- International Dory Races THIS MORNING!!!!!!!!!!!

  We would love to see you all there.

 Saturday we start things off with a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser at 8AM at the Head of the Harbor Park followed by the International Dory Races at 10AM right there in the North Channel .  Bring your friends and family and be a part of a great event this weekend!

IDRC Board

NE Wolffish Tagging Program Info from Adam Bolonsky

Researchers from the wolffish tagging project are around and about the waterfront these days. 

Look for the researchers and their interns offloading from commercial fishing boats chartered for the day to haul and tag wolves at Stellwaggen Bank. 

Here’s their research link: http://www.wolffishtagging.org/

If you land a tagged wolffish, let them know:


They’re landing in Gloucester with their two partner commercial captains

Carl Bouchard

F/V Stormy Weather Exeter, NH


Jim Ford F/V Lisa Ann II Kingston, NH


I keep a sea kayaking blog at paddlingtravelers.blogspot.com. Come on by and have a look. There’s something new there most days of the week.

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