Paulding-Ransom Family From Brentwood, California Represent!

California Visiting the Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial (THEY THAT GO DOWN TO THE SEA IN SHIPS 1623 – 1923)

With a GoodMorningGloucester greeting, the Paulding-Ransom family from Brentwood, California visit Gloucester Thursday before they head to the Boston Red Sox game on Friday night.  Rob and Gina with sons Nicky and Joey. 


Did You Know? (Rocky Neck Trolley)

Photo by E.J. Lefavour

That the Rocky Neck Art Trolley has arrived at Madfish Wharf on Rocky Neck?  Trolley driver, Christian O’Donnell transports young  art appreciators Gabrielle Olsen, Lily Muniz, Garrett Olsen and Niah Silva on a tour of the galleries at Madfish Wharf.  The young visitors immensely enjoyed the 3d photo exhibit by Chris Murray at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery.  Look how prepared driver Christian is with his tire pump at the ready, to make sure his passenger always have a safe and comfortable ride.

E.J. Lefavour

40 Scottish Lasses on Tour in Annisquam

40 Scottish Lasses on Tour in Annisquam
Fourty music students from St. George’s School for Girls in Edinburgh, Scotland will fill the Annisquam Village Church with songs from the highlands, standards from the American song book, and other repertoire on Friday, July 1, at 7:30 PM.  On tour in the northeast, they play at King’s Chapel in Boston the following day.  Blowing into town with their brass instruments (there’s even an all-saxaphone ensemble), the girls bring their youthful energy and fresh sound to Gloucester. Don your plaids and tams, and get ye to the Kirk!   Donation at the door: $15.  Children, accompanied by an adult $5.


The Burnham’s Field Gardener Series Part III- Gina Curcuru

The Burnham’s Field Gardener Series Part III

 Burnham’s Field is the largest green space in central Gloucester. Recently there’s been a resurgence of pride in Burnham’s Field, including a new 20-plot garden. GoodMorningGloucester is now running a series of video profiles of the Burnham’s Field Community Gardeners. Here are their stories.

 From John McElhenny

 Burnham’s Field Gardener – Gina Curcuru

 Gina Curcuru reveals her secret technique for keeping birds out of her garden and her strong family ties to Gloucester’s most famous holiday. “Emotionally it’s a good thing to grow something from seed,” she says.

It’s Fiesta Week At Cape Ann Community Cinema & The Annie

During St. Peter’s Fiesta on Wednesday, June 22nd through Sunday, June 26th, two of Gloucester’s West End venues in the heart of all of Fiesta’s happenings offer up a host of different events to entertain, enrich and enlighten Fiesta-goers.
The Cape Ann Community Cinema (CACC) at 21 Main Street has two films.

Sam Hartson’s new documentary entitled “This Is Fiesta” makes its debut, with shows Wednesday through Sunday at 5:00pm. Hartson is best-known for his “Celebrate Gloucester” concert film.

Also, Gloucester native Sal Zerilli’s documentary about The Fort Neighborhood called “No Pretty Prayer” returns, with shows Wednesday through Friday at 7:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:00pm. The film sold out every show at its CACC premiere this winter.

Friday at 9:00pm, the Cinema’s “Opera On The Island” program presents (in glorious HD) Giuseppi Verdi’s “La Traviata” from Milan’s La Scala.
Saturday at 9:00pm, The Earl Foote Band hits the stage for a rare appearance. Foote is half of the Cape Ann favorites Earl & Arch, creators of the essence of Gloucester song “Gloucester ‘Til The End.”

All Fiesta shows at CACC are considered special events, and are priced at $10.00 (no passes accepted). Tickets are available at the Cinema or online at

Across the street at The Annie at 1 Washington Street in Gloucester, the Henry Allen TheatreWorks Cape Ann production of “Greasy Pole: The Musical!” concludes its run. The show is a funny, bright and poignant 45-minute musical history of the Fiesta sporting event known as The Greasy Pole, in which competitors, known as “walkers,” attempt to traverse a greased-up 45-foot telephone suspended off the end of a platform in Gloucester Harbor off of Pavilion Beach. Henry Allen of The Annie and Keith Palazzola wrote the book, and Rob Newton of the CACC and Kitt Cox wrote the music and lyrics. The show runs Thursday at 6:30pm & 7:30pm, Friday at 6:00pm & 7:00pm, Saturday at 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:00pm & 7:00pm and Sunday at 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm & 10:00pm. Tickets for all performances are $15.00, and are available at The Annie or online at

Fort “Art, Rock!” Found!!

The “Art, Rock!” I was inspired to sketch by my Father was found Saturday at the Fort Playground.  Janey Brancaleone and her Dog Lola Were walking at the Fort Saturday when Lola sniffed Out the Rock under one of the Park Benches at the Playground. It’s a Beautiful and underated place to watch the Harbor action go by.

Art Critics can be Tough. But I think I passed Lola’s Art Test. She Sniffed the Rock out and didn’t Pee on it! what Artist could ask for more?  That will be the one Art review that I will cherish for a long Time! 🙂

Thanks Again Janey and Lola.

Janey and Lola and the "Rock"


Lola Sniffs out the Rock


Portuguese Community Celebrate The Holy Ghost

This ancient religious tradition began on mainland Portugal around 1296, by initiative of Portuguese Queen Isabel.  She founded the first Holy Ghost brotherhood.

The tradition is now mostly celebrated by the Azorean Community.

Click photo below to view slide show.

SUP The Coast Transiting Cape Cod Canal

The epic adventure continues, Will Rich (grew up in Bayview) and Mike Simpson are now paddleboarding from Key West, Florida, to Portland, Maine to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project and SUP Cleanup.

UPDATE: 8:30AM Monday, June 20 and SUP the Coast is transiting the Cape Cod Canal! Their position in Real Time here.

ANOTHER UPDATE 2PM: Might be it for the day. White Horse Beach just south of Plymouth Harbor after 28 miles from Marion, Ma. Gloucester is just 60 miles away so Wednesday afternoon might be the time. Check out the movie on their Facebook page of them smoking through the canal under Coast Guard escort.

Looks like They should take three days to get up to Pavillion Beach so this Thursday, Wednesday, give or take a day, will be when they pass the Dog Bar and slide under the Greasy Pole. Good Morning Gloucester will keep you up to date. Meanwhile, go buy some party horns. Remember that Fiesta events are piling in too, Thursday 6:30PM 5K race starts at St Peter’s Square and Seine boat races on Friday 4:45PM so plan ahead.

SUP the Coast website

SUP the Coast on Facebook

Their position in Real Time.

Old Picture of Shores Wharf From Bill Hubbard

It’s great to see the old pictures of the waterfront you run occasionally. 

Here’s one of my favorites.  It was taken from E. Main Street looking out over Shores’ Wharf to Smith Cove and Rocky Neck with the city skyline beyond.  One of these days I’m going to have to paint it.  The card is dated 1935 which is the year I was born and, I remember that view but, with a house just to the left foreground.
Bill Hubbard
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Chickity Check It! North Shore Kid Camp & Summer Program Guide


Hey Joey,

School let out on Friday for a lot of kids, and Summer started for a lot of families that afternoon.  I just wanted to share our camp guide with parents that still may be looking for a summer program or camp for their child this summer, or are looking to fill any gaps that may have come up in their scheduled activities.  A lot of programs and camps are full already, but there are plenty out there that still have openings…

North Shore Kid has developed THE tool for parents searching for the right camp or summer program for their child.  The North Shore Kid 2011 Summer Program & Camp Guide is an easy-to-use, searchable, extensive resource online that includes:

  • Featured camps
  • Stories about camps and summer programs
  • A proximity search that will list camps within a radius that you determine based on a zip code you enter.
  • A category cloud that will list camps in that category when you click it.

Our guide includes many camps and summer programs from the North Shore of Massachusetts, Cape Ann, Boston and beyond. Our listings typically include information like a synopsis of the camp and its location (with a map on the click through). Additional information includes contact phone numbers & emails, website links, registration download links, facebook pages and twitter links. We have also put a lot of work into our tagging system in an eefrot to help parents focus or expand their searches based on  program activities and philosophies.  Listing range from focused sports camps to typical day camp settings to high tech computer summer programs to island camps!

Parents who are looking to save time and focus on the right program for their child should check it out here:

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid