Check Out Sarah Slifer and Her Ensemble Prance Around At The PEM June 30th


NEW! Summer Evening Parties


Pay at the door. Members and Salem residents, $8, nonmembers $10

Thursday, June 30, 2011 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Asian Garden



Join us in the Asian Garden for performances by local sound artists James Forrest, Noel Snow, Scott Buchanan and Shawn Morrissey. Make your own sound art, listen to the latest DIY tracks from the RPM Challenge, hear what’s new from Dorkbot Boston and enjoy cocktails and a chef demo. Also, modern dancer Sarah Slifer and her ensemble respond to FreePort [No. 003], a haunting sound installation at PEM by Turner Prize winner Susan Philipsz.

Savour Wine and Cheese Opens its Doors to the Cape Ann Community June 30th

Savour Wine and Cheese announced today that they will open their doors at 24 Washington Street in Gloucester, Massachusetts on June 30, at 10A.M., just in time for the Fourth of July weekend. The company’s highly-trained staff helps the customer navigate through a sea of wine and cheese options, insuring the “perfect fit” for everyone.

Savour has 20 different wines on five state-of-the-art wine dispensing kiosks from Napa Technology that “allow the customers to try before they buy,” says owner and operator Robert Morgan. Each is controlled by smart cards that allow customers up to 10 half-ounce tastes. “These machines are the only ones on the North Shore,” says Morgan, “and allow the customer to compare different styles in a range of prices.”

Kathleen Erickson, “The Wine PhD,” is the co-owner and resident wine expert. “Our goal is to introduce the community to an extensive variety of hard to find, unique, small-production wines at a great value,” Erickson says. She is certified sommelier with a highly educated palate allowing her to relate easily to a wide variety of wine preferences. “A good sommelier is like a coach,” says Erickson, “she has to be able to scout out good wines and match them with the buyer’s individual taste.”

Krista Julian is Savour’s “Cheese Wiz.” Julian is a trained chef who interned at the highly respected Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Julian concentrates on specialty cheeses and meats, complimenting the wine expertise at Savour.

Savour invites the community to come in and try the new sampling kiosks and our unique selection of wines, cheeses, and specialty foods such as Trupiano sausage and homemade pastas. Savour is open seven days a week allowing everyone to try before you buy.

Savour Wine and Cheese was founded in 2010 as a family business. It is our goal to enrich the wine-buyers experience with education and personal attention. Savour is on the forefront of the wine industry on the North Shore of Massachusetts with a knowledgeable staff, wine-tasting machines, and a unique variety of wines. Try before you buy!

St Peter’s Fiesta through The Years- The Bible From Joey Palmisano

The Mrs bought me one a couple of years ago for Christmas.  It’s on my bookshelf of prized books right next to my Hopper Book in The Living Room Bookshelf.

You can get yours at Virgilios, The Bookstore of Gloucester or Dogtown Book Shop


In Memorium – Harriet Webster

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It is with immense sadness that I to inform you that Harriet Webster, our Executive Director, died yesterday of complications from myelodysplastic syndrome.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Charlie, her sons David, Matt and Ben and all of her family during this difficult time.

In the fall of 2001, when it was clear that she was not going to be our next

Mayor, I went to her with a job offer and the concept of a maritime center at Harbor Loop. In early 2002 Harriet agreed to join us, and nothing changed the course of events more than her decision. For almost ten years Harriet was the rock that anchored what has become the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center. Right from the start Harriet was the person to go to for almost every detail of operations from when the tent would go up to negotiating a complicated loan with Mass Development. As one of the people who worked closest with her I watched as the Center grew and she stepped up and met every challenge with enthusiasm and the talent to ensure that it would be done well. Harriet Webster was a one-of-a-kind person who made the Heritage Center a reality by sheer dint of her will.

A group of board members and staff met this morning to try and figure what to do next. The idea of writing a job description to cover her position was discarded as impossible. Harriet’s unique abilities will never be replaced in any one individual. It was fate that brought us together ten years ago and now it will be our job to carry on without her if for no other reason, because of her.

Later in the summer there will be a celebration of her life at the Heritage Center. I will make sure everyone is notified.



Geoffrey H. Richon, President

Back in March Harriett filled out one of our GMG Gloucester Questionnaires

This is what she had to say about her favorite things in Gloucester-

GMG Questions and Answers- Harriet Webster

Posted on March 2, 2011 by Joey C

Harriet is the Executive Director at the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center.

How long have you lived in Gloucester?  41 years

What is your favorite season In Gloucester? spring (it may be cold and muddy but if offers so much promise)

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”? the rocks overlooking Halibut Point, Dogtown walks

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester? Virgilio’s

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester? Passports

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester? Halibut Point

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester? Morning Glory

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester? Gloucester Maritime Heritage Day
In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat? beach

Who is your favorite local artist? Jeff Weaver

Which is your favorite local beach? Good Harbor

Who has the best chowder in town? Causeway Restaurant

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog? Yours is the only one I look at.

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder? Haddock

What is your favorite Gloucester neighborhood? Lanesville

What is your favorite local band? Walker Creek

Fun with the Fairy Dog Ma

Jen Nicol aka The Fairy Dog Ma shares with us how much fun the pups are having!
Jen pet sits and walks our furry friends in the Cape Ann area. As Coconut is one of her favorite clients 🙂 I can say she is fabulous! You can check her out at

Keeper and Oliver practicing for the Greasy Pole?

Clesson and Oliver 


Cross Country Biker Finds Rocky Neck Thanks to Visitor’s Center

Richard Grant from New Orleans Represents.  Richard left New Orleans on June 15 on a cross-country motorcycle adventure, traveling to Robbinsville, NC, the Smokey Mountains, Shanandoah Valley, Pennsylvania back roads to the Pocanos and Catskills, Route 44 across Connecticut and wound up on Cape Ann.  The wonderful people at the Cape Ann Visitor Center sent him to Rocky Neck, where he found his way to Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery. Wendie Demuth and I really enjoyed meeting and talking with Richard, a fascinating, charming and adventurous fellow.  From here he heads to Maine, Canada and then to Wisconsin to visit family before returning to New Orleans.

E.J. Lefavour

Did You Know? (Steve and Deanna Furey)

That Steve and Deanna met and became sweethearts while attending Gloucester High School, and are still together 5 kids and 7 grandkids later?  They don’t look anywhere near old enough to have 7 grandkids, do they? They now live in Jacksonville, FL, but come back each year to visit.  Also, did you know that Deanna’s maternal great grandfather was Percy Wheeler, Mayor of Gloucester in the 1920’s, and that Steve’s Dad, John Furey, was the football coach for Gloucester High in the late 60’s and early 70’s?  Also, Deanna’s paternal great grandfather, Antonio Landoni, came here from Italy and became a stonecutter at the Lanesville Quarry.  And Deanna’s Uncle, Jack Sawyer who was the electrical inspector for Gloucester, lived in the Fitz Henry Lane house when he was a boy.  Steve and Deanna are also new subscribers to Good Morning Gloucester after meeting Joey yesterday at David Cox’s antique store on Main Street yesterday.  When it’s time for the GMG bug to bite you, it bites hard and repeatedly.  Two great new additions to the GMG family.

E.J. Lefavour

If It Rains Fear Not- There’s Still Stuff To Do To Get Your Fiesta On!

First off at daily at 5PM Sam Hartson’s “This Is Fiesta” movie at Cape Ann Community Cinema

trailer and interview with director Sam Hartson here-

Also all Day Performances At The Annie of “Greasy Pole- the Musical”

Info from Henry Allen-

A record 109 theatregoers packed into The Annie last night to see Greasy Pole, The Musical!, and gave another rousing standing ovation! (That makes 14 standing ovations since we opened!) Thank you for your support. Many happy patrons mentioned seeing us on Good Morning Gloucester!
There are still seats available at all shows, but they are going fast. If you get your reservations in early, you won’t have to wait till next year.
Come see what all the buzz is about. Don’t forget our two Saturday matinees at 2 & 3pm. Call 978-704-1269 to reserve tickets, and you can pay at the door. Arrive 20-30 minutes before curtain, as unclaimed tickets will be released to the hungry public 15 minutes before the show starts. All seats $15.
Friday: 6 & 7pm
Saturday: 2, 3, 6 & 7pm
Sunday (Closing): 7, 8, 9, 10*
Sefatia “The Godmother” Theken will be performing Sunday at 7, 8 & 10 and Anita Pandolfe Ruchman has the 9pm show and will be joining Sefatia for the 10pm. Two Mama Scollafazzas for the price of one! Not to be missed! After the show, the cast and crew will join the procession of St. Peter down the Fort. Join us!


Marty Luster Photo

and at 7PM No Pretty prayer Plays at Cape Ann Community Cinema-

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.

Gloucester Dog Art Park at Stage Fort Park Artistic Opportunity


ARTISTIC OPPORTUNITY: to create nautical themed items for installation in the soon-to-be-realized Gloucester Dog Art Park at Stage Fort Park. Permanent pieces desired are: statuary, fountain, mobile, canine agility pieces, etc. This is a great way to not only help make Gloucester’s Dog Park the most attractive dog park ever, but is also a wonderful forum in which to showcase artistic creativity.

Friends of Gloucester Dog Park is an all-volunteer group of local residents dedicated to the creation, preservation & enhancement of the Gloucester Dog Park. Volunteers are still needed.

Visit us online at or on facebook

Please contact: Marcia Settipani at or 978.729.5755