Monthly Archives: July 2012

GMG Will Be Representing At The Sidewalk Bazaar With Mason Jar Drinking Glasses, DVD’s, GMG T Shirts, and Some Of My Favorite Photos Bedazzled

Sista Felicia, Beasley Amanda and The Mrs will be manning the GMG Booth at The Bazaar (So happy they brought back the bazaar name from “Sidewalk Days).

There will be those Cool Mason Jar Recepticals Produced by Sista Felicia and The Mrs

(perfect for Iced Coffee, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Sunny D and Rum, You Name it, It Tastes Better loaded up with ice in these bad boys)

There will be This Is Gloucester DVD’s Which Your Boy Joey Produced

-“This Is Gloucester” DVD Review From A Biased FOB Linda Colman

Posted on December 12, 2011 by Joey C


Linda writes-

Hi Joey!

Here’s my review of your “This Is Gloucester” DVD.  I’ve watched it twice.  First time was the day I received it in the mail.  Since I’m your target audience I decided to watch it a second time with one of my BFF’s, Judy, who’s never been to Gloucester and has never seen the blog.  Not being an FOB like myself, I figured she’d be able to provide the objective viewpoint that I lack since I’m a lover of Gloucester and a rah rah fan of GMG. I’m biased for sure.

Let me begin by saying that the DVD cover is really cool.  Beth Swan has a great eye for design and did a fantastic job.  Appealing right away.  Beginning the DVD with “Gloucester at Dawn” and the beautiful music was a great way to set the tone and my friend Judy said she didn’t know Gloucester was such a beautiful place.  BOOM!

I imagine that deciding what to include and what to leave out of the DVD from all the GMG material must have been the hardest part of making it. I don’t know how you managed to do it, but you wound up with a really well balanced presentation of the essence of Gloucester- the beauty of the place, the fishing industry, the history, festivals and the passionate people who call it home.  A really great mix.

The only trouble I had with the DVD, and believe me I realize that this is totally personal (although Judy had the same reaction), was the appearance of the “Rare Golden Sea Robin”.  I remember seeing it on the blog and it was bad enough looking at that thing on my laptop, but on my big TV screen?  Yikes!! I can see how it might be a big deal to land one of these horrifying creatures but it’s a TERRIBLE thing to look at.  Judy gasped, covered her eyes and I had to tell her when it was over so she could keep watching.  Just when we were regaining our composure, THERE IT WAS AGAIN!!!  It made an unannounced and unexpected second appearance after “The Back Shore” chapter!!  At that moment Judy fled from the room and wouldn’t watch any more.

The people chapters (as opposed to the creature chapters) appealed to me the most. I enjoyed “Building the Greasy Pole Shrine” because of the obvious passion of the people involved in its construction, “Salting Herring At Cape Seafoods” because… well I don’t know, I just liked watching it… and the “St Joseph Novena” chapters that finished off the DVD were the best.  The people who live in Gloucester truly love their city and it shows!  

So there’s my review, Joey.  It’s yours to do with as you please.  Run it on the blog, trash it completely, edit it as you see fit, whatever.  Oh, one more thing.  I think an introduction by you at the very beginning would have been great.

Thanks a million for putting the DVD together!  Linda

There Will Be GMG T Shirts,


Some Of My Favorite Photos Will Be Available As Cards bedazzled By Amandacakes


City Hall Restoration photos taken 07-30-12

Copy and photos from Maggie Rosa

Today, on a beautiful summer’s morning, members of the City Hall Restoration Phase II Building Committee took to the staging to review the ongoing restoration.

We were impressed by what has been achieved recently.



The restored cornice work in the final color but waiting for the brickwork to be painted in the same color


Not many people can say that they have seen the bell from this angle and so close up


I love the "pixelated" look that the mesh gives the photo.


Approaching noon on July 30 2012


St Ann’s was shining brightly as was the repaired ventilator.


Love the reflections offered by the new copper-clad ventilator.


Another "pixelated" view


The big tower says to the smaller tower – I’m so pleased that you are receiving the good care that I received a few years ago.

Thank you, citizens of Gloucester.

Long may we look over you.


Couldn’t resist a self portrait!


Yet another shiny reflection

Move Over Or….

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Thanks Dan Goldthwait  for Da Sticka

Dan writes-

I just read the bicycle rant and plan on mailing you the sticker I had made for my car.  I live in southern California but was born and raised on the Maine coast and I simply lose my squash at the spandex mafia that thoroughly dominates my neighborhood every weekend.  Gigantic batch of asshats who form a massive group every weekend morning making it entirely impossible to get around near our house. And boy are they uppity.  Blow through stop signs, traffic lights and as you said, manage to find themselves dead center of the road going 7 with no intention of moving over. 

Lisa Freed Represents!

Niles now rides with me….

He may come meet Homey one day.



Joey Edit:

The question I have is how exactly Niles got his name?

Was there an illicit sexual encounter on Niles Beach which led to the demon spawn shown in this picture?  Half Rubber Duck/Half Penguin?  You decide.

Two Cable shows feature new music tomorrow (Wednesday)

Two excellent shows premiere tomorrow (Wednesday) on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.  At 6:30pm, Allen Estes welcomes his family for a special, very lively Local Music Seen that’s sort of like a peek into the family living room.

Then at 7:30pm Blues Festival producers Bob Hastings and Paul Benjamin are Rick Sagall’s guest on Cape Ann Report — complete with footage of some of the stars of the festival.  See a preview of that very special show below.

Tonight you can see some of Cape Ann’s finest musicians for free and if you have tickets to  the sold out Ladysmith Black Mambazo concert at Shalin Liu, you’re in for a treat!  See the full live music lineup here.

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