Monthly Archives: July 2013

Yep, Live Blogging from Fish Town Horribles Parade

And the parade begins!!!

Update: Dinner Dealer Decks New In The Gloucester Things Pop-Up Store – Blue W/White Mesh GMG Caps Sold Out- 4 Black With Black Mesh Left

Check It Out Here-Gloucester Things Pop-Up Store

I’ve written before about how much I’ve saved using my Dinner Dealer Deck.  It’s one of those No-Brainer things unless you don’t like saving money.

For $19.50 you get over $300 in restaurant savings. Basically once you use two of the cards in the deck you’ve in the green.  I’ve used mine at Lat 43 and The Farm.  I still have Duckworth, Alchemy and Cape Ann Brewing,Willow Rest, 15 Walnut and a ton of other Beverly, Manchester, Essex, , all over the North Shore spots to use the other cards in the deck.  It’s not a question if all those cards get used, it’s a fact because I go to all those joints during the course of the year.  So if you hate money, don’t buy one.

if you only used the one for Cape Ann Brewing you’d already be in the green.

If you do like saving money click here to get yours


Towns with coupons

Beverly, Byfield, Danvers, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Lynn, Manchester, Marblehead, Middleton, Newburyport, Peabody, Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Saugus, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wenham.

15 Walnut • $10 off
9 Elm American Bistro • $5 off
Alchemy Tapas and Bistro • $10 off
The American BBQ • $10 off
Antique Table • $5 off
The Boston Hot Dog Co. • $5 off
Brown Sugar by the Sea • $5 off
Cala’s Restaurant • $10 off
Caffe Paolina • $5 off
Cape Ann Brewing Co. • $20 off
Christopher’s Table • $5 off
Daily Harvest Café • $10 off
Duckworth’s Bistrot • $10 off
Essen • $5 off
The Farm Bar & Grill • $5 off
Henderson’s Café • $5 off
Ithaki • $20 off
Joey D’s Italian Grill • $5 off
The Landing at 7 Central • $10 off
Latitude 43 • $10 off
Le Bistro Café & Grille • $5 off
Maggie’s Farm Restaurant • $10 off
Main Street Market • $5 off
Maki Sushi Bar & Grill • $5 off
Maple Street Tavern • $5 off
Marino’s Café • $5 off
Nate’s at Front Beach • $10 off
North End Café • $20 off
Oregano’s Ristorante • $10 off
The Organic Garden Café • $10 off
Parker River Pub and Grille • $10 off
Riverside Bistro • $10 off
Rolly’s Tavern on the Square • $5 off
Scratch Kitchen • $5 off
Stone Soup Café • $5 off
Stonewood Tavern • $10 off
Tatiana’s Restaurant & Lounge • $5 off
Vic’s Boathouse • $5 off
Victoria’s Station • $5 off
Vidalia’s Market • $5 off
Willow Rest • $10 off
Whoo(pie) Wagon • Free Whoopie Pie


There are 0 Navy with White Mesh Baseball Caps Left  and 4 Black with Black Mesh GMG Caps Left For Pre-Order.

AFRICA, Part 2


This second installment features our first game drive in open vehicles in Chobe  National Park, a few miles over bumpy trails from our camp. Elephants, magnificent scenery and the roar of a nearby lion  at dusk (which sent us scurrying back to our vehicles) are some of the highlights of that day.

Quick answers to questions we’ve been getting about tonight’s parade, fireworks, concert & laser light show

Over the past couple of days, Vickie and I have answered a number of questions from people calling about tonight’s festivities.  I figure that for everyone who calls there are several others who have the same question but don’t call, so here are some answers:

NOTHING.  It’s Free.

NO.  At least not according to this article in the Gloucester Daily Times.  “Because construction crews have blocked off part of the school’s parking lot due to Newell Stadium construction …”

5:00 Roots 66 Kicks off the Music
6:00 Horribles Parade
7:00 Cape Ann Big Band & Runaround
9:30 Fireworks
10:00 Laser Light Show
Then dance and party under the stars and lasers ’till 11pm.  Horribles Parade Winners will be announced from the Concert Stage at some time after the fireworks.  All times (except fireworks) are approximate and may change based on the parade.  (See more details here.)

Here’s an excerpt from today’s Glocuester Daily Times:
“beginning at Gloucester High School. Parade runs from GHS down Centennial Avenue, up Western Avenue to Tally’s Corner, then down Rogers Street before turning left on Manuel Lewis Street. Parade then runs up Main Street to Pleasant, up Pleasant to Prospect, and then turns left on Prospect, right onto Railroad Avenue, right onto Washington Street, and left on Centennial back to GHS.”
See the full Glocuester Daily Times article, here.

YES.  Vendors will be on the Boulevard and Gloucester boasts some of the best restaurants north of Boston.  See a list of Gloucester restaurants here.

That depends on how close you like to be.  For an intense fireworks-emersion experience, my favorite spot is the path that runs along the harbor at Stage Fort Park.  If you’re on the Boulevard facing west, just walk toward Stage Fort Park (see map) on the sidewalk that is as close to the water as possible and stay close to the water.  You’ll end up on a fairly dark path right under where the fireworks are shot off.  It’s loud, brilliant and awesome!

Now, if you want a more communal experience, the best place is on the Boulevard near the concert stage (see map here).  The view is perfect and you get to oohh and aahhh and cheer with lots of other fireworks fans.  Plus you’ll be in a perfect spot to catch the laser light show that immediately follows the fireworks.

Let’s have some fun tonight!

GMG Local Twitterati Report 7/3/13

Help Draft the Next Chapter of Downtown’s Story

What do you love about downtown Gloucester? What do you think could be improved?

The work to build a great downtown is never done. There have been several recent accomplishments including the City Hall restoration project, HarborWalk, and Harbortown Cultural District. And we continue to move forward.

Given these and other accomplishments, now is a good time to come together to talk about the next chapter of work downtown. Gloucester’s Community Development Department is holding three public meetings to frame future opportunities and develop a set of shared values for downtown. The resulting plan will inform the City’s work downtown.


Your participation is important. Please plan to attend all three public meetings over the summer.

The public meetings will be held on:

Wednesday, July 10

Tuesday, August 20

Tuesday, September 17

All meetings will begin at 6:00 PM and will be held in the Kyrouz Auditorium on the second floor of City Hall.

Please contact Tom Daniel, Community Development Director, with any questions at 978 281-9781.


Musicians on Main Street

Submitted by Fred Bodin

Here’s a very short video from Main Street during Fiesta Friday night. These two musicians were going into shops and restaurants to play Italian music. Between their lack of English and my lack of Italian, I couldn’t find out who they were or who hired them. My guess is that they were freelancers. You can see the $$ stuffed into their jackets!

Musicians on Main Street

Community Photos 7/3/13

Hey Joey
Ringo Tarr and crew are getting the stage ready for the free concert
on the boulvard. All are welcome. The Concert starts at 5:00 pm and
ends at 10:oo or 11:00 pm it’s a good take.
The three bands that are playing are Route 66, Cape Ann Big Band and Runaround.
    Best Anthony


The Marks’ Family From Easton Pa. Represents! photo by Anthony Marks


Storm passing over Pigeon Cove, taken from the Headlands Photo From Shelley Vassallo


Jay Smiledge Photos-

check out Jay’s other Cape Ann Images here


Nancy Shaw Fiesta Photos-


Hi Joe,
This was taken about 3:30 this afternoon while a friend and I were walking on the Boulevard. 
Nancy Goodman

photo (45)

Community Stuff 7/3/13

THE SARGENT HOUSE MUSEUM invites you to join us for cocktails and
                  hors d’oeuvres at the home of Dana Hawkes. This historic home, once the
                  Summer residence of T.S. Eliot, will be the setting of this year’s silent auction
                  and raffle to benefit educational programs at the Museum.
  DATE: August 9th
                                TIME: 6 PM
                                COST: $50 pp 
                                PLACE: 18 Edgemoor Road, Gloucester, MA. 01930
Purchase your tickets on line @


Hi Joey,

Can you help us spread the word on this month’s book club event at Duckworth’s Bistrot? Last month we had a packed house for JoeAnn Hart’s discussion of The Botany of Desire. Ken Duckworth made a breathtaking spread. Great food, excellent wine, and killer discussion.

I’ve attached a Word doc with details on this month’s shindig taking place on July 14. Hope that works.

Thank you for EVERYTHING!


Hi Joey,

Can you help us spread the word on this month’s Eastern Point Lit House & Press book club event at Duckworth’s Bistrot? Last month we had a packed house for JoeAnn Hart’s discussion of The Botany of Desire. Ken Duckworth made a breathtaking spread. Great food, excellent wine, and killer discussion.


On Sunday, July 14 author Tim Horvath will be leading a discussion of the National Book Award winning novel Mating by Norman Rush. You can find more details and buy tickets here:!events/c1vw1

Tim Horvath is the author of Understories, (Bellevue Literary Press) and Circulation(sunnyoutside). His stories have appeared in journals such as Conjunctions, Fiction, The Normal School, and elsewhere. His story “The Understory” was selected by Bill Henderson, founder and president of the Pushcart Press, as the winner of the Raymond Carver Short Story Award. He teaches creative writing in the BFA and low-residency MFA programs at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and has previously worked as a counselor in a psychiatric hospital, primarily with adolescents and children and young adults with autism. He received his MFA from the University of New Hampshire, where he won the Thomas Williams Prize. He is the recipient of a Yaddo Fellowship, occasionally blogs for BIG OTHER, and is an assistant prose editor for Camera Obscura. 

Mating by Norman Rush: The narrator of this splendidly expansive novel of high intellect and grand passion is an American anthropologist at loose ends in the South African republic of Botswana. She has a noble and exacting mind, a good waist, and a busted thesis project. She also has a yen for Nelson Denoon, a charismatic intellectual who is rumored to have founded a secretive and unorthodox utopian society in a remote corner of the Kalahari—one in which he is virtually the only man. What ensues is both a quest and an exuberant comedy of manners, a book that explores the deepest canyons of eros even as it asks large questions about the good society, the geopolitics of poverty, and the baffling mystery of what men and women really want.

Future book club events include Anna Solomon leading a discussion of Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels (August 18) and Steve Almond discussing Stoner by John Williams. These are sure to sell out, so I’d suggest buying tickets early.

Thank you for EVERYTHING!


Eastern Point Lit House & Press