Monthly Archives: July 2013

Susie and Her 6 Foot Lobster Roll

I went to a friends cookout and another friend of mine Darren Surette made this giant 20 some pound cheese burger. I told him at my next cookout I would have to out do his burger. So with much thought i decided to make a 6 foot lobster roll. Joe Virgillio made the 6ft roll for me and 30 lobsters later a 6ft lobster roll was born. What a sweet sound it was when Darren spoke those words~~ Yes, Susie you won !!

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Seal Pup From Tony Hilliard

Yo Joey!

Thought you and your readers would get a kick out of this pic I took last night while out on the Ardelle. Apparently this little guy is a regular on Ten Pound Island. We nicknamed him Rusty.

                                                All the best to you and GMG

                                                          Tony H

ps: keep up the good work!


The 2013 Patrican Memorial Golf Tournament: Please join us for this worthy cause and a good time

Hi Joe,

Could you please run the following announcement on GMG?  We are continuing to raise money in Aran and Ryan Patrican’s memory for Aran’s now two-year old son, Thomas.  Thank you for all that you do to support our proud community.  JD Perry

The Patrican Memorial Golf Tournament will take place at the Beverly Golf & Tennis Club on July 22.  The money raised at this event will benefit Thomas Patrican whose father, Aran, a decorated Gloucester Police Department and dedicated father, was tragically taken from us by a viral heart infection in January 2012, just after his only son’s first birthday.

The winning foursome will have their names engraved on and hold the two-foot tall Stanley Cup replica trophy until the tournament next year.  Immediately following the round of 18 holes will be a lunch with raffle prizes.

Cost is $125 per player ($500 per foursome), if you would like to play please contact Rob Bouchie at 617-638-4910 or email him at

As Paul Genovese touchingly and succinctly announced on his Facebook page:

As you know Thomas Patrican’s father Aran Patrican and uncle Ryan Patrican were taken from us far too early, Aran was a dedicated father, police officer, and very good friend to manyof us. We are hoping to raise funds so Thomas will have an education fund when he finishes high school and can make his wayto college without a financial burden. This tournament was started not only to help raise money for Thomas but to also pause and remember two of our very good friends, Aran & Ryan Patrican, 

thanks to all who participate and make this worthwhile event a 




This final sequence takes us to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, a visit to a family living compound in a rural village, the primary school, some heavy bargaining in town, a short, but bouncy, elephant safari and a farewell from our friend Mthokozisi.

This trip was only 17 days, but it opened up a whole new world for us.

Our thanks to Overseas Adventure Travel (Boston), their outstanding staff and guides and to the people of Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe who granted us the privilege of visiting their magnificent lands.

No Mug Up Sunday, But Come to Marion Hall’s Opening Reception Sunday Afternoon

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There will be no mug up this Sunday morning, but do come by Sunday afternoon from 2-5:00 pm to the Opening Reception for Marion Hall’s truly wonderful watercolor exhibit, Life is a Beach.  Marion is from Manchester and is a member of both the North Shore and Rockport Art Associations.  If you love well executed traditional watercolor paintings of our beautiful area, at incredibly reasonable prices, you don’t want to miss this exhibit.

E.J. Lefavour

James Eves Creating “Photos from Memory” with Felicia

Cape Ann Giclee’s James Eves is creating photos from Felicia’s childhood memories for her forthcoming cookbook. Using a current photo of an updated house, the ultra-talented James has removed the contemporary fencing and younger trees and instead, he has replaced with the previous owner’s original lovely shrub hedge, flower plantings, and cheery shutters.

Whatever your heart desires–photo retouching, photo recreating, fine art photo printing, and painting reproduction needs–James Eves is THE MAN!

Filmed with iPhone 5 Super 8mm app.

Get up by 9am tomorrow to hear Allen Estes on the radio


Aurelia Nelson with Allen Estes (R) & his son, Dylan

North Shore 104.9 host Aurelia Nelson interviews Allen Estes on her radio show, “Curtain Up”, tomorrow at 9am.  Aurelia and Allen talk about Gloucester’s exploding local music scene — and Allen’s TV show that promotes it (see here).  (See Allen Estes Videos here.)

Plus they preview major musical events in Gloucester and Cape Ann and you’ll hear some of Allen’s new music.

It’s worth getting up for.  And once you’re up, you can take advantage of the live music starting at 11AM, with new shows starting practically every hour and going on through the wee hours.  Check out the complete music schedule here.

Lost Cat

“Hi Joey, Not sure you have a lost and found section for pets… our cat has been missing for 2.5 weeks and I have exhausted all avenues. Someone mentioned posting on GMG… I love your blog, but have never posted. If you have a lost and found section, could you please post this picture and information about our very missed small cat… Thank you.”

Darlene Story
phone: (978)283-0383

LOST since Tuesday June 25: 10 month old BROWNISH/GRAY Indoor cat. Answers to Gandy. Not spayed. Door was left ajar and wandered out. Haskell Street, Gloucester MA. Usually very friendly, may be skittish. Hoping someone is taking good care of her.


Bling Cherry tonight @ Captain Carlo’s 9-12 ~ 7.13.2013

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Here is a striped down version of Bling Cherry

 Renee Dupuis and Jon McCormack

Captain Carlo’s Restaurant

27 Harbor Loop

Gloucester, MA 01930

 (978) 283-6342

New for 2013: Cape Pond Ice meets Leonard Crask’s Fisherman at the Wheel

Joey:   New for 2013, as Gloucester’s historic fishing industry struggles under tightening Federal regulation.   Our traditional Cape Pond Ice logo on a Comfort Colors  Khaki T-Shirt features Leonard Crask’s Gloucester Fisherman Statue on the front, with our snowflake serving as ship’s wheel, and the monument’s "They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships" from Psalm 107, Verse 23 on the back, with the dates "1623-2013".

Icons on Icons… Definately a Collector’s Item, right up there with GMG caps…  call us, stop by our shop at 104 Commercial Street, the Weathervane on Main Street, or on-line at:


The Past Present Shoppe

Leaving Main Street behind – but not too far behind – today we make a virtual visit to the Past Present Shoppe! (30 Railroad Ave., practically right across from the train station)

_past present shoppe façadeThis is another consignment shop with a variety of items, including clothing, jewelry, china, etc.. What probably is most unique about this shop is the selection of Catholic religious items.

_Past present shoppe 1Of course, this is just part of their selection of items, as you can see from these photos:

(Click on any of the photos to enlarge)

They are open Mon.-Sat. 10AM-5PM, Sun. 12:30PM-5:30PM.  Well worth visiting!

I hear that a new antique store has opened on Main Street. I’ll investigate and include them in this series if it’s true! Plus I have heard about a couple of other stores in East Gloucester… I’ll keep you posted!

Matthew Green



Places in the Heart @ 5pm this Sunday, July 14 at Cape Ann Community Cinema.

Hi Joey!

Rob Newton will be showing Places in the Heart @ 5pm this Sunday, July 14 at Cape Ann Community Cinema.

Lindsay will talk about the movie afterward.

Everyone is invited!

Tickets are $10 and benefit THE SUMMER RETREAT. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door.

Hope you’re having a wonderful summer.



Learn more about our friend and guest, Lindsday Crouse.

Joan of Arc Statue – The Captain Lester S. Wass American Legion Post 3

Joan of Arc was burned at the stake; however one horse hoof is raised.

Equestrian Statues – Rule   

Myth or Fact

Both front legs in the air means the person on the horse died in battle.

If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in  battle.
All four legs on the ground denote the person died of natural causes.

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North Coast Angler Fishing Report From Captain Skip Montello

Fishing Report: 7-12-2013

This week’s fishing report is much like last weeks in that the best Cape Ann fishing was again inside the Gloucester Harbor with numerous bait blitzes throughout the week. The stripers are chasing schools of mackerel, small herring and now some small squid have been reported. The other bright spot has been bluefish showing along the back shore, especially early mornings. There has been some good striper action reported at both ends of the Annisquam as well. Early morning action with topwaters and cut bait during day.

At Plum Island, the stripers are running and gunning the school of herring up and down the entire length of the beachfront. So persistence and good eyesight will be the key to finding them on any given day. The striper action at the river mouth has been waning as the remaining stripers are keyed in on the abundant sandeels and are a bit difficult to coax to a fly or other baits. The flats are still producing some night action on eels but during the day, only a few dinks can be found up on the flats. Daytime water temperatures on the flats are approaching 80 degrees, not striper friendly.

Best bets this weekend are Gloucester Harbor at the beaches and rock fronts at the Castle.The Manchester,Magnolia Beaches, Crane Beach in the deeper water and Plum Island beach. Watch the birds… they’ll show you where!

Reid and Miriam with two nice stripers taken with topwaters along Plum Island

To book Capt Skip’s guide services contact him-


Capt. Skip Montello
Also Bookmark his site for regular updates here-

Community Stuff 7/13/13

A tour of the Porches of Annisquam will be held Friday, August 2nd from 5:00-7:00pm.   This biennial event has become a summer tradition in the charming seaside village of Annisquam, MA.   Eight homes will welcome you to enjoy views over the cove, out toward the lighthouse or across sweeping lawns and granite walls.  A tour guide will be at each porch to provide historic information (or unusual anecdotes!) and a sunset serenade by the Annisquam Village Players’ cast of Chicago! will conclude the evening at a waterfront home where wine & cheese will be available.


Tickets @ $25 at The Annisquam Exchange located at 38 Leonard Street, Annisquam (978-281-0358)   This event is always a sell-out so early ticket purchase is highly recommended.   All proceeds benefit the Annisquam Village Players’ musical productions.  This remarkable troupe is one of the nation’s oldest continually operating theatre groups, providing theatrical experience for thespians of all levels.

On Saturday, August 10, as part of the Cape Ann Ceramics Festival, Randy

Johnston gives a demonstration workshop from 10 am-5 pm at Cynthia Curtis Pottery studio, 80 Pigeon Hill Street, Rockport, MA. Sign up for this workshop and other Festival information at

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Johnston of Wisconsin has worked in ceramics for over forty years. He has pursued functional expression and brought a fresh aesthetic vision to contemporary form and has made many contributions to the development of wood kiln technology in the United States. Currently he is a professor and department chair at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls where he teaches ceramics and drawing. Johnston studied with Warren Mackenzie at the University of Minnesota and in Japan at the pottery of Shimaoka Tatsuzo. His works are included in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and in numerous international public and private collections.