Monthly Archives: July 2013

Fish Ice Cream

Hi Joey,

A shot of B’s ice cream today – vanilla with those red jellied fish as a topping from Kiss on the Neck. It made me think of Bertha’s, a penny candy shop that used to be directly across the street.  That was the first place I encountered those fish as a boy. Every kid in  East Gloucester knew about Bertha’s, and you could buy actual penny candy there – a penny per piece.  You would collect the candy from bins using a small basket, then bring the basket to the register, where Bertha would tally your loot with you and ring it up on and old mechanical register.  She would then put your candy in a small paper bag to carry home.  I could go in there with a quarter and leave a happy customer!

She also had toys, nic-nacs, ice cream and drinks too. Bertha was a kind old lady, who loved animals, kids and seemed happily married to her artist husband Ollie. Looking back, she was a pretty effective math teacher, too!

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


Editors note from Joey C:

Bertha’s was a special place.  Sista Felicia and I used to ride our bikes from Harriett Rd over in East Gloucester down Grapevine and to Bertha’s on Rocky Neck where we would spend the $1 a piece our mom gave us to buy penny candy.  100 pieces of candy for $1- it was like heaven.

There was also the East Gloucester Fire Barn (now closed) where the firemen would sell penny candy too and the Yarn Shop where Ciolinos barber Shop is now used to sell Penny candy as well.

Do you have a spot where you would go as a kid for Penny Candy?

Peg Dillon of Gloucester Represents! in Ullapool, Scotland

Peg Dillon of Gloucester represents in Ullapool, Scotland, where she participated in the World Skiff Championships July 8-13. Peg, who is a member of the Gloucester Gig Rowers, competed as part of a New England team from Lake Champlain, VT.


Rocky Neck Event of the Summer – The Beaux Arts Ball

beaux arts ball

It is coming up fast, the 2013 Rocky Neck Beaux Arts Ball.  This year the theme is recycled, repurposed, revived.  Put on your creative thinking cap and come up with a fun, unique costume (plastic bags, newspapers, empty cans or bottles, fish net, a recreated second hand outfit – like our poster model Katharine Worth created and is wearing – from Bananas, Second Glance, Madcap Style or any of our many vintage, second hand and thrift shops, etc.).  Have fun with your costume, and then come and have fun at the Beaux Arts Ball at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center on Saturday, August 3rd from 6-10:00 pm.


Cape Ann Big Band Benefit Concert for Veteran’s Center – Friday July 19th @ Gloucester House

Join Cape Ann Big Band in its 3rd Year of working with the Gloucester House in effort to raise money for both Veterans and current members of our Armed Forces!

Spend an evening dockside with the Cape Ann Big Band. Friday, July 19th in the Gloucester House’s Café Seven Seas.
Doors at 6:30,
Concert at 7:00.
Tickets are $15 each To purchase tickets, please call Connie Condon at 978-283-4098 or The Gloucester House at 978-283-1812
Proceeds benefit the Major Fred W. Ritvo Veteran’s Center and their efforts to aid today’s veterans.


Back by Popular Demand – July Music & Meditation in the Meetinghouse (MMM)

SUNDAY EVENING, JULY 28, 2013 at 7:30pm

Corner of Middle and Church Streets
Open to the Public with Free-Will Offering
Social Gathering Afterwards with Refreshments

photo by S. McKain

photo by S. McKain

Detailed Information:

The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church is pleased to announce the second in a series called Music & Meditation in the Meetinghouse (MMM) that offers Cape Ann residents and visitors a unique and varied experience of beautiful music and relaxing meditation in the Gloucester’s oldest standing church.  It is held in the candle-lit, early-evening setting of the church’s 1806 Sanctuary with golden light beaming through the stained glass windows.  Lanesville’s Mindfulness Meditation practitioner Dr. Michael Bresnan will team up with the Dorymates, Tony Hilliard and Janet Ruth Young, presenting a combination of meditation and heartfelt music for guitar and voice.

Following the event there is a collation with light refreshments in the church’s Entrance House, giving participants the opportunity to meet the leaders and each other in a convivial atmosphere.  The Sanctuary is accessible for persons with disabilities via the Church Street Entrance.   A free-will offering will be received and everyone is welcome. 

Meditation Description:

Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhist meditative practice, and involves bringing one’s attention to subjective present moment experience without judgment – without deciding whether it is “good” or “bad.” It means coming out of the world of conceptual thought in which we tend to spend most of our lives and connecting once again with the actuality of our life in the moment. By opening to experience just as it is, we create the space for life to unfold in a very different way.  This practice has been the focus of a tremendous amount of scholarly research in recent years, with numerous studies demonstrating profound improvements in physiological and psychological health, even over short periods of practice.

Dr. Bresnan, whose practice is newly established in Lanesville, will lead the group through an introductory experience in mindfulness meditation. The mindfulness meditation will serve as an invitation for attendees to connect in a more vivid way to the musical portion of the program.

The Dorymates:

Singer and guitarist Tony Hilliard and his wife Janet Ruth Young perform duets of ballads and soulful music in haunting harmonies.  Their love for each other and for humanity is evident in the lyrics and songs they present.   Tony works as an EMT with persons in assisted living and Janet is an author and speaker on chronic depression and related psychological impairments.  They are active in social justice issues on the North Shore and are members of the Gloucester UU Church.

For more Information  KAREN REMBERT, Church Administrator
Hours Available:  Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (9 am – noon)
Call (978) 283-3410

Music Highlights for Tonight and Tomorrow

Check online for the latest updates

Check online for the latest updates

TONIGHT, Wednesday, July 17, 2013:

The Rhumbline Fly Amero with special guest Allen Estes (always a great show when these two get together) @ 8:00pm

You can also see Allen preview some new songs on Local Music Seen at 6:30pm on Cape Ann TV Cable channel 12, or you can watch that show right now here.

TOMORROW, Thursday, July 18, 2013

Harbor Loop Concert @ 6:30
Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester

@ 7:00

@ Dog Bar 9:00pm
Brad Byrd with Special Guest (you never know who will show up)

Giuseppe’s By Request ~ Tonight with William James

Giuseppes by request photo by Brendan Pike


Tonight, William James performs at Giuseppe’s by Request from 7-10pm! Our new dinner menu is available tonight!

Bill Gleason

Bill Gleason

Twelve string guitar, delta blues and some sweet originals.

2 Main Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930

(978) 879-4622

Weathervane T’s

Joey, this weeks featured tee shirt line is our Gloucester Beach line.  The Weathervane sells adult tees for Wingaersheek, Good Harbor, and of course Long Beach.  The photo shows Madison and Kaelyn styling and posing our Wingaersheek children’s tees carrying their Gloucester Man at the Wheel totes ready to hit the beach.  What beach? Wingaersheek of course!

The adult tees range in price from $18.95 to $21.95, children’s tees are priced at $16.95, and the Gloucester totes are priced at $24.95

Our everyday prices are discounted with the purchase of 2 tee shirts at 10% off each, 3 or more is 20% of each tee. The tees can be mixed and matched.  Sorry Cape Pond Ice Clothing is not included in this promotion. 



Wing Beach Girls 2Wing Beach Tees

Pet of the Week- Chenzy


Hello, my name is Chenzy, I am a one-year-old girl pup who is Australian Kelpie/mix.   I am so happy to be on GoodMorningGloucester!   I am staying at the Cape Ann Animal Aid located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane in Gloucester until I am adopted.    I love to walk, romp in the park and I just love company.   Like most pups, I am eager to learn and I love treats and toys.  I am a perfect apartment size pup, I think I am fully grown at 24-pounds.

The Cape Ann Animal Aid has so many things going on.  “Dog Day” will be held on September 15 at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. Craft & Vendor Fair, doggy games, children’s activities, raffles, prizes, doggy agility course, nail trimming, micro-chipping, photo opportunities, food, refreshments and lots of fun!  The Third Annual Christopher Cutler Rich Golf Tournament will be held on September 23 at Bass Rocks Golf Club and don’t forget that during the months of July and August (Sundays 1-3 p.m.), we are accepting returnable bottles and cans for our Transportation Fund.

Oh! I should tell you – it is perfectly okay to bring in cat and dog toys for shelter pets.  If you call ahead, I will meet you at the front door with open paws!


Dramatic Come From Behind Win For Newly Crowned GMG Gloucester Steak Bomb Champ Destinos!!!!





After four rounds it looked like Captain Hooks Had It In The Bag But in the Final Taste Round (accounting for 40% of the scores) Destinos Pulled Out A Dramatic Come From Behind Win.

We had Bex, Chris DeWolfe, Kim Smith and Brianmoc go in for the sub pick-ups last night.  Brought the subs in and weighed and recorded the weights and sequestered the judges in a separate room while we marked each sub Sub A, Sub B, Sub C and Sub D to insure no bias and a blind tasting.

Judges Ed Collard, Chris DeWolfe, Brian O’Connor and Craig Kimberley took their judging duty very seriously.  The one part I would say would not be a fair comparison is Cape Ann brewing based on price since their price includes fries, slaw and a pickle.  However even if you threw the value category out Cape Ann Brewing would have come in last.

Captain Hooks wins People Choice with far and away most number of nominations.

Overall Best Gloucester Steak Bomb Challenge winner Based on Value, Taste, Packaging,  Lack of Sogginess and Equal Distribution of Meat is Destinos.

Once again it was noted by all four judges that each one of these subs was a winner.  To be nominated out of all the incredible sub shops in Gloucester is in itself a testament to how great each one of these Steak Bombs are and Cape Ann Brewing, Captain Hooks, Leonardos and Destinos all deserve accolades

Thanks To Mamie’s Kitchen for providing a neutral stage for judging.  Thanks to our sub picker uppers.  thanks to Kim Smith for filming (look for her awesome video Thursday).

You’d be happy to patronize any of these fine eateries.  Today at Mamie’s Kitchen Chris will be serving up his killer Cheese Steak Sub in honor of yesterday’s competition.







The scoring sheet from last night-