Monthly Archives: July 2013

Blackburn Challenge 1987: 2013 is tomorrow

Fred Bodin posts:


The Blackburn Challenge, 1987. The cox of the Seine Boat Nina blows the war horn for power strokes. This heavy boat is filled with one ton of pure muscle and brawn. Notice the bow wake, and the wake off her stern. A very impressive sight – I can still hear that horn. One my striking memories of the Seine Boats racing was one of them plowing through the Atlantic Ocean with a smoking hibachi over the side grilling hot dogs and burgers. Of course there was a keg aboard. Row on!

Fred Bodin photographed the Blackburn Challenge from 1987 to 1992, from the committee boat.

A Statement from Gran Prix of Gloucester’s Paul Boudreau

Hi Joey,

The Gloucester Times is going to run a story about the Gran Prix of Gloucester, possibly in Saturday’s edition. I wanted to share the statement that I provided them. Please feel free to run all of this.

On a personal note, I love Gloucester. My family and I are regular visitors at Wingaersheek Beach, on rare nights we get a babysitter, my wife & I hit Duckworth’s. My favorite drive when I need to get my toddler to sleep is heading north on 127 to Folly Cove.

As you’ll see below, we’ve had to investigate other host cities. Rest assured that we are working with the Gloucester Chief Administrative Officer to close some issues. We recently had a site visit with the Chief Administrative Officer, the Operations Manager of Public Services, Fire Chief and Building Inspector and made significant progress. Finally, we’re going through the permit process.


Paul Boudreau

We are committed to hosting a world-class event in the Greater Boston area on the weekend of Sept. 28-29. Since the fall of 2012, after the completion of the race weekend, Gloucester city officials raised concerns with the event.  We have endeavored to address these concerns to the best of our abilities. Discussions are ongoing, and we remain optimistic that we can reach an agreement. However, given the uncertainty that Gloucester would continue to be a feasible host city, we faced no other choice but to explore options for other potential host cities in the area.

Athletes from across the United States and Europe are currently making travel plans for their cyclocross race season. As the kickoff event of the premier professional cyclocross race series in the United States, we feel we have an obligation to continue to host this event. In addition, the economic impact it has provided to the community has grown tremendously. Based on a Bentley University economic impact study, roughly 40 percent of participants stay in the Cape Ann region during the race weekend.  In the race’s fourteen years, we have strived to be mindful, cooperative community partners and are dedicated to building upon the relationship with the city . However, if the Gloucester venue is not a viable location, we will be forced to seek an alternative site that meets the standards that racers have come to expect from this event.

Editor Nore from Joey C

I am fully supportive of the Gran Prix, the quality of the people it brings here and what they put back into the community between the businesses that benefit and the showcasing of our City as a venue for world class events.  Make no mistake about it, these athletes travel from all over the world to participate.

They have demonstrated that they leave the park in better shape than when they arrive. (Pictures don’t lie homie),  and show that they are willing to listen to, and work with the powers that be to insure that people are left happy.


Uhmm, yeah, the new dry-fit shirts are gonna be sick!

Top quality moisture wicking material.
Here we decided on logo size with some cut-out paper logos. The color blue is gonna be deeper blue so it will really pop! Three color printing

When I tell you I’m not compromising one tiny bit on anything we make I’m telling you I’m not compromising on any product we order or ship.
Only stuff I’d want to wear.
Better get your sizes and colors in. Navy/White or Black shirts. Short sleeve or long sleeve moisture wicking material. Crazy comfort. Boooyaaaa!

Don’t believe rumors ~ Block Party is ON


Any rumors you may hear about the block party being cancelled are FALSE. The Block Party is ON. If weather forces us to cancel, we will post the cancellation by 4pm tomorrow (Saturday) right here on GMG!

See this post for some last minute updates.

William Arthur Ward Quote of the Week From Greg Bover

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)

A Louisiana native, Ward was as near to a professional proverbian as one can find in American society. After a stint in the Philippines with the US Army, Ward was Assistant to the President of Texas Wesleyan University, founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church. He headed a number of church groups during his active community life and wrote an inspirational column that appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for many years. Among the publications that featured his extraordinary output of quotable sayings were The Reader’s Digest, The Christian Advocate, and Science of the Mind magazine. Ward also served on the boards of the Rotary, the Red Cross, and the Boy Scouts of America.

Greg Bover

Fish on Fridays

The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.

Shucking Clams at Gloucester’s Intershell. Most mornings Intershell employs up to 30 people processing sea clams which have been trucked up from Provincetown, MA.

Note: the video has not been sped up – that’s real-time shucking speed!


Photograph and Video © Kathy Chapman 2013

Video edited by Marty Luster 2013

The Old Sloop Fair

The Old Sloop Fair at the handicap-accessible First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School Street, will continue with the traditional events — Silent Auction, White Elephants, Art Mart, Jewelry, Books, Handcrafted Goods, Handknits, Pet Corner, Bake Table, and Snack Bar — on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20, and conclude on Saturday, July 27, with the Giant Yard Sale.  There is an astonishing assortment of hundreds of items for sale.  These photos show a few of the things in the Silent Auction.

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The Old Sloop Fair has long been a popular Rockport summer attraction.  It originated in 1957 under the guidance of Rev. Ed Nutting.  In the early years of the fair, School Street was closed to traffic, festive lighting was erected, and a live auction was held in the street.  Long-time Rockport residents may remember auctioneers Frank Gray and Karl Johnson, “grab lady” Peg Emerson, the roast turkey dinners, and the “Old Sloop” sailor caps worn by the volunteers.

The First Congregational Church was organized in 1755. The building that is now the church sanctuary was constructed in 1804 and originally served as the town meeting house. The tall steeple and white facade close to the Sandy Bay shoreline resemble a ship’s sail when seen from the sea, and the nickname “Old Sloop” was conferred by the fishermen. The steeple contains the Town Clock. Proceeds from this year’s Fair will go toward the church’s operating expenses and the restoration and preservation of the church’s buildings. A project to restore the roof, siding, and windows of the sanctuary building was recently completed, financed by a Community Preservation Act grant and by contributions from parishioners and townspeople.

For more information, visit, find us on Facebook at, send email to, or call 978-309-9667.

Blackburn Challenge Tomorrow! Saturday!


Park in front of Gloucester High School at 7AM tomorrow and go out back and check out these boats! High Tech SUP paddleboards, tandem canoes, sliding multi rowing boats, fixed multirowing boats, Banks Dory, Workboats, fixed and sliding doubles and singles, outrigger canoes single and double, sea kayaks single and double, fast sea kayaks, high performance kayaks, even Hawaii Five Oh outriggers with everyone yelling hut! hut! hut! 225 boats all told.

Or hang out somewhere on the shoreline or on Pavillion beach after 11AM and watch these boats race to the greasy pole finish line. Whatever you do, do not stay inside on this beautiful weekend clicking on the Rubber Duck Tracker! OK, maybe once, then get in a boat and get out there.

Cape Ann Rowing Club (website) puts on a great circumnavigation of Cape Ann Race every year. This is the 27th running.

Wow–The Guys are Loving Their Awesome New GMG Caps!

Send in photos of your new GMG cap!

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Chris DeWolfe from Mamie’s Kitchen Stylin!


Lots of cap smack talk, too!

Live Blogging: The Hat of the Century

Live hat blogging: First Catch


I literally feel so sorry for anyone who didn’t order one of our caps.

Last Minute Block Party Updates – Win Cool Prizes

Here’s a new feature for tomorrow’s (SAT) Downtown Block Party: Win Cool Prizes!
The Block Party’s new Marketplace at the Cape Ann Savings Bank Plaza between Hancock and Porter Streets (see map) has a new game called Glosta-opoly played on a brand new Monopoly-style board created by members of Art Haven.  

You can play the game for free and win wicked-cool Prizes including CDs by top local artists including Chelsea BerryJulie DoughertyMichael Thomas DoyleAllen EstesTom HauckOrleans “Still the One Live”Renee & JoeT Max, plus a limited edition Celebrate Gloucester 2010 2 DVD set, limited edition Celebrate Gloucester 2007 Staff T-Shirt, hats & shirts & pens from Gloucester Engineering, jar openers and shot glasses from Ryan and Wood, creations and services from the Teen Artist Guild, gift certificates for From Dust to Dawn Cleaning services from Holly Ciancola and Whitmarsh Lock and Safe, energy bars and candies from Sunny Variety, Mardi Gras beads and glow sticks from Cape Ann Lanes, free car washes from Maplewood Car Wash, gift certificates from downtown merchants and more . . .

Revised Entertainment Schedule
There have been a couple of minor changes to the entertainment — click here for all entertainment by stage.  Click here for all musical entertainment by time.

Don’t sweat the parking.  I’m always surprised when I hear people complain about parking in Gloucester.  Honestly, I’ve never had trouble finding a parking space — not even during Fiesta.  Last night I went to the Harbor Loop Concert.  I got there after it started on a beautiful summer night in the height of the tourist season when every local hotel is full and what do you know?  I found a parking space on Rogers Street at Harbor Loop!  In fact I had my choice of at least half a dozen free (after 6) spots on Rogers within earshot of the music.  Plus there were plenty of spaces at I4-C2.  So don’t worry about the few Main Street parking spots that are not available during the Block Party.  Trust me.  You won’t have a problem finding a space within a couple minutes walk.

Discount Tickets for Cape Ann Residents For Horovitz’s Gloucester Play @ Gloucester Stage!!


This just in from Heidi Dallin:

Gloucester Stage offers discount tickets to Cape Ann residents to Israel Horovitz’s Gloucester play, North Shore Fish running at Gloucester Stage through Sunday, August 4.  A limited amount of discount tickets are available to Cape Ann residents for all Wednesday and Thursday 8 pm performances. For these performances only, Cape Ann residents can purchase discounted tickets for $20. Advance reservations are strongly suggested to ensure tickets at the discounted price. Year round Cape Ann residents must identify themselves as Cape Ann residents when making a reservation and proof of residency must be presented at the box office the night of the performance.

The North Shore Fish performance schedule is Thursday, July 18 through Saturday, July 20 at 8 pm; Wednesday, July 24 through Saturday, July 27 at 8 pm; Wednesday, July 31 through Saturday, August 3 at 8 pm, Saturday matinees on July 20, July 27 and August 3 at 3 pm & Sunday performances on July 21, July 28 and August 4 at 4 pm. Performances are in the air-conditioned comfort of Gloucester Stage Company at 267 East Main Street., Gloucester, MA. Gloucester Stage is handicapped accessible. Regular ticket prices are $40  for adults and  $35 senior citizen & student for all performances. For reservations or further information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit

Looking for something to do tonight? Music Around Town on a Friday night in Gloucester 7.19.2013

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Dread Rocks

Mile Marker 1 on the deck

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“New England’s Premier Reggae Party Band”

Friday, July 19 8:00 pm
Mile Marker One Friday Night Reggae Show on the River

Dread Rocks returns to the filming location of the hit TV show Wicked Tuna for a
night of sweet reggae music. On the water, under the tent, nothing but fun!

75 Essex Avenue,

Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930

(978) 283-2122


The Runaround

The Rhumb Line


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THE RHUMB LINE BAR & RESTAURANT40 Railroad Ave.Gloucester, MA 01930phone: 978-283-9732Email:




Jazz Night Friday ~ Linda Amero Menage a Trio with Joe Mulholland & Mark Carlsen


 118 Main St, Gloucester, MA.   978-283-7888.    Dinner reservations.  No Cover.


Big Band Benefit for Veterans @ Gloucester House FRI 19 JUL

Friday, July 19, 2013
Cape Ann Big Band 7:00 pm Listen to Cape Ann Big Band CAPE ANN BIG BAND
Benefit for Major Fred W. Ritvo Veteran’s Center and their efforts to aid today’s veterans

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63 Rogers Street
Gloucester, MA 01930


Joe Thomas Piano Bar


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Brian Maes Band

Captain Carlos


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(978) 283-6342 Home
27-29 Harbor loop
Gloucester, MA 01930




8:00 pm Listen to The Hot Tub Piranhas
$20.00 Per Person. This is a fundraiser for a Cancer Patient going through tough times…
DES Portuguese American Club
133 Prospect St., Gloucester, MA 01906
Phone: 978-283-9737

Summer Special! Get out of the heat and learn how to play the piano: Ice-cold air in my downtown Gloucester studio!

Both traditional and non-traditional styles taught: classical/pop/Broadway, etc., chords/lead sheets, sightreading boot camp—you name it, you got it!

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Please visit my website, http://www.capeannpiano, for more info—Julie C.

There’s still some openings left for this summer:
20% discount off summer packages* for both kids and adults when you mention you read about the Cape Ann Piano Studio on the GoodMorningGloucester blog!
*Does not apply to a la carte lessons


ESSEX YOUTH TRIATHLON, 8-3-13, and CLINIC, 7-20-13

Hi, Joey,

The Essex Youth Clinic, 7-20-13, and Youth Triathlon, 8-3-13, are just around the corner.  If you would please post this announcement to your view of Cape Ann / Gloucester / Essex, the Board of Health would be much appreciate it.  Might your girls compete?


Ann White

Clerk, Essex BOH

The Essex Board of Health is holding the fifth annual Essex Youth Triathlon on Saturday, August 3, at Centennial Grove / Chebacco Lake in Essex for youth of all abilities ages 5 through 15. This is a USAT sanctioned event.

The BOH will also hold a free Essex Youth Triathlon clinic (USAT membership is required) on Saturday, July 20th starting at 9 a.m. for those registered for the triathlon & those considering registration. This clinic will review set up, transition, race courses, bike safety, and other valuable race info. The clinic is expected to run until approximately noon. Phone (978 768-7614) or email ( to let us know planned attendance. Please be sure the child wears a bathing suit & brings their bike, helmet, sneakers and towel. 

A BOH goal is to keep this race affordable, so that all who want can participate. Entry fees are $25 per entrant, with a family cap of $50.  Because this is a USAT sanctioned event, all participants must be USAT members. The Deadline for registration is noon, July 31 or when capacity is reached. A $12 late fee will be charged for registrations received after July 21.

Additional information and printable registration forms are available on the Town of Essex website,, or by calling the Essex Board of Health at 978 768-7614. Online registration is available at  For USAT membership, please go to

Because our goal is to keep the Essex Youth Triathlon safe, affordable & enjoyable for all, the BOH depends exclusively on donations and registration fees to make this a success. The Board continues to need & welcome donations of funding, goods (raffle prizes, food & drink, etc), talent (entertainment, photography, etc.), and (maybe most importantly) volunteers to help & oversee the racers. If you, or anyone you know of, can help in any way please contact the Essex Board of Health. The BOH, race participants and their families thank you.

Blackburn Open Studios, Sat & Sun

Blackburn Open Studios


We’re opening our studios to visitors this weekend from 12 to 6 on both Saturday and Sunday. The space is in the Blackburn Building on Main Street in Gloucester. There will be a total of 5 artists in the building opening their spaces, so lots to see — and if you are coming from out of town, bring your bathing suit and head to the beach after, water has been wonderfully warm lately.

Come through the parking lot to the entrance at the back of the building, and take the elevator up to the 3rd floor. There will be signs pointing the way. 

I will have my vintage studio open, with lots of vintage clothes and accessories to browse.

After you stop by our studios hang around for the Gloucester Block party!

I hope you can make it!


There are custom made shoes and then there are New England Outerwear Company Custom Made Shoes

Our interview at The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market

These guys should be very proud of themselves.  Producing a New England product with New England materials without compromise in the workmanship or materials.

These shoes are on a whole ‘nother planet- no one makes stuff this good any more.

Check out their site-


Also check out their blog which tells their story-



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