Monthly Archives: July 2013

Sargent House Museum Block Party Pics

Dear Joey,
Barb Silberman asked that I send along some photos from Block Party at the
Sargent House Museum. This was a big night for us because this was the first
time Judith Sargent Murray’s plays have returned to life after 200 years.
North Shore Folklore Theatre, Co. made this possible by performing Act 5 of
"the Traveller Returned" (1796). To round out the evening, we had some folks
in costume, catered supper picnic boxes from Beach Gourmet, and historic
lawn games.
Thanks, Joey!


Rusty Shatford represents! With His New GMG Cap

FOB Frank Ciolino surprised rusty with his new cap at Fort Square Café- Yet Another of Gloucester’s Killer Breakfast Joints!

I’m looking forward to winter when I can get back to my breakfast haunts like Fort Square Café, Mamie’s Kitchen, George’s, Willow Rest, Charlie’s Place and Sugar Mags.


Semi-finalist Group Exhibit Reception at the Sawyer Free Library

Georges and Charles Ryan ©Kim Smith 2013

George and Charles Ryan, Catherine and Cliff’s twin nine-year old sons, are avid GMG readers. They particularly enjoyed the Steak Bomb Challenge posts!

Mayor Kirk HarborWalk Exhibit ©Kim Smith 2013Friday’s reception for the Semi-finalist Group Exhibit, hosted by the Sawyer Free Library and Carol Gray, was well attended and beautifully organized by Catherine Ryan. The wonderfully appetizing and tasty hors d’ourves, dips, crostini, and fruits and cheeses were provided by Matthew Beach of Beach Gourmet

Carol gray ©Kim Smith 2013 copyCarol Gray, Sawyer Free Library Director

Thank you Mayor Kirk, Carol, Catherine, and the Gloucester Committee for the Arts for the exhibit, which is interesting and very informative to see all the semi-finalists responses to the public call to art. The exhibit is up and running through July 30th at the Matz Gallery of the Sawyer Free Library. Click HERE for the Library’s summer hours.

Bartek Konieczny Family ©Kim Smith 2013Finalist Bartek Konieczny and Family

Catherine Ryan ©Kim Smith 2013Catherine Ryan

Sean and Juni Van Dyke ©Kim Smith 2013 copy

Semi-finalist Juni Van Dyke and Her Son Sean

Justin DeSilva ©Kim Smith 2013 copyFinalist Justin DeSilva

Jame Calderwood ©Kim Smith 2013 copyFinalist James Calderwood

Konieczny daughters ©Kim Smith 2013Bartek Konieczny Daughter’s

Konieczny ©Kim Smith 2013Konieczny -2 ©Kim Smith 2013.

George, Catherine, Charles Ryan ©Kim Smith 2013 copyGeorge, Catherine, and Charles Ryan

Only a Few Hours Left for Cape Ann Community Cinema’s Fundraising Campaign

Rob Newton writes:

Here’s an up-to-the-minute update as to what’s going on at the Cape Ann Community Cinema right now! The Penultimate Campaign Update:

If You Are Waiting To The Last Minute… IT’S HERE!

IMG_0719It is so amazing (and a little overwhelming) to see this two-month capital campaign coming to such a positive end. Thanks to the support of our hundreds of our dedicated “Patron Saints,” we have raised $28,727 for our crowdfunding campaign via the online platform Indiegogo. As of today, counting all the offline pledges,we are now over 95% of the way to our goal of $30,000. We have just 1 day left until this campaign is history.

Please visit our Indiegogo page for the specifics as to how we will invest the money we raise through this campaign, as well as a list of 12 keen thank-you gifts (which range from bumper stickers to a private movie party to free admission for a year).

If you have not donated yet and would like to––or if you’d like to donate again––just click on the picture of the door above.

I’m so lucky to be able to do what I love to do, and grateful that I will be able to continue to serve this community I love so much.

See you soon,

Rob (and Zoë Annabelle), Nicole, Anne-Marie, John, Bianca, Owen, Rachel, Gillie, Deborah, Karen, Fiona, and Mary

Our volunteers greet visitors and serve our patrons at special events, and other volunteer positions may be created based on interest and special skills. Volunteering at CACC is a life-changing experience, and we rely on the generosity of our volunteers to keep our programs going. For more information, please call Rob at(978) 309-8448.

Whether or not your high school or college has a for-credit internship program, training with us in an invaluable experience and résumé credit. For a commitment of just 120 hours, you will get a hands-on look at all aspects of Cinema operation, plus all the movies you can watch. An internship at CACC culminates in a movie night that you plan start-to-finish! Call Rob at (978) 309-8448.

Help Ned & the Big Babies Make a CD

Did you see Ned & the Big Babies at Dog Bar during the Block Party?  Wow!  Tight, crisp, rockin’ sound; you just can’t help but move around!  These guys are one of the most entertaining bands in Gloucester.  And the best thing is that you could hear them all the way up on Main Street.  I saw people dancing their way down to Dog Bar’s gorgeous outdoor dining spot on their Rogers St. side because you couldn’t just walk, you had to dance.  Thankfully, nobody took any photos of me dancing down there (at least none that I know of).

Imagine what kind of party you could throw with a whole CD of new Ned & the Big Babies songs.  Now click here and help make that happen!  Not so sure?  Watch the video:

Past Gloucester Schooner Festivals

Past Gloucester Schooner Festivals


There will be two pair of Taylor Swift concert tickets up for grabs at the auction this Tuesday evening, courtesy of the Magnolia Library and Community Center! One set will be given away for free, the other set will be auctioned off!

Here are the details:
Free Taylor Swift Concert Tickets! The Magnolia Library & Community Center is now on Facebook! LIKE us on Facebook and be entered into a drawing for two tickets (retail value $126 ). The tickets are for Saturday, July 27 at Gillette Stadium, Section 301/Row 18.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

The drawing will be held Tuesday evening, July 23rd at 6pm. Auctioneer Walt Kolenda will draw the lucky winner at the start of his monthly Cape Ann Auction at the Magnolia Library & Community Center, 1 Lexington Ave. If you are not the lucky winner, a second set of tickets will be auctioned off during Tuesday’s auction. Visit Magnolia Library And Community Center on Facebook for more information.

So go ahead and enter to win by hitting the like button for the Magnolia Library and Community Center !

See you at the auction. Please like, share this post and pass the word. Thanks!

BTW, here’s a link to get to the Facebook page for the Magnolia Library and Community Center now all ya gotta do to enter the contest is just like em. And that’s not hard to do, they’re a great bunch of peeps!

Don’t forget preview is from 3-6.

Cape Ann Auction at the Magnolia Library & Community Center,

1 Lexington Ave.

Gloucester, Ma

The Neighborhood Apothecary

A nice surprise for me at the block party for me was the new “Neighborhood Apothecary“.  I arrived on the scene from the west end near Giuseppe’s, and met this fine fellow:

_Brentwho was handing out coupons for a free sample from the Neighborhood Apothecary, a new store on the 4th floor of the Blackburn Building (2 Main St.)!  They sell organic herbs, seasonings and teas, natural body products, stones, cards, books, and soon also some natural herbal remedies.   (Regular hours: 8am – 6pm, Monday – Sunday.)  The biggest draw for me is probably the herbal teas!  Loose herbal tea can be hard to find locally outside of chains like Teavana, so it’s nice to have something local in walking distance of my apartment.

The entrance is not immediately evident. You have to go through the parking lot next to Giuseppe’s:

_2 Finding the door 1towards that door in the back with the Grecian columns (Ionic columns with Scamozzi capitals, to be specific):

_3 Finding the door 2Then take the elevator to the 4th floor and follow the signs! You will probably end up meeting Meghan Owens, the owner (shown here helping some customers):

_4 Meghan Owens with customersAnd here are a few photos of what you can find in the store, from herbs and spices to earth-friendly cards and soy candles:

They have a weekly raffle for a discount coupon, which I entered and – to my surprise – won! I get a 5% discount on my next purchase!

Matthew Green

Lots of Stuff Happening At Cape Ann Museum

CAM logo

Photo from an earlier Music in the Courtyard featuring Renee & Joe, 2013.

Friday, July 26

Music in the Courtyard, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Join us in the Museum’s sculpture garden for an afternoon of acoustic music with local performer John Rockwell. This program is free and open to the public.

Saturday, July 27

Hopper’s Houses Walking Tour, 10:00 a.m.

Take a docent-led stroll past select Gloucester houses made famous by painter Edward Hopper. $10 members; $20 nonmembers. Space is limited. Reservations required.

August 5 – August 9th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Science Explorations Through Art with Maritime Gloucester

For children ages 6-12, Mornings will be spent at Maritime Gloucester exploring wind and energy. Projects will include turbines, windsocks, sails and kites. After lunch, students will travel to the Cape Ann Museum to explore wind in Art, make wind powered kinetic sculptures and other projects. For more information contact Maritime Gloucester at (978) 281-0470 or

Saturday, August 3

Tin — Relics and Remakes by Sinikka Nogelo, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Contemporary Art Installation at the White-Ellery House. This program is free and open to the public as part of Escapes North’s 17th Century Saturdays.

Wednesday, August 7

Fitz Henry Lane’s Sunset Harbor Cruise, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

A narrated tour of Gloucester Harbor aboard the schooner Ardelle. This program is offered in collaboration with Maritime Gloucester. Members only, $20. Reservations required. For more information call (978) 281-0470 or

Saturday, August 10

Fitz Henry Lane’s Gloucester Walking Tour, 10:00 a.m.

Join Museum docents for an informative stroll through this 19th century maritime artist’s Gloucester neighborhood. $10 members; $20 nonmembers. Reservations required.

Having a Wonderful Time, Wish You Were Here:

A Picture Postcard Tour of Cape Ann During the Gilded Age, 3:00 p.m.

An illustrated talk with Manchester Historical Museum Curator John Huss and Cape Ann Museum Archivist Stephanie Buck. This program is free for members or with Museum admission.

Blackburn Challenge 1991 From Fred Bodin

This may have been the Seine Boat with hibachi and keg.. Notice there are two extra passengers. The one in the bow is the bartender, and the one in front of the cox is the grill chef. Rowing is always a good time. If you’d like to row, visit Home page: MaritimeGloucester: Oceans of Discovery, Gloucester, MA 

That’s where I rediscovered the joy of  rowing.



Schooner Ardelle Date Night This Friday, July 26

Schooner Ardelle Date Night

We are pleased to annonuce Schooner Ardelle Date Night, this Friday, July 26, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  Parents can enjoy a beautiful summer sail on Glouceser Harbor while kids ages 4-12 stay onshore with our education staff for fun activities in our Aquarium.  Reserve your tickets today