Monthly Archives: July 2013

Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School Students Get A Little Lobster Edumacation Here At The Dock

Hi Joey!
Thank you so much for being willing to entertain 26 students from the Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School this afternoon!  The two-week summer session that they’ve been participating in has followed the theme of "Marine Biology and Maritime History."  They have been incredibly fortunate to spend most days on the water engaged in a variety of hands-on activities.  Today they had to opportunity to explore Gloucester Harbor to learn about the rich fishing industry and to see up close the large variety of vessels that call Gloucester their home. 
Last week was spent learning about plankton, mollusks, echinoderms, fish, and crustaceans while conducting research at sea.  After having hauled traps and having learned about lobsters, it was important to me that they see "what happens next."  I really wanted the students to see a working waterfront and you very kindly supplied that opportunity!  As expected, you were incredibly patient with their questions and able to hold their attention while refining their knowledge.  They felt at ease with you right away and would have gladly stayed for hours had they the chance.
Not only do you now have 26 new FOBs, you’ve also helped this group of children better appreciate an industry that has been incredibly foreign to many of them.  To quote one of your new friends as he boarded the bus to head home, "That place is so cool!" 
Thanks so much!
Nichole Schrafft


Three Generations Represent From Fred Bodin

Three Generations Represent

Grandmother Eileen Donovan of Gloucester, Cheryl Baressi and her daughter Elizabeth Hynes (both from Brookline), represented in my gallery today. It astonishes me how nice people are, and are willing to be photographed for my FB and GMG. They leave with the sticka, and they’ll always remember us.

Young, rising star Alexandra Valenti premieres on Local Music Seen tomorrow

Over the past few years, we’ve profiled a number of rising stars from Cape Ann.  Here’s our latest pick for whom to watch: Alexandra Valenti. Her insightful songs and endearing spirit captivate audiences and keep you listening, wanting more.

You can see her live at the Town Hall Stage at 3pm during Manchester’s Festival by the Sea this Saturday.  And you can be introduced to her on Local Music Seen with Allen Estes tomorrow (WED) at 6:30pm on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.  She sings three wonderfully original songs and speaks candidly — and with wisdom beyond her years — about the songwriting process and music business.  Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

“I’m on a tightrope, balancing myself so I don’t choke on fear.”  You can tell she’s going places if she’s already writing lyrics like that.  You might as well catch this rising star while you can close to home.  It won’t be long before she’s playing big venues far away for a steep ticket price.

Community Photos 7/30/13


Five photos from Saturday’s Quarry Dance at Valley Pit Quarry in Lanesville.

Michael Miller



Michael Lafferty submits-

Here are some images of the Windhover production of ‘Quarry Dance II’ performed at Valley Pit Quarry by the Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre on Saturday.



StudioVo (121r East Main St., open “by chance or by appointment”) is today’s addition to my series on second-hand stores. It started off with just the “business commercial and graphic art needs” and fine art, but since late last year has also been selling antiques and collectibles!

Deej and Bob Viau pack a lot into a small shack!  While I was there, Bob was working on another “lobster” Adirondack chair (as featured by Joey in a previous post). I had a nice chat with them and was considering buying a beautiful carved wooden table that is very reasonably priced… but where would I put it??  I ended up leaving with a pair of beautiful pottery mugs that Deej gave me after I went gaga over them…

I think this is one of the charms of several of our antiques/collectibles/consignment stores here in Gloucester: they combine the second-hand items with work by locally artists, sometimes including “re-purposed” items in the art itself.

Matthew Green

Pet of the Week-Tuqui


Hello!  My name is Tuqui, on the left, I am a Retriever/Boxer mix, 6 year old happy and outgoing girl.  I am an active girl who enjoys people. I am large in size, about 55 pounds.  As an adult rescue I am looking for a home with more of an adult slant, such as children heading into their teens.  I am looking for a family to love me.  I am now at the Cape Ann Animal Aid (CAAA), located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane in Gloucester.  If you would like to see other photos of me, please visit: 

Our Sunset Cruise will take place on Sat., August 17 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. aboard Captain Bill’s Whale Watch from Harbor Loop in Gloucester.  Enjoy the Sunset Cruise with raffles, prizes and complimentary refreshments and return to shore for the Gloucester Block Party!  Tickets are $20 and on sale now at the CAAA, Animal Krackers, Cape Ann Vet Hospital, Essex Bird Shop & Pet Supply and North Shore Vet Hospital  For more information, please call 978-283-6055 x 23 or visit our website. I would be happy to join you on the cruise, I saw the word “refreshment” and I think that is something I would be interested in!



Weekend Photos From Anthony Marks

Schooner Thomas E. Lannon Sails In Gloucester Harbor photo by Anthony Marks


Hey Joey
Another super yacht docked at Cruise Port Gloucester. the yacht is
named Cynthia from Boston, Mass.
I sent along a web site with some stats.
      Best, Anthony
You have been sent 5 pictures.


Fishing Line From Anthony Marks


Community Stuff 7/30/13

Dear Joey,

Here’s an announcement that I hope you will include in the blog when you can. I have been to some of these evenings and they are highly entertaining. Folks come and tell five minute stories extemporaneously in a relaxed atmosphere on a variety of subjects. This month the theme is local. GMG has great local stories all the time, I hope some contributors and FOB’s will show up Thursday night at the Writer’s Center and share a few.

Regards and keep up the good work,

Greg Bover

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