Sorry, Not sorry, I’m obsessed!

I am absolutely OBSESSED with Pilot House sushi!

Almost all my friends are sushi lovers like I am and we are starting to make this more than a weekly thing.

Check out the awesome boat we got last time!


In honor of St. Peter, a boat load of sushi!



My mouth is watering…. This was so amazing!




Pilot House Restaurant // //

The Five Retail Doors of the Cape Ann Tool Company

The Cape Ann Tool Company as of June 19, 2015

It has been decades since the ring of the 100 ton drop forge has been heard at the Cape Ann Tool Company. It took most of 2013 to get the smokestack down. Now it is time to dream about what will go behind the five doors.

My wish list:

1) A restaurant: Northern India plus Seafood. Greg Bover wants it named “The Tan Dory”. Or Mexican Seafood. “The Pigeon Cove Taco”. This will include a bar which does not require ordering a Cove Burger in order to be served a Fisherman’s IPA.

2) Coffee Shop and Bakery: fresh coffee and a bagel. Opens at 6 AM and imports Brother’s Brew Butternut Crunch Doughnuts.

3) Village Market: loaf of bread, butter, potatoes, onions, six pack of beer, Cape Pond Ice, scratch tickets, Allen’s Coffee Brandy.

4) Tackle Shop: bait, rods to rent for kids to catch a flounder behind the store, T-Shirts from Cape Pond Ice.

5) Art Studio: Art CO-OP, all media, pottery, ceramics, Rockport Art Association North Colony.

What’s on your wish list? A fresh seafood market? In-N-Out Burger? Uniqlo?

Retail Space Available: 617-482-6050

Cultural Events this weekend

32nd Annual Open Studio Tour

June 20-21, 10am to 5pm each day
24 Artisans in 22 Studios

Gloucester’s Middle Street

An ever evolving neighborhood:
Guided walking tour offers historic perspective

The Saunders House, now part of the Sawyer Free Library, in the early 1880s. Photo by Edward Corliss & J. F. Ryan House Photographs, c. 1882-85. 4″ x 6″ cabinet cards. From the collection of the Cape Ann Museum Library and Archives.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Historic Middle Street, a guided walking tour of one of Gloucester’s many historically rich streets, on Saturday, June 20 at 10:00 a.m. The tour meets at the Cape Ann Museum at 27 Pleasant Street and lasts about 1 1/2 hours. Tours are held rain or shine. Cost is $10 for Cape Ann Museum members; $20 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited, reservations required. Email or call (978) 283-0455, x16 for more information or to reserve a spot. Additional walking tours are offered throughout the summer – please visit for more.

The Widows Handbook

Reading by Contributors

flyer for lit house

Souvenirs of Pigeon Cove

Local authors discuss their latest book, a history of the Rockport neighborhood of Pigeon Cove

Photo courtesy of the authors.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to welcome John and Betty Erkkila for an illustrated presentation and book signing on Saturday, June 20 at 10:30 a.m. The Erkkilas will present a selection of images from their new book, Souvenirs of Pigeon Cove. Copies of the book will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop and the authors will be available to sign copies following the presentation.

Dance and Music Performance
on Sat 20th at Trident

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Fishtown Art at Local Colors

Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, 121 Main Street, Gloucester, MA

ARTISTS’ RECEPTION: June 19th, 6:30-8:30

Fishtown Art.  A New Exhibit and Reception at Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative celebrates the fishing tradition and natural beauty of Cape Ann.  Each of the 16 artists has interpreted the theme according to their artistic calling. The public is invited and light refreshments will be served.

St. Peter Novena Day 4



Faces of the Rosary


Mary Russo and daughter Connie Orlando


The Fishermen of the Rosary


 Nicolo Sanfilippo

Retired Fishing Captain of the vessel

“Enza Rosa”


Al Millefoglie

 Retried Fishing Captain of the vessel

“Maria and Al”


Al Millefoglie

Current Fiesta Committee Member


Dante Holding

Future Fiesta Committee Member


Dante Holding having fun with Al Millefoglie during last night’s Novena clean up!



Novena Coffee


Caryn Linquata Ryder & Joanne Aiello



Marie Siliva, Bea Ciaramitaro, and Agnus Burnham

 Novena Confections!


Ricotta Pie


Chick Pea filled Cassateddi


Italian Cookies


Sista Felicia’s Coconut Macaroon Cookies




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of Day 4 St. Peter Novena! Continue reading “St. Peter Novena Day 4”

TheHomieCast Episode 4 Posted For Your Morning Commute

Check It Out Here-
Also A Reminder Only Two More Days To Submit Your Nomination For Gloucester’s Best Bartender on TheHomieCast website


TheHomieCast Episode 4 Taped 6/18/15 Featuring Toby Pett, James Eves, Brian OConnor, Frankie Gwynn, Chris DeWolfe, Craig Kimberley, Joey Ciaramitaro

Frankie Gwynn Wearing YogaPants- Cut or Uncut? Craig Kimberley’s “Suck It Bitches” Crystal Decanter, Gloucester Best Bartender Nominations, What Makes A Great Bartender, Best Father’s Day Presents, The Inaugural GMG BBQ Throwdown, Frankie Gwynn’s New STOK Grill, What Does It Mean To Be Offended?, The Menu- Porterhouses, Atomic Buffalo Turds, Mushroom HoboPacks, Toby’s Cornbread Pudding, Craig’s Firepit, Can A Guy Compliment His Spouse Too Much?, Feminism and Farts, Does The Moment Your Girl Farts In Front Of You Signify That Your Relationship Has Taken It To The Next Level?, Will We See The 2015 Bikini Speedo Dodgeball World Championship Movie?

And Then There Were Three! Baby Bird Update.

Three little chicks chillin’ in our nest!

Some of you have asked for updates on our little eggs and the feathered interloper who has found its way into the House Sparrow nest in our front porch hanging plant.

If you’re not sure of the background information, check out the post HERE!

We started with a nervous momma bird who would bolt each time we entered/exited our little house.

Soon enough we realized that there was a perfect little nest inside our hanging plant with four small eggs….and one larger one.

We discovered the larger egg belonged to an “Interloper”…in this case a Cowbird.

Just a couple of days after the discovery, the baby cowbird hatched.

Somewhere along the way the four house sparrow eggs dwindled slightly to just three! No trace of the egg shell anywhere.  Weird.

The momma house sparrow began taking care of the newly hatched chick…who clearly hatched from an egg deposited into her nest…by a totally different bird!

The update comes here…

A couple of days later, there are now also two much smaller babies in the nest.  For now, the three birds are snuggling together nicely and all seems OK in their world.

Will the peace continue??  I sure hope so!


Community Stuff 6/19/15

Tompson St Norcross Parking Concord St 2015

Gloucester has tremendous amounts of woodlands that residents enjoy including several City-owned areas in West Gloucester. Essex County Greenbelt recently built a better trail gateway to the Tompson Street Reservation off Concord Street. Similar trail gateways improvements are under consideration for trails on City-owned land in West Gloucester.

Ward 5 Councillor Bill Fonvielle, Charlie Crowley and the rest of the Gloucester Open Space & Recreation Committee invite the public to attend a community forum to discuss plans to improve hiking trail entry trailheads in West Gloucester. The forum will focus on locations on Forest Lane, Laurel Street and Essex Avenue (leading to Fernwood Lake). Plans include adding signs and improving parking. For more information contact Stephen Winslow, Mass in Motion – Cape Ann Project Manager at or 978-282-8007.

Stephen Winslow

Mass in Motion – Cape Ann

3 Pond Road

Gloucester MA 01930


North Shore Health Project’s


And Passports Community Dinner to benefit the Health Project’s client support services!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

From 5 to 6 pm

5 Center Street, Gloucester, Ma 01930

Please join us as we rededicate our space with our new office and show off our new signs thanks to a grant from the Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Tours and light snacks will be available as we showcase our beautiful digs!

Then, wander down to Passports Restaurant for a Community Dinner benefiting the Health Project from 5-9 PM.

Passports is offering a $15.00 PP prix fixe 3 course dinner, as well as meals from their regular menu. The Health Project will receive 10% of the evening’s proceeds.

Please make your reservations at Passports by calling (978) 281-3680 and email the Health Project if you have questions about the open house!

We hope to see you all on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 5PM.

Susan, Jason, Becky, Liz, Amanda, Jen, Sunny, Mike and Mike


We have a mystery that only you and the GMG gang can solve! 

During the Schooner Challenge last Monday, June 9, 2015, (which was fantastic, BTW) a mysterious drone flew out over us! I’ve attached two images from the wrap movie that I’ll be getting to you today or tomorrow. 

Whose Drone was it? 

And the bigger question – where were they flying it from? 

We were way out in the Harbor!

Thanks for all you do to build strong community on Cape Ann!

Best regards,

Barry O’Brien