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OUTSIDE THE BOX CAFE! WITH FRED SHRIGLEY AND CARL MCKAY-STRATTON

Don’t you Love the new “cafe” next to the Rhumbline?!

It’s not really a cafe as Carl explains, but a place to hold private party fundraisers. Yesterday when I stopped at Seaside Graphics to pick up PiPl signs, a fundraiser was getting underway for David Dean while he recovers from foot surgery.

Private fundraisers and events include an upcoming joint program with neighbor Audrey’s Flower Shop. If you would like to host a private fundraiser, please contact Fred or Carl.

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL LOBSTERMEN!

Come on down the dock and support the local lobster industry. Let’s move some lobsters INTO YOUR BELLY! 95 East Main Street Gloucester MA Only lobsters from our local boats. Never from Canada. Let’s EAT!!!! *while they last

POSITIVE MESSAGING FROM FISHERMAN’S WHARF GLOUCESTER – AND CHECK OUT TODAY’S MENU!

Fisherman’s Wharf Gloucester🐟🦞🇺🇸 Check Out today’s Menu!

A wide offering of high quality, wild caught, sustainable seafood at great prices!

On a side note I cant really hold back sorry, with all that’s going on in the world try and remain positive, try to get more fresh air, eat more fresh food, be supportive to anyone you come in contact with. We are only on this earth for a short period of time so why be negative. Lets bring each others spirits up. Accept others opinions, be open minded if you can. You all have made an impact already on the fishing industry by supporting it the way you have. It happened over night, you chose to buy local instead of imports you chose to support your local business and we hired more great people. You chose to smile when you see us and we smiled back. We have the power to change our surroundings but we are stronger together. Ok enough jibber jabber, have a great day everyone!

Located at 37 Rogers St. Gloucester MA
Drive Thru and order or call 978-281-7707
order Lobsters at drive thru only
Wed-Fri 10am-4pm Sat-Sun 8am-2pm
Cash and Credit accepted

NEW YOUTUBE SHOW – BEAUTY BY THE SEA EPISODE #9

 

Male American Bullfrog mating serenade

Beaver, Beaver Lily Pad Eater

Reinventing our culture to benefit the many, not just the few.

Pitch Perfect Pandemic Precautions –

Alexandra’s Bread

Blue Collar Lobster Co – Steamers!

Beauport Hotel

Cedar Rock Gardens

Wolf Hill native noneysuckle (Lonicera semervirens) and super Hummingbird attractant ‘John Clayton’

Common Eider Duckling Rescue with Hilary Frye

Thank you Jodi from Cape Ann Wildlife Inc!

Piping Plover Chronicles –

Exclosure installed by Greenbelt’s Dave Rimmer and Gloucester’s DPW’s Joe Lucido.

Huge Shout Out to Essex Greenbelt and Dave Rimmer, director of land stewardship.

Huge thank you to Joe Luciodo!

People’s Letters Really Helped. Thank you, thank you for writing!

Castaways Vintage Café Street Boutique

Charlotte Pops In ❤

BEAUTIFUL CEDAR ROCK GARDENS IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS AND THEY ARE DOING PANDEMIC PRECAUTIONS SPOT ON!

Cedar Rock Gardens retail shop is now open. Tucker and Elise have created a super safe shopping experience. All customers and employees wear masks.

Elise’s parents, Juile and Jim Jilson, are lending a helping hand during the pandemic. 

The checkout area is protected by plexiglass.

Come shop their organically grown gorgeous selection of veggies, herbs, annual seedlings, and perennial plants. Everything looks healthy and beautiful! And the refrigerator is stocked with their famously super delicious farm to table produce.

Cedar Rock Gardens is located in West Gloucester at 299 Concord Street.

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LENNY LINQUATA AT THE BLUE COLLAR LOBSTER CO. IS DOING AN EXTRAORDINARY JOB UNDER COVID PANDEMIC CIRCUMSTANCES – SEE NEW MENU!

Yesterday morning while filming on the waterfront, activity at the Blue Collar Lobster Co. caught my attention and I stopped by to see what was happening. Two words –

S-I-M-P-L-Y A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

The entire front of the house has been enclosed in glass, with a to-go window, which allows for safe food preparation and service. The restaurant is being kept super clean (the steam cleaning man was just finishing up when I stopped by) and everyone is wearing masks.

Don’t you love the “clean pens” and “dirty pens” idea?!

Lenny shares that for the next phase of restaurant openings, June 8th I believe, the outdoor bar and dining area is organized with six foot spacing for super safe dining.

Blue Collar Lobster Co. is now serving lobsters, fresh fried seafood, sandwiches, chowder, cornbread, shrimp, salads, fish tacos, and more . Additionally you can purchase fresh off the boat seafood at wholesale prices including lobsters, haddock, and STEAMERS FOR ONLYY FIVE DOLLARS PER POUND!

Our fabulous steamers from the Blue Collar Lobster Co. No broken or undersized clams– every clam was perfect and delicious! 

It is always so fun and picturesque at the Blue Collar Lobster Co. I plan to stop by on a sunnier afternoon or early evening when the cafe lights are on to take more photos.

Blue Collar Lobster Co. is open SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, 11:30am to 8:30pm

63 Rogers Street in Gloucester

978-283-1812

http://www.gloucesterhouse.com

BEAUPORT HOTEL NOW OPEN FOR TAKE OUT! – CHECK OUT THEIR MENU HERE!

The Beauport Hotel is now serving to go. Take out hours are Wednesday though Sunday from 5pm to 8pm. Call 978-491-5090 to order. They will bring your order when you arrive. Beauport Hotel is located at 55 Commercial Street, Gloucester.

Click here to order

MEMORIAL WEEKEND SPECIAL

  • Two Burgers for $22

    Choose two: 1606 Prime burger with Boston bib,
    tomato, red onion, house sauce, Grafton chedd…

    $22.00

APPETIZERS

  • Jonah Crab Cake

    Avocado remoulade, sweet corn relish, chili oil.

    $18.00

  • Point Judith Calamari

    Peppadew & pepperoncini peppers, chipotle aioli.

    $14.00

SOUP & SALAD

  • New England Clam Chowder

    Oyster crackers, chive oil.

    $8.00

  • Caesar Salad

    Parmesan crisps, house crouton, lemon caesar
    dressing.

    $12.00

  • Asparagus Salad

    Pickled vegetables, garbanzo beans, farm egg,
    champagne vinaigrette.

    $13.00

BURGERS, SANDWICHES & MORE

  • 1606 Prime Burger

    Boston bibb, tomato, red onion, house sauce,
    aged Cheddar, bacon. Served with fries.

    $16.00

  • Free Range Chicken on Focaccia Sandwich

    Prosciutto, Mozzarella, sun dried tomato
    tapenade. Served with fries.

    $14.00

  • Beauport Haddock Tacos

    Slaw, pico de gallo, chipotle sour cream, flour
    tortilla. Served with fries.

    $14.00

FAMILY STYLE MEALS (FEEDS TWO)

  • Misty Knolls Farm Whole Roasted Chicken

    Northeast family farms macaroni and cheese,
    brussel sprouts & apple slaw.

    $37.00

  • Berkshire Pork Loin

    Buttered asparagus, potato & Gruyere gratin,
    house Worcestershire sauce.

    $40.00

  • Day Boat Sea Scallops

    Fingerling potato hash, celery root, applewood
    bacon, sweet corn coulis.

    $45.00

  • Traditional Crusted Beauport Haddock

    Broccoli rabe, butternut squash, lemon butter
    sauce.

    $40.00

  • Filet Mignon of Beef

    Foraged mushrooms, cippolini onions, Yukon
    potato puree, red wine reduction.

    $45.00

DESSERTS

  • Mixed Berry Tart

    Lemon curd, Mascarpone, berry coulis.

    $8.00

  • Death by Chocolate Cake

    Buttercream, ganache, chocolate crisp.

    $8.00

WINE (LIMIT 2 PER ORDER)

  • Murphy Goode Pinot Noir

    $20.00

  • Tenuta Di Arceno Chianti Classico

    $22.00

  • Silver Palm Cabernet Sauvignon

    $23.00

  • Casalini Pinot Grigio

    $20.00

  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

    $22.00

  • La Crema Chardonnay

    $23.00

  • Mumm’s Napa Brut

    $27.00

  • Mionetto Prosecco

    $8.00

BEAUTIFUL MEMORIAL FRIDAY AT GOOD HARBOR BEACH!

People and wildlife waiting for sunrise

From what I could see and for the most part, people were social distancing while enjoying a gorgeous day in the sunshine.

THE SCOOP ON GOOD HARBOR BEACH REOPENING FRIDAY

As of this morning (the situation is fluid and changes at a moment’s notice), Good Harbor Beach will open to RESIDENTS ONLY on Friday, May 22nd. Typically, the parking lot holds approximately 1,000 cars. Due to Covid-19, that will be restricted to 500 resident’s vehicles.

The Beach Pit, GHB’s snack bar, will reopen Friday, if deliveries come through.

Planned are four portable bathrooms, two on either side of The Beach Pit. The public bathrooms installed at the snack bar will remain closed until a willing cleaning crew can be hired.

Beach Stickers: There is a dedicated beach sticker telephone line at City Hall. Direct all sticker inquiries to 978-281-9708, or e-mail bsticker@gloucester-ma.gov. Expired Beach Stickers will be allowed or current registration for two weeks only.

The red lifeguard chairs that serve as lifeguard station are in place. Lifeguards will be on duty beginning Friday.

Although the parking lot will only be open for residents, the Good Harbor Beach area for residents has been sectioned off and the white lines freshly painted.

Song Sparrow songster at GHB this morningMama and Papa Plover this morning – still no signs protecting the Piping Plovers. Once again, there is a simple solution. Greenbelt is able and ready to install signs. Why won’t the City work with Greenbelt? 

 

 

 

THIS WEEK’S FABULOUS GLOUCESTER FISHERMAN’S WHARF SEAFOOD MENU!

DRIVE THRU LOCAL FISH MARKET👍🚛

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10am – 4pm,

Saturday and Sunday 8am – 2pm

978-281-7707 for pre orders. 🐟🇺🇸🦞 

All products are fresh uncooked and landed from our local fishing vessels.

Located in the Food Truck Fisherman’s Wharf parking lot.

Drive Up orders welcomed.

Call ahead orders 978-281-7707 during operating hours.

Cash or Credit accepted.

LOCATED @37 Rogers St. Gloucester MA 01930

Note: Our products are different from typical fish markets. We promote our abundant and locally landed seafood. Top quality, fair prices, a win win for our community. Thanks for your support.

Catch of the Day – MONKFISH!

CAROL LEE’S COTTAGE IS NOW OPEN FOR ONLINE SHOPPING!

My friend JoAnn Sousa wrote this lovely note about her friend Carol Lee and her shop, Carol Lee’s Cottage. I thought it so sweet and that is why I am sharing the note in its entirety –

JoAnn writes,

“I am so glad you have your own blog – wonderful.

I’ve have been mesmerized by your incredible wildlife photos for years and you have heightened my interest in birds.

I realize you may be primarily focused on Gloucester and totally understand and I trust you have a long lists of subjects to cover. I wanted to mention a shop in Rockport , Carol Lee’s Cottage. Carol Lee Kelliher owns it (she has no idea I’m writing to you) and I am always taken by the variety and quality of goods she has. For instance she has a collection of kids tee shirts and long sleeve that have heros on them such as Jane Goodall, Madam Curie etc – I think she’s the only one in NE with the line. She was also one of the first to carry masks. Great jewelry at reasonable prices, cute dresses, it goes on and on. Personally I think she’s the nicest shop on the neck.

If you have any interest you can check out the store and her background story on FB or carolleescottage.com. Her personality matches her colorful goods and she has a nice following.

Anyway, they opened up Bearskin Neck today, curbside pick ups at the restaurants and stores and I thought I’d pass along some info on this little jewel of a store. She’s doing curbside/mailing etc.

Stay well and congrats!”

Thank you JoAnn for sharing! And thank you for your kind comments. I am interested in posting about any small business with their coronavirus endeavors. It’s such a tough time and I admire the resourcefulness and resiliency of so many trying so hard to stay afloat during this most challenging of time.

The children’s tees do look especially wonderful and I Love her selection Turkish beach towels – you are so spot on, her products are wonderfully colorful and fun! Here are some images from Carol’s website, where you can do your online shopping HERE

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CAFFE SICILIA REOPENING WEDNESDAY, MAY 20TH!!

What will you have? I think I am going to treat my family to Caffe Sicilia’s wonderfully delicious cannolis

WE LOVE AND MISSED YOU FRANKLIN CAPE ANN!

Last night we tried Franklin Cape Ann’s online ordering and curbside pick up. Ordering was a breeze  no funky disconnect as we have experienced at other restaurants, and pick up was a snap.

Our fantastic dinner last night –

Tom had the baked haddock with green beans and garlicky mashed potatoes, which he raved about.

I had the Franklin’s fabulous grilled calamari (the best in town, truly), which is served with white beans and lightly dressed fresh greens.

We shared a delightfully delicious crispy eggplant, tomato, and mozzarella salad.

I inquired, and in a few weeks, they may bring back their world famous orange creme caramel. YUMM!! Everything was perfectly cooked and warm when it arrived home, too. Ten Stars!!

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FRANKLIN CAPE ANN OPEN FOR TAKE OUT TONIGHT!!

Thrilled the Franklin is open for take out tonight!

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FRIENDS -IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY, PLEASE READ THIS THOUGHTFUL ARTICLE ABOUT COVID TRANSMISSION BY ERIN BROMAGE

“The main sources for infection,” Bromage says, “are home, workplace, public transport, social gatherings, and restaurants. This accounts for 90% of all transmission events.”

The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them

BY ERIN BROMAGE

Please read this link to learn about the author and background to these posts.

It seems many people are breathing some relief, and I’m not sure why. An epidemic curve has a relatively predictable upslope and once the peak is reached, the back slope can also be predicted. We have robust data from the outbreaks in China and Italy, that shows the backside of the mortality curve declines slowly, with deaths persisting for months. Assuming we have just crested in deaths at 70k, it is possible that we lose another 70,000 people over the next 6 weeks as we come off that peak. That’s what’s going to happen with a lockdown.

As states reopen, and we give the virus more fuel, all bets are off. I understand the reasons for reopening the economy, but I’ve said before, if you don’t solve the biology, the economy won’t recover.

There are very few states that have demonstrated a sustained decline in numbers of new infections. Indeed, as of May 3rd the majority are still increasing and reopening. As a simple example of the USA trend, when you take out the data from New York and just look at the rest of the USA, daily case numbers are increasing. Bottom line: the only reason the total USA new case numbers look flat right now is because the New York City epidemic was so large and now it is being contained.

HELLO! FANTASTIC NEWS FOR WE FRANKLIN FANS – THE FRANKLIN IS OPEN FOR TAKE OUT BEGINNING MAY 14TH! AND HERE IS THE MENU

The FranklIn writes,

Exciting News 🍾

Curbside takeout starts next Thursday the 14th at 4pm!  We will be open Thursday through Sunday from 4pm to 8:30pm.

We missed you all, can’t wait to see you!

Check out our takeout only menu on our Facebook page or head over to our website! 🤤

👉🏻www.franklincapeann.com

The Franklin is located at 118 Main Street Gloucester.

LOVE GLOUCESTER FISHERMAN’S WHARF LATEST INCARNATION – A SEAFOOD MOBILE!

DRIVE UP SEAFOOD MARKET!

This family is just rockin innovative ways to get their product out to Cape Ann residents. Thank you Giacalone Family for helping to feed local citizens super delicious and affordable fresh sole, haddock, lobsters, and scallops!

Curbside Drive Thru Menu. 5/9/20
Hours: 10AM-4PM

DRIVE UP AND ORDER
or Call 978-281-7707 for call ahead (phone lines open at 10am)

Scallops
$15.00 1 lb. (Containers) Dayboat 10/20s dry

🐟Haddock
$15.00 2 lbs. Bags (Only $7.50/lb.)

Cracker Crumbs

$5.00 1 lb. (Containers)

Cash and Credit Card accepted.(We bring the card reader to you)
LOCATED AT 37 ROGERS ST. GLOUCESTER MA 01930
Open Tues-Sat.10-4pm.

SUPER SWEET AND AFFORDABLE MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEA FROM CASTAWAYS VINTAGE CAFE!

Castaways Vintage Cafe has a lovely selection of succulents potted up in sweet pots with bits of shell tied in. They sold out their first batch, but will have a brand new selection ready to purchase Saturday morning.

These will sell out quickly at this price, so get them while you can! Plan your stop over to include one their delicious and nutritious acacia bowls and coffees.

Castaways Vintage Cafe is located at 65 Rogers Street, Gloucester. They are open from 8am to 2pm and are offering curbside contactless pick up of acai bowls, lattes, coffee, smoothies and juices.

SAINT PETER’S FIESTA CANCELED

NO FIESTA THIS JUNE. Possibly a smaller version in September, but more than likely not. Heartbreaking, but for the best.

Thank you to Joe Novello and the Fiesta Committee for making the best possible decision to keep our community safe ❤

Joe Novello and granddaughters

Bianca

GOOMBADI’S OPEN FOR TAKE OUT BEGINNING TOMORROW, MAY 6TH!

Starting Wednesday, May 6th Goombadi’s will re-open for take out, delivery & curbside pick up, with new hours. Monday-Friday 11:00am-7pm with our full menu available and Saturday & Sunday 7am-12:00 serving breakfast only! How You Do – In ?

 

SCALLOP CEVICHE RECIPE – FISHERMAN’S WHARF GLOUCESTER ROCKIN’ THE FRESH FISH, SCALLOPS, AND LOBSTERS!

Curbside Drive Thru Menu. 5/5/20
Hours: 10AM-4PM
DRIVE UP AND ORDER
or Call 978-281-7707 for call ahead (phone lines open at 10am)

Scallops
$15.00 1 lb. (Containers)

Haddock
$15.00 2 lbs. Bags (Only $7.50/lb.)

Grey Sole Flounder
$20.00 2 lbs. Bags (Only $10.00/lb.)

🦞Lobster
Under 1.25 lbs. $7.00/lb.
1.25-1.99 lbs. $7.50/lb.
2 lbs. and up $7.50/lb.
“Culls”(one claw lobsters) $6.25/lb.
Cash and Credit Card accepted.(We bring card reader to you)
LOCATED AT 37 ROGERS ST. GLOUCESTER MA 01930
Open Tues-Sat.10-4pm.

Super simple and delicious, our son Alex made an appetizer of Scallop Ceviche with Fisherman’s Wharf Gloucester scallops several nights ago.

Alex’s Scallop Ceviche Recipe

1 lb. sea scallops completely submerged in fresh lime juice

Dice 1/2 large white onion. Soak in a bowl with ice water to the reduce bitterness.

Dice 1 garden fresh tomato, 1 jalapeño, and cilantro to taste

Strain the onions.

Strain scallops but leave 1/4 of the lime juice.

Gently fold all ingredients. Add cubed avocado just prior to serving.

JESSE COOK “ONE WORLD ONE VOICE” BEAUTIFUL NEW RELEASE!!!

Several weeks ago Jesse Cook sent out a request to his fans to record clips of themselves, singing a simple melody that he composed. The song is soulfully beautiful and evocative. And Jesse is also an incredibly talented filmmaker. He combined all the clips into this stunning, poignant and sweet music video.

From Jesse – A couple of weeks ago I made a simple request: I asked you, my fans, if we could sing a song together from all over the world. Initially, I wasn’t sure if any of you would take me up on my offer, so I was completely unprepared for the flood of videos that overwhelmed my inbox.

Today I’m proud to share our creation, called “One World One Voice”.

I’ve never been a part of something like this before, or felt so connected to you, my fans. I feel honoured you put your trust in me, and I hope you will be as proud of the results as I am. As we traverse this difficult period, I draw solace from your generosity, your courage, and above all, your beautiful voices.

Please stay healthy, stay safe.

Love Jesse

SIX WEEKS OF SOCIAL DISTANCING – WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON THIS RAINY DAY?

It’s been approximately six weeks since we were asked to social distance. Tragically, the number of new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are still high in Massachusetts. Yet despite that, I think social distancing is still our best weapon against Coronavirus and that the epidemic would be much worse, unfathomably worse, if we were not.

Don’t you think the word physical distancing  more accurately portrays what we are doing? Gratefully, we are are still able to communicate with our friends and loved ones. The people working on the front lines are so much more deeply affected than we who are quarantined safely at home. I don’t only worry constantly about my friends who are nurses and midwives, but am also terrified something will happen to my Mom and Aunt who both live in Florida, terrified because I am not sure how I would be able to hep them if either were struck. And, hardest of all, our daughter is on the west coast.

I think of our predicament more in terms of physical distancing  and try to focus on the better aspects of the pandemic (if there is such a thing). For one thing, the country is virtually united in the fight. Nationwide polls show that eighty-five to ninety percent of all Americans, Democrats and Republicans, believe physical distancing and testing are our best defense against this terrible, terrible disease.

Today , as in practically every other day of the pandemic, I am organizing thousands of hours of footage. Every single film clip from years of ongoing projects do not speak to my new computer program. I don’t really mind though because it is providing the opportunity to also pick out the best clips for the Saint Joseph, Piping Plover, and Saint Peter film projects. One at time they have to be converted  however, I can do the conversions while simultaneously taking care of our granddaughter and working on Monarch film distribution avenues. Today with Charlotte we are planning to build a super duper deluxe Fort, paint pictures of Plovers and cupcakes (her favorite), draw with my fancy Prismacolor pencils (also her favorite), read a mountain of story books, and make cupcakes. Hopefully, that will take us to nap time ❤

What are doing today? Please write and let us know. Thank you!

Stay safe and take care. xo

Liv and Charlotte Brace Cove