, Gloucester, MA

July 27, 2013

Talk of the Times: Changing of the guard at Mitch's grill

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — A longtime staple of the Gloucester night scene will be closed Sunday, and remain so for the next three days.

But patrons of the outgoing House of Mitch on Rogers Street shouldn’t fret. The shutdown will only clear the way for renovations and a grand reopening Thursday, Aug. 1, at 6 p.m. — with new ownership and a new name to boot.

Mark and Jay Salah have acquired the establishment and will be reopening it Thursday under the name of Mitch’s Sports Bar and Grille, with food, music, prizes and a special guest fitting the new sports theme. The opening night will feature an appearance by former New England Patriot Jermaine Wiggins, the leading receiver on the 2001 Pats’ team who would go on to capture New England’s first-ever Super Bowl championship.

The new Mitch’s also plans to serve both lunch and dinner when it reopens.

Added time for Quarry Dance

There is an additional show for the Windhover Arts Center’s outdoor presentation of Quarry Dance 2 in Lanesville. Because of the weather, the show time Friday night was changed to a dress rehearsal, and a performance has been added for today at 11 a.m.

This performance is in addition to the one today at 5:30 p.m.

This is an outdoor site-specific dance piece, performed by members of the Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre of New York City at the private Valley Pit Quarry located at 7 Leverett St. in Lanesville. For questions, call Windhover at 978-546-3611 or via email at:; or visit The event is free with donations accepted.

Old Magnolia Day

Lanesville isn’t the only Gloucester village hosting a special event today.

The Old Magnolia Day celebration and Craft Fair is also on tap from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., when Lexington Avenue will be closed for traffic and allow shoppers plenty of space to stroll.

This special day is a benefit for the Magnolia Historical Society to support the restoration of the Blynman School into the Magnolia Historical Museum and Cultural Center. There will be local crafts and artists, as well as food, fun and more.

August Nights on the Neck

Meanwhile, over on Rocky Neck, the next “Nights on the Neck” will take place next Thursday within Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District, offering a free evening of entertainment, when musicians and writers perform throughout the colony.

The event is open to everyone and appropriate for all ages.

August Nights on the Neck will run from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and includes the following:

4:30 p.m. — The Cape Ann Big Band will perform at The Center at 6 Wonson St.;

5:30 p.m. — Rick Drost will play acoustical guitar at the Elynn Kröger Gallery, 15 Rocky Neck Ave.

6 p.m. — Electric violinist Clara Kebabian, will perform at the The Center;

6:30 p.m. — Mike Cangemi will entertain at the Goetemann Gallery, 37 Rocky Neck;

7 p.m. — Ryan & Ortolani will be playing their acoustic classics outside Imagine Gallery, 43 Rocky Neck at 7 p.m.

7:30 — Susan Oleksiw will read at the Rocky Neck Gallery, 53 Rocky Neck at 7:30 p.m.

8 p.m. — The Tony Gallo Band will get people moving with their mix of soul and jazz at Madfish Wharf.

For more information, visit

Recycling fishing gear

Gloucester has become among the latest ports to participate in a regional project aimed at recycling old fishing gear.

Called the “Fishing for Energy,” program, the project his being hosted by Covanta Energy at its Haverhill waste-to-energy facility. The program provides commercial fishermen a cost-free solution to recycle old, derelict fishing gear (i.e. fishing line, nets, pots, etc.), and aims to reduce the amount of gear that ends up in U.S. coastal waters. Gear will be collected at Gloucester and at other participating ports to be sent to the Covanta Haverhill Energy-from-Waste facility where they will be recycled and turned into clean, renewable energy.

The project will be launched with a conference set for Monday at 11 a.m. at the Covanta Haverhill facility at 100 Recovery Way.

Honored veteran

The flag at the Veterans’ Center will fly this week in honor of World War II veteran Gil Anthony Roderick.

Born Aug. 22, 1920, he entered the U.S. Navy on Sept. 22, 1942, and was discharged Nov. 5, 1945. The ship’s service man third class served on the amphibious assault command ship USS Panamint in Newfoundland and the Pacific, including Okinawa.

Roderick was awarded the American Theater Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal with one Battle Star, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

He died Feb. 17, 2002.

The flag was requested to fly in his honor by his family.

Anyone wishing to fly a flag in honor of a deceased veteran can call the Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740.