Pulled Pork Sandwich At Elliott’s At The Blackburn

After The Lobster Buoy Auction I stopped by Elliott’s At The Blackburn for a bite to eat.  Holy canoli batman what a fantastic pulled pork sandwich I had!  It was great and the hand cut fries didn’t suck either!  Yum!

Things to do this weekend with kids (or without!)


Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times”

Gloucester Cinema-Movies this     weekend

Cape Ann Art Haven Art Show and Buoy Auction

Cape Ann Museum Last 2 days of free admission for residents!

“A Boy named Torrey and a Little Harmony”

Astronomy Night at Halibut Point State Park

“Oliver” – Rockport Middle School Jan. 29 – Feb.1

Snowflake Festival – Essex Library

Check back for more stuff to do, and of course you really should start Flapping like a Haddock!

Art Haven Lobster Bouys Up For Auction

Here is the buoy that I so desperately wanted.  I was foiled though as I quickly realized that if I came home with a $200 lobster buoy that the Mrs would likely beat me over the head with it.

It was fun bidding though.  Video coming at 8:00AM

Senator Tarr Auctions Off Georgie Hansen’s Buoy

Forgive the terrible picture quality.   I did a horrible job shooting the pictures as I was distracted all night trying to figure out how I was going to steal away the lobster buoy with the lobster on it (more on that later).

But this was the scene with each child holding up their hand painted buoy and Senator Tarr auctioning them off.  I don’t know how he held his voice up for that long but he did a remarkable job.    Georgie is the daughter of good eggs Dave and Erika Hansen.  Erika was sitting in front of Janice Lufkin Shea and I and facing the stage.  When the bidding started she had no idea that she was bidding against Janice and I who were standing right behind her while she was facing the stage.  The bidding quickly escalated and when all was said and done Janice won out with an $85 bid.

The whole night was a huge success and I have to believe that they didn’t anticipate how many people showed up and actively bid.  When there is a great cause our community steps up and this was certainly a great cause.

Classy broad that Janice is she gave the buoy that she had just won back to Erika.

GMG Blog Reading Video #3- The Comment Feature

Most bloggers will tell you that without people commenting or giving feedback they would probably end up not putting as much back into their blog.   You see without feedback you don’t know if people are into the blog, what they like, dislike or how the blog can improve.

I love hearing from the old and new GMG readers, it makes me feel connected to you.   So if you haven’t left comments in the past or didn’t know how-

Click This Text For The GMG Comment Feature Video

Meet The Director – Melanie Perkins of “Have You Seen Andy?”


“Have You Seen Andy?” is the Emmy-winning personal story of a childhood friendship abruptly ended by the tragic abduction of a young boy. On a hot summer day in August 1976, ten year-old Andy Puglisi was playing along with dozens of other children at the Higgins Memorial Pool in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Then suddenly, he disappeared. Twenty-two years later, filmmaker Melanie Perkins, Andy’s childhood friend, begins her search for answers in this feature-length documentary.

Director Melanie Perkins will be on-hand to conduct a Q&A after the film.

“An absorbing, often tormenting glimpse at the mystery surrounding an unspeakable crime whose reverberations live on.” -Ray Richmond, The Hollywood Reporter

“A distinguished contribution to the true-crime genre…the loving testament of a woman who never allowed herself to forget her ill-fated playmate.” -Tim Page, The Washington Post

“…truly terrifying…” -Tenley Woodman, The Boston Herald

978/282- 1988 [SHOWTIMES] * 978/309-8448 [OFFICE]

What’s Opera, Doc? – Pavarotti Tribute At The CACC Saturday


“Salute Petra” is a wonderful charity tribute concert to the late Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti.

This event was presented on October 12th 2008, Pavarotti’s birthday, in front of an exclusive invited audience of royalty, classical and popular music stars at the world heritage site Petra, Jordan. The combination of inimitable and mesmerizing settings with performances from some of the world’s most respected and revered musicians made it one of the musical events of the decade.

The performance was set against a breathtaking natural amphitheatre and featured Placido Domingo and José Carreras, who famously performed with Pavarotti as the Three Tenors for more than 17 years; Domingo and Carreras sang together for the first time since Pavoratti’s passing. This extraordinary event also featured performances by Sting, Angela Gheorghiu, Andrea Bocelli, Cynthia Lawrence and Sherrill Milnes, flutist Andrea Griminelli, Jovanotti and Laura Pausini, and thirteen year old violin sensation Aleem Kandour. Italian rock star Zucchero performed ‘Misere’ as a duet with Pavarotti on screen. The sublime Prague Philharmonic Orchestra served accompanied all the stars.

Tickets are $12.50, all seats, and proceeds from this special event will benefit joint projects in Afghanistan by the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP).

And don’t forget to enter our contest to win a trip to Austria!


978/282- 1988 [SHOWTIMES] * 978/309-8448 [OFFICE]

Damon Again.

I swear he must be missing the cold gene.  This morning he was battling through the ice to get to Zeke’s.  Pete Mondello plowed through with his big Novi Boat and cleared a path for him though.

Some people slip into retirement content to sit on a warm couch watching the news in the morning and sipping hot coffee.  Not Damon, he would rather row a grand banks dory in 10 degree weather.  God bless him.

Damon Again., originally uploaded by captjoe06.