SAT, Oct 9 : 10 – 5 pm – Cripple Cove Open Studio

Seeing as Cripple Cove Studios Are Located Dead Smack in Front Of Captain Joe’s You Ought To Check It Out and Then Swing Down and Say Hey To Your Pal Joey 🙂


     97 East Main Street, Gloucester

Deb Aldrich – watercolor
Sinekka Nogelo – painting
Linda Sojda – painting
Jenn Powell – mixed media
Anna Vojtech – painting and illustration
Maura Cronin – cranio-sacral therapy

Brianmoc Video of Porter B Fighting a 42 inch Striper

Brian Moc Writes-

Porter B with yet one more big striped bass in 2010! this little fish was 42 inches & its was his 8th ish in two weeks! Also this guy Catch & Releases! Caught on a raindow Gibbs 1oz pencil popper . Word on the street is his last year fishing because he is getting married to his super hot high school sweetie in 2011!

Brian Moc has a great series of saltwater fishing videos from Cape Ann

You can check out his Youtube channel here

Nice Fish!

92.5 The River 15th Birthday with Guster

Passion for the Art

I got an email from GoodMorningGloucester doing a video about Jon Sarkin a local artist in our hometown, Gloucester.  I really enjoyed watching this. It lead me to Jon’s website and I got to see the makings of the artwork for Guster’s new album “Easy.Wonderful’.  I was totally intrigued. Hence this letter to follow. It is so amazing to me how they do all of this work and then the finished product. I hope you will take time to visit these videos that are being posted. I have to say that seeing all of this brought tears of  joy to my eyes and compelled me to share all of this art with you. Artists and musicians are creators with such passion and I can understand it because I receive it the same way they give it. I hope you enjoy it too.

Jon Sarkin

Art in progress with Jon Sarkin for Guster’s “Easy. Wonderful” Album

The finished product

p.s. Look at what I got in my email from 92.5 The River

After all of this I submitted a letter to 92.5 The River for the chance to see Guster. Needless to say I did not win the chance to go. A good friend of mine Cynthia Sisco got a call from Irene Collins who works for the river and she invited Cindy to see Guster and to celebrate 92.5 15th Birthday.  Well the rest is history. Cindy told Irene that I was trying to get passes so Irene was kind enough to put me on the list. Now Cindy  is famous for doing kind acts like this. She has also been responsible for getting airtime on The River’s Home Grown segment for musicians such as Chelsea Berry, Fly Amero, Bingo Fridays and Brad Byrd .

The music at this venue performed by Guster was excellent. I mentioned to Cindy at one point  that this has to be the best quality of live music I have ever heard and she said yes they are a very tight band. I mean, what you hear coming through the sound system. Things have stood out to me before like melodious vocals, an awesome bass player, rippin lead guitarists and wild music but all around quality, this show was it. Not blasting your eardrums out, sweet harmony, and no pronounced off key notes any where, that I noticed. The audience was certainly in love with Guster and I can see why. At one point this sweet girl standing in front of me to the left offered to have me get closer to take a photo and she even took my cup to hold to make it more comfortable for me to do so. Now that was sweet. I then asked if she wanted to be my daughter. They have a wholesome happy thing generating out to the fan base and you could certainly feel it with the unity and all. I heard so many people there singing along like they were part of the band, and  that they were. For the last song Guster and his band came onto the floor to be  with their fans. This was different and so intimate.

After all of this  I suddenly realized that I had to have a souvenir of this event so off to to take more pictures and to purchase the special edition of Guster’s new CD  “Easy. Wonderful” It’s so cool to have my own piece of Jon Sarkins art as well as Guster’s music.

Immediately after this I got to meet Irene Collins from 92.5  The River and thank her for this opportunity. Right after this Cindy and I met and talked to Chad Carlberg ( his lovely daughter who is in the Concept Video for Guster’s “Do You Love Me”  and Emile Doucette who were  major in the making of the videos for Guster’s CD.

Here are just a few photos, videos and slide show of the event. It was hard holding the camera up in the air in a dimly lit room to get photos so beware of the imperfections.




Irene Collins and Cynthia Sisco

Emile Doucette and Chad Carlberg

Guster, Cindy and me.

Signed by Guster

Stay With Me Jesus

Do You Love Me. Just a piece of it.

The slide show.

Olson 100 is here!



Children’s program, including Henry Ferrini reading Little Charlie Goes to Gloucester
Saturday, October 10:00 a.m., Cape Ann Museum

Moderated "Town Meeting" Discussion:
"Remembering Olson" moderated by Peter Anastas

Saturday, October 9, 10:30 a.m., Cape Ann Museum
Moderated "Town Meeting" Discussion:
"Olson’s Project" with Charles Stein, Kristin Prevallet, Fred Dewey, and Kate Tarlow Morgan moderated by Ammiel Alcalay

Saturday, October 9, 1:00 p.m., Cape Ann Museum
Henry Ferrini and Ken Riaf’s Polis is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place*

Saturday, October 9, 3:00 pm, Cape Ann Community Cinema (21 Main Street)
Reading featuring Diane di Prima & Michael Rumaker*
Saturday, October 9, 7 p.m., Independent Christian Church

Maximus Walk with readings
Readers include Kevin Gallagher, David Rich, Henry Ferrini, Peter Anastas, Jim Cocola, Carol Weston, John Galloway


Sunday, October 10, 11 a.m., Downtown Gloucester
(meeting place Cape Ann Museum)
Click here for route.
Olsonian Performances*

Sunday, October 10, 3 p.m. Blackburn Performing Arts (Main Street)
3:00 p.m. Blue Suit, performed by Kate Tarlow Morgan and Ammiel Alcalay
3:30 p.m. Olson’s Apollonius of Tyana, performed by Sarah Slifer, Mark Wagner, and others
4:15 p.m. Musical performance by Willie Alexander
Farewell party and reception

Sunday, October 10, 5 p.m. Alchemy (3 Duncan Street)
All events free and open to the public. Donations of $5 are suggested for events marked with an asterisk*.

The News From Rocky Neck

Thanks to Judy Robinson Cox who forwards-

On the Neck

open until October 16: The Best of Rocky Neck

Rocky Neck Art Colony Member’s Exhibition

2010 Member's Exhibition

Participation artists include: Dale Blank, Yhanna Coffin, Robin Colodzin, Marci Davis, Vicki Diez-Canseco, Devera Ehrenberg, Jim Fesler, Joan Frank, Gordon Goetemann, Judith Steele Goetemann, Elynn Kröger, Brenda Malloy, Barbara McLaughlin, Elizabeth McLindon, Judythe Evans Meagher, Judith Monteferrante, Ruth Mordecai, John Nesta, Tom Nihan, Michael Oleksiw, Diana Pasquariello, Mary Rhinelander, Ken Riaf, Karen Ristuben, Judy Robinson-Cox, Tom Robinson-Cox, Roger E. Salisbury, Michael Seif, Richard Seeley, Sally Smithwick, Kate Somers, Patricia M. Sullivan, Marie Sweeney, Marilyn Swift, Barbara Dugan Tessicini, Theresa M. Testaverde, Ed Touchette, Anna Vojtech, Martha Wakefield, Jan Walker, Rokhaya Waring, Joseph Flack Weiler, and Heidi Caswell-Zander.

FRI, Oct 8, 5-6pm : Dedication of Ann Fisk Room at Rocky Neck Gallery

Ann Fisk

On Friday, October 8, The Rocky Neck Art Colony will dedicate a room in the Rocky Neck (formerly Bryan) Gallery to Ann Fisk, who with the help of Martha Ingalls, ran the gallery for many years.
Refreshments will be served as friends and family share their memories of Ann.
Art Colony members (past and present), friends, family, and acquaintances are invited to attend.

Sigrid Olsen Art Sale


Rocky Neck Art Colony Honored in Arts & Humanities Month Speech

Video From Ferrini Productions

Thanks for watching

Weiler Photo Gallery Closing for the Season on Oct 10

Weiler Photo Gallery 978-281-6443

Farewell to Bernie Gerstner

After over thirty years on Rocky Neck, Bernie Gerstner has closed his Rocky Neck Art Gallery. Anyone who wishes to contact Bernie can reach him at his Lanesville home studio at 978-283-0196.

Galleries for Rent

Several galleries are for rent for the 2011 season. To get first choice of prime space contact

Niki Ahearn at 617-543-2977 OR e- mail:

Annisquam Arts and Crafts Show October 9th and 10th

Katie McManus Writes-

Hi Joey,  Love your blog and I look forward to it everyday.  I am hoping you could post some info and photos for the Annisquam arts and crafts show, which will be this weekend at the Annisquam Village Hall. 



The Annisquam Arts and Crafts show will be celebrating its 25th anniversary on Saturday October 9th and Sunday October 10th from 10AM to 5PM at the Annisquam Village Hall, 34 Leonard Street, in the center of the quaint village. This year more than 40 local North Shore and New England artists and artisans will be displaying and selling their handcrafted items, which include pottery, jewelry, fabric arts, children’s toys, jams, photographs and paintings. This is a wonderful opportunity to support local artists and artisans and get a head start on holiday gift shopping.

This much anticipated annual event brings to it a longstanding history of celebrating the talents of local artists. Among them are Gloucester residents: Katie McManus of Katie Mac Designs with her one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry featuring freshwater pearls and semi-precious gemstones. Margaret Derby with her luxurious and colorful scarves from unique fabrics. Illustrator Penny Neal with her framed prints and whimsical note cards. And, Camilla MacFayden with her exotic seaweed printed silk scarves and nature inspired t-shirts.

Paintings by such Gloucester artists include Alby Waugh, Carolyn Roy, and Ann Ziergiebel, along with photographs by Brad Dickinson reflect and interpret New England’s distinct atmosphere.

As Patsy Whitlock, executive director of this year’s show, explains: “Although this is a fundraiser for the Annisquam Village Church, it has grown to be larger than that. In fact, for many it is a rite of the passage from summer into fall, that especially colorful and invigorating time of year.   2010 marks our 25th consecutive show, which gives some indication of the appeal this display of local talent inspires.  For those of us who set up the show, it is an anticipated time of wonder. As organizers, we are always amazed and humbled by the ways in which artistic eyes have reflected, interpreted and re-created what they see around them.  It arouses our own fantasies of talent and that is an invigorating feeling.  But then, once reality has fallen back into place and we acknowledge that our own untrained and meager talent might not be as alluring as what were seeing, we can feel a sense of accomplishment by buying a striking gift for another.  “Besides,” she adds, “the holidays will soon be here so we can get a leg up on gift shopping!”

As Patsy further explains, “for many Cape Ann residents as well as those from ‘over the bridge’, the Annisquam Arts & Crafts Show serves as a satisfying destination for a fall outing.  It is nestled in the community center of an old New England village; a lovely and calming sight (and site) of tradition at this time of year.  It offers temptation to gift one’s self, but also suggest gifts to tickle the delight of even the most difficult person on your list.”

There is a snack bar filled with homemade soups, sandwiches, and cookies provided by Cape Ann Coffees to keep you fueled as you fantasize about your own creativity or to reward you for your unselfish impulse to give to another.

A portion of the proceeds from all of these inspired works will go to the Annisquam Village Church, Cape Ann’s historic third Parrish, established in 1728. Checks can be made out directly to the Annisquam Village Church. This facility is wheelchair accessible and there is NOT an entrance fee. All sales are tax deductible.

Topsfield Fair!

You can eat healthy (well, relatively) at the Fairgrounds! We had a butternut squash cranberry bisque that was heavenly and this local entrepreneur mac shack serving up gourmet mac-n-cheese with vermont cheddar was awesome. Roasted nuts and hot apple cider donuts! YUM! 🙂

Slideshow including my awesome 8-year-old cellphone shots of the Ewok bunny, a big beautiful bull, baby cow, baby piggildy-wiggildies, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police saying sayonara, sand-sculpture, bees and beeswax candle-making (a deal for a $1) by the Essex County Beekeepers Association, miniature trains including a mini Topsfield Fair, miniature farm town, and an elephant.

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Greg Luttrell @ The Topside Grill ~ A must see.

Hello, here is an update for this weekend for The Topside Grill…


Who: Greg Lutrell

When: Friday 10/8/10: 9:00pm

Where: Topside Grill

See below for more info…

Upcoming Events:

Friday October 8
Greg Luttrell

Click here to listen >


Greg Luttrell is a singer & guitarist from Detroit, MI who relocated to Boston and gets around doing performances of all kinds of feel good music. Whether performing with one of many bands or as a solo act, Greg’s energy and delivery are a unique experience. Luttrell is an outstanding guitar player and his voice has been likened to Marvin Gaye, Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Wonder and Brad Nowell. He honed his skills playing in blues and cover bands in the 90s and formed his own funk and soul band, Michigan Blacksnake who released Michigan Blacksnake(1997) and the road at a breakneck pace.  They were nominated for a Boston Music Award as Best Funk Band in 2000  and continued playing concerts and festivals for the next three years. They shortened the name to Blacksnake and released Mind Over Matter(2004) and played 200+ shows that year and for years after all over the US and in the Caribbean. In between runs with his bands, Greg has thrilled crowds from NY to LA with his solo acoustic performances. With a song list topping 400 tunes and a deep knowledge of genres, there’s almost no crowd he can’t jam with.  He formed his own band again in 2005, the Greg Luttrell Band, a full band version of his acoustic act where genres blend seamlessly and songs evolve every night for whatever kind of party is happening. Check out more at


Doug Silva

General Manager

Topside Grill

50 Rogers St.

Gloucester, MA

(978) 281-1399 (Business)

(978) 335-1014 (Cell)

So Far at the Fair…..with pictures & recipes!

I could not be more proud!  Not only has my girl Lil been on national TV (The Nate Berkus Show) and featured in a national magazine (Kiwi Magazine) but now she is bringing home the ribbons at the Topsfield Fair!

Over the weekend, Lil won two blue ribbons and one red second place ribbon for her desserts–and she is giving out her recipes.  Her third ribbon, a red second place, was for a version of her rice pudding that she made on the Nate Berkus show last week.  I am so proud of my girl!

Happy Apple Streusel Muffins–Recipe by Lily for the Topsfield Fair Muffin Contest

Streusel Topping
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons cold butter

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 cup diced apple
1/4 cup cinnamon chips

Heat the oven to 400°F with the oven rack in middle. Put cupcake papers in 12 standard muffin cups

First, make the streusel topping:

Combine the flour brown and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with some pea-sized pieces.

Combine the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in a large bowl.

Combine the milk, melted butter, vanilla, and egg in a medium bowl. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture, and stir only until the flour is moistened. Gently stir in apples and cinnamon chips.

Divide the batter into prepared muffin cups, filling them about 2/3 full. Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of streusel over each muffin.

Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of a couple of muffins comes out dry. Cool slightly.

Makes 12 -14 muffins

Three C’s Cookies–recipe by Lily for Topsfield Fair

2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
1 egg
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup cashews

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Put silicone baking mats on three cookies sheets.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, kosher salt and baking soda.

In a large bowl, beat together shortening, butter, brown sugar, egg, vanilla and milk until light and fluffy.

Turn mixer to low speed and beat in dry ingredients.  When mixed, add chocolate chips, cranberries and cashews and mix until combined.

Using a medium ice cream scoop, dish out cookie dough on to prepared pan, 12 to a sheet.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are lightly browned.  Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

Free Necklace or Bracelet For GMG Readers With Any Purchase At Imagine Sale

Big, HUGE SALE AT  IMAGINE/Brenda Malloy Gallery this weekend 11 – 9pm Sat, 11 – 4  Sunday and Monday
Anyone mentioning they saw this announcement on Good Morning Gloucester blog gets a free necklace or bracelet with any purchase of any amount!!!!!!!!!
Scarves, handbags, hats, clothing, jewelry, handmade greeting cards, paintings, heart magnets, everything is on sale!!!!!!!!
43 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester

ALSO, there will be FREE LIVE MUSIC across the street from IMAGINE on Saturday from 5-9pm with A-Train Orchestra…Funky, Jump, Boogie Blues!!!!!!!!


Alexandra’s Bread Company Preparing To Shoot Dr Orr 10-10-10 Video

Heather Atwood and John Harvey


Who pops in but Ed Collard to buy the Dutch Oven


Dr Orr Pamphlet Available At Alexandra’s Bread Co

(click for larger version)


To learn more about the cause check out the link here