Art Haven’s Third Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest and Costume Party

Art Haven’s Third Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest and Costume Party

Halloween is fast approaching, and that means it’s Jack-O-Lantern time.  On Saturday, October 23, Art Haven will be hosting its third annual pumpkin carving contest at its 180B Main Street location. 
Carving will begin at 3:00pm and judging will begin around 6:00pm.  Similar to last year, there will be two competitions: an adult contest and a children’s contest.  Adults will receive cash prizes for 1st through 3rd place, in the amounts of $100, $75, and $25.  The kids contest will be judged for scariest, most creative, and funniest.  Runners-up in each category will receive an Art Haven gift card.
In addition to the carving contests this year, though, there will also be a prize awarded to the best adult and child costume. Come dressed as your favorite superhero, local celebrity, or anything else creative you can think of!
“We’ve had a lot of fun carving pumpkins the last two years,” says Art Haven Director Dawn Gadow. “We can’t wait to add costumes to this year’s party.”
Pumpkins will be supplied at the event, with suggested donations of $5 for small pumpkins and $10 for large pumpkins. Art Haven, with support from Wolf Hill Home and Garden Center and Rockport National Bank, hopes to involve the entire community for a night of fun in celebration of the fall season.

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Cape Ann YMCA Youth Floor Hockey League Starts November 6th


The Cape Ann YMCA will be running its annual Youth Floor Hockey League, starting November 6th.

Dyno-Mites- Age 3.5-5yrs in Preschool    11:30AM

Mites- Grades K-1st                               10:30AM

Rookies Grades 2-3                                9:30AM 

Juniors Grades 4-5                                  8:30AM

Members: $50 Community: $75

Floor Hockey is a great way for youth to have fun and stay active.  This league provides school age children with a chance to socialize and compete with friends in a safe and instructional setting.  Players will be placed on teams with volunteer coaches.  Teams will be separated by division based on grade.  Referees and team t-shirts included.  Season length is 6 weeks.

Contact Katy Milne at the Cape Ann YMCA for volunteer coaching opportunities or league information @

978-283-0470 or .

Games/practice will be held on Saturdays with 30 minute practice followed by a 30 minute game. Registration deadline is October 30th.

League begins Saturday, November 6th

Katy Milne | Youth & Sports Director

Rockport Rotary Club Wine Tasting

This Saturday! Get your tickets online now! 100 wines in three hours. You can do it.

The Rotary Club of Rockport will hold one of its major fundraisers, a Wine Tasting at the new Shalin Liu Performance Center, on Saturday, October 16th. The event, from 5:00-8:00pm, will feature live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and over 100 wines to sample. Tickets are available for $30 from any Rockport Rotarian, or through the Performance Center box office at 978-546-7391 x102, and on their website at Wines are provided by Seabreeze Liquors of Gloucester.

Multi Marx Mushroom Mac & Cheese–Delicious, Comforting and yes, good for you!

Once in a while an offer comes along that is too good to refuse. I have lots of foodie friends who keep me connected when there are contests and giveaways to enter, especially when there is free food involved. To that end, Marx Foods ( offered food bloggers 5 wonderful sample packs of their dried mushrooms if they agreed to participate in their Blogger Mushroom Recipe Challenge (

You know me, never one to back down from a challenge so this is what I came up with, bearing in mind four things:

1. Lil and I have a crazy life lately–like that is something new, right?–and having something I can freeze part of to eat at a later date works for us

2. The weather is getting cooler at night and some comfort food was on my agenda to make anyway

3. I had lots of odds and ends of cheese in the fridge that needed to be used

4. I have sneaky ways of making comfort foods much healthier than the traditional version but still very very delicious! I love a good mac and cheese but adding the reconstituted dried mushrooms and a bit of the mushroom “broth” gave this classic a whole new dimension of deliciousness! And not one person can tell that I slipped in the high fiber pasta for the traditional

Multi Marx Mushroom Mac & Cheese

1/2 cup dried Marx Porcini Mushrooms

1/2 cup dried Marx Black Trumpet Mushrooms

2 cups low fat milk

3 tablespoons flour

1 1/2 pounds light or reduced fat cheese, cut in to small cubes or shredded–I had about four ounces Muenster, mozzarella, a bunch of sharp cheddar and American in the fridge so that’s what I used, all light or reduced fat versions except the Muenster

2 -one pound boxes pasta–I used one box of Pasta Plus (the pasta in the yellow box) and then I found a new type of pasta–it is in a green box and it is multi colored–orange/tan/green veggie pasta with a full serving of veggies in every serving and full of vitamins and fiber but you can use regular pasta too!

1- 6 oz package fresh sliced crimini mushrooms

1 tablespoon olive oil

Salt & pepper to taste

Place dried Marx mushrooms in separate small bowls or cups. Cover mushrooms with boiling water and set aside to reconstitute while you are getting everything else organized–they take about 20 minutes to soften and plump back up.

In a large pan, whisk together milk and flour. Bring to a low boil over medium heat, whisking occasionally–mixture will thicken slightly.

In a large pot cook pasta in well salted boiling water–drain when cooked to al dente and set aside–be sure to read package directions as the whole grain pasta cooks differently than traditional. When drained, pour pasta in to a large bowl and set aside.

Drain dried mushrooms through a fine sieve, reserving liquid. Pat dry, chop and set aside-these are the black trumpet mushrooms.

When milk and flour mixture is at a low boil, reduce heat to medium low and slowly stir in cheese, a little at a time until melted. Add more cheese and continue until sauce is thick and velvety. Whisk a few tablespoons of the mushroom liquid in to the cheese sauce to spread that rich mushroom flavor all throughout the dish. I froze the rest of the mushroom “broth” and can’t wait to use it the next time I make soup.

In the meantime, in another pan melt butter in a large saute pan and brown mushrooms over medium low heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

When all of the cheese is incorporated in to the sauce, pour over cooked pasta and mix well. Add all mushrooms and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

I divided this batch up into three casserole dishes, put crumbs on two, wrapped them well and froze them. At this point you can add seasoned and buttered cracker or bread crumbs over the top if you wish. We ate the rest very happily two dinners in a row without the crumbs–delicious!

And there you have it–rich, delicious, earthy, comforting, nutritious, easy, cheesy and YUMMY!

Gloucester MA Mayors’ Arts Challenge Video

Mayor Carolyn A. Kirk talks about Gloucester’s arts and cultural community.


MayorsArtsChallenge 16 Bay State mayors have submitted powerful testimonials on how arts and culture make their cities better places to live, work, and visit. Vote now by “liking” the video you believe makes the best case for the power of the arts in building community. Sign-in to “like” videos by Oct. 29, 2010.

Gloucester’s Sea Serpent – comes alive with author Wayne Soini


Wayne Soini


Wayne Soini a Gloucester native wrote a book about the Gloucester Sea Serpent – Book signing will be held Saturday October 16th 6:00 PM at River’s Edge Fine Gifts Ipswich Ma. 

Also Serving Wine and Cheese 

Yours truly also contributed to the book with current photos of Gloucester and Roseanne Cody provided from her old postcard collection, areas where the Sea Serpent was spotted.

 View Slide_show of people already enjoying the book.


 NOTE: Gloucester’s Sea Serpent by History Press tells the story of the sea serpent that came into Gloucester Harbor in August, 1817.  Gloucester’s Justice of the Peace Lonson Nash gathered affidavits for a book edited by an ambitious, serious committee composed of Judge John Davis of the Federal District Court in Boston, president of the Linnaean Society of New England, Francis Calley Gray, former diplomat and member of the Massachusetts Bar, and Dr. Jacob Bigelow, M.D., a University of Pennsylvania graduate who taught at the Harvard Medical School.  Their book was universally rejected because they concluded that a mutant, rumplebacked black snake found in September, 1817 in a hay-field off of Loblolly Cove in Gloucester (today: Rockport) was the sea serpent’s baby.

When the frost is on the Pumpkin……….


It’s Time For The Annual GMG Pumpkin Decorating Contest!

There will be a prize! I haven’t made it up to the Dollar Store yet, but there will be a prize. I Promise.

Do your best. Decorate them anyway you wish. such as; funny, happy, smily, scary, sexy and of course with a GMG theme <(extra points). .

If your going to carve a Pumpkin please be careful, GMG and its Authors are not responsible for lost Fingers or other body parts.

Send in the photos of you and your Pumpkins and we will  publish them on GMG.

send them to GMG or to




Magnolia Calendar – Just added!!


Along with Cape Ann and Good Harbor, the 2011 Magnolia calendar is now available. Click on the images below to see all the calendars.

They’re $15 each, and if you need it mailed to you or somewhere else, shipping costs are pretty low.

If you prefer, you can buy the refill for $12 each and re-use the case from last year.

PayPal and credit cards are accepted or you can pay by check.

Thanks!   —-Sharon

4th annual Cape Ann Restaurant Week

4th annual Cape Ann Restaurant Week is upon us!

It starts on Sunday, the 17th and finishes up on the 22nd. Lots of great restaurants on Cape Ann and should be a blast.

Here is a list of all the restaurants on it along with their menus


October 17-22, 2010

Brought to you by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

You won’t want to miss the tastiest week in fall! For six delicious days, participating Cape Ann restaurants will entice you with a delicious three-course dinner, all for one low price of $25.00 (not including beverage, tax or gratuity)! With no passes to buy or cards to punch, this mouth-watering event is designed to put a smile on your face! You’ll want to eat out every night of the week!