I Knew There Was a Reason I Liked Haute Affaire!

Who doesn’t want to save the Ta-Tas?

I’m all about doing whatever it takes to save the Ta-Tas and I think you should be too.


Now available at Haute Affaire- the Magnolia Consignment Shop

15 Lexington Ave, #3 

Gloucester, MA, 01930

Mon – Sat:
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Lots Of Energy Here On Lexington Ave In the Heart of Beautiful Magnolia

15 Lexington Ave Magnolia MA

Chickity Check Out The Website For More-


It’s nice to see young entrepreneurial spirit alive!

Pirate Party Eastern Point

This past weekend we attended a kids birthday party on Eastern Point. I can’t think of a better setting for a pirate themed party. A real pirate even showed up and I never saw so many kids head for the hills crying! In shocking news, Eastern Point is awesome in fall as well. It was a brisk, yet clear day and you could see all the way to Boston. I got a few cool shots. Parties like this really set the bar pretty high. My 3 year old told me that because of this party she now wants two bouncy houses for her next party.

Bobbing for Cupcakes


Operation Troop Support

Operation Troop Support

Operation Troop Support of Danvers and the Cape Ann Families Military Support Group of Gloucester will be  teaming up to collect items for our troops.  In addition to the holidays, these groups provide gift packages
throughout the year.  Items collected are distributed to over 450 units in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar,
Kirgizstan, etc.  In addition, packages are provided to combat support hospitals in Iraq, Germany and five military hospitals from Washington, D.C. to California.

The collection will take place from October 19 – November 2.
Requested items include:
Quart size and gallon size zip-lock bags
White athletic socks for men and women
Playing cards
Non-perishable energy bars
Batteries for electronic games
Body wash
Candy:  Boxes of Star burst, Swedish Fish, etc.
New CD*s
Disposable cameras
Handheld games
Writing paper
Donation of these items may be brought to the following locations:
Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington Street Gloucester *
Telecommunications * Main Entrance
Beverly Hospital at Danvers, 480 Maple Street, Danvers  – inside Café
Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick Street, Beverly  *  Café
133 Brimbal Avenue * Kitchen
Northeast Health System, 55 Tozer Road * Lobby
Thank you for your consideration to help!
Tina Ketchopulos
Community Relations Coordinator
Northeast Health System

Author Jane Ward Puts Ego Aside And Takes Matters Into Her Own Hands

Writer, Editor, Publisher…Me

By Jane Ward

The email to my agent is drafted. All I have to do is click the “send” button. Within seconds, she’ll see my decision:

I would like you to pull my food-memoir manuscript out of circulation, for now anyway, while I give serious consideration to the direction in which I want to take my nonfiction writing.

“As for the second manuscript of mine, the mainstream fiction manuscript that has been making the rounds for the past year, I would like that off the market as well. In fact, I would like all copies of that manuscript returned.

“I have decided to publish it myself.”

Self-publishing? Undertaking the roles of editor and publisher in addition to my primary role of writer, all for the pleasure of seeing my work in print?

"Farmers Market Cart," © Jane Ward

Thanks to print-on-demand technology, self-publishing in our digital world has progressed from the pay-to-play model of old. But the option still carries a bit of the vanity press stigma.

While I’m elated that there is a modern print alternative to traditional publishing houses, I have to ask myself about my motives. Is it vanity? Or is it something else?

click here for the rest of her blog post

My Happy Place

When you’ve just been stuck inside for a week with the flu, you need a warm happy place with lots of healthy comfort food and warm lovely people. Dom’s Trattoria in Beverly Farms looks like a pizza joint from the outside, but stop in any day and mouthwatering specials fill the case, in addition to their extensive menu. Angela and Ralph own the place and Joyce is the cheery welcoming committee! Angela also does a cooking show on local cable access and they have a healthy school lunch program (lucky kids). All the ingredients are fresh, local, and you won’t find any high fructose corn syrup or other nasties. They carry the local soda Spindrift made right here in MA. She even does creative subbing with whole wheat flour in dishes and a full serving of cauliflower puree for half of the cheese in the mac’n cheese for a healthy twist. (Creamy and delicious – you wouldn’t know – that sneaky Angela!) Most everything is available wheat and gluten free too! Stop in, say hello, and trust me – order the special!

Check out their video on Boston.com. Photos of Angela and the wee one’s clean plate club membership stamp of approval, Ralph and Joyce, some delicious food including their awesome quiche and tart which will spoil you for all others, cheesecake in the case before dinner and by the time we finished dinner (it was light and fluffy), homemade bread and free apples, menu and cookies!

PS: Joey, add them to your free WiFi list when you get a chance.

Josh Bracket Wants You To Check Out A Website About Gloucester Water


Josh Brackett writes-

Joey, Please check out http://whodecides.net/Home_Page.php. It’s the website of a local group very concerned about the future of Gloucester’s water supply. JB
Josh Brackett

Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents at Captain Carlos on Friday October 22nd

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After a quick trip down to NYC on Wednesday (10/20) to play a CMJ show backing La La Brooks (former lead singer of The Crystals) at B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill in Times Square, Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents will be back in Gloucester at Captain Carlos on Friday night, October 22nd.

WHAT:  Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents

WHERE: Captain Carlos, 27-29 Harbor Loop, Gloucester

WHEN: Friday, October 22nd, 2010

FROM: 9pm –midnight (3 sets)

AND: 21+/no cover

2010 Cape Ann Restaurant Week Menus


The following restaurants are participating in the 2010 Cape Ann Restaurant Week. Click on the restaurant name for their special menu offerings.

Click on the following community names for a list of restaurants participating in that community only:



Alchemy Tapas & Bistro
3 Duncan Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

The Azorean
135 Washington Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Bistro 127
at the Yankee Clipper Inn
127 Granite Street
Rockport, MA 01966

Cala’s Restaurant
7 Beach Street
Manchester, MA 01944

Dog Bar
65 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

The Fish Shack
21 Dock Square
Rockport, MA 01966

Franklin Cape Ann
118 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

The Grand Cafe
at the Emerson Inn by the Sea
One Cathedral Avenue
Rockport, MA 01966

The Landing
@ 7 Central

7 Seven Central Street
Manchester, MA 01944

Latitude 43
25 Rogers Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Lobsta Land
10 Causeway Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

My Place by the Sea
68 Bearskin Neck
Rockport, MA 01966

The Patio
12 Lexington Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930

74 Main Street
Essex, MA 01929

Seaport Grille
6 Rowe Square
Gloucester, MA 01930

The Village
55 Main Street
Essex, MA 01929

Windward Grille
109 Eastern Avenue
Essex, MA 01929

WhereZat? Clues! With a T Shirt Prize

Nothing like fall in New England, so here’s some colorful foliage on a building somewhere on Cape Ann. Can you figure out the location? Good luck and thanks for playing!    —Sharon

Bob Ryan from Ryan and Wood has provided an XL Ryan and Wood Distillers T Shirt as a prize.

Update on Tuesday morning:

Hmmm….nobody has guessed at all yet. Ok, here are some clues-

-The date 1940 has significance as an end of sorts.

-It’s a converted building from its original use

-It’s not downtown, but close.

-It’s not a private home or office building

Samuel Langhorn Clemens Quote of The Week from Greg Bover

October 18, 2010
A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
Samuel Langhorn Clemens,) 1835-1910

Photo wikipedia-


Best known by his pen name, Mark Twain, Clemens was a giant of American humor and letters. Often credited with writing the greatest of American novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  The keenest wit of his age, he has a quote for almost any occasion.

Greg Bover

Zack Arias Writes About Photographers Working Cheaply and My Rant To Follow

Cheap Photographers Only Kill Themselves, Not The Industry.

Sat , October 2nd, 2010

Posted by zack

under Just Stuff,Philosophy,Photo Resources


First, thanks for all of your input on the first blog post of this series. As usual, your comments are far more interesting, entertaining, and thought provoking than anything I write here. If you haven’t read through those yet, you should. What’s interesting to note in the comments there is how the tone of comments changes through the 100+ of them. They start off friendly enough and then somewhere in the middle a few feathers begin to get ruffled. That’s fine. That’s welcomed. It’s a very interesting time in our industry right now and it’s good to have passionate discussion about it. The smart photographers will sit with open minds and get a bit introspective and take a look at their own business practices. The stupid photographers will sit from on high and just point fingers OR sit at the bottom and think, “I’m banking an extra $1,000 a month that I don’t claim with my $800 camera!”

Anyway. Check out that photo above. It’s some stop light advertising for a wedding photographer advertising weddings starting at $350. Man… that’s cheap. Is this person part of the problem in our industry? Absolutely not. I admire the hustle. I admire the fact that they are trying. Now –  if you are the type of pro photographer that looks at that and says, “This is everything that is wrong with this damn industry! You can’t be a pro charging $350 for a wedding! What an A-hole!” Yeah, if you’re that photographer let me challenge you.

Think of the brides out there who don’t have a budget but want some photos of their weddings. Maybe there are young couples getting married who don’t have the parents to pay for a big event or they don’t want to start their young family in debt but they would like someone to come take some pictures. Are you saying that if they can’t afford a $3,000+ photographer then they don’t deserve photos? Are you saying that if they can’t afford a Mercedes then they shouldn’t be allowed to drive? Shame on you. Not everyone can afford pro level prices. That doesn’t mean they can’t have some level of photographic services available to them.

Let me tell you a little something about my journey being the cheap photographer after the jump…

click here for the rest of his post

He raises some serious questions and discussions and my guess is that where people will come down on the issue is going to correlate to exactly where people are on the photography business chain.  The photographer that charges $10,000 to shoot and edit a wedding will call all those non-pros charging little money for their work assholes and the non-professional photographer with the $800 camera that charges little money to shoot an event will shrug his or her shoulders and continue to try to improve and make a name for themselves until either they can make more money or tire of shooting things unless they are of interest to them.

With technology becoming less complicated and decent equipment becoming cheaper and cheaper and means of distribution as inexpensive as “free” the lines of communication are becoming more blurred between the professional and the amateur.  Constraints on old world media like newspapers, publishing, photography, network television trying to work within the old model has got to be extremely frustrating for a newspaper editor, local access cable director or book publisher.  When you have blogs reporting things within seconds of them happening, you have people putting things on YouTube that are uploaded and archived for free, you have authors deciding to self-publish to Amazon or the Apple book store for reading on their Kindle or iPad they just have to be feeling the squeeze.

What’s scary is that there is a real need for newspapers and professional journalists.  They don’t just report on the fluff but they are the ones who go out and report without a bias left or right and keep politicians honest with reporting of decisions that are made that the average blogger would never bother with.  A blogger writes exactly about what is of interest to them and obviously whatever they write is biased to their line of thinking.  A blogger doesn’t have to be fair or balanced at all when they tell a story but a newspaper reporter’s whole job is to report the facts and present them to the public so they can make informed decisions based on those facts.  The question is how do newspapers continue to generate enough revenue to pay the reporter or photographer when there is so much content coming from the internet for free?  Are consumers of newspapers willing to pay and are business advertising dollars going to support old school newspapers?

There are a couple things that local newspapers have that they really need to take advantage of- A) they started out with basically the entire market so they have a huge base of people that are familiar with their brand and may go to their site or buy their paper and B) they are local and have the connections to report things that no other sources are going to report.  Some people buy the paper for no other reason than the obituaries, local sports scores,local election results, local zoning issues and the police notes.  Although it could be done, it is highly unlikely that a blogger is going to start doing comprehensive obituary pages or police notes.  HyperLocal- people are looking to local newspapers for stories from their community.  People aren’t going to their local newspaper for news out of Washington.  Just like the locavore movement in the food chain, local newspapers need to be the best source of timely information that is highly concentrated right in it’s own backyard.

Then there is local cable channels.  You have people with studios and equipment costing in the hundreds of thousands of dollars with trained video editors and people that have earned communications degrees creating nice local stories but no matter how fantastic the program they put together, they still haven’t come to the realization that they only run these pieces once or twice at set times of the week and then the content gets shelved for eternity.  Any blogger with an iPhone 4 can cover the same events edit the video with a $4.95 iMovie video editing app and upload it from the event itself to YouTube where it is archived in High definition with searchable tags for eternity.  If a consumer wants to watch a 2008 Saturday Greasy Pole winning walk all they have to do is to fire up their computer or smartphone, go to YouTube and type in a search for “2008 Greasy Pole” and without even doing the search I can virtually guarantee you there will be some content there. To be producing these shows at a local access channel studio and to not archive them in a searchable database online is unfuckingbelievable (yes, one word) to me.  Why would anyone go through the trouble to set up the $10,000 camera, go back to the studio, spend hours editing the program and then it only be shown a couple of random times throughout the week when 99.9% of your potential audience isn’t watching when you could upload it to YouTube and it could be viewed at anyone’s leisure and archived for viewing today, tomorrow, at 2AM, at 3PM, from now to eternity?  Are these media people that really care about getting their stuff shown to the widest possible audience or are these people stuck in an old media rut of ways of doing things and can’t see that things have evolved.   In the meantime the people with the HD smartphone cameras and $200 video cameras are eating their lunch.

The Gloucester Daily Times has taken some steps toward integrating new media into their program but so much more could be done.  The Local Cable Access channel IMO could be sooooo much more than it is.  I have no idea what it is that holds these old media companies back from maximizing the use of cheap new technology but it is crystal clear to me that there is a disconnect somewhere.  I know without a shadow of doubt that I could help with the things I’ve learned creating and distributing Good Morning Gloucester to 12-20,000 daily views in less than three short years.