This Is It!!!!! Friday Night- The Art Haven Lobster Buoy Auction and Art Show


You know all that positive energy that began way back when the lobstermen donated the use of their traps, the merry elves from Art Haven and the usual suspects spent days coordinating and building the lobster trap tree, the kids (and some adults) painted very special buoys to adorn the shining beacon of community spirit that is The 2010 Lobster Trap Tree?

Well here comes the payoff!  Here comes the celebration!   The night when everyone comes together to laugh, shout and enjoy each other’s company at Cruiseport for the Third Annual Art Haven Lobster Buoy Auction.

What better event to tie our incredible community together than the Art (Art Haven) and Sole (fishing community) in one huge collaborative ball of positive energy?

THIS IS IT!!!!!!

I can personally tell you this event is so much fun.  To see these kids beaming on stage as their hand painted buoy gets bid on is absolutely priceless.

So get yourself and your family down to Art Haven and soak in all that positive energy baby!   It’s on Friday night at 6:00PM

Jan 28th- For More Info-



David Brooks Wrote-

A special thank you to all involved with the 2010 Lobster Trap Christmas Tree. The tree isn’t as big as last year but It certainly is a beauty. Standing around 30 ft. topped off with a lobster trap star.

Traps came from the following fisherman:

Scott Horne, John Symonds, Jay Gustaferro, Kevin O’Malley

Special Thanks to Volunteer Builders:

Ed Collard, Paul Morrison, David Brooks, Russell Hobbs, Daniel Brooks, Donna Ardizzoni, Rick Moore, Alex Bigger-Allen, Shane O’Neill, Theon O’Neill, Vicotor Quesada, Iris Quesada

Also Thanks to media from:

Joey Ciaramitaro  (Good Morning Gloucester),Desi Smith  (Gloucester Daily Times), Masao Okano and Yuichi Watanabe (Cape Ann TV)

An Open Apology To My Neighbors

Dear Neighbors,

I am sorry for “being that GUY” who leaves up his Christmas lights way too long. Especially, incredibly cheesy candy cane lights on a tree that was barely alive before the 25 snowstorms. I was always the guy who said it’s February dang it – get your bleeping lights off your house! In my only defense, I have tried to pull them off but there is 7 feet of snow there. Its been snowing right before Christmas and has it stopped? Our Cape Ann Weather guy (Twitter @capeannguy) reports we have had 63 inches this year – Do You think I get a pass this year or am I the neighbor you don’t want to live next to?

Sincerely – Patrick


Right to Photograph Federal Buildings Upheld

Because photography is such a big part of GMG, I thought readers might be interested in this.

Since 9/11 many street photographers have been stopped from photographing federal buildings from public property by law enforcement or security personnel. These photographers, both amateur and professional, have been told that such activity is illegal and, in some cases, they have been ordered to destroy any images that have been taken or have been threatened with arrest.

It has never been illegal to photograph public buildings from public spaces and a court decision in October 2010 made that clear. Now the Department of Homeland Security has codified that decision by issuing an information bulletin upholding the rights of photographers in these cases.

The full DHS bulletin is here.

Do You Know

painting of great house at Good Harbor Beach / Bass Rocks
Painting by E.J. Lefavour

Do you know what this house is called, or any of its history?  I have loved this house and its beautiful setting since the first time I saw it many years ago.  I would love to know its story, but don’t know how to identify it.  Can anyone out there help?

E.J. Lefavour

Comments about a Kingfisher

Just a GMG notification: If you do not read the comments at GMG you are really missing out. The photo of a bird needing identification received twelve comments below. Some of them more than just a little amusing. When you read a post here at GMG make sure to click the comments and say a few words. Or just click it to read the comments. You won’t be disappointed.

[edit] I just added some more new comments. Besides these comments Joey has received 15 emails. Those are people who are obviously oblivious of the ability to comment or are too shy. Don’t be shy, spread the info, make a joke. Is my post about comments dumb? Make a comment in the comments.

  1. That is a great looking bird, not sure what it is…

  2. John R Reilly says:

    It is a Belted Kingfisher !

  3. It’s either a ruby throated, split tail, double breasted mattress thrasher or one of the Belted Kingfishers.

  4. Patty Ball says:

    Yup, a Kingfisher it is!

  5. Nice shot Joe. It’s a Kingfisher, they like to look down on their prey from up high, like at the top of pilings and flagpoles.

  6. Hey is a female Belted Kingfisher. Unlike most species of birds, the female is more brightly colored, with the rufous color on her flanks and belly. Males completely lack rufous feathers. Great capture!

  7. Jenna says:

    Yep, Kingfisher. There was a post on GMG just the other day about them! They hang out here on the Annisquam off Wheeler Point a lot, too.

  8. David Teele says:

    it is a belted kingfisher who is either: very cold or having a bad hair day or just lost an argument with a Van de Graaff generator

  9. whaletale says:

    It is indeed a Kingfisher. reat photo but be careful, the NOAA will want him removed from the area without a proper catch share permit…………………

  10. Kristen Callahan says:

    It’s a female belted kingfisher. She is one of the few females to have the extra stripe on the abdomen. A super photo. They are quick of wing and seldom shot at this quality of photo. Thanks for making a great morning!

  11. Feather’d Friend says:

    It’s a DON Kingfisher!

  12. Becky Bernie says:

    definitely a belted kingfisher

    1. People who don’t read the comments in GMG sure are missing out.

      • Joey C says:

        PAUL, there has been about 15 emails to the GMG email address about the bird. I wonder if those people realize that there is a comment link below the post or if there is some other reason they email me directly instead of leaving a comment.

    2. Kim H-P says:

      Belted Kingfisher for sure. Looks like an immature male according to the Cornell folks-see website-great shot!

Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents ~ This Friday @ The Rhumb Line

Hello GMG!

Just wanted to drop y’all a line about Jenny Dee’s first 2011 show in Gloucester this Friday (1/28) at The Rhumb Line.  We wrapped up the year playing at Symphony Hall as  part of First Night (opening for Bettye LaVette), but we’re excited to get back on our home turf!  We’re playing 3 sets starting at 9:30pm, ending at 12:30am.


Part 2 – What is “Self” Publishing? From Kat Valentine


I keep telling Kat she should write is “How To Publish/Or Not Publish For Dummies”

EVERYBODY has a story to tell.  EVERYBODY thinks they are interesting.  Hardly anyone knows the ins and outs of the industry like Kat does.

Kat Writes-

Subsidy Publishing vs. Independent Publishing

For many people the words “self-published” bear a stigma and the suggestion that self-publishing is the only option the author had to get a book in to print. This is not true. Some authors who have self-published are Mark Twain, John Grisham, Tom Clancy, Deepak Chopra, Virginia Woolf, and Margaret Atwood. Among the most famous of self-published books are Huckleberry Finn, the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and that most ubiquitous cookbook, The Joy of Cooking. Authors self publish for a variety of reasons.

Today publishing has been complicated by the addition of e-publishing. In this post I’m going to discuss the different types of print publishing, and include information on how e-books are handled by each. Since we already talked about traditional publishing I won’t delve much further in to that but bear these things in mind as you decide how much time and effort you wish to spend pursuing a contract with a traditional publisher:

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