Liquor Locker New Murals Pic From Donna Ardizzoni

Donna Writes-

What a beauty of a day..  Wayne at the Liquor Locker is having someone
do some Murals on his walls, this one is from a Donald Mosher picture of
Good Harbor, on the other side he will be having a mural of a vineyard
in Tuscany.  Told him maybe we could post this on the best blog in the
world, GMG…  I run into so many people who love your blog…


Did You Know? (The Mail Must Go Through – Amazing!)

1945 Roosevelt Memorial Stamps and envelope mailed 1945, arrived 2011
Courtesy of Tom O'Keefe, Annisquam Historical Society

That Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), a/k/a FDR, was the 32nd President of the United States (1933-1945), a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic crisis and world war, and the only American president elected to more than two terms?  On April 15, 1945, Franklin D. Roosevelt was laid to rest in Hyde Park, New York.

July 26, 1945 – The U.S. Post Office Department issued a 1-cent stamp commemorating Roosevelt in Hyde Park, N.Y. This was the second in a series of four stamps issued in memory of the recently deceased president. Each stamp showed an oval portrait of Roosevelt to the left plus a scene of an important place associated with his life. The 1-cent issue showed Roosevelt’s house in Hyde Park, N.Y.  The postage rate in 1945 was 3-cents.

On July 26, 1945, H. Grimsland of Chicago mailed this First Day of Issue Roosevelt Memorial envelope and  1-cent stamps to Mrs. S.E. Lawrence of 123 Leonard St., Gloucester, MA.  This envelope finally arrived in Annisquam 3 days ago.  It had traveled to Gloucester, England and God only knows where else over the past almost 66 years, but it finally made it to its destination.  Mrs. Lawrence is long gone, so the mailman gave the envelope to Tom O’Keefe who is the curator of the Annisquam Historical Society, and he loaned it to me to share with all of you.  The mail must go through!

(lyrics by Larry Groce)

When you mail a letter,
you can send it anywhere.
On foot, by truck, by airplane.
The postman gets it there.
So write a letter to a friend,
Maybe she’ll write you.
No matter what, you always know.
The mail must go through.
No matter if it rains or snows.
The mail must go through.
 Some folks live in a city,
some live in a little town.
Even if you live out on a farm.
There’s a post man making his rounds.
So mail someone a letter,
even just a card will do.
You know it’s nice when the postman,
has a letter in his sack for you.

E.J. Lefavour

Daisy Nell & Capt Stan and the Crabgrass Band April 2 at the One World Coffeehouse

Daisy Nell & Capt Stan and the Crabgrass Band– Jack Schwartz and Pat Conlon– will be doing their annual concert at the One World Coffeehouse, (UU Church, street level entrance), 57 Main St, Essex, MA, Saturday, April 2, 8 PM, 978-768-3690 for reservation list. Doors open 7:15. Daisy Nell and Stan Collinson will hold forth with some new material and old favorites, plus special guest Miranda Russell. Miranda will be sampling a couple of her duets with mother Daisy, as she prepares for her April 7 and 8th shows at the Shalin Liu Center in Rockport. Daisy and Stan will preform on banjo and guitar, with their usual combination of traditional and contemporary folks songs, blues, gospel, and maritime material, including a new song about the new schooner Ardelle which will be launched in Essex this spring. Pat Conlon will add his tasty mandolin licks while Jack Schwartz holds it all together on the stand-up bass. The usual selection of coffee, teas and a great choice of sweet treats will be available.Tight vocal harmonies, a varied repertoire, and some audience sing-alongs, will all make an evening of lively music.

For more information about the fabulous Daisy Nell and Captain Stan check out their website-

Blue Shutters Beachside Inn Knitters Weekend — April 1-3

knitters view

The Blue Shutters wanted to let its Good Morning Gloucester friends know about a cool new event planned for early next month.  On April 1-3, we’ll be welcoming those folks who like to "sit and stitch" with our first-ever Knitters Weekend.  When we started to think about ways to make this a special getaway for our guests that weekend, little did we know that we’d find an author who wrote knitting mysteries….and that these stories were set right here on Cape Ann!  Many of you have learned about Sally Goldenbaum and her Seaside Mystery series right here at Good Morning Gloucester.  On that weekend, our guests can check our these books — and take home signed copies. We also were turned on to the folks at the Coveted Yarn, and discovered an amazing knitters heaven right here in Gloucester. Even if those of us not into knitting, were impressed with this yarn shop, located just a few minutes from the Blue Shutters. We chatted with the owner, Rob, who gave us some ideas for our Knitters Weekend — he has agreed to let us organize a "field trip" to the Coveted Yarn on that Saturday April 2, where our guests can check out their extraordinary selection of yarn and other knitting items. And the Coveted Yarn has graciously offered a discount for any guests who stay with us that weekend. There’ll be other treats for those who join us for the Knitters Weekend — beginning with the opportunity to work on that knitting project or meet others who love to knit (or want to learn) while enjoying the most awesome views of Good Harbor Beach from our comfy sofas. Guests can stay one or two nights — we’re offering special discounts for groups and for two-day stays that weekend.  Call or email us for more information — and please pass this news along to those knitting lovers you know.

Tony, Patty, Ed and (our own knitting lover) Ann Marie
Blue Shutters Beachside Inn One Nautilus Road, Gloucester, MA 01930
p: 978.283.1198 | c: 617.650.2995

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The Bean and Leaf In Rockport is Hiring

Just Saw This Posted On Twitter-


Have you veer dreamed of working in a coffee shop in a cool seaside community like Rockport Ma on Bearskin Neck?  Well this is your chance.

If you were on twitter and followed them you would have gotten this info even if your boy Joey missed it.   I’m just sayin…….!/Joey_C

You own a business?  You want people to pay attention?  Something cool happen at your establishment that people might be interested in?  Get your ass on Facebook and Twitter and help the newsmakers help you.

oh, and by the way, when you stop in to apply for the job, tell ‘em Joey sent ya. Smile

The Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester ~ Tonight ~ Universalist Chuch – 4 Cleaves St – Rockport Ma

March 26, 2011

The Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester will revisit the “golden oldies” era singing the songs of the Shirelles, the Ronettes, the Crystals, the Everly Brothers, the Angels, the Cookies, Brenda Lee, Doris Day, Patsy Cline, Connie Francis, the McGuire Sisters,  Patti Page, the MaMa’s & The PaPa’s, the Fleetwoods and more.

Everyone takes at turn at singing the lead, the back-up and the harmony vocals.  Sheila Schrank is the fingerstyle guitarist and arranger for the group.  Elaine “Patsy Cline” Persons  also stylizes the late Roy Orbison’s works. Barbara Jansson  plays the harmonica on several songs and  Caroline Haines also sings with the popular acappella group, Leven.   Each vocalist crafts their song with harmony and movement to guide you through a  “sentimental journey” in remembering when…..

There is  plenty of seating and every seat is a “good one” with a clear, unobstructed view.  Doors open just before  7:00 pm.  Seating will be on a “first come” basis, however, reservations can be made by contacting 978-281-3451 (days) or 978-337-2568 (eve.)  and by e-mail at or  $12 for adults/$5 for children 11 and under. The First Rockport Unitarian Universalist chuch is located on

Rockport – 4 Cleaves St.

Doo Wop Coffeehouse-1st UU Church.

Twitter for Artists

I have some time on my Hands or should I say hand? At the moment and I’ve been checking out twitter lately and I’ve changed my mind on it.

I didn’t like it at first. Couldn’t figure out what the big deal was about. But, it gets addictive. It gives you up to date info on what’s happening on what your interested in.

I follow “TWITS” on Cape Ann, Artists and News.

Here’s a list I found on Artists and photographers. Cape Ann Arts Map is listed here among  thousands of others from around the World.

Check it out!

Also here’s my Twitter Address:!/capeannpainter

Follow me and maybe you’ll find an Art Rock this weekend.

Bid On a Day With Mac Bell

Monday, March 14 8:00 am – Monday, March 28 10:00 pm

Plum Cove Elementary School

15 Hickory St., Gloucester, MA

The Plum Cove PTC will be hosting its 3rd annual online fundraising auction for The Plum Cove Elementary School in Gloucester, MA from March 14th through March 28th.

Gloucester, MA Feb 1st, 2011 – Expect to find great deals on one-of-a-kind, unique items and experiences at Plum Cove’s largest annual fundraising event. Cape Ann’s favorite local businesses, artists, authors and services have donated items to benefit this, our 3rd consecutive online auction.

100% of the proceeds will benefit the arts and education of the students at Plum Cove Elementary School. The success of our past auctions has allowed us to re-build our playground and make improvements to our library; including the purchase of books and the implementation of an electronic library cataloging system.

About the Plum Cove Parent-Teacher Co-op:

Voted PTO Today’s “Outstanding New Group” of the year in 2009, the Plum Cove Parent-Teacher Co-op was established in 2007 following a major citywide redistricting that left the school without a parent/teacher group of their own. The group leaders and parent volunteers, through an enormous amount of local support, raised funds to upgrade the existing playground equipment, relocate a playground from an old school, update the library and upgrade the school grounds, making them better suited to the new student body.


Ann Andrew, PTC Auction Chair Plum Cove Parent-Teacher Co-op

978 325 0220

Ann Writes-

I have a GREAT new addition to our auction that i bet a ton of locals would love to get – a day of Mac bell…!!  Check this out:

It would be AMAZING if you could help us push this one more time…  thanks so much buddy!

Up Close and Local

Buy Mac Bell for a Day (well, 3 hours anyway…)


Here it is….the Wild Card Finale of the Moovision Cook Off and the giveaway winners

Hi Friends!

This is the final episode of the Gourmoo Cook Off that I participated in last December in California, the Wild Card round.  As one of the remaining two contestants I was able to choose one final recipe, made with lactose free Lactaid Milk of course, to wow the judges and hopefully win a culinary dream vacation sponsored by Lactaid Milk.

Congratulations to Morena–she is a wonderful girl and a great cook and I am so proud of her.  She is taking a culinary vacation to Thailand to see her Father and I couldn’t be happier for her.  She is a talented cook who does a great job showcasing the food of her culture and I am honored to have cooked with her.

And now for the giveaway.  Remember, I randomly chose the winner from comments left here on GMG and on my blog,  And the winners are:

Donna Marie of Topsfield who wins the $25.00 Amazon Gift Card


Kathy Gentile of Gloucester wins the free Lactaid Milk coupons.

I will contact both of you (or you can contact me at so that I can get your prizes to you.  Thanks everyone for your great comments and support!

Quote of The Week- Elvis Costello Sent In By Greg Bover

“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.”
Declan Patrick McManus- aka Elvis Costello (1954-      )

Born in England to parents of Irish descent, Costello is known for the intelligent wordplay in the lyrics of his many hit records in pop and punk genres, such as “Watching the Detectives” and “Pump It Up.”  A musical omnivore, he has collaborated with other performers as diverse as Paul McCartney, George Jones and Burt Bacharach, acted in more than a dozen films, and scored several more.

Greg Bover

Click the picture for the Elvis Costello Wikipedia page