Our Boy Jon Sarkin On NPR This Week (and more)

Recently Awarded Pulitzer Award Finalist Writer Amy Nutt Wrote Jon’s Biography Which Just Hit The Shelves and Is Killing It On Amazon Hitting As High As The Number 250 Best Selling Book Out Of All The Books Amazon Sells Last Week!

Jon was on NPR With Terry Gross.

Click the picture for the audio-


Amy Nutt who wrote Jon’s biography will be in Gloucester signing copies of her book at The Bookstore of Gloucester

61 Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 281-1548

Jon writes-

i will be discussing my biography (“shadows bright as glass”) at “the bookstore” on main street in gloucester on thursday, may 12 at 7:00 with its author, amy nutt.


photos of Jon’s art piled up in his old Birdseye work space-

You gotta see these videos with Jon in his element-

2011 Earth Day Trash Clean Up Top Ten Pick Up Spots!

1. Stage Fort Park 

2. Goose Cove Reservoir

3. Burnham’s Field

4. Cherry Street

5. All Cemetaries

6. Harbor Loop – Fitz Henry Lane Park

7. Dogtown Parking Lot

8. Thatcher Road from Barn Lane to Witham Street

9. Eastern Avenue from Barn Lane to Witham Street

10. Railroad Station

2011 Earth Day Trash Clean Up and Concert!

Your Questions Answered!

The Clean Up?
Saturday, April 23rd:  Participants are asked to come to the Stage Fort Park Visitor’s Center between 9 and 12 to pick up gloves and empty trash and recycling bags for their clean up.  Friday delivery of bags can be arranged by contacting Sharon.  See contact info below.

Collected Trash and Recycling?

Participants will be given yellow bags to put collected trash into and clear bags for recyclables.  We are asking participants to bring their collected trash and recycling back to Stage Fort Park.  The City of Gloucester, who is providing the trash bags, will also be picking up collected trash and recyclables.  

Where is the Clean Up?

The clean up is citywide and participants are encouraged to clean up a public area in Gloucester of their choosing – it could be their school grounds, favorite playing field, park or beach.  (We will also have a list of suggested sites on hand, if folks need ideas).  
What if we have a lot of trash or find a very heavy / cumbersome item (e.g. appliance)?
We do not expect you to transport really heavy / cumbersome items. If possible, it is requested that it be left in a location that can be easily accessed by a City truck or left where found if too heavy to move.  . In either case, it will be important to let us know the location so we can let the Department of Public Works know.
What should I wear?
Participant are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and for the activity (picking up trash!)
My child would like to participate but I can’t make it?
Any young children unaccompanied by a guardian will work with Clean City Initiative and pick up trash at Stage Fort Park from 9 to noon.
Do we need to pick up trash from 9 to noon? 
We are asking participants to do what they can on that day.  There is no obligation to work the full 3 hours or those 3 hours.
The Concert?
The concert will take place at Cape Ann Brewery (11 Rogers Street) starting at 6 pm.
More questions?
Call Sharon at 978 317 9701

Catch: At the Tusinski Gallery

Catch, at the Tusinski Gallery until May 22nd.

Catch, a show at the Tusinski Gallery on Main Street in Rockport, opens today, Earth Day, and runs through May 22nd.

Catch features the work of artist Nina Samoiloff, as she collects and collates the pieces she finds on the beaches of Rockport (documented on her blog, also called Catch) before creating sculptures and photographs of her finds. But the artist’s beach finds aren’t the usual gallery suspects, the carefully edited and crafted work involving natural driftwood, shells, or even beach glass. Catch features items of a different sort, all of them man-made — the artist even uses cut lumber, washed up on the beach, instead of naturally-occurring driftwood in her pieces. The show is a sobering and impressive collaboration between man and nature, truly an expression of the time we live in, for better or for worse. A time in which we make permanent stuff to use for a very temporary moment — like water bottles, for instance — before throwing this same stuff away, much of which ends up in the eternal ocean before rolling back onto the shore — and back into our lives.

My sculpture and my obsessive morning ritual of picking up of plastic on the beach (which I document and post on my blog Catch) are symbiotic, without the one the other would not exist. Both are discarded products of a consumer society, and both are a challenge to me as to how to present these items artfully to the viewer. The beach lumber sculptures are a combination of my industrial design education and my desire to recycle. Each piece of lumber speaks to me, it’s shape, texture, color or the nails protruding from it have the potential to become part of a bigger finished sculpture.

– Nina Samoiloff

Did You Know? (Salsa and Cinco de Mayo)

That Salsa is a syncretic dance form with origins from Cuba as a major original American meeting point of European and African cultures, as well as being a yummy sauce?  Salsa is normally a partner dance, although there are recognized solo forms such as solo dancing “suelta” and “Rueda de Casino” where multiple couples exchange partners in a circle. Salsa can be improvised or performed with a set routine. Salsa is popular throughout Latin America as well as in North America, Europe, Australia, and some countries in Asia and the Middle East. It is fast becoming a global phenomenon, and has now reached the North Shore in Essex.

On the yummy food side, the word salsa entered the English language from the Spanish salsa (“sauce”), which itself derives from the Latin salsa (“salty”), from sal (“salt”). Saline and salad are related words. The proper Spanish pronunciation is [ˈsalsa]. The Spanish meaning of the word salsa makes the common expression “salsa sauce” redundant.

On Cinco de Mayo – The 5th of May is not Mexican Independence Day, but it should be!  And Cinco de Mayo is not an American holiday, but it should be.  Mexico declared its independence from mother Spain at midnight on the 15th of September, 1810.  It took 11 years before the first Spanish soldiers were told and forced to leave Mexico.

So, why Cinco de Mayo?  And why should Americans savor this day as well?  Because 4,000 Mexican soldiers smashed the French and traitor Mexican army of 8,000 at Puebla, Mexico, 100 miles east of Mexico City on the morning of May 5, 1862.

The French had landed in Mexico (along with Spanish and English troops) five months earlier on the pretext of collecting Mexican debts from the newly elected government of democratic President (and Indian) Benito Juarez.  The English and Spanish quickly made deals and left.  The French, however, had different ideas.

Under Emperor Napoleon III, who detested the United States, the French came to stay.  They brought a Hapsburg prince with them to rule the new Mexican empire.  His name was Maximilian; his wife, Carolota.  Napoleon’s French Army had not been defeated in 50 years, and it invaded Mexico with the finest modern equipment and with a newly reconstituted Foreign Legion.  The French were not afraid of anyone, especially since the United States was embroiled in its own Civil War.

The French Army left the port of Vera Cruz to attack Mexico City to the west, as the French assumed that the Mexicans would give up should their capital fall to the enemy — as European countries traditionally did.

Under the command of Texas-born General Zaragosa, (and the cavalry under the command of Colonel Porfirio Diaz, later to be Mexico’s president and dictator), the Mexicans awaited.  Brightly dressed French Dragoons led the enemy columns.  The Mexican Army was less stylish.

General Zaragosa ordered Colonel Diaz to take his cavalry, the best in the world, out to the French flanks.  In response, the French did a most stupid thing; they sent their cavalry off to chase Diaz and his men, who proceeded to butcher them.  The remaining French infantrymen charged the Mexican defenders through sloppy mud from a thunderstorm and through hundreds of head of stampeding cattle stirred up by Indians armed only with machetes.

When the battle was over, many French were killed or wounded and their cavalry was being chased by Diaz’ superb horsemen miles away.  The Mexicans had won a great victory that kept Napoleon III from supplying the confederate rebels for another year, allowing the United States to build the greatest army the world had ever seen.  This grand army smashed the Confederates at Gettysburg just 14 months after the battle of Puebla, essentially ending the Civil War.

Union forces were then rushed to the Texas/Mexican border under General Phil Sheridan, who made sure that the Mexicans got all the weapons and ammunition they needed to expel the French.  American soldiers were discharged with their uniforms and rifles if they promised to join the Mexican Army to fight the French.  The American Legion of Honor marched in the Victory Parade in Mexico, City.

It might be an historical stretch to credit the survival of the United States to those brave 4,000 Mexicans who faced an army twice as large in 1862.  But who knows?

In gratitude, thousands of Mexicans crossed the border after Pearl Harbor to join the U.S. Armed Forces.  As recently as the Persian Gulf War, Mexicans flooded American consulates with phone calls, trying to join up and fight another war for America.

Mexicans, you see, never forget who their friends are, and neither do Americans.  That’s why Cinco de Mayo is such a party — A party that celebrates freedom and liberty.  There are two ideals which Mexicans and Americans have fought shoulder to shoulder to protect, ever since the 5th of May, 1862.  VIVA! el CINCO DE MAYO!!


E.J. Lefavour


Chickity Check It! Fellow North Shore Blogger Consortium Member Jane Ward Publishes “The Mosaic Artist”

Jane writes-

Food and Fiction blog followers already know that my latest novel, THE MOSAIC ARTIST, is published and ready to be read. 
For other friends, this may be news.  Here is a link to the blog post that describes the journey from idea to manuscript to novel:
I’d love for you to pick up a copy, read it, and let me and other readers know what you think.  One advance critical review is in and it is positive: http://wp.me/PpXh4-MP
I’d also be eternally grateful for the faith you have in me and my work if you would pass along the word about THE MOSAIC ARTIST.  Your word-of-mouth recommendation to networks of family, friends and coworkers is powerful.  If you know or belong to a book group, the group might consider reading TMA.  I have spoken to book groups in the past, and would love to do so in the future.
The book is available on line through Amazon (print and Kindle formats): http://www.amazon.com/Mosaic-Artist-Jane-Ward/dp/1453860045/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1303222902&sr=1-1
and through Create Space: https://www.createspace.com/3488870
and, for local folks, through Jabberwocky Bookshop (Newburyport) and Bertram and Oliver Books (Amesbury).  If you live outside the Merrimack Valley area but still prefer to shop in indie book stores, feel free to ask your favorite shop to stock the book.  Ask for it by name, author, and ISBN (9-781453-860045).
I have asked a lot of you, my friends.  In return I offer you my sincerest thanks for your friendship and support.
Jane Alessandrini Ward

Chris Wood, Abstract Artist From Rockport Opening Reception at Henry Allen Theatreworks April 23

The details:

Sat. Night April 23rd

Opening Reception for Chris Wood; Rockport Contemporary Artist

from 7:00 to 10:00 pm Henry Allen Theatreworks (Blackburn Building)

1 Washington St. Gloucester, Ma

Show includes vibrant watercolor mixed-media paintings and assorted pottery pieces.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Brain Candy Foundation.

People can check out some of the works on Facebook: 

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Easter Bunny Cookies With Sista Felicia at The Gloucester Daily Times Taste of The Times


From The GDT:

Felicia Mohan grew up waiting for Easter so she could eat these cookies her grandmother made. After her grandmother retired in Florida and was no longer around for Easter, her Aunt assumed the responsibility and now she has herself. The secret is to use this Italian pastry dough recipe, decorate your own Easter eggs with your kids, make a simple frosting using fresh lemon, and top with brightly colored sprinkles.

Get the recipe here

Some Type of Healthy Desert At Common Crow

With my horrible memory I forgot what the lady said but you could throw all the greenie terms at it and it probably was what she told me-vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, I’m not really sure if it was all or some of those things.  Bottom line is it looked delicious and had I not stuffed my gut at Gloria’s minutes before I would have stuffed this down too.



Hey lookey lookey our boy Greg Bover who contributes the quote of the week get’s the Rotarian Club Highest Honor! (Along With Paul Ingram)

Here’s Our Buddy Greg At C. B. Fisk-

The Gloucester Rotary Club has named Gregory Bover and Paul Ingram as Paul Harris Fellows, the prestigious award named after the Chicago lawyer who founded Rotary in 1905.  Bover was selected by a Club Committee of previous recipients of the award, while Ingram was chosen by members of the Interact Club, the very active group of Gloucester High School Junior Rotarians.  Bover and Ingram will be honored at a special dinner on Monday, May 9, at Cruiseport Gloucester. The social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Bover is Vice President for Operations and Project Manager at C.B. Fisk, Inc., designers and builders of pipe organs.  Born in Derry, N.H., he was educated at Pinkerton Academy and the University of New Hampshire, and began building musical instruments in 1975 with harpsichord maker William Dowd, first in Cambridge and later in Paris.  In 1978, he moved to Gloucester to work with Charles Fisk and has built organs for churches, universities, and symphony halls across the country and around the world.  At C.B. Fisk, he shares responsibility for visual, structural, and mechanical design, as well as scheduling, personnel, and financial concerns.
Greg has been on the board of the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library since 2005 and has served as its President since 2008.  He was President of the Gloucester Rotary Club in 2003, and has served three years on the Board of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.  He has been an officer of the Fishbox Derby Committee for 15 years, helping to bring the Thrill of the Hill to hundreds of Cape Ann kids.  An avid sailor, cook, and snowboarder, Bover lives in Magnolia with his wife, harpsichordist and organist Frances Conover Fitch.  They have a son, Nick, a recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, who is also an organ builder.
Ingram has been involved in the Gloucester public schools since 1973, as a teacher of students in biology and health education and as a football coach for 38 seasons.  Raised in Falmouth, Ingram graduated from Springfield College, and later received his master’s degree from Salem State College.   He was appointed head coach of the Gloucester High School football team in 2003, and over the last eight years, his teams have won 90% of their games.  In the past four years, the record has been an astounding 50 wins and 2 losses.  Ingram has been an inspirational leader and mentor for athletes, students and the entire community, and has received numerous awards in recognition of his incredible career.
Ingram is married to Susan Hooper, a former teacher at Gloucester High School.  They have three daughters – Laura, Jessica, and Emma, and one granddaughter, Giselle.  Since his retirement last spring, Ingram now has more time for his family and his boating, golfing, and gardening hobbies.
Tickets for the Paul Harris dinner are $45 per person and may be reserved by contacting event chair Steve Kaity at (978) 879-1051.  The dinner is open to the general public, and friends and colleagues of Bover and Ingram are welcome to attend.

Paul Ingram Photos By David Cox

Angela Cook To Open Oasis Rockport Gallery On Bearskin Neck

A big celebration is planned for Mother’s Day weekend. Oasis Rockport, the newest Bearskin Neck art gallery, is holding their Grand Opening. The gallery features fine art scenic photography from Angela Cook. Angela’s focus is on dramatic seascapes and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets as well as many beautiful floral, wildlife and wilderness images. When asked about her photography, Angela is quoted as saying “I enjoy sharing the beauty, emotion and simplicity of life with my images.” Angela is a local photographer who loves Cape Ann and wants to share the beauty of that with her customers. Oasis Rockport will not just offer photos. There will be regularly scheduled walking photo tours as well as outdoor portrait shoots. Angela also plans on including some beautiful semi-precious stone jewelry crafted by Sharon Lane in her gallery as well as select hand-made keepsakes designed by Suzanne Ouellette. The Grand Opening of Oasis Rockport will be held May 7th from 9am to 6pm and May 8th from 10am to 5pm. There will be giveaways, refreshments and a good time to be had by all. This new gallery is located at 65 Bearskin Neck, right next to Helmut’s Strudel and is well worth a visit. If you would like a sneak preview, feel free to check out the Oasis Rockport website at www.oasisrockport.com and be sure to Like their Facebook page, where Angela posts her most recent work.

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Adam Bolonsky Sends In This Lanesville Oral History

Adam Writes-

Hi Joey,
I cleaned up the audio quality and did some editing of some of the oral histories on file at the Sawyer Free Library.
Ray Hjalmer, who worked in Cape Ann quarries, talks in this one about his boyhood in Lanesville.

Click the picture for the audio-