Sarah Slifer Upcoming Performances

Greetings to all and happy spring.

here are 2 performances coming soon to excite the senses and the mind:

Saturday May 14th, 11AM, Derby Sq. in Salem, MA

Massachusetts Poetry Festival presents “Apollonius of Tyana”, a dance-play by Charles Olson

adapted and performed by:

Sarah Slifer as “Apollonius” – dance / choreography

Matthew Swift as “Tyana” – narrator

Mark Wagner, Elote Villanueva , Adam Zelny – music

more info at

here’s a preview-


Thursday June 30th, 5:30PM,  Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA

Summer Evening Series, $10 gen admission

For this evening at the museum I’m making a dance performance piece specifically for Susan Philipsz’ sound installation in the East India Hall.  Philipsz is the most recent Turner Prize (UK) winner.

Dancers: Meghan McLyman, Emily Kulik, Katie Jennings, Kristen Calder, and Sarah Slifer.

more info at

Making Baked Stuffed Clams with Clark Dexter…YUM!

Here it is, friends!

A new episode of Inspired Cooking airs on Cape Ann TV tonight at 8:30 and the show features one of my favorite guests the talented Clark Dexter!  Clark is a legend in the restaurant industry around here and is food can’t be beat.  Clark makes food that brings me back to my childhood–great memories of eating at The Hearthside in Essex for special occasions and enjoying every second of it!

Although this recipe is not exactly like the stuffed clams that Clark served at the restaurant he said it is pretty darned close.  So go and get some clams and treat yourself and your family to some excellent baked stuffed clams!

BAKED STUFFED CLAMS recipe by Clark Dexter

6 Cherrystone Clams
12 oz. Water
(2) 6 ½ oz. Canned Chopped Clams drained, reserve liquid
1 Med. Shallot – Chopped fine
6 Tbls. Butter
6 Tbls. Flour
2 Tbls. Fresh Parmesan Cheese
2 Tbls. Bread Crumbs
1 Tbls. Sherry Wine
1 Dash Tabasco Sauce
½ tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1/8 tsp. White Pepper

Wash Cherrystone clams and put them in 12 oz. of water.

Bring this to a boil and cook until clams open. Remove clams and retain the water and the shells that the clams were cooked in.

Remove clams from shells and grind or coarsely chop.

Sauté shallots in butter until soft about 3 minutes.
Add flour to make your roux and cook about 3 minutes.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the liquid the clams were cooked in.

Next add the roux, cook until thick, then add the clams.
If the mixture seems too thick, add a little of the clam juice from reserved canned clam juice.

Let this mixture cool for a few minutes.


2 cups of fresh bread crumbs
1 cup of milk crackers
¼ lb. Butter
1 clove of finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1/8 tsp. celery seed
1/8 tsp. onion powder
1/8 tsp. Italian seasoning which consists of marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, oregano, and basil.
1/2 cup fresh parmesan cheese

Melt butter in a large frying pan. Add onions, garlic and celery to pan and sauté until soft ( about three minutes). Add seasonings and parmesan cheese. Cook about one minute.
Turn off heat, add bread and cracker crumbs.

With a tablespoon, put clam mixture into clam shells, not over-flowing the shell.

Now top with crumbs.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes on a baking sheet until the clams are golden brown. Serve with fresh lemon wedges.

*You can make the clams up ahead of time and refrigerate for up to three days.  They also freeze very well and can be kept frozen for up to three months.    If frozen, it’s best to thaw before cooking.*

This is my plate of clams…..I dug in the minute I could!

Thank you again Clark for sharing your recipes with us and I look forward to shooting another episode soon!

The Daffodil Project in Rockport

Thanks to the work of Rockport Garden Club, the town was filled with the cheerful sight of thousands of daffodils this Spring. And the best part is, this is only the first stage of a three-stage process. Peggy Coonley, who conceived the project and brought it before the Garden Club, planned for what will eventually be 9,000 new bulbs planted throughout town, both in existing public gardens and in town spaces that aren’t cultivated, like along a stone wall bordering a town field on South Street (the spot pictured in the photo). 3,000 bulbs were planted last fall with 3,000 more due to be planted in 2011. The final 3,000 bulbs will be planted next year.

As you can imagine, this is a major undertaking, the cost of which has partially been underwritten by a grant, with the Garden Club fundraising to cover other costs incurred. The Garden Club will be selling daffodil bulbs to help fund the project along with their other ventures, such as the annual scholarship awarded to a Rockport High School student. So make plans to join the daffodil project by purchasing your bulbs from the Rockport Garden Club – available at their booth at this fall’s HarvestFest as well as in other venues. And if you see a Garden Club member be sure to say thanks. Our Spring has been brighter because of their efforts — and that’s no small thing in gray New England.

Empty Bowl Dinner 2011! Thursday May 12th

Hi Joey,
The Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner is Thursday, May 12, from 4 to 8 p.m.
at Cruiseport Gloucester. Tickets are just $15 at the door. (Children
age 10 and under are $10)
I thought GMG readers might like to see a few of the many Silent
Auction bowls that will be available that night.
Blue Dappled Horse by Evie Stewart
Thomas E. Lannon by Mark Lindsay
CATA Trolley by Bill Stevens
Whale of a Good Time by State Senator Bruce Tarr
For more information, folks can visit
Hope to see you all there!
Julie LaFontaine
Executive Director
The Open Door

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Get Moving! 2011 North Shore Arthritis Walk!


Dear Joey and other Cape Ann Friends:

There are 50 million Americans living with the pain of arthritis, including nearly 300,000 children. I’m writing today to help North Shore residents fight arthritis pain by moving!  Moving is the best medicine to fight arthritis pain!

Regular, moderate exercise, like walking, offers a whole host of benefits to people with arthritis. Mainly, exercise reduces joint pain and stiffness, builds strong muscle around the joints, and increases flexibility and endurance. It reduces inflammation from arthritis and related conditions and lowers the risk of other chronic conditions. It also helps promote overall health and fitness by giving you more energy, helping you sleep better, controlling your weight, decreasing depression, and giving you more self-esteem. Furthermore, exercise can help stave off other health problems such as osteoporosis and heart disease.

So, it’s obviously, you’ve got to move, but sometimes it’s not so easy to get started. When you’re achy and sore, the last thing you want to do is exercise. Here’s a fun way to get started or to add to your current moving: walk in the 2011 North Shore Arthritis Walk!  This is such a wonderful and fun event.

Join your North Shore neighbors on Sunday, May 22 at Lynch Park in Beverly to walk a 1 or 3-mile route.  Wally the Green Monster will be there to cheer you on! Come back to the park afterwards for a post-walk party with food from the Odd Fellows of the North Shore , The Meat House in Beverly, Papa Gino’s and the Ipswich Clambake Co.. Also included will be a fun prize raffle featuring Red Sox Box Seats, a kid’s tent, drills with the North Shore Rugby Football Club and entertainment on the stage provided by local singer Liz O’Toole.

To sign up visit or call 617-219-8234.  Let’s Move Together on May 22!    Tell all your family and friends and remember – it’s okay to bring your dog – if you don’t have one – I can help with this!


Tina Ketchopulos



Join the Essex Shipbuilding Museum for its Open House on Saturday, May 14th between 11 am and 3 pm. We will have tours around our property and over to the Schooner Ardelle, steam shed demonstrations, live music by John Hicks and Friends, hot dogs cooked by our wonderful volunteers and Woodman’s will be serving their fabulous clam chowder and a vegetarian dish. Ipswich Ale will have one of their beer trucks on hand. The event will kick off as rowers in the Essex River Race cross the finish line not far from the Museum. Cheer your favorite boat on and mingle on the yard with the oarsmen, paddlers, and museum supporters. This is a wonderful opportunity to wander around the museum, find out what it offers you, and make new friends. So, come on down!

Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum


More Locals On National TV- Gloucester’s Christian Collins To Be Competing On Master Chef Season 2 With Gordon Ramsey

Gloucester MA- Home of The Stars-

The show premieres on June 6 at 8 p.m.

MasterChef’ judges from left, Gordon Ramsey, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot.

He is featured in the promo here (stay at home dad)-

We have pictures and video from his Seafood Throwdown at The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market Facing off vs Passports

Cape Ann ARA Spring Ham Radio Flea Market May 14


The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association will hold its Spring ham radio flea market on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street, Gloucester, MA. Doors open to sellers at 8 AM; doors open to buyers at 9:00 AM. Tables can be reserved in advance for $10.00, or can be purchased the day of the flea market for $15.00. To reserve a table, contact Dick Copithrone at 508-269-4941 or email at dickc911 at

No computers or CRT monitors will be sold at this event. No need to worry about rain; this is an indoor event.

Talk-in will be provided on 145.130 MHz, no PL tone.

One Hour At A Time Gang Thank Yous From Good Egg Donna Ardizzoni

Thank you all The One Hour at a Time Gang,  yesterday for a great cleanup, also a special post for Bob Hastings he went out and bought a Graffiti eraser kit and took care the graffiti in the city yesterday, he also has donated money to Cape Ann Museum to help them paint over the graffiti on their buildings ..  all working together to make this city shine.

Thank you again my friend

Donna Ardizzoni

Thursday Night Blues Party Presents Greg Lutrell @ The Rhumb Line

From Dave himself,

We are proud to present Mr. Greg Lutrell. This is big! Greg is a fantabulous slinger and plumber of depths.
Reinforcements include that Irish king of Kells, Mr. Benny Benson, on vibrators and zzzing, and, of course, greg T., my valet, on gritarrh, as well as myself, on base. Do not pass go….
We’re going to have the bestest summer you’ve ever been able to enjoy, so, Write Thursdaze in to your busy schedule. You won’t regret it. You won’t even remember it. Trust me, we’ve got your mind in mind. Make a date, and dine by the whites of her eyes!
NOTICE:  NEXT WEEK WE ARE OFF. THERE ARE 3 BANDS PLAYING IN OUR STEAD. We need time to lick our paws and use the khatbox. Blame Fred.

Photo by Sharon Lowe

Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents will be at The Madfish Grille this Friday night, May 13th.

Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents will be kicking off the 2011 season on Rocky Neck at The Madfish Grille this Friday night, May 13th.  3 sets start at 9pm until close.  This will be the Dees’ last performance in Gloucester for the summer as Jenny Dee prepares to welcome a ‘new arrival’ to the Deelinquent family.  Come on out and celebrate the summer season on Friday night (21+).

WHAT:  Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents

WHERE: The Madfish Grille (77 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester)

WHEN: Friday, May 13th

TIME: 9pm (3 sets until close)

Greg Bover Quote of The Week From Clarence Darrow

Click the pic for the Clarence Darrow Wikipedia Page


“I have never killed a man, but I’ve read many an obituary with a great deal of satisfaction.”
Clarence Darrow (1857-1938)

A lawyer, civil libertarian, and agnostic, Darrow may be best known for his defense of John Scopes, dramatized in the film Inherit the Wind. Scopes had dared to teach evolution in 1920’sTennessee. They lost the case, but the charge was later reversed by a higher court. Darrow opposed the death penalty his entire career, adding a further twist to the above. 

Greg Bover

Annisquam Light, circa 1890

 Annisquam Light, circa 1890 Charles E. Dennison/©Fredrik D, Bodin
The first Annisquam Lighthouse was built in 1801 on Wigwam Point, where the Annisqaum River meets Ipswich Bay. It was replaced in 1851 by the lighthouse in this photograph. The forty one foot high wooden tower was octagonal. The keeper’s house, to the right of the light, also built in 1801, had a covered walkway connecting it to the lighthouse. Cows grazed the lighthouse grounds, and wandered along the beach at low tide. The present  Annisquam Light was erected in 1897, and is made of brick. The light was automated in 1974, and the keeper’s house is currently used by Coast Guard families.
Printed from the original 8×10 inch negative in my darkroom.
Fred Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930