Twin Lights Half Marathon Last Weekend

Homie don’t do marathons. Looks like work to me. But after watching these runners take the turn out at Andrews Point after running over from Good Harbor Beach I might change my mind. There is no way I am doing it but it sure looks like these crazy people are having fun.


Halfway through 13 miles and happy. Crazy.


I took a few photos and in a comment to this post I will list numbers I can see. If your number is there post it or send me an email and I’ll send you a photo. Lots of numbers missed or covered up. if you see a number of someone next to you half way through the marathon that might work too.

Motif No. 1 Day Schedule: Whew!

It’s almost here, and it’s happening, whether it’s sunny, rainy, sleeting or even snowing, Motif No. 1 Day in downtown Rockport kicks off Friday night with a free film by Les Bartlett and ends the next evening, May 21st at 6:00 with Vintage Rockport on Film: the 1950s. Both the kickoff and the finale will include Twin Lights soda (or tonic…) and the newest Twin Lights t-shirts will even be on hand for purchase. Below is the Schedule of Events. Go  to our festival website for more details!

All Day Events

  • Motif No. 1 Art Exhibit in the Old Firehouse Trust
  • Dock Square Chowder Stand with chowder from Nate’s at Front Beach! (percentage of proceeds to support Rockport Festivals)
  • Kids’ Art Zone in Harvey Park
  • Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
  • NYRE Food Booth in Harvey Park (proceeds to support Rockport’s New Year’s Eve)
  • Try Your Hand Interactive Art Event throughout downtown
  • The Spirit of the Motif throughout downtown
  • Find the Motif Scavenger Hunt throughout downtown
  • Music throughout downtown

Scheduled Events
10 am
The Way We Were a multi-media presentation by the Rockport High School Band in Harvey Park

10:30 am
Rockport Dance Academy in Dock Square. Click HERE for information on the Rockport Dance Academy.

10:30 am – 12 noon
Instrument Petting Zoo at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, 3rd Floor. Sponsored by Rockport Music.

11 am – 3 pm
Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest throughout downtown. Registration located at the corner of School & Main Streets.

Spirit of the Motif: a wandering dramatic presentation throughout downtown.

11 am & 11:30 am
Puppet Show by Adventures with Amy at The Paper Mermaid on Main Street.

12 noon – 1 pm
Back Bay Brass Quintet at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Sponsored by Rockport Music. Concert is free, tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.

12 noon – 2 pm
Photography Reception at the Rockport Art Association. Enjoy this opportunity to the photographers behind the juried work of the RAA at this free reception.

1 pm – 3 pm
Nat Simpkins Band New Orleans Jazz & Blues with Henri Smith.

1 pm – 4 pm
Face-painting with artist Kristine Karvelas in Harvey Park

12 noon
Merrimac Valley Rounders in Dock Square. A lively mix of bluegrass standards & originals.

2 pm
Film: The Fish Shack Float That Charmed Chicago at The Old Firehouse Trust. Click HERE for movie trailer.

The Rockport Legion Band in Harvey Park. Click HERE for Band information.

2pm & 2:30 pm
Puppet Show by Adventures with Amy at The Paper Mermaid on Main Street

4 pm
Sidewalk Chalk Contest Winners announced in Dock Square

3 pm – 5 pm
Soul Force V in Dock Square. A fantastic blend of funk, soul & jazz.

4 pm – 4:45 pm
Words Before Dinner Poetry Event at the Old Firehouse Trust. Original poems inspired by life on Cape Ann.

6:30 pm
Festival Finale: Vintage Rockport on Film with Twin Lights tonic at the Old Firehouse Trust (provided courtesy of the Twin Lights Beverage Co.). Twin Lights t-shirts will be available as well!

Free Motif Number 1 PrintThe first person who goes to the information booth at Motif #1 Day and mentions the free poster as part of Good Morning Gloucester will be able to take home this Folly Cove Designers Print!

Did You Know? (Music, Joey C. and Roxi on Rocky Neck)

That Rocky Neck Roxi is the official Khan Studio and Good Morning Gloucester greeter who will be stationed outside the gallery, when weather improves enough for her to be out in her summer outfit, to greet all visitors and work on her tan?  Roxi is a visiting fashion design student from Ethiopia who will be interning with us for the summer.  She is pleasant enough, but doesn’t say much.  You see Roxi here carrying a very cool Discover Gloucester shoulder bag and sporting an iconic sou’wester fisherman’s hat over her straw one.  Did you know that it is called a sou’wester because we get our bad weather (which we have had just about enough of, thank you) from the northeast, and you want your face towards the southwest while your back and brim of your sou’wester take the brunt of a nor’easter?  I think just about anyone could benefit from and enjoy this Discover Gloucester bag and sou’wester, and they are free to the first two patrons of a beautiful photograph or painting on the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery wall by Joey C., Paul Frontiero or Sharon Lowe.  The first buyer obviously gets the choice of which he or she wants, and the 2nd gets whichever one is left.  I have a feeling the sou’wester will go first.  Of course if the first buyer buys two art pieces by these famous GMG personalities, he or she can get both the bag and the hat.  What an amazing opportunity to own a beautiful Joey C. or Sharon Lowe photograph, and/or a Paul Frontiero painting or sharpie sketch (like a flat art rock that you can hang on the wall), and get a sou’wester, Discover Gloucester bag, or both!  Only at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery at 77 Rocky Neck, G3 will you find such an opportunity.   Open Wednesday through Sunday noon to 8:00 or later when music is happening at Madfish.

Speaking of music, tomorrow (Friday) night at 9:00 pm, Madfish Grill will have Groove performing funky dance music from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.  If you love to dance, turn out with your dancing shoes and get your groove on.  And on Saturday night at 9:00 come roots rock with my favorite music, reggae.  Dreadrocks…Fiery lyrical deliverance and diverse rhythmic sound cause the mind to think. Heavy drum and bass infused with soul and rock inform the feet to dance. Conscious messages and a vibration of love inspire the heart to open. True to the spirit of roots reggae music, Dread Rocks, with their fresh brand of Reggae have come to “lively up the place”.   I guess I’ll say goodbye to sleep until fall.

And last but not least, did you know that 13 people (including our Joey) will receive  Community Recognition Awards from the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church at an awards ceremony on Friday, May 20 at 7:30 pm at the church.  Selected by the church’s Social Justice Committee, the women and men receiving these honors come from all walks of life.  Some are known for the deeds they have done for their neighbors. Others are being honored for giving generously to the entire community, often with little or no public notice. All have made a lasting mark on Gloucester and were chosen because, although they may follow a wide variety of faith traditions, their actions embody the best of the spirit that guides Unitarian Universalism – open-hearted giving to others, done without thought of remuneration or recognition.

After the awards ceremony, Joey will be heading over to Madfish Wharf for a pre-grand opening and awardee congratulation shindig at the Gallery, and everyone is invited to join in the celebration and check out the place. 

Can I get a Hallelujah and pass the SPF45 – the sun is out!

E.J. Lefavour

What Did Astronauts Eat For Breakfast On Final Endeavour Mission? Lobsters Of Course!

Col. Mike Fincke posted a photo of his breakfast to his Twitter profile-


Note that these lobsters weren’t those nasty spiny lobsters they get down south.  those were the kinds of lobsters our Gloucester lobstermen catch!  Booyah!


The North Shore Navigators of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) have made a concerted effort to give back to surrounding communities since the team moved to Lynn three years ago.
This upcoming summer, the organization will continue its 50/50 Town Night program which benefits local organizations in surrounding North Shore area cities and towns. The program provides an organization the opportunity to sell tickets to a game and receive half the proceeds from its sales. The team’s goal is to help raise $100,000 for surrounding community organizations in 2011.
The team’s 6:15 p.m. contest on July 1 against the Sanford Mainers will serve as ‘Gloucester Night’, as the Gloucester Little League will serve as the program’s beneficiary. If you wish to sell or purchase tickets, please notify league contact Cindy Rich at (978) 546-3006 or
“The Navigators as an organization are excited and proud to have the opportunity to give back to the immediate area,” said team owner Tim Haley. “It is an extension of our goal to become part of the fabric of the North Shore community.”
The organization is also currently seeking a sponsor to provide t-shirts for the 300 little league members in attendance at the game.
Each of the team’s home games this season will support at least one local organization in the nearby community. The partnership also calls for community representatives to throw out the first pitch, sing the national anthem, and perform other ceremonial ballpark tasks.
The Navigators, who won the NECBL championship last year, will play 21 games at Lynn’s Fraser Field this summer and will also host the 2011 NECBL All-Star Game on July 27.
For more information on the team and its 50/50 Town Night program, please visit

Tonight ~ pApAs fritAs is kicking off their European tour with their first gig since 2003 at The Rhumb Line on Thursday, May 19th

WHAT:                  pApAs fritAs

WHERE:                at The Rhumb Line

WHEN:                  Thursday May 19th

TIME:                    9pm

DEETS:                  21+/$3


The BF’s (9pm)

pApAs fritAs (10:15pm)

The Bandit Kings (11:30pm)

pApAs fritAs is kicking off their European tour with their first gig since 2003 at The Rhumb Line on Thursday, May 19th starting at 9pm and accompanied by The BF’s and The Bandit Kings.  (Thanks to Dave Sag for giving up one of his fantastic Thursday night slots to allow the band a hometown show!)  The Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona has invited pApAs fritAs to reunite this year for their 50,000+ attendee festival, which will be preceded by shows in Brussels, Paris, and Marseilles.   Two of their three albums (on Minty Fresh Records, Chicago) were recorded in West Gloucester, so after six European tours, two Japanese tours, countless cross-U.S. tours, and ten years…it’s fitting for the band to reunite here in Gloucester.  The band will be playing with Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents the next day (Friday, May 20th) at Harpoon Fest (at the Harpoon Brewery in Boston), as well, before departing for Europe.

BLU-BOP ~ Rowen, Mattacks & Brown ~ live at the Dogbar 5/21


An important reminder for those who love music:

Saturday, May 21: Blu Bop featuring Dave Mattacks, Marty Rowen & David Brown live at the Dogbar.

This Saturday, May 21 Mr. Marty Rowen will glide into the Dogbar with his melodic B-3 and onto the intimate purple stage. Near the the lounge of plush comfy couches Mr. Rowen will be met by Mr. Dave Mattacks, toting his emerald drumkit—and Mr. David Brown, with his favorite guitar and his seductive slide…

At 9pm they will gather together with all of you, you who love music, and the sounds they make will fill the room with the scorching hot tunes and cool magic you would expect from a trio of this caliber. To say these players are exceptional, is really saying too little. This show is free and open to all who wish to make this a very special Saturday night.

We will see you there.
Blu-Bop • Saturday, May 21 • 9pm • Dogbar • 65 Main St • Gloucester, MA • free • Savvy?

Native Flowering Dogwood from Kim Smith

Kim Smith writes-

Is there a tree more lovely than the North American dogwood (Cornus florida)? Whether flowering with the classic white bracts, the stunning rubra bracts, or the less often seen pale, creamy rose-tinted bracts, our native dogwood never ceases to give pause for it’s beauty given.

Cornus florida rubra-2 Fujifilm x100.

At this time of year when traveling along southern New England roadways we are graced by the beauty of the dogwood, dotting sunny roadside borders where meets the woodland edge.  The bracts and flowers emerge before the leaves, serving only to heighten their loveliness. The fresh beauty of the bract-clad boughs is offset by the impressionistic symphony of neighboring tree foliage unfurling, shimmering in hues of apple green, chartruese, moss, and lime peel.

Unfortunately, many dogwoods in our region are inflicted with the lethal dogwood anthracnose. I believe the problem is exacerbated by the vast majority of information regarding growing flowering dogwoods, which suggests planting in part shade, and does not differentiate between gardening in the north versus gardening in the Midwest or northern Florida for that matter. If one lives in warmer regions south of New England, yes, perhaps it is possible to grow a healthy C. florida in partial shade.

Dogwood anthracnose is caused by the aptly named fungus Discula destructiva. It will typically kill an untreated Cornus florida within two to three years. As we look to nature for an answer, the native flowering dogwoods growing in the fertile, moist, friable soil of the Northeastern woodlands, as under story trees, are the trees most affected by anthracnose. Cornus florida growing in an open, sunny location are far less afflicted. What we learn from this lesson is to choose a location that has good air circulation and full sun. What we know is thatDiscula destructiva requires high humidity for infection; therefore trees planted in mesic sites in the shade are more susceptible than trees growing in xeric sites.

Discula destructiva is a soil born disease. Dogwood trees inflicted with anthracnose will begin to show signs of infection by dying from the bottom up. The lower branches will become twiggy and will not flower or leaf-out. This is the opposite of what you may see if a tree is losing foliage along the upper branches because of drought stress, for example.  A tree that is stressed from lack of water or nutrients will, generally speaking, begin to show signs of trouble from the top down.

Our lovely Cornus florida var. rubra (my second go around with this species; the first was killed by anthracnose) shows signs of drought stress every year, usually during the dog days of late summer. I place the hose at the base of the tree, allowing water to gently flow overnight (never wet the foliage of a dogwood). Visibly, the tree will perk up. Typically this will need to be done every few days, until the next soaking rain. Any tree that is stressed from lack of water is more susceptible to disease. Along with monitoring our tree for drought stress, and because we plant densely beneath the tree’s boughs, I have found these measures, thus far, have served to prevent an outbreak of anthracnose.

Note how beautifully grows this dogwood. Despite the rain-soaked droopy bracts, you can see its gorgeous overall form. The level branches grow horizontally and there are no bald twiggy areas

Click here for the rest of the post at Kim’s Blog

The GloucesterCast Podcast Episode 9


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In this episode- Patty Knaggs on WBUR, Abby Ytzen/Captain Joe and Sons seARTS Partner With An Artist Exhibit May 21st, Kenny’s Strange Footwear, community garden at Burnham field, tomato release day is coming up at Goose Cove, Gloucester reads poetry and Sawyer Free Library, Khan Studio/ Good Morning Gloucester Gallery on Rocky Neck, Kenny’s Real Estate Segment

Patty Knaggs on WBUR

Abby Ytzen/Captain Joe and Sons seARTS Partner With An Artist Exhibit May 21st

Kenny’s Strange Footwear, community garden at Burnham field,

tomato release day is coming up at Goose Cove may 25

Gloucester reads poetry and Sawyer Free Library- Joey’s Poem Here

Khan Studio/ Good Morning Gloucester Gallery on Rocky Neck

, Kenny’s Real Estate Segment

Please leave comments or questions on which topics you would like to hear more about on The GloucesterCast or how we could improve. Thanks for listening.

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T H E   N E W S   F R O M   R O C K Y   N E C K

photo credits: Kathy Chapman and Anna Vojtech

Thanks to Judy Robinson Cox For The News From Rocky Neck

Spring Show

Opening Day: Friday, May 20 – 11am – 8pm

Kathy Soles
Water Marks: Shifting Elements, 2010, 48"x68"
oil on canvas mounted on board

MON, June 6, 7pm: Kathy Soles, Goetemann Artist in Residency Introductory presentation

Ocean currents, navigation routes, intersection of land, sea, and sky, and the imagining of what exists in the unspecified depths of water are all sources for the paintings and works on paper by Kathy Soles. They suggest the mystery of what exists below the surface, sometimes turbulent and at other times quietly serene. Learn more about Soles’ work at an introductory lecture on Monday, June 6, 7pm at the Rocky Neck Gallery, 53 Rocky Neck Ave.

Soles holds a B.A. from Emmanuel College in Boston and an M.F.A. from American University in Washington, D.C. She studied printmaking and painting at Maryland Institute College of Art and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions. A professor of painting and drawing at Emmanuel College, she lives and maintains a studio in Milton, Massachusetts.

Gloucester Stage Company

Friday, May 20, GSC 2011 SPRING BENEFIT GALA, 6 PM – 11 PM

@ Cruiseport Gloucester, 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester

Click link below for more details

GSC Launches Capital Campaign To Renovate Theater…

Hires Shalin Liu Architects, Epstein Joselin to Oversee Design Process.Read The Gloucester Daily Times Article:

OPEN DESIGN WORKSHOP Thursday, June 2, 2011
10:30 am to 4 pm @ Gloucester Stage Company

You are invited to stop by at GSC to learn more about the Renovation Design Process! Share Your Observations with Epstein Joselin & GSC Personnel

June 9th – 26th Art Exhibit

(during the production of Living Together)

  • Ruth Mordecai – Lobby/Concessions Area 
  • Devera Ehrenberg – Lounge Area


May 28, 2pm: Mary Rhinelander McCarl Lecture on the Early Art Colonies of Cape Ann

Also on May 28 at 2:00 pm, NSAA will feature local artist and historian, Mary Rhinelander McCarl, lecturing on the Early Art Colonies of Cape Ann: Magnolia, Annisquam, Pigeon Cove and Gloucester from the 1870’s-1890’s.

Victorian House by Jeff Weaver

Victorian House by Jeff Weaver

May 29 to June 12 : Solo Exhibitions by Featured Artists, Jeff Weaver, and Jack Jones, North Shore Arts Gordon Grant Room

North Shore Arts Association presents Solo Exhibitions by Featured Artists, Jeff Weaver, May 29 through June 12 and Jack Jones, May 29 through June 12 in the Gordon Grant Room.

In his early years in Gloucester, Jeff Weaver supported himself at various waterfront jobs, as well as by painting boat portrait commissions for fishing vessel captains and murals in commercial establishments and private homes. This eventually led to many years of commercial work including more than 30 murals painted in Gloucester. Returning to fine art pursuits in the 1990s, Jeff again focused on depicting Gloucester and its environs in various media. He currently operates a studio/gallery at 16 Rogers Street on the Gloucester waterfront. His exhibit at NSAA will feature his drawings, many of which are studies for later paintings.

Jack Jones, an accomplished watercolor and oil painter and teacher, is known for his lively use of color. He attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and studied with Paul Goodridge for eight years. Together with his photographer wife, Phyllis, he has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean to capture the beauty of the various countrysides. His work has appeared in five major books on watercolor as well as being featured on both the cover of The Artist’s Magazine and in the 2003 issue of the Watercolor Magazine.

2011 Partner with the Artist

Weiler Photo Gallery

Dark & Stormies at ISLA House


Explore your creative side in Photography and go beyond taking snap shots. Explore the creative use of shutter speed and aperture, dramatic black and white or toned images from start to finish, or lighting – from using available light (any light that is available) enhanced with reflectors to flash or simple studio lights.
Small groups – limited to 6 maximum.

Critique included. $150.00
978 283-6856 studio
or 914 469-6983 mo

Creative Photography Workshops

by Judith Monteferrante



Friday evening introduction, then all day Saturday and Sunday:
1. Creative Photography with Color and Motion: including creative use of shutter speed and aperture, panning, HDR, zoom-spin, etc. June 10-12
2. Creative Photography with B&W or Toned Imagery including post processing in LightRoom and Photoshop: July 8-10
3. Creative Photography with Simple Flash or Studio Lights to include Light Painting at Night: August 12-14

Light Inside by Sigrid Olsen

Painting from the Heart

Cultivating Intuitive Vision
with Color, Imagery, Print & Collage: by Sigrid Olsen
June 13-17, 2011
Montserrat College of Art
23 Essex St. Beverly MA 01915

This workshop will incorporate a number of techniques Sigrid has developed to allow free and spontaneous use of color and print in order to express one’s personal life vision. The goal is to open up to possibility and leave each participant inspired to leave all preconceptions behind and get on with the business of highly creative living. The mood will be equally upbeat and introspective, technically instructional while reaching deeper to unleash inner imagination and self-expression. We will use a three part media: painting, print and collage. There will be a focus on color mixing, color theory and self expression through color utilizing permanent brilliant watercolor inks on paper. In combination with the watercolor under-painting, there will be a print component, employing hand-carved rubber print blocks. The workshop culminates in a collage using all the elements practiced over the past few days. The notion of inspiration will be explored through guided meditation, audio-visual presentation and open discussion.


VOTE FOR GLOUCESTER (Deadline : May 23)

Rand McNally and USA Today are looking for the best small towns in America. The top towns will be featured in their Best of the Road® cross-country rally this summer and in the 2013 Rand McNally Atlas next year! Gloucester has been nominated as "Most Beautiful," but to win we need your votes. Please go to the Gloucester page BY MAY 23 to tell America why Gloucester deserves to be recognized for its unmatched beauty, and help bring some positive national attention to our fair city.

June 6, MCC Cultural District Info Session, 1-3PM

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) will hold an information session on June 6th at the Gloucester City Hall Auditorium for anyone interested in learning more about our new Cultural Districts Initiative. The session will be from 1:00-3:00 PM. The statute that created cultural districts has specific goals: to attract artists and cultural enterprises; encourage business and job development; establish the district.

Exhibit Opportunity at Khan Studio / Good Morning Gloucester Gallery

The Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery at 77 Rocky Neck Ave, G3 features photography and artwork by Joey Ciaramitaro, Sharon Lowe, Paul Frontiero, Chris Murray and EJ. There are a few guest artist exhibit spaces, for 2-week exhibits still available. If you are an artist or know an artist who might be interested in having an exhibit on Rocky Neck, please for more info, or email EJ