Did You Know? (Love and Wedding Bells in the Air)

That George Tzortzis is an old-school kind of guy?  He came to Rocky Neck to search out Eric Kaplan, his girlfriend Julie’s Dad, to ask his permission to marry his daughter.  George had come into the gallery yesterday while he was waiting for Eric to come home and talked about his plans.  He then bought a Did You Know? Book.  I offered to sign it for him, but he wanted to wait until he knew the outcome of everything.  Last evening Eric came in and said he had given his blessings, and it was now all up to Julie.  George had set up a romantic scene at Hammond Castle, where he proposed to Julie, on bended knee, on the stairs of the castle; and Julie said yes.  Today the three of them came in to share the good news, and get the book signed, which could now include congratulations to the two of them.  Such a sweet couple and nice Dad/father-in-law to be, and now everyone out there in GMG land can wish them well.

E.J. Lefavour


Did You Know? (Mug Up)

Happy Almost Independence Day

That the monkey bread miraculously made it intact from Rockport to Mug Up at Rocky Neck this morning?  Here you see the proof with Paul Morrison holding up the prize (thank you Paul for your generous and delicious offering).  Ed Collard took his rightful place at the head of the table, right beside the super special Lattof Farm monkey bread.  Youngest mug uppers this morning were wharf neighbors Dahlia (3 months old, being held by newest Madfish Wharf artist, Gigi Mederos) and Lily, with their mom Violet.  R. Duck was in attendance, but on a tight leash because she has been wandering a bit too much lately and went missing for 4 days.  Greg Bover made the long journey back from Harvard Yard to join us, and Pete and Joyce Chamberlain were in the house, along with Stevie and some new visitors to the Neck.  Finally, Gloucesterites, Kelly and Kai Rich stopped in for a GMG sticka and T-shirt for Kelly to wear to the parade today.  Mug Up is held every Sunday morning at 10:00 at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck.  Put it on your calendar and join us.  Coming attractions: next Sunday there is rumor that we will again be blessed with some of Paul Morrison’s amazing smoked bluefish pate’ (amazing stuff!). 

E.J. Lefavour


‘Twas the Night Before the Horribles

GMG contributor Terry Weber files this preparation of the Fishtown Horribles Parade organizers.-

‘Twas the night before the Horribles, when work was done at a clip,
Not a committee member was resting, not even Al Kipp;

The frames for the floats were constructed with care,
In hopes the parade would be the best in years;
The children were helping and looking ahead,
While visions of fireworks danced in their heads;
The parade was in doubt, and once ready to fade,

But the faithful and true, stepped in with some aid;

May the little city by the sea always keep within sight,

Its culture, its heart–its own guiding light;

A Happy Horribles to all, and to all a good night!

Click photo below for Terry Weber’s slide show-

A huge thank you to all that donate the tremendous amount of time and effort to putting on the Fishtown Horrible  Parade for the entire community to enjoy!

rocky neck GALLERY update

1_ClaudiaKaufman_Ellen's kitchenContemporary realist painter Claudia Kaufman’s “Simply Looking: Looking Simple,” the third in the Rocky Neck Gallery Summer Artist Series, opens Wednesday, July 6 and runs until Tuesday, July 19. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, July 9, from 5-8 p.m. The public is invited.

Kaufman lives in Marblehead and is a member of the North Shore, Rockport, and Marblehead Art Associations and the Copley Society of Art. Her work has been shown in many Boston area exhibitions. She worked as a commercial artist in New York City followed by a career as marketing executive/creative director of a national healthcare technology company.

She studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine arts in Boston, Mass College of Art and most recently completed a post baccalaureate residency program in painting at Brandeis University.
Kaufman says, “As a contemporary realist painter, my works are studies in observation… still life set-ups of familiar objects that are deceptively simple, yet complex. Stopping short of photo-realism, I work to keep the signs of my hand and brushstroke in my work and am particularly intrigued by the drama of light, transparency, reflection and strong shadows.”

2_ClaudiaKaufman_Lillies in limelight3_ClaudiaKaufman_bag o' oranges

2011 GMG Horribles Parade Float Preview and Horribles Parade and Fireworks Info


The picture above this text is as much as Sista Felicia will let me show you as there have already been reports of spies in and around GMG float building headquarters.

The team has been working around the clock and I can safely say this is their best effort yet.  Can’t wait to see all of you along the parade route and if we haven’t met please be sure to introduce yourself and cheer on the GMG float.  We will have limited amount of GMG stickers version 5.0 so if you don’t have one come ask me for one (thanks Frank Ciolino and Shew for producing them and Beth Swan for designing them) also Candy Galore (175lbs worth) to pass out.

The kids are fired up and the adults are exhausted but the results are astounding.

Listen for the all Gloucester Soundtrack which was put together by Gloucester Based Peter and Vickie Van Ness’ www.gimmesound.com and features- Allen Estes, Bandit Kings, Bingo Fridays, Chelsea Berry, Dan King, Earl & Arch, Erinn Brown, Everybody’s Neil, Fly Amero, Gary Shane, Henri Smith, Hoodoo Revelator, Inge Berge, Karen Ristuben, Lisa Landy, Michael O’Leary, Mile 21, Pete Lindberg, Runaround Sound, Satch Kerans, Tod Ellyson, Tony Hilliard, Will Hunt, Willie Alexander

Huge thanks to our builders-

Bro-In Law Barry, Sista Felicia, Ed Collard, Jeremy Frost Construction, our mother “Mammaw”, and Amandacakes and BJ.  Paulie Walnuts will be printing up the limited run t-Shirts and Greg Harris’ Briarwood Landscaping is providing us with the trailer.  Frank and Joey Ciolino are doing the truck detailing.  Will Hunt is donating the PA system.

Also, the float would not be what it is without  our awesome community minded businesses who helped with the dough to make it possible-


gimmesound.com — local live music listings.  Find every live music show in Gloucester and Cape Ann — listen to music on-line & download — all for free.


The Lone Gull is a family owned coffeehouse located on Main Street in historic downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts. Our ideal location makes us a great place to stop for a drink or a bite to eat, to chat with friends, or to have a business meeting. We offer free wi-fi to our customers, extremely comfortable couches and chairs, and a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere.

Passports Restaurant


Ed Collard House Doctors Handyman Services

2011 Horribles Parade Route-

Gloucester Horribles Parade Route 6:00PM Start:
Start at Gloucester High School
Leslie O. Johnson Road
Centennial Avenue
Western Blvd.
Rogers Street
Manuel F. Lewis Street
Main Street
Pleasant Street
Prospect Street
Railroad Avenue
Washington Street
Centennial Avenue
Emerson Avenue
Lincoln Avenue
Blynman Avenue
End at Gloucester High School

Gloucester MA Fireworks Start at 9:30PM

View of the Atlantic Ocean and Norman’s Woe Island from the Portico of Hammond Castle From Papa Dunes


Papa Dunes Writes-

Located on Hesperus Ave. in Gloucester, MA, Hammond Castle is a Medieval Castle open to the public.

The history of uninhabited Norman’s Woe is the history of its many shipwrecks. One noted shipwreck was of the “Rebecca Ann” in March, 1823. In a snowstorm, all ten crewmembers were swept out to sea, and one survived by holding on to a rock in the water. Perhaps the most famous shipwreck at Norman’s Woe was of the schooner “Favorite” out of Wiscasset, Maine, in December 1839. Twenty bodies washed ashore, among them that of an older woman lashed to a piece of the ship. Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow took that story and named the ship “Hesperus” after a wreck near Boston in creating the legend of “The Wreck of the Hesperus,” the most famous “shipwreck” associated with Norman’s Woe.

Check out The Rest of Papa Dunes Beautiful Photography here