Rockport Rotary’s LobsterFest Video From Lisa Martin

LobsterFest is August 13th, 2011 and is always a great time.


Rockport, North Shore, and Greater Boston, MA – Rain or shine, on Saturday, August 13 from 12 noon to 7 pm at the American Legion Hall Bandstand on scenic Back Beach in Rockport, MA, Rockport Rotarians will host their 15th annual public LobsterFest cookout, open to all, and including free entertainment by the legendary Cape Ann Jazz band. Enjoy a complete meal of hot boiled lobster, corn-on-the-cob, clam chowder, roll and butter, watermelon and a soft drink in this festive and picturesque setting for just $25. (military/fire/police/EMT price: $23). A cash menu of hot dogs, burgers, chips, desserts, beer and wine is also available. Each year close to 800 people enjoy this lively event, and funds raised support the good community service projects of Rockport Rotary.

Advance tickets are recommended, available at Granite Savings Bank, John Tarr Store, Rockport National Bank, Village Silversmith, BankGloucester, or from a local Rockport Rotarian or by calling Event Chair & President-Elect Laurene Wessel 978-290-8035, email:

– Don’t Miss It! –

Free-spirited lobsterboy mascots Camden, Kyle, and Eamon will be on hand along with live entertainment from the Cape Ann Jazz Band and hundreds of great folks turning out to support the community service work of Rotary this saturday, August 13, at Rockport Rotary’s 15th annual LobsterFest. More than lobsters will rock, noon to 7 pm, rain or shine, at the Legion Bandstand on Rockport’s scenic back beach! For just $25 cool greenbacks, you get a complete hot-boiled lobster dinner with corn-on-the-cob, chowder, roll and butter, beverage and watermelon (military/fire/police/EMTprice $23). A cash menu of hot dogs, burgers, chips, desserts, beer and wine (yes!) is also available. Advance tickets @ Granite Savings Bank, John Tarr Store, Rockport National Bank, Village Silversmith, BankGloucester, from local Rotarians, or by calling 978-290-8035. Get more scoop at Lobster is good for you and for community, too!

Double Take – Before and After

Although I’m not a huge user of Photoshop or other photo editing applications, I find myself increasingly experimenting with the capabilities of these programs.

I use Photoshop Elements 6, a pared down version of the full Adobe Photoshop set up. Even so, I don’t come close to using all of the tools that are available. Also, Elements costs a fraction of the full Photoshop price.

The photo was made with my Fuji X100, at 1/220 sec, f5.6 with ISO set at 200.

As you can see, the original image was pretty ordinary and quite bland. I wanted to spice it up by conveying a feeling of speed, movement and excitement.

Step 1: I opened the image in Elements 6 and immediately duplicated the original image so I wouldn’t loose the original if I pushed the wrong button. Who says we don’t learn from experience?

Step 2: I wanted to focus attention on the tandem bike riders, so I made a substantial crop thereby eliminating some distracting background and enlarging the image of the bikers.

Step 3: Then, I carefully used the magnetic lasso tool to select the the riders and the bikes. It actually took 3 attempts to get the selection close to what I wanted. I clicked “inverse” in the select menu to keep the bikes in focus.

Step 4: With everything but the bikes and riders now selected (that’s what “inverse” does), I went to filters/blur/motion blur and applied a modest amount of that effect.

Step 4: To further accentuate the bikes and riders I slightly darkened the background (enhance/lighting/brightness contrast)and lightened the tandem riders and bike (filters/render/lighting effects/omni). I also goosed the color saturation a little and tried (without huge success) to sharpen the face of the man on the tandem.


Benefit concert at Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center Friday Aug 12

lamine toure

The North Shore Jazz Project Presents: 
The Waterfront Dance Party of the Summer with Boston’s Best Afro-Pop
Musicians: Lamine Touré and Group Saloum
Friday, August 12th, from 7-10 pm
At the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester

It is time to get out your dancing shows. The waterfront party of last summer is back.
The North Shore Jazz Project is pleased to present a joint fundraiser with the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, on August 17th, 7-10 p.m. on Gloucester’s beautiful waterfront.
About Group Saloum
Group Saloum is Boston’s hottest Afro-pop band. Founded by world-renowned griot percussionist Lamine TourĂ©, Group Saloum fuses Senegalese mbalax with elements of jazz, funk, reggae, and Afrobeat. Group Saloum performs original mbalax music highlighted by the infectious rhythms of TourĂ©’s sabar drums, drawing upon the collective creativity of some of Boston’s most talented musicians.
"From Boston, a spectacular afropop act specializing in, but not limited to, Senegalese mbalax."
— Afropop Worldwide
"Lamine Touré and Group Saloum kick out a hard-hitting dance mix that spans the percussive fury of Senegalese mbalax and the joyful uplift of Congolese soukous"
— Banning Eyre, Boston Phoenix
"Whatever your pleasure this album has got it. Group Saloum is a tight group made of some of the best musicians in Boston. For a city boasting hundreds of music conservatory and grads, this says quite a bit. Their polished act will definitely be thrilling live concertgoers for years to come."
— Erich Ludwig, VP Artist Relations, Calabash Music

About the North Shore Jazz Project and the:
The North Shore Jazz Project’s mission has been to create an environment on the North Shore where music education, performance and appreciation can flourish. Since November 2009, the group has presented standing room only events with top quality performances and several inspirational educational clinics at multiple schools and venues. Clinics are free to student musicians.

About the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center
The goals of Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center are to champion the preservation of Gloucester’s maritime history and traditions and to serve as a resource for the study of marine science and technology.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the North Shore Jazz Project and the Maritime Heritage Museum. Tickets are $20.00. For more information or to purchase advance tickets visit:  We are also on Facebook as The North Shore Jazz Project.

Dinner at George’s Click Pic For Slideshow From Thom Falzarano

Click on photo for a few more views of the evening

Great food, a table full of friends, a few laughs and entertainment by Frankie G, what more could you ask for?  Dinner at George’s! 43 people filled the restaurant with Frankie G providing the entertainment, the menu started with Bruschetta, Crab Cakes on a bed of greens, the main course of Chicken sautĂ©ed in a wine sauce with vegetables over pasta and then dessert, a Chocolate and Peanut butter brownie topped with Ice Cream.  Yummmm!  The September dinner plans are in the makings, check in with Dean at George’s for the details.

Big Mikes Bikes, see them at the Cape Ann Farmers Market

From Big Mike;

“Big Mikes’s Bikes, LLC is a husband and wife team offering repairs, tuneups, rehabs and full-on overhauls for your current bicycle – or choose from one of our used and vintage models that are fully tuned up and ready to go!

We are located in Gloucester Ma, and provide mobile service to all of Cape Ann and much of the North Shore area. Come see us at the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market on Thursdays at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester from 3pm to 6:30pm!”

For More Info Click Below!/BigMikesBikesMA

Rules and Regulations – No Loafing About the Sheds!

Cape Ann Granite Company Rules and Regulations, 1875

The Cape Ann Granite Company was organized in 1869 by Civil War veteran Colonel Jonas H. French. It was located near his summer home in Bay View (Gloucester, MA). Colonel French’s quarries supplied granite for the Boston and Baltimore post offices, the Brooklyn Bridge, and was one of the largest suppliers of paving block in the country. One of French’s claims to fame was cutting out a 122 feet long by 45 feet wide and 30 feet deep block of granite from Old Pit quarry in 1871. The original Cape Ann Granite Company was bought out by the Rockport Granite company in 1893. Remember: “No loafing about the sheds.”
Printed archivally from a scan of the original. Negative # ADP-011-001
Fred Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Sean and Tuffy- In Case Anyone Had Any Thoughts That They Like To Have Fun, Here’s Sean’s Jock Strap Dive

Anyone who thought that our boys were serious only needed to look at this gem from the past-

Here’s our boy diving off our roof in his Jock strap-

It’s a tough job man
Winter fishing on the Trapper John-

What’s New in Jenna’s Garden? Week 8

What’s New in Jenna’s Garden?Jenna Howard headshot

Pleasant Street resident Jenna Howard is providing updates on the peppers, squash and other vegetables growing in her plot at the new Burnham’s Field Community Garden. The reports and photos will allow GoodMorningGloucester viewers to follow the garden’s progress with a weekly answer to the question, “What’s New in Jenna’s Garden?”

By Jenna Howard

Week Eight

Peppers, peppers everywhere!

I have four different types of Peppers growing in my garden. Italian Peperoncinis, spicy Jalapenos, sweet Carmen peppers, and super HOT Habaneros. Over the past week I was able to harvest lots of different peppers. So, as you can imagine, everything I ate last week had peppers in it!

Of all my peppers I am most proud of my Habanero. It’s green (it will turn an orangy-red shade when it’s ripe) and not quiet ready to be picked yet, but an accomplishment nonetheless! Habaneros are actually pretty hard to grow because they thrive on hot weather and lots of sun. They are pretty fickle and should only be watered when dry. Overwatering can give the peppers a bitter taste.

The Habanero is one of the hottest peppers around! It packs a punch even though it will only get to be about an inch to two inches long. Habanero chili peppers are rated 100,000 – 350,000 on the Scoville scale.

Not familiar with the Scoville scale? (Neither was I!) The Scoville scale is a measurement of the spicy heat (or piquance) of a chili pepper. The number of Scoville heat units (SHU) indicates the amount of capsaicin present. Capsaicin is a chemical compound that stimulates chemoreceptor nerve endings in the skin. The highest rating on the scale is 16,000,000 — AKA PURE CAPSAICIN!

See where my peppers rate on the Scoville scale:

Habanero: 100,000 – 350,000

Jalapeno: 3,500 – 8,000

Peperoncini: 100 – 900

Carmen: 0 (no significant heat)

Green Sky at Night from Bill O’Connor

Hi Joe,

I came across this tonight, but I took it in June and had completely forgotten about it.  This photo is not color adjusted in any way, and is of some thunderstorms that rolled through Gloucester just before dusk on June 9th.  I remember how green the clouds were and it made me just want to run for cover even though I was inside! Luckily, I grabbed the camera instead.

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


Kevin J Belrose Memorial Golf Tournament

"We are looking for generous individuals and/or companies willing to donate auction items as a silent auction item for the Kevin J Belrose Memorial Golf Tournament, Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated. All prior auction items have been hugely popular and historically generated a great deal of revenue. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Kevin J. Belrose Memorial Scholarship Fund endowment at Cooperstown Central School. The fund was established in Kevin Belrose’s memory in 2005 and is awarded annually. Cooperstown Central School is the custodian of the endowment; its Tax ID number is 15-6002179.Cooperstown Central School will acknowledge all sponsorships with a letter documenting your donation for tax purposes. I thank you for your consideration of this request.  If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me at 781-608-5692 or via email .

Sincerely, Anne Marie Belrose"