One more from Katia

Just one more shot from the swell on friday from Katia.

It looks dangerous for the boat but not at all. They were tacking expertly back and forth off Andrews Point. Even within a hundred yards of the point they are in a soft offshore breeze and in 120 feet of water so they barely see the bump of the surge as it passes under the boat. Amazing how that long wave just jumps out of the water in the shallows. The zoom lens stacks up the distance a tad too.

The danger, if there is one, is all on the group of ducks that seem to be playing chicken with these waves. They sit bobbing just at the break and I watch for one of them to be the “dumb” duck and push it too far. It seems like they are just inches from having their duck brains battered. Are ducks just like humans? Their spectra of behavior could be the same. I keep watching for the thrill seeking dumb duck who pushes it too far. Just like the surfers who ride these waves. Still waiting.

The first “Celebrate Wearable Art!” jewelry, fiber art, and fashion event to be held on September 25

Jewelry, fiber art, and fashion lovers across New England are invited to an oceanside celebration of Boston Fashion Week. On Sunday, September 25, the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (seARTS) will hold its fall benefit “Celebrate Wearable Art!” in Gloucester at the Bass Rocks Golf Club.

The daylong celebration will include a jewelry and fiber art marketplace, lunch, cash bar, and runway-style live fashion segments with models displaying every form of Wearable Art. Wearable Art includes hand-made and one of a kind jewelry, clothing, and accessories created as fine or expressive art–most of which can be worn every day. Along with celebrated local designers from Cape Ann, artists from the Mobius Runway show and up-and-coming fashion designers from Rising Design Boston will participate in the live segments of the show. This event offers a preview of Rising Design’s fashions to be shown later that week at Boston Fashion Week.

The majority of the live fashion segments will occur during lunch between 12 – 2 PM when all shopping will pause so that guests may enjoy the show and a seated lunch by Timothy S. Hopkins Catering. A sneak peek of just a few of the participating artists in the live segments…

· Collaborative artists Beth Williams of Gloucester and Carol Bugarin of Boston, presenting the “Electric Murano.” Primarily composed of handmade glass beads, this headpiece, earrings and necklace will include LED lighting within the pieces. Inspired by glass artist Dale Chihuly and the glass sculptures on the island of Murano in Venice.

· Designer Jane Wang, member of the Mobius artist group of Boston, presenting the “Devil with the Red Dress.” Wang’s ensemble will include a body piece knit-sculpted from electrical wire, and a felted hat and handbag.

· Designer Katie Pray of Albany, New York presenting her “ZipTease” jumpsuit and "Besties" collection. Zip Tease is a sexy all zipper skinny leg jumpsuit which weighs in at eight pounds all by itself! The pieces in Pray’s “Besties” dress collection are named after her best friends—for example, the “Dottie,” a purple ruffle dress, inspired by the gladiola flower. Each ruffle is hand sewn on the base allowing for amazing movement and flow.

· Designer Jennifer Greeke of Harpy Fashion in Gloucester presenting highlights from her Fall/Winter 2011 Collection including her “Roxy Dress” made of black cotton, silk and recycled fishnet, and her “Pedestal Dress” made of white cotton twill and fishnet.

· Designer Alyssa Fishenden of Leominster, presenting "Curtain Call.” A high-waisted skirt with matching cropped top and jacket constructed of old telephone books. All of the individual pieces are lined with blackout curtain fabric. Fishenden will also present an untitled piece: a halter with bubble skirt-dress constructed of plastic grocery bags with a navy stretch nylon lining.

· Designer Camilla MacFadyen presenting a runway piece titled "locally grown haute couture." Using twenty five feet of silk chiffon, MacFadyen will swag and style two models as Mother Nature and her daughter. The silk chiffon is printed with heirloom vegetables grown on Cape Ann farms.

· Kate Seidman of the Art Room Boutique in Gloucester presenting three pieces from her Art Room Boutique collection, including two dresses inspired by the photography of the Cape Ann quarries captured by photographer Leslie Bartlett. Seidman incorporated two of his photographed panels into her Amazonian dresses. Seidman also invited designer Sonia Goulart to create a fourth dress made from hand painted charmeuse silk that flows as she moves. Originally white, the dress was then hand painted by Stephen Bates to create the swirl of color.

The event will include sale of unique and handmade jewelry and fashions by local artists. Attendees can also purchase “experiences” including a private, full day photography workshop, a mosaic workshop, or a private art history session on site at a museum from the “seARTS Art Experience Marketplace.” All of the experiences have been donated by local artists and businesses.

Recently the city of Gloucester and the entire Cape Ann community were recognized by AmericanStyle Magazine as the #3 arts destination for small cities in the United States. Events such as this one and the collaborative efforts of creative artists and designers across Cape Ann have contributed to the community’s rise on the local and national art scene.

“This fabulous event will also allow North Shore residents to celebrate Boston Fashion Week a little closer to home, and support the works of local designers,” said Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, of the seARTS Board and Wearable Arts group. “The seARTS Wearable Arts group will also host a community holiday show, now entering its fifth year, during Gloucester’s Middle Street Walk in December.”

The show will be emceed by Steve Aveson, host of the NECN Morning Show. The event is made possible by presenting sponsors Michael and Elaine Butter of Acme Merchandise and Apparel. Styling will be provided by the Deborah Coull Salon and Ellen Shea of Rising Design.

Details of the Event:

Date: Sunday, September 25, 2011

Location: Bass Rocks Golf Club, 34 Beach Road, Gloucester, MA. 978-283-1866

Further Info: (978) 281-1222 or email

Tickets: $75 if purchased by check by September 14. Through September 19: $80. Last day to purchase tickets is September 19. Purchase tickets by sending a check to: seARTS, PO Box 1476, Gloucester, MA. 01931 or online: or via PayPal

Event Schedule: Shopping for Ticket Holders: 10 AM – 12 PM and 2 PM – 4 PM

Lunch 12 PM – 2 PM. During the seated lunch, the majority of the live fashion segments will occur.

All artists in the show are donating twenty-five percent of sales to support the mission of seARTS. seARTS, a registered 501(c)3 is a coalition of artists, art lovers, cultural institutions, businesses, and municipal organizations, all working together to improve the economic base for the arts and the larger Cape Ann community. For more information, visit

Did You Know? (It’s Saturday, So Tomorrow is MUG UP!)

It’s Saturday, and that means tomorrow is Mug Up at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck G3, Madfish Wharf.  10:00 am.  Always a great time, great people, great food, coffee and conversation.

Also, mark your calendars now for the last two upcoming competitions at the Gallery.  On Sunday, September 18th during Mug Up, we will be holding the First Annual Lobster Roll Competition.  Judges for this competition will be Sista Felicia (we all know what an awesome cook and foodie Felicia is), Wendie Demuth (who grew up working for her father’s lobster business and ate huge amounts of lobster, prepared in every imaginable way), Brenda Hill (food judge for the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association, author and freelance writer from FL, originally from Gloucester) and Kim Smith (butterfly garden and lobster roll expert, who’d better show or Ed Collard gets her spot).  The lobster roll competition will be fierce and require special handling, so we need to have an idea of the number of entrants in advance.  Bun grilling can be done here at the gallery just before the entry goes to the judges, so entrants only need to bring a batch of their filling (hopefully enough to share a little with everyone after judging is complete) and their buns of preference.  If you are planning to enter, please reply post on the blog, or if you want to be more secretive, you can email me at  You might also want to put in a reservation early with Joey at Capt. Joe & Sons for your lobsters.

On Sunday, October 2nd during the season’s Grand Finale Mug Up, we will be holding the First Annual Bloody Mary Competition.  Judges for this competition will be Maureen Malloy (Brenda’s aunt who comes highly recommended by Ed Collard), Charity Ciaramitaro (2nd cousin twice removed of Joey, great FOB and regular Mug Upper who loves Bloody Mary’s), Wendie “It must be 5:00pm somewhere” Demuth and our fun and Bloody Mary loving Mayor, Carolyn Kirk.  Start working on those special Bloody Mary recipes and bring a batch over for the competition.  You should plan to make up a big batch for judging/sharing and separate garnishes/glass, if you want to put in an entry that includes presentation (an important element of a winning Bloody Mary).

E.J. Lefavour

CMI {Comedy Mystery Interactive} Show & Dinner 7:30pm September 24th and November 19th

At Gloucester House Restaurant 63 Rogers Street in Gloucester 01930

Saturday September 24th 2011
Saturday November 19th 2011

Show & Dinner 7:30pm
Doors open at 7:00pm

Birthdays, Bachelorettes, Anniversaries, etc…

$39.95 + tax 
Ticket price includes:
Dinner and Show                                                                                                                                          

(Tips not included)                          Cash Bar Available
38 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Credit Cards & Money Orders in Advance

(978) 879-9293 call NOW!

Tornado Relief Trip


September 11 has been deemed a National Day Of Service, to honor the fallen from that fateful day.   In honor of this, a service trip has been organized to head out to tornado-ravaged Monson, Massachusetts to assist with the recovery and relief efforts from the devastation left behind on June 1st.  There is plenty to be done… hand out drinks, prepare lunches, rake, clear brush and debris, run the chippers, chainsaws, help repair homes, help rebuild homes and more… work gloves will be provided along with drinks and lunch.. we have plenty of vehicles to give you a ride if you don’t want to drive… we will be convening at Dock Square in Rockport by 7am this Sunday, 9/11 and will be in Monson around 9:15am at the gazebo on Main Street so the Street Angels can send us out in crews to help. We should be back in town by 6pm.  Please email, call Angela’s cell at 978-290-3184 or just show up on Sunday morning at Dock Square if you would like to come along on this worthwhile mission.  Additional details are at!/event.php?eid=261415813879592 if you would like to help spread the word.


Friday night sail

Smooth sailing off Andrews Point last night with the Hurricane Katia pushing in a nice swell from a distance. If anyone knows this green hull out of Rockport Harbor sail number 283 I have a ton of photos I could stick on a server. The moon, the boat, and the surge made some decent scenery. More later.

Attention Working Men Of America- Two Sister’s Has The Breakfast To Power You Through Your Tough Work day


Listen, if you have some namby pamby desk job you don’t need to read this.  This breakfast is for the physical working man and woman who need some serious food to get them through a physically demanding work day.

Do yourself a favor and go to Two Sisters.  Even if it’s not on the menu owner Patty says they will make it for you any day- The Aztec Scrambled.

This meal is perfectly spicy and full of protein between the eggs, beans and meat in the chilli.  Trust me on this- if you have a tough day ahead, get yourself over to Two Sisters and fuel up on a hearty, tasty breakfast- the Aztec Scrambled.

(the coffee is great too)




Two Sisters


27 Washington Street
Gloucester, MA 01930-3531
(978) 281-3378