Gloucester Film Maker Emile Doucette & Co Are At It Again! His 100 Hour Film Is In The Running

100 Hour Film Race 2011 Top Films

His film has made the top 20 and if you feel they deserve your vote you can support their efforts by clicking the ballot below

The top films created for the 100 Hour Film Race 2011, a competition that challenges filmmakers to create short films in just 100 hours based on a theme, action, and prop assignment.

Click here to vote and help determine the Audience Award!

The winners and awards will be announced by November 18, 2011.  Good luck to the filmmakers competing!


Judith Montferrante African Safari Seminar at Hunt’s Photo & Video this Saturday Nov 5th


I am doing a talk on African Safari Photography at Hunt’s Photo & Video this Saturday, November 5th from 9:15 to 11 am during their 35th Annual Show (3 day event) titled:  Safari To Fine Arts:  A Morning with Judith Monteferrante – Sponsored by Moab.  Link is:

or call 1-800-221-1830

"Safari to Fine Arts: A Morning with Judith Monteferrante " Sponsored by Moab
Spend the morning with acclaimed photographer Judith Monteferrante. Her work can be seen at numerous galleries and in many publications across the country. She will share her experiences as a photographer including her most recent trips toAfrica. Judith’s unique style of shooting and printing breathes new life into an already exciting topic. This seminar will prove to be an inspirational way to start your day.

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Photos of Rockport’s HarvestFest

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Great local food (steamed lobsters!), a beer tasting with brews from Cape Ann Brewing Co., cooking demonstrations with Frank McClelland, Laurie Lufkin, Christian Collins, Eric Lorden and Heather Atwood, hayrides, lots of scarecrows, local non profits, art activities for kids (including a Rockport Music-sponsored instrument making workshop) and great live music. Rockport’s HarvestFest was beautiful and a whole lot of fun. Cape Ann residents and visitors were able to celebrate the best of the season in one of the most beautiful towns in the New England. Many thanks to Esther Mathieu of Esther Mathieu Photography for documenting the day and allowing us to share her photographs!

Go to to stay in touch about upcoming events in downtown Rockport.

St. Ann School Auction Nov 4th

If at all possible would you please promote our Auction on Friday, November 4, 2011 at Cruiseport at 6:00 pm.?
Tickets are $30 per person and include hors d’oeuvres, plated chicken dinner, coffee, tea and dessert.  Cash bar is available.  Call St. Ann at 978 283 3455 for ticket information or stop by at 60 Prospect Street, Gloucester,MA.  We have something for everyone at every price point.  From grabs to vacations and everything in between.  Get some Christmas shopping finished early!
Thank you.
Dee McCormack

Sylvia Tickets to Support The Dog Park Nov 17th


The Cape Ann Theatre Collaborative (CAT) has generously dedicated a night to The Gloucester Dog Park by donating a portion of the proceeds to the November 17th performance of Sylvia to the dog park for the much needed funds to open by park by summer 2012. Please come and support both CAT and Dogs for this great event.
Sylvia is a play about a dog, the couple who adopts her, and the drama that results. It was written by A.R. Gurney and was first produced in 1995. This story about when a mid-life crisis threatens to unravel a marriage and a dog becomes the center of an unlikely love triangle in a heartwarming tale that examines relationships and the search for meaning in life, a hilarious romp that will have you howling for more.
The benefit will be held at Gorton Theater, home of the Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. The reception and silent auction begins at 6:00 PM and the performance begins at 7:30. Get there early to bid on great items for both humans and canines! At intermission there will be a free raffle for a prize and be sure you stay for the entire performance as winners for the silent auction items will be announced that evening right after the show.
Tickets are available for Sylvia at the Weathervane, Animal Krackers (Gloucester & Rockport stores) and now The Essex Bird Shop & Pet Supply.
If paying by check, please make the checks out to The Cape Ann Theatre Collaborative. Contact our volunteers if you are interested in tickets or have any questions at

Like The Cape Ann Theatre Collaborative Here

Thursday Night Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line ~ With Ricky “King” Russell and Ed Scheer

Listen up! This week is going to be very special. The last time Ricky Russell showed up, we all nearly had a heart attack! It was one of the best shows we’ve ever had. So tighten up your Kuyper Belt cuz we’re ready to blast off once again with Ricky at the helm. Not only that, but Edd “duodenum” Scheer is coming back too! These guys can melt the two-tone paint off your Edsel! We’ll be diving deep into the bowels of the blues to see what comes up. These guys are 100% natural with no added filler, gluten-free and wired for sound. Safe when taken as directed. Bring your cane and your dancing shoe!
And don’t forget the dinner special: nachos and choice of burritos for two at $18.Yum!

Julie Dougherty ~ Guest Host for Fly Amero Tonight @ The Rhumb Line

Wednesdays at the Rhumb Line

Prime Rib Specials!
Wednesdays Only!

Hello everyone!
From 10/23 thru 11/04, I’ll be on tour in Holland & Scotland
with the Orleans Trio.  This week, Julie Dougherty has graciously
agreed to step in as host for the show.  Thank you, Julie!

Wednesday, November 2nd
Guest Host:

Julie is a wonderful, engaging performer and a dear, dear friend.
I’m honored to have her as guest host for this week’s show.
Taken from her website,

“I’ve been singing since the mid-sixties, starting with my sister, Kathy,
performing folk music at coffeehouses in the Boston area, such as the
Unicorn Coffeehouse and the King’s Rook (we were lucky enough to
open up several times for the Kingston Trio in the 70’s) …through the
years since then, I’ve travelled much of the country singing Irish music,
original folk-rock music, country-rock music in the 80’s, and have made
several trips to Nashville, where I placed two original songs with two
major publishing firms and almost moved there in the early 90’s….but
my roots are in New England! I also hosted a songwriting cable TV
show called Songwriters In The Round for three years, on which we
featured many fine songwriters including Noel Paul Stookey, Chris
Smither, and Al Kooper, to name just a few.
“I spent a year and a half writing and performing in an original funk
band in the Boston area, the Boston Horns and also explored some jazz
and blues combinations. I really love all kinds of music and love singing
as many styles as I can. I’m very lucky to have had plenty of work over
the years and have recorded a couple of my own CD’s along the way…

Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prime Rib Dinner –
  $9.95 (while they last)
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!

I hope Julie sees you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

Tomorrow night, (11/2) I’ll be filling in for Fly Amero
(Dinner With Fly), guest-hosting this legendary night at the Rhumbline
in Gloucester, Ma… four special ‘dinner guests’ who will serenade you:
Charlee Bianchini, Marty Dunphy, Ron and Sheila Schrank, and Elle Gallo … all doing their own sets.   I’m happy to be hosting such great talent!   don’t miss it, 8-11pm

Forgive me Sista Felica, For I know not what I Do.

Forgive me Sista Felica, For I know not what I Do.

Rustic Pot Roast Pot Pies

Something quick and easy for all you fellow non Foodies out there.

It looks good anyways!


can (18.5 oz) Progresso® Rich & Hearty beef pot roast with country vegetables soup
cup stout beer
cup plain mashed potato mix (dry)
box Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
cups prepared mashed potatoes
egg, beaten
fresh rosemary or thyme sprigs, if desired

Got Stuff?

I just saw Snapgoods on Good Morning America. It’s a great way to keep consumption down. All we have to do is sign up and add local friends. It really sounds like a doable way of sharing what we have and make a little money at the same time.

I found this review:

SnapGoods offers users a new way to find items they need to borrow or rent. The site claims to provide a safe way to lend out items or borrow hem from others. Users can post an item they need (a “want ad”) or post an item they have that is available to borrow or rent (a “good”). The site is intended to help users find cost effective ways to get things done or a quick solution to find a suitable replacement item for one that was lost or damaged. Item categories are relatively broad, including photo and video, music, tools and gadgets. SnapGoods also helps put users’ minds at ease by offering to replace or repair any damage done to items that are lent or rented out through the site. The item search includes geographic location filters as well as closest, best match and recently added options. See more here.

Wheeler or Wheelers Point?

Wheeler Point, Mill and Annisquam Rivers, circa 1950 Don Felt/ ©Fredrik D. Bodin
You say Wheeler, I say Wheelers;

You say Wonson, and I say Wonsons;

Let’s get the whole thing right…
My friend Cliff McCarthy and I disagreed on whether it’s Wheeler Point or Wheelers Point. We based our opinions on what we’ve heard people say and maps we’ve looked at. Who’s right? The United States Board of Geographic Names (US BGN) is right – they define the official names of everything geographic. Their database holds the Federally recognized name of every feature’s location by state, with USGS topographic map, geographic coordinates, altitude, and even includes undersea features. This is the gold standard for place names. In the American West after the Civil War, rapid westward expansion led to confusing names for geographic features. This was a serious problem for surveyors, map makers, and the military. In 1890, President Harrison created the US BGN to standardize geographic names.
The final word on Wheeler(s) Point and Wonson(s) Cove is here: Click on Search Domestic Names, type in what you’re looking for in the Feature Name box, select the State, select the County, then press the Send Query button. You’ll see that Wheeler Point is correct (with Wheelers Point as a variant name))and so is Wonson Cove (with Wonson’s Cove as a variant name). Cliff, you were right!
Here are some interesting official names on Cape Ann: Cressy Beach (with Cressys Beach as a variant name), Dog Bar (an underwater bar), Dog Bar Breakwater (a dam) , Dog Bar Channel, and Dogtown Common ( listed as a Populated Place with an elevation of 79 feet). Some places we know are not listed, such as Cripple Cove. The US BGN invites any person or organization to propose new names, name changes, or names that are in conflict.
Printed from the original 4×5 inch film negative in my darkroom. Image # A9245-546
Fredrik D. Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Rockport? Yeah, We Got That- The Motif #1 Webcam From The Bluefish Property Group Goes Live

Oh yeah and in the midst of all this I decided to do a complete redesign from top to bottom of the Smile

Thanks to John McElhenny from Matter Communications and Bill O’Connor from North Shore Kid on the feedback and suggestions about ver 1.1

Check out the Bluefish Property Group Motif #1 Webcam at the new site


Tim from  installed another one yesterday in Rockport The view of Motif # 1 from Bradley Wharf!


Jay Geils Revue at the Shalin Liu From Kim Smith

Kim Writes-

Hi Joey,

The musicians were sensational—Jay Geil’s guitar mesmerizing and Doug Bell and Gerry Beaudoin are not only fabulously talented musicians but also super fantastic showman. The Jay Geils Revue is a power house of talent and they put on a great show. Doug, Jay, and Gerry were performing on the most gorgeous vintage guitars. Doug Bell shares your birthday!

Jay Geils Revue Featuring Doug Bell