Help Send The Docksiders On Vacation

Hi Joey,
The GHS Docksiders are raising money for their trip to perform at Disney World in April 2012. They’ve been invited to perform at 3 separate venues this year which is quite an honor.
We are holding the following event to help raise money to cover trip costs. Any exposure you can give us to help drum up participation in the January 17th Music Quiz Night event would be greatly appreciated.
This is going to be a fun night. David DiPietro, assistant leader of the Docksiders, is going to MC and the event is being held at Bass Rocks Golf Club which is a beautiful venue.
Please give me a call or email me if you have any questions.
Thanks so much for anything you can do to help us out.

Music Quiz Night, GHS Docksiders Fundraiser

Test your music knowledge at this fundraiser, hosted by the GHS Docksiders Parent Group, Friday, January 27th at 6 pm, Bass Rocks Golf Club. Questions from all music genres will be included plus some “name that tune” questions. Game begins at 7 p.m. Teams of four ($100 per team) will compete for a trophy and bragging rights until next year. Cash bar, light refreshments, & door prizes. Proceeds will help fund the Docksiders’ April 2012 trip to perform at Disney World. This promises to be a fun evening. Put together a team (don’t forget to come up with a clever team name) and register by contacting Pam Lally at 978-281-3462 or

Gloucester’s New Twin Lights

The potential to save $450,000 in energy costs by installing two industrial turbines near Varian is definitely an exciting prospect. But just to put this into some perspective (pun intended), we all need to be prepared for the visual impact of these turbines. They are massive, measuring 404-feet in height, taller than the Statue of Liberty. Here’s a depiction of a 418-foot turbine next to the Statue of Liberty:

Wow. For a little extra amusement, check out you tube videos of industrial turbines being brought in on trucks – this sight alone should make for some local excitement as these massive pieces of equipment are installed. The video featured below is of a 1.5 megawatt turbine, significantly smaller than the 2.0 megawatt turbines being installed in Gloucester.

Treasures found locally ~ a pair of hand-painted Czechoslovakian lamps

A recent find for one of my design clients is this pair of sweetly hand-painted Czechoslovakian lamps, with coordinating shades trimmed in blue silk cord, discovered at a local vintage shop.

Forget-me-nots and Roses

I love the challenge of searching for and finding one of a kind (or in this case, a pair of) treasures for my design clients. And I partuclarly love one of my ongoing design jobs for a simply delightful family, with three lovely and lively daughters, each with their own very distinct personality and style preference. The eldest daughter is zippy and lighthearted with a definite flair for the modern; the second daughter is gently refined and ethereal (I think of watercolor hues for her); and the third daughter is possessed of a warm and sunny character—a radiant sunflower. The pair of Czechoslovakian lamps will add a charming touch to the middle daughter’s bedroom. Whether you are searching for special plants for the garden (the most highly scented specimens, for example) or rare and/or out-of-the-ordinary objects of art and decoration for the home, thoughtfully selected accents create the most welcoming sort of home.

Important Safety Note: Although these lamp bases are in near-perfect vintage condition, the cords are not. Judging from the overall poor condition of the cords, I would guess they were last wired in the late 1950’s or 1960’s. We will re-wire the lamps with soft gold-colored cord, which will better blend with the décor, as opposed to the dark brown or stark white wire. Always, and always very thoroughly, check the wiring when purchasing vintage lighting—for obvious reasons, I cannot stress this enough.

Want more Chelsea Berry??

So do we and we are all going to get it when she releases her new CD at the end of the month – Stay tuned!

What a lineup for tonight:  See the full list here


What Time Is It Mr. Fox with Kristen Miller tonight @ The Old Sloop Coffee House – 7:30-10:00

This concert is a WUMB “Share the Warmth” event. Bring gently-used jackets, coats, gloves, mittens, and hats to this show for distribution to area homeless shelters by members of the UMass Boston Golden Key society. Donors will receive a coupon good for a free dessert or drink. Please help us in this cooperative venture with WUMB radio and the Boston Area Coffeehouse Association!

There will be tickets available at the door.

Day of show suggested contribution: $12
65 or over: $7, under 18: $5, family: $24

More info here >


Seen on New Years’ Day in the morning, on a window in the old St. Ann’s High School building on Prospect St.  This is sort of follow-up to my other recent post with a photo of this building; this is a detail of the same window, but on a different day. I like the jeweled effect of the beads of condensation on the glass, absent in the other photo.