Get Your Ressies For Passports Wine Dinner Tomorrow Night!


The deets-

Zinfandel Wine Dinner with Chili Sulivan January 26th at 7pm

January 24, 2012 in Menus, Uncategorized | by stocantins |

1st course: Local seafood salad with spicy aioli wrapped in butter lettuce.

2nd course: Eric’s short rib chili with wonton chips.

3rd course: Duck confit with quinoa and brussel sprouts.

4th coarse: Brown butter cake with chocolate mousse filing and ganache

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Tiny- Pet of the Week

Forwarded by Tina Ketchopolos

Hi!  My name is Tiny, I am a four-month-old girl pup who is a retriever mix.   I don’t know why my name is Tiny, as I am going to be rather big when I am fully grown.


I am here at the Cape Ann Animal Aid with my brothers.

I am so happy to report that I am doing extremely well walking on a leash, but I need a little more practice.

If you are looking for a pup and have the patience to let me learn, I will be a great dog.  I am at the  Cape Ann Animal Aid, located at 260 Main Street in Gloucester.

When you arrive you will know which one I am, I am Tiny and my tail will be wagging non-stop!

Bridal Show at Cruiseport Gloucester on Thursday, January 26 at 6:30pm

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The fourth annual Cruiseport Gloucester Wedding Expo and Bridal Show will be the largest and most spectacular to date.  Hundreds of brides and grooms come together for an exciting, hands-on look at the latest wedding trends, fashions, food and music.

This year’s event will feature a fashion show including bridal gowns, tuxedos and dresses for mothers of the brides and brides’ maids.

Attendees can sample the new recipes, see over a dozen tablescapes by area florists featuring specialty linens and flowers, visit candy station and taste wedding cakes.

The Cruiseport Gloucester Grand Ballroom will showcase the most popular wedding bands and DJs and host dozens of top wedding vendors north of Boston from photographers to invitation & place-card printers.

Expert wedding planners will be available to answer questions and help brainstorm ideas.

Past bridal shows have proven to be a fun way to help brides and grooms plan their weddings.  This year’s show is expected to top them all in size, quality and sheer enjoyment.  Come Join the FUN!

Sheree DeLorenzo

Could we sneak by without a winter?

Today’s Scientific American has a story here explaining why we have not had a winter yet. Something about the NAO or North Atlantic Oscillation keeping the jet stream straight and high to the north of us. Could it stay up there? They can’t seem to predict that. What? Can’t predict the weather? I wouldn’t mind if spring arrived sometime early February. I bet you could go out and clip some forsythia to force right now. Go ahead. Meanwhile …

This was shot February 27th of last year. Click the photo for a shot of Motif #1 the same day. So we need to sneak past February before we can start thinking that we have skipped an entire winter.

What’s Cookin’? Grand Opening Tomorrow at 11 am

At The Site of The Former Scroo Cookin’ What’s Cookin’ will be holding their grand Opening tomorrow at 11AM

Free cup of soup to the first 30 people and $2 Pulled Pork & Bolognese sliders!  We are also the sole distributor of Gloucester’s finest sausage – Trupiano’s!

You heard it here!

185 Washington Street, Thursday January 26th, Be There!

Brad Byrd on his roof talking about performing


Just in case you feel like crossing the bridge tonight, Brad Byrd will be at Johnny D’s tonight with Peter Parcek and others.

If you’d rather stay closer to home, check out our good friend Allen Estes, who will be Fly’s special guest at the Rhumb Line.  Always a special treat!

Bid now on Deb Clarke’s Madonna and Child buoy – Only two days until the auction event!

Madonna and Child buoy by Debbie Clarke
Madonna and Child buoy by Debbie Clarke

After much painstaking work and a couple set backs, you may have already seen Deb Clarke’s buoy on the blog yesterday! It came out AWESOME and today you have the chance to bid on it in case you can’t make it to Art Haven’s big buoy auction event on Friday night…

All the buoys from this year’s lobster trap tree will be auctioned off THIS Friday, the 27th at Cruiseport Gloucester, including the ones featured here. But you can put your bids in now to get your name in the hat. Again, the details:

-If you like a buoy you see, bidding starts at $20, and you can just bid in the comments section below the post, HOWEVER

-Your bid doesn’t become official until you send Art Haven an email ( saying you’re serious and letting us know how to get in contact with you.

-Finally, if you’re the highest bidder on the blog, that makes your bid the starting bid at the auction. We’ll be in touch about your max bid if you can’t make it to the auction.

If you’ve got any questions, leave ’em in the comments section. Also, check out the artist buoys on Art Haven’s Facebook page and tell us if there are particular buoys you’d like to see go up here. And remember, your money is helping more kids on Cape Ann have access to crazy fun art activities 🙂  Happy bidding!

Dave Sag’s Blues Party to Host Willie ” Loco” Alexander

Thursday – 9:00 to 12:00 


Dave says,

Well, it’s a dog eats dog world, and the first bite counts, so let’s welcome back our very own homegrown hero, Mr. Willie “Loco” Alexander, the Godfather of Punk. Yes, yes , take pride in the Atlas who holds up the entire rock ‘n roll world with his withering arms! This guy has done it all! We’re so glad he’s back with us for another dive bombing mission into the primordial soup of blues, Fats Domino, L’il Richard and his own unique brand of intestinal rock.
He’s bringin’ his boy, Mr. Billy Loosigian with him. Not only a member of Willie’s current band, but a mainstay in the Boston scene for over 100 years, Billy’s glitar practically invented the whole Boston music industry, playing with such luminous bands as The Joneses and The Nervous Eaters, to name a few. Watch out, girls, the guy is handsome and fancy-free!
Beating the skins and all odds will be that cranially polished Mr. Steevee Chaggaris, master of guffaws and Hadacol® spokesmodel. Of course, Mr. Greg T. and myself will provide all A.C. current. So, c’mon in for an artificially disinhibiting libation and watch your socks rot off. If your I.Q. is room temperature; leave it home.Free admission to the first 100 folks who show up with a safety pin through his nose!

Breaking News: The Gloucester Tri May Be Coming Back If CK Has Anything To Do With It!!!


Dear 2009 Gloucester Triathlon participant,
You are the first to hear some exciting news!  We have been contacted by Mayor Carolyn Kirk to bring BACK the Gloucester Triathlon. Thanks to YOU, we had a wildly successful 2009 Gloucester Triathlon. We are thrilled to stage the event again in one of favorite race venues. 

We hope to have as soon as possible final approval from the City Council and other various department heads for a September race date (after Labor Day weekend).

IMPORTANT – to show your support for this event and to join our 2012 email list please gohere.  If you are a Facebook user follow the race here.

Here is Mayor Kirk’s letter of support for the 2012 Gloucester Triathlon.
SPREAD THE WORD – the triathlon is coming back!!

Bill Burnett

Streamline Events, LLC

Thanks Deane Gyllenhaal for the heads up!

The Mount Washington Hotel

Joey edit-
Here it is back in 2002 from almost the same exact perspective.  Man I miss that car.-
DSC00365The Mount Washington Hotel, 1903 N.L. Stebbins/©Fredrik D. Bodin
In 1900, wealthy Pennsylvania industrialist Joseph Stickney began construction of the Mount Washington Hotel, located in Bretton Woods, NH. Two hundred and fifty Italian artisans were hired to build the steel-framed Spanish Renaissance structure. When finished in 1902, the hotel accommodated 600 guests, with a staff of 350. It had its own railroad station, post office, electric power plant, telephone system, and 6,400 acres for golf and recreation. Look closely between the two flagged towers, and you’ll see the electrified banner: MOUNT WASHINGTON. The photograph also shows the 1903 Glidden Automobile Tour, organized by the fledgling American Automobile Association. The purpose of the tour was to foster public acceptance of the automobile and draw attention to the primitive road system, which was unpaved, unmapped, and suitable only for horse travel. This was one of the first motorized endurance races.
Early Glidden Tour
Today the grand hotel thrives as the year-round Omni Mount Washington Resort. It’s a National Historic Landmark featuring a 25,000 square foot spa, two four-diamond dining rooms, and a renovated speakeasy: the Cave. In 1902, hotelier Joseph Stickney successfully charged $10 per night "in season" – twice the going rate at the time. You can book a room at the Mount Washington tonight for $199.

Fredrik D. Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Maime’s Kitchen Glosta Coffee Roll Bra From Cliff McCarthy

coffee roll bra

Hi Joey,

After viewing the post showing  one of Laura Jacobs nautical-themed bras,

I got to thinking about one of your past posts.

STRAIGHT SEXY ! You wrote about a coffee roll.

Hummm, maybe Joey has something here.

So, Hot off the Grill I present the Glosta Coffee Roll Bra.

Much more comfortable than any lobster/crab shell bra.

Enjoy your breakfast,

   Cliff McCarthy


Isn’t Niles Pond gorgeous? The above photo I posted on Sunday; the pond looks especially pristine and sparkly in the snow and ice.

The following day GMG follower and Eastern Point resident Daniel D. wrote to say “It does look beautiful, and as a Resident of Eastern Point, I love when others can share in the beauty of our neighborhood. Unfortunately, the picture for today should be all the cans, boxes, and trash left behind by these people when they finished skating that day, all glaringly standing out as the snow melts in that exact spot… Hopefully they read this comment and then quickly come and clean it up before the ice melts this week and it all sinks to the bottom of our lovely pond. I’m Just Saying….”

Hey guys—it looked as though you were having a great time, but then had to leave very suddenly—with trash, half a dozen pucks, and even a shovel left behind. Perhaps there was an emergency—whatever the case—could someone who was playing hockey at Niles on Sunday please come and clean up the mess. I picked up much, of what I could reach, but the embankment is muddy and slippery and you will need tall waders to reach the plastic bottles and shovel. Thank you for your consideration.

As Daniel D. correctly stated, all the trash is going to sink to the bottom. Many species of waterfowl dive for vegetable matter and the seeds, stems, roots, and bulbs of submerged aquatic plants. They can easily became entangled in trash. The last shot of the bird’s nest is meant to symbolize the pond’s fragility.

Clip of the stunning Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) at 3 minutes 45 seconds.

Valentine Cards by Isabel Natti

Kathy Chapman writes-

Valentine Cards printed from Isabel Natti’s linoleums are now featured at The Sarah Elizabeth Shop (open on weekends, by chance or appointment)….

They plan on carrying on the tradition of blockprinted fabric inspired by the work of the Folly Cove Designers. Artist Julia Garrison (of Lanesville) is working the historic Acorn Press.


5 Whistlestop Mall, Rockport

Website –

For more info email Julia:


Community Stuff Wednesday

O’Maley Middle School Wind Turbine Dedication January 25th



Cinema also marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day with special screening

Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main Street in Gloucester continues its "Film Festival That Never Ends" programming with two filmmaker events in the coming week.

On Tuesday, January 31, director Ron Wyman visits with his film, "Agadez: The Music And The Rebellion." In it, Wyman depicts without romanticizing or sentimentalizing the lives of the Tuareg, an ancient Saharan nomadic tribe who, since the 12th century, have linked North Africa and West Africa, guiding their camel caravans across the desert, spreading art and music from Egypt to Mali. He spotlights one remarkable young musician, Omara “Bombino” Moctar, whose story of exile and return is typical for his generation. Wyman will answer questions after the film. Tickets are $9.50 adults, $8.00 students & seniors (60+) and $6.50 for Members.

Ron Wyman’s website is He can be reached at rw@zerogravityfilms, and at (603) 498-4039.

On Saturday, February 4 at 5:00pm, director Zach Levy visits with his film, "Strongman," a cinema verité documentary about Stanless Steel, the self-proclaimed ‘Strongest Man in the World at Bending Steel and Metal.’ Told with the kind of intimacy that can only be achieved with years of filming, the film follows the dreams and heartbreaking humanity of Stanless Steel — the only man alive who can bend a penny with his fingers — as he struggles to gain control of a world that seems constantly out of his grasp. Roger Ebert proclaimed it one of the best films of the year.

Levy will answer questions after the film. Tickets are $9.50 adults, $8.00 students & seniors (60+) and $6.50 for Members.

On Sunday, February 5 across the street at The Annie at 1 Washington Street, Levy will conduct a "Documentary 101" workshop, an intensive, 6-hour instruction in all aspects of non-fiction filmmaking, including selecting a subject and storytelling style, basic interviewing technique and ways to get your finished film seen. The cost of the workshop is $99.00, and seats can be reserved at

On Thursday, January 26 at 7:30pm, the Cinema, in conjunction with Temple Ahavat Achim of Gloucester, will present the acclaimed documentary "Inside Hana’s Suitcase." The film is a story of power and hope, wrapped in the mystery ofg a young girl’s suitcase that came from the Auschwitz Museum. Tickets are $9.50 adults, $8.00 students & seniors (60+) and $6.50 for Members.

Another special film event this week is the premiere of "Joffrey: Mavericks Of American Dance." The debut documentary explores the vanguard Chicago dance troupe, and will be shown with a live, post-film Q&A via satellite. Tickets are $9.50 adults, $8.00 students & seniors (60+) and $6.50 for Members.

For more information, including trailers, visit the Cinema’s website at