Taping of Bacala Video with Felicia and Sefatia Part 3 From Gianni Gallo and Joe Langhan

Gianni and Joe are the men behind the Taste of The Times Videos at the Gloucester Daily Times Website- this is from them-

Felicia and Sefatia (“the Godmother”) got together to tape a segment on how Felicia’s Grandmother taught her to make a special bacala dish for the traditional Italian meal of the seven fishes on Christmas Eve. This is the third of three parts of the original footage. The entire shoot lasted over 45 minutes, which was edited down to a 10 minute video. (You can see that video at http://food.gloucestertimes.com/video/Baccala-Italian-Style-Codfish.html) Some have asked to see the entire production, with little or no editing. Here is Part 3.

Alicia From Mamie’s Kitchen Muffin Tops Calls Out Dean Salah’s George’s Coffee Shop

The Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Smack Talk Has Begun In Earnest

Hey Joey

We would like our theme song to be “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch” since we are the Muffin Tops!
“We are gonna send Georges back sailin to Gloucester on their breakfast boat!”


Other Notes Team GMG Captained By FOB’s Dani and Kurt Lubber’s has an official name- Thr GMG Rubber Rippers!

Here’s the Facebook Event Page-


Gloucester Maritime Dory Topsides All Painted Up!

As a member of the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center (Maritime Gloucester) you can take this dory out for a row.  There’s no better way to see Gloucester Harbor than on a dory.  Just one of the many perks of membership.





Ayn Rand


From Wikipedia

Ayn Rand (play /ˈn ˈrænd/;[1] born Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum, February 2 [O.S. January 20] 1905 – March 6, 1982) was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher,[2] playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism.

Born and educated in Russia, Rand moved to the United States in 1926. She worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood and had a play produced on Broadway in 1935–1936. After two initially unsuccessful early novels, she achieved fame with her 1943 novel The Fountainhead. In 1957, she published her best-known work, the philosophical novel Atlas Shrugged. Afterward she turned to nonfiction to promote her philosophy, publishing her own magazines and releasing several collections of essays until her death in 1982.

Rand advocated reason as the only means of acquiring knowledge and rejected all forms of faith and religion. She supported rational egoism and rejected ethical altruism. In politics, she condemned the initiation of force as immoral and opposed all forms of collectivism and statism, instead supporting laissez-faire capitalism, which she believed was the only social system that protected individual rights. She promoted romantic realism in art. She was sharply critical of most other philosophers and philosophical traditions.

The reception for Rand’s fiction from literary critics has historically been mixed and polarizing, with extreme opinions both for and against her work commonly being expressed. Nonetheless, she continues to have a popular following, as well as a growing influence among scholars and academics. Rand’s political ideas have been influential among libertarians and conservatives. The Objectivist movement attempts to spread her ideas, both to the public and in academic settings

Great Northern Loon

The Great Northern Loon, Great Northern Diver, or Common Loon (Gavia immer), is a large member of the loon, or diver, family of birds. The species is known as the Common Loon in North America and the Great Northern Diver in Eurasia; its current name is a compromise proposed by the International Ornithological Committee.

Loon Fun Facts (thanks Kathy):

  • The bones of most birds are hollow and light, but loons have solid bones.
  • The extra weight helps them dive as deep as 250 feet to search for food. They can stay underwater for up to five minutes.
  • Because their bodies are heavy relative to their wing size, loons need a 100- to 600-foot “runway” in order to take off from a lake.
  • Loons can fly more than 75 miles per hour.
  • The red in the loon’s eye helps it to see under water.
  • Scientists think loons can live for 30 years or more

E.J. Lefavour

The Goddesses

Last night we caught the end of The Goddesses’ set at Giuseppe’s. It’s open mic every Wednesday night at Giuseppe’s from 7:30- 10:30.  Tony and Sam sound beautiful together and played a variety of fun, funny, and upbeat love songs. I hope to hear more from this rockin’ duo!

Use the GMG search box for more information about Tony and Sam and Tony’s recording studio, Bang a Song, located in downtown Gloucester.


Peter & Inge in the bathroom – why?


Inge used household items for all the percussion in his latest music video.  Here is a glimpse of the creative process in action.  Inge is very creative.

We are blessed with so many talented musicians around here.  Tonight you can see the amazing David Brown, David Mattack with Dave Sags at the Rhumb Line.  See the full lineup here.

Triumphant clay student and her Greek Amphora

Madison, triumphant with her finished greek amphora
Madison, triumphant with her finished Greek Amphora!

Madison made this Greek Amphora as a part of the Ancient Archaeology class at Art Haven 🙂 Throughout the session they learned about ancient cultures through the ceramic vessels those cultures built and left behind!

The Rhumb Line ~The Geezers~Tonight @ Dave Sag’s Blues Party!

Dave Says,

 Calling all cars: BOLO for possible human stelazine advocates wanted for questioning in Barcalounger theft. Suspects last seen at the Rhumb Line, waving podia and doing the Soupy Shuffle. Description follows: One David Brown, deli lama and brain stem hot-rodder, known for his witty repartee on sliiide glitar,8 foot tall with eyes to match, last seen wearing a smile and this metal tube on pinky finger. Seen accompanied with:
Mr. David Mattacks, known white-knuckler and keeper of the atomic clock, on drums. Most recently seen associating with Greg Towah, hat thief with twelve fingers, stealing Speedy West licks, and Dave Sag, crippled r&b nutcase, with doors to match.
But seriously, folks, It’s gonna be a beautiful night at the Rhumb Line, as we (as the Geezerz) haven’t played together in a long time. Now that all criminal charged have been dropped, it should be a wild evening. Come early, stay late, then go home!

St Ann School date mystery

On the Prospect St. side of St. Ann’s School, there is this text on the top of the façade:

Those three dates are interesting. I know why one of them is there (1885 is when the parish was officially founded), but the other two? Does anybody know what their significance is? I’m assuming one may be the foundation of the school (if that came after the parish), but that still leaves one date to account for…

The Schooner Ernestina From Len Burgess

One of the 6 remaining old schooners built in Essex, MA is now 118 years old.


Len Burgess writes-

On February 1, 1894 118 years ago the Effie M. Morrissey, the ship that became Ernestina, slid down the ways at the James and Tarr Yard in Essex, Massachusetts.

The Ernestina has been designated by the Department of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark. She has sailed on through the century to become one of six remaining Essex-built schooners and is now in New Bedford, MA.

She reached within 600 miles of the North Pole and is the last ship to bring immigrants to this country under sail from the Cape Verde Islands. Ernestina was given to the people of the United States by the people of the Cape Verde Islands in 1982. Her history is a remarkable legacy that spans continents, races and generations.

A very large scale model of the “Morrissey” is in the Waterline Center at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum.

Here are some videos and photos I took of her back in May of 2009-

Click to play video

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Loren Doucette- Recent Work Showing At The Art Room Feb 4 to April 4

Loren Doucette, local Gloucester artist will be showing her recent work from Montserrat College of Art at The Art Room on 3 Center Street in Gloucester. She is exhibiting her portrait work, abstractions, large ink works and some small landscapes from her July 2011 trip to Italy. She invites you all to stop by her opening reception anytime between 10am and 7pm on Saturday February 4, 2012. Her work will hang from Feb 4 to April 4, feel free to call her and make an appointment to see the show. Any questions, call Loren at 978-879-8981.

To view recent artwork: http://lorendoucette.blogspot.com/


Community Stuff Thursday

hi joey!
the cape ann waldorf school is sponsoring a free screening of the movie Race To Nowhere. please see below for details. we still have room for the friday night screening and are inviting all those who are interested in seeing this fabulous movie.
have a good one!

Cape Ann Waldorf School (Moraine Farm) 701 Cabot Street, Rte. 97, Beverly, MA will be screening the award-winning and socially provocative movie,RACE TO NOWHERE, The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture, on Friday, February 3, 2012 at 7pm.  The film is rated PG-13 and runs 85 minutes.


RACE TO NOWHERE is a call to families, educators, experts and policy makers to examine current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become the healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens in the 21st century.


All are welcome to this free screening but seating is limited. Admission requires a reservation via http://rtncapeannfebthird.eventbrite.com/  There will be an opportunity for group discussion following the film. Visit www.capeannwaldorf.org for directions and school information.

North Shore Tour de Cure Kick Off Party


The North Shore Tour de Cure is holding its Kick Off Party next week. Come and learn about how to get involved in this one-day cycling event across our region that raises funds to find a cure for diabetes.

Tuesday, February 7th

6:00pm – 8:00pm

The Village Green

225 Newbury Street in Danvers

Light appetizers provided and cash bar available

Sponsored by the American Diabetes Association