Ed Collard’s Housedoctor’s “Blinded By The White” Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Team Ready To Turn Maestranzi Brothers “Red White and Blue Balls” To Black and Blue Balls


Jon Vizena, Erica Mitchell, Austin Souza Shannon McCarthy and Matt Souza

Check Out The 2012 Speedo Bikini Dodgeball Facebook Page Here and Like it!

March 4th at The Farm Bar and Grille – Be There For Dodgeball Armageddon!!!

Ed Collard’s Housedoctors “Blinded By The White” Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Team is ready to turn the Maestranzi Brothers Red White and Blue Balls into Black and Blue Balls.


The Brackets

These are the organizations- Mamies Kitchen Muffin Tops, Passports Canadian Bacon, Good Morning Gloucester Rubber Rippers, Sugar Magnolias Team Shameless, The Farm Bar and Grill Ass with Class, Saving Private Ryan and Wood, North Shore Cross Fit Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle, , Ed Collard’s House Doctor’s Blinded By the White, Jungle Silkscreening Jungle Fever, Beverly Athletic Club Kiss Our BACsides, another Farm Team Swiss Farmy Knives, Maestranzi Brothers Red, White and Blue Balls, Muffy White Organizings Hot mess, Cape Ann brewing Nacho Libre, Cross Fit Cape Ann With Two Teams- Buns and Guns and Power Snatch, Dog Bar’ American Bacon and  Beach Gourmet’s Drop It like It’s Hot.

If any other teams have pre tourney pictures they want to submit I’ll run ‘em ASAP!

All of the profits from the sign-ups of the Tournament are going to Next Step, an organization that provides support, education and resources for teens and young adults coping with cancer and other life threatening illnesses. www.nextstepnet.org



click here for Cape Ann Brewing Coverage Team Nacho Libre


North Shore Cross Fit Team Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle Captain Tracy Conley


Maestranzi Brothers Red White & Blue Balls Team Captain Frankie Gwynn

Our Hosts The Farm Bar and Grille check them out the Farm’s Facebook Page here


Farm Team Name- Ass With Class With Captain Ryan Cox

Here are the other squads signed on

We have a Ryan and Wood Distillery sponsored squad (best damn spirits you can consume on the planet) check out their website and live distillery webcam


Sugar Mags is putting a yet to be named team together- check the breakfast artistry that is Sugar Magnolia’s and like their Facebook page. Also did you know Sugar Mag’s does catering?


Cross Fit Cape Ann should be the early favorites, we will see if their elite training will put them over the top. Check out their blog here


Beverly Athletic Club’s Team will look to contend with the cross fit athletes from Cross Fit Cape for the top seed.


Team Name- Kiss Our BACsides

I will be sponsoring  GMG Team Rubber Rippers featuring our boy Kurt Lubbers and a team of maniacal Coasties.


Passports Restaurant

Passports Canadian Bacon Team Captain Erik Lorden


and Ed Collard’s House Doctors Handyman Repair Services

Team Name Blinded By The White


check out Jungle’s website here


Mamie’s Kitchen’s Muffin Tops has signed on to the Farm Bar and Grille Good Morning Gloucester Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Tournament!


Team Name Mamie’s Muffin Tops

Check out the delectable dishes from Mamie’s Kitchen here


Team Name- Hot Mess

Here’s her website- http://www.muffywhite.com/

Beach Gourmet Catering


Matt Beach will be opening up shop after last year’s horrible Washington St fire in the location of the former Connors Pharmacy and check out the progress at the reconstruction here


Check out Dog Bar Here

Art Openings in Rockport!

The Rockport Art Association kicked off the 2012 season last night. Be sure to stop by to check out their current shows:
A Night At The Museum
Winter Group Show
Sketch Group Show
Studio Class Show

All are welcome!

Please click here to go to the RAA’s website for more detailed information…

And coming up on March 9th:

Check out Rocky’s work HERE.

More about Depression Era Quilts

Depression Era Butterfly Quilt Top 

Reader Sandra G recently wrote: Thank you for Sharing the Antennae For Design Article and Photo. I recently acquired a Vintage Butterfly Quilt Top*, that has me puzzled as to what the fabrics are and dating it ? The Butterflies appear to be very similar to your Photo. I am clueless about this Quilt Top and any help would be greatly appreciated. You have a great Website and Blog!

 Butterfly Quilt Top Detail 

I asked her to send photos and she did send several. I do think this is a Depression era quilt for several reasons. The red butterfly especially, with the cheery cherry printed over the red and white polka dot fabric, looks very 1930s-1940s. All the butterflies are hand-embroidered, which also leads me believe the top is from the Depression era. It’s really a charming quilt top, and beautifully made. I love the design placement of the butterflies. The colors are so vibrant–the finished quilt will make any room sing. What a great find Sandra G.!

* Note ~ a quilt top is just that; the top only. Quilt tops are a wonderful way to acquire a vintage quilt. For some reason or other, the quilt was never completed. Ideally the quilt top would have been tucked away and stored out of direct sunlight–just waiting for some industrious- type to complete the job! If stored properly, you’ll find the vintage fabrics in their original vibrant colors as sunlight and repeated washings are most damaging to textiles.

Butterfly quilt top hand embroidered detail

Just in case you missed it …

gimmesound Artist of the week: Allen Estes was one of the stars of Celebrate Gloucester 2010 at I4-C2 — and he was joined on stage by Fly Amero in a surprise appearance (Fly originally couldn’t play Celebrate Gloucester due to a scheduling conflict) for one of Allen’s most popular songs, Not With Ya Hands about Gloucester legend Howard Blackburn.

Their inspiring performance was one of the highlights of the festival.  Click on the video and check it out!

Lots to choose from tonight swing, funk, jam band & good ol’ rock ‘n roll.  See full lineup here:

Get it Together: Moon, Venus, and Jupiter, at Sunset

I wasn’t going to post this because every time I point out something astronomical the dang clouds move in. But I see some blue sky right now. Tonight, just above the setting sun, the waxing crescent moon hangs with Venus (the bright one), and Jupiter. Sunset is 5:26 PM.

Click the photo to go to EarthSky and get the details. The moon will be marching up past those two planets over the next few days so don’t be bummed if one of these 30 mph clouds is blocking it all tonight.

Young Artist of the week!

Caroline and her book

This week’s young artist is Caroline, shown above with her book from Art Haven’s bookmaking workshop this week. Caroline has taken all kinds of art classes in everything from fractal art to summer playcamp, and she can’t wait to be a part of the Teen Artist Guild when she gets a little older. She told me she really likes to take things from around her house and make them beautiful by repainting and redesigning them!

Also, she made one of the prettiest shields on Lord of the Rings Day (not sure if that’s what you should be looking for in a shield, but I think it’s pretty great…)

Caroline and her shield

If you know of a young artist that should be featured here, email dawn.gadow@gmail.com  with a short description and a photo of some of their work!

Stained glass at night

Seen from outside, with a lighted interior, at the office Mark Nestor (Attorney) on Middle Street in Gloucester.

Just for comparison, below I am including the photo as I originally took it. All the changes between the two photos are from post-processing in the powerful free app called “Gimp”. It’s user interface is a bit different from what most people are used to, but it’s very useful, and you can’t beat the price tag (free!).

Original photo

This morning’s sunrise from Chapin’s Gully

Click to embiggen. Cloudy at the horizon but the sun looks to be quite a bit to the north of the breakwater. Spring is just around the corner. On February 4 sunrise split the breakwater from this spot. Rained 0.58 inches last night.

Community Stuff Saturday

Bob Jobe submits-

There is a benefit on March 29th to raise funds for the fish shack restoration project. The more people who attend the benefit the more money will be donated to the fish shack restoration fund.

Come one, come all, enjoy an evening out at a great play and donated to the restoration fund at the same time. It’s a "win…win" for all. See the poster here…


Museum reopens in March with Ships at Sea exhibition!

Ships at Sea: A Celebration of Cape Ann’s Role in the Maritime Trades will open at the Cape Ann Museum on March 3 and remain on display through May 27, 2012. The exhibition features a selection of marine paintings, prints and ephemera from the collections of Roswitha and William Trayes and the Cape Ann Museum. There will be an opening reception on March 3 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This program is free and open to the public.


Essential Skills for Alzheimer’s Care

It Starts with Communication

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Gloucester Council on Aging

Rose Baker Senior Center

6 Manuel F. Lewis St. Gloucester, MA 01930

Presented by Jill Seiler-Moon and Debra Katt-Lloyd,

Alzheimer’s Association

Pre-registration required – www.alz.org/MANH or 800-272-3900