Muffy White’s “Hot Mess” Has Had Enough of The Smack Talk From Mamie’s Kitchen Muffintops–This Dodgeball Match Sets Up As Classic Blue Collar vs Preppie Showdown

Muffy White’s “Hot Mess” has had enough of the disrespect from Mamie’s Kitchen Head Muffintop Alicia DeWolfe according to statements released yesterday-

Joey, We’ve been thinking about the dodgeball trash talk from Mamie’s Kitchen. Here’s our message to the Muffin Tops: We will crush you into a pile of (Speedo- and bikini-wearing) crumbs on the court. Bring it!

For More of The Smack Talk That’s been Going Down In Anticipation of The Second Annual Good Morning Gloucester/Farm Bar and Grille Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Tournament Next Sunday March 4th-

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


Muffy White (left) and Erin McKay (right)

Former Pro Dodgeballers in Hungary

Muffy White Styling & Organizing

Team name: Hot Mess

"we are going to eat you alive…or your dodgeballs"


HT permanentizodshirt

Muffy also forwards her entrance music for the match-

Prep-Unit Tea Partay


Also check out Muffy White  of Muffy White’s Hot Mess Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Fame organizing’s website here-


Here’s a couple pictures from Mamie’s Kitchen killer breakfast joint across from St Ann’s Church and behind where Savour Wine and Cheese and Beach Gourmet Catering will be.

The Head Muffintop Alicia DeWolfe Doesn’t look Intimidated-


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.

What Community Is All About- Burnham’s Field Clean Up

John McElhenny writes-


Seventeen people came to Burnham’s Field on Saturday morning to make the largest green space in central Gloucester a more beautiful place. Mission accomplished! They fixed a fence, erased graffiti, picked up litter and trimmed brush. Local businesses got into the act, too. Paulo, Catherine and Mauro from CleanPro, the Gloucester cleaning company, volunteered two hours of their time. Mamie’s Kitchen, a great little restaurant on Pleasant Street, gave free coffee and cookies to the volunteers. Ben’s Wallpaper & Paint donated paint.

Many of the volunteers came because they had seen the announcement on the blog – yet another example of GoodMorningGloucester bringing people together to do good things for Gloucester. A short time after the volunteers finished the clean-up, more than a dozen kids were playing on the newly cleaned up courts and field.

Thanks to all who came out!

John McElhenny

Holly picks up litter

Holly Makowsky, a School Street resident, picks up litter alongside the basketball court at Burnham’s Field.

Melissa hauls brush

City Councilor Melissa Cox, whose ward includes Burnham’s Field, clears dead brush from next to the fence.

CleanPro guys sweep court

Mauro Silva (left) and Paulo Ferrari, Gloucester residents who work for CleanPro, sweep up broken glass on the basketball court.

Ed fixes the fence

Ed Collard fixes a fallen fence with help from Rich Bean (left) and Ron Gilson (in back). Ron was born in Gloucester during the Great Depression. Rich moved to Gloucester seven months ago. They met on Saturday and worked together to clean up Burnham’s Field.

Group shot

Some of the volunteers who cleaned up Burnham’s Field on Saturday. Front row: Patti Amaral, Melissa Cox, Ron Gilson, Donna Ardizzoni. Back row:  Rich Bean, Ed Collard, Bill Cox, Lindsay Welch.

John Stevens



A weathered and ancient stone contains an

elegant epitaph for John Stevens.

It tells about his honest character,

but little about his inner being.


He was a firm patriot and social friend,

a useful citizen and affectionate spouse,

but did he delve into deep philosophies

or have profound, fearsome thoughts about life and death?


His monument tells us he was an

exemplary Christian and tender parent,

but did he ever feel anger or jealousy?

And what, I wonder, did he think of himself?


Or did those questions die with him, and what we

know  and what we remember and what is

important about John Stevens are not his

deepest thoughts, but how he lived among us.


Marty Luster

Click here to read this beautiful epitaph.

Become One with the Solar System Tonight

OK, checking out the Moon, Jupiter, and Venus last night was a bust on Cape Ann because of the clouds. But tonight is the night. Tonight is the night you can become one with the solar system and all you need is some decent birding binoculars and a view of the sunset.

Sunset is at 5:27PM. Once it gets dark the sky above that setted sun in the west will look like this:

[edit] Donna was going out at 5:15 PM which is too early (and too cold). Nautical twilight is 6:30 PM, good start of the show and astronomical twilight is 7:00 PM which is good for photography unless you want to pick up some foreground lighthouse or something.

OK, here is where the “become one with the solar system” happens. Take your binocs and check out Venus. It’s not quite round. That is because it circles the sun inside the earth’s track around the sun and it is mostly full but slightly “waning gibbous**”. Since you know where the sun is (just below the horizon, duh), you can really feel where it is in 3D. An inner planet speeding towards us.  Now take a look at Jupiter. An outer planet it is lit as a complete circle. But while you are there check out the four moons of Jupiter that you can spot with binocs.  Callisto top left along with Io and Ganymede also on the left and very close together with Europa hanging down bottom right. Look at them tomorrow and they’ll be different. So now you are really picking up on the 3D effect of everything spinning around. And do not forget our moon sitting there lit up on the bottom from the same light source lighting them all up, our sun. With decent wide field birding binoculars you should be able to get Jupiter and her moons and earth’s moon in the same view!!

Now that you have them all burned into your brain and the sky gets even darker as the sun sets consider that the reason the sun is setting is that you are standing on a planet spinning back away from the direction you are looking at about 900 mph. Planet earth, northern hemisphere spinning back so that that the inner and outer planet as well as the central sun of the solar system and even the moon of your home planet slowly moves to set in front of you. Got it all pictured and positioned in 3D? Are you dizzy?  Best show on earth and it’s all free complete with the Dog Bar Breakwater thrown in. You see it first but that dude on the beach in California is 3,000 miles in front of you so his front row seat moves into position in about three hours. Can you see him? Down in front!

I’m going to check it out from Halibut Point if the wind does not blow me away. Click the diagram for more details at Earth Sky dot org.

** Venus is waning gibbous which means it is moving away from full as it speeds towards us. If you check with binocs over the next month as it gets closer to sunset but also closer to us it will become a crescent.

Future Study: Milky Way Galaxy and how you fit in it: The Universe by Monty Python. The song is where I got the 900 mph. A great reference.

Chilly Day at Crescent Beach

A very windy and chilly day today, but the sun is shining and the water is crystal clear. 

Crescent beach Gloucester

Coconut had to go swimming and also bark at two geese that were just  enjoying their morning swim.

crescent beach gloucester

I found some sea glass, that I will give to my mom.

sea glass gloucester

I hope everyone enjoys the sunny day!


He Won!

You may remember that Brad Byrd, who was gimmesound’s Artist of the week at the end of January, was up for an award on  Well he won Singer/Songwriter Album of the year, for his latest album Mental Photograph!


Click on the video  above to hear Brad sing Middle of the Road from that album.  In honor of Brad’s win, we edited some footage from last month into a fascinating interview (check it out here).

Then hurry out to catch bluegrass brunch at Alchemy, followed by jazz in the afternoon, folk in the evening and the Bandit Kings Gloucester sound at the Rhumbline.  It’s a musical Sunday in Gloucester!

Greg Bover Represents! In California


Hey Joey,

Here I am on a ranch up in the hills above Palo Alto; that’s San Francisco Bay in the background. It was seventy today.

I’m here with my crew removing an organ we made in 1987 for a gentleman who built a concert hall as an addition to his house. He was a great guy, we had good times while working here, but he died a couple of years ago. His widow asked C. B. Fisk, Inc. to find a good home for the instrument, and we did. The three-manual, 45 stop organ, with 2,838 pipes, will be going to Indiana University, which has one of the finest organ departments in the country. But first we have to dismantle it completely, pack all 15 tons of it with great care into two 53 foot moving vans and then ship it to Bloomington. About a month’s work for six of us.  Some time next year when IU finishes modifications to Alumni Hall, we’ll put it all back together again. (I have a great job.)

There’s more info about the organ and a portrait at

Regards, Greg

Dennis Flavin art bio/editorial

Lanescove Oil Painting

Born in Western, Massachusetts in 1950, Dennis Flavin became intrigued with art at a young age and began actively pursuing his dream to be an artist beginning in high school. Enrolling himself in as many art classes as was allowed, Dennis quickly became good friends with the art teachers and at age 17, he was teaching jewelry making classes for parents in the evening.

Dennis went on to attend Vesper George Art School, a small Boston college that taught exclusively art. It was here where he decided he wanted to be a painter instead of his previous plan to be an art teacher.

“I’ve always felt, if I have an idea on a canvas, I can paint that idea as long as I let myself be free with color and lines”

Dennis first came to Gloucester on an art scholarship from a professor/friend to paint during the summer of 1970. After marrying, Dennis brought his bride to Gloucester where they have remained residents for over 35 years.

Many people know Dennis as a charismatic restaurant owner; some know him as a fine artist; but few have seen the wide range of artwork he has compiled over a span of 40 years.

“I knew I was going to be a painter, but I knew I wanted to have a family. I always painted, worked, and tried to spend time with my family. It was a lot to do at one time. No matter what I did, I couldn’t stop painting. I always had an art studio and I squeezed in as much time as I could to be in it, working.”

Now, the artwork of Dennis is leaving his studio and going on display in the up and coming Taste O’ Sea Gallery located on 33 Main Street (inspired by a popular Flavin monotype).

March 16th (5-8pm) will mark the Grand Opening of both The Taste O’ Sea Gallery and the first of two exhibits featuring the art of Dennis Flavin. The gallery will host art in a variety of mediums ranging from monotype and etching prints to pastel and mixed media. From March 23rd through the end of the month, the artwork will be switched to feature Flavin’s oil paintings shown “in the rough” (unframed).

Taste O' Sea Monotype