Sista Felicia Makes Pumpkin Pizzelle and a Sneak Peak at Her Highly Coveted Insano Cookbook

She has every recipe typed out with step by step pictures and directions. Pictured is just a binder with all of them printed out from her digital files and in a ginormous 3 ring binder.  Some brilliant publisher is going to make her an offer.  With her already built in audience from these pages and The Gloucester Times Taste of The Times it’s sure to be a hit.

Are you planning to buy one when it gets published?


Gloucester At Dawn, The State Fish Pier 4:58AM 4/23/12

As always click the photo for the full sized view


I dig the reflections especially the red on the wet herring vats in the right hand part of the picture which are reflections of the port side red navigation light on the F/V Endevour.

Not So New Gallery Wall Poll Update 4/24/12

For those of you who participated in the Poll Back on the 2nd of April as to whether the wall of frames someone I may or may not be related to through marriage tastefully attached to our hallway wall would be filled with pictures within two months time, I have an update-

Photo dated April 9th 6:55PM


Photo dated April 2, 2012 below

Easy Money.

These were the results back on April 2nd


Update: 4/25/12

For those keeping track that would be 22 days.


Heidi Watney vs Jenny Dell- Who Ya Got?

A certain fisherman of ours used to go crazy for Heidi Watney (her reporting that is).  Do you think the Sox upgraded at the sports babe sideline reporter position or downgraded with Jenny Dell?

Heidi Watney


Jenny Dell


strictly talking knowledge of the game of course Smile

The News From Rocky Neck via Judy Robinson Cox

The Best of Rocky Neck, May 18 – June 2

Best of Rocky Neck

Rocky Neck Art Colony Member’s Spring Exhibition

Open to all Rocky Neck Art Colony members

(Applications must be received by May 4 or you can’t exhibit)

Click here for more info and to download application form

SUN, May 13, 2pm : Joel Janowitz, Cape Ann Museum Talk

Distinguished Artist/Teacher for the Goetemann Residency Program

Artist Talk with Joel Janowitz Painter and Printmaker, Distinguished Artist/Teacher, Goetemann Artist in Residency Program, Rocky Neck Art Colony. Presented by the Museum in partnership with Rocky Neck Art Colony. Reception to follow. This program is free and open to the public; reservations required.

See Workshops (below) for information about Joel Janwitz’s workshops on Rocky Neck.

Joel Janowitz
Crossing (for Ed), 2012, watercolor, 31"x 71 1/2"

Steps, 2011, watercolor, 40" x 29 1/2"

May 13-17 : Joel Janowitz, Goetemann Residency Program Distinguished Artist / Teacher Workshops

The Goetemann Residency presents a Distinguished Artist/Teacher 4 Day Watercolor Workshop on Rocky Neck. All levels are welcome.

Stepping Back to See : A Watercolor Workshop given by Joel Janowitz, painter and printmaker

At its best, to paint with watercolors is to engage in a conversation with the medium. More often it is, as Sargent said, "making the best of an emergency." In either instance, a good conversation or a dire emergency, one needs to think clearly and respond immediately. This workshop will explore strategies for working with the surprising medium of watercolor. Progressive exercises and projects will focus on a variety of working methods and on increasing one’s awareness of color and value relationships — two key factors in capturing a convincing sense of light. At the same time, we will stay open to responding playfully, quickly, and spontaneously to the quirky surprises constantly offered up by the medium. Work will be primarily from observation.

The workshop will take place from May 14-17 on Rocky Neck and is divided into two sections:

  • SECTION ONE : Monday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 16 : 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Limited to 8 participants. Artists will bring back their work for a group crit/discussion to the 2nd meeting at 9 a.m. and then paint again from 10am to 1pm.
  • SECTION TWO : Tuesday May 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This section could meet at the end of the day if it would better accommodate those coming from work. Limited to 8 participants.
  • STUDIO VISITS : Joel will give 6 studio visits. Artists not taking the workshops will have first choice for these conversations with Joel Janowitz about their work.

PRICE : RNAC members, $25 per section. Non RNAC are $50 per section. You are welcome to become a RNAC member to sign up for this course. Two scholarships are available.

For registration, schedule, materials list and location* of classes or any questions please

* It is hoped that these classes will be held outside.

Goetemann Artists in Residence Now online

Three outstanding artists were selected for the 2012 Goetemann Artist in Residence program.

May 31-June 29: Ekaterina Smirnovanova

Ekaterina Smirnovanova

July 8 -August 4: Lisa K. Rosenstein

Lisa K. Rosenstein

September 9 to October 6: Viktor Valášek

Viktor Valasek

See for more images and information about each of the three resident artists.

Click to See the 2012 Rocky Neck Brochure

See 2012 Rocky Neck Brochure Online

The 2012 Rocky Neck brochure is currently at the printer and will be available for distribution next week. To view, click the brochure cover on the left to open a PDF version. Many thanks to Steve Bridges, Barbara McLaughlin and Judy Robinson-Cox for their hard work to make this possible.

Funded, in part, by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. This brochure was made possible by a grant administered by the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Sailor Stans Now Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

Sailor Stans

Sigrid Olsen Features in Oprah Magazine

Tulip Orama

This is a view into the courtyard garden I designed for Willowdale Estate. The tulips are at their peak. I call this mix of colors my ‘Bridal Mix,’ because it provides a symphony of watercolor hues for the April and May weddings. Don’t you think too that the satiny sheen of the tulip petals looks like the silk satin gowns of wedding parties?

Willowdale Estate Topsfield

Click photo to view larger image. More from Willowdale spring coming.

Jazz, Latin & Americana Concert ~ Friday at Gloucester Community Arts Charter School

Friday, April 27 at 7:30pm, two major forces in American Music Gloucester Community Arts Charter School Sponsored by the gimmeLIVE Summer Concert Series and BankGloucester

The Dwells ~ Americana singer/songwriters

And The Berklee Voices — 7 Singers and a 4 piece band singing Jazz & Latin under the direction of Diane Richardson, Associate Professor VOICE.

Tickets $10 and benefit Berklee Jazz & Roots Scholarship Fund (more info here).  Keep your ticket and get $5 off the next concert.

Doors open at 6pm and people are welcome to tour the school. Concert seating is at 7:30pm.

Tickets available at the door or Call Dan at 978-876-1953

Coast Guard searches for missing kayaker, requests public assistance


BOSTON — The Coast Guard is searching for a possible missing kayaker after a red kayak was located in the Annisquam River south of Wingaersheek Beach, Mass., Tuesday.

A good Samaritan located the kayak near the mouth of the Mill River at approximately 3 p.m. and notified the Coast Guard.

The kayak is a Field and Stream model and has a serial number of XLJ95913C111.

A Coast Guard Station Gloucester 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew is currently searching the area.

"We aren’t sure if the kayak simply broke free from a mooring or if there’s someone really missing," said Ens. Michael Barker, the command duty officer at the Coast Guard Sector Boston Command Center. "Along with sending out a search crew, we are asking the public to let us know if they have any information regarding the owner of the kayak."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sector Boston Command Center at 617-223-5757.

The Coast Guard recommends kayakers and other paddlers place a Paddle Smart sticker with their name and phone numbers where rescuers may reach them or a friend or relative in the event their kayak is found. Paddlers and kayakers can also use a waterproof, permanent marker to write the information on their craft.

What you never saw & What to watch for in Brad Byrd’s New Video

Yesterday former gimmesound Artist of the Week Brad Byrd released his new video on GMG (see here) directed by another former gimmesound Artist of the Week Brandon Rose.  Excellent job, Brandon, Brad, Brie and everyone who made this happen!

Part of this video was shot at Minglewood Tavern on St. Pat’s day, so we thought we’d piece together some of the behind-the-scenes footage of the making of that video for you to see today.  You’ll see actresses Brie Hobbs trying out for the part of Brad’s girl-friend at the casting call and Stacey Iwanicki, who played one of the fans.  And of course you’ll see our boy Joey C, who was there for the entire shoot.  In the final video, there’s a good shot of Joey in the audience.  Welcome to the big time, Joey!

Brad will be shooting another video at Minglewood next Saturday, May 5, so you’ve got another chance to be in the audience and get on screen!  Stay tuned to GMG for details.

You know summer is on the way when there are 8 venues with music on a Wednesday night in Gloucester alone!  See the full music lineup here.

And the build-out continues!

Just wanted to update everyone that we had a great day on Monday at Art Haven’s new space, finishing building out some walls, getting the art materials thrift store cleaned out, and Sal Russo coming through HUGE by finishing repointing the back wall of our function room!

Here’s the awesome crew from Chris Fogarty Carpentry who generously volunteered their time to put up most of the walls in the space:

And the RAYS kids helping to get the thrift store ready!








And even a couple of the TAG kids stopping by to check out the awesome new space they’ll get to use! (Can you tell their excited?)


Wednesdays with Fly Amero at the Rhumb Line – Special Guest ~ Dan King

Prime Rib Specials!
Wednesdays Only!

Hello everyone!
Wednesday, April 25th
This week:

His first memories of music… his father’s Chet Atkins and
Glen Campbell records.  His first band… The Twelve Hour
Band.  His first Rhumb Line performance… oh, let’s say
about a million years ago.  Dan King is a true, seasoned
professional, and most definitely a powerful musical
presence in our community, and far beyond. ~ Fly

Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prime Rib Dinner –
 $10.95 (while they last)
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
May 2: BILL GLEASON (Allen Estes guest hosts)


Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

Docksider Vocalist wins American Idol ticket to audition

LauraLee Taylor forwards-

Gloucester High School Docksider vocalist, Katy Geraghty won a fast pass to the next season of AMERICAN Idol audition  at American Idol Experience at Hollywood Studios at Disney World. After auditioning and winning a spot to compete against other singers, Katy moved onto winning her first round. At the final performance, singing "Hold On To A Hero" Katy wowed the crowd and beat four other contestants. 
You can catch her singing on APRIL 28TH at a concert at the Gloucester HS Fieldhouse at 2:00 pm. Just bring a non perishable item for the Food Pantry as your price of admission.


In the Pit ~ Lanesville

Quarrymen, Lanesville, circa 1890 Anonymous/©Fredrik D. Bodin
I have fifteen quarry photographs in my collection, yet only this one shows quarry workers. The negative is from a house in Lanesville, and came to me four years ago. These men stopped in the midst of their labor for a picture. Three granite cutters on top are double jacking vertical drill holes into the granite with heavy sledge hammers, which means they are alternately pounding on a narrow star bit, held by the brave cutter sitting down. As you can imagine, his was a dangerous job. Below, two quarrymen score a horizontal seam with hand hammers into the granite bed, where it will (hopefully) break cleanly. I haven’t been able to identify this quarry. If you recognize it, please let me know. Thanks.
Printed archivally from the original 5×7 inch glass negative in my darkroom. Image #A9957-007

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