Joey C’s Props and Flops May Edition

The list may be updated randomly



Dark Brown Mulch



Ohana Opening

Rocky Neck Season Opens

Boulevard Flags

The Hot Wing Challenge

Bex’ Tomatillo Sauce

French Manicure



Red Mulch

Hard Copy Phone Books

One Lane On The Bridge When No Construction Took Place

Skinny Jeans/Mom Jeans/Double Denim

Green Pressure treated decks that don’t get stained

Anything Green touching My Lobster Roll

Black or Purple Grape Nail polish

Stephanie and Tom From First Harbor Company Marblehead, MA Are Looking To Pay For Used Rope


I have a small business in Marblehead doing decorative rope work. We need to collect used, 3 strand, rope to make our products. We’re looking for a little help from the Gloucester fisherman. If there is anyone who could help we’d be very grateful. We pay $20.00 a barrel of useable old rope. Please contact us at or by phone 781-576-9762 and speak to Stephanie.

A Hummingbird’s Perspective

Hummingbirds can easily distinguish red contrasted against green.

Trumpeting the Trumpet

Early blooms are an important feature for the vine planted to lure hummingbirds. You want to provide tubular-shaped flowers in shades of red and orange and have your hummingbird feeders hung and ready for the earliest of the northward-migrating scouts. If nothing is available, they will pass by your garden and none will take residence. Hummingbirds can easily distinguish red contrasted against green. We go so far as to plant vivid Red Riding Hood tulips beneath our hummingbird feeders, which hang from the bows of the flowering fruit trees. Although hummingbirds do not nectar from the tulips, the color red draws them into the garden and the flowering fruit trees and sugar water provide sustenance for travel-weary migrants.

Lonicera sempervirens, also called Trumpet and Coral Honeysuckle, is a twining or trailing woody vine native to New England. Trumpet Honeysuckle is not at all fussy about soil and is drought tolerant. Plant in full sun to part shade. If Trumpet Honeysuckle becomes large and ungainly, prune hard to the ground—it grows rapidly and a vigorous pruning will only encourage more flowers.

Lonicera sempervirens John Clayton

‘Major Wheeler’ flowers in a deeper red than that of the carmine of ‘Dropmore Scarlet.’ ‘John Clayton’ is a cheery, cadmium yellow, a naturally occurring variant of Lonicera sempervirens, and was originally discovered growing wild in Virginia. The blossoms of ‘Mandarin’ are a lovely shade of Spanish orange.

Trumpet Honeysuckle has myriad uses in the landscape. Cultivate to create vertical layers, in a small garden especially. Plant Lonicera sempervirens to cover an arbor, alongside a porch pillar or to weave through trelliage. Allow it clamber over an eyesore or down an embankment. Plant at least one near the primary paths of the garden so that you can enjoy the hummingbirds that are drawn to the nectar-rich blossoms. I practically bump into the hummingbirds as they are making their daily rounds through the garden flora. Did you know they make a funny squeaky sound? I began to take notice of their presence in our garden, when at my office desk one afternoon in late summer, with windows open wide, I heard very faint, mouse-like squeaks. I glanced up from my work, fully expecting to see a mouse, and was instead delighted to discover a female Ruby-throat outside my office window, nectaring at the vines. Trumpet Honeysuckle not only provides nectar for the hummingbirds, it also offers shelter and succulent berries for a host of birds.

While planting the summer gardens at Willowdale this past week we observed dozens of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds nectaring at the Trumpet Honeysuckle embowering the courtyard doors.

Lonicera sempervirens is a caterpillar food plant for the Snowberry Clearwing moth.

So much to do tonight ~ How do I choose?

Don’t choose.  Do it all!  OK, all might be a tad ambitious, but you can do a lot because the first show starts at 6:30 and the last one at 9:30.  See the complete music lineup here.

Tonight is your last chance to see Inge Berge at Giuseppe’s (8pm).  He’s one of our favorites and if you haven’t heard his new song with ever-so-slightly-tragic, but perfectly insightful lyrics set to a catchy, lyrical tune that is signature Inge, check it out here (you can read the lyrics too, but you don’t have to because Inge actually sings clearly, so you can understand them!)  You might want to request this song tonight, too.

At 6:30 you can see former gimmesound Artist of the Week Orville Giddings with Mark Earley at Captain Carlos.  Here’s a video of Orville at In a Pig’s Eye in Salem.  Notice how he quiets the crowd with his captivating performance

Thursday night blues party @ The Rhumb Line to host Cheryl Arena

Photo by Sharon Lowe

Dave says,

I gotta keep it short and sweet this week cuz the vodka tanker truck is due any minute, so here goes:
Back for a rondezvous with destiny is that fabulous femme fatale: Ms. Cheryl Arena. Yep, she’s back up here in the northwoods once again, and ready to chase you back to whatever evil world you come from. Throw vocals, harmonica, and charisma in a 55 gallon drum of water, add an outboard motor, and there she is!
And furthermore, the band is really cool. We all have mental goatees. First off is John Cameron Swazee, who takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’, on piano and mood organ. Way kool. Then there’s Mr. Ed, Scheer, that is , on drumulators and random gargling. And the dystopic duo of Gregg Tee and Dave Sag on gritarrh and bass. Oops, I must dash: truck is here.

How To Improve a Photograph by a “Bazillion” Percent!

How To Improve a Photograph by a “Bazillion” Percent!”

“Bazillion” is another annoying Joey word.

Found this tool on photo elements 10 by Adobe.

I think it’s called magic brush or magic something. I’m to lazy to open up the program right now to find the right name.

It does great things to improve a photo that could’ve been great, but had one thing in it that if it wasn’t there would have made it an award winning shot.

Here’s a great example below.

A Before and after.

Tell me what you think.



Dieting at Destino’s

I’ve been on a diet the last week and a half and really watching what I eat by tracking my calories and exercise in the “My Fitness Pal” app on my iPhone. I’ve actually been doing really well monitoring how many calories I have for each meal and not going over my daily limit of 1200.  I give myself plenty of calorie room for dinner, because hat’s usually when I use the most. Well, Destino’s eggplant parmesan sub and fries were no exception. I still to was able stay on track, but in order to eat this and not feel guilty I had to add some extra elliptical time.

The whole time on the elliptical all I could think of was this:

Destino's Gloucester Eggplant Parmesan Sub

Once I burned enough calories I let myself enjoy this Destino’s masterpiece and amazing fries. I estimated this to be a 900 calorie meal for small eggplant parm sub and 1/2 of the fries (please don’t tell me I went over). I hope I have your mouth watering and your legs moving all at the same time. I won’t eat like this everyday, but I think you have to give yourself a treat once in a while.



Introducing Mayor For The Day

Dan Ruberti!

Hi Joey,

Just had a wonderful day with Dan Ruberti as Mayor for the day.  We started the day in my office where I presented Mr. Ruberti with the official lapel pin of the city which only goes to dignitaries.  Here we are in Police Chief Mike Lane’s office where Chief presented Mr. Ruberti with a hat.  We also went to the public meeting at the Senior Center where the Search Committee for Police Chief was taking input on what the community wants to see in the next Chief.  Mr. Ruberti gave very eloquent testimony.

He also met the city Personnel Director, City Attorney, DPW Director, City Engineer, City Clerk and City Auditor staffs.  Mr. Ruberti shared a lot of his ideas, and asked some really good and tough questions.  We stopped in to see City Councilor Joe Ciolino on Main Street – very important for the Mayor to have a good relationship with the Council!

We had lunch at the Causeway (his treat!) and everywhere we went he was greeted with great enthusiasm.  We were both exhausted by the end of the day!

Carolyn Kirk


Discover Gloucester Weekly From Linn Parisi

Hey, Joey!

News to tell ya! We found out last weekend that Gloucester native and creator of the "Off the Mark" cartoon, Mark Parisi, won the coveted "Cartoonist of the Year" Award from the National Cartoonist Society at their annual convention held this year in Las Vegas! Mark won in the Newspaper Single Panel division. His cartoon is syndicated nationally and internationally; seen daily in the Gloucester Daily Times and is featured in the 2012 Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide. Did I mention that Mark is the middle brother of my husband, Nick?! We’re so proud of Mark! He’s seriously warped- and we love that! Mark is still away so I couldn’t get his OK to run the cartoon that’s featured in the Visitor Guide, but these are the links to the "Off the Mark" website & facebook page:

North Shore Art Throb Launch Party June 1st At Lat 43

From Art Throb-

Join us Friday night, June 1st for the launch of our June issue celebrating WATER! We will be on the deck of Latitude 43 overlooking the harbor and the boats. Cash bar and light snacks provided.
Our monthly launch parties bring together our readers, contributors, advertisers, and people who love the arts.


Click here for more

Community Stuff May 31,2012

jerry Ackerman writes-

Hi, Joey….

The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, with support from Cape Ann Forum, is presenting a film Monday night, June 4, to honor and celebrate the life of Elise Hansen and help launch the new Elise Hansen Foundation as another way to bring about change where change is needed.

The film is “ Haiti : Dreams of Democracy,” and it ” captures the sounds and sights of excitement that swept that nation after the corrupt, oppressive and violent Duvalier regime came to an end.  Made in the late 1980s, it’s directed by Jonathan Demme, who later won an Oscar as Best Director for “Silence of the Lambs.”

Doors open at 7 and the screening starts at 7:30.  Scott Southard, Elise’s fiancé, will talk about the foundation’s goals. It’s a great opportunity for all Elise’s friends to help carry forward her vision to make the world a better place for all.

Suggested donation $12, with proceeds to benefit the foundation.  But no one will be turned away.

Haiti Flyer - Postcard

Awards Bring Rocky Neck Art Colony Closer to Cultural Center Goal

The Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District has recently been awarded two significant grants to support its development of The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck at the former Christian Science Church building at 6 Wonson St.  The Essex County Community Foundation awarded the Art Colony $2000 for institutional capacity building, and the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation awarded $10,000 for initial operating expenses at The Center.

The ECCF,, promotes local philanthropy to strengthen the nonprofit organizations of Essex County, MA.  ECCF is a catalyst for philanthropy, manager of charitable funds for donors and nonprofits, a grant maker, and an adviser to nonprofits and their boards.

The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, a supporting organization of the Boston Foundation, supports projects on Cape Ann that serve the arts for the benefit of a wide segment of the community.  The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is under development by the Rocky Neck Art Colony in an expanded community role, offering a community-based arts center with a mission of inclusion and artistic excellence.  This worthy project will greatly benefit from the substantial generosity and support of these two foundations


Chickity check out this pad my SIL is selling out in Utah. (She’s a big Real Estate Guru out there)

Park City XPress

Have you been thinking ‘I need to reduce my carbon footprint’?  Well here is a great start.  This grid-tied solar earth shelter home is it.   LOW to no utility bills and you can even sell back your extra power to the man.  Now, I know what you are thinking.  I do not want to live like that, I love the conveniences irresponsible living has to offer.  Well, that is just hogwash!!!!

This home has great finishes and an AMAZING view.  I took this picture from the driveway.  You can see all three of Park City’s ski resorts and the olympic park.  I doubt there are many homes worth less than a mil with this view.  WOW.  WOWSER!  call me and I’ll take you to see it.  earth shelter home with a view

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Essex MA at Dawn 4:39AM 5/30/12 Essex Salt Marsh and The Burnham House

I have never ever in my life been more ferociously attacked and eaten alive by mosquitoes as I did this morning capturing this shot.  I drove past it at first but had to loop back.  The water was so still, the tide was just right, the light just beginning to peek through.

The mosquitoes were insane I tell you.  I’m still itching. Hit this one up larger.  I love the reflection of the house and the clouds in the sky reflecting in the water.  No brainer, had to get out of the truck and set up the shot, right?

click for the larger version, you won’t be disappointed.


Phyllis A Restoration Photos From Len Burgess

The 1925 ‘Phyllis A.’ is now high and dry at the start of it’s restoration process at the Gloucester Marine Railways.

–Len Burgess

The Phyllis A. Marine Association is in the process of the restoration of this gill-netting fishing ship and has received some funding from the citizens of Gloucester through the Community Preservation Act.

A brief history of the Phyllis A. from "The Wheel House", How it all started!

Albert Arnold, the man who had the vessel built, owned a boat before the Phyllis A. called the Anna T. Captains Albert, Cy Tysver, and Mike Shoares, all “Michigan Bears”, had her built in Essex in 1913. She was about the same size as the future Phyllis A. and also a gill-netter. In 1923, Albert loaned the Anna T. to a family friend. Unfortunately, she was lost on the bar off Wingersheek Beach in the Annisquam River. The pilot house of the Anna T. floated to shore and was dragged up next to “the frog rock” (rocks painted to look like frogs) and made a shed out of it. The Anna T.’s pilot house/shed is there still today, sitting just south of frog rocks.

The insurance company paid Albert $4500 for the wreck, which he used to commission the building of the Phyllis A. at the Warner Shipyard, in Kennebunkport, Maine. Phil Boudain joined the venture with his nets, and when the Phyllis A. came down the ways in 1925, they set off gillnetting together.

Fishing the Phyllis A. has always been a family affair. Son Alvin Arnold took over from Captain Albert and sons Kenneth and Robert crewed. Later on, the youngest son, Richard, took on the captain’s position. From the beginning, Mrs. Arnold kept the books and kept everyone moving. Young Phyllis Arnold, though not a crew member, was present with the family when the vessel was christened and named for her. Then 3, she cried when she broke the bottle of champagne on the bow and splashed on the beautiful new deck!

Phyllis A. Marine Association

Our mission is not only the promotion of the industry and preservation of the vessel, but to provide the historical education of the fishing industry for our children.

Last Spring, the Phyllis A. Marine Association offered an educational program to East Gloucester Elementary School. Capt. Richard Arnold has done programs for the students of Veteran’s Memorial School and was interested in offering that program to the students of East Gloucester School. The program consists of a short movie about the Phyllis A., a short lecture, Q&A, and display of artifacts. The program lasts about one hour and can be designed to fit the needs of the students and teachers. This pilot program is offered free of charge. We hope to expand to more schools this Spring.

Phyllis A. Marine Association
c/o 39 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930