Annisquam Exchange – A Nice Reason to Visit Annisquam

The Annisquam Exchange, 32 Leonard Street, will open for the spring season on Friday, May 18. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, through June 9. The Annisquam Exchange, a community-based nonprofit organization, offers antiques, collectibles, linens, cards and gifts. Call (978) 281-0358 for more information.
E.J. Lefavour

Can’t buy a VIP Upgrade, but you might just WIN it.

You may remember that Peter and I are presenting a concert series at North Shore Music Theatre this summer (see post & videos here) and we’ve got some great VIP packages that offer exclusive access to VIP Pre-Parties, 3 Course Dinner at Backstage Bistro, Meet & Greet, Gifts & more  (see VIP details here).

Maybe you want to take your sweetheart (Joey might even recommend that sort of thing in his advice column, who knows?).  Now, when you’re a couple, VIP is the best way to go.  But maybe you don’t want to spring for VIP Tickets.  Here’s your chance to win a luxurious VIP experience for the evening.  Just sign up for the gimmeLIVE Concert Club (click here, it’s free) and you’ll automatically be entered into a drawing to win 2 FREE VIP UPGRADES to the concert of your choice.  All you need is 2 regular tickets and you and your honey can go as VIPs!

Lot’s happening in Gloucester tonight.  Will Hunt is Allen’s guest on the premiere of a new Local Music Seen show tonight at 6:30 on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.  Then, you can see Allen Estes in the flesh at the Rhumb Line with one of the area’s best blues men, Bill Gleason (who has also been Allen’s guest on Local Music Seen).

Plus there are 2 open mics, Karaoke and Dennis Monagle featuring Ric St. Germain w/ Ken Steiner on upright bass. blues/rockabilly.  See full music lineup here.

Year of the Dragon, 2

Continuing with origami dragons in honor of the Year of the Dragon, here is number 2:

This is a “mutation” of Wen’s Dragon. The original design was described by Sok Song in issue #7 of Creased magazine; this model shows some significant variations.

Folded from a single uncut 6″ square of textured foil; finished size is approximately 3″ head to tail.

Would you be interested in a monthly meeting or workshop in Gloucester for origami enthusiasts?  Do you have friends who might be? Contact me to let me know! If we get enough people interested, I would like to get something going.  I posted on this before and got one or two responses, but I’d like to expand that base.

-Fr. Matthew Green

Are You a Wordsmith? Do You Love Cape Ann? If the Answer is Yes, See Below:

We need your submissions for our literary event for Motif No. 1 Day! Submit your brief essay or poem to In the meantime, check out the festival Schedule of Events HERE.

Bob Kennedy forwards- Scientists: Giant cannibal shrimp invasion growing – This Just In – Blogs

Bob Kennedy writes-

I shouldn’t make light of an invasive species problem, but I can hardly resist.  I’m willing to personally eliminate the threat, dietarily speaking.  Not nearly as good as lobsta, of course, but I’ll sacrifice myself to the cause.  Whatever time I have left, I’ll finish my mission with good old Capt. Joe Mass. lobster, which is a helluva a lot better.

Scientists: Giant cannibal shrimp invasion growing

An invasion of giant cannibal shrimp into America’s coastal waters appears to be getting worse.

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Thursday that sightings of the massive Asian tiger shrimp, which can eat their smaller cousins, were 10 times higher in 2011 than in 2010.

“And they are probably even more prevalent than reports suggest, because the more fisherman and other locals become accustomed to seeing them, the less likely they are to report them,” said Pam Fuller, a USGS biologist.

The shrimp, which can grow to 13 inches long, are native to Asian and Australian waters and have been reported in coastal waters from North Carolina to Texas.

They can be consumed by humans.

"They’re supposed to be very good. But they can get very large, sorta like lobsters," Fuller said.

While they may make good eatin’ for people, it’s the eating the giant shrimp do themselves that worries scientists.

For the rest of the story and pictures of the giant shrimp click here to go to CNN

Bridge Traffic Game From Erin Dooley

Mornin’…. Loving the blog as always….

Yesterday as my husband and I sat in the bridge traffic to get back into Gloucester we started talking (again) about the Gloucester bridge traffic game…..

It seems there are three categories: The wait-in-liners, the blockers and the passers. And its fast becoming a sport with the passers and the blockers pulling some pretty intricate maneuvers. Just yesterday we saw three trucks in plow formation blocking the whole road!

I wrote on my Facebook page the other day asking people which team they were and we’ve been having a great conversation. (the gist of which comes down to: If we could all agree to just use both lanes, everyone might be happy.)

I thought of your blog and wondered if you’d ever want to start that conversation. Its getting pretty heated on the road lately and i think maybe some people would do well to hear from the other teams.

Just a thought Have a good one


Gloucester Webcam of The Day- Discover Gloucester Greasy Pole and Outer Harbor Webcam

This Webcam and more can be found at


Check Out the Discover Gloucester Website Here

This local webcam portal project was an idea I had last year to have as many webcams streaming from local businesses or organizations as possible which highlight the incredible vistas that we as people that live and work here get to enjoy each and every day.

The idea was to have the organization install the webcam, have them embed the webcam feed on their own websites as well and have a link to each business website on the Gloucester webcam portal website to showcase their business as well.

Tim Blakeley from Gloucester Bytes provided the initial installation at ridiculously cheap cost because he believed in the project.


The North Shore Arts Association will kick off its 90th Anniversary Season with its first Members’ Exhibition which will run May 5th through June 2nd.  Various media of all original artwork will be represented.  The public is invited to an Awards Reception on Sunday, May 6th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
Coinciding with Members’ Exhibition I, the works of Sharon Jordan Bahosh will be displayed in the Gordon Grant Room.  This show will run from May 5th – May 24th with a “Meet the Artist” reception on Sun., May 6th from 1-4pm.
Also from May 5th- May 24th, artist Steve Kennedy will display his latest works in a solo exhibition of paintings.
In addition to its five Member Exhibitions and six solo and small works shows, NSAA will highlight its 90th Season with an Anniversary Exhibit of founding artists and early artist members, as well as an exhibit by the International Society of Experimental Artists.  Throughout this exciting season which runs May-October, many special lectures, demonstrations, workshops and programs will be offered to celebrate NSAA’s 90th Anniversary, a truly historic milestone!
North Shore Arts Association has a thriving artist membership of over 350 contemporary artists recognized nationally and worldwide. They come not only from Cape Ann, but throughout North America.
NSAA’s historic old building, located at 11 Pirates Lane in East Gloucester, provides the opportunity to view one of the largest collections of paintings and sculpture on Cape Ann. 
North Shore Arts Association is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays from Noon to 5:00 pm. In addition to exhibitions, NSAA also offers demonstrations, workshops, lectures, critiques, an art auction and more. Please call 978-283-1857 or visit for more information.