2012 Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Auction Photos from Angela Cook

Angela Cook owns Oasis in Rockport check her out here

Hi Joey
Here are some photos from the Cape Ann Chamber Auction, held July 19th at The Essex Room at Woodman’s

Bid On Killer Deals On The Cape Ann Chamber’s Online Auction Now-


Welcome to the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce 25th Anniversary Online Auction

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Make Your Bid to Support the Cape Ann Chamber

Now is your chance to not only get all the great items you want, but to do it knowing you are helping support our organization and mission.  The mission of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is to serve as the principal voice of business while working to enhance both the economic environment and the quality of life for the citizens of Cape Ann.

For more information regarding the Cape Ann Chamber please visit www.capeannchamber.comor call 978-283-1601.

The Cape Ann Chamber 25th Anniversary Online Auction is now open. The auction will run from July 19, 2012 to August 2, 2012 (9:00 p.m. EST), with proceeds going to support the mission of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.  The auction includes an amazing Caribbean Cruise and several historic New England vacation packages along with a multitude of bundles and individual items designed to showcase the diversity of local arts and amenities.  The items graciously donated are guaranteed to delight and surprise.  Please make sure to tell your friends, family and community.  Let the bidding begin!


New York Times Features Gloucester’s Hopper Houses

John McElhenny Forwards this Article In The NY Times-

The Original Hoppers

To New Yorkers, Edward Hopper is likely to evoke visions of moody nighttime urban scenes. But the painter created some of his most famous work in the bright seaside town of Gloucester, Mass., on Cape Ann, where he spent time in the 1920s. The photographer Gail Albert Halaban has been locating the original houses in Hopper’s paintings there and taking pictures of them as they look today. Greta Bagshaw, whose husband’s family has owned the ‘‘Mansard Roof ’’ since 1962, is accustomed to the attention. ‘‘Not infrequently we’ve seen people who set up easels in our backyard to paint it,’’ Bagshaw says. ‘‘We know it’s time to put up the awnings each year when we’re eating on the porch and we turn around and see a big tour group watching us eat dinner.’’

Julie Bosman

Click below for slide show and article-


Going around Ocean Lawn

Rick and I took our Kayaks out about 15:00 on Friday and actually went around Magnolia Harbor to Ocean Lawn into Manchester.  We are getting brave.  I think we are getting addicted to Kayaking..  By the way… talked to Greg Bover in Magnolia Harbor..  he was on his sweet sail boat.

Tonight: Love and Other Anxieties at Cape Community Cinema!

Love and Other Anxieties is having it’s Gloucester premier at the Cape Ann Community Cinema tonight!  Tickets include dinner and the screening of the movie with Lyda.

Lyda, Lily, and Kent

See my interview with director Lyda Kuth here.

Sugar Mags vs Classic Cooks HUGE REMATCH for the First Seafood Throwdown this Thursday ~ 4pm at the Farmers Market ~ Stage Fort Park

Last year Julie Geary claimed the title from four-time winner, previously undefeated Missy Hart of Sugar Magnolias in an extraordinarily close contest, full of mouthwatering anticipation and suspense.  See the video that Joey made of that throwdown here:

Below is a quick press release from Throwdown master organizer, Sandy Farrell.

Our “Hotter Than July!” rematch pits Missy Hart’s Team Sugar Magnolia with Lydia Sands and Santos Carvalho against Julie Geary’s Team from Classic Cooks. Watch closely as both of these teams bring years of experience to the table. Grant writer, organic farmer at Beacon Street Farm, and head of the Backyard Growers Program, Lara Lepionka will be judging the event with her critical eye. Steve Parkes, the “Fillet King” will lead a demonstration showing how to fillet a whole fish and break down the process so that you can feel confident in the kitchen. Join emcee Peter Van Ness of gimmesound.com this Thursday, July 26 at the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market. This is our second year at Stage Fort Park where the parking is always free on Market afternoons from 3pm on. The SeaFood Throwdown starts at 4pm.

Another judge or two will be announced soon.  Hope to see you there!

Wanna smile today in the face of all this depressing news lately?


 from; http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120710.html
Happy People Dancing on Planet Earth
“Video Credit: Matt Harding & Melissa Nixon; Music: Trip the Light

Explanation: What are these humans doing? Dancing. Many humans on Earth exhibit periods of happiness, and one method of displaying happiness is dancing. Happiness and dancing transcend political boundaries and occur in practically every human society. Above, Matt Harding traveled through many nations on Earth, planned on dancing, and filmed the result. The above video, the latest in a series of similar videos, is perhaps a dramatic example that humans from all over planet Earth feel a common bond as part of a single species. Happiness is frequently contagious — few people are able to watch the above video without smiling.”

Harbor Loop Concert Series July 26, 2012

 Three Shows in one night!

Charlee Bianchini

solo acoustic

photo by Louise





Magnolia includes local musicians Eleanor Halgren – vocals and Jud Abts
– guitar



Marina Evans Band

Marina Evans Band includes local musicians:
Pete Lindberg – drums
Dave Borge – bass
Jack Tomaiolo – electric guitar
Marina Evans – guitar & vox

6:00 to 9:00

Free concert

Fred Bodin’s View Of The July 2012 Block Party

The West End was packed, from Jalepenos to Washington Street.

Blackburn Challenge athlete Paul Morrison and pro photographer Kathy Chapman in my gallery.

Painter Laureen Maher’s oil painting of the Good Harbor Beach concession stand and of Fly Amero, with Banana’s window in the background.

Ed Collard and Laura Jardullo rock out in the gallery later in the night (haven’t I seen them dancing in Havana in the 30’s?). Ed was instrumental in finishing the mini-keg of Heineken. It was a great Block Party, with 150+ people coming in, no food or wine left, so I’m going home!

Saturday Night Report: Art at Scout Vintage Finds & I Loved the Block Party

Before heading over to Gloucester’s Block Party on Saturday night, I stopped in at Scout Vintage Finds at 186 East Main Street, across from Beacon Marine for a Photography Reception. Karen “Scout” King, the shop’s proprietess, hosts a rotating art show every month during the summer.  For July the visiting artist is a young photographer named Alex Knudsen. The photographs he is showing at Scout manage to be Americana without the kitsch. I especially loved a wistful photograph of a mint green 1950s bedroom which felt like it has been vacant in every sense for a long time. Be sure to stop by and see his work and Karen’s store soon, as the show is up through the end of July. For more info go to www.facebook.com/scoutfinds

And another thing…the Block Party was a whole lot of fun. A HUGE thank you to the people who pull this together, as there was truly something for everyone and just a great atmosphere of fun. There was an amazing variety of great music and food, and lots of kids’ activities. The only problem we had was finding simple street food (I hate to admit it, but I was looking for something straightforward like hot dogs), as we weren’t about to attempt  a sit-down dinner, foisting our children on the rest of the dining public. The pizza slices were sold out, which is a great problem to have. Then we came across Markouk Bread, which has some delicious, fresh options. The hummus with onion, tomato and mint leaves? Wow. Check them out at the Cape Ann Farmers’ Market and online www.markoukbread.com. By the way, Markouk Bread will be coming to Rockport in the Fall for our annual HarvestFest. I’m already planning to take a hummus break at the festival (yes, I plan ahead).

Thanks Block Party organizers, for a great evening out!

Community Stuff 7/23/12

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Dear Joey,

Just want to pass along a heads-up to GMG readers that the 19th annual running of the Fish Box Derby is coming up on Sunday, September 16th. There is still time to get a car together for any child from 8 to 14 that would enjoy the “Thrill of the Hill”. We will be racing down Rogers Street in front of Gorton’s that day and expect more than thirty entrants. There is no entry fee for the kids. The cost of putting on the race is borne by the Fish Box Derby Committee and the more than 100 sponsors from the community who buy advertising signs on the hay bales that line the course.

Trophies are awarded to all participants with the grandest prizes (bikes, Y memberships, whale watch tickets, and watches) going to the top four finishers in each of the two classes: Freestyle (sleeve bearings) and Modified (ball and roller bearings). Other prizes are awarded for Best Pit Crew and Koolest Kar.

This is one of the great family events of the year. The rules are simple and cars can be built from scratch or from kits, with help available from the committee. Much more information is on www.fishboxderby.org. Anyone wishing to advertise on the race course can also find the form on the website, or call me at 978 283 1932.

Thanks for helping us get the word out.


July 2012 Block Party Raffle Winner!

Dana Laing of Gloucester is the happy recipient of his half of the Block Party 50/50 Raffle, $70.

Both he and producers hope we raise even more next time, to share with one of you!!