Heather Atwood and The Open Door Food Pantry’s Jennifer Perry Pair up to Help Gloucester eat Better! From Adam Bolonsky

Adam writes-

Heather Atwood and The Open Door Food Pantry’s Jennifer Perry teamed up last week at Heather’s house to tape a segment on making baked snack chips even kids would eat. 

Jennifer’s the Food Pantry’s nutrition development coordinator – her job, to teach Gloucester how to cook and prepare the fresh produce available at the Pantry’s numerous distribution sites throughout the city.

Hey kids, tell mom and dad, grammy and grampy, uncle and auntie: free lunch for Gloucester kids this summer at five Pantry locations:

As part of Project Bread’s Better Summer Meals initiative, menus include locally grown produce, whole wheat breads, and low-fat milk.


Jennifer Perry, The Open Door Food Pantry’s nutrition development coordinator.


Low in fat, high in nutrition, easy to make and tasty: sweet potato, white potato, zucchini, beet chips.


Joe Langhan and cameraman/DP Luis Goncalves, from Gallo Productions, set up for the two-camera shoot.


Heather and Jennifer gear up for the first segment: frozen pea bruschetta and radish topping.


Heather gets the wireless mic treatment from Luis: mic on the blouse, transmitter on the back of the apron.


Start with these ingredients. Slice. Add salt and pepper. Bake for anywhere between ten minutes and an hour. Zucchini needs a lower temp and more time.

Downtown Merchant Plans For The Sidewalk Bazaar Coming August 2, 3rd and 4th

John John Nicastro writes-

West End Sweets:  Stop by West End Sweets for some refreshing ice cream, slush, smoothies, frappes, cupcakes and much much more….

West End Salon & Spa: Come to West End Salon & Spa- "Let us Bring Forth the Most Beautiful You." 

Primetime Party Zone:  Join us at sidewalk days for the Giant Inflatable Slide, Bounce House, Baseball All Star Slugger’s Lane, Cotton Candy, Popcorn.  Many special Combo

Packages available during the bazaar!!! 
Thank u
John John

The Gift

The Gift


He had spent his youthful summers on Cape Ann,

but life, as it has a way of doing, took him many miles away

to a place where his kids were born and are growing up

not knowing Stage Fort, or the harbor, or the people of Gloucester.


They have never seen the brave souls on the greasy pole

or splashed in the Good Harbor surf, or, until this day, stood

on a rock watching the fishing boats live out the traditions of

nearly 400 years that began on this precise spot.


So he gave his kids a gift, one that they will remember

and cherish and make them think of him well after they

are grown and have children of their own;

a gift that only a parent can give.


On this lovely day in July he brought them to Gloucester

and showed them around and told them stories

of his summers in this place and gave them

a part of his life that they will keep forever.


© Marty Luster 2012

“Wish I could be wrong that often and get paid that much”

That’s what I hear people say when weather predictions fail, as they did this week.  The Harbor Loop Concert and Seafood Throwdown were both canceled on Thursday due to warnings of severe thunderstorms and flash floods.  Not a drop of rain fell.  The Farmers Market braved the storm that never was and now they all look like geniuses!  So next time the weather man or woman predicts severe weather on a Summer Thursday, go to Stage Fort Park and join the good people who put on the Farmers Market RAIN OR SHINE in defiance.

When light rain finally fell yesterday, the Zip Line Kid spent the entire time outside with a friend — not necessarily in defiance — neither of them seemed to care that it was raining.  Or perhaps they were inspired by it.  They got out a big barrel, filled it up with water, threw stuff in and went bobbing — reveling in the joy of childhood.  Joey would have gotten a good picture of it.  Vickie and I just sat on the porch with a glass of wine and relished the gentle warm rain on a midsummer night.

Regardless of what the unpredictable weather decides to hand us tonight, there’s plenty of good music around the Cape.  It’s going on right now and will continue into the wee hours.  See the full live music lineup here.

Plant, and They Will Come!

Nearly five years ago in late September 2007, I photographed a male Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly (Battus philenor) nectaring in my garden. I found mesmerizing its dark beauty, with black wings punctuated by brilliant orange spots and shimmering iridescence. The wings flashed electric blue in the fading late day sunlight and I became completely captivated!

Range Map of Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

Although the Pipevine Swallowtail is not rare in its southern range, this exotic looking butterfly is quite an unusual occurrence in the northeast, and even more rarely found on the eastern outer reaches of Cape Ann. Mine was a stray, carried in on a southerly breeze. I imagined that if a male can drift into our garden, so can a female. And if a visiting female found in my garden her caterpillar food plant, she would deposit her eggs. The following spring we planted the Dutchman’s Pipevine (Aristolochia macrophylla). Four years later, and our pipevine has grown well. With emerald green enormous heart-shaped leaves, she is quite a showstopper clambering over the back fence. The plant is named for its flower, which resembles a Dutchman’s pipe, although when ours flowers, the blooms are so small, so few, and so lost in the foliage, I barely know when it is in bloom. Our pipevine took several years to become established, but once firmly rooted, it grew vigorously, but not invasively. At the end of the growing season, or the beginning of the next, I cut the vine hard, down to the ground. Dutchman’s Pipevine grows in full sun and partial shade and is hardy in zones 4 to 8.

Aristolochia macrophylla had its glory days in gardens during the two previous centuries, prior to the invention of air conditioning. It was planted to cover porches and treillage; cooling and shading the rooms within. When looking through old photos you can easily spot the porches and arbors that are embowered with pipevine because of the distinctive heart-shaped foliage. I imagine Fred Bodin may even have a few pictures of pipevine shrouded porches in his treasure trove of vintage photographs.

Pipevine Swallowtail Egg Clutch

About a week ago Saturday while doing chores in our backyard I noticed the rapid movements of a dark butterfly investigating the pipevine. I immediately paused because say, for example, if it was the more common Eastern Black Swallowtail, which deposits eggs only on members of the carrot family, it would not show the least bit of interest in the pipevine. Upon close investigation, it was a Pipevine Swallowtail and, without a doubt, it was a she! After first zooming in and out of the house to grab my camera, I observed her as she fluttered from tendril to tendril. She deliberately chose the tenderest leaves, pausing briefly several times to curl her abdomen to the underside to deposit her eggs. After she departed I ran in the house to tell anyone who would listen of the Great News. In our household my butterfly news is pretty much the family joke, although my husband kindly offered to get the tallest ladder from the basement. He held tight while I climbed to the top rung in search of eggs. I struck gold! Unlike the female Monarch and Eastern Black Swallowtail butterflies, which deposit eggs singularly, the Pipevine Swallowtail oviposits eggs in clusters. I counted somewhere between 25-30 eggs (very approximately) in the clutch we cut from the plant. I hope we have enough pipevine to feed this many hungry Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars!

Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillars Several Hours Old

One Day Old Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillars

Map courtesy NABA

Fly Amero thanks you from the bottom of his heart.

Thank you, everyone!
   Photo by Donna Amero

Larry Hoppen & Fly Amero strike the final chord of Orleans’ timeless classic, “Dance With Me”.

I would like to extend a personal note of thanks to each and every person who came to my weekly
Rhumb Line performance last week.  It was an overwhelming show of support from a loving community
that is utterly precious to me in every possible way.  Larry Hoppen was my bandmate, dear friend of more
than 32 years and, of course, singer of the Orleans mega-hits “Dance With Me”, “Still The One” & “Love
Takes Time”.  But he was more than just that.  He was the proud father of two beautiful, intelligent and
uniquely talented teenaged daughters, and a devoted humanitarian on a global scale.  Larry left the
planet on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 24, and I have been literally reeling ever since.  But, I am not
alone.  Not with you here by my side.  I love you all.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ~ Fly

Castle Manor Inn/ Seaglass Restaurant entertainment schedule.


Here is the music schedule for August, September and October:
Aug. 3 RPM (Rory McKenzie,”Gloucester’s Grammy winner, Peter Malaquias, Michael Lindberg)
Aug. 10 Inge Berge (solo)
Aug. 17 Sandra Lee & Greg Tower
Aug. 24 Boru (Tom O’Brian, Peter Malaquias and Al Rice)
Aug. 31 Sandra Lee & Greg Tower
Sept. 7 RPM
Sept. 14 Toni Ann Enes/ Inge Berge/Rory McKenzie/ Peter Malaquias
Sept. 21 Boru
Sept. 28 Inge Berge (solo)
Oct. 5 (Private Function)
Oct. 12 Sandra Lee & Greg Tower
Oct. 19 Tom O’Brian (solo)
Oct. 26 Inge Berge
Please add that in addition to Friday night entertainment (7:00 to 10:00)
Toni Ann Enes & Frank Hawks are playing every Sunday with guest appearances from local favorites ,from 5:00 to 8:00.
There are two Sunday functions ,Aug.12 and Sept. 30, that we will not be there.
Toni Ann Enes


Photo by Barbara Van Zoeren


Overdrive will appear at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand, Stage Fort Park,
Glouceseter, at 7pm, on Sunday, July 29 in a free concert. Bring a blanket
or chair and be ready for an evening of Good Rockin’ with the eight piece
band featuring the Overdrive Horns. For concert information please contact
David Benjamin at 978-281-0543 or on line at www.davidlbenjamin.com
Parking is free and restrooms are handicap accessible.

Coyotes! No Mas!

I’ve had enough of all these so called wildlife experts. Our loved pets are vulnerable if they escape the comforts of our home. That’s a risk you take. We live next to a vernal pond. We have all kinds of Cape Ann Wildlife here. Such as; minx, otters, herons, egrets, snakes,peepers, banjo frogs, all kinds of dragon flies, a ton of rabbits, foxes, turkeys, Coyotes etc. Our Jack Russell “Blaze” loves it here. She loves all the smells she can stick her snoot in. We keep a good eye out for her when she’s exploring the yard. She’s chased out all the animals I’ve mentioned earlier. The Coyotes here seem to be intimidated by loud noise and aggressive behavior. I’ve run screaming after them and they ran terrified into the woods. I’m just waiting for one of them to turn around and come chasing after me. Hopefully i’ll never have to deal with a brave coyote taking Blaze away. Blaze can take after herself but there’s always something stronger in the food chain. That’s why you’ll never see me in a kayak or paddle board tempting a Great White Shark.

Allen Estes at the Cape Ann Museum

This was a free concert at the Cape Ann Museum, last Friday at 4PM. It was originally planned to be outdoors, but due to the threat of rain, it was held indoors. It was great! At the end I bought one of the CDs he was selling: “Live Souls”. His CDs can be bought on his website or at stores, such as Gloucester Music on eastern Main Street.

Fr. Matthew Green

Art Exchange Coming Up in Rockport!

People of Cape Ann: are you ready for some new art? Bring a piece of your own artwork, or a piece from your collection of someone else’s original artwork, to Art Now Rockport’s first Art Exchange, scheduled for August 18th. This event will no doubt be a lot of fun, with a bit of food & music as well as art. Preregistration, which isn’t required but which might be a good idea, opens on July 30th. It’s $5 to participate but free to come and watch the art exchange take place, which should be lively. The event is being organized by Art Now Rockport. Check out the website for more: www.artnowrockport.com. You can sign up for the Art Now newsletter or send an e-mail to volunteer to help out the evening of the Art Exchange.

Community Stuff 7/29/12

Celebrate Our TownSeniors and Students Coming Together!

Showing Community Pride for one another

Please come and join us at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Wednesday, August 22, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., for an exciting and fun-filled event to celebrate all that we love about our exceptional "Gloucester."

During this event, featured will be games, snacks, art and showing of film "Our Town" that was earlier produced by local youth, and more. Folks of all ages are welcome to attend this free event.

We invite seniors to bring your grandchildren, children, nieces, nephews, friends, or any special young people in your life. This fun and educational event is being sponsored by the Healthy Gloucester Collaborative and will bring seniors, students, and law enforcement together to exchange ideas and to offer suggestions that will help make our community a safer place to live in.

This program celebrates pride in Gloucester in all generations through a commitment of service that is unique in our exciting City.  For more information, please call  Caitlin Kreitman, Healthy Gloucester Collaborative at 978-281-0908