Final Mug Up of the Season This Sunday!

















This coming Sunday, September 30, will be the final Mug Up of the season in conjunction with the final weekend of Essex National Heritage Trails and Sails.  If you haven’t made one this summer, or haven’t been to one in awhile, or for those who come every week, this is your last chance for a Mug Up this season on Rocky Neck at Khan Studio & the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave., G3.  Hope to see you.

E.J. Lefavour

Laurie Strickland Represents! in Staveley, England

Hi Joey,

Here is a "represent" picture of (left to right) me (Laurie Strickland), Lorraine, Steve, and Heather (whom I’m visiting) representing at the Eagle & Child Pub last night in Staveley, England in the northern Lakes Region. We’ll send more as we tour Scotland!

Laurie Strickland

resident of Gloucester

Levens Hall and Pub 055

Love it- Jolly ole England!


that sticka’s been everywhere!

Gran Prix of Gloucester Video from Day 1 – Look out Joey, lots of bikes around town

If you missed today’s psycho-cross excitement, this video will give you a feel for what you can expect tomorrow.  You really can’t miss this international sporting spectacle, complete with beer, food and plenty of fun for kids.  So bring the family up to Stage Fort Park tomorrow.  You’ll be glad you did.

Joey, you might want to listen to what Christy from has to say about putting more people on more bicycles more often — especially in Gloucester!

I ran into Thom Falzarano who shot more race footage.  Look for that coming soon.

After a day of cyclocross you may want to warm up a bit.  (Can you believe it? John and I were surfing last week!).  Plenty of good options for catching great live music (in warm, dry venues) from Beethoven to Ska to 80s to Zappa to Funk, Jazz & good ol’ Rock n Roll!  See tonight’s full lineup of live music in Gloucester and Cape Ann here.

If you have to leave the Island of Cape Ann for a wiener.

Make sure you stop by the new home of Karl’s Sausage Kitchen. No longer at Oops, I missed the driveway on Route 1 right before 128, it is now, easy on and off at One Bourbon Street, Peabody, MA. Brats, and other multiple grill-able tubular meats and now a café with beer, wine, and your favorite German wiener on a plate with real honest to god mustard.

Has anyone checked out the new digs? Click their old Route 1 sign to go to Karl’s Facebook page. They are social media wieners.

Getting ready for my close-up photography workshop tomorrow

Native Flowering Dogwood ~ Cornus florida rubra

I am so excited to be teaching my photography workshop tomorrow. I’ve created an over arching superstructure for the class, from covering camera and photography basics, relevant to close-up photography, onto very specific techniques for capturing wildlife, and even more specific tips for individual species of butterflies.

I’ve been pouring over thousands upon thousands of photos and with over one hundred photos for the slide presentation, each technique will be comprehensively illustrated.

Several of the students have emailed and I am looking forward to meeting everyone. I hope to see you there.  Nature in Focus.

Eastern Tailed-blues ~ Everes comyntas

The Eastern Tailed-blue is a relatively small species of butterfly with a total wingspan of approximately one inch. It was at first very surprising to find a little group, of about a dozen or so, wandering around this pink zinnia. Eastern Tailed-blues are very skittish and generally a challenge to photograph well. I quickly realized that they had all recently   emerged from their pupal cases. Butterflies emerge from their chrysalides with wet crumpled wings and generally cannot fly until their wings are thoroughly dry. I took advantage of this fact and just snapped away while this unique opportunity presented itself.

Rubber Duck is Torn

Rubber Duck has been enjoying an Italian Restaurant in Rockport that is perfect.  It’s like sitting down to family dinner but your mom is an awesome Italian chef serving new eye popping specials every time you walk in.  BYOB a nice Italian Cabernet from Sea Breeze and it is yet another eatery on Cape Ann that is spectacular.  The surfeit of riches we are all spoiled by.

But Rubber Duck likes to pull in on Friday night without a reservation and grab the last table.  If Rubber Duck blabs on GMG that table might be gone. So the question for Rubber Duck:

a) Take the bullet and blab.

b) You’re a bit slow RD, we all know about the place you are quacking about.

c) Shut your bill Rubber Duck before you screw up a good thing.

d) Try to act like a normal duck and make a reservation!

Give me your answer in comments and do not run to the place and blab to Donna that the dude with the red cast on his arm is hiding a duck under the table.

[Addendum] Besides the comments Rubber Duck’s cell phone has been ringing off the hook.  The consensus is that RD can call ahead just like everyone else.

Lo Grasso’s Cafe – Bistro, 13 Railroad Avenue, Rockport, MA

Call 978.546.7977 for reservations. Dinner only, opens at 5PM Wed/Thur/Frid/Sat.  Tell Donna the Rubber Duck sent you and you’ll get absolutely nothing off.

Wedding Vows on Main Street? From Fred Bodin

Fred Bodin writes-

No, the bride and groom are following their photographer to have pictures taken in the beautiful and historic West End, Gloucester last Saturday afternoon. I didn’t recognize anyone. They had a very large white stretch Limo in Palazola’s parking lot, and when they tried to leave, it was too big to turn around. Jack Palazola kindly unlocked the chain on the Main Street side, so they could escape and proceed with their reception and honeymoon. I heard from Brenda Grimes Davis on my FB Page, that she may know the Gloucester couple, and I offered to share the photo with them.


Video- Kenny MacCarthy’s Cape Ann Open Houses This Weekend Kenny MacCarthy’s weekly review of new homes and condos on the market in Gloucester and Rockport MA. 18 properties this week.

Call Kenny if you are looking to buy and sell he’s about as trustworthy as it gets and a very knowledgeable agent.

Kenny MacCarthy 978-758-0983

Community Photos 9/29/12

AND YET ANOTHER… From Sharron Cohen

Jerry Ackerman writes


Sharron and her husband David spend a lot of time as volunteer caretakers on Thacher Island , living out there for a week at a time, and always on the watch for terrific photo ops. This is yet another. You may know Sharron as the (former) Bookmobile librarian and driver, and David as the putative bluefish king of Folly Cove. Thought that you might want to share this great sweeping sunrise view with GMGers everywhere!


Community Stuff 9/29/12



Going on for the Rockport Senior Center

Laughing Yoga October 4th 11AM Free

Bingo Monday 1-3:30

Quilting & Hand work Group meets Thursdays 1-3:30

Scrabble Wednesday 1-3PM

Belly Dancing, this is fun and great exercise. Wednesdays 11AM  4weeks/$16.00

Art Classes, Mondays Oct 15- Dec 1st  1-3PM Drawing, Painting & Collage

6 classes/$30.00

Water Colors Class Oct 9th-Nov. 13th 1-3PM

6 weeks series of wet-in-wet watercolor and chalk pastel drawing exercises

Elder Planning & Reverse Mortgage Workshop Wednesday, October 17th at 11AM

Workshop on the importance of Elder Planning such as Medicaid Planning, wills,

trusts, accessing benefits and the pros & cons of Reverse Mortgage. Coffee & Donuts will be served.

RSVP 978-546-2573

Continental Breakfast, Tuesday, October 16th at 9AM. Free RSVP 978-546-2573

October 11th, Traveling Chef 11:30 Mongolian Grill, Beef, Snow peas, carrots, Broccoli, Celery,

Lo Mein Noodles, French Bread & Brownie $3.00  RSVPl 978-546-5027

October 18th Glazed Sirloin, baked sweet potato, corn & roasted pepper & bread pudding $2.00


Pigeon Cove “Then & Now” Slide Show by Gilbert McCarthy. November  16th at 7PM Rockport Senior Center 58 Broadway Rockport, Call ahead reserved seating 978-546-2573

Daytrips, Call for more information & reservation 978-546-2573

Foxwood Oct 9th  $25.00

Merrimac N.H. Premium Outlet Mall Nov. 29th for a day of shopping $10.00

Marble House, Lunch & LaSalette for a Christmas Concert & Festival of Lights$67.00