Bacon. As In Bacon Cups. As In Get Your Ass Down To Mamie’s Kitchen For Some Bacon Cups

They only make one tray and once they are gone you are SOL.  So giddy-up cowboy early to Mamie’s Kitchen 65 Pleasant Street (right across from Saint Ann’s)!

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Pirate Boat in Rockport

This looks like a fun outing for the grandchildren next summer.

Come sail on Tall Ship Formidable with the “Pirates of Fun” for an exciting yet relaxing experience upon the beautiful waters off Historic Cape Ann and Scenic Rockport Harbor.  Sail aboard Northeast’s only traditional square-rigged tall ship.  History becomes alive and fun as the Pirate King (captain) gives commands to the crew to hoist the square sails and brace the yardarms all awhile telling stories as waves are gently lapping against the hull. Sailing along the same waters used for centuries by great sailing ships of an era gone by – Patriots, Privateers and Pirates – Oh My! Your sailing experience will include crew dressed as pirates climbing the rigging and setting sail, telling stories about pirates, patriots and privateers along with the history of the harbor and entertaining our guest as much as they would like to be. It’s the most fun, exciting and best way to enjoy time on the water!  Tall Ship Formidable has been an icon on the waters of New England for over seven years, call today and reserve your cruise!

Not your average college dean ~ listen up tomorrow at 9am on 104.9FM

In case you missed this post, Next Thursday (10/25) is the 2012-13 Berklee in Gloucester season kickoff at The Gloucester House featuring the Jim Odgren Quintet, who are helping raise money to send a Gloucester student to Berklee.  You may remember that this is the brainchild of Berklee’s Dean of Performance, Matt Marvuglio.  Now, when you read the word Dean, what do envision?  Bet it’s not the guy playing the flute solo at about 2 minutes into this video (Jim Odgren is on alto sax in this video too).

Here’s another video of Matt at The Gloucester House on March 30 with Berklee professor Ed Saindon on vibes and students Nori Shiota on bass and Jazz Robertson on drums.

Matt told me he’s planning to come to the concert on Thursday.  Perhaps we can convince him to sit in.

How cool is it that you can see the top professors, students — even the dean — of the best music school in the world right here in your own backyard!  Well, Aurelia Nelson, host of the show Curtain Up on North Shore 104.9 thinks it’s pretty cool, so she asked me to join her for tomorrow’s show to talk a little about it.  So tune in to 104.9FM tomorrow at 9AM.

But before all that, you’ve got 13 venues with live music to choose from tonight — perfect number for a beautiful October Saturday!  See the complete live music listing here.

TWO NOT-Outrageously Priced Eye Glass Solutions, with a Third Solution Provided by Fred Bodin

Solution #1 for Women

It was recommended that I purchase a pair of reading glasses one level less than my ordinary prescription, to help prevent eye strain while at the computer. I was utterly dismayed at the outrageously expensive price of eye glasses at the optometrist, as well as at the retail shops. I simply do not understand why a slender sliver of mass produced plastic has to cost $300. plus dollars, without the lens. Less expensive alternatives can be found at the pharmacy and places like Target, but I have never had much luck with fit or in finding an attractive style.

Without much searching I entered the Kate Spade website. Price for reading glasses: sixty-eight dollars. I ordered several versions thinking that I would keep the one I liked best. I absolutely loved them–comfortable, well-made, and in beautiful shades of tortoise shell. I liked both so much I kept the two pairs. The glasses come in a cheery apple green case, which makes them easy to locate within the deep depths of your purse.

Solution #2 For Men and Women

When my husband asked for help in finding a new pair of glasses, I was more than happy to assist. He has owned the exact same Buddy Hollyish style glasses for well over thirty years. To emphasize how non-materialistic is my husband–he has also owned, and it has been in continuous use, the very same key chain, a brass tag from the Savoy Grill at the Savoy Hotel in London, for over thirty-five years.

I had read about Warby Parker eyewear and thought Tom would love the fact that he did not have to go shopping (his absolute least favorite activity). He went to the Warby Parker website and picked out five pair in five minutes, part of their home try-on system. The trial glasses arrived in a few days. Shipping is entirely free, both directions with both the trial glasses, and with the pair ordered. Tom’s eye doctor phoned in his prescription and the glasses arrived within two weeks, for the grand total of 95.00. The new glasses look great and he reports they are much lighter and more comfortable than the heavier glass of his old frames. And they come with a smart looking hard case and cleaning cloth.

For every pair of glasses sold by Warby Parker, a pair is provided to someone in need.

Dorky model – self photo with iPhone

Fred Boden adds the following good info about Parrelli Optical:

Yesterday I stopped by Parrelli Optical on Railroad Avenue in Gloucester, because Janet’s prescription glasses had a broken right temple (the piece that goes from the glass to behind your ear). Manager Jeanine Perry tried to make the repair, but couldn’t, and suggested they be taken to the store they came from for temple replacement. I really appreciated her effort, especially since the glasses had been purchased elsewhere. I’ve bought opthalmic quality readers at Parrelli before, and this day found a high quality reader under $25 that looked great. I like the bamboo wood-like temples.

My model is a coconut head given to me by my Dad in the early 1960’s, from a business trip to Florida. I got the Indian and my sister (Painter Barb) got the pirate. My Indian hangs in the gallery. The background fabric is from my neighbor Bananas, which cost around five bucks.


Wind Turbine Erection From Herb Webberberg

Applied Materials (Varian) Wind Turbine
The first Piece Of 5 tower sections is set on pad by Baldwin Crane of Wilmington, Ma. at 10:30 AM, 10/19/2012

Paint Factory Update From Amy Kerr

Hey Joey!
Iain’s busy trying to get Ocean Alliance into the Paint Factory, so I
thought I would give you a quick update on what’s happening this fall,
because we’re close! As you can see in the photos, R.B. Strong Excavating
and Sewage Co. have put in a new septic line (the original drained into the
harbor!). The water main was broken, so that had to be dug up and fixed.
Building E, the smaller brick building, has a new roof made of recycled
plastic shingles, new triple glazed windows at a huge discount from Marvin
Windows, new gutters, skylights, wiring, and soon-to-be finished new
plumbing. We also have a new fence donated by Boston Fencing and a new
mailbox, meaning 32 Horton Street will be receiving mail for probably the
first time since the 1980’s. This is all after over a million dollars spent
on toxic cleanup of the site, which is ongoing. Geoffrey H. Richon, Co. has
done an amazing job, as always, overseeing the project. Many thanks to those
who have offered their support, and if you want to get involved and help us
reach our goal of moving in this fall you can go to our website
Happy Fall!
Amy Kerr and everyone at Ocean Alliance

Origami Jack-o-Lantern

I folded this last year, so I don’t remember if this is the one I designed, or if it is one that I folded from instructions I found somewhere…  There are a good number of origami Jack-o-Lantern models with instructions available on-line, although most of them are not great IMHO.  I am still trying to find the directions I used to have for a relatively simple version made from two pieces of paper, which I used to fold a lot a couple of decades ago. The problem is, I have more than a hundred origami books and magazines, and it could be in any of them… or in some other publication I no longer own…

Fr. Matthew Green


Community Stuff 10/20/12

Horizons for Homeless Children

New Volunteer shifts available starting in November at Wellspring: Wednesdays, 1-3.p.m. & Tuesdays/Thursdays 5-7 p.m.

· Attend the next training in Peabody on Oct 27th, and you can begin volunteering with the children at Wellspring.



Join Eastern Point Day School for music, hayrides, face painting, pumpkin crafts, story telling, raffle, artisan and food vendors

on Saturday, October 27th!

This event is for all ages and open to the public!


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Eastern Point Day School

8 Farrington Avenue, East Gloucester

(across the street from Niles Beach)