Part III Superstorm Sandy Trilogy

Superstorm Sandy Gloucester ~ The Morning After

Filmed on October 30, 2012, the morning after Superstorm Sandy, at Brace Cove, Gloucester. We were very fortunate to miss the brunt of the storm; Gloucester survived with relatively minimal damage. A heavy, thick steely-gray bank of clouds dominated the sky and the sun broke through for only a brief period. The streaming shafts of sunlight created a beautiful ethereal glow filtering through the atmosphere. The wind was very strong and caused a good deal of camera shake.

Music composed by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg and performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Opus 46: Morning Mood.

Part I Superstorm Sandy Gloucester

Part II Seagrass Fantasy

Part III Superstorm Sandy Gloucester ~ The Morning After

Janet Rice Represents! In Iceland

Hi Joey-

I just returned from Iceland. I thought I would share their version of the Gloucester Fisherman Statue which, of course, it is a Viking Ship!

BTW-the new camera is awesome.



Janet bought the camera I just bought for my wife the Sony NEX-5N and is loving it

Great Breakfast on Sunday

Rick and I went to Maime’s Kitchen, across from St. Ann’s, on Sunday morning.  Breakfast was so so good.  Rick had the scramble special with Linguica and I had an Omelet with Spinach, Tomato, mushroom with bacon.

Special scramble with Linquica
Omelet with Spinach, mushrooms, tomato with bacon

You want REAL tickets? OK, we heard you. Get them at Gloucester Music and Liquor Locker

Sample Ticket

For our first 2012/13 Berklee in Gloucester show, we didn’t have real tickets — you know the paper kind you buy at box offices and stores.  And people asked why?

Some of you just prefer to buy a real ticket.  You don’t want to go on-line or call and have your credit card charged.  And you don’t want to have your name on a list at the show.  Nope.  You want to walk in, show your ticket and take your seat.  Plain and simple.

Most importantly, you want to save your ticket as a memento.  I’ve got my share of concert and show tickets stashed somewhere.  I figure that when I get old, I’ll sit in my chair by the fire with my glasses on thumbing through these old tickets, reminiscing about this concert and that play — remembering whom I went with; what my life was like back then; how the music sounded.  Ahhh … the good-ol-days — today’s music is crap — that sort of thing.

OK, we got it.  So we printed up some snazzy tickets for this next show: Indie Rock Night featuring Boston’s The Shills with local favorites Renee & Joe at Latitude 43 on November 29 and you can get these tickets in Gloucester at The Liquor Locker @ 287 Main St. and Gloucester Music @ 210 Main Street.

These are nice, big, full color tickets with a photo of The Shills and that wicked-cool drawing of Renee & Joe.  You’ll be proud to add this one to your collection.  So hurry out and get yours soon before they’re all gone.  Or if you just want to order on-line click here.  Which ever way you buy them,  a portion of proceeds benefits the Berklee2Gloucester Scholarship fund — and remember: this is an ALL AGES show and it will ROCK!  Here’s a taste of what you can expect.

Alex’s Bacon Burger and Homemade Onion Rings!

Lucky Mom Post #3

Hey Joey–I was inspired to add this post after seeing your George’s Coffee Shop burger this morning. My son loves to cook burgers (and eat them as much as you do.) This was Monday night’s dinner after my very long planting day at Willowdale. He was bummed because he forgot to add cheese–but I wasn’t–still fabulous, and fabulously delicious crispy homemade onion rings, too!

FREE Community Concerts @ Rockport Music

By now you’ve been to the Rockport Music’s spectacular, world-class venue, Shalin Liu Performance Center, right?  Just in case you haven’t yet been there, here’s your chance to go for free.  Check out their community concerts, below!

On Thursday, November 15 at 7 pm, “Master Drummer” and Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont Sowah Mensah performs music from Ghana and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2000 as a soloist in David Fanshaw’s African Sanctus.  During his stay in Rockport, Mensah will hold numerous workshops on the music and culture of Ghana in the Rockport and Gloucester Schools.  Rockport students have been studying and rehearsing music by Mr. Mensah as well as traditional and contemporary music of Ghana. Rockport student ensembles – Chorus, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and a Drumming Ensemble – will take part in the concert with a finale including a performance by the combined ensembles.  This concert is free and open to the public, no tickets required.

Sunday, November 18 at 3 pm, the Berklee World Strings, directed by cellist Eugene Friesen, features an international collection of Berklee’s most accomplished and promising soloists, chamber players and fiddlers in a lively program that will include new compositions and arrangements from a wide variety of the world’s music. With a repertoire drawn from Celtic, bluegrass, South American, Arabic, Gypsy, jazz, and classical styles, Berklee World Strings redefines the traditional string orchestra with bright melodies, dance rhythms, improvisation and sparkling interplay.  Performing a contemporary program including Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho—A Narrative for String Orchestra, Bruce Thomas’ East River Mountain Suite, Andy Reiner’s Fiddle Suite for String Orchestra, Friesen’s Maracaibo and Asreon, and much more.  Tickets are $10 Adults/FREE 18 & Under (General Admission).

Experience the Firebird Ensemble’s unique interpretation of A Christmas Carol in a free community concert on Wednesday, December 5, at 7 pm (Please Note: Date has changed from Thursday, December 6).  TheFirebird Ensemble has been described as “ambitious and eclectic” by the New York Times and has earned a reputation as one of the premier new music ensembles in the United States. Known for its virtuosic performances and wide audience appeal, Firebird Ensemble’s musical interpretations are drawn from diverse sources and genres.  This concert is free and open to the public, no tickets required.  (This presentation is also part of an educational residency in which the Firebird will present this unique holiday program to Rockport and Gloucester school students in multiple programs that week.)

On Saturday, December 22, at 7 pm, Rockport Music will host a Holiday Community Sing featuring Rockport High School Madrigal Singers and host Bill Hausman as part of Rockport’s annual Christmas Pageant activities.  Please Note, the date has changed from Saturday, December 15 so it is part of the Town of Rockport Annual Christmas Pageant.  This concert is free and open to the public, no tickets required.

World Origami Days: Star Wars Origami

I promised to post on origami each day of the remaining World Origami Days (until Nov. 11). I’ll try to include a variety of themes and styles, to keep it interesting and informative.  There is a lot more to origami than just birds and paper airplanes! Here’s a small sample of what happens when you mix origami with Star Wars fandom. It’s an origami landspeeder!

I folded this from diagrams in the book by Chris Alexander, which I got as a birthday present from the people who work in our parish offices – my thanks to them all!

There’s actually quite a lot of Star Wars origami out there, ranging from the fairly simple (like many models in this book) to the highly complex, as you can see on the Starwarigami website.

Next up: abstract origami tessellations!

Fr. Matthew Green


Glosta Joe’s Is A Brewin!

Got me my Perfect Storm Brewin right up on this cold blustery day.  The Perfect Morning Cup (or three)!

Check out The Glosta Joe’s Coffee Website Here


Meet Misti and Larry in our Glosta Joe’s Interview-


Community Stuff 11/7/12


Judith Monteferrante Is Teaching a creative Lighting Class-

I am teaching a Creative Lighting Course at North Shore Community College in Danvers  – 4 evenings in November-December – starting This Thursday Nov 6 at 6:30.  Not too late to sign up! Will also be teaching this in February 2013.

Judith Monteferrante


Center For The Arts

This year’s “Oceans of Discovery” series of presentations at Maritime Gloucester kicks off on Wednesday, November 7th at 7 pm when rower and adventurer Lloyd Figgins discusses his row across the Atlantic Ocean non-stop via the notorious Morocco to Caribbean route. During his 60 days at sea in a 23ft boat, Lloyd had to overcome extreme adversity including pirates, shipping, sharks and 50ft waves. He also conducted scientific research into the marine species he encountered over his 3,200 mile journey. Join Lloyd for an inspiring evening delving into what it takes to complete one of the toughest challenges known to mankind. The presentation is sponsored by Grand Banks Building Products, Inc. Arrive early as we are expecting a full house.

Thought some of you rowing enthusiasts may be interested in attending at GMHC.


This year’s Essex Pride Award winners were chosen from a long list of nominees who all, in one way or the other, exemplify what it is to be involved in our little town. The following people rose to the top of the list for their dedication, support and hard work. They will be feted at the kickoff to Essex Pride Week, the Essex Pride Dance being held this Saturday night, November 10th, 7-11PM, at the Essex Room at Woodman’s. Tony Gallo and White Lightening will be providing dance music all night long. There will be lots of food as well as a cash bar. Thanks to the Woodman’s Scholarship Committee for underwriting the event. Proceeds of the event will go to the Essex Merchants Group which promotes businesses and events in Essex. Purchase tickets($20PP, tables of ten for $180) at The First National Bank of Ipswich, The Village Market and Woodman’s Clambake Office.


Debbie French and Beth Cairns: As longtime librarians, these two women instill the love of reading in children and older readers as well. The library is a gathering place, a social hub, a pie fest venue and a book group gathering spot. It fills a necessary spot in the day to day lives of all Essex residents. Debbie and Beth welcome all who come to the library with warm smiles and a willingness to lend a helping hand. They are always around town offering smiles and a helping hand.

Mark Lynch: Mark has been a tireless volunteer in the town for years. Mark served on the Finance Committee, the Board of Selectmen, and is currently the chair of the Conomo Point Planning Committee. He is also the President of the Essex Lions Club, which runs the very successful Essex Turkey Trot as well as many other service oriented activities around town. Mark is always there to help out wherever there is a need.

Kim Reed: Kim seems to be everywhere there is a need for a volunteer for children’s events. She was a PTO president, and after her term has continued to coordinate Backpack Thursdays, the Essex Elementary School’s communication network. She is always seen in the hallways of the school, volunteering wherever there’s a need. She has been a Brownie/Girl Scout leader and also coordinates cheerleading for the younger children.

Kurt Wilhelm: Kurt is all things history when it comes to the town of Essex. He is a selfless volunteer who performs the important task of preserving the rich town history, both through documents, photographs and authoring books. He was a long serving member of the Essex Historical Society and is currently a member of the Board of Assessors and the Conomo Point Planning Committee. Kurt is everywhere there is a story to tell about the town.

Georgeanne Richards: Georgeanne has run the very popular Sea Meadows Gifts shop in Essex for many years. She supports and promotes new businesses in town. She offers information about Essex to all who visit her shop, recommending restaurants, other shops and activities to do in Essex on a daily basis. She offers a welcoming smile and is a great retail ambassador for the town. Her shop is a beacon for shoppers both near and far. Her volunteering for the town is well known, and she’s always ready to do what is asked of her.