Come on out tomorrow night, Thursday the 29th, to celebrate my opening at Alchemy!

If you’ve been to an art opening at Alchemy, you know they do it up with style.  Add to that a Bully Boy Distilleries release party for their new aged whiskey (their vodka, rum and white whiskey will also be there), and you have all the makings for a fun evening at a great spot.  Hope to see a bunch of GMG peeps and FOBs there – it will be like a Mug Up with alcohol, and not on a Sunday morning for those who could never come because they were at church or didn’t get up that early on Sunday morning.  Feel free to bring a friend.  Thursday, November 29th 5:30-7:30 at Alchemy Cafe and Bistro, 3 Duncan Street, Gloucester. 

E.J. Lefavour

East Gloucester Says Don’t Forget About Me Yo!


In East Gloucester

Saturday Dec. 1st and Sunday Dec. 2nd


STUDIO V.O. 121R East Main Street

(The little Red Studio at the East Gloucester Marina)

Original Art, Antiques, Furniture, Jewelry, Collectibles, Unique Gifts & Funky Finds

( Open at 10:30, Refreshments served )

VINTAGE 211: 211 East Main Street

Fine Vintage Clothing and Footwear

Furnishings & Everything Eclectic and Fabulous


Amazing handmade hats, wonderful gifts & more


For all your knitting needs


The New Cultural Center at Rocky Neck (Wonson Str)

6-8 Sat. Dec. 1st 

Chickity Check It! “As I was Saying by Sheree DeLorenzo”

My buddy Sheree has her own blog-

As I was Saying by Sheree DeLorenzo

"The title of this blog comes from my mother. She always used to say, “Sheree is such a good conversationalist.” This was her kind and gentle way of saying, “Sheree talks nonstop.” She would also say, “When Sheree dies and goes to Heaven, she won’t miss a beat. She’ll just look straight at God and say, ‘As I was saying….’ and continue on with her chatter.” So the title is a nod to my mother and her wit.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Lazy Man’s Lobster Pie

Lazy Man’s Lobster Pie

Lobster pie is one of the most elegant meals you can have.  On its own or as part of a surf and turf with a petit filet it is the ultimate special occasion romantic dinner.  But it’s so easy to make!  We call it “Lazy Man’s Lobster Pie” because the guests don’t have to be bothered with the shell.

For the entire recipe click here

Haddock and Dill from FOB Anne Kennedy

Many from the GMG community may be familiar with FOB Anne Kennedy through the lovely photos she submits and by her always kind and thoughtful comments she contributes. Recently I subscribed to her blog Haddock and Dill, a simply fascinating personal memoir gleaned from diary accounts and a cache of letters and notes between Anne’s mother, Bonnie Belshe, and Bonnie’s parents (Anne’s grandparents).

Rice Drying

Currently Anne is posting about her family’s life in post-war Japan; I believe the time period is roughly 1953-1954. Upon their return from Japan, Bonnie wrote a book about their journey to Japan titled Dragon-fly Land: Japan.

“…Each one has its own special feature which attracts both Japanese and foreign visitors.  Some of these old buildings contain famous paintings or wood carvings enriched with gold. Others are noted for their cherry trees or gardens which are unusual in that they have no flowers in them.  The gardens are made of sand, rocks and moss.”  ~ Excerpt from Dragon-fly Land: Japan, by Bonie Belshe, 1955.

Harvested Root Vegetable– Ed note: looks like daikon?

I am thoroughly enjoying the wealth of beautiful snapshots of Japanese landscapes and post war culture, and especially the collection of photographs of everyday life; with photos of  rice fields and vegetables, wildflowers and children gathering fruits beneath a gingko trees, woodblock prints, fascinating recipes, and lovely brush and ink illustrations painted by Bonnie.

“We have been taking walks up into the mountains.  We all love the walks and you can see for miles in all directions.  There are several old air raid shelters left in the mountains–dark, damp tunnels.  They make me shudder to look at them.  From the top of the mountains we can see Kobe in one direction, Osaka the other direction & the ocean all in front of us with big ships anchored in the docks.  The goldenrod is beautiful here–taller than B–and each time we walk we find some different flower.” Bonnie Belshe

Ed note: I am struck by how similar this species of Japanese goldenrod looks to our native Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens), with thick waxy leaves, large flowers, and in its height.

Gathering Gingko Fruits

“I wish you could have one of these maple trees for your yard.  Some of them are turning red now and they are simply scarlet.  Japan has so much beauty.  No matter how shabby a house or how small the garden there is always a clump of blooming flowers.  Cosmos and dahlias are everywhere.  Even the vegetable gardens are beautiful–rows so straight and never a weed.” Bonnie Belshe

Adorable Photo of Anne and her Brother Bobby

“Bathing is a special event to the Japanese whether it is done at home or at a resort.  The body is washed clean before one gets into the bathtub.  Then the bather gets into the water and soaks for a long time.  It is a way of relaxing the body as well as a way of getting warm since Japanese homes have very little heat even in the winter.”
~ Excerpt from Dragon-fly Land: Japan, by Bonie Belshe, 1955.

Follow this link to read more from Haddock and Dill.

Bar hopping is your only hope tonight

There are simply too many excellent live music choices tonight.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that shows start at 5pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm.  That means, if you work it out just right you can get to 4 or 5 excellent shows.  They’re all free and all within walking distance.

And then there’s TV — cable, that is.  Local Music Seen with Allen Estes is airing a special show that premiered in the summer featuring 3 generations of the Estes Family all on stage at the same time.  It’s kind of like a peek into the family living room.  Catch it at 6:30pm tonight on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 — or if you’re out, you can tape it and watch it when you get back.  Here’s a sneak peek:

You Have Til The Last Day Of November To Join the Manchester Athletic Club for $1 instead of $129

I think it’s far and away the best athletic club North of Boston with the most to offer so when you get a chance to join for $1, how could you not take advantage?

Call 978-526-8900 to do it over the phone

Join The Manchester Athletic Club Now For Only $1 and Get The Rest Of November Free! #Boom!

Posted on November 19, 2012 by Joey C

I’ve been authorized to allow you to print this out, bring it in and qualify for this killer deal.

So click the title of this post, once you click the title it will open it up on it’s own page and underneath the graphic there will be a button that says print.

Hit that print button and print it out for a ridiculous savings!

You can also call and mention the offer at 978-526-8900 to take advantage.

Mention the $1 Free Joining and November Deal and score!



Thursday night blues party @ The Rhumb Line to host Lisa Marie 9:00 pm

Dave says,

We’re shifting into high gear this month to counter-attack the onslaught of the xmas holidaze. I’ve got some really great goodies for your mental stocking, so swallow your Prozac® and pop your clutch. Let’s get goin’!

This Thursday welcome back Ms. Lisa Marie, that knuckle bustin’ jet engine of the blues and beyond. She’s gonna rattle your cage with the finest of unhealable deep-cut  tunes to make you wriggle with joy. She’ll be backed up by the inimitable rhythm section of Mr. John Cameron, pinky wiggler, on keys, Mr. Larry, “Lawrence of Ipswich”, on Gootar and vocals, Mr. Andrew “andydextrous” Jones, on eggbeaters, and myself, on bass. Where else would you go??

Wednesday’s At The Rhumb Line with Fly Amero ~ Special Guest Toni Ann Enes

Surf & Turf Specials!
Wednesdays Only!

Hello everyone!
Wednesday, November 28th
Special Guest: 

Sweet soul.  Sweet spirit.  Lovely music.  We’re all lucky to
have the wonderful Toni Ann Enes among us. ~ Fly
Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Surf & Turf Dinner –
  $11.95 (while they last)
Tenderloin Tips with Grilled Garlic Shrimp!
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Dec. 5: Chick Marston

ec. 12: Jon Butcher

Dec. 19: ChristmaSongs with
J.B. Amero, 
Allen Estes & Friends

Coming soon…
Marina Evans

Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

Manchester Athletic Club Holiday Fair


I’ll be there.  Hope to you see you.  MAC puts on a great holiday fair.  They are also having an open house that day, so can come to the holiday fair, work out, take a group exercise class, go for a swim, or even sit in the hot tub!  What better way to do some holiday shopping and do something great for yourself.  They also have a great cafeteria for lunch.  What more could you ask for?

E.J. Lefavour

Winter Wonderland Holiday Fair
@ Manchester athletic club
December 1, 2012
Get your Holiday shopping done EARLY!!
RoBoat Books and Muses, Mac’s Mats, Sugar Snaps Photography,

Studio 49, ,Stells & Dot, Hot Toddy Designs, Silpada Jewelry, Pink Armor, Fashion Flair, Moon Crystal, Good Earth Candle, Keep Sound Minds, Vintage Hair Pins, I’d Rather Be @ a Wine Tasting, Sweet Magnolia H & A, Hand Made Sweaters, Stone Moss Designs, Mission for the Missing,

Glosta Joe’s, Dancing Bird Enterprises, Belt Buckles, Lita Seaglass Jewelry, Hats by Robin Jean, 4birds, Nautical Stuff, Photography,

League of Vintage Earring, Sea Hay Pottery, Kims Paracord Crafts, Beads by the Sea, Girl’s Scouts, Panda’s Workshop, Verizon, Creative Memories , Honey Pictures, Holly Young Art, Seaglass Art by the Sea, Juice Plus

Another origami decoration (with a funky background on my iPad)


Another decoration for my Christmas tree! It’s a fairly traditional model, made from six 3.25″ squares of paper, locked together without adhesive.

It is resting on my iPad, running Mandala HD, which makes a pretty cool background.

Fr. Matthew Green

Business and Twitter (and Facebook)


There are a couple of business owners that God Bless them are embracing Facebook and Twitter to promote their companies.

This is a good thing.

What many don’t realize though is that if your Twitter feed or Facebook page is nothing but a bunch of ads and you retweet and repost them every hour that you are doing damage to your brand. 

Once people realize that all you do is feed them ads for your product or service all day they will either unfollow you or breeze right over your tweets without ever clicking through because they know ultimately they’re really not going to get a payback in the form of something interesting but what they will be getting is yet another one of your advertisements about you.  Yes I understand that YOU are the most important person in YOUR life but to the reader on twitter or Facebook try to engage the reader with something that will be a payoff for THEM.

Retweet other interesting things that are happening in your area, things that speak to you or you agree with and let your personality shine through your Twitter or Facebook presence.  People don’t want to get hammered over the head with ads all day long.  Be judicious with your self promoting.  I’m not saying it’s not important.  What I’m saying is to be more effective, maybe make every 5th tweet about your goods or services instead of 100%.

I guarantee you will be more successful in your marketing efforts.  Be natural, be you and let it shine on through.  Don’t be afraid to promote others you find interesting and they will be more likely to help you in your efforts to show the world how truly awesome YOU are.

Thank you.


A couple examples of people who are really interesting tweeters and marketers are my friends @JMcElhenny an @DscvrGlstr  If you look at their twitter feed it’s not just straight up advertisements marketing themselves.  They tweet and retweet intersting things around them and their personality shines through.

If you’re wondering if it’s you I’m talking about, step back, pull up your twitter feed and ask yourself if you are just hammering the shit out of people with advertisement about yourself after advertisement about yourself.

Pet of the Week-Shirley

shirley, pet of the week

Hello, my name is Shirley and I am a four-year-old Shepherd/Rottweiler mix.  I have a black-and-tan coat.  I am staying at the Cape Ann Animal Aid, located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter in Gloucester until I am adopted.

I love people and other animals, although this has been a little difficult time for me as my family moved and was not able to take me and they were brokenhearted and so was I.

Our Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 8 (snow date, December 15), from 11 a.m. – 3 .m. at our new shelter at Four Paws Lane in Gloucester.  Please stop by and help us celebrate the holidays.

Oh no, here comes the volunteer (who I love), but she wants me to lose a little weight and we are going out for a walk, but I would rather take a nap.  I told her after bathing suit season I always put on a few pounds!


Poll- Discover Gloucester Asks For GMG’s Help Choosing a "Rookie of the Year!”

Hey, Joey-

Discover Gloucester could use your reader’s help choosing a “Rookie of the Year!

We’re recognizing three new-to-the-scene local tourism-minded people with special Awards at the Discover Gloucester Holiday & Awards Party on December 5, Noon at Jalapenos. We hope you’re attending!

Two of the Award recipients were no-brainers for us to decide upon, just like last year when we selected you.

We found it hard to choose a third winner, though, as the field is extensive and stellar. There’s so many fantastic new businesses that came on board in 2012 that are helping to make our destination more diverse and interesting.

This is where your readers and an infamous GMG Poll come into play!

Would you help us out by putting a Poll up on GMG that includes all our nominees for Discover Gloucester Rookie of the Year Award?

Good Morning Gloucester faithful: Would you participate in the Poll, and also let us know if we forgot a new business that opened in 2012?

Nominees for the Rookie of the Year 2012 are, in no particular order:

The Cave, Laura Cramer, Owner;

Big Mike’s Bikes, Kathleen & Mike Toomey, Owners;

Ohana American Dining, Enx Dadulas, Owner;

Taste Gloucester Tours, Patrick Halloran, Owner;

Mile Marker One Waterfront Cafe & Bar, Tobin Dominick, Owner:


Sweet Shots Secret Spots, Violet Gray & Corey Newman, Owners;

Castle Manor Inn & Seaglass Tavern; Laura Baker, Manager;

Ova the Bridge; Kory Curcuru, Owner;

Cape Ann Olive Oil Company, Lauren Negron, Owner;

RSVP now to to attend the December 5th Discover Gloucester Holiday & Awards Party at Jalapenos, 86 Main Street, Gloucester.

Noon-2PM; $22 per person. Be there for the fabulous Mexican Buffet and to see who wins the “Good On Ya!” Award; the “Golden Sou’Wester Rookie of the Year” Award; and the Discover Gloucester Heritage Award!

Thanks, Joey!

From Linn Parisi & the Discover Gloucester Board of Directors


2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Harbor Loop Gifts

The fourth year of the GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Video Series where we walk up and down Main Street and try to capture as many retailers as we can and highlight their best gift ideas one a day every day leading up to Christmas.


Community Stuff 11/28/12

Beeman School Holiday Fair this Saturday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm


Theatre in the Pines, presents "Charlotte’s Web"

The Children’s Literature Association named Charlotte’s Web the best American children’s book of the past 200 years, and Joseph Robinette working with the advice of E.B. White has created a play that captures this work in a thrilling theatrical presentation.

Wilbur, the irresistible young pig, who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the glutinous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman Family, the Arables; and most of all the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be a true friend and a very good writer.

Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the miracles of her web in which she writes, "Some Pig." This is beautiful , knowing play about friendship that will give the audience a moment of enchantment.

Tickets $10.00 for adults, and $5.00 for children – they can be purchased at Toad Hall in Rockport and The Bookstore in Gloucester.

Performances are at The Community House/Senior Center, 58 Broadway in Rockport.

Friday, December 21st at 7:30 p.m., , Saturday , December 22nd at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 23rd at 2 p.m.; and

Friday, December 28th at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 29th at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 30th at 2:00 p.m.


Hi Joey,

Can you post something about an upcoming Docksider event?

Docksider Disney Christmas Carnival

Sat. Dec.8th, 11am-1pm at the GHS fieldhouse.

Bring your camera for Disney characters,Docksider concert, food, carnival games &Santa.

Adults $10, Kids $5. Tickets sold at Jeff’s Variety.


Mary Ann DeLouise