2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Menage Gallery

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.


2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Main Street Art and Antiques

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- The Dress Code

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- The Weathervane

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Menage Gallery

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- House of The Raven

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Village Silversmith

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Toodeloos

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Bananas

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Nelsons

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Alexandras Bread Co

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Lone Gull

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Kids Unlimited

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Harbor Loop Gifts

2012 Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Pleasant Street Tea and Coffee Co

Pure Joy at the Middle Street Walk!

I know today there were 35 separate events and each one was amazing. Anyone involved today should give themselves a huge pat on the back for the pure joy they brought to young and old. We hit the Buoy painting, Cape Ann Big Band and then the Cape Ann Animal Shelter open house. That’s a nice little Saturday right there! The bouy painting is such a unique treasure and can’t wait for the auction.

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Snoop Maddie Mad and The Bean Decorate Their Trees 2012

Continuing a tradition in the house since Eloise was born and captured last year by Desi Smith for Cape Ann Magazine-

Crazy? Yeah We Got That. Snoop Maddie Mad On the Cover of Cape Ann Magazine

Posted on December 16, 2011 by Joey C

I’ve been getting emails from all over the country ( I didn’t realize how many people get Cape Ann Magazine delivered to addresses out of state) in regards to Snoop Mad being on the cover.  They all say how cute she is and all but what they don’t know is the level of crazy I’m dealing with.  Check out this video of this conversation we had yesterday.MadelineCapeannmagazine

Desi Smith came by the house and did a fantastic job shooting for the article. Desi also does some portraiture work you can check out his site here


East Gloucester (God’s Country) Is Jumping Baby! Open Houses Sunday!!!

Hi Joey,

Any chance of getting this in the next GMG? Trying to encourage folks to come to East Gloucester and see what’s around.  We’re all open but Sunday is looking like a Good weather day?! 

StudioV.O. is having another HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE on Sun.  11-5.  Thanks for the support. 

Deej Viau


CAPE ANN BIG BAND ~ Holiday Performance Spectacular starts tonight a 7:00pm

cape ann big band

Event Details

The Cape Ann Big Band will conclude its Second Season with a Holiday performance at the beautiful Manchester-Essex Regional Performance Auditorium. Focusing on the joy and spirit of the Season, the band’s program will feature the vocal talents of Renee Dupuis, Tara Kelly, Carolyn Seavey, Elizabeth Anderson, John Rockwell, Steve Russo, Henry Allen, Emily DeJulio, Kate Eppers, Nathan Seavey, and of course, Santa Claus!




Manchester-Essex Regional Auditorium 
36 Lincoln St

Manchester Ma

Cape Ann Painter and Photography Group

The Cape Ann Painter and Photography Group will celebrate it’s first year on Monday, December 10 from 9AM-11AM. There will be coffee and refreshments.

Lindsay Welch, Personal Coach and Cape Ann Painter and Photographer member, has generously offered the use of her space on 17 Pleasant Street, Gloucester. There is a gate/courtyard at 17 Pleasant Street. (Beth Williams Studio and Lindsay Welch, PC). The door is on the left and you go downstairs. We are hoping that this will be a permanent space for us to use for our meetings. Thank you Lindsay.

Please drop in when you can as the social hour will extend from 9AM-10AM for this special meeting. The meeting will then start at 10.

Hope to see everyone so you can help celebrate this first year. It has been a successful year as painters and photographers in the area have had the pleasure of meeting each other, shared ideas, hopes and dreams, set goals and had a good time.

All are welcome! Come join us.

Happy Holiday Season!

Alice Gardner

Who do you want in your foxhole?

Say you’re at war.

Do you want the guy in high school that was on your team and you lost he says afterward “It was just a game.”? 

Or do you want the guy that took it personally?

You want the guy that no matter what, you guys were in it together as a team.  Fighting, scratchin, trying to get better.  Trying to be the best you can be and always having each other’s back- No Matter How Insurmountable The Odds.  Willing to take on teams larger than you stronger in physical stature but not in will!

Yeah, I’m takin this thing personally.  We’re in this together team.

You Play To Win The Game!!!!

You’re with us or you’re against us.

Bottom line.

Here’s something you don’t see every day – and a bit of heresy too

OK, you’re probably already downtown at the Middle Street Walk, and you’ve already decided you’re going to the GMG XMAS party at 6, right?  Now Joey’s all dump the kids with a babysitter and get your naughty on and make some bad decisions and burn down the neighborhood.  Got it. But in between all that, you  might want to sneak away for a quick set of this guy at Minglewood Tavern — guaranteed to be something you don’t see every day.  He even made a funny little teaser for tonight’s show?  You just gotta respect anybody who goes to that much trouble to promote his Gloucester gig!

Just in case you feel like bucking the tide, you could consider a quick appearance at Bodin’s and duck out (sorry Paul) in time to catch the Cape Ann Big Band in (dare I say) Manchester … Nope, I didn’t get struck by lightning.  You won’t either.  But you absolutely will be struck by their awesome sound.  And tonight you get to hear one of my favorite singers, Renee Dupuis perform with them.  Just sayin’ you gotta choice.  Here’s a slightly wobly video, but with good sound, featuring some of the band’s hot solos and killer horns.

I just can’t help pointing out the irony of my most favorite, irreverent singer/songwriter of all time, Inge Berge as Fireside Dining.  But that’s how it’s being billed at Castle Manor Inn tonight.  Perhaps, during dessert, you could request this song:

Or it’s sequel:

More Inge Berge videos here.

Middle Street Walk ice sculpture – before…

Joey – our Cool Guys Joe Stuart and Bob Scola delivered Cape Pond Ice’s best sculpture block ice, snow and little blocks up to the corner of Main Street, our annual donation for David Brooks and his crew of elves to go at it, for the 2012 Middle Street Walk ice sculpture extravaganza. Fortunately they were well prepared with a tent, given the steady drizzle.

Scott Memhard, President




They may have had better luck on Santa’s sleigh, but more than 35,000 holiday-themed rubber ducks from China were detained by U.S. Customs officials at the Port of Los Angeles.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized the ducks — dressed as snowmen, gingerbread men, penguins and reindeer — which were valued at $18,522, after determining they contained the chemical phthalate in excess of the limit which may be harmful to children.

Phthalates are used to make vinyl and other plastics soft and flexible, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in a statement. Consumer officials prohibit the sale, distribution and import of any child’s toy or child care item that contains concentrations of more than 0.1% of phthalate.

In the last four years, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Customs and Border Protection stopped more than 8.5 million units of about 2,400 different toys and children’s products due to safety hazards or failure to meet federal safety standards, officials said.

Fish Folding, and Candles in St. Sulpice in Paris

Hope to see you today for fish folding at The Hive! (Buoy painting is going on at Art Haven, so we’re keeping the paper and the paint separate.)  The origami tree is practically ready! David, Mary Ann, and I added more layers last night to get it to a good height. We’d go further but we ran out of the right kind of paper…


So, now it’s fish time! Although we’re recommending the “twist fish” by Gay Merrill Gross because it’s quick and easy, any origami fish folded from one uncut piece of paper will be accepted.

I am working little by little through my photos from vacation in France… This one is appropriate for today, Dec. 8, on which Catholics celebrate a Marian feast day, the Immaculate Conception.

A beautiful church!

Fr. Matthew Green

David Coffin Enrichment at EGS

East Gloucester resident David Coffin presented his "Music from the King’s Court — Exploring the Early Winds" enrichment program to the East Gloucester Elementary School 3rd-graders, who are learning to play the recorder this year.


David brought an impressive collection of wind instruments, and played almost all of them for the spellbound kids.  He demonstrated that the ocarina, bombard, recorder, slide whistle, gemshorn, organ pipe were essentially the same instrument.  He even played a water bottle and a drinking straw!

David Coffin is remarkably talented, and is wonderful with kids.  I strongly recommend him for any school looking for a music-based enrichment program!

David’s web site has a page that demonstrates these wind instruments:  http://www.davidcoffin.com/index.php?page=kings-court-meet-the-instruments

David Coffin at EGS-022David Coffin at EGS-038

Uhmmmm I’ll pass on the elephant poop coffee beans thank you very much

Anyone that knows me knows I’m a freak for coffee.  Can’t stand Dunkies but I don’t consider myself a coffee snob.  Pleasant Street, Lone Gull and Cape Ann Coffee all serve fantastic coffee.  McDonalds which I believe uses Green mountain coffee for a nice mild cup and we obviously can’t forget Gloucester based Glosta Joe’s fantastic Perfect Storm. 

My boy Toby Pett turned me on to this story about the most expensive coffee in the world-

From the Daily Mail Online-

One lump or poo: World’s most expensive coffee at £30 a cup made using beans digested and, er, flavoured by elephants

Forget robusta and arabica – this is the world’s most expensive coffee, given its unique flavour by…an elephant’s digestive tract.

The thought of a coffee bean passing through an elephant’s internal organs might not leave coffee-lovers overly enthused.

But the unique coffee, created in the hills of northern Thailand, is now the world’s most expensive variety.




The process is also labour-intensive, with the wives of elephant mahouts responsible for collecting the dung.

They break it open, pick out the coffee and, after a thorough washing, the coffee cherries are processed to extract the beans, which are then brought to a gourmet roaster in Bangkok.

Who in the world thinks of this?  Who sits there and says you know what?  I’m gonna feed these elephants that are hanging around here some coffee beans and then pick through their shit and take the elephant shit coffee beans and roast em up into the perfect world’s most expensive coffee beans?

Better yet who is the customer that says to themselves “Ooooo, elephant shit coffee beans?  Yes please!” 

Then can’t you just see it on the floor of the Chicago mercantile exchange bidding on elephant shit coffee bean futures in the pits? 


Albert Schweitzer Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

December 6, 2012

A man does not have to be an angel in order to be a saint.

Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)


Born into a Lutheran family in Alsace-Lorraine at a time when it was a part of the German Empire, Schweitzer was an organ prodigy who studied with Charles-Marie Widor at Saint-Sulpice in Paris, and became famous for his scholarship and for his interpretation of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. He was a powerful advocate for the preservation and restoration of the historic pipe organs of Europe, many of which have therefore been available to inform my own work. Through his study of theology he developed a personal philosophy he called Reverence for Life, which held that the ethical person does not allow his or her ‘will to live’ to overcome the right of those around us to thrive as well. Schweitzer expressed this philosophy by setting aside his promising academic and musical career, spending seven years to become a medical doctor, and establishing a hospital in an extremely remote area of colonial French Equatorial Africa, now Gabon, setting an example followed by generations of altruists, culminating in the work of NGO’s such as Doctors without Borders. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952.

Greg Bover

Today’s The Day!!!! Your Schedule of Events For Today’s 2012 Middle Street Walk! DO NOT MISS THIS!!!!

Today!!! SATURDAY December 8th- Lock It Down!!!!

There is just soooo much to do and see all packed into one glorious Gloucester Day.  No matter where you live I’d say it is the Holiday Event of The Season to attend.

Sure there’s the Christmas lights thing at the Stone Zoo and tree lightings and holiday fairs here and there that are worthwhile to attend but there is NO WHERE ANYWHERE THAT HAS THE SHEAR MASSIVE NUMBER OF ORGANIZATIONS ALL HAVING UNIQUE HOLIDAY EVENTS AT THE SAME TIME IN THE SAME AREA AS THE MIDDLE STREET WALK.  BOTTOM LINE- NOT UP FOR DEBATE.

Don’t be a neglectful parent who deprives their child of partaking, circle it on your calendar today.

The Gingerbread House Competition Is Just Getting Huger and Huger Every Year, The Buoy Painting At Art Haven and Lobster Trap Tree Lighting, The Many Musical Holiday Concerts, this year they will be having tours of the City Hall Tower, you would be hard pressed to get through all the events.

Not only that but after you tuck the kids away in bed it’s time to get your naughty on at The GMG XMAS Party At Bodin Historic Photo 6PM-Til All The GMG Elves Fall Down Drunk and We Push “Em Out Onto The Sidewalk.

Listen this is like going to Disney World except instead of paying $160 per person to get in and flights, you walk on up and donate $2 a head and enjoy all there is to enjoy all day long.  For a family of 4 that’s what, a $632 savings just on the tickets alone.

I count 35 Separate Events.

Check out the entire scheduled put together by Bill O’Connor From North Shore Kid in an east t read HTML Document with links and times and everything

2012 Middle street Walk Schedule of Events HERE

Thanks Bill O’Connor from NorthShoreKid for putting this web friendly table of events together for us.


Community Stuff 12/8/12

Children’s Hanukkah Program at TAA

Temple Ahavat Achim at 86 Middle Street in Gloucester ("TAA") invites families with preschool & kindergarten-aged children for a special Hanukkah celebration this Sunday, December 9th at 10 am!
No affiliation with TAA is necessary! Everyone is welcome!
Come learn about Hanukkah through songs, stories, and crafts!




JoeAnn Hart hates shrink wrapping boats.

Read about it here


“Nature’s Bounty” A Solo Show of Paintings by Nancy Caplan

The public is invited to a solo show of paintings by Cape Ann artist Nancy Caplan in the Rockport Art Association Pearson Gallery, December 9th through December 31st. There will be a meet the artist reception on Sunday, December 9th from 2-4pm.

Nancy Caplan states that she enjoys painting in watercolor especially, because of the unexpected, exciting results that occur with the merger of paint and water on paper. An avid gardener, she chooses flowers, fruit and vegetables as subjects for her painting.

Caplan studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and with noted artists including Betty Lou Schlemm, Paul George and Marla Greenfield. She has received awards from Rockport Art and North Shore Arts Associations, both of which she is an artist member. Among Caplan’s many awards, she has received the distinction of being selected as “an artist of note” by North Shore Magazine.

WHAT: “Nature’s Bounty” A Solo Show of Paintings by Nancy Caplan

WHERE: RAA 12 Main Street, Rockport

WHEN: December 9th – 31st

ADDMISSION: Open free to the public



Presented by Greenbelt and local partners


Looking for a fun way to celebrate the holiday season outdoors with family and friends this December? Look no further than Seine Field in Gloucester. The Cape Ann Museum has partnered with Essex County Greenbelt to decorate an evergreen tree at Seine Field as part of Greenbelt’s Evergreen Scavenger Hunt. “We chose the Seine Field property because of the connection with our Maritime Fisheries Galleries. It is our hope that participants visit the Museum to learn more about seine fishing to give a deeper meaning to that particular property” said Courtney Richardson, Director of Education and Public Programs at the Cape Ann Museum.  
The Evergreen Scavenger Hunt is a month long event celebrating the holiday season. “This is a fun way for Greenbelt to encourage the public to explore conservation land, and enjoy the recreational benefits of our land protection work. The project gives Greenbelt the chance to work with very enthusiastic young people, who want to share their love of nature with the rest of the community,” said Greenbelt Executive Director, Ed Becker.  “The hectic holiday season is a perfect time for friends and family to take a break from the bustle and connect with nature and each other in new ways,” he continued.
Eight trees have been decorated and are located either on Greenbelt’s   Reservations or community partner properties. The clues to find the tree at Seine Field are available at the front desk of the Cape Ann Museum. So, grab your family and friends and search for decorated evergreen trees throughout the region. Find one in your neighborhood or find them all!  Visit Greenbelt’s website, ecga.org, for the map and clues that will guide you to each tree. Once you locate a decorated tree, take a photo of yourself, family or friends with the tree and post or send the photo on Greenbelt’s website. A Greenbelt goody bag is the prize for the first to find and photograph all eight trees.
photo by C. Richardson

Zareena’s Hip Benefit

"My favorite belly dancer needs hip replacement surgery, & her friends are getting together to play some music in lovely Magnolia, part of Gloucester, MA. One Band Man is Joe Harvard on gtr & footdrums, plus an empty amp & mic for guests."  Joe Harvard

Zareena’s web site: http://www.zareena.net/

JD Meyers Best Friends
30 Lexington Ave, Gloucester
Saturday, December 8th


Blood Drive at Addison Gilbert Hospital – Saturday, January 12

An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at Addison Gilbert Hospital on

Saturday, January 12 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Red Cross van will be located in parking lot outside the Washington Street entrance.

To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

or visit redcrossblood.org