Cape Ann MarketWATCH Annual Wrap Up From Kenny MacCarthy

How’d the real estate market do this year? Click the link for the trends on Cape Ann.

If you need Real Estate advice, call my boy Kenny MacCarthy, He’s responsive, honest and knows his stuff.

(978) 758-0983

Old Gloucester Sea Food Recipes Circa 1932 Frank E Davis Fish Co Part 5- Clams

Thanks to Clark Dexter who dropped off this booklet filled with old fish recipes and some commentary from the man himself- Frank E Davis. The man who built the last building that was on I4C2- The Frank E Davis Fish Co.

I’ll be posting a page or two a day-

click the photos for the larger easier to read versions and click here for the other pages in the series

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Fish on Fridays

The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.

Today Kathy is sharing monkfish images. Romeo, the fish buyer for Connolly Seafoods,( is pictured at Cape Ann Seafood Exchange as he examines and comments on monkfish as the “poor man’s lobster”. Next image is a beauty shot of the wide smile. The second video is shot at Connolly, of the production line, showing the filleting and skinning of a monkfish tail.


Color photo and videos © Kathy Chapman 2013

Here are Marty’s photos of Romeo as he inspects the catch and selects his buy at Cape Ann Seafood Exchange.

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B+W photos © Marty Luster 2013

The Atwater-Donnelly Band at Old Sloop Coffeehouse January 5

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Old Sloop Coffeehouse will present a performance by the Atwater-Donnelly Band on Saturday, January 5, at 7:30 PM at the handicap-accessible First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School St.
Every performance is surprisingly different and always entertaining, exciting and educational with the award-winning duo Atwater~Donnelly, who provide a unique and thrilling blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance, along with original songs and poetry. The highly praised husband-wife duo blends gorgeous vocals with an astounding array of instruments including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, limberjacks, feet and more. Not to be missed is this Atwater~Donnelly Band show where Aubrey and Elwood collaborate with musicians Cathy Clasper-Torch on violin, cello and piano, John & Heidi Cerrigione on up-right bass and autoharp, and Irish step-dancer and percussionist Kevin Doyle. Kevin was the principle dancer and dance director for Brian O’Donovan’s Christmas Celtic Sojourn in 2011, and many from Cape Ann will recognize him from the performance at the Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $12 from the coffeehouse web site at, at Gloucester Music, and at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport. The suggested donation at the door is $14 for adults, $9 for those 65 and older, $5 for those younger than 18, and $28 for a family. This is a WUMB “Warm Clothes – Warm Hearts” event: bring a gently-used coat, jacket, hat, or gloves for donation to an area homeless shelter and receive a free drink as a thank-you.

For more info, visit

E.J. Lefavour

I got nothin’.

Pretty soon, the weekend warmup, the sun really starts returning, posting about the two super bright as a full moon comets we are going to have in 2013, all coming up but right now I’m tapped out. So enjoy a few minutes of Frostie Dancing to Ray Charles singing “Shake Your Tail Feather.” I’m teaching my new friend the blow up Rubber Duck the moves since we are retiring Gangman Style.

ps. Good Morning Gloucester is aware there is a fifty foot tall Rubber Duck in Sydney Harbor.  No more phone calls to the dock or Joey might blow an irreplaceable seal. Meanwhile we are all trying to get this duck up to Gloucester for the festival so we can sneak it up on the dock so her eyeball can stare in the office window.


Rock the Baby Day Care

CPR Course at Rock the Baby—First-Aid.html

CPR, AED & First Aid Certification Course Heart Saver Course by the American Heart Association

Sunday January 13th 10am – 5pm
Must register before Friday January 11th

Must pre-register at

Class Location:
Rock the Baby Daycare & Drop-in Care Center
15 Lexington Ave. #1
Gloucester (Magnolia), MA 01930



Playgroups at Rock the Baby!
10:30am – 11:30am
Playgroups are currently FREE of charge
Check in with one of our staff when you arrive Parents must remain present with their child during playgroups

Infant/Toddler Room -ages 6 weeks old to 2.9 years Friday January 4th Monday January 7th Friday January 11th

Pre-K Room -ages above 2.9 to 5 years
Friday January 4th
Friday January 11th

More dates TBD . . .

Rock the Baby Daycare & Drop-in Care Center
15 Lexington Ave. #1
Gloucester (Magnolia), MA 01930


The Washed Up Beulah Band at the Annisquam Village Church

Kathleen Adams writes ~

Thaw your January with The Washed Up Beulah Band, the male a cappella quartet, singing old-time jubilee, shaped-note repertoire.

These four charming young men will lift your spirits (check them out on YouTube), and make you glad you came.

Bring the whole family!   There’s something for everyone.


A Night of Classic Jazz featuring Judith Murray at the Temple Ahavat Achim next Saturday, Jan 12th

Judith Murray
Judith Murray

Saturday, January 12th at 7 pm

“Café Shalom”, featuring a night of classic jazz, will take place at TAA, on Saturday evening, January 12th, 2013.

The event will begin at 7 pm with jazz vocalist Henry Allen and his New Swing Set.  At 8 pm, following an intermission, jazz vocalist Judith Murray and her trio will perform those classic jazz pieces. Judith will perform with pianist Chris Taylor, and bassist David Landoni.

Judith performs jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, the 1930s’ and 40s’ and 50s’ genre. It is the music that is classy, sultry, fine and mellow; and sometimes swinging! Judith’s sounds have a sophisticated, sassy, smooth and stunning quality; her interpretations often compared to the late Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington by the patrons and media alike.

Admission is $10 per person.

For more information, please contact David Wesson.

Honky Tonk Women come & sing venues~New dates.

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Hi fans & friends,
We have some new dates to announce:
Sunday at 6pm, Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant – Jan. 6th,
West End, #2 Main St. in Gloucester, present two members of the
Honky Tonk Women Band, Sheila & Elaine play as The Everly Sisters duet
reviving songs of the 60’s with Everly Brothers style harmonies on guitar.
Thursday, at 6pm, Seaport Grille features the Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester band
back in the lounge to play next Thursday. Jan. 10th.  You’ll know every work while we
sing & reminiscing where you first heard that song.  Time: 6pm-9pm.
Come early-reserve a table or seats, bring your friends,
 Tel: (978) 282-9799 menu items & info at
New venue:
Saturday, One World Coffeehouse in Essex at 8pm, Jan. 20th
“Up close & personal” with the Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester
Homemade desserts & coffeehouse treats from the kitchen.
Reserve seats and more ticket information: 978-768-3690
our e-mail:
Sheila Jones Schrank
Honky Tonk Woman guitarist

Origami from my archives

Going through some origami I have in storage I came across these inventions of mine I haven’t folded in a while.

First, this golden cat, that looks like it belongs in an Egyptian tomb.

Origami cat

Then this car. I came up with it a few years ago when a little boy asked me to make an origami car, and I didn’t have any instructions with me.  The basic idea of the design is inspired in other models, but the way I worked it out is mine:

My car

I have to remember how I did it, and get it diagrammed for future use…

Fr. Matthew Green

Paula Morgan Paintings At Sawyer Free

Nichole Schrafft writes-

Hi Joey,

Nice bumping into you at the rink last Sunday.  Any chance you could post this?  Paula Morgan is one of my very best friends and I’m incredibly proud of her….plus a big fan of her work. Paula also happens to be the Elementary art teacher at West Parrish School in Gloucester.  She has her own blog and wrote the following post on it the other day.  I thought it would be nice to share it with the community…especially since she teaches a number of their children!   Thanks!

Paula Morgan Paintings

“On January 4th I will be placing some recent work on display at the Sawyer Free Library gallery in the lobby.  I haven’t displayed my work in a public place in sixteen years!  Sixteen years ago, I was 22 years old.  So, what has changed in 16 years?  I’ve had a couple of career changes, I’ve carved different paths, I moved 6 times, I experienced some significant relationship shifts, I got my Master’s degree in teaching, I got married, I had two children, and in some ways, I like to think I have accomplished a lot, and maybe even grown up a little.Sometimes taking long breaks from painting, but always feeling the itch, never fully abandoning it- I’ve continued to work in spurts, and bursts trying to keep the brushes wet and the artist spirt active.”  

January 4th, 2013 Subjects in Color at The Sawyer Free Library