Dinner Dealer The Interview

If you have some type of organization that does an annual fundraiser having your kids sell Dinner Dealer Decks is a total no-brainer.


Think about this-  Instead of your kid selling raffle tickets for $25 a pop and the person they sell them to begrudgingly holds it against you and hates you for putting you on the spot by sending their bratty kid to hit you up for $25 which they will probably never win anything from, the kid sells them a Dinner Dealer Deck.  The supporter pays $25 but after just a couple uses they guaranteed get their money back and then after that they continue to make money from the savings in the deck.   Out of the sale of the deck the organization keeps $10.  The restaurant that offers the great savings gets the business from you coming into their restaurant.

Wins all the way around and best of all your kid is selling something that is actually going to make the supporter money in savings!

Total, complete no-brainer!

Over $300 Savings In Each Deck

What’s more fun than shuffling through a deck of cards full of great discounts to local restaurants? Brand new to the North Shore, Dinner Dealer is dishing out deals to residents in and around the region. Not only will diners get great savings — over $300 — with these cards, they will enjoy dining at a great variety of local restaurants. Retailing for only $25, Dinner Dealer is designed to stimulate commerce within the community and inspire consumers to dine out, dine local, and dine often. It’s a win-win for both the diners and these delicious establishments. Additionally, $1 will be donated back to a local food pantry for each deck sold.

Decks can be purchased online at www.DinnerDealer.com. Don’t forget to get mom a deck for Mother’s Day! And, be sure to tell them Joey sent you.


Love the small discreet size of the decks, easy to slip in your pocket or keep in your glove box or for the ladies inside your purse.

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Open Table Dinner With Beach Gourmet and Wine Tasting Machines At Savour Wine and Cheese

Check out www.beach-gourmet.com for more information on the Open Table Concept

Welcome to the Beach Gourmet and Savour Wine and Cheese Chef’s Table

The Chef’s Table is a great way to extend our hospitality to clients for private tastings and classes. Our antique, hand-crafted table seats up to twelve people comfortably and is uniquely located inside Savour Wine and Cheese, adjacent to the Beach Gourmet exhibition kitchen. Guests at the table experience an exclusive private dining experience with a menu that is designed specifically to compliment the wine pairing.

These events are typically booked for private parties and are not open to the public; however we periodically open the table to reservation on a first-come, first-served basis. The Community Chef’s Table is a great way to meet new people who share a love of good food and wine or who simply want a change from the fast paced restaurant scene.

Your personal dining experience begins when you arrive at Savour Wine and Cheese for hors d’oeuvre and wine tasting using the Napa Technologies dispensing system. Dinner follows shortly afterward, when you join your dining companions at the table for a four-course meal, each course paired with complimentary tasting-portion of wines selected by our in-house expert, Kathleen Erickson.


Before placing your order, please inform your server if a person in your party has a food allergy.

Hors d’oeuvre

Cheddar and Gruyere Shortbread

Sausage Stuffed Mushroom Cap

Wine: Marc Hebrart Premier Cru

Blanc de Blanc Champagne

(Tasting at Wine Machines)


New England Crab Cake with Spring Greens Julienne Vegetables and House Dressing

Wine: Hirsch Heligenstein Gruner Veltliner

Kammern/ Kamptal


Grilled Lamb Chop with Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Pan-Fried Red Bliss Potato and Jus

Wine: Prado Enea Gran Reserva

2005 Muga Rioja


Grand Marnier Bavarian Cream Tart

Wine: Tre Monti Casa Lola

Albana di Romana Passito

Watch the website and Facebook for announcements of future Community Chef’s Table events. Or, sign up for our newsletter to be one of the first to know about these exciting evenings.

Do not delay in making your reservations. Community Chef’s Table events tend to sell-out very quickly.

The price range is typically $75 to $90 per guest (MA Meals Tax and gratuity not included). A credit card or check is needed to hold your place, but will not be processed until the day of the event. As this is such a small gathering, we must charge for no-shows or cancellations within the 24 hours prior to the event. Just call and let us know prior to the 24-hour deadline if your plans change.

We look forward to sharing a great evening with you!

Owner Kathleen Erickson Gives Us a Demonstration Of The Wine Tasting Machines-

While at The Beach Gourmet Open Table Dinner Sunday night Kathleen Erickson Paired Incredible wines with the equally delicious dinner served by Chef Matthew Beach.

When they hold their next Open Table Dinner do not hesitate to sign up.  It’s such a hit there’s no way these don’t sell out every time.

Don’t Be Shocked But That is a Wolf at Your Door.

Everyone knows that coyotes have moved onto Cape Ann and Cape Cod but did you know they are actually a new hybrid with the eastern wolf? The DNA typing of this new species is just in its infancy. Mostly using mitochondrial DNA to get a rough understanding but now that genomic sequencing is much cheaper a more detailed picture is forming. Some coyotes trapped have come up as 90% eastern wolf DNA! These hybrids, I’ll call them coywolf from now on, are bigger than coyotes. They are very sociable, live in family packs and can have a range of ten square miles. That is a decent chunk of Cape Ann. I would guess though if the food is plentiful they would hang in one region near their den.

Should you be fearful of these coywolves? You shouldn’t. In fact we should be happy they are here. They fill the niche that the wolf filled here for centuries and now she is back. They eat deer, mice, rabbits, all those small animals. The deer and mice are key. Lyme disease has a life cycle that explodes when deer and mice populations increase. Knocking down both of these populations will keep Lyme disease in check.

Yes, the coywolves will eat your cat but your cat should not be out there anyway. Feral and outdoor cats eat more than 3 billion birds in the US annually. You can’t blame them. They have been trained to do this since ancient egyptian times protecting granaries from vermin. They don’t even eat them just killing one bird after another. Keep your cat inside and let these coywolves keep the population of Lyme disease plagued vermin like deer and mice down to tolerable levels. They are a perfect fit for Cape Ann. They don’t like to eat birds. And if you find a dead coywolf I need just a very small blood sample to run a genetic haplotype test to see how much of a wolf she was. But please do not hunt them. They are doing us all a big favor. Imagine going for a hike in Dogtown and having no fear of being covered by disease ridden deer ticks. If you’ve had Lyme disease you should kiss a wolf on the lips for moving into your neighborhood. They might even take out a fishercat or two.

If the genetic testing of the coywolves on Cape Ann come up as over 80% wolf DNA we can drop the hybrid coywolf name. That is a wolf.

[3/26/13 edit] Lots of great comments on this article. For some local information on wolves go to Wolf Hollow in Ipswich:


Cooking with Sefatia

Sefatia and her best friends cooked a fabulous breakfast and lunch today for the employees at National Fish and Seafood. Jack, Sefati, John Tierney ©KIm Smith 2013

Jack Ventola, Sefatia, Representative John Tierney

Sefatia, Jack, Wicked Tuna ©Kim Smith 2013

Jack Ventola, the president of National Fish and Seafood, bid $3500.00 and won Sefati in an auction to benefit the Hoyt Foundation. Mayor Kirk, Representative Ann Margaret, and her Mom Frances Ferrante, super nice gentlemen from Wicked Tuna Tricky Dave and and Paul From Tuna.com were there to enjoy the feast, too. A deliciously fun time was had by all! Thank you Sefatia for inviting me to film. Video to follow.

Sefati ©Kim Smith 2013

New TV Show on Good Harbor Beach Erosion Premieres Tonight

Gloucester’s Bob Quinn, who has been going to Good Harbor for the past 80 years, tours the dunes of Good Harbor Beach and comments on the poundin’ it took this winter.

Here is a clip from the half –hour show that airs all  week on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.

Show airs: Monday (tonight) at 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.; Wednesday at 9:30 p.m.; Thursday at 8:30 p.m.; Friday at 12:30 p.m. and Saturday at 5:00 p.m.  See Channel Listings for more Cape Ann TV Shows.

Even though there’s still snow on the ground, it’s not too early to be thinking about swimming at Good Harbor.  So, to get you in the mood, here’s a very up-beat song Allen Estes wrote last Summer and performed on Local Music Seen.

Speaking of Allen, he’s appearing at Giuseppe’s this Thursday for the second week of the Singer Songwriter Shuffle along with his son Dylan and other local favorites Inge Berge, Steve Caraway, Marina Evans, Jon Waterman and Joe Wilkins.

But don’t wait until Thursday.  Lots of live music on Cape Ann all week long.  See here!

Wednesday’s with Fly Amero ♪♫♪ Special guest: John Butcher

Surf & Turf Specials!
Wednesdays Only!

Hello everyone!
Wednesday, March 27th
Special Guests:  JON BUTCHER!

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This week grammy nominated Jon Butcher returns to the
Rhumb Line and makes us all a part of his 2013 “Two Roads
East” solo tour.  He’ll be bringing with him a number of songs
from AXIS 3, the return of Jon Butcher Axis.  It promises to
be nothing short of a musical journey. ~ 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!
Apr. 3: The Amero Family…

Apr. 10: Julie Dougherty & Woody Woodward

Apr. 17: T-Max (of the “Noise”)

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

Next Auction Tuesday!

Cape Ann Auction

Tues. March 26, 6pm 

1 Lexingtion Ave, Magnolia Libary

Magnolia Village in Gloucester, MA 

This sale features a art, jewelry antiques & more from a Rockport MA home, incl:


– unsigned painting on wooden chair seat attributed to Al Czerapak,  personally presented to the consignor.
– several unframed Jonathan Hotz paintings of Cape Ann Seascapes
* Oil on canvas in the manner of Angelo Dall’Oca Bianca 48″x22″
* Oil on canvas of lake scene signed Bonnie Ford
*  Black and white photo of schooner ship
*  color photo of Sea Devil 1938
*   Signed Rockport print by Correale
* 1913 print of pretty woman, Acrylic painting of Magnolia mass signed J. Goldrick
* Acrylic painting up in Burnham Boatyard Essex Mass signed Jay. Goldrick
*  O/B Of boatyard signed RC Benham
* Unsigned oil on board of boat yard
*  primitive oil on canvas painting of farmhouse signed?
*  Oil on board painting of lighthouse signed May S Hammond
*  Old schooner on canvas painting signed Betty Flygare
* Acrylic painting of brook signed TR Searle
*  pair of Impressionist cityscape oil on board European scenes
*  Vintage black-and-white photograph of circus elephant signed RW Tarr                                        more….

Jewelry: We’ll have hundreds of pieces of jewelry, many to be pieces sold in lots. Here is a small sample of what we have.

   * 14 karat gold Druzy ring
* 14 karat gold rope bracelet
* Unusual etched clear glass Cameo brooch
* Sterling silver and marcasite Jack in the pulpit pin signed Han
* Rosary beads with cobalt blue and Austrian crystal beadsp
* Rhinestone necklace
* Rhinestone shoe buckles
* Sterling silver pendant and earring  set signed ?
* Sterling silver onyx and mother of pearl bracelet
* Unusual enamel whale pin
* Trifari gold-tone bracelet
* Beautiful rhinestone and blues tone brooch set in gold-tone sign J.J.
* Napier seashell charm bracelet
* Colored stone charm bracelet
* Gold-tone ships anchor brooch
* Tigers eye necklace and bracelet by Sigrid Olsen
* Sterling silver and red Jasper stone with matching charm, still has original Macy’s price tag
* Several large tray and box lots of parts pieces in jewelry findings
* A collection of rings including sterling silver and gold plated
* A collection of rhinestone and other very beautiful necklaces suitable for prom night
* Many, many more pieces of jewelry

  • A collection of antique fountain pens, mechanical pencils incl: Marbleized and herringbone Parker, Sheaffer, Fords,
  • Signed Hitchcock Company Mirror,
  • Collection of antique bottles including, G. Dennis botonic beer Manchester, George a Davis Gloucester mass, Blatchford brothers Gloucester mass, GE Trumbull Gloucester mass, bitters, blob-tops, aquas, Harrison Royal Oak, Buffalo Lithia Springs and many more.
  • Sears & Roebuck’s transit in original box
  • Antique photo album with old cabinet card photographs And Tintypes,
  • Antique beverage boxes including Virginia Dare carbonated beverages, Old Kerry,  and Narragansett ale
  • Tole-ware tray signed Annie Domini (Peter Hunt student?)
  • Our snack bar will now be a kitchen! Come early, have a bite and save your seat.

    As usual, there is NO BUYER’S PREMIUM at The Cape Ann Auction.

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    See pictures of a small amount of what we have at


Add Another Tradition Under Attack

Add Another Tradition Under Attack

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From Doug Powers;

“These days people aren’t even necessarily waiting for complaints from anybody, but instead implementing pre-emptive PC:

MUNSON, Ohio — A Northeast Ohio community is taking the “Easter” out of the egg hunt.

As the White House prepares for its annual Easter Egg Roll — a tradition dating back to 1878 — some in the community of Munson Township are asking if it’s okay in Washington, how could the word “Easter” offend someone in this small rural community?

Still, township trustees are opting to call this year’s Easter weekend event “The Spring Egg Hunt.”
Munson homebuilder Enzo Perfetto is putting up the $600 to put the sponsorship in private hands and the Easter back in the egg hunt.

The decision to have the egg hunt privately sponsored is under review by the county prosecutor.

Perfetto said township trustees have already agreed to calling the event an Easter egg hunt as long as taxpayers aren’t footing the bill.

Eventually somebody will realize how much cholesterol is in eggs, and the name will be changed to the “Spring Hunt for Nothing in Particular.” As a matter of fact, “hunt” might offend animal rights wackos — so I can see that word being removed too.”

Traditional Easter Bunny Cookie Making At Sista Felicia’s House

Will the recipe make the cookbook?  Only Sista Felicia Knows!

Video Tomorrow!

Here’s a picture from back in at my mom’s place in Naples making them with the Bean back in 2008-


Community Stuff 3/25/13

Three local authors, Reverend Susan Moran, Joe Rukeyser, and Jonathan Strong, will be sharing brief selections from
their work on Sunday, April 14, at 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport, 4 Cleaves Street in
downtown Rockport. Enjoy a cup of cider while listening to and discussing the work of these accomplished writers.
Thank you for sharing this with your readers.
Judy O’Malley

The WOMEN’S COMMUNITY CLUB of MAGNOLIA will hold its Easter Bake Sale on Saturday, March 30th from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. at the Magnolia Library Center located at the corner of Lexington and Norman Ave. All the proceeds from this fund raiser will go to the club’s scholarship fund.  Each year the Women’s Club gives scholarship money to deserving Magnolia students graduating from Gloucester High School who have been accepted to further their education at institutes of higher learning. 

Rockport Senior center Goings On

New exercise class..Zumba Gold Classes will run for 6 weeks beginning Friday, April 12th at 11:00. 6 weeks/$24.00 or walk in rate of $5.00/class. Call Diane 978-546-2573

ART Classes

North Shore VNA Nurse is at the Rockport Senior Center the 2nd  Thursday of each month from 9:30-12:00. She will check blood pressure and answer any health questions you may have.

Susan Testeverde from Bruce Tarr’s office will be at the center the 1st Thursday of each month for Constituent hours from 1-4 PM.

Shine Counselor, Sefatia Romeo Thekin will be at the Rockport Senior Center each month on the 3rd Tuesday from 1:30-3:30 to assist seniors with their insurance needs.

Awakening Arts with Carla Mattoli. 8 week course includes nature observation, drawing from nature with chalk pastels and a series of watercolor painting exercises.  Tuesdays, April 16- June 4th 1-3PM  8 classes/$40.00

Drawing what you see” with Elizabeth Harty. This 8 week course will include using a variety of tools to create an interesting composition.  Basic design skills and drawing techniques will be covered. 

Alaska in April Jim Wallius will show a computerized presentation of Alaska at 1:00 PM on April17th. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP 978-546-2573

Mohegan Sun Trip on April 24th we will leave from the Rockport Depot at 7:00 AM and we will depart from the Casino at 4:30PM. Cost is $25.00 and includes transportation, a $15.00 bet and a $15.00 food voucher.  Call Diane or Paula at the Rockport Senior Center 978-546-2573.

Empty Bowl Painting We will be having another bowl painting at the Rockport Senior Center on Wednesday, April 9th from 3-5 PM. Everyone is welcome to attend. We do need a head count so they know how many bowls to bring. Please call 978-546-2573 for resevations.

The Rockport Senior Center will be having beginner Digital Camera & Intermediate Digital Camera Classes, Intro to Face Book and intro to Tablets, IPad, Kindle & eReaders.  Classes are taught by Colleen McGrath. Call for dates and information, call 978-546-2573

Memory Loss: What’s Normal, What’s Not  Free seminar on April 9th at 1:00 at the Rockport Senior Center. RSVP 978-546-2573. This program is sponsored by Spectrum Adult Day Care and Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Diabetes Screening On April 11 from 1-3PM. Pre-registration is required.  Call Diane at 978-546-2573.  This screening is sponsored by Addison Gilbert Hospital.

CATA If you need transportation, CATA will pick you up at your home to bring you to the Rockport senior Center. You need to fill out a one-time application at the Senior Center. If you need assistance, Diane will help you with the process.

Cape Ann Museum Project The Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester will be hosting a focus group discussion at the Rockport Senior Center on April 10th from 1:00-2:30 PM. This will bring people together through art conversions, exploring together the power of landscapes to evoke story and imagination. People in this group will follow up with a trip to the museum. RSVP to Diane 978-546-2573

Traveling Chef on April 11th at 11:30 will serve Roast Beef, baked potato, buttered green beans, gravy, parker house rolls, pound cake with blueberry sauce. $3.00, for reservations, call Freda 978-546-5027

Traditional New England Luncheon with Entertainment April 18th Baked scallops with cracker crumbs, wild rice pilaf, peas & asparagus, parker house rolls & Indian pudding $2.00, Call Freda for reservations 978-546-5027