Don’t Miss the Final Nights on the Neck of the Season

Thursday, September 5th – Final Nights on the Neck of the Season and Closing Party for Ships, Shapes & Schtuff at Khan Studio.  Last chance to check out the very unique works of Judy Wilburn, Lyn Cardinal and Joanne Kaliontzis.

2013 NOTN September

5:30 Elynn Kröger Gallery, 15 Rocky Neck                Rick Drost
6:00 The Center, 6 Wonson Street                              T Max
6:30 Goetemann Gallery, 37 Rocky Neck                   JoeAnn Hart
7:00 Imagine Gallery, 43 Rocky Neck                         Everly Sisters
7:30 Rocky Neck Gallery, 53 Rocky Neck                   Nathan Cohen
8:00 Madfish Wharf, 77 Rocky Neck                           Toby Tobas Steel Drums

ships shapes and schdtuff

Gloucester HarborWalk Tulip Tree Image to Travel Around the World

Recently Joey was contacted by The Field Museum in Chicago about a GMG post from May 2012. They were interested in acquiring an image of mine from a post about our beautiful HarborWalk Tulip Trees, planted at St. Peter’s Square.

Tulip Tree Gloucester HarborWalk ©Kim Smith 2012 copy

Tulip Tree at the Gloucester HarborWalk Butterfly Garden

The Field Museum is currently developing an engaging new scientific exhibition on the topic of Biomechanics that will debut in the spring of 2014.  Led by the curatorial efforts of Field Museum Curator of Zoology, Dr. Mark Westneat, the exhibition will explore the science of looking at living things as machines built by nature and evolution.  One of the topics presented includes wind and how the leaves of a tree change in the wind.

I selected Tulip Trees for the gardens not only because they have a lovely ornamental bi-color effect when the leaves catch the wind, but primarily because they have a storied connection to Gloucester history. Liriodendron tulipifera was one of the primary woods used for tall ship’s masts, and because much of the wood from which the CB Fisk organs are built is Tulip Poplar (thank you to Greg Bover for the information about the Fisk connection to tulip poplar!). Tulip Trees are also a caterpillar food plant for the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly!

See post about Tulip Trees ~Welcome Tulip Trees!

Seaside Garden Club 2013-2014 Speakers Schedule

Kate Wilwerth from the Seaside Garden Club writes ~

Don’t miss the Seaside Garden Club’s opening program on September 10th at the Manchester Community Center. Social time begins at 7:00 and program begins promptly at 7:30.  Light refreshments will be served.

Betty-SandersBetty Sanders 

Garden Design for Decades by Betty Sanders.  Gardens should never be a burden to us.  What we want in our 20’s and 30’s is not what the same as we want in later years.  You’ll learn how to keep your gardens as your needs and  abilities change.  It’s a matter of plant selection and design, and can pay dividends for decades.

We are thrilled to have Betty Sanders back to present this program. Betty is a Massachusetts Master Gardener with a degree in organic chemistry and a well-respected garden speaker. Currently serving as vice-president of the Bay State’s 150-member Master Gardener Association, she said she gives lectures that “combine my knowledge of gardening and chemistry” Betty is nationally accredited flower show judge. She has studied gardening everywhere from Arnold Arboretum to the New York Botanical Garden and the New England Wildflower Society.Visit Betty’s website:
We have a terrific line up of programs for this year!  If you haven’t joined yet, membership is only $25 for the year.  You can join at the September meeting. Guests are always welcome for $5. This year we have two terrific workshops! Note: Workshops have a supply fee and are limited to members only.  Don’t miss Bert Ford’s Home Decor Demonstration – we will be raffling off his creations!
Date Program
10/8/2013 Fall Into the Holidays: A Home Décor Demonstration and Raffle by Bert Ford of Ford’s Flowers.  Arrangements will be raffled!
11/12/2013 Clean & Green – Cleaning Product  Workshop presented by Rita Wollmering of The HERB FARMacy
12/10/2013 Yankee Swap hosted by Lisa Willwerth
2/11/2014 Bonsai Demonstration with Bob Downey
3/11/2014 The Well Decorated Garden by Fred Rice
4/15/2014 Mosaics for the Garden Workshop by Sheila Jones Schrank
5/13/2014 Auction and Plant Sale
6/10/2014 Ravenswood Park Guided Walk with  Ramona Latham followed by Pot Luck Dinner

Debbie Sarah GayleDebbie DiGiovanni, Sarah Dean and Gayle Masiero

The Seaside Garden Club is a group of fun, active, civic-minded and hands-on gardeners.  We welcome all types of gardeners from beginners to experienced… there is always something to learn and share.  We invite you to become a member of our club and enjoy our monthly programs which feature interesting guest speakers and creative workshops.

The Seaside Garden Club meets the second Tuesday of every month (September through June) at 7:00 pm at the Community Center, Manchester-by-the-Sea.

Visit the Seaside Garden Club blog:

Phi Kappa Sigma Back Again For Lobster Rush Week


Its gotta be a dozen or more years running the men from Phi Kappa Sigma come down to Captain Joe’s for Rush week lobsters.

Tradition. Gotta love it!
If you’re a prospective pledge and you don’t go with PHI KAPPA SIGMA you really need to reevaluate your whole college existence.
Just drop out and become a garbage man already because you’re not college material.
Here they are back in 2008-

Rush Phi Kappa Sigma At MIT!

The boys from Phi Kappa Sigma at MIT come every year for rush week to pick up a ton of lobsters to serve prospective rushees.

I thought MIT was primarily an engineering school but apparently they have their marketing down pretty good too!

Auditions for Honors Youth Choir – Sept 12 & 19

Honors Youth Choir
Auditions for Honors Youth Choir will be held on:

  • Thursday, Sept. 12th at the Rockport Baptist Church 4:00 
  • Thursday, Sept. 19th at Ascension Memorial Church – Ipswich 3:30 followed by the first rehearsal.

Honors Youth Choir is sponsored by Chorus North Shore.
Students pay no tuition.
Ages are: 10 thru high school.

If you have any questions, please call Sonja Pryor [978-356-4713] or
Mary Sepich [978-468-2841] or []

Honors Youth ChoirOver the years, Chorus North Shore has worked with local area schools to promote choral singing by inviting students to sing with us for credit, and by offering scholarships for graduating seniors who plan to further their interest in music. But, our strategic plan required a more focused approach toward educational outreach.

As a community arts organization, we are particularly sensitive to the cutbacks in funding and support that have steadily eroded the music programs in schools throughout the North Shore. The Honors Youth Choir of Chorus North Shore is a fully funded program allowing children aged 10 through high school the opportunity to learn and perform choral masterworks along with Chorus North Shore, and present extraordinary concerts on their own.

By establishing The Honors Youth Choir of Chorus North Shore, we are able to accomplish several goals for Chorus North Shore:

  • provide an avenue for young singers to learn basic vocal techniques and ear training
  • introduce young singers to a life-long love of choral music
  • offer an opportunity for a children’s choir to work with a premier adult chorus and orchestra
  • reach out to a new audience in the communities we serve

The Honors Youth Choir is selected by audition. The students range from ages 10 through high school, and must attend scheduled rehearsals and concerts. The Chorus North Shore artistic director, Sonja Dahlgren Pryor and associate conductor, Mary Sepich bring their experience as life long educators and musicians to the planning and development of this special group.

Songwriting legend Ellis Paul at Old Sloop on Friday

The folks at Old Sloop took the summer off, but are back in the concert business with a bang this Friday presenting one of the most celebrated Boston-based songwriters alive today, Ellis Paul with Berklee’s Susan Cattaneo opening.


You can often get Old Sloop tickets at the door, but that’s not likely for this one.  So you might as well get them here (plus you’ll save $4).  Check out the performer videos below!

Good Harbor By BZ Niditch

Dear Joey,
A good friend of Gloucester and Good Morning suggested I send my poem to you.
My best,
BZ Niditch



On full high tide
ocean voices
in a slight breeze
are never forgotten
by slanting shadows
splashing the tides
of childhood memory
breathing in the sea
by hand fulls of waves
near sand castles
on dawn blankets
of a consumed sun,
never too late for a swim
one more time.

Community Stuff 9/3/13

Ohana/Ryan and Wood Dinner

This coming Sunday, September 8th at 6PM, Ohana is having its third special dinner featuring a talk by Bob Ryan of Ryan & Wood Distilleries.
Chef Enx has created a special menu for the occasion and Bob Ryan will speak about his business and his products.
There will be a three course meal with three Ryan & Wood cocktails for $60 per person.  

Please call 978-283-3200 for reservations.