Colleen Apostolos Does Murals

Colleen creates beautiful children’s murals.  Here’s one she did for my beannie.  Best part is when she listens to what the child would like and they interact so the children take ownership of what is being created.

Thanks so much Colleen.  (She also teaches children art classes at Island Art and Hobby)

See here for info-

Arts and Crafts For Little Ones With Colleen Apostolos-Marsh At Island Art and Hobby

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Jim Clyde Has Some Nice Things To Say

Good to see you last night at the “Taste of Gloucester”!   The photos came out great!

I have to tell you that the work you do to promote the cultural, artistic and business enterprises around Cape Ann is invaluable and incalculable!  As a small example, today I’m meeting a friend at Mamie’s for lunch (again!)… I would NEVER have know about that great spot without a head’s up from GMG!

Keep up the good work!  ….(and thanks again for posting my Scottish blurb!)


Jim Clyde

The Open Door Autumn Breakfast, Thursday, October 24, at 7:30 a.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester

Hi Joey,

It is that time of year again! Will you let GMG readers know that The Open Door Autumn Breakfast is Thursday, October 24, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester? We will kick off the Thanksgiving Food Drive season with this gathering of community spirit and goodwill.

RSVP at OR by October 21.

Thanks for helping us get the word out!

Killing Machine: Are Praying Mantis Beneficial to Your Garden?

Video Update #2 from Dave Moore: Mantis hatching from an ootheca. Thank you Dave!

Update: Kathy Chapman shares this great video ~  Thanks Kathy!

Chinese Mantis Tenodera aridfolia sinensis ©Kim Smith 2013 copy

Chinese Mantis ~ Mantises have two spiked forelegs called “raptorial legs” that are used for grasping and securing captured prey.

The Truth About Praying Mantises ~

Are praying mantis beneficial to your garden? Yes and no, depending on which species of mantis you are referring. There are over 20 species native to the United States however, the mantises seen most frequently in our region are the European Mantis (Mantis religiosa) and the Chinese Mantis (Tenodera aridfolia sinensis), which were introduced to the United States in 1895  as biocontrols against other insects. They are generalist feeders and are not very effective at pest control. Mantids eat the hummingbird and bee as well as the pest. They also eat each other! The Chinese and European Mantises are fascinating creatures, but I would not purchase and release them into my garden. Chinese Mantis egg cases are easy to find in the fall. Look for the cases (called ootheca) in fields of goldenrod and Rosa rugosa.

Chinese Mantids have trianular-shaped heads with large compound eyes and three simple eyes between the antennae. Much research has been conducted on mantis eyesight. As do most mammalian predators, the mantis is capable of full stereoscopic vision and they are the only insects able to rotate their head a full 180 degrees.

Chinese Mantis Tenodera aridfolia sinensis -2 ©Kim Smith 2013. copy

In the second photo you can see the Chinese Mantis’s head is pivoting backward at a very narrow angle!

Click once to enlarge the image, and then click again to magnify.

Interesting note ~ A type of kung fu called Praying Mantis Kung Fu was developed in the Shandong province in the mid-16oos, and is said to be inspired by the quick movements and hunting techniques of the Chinese Mantis.

1St Annual Glen Doherty Memorial Road Race Tomorrow!

A big thank you to GMG for helping promote the 1st Annual Glen Doherty Memorial Road Race we have over 35 runners for Gloucester & Rockport!
Tomorrow will be awesome! (race day registrations are good – Joey come and walk with your girls!!)
Muffy White



150 years ago, as the Civil War raged, so many of Gloucester’s eligible soldiers went off to fight that a manpower shortage for our booming fishing industry seemed inevitable. The vacuum that resulted offered opportunity for the thousands of fisherman from the Canadian Maritimes who flocked to Gloucester. Since many of these men worshiped in the Anglican Church, Gloucester businessman Theron Dale and the other members of Gloucester’s Episcopal Society saw the need to create a free parish to meet the spiritual needs of these itinerant fisherman. This led to the building of St. John’s Episcopal Church on Middle Street where it can be found today.
    St. John’s will have a special Evensong service to commemorate this event. The choir will offer a rich variety of music consisting of psalms, anthems, prayers and canticles. Evensong is sung daily in Cathedrals and colleges in many parts of the world.

The Canticles (Magnificat and Nunc dimittis) are to be sung with a setting by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The Anthems will include “From the rising of the sun” by Henry Wilson, organist of Christ Church, Hartford. This will represent music that may have been sung when the church was in its early years.
    One of the highlights of the service will be the unveiling and blessing of the Dorcas Window in honor of all the women of St. John’s and their contribution to the Gloucester community. The parish choir will sing a new anthem by Alan Lewis, entitled “The Windows” with words by early 17th century priest and poet George Herbert, to mark the dedication of the new window by Adele Q. Ervin.
    After the service there will be a reception commemorating the founding of the church by Theron Dale and others in 1863. Still dedicated to its mission to lend a helping hand to the people of Cape Ann, St. John’s will celebrate its storied past and the blessings of the present at this wonderful event. We welcome you to come and join us.

BREAKING NEWS: Balcony Seating Now Open for Allen Estes Band in Beverly Tonight

You can now get Balcony Seats for the Allen Estes Band at Beverly’s fully restored, historic Larcom Theatre TONIGHT at 7:30pm.  Look at how great these balcony seats are .  Notice the hand-painted, pressed tin.  This is a gorgeous theatre with perfect sound – BUY NOW!

Larcom Theatre Crowd on their feet during 2013 Mardi Gras Encore


For those of you who prefer to pay with cash, the Larcom Box Office will open at 2pm.

If the Sox haven’t beaten the Rays by show time, we’ll be sure to announce their win during intermission.

See you at the concert!

Local Musican, Singer and Songwriter, Renee Dupuis is teaching Voice Lessions.

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Renee taking on more voice students during the week on Cape Ann. She will also be teaching at Salem High after school on Tuesdays and possibly Wednesdays as well.

Let her know if you are interested and feel free to share with those who you think might be!!

If you want to learn how to sing or build upon your current vocal abilities, you should definitely talk to Renee Dupuis*

*Daniel Dupuis (Renee’s brother should know) ; )

Have a listen….


Let’s Paint and Ride a Bike at the same time.

Now that Gloucester has Bike lanes I’m thinking about starting a Plein Air Painting Bike Group. Thinking of calling it “GAG” Gloucester Artist Group. Don’t try and steal my Group Name it’s been registered.  Look over this video and let me know if your interested.