Eastern Point Lit House Update and Reminder About this Sunday’s Writer’s Club @ Duckworth’s

Elizabeth Hilts

Thank you note to GMG from Chris Anderson, Founder and Editor of Eastern Point Lit House  ~

Thank you for helping to get the word out about our first Second Sunday reading and open mic at The Hive! We really appreciate all GMG does for the community. The Second Sunday event was fantastic, with visiting writer Elizabeth Hilts blowing everyone away with her incredible work. I’ve attached a few pics of the fun. Hope to see some folks out at the book club @ Duckworth’s this coming Sunday. Onward!

Thank you Chris. It is always a joy to post for Eastern Point Lit House, especially as you and Jenn without fail take the time to thank us!

Chris Sumner
Chris Sumner
Beth Ann Miller
Beth Ann Miller

The Writer’s Book Club @ Duckworth’s Bistrot

Great food, fine wine, and in-depth discussion about the books we love.

Eastern Point Lit House Fall Book Club Calendar

October 20: Tim Horvath leads a disscusion of Subtle Bodies by Norman Rush.

November 17: Ken Duckworth leads a discussion of The Book by Alan Watts.

About our Visiting Writers:

Tim Horvath is the author of Understories, (Bellevue Literary Press) and Circulation (sunnyoutside). His stories have appeared in journals such as ConjunctionsFictionThe Normal School, and elsewhere. His story “The Understory” was selected by Bill Henderson, founder and president of the Pushcart Press, as the winner of the Raymond Carver Short Story Award. He teaches creative writing in the BFA and low-residency MFA programs at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and has previously worked as a counselor in a psychiatric hospital, primarily with adolescents and children and young adults with autism. He received his MFA from the University of New Hampshire, where he won the Thomas Williams Prize. He is the recipient of a Yaddo Fellowship, occasionally blogs for BIG OTHER, and is an assistant prose editor for Camera Obscura.

Ken Duckworth is the award-winning executive chef of Duckworth’s Bistro, where he focuses on local, seasonal ingredients that supports local industry. Following his passion for all things food, he honed his culinary skills at Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa and The Cloister in Georgia. He has been our gracious host for this series and we are so pleased to have him leading our last discussion of the year.

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble – Hot!

revolutionary snake ensemble

Don’t forget – this Saturday – New Orleans style dance party at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center on Saturday, October 19th 7-10:00pm.  Take a listen at their website: http://www.revolutionarysnakeensemble.org.

15Winter hibernation time isn’t here yet and there’s still plenty of fun to be had on Rocky Neck.

Hanging Around at Prince Insurance

A great window display! Walk by 15 Washington Street in Gloucester for a great Fall scene. The window display is better than the pictures but I admit got caught in a “Peter Pan” moment seeing the boy floating…

Who is Malachy McCourt? Listen here and find out!

Malachy McCourt

Perhaps you’ve heard of his brother, Frank McCourt, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of best-sellers Angela’s Ashes,  ‘Tis and Teacher Man.  If you’ve read any of Frank McCourt’s books, you’ll feel like you know Malachy, who is one of the central characters — especially in Angela’s Ashes, which has been described as a tragicomic memoir of the misery and squalor of their childhood.  Here’s an excerpt from the beginning of Angela’s Ashes that will give an idea of the Brothers McCourt’s charm, wit and brutal honesty.

“When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I survived at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.”

After emigrating to the U.S., Frank & Malachy wrote the play, A Couple of Blaguards, which opens this Friday at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly (get tickets here).

On Sunday, North Shore 104.9’s Aurelia Nelson interviewed Malachy on her show Curtain Up.  It’s loads of fun.  Listen here:

Dave Sag’s Blues Party to Host Cheryl Arena this Thursday night @ The Rhumb Line 10.17.2013

Dave Saginario

Dave says,

Another fun week ahead, so fasten your seat belt, and let’s get goin’!
This Thursday at the Rhumb Line, Ms. Cheryl Arena, the Bachelorette of the Blues, has got you in her sights as she rampages thru the North Shore in search of big game. You are the target. She has a new CD out and it’s a rip-snorter. She sings, she blows harp, and she’ll have you quaking and spazzing out on the dance floor with her artery-clogging renditions of hoary chestnuts and and old time favorites. She’ll be bringing along a  real lightning bolt of a guitarist in the mild-mannered form of Mr. Mike DiBari. He’ll put a wedgie in your mental Spanx®!!  Mr. Ephraim Lowell, late of Roomful O’ Blooze, will be in the drummer’s electric chair, flailing against the current. I will be the basest. It’s gonna be shocking!



Should I be a tech reporter or should I be a tech reporter?

When Apple announced it was coming out with a cheaper plastic version of it’s iPhone I panned it saying that people that are buying iPhones don’t want inferior products.  They want the best and are willing to pay for it.  I suggested that instead of offering a lower cost iPhone that they should have introduced a mega iPhone that was even more costly and you would have seen iPhone fanatics tripping over themselves to buy it at double the cost.

You can read my original article posted on  September 12th here

iPhone 5s and 5c and What I Would Have Done If I Were Apple

Posted on September 12, 2013 by Joey C


Now low and behold the Wall Street Journal is reporting sales of the cheap iPhine 5c are slugginsh and they are slashing orders for them from manufacturers-

WSJ: Apple Is Slashing Orders for the iPhone 5C

Track the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race

The 127 mile Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race (GCBSR) starts October 17th.  This year’s fleet includes several schooners familiar to us here in Gloucester ___  Adventurer 65, Hindu, Liberty Clipper, Light Reign, Norfolk Rebel, Pride of Baltimore II and Virginia.  http://www.schoonerrace.org/fleet13.htm

Portsmouth 06 (9)Portsmouth Visitor Center

Every boat will have a tracker to enable watching the race live.   Keep your eye on the race website for a tracker link to be posted prior to the start.  The Chesapeake can get pretty rough, and this has often been the case.  To add interest you can get real time wind info as well as the forecast along the route from the NOAA site.  I did this race in Green Dragon six times and am familiar with the bay and many of the boats, so it’s great sport watching on the internet.   An all-nighter at the computer in a safe, dry, warm place with a little rum is not a terrible alternative to racing.

There is an all-day pig and oyster roast / awards ceremony at the Portsmouth, VA Visitor Center.  I got these shots from the adjacent Marriott Hotel.

Al Bezanson

Dogtown’s Present Inhabitants, 1908

Dogtown was still used, even after it was abandoned. This photo, taken by Alice Curtis on July 30th, 1908, shows a cleared landscape and fenced roads. Just over the hill is the City of Gloucester. Now it's a nature preserve donated by Roger Babson. It's very overgrown and is  very interesting. Dogtown was part of early American history, not much of which was recorded. But when I go there, I can kind of feel it. It's eerie, and a lot of people feel the same way.
Dogtown was still used, even after it was abandoned. This photo, taken by Alice Curtis on July 30th, 1908, shows a cleared landscape and fenced roads. Just over the hill is the City of Gloucester. Now it’s a nature preserve donated by Roger Babson. It’s very overgrown and is very interesting. Dogtown was part of early American history, not much of which was recorded. But when I go there, I can kind of feel it. It’s eerie, and a lot of people feel the same way.

Community Stuff 10/16/13

Dear Joey,
If you would, please assist us get the word out regarding our Open House on Saturday, October 19th.  Also attached is a picture you might use, if appropriate and of acceptable quality.  It shows some of the historical items which are mentioned in the article.


The Tyrian-Ashler-Acacia Masonic Lodge located at 27 Eastern Avenue in Gloucester will be holding an Open House event on Saturday October 19th from 9am through 3pm. Very many curios and local historical items pertaining to the Lodge will be available for public viewing. Local Freemasons obtained a Charter from the Grand Lodge in Edinburgh Scotland in 1770 to enable them to work as a regular and recognized Masonic System as it was at that time. A copy of the original Charter, recognized by Paul Revere and with his signature will be available for public viewing. The Lodge in Gloucester is one of the oldest continuously operating Masonic Lodges in the United States and now functions under the umbrella of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts located at 186, Tremont Street, Boston, which claims the distinction of being the third oldest Grand Lodge in the world. The Fraternity, which attempts in Rituals to balance an understanding of Science and Spirituality, is known worldwide for its Charitable and Philanthropic endeavors. Some recent estimates claim the Freemasons distribute many millions of dollars on a regular basis to scholarships, hospitals for children, burns hospitals, eye and sight foundations. More information can be discovered at the website for the Lodge at www.tyrianashleracacia.net



JUDY McKINNON from CAPE ANN TRAVEL SERVICE was among nearly 500 top-producing travel agency owners, managers and agents who recently gathered at the Walt Disney World Resort for the 2013 Disney’s EarMarked Conference – a program especially designed for agencies with the “Authorized Disney Vacation Planner” designation.
As a conference delegate, McKINNON heard from key Disney leaders who shared what’s new and what’s coming soon for Disney vacation destinations.
CAPE ANN TRAVEL SERVICE has been in business in CAPE ANN for 11 years, and has been designated by Disney Destinations as an “Authorized Disney Vacation Planner” based on its strong support in selling Disney vacations. Their expertise includes Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai‘i.
Many travel counselors at CAPE ANN TRAVEL SERVICE have received training on Disney theme parks, resorts, cruises, vacations packages and more, and can provide the utmost in professional assistance in planning customized Disney vacations. In fact, one reason the agency has been designated an “Authorized Disney Vacation Planner” is that all of its leisure travel counselors have completed Disney Destinations Genius online training courses, which are in-depth, comprehensive programs that allows agents to develop their expertise in planning Disney vacations.

” Blue Planet and Green Planet” art show opening at The Hive this Thursday at 5.00pm – 7.00pm. Video presentation at 6.00pm. and short talk by the artist, Ramani Rangan of Gloucester.  This show features life in the oceans and peoples of the Omo valley. Dedicated to my dear friend Asaki.

Hi Joey,

All the  Clark Linehan photos from Celebrate Wearable Art II are now available here.


Thought some of your wonderful readers would enjoy them!


Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, Event Chair