Local Updates- Engage!

Cat Ryan submits-

Hi all,

Here are few deadline events that may interest you, and some wonderful Gloucester news. So many updates are possible because of the strong support and lead from the City of Gloucester through the office of Mayor Kirk. Click the logos to follow the links—orange seems to be in fashion for these logos! What amazing partnerships surround us; please share the links with your friends. Good Morning Gloucester, the Gloucester Daily Times, the Cape Ann Beacon, Cape Ann TV and other local media have helped tremendously in spreading the word for our creative art, businesses, and orgs.



  • image001-1November 14, 2013 FREE special conference on rising water issues and natural systems:  The Great Marsh Symposium at the Crane Estate, Ipswich, MA, Great House at the Trustees of Reservations, Ipswich, MA, hosted by The Great Marsh Coalition. Essex National Heritage is a member. There’s a tour from the great roof after! FREE

  • image002-1Wednesday, November 20, 2013, Smart Growth Alliance Conference at the ABX convention center, Boston. Celebrating Smart Growth projects across the Commonwealth and ten years of Smart Growth. I’m going as a participant. I’ll also be speaking about arts/culture updates in Gloucester for one of the panels. Gloucester’s successes via its Community Development department and the HarborWalk public spaces inspired this invitation.

  • image003-2Tuesday, December 3, 2013, Montserrat Gallery, Beverly: The Creative Economy of the North Shore (CEANS) is hosting a networking reception. Feature of the night: arts and culture curator, and non profit advisor, Ricardo Barreto, will speak about the NEA public art process that led to 75 nationally known artists submitting public art ideas. We’ll meet the artist awarded the project, too, Anna Schuleit Haber. FREE

  • image004 You may have missed Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s hosting for MOTT’s Director Betsy Wall. A big focus of this reception described the excellent platform of their website. Please add in your businesses and orgs ASAP—the North Shore and Gloucester can do more! If you have questions feel free to email me! Immediate exciting impact: MOTT has asked multi talented Gloucester resident and artist Kim Smith to be a guest blogger on their fantastic website. Also, her video of the schooner festival will be added to their YouTube channel. The Chamber is also working on a campaign for a Cape Ann license plate. They’re working with legislature to see if the restrictive parameters for logo design can revert to offering the entire background as part of a winning design (as we see with Cape Cod or the MA Environmental Trust’s Right Whale).

  • Nice press for downtown. image Harbortown Cultural District is featured in the November 2013 issue of their publication Horizons as part of a submission for one of its regularly published  “ten” lists. You can find the article here They introduce the ten districts as “the creative heart of many communities. Here are some in the region worth visiting.” The other districts on the list cover 7 states: New Haven’s Audubon Arts District, Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, Lowell’s Canalway, New York City’s East Fourth Street, Providence’s Downtown, Hartford’s Downtown, Baltimore’s Mount Vernon, Portland’s Arts, and Pittsfield’s Upstreet. The article also credits the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s (MCC) cultural districts program. www.gloucesterharbortown.org. The author selected this district because of the HarborWalk.

  • INCREASE YOUR AUDIENCES    image007 Excellent podcast webinar from the Massachusetts Cultural Council on how to build audiences with ArtsBoston Audience Initiative project. The link also has a copy of the presentation if you don’t have time to listen. When you do find an hour to sit with the audio, there’s a lot of good information (and maybe one dog barking in the background at some point and one swear whoops!) There’s a sliding scale fee to sign up and share audience lists. Gloucester businesses/orgs should do it. Local mention: If you listen to the entire broadcast you’ll hear artist and seARTS Chair Jackie Ganim-Defalco ask a question and mention Cape Ann Artisans! Update: In September, the Massachusetts Cultural Council worked with legislatures to append the state budget, requesting an increase in $500,000 towards marketing. The request was tabled for now. But what’s important is the advocacy, the communication, and the ideas are out there! It is so important to share. Mention and coverage of arts and culture across many elections and in the media has significantly increased and improved.

  • image008US Travel Association. Please text to show your support for this Jolt Act. It affects Gloucester and all MA residents! I can’t believe that Brazil, Romania and Poland have trouble with visas! Text from your phone today 877-877, “travel”, and send to sign up for the Power of Travel coalition if you want to help there.

See Good Morning Gloucester coverage here

  • image009Essex National Heritage outstanding Essex Trails and Sails is not surprisingly already planning for next year. They were thrilled with Gloucester participation and the Block Party overlap, and hope to have even more partners and more promotion for 2014. Update coming soon and please plan for it next year! Their website and social media platforms are excellent opportunities.

  • image011November 1-17, 2013, save time for Cape Ann Community Cinema’s 6th Cape Ann Film Festival

Surf City USA ~ Gloucester, Massachusetts?

Gloucester Surf City ©Kim Smith 2013Gloucester’s Good Harbor Beach Surfers at Daybreak in Autumn

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Gloucester Surf City  -3©Kim Smith 2013.

I often see the surfers arriving en mass at daybreak and then departing around 8:30–I imagine heading off to work. What a terrific way to start the work day! For the daily New England surf forecast, visit New England Surf.

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Gloucester Surf City -2 ©Kim Smith 2013.Good Harbor Beach


True or False

Adam Bolonsky submits-

Poll: the following story is true or false:

True: I was there and I saw it happen. We made frogs’ legs stew out of the frogs stuck in the mud 

False: no way a 12-gauge shotgun could scare that many seagulls

Probably true: winters in Gloucester were a hell of a lot colder back then. Most winters kids from Magnolia iceskated to GHS by way of Normans Woe and the Blynman Canal

Reporting in the Gloucester Daily Times more than a few years back, none other than Joe Garland was accosted downtown by Ray Davis, deliveryman for the Railroad Avenue Market:

Ray jabbed a finger in my chest and asked why I didn’t mention the day Niles Pond disappeared. 

“You mean the day back in the twenties when Jack Prentiss tried to drain it to under twenty acres so it wouldn’t qualify as a Great Pond and he could claim if for his private puddle?

“Naw,” said Davis. “This was way back, a terrible hard winter. Niles froze right deep. Came on so fast an awful crowd of gulls there got their feet froze in. Next morning one of the guys was tramping through that way, and thought mebbe he could save ’em if he could scare ’em off.

“So he went home and got his twelve-gauge shotgun and went back and fired both barrels up in the air. Them gulls all started flying at once, and they lifted the whole of Niles Pond right up off the bottom and flew away it over Brace Cove to the no’theast.”

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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.

Halloween on Gloucester Harbor

Grim Reaper’s iron dredge assembly broke loose and tipped over the side of the vessel. During the incoming tide she got caught under the cement dock and took on water. After a few high tides she took on enough water to sink. The distress call for Grim Reaper came into the Coast Guard on Halloween. They said, “you just can’t make these things up!”.
TMC Services Inc. was sub-contracted by the Boston Coast Guard to drain the oil and gasoline tanks and clean up any spillage.




Photos © Kathy Chapman 2013


November in the Matz Gallery: Laureen Adrienne Maher’s “Birdseye View”

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This month the Adolph Matz Gallery features the work of Laureen Adrienne Maher. “Birdseye View” is her largest body of work and features many images of the old Birdseye building as it stands today. You will see the dilapidation and gritty character that this site brings to our unique cityscape … if only for a little while more. Birdseye View is also the title of the large centerpiece of this exhibit: three 18 x 24 canvases dressed in oils and mounted on a stucco-like background.

 This show is dedicated to her late husband, Steve DeBoer, who supported her painting efforts wholeheartedly and loved Gloucester and the cast of characters and artists that make up this City. “Everywhere I go people are talking about what is happening around the old Birdseye building. All I know is I had a great time painting it!”

Laureen was published in the Gloucester Times in March 2010 and 2011. Both articles featured her florals and popular series, called Catch of the Day, which depicts our great local rock stars including Allen Estes, Fly Amero, and Willie “Loco” Alexander. In recent years she has exhibited locally at Lone Gull, Good Morning Gloucester Gallery on Rocky Neck, and The Bodin Historic Gallery. The latter carries Snack Bar at Good Harbor Beach which is one of her most popular reproductions.

Laureen resides in beautiful East Gloucester. She owns Beauty Bar at 12 Parker Street where she cuts and colors hair and exhibits her artwork year-round. New works are in progress for her upcoming late Spring exhibit to be held at Beauty Bar. She also participates in the Sawyer Free Library Annual Art Auction each year.

Contact Laureen at (617) 335-6788 or email her at laureen@beautybarstyle.com.

Sun Sets in Peabody (not “on”)

Not to panic, I was a passenger on this journey down Route 128 / I-95 . Traveling on the way to Reading for the Manchester Essex field hockey game and I got to watch a changing sky almost all the way.

Don’t be fooled by cooler weather — the music season NEVER slows down on Cape Ann

A few places have closed for the season and there aren’t as many tourists around.  Traffic is lighter.  The Cut Bridge isn’t always up.  But that doesn’t mean you can wait until the last minute to get tickets to concerts at Shalin Liu.  That’s because with a world-class music venue down the road in Rockport, the season never really ends — at least not the music season.  Many of their concerts are already sold out — or nearly sold out, meaning you have to call the box office to see if there are any seats left, namely: Capital Steps and Arlo Guthrie.  There are still a few tickets left for Jonathan Edwards and Peter Wolf, but not many.  And the Cape Ann Big Band matinee on Dec 8 is nearly sold out too.  There are still some good orchestra seats for The Freddy Cole Quartet on next Friday, Nov 15, but they’re going fast too.  Check out his video below:

So the moral of the story is that just because it’s getting cold out doesn’t mean you can wait until the last minute to get tickets to world-class concerts at Cape Ann’s premier concert venue!

Menage a Trio ~ Franklin Cafe ~ Linda Amero, Bronek Suchanek & Jane Potter 7-10

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LADY JANE POTTER tinkling the keys tonight, COUNT BRONEK SUCHANEK bowing his dopple bass. YOURS TRULY doing my usual vocalizing. COME TO THE FRANKLIN TONITE FOR JAZZ & DIN DIN! You might see a movie star (or two)! 7-10p.

978-283-7888, make a res now.

Franklin Cafe

118 Main St

Gloucester, MA 0193


Say It Ain’t So Mr. Morrison. Please Say It Ain’t So!

Giant Rubber Duck Deflates After Earthquake

From the UK Telegraph;

“A giant rubber duck art installation fell victim to a 6.3 magnitude earthquake  in Taiwan on Thursday.

Workers in Taoyuan county tried to re-inflate the duck, the work of Dutch   artist Florentijn Hofman, after its air pump malfunctioned during Thursday’s   earthquake in Taiwan.

But the artwork had suffered too many tears and leaks thanks to high winds,   and it collapsed onto the surface of the lake where it had been installed.

Local media reported some Taiwanese were so upset, they called for a 10 second   silence to commemorate the duck.

Officials soon came to the rescue however – with the bright idea of moving the   59 foot inflatable onto dry land.

Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported it would take seven to 10 days to   completely repair the duck, which cost about $44,000 to make and install,   but by Saturday afternoon it was looking plump and healthy on its new   land-base.”

Also Please Help Paul Morrisons Obsession of bringing the Big Rubber Duck to Gloucester Harbor. I just Invited all my Facebook Friends I know and don’t know personally. I hope all you Facebook Readers will do the same. https://www.facebook.com/giganticrubberduck


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Fried Artichoke

PrintA few weeks ago as I waited in line for some cuts of meat from the butcher, during my weekly shop at Joe Pace & Son in Saugus Ma., , I spotted a childhood favorite displayed on top of the deli counter….marinated artichokes! Immediately my brain became flooded with dozens of recipe ideas, and became so excited, that I could feel butterflies in my stomach. I could not wait to get home an crack open that can and start cooking.

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Fried Artichokes


1 Can Roman Artichokes with stem

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

3 cup Sicilian Breadcrumbs (recipe in my cookbook, “Gifts Of Gold”on page 201)

1/2 cup milk

2 large eggs

La Spagnola Oil (for frying)

4 paper towels


1 In pie plate,combine flour salt and pepper; mix well; reserve

2 Whisk eggs and milk together in separate pie plate; reserve

3 Stack 3 paper towels on flat work surface; arrange each artichoke on top; absorb excess oil with remaining paper towel

4 Cut each artichoke in half lengthwise

5 Carefully coat all sides of each artichoke half, generously with seasoned flour mixture

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6 Immediately dip and coat all sides with egg wash

7 Generously coat flour and egg washed artichoke pieces  with Sicilian Breadcrumbs

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8 Heat 4 cups La Spagnola Oil in large frying pa; using kitchen tongs and working in small batches, carefully arrange 3-4 artichoke pieces into hot oil

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9  Fry 2-3 minute, turn pieces; cook 2-3 minutes or until all sides are golden in color

10 Cool and drain excess oil on cookie rack lined cookie sheet; serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce

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A special Note from Sista~

I have received a few new Sista Felicia recipe photos sent in from GMG FOB Cooks this week… keep them coming … I will be posting them once per week…they are looking great !

Updated! Photos of Fisherman/woman Statue from Scandinavia

This just in-

Hi Joey-

I  arrived home from Iceland last evening and was catching up on GMG posts when I saw that Sarah Clark had posted some great photos of other fisherman statues. She commented that she wished she had a GMG sticker when she had taken them so I must have taken this photo for her!

Best-Janet (Rice)


Original email-

Sarah Clark submits-

Hi, Joey,
Here are a fisherman and fisherman’s wife statues from Alesund, Norway. Next to them are two views of the fishermen’s statue in Reykavik, Iceland. Wish I had thought to have a Good Morning Gloucester sticker when I took these!  Just thought folks in Gloucester might enjoy these.


Community Photos 11/8/13

Hey Joey- Someone sent photos in from Marini Farms recently. Thought you
might like to see what the corn maze looks like from the air. It’s
surprisingly elaborate. I shot this from a helicopter a couple weeks
ago. Don’t worry about the copyright watermark if you’d care to to put
this on your GMG website!
Dave Stotzer


Community Stuff 11/8/13



Save the Date

Rockport High School DECA is sponsoring ……………

3rd Annual Sea Shells and Jingle Bells Holiday Inn and Home Kitchen Tour

Sunday, December 8, 2013

1-5 PM

6 Homes and 4 Inns on tour —all new locations

Tour starts at Rockport Inn and Suites 183 Main Street Rockport

Tickets available online at www.rhsdeca.com or at the Holiday PTO Fair on November 16.

Ticket prices: $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event

For more information call 978-546-1234 or email slarsen@rpk12.org

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The Gloucester Writers Center presents Endicott Writers Night on Wednesday, November 20th 7:30 p.m., at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center. The featured writers are a group of students and professors from Endicott College who demonstrate the breadth of literary talent on campus.

Our first reader, Dan Sklar, is a creative writing professor at Endicott well known not only for his colorful poetry, stories and plays but also for his ability to inspire students through his positive attitude and free spirit. Recent publications include the Harvard Review, New York Quarterly, Ibbetson Street Press and The Art of the One-Act. His one act play Lycanthropy was produced at the Boston Theatre Marathon in 2012 and was reviewed by the Boston Globe. Ibbetson Street Press published Flying Cat (Actually Swooping) Poems, Stories and Plays this year.

Our next reader is Endicott student Meghan Perkins, well known around campus for her work ethic. She is scheduled to graduate with a B.A. in English and a minor in Environmental Studies in December 2013. She has been published in the Endicott Review, the Ibbetson Street Press, the Somerville News, the Small Press Review and the Gardener News. Post-graduation, she hopes to follow her goals of writing academically and creatively, helping the environment and traveling the world.

Our other student reader, Emily Pineau, is a junior whose poetry has appeared in the anthology, Like One: Poems For Boston, and in newspapers and literary journals such as the Somerville News, The Endicott Observer, The Endicott Review, Ibbetson Street Press, Muddy River Poetry Review, and Notes from the Gean:Monthly Haiku Journal. In 2012 her poem ,“I would for you” was nominated for a pushcart prize. In 2013 the Ibbetson Street Press published her poetry collection, No Need to Speak. The Aurorean chose No Need to Speak as the Editor’s Chap/ Book Choice to be featured in their October/2013 issue.

Our last featured reader is Doug Holder, a writing professor at Endicott College and Bunker Hill Community College in Boston. He is the founder of the Ibbetson Street Press and a well known writer in the metropolitan Boston area. His latest collection of poetry, Eating Greif at 3AM (Muddy River Books) was released in October of 2013. Holder’s poetry and prose have appeared in Rattle, Main St. Rag, Caesura, Long Island Quarterly, Toronto Quarterly, the new renaissance, the Café Re-view and others. He holds an M.A. in Literature from Harvard University.

After our four writers are finished reading there will be an open mic for all Endicott students who show up and would like to read. There will also be refreshments served.

The Gloucester Writers Center was founded in 2010 to save the late poet Vincent Ferrini’s home and turn it into a working writer’s center. Its mission is to preserve, promote, and celebrate Cape Ann’s rich literary legacy and to encourage writing in the belief that all voices count.  The Gloucester Center is “a working writers center in a working town. If you would like more information about what the Gloucester Writers Center does or any of the recent events, workshops and classes visit gloucesterwriters.org