Rick and Dorthe Noonan Represent! On The Great Wall of China

Hey Joe,

Representing Gloucester and GMG after 1700 steps UP ! 

At the bottom while enjoying a well earned cold beer we learned thru spotting internet connection that the Red Sox’s had won the  World Series, took two days to hit the local Beijing papers 


Hey Dorthe- that’s a looong way from Switzerland! Winking smile

Paint Factory Behind a Veil of Birch Leaves

Veil of Birch Leaves  Paint Factory ©Kim Smith 2013

I liked all the focal lengths and couldn’t decide which one to post–Paint Factory as muse.

Veil of Birch Leaves  Paint Factory  -2©Kim Smith 2013

Veil of Birch Leaves Paint Factory -3  ©Kim Smith 2013Veil of Birch Leaves and Paint Factory  -4 ©Kim Smith 2013Paint Factory Rocky Neck Gloucester

Zombie Prom at Hamilton Wenham Regional High School

Zombie Prom PhotoOn Friday, November 15th and Saturday, November 16th jump back to the nuclear ’50s in this high energy, feel-good musical! Join the students of Enrico Fermi High as they sing and dance their way towards the senior prom, while dealing with love and loss, a tyrannical principal, and an unstable power plant! Should zombies have rights? Should they be allowed in school? Come see what craziness ensues as the students go against the rules out of devotion to a former friend!
(There is no zombie gore in this show.)

Zombie Prom
Order your tickets here for the convenience of purchasing in advance via credit card. Tickets are also available at the door using cash or check.

All performances are held at the Ferrini Dramatics Center at Hamilton ~Wenham Regional High School. 775 Bay Road, S. Hamilton, MA 01982.

Artist Spotlight Series

This will be a series of artist spotlights, showing the work and giving a little inside look into the artists who create it.  The first spotlight is on lifelong Gloucester artist, Theresa Testaverde.

spotlight_theresa testaverde

Theresa’s art is often a collage of whatever stirs her as interesting and challenging. Some of her work is inspired by loved ones, family and friends.

Theresa is a native of Gloucester, has been drawing since the age of 5, has a BFA with her principle focus in Printmaking, and has worked in the commercial field of Specialty Printing since college.

She is the daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter of Gloucester fishermen. Her maternal grandfather, Joaquin Codinha, was deeply involved in the business side of the Fishing industry. Her paternal grandfather, R. Salve Testaverde wrote, “Memoirs of a Gloucester Fisherman.” And Theresa’s great-grandfather (her mother’s grandfather) was Antonio Santos Cortina, who while on a fishing trip on the Laura Goulart, was lost at sea in 1924. “Passionate followers of the heart; fishers of the sea.”

On Fisherman’s Wharf, her family’s FV, the Linda B, would have schools of fish hauled up in a net and loaded on trucks for market. Her most recent drawings, “Fish Faces, A Series of Drawings’ is dedicated to her young years of growing up – “we had all the fish and more!”

In addition, Theresa’s artwork for her “Daily Fish” Coasters is a salute to the life of a fisherman. “I recognize that a fisherman’s life is a noble and valued life, a dangerous life which requires dedication, heart, strength, intense work during stormy days and an immense respect of the sea from which he earns his daily bread.”

All of this was a way of life for Theresa growing up. In her words, “I embrace all of them, their memory, their stories. The women and men from which I am part. I could not create any of my artwork without these reflections. This life had heart, purpose, was hard working, honest, diligent and had love. To remember us young is to examine the heart of family, in our little town, Gloucester. My family members required the sea to maintain their everyday needs. This “fish” artwork is for them.”

You can see more of Theresa’s work at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, East Gloucester during the Rocky Neck Holiday Art & Fine Crafts Festival Saturdays and Sundays, Noon-4 PM, November 30 – December 29.

E.J. Lefavour

Festival of the Trees Manchester November 29th

A newly formed group made up of downtown merchants in Manchester have formed the Manchester Mercantile. In order to promote the Christmas season, create a festive atmosphere and plant the seed to think locally when shopping, they are organizing the first Festival of the Trees hoping to make this an annual event.

The plan is to decorate 24 8 foot tall Evergreens on the Town Hall Common. Groups (Hornet sports teams, a Middle School art class or make up a group) will be provided a tree and a string of white lights. The rest of the decorations are left to the imagination of the groups and individuals decorating.

Trees will be set up for decorating which will take place between November 29th and December 7th. The number of trees is limited so people are encouraged to sign up early.

For specific guidelines and sign-up sheets contact Nicole DelRosario at Surfari (978) 704-9051 or email info@supsafari.com.

Found on the Hard Drive “Meditation” 2006

Found on the Hard Drive  “Meditation” 2006

These Photos were Shot with a Kodak dx6490 4mp 10x zoom in 2006.

One year after we returned home to Gloucester

and 4 years before I was asked to join GMG.



The Gift That Keeps On Giving

PrintSaturday evening my cell phone  alerted me that I had just received a text message. As I swiped the screen, this photo appeared with the caption “Success”. It immediately brought a smile to my face. Knowing someone had just taken a moment to send me a photo of the Caramel Apple Crisp recipe I posted last week. But it took me a few seconds to realize the message was sent from Newly Re-Elected Mayor Carolyn Kirk.  It’s nice to know that she and her husband Bill shared some down time together in their kitchen after a long campaign season. They impressively whipped up a double batch of Caramel Apple Crisp!

mayor kirk crisp

Michelle Lewis-Nasser~ Sent in her photo of Pasta with Chicken Broccoli and Creamy Cheese Sauce, and writes “Yummy”

Michele Nazzer pasta photo

Lisa Fornero ~ Sent in this photo of her handsome son Joseph, and writes “Felicia, I found the cover of your next cookbook!! :)) —

lisa fernero son

Mayor Carolyn Kirk, Bill Kirk, Michelle Lewis-Nasser, and Joseph Fornero  are this weeks newest additions to “GMG FOB COOKS ” All  Sista Felicia Recipe photos sent in will be posted once per week, send your photos in and join the club!

Africa 01966 USA?

Janet and I occasionally walk up Phillips Avenue, and have enjoyed a little park along the way. We'd sit on the ledge or a bench to enjoy the view. There were no sculptures or signs then, so we thought it was public. Now we know it's private, but not clearly not connected to a nearby house. Your thoughts?
Janet and I occasionally walk up Phillips Avenue, and have enjoyed a little park along the way. We’d sit on the ledge or a bench to enjoy the view. There were no sculptures or signs then, so we thought it was public. Now we know it’s private, but clearly not connected to a nearby house. Your thoughts?
There are all sorts of wild African animals in this little park, including some monkeys and people. Perhaps Marty and Barbara Luster can help us identify them.
There are all sorts of wild African animals in this little park, including some monkeys and people. Perhaps Marty and Barbara Luster can help us identify them.
These are more of the amazing granite sculptures. Does anyone know the story behind them? Let us know.
These are more of the amazing granite sculptures. Does anyone know the story behind them? Let us know.

Poll- What’s Worse? Bad Pistachio or Bad Oyster


Ever be sitting down in front of the TV eating pistachios just enjoying the shit out of them and then run into that one bad one that ruins you for pistachios for years. 

I can’t even begin to describe that bad pistachio rotten taste, that taste that lingers and disgusts you to no end.  You try to spit it out immediately but the damage has been done.  Once it hits your taste buds there’s no turning back.  It’s like seeing things that can’t be unseen.  Like walking in on your parents having sex- horrifying.

Now pit that up against a bad oyster, that horrible horrible bad oyster.

Which one is worse?  Like if you had to endure one which would it be?


PS- Take that shell away and rotate that oyster picture 90 degrees and what does the meat look like to you?

I see a beautiful tulip.

Community Stuff 11/11/13

Special Dinner at Ohana- November 14, 2013 

Make reservations early for this event with a special menu, cocktails featuring Ryan & Wood products and a talk by Bob Ryan on his products – Beauport Vodka, Knockabout Gin, Folly Cove Rum and Ryan & Wood Rye Whiskey. 

November 14, 2013, 6pm

Three Course Cocktail Dinner $60

Includes 3 Ryan & Wood Cocktails

By  Ryan & Wood Distilleries

1st Course

~choice of~

Lobster Bolognese

fresh spaghetti, lobster brodo & truffle brown butter froth

Herb Salt Crust N.Y. Striploin

burrata cheese, speculoos butter, balsamic onion

2nd Course

~choice of~

Lemon Thyme Salmon

white bean veloute, tomato marmalade, yuzu saffron sabayon, bouillabaisse sauce

Hoisin Five Spiced Whole Roasted Duck

vanilla lime pomme puree, cornbread stuffing, maple brussels sprout, vinjuan demi

3rd Course

Eight Layer Chocolate Cake

peanut butter ice cream

Poached Pear Melba

raspberry vanilla ice cream, chantilly crème, almond tuile

OII 2014 Unzipped cover2a

“Outsidah” goes “Unzipped”

Just the Facts:

Who? Columnist Doug Brendel, “The Outsidah,” releases his 3rd annual “Only in Ipswich” book, Ipswich Unzipped

What? Book launch party

Where? MiXtMedia Gallery, 40 Essex Road, Ipswich (Rt. 133 at Bruni’s Marketplace)

When? 5-8 p.m. on “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving, November 29th

Why? Because Doug always releases his “Only in Ipswich” books on Black Friday

How? Free and open to the public

A Little More:

Ipswich hasn’t been quite the same since Doug Brendel arrived.

He’s “The Outsidah,” writing a humorous column each week for the Ipswich Chronicle, commenting on life in small-town New England from the standpoint of a newcomer.

As if this weren’t bad enough, he releases a book each year, compiling the year’s columns and illustrating them with scratchy cartoons.

His third book in the series, Ipswich Unzipped, will debut at a party on the day after Thanksgiving, 5-8 p.m. at MiXtMedia Gallery, 40 Essex Road, in Ipswich.

The author, who is also a veteran actor and popular speaker, will read from his columns. “Hearing them, you avoid the cartoons,” Doug says. “They’re even worse than the columns.”

All three of the Only in Ipswich books will be available for purchase and autographs at the event. And various contests (like “How many clamshells are in this bucket?”) will give attendees the chance to win free books.

For more information about this event, contact MiXtMedia’s Susan Burton via 978-356-0408 or sue@susankburton.com. Or reach Doug Brendel personally via 978-810-1005 or Outsidah@DougBrendel.com. For news of other performances by “The Outsidah,” follow Doug’s blog at Outsidah.com.