Marty Morgan Open House

Hi Joey,

My open house is coming up soon. Perfect for the holidays are small bowls made up with stones and narcissus bulbs, ready to grow indoors; extra-large mugs; and bud vases in bright colored glazes. Stop by to enjoy home made cookies and choose a free piece of pottery from my special basket (while they last). My 20 % off all pottery sale extends through the month of December. Call ahead for hours beyond the open  house:  I’d love to see you over on this side of Cape Ann!


Snapshots from Jeff Weaver’s New Works Show

Jeff Weaver ©Kim Smith 2013

I took a little break from work this afternoon and ran over to Jeff’s studio to have a look at his new work. I urge to go; you will not be disappointed. Jeff captures the beauty of Gloucester’s waterfront and neighborhoods with matchless skill and inimitable eye. The show runs from now through December 21st. Ricardo Diana Fernandez ©Kim Smith 2013Perfect timing–while there, I met Beverly residents Ricardo and Diana Fernandez, the proud new owners of Jeff’s Cape Pond Ice painting.

Scott and Marie Memhard ©Kim Smith 2013Scott Memhard, owner of Cape Pond Ice, with his lovely daughter Marie.

Jim Holscher ©Kim Smith 2013Jim Holscher, collector of Jeff Weaver paintings, perusing the bins.

SIMPLY STUNNING~ Gorgeous New Works from Jeff Weaver

For more information, visit Jeff’s website.

Tomorrow night look for my latest mini film ~ Macklemore LIVE performing “Can’t Hold Us,” which I filmed at the Xbox Release Party at Best Buy Theatre in New York City this past Thursday Night!

Video: Prickles and Goo ~ Alan Watts, Trey Parker, Matt Stone, South Park

Ken Duckworth led the book discussion on The Book: On the Taboo of Knowing Who You Are, written by Alan Watts, for the Eastern Point Lit House and Duckworth’s co-hosted last event of the season. Ken shared several Alan Watts, Trey Parker, and Matt Stone animated videos.

See GMG post:

Ken Duckworth Hosts Alan Watts Book Discussion

From wiki ~

Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was a British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York. Pursuing a career, he attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, where he received a master’s degree in theology. Watts became an Episcopal priest then left the ministry in 1950 and moved to California, where he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies.

Watts gained a large following in the San Francisco Bay Area while working as a volunteer programmer at KPFA, a Pacifica Radio station in Berkeley. Watts wrote more than 25 books and articles on subjects important to Eastern and Western religion, introducing the then-burgeoning youth culture to The Way of Zen (1957), one of the first bestselling books on Buddhism. In Psychotherapy East and West (1961), Watts proposed that Buddhism could be thought of as a form of psychotherapy and not a religion. He also explored human consciousness, in the essay “The New Alchemy” (1958), and in the book The Joyous Cosmology (1962).

Towards the end of his life, he divided his time between a houseboat in Sausalito and a cabin on Mount Tamalpais. His legacy has been kept alive by his son, Mark Watts, and many of his recorded talks and lectures are available on the Internet. According to the critic Erik Davis, his “writings and recorded talks still shimmer with a profound and galvanizing lucidity.”

As part of his growing popularity Matt Stone and Trey Parker—creators of the animated series South Park—have also contributed a video tribute by animating some of his lectures. This has spawned a culture of user-animated videos all around the net.

Artist Spotlight Series – Kathy Gerdon Archer

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Spotlight on Kathy Gerdon Archer

Kathy owned and operated White Bird Gallery on Rocky Neck for many years where she sold her fine art photographs. Separate from her gallery, she also sells her work commercially to hospitals and hotels.

Above are some of the work she will have at the Rocky Neck Holiday Art & Fine Crafts Show.  Her images of flowers are typically produced on a very large scale but for this event she plans to produce them smaller, making them a more affordable gift possibility.

Kathy is on the Board of The Rocky Neck Art Colony and The Goetemann Residency Program here in Gloucester.  She is also a member of The Copley Society of Boston, The Cambridge Art Association and The Kingston Gallery in Boston’s South End, where she will have a show in February of 2014.

You can see more of Kathy’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

Salt Water: Paintings by Hartley Ferguson

The opening of Hatley Ferguson’s Salt Water: Paintings by Hartley Ferguson was held November 22 at a new showcase for local artists. Essen’s Bakery owner Toby Gado is showcasing Harley Ferguson’s work following the opening reception “Art After Dark”.  The artist  has always lived by the sea from summers on Fisher’s Island to more than 30 years living in Gloucester and now her present location in the Basque Country in Northern Spain.

Although she has primarily been a figurative painter, the water and swimmers in this exhibit have been a recurring focus combining her love of the water and swimming with her love of the human form. While not self portraits, many of these paintings grew out of her experiences under, through and in the water.

Inquires may be made to and paintings purchased from the artist’s agent Sue Henderson, (978) 828-3826 or . A portion of the proceeds from painting sales will be donated to the Colleen Ritzer Memorial Scholarship Fund in Danvers.

SAVE THE DATE SAT DEC 21: Cape Ann Winter Solstice Fundraiser for UU Meetinghouse

Vickie and I are honored to announce a gimmeLIVE concert series beginning on the Winter Solstice, Saturday, December 21, 2013 to help the Gloucester UU Church raise money for Meetinghouse restoration, with the goal being that the Meetinghouse becomes one of Gloucester’s premier concert and performance venues. 

This is one of our City’s most cherished landmarks, it’s lantern steeple with a bell crafted by Paul Revere having guided mariners into port for over 200 years.  The acoustics are excellent and the Meetinghouse currently seats about 300 people.  One major goal is to renovate the balcony, which will increase capacity to 525.  More restoration info here.

We will feature top Gloucester talent in this very special holiday concert:

SavetheDate600Stay tuned to GMG for more details.  You know FOBs will hear it first!

“Wintertide” An Evening With Chelsea Berry & Friends. First show Saturday December 7, 8:00 O’Clock sold out. Second show Added! Sunday, December 8 @ 6:00 O’Clock

wintertide second show

With just a couple of tickets left, and requests for an additional show for those with holiday parties and other commitments on Saturday, we have decided to add a show on SUNDAY at 6pm following the holiday tree lighting on Manchester’s Town Hall Common! Tickets will be available through by tomorrow morning!

And now you can kiss my A$$ goodbye part 2

And now you can kiss my A$$ goodbye part 2 Goodbye GMG Nice knowing you.  Hello Warm Sands!

This is why;


PLEASE I NEED YOUR assistance.
I want you to patiently read this offer. I am mrs. Victoria Yaron Mamadou, the wife to the deceased former Head of Delegation to the World Bank in West Africa. My husband was the linkman between the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries – OPEC and the petroleum sector in a West African country. He also attends OPEC meetings constantly in Geneva before his death caused by cardiac arrest in our home town.

Through the sale of our allocated oil quota in OPEC, he was able to make ($12.million USD) (TWELVE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS)I want you to assist me to claim this money as i cannot claim it directly because he made the deposit as a fund belonging to his business associate in order not to raise eyebrow since he was a civil servant during that time, and the code of conduct bureau forbids him or his wife to acquire such amount of money. It is on this basis that I am contacting you for assistance, if you will be interested, claim documents will been processed and sent to you. The documents with which the fund is deposited will be amended to reflect you as the beneficiary so that you will be eligible to collect the fund as his business associate.

You shall be entitled to 30% of the total funds while the rest will be given to me on arrival in your country for the up keeping of my only son and for further investment under your kind control there in your country as I can not be able to do any investment here in West Africa due to the origin of the said fund. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this business is risk free and doesn’t have any negative implication. You should not entertain any fear as all modalities for the smooth and easy transfer of this fund have been finalized. If you can conveniently assure me of your ability to keep this business very secret and confidential, you can write back to me for further details. I am waiting for your fast mail as soon as you read this mail for more information.

Thanks and best regards to your family.

Yours Faithfully,
Mrs.Victoria Yaron.

A Deliberate Act of Kindness

Peggy Russell, owner of the POP Gallery across the street, delivered this homemade soup to me, knowing that I wasn't feeling so great. All natural, and full of delicious vegetables, as you can see. After heating, I ate it all. Thanks Peg, it's nice to know there are people like you loose on this planet.
Peggy Russell, owner of the POP Gallery across the street, delivered this homemade soup to me, knowing that I wasn’t feeling so great. All natural, and full of delicious vegetables, as you can see. After heating, I ate it all. Thanks Peg, it’s nice to know there are people like you loose on this planet.

George Carlin Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

“I put a dollar in a change machine. Nothing changed”

George Carlin (1937-2008)


A five-time Grammy award winner, Carlin’s often dark humor can be heard on 20 albums, in six books, and appears in ten movies. A native New Yorker, he made his name on the Ed Sullivan Shoe and the Tonight Show, first with Jack Paar and later and even more frequently with Johnny Carson, for whom he often substituted as host.  Carlin was the first host of Saturday Night Live. His best known routine was Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television, for which he was arrested and fined on several occasions. Liberal, brilliant, thoughtful and reflective, he took stand-up to a new level while supporting free speech and free thinking. He was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2008.


A Cape Ann Pee-Wee Football All-Star Game will be taking place on Saturday, November 30 at New Balance Field at Newell Stadium to benefit long time league board member and referee, Randy Burns.  Randy recently suffered a tragic accident which has left him paralyzed from the chest down. He is determined to continue fighting with the same spirit that he used to serve the children of our community for the past fifteen years as a football referee and Little League umpire. Please come and attend the B level game starting at 12:00 and the A level game immediately following to show your support for Randy.  Admission is a voluntary donation at the gate.

We  also have bracelets with “Randy” on one side and “Strong” on the other side available for a $5.00 donation.   If you would like one and cannot attend the benefit, please call RoseAnne at 978-335-0755 or Jill at 978-283-0308.