Community Photos 12/2/13

View of Boston on Saturday afternoon from Eastern Point Yacht Club. Dog Bar in foreground.  Peter Koch-Weser


Storm wave on the boulevard from Ramani Rangan


Bird’s Eye View of Lobster Trap Tree Building From Lorna Bird-Hood

Santa Parade 2013 photos from Anthony Marks

Super Easy Make-it-Yourself Orange Infused Wine for Holiday Gift-Giving!

Orange Wine ©Kim Smith 2012Orange infused wine is wonderfully uncomplicated to prepare and makes a very much appreciated holiday host/hostess gift!

Although orange infused wine, or vin d’orange, is a warm weather Provençal aperitif, I never remember to make it during the summer months; only during the holidays, and that is because my family likes it so much they won’t let me forget!

This year I sought Kathleen Erickson’s advice (co-owner of Savour Wine and Cheese) on what wines she would suggest that would blend well with the flavor of the Clementines and cognac. She knew just what to recommend and steered me to the 10.00 a bottle bins. The Rayon Sauvignon Blanc from Chile sounded ideal, not only for the orange wine recipe, but also for the fondue I was making later that evening. As we found when preparing and eating the fondue, the Rayon Sauvignon was perfectly drinkable and delicious all on its own, too.

Rayon Sauvignon Blanc ©Kim Smith 2013 copyOver time I’ve experimented with the original recipe, which was, to my way of thinking, much too sweet—you can always add more sugar if you like a sweeter aperitif. I think you will find this concoction intoxicatingly fun, delicious, and aromatic. I hope your family and friends enjoy as much as do mine!

12-15 Clementines thoroughly washed and cut in half

3 bottles modestly priced dry white wine (Sauvignon Blanc this year!)

1 Cup sugar

½ Cup Courvoisier

Long strips of orange zest

In a large glass or stainless steel bowl combine the wine and Clementines, gently squeezing each half to release some of the juice. Cover tightly and refrigerate for 5 days. Save the empty wine bottles and corks; wash and remove labels. You will need a fourth empty bottle.

Remove orange infused wine from the refrigerator and squeeze any liquid remaining in the orange halves into the large bowl. Discard oranges. Add the sugar and cognac, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Strain through a sieve lined with cheesecloth. Pour wine concoction into wine bottles. Insert a strip of the zest into each bottle and cork. Chill the wine for one week. Serve neat or over ice.

Orange wine will keep for 6 months when chilled. Makes approximately 4 bottles.

Savour Wine and Cheese ©Kim Smith 2013jpg copySavour’s handy carryall, with seperate compartments for each bottle–perfect for the bread and cheese on your shopping list, too!

Cape Ann Magazine Is On Sale Now!!!

Harbor Loop Gift Shop Just unloaded their shipment of Cape Ann Magazine December 2013 issue! Congratulations to Editor in Chief Andrea Holbrook,Gail McCarthy,Allegra Boverman and the entire magazine staff on producing another beautiful piece of artwork. The December issue has captured the true essence of Cape Ann. It is packed with truly amazing content from cover to cover, and I know every household will want to have at least one copy on their coffee table for the holiday season!

Manchester by the Shop – Nor’East Frameworks

Nor’East Frameworks was opened in October of 1995. Owner CF “Chuck” Haybeck offers ready made photo frames as well as custom made frames in all sizes and various shapes. He uses a variety of woods including such things as recycled wood from fishing boats in Thailand.

Of the unusual things he has framed there was a shadow box frame he made to contain the x-ray of a broken bone along with a custom bent titanium rod that was used to set the injury.

There are all sorts of stories with every custom frame. A man and his wife to be were in Italy where he proposed and they celebrated (she accepted…) the moment with a bottle of wine. The gentleman was able to buy another bottle and have it shipped home where he held it for their tenth anniversary. Chuck was asked to build a shadow box to hold the empty bottle. I think Chuck could write a book of such stories.

On the fine art side Chuck has framed a 1914 John Singer Sargent painting. In this category Chuck provides restoration or replacement of museum quality frames.

An artist as well, Chuck has a BA in Fine Arts from Boston University. As a result he looks at all projects with the eye of an artist, not just a framer.  He says that a new or increasing problem for preserving artwork for the long term is protection from ultra violet rays from the sun. Special glass is needed to provide such protection, but Chuck now recommends UV protecting glass in more situations as a result of the increased use in homes of compact fluorescent lights. An unintended consequence of going green.

Chuck displays artistic items that are for sale like 3-4 color silk screens on paper with images from around Cape Ann, suitable for framing! Artists often display their work for sale on the walls of Nor’East Frameworks so its worth checking out Nor’East Frameworks if you need a frame, or not. Nor’East Frameworks is located across from the train station in Manchester at 40E Beach Street.

SPECIAL TAPING TOMORROW, TUES, DEC 3: Brian Alex of Entrain and local guitar virtuoso Ken Bonfield

Here’s your last chance in 2013 to be in the studio audience when we tape two new shows for Local Music Seen with Allen Estes.  We start taping about 2pm with guest Ken Bonfield, who is featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine this month.  Then we welcome Brian Alex of Entrain for our second show.

Both tremendously talented musicians promise to make for excellent shows.  You can join the studio audience at Cape Ann TV, 38 Blackburn Center (get directions).  As usual we ask that you get there by 2pm, but don’t expect us to start on time — it’s TV, something always happens.

Here are a couple of videos to give you an idea of the very high level of musicianship you can expect to enjoy.

Give the gift of music and support local small business this holiday season!

Continue your support of Small Business Saturday into Cyber Monday with this Piano Lessons Special for the Holidays!

Several piano lesson specials—including gift certificates—for both adults and kids—are available through Dec. 24!! Please visit the website to learn more: or contact Julie directly by phone or email (please visit the Contact page on website).

And be sure and mention that you saw this ad on to get your discounts!

It’s also not too late to book Julie Cleveland to play for your Christmas party! Please visit for more info.

Piano Instruction by Julie Cleveland, Instructor/Pianist Cape Ann Piano Studio Teaching children and adults to play the piano since 1988

The Gift That Keeps On Giving


Look who is the latest GMG Cook!

GMG cook Steve LeBlanc

Re-Elected Ward 3 City Of Gloucester Councilor Steven LeBlanc Jr.  is the latest GMG Cook

Steven writes~ ” I made your cranberry orange tort and it came out AWESOME!!!!! It was soooo tasty!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!”

cran tort photo for gmg

Great Job Steven! tTank you for sending in your photo and comment. I personally welcome you to the GMG Cooks Club!

You too can join all are welcome…simple sending in your photo of a Sista Felicia recipe. They will be featured once per week right here on GMG’s Sista’s Dish!

Santa’s Here!

Santa and dozens of other floats paraded down Main Street today, braving the gray and threatening weather. The heavy rain fortunately held off. The long parade ended up at the City of Gloucester's Christmas tree at Kent Circle, near the Fisherman at the Wheel statue. This year's tree is lit with LED lights, which I think is the way to go. Economical to run, and resistant to vibration and breakage.
Santa and dozens of other floats paraded down Main Street today, braving the gray and threatening weather. The heavy rain fortunately held off. The long parade ended up at the City of Gloucester’s Christmas tree at Kent Circle, near the Fisherman at the Wheel statue. This year’s tree is lit with LED lights, which I think is the way to go. Economical to run, and resistant to vibration and breakage.

Dinner Dealer Decks 2014 Now For Sale- The Perfect Oh Crap Aunt Mildred Is Here With a Gift and I Didn’t Get Her Anything Gift

Highlighted in Red are places that I generally 100% go to every year which would bring a total savings of $180.  Dinner Dealer Decks Are the Perfect Size For Stocking Stuffers and at $25 a great price to buy a few, have them laying around and in case someone brings you a gift that you hadn’t bought one for you can pop one in a gift bag and you’re DONEZO!  If you get them now they are good all the way through 2013 and 2014 so you get an extra month of savings and use.

Click To Purchase-  Dinner Dealer Deck 2014



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Profiling Local Culinary Fare From Karen Pischke

‘Shop Local.’ My husband and I are big on supporting local eateries and shops. Here is a picture of the appetizer tray we took for Thanksgiving dinner. Whether out on Laura Ritchie’s Speedwell Charters or at family and friends for dinner we are known for bring the apps. I typically purchase the food, then my husband artfully arranges the assortment of smoked fish, cheeses, dips, spreads, peppers, olives and more! Always something different. Thanks to- The Cave, Common Crow, Sasquatch Smoked Fish, Savoir, and the Willowrest for this particular tray, plus many more places in Gloucester for their great food selections! We are lucky to have so many fun, specialty food shops in town!! Hope you enjoy a restful Thanksgiving weekend!   ~ Karen

Appetizer Tray GMG

Community Stuff 12/2/13



Tickets are available at Rockport Inn and Suites at $20 each or can be purchased online by visiting –click on sea shells and jingle bells link
Tickets are available on day of tour for $25.


Hi Joey,

As part of the Middle Street Walk, I am bringing Santa for the kids and Dawn’s School of Dance will perform starting at 3pm while people wait for the lighting of the Lobster Pot Tree. Could you post the attached. Thanks

Chris Orlando


Hey Joey!

We had some exciting visitors to the Paint Factory this weekend – the stars of the Animal Planet series “Whale Wars” from the Sea Shepherd Society, including founder Captain Paul Watson. Ocean Alliance staff gave them a tour of the facility for the first time since our new partnership began this year.  Currently between Antarctic campaigns, the group enjoyed dinner and a movie at The Franklin and Gloucester Cinema, with drinks at Mile Marker One, and loved their breakfast at Sugar Magnolia’s on Main Street. They enjoyed meeting the locals who welcomed them at every stop.

We have a feeling they’ll be back!

Amy Kerr

Ocean Alliance

PW at OA 2

(Pictured: OA staff members Rebecca Siswick, Mark Hayes and Andy Rogan; Sea Shepherd crew Quartermaster Shannon Mann, Captain Paul Watson, and Deborah Bassett; photo by John Graham) 

Mary Barker Submits-

Hi Joey,
Lisa Griffiths will be hosting the Inaugural Holiday Open House for her new business, That Nutty Redhead – Frosted and Gourmet Nuts, on Saturday  and Sunday December 7 and 8, from 1-7 p.m. in Rockport.  There will be door prizes, hot Wassail, wine, homemade scones, and a log on the fire.  Lisa uses only all natural ingredients in her nut blends.  Lisa’s mouthwatering nuts were a huge hit at the Rockport Harvest Fest this year.  Almonds, Cashews, and Pecans are available in 5 mouthwatering flavors, Bavarian (cinnamon/vanilla),  Spicy Hug (gingerbread spices and cayenne), Menthe Chocolat (creme de menthe), Orange Creamsickle, and Breakfast in New England (maple).  Half pound and pound bags will be available for sale, and party orders will be taken.  Lisa runs a state licensed kitchen.  All credit cards, checks and cash are accepted.
Please call Lisa at 978-412-5662 or John at 978-412-5259 or e-mail Lisa at for the address, directions, and to RSVP (so she can plan for the amount of refreshments.
Lisa moved to Rockport 2 years ago from Pennsylvania and is trying to get herself established both with That Nutty Redhead and in the area of Everything Victorian (Civil War era)