January Newsletter from Art Haven + The Hive

$40/month/1 class
$60/month/2 classes


Gr 1-4
3:30 -5:00
Gr 5-8
5:30 – 7:00


Gr 1 – 4
3:30 – 5:00
Gr 5-8
5:30 -7:00


Gr 1 – 4
3:30 – 5:00
Gr 5-8
5:30 -7:00

6th Annual Buoy Auction & Family Fun Night
January 24th from 5:00-8:00p at Gloucester Cruiseport

Looking for an event the whole family can enjoy? Come on out to our 6th Annual Buoy Auction and Family FUN Night. There is free food, engaging art activities, silent auction of our amazing Artist Buoys and the live auction of kids’ painted buoys.


Family $20.00
Adult $10.00
Student $5.00

Family $25.00
Adult $15.00
Student $10.00


Mon, Jan 20 – Feb 24
Tues, Jan 21 – Feb 25
Wed, Jan 22-Feb 26
Thurs, Jan 23-Feb 27
Fri, Jan 31 – Mar 7

Bear Pooh!

American Black Bear Pooh ©Kim Smith 2014 copyI love it when friends and readers ask what bird or butterfly (and moth and caterpillar), and am only too happy to help them learn more about the creature they have found. Very funny though is the wide range of nature-related questions that I am asked. At a job site recently, the crew could not wait to show me the above humungous pile of pooh. Should I be flattered or dismayed?

Three times as large as the largest Great Dane pooh that you could possibly imagine, and not the right consistency for dog poop, it didn’t take much searching to determine that it was Black Bear pooh. We double checked with our friend Richard from the Department of Conservation and Recreation and sure enough, it was confirmed to be bear pooh.



As an alternative to what was suggested by the MSPCA in their “co-existing with coyotes literature,” which is that kids be kept indoors and that we keep donkeys and llamas as coyote deterrents, we instead perhaps should repopulate Cape Ann with bears. After all, bears were here before the earliest European settlers (think Bearskin Neck).



Willowdale is located within the Bradley Palmer State Park, which borders the towns of Ipswich, Topsfield, and Hamilton, which border the towns of Essex and Manchester. Has anyone in recent history spotted a Black Bear on Cape Ann?

11142685-large-1 Cape Cod’s Resident Black Bears Gets Evicted

Excellent link provided by GMG reader artbev on Animal Scat Notes. Thank you artbev!

American Black Bear Images courtesy google image search.

How to find out if you’re in a flood zone in Manchester MA Video From Kenny MacCarthy

How to find out if you’re in a flood zone in Manchester MA
Step by step instructions, including web addresses, to see the current and future FEMA FIRM maps for Manchester By The Sea MA.
Links used in video:


Naming the Twins

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An acoustic duo from Gloucester’s sister city of Shelburne, Nova Scotia, “Naming the Twins” perform folk songs in the tradition of Peter, Paul & Mary.
Join them at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck for an evening of food, fun, humor and harmony.
Thursday, January 16, 2014  @  6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25.00, includes a buffet dinner and concert.
For more information and/or to make reservations, call 978.490.0001 or email thegloucesterfund@yahoo.com
Net proceeds to benefit the Kent Circle Christmas Tree Lights.
The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is located at 6 Wonson St. on Rocky Neck in East Gloucester.
For more information about “Naming the Twins” visit their website at http://www.namingthetwins.com
A couple of years ago, Joann Mackenzie did a nice history of the Kent Circle Tree tradition for the Gloucester Daily Times:
GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA
November 29, 2011
The roots of Gloucester’s tree
Joann Mackenzie, Staff Writer
It all began with a scene straight out of an old Frank Capra movie.
One morning 15 years ago, with Christmas fast approaching, Brent “Ringo” Tarr walked into the kitchen of the Tarr family’s farmhouse and said, “We have a problem, we have no Christmas tree.”
Now, no Christmas tree with Christmas fast approaching would be a problem in lots of family’s books, but in the Tarr family’s book, it was a very, very big problem.
Thanks, in large part, to the Tarrs’ concerted efforts, the children of Gloucester had come to expect a tree of about 40 feet in height and several tons in weight to appear as if by magic — glowing with thousands of lights amidst a little lit forest of twinkling crab apple trees at Kent Circle.
Ringo Tarr — along with his brothers, state Senator Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, and Brian Tarr, assistant superintendent of Gloucester Schools — had begun that tradition several years earlier in response to the West Gloucester’s community’s collective desire for “a tree of their own.” And in the past, they’d relied on good luck and local backyards to find Kent Circle’s “Green Giants.”
But that year, Ringo Tarr — the self-appointed Paul Bunyon of the bunch — had simply come up empty-handed in his search for a perfect tree. And like the Jimmy Stewart character in Capra’s Christmas classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” he was looking for a Christmas miracle to save the day.
What might be an option, suggested Ringo’s brother, Bruce, was sending out a fisherman’s SOS to Gloucester’s sister city, Shelburne, Nova Scotia.
Gloucester and Shelburne had a long history of helping each other. The two fishing ports had been each other’s safe harbors through centuries of storm-tossed seas. And, more recently, had been discussing a new bond, through joint business ventures in tourism and energy, that could make them future economic partners.
As state lawmaker, Bruce Tarr had developed a good working relationship with Shelburne’s city leaders — and a good working knowledge of Nova Scotia itself.
One of Canada’s three Atlantic Maritime provinces, Nova Scotia is, among other things, “the Balsam Fir capital of the world,” exporting more than 2 million Christmas trees annually. Could the province, Bruce Tarr wondered over the phone to the mayor of Shelburne, possibly spare one more of its famous firs for Gloucester’s Kent Circle?
The answer came in the form of a 38-foot Nova Scotia fur. And in all the years since, the Nova Scotia green giants have kept on coming from Shelburne to Gloucester every November, by land and sea, and a variety of vehicles.
Most recently, it has arrived via an annual odyssey which, for the Tarr brothers, has evolved into what Bruce Tarr likens to a 12-hour international triathlon, “… an Iron Man Challenge of Christmas Tree hunts,” he says.
The longest and arguably toughest leg of the three legs of the journey is by ferry, across wild, winter-whipped North Atlantic waters. But the senator, who has videotaped years of footage of the annual trips, clearly loves every minute of them. So, too, does his brother, Ringo.
Over the course of 15 years, the people of Shelburne have, the brothers agree, become friends.
The friendships may not, as they do here in Gloucester, go back to school days, but — like the Nova Scotia “Green Giants” themselves— they’ve grown with time.
“I walk the streets up there,” says Ringo Tarr, and they know my name. “‘Hey, Ringo!’ they’ll say, ‘How’re ya doing?'”
Ringo Tarr is doing just fine this year. The trip to Shelburne went without a hitch, and he and his traveling partner, St. Peter’s Fiesta Committee chief Joe Novello, delivered a bouncing 38-foot Nova Scotia Fir to Gloucester, and, thanks to the mild November weather and the help of friends like Ed McCann and Joe Ciolino, had it raised, decorated, and ready for lighting last weekend.
An electrical contractor, Ringo Tarr — like the Thomas Edison protege who first introduced the “electric Christmas tree” back in the 1880s — is a born inventor.
As the mastermind who makes the “magic” of the Kent Circle tree happen, his inventiveness has included — among countless other things — the planning and construction of the 12-by-12-foot underground infrastructure that “houses” and supports the trees.
Designed to withstand winds of up to a 100 miles an hour, Ringo Tarr’s two tons of poured cement support largely stood the test of last December’s Nor’ Easter admirably.
Though badly battered and, well, downsized, Gloucester’s Kent Circle tree did not — like the national tree on Washington, D.C.’s, Ellipse — actually topple over in the storm.
Though the Kent Circle tree owes much to the Tarr family, the Tarr brothers are quick to give credit to “legions” of “Christmas Angels” in both cities who donate their time, energy, elbow grease, ingenuity and equipment ranging from flatbed trucks, trailers, earth movers, cranes.
Like the gifts of the Magi, Shelburne’s trees travel from afar, across seas the two old fishing ports have shared for centuries, where, says Bruce Tarr, “the long-standing philosophy is that all men must always help each other.”
Especially, at Christmas.

BREAKING NEWS: Local Favs Opening for Johnny Winter on 1/31 at Larcom Theatre

Local Favs Opening for Johnny Winter on 1/31 at Larcom Theatre

JohnnyWinter_Larcom2Don’t miss the chance to see Eric Reardon on guitar, Henley  Douglas Jr on sax, John Iltis on drums and Dave Walker on bass open for Johnny Winter on Friday January 31 at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly.  Balcony seats still available.

Henley Douglas Jr
Eric Reardon

He’s BACK! Save the dates 1/30 – 2/9

This just in from Gordo!


Come and see what all the talk was about this fall with the return of CRAZY MOON, Gordon Baird’s original musical, also starring John Hyde and Kathleen Brown. 8 Shows Thurs. Jan. 30 ~ Sun. Feb. 9.  

The show is very exciting and fun and runs only an hour and fifteen minutes – (so even a guy can enjoy it.) Curtain is at 8 pm (thu-fri-sat) and 5 pm (Sun) at The Rocky Neck Cultural Center on 6 Wonson St..

All opening night ticket proceeds (1/30) go to benefit the Gloucester Writer’s Center.

Tickets for all shows are $15, 2/$25 ~ kids $5. Free parking in the town lot a block from the theater.
Here’s what viewers of its September debut are saying? 
Mayor Carolyn Kirk said: “I was entranced by Crazy Moon and the intimate setting of the Rocky Neck Cultural Center.   Also knowing the Writer’s Center benefited made it a wonderful evening out.”
Linda Amero called it ” charming and poignant “.
Jimmy T said: “Incredible energy and talent, a thought-provoking roller-coaster ride through your own reality.” 
John Steiger said: ” Gordon Baird takes us on a wondrous journey to mysterious places, his imagination is contagious.”
Jay McLauchlan: ” I would like to see this tour de force again! What a perfect vehicle for the multi-talented Baird, John Hyde and a terrific feature performance by Kathleen Brown, an extraordinary journey, inspiring . . .”
Robert Crandall: ” A creative one man songfest in the best tradition of seafaring story telling.  Enjoy. “
John Bell put it: “Gordie at his best. Well worth the watch.”

CRAZY MOON RUNS 8 nights Jan.30 through Feb 9. – Thurs-Fri-Sat shows at 8 pm – Sunday at 5 pm at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center – 6 Wonson St.

Tickets can be bought at the door at showtime.   978-283-0390 for info.


Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ Special Guest: Allen Estes 8-11


Wednesdays Only: Prime Rib, $12.95!
Wednesday, January 15th
Special Guest: ALLEN ESTES!

Photo by Sheila Roberts Orlando
The man continues to surprise his audiences with new, brilliant
songs from the heart.  You’re always sure to hear something
you’ve never heard before when you come to see Allen Estes!
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prime Rib Special –  $12.95 (while they last)
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ new wine menu!
01/22 – Toni Ann

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

It’s 4 da khedz! They’re all hunks! Hot Lemon / White Pages / Lady Bones / Pe+ Ceme+ery / Superteen

hive show

Hot Lemon.

White Pages.

Lady Bones.

Pe+ Ceme+ery

all ages
Doors at 6
5 bucks
Bring Art supplies get in for free.

The Hive Community Center
11 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930


Students from the Gloucester High School Dramatic Program, under the direction of Nick Neyeloff, will present a staged reading of scenes from My Beautiful Failure, a teen novel about a suicide hotline, on Friday evening, January 17, at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester. Admission is $5 per person, with all proceeds to go to the school’s drama program.

My Beautiful Failure is the work of Gloucester author Janet Ruth Young. Set in a locale similar to Cape Ann, it tells the story of Billy Morrison, a teen boy who volunteers at the hotline hoping to save a life, then finds that he’s falling in love with one of the callers. Says Young, “I can’t wait to see how the actors translate this story from the page to the stage. For one thing, they will not be able to look at one another, since their characters are connected only by phone. Also, the hotline does not use caller ID or any other form of tracking, so each time Billy answers the phone he has no idea what kind of situation he’s getting into.”

Zachary Schultz

The cast includes Christina Giambanco, Mikayla Healey, Diana DiLiberti, Celia Sanfilippo, Zachary Schultz (in photo), and Sabrina Siragusa. A book signing and discussion will follow the reading. For more program information, call (978) 283-6530; for directions and parking, see www.rockyneckartcolony.org.

Grilled Peppercorn and Herb Crusted Flank Steak



Grilled Peppercorn and Herb Crusted Flank Steak


1 ½ -2 lb. flank steak cut of beef

3 tablespoon mixed whole peppercorns

1 tablespoon Atlantic SaltWorks Flake Finishing Salt

2 sprigs fresh rosemary

3 sprigs fresh thyme

1/2  teaspoon red pepper flakes


1 place flank steak at one end of a large sheet of waxed paper;

2 place remaining ingredients in bowl of mini chopper fitted with metal blade; process 1-2 minutes until peppercorns and herbs are chopped

3 evenly spread and rub half the mixture onto flank steak with your hand; fold wax paper sheet over beef; flip steak; fold back waxed paper; spread and rub the remaining mixture; wrap steak securely in wax paper; allowed flank steak to rest at room temperature two hours before grilling 

4 heat grill; lightly oil grates of grill; unwrap flank steak; grill to your desired doneness 7-10 minutes per side ,using large kitchen tongs to flip flank steak; remove steak from grill, allow steak to rest 5 minutes before slicing to desired thickness

(I prefer to cook my beef medium/rare and grill approximately 5-7 minutes on each side)

 A few nights ago I served this steak with; blue cheese dressed salad, sauté of baby portabella mushrooms and crispy onion rings! 

Captain Pete Mondello in 1973 loading up his traps

This is a picture of my dad Pete Mondello in 1973 loading up his traps.

-Laura Mondello

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and here is a little more recent photo from Ron Gilson-


Click the picture for a slideshow of pictures with Pete over the years-


Community Photos 1/15/14

Ramani Rangan submits-

On The Boulevard-


Hi Joey –

I read and participated in the poll on most picturesque location. Here is an October photo I took of the Burnham House in Essex.

Best Regards,

Ron Farren


Hi Joey,

Here is a shot of the half moon with a bit of a moonbow around it!  The sky was particularly beautiful.

Gail Byrnes

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Community Stuff 1/15/14


Alchemy will be hosting it’s next Art Gala this Wednesday, January 15th from 5:30- 7:00. We will be featuring local photographer Alex Rose from Rockport. 10% of all art sales are donated to GEF.

Artist Info: Alex Rose, 26 is a freelance photographer from Rockport, MA. In 1999 when he was in middle school, Alex began taking pictures of friends, family and landscapes. He continued to explore the camera over the years while he travelled through the U.S. and Europe. He used film exclusively until 2009 when he began using his first D-SLR camera. Though he’s never taken his photography too seriously, he has developed a definite aversion to using any kind of Photoshop or editing software. All of his photos are manipulated through camera settings and lens filters.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Hi Joey,

Today I have on my Girl Scout hat!

We are having a recruitment for Cape Ann Girl Scouts on January 18th at Sawyer Free Library.

Would you please post the attached flyer on goodmorninggloucester.org?

It is definitely the best way to publicize anything going on in Gloucester!!!!!

Thank you… again…!!!

Gloria Parsons

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Director of Downtown Lynn Cultural District DEADLINE FEB 3


Position Summary:

We are seeking a professional to take the lead in implementing the mission of the Downtown Lynn Cultural District. This is a highly visible role ideal for someone with strong events planning experience and who possess a passion for the arts. She or He possess a collaborative work style and can deliver high quality, district wide events to appeal to a wide range of audiences.

The Downtown Lynn Cultural District, established in 2012, has as its mission “to engage Lynn residents and visitors in a revitalized urban experience that has arts and culture at its core.” Under the direction of the Executive Director of the Lynn Museum, the Director of the Downtown Lynn Cultural District (DTL) coordinates the District’s cultural affairs operations and events and is directly responsible for management, marketing, and grant writing/fundraising to support the District’s cultural affairs and creative economy programs.


Program Development:

  • Develop and implement processes for engaging and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders in the community whom are interested in developing district-wide arts and cultural events.
  • Create regularly scheduled, collaborative District programs that highlight the vibrant ethnic diversity and unique concentration of arts organizations in the District. Develop an annual downtown arts festival and other programs that build audience and promote economic development for the city. Work with City departments to assure success in coordination of activities.
  • Forge new relationships to help build diverse audiences and encourage Lynn’s immigrant populations to participate in cultural activities.
  • Design and implement a method for evaluating the effectiveness of programs/events.
  • Seek public and private financial support for collaborative cultural programs and activities.
  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization.

Marketing and Communication Skills:

  • Oversee brand, marketing, and public relations goals for the District. Maintain web, social media strategies and online calendars and keep brand and marketing strategy on track. Further develop the District’s marketing plan to increase visibility and attract artists/creative.
  • Communicate with stakeholders and the greater community about the work of the District.
  • Leverage and optimize traditional media opportunities, online social media and the organization’s database to raise awareness and communicate with current and new audiences.

Advocacy and Community Relations/Partnerships:

  • Represent the Cultural District at community cultural events and exhibits.
  • Create a forum for the coordination of cultural activities including networking of resources and production of promotional materials. Create press releases, flyers, ads, banners, web content and other marketing materials to promote and publicize the District’s cultural life.
  • Serve as the City of Lynn’s liaison to other local, state, regional and federal cultural agencies, including the Massachusetts Cultural Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts and the Humanities.
  • Serve as the Cultural District liaison to the business community in the City of Lynn. Advance partnerships among cultural, business, and higher education communities.
  • Position the Downtown Lynn Cultural District as the key leader in advocacy for the cultural community.
  • Brief city officials and business leaders about the economic and social impact of the arts in our community.


· Oversee all financial aspects of the organization and provide administrative management of its operation.

· Oversee part-time Cultural District Programs Coordinator and Communications coordinator.


  • Thorough knowledge of cultural program development, event planning, grant writing, budgeting, marketing and public relations and non-profit management
  • The ability to plan programs, delegate tasks and coordinate large-scale, district-wide events
  • Working knowledge of Lynn’s creative economy a plus.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • An undergraduate degree in fine arts, cultural studies, urban studies or other relevant discipline. A graduate degree in arts administration or an arts or cultural related discipline is preferred.
  • At least 5 years cultural program administration experience that includes event marketing and management of which at least 3 years are in a supervisory or leadership capacity.
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends on a routine basis.
  • Knowledge of Spanish, Khmer, Russian or another language a plus.

How To Apply: please send your cover letter and resume to director@lynnmuseum.org

Apply by: February 03, 2014

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Hi my is Robert Trott out of troop112 working on my Eagle Scout Project and having a fundraiser  at Gloucester House on February 8 to help restore Riverdale Civil Wars Monument and wondering if you can post this if you need more call or email me thank you Robert Trott

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