2014 Art Haven Buoy Pre-Auction Party At The Hive

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a million times- The Hive and Art Haven have to be either close to or at the very top of a vast majority of organizations involved in making cool events happen in Gloucester.
The positive energy radiating from this place off the chain.
Good people top to bottom and fun times are guaranteed just by being in their presence.
That being said, there is no better time to be in their presence than the annual buoy auction next Friday night when the biggest fundraiser of the year for the organization takes place.
Go and have a fun time and at the same time support a tremendous group of young energetic people who are putting in a ton of energy to make our community a better place.

Huge thanks to major sponsor of the Buoy Auction Cape Ann Savings Bank-


6th Annual Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction & Family Fun Night January 24th


Looking for a fun event the whole family can enjoy? Come to the 6th Annual Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction and Family FUN Night on January 24th from 5:00 – 8:00pm. There will be art activities, live music, open buffet, silent auction of our amazing artist buoys and much more!

$20 Family | $10 Adult | $5 student. [@ DOOR: $25 Family | $20 Adult | $10 student]

BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE or through your local parent representative:

Are you rockin the hipster man-bun?

man_bun_jared_19d9585-19d958rJared Leto

Does the “man-bun” appeal to you? Do you think it practical, sexy, or silly, or does it depend on who is wearing?

David-Beckham-with-a-Man-Buns-580x4352743931PC012_Real_AlbaceteDavid Beckham

First Chair author Lauren Salapetek writes:

According to Vaughn Acord, celebrity stylist to the stars, ““the man-bun” is a real statement maker; it oozes confidence and shows character. But, don’t confuse it with a ponytail – the man-bun is definitely manlier; think samurai. It also frames the face, allowing chiseled features to stand out. And, it is best paired with a beard.”

Here are Vaughn’s tips on how to style the man-bun:

STEP 1: Start off on damp hair. Rub a wax through hair from root to tips that will create separation and definition to hair so when it is pulled back, it is not completely slick. Try: V76 by Vaughn V-Rated Wax.

STEP 2: Next, using your hands, loosely pull hair back above the nape of the neck.

STEP 3: Secure with an elastic pony holder, looping hair through, making it appear as effortless as possible.

STEP 4: You can either wear it completely slick back or leave it as is, but for a slicked look, apply a grooming cream to get rid of any flyaways.

man_bun_alex_19d9585-19d958pAlex Ebert

All images courtesy google image search.

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.

Scott Memhard, Pres. of Cape Pond Ice (http://www.capepondice.com/) fills the fish hold of FV Teresa Marie III before they set out for Georges Bank in search of Haddock.





Video © Kathy Chapman 2014
Photos © Marty Luster 2014

Grilled Basil Chicken & White Bean Salad



This week “diet-healthy” food posts have been popping up all over the internet. After cringing at the bland, boring, and unappetizing shares, I decided to headed to the grocery store to pick up some key healthy ingredients that will put bland and boring on the back burner once and for all.  Healthy can be tasty, why do so many believe in the myth…”if it taste too good and can’t be good for you”?  It is Simply  not true…and I’m on a mission to prove it! Meals packed with flavors that are easy to prepare, will be showcased in a way that even non- dieters will want to give them a try!  I will share easy to prepare, breakfast, lunch and dinners recipes, packed with flavorful combinations of fruits, vegetables, and protein. This weeks focus is healthy eating that will satisfy your appetite, nourish your body and tantalize your taste buds! First up ~ Grilled Basil Chicken & White Bean Salad, perfect dish for lunch or dinner!


Grilled Basil Chicken & White Bean Salad


6-8 chicken tenders

1 cup chopped vine ripe tomato ; chopped

1/2 cup red onion; thinly sliced

1  16 oz. can chickpeas; drained and rinsed

1  16 oz. can cannellini beans; drained and rinsed

1 cup Feta cheese

2 large garlic cloves; minced

3 cups broccolini; steamed and cut into 1 inch pieces

Âľ cup basil; cut Chiffonade style

Basil Marinade Ingredients

4 tablespoons olive oil

juice of one large lemon

8-10 large fresh basil leaves; cut Chiffonade style

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Dressing Ingredients

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


1  combine chicken tenders, and Basil Marinade ingredients in ZipLoc bag; marinate in refrigerator overnight; grill chicken 5-7 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked; reserve


IMG_1372IMG_13762  combine all dressing ingredients in mixing bowl; whisk well; reserve

3  combine tomato, onions, beans, feta cheese, broccolini, garlic and basil in large mixing bowl



4  cut reserved chicken tenders  into bite-size pieces; add to salad


5  pour reserved dressing over top; toss; mix well; serve


Note~ Will keep an airtight container refrigerated 2-3 days

Note~ Chiffonade,  is a long  fancy cut of leafy vegetables, or herbs.

 Chiffonard  Step-by-Step

1  Simply stack, and tightly roll leafs; cut roll into thin strips; gently toss cut strips to loosen ribbon like lengths





A new look for FOBs Donna Ardizzoni & Rick Moore

You know Donna Ardizzoni from her GMG posts, beautiful photos, One Hour At A Time Gang and, most importantly, her indomitable enthusiasm!

What you may not know is what she, and her husband, Rick Moore, do for their day jobs.  Check out their brand new website (built by yours truly) and you’ll find out.  This is another one of our websites that uses responsive design, which means that it automatically adjusts its design to the device you’re using.  More and more people access the Web from their phones and tablets.  That’s why nearly all the new websites we build use responsive design techniques that allow you to show different things on different devices using the same exact content and code.  Here’s how the new site looks on a computer:


Below you’ll see two images that show how it looks on an iPhone held portrait (the way you hold it when you’re using it as a phone — that is, to talk).  Notice how the menu system is completely different on the iPhone.   When you tap the menu icon (the 3 horizontal lines on the right above Rick’s picture in the image on the left) the menu drops down automatically as you can see in the image on the right.  This menu and the horizontal menu, that you see in the image above, both use the exact same HTML code and content.


CircleiPhoneMenuCircleGalaxyJust in case you were wondering, it looks even better on my Samsung Galaxy SIII than it does on the iPhone.  See that to the right.

It looks great on an iPad too.  And when you rotate your device from portrait to landscape, the design changes with you, to accommodate the new aspect ratio.

Now for the good part.  If you ever need any help with your computers, networks, backups, virus scanners, or medical billing and accounting you really should call Rick and Donna.  They truly are the best at what they do!

Here’s a quick example.  Before we knew Donna & Rick, we had someone upgrade our network.  We were down for a day and it took all night — literally.  Vickie didn’t sleep a wink.  I finally went to bed in frustration.  But Vickie is our network administrator, so she stayed up to see it through.  Since then, Rick has upgraded our network twice and each time we weren’t even down long enough for me to go take a pee.  Oh, and did I mention, everything just worked — instantly.  No problems.  No data lost.  Just faster … lots faster!

Mike O’Connell & Friends Tonight @ MinglewoodAtLat43

Mike OConnell & Friends
To make some of the hottest music out there.
You know what I’m takin about….if not come find out.
MinglewoodTavern AtLat
With Steve Sadler, Joe Cardoza and Frosty Padgett!

mike oconnell and friends


25 Rogers Street
Gloucester, MA, United States 01966

Little Mermaid Rockport Middle School

Hi Joey-
Would it be possible to insert info on the Rockport Middle School’s
production of The Little Mermaid?  I’ve attached the poster.
Last year’s production of the musical “Grease” produced several nominations
for the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Awards.
Thank you!
Jeff Kelly

Little mermaid poster

Look Who’s 80 This Month!

It's Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup, sold since 1934. In 2013, 200 million cans sold in this country.
It’s Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup, sold since 1934. In 2013, 200 million cans sold in this country.
Andy Warhol designed can.
Andy Warhol designed can.
This is Dr. John Dorrance President of Campbell's Soup since 1914, who developed the formula for the soup.
This is Dr. John Dorrance, President of Campbell’s Soup since 1914, who developed the formula for the soup.

Why bring up Dr. John Dorrance? He owned this house on the Back Shore. It was called Twin Light Manor, and later the Ocean View Inn, unfortunately now in foreclosure. I like the Chicken Noodle Soup, it's just a little too salty for me.
Why bring up Dr. John Dorrance? He owned this house on the Back Shore. It was called the Dorrance house, Twin Light Manor, and later the Ocean View Inn, unfortunately now in foreclosure. I like the Chicken Noodle Soup, it’s just a little too salty for me.