GloucesterCast 2/14/14 With Joey C and The Rabbit Day II From Mexico

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GloucesterCast 2/14/14 With Joey C and The Rabbit

Second Podcast In Two Days With The Rabbit (Audio is messed up from 5:20-9:34) so fast forward it to 9:34 to get back to the audio.  We’re taping with a simple iPad so I don’t have my editing tools.

Topics: People who use coupons at restaurants and don’t tip on the full amount, The Rabbit chatting up 23 year olds on the beach (and how that went), results of the snow shoveling poll, thanks to Kim Smith, Sista Felicia banging out the Valentine recipes, LMGTFY, Shout Out To Nephew BJ, De-Clawing Cats vs Cutting The Vocal Chords Out Of Yapping Dogs, The Bear Necessities.

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Birdwatchers- A Special Breed


These MFers are crazy.
Lined up in five degree weather, brisk wind bearing down on them, barely moving enough to generate any heat.
Good times my friend!  Gooood times!
After this what do y’all say about punching each other in the nuts for a couple hours?  May as well top off the day real nice.

My Valentine

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Hi Joey,
Many of your readers are asking for “more” after my last posting of “the beach guys.” Here is my Valentine, my husband Bob, The Love of My Life. Photo was taken about 1949, when he was recently discharged from the Navy. He was stationed in the Asiatic Pacific on LCT and LST landing crafts during WW2  as a diesel machinist in many major battles. At the Weight Lifting Club of the old YMCA, Bob was known as “Big Bob” by his many younger body building admirers. He never entered any contest, but you have to agree he would have won first prize. Bob will be 90 years young this year. He has discovered the fountain of youth, as he continues to lift weights in his home gym.
Virginia (Frontiero) McKinnon

Natural Resources Defense Council Licenses Butterfly Kisses for Valentine’s Day

One of my Monarch Butterfly photos of a male and female Monarch was licensed for the NRDC Green Gifts initiative. Here’s a link to the site and description: 


Send your Valentine some springtime warmth with a gift that will feed beautiful Monarch butterflies. Each e-card will allow NRDC to plant a half-dozen milkweeds this spring to help these incredible migrators bounce back from decades of habitat loss.

Link for more green gifts

Link to Natural Resources Defense Council

Fly away with CAST’s Valentine’s celebration: Shakespeare On Love

image003image004Fly away with CAST’s Valentine’s celebration:
Shakespeare On Love
Scenes with some of William Shakespeare’s most famous (and infamous) couples.
February 14 & 15 @ 8 PM; February 16 @ 3 PM
Spiran Hall, Broadway and School Street , Rockport
Tickets: $15, general; $10 student; $5, youth under 19
Available at the door or reserve at
Ticket prices include a post performance reception with refreshments.
More information at and FACEBOOK.

Umberto Eco Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“I think of the postmodern attitude as that of a man who loves a very cultivated woman and knows that he cannot say to her “I love you madly”, because he knows that she knows (and that she knows he knows) that these words have already been written by Barbara Cartland. Still there is a solution. He can say “As Barbara Cartland would put it, I love you madly”. At this point, having avoided false innocence, having said clearly it is no longer possible to talk innocently; he will nevertheless say what he wanted to say to the woman: that he loves her in an age of lost innocence.”  Umberto Eco (1932- )    

Born in the northern Italian town of Alessandria, Eco was educated in the Salesian tradition, (the Society of St. Francis de Sales, founded by Don Bosco) but left the church during his graduate studies, which centered on the work of St. Thomas Aquinas. After a brief career as a cultural editor for Italian national radio, and a lecturer at the University of Turin, Eco began writing full time and gained wide-spread notice for his 1983 novel The Name of the Rose, which blends mystery with biblical analysis and semiotics. It is as a semiotician, one who studies the meaning of signs and non-verbal communication that he is in demand as a visiting professor at such august institutions as Harvard and Indiana University. He is the author of dozens of books on semiotics, medieval philosophy, and anthropology, and famously enjoys a personal library of more than 50,000 volumes.

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.

Romeo Solviletti, General Manager for the Gloucester Plant of Connolly Seafoods ( talks about Silver Hake and the return of Cod off the shores of Canada.

Marco Goulart cuts hake fillets fresh from the FV Marue (New Bedford). Hake is a large marine fish usually considered part of the Cod family.




SilverHakePhotos and videos © Kathy Chapman 2014

Once a Surfer . . .

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I recently came across this old photo of me and my surfing buddy Karen.  We were probably 15 or 16 at the time – wasn’t I cute back then!  Obviously no surf that day, so we were coming in early.  I used to spend 7-8 hours a day out on the water in Ogunquit, Maine when there were any kind of waves – only stopping for lunch and hot coffee to soothe my chattering teeth and blue lips, then going back out until my family stood on shore and waved me in because they wanted to go home.  Now, almost 45 years later, I still don’t want to get off that board.  Can’t wait for summer!  Karen, Brenda, Margi, Becky, Violet, fellow SUP Gals and all lovers of being on the water, do you feel me?

I can only remember one bad experience on the water as a surfer.  It was November and a hurricane had passed by leaving awesome waves in its wake.  I begged my father (I didn’t yet have a driver’s license) to take me surfing.  He took me to Safety Beach in Nahant and stayed in the car, watching me with binoculars.

Surf was running 10-12 feet; my norm was 3-5 on a good day.  It took me a long time to make it out beyond the breakers.  He says I was half way to Egg Rock (probably 1/2 a mile out).  By the time I got out, I was exhausted and had to sit out the incoming set of monsters while I caught my breath, plus I was scared shitless, never having been out in surf that big before.  Three or four big swells raised me high to their crest and then down into their trough.  Then I made the near fatal mistake of turning my back to the sea.  The next wave was huge, and when I looked back, it was preparing to break over me.  There was nothing I could do.  It crashed and sent me flying from my board, and sent my board careening to shore without me (they didn’t have tethers back in those days).  After that, every wave crashed on me, pushing me far below the surface in a maelstrom of swirling water.  I would reach the surface just in time to grab a breath of air, before the next wave crashed, pushing me into the depths.  I was certain I would drown that day. Thank God it was cold so I was wearing a full wetsuit or I certainly would have.  At the same time, the current was pushing me further down shore from where I had gone in.

I eventually made it to shore, collapsing exhausted at the water’s edge where my Dad arrived to help me back to the car.

That experience gave me the greatest respect for the ocean, which I still love passionately, but with the healthy modicum of fear, that we all should have.

E.J. Lefavour

Henri Smith Tells Aurelia Nelson what the song Jambalaya means on Sunday at 9am on 104.9FM

SUNDAY (2/16) at 9AM, Aurelia Nelson hosts Henri Smith on her show, “Curtain Up”.  Get all the details on New England’s newest tradition: Mardi Gras Concert with Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers and Henri’s 8 piece band. It will be a blast! And…we finally find out what the words are to the song “Jambalaya”! Plus, just try saying N’awlens..not New Or-leens!


Carol Gray has announced her retirement as director of the Sawyer Free Library

Hi Joey,

Would you be so kind as to post the below?

Carol Gray has announced her retirement as director of the Sawyer Free Library, ending a 16-year career that saw the library achieve new heights after a wave of fiscal adversity.

Gray, a Lanesville resident, joined the library staff in 1998 as assistant director and on three occasions during a tumultuous decade served as acting director before gaining the top position in 2007.

David McAveeney, who headed the library’s Board of Directors in 2006-2007, said Gray brought stability to an institution that had slashed operating hours and staffing and nearly lost state certification because of financial uncertainty. “She was the one who kept the place afloat,” he said.

Scott Memhard, the library board’s current president, said Gray’s credits include a key role in creating a new strategic plan, keeping library technology up to date with internet resources and e-books, and broadening the library’s English as a Second Language program to reach more residents.

“Circulation of books, audio, video and other materials is growing, new programs are in place for adults, teens and children, the Lyceum program has expanded, and technology has been kept up to date—all of this done with barely a hiccup or a hitch,” Memhard said.

Gray’s retirement takes effect in April, although with accrued vacation time she plans to leave in March. Memhard said the board, assistant director Freyja Sanger, and library staff will collaborate on “ a seamless transition plan” leading to presenting a new director candidate to Mayor Carolyn Kirk by the fall.

The full article can be found on our

Freyja Sanger

Assistant Director

Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library

2 Dale Avenue

Gloucester, MA 01930

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Rockport Music March Hightlights – Don’t Wait — Get Your Tickets Today!

This March, Rockport Music presents performances by the Americana trio Red Molly, folk singer Crystal Bowersox and the Irish Baroque Orchestra with internationally renowned baroque violinist Monica Huggett.

On Friday, March 7 at 8 pm, the Irish Baroque Orchestra (IBO) led by internationally known Baroque violinist and Artistic Director Monica Huggett will perform a program of “Ireland’s Golden Age,” a fascinating snapshot of the musical scene in 18th century Dublin, when composers from all over Europe converged on the city seeking inspiration and patronage.  Ensemble-in-residence at the National Concert Hall Dublin, the IBO perform only on Baroque instruments or modern replicas and seeks to re-create the original performance styles of the Baroque period. Known internationally as one of the foremost Baroque violinists and conductors of our time, Monica Huggett has been a tireless champion of Baroque music for the last three decades. She also serves as artistic director of the Portland Baroque Orchestra and was the inaugural artistic director of The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance Program.  Her expertise in the musical and social history of the Baroque Era is unparalleled among performing musicians and the Irish Times hails that, “the IBO’s playing…was utterly delectable” and that “Huggett showed a fondness for driving into music with a sense of edginess, of danger, of adrenaline-fuelled excitement.” IBO’s “Golden Age” program includes works by Handel, Vivaldi, Geminiani, Pasquali, Turlough Carolan and many more.  Tickets: $39-$58

Red Molly w-guitarsOn Saturday, March 15 at 8 pm, Americana trio Red Molly, known for their gorgeous three-part harmonies blending bluegrass with a touch of western swing, will bring audiences to their feet with crisp musicianship and warm, engaging stage presence. The band consists of Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo), Abbie Gardner (dobro, banjo), and Molly Venter (guitar). This past year, the ladies were invited to open for music legend Willie Nelson and they performed at the venerable RockyGrass festival in Colorado. Their new CD Light in the Sky spent 20 weeks on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 radio chart and charted as Folk DJ’s #3 Top Album of 2012. The Boston Globe hails the group’s, “tick-tight arrangements, crystalline vocals and caramel harmonies” (The Boston Globe).  Tickets: $18-$32

crystal bowersox2Crystal Bowersox performs at the Shalin Liu Performance Center on Friday, March 28 at 8 pm.  While best known as a beloved American Idol finalist, Crystal has since proven to be more than simply a gifted singer with soul and dreadlocks. She’s blossomed into a widely respected and strikingly independent artist and songwriter. Since her season on American Idol, Bowersox has released two new records, the most recent being the country/soul accented All That for This in 2013, which opened to widespread critical acclaim and boasted a guest duet with Jakob Dylan. This past fall, she branched out into Broadway, playing the lead role in Always, Patsy Cline. Combining her powerful and dynamic vocals with her remarkably mature songwriting, Bowersox is described as, “bluesy and soulful, with a voice incapable of artifice…” (The Washington Post). Tickets: $25-$39 (Special VIP Meet & Greet $89 including Tier 1 ticket)

Don’t wait to get your tickets!

Say What? Fire, Ice & Music in Downtown Rockport!

People assume that the off-season in Rockport means that the town is entirely shut down when, in reality, winter in Rockport provides great opportunities to enjoy downtown when it is at its most beautiful with snow cover and ice — all of it reflecting the thin winter light. Plus you can easily find parking, which is never a bad thing.

Local residents and artists Rick Ehrstin and Rob Trumbour have collaborated with composer Andy Tierstien to create Wharf Music: a public art installation bringing together light and music. The installation will take place in the heart of Rockport on Bradley Wharf over four evenings: February 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd from 6:30 to 8:00pm.

Come get warm by the fire, listen to the music as it washes across the water, check out the installation on the wharf and feel a moment of gratitude that you live in a place where cool stuff like this happens.

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Wharf Music

“The night, the warmth of a fire, the company of others, a distant musical conversation.”

Dan Kennedy on Piano – Crowell Chapel Manchester MA

FEBRUARY 15, 2014    AT 4 PM

~ you’re invited ~ to a con­cert by an award-winning con­tem­po­rary instru­mental pianist in the vibrant acoustics and classic inte­rior of Crowell Chapel … see Dan Kennedy, piano – live the Crowell Chapel, 4 Rosedale Ave., Man­chester, Ma 01944

4:00 pm, Sat­urday, Feb­ruary 15, 2014
(617) 755‑9299 www​.the​crow​ellchapel​.com
$20 | $15 stu­dents and chil­dren under 12
~ recep­tion to follow ~

•Dan’s album INTUITION peaked at #7 on the ZMR Top 100 Chart, an inter­na­tional chart

•INTUITION was named a Top 10 New Age Album of 2012 by John P. Olsen of NewAgeMusicWorld​.com

•INTUITION was selected as an Audiosyncracy “Best of 2012″ CD

•Dan’s tune DULCIMER IN G has been in rota­tion at SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s ”Spa” since 2009

•Reviews New Age (RNA) Video of the Month, May, 2013 for Dan’s nature-based video ‘Could Be’ watch here!

listen at dan’s web­site

To purchase  tickets for  this  event:

Please  purchase  tickets online  at using your  credit  card.

Tickets may also  be  purchased from Woody Kelly at 617-755-9299 or at  Nor’east Frameworks and  North Coast Too…