Due to Inclement Weather Predicted: Friends of the HarborWalk Garden Cleanup is Postponed Until Sunday Morning at 9am

What a challenge to try to schedule HarborWalk cleanups during the month of April! There’s just one more border along I4-C2, thanks to all our super awesome volunteers, and most gratefully to Lise Breen, who very kindly and all by herself last weekend cleaned up the other half of I4-C2. I will be there Sunday morning at 9am, unless it is raining buckets! Everyone is invited, you don’t have to be a gardener to lend a hand, and we will have extra hand tools and lawn and leaf bags. We hope to see you there!

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joe-pye-hellenium-gloucester-harborwalk-kim-smith-2012Gloucester HarborWalk ~ After Photo of I4-C2 Summer 2012

The Women’s Fund of Essex County “Power of the Purse” Event at Willowdale Estate!



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Cathy Ebling, Publicity Co-chair

The Women’s Fund of Essex County to host “Power of the Purse”

Essex County, MA—April, 2014 – The Women’s Fund of Essex County will host its sixth annual “Power of the Purse” fundraising event. Inspired by the Victor Hugo saying, “As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled,” this signature event includes a ladies’ evening of fabulous hors d’oeuvres and wine, together with a raffle featuring chances to win distinctive purses and bags donated by renowned designers and retailers. The fundraiser will be held on Thursday, May 1st, 2014, from 6:30 until 9:00 p.m. at our new venue: Willowdale Estate in Bradley Palmer State Park, 24 Asbury Street, Topsfield. Proceeds help fund special projects and annual grant awards made by The Women’s Fund.

The Women’s Fund of Essex County was founded in 2003 to promote philanthropy and to raise and distribute funds to organizations that provide opportunities and solutions for women and girls in need throughout Essex County.

To date, The Fund has awarded over $825,000 in grants to Essex County nonprofit organizations. The Women’s Fund is a field of interest fund of Essex County Community Foundation located in Danvers, MA.

Tickets for the event are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. For more information, please visit www.thewomensfundec.org

Purse Painting by Alyssa Watters


9 Dead Alive ~ A New Album from Rodrigo y Gabriela

Super looking forward to the release of Gabriela and Rodrigo’s new album on this coming Monday, April 28th!

The Soundmaker

For Those About to Rock a narrated film about Gabriela and Rodrigo, coming soon!

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.

This week Kathy continues with part two of the documentary on Felicia Oil’s family business. John Nicastro (son of Sam Nicastro) now manages the fuel dock. The first picture shows him capturing the flag on the greasy pole at Fiesta in 1955. The second is a shot taken in 2009 at the National Marine Fisheries (pictured left to right): John Nicastro, Nick Sanfilippo and Frank Cattone. The next two are photographs of the dock today and a video interview ends this series.



Photos and video © Kathy Chapman 2014

Mixed Bean Salad with Vinaigrette Dressing





Still using up Easter leftover ingredients!  Last night I was thrilled to find a handful of fresh string beans leftover from Easter, when I learned that a vegetarian friend of my son would be staying for dinner.  I scanned the pantry, and  refrigerator, for ideas, and began chopping, grating, straining, and washing, fresh herbs, feta cheese, garlic, red onion, and beans.  After tossing it all together, I whipped up a simple vinaigrette and a delicious meal even non vegetarians would enjoy was created and on the table in less then ten minutes.  Today I sent my husband Barry to work with a container of this healthy hearty and delicious Mixed Bean Salad  to enjoy for lunch.  

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving

PrintThis weeks GMG Cook is Kay Ellis

Kay Ellis writes~ From the Famous Schooner  “Thomas Lannon”

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Sista Felicia ~ Kay thank you for sharing your Easter Bunny Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Carrots photo with GMG!  My husband Barry and I are looking forward to another enjoyable sunset cruise on your beautiful  schooner this summer!

For Schooner Thomas Lannon  2014 sailing information click on link below to visit their website  www.info@schooner.org




Check out Ohana’s dine out season opening month!

Check out Ohana’s dine out season opening month!


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Dine out deal at Ohana for its season opening month of April from Wednesday April 23 to Saturday May 3 diners can enjoy a three course meal for $34. There’s also an optional wine pairing for $64 for food and wine pairing. Call for reservations (978-283-3200) Open nightly at 5:30pm.
Dine out Menu
Three Course Meal
1st Course
Gnocchi Stuffed Ravioli
fresh ricotta, spinach, egg & truffle wild mushroom brown butter
Steamed Pork Dumpling
lomi tomato, kabayaki avocado escabeche, macadamia nut ginger soy broth
Frog Legs Risotto
spring peas, porcini froth & avocado ice cream
Shrimp & Tomato Herb Salad
grilled watermelon, almonds, fromage blanc & herb vinaigrette
2nd Course
Tomato Paint Salmon
vegetable farro risotto, tomato confit, braised fennel, vin cotto
Striped Bass Ala Basque Salsa Verde
ricotta gnudi, morel mushroom, almond spinach & clams
Shrimp Tagliatelle
guanciale, wild mushroom, asparagus, truffle pecorino sabayon
New Classic Half Chicken Coq Au Vin
wild mushroom, lardon, mascarpone polenta, fingerling potato
~Duo~ of Braised Oxtail & Hanger Steak
boulangerie potato, spring leek, grilled romaine blue cheese, corn salsa
3rd Course
Chocolate Vanilla Caramel Tart
mascarpone praline, peanut butter ice cream, chocolate rum sauce
Baked Hawaii
pineapple, coconut, guava sorbet covered in pineapple meringue, guava crème anglaise

Friday April 25th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather…

Marine Forecast….
Fri NW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt…becoming SW 5 to 10 kt in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
Fri Night S winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt after midnight. Seas 3 to 5 ft. A chance of showers.

Friday Forecast : Beautiful plenty of Sunshine mild temps in the Mid – Upper 60’s away from the Coast , lower 50’s to mid 50’s with Sea breeze’s at the shore .. Light north west winds 10-12 mph…
Friday Night increasing clouds chance of rain very late .. Winds turning on shore with increasing gusts …

Seems as we go into the Weekend and Beyond , Rex Block will be in position and set up over the North Atlantic .. Most times this would mean miserable weather with cool to cold conditions and precipitation in the form of rain and or Snow! Also introduces storms to stall off our coastline as they approach our latitude . So in a nutshell it’s not looking good through next week , timing and strength of systems is difficult to process with such a pattern in place . Just bet on below normal temps and above Normal Precip! Temps 40’s to Low 50’s and 30’s at night …
Hourly Forecast…

Extended Forecast :

Thanks for viewing …
Weatherman Peter Lovasco

Spring belle + me Show May 2 At The Rocky Neck Cultural Center

HI Joey,

I hope all is well and thank you for your wonderful blog!

I was wondering if you could post our invitation for our belle+me Spring/Summer Show to be held on Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center (6 Wonson Street, Rocky Neck).

As you might know,  created by 2 Cape Ann locals, Lisa LeVasseur and myself, belle+me is a French-inspired line of cool scarves and cooler jewelry. The handmade pendants are one of a kind and we use “repurposed” metal, beads and fabric when possible. 

Rich fabrics, vibrant colors and subtle sophistication with a little touch of hipster describe our 2014 spring/summer collection to a tee. Or as we like to say; gypsy meets preppy. Imagine a combination of these two unique styles and you have the latest offerings from belle+me.

Thank you so much for supporting local businesses, artists and a great community!

Anne Malvaux and Lisa LeVasseur