If you haven’t figured out that we like to bust chops around here including our own chops-
Cat Ryan submits-
Grab some Reeses Pieces, it’s a gorgeous day and will be a memorable night to see ET on the HarborWalk Summer Cinema jumbo screen. Get there early, bring a picnic dinner or take out from the yummy vendors. You could have boiled lobster in the rough at Gloucester House or Topside and still see the screen! The pre-movie family tailgate is true community. Community Development has worked with Rob Newton from Cape Ann Community Cinema and Aurelia Nelson and the North Shore 104.9 team to make it festive. Thanks to Pop Gallery for helping to bring ET tonight and Gloucester Stage for The Lego Movie.
Don’t forget: if you haven’t yet, better hustle and SEARCH AND TRACE
There are many fun and free activities on the Gloucester HarborWalk. One of the great games dispersed throughout the entire HarborWalk involves a search and trace game at each story moment post. Children and adults will want to find all (or most) of the story moment posts and trace the unique symbol found on each one. These icons are on the binding of each story moment post. Take a pencil or crayon and make a rubbing of the symbol directly into the squares on these special print outs or onto your own tracing paper. You may need help holding the paper while tracing so bring a friend!
Here are files for printing these sheets. You can also find them on www.ghwalk.org or print outs at the summer cinema series movie nights or Stage Fort Visitor Center.
There is a special prize whenever a child brings or sends along a completed “Hunt on the HarborWalk” ANY TIME to Mayor Kirk at City Hall! City hall is located at 9 Dale Avenue.
For the HARBORWALK SUMMER CINEMA SERIES: bring your completed sheet to the August 20th feature, “The Lego Movie”, for a special awards ceremony. Prizes will be awarded for collecting at least 10 icons and a special prize for collecting 20 icons. A special HarborWalk Lego Movie Night grand prize will be awarded to anyone who collects every icon!
The Eastern Point Lit House Writer’s Book Club, held at Duckworth’s on Sunday evening, was an absolutely fantastic and super fun event. Anitia Diamant, author of The Red Tent and Good Harbor, was the guest writer and she led a discussion about Billy Collins, her favorite poet. Anita has attended several Billy Collins readings and describes herself as his fangirl. Collins is the former Poet Laureate of the United States and one of the most widely read and popular of poets in American history.
Guests took turns reading aloud poems from the collection titled Ballistics. Poignant, humorous, accessible, and with a brilliant compactness of writing, Collins reportedly sites cartoons as one of his greatest influences. Although I did not have time to read ahead of time, after listening to the selcetion of poems read aloud, I definitely look forward to reading Ballistics. This brings me to the point that Ken Duckworth made, which is that at the Writer’s Book Club, no one need feel as though they must read the book prior to the event and that it can be just as interesting to hear about the book selection for the first time from the perspective of other guests, which (as it has for me on several occasions) may in turn lead to reading the book.
September’s Writer’s Book Club selection is The Secret Life of Bees, and will be led by moderator S Stephanie. Purchase your tickets sooner rather than later as these fun and lively Writer’s Book Club events sell out quickly!
Thanks to one of those unexpected miracles of the Universe manifested through dear friend, Alma McLaughlin, I have been given a great gallery space for the remainder of the season back on Madfish Wharf. Hobbit House II (aka Khan Studio & the GMG Gallery), located at 77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 6, is a beautiful gallery overlooking Smiths Cove with great light and energy. The gallery features the works of Joey C., Donna Ardizzoni, Len Burgess, Tom Nihan, Linda Sodja, Judy Wilburn, Belle & Me, Kathy Chapman, and of course, me.
In collaboration with Regina Piantedosi at YUPO Gallery, G4, we are resuming the fun tradition of weekly GMG Mug Ups at Madfish Wharf, now being held weekly on Saturdays at 9:30am so Joey can come, followed at 11:00 by the Rocky Neck Art Walk.
Hobbit House II (aka Khan Studio & the GMG Gallery)
77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 6
Open Thursday – Sunday
Noon to 8:00 pm, except Saturday, open at 9:30 am for Mug Up
Open other days and times by chance
Prime Rib, $12.95!
Wednesday, August 20th
Special Guest: ALLEN ESTES!!
We all know who the great Allen Estes is, so there isn’t much
for me to say except, if you’re interested in an evening of
wonderful music and entertainment, I’d expect to be saying
hello to you in person at the Rhumb Line this Wednesday! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Awesome food prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Prime Rib, $12.95! (while they last)
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
Looking forward……to seeing you there! 🙂 ~ Fly
It’s a pleasure to have back that rascal of the blues: Ms. Cheryl Arena. A great vocalist and harpist, she’s sure to have you shakin’ your tootsies all over the dance floor. We weren’t sure she was gonna make it, since she accidentally overdosed on Polish Fly last week and nearly broke her arm bowling. However, rest assured, all is well in bloozeland and we got the band to prove it. She’s bringing along Pete Henderson on guitar. Pete’s a real treasure and hasn’t been here in a long time. He’s killer! Forrest Padgett handles eggbeater duties, and I, Salmon Dave Sag provide cosmic relief.
And Friday night I’ll be down to Guiseppe’s eating pizza with Orville Giddings and who knows who else. But I think Marque Earley and Steve Chaggaris are the great unknowns. We’re gonna have a 120 volt contest, see who can last the longest. Free sparring partner for any of you over the age of 50! Seeya there!
40 Railroad Ave
I am absolutely in love with this carousel! Boston’s Rose F. Kennedy Greenway is unbelievable in so many ways and the carousel is the cherry on top! The 14 different critters…all hailing from the fine state of Massachusetts…are whimsical yet gorgeous all at once. It is a true piece of art! How wonderful would it be to have a carousel of this caliber here in Gloucester?
The boys and I took the train into the city yesterday and spent 6.5 hours exploring, laughing, and learning between North Station and Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. We walked through the Haymarket Farmer’s Market, past the North End, and along the docks of the Boston Harbor Marina to check out some of the crazy “mega yachts”. We saw the seals at the New England Aquarium, got some lemon slush, and rode the newish “thrill ride”, CODZILLA (and got wet). The boys played in the splash pad on the Greenway, rode the carousel, and fed the pigeons. We took a horse-drawn carriage ride through the financial district, had a nice outdoor dinner at Ned Divine’s, and then ice cream at The Berry Twist in Faneuil Hall.
My vision for our day in the city involved going at least as far as The Public Gardens, the Frog Pond, and the Swan Boats….but somehow, in the blink of an eye, it was time to catch the 7:40 train outbound to home. A true testament to the wonder of the Greenway and surrounding areas is that we were able to spend an entire day there and still wish that we had more time. Next time.
Marine Forecast :
Today NW winds 5 to 10 kt…becoming S around 10 kt this afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 ft.
Tonight S winds 5 to 10 kt…becoming SW after midnight. Seas 1 to 2 ft.
Water Temp 64°
Pod cast weather :
Hourly Forecast :
Enjoy the Beach today ! It’s another Beach Beauty Day!!!