Flashback Friday


Last Sunday afternoon I met two of my very best friends for lunch in Boston, a luxuriously fun four hour champagne lunch I should add. Claudia lives in Lexington with her family and Donna lives in Hollywood Hills with hers, and is in Massachusetts working on the Disney film The Finest Hours for another month or so. We are trying to cram as much time together as our work schedule’s allow. There was a great deal of wedding talk, with our daughter Liv’s pending June wending. I made both Claudia and Donna’s wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses, and Claudia and I were bridesmaids in Donna’s wedding. Liv watched all the “bride fairy princesses”  coming and going for fittings and was the flower girl in several of our friend’s weddings. From that very early age she has been say, “You’re going to make my dress too Mom.” I’ll be dusting off my dressmaker’s form, drafting and draping when she is home for the holidays!

Above is a snapshot that my husband Tom took in front of our apartment on Comm. Ave of my best friends and I. We were trying on the samples of the very first spring collection that I designed. Donna is on the far right standing next to me. Claudia wasn’t there that day but I found this album cover that she modeled for her friends the Lemonheads.


Claudia Bermudez ~ Favorite Spanish Dishes Album Cover for the Lemonheads

See more Flashback Friday photos on my website, including my husband’s “selfies” from our wedding.  (We eloped; selfies are our only wedding photos!). I’m hoping to post more, if I ever have a few spare minutes.


Left to right: Gina Barrow, Kim Smith, Donna Casey, Kate Hines, Annie Dayton

See related GMG post here: Friends, Old and New!

DCS/Fisher Paykal Stands Behind Their Products with the Help Of Authorized Vesoc Inc. Repair Service

Print      IMG_5078 Meet George “My New Kitchen Savior”

George from Vesco Inc. High End Appliance Repair Services, an official DCS/Fisher Paykal  authorized repair service company Is “My New Kitchen Savior!”

Yesterday I had a reassuring phone conversation with Kevin from Vesco Inc. about my urgent need to have my DCS/Fisher Paykal appliances back in working order STAT! Kevin promised to have George his best service repair employee at my home today between 10:30-12:00 and also promised that Vesco Inc. would do what ever it takes to get “Sista Felicia’s Kitchen” back up and running in time to rock out some new “Holiday Recipes & Online Videos.” This morning pricelessly at 10:30 am Coconut began barking like crazy by the front door as George walked towards our entryway holding his black tool chest . After quickly glancing at my cell phone for the time, I  thought to myself, wow it’s 10:30, this service appointment is definitely off to good a start. As Coconut and I led George to the kitchen, I asked George if Kevin or the customer service department at DCS/Fisher Paykal had explained to him that  I and GMG’s 65,000 Plus daily viewers anxiously await a working kitchen!


Stand by for an update on a the progress of a fully working DCS/Fisher Paykal kitchen next week when George returns with needed parts and further service repairs!

***I highly recommend using Vesco Inc. for service on any High End Kitchen Appliances!**


Show your love for Gloucester’s Rock Star, Jon Butcher, right down the road in Beverly tomorrow night

Jon Butcher @ Larcom Theatre April 2014 – photo: Maia Kennedy

Rock stars just keep coming to Gloucester.  First it was T Max, publisher of The Noise, New England’s longest running music magazine.  (See a series of videos we shot promoting Gloucester’s music scene here.)

Then Jon Butcher moved to Gloucester and you could see him acoustic at Jalapenos, Rhumb Line and Shalin Liu.  Tomorrow, his band, The Jon Butcher Axis, releases their newest CD at a very special — and very much plugged in — CD Release Concert right down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.

In addition to music from his new CD, you’ll hear tunes from “Kiss the Sky”, a feature film directed by Norman Lang, produced by Bill Rosenthal (who will appear with the band tomorrow on keys) and starring Jon Butcher and Tara Buck Pierce (of HBO’s hit series “True Blood”).  Jon has been commissioned to score the film, which is shooting in Boston, New York, Miami, London and Reykjavik Iceland through mid-2015.  You can still get tickets here — and the best available seats are in the balcony here.  So bop on down the road to Beverly tomorrow and catch a true rock star up close and personal.  Here’s some stellar guitar work from his Larcom Theatre concert last April:

Sunday’s GloucesterCast To Feature Three Young GMG FOB Couples Who Have Recently Transplanted To Gloucester

The Scheetz, The Rullis and The Beans. 

#Boom! Bradley Makes An Honest Woman Out Of Kimberly On Niles Beach Saturday!

Posted on October 22, 2012


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Joey!  Happy October!  From Kimberly & Bradley
We did it!  Niles Beach, October 20, 2012
Mr & Mrs Bradley Scheetz
(Newlyweds & big fans of Mighty Gloucester)

Sam and Erin Rulli Sail For Sailing!

Posted on August 24, 2010


Chickity Check It! Cape Ann Music From Rich and Jessica Bean

Posted on February 3, 2012


If You Could, What Would You Do?

I ask my students to do some journaling each day.  Some days it is just “free write” and they can write about whatever they please.  Other days they need to answer a question or address a writing prompt.

The other day I asked them, “If you could do something that you’ve never done before, what would it be?”

Their answers were adorable…because they’re in elementary school…and really, they have their whole lives ahead of them, and could have chosen a billion different things…and because, there isn’t much they actually have done yet.

But, it made me think.

What would I do that I’ve never done before?


1.  Swim with a whale

2. Be good enough to sing (and well) for a crowd.  In fact, I can’t sing at all and SO badly wish I could.

3.  Surprise some of the most important people in my life with the most amazing surprises.

I could go on and on.

What about you?

If you could do something you’ve never done before, what would it be?



Vote For My Boy The Rabbit To Make His Documentary Dream Come True (No Cost)


Two weeks he won’t get paid paid for by the Govt of Thailand to shed light on the diminishing population of the Asian Elephant. 

For More Info Click Here and Please Giver Him Your Vote


to learn more about the Rabbit you can find past GMG posts on him here

Friday November 7th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather…

Marine Forecast :
Today NW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. A slight chance of showers. Patchy fog this morning with vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Tonight NW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Sat W winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt… Becoming SW 5 to 10 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Sat Night SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Sun SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt in the morning. Seas around 2 ft.
Sun Night W winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 foot or less.

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Lise Breen to Lecture on Cape Ann’s Participation in the Slave Trade

unnamed-1Lise Breen will be lecturing on Cape Ann’s Participation in the Slave Trade, Sunday November 9th at 7 pm at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church. This lecture, “Black O Heavens: Links to Some Cape Ann Slave Owners, Slave Ship Owners and Captains, and Universalists,” is open to the public and there is only a free-will offering to benefit the Meetinghouse Preservation Fund.unnamed

Throughout this year, Lise Breen has been presenting various aspects of her research on Cape Ann’s complicity with slavery. You may have heard her speak at the Church last February on the Daltons of Gloucester. She has given talks on related topics for NOAA, The Gloucester Writers Center Diggers Series, the Rockport Unitarian Church, and at the Sandy Bay Historical Society. Ms. Breen has received a Phillips Library Fellowship from the Peabody Essex Museum and a Paul Cuffe Memorial Fellowship from the Munson Institute, Mystic Seaport Museum, to help support her research.