Some DAVID COX Photographs, HIVE, Harbortown Cultural District.and Fred Bodin In God We Trust

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David Cox took a few photographs at the HIVE during the Harbortown Cultural District second annual meeting earlier this month. He is a founding partner in the downtown district, along with Joey/GMG and Fred Bodin. Kim Smith is a NEW partner!

Art Haven generously offered the HIVE spaces as a host venue and opened up their Window Gallery for a pop up group exhibit. Please remember to support *Art Haven and all its efforts!

Harbortown Cultural District Partners group exhibit featured:

*David Cox, *Fred Bodin, *Joey Ciaramitaro, *Loren Doucette, John Sarkin, represented by Ken Riaf’s Law and Water Gallery, Juni Van Dyke, Ken Riaf, Beth Williams, goodlinens, Belle + Me, and *Ten Pound Studio (artists Susan Quateman, Muriel Lee Steele, Stephen Bates, and Chris Gauthier Kelly). Founding Partner *Island Art & Hobby has rotating art exhibits; they featured a wonderful painting by Eileen Patten Oliver for the Harbortown Cultural District event. Jason Burroughs was one of many artists with work exhibited on site at our host,*Art Haven’s HIVE space. You can find Burroughs at Island Art & Hobby, and see more of his art on display at Pleasant Tea and Latitude 43.  *Founding Partners

12 NEW Harbortown Cultural District Partners:

Designer and start-up Jo-Anne Chirico’s goodlinens

Designers Ann Malvaux’s and Lisa LeVasseur’s Belle + Me

Artist and proprietor Beth Williams

Artist and gallery owner, Ken Riaf, Law and Water Gallery

Artist and art teacher with Rose Baker Senior Center and more Juni Van Dyke

Artist and designer Veronica Morgan

Musician, founder Contra Dance and more Rose Sheehan’s Folk Life Studio

Art dealer Matthew Swift Trident Art Gallery

Business, Cape Ann Brewing Company

Business, Cape Pond Ice

University partner, Endicott College

Artist, filmmaker, author, landscape designer, KIM SMITH

Santa arrives for the 30th time in Rockport

Santa waves to the throngs crowding around Motif #1.


Mike Tupper who expertly drove Santa’s ride into the harbor.


Santa showing a little concern over the height of the slippery ladder.


Santa’s helpers who safely got him from the north pole to the dock in Rockport.


The parade bringing Santa to the Dock Square tree lighting.


Christmas music and carolers to get everyone into the Christmas Spirit.


And the switch is thrown. More photos tomorrow.


Lexicon Gallery Opening in Magnolia!

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Lexicon Gallery

15 Lexington Avenue

Magnolia, MA 01930

You are cordially invited to the opening of the new Lexicon Gallery on 15 Lexington Avenue, Magnolia, (Gloucester) MA during the Lexington Lights celebration on Sunday December 7, 2014 from 4-8pm.

The ceramic artists represented, including several from Cape Ann, include: Diane Chen KW, Cynthia Curtis, Larry Elardo, Jeremy Randall, Thomas Hoadley, Jenny Rangan, Jill Solomon, Irina Okula, Zachary Mickelson, Judith Rosenstein, Pam Gorgone, Joanna Mark, Chris Williams and Seyrel Williams.

Other artists include: Kerry Mullen (ceramics, watercolor, mixed media), Deb Hardy (mixed media), Cindy Beck Goldstein (collagraphs), Mahri (jewelry), Gary Gilbert (wood sculptures), Eleanor Fisher (glass shard-covered oil paintings), Randall Thurston (cut paper silhouettes) and Lenore Hill (India ink, walnut ink, graphite and gouache on paper), Jay Havighurst (sculptures).

We are thrilled to have live music by guitarist, Ken Bonfield and flutist, Christine Routhier.

Come eat, drink and be artsy with us!

Best Wishes,

Seyrel and Chris

LISTEN HERE If you missed Henri Smith on Dana Hersey’s 104.9 Morning Show yesterday

Henri & Dana talk about New Orleans music, food, tourism, second line parades, Henri’s new CD and his CD release concert next Saturday, Dec 13 right down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.


Santa Detected on Radar Heading Towards Rockport!

Noon Radar has spotted Santa Claus swooping in from the North Pole today. Santa then will transfer to the lobster Boat Freemantle Doctor for the ride into Rockport Harbor
Noon Radar has spotted Santa Claus swooping in from the North Pole today. Santa then will transfer to the lobster Boat Freemantle Doctor for the ride into Rockport Harbor

Santa should arrive escorted by the Rockport Harbormaster vessel as well as Coast Guard Cutter rounding into Rockport Harbor around 3:45PM.

The rotund one then climbs aboard an ancient Rockport Fire Truck for a 100 yard ride to Dock Square where the bearded one will flip the switch on the 2014 Rockport Christmas Tree.

Hot chocolate with marshmallows, cookies, caroling, and other zany things galore in Dock Square for any child who screams, “It’s Santa!, It’s Santa!”

There may be a Good Morning Gloucester reporter onboard the Freemantle Doctor getting an exclusive interview with the actual real Santa Claus. That is unless he wimps out because of a few rain drops.

Beach Gourmet Newsletter

76 Prospect Street, Gloucester

Dear Joey,

We hope you had a wonderful, delicious and peaceful Thanksgiving.

Looking ahead to Decembers festivities, let us assist with the final touches of your Holiday Celebrations. We have many items prepared, and in the case, and many more available for order and pick up.

Don’t forget to stop in on Ladies Night (12/4) and Men’s Night (12/18). There will be wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres. 

Our Winter Classes and Chef’s Table dinners have been scheduled and are beginning to book up. Call to reserve your space today!

Holiday Menu

It’s the season to celebrate with friends and family! Let the professionals at beach gourmet help ease the pain of entertaining, we will fuss over the menu details while you prepare to celebrate.

Call now 978-282-1414 or stop by to place your order. It is that easy!

For Christmas, please place orders by noon on Thursday, 12/18.

Pick up by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 12/24.

Holiday Hors d’oeuvres

Available in the store throughout the holiday season:

Artichoke Dip – $7.95/8 oz.

Smoked Salmon Spread – $9.95/8 oz.

Rosemary Spiced Nuts – $8.95/10 oz.

Creamy Brie en Baguette with Cranberries, Walnuts and Sage – $9.95/ea.

For pre-order (by the dozen):

Caramelized Pear and Brie Cheese Tartlet, $18/dz.

Lump Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli, $24/dz.

Salmon Cake with Remoulade, $18/dz.

Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Crepe, $18/dz.

Tuscan Grilled Shrimp Cocktail with Lemon Aioli, $18/dz.

Sausage Stuffed Mushroom, $18/dz.

Chicken Satay with Royal Thai Peanut Sauce, $18/dz.

Cocktail Meatballs, $18/dz.

Chevre Crusted Grape with Toasted Pecans, $18/dz.

Port Poached Fig with Goat Cheese and Prosciutto, $18/dz. 

Family Style serves about 8 people:

Whole Roasted Tenderloin of Beef, $150/ea.

Whole Side of Salmon with Accoutrements, $85/ea.

Quiche, $20/ea.

  • Rosemary Ham and Gruyere
  • Roasted Vegetables and Chevre
  • Sausage and Cheddar

Salads, $40/ea.

  • Mixed Greens with Roasted Squash, Goat Cheese, Toasted Pecans with Shallot Vinaigrette
  • Mixed Greens with Apples, Cranberries, Toasted Walnuts with Champagne Vinaigrette

Dessert, $30/ea.

  • Almond Cake
  • Chocolate Chambord Squares
  • Gingerbread Bundt Cake
  • New York Cheesecake

Winter Cooking Classes

Spanish Tapas                

January 15, 2015

Tuscan Comfort Foods

January 29, 2015

Mardi Gras

February 17, 2015

French Classics                          

February 26, 2015

Sautes and Stir Fry

March 26, 2015

Work side by side with beach gourmet Chef’s Matthew Beach and Meghan Pozzi to learn techniques for the beginner or the seasoned in-home chef.

All classes are offered at $65 per person. Class will start at 6 p.m. and run 

until 9 p.m. Participants will enjoy the meal they created at the end of the class. 

Watch and Learn or participate in the cooking demonstration.

All classes will be held at the beach gourmet “Exhibition Kitchen” located in Savour Wine and Cheese.

Private Classes also available in home or in the exhibition kitchen. Email to reserve your space today. 

About the Chef’s Table

Upcoming dates:

Saturday, January 17th

Saturday, January 31st

Saturday, February 28th

Saturday, March 28th

The Chef’s Table is a great way to extend our hospitality to clients or private tastings and classes. Our antique, hand-crafted table seats up to twelve people comfortably and is uniquely located inside Savour Wine and Cheese, adjacent to the beach gourmet exhibition kitchen. Guests at the table experience an exclusive private dining experience with a menu that is designed specifically to compliment the wine pairing by our wine expert, Kathleen Erickson.

These events are typically booked for private parties and are not open to the public, however we periodically open the table to reservations on a first-come, first-served basis. Sample Chef’s Table menus can be viewed on our beach gourmet web page. Do not delay in making your reservations. Open Chef’s Table events tend to sell-out very quickly.

Quick Links…

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Good Morning Gloucester

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76 Prospect Street

Gloucester, MA 01930


Temple Ahavat Achim will build a menorah out of lobster traps

Lobster traps aren’t just for Christmas trees and lobsters this holiday season. Temple Ahavat Achim will build a menorah out of lobster traps at its 86 Middle Street location on Dec. 14.

 The menorah will be ready for Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday that begins on the evening of Dec. 16 and runs through the evening of Dec. 23.

 Phoebe Potts, director of the Sylvia Cohen Religious School at Temple Ahavat Achim, said this menorah will be the first of its kind.

 “I love the idea because it highlights the uniqueness of our community, and it fits in with the local culture,” she said.

 The idea came from a temple member who saw the Cape Ann Art Haven lobster trap Christmas tree on Main Street in Gloucester and said that the temple could use lobster traps for a large menorah. Potts said David Brooks of The Hive and Art Haven supports the idea.

 Paul Erhard, a structural engineer and temple member, designed the structure. Forty lobster traps, piping, zip ties, and LED lights will be used in menorah’s construction.

 On the first night of Hanukkah, Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m., the temple will hold a community lighting and celebration that will include the participation of Hebrew school students, a brief service, singing, and delicious potato pancakes known as latkes. Marilyn Kramer, Temple Ahavat Achim president, has invited Senator Bruce Tarr, State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk, and Gloucester’s city council to the event.

 Kramer said, “We will also pause to remember that this is the anniversary of the fire that destroyed our former building in 2007 and how the Gloucester community supported us as we rebuilt our new home on Middle Street.”

 Temple Ahavat Achim is the only Jewish congregation on Cape Ann. Located in Gloucester, a city celebrated for its coastal beauty and its artistic and maritime heritage, temple members participate in prayer, learning, holiday celebrations, and charitable work.


The Joys of Artificial “Pre-Lit” Christmas Trees!




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St. Barry checking all 900 lights to find the problem

A few years ago we had this very same problem, but only in one section of the Pre-Lit tree. After buying and using 2 different “Bulb tester” devices, that both didn’t work, after wasting several hours trying to find the “bad fuses and bulbs, we promptly return the failed “Bulb Testers and purchased a few sets of string lights, to fix the unlit section of the tree. This year St. Barry and BJ checked the fuses assembled the tree, and plugged it in to find more then half the tree lights OUT.  Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh….NOT AGAIN!!!!!!! and so the Pre-Lit Christmas Tree frustration set in! Out the door I went to purchase 12 boxes of lights. So much for “Pre-Lit”.  Someone in town with an electrical background could make big bucks during the holidays season, making house visits trouble shooting Pre-Lit Trees, Garlands, and Holiday Decorations. We will joyfully be your first customer next year!



Last night my mother Pat, AKA “Best Mother In The World” stayed late into the evening knowing my decorating partner, daughter Amanda, wouldn’t be assisting in decking out our home this year. Decorating our family room tree is not and easy task, and usually takes 2 days to complete with help. Mom and I banged up the ornaments, flowers, crystals and sheer organza swags in a few hours. We were thrilled to be making great progress in a short amount of time, until we turned around and noticed  something terrible had gone wrong with the Christmas Tree in our foyer…

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My first thought was “Really St. Nick…Really?” Lets just say this moment really completed the day I was having. The wise women I’m blessed to call MOM, said “Felicia you have to laugh,” and that we did. We laughed a lot while St. Barry strung lights onto that tree. My girlfriends and I often bring humor to bad situations with this fraise…”Seriously can’t make this “stuff” (SH_T) up!”


Mom and I found an old Peace Symbol Christmas Tree Topper as we unpacked the foyer tree decorations last night. It once topped my daughter’s pink Christmas Tree she had in her room when she was a little girl. I haven’t seen or used in several years.  I think St. Nicholas placed in in that box, as sign, knowing, how concerned we are for the ear problems our daughter is having. This year more then ever I pray for Peace. Peace in the world, and Peace of mind.  


All I want for Christmas this year is peace of mine that my Family & Friends will be Healthy and Happy in the New Year!

AGH Lights of Love


This is Dr. MacIntyre, my oncologist (cancer doctor). He has helped me through hormone and chemo therapy. He spoke at the Lights of Love event at AGH. His talk impressed me with all the Leahy and other connections they have. I'm glad I went for treatment in the Oncology clinic at AGH, and even more so now.
This is Dr. MacIntyre, my oncologist (cancer doctor). He has helped me through hormone and chemo therapy. He spoke at the Lights of Love event at AGH. His talk impressed me with all the Leahy and other connections they have. I’m glad I went for treatment in the Oncology clinic at AGH, and even more so now.

The first person I recognized at the Light of Love event at Addison Gilbert Hospital Wednesday was Joanne Gibbs. She put her reassuring hands on my shoulders. From the start of my cancer journey, she was on my side, offering care and information when I was still in a wheelchair. She still is there for me. When you enter the health care world, there are key front line people that help save your life; She is one of them, as is Dr. MacIntyre.