We sent Lise home with the donuts after Sunday’s HarborWalk garden cleanup. Here’s what she had to say about Brother’s Brew!

“I have to say those cinnamon donuts were the best ever. I briefly considered taking them to the neighbor’s house—but then had to try just a tiny piece of the puffy jellies, but didn’t get to reach the jelly (was I thinking this was some sort of exotic preserve that I would never get a chance to sample again?)  so had to cut an entire half of the jelly donut to try it for the total essence of jelly donut.  You would think I would have stopped, but then had to just try the chocolate. As I sliced off an inch, it occurred to me that you can’t present a donut to someone who isn’t your blood with a piece snuck out of it like you can a sliver of cake.  Well, the damage was done, so might as well take another slice. You know how that goes. The sugar and fat ratio imbued was saying MORE. And then I remember you saying the cinnamon were to die for and… Well it turns out I thought so too.  So now the donuts were entirely, absolutely gone. We scarfed those—how many? six? eight?— down in two hours tops. You know when I said I could just eat one at a sitting? I proved myself very, very wrong.  I guess it helped that the backs of my thighs were screaming “feed me!”  Something about lactic acid buildup needed to be counteracted with butter, white flour and sugar. Talk about weekend warrior aches! It looks like my 45 min on the elliptical machine with the ten minutes of pedaling backwards is not doing it.

Bill said I could never bring them into the house again.  Ok. But now I know where I can get them outside of the house.
You be sure now to send the photos of our 25-odd bags to our Mayor’s office/comptroller’s office and get reimbursed…

Anyway, I hope to see you Sunday for a repeat/repast.  No! Leave the doh at the Bros!”

When I asked Lise if we could post her funny note, she added:

“To make it worse, there were BOYS in full skateboard regalia visiting the neighbors and you just know they would loved the treat. Clearly there is not much in the way of impulse control over here, but might possibly justify the crime by the fact we had skipped lunch and it was mid afternoon.”

Thanks Lise for sharing!!!

Brother's Brew Rockport Donuts! ©Kim Smith 2015Brother’s Brew Latest Creation ~ Strawberry Shortcake Donuts


June 20-21, 2015

October 10-12, 2015
Cape Ann, Massachusetts (north of Boston)


This self-guided touralong the scenic coastline of Gloucester and Rockport presents a unique opportunityto meet 26 professional artists in 23 studios and see their work in the settingin which it was created. The work represented includes: pottery, painting,sculpture, photography, mosaics, fiber art and jewelry. Several of the artistswill be demonstrating their working process during the tours. Brochures with route maps will be available at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the Rockport Information Booth on Rte. 127, on the Cape Ann Artisans web site and at each ofthe artisans — or download from   A bright magenta Studio Tour banner will mark each location. Many studios are open year round.

Anna and I Love doing this tour. We met so many nice folks doing great work. We missed it last year and it’s one of the reasons I am committed to having a full (Visual) Art Events Calendar. It was one of the first entries I made to the calendar.

~ James Eves

Miranda Russell on “Local Music Seen with Allen Estes” this week and in concert next week

Here’s a sneak peek of Miranda Russell, accompanied by Justin Piper and Joe Kessler, performing “Jolene” on “Local Music Seen with Allen Estes.” She will be Allen’s guest this week and next week through to May 10, 2015. Airing Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, Fridays at 1:30 pm and Sundays at 6:00 pm, on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.

After you watch her on TV you’re really going to want to see her live — and you’re in luck.  Miranda will be at Shalin Liu in Rockport next Thursday & Friday May 7 & 8.  Good seats are still available for both shows, but the best seats are on May 7.  Don’t wait.  These shows are likely to sell out.  Get tickets here.

Put on your dancing shoes! Cause, Greg Luttrell is Dave Sag’s guest tonight…@ The Rhumb Line 8:30-11:30 4.30.2015




Dave says,

Just back from the Sum Yung Guy food festival in Shanghai,  let’s welcome back Mr. Greg Lutrell, citizen and catarrh master. Sings like an angel, too. Mr.l spends a goodly time in China each year, but he’s home now and willing to regale you with his seasick repertoire. It’s always a pleasure to follow him around all his groovy machinations, curve balls and all. Drumming up some enthusiasm will be my old buddy Mr. Roger Brocklebank. With his hollow leg, he’ll be taking anybody’s leftovers home with him. Eat hardy and enjoy!




40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

Nichole’s Picks May 2nd and 3rd

Unbelievably, it is May!

Pick #1

ARTS FIRST at Harvard University!

Thursday, April 30, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, May 3, 2015 (All day)

One of the nation’s largest university arts festivals showcases over 225 presentations.
Harvard invites the public to four days of non-stop art. The annual ARTS FIRST festival celebrates student and faculty creativity at the University. Around half of Harvard’s 6,600 students participate in the festival each spring. Over 225 music, theater, dance, film, and visual arts events, most free of charge and open to the public, are on tap. Whether you are a fan of a cappella or bhangra, tap or Tchaikovsky, installation art or painting, improv comedy or pipe organ performance, ARTS FIRST has an arts experience for you.

Read all about this great event HERE or HERE!

The official calendar of events within that link was working a couple of days ago, but was not working last night.  Hopefully it will be up and running so you can check out all of the great events that are being offered.  Some are “kid friendly”….some are not.  I suggest checking out the list of events before heading in.

Pick #2

The deCordova Museum in Lincoln is currently installing their summer galleries and exhibits so the museum is closed, HOWEVER, the awesome Sculpture Park is open and admission is 1/2 price. Totally worth the trip!

Check out the Sculpture Park HERE!

DeCordova is internationally recognized as a major venue for the exhibition and interpretation of modern and contemporary outdoor sculpture. The Sculpture Park occupies the entire campus: 30 acres of beautifully landscaped lawns, forests, fields, gardens, and terraces on a rolling site along the shore of Flint’s Pond in Lincoln, Massachusetts. At any given time, approximately 60 sculptures are on display in the Sculpture Park, which is open every day during the summer and Wednesdays through Sundays during the winter.


Pick #3

The PawSox!

You all know how much I love the Red Sox and Fenway Park, but heading to Pawtucket is a fantastic way to take the kids “out to the ball game” without breaking the bank. Tickets are only $13 each…which leaves money left over for ball park snacks!

Check out their schedule HERE!  It consists of two home games this weekend…both at 1:05!


Please, as always, check out our friends at North Shore Kid for a much more comprehensive list of family activities!

The Rare To Our Area- Yellow Crowned Night Heron That Sista Felicia Took Photos Of Last Week Is Still In #GloucesterMA @MassAudubon

On my way to the dock this morning at 4:30AM it was in my mom’s back yard in East Gloucester.

Here are some lousy pictures but for the sake of documenting it, here you go-

Here’s a link to Sista Felicia’s post with much better photos from last week-

Beautiful Bird Having Breakfast In Sista’s Herb Garden

Community Stuff 4/30/15


You are invited to attend:

Volunteer Orientation Open House

Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 12:30 PM3:30 PM

Members of the Community are invited to a Phyllis A. Marine Association volunteer orientation open house on Saturday, May 2; 12:30 – 3:30 pm at the Community Room of the Cape Ann Savings Bank in Gloucester, MA.

The Phyllis A Marine Association is seeking volunteers to help preserve Gloucester’s oldest fishing vessel the Phyllis A. and to promote the heritage, culture and folk life of the fisheries of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Volunteers are needed for boat restoration, archival preservation, marketing, event planning and development. Training will be provided.

The open house is being hosted at the Community Room of the Cape Ann Savings Bank at 123 Main Street, Gloucester, MA, 12:30 –3:30 pm. Enter the Community Room through the Harbor Cove Dental entrance and not through the bank, then follow the signs.
The Phyllis A Marine Association is a local, non-profit, 501(c)3, organization established in 2006, to promote the heritage, culture and folk life of the fisheries of Gloucester, Massachusetts, through the display and preservation of the gillnet fishing vessel, Phyllis A

If you cannot make the orientation open house, please visit out GiveBackTime page or follow the link from our website

Cape Ann Savings Bank’s Community Room

123 Main Street

Gloucester, MA 01930

Paint our Dories this Saturday!

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Painting this Saturday 8-12 at Eastern Ave Self-Storage
Help the IDRC this weekend painting our race dories to get them ready for the season.  We will meet at Eastern Ave Self-Storage at 8am this Saturday, May 2nd to paint.  The May 9th launch date is right around the corner and eliminations are soon to follow.  We are still looking for a trailer or two late afternoon on May 9th for the launch.  Hope to see you there!

Hi Joey,

The Gloucester High School Class of 2016 is holding a talent show tomorrow, Thursday April 30th, and Friday May 1st. Tickets cost $6 for adults, $5 for students, and there will be snacks, food, and drinks on sale. Doors open at 6:00pm. All proceeds benefit the Class of 2016 (Junior Class).

We would really appreciate it if you could give us a shout out and put it on your website for us.

Thank you for your consideration,

Mike Vaiarella

President of the Class of 2016