Edgar Bergen Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.”

Edgar Bergen (1903-1978)


While this quote is variously attributed to Milan Kundera, Steven Wright, and others, the earliest citation I could find was from Bergen, who was born in Michigan, but spent much of his youth in Sweden. After his family returned to the United States, he taught himself ventriloquism and got his start in vaudeville, where he, and his dummy/alter ego Charlie McCarthy were discovered by radio producers for the Chase and Sanborn Hour. Even though the talents of a ventriloquist are harder to appreciate on the radio, the duo became big stars for their self-deprecating and often incisive humor, played against other well-known figures of the era such as Mae West and W.C. Fields. Bergen successfully made the transition to television and continued to work in the nightclub circuit until three days before he died. The beautiful and talented Candace Bergen is his daughter.

Greg Bover

Public Conversation on the Arts Hosted By Mayor Romeo Theken

Thursday nights art’s conversation was well-attended. After the introduction and welcome speeches by Mayor Romeo Theken, Jack Clark, and Judith Hoglander the audience broke into small groups to answer three questions: 1.) What values or vision informs your thinking about the selection and placement of public art. 2.) What suggestions do you have for reaching out and including the community in the process? 3.) What criteria should we use in the selection and placement of public art? After which the audience reconvened to share the small group’s answers.

There was a shared vision and commonality in many of the responses. A strong desire for transparency throughout the entire process was stated often as was the position that our public art choices tell the story of Gloucester.

In our small group, Gloucester sculptor David Calvo shared the story of Maritime Gloucester’s humble beginnings and how it grew organically, with the full support of the community behind its development. There are a number of reasons why there is such a community-wide viscerally negative reaction to the proposed David Black sculpture and one of the solutions suggested was to put a policy in place which would allow the community to say no to an unwanted gift. Another suggestion was to identify places where we would like to see public art so that the community is not in the position of scrambling to place very large-scale works of art in very small parks.

A suggestion that resonated with many was that we investigate and learn from neighboring communities about their policies toward selecting and placing public art. The meeting was productive and we’ll be hearing more from the Mayor and Committee for the Arts in the coming weeks about Gloucester’s developing public arts plan. Mayor Sefatia Romeo Thekan Melissa Cox Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015

Mayor Romeo Theken and City Councilwoman Melissa Cox

Don’t Miss the Seaside Garden Club’s Plant Auction on Tuesday, May 19th at the Manchester Community Center

Doors open for a preview at 6:00 and the Auction begins promptly at 7:00. Don’t miss the chance to purchase the garden club’s prized perennials and beautiful one of a kind garden art. Donations from many local businesses will be auctioned off as well. Ryan & Wood Distilleries, Marshall’s Farm Stand, North Coast Too! Goose Cove Gardens, Sea Meadow Gifts are among the generous businesses that have donated their goods to the auction. A NOVA Star Cruise, including passage for 2 adults, a vehicle, dinner, breakfast and lunch will also be on the auction block!

Our board members and members have been hard at work dividing their tried and true perennial plants and creating garden art. Support the Seaside Garden Club and come home with great plants and garden art that will grace your garden with beauty for years to come! Light refreshments will be served.

This is the Seaside Garden Club’s only fund raiser and 100% of the proceeds go to fund our terrific programs throughout the year. The Seaside Garden Club meets the second Tuesday of every month, September through June at the Manchester Community Center.  Membership is open to all. Visit our blog at: http://seasidegardenclub.wordpress.com/

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Wyoming Law May Cause Legal Problems For Photographers Shooting on Public Land, Including National Parks

This is frightening, not only because it may be interpreted to limit your right to photograph Wyoming’s magnificent scenery, but, more importantly, because its stated purpose is to impede otherwise lawful efforts to fight environmental degradation and health hazards. For example,if you happen upon a stream on public lands that appears to be polluted and you photograph it intending to send the photo to a local, state or federal agency for investigation,you face imprisonment of 1 year and a $5,000 fine!

I don’t know what can be done with regard to this atrocity, but be aware that if you visit Wyoming, you may be able to carry a gun, but be careful that that shiny new camera around your neck doesn’t land you in the hoosegow.

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Sunrise at Schwabacher Landing in Grand Teton National Park. Photo: Flickr user Diana Robinson (Creative Commons)

B.B. King Was a Beacon

Eric Clapton called B. B. King a beacon in his very personal Facebook tribute this morning.  See the Rolling Stone article about that here.

Clapton also recommended that anyone not familiar with B. B. King’s work get his “Live at the Regal” album (get it on Amazon here).  Here’s a live video of Sweet Little Angle.  Not sure this video was recorded at the Regal, but it looks like it’s about the same time period.

Thank you B. B. King for your inspiration, your dedication and your love of music.  It has changed us all!

Below is the best tribute I’ve read today.  Our friend Victor Wainwright posted it on his Facbook Page this morning.

“To BB’s guitar, Lucille; I would just like you to know how thankful we all are for taking care of our loving mentor, Mr. BB King for all of these years. Night after night BB told us stories of you, and how you were always there through thick and thin. He said you were loving and loyal and never talked back… that you even saved his life. Then night after night we would hear YOU sing, for BB, and also for us… and HOW you sang!!!…. so beautifully, so clear, and with so much soul. When I think of all the audiences you’ve been held in front of, all the lights you’ve shined under, and all of hearts you’ve filed with hope and happiness, I am overwhelmed with awe and inspiration. Thank you for giving my mentor’s hands a place to rest, a place to play, and a place to call home. We will always love you Lucille. Thank you for taking care of our friend, of whom we will miss….. so very, very much. God Bless You. RIP, BB KING.”

They’re making lobster donuts Armageddon is here


We wanted to share the breaking news that Kane’s Donuts is introducing lobster donuts. As you are our undisputed lobster expert, we felt it vitally important to share the news with you and GoodMorningGloucester readers.


If Dunkin’ Donuts wants to start their own lobster donuts, I got a lobster broker / blogger in Gloucester they need to call for a hook-up.

John McElhenny

Community Stuff 5/15/15

On Saturday, May 23 from 8 to 11 AM the annual Annisquam Sewing Circle Plant Sale will take place at the Annisquam Village Hall, 34 Leonard St., Annisquam.  The Sale will feature annuals, perennials, rose bushes, hanging baskets and more.  There will also be Bake Sale table laden with cakes, cookies and savories.  All proceeds will benefit Cape Ann community programs.



New Tusinski Painting Showings

One of my goals is to bring my paintings to new locations. I am thrilled to announce that these fine art galleries will show my work this year:

Cove Gallery, Wellfleet & South Chatham, MA, www.CoveGallery.com
Eriksson Fine Art, Stowe, VT, www.ErikssonFineArt.com. Show: Aug 2015
Jules Place, Boston, MA, www.JulesPlace.com12th consecutive year showing
The Walsingham Gallery, Newburyport, MA, www.WalsinghamGallery.com

TRIO – 18″ x 48″ – Oil & Graphite on Canvas

Rockport this Summer

Motif No. 1 Day is this Saturday, May 16th. Come join the fun and see my newest works! Hint: I have painted smaller works just for this day, available only in the gallery.
Rockport First Fridays – Kick off your weekend by visiting the gallery on First Fridays, when the gallery is open until 8 pm on the first Friday of every month (through Oct. 2.)
And please stop by the gallery if you’re headed to Rockport. Tusinski Gallery is open from 11-5 every day with extended seasonal hours, except for Tuesday and Wednesday (open by chance or appointment .)
Rockport Art Association – Tusinski Gallery is proud to be a new member of the RAA. I strongly support their mission of making fine art appreciation available to all.

Hi Joey,

This Sunday, May 17 will see the second annual Gloucester May Celebration happen at 2:00 PM on the green in front of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church on Middle Street Gloucester.

This free, family-friendly event will run for about one hour or so and will feature group singing from song sheets as well as instruction for simple dances including Maypole dances.
Attendees are encouraged to wear festive clothing and flowers.


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Join us! Beginning Friday, May 22, Sargent House Museum will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with tours on the hour from 12 noon to 4 pm through Labor Day weekend.

Sargent House is proud to be a Blue Star Museum.*

The new Tour Reception Room features information about the early owners of the house and their families.  These families were ardent churchgoers, merchants and political leaders who took leadership roles in the community in the formation of state and national government both before and after the War of Independence.


Judith Speaks

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Thurs. June 4, 5:30PM.


The MarketWATCH 5/15/15 With Kenny MacCarthy @Glosta

Cape Ann Real Estate News-

Cape Ann Home

The MarketWATCH 5/15/15
For a confidential consultation, call us at 978-758-0983
10 properties in our video this week:

30 Marble St. Gloucester
22 Marble Rd. Gloucester
29 Waterman Rd. Gloucester
19, 48 and 56 Castle View Dr. Gloucester
18 Lufkin Point Lane Essex
149 Pine St. Manchester
189 Atlantic Road Gloucester
99 Marmion Way Rockport

Published on May 15, 2015

Join award winning By the Sea Sotheby’s International Realty agents Kenny MacCarthy, Sue and Bob McDermott for a ride around Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex and Beverly to see their favorite homes.

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Feathered Friend

The most passive, and obviously injured, seagull was on campus for the past couple of days.  It wasn’t possible to tell exactly what was wrong with him (or her) but, it seemed clear that it couldn’t fly.  Thatcher and Finn fed him a can of tuna fish, which he happily gulped down, and then a co-worker took him to a veterinary clinic.  He was so gentle.  Fingers crossed for the poor little guy (or gal).

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