Brace Rock Gloucester MA ©Kim Smith 2015 JPGBrace Cove and Niles Pond in the lifting fog ~ When I first got to the causeway, Brace Rock was completely obscured. As the fog drifted away an army of cormorants began to appear, joining the gulls on the rocks and feeding from the surf.

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North Shore Workshop on What You Need to Know About Divorce in Massachusetts

The Divorce Center Offers Workshop on What You Need to Know About Divorce in Massachusetts

Professionals to Discuss the Legal, Financial, Family and Personal Issues Encountered in the Divorce Process 

Newton, Mass. – October 23, 2015 – The Divorce Center, a non-profit organization of professionals from multiple disciplines providing support and education for people going through separation or divorce, is offering a half-day public education workshop entitled “Divorce Matters for You! ─ What You Need to Know About Divorce in Massachusetts” on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Barn at 10 Liberty Street, Danvers, MA. 
The workshop will cover the legal, financial, family and personal issues that are often encountered during the divorce process. Trained professionals will provide knowledge and information that will empower anyone who is contemplating divorce or currently overwhelmed with the process, increasing their confidence and peace of mind.

The topics to be covered in the workshop include:

Legal Issues:

· Your options for the divorce process in MA

· What is Mediation, Collaborative, Litigation and Pro Se and how do they differ?

· Understanding the Alimony Law and Child Support Guidelines

· Protecting Yourself Legally

Understanding the Financial Issues:

· Taking an Asset Inventory

· What are considered Marital Assets and how are they divided?

· Do you keep or sell the Marital Home?

· What about retirement?  Will I be ok?

Family Issues:

· Dealing with a hostile spouse

· Protecting the children

· Strategies for coping with the stress of divorce

· Rebuilding your self-esteem

The workshop fee is $25 and includes light refreshments and snacks. For more information on “Divorce Matters for You! ─ What You Need to Know About Divorce in Massachusetts” and to register for the workshop, visit

About The Divorce Center
The Divorce Center is a non-profit organization of legal, financial and mental health professionals working to empower people before, during and after divorce or separation by providing education and resources.

Since 1983, The Divorce Center’s focus has been on improving the divorce process and its impact on the family. The organization’s mission is primarily to:

· Support families experiencing divorce;

· Educate the public about divorce and its effects; and

· Help professionals improve the service they provide to their divorcing clients.

The Divorce Center offers its expertise and compassion to all those who need it — individuals and families, divorce professionals, religious groups, parent organizations, non-profit groups, and others who can benefit from the public education, professional programs and support. For more information, visit

Events in the ARTs this Weekend

Call of the Ancestors:
Jan McKeachie Johnston, Irina Okula, Jill Solomon, Heather McGrath

Show Dates: October 23-November 29, 2015
Lexicon Gallery, 15 Lexington Ave.#1, Magnolia, MA

Japanese Anagama Wood Fired Sculpture of Jan McKeachie Johnston, Saggar Fired Bowls and Shard Pots of Irina Okula, and Saggar Fired Iconic Forms, Platters and Wall Pieces of Jill Solomon call to mind geologic formations and traces of civilizations gone by. Complemented by Heather McGrath’s photographic organic sets of human in relationship to the natural world. Lexicon Gallery hours are fri-sun 12-5pm or for appt email

Jan McKeachie Johnston, Irina Okula and Jill Solomon use organic processes to create a form that is imbued with a sense of the history of humans in relationship to the natural world. Jan’s textured and curvacious sculptural pieces are wood-fired in a Japanese Style Anagama Kiln with multiple chambers over a period of many days. The results are gorgeous red and orange tones flecked with ash deposits in golden hues calling to mind ancient fires of cultures and civilizations gone by. Irina and Jill fire in saggars, (clay containers), surrounding their pieces with straw, sawdust and other organic materials that have been soaked in oxides. During the firing these materials combust and dance upon the clay, leaving random marks and patterns evocative of geologic formations and the fiery chaos of nature. Irina throws large open bowls and uses them as a canvas. She also makes shard pots, broken and re-formed to create an integrated elegant and beautiful whole. Jill’s Iconic Forms, platters and wall pieces are a tribute to the strong women who raised her as a child in South Africa and reflect the colors and lines of these early roots. Photographer Heather McGrath’s raw organic sets of human in landscape are the perfect complement.


Synthesis III: Endicott Faculty and Student Art Exhibit

October 22 – November 15, 2015
Artist Reception: Sunday, October 25, 2:00-4:00 pm

The Cultural Center Gallery, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Gallery hours, Thurs-Sun, 12:00-4:00 pm

Rocky Neck Art Colony and Endicott College are pleased to present the Student and Faculty art exhibition Synthesis III at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck on Wonson Street in Gloucester from Thursday, October 22 – Sunday, November 15, 2015.  The gallery is open to the public on Thursday through Sunday at noon to 4:00 pm.

Synthesis III includes works by 9 faculty and 9 students from Endicott College’s School of Visual and Performing Arts.  Each of the nine faculty members was asked to invite a student from their major to participate in this exhibition. Faculty exhibiting are:  Kathy Desmond, Sandy Farrier, Steven Liss, Barbara Burgess Maier, Michael Miller, Carol Pelletier, Cynthia Roberts, Mark Towner, and Larry Volk.  Students exhibiting are: Lauren Gallagher, Jessica Gray, Emily Leis, Angelina Lupini, Emily Mulvey, Stephanie Alvarado Ross, Andrew Schwartz, and Kaitlin Smith.  The many media included will be drawings, paintings, photography and installation.  According to Dean Mark Towner: “There is a long history of exhibiting art by students alongside their professors’ art. The process reveals interesting patterns of media, style, and subject, and the end result provides multiple actions and dynamic reactions, to form a more complex picture: A synthesis most worthy of examination and the titling of this exhibit.”

Suzanne Gilbert Lee, Director at the Rocky Neck Art Colony states, “The art colony has enjoyed the benefit of working with student interns from Endicott who devote a semester to gain “real world” experience by working with arts organizations and various art related businesses. This is an opportunity for them to experience the process of mounting exhibitions—from planning to execution. The recent summer intern, Angelina Lupini, joins with other faculty and student artists to showcase the work produced at the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Endicott College, and bring her recent experience at Rocky Neck full circle.”

Please join us on Sunday, October 25 from 2:00–4:00 pm as we celebrate with a gallery reception.  Many of the students and faculty in the exhibition will be in attendance and light refreshment will be served. If you have any questions regarding the exhibition and Endicott College, please contact Kathleen Moore at 978-232-2655, or For information on the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, please contact Suzanne Gilbert Lee,

Are you in need of some warming up? Passports has your back!

Nothing takes off the chill in your bones like a bowl of the amazing gumbo at Passports Restaurant! Once you have a bowl, you’ll never be the same. Trust. (and you will have an addiction)

And here’s a little tip of mine. When you get your pop-over (which comes fresh out of the oven, and free!) rip it open and place a pat of butter inside without opening it. Wait 1 minute, and it will start to melt out of the wrapper. Pick it up and squeeze it, and BOOM piping hot butter melts all over! Enjoy.

So addictive!

Dave B and the Hot Shots Making their debut tonight @ The Dog Bar 10.24.2015

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This is a tight 4 or 5 piece jump and R&B band – they’ve been together for over 20 years, and this is their first appearance in Gloucester!
Show em some love!

Dave B and the Hot Shots

This 5 piece group performing authentic interpretations of vintage R&B Jump Blues/New Orleans music from the late ‘40s through the mid ‘60s, was formed in the early ‘90s and retains three of it’s original members, Dave Birkin – sax/vocals, Mark Shelford – guitar/vocal, and Ken Steiner – acoustic bass/vocal. The current line up also includes Richard Malcolm – drums, and Jim Heffernan – keys.

In the early to mid ‘90s the group worked steadily in Fanuil Hall Market place at Cricket’s and The Marketplace Café. The group became active again in the mid 2000’s. For the past 2 ½ years the band has enjoyed a residency at a Worcester club “The Sahara” and semi-annual stints for Swing City in Somerville and Cambridge.


Pumpkin Caramel Halloween Cookie Bark


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Pumpkin Caramel Halloween Bark

It’s no secret to my friends and family that Halloween is one of my most favorite holidays. As soon as my twins were old enough to sit up in their highchairs I had them cooking and crafting for Halloween. Each year our activities grew grander and our creativity in the kitchen did too! A few years ago I combined two of our all time favorite recipes, Pumpkin Caramel and Chocolate Cookie Bark together and confected this almost to pretty to eat Halloween treat! I promise you won’t be disappointed and either will the Ghosts and Goblins in your life!

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