Samuel Langhorne Clemens Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

I have a higher and grander standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie. I can, but I won’t.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens,) 1835-1910


Best known by his pen name, Mark Twain, Clemens was a giant of American humor and letters. A Missouri native, he had brief careers as a miner and a river boat pilot before his short stories began to receive widespread notice. He was the keenest wit of his age. He wrote what many call the greatest of American novels, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885).  Through a series of bad investments he lost all of the money he made from his books and a good deal of his wife’s substantial inheritance, which motivated him to begin many years of international speaking tours. The money from these performances eventually overcame his debt and added to his fame. He was a friend and advisor to presidents, scholars, and scientists, Nicola Tesla chief among them. Born when Halley’s Comet was in the sky, he died, as he predicted, when it returned.

Greg Bover


Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction -3

Andrew Luman, Schuylar Corbett, and Ruby Lyman

Cruiseport was filled to overflowing with the joyful sounds of children laughing and parents socializing, all there to join in the fun of Art Haven’s 8th Annual Buoy Auction. The hundreds of buoys hand painted by local children were displayed in a fresh new layout with a “Haven Walk” surrounding the perimeter.

Emily Bean Andrew Lumen Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction @www.kimsmithdesigns.comAndrew Luman did a fantastic job as the auctioneer and emcee (with Emily Bean above)

For the silent auction, beautiful buoy creations were donated by some of the most talented local artists.

Colleen Apostolos-Marsh Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction @www.kimsmithdesigns.comColleen Apostolos-Marsh “Sugar Skull”

Traci Corbett Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction @www.kimsmithdesigns.comTraci Thayne-Corbett “The Big Catch”

Jeff Weaver Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction Jeff Weaver

Art Haven’s Buoy Auction is truly a community event in every sense of the word ~

Special thanks were noted in the program to the lobstermen who loaned the traps, Peter Mondello, Bob Morris, Chris Orcsillo, and Scott Horne. Sheree Zizik once again generously donated Cruiseport, delicious food was provided by local restaurants and shops, and many area businesses donated buoy supplies, transportation, and event promotion. Thanks too was given to all who helped construct the Lobster Trap Tree, with thanks to the buoy auction committee, and a very special thanks to Traci-Thayne Corbett and Karen Conant.Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction -2 @www.kimsmithdesigns.comSEE MORE PHOTOS HERE Continue reading “A SIMPLY SPECTACULAR TURNOUT FOR ART HAVEN’S FAMILY FUN AND BUOY AUCTION!”

Fish Tales Call for Story Tellers

Gloucester Writers Center Fish Tales

Call for Storytellers

GWC Fish Tales is seeking storytellers for our upcoming show: Tattoo Show and Tell. If you have a tattoo AND a story AND are willing to show your tattoo, then please contact Maureen Aylward at

The next show is scheduled for Friday, February 12th; location to be determined.

Fish Tales is a live storytelling event that features nine local storytellers at each show. Each storyteller has five minutes to tell a true story that relates to a theme for the night. Similar to The Moth Radio Hour, performers stand before the crowd with just a microphone and let loose a story.

Over the last three years, Fish Tales has grown from a cozy storytelling evening at the GWC to a happening weekend event every five to six weeks with an audience of 80-100 people at every show. We have a fan base. People tell us that Fish Tales is their favorite event in Gloucester because it showcases real people, telling true stories from the heart. Our storytellers are vulnerable, ready to share, funny and honest, and our enthusiastic audience reminds us that it is a joy and privilege to sit and listen to someone else’s life for a while.

For more information and to see a video of our last show, check out the website at

Go See- The Drowsy Chaperone


Joey, you and I have known each other 7 years now, and I have never felt more strongly about anything I’ve ever recommended to you than I feel about this.


This show is the funniest musical comedy I’ve ever seen.

It is GUARANTEED to make you laugh.

After you see it, in less than 2 hours, you’ll be on your way home, and you’ll be SO GLAD you spent the time and money to experience this outrageous, oddball musical comedy.


Never heard of it? Neither had I. But it won 5 Tony Awards on Broadway in 2006. And now I have the lead!

(What character am I? “The Man in the Chair!” They didn’t even give me a name! What’s up with this?)

Plus, this is the ideal theatrical experience for anybody who hates theatre.

In this show, literally the first words you hear are: “I hate theatre!” And it goes downhill from there!


I’m tellin’ ya, Joey, if you only see one community theatre production this year, see The Drowsy Chaperone.

And you save a third of the ticket price by ordering ahead.

Tickets are $25 at the door, but only $18 (plus service charge) online.

Here’s the link for that:

6 performances over the next 2 weekends at the Community House in Hamilton.


Joey, this show has everything: 

A blindfolded guy on roller skates.

Gangsters posing as pastry chefs.

A rich woman spitting vodka in her butler’s face — about 14 times in a row. (I have the privilege of mopping up the mess.)


I hope every North Shore reader of GMG comes to see this show and then comes up and says hi to me afterward.

They’ll know who I am because I’m the guy who starts the whole thing off by announcing, “I hate theatre!”

Anybody who wants to email me personally with questions about the show can contact me via

See ya there!

Doug Brendel

GHS Cheerleaders Nationals Comp Go Fund Me


Here’s the link-

The Gloucester High School Varsity Cheerleaders are going to the ULTIMATE International Championship in Orlando Florida to compete on March 25th & 26th! The girls are trying to raise money for the airfare, hotel, transfers to & from the airport, and food. We are anticipating $1500 per girl. Unfortunately for the girls we just found out we were going and have little time to raise money! It would mean the world to the girls to have the support of family, friends, neighbors, & fans. Thank you in advance for your generosity & support! Go GHS!

SeniorCare & AARP Provide Free Tax Preparation

More Cape Ann Community News –

Cape Ann Community

SeniorCare Inc.’s RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore are proud to partner with AARP and coordinate the AARP Tax-Aide Program, a vital service for elders, enabling them much needed assistance with their taxes. It is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service. Across the nation, there are over 34,000 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers who help more than 2.6 million taxpayers file their federal, state and local tax returns each year. SeniorCare’s group of RSVP Volunteer Tax Aides consists of over 50 certified volunteers who contributed more than 5,000 hours of service assisting over 4,500 elders in 2015!

In 2016, from February through April, AARP and volunteers from SeniorCare RSVP will assist taxpayers 60 & older with middle to low income with their tax preparation and filing, providing free tax assistance at over 30 locations throughout the North Shore and Cape Ann.

For information on this program, please contact RSVP…

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