Take a Trip to the Azores – Free Info Meeting

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Ever dreamed of visiting the wonders of the Azores? Join us this Thursday night at the Azorean Restaurant in Gloucester from 5:00 – 6:30 PM for an informational meeting about this fantastic upcoming trip!  This is a FREE info session.  RSVP for the meeting here.


Also this week….

Join us this Friday Morning, February 26 at 7:30 AM for the Economic Outlook Breakfast!

We are happy to announce that Rick Lord, President & CEO of Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Inc.,will be the keynote speaker for our Economic Outlook Breakfast. Rick will speak about his perspective on our regional and statewide prospects for the coming year, including his insights on GE’s decision to relocate to Boston.

Tickets are $30 and includes a light breakfast catered by Inspired Cooking by Laurie Lufkin.
Register Here for the Economic Outlook Breakfast.

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Lent and Fasting

ministering angel_after the 40 days

This painting, called Ministering Angel, has to do with the account in the Book of Matthew of the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness, fasting and being tempted by Satan. Today, some people observe Lent, a forty day period which begins around Ash Wednesday and ends before or after Good Friday, depending on various traditions.  During this period, some people give up certain foods, drinks (soda, alcohol), etc.  While Lent is not mentioned in the Bible, and was a tradition created by the Church to encourage people’s remembrance of this time in the life of Jesus, it is based on the biblical practice of fasting, which comes out of ancient Jewish law and tradition.  There are many accounts of people fasting in the Bible, anywhere from one day to forty days (Moses on three separate occasions while he was receiving the Law, Jesus preceding the commencement of his ministry, and the Prophet Elijah).

People fast today for a variety of reasons: before a medical procedure, to cleanse and heal their bodies, to lose weight, clear their mind, slow the aging process, and for spiritual reasons. On the spiritual, fasting brings a person closer to God and allows for revelation more clearly than in a non-fasting state.  Many Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Rastafarian, Baha’i and Mormon adherents practice fasting. A biblical fast can be a full fast (liquids only) or what is referred to as the Daniel Fast from the Old Testament Book of Daniel (no meat, sweets, or bread, drink only water and juice and eat only fruits and vegetables).  While working on this series of paintings, I have done three and seven-day full fasts and a forty-day Daniel fast, which I hope to return to now that I’ve had my fill of bread, cheese, eggs and fish, which I love.

Other proponents of fasting include:

Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, who believed fasting enabled the body to heal itself stating: “Everyone has a doctor in him; we just have to help him in his work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. …to eat when you are sick, is to feed your sickness.”

Paracelsus, another founder of modern medicine, wrote 500 years ago that “fasting is the greatest remedy, the physician within.”

According to Benjamin Franklin, “The best of all medicines is resting and fasting.”

Reference for painting – Matthew 4:1-11

“Then Jesus was led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If you be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But Jesus answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Then the devil took him up into the holy city, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, And said to him, If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning you: and in their hands they shall bear you up, lest at any time you dash your foot against a stone. Jesus said to him, It is written again, You shall not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil took him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And said to him, All these things will I give you, if you will fall down and worship me. Then Jesus said to him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve. Then the devil left him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.”

E.J. Lefavour


Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ Tonight’s Special Guest: Sasquatch 7-10pm 2.24.2016


This week:
Beef Stroganoff – $11.95
SasquatchWednesday, February 24th – 7pm
Special Guest:
Paul Cohan!

Otherwise known as Sasquatch, the wonderful Paul Cohan
comes to us with his songs of local culture and history.  Have
you seen this in action?  Come join us! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Next week…
John Rockwell Hosts
john rockwell fly
Inge Berge

Fozzie Hill

The Rhumb Line

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

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂



See today’s Gloucester Daily Times for more information and a superb story by Ray Lamont on GMG contributor Catherine Ryan’s son’s efforts to raise money to restore the Civil War coat worn by veteran Alfred Bachelor, who served for 20 years as the Gloucester High School principal during the turn of the previous century (1884-1914).

To donate to help rehabilitate Gloucester’s historic Civil War coat:

Visit YouCaring.com, and search for “Civil War Bacheler coat caper” and follow instructions on how to contribute.

Send a check with “Civil War coat” written in the check’s memo field to The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930, or Committee for the Arts, c/o Gloucester City Hall, 9 Dale Ave., Gloucester MA 01930.

Charles and George King ©Kim Smith 2015

Please donate to these super civic-minded brothers Charles and George. Here they are helping with spring cleaning and planting at the Harbor Walk Gardens, where they have lent a hand and many Sunday mornings. They are truly awesome kids!

To date the boys have raised approximately $1,000.00 of the goal of $3,500.00 needed to restore the coat.

Are fishcakes obsolete? No. 6 from Al Bezanson

After a podcast on fishcakes Monday morning with Joey I zoomed over to the Fort Square Café for a late breakfast.  Heidi served up this beauty from fresh hake.  She makes them only from time to time for her famed Cape Ann Reuben.

Cape Ann Reuben at Fort Square

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Change is in the Air

So this is new.  “Left turn YIELD on Flashing Yellow Arrow.”

Prior to today, a left hand turn was obviously permitted when the light was green. Makes sense.  More than a few times, however, I saw cars start to turn left without a second’s thought, only to have cars coming from the other direction continue straight towards Blackburn Circle.  Many a car almost got sideswiped while making that left turn towards Rockport.  I’m guessing several actually did.

Most drivers, who frequent that intersection (between Blackburn Circle and Main Street…heading to East Gloucester or Rockport), soon realized that oncoming traffic should go first…or that it is safer to wait for the green arrow.

This makes more sense I guess….but, will most likely take some getting used to.