Searing #Ribeye #Steak Using The Charcoal Basket On The @STOKGrills Charcoal Drum To Create A Vortex Like Heat Source

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Northeast BBQ

I’ve seen an accessory for kettle BBQ grills called The Vortex. It’s a cone- like structure that funnels the air up through the coals and creates an intense amount of heat for searing steaks. It costs over $40 and people that have purchased them rave about them.
The thing is, the STOK Charcoal Drum comes with an insert that is supposed to be used as a chimney but it’s the same shape as The Vortex.
I decided to flip the Charcoal insert that comes with the STOK Drum upside down and see if it would do the same thing as the Vortex.
Here’s how it went-
Flipped the Charcoal insert upside down, dropped in a crumpled piece of newspaper lit it and filled it with Charcoal and waited for the temps to climb.


Tossed the ribeye on, three minutes, then flipped for three minutes on the other side.


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Ten Pound Island just after sunset ~ As the sun was setting, hundreds of gulls poured onto the shoreline, along with Red-breasted Mergansers and Common Eiders. If there were other species, they were too far off to identify, nonetheless, it was fascinating to watch all the birds settling into the trees and rocky outcroppings for the evening.
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FullSizeRender (34)Thank you to Jenn Cullen for posting to Instagram her photo of one of Sugar Magnolia’s new super salads. It looked so yummy, I just had to try it for myself. The roasted veggie, kale, almond, craisin, bulgur wheat, and goat cheese salad was fantastic. Crab cakes added to the order made an exquisite and filling lunch, so huge in fact, I brought half home for lunch tomorrow. My husband had one of Sugar Mag’s classic favorites, the corn chowder with jerk and honey grilled salmon. You’ll find an enticing array of new menu items and, not to worry, everyone’s old favorites, too. I can’t wait to try more ❤


Sugar Magnolias is located at 112 Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 7am to 11am, closed for half an hour and then again from 11:30am to 2:30pm. On Saturdays and Sundays, they are open for brunch from 7am to 1pm. Closed Mondays.

For more information visit their website here: Sugar Magnolias

Friends David Cox and Carol Roberts–you run into the nicest people when dining on Main Street!!

Carol Roberts

What motivates you?


I believe everyone has at least one wake up moment in their life; An epiphany if you will.

I don’t feel there’s a specific age in which that happens either. Life just happens.

When these epiphanies strike and your eyes are wide open, what motivates you to change or look at a situation differently? What motivates you to be the best version of yourself?



6th Congressional District High School Art Awards Announced

Manchester Essex Regional High School junior Emily Parker has been named Grand Prize Award Winner for her artwork “Unraveled” in this year’s 6th Congressional District High School Art Competition. The awards will be presented Saturday, March 5, 3:30 – 5 p.m. by U.S. Representative Seth Moulin at Montserrat College of Art’s 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA. The exhibit will be open to the public: Thursday, March 3, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. & 3 – 6 p.m. and Friday, March 4, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 – 6 p.m. at the 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly.

This marks the 22nd year that Montserrat has hosted this competition. The exhibit included 140 pieces from 30 different high schools and one home-schooled submission. The competition was open to high school students from public and private schools within the 6th District of Massachusetts, as well as high school students home-schooled within the district. The exhibition was juried by Judy Schmid, artist, designer, Montserrat College of Art Trustee, Lynn Schmid, fashion designer, art collector and Leon Doucette, Curatorial Assistant, Cape Ann Museum.

The award winners are as follows:

Emily Parker, “Unraveled” Manchester Essex Regional High School, Grade 11

Alyssa Schadhauser, “One of Us” Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, Grade 12

Vincenzo Dimino, “Newsworthy” Gloucester High School, Grade 12

Tyler Hughes, “Morning Routine” St. John’s Preparatory School, Grade 11


Stephanie O’Neill, “Organic” Burlington High School, Grade 12
Julian Vye, “Angel” Landmark School, Grade 11
Kiley Choi, “The Map to Love” Lynnfield High School, Grade 12
Julissa Morales, “Spring Into It” Lynn English High School, Grade 11
Sophie Adams, “Mushroom Cloud” Masconomet Regional High School, Grade 12
Aleksa Wilk, “Rowboats in Oguinquit, Maine” North Reading High School, Grade 10
Natalie Krowitz, “Kitchen Window” Reading Memorial High School, Grade 12
George Furlong, “Quality Market” St. John’s Preparatory School, Grade 12
May Ganzenmuller, “The Waterbug’s Afterlife” Triton Regional High School, Grade 10



Amesbury High School – Jane Grogan, Grade 12, “A Day’s Work”|
Andover High School – Teresa Dell’Anno, Grade 11, “Untitled”
Beverly High School – Sophia Hautala, Grade 11 “L’Echo de la Danseuse”
Billerica Memorial High School – Kayla Livingston, Grade 11, “One with Nature”
Bishop Fenwick High School – Megan Smilikis, Grade 12, “Plum Island House”
Burlington High School – Alegria Paez, Grade 12, “In My Room”
Danvers High School – Sadie Hofmeester, Grade 11, “Beached”
Hamilton-Wenham High School – Colin Cavanaugh, Grade 12, “238,900 Miles”
Homeschool – Emily Fabre, Grade 10, “From the Shadows”
Ipswich High School – Jack Bryce Homans, Grade 11, “Hidden Talent”
Landmark School – Kat Green, Grade 11, self portrait
Lynn English High School – Sarah Gilberg, Grade 11, “Neat Sneaks”
Lynnfield High School – Jakub Jablonka, Grade 12, “By Any Means Necessary”
Marblehead High School – Annabelle Walsh, Grade 11, “Ajak”
Masconomet Regional High School – Ella O’Connor, Grade 11, “Rope”Nazareth Academy – Jenny Huang, Grade 10, “Little Brother in China”
Newburyport High School – Caroline Crowley & Lauren Sirek, Grade 11, “Lauren Joiners”
North Andover High School – Vivian Gaul, Grade 11, “Band of Brothers Poster”
North Reading            – Thomas Wuorinen, Grade 11, “Drowning in the Moonlight”
Philips Academy – Serena X. Ren, Grade 10, “Self Portrait”
Pingree School – Jadakyz Lopez, Grade 11, “Untitled”
Saugus High School – Julia Frizzi, Grade 11, “Shiganshina”
Sparhawk High School – Christina Gemmell, Grade 11, “Tomas”
St. Mary’s High School – Thatiana Davidson, “Stroll of Wonders”
Triton Regional High School – Marissa Farago, Grade 11, “The Last of the Leaves”
Waring School – Emma Garthwaite, Grade 11, “Four Friends in Blind Countours”

Each winner will be presented with a citation from Congressman Moulton and varying levels of scholarships to Montserrat’s Summer Pre-College Program ( Emily Parker‘s grand prize winning piece will be sent to Washington, DC where it will hang in the Capitol building for one year along with winners from other Congressional districts across the country. A ceremony to congratulate all the winners will be held in Washington, DC in June.

For more information, visit or contact Jo Broderick at or 978-867-9613.

Montserrat College of Art is a private, residential college of visual art and design, founded in 1970, by artists, for artists, educating the creative problem solvers of tomorrow. The college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, continuing education classes and four galleries exhibiting works by international, national and regional contemporary artists, intended to offer art education beyond the Montserrat classrooms through a series of public lectures, gallery talks, catalogs and events.  Visit us for more details.

Dave Sag’s Blues Party To Host Scott Shetler @ The Rhumb LineTonight! 8:30 to 11:30pm 3.3.2016


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It was so much fun on Scott Shetler’s debut gig here a few months ago, that I couldn’t wait to get him back. So, here he is with his jewel-encrusted saxophone and his gooey vocals, comin’ at you full charge.


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He’s bringing’ along the King of Ashland, Mr. Pete Henderson on glitar and vocals. Also, the defrocked former drummer of Broomful ‘o Blues Mr. Ephraim Lowell. A groovy night for dancing. C U then!


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Lending A Hand

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Here’s Kay Ellis last August preparing to cast a line from the Thomas E Lannon after she escorted the visiting schooner Columbia into Gloucester Harbor. Kay will be so sorely missed by the entire Gloucester community. It was a privilege to have known her.  Deepest condolences to Tom, the whole Ellis family and all of Kay’s many friends and those whose lives she has touched.

The Rabbit Tried To Pay His Team’s Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Registration Fee In Pesos- No Es Bueno


Almost a month away! For More Info- 2016 Farm Bar and Grille/ GMG Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Tournament

imageITS BACK… just a few details to start. More will be posted as we get closer to game day. Registration is now open:

Email to have a registration form sent to you.

We will play through snow or light rain, but in the event of extreme weather there is a makeup date the next weekend. This is a double elimination team tournament, each team will have 5 players with a minimum of 2 women per team. We will be using basic team dodge ball rules with a few modifications for the outdoors and teams of 5.

Video of the 2012 event:

Video 2013 event:

Serious Question- Is this British Company that’s gonna give it’s female employees a week each month off for their period smart or not?

How do our local feminists feel about this?

Nichole’s Picks 3/5 + 3/6

Pick #1:  The Merrimack River Eagle Festival


Come to Newburyport and Amesbury on March 5 for a full day of free activities celebrating the return of our Bald Eagles!

Visit Eagle Hotspots    9:00 am–4:00 pm

Drive yourself! Naturalist guides will be onsite all day along the Merrimack River. Parking available. See map. All ages welcome.

Go on an Eagle Tour    9:00 am–2:00 pm

Let us drive you! Tours start every half hour and take 90 minutes to complete. Departure point: The Newburyport Chamber of Commerce. Advance registration required (978-462-9998). Adults and children age 6 and over. Suggested donation: $5.00 per person.

See a Raptor Show    10:00–11:00 am or 1:30–2:30 pm

Tom Ricardi of the Massachusetts Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Facility presents two educational programs at Newburyport City Hall featuring raptors great and small. First come, first served. Recommended for adults and children age 6 and over.

Pose for a Photo with a Raptor  11:15–11:45 am or 12:30–1:00 pm

Hunt’s Photo & Video will take your photo with a raptor for a $10 donation. to the Eagle Festival. Newburyport City Hall. Limited availability. Advance registration recommended (978-462-9998). Otherwise, first come, first served.

Have Fun with Your Family   10:00 am–3:00 pm

Have Fun with Your Family   10:00 am–3:00 pm

At the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters:

Family activities, arts and crafts, and more! Special features: Live owls from Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm (11:00 – 3:00).

At the Joppa Flats Education Center:

Family activities, arts and crafts, and more! Special feature: Live hawks from Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm (11:00 – 3:00).

Visit Plum Island  10:00 am–3:00 pm

Drive out to Plum Island for more wildlife viewing with the help of naturalist guides. At the north end of Northern Boulevard, see seals and sea ducks at the mouth of the Merrimack River. Or drive south on Sunset Drive into the Refuge (free entry if you’re there for Eagle Fest), then 2.5 miles farther to the North Pool Overlook to see wintering ducks and possibly a snowy owl.



Pick #2:  Maple Sugaring at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary 


Saturdays & Sundays: March 5, 6, 12, & 13

Tours at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm

Advanced Registration Required

Spring celebrations begin early at the sanctuary with the age-old tradition of maple sugaring. The warm days of late winter awaken the flow of sap in the maples, causing buds to swell and resulting in sweet-smelling, billowing clouds of steam rising from the sugarhouse.

On our naturalist-guided tours, learn how to identify a sugar maple, observe tapping and sap collection methods, watch the sap being boiled down in the sugarhouse, and get a sweet taste of the final product. Afterwards, warm up by the woodstove in the Barn, where hot beverages, hot dogs cooked in maple sap, and delicious soups and desserts made by our volunteers are available for purchase.

Visit our gift shop to browse a selection of maple products, and be sure to bring home a bottle of our own freshly-made maple syrup.

Tours last about an hour and run in all weather. Dress warmly and wear warm waterproof boots because the walk is entirely outdoors.

Pick #3:  Cape Ann Summer Program Fair

“Come join us at the 1st Annual Cape Ann Summer Program Fair hosted by Kestrel Educational Adventures. It will be held at the Get Outside Center on Sunday, March 6th 1:30-4:30.”

Read all about the Summer Program Fair HERE!


As always, please see our friends at North Shore Kid for a more comprehensive list of family activities.

We Lost One Of The Best Friend, Ambassador, Hearts In Our Community In The Loss Of Super FOB Kay Ellis Yesterday


There aren’t enough words to describe the generous, true spirited, genuinely lovely person that Kay is.  The world can use a bajillion more.  I’m not sure there were many others that left as many 100% positive impressions on every person they met as The Ellis Family has left through their work of passion on The Most Beautiful Boat In Gloucester Harbor, The Schooner Thomas E Lannon. We will miss her dearly.  Like I said, there are no words that can explain how perfect she was.  There’s no way you could duplicate her spirit.  Thank you Kay for all you’ve done for the community, the GMG community and my family.  We love you and miss you.

Our heartfelt condolences to Tom and The Ellis Family.

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Kay’s Obituary from son Brian-

Obituary for my mom:
Kay (Bonaventura) Ellis, 65, of Gloucester passed away at home on March 2, 2016 after a yearlong battle with ovarian cancer. Kay was the loving wife of Tom Ellis whom she shared 37 years of marriage.Kay was born in Beverly, MA on October 22, 1950 to the late Louis and Margaret (Larkin) Bonaventura.

Kay grew up in Beverly and graduated from Beverly High School in 1968. She studied at UMass Amherst and graduated in 1972 with a BA in Sociology. Kay spent most of her life in Gloucester.

Kay’s husband Tom always dreamed of building a schooner to help bring history alive and introduce tourist and locals alike to the amazing wonders of Gloucester. Tom was the dreamer, but Kay made it happen. In 1997, Kay and Tom sold their other businesses, borrowed every nickel they could, and built the Schooner Thomas E Lannon. For the last 17 years, every 5th grader in the City of Gloucester has come for a sail welcomed by Kay and Tom. She and Tom played host to many of the best parties in town.

Before owning the Schooner Lannon, Kay also co-owned Essex River Basin Adventures in Essex. Kay had previously been a reading teacher, Realtor, and worked for the Beverly Housing Authority.

Kay served the City of Gloucester and the Cape Ann community in many ways. She served on the West Parish and O’Maley School PTOs, the School Connection, the North of Boston CVB, and helped start the Discover Gloucester DMO.

Kay loved life. She and Tom often told their friends and sons that their goal was to have all the fun of retirement early. And so for the last 8 winters, they would drive a few thousand miles from Gloucester, MA to Driggs, ID. There, they would ski 80+ days every winter at Grand Targhee in Wyoming. Kay was always first on the chairlift in the morning for fresh powder. She would ski hard all day and then go cross-country skiing with her dog, Lucy in the afternoon while Tom read cowboy and pirate books. One of Kay’s favorite memories was taking her granddaughter Sydney skiing for the first time. She loved travel, skiing, horseback riding (she grew up riding at Pine Tree Equestrian Center in Beverly Farms), and most of all adventure.

Kay is survived by two sons, Heath J. and his wife Yvonne G. Ellis of Gloucester and Brian T. and his wife Malisa K. Ellis of Arlington. Kay is also survived by her grandchildren, Sydney K. Ellis and Eliza G. Ellis. Kay was the sister to the late Paul Bonaventura. Kay is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Kay’s celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the Gloucester House 63 Rogers Street, Gloucester, 6:00 pm. Relatives and close friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment will be in Dolliver’s Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Kay’s honor to “Turning the Tide Ovarian Retreat” which was a great encouragement to Kay in her last year. They should be sent to the
Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, Michael Reisman, director, PO BOX 322, Elsworth, Maine 04605
Please put IN HONOR OF KAY ELLIS in the memo line on the check.

— with Kay Ellis.


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Best Actress Play Midsize Nominee Amanda Collins and Best Supporting Actress Play Midsize Nominee Jennifer Ellis for Out of Sterno


Boston Critics Recognize Gloucester Stage Company’s 2015 Season

Non-Profit Theater Receives Nine IRNE Award Nominations


The Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) recently announced the nominees for the 20th Annual IRNE Awards. Gloucester Stage Company received a total of nine nominations for the 2015 season. The IRNE Awards honor the best of the previous year’s actors, directors, designers and companies across the full spectrum of large, midsize and fringe theater companies in the New England area.

The Gloucester Stage nominations include two for Deborah Zoe Laufer’sOut of Sterno: Best Actress-PlayMidsize: Amanda Collins; and Best Supporting Actress-Play-Midsize: Jennifer Ellis; two for Israel Horovitz’sGloucester Blue: Best New Play and Best Actor-Play-Midsize: Robert Walsh; one nomination for Enda Walsh’s The New Electric Ballroom:Best Supporting Actor-Play-Midsize: Derry Woodhouse and four nominations for Annie Baker’s The Flick: Best Play-Midsize; BestLighting Design: Russ Swift, Best Actor-Play-Midsize: Nael Nacer andBest Director-Play-Midsize: Bridget Kathleen O’Leary.