Bona Pasqua!

I hope all my GMG Friends Are Enjoying Their Easter Today!

I got an early Easter treat yesterday when I got to meet longtime GMG FOB Paula Ryan O’Brien from New York who has been with the blog since way back in the day-

Sharon Lowe Offers Up Prize For Winner Of What Zat Slideshow Game

Posted on November 29, 2008 by Joey C One comment Edit Post

From Sharon-

“Because it wasn’t clear that the What Zat? game was a slide show, I’m going to give the t-shirt to the first person who identified the Annisquam Lighthouse. It was Paula Ryan O’Brien.

She visited with sister Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz at the dock yesterday and we got to spend some nice time together!


Easter Sunday – The Resurrection


The Resurrection (22×28 mixed media on canvas)

Mary Magdalene, not a harlot or prostitute as many mistakenly believe her to have been, but one whom Jesus cast seven demons from, and who traveled with and provided for Jesus and the apostles out of her means, is the first person the resurrected Jesus appears to. She encounters the angel in His tomb, sitting where his body had been lain after his death. Then Jesus appears to her.

John 20:1-18

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “my great master”).

Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them the things he had said to her.

John 11:25-26

Jesus said to her (Mary, Lazarus’ sister, not Magdalene), “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is come into the world.”

E.J. Lefavour

Get Crackin’…Egg Hunt Throw Back

Happy, Happy Easter!

I know that I have totally used these photos in another post here on GMG, but they are my all-time favorite Easter photos ever.  This kid kills me.  Finn turned the lovely and charming Rockport Egg Hunt into some crazy rugby inspired grudge match.  When the leader of the egg hunt said, “Ready, set, go” he took off all Ninja Warrior from one end of the field, clear down to the other, and back again.  He slowed down long enough to grab just one little egg.  I have absolutely no idea what was going through his head, but I laugh and laugh every time I see these pics.

Sista’s Grilled Lamb Chops with Creamy Dill Cucumber Dipping Sauce (Joey Says This May Be The Tastiest Thing He’s Ever Eaten)


Are you still looking for recipe ideas for your Easter Feast? Look no further…Trust me on this one!

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I just placed my order for lamb chops with the meat department manager at the Gloucester Crossings Market Basket…he highly recommends calling your Lamb Chop order in early today. Market Basket Lamb Chops $19.99 lb.,Danvers Butchery $24.99, and BJ Wholesale Club $16.99 Yes they are expensive but so worth it …

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Grilled Lamb Chops with Creamy Dill Cucumber Dipping Sauce

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This recipe was created several years ago, on a whim, using ingredients I had on hand in my pantry. The combination of flavors from the herbed marinated grilled chops are perfectly balanced with the Creamy Dill Cucumber Dipping Sauce. To say they are incredibly tasty is a huge understatement! These Grilled Lamb Chops have become the highlight of our Easter meal. I guarantee that they will disappear from the serving platter in minutes, and strongly recommend setting some aside for yourself if your the one cooking Easter Dinner!

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Sista Felicia’s Annual Easter Bunny Cookie Night “Pupa Con L’Uova”




GMG contributor Bridget Mathews (Center) hands out Easter Bunny shapped Cookie Dough during last’s night annual baking event!


105 Esster Bunny Cookies were baked decorated and packaged up for Easter Sunday! IMG_7825Comere Andrea Carlson and Cousin Eleanor Tucker carefully securing their dyed eggs onto their cookies!


It’s become tradition that I treat my St. Joseph Novena “Cumnaries” to a night of baking the Italian Easter Classic Cookie “Pupa Con L’Uova.” My way of saying thank you for their support, commitment, and countless hours of hard work they put into helping me with all things related to hosting a St. Joseph novena.  This year a few days into the novena “Coconut” Our family dog took ill and was literally on her death bed by St. Patricks Day. Coconut underwent a four and half hour emergency gallblater surgery, her veterinary surgon didnt think she’d survive. To say our family was devested and in distress is an understatment. A group of my Noveana “Cumnares” and girlfriends realized the severity of Coconuts situation and decided together to put their own lives on hold and take over doing everything needed to complete all 9 rosaries and this years open house St. Joseph Feast. Each went above & beyond to help me keep my promise to st. Joseph, and I’ll be forever greatful! 

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Good Morning Gloucester Questionnaire With Our EJ:

Paulie Walnuts reminded me that since we’ve had some new contributors that we should recirculate the GMG Questionnaire.

Here’s Our EJ’s-


How long have you lived in Gloucester? 5-1/2 years

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?  All are beautiful, but I have to pick summer

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”? Not really secret, but Brace Cove, and the place we who knew her call Evelyn’s Point.

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?  I seldom eat pizza, but I like Sebastian’s.

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?  I don’t eat subs, but if I were going to, I would probably go to Virgilio’s because I love their bread so much

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?  A picnic at Niles Beach (or Oakes Cove) at sunset would be nice.

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester? Don’t really go to bars

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester? Sailor Stan’s

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester? Beaux Arts Ball and Schooner Festival

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?  Beach

Who is your favorite local artist? Because I know and love many of them, it isn’t possible to pick a favorite.

Which is your favorite local beach? Niles because I can walk to it, and it generally isn’t crowded; but Good Harbor is even better.

Who has the best chowder in town? Causeway

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?  I didn’t know there was another local blog.

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?  Love both, but at The Causeway, my favorite is fish.

What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?  Never got to one

What is your favorite local band? We have many great local bands, but I love Soul Rebel Project.

What about Gloucester sets it apart from anywhere else?  Too many things to list.  There is no place anywhere like Gloucester.  A few things though are its incredible natural beauty, its realness, the amazing community, more breakfast spots that any place I’ve ever been, and the almost unfathomable number of creative/talented/gifted people crammed into this small area.

Thanks, Joey