East Gloucester Elementary School Presents William Shakespeare’s The Tempest!

There are four shows:

Friday, April 1st at 7:00p

Saturday, April 2nd at 11:00a
Saturday, April 2nd at 7:00p
Monday, April 4th at 6:00p
These shows always sell out, so get your tickets now!  Contact cat.barbagallo@comcast.net for info.
Martin Del Vecchio

Rum Raisin Sweet Bread Pudding



Sometimes the best recipes are created with holiday leftovers! 


Rum Raisin Sweet Bread Pudding!



Having fun in the kitchen this week creating new recipes using Easter Dinner Leftovers! Yesterday a delicious Cream of Roasted Veggie Soup made from a Roasted Veggie medley Kate made, and today Grilled Lamb , Artichoke and Roasted Red Pepper Salad was made with a leftover grilled lamb and artichokes! I encourage you to serve your leftovers in a more exciting fashion this week rather than the usually re-heat and serve it again we all seem to be guilty of more often than not! 

       Rum Raisin Sweet Bread Pudding 


1 Cup golden raisins

½ cup Malibu Rum

1/2 cup hot water

12 cups Sweet bread torn or cubed into 1-2 inch pieces 

3-4 extra lg eggs 

5-6 egg yolks

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 

2 teaspoon rum flavoring

¾ cup granulated sugar 

½ cup dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon fresh ground cinnamon, plus 1 teaspoon for top before baking

3 ½ cups half & half

1 tablespoon butter 

1 Soak raisins in Malibu rum & hot water for 10 minutes, strain liquid; reserve 

2 place bread in large mixing bowl; add soaked & strained raisins 

3 whisk eggs, egg yolks,half & half, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, pure vanilla extract, and Rum flavoring together 

4 Butter 12” round round dish 

5 pour egg mixture over bread, using clean hands or large spoon toss well, transfer to prepared baking dish; sprinkle top with 1 teaspoon cinnamon 

6 bake in preheated 350 degree oven 25-30 min

7 serve warm with scoop of Vanilla Ice cream

Note~ I’m not a big fan of super “eggy”Bread Pudding, if you prefer a more eggy version simply add 4 extra large eggs & 6 egg yolks( I used 3 & 5 and I found it to be perfectly pleasing to mytastbuds! ) 


Grilled Lamb Roasted Red Pepper & Artichoke Salad 



Mystery at Loblolly Cove


Don’t you love the sound of the word loblolly? I am curious as to why Loblolly Cove is called as such. There is the Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda) but that is a species that grows in the the southern United States. Nautically speaking, loblolly refers to a thick gruel served on ships. Geographically, in some southern US dialects, a loblolly is a mire or mudhole. Loblolly Cove is neither of these. Perhaps the namer of Loblolly Cove just liked the name. To me, it sounds like the perfect setting for a mystery novel, the kind you read when a kid on summer vacation – “Mystery at Loblolly Cove.”

Scenes from around Loblolly Cove

Cardinal Loblolly Cove rockport Kim SmithSing Your Heart Out Fella!

Common Eider juveniles Kim SmithYou may have noticed odd-looking Common Eiders on our shores lately. They are juvenile males. It takes several years for the adult male to develop his distinctive black and white wing pattern.

Common Eiders Bufflehead Kim SmithAdult Male and Female Common Eider with Male Bufflehead in Flight





Here and There

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Here and There


When I was a kid, I spent my summers

near my grandfather’s farm in Port Benjamin,

in upstate New York. Port Ben wasn’t a port

anymore, not since 1900 when

the train replaced the D & H canal.


Anyway, the Rondout Creek ran near our house

and provided a great place to play, fish,

swim and have adventures that are with me

sharp and clear after more than sixty years.


To get to the creek, we had to cross a

hayfield, which, if recently mowed, was tough

on our bare feet , climb down the creek bank on

a rickety staircase and cross the muddy

bottom land on a wobbly wooden walk.


Here’s the point. While walking Atlantic Street

the other day, as in a foggy dream,

I found that old boardwalk spread over the

flooded soggy salt marsh, no doubt trod by

kids with sixty years of adventures remembered.


© Marty Luster 2011

Encore, first posted December 11, 2011.

Cape Ann Forum Presents



Time to step back & rethink our engagement

National security expert Stephen Walt will tackle the question of whether the United States should keep trying to manage the rivalries and conflicts in the Middle East at a free Cape Ann Forum at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 3 at Gloucester City Hall. His talk will be followed by a question-and-answer period moderated by popular journalist and radio commentator Christopher Lydon, the featured speaker at a 2014 forum on the future of global media.


Walt’s answer to the question: An emphatic “no”. He argues that repeated efforts by presidents of both parties to meddle in the Middle East have failed, and it’s time to pull back and reassess, recognizing what we can and cannot realistically achieve.

“The Middle East today is riven by a series of overlapping conflicts along multiple fault lines, driven in good part by protracted government failures and exacerbated by misguided outside meddling,” says Walt. “When things are this bad, the need to rethink the entire U.S. approach to the region is hard to escape.”

Walt, who calls himself a “realist” in foreign policy, has little patience with interventionists on both sides of the aisle, criticizing “liberal hawks” and “neocons” in equal measure.

“The Islamic State wouldn’t exist if the neocons hadn’t led us blindly into Iraq, and Iran would have less reason to contemplate getting nuclear weapons if it hadn’t watched the United States throw its weight around in the region and threaten it directly with regime change,” he says.

But Walt is scathing, too, in his criticism of Democrats who supported the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya only to see the subsequent collapse of that country and the rise of the Islamic State there, and he dismisses U.S. attempts to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians while doubling as Israel’s “strategic ally” as contradictory and bound to fail.

“Instead of acting like a hyperactive juggler dashing between a dozen spinning plates, maybe the best course is to step back even more than we have already,” he says.

But Walt, who situates his thinking within the “realism” tradition of people like George Kennan, Hans Morgenthau, Reinhold Niebuhr and Walter Lippmann, insists he is not an isolationist: “Realists believe military power is essential to preserving a state’s independence and autonomy, but they recognize it is a crude instrument that often produces unintended consequences.

“Realists believe nationalism and other local identities are powerful and enduring; states are mostly selfish; altruism is rare; trust is hard to come by; and norms and institutions have a limited impact on what powerful states do. In short, realists have a generally pessimistic view of international affairs and are wary of efforts to remake the world according to some ideological blueprint, no matter how appealing it might be in the abstract.”

Stephen Walt, who returns to the Cape Ann Forum for the second time, is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professsor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He previously taught at Princeton University and the University of Chicago, where he served as Master of the Social Science Collegiate Division and Deputy Dean of Social Sciences. His 2012 Forum on “The Twilight of the American Era” drew more than 100 people and sparked a vigorous discussion.

Walt has been a resident associate of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace, a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, and a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he has consulted for the Institute of Defense Analyses, the Center for Naval Analyses, and the National Defense University. He now serves on the editorial boards of Foreign Policy, Security Studies, International Relations, and the Journal of Cold War Studies, and he is co-editor of the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs.

The outspoken professor wrote The Origins of Alliances (1987), which received the 1988 Edgar S. Furniss National Security Book Award. He is also the author of Revolution and War (1996), Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy (2005), and, with co-author John Mearsheimer, The Israel Lobby (2007), which generated considerable debate for its critical view of the lobby’s influence in Washington.

This will be the 93rd Cape Ann Forum since the organization was founded after the 2001 terrorist attacks to increase public awareness of international issues and stimulate discussion and debate. The last event of the Forum’s 2015/2016 season features West Point grad and career-officer-turned-security-analyst Andrew Bacevich at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 15, on the challenges the U.S. faces on the global stage in the years ahead: “Why the U.S. keeps losing wars (but fights them anyway).”

For more information, go to the Forum’s website at www.capeannforum.org.

AJ’s At The Harbor First Look On www.capeanneats.com

More Cape Ann Dining News-


AJ’s At The Harbor is set for a soft opening this weekend and then opening next Tuesday for good.  I spoke with AJ Gianakakis about the theme, the special menu items and more in this video-

The location is 23 East Main Street, Gloucester MA (The Former Location of Mooters, LaRosas, Cacciatores)

Click photos to enlarge menus-

Check out the Facebook page for more info here- https://www.facebook.com/AJsHarbor/


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We just put tickets on sale to the public for our Roomful of Blues Cruise on Sunday, May 29 aboard the Beauport Princess Cruise Ship and they’re already selling fast.

Last year every one of our concert cruises sold out and it looks like this one will too.  Please don’t wait … and then call asking us to break Coast Guard rules to let you on board a full ship.

GET YOUR TICKETS RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOWWe hate saying “No” to people we know on concert day!

What? You’ve never been aboard the Beauport Princesss Cruise ship?  Well you’re in for a treat: The ship has 2 fully-enclosed decks with dance floors plus an open-air top deck.

We offer theatre seating on the first deck, tables on the second deck and couches on the top deck.  Your ticket includes complementary light snacks, plus there are three full-service cash bars with beer, wine and top-shelf liquor.

Can you imagine a better way to kick off summer than partying with 5-time Grammy nominated national touring stars while cruising historic, gorgeous Gloucester Harbor!  Here’s a taste of how much fun we had last year:

Grant Circle has it’s own rules


The great Rotary debate.  I know what the rules are for driving around a rotary but my kids and I had a conversation about how Gloucester’s Grant Circle has it’s own set of rules.   So I’m wondering what everyone does when they drive on Washington St. from Friendly’s over to Washington St. heading toward the hospital.   What lane are you in when you start?  If you are in the right hand lane, you are typically only supposed to head up the extension, but most people in that lane are heading to the 2nd exit up Washington.   If you are in the left lane and head up to the 2nd exit up Washington then you are playing drag race with the guy who is trying to beat you there.   So here’s a quick poll on your driving habits because inquiring minds want to know!  Safe travels!

Flowers in a Pinch

While I’m not proud of waiting until near to the last minute….it was only because I knew that I could score some really nice, fresh flowers on Easter morning by stopping at Shaw’s.

There are absolutely some local florists that I love and when looking for something really special I always head to one of them.  That having been said, when looking for a simple bouquet, I always have great luck at Shaw’s.  I really do.

So, on Easter morning…actually like 12:00/noon time….I stopped by, selected three different bunches of flowers, and asked the really nice young girl working the flower counter to make two arrangements by combining them.

It took all of five minutes and, if you ask me, they were perfect.  To quote her, the little bouquets were “simple and sophisticated.”  And, they were.  When packaged in classic brown paper and a simple little ribbon they were totally charming.

Total cost for both:  $24.   I left totally wishing I had made a 3rd so I could bring one home to my own house….but, then realized the puppy would have eaten it anyway.





The Seaside Garden Club is pleased to present Chip Osborne’s Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care program on Tuesday, April 12th at the Manchester Community Center.  Doors open at 7:00 pm for social time and program begins promptly at 7:30 pm. Special for this month only – Members’ spouses/significant others are invited to attend at no charge! All are welcome. Guests $5. Light refreshments will be served.
In this presentation Chip Osborne will discuss some compelling reasons why we should consider a natural approach to lawn care.  Public health, children’s health, storm-water runoff, and water quality issues are all reasons why we should begin to reduce our dependence on synthetic and chemical products to grow our lawns and gardens. His approach will be to share the mission of pesticide reduction and elimination through an “Awareness Through Education” program.  Armed with sound information about these products, we can then make informed decisions about how we choose to take care of our properties. Chip will then present “Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care”©, a detailed approach to a natural lawn care program.  Basic steps will be outlined and explained in a common sense approach.  The basic premise of this lawn care program is a threefold systems approach that he has developed after years of study. It is a Systems Approach to Natural Turf Management™ that includes 1) A basic understanding of soil biology, (an acknowledgement that the soil is very much alive). 2) The proper use of natural, organic products as indicated by soil testing. 3) Specific and sound cultural practices. This will be explained so that the do-it-yourself-er will be able to care for the lawn or so that the homeowner can convey their wishes to their landscape contractor.  The information in this presentation is also a very good introduction to natural lawn care for the landscape contractor.  The presentation will also address what we can do at the municipal level to reduce our negative impact on human health and the environment by the continued use of synthetic products to maintain our public spaces.
Charles “Chip” Osborne, Jr., founder and President of Osborne Organics, LLC, has over 10 years experience in creating safe, sustainable and healthy athletic fields and landscapes through natural turf management, and 35 years experience as a professional horticulturist. As a wholesale and retail nurseryman, he has first hand experience with the pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides routinely used in landscape and horticultural industry. Personal experience led him to believe there must be a safer way to grow plants. His personal investigation, study of conventional and organic soil science practices, and hands-on experimentation led him to become one of the country’s leading experts on growing sustainable, natural turf. Along the path to greening his own industry practices, Chip became a regular lecturer for the Northeast Organic Farming Association, a board member of Beyond Pesticides, Chairman of the Marblehead, Massachusetts’ Recreation and Parks Department, and speaker nationwide on the topic of turf management for athletic fields and landscapes. He speaks to a wide audience of sports field professionals, state and municipal agencies, and community groups. In 1998 Chip and Pat Beckett, co-founded The Living Lawn Project in Marblehead, MA, one of the country’s first natural lawn demonstration sites. It is a nationally-recognized, living example that beautiful, healthy grass can be grown without the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.  He remains a dedicated environmental activist speaker for communities wanting to learn about why and how to change their town policies.  Visit Osborne Organics website: http://www.osborneorganics.com/
Chip Osborne
Membership is now open for the 2016/2017 season (still on $25 for the entire season)! The Seaside Garden Club meets the 2nd Tuesday of the Month (September through June) and are always looking for new members.  Visit our blog https://seasidegardenclub.wordpress.com/


Save Our Shores Gloucester is raising money to purchase and protect the four lots on the Back Shore that had been threatened by development.
We need to raise $100,000 by April 12th in order to protect this land.  We are well on our way to that goal, but we need your help to get there.
Thank you for your support!
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Cape Ann Theatre Collaborative presents "Blithe Spirit"

Cape Ann Theatre Collaborative presents “Blithe Spirit

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Martini and Séance anyone? Blithe Spirit tells the story of
novelist Charles Condomine, a suave & dapper charmer,
who contacts the lovable & outlandish medium  Madame Arcati,
to conduct a séance, as he needs material  for his new book “The Unseen.”

As a result of the séance, Charles gets more than he bargained for,
when his deceased first wife, the ‘morally untidy’ Elvira, returns from the dead
to make mischief & create havoc with Charles & his rather staid,
& boring marriage to his second wife, the uptight & domineering Ruth.

What follows is a madcap, wildly frolicsome adventure,
full of aristocratic banter and brittleness, & a  prickly menage a trois.
Of course, Blithe Spirit enchants not only because of the otherworldly plot,
but the playwright’s diamond-sharp wit.


8 performances:

Thursday March 31st – Opening Night @ 7:30 pm

Friday April 1st & Saturday April 2nd @ 7:30 pm

Sunday April 3rd @ 3 pm

Friday April 8th & Saturday April 9th @ 7:30 pm

Sunday April 10th @ 3 pm


$20 general admission

Door sales cash/check only

Reserve at CatCollab@gmail.com

Buy tickets online at http://capeanntheatrecollaborative.com/