Art Garfunkel & Savoy Brown — Right Down the Road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre This Weekend

Tickets are still available to both Larcom Theatre concerts this weekend featuring two legendary performers:

Tomorrow (SAT) at 8pm, British Blues Pioneer Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown celebrate 50 years and more than 5,000 rockin’ shows from the Royal Albert Hall to Carnegie Hall to the Fillmore East and West and now Beverly’s Larcom Theatre!  In this interview, Kim Simmonds tells Blake Maddux of the Beverly Citizen, “I’m bringing a guest vocalist in for a few songs. It will be a quite different show that people might never see again.”  GET TICKETS HERE.  Savoy Brown’s “Tell Mama” was featured on HBO’s hit series Vinyl.

Then on Sunday at 6pm you can experience the magic of an intimate evening with one of popular music’s most revered icons, Art Garfunkel, who brings his astounding performance to the gorgeous, acoustically stellar Larcom Theatre.  There are still a few tickets left, with the best available seats being in the Balcony (remember the last row of the Larcom’s balcony is only 60 feet from the stage).  GET THEM HERE.

PRETTIEST ROBIN’S NEST (and crabapple, too)!

Robin's Nest copyright Kim SmithThis beautiful Robin’s nest is located at the lovely home of the Del Vecchio family. Daughter Clara noticed that a sprig of lavender was used in nest building so they left out some colorful bits of yarn. The Robins built the nest atop a rolled up rug that was left standing beside their well-trafficked front door. Mama Robin doesn’t seem to mind a bit the constant comings and goings of the household. I’ve seen robins build nests in some crazy places, but this has to take the cake!

Thank you to Michele for allowing me to come and film what has to be the world’s most charming Robin’s nest!

Update on the Robin’s nest: Sadly, Michele reports that the nest was knocked over and the eggs have been scavenged. In our region, Robins typically have several broods and often use the same nest, so perhaps the nest can become reestablished.

pink flowering crabapple tree copyright Kim SmithDel Vecchio’s crabapple in full glorious bloom! 

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This Week’s Special Guest on “Keeping it Real Estate with Attorney Rick Carter and comedian Tony V”

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Tune in to FM104.9 this Saturday from 9-9:30 am to hear ABC Home Healthcare Professionals’ CFO Joan Lepore on the radio with “Keeping it Real Estate with Attorney Rick Carter and comedian Tony V”. You will definitely be entertained!


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Did You Know? Sterling Hayden

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That Sterling Hayden (1916-1986) was a famous actor from the 1940’s-1970’s, who stayed on Rocky Neck for a time and liked to eat at Sailor Stan’s, where he sat in the middle booth?  Rocky Neck artist, L.A. Dahlmer, recalls sitting across from Hayden at the popular Rocky Neck breakfast spot. Hayden returned to Gloucester in 1983 for the release of Joseph Garland’s book Down to the Sea: The Fishing Schooners of Gloucester, the introduction of which he had written.

I just love this quote from Sterling Hayden’s book: Wanderer: “To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea… cruising it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.

‘I’ve always wanted to sail to the South Seas, but I can’t afford it.’  What these men can’t afford is not to go.  They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of security. And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine – and before we know it our lives are gone.

What does a man need – really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in – and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That’s all – in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, and preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade.

The years thunder by, the dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed. Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?”

He dropped out of school at 16 to go to sea and ended up in Gloucester, where he worked as a Grand Banks fisherman and learned the art of sailing. He was mate on Irving Johnson’s Yankee on its noted circumnavigation in 1937. He was navigator on the Essex-built schooner Gertrude L. Thebaud under Captain Ben Pine in the 1938 Fisherman’s Cup races v. the Canadian schooner Bluenose. Partly due to the intense media coverage of those races, he was discovered by the press: his photo in the Boston Post captioned “Thebaud Sailor Like Movie Idol” led to modeling opportunities in New York and a call from Paramount Pictures. After captaining a voyage to Tahiti, he signed with Paramount in 1941. The blonde, 6-foot, 5-inch actor thrilled audiences in some 60 films. Dubbed the “Beautiful Blond Viking God” by Paramount Pictures, he is best known for his roles as General Jack D. Ripper in “Dr. Strangelove” (1964), for which he was nominated by BAFTA as “Best Foreign Actor”. Other noted roles were a corrupt cop in “The Godfather” (1972), Roger Wade in “The Long Goodbye” (1973), Leo Dalco in Bertolucci’s “Novecento” (1976), and a comedic turn as the CEO in “Nine to Five” (1980). He often expressed his dislike for acting, stating that he only acted to pay for his sailing. Utilizing his love for the sea and knowledge of sailing, he also authored the best-selling 1976 work “Voyage: A Novel of 1896”. He was married three times with six children, and died of prostate cancer.  Hayden was a genuine adventurer and man of action, not dissimilar from many of his movie parts.

This is a repost of an old Did You Know post from years ago that I recently came across. His words, and the fact that he liked Sailor Stan’s, needed to shared again.

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Ringo Tarr Productions, LLC is proud to announce Gloucester’s first annual Gloucester Country Fest.

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Join us as Cassadee Pope takes the stage, along with the Houston Bernard Band and the Southern City Band.  Bring a blanket and enjoy some sun and ocean views along with good food and cold beer.  
The show will take place on July 30, 2016 at Stage Fort Park, located at 24 Hough Ave., Gloucester, MA.  Gates will open at 11:00am and the show will begin at 12:00pm.  All tickets are general admission and will go on sale May 13, 2016.  Tickets may be purchased in advance for $30.00 or at the gate for $35.00.  For more information on the event, including ticket sales and parking information, visit The show will run from 12:00-5:30. We will be publishing the schedule of artists next week

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The Faces of The Empty Bowl

It was another successful Empty Bowl dinner last night with a record breaking 1136 people in attendance which made The Open Door $52,140.00!   Neil and I were there to shoot the event (a date night for us lol!) and had fun catching up with lots of familiar faces and meeting some new ones!  Enjoy the faces of The Empty Bowl!BLM_8555-Edit

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“Improve Your Dad Brand”

Are minivans the new Dad Mobile?  Maybe.

The all new Chrysler Pacifica is going strong by using comedian, Jim Gaffigan, in their latest series of commercials.  Pretty funny, and kind of brilliant, if you ask me.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan essentially became famous making jokes about fatherhood and the qualms that come along with it, making him the perfect candidate to sell the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica to skeptical dads all over North America.

In Chrysler’s first official TV spot for the Pacifica, Gaffigan explains how the minivan is ‘great for your dad brand.’ He makes a good point, seeing as the minivan has for years now been the go-to vehicle for families and the 2017 Pacifica is the safest and most well-equipped Chrysler minivan to date.


SailGHS Goes Undefeated

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SailGHS has had a spectacular year, capping off 2016,undefeated, with a win against Concord Academy on Wednesday. Our crews arer ;Austin Monell with Stephen Young, Sarah Jacklin with Isabel Gleckner (Captain) and Jeremy McCauley with Amanda Budrow. The Finish Line Committee is Lucy Garberg, Sophia Lopez, Kerry McNally and Olivia Lopez.
There is some post season action coming up,time and place TBD once all the teams have completed their commitments. I will keep you updated.

Nicole Dahlmer installation is featured at Lesley University College of Art Design this month

Lesley University College of Art and Design group show features Gloucester artist Nicole Dahlmer’s installation Inheritance.  Pauline Bresnahan sent photos from the reception. Congratulations, Nicole!


2016 Photography Thesis Exhibitions

  • Lesley University College of Art and Design
  • Lunder Arts Center, 1801 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA
  • through May 31, 2016 







2016 Gloucester Citizenship Awards Ceremony

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The public is warmly invited to attend the 2016 Gloucester Citizenship Awards Ceremony Sunday, May 22 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the sanctuary of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Middle and Church Streets, Gloucester MA.

Each May the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church recognizes the work of individuals throughout the Gloucester community who give of themselves for the common good without thought of remuneration or recognition. It is celebration of civic pride and a reminder that each of us can make a difference.

This year’s awards recipients include Pauline Bresnahan, Ellie Cummings, Nome Graham, George Hackford, Charles Nazarian, Patti Page, Save Our Shores Gloucester, Peter Souza, Dolores Talbot, and Alice and Mike Wheeler.Citizens Awards

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Beeman Elementary PTO Online Auction!

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Beeman Elementary PTO Online Auction!

Check out the fabulous items in the Beeman online auction May 14-29.  Our feature is the beautiful Adirondack chairs hand-crafted by GHS carpentry shop and hand-painted by our Beeman school students.  Other items include a week at Camp Spindrift, ice cream or bowling with a Teacher, an American Girl doll, a Stoli snowboard, Captain Bill’s whale watch tickets, and a birthday party at the fire station, just to name a few.

Please help support our students by bidding on these amazing items! To see and/or bid on these items please visit the site below.  Thank you!

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