The sliding lock top on my mom’s 30 oz double walled stainless tumbler in an action video-

So many people telling me they can’t find the link.

So here it is- The worlds greatest invention that everyone I know who got one absolutely loves theirs and can’t believe they’ve lived this long without-

Here’s the link to get one with two different style lids, one open and one with a locking lid- Buy it on Amazon by clicking this link $16.99

They are just like the YETI ones that sell for three times as much and only give you the one non-locking lid. $16.99 is like stealing this 30 oz tumbler!




A wonderful celebration of locally caught fish and fisherman, local produce and farmers, and top notch local chefs



Mayor Sefatia teaching Lt. Governor Karyn Polito about Sicilian eggplant, with Angela Sanfilippo

Who Fishes Matters

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market and Seafood Throwdown and last night’s competition did not disappoint. Local chefs Eric Lorden, owner of Passports Restaurant, and Danielle Glantz of Pastaio Via Corta joined forces (dubbing themselves the Center Street Chefs) to compete against David Gauvin of Addison Gilbert Hospital and Todd Shopkowski of SnapChef.

The mystery fish, revealed moments before the competition began, was caught by Al Cottone, Captain of the Sabrina Maria. Fresh, whole, beautiful and fabulous whiting, alternately named Silver Hake, was presented to the chefs and off they went through the market shopping for farm fresh local ingredients. With only fifteen minutes to shop and an hour to prepare, the race was on!

Celebrity and very special guests included Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante, Gloucester Fisherman’s Wives Association President Angela Sanfilippo, former Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk (now the Deputy Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office), lobsterman Mark Ring, author and Gloucester Times food writer Heather Atwood, and Maria and Sal DiStefano. DSCF0277

DSCF0247Throwdown Judges 


Judge Beatrix Brosnihan and Lara Lepionka

Seafood Throwdown Gloucester 2016 Al cottone Mark Ring copyright Kim SmithLobsterman Mark Ring and Fisherman Al Cottone

Seafood Throwdown Gloucester 2016 -Karyn Polito Carolyn Kirk copyright Kim Smith

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Carolyn Kirk
DSCF0172Daniele chopping squash blossoms for the pasta

DSCF0406Mayor Sefatia and Angela Sanfilippo frying whiting for their cooking demonstration

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Call For Help Bears Fruit

A few days ago I asked for help in uncovering photos or other information regarding the old “muster field”or fields described in Catherine’s post of August 16. There has been a vigorous response to my request, including suggestions for the location of the civil war field and theories regarding the possible colonial era field.

The jackpot was hit when Jude Seminara sent me photos of the inscriptions in granite described in the 1954 essay contained in the August 16 post. Obviously, the location of these carvings is known to Jude and others, but without the owner’s permission, I feel I shouldn’t publicly disclose that information.

The inscriptions are described in the 1954 essay as follows:

At the extreme end on a flat smooth ledge there is the record of at least one company of soldiers who trained there. Carved in the granite and still in good condition is the insignia of a crossed cannon, musket and sabre. Below are the letters “D. L. I.,” which I found afterwards stood for “Danvers Light Infantry,” then the letters “M. V. M.,” standing for “Massachusetts Volunteer Militia” and then “Co. C 17th Regiment, Capt. Fuller, 1861.”

On another smooth ledge adjoining are numerous initials, presumably of some of the men who camped there. The growth of the moss and lichens on the granite show conclusively that the carving was made on or about the year indicated, 1861.

Here are Jude’s photos. As you can see, some are hard to decipher.Try matching them against the written description contained in the essay.






Many thanks to Jude for sharing these photos. He and I are planning an autumn excursion into the Old Thompson Road area to search for other relics, perhaps even discover the location of the circa 18th century training field mentioned in the article and supported by entries in town records.



Join us for the 8th Annual Cape Ann Brewing Hop Picking Party on Thursday the 25th!

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Join us this coming Thursday as we harvest the hops we’ve been growing on-site at the pub and around the North Shore. Help us pick a mess of cascade & nugget hops. Fill a bucket and get a free Cape Ann Brewing pint glass!

We’ll use these hops in our Brew The Charles entry, our Homeport Pale Ale. We’re also pulling out our “Hopulator” and will load it up that night for some freshly infused beers. We’ll have live music, a homebrew seminar and, of course, great beer!

20160818_120432These hops, grown on-site at the Pub at Cape Ann Brewing, along with other locally sourced hops will be harvested and picked.

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This Weekend in the Arts

Instameet at the Cape Ann Museum
An afternoon of photographic exploration.

 The Cape Ann Museum is hosting an Instameet inspired by the special exhibition Design/Build: The Drawings of Phillips and Holloran, Architects on Saturday, August 20 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Participants will meet at the Museum to take a peek at the exhibition and receive a guide of the city before setting out into the surrounding neighborhoods. Instagrammers are bound to find unusual examples of architecture within America’s oldest seaport—doors of historic homes, reflections in windows, docked ships with fishermen and unique light bouncing off the ocean.

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Following some exploration and picture-taking, everyone will reconvene in the Museum’s courtyard at about 4:30 p.m. to review the day’s findings, comment on the event and share contact information. Come meet new people, share opinions, celebrate creativity and explore a city that has inspired artists for centuries.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information please call (978)283-0455 x10 or email





Among North Shore Arts Association’s many exciting educational opportunities this 2016 season is popular Marblehead artist and teacher Mark Shasha’s  “Capturing the Living Landscape”, a plein air Oil Workshop to be held on Saturday August 20 & Sunday, August 21, 10AM – 4PM.

Drawing on his thirty years of experience, award winning Shasha will share his insights to help you tackle the problems and challenges of plein air oil painting.   He will address issues of composition, using traditional materials, and methods to help you conquer the challenges and reap the rewards of capturing the natural color, light and mood of a landscape on canvas.

The North Shore Arts Association’s galleries are open, free to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, Noon to 5 PM.

More information on all North Shore Arts Association events is available by visiting  their website at, and by email at, or by telephone 978 283-1857.



NORTH SHORE ARTS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES ITS ANNUAL FUNDRAISING AUCTION GALA, this year entitled the “ARTISTS AND SCHOLARS AUCTION,” offered in collaboration with the Gloucester Education Foundation.  Along with Guest Auctioneers Mayor of Gloucester, Sefatia Romeo Theken, State Senator Bruce Tarr and GEF Trustee Sarah Grow, Michael Grogan of Grogan & Company Boston will be the Auctioneer.

Date: Saturday, August 20.  Doors open at 5:00 PM.

All Auction lots are available to view now at the NSAA gallery.  All lots will be posted online soon.  Tickets available online and at the NSAA.

The “Artists and Scholars Auction” Gala will offer an evening of fine wine, sumptuous appetizers and the exciting opportunity to bid on works of fine art as well as an intriguing selection of exciting goods and services, all with the added benefit of supporting Cape Ann’s Artists and Scholars!

As part of the NSAA’s  “Art In Action – Connecting Communities” initiative, this year’s Annual Fundraising Auction is in collaboration with the Gloucester Education Foundation with the purpose of benefiting both organizations.  The GEF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support Gloucester Public Schools by offering programs to students that encourage the realization of GEF’s core values:  Leadership, Integrity, Creating a Culture of Excellence and Community Engagement. North Shore Arts Association is honored to support the Gloucester Education Foundation by donating a portion of  the  proceeds.

The North Shore Arts Association’s galleries are open, free to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, Noon to 5 PM.

More information on all North Shore Arts Association events is available by visiting  their website at, and by email at, or by telephone 978 283-1857.




From the Great Lakes to Gloucester
~ Paintings by Christian Sullivan ~

Ten Pound Island, Gloucester, oil, 36 x 48″, 2016.

Christian Sullivan is a Gloucester High School graduate and went on to play football and major in Art History at Bowdoin College. He is a prolific painter who wields a full brush will sprezzatura.

August 21-24, 2016
Cornelius Sullivan Gallery
77 Rocky Neck Avenue Gallery #6 
Gloucester, MA 01930

Opening Reception
August 21st, 2016, 2-6 p.m.
Wine, Cocktails, and Hors d’Oeuvres

Can’t make it?
Visit the online gallery at


Artist Demonstrations on Rocky Neck
Jane Keddy demonstrates Silk Painting

Saturday, August 20th

Jane Keddy silk scarf
silk scarf designed and created by Jane Keddy

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is sponsoring a series of artist demonstrations for the 2016 season. On Saturday, August 20th, Jane Keddy will demonstrate silk painting. Keddy is a printmaker, graphic designer and fabric artist. Her primary medium is silkscreen printing, which she learned at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education in the early 70s and has been practicing ever since. She studied graphic design at MassArt in the 1980s. In addition to Printmaking, Jane has always been interested in the textile arts. She began with batik, moved into screen printing on fabric and then began to explore shibori, the Japanese method of resist-dyeing. Recently she has joined Ten Pound Studio in Gloucester where she is learning silk painting. At the same time she is teaching studio members other surface design techniques such as shibori with indigo dyes and printing on fabric.

For more information call 978-282-0917 The Rocky Neck Art Colony, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization nurtures excellence in the arts through exhibitions, workshops, residencies and vibrant cultural events for its members and the public. Long renowned for its luminous light, this harbor and coastal location has been a magnet for some of the most revered realist paintings in American art and a catalyst for the progressive ideas of artists from Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery, and Nell Blaine, among many others. Today Rocky Neck continues to attract artists and art lovers to a thriving creative community. For up to date information visit

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck
53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

Gallery hours
Sun – Thurs 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Fri and Sat 10:00AM – 8:00 PM


John Raymond Jerome Band last night @ The Harbor Loop Summer Concert Series 2016..Next week “What Time Is It Mr. Fox 8.25.2016


John Raymond & Geoff small on guitar, Will Kidder on bass, Bob metzger on pedal steel, Steve Jerome on drums dickey Harper on harmonica 0. Have to get the violin players name.

Great night with  threatening clouds. The band played until8is because those clouds gave way to rain. There were so many familiar songs with some originals here and there. This band was real sweet and and so smooth. I think it’s safe to say the crowd loved them… I know I did.

Nex week “What Time Is it Mr. Fox?

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Call out for artists

The Phyllis A is holding an art show on October 22, 2016 inside the Gloucester Marine Railways Building.  Great venue.  If you are interested in this great show for a great cause, please contact me either through Good Morning Gloucester by commenting or

Thank you and look forward to hearing from all.

Phyllis A flyer

Moving Art, Art Supplies and Equipment Sale

Moving Art, Art Supplies and Equipment Sale

I will be moving from Rocky Neck over the cut bridge to Kent Circle on September 1 to resume caring for my mother in a new, larger place. On Saturday and Sunday, August 20 & 21 from 9-6:00, I will be having a moving yard and art sale which will include prior years paintings, photos, etc., plus art supplies, tools and equipment (including frames, glass, kraft paper, paints, brushes, picture wire, etc.), jewelry making supplies (findings, stones, beads, etc.) and more. Hobbit House Studio, 1 Wonson Street (behind Sailor Stan’s) on Rocky Neck. Come by and say hi, and find a treasure or two.

Once settled, I’d love to have people come for a housewarming Mug Up in September when some dear FOB’s will be here visiting from afar. Date to be announced.  


Hobbit House Studio
1 Wonson Street, Gloucester

Boston Globe good read: Gloucester’s Enduring Rocky Neck Art Colony

Where artists still live and work. Article mentions Rocky Neck Historic Art Trail, Elynn Kroger, Robert Gruppe,  John Nesta, open air painters,  and more. By Patricia Harris and David Lyons


Looking Very Close….and Confusing

In honor of this summer’s Olympics…  Here is a blast from the past and the London Olympics.

While a few years old, this still totally kills me.  I LOVE the commentator (real or not). “There you can hear the Olympic horn being sounded. Signifies there’s only four minutes left in this race.  And it’s looking very close and….confusing.”

You really need to watch to the end.