Ahhhh, such a lovely pungent aroma. the kind that stings your nostrils.
Ahhhh, such a lovely pungent aroma. the kind that stings your nostrils.
Last winter Liv and Matt showed me a place on the outskirts of Dogtown where they go rock climbing. I filed it away under places to visit during warmer weather. With all things Piping Plovers and filming shorebirds I didn’t have a chance to revisit until this fall. The pond is somewhat difficult to explore, with no trails, lots of viney runners to trip you up, rocky uneven surfaces for falling flat on your face, and loaded with ticks but nonetheless, is exquisitely beautiful. Until its name is learned and for the time being, I’m calling it Beaver Pond because so far, I’ve counted FIVE beavers there!
Evidence of an active beaver pond with gnawed log
The Beaver Family is nocturnal and conducting most of its business on the far side of the pond. I have only been able to shoot a photo outside my camera’s range of quality photo.
I did manage to take some fun footage, which I will be hopefully uploading in the next few days. One early evening, I sat as still as a stone, for at least half an hour, when one swam nearly right up to my feet!! I am usually filming and photographing simultaneously, but was afraid to make a move to switch to my still camera for fear that the slightest bit of motion would send the creature diving. Also on the furthest side of the pond were a family of the unbelievably beautiful Wood Ducks. That photo is also too far outside my camera’s quality photo range, but at least you can get an idea of their striking feather patterning. More information from Beaver Central to come! Male and female Wood Ducks – notice the female’s large white eye patch and the way she blends perfectly with her surroundings.
The above drawing was created by local artist Jeff Cluett. We purchased it from him several years ago. Jeff works at Surfari on Main Street if you’d like to get in touch with him.
Last evening, All Hallow’s Eve, marked the beginning of the three day celebration of Dia de los Muertos. Today, November 1st, is Dia de los Angelitos, the day when deceased children are honored (All Saints Day). Tomorrow, November 2nd, is referred to as Dia de los Muertos or Dia de los Difuntos, the day when deceased adults are honored (All Souls Day). We’ve created an ofrenda on our front porch and neighbors are welcome to place a photo of a loved one who has passed on the altar.
Fun times on Main Street, Halloween 2016
More Cape Ann Dining News-
Let us make your Thanksgiving easy, elegant and delicious. Join us for our Seaside Thanksgiving Celebration where we will offer two distinct dining options: Our Ballroom Buffet or a special three course dinner inside our 1606 Restaurant. Each dining option requires a reservation. Call 978.491.5090. Please join us for our very first Thanksgiving!
We’ve presented over 100 shows — and a few festivals — since we produced Celebrate Gloucester in 2007 (almost 10 years ago). Most of our shows feature original music performed by the artists who first recorded and released it. Next Friday, November 11, we are presenting something a bit different — The Man In Black Show, a Tribute to Johnny Cash. This is no ordinary tribute show. Shawn Barker is hailed by people who knew Johnny Cash very well as the pre-eminent Johnny Cash tribute artists. His 8 piece band puts on a tremendous show. Most importantly, the music is authentic Johnny Cash. Shawn has a deep love and respect for the Man in Black who inspired him as a young musician — and you can feel it. Check out the video below and you’ll see what we mean. There are still some good seats in the orchestra (get them here) and great seats in the Balcony (get them here) — but they won’t last long — this show is selling fast.
Tonight’s lineup for the kickoff of our $1,000 Singer-Songwriter Challenge. Call to reserve a table:(978)515-7817
7:30pm: Mike Foley (solo) – Michael Foley
7:45pm: Greg Guba (solo) – Greg Guba
8:00pm: Annabelle Lord-Patey (solo) – Kevin Patey
8:15pm: The Lucky Ones Duo – Tony Frontiero
8:30pm: Sasquatch (solo) – Paul Cohan
8:45pm: Banda de Goma (duo) – Lynne Taylor
9:00pm: Amy Spillert (solo) – Amy Spillert
9:15pm: Renee & Joe – Renee Dupuis & Joe Cardoza
9:30pm: Charlie Russell (solo)
9:45pm: Will Hunt (solo) – Will Hunt
IMPORTANT NOTES FOR PERFORMERS:
– These set times are approximate. Please arrive 45 minutes prior to your set.
– Each act will have roughly 15 minutes, including the 2 to 3 minutes needed for judges’ feedback. Please plan your 2 to 3 songs accordingly.
– Participants are not required to sing any original material, however, a points bonus will be given in the scoring if one original is performed.
– The stage will be set with 1 monitor, 2 microphones (Shure Beta58) on boom stands. Please bring guitar and/or keyboard cables.
– This week’s judges: Chelsea Berry (singer-songwriter), Brian Alex (singer-songwriter, ENTRAIN), and Aurelia Nelson (North Shore 104.9)
This weekly event, hosted by Chris Langathianos, will showcase musicians – solo performers, duos, trios & bands (no drums as setups must take less than 5 minutes) – allowing them to perform up to 4 songs. Songs may be covers or originals and the number of songs will be dependent on number of sign ups – at least 2 and up to 4 songs. Performers will play before a panel of judges. The judges panels will change from week to week and will be made up of local musicians, business owners, etc. After each performance, judges will provide their live feedback to the performer and audience. A confidential score card will be kept, and a weekly winner will be announced at the end of the evening.
After the 7 weeks of preliminaries, all 7 finalist and 1 wild card will return for week 8 to perform 3 songs – 1 MUST BE AN ORIGINAL – before a panel of celebrity judges. 3 winners will be selected and will go home with a piece of the $1,000 cash prize. 1st place / $700, 2nd / $200, and 3rd / $100.
1. Performers may participate on a weekly basis but may only win one week.
2. In the event of high demand for performance spots, the event host reserves the right to move previous performers further down the list.
3. All audio equipment is provided – PA, microphones, stands, and monitors.
Performers may register for a performance slot 1 week prior to the weekly event – starting on Wednesday. Performers may register through by leaving a request/comment on this event page https://www.facebook.com/events/232570887157735/or by emailing Chris Langathianos at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions, they may be directed to Chris at the email above.
Joe G writes:
“Hello Joey: I’ve been trying for many years to find out some information about a painting by Rosario Piraino that I have. In image of that painting is embedded below.
I did mail a letter to an address in Gloucester back in about 2003, to whom I thought was a relative (I think the name was Carmella Rosario), but my letter was returned and marked “Not at this address.” I’d sent some emails to a woman who’d shown on her Facebook page that she was indeed related to Mr. Piraino, but I never got any response.
In any case, I’m trying to find out if there is a gallery or other place where some of his paintings may be on view. His work is quite good.
If you might have any information about the subject I would be very appreciative if you would be so kind as to share any of it with me.
Rediscovering art and artists can be slow detective work. I don’t know the approximate year of the painting. The rocks could be identified. GMG readers may know more: is there a fellow artist that showed together in a group show with Rosie, traded art, stories? Did he hang his paintings in his house? Did he have a studio? Do you own a similar work? I did not find his name in some local artist member directories. The obituary describes seascapes and schooner as motifs. Let’s see!
For GMG readers like me who did not know him (I know many did), here is some information about Rosario Piraino that may jog some memories. Joe G thanks for the note and intriguing request.
Rosario A “Rosie” Piraino (1927- 1989)
Rosario was born in Gloucester on November 23, 1927. He was a life long Gloucester resident and graduate of the Class of 1945. He was a member of the ROTC. His interest in the GHS yearbook, Flicker? Drawing. He was a WWII army Veteran and member of the Capt. Lester S. Wass Post #3, American Legion and the Gloucester Lodge of Elks No. 892. He was a professionally trained artist with a fine arts degree from the Art Institute of Boston. In 1971 his family resided at 14 Orchard Street. For nearly 3 decades, he worked as an artist and Art Director at MIT before retiring in 1991*. There is a comment about carpooling with him to Lincoln Labs.
*From the printed matter for his obituary:
“Rosario was dedicated to his family and his beloved city. He was happiest strolling the boulevard meeting and greeting his friends. He spent his younger years working as a fish cutter along the waterfront. Along with his friend, the late Charlie Favalora, he owned and operated the Pioneer Fish Company.
He was an accomplished fine artist, having painted many seascape images of the Cape Ann waterfront. One of his favorite subjects was the schooner “Gertrude L. Thebaud”. Rosario was an avid golfer, who was affectionately known as the “King of Candlewood”, a nod to the three “holes-in-one” he made in his retirement. He will be missed by the many friends who enjoyed his sense of humor, stories and positive attitude.
In addition to his wife of six years, he is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Stephanie and Steve DelTorchio, Kathryn and Douglas Goodick and Paula and John Reilly all of Gloucester, three sons and two daughters-in-law, Stephen and Gayle (Frary) Piraino of Rockport, Dominic Piraino of Phoenix, AZ and James and Donna (Durland) Piraino of Gloucester, six grandchildren, Jeffrey Piraino of Rockport, Stephen and his wife, Kimberly DelTorchio of Satellite Beach, FL, Lindsay and Amy DelTorchio and Lauren and Adam Goodick all of Gloucester, three brothers, Frank Piraino of Gloucester, James and his wife, Marie Piraino of Waltham and Walter and his wife, Susan Piraino of Peachtree City, GA, a sister, Phyllis and her husband, Ernest Morin of Gloucester, a brother-in-law, Paul Ventimiglia of Gloucester, two sisters-in-law, Eileen Trupiano and Francesca Piraino both of Gloucester, Josephine’s grandson, Jonathan Moore of Essex and many nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by his first wife, Grace M. (Ventimiglia) Piraino, a brother, Anthony Piraino and a brother-in-law, Salvatore Ventimiglia.”
Their daughter, writer Stephanie DelTorchio, responds.
Their daughter, Kathryn Goodick, ran for Ward 4 City Council in 2015. That link is from GMG which ran any candidate press release that was sent in.
“In the onetime fishing capital of the world, the St. Peter’s Fiesta – a five-day festival where faith, family, and celebration are emphasized – brings thousands of people into Gloucester’s downtown. But over the last decade, as the fishing industry has nearly collapsed and the fiesta has taken on commercial sponsors – such as liquor companies – some wonder if more people see the event as a reason to party than to pray. “They took God out of it,” says Rosario Piraino, a retired fisherman and fish plant owner.”
Pastor Johnson is pastor at Mission Revival in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Pisces located at 96 Main Street Gloucester Mass
Lone gull looking for breakfast at Good Harbor.
Reminder in the today’s Gloucester Daily Times that the Cape Ann Reads deadline to register for the original children’s picture book contest is two weeks around the corner– November 15th. The deadline for the book submissions by registered applicants is December 15.
for responding to the GMG post last week calling for Volunteer artists and illustrators to assist local writers with their book submissions! There are three or four writers hoping to find a match. John made the generous offer of use of his images for a book applicant, plus the possibility of creating new work in response to their book. If you or an artist you know would like to volunteer please email email@example.com.
Like a good book, I love a TV show that leaves me bummed out at the end of an episode because I’m actually going to miss the characters while they’re away. By that I mean, that it is hard to wait for the next episode to air.
That is TOTALLY how I feel about This is Us. If you haven’t tuned in yet, you really need to. If you don’t have Netflix or On Demand or the like, you can click on the link below and watch most episodes on any device.
While I won’t do it it’s due diligence, to sum it up quickly This is Us is about life, love, relationships, friendships, dreams, successes, failures, expectations, family, laughter, tears, and maybe a bit more. The series seamlessly flips back and forth from what we are to assume is past and present. Story line layers upon story line and pieces of a beautiful puzzle are put into place. Connections are made and the big picture is revealed like in a paint-by-number painting.
Can you tell that I’m in love. Give it a shot if you’re a sap like me.
Watch the trailer below …. Below that is another scene that is pretty sad, pretty real…that also begins to lay the foundation for the rest of the show.
What a fabulous idea and experience directed by Zach O’Brien– a graphic artist, Rockport High School art teacher, and Hive gallery curator!
Cape Ann Regional Portfolio Night is Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at the Hive Pleasant Street, Gloucester from 6:30pm -8:30pm.
Great Gloucester Daily Times article by Joann Mackenzie amazing list of colleges participating and sending representatives.
A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to http://www.goodmorninggloucester.com . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.
The web address will be http://www.capeanncommunity.com
To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.
We’ve filled our office at 269 Main Street with veggie socks, garden books, children’s watering cans and more! Come shop our new and vintage funky clothes, gardening tools, cooking supplies, and books- plus our usual supply of seeds, organic fertilizers, and pest sprays.
We will be open every Monday–Friday 9 am- 5 pm
Also, shop late from 5-10 pm on Ladies Night Dec 1, Employee Night Dec 8, and Men’s Night Dec 15!
Beeman School Fundraiser Night
Monday, November 7th
4:00pm to close
Dine in or take out
(10% of all food purchases benefits Beeman PTO)
Don’t Forget to check out our Raffle Tickets
Be sure to come!
Don’t miss out on all the fun!
You’re invited to the annual
Beeman Holiday Fair!
Saturday, December 3, 2016
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Buy your Christmas tree and wreaths
(Free local delivery!)
Play games and win prizes
Decorate gingerbread houses
Support our school and local vendors