From my sailing mate Jay Irwin … “When I was a kid in Baltimore in the early days of WW2 my grandparents had a little corner grocery that sold coddies.  I think they were three cents.  Every day the coddie truck delivered a tray and set it on the counter.  A dish of yellow mustard and a stick to spread it sat on the tray.  A towel was draped over to keep the flies off.  Our store sold saltines to go along with the coddies.  During Lent the Sisters of Mercy for the Poor and our Lutheran church both did a brisk business selling coddies made by volunteers.”

From Julie Rothman, for The Baltimore Sun…….Baltimore coddies, not to be confused with codfish cakes, are hand-formed, slightly flattened potato cakes flavored with salt cod and other seasonings and then deep-fried. They are traditionally served at room temperature, sandwiched between two saltine crackers with a dollop of yellow mustard. Sometimes referred to as the poor man’s crab cake, this uniquely Baltimore food could be found at neighborhood soda fountains and delis all over town beginning in early 1920s.

As local historian Gilbert Sandler recounts in his book “Glimpses of Jewish Baltimore,” “The coddie’s origins are vague, but the way the descendants of the Louis Cohen family tell the story, it was grandfather Louis Cohen’s wife, Fannie Jacobson Cohen, who created the coddie as we know it.” Sandler further explains that according to Louis Cohen’s granddaughter, Elaine Cohen Alpert, her grandparents were just barely earning a living from the small stall they ran in the old Belair Market where they sold sandwiches, cookies, and candy. They were searching for a new product, something no one else would have, to attract new customers and set them apart.

Not long after, the Baltimore coddie was born. The Cohens sold the first coddies at their stall inside the market for 5 cents each.  Word spread before long, and the coddies became extremely popular — so much so that the Cohen family opened a small manufacturing plant and were the first to mass-produce and market the product. From the 1920s to the early 1970s, Cohen’s Coddie trucks were delivering the coddies all over Baltimore.

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Last September we wrote about the rare undulatus asperatus clouds over Gloucester Harbor. According to WBZ-TV chief meterologist Eric Fisher, they were recognized by the Wold Meteorological Organization in March as an official cloud formation. The clouds could be seen over Boston the past few days. You can see a photos of the wavy formations here:  Good Morning Gloucester Undulatus Asperitus.

Undulatus asperatus clouds over Gloucester Harbor from Rocky Neck Railways

To learn more about undulatus asperatus, read more here.


When one door closes another door opens …peek inside the new Serenitee Restaurant Happy Belly opening summer 2017!


Reclaimed doors and wood everywhere

are just some of the featured and fitting design details coming into focus at Happy Belly, 3 Duncan Street, Gloucester, MA. The everyday casual restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. And small craft brew. And coffee. They’re roasting their own beans! What else? The floor’s been raised. A lengthy drink rail and counter stools gives one section a warm and chic soda-shop vibe. Nearby a massive antique metal lathe will be re-purposed into a showstopper pedestal table. The former Alchemy space is in its BEFORE stage as it undergoes a transformation by master builders, P Bevan Builders. They built Maggies Farm and other Serenitee Restaurant Group properties plus the  recent renovation of the former Empire store.



photo caption (above): Peter Bevan, P. Bevan Builders, 617 356 7107


Happy Belly along with Minglewood Tavern and Latitude 43 brings the Serenitee restaurant count back  up to  3 happy and popular eateries in Gloucester, MA, each with its own lively aesthetic and yummy grub.

Happy to see Happy Belly coming soon!


Green Gloucester at City Hall

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The Cape Ann Sustainability Fair will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017. To kick off the fair, on Thursday at City Hall there were members of the Cape Ann Sustainability Fair greeted by our Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken. Look forward to the fair on Saturday. Please follow the link below for more information.

Thank you. Hope to see all there.

This Weekend in the Arts

ALCHEMY: Three Artists Reassemble the Past

Featuring Art by
Daniel Benayun, Mia Cross, and Lorraine Sullivan
April 27 – May 28, 2017

Opening Artist’s Reception
Saturday, April 29 – 4:00-6:00 PM

Artist Talk
Saturday, May 13 – 4:00-5:30 PM

Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Gallery
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester MA 01930

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) hosts “Alchemy: Three Artists Reassemble the Past” an exhibition featuring the work of Boston-area artists Daniel Benayun, Mia Cross, and Lorraine Sullivan at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Gallery from April 29 to May 28, 2017. The gallery is open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 12:00 – 4:00 PM. Each week for the duration of exhibition an exhibiting artist will be present at the gallery on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Alchemy was selected by a RNAC jury to receive the support of a grant awarded to the Art Colony by the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation. The three artists, who work in a wide range of mediums, submitted a proposal to present the works—paintings, works-on-paper, assemblage and life-size figurative sculpture—inspired by the past and now being displayed on both levels of the Cultural Center.

Benayun, Cross, and Sullivan all consider themselves storytellers. To construct their stories, they draw from history, memories, experiences—and even their extensive personal collections of “stuff.” “Alchemy” is defined as “the seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination.” Each artist is an alchemist in their own right, borrowing snippets of time, taking bits and pieces to construct a new narrative. Much of the artists’ works evoke a yearning for the past, while still remaining contemporary and relevant. Looking back while also looking ahead, Benayun, Cross, and Sullivan work to reinterpret their experiences in a way that makes sense of their current lives and our constantly changing world. The public is invited to the opening reception for the artists on Saturday, April 29, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM (light refreshments served).


The public is invited to an Artist Talk event, Saturday, May 13, 4:00-5:30 PM. The artists, Daniel Benayun, Mia Cross, and Lorraine Sullivan discuss their process, particular pieces in the show and about their inspiration, work, and practice. Visitors are encouraged to participate by asking questions.


Daniel Benayun graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2011 with a BFA in Illustration. He currently lives and works as a full-time designer and painter in Jamaica Plain. Benayun’s artwork has been featured in various publications, including the Boston Globe. To see more of his work please visit

Mia Cross graduated with a BFA from the College of Fine Arts of Boston University in 2014, where she double majored in painting and sculpture. In 2016, Mia received the Emerging Artist Award at the Danforth Museum Art Annual, a Juror’s Award for her work in Framework, a show at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, and was honored to receive a Blanche E. Colman Grant. More recently, Cross was selected as a finalist for a Walter Feldman Fellowship and she served as the Goetemann Artist in Residence on Rocky Neck in October of 2016. Her work is featured in the recent Volume 36 of Studio Visit Magazine. Mia has exhibited widely in t New England in juried and invitational exhibitions and is a recent member of the RNAC. One can view her work at

Lorraine Sullivan received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and continued her education at Suffolk University and the DeCordova Museum School. She taught Graphic Design and Computer Graphics at Burlington High School and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She also supervised student teachers at Tufts University and for the Education Program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Sullivan was awarded Outstanding Art Teacher by the Massachusetts Alliance for Art Education, the Massachusetts High School Art Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Art Education Association, and the Distinguished Teacher Award for Excellence in Education by the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Sullivan has exhibited her work nationally in juried exhibitions, and extensively in the Boston area in both solo and small group shows. Her work is found in numerous private collections and can be viewed at

For more information Email:


Poetry Workshop at the Cape Ann Museum
April is Poetry Month

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to welcome former two term poet laureate of North Andover, Gayle Heney to lead a workshop in celebration of poetry month on Saturday, April 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. All experience levels welcome.

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In this workshop, Heney will teach participants how to write poetry using the Museum’s collections as inspiration, concentrating on the new exhibition, Charles Movalli: Cape Ann & Beyond. As time allows, participants will be introduced to poetry prompts, stanzas, quatrains, ekphrastic poetry and experimental poetry. Depending on interest, discussion of the editing process and the option to read/perform may also be included.

$10 CAM members/ $20 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; reservations required. For more information email Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite or by calling (978) 283-0455 x10.

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A Mother’s Day Concert at The Gloucester Meetinghouse

Gloucester Mother’s Day Concert to Feature Ipswich Orchestra in Copland’s “Appalachian Spring”

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is pleased to announce that the Ipswich-based community orchestra, ‘The Orchestra on the Hill,’ will perform renowned composer Aaron Copland’s prizewinning “Appalachian Spring” on Sunday, May 14, in the historic Gloucester Universalist Meetinghouse.
This Mother’s Day concert begins at 3:30 p.m., led by conductor and orchestra founder Tom Palance, a member of the music faculty at Salem State University and at the Boston Conservatory of Music. This will be the 20-member orchestra’s first concert appearance in Gloucester.
Along with the orchestral suite “Appalachian Spring” the program will present Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “Suite for Viola and Orchestra,” and a new work by Ipswich musician and composer Chris Florio, “The Banquet.” Copland’s scoring of familiar melodies in “Appalachian Spring” won him the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1944.
This is the finale in GMF’s fall-winter 2016-17 concert series. The Meetinghouse, an icon on Gloucester’s skyline, is located at the corner of Church and Middle Street in downtown Gloucester. Parking is available on the green. Accessible side entrance with a lift at 10 Church Street.
A summer series of free Friday evening, outdoor concerts on the Meetinghouse lawn starts on July 7th. ‘Music on Meetinghouse Green’ features a different musical ensemble each week with a partner North Shore non-profit as the beneficiary via free-will offerings from the audience.
Tickets to the May 14 concert are $45 for preferred seating, $30 for general seating, and $25 for students and seniors. Admission is free to persons age 17 and under. Tickets are available at the door or may be purchased in advance at

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation’s mission is to preserve Gloucester’s last-surviving historic Meetinghouse, as a civic hub, entertainment venue and community center. The landmark 1806 Meetinghouse is home to the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, whose founders led the way in Massachusetts for legal separation of church and state as now enshrined in the First Amendment.
The Orchestra on the Hill is a community organization formed in support of professional music performances and performers on the North Shore. Its mission is to enrich Ipswich and surrounding communities through exceptional concerts of orchestral music, and provide opportunities for non-professional adult musicians to rehearse together coached by professional conductors and players.

Contact Information:
For the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation:
Charles Nazarian president, 978-821-5291 &

For the Orchestra on the Hill:
Tom Palance,

Dave Sag’s Blues Party with Johnny Bluehorn Morriconi Tonight @ The Rhumb Line 8:30pm 4.27.2017

Thursday nite, have I got a treat for you! The amazing return of “Johnny Bluehorn” Morriconi!  An incredible vogellist and swordsman of der fleugel, this guy is the best thing that has happened to me since  I shot that nun, back in ’72. You gotta hear this guy! He’s amazing!
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Not only that, but he’s dragging in kicking and screaming our favorite drummmbler: “Mr.Ed” Scheer, he of the the NiceGuy School of R&B. Worse, Mr. Bobbypin Gus is handling Qatar dooties. All you Slash wannabes: czech this guy out!
40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

GPD Assisted Cape Ann Special Olympics 

Cape Ann Community

Saturday, April 22 Gloucester Police Department answered the call for volunteers. GPD assisted Cape Ann special Olympics coaching staff in getting times and distances of the athletes in preparation for their state qualifiers on May 21 at Milton Academy. Track and Field practice is every Saturday from 10am to 12noon at GHS all athletes and volunteers are welcomed to join.

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A sure sign of Spring

While I complain about all the bird poop on my porch from all the little busy birds this time of year, I love watching the little buggers!   This week I’ve been creeping on my neighbor’s porch waiting for these little Robins eggs to hatch (well, I think they are robin’s eggs lol!)   This morning I went over and 4 of them had hatched into 4 fuzzy little balls!  So cute!

Nichole’s Picks

Pick #1: Town Green Sustainability Fair




TownGreen2025 presents the 2017 Cape Ann Sustainability Fair, Gloucester’s third sustainability fair with added focus on other elements of sustainable living on Cape Ann. This day of teaching, learning, and collaborating will include:


Speakers addressing clean energy technology, carbon neutrality, locally relevant impacts of climate change, and personal carbon footprint reduction.


Exhibits from local and regional leaders from both the nonprofit and the for profit sectors.


Demonstrations on clean energy, home energy efficiency, and personal carbon footprint reduction.


Stations for personal carbon footprint calculation


Free admission and parking.


Raffles and items from local businesses.


Opportunities to recycle scrap metal, batteries, used clothing, and books.


Food, drink, activities, music, and more!


Pick #2: Crane Beach Color Blast


Crane Beach Color Blast will become part of “Local Color” a Weekend full of Festivities in Celebration of Local Flavor, Color & Culture!

Saturday April 29th Downtown Ipswich & Riverwalk
Sunday, April 30th on Crane Beach, 1-3pm Om Drum & Beach BonFire, ColorBlast 2pm precisely!

Part of our Celestial Happenings Series the Ipswich Spring Equinox Extravaganza is inspired by “Holi Festivals” celebrations of Spring, from India. (Inspiration images here)
If you love our Winter & Summer Solstice Labyrinths and Ipswich Illumination then you will want to be a part of making this event an Ipswich tradition, our Celebration of Spring
Om Drum & Beach Bonfire 1-3pm
ColorBlast 2pm (sharp!)
Event is free ~ Parking fees apply
Pigments will be tossed. (dress accordingly)
Color will be celebrated!
Kites, flags, ribbons, pompoms all welcome!
Event of Free. Parking rates apply.
TTOR Crane Beach Fees:

Pick #3: Swan Boats



2017 Season
Saturday, April 15 to Sunday, September 17, 2017

Spring (April to June 20)
10am to 4 pm

Summer (June 21 to Labor Day)
10am to 5 pm

After Labor Day

Weekdays 12 noon to 4pm  Weekends 10am to 4pm


The Swan Boats are open every day, weather permitting. We cannot operate in rain, high winds or extreme heat.


The Swan Boat ride lasts about 12-15 minutes while the driver pedals you around the Public Garden lagoon. Tickets are purchased at the Swan Boat dock prior to boarding the boat. The wait for a ride is typically no more than 5-10 minutes.

Adults $3.50

Children $2.00 (age 2 to 15 years)
Under 2 yrs. Free
Seniors $3.00


As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid


Congratulations to Danielle for the terrific article in the Boston Globe. We’re so fortunate to have Danielle and her amazing pasta (and other deliciousness) shop!!

Danielle Glantz makes pasta in 10 to 12 shapes each day at her shop, Pastaio Via Corta, in Gloucester. PHOTO BY JINTARA NUTPRASAS

City Officials & Partners Unveil Gloucester Green Thursday 12 Noon at City Hall

Cape Ann Community


 Mayoral Initiative Helps Highlight Ways to Save Energy and Save Money, Including No-Cost Mass Save Home Energy Assessments

(Gloucester, Mass.) April 26, 2017 – The Mayor is pleased to announce the launch of Gloucester Green, a new initiative aimed to help residents save money, save energy, and reduce the community’s carbon footprint.  Gloucester Green includes a partnership with National Grid to encourage residents to sign up for a no-cost Home Energy Assessment through Mass Save.  Signing up is the first step for residents to qualify for rebates and incentives that will make their homes more comfortable while saving energy and money.

“I’m thrilled to launch Gloucester Green but I’m even more excited for Gloucester’s future,” said Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken. “I’m very proud of our team who all worked together to help launch this important initiative. We’ve achieved…

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