Today’s grand open house for two new C. B. Fisk pipe organs was a joyful event, crowded with well-wishers, fans, friends, and musicians. Opus 148 will be installed at Christ Church, Cincinnati, and Opus 150 at Benjamin Franklin’s Christ Church in Philadelphia.

Listen to the music!

What a treat to hear Opus 148 played by Nami and violinist Harold Byers.

Morgan Faulds Pike and David Pike, C. B. Fisk Senior Vice President and Tonal Director

Nami Hamada, organist and organ builder, and Harold Byers, former violinist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Chair of the Music Committee at Christ Church.

Greg Bover speaking about Opus 148

Thibaut Lenfant and Rick Isaacs

Sarah Tuvim helped restore the exterior case of Opus 150

Morgan’s brother, Tom Faulds, and friend Carole Crowther

Scale model of Opus 148. Morgan Faulds Pike, sculptress of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Memorial, carved the oak angels and panels for Opus 148. See more here.

Angels for Opus 148

Opus 150 and scale model

Musician Carlos Menezes- one of world’s greatest middle school band teachers!

O’Maley bands and choruses killing it. Great job Gloucester!

And no wonder. Listen to this teacher and share: Carlos Menezes delivers an awesome introduction inspired by his students and the extraordinary Charles Allan Winter WPA-era mural at City Hall.

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Packed and happy house


Alicia Unleashed- EPICsode 60

Taped 5/12/2017 with Sam, Rachel, B-Side and Hostess Alicia Cox


We went back! BACK TO THE 90’S!

We revisit all things 90’s right off the bat with O’Maley School’s “ShamRock” which was the OG Lip Sync Battle (it was a competition). B destorys her yearbooks.

Whatever happened to the Steve Kercher Band? Where are they now? Who has that music video vhs?

Hot Plate: The Vape Store is gone. Now it’s a nail salon!

HAPPY Nurse’s Appreciation Week! National Teacher’s Day! National Military Spouse Day!

Dating Dictionary: B explains the 2 new terms “Haunting” and “Situationship” we even talk about a man of Alicia’s Summer past (sorry Mr. E).

What generation are we? We have determined we are the “Oregon Trail Generation”. We are not MILLENNIALS! We need to find STARTAH JACKETS ASAP! We also need to find some Watermelon Color Z Cavaricci.

We still haven’t learned our lessons. Bridget and Sam invented podcasts, we’re convinced.

We play “Would your rather?”, we talk our Top Hearthrobs of yesteryear, Favorite teen books, pen pals, our “first time” on the information super highway.

We touch base on some of the BIGGEST 90’s news stories (briefly). Also we celebrate the 20th birthday of so many of our favorite songs!

Opening song: Mark Morrison-Return of the Mack
Closing Song: Semisonic-Closing Time


Call for Entries “Artist Drawings and Paintings”

Call for Entries
“Artist Drawings and Paintings”

An exhibition featuring artists who do both drawings and paintings

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) invites artists to submit work to be considered for inclusion in “Artist Drawings and Paintings”, a five-week exhibition at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.

Jurors:  Selected members of the RNAC Exhibitions Committee

Submissions:  Online, via

Deadline for Submissions:  11:59 PM, Friday, June 2, 2017

Exhibition Dates:  July 7 – August 6, 2017

Gallery Hours:  Thursday – Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 PM

Opening Reception:  Saturday, July 8, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Full Prospectus:

The intent of this exhibition is to engage viewers in an exciting-ambitious-experimental-traditional-new-materials/traditional-materials exhibition of both paintings and drawings. Many artists do both paintings and drawings but tend to show only one or the other.  We are looking for large works as well as small. We will include one or more of the drawings submitted by each chosen artist AND also one or more of their paintings.  All selected drawings will be exhibited on one floor of the Cultural Center, and all paintings will be exhibited on the other floor, so each artist will have work on both floors.

Each artist may submit up to 3 drawings and up to 3 paintings for one entry fee. The submitted paintings and drawings may be related or they may be completely unrelated. They may be part of a series, or be individual works.

We seek a variety of works from experimental to more traditional in all media. Only original work will be accepted.

The medium does not determine if a work is a painting or a drawing. There could be oil drawings and pencil paintings! It is up to the submitting artist to determine what is a drawing and what is a painting, and to label each work as such by including the word “Drawing” or “Painting” in the title.

Open to all artists 18 years and older.

For more information:

LIVE at City Hall: GEF Gloucester Arts Festival

Listen to sweet voices from Veterans school chorus, “Imagine”.


Gloucester High School chorus


More theater, bands and chorus coming up!

Kurt Lichtenwald and GHS robotics presented at 1pm. GHS has 11  engineering courses — teaching to the top! Showing us Propane furnaces, LADAR, magnetic Newton’s cradle (no sound), a hovercraft that can carry 60 pounds… Design. Build. Modify. (More than one kid behind me said “I can’t wait to go to high school.”) Displayed art by O’Maley Middle school artists throughout City Hall, Cape Ann Museum and Sawyer Free.








Woodwork display is amazing!



North Shore Restorative Yoga

New yoga studio at 25B Lexington Avenue, Magnolia Village of Gloucester, MA 01930. I met Ms. Katie Schroeder on Friday and we had a quick chat. Great space for yoga and Katie was terrific. She also does massage and Reiki right there in the studio.


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North Shore Restorative Yoga
Classes 7 days a week


Mother’s Day Concert at Gloucester Meetinghouse

Tomorrow, Sunday, May 14th is Mother’s Day and at 3:30pm the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation will present the last in its 2016-17 Concert & Lecture Series featuring the Ipswich-based ensemble ‘The Orchestra on the Hill’ under the direction of Tom Palance.  The featured work is Aaron Copland’s colorful and evocative suite “Appalachian Spring” plus RalphVaughan Williams’ “Suite For Viola and Orchestra” with viola soloist Karen McConomy and “The Banquet,” a two movement piece by Chris Florio, Ipswich resident and award winning composer and performer.  This wonderful program is the first performance by ‘The Orchestra on the Hill’ in Gloucester, whose home venue is the music room of the the Crane Estate in Ipswich.  A reception will follow in which you may greet the musicians, some of the finest players on the North Shore.

This is a great opportunity to take your mother, or perhaps an extra-special woman in your life, to lunch someplace on Cape Ann and follow it with a truly memorable musical experience.  The historic 1806 Gloucester Meetinghouse has been described as “a concert hall appearing to be a church,” blessed with extraordinarily fine acoustics that will allow Tom Palance and the orchestra to demonstrate the expansive tonal and dynamic beauty of these works.

The Meetinghouse, home to the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, is located on the green at the corner of Church and Middle Street where you may park.  The entrance with an elevator is located on the side of the building at 10 Church Street.  Tickets are available at the door and online, with more information, at


Elise and Sunshine

Cedar Rock Gardens is bursting with a fabulous selection of blossoms and veggies and all would be much loved by Mom. Load up now on milkweed, petunias, pansies, snapdragons, dianthus, violas, osteosperum, alyssum, thyme, cilantro, parsley, dill, and much, much, much more.

Check out Cedar Rocks Gardens updated and complete plant list here.



Tucker is building dozens of new tray tables to hold all the fantastic seedlings coming along.

Jeffrey Thomas, Tucker Smith, and Irv Falk