I know there are more than a few of you out there. Just saying–DUCKWORTH’S BISTROT is now serving crème brûlée!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nicole’s Blood Orange Crème Brûlée is beyond fantastic. My darling husband took me to our fabulous neighborhood French bistrot, and favorite hangout, for a divine Valentine’s dinner. Tom had his very favorite, the chicken schnitzel and I ordered two half-portion dinners–the always to-die-for lobster and vegetable risotto, and steak with an exquisite Bernaise sauce. Of course it was one dinner too many, with their very generous portions, and the lobster made for the greatest lunch the following day. Michelle, and all the staff at Duckworth’s, make every dining experience there a wonderful treat, with their warm, welcoming ways. Thank you Nicole and Ken Duckworth for the best Valentine’s dinner date ever!

Only a cell phone photo, next time bringing my good camera! 

Beautiful Fish: Shad -By Al Bezanson


A typical member of the herring tribe. Largest of the herrings that visit our gulf, growing to a length of 2 ½ feet.  One tagged in Chesapeake Bay was recaught 39 days later at Race Point.  The shad, like the alewife, spends most of its life at sea, and makes most of its growth there, but runs up into fresh rivers to spawn, the spent fish soon returning to salt water, and its fry running down also.

From Fishes of the Gulf of Maine by Bigelow and Schroeder, 1953

In the spring of 1778, the shad run in the Schuylkill River saved George Washington’s army from starvation at Valley Forge. Thus one could claim that this country owes its victory over the British to shad and, hence, the title of John McPhee’s book, The Founding Fish.

Al Bezanson

Artists’ Call for Entries

Artists’ Call for Entries

from combat veterans for the exhibition:

IN WAR AND AFTER: The Art of Combat Veterans

May 17 – June 24, 2018

The Rocky Neck Art Colony invites combat veterans to submit works of art to be considered for inclusion in the exhibition, “In War and After: The Art of Combat Veterans” a six-week exhibit at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.

Curator/Juror: Ken Hruby – Combat Veteran, West Point graduate, Sculptor, Author, Faculty at School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Boston Massachusetts.
Submissions: Online, via Smarter Entry
Deadline for Submissions: Midnight, Friday, March 23, 2018
Exhibition Dates: May 17 – June 24, 2018
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 PM
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 20, 4-6 p.m.

The Intent of this Exhibition

The exhibition seeks to show the work of artists who are combat veterans working in the visual arts. Artists are urged to submit their best work, showing or interpreting the realities of war or its aftermath —the lives, emotions, tragedies, and actions of those who have lived through theaters of war, civilian and armed forces, and it effects upon them, their loved ones, friends and comrades—perhaps exploring the relationships between military citizens and their civilian counterparts.


Open to all veterans who served in the Combat Artist Program as well as Combat Veterans engaged in the visual arts from all branches of the military.

Details for Submission

All media are welcome: painting, photography, signed and numbered prints, drawings, pastels, assemblage, small sculpture, videos, mixed media and more.

  • Entry fee: In appreciation of the artists who are submitting, all entry fees will be paid by the exhibition sponsors.
  • Include an Artist Statement and a Bio (PDF, Doc, or txt files). Include in the Bio the artist’s Branch, Dates and Theater of service.
  • Artists may submit images for up to three works of art, one image per two-dimensional work and up to three images for each three-dimensional work.
  • Entries must be submitted via the “Smarter Entry” online entry system, see
  • You will need good quality photos of your work in JPEG format, sized no greater than 2MB, maximum 1200 pixels for the longest dimension. Each image must be labeled with the following information: last name, first name initial, title, medium.jpg. Example: Smith_J_SunsetSymphony_acrylic.jpg
  • Smarter Entry will not accept special characters, (e.g. !@#$%^&*+()][{}|/) on jpeg labels.
  • Two-dimensional art should not exceed 48” maximum width.
  • Three-dimensional art should fit on a 16×16” pedestal, be hangable or free-standing.
  • For exceptions to be considered: Please contact the Exhibitions Committee at as soon as possible. Every effort will be made to accommodate your work.
  • Submissions deadline: 11:59 PM, Friday, March 23, 2018.
  • Notification: Works and artists selected for the exhibition will be announced on the RNAC website ( on Friday, March 30, 2018 by 5:00 PM.

Commissions on Sales

  • 40% commission on the sale of non-member work
  • 25% commission on the sale of RNAC member work.

NOTE: Artists must be members at the time of the beginning of the exhibition to take advantage of the reduced commission rate. Membership is $100. For membership information please see:

About the Curator

Ken Hruby is a sculptor, an author, and a faculty member of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston. As a combat veteran who served in Korea and Vietnam, his work has been shown in numerous group and solo shows across the nation and is included in several private and public collections, including the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago and the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, MA. See more about Ken here:


The Mission of The Rocky Neck Art Colony, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, is to nurture excellence in the arts through exhibitions, workshops, residencies and vibrant cultural events for its members and the public. Long renowned for its luminous light, Gloucester’s harbor and coastal location has been a magnet for some of the most revered realist painters in American art and a catalyst for the progressive ideas of artists as Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Theresa Bernstein, 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

We at the Rocky Neck Art Colony look forward to seeing your work!

Sound Harbor’s FIRST Open Mic on March 4th

NEW! Middle and High School students are invited to participate in Sound Harbor’s first Open Mic hosted by Renee Dupuis March 4th, 2018, 2PM-5PM. All instruments welcome.


Check out their updated website , like ’em on Facebook, and sign up for their newsletter to find out about all their great musical offerings.

Bass Pro Shops

We’ve hit a few different Bass Pro Shops in our travels.  It never gets old.  My boys could spend hours walking the aisles.   A couple of weeks ago when we spent the night at Gillette Stadium to send the Patriots off to the Super Bowl, we spent some time in the Foxboro BPS.  It was hard to get the boys out.


FREE CFCA Class for Teens!

FEBRUARY 19, 2018

FREE CFCA Class for Teens!

Did you know that we are launching a teen program? Come check it out for FREE on Wednesday!


Interested in our kids programs? Check us out online:

RSVP to coach Jaime @ 978-325-1829 or

The beauty of Sunday’s freshly fallen snow from John Abisamra

Hi Joey
Hope all is well with you. Sunday’s snow storm was quick moving but for a few hours the beauty of the freshly fallen snow clinging to the trees and other objects was incredible. I am attaching 3 photos of the Gloucester area after the storm. The first is of the rising sun at the footbridge of Good Harbor Beach. The second is of the blue sky and red barn with snow clinging to the branches and the third is of buoys against a building with light coming through a window. Enjoy and please let me know when you decide to publish in Good Morning Gloucester.

Have a great day..Wednesday is supposed to be close to 70 ..go figure!!!

John Abisamra