Our first attempt at Ooni Pro Pizza Making with wood and charcoal

There’s definitely a learning curve using the wood and charcoal. Using the gas insert we got it right off the bat and crushed it.

Keep in mind this is our first shot regulating temps with wood and charcoal. I’m sure we made plenty of mistakes.  The pizzas were still delicious but we’ve got room for improvement on our techniques using the wood and charcoal.

EXTENDED HOURS + ITALIAN PASTA DINNER KIT at FEATHER & WEDGE!

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Now open THURSDAY – SUNDAY from 4-7pm!
Show your family some love with the NEW ITALIAN PASTA DINNER KIT from F&W! Dry pappardelle, housemade Bolognese, grated Grana Padano, mixed greens, vinaigrette and garlic bread
Full menu (including wine + beer!) available at www.featherandwedge.com
PHONE ORDERS 4-7pm
PRE-ORDER ONLINE starting at 10am!

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Lobster Trap Gifts New Low Profile Trucker Caps Are In!

So much to learn about pizza dough. Chemistry class has nothing on doughmaking for the perfect crust.

Magnolia 525 Tavern

From the Magnolia 525 Tavern:

We’re so grateful for your support during this extremely difficult time. We are all facing this together and experiencing a myriad of emotions and challenges. We’ve witnessed the best in our neighbors and customers through this uncertain time and encourage you continue to support one another throughout this ordeal. Please be sure to check on friends and neighbors (and take care of yourself, too!)

We thank you for your patience while we transform our sit down restaurant into a take out haven! Also, keep in mind that some foods travel better than others, so please be kind as we do our best to replicate the sit down experience in your to go box!

 

GOOD NEWS…WINE TO GO!
subject to available inventory, pick up only, proper id req’d, bottles only

978.525.3230 – TAKE OUT or  DELIVERY

Note:

Temporary  hours are WEDNESDAY through SATURDAY 5pm to 8pm

Friday, 4/24 and Saturday 4/25- Prime Rib while it lasts and please check out our Facebook frequently for updates, special and news.  Be well Friends!

 

525 Tavern, 12 Lexington Avenue, Magnolia, Gloucester, MA  01930

978-525-3230

info@525magnolia.com

Sue Wheeler from Arts Abound

From the Gloucester Daily Times

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of stories on how the arts community is weathering the challenges brought on by COVID-19.

When Gloucester’s Sue Wheeler opened her art gallery last November, she was hopeful after having a decent holiday season of business. Then came the slower months of winter, and then the pandemic struck and now her shop located in the village of Magnolia is temporarily closed.

She opened Arts Abound to celebrate creativity among local artists and sell locally made items from Cape Ann and Ipswich. She also has a few other Massachusetts artists, like one woman from Watertown who makes jewelry from a protected plant in Brazil called “golden grass” because of its metallic sheen. In all, there are 17 artists featured with an array of fine arts and handcrafted gifts, from pottery to paintings to hand-made aprons — and now face masks in the age of COVID-19.

Wheeler, a graphic designer by trade, has other talents. She sews, paints and in her first career, she was a pastry chef.

” ‘We’ve got you covered” is my slogan now,” she said, referring to the masks. “I thought I’d sell one or two but it has been crazy. I do these to order. I ask if they want a design that is abstract, floral, juvenile, baseball or subdued. My hope is they have some joy in wearing these because this is not a happy time. If these designs make somebody smile at least when they have to put it on every day, then maybe it won’t feel like drudgery.”

Wheeler also has donated about a hundred masks so far to healthcare workers and is working on a batch to donate to SeniorCare volunteers.

Helping her with the mask-making endeavors are her 92-year-old mother, Vivian Wheeler, who is involved with ironing and cutting elastic, as well as two nieces, Alex and Jenn Wheeler, who help cut the fabric.

Even though the gallery is closed because of the pandemic, Wheeler now offers virtual shopping with FaceTime, and she also is making “Lock Down” gift baskets, in which customers can choose what they want the basket to contain including a few food items, like local olive oil and Breakwater Coffee.

“They can also choose from handmade cutting boards, whimsical fish mugs, ocean-inspired pottery, jewelry, and local photography to name just a few options,” she said.

“The idea is people can order whatever they want, and it can include hand-made or hand-painted cards. I’m happy to make things to order,” said Wheeler. “I love to do art and create, and opening this shop was a way to combine everything and a way to help other artists. It’s not easy to be an artist.”

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-675-2706, or at gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com.

Meet the artist

Name: Sue Wheeler

Hometown: Gloucester

Shop: Arts Abound, 21C Lexington Ave., Gloucester

Medium: Painter, graphic designer

Websiteartsaboundmagnolia.com

Share your story

Are you an artist facing challenges or forced to change the way you approach your craft amid the COVID-19 pandemic? We want to highlight local visual artists, musicians, performers and others in the region’s arts community and the creative solutions they’re using to continue pursuing their passions. Reach out to Sonya Vartabedian, managing editor for features, at svartabedian@gloucestertimes.com if you’re willing to share your story.

Lobsta Land Now Open!

Lobsta Land opened Thursday April 23 so our planned dinner went right out the window with our take out order of lobster roll, haddock chowder and chicken piccata. AHHHH! So good! Welcome back Lobsta Land! They were VERY busy so if you have trouble getting through on the phone, they advise you keep trying.  Check out their Facebook page for updates or their website at www.lobstalandrestaurant.com 

The 400 Stories Project with a Call for Storiesto All Gloucester Residents and a Public Meeting Via Zoom

Gloucester400™ today officially launched The 400 Stories Project with a Call for Stories to all Gloucester residents and the announcement of an online public meeting via Zoom™ on Wednesday, April 29th at 7:00 p.m. (EDT). There are two ways to attend the meeting. Residents can join the Zoom Meeting using this web address: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81198170443 or attend the Facebook Live event (available via the Gloucester400 Facebook page).

In keeping with the city’s quadricentennial theme, “Our People, Our Stories,” the goal of The 400 Stories Project is to collect, preserve, and share the stories of Gloucester’s people from throughout its 400-year history. Beginning today and continuing through 2023, residents of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to submit true stories and factual accounts about memorable people from Gloucester they have known. Through these stories, the Project seeks to commemorate the rich diversity, strength of character, and unique accomplishments (large or small) that have connected the people of Gloucester today and across the centuries. Detailed information, ideas, and instructions for how to submit stories are available on the Gloucester400 website, www.GloucesterMA400.org/400Stories.

There’s No Better Time for a Good Story Than Now

Today’s Call for Stories follows the partnership recently struck with Endicott College’s Center for Oral History (see Feb. 14, 2020 new release, “Endicott College and Gloucester400™ Partner to Collect and Preserve the City’s Fascinating Oral History”). In addition, project organizers understand that during this period of social distancing, many households have newfound time to reflect and share experiences, anecdotes — even tell a few tall tales.  This combination of events inspired the launch of this citywide undertaking as a means of bringing people together in spirit while, for reasons of safety, they must be physically apart.

Bruce Tobey, tri-chairperson of the Gloucester400™ steering committee and president of Gloucester Celebration Corporation explained, “In recent weeks, as we’ve practiced social distancing and self-quarantine, many of us have felt the need for safe reconnection with our community. This time has given us more opportunities to reminisce about friends, loved ones, and the unforgettable characters who have shaped our lives, history, and future. For me, personally, the recent passing of my friend, Joe Orange, underscored how much his life touched Gloucester and generations to come. Fortunately, through the work and generosity of Jason Grow, Joe’s story was recorded in photographs and the recollections of those who knew him.” [Photo available]

An award-winning photographer, Jason Grow captured the story of Joe Orange while creating his recent series on Cape Ann’s World War II veterans. Jason’s photos, interviews, and many memories from the community have already helped preserve the legacies of Gloucester’s veterans, including Joe Orange.

“Think for a moment,” Tobey continued. “How many of us have friends, family, and neighbors whose stories deserve to be told and retold? So, at this time, when we have a chance to reflect more deeply and often on those we’ve known and respected, we hope Gloucester residents will tell us more of the stories of our people. We are committed to uncovering, preserving, and commemorating the City’s history through accounts of the lives of its people.”

What Makes a Good Gloucester Story?

Factual stories of many kinds about Gloucester and its people are welcome. Narratives, vignettes, and ideas can be found everywhere, from the stories of the men, woman, and children who shaped our history to present-day accounts of individuals and groups whose contributions to our everyday lives come from the arts, education, industry, traditions, families, and neighborhoods.

Tell Your Story

Ideas may also be submitted immediately; but, for more guidance, Gloucester residents are encouraged to join the Zoom call on April 29th at 7:00 p.m.here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81198170443 or to visit the Gloucester400 Facebook Live event that will be streamed at the same time. Videos, audio recordings, and brief written descriptions may be uploaded online by visiting www.GloucesterMA400.org/400Stories. Residents who would like to contribute a story but are unable to record it or write about it, can contact the Gloucester400™ team by email (gloucester400@gmail.com) or USPS mail (P.O. Box 603, Gloucester MA 01930) for assistance.