Monthly Archives: July 2010

The Weekly Catch Weekly Highlights from the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS


Goods & Services Auction
Cruiseport Gloucester

Live Auction: July 16, featuring a live and silent auction
Online Auction: July 14-26, featuring over $10,000 in goods

Evening Business Exchange
The Landing at 7 Central, Manchester-by-The-Sea
July 21

Joint Networking Mixer
with North Shore, Salem, Marblehead, and Beverly Chambers of Commerce
North Shore Music Theatre
July 22

Manchester Arts Festival
Downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea
July 24

Gloucester Sidewalk Days
Downtown Gloucester
August 5-7

Gloucester Waterfront Festival
Stage Fort Park
August 14-15

Gloucester Schooner Festival
Gloucester Harbor
September 3-6

THIS WEEK ON CAPE ANN

THE CAPE ANN FARMERS’ MARKET will be open every Thursday through October 7, 3-6:30pm at its new location– I-4/C-2 on Rogers Street.

ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL continues this weekend. Check the website for full details. 978-546-7391

GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY presents Tender July 8-25. The family home, wallpapered with a lifetime of I.O.U’s, is about to go into foreclosure and Christopher, the Patron Saint of Travelers, is on standby. All that is tender is not green in this humorous and heartbreaking family drama by Kelly Younger. 978-281-4433

Two of the North Shore’s best guitar players and songwriters, Fly Amero and Allen Estes will be picking their guitars and singing aboard THE SCHOONER THOMAS E. LANNON on Thursday, July 8, 7-9pm. Sail around Gloucester harbor at sunset watching these two pros play bluegrass, folk and rock music ’til their guitars smoke! $40/person. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly suggested. 978-281-6634

ESSEX SHIPBUILDING MUSEUM presents Vincent Cacialano – PLEX – Choreography and Live Art Performance on July 9, at 7pm. $10 suggested donation. UK-based dance artist Vincent Cacialano and Gloucester dance artist Sarah Slifer pair up to perform Cacialano’s PLEX, a multi media performance event. It is a collaboration of contemporary choreography, sound and visual art. 978-768-7541

THE MANCHESTER-ESSEX ROTARY CLUB will host the Cape Ann Striper Tournament July 9-11. Join us for 3 days of striper fishing, to benefit Rotary Club programs.

MAINE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD BAND CONCERT. The Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management is proud to present: "Maine’s Own" 195th Army Band of the Maine Army National Guard, based in Bangor, Maine, on July 9, at 7pm at Stage Fort Park.

GLOUCESTER UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH, located at the corner of Middle and Church Streets in Gloucester, will host an Overboard Concert Series every Friday in July at 8pm. General Admission, $10 – Students & Seniors, $5. Overboard is an a cappella group of 6 singers that have performed in Boston, the North Shore, and around New England and were nominated for 8 awards in 2010. 978-283-3410

ROCKPORT LEGION BAND CONCERT SERIES. Sunday, at 7pm at the bandstand overlooking Rockport’s Back Beach. Concerts will be held every Sunday evening through August 30; listeners are invited to bring their own chairs or blankets to this family-friendly program.

We are pleased to announce the 2010 PAINTING-BY-THE-SEA, PLEIN AIR CONTEST AND EXHIBITION. Artists from around New England will be exhibiting recent Cape Ann paintings July 1-31 at the Manchester-by-the-Sea Historical Society’s Trask House. Monday-Friday, 9am-12noon. Additional hours can be arranged to view the exhibition by calling 978-546-6700 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting   978-546-6700 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Opening Reception: Friday, July 9, 6-8 pm. All are welcome.

ROCKPORT GARDEN CLUB presents its 2010 Garden Tour July 9-10, 10am-4pm. Tour Rockport’s private coastal gardens. Luncheon, Plant Sale, and Sale of Original Art at one designated garden. Tickets $25, available at Toad Hall Bookstore. Allproceeds used to plant & maintain town gardens and to fund civic projects.

VALENTINO’S RESTAURANT, located at 38 Main Street in Gloucester’s North End, will host Murder Mystery Dinners on Saturdays, July 10 and August 14. Show and dinner 7:30pm, doors open at 7pm. Ticket price includes: All you can eat pizza, pasta & meatballs, chicken wings, salad …and the Show! Cash bar available. Tips not included.. Pre-reservations: 978-283-6186 .

THE SCHOONER THOMAS E. LANNON offers sunset lobsterbake sails on Saturday nights, July 10 and 17, 6-8:30pm. Enjoy a feast of clam chowder, steamers and mussels, corn on the cob, lobster, and all the fixings served onboard while anchored in Gloucester harbor. After dinner, relax and enjoy the colors of sunset as the Lannon sails about the harbor. Tickets are $79/adults; $74/seniors; $65/kids. Seating is limited. Reservations required. 978-281-6634

LOCAL COLORS ARTISTS’ COOPERATIVE, 121 Main Street in Gloucester, invites the public to come see ‘The Beauty of Cape Ann’ a new exhibit of oil paintings by Patricia Doherty. This special exhibit runs from July 3-23 with a reception to meet the artist on Saturday, July 10, 6-8pm. 978-283-3996

THE TRYIAN-ASHLER-ACACIA LODGE’S 6th Annual "Race To The Bottom" Wacky Cardboard Boat Race Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, July 10, 11am-3pm at Back Beach in Rockport. This time frame allows you to build your boat from a prepackaged kit (cardboard, duct tape, etc) and then race it. $100 per team donation., which is used for scholarship funds and community charity within the Cape Ann Area. 978-546-6788

Stress Reduction and Relaxation offer many health benefits. Health & Wellness Programs offered this July through DREAMTIME WELLNESS: Cape Ann Walking Meditation, July 10, $10. Monthly Reiki Clinic, July 13, $20. Advance Registration required for these programs. Contact Karen Pischke RN at 978-283-4258 highlighting or 978-526-4400 ext 5 or info@dreamtimewellness.com.

THE GLOUCESTER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH at 436 Washington Street is having its annual fair on Saturday, July 10, 8:30am to 1:30pm. Featuring fresh coffee and homemade donuts, crafts and toys, jewelry, books, and white elephants. Don’t forget our wonderful bake table where everything has been made by our wonderful ladies!. Lobster roll, chips and a drink for only $12 or a chicken salad wrap, chips and drink for $6.

ANNISQUAM VILLAGE CHURCH, in collaboration with the Sawyer Free Library, presents "Oh How Can I Keep on Singing? Voices of Pioneer Women in the Poetry of Jana Harris" on Sunday, July 11, 8pm at Annisquam Village Church. Featuring music by ‘Leven with Susan Slowick, violin. 978-281-9763

Celtic Music Sail. Join Michael O’Leary & Friends for a floating ‘seisiun’, an evening of traditional songs ‘n tunes aboard the SCHOONER THOMAS E. LANNON as it takes a sunset sail around beautiful Gloucester harbor on Sunday, July 11, 6-8:30pm. 978-281-6634

ANTONIO GENTILE BANDSTAND CONCERT SERIES. Sunday, July 11, at 7pm, Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, featuring North Shore Concert Band’s "American Salute" directed by David Benjamin

ROCKPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY presents award-winning author Brunonia Barry as she discusses her latest novel, "The Map of True Places," on Wednesday, July 14, at 7pm.. Barry rose to international prominence with the publication of "The Lace Reader," for which she won the New England Book Festival award for Best Fiction of 2009 and the 2009 Baccante Award for Best Women’s Fiction (first American author to be so honored). 978-546-3259

SENIORCARE’S SUMMER SUNSET CRUISE. What better way to enjoy a summer evening than to enjoy great music, great food, and great friends aboard a harbor cruise? Join us on the Hurricane II for a great time on Thursday, July 15, 6:30-9:30pm. The cruise will take you to Salem Harbor and back, weather permitting. There will be a cash bar, light buffet, door prizes, a raffle, and music by Leo’s Classic Hits. $25/person.

SCHOONER ADVENTURE Lecture Series. A Journey Through the Abandoned Quarries of Cape Ann presented by Leslie D. Bartlett on Thursday, July 15, 7pm at the Sawyer Free Library. Les will present a photographic journey through the abandoned quarries, especially Flat Ledge Quarry in Rockport, and Halibut Point State park. 978-281-8079

THE ROCKPORT ART ASSOCIATION will host an Opening Reception & Book Launch of "Harold Rotenberg, An Artist’s Journey" on Friday, July 16, 5-7pm. Come celebrate Harold Rotenberg’s 105th birthday. Meet the artist. Refreshments. $25 admission . 978-546-6604

Runners of all ages and abilities can now register as individuals or teams for the 7TH ANNUAL SEACOAST SEVEN ROAD RACE, a 7-mile run to directly benefit the residents of Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. This year’s Seacoast Seven will be held on Saturday, July 17, with a 1-mile fun run beginning at 8:30am and the 7-mile road race kicking off at 9am, both from Stage Fort Park. 978-283-0300

THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM is pleased to present Early New England Furniture in the Cape Ann Museum Collection with Erik Gronning, American Furniture Specialist, Sotheby’s and Robert Trent, Independent Furniture Historian. Join us Saturday, July 17, 11am for this special lecture. $10.00/Museum members; $15/non-members. Reservations required. 978-283-0455

DOWNTOWN GLOUCESTER BLOCK PARTY. July 17, 6-11pm. Main Street Gloucester from Pleasant Street to Washington Street. Come One Come All. Free Downtown Block Party. Get ready to dance and play. Free presentation by Cape Ann Community Cinema of "The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!" at 8:30pm on an outdoor screen.

BLACKBURN CHALLENGE. July 17. A 20+ mile open water circumnavigation of Cape Ann open to all seaworthy oar or paddle powered craft. Sponsored by the Cape Ann Rowing Club.

THE TRUSTEES OF RESERVATIONS invites you to join us for Hotdogs and Hermit’s Tales at Ravenswood Park, Gloucester, on Saturday, July 17, 12-3pm. Cost is members adult $5/children free; non-members adult $10/children free. Pre-registration required. Grab your family and enjoy grilled hotdogs before we journey on the trails for Hermit’s tales. 978-921-1944

Join Celtic singer Michael O’Leary and string players Bob & Jennifer Strom for their Celtic music session on Sunday, July 18, 6-9pm at THE LANDING AT 7 CENTRAL in Manchester. An acoustic session of mostly traditional songs and tunes from the Celtic countries.

SAVE THE DATE

THE GLOUCESTER MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER is proud to present SEASCAPE on July 24–25. This 2-day festival celebrates Gloucester’s relationship with the sea through music, dance, storytelling and the visual arts. SEASCAPE is produced with grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Commission. 978-281-0470

Tickets are now available for CAPE ANN ANIMAL AID’S popular Sunset Dessert Cruise on Saturday, July 24, at 7pm (Rain Date 7/25/10). Don’t miss this chance to watch the sun set, eat dessert, win raffle prizes, and enjoy the company of fellow animal-lovers–all aboard CAPTAIN’S BILL’S WHALE WATCH! Tickets $25. 978-283-6055

ROCKPORT MUSIC presents Regina Carter in Concert on Saturday, July 24, 8pm at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. 978-546-7391

ADDISON GILBERT HOSPITAL will host a Farmer’s Market on Saturday, July 31, 9am-2pm at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington Street in Gloucester. Those attending will have a large selection of fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms to choose from. Food assistance vouchers will be accepted. There will be an opportunity to donate to The Open Door Food Pantry serving the communities of Rockport, Gloucester, Manchester, Essex and Ipswich.

ROCKPORT MUSIC presents Paquito D’Rivera with Synchronicity in Concert on Saturday, July 31, 8pm at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. 978-546-7391

BUSINESS BRIEFS – News and Special Offers from Chamber Members

GLOUCESTER STAGE proudly announces the Summer Session of Youth Acting Workshops for children ages 6 to 18. The six week Youth Acting Workshop Summer Session taught by award winning actress Heidi Dallin will be held Fridays beginning July 9. Each class is two hours per week and the students are divided in classes according to age. For class times, further information and to register, call 978-283-6688

INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTER OF THE NORTH SHORE AND CAPE ANN, INC. (ILCNSCA) seeks Board Members and Friends Of. Are you looking to share your expertise with a non-profit agency? We are a vibrant Board for a service and advocacy agency. We are always looking for new energy to assist us. 978-741-0077


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REGGAE BASHMENT ON HIGH SEAS 2

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reggae bashment

Hey Joe, its Lara from the Dress Code would you kindly post my event on Good Morning Gloucester…If you could copy and paste the info below and the flyer attachment … That would be super great…thank you so much !Cheers LARA

REGGAE BASHMENT ON HIGH SEAS 2
SATURDAY JULY 31 2010 LIVE N DIRECT
WITH DJ’S LION PRIDE SOUND(Renegade Red, Jah Vision, & Jah Red)
BOAT BOARDING AT 6 PM BOAT LEAVES AT 7 PM SHARP!!
7-11 PM get there early:) as there is always crazy traffic during the summer… DO NOT BE LATE THE BOAT WILL LEAVE!!!!!!!
BUY YOUR TICKETS VIA PAYPAL AT www.visualinterestdesign.com
or contact Lara 603 759 6487 for cash sales and info
limited amount of tickets this event, so don’t miss out
TICKETS $20
21+
CASH BAR ON BOARD!!!!
the 7 seas wharf is right next to the Gloucester House Resturant and across the street from the Citizens Bank on the water!!! There is a Huge 7 seas Wharf sign on Rogers St …Keep your eyes peeled !!!
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SEND INVITES TO OTHER PEEPS TO THIS EVENT;)

Things To Do- Sail For Sailing

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Patti Page Explains Yet Another Way Gloucester Folks Can Get Out On Gloucester Harbor

Are you one of those people that will die regretting that you never got to learn how to sail?  No excuses!  Take charge of your life! No Regrets! Bucket List Type Stuff!

Just Do It! for more info contact Patti Page at sailghs@yahoo.com

Time to brag about a friend and share an amazing recipe with you!

This gorgeous cake is the creation of my friend Jannine Fisk.  I may have blogged about her before in reference to the Topsfield Fair perhaps as that woman has enough ribbons to wall paper her entire house if she felt like it.  She really is an amazing baker and cook and that was just confirmed yet again yesterday when she found out that she won a lovely cash prize coming in first place from Better Recipes.com in their Dazzling Birthday Cakes & Cupcakes Challenge.

Towering Fudge Fantasy Cake by Jannine Fisk

Ingredients

  • Cake Layers:
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Dutch process cocoa
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup honey
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups strong brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • Chocolate Ganache Filling:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 oz semisweet chocolate
  • 1 tsp instant coffee granules
  • Chocolate Buttercream Icing:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 8 tbsp half and half
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups Dutch process cocoa
  • 2 lbs confectioners sugar
  • Garnish:
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh strawberries, divided
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
  • Chocolate buttercream icing
  • 30 chocolate wafer cookies, finely crushed
  • 2 oz milk chocolate for shavings and curls
Method

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour four 9 inch round baking pans. Line with parchment and set aside. In a large bowl, stir together all dry ingredients. Add remaining ingredients and beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Pour half of batter into another bowl and divide remaining batter evenly into four prepared pans. Bake 18-22 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes, then turn out onto racks, removing parchment. Wash and dry pans and repeat process with remaining batter. When finished, you will have eight thin layers. Meanwhile prepare ganache. In a saucepan over medium heat. Warm heavy cream until just boiling. Place semi-sweet chocolate in a large bowl, add instant coffee and pour boiling cream over top. Let sit for 1 minute, then whisk until melted, smooth and silky. Refrigerate 1 hour or until thickened, stirring every 15 minutes. Wash and dry strawberries thoroughly. Set aside 12 whole berries. Remove tops from remaining berries, slice thinly, and set aside. Melt 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate in microwave, then dip whole strawberries 3/4 way into melted chocolate. Let cool on waxed paper in refrigerator. Icing: Mix butter, half and half and vanilla well in a large bowl, then gradually add cocoa and confectioners sugar. Beat until smooth and fluffy. Assemble: Place one cake layer on a platter. Spread with about 1/4 cup ganache and top with next layer. Continue alternating ganache and cake layers, pressing a thin layer of sliced strawberries between every other layer. End with a layer of cake on top. Frost cake, reserving some for decoration. Press crushed chocolate wafers onto sides of cake. Pipe 12 rosettes on top edge of cake, then place chocolate covered strawberries in between. Sprinkle center with chocolate shavings and curls. Decorate bottom edge with remaining icing.

Notes: Baking the layers individually eliminates the difficult and tricky process of dividing the layers horizontally with a knife. This process ensures they are an even thickness so there is less of a chance of the cake leaning to one side.

Number of Servings: 12

SAFETY plays The Studio in Rocky Neck on Sunday, July 11!

SAFETY to Play at The Studio on Rocky Neck, Band Boosters Benefit

Gloucester, MA: Victory Agents and The Studio on Rocky Neck are pleased to announce the second show in the Deck Party Summer Series live at the Studio in Rocky Neck on Sunday, July 11!

The Studio on Rocky Neck boasts one of the largest outdoor decks in the Cape Ann area (right on the water); inside there is a large dance floor and a full bar, with water views. The Studio Restaurant is a Rocky Neck landmark, once the home of the Hugh Breckenridge Art School that was so important to American painting. Dockage is provided for visiting boaters. All summer series concerts will feature live music from some of the best bands in the area and all shows are only $10 at the door (doors open at 5:30pm, show at 7pm). Studio dinner will be available for purchase. Free parking in the area.

Gloucester Band Boosters Donation

The Gloucester Band Boosters are group that supports instrumental and string music in Gloucester Public Schools. An organization of parents, businesses and community members that provides funding for much of the expenses associated with the Gloucester elementary school band, string ensemble, as well as the O’Maley Middle School Concert, Marching and Jazz bands.

The Boosters frequently provide music for civic celebrations and events such as Pride Stride. They are still providing this and many other important community services with our young musicians. Victory Agents, The Studio, and the artists participating in the summer series, are pleased to donate a portion of the proceeds from our shows, to music programs and education in the Gloucester schools.

SAFETY

Sunday, July 11 live at The Studio on Rocky Neck

The summer series’ second concert will feature SAFETY, a live 80s dance party at The Studio.  SAFETY, produced in the summer of 2008 by Dan King, of Gloucester, has fast become a local phenomenon. What started as a small theater act has turned into a popular favorite with fans from all over the North Shore and beyond. SAFETY is a party wherever you are, playing all the good hits from the 80s and some you may not even know you missed.

Lead singers Ann Marie, Kascia Murray, Guy Fiero and Brian King make your favorite 80s hits all their own, singing spot on renditions of everything from the Bangles to the Pretenders, Cindi Lauper to David Bowie, Talking Heads to the rarely covered neo-soul group, Soul II Soul. Keep an eye out for new covers from Michael Jackson, Human League, The Cure, The Clash, and Billy Idol.

SAFETY also features a dynamic rhythm section with Tony Goddess on Guitar and Keyboards, Dan King on Bass, and Dennis Monagle on Drums and Vocals. Add the fine keyboard work of Fiero, Brian King and Murray and this 7-piece group becomes a powerhouse of sound. Dance, dress up, eat and help support the Gloucester Band Boosters! This show is only $10 at the door. Dinner will be available for purchase at the show. Doors at 5:30pm, show at 7pm.

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play music.

I must have a Leaky Roof!!!!

Brenda on her scooter. A LITTLE MORE TO THE LEFT AND YOU WOULD'VE GOT HIM! Next Time.

I came across this Local Shops website by clicking on the owners name in the GMG Comment section. The Shop on Rocky Neck is Called Imagine, The owners name is Brenda Malloy. I’ve walked and drove by this shop many times and never stopped in. I’ve seen Brenda driving a scooter with a colorful tail hanging from her Helmet. I’ve seen the videos Joey has taken for GMG of her coming very close to running him over. I was a little disapointed she did’nt have the heart to do it. NEXT TIME.

Anyways, I read her story of her Travels and how she sponsors Children in Nepal. YOU SHOULD TOO! “Wow, there are really people like that” I thought. After reading that story and thinking about it for awhile, I realized that I must have a Leaky Roof. There were these strange drops of water running down my cheeks. It Had to be a Leaky Roof ! 

Check out the Story and Brendas website, and Do what you can.

Here’s a little bit of that Story from Brendas website;

I currently sponsor 13 children in Kathmandu, Nepal. March 2000 was my first landing in Nepal, been there 10 times since.   Exerting oneself toward a meaningful life, developing confidence in basic goodness,and expressing it with wisdom and compassion, is the key to happiness.  If you’d like to check out the story, how it came to be, read on….  

 

Last updated11/15/09, much more to come, keep checking!

Timeline

March 2000: 5 weeks trekking in the Himalaya Mountains of Nepal in the Mt. Everest region, solo. Upon returning to Kathmandu, started meeting street children and took a liking to them immediately. Amazing spirit, sense of humor, resilience and love of life.  During this time I met a young boy named Til Bahadur Thapa Magar, who was around 8 years old, working at a coffee shop I used to frequent, sitting around talking with the Tibetan Buddhist Monks about life. Til struck me as an amazing boy, doing his job of serving tea and wiping tables and doing dishes very diligently with a huge smile on his face all the time. He piqued my curiosity, I took a liking to him. I’d visit daily to see him and smile at him and practice my Nepali language lessons with him. 

I spent 4 months in Nepal that trip, in between I spent a month in Tibet (thats a whole other story).  I returned to Nepal in October that year, after being in the states for 10 weeks. I found a room in a home in a neighborhood close to where Til worked. I inquired of the owner of the coffee shop, where Til worked and whose family Til lived with,  if I could send Til to school, meaning to pay his tuition, and the man said yes.  Despite the fact that the man would be loosing his laborer for 6 hours a day, he agreed to let Til attend school.  At the time Til was working from 4:30am until 9:30pm, then going home and doing the families dishes and cleaning before he went to bed. Til was from a small village a couple of days from Kathmandu by bus and on foot. His parents sent him to Kathmandu to get an education and to earn his keep. He left home at 7, had never seen a road or a bus or a city before leaving his village for this first time. Anyhow, I enrolled Til in the same school where the shop keepers 3 children went, so that he would feel like less of an outsider and to give him some sense of equal footing.

After 2 months in Nepal, during which time I was teaching english at a high end private school, I was called to go to Thailand to meet the American man who was producing and selling my greeting card line in the states. He wanted me to design paper product in Thialand,  I wasn’t interested.  I was very happy in Nepal, but he asked me to go for just a couple of weeks, so I went. Little did I know that I would end up spending 5 months in Thailand and falling in love with that country as well.  I never did return to my teaching job in Nepal, though when I next spoke with the principal of the school  he told me that the children in my classes were still keeping the daily journals I taught them to do and talking about my time with them.

On my subsequent trips to Nepal I began sponsoring more children and donating to organizations with leftover monies I had. When I enroll a child in school, I make a commitment to myself to educate that child through high school graduation, which is grade 10 in the Nepali system.  The money to fund the children comes from the revenue at my shop, donations from friends, as well as the donation jar from my  ‘have a heart’ program, on the front counter of IMAGINE. ‘Have a heart, make a donation’, the little sign says, and you can take a hand carved heart from Bali or a floating heart candle from Thailand.  Most years I have extra monies, more than I use for that particular school year. Some of the extra money I save for the following year, most of it I will spread among these favorite charities of mine in Kathmandu…Mother Theresa’s old folks home at Pashuputinath, an open air facility with dormitory style set up, all beds facing a common temple area in the center, for sick and debilitated elders with no family to care for them. Maiti Nepal, an organization which rescues Nepali girls and their children/babies from brothels in India that they have been tricked into going to under the pretext of being domestic help. Santhi Leprosy home where they house and treat leprosy patients. Hopeful Home for Orphans where they house and care for over 40 children without families.

There is more to say, I’ll get to it later

Bottom line is that each and every single one of us can make a difference. Nothing feels better than service, serving others in some small way.  I realize that in America I make a very meager living, in fact know few people who make what I do or less. But my trips to Asia make me realize that I am indeed a very wealthy woman. Compared to the families I sponsor, I am rich.  And there is nothing I want for. Nothing I need. And this is one of the things that compels me to help those in need. It takes so little to do so much.

If you are interested in donating, please email me.  All donations are greatly appreciated. I do this on my own, I am not a non profit, I do not have 501(c) 3 non profit tax status, therefore donations are not tax deductable. So if you donate to causes to help your bottom line, I am not the place for you. If you donate from the heart, for your heart, your donation goes 100% to the kids. I pay my airfare and expenses while in Nepal out of my own pocket, none of it comes from donations.

PEACE!

Click the Link Below (IMAGINE) for more Infomation and how you can help.

IMAGINE

Major League Soccer Ref CJ Morgante In Town To Officiate The Revolution Match Goes Lobstering On The Stanley Thomas This Morning

Live blogged on

http://www.goodmorninggloucester.com

The last time CJ came to Boston to officiate a Revolution match was the third week of August in 2008 in which he went lobstering on four different of our lobster boats in 5 days-

You can read about CJ’s adventures as an Major League Soccer Ref Lobstering While In Town back in 2008 here