Monthly Archives: December 2011

Wednesdays at The Rhumb Line

Prime Rib Specials!
Wednesdays Only!
Hello everyone!
A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT…
This Wednesday, December 14th
The Downstairs Rhumb Line will be CLOSED DUE TO A PRIVATE PARTY
Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prime Rib Dinner – $9.95
(while they last) Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Upcoming: Dec. 21: CHRISTMAS SONGS (w/Fly & Friends)
Sincerely… I hope to you there! :-) ~ Fly

Ann Kennedy Has Some Nice Things To Say

Ann Kennedy Writes-

It just keeps getting better…

Hey Joey, I just finished my daily happy hour/blogread, and started to add comments, but realized if I had the time, it would be easy to say something about every post!  I’ve got to say, the coverage of the community’s holiday activities and events, the merchant features and their videos, the restaurant posts and menus, Felicia’s videos, the stellar photography, the great poetry, the informative pieces, and especially the commentary and banter among your own team creates a real gift!  It just seems to be getting better all the time…and I’m just getting more anxious for our next trip out there!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you, enjoy the party Sat. night, take lots of pictures, and be sure you all get home in one piece!  I have a feeling that event is going to be one very fun time! 

Cape Ann Figure Skaters Holiday Show Photos From Maryanne Askwyth

Hi Joey,
The Cape Ann Figure Skaters were on the ice at 8:15 this morning to the delight of their family and friends.  We enjoyed
lots of coffee while watching the show.  Here are some of my favorite photos.
For more information regarding Cape Ann Skating please visit"

http://www.facebook.com/CapeAnnSkatingClub

website: http://cafsc.org/

Thanks!
Maryanne Askwyth

Mess with the Duck?

Don’t even think about it.

FYI: Tomorrow at 2 PM I will post my review of Donovan Hohn’s book, Moby-Duck. This is the true story of bath toys lost at sea. My review will focus on the 7,200 Rubber Ducks that fell off a container ship in 1992. As point of reference, the Good Morning Gloucester Rubber Duck washed up on the shores of Rockport in 1984.

Orange Wine

Orange infused wine, or vin d’orange, is a warm weather Provençal aperitif, but I never remember to make it during the summer months, only during the holidays. Although, when drinking it, I like to imagine sipping orange wine from a garden somewhere (anywhere!) along the Côte-d’Azure. Vin d’orange is marvelously easy to prepare and makes a much appreciated holiday host/hostess gift.

Over the years I’ve experimented with the original recipe, which was, to my way of thinking, much too sweet—add more sugar if you like a sweeter aperitif. I think you will find this concoction intoxicatingly fun, light, and aromatic. I hope your family and friends enjoy as much as do mine!

12-15 Clementines thoroughly washed and cut in half

3 bottles modestly priced dry white wine

1 Cup sugar

½ Cup Courvoisier

Long strips of orange zest

In a large glass or stainless steel bowl combine the wine and Clementines, gently squeezing each half to release some of the juice. Cover tightly and refrigerate for 5 days. Save the empty wine bottles and corks; wash and remove labels. You will need a fourth empty bottle.

Remove orange infused wine from the refrigerator and squeeze any liquid remaining in the orange halves into the large bowl. Discard oranges. Add the sugar and cognac, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Strain through a sieve lined with cheesecloth. Pour wine concoction into wine bottles. Insert a strip of the zest into each bottle and cork. Chill the wine for one week. Serve neat or over ice. The vin d’orange will keep for 6 months when chilled. Makes approximately 4 bottles.

Dear Readers, There must be a southern Italian equivalent to vin d’orange? In Italy they make something entirely different, also called orange wine. Italian orange wine is made from white grapes that have been left to ferment with their skins, treated in essence like red wines. These wines may macerate for days or even months, which gives the wine color shades varying from rosy pink  to amber cider to vivid orange, however this is a different process than wine infused with oranges. Please write if you know of an Italian version of the Provençal aperitif or some similar deliciously fun fruit infused wine recipe.

Dave Sag’s Blues Party To Host Cheryl Arena This Thursday Night

Thursday – 9:00 to 12:00 ~ Dave Sag’s Blues Party

Dave Says,

Just in time for xmas, ladies and germs, May I present to you Ms. Cheryl Arena? One of our most requested singers and harpslingers, and a big time traveller, too, just having returned from Austin, TX., where she purrformed at the I. G. Farben Phocomelus Convention to a nearly standing ovation . Knocked ‘em right over! Cheryl makes it up here to yankee-land 2 or 3x a year and we’re glad to have her. Great energy!   Pushing her along will be that organ octopus, Mr. John Cameron, who needed minor surgery after backing up Lisa Marie last week. And that friendly drummer, Mr. Jeff Casper will be on the diving board all nite long. Of, course Greg T. and myself will be there, too, hastily lumping the sandbags into place. A big dancing nite!

http://youtu.be/K1vS0ekhvOg

 

This Friday – Last day to order calendars by mail!

Christmas is 11 days away! And for those of you who don’t live locally and haven’t ordered your calendars yet, this Friday, December 16, will be the last day to get them by Christmas. Of course, if you’re not giving the calendars as a gift, you can order yours after that.

Click here or on the photos for more information.

After Friday, the calendars will be at Present, downtown, as long as they last!

Whither the Sign Painter?

Whither the Sign Painter?Sign Painter, circa 1900 Anonymous/©Fredrik D. Bodin

Before the age of computers and large printers, every sizable town or city had sign painting shops, including Gloucester. Signs were hand made by skilled artisans, who learned the trade by means of apprenticeships. In addition to expert handling of the lettering brush, sign painters had to master gold leafing, carving, stenciling, and silk-screening. When I opened my gallery fifteen years ago, I hired a professional sign painter, Bob Condon (now an attorney), to paint me a sign. Curiously, I have about 60 sign making photographs in my collection. These are a few of my favorites.

Gloucester Signs, circa 1915 Alice M. Curtis/©Fredrik D. Bodin
Merry Christmas, Salem, 1909 Alice M. Curtis/©Fredrik D. Bodin
All photographs printed from the original 5×7 inch glass negatives in my darkroom.
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