Monthly Archives: December 2011

Cape Ann Animal Aid Pet Of The Week

Forwarded by Tina Ketchopolos-

Hi!  How did a rough guy like me get the name Flower?

I am affectionate, but I love to play and I am a rough and tumble kid of cat.

Flower

If you would like to meet me, I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid located in Gloucester.  They are a non-profit shelter who have a wonderful staff and volunteers who do a great job in finding good homes for the many cats and dogs at the shelter.

If you would like to meet me, please stop by and ask for me and if you want to adopt me, that would be great!   If you want to change my name to Rocky or something along those line, stop down to 260 Main Street so we may discuss further!!

Santa Baby


Having fun photographing Christmas decorations around the house. My husband Tom made this cardboard Santa for me –that year Santa was bearing a jewelry box with a very pretty ring…

Santa Baby, slip a sable under the tree, For me.
been an awful good girl, Santa baby,
so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa baby, a 54 convertible too,
Light blue.
I’ll wait up for you dear,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Think of all the fun I’ve missed,
Think of all the fellas that I haven’t kissed,
Next year I could be just as good,
If you’ll check off my Christmas list,

Santa baby, I wanna yacht,
And really that’s not a lot,
Been an angel all year,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa honey, there’s one thing I really do need,
The deed
To a platinum mine,
Santa honey, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa cutie, and fill my stocking with a duplex,
And checks.
Sign your ‘X’ on the line,
Santa cutie, and hurry down the chimney tonight.

Come and trim my Christmas tree,
With some decorations bought at Tiffany’s,
I really do believe in you,
Let’s see if you believe in me,

Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing,
A ring.
I don’t mean on the phone,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight,
Hurry down the chimney tonight,
Hurry, tonight.                                     -Joan Javits and Philip Springer

“Santa Baby” was originally recorded by Eartha Kit with Henri Rene and his orchestra in New York City, 1953.

Rubber Duck Book Review: Moby-Duck by Donovan Hohn

After finishing Moby-Duck by Donovan Hohn I give it 5 Rubber Ducks. Perfect stocking stuffer for the Good Morning Gloucester Friends of Rubber Duck (GMGFORD). A spellbinding journey that leapfrogs (see green frogs below) across the world searching for  the illusive Rubber Duck. The Gloucester Bookstore and Toad Hall in Rockport have been told to stock this book.

First the technicalities: On the night of January 10, 1992, an enormous container ship from China, crossing the north Pacific, ran into a storm and eventually lost several tractor trailer sized containers to the sea. This actually happens quite often and some people get their kicks hunting down Adidas sneakers, or the ten thousand catcher’s mitts or hockey sticks that bob to the surface after the ocean pops the container open. But on this Friday night the cargo was 7,200 cartons of bath toys containing a green frog, a blue turtle, a red beaver, and, wait for it, a rubber duck (This makes 28,800 floating bath toys.). But forget those other toys, we focus on the 7,200 Rubber Ducks. These Rubber Ducks are just like the GMG Rubber Duck. Born in a blow mold in China. Our Rubber Duck made the trip safely much earlier. Her container ship pulled into Seattle in 1984, was offloaded to a truck destined for Shelcore Inc in Somerset, New Jersey. It then was sent to a novelty shop on Cape Ann where David Platt of Rockport purchased it to decorate the bathroom. For fifteen years Rubber Duck left a sheltered life before she met Homie the Seagull down on Granite Pier and we all know where that part of the story has ended up …

But back to the roaming 7,200 rubber ducks. Donovan Hohn read an article about them and the search for information took over his life from 2005 to 2008. One month he would be pulling a red beaver off the beach of an Alaskan Island, the next month he would be on an ice breaker travelling the northwest passage above Canada. Along the way Donovan learns a lot about ocean currents, maritime regulations, the weather, the climate, the sailor Ishmael of Moby Dick fame, as well as how to be a father.

He meets a lot of people, most of whom think he is a bit daft, “Has thou seen the White Whale?”  “Has thou seen the Rubber Duck?”  A page turner to the end, you will find yourself a bit more knowledgable about the ocean after having read it. Do you know about the great gyre, the garbage patch, swirling in the Pacific to the North of Hawaii? I thought I did but was surprised that the real floating dead zone of plastic is much different than what is reported. Hohn brings no agenda to his search for the Rubber Duck. He started with a simple question, did a Rubber Duck really go through the Bering Strait, up over the Northwest passage, and land on a beach in England? In the end, it isn’t the answer, but the journey that matters, and we all learn a lot by tagging along.

Tribute To Isabel Natti

Click The Picture To View The Video

Originally Posted October 29, 2008-

Isabel Natti’s Herring Factory Print is incredible on many different levels.  One is that it is visually gorgeous, but what the casual observer may not understand is how much detail and how accurate the entire scene is to how we actually did things back in the day.  Isabel worked for Wally Maggot, a guy who rented a pier that no longer exists on our property. They did the same type of whiting, squid and herring packing that my Grandfather Captain Joe, and Father and Uncle’s company did.

If you look at the photo up in the top right corner she tells the entire story starting with the two pair trawlers catching the herring.
Next in the middle, the boats are offloading at the dock where the herring get weighed and go up a conveyor into the pen room.  From the pen room they would travel down on conveyors down the packing lines where they would get packed into 45 pound cases.  Then they would get covered, weighed and then placed on big freezer racks.  Next along you can see the person making up the boxes on the same box stapling machine that we used where you would press down with your foot on the pedal and it would swing the arm to staple the corners of the cardboard boxes.  Lastly they get loaded on the truck to head off to the freezer.
I can’t believe she captured the entire scene in one frame. It is all there- the story of many many people’s day on Gloucester Harbor.  I can see it all and it will live on through her work even though the piers have long fallen into the ocean.
Part II of our interview will be posted at 9:00AM

Question 4 ~ Extreme Truck & Auto $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway @ gimmesound

Day 4 of the 50$ Gift Certificate Giveaway presented by Sean Nolan of Extreme Truck & Auto and Gimmesound.com, and Kory brings you the 4th trivia question. The questions are becoming more challenging, but there’s only a couple days left before your answers are due, so get crackin!

Check out tonight’s music lineup here, and Good Luck!

Chelsea Berry at The Shalin Liu

 The Shalin Liu show is selling fast-


January 27th, 8pm- Rockport, MA- Chelsea Berry – with Chris O’Brien opening! http://www.chrisobrienmusic.com/home.html

Buy a few tickets and give them to friends as Christmas presents! The evening will be a fun one- drinks above the theater before the show and a night of music to kick off the New Year!

For more info and to purchase tickets, click here: http://www.rcmf.org/jazz-world/1-27-12.html

Happy, happy holidays. :)

Love you all!

CB

The Jake Pardee Band returns to the Minglewood Tavern/Lat 43 this Saturday night

The Jake Pardee Band returns to Gloucester to kick off holdiay festivities this saturday night @ the Minglewood Tavern/Lat 43 @ 9pm. Joining Jakes band is Antoine Katz from Normandy, France and Sam Ward from Ipswich. All members attend Berklee College of Music in Boston and perform on Jake Pardee’s new CD to be released in 2012.

Christmas in Gloucester

Christmas in Gloucester

An original song by Paul “Sasquatch” Cohan celebrating America’s Oldest Seaport, Gloucester Massachusetts. Sasquatch covers the vocals and guitar, John Hicks plays mandolin and bass, Ev Harlow did the video. Special thanks to Joey at Good Morning Gloucester for some of the images. Merry Christmas Cape Ann!

Home-made chocolate chip cookies!

I was upstairs in the rectory doing some work, when I smelled something baking… Something sweet…

So I went down to the kitchen, and sure enough, Mary Ann (who cooks for us at the rectory on weekdays) was making fresh chocolate chip cookies from scratch!

Irresistible!

There’s nothing like hot chocolate chip cookies and milk on a cloudy, cold winter afternoon.  Tollhouse dough isn’t bad, but Mary Ann’s home-made cookies are in their own league. She has been cooking at the rectory for years, and her she does a great job! I’ll need to go on a diet if I’m not careful…

Behind the Scenes @ Holiday Delights ~ Opens Tonight Thursday

In this video, we take you on a sneak peak behind the scenes at a Holiday Delights rehearsal.  You won’t see the fabulous sets, but you WILL see the first rehearsal in costume.

Meet some of the cast members, hear a song and get a rare glimpse of the show’s creator, Heidi Dallin, as she directs a scene with two dozen children on stage and a photographer taking promotional stills in the foreground.

Holiday Delights opens tonight at 7pm at Gloucester Stage and plays through Sunday.  See here for all show times or call 978.281 4443 to reserve your tickets NOW!

This is a professional-quality production featuring Cape Ann’s best young talent.  Children will love it.  Parents, grand parents & great grandparents will love it.  Couples thinking about becoming parents will love it too!

Everyone involved has worked extremely hard for many weeks.  I was at dress rehearsal last night and they are all at the top of their game.

Holiday Delights is a show you don’t want to miss.

See you there!

Ocean Reporter Tribute

Joey,
Billy Lee from Rockport lost his faithful hand-built fishing boat of twenty-four years on the crazy ledge behind Straitsmouth Island last month while showing some folks from National Geographic a close up of the lighthouse there (a bit too close for the outgoing tide). His boat and gear eventually ended up in a scattered rubble on the ocean floor, but all hands were saved.
A few neighbors and friends recently assembled a lighted tree floating on a Zodiac in Coast Guard Cove as a tribute to his remarkable boat and this remarkable man.
Rich

Ocean Reporter Tribute 12-12-11

Skip Montello Rockport Full Moon Photo

Full Moon @ North Basin_1

Hi Joey,

The full moon spectacle over the weekend was extra special as the rise came up over Rockport harbor and Motif 1. This photo was shot Sunday evening as the moon was a bit past full and without ambient light illuminating the north basin  as most of the shops had closed for the day.

Thanks, Skip

North Coast Angler www.northcoastangler.com

Skip Montello Photos www.skipmontellophotos.com

The News From Rocky Neck via Judy Robinson Cox

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THURSDAY, Dec 15, 5-8pm

Evite

A very friendly update and reminder from Karen Ristuben

Our fund drive for The Center’s Feasibility Study and Option to Purchase needs your pledges right away. We are interviewing two excellent consultants this week, and would like to start working with one of them right after the New Year. And, our Center Steering Committee is meeting this Wednesday to get things rolling. But, we are still several thousand dollars short of our goal, so we need you now! Easy pledging & Paypal available under the church on the left.

Support Rocky Neck artists at the RNAC Winter Show

Open Mon – Sat: 10am – 6 pm, Thursdays till 8pm, Sundays 12 to 5pm

Rocky Neck Winter Show

Holiday Cheer at John Nesta Gallery, 37 Rocky Neck Ave

See John’s new collection of paintings, watch Dominic’s hand built model train set, and enjoy some holiday snacks every Saturday and Sunday before Christmas at the John Nesta Gallery on Rocky Neck.

Dominic Nesta

Annual Rocky Neck Plunge

Jan 1st 2012 12:00 PM (Noon) At Oak Cove Beach

Cathy McCarthy is organizing a food drive at the Plunge for The Open Door … Please bring these items that are most needed .. . TUNA, 100 percent juice, Hearty Soups, Peanut Butter, Pasta Sauce, Breakfast Cereal, Baking Items

It is really important that we help out and give back Please do so. Call Cathy McCarthy 978-282-7320 for more info.

Weekends in Rockport : Kathy Archer, Elynn Kroger,
Patti Sullivan,Tom Nihan

Cape Ann Studios, 2 Tuna Wharf, Rockport

Cape Ann Studio
L to R: Elynn Kroger, Kathleen Gerdon Archer, Tom Nihan

This weekend until Christmas, Tom Nihan, Elynn Kroger, Patti Sullivan and Kathy Archer will be showing their work at a new gallery called Cape Ann Studios, 2 Tuna Wharf in Rockport. Weekends, 11 to 5 or call 978-879-6211 to make an appointment. If you’re in the area be sure to stop by.

Cape Ann Studio

Marty Morgan Open House


4 Reasons to Take the Riverdale-Lanesville Stagecoach Route

Khan Studio

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