Monthly Archives: April 2012

Video Interview 2012 Plant Sale To Benefit GEF With Susan Kelly from GenerousGardeners.com

This plant sale is the no-brainer of all no-brainers for a multitude of reasons.  Check out the video to find out how many ways this provides a win.

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From the brilliant mind of Susan Kelly check out www.generousgardeners.com

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The Schooner Thomas E Lannon Hauled Out At Rose’s 4:45 AM 4/19/12

It’s almost that time of year when all the really cool stuff around happens.  At the Top of my list for anyone coming into town on a nice day is a sail aboard the Thomas E Lannon.  Bottom line if a tourist had one thing to do and only one thing I’d tell them on a nice day to take a cruise aboard what I consider to be the most beautiful ship in the harbor.

Not only is the ship beautiful, but you also get to experience the warm genuine hospitality of some of the finest representatives our city has to offer The Ellis family. Captain Tom, his wife and sons are just the nicest most sincere, fun loving people you’d ever want to meet.

There is hospitality that is, you know, kinda forced, which in my book is fine because in the absence of the warm fuzzy true genuine friendliness I’ll take a forced friendliness over bad or rude service any day.  But from the minute you enter the booking office and you meet Kay you realize there is nothing phony about the Schooner Lannon’s operation.  They just happen to be really good at what they do, they love it and they provide a great experience genuinely and naturally- the best of all worlds!

This is not to say there aren’t a bunch of other very cool things to do around town like whale watches, deep sea fishing, Visiting The cape Ann Museum or The Heritage Center, coffee at one of our great coffee shops, breakfast at our many awesome breakfast joints, ect, ect.  I’m just saying, you give me a sunny 70 degree day and I have folks in from out of town, A guaranteed great time is to be had aboard The Thomas E Lannon.

Here are some early morning photos I took of her on the blocks at rose’s Marine where she is being sanded down and getting freshened up for the fun season ahead!

We will be having our GMG Folly Cove Rum and Old Cuban Cigar Co cruise this summer, as soon as Kay and I lock down the dates I’ll let y’all know. 

Bass Rocks Ocean Inn is Hiring!

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For those who love people and enjoy making someone’s day a little bit better, we are looking for front desk/concierge people.  Pleasant phone skills and appearance help and basic computer skills are needed.  

Like to work outside?  We are also looking for a maintenance person. 

Apply in person weekdays 10-4 or send resume to:

Bass Rocks Ocean Inn

107 Atlantic Rd. (next to Elk’s)

info@bassrocksoceaninn.com

Babson’s Farm Quarry

Babson’s Farm Quarry

 

It’s been many years since the last man was blinded

by steel from a hammer or sliver of stone.

It’s been a long time since a hand or an arm

was blasted away  at the  Babson’s Farm quarry.

 

It’s been many years since our bedrock  was cut

for  bridges and buildings and roadways and streets.

It’s been a long time since steam engines have fired;

when  monuments shaped from our granite rose tall.

 

It’s been many years and the hammers are silent;

the cutting and hauling and lifting are done.

It’s been a long time and the workers are resting;

this gift they’ve bequeathed us –  this jewel in the sun.

 

Marty Luster

 

Whale Watch Report from Seven Seas Whale Watching

Whale Watch Report from Seven Seas Whale Watching

FIRST TRIP OF THE SEASON 04/21/2012

from;

Seven Seas Whale Watch

“Our first trip of the season was yesterday (Saturday, April 21st). I’m happy to report that it was a great success! There were plenty of Whales, lots of Dolphins, and some great birds too.

You can read my full sightings report and see some photos from the trip at”:

http://www.gloucesterwhalewatching.com/2012-4-21.html

Top Five Magnolias for Cape Ann

Number Three is Magnolia ‘Forrest’s Pink’

Forrest’s Pink Magnolia

Forrest’s Pink is new to our garden. I purchased it several years ago through the mail and it arrived as nothing more than a stick with several side branches. FP is coming along beautifully and I was thrilled when last fall its very first bud had formed. Forrest’s Pink purportedly flowers slightly later, which is ideal for our predictably unpredictable New England spring. I also found very appealing its descriptions of delicious shell pink blooms, without a hint of purple. Although, what is most appealing is knowing that it’s parentage is that of the Lily Tree, or Yulan Magnolia (Magnolia denudata, synonomous with M. heptapetala)–the most dreamily scented of all the magnolias.

I was excited to show you a photo of its first flower but some devilish creature chewed the bud to the base of the tree. The bud had formed very low to the ground—perhaps it made a great bunny feast. The list of critters who eat magnolia flowers is long and includes snakes, deer, squirrels, moles, mice, and opossums. In China, the sweet citrus-scented flowers of the Lily Tree are pickled and used as a flavoring for rice. The lovely ornamental seed heads of many species of magnolias provide food for a wide range of birds. Hopefully by next year at this time we will have more than one bud to gaze upon and to photograph.

Newly developing seed head of Magnolia ‘Alexandrina’

Nearly the moment the fruits of our magnolia trees ripen, they are devoured by the Catbirds and Mockingbirds.

Image of Forrest’s Pink Magnolia courtesy Google image search

Wine Dinner – Passports Thursday April 26th with Wine PhD Dr. Kathleen Powers Erickson

Wine Dinner in Celebration of Spring
Thursday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.
Passports Restaurant
110 Main St., Gloucester, Ma.
978 281-3680

with Chef Eric Lorden
and Dr. Kathleen Powers Erickson (The "Wine PhD")

4 artfully-prepared courses and 4 fabulous wines!
$50.00 per person

First Course:
Matzo-dusted soft-shell crab, pan fried, with
Cajun-spiced mayonnaise
Wine: Paul Cluver dry Riesling
from Elgin Valley, South Africa
(Will be on the wine list – bottle: $30.00, glass: $8.00)

Second Course:
Salad of caramelized brussel sprouts and
Tasso Ham, on a bed of arugula, with Dijon vinaigrette
Wine: Eberle Cote de Robles Blanc,
from Paso Robles, California
(Will be on the wine list – bottle: $40.00, glass: $10.00)

Third Course:
Grilled Icelandic Arctic Char and spring ramps,
with peanut mole,
side dish of quinoa with mushroom medley
Wine: Tenuta Sant’ Antonio Corvina,
from the Veneto, Italy
(Will be on the wine list – bottle: $30.00, glass: $8.00)
 
Fourth Course:
Rhubarb and apple crisp, topped with
Kilthurn English farmhouse cave-aged cheddar
Wine: Campbell’s Rutherglen Tokay,
from Victoria, Australia
(Will be on the wine list – half bottle: $24.00)

Earth Day Activities a Stage Fort Park From Patti Amaral

Hello Joey, Here are some photos that highlight the Earth Day activities a Stage Fort Park yesterday. By the end of the day, the volunteers had picked up a small truck-load of discarded items. The volunteers did not come empty handed, they brought lots of fruits and veggies to donate to the Food Pantry. One of the best moments was when the we were introduced to the recycling dog! Thank you for helping us get the word out. It was a great day! Patti Amaral

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Six Pairs of Hands – see it while you can!

I went to the Saturday 2PM matinee of “Six Pairs of Hands” at the Annie, narrating true stories of fishermen’s wives in Gloucester.   I am very glad I went!  Really, it’s amazingly well done, from the actors’ performances to the music and the set.  I heartily recommend it!  There are two shows today (Sunday), at 2PM and 5PM. Here are some photos I grabbed today.  The front row of the audience, which appears in some of the photos, was mostly occupied by fishermen’s wives, some of whose stories were being told on stage!

Q&A with the director, Wendy Lement, and the cast

Community Stuff Sunday

Amanda Madeira forwards-

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Barry Cuda writes-

Hiya Joey. I’m looking for a post in the community listings for this great cause.

Hawc is a vital organization that has been in our town for years. As a father of three daughters myself, I can’t say enough of what Hawc can provide when their services are needed. This is the 20th anniversary of the Walk for Hawc fundraiser and this year they have a added a 5 mile run to spice things up.

It will be my 4th year walking and each year I see more Gloucester faces. I hope with Pride Stride at a different date, that we see even more faces from cape Ann in the crowd.  Thanks for what you do!

barry cuda!

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