Monthly Archives: December 2012

Men’s Night Is This Thursday Night In Downtown Gloucester MA!

I’ll be having the first official show of my canvas photos with buddy EJ at Alchemy from 5:30PM-7:30 so I hope to see y’all down there.  I’ll also have my “This is Gloucester DVDs available at the Alchemy show 10% of all of our Art and/or DVD sales will go to the Gloucester Education Fund. Thursday Night- Men’s Night

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alchemy exhibit two buddies

Read more about the Gloucester Education Fund here


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Kids Unlimited will be open and offering 20% off clothing.

As other local retailers send in their plans on hosting the men of Cape Ann for Men’s Night I’ll add them to this post.


Good Morning Joey,

The Cave will be serving Caveman Chili, cold beer, pate & rat cheese. We will offer up a discount on gift certificates as well. Thanks for including us.

Merry merry,

Laura


Mens’ Night @ Common Crow

Hi Joey
Men’s night is coming right up… Common Crow grocery & GreenLife are both offering everyone special deals from 5 to 8 this Thursday:
Greenlife:
20% off your WHOLE purchase plus
-Our chef’s best dips, local and artisanal cheeses and organic crudite to dilute the ‘high spirits’ offered elsewhere
Advice, ideas & gift wrapping from our helpful and expert team.
Common Crow grocery :
20% off your most expensive item, plus free dips& crudite & cookies!
Kate Noonan


Seaport Grille-

You are invited to "Men’s Night", Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 at Seaport Grille. There will be FREE Chowder from 4-7PM, Entertainment: Kevin Smith 7PM-10PM, 1/2 Price Appetizers, and A $100 and $50 Gift certificate will be drawn at 10:00PM. You must be present to Win!

Try our World Famous Lobster Roll with FF for $9.95


Palazola’s Sporting Goods

Hi Joey,

Palazola’s is running 20% off, crackers and cheese with wine. Also, sign up for a chance to win a $50.00 gift certificate.

Thanks, Linda


The Weathervane

We’ll have 20% off the entire store (Cape Pond Ice excluded)!  Great selection of zip hoodies, our famous "sherpa" coat, and of course all the great Gloucester t-shirts for friends and family near and far.  Sale includes Christmas cards, ornaments, wrapping paper, giftware – you name it!  Ladies are WELCOME too, everyone gets the discount!  We do NOT discriminate – plus, it’s a good night to be on Main Street to flirt up the fella’s!
Thanks, Joe!
Joe C.


Mark Adrian Shoes

We are offering for men’s night a free $20 gift certificate when purchasing merchandise for $100 or more.


Harbor Goods/Life is good
Yummy snacks, Julie’s famous shrimp dip, cold beer, great customer service AND 20% off regular priced items.   


Junque & Disorderly, Antiques and Collectibles, 57 Washington Street, will be open for Men’s Night from 4:00 to 8:00. 20% Off throughout the shop. Enter to win a $50.00 Gift Certificate. Don’t forget to take a right at the end of Main Street!

Jewels of Gloucester Chimes In-

Hi Joey! Nice post for Men’s Night. If you are still adding to the post, I’d love it if you would add our info.
Jewels of Gloucester will be serving up wine, cheese and crackers up to 9pm, and giving a 20% discount off most of our jewelry and watches. It’s also a good time for the guys to sell their old scrap gold and silver. We are paying cash on the spot. Why not free up some cash to cover their holiday shopping. It’s a win-win.
Thanks,
Jim, John, and Kelly

ED

Bill O’Connor Writes-

Hi Joey,

I had the pleasure of interacting with Ed while he hung buoys on the lobster pot tree on Saturday.  He was all smiles in spite of the rain, and it was great to see how proud he was of the tree. It is quite a tribute to the community spirit of Gloucester!

Enjoy!
~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

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Joey C edit:

You see that haggard old bastard right there in that picture?  Yeah, he’s the guy you want in your foxhole when the shit’s going down.  #BelieveThat!

Smiling when things are going right, smiling through the times when there’s no one around and we’re planning our next community event, smiling during the construction and long after the event’s when the crowds are gone and the cameras are put away and the stuff has to be deconstructed. You couldn’t ask for a better man as a friend I’m telling you.

Ed’s gonna be sworn is as the president of the Chamber of Commerce next month.  Should be a good year for the Chamber.

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- The Dress Code

The fourth year of the GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Video Series where we walk up and down Main Street and try to capture as many retailers as we can and highlight their best gift ideas one a day every day leading up to Christmas.

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2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Main Street Art and Antiques

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- The Dress Code

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- The Weathervane

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Menage Gallery

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- House of The Raven

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Village Silversmith

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Toodeloos

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Bananas

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Nelsons

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Alexandras Bread Co

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Lone Gull

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Kids Unlimited

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Harbor Loop Gifts

2012 Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Pleasant Street Tea and Coffee Co

My Book On SALE for ONLY 15.00!!! “Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden”

Just in time for holiday gift-giving, my book, Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden, which I both wrote and illustrated, is on sale for only 15.00 on my publisher’s website. The price is unbeatable as the list cost is 35.00. Oh Garden! makes an ideal gift for the garden-maker and nature lover on your holiday list and at this price, I recommend you buy one for yourself and one for a friend!

Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities.jpgPraise for Oh Garden ~

Anyone who gardens along the Eastern Seaboard from Maine to South Carolina will appreciate Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! (David R. Godine, 2009, $35). This book is filled with design ideas and plants that work well in this coastal region, as author and garden designer Kim Smith relates her experiences with her garden in Gloucester, Massachusetts. The first part of the book, “Creating the Framework,” delves into trees, shrubs, and other elements for creating structure in the garden, while the second section addresses how to fill out the framework to create a harmonious living tapestry in your garden. —Viveka Neveln, The American Gardener

Oh Garden! is a 250 page hardcover book crammed full of the most excellent gardening advice you will find anywhere, guiding you through the four seasons, and woven throughout with over 85 illustrations, and fabulous plant lists. All this coming week I will be posting expert gardening advice on GMG and on my blog, with more praises from The Boston Globe and other literary reviewers.

P&V’s LOL #4: The harder you resist change, the more you need it

Direct Porportionality

y is directly proportional to x (y ∝ x)

Given that we’re now in our 4th week, those of you who follow GMG probably know about our Monday series Peter & Vickie’s Laws of Life (LOL, for short).  Click here, if you missed any of the first 3.  In our LOL #2, we introduced the concept of inverse proportions.  Today’s concept of direct proportions is much simpler and today’s law could be stated thus, The vigor with which you fight against change is directly proportional to your need for change.

It won’t take you long to think of plenty of examples of this LOL, the most obvious being addiction, but I thought I’d start with a personal one.  Back in 1998, when Vickie and I founded Van Ness Group, we built complex, data-driven websites and Web applications for public companies and big financial institutions.  We were experts in a niche and that was that.  People told us to diversify.  We resisted.  Local businesses asked us to build websites for them.  We refused.  Clients wanted us to help with marketing.  Forget about it!   We had spent 10 years becoming experts in employee stock benefit plans and 15 years in database technology.  We were determined to stick with it — and we did!  That is, until the niche vanished suddenly in 2001 right before our very eyes like a cheap magic trick.  YIKES.

Mayor Kirk alluded to this LOL in her Mayor’s Desk column with this gem, “Expansion of the commercial tax base is the antidote to rising taxes for homeowners which most people claim to want relief on but at the same time is fought every step of the way.”

Back to addiction.  You’ve probably seen or heard of addicts resisting, with all their vigor, the one thing that is their only hope — to quit.  But this applies to lots of things, not just drugs.  Before the Civil War, the South was addicted to slavery — they believed their economy depended on it.  But in the long run, the best thing for their economy was the abolition of slavery.

Now the one addiction I’ll just accept is music.  I’ll never try and quit.  Especially while I live in the middle of the hottest independent music scene north of NYC.  Just look at all the music this week – and it’s off season!

Here’s one of my favorite videos from MTV’s heyday about another addiction:

It’s a Destination

The Rocky Neck Winter Show is not just another art show – it’s a destination. The Center has been transformed into as lovely a retail space as anyone could wish to visit, and the openings are not to be missed. These photos are from Sunday’s High Tea. If you missed it, don’t miss Happy Hour from 3:00-5:00 on Saturday, December 15. The Center is open Thursday through Sunday from 11:00am to 6:00pm.
E.J. Lefavour

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ Special guest Jon Butcher

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Surf & Turf Specials!
Wednesdays Only!Hello everyone!
Wednesday, December 12th
Special Guest: JON BUTCHER!
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It is a thrill for me to present my good friend, Jon Butcher to
the local art community and to the music lovers of Cape Ann
at large.  This is a man who built a legacy for himself that
extends from its early roots in Boston to the far reaches of the
planet.  At last, after years away on the West Coast, he returns
to his adoring fans here in New England – all of whom clearly
remember his music and his legend.  This is Jon Butcher Axis.
And this is a one-in-a-million show you won’t want to miss!
~ FlyFrom http://www.jonbutcher.com/
Grammy-nominated Jon Butcher is one of a select handful of
influential recording artists comprising the legendary Boston
music scene.  MTV vids and hit songs, “Life Takes A Life”,
“Wishes”, “Holy War”, “Goodbye Saving Grace”, “Miracles”,
“Send Me Somebody” comprise the underpinnings of a
recording/ touring career that continues today.  Two critically
acclaimed CD’s, “Positively The Blues” and “Electric Factory”
mark Jon’s enduring love affair with all things Americana -
blues, jazz, Dixieland, folk, swing, Cajun and more.
Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Surf & Turf Dinner -  $11.95 (while they last)
Tenderloin Tips with Grilled Garlic Shrimp!
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Upcoming…
Dec. 19: Christmas Songs with
J.B. Amero, Allen Estes & Friends
 
Coming soon…
Marina Evans

Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  :-) ~ Fly

I’ll be in France on 12/21/2012

Save yourselves. Book your flight  to France now

Save yourselves. Book your flight to France now

 

By , Los Angeles, Malcolm Moore in Beijing and Tom Parfitt in Moscow

6:42PM GMT 07 Dec 2012

Ahead of December 21, which marks the conclusion of the 5,125-year “Long Count” Mayan calendar, panic buying of candles and essentials has been reported in China and Russia, along with an explosion in sales of survival shelters in America. In France believers were preparing to converge on a mountain where they believe aliens will rescue them.

The precise manner of Armageddon remains vague, ranging from a catastrophic celestial collision between Earth and the mythical planet Nibiru, also known as Planet X, a disastrous crash with a comet, or the annihilation of civilisation by a giant solar storm.

In America Ron Hubbard, a manufacturer of hi-tech underground survival shelters, has seen his business explode.

“We’ve gone from one a month to one a day,” he said. “I don’t have an opinion on the Mayan calendar but, when astrophysicists come to me, buy my shelters and tell me to be prepared for solar flares, radiation, EMPs (electromagnetic pulses) … I’m going underground on the 19th and coming out on the 23rd. It’s just in case anybody’s right.”

In the French Pyrenees the mayor of Bugarach, population 179, has attempted to prevent pandemonium by banning UFO watchers and light aircraft from the flat topped mount Pic de Bugarach. According to New Age lore it is an “alien garage” where extraterrestrials are waiting to abandon Earth, taking a lucky few humans with them.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THE STORY

Chorus North Shore’s Christmas Concert

On Saturday night, I went to Chorus North Shore’s Christmas concert at Our Lady of Hope in Ipswich (almost Cape Ann), which featured Vivaldi’s Gloria, “Christmas is Coming: a festive cantata”, and other songs of the season.

Chorus North Shore (which includes many Cape Ann residents) performed together with the Honors Youth Choir and the Festival Orchestra.

Gloucester resident Don Roby, besides singing in the choir, had a reading part and headed up The Boar’s Head carol (pun intended):

Either the boar’s head is hollow (or made of styrofoam), or maybe Don has been hitting the gym. He held that huge boar’s head aloft until the whole verse was over.

Alexander Thompson (of Ma’s Brands fame, who has an amazing voice, but does not sing in this choir) was in attendance with pencil and paper – not taking notes, but drawing:

The concert was great! Kudos to all the performers, the director, the technicians, etc.!

- Fr. Matthew Green

 

 

DGCD Co-Chair, Bob Whitmarsh Presents DGCD Binders to MCC

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Co-Chair, Bob Whitmarsh, adds a personal touch—

Bob hand delivered the Downtown Gloucester Cultural District required support material (two complete sets) to the Boston offices for the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), the last step in the application process. We hope Gloucester will be the first town in MA with 2 cultural districts and that the DGCD will soon join the other excellent cultural districts on the North Shore !

Please check out the photos of the binders being presented by Bob to Meri Jenkins and Kylie Sullivan of the MCC.

Next steps: The MCC will arrange a site visit and will go over our application in detail before a recommendation can be made to go forward with establishing the DGCD.

Downtown Gloucester Cultural District (DGCD)

contact: dgcdinfo@gmail.com

culturaldistrict.zapd.net

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Open Door Market Basket 3 Minute Shopping Spree Winner Frantically Fills Her Cart and Our Boy Craig Kimberley Captures It All With Mounted Cams

Watch Beth make the mad dash! She has 3 minutes to grab all the groceries she can at the Gloucester Market Basket. (Winner of the www.foodpantry.org fund raiser raffle)

I don’t care what anyone says- You give me an option of anyone I know to shoot and edit video I’ll take Craig Kimberley 100 times out of 100.  Watch this masterpiece and tell me if you agree.

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If you need convincing check out what he did for our GMG Farm Bar and Grille Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Video-

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or the Horribles Parade Video-

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You got commercial video to produce or a show to do- Craig Kimberley is THE MAN.

Check out The Open Door Food Pantry website below-

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Community Stuff 12/10/12

Hi Joey

The Inns of Rockport are sponsoring an "Is Innkeeping for You?" (Aspiring Innkeeper) Seminar this March.

Attached please find our seminar rack card which describes and overview of our upcoming program.

The card also contains a link www.innsofrockport.com/seminar where there is a registration form and additional details about the two and one-half day program.

We would like to promote the seminar in early January, which will give us a few months for participants to register.

Any help you can provide would be appreciated.

Helene and Dan Duffy, Innkeepers www.beechtreebb.com

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Phyllis A. Fundraiser
A fundraiser to benefit the Phyllis A Marine Association will take place Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 5 p.m. until closing, at Giuseppe’s Ristorante & Piano Bar, 2 Main St. 10% of all sales (liquor, food, dine in and take out) as well as raffles will benefit the association in its goal to restore the Phyllis A., Gloucester’s oldest, former fishing vessel. For reservations, please call Giuseppe’s at (978) 879-4622. For more information on the Association, please contact them at Phyllis A. Marine Association, 39 Mt. Pleasant Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930. You can also reach them at (978)283-9292, by email at http://www.phyllis-a.org, or on Facebook.


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Kids Unlimited will be open and offering 20% off clothing.


Good Morning,

The Cave will be serving Caveman Chili, cold beer, pate & rat cheese. We will offer up a discount on gift certificates as well. Thanks for including us.

Merry merry,

Laura


Mens’ Night @ Common Crow

Hi Joey
Men’s night is coming right up… Common Crow grocery &  GreenLife are both offering everyone special deals from 5 to 8 this Thursday:
Greenlife:
20% off your WHOLE purchase plus
-Our chef’s best dips, local and artisanal cheeses and organic crudite to dilute the ‘high spirits’ offered elsewhere
Advice, ideas &  gift wrapping from our helpful and expert team.
Common Crow grocery :
20% off your most expensive item, plus free dips& crudite & cookies!
Kate Noonan


Seaport Grille-

You are invited to "Men’s Night", Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 at Seaport Grille. There will be FREE Chowder from 4-7PM, Entertainment: Kevin Smith 7PM-10PM, 1/2 Price Appetizers, and A $100 and $50 Gift certificate will be drawn at 10:00PM. You must be present to Win!


Palazola’s Sporting Goods

Hi Joey,

Palazola’s is running 20% off, crackers and cheese with wine. Also, sign up for a chance to win a  $50.00 gift certificate.

Thanks, Linda


The Weathervane

We’ll have 20% off the entire store (Cape Pond Ice excluded)!  Great selection of zip hoodies, our famous "sherpa" coat, and of course all the great Gloucester t-shirts for friends and family near and far.  Sale includes Christmas cards, ornaments, wrapping paper, giftware – you name it!  Ladies are WELCOME too, everyone gets the discount!  We do NOT discriminate – plus, it’s a good night to be on Main Street to flirt up the fella’s!
Thanks, Joe!
Joe C.


Mark Adrian Shoes

We are offering for men’s night a free $20 gift certificate when purchasing merchandise for $100 or more.


Harbor Goods/Life is good
Yummy snacks, Julie’s famous shrimp dip, cold beer, great customer service AND 20% off regular priced items.


Junque & Disorderly, Antiques and Collectibles, 57 Washington Street, will be open for Men’s Night from 4:00 to 8:00. 20% Off throughout the shop. Enter to win a $50.00 Gift Certificate. Don’t forget to take a right at the end of Main Street!