Monthly Archives: March 2014

New York City Weekend with My Family

Liv and Alex HauckLiv and Alex Hauck from the rooftop at the Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn

Our daughter Liv planned a fabulously fun and wonderful weekend in New York City and Brooklyn to celebrate her brother Alex’s 21st birthday.  The weekend ended with an afternoon matinee of “Chicago.” I only took a few iPhone snapshots as it rained nearly constantly, but here’s a little Vine from the gorgeous Ambassador Theatre on Broadway.

View from the Wythe HotelView from the Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn

 

 

Music venues abound — and a new one is on the way!

Woke up to a dusting of new snow that was gone by noon.  Only a few dirty-gray-white winter leftovers remain as the sun burns a bright spot behind the clouds — too shy to show its full face.  Does this presage one of those jolting seasons when Mother Nature forgets about spring and jumps into summer without warning?

That’s what seems to happen in Gloucester’s music scene.  Before you know it your choices for live music double, but don’t worry.  We’ll continue to help you sort it all out with Cape Ann’s only complete live music listing here.

If you think about it, there really are two kinds of music venues: restaurants/clubs and what musicians call “listening venues”.  (That is, until the weather gets nice enough to add a third: boats with music cruises.)  For now, suffice it to say that we’re extremely lucky to live in an area with an abundance of good restaurants and clubs who offer live music for free because they’re able to make a living on the food and drink they serve.

A good club can make for a great experience (both for artist and fan) but sometimes you end up in a singer vs. crowd competition like the one I wrote about here.

Chelsea Berry wrote an excellent song about this very issue:

And now there’s even a facebook page dedicated to promoting listening venues in MA.  See it here.

Free from the distractions of TV, clanging silver & dishware, people talking, wait staff running around and kitchen noise, the concert milieu connects you with the artist through an intimate, intense bond that’s simply impossible to maintain in a restaurant or bar.  And when you’re on stage you can feel that energy, soak it in and give back something more powerful that seems to arise spontaneously out of the ether.

Luckily, we live in an area with several excellent listening venues.  Good coffee houses: Old Sloop in Rockport.  One World in Essex and Crosswinds in Gloucester.  Cape Ann’s crown jewel, the Shalin Liu performance Center and the Larcom Theatre down the road in Beverly.

ComeTogetherBenefi600With your help, Gloucester’s iconic UU Meetinghouse is working to restore their balcony so it can become another major listening venue and we’re helping them by presenting concerts in the church to raise money for that effort. Cape Ann Winter Solstice started this project off by packing the house on December 21.  We’re doing it again on April 25 with The Number Nines featuring top Cape Ann talent 3rian King, Chelsea Berry, Renee Dupuis and Dennis Monagle together with Boston stars Meff and Brendan Burns.  If you want to be sure to get a seat, you probably shouldn’t wait until the last minute to buy your tickets.  Get them now here:

 

Play Ball!

I’m just a little bit excited that it is baseball season again.  I’ve used the word “giddy” a few times in some recent posts, but there’s truly no better word.  I love the sport, but more than that, I love the tradition, the history, and the camaraderie.  I’m not sure if there is anything better than a day inside Fenway Park with some great friends and/or family.  The quintessential sensorial experience!  The noise, the smells, the colors, the cold beer, and the sausage…peppers, onions, mustard, relish.  Come on!

For me, though, it’s also the park.  I love Fenway Park. I already peppered you with my love for the seats, but there’s so much more.  I love the architecture.  I love the brick. I love the grass.  I love the lights. There’s something about how it all comes together that truly can take your breath away.

The Red Sox begin their 114th season today…and then there’s only 161 games left in the regular season.  So,  let’s buckle up and enjoy the ride.

In case you need a “Roster Refresher” 

Opening Day “Fun Facts”

A little feel good baseball musical inspiration for you.  Love this song.

 

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

 

 

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This weeks “GMG Cooks” list continues to grow! Chris Reed, Mary Beth Stanton, Brenda Davis are this weeks GMG COOKS!

Chris Reed writes~Recipe From Felicia via Good Morning GloucesterYes! They are so good. It was like a cookie factory in here today.

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Sista Felicia~ Great Job Chris…your cookies look Perfecto! Thank You for sharing your photo<3

Mary Beth Stanton Writes~Yummo! Followed your recipe for pasta with the broccoli …. Billy is on his second bowl! Perfect on this damp, rainy Sunday.

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Sista Felicia~ Glad to hear Bill enjoyed one of my favorite dishes! Yesterday was a perfect day for Pasta Broccoli! Thank you for sharing your photo<3

 

Brenda Davis Writes~Made these tonight..easy, delicious and not too sweet..perfect for dipping into tea …Thank you, Felicia for the recipe…

brenda Davis cookies

Sista Felicia~  I agree, this cookie is not overly sweet, and perfect for dipping!  Thank you for sharing your photo <3

Join the GMG Cooks Club by sending us your photos of a Sista Felicia Recipe !

Monday March 31st , 2014 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast …
GALE WARNING!
Mon N winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 40 kt. Seas 5 to 8 ft. Areas of fog. A chance of rain and sleet. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Mon Night N winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 40 kt. Seas 6 to 9 ft. A chance of snow…sleet and rain.

Today mostly cloudy with periods or rain mixed with snow and sleet highs in the 30′s to lower 40′s … NE winds 25-35 mph with gusts over 45-50mph..
Monday Night rain / snow / sleet coming to a end lows in the upper 20′s to 30′s .. NE winds 20-30mph gusts over 45mph!!

I had the opportunity today to do a Live Stream From the Blue Shutters Inn on Nautilus Rd right on GHB… Also was welcomed inside the Shutter Inn and sat down with Ed Comer one of the Inn’s Owners … We talked about what else , the Weather of course :) Ed had a lot of great stories to share with me and a very interesting guy .. I enjoyed my talk and time with Ed , and look forward to many more with the Blue Shutters Inn … Thanks Again Ed For Having me , u made me feel at home there.. :) so I took some pics of the inside and I’d like to share them with u …. First pic Ed Comer my new good Friend …..

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Pictures of the inside of this Beautiful Inn on the Beach.. I’m telling u if you’re ever gonna visit Gloucester and need a Place to stay , u must experience The Blue Shutter’s Inn … The people are great , the staff is great .. must check it out ! Oh and the views are terrific !
Live stream recorded Earlier..
http://m.ustream.tv/recorded/45585183

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http://www.blueshuttersbeachside.com/
We’re just steps from Good Harbor Beach in picturesque Gloucester…

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Community Stuff 3/31/14

FUNDRAISER FOR THE CAPE ANN ANIMAL AID AT DOG BAR

Dog Bar is hosting a fundraiser for the Cape Ann Animal Aid as part of the Restaurants to the Rescue Fundraising Series on Sunday, April 6th. 10% of all sales from 5pm and Close will be donated to the Cape Ann Animal Aid. The evening will also feature a tasting and giveaway from Wachusett Brewing, as well as raffles for great prizes. For more information or to make a reservation, call (978) 281-6565.

GloucesterCast With Guests Nichole Schrafft, Sista Felicia and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/30/14

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GloucesterCast With Guests Nichole Schrafft, Sista Felicia and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/30/14

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Topics Include: Topics Include: Coconut Licking The Mic, Foreign Affairs, Als Cafe, Top 4 Restaurants On The North Shore, Duckworths, The Franklin, Passports, Latitude 43, Seaport Grill,  The Blue Ox, The Cheesecake Factory, Ithaki, Artu in the North End, Modern Pastry vs Mike’s Pastry,  Lexington Ave Resurgence, Innovation House in Magnolia, 525, Donna Ardizzoni, Larry and Misty From Glosta Joes Kickstarter, Village Market, The Surf, Edgewater Cafe, Bruni’s, Willow Rest, Mariposa Sale, Art McCann and The Change.org Petition About The Petition, Spring Sports, The Information Needed To Sign Up Kids For Sports Nowadays, Indoor Sport Facilities Making Sports Year Round, Participation Awards

 

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