Monthly Archives: July 2014
Save the date for a reading by my husband Tom Hauck of his recently published thriller The Body on the Rocks at Toad Hall Bookstore, Rockport, on Wednesday, July 16th at 7pm.
I hope you can join us!
The instant Chris Mark heard the scream he knew something was very wrong. At the edge of a narrow chasm a woman was backing away from something. Her dog strained at its leash. Mark took his hands from his pockets, broke into a run. The woman saw him and pointed. The dog pulled excitedly, trying to get close to whatever was down there. Mark approached the crevice and looked down. On the rocks ten feet below him a man lay on his back. He was clad in jeans and a sweatshirt. While the body was in bad shape – bloated and discolored – the waxy face still had its nose and ears, and the two bluish hands were at the ends of the arms. The limbs and small bits had not yet been devoured by predators. “I’m sorry that I screamed like that,” stuttered the woman. “I just looked down and there he was. What do you suppose happened?” Mark shrugged. “The ocean can take you any which way.” “The Body on the Rocks” presents twelve thrilling stories featuring detective Chris Mark. Set in the rugged port city of Gloucester, Massachusetts, each story offers human drama, passion, intrigue, and a glimpse into the complicated life of an Iraq War vet who only wants to help people solve their toughest problems. This fast-paced collection is perfect for a day at the beach or an evening by the fireplace, and will keep you turning the pages long past your bedtime.
“What’s your name,’ Coraline asked the cat. ‘Look, I’m Coraline. Okay?’
‘Cats don’t have names,’ it said.
‘No?’ said Coraline.
‘No,’ said the cat. ‘Now you people have names. That’s because you don’t know who you are. We know who we are, so we don’t need names.”
― Neil Gaiman, Coraline
The Gloucester Police Department is very active in supporting the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), which is the law enforcement fundraising arm of the Massachusetts Special Olympics. Events that are sponsored by the LETR include the "Tip A Cop" fundraiser, the Cruiser Convoy, Polar Plunges, various 5 and 10k races, and "Toss Your Boss". All of these culminate in the "Guardian of the Flame" ceremony in which sworn police officers carry the Special Olympic Torch across the host country of the International Special Olympics.
I am proud to say that, after an event held in April here in town, the Gloucester Police Department currently holds the state record for a single night "Tip A Cop" fundraiser. I feel that we, as a police department, have a responsibility to use our positions to do the best we can for such worthy causes as the Special Olympics.
As such, on July 19 at 8am, I will be "tossed" from the 27th floor of the Hyatt Regency in Boston for the annual "Toss Your Boss" Fundraiser. If you’ve ever wanted to see the Chief of Police tossed off a building….pony up!!!. For the biggest single contributor…I will wear their choice of outfit (within reason…).
I know the timeframe is tight. I am humbly asking for any contribution, however small, you can make. And additionally, for any networking you can provide to help me raise money for the Massachusetts Special Olympics. Thanks so much in advance for considering this cause.
Donations may be dropped off at the Police Station c/o Christina Melillo. Checks should be made out to "Massachusetts Special Olympics"
Chief of Police
City of Gloucester, MA
The last few times we’ve warned you against waiting until the last minute it has been because the shows were selling out (which they did) and we didn’t want you to complain that you hadn’t heard about them until it was too late. This time we’re trying to save you $12 PER TICKET to the Gloucester Blues Festival, which is the biggest and best blues festival that will ever come to your backyard for prices like these: $28 in advance or $40 at the gate.
I know, August 9 seems far away, but you can only buy advanced tickets until August 4. That’s only 4 weeks from today and given this great weather, you’ll probably forget because you’re having too much fun in the sun during the day and partying too hard under the stars at night.
But right now, you’re reading this blog post, which means you’re at a computer or on a smart-phone, either of which can be used to get your tickets RIGHT HERE. Then you can relax and enjoy the rest of July without worrying that you’ll be distracted at just the wrong moment by that nagging voice asking, “What was I supposed to do?”
Here’s Shemekia Copeland at the very first Gloucester Blues Festival in 2012.
Check this year’s lineup here.
Photo by Louise
We have rented the event tent at the Cape Ann Marina (at Mile Marker on 133) and the entire tent will be theater row seating with the exception of cabaret seating up front (cabaret table seats 4 and ticket price includes a bottle of Prosecco!).
Renee & Joe are opening and then I’ll do an acoustic set, followed by a full band set with Renee DuPuis on keys and backup vocals, Joe Cardoza on bass, Dennis Monagle on drums, and Brendan Burns (amazingly talented Somerville guitarist) on lead guitar.
You can buy tickets online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/709321 or in person at Mile Marker 1. Seating is general admission.
This is a one night event so if you plan to attend, please buy your tickets early! We won’t add a second show if we sell out (and I think we will)!
On a side note, I want to take the opportunity to sincerely thank you all for the support you have shown me since moving to Gloucester. Six years ago I began playing open mics at Cameron’s, the Pleasant St. Tea Company, the Rhumb Line, Dog Bar… now most of my shows are in listening rooms and out of state! I’ve worked hard to get here but there is no question in my mind that there is no way I’d be where I am in my career if it weren’t for you. The support system that Gloucester offers to musicians is something truly unique and amazing. It really is because of you that all of these wonderful opportunities have come my way… so thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Really hope to see you all on July 25!!
We were on our good friends’ boat the other day with their 3 children, our two boys, and two additional cousins. As we watched all of the children laugh and chill on the bow while we made our way around the back shore of Gloucester, he said, “I love that these kids are all growing up so salty.”
Well, me too.
Today the boys asked if I would do a post in which they could talk about how they haul lobster traps. How do you say “no” to that! So, as they hauled some gear, I took a bunch of photos and they taught me what was up along the way.
This is what they had to say….
The “Intruder” Lanes Cove Finished. Finally.
Oil On Panel
I created this tasty Olive Tapenade recipe several years ago for my brother Joey. It’s has become my “go to” quick and easy recipe for unexpected company. Serve with your favorite wine, toasted bread rounds or assorted crackers. Olive Tapenade is a perfect addition to any Crudité platter throughout the year!
11/2 cup black Kalamata olives; pitted
6-8 Oven-Dried tomatoes (For Oven-Dried Tomatoes Recipe see pg # 62 in my cookbook “Gifts of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen with Sista Felicia; Harvest”)
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon Anchovy Paste
1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup Pecorino Romano Cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon red crushed pepper flakes
11/2 tablespoon lemon zest
1 Combine all ingredients in bowl of food processor fitted with metal blade; process one minute
2 transfer to serving bowl; serve immediately,or transfer to airtight container; refrigerate until ready to use; will keep 3 days refrigerated
Marine Forecast ..
Small Craft Advisory
Mon SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Patchy fog.
Mon Night SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Video Cast :
Hourly Forecast :
7 Day Forecast…
Captain Tom Ellis took the Thomas E. Lannon out on a glorious sail beyond the breakwater, Celtic singer Michael O’Leary and Friends played music to the delight of everyone on board, many happy faces enjoying the sunset and a welcoming flock of sea gulls as they escorted the Schooner Lannon back home.