Category Archives: Good eggs

Another Great Block Party!

StClairFoodwm BlockParty4804wmOur final Block Party of 2014 was a great success. As usual, the gallery was too busy for me to walk the street to take pictures. This time, I had the energy to enjoy the event, especially the people. A large cheese platter was generously provided by The Cave, our neighbor at 44 Main Street (http://www.thecavegloucester.com/). Key Block Party folks visited me, including Susan Parent (L) of Toodeloos (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Toodeloos/388111807754) and Block Party organizer Valerie Marcley (R). That’s me in the middle!

I know this post will get me in trouble, but …

HarborLoopCrowdBank Gloucester’s Banking For The Community program is bigger than ever this year.  You get to vote ON-LINE (right here) for an organization to to win up to $5K!  Now, there are some excellent organizations on the list, but you can also check a box labeled “Other” and write one in yourself.  That’s what I did.  I voted for the Harbor Loop Concerts.  “Why?” Well, for a number of reasons this 30-year-old tradition almost fizzled this summer.  But due to the tireless efforts of organizer Bradley Royds, with a little help from Mayor Kirk and others at City Hall, they pulled it off — barely — and it was a wonderful summer of free music at Harbor Loop enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors.  I’d like to see this concert series secure for next year and what better way than by awarding it the top Bank Gloucester prize.  Soooo …. if you agree, just go to https://www.bankgloucester.com/ballot, check the last box in the right hand column and write in “Harbor Loop Concerts” just like in the image below:

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Brothers in Cancer, Brothers Forever

RobtFred4513wmThis past Sunday, my friend and brother-in-law, Robert Lee Doss (L), died after a courageous battle with cancer. He was diagnosed last February, two weeks after my own cancer diagnosis. Robert and my sister, “Painter Barb,” lived on Martha’s Vineyard, and were frequent guests at GMG and my own events at the gallery.

Robert was a CPA, attorney, and Chief Revenue Officer for the State of Alaska. This photo was taken by sista’ Barb during our last visit together, which was a delightful luncheon at the Emerson Inn. Rest in peace Robert, you were a true friend and the best oyster shucker and grill master I ever knew.

Destination Gloucester….celebrity run in.

As if some steamers and a good drink at Halibut Point with a great friend isn’t excellent enough….last night I happened across a wonderful party of about 20 diners out to celebrate a wedding of dear friends.  While we didn’t chat long, the happiness exuding from their large table was palpable and I was so happy to have had the chance to meet them.

The fact that I met them at all stemmed from the fact that some of the younger-than-me wait staff recognized one of the guests as a very handsome actor. Doing my due diligence as a GMG contributor (who happened to be wearing my GMG baseball hat…go figure) I introduced myself and got a bit of the scoop.

Yanic Triesdale, a Canadian actor, also adored in the United States as Michael on The Gilmore Girls in addition to other series and mini-series, is in town to celebrate the destination wedding of dear friends Isabelle Lafleche and very soon-to-be-husband, Patrice.  While, maybe not as recognizable in person to those dining at Halibut, Isabelle is the fantastic, and incredibly beautiful, author of the novels J’Adore New York and J’Adore Paris.  I can’t get to Barnes and Nobles fast enough.  She also happens, as it turns out, to be good friends with GMG’s own, Kim Smith.

They were completely charming and talking with them made me smile.  I was, for the record, incredibly happy to learn that my own dear friend, while recognizing that I was mildly intruding on a rehearsal dinner of sorts, bought the table a couple of bottles of wine in thanks for humoring me.

Excellent examples of friendship on both sides of my iPhone last night.

Cheers to friendship….mine, Kim’s, everyone’s.  Cheers to Isabelle and Patrice on a glorious wedding and a lifetime of happiness. How special that they chose Rockport, of all places, to seal the deal.

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Happy Birthday Kathy Chapman

Friend of Good Morning Gloucester and friend of mine, Kathy Chapman, a native of Minnesota, has given us many Gloucester waterfront posts, as well as the popular and long running "Fish on Fridays," in collaboration with our own Marty Luster. She and I have had many discussions about photography, and she's visited and transported me in my medical time of need. As GMG's Donna Ardizzoni told me: "Kathy Chapman has a good heart." And so true. Happy Birthday Kathy. We wish you many more.

Friend of Good Morning Gloucester and friend of mine, Kathy Chapman, a native of Minnesota, has given us many Gloucester waterfront posts, as well as the popular and long running “Fish on Fridays,” in collaboration with our own Marty Luster. She and I have had many discussions about photography, and she’s visited and transported me in my medical time of need. As GMG’s Donna Ardizzoni told me: “Kathy Chapman has a good heart.” And so true. Happy Birthday Kathy. We wish you many more. (Her actual birthday was yesterday, Friday September 5th).

 

Thoughts And Prayers Go Out To The Family Of Our Friend Jackie Hardy

I first met Jackie as part of our founding group of Block Party organizers.  I can tell you this- there was never a doubt that we couldn’t have done what we got done without Jackie clearing the way to make them such a hit.

Never a doubt that Jackie always put the city and her constituents best interests first.   She was a councilor who did what was right for the city and put the decision making based on what was right and not on politics.

A great Gloucesterite and one of the best City Councilors ever.  Thanks for all you’ve done to make this a better place Jackie.

God bless you and our thoughts are with your family.

Green Dragon and Skipper Al Bezanson Winners!

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Schooner Green Dragon placed first in the Small Schooner Class in the 2014 Schooner Races, winning the Betty Ramsay Plate. Al Bezanson, who’s the owner of Green Dragon and is on the Schooner Race committee, sits in the cockpit of his schooner. Photo  by Kathy Chapman.

Photo © Kathy Chapman 2013-14

 

New rewards program for GHS honor students

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Joel Favazza submits-

There is no doubt that Gloucester High School students will play a pivotal role in the future success of our community. The O.A.R. (“On a Roll!”) program seeks to support these hard-working honors students by awarding O.A.R. Cards that allow for discounts at local stores, restaurants, and other businesses.
 
The program aims to both provide a show of community support for the accomplishments of our brightest young adults, and also to foster the habit of “shopping locally” from a young age. Through the O.A.R. program, we hope to incentivize teenager consumers who will develop shopping habits that will carry on throughout their adult life.
 
Instead of heading down Rt. 128 to “the Mall” or further to grab a bite to eat, buy a new shirt, or find a group activity to pass free time, GHS students that make honor roll all four terms in any given school year will have access to a list of local merchants offering them discounts and special promotions, showing them that what they’re looking for is right here in their hometown.
 
Over time, we hope utilizing the O.A.R. Card helps recipients (and their peers) recognize that Gloucester is not just a place to lay your head down at night—but a unique and vibrant community in which you can work, live, and play. And we hope they will remember this and choose to remain in, or return to, Gloucester as they transition from high school students to young professionals and college students, as they start families of their own, and during each successive chapter of life thereafter.
 
We plan to award the first edition of O.A.R. Cards at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Already, over a dozen local businesses have signed on as participants. We’re hoping to continue to build this list throughout the school year. If you or your business are interested in participating, please contact us at GloucesterOAR@gmail.com .

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Cole a mate on the Water Shuttle captained by Capt Pete, found a Black Centurion America Express Credit Card, under the deck at the Studio in Rocky Neck. He did not hesitate and rushed up the gang way, and returned the card to a Studio Employee.

The credit card is is the most exclusive and rare card offered by American Express; it is available by invitation only. Reserved for high end clients, this titanium (not plastic) card guarantees extras such as private jet services, personal concierges, business, savings and much more. The cost of the privilege to use this card is $2,500 a year.

The card was returned to the rightful owner, a prominent Gloucester resident. 

Cole, I applaud you on your integrity and instilling my confidence in our young generation.

#1 Chef Rosalie Harrington! ~ Seafood Throwdown Snapshots

Rosalie Harrington Seafood Throwdown Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014The competition was close; I think Rosalie won by only one point and ALL was wonderfully delicious! The mystery fish was dogfish. Both Rosalie and Paolo Laboa did a superb job in their 45 minute window of time to cook.

Peter Van Ness Paolo Laboa Seafood Throwdown Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014

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Rosalie Harrington Seafood Throwdown Gloucester Ma ©Kim Smith 2014

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Seafood Throwdown Judges Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014Esteemed Judges

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Rosalie Harrington Paolo Laboa Seafood Throwdown Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014And the Winner Is!

Ethan Seafood Throwdown Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014Rosalie’s grandson Ethan made this sign for his grandmother, with plans to give it to her whether she won or not. I guess he must love his Nonni’s cooking!

More snapshots from the Farmer’s Market tomorrow.

HATS OFF to the Annisquam Village Players for a Spectacular Peter Pan

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Sofia Gadbois, Elliot Davis, Jared Gilman, and Charlie Rousmaniere

A huge shout out to co-directors Terry Sands and Mary Curtis and the outstanding cast and crew of the Annisquam Village Players for once again creating a fabulously wonderful summer theatre event. The cast is stellar, the production flawless, and every act left you wondering, how can they top that! The children in the audience were especially mesmerized, rooting audibly for Peter Pan (played by the tremendously talented Elliot Davis), and grumbling loudly at the villainous and hilarious Captain Hook (featuring Rick Gadbois). Three Cheers and a Standing Ovation for All!!!

It was a joy to see families working together both behind the scenes and performing on stage, including the funny, fun, and talented Rousmaniere’s Will, Charlie, Julia, and Jack (Dana, when will we see you on stage?); the always entertaining Rick Gadbois with his beautiful and accomplished daughter Sofia (what stage presence!); and the charming Think Pink Flamingo, Lidi Sands, with her adorable son, Baby Rabbit Alex Sands.

With an extra special shout out to Terry and Mary for their superb direction and casting, Krisitna for her beautiful choral direction, to Chicki and her crew for yet another year of ingenious sets, to Deej Viau for brilliant choreography, and to Cem Uslu and orchestra for exquisite music. And with a special note of appreciation to Linette and her helpers for their always kind assistance to all.

An extra, extra shout out goes to costume designer Hanna Anderson and the very adroit costume committee for their utterly fantastic ensembles. Every costume was pitch perfect and beautifully executed. Hanna grew up in Annisqaum and now lives in Boston. She is only 21 years old. We’ll be saying—we knew her when…

And, to AVP’s newest stage manager, GREAT JOB Deb Michel!

To read more about the history of the  Annisquam Village Players and how you can support their productions, visit the AVP website here.

Joey C and BJ Mohan Complete The #IceBucketChallenge For Pete Frates Quest To Wipe Out ALS

Joey C Nominates Eric Lorden, Nick Chareas, and The Rabbit.  BJ Mohan Nominates Michele Donovan, Paul Morrison and His Buddy Will McGuiness.

Y’all have 24 hours to complete it or cough up $100.

http://petefrates.com/contribute.html

#IceBucketChallenge

Gloucester Celebrity ALS Ice Bucket Challenger at Cape Pond Ice ?

Scott Memhard submits-

Who is it ? Guess who is the latest Gloucester Celebrity ALS Ice Bucket Challenger at Cape Pond Ice ?

Who is it ?  Guess who is the latest Challenger raising awareness & funds in the Strike Out ALS – Ice Bucket Challenge Fundraiser at Cape Pond Ice ?
Who is it now, beneath that cascade of ice ???
Hint:  This is a brave local “celebrity” shouting out to friends to promote an important cause…

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And,  Andy Ziergiebel, Leo DiMecurio and Peter Couture
this past Sunday….  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=941725072509482

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and on Saturday, Kevin Barrett of Reading at Cape Pond Ice:   https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=790173539395

www.ALSA.org
Scott Memhard
Cape Pond Ice Company

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