Zombie Prom at Hamilton Wenham Regional High School

Zombie Prom PhotoOn Friday, November 15th and Saturday, November 16th jump back to the nuclear ’50s in this high energy, feel-good musical! Join the students of Enrico Fermi High as they sing and dance their way towards the senior prom, while dealing with love and loss, a tyrannical principal, and an unstable power plant! Should zombies have rights? Should they be allowed in school? Come see what craziness ensues as the students go against the rules out of devotion to a former friend!
(There is no zombie gore in this show.)

Zombie Prom
Order your tickets here for the convenience of purchasing in advance via credit card. Tickets are also available at the door using cash or check.

All performances are held at the Ferrini Dramatics Center at Hamilton ~Wenham Regional High School. 775 Bay Road, S. Hamilton, MA 01982.

Fun times with Maddie, Owen, Cole and Avery

What a great weekend with the kids, thank you Felicia for the great lesson in making Pizelles, The kids had a great time.

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Artist Spotlight Series

This will be a series of artist spotlights, showing the work and giving a little inside look into the artists who create it.  The first spotlight is on lifelong Gloucester artist, Theresa Testaverde.

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Theresa’s art is often a collage of whatever stirs her as interesting and challenging. Some of her work is inspired by loved ones, family and friends.

Theresa is a native of Gloucester, has been drawing since the age of 5, has a BFA with her principle focus in Printmaking, and has worked in the commercial field of Specialty Printing since college.

She is the daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter of Gloucester fishermen. Her maternal grandfather, Joaquin Codinha, was deeply involved in the business side of the Fishing industry. Her paternal grandfather, R. Salve Testaverde wrote, “Memoirs of a Gloucester Fisherman.” And Theresa’s great-grandfather (her mother’s grandfather) was Antonio Santos Cortina, who while on a fishing trip on the Laura Goulart, was lost at sea in 1924. “Passionate followers of the heart; fishers of the sea.”

On Fisherman’s Wharf, her family’s FV, the Linda B, would have schools of fish hauled up in a net and loaded on trucks for market. Her most recent drawings, “Fish Faces, A Series of Drawings’ is dedicated to her young years of growing up – “we had all the fish and more!”

In addition, Theresa’s artwork for her “Daily Fish” Coasters is a salute to the life of a fisherman. “I recognize that a fisherman’s life is a noble and valued life, a dangerous life which requires dedication, heart, strength, intense work during stormy days and an immense respect of the sea from which he earns his daily bread.”

All of this was a way of life for Theresa growing up. In her words, “I embrace all of them, their memory, their stories. The women and men from which I am part. I could not create any of my artwork without these reflections. This life had heart, purpose, was hard working, honest, diligent and had love. To remember us young is to examine the heart of family, in our little town, Gloucester. My family members required the sea to maintain their everyday needs. This “fish” artwork is for them.”

You can see more of Theresa’s work at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, East Gloucester during the Rocky Neck Holiday Art & Fine Crafts Festival Saturdays and Sundays, Noon-4 PM, November 30 – December 29.

E.J. Lefavour

Festival of the Trees Manchester November 29th

A newly formed group made up of downtown merchants in Manchester have formed the Manchester Mercantile. In order to promote the Christmas season, create a festive atmosphere and plant the seed to think locally when shopping, they are organizing the first Festival of the Trees hoping to make this an annual event.

The plan is to decorate 24 8 foot tall Evergreens on the Town Hall Common. Groups (Hornet sports teams, a Middle School art class or make up a group) will be provided a tree and a string of white lights. The rest of the decorations are left to the imagination of the groups and individuals decorating.

Trees will be set up for decorating which will take place between November 29th and December 7th. The number of trees is limited so people are encouraged to sign up early.

For specific guidelines and sign-up sheets contact Nicole DelRosario at Surfari (978) 704-9051 or email info@supsafari.com.

Found on the Hard Drive “Meditation” 2006

Found on the Hard Drive  “Meditation” 2006

These Photos were Shot with a Kodak dx6490 4mp 10x zoom in 2006.

One year after we returned home to Gloucester

and 4 years before I was asked to join GMG.



The Gift That Keeps On Giving

PrintSaturday evening my cell phone  alerted me that I had just received a text message. As I swiped the screen, this photo appeared with the caption “Success”. It immediately brought a smile to my face. Knowing someone had just taken a moment to send me a photo of the Caramel Apple Crisp recipe I posted last week. But it took me a few seconds to realize the message was sent from Newly Re-Elected Mayor Carolyn Kirk.  It’s nice to know that she and her husband Bill shared some down time together in their kitchen after a long campaign season. They impressively whipped up a double batch of Caramel Apple Crisp!

mayor kirk crisp

Michelle Lewis-Nasser~ Sent in her photo of Pasta with Chicken Broccoli and Creamy Cheese Sauce, and writes “Yummy”

Michele Nazzer pasta photo

Lisa Fornero ~ Sent in this photo of her handsome son Joseph, and writes “Felicia, I found the cover of your next cookbook!! :)) —

lisa fernero son

Mayor Carolyn Kirk, Bill Kirk, Michelle Lewis-Nasser, and Joseph Fornero  are this weeks newest additions to “GMG FOB COOKS ” All  Sista Felicia Recipe photos sent in will be posted once per week, send your photos in and join the club!

Africa 01966 USA?

Janet and I occasionally walk up Phillips Avenue, and have enjoyed a little park along the way. We'd sit on the ledge or a bench to enjoy the view. There were no sculptures or signs then, so we thought it was public. Now we know it's private, but not clearly not connected to a nearby house. Your thoughts?

Janet and I occasionally walk up Phillips Avenue, and have enjoyed a little park along the way. We’d sit on the ledge or a bench to enjoy the view. There were no sculptures or signs then, so we thought it was public. Now we know it’s private, but clearly not connected to a nearby house. Your thoughts?

There are all sorts of wild African animals in this little park, including some monkeys and people. Perhaps Marty and Barbara Luster can help us identify them.

There are all sorts of wild African animals in this little park, including some monkeys and people. Perhaps Marty and Barbara Luster can help us identify them.

These are more of the amazing granite sculptures. Does anyone know the story behind them? Let us know.

These are more of the amazing granite sculptures. Does anyone know the story behind them? Let us know.

Poll- What’s Worse? Bad Pistachio or Bad Oyster


Ever be sitting down in front of the TV eating pistachios just enjoying the shit out of them and then run into that one bad one that ruins you for pistachios for years. 

I can’t even begin to describe that bad pistachio rotten taste, that taste that lingers and disgusts you to no end.  You try to spit it out immediately but the damage has been done.  Once it hits your taste buds there’s no turning back.  It’s like seeing things that can’t be unseen.  Like walking in on your parents having sex- horrifying.

Now pit that up against a bad oyster, that horrible horrible bad oyster.

Which one is worse?  Like if you had to endure one which would it be?


PS- Take that shell away and rotate that oyster picture 90 degrees and what does the meat look like to you?

I see a beautiful tulip.

Community Stuff 11/11/13

Special Dinner at Ohana- November 14, 2013 

Make reservations early for this event with a special menu, cocktails featuring Ryan & Wood products and a talk by Bob Ryan on his products – Beauport Vodka, Knockabout Gin, Folly Cove Rum and Ryan & Wood Rye Whiskey. 

November 14, 2013, 6pm

Three Course Cocktail Dinner $60

Includes 3 Ryan & Wood Cocktails

By  Ryan & Wood Distilleries

1st Course

~choice of~

Lobster Bolognese

fresh spaghetti, lobster brodo & truffle brown butter froth

Herb Salt Crust N.Y. Striploin

burrata cheese, speculoos butter, balsamic onion

2nd Course

~choice of~

Lemon Thyme Salmon

white bean veloute, tomato marmalade, yuzu saffron sabayon, bouillabaisse sauce

Hoisin Five Spiced Whole Roasted Duck

vanilla lime pomme puree, cornbread stuffing, maple brussels sprout, vinjuan demi

3rd Course

Eight Layer Chocolate Cake

peanut butter ice cream

Poached Pear Melba

raspberry vanilla ice cream, chantilly crème, almond tuile

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“Outsidah” goes “Unzipped”

Just the Facts:

Who? Columnist Doug Brendel, “The Outsidah,” releases his 3rd annual “Only in Ipswich” book, Ipswich Unzipped

What? Book launch party

Where? MiXtMedia Gallery, 40 Essex Road, Ipswich (Rt. 133 at Bruni’s Marketplace)

When? 5-8 p.m. on “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving, November 29th

Why? Because Doug always releases his “Only in Ipswich” books on Black Friday

How? Free and open to the public

A Little More:

Ipswich hasn’t been quite the same since Doug Brendel arrived.

He’s “The Outsidah,” writing a humorous column each week for the Ipswich Chronicle, commenting on life in small-town New England from the standpoint of a newcomer.

As if this weren’t bad enough, he releases a book each year, compiling the year’s columns and illustrating them with scratchy cartoons.

His third book in the series, Ipswich Unzipped, will debut at a party on the day after Thanksgiving, 5-8 p.m. at MiXtMedia Gallery, 40 Essex Road, in Ipswich.

The author, who is also a veteran actor and popular speaker, will read from his columns. “Hearing them, you avoid the cartoons,” Doug says. “They’re even worse than the columns.”

All three of the Only in Ipswich books will be available for purchase and autographs at the event. And various contests (like “How many clamshells are in this bucket?”) will give attendees the chance to win free books.

For more information about this event, contact MiXtMedia’s Susan Burton via 978-356-0408 or sue@susankburton.com. Or reach Doug Brendel personally via 978-810-1005 or Outsidah@DougBrendel.com. For news of other performances by “The Outsidah,” follow Doug’s blog at Outsidah.com.

GloucesterCast 11/10/13 With Guests Kim Smith and Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro


GloucesterCast Podcast Taped 11/10/13 With Guests Kim Smith Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include: Donuts from Brother’s Brew, Gloucester High Only Plays 7 Regular Season Football Games, Passports and Olive Kitteridge Filming, Frances McDormand and Bill Murray in Town, Toby’s Psychotic Dining Expectations, Sista Felicia bringing The Thunder, Mass Office of Travel and Tourism, Betsy Wall and Catherine Ryan

World’s Easiest Method on How to Grow Milkweed From Seed

Milkweed Eastern PointCommon Milkweed Patch Eastern Point

Now is the perfect time of year to collect and to plant milkweed seeds, either from pods that are just splitting open or from pods that have already split and are showing their silky fluff.

There are several different methods of propagating milkweed and the following is by far the simplest. Gather milkweed seeds and store in a paper bag. At the location in your garden where you are planning a milkweed patch, lightly scratch the soil with a rake. Scatter the seeds over the soil. Sprinkle a thin layer of soil over the seeds, just enough to keep them from blowing away. That’s it! Next spring, by mid-May, you will have a patch of milkweed seedlings. This super simple method works for Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) and Marsh Milkweed (Asclpeias incarnata).

Note ~ when collecting seeds from wildflowers, never remove the plant from its location, and never take all the seeds.

If you’d like to learn more about this beautiful plant species, and how growing milkweed in your own garden directly benefits the Monarch Butterfly, there are over 25 posts covering milkweed on Good Morning Gloucester; too numerous to list here. Type milkweed in the search box in the upper right hand corner of the GMG home page to see all.

Monarch Butterfly Marsh Milkweed ©Kim Smith 2011

Cape Ann Milkweed Project


How Exactly is Monsanto’s Roundup Ravaging the Monarch Butterfly Population?

Where Are All the Monarchs?

Monarch Caterpillars Feeding on Common Milkweed ©Kim Smith 2011

Monarch Butterfly Twins ©Kim smith 2011Two newly emerged Monarchs, with chyrsalides attached to the rib of Common Milkweed leaves


timothy longman

Dr. Timothy Longman will speak about the role of the Christian church in the genocide that wracked the tiny African state of Rwanda 20 years ago and the importance of memory in the ongoing process of national reconciliation there on Sunday, November 17 at 7 p.m. at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester. The event is free and open to the public.

Over four months in 1994, the small East African state of Rwanda experienced one of the most intense waves of violence in modern history. In the two decades since, a regime dominated by the main targets of the genocide—the minority Tutsis—has undertaken an impressive program of national reconciliation. But it’s also been criticized for its own human rights abuses and for war-making in neighboring Congo.

Professor Longman will talk about the complex relationship between the church in Rwanda and the violence and how the government has tried to preserve the memory of the genocide among Rwandans both as a means of reconciliation and a defense against a repeat of it, even as it has acted to suppress memories of other types of political violence, especially its own.

Timothy Longman is the director of the African Studies Center at Boston University and assistant professor of political science. He has been conducting research in Rwanda since 1992. His book, ”Commanded by the Devil: Christianity and Genocide in Rwanda”, will be published by Cambridge University Press.

Longman argues that Rwanda’s churches became implicated in the 1994 Rwandan genocide because of their historic links with the state, their active engagement in ethnic politics, and the ongoing cooperative ties between leaders of the churches and the state.

His current research focuses on state-society relations in Africa, looking particularly at human rights, transitional justice, democratization, civil society, the politics of race and ethnicity, religion and politics, and women and politics.

Longman earned a doctorate in political science at the University of Wisconsin in 1995. He was the director of the Human Rights Watch field office in Rwanda in 1995-96 and director of Rwanda research for the Human Rights Center of the University of California Berkeley in 2001-2006. He has also conducted fieldwork in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. He has previously taught at Vassar College, Columbia University, the National University of Rwanda, and the University of the Witswatersrand (South Africa).

This will be the second event of the Cape Ann Forum’s 2013/2014 season and the 79th since the organization was established in 2001. The last event of the fall will feature Middle East expert Omar Dahi on what is behind the conflict in Syria on Sunday, December 8 at the Gloucester City Hall. 2014 speakers will include Gloucester filmmakers Nubar and Abby Alexanian in February, human trafficking expert Paulette Lloyd in March and popular radio commentator Christopher Lydon in May.

For more information on the event go to the Forum’s Web site at http://www.capeannforum.org.

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