Jesse Cook Last Night at the Wilbur!

On a whim, and for no particular event, birthday, or anniversary celebration, I purchased tickets to take my guitar-playing husband, Tom, to hear the mesmerizing, evocative, and GORGEOUS music of Jesse Cook and Company. He loved it and I am a huge fan now, too.  On stage last night, Cook announced that they are returning to Boston this summer to play at Copley Square and I hope to find out more about this upcoming performance.

Cook is thought to be the most influential figure in nuevo flamenco guitar and his music is richly infused by many forms of music from around the world including Egyptian, Armenian, and American jazz and blues.

As they did in this live performance at the Rose Theatre, Jesse and the band came into the audience last night at the Wilbur to perform their second encore.

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How Attracting Wild Bees and Butterflies to Farms Can Save Farmers Money

Bee Pollinating Squash Blossom ©Kim smith 2013Well written and interesting article from author Richard Conniff ~

“Luring local pollinators to farms can pay for itself in four short years, according to a new study.

Right now in Washington and Oregon, 380,000 honeybee hives are at work pollinating cherry, pear, and apple orchards. Last month, a million hives—three-quarters of the nation’s entire stock of commercial honeybees—were pollinating almonds in the Central Valley of California. Pollination by insects is an essential service, necessary for 71 percent of the top 100 crops worldwide. But it has also become alarmingly expensive and uncertain, as colony collapse disorder and other problems have doubled or tripled the cost of renting honeybee hives.

Why not let native pollinators do the same work for free?

That might be a good idea, except that populations of wild pollinators have also collapsed, largely because intensive agriculture has eaten up huge swaths of former habitat, with no end in sight. When researchers in Utah and Illinois recently looked at four North American bumblebee species, they found that their geographic range had shrunk by as much as 87 percent, and their population by as much as 96 percent, with a significant share of the loss having occurred within the past 20 years.

The developing concern over a different kind of national security—pollinator security—recently led the White House for the first time to include a pollinator garden in its plantings, with the aim of supporting bees and monarch butterflies and drawing attention to their crucial role in food production. A group called Make Way for Monarchs is lobbying for large-scale federal action ahead of National Pollinator Week in June. (It has also called on Americans to “join us in a day of action and contemplation for imperiled pollinators” today.)

Of potentially more lasting impact is that some farmers have begun to ask whether introducing flower strips, hedgerows, and other forms of habitat in the margins of their farms might bring back wild pollinators—and ensure that their crops will get the pollen they need to bear fruit. A new study in the Journal of Applied Ecology adds to the growing evidence that it can work.”

Read the complete article here.

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Off Island: New Orleans

P1000648 Priestess Miriam at the Voodoo Spiritual Temple, New Orleans.

Here is a short slideshow. A video will be posted in a few days.

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Trail to Ocean Lawn

April 16, 2014 trail to Ocean Lawn

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Gollum says Hobbit House Studio is Preciousssss

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I wanted to come up with something new for Hobbit House Studio.  I thought Gollum and his “precious” was appropriate.  You have to know J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” to appreciate.  Is it too over the top?

“A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.” J.R.R. Tolkein

Elynn Kroger and John Nesta are also usually open on the weekends (and during the week too).  The Rudder has reopened, and The Studio should be opening soon.  In a minute, all of Rocky Neck will be happening again.

E.J. Lefavour

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Rare Bag Tree Coming Into Bloom

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Go visit Joey at Capt. Joe & Sons to see it.  People tend to pick the blossoms, or they blow away in the wind, so don’t last long.

E.J. Lefavour

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Tonight! Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line ~ Special Guests: Orville Giddings, Mark Earley and Steve Chaggaris. New hours are 8:30-11:30

 

 

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Let’s welcome back the Ipswich Twins! That’s Mr. Orville Giddings and his neighbor and lawn-mowing customer, Mr. Marque Earley. Mr. G. ,superior gootarist and Pepsodent® spokesperson, is ready to charm you  with his raucous blues and plaintive self-inflicted toons. A great songwriter! And Marque, of course, is the finest living local saxophonist who ever lived, locally. Whooping it up on drums will be out favorite kooky cackler, Mr. Steevee Chaggaris. I’ll be on base, once again. Spring has sprung, so get out there and do the do!

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AND REMEMBER THIS:  OUR HOURS HAVE CHANGED AGAIN TO 8:30 to 11:30.

It’s summer!! This is a recording. Please leave a message after the beep. Tell your friends and enemies…..
Don’t forget to dislike or dismember me on My Spfacebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Davesags-blues-party/1413082458915228. I dunno, this self-loving thing has got to stop. What an incredible waste of time!

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Cape Ann Wildlife Fundraiser

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Cape Ann Wildlife Tee Shirt Baby Bird Fundraiser

CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT

Baby bird season fundraiser;

Our Mission: Cape Ann Wildlife, Inc. is dedicated to rescuing and providing the necessary rehabilitative care to all injured, orphaned or otherwise impaired wildlife during their confinement and adjustment period with Cape Ann Wildlife to ensure their survival upon release back into their natural environment.

Please contact the organizer with any questions.

All funds raised will go directly to Cape Ann Wildlife inc.

https://www.booster.com/capeannwildlife?share=3401397591829108

CAPE ANN WILDLIFE ONLINE

 

 

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Italian Easter Bunny Egg Cookies

PrintItalian Easter Bunny Egg Cookies have been a tradition in our family my whole life! Grandma Felicia and Nona Rose and Aunt FeFe Militello always shaped them into Easter Bunnies for the kids and Easter Baskets for the adults. Both are fun, delicious, and a must have sweet treat… 

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Twachtman Plaque, 1937

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The long-gone bronze plaque (top) commemorates oil painter Twachtman and his studio. The head of Wonson Cove is in the background. The photo on the bottom is the exterior, photographed in 1936, when it was Oharra's "Come See & Shop."

The long-gone bronze plaque (above) commemorates oil painter Twachtman and his studio. The head of Wonson Cove is in the background. The photo on the top is the exterior, photographed in 1936, when it was Oharra’s “Come See & Shop.”

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Community Photos 4/17/14

This vessel pulled in to Fernandina Harbor on Amelia Island this afternoon on its way to Gloucester. I thought your readers might like to know. Kevin McCarthy

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Homer and Cletus with friends at Good Harbor Beach, Saturday afternoon

As is customary, Homer takes charge of the event

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Ann and Mike Lafferty representing Good Morning Gloucester at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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Mike with a Gifford Beal painting.

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Mike and Ann in front of Paul Manship’s Bears.

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Ann with an Edward Hopper’s Parkhurst’s House


Schooner Thomas E. Lannon Ready For The Season, photos from Anthony Marks


I ask you, do we want to be known as Gloucester, TRASHachusetts? I don’t!

The weather is finally nicer so let’s all begin to tackle our litter problem by first cleaning up around our own properties. Then maybe get radical and start a Clean City Initiative by clearing up some place that is not your own property. Just think of the inspiration you could be for others; leading by example! 

I walk around town every day and our woods, marshes, etc are inundated with trash.There is plenty of work to be done. So before the grass grows and covers our litter for yet another year ,let us all be brave Gloucester Citizens by taking personal responsibility for our collective environment. If everyone pitched in just a little, we could have the clean City we deserve in no time.

Many hands really do make light work.

Thanks,

Janet Rice

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Editors note:  Janet just last week after visiting EJ at the Hobbit Studio above Sailor Stan’s and walking back to my truck I walked past this very spot where you took photos and there was a guy right there at low tide picking up trash.  Where the wind pushes in certain directions sometimes it all collects in spots even if it had been cleaned the day before.


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Thursday April 17th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather…

Marine Forecast …
Thu NE winds around 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
Thu Night NE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
Fri NE winds around 10 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.

Thursday Forecast :
Sunny , cool highs in the 40′s .. East winds 15-20mph .. Thursday Night Mostly clear skies and COLD!! Lows in the lower 30′s .. North East winds 10-15 mph …
Hourly Forecast ….

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Weekend Outlook ….

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I’ll hold the Cartoons to one minimum Joey :) And thank u Joey , Vickie And Pete for a great shout out !
Thanks for viewing everyone :) Have a Wonderful Thursday …
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Community Stuff 4/17/14

Hi Joey,

I’m Liz – I’m the other farmer at Moraine Farm in Beverly, with Gretta Anderson. We still have vegetable shares left this season if folks are looking and would love to spread the news about our farm!

Here’s some photos I took of what’s going on in our greenhouse for something spring-y to share on the blog, attached (seedlings: red romaine lettuce, purple kohlrabi, red mustard & mizuna greens). 

And some of our upcoming free events are here: http://morainefarmcsa.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/its-here-spring-hooray/

Thanks & hope all is well! Fans of the blog. :)

Liz

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The 42 singers of Cantemus will perform “Sing We Merrily: Part Songs, Catches and Glees” on April 26 in Hamilton and April 27 in Newburyport. “It’s a program of sometimes joyful, soulful, humorous and always melodious songs” says Music Director Jane Ring Frank (front row, center). 

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Cape Ann Community Forum

Location: Cruiseport Gloucester, 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester, MA
Date: April 9, 2014  – 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Lahey Health & Addison Gilbert Hospital will host a community forum to discuss recent updates and developments at Lahey Health and Addison Gilbert Hospital.  Presenters will include Denis Conroy, Chief Executive Officer of Addison Gilbert and Beverly hospitals and Cindy Cafasso Donaldson, Vice President of Addison Gilbert Hospital.  All residents are encouraged to attend this community forum, which will include a question and answer session.


 

 

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We’ve noticed there is quite a lot of trash and flotsam on the marsh along King Philip and Samoset Roads. We thought it would be a great idea to clean up this scenic part of our neighborhood as part of our Earth Day Celebration.
The Gloucester DPW has agreed to help us with special yellow trash bags and disposal of what we pick up.  Our neighbor Jeff has agreed to haul everything with his dump truck to the DPW yard where it can be sorted and disposed of.
There will be donuts and coffee!
Bring gloves, wear boots and dress in clothes that are OK to get dirty if you want to trudge onto the marsh.  Supervised children are more than welcome to take part. The marsh is our focal point, but feel free to extend your efforts to your streets around the clean-up area. 
If you have questions contact John and Mary at: jrlejeune@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!

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Good morning Joey,

The Gloucester Rotary Foundation is holding a fundraising event in May to raise money for renovations to the Antonio Gentile Band Stand at Stage Fort Park. Do you think you could post this image for them? I have also attached a blurb too. Thanks for anything you can do!

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The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) is excited to introduce a new “Alumni Exhibition” that honors past Goetemann Residency artists. This year RNAC is delighted to present the work of Ken Beck, who spent a month-long residency on Rocky Neck in 2007. Attached you will find our press release and image Please include this in your Arts calendar section. Any and all assistance in promoting this wonderful event is appreciated.

Sincerely,

James Eves, Marketing Director

Rocky Neck Art Colony

email: RNACpr@gmail.com

cel: 508.284.2621

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
(Open year round, Thurs – Sunday)
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
978.515.7004 

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Endicott College Gloucester has added 2 summer courses to its schedule. ‘Communicating in Business’ and ‘Drawing and Composition I’ will be taught by our experienced faculty, beginning June 2nd  and continuing through July 9th, at our Gloucester campus at 33 Commercial St. ‘Drawing and Composition’ will be held on Monday and Wednesday mornings while ‘Communicating in Business’ will meet in the classroom on Tuesday mornings along with a weekly online component. Each course is three credits.  

For further information and to register please contact Jodi Frithsen at 978.879.4250. 


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GloucesterCast With Peter and Vickie VanNess and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/16/14

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GloucesterCast With Peter and Vickie VanNess and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/16/14

 


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Topics Include: Gloucester MA, April 16 Snow, Peter VanNess, Vickie VanNess, Peter Lovasco Doing a Great Job With Cape Ann Weather, Bitstrips, Kevin Edson, Rice Cooker Hoax, Boston Strong, ACLU, Dog Leash Controversy, Bad Dog Owners,Beach Trash Barrels vs Carry In/Carry Out,  Larcom Theater, UU Meetinghouse, Henri Smith, Jon Butcher Axis, Celebrate Gloucester, Red Tape For Community Events, Castleberry Fairs, Block Party, Jackie Hardy, Tourism, Fun Should Not Be Illegal, Gran Prix of Gloucester, Cyclocross, I4C2, Downtown Parking Is Not Bad if You are Willing To Walk One Block (Which Is Less Walking You’ll Do If You Park In A Mall Parking Lot and Walk Into The Mall), People That Will Drive In Circles 20 Times Unless They Get A Parking Spot On Main St vs Parking On Rogers or Middle St, Stitcher App, Cross Platform, BossJock App, Email Subscription Service Is Broken, Explaining Hyperlinks, Sister Felicia, Shalin Liu, Embedding A Video, Get Her A Muzzle.
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Check Out Peter and Vickie At www.gimmelive.tv


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Super Fun Anthropologie Behind-the Scenes Making of the Monarch Store Windows Submitted By Our GMG FOB Mary McLoud Tucker!

Thank you Mary for sharing; this video from Anthropologie is so much fun!!!

Metamorphosis: The Making of Our
Earth Day Windows

It is awe-inspiring to think that the monarch butterfly, a species so small and humble, lays claim to one of nature’s greatest spectacles. And yet, their annual migration is considered just that—an age-old phenomenon of epic proportions and, as recent decades have shown, increasing peril due to their declining population. That’s why this Earth Day, we are paying tribute to the monarchs in our store windows, now home to swarms of handmade orange-and-black butterflies. Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at their making.

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Our GMG FOB Lidi Sands Submits Fabulous Spotted Salamander Sign of Spring!

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I have been enjoying all the spring pictures the FOBs have sent you. We went to Raven’s Wood Park last week to see the Spotted Salamanders & the many different varieties of frogs. They were singing so loudly it was a very cool experience! That is one of our favorite signs that spring is arriving….

Happy Spring

Lidia Sands

Thanks Lidi–we love it! Great work–its not so easy to get a good capture of a Spotted Salamander!!!

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A couple of Egrets enjoying Clark Pond

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