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Coconut Wishes Everyone A Belated ” Happy National 2014 Dog Day”

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Late last night after noticing lots of doggie photos posted on FaceBook throughout the day, I learned that people were posting their beloved canines photos in celebration of 2014″National Dog Day.” Of course I immediately jumped on board and posted this photo of my beloved Coconut!

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Today Coconut & I wish all our GMG Canine Friends a Happy Belated National Dog Day! Woof!

Live From Finish Line Of Blackburn Challange!

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Friends Cindy Parisi and Mary Kay Ide minutes after finishing todays Blackburn Challenge

Congrats To all who Competed Today!

Steady stream of racers hitting the beach, enjoying a buffet lunch and live music!

St. Peter’s Fiesta 2014 Saturday & Sunday Greasy Pole Winners Up Close & Personal

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My dear friend Bridget Mathews Shares her amazing photos of Sunday Greasy Pole Champ Mark Allen  and Saturday winner Kyle Barry capturing the prized flag made by brothers Thomas and Peter Favazza.

Sunday Champ Mark Allen’s Moment of Glory

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Saturday Champ Kyle Barry’s Moment of Glory

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St. Peter Novena Day 9 The Mass & Procession Returning St. Peter to the Club Window

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 Preparing St. Peter For The Procession To The Club

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Securing St. Peter to the Stand 

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Beach Court  Opening Ceremony At The Sanfilippo Home

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Returning St. Peter To The Window Of The St. Peter Club

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The stand used to carry St. Peter through the streets of Gloucester

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St. Peter returned safely back to the St. Peters Club window

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Saint Peter’s Fiesta Traditions Behind The Scenes- Tom and Peter Favazza Making The Greasy Pole Flags Part I

You wanna talk history?  You wanna talk about passion?  Listen as the Tommy and Peter Favazza talk about the years of dedication they have given as makers of the Greasy Pole Flags and Fiesta Committee members.  This is what it’s all about: the complete giving of time and energy so everyone gets to enjoy the pageantry and tradition kept alive by families like the Favazzas.

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St. Peter Novena Day 8

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St. Peter Day 8 Photos

Last nights rosary ended with one of my favorite novena songs Padre Pio #2… “The Godmother” had the crowd waving their hands to the beat of the music!….Rosie Verga’s statement,during the closing prayer… “That song was a treat for all of us here tonight and a perfect way to end tonight’s rosary.”

The American legion Hall was quickly cleaned and reset for tonight’s last 2014 St. Peter Novena and Ceremonial Rosary Mass after last nights Novena

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***View tonight’s Novena and Mass services live at 6pm ***
GMG Live Stream Details
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The Seine Boat Seats…

 

PrintIMG_3756Last night Daughter Amanda sends my husband (AKA St. Barry) this text message at 9:45 pm…”Dad did you make my seine boat seat? I need it for 5:30 am practice.”  Guess what St. Barry found himself doing 10pm last night….??? 

The St. Peter Fiesta Seine Boat crew members can easily be identified walking around  St. Peter Square, and the Beach Court area, this week sporting; taped hands, rowing gloves, custom designed crew shirts, wooden plank cushion seats, and bed pillows.  For “Seine Boat Rowers,” having the “right seat” is an absolute necessity. At the beging of practice week, rowers except the known fact of their likelihood of rowing race day with blistered hands, but the thought of racing with a blistered bottom is the one thing all rowers commonly share a fear of, and don’t want to become their painful reality to have to deal with.  One of the first recommendations shared by senior crew members is the importance of having a comfortable seat that will protect your bottom and get you  to race day without blisters.  Having the perfect seat cushion and gloves are crucial to rowing a successful race. Each rower will fasten their “custom cushion” to their personal “liking” immediately upon boarding the boat. This ritual takes president over other preparations of adjusting footboards, taping hands and the tying in of oars. You will notice in the photo below some rowers, like my daughter Amanda, use wooden planks under a cushion to raise them up off the boats bench.  Some fasten a cushion directly to the bench with duck tape, and others, wrap their cushion in a slippery fabric or trash bag  before fastening it to the bench of the boat, with the hope of lessening the friction caused by the repetitious back-and-forth rowing motion. The Senior Crew members are really great about guiding the younger crews through the week of practices. Their love for the sport and passion to keep the “Fiesta Races” thriving for future generations is what drives them to teach younger crews all the special tips they have learned over the years. Their spirit is infectious… Viva Sam Pedro!

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Saint Peter’s Fiesta Traditions Behind The Scenes- Generations Of The Linquata Family Making The Fiesta Pins

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Huge thanks to the Linquata family for allowing us into their home and sharing their story of family, love and tradition.  It is families like this that make it all so special for all of us to enjoy.  So many stories, so much love, so much passion, and who wins?  Everyone in our close knit community.  The people who think the Fiesta is about the carnival and the rides are missing out.  They have no idea how much work goes in behind the scenes by beautiful families like the Linquatas.  Thanks for all you do to make it the most special time of year for so many.

Your labor of love and dedication will not go unnoticed if we have anything to say about it.

Look for tomorrow’s video with the Favazzas who make the Greasy Pole Flags.  GMG behind the scenes for Saint Peter’s Fiesta 2014.

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St. Peter Novena Day 6

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Bridgette Mathews St Peter Altar Photo

Photo by Bridgett Mathews

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Ma Chi Siammo Tutti Mutti…..VIVA SAN PEDRO

The helping hands behind the rosary

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Christopher Quinlan, grandson of Marie Linquata, is the man behind the scenes faithfully helping out each night. Christopher assists guests in and out of the elevator, assembles extra tables and chairs as needed, and keeps the activity in the kitchen running smoothly for “Novena Coffee Time”.  He is the perfect role model for our younger generation. Chris is committed to doing his part to keep this deep rooted Sicilian Tradition of “novena” alive for future generations by stepping up to the plate and getting involved. Hat’s off to Christopher! Thank you for all you do.

“Novena Coffee Time”

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St. Peter Novena Day 5

 

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Lia Militello, Caterina Cusumano, Giovanna Toromina, Grace Favazza, Rosalie Lioacchino

Each evening during the opening prayer service Rosie Verga, talks about the Children, and how important it is to bring the younger generation to the St. Peter Novena.  Rosies words are so very true.  Our children are the future of the Feast of St. Peter, and of all our deep rooted Sicilian Traditions.  It is vital to the tradition they we expose them and keep them involved.  Last night two little blessings, Dante Linquata and Phoenix Curcuru entertained us with their dancing and sweet voices of laughter as they played together during the rosary.

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Fiesta & 4Th of July Nail Art at Elite Nail Salon

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Maryjane Carollo, owner of Elite Nail Salon, is truly a master nail technician. Maryjane has been fancying up the finger nails of her clients with her amazing skills and nail art for over 23 years. A few days ago Maryjane, posted the photo and comment shown below advertising  her latest works of holiday nail art on Facebook…I called immediately for an appointment and had my nails done yesterday! Thank you …I love them!

“St Peters, 4th of July, World Cup Nails. Come get yours done. All painted free hand!! Elite Nails”

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If you can dream it Maryjane can create it…

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St. Peter Novena Day 4 Photos

 

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Last night the American Legion Hall was filled with women, men, children, Italian pastries and puppies!

 

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To hear songs “Piu Presso a te”  and “San Pietro Santo” from St. Peter Novena click link below

 

Live From Cape Ann Farmers Market

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What a beautiful day for a Farmers Market!

 

Tomorrow’s on Sista’s Dish “Strawberry Salsa”

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Stop by todays market and pick up some fresh strawberries !

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St Peter Novena Day 3

 

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Bridgette Mathews St Peter Altar Photo

Photo by Bridgett Mathews

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The warm weather didn’t stop the faithful women of Gloucester from filling the American Legion Hall for last nights St. Peter Rosary.

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Last nights head table leading the rosary from left, Rosalie Liaichino, Grace Favazza, and Mary Russo

To hear “Madonna del mare” a song from last night click video below

A Rosary wouldn’t be complete without the traditional “Novena Coffee Time!” 

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Look at this spread of Italian Confections served last night…

 

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It’s customary for the rosary women to gather around a table of homemade Italian Pastries, Cookies, and coffee after the prayer service each night.  

 

 

 

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