Monthly Archives: November 2009

Gloucester Monthly Parking Tag Info From City Treasurer Jeffrey Towne Video

When I found out about these monthly parking tags last week I was intrigued.

I’d never heard about them, never seen them before and there was no information about them on the City Of Gloucester website.  So what did I do?  What any good investigative schlep would do- I went to the source- City Hall and got myself an interview with THE MAN- City Hall Treasurer Jeffrey Towne.

Jeffrey assures me that by the time I have this video posted the information will be available on the City of Gloucester Website- Sweet!  Results!

Things To Do- seARTS Wearable Art Show Dec 11-12th

Dear Friends & Sea Glass Fans!

I hope you will join me for some fabulous Holiday shows coming up in the next month.  Each is unique.  The Sleigh Bell Show provides a wide assortment of Holiday gifts with 25% of sales going to support the Wenham Museum.  This is my 3rd season displaying my work at this venue.  I can’t wait to share some of my new earrings and pendants and of course, the ever growing collection of hair accessories!  And of course, I will have the 2010 Sea Glass Calendars available at both shows!  See you there!  Jacqueline

Sleigh Bell Holiday Boutique
Friday, November 20 – Sunday November 22
Friday 1:00 pm – 8:30 with Holiday Party 6-8:30
Sat-Sun 10 am – 4 pm

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“Find one-of-a-kind gifts crafted by the North Shore’s best artisans as you enjoy holiday entertainment. Share the spirit of giving by bringing an unwrapped toy to donate to the 14th Annual Toy Drive sponsored by Senator Bruce Tarr and Northshore 104.9 radio. ”

Save the Date: Friday Dec. 11th, 5-8pm
Saturday Dec. 12th, 9-5pm

As we get closer to the holidays, you can enjoy the 3rd Annual seARTS Wearable Arts Show & Sale! For the second year, we will be hosted by the Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester on the second floor of the newly renovated Saunders House.  We will support the Library through our raffle and the display is ready NOW for you to see.  Raffle tickets are only $2 or 3 for $5.  The show itself features 14 artists who make “wearable art” – jewelry, scarves, jackets, and more.  Each artist is wonderfully unique in their approach.

Gift Certificates

Need to purchase a Gift Certificate for a Birthday, Anniversary or Christmas Gift? Haven’t had time to get to the mall for a gift and the party is tonight? Is there a blizzard outside, and you do not want to go and find parking at the Causeway just to buy a Gift Certificate? Well…….You have come to the right place. Do you know you can purchase Gift Certificates to all your favorite restaurants from the comfort of your home or office on Its as easy as 1 – 2 – 3-4-5:

1. Log On To

2. Find the restaurant you would like to purchase a gift certificate for

3. Click on the gift certificate logo

4. Enter your Credit Card info

5. Click the Link and Print your Gift Certificate

This is a feature that should make your life less stressful. Just for example, I needed a gift for my kids teachers last christmas, but did not have time to shop before the last day of school before vacation. I went to my computer, bought two gift certificates, printed them on the computer and put them in a card for my kids teachers. The great thing about it is you can buy them for any denomination that you like, with a minimum of 10 dollars. So keep this in mind with the holidays coming – its a great gift, and easy as 1-2-3-4-5.

Banana Glam O Rama Pics From David Cox


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Banana Glam O Rama Pics From David Cox

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Banana Glam O Rama Pics From David Cox

Glam O Rama Reviews and Props From Maggie Rosa and Erika Hansen

From Maggie Rosa-
Gloucester has many treasures –  two of them were celebrated in a unique way this past weekend as vital contributors to the vibrancy of Gloucester’s downtown.

At the invitation of Kathy Slifer and Jan Bell, maestro and treasure RIchard Leonard staged one of his renowned Bananarettes shows in our treasured City Hall as a fundraiser for the restoration of CIty Hall.  During the two shows, one on Saturday evening and one on Sunday afternoon, the genius of Leonard to excite and tantalize with a hint of naughty but nice thrilled all in attendance.
City Hall was transformed from the center of city government to its second function, the center of our community. During its almost 140 year history City Hall seen circuses, Buffalo Bill shows, many parties and the 375th City Anniversary Sculpture Show but as Maggie Rosa, Chair of the City Hall Restoration Commission, remarked during the shows “Nothing, nothing can match the excitement of a Bananas show in City Hall – truly an historic event in an historic building.
From Erika Hansen-

Joey, you totally get how important this event was!

As you know, I have been looking at things that “lift my heart, open my mind and take my breath away” and the Banana Glam O Rama Fashion Show at City Hall did all those things and more!

I am intimidated to even take a stab at recording it, out of fear that I am not doing it justice, but I can’t resist your plea so here goes:

As Jackie Hardy commented, from the moment the lights dimmed and the music started, there was a palpable feeling that we had been transported to Broadway.

And then the first set of gorgeous women glided onto the stage looking like a 30’s Hollywood extravaganza come to life.

The production values were incredible:  everyone and everything looked and sounded stunningly gorgeous against the dramatic backdrop of City Hall’s Kyrouz Auditorium.  (And the silhouettes underneath the “Build not for today alone, but for tomorrow as well” quote were astounding!)

As a producer/director, Richard Leonard channeled Florenz Ziegfeld and Busby Berkeley; as a performer, he channeled Maurice Chevalier and Nelson Eddy.  Most importantly, he added his own inimitable flair and essential Richard Leonard-ness to all of the above and gave us the show of a lifetime!

Each routine was masterpiece:  from Carmen Miranda to Marilyn Monroe & Jane Russell to (yes!) Tom Jones…and all points in between.

It was a perfect mix of costumes, beauty, talent, humor, music, history and culture.

A special shout out to my sissy, Elise, whom many thought was a dancer by the way she moved so gracefully across the stage.  She epitomized 30s glamour and as Sue Ferhmann said (looking striking and elegant herself  in a classic tuxedo), it doesn’t hurt when you look like Elise!

And to Maggie Rosa’s very apt assessment that this event was a celebration of 2 Gloucester icons: Richard Leonard and City Hall, I add a third:  Margi Green’s legs!  Her already popular Relax and Lengthen stretching classes at the Arts & Wellness Center (222 Eastern Ave.) will now have waiting lists I’m sure!

I could go on and on (but I won’t!)…instead I will just leave you with this point:  my daughters, who were mesmerized for the entire performance (although my younger daughter did cover her eyes with her program during Tom Jones‘s gyrations!), were so inspired that they promptly acted out their own version of the spectacular Sisters act they had just witnessed (nuns (!) singing the song made famous by Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen in White Christmas).  As event visionary and organizer Kathy Slifer put it, “that’s what it’s all about!”