Monthly Archives: February 2010


Manny happened to be casually strolling through town yesterday and by golly wouldn’t you know that everyone is so excited about the upcoming Captains Courageous Festival organized by seARTS on March 6th from 9:00AM-9:30PM that he started snapping photos of people reading the classic in anticipation.

Check out the incredible effort Manny put into this video capturing many of Gloucester’s characters-

From Manny-

Here’s the video of over fifty people reading Captains Courageous, at different establishments in Gloucester .  With the storm yesterday, I think most people may have curled up next to a warm fire and did some reading.   Gloucester Coffee Shops, like the Lone Gull and Pleasant Street Tea house, had everyone reading

You can get your copy at The Dogtown Bookstore, Sawyer Free Library, The Bookstore of Gloucester or Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport.

Mayor Kirk – Reading Captains Courageous Video From Manuel Simoes

Anne Robinson and Mayor Kirk team up for the Captains Courageous Festival on March 6th 2010

Everyone is Reading Captains Courageous, preparing for the Captains Courageous Festival.

Even Mayor Carolyn Kirk took time off from her busy schedule to get in a chapter.

Be sure to pick up your copy and join Mayor Kirk.

This Week On Cape Ann From The Cape Ann Chamber Of Commerce

THE ROCKPORT ART ASSOCIATION has re-scheduled its official opening day to Friday, February 19. We hope you will join us on Thursday, February 18, 5-7pm to view our extensive museum collection and enjoy complimentary wine and cheese. RAA hours starting Friday, February 19, will be: Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday Noon-5pm. Closed on Monday and Tuesday. 978-546-6604

Join Michael O’Leary and Friends ’round the fire for their Celtic music sessions on Sundays from 5-8pm, February 21 at THE LANDING AT 7 CENTRAL in Manchester and February 28 at ELLIOTT’S AT THE BLACKBURN in Gloucester. An acoustic session of mostly traditional songs and tunes from the Celtic countries and Cape Breton.

Release and renew with sound and song at SoulSong, a relaxing yet energizing class led by singer and song-leader Michael O’Leary. If you can talk you can sing! 8-week session starts Wednesdays, February 17 & 24, 7-9pm at the 222 ARTS & WELLNESS CENTER. Private sessions also available. 978-283-0495 or

THE TRUSTEES OF RESERVATIONS is hosting a series of programs “February School Vacation = Exploration!”, at the Cape Ann Discovery Center with explorations at their surrounding properties through Sunday, February 21 at various times and locations. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. 978-281-8400

HAITI RELIEF BLOOD DRIVE to be held at Beverly Hospital. An America Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick Street, Beverly on Saturday, February 20, 9am-2pm. To schedule an appointment, please call: 1-800-733-2767 (1-800-REDCROSS).

CAPE ANN HEALING CENTER. Free winter community workshop series held in the Treetop Yoga Studio, Para Research Building, 85 Eastern Avenue, Gloucester. Intro to Reiki Healing and Reiki Clinic with Silvie Lockerova on Saturday, February 20, 4-6pm. Pre-registration is required. Call today to reserve your space. 978-282-1191 x1.

THE GLOUCESTER HOUSE invites you to an evening of dancing, dining, romance and memories on Saturday February 20, 6-10pm. Enjoy an hour of dance instruction from Miss Tina’s School of Dance, followed by a dinner buffet and dancing to the music of the 30’s 40’s and 50’s as performed by Stardust. $25/person. 978-283-1812 for reservations.

HALIBUT POINT STATE PARK will host Winter Birding walks on February 21, and March 21, 8-10am. Meet Peter Van Demark in the parking lot for this approximately 2-mile stroll along graded paths and the rocky coastline. Learn how to identify some common and uncommon shore, migratory and feeder birds by sight and sound. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain or shine. Bring your binoculars! 617-828-1728

SALEM STATE ENTERPRISE CENTER presents From Military Service to Entrepreneur, A Panel Discussion and Forum for Veterans Interested in Growing or Starting a Business, on February 22, 8:30-10:30am. Free. Featuring introductory remarks by Congressman John F. Tierney and a panel of five highly successful veteran entrepreneurs and military support representatives. 978-542-7576

SEARTS will hold an Annual Meeting on Wednesday, February 24, 6-8:30pm at the Rockport Art Association. Community members, arts and cultural groups, and businesses – all are invited.

Join the Good Time Team from NORTH SHORE 104.9 and THE OPEN DOOR FOOD PANTRY on Thursday, February 25, 7-8:30pm to decorate a bowl for the annual Empty Bowl Dinner. The decorating evening will be held at 28 Emerson Avenue in Gloucester. Bring your creativity and a friend. Children welcome. Decorating is free, but reservations are required. or 978-283-6776

THE GRAND CAFE AT THE EMERSON INN BY THE SEA will host a special “3 for $33” dinner to benefit The Open Door on Friday, February 26, 5-9pm. A special 3-course meal will be offered for $33/person, with 10% of all dinner sales going to The Open Door. Full dinner menu will also be available. 978-546-6321


Things To Do- Fish ‘n’ Fiction Event Feb 23

Fish ‘n’ Fiction
A new series hosted by the Phyllis A. Marine Association
Sawyer Free Library, Friend Room
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Suggested Donation of $5.00 per person
Captain Richard Arnold will lead an informal conversation on his personal experiences fishing on board the Phyllis A., out of Gloucester harbor from 1984-2000. Please come and join us with your own stories.
 This program benefits the Phyllis A. Marine Association who mission is, “to promote the history of gillnetting in Gloucester, Massachusetts through the display and preservation of the fishing vessel Phyllis A.” All conversations will be recorded for our oral history collection.
 Additional conversations will occur on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
We offloaded the Phyllis A back when we handled fish at our dock.  The Arnold Brothers were about as classy as you get not only on the waterfront but in humanity in general.  These men are role models believe me and to have the opportunity to hear the stories as told by Richard, well let’s just say it’s something that no one who loves the fishing industry should miss.

Back from the Dominican

I spent my long weekend in the Dominican Republic to soak up some sun and warm weather. The overall experience was great, the people are very friendly and the beaches beautiful. After visiting I am thankful for everything I have and was a little homesick even after only 4 days.  Sorry Joey, I didn’t have any GMG stickers with me.

Boca Chica

Soana Island

Selling Jewelry

Funky Egg Glue Video

I had trouble uploading the Egg  Glue Video to go along with Tuesdays Deb Clarke Post.

It’s A Cool and Funky How To Video.

Here’s Debbie Post;

Gilder’s glue, also known as gelatin ‘slurry’ is used to create verre eglomise mirrors, and can be applied other smooth surfaces to adhere gold or silver leaf. this video is an early attempt to create a how-to video with a very primitive editing program that chopped up my video with some wacky effects. if you would like clarification of the procedure for making the slurry, please let me know. one of by objectives for this year is to make a few more ‘how to’ videos about verre eglomise, egg tempera, drawing, other gilding methods or whatever catches my artistic fancy.