Monthly Archives: March 2010

Things To Do- Art On The Pier

ART on the PIER


SPRING SESSION:  Focus on Drawing and Illustration technique: Portraiture features, Landscape, Still life: Bob will instruct the students in pencil work through illustration and drawing techniques that focus on elements of size, dimension, lay-out, shading, light and darks, facial features for portrait work and more. Please send in a 5 x 7 photograph of student along with person or pet.  Self portrait work will be covered.

Co-ed Ages 8 – 13 (space limited)


Owner/Artist of STUDIOVO: Commercial and Fine Art Studio

121R  East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. (At East Gloucester Marina)

SPRING Program starting March 24th – May 19th (8 weeks)

Wednesdays: 3:00-4:00: Fee $108.00 snacks and materials included

10% discount for one sibling

Should your child attend East Gloucester Elementary, Bob will walk children down to the studio from school directly at release time at 2:30.  Students from other locations may be dropped off at class time.

Registration and payment by Friday March 19th 2010

Any questions please contact us at or 282-0269

Please read and sign below with registration and mail or deliver to:

StudioVO: 41 East Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930

CHILD”S NAME and AGE:_________________________________

PARENT SIGN:_________________________________________

Emergency Phone/other contacts:___________________________

Allergies or other concerns:________________________________

I hereby allow my child/children to participate in the ART on the PIER.  I acknowledge that my child/children are in proper health to do so.  I will not hold the Viaus, StudioVO or their property liable/responsible in any legal way should anything occur with or to my child.

Make a Difference- One Hour At A Time

A bunch of folks met each Saturday morning last year to spend a little time outdoors and clean up City Streets that could use a little trash pick up.  Our very own very good buddy Donna Ardizzoni fills folks in on where to meet and everyone sets off to clean up a certain section of the City each Saturday morning.  It only takes an hour or two of time but you get out in the fresh air, meet like minded folks that love our city and feel great about what you’ve done afterward.

From Donna Ardizzoni


St. Peter’s Square

8:00 – 10:00 or so this Saturday

Please bring gloves and I will go and get the bags from the DPW

We should start on Main and Rogers ….

Weather is supposed to be great..  YEAH…

Thanks all


Healthy Kids Day From Kathy Milne

Put play in your day! Enjoy fun and relaxing active family time by visiting your local Y on Saturday, April 17 for YMCA Healthy Kids® Day. The nation’s largest health day for children and families, YMCA Healthy Kids Day offers families a chance to play together and learn more about ways that can -long wellness and healthier living. YMCA Healthy Kids Day events are free and open to all.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day will be celebrated across the country at more than 1,700 YMCAs. Last year, more than 700,000 people participated in YMCA Healthy Kids Day events nationwide, enjoying games, demonstrations, arts and crafts, educational resources, healthy treats, giveaways and more.

On April 17th from 12:30-2:30pm, the Cape Ann YMCA will be hosting their annual Healthy Kids Day. In the past we have had a number of community volunteers who can showcase their business or trade. This year we will be having a children’s health fair. If you and your business are interested in showing kids a skill, advertising your health practice or other fun events, please contact the Youth & Sports Director.

Katy Milne | Youth & Sports Director
Cape Ann YMCA

71 Middle Street | Gloucester, MA 01930
(M) 978-283-0470 ext. 1714 | (F) 978-283-3114

milnek |

We Build Strong Kid, Strong Families, Strong Communities

If you would like to help support the YMCA click here.

March 20, 2010 Bout#2 Boston Massacre at The Shriner’s Auditorium


March 20, 2010 Bout#2

Nutcrackers vs Wicked Pissahs
Boston Derby Dames logo

Who: Boston Derby Dames 
What: Full Contact, Flat Track Roller Derby
Date: Saturday, March 20, 2010

Where: Shriners Auditorium, Wilmington, MA
Time: Doors at 4 pm (that’s one hour earlier than usual!)
     Bout #1, 5 pm: Wicked Pissahs vs. Nutcrackersde Island Riveters  
     Bout #2, 7 pm: Boston vs. Carolina
     After party 9pm: DJ John Barera

$14 in advance, $16 at the door

For more information or to purchase tickets visit
2010 Season Opener was SOLD OUT with over 1,600 fans! With a season full of double-headers, we expect the same turnout for March.
Bout #1: Sees the Wicked Pissahs take on Season Three Champs the Nutcrackers. Fresh off 100-point victory over the Cosmonaughties, The Pissahs are hoping for a repeat. Will 2010 be another Year of the Nut, or can the two-time champion Pissahs bring back the championship … fo’ life?    

 Bout #2:The evening continues with an exciting rematch. The Boston vs. Carolina rivalry is so fierce, it was a nominee for best rivalry in Derby News Network’s Best of 2009 Reader Poll. With Carolina defeating Boston in two consecutive heartbreakers, Boston was able to avenge those losses with a crushing defeat at the 2009 WFTDA Eastern Regionals. Without a trip to Nationals, Carolina is well-rested and ready for revenge.



Half time show features live music and as always, the after party dance floor is open to all, with DJ John Barera spinning until midnight. 

The Boston Derby Dames are Boston’s first and only all-female, DIY, skater-owned and operated flat track roller derby league and proud members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.

Boston Massacre vs Carolina Rollergirls

Who would like a new fish recipe and to give me some hometown support?

Gorton’s is sponsoring a recipe contest using their frozen grilled products so naturally, I entered.  Yesterday I was thrilled to find out that I was a finalist in the contest but now I need some hometown support to win! The person who gets the most votes wins a HUGE Pottery Barn gift certificate and boy could Lily and I use some updates in our little apartment.

Here is there recipe, photo and the link to vote.  Easy Easy voting!  Just click the link and then fill in the words in the white box to cast your vote.    You can vote daily until the end of April (yikes, a long time, I know) but if you could I would so appreciate it!

Here is the voting link:

And here is the recipe for “Taste of Mexico Tortilla Crusted Tilapia Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette”

For the Dressing:

3 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons agave nectar
1 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup canola oil
Salt & pepper to taste

For the Fish:

1 egg white
1/4 cup skim milk
1 1/2 cups reduced fat tortilla chip crumbs
1-6.3 oz Gorton’s Roasted Garlic & Butter Grilled Tilapia
2 tablespoons canola oil
5 cups mixed salad greens
1 cup sliced grape tomatoes
1 avocado, cubed
1/2 yellow bell pepper, cleaned and thinly sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
Lime wheels for garnish, if desired

First, prepare the dressing.  Combine lime juice, vinegar, agave nectar, cumin and cilantro in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.  While whisking, slowly drizzle in oil and whisk until well blended.  Season with salt and pepper to taste and refrigerate until ready to use.*

In a shallow dish such as a pie plate, whisk together egg white and skim milk.  Set aside.  Pour crushed tortilla chips into another shallow dish and season with freshly ground pepper to taste.  Set aside.

Remove Gorton’s Roasted Garlic & Butter Grilled Tilapia from pouch and place in a microwave safe dish.  Using the defrost setting on the microwave, defrost the fillets.  Do not allow fillets to cook.

Heat canola oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium high heat.  Gently coat fillets with milk and egg mixture then gently press fillets in to crushed tortilla chips.  If fillets separate be sure to coat all sides of the fish with the crumb mixture.  Gently place crusted fish in hot oil and cook for about 4-5 minutes on the first side and 2-3 minutes on the second side until crumbs are lightly browned and fish is cooked through.

In the meantime, divide salad greens, sliced tomatoes, avocado and bell peppers between two serving plates.  When fish is cooked, place fillets on top of greens on each plate and drizzle fish and greens with desired amount of cilantro lime vinaigrette.   Garnish with lime if desired.  Enjoy!

*Store bought cilantro lime vinaigrette may be substituted for convenience

Dog Bar St Paddy’s Day

Pete Linbdberg will be wearing a green shirt and Dave Borge will be in a leprechaun costume. At some point, we will have a few of our favorite herring fishermen lead us in traditional Irish songs.   We’re leaving the boiled dinner to the Rhumbline – for reasons of tradition, but we will be serving up a mean corned beef ruben with homeade kraut on fresh rye with handcut fries for $5.99.

What’s on Your Fridge? Challenge

From Debbie Clarke;

“Our refrigerators tell a lot about us. Here’s what I’m willing to share for now. you can be assured there will be more!”

Whats on your Fridge? Challenge from Debbie Clarke.

What does your fridge door say about you?

Send in a Picture or Video of your fridge door like Debbies, and it may be shown here on GMG.

Chickity Check It! North Shore Dish Talks Cape Ann Fresh Catch

Fish Tales: Does Cape Ann Fresh Catch Measure Up?

From North Shore Dish-

Cape Ann Fresh Catch, the Gloucester-based community supported fishery program, has certainly made a big splash since it debuted last year. Lauded by the likes of and Saveur, the program has been popular among those with a desire to eat fresh, locally produced foods.

Caught fresh daily by Gloucester fishermen, approximately five pounds of seafood per customer is delivered to seven Boston area communities; Cambridge (two locations), Jamaica Plain, Acton, Lincoln, Marblehead, Gloucester, Newburyport, and Ipswich. There is a two-hour window for shareholders to pick up. Consumers get local, seasonal, super-fresh fish, and the money goes directly to the fishermen, supporting the local economy and encouraging sustainable practices.

Click this link to read the entire post

East Gloucester Elementary School Auction For The Arts March 26th!

East Gloucester Elementary School is holding an Auction for the Arts on March 26th from 7pm to 10:30pm at Cruiseport Gloucester. Tickets are $20 at the door. Proceeds will go toward a dedicated art room and expanded art programming at the school. The theme is inspired by Virginia Lee Burton, Cape Ann’s venerated children’s book author and designer, who lived and worked in Folly Cove.

Auction logo (above left) from an original drawing by Mary Rhinelander, inspired by Virginia Lee Burton’s “Little House”.

Further information:

EGS parents have organized a benefit auction for expanded art facilities and programming for their school. “When we realized that the budget for art at our school was less than $3 per student per year, we knew we had to act,” said auction committee member Nicole Bogin. Parents are hopeful that the proceeds will lay the groundwork for financing the building of a dedicated art room- “a space where kids can get immersed in long term projects and where community members can offer after school programs,” says Bogin..

The benefit, which includes both live and silent auctions, aims to pull together East Gloucester Elementary School’s resources. Says organizer Melanie Murray-Brown, “East Gloucester School is a place where art and community can come together. We’re drawing on Virginia Lee Burton for inspiration: she’s someone who embodied the merging of community, art, children and a sense of place.” Indeed, a dedicated “army” of parent volunteers, EGS teachers and staff, local artists, alumni, individuals and businesses as well as a donation from Cape Ann Savings Bank, have all come together to make this year’s auction both enjoyable and successful.

The auction includes unique items and experiences to bid on. There will be art and classes featuring local artists, writers and film-makers; gift certificates to local shops and restaurants; memberships to local organizations; and many surprises. Murray-Brown notes that there “is something for everyone — sail trips, oil deliveries, art.” Live music by Wheelhouse, delicious food provided by Duckworth Beach Gourmet and Turner’s Seafood, as well as lively banter from auctioneer Senator Bruce Tarr, promise to make this an entertaining evening. Please visit for a preview of this exciting event.

Contact: Nicole Bogin: (978) 283-1053

Melanie Murray Brown:

TigerFish 2010 Season Celebration

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It started with an email to Joey, which he forwarded to me asking to go over to Iron Rail and cover the GHS Gymnastics.  So I packed up my bag of camera goodies and went over to shoot a few photos. A whole bunch of photos later the 2010 season came to and end.   The story would be long, so here is the short of it:

Seven young ladies with heart and determination and the same goal, win the states. Oh, all of the other team had at least twice as many competitors, All of the TigerFish girls are honor roll or higher! they cheer on the teams they compete against ???   They finish third in the sectionals and qualify for the states for the for the very first time!  They finished 7th in the states.  Congratulations 2010 TIGERFISH, Liana Jaeger, Kelly Benson, Leah Carlson, Mary Krathwohl, Kiely Aiello, Kate Pardo, Meg Bresnahan

Good luck to Liana as she is a senior this year and plans on attending college in September,  congratulations on being selected as a Boston Globe All Star.

Thank you for putting up with me and my camera, Good Luck in 2011!