Monthly Archives: April 2010

The Two Palaverers Video Interview

Interview with New England’s most well travelled adventurers- Rob and Laura Ciampa.

Newly added to the blogroll as well.  Rob and laura bring the best of New England to you!

Rob tell us the truth, you’re exaggerating just a little bit, aren’t you? 😉 

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Check out the two Palaverers Here-


OK Joey breathe deep.

Just to get it out of the way right off the bat- no, I’m not joining Facebook.

I completely recognize that Facebook is taking over the intrawebs.  I am not a Facebook hater.  I can appreciate what a powerful communicating tool it is.  The idea of being able to find your old buddies from college or high school and other people that you’ve known or know and communicate with them so easily is something that appeals to me.  I’m the type of person that can never have too many friends.

It is precisely the reason that I know I will be completely engrossed in it that I won’t join.  We don’t want the blog to suffer now do we?

The reason for bringing this up is because I often get friend requests for Facebook and I don’t want folks to think that I don’t want to Facebook “Friend” them.  I just don’t have an account.  So don’t take it as a snub when you don’t see me pop up in your account if you’ve asked me to be your FB friend- it’s just that I’ve somehow resisted the whole thing.

Inside The Numbers- April 29,2010

This seemed to be a popular feature so I thought I’d share it with you guys, because the blog really is about all of us coming together, sharing and conversing.  These are some stats I look at daily to see where the interest is.  This is a small snippet of the long list of posts which had traffic on April 29th.  Looks like sister Felicia’s Arancini video beat out Paul Morrison’s martini post by a nose hair.

Kevin aka ciabat Represents!

Kevin from New Jersey who joined the GMG Flickr group and contributes fantastic fishing industry photos from Point Pleasant New Jersey drove up to say “Hey” and attend the GFAA fundraiser at Lat 43 last night.  Kevin takes outstanding photos and loves the fishing industry and everything to do with it.   Here he is in the office.  It’s an honor to have him part of the GMG team.


Danger Rocks!

Schooner Adventure at the Gloucester Marine Railways

Adventures Butt (I think that's the Nautical Term)

For more Information on the Gloucester Marine Railways Click on the Link below



Hop Skip and Go Joey – Poll

What a great night!  Thanks to everyone who came out to support the GFAA and thanks to Mark McDonough for being such a great host!

DSCF7450, originally uploaded by ~ cathy ~.

Thanks Cathy Tarr for the Pic.

Art With Kurt- Ankeny Studio Open for 2010!

Ankeny Studio Open for 2010!
Regular Hours begin this weekend

Dear Joey,

Spring is in full swing and Ankeny Studio is open again after a long productive winter. We also have classes being offered on a regular basis. Please stop by or call if you need more information.

Classes for 2010

Profile Sketch I have ongoing classes scheduled for this year, one for drawing and one for painting.

Held from 6:30-8:30pm each Thursday, this class covers the basics of observational drawing. We will start you with basic still lifes and then move to more advanced subjects like the human form and face. Summer may yield some opportunities for plein air sketching as well, once the daylight holds all class period.

Held from 10-Noon each Saturday, this class covers the basics of handling paint and capturing a likeness of your subject no matter what your medium. We will cover whatever subjects are of interest to students, including still life, human forms and landscapes. The nice spring weather has already allowed us a few plein air sessions down at Lane’s Cove, so come and join us!

Classes are $25/session or you can purchase a 10-class punch card for $180, which works out to $18/session. Please contact me at this email or at 978-281-2803  if you have further questions or need additional information. Students of all ages and skill levels are welcomed. Class sizes are limited to 4 students for the time being due to space limitations. This means you get plenty of personal attention!

I hope to see you at Ankeny Studio soon!

Kurt Ankeny
Ankeny Studio


I know your all dying to hear that again!

Well, this Saturday, May 1st, is time again to scrape and paint the dories before we put ’em in. Anyone who can spare the morning, or just an hour or two, we need all the help we can get to make light work of it. Last year we had a bunch of folks turn out and we got out of there by noon! For those of you who didn’t know, we’ve relocated the dory storage tent to down behind the storage units, at Eastern Ave Storage. As a result we need generators for power, so anyone who can bring one it would be a big help. Also any scrapers or power sanders, bring ’em along.

The Essex River Race is May 15th. Preregistration on-line guarantees entry and a t-shirt, but you must register by April 30th. Any members interested in using one of our boats let me know, First Come, First Serve!


I am hoping to have the boats ready to be put in the water by May 8th,  so they have a week to swell up before the ERR, but we’ll need help then too. Anyone who has a trailer we can use, please let me know.


June 10th and 11th the Maritime Heritage Center would like our help again, teaching Rockport grade schoolers how to row. Anyone interested in this valuable experience please let me know.

Pick a day you can give an hour or two and make a commitment to help. The International Dory Race Committee is only as good as we’re all willing to make it. Please help out and make a difference. The recent small success we’ve enjoyed is because of all of you who have pitched in and contributed. Thank you. You know who you are. And you know who you aren’t!

Jimmy T.
As most of you know, thanks to your support, I may be going away on a long vacation soon! Please help the Board of Governors keep things running smoothly in my absence (they do all the REAL work anyway!).

Groundbreaking Celebration For the New Temple Ahavat Achim, Gloucester, Massachusetts, 18 April 2010

April 24, 2010 — World premier of a new setting of Shehechiyanu by Larry Constantine at the groundbreaking celebration for the new Temple Ahavat Achim, Gloucester, Massachusetts, 18 April 2010.

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