Monthly Archives: February 2011

All Points Bulletin Issued For Big Lar and Dangerous Dick Low

The two former champs have been Missing in action since the Hot Wing Challenge.

We are holding two slots for the eating kings At the DTF Burger Challenge but cannot get ahold of them.  If anyone has seen them please have them contact us for entrance into the GMG/Farm Bar and Grille DTF Burger Challenge.

All Points Bulletin- Amber Alert- Coast Guard- Police- Fire Canadian Mounties- Anyone- Please Find Our Boys


Dangerous Dick Low

Kim Smith Talks About Redpolls


Kim Smith Writes-

How lovely to receive a visit from this charming flock of redpolls. I knew it to be a new-to-our garden species, but did not realize visits were so much more uncommon than common. Oh how I wish I had taken more snapshots! Common Redpolls are another "irruptive species" from the boreal forests of North American (see Pine Siskins archived on blog), and the winter of 2010-2011 has proven to be an irruptive year for both Common Redpoll and White-winged Crossbill, with many sightings reported in Massachusetts. To learn whether we had Hoary Redpolls or Common Redpolls I emailed Chris Leahy, Mass Audubon’s Chair of Field Ornithology:

Hi Chris–Last week I found this inexpensive Nyjer seed bird feeder at Whole Foods, hung it in the garden next to the finch feeder, and was immediately visited by what I think are redpolls. They stayed for a few days and have not been seen again. It was dreary and rainy, so my photos are gray, not crispy. Do you think they are Common Redpolls or Hoary Redpolls or are the photos not clear enough?

I posted a link on my blog regarding your talk at the Sawyer Free and was disappointed it was cancelled because of the weather. Click on the photo–Chris Leahy and the Birds of Cape Ann--I think it looks like the three sparrows on the right are listening to a talk given by the sparrow on the left–please forgive the "bird" humor. Let me know when you are giving the talk and I will repost.

From Chris– Great, Kim! Send some over to my side of the harbor please! They are Common Redpolls – which are by no means common most winters. There’s a lot of plumage variation in both species and several races of Common Redpolls.  Hoary’s are much rarer of course and tend to hang out in flocks of Commons. Their best marks are a very tiny bill and pure white (or nearly so) under tail coverts (not always easy to see). Sometimes they appear much whiter, but not always and Commons can get very pale especially late in the year as the brown tips of the feathers wear. Chris adds the following important note:

Keep your eyes on your fruiting shrubs for Bohemian Waxwings. We had a flock of 5 (with Cedars) at Halibut Point during the Birding Weekend on Saturday. And Mary in East Gloucester found a dead one on her deck. I’ve had Cedars in my privet hedge during the last 10 days but no Bohemians (yet!?).

Check out the rest at her blog here

Kat Valentine’s Local Author Publishing Series

Kat Valentine is putting together a series of talks with authors who offer advice on writing and publishing.  here is the first in the series-

For/From Indie Authors: Daniel Arenson

Daniel Arenson is an author of fantasy fiction, from epic to dark and surreal. Like many writers, he began his career writing short stories. He sold his first story, "Worms Believe in God", in 1998. Since then, dozens of his stories and poems have appeared in various magazines, among them Flesh & Blood, Chizine, and Orson Scott Card’s Strong Verse. Five Star Publishing, an imprint of Gale, published Daniel’s fantasy novel Firefly Island in 2007. His second novel, the dark fantasy Flaming Dove, was released in 2010. The Gods of Dream, an epic Advice, is Daniel’s third novel.

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For/From Indie Authors: Daniel Arenson


Willie “Loco” Alexander ~ This Thursday at the Dave Sags Blues Party

From Mr. Dave Sags,

Our  EarlyBird Special this week features our own homegrown hero: Mr. “Willy” Loco Alexander; that sizzlin’ hotplate, piano-poundin’ poohbah of persistance, that restless lad of the great american schlongbook hisself. We need this. Willy and his ants will be crawlin’ all over the stage, bringing you the finest in musical gemstones from his deep well of classics and self-inflicted  prepared pieces. Again, we need this.
We got a hand truck to wheel in Steevie Chaggaris, our concussionist du jour, we got a roadcase filled with Billy Loosigian, too. Willy’s longtime gritarist and property manager. He knows all the chords. Greg T. and I will be there,too, just for color. Come early, stay late. Bring all your dreams, and watch them explode. Free sparring partner provided for the first ten single women. Never show these messages to your shrink.

Did You Know (Great Blue Heron)

Photos by E.J. Lefavour

My favorite shore bird, the Great Blue Heron is a large wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North and Central America as well as the West Indies and the Galápagos Islands. An all-white population found only in the Caribbean and south Florida was once known as a separate species, the Great White Heron

It is the largest North American heron, with a head-to-tail length of 36–55 in, a wingspan of 66–79 in, and a weight of 4.4-8 lbs. Notable features include slaty flight feathers, red-brown thighs, and a paired red-brown and black stripe up the flanks; the neck is rusty-gray, with black and white streaking down the front; the head is paler, with a nearly white face, and a pair of black plumes running from just above the eye to the back of the head. The feathers on the lower neck are long and plume-like; it also has plumes on the lower back at the start of the breeding season. The bill is dull yellowish, becoming orange briefly at the start of the breeding season, and the lower legs gray, also becoming orangey at the start of the breeding season. Immature birds are duller in color, with a dull blackish-gray crown, and the flank pattern only weakly defined; they have no plumes, and the bill is dull gray-yellow.

When I lived in Key Largo, FL, there was a resident Great White Heron, called George, at the Mandalay (an open air restaurant).  He would routinely sneak into the kitchen when the cook’s back was turned, and steal whatever he could off the counter before being chased out, croaking loudly.  He was also known to sneak up behind diners and with incredible speed impale and be off with the burger or fried fish from their plate, and even right out of their hand on occasion.  Amazingly, no one was ever injured, and he was eventually driven away and back to his more natural and healthier food sources.

E.J. Lefavour

2011 City of Gloucester Dog Registration


2011 Dog Registration.

Dog registration is currently underway in the City of Gloucester! The cost to register your dog is $22.50 if done in person and $23.50 if done by mail. Please be sure to have your dog’s rabies vaccination certificate available at the time of registration.

The registration deadline is April 30, 2011. Persons registering their dogs after the April 30th deadline will be charged a $10.00 late fee in addition to the license fee.

More information and forms can be found on the

Dog License page.

Fly Amero to host Special Guests: Chick & Ellen!

Hello everyone!
Wednesday, February 16th
Special Guests: Chick & Ellen!

These guys packed the joint last time they played.  What a
blast!  Don’t miss!
Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
host and perform as always
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
*Comfort food dinner specials from Dave Trooper
s kitchen
*Sponsored by Shipyard Ale
Great fun!
Food is prepared fresh by “Troop” and is always good!
Fred features special discounted entrees with half-off
on a Shipyard every week!
Coming next week…
I hope to see you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

40 Railroad Ave.

Gloucester, MA 01930

phone: 978-283-9732


Maria Cracchiolo of Caffé Sicilia Makes the Real Tiramisu

Maria Cracchiolo of Caffé Sicilia Makes the Real Tiramisu

To be authentic, Maria says you need to use real Italian espresso coffee and Savoiardi, or Italian “lady fingers.” You can find both in Italian specialty stores.

Otherwise this no-cook dessert is surprisingly easy as you can see in this video made with Maria.

Check out the video at the Gloucester Daily Times Taste of the Times-


Open Door Empty Bowl Painting Tonight!

Hi Joey,

The snowdrifts are piled high, but spring is on the way! The Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner is right around the corner, and we need help decorating bowls for our annual May event.

The Open Door is hosting a free bowl decorating evening with North Shore 104.9 on Tuesday, February 15, at 28 Emerson Avenue in Gloucester, from 6 to 8 p.m. for anyone interested in trying their hand at painting a bowl design. The event is fun and children are welcome, but we need to know how many are coming. Reservations can be made by calling 978-283-6776 ext. 205 or e-mailing us at

We think it would be wicked cool if GMG came to document the event, and maybe decorated a bowl. What do you think? Attached file has the important info. We would really appreciate it if you could let GMG readers know they can participate.

Julie LaFontaine ,Executive Director
The Open Door


Patrick Ryan Is DTF

Last night our own Patrick  Ryan gave word that he is officially entering the GMG/Farm Bar and Grille DTF Burger Challenge February 24th.


He joins Ed Collard and Jeremy Goldberg, owner of Cape Ann Brewing as the entrants from GMG.  we have two spots open.  Calling Big Lar!!!!!!

Patrick was talking a big game last night and I personally saw him crush 5 soft tacos without breaking a sweat.  We will see if he has what it takes.

This event joins the Three Stooge Challenge at Tucker’s Farm Family Diner, The Rogue Burger Challenge at Passports, The Farm Bar and Grille Hot Wing Challenge and The Farm Bar and Grille Corndog Challenge in the GMG Man vs Food Competitive Eating Series.

The Farm is the perfect venue for these events with the stage, the PA system, and the hosts- Ryan, Bradley and Noah who show everyone a great time in an atmosphere which is unmatched for fun- the Farm Bar and Grille!

I’ll be emceeing and have some special surprises for you guys.  Be sure to clear your schedules for next Thursday night!

Here is Ryan Cox making the announcement-


Are You DTF? Then Sign Your Ass Up For The GMG/Farm Bar and Grille DTF Burger Challenge