Another fun Mug Up was had by all. An extra special treat showed up when Sista Felicia arrived with her amazing Caramelized Onion and Pear Flatbread Pizzas. Can you guess whose hand that is reaching into the photo to snag the first slice? Ed Sawicki from Mansfield, CT has been coming to Gloucester in the summer for 15 years and has been a FOB since the beginning. He stopped into the Gallery recently to pick up a sticker and a Did You Know? book, and talk about the blog and photography and Photoshop, and then came back for Mug Up. Irene Wisnewski, previous artist occupant of 77 Rocky Neck, G3 (now Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery) from 1979 to 1999 stopped in to join us. More about Irene in another post. We had a special visit from Joey’s own The Bean and Snoop Maddie Mad, who came by to represent and check out Chris Murray’s cool 3d photography with Aunt Felicia. FOB, Leslie (Young) DeVaney, Gloucester born girl who now lives in Southern Maine but returns to “Gloucester, my anchor” every year, stopped in for a nice visit. It was so good to finally meet you, Leslie – go home and get painting. Paul Frontiero, Ed Collard, his daughter Amy and her fiancé Adam, the other Ciaramitaro’s (Charity, James and Laine) were here, as were Paul and Sue (Lovett) Morrison, Dr. Nicole and family, Guest Artist, Dottie Englander, Schooner Adventure’s Peter Souza, Richard and Lois Arnold from the Phyllis A. stopped in for a couple of calendars (one to send to 90 years old Phyllis, who the Phyllis A was named after), Wendie Demuth and more good and wonderful people were here.
Putting out an early announcement of upcoming competitions at the Gallery. On September 18th, we will be holding the First Annual GMG Lobster Roll Competition, and at the Grand Finale Mug Up on October 2nd, we will be holding the First Annual GMG Bloody Mary Competition (Bob Ryan, Ryan and Woods Distilleries’ Beauport Vodka needs to be part of this). Mark your calendars now and start working on your entry recipes. We are also putting out calls for judges. There are already 3 confirmed judges for the Bloody Mary competition (Wendie “It’s 5:00 pm somewhere” Demuth, Charity “I’m sweet and charming and I don’t drink, but I love Bloody Mary’s” Ciaramitaro, and Ed “No one knows a good Bloody Mary like me” Collard), but we need one more judge.
We don’t yet have any confirmed lobster roll competition judges, except Joey C.) Now of course to create a winning lobster roll, the lobster should ideally come from Capt. Joe & Sons, not contain foreign objects like jalapenos or other strange ingredients like miracle whip or celery; however, this is a competition, and Joey will not be the sole judge, so feel free to give it your best with whatever ingredients you think make the best lobster roll. If you believe yourself sufficiently qualified to be a lobster roll judge, please respond with your credentials asap. There is bound to be fierce competition for these coveted judgeship positions.