Monthly Archives: December 2011

SAVE THE DATE!!!! GMG Christmas Party December 17th at Bodin Historic Photo


I’m just gonna put this out there that if you consider yourself a FOB you had better show up for our killer First Ever OFFICIAL GMG CHRISTMAS PARTY!!!!!!


Even youse Jews and Buddhas can come by Smile 

We’re gonna celebrate it all, Kwanza, spinnin the dradel, all that fun shit!

I’m springing for the Sebastians Pizza, bring a jug of booze or some beer, we will have cups and ice and we’re gonna have a good time.

It’s been an incredible year of highs for the team, between our killer Fiesta coverage, taking homeCBS  Boston’s Best Blog award, the success at the GMG Gallery Khan Studio at Rocky Neck, just killing all the local coverage between the fishing, downtown, business and arts community, helping some locals earn special recognition and oh so much more, it is now time to come together and celebrate all the goodness that we’ve collectively been able to do- TOGETHER!

I’ll have “This is Gloucester DVD’s there if you want to buy one (or ten), EJ and Sharon will have their calendars there as well.

I’ll also brig a large stack of the new black Stickas to pass out.

Come eat my food, get a sticka, have a drink and revel in all the good GMG Vibes!


Come on by and party with us!

December 17th


Bodin Historic Photo

82 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. (978) 283-2524.


If you want to get on the list for the last batch of DVD’s you can sign up here

4 Good Reasons to take the Riverdale-Lanesville Stagecoach Route


Although the stagecoach doesn’t run any more so you will have to drive, these 4 galleries situated along the stretch of Washington Street between Riverdale and Lanesville are having Holiday Open Houses and Sales that will give you a good reason to follow the old stagecoach route and do some exploring.  Please note, all the galleries and studios are not keeping the exact same hours and days, so doublecheck the flyers for open hours and days. 

Also, there will be a Mug Up at Khan Studio in Annisquam on Sunday, 12/11 at 10:00.  Hope to see you.

E.J. Lefavour

Chocolate Amaretto Truffle Recipe

Mini baking cups

2 ounces Baker’s sweet German chocolate, broken into small bits

6 ounces Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate chips

¼ C. Disaronno Amaretto liqueur

2 Tbs. strong coffee

Few drops almond extract

2 ounces (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1 Tbs. vanilla extract

½ C. pulverized Jules Destrooper almond thins (or Anna’s, or any super fine, thin cookie)

Confectioner’s sugar to taste (approx. ¼ cup)

½ C. Ghiradelli unsweetened cocoa powder for final powdering

Melt sweet chocolate bits and semi-sweet chocolate chips over a gently simmering double boiler.

Whisk in liqueur, coffee, almond extract, and vanilla. Whisk vigorously, over gentle heat, a few minutes more until mixture is shiny and smooth. Gradually add the butter by tablespoons. With a wooden spoon, beat in the pulverized cookies. Beat in sifted confectioner’s sugar, to taste. Remove the pan from the double boiler and place in a bowl of ice with water. Stir until well chilled and firm enough to form into balls.

By teaspoonful, gather up a gob and form into a rough, truffle-like shape. Roll in cocoa powder and drop into frilled paper cup.

Makes about 22, depending on size. Refrigerate in an airtight container. They will keep for several weeks or they may be frozen. (Very) loosely adapted from Julia Child’s Chocolate Amaretti Truffles The Way to Cook Page 485.

Let me know if you try this recipe. I think you will find it super easy and very worth your while.

Art Stuff

Laureen Writes-

Hi Joey, hope you are doing well…and don’t know how you do all you do…but you are an inspiration to people like me…trying to promote myself…art and Beauty Bar. Here is a capture of a painting, "Out of Snacks," I had reproduced at the request/advice of EJ Kahn, during my show at Good Morning Gloucester Gallery this past July. Thank you again for the awesome, off the cuff, Scorsese-esque video. She said a lot of people were interested in buying this painting…but I had not yet reproduced it, and sold the original for $600. The newly reproduced gyclee is hanging at the Emerging Artists Show at the Annie and the last day of show is this coming Thursday…to coincide with men’s shopping night. The cost of the repro is $275 of which 25% goes to the Annie…for so many great causes. I think it would make a nice gift for people who spent time at Good Harbor Beach…and who maybe even just Summer here…and miss the beach.

Laureen (Adrienne Maher)


Ginger Bread House Contest At The Middle Street Walk


Thank for you interest in the Gingerbread House Contest, presented in conjunction with the community’s annual Middle Street Walk. This year the Walk will be on December 10th.

1.    The contest is open to everyone
2.    Contestants may submit entries either individually, or as a group. More than one entry may be submitted.
3.    All entries must be made entirely of gingerbread and decorated with candy or other edible embellishments. Anything that appears in the house must be edible. Contestants may decorate their entry with non-edible figures, material, etc. However, these embellishments may not be connected to the house in any way. Everything that appears on, or is connected to the house must be edible.
4.    The gingerbread house submitted may take any shape, form, or size. Creativity is encouraged and contestants should model their houses on places real or imaginary, basic or elaborate.
5.    Each entry must be submitted on a cardboard, wooden, or plastic base. There is no standard size or shape for the bases although it must be larger than the house.
6.    Entries must be dropped off at Kyrouz Auditorium in Gloucester’s City Hall either Thursday, December 8th between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. or on Friday, December 9th between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. There is an elevator in case you need it as the Auditorium is on the second floor. Judging will occur prior to the start of the Middle Street Walk which begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10th and ends at 3:00 p.m. Entries will be on display to the public that day at City Hall until it closes at 3:00 p.m. Contestants can pick up their houses that time or can pick them up the next week during regular City Hall hours.
7.    Prize ribbons will be awarded in numerous categories as stated on the entry from.
8.    Please let us know if you are planning to submit a gingerbread house by registering over the phone to either of the following contacts: Barbara Catalini of Cakes by Barbara at 978-281-0639, or Jan Bell at 978-283-1107, or Gloria Parsons at 978-283-9292

Judging Criteria
Points will be given:
    For the degree of difficulty and creativity
    Uses of edible confections and decorations
Points will be taken away:
    For us of plastics, however you may use a limited amount

* Display should be picked up by 3:00 or can be left to donate to a Silent Auction at the Holiday Ball that evening to benefit the City Hall Restoration Fund. Thank you

Alek Razdan and the A-Train Orchestra’s New CD NOW Available

Cape Ann’s Own

Alek Razdan and the A-Train Orchestra’s New CD “Two Timin’ “

Now Available

Makes an Awesome; Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or Festivus Gift!

To Order Send $15.oo to..

Alek Razdan . PO Box 21. Rockport.Ma 01966
Includes postage..or visit tel.978-546-8134
14 Tracks available now ..

Refills for Desk Calendar Case

Just need a refill?

If you’ve gotten the desk calendars in the past and only need a calendar refill for the case, you can order the Cape Ann or the Good Harbor pages for $12.

Click here and scroll to the bottom of the post.

Thanks!  ~Sharon
(And a big thank you, Joey, for posting the GMG contributors’ merchandise!)

Santa Arrives In Rockport 2011 Video From Skip Montello

Skip writes-

  Hi Joey,
Santa came to Rockport late Saturday afternoon aboard the Freemantle Doctor and he was accompanied by the USCG and the Rockport Harbor Masters. Santa wanted to wish everyone on Cape Ann a very Merry Christmas and Peace on Earth. Thanks Santa!

Brenda Morgan Has Some Nice Things To Say


Thank you for creating Good Morning Gloucester! I visited Gloucester for the first time a little over 13 years ago and totally fell in love with it. I come back every year and always feel as if I am "home" when I turn onto Harbor Loop. I think of Gloucester as my "happy place". I live in North Carolina, but a big chunk of my heart belongs to Gloucester. I look forward to reading Good Morning Gloucester every day. Everything in your posts is so familiar to me and helps me stay connected to a place I love. Keep up the good job!


Brenda Morgan