Monthly Archives: December 2011

Exposure, ISO and Aperture Settings Sony NEX-5N

I decided to play around with the new camera on a tripod to compare how each manual setting compared on the new camera to try to get the right shot.

Longer exposures, Faster shutter speeds.

These were all taken with the Sony NEX-5N and Zeiss 24mm 1.8 lens on a tripod.

The first number is the exposure time, 2.5 seconds, second aperture, third ISO

New Years Eve Run Down

I’ll add to this list as restaurants submit their flyers



Topside Grille


Hey Everyone,

Still no plans for New Years Eve? Well the Topside Grill has a little bit of everything! We have a special NYE menu featuring Filet Mignon, Roast Duck Ala Orange, Sautéed Pork Scallopni Ala Oscar, Almond En Crusted Salmon, Braised Lamb Shanks, Lobster and Finnin Haddie. Reservations welcome :) We also have Live Entertainment in the Bar/Pub starting at 9:00 featuring John Jerome. Also complimentary Champagne Toast at Midnight!!   New Years Day come and check out some of the beat brunch on the North Shore! Eggs Benedict, Corned Beef Hash, Kahlua French Toast, Omelette’s & more! Don’t forget about Mimosa’s, Bloody Mary’s and Passion Flowers…

Thanks, Doug Silva

Topside Grill, 50 Rogers St.

Cape Ann YMCA


Don’t miss out on our New Year’s Rockin’ Sleepover! A great way to ensure that your children (and you) have a great New Year’s Eve! Drop your children off at the YMCA for an overnight full of art projects, dance parties, swimming, gymnastics, sports, movies and FUN! Drop off is December 31 at 6:00pm and pick up is January 1 at 9:00am.

Registration forms are available at the Cape Ann YMCA front desk.

YMCA Members- $50

Community- $75

Rockport will be having a grand celebration, you can read about that here


From the Rockport NYE website-

Welcome to NEW YEAR’S ROCKPORT EVE: the web site that is dedicated to celebration. We celebrate the future, the joy of sharing a special evening with family, friends and neighbors and our hope that a New Year will bring good health, happiness and new opportunities.

We will entertain you with clowns, cowboys, magicians, musicians – classical, pop, jazz, Dixieland, folk, country, gospel swing and rock and roll – ventriloquists, dance, drama, puppets, and MUCH, MUCH MORE! And, we have planned a spectacular midnight event that will be a truly memorable welcome to the beginning of a new millennium.

Our buttons ($15 adults, $6 children 12 & under, 3 & under, free–no button needed) are now available.

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Two Menus

Two Prices

One Fabulous Way to Celebrate the New Year


3 course $40

Choose 1 item from course one, two or three

Choose 1 Main Entrée, Dessert Flight

5 course $60

Choose 1 item from each course, Dessert Flight

5 course option Includes ticket to NYE Bash with Hootchies in Minglewood Tavern and DJVITO in the dining room and a complimentary glass of champagne.

Course One

Lobster Bisque with brioche crouton, wasabi truffled crème fraîche and wasabi caviar


Jeff’s Clam Chowder with applewood smoked bacon

Course Two

Winter Napoleon of Beets with layers of apples and shaved fennel, finished with picked watercress and a pistachio and goat cheese vinaigrette


Caesar Salad with romaine hearts, garlic croutons, shaved parmesan and parmesan-anchovy dressing

Course Three

Beef Carpaccio


West Coast Mushroom and Baby Brie Streudel drizzled with cinnamon and chipotle teased agave nectar


Grilled Bruschetta topped with roasted butternut squash, feta cheese, balsamic vinegar and olive oil

Main Course

Chilean Sea Bass


Heart Steak

*Available with a Lobster Tail for additional $20


Australian Rack of Lamb

Dessert Flight

Chocolate Hazlenut Truffles, Egg Nog Panicotta and Thai Banana Spring Roll with coconut ginger gelato

Reservations at 978-281-0223

Party like it’s 1918

New Year’s Eve

Pre-Prohibition Elixir Dinner

Mix Masters Clay and Matt will Shake Things Up

with a cocktail menu fashioned reflective of more genteel times.

Join our staff in donning your haberdashery finery (or choose to stick with your current couture) and enjoy two different prixe fix options


Local Jonah Crab Bisque

shallot rings, poblano peppers, crab demi, crème fraiche

And then…

Choice of

Quick Fried Oysters

apple & blood orange gremolata, cumin, tarragon & lime aioli

Grilled Eggplant Roulades

burrata cheese, fennel, spinach, warm farm beet vinaigrette

After that…

Choice of

Endive Salad

Belgian Endive, blood orange supremes, melted fennel,

goat cheese croutons, simple vinaigrette

Beet Timbal

roasted farm red & golden beets, honey crisp apple,

Great Hills bleu cheese mousse, arugula

The Big Show…

Choice of

Farm Raised Pork Osso Bucco

saffron risotto, root vegetable mire poix, blood orange water

Fire Charred Bone-in Filet

Yukon gold potato puree, sauce espagnole,

roasted west coast mushrooms

Pan Seared Fisherman’s Wharf Cod

Fried boniato, tat soi salad, flash fried uni, thai vinaigrette


Chef’s Choice Petit Dessert

3 course Option

with surprise course and champagne


3 Course Complete Option

with time-travel worthy pairings, champagne and surprise course


Call to reserve 978-281-3997


Sober Connections Presents Our 3rd Annual Rockin’ New Years Eve


Come join us for our 3rd New Years Eve Show, which also happens to be Sober Connections Second Anniversary!

Dance with DJDK, Live music featuring Group 62 and Tmax. There will be a 50/50 raffle, and Dancing thru-out the night for those that might want to let loose! Refreshments and snacks will be for sale as well, & the coffee, as always is free! (Proceeds to also to Benefit Sober Connections).

We will count down the New Year with Live feeds of New York City’s Times Square, and we will provide noisemakers as well!

This New Year’s Eve show is looking to sell out! Make sure you purchase your tickets in advance to guarantee a seat!

Please consider our "Sponsor a Ticket" program to help those new in Recovery at local organizations and sober houses are able to experience what it’s like to find a great time without the use and abuse of Alcohol and/or Drugs!

This show is open for everyone, and the net proceeds will be donated to Sober Connections to help them support those in recovery, promoting events as well as outreach.

For More info call: 978-381-9888 or 978-407-0219 or you can check out

Location: American Legion Hall (Side Entrance) 8 Washington St, Gloucester MA 01930

Time: 7:30pm – 12:30am

Ticket Price is $7.00

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Dog Bar

Entertainment2011 nye menu

Cape Ann Brewing




HI Joey, Karen here from Sailor Stan,s ROCKY NECK we will be open this weekend, SAT.,SUN. &MON. 7:30am til 11:30am for breakfast lots of variety,& special homemade hashes ,LOBSTER BENEDICT, omelets ,pancakes, and more! please post thanks Karen HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL

Contest Cheat Sheet Below ~ gimmesound New Year’s Rockport Eve Giveaway!

We know these were wicked haahd questions this week here are some hints.

Question 1: What was the inspiration for the name New Year’s Rockport Eve?  Hint:  Change port to in

Question 2:  Who wrote  Auld Lang Syne , what does it mean and what language is it in?  Hint:  Go to Google

Question 3: In the Polar Express Movie how many people snuck into Santa’s workshop and accidentally got into Santa’s bag loaded on Santa’s sleigh!  Hint: Ask your kid and it’s one more than you think

Question 4: What used to be in Rockport Harbor that will be again in Gloucester Harbor this summer?  Hint:  It’s under construction now in Gloucester Harbor.  Hint2:

Question 5:  Henri Smith has three friends (he has more than that) who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and are pioneers of New Orleans music, who are they?  Hint:  2011, 1991, 1986

Click here to ANSWER and WIN! 

Be the first person to submit all five correct answers.  Good Luck!


A Note about Hippeastrum 

Living in New England the year round, with our tiresomely long winter stretching miles before us, followed by a typically late and fugitive spring, we can become easily wrapped in those winter-blues. Fortunately for garden-makers, our thoughts give way to winter scapes of bare limbs and berries, Gold Finches and Cardinals, and plant catalogues to peruse. If you love to paint and write about flowers as do I, winter is a splendid time of year for both, as there is hardly any time devoted to the garden during colder months. I believe if we cared for a garden very much larger than ours, I would accomplish little of either writing or painting, for maintaining it would require just that much more time and energy.

Coaxing winter blooms is yet another way to circumvent those late winter doldrums. Most of us are familiar with the ease in which amaryllis (Hippeastrum) bulbs will bloom indoors. Placed in a pot with enough soil to come to the halfway point of the bulb, and set on a warm radiator, in several week’s time one will be cheered by the sight of a spring-green, pointed-tipped flower stalk poking through the inner layers of the plump brown bulbs. The emerging scapes provide a welcome promise with their warm-hued blossoms, a striking contrast against the cool light of winter.

Perhaps the popularity of the amaryllis is due both to their ease in cultivation and also for their ability to dazzle with colors of sizzling orange, clear reds and apple blossom pink. My aunt has a friend whose family has successfully cultivated the same bulb for decades. For continued success with an amaryllis, place the pot in the garden as soon as the weather is steadily warm. Allow the plant to grow through the summer, watering and fertilizing regularly. In the late summer or early fall and before the first frost, separate the bulb from the soil and store the bulb, on its side, in a cool dry spot—an unheated basement for example. The bulb should feel firm and fat again, not at all mushy. After a six-week rest, the amaryllis bulb is ready to re-pot and begin its blooming cycle again. Excerpt from Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! ~ Coaxing Winter Blooms

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The taxonomy of the genus Hippeastrum is complicated. Hippeastrum is a genus of about 90 species and over 600 hybrids and cultivars, native to topical and subtropical regions of the Americas from Argentina north to Mexico and the Caribbean. For some time there was confusion amongst botanists over the generic names Hippeastrum and Amaryllis, which led to the application of the common name “amaryllis” when referring to Hippeastrum. The genera Amaryllis refers to bulbs from South Africa.

Final Question in gimmesound New Year’s Rockport Eve Giveaway!

Watch today’s video for the final question.  If you missed any of this week’s question, click here.

Be the first person to submit all five correct answers.  Click on the ANSWER link right under today’s video.  Good Luck!

Lots of music tonight, something for everyone.  Get out and PARTY!  see the full list here

Letters To Annabelle Shot In Gloucester Episodes 1-5

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4&5


INFO: LTA is a no-budget/non profit web series brought to you by Independent filmmakers from the New England area. The entire series was shot primarily in Gloucester, MA over the course of 5 days. It was shot on the Canon 5D Mark II and 60D.

Special thanx to: Ryan and Wood Inc., Distilleries(, Rich Hersey, Ms Yami Cartagena, Paul Lucci and Anthony “Bonez” Colarusso for helping out.

EXTRA SPECIAL THANX to the town of Gloucester, MA for allowing us to shoot there.

LIKE the fan page for all the updates:

Hope everyone enjoyed this lil’ series.

Fred Bodin Shares- Emily’s Bar Card

Emily’s Bar Card

Fred writes-

It’s true, a little thoughtfulness across the bar or table goes a long, long way. Last September I drove to the North Shore Mall to buy an iMac. At Apple’s Genius Bar, the technician asked me to come back in an hour while he installed software and documents onto my new computer. So I walked over to P. F. Chang’s restaurant to order a takeout lunch for myself and recuperating friend back in Rockport. We’d been to Chang’s only a few times, it’s always tasty and a positive experience. I sat at the bar, and said "hi" to the bartender. Emily, who had served us before, is also a Rockport native. She didn’t remember my name, but did remember the Rockport connection, and asked where my friend Janet was. After she poured a beer for me, Emily wrote this note on a bartender’s card. Guess where we go every time we’re in Peabody.


Fredrik D. Bodin, Bodin Historic Photo

82 Main Street

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Sharing the Love for Cape Ann Animal Aid with GMG from Elizabeth Dooley


Hi Joey,
Merry Christmas to you and the GMG family. I wanted to share some love about Cape Ann Animal Aid. What a great group of people! I was driving by a week ago and saw an older dog sitting outside visitng with a staff member. I could not stop thinking about this dog and his sweet face! Last Wednesday, my husband Morgan and I went and adopted Buddy. He is such a good dog (although he is a wild man in the truck) and we are very happy to give him a home. I was so impressed with the kindness and professionalism of the staff at Cape Ann Animal Aid. And they have a lot of great dogs and cats looking for loving homes.
Best wishes for a healthy, happy New Year. And good luck with the plunge!!
Liz, Morgan & Buddy

The News From Rocky Neck via Judy Robinson Cox

Giles Chapel

Thursday 12/29 – Last Day at the Rocky Neck Winter Show

Thursday, December 29, is the last day that for the Rocky Neck Art Colony Winter Show and your last chance to get one of Mary Rhinelander’s beautiful linoleum block prints of "The Center" at Rocky Neck with your tax-deductable donation to the Rocky Neck Art Colony. Simply donate whatever quantity you wish in our charming church donation box (thank you Kathy Archer) and the card is yours. While you’re there take a look around at the beautiful Art Colony exhibition …. it will be the last time to see such a diverse collection until our member show in the spring. The gallery closes at 5pm.

Artists, remember to pick up your work on Friday, December 30
between 12 and 2 pm.

photo by Manny Simoes
photo by Manny Simoes

Annual Rocky Neck Plunge

Jan 1st 2012 12:00 PM (Noon) At Oak Cove Beach
Rocky Neck Plunge-The Pledge List, The Chance To Win $100 Azorean Gift Card, The Food Drive and the $8.99 All You Can Eat Passports Pre-Plunge Breakfast

Erik at Passports Is Offering Up an $8.99 Breakfast Buffet Pre Plunge! The Good Morning Gloucester folks plan to meet there at 10AM, come eat with them!

Message from Joey:

If you enter your name here on GMG beforehand, get listed as a pledge to plunge and do it, we will enter your name into a hat and pick one of the GMG listed plungers post plunge for a $100 Azorean Gift card. Card was donated by our Terry Weber. No entries will be accepted on the scene of the crime, you have to put in a comment here or contact me ahead of time to confirm you are on "The List".

If you pledge to plunge and then bail out for ANY REASON, that gives us free license to ridicule you for the entire year! I can tell you it is incredibly invigorating and the very best way to start your year. It sets you up to overcome a fear and once you do it the rest of the year you feel like you can and will do anything!

The plunge goes off at noon on Oaks Cove Beach on Rocky Neck.

The List

Joey C, Donna Ardizzoni, Rick Moore, Ed Collard, Paul Morrison, Rick Paolillo, Melissa Cox, Dr. Ray Cahill, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh, Lotus Marsh, Lukas and Lasse Struppe, Owen, Henry, and Jon Hardy, Alexandra Rhinelander, Charles Du Deaubien Gaspien (or something like that), Ericka Hyam, Steve LeBlanc, Jamie Verga, Kevin Ryan, Patrick Ryan, Denny Cunningham, Carolyn Kirk, Bill Kirk, Amanda Nash, Tom Robinson Cox, Mike and Eva DiLascio, Amandacakes and Beasley, Keara the chick with the heavy green eye shadow (I forgot her last name), Vickie Van Ness, Greg Bover, Brian O’Connor, Skip Montello,Kane Oshiro,Barry “Cuda” Pollack, Charles Rodgers, Lindell Willnow, Terry Weber, Jason Grow, Maisey, Jeamima and Matilda, Karen Ristuben, Wendie Demuth,Scott LeVasseur ,Tony Goddess,Mike Nicastro, Alicia Pensarosa, Nicole, Ben and Emma Duckworth


Cathy McCarthy is organizing a food drive at the Plunge for The Open Door … Please bring these items that are most needed .. . TUNA, 100 percent juice, Hearty Soups, Peanut Butter, Pasta Sauce, Breakfast Cereal, Baking Items to Oak Cove Beach during the Plunge.Start the New Year off on a good note : help out and give back. Call Cathy McCarthy 978-282-7320 for more info.

Cultural District Updates

Cultural District Updates from Gloucester:

Downtown Gloucester Cultural District: A Downtown Cultural District Committee has been formed and is currently working through the Massachusetts Cultural Council application process. The Committee has been contacting various stake holders within the downtown area and since there is an area overlap between the proposed Downtown Cultural District and the new Harbor Walk – we have scheduled a meeting of the two committees. It is our hope to announce a public hearing date soon. For information contact: Judith Hoglander,

East Gloucester Cultural District:

The East Gloucester Cultural District proposed map is with the City (through Councillor Paul McGeary). The City Council will take it up, pass a resolution, and schedule a public hearing. Date will be announced.

Cultural District Updates from Rockport:

Great news! On Tuesday evening November 29 the Rockport Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to pass a resolution endorsing the creation of the state designated Rockport Cultural District.

Susan Daly wins Naples Art Association’s
Innovation/Experimentation Award

Sue Daly’s painting "Water Iris"won the Innovation/Experimention Award at the Naples Art Association Members’ Gallery

RNAC Member George Sanker Wins World Landscapes Outdoor Photography of the Year 2011

George Sanker photograph

This photograph of an ancient pine tree in Grand Teton National Park, taken the morning after an October snowstorm, was elected as the winner of the World Landscapes category in the "Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2011" competition conducted by Outdoor Photography magazine, a popular and highly commended publication based in the U.K.

Sanker’s photographs have been named winners of three major categories in three prestigious international competitions over the last several years. In 2007, his photograph of a moose jumping a fence won first place in the Mammals-Professional Photographers category, National Wildlife Federation Photography Contest ( see In 2010, his photograph of a black bear cub looking into the camera from behind a tree won first place in the Wild Planet category of the Outdoor Photographer of the Year Competition of Outdoor Photography magazine (see

Richard Seeley Lunar Eclipse

Rich Seeley’s image of the Lunar Eclipse of Saturday December 10th is published in the Summit County Daily Newspaper, Colorado: Lunar Eclipse in Summit County Daily Newspaper
Read the blog post and story behind the image at: Lunar Eclipse