Monthly Archives: June 2012

GHS DECA Plans To Sell Gloucester Soda–We Do A Taste Test With Former GHS DECA Student David Brooks

DECA advisor and business teacher at GHS Ann Grassetti contacted me yesterday to help get the word out about Gloucester Soda.  So I met with the future business leaders of Gloucester at Art Haven, we had a conversation and taste test.

Click here for the video-

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Minglewood Tavern Really Is Great

They are really hitting it on all cylinders with great specials every night of the week, a great drink menu, one of my favorites on a hot day is a cranberry margarita concoction that one of the best bartenders in town Brian Eastman makes-

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The wood fired pizzas are excellent-

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and the best salad in town the blackened chicken cobb, just bursting with flavor-

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Kid friendly too-

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Brian Eastman forwarded me this story about why we love crispy stuff in reference to my soggy French fry rant (Minglewood also has outstanding crispy on the outside/fluffy on the inside hand cut French fries)

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Why Humans Are Crazy for Crispy

Rain or Shine – The Show Will Go On

Rain or Shine, Nights on the Neck will go on.  If it is raining, performers will be moved to The Center at 6 Wonson Street, so performers and audience can stay nice and dry.  Even if it is not raining, plan to stop by the Center when you arrive at Rocky Neck to pick up your Season’s Night on the Neck Schedule and Scavenger Hunt form.  A great grand prize will be awarded to a lucky winner at the end of the season, and you can’t win if you don’t play.

 

The Eastern Carpenter Bee

3 minute video featuring the Eastern Carpenter Bee. The music is the opening movement of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

The Eastern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica) is an important pollinator for many open-faced spring flowers including the blossoms of fruiting trees—crabapple, apple, pear, peach, plum, and wild cherry—as well as holly and brambles. X. virginica has an especially bad reputation with blueberry growers because they have strong mouthparts (capable of boring into wood), which will easily tear flowers with a deep corolla—blueberries and azaleas, for example. In the video you can see the bee probing into the sides of, and in some instances tearing, the petals to gather nectar from the blossoming Japanese Andromeda (Pieris japonica). The damage done to wood is usually minimal and cosmetic.

Carpenter Bees are regularly mistaken for bumblebees. Their shiny black abdomen most easily distinguishes them. Male and female carpenter bees can easily be differentiated at a glance. The male has a patch of yellowish-white cuticle at the top its head; the females face is entirely black.

Male Eastern Carpenter Bees are aggressively territorial. They will fly at you noisily and vigorously when in their territory, but it is all just show—they are incapable of stinging!


Why do they call this the Kenny Neal(s) Band?

Why the (s)?  Watch the video and see how long it takes you to figure it out.  If you don’t get it after 20 seconds, have another cup of coffee . . .

Kenny will be at the Gloucester Blues Festival.  It won’t be long before the sun heats things up around here and you’ll be at the beach, Fiesta, whatever … where you might forget that you can save $12 by getting tickets ahead of time, so get tickets now and stop worrying.

If you don’t remember who’s playing, click here for our video introducing the performers.

Our local music scene is already hot with 10 live music choices tonight (more really, because Nights on the Neck alone has 6 live shows between 5 and 8:45 and we only list them once — see their full schedule here).

And let’s not forget Bradley Royds begins his Thursday Night Series at Giuseppe’s.

We’ve been getting new listings all week long so click here to see the new updated music lineup.

Thursday Night Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line to Host Mario Perrett with Ed Scheer on drums.

Thursday – 9:00 to 12:00 ~ Dave Sag’s Blues Party

 

 

Dave says,

We had so much fun last week with Ed Scheer on board that i’ve decided to have him back this week to play along side his old teammate Mr. Mario Perrett. Cutie-pie saxist, former Playgirl© pinup, teen idol and magnificent vocalizer, Mr. MP has what it takes to raise any bar. For years he was the sexaphonist in the Love Dogs as well as in Madhouse. It’s always a pleasure to have both these guys around. They play, they sing, they wear my shirts and steal most of my songs, too. Anybody seen my wallet?
We always manage to pull out all the stops as well as your leg and your finger. With gootar-king and milliner Mr. Greg t. and myself aboard, we’re hoping to have a rousing good time. So bring your dancing shoe and your stump and hobble waddle doodle all night long!
N.B. If you have any friends or enemies who might like these minor missives, just send their addresses along to me. Always looking to spread the joys of music!

And Now for Something Completely Different

Learn the Crab Dance by the GMG Crew for Tonights First of the Year Nights on the Neck.

CLICK HERE FOR TONIGHTS SCHEDULE

I love EJ’s Nurses outfit, Donna’s Cat suit  and Kim Smiths Angel wings!

Joey enters the video at about the 33 sec. mark

McDonald’s in Gloucester being reborn!

Back at the end of April, I posted about the demolition of the McDonald’s on Maplewood Ave., in preparation for a complete rebuilding. This is the photo I posted at the time.

I took another photo at the end of May. The old building is completely gone, and the new one is coming up:

That was quick! I hope they are back up and in business soon.

Kudos To McDonalds Gloucester

The reconstruction is well under way.

The building looks like it is mostly made of brick which blends in 100 zillion times nicer than the old building which was painted the most ghastly of primary colors of bright red, harsh yellow and glossy white.

Hopefully when the finishing touches are made that they use some tasteful accenting colors to the brick.

The neighbors across the street must be thrilled.  I figure that on top of not having to look at the hideous old building they each will see the values of their homes go up by $15-$20,000 just by getting rid of that old primary color harsh yellow, red and white from the old building.

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VIDEO INTERVIEW- THE SUMMER RETREAT 2012 PREVIEW WITH LINDSAY CROUSE and RICK BLUE

click below for the interview

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The eight annual Summer Retreat is just a couple of months away!

For More Info- www.thesummerretreat.org

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The Retreat is a rare opportunity for people to take a break from their busy lives and experience something wonderful. It’s a chance to:

Rest and revitalize with life-changing happiness teachings from world-class teachers and master practitioners – including the amazing Lama Marut, author of A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life.

Enjoy meditation, yoga at all levels and community in the beauty of pastoral New England.

Understand how to live in happiness for six days…so you can be happy the rest of your life.

The retreat is led by Lama Marut — an American Buddhist monk whose teachings are both profound and completely engaging. He will make you laugh. He will make you think. He will probably change your life.

You can check out his podcasts – including podcasts from last year’s Summer Retreat – on iTunes.

Thanks to Joey and Good Morning Gloucester for supporting the Summer Retreat!

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Yes We Did! Yes We Did! Compare and Contrast These Two Videos- Who Ya Got?

LETS DO THIS!

Update On City Hall Restoration and a Request For Photographer’s City Hall Photos from Maggie Rosa

Hi Joey

Can you post these photos that were recently taken of the restoration project of City Hall? As your site is so popular this is the best way to keep everybody informed as to the progress of the project.

The project has started in earnest but as the work being done is going on behind the green shrouding it’s not easy to detect the progress. These photos were taken of the small towers (ventilator towers) last week.

Craig Herrmann will be posting these photos on our website www.restoreourtower.com and we will be sending you more as we get them.

And I’d also like to invite people who are also taking photos to send them to me so that we can post them on the website as well as keeping a record of this project for posterity’s sake.

Thanks

MAGGIE ROSA

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