Monthly Archives: February 2014

February Vacation Week at Maritime Gloucester

2nd – 5th Grade, weekdays 1:00-3:00
$20 per session for Non-Members, $15 for Members, all are drop-off programs
All programs are run on-site in our classroom, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA
To register, click the sessions below or call 978-281-0470

Monday, February 17: Recycled Boats
We’ve all heard of a ship in a bottle, but what about a ship made from a bottle?  Students will build their own boats using recyclable materials.  What makes a better boat, a water bottle pontoon boat or a juice carton skiff?  As we discuss the importance of recycling, we’ll learn about real boats that have been built from recycled materials.

Tuesday, February 18: Scrimshaw and Whale Tails
Did you know that humpback whales are named after patterns on their tails?  We’ll look at whale bones and learn about whale and dolphin species found in New England and beyond.  Students will also learn about sperm whales and scrimshaw by handling real whale teeth and creating their own scrimshawed candles to take home.

Wednesday, February 19: Recycled Sea Creatures
Can you transform a water bottle into a fish, or a plastic plate into a sea turtle?  Using a variety of recyclable materials, students will create their own sea creature sculptures to take home.  We’ll look at a vast collection shells, bones, and exoskeletons for inspiration and discuss sea creature adaptations.  As we talk about the importance of recycling, we’ll look at pictures of sea creature art made from recycled materials, such as marine debris and water bottles.

Thursday, February 20: Ice and Snow Science
Does this time of year have you thinking of ice and snow?  Students will learn all about ice through a variety of icy experiments, challenges, and projects.  After looking at how salt affects ice, students will create saltwater paintings to take home.  We’ll also learn about how arctic and Antarctic sea creatures have adapted to survive at extreme temperatures.

Friday, February 21: Rube Goldberg Machines
Cartoonist Rube Goldberg was known for drawing complex yet impractical machines, involving multiple steps to accomplish simple tasks.  After looking at Goldberg’s humorous comics for inspiration, students will engineer a Rube Goldberg machine.  Using marbles, Lego bricks, wooden blocks, dominoes, and much more, we’ll build and test intricate machines as we learn about energy, momentum, and engineering.


The Gloucester House

gloucester house breakfast buffet and thanks

If you’re looking for a great Sunday breakfast buffet, look no further.  The Gloucester House puts on an incredible breakfast buffet on Sundays from 9:30-1:00.

I and all the artists who took part, want to give a big round of applause and our thanks to The Gloucester House, Lily, Lenny, Dottie Linquata and all there who made the St. Valentine’s Art Show one of the best I’ve seen and participated in.  They made us feel like family and were so kind and generous to give us an exhibit and sales opportunity, in a delightful lovely space in the cold of February.   If that wasn’t enough, each day they put out coffee, tea and wonderful homemade Italian cookies for us and visitors to enjoy.  The Gloucester House and the Linquatas do much for the community, and the artists especially appreciate their generosity and kindness.

Special thanks also to Ray Lamont who gave the Show such great coverage in the Gloucester Daily Times, which drew many people to the show.  It was great to meet artists I didn’t previously know and many people who don’t make it over to Rocky Neck, as well as to see those I do know but wouldn’t normally see in the dead of winter.  All in all, a great four days that we all enjoyed immensely.  Many thanks.

E.J. Lefavour

This Thursday night Dennis Brennan to play Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line. 8-11- 2.13.2014

dave bw

 We’re joining a musical health club this week and exercising our synapses with that top ‘o the heap pied piper and malarky master, Mr. Dennis Brennan. No relation to Walter. Big D has turned out to be a favorite around these parts, causing swooning women and male consternation. He comes fully equipped with a fabulous set of pipes, a harmonica, and a repertoire so vast as to inspire nosebleeds. My favorite singer!

Dennis Brennan

Dennis Brennan

He’ll be backed by an all-star cast featuring Mr. Matt “Dillon” Stubbs, on catarrh, and  Broomful ‘o Blues drumpeter, Mr. Chris “Craft” Rivelli, a veritable powerhouse of the Blues foundry system.  Both Matt and Chris have travelled the world incessantly and extensively, spreading the word with the likes of James Cottontail, or Jerry Porntoy, or Roomful or is it somebody else? I can’t remember. But you won’t forget the incessant carnal pounding of the boogie beat as you suck down that sixth beer…. It’s gonna be a blast.! See ya there!

Have a look at some “Valentine’s Day” Music Happenings Around Town ~ Friday 2.14.2014

The Rhumb Line


The Cripple Cove Quintet featuring The Goddesses

The Rhumb Line (40 Railroad Avenue, Gloucester)

Friday, February 14th (Valentine’s Day) starting at 9:30pm – 12:30am


Some people enjoy fine dining on Valentine’s Day. Some people like to 
stay in with their loved one….and we have no truck with either 
activity. But if you like to dance to rock and roll music BEFORE either 
of those activities, come to The Rhumb Line for The Cripple Cove Quintet 
featuring the Goddesses on Friday Feb. 14th. from 9:30pm to 12:30am. 
Three sets of love rock and pub rock from the golden era.



Those fast heart beats that we use to know…

mike oconnell and friends mw heart 1 all bw


Dog Bar

Make your reservations now for Valentines Day. Dog Bar Grill Chef Eric Smith has put out an exciting and delicious 3 course prix fixe menu for your dining pleasure, while Mr Romance himself, Vito Ferrara, spins classic Frank Sinatra. All this for only 36.99 pp. Dog Bar Grill – Where you can be romantic and thrifty

dog bar valentines

Giuseppe’s Ristorante and Piano Bar

guiseppes valentines day

The Franklin Cafe


Hello, Young Lovers – VALENTINE’S FRIDAY @ Franklin Cafe with Jane Potter on keys, Thomas Hebb and Linda Amero on bass and Love Songs. Come join us for an evening of delicious dining and romance. 7-10 Downstairs. 978-283-7888.

jazz jp



Houston… We Have A Problem in Sista’s Backyard

Yikes this cold weather is making my backyard birds really hungry! I hope the small cup I just refilled can hold them over for a few more hours until I can make and hang a new Bird Feeder!

Hold on my feather friends more food is in the making in Sista’s Kitchen!

Mini Almond Thin Dessert Sandwiches with Chocolate Chevre Cheese and Balsamic Strawberries


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Mini Almond Thin Dessert Sandwiches with Chocolate Chevre Cheese  and Balsamic Strawberries

Are you looking for a decadent Valentine dessert that requires no baking?  After sampling a piece of SouthCoast Farms’ Creamy Chocolate Chevre  Cheese at The Cave  on Main Street here in Gloucester, my mind exploded with recipe ideas!  This recipe was specially concocted for Valentines Day!  More recipes containing this amazing cheese will be posted in the future.  For details about this recipe …Click see more for details Read more

The North Shore Christian Men’s Choir Presents: TRANSFORMED

The North Shore Christian Men’s Choir Presents:
An Evening of Musical Celebration and Stories
The North Shore Christian Men’s Choir Presents:  TRANSFORMED, An Evening of Musical Celebration and Stories on
Sunday, March 2 at 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  at the First Presbyterian Church, 179 County Road, Ipswich, MA.
Join the choir for an evening of musical celebration and stories featuring music from the North Shore Men’s Choir and various choirs from the First Presbyterian Church, Ipswich.  Personal stories of transformation from former gang members and rivals who now serve as youth workers with Straight Ahead Ministries to reach other youth at risk (   This event is free and open to all ages.  All are welcome.

It’s never going to sink in is it? ARGHHHHHH!!!!!

I should really just submit and resign myself that there are people that no matter what you do or say or how many times it’s repeated, they will refuse to use a search engine.

Need to get me one of those LMGTFY T Shirts, baseball caps and whatever other products they come up with.  If they have a car wrap I’ll buy one of those too.


Hi Joey

Did I miss the posting of One Billion Rising on GMG?  Coming up on FRIDAY FEB 14. Peeps looking on GMG but haven’t seen it yet!

Thnx so much!
Name Removed , LMHC


No it was posted three times.  a search would provide the links

there is a search box and there is also google.

might i suggest the search terms one billion rising and goodmorninggloucester.

Here are the results 

There are no less than 5 results.

Now the thing that really tends to get me going more than having to point out that search engines exists is that when you suggest that search engines exist to most people, they seem genuinely indignant and feel like you are singling them out for being a dummy.

I should note that this is not the case with the person who sent me this email who I am sure is a very lovely person.

This note to those who refuse to use search engines –




*note: If this email was a joke in response to last week’s post linked below then I hope you burn in hell.

How much could I charge for a seminar to teach people how to look for things on the internet using a search engine?

Posted on February 3, 2014 by Joey C


Anyone feel like photoshopping my head onto this?


We’ll be thinking about you tonight Ricky


Two years gone.  But never forgotten. 
We miss you brother.
They’ll never take the memories.
Love you man.

The Cowboy said it best

Thanks Kim Smith for capturing this video for the us in the freezing cold even though you never even knew Rick-

Wednesday Feb 12th 2014 Cape Ann Forecast..

Marine Forecast …
Wed: N winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt…becoming NE around 5 kt in the afternoon. Seas around 2 ft.

Wed Night: SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 foot or less.

Today mostly sunny cold after morning lows in single digits temps will only rise to mid to upper 20’s with north northwest winds 10-15 mph..
Wednesday night increasing clouds lows around 20-25 degrees .. Late night snows break out well after midnight .. Thursday heavy snow in the morning going over to sleet / freezing rain then rain by 11am to noontime ..highs in the upper 30’s with se winds 20-25 mph increasing to 25-35mph by late Thursday afternoon and evening .. Thursday night heavy rain early with damaging winds possible , gusting over 55mph ! Winds turn north northeast late evening rain changes back to snow .. 3-6″ total ..
Over view / LP tracks from OBX to just SE of ACK , this track will likely induce Warmer air to come from off the ocean with water temps in 30’s . How ever I’m not sold on this and think it’s possible as LP intensifies off ACK it creates “DYNAMIC COOLING” which would crash the temps with all heights above us creating a quicker transition back to snow. Something to watch for Thursday . Also watch for damaging wind potential .. More later today with special video update on impending storm .. Thank u for reading and viewing …
Peter Lovasco




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