Monthly Archives: June 2014

Eastern Point Lit House Grand Opening is a Splendid Success!

photo 3-1Although unable to attend the Eastern Point Lit House grand opening gala celebration, I heard through the grapevine that it was a fabulous success and very well attended by a crowd of friends, family, and well-wishers. I also heard that Ken and Nicole Duckworth and Laura from the Cave provided an array of super tasty treats and refreshments and that they were wonderfully lavish and delicious. Congratulations to Chris, Jenn, and Michelle and best wishes for great success with EPLH!

All photos courtesy of Chris Anderson.


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Upcoming for Eastern Point Lit House is a children’s book writing workshop with Eric Pinder. Register now as space is limited.


Puffin Escorts Clipper Round the World Racers In New York Harbor

My son Brian had a nostalgic few hours yesterday when he and his wife Karen greeted and escorted the participants in the 2013-14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race down New York Harbor to the start of the next leg of the competition which will terminate in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland after an estimated 14 day crossing of the North Atlantic. The sailors will then go on to Dan Helder, Netherlands and back to London U.K for the finish next month.

In April and May, 2006, Brian crewed on the 68 foot New York Clipper on the leg of the race that took it from Quindao, China across the Pacific to Victoria, British Columbia; over 5,000 nautical miles and more than thirty days out of sight of land through rain, gales, sleet and sub freezing temperatures.

On Friday, Brian and Karen visited the fleet at North Cove, not far from the World Trade Center, as they laid over having completed the previous leg of the race which started in Jamaica. Yesterday, Brian and Karen fired up the trusty Honda on their 24 foot Nimble Nomad, Puffin, and steamed from its berth in Mill Basin, Brooklyn, to the Statue of Liberty where they had front row seats for the parade of visiting racing yachts as they departed New York. Puffin then escorted the racers to the Narrows  as the Brooklynites wished them fair winds.

Here are some of Brian’s photos.

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Photos © Brian D Luster 2014

DSCF1930Brian hoses down Puffin while my grandson Yitzchak locks up (2012).


This just in from Heidi Dallin:


Save Money on Season Membership and be Entered to Win.  Do it before June 12!  See full details here!

: L to R: Daniel Robert Sullivan, Shana Dirik, Douglas Jabara and Jennifer Ellis.  Photo Credit: Gary Ng

: L to R: Daniel Robert Sullivan, Shana Dirik, Douglas Jabara and Jennifer Ellis. Photo Credit: Gary Ng

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Fiesta goes on for days, but the FISK open house is only June 28 from 2-6pm. Every music lover should be there.

For any lover of music, these open houses are a treasured experience you will never forget (see posts about Fisk here).  You can literally walk INSIDE the organ while it’s being played by top organ players, who come to these open houses to test them out.  And it’s FREE.  Save the date now and don’t miss this one.

You are cordially invited to join us at our Gloucester workshop

to celebrate the creation of two new pipe organs–

Saturday, June 28
2pm – 6pm
C.B. Fisk, Inc

21 Kondelin Road
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
978 283-1909  •
click here for map

4 More Days of School Lunches to Pack!!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we Schraffts are summer people. Let there be no mistake that I love my job… and I mean no offense to my amazing little students, but the count down to summer vacation is almost more excitement than I can even stand.  Total giddiness….epic warm fuzzies.

Sure, beach days, quick getaways, sleeping in, music on lawns, margaritas on decks, sushi feeding frenzies, long nights by the fire pit and dirty, salty, and happy kids = a happy mom, but one of the most exciting parts of summer vacations is NO MORE LUNCH PACKING.

Possibly you can’t relate to this.  So forgive me.  But, lunch packing is my least favorite thing…ever.  It isn’t that its hard…it is just so damn Ground Hog’s Day.  Unpack the lunch boxes, soak the containers, wash, rinse, dry….and repack.  Ugh.  It doesn’t necessarily help that I started to put a little photo in each of the boys’ lunch boxes when they were toddlers and now neither of them will let me stop.  SOOOO….factor in the “pick-a-photo-and-wrap-it-in-the-shark-print-cloth-napkins-that-they-like-to-use” step…and I’m S.P.E.N.T.

That brings me to my point.  The school where I teach…and that my boys attend…has a “Green Initiative”.  It is suggested, but obviously not mandated, that the children have as little trash as possible in their lunch boxes.  Now, complain as I have about the process of packing lunches, I am more than happy to do my part to not only leave a smaller footprint, but to also teach my boys that we need to be conscious of our impact on our environment and good friend, Planet Earth.

So, we buy big containers of yogurt and scoop daily amounts into small lunch containers.  My boys drink ice water from reusable water bottles and don’t use juice boxes, etc.  We don’t use little snack bag sized things like goldfish or chips…we just throw a handful or so into one of their reusable containers from the bigger bag.

The boys and I were talking earlier about the fact that today is World Oceans Day and that caused me to remember a friend’s reaction when she saw me packing the boys’ lunches one evening. It had never occurred to her to pack lunch “that way” (as she put it) and she was happy to start.

So, while packing lunches as a whole will remain annoying to me, I guess I am at least happy that we are doing our part.  I’m glad the boys are learning a lesson….and, if there happens to be an ocean animal living life better somewhere because of our lack-of-lunch-trash then ever better.  A win-win.


Happy (day after) World Oceans Day!!

Check out photos of the humpbacks feeding out on Stellwagen Bank from Cape Ann Whale Watch.  


The Gloucester Fleet

The Gloucester Fleet

“Amber & John”



From Michael Foley;

“Gloucester City Council Meeting: Drinking Water Fluoridation

On behalf of the Cape Ann Fluoride Action Network, I would like to announce efforts to reconsider the fluoridation of Gloucester and Rockport water supplies. At present, approximately 60% of Massachusetts cities and towns are fluoridated, as is about 70% of the United States population. On the contrary over 90% of Europe is not fluoridated. Here in Massachusetts, the decision to fluoridate is left up to the cities and towns, but often times the decisions have not included registered voters.”

Tuesday Night 7pm at City Hall

For more information on water Fluoridation check out this site:

Cherry Cheesecake Tart with Toasted Almond Coconut Crumble Topping


Cherry Cheesecake Tart with Toasted Almond Coconut Crumble Topping


I created this recipe over the winter, it’s beyond delicious…I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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Wanna Race Our FOB- 53 Year Old Lindle Willnow?

Remember the movie The Color Of Money where Tom Cruise hustles his way through the pool circuit?

Well I think we just may have landed the perfect horse to bet on- our boy Lindle.

Unassuming, old, not particularly in any type of ectomorph runners body shape and the absolute perfect man to back with odds against these young hot shot runners.

So we’ll just trot out our Horse Lindle, take odds against the youngsters and clean up when he kicks their butt all over the place!  Winking smile

Our boy Lindle laid an absolute beat down, finishing 12th out of 218 runners at age 53!!!

To me that was a seriously impressive feet.  Almost as impressive as TJ finishing and winning a whole 2 and a half minutes before the second place finisher.

But the story in this post isn’t about TJ’s extraordinary race as a 34 year old in the prime of his life.  It’s about 53 year old Lindle Willnow and how he showed that you don’t have to be a 20 or 30 year old elite physical specimen to compete, you just gotta get out there and do it!

Congratulations Lindle, from all your GMG buddies we are seriously proud of you!



Cody is Missing

Please be on the lookout and get in touch with Jen Keough if you have information.
Her cat Cody is missing from the Prospect St/Mt Pleasant/ South St area, he is slender, dark grey with green eyes. He is shy and microchipped. If anyone spots him could you let her know or call 781-820-2119? Thank you

Please be on the lookout and get in touch with Jen Keough if you have information. Her cat Cody is missing from the Prospect St/Mt Pleasant/ South St area, he is slender, dark grey with green eyes. He is shy and microchipped. If anyone spots him could you let her know or call 781-820-2119? Thank you.


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