Monthly Archives: April 2017


Wow and double wow!! So many thanks to Ralph Martin at Preferred Auto Body for making my old(ish) car look brand new!!

This past winter I pulled over to the side of the road on Harbor Heights and got caught in a huge pot hole next to a storm drain. It tore my bumper and ripped out the front undercarriage. Shortly after that, I was bumped from the rear at the traffic lights on the 128 extension (by a super nice guy). Thanks to Ralph at Preferred Auto, they fit me into their busy schedule to take care of both, the front and the rear messes. My Prius was back at home in less than a week and it looks fabulous! Preferred Auto did an amazing, amazing job matching the paint, and on top of that, touched up a few scratches that were on the side of the car.

While my car was in the shop, they lent me a cute loaner car–a Toyota Corolla–very easy to drive, and at zero cost! I can’t recommend Preferred Auto Body enough.

Preferred Auto Body is located at 7 Pond Road in Gloucester. Phone: 978-283-2008 and ask for Ralph.



Presented by Nick Defasio from MS Walker

1st Course – Butter poached halibut, marinated tomato, and fresh orange, paired with Freemark Abbey Chardonnay (2014).

2nd Course – Duck confit stuffed mushroom, paired with Landmark Overlook Pinot Noir (2014).

3rd Course – Lamb Porterhouse, grilled polenta, garlic portabellas, and Romesco sauce, paired with Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (2014).

4th Course – Strawberries and buttermilk biscuit shortcake, paired with Banshee Rose (2016).

$45.00 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Gloucester recognized as one of America’s top 10 towns for craft lovers | 2017 annual American Craft Week October 6-15

Thanks to Pauline Bresnahan for promoting Gloucester and MA.

Our neighbors in ME have a lot of listings.


Now in its eighth year, American Craft Week is the country’s largest celebration of handmade American craft. It will take place this October 6 – 15 2017 in galleries, festivals, museums, libraries and artist studios across the country. Learn more at


Craft in America premieres its newest episode, NATURE, this Friday, April 21 on PBS. (Check local listing for time.) One of the featured artists is Iowa City basket maker extraordinaire, Mary Merkel-Hess. Learn more about this new episode and the wonderful craft artists it features:


See the winners of the 2016 Rising Star Competition, naming 30 exceptional craft artists under the age of 30. See them all at

Cape Ann Fall art fairs and events 

This Weekend in the Arts



Remembering Charlie: Plein Air panel discussion led by Sinikka Nogelo

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to welcome the friends, students and colleagues of Charles Movalli for a panel discussion on Saturday, April 22 at 2:00p.m. This program is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition, Charles Movalli: Cape Ann & Beyond.


Image: Charles Movalli (1945–2016), Marine Railways, 2014. Acrylic on canvas. Gift of Dale Movalli, 2016 [2016.59].

Moderated by Sinikka Nogelo, artist and former host of the Cape Ann Report, the panelists will reflect on the amazing life and career of their friend/teacher Charles Movalli and the art of painting en plein air. Panelists will include T.M. Nicholas, Mike Graves, Dennis Poirier, Charles Shurcliff, Marilyn Swift and Tom Gill.

The cost of this program is $10 for Museum members / $15 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; reservations required. For more information email Register by calling (978) 283-0455 x10 or online at Eventbrite. This program is accessible.

Exhibition support was generously provided by Judi Rotenberg and Edward Zuker and
Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. & Lucienne M. Bosselman.




New Spring Painting Workshop by Kathy Roberts

Beginners and Intermediate students welcomed. Sketching and Water coloring painting will be the
focus in a small group setting. A demonstration will be provided at each class. For more info. Please or call 978-853-7825.

Cheryl Arena Tonight! Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 4.20.2017


Thursday at the Rhumb Line sees the return of that lovely harmonicat and soul sister: Ms. Cheryl Arena. Everytime she plays here people go nuts, so why do you constantly ask me who that wonderful musician was?
she’s dragging in a great boston area drummer: Mr. Andy Plaistead and one of your fave glitarists: Mr. Pete Henderson. Gonna be fun.

40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732













Northeast Ohio Rocks! in the Bahamas?

The boys found this rock the other day in front of our terrace in the Bahamas.  Turns out that it was painted and hidden in Ohio by a member of the Northeast Ohio Rocks! group.  I snapped a couple of photos and shared our find on their Facebook page.  In no time the “owner” of the rock wrote back saying,

We just painted that rock a few weeks ago (last week of March over our Spring Break) and hid in our tiny little hometown at a gas station. We knew it had been found as it was gone not long after we placed it there, but never dreamed it would make it out of the country! I painted that rock because my 7 year old son is obsessed with the Goodyear Blimp and was able to take a ride in it two years ago! I can’t wait to see where it will end up!

Kind of cool.  So, now it is our turn to hide the rock.  Hmmm.  After the Bahamas we were off to the Islamorada and Key Largo in the Florida Keys for a couple of nights, now we’re in Hilton Head for two more days, and then we’ll drive through a whole bunch of states before landing home in Rockport.

I wonder where the rock will end up next.  Great fun!  Thanks, Northeast Ohio Rocks!



Alicia Unleashed- EMT Surgerical Goddess

Alicia Unleashed Episode 58 taped April 19 with B-Side, Cindy Tarantino and hostess Alicia Cox

We sit down with Cindy Tarantino, EMT, Student, Goddess, etc.
We disscuss Aaron Hernadez (and B’s conspriacy theories), Facebook Live Killing and what Zuck is doing about it.

Teaser for an upcoming podcast with Kyle Danikas and The Marfan Foundation.

We ask Cindy all sorts of questions as to her early beginnings as an EMT, Surgical Tech Student and what in the world made her get in to this career. We talk about the differences between EMS, EMT and Paramedics and touch on what the general public doesn’t know and should know.
Being an Athena’s Goddess and how Sexual Health vs Sex Ed are two different things. How Sex Toys pay for weddings.



Kyle Danikas-Team Zebra
The Marfan Foundation

Apologies for closing audio:
Salt N’Peppa “Let’s talk about sex”