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Hear rock star, Nelson Bragg tomorrow (SUN) at 9am on North Shore 104.9

Tomorrow morning at 9am, on her show 104.9FM radio show, “Curtain Up”, Aurelia Nelson hosts the multi-talented Nelson Bragg — percussionist, drummer, songwriter, vocalist for Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary tour.

Nelson will give us a glimpse into the L.A. pop scene and what it’s like to work closely with Brian Wilson and tour with the Beach Boys.

Here’s Nelson on percussion at Celebrate Gloucester 2010 with KBMG.

 

A Hero Among Us Sergeant Isaac Pike of Gloucester Earns the Bronze Medal

Check Out This Exceprt From Terry Weber’s piece here-

A Hero Among Us
Sergeant Isaac Pike of Gloucester Earns the Bronze Medal

At just 21 years of age, Isaac Pike of Gloucester demonstrated uncommon leadership and courage under duress that most of us only read about or see in movies.

Back in 2003, Pike served as an Army Airborne Rifle Team Leader during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Now, 12 years later, at Gloucester City Hall, he received the Bronze Star Medal for his “exceptionally valorous action” during the Battle of As Samawah. Pike’s leadership under fire inspired his team to fight at great risk and resulted in the enemy’s eventual retreat and a pinned down platoon was able to emerge safely from the danger zone.

An estimated 200 people gathered at Gloucester’s City Hall last Friday to watch Pike receive the medal. Pike, 34, accepted the award from retired Army Col. John G. Castles. Hosting the event was Richard Barbato, an Outreach Specialist for the Lowell Veterans Center. Both Castles and Barbato served in Iraq with Pike and were present on the day Pike earned his Bronze Star.

The rest of the artic and picture here at Wicked Local

Gloucester’s Bruce Tarr presents citation to Bill Hanney at NSMT last night

L-R: Kevin Hill NSMT Artististic director, State Rep Jerry Parisella (who also presented a citation from the house), Senator Bruce Tarr and Bill Hanney

L-R: NSMT Artistic Director Kevin Hill, State Rep Jerry Parisella (who presented a citation from the house), Senator Bruce Tarr and Bill Hanney on the NSMT stage (photo: Karen Nascembeni) 

Vickie and I went to see Dreamgirls at North Shore Music Theatre last night.  Stellar performances from the entire cast.  Excellent voices.  Loads of fun! Check it out here:

Before the show our own Senator, Bruce Tarr presented North Shore Music Theatre owner, Bill Hanney with a citation congratulating him for reviving the theatre on the anniversary of it’s 60th year in operation.

As you might expect, Sen. Tarr was a natural on stage, offering fun facts about the theatre, which opened in 1955 with “Kiss Me Kate.”

Don’t miss Dreamgirls.  It’s only running through June 14, so get your tickets soon (right here), before it sells out.  Check out the video below.

Gloucester’s Police Chief Leonard Campanello is a ROCK STAR!

Gloucester police Chief Leonard Campanello – photo: Allegra Boverman

Chief Campanello’s “Angel” project began yesterday.  If you don’t know what that is, read this article in the Gloucester Daily Times.

The Chief’s project has been the subject of national news for about a month now and he’s even been challenged by the district attorney (see this article in the Boston Globe).

But our Chief remains cool as a cucumber.

Just listen to him in this NPR interview from yesterday — especially the part where he says, “We appreciate the district attorney’s comments, but the fact is that the police have always had the discretion to charge or not charge and not just with drugs, with most crimes.”

If you see Chief Campanello, please congratulate him on his vision, compassion, brilliance and cool head.

This is definitely the guy you want protecting our city and helping to heal our drug problem. BRAVO CHIEF!

We knew we were lucky to have Chief Campanello come to Glocuester when he brought the crowd to their feet with his Springsteen version of “Santa Claus is Coming To Town” at the first Cape Ann Winter Solstice in December 2013.  Sheila Roberts Orlando captured the moment perfectly in the photo below:

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I always said I could read S. D. kelly even if she was writing about toilet paper

She’s an incredibly gifted writer and I find even when she writes about stuff I normally could care less about, she makes it worth reading.  She’s in print in the latest issue of Christianity Today, Check it-

The Selfie’s Deeper Tale

It’s not always about self-aggrandizement.

S. D. Kelly/ May 26, 2015

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2015/june/selfies-deeper-tale.html

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Party with Blues Icon James Montgomery aboard The Beauport Princess Cruise Ship on July 4th

James Montgomery – photo: Boston Herald

Here’s your chance to party on Saturday, July 4th aboard Gloucester’s Beauport Princess Cruise Ship with blues icon James Montgomery and his HOT band, featuring David Hull (of Aerosmith & The Joe Perry Project) on bass, George McCann (played w/ Steven Tyler, Billy Squier, James Cotton, etc.) on guitar and Jeff Thompson (played w/ J Giles, James Cotton, Duke Robillard, etc.) on drums.

Your ticket includes the first appearance by the legendary James Montgomery Band aboard the Beauport Princess Cruise Ship PLUS a very special July 4th Gloucester Harbor Cruise and Party Buffet featuring Seafood Grille’s world famous Lobster Rolls! (Chicken salad and veggie wraps available too.)

This is an all-ages concert cruise with a full bar aboard for people over 21.

Our July 13 concert cruise is sold out, but you can still get tickets to July 4th (get them here RIGHT NOW)

You can dance right in front of the stage aboard cruise ship, and you can bet James will ask you to dance just like he does in this video:

 

Rockport Middle School production of "The Sound of Music" was nominated for five MET Musical Awards by the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild

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Hi Joey!

The Rockport Middle School production of “The Sound of Music” was nominated for five MET Musical Awards by the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild.   Winners to be announced June 9th.

Info: http://metg.org/education/met-musical-awards/

Actors

Jack Kelly, Best Lead Actor  – Captain Von Trapp

Hattie Rich, Best Supporting Actress – Elsa Schraeder

Alex Strzemilowski, Best Supporting Actor – Max Detweiler

Production

Best Set Design and Execution

Best Lighting Design and Execution

Congratulations!

Best source of additional information:  Keith McCarthy, Drama Director Rockport Middle School

Our History Told Through Scraps ~ Unveiling of the Gloucester “Downtown Quilt” with Juni Van Dyke

Gloucester Dwontown Quilt Unveiling Juni Van Dyke ©Kim Smith 2015Gloucester Downtown Quilt Project Juni Van Dyke ©Kim Smith 2015

Juni Van Dyke Downtown Quilt ©Kim Smith 2015Just Beautiful, and what a beautiful community turnout for today’s unveiling of the Neighborhood Quilt Project’s 13th panel, the “Downtown Quilt.” Congratulations to the amazing Juni Van Dyke and her talented troupe of Gloucester senior quilting artists. It was especially appropriate that the unveiling was conducted by our Mayor Romeo Thekan as growing up on Middle Street, her childhood neighborhood centered around many of the buildings depicted in the quilt. Our deepest thanks of appreciation to Juni and the artists for splendidly illustrating Gloucester’s history, with merely scraps.Gloucester Downtown Quilt Project Quilters ©Kim Smith 2015

Juni Van Dyke Downtonw Quilt ©Kim Smith 2015 copy Gloucester Downtown Quilt Project Detail ©Kim Smith 2015Gloucester Downtown Quilt Project City hall Detail ©Kim Smith 2015Gloucester Downtown Quilt Project Mayor Sefatia ©Kim Smith 2015Juni Van Dyke Gloucester Downtown Quilt Project Detail ©Kim Smith 2015

Detail Juni Van Dyke Downtonw Quilt ©Kim Smith 2015 copyScraps of Beauty

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THE ULTIMATE IN SELFIE TECH: THE PANONO CAMERA #panonocam

As the art of documenting ourselves reaches an all time high (or low?) you know have a new toy to try!

Introducing the worlds first 360 degree selfie cam, the PANONO…or the “Pano no no no you didn’t” cam.

https://www.panono.com/#/en/home#at-a-glance

Inside a Birdhouse ~ Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork!

Patrick Dougherty Stickwork Peabody Essex -5 w ©Kim Smith 2015Today driving along Route 1A I passed the fabulous and fantastic Patrick Dougherty enormous two-story tall birdhouses in the midst of downtown Salem. I did a double take and turned around. They are simply extraordinary. Although a work in progress, it must have been lunch break because the site was empty of people. I would have loved to have met the artist and see the volunteers at work but it was a magical experience to walk through and around the birdhouses with no one present. Especially captivating was peering out from the round windows towards the passersby from inside the structures–evoking the feel of being a bird in its nest. GO SEE!!!!

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Looking up through the skylight.

“Stickwork” by Patrick Dougherty is under construction, with the help of local volunteers, through May 23rd. The finished structures will remain on the grounds of the Crowninshield-Bentley House for one year. The Crowninshield-Bentley House is located at the corner of Essex and Washington Streets and is owned by the Peabody Essex Museum. “Stickwork” is the first environmental art installation under the museum’s Present Tense Initiative. For more information visit pem.org/stickwork.

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The birdhouses are made of saplings from unwanted wood such as Norway maple and buckthorn.

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Chickity Check It! One Ocean Arts About To Go Live On Bearskin Neck!

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Hey Joey,

You probably (check that) most-likely have no idea who I am, but we did have a couple back-and-forth emails a couple months ago regarding your energy  blogs/potential savings. I did make the switch to the lower electric rate and am pissed I even hesitated on that fact. Love the savings!…quick “first time, long time” spiel – I’m a big fan of GMG and have been since my wife and I moved to Gloucester 5 years ago (we both fell in love with Gloucester a long ago, having spent many summer days up here).

Anyways, to the meat of the matter….I’ve seen through mutual Instagram friends that you have commented/taken a liking to One Ocean Art’s incredibly comfy beach clothing (you mentioned a anchor print sweatshirt that would sell bazillions). As you know, it’s the invention of Jamie Mathison (who’s an incredibly rocking artist). She brought on my wife, Erin Ferrelli, within the last year to be her partner in this endeavor to take over the clothing industry! They previously only sold gear via their etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/OneOceanArts) or at various local arts & crafts fairs.

Just recently they hit the brick and mortar business side of things and opened up last weekend on Bearskin Neck with a shop appropriately named: One Ocean One Love Shop. 

Have you had a chance to visit their store yet? I’m obviously biased, but the vibe in there is contagious!

Since GMG is all about spreading the good word for local business and here we have two local Gloucester, hard-working ladies taking on a tough industry, I thought it would be freaking AWESOME if they could get a shot-out and some love via a GMG post. I’m sure the girls would absolutely go head-over heels about it. Hell, if you wanna pop in and interview ‘em, have at it!

Here is their Facebook Page…
https://www.facebook.com/OneOceanArts

..and here is a recent blog:
http://countrydesignhome.com/2015/05/19/one-ocean-one-love-shop/

…and here is their soon-to-be website:

http://www.oneoceanoneloveshop.com/

Thanks! And keep on rocking at GMG! I’m still finding new places to go and things to see every day. Much love.

-Marc Ferrelli

You can be on James Montgomery’s new CD

James Montgomery in Boston Herald interview

Tomorrow (5/21), you can be in the audience when the James Montgomery Band records a new live CD right down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.

This concert (and the CD) will also raise money for James Montgomery’s foundation V is for Veterans, which focuses on helping disabled veterans.  James donated most of the tickets to veterans organizations and the VA hospital, but you can still buy tickets here.

James will be joined by David Hull (from Aerosmith & The Joe Perry Project) on bass, Cliff Goodwin (from the Joe Cocker Band) on guitar and Jeff Thompson on drums.  Young, rising country stars Whitney Doucet (who sang with Keith Urban) and Lexi James open.

Be sure to scream and shout and clap loud enough to be heard on the CD, so when it comes out you can get one and play it for your friends — fast forwarding through the songs and waiting for the applause, of course.

Here’s a video of James the last time he was at The Larcom.  Notice the crowd in the middle of the song … this could be YOU!

Click here to read an excellent Boston Herald interview with James — especially the part where he talks about B.B. King!

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SELL OUT ALERT: 35 seats left for Art Garfunkel @ Larcom This Sat 5/23

Art Garfunkel

Only 35 seats left for this very special evening with Art Garfunkel, one of popular music’s most revered icons.  Most of the seats are in the Balcony (get them here).  For this show, with only 2 people on stage, the seats at Balcony left and right (that normally offer a partially obstructed view) will be fine.  And they’re a bargain. Get them NOW!

Imagine seeing him and hearing his extraordinary voice in the intimate Larcom Theatre (right down the road in downtown Beverly) with gimmeLIVE’s perfect sound.

This will be Art Garfunkel’s only Boston area appearance on this tour.

It will certainly be an experience you won’t soon forget!  Don’t wait until tickets are gone.  Get them now, right here.

 

Jim Dowd Pitches The Common Crow IndiGoGo Campaign

Jo-E!

What’s up, neighbor?

Last time I was on the podcast we discussed how obnoxious all the Kickstarter/Gofundme/Indigogo/gimmiemoneydotcom.com action has gotten. Lately it does seem like everyone with a life goal expects somebody else to pay for it. We also railed on established businesses using Kickstarter in lieu of just getting a bank loan like normal people.

On that last point I’m going to walk back a little as part of the team helping the Common Crow move out to Eastern Ave. Kate and Pat (the owners) are taking a ginormous leap, investing literally a million dollars in partnership with Cape Ann Savings, the city’s Small Business Development arm and Stan Poole the owner/builder of the site and his crew. When they move out there next month the store will employ over 40 people full-time with bennies. And it’s a truly homegrown local business; they literally started in the corner of the Glass Sailboat on Duncan St. 15 years ago.

The Common Crow is going to crowdfund as part of their financing mix in order to pay for a few things they might otherwise put off at the outset and the rewards are pretty sweet if you are into what they have to offer. Stuff like bottomless cups of coffee, gift bags full of product, charcuterie boards (full disclosure: I had no idea what the crap that was a week ago), original pieces from local artists and and of course T-shirts and tote bags because that is apparently the law or something.

Folks should check it out and throw some support their way. It’s truly a local success story.

Later!

–Jim

Here’s the link- https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/common-crow-natural-market-builds-a-new-nest

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Still a few tickets left for Roomful of Blues Cruise aboard Beauport Princess on 6/13

THIS IS AN ALL AGES CONCERT CRUISE featuring the first ever appearance by these national recording stars aboard the Beauport Princess.  

Dance, dine and cruise historic Gloucester Harbor with 5-time Grammy nominees Roomful of Blues aboard the Beauport Princes Cruise Ship. Your ticket includes the concert PLUS a Gloucester Harbor Cruise and Party Buffet featuring their world famous Lobster Rolls! A full cash bar is available aboard the cruise ship.

GET YOUR TICKETS RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW — There are only about 50 tickets left.  Don’t wait!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MARY PRENTISS INN ~ YANKEE MAGAZINE BEST OF!

Tulip Garden Mary Prentiss Inn Cambridge ©Kim Smith 2015The Mary Prentiss Inn was named Yankee Magazine’s Best Inn, Greater Boston Area, and deservedly so!

As many of our readers have come to know from photos I’ve posted here, the beautiful family-owned and operated Inn is one of my landscape design projects.

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Jennifer Fandetti, the Inn’s proprietor, and daughter-in-law of Cambridge artist Charlotte Forsythe and architect Gerald Fandetti, maintains The Mary Prentiss to the highest standards. The welcoming hospitality, combined with the gracious decor of the meticulously restored Greek Revival manor, along with their famously delicious breakfasts and afternoon tea, will make your stay truly memorable. During warmer months guests are invited to dine and relax in the exquisite secret garden.

Centrally located in the heart of Cambridge, and appointed with every modern amenity, when planning a trip to the Greater Boston/Cambridge area I highly recommend a stay at The Mary Prentiss Inn!

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In autumn I mix a special custom collection of spring flowering bulbs for my clients, based on their preferences and the architectural features unique to their business or residence. The colors of the tulips in this year’s collection for The Mary Prentiss Inn are simply scintillating and especially beautiful juxtaposed against the warm creamy yellow tones of the exterior paint, emerald green of the boxwoods, and forest green of the hollies. You have to be very cautious in managing the colors though because a symphony can easily become a cacophony!

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The orange parrot tulip in the above photo is a very old cultivar. Unlike the vast majority of tulips today, which are mostly scentless, this has a dreamy fragrance of citrus and honeysuckle.

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For more information visit The Mary Prentiss Inn Facebok Page here and website here.

 

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GMG EXCLUSIVE: RED SHED FILM FESTIVAL COMPLETE LINE UP OF FILMS AND FILMMAKERS ~ DON’T MISS THIS FANTASTIC EVENT!!!

For more information on Motif No.1 Day and the Red Shed Film Festival see Sarah Kelly’s post from earlier today: Motif NO.1 Day is Gonna Be Amazing

Films are listed in the order of showtimes:

Calling All Chefs, Nubar Alexanian, Walker Creek Media

Vincent in the Present, Henry Ferrini

A Flight of Monarchs, Kim Smith

Hugh Verrier: Portrait of an Artist, Ben Gadberry

Toby MacNutt: Body of Work, Ashley DeLucco & Elizabeth Rossano, Vermont Community Access Media

Candles in Paradise, Rob Azevedo

That Asian, Akiyo Nishiyima

Stillwater, Jon Halverson

Whiskey Boys, Justin Plasse, Sensorium Pictures

Monsura is Waiting, Kevin Newbury & Matthew Principe, Principe Dynamics

Here And Now, Julian Higgins, Innerlight Films and Cinelicious

The Waiting Room, Jaret Sears

Sailing & Art, Christine Schmitthenner

Greenheads, Gordon Baird

Bless It, Michael Kelly, Trust The Vibe

The Granite Stoke, Ryan Scura & Dylan Ladds

Life by Lobster, Iain McCray Martin

This Perfect Place, Paul Van Ness and Kristina Lindborg

The Red Shed Film Festival is part of the Motif No. 1 Day Rockport Arts Festival. Screenings will be held at the Peggy Brenner Room, Rockport Public Library, at 17 School Street.

The Brenner Room is on the second floor; take the main staircase and turn left at the top, take another left at the end of the hall and you’re there.
For the documentary shorts, there will be audience voting for the favorite first, second, and third places.

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ON-SALE ALERT: Tickets just went on sale for John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band with special guest Charlie Farren

John Cafferty singing one of his #1 hits with the audience at The Larcom in January photo Sheila Roberts Orlando

Most of you who follow us know that we present concerts just down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre (among other venues).

This summer we’ll also be presenting concerts at The Cabot — and the first one we’ve put on sale is John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band with special guest Charlie Farren on Friday, July 31 — and it’s helping us answer two questions at once: “When are you bringing John Cafferty back?” and “When are you bringing Charlie Farren back?”

We figured this summer was the perfect time to party at The Cabot with these 2 high-energy rock stars, who haven’t performed together on stage for years.

It’s an All Ages show with reserved seats starting at only $25.  Get your tickets now (RIGHT HERE) because this show will sell quickly!

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