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THANK YOU PASSPORTS FOR AN OUTSTANDING DINING EXPERIENCE!

Chef Eric’s Spanish inspired menu was beyond delicious and Nick Defasio from M.S. Walker selected some pretty amazing wines to go with. I highly recommend trying both of these outstanding wines and am planning to look for them at our local shops–a lovely white, the Burga’ns, Albarino, that Eric paired with a haddock entree; and a rich chocolatey red, the Casa Castilo, Monastrell, accompanying beautiful smoked paprika pork with grilled vegetables.

Passports wine dinners are typically in the $40.00 to 45.00 dollar range and I simply don’t know how they can afford to do that, truly an exceptional value The four course dinners are wonderfully inventive, the portions generous, and the wines, top of the line. Every third Thursday of the month – GO!

OUR BEAUTIFUL LADY OF OUR LADY OF GOOD VOYAGE CHURCH

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Our Lady of Good Voyage was designed to resemble the Church of Santa Maria Magdalena on the island of Pico in the Azores. The west tower houses one of the oldest collections of carillon bells in the nation. The community is treated to a concert of the bells of Good Voyage on Tuesday evenings during the warmer months.

Excerpt from the Maritime History of Gloucester

“Originally dedicated in 1893, Our Lady of Good Voyage was built for the Portuguese community in Gloucester, after they petitioned the Roman Catholic Church for the establishment of a place to worship dedicated to the Madonna. Large numbers of Portuguese immigrants migrated from the rugged Azores Islands and began settling around Gloucester’s Inner Harbor as early as 1829 to work in the city’s active fishing industry. By 1888, approximately 200 Portuguese families lived in Gloucester making it the largest Portuguese colony on the East Coast. According to the story of Our Lady of Good Voyage, a stranded fisherman in the rough Atlantic Ocean broke one of his oars and could not return to his homeport. He sought help from the Madonna and the sea miraculously calmed allowing him to reach port safely.”

Read more about the history of Our Lady of Good Voyage here on the Maritime History of Massachusetts website.gloucester-our-lady-of-good-voyage-winter-snow-c2a9kim-smith-2015

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Church of Santa Maria Magdalena, Madalena, Pico Island, Azores, Portugal

Church of Santa Maria Magdalena photo courtesy Google image search.

COYOTE FORUM SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 2nd FROM 7 TO 9PM

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COYOTE FORUM SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 2nd FROM 7 TO 9PM

Our city continues to discuss coyote conflicts with state partners, including Mass Environmental Police, Mass Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, and the Governor’s office, with direct conversations with the Lieutenant Governor. In addition to the on-going research by ad-hoc groups, our newly formed Animal Advisory Board will provide new insights (we need new members on this board, so please consider applying). Lastly, we are setting up a meeting tentative for Thursday, Feb 2nd from 7PM to 9PM at City Hall to host another informal coyote forum with information from state environmental partners, animal control, and time for questions and answers, too. We will continue to press our state leaders for safe and swift solutions and additional police and animal patrols remain on alert across Gloucester. Please see the link from Mass.gov on helpful tips and resolving conflicts (which includes law stating, “Coyotes taking pets are not considered an immediate threat to human safety, therefore ACO’s and municipal police departments are not authorized to remove these wild animals.”) We will provide more updates as they develop. Thank you.

 

 

Gloucester Stage Announces TWO SPECIAL EVENTS: January 20 & January 28

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 3pm

Gloucester Stage Company invites all to a free watch party of the extraordinary Concert For America at 3pm on Friday, January 20 at GSC, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester. Gloucester Stage will live stream this star studded benefit concert highlighting the diversity and hope that is America at its best from Town Hall in NYC. Some of Broadway’s biggest stars are slated to perform including Chita Rivera, Kelli O’Hara, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Betty Buckley, Jessie Mueller Billy Porter, Sharon Gless, Andrea Martin, Bebe Neuwirth, Rosie O’Donnell, Rosie Perez, Lillias White, Judy Gold, Caroline Rhea, Stephanie Mills and Charles Busch. Any donations made that day will be evenly spilt among these organizations:  Planned Parenthood, NAACP, Sierra Club Foundation, Southern Poverty Law Center and National Immigration Law Center. The Concert For America starts at 3pm on the big screen at GSC on January 20. Admission is free. Call 978-281-4433 for more information.

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 7:30 PM

JIMMY TINGLE!

HUMOR FOR HUMANITY

Humor for Humanity is a new social enterprise founded by comedian Jimmy Tingle that aspires to use entertainment for purposes beyond entertainment! According to Tingle, “Our mission is to help raise spirits, funds and awareness for non-profits, charities and social causes through social media, traditional media and live events. Our Mission is Their Mission. Humor for Humanity; Humor and Helping; Humor and Healing; Humor and Hope; HaH! HaH! HaH!” From 60 Minutes II and MSNBC, comedian and commentator Jimmy Tingle captures the sweet spot between Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. His unique brand of topical yet timeless comedy is as insightful as it is hilarious. Jimmy Tingle will make you laugh, make you think, and make you feel better with his clean, funny intelligent humor for audiences of all ages. Jimmy Tingle’s Humor For Humanity is Saturday, January 28 at 7:30 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester , MA> All tickets are $25, general admission. For tickets and further information about Humor For Humanity, visit www.gloucesterstage.com or call 978-281-4433

This Thursday at The Dave Sag’s Blues Party ~ Mr. Brad Faucher 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 1.19.2017

dsc00234Our continuing series at the Rhumb Line continues this Thursday with the arrival of Mr. Brad Faucher. In the old days, Brad was an irregular upon these shores, but has since left the North Shore for greener oceans, i.e. getting his own Thursday gig, but I’ve managed to bribe him to come back and continue where he’s left off. An amazing blues scholar, Mr. B. will tantalize you with his meaty interpretations of R&B classics and sordid blooze.

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http://www.mjsmusicschool.com/brad-faucher

He’s bringing along his old goombahs, Mr. John Cameron, on keys, and former Broomful o’ Blooz drummmbler, Mr. Chris Rivelli.

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

http://www.therhumbline.com/

Jeff Fraser ” A One Man Band” joins Fly Amero tonight 7-10pm @ The Rhumb Line 1.18.2017

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Wednesdays at the Rhumb Line – 7pm

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Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, January 18th – 7pm
Special Guest: JEFF FRASER!

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http://www.jefffraser.com/

Local hero Jeff Fraser takes the reins this week. Known as
a “one man band”, Jeff has been honing his solo skills on
literally thousands of shows in the greater Boston region
over recent years. He’s a beloved son of my home town of
Essex, folks… I burst with pride. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen…
…now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Upcoming…
01/25 – Jon Butcher

02/01 – JB & Dave Brown

02/08 – Charlee Bianchini

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop Winter 2017 Session Accepting Students

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Winter 2017 Session Accepting Students

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop is now accepting students ages 5-18 for the 2017 Winter Session of professional arts instruction beginning on Friday, February 3 for Children 5-9 years old and beginning on Saturday, February 4 for Teens 10-18 years old. The Youth Acting Workshop Winter 2017 Session features expanded instruction time of four class hours per week, lower tuition for all students and scholarship opportunities. Students will receive instruction in acting, directing, play writing, producing, improvisation, creating characters and the world of the play and costume design during the six week session. Acting teacher, director and award winning actress Gloucester native Heidi Dallin will be joined by guest instructors : costume designer Lara Jardullo, the Costume Designer of the YAW’s annual production of Holiday Delights, to teach Costume Design; and Tufts graduate Danvers native Sarah Vandewalle to teach Vocal Production and How to Make A Play! Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops are designed to provide young people an outlet to nurture their creative potential through developing self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills to use in their daily life as well as introducing them to the skills necessary for professional theater. Registration is open for the Winter 2017 Session. Class size is limited and registration is on a first come basis. For further information and to register, call 978-283-6688.

Pictured: Youth Acting Workshop students in class

photo credit: Gary Ng

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The Civil War Coat Won an Awesome Gloucester Grant!

awesome-gloucester-fb-thanksCharles and George King write:

Let’s help Awesome Gloucester, please visit their Facebook page and like and share it. The coat is on their front page TODAY as well as The Awesome Foundation worldwide page. They gave an amazing $1000 kick off for the display case! It’s going to happen! Here are the Facebook links

Awesome Foundation: Gloucester Facebook page

The Awesome Foundation worldwide facebook page

Two other great projects went last night: repairing headstones at Clark cemetery and composting at Veterans. Be on the lookout for them.

Every month the Awesome Gloucester members listen to hopeful project ideas and try to make a difference. They do! The presentation nights are downtown in different spots. Last night was at the Pilot House. We thought we were too nervous to eat but then we saw the menus! We did that when it was at Gloucester House, too. If you haven’t yet, go see the Awesome Gloucester nights. They’re for the community.
Sincerely
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HOW TO PURCHASE RENEATA GREENE’S HONEYMOON HEART QUILT PATTERN

Many readers have written requesting a copy of Renata Greene’s beautiful heart quilt pattern. You can purchase a copy of her pattern by either emailing Renata at bargelloheartquilt@gmail.com or contacting the Auburn Fabric Outlet at (508) 832-0330 where you can use a credit card to purchase the pattern. Thanks so much to Renata for providing the information to our readers.

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STUNNING HONEYMOON HEART BARGELLO QUILT HANDMADE BY RENATA GREENE

HOME SWEET HOME – SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL GLOUCESTER HARBOR SUNSET TONIGHT

On my way back tonight from visiting our darling daughter Liv in Brooklyn and came home to this beautiful scene. Happy to be home 🙂gloucester-harbor-sunset-3-copyright-kim-smith

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MAYOR SEFATIA AND ANTHONY CATURANO, OWNER/CHEF TONNO RESTAURANT, RAISE $$10,000.00 FOR CANCER!!

Mayor Sefatia write’s, “BIG shout out to Anthony Caturano and Tonno staff for the December ‘Sauce Cookoff: Gravy vs. Sugo’ charity event. We proudly raised $10,000.00 for local cancer patients and supporting services. Today, we delivered a check for $7,500.00 to Addison Gilbert Hospital Oncology, which will directly support their patients. The other $2,500.00 was previously given to different families in time for the Holidays.❤️

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Mike O’Connell Tonight with David Brown and Forrest Padgett and Dear Ol’ Dave, of course @ Dave Sag’s Blues Party . The Rhumb Line 8:30pm 1.12.2017

 

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Thursday night at the Rhumbline sees the resprouting of that local hero: Mr. Mike O’Connell and his band of Stooges.

mike-o-rl-mon-1-18-2016-bwcSpread out! No greasy kid stuff on his chinny chin chin as he brings in Mr. Dave Brown, pound for pound the best guitarist this scene has ever seen and Comrade Drummer Forrest “Frosty” Padgett on commie shrapnel shoe bangings. We will bury you!*

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

http://www.therhumbline.com/

TONIGHT’S BEAUTIFUL FULL WOLF MOON RISING OVER CAPE ANN

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While out for an early evening walk with our pooch tonight I was unexpectedly delighted to catch the full Wolf Moon rising over the back shore. I wonder whose house that is on Niles and if they knew the moon was rising so picture perfect above their home.full-moon-wolf-moon-brace-cove-gloucester-seals-cape-ann-copyright-kim-smithBrace Cove Harbor Seals lolling about under the moonlight on this unseasonably warm evening

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Wednesdays at the Rhumb Line with Fly Amero … Tonight’s guest: Sasquatch – 7pm 1.11.2017

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Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, January 11th – 7pm
Special Guest: SASQUATCH!

 

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One of my all-time faves, Sasquatch, a.k.a Paul Cohan
graces us with his illustrious presence this week at the Rhumb
Line. Paul has successfully captured the heart and spirit of
Gloucester with his music over and over again. He represents
a giant part of our local culture – and for that, he’s one of the
big reasons why I love my Wednesdays! Come see! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen…
…now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Upcoming…
01/18 – Jeff Frasier

01/25 – Jon Butcher

02/01 – JB & Dave Brown

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

 

Principal Bacheler Civil War Coat Update Awesome Gloucester Maybe

Charles and George King write with the latest update on the Bacheler Civil War Coat:

Hi guys! Sorry it’s been a while, but we have good news:

We just heard that we made the final of this month’s Awesome Gloucester! This grant will help us get the display case for the coat. We asked for feedback and results were just like the museum choice. If you want to come it takes place at The Pilot House at 7:00pm on Monday, January the 16th. It would be great to have a lot of support! Three different projects will give a presentation and the Awesome trustees will choose a winner. We’re grateful for the chance. We hope we win!

Sincerely

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