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Thanksgiving Break Pop Up Art Fair UPDATE Gloucester’s inaugural younger artist fair

Cat Ryan submits-

Hi Joey,

Since the first announcement, we now have 10 younger Gloucester artists signed up for the inaugural Thanksgiving Break POP UP ART FAIR on November 28, 2015 at the Hive from 4-8pm.

So far that’s representation from GHS alumni years 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, and 2015. Pretty good so far!

We hope more artists will sign up and can’t wait to see what they do. Spread the word! Contact Pauline at to add your name to the growing list of exhibitors. We are looking for artists working with any media and/or creative service. Writers, musicians, documentarians, performers, printmakers—who is out there?

Friends and family: please share the fair and save the date. And thanks Joey for the first post—it truly helped to get the news out and encourage sign ups.

Click here for the first announcement on GMG

POP UP fair update Oct 11 2015

Get the 2015 Cape ann Artisans Tour Today! Brochure & Map Here October 10, 11 & 12 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily

October 10, 11 & 12
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily


Cape Ann Artisans are part of a vibrant arts community, located along the scenic North Shore of Massachusetts that includes three important cultural districts. For the past two years Gloucester has been named one of the country’s top ten Art Destinations by American Style Magazine. Come visit us, explore our exquisite natural surroundings and see the fine art and craft that they inspire. Many Artisans are open year round; during nontour times please call for an appointment to view our work.

Get the 2015 Brochure & Map – enter raffle to win a gift certificate!



unnamedFilmmaker Mary Jane Doherty writes the following, “It’s 2007.  I am sitting in Mayara’s tiny bedroom staring up at her laundry draped over the termite-riddled beams, wondering how on earth she and her mom manages…

Fast forward to 2015. Yes, this is Mayara. The Executive Director from the Pennsylvania Ballet sent this photo to me. Mayara now dances with them as Soloist. She was also PROFILED in Dance Magazine recently.”
Mayara defected to the United States during filming Secundaria!  Mary Jane’s companion film Premaria has just “begun its outward journey.”

“Secundaria quietly follows one high school class on its journey through Cuba’s world famous National Ballet School.  Our teenage dancers love to dance but many of them must dance as their sole way out of poverty and the constraints – visible, and not so visible – that is life in Cuba.

At least, that’s how the movie begins. In their third year, shy and inscrutable Mayara, the class star, takes charge of her destiny by committing an unprecedented act of willfulness.

Cinematic storytelling without a script, staging, or interviews, our gentle stream of a story turns out to have a waterfall hidden around that last bend…”mary-jane-doherty-filmmaker-location1

Mary Jane on location in Cuba

October 31, 2015 UU Meetinghouse

From our FOB Melissa Cox. Please join the UU Church on Halloween night to watch The Phantom of the Opera while listening to Peter Krasinski on the pipe organ! The funds raised will go to benefit the Meetinghouse Preservation Fund. $15 General Admission $12 Seniors, Students, and free for 12 and under
Creative Costumes are encouraged!!

Scan Halloween

Saturday in Rockport: Food AND Music!

On October 10th, Rockport hosts the final regular season Rockport Farmers Market (before next week’s Harvestfest!) and a great night of music at the Old Sloop Coffeehouse. In between the farmers’ market and the Coffeehouse you can enjoy shopping and dining in downtown Rockport!

imgresSaturday morning from 9am to 1pm: Rockport Farmers Market vendors feature a bounty of fresh produced, jellies, jams, cold brew coffee, pastries (including a pumpkin s’mores cupcake!)

Saturday night at 7:30 brings David Roth to the Old Sloop Coffeehouse! Buy tickets online or at the door. Connor Garvey opens. More info on both performers, below.

Enjoy a day of supporting local food and live music!

David Roth strikes many chords, hearts, and minds with his unique songs, offbeat observations, moving stories, sense of the hilarious, and powerful singing and subject matter. As singer, songwriter, recording artist, keynote speaker, workshop leader, and instructor, David has earned top honors at premier songwriter competitions – Kerrville (TX) and Falcon Ridge (NY) – and taken his music, experience, and expertise to a wide variety of venues in this and other countries full-time for more than two decades.

Click here to visit David Roth’s website.

Connor Garvey is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Portland, Maine, with the amiable presence of an entertainer, the lyrical depth of a poet, and the enchantment of a storyteller.

Garvey leaves audiences uplifted and inspired through a positive message delivered in a way The Portland Press Herald says proves you can be optimistic and self-aware without being boring. His unique sandy tenor and masterful blend of rhythm and melody draw comparison to Paul Simon and contemporaries Josh Ritter and Jason Mraz. He wins song competitions. He fills rooms. But most of all he moves people.



Community Stuff 10/8/15

Item for your blog: nursery reopened at St. John’s Episcopal Church

St. John’s Episcopal Church reopened its nursery last Sunday, under the leadership of Gloucester native Carson afKlinteberg. The nursery is open every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for children 3 and under, to complement Sunday School for children 4 and up. Sunday School and the Adult Forum begin at 9:15 a.m., followed by a choral celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 10:30. All are welcome.

Thanks, Joey!

The Rev. Bret B. Hays

SeniorCare to Host Free Medicare Counseling

Gloucester, MA — SeniorCare will host free SHINE counseling sessions for Medicare beneficiaries during the Medicare Open Enrollment period of October 15 through December 7, 2015. Counselors will be available for 45-minute sessions on Wednesday, October 28, Wednesday, November 4, and Thursday, November 12 at SeniorCare: 49 Blackburn Center, Gloucester, MA. Call to reserve your space:
978-281-1750 (TTY 978-282-1836).

SHINE, Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone, provides free health insurance information, counseling, and assistance to Massachusetts residents with Medicare and their caregivers. SHINE is administered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs in coordination with local agencies.

SeniorCare, a Massachusetts Aging Services Access Point, with offices in Beverly and Gloucester, is a regional consumer-centered organization that provides and coordinates services to elders and others, enabling them to live independently at home or in a setting of their choice while remaining part of the community. SeniorCare can be reached at 978-281-1750 or 1-866-927-1050 (TTY 978-282-1836). SeniorCare is also a federally designated Area Agency on Aging, providing services such as Meals on Wheels and Community Dining Sites. SeniorCare’s service area includes: Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport, Topsfield and Wenham.


Praying With Color

The First Baptist Church in Gloucester, located at 38 Gloucester Avenue, will begin a 5-week experience combining Lectio Divina and an art component based on the book Praying In Color by Sybil MacBeth. Lectio Divina is a Benedictine model for reading, praying and contemplating Scripture as the living Word of God. Beginning on Thursday, October 8 from 6:30pm-7:30pm we will gather in the church Sanctuary to pray and meditate using paper and colored pencils or pens. All instruction and materials are provided and this experience is free and open to the public. No artistic bent necessary. If you can draw a line and a dot and you are open to the leading of the Spirit, you can participate. Young people who can be meditative for the hour are also welcome. Come and experience the Word in a new way. Please call the church office at 978-283-4808 to sign up.

Thank you

Mark Spreer

Businesswomen’s Luncheon

The Lt Governor of Massachusetts is coming to Gloucester tomorrow to speak at our Businesswomen’s Luncheon.  REGISTER NOW to join us for this great event!!

This year our Businesswomen’s Group is pleased to announce Lt Governor Karyn Polito as our keynote speaker for our Annual Fall Luncheon, On Thursday, October 8, 2015, at the Gloucester House,  11:30AM-1:30PM. Tickets are $35. Call the Chammber for more information.

For more information and to REGISTER visit the link below.



This week…
Fresh Grilled Salmon – $13.95!

Wednesday, October 7th – 7pm

orville fly

What a fantastic talent and spirit. Each time Orville Giddings
shows up at the Rhumb Line Wednesday doorstep, it just gets
better and better! Gotta love this guy! We hit at 7pm! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Next week…
J.B. Amero

Toni Ann

Inge Berge

Jon Butcher

Looking forward……to seeing you there :-)



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October 10-12, 2015
Cape Ann, Massachusetts (north of Boston)

This self-guided tour along the scenic coastline of Gloucester and Rockport presents a unique opportunity to meet 26 professional artists in 23 studios and see their work in the setting in which it was created. The work represented includes: pottery, painting, sculpture, photography, mosaics, fiber art and jewelry. Several of the artists will be demonstrating their working process during the tours. Brochures with route maps will be available at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the Rockport Information Booth on Rte. 127, on the Cape Ann Artisans web site and at each of the artisans — or download from   A bright magenta Studio Tour banner will mark each location. Many studios are open year round.

Badfinger featuring Joey Molland * Opener: Brooks Young Band * Saturday 8:00pm @ The Larcom Theatre. Beverly, Ma.


Tickets Available @
British Invasion rock stars, Badfinger, kick off GIMMELIVE’s highly anticipated third season at Beverly’s fully-restored, historic Larcom Theatre, performing ONE NIGHT ONLY. Hand picked by The Beatles, Badfinger was the first group signed to the Beatles’ label, Apple Records and their first #1 hit “Come And Get It” was written by Paul McCartney!

George Harrison and Paul McCartney produced a string of world-wide Badfinger hits, including “No Matter What,” “Day After Day,” “Without You” and “Baby Blue”, which hit the charts again in 2013 on the Breaking Bad soundtrack.

Still led by founder Joey Molland, who performed on George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” album and John Lennon’s “Imagine” album, Badfinger’s high energy concerts continue to thrill audiences world-wide.

Don’t miss Badfinger’s only Boston area stop on their U.S. Tour at Beverly’s intimate, acoustically spectacular Larcom Theatre.

Brooks Young Band will open the show. Hailing from Salem, MA, Brooks Young Band saturate their songs with rock and roll edge and blues feel, going for a direct, emotional and powerful sonic blend.
Brooks’ searing guitar leads and soulful vocal performances lock in perfectly with the solid rhythm section, creating an inspirational and uplifting sonic texture along the lines of influential performers such as Eric Clapton and Dave Matthews.
The Brooks Young Band has toured extensively throughout New England, sharing the stage with icons such as B.B. King, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, The Wallflowers, and Boyd Tinsley of Dave Matthews Band. They have also had the privilege of performing for Vice President Joe Biden.



Find out more and let the music tell you the rest of the story!

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Larcom Theatre
13 Wallis St, Beverly, Ma.
(978) 922-6313

Trident Live Art Series: Invisible Cities in Performance

12141696_955564557836919_4195143480324585120_nThe Trident Live Art Series is pleased to present Invisible Cities in Performance, an exploration of Italo Calvino’s novel Invisible Cites involving spoken text, music, visual art, projected images, and dance, produced by Gallery Director Matthew Swift, Trident Live Art Series Director Sarah Slifer Swift, and artist Ed Touchette. Members of the community

Admission is free. Voluntary donations ($10 suggested) compensate the artists. The free experience of art at Trident Gallery is made possible by those guests who support the arts through purchases of fine art and donations to performing artists. Read more


Photo_1_6334L to R: (Latham) Robert Walsh; (Stumpy) Francisco Solorzano


 The New England Premiere of Israel Horovitz’s Gloucester Blue ends its run at Gloucester Stage on Sunday, October 11. Directed by Mr. Horovitz, Gloucester Blue takes place in the attic loft of an old industrial building in The Fort section of Gloucester owned by the upscale Bradford Ellis IV also known as Bummy and his wife Lexi. Working class housepainter Stumpy has been contracted to refurbish the building and he has hired Latham, friend-of-a-friend, to help him complete the job. As the play opens, Stumpy and Latham are hard at work, spackling damaged walls and applying fresh plaster and primer. Out of work for the last six months Latham is grateful for the job. When Lexi shows up with paint color samples, a story of intrigue, seduction, betrayal and money is set into motion in this dark comedy. The New England premiere of Horovitz’s newest Gloucester play has received unanimous rave reviews during its run at Gloucester Stage.

Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pmTicket prices are $28 for all performances. Tickets are $1 for ages 25 Years Old and under for all performances. All performances are held at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit


Photos by Gary Ng


“John talked very kind of Liverpool docker talk…George was a bit more of a perfectionist. John seemed a little more relaxed”


Cha-Chi Loprete was gracious enough to give us permission to post his extraordinary interview with British Rock Star, Joey Molland that aired yesterday morning on his famous WZLX radio show, Breakfast With The Beatles.

Joey tells some fascinating stories about his life, what it was like working with John Lennon on “Imagine” and George Harrison on “All Things Must Pass” along with other momentous musical experiences, including being part of the Concert for Bangladesh.  And the whole thing starts off with a brand-new version of Badfinger’s hit “Come And Get It” by The Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry and guests including Paul McCartney, Robby Krieger, Dave Grohl and others).

You can see Joey Molland and Badfinger this Saturday, right down the road at Beverly’s intimate, acoustically spectacular Larcom Theatre with Salem’s rising stars Brooks Young Band opening.  Good seats are still available.  Get tickets here.

Speaking of the Concert for Bangladesh, here’s a short recap of how some of the world’s biggest rock stars came together in 1971 for THE concert that set the standard for all future fund-raising efforts.

An Acoustic Evening with Ken Yates & Fozzie Hill ~ October 16, 2015

Friday, October 16 at 7:00pm Manchester Community Center 40 Beach St, Manchester, Massachusetts 01944 Tickets Available
Single Tree Music Presents:

Toronto singer-songwriter, Ken Yates, and Gloucester singer-songwriter, Fozzie Hill, share a very special double bill of songs and stories at the Manchester Community Center in picturesque Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.

Guests are welcome to bring their own snacks and beverages to this performance.

About Ken Yates:

Born and Raised in London, Ontario, Ken Yates moved to Boston to study songwriting at Berklee College of Music. It was there that he developed his skills as a songwriter, releasing his first album, “The Backseat EP”, and received the opportunity to play a song for one of his biggest influences, John Mayer. Mayer then posted a full page blog about Yates’ ability as a writer stating, “Ken Yates wrote a song called ‘I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love’ this song moved me when I first heard it and still does today”. Yates’ EP received high critical acclaim, leading to a slew of online covers from fans. He has toured with many notable names including veteran singer/songwriter and mentor, Livingston Taylor, Sister Hazel, Peter Katz, and Liz Longley and has songs in heavy rotation on Sirius XM’s The Coffee House where he was nominated for The Coffee House Songwriter Discovery of the Year. He was recently chosen as The 2014 Colleen Peterson Award winner by the Ontario Arts Council for his song “The One That Got Away”.

“Want to hear a great song? (I mean a REALLY great song?)” John Mayer, one forty plus taking about Yate’s “I Don’t Want to Fall in Love”

“Ken Yates’ music is solid as stone and clear as mountain air he proves the future is in very good shape” Livingston Taylor

About Fozzie Hill:

Fozzie Hill is about as authentic as one can be. Born and forever rooted in Gloucester, her ambition from the age of seven, when she first remembers being drawn into the deep mystery of the human voice, has been to ” release that power inside” of herself.

When friends and neighbors insisted that she share her gift, and after a dear friend challenged her to learn three songs on guitar, and when she did, gifted her with that guitar- (her first,) she began performing as a young woman in the 1970 and 80s in Boston at the Cantab Lounge, Johnny D’s, the Tam.

Now, decades later, with a CD (“AKA Fozzie, Alberta Hill,” 2003) produced by Geoffrey Richon and Rose Osborne and many of those Gloucester friends who “cared enough to get under my skin,” Fozzie is again performing her intuitive, soulful music, as a popular regular at Gloucester’s Rhumbline with her bass player Wolf Ginandes.

She turns a barroom into a listening room with her own covers and original songs influenced by a diverse array of musicians such as Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan, Donovan, John Sebastian, Ferron, and the Rolling Stones.

Boston-area bluesman Larry Carsman recently said of Fozzie Hill, ” Count me in as new member of Fozzie’s fan club. She was so magical, I felt transformed.”

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Community Stuff 10/5/15

Mayoral Candidates Debate on Arts, Culture & Creativity at Gloucester Stage

mayoral debate at gloucester stage



Mark your calendar and please tell your friends. This is an important yearly fundraiser for the Essex Shipbuilding Museum so come join us Friday, Oct. 16th and have a great time. For reservations / info: or 978-768-7541. See auction items on our facebook page as they arrive!  -Len



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