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Cousin Joe Marcantonio Hosted Tommy & Peter from the Isle of Mauritius After The Boston International Seafood Show

Tommy & Peter from the Isle of Mauritius came to Sister Felicias after Joe invited them.  Joe works for Stavis Seafoods as a director of buying and they source a good amount of fish from The Isle Of Mauratius.

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I’m pretty sure they ate pretty good at Felicia’s Smile

BREAKING NEWS SNOWFALL RECORDS SMASHED!

With a total of 108.6 inches, last night at 7pm 2014-2015 became Boston’s snowiest winter since snowfall records started being kept in 1872.

Gloucester smashed her record awhile back. I think we are currently at around 125 to 126 inches. Does anyone know Gloucester’s official total?

 

Flurrying in Gloucester

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Read more about record snowfall in today’s Globe.

Top Ten Snowiest Winters

 

 

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State House a Work of Art ~ Inside and Out

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Most of our group went into the State House thru the General Hooker entrance. Escorted by Catherine Ryan, I entered via the accessible Bowdoin Street door, because it has a ramp instead of stairs. Once inside and past security, there are elevators aplenty. The first thing I wanted to see was one of the two large cod sculptures. By chance, we immediately ran into our State Senator, Bruce Tarr, who took the time to give us a short tour. Art in all media was everywhere, including the 1798 “new” State House itself.

Our Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and Governor Charlie Baker

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My friend Sefatia (Romeo Theken), Mayor of Gloucester, and Charlie (Baker), Governor of Massachusetts. The Governor is quite tall (6’6″), and is more handsome in person than on TV.  They’re posed in front of the Grand Staircase at the State House. I prefer not to shoot with a flash, but probably should have here for better sharpness. Sefatia wants a copy of this photo, which I’ve sent.

Gloucester Wins Award From MA Cultural Council

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I figured that if I could board the USCG Barque Eagle, I could visit the Massachusetts State House. I’m glad I did, because the City of Gloucester won the 2015 Commonwealth Award for “Creative Community” by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The ceremony was held in the capital’s Great Hall. About a dozen of us, elected officials and organizers from Gloucester’s two designated cultural districts, marched to the podium and onto the stage to accept the medal. Shown below, left to right, are: Anita Walker, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council; Ann Margaret Ferrante, our State Representative; Sefatia Romeo Theken, Mayor of the City of Gloucester; and Bruce Tarr, our State Senator. I was glad to be there and proud to have been part of our accomplishments.

For the Love of Chocolate

Maybe because Valentine’s Day is coming up….or maybe because we’ve had a gazillion feet of snow and it has been downright miserable out….either way, I’ve had chocolate on the brain.

Without getting all mushy or TMI on you, there’s something undeniably romantic (in my humble opinion) about chocolate.  Not like the average box of chocolates, but like a super yummy chocolate fondue spread, a chocolate martini, or some hot chocolate coffee liquor kind of dessert in a glass…or a crazy rich and decadent gourmet chocolate mousse.  That’s what I’m talking about.

And maybe a little bit of John Legend. Just saying. A girl can dream.

So, with that in mind, and while thinking about “Things to Do Over February Vacation” my mind traveled to hot cocoa.  Because honestly, insert my humble rude awakening,  hot cocoa with the kiddos is much more likely these days than any of the afore mentioned romantic types of chocolate indulgence.

So, on that note, I started to do some research as to where to find the best hot chocolate in Boston.  Why Boston, you ask?  Well, I also have a small love affair with getting over the bridge.  I LOVE living here on Cape Ann, but I also adore taking the boys into the city, flying by the seat of our pants, and making a day (or even better yet…a night) of it.

So, while looking around, I stumbled on a great little piece by Boston.com and figured “Why reinvent the wheel?”

Check this link out for some of the top spots to hunker down with a giant mug of chocolate!   

Some of the places look great for a day with the little ones….and some look like a perfect place to snuggle down for a while with a significant other for some quality time and warm fuzzies.  You choose.

One of the top spots listed is the Langham Hotel and its Cafe Fleuri.  Every Saturday from September to June they boast a Chocolate Buffet to shame all others.  It isn’t cheap…and reservations are a good idea…but what a fabulous alternative to tea with a little sweetheart….or a romantic date with a grown-up one.

Take your taste buds on a decadent trip across the globe with The Langham, Boston’s famous Chocolate Bar.
This season presents a new theme, the “World of Langham,” which pays homage to the upcoming 150th anniversary of The Langham, London. Featuring more than 100 chocolate dessert combinations, Executive Chef Mark Sapienza and Executive Pastry Chef Ryan Pike feature chocolate dishes from Langham Hotels across the globe, every Saturday in the hotel’s Café Fleuri restaurant.

Stations with varying levels of chocolate intensity and flavors – from white to dark and everything in between – feature a never ending supply of desserts from every continent along with local classics from the past 25 seasons including Boston crème pie, whoopie pies, brulées, bread puddings and more. Action stations feature crepes, chocolate fountains, chocolate lava cake and ice cream sundaes as a contemporary jazz band sets the tone for the afternoon.

If anyone else has great, and more local, suggestions as to where to mug up for a Winter Treat, please share and comment!  There’s still several weeks to go and we need to make the most of it!  We’re in this together, friends.

Improv or Stand Up…You Choose

You know what I don’t do nearly enough?  Go to comedy shows.

Every few years a few of us get together and make plans to take in a show….and then, inevitably I find myself wondering, “Why don’t I do this more often?”

Who doesn’t need a good, honest, unbridled laugh every so often?

Last week I did just that.  I laughed, and laughed, and laughed.

Somehow, a year has gone by since my friends opened Laugh Boston and, on the club’s 1st anniversary, it was finally time to cross it off this year’s bucket list. I am so glad that I did! The comedians were, well, hysterical and the club itself is, dare I say, the perfect combination of industrial yet cozy.  Its fantastic location within the Westin Waterfront in Boston’s Seaport district doesn’t hurt either.  Nor does its full bar and “light fare” menu.

Laugh Boston is, as they say, “the stand-up brother to the Improv Asylum, Boston’s improv & sketch comedy theater located in the North End.”

If you haven’t been there either….you are totally missing out. In contrast to Stand Up comedy, the Improv Asylum features incredibly quick-witted improvisation and sketch comedy.  Which, in my humble opinion, takes a true artist to pull off.  They can boast to over 10,000 shows since its opening in 1998.

So, dinner and drinks in the North End and then a riot of an evening at the club. Or, a trip to the Seaport District, tons of laughs at the stand up club, and maybe even a quick overnight stay at the Westin? With summer coming to an end, that’s two good excuses to get over not only the A. Piatt Andrew, but also, the Tobin Bridges!

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Now That’s A Carousel

I am absolutely in love with this carousel!  Boston’s Rose F. Kennedy Greenway is unbelievable in so many ways and the carousel is the cherry on top!  The 14 different critters…all hailing from the fine state of Massachusetts…are whimsical yet gorgeous all at once.  It is a true piece of art!  How wonderful would it be to have a carousel of this caliber here in Gloucester?

The boys and I took the train into the city yesterday and spent 6.5 hours exploring, laughing, and learning between North Station and Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park.  We walked through the Haymarket Farmer’s Market, past the North End, and along the docks of the Boston Harbor Marina to check out some of the crazy “mega yachts”.  We saw the seals at the New England Aquarium, got some lemon slush, and rode the newish “thrill ride”, CODZILLA (and got wet). The boys played in the splash pad on the Greenway, rode the carousel, and fed the pigeons.  We took a horse-drawn carriage ride through the financial district, had a nice outdoor dinner at Ned Divine’s, and then ice cream at The Berry Twist in Faneuil Hall.

My vision for our day in the city involved going at least as far as The Public Gardens, the Frog Pond, and the Swan Boats….but somehow, in the blink of an eye, it was time to catch the 7:40 train outbound to home.  A true testament to the wonder of the Greenway and surrounding areas is that we were able to spend an entire day there and still wish that we had more time.  Next time.

Read more about the Greenway Carousel here

Read more about the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway here

 

City Mouse, Country Mouse

Other than four years of college in Virginia, I’ve lived on Cape Ann for my entire life….however, I’m also fairly well-traveled.  I’ve traveled in Africa, I’ve been to Central America, I’ve been all over Mexico, to the Caribbean, the West Indies, and throughout the United States and into Canada.  And, for what it’s worth, I’m pretty city savvy.  I spent a lot of time playing in the city in my teens, 20s, and 30s….and photographed inside Fenway Park for several years in a row…heading in and out of Boston each night during home stands. 

So, while I call this post “City Mouse, Country Mouse”…I’m not necessarily either.  However, I sure as all hell played the role of Country Mouse the other night in Boston…and I am NOT happy about it.

I am truly, truly an idiot. 

This is how it went down.

I was meeting a friend in the city…just outside of Faneuil Hall.  I know the area well, but was heading to a particular parking garage that I had never been to.  I took a left onto Broad Street and saw the 75 State Street Garage in the Financial District ahead…a bit ahead, on my right.  The traffic was total clusterf___.  Horns were honking.  Almost in front of the entrance to the lot, a white taxi was stopped, coming from the opposite direction, blocking a good part of my lane so that I couldn’t go forward.  A nice man, on a cell phone, with a pile of money in his hand, appeared in front of my car and helped me navigate my kind of large SUV around the taxi and towards the garage entrance.  He asked if I was parking, asked how long, and asked me for $10.  As I didn’t have a ten….I handed him a $20…with a smile.  He flipped through his pile of cash….as if looking for change….and then said, “just pull on down there (pointing to the garage) for a second and I’ll catch you.”   “No problem,” I said.

I’m not sure why I wasn’t on my A Game during that exact moment in time….but, it only took about 6 seconds for me to realize that effer was off with my $$$ and that I’d clearly not be seeing him or my “change” anytime soon.  I literally sat on the entrance ramp to the garage for probably a minute contemplating how I could have been such an idiot.  Large parking lots never ask for money outside upon arrival. I know that. Everyone knows that. I also replayed my short conversation with the “kind and helpful” gentleman….and couldn’t help but think what a tremendous actor he was.  While I was mad as all heck….I also couldn’t help but give him kudos for standing right there…in the middle of a super crowded busy city street…stealing money in broad daylight.  And doing so with such manners and such a calm demeanor.

Shame on him….shame on me.

You may be happy to know that dinner at Strega in the North End was excellent, drinks at the Sail Loft were just like old times,  and the company of an amazing friend more than made up for the $20 that I was scammed.  My ego, however, is still bruised.

Consider yourselves warned my friends.

Jesse Cook Last Night at the Wilbur!

On a whim, and for no particular event, birthday, or anniversary celebration, I purchased tickets to take my guitar-playing husband, Tom, to hear the mesmerizing, evocative, and GORGEOUS music of Jesse Cook and Company. He loved it and I am a huge fan now, too.  On stage last night, Cook announced that they are returning to Boston this summer to play at Copley Square and I hope to find out more about this upcoming performance.

Cook is thought to be the most influential figure in nuevo flamenco guitar and his music is richly infused by many forms of music from around the world including Egyptian, Armenian, and American jazz and blues.

As they did in this live performance at the Rose Theatre, Jesse and the band came into the audience last night at the Wilbur to perform their second encore.

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USCGC Escanaba Fall 2013 D7 Patrol Video Out Of Boston

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Matt Bohannan writes-
We used a few GoPro’s to gather dozens of hours of video over our 6 week patrol sped it up to take 6 minutes! Directed by SN Bohannan, produced by BM3 Humphrey.

Here are other posts on Good Morning Gloucester featuring the USCGC Escanaba-

Cmdr. Edward Westfall of Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba Discusses the towing of the Michael and Kristen

Posted on December 19, 2009 by 

Cmdr. Edward Westfall, the commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba, discusses the towing of disabled Gloucester, Mass.-based lobster boat, Michael and Kristen, Friday, Dec. 18, 2009. The master of the 77-foot lobster boat called for help at about 3:30 …Continue reading →

USCG Pic Of The Cutter Escanaba Tilted Way Over as It Approaches The Michael and Kristen

Posted on December 18, 2009 by 

Thanks to Universal Hub for the link- Here is The USCG website report- BOSTON — The Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba is continuing to tow the Gloucester-based lobster boat that was disabled Wednesday with five people aboard more than 200 miles southeast of …Continue reading →

Grace Marie Being Towed By Coast Guarg 178 Miles

Posted on June 10, 2010 by 

Paul Frontiero photo BOSTON – The Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba is towing the fishing vessel Grace Marie to Provincetown and plans to arrive around 6 p.m., today. The Grace Marie, a 65-foot Gloucester-based fishing vessel, was reported to be adrift … Continue reading →

It’s Been far Too Long-Chickity Check Bowsprite- A New York Harbor Sketchbook

Posted on April 10, 2010 by 

It’s been far too long since I’ve visited buddy Christina’s Bowsprite- A New York Harbor Sketchbook I love her illustrations and stories and I suspect if you dig GMG you will love her blog too. I’ve been encouraging Christina to … Continue reading →

Emailing tweet from: USCGNewEngland (USCGNewEngland)

Posted on December 21, 2009 by 

USCGNewEngland: CG News (#uscg): Dec. 21, 2009: Video – Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba transits through Cape Cod Bay during snowstorm http://ow.ly/16bXZG Original Tweet: http://twitter.com/USCGNewEngland/status/6901604223 Sent via TweetDeck (www.tweetdeck.com) http://www.goodmorninggloucester.com

Boston Casting is Looking for Couples from Boston, Cambridge and the North Shore for a Bank Commercial.

www.FilmCapeAnn.com  Submits-

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Boston Casting is looking for couples from Boston, Cambridge and the North Shore for a bank commercial.

Shoot date is either May 22nd or May 23rd.

If cast, Job Pays $700 for the couple.

Please email your PHONE NUMBER and PHOTOS of you and your significant other

and include the TOWN you live in

to bostoncastingsubmit@gmail.com ASAP!

We will be in touch if we need to schedule an audition

THANKS!

Showing respect

Since the April 15, 2013 tragedy Rick and I have wanted to go and my our respect.  On Sunday, April 30, 2013 we decided to go down to Boylston Street.  The street was very busy with people also paying their respect and eating and shopping.  Our emotions were very strong, seeing teddy bears, flowers, beautiful poems, shrine, shoes and hats.  Many tears were rolling down my cheeks as well as most visitors.   Kindness and compassion will overcome the evil.

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Espresso’s to host Benefit for Boston “The One Fund” 6:00 to 9:00 tonight….4.29.2013

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Benefit for Boston…with John Jerome, Bradley Royds and more….Bring your peeps and have some fun while raising money for Boston

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http://www.reverbnation.com/johnjeromemusic

http://www.bradleyroyds.com/bradley/video.html

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