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street art Gloucester: 21st Century Orphans by Danny Diamond graffiti writer and mural artist

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There’s a monumental outdoor mural behind Prince Insurance at 3 Washington Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts, that changes every year. It’s sited on private property.

Thanks to the Greeke family who own Prince Insurance and let him have at it, artist and writer Danny Diamond has expressed his ideas and showcased his can command on this same outside wall annually since 2011.

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My favorite sight line is from Middle Street heading to the Captain Lester S. Wass American Legion Post 3 and the Joan of Arc sculpture by Anna Hyatt Huntington. It’s in a tight spot, and so is the kid with the green, green eyes staring back from the latest mural.

Diamond is using his talents to bring awareness to homelessness and the economy. Here’s an excerpt from his statement about 21st Century Orphans: “The windfall of green-backs that flies from my letters gives way to dingy news-print and beggars’ placards–this orphaned child’s currency. It’s rarely discussed, in our scenic little fishing town, that the homeless population has increased in Massachusetts by 40% since 2007, even as the national average was in decline. This in part due to the fact that the cost of living here in Mass is among the highest in the country; the cost of housing continues to increase now that the market has come back, and there is no relief in sight… Fifteen percent (over half a million) of our children here in the Bay state live in poverty; of the over seventeen-thousand homeless people here, thirty-eight percent are children.” – Danny Diamond, 2016

A Gloucester native, Diamond is busy with commercial art and commissions on both coasts.  I had a chance to ask him more about his art and writing after I did a post about the sea monster fence he painted. He brushed off the street artist description: “I consider myself a graffiti-writer and sometimes a mural-artist, but not a “street-artist” (semantic distinction).”  I asked him about Gloucester connections and if he went to the high school. Did any teachers influence him? He wrote back swiftly:

I studied art under Jackie Underwood, who was “Jackie Kapp” at the time, as well as theatre and set-design with Krista Cowan and Kim Trigilio. I went on to earn a cum laude BA in English Lit and Creative Writing at UMass Boston, class of ’06… I spent a lot of time at Artspace on Center St. as a kid, and so Gloucester’s sub-cultural grandmaster Shep Abbott had a big effect on me by bringing punk rock and mural art into downtown. I was mentored in the world of graffiti art by the late Jed Richardson of Manhattan who was a major figure in the NYC subway-train art movement of the 1980’s; he moved to Gloucester in 2001 or so and remained here until his passing in September of ’09… ” 

Diamond created a tribute chalk mural to his mentor at Minglewood Tavern. I worked in New York and saw first hand the 1980 era kings (and not so kings) of subway and club graffiti. I didn’t know Jed Richardson’s work and wondered if Diamond had an image to share for this post.

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artist Jed Richardson c.2008 (photo from artist Danny Diamond)

I also thought about the owners who turned over their wall for Diamond’s art. I learned that the building is owned by Peter Greeke who founded Prince Insurance. Aha! A creative family that understood and allows Danny Diamond the use of a large wall to practice and express his art. The Prince Insurance company is on Washington Street between Middle and Main and directly across from the Legion. It is a second generation family business that has specialized  in personal insurance for more than 35 years. It’s now co-owned by sisters, Melissa Moseley and Wendy Prendergast. A third sister, fashion designer Jennifer Greeke, operates Harpy Fashion out of the back office. The Prince Insurance storefront stands out with such original picture window displays.These windows are an entire family affair. Melissa doesn’t remember a time before the windows. Their mother creates them; Jen has made clothing, sculpted papier-mâché  creatures and mermaids. “Of course because of the community we  live in, over time artistic customers and friends joined in…like Richard Harding and the built boat. They’re just a lot of fun.”   Prince Insurance has a beautiful new website.

I hoped Danny Diamond had a record of his devoted wall mural project, which he obliterates and repaints every year. He did. Photographs below are from Diamond or his website, www.skribblefish.com.  His Instagram is @pyse117.  I added one showing a work in progress he is  completing for a new restaurant opening in Salem in February and other local commissions.

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Call ahead for the best subs of summer. Gloucester beaches sandwich directory.

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Hungry? Pack light. You’ll pass great sandwich shops, locally owned and operated, en route to Gloucester’s magnificent beaches. Jeff’s Variety can set you up for a good lunch to go wherever you’re headed including Good Harbor Beach, Long Beach, or the back shore. Jeff says that there are many repeat customers that come back each and every season–for years–on their way to Good Harbor Beach. IF you have a big group, you can order trays with finger sandwiches. Sandwich platters featuring Virgilio’s rolls need at least two days notice to prepare. They’re open Sundays. What else? “Yes!” the answer to my question if they have plenty of call ahead requests from cars caught in traffic. Passengers calling only, please!

Scroll down the post for a one-stop, sub-shopping Gloucester directory with phone numbers and links. I could add in our favorite choices from each place.

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GLOUCESTER BEACHES SANDWICH DIRECTORY

*the great 2013 Good Morning Gloucester Italian sub winners

on the way to Gloucester’s GOOD HARBOR BEACH

on the way to Gloucester/ Rockport LONG BEACH

on the way downtown headed in any direction to Gloucester beaches: Pavilion, Cressy, Half Moon, Niles, Good Harbor

  • Cafe Sicilia (978) 283-7345 sandwiches and pizza slices
  • Cave (978) 283-0896 for baguette/cheese French picnic style fare
  • Cupboard (978) 281-1908
  • *Destino’s Subs 
  • Cape Ann Farmer’s Market (Thursdays) fresh produce & baguette/cheese French picnic style fare
  • *Jeff’s Variety (978) 281-5800
  • Leonardo’s  (978) 281-7882
  • Last Stop (978) 281-2616
  • Mike’s  (978) 282-0777
  • Morning Glory (978) 281-1851
  • Poseidons (978) 290-4313
  • *Sclafanis (978) 283-6622
  • *Virgilios (978) 283-5295
  • Yellow Sub Shop (978) 281-2217

on the way to Gloucester’s NILES BEACH

  • Last Stop (978) 281-2616
  • Sailor Stan’s to go (978) 281-4470

on the way to Gloucester’s PLUM COVE BEACH / ANNISQUAM/ LANESVILLE 

  • Captain Hooks (978) 282-4665
  • Plum Cove Grind (978) 281-3377
  • Willow Rest  sub and/or the farmer’s market fresh produce, cheese, specialty prepared meals picnic option (978)283-2417

on the way to Gloucester’s WINGAERSHEEK BEACH

  • main concession stand at Gloucester’s Wingaersheek beach (978) 281-9785
  • Annie’s Variety  (978) 283-2887
  • Marshall’s Farm Stand (picnic route rather than sandwich counter)  (978) 283-2168 (pints of fruit, munchies, loaf artisan bread, mozzarella specialty cheeses)

I haven’t forgotten Magnolia–just missing Magnolia’s House of Pizza. ON Mondays there’s Cape Ann Farmer’s market for Magnolia. “M” for Mondays, “M” for Magnolia.

This week Cape Ann Reads: Backyard Growers story hour and TOHP Ocean in a Bottle and more

Check out Cape Ann Reads snazzy new website header designed by Ashley Curcuru with the Teen Artist Guild instructors at the Hive, part of the illustrious Cape Ann Art Haven art center. Ashley did the seagull logo for the newly named, Gulliver!

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Cape Ann Reads programs in July:

THIS WEEK: The first ever story hour at Backyard Growers on Thursday at 10am!

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THIS WEEK: Ocean in a Bottle at TOHP Burnham library (15 people have already signed up!) on Friday 2pm. Who knows what the initials stand for- TOHP?

NEXT WEEK

Wednesday July 20: If you’d like help writing your original Cape Ann Reads picture book entry, Amanda Cook from the Writer’s Center leads this monthly workshop.

Thursday July 21st Cape Ann Reads at the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market. Sawyer Free Library Children’s Department will be hosting a pop up library. Cape Ann Art Haven will be on hand! Breaking news: Cape Ann Art Haven has added middle school Open Studio drop in hours Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5pm ($10 drop in class), enter at the 180 Main Street address. You can see their new screen printed t-shirt and apron PRODUCE ART. Awesome!

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Visit Cape Ann Reads programs page to read more about the programs, which are free unless otherwise noted. Cape Ann Reads is on James GMG calendar, too!

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GloucesterCast 186 With @KimSmithDesigns and @Joey_C Taped 6/5/16 #GloucesterMA

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GloucesterCast 186 With @KimSmithDesigns and @Joey_C Taped 6/5/16 #GloucesterMA

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Topics Include:

Bridgette and Neil Matthews deer vs coyote pictures Picked up by Fox and CBS and WHDH.

Gay Pride Month Friday The LBGT Flag was raised at City Hall and Kim was there- Gender fluidity come a long way.

City Hall going to be recognized by Secretary of State William Galvin is presenting a 2016 Massachusetts Historical Commission Historic Preservation Award.

Silverback Gorilla Taken Down When Baby Falls Into Cincinatti Zoo Pit

Plover update

Fun doing Lettice and Lovage with my daughters. Thanks To Heidi Dallin amd Lindsay Crouse for being so gracious with their time.

Cape Ann Farmers Market Is Running Every Thursday Into October

Strawberry Festival This Saturday

Schooner Challenge This Monday June 6th

Winter Moths Caterpillars

Got the honey bee cough drops

Steve Linsky Cazeault Solar Interview

Our Lobstermen have used lobster traps that people can buy

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Chef G’s Bacon Marmalade

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The Construction of A @SistaFelicia Mudiga Steak Sandwich Using The @STOKGrills Island Grill @CapeAnnFMkt

Sold Out Once Again- It was hilarious.  People walking by and get a whiff of the mudiga steaks on the grill and it’s like they were led by their nose to her spot.  If you’re cooking on nights like last night when you could go to The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market and get grub like this- You Crazy.

Note The Generous Amount Of Work Space The STOK Island Grill Affords Making It Perfect For The Farmer’s Market
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DSC01383Roasted Red Peppers, Sista Felicia’s “Best I Ever Had” Pesto, Italian Sliced Bread

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STOK Grills With Their Stock Cast Iron Grates Make For Perfect Hash Marks Every Time!

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The Boys Stopped By For Mudiga Steaks For HomieCast Dinner

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Cape Ann Farmers’ Market on Thursday

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not forget Thursday, Stage Fort Park, Cape Ann Farmers’ Market

The Joey C and Izzy Love Fest Continues

Where Joey survives yet another attack from Paul Frontiero’s vicious (read adorable) Izzy.

Our dog loving Joey survives another vicious attack from Izzy.

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GloucesterCast 144 Taped Live @CapeAnnFMkt 7/23/15 Featuring Nicole Bogin, @DonnaArd, @Eves3, @KimSmithDesigns , @MBCF , @CapeAnnPainter and Host @Joey_C

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Topics Include: Gloucestercast 144 Taped Live At The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market  Featuring Nicole Bogin, Donna Ardizzoni, James Eves, Kim Smith, Paul Morrison and Host Joey Ciaramitaro, Troubles At The Cut Bridge,  Plan Accordingly For Beach Traffic, Jewell Town Vineyard Wine Samples 😉 , Jan Kline, Melissa Diamond, The Evolution Of The Locations For The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market, Autumn Market, Harvest Market, Holiday Fair and Potentially a New Halloween Fair, Lara Lepionka, Backyard Growers, The East End Of Main Street On The Rise, Farmer’s Market Dates Added To The GMG Community Calendar, The Stage Fort Park Visitor’s Center Is A Jewell, Podcasting From The Refinished Yard Sale Table/Desk, Paul Morrison/Carol Channing Hitting The Jewell Town Wine Samples Hard, Paul Morrison Lets The Entire GMG Community Down By Not Participating In The Blackburn Challenge, What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger, Starting Out In Small Business Never Starts Out Perfectly.

Niki Bogin’s Recurring Themes From Successful Farmer’s Market Vendors:

  • Consistency
  • Sticking It Out For 18 Weeks No Matter What
  • Talking To People
  • Remaining Calm
  • Not Being Reactive When You Could Be
  • Taking It In Small Steps
  • Keeping Your Expectations In Check
  • Look at The Season As A Whole

Around The Table: Each Podcast Participant Lists Their Must Haves From The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market. You Must Ask for the Homemade Yogurt at Markouk Bread Co, Special Shout Out To Marshall’s Farm Stand, Listing Off The Farms That Participate In The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market, The Heirloom Tomatoes, Case Pricing On the Jewell Town Wine, 1634 Mead, Donna and James Both Wearing Their GMG Caps, Paulie Walnuts and Izzy The Attack Dog Make Ann Appearance, Charlene Delaney Volunteers At The Visitor’s Center, Charlene Tells Us That On Saturdays Visitors  Can Take The Shuttle All Over Town and You Can Park At Stage Fort Park For Free, STAGE FORT PARK Shuttle Park n’ Ride Trolley Has Been In Place All This Time and We Didn’t Even Know About It!, Izzy The Dog Has Ears Pinned Back And Is In Attack Mode, The Shuttle Is My Safe Zone Because They Don’t Let Attack Dogs On Board,

The Weekend Rundown-

2015 Rhumb Line Striper Tourney Is This Saturday!

Bluefin Blowout Kick-off Event: Captain’s Dinner

Blackburn Challenge this Saturday!

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Kim Smith took 20 minutes to try to photoshop out the enormous zit on Joey’s face. Finally she gave up and sent in this photo for the podcast notes.
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The Official GMG Podcast Desk Is Looking Pretty Sweet I Must Say 🙂

Today’s The Day! Sista Felicia’s Food Is Finally Available Starting Today At The Cape Ann farmer’s Market

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FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!

Sista Felicia’s food is finally available for you to purchase and enjoy.

She has happily partnered with Marshall’s Farm Stand to prepare for you, delicious (and healthy) specialty dishes. Marshalls Farm Stand has been family owned and operated, for many generations at 144 Concord Street, Gloucester Ma.

Sista Felicia will be working with Bobby Marshall each week, going to Marshall’s Farm Stand to select the freshest and most seasonal ingredients to prepare dishes to be sold at The Cape Ann Farmers Market. The Cape Ann Farmers Market is held every Thursday at Stage Fort Park from 3:00 to 6:30 PM. Parking is Free.  Farm To Table.

Stop by Sista’s Booth Located next to the Bandstand in the Food Court area of today’s Cape Ann Farmer’s Market and take home yummy delights like Lobster Rolls, Shrimp Rolls, Haddock Sandwiches, Lobster Chowder, New Potato Caper Dill Salad, and Mango Radish Slaw. Sista Felicia’s Homemade Sweet Tea will also be available to quench your thirst.

She will be at the Cape Ann Farmers Market beginning today, Thursday, July 23rd and will continue through to the close of the season.

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!!!!!

Lobster Corn Chowder

Who Needs To Cook Come Get Some For Your Family Tonight!

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FRIED HADDOCK SANDWICHES ON VIRGILIO’S ROLLS

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NEW POTATO CAPER DILL SALAD

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Cape Ann Farmer’s Market at Stage Fort Park

HORRENDOUSLY HORRIBLE HORRIBLES! with Seth Moulton, Ann Margaret Ferrante, Bruce Tarr, Jimmy T, Cape Ann Food Pantry, Boxers, Adorable Pug, Yogis, Pink Elephants, and MORE!

TRULY THE BEST HORRIBLES EVER!
Cape Ann farmer's Market Horribles Parade ©Kim Smith 2015First Place Horrible’s Award to Cape Ann Farmer’s Market, Backyard Growers Program, and Ukeladies

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CONGRATULATIONS FIRST PLACE HORRIBLE’S AWARD GOES TO CAPE ANN FARMER’S MARKET, BACKYARD GROWERS, AND UKELADIES TRIFECTA

Best Horribles parade ever. Congrats to all! Cape Ann Farmer’s Market and Backyard Growers Program take first place in their bee- and butterfly-mobile, with Ukeladies on board! 

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Cape Ann Farmer’s Market on Thursday

Do not forget Farmer’s Market at Stage Fort Park on Thursday. We are so lucky, Farmer’s Market on Thursday at Stage Fort Park and Farmer’s Market on Monday on Lexington Street in Magnolia.

Cape Ann’s Farmers’ Market at the Gloucester Unitarian Church on Saturday


For more information please click on the following link:
http://capeannfarmersmarket.org/

Cape Ann Farmers Market Winter Solstice Market December 20th!

Hi Joey-

Hope all is well with you-Here is the flier for our last market of 2014-hoping you can post it.

Most of our farmers and food vendors will be there, a great chance to stock up for the long winter!!!

Take care and thank you

Niki

Nicole Bogin

Market Manager
Cape Ann Farmers Market

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BREAKING NEWS: Charlie Farren to headline Cape Ann Winter Solstice – Get Tix Tomorrow (SAT) At the Cape Ann Farmers Market Before they go on sale to the public

Just Announced: Boston Rock Star Charlie Farren of FARRENHEIT and THE JOE PERRY PROJECT will headline this year’s Cape Ann Winter Solstice concert hosted by Allen Estes with Rising Boston Blues Star Danielle Miraglia (who blew the crowd away with James Montgomery at this year’s Celebrate Gloucester benefit for The Open Door).

You can get tickets to this very special event at The Cape Ann Farmers Market’s first Indoor Market is tomorrow (SAT) 10am – 1pm at Gloucester’s UU Church. Just go to the Farmers Market and look for the UU Church table.

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Cape Ann Farmer’s Market In Top 100 Nationwide!

Niki Bogin submits-

Hey GMG!

As the keepers of all things amazing about Cape Ann, I wanted to let you guys know that The Daily Meal has complied a list of the top farmers markets in the country, and out of 4000 in the nation, we have been in the top 100 two years running. Even more exciting is that we are one of only a handful in New England to make the list, with the CAFM poised as the #1 in our region.

It looks like this year it was Trupiano’s sausage that put us over the top, which is completely understandable!

Cheers to all and see you on Thursday at Stage Fort!

Niki
http://www.thedailymeal.com/101-best-farmers-markets-in-america-slideshow

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If it is Thursday it must be Cape Ann Farmer’s Market Day

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