Come to Mup Up on Saturday at 9:30 at YUPO Gallery and Khan Studio & the GMG Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave. to witness the solution to the Rubber Duck Hostage taking drama. The hostage takers have promised to return RD to Paul this weekend – let’s see if they are good to their word. Always fun, always good coffee, food, GMG peeps, fobs and passersby that we drag in to join us. The end is very near.
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It was a lovely but tense Mug Up this morning at YUPO Gallery. Paul Morrison arrived promptly with a bag filled with ransom demand fulfillment. Joey arrived late with Rubber Duck, but refused to release her to Paul, only allowing him a brief viewing of her to prove that she was unharmed (it was not Paul’s RD that had been crushed in the GE press after all). Joey told Paul that he needed to return to Mug Up next Saturday at 9:30am with more ranson, and he would come back again with Rubber Duck and the two “Kind” ducknappers, who would decide then if his ransom was sufficient to warrant RD’s release. This is dragging out much longer than any of us anticipated, and Paul was showing pronounced signs of tension and anxiety. We all pray he can hold out until next Saturday and that this ordeal will reach a satisfactory conclusion. Joey does seem to be enjoying making Paul squirm after all the times Paul has attempted to have RD usurp Homie’s rightful place as mascot of GMG. Karma can be tough.
Last week’s Mug Up ended with Rubber Duck being taken hostage by a pair of adorable but vicious ducknappers. Come to Mug Up this Saturday at 9:30 to see how this drama plays itself out. Will Paul Morrison buckle under and give in to the hostage takers extreme demands to gain RD’s freedom, will RD remain imprisoned (or maybe totally forgotten about and relegated to the back of a closet), or will Paul Morrison pull off bringing a massive rubber duck to Gloucester harbor to float outside Joey’s window and stare relentlessly at him until his Flexilis anatidaephobia forces him to give up RD? Come to Madfish Wharf Saturday morning and find out.
This is a great time to visit with GMG peeps and fobs, and visit the galleries that make up our historic Rocky Neck Art Colony and Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District.
Weather is perfect and parking is plentiful!
The Madfish Grille is open. The food is good (I’ve eaten there myself and can attest). There is live music. There is not a 45 minute to an hour wait to get in, get a menu and be waited on. Nothing against The Studio or The Rudder, they are both great, but if you are on Rocky Neck and are hungry, you might want to revisit Madfish Grille. Open Wednesday through Sunday from noon for lunch until midnight. Yesterday there were great musicians performing in the afternoon and the vibe was just incredible.
Also, mark your calendars, we are now be back to having weekly GMG Mup Ups on Madfish Wharf, starting this weekend on SATURDAYs at 9:30 when Joey is off, so he can come, and all you GMG fobs who go to church on Sunday so could never make Mup Ups before, you now can too! First food competition Mug Up coming up soon. Watch for it!
Let’s all bring some major love and good vibes back to Madfish Wharf. Come by this Sunday at 9:30 for a grand joint YUPO Gallery / Khan Studio & GMG Gallery Mug Up. Let’s do it like we used to do it – great GMG peeps, fobs, food and energy on beautiful Madfish Wharf. I am so excited to be back! Hope to see everyone! Love, EJ
Mark your calendars now. There will be a Mug Up hosted by Regina Piantedosi at Yupo Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave. Gallery 4 on Madfish Wharf on Sunday, June 22 at 9:30am. For those of you who know the Madfish Wharf galleries, Regina Piantedosi has opened Yupo Gallery this year in the space where Gigi Mederos and Stevie Black operated Aquatro Gallery last year (next door to Khan Studio & the GMG Gallery space, which is now occupied by Sue Handman).
Regina, a lifelong resident of the North Shore and member of the Rocky Neck Art Colony for two years, has been painting for seven years, but has been a “creative” her entire life. She has lived a full and art filled entrepreneurial life writing, and working as an interior designer and florist.
Regina describes her art as a creative extension of herself, and believes each artist’s work is their fingerprint, unique to them alone. She has always been a non-representational/abstract painter, which is how she interprets her emotions.
Regina is currently using Yupo paper (hence the gallery name), a treeless synthetic product originally produced for printing. Having vast possibilities, it is resilient, eco-friendly and colors explode on it. Ink, gouache (semi-solid watercolors,) acrylic and gold leaf are her mediums of choice, and her art is created with one or any combination thereof.
Regina’s paintings are very bold, expressive and freaky (she actually has a series of paintings called “Freaks”).
A Mug Up with GMG peeps and fobs is way overdue, so plan to come on June 22nd, welcome Regina to Madfish Wharf, enjoy Rocky Neck on a Sunday morning, visit with your GMG buddies and make new friends. Feel free to bring along something to share. Regina will be providing coffee and a sweet bread (can’t remember what kind, but she’s Italian and married into the Piantedosi Baking family, so it will be good). I’ll be there with deviled eggs (I know you’ve just been hankering for them). Everyone is welcome.
Since I am going to be open anyway, and have eggs and coffee, and everyone knows that hobbits are spontaneous, fun loving creatures, I thought to myself, why not just open earlier and have a Mug Up. I know it is last minute, but what the heck, spontaneous is fun. Anyone who is out and about and wants to come over, I’ll be deviling some eggs and have jelly beans, cookies, cupcakes, crackers and cheese (all bought today Joey!), so come by and save me from eating them. Will be great to see whoever can make it.
When: 9:30AM, Sunday 4/6
Where: Hobbit House Studio (aka Khan Studio), up the stairs at 1 Wonson Street (behind Sailor Stan’s Restaurant – which by the way is opening on Saturday, 4/12 weekends)
Why: Because it’s spring dagnabbit and time to come over to Rocky Neck.
We had a wonderful grand finale Mug Up at Khan Studio and the GMG Gallery on Sunday. The weather was perfect, and fun was had by all, from the youngest to the oldest. As always, there was plenty of good stuff to eat, but the definite showstopper was Sister Felicia’s cranberry orange tort – scrumptous!
It was a little bittersweet. Season has ended, the gallery is closed, and winter is around the corner. But don’t fear, there will be more Mug Up fun over the winter as hosts James Eves at Cape Ann Giclee, Fred Bodin, Donna Ardizonni and others take up the mantle and keep the tradition alive through the dark, cold winter months. Maybe Joey will even have another one at the dock!
Photos by Charlie Carroll of Grand Opening Mug Up in May
Although I’m sure there will be other Mug Ups scheduled over the winter, this will be the Grand Finale Last Hurrah Mug Up at Khan Studio and the GMG Gallery on Rocky Neck for the season. 77 Rocky Neck Ave. Gallery 3 – Sunday, 10/13 9:30am. The coffee will be hot and the eggs deviled. To those of you who have said: “I’ve always to go to a Mug Up at your gallery”, this is your last chance. Come for some Sunday morning GMG fun and cameraderie. Bring along something to share.
Everyone who came, participated, judged, watched, ate, drank, brought things to share and enjoyed themselves.
It was an extremely well attended and fun Mug Up and Bloody Mary Competition. The not so sober judges had a very difficult time deciding on the three award winners: First Place – Rebecca Border (entered as the Gloucester Quilter), Second Place – Deb VonRosenvinge and Third Place – Jerry Olson. The People’s Choice Award winners – Tom Jackson & Cindy Webber were decided by “the People”. Other delicious entries were presented by Al Bezanson, Kirsten Elaine Meyers (Kirsten, you left your purse here!), Tom Martin and finally the team of Hannah Kimberely and Anna Baglaneas Eves.
Special thanks to Alecia Cox DeWolfe for bringing a Mamie’s Kitchen special – cornbread with bacon, scallions and rat cheese (from Cave), and to all who brought wonderful things to eat. There were actually two others who brought deviled eggs – Theo from House of Raven was one, but I don’t know who brought the others. I was so busy rushing from the kitchen to the Judges’ table and back to get the contestants and mixes set up (with the incredible assistance of Gigi Mederos – I could not have done it without her behind the scenes help – and she made the coffee too!) that I never saw who brought in anything else.
The Judges Ed Collard, Fred Bodin, James Eves, Karen Ristuben and Kathy Downer were the ultimate sober judges – up to a point, then after about the 5th entry, they started getting a little on the giggly side. But they stayed the course and completed their judgely duties with decorum.
Thanks to everyone who came and made it a great event, all the contestants who gave the judges and “the People” much to enjoy and deliberate over. The most special thanks to Bob Ryan of Ryan & Wood Distilleries who sponsored the event and made it all possible.
Rubber Duck Flashback: Getting ready for the first ever GMG Bloody Mary Challenge on Sept 22, 2011
Biennial GMG Bloody Mary Competition sponsored by Ryan & Wood Distilleries at Khan Studio & the GMG Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 3 on Rocky Neck. Sunday, September 15th 9:30am. Be there, or forever be sorry you missed it.
PS. There will be coffee, deviled eggs and whatever goodies others bring along to share. You don’t have to drink Bloody Marys to come and have fun.
If you missed the last one, you don’t want to miss this one. If you were part of the last one, you’ll want to be part of this one too. On Sunday, September 15th, Ryan & Wood Distilleries will be sponsoring the Biennial GMG Bloody Mary Competition during Mug Up at Khan Studio & the GMG Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 3. Mug Up starts at 9:30 and judging begins at 10:00. Bring on a batch of your most creative Bloody Mary mix. We will add the Beauport Vodka here so that all Bloody Marys contain the same high quality locally distilled vodka, and are of a consistent, acceptable strength (so no one stumbles out of here afterwards).
Speaking of judges, we are looking for a few good men and women with discriminating palates who know and love good Bloody Marys. Ed Collard has already committed, but we need another 3 or 4 judges. If you are interested in being a judge, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your Bloody Mary judging credentials. Fred, you’re already vetted, as is Maureen Malloy, if either of you are interested. Paul Morrison, you’re a shoe-in. We’re always looking for new blood for judgeships, so don’t be shy about applying – James Eves.
If you are interested in entering your amazing Bloody Mary mix in the competition, please email me and let me know, so we’ll know how many entrants there will be. Ryan & Wood will be providing great prizes on top of the world renown you will receive as the best Bloody Mary mixologists in the known GMG universe. Kathy Chapman, Richard Rosenfeld, Talitha Jackson – you need to come back and defend your titles.
If you just want to come to Mug Up for the great comraderie and fun, feel free to bring along some Mug Up type fare to share. There will be coffee and deviled eggs, per usual.
UPDATE: We now have Ed Collard, Fred Bodin, James Eves and Karen Ristuben confirmed as judges. It would be great to have another female judge.
BREAKING NEWS 4:12pm: Kathy Downer of Long Beach is now our final judge for the competition. She has impressive experience as a bartender trainer for 7 years and she ran a bartending school, and on rainy days when she used to be on the other Cape, she and her friends would barhop to find the best bloody mary.
Now we just need some blood mary makers to enter the competition.
There was intense competition this morning at the GMG Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition Mug Up. Five excellent entries were received, which were blind tasted and judged by the attendees. The runaway winning chocolate chip cookie was submitted by Alexandra’s Bread of Gloucester. The 2nd place chocolate chip cookie was lovingly baked by Sue McDermott of Magnolia. Paul Morrison was awarded Best in Show for the most artistic and creative cookies baked in the shape of a duck, set onto a boat of vanilla ice cream and surrounded by waves of whipped cream. I didn’t get a shot of a completed presentation of Paul’s creation, so if anyone did, please send it in or upload it. Other entries were submitted by Alicia Cox from Mamie’s Kitchen and a 2nd entry was submitted by Alexandra’s Bread
In my book, although all the cookies were excellent and I had a hard time picking the best one, my absolute favorite contribution to the morning was Al Bezanson’s schooner fare of crispy fried Spam and pineapple chunks. It was just incredible. I haven’t had Spam in probably 50 years, and have never it served like that. True genious. If I’m ever stranded on a deserted island, all I want is cans of Spam and pineapple chunks (and of course a can opener – it would be a total drag if I didn’t have a can opener).
Thanks to Donna & Rick Ardizonni for the fruit salad and whipped cream, Kathy Chapman for the fruit salad with yogurt, Gigi Mederos for making the coffee and bringing cookies, Alma McLaughlin for hosting in her beautiful back patio area and providing the doughnuts from Jim’s Bagel & Bake Shop, and all the others who brought contributions but I didn’t see who brought what, although I think Giclee James brought the blueberry muffins.
Another great Mug Up.
This Sunday, August 11th at 9:30AM, there will be a joint Madfish Wharf Mug Up on the patio behind Alma’s Arts & Antiques and Carol McKenna’s Gallery.
OK, Rubber Duck is going to crush the competition with a stiff and crunchy (not soft and limp) self likeness of the one and only.
Test Kitchen Run 1:Just trying to work out all the variables. Quiet down in the peanut gallery. Yes I know this is not the right dough to make into animals. But there’s a will, there’s a way. Oh, I think I nailed it. Not only did I make two ducks but I made a seal and a walrus too! Testing is over and the baking begins at 8AM tomorrow so these succulent crunchy Rubber Ducks will be ready to accept the blue ribbons.
It is obvious that if I go with no feet, I make them smaller (sheesh the big ones go nuclear) and I make a small head with an exaggerated beak I will end up with a flock of perfect rubber duck facsimiles.
ROCKPORT FIREWORKS: they are warming up. The start 9:30PM The Granite Pier.