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International Women’s Day Celebration ~ Festa Della Donna


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The Figli di Trappeto Club is hosting their 7th annunal International Womens Day Celebration ~ “Festa Della Donne” at The Gloucester House this evening.  FOB and one of Gloucester’s most famous and loved reporters Carl Mckay-Stratton will be live blogging for GMG at tonight’s “SOLD OUT” event! 

Sista Felicia Speakes at Holy Family Parish Guild Tonight


Holy Family Parish Guild Meeting Tonight!

 The March Guild Meeting of the Holy Family Parish will be held at 7 PM on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.  Meeting will be held in Monsignor Sullivan Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Our featured guest will be Felicia Mohan, author of GIFTS OF GOLD, who will share her cookbook story, and talk about her family favorite recipes and traditions handed down surrounding the feast of St. Joseph.

Sweet Happenings At Appleton Farms


june i phone 004Over the years I have spent many hours picking fresh produce with my twins and nieces in the expansive fields at Appleton Farms.  Our weekly trips could best be described as mini adventures.  Each week we began in the barn, reading the current weeks list of allotted share items, before heading out into the fields with our baskets, clippers, and containers.  Sharing  stories and memories from my childhood in my grandparents garden with the kids while picking our share, was something the kids quickly became accustomed to. They often requested their favorite stories to be retold, and we often talked about recipes that could be prepared by using the items surrounding us in the fields, planning out our snacks and meals for the week throughout the seasons was something we all enjoyed doing. 

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Many photos of  Appleton Farms gorgeous scenic settings are featured in my cookbook “Gifts Of Gold” surrounding the pages of a story I share that is very dear to my heart.  Last week during a meeting at the Reservation, I was excited to learned that Appleton Farms will be hosting numerous opportunities for share holders and the general public to visit the Reservation throughout this upcoming season.  

I’m thrilled to announce that I will be hosting cooking demonstrations, using  freshly picked produce from the fields of Appleton in their barn throughout the 2014 season.  GMG will be sharing their events and news throughout 2014 season under Sista’s Dish weekly.  This week their season will  kick off  with all things Maple Sugar! The events are listed below, and they sound amazing for all ages!   

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How Sweet it Is!
Discover a New England Tradition as
Appleton Farms Hosts a Suite of Maple Sugaring Happenings this March
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Ipswich, MA – February 21, 2014 – The Trustees of Reservations invites the community to visit Appleton Farms in Ipswich this March to enjoy the sweet New England tradition of maple sugaring. Last winter marked the first season America’s oldest working farm added a sugaring operation to their already extensive farming list, which also includes an active vegetable CSA, a livestock operation with dairy and beef cows and laying hens, an onsite creamery, and haying and composting.
“Maple sugaring is a good fit for Appleton Farms as the 1,000 acre property boasts large sugar maple trees easily accessed by our farm roads, making for easier sap collection,” says Appleton Farms Superintendent Mark Bailey. “Thanks to some retired maple sugarer’s equipment, including taps and buckets and a wood-fired evaporator, we were able to retrofit the old garage as the new sugar shack. And, the farm woodlands provide plenty of downed wood for fueling the evaporator fire.”
The 2013 sugaring season proved worthy. Thanks to some hard work, community support, and a little help from Mother Nature, the farm produced and sold in their dairy store more than 35 gallons of finished maple syrup product. With their first successful season now under their belt, the farm is opening its sugar shack doors to the public this March to enjoy a variety of sugaring programs and events including:
Saturdays at the Sugar Shack
Saturday, March 1 & March 8  |  11AM-3PM
Drop-by and visit the sugar shack at Appleton Farms and experience the sights and smells of this historic New England tradition. Take a walk to see our beautiful, maple-lined avenues and help collect sap and then learn how it becomes delicious maple syrup. For more information visit: www.thetrustees.org/appletonfarms or call 978.356.5728. FREE and open to the public.
Tap to Table with Appleton Cooks!
Saturday, March 8, 3 – 5:30 & Wednesday, March 12, 10 – 12:30pm
Appleton Farms keeps a very special New England tradition alive by tapping Appleton Farms’ beautiful maple trees and producing wood-fired, small-batch maple syrup. In this Appleton Cooks! workshop, participants will enjoy a leisurely walk around the farmstead to see how sap is harvested and collected as well as tour the sugar shack to see (and smell!) the transformation of sap to syrup. Participants will gather in the farm kitchen for the second half of the workshop with Chef Carolyn Grieco to make delectable maple syrup treats including maple mustard vinaigrette, butter braised sweet potatoes, and upside down maple pear pancakes. Register online www.thetrustees.org/appletoncooks or call 978.356.5728 x12. Trustees Members: $60. Nonmembers: $65.
First Annual Appleton Farms Maple Festival! Saturday, March 15  |  10AM – 2PM
Discover the process of maple sugaring, from tap to table, as you tour Appleton Farms sugar maple stands and sugar shack. This community-friendly event includes activities fun for all ages including:
§  Tree Exploration & Sap Tasting: Learn about the natural history of maple trees as you explore the farm’s maple sugaring operation. Sample the sweet sap, straight from the tap!
§  Syrup Tastebud Test: Sample different syrups and see you can tell the “real thing” from imitation.
§  Maple Syrup Treats: Enjoy tasty maple syrup treats made in the Appleton Cooks! kitchen including  pancake bites, maple yogurt, and more.
§  Sugar Shack Tours: Meet the maple sugarers, tour the sugar shack, learn about the evaporation process, and more!
For more information email afeducator@ttor.org or call 978.356.5728 x18. Members: Adult $10; Child (age 3-12) $5. Nonmembers: Adult $12; Child (age 3-12) $6. Children under 3 are welcome free of charge.
Appleton Farms is located at 219 County Road/Route 1A,  Ipswich, MA. For general farm information visit www.thetrustees.org/appletonfarms or call 978.356.5728.
The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) “hold in trust” and care for properties, or “reservations,” of scenic, cultural, and natural significance for the general public to enjoy. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees are the nation’s oldest, statewide land trust, one of Massachusetts’ largest conservation organizations and an established leader in the conservation and preservation movement nationally and internationally. Supported by more than 100,000 members, donors, and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 112 spectacular reservations – 20 of which are located on Boston’s North Shore – including working farms, historic homesteads and gardens, community parks, barrier beaches and mountain vistas – located on more than 26,000 acres. In addition, The Trustees work closely with permanent affiliates including Boston Natural Areas Network and the Hilltown Land Trust, well as hundreds of community partners to preserve and protect special places and provide year-round programs for all ages. Visit www.thetrustees.org.

Holy Crap! I asked Nichole to put together a list of cool February Vacation things to do and boy did she deliver!!!!


Nichole Schrafft writes-

So, Joey asked if I’d like to put together a little list of things to do to help keep the kiddos busy while on February Vacation (I read that as a challenge in how to keep parents somewhat sane during February vacation).    I’d like to make note that there are some great options in town that are already highlighted on the blog…such as The Hive and Art Haven.  If you follow GMG, you have heard of them!  They are beyond cool and are an incredible asset to the city!  Be sure to check them out!   I also have to point out that while I have been to most of these places, I am no expert.  Please check out the links that I’ve provided before heading anywhere incase things have changed since I have visited!!

I’d like to start by saying that, while I know this post is about finding possibilities of things to do outside of the house, I’d be remiss to not mention that the Winter Olympics are AWESOME and having your kids get excited about watching these amazing athletes wouldn’t be a bad choice either!

There are lots of great ways to get their brains and bodies moving while enjoying the 2014 Sochi Olympics as a family.  My kids are psyched to make flags from the participating nations, cook some treats from some of the countries (HELP!), make torches (not real ones), keep a chart of the medal counts, and simply watch the events!

We’ll be tracking the Olympics here:


Fairly local activities:

1.  Kids bouncing off the walls?  Here’s an idea…take them to a place to bounce off the walls…literally!

School vacation screams, “TAKE ME TO SKY ZONE” if you ask me!!  They have a toddler jump for little leapsters under 45″ or regular jump times for bigger kids!  There is an Everett location as well as a Boston location.  If they don’t leave Sky Zone tired, you’re just plain out of luck.


2.  For some great indoor rock climbing check out MetroRock!

They have a location in Newburyport and one in Everett.  Their website was “under construction” last time I looked, but you can find it yourself with Google or any other search engine….obviously.

3.  Snow Tubing at Amesbury Sports Park!  Come on, a no brainer.  Fun!  The kids need to be 4, I think, to hit the tubes.  Helmets are required for younger kids.


4.  Eurostove in Beverly offers all kinds of cooking classes for couples, families, girls nights out, and even for young kids.  Check out their website and see if you find anything that looks good to you or contact them to set up your own small group event!


5.  While, I do not have little girls, what little girl wouldn’t love a tea party?  The Wenham Tea House is such a special place for some one-on-one time with a daughter, granddaughter, niece, etc.


6.  Skating at Talbot Rink at O’Malley Innovation Middle School is super cheap and easy.  If the kids can skate independently then the grown-ups can sit and relax (think hot coffee and Baileys) while they get their crazies out on the ice.  Win, win.

Skating is offered most days from 2:00-3:50 but be sure to check their schedule first incase games were scheduled.

They rent skates also if need be!


7.  Skating at the Market Street Rink and/or Bowling at Kings in Lynnfield

Dinner at the Yard House either way afterwards…the Spicy Tuna Roll is a must have!!  It has to be about 8 inch in diameter and is SOO good!



My warning here is that when we’ve gone, there has been a long wait for bowling and for dinner.  So plan accordingly!  We put our name in for bowling, took the pager with us to the skating rink, and it buzzed nicely when it was our turn to bowl.  One person headed to Kings to save our lanes for us while the others took off their skates and we were good to go!!

8.  In the category of, I’ve never gone here but want to is, The Melting Pot in Burlington.  Who doesn’t love fondue?


9.  As of late, if I’m in Burlington, I’m at The Rainforest Cafe, but I’m happy to report that my boys are beginning to outgrow that venue!


10.  Lowell Winter Fest’s claim to fame is the National Human Dogsled Competition…with an award for best costume.  Need I say more?   In all seriousness…it is actually loaded with fun activities such as ice skating, snowman building, horse drawn carriage rides, music, poetry slam contests, etc.  Check out the link to see a whole list of activities.  The festival takes place on Feb 21st-22nd and begs the question, “When will we be having our own Winter Fest because this looks really cool?”


Fun in the city!

11.  I love this Boston Scavenger Hunt text style!!!!  Check out the link for more information, but the premise is that you head to Boston, purchase the pretty inexpensive clues right on the website and they get sent right to your phone.  Once you arrive to one location, you do what you need to do, and then the next clue is sent!  Fun for groups of 2-12!  They do these scavenger hunts in other cities too, fyi.


The next two go together…kind of.  It’s my “one if by land, two if by sea” duo because my boys like anything that moves on land or at sea.

12.  The “by land”

I have yet to visit this place, but as a mom to two young boys who like all things shiny and fast, it is only a matter of time.  I was actually surprised to learn about it not long ago, and have wondered why I’ve never heard about it before.  The Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline looks beyond cool and is definitely near the top of our little bucket list.


13.  The “by sea”

My boys love going to the Charlestown Navy Yard and on the USS Constitution.  During vacation week there is also a Ship Model show for the budding boat builders in the group!


14.  Skating at the Frog Pond is such a great activity just because it is truly so cool to look up and see the city of Boston rising up all around you. You can’t beat the view and it is, in my humble opinion, a nice treat and an easy way to get the kids into the city if they don’t go in that often.


15.  Likewise, ice skating at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge is cool too.  I used to spend a lot of time in Harvard Square and it can be a really nice place to take the kids if the big city overwhelms you at all.


and then lunch/dinner at Fire and Ice


16.  Also in Cambridge…and good old fashion fun…is the Bugs Bunny Film Festival.  Come on, right!?  If you want to get your “What’s Up Doc” fix, it is showing at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square throughout the entire vacation week!


17.  Celebrate Chinese New Year in Harvard Square…not sure about the timing of this event as it seems a few weeks late, but it is happening over vacation, so cheers.

February 23  1:00pm – 3:00pm


18.  Hairspray is playing at the Wheelock Family Theatre in Boston….which for the record, has never disappointed me.  I’ve seen 4 shows there and each one has been fantastic!   This particular production says, “Recommended for adults, teens and youth 9+.”


19.  If Eurostove doesn’t work out for you and you don’t mind traveling to Newton, check out Create a Cook for some pretty awesome parent/child cooking classes.  Their vacation schedule is loaded with fun activities, but is filling up fast!


20.  My favorite museum in Boston by far as I tend to like the smaller, less obvious choices….check it out for sure sometime.  All museums, etc are obviously going to be a bit more crowded over vacation….so if not now, be sure to head back there later.


21.  You don’t need me to tell you that the Museum of Science is a cool place to go, but you may not know that the Planetarium will be showing a Magic Tree House adventure.  I don’t know about your kids, but mine LOVE the Magic Tree House series and those little adventurers named Jack and Annie.  I’m so psyched to go see this (insert, sigh, what has my life come to)!


There are also several great shows in the IMAX theatre over vacation week.  The one I’m the most excited about is called Journey to the South Pacific.  With an introduction that says, “Swim with the world’s largest shark, encounter mysterious creatures of the sea, and explore the planet’s most spectacular coral reefs” I’m in!!


22.  If you’re a Beatles fan, RAIN: a Tribute to the Beatles is playing at the Wang Theater on February 21 and 22nd.  This is a pricier option than most of the others that I’ve shared, but is a pretty cool way to infuse some culture into the kids without it be too formal and straight laced.


23.  Of course, there’s always Disney on Ice. I personally dread it a bit, but it is back at the TD Bank Garden for all of vacation week…


Just a bit out of state to the North or to the South!

24.  While a bit of a drive… if you’re looking for a longer day trip or a quick night away, head to Providence.  The Roger William’s Zoo is my favorite zoo around…even in the winter.  During January and February they charge half price admission.  For a mere $7.50 for adults and $4.95 for kids you can see zebra, giraffe, elephants, eagles, river otters, wolves, buffalo, kangaroo, etc.  I’m pretty critical about animal enclosures and the treatment of normally wild animals when in captivity, but I assure you that this place does it right.  I was super impressed with their habitats and the knowledge of the many volunteers we met along the way.  Again, we were there in January, and were still not disappointed!


25.  Also in Providence, if you have any hockey fans in the family, are the Providence Bruins.  If you’re not keen on paying hundreds of $$ to see the Boston Bruins, this is a phenomenal option.  We recently attended a game in the 3rd row and paid a total of $78 for our family of 4!  Their only home game of vacation week takes place on Sunday, February 16th @ 3:05 pm.  You can opt for a “Buy one, Get one” option or a “Family 4 Pack” option.  Some come with hotdogs and drinks.  Fool around a bit with seat availability and price/package options and get yourself a great deal.  Parking at the mall that connects with the Dunkin’ Donuts Center cost us a whopping $2 and we left our car there for easily 4 hours!


26.  IF you happen to land in Providence and have kiddos between say 4 and 18, you could also check out Dave and Busters.  For the record, you won’t catch me in a Chuck E. Cheese or Bonkers ever, but this place is awesome!!  You can load a card with as much, or as little, cash as you’d like and the kids simply swipe and play.  The place is loaded with cool games..some that the whole family can play together.  The kids will score tickets to spend on the way out and, as is typical for this type of place, a gazillion tickets will buy you a rabbit’s foot key chain or a pair of whacky giant-sized plastic sunglasses.  My 4 and 6 year olds had a blast running around playing games for a couple hours after we enjoyed a pretty decent dinner!


If you don’t land in Providence, Dave and Busters has a location in Braintree, Massachusetts too.  Worth the drive for some fun.

27.  This is a small but nice museum about 15 mins away from Portsmouth, NH…in Dover.   This place is really cute and user friendly, so to speak.  You’re only going to spend about 2 hours here, but it is easy, manageable, pretty quiet, really clean, and full of original, educational, and really fun activities.  My boys loved it here and I felt like they could really take their time in the exhibits without being rushed by the massive crowds that we experience at bigger museums.


28.  Speaking of Portsmouth, the small-but-packs-a-big-punch SeaCoast Science Center is a must.  Ordione Point State Park is gorgeous if the weather is nice, but the science center is a hit no matter what the weather!!  It isn’t crazy like the New England Aquarium, which I love…but I leave there feeling exhausted.  It is hands-on and really cute, while being super educational!  It is perfect for kids between 2-10 or maybe even a bit older.


Gloucester Housewives Christmas Party Photos

PrintLast night the Gloucester Housewives, Lillian LoGrasso, Sabrina Alves Giordano , Nina Randazzo, Christine Guarrasi DaSilva, Cinsia Ciolino, and Josie Ferrara Martell hosted their annual Christmas Party at Cruisport Gloucester.

Early yesterday, Lillian LoGrasso made a public announcement that the weather forecast for the evening was predicted to be “100% chance of fun with a few scattered crazies!!!” She could not have been more correct!  The snow did not stop this party from happening. Party goers arrived at Cruisport dressed in their very best holiday attire sporting snow boats and clutching their dancing shoes!  The festive vibe in the ballroom was contagious with a packed dance floor all evening. This morning I woke thinking of all the times my parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents would pack the Amery on Prospect street each New Years Eve, for this type of fun. I am so thankful that the Gloucester housewives brought this tradition back to our beautiful community.  Photos courtesy of the Housewives-

Gloucester Family and Friends Night This Thursday Night (Retailers send me your announcements and I’ll add them)

Big weekend here- HUGE weekend here in G TownThursday Night Family and Friends Night downtown, Friday Night The GMG Holiday Party, Saturday The Middle Street Walk and Lobster Trap Tree Buoy Painting and Lighting.  That’s a perfect frickin trifecta of awesomeness right there baby!!!!

As more of our local merchants submit their plans I’ll add them to this post for handy reference on what to do and where to go.

Hopefully Fred Bodin will circulate this post to our local merchants so they know to submit stuff to me to add in.

First Up Maritime Gloucester submits-

Maritime Gloucester will be open for Gloucester’s Family & Friends Night this Thursday, 5:00-7:30.  Bring the whole family!  We’ll have a craft project for the kids and great deals in the shop for everyone. There will be snacks and hot chocolate and lots of good cheer!


Join us for Friends & Family Night

Dear Joey,

Season’s Greetings!

Why shop alone when you can make a night of it with friends and family?  ‘Tis what the season is all about!

This Thursday, December 12th from 5pm to 10pm, celebrate the season at Harbor Goods with live music, specials, holiday treats and free wrapping.

Shop small and local in Downtown Gloucester while you enjoy strolling carolers and musicians in a family-friendly and festive Main Street event.  The winner of the $1500 Shopping Spree will be drawn during the evening.

Mix, Mingle and Be Merry with the crew at Harbor Goods/Life is good  

119 Main Street, Gloucester, MA

A Fun Day Sharing “Gifts Of Gold”

PrintYesterday began with a visit from Radio Talk show hosts, Aurelia Nelson from Nothshore 104.9 Sunday Morning “CurtainUp” and National Radio Talk show host Tonia King from “Creative Voice & Media, Tonia’s Kitchen”. Both joined me in my kitchen for a late afternoon luncheon to discuses my newly released cookbook  “Gifts Of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia, Harvest”. Tonia, Aurelia and I enjoyed Lentil Soup and Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Flatbread Pizza, (both recipes featured in “Gifts Of Gold”), while chatting about our passions for cooking, connection to food, and our love for family and traditions. After lunch, we rolled up our sleeves and whipped up a batch of Pinulata, also know to many as Struffoli. It was a great afternoon, and I am already looking forward to their next visit. Thank you ladies for spending your afternoon with me in my kitchen!



To learn more about Tonia King and Aurelia Nelson Click on their links below



After an afternoon of food, fun and friendship, my mother and I rushed over to Rockport Ma, to join The Pigeon Cove Circle, as their Guest Speaker for the evening. After sharing a delicious potluck dinner, I share my personal story and the  journey about creating my new cookbook “Gifts Of Gold.” The Pigeon Cove Circle is a lovely group of women who meet once a month for dinner to creatively organization ways they can serve the community. Their membership is open to all, and I am so honored to have been invited to be apart of their Circle last night. I encourage you to stop by their annual Holiday Fair, that will begin with quiche brunch this year… look for their public announcement for dates and more details.


Tonight I will be at “Taste of Magnolia at the Magnolia Library from 7-9pm signing copies of “Gifts of Gold” Hope to meet many of you there tonight ..It looks like a delicious and fun way to kick off the weekend!

To order copies on line click link below


Happy Birthday Lillian LoGrasso!!!!! Don’t Forget To Attend Her Shopping Extravaganza Tonight!

Joey C writes from Sista Felicia’s blog account-


Happy Birthday To the Effervescent Lillian LoGrasso!

Lillian and her daughter Alessia are holding an incredible event tomorrow night at Cruiseport with over 35 vendors for their Girls/Guys Night Out Shopping Extravaganza.

Sista Felicia will be there with selling her cookbooks and will also have the GMG double thick heavyweight super soft Hoodies (I think there are only about 6 left)

Sista Felicia will be donating a signed cookbook and I will be donating a this Is Gloucester DVD to the fundraising effort.


Here’s our buddy Lillian at hosting Sista Felicia’s Gala with Rick Doucette and me this summer-

The deets for the shopping extravaganza-


Torrone Candy

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Chocolate-Almond Torrone featured in “Gifts Of Gold” and Sista Felicia’s Holiday Pistachio Cherrie Torrone featured in the upcoming Cape Ann Magazine’s December issue, will be on sale tonight at the GMG/ Sista Felicia Table. Torrone proceeds will be donated to The GHS Photo Class Fundraiser. Hope to see you tonight !

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Going! Going!………………………Sawyer Free Art Auction is Heating up!



Sawyer Free Library Annual Art Auction 2013

Going! Going!………………………

The Sawyer Free Library Art Auction is Heating up!

The Bid Book is filling up. Get a great deal on great artwork from some of Cape Ann’s Famous and emerging Artists.

Works of art will be displayed in the Adolph Matz Gallery, located in the main lobby of the library, and can be viewed by all that enter the library each day. Great interest in generated through the month as the bid book fills up. The final vocal auction is always an exciting event. In addition to funding art books, art DVDs, and a select number of museum passes, this year’s proceeds will support free art workshops for adults and children as well as an art movie series in the Fall and Winter.

The silent auction will take place in the Adolph Matz Gallery from August 26, to give visitors and opportunity  to see the paintings and bid early. The vocal auction will be held October 2 at 7:00 p.m. A preview party will precede the auction.

David Curtis' entry

David Curtis’ entry



Editor’s note: When I posted this yesterday I forgot to take my watermark off which my blogging software does automatically for me.  Al these photos were taken by Catherine Ryan-

Hi Joey

Phil Cusumano, artist/captain, and volunteer juror for the 2013 HarborWalk Public Art Challenge administered by the Committee for the arts, stopped by to inspect the public art in process on Parsons Street. The artist, James Owen Calderwood, was being filmed for an interview by Lisa Smith for Cape Ann TV. Dale Brown of the Committee for the Arts was there, too.




Jason Burroughs who is teaching with TAG is volunteering some hours yesterday and today for James’ project.


Though difficult for painting, the off and on rain does provide opportunities for visiting. Last week there were business meetings, here with Sarah Garcia Harbor Planning Director.


Today looking out from City Hall, peering past the high school kids cleaning, the bank, Parsons, and on to the harbor.


James visiting the Hive.


While there, we were privileged to witness GREAT news hot off the press and an intensity enough to match their vibrant space! TAG team members wrote and were awarded a $10,000 grant. Congratulations all!




Pictured are David Brooks(TAG Director) Emma Johnson(Forest Foundation Intern), Alex Barrett(Forest Foundation Intern) , Satomi Nishimiya, Rachel McClenagan, Rebecca Siswick Graham (Tag Open Studio Manager), Chrid Boudrow(TAG Assistant Director) , Lauren Horne, and Greer Viau. Also Not pictured is Katie Flores (Forest Foundation Intern) not pictured. 

They were heading over to the Farmer’s Market and David promises to send in names and more information. They were also tracking down Mary Ann to share the news; she was at Maritime Gloucester with the Art Haven campers partnership week.

Next time we’ll head down Parsons over to see the permanent public art installation at Maritime Gloucester museum. The twelve foot diameter compass rose is being installed on city property where the HarborWalk crosses onto Maritime Gloucester. Two artists installing new public art downtown and connections—very exciting news.

Donna and Kathy documenting the compass rose on GMG:



Meet James Owen Calderwood one of three artists awarded a public art project

Hi Joey,

If you’re downtown, have a look at Parsons Street from either Main Street or Rogers. The Gloucester Committee for the Arts is pleased to announce that the first of 3 public art award projects has begun right there. Stop by today or over the weekend, and next week. You might see artist James Owen Calderwood at work on his 190 foot idea.


Calderwood proposed a temporary painted abstract fishnet to extend the entire length of Parsons Street (alley way from Main Street to Rogers Street). He wrote, “This street acts as an important pedestrian link, and I am hoping to catch lots of visitors…I have been creating exterior public art for 20 years, and am interested in enriching public spaces with art that engages with the site’s history, culture and native surroundings.”

Here’s some before pictures:

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Some proposal ideas



Action from yesterday:



DPW was working on a multi step process to ramp and level the transition from the sidewalk to the street. A manhole casting was raised, new concrete had to dry, and then there was some paving. There are also 2 new bollard/perch seats.

There’s art on Parsons now, here fleeting:


And substantial: sometimes there’s a peek through of artist Robert Stephenson’s transportive entrance. Fittingly his was the first signature on Jamie’s visitor sign.


And the harbor calling in one direction; and in the other, Main Street, City Hall and Cape Ann Museum, just quick steps away.


Many City departments are involved with any public art project.

Here’s Jamie meeting with Victoria Caldwell at City Hall.


Jamie rented equipment from nearby Gloucester rental (air blower, rake, weed whacker, weed sprayer—vinegar Kim Smith!)

Don’t forget to stop by the library this month to see the ideas from all 15 semi finalists on exhibit.

  1. James Owen Calderwood, awarded project
  2. Justin Desilva, awarded project
  3. Bartek Konieczny, awarded project
  4. Mike McNabney & Troy Zaushny, Hard Hat Painters
  5. Anna Chirico, Joann Chirico, Dave Blakney (no photo)
  6. Frank Morbillo
  7. Angelina Marino-Heidel & Joel Heidel
  8. Tiffany Carbonneau
  9. James Sardonis
  10. Juni Van Dyke
  11. Andrew Thurlow & Andrew Doyle
  12. Lise Breen & Laura Piraino (no photo)
  13. Robert Trumbour (photo), Anthony Sanchez, Jared Steinmark, Alex Cabral
  14. Kim Smith
  15. Gary Duehr (no photo)


HarborWalk awards – the complete 2013 MUSE list and Golden Shoe Award

Catherine Ryan submits-

Hi Joey,

The 2013 MUSE award winners were announced during the American Alliance of Museums’ massive annual conference. (Here’s more about that org and its conference:  http://www.aam-us.org/events/annual-meeting)

It’s so great to see all the projects. Check ‘em out! Congratulations Gloucester, Maritime Gloucester, Cambridge Seven Associates and Untravel Media.

Read the complete list for the 2013 MUSE award winners from the American Alliance of Museums



Speaking of awards, another fun recognition for the HarborWalk was for a Golden Shoe Award, for the “City of Gloucester creatively getting Gloucester Walking”, presented 3.20.13. From Steve Winslow, Senior Project Manager Community Development,  “Every year WalkBoston recognizes communities that are making “major strides” to improve conditions for walking which is a wonderful endorsement of the great work around the HarborWalk, city planning, and community development.”

Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library, Beauport, Sargent House Museum, Good Morning Gloucester (and GMG contributors!) and other local media, and so many other Gloucester partners collaborated in the process of creating content for the story moments and the mobile site and links. Here’s to more awards: Visit http://www.ghwalk.org

World Famous Deviled Egg Competition this Sunday at Mug Up

deviled egg competition

This is not to be missed.  If you haven’t experienced a GMG Mug Up Food Competition at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery, you have been missing something big. 

It is time for the World Famous GMG Biennial Deviled Egg Competition.  Those who would like to have their special deviled eggs included in the competition, be featured on the blog, and go down in deviled egg history,  just bring ‘em on Sunday, June 9th at 9:15 am at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 3.  All those masterful in the art of deviled egg making are welcome.  Beware, I did not enter my world famous deviled eggs in the last competition to give people a fair chance.  Not so this year – I’ll be there with my eggs and will show no mercy.  Gigi Mederos has already started posturing, as she wants to go home with the ribbon again this year.  We’ll just see about that Ms. Gigi.  Haven’t heard a word from Kathy Chapman yet, but she is a strong contender who has a couple of GMG food competition ribbons under her belt.

We’ve assembled a distinguished panel of experienced deviled egg competition judges, including: Joey C., Ed Collard, Paul Morrison, Adam Bolonsky and newcomer, Richard Rosenfeld.  If you missed our first GMG Deviled Egg Competition in 2011, or are not sure how the judging works, you can see the distinquished panel at work here https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/2011-good-morning-gloucester-deviled-egg-competition/

People who don’t like deviled eggs or are not entering into the competition, feel free to bring along something non-egg related to share for Mug Up.  Mug Up is alot of fun and everyone is invited and welcome.  Come meet GMG peeps and make some new friends.

E.J. Lefavour


Oliver Balf Retrospective At RAA 5/11-6/9

May 11 to June 9

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 11, 5 to 7 p.m.

Rockport Art Association

The largest retrospective ever assembled of the late Oliver Balf’s work, representing more than 60 years of painting and selected from a newly archived collection of close to 1000 paintings, will be featured on May 11th at the Rockport Art Association in Rockport, Massachusetts. Included in the 40–plus works will be several of Balf’s early and rarely exhibited watercolors on loan from private collections.

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Gloucester Earth Day Cleanup Saturday April 27, 2013 from 9-12 Get Down To Stage Fort Park and Get Your Yellow Bags!

Earth Day Cleanup Saturday April 27, 2013 from 9-12.


Come join the Clean City Initiative for an Earth Day cleanup at Stage Fort Park on Saturday April 27, 2013 from 9-12. We will be collecting fresh fruits and vegetables for the Food Pantry so if you can, please bring something that comes from the earth. You can come and clean Stage Fort Park or take your bag and bring it to an area that you like to visit that needs some cleaning. Take an extra bag and separate the recycling from the trash. Organize a neighborhood cleanup, we can show you how. Contact Rose Lopiccolo at the DPW at 978-281-9785 or Patti Amaral at 978-412-4201 or visit our webpage at www.cleancity.us,. Thank you for helping us to “Keep Our Home Port Clean”.

More Info: Earth Day Cleanup Saturday April 27, 2013 from 9-12.

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