Entertainment @ The Topside Grill


Hey everyone,

Just wanted to give you a heads up about the entertainment this weekend… Also come visit the beautiful Kristie & Elizabeth bartending! Two of the best bartenders on the North Shore. Also Ryan will be joining them bringing his great charisma and personality with him!


Tonight: Samantha Farell: 8:00 pm
Sounds like a mix between Norah Jones and Corrine Bailey Rae. Samantha Farrell is a sparkling young singer-songwriter based out of Boston, who has been wowing critics and audiences alike, across the country with her unique mixture of jazz and folk-rock influenced  pop.  Described by national music magazine Relix as possessing “prodigious and undulating vocals that are delivered with rare, swinging passion,” and as a “soulful mix of Van Morrison’s country hospitality, Ella Fitzgerald’s jazzy range and Fiona Apple’s modern honesty,” Farrell has been touring the North east in support of her latest two efforts; Her full length album “Luminous” was produced by the late LeRoi Moore, a founding member and saxophone player for the Dave Matthews Band. “Luminous,” a completely independent release, sky rocketed to #7 on the national pop iTunes charts from it’s formidable grass roots support. Her music has been heard on major network television shows such as “Shark” (NBC), Privileged and One Tree Hill (CW). For more information, find her on the web atwww.samanthafarrell.com

Tomorrow: Tim Cannon: 9:00 pm
With over a decade of songwriting experience,Tim Cannon multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter experiments with genres ranging from retro rock, acoustic, and electric styles. Adding his own flavor of expressive soul with an edge, he plays all of the instruments on his music from bass, drums, all guitars and vocals, unless of course otherwise noted.”I play a wide range of music,lots of styles and I have an expansive list of originals and coversongs to play in virtually any type of venue.Music is my passion and people can tell that I really love what I do.They enjoy being entertained just as enjoy to entertain.I love to walk into a room full of energy and take it higher.” Check Out more at www.timcannon.net
Doug Silva Manager Topside Grill 50 Rogers St. Gloucester, MA (978) 281-1399 www.topsidegrill.com

This Week On Cape Ann From The Cape Ann Chamber Of Commerce


THE ANNISQUAM VILLAGE PLAYERS present "Annie" August 10-15 in Annisquam Village Hall. You can bet your bottom dollar that this summer there’ll be fun. Photo credit: Wicked Local Gloucester, Ian Hurley.

THE CAPE ANN FARMERS’ MARKET will be open every Thursday through October 7, 3-6:30pm at its new location– I-4/C-2 on Rogers Street.

THE HARBOR LOOP CONCERT SERIES continues this Thursday, August 12, with Jenny Dee & The Deelinquints.

GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY presents "An Ideal Husband" August 12-29. Four actors portray nine characters, adding a gender bending layer to Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy about friendship, political corruption, blackmail, and redemption-as timely today as when first presented in 1895. 978-281-4433 m

THE TRUSTEES OF RESERVATIONS invite young children and families to "Curiosity Companions" on Thursday, August 12, 11am-noon at Coolidge Reservation, Manchester. Cost is Members $5, nonmembers $8, children Free. Curiosity Companions explore the variety of habitats from woodlands, meadows, ponds, and the seashore. 978-281-8400

THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM will host Music in the Courtyard, featuring Freeana and Rosen on Friday, August 13, 4-5pm. This outdoor event is free and open to the public. 978-283-0455

Under a newly enacted law, there will be a HOLIDAY FROM THE MASSACHUSETTS SALES TAX on August 14 and 15, 2010. The tax holiday will apply to most items that cost less than $2,500. Information: Department of Revenue, Monday through Friday 10am-1pm and 1:30-4pm, 800-392-6089 (within in Mass. only).

THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM is pleased to present a book signing with Melissa Smith Abbott, author of The Legacy of the Three Melissas, on Saturday, August 14, 11am-12noon. The book signing is free and open to the public. 978-283-0455

VALENTINO’S RESTAURANT, located at 38 Main Street in Gloucester’s North End, will host a Murder Mystery Dinner on Saturday, August 14. Show and dinner 7:30pm, doors open at 7pm. Ticket price includes: All you can eat pizza, pasta & meatballs, chicken wings, salad …and the Show! Cash bar available. Tips not included.. Pre-reservations: 978-879-9293 .

THE GLOUCESTER WATERFRONT FESTIVAL will be held on Saturday-Sunday, August 14-15, 9am-6pm in Stage Fort Park. What better way to spend a summer day than strolling historic Gloucester Harbor? Gloucester’s beautiful Stage Fort Park will be bursting with the exciting displays of over 150 artisans and craftspeople. Rotary Pancake Breakfast on Saturday. Chamber Lobster Bake on Sunday.

THE ROTARY CLUB OF GLOUCESTER will host its annual Pancake Breakfast at the Stage Fort Park Bandstand on Saturday, August 14, 7:30am-11am. Tickets are $7 and are available from Gloucester Rotarians and at the breakfast. All proceeds benefit the Rose Baker Senior Center, North Shore Health Project, and SeniorCare–RSVP.

THE SAWYER FREE LIBRARY Children’s Library presents "Snakes of New England and the World" with the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team on Saturday, August 14, at 10am. 978-281-9763

THACHER ISLAND ASSOCIATION is looking for participants to compete in a Kayak-a-thon on August 14, 12:30-6pm. The Kayak-a-thon will start from Back Beach in Rockport and paddle the 3 miles to Thacher Island. Participants are asked to sign up donating sponsors to support the Association’s funding raising campaign for a new boat. $25 registration fee. 978-836-7165

222 ARTS & WELLNESS CENTER, located at 222 Eastern Avenue in Gloucester, will host a Flea Market on Saturday August 14, 8am-3pm. Food, drinks, music and fascinating stuff. Furniture, too. Want to join us? Free spaces for everyone. The more the merrier. Call 978-281-6222  (speak to Lin). Rain date: August 15.

THE SEAWARD INN, Rockport, will feature veteran singer-songwriter Steve Nelson, Sunday Morning Live, August 15, 9am-noon during a Breakfast Buffet by the Sea. A two-time winner of the SESAC Americana Music Award, Nelson has also written songs for Barbara Streisand, Guy Clark, Dusty Springfield to Paul Anka, Big Bird and Winnie-the-Pooh. 978-546-3471

THE INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTER OF THE NORTH SHORE AND CAPE ANN, INC. (ILCNSCA) announces a social event for August titled Jazz Brunch Buffet on Sunday, August 15, 11:15am- 12:30pm at Nathaniel’s Restaurant at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem. Suggested donation is $15 for a person with a disability and their PCA, $29 for person without disability. RSVP 978-741-0077

CAPE ANN HEALING CENTER, located at 85 Eastern Avenue in Gloucester, will host A Restorative Yoga Workshop with Osha Rose, RYT, on Sunday August 15, 2-3:30pm. Come replenish your spirit, relax your mind, and feel completely nurtured and cared for in a restorative yoga workshop. $20/class. Pre-register at 978 282-1191x-1.

THE ROCKPORT ACOUSTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL will be on Sunday, August 15, 12noon-6pm in Millbrook Meadow (across from Front Beach) in Rockport. Blues, folk, jazz, world, bluegrass, jams. All are welcome. Admission free.

ROCKPORT LEGION BAND CONCERT SERIES. Sunday, at 7pm at the bandstand overlooking Rockport’s Back Beach. Concerts will be held every Sunday evening through August 30; listeners are invited to bring their own chairs or blankets to this family-friendly program.

CENTRAL STREET GALLERY will host The Opening Reception of the late summer Show on Sunday, August 15, 5-8pm. This is the Cape Ann School at its best; plein-air oils by our award-winning artists. The show runs through October 3. 11 Central Street, Manchester. Thursday through Sunday, 12noon-6pm. 978-526-7650

THE LANDING AT 7 CENTRAL will host Celtic singer Michael O’Leary and string players Bob & Jennifer Strom for their Celtic music session on Sundays, August 15 & 29, 6-9pm. An acoustic session of mostly traditional songs and tunes from the Celtic countries. 978-526-7494

ANTONIO GENTILE BANDSTAND CONCERT SERIES. Sunday, August 15, at 7pm, Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, featuring Cape Ann Community Band (Concert Band) “A Salute To Swing.”

THE GLOUCESTER STAGE 2010 New Play Reading Series continues on Tuesday, August 17, at 7pm with Israel Horovitz’s New Shorts, a collection of new short plays by the Gloucester Stage Founding Artistic Director. 978-281-4433

ROCKPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY presents mystery writer Anne Canadeo on Wednesday, August 18, at 7pm. She will discuss her latest Black Sheep mystery, "Knit, Purl, Die." 978-546-6934

THE SCHOONER ADVENTURE presents "Schooner Races of the 1920’s Between Gloucester & Nova Scotia,"presented by John N. Morris, Ph.D., Author, "Alone at Sea" on Thursday, August 19, 7pm at the Sawyer Free Library. Admission Free. Morris’s ancestors have been fishermen going back to the seventeenth century. 978-281-8079

THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM will host Music in the Courtyard, featuring Old Cold Tater on Friday, August 20, 4-5pm. This outdoor event is free and open to the public. 978-283-0455

ROCKPORT MUSIC will host legendary folk/pop icon Jonathan Edwards in a very special concert with legendary blues man James Montgomery on Friday, August 20, 8pm at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Tickets $29-$49 are on sale now from the Shalin Liu Box Office at 978-546-7391 

ANNISQUAM VILLAGE CHURCH will host Diva Diana Jacklin, violinist Hartmut Ometzberger, and pianist Thomas Enman as they perform music of Strauss, Beach, Copland, Ives, and violin pieces of Kreisler, Vieuxtemps, and Maud Powell on Friday, August 20, at 8pm. Donation $15.

There will be a MANCHESTER SUMMER CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT on August 20 at First Parish Congregational Chapel in Manchester. Classical concert including works by Bach, Brahms and Britten. Peformed by Estelle Choi, Sage Cole, Jonina Mazzeo, Emily Rideout, Sarah Schram, Verena Sennekamp, and Lorna Tsai. To reserve tickets, email mscm@sagecole.com.

11TH ANNUAL "NELSON’S RIDE" motorcycle memorial ride and celebration of life will be held on Sunday, August 22, at Stage Fort Park. Ride stages at 9:30am, leaves the Park at noon sharp. See Ride Route and times to avoid traffic delays. Riders and non-riders welcomed to come out to Stage Fort Park, live music, vendors, food, bike games. $15 donation per adult requested, children free.

CAPE ANN MUSEUM, in collaboration with the ROCKPORT ART ASSOCIATION, presents a Walking Tour of Rockport on Sunday, August 22, at 10:30am. This guided tour highlights the studios of many Rockport artists’ of the 1930s. The tour is $20 for members of the Museum or the Rockport Art Association and $25 for nonmembers. Space is limited and reservations are required. Deadline to make your paid reservation is Friday, August 13. 978-283-0455

RUN GLOUCESTER! 7-mile road race is set for Sunday, August 22, along the scenic Cape Ann shoreline. A field of 3,000 to 5,000 runners is expected for the inaugural race. Register at www.rungloucester.com. 978-494-4110


THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM will host Music in the Courtyard, featuring Susan Slowick on Friday, August 27, 4-5pm. This outdoor event is free and open to the public. 978-283-0455

222 ARTS & WELLNESS CENTER, located at 222 Eastern Avenue in Gloucester, will host a Kirtan on Friday, August 28, 7-9pm. Join Satya Lee Harrington and friends as we raise our voices in call-and-response chant. Beginners welcome…there are no wrong notes in chanting. If you would like to be a musician, please call 978-281-6222

Release and renew with sound and song at SoulSong, a relaxing yet energizing class led by singer and song-leader Michael O’Leary. If you can talk you can sing! 7-week session starts Wednesdays, September 1 & 8, 7-9pm at 222 ARTS & WELLNESS CENTER. Private sessions also available. 978-283-0495  or Michael@222artsandwellness.com

THE ROTARY CLUB OF GLOUCESTER presents its Fourth Annual Comedy Show at Cruiseport Gloucester on Thursday, September 2. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Dave Rattigan will host the show again this year and DJ Hazzard, Patty Ross and Jim Colliton have been lined up to perform. Tickets: $30, table of 10: $250. Tickets available at the Chamber or by from Ruth Pino.

THE ROCKPORT ART ASSOCIATION is holding a 50/50 Raffle for RAA Art Certificates– first prize is $15,000 in RAA Art Certificates. Tickets are $20 each and the drawing will be held on Friday, September 3, 5-7pm. 978-546-6604

GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL, Gloucester Harbor, September 3-6. Click here for information on riding a schooner during the Mayor’s Race on September 5.

THE GLOUCESTER MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER will celebrate Gloucester’s relationship with the sea with Gloucester Maritime Heritage Day on Saturday, September 4, 10am-4pm. The Center’s exhibits and aquarium will be open free of charge throughout the day. 978-281-0470

CELEBRATE GLOUCESTER, on September 5, sponsored by National Grid is the first ever concert and celebration on the I4-C2 property at 65 Rogers Street, recently purchased by the City of Gloucester.

Eleventh generation shipwright HAROLD BURNHAM will start construction on a new schooner – the Pinky Schooner Ardelle on Monday, September 6. The keel will be signed and frames will be raised. In celebration of the birth of this new schooner, THE ESSEX SHIPBUILDING MUSEUM will have demonstrations on traditional boat building techniques and food will be available for purchase, including ribs, chowder, hot dogs, beverages, and more. 978-768-7541

Tony Goddess From Jenny Dee and The Delinquents Writes In Before Ginormous Fenway Gig Opening For Aeromith and J Geils Band

Go see them play free tonight before they BLOW UP HUGE!

They will be rocking Harbor Loop as part of the Thursday Night Harbor Loop Concert Series tonight Thursday!

Hey Joey,
Glad I ran into you yesterday.  So what should we do?
— I gotta get a GMG sticker in case Sam and I can snap a pic from the stage in front of the fans.  Or maybe just backstage with Wolf!
–We’ll be at Harbor Loop today so any coverage would be great.  We’re gonna run our Fenway set at the top of our second set tonight.
–I’ll be around on Friday in case you want to hook up before the show on Sat. We’re gigging a festival in Bethlehem, PA on Sunday and driving back Monday.  Will be around Tuesday if you want to do some kind of wrap up or maybe I’ll have a souvenir or something.
I think that’s it.  Next local gig on the books is the Rhumbline Oct. 9th though there’s a chance of Celebrate Gloucester over Labor Day weekend.
Here’s a link to the first announcement of our potential Fenway slot in the Globe and well, the rest is history…..


Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents: “Big Ol’ Heart”

Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents with La La Brooks: “Da Doo Ron Ron”

Hope you enjoy, and maybe we’ll see you tonight!

Samantha Goddess

Get Your Fresh PEACHES! Farmer’s Market Today!

Don’t forget that the Farmer’s Market is happening today 3:30–6:30pm! The peaches have been amazing the last few weeks and you know they’re good when your two-year-old could care less about ice cream and throws fits for peaches. That’s what I’m saying! Juicy, dripping, delicious, better than ice cream fresh fruit. Isn’t it amazing that they just hang there on trees waiting to be picked by our favorite local farmers?

Join the Farmer’s Market and get yourself a neat little sticker like this and feel all squishy inside (like a peach) knowing that you’re supporting your local people:


Where's My Peaches!?

Squish! Peachy Keen…

Things To Do- Gloucester Waterfront Festival

Come and Celebrate the

Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday Weekend …

at The 30th Annual

Gloucester Waterfront Festival

Gloucester Image Historic Stage Fort Park along

Gloucester Harbor will come alive with color, flavor and sound for the

30th Annual

Gloucester Waterfront Festival

this weekend

Saturday, August 14 & Sunday, August 15

9am to 6pm daily

A collection of over 175 Juried Artists and Craftsmen from throughout the U.S. will display their unique American made creations, craft demonstrations, live musical entertainment, children’s activities plus delicious ethnic foods. A pancake breakfast, famous Gloucester lobster and a huge assortment of Antique Cars complete this picture perfect Seaport event!

Are you ready for this?….  this is a big one folks!

Come on out and meet the Artisans … Exhibits include Fine Jewelry, Original Watercolors, Pottery, Quilts, Silk & Dried Floral Arrangements, Wildlife Art, Dolls, Pressed Flowers, Painted Antiques, Photography, Candles, Metal Sculpture, Intarsia, Carved Birds, Maps, Fiber Arts, Tapestry, Stained Glass, Music Boxes, Scroll Work, Wood Burning, Slate, Scarves, Nautical Crafts, Aromatherapy, Pewter, Native American Art, Soaps, Wearable Art, Oil Paintings, Blown Glass, Scrollwork Ornaments, Tide Clocks, Stone, Fleece, Calligraphy, Pet Gifts, Doll Clothes and Accessories, Custom Signs, Masks, Soft Sculpture, Primitive and Folk Art, Mosaics, Candles, Stained Glass, Turned Wood, Basketry, Leather, Glass Chimes, "Sports" wear, Felting, Handbags, Porch Swings, Accessories, Flags, Arbors, PVC Birds and more.

Live craft demonstrations include Basketry, Decorative Painting,  Woodworking,  Fine Art, Native American Art & Tile Making.

Stephen Willette Robert Rossell Lenny Novak

Come and sample gourmet delights such as Herbal Dips, Jams & Jellies, Honey, Roasted Nuts, Teas, Cheeses, Home-made Fudge and Candies, Oils, Vinegars, Maple, Pumpkin Seeds, Baked Goods, Hot Sauces and more.

Ginger Sargent Westminster Whimsy Saffies Bakery Hebert Honey

Bring your appetite … Food Vendors include traditional American, Greek and Cajun Cuisine plus Fried Dough with all the fixins, Gourmet Flavored Cotton Candy, Fabulous Kettle Corn, Outrageous Frozen Fruit Drinks, Home made Ice Cream, Trolley Dogs and Fresh Healthy Paninis, Guzpacho, Soups and Salads!

The Rotary Club starts us off Saturday morning with their fabulous       Pancake Breakfast!

Lobster Bake Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce hosts it’s

annual Lobster Fundraiser on Sunday!

North Shore Old Car Club will display over 75 Antique or Vintage Autos on Sunday ….

The Gloucester Waterfront Festival runs from 9am to 6pm each day.

Handicap Accessible and friendly pets are welcome, on a leash. Sophia Puppy

Directions: From Route 128 North take Exit 14. 

Location: Stage Fort Park, Hough Ave Gloucester

Admission is FREE! Rain or Shine.

Free parking along Stacy Boulevard or at the High School (quite a walk) However, please note that there is reduced fee ($10) to park across the street at Beach Parking.

Linda Peck

Free, live "family style" entertainment includes

Cirque Clown Linda Peck,

OP the Cyclops ,

Dick Kaplan & The Excellent Jazz Band, 

Classic Rock Duo Sullivan and Locke,            Classical Oasis, John Tercyak, Sergei Novikov,

John Burrows and the CocaBanana Band and more! 

Dick Kaplan

Coca Banana Band

The Gloucester Waterfront Festival is thrilled to welcome the following sponsors

Cabot Creamery will offer free samples of fantastic Vermont Cheeses!

Mott’s will be on site offering free samples of applesauce and juice!

Green Mountain Coffee will be on site offering free samples of coffee!

Willow Tree Poultry Farm .. Sampling Yummy Chicken Salad!

Tribe Hummus …. a delicious healthy treat with fun recipes!

Chicken of the Sea … Tuna in Gloucester? Nice try, but NO ….these folks are NOT sampling food but have a creative contest with fun prizes!

Some Links of Interest …

Exhibitor List Wow! This Event is awesome and bigger than ever!

Directions … Stage Fort Park, Hough Ave, Gloucester, MA

Easy to find … From Route 128 North, take Exit 14 , follow to end.

Weather … Perfect Waterfront Festival Weekend Weather!
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce … Area info dining, shopping…

A few photos from past years Waterfront Festival …

gloucester crowds Old Car Club

Dick Kaplan Gloucester Kids Area

We hope to see you at the

30th Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival 

Sponsored by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

this weekend

August 14 & 15

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For more information visit www.castleberryfairs.com

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Chickity Check It!- Ysolt Usigan’s Gloucester article has hit the Huffington Post

Ysolt Usigan’s Gloucester article has hit the Huffington Post:

I’ve always wanted an Eat Pray Love adventure of my own. Author Elizabeth Gilbert once told Oprah that your journey can happen right in your own backyard — you don’t have to go far. Although there’s much to be desired about traveling to Italy, India and Indonesia for a year — that’s a dream come true really — let’s get real here… Some of us have jobs, obligations and financial constraints.

But the reality is, I’ve been in a funk and desperately needed a change of scenery. I didn’t care where I went, I just wanted to go somewhere and all I had was a long weekend. So for my personal journey, I traveled to an unlikely place: Gloucester, MA, a quaint fishing town on Cape Ann in Essex Count, MA where films like The Perfect Storm, Mermaids and Grown Ups were once shot. I’ve never been there. I had no expectations. It was the perfect place to regroup, revive and rediscover (myself). Although I didn’t pray (that’s never been my style), I ate, I loved and I found my spirit in four days.

Click the picture below for the entire story on the hugely popular Huffington Post


Arian Doud  from Matter Communications the PR firm that was hired by The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce reached out to Ysolt and invited her to visit Gloucester. Then, Tracey at the Bass Rocks hosted Ysolt and her traveling companion for the weekend and Matter provided Ysolt with a pre-set itinerary that included all the local businesses that wound up in her article. It’s a good example of why Matter was hired and the positive attention they’ve brought the city through it’s PR marketing.

Summer Music Series at The Studio on Rocky Neck continues this Sunday with Garfish.



Gloucester, MA: Victory Agents and The Studio on Rocky Neck are pleased announce Garfish will be appearing this Sunday at the 2010 Deck Party & Concert Series! These concerts will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the Gloucester Band Boosters. Garfish will be performing classic rock-n-roll music from1960’s, 70’sand 80’s with some contemporary songs that will get the crowd to its feet. 


The Studio on Rocky Neck boasts one of the largest outdoor decks in the Cape Ann area (right on the water); inside there is a large dance floor and a full bar, with water views. The Studio Restaurant is a Rocky Neck landmark, once the home of the Hugh Breckenridge Art School that was so important to American painting. Dockage is provided for visiting boaters. All summer series concerts will feature live music from some of the best bands in the area and all shows will have doors open at 5:30pm, show runs from 7 to 9pm. Free parking. 


The Gloucester Band Boosters are a group that supports instrumental and string music in Gloucester Public Schools. An organization of parents, businesses and community members that provides funding for much of the expenses associated with the Gloucester Elementary School band, String ensemble, as well as the O’Maley Middle School Concert, Marching and Jazz bands. 


The Boosters frequently provide music for civic celebrations and events such as Pride Stride. They are still providing this and many other important community services with our young musicians. Victory Agents, The Studio, and the artists participating in the summer series, are pleased to donate a portion of the proceeds from our shows, to music programs and education in the Gloucester schools. 


You can catch Garfish Sunday, August 15 at The Studio on Rocky Neck. Tickets are $10 at the door. 51 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, 978.283.4123

play music.

Click poster for band website








Pleasant Street Tea Co Momma-Friendly

Kudos to the Pleasant Street Tea Co for not only serving up one of the nicest Chocolate Mint Smoothies and yummy little macaroons, but for canceling plans and staying open late for our Crunchy North Shore Parents mommies night out meet-up so we could all hang out and enjoy! Nice!


Great Pics From Our Fishing Trip Yesterday

Greg Varsey Writes-
Hi Joey,

It’s Greg Vasey from Five Guys, we met when you came to our opening last
Fall. I took my managers out for a charter fishing trip yesterday morning
(just a little thank-you for their hard work) and I got some great shots of
Gloucester Harbor. I figured I’d send these three along.

Thanks Greg

Deb Clarkes “BIZAAR DAZE”

From Debbie Clarke;

Kerry and Mom with their Found "Art Rock"

Here’s Kerry McNally and her Mom in front of my work at the Bazaar. We were so busy I was lucky to get any pics at all. I thought the folk on goodmorning gloucester would enjoy seeing pics from a ‘sales person’s point of view’. There were so many peeps and every now and then, I got to see some of my friends (Loretta and Adara, my friends from Gloucester’s Unitarian Universalist Church).

I would like to thank the readers of gmg that came down to the bazaar to see my artwork, and search for Paul’s ‘rock art’. I know of one other family ‘team’ that printed out directions to locate your rocks. Many folk thought they were supposed to find the rock, have a picture taken to document the event, then move onto the next clue. This might be a future development of your ‘rock art’ project Paul.

Deb Clarke's Art on display

also: I sold three paintings at the Bazaar! (thank you to Richard and Sabine for allowing me to use some of their bazaar ‘real estate’). This was the most financially succesful bazaar for me, as I have been putting my work on Bananas’ sidewalk for several years. Thanks to word of mouth and the shout out by goodmorninggloucester, lots of folk came to see bananas and my work! I generated sales inquiries, networked like crazy, sold a lot of vintage, and had a lot of fun! Thank you to the folk that volunteered on behalf of the Chamber to organize the event.



Chickity Check It! North Shore Rocks


We went out for dinner last night- the man is hilarious-

Check out his piece on 5 lobster rolls in 5 days here-

5 Lobster Rolls in 5 Days!

Love it!

From the  about page-



North Shore Rocks is essentially a photo blog by an ex-pro blogger that documents how great life is on the North Shore of Massachusetts. It’s a view from my camera phone. I still am a New Yorker at heart and by sports teams, but I simply love the North Shore.
What you get with North Shore Rocks!
– Banter on North Shore PiZZa (lack there of)
– My 2 beautiful children
– A few MUST DO things on the North Shore

A Great Interview With Lindsay Crouse Coming Tonight At 6PM

Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of talking with and interviewing Lindsay Crouse at Sailor Stan’s.

Lindsay, if you didn’t know has acting credits on Internet Movie Database going all the way back to the 70’s, was nominated for an Academy Award and starred in a film which is one of my favorite films of all times- House of Games with Joe Mantegna.

This interview was one of my favorites out of over 1000 that I’ve done and right up there with The Bobby Bobskill Chronicles (must see for any GMG Fan).

Now if you’ve been following along for the past couple of years you know I have a certain interviewing style in which I like to put my subject at ease and the editing I do usually consists of putting titles, credits and a few key transitions (fades in and out). What I like most about my interviewing style is that I’m not afraid to mess up and point out my glaring mistakes mid-interview. While I could easily edit the mistakes out, the honesty of leaving them in and letting my subject know that I’m consciously going to leave them in lets them know that I’m not trying to take what we do here too seriously and the point is for us to have fun and get the message across.  To that end I think we succeed.

The interview with Lindsay is a classic example of this style and an example of the contrast of how some people who run TV studios will fuss over lighting for 45 minutes and try to control every single element of the interview and end up actually detracting from a great interview. When the subject is so nervous about making everything so technically perfect the message doesn’t resonate nearly as well as our gonzo style of letting it roll -mistakes be damned.

You can take your $10,000 cameras, you can spend 45 minutes on lighting and makeup, you can have a team of editors and dress it up with some crazy post production effects- Give me my $250 Sony HD camera with a tripod and let me roll- it’s gonna be gold baby!

It didn’t hurt that Lindsay is about the least pretentious warm hearted people that you’d ever want to meet.

Our interview yesterday was one of my favorites despite flying coffee creamer cups, diesel trucks passing by and drunken interruptions.


Below is a clip from House of Games, rent it if you can-

and don’t forget to come back tonight at 6

Local Ad Company Makes National Music Video For Guster

My childhood buddy Jonathan Cahill- AKA Abby Joy Cahill’s older brother writes-

Hey Joey,

Some breaking news for you:

Universal Republic Records has chosen Chad Carlberg, owner of Bait & Tackle Ad Company in Gloucester, MA,  and director with Production Blue, to create the new music video for Guster’s new single “Do You Love Me?” Chad Carlberg and Gloucester-based visual artist Jon Sarkin have begun collaboration on the project. Chad and Jon have been friends and have worked on a number of projects together for ten years. Chad and Guster drummer Brian Rosenworcel have been longtime friends as well.
Two months ago, Brian was talking to Chad about needing artwork for a new album (in two weeks!) and still had no artist. Chad suggested Jon Sarkin. Sarkin has work in the private collections of Meryl Streep, Robert DeNiro and Diane Von Furstenberg. He has shown at Diane von Furstenberg, The DeCordova and others (see www.jsarkin.com for more), has been featured in three BBC documnetary films, an ABC Medical Mysteries, articles in GQ, Vanity Fair, Readers Digest, etc. Brian loved the idea, and a few days later the band was on-board and Sarkin was off and running on the album cover and all art for album.
Shortly thereafter, Brian asked Chad to direct one of the 12 songs off the new album for a web video. Chad chose the single “Do You Love Me?” But Brian called back later and recommended picking another song because the single was getting a real budget and would be done only by a director with Universal’s approval. But Chad was up to the challenge and said, “Let me try.” He wrote five treatments, and created a video page for his pitch of demo work. Even though he had Brian in his corner, Brian had no influence over Universal, who held the purse strings.
As it turned out, Universal and the band members loved the idea that Chad pitched using Sarkin as part of the video. This pitch video was based on a test Chad previously made with Sarkin and noted musician, Sten Bowen who also co-directed with Chad on this project.
Under Chad Carlberg’s direction, this is the first major Production Blue project, (Bait & Tackle Ad Company’s new, high-end production partner). Chad is assisted by Emile Doucette, Bait & Tackle’s Technical Director and Tom Papows, Camera Operator.
See video here about the idea for the music video and the Carlberg/Sarkin/Guster relationship: