Monthly Archives: May 2011

Twin Lights Half Marathon Last Weekend

Homie don’t do marathons. Looks like work to me. But after watching these runners take the turn out at Andrews Point after running over from Good Harbor Beach I might change my mind. There is no way I am doing it but it sure looks like these crazy people are having fun.


Halfway through 13 miles and happy. Crazy.


I took a few photos and in a comment to this post I will list numbers I can see. If your number is there post it or send me an email and I’ll send you a photo. Lots of numbers missed or covered up. if you see a number of someone next to you half way through the marathon that might work too.

Motif No. 1 Day Schedule: Whew!

It’s almost here, and it’s happening, whether it’s sunny, rainy, sleeting or even snowing, Motif No. 1 Day in downtown Rockport kicks off Friday night with a free film by Les Bartlett and ends the next evening, May 21st at 6:00 with Vintage Rockport on Film: the 1950s. Both the kickoff and the finale will include Twin Lights soda (or tonic…) and the newest Twin Lights t-shirts will even be on hand for purchase. Below is the Schedule of Events. Go  to our festival website for more details!

All Day Events

  • Motif No. 1 Art Exhibit in the Old Firehouse Trust
  • Dock Square Chowder Stand with chowder from Nate’s at Front Beach! (percentage of proceeds to support Rockport Festivals)
  • Kids’ Art Zone in Harvey Park
  • Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
  • NYRE Food Booth in Harvey Park (proceeds to support Rockport’s New Year’s Eve)
  • Try Your Hand Interactive Art Event throughout downtown
  • The Spirit of the Motif throughout downtown
  • Find the Motif Scavenger Hunt throughout downtown
  • Music throughout downtown

Scheduled Events
10 am
The Way We Were a multi-media presentation by the Rockport High School Band in Harvey Park

10:30 am
Rockport Dance Academy in Dock Square. Click HERE for information on the Rockport Dance Academy.

10:30 am – 12 noon
Instrument Petting Zoo at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, 3rd Floor. Sponsored by Rockport Music.

11 am – 3 pm
Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest throughout downtown. Registration located at the corner of School & Main Streets.

Spirit of the Motif: a wandering dramatic presentation throughout downtown.

11 am & 11:30 am
Puppet Show by Adventures with Amy at The Paper Mermaid on Main Street.

12 noon – 1 pm
Back Bay Brass Quintet at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Sponsored by Rockport Music. Concert is free, tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.

12 noon – 2 pm
Photography Reception at the Rockport Art Association. Enjoy this opportunity to the photographers behind the juried work of the RAA at this free reception.

1 pm – 3 pm
Nat Simpkins Band New Orleans Jazz & Blues with Henri Smith.

1 pm – 4 pm
Face-painting with artist Kristine Karvelas in Harvey Park

12 noon
Merrimac Valley Rounders in Dock Square. A lively mix of bluegrass standards & originals.

2 pm
Film: The Fish Shack Float That Charmed Chicago at The Old Firehouse Trust. Click HERE for movie trailer.

The Rockport Legion Band in Harvey Park. Click HERE for Band information.

2pm & 2:30 pm
Puppet Show by Adventures with Amy at The Paper Mermaid on Main Street

4 pm
Sidewalk Chalk Contest Winners announced in Dock Square

3 pm – 5 pm
Soul Force V in Dock Square. A fantastic blend of funk, soul & jazz.

4 pm – 4:45 pm
Words Before Dinner Poetry Event at the Old Firehouse Trust. Original poems inspired by life on Cape Ann.

6:30 pm
Festival Finale: Vintage Rockport on Film with Twin Lights tonic at the Old Firehouse Trust (provided courtesy of the Twin Lights Beverage Co.). Twin Lights t-shirts will be available as well!

Free Motif Number 1 PrintThe first person who goes to the information booth at Motif #1 Day and mentions the free poster as part of Good Morning Gloucester will be able to take home this Folly Cove Designers Print!

Did You Know? (Music, Joey C. and Roxi on Rocky Neck)

That Rocky Neck Roxi is the official Khan Studio and Good Morning Gloucester greeter who will be stationed outside the gallery, when weather improves enough for her to be out in her summer outfit, to greet all visitors and work on her tan?  Roxi is a visiting fashion design student from Ethiopia who will be interning with us for the summer.  She is pleasant enough, but doesn’t say much.  You see Roxi here carrying a very cool Discover Gloucester shoulder bag and sporting an iconic sou’wester fisherman’s hat over her straw one.  Did you know that it is called a sou’wester because we get our bad weather (which we have had just about enough of, thank you) from the northeast, and you want your face towards the southwest while your back and brim of your sou’wester take the brunt of a nor’easter?  I think just about anyone could benefit from and enjoy this Discover Gloucester bag and sou’wester, and they are free to the first two patrons of a beautiful photograph or painting on the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery wall by Joey C., Paul Frontiero or Sharon Lowe.  The first buyer obviously gets the choice of which he or she wants, and the 2nd gets whichever one is left.  I have a feeling the sou’wester will go first.  Of course if the first buyer buys two art pieces by these famous GMG personalities, he or she can get both the bag and the hat.  What an amazing opportunity to own a beautiful Joey C. or Sharon Lowe photograph, and/or a Paul Frontiero painting or sharpie sketch (like a flat art rock that you can hang on the wall), and get a sou’wester, Discover Gloucester bag, or both!  Only at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery at 77 Rocky Neck, G3 will you find such an opportunity.   Open Wednesday through Sunday noon to 8:00 or later when music is happening at Madfish.

Speaking of music, tomorrow (Friday) night at 9:00 pm, Madfish Grill will have Groove performing funky dance music from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.  If you love to dance, turn out with your dancing shoes and get your groove on.  And on Saturday night at 9:00 come roots rock with my favorite music, reggae.  Dreadrocks…Fiery lyrical deliverance and diverse rhythmic sound cause the mind to think. Heavy drum and bass infused with soul and rock inform the feet to dance. Conscious messages and a vibration of love inspire the heart to open. True to the spirit of roots reggae music, Dread Rocks, with their fresh brand of Reggae have come to “lively up the place”.   I guess I’ll say goodbye to sleep until fall.

And last but not least, did you know that 13 people (including our Joey) will receive  Community Recognition Awards from the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church at an awards ceremony on Friday, May 20 at 7:30 pm at the church.  Selected by the church’s Social Justice Committee, the women and men receiving these honors come from all walks of life.  Some are known for the deeds they have done for their neighbors. Others are being honored for giving generously to the entire community, often with little or no public notice. All have made a lasting mark on Gloucester and were chosen because, although they may follow a wide variety of faith traditions, their actions embody the best of the spirit that guides Unitarian Universalism – open-hearted giving to others, done without thought of remuneration or recognition.

After the awards ceremony, Joey will be heading over to Madfish Wharf for a pre-grand opening and awardee congratulation shindig at the Gallery, and everyone is invited to join in the celebration and check out the place. 

Can I get a Hallelujah and pass the SPF45 – the sun is out!

E.J. Lefavour

What Did Astronauts Eat For Breakfast On Final Endeavour Mission? Lobsters Of Course!

Col. Mike Fincke posted a photo of his breakfast to his Twitter profile-


Note that these lobsters weren’t those nasty spiny lobsters they get down south.  those were the kinds of lobsters our Gloucester lobstermen catch!  Booyah!


The North Shore Navigators of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) have made a concerted effort to give back to surrounding communities since the team moved to Lynn three years ago.
This upcoming summer, the organization will continue its 50/50 Town Night program which benefits local organizations in surrounding North Shore area cities and towns. The program provides an organization the opportunity to sell tickets to a game and receive half the proceeds from its sales. The team’s goal is to help raise $100,000 for surrounding community organizations in 2011.
The team’s 6:15 p.m. contest on July 1 against the Sanford Mainers will serve as ‘Gloucester Night’, as the Gloucester Little League will serve as the program’s beneficiary. If you wish to sell or purchase tickets, please notify league contact Cindy Rich at (978) 546-3006 or
“The Navigators as an organization are excited and proud to have the opportunity to give back to the immediate area,” said team owner Tim Haley. “It is an extension of our goal to become part of the fabric of the North Shore community.”
The organization is also currently seeking a sponsor to provide t-shirts for the 300 little league members in attendance at the game.
Each of the team’s home games this season will support at least one local organization in the nearby community. The partnership also calls for community representatives to throw out the first pitch, sing the national anthem, and perform other ceremonial ballpark tasks.
The Navigators, who won the NECBL championship last year, will play 21 games at Lynn’s Fraser Field this summer and will also host the 2011 NECBL All-Star Game on July 27.
For more information on the team and its 50/50 Town Night program, please visit

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