Did You Know? (Alma McLaughlin Grand Re-Opening)

Photos by E.J. Lefavour

That if you are looking for something amazing to do Friday evening, you need to come to Alma McLaughlin’s Grand Re-Opening at 75 Rocky Neck?  Alma pulls out all the stops when it comes to parties (expect shrimp cocktail, beef tenderloin tips with hollandaise sauce, baked stuffed mushrooms, chicken with peanut sauce, wine and more), and you won’t find a more happening place to be than down here on Rocky Neck by Madfish Wharf.  Her shop is filled to the gills with art and all sorts of old/new things to view and rummage through.  And look for Alma out and about painting this summer around Rocky Neck.

Alma’s Arts and Antiques
featuring fine art by Alma McLaughlin and other local artists as well as shabby chic antiques
75 Rocky Neck Ave
Season Grand Re-opening
Friday, June 17
6:30 – 8:30pm
Alma will offering children’s art classes starting soon –
for more information please call

E.J. Lefavour


Judy Robinson Cox Blue Docks On Translucent Film At The Rocky Neck Gallery




Judy Robinson Cox is hands down the most creative photographer in Gloucester based on the materials and the way she presents her photographs.   Between the books, the Lilliputian series, the distressed paint photos, the translucent photos that you hang in windows, there is no-one getting as creative as she is with the materials and how her unique art is presented.  Any gallery that hosts her work should be genuinely honored to have her because she continually pushes the boundaries of traditional photographic fine art.

Not only that, she tirelessly collaborates the N E W S   F R O M   R O C K Y   N E C K newsletter which an aggregation of Rocky Neck Art Colony Members news, for nothing, because she is one of those people who give and like to help others. 

Check out her website here-




First Look Expedition Impossible With The Sanfilippos

This is a look at the first night that our hometown Gloucester Fishermen Joe, Nino and Gus Sanfillipo were on the show in Morocco

Look for them at 1 minute 14 seconds in

Did You Know? (National Lobster Day)

Photos by E.J. Lefavour

That yesterday was National Lobster Day?  Who knew, and if I had, I would have posted this yesterday after I took these shots.  Also, did you know that Joey C., creator and driving force behind Good Morning Gloucester, is a lobster broker (seller of lobsters)?  I’ve realized in my daily discussions with people about Good Morning Gloucester, that many people do not know this fact.  He doesn’t talk about it on the blog because he doesn’t want people to think he is using the blog for his own personal gain.  I however am a contributor to the blog, whose mission is to let people know about things they may not know.  If you are a lover of this prehistoric crustacean, boiled with plenty of drawn butter, baked or stuffed, with linguine, Newberg, Thermidor, bisque, on a roll or in a salad, Captain Joe & Sons, 95 East Main Street, Gloucester is the place to get your lobster (its where all the finest restaurants get their’s), and say hey to Joey.  To me, lobster is quintessential New England summer fare – a summer without lobster is like a summer without sunshine. 

Also, did you know that the American lobster did not achieve popularity until the mid-19th century, when New Yorkers and Bostonians developed a taste for it?  Prior to this time, lobster was considered a mark of poverty or as a food for indentured servants or lower members of society in Maine, Massachusetts and the Canadian Maritimes, and servants specified in employment agreements that they would not eat lobster more than twice per week. American lobster was initially deemed worthy only of being used as fertilizer or fish bait, and it was not until well into the twentieth century that it was viewed as more than a low-priced canned staple food.  How far you’ve come dear, delectable lobster!

E.J. Lefavour


Did You Know? (Zachariah Stevens)

Photo by E.J. Lefavour

That this right of way to the harbor was dedicated to the citizens of Rocky Neck by Zachariah Stevens in 1832?  Zachariah Stevens, (1763-1846), enlisted at fifteen and served as a private and a seaman. He was born at Andover and died at Gloucester, where he was a pensioner.

E.J. Lefavour


Cape Ann Artisan Tour this Saturday and Sunday 10AM to 5PM

Joey already posted two weeks ago here about the 2011 Cape Ann Artisan Tour but it’s only two days away. This is one of Rubber Duck’s favorite events so get out and find her.

Rubber Duck Quick Tip: click and print this brochure. A simple map and description of the 14 stops. You get tours of pottery studios, find out how they fire those pots, see the world’s biggest color printer, all sorts of cool stuff. If you do not know the artists that are hiding in the woods on this island this is a great way to find a bunch of them.

2011 Cape Ann Artisans
David Archibald Plum Cove Pottery

Leslie Bartlett Photography & Folding Screens

Cynthia Curtis Stoneware Pottery

Anni Melancon Dogtown Studio Pottery

David Montgomery Marine Painting/Portrait Artist

Marty Morgan Pottery & Sculptural Tile

Marge Rack Sculpture & Wire Drawings

Mi Robertson Sculpture & Water Colors

Twin Lights Studio Pottery & Sculpture

Pam Stratton Mosaics

Bart Stuyf Sculpture

Beth Williams Jewelry

Judy Wright Mosaics, Pastels, Oils & Jewelry

Sara Wright Fiber Wrights

NORTH SHORE ARTS ASSOCIATION NEW MEMBER EXHIBITIONS & Charles Movalli Painting on Raffle for Know Breast Cancer


North Shore Arts Association presents Solo Exhibitions by Featured Artists, Barbara Barclay, June 12 through June 26 and Ray Crane, June 12 through June 26 in the Gordon Grant Room; and Members Exhibition II is on display now through June 25. The Charles Movalli painting being raffled off to raise money for Know Breast Cancer is currently on display.

Classic maritime artist Ray Crane has been an artist for over 30 years and is a graduate of the Boston Museum School and a member of the American Society of Marine Artists.

Barbara Barclay studied at Montserrat College of Art, the Manchester Institute of Art and has studied with Laura Stover, R.S. Jackson and Cory Staid.

Charles Movalli generously donated a painting for the Know Breast Cancer raffle, a fundraising effort to help provide breast cancer awareness education to women of Essex County. The painting is on display at NSAA’s gallery through June 25th. Tickets are $25 and can be purchase by cash or check at the gallery.

North Shore Arts Association has a thriving artist membership of over 350 contemporary artists recognized nationally and worldwide. They come not only from Cape Ann, but throughout North America. NSAA’s historic old building, located at 11 Pirates Lane in Gloucester, provides the opportunity to view the largest collection of paintings and sculpture on Cape Ann.

North Shore Arts Association is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays from Noon to 5:00 pm. The gallery extends its evening hours on Fridays, June through August, until 8:00 pm. In addition to exhibitions, NSAA also offers demonstrations, workshops, lectures, critiques, an art auction and more. Please call 978-283-1857 or visit www.nsarts.org for more information.

This Thursday Night Blues Party a The Rhumb Line

Dave says,

This Thursday nite at the Rhumb Line We’re celebrating Victims’ Appreciation Week by offering all our customers free HoHos and Twinkies. Just see our boy in the back for a real good deal. Meanwhile, on stage we welcome back Mr. Steve Sadler,  former Beach Boy and glitarist Xtrordinaire for yet another nite of fun and games. Steevie is one of the busiest and hottest stringlers I know.He can choke anything with a neck until it screams for mercy. Sings, too.
  Fearing for his life, behind it all, will be Mr. Jeff Casper, the friendly drummbler and plumbing magnate, pureeing his way clear over the top. Greg T. with his whammy bar and myself complete the circuit. You should go, if only for the Twinkies!

An Evening in Sleeper’s Garden at Beauport, Sleeper – McCann House

Beauport Exterior

On Friday, June 17, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. enjoy refreshments in the horseshoe garden and a presentation by Property Care Team Leader Ben Haavik and Reed Hilderbrand architect Joe James, who discuss the landscape restoration at Beauport.

Beauport gardener Marcia Hart is also on hand to talk about specific plant material and how to implement and maintain the historic garden design.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about this historically accurate, Arts and Crafts style garden.

Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard

Reservations required.  $20 Historic New England members, $30 nonmembers

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Rockport Chamber Music Festival update

Here’s a Rockport Chamber Music Festival update –

A limited number of turn back tickets are available for this weekend’s concerts at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Although concerts this Thursday through Friday all sold out in advance, anyone needing their “RCMF fix” might be able to secure a ticket by calling the Rockport Music Box Office at 978-546-7391, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Rockport Music also has a limited number of tickets available for its free Family Concert with the Jupiter String Quartet this Saturday at 10 AM at the Shalin Liu. Call the box office for more information.

Rockport Chamber Music Festival hosts a free lecture with Marc Nuccio, the Acting Principal Clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic on Friday, June 17 at 11:00 a.m. It’s open to the public and tickets are not required. If anyone thinks they might be the next Benny Goodman they definitely should attend. Mr. Nuccio is in town to perform Festival concerts on Saturday at 8 PM (Brahms Trio) and Sunday at 5 PM (Messiaen).



Friday, June 17, 11am

Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street, Rockport (MA)

What does it take to become a member of a major symphony orchestra? One of America’s foremost clarinetists, shares his experiences and personal stories from his early days as a beginner to that triumphant audition at which he won a coveted position with the New York Philharmonic.

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. All are welcome! Questions? Visit www.rockportmusic.org or call 978-546-7391.

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Lanesville Giant Community Yard Sale!

Sat, June 18 -  9 AM – 2 PM

Multiple sellers! Come and browse, or buy a space on the lawn to sell your own stuff ($25 donation). Refreshments, games for kids, bake sale, hot dogs for lunch. Saturday, June 18, 9 AM to 2 PM. Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street, Gloucester.  To reserve a table, email to:  lanesvillecommunitycenter@gmail.com  Kids tables encouraged – (discounted table fee).

Stop by for a tour of the newly renovated space!