GloucesterCast 9/15/13 With Guest Ed Collard and Host Joey Ciaramitaro
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“There’s nothing around here”, LobsterFest, Bluesfest, Gloucester Daily Times Comment Section Banning Anonymous Commenting, Bloody Mary Competition, Mark Ring, Fish Box Derby, Manchester Festival By The Sea, Essex Mums, Rockport Merchants, Sara Kelly, Angela Cook, Dawn Noble, Joey’s Show At Cape Ann Coffees
My front door is a large French door with three panels. The middle panel opens on to my Dream Deck. This large elegant French door is the window of my world. I see the city spread out in front of me, as my home faces the west, the rising sun from the east shines upon the city and the inner harbor lighting everything up to great splendor. My home sits up high on a hill and the view is spectacular. I love to watch the fishing boats going in and out of the harbor. Sea gulls fill the sky following the boats in anticipation of getting a free meal. I look across the skyline. The majestic City Hall clock tower commands the city skyline.
I see the twin blue towers of Our Lady of Good Voyage Church and the statue of Our Lady. At night her lamp is lit to guide the fishing boats to shore. I see the shining steeple of St. Ann’s Church, like a sword piercing the morning sky and steeple at St. John’s Church. All the steeples fill me with awe that God is present watching over our beautiful city. I look at the very busy fish pier where many people are at work and large trailer trucks carrying cargos of fresh fish. Many boats are tied up to the piers. I look across the harbor and I can see Stage Fort Park and the weather tower at Stillington Hall. I find myself looking into the city for the house, where I was born, the places I visited in my childhood and where I grew up.
Later in my day, I look forward to the beautiful sunsets, the brilliant colors across the evening sky. I love to sit on my deck, my favorite place in my rocking chair. I hear the birds in flight looking for their resting places for the night. Later still the city before me lights up in golden hues, the fish pier appears so magical with all its lights causing shimmering, sparkling lights across the harbor reflecting the shadows of the fishing boats.
The city lights are like jewels. I look up at the sky on a starlit night. The moon and all the stars are visible to me. I can rock in my chair and never tire of magical view. I feel so at peace with God and my world as I meditate. Truly I am so blessed. My wealth is overwhelming, as I thank God for this wonderful gift.
Virginia (Frontiero) McKinnon
September 13, 2013
“If we don’t change direction soon we will end up where we are going.”
Professor Irwin Corey (1914- )
A New York born comedian and actor, Corey is known as “The World’s Foremost Authority” for his ability to improvise impressively and at length on almost any topic while making little real sense but sounding completely plausible. Blacklisted in the 40’s and 50’s for his leftist politics, he nonetheless rebounded to appear numerous times on the Tonight Show. Author Thomas Pynchon, famously publicity-shy, tapped “The Professor” to stand in for him at the National Book Award ceremony for Gravity’s Rainbow. Lenny Bruce was a fervent fan of Professor Corey, calling him one of the most brilliant comedians of all time.
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.
Watch the summer wind down at the CCQ/Goddesses’ final acoustic gig of the summer @ Captain Carlo’s starting at 3pm on Sunday, September 15th. Don’t let it go out with a whimper!
From Leslie Heffron;
“Hi Paul –
It’s our lucky day- finally my golden retriever and I found your rock!! I love the rock!!! I’m so excited to have a little piece of Gloucester over here in Pigeon Cove. Mango’s still talking about it!”
Former esteemed judges pictured here are Ed Collard, Charity Ciaramitaro, Maureen Malloy, Fred Bodin, and Wendy Demuth. Returning veteran judges are Ed Collard and Fred Bodin, and now empaneled are James Eves, Karen Ristuben, and Kathy Downer. Another great crew. Beauport Vodka will be furnished by our local Gloucester distillery, Ryan & Wood. For more info: https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/…/
Tomorrow, Sunday September 15th, is Judgement Day. The second GMG/EJ Khan Gallery Bloody Mary competition will be held at 77 Rocky Neck Avenue. Doors will open at 9:30am, and the judging will commence at 10:00am. Plenty to eat, coffee, juice, and the best Bloodies you’ve ever tasted. Bring something to share if you like. This event is open to the public (21+ to sample), and all are welcome.
Sponsored By The GMG/EJ Khan Gallery and Ryan and Wood Beuport Vodka
Missing Cat from Concord St since Aug 17th. Several possible sightings on Lyndale, Woodward and Stanwood Ave.
Please call 978-283-6230 if you live in that area and possibly see her.
Thank you so much. My daughter would love to be reunited with HAZEL.
Thank you Joey!
Painter and Photography Group Meeting
Our first fall meeting of the Cape Ann Painter and Photography group will held on Friday ,October 11 from 10:30-12AM at Cape Ann Giclee on 20 Maplewood Avenue, Gloucester. James Eves has agreed to present another program for us! The last program he presented was very well received by our group and well attended. More details about this meeting will be send out later.
Hope to see you.
Sargent House Update-
Join us on September 21st:
Trails & Sails and Block Party Doubleheader
NEXT WEEKEND: Sat., Sept. 21st we have 2 great outdoor events at The Sargent House Museum.
• Trails & Sails. Noon-6:00pm. Open Door Event. (House will be open for paid tours during this time.) Explore the fascinating world of early American feminist writer Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820) and her husband Reverend John Murray (1741-1815), the founder of Universalism in the Country. Event includes historic children’s games and activities in the garden that bring Judith’s story to life.
• Downtown Gloucester Block Party. 6-8pm. At 6pm North Shore Folklore Theatre Co. will perform two acts from Judith Sargent Murray’s 1795 play “The Medium” in the garden. We guarantee a good time will be had by all as you watch young Eliza’s story come to life.
Check out our events page for more details! http://sargenthouse.org/events/