Two Days Til The 2013 GMG Holiday Party At Bodin Historic Photo!!!

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Are You A FOB?

Then you better get your sexy ass down to Bodin Historic Photo For The GMG XMAS Party December 13th! 6PMTil We Burn Down The Neighborhood!

I’m just gonna put this out there that if you consider yourself a FOB you had better show up for our killer  OFFICIAL GMG CHRISTMAS PARTY!!!!!!

We’re gonna celebrate it all, Kwanza, spinnin the dradel, all that fun shit!

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Dreidle Dreidle Dreidle A Dreidle Made Of Clay!  Sing It Toby!!!!

Tonight Through Friday- Buy A GMG Hoodie, Technical Jacket, DVD, Dry Fit Shirt and Get a Free Gift From The GMG Swag Pile

I’ve got lots of caps, books and T Shirts that people have given me- all brand new and looking for a new home.  Any order placed now through Friday and I’ll include a bonus gift.

It’s getting to be that time of year where if you haven’t bought your presents you start sweating it.  And how you gonna go and enjoy the holidays when you haven’t got your presents bought yet?

If you have a spouse or someone that loves Gloucester or the Good Morning Gloucester order up some awesome gear and I’ll get it out right away so your holiday shopping can be done already and you can go about the business of enjoying the holidays stress free without worrying about those gifts you haven’t bought yet.

Oh if you order a couple of Dinner Dealer Decks I’ll add in a bonus gift as well.

Easy gift giving right there baby.

Here’s the GMG store- http://gmg.storenvy.com/

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Performance jacket. A zip-up standing collar can be worn open or closed to give you just the right amount of airflow during physical activities. The zippered chest pocket makes this mid-weight jacket perfect for your phone or MP3 player so you can listen to music while you train. The arm pocket is a great place to secure your keys so they are out of the way.

Standing collar
Zippered closure
Long sleeves
Zippered chest and arm pockets
Mid-weight
Shell: 100% polyester…

http://gmg.storenvy.com/

My Grandmother’s Garden

Excerpt from Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! ~ Notes from a Gloucester Garden, Chapter 22 ~ “My Grandmother’s Garden.”

Mimi, Kim, LivMy grandmother Mimi, just before she passed away, me, and daughter Liv

In the early 1960s my grandparents purchased (for the amazing sum of seven hundred dollars!) a picturesque half-acre lot with private beach rights on Cape Cod. Their dream was to build a cottage on the tall bluff overlooking the bay. Coincidentally, my grandmother continued to build their home in successive seven hundred dollar increments. Seven hundred dollars paid for digging the cellar, the next for pouring the cement for the foundation, and seven hundred dollars paid to frame the house. My grandfather finished the remaining work, and they were still building the cottage when we began to spend our summers there. He always had a hammer in one hand and a fistful of nails in the other, and I was thrilled to follow him about holding the nails.

My grandparents worked hard and created wonderful homes they generously shared. While still a young mother and throughout her life, my grandmother taught ceramics at the pottery studio our grandfather built for her. Working together, whatever they touched became transformed into something beautiful. Their homes had an enchanting and joyful atmosphere, or perhaps it just seems that way, recalled from a childhood of fond memories. When I was making plans to attend art school in Boston, my grandmother shared with me her portfolio from Parsons School of Design. I had come to spend the weekend to help her close down the house for the winter. There, in her garage, tucked in an old cupboard, she carefully pulled out a well-worn, though neatly arranged, portfolio filled with her watercolors and sketches. Imagine, keeping her portfolio safe all those years, possibly with the hope of communicating some part of her earlier self to one of her grandchildren.

Eventually, their gray-shingled summer dream cottage was made inviting by a screened porch, blue painted shutters, and a white picket fence. A dooryard flower garden was planted in front, and around back a vegetable and flower garden were sited atop the cliff overlooking the bay. A narrow, sandy path bordered with deliciously fragrant wild beach roses led from the garden to the steep stairs descending to the beach. A weathered picket fence and rickety salvaged gate connected to a wooden archway enclosed the flower garden. By mid-summer the entryway to the garden was embowered with a cloud of sky blue morning glories. Situated in a haphazard manner outside the gated garden were wind- and weatherworn 1920s bamboo armchairs and matching comfy chaise lounge. On some days we would play imaginary children’s games there in her garden overlooking the sea, and on other days we would draw and paint, make clay things from clay foraged from the bluff, and catch fat, helpless toads. I helped my grandmother plant hollyhocks and marguerites and marigolds. The colors, so vividly clear and fresh; flowers growing by the sea appear even more beautiful, perhaps from the ambient light reflected off the water.

Weather permitting, we usually served dinner on the porch. All the porch furniture was painted my grandmother’s signature blue. We ate at a long table with a pretty white-on-white embroidered cloth and round crystal rose bowl full of whatever flowers we had collected that day. We would have family feasts in the fading rosy light, memorable dinners of freshly boiled lobsters and mountains of steamed clams, buttery and sweet corn-on-the-cob, freshly picked vegetables and fruit, and ice cream.

Blissfully lying in bed early in the morning, I recall hearing the soft cries of the Mourning Doves and the cheery calls of the Bobwhites, mingled with the inviting sound of the surf. From my bedroom window I could look out across the garden to the bay and see the ships and sailboats coming and going in the sharply sparkling sea. The transcendent harmonies of the surrounding undulating sea-rhythms and shifting light, the blend of flower fragrances, and birdsongs created the desire to in turn provide similar experiences for our children.

Some years later and newly married, my husband and I were visiting my grandmother at her Cape house. We sat with her in the living room listening to her usual captivating tales, and told her our plans for our new life together. My husband later remarked to me how beautiful she looked. Mimi was wearing a summer shift in a lovely shade of French blue, seated in a chair slipcovered in a blue floral print, with the shimmering azure sea framed by the window behind her, her china blue eyes gazing serenely back at us.

My Garden—like the Beach—

Denotes there be—a Sea—

That’s Summer—

Such as These—the Pearls

She fetches—such as Me

—Emily Dickinson

Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! sells for only $15.00 on my publisher’s website, which is a $2o.00 value off the list price of $35.00.

Artist Spotlight Series – Katherine Bagley

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Katherine Bagley is a North Shore native who has lived in Gloucester for 22 years. She works out of her home to make handcrafted jewelry using mostly sterling and Argentium silver, as well as copper, sea glass and colorful beads.

She first started making jewelry fresh out of high school when she apprenticed with a silversmith in Boston. After setting up a workshop in her apartment, Katherine honed her skills with many self taught methods and sold her work in various stores on the North Shore.

A move to New Hampshire in 1986 gave her the opportunity to become a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen where she had her work in the retail shops across the state as well as taking part in the League’s annual 10 day Sunapee Fair. She also was a juried member of the Valley Artisans in Epping, NH. Katherine furthered her skills at the Manchester Institute of Art where she took classes from silversmith Elizabeth Nutt and participated in various jewelry workshops within the NH League studying under Pauline Warg. Her work was accepted at the New Hampshire Gallery of Art Spring Show.

Katherine and her husband returned to Gloucester with their 2 year old son in 1992. Jewelry took a back seat in her life for many years as she was busy being a mom. She returned to her craft 3 years ago and is thrilled to have her tools out of the boxes and into her hands. “It is so fun to be able to take a piece of wire or a sheet of metal and turn it into something completely different, something with form and beauty and wearability.” She has been pleasantly surprised that the skills of working with metals have been imbedded in her memory even after so long so that the re-entry into silversmithing has been a real joy.

Katherine has shown her work for the past two seasons at the Rocky Neck Gallery as well as Flatrocks Gallery in Lanesville, Fish Fish Gallery in Rockport and the Newburyport Art Association where she has been accepted into two juried shows and has shown work in their gift shop. She looks forward to continuing in the creative process and seeing where this path will take her.

Her latest work is a series of earrings and necklaces called “Redeemed by Fire” and can be found at the Rocky Neck Holiday Art & Fine Crafts Festival held at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St. The festival is being held Saturdays and Sundays from noon – 4:00 through December 29.

E.J. Lefavour

The Sergeant and the Tree

Came to find out that Sergeant Todd Fitzgerald had a lot to do with the creation of the Manchester Police Department’s contribution to the Festival of Trees. He designed, gathered all the adornments and placed everything on the tree. (Said he got the parking tickets out of my car…). He did say that someone else had to make the bow for him! Very creative.

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Sergeant Todd Fitzgerald

All New Holiday Delights This Weekend FRI-SUN @ Gloucester Stage

Heidi Dallin has produced a brand-new Holiday Delights show for 2013.  Check out this wicked cool promo by Lisa Smith from Cape Ann TV.  Lisa’s daughter is in the show too!  Four performances @ Gloucester Stage this weekend: Friday 7pm, Saturday 3pm & 7PM and Sunday 3pm.  Adults $15, Seniors $12, Children under 12 $6.  Get tickets here.

Not playing your instrument? Donate it to a needy kid and enter to win!

Got one of these lying around?
Got one of these lying around?

When local New Orleans transplant, Henri Smith, and his band take the stage Saturday and Sunday at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly, they won’t be the only people in the house with musical instruments.

That’s because members of the audience are bringing instruments to donate to The Musary — a free music lending library “no strings attached” serving Boston’s North Shore, including Cape Ann.

Everyone who brings an instrument to donate will be entered to win a door prize at intermission. The door prizes we have now are:

One night stay at Salem Hawthorne Hotel plus $50 gift certificate for Nathaniel’s (their restaurant).

Spa Day at Maison Esthetique Christiane Bourque Spa in Danvers ($400 value)

Plus a chance to have your Christmas shopping paid for with the 50/50 Raffle!

The Musary is a 501(c)3 on-profit organization that that works to motivate, cultivate and inspire people, especially young people, in our community to get involved in music. It is the Musary’s goal to lend musical instruments to anyone in need, “No Strings Attached.” To learn more about The Musary, borrow an instrument or donate, visit their website.

There’s plenty of time to dig around in your attic or basement and find that no-longer-used instrument so you can put it to good use again this weekend.  And who knows, you might just win something — but even if you don’t win, you’ll know you helped a young person appreciate the power of music, who might not otherwise be able to do so.  And that will feel great!  There are still some seats left for Henri Smith New Orleans Christmas Concert on Saturday at 7:30pm (get them here) — and excellent seats left for the Sunday Matinee at 2pm (get them here).

Onion Soup

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Onion Soup

Ingredients

6  tablespoons salted butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

10 cups sweet onion sliced

4 large garlic cloves, finley minced; pluse 1 large whole clove

1 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar

5 tablespoons cognac

1  heaping tablespoon Dijon style mustard

2 sprigsmeStep

3  tablespoons flour

12 cup beef broth

1 cup white wine

1  teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1/2 loaf french bread

1/2 cup Gruyere Cheese, Shreeded

1/4 cup Smoked Mozzarella Cheese,  shredded

1/4 cup Smoked Gouda Cheese, shredded

Olive oil

Step-by-Step

1  combine butter and oil in medium stockpot; cook over high heat until butter is melted

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2  add sliced onions; sauté 15 minutes; Stir often

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3  add garlic and sugar; mix well; lower heat to medium; continue to cook 20 minutes until onions are deep golden brown

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 4  add cognac; carefully flame cognac with lighter, when flames subside add mustard and thyme sprigs;mix well

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5  add flour; continuously stir 3 minutes

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6  add beef broth and white wine; mix well

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7  season with salt and pepper; simmer uncovered over medium heat 40 minutes

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8  combine shredded cheeses

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9  cut bread into  eight 1 inch thick slices

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10  arrange bread slices on cookie sheet; drizzle each slice lightly with olive oil

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11  toast bread under broiler 40-50 seconds or until golden; immediately remove from broiler and carefully rub each slice with 1 whole clove garlic

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12  Ladle hot soup into oven-proof soup bowl; float one toasted bread slice on top; fix generous heaping of cheese over bread

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13  arrange oven- proof soup bowl on cookie sheet; place under broiler 4-5 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbling; serve immediately

* Note~ approximately eight  servings

Gloucester Gets a Dusting

We only had a dusting of snow today. That's a good thing, because I haven't gotten my shovel or salt/sand bucket out yet. Mother Nature is telling us to get ready. This is Gloucester Harbor about 1930, but I can't place it's exact location. That's not City Hall in the background.
We only had a dusting of snow today. That’s a good thing, because I haven’t gotten my shovel or salt/sand bucket out yet. Mother Nature is telling us to get ready. This is Gloucester Harbor about 1930, but I can’t place it’s exact location. That’s not City Hall in the background.

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!

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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

Cape Ann Farmers Market to Host the Winter Solstice Market

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What: A special indoor farmers market for holiday shopping

Where: Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, at the corner of Middle and Church Streets

When: December 21th, 2013

Time: 9 am – 12 Noon

Event: Winter Solstice Market.

  The Cape Ann Farmers Market will hold a special indoor market for holiday shopping. The market will feature local produce, meat and poultry, crafts, baked goods, pickles, preserves, herbal products, candles, smoked fish, Trupiano sausage, honey, soup, guacamole, pasta, dog treats and more. Gifts for giving and food for the feast will be on sale from local vendors.

  The Cape Ann Farmers Market is an independent non-profit, mission-based organization, started by and for the community of Cape Ann, and sustained with one part-time paid employee. It is funded by vendor fees, memberships, donations, and grants. To help underwrite expenses for the Winter Solstice Market, the Cape Ann Farmers Market will sell gently used cookbooks along with Farmer Market merchandise, such as tote bags, t-shirts, and private label organic coffee. Special membership packages will be available, which make great gifts, as do raffle baskets, which will include food and merchandise from Market vendors and area restaurants.

Gloucester U Launch Information

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For Parents: 

Gloucester U is an exciting and engaging after school experience that will start this January. Gloucester U has been made possible by the 21st Century Community Learning Center Federal Grant. It is a completely free program for students and includes courses such as cooking, technology, service learning, and more. Attached is a flyer with the January courses.
Come learn more about this program and how it can benefit your child’s education experience to become a life long learner and navigator of the 21st century. There will be an informational meeting this Thursday, December 12 at 5:30 in the GHS library. Please also visit www.gloucesteru.weebly.com for more information.  
Best,

Samantha Whitney

swhitney@gloucester.k12.ma.us

Lead Program Coordinator 

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