Love Letters to Gloucester

Love Letters to Gloucester features the Horribles Parade, friends, Greasy Pole “ladies,” Saint Peter’s ferris wheel, Schooner Festival, Nicky Avelis taking the flag, whimbrels, dragonfly migration, bees, llamas, butterflies, Thomas E. Lannon schooner, Eastern Point Lighthouse Monarch, and much more!

Originally posted on Good Morning Gloucester, October 18, 2013

New Film: Love Letters to Gloucester ~ Summertime 2013

New England Boat Show: Dazed and Confused

Wow, what an unbelievable amount of boat stuff all in one place. If you put all these boats in the water the ocean level would rise at least a few inches.

J&L Marine. The J and the L were way too busy actually working so Rubber Duck manned the booth.
J&L Marine. The J and the L were way too busy actually working so Rubber Duck manned the booth.
Tobin Dominick showed the Rubber Duck around the Cape Ann Marina booths. The consummate professional Tobin is not about to burst out laughing.

Cape Ann Marina has just way too much cool stuff going on. If you have not had breakfast at the Mile Marker Restaurant lately, order one of the Eggs Benedict and don’t forget the home fries. (Menu here.) These are not your ordinary home fries. They do some kind of magical double cooking of them so they are soft on the inside and crunchy but not greasy on the outside. I could just eat them alone for breakfast but their Benedict sauce has just the right amount of creamy goodness, and their crab cakes … oh wait, they also have a pretty nice marina, swimming pool (buy a punch card!), and they’ll fix your engine. You have to click through their entire web page and dream about summer.

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Mardi Gras Sunday at Gloucester UU Church – March 2

Rev. Sarah Clark will lead the service on Sunday, March 2nd.   Her sermon  is titled “The Dance of Age.”

The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church is located at the corner of Middle & Church Streets. Our mailing address is 10 Church Street, Gloucester MA 01930.  You can reach us by calling (978) 283-3410.

Young, rising stars James & Jake premieres on Local Music Seen tomorrow

Over the past few years, we’ve profiled a number of rising stars from Cape Ann.  Here’s our latest pick for whom to watch: James & Jake these kids are in high school and already making a name for themselves. Watch the show tomorrow (Wednesday 2/26/14) on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 at 6:30 and watch their stars rise over the next couple of years.

If you miss Wednesday they will be on again Friday (2/28/14) at 1:30 & Sunday (3/2/14) at 6:00

Evans – Estes – Baglioni @ The Dog Bar ~ Friday, Feb. 28th, 9pm Mark your calendar! You don’t want to miss this.

photo by Louise
photo by Louise

Dog Bar

65 Main Street

Gloucester, MA

What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? Old Sloop Coffee House ~ Saturday, March 8, 2014 Time7:30pm

What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? routinely sells out Old Sloop Coffeehouse. Get your tickets early!

mr fox old sloop

What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? is like an alchemical experiment. The band fuses and integrates different genres, theories and ideas, creating new recipes to unlock hearts and unify a room. In one set the ensemble can travel from an acoustic coffeehouse to New Orleans soul, from gothic blues to a Middle Eastern desert or the woods of medieval France. Named after a Victorian children’s game, and anchored by the “haunting, chameleon-like voice” (Metronome) of singer-songwriter front-man, Brian King, the band spins new fairy tales and steeps them in folk noir and neo-cabaret. Many songs are bustling with memorable characters like a boy who turns into a cartoon or a woman who rescues herself from a tower, while others, pure and vulnerable, “deftly explore themes of love, sexuality and identity.” (Bay Windows)

Born in Gloucester, Brian King grew up with a love of the mystical. Enamored with The Wizard of Oz, King couldn’t decide who we wanted to be more, Dorothy or the Wicked Witch. Throughout his teen years Brian fell in love with the music of Siouxsie & the Banshees, Kate Bush, and later Leonard Cohen, Laura Nyro and Joni Mitchell. His diary was documented in piles of cassettes containing hours of original music recorded on a Tascam 4-track.

Here is a video of What Time Is It Mr. Fox? performing Cyndi Lauper’s song She Bop at the Cloud Club in Boston.

Learn more about What Time Is It Mr. Fox? at

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12 School Street, Rockport, Massachusetts 01966

Sweet Happenings At Appleton Farms


june i phone 004Over the years I have spent many hours picking fresh produce with my twins and nieces in the expansive fields at Appleton Farms.  Our weekly trips could best be described as mini adventures.  Each week we began in the barn, reading the current weeks list of allotted share items, before heading out into the fields with our baskets, clippers, and containers.  Sharing  stories and memories from my childhood in my grandparents garden with the kids while picking our share, was something the kids quickly became accustomed to. They often requested their favorite stories to be retold, and we often talked about recipes that could be prepared by using the items surrounding us in the fields, planning out our snacks and meals for the week throughout the seasons was something we all enjoyed doing. 

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Many photos of  Appleton Farms gorgeous scenic settings are featured in my cookbook “Gifts Of Gold” surrounding the pages of a story I share that is very dear to my heart.  Last week during a meeting at the Reservation, I was excited to learned that Appleton Farms will be hosting numerous opportunities for share holders and the general public to visit the Reservation throughout this upcoming season.  

I’m thrilled to announce that I will be hosting cooking demonstrations, using  freshly picked produce from the fields of Appleton in their barn throughout the 2014 season.  GMG will be sharing their events and news throughout 2014 season under Sista’s Dish weekly.  This week their season will  kick off  with all things Maple Sugar! The events are listed below, and they sound amazing for all ages!   

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How Sweet it Is!
Discover a New England Tradition as
Appleton Farms Hosts a Suite of Maple Sugaring Happenings this March
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Ipswich, MA – February 21, 2014 – The Trustees of Reservations invites the community to visit Appleton Farms in Ipswich this March to enjoy the sweet New England tradition of maple sugaring. Last winter marked the first season America’s oldest working farm added a sugaring operation to their already extensive farming list, which also includes an active vegetable CSA, a livestock operation with dairy and beef cows and laying hens, an onsite creamery, and haying and composting.
“Maple sugaring is a good fit for Appleton Farms as the 1,000 acre property boasts large sugar maple trees easily accessed by our farm roads, making for easier sap collection,” says Appleton Farms Superintendent Mark Bailey. “Thanks to some retired maple sugarer’s equipment, including taps and buckets and a wood-fired evaporator, we were able to retrofit the old garage as the new sugar shack. And, the farm woodlands provide plenty of downed wood for fueling the evaporator fire.”
The 2013 sugaring season proved worthy. Thanks to some hard work, community support, and a little help from Mother Nature, the farm produced and sold in their dairy store more than 35 gallons of finished maple syrup product. With their first successful season now under their belt, the farm is opening its sugar shack doors to the public this March to enjoy a variety of sugaring programs and events including:
Saturdays at the Sugar Shack
Saturday, March 1 & March 8  |  11AM-3PM
Drop-by and visit the sugar shack at Appleton Farms and experience the sights and smells of this historic New England tradition. Take a walk to see our beautiful, maple-lined avenues and help collect sap and then learn how it becomes delicious maple syrup. For more information visit: or call 978.356.5728. FREE and open to the public.
Tap to Table with Appleton Cooks!
Saturday, March 8, 3 – 5:30 & Wednesday, March 12, 10 – 12:30pm
Appleton Farms keeps a very special New England tradition alive by tapping Appleton Farms’ beautiful maple trees and producing wood-fired, small-batch maple syrup. In this Appleton Cooks! workshop, participants will enjoy a leisurely walk around the farmstead to see how sap is harvested and collected as well as tour the sugar shack to see (and smell!) the transformation of sap to syrup. Participants will gather in the farm kitchen for the second half of the workshop with Chef Carolyn Grieco to make delectable maple syrup treats including maple mustard vinaigrette, butter braised sweet potatoes, and upside down maple pear pancakes. Register online or call 978.356.5728 x12. Trustees Members: $60. Nonmembers: $65.
First Annual Appleton Farms Maple Festival! Saturday, March 15  |  10AM – 2PM
Discover the process of maple sugaring, from tap to table, as you tour Appleton Farms sugar maple stands and sugar shack. This community-friendly event includes activities fun for all ages including:
§  Tree Exploration & Sap Tasting: Learn about the natural history of maple trees as you explore the farm’s maple sugaring operation. Sample the sweet sap, straight from the tap!
§  Syrup Tastebud Test: Sample different syrups and see you can tell the “real thing” from imitation.
§  Maple Syrup Treats: Enjoy tasty maple syrup treats made in the Appleton Cooks! kitchen including  pancake bites, maple yogurt, and more.
§  Sugar Shack Tours: Meet the maple sugarers, tour the sugar shack, learn about the evaporation process, and more!
For more information email or call 978.356.5728 x18. Members: Adult $10; Child (age 3-12) $5. Nonmembers: Adult $12; Child (age 3-12) $6. Children under 3 are welcome free of charge.
Appleton Farms is located at 219 County Road/Route 1A,  Ipswich, MA. For general farm information visit or call 978.356.5728.
The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) “hold in trust” and care for properties, or “reservations,” of scenic, cultural, and natural significance for the general public to enjoy. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees are the nation’s oldest, statewide land trust, one of Massachusetts’ largest conservation organizations and an established leader in the conservation and preservation movement nationally and internationally. Supported by more than 100,000 members, donors, and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 112 spectacular reservations – 20 of which are located on Boston’s North Shore – including working farms, historic homesteads and gardens, community parks, barrier beaches and mountain vistas – located on more than 26,000 acres. In addition, The Trustees work closely with permanent affiliates including Boston Natural Areas Network and the Hilltown Land Trust, well as hundreds of community partners to preserve and protect special places and provide year-round programs for all ages. Visit

Now Knowing That This Year’s World Cup Soccer Tourney Is Being Held In Brazil- An Over/Under Death Poll

Craig Kimberley told me yesterday in the GloucesterCast Podcast that this year’s World Cup Soccer tournament is being held in Brazil.

After seeing some of the riots that happen at regular season soccer matches in Brazil I can’t even begin to imagine how many deaths will occur given the elevated emotional state that World Cup Soccer brings.

I’m gonna pin the line at 500 fan deaths and 2.5 Soccer Ref deaths.

Good times.


Tuesday February 25th 2014 Cape Ann Forecast..

Marine Forecast…
Tue: W winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Tue Night: W winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Well not much to talk about , we are definitely locked in on a colder pattern . With mostly dry conditions , very cold Tuesday through Monday of next week temps in the 20’s lows single digits to teens with windchill values in the negative range of -10 to + 10 above…. Clouds at times with a few snow showers or flurries … That’s really about it .. Monday maybe a more significant chance for snows , but that’s 5-6 days out plenty of room for changes… I can’t say I see spring around the corner … It’s def delayed.. So keep those furnaces going and windows shut. Have a great Tuesday .. And thanks for reading …
Peter Lovasco




Community Stuff 2/25/14

2nd Annual
Bass Rocks Golf Club Bridal Show
Sunday March 23rd, 12-2PM

Go to for more information and to sign up and be eligible for free venue fee at
Bass Rocks Golf Club for your special day and $1000 off your food from Timothy Hopkins Catering.