“Art, Rocks!” Found 09/29/2014 “Way too Easy…..”

Got an email from GloucesterCaster Toby Pett.  “Way too Easy….”

Toby must be on GMG 24/7 It only took 25 minutes.

How far did it skip in the creek Toby?  🙂

Your gonna have to turn your head to see it. Toby went to the Ed Collard School of Photography.

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GloucesterCast With Guest Kim Smith and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 09/07/14

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GloucesterCast With Guest Kim Smith and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 09/07/14

Topics Include: Kim Smith, Toby Pett Absent, Tripping Over Bobby Bobskill, The Loss Of Jackie Hardy, Crazy Lightning Storm,Yanic Triesdale,The Wedding Of Isabelle Lafleche, J’Adore New York , J’Adore Paris, Thunderstorm Damage, Pulling A Post, HarborWalk Garden Maintenance, To Deadhead or Not, Burnham’s Field Reopening, Holy Cow Reopening, Ward 2 Power Alley, Women and Men are not wired the same when it comes to coffee, Why it is impossible for a woman to order a regular coffee, Kim’s Cheap Coffee Move, Dunks vs McDonalds Coffee, Tom Hauck 60th Birthday Celebration, New Computer For Tom, Laptop vs Desktop, TBT Post Perfect Man Gift, Alpaca Sweater, Red Box Hell, Over The Air Antennae, Kim Doesn’t Watch Fox But Not Because It Is Seen As A Republican Channel, Kim Says She Is a Moderate LOL, Does Bruce Tarr Run Against Anyone?, Polarizing Politics, Ditching A Home Phone Line, Cable Company Bill Structure, The New X1 Infinity Cable Boxes Make The Old Cable Boxes Look Like 1980s Technology, Negotiating Your Cable Bill, You Need To Not Use Comcast or Verizon Email.


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RUBBER DUCK ARMY ASSEMBLING ON THE ISLAND in a secret location. Homie is on sentry duty.

88 Rubber Duck sisters form the Rubber Duck Army. We have a Navy. We have NERF guns. We know this island like the back of our rubber wing. You cannot hide. Because the secret to our success? We have way too much time on our hands. FREE RUBBER DUCK! FREE RUBBER DUCK!

Some Storm

DSCF0374That was, indeed, some storm last night. Poor Lucy, our 7 year old pup, has seen plenty of thunderstorms and usually she barely notices. But last night she grew more and more agitated as the frequency and intensity of the strikes increased. She jumped from my lap to Barbara’s and back again a few times, tried hiding under tables and stared at us as if to say, “make it stop, make it stop.”

Finally, she pulled her favorite quilt from a couch, nosed it under a table. fluffed it up and curled up on it for the duration.

Our last dog, Fletch, used to howl incessantly throughout the duration of thunderstorms. Then once, during a storm in his twelfth year, he remained quiet. That’s how we discovered he had lost his hearing.

fletcher                                                                       Fletcher

_DSC0552_edited-1 Several years ago I taught Lucy how to meditate. She became pretty good at it. However, now she often dozes off while counting her breaths. Last night when I reminded her of the calming effects of that practice she responded with something like, “meditation,schmeditation, THIS IS SCARY!!!”

Arsenic and Old Lace at Shalin Liu

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Theater In The Pines in ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
37 Main St., Rockport – Accessible
September 12, 13, 14, 2014
Friday and Saturday 7:30.
Matinee: Saturday 2:30. Sunday 2:00
Tickets $20 – Available at:
Toad Hall Books, Main St, Rockport
The Book Store, Main St., Gloucester
Rockport Music Box Office, 37 Main St., Rockport
978-546-7391 or tickets.rockportmusic.org
and in the lobby prior to performance.
written by Joseph Kesserling

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE is a old beloved, hysterical, and dark CLASSIC comedy about a family with several homicidal, maniacs, including two elderly, adorable, and precious Aunts who lovingly poison older gentlemen and then employ their delightfully confused brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt to bury them in the basement. This all happens around a wonderful love interest and delicious romance. Arsenic and Old Lace has it all and it is SWELL. Written by Joseph Kesserling. Friday, Sept. 12, 7:30, Saturday, September 13, 2:30 and 7:30, and Sunday, September 14, 7:30. Theater in the Pines at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, 978-546-7391
Arsenic and Old Lace
Cast List
(In Order of Appearance)
Abby Brewster – Sue Barratt Sousa
The Rev. Dr. Harper – Randy Dupps
Teddy Brewster – Rick Doucette
Officer Brophy – Chuck Francis
Officer Klein – Ruthie Exama
Martha Brewster – Marjorie Grace
Elaine Harper – Kierstin Hazzard
Mortimer Brewster – Larry Cook
Mr. Gibbs – Fr. Garibaldi
Jonathan Brewster – Martin Ray
Dr. Einstein – Jonathan Arnold
Officer O’Hara – Nelson Pike/Karl Pulkkinen
Lieutenant Rooney – Keith McCarthy
Mrs. Witherspoon – Patti Pike
Artistic Director – Nan Webber
Technical Director – Frank Wolcott
Stage Manager – Karl Pulkkinen

Sept 26 27 28 Gloucester to Honor its Own Monuments Man: Sculptor Walker Hancock

Hi Joey,

During the weekend of September 26-28, the City of Gloucester will celebrate the life and work of Sculptor Walker Hancock. The celebration, sponsored by the Gloucester Committee for the Arts, will feature events in several venues, including The Cape Ann Museum, The Cape Ann Community Cinema, and Gloucester City Hall. Other partners include Essex National Heritage Area and Cape Ann TV.

“It’s a three part celebration,” said Judith Hoglander, Event Chair.  “We want to showcase not only Hancock’s great talent as sculptor and his contribution to great art as we know it today as a Monuments Man, but to show his private side as well.”

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The Cape Ann Museum showcases Hancock’s art with an exhibit titled A Chosen Place-Walker Hancock and His Friends.  This exhibit features works by Hancock and by other nationally known artists who lived and worked on Cape Ann during the period from the 1940s until the 1980s. One of the better-known artists in this group is Hancock’s friend, and colleague, sculptor Paul Manship. Manship is best known for his towering golden Prometheus in New York City’s Rockefeller Center.  Manship called Hancock, “The last American Master Craftsman in Sculpture.  [He is] equally at home in every branch of the art from medals to monuments.”

On Friday evening (9/26) the Cape Ann Museum will host a Conversation With Deanie Hancock French, Walker Hancock’s daughter, and Jonathan Fairbanks, Director of the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton. This event is free to Cape Ann Museum members with a $10 charge for non-members.


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On Saturday (9/27) from 10:30 AM until 2:30 PM, the Cape Ann Museum will conduct private tours of the Hancock exhibit.  Space on the tour is limited to 25 persons and is on a first-come first-served basis.

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On Saturday afternoon (9/27) at 2:30 PM, the Cape Ann Community Cinema, in downtown Gloucester, will show the film Monuments Men with George Clooney, Matt Damon and John Goodman. Hancock was one of the first to be called to join the now famous Monuments Men. As one of the Monuments Men, Hancock was a key player in the rescue of works of art and priceless relics (including the coffin of Frederick the Great), from the mines at Bernterode in Southern Germany. The mines were packed with an enormous cache of dynamite. The Monuments Men arrived just in time to stop their destruction by order of the Nazis. This event and others during the weekend are part of the Essex National Heritage Area’s Trails and Sails weekend and are free to the public.

City Hall Matthew Green








On Saturday evening (9/27) at Gloucester City Hall at 7PM there will be a special event featuring –ROBERT EDSEL– the author of the book Monuments Men- on which the film was based – will talk about the book and the great importance of the work these men and women did to preserve many of the priceless art treasures we have today. Mr. Edsel is founder of the Monuments Men Foundation, created to “raise public awareness of the importance of protecting and safeguarding civilization’s most important artistic and cultural treasures from armed conflict.”  A “Meet and Greet” and book signing by Mr. Edsel will follow the talk.  This event is free to the public with donations accepted to defray costs.






On Sunday (9/28) at 1PM, the Cape Ann Community Cinema will have another showing of Monuments Men

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On Sunday (9/28) at 3PM in Gloucester City Hall there will be a panel discussion featuring friends and neighbors of Hancock’s in Lanesville, The panel will be moderated by local artist and former Cable TV host, Sinikka Nogelo.  Panelists will share memories of Hancock as friend and neighbor.  Among the panelists will be Hancock’s daughter, Deanie Hancock French and Gloria Parsons, Hancock’s long time cook.  The audience will also be invited to contribute their memories. © Matthew Green photo

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Segments of the weekend’s events will be filmed in order to preserve memories of Hancock’s life and work for the future.

Sponsored by:      the Gloucester Committee for the Arts, its Partners and Friends

Capt Pete – Lobster Catch

Capt Pete of Cape Ann Harbor Tours took tourist out to catch lobsters in Gloucester Harbor.   Happy tourist enjoyed the experience also see video below.


Capt. Pete Lobster Catching

Storm, Darkness, Injury, and Caveman First Aid

FirstAid4765wmLast night, after being taken home by the wonderful CATA ADA (disability) lift bus, I walked into a dark and empty house. Finding no matches to light a candle, I located my dad’s 1970’s rechargeable flashlight. Still no matches, even though we had just bought three hundred at the dollar store. I opened the freezer door, and as it swung shut, it bit me. Not wanting to bleed all over the floor, I grabbed a napkin and a rubber band. My nurse friends may hate me, but all is well. Then the power came back on. I just had to laugh.

Garrison Keillor Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

August 29, 2014

“They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me sad that I’m going to miss mine by just a few days.”

Gary Edward “Garrison” Keillor (1942-    )


The Minnesota native has been the host of the popular radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” a fixture on NPR since 1974 portraying life in the fictional Midwestern town Lake Wobegon. Thrice married, Keillor’s folksy story telling mixed with literary allusions has been published in the New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and Salon.com.

His liberal politics and opposition to the policies of George W. Bush have raised the ire of some of his conservative listeners, but he has been a sought-after speaker and voice-over artist. Keillor has won the Peabody Award, the National Humanities Award, the Steinbeck Award, a Grammy, and the first Moth Award for excellence in story-telling.

Greg Bover

Community Photos Post 9/6/14 Storm

Hello Joey:
I have been a big fan of Good Morning Gloucester for many years. I live on Salt island Rd and would like to share a few photos from the thunderstorms on 9/6/14.
Let me know what you think!
Nancy Knott


Just wanted to share a great pic from storm on Saturday taken at the Studio…what a venue to watch an incredible storm!
Lynne Caruso


Suset After The Storms From Bex


Sunrise 9/5 from Scott Larsen

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Community Stuff 9/7/14

Hey Joey,
Could you post that a young blue parakeet was found and rescued from two cats on Lincoln ave in downtown Gloucester tonight.
Owner can contact me at songbirder@hotmail.com.
Caroline Haines

seARTS Announces Partner With an Artist Grant Recipients
in Gloucester Harbortown, Rocky Neck and Essex River Cultural Districts


Public invited to join artists and partners for event spotlighting PWA program and exhibitions in all four Cape Ann cultural districts

Gloucester, MA, September 4, 2014: seARTS announced the recipients of its 2014 Partner With an Artist (PWA) grants, which will be used to fund three diverse projects that reflect the breadth of the Cape Ann arts community:
–    an “audio soundscape” that captures the sounds of the historic Essex shipyard;
–    a mural in downtown Gloucester honoring writer Vincent Ferrini; and
–    a silkscreen print of the Rocky Neck Cultural Center building.

Launched in 2008, the seARTS PWA program has provided grants to dozens of artists who have created art in partnership with local businesses.  PWA, seARTS’ signature community arts program, provides grants to artists to create new work — in any medium: visual, performing, multimedia art — in partnership with local businesses.  These installations are generally site-specific and designed to draw the public’s attention to art in everyday places. The PWA program is focused on celebrating the arts, strengthening partnerships with the business community, and promoting a vibrant and culturally rich economy on Cape Ann.
These most recent grants –$1,500 for each project — are part of a seARTS PWA effort focused on Cape Ann’s four cultural districts — Essex River, Harbortown, Rocky Neck and Rockport.  A grant was awarded to glass sculptor John Bassett in the Rockport Cultural District in 2012, and the grants announced today will fund artist/business partnerships in the three other districts:
–    in the Essex River Cultural District, Jay Havighurst is partnering with Essex Shipbuilding Museum to create the “audio soundscape” of the Essex shipyard;
–    in Harbortown Gloucester Cultural District, Tricia O’Neill is partnering with the Gloucester Writers Center to create a mural honoring famed writer Vincent Ferrini;
–    in the Rocky Neck Cultural District, Jane Keddy is creating a silkscreen print of the Rocky Neck Cultural Center building, which is the center of that historic artist colony.

The grant recipients were selected by the curators for this current PWA program – Leonie Bradbury and Maggie Cavallo of the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly – who reviewed proposals from all three cultural districts.  Bradbury is director and curator of the Montserrat College of Art Galleries, and Cavallo is curator of education.

Each of these works will be presented in the coming months.  seARTS is holding a special Arts & Cultural Exchange Member Night at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum on Wednesday, September 17, to spotlight the PWA program, the Cape Ann Cultural Districts and the three artists/business partnership grant recipients.  The event will take place from 6pm-8pm at the Water Line Center at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, 66 Main Street in Essex.

PWA: A History of Creative Collaboration
seARTS Partner With an Artist program is made possible by financial support from
the Bruce J. Anderson and Selma and Andrew Bayness Funds of The Boston Foundation.

Over the past nine years, PWA has brought together artists and business to collaborate on a variety of artwork outside of traditional art spaces, providing high-profile exhibition and career-building opportunities for contemporary artists and creating exposure and economic opportunities for both artists and businesses. 

The Cultural Districts connected to the current PWA effort were designated by the state’s Cultural Council (MCC) — Gloucester’s Rocky  Neck  and  Rockport  Cultural Districts in March 2012, and Gloucester Harbortown and Essex River in 2013. 

About seARTS
seARTS is a coalition focused on cultivating Cape Ann’s position as a world-class center for working artists.  Established in 2000, seARTS is working to help to transform the region’s economy by bridging its maritime heritage and a future powered by the arts. For more information on seARTS, visit www.searts.org .


Come celebrate Autumn at Holy Family on Saturday, October 4, 2014 Sunday, October 5, 2014.  The Fest will begin on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. with homemade Cider Donuts, Pumpkin Muffins and coffee.  If these Fall treats don’t appeal to you, we will have a bakery table with pumpkin, apple and pecan pie and seasonal breads.  And if that still isn’t enough, we will be featuring our famous Italian cookies and Carmel Apples! Brazilian and Lebanese pastries and Portuguese Sweet Bread along with homemade candy and a variety of jams will top off these delectable confections!  Everyone needs a pumpkin on their front step!  A selection of decorated and plain pumpkins will be for sale along with bittersweet, dried hydrangea and wood vines garden art will be available for your Autumn decorations.  Cape Ann is known for the colors of the marshes during the fall season and what better way to start the season than at Holy Family Parish.  See you there!

National Book Award-winning author at Toad Hall Sep. 10

Dear Joey,

One of our most celebrated authors, Julia Glass, makes an appearance at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport this Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7 pm. It’s open to the public and free of charge.

Glass, whose novel “Three Junes” won the National Book Award for fiction in 2002, has recently released her fifth novel, “And the Dark Sacred Night.” She will read from this newest novel, answer questions and sign copies of her books.

“And the Dark Sacred Night,” tells many stories at once. Kit, a husband and father of 10-year-old twins, decides to set aside other priorities and responsibilities to seek the father he never knew. Kit is in his early 40s and the low-level distress he’s experiencing prompts his wife to insist on this road trip. Like a missing puzzle piece, Kit takes his place amid the extended, blended family he discovers and then opens himself up to. Other people, other stories, fall into place. Any many lives change. Glass understands extended family and elegantly notes its value in supporting people like Kit as he tries to find his way as a father and a husband.

Glass builds complex and interesting characters as she slowly spins out her mesmerizing story. Her ability to bind the reader to the page with underlying, low-level tension is one of her defining attributes as a writer of fiction. In “And the Dark Sacred Night,” she manages a deft juggling act, with people and their stories, present and past, all in play at the same time.

Glass was born in Boston. She worked as an editor and freelance journalist in New York City, and now lives in Massachusetts. She studied art at Yale, painted for a while and took up writing in her forties.

For more information, please contact Toad Hall at 978-546-7323.