John Irving Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.”

John Irving (1942-    )

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A fellow New Hampshire native, Irving spent most of his early life on the campus of Phillips Exeter Academy where his step-father was a faculty member. He studied writing with Kurt Vonnegut, among others, at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and taught English at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Although his early novels were well received, it was not until the 1979 publication of The World According to Garp that he attained best-seller status. He has written 13 novels including Cider House Rules, one of several made into motion pictures, and A Prayer for Owen Meany, my personal favorite. He has won an Academy Award for screenwriting and has been nominated for the National Book Award several times. Reportedly at work on a 14th novel, Irving divides his time between homes in Vermont and Canada.

Greg Bover

 

Ron Pruett Show At Cape Ann Giclee

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Please join us in viewing the bold and colorful florals and nudes of artist Ron Pruett in a collection we have titled “Au Naturel” , it is a collection of original paintings with giclees available to order. Ron’s brave style as an artist and his willingness to explore color and form will delight your eyes. Wake them up from their dreary mid winter gray slumber with color.
Artwork will be in the gallery for viewing and purchase February 1st thru March 1st – we are open Mon – Fri 10-5pm and Saturdays by appointment.

An opening reception will be held on Sunday February 15th from 2 – 4 pm at our studio – Cape Ann Giclee 20 Maplewood Ave Gloucester, MA 01930 all are welcomed to attend, light refreshments will be served

Thanks,
Anna Baglaneas Eves
Cape Ann Giclee
20 Maplewood Ave
Gloucester, MA 01930
978-546-7070
http://www.capeanngiclee.com

~ More Snow Predicted ~ Please Continue to Report Your Robin Sightings

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So many thanks to everyone who has reported their Robin sightings. See the comments in yesterday’s post and please continue to report your Robin sightings on this post or yesterday’s. THANK YOU!

IMPORTANT WINTER STORM WATCH ADVISORY FROM MAYOR SEFATIA

WEATHER: WINTER STORM WATCH

Now in effect for all of Massachusetts for a snow storm that will move into the state late Sunday night and last through Monday.

Snow accumulations around a foot are expected.

Gusty North to Northeast winds may result in near blizzard conditions at times on Monday, with poor visibility and blowing/drifting snow.

A frigid air mass is expected behind the storm Monday night.  Low temperatures by early Tuesday will fall to zero to 10 below for most of the region, including the Boston to Providence corridor.

Dangerously cold wind chills of 20 to 30 below are expected.
POTENTIAL IMPACTS:
– Increase in fires from alternative heating sources or people trying to thaw frozen pipes with blow torches.
– Carbon monoxide poisoning from alternative heating sources.
– Water main breaks possible from frost penetrating deep into the ground.
– Increase in EMS calls and hospital patients with hypothermia and/or frost bite.

Additionally, roads may be slippery or snow covered at times, and there may be periods of significantly reduced visibility due to blowing snow.

Be safe

Mayor Romeo Theken

The best way to support local musicians is to go to their big shows — like TONIGHT

When your favorite local band gets to open for a multi-platinum, national recording star, the best way to honor that opportunity is to go to the show.  And you can do that by bopping on down to road to  Beverly’s Larcom Theatre TONIGHT at 8pm.  Good seats are still left to see  Gary Backstrom Band open for John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band.  Get those seats RIGHT HERE.  Some of the best available seats are in the balcony GET THEM HERE.

And there’s a wonderful personal connection going on at this show.  Gary’s drummer Mike Doyle studied at Berklee with Jackie Santos, who plays drums for Beaver Brown Band. This will be the first time student and teacher have performed on the same stage in a while.  ANT THEY’LL BE HOT!

In fact, John Cafferty and “Tunes” sound better and have more energy now than they did in this 1984 video.

Mo Bounce, Tonight! MinglewoodAtLat43 9pm 1.31.2015

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We are Mo Bounce…

Mo Bounce creates a party; playing the funkiest hits from past to present. You will dance the time away to Mo Bounce’s captivating groove and energetic performance!

“We care how we sound and perform. There’s no artificial flavor in what we do. Mo Bounce will make you feel that bounce! We will make you ‘bop your head saying, ‘Ohhh, this is the real deal!’ ” — Bren (Lead Vocalist)

Mo Bounce has been booking and performing at various venues in the New England area for over 4 years. Always professional and utilizing pro sound & lighting gear. Mo Bounce is equipped to provide the entertainment quality you expect to make your event a successful one. Contact Mo Bounce for consideration of your next event,

When you need mo’ music, mo’ dancing and mo’ fun…You need MO BOUNCE!

GHS Cheerleaders Annual Winter Cheerleading Mini Camp

Hi Joey,

 The GHS Cheerleaders are throwing their annual Winter Cheerleading Mini Camp for ages 5-14 during February Vacation (2/17, 2/18, 2/19). I was wondering if you could please post this so we can get more mini’s involved!
Thanks,
Erica Mitchell
GHS Cheer Coach

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Sista Felicia’s Top 27 Recipe Recommendations For Super Bowl Sunday!

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Below I compiled a list of my top 27 recipe picks for Super Bowl Sunday! I hope you find it helpful when planning your menu for the big Game! 

Happy Cooking! Happy Eating! & Happy Partying!

Let’s Go Pats!

1 Four Cheese Super Bowl Potato Skins

2 Coconut Shrimp w/ Mango Dipping Sauce

3 Stuffed Top Neck Clams

4 lobster-Rangoon

5 Chipotle Pulled Chicken Tostada w/Homemade Salsa & Guacamole

6 Salsa

7 Guacamole

8 Fried Artichoke

9 Hawaiian-pizza-with-smoked-gouda-barbecue-Béchamel Sauce

10  Italian-popcorn

11 Sista Felicia’s Famous Crab Cakes

12 Baby Bella Mushroom Thyme Pizzett

13 Shrimp, Sausage, Sugar Snap Pea Spring Rolls w/ Habanero Garlic Scape Dipping-Sauce

14 Grilled Chicken w/ Bianco Barbecue Sauce

15 Sista’s Twist on Buffalo Chicken

16 Grilled Surf & Turf Tequila Chipotle Flank Steak & Shrimp

17 Beer Batter Panko Fried Pickles

18 Cheesy Fingerling Potatoes

19 Fried Haddock Sandwich

20 New Potato Salad w/ Fresh Dill

21 Italian Nacho Dessert Dip

22 Asian Infused Salmon Tartare

23 Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Dip Page #146 “Gifts Of Gold”

24 Covered Pizza page #138 “Gifts Of Gold”

25 Caramelized Onion and Pear Flat Bread Pizza page #104 “Gifts Of Gold”

26 Sicilian Stuffed Sandwich page #214 “Gifts Of Gold”

27 Panelli Frritti page #206 “Gifts Of Gold”

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Electricity Update 18 Brian and Diane O’Connor Are Going Solar

This just in froim Kevin, Brian and Diane’s Solar advisor-

Hi Joey,

Just a quick follow on Brian and Diane O’Connor’s Solar evaluation.
Brian and Diane’s home has qualified and they have decided to put rooftop solar on their home in Gloucester.  (Only 15% of homes in MA are eligible.)
Because of their home’s orientation to the sun and other factors, their entire cost will be covered by various federal, state and utility incentives.  In fact they will actually be making money over and above their cost.  And getting 90% of their electricity for free.
If anyone else would like to find out if their home qualifies, I just need their contact information and our techs will initially rate the home via satellite.  If it qualifies, we can up with a time for us to talk about how it all works. (About 90 mins.)
I am in the process of working with several other Gloucester residents and will keep you posted on their progress.
Many thanks for your continued support,
Kevin Prickett
Solar Advisor

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Electricity Savings Update 16: Solar Opportunities and A Solar Home Evaluation At Brian O’Connor’s

SUPER FUN SUPER BOWL BREAKING NEWS PREVIEW AD!!! #StayPowerful MOPHIE

The commercial was created by Liv’s fiance, Matt O’Rourke, and his team. Matt is the Creative Director for Deutsch LA. The ad is the first for Mophie, and was made for the Super Bowl! AMAZING!!!

Read more here in Adweek.

 

The MIGRATING ROBINS HAVE RETURNED!

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Right on schedule, the robins have returned to our East Gloucester neighborhood! They were seen flocking to the holly berries, crabapples and sumac. This morning it was bleak and drizzly; I hope to see them back in our neighborhood on a sunnier day!

Dear Readers, If you spot robins in your garden or neighborhood, please comment in the comment section and let us know when and where. If you get a good capture of a robin, or any songbird for that matter, please send to kimsmithdesigns@hotmail.com and I will be happy to share the photos here on GMG. Thank you so much!

For more information about robins see previous posts here:

American Robin Nestlings 

The American Robin and Bird Food

I Love Sumac