Third Annual Maritime Gloucester Dinner

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Highlighting sustainable, local seafood at Latitude 43

This is the third year  Latitude 43 has partnered up with Maritime Gloucester to celebrate local seafood and showcase the best of what the waters off Gloucester have to offer.

In addition to the below specials, which will be available all evening along with the regular menu, Latitude 43’s Chef Ryder Ritchie and Tom Balf of Maritime Gloucester will be coming together for a special presentation. Chef Ryder will be demonstrating how to fillet a flounder, while he and Tom discuss the importance of cooking with local seafood.

When: Wednesday, April 6th
The demonstration will be at 6 PM, but guests are encouraged to make reservations any time during the evening.

What: Menu Specials include Saffron Monkish Stewwith wild mushrooms and basil,  Atlantic Razor Clamswith lemongrass, house made chilies and charred bread, and Brown Butter Seared Local Flounderwith capers,  golden raisins, grilled asparagus, olive oil…

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Ohana begins its Fifth Season on April 1st

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We are looking forward to serving you. Call us at 978-283-3200 for reservations.    www.ohanacapeann.com

In addition to our regular items, we again will be featuring our popular three course Prix Fixe menu This is a great value for only $45. Chef Enx creates new items for the Prix Fixe menu. This menu changes regularly with choices of 5-6 appetizers, 4-5 main courses and 2 desserts.

Vote for us for Best of North Shore at http://www.nshoremag.com/best-of-northshore/voting/

If you have specific dietary needs, please call ahead of time and Chef Enx will prepare something special. Please keep us in mind if you have catering needs, either at Ohana, home, office or other location

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Ohana is now showing and selling the Cape Ann Art of Roger Salisbury. Stop by and see his magnificent, exquisite work – ask for details if you are interested in buying a piece of this beautiful art…

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JOB FAIR SATURDAY APRIL 2ND AT THE EMERSON INN!

The Emerson Inn By the Sea is now hiring and is hosting a job fair

Saturday April 2nd from noon to 4pm.

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Thank you for your interest in employment at Emerson Inn. Emerson Inn selectively offers career opportunities to outstanding individuals with a proven record of success and demonstrated service ethic. We are currently accepting applications for many roles at the Inn including Front of House, Guest Services, Housekeeping and the Kitchen.

Emerson Inn is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate by race, gender, religion or physical challenges.

Candidates are encouraged to apply with us via our Online Application. Alternatively, you can download Migis Hotel Group – Emerson Inn Application for Employment and send it to:

Emerson Inn
Attn: Human Resources
1 Cathedral Avenue
Rockport, MA 01966
– OR –
info@emersoninnbythesea.com

The information above was provided by Chef Doug Papows.

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BRENDA DAVIS SHARES VINTAGE PHOTOS OF LOBLOLLY COVE WITH THE GRIMES-KNOWLTON FAMILIES!

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Hello Kim,

Here are the photos of Loblolly Beach. They are of the Grimes family (mine) and the Knowlton family from Pigeon Cove. The photos were taken around 1958, except for the picture with all the kids, that was early 1950s. The guy cooking with a bottle of beer in his hand is my dad Calvin “Coolie” Grimes. The last photo is my parents, my brother Cal and me.

Sorry that they are such poor quality.

Brenda

Thank you Brenda for sharing these great family photos/treasures taken at Loblolly Cove! The top one especially shows that the topography has not changed much and it is still the same rocky Cape Ann beach! Love the Wonder Bread, too. Thanks so much for taking the time to scan these 🙂

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West Parish PTO presents Lights, Camera, Auction! Friday April 1st, 6pm at the Cruiseport

 

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West Parish Elementary School is blessed to be entering a new school building in the fall. In the two years that we have been gone, our beloved Science Park has fallen into disrepair. When we found out that the kids will be unable to play on then newly planted grass fields for a whole year after we begin school, a plan for fundraising was born (lest the children will have recess in the parking lots).
Mobile bidding has already started on some great items like a ride to school by the Gloucester Police Department for a lucky winner and a friend, a ride on the Tuna.com with Sandro Maniaci, or breakfast at Sailor Stans with Good Morning Gloucester’s fearless leader, Joey C. To view our event, or buy tickets go to www.biddingforgood.com/westparishschool

We will have live, mobile and silent items.
We have received hundreds of donations from generous donors from our amazing Cape Ann community and beyond. Doors open at 6pm and tickets can be purchased at the door as well, $25 per person, $40 for a couple, light dinner fare and dessert is included. Friday April 1st, 6pm at the Cruiseport (one of our generous event sponsors).
BOOM!

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What Makes You Feel Uncomfortable is Good

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That may sound strange to some, but it is true. Whatever in life makes us feel uncomfortable, whatever touches a nerve in us (a person, situation, conflict, trying new things, religion, God), does so because there is an obstacle in our path of growth; something we need to look at and overcome within ourselves in order to grow and evolve in our earthly experience.  Unfortunately, we Americans in particular, have become so focused on whatever makes us feel good, comfortable, secure, etc. that we have become weak and soft as a people, and have lost our way.  We run from anything that touches a nerve – hiding our heads in the sand of entertainment, drugs, alcohol, partying, diversions of all sorts; or we strike out in anger, and if it makes us uncomfortable enough, we kill it – rather than examining it to understand why it makes us uncomfortable, and coming to terms with it, so that we can move on from it stronger, more evolved beings.

Through the sharing of my winter creative project, I have encountered many reactions from people, both on blog and off. Some greatly enjoyed it and wrote to tell me, which is good; some disagreed with things and voiced their disagreement, thereby opening up discussion, which is good; some wrote to say that it was causing them to question and investigate, which is good; some were upset by it, which is also good.

People who are in right relationship with God know they are. People who have a relationship with God, but aren’t really giving Him the love and devotion they know He deserves and desires, also know.  People who are mad at God for some perceived wrong He did, know within themselves that God is God, perfect and incapable of wrong.  People who say they don’t believe in God would obviously have no problem with Him because to them He doesn’t exist (although I find that akin to someone saying their mother doesn’t exist because they’ve never met her).  However, we most often run and hide from God because we feel guilt and shame (like Adam and Eve hiding from God in the garden) because we know we have done wrong and want to hide from the punishment we know we rightly deserve, or try to make excuses or blame someone else (my parents didn’t love me, I grew up poor, I grew up in a bad neighborhood, I was abused, bullied, etc.).  I know I fought hard against going before God for that reason; but God sees and knows all, so there is no hiding.

Fortunantely He is incomprehensibly loving and kind, and does not want to lose a single one of us.  That is why He gave us an out, The Way to become whole, forgiven and free through the acceptance of the sacrifice of His Son, which was made on behalf of all of us.  We just have to accept it and make it our own.  But it is completely our choice.  We can accept His gift of redemption, which promises us eternal life, or we can refuse it, which results in death.  “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).  God is also perfect justice, and no wrong goes unpunished.  We either choose to take the punishment ourselves (death), or we accept the gift of Jesus’ death to cover us and take it for us.  It seems like such a no-brainer.  And in fact it is a no-brainer, because our limited human minds are incapable of comprehending the magnitude of God’s mind and ways, so we have no choice but to accept it in faith believing.  And that doesn’t require a lot of faith, as Jesus told us, we need only have the faith of a mustard seed (which is really tiny).  Remember Abraham, who was counted as righteous because of his faith, not because of anything he did.  There is nothing we can do on our own to earn salvation.  You could be Mother Theresa, but if you haven’t accepted the gift of eternal life through Christ, you are ultimately no better off than a mass murderer.  God does not use a sliding scale system.  On the Day of Judgment, you are either in the Lamb’s Book of Life (having accepted his gift and thereby covered by Him – allowing Him to take the bullet for you), or you are not, period.  Revelation 20:15: “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Exodus 32:33: “And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.”  John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever (no matter who you are, no matter what you’ve done, no matter how good you think you’ve been) believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

This series was not intended to try to force anything on anyone, because God never forces us. He gave us complete free will to come to Him or not, as we choose.  God’s purpose in this assignment for me was to provide an overview of the Bible, His Word, to make it visual and plain for those who haven’t taken the time to study and know His Word for themselves.  As those of you who know me know, it is in my nature to share whatever I encounter that is good, beautiful, worthy and uplifting.  I can’t not share it.

Only a portion of this series has been shared on GMG. I hope that some of you, whether to enjoy, share, debate, question, investigate or teach me, come by Hobbit House Studio on Rocky Neck this summer to talk and see the complete series, which continues through the Book of Revelation (the times we are now entering into).  I have learned so much and grown a great deal through this series, but I still have much learning and growing to do, and we learn and grow best through sharing with each other.

“Each one teach one”, as the Rastafarians say.

E.J. Lefavour

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Andrew Clark joins the Dave Sag’s Blues Party Tonight @ The Rhumb Line 8:30pm 3.31.2016

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This Thursday we offer significant symptom relief with the infusion of that Tootin’ Torquemada of the Tenor: Mr. Andrew Clark. Just back from an awesome Third Reiki Massage and gentle Acubeating session, I guarantee you he is limber and smood as greek Yohgurt. I just love his high energy and stylish hats. Loves to get the crowd dancin’. Might have a concussion, too.

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Completing the circuit will be the lugubrious Mr. Jack Ward, on catarrh and vocalese, and the big Papi of Beverly, Mr. Andrew Jones, on jumper cables. This is never to be missed. See ya then!

 

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40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

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This photo of a skiff docked at Bearskin Neck is a little how I’m feeling today. It’s Thursday…a beautiful Thursday at that…and I’m stuck in my office wishing I was outside. Just waiting for the clock to hit 5pm on Friday to get outside and float up north to NH for a couple days. Anyone else feeling “docked” today?

Nichole’s Picks 4/2 + 4/3

With this in-between-seasons weather, if you’re lucky you can get outside and enjoy a nice hike or some time at one of the Trustees of the Reservation or Mass Audubon properties.  Likewise, a good old bike ride is perfect if the sun stays out.  If you’re looking for a good day trip that isn’t weather dependent….here are 3 options for this weekend.  Pricier than most of my “Picks” usually are, but timely in that they’re not always available as options.

Pick #1: 2016 ISU World Figure Skating Championships!

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In 2016, the eyes of the world turn to Boston as 200 of its greatest figure skaters come to TD Garden to compete for the prized title of world champion. The ISU World Figure Skating Championships®, the world’s most important annual skating competition, is coming to Boston for the first time in its 130-year history. This is the event no sports fan will want to miss!

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Pick #2:  The Big Apple Circus

Boston’s City Hall Plaza

THE GRAND TOUR is a circus extravaganza set in the 1920s and featuring acts from the four corners of the globe. Ships, trains, automobiles, and airplanes will serve as the backdrop for breathtaking acts of wonder, accompanied by the seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band playing live at each of more than 100 performances. Acts will include clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists, from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America, as well as domestic and rescue animals, all creating performances that will leave audiences smiling and cheering. The show runs 1 hour and 50 minutes including a 20-minute intermission.

CLICK HERE FOR MUCH MORE INFORMATION AND TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Here is a LINK to a LIVING SOCIAL COUPON for this event.  Be sure to take advantage!

 

Pick #3:  Watson Adventures: The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt

Harry Potter meets Museum of Fine Arts…..pretty cool!

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Follow in the footsteps of young wizards

…on a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, in search of art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Be prepared to track down flying owls, Hagrid-like giants, centaurs and unicorns like those you’d see in the Forbidden Forest, dragons that seem straight out of the Triwizard Tournament, and eerie figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor.

Wizards and muggles alike can play and enjoy this hunt. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. It’s a great way to discover—or rediscover—the museum.

This hunt is designed for kids and adults to do together, but all-adult teams will be allowed to compete separately. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Click on the button below to see the hunt schedule and get in the game!

 

As always, for a more comprehensive list of family activities, visit our friends at North Shore Kid

 

 

 

 

GOOD MORNING GLOUCESTER QUESTIONNAIRE WITH DONNA ARDIZZONI

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How long have you lived in Gloucester?  12 glorious wonderful years

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?   365 days a year, Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?   Magnolia Pier, Rafe’s Chasm, everywhere

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?   525 Tavern

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?   Virgilio’s

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?   Any beach

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?  Minglewood when I go

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?  George’s and Mile Marker

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?  Schooner Festival, Fiesta and Art Shows

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?   Beach then kayak

Who is your favorite local artist?  Do not want to get into trouble, too many great artists

Which is your favorite local beach?  Wingaersheek Beach

Who has the best chowder in town?  Because I am allergic cannot have, but people state The Causeway’s Chowder has changed their lives

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?  I agree with E.J.’s answer

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?  If I could it would be Clam Chowder

What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?  Great way to connect with friends and make new friends

What is your favorite local band? Love Allen Estes

What about Gloucester sets it apart from anywhere else?  Not enough space to state, Gloucester has an amazing community spirit, beautiful landscape, amazing beaches, great open space like Ravenswood and the love we have for this great place we call home.

Thanks, Joey

Great site for area history in picture and artifact form

Hi Joey!
This site, if you don’t already know about it, is part of the Boston Public Library resources to the public.
http://heritage.noblenet.org/items/advanced-search
Just enter the words Gloucester or Rockport or any city or town and other category’s in the fields and a wonder of things will appear!
Pass it forward.
Dennis Lovelace  

LOBLOLLY COVE MYSTERY SOLVED!

Lobster liver or pine tree, the mystery of the origins of the name Loblolly Cove is perhaps solved. Thank you to GMG reader “escape pod” for steering us in the direction of the blog Vintage Rockport and to Lois for her suggestion to read about pines during the Eemian interglacial period.

It would be challenging to learn whether the early colonists knew about Loblolly Pine trees in 1700 when the cove was first named by Welshman Peter Emmons. The word loblolly is a combination of lob referring to thick bubbling soup and lolly is from an old British dialect word for broth or soup. In the southeastern United States loblolly means mudhole or mire, in a sense relating to thick soup. Loblolly Pines generally (but not always) grow in the swampy lowlands of the southeast.

More plausible to the mystery of the naming of Loblolly Cove is the following account written by Frederic Sharon in 1939 and found on the Vintage Rockport blog. The article is fascinating, as is the website. The excerpt is pertinent to our mystery, and do read the full account. I loved learning that there was a little fish shack called Haskell’s Camp there at one time on Loblolly Cove. Recently I learned too that lobsters were so plentiful in the days of the early colonist and could be found in such great abundance on the beach amongst the seaweed that one needed only reach out their hand to take one home for dinner; no lobster traps needed!

From Vintage Rockport: A 1939 News Article About Haskell’s Camp and the Origin of the Name ‘Loblolly’

“…The fame of these clambakes was spread by these men and soon summer visitors heard about them. They used to come up from the resorts in tally-ho’s and barges (that was before the automobile) and then they began demanding shore dinners for smaller parties and individuals. So began the business that made Loblolly Cove famous.

“Why Loblolly Cove?” I asked. “What does Loblolly mean?”

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“The Camp” at Loblolly Cove, Rockport, where those wonderful
clambakes originate.

“That’s what I wanted to know, and I was a long time finding out. I found in the dictionary that ‘loblolly’ meant thick oatmeal gruel; another definition said it was a kind of tree. This didn’t suit me; I found that Peter Emmons, a Welshman, received a grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts about the year 1700 of this region. He named it Loblolly Cove. Now why. I wondered.

“Some years ago a Welshman had one of my shore dinners and after finishing his lobster remarked that that was as good a loblolly as he had ever eaten. I pounced on him at once. What did he mean by loblolly?”

“Why,” he replied in surprise, “don’t you know what loblolly is?”

“No,” I said eagerly. “What is it?”

Loblolly on Bread!

“Well, in my boyhood in Wales,” he replied, “we used to catch lobsters and cook them and the piece-de-resistance was the loblolly, the liver or fat of the lobster, you know that sort of greenish thing you see in a broiled lobster. Well that is the loblolly and we used to spread it on bread because we didn’t have much butter. So there you are. The loblolly is a lobster liver.”

“And then to clinch it, one day a lovely old lady from Salem was having a shore dinner and as she finished she said: ‘That was a lovely loblolly.’”

“So I tackled her and here is what she said: ‘Loblolly, why all my life I’ve known the liver or fat of the lobster as the loblolly.’

“‘But, why?’ I asked determined to find out further about this elusive word. ‘Why,’ she said, ‘when I was a girl we used to go to Nahant for our lobsters because there was a Welshman there who caught such wonderful ones, noted because of their delicious loblollies.’

“So that settled it. Peter Emmons was a Welshman, the lobsters he found in his cove had superior ‘loblollies,’ so he named his cove ‘Loblolly Cove’ and the lobsters to this day have kept alive the tradition.

“Well,” continued Haskell, “I was young and wanted to see the world, so I went to New York and entered business. After two companies I was with folded up I decided to come back here, especially as this business had grown and father needed me, so here I’ve been ever since.”

Read more (and learn how they cooked the lobsters) here:

A 1939 News Article About Haskell’s Camp and the Origin of the Name ‘Loblolly’

Mystery at Loblolly Cove

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Haskell’s Camp Loblolly Cove from Vintage Rockport