Found On Ebay: Grumbacher Palette Talk Magazine

Found On Ebay: Grumbacher Palette Talk Magazine #65

My Father was featured in Grumbacher art supplies “Palette Talk” Magazine a few times.

Artists featured in it would discuss techniques that they were known for. They liked the way my father represented fog on the working waterfront.

I own a few copies of this issue that are not for sale.

The Photo on the cover of is the Infamous Gloucester Fishing Vessel “Judith Lee Rose”

Not a bad price for that issue. It was .50 cents back in 1986






How long have you lived in Gloucester?

I’ve been on Cape Ann in one town or another for 38 years, I live in Rockport now.
What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

Sailing season.
Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?

Well, if I answered it wouldn’t be secret anymore, but Steel Derrick Quarry is right at the top of the list.
What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

Delaney’s. They make the best thin crust and the sauce is not overly sweet.
What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

Virgilio’s for an Italian, Destino’s for cheesesteak.
What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?

We’d probably stay home and broil scallops.
What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

I don’t drink alcohol.
What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

George’s, Lobsta Land a close second.

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

Small venue: GWC’s Fish Tales story telling

Large venue: Schooner Festival

Family event: The Fish Box Derby
In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?

Boats. Mine or Adventure.
Who is your favorite local artist?

David Montgomery
Which is your favorite local beach?

Not a beach guy.
Who has the best chowder in town?

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

The Gloucester Clam, consistently terrific writing.
Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?

What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?

I enjoy walking down Main Street and seeing people I know. Looking forward to having the Chamber involved this year.
What is your favorite local band?

What Time is it Mr. Fox
What about Gloucester sets it apart from anywhere else?

It’s real, not a caricature of itself. The people who live here are passionate about making the best of the natural gifts we have, and even if they don’t always agree 100%, they find a way to work together to make things happen. There is always something going on, music, festivals, art, lectures, et cetera, because folks step up and put in the effort.


MAYOR RECOGNITION DAY BACKYARD GROWERS MAYOR ROMEO THEKEN LARA LEPOINKA -5 Kim Smith 2016. JPGIn honor of Mayor Recognition Day, today at City Hall Megan Stratton, Marina Lavender, and Courtland Kelly were recognized for their service at Backyard Growers. On behalf of the City of Gloucester, Mayor Romeo Theken gave commendations to Megan, Backyard Growers Food Corps service member, and to Courtland and Marina, who are both Americorps service members. On behalf of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, all three women were recognized by Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante for their service to Gloucester.MAYOR RECOGNITION DAY BACKYARD GROWERS MAYOR ROMEO THEKEN LARA LEPOINKA -3 Kim Smith 2016. JPG

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Director Dawn Sarrouf shares that fifth grade student Erin McCarthy is singing an original rap created by third grade student Seamus Swift, with words by William Shakespeare.


New Jerusalem

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Most people are aware that there are two possible endings in the Bible.  This is the one I choose, and I hope everyone I have ever known in life chooses it too.

Revelation 21

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

“Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them; they will be his people, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.”

And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And in the spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. It has the glory of God and a radiance like a very rare jewel, like jasper, clear as crystal. It has a great, high wall with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates are inscribed the names of the twelve tribes of the Israelites; on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city has twelve foundations, and on them are the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

The angel who talked to me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls. The city lies foursquare, its length the same as its width; and he measured the city with his rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal. He also measured its wall, one hundred forty-four cubits by human measurement, which the angel was using. The wall is built of jasper, while the city is pure gold, clear as glass. The foundations of the wall of the city are adorned with every jewel; the first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. And the twelve gates are twelve pearls, each of the gates is a single pearl, and the street of the city is pure gold, transparent as glass.

I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. Its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Revelation 22:1-7

Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.

And he said to me, “These words are faithful and true”; and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His angel to show to His bond-servants the things which must soon take place.

“And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.”

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9). Even our wildest imaginings cannot begin to approach the threshold of what God has prepared in eternity for those who love him, and are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Help Name the new Cape Ann Reads mascot extended

No, Paul did not say ‘Rubber Duck’s friend’

The seagull with spectacles is a logo designed by Ashley Curcuru, member of the Teen Artist Guild (TAG) at The Hive Cape Ann Art Haven in downtown Gloucester. The bird needs a name! Have some fun, jot down a suggestion and give it to your local librarian. And please ask your kids to drop off their ideas, too. I see Paul Morrison has tossed in an entry on the Sawyer Free Facebook page…

Kudos to Valerie Marino for the library’s social media and that cute desk display.

Cape Ann Reads is a dynamite year of FREE programs designed around the world of children’s books. There’s something happening every month,thanks to the four public libraries and community partners. Upcoming for Cape Ann Reads  is a major double-header on Saturday, April 16th, with Anita Silvey, a big force in the world of children’s publishing and promotion. Make your reservations soon as the programs are popular!

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Spring at Plum Cove

Waiting….always waiting for something.   Right now we are all patiently waiting for the arrival of warm days where we can sit on the sandy beach…when the life guard IS on duty.   Until then we can be grateful for this view from Plum Cove Beach this morning….still blue skies but with a little touch of white stuff (and a whole lot chillier!).  Happy Grati-Tuesday!

Schrafft’s Candy

The fact alone that there exists some candy company lineage in their DNA explains my children’s sweet tooths (sweet teeth does not sound right at all).  Give me ice cream or chocolate any day, but sugary candy, cupcakes, cake, what have you…does nothing for me.  My boys, while great eaters and connoisseurs of some pretty sophisticated meal choices, LOVE their sweets.

Yesterday I did a post about a post card of the little beach at the end of our street.  I stumbled upon it on eBay.  Having found that….I explored a bit…and also found this kind of funny and quirky advertisement for Schrafft’s Candy.  Some day I’ll get around to framing it for the boys’ bedroom.

“Just as you do tire, eat a few pieces of Schrafft’s candy. Notice how quickly your energy comes back. Schrafft’s candy is one of nature’s shortest cuts to stimulation through food. For your health’s sake keep a box handy when you work or play.”

Who would have thought?



Aaron Smith from Gloucester. He is about three weeks away from completing marine boot camp


Hi Joey, I wanted to send this along to you. My daughter did her internship as a Guidance Councilor at GHS a few years ago. She is now a councilor in Maine. She did a program at Paris Island last week and wound up meeting this young man- Aaron Smith from Gloucester. He is about three weeks away from completing marine boot camp. She said he is a great guy and will make a fine Marine! It was fun to meet someone from home. This was a write up in the local paper. Bulletin Board Listings For 4/5/16

Fishtown Horribles Parade for a Pool Party Fundraiser

April 4, 2016 ~ coliecatherine

Come join the Fishtown Horribles Parade for a Pool Party Fundraiser. We will be at the Cape Ann Marina on Sunday April 10, 2016 from 4pm til 7pm. We will have a 50/50 raffle and a family basket raffle. $10 for children and $12 for adults to swim. If you will be too tired to make dinner after swimming you can enjoy dinner poolside with the Mile Marker. Thanks for your support and hope to see you there. Please share this to spread the word!


Rotary FUNdraiser “A Night at the Races”


April 4, 2016 ~ trixy546

The Gloucester Rotary Club invites the public to attend their FUNdraising event – “A Night at the Races” on Friday, April 29, 2016 at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe’s Wharf in Gloucester. Doors open at 6:30 pm. All proceeds from this event will support local and international programs of the Gloucester Rotary.

A Night at the RacesA special prize for the best “Derby Hat” will be awarded!

A Night at the Races promises to be a fun-filled evening for adults with all the suspense and excitement of being at the racetrack. High quality, video-taped horse races are narrated from start to finish by lively announcers. During the evening there will be complimentary hors d’oeuvre, a cash bar, and variety of raffles. For the most fun, reserve a table – bring a group. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased at Carroll K. Steele Insurance Agency, BankGloucester, The Weathervane or by contacting any Gloucester Rotarian.

The Gloucester Rotary Club was established in 1923, and has more than 60 members who are leaders in the community. Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self” is the basis of all their good work. With funds raised through events, the club has been a significant supporter of local community organizations and causes.

Spring Open House at EPDS

April 3, 2016 ~ epdsfrontdesk

Our Next Open House is this Wednesday (April 6th) from 9 am to 11 am! Come find out why our kids love coming school! Student guided tours, one on one time to meet with our staff and get an overview of our philosophy and curriculum.

Open houses at EPDS are a great way to learn about our school and programs for PreK through 8th Grade! Interested students and their families are welcome and encouraged to attend! Our kids will share with you why they love this school, as they tour you through our classrooms. From a parent’s perspective, you’ll learn about our focus on academic excellence, small class sizes, respect for your child’s individualism and our reasonable tuition.


Can’t make an Open House? CONTACT US anytime to schedule a tour!

Call us at 978.283.1700 or via email: