Kim Smith Upcoming Gardening Programs

Dear Gardening Friends,

The gorgeous weather coinciding with the long weekend is a gift and I am trying to enjoy every spare moment, spending time with my family along with taking advantage of the added opportunity to film more “B” role for video projects. While photographing at Good Harbor Beach late in the day yesterday afternoon two Monarchs heading south flew past. There is a little passel traveling through Gloucester this weekend, along with a host of yellow sulphurs. Look for the butterflies on asters and seaside goldenrod.

I am delighted to tell you about several of my upcoming fall programs:

Wednesday, October12th, 6:30 Lexington Field and Garden Club  Annual Meeting at the National Heritage Museum ~  The Pollinator Garden

Thursday, November 3rd, 10:30 Amherst , NH Garden Club ~ Beauty on the Wing ~ Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly

Guests are welcome to attend!

Getting ready to make the fabulous Ken Duckworth’s Lobster Risotto!

Warmest wishes, Kim


So grateful

As a mother of four grown women it has been an honored to be
their mom.  Now I am a grand mother of
two girls and two boys and new baby on the way.
The joy that grandchildren bring is so amazing and comforting.  My life is so full of love with children, grandchildren, family and husband.  To think that I live in
such a beautiful place puts everything in place.  Every day we all should be grateful for what we have and not moan about what we do not.

Did You Know? (Roseway)

Photos by E.J.

That the Schooner Roseway hauled out this morning at Marine Railways?  She’s a beauty.  Stop by the Railways and check her out.  Here’s some interesting history about her.

History of the Schooner Roseway

In the fall of 1920 a Halifax, Nova Scotia, newspaper challenged the fisherman of Gloucester, Massachusetts, to a race between the Halifax fishing schooners and the Gloucester fleet. Therefore many schooners, such as Roseway, built at this time were not strictly designed for fishing but in order to protect American honor in the annual races.

Roseway, 137′ in sparred length, was designed as a fishing yacht to compete against the Canadians by John James and built in 1925 in his family’s shipyard in Essex, Massachusetts. Father and son worked side by side on Roseway, carrying on a long New England history of wooden shipbuilding. She was commissioned by Harold Hathaway of Taunton, Massachusetts, and was named after an acquaintance of Hathaway’s “who always got her way.” Despite her limited fishing history, Roseway set a record of 74 swordfish caught in one day in 1934.

Roseway was built and maintained to an exceedingly high standard, using a special stand of white oak from Hathaway’s property in Taunton. She had varnished rails and stanchions and had a house built for her every winter. She was so well maintained that the coal for the stove was washed before being stored in the bunker. This kind of treatment, which contributed to her longevity, was unheard of in the commercial fishing fleet.

On December 7, 1941, just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Boston Globe reported the purchase of Roseway by the Boston Pilots Association. In the article, the Pilots described Roseway as “sturdily constructed of oak, the craft is fully capable of withstanding the battering of heavy seas and onslaughts of terrific gales that pilot boats maintaining the lonely vigil off Boston Harbor are called upon to meet.” Clarence Doane, agent for the Boston Pilots, stated that Roseway “approaches as close as possible to specifications of the ideal pilot boat as any vessel. . . .”

In the spring of 1942, Roseway was fitted with a .50-caliber machine gun and assigned to the First Naval District (New England). All lighted navigational aids along the coast were turned off during the war, and it was up to the Pilots and Roseway to guide ships through the minefields and anti-submarine netting protecting the harbor. At the end of the war, the Coast Guard presented a bronze plaque to the pilots in honor of Roseway‘s exemplary wartime service.

She served the pilots well for 32 years and was the last pilot schooner in the United States when she was reluctantly retired in 1973, to be replaced by smaller steel powerboats.

In 1973, Roseway began her transformation to a Windjammer when she was bought by a group of Boston businessmen who rebuilt her below-decks to meet Coast Guard passenger-carrying requirements. In late 1974, she went up for sale and was purchased a year later in Boston by captains Jim Sharp and Orvil Young. In record time, the two captains had added fourteen cabins, creating accommodation for 36 passengers and were under way in the summer of 1975. In 1977, Roseway and the Adventure (built in Essex in 1926) starred in the television remake of Rudyard Kipling’s Captains Courageous, filmed in Camden.

After captains Young and Sharp sold her, she continued in the tourist industry in Camden until a few years ago when she was repossessed by the First National Bank of Damariscotta.

In September 2002, the bank honored a request by the World Ocean School and donated Roseway to be used as a platform for the school. In the early morning hours of November 21, with a crew of two on board, she was harnessed to a tug boat in Rockland harbor and towed to Boothbay Harbor. The following day at the first high tide, she was hauled out of the water on the railway at Sample’s Shipyard where she underwent a complete restoration.

After a two-year restoration of the ship, the school embarked on the maiden voyage to the Great Lakes during the summer of 2005. This voyage was a trial for the ship as well as an opportunity to build support and exposure for the developing School.

In May 2006 Roseway and the World Ocean School relocated to Boston, Massachusetts where program development continued as Roseway was open to the public for the summer season doing day sails and charters.

In November of the same year, Roseway embarked on a passage to St. Croix USVI where she spent the winter serving island students. St. Croix has now become the new winter home port for Roseway. She still summers in the Northeast, primarily in Boston, providing education programs and day sails for the public.

After 84 years of service, she is one of only six original Grand Banks schooners, and the only schooner specifically designed to beat the Nova Scotians in the international fishing vessel races of the 1920s and 1930s. She is a registered U.S. National Historic Landmark operating in Boston and St. Croix, USVI.


E.J. Lefavour

Song of The Sea -Get Your Tickets!

Wondrous Friends and Relations:

Please come out to see Willa (and Lila, Rebecca, Asha, and a whole cast of locals!) in Song of the Sea. Willa and her friends wrote the play last winter and now have starring roles!

The suggested donation for tickets is $15 per person. I encourage you to pay what you can or what you feel is appropriate, especially for those with kids! If you can or want to pay more then please do – It makes it possible for others who cannot pay full price to attend. Either way – Just come! Also, the tickets are considered a donation so they are tax deductible.

There are 12 shows! Help us fill the seats! It’s going to be a great show!

Thanks – Lara 


We talked about this way back when they started putting the show together, now it’s time to go check out the fruit of their labor

We filmed this talking about the beginning stages of production on the 16th of March.

Here is the cast and crew from Henry Allen-

Here is the rest of the cast/crew list for ‘Song of the Sea’, if you want to post it. It has been a wonderful collaborative effort!
Narrator Rose Worthley – Sara Wheeler
Old Lunch Lady Loretta Worthley – Bebe Nelson
Child Loretta – Willa Brosnihan
Girl Loretta – Lila Olson
Young Loretta – Patrice Kelly
Old Lunch Lady Malvina Worthley Murse – Jennifer Lee Levitz
Girl Malvina – Bella Eaton
Lunchroom Kids:
Carla – Shannon Kelly
William – Scott Brown
Sam – Ivan Demarjian
Xavier – Enzo Paganetti
Esperanza – Maeve Plueler
Maleyah the Selkie – Rebecca Dowd
Pirate Mr. Rodgers – Richard Crowell
Mermaid Child – Asha Egmont
Mermaid Queen – Melissa Martin
Composer – Derek Dupuis
Music Director – Ben Patey
Art Directors – Shay Cajolet & Loren Doucette
Sets & Puppets – Students of the Gloucester Community Arts Charter School
Costumes & props: Parents
Production Manager – Nick Neyeloff
Technical Director – Richard Crowell
Assistant Lighting Director – Ramani Rangan
Stage Manager & Makeup – Nicola Scola
Director – Henry Allen

Gloucester Area Astronomy Club Meets Friday October 14


Mars is back! This month’s speaker will be John Sheff, who will tell us all about the 2012 apparition of Mars. With an approaching opposition for Earth-based viewers and the launch of the most ambitious Mars missions ever, Mars will once again be clamoring for attention. What can we, as amateur astronomers, expect during the Mars apparition of 2012? What can we, as space enthusiasts, expect of the upcoming missions to Mars? In this talk John will give an overview of Mars as a target in our telescopes and a destination for our planetary probes in 2012.
The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club meets Friday October 14 at 8:00 in St Paul Lutheran Church in Lanesville, 1123 Washington Street.

Cindy Hendrickson Represents! at the 50th annual Bayfield Applefest Parade Among Her Other Former Apple Queens

Dear Kelly,
Please find attached the photo taken before the 50th annual Bayfield Applefest Parade on Sunday with you and a few of the other former Apple Queens along with Cindy Hendrickson of Gloucester, Massachusetts.  Please share it with the other girls!
The sticker that Cindy holds is from Good Morning Gloucester, a popular blog that chronicles items of local interest.
Visit Gloucester at
Kind regards,
Brian Carlson



Gorton’s Duckie Bakes. Who Knew? Photo From Kellie Rich

Kellie Rich writes-

Ok I’ve been holding off sending a pic of my rubber duckie in cuz well I have no clue what to name him lol. After seeing Donna’s Red Sox duckie I figure its time for mine so here he is making cupcakes.  Thanks Kellie


Last Minute Auction – Tray Lots, Table Lots, Choice & More!

Last week’s auction was a HUGE success! To make room for an important upcoming estate auction,  Walt Kolenda is clearing out the  house.

17 Kondelin Rd. #7, Gloucester MA
(Cape Ann Industrial Park)
Oct. 12th, Wed. Eve. 6pm (inspection 3-6)
(Auctioneer ID #1587)

See more info and photos here:

Here’s the Times article on the new auction house and the auction post on GMG  last week.

G-town Journal, Colombus Day Weekend From FOB Meg Lee

Hi Joey,

Had a fabulous weekend in G-town. Here’s my log:

Sat. 10/8/11

Picked up my bf Lorene at 6:30am and headed up to G-town for some fishing. My homegirl caught the fishing bug this summer, and she’d asked me last week if I’d be interested in going. I had only gone fishing one other time in my life and that was over 20 years ago, so I was up for it. We arrived at the Yankee Fleet behind LAT 43 around 7:15am, got our tickets and boarded the Yankee Freedom for a half day of fishing. There were about 2 dozen going out. The weather was stellar and we were pretty anxious to catch some fish. At our first spot someone caught the first fish within minutes – a dogfish. My friend disappointingly assured me that we would not catch any fish in that spot. We moved to another spot, and same thing. At the third spot, I was like, who let the dogs out? I thought of the movie The Perfect Storm and Billy Tyne saying "I always find the fish!" So each time we moved to a new spot I kept saying "tell us where the fish are Billy Tyne!" I caught a dog at the 4th spot. At the fifth spot, I waited, ans sure enough someone caught another dog. I didn’t bother dropping my line after that. On the way back to shore I told my friend I was a little disappointed but it was a great boat ride and a beautiful day out in the harbor. Captain Tom apologized to us for the unproductive run. I guess it’s just one of those things. Back in St. Peter Square parking lot I shouted out, "Does anybody want a bag of ice?" I told my friend we should go back to the store, return our ice and get our money back. We both laughed. I had previously told my friend about the GMG blog and told her if she was up for it after fishing we should go to Capt Joe and Sons so she could meet Joey C and get a bumper sticker.

So, we put our empty coolers in the back of the car and trekked on over to 95 East Main St. Great to see and chat with you again Joey, and thanks for the new bumper sticker. We drove down to Rocky Neck, as Lorene had never been there before. I took her down to the Khan Studio/GMG Gallery to meet E.J. We had a nice visit and Lorene scored one of EJ’s prints of a lighthouse scene. We went back to the Rocky Neck parking lot, had a tail gate snack and hung out for a while. My friend really liked it there. We called it a day and headed back to Everettaround 3:30pm.

Sun. 10/9/11

The kids and I headed out around 10:30am for a trek to G-town to take in the Cape Ann Artisans Tour. I knew we wouldn’t be able to make all the stops, including stopping at the Arts and Craft festival in Annisquam that E.J. had recommended. Marty Morgan’s place was hopping with visitors, and we briefly chatted with Marty’s colleague who was busy at the potter’s wheel. Next on to Judy Wright’s studio. My personal opinion is that Judy has the most killer spot of the tour. My daughter Melee commented that it’s like being on the edge of the world. Gorgeous. We walked up and found Judy sitting outside with her colleague Jan Weinshanker of Apple Bay Designs. We all went into the studio and as usual Judy had some outstanding mosaic work, as well as some new paintings, jewelry and pastel work. I love Judy’s pastel paintings. She uses a very unusual technique of layering colors that produces a fabulous end result. Nice seeing you again Judy, and meeting you Jan. On to Marge Rack’s place, where we were delighted to see that Marge had her seven year old grand daughter Sophie in tow. Marge had some 3d wire abstract designs that were very detailed, and some walnut ink prints that were quite nice. Nice to see you again Marge, and meeting and chatting with Sophie. Let us know how that kiln project for your colleague unfolds. It would be great to attend that event. From there we headed back downtown to Beth Williams studio, and I did pass on your hello to her, Joey. She was delighted to receive the message. Beth does amazing things with glass. I love it that her jewelry is so outside of the mainstream. Plus, everywhere you turn in her studio there are bursts of color everywhere – she has it laid out so that you’re constantly wowed by the different pieces on display. Nice seeing you again Beth and thanks for chatting with us. No time to lose so we were off to Rocky Neck to visit the Khan Studio/GMG Gallery. I wanted to purchase a Finest Kind Calendar before the gallery closed down for the season. Melee was able to purchase 2 of E.J.’s prints, a floral and a silhouette of a rafter in Jamaica. Until next year, E.J., and hope you have a productive, creative winter in Annisquam. We stopped at Gallery 5 per E.J.’s recommendation, and met Jeff Cluett for the second time. We first met Jeff at Sidewalk Days in August, and we were happy to see him displaying his work on Madfish Wharf. Jeff does something really cool – his business cards are hand made, so that every one is unique. Novel idea Jeff! While Melee and I had been chatting with E.J., Freddo snuck out and went into Diana’s Gallery and came back to us and reported that a lady in one of the galleries was from Everett. So, at his suggestion we went in and met Diana Pasquariello. Small world for sure. Our families never knew each other but we had a common bond of being from one of those small close knit communities from back in the day, the city of Everett. Diana had some amazing watercolor pieces in her gallery; she does fabulous work. Nice meeting someone from back in the hood, Diana! It was 3:30pm and I wanted to get to Bart Stuyf’s before the tour ended, so I didn’t think we’d have time to stop at the Imagine Gallery. Making haste back up Rocky Neck Ave., we saw Brenda sitting outside having a late lunch. We decided to make a quick stop, as she was having a blow out end of the season sale. Melee got a bracelet so it was worth the stop. Plus, it’s always nice to connect with good vibes Brenda. We headed back to the parking lot and back down East Main St. to Stacey Blvd. and 127 into Magnolia. Bart Stuyf is also in a great secluded location with killer harbor views. Bart is one of our favorites on the tour, and we have a kindred connection with his wife Amy and daughters Sarah and Kate. Bart has done some amazing new work. He had some pieces with sea horses swimming in the sea grass – copper sea horses and brass sea grass. Visually stimulating and very relaxing to look at at the same time. He was actively constructing an octopus during our visit. Keep up the great work Bart. We love your creations and are very fond of your family!

Back onto 127 south headed for home.

Thus ends another adventure in G-town. See you next time.

FOB, Meg Lee

Pictures From The Set- Shooting “Letters To Annabelle” Last Weekend In Gloucester

Executive Producer Seng Varipath sends in these photos-

Hi Joey.  Here are some pix I took with my smart phone while in Gloucester over the weekend.  We had a great time and the weather was beautiful.  Let me know if u need anything else from me and thanx for the support.  Sending u several pix to choose from.


Kim Smith Sends In Her Photo of Her Version of Sista Felicia’s Apple Spice Cake

Hi Felicia and Joey,

Felicia’s Apple Spice Cake was a super fabulous hit with my family Thank you!!!!!


P.S. Chunks went missing before i had a chance to photograph!

PP.S I don’t have a large bundt pan; your recipe made four smallish cakes: one small bundt, one heart-shape, and two very small loaf pans. I froze the two loaf cakes so the kids can take them back to school. And also added grated orange rind to the batter and chopped walnuts to the batter and frosting.

Felicia's Apple Cakejpg