4th Annual Mardi Gras Fundraiser to Support YMCA Teens Service Mission to New Orleans

4th Annual Mardi Gras Fundraiser
FAT Tuesday, February 12, 2013 11:30am- close
Teen Leaders from across the North Shore YMCA Service area will make their 4th trip to New Orleans, Louisiana to assist in rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina disaster.  Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005. and though many years have passed since Katrina destroyed most of New Orleans and its neighboring communities, there’s still work to be done to bring this area back to “normal”.
“The devastation is vast, even years later”, explains Rick Doucette, Executive Director of Teen and Camp Services at the Cape Ann YMCA.  “This is a tremendous opportunity for local teens to help make a profound and lasting difference in the lives of people who so desperately need a helping hand.”   Travel, lodging and meal expenses are estimated at $1,100 per youth.  Our hope is to fully fund each teen’s trip through a collaborative effort with local donors and businesses doing events over the next couple months.  The Latitude 43 event is in its 4th year, and, like the trip itself, and has become a high point of our year; kicking off our fundraising efforts in preparation for the trip.”
“The event has been a big success for the teens raising travel money in past years. And it’s become a very important part of our connection to the community”, said Zak Sears, General Manager of Latitude 43 and Minglewood Tavern.  “Even our music this year is locally based and totally donated. The guys from The Runaround are my friends and a few are my cousins.  So when I asked them to help out, they agreed without hesitation.  This is Gloucester”.
The teen participants are involved in the preparations as much as they are the actual mission.  Dressed in Mardi Gras costumes, handing out beads and selling raffle tickets the night of is only part of their commitment to the success of their trip. Teens are credited for all of the in-kind (raffle item) donations they secure for the event.
“We believe this should be a team effort, and that the kids learn as much from having to work for their trip as they do in actually going to New Orleans,” Doucette explains.  “And by soliciting their own raffle items, they are reaching out within their own circles to build awareness for the trip and for the importance of our work in Louisiana.  These teens really get so much throughout the process to the end of the journey; their feedback in our Trip Reflections always show amazing insight and gratitude.”

Event Details
Special supplemental "Cajun" Menu available throughout both Latitude 43 and Minglewood for both lunch and dinner.
Live Entertainment in Minglewood Tavern from 7:30-10:30PM provided by:
The Runaround – Local Ska sensations
Reservations for dinner in the Latitude 43 Dining Room strongly recommended. Lunch reservations in Lat43 also available. Minglewood Tavern is first-come, first-serve.
Latitude 43 Restaurant & Bar
25 Rogers Street Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930 Phone: 978-281-0223

There will also be Raffles for Goods and Services, a 50/50 Raffle and other events planned throughout the evening.

Want to help MORE? This year, a second Mardi Gras Themed event has been added to raise more funds as the participant list has grown with the inclusion of the other North Shore Y Teen Groups – a concert at the historic Larcom Theater in Beverly featuring Henri Smith and Charles Neville on February 8th , with  50% of ticket sales donated to the trip.

Charles Neville is a Grammy winner and Henri Smith is both an incredible entertainer and a New Orleans native. The theater is a piece of history and the night will be one to remember. Tickets available through http://www.gimmesound.com

As they say in New Orleans, "Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler". Let the good times roll……


Mardi Gras 2013

Sista Felicia’s Heavenly Blueberry Lemon Tea Cake

Sista Felicia Blueberry lemon cake ©Kim Smith 2013

Felicia and I are embarking on a project together. She has been very patient while I get all my “stuff ” done–work I need to accomplish during the winter months to make all landscape design and film projects flow more smoothly throughout the year. Look at this gorgeous Blueberry Lemon Tea Cake that she dropped off to help hurry me along.  Believe me when I say, the cake tasted as scrumptious as it looks. Good thing I snapped a photo the minute it was brought in from the porch because when I returned to have a slice, the cake was half eaten.  I am so looking forward to the publication of Felicia’s first cookbook!

Sista Felicia ©Kim Smith 2013JPG

Thank you Felicia!

Follow Felicia on Twitter @SistaFelicia

Leading up to Mardi Gras weekend, you can catch Henri Smith on Radio & TV tomorrow

Henri Smith with Aurelia Nelson
Aurelia Nelson (L) with Henri Smith (R)
104.9 Production Director Jay Foss in background

As you can see in the picture, when Aurelia Nelson and Henri Smith get together everybody has fun.

Aurelia decided to reprise last week’s Curtain Up again tomorrow SUN at 9am.  Don’t miss it this time.  Set your alarm and tune into 104.9FM.

Then at 6pm you can catch the very first Local Music Seen with Allen Estes show filmed on location.

Allen Estes (L) with Henri Smith ~ photo Roger Ward

Last Mardi Gras (2/21/12) after a brief studio intro, we took the cameras and crew to Minglewood Tavern  to film Henri Smith’s excellent band featuring Charles Neville at a Mardi Gras fundraiser for the Y Teens Rebuild New Orleans trip.  The result is a high energy concert and interview with Henri Smith and Charles Neville in Latitude 43’s super comfy lounge area.  This special show airs tomorrow (SUN) at 6pm on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 and again WED 2/6 at 6:30pm

Henri Smith w/ Charles Neville on sax North Shore Music Theatre
June 2012 ~ Photo by Paul Lyden

For Mardi Gras 2013, Henri Smith and his band featuring Charles Neville will perform their Y Benefit concert at the historic Larcom Theatre in Beverly this Friday, February 8th at 7:30pm.  Tickets are selling fast, so get yours here.  Plus, there’s a great VIP Package, including premium reserved seating in the first 5 rows, exclusive pre-show Mardi Gras party with a Cajun inspired buffet by Chianti’s of Beverly, meet & greet with the performers and more (see details here).  VIP Tickets are limited.  Get them here.

But don’t wait for next weekend.  There’s plenty of live music this weekend and much of it starts early enough to bring the kids.  See the full live music lineup here.

“Top Secret Science” at St. Ann School

On Friday Feb. 2, Michael Bergen of “Top Secret Science and Math” came to do some activities with the students of St. Ann School.  I’m not sure who had more fun, he or the kids!  I stopped in to take some photos and to see what he would do (I love hands-on science stuff…).  I couldn’t stay long, but I got some shots that show how much fun everyone was having – the kids making rubber balls from water and powdery crystals, and Michael Bergen throwing fire from his hands…



Fr. Matthew Green



By Scott Stump, TODAY contributor

Let the spring fever commence!

Punxsutawney Phil crawled out early Saturday morning and did not see his shadow, signaling it will be an early spring.

“Spring, bring it on,” said TODAY’s Erica Hill.

“The groundhog has proved me wrong once again,” said TODAY’s Dylan Dreyer, who guessed the Phil would see his shadow. “He messes me up.”

Coming into this year, Phil had seen his shadow 100 times and had not seen it only 16 times since 1886, according to Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle. There are no records for the missing 10 years. The 15 members of the inner circle, clad in tophats and tuxedos, decide in advance whether to announce Phil has seen his shadow or not, even though the groundhog does the symbolic duty.

In Punxsutawney, which is about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, the groundhog annual makes his prediction on a hill known as Gobbler’s Knob. The event annually attracts more than 15,000 people and brought as many as 30,000 in the wake of the 1993 release of the Bill Murray classic movie “Groundhog Day,” according to the Inner Circle. There also are updates on Twitter and Facebook.

The celebration dates to the early Christians in Europe, particularly the Germans, who were some of the earliest settlers of Pennsylvania and believed the groundhog’s intelligence was such that if the sun came out on Feb. 2 it would be smart enough to go back underground for another six weeks of winter. The first written observance of the tradition came in 1886 after it had earlier been conducted privately in wooded areas outside town.

Read more:

Punxsutawney Phil stuffs the competition 
The origins of 13 enduring superstitions
Punxsutawney Phil and 7 other animals who predict the future


CFTA Call for Public Art

Catherine Ryan submits-

We are so fortunate to have so many publications arts councils, and organizations across the US publish and promote the Call.

Like this one: Gloucester’s Public Art Challenge was one of three “Call for Entries” that AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS featured in their January 2013 members monthly

Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing arts and arts education. www.artsusa.org

Artists visit http://ghwalk.blogspot.com/ for the application/call



Conversations with Artist and Scientist Collaborators Featuring Karen Ristuben at The MOS March 3rd

Behind Ocean Stories:
Conversations with Artist and Scientist Collaborators

a public event at the Museum of Science, Boston

on Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 from 1pm-3pm


Detail of Within, the ways of water by Anastasia Azure (photo by Johanna Wolfson)

Join us as the artists and scientists who worked together to produce Ocean Stories discuss the powerful collaborative process that gave rise to this exhibit. Hear firsthand about the challenges they faced and the surprises they uncovered.

Presentations and panel discussions will begin at 1pm at the Museum of Science, on the CS&T stage, followed by a meet, greet, & mingle with the artists and scientists in the Ocean Stories exhibit hall.

This event is free with museum admission.
Free admission to the museum with valid MIT or WHOI ID card. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

– the Synergy team

Synergy is an experimental project that catalyzes collaboration between artists and research scientists. To create Ocean Stories, eight professional artists were paired with ocean scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Learn more about Synergy and Ocean Stories at www.synergyexhibit.org.

Community Stuff 2/2/13



With inspirational author, video-producer and song-writer "Jayzee" (Jorgelina Zeoli)

Practical spirituality is the incorporation of spiritual values in daily living. In doing so, one learns to remain calm, centered and positive in the midst of life trials.

This class/self-help group will discuss short spiritual readings by different authors, addressing the struggles of our human condition. Simple practices will be taught to support and guide the search for empowerment, meaning, contentment and joy. (This is not a therapy group.)

Thursdays Feb. 14th – March 7th, 1pm – 2pm.

At the Manchester Community Center (by the T station)

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

$60/four sessions

For more information or to register, please call 978.768.7371