The Bean and Snoop Maddie Mad Give The Little Mermaid Jr At O’Maley A Bazillion Thumbs Up

We just caught the dress rehearsal and I’ll let the Bean and Snoop Maddie Mad’s review speak for itself-

Don’t be the neglectful parent that deprives your child the opportunity to see this performance!

The O’Maley Innovation Middle School’s Performing Arts Department cordially invites members of the Cape Ann Community to attend our upcoming production of Disney’s Little Mermaid Junior.

Performance dates and times are as follows and tickets can be purchased at the door.


Since September, our cast and crew of almost one hundred 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students have been rehearsing twice every week after school.  You will be inspired by the talent and exuberance radiating from these young performers singing, dancing, and acting out this popular and heartwarming story.   Performing Arts classes during O’Maley’s school day focus on developing students’ 21st Century Skills and Common Core mastery through an interdisciplinary, project-based curriculum that utilizes the mediums of Theater, Music and Dance. This production is an excellent showcase of our department’s extra-curricular offerings, which focus on developing standards in the disciplines of Music (Chorus), Dance, and Theatre within a performance setting.

See you at the show!

Pictures from today’s dress rehearsal-


The Bean’s Pictures from The Little Mermaid Jr Dress Rehearsal at The Bean’s World

also see coverage of today’s dress rehearsal from 5 year old Snopp Maddie Mad here-

The Little Mermaid Jr

and Jason Grow’s video-

Check Out The Gloucester Wind Turbines From Scituate on Boston Harbor Beacon

The Gloucester wind mills visible all the way from Scituate

Posted on March 3, 2013 by BHB

A great perspective of the expanse of Massachusetts Bay: Yesterday, the three new wind turbines recently put up in Gloucester were visible all the way from Scituate! Here is a photo of them, with Minot Light and Scituate Glades in foreground as proof:

click photo to see full sized photo on Boston Harbor Beacon


North Shore Magazine Best of North Shore 2013 Voting Is Open and GMG Is Nominated Along with Many other Gloucester and Rockport and Essex Favs


GMG is nominated in the “Play” category under best blog again, but there are a ton of local businesses that completely deserve your vote.

Many Categories for you to vote for- vote here

Our team would appreciate if you, or one of your children has been positively affected by our promotion of your organization and if you feel like the effort we put in is worthy, to share this post with your friends who may feel that GMG is deserving of best blog through Facebook, Twitter or  email.  The options to share this post are all available below this post.

Thank you for your support and don’t forget to vote in the other categories for our great local restaurants and services that have been nominated as well.

Thanks for your support

Schooner Adventure’s History Sharing Program – March 8, 2013

Schooner Adventure’s History Sharing Program – March 8, 2013 (10am)

Come see images of old Gloucester and share your own memories during these free monthly presentations at the Rose Baker Senior Center. This month – “Ghosts of Vincent Cove:

The Shipbuilders and their Vessels” See images and hear about the ship builders and their vessels in Gloucester’s Vincent Cove, the area now filled in where the Senior Center now sits. (Program supported by New England Biolabs Foundation). For more information – call Schooner Adventure @978-281-8079.


Debbie and Friends

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Join Debbie and her band for “Story Songs and Sing Alongs”.  Get ready for some sing-along, dance-along, laugh-along family fun in this rockin’ musical journey through classic kids’ tales and original songs!

Debbie and Friends concerts are fun for the whole family.  Parents and kids join in this interactive “variety show,” which includes a diverse array of styles including rock, pop, country, reggae, and Broadway-esque tunes.  You’ll become the Big Bad Wolf and blow the house down, fix Rosie’s wrong rhymes, test your skills with the Simon Sez Song, and share a special moment with your loved ones singing “Love Is a Family.”

This full-band performance will include both Debbie and Friends songs and some classic favorites, with a cast of top-shelf musicians from Berklee College of Music, including Debbie Cavalier vocals and keyboard, Rory McKenzie on bass, Eric Saulnier on guitar, Bill D’Agostino on drums, Mike Carrera on vocals and crazy character voices, including the “wolf”… and surprise guest performers!

Debbie is former West Parish School music teacher Debbie Cavalier, and Debbie’s bass player is Gloucester’s own Rory McKenzie.  The Debbie and Friends web site is

 Advance tickets can be gotten at, Toad Hall Bookstore, or Gloucester Music.  Tickets $8

Garden Design Lecture Thursday Night in West Newbury

Think Spring!

Lilac and Red Admiral ©Kim Smith 2012

Lilac ‘Maiden’s Blush’ (Syringa vulgaris) and the Friendly Red Admiral

Tomorrow night I am presenting one of my garden design lectures in West Newbury. For a complete list of programs that I offer, see the Programs page on my blog. For a list of upcoming lectures and programs, see the Events page on my blog.

Note: Program Rescheduled for June 6th.

Magnolia sieboldii bud ©Kim Smith 2012

Oyama Magnolia Bud (Magnolia sieboldii)

The Oyama Magnolia is often planted adjacent to tea gardens in Japan because the blossom of the small tree nods downward, allowing the seated person to look up into the face of the flower. The first time I  saw (or should say smelled) Magnolia sieboldii was in a wholesale nursery close to the Rhode Island border, where a single large specimen was tucked in with other more common species of magnolia. The divine fragrance emanating from the tree had drawn me towards it. The tree was unmarked, but since I so strongly value fragrance in plants, I had read about it and knew exactly what it was. Spring had not yet sprung in Gloucester and the honeysuckle sweet and citrus fragrance was intoxicating to my winter weary brain. I tied my tag around to claim it and have adored this tree since the day our Oyama Magnolia arrived to our garden.


Award-winning local songwriter/producer wants to help you take your songs to the next level

Check this out from  Brad Byrd, whose songs have appeared on TV shows, including ABC’s Happy Endings, MTV’s Teen Mom, The Challenge, Downtown Girls, VH1’s The TO Show, E! Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and in TV commercials and films, including Bloodline.

Brad says,
Hi there, are you a songwriter!??  Have you ever thought about working with a “producer” to make them, as they say in the biz “fully realized”?? Well, aside from developing my own songs, I LOVE working (and developing relationships) w/other artists/songwriters on their SONGS as a producer, songwriter, arranger, music director, songwriting teacher, drummer, vocalist, and/or guitar player (teacher).  I work out of my home studio, do skype sessions, travel to client’s homes, and have had the unique opportunity of working out of various amazing studios around the country for over 10 years!  If you have songs, and think that working with a producer could help get them (YOU) to next level in your music career, well, I think I can help…  

See more here along with a long (shortlist) of musicians you’ve heard of, for whom he’s produced .  If you’re not sure what a “fully realized” song is like, check out his new video, below (more Brad Byrd videos here).

Chelsea Berry & Dawn Mitschele: Songwriters’ Circle ~ March 27

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Presented by Single Tree Music and The Historic Manchester Trust, this intimate Wednesday evening performance at Manchester by the Sea’s Crowell Chapel will feature two incredible songwriters performing original material, side-by-side and sharing the stories behind the songs.This will be a unique opportunity for the audience to engage the musicians and gain an intimate understanding of where the inspiration for the music came from.Special opening appearance by Manchester’s Alexandra Valenti.Doors open at 6:30pm. Show starts at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $20.00 each and are general admission OR guests may select to purchase a full pew (bench) in the Chapel which will seat up to 6 to 7 guests for $120.00. Pews will be reserved on a first ordered, first reserved basis from the front of the chapel to the rear.

Tickets available at:



Chelsea Berry is a singer/songwriter with incredible edge, power, and finesse. Her presence has been described by listeners as “compelling… she draws the entire house into her world like moths to a flame.”

Chelsea is a singer-songwriter from Alaska who moved to the Boston area to attend Berklee College of Music. She regularly opens for some of the best known folk acts in the country including Chris Smither, Cheryl Wheeler, Patty Larkin, Marshall Crenshaw, Livingston Taylor, and she recently opened for Chris Isaak at the North Shore Music Theatre.
Other well-known venues at which Chelsea has performed include, The Firehouse in Newburyport, The Tupelo Music Hall – both in NH & VT, The House of Blues, Boston, One Longfellow in Portland, ME, The Iron Horse Music Hall in Northamption, MA and Carnegie Hall in NYC.

Best known for her angelic vocals and smooth acoustic style, singer/songwriter Dawn Mitschele (pronounced MITCH-eh-LEE) is making her mark on San Diego music, while drawing a wide range of fans across the US and Europe.

Her latest five-song EP, “Love Remains” (May 2012 release) has already received airplay on Santa Monica’s KCRW as well as hometown stations KPRI and 91X, and the song “Lamplighter” was picked up by the nationally syndicated radio show, “Acoustic Cafe.”

TV shows Justified, 666 Park Blvd and Elementary have placed songs from Dawn’s “Love Remains” EP and her “In the Moonlight” album. Her voice can also be heard in the feature films “10 years” and “Liberal Arts.”

In November 2012, Dawn released the song, “My Love Has A Home,” a single track available as a free download on bandcamp. (

Dawn will follow up her most recent tours of the East Coast and Europe, with a Spring 2013 tour in the Midwest and the East Coast where she continues to engage new fans.

The Thursday night blues party @ The Rhumb Line is going to be crazy good. 3.7.2013

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Have you noticed that it  stays light out until almost 6 ? Spring is bustin’ out all over! Like a disease!
But seriously, folks, lets’ stop worrying about our muffin tops and do something about it: dance!!
Therefore, allow me to introduce Mr. John Keegan™, erstwhile leader of “Madhouse”, blues cheerleader,stage manager, and all around general mucky muck. He’s gonna grab your earlobes and twist them into submission, make you scream and cry. You’ll lose 10 lbs. in 3 hours or double Fred’s money back!

John Keegan
The band’s hot, too: We have John Hyde, Chick magnet II and jazz snob, on his organ again, Dave Brown, multi-grained gootarist and silicone slide master  lording over his spaghetti pile of guitar cables and our Irish Ace of Pace, Mr. Benny Benson wailing’ on those skins. and me, too, on base. It’s the dance party of the season!


benny benson headshaft photos

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John Hyde, Benny Benson and Dave Brown

Don’t forget our new hours: 8 to 11. This gives you time to recover for the next day!

Also,  the Good Old Salty Jazz Band will be wailing at the rose Baker Senior Center next monday from 1 to 3. It’s free!




GoalieClinicThe unsung hero of lacrosse is the Goalie, the one who is the last line of defense, the one who takes the outcome of a games loss to heart but shares in the glory of the win.  CAYL Girls Lacrosse Director/Coach and All Star Goalie, Meghan MacLaughlin (front row blue jersey)held a Goalie Clinic for both High School and Cape Ann Lacrosse Youth players last night at GHS. Meghan’s lacrosse legacy started in the 6th Grade was a 4 year starting goalie at Pingree, then recruited to play for the University of Richmond at Virginia. The Clinic was a success, CAYL would like to thank, Meghan, all the Goalies and the Lacrosse players that helped out.   The Lacrosse season starts in April, so go out enjoy the warm weather and watch a game or two of Lacrosse!

Pet of the Week-Ruby!

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Hello, my name is Ruby and I am a purebred, three-year-old Beagle.  My story is a little bit different than most – you see, I may have some adjustment issues when I first go into a home.   I have never been in a home!  I have been a hunting dog all my life, but now I am totally free to become a house pet.  I love people and other dogs. and I am very sweet.   If you like to meet me, I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane in Gloucester (

Wow!  Is this shelter nice!  I think this might be as close to a home as possible.   The staff and volunteer here are so kind to me, I am really feeling special and like a princess.

I hope to meet you soon and as my name says, I am Ruby; a true gem!

Statues & Plaques" in Gloucester From Peter Dorsey

Peter Dorsey writes-


From time to time I like exploring Gloucester, and finding important things that I never noticed before. There are several important statues and plaques

around and about which memorialize the men and women of Gloucester in different battles and wars. I’ll send you my photographs of these, and you can put up the ones you think are interesting.

Here is a Civil War statue on Leonard Street that honors the men who fought and died in that war from Annisquam. It is in a quiet little grassy area this is across from the entrance to Rockwood Heights I think.

I am have been a residential real estate broker with Coldwell Banker for 26 years. Also I have started rowing down on Harbor Loop with the Gloucester Rowing Club at Maritime Gloucester. I have roots in Gloucester that go back to 1919 when my father was born here. Every year, as I do business in this city, and travel around Cape Ann, I find more and more interesting things. I like to share some of these finds with my camera.”