GMG FOBs Don’t Forget Kim Smith’s Evening Tour Of Willowdale Estate’s Butterfly Gardens Which She Designed Monday!

Kim writes-

Please join me Monday evening for a tour of the butterfly gardens I designed for Willowdale Estate. Come experience a taste of Briar’s gracious hospitality and enjoy refreshments served in the conservatory. The tulips are at their peak and look simply spectacular this year. I will also be showing several of my short films. Please RSVP to Sarah at: ~ 978-887-8211.

I hope to see you there!

Willowdale Kim Smith Artist spotlight event 2013

The Freedom Run

Muffy White submits-

This is a message for our awesome Cape Ann running community.

There is a new race this Memorial Day called the Freedom Run. This run is a hyper-patriotic celebration in honor of our service men and women.

A portion of the proceeds is going towards The Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation – which is an organization created in honor of Glen Doherty that is committed to helping former special operations professionals transition and succeed into civilian life. image

Glen was one of the 2 former Navy SEALs who died defending the American Embassy in the Benghazi attack on September 11th, 2012.  He was an amazing man and a member of our family.  We are honored to have this race as a way to show our pride and love for him.  My son Callahan (age 7) will be running this race (his first 5K) for his Uncle Glen.  He is being joined by his best buddy Luke and an amazing group of Cape Ann runners. I want to give a special shout out to Ann Sanfilippo (she is Cal’s first grade teacher at EGS)who is among that group.  What an amazing feeling to be running a race with YOUR own teacher!  We would love to have more people from our community join us.  Everyone who runs with Team GDMF gets an awesome  team t-shirt in addition to the Freedom Run t-shirt — there is a great post race party sponsored by three breweries so after you run for Glen, you can have a few drinks for him too!  He would run and drink for you, that’s a guarantee.

Please contact me with any questions

Please register by Sunday May 12th in order get your Team GDMF t-shirt.

Eleven Citizens Selected for Recognition for Their Contributions to Gloucester

Eleven individuals have been selected to receive this year’s Gloucester Citizenship Awards from the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church for the contributions they make to their community and their neighbors–quietly and persistently, without thought of remuneration or recognition.

The awards, given since 2006, recognize civic contributions that embody the best of the spirit that guides Unitarian Universalism: open-hearted giving to others, solely for what those gifts mean, for no pay, and often with no public notice.

The men and women being recognized were chosen by the church Social Justice Committee from nearly 50 nominations submitted by the congregation and the public. Their names appear below, in alphabetical order.

The awards will be presented at a public ceremony at the church, located at Middle and Church Streets in Gloucester, on Sunday, May 19, starting at 4:30 p.m. Dress is informal. The church has handicapped access via the Church Street entrance.

This year’s ceremony is being made possible in part through generous contributions by BankGloucester, Cape Ann Savings Bank, First Ipswich Bank, Rockport National Bank, TD Bank, the Dress Code, and Jim’s Bagel & Bake Shoppe.

Dennis Acker and Rick Doucette. For more than a decade Dennis and Rick have led the team of committed volunteers who make possible Pride Stride, the nationally known, community-wide walk that attracts hundreds of participants annually to raise money for dozens of Gloucester nonprofit organizations.

Roger Corbin. Over the years Roger has personally donated more than 2½ tons of groceries to help keep the shelves stocked at the Open Door Food Pantry, When not shopping or soliciting food donations from neighbors, he is the volunteer is helping to manage the reconstruction of Gloucester’s Newell Stadium.

Newton Fink. Retiring to Gloucester from upstate New York, Newt soon became involved as a volunteer with the Gloucester Maritime and the Essex Shipbuilding Museum—and, for the past five years has been buildings and grounds chair at Gloucester’s oldest standing church, the Unitarian Universalist church, keeping it standing and in good repair and overseeing installation of new handicapped-access elevators.

Shannon Gallagher. Throughout her Gloucester High School years this GHS senior has been a constant volunteer to Open Door, Pride Stride, the Sawyer Free Library, the YMCA, the Rose Baker Senior Center, and the Fish Box Derby. She has gone to New Orleans twice in the Y Teens Rebuild New Orleans program, and this year also was in Nicaragua planting trees and helping children learn about sanitation.

Reverend Ronald Gariboldi. Beyond his longtime ministry at Holy Family Parish, Father Ron’s personal dedication in retirement to Grace Center has been an inspiration for all the volunteers and others who make this day program a safe space and resource center for homeless in their desire to move out of poverty and into a sustainable life.

Paul Harling. His jam-packed Diving Locker at Maritime Gloucester, begun with his personal collection of artifacts, from the homemade rig he wore when he made his first dive in 1949 to the most modern underwater gear. Paul is on duty most days in the summer and even some in the winter, showing off gear from light scuba to heavy commercial underwater helmets, cheerily educating all about our world below.

Russell Hobbs. When his Lanesville neighbors resolved to save the last surviving fish shack at Lane’s Cove, Russell played a key role in bringing their vision to reality by his dogged and cheerful determination, leadership, and craftsmanship. City-wide, he also has been a strong voice in ensuring that Gloucester’s water supply is safe and well-managed.

Sheldon (Don) Knowles. Don is co-founder of Sober Connections, a social and support network for people formed “to enhance the quality of life in sobriety for the individual, which benefits their families and the communities in which they recovery.”  He is constantly in the forefront of Sober Connections, organizing dances, concerts, shows, picnics, and other events, held in an environment without drugs and alcohol.  

Karen Ristuben. As unpaid president of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, Karen mobilized the community support needed to establish the Rocky Neck Cultural District as a state-recognized entity and the city’s first such district. That done, she then led the Art Colony’s conversion of a former church to become the nonprofit Cultural Center at Rocky Neck.

Diana Smith. Volunteering at Grace Center, tutoring children with reading difficulties, or running the “Good Guys List” blog, Diana uses her teaching skills to advocate for and help those who struggle. She has been a major force in organizing candlelight vigils held annually on Stacy Boulevard as a way for Gloucester residents of all backgrounds to confront publicly the realities and heartaches of opiate addiction.

Does your Mom Love Scallops?


Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, and if your Mom loves scallops, take her to Sailor Stan’s on Rocky Neck for their special scallop breakfast specials.  A fisherman friend just brought them a scad of succulent scallops that will go into scallop eggs benedict and other delights for your Mom’s scallop loving palate.  She’ll love you for it.  If Mom’s not a fan of scallops, there will be plenty of other non scallop focused breakfast choices available.

Mom not around?  Bring yourself and a friend.  7:30 – 1:30

7th Wave Restaurant in Rockport is Open for the Season!

One of our family’s very favorite restaurants (and not just because our son is a cook there) is the 7th Wave Restaurant, located at Tuna Wharf on Bearskin Neck in Rockport. The staff is delightfully friendly, the seafood is always fresh, delicious, and cooked to perfection, and we love eating al fresco amongst the treetops on the 2nd floor deck, with a spectacular view of Rockport Harbor below7th Wave Restaurant ©Kim Smith 2013

7th Wave Seafood Medley

The 7th Wave is not only owned by the Kahn Family, it is a family-operated business as well; in fact their name is derived from the seven family members who work and own the business–the parents and their five children. Now through Father’s Day, 7th Wave is open Friday and Sunday from 11:30 to 6pm and on Saturdays from 11:30am to 8pm. For more information visit their website at 7th Wave Restaurant.

What Kind of Music Do You Want to Hear Tonight?

There is so much going on tonight, I’m not sure how to decide what to do.  There is everything from paino bar ~ Brazilian ~ jazz ~ Beethoven ~ Rock ~Reggae ~ DJ Dance Party.  So get out there and enjoy all the great music on Cape Ann.  See Full List here

intergenerational benefit

Your Used Car Recommendations

I Need Your Used Car Recommendations Please

Recently I lost my 2000 Kia Sephia. It failed horribly it’s safety inspection. The Kia was rattling and rolling along in it’s last months and there was no chance I was going to put over 2k in that car. I bought the Kia for $500 as a band aid after my beloved Tracker blew it’s engine. The car lasted me over two years. It had no carpeting, so you could feel and hear everything it kicked up. The outside drivers door handle didn,t work so you had to leave the window open half way so you could reach in and open the door.

Now I need you help. There are so many cars out their that it’s hard to find the right one to fit my needs and personality. I see so many cars around Cape Ann with GMG Stickers on them that I think could be a good fit.

Here is my wish list for my new used car; Reliability, space for my painting equipment, comfort, visibility, a place for a GMG Sticker or two, maybe AWD or 4×4, drives like a car not a truck.

I’m not a big car fan and don’t care about looks or age

Please comment on this post and let me know if you would recommend your ride or not and tell me the reason.

Please help me out. It’s so confusing to pick the right one. Also if your selling one in good condition let me know by commenting on this post.

My beloved KIA Sephia. Just a memory.
My beloved KIA Sephia.
Just a memory.
Out of my price range
Out of my price range
too stylish
too stylish
too slow.
too slow.

An Impressive Use of Origami

People do all sorts of neat things with origami.  Last October during my vacation in Paris, I saw this impressive use of origami in advertising at a Peugeot store on the Champs Elysees:



The origami involved is actually pretty simple; the genius of this display is the way the origami is arranged (and the sheer amount of folding involved!).

Do you want to do neat things with origami? Come to my next class at The Hive in downtown Gloucester, on May 23 at 7PM.

Fr. Matthew Green

Friends of Seacoast will sponsor it’s 10th annual 7 mile road race on July 20, 2013

Friends of Seacoast will sponsor it’s 10th annual 7 mile road race on July 20, 2013 at 8:00 AM to benefit the Seacoast Rehabilitation and Nursing Center located at 292 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA. This is our main fundraiser for the nursing home. We attract a field of more than 200 runners from the Gloucester/Boston area.

Proceeds earned have provided the residents of Seacoast with hours of special entertainment, holiday parties, a monthly dinner theater with catered foods and a show, baby farm animal visits, craft supplies, games and lunch trips to local restaurants.

In these tough economical times, it is crucial that we receive donations from private groups and individuals to continue to help those less fortunate and the elders of our community. Please help us by considering one of the following sponsorships:

______$1200.00-Race Sponsor-Taken- Bank Gloucester

______$750.00-Shirt Sponsor-Your company logo will be printed on the race shirts.

If you wish to be a shirt sponsor please reply by July 1st 2013

______$400-Registration Sponsor-Your company will be included in the list of donors contributing to the registration packet. If you wish to include advertisement in the packet, please send it to Seacoast by July 1, 2013.

______$200-Beverage Sponsor-Your company name will be posted at the drink station at the race center at Stage Fort Park.

______$100-Mile Markers and Water Station Sponsors:Your company name will appear on one of the seven mile markers along the route or one of the three water stations.

Anyone wishing to become sponsor please send donations to Friend’s of Seacoast, c/o Seacoast Nursing Center, 292 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.

We look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance for your support.

Very truly yours,

Alison Cox, Activities Director Thomas M. Lattof, Chrmn.

Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum is hosting a Yard Sale, May 18, 2013 from 8:30 to 121:00


On Saturday, May 18 from 8.30 to 12 Noon the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum, 66 Main Street, Essex will be hosting a fund-raising Yard Sale consisting of household items such as glass, china,  table ware, kitchen items, kitchen equipment, rugs, pictures, cushions, small pieces of furniture (no stuffed sofas or chairs), lamps and lampshades, ornaments, linen, books, jewelry, toys, garden implements and furniture, electrical appliances  (no microwaves, televisions or humidifiers);  and Shipyard equipment and tools, including marine machinery, a selection of tools, metal working, hand tools, power tools, shop equipment, heavy machinery, bicycles and most else.

All donations of items to sell will be very welcome.  Drop off times at the Museum Admissions Center, 66 Main Street, Essex are Saturday, May 11 from 10.00 until 2.00 pm, Tuesday, May 14 from 7-8pm., Friday, May 17 from 5-7pm, and Saturday, May 18 from 7.30-8.30 am 

For more information, call 978-768-7541


North Shore Arts Association is featuring the works of artist member Tom Gill in the Gordon Grant Room from May 2-21, 2013. The exhibit consisting of works in acrylic will include some of Tom’s figure paintings from the Rockport Art Association Sketch Group.

Tom Gill has received numerous awards and is represented in the State of the Art Gallery in Gloucester and The Brush Art Gallery in Lowell, among others. His work is displayed in several permanent museum and corporate collections; most notably in several New England branches of Enterprise Bank.

Some of Gill’s awards include the F. Hugh Brown award, the Silver Brush Award for Figurative Painting from Springfield Academic and the Judges Award from the Whistler House Museum.

North Shore Arts Association is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5.p.m. and Sundays Noon to 5 p.m. In addition to exhibitions, NSAA also offers demonstrations, workshops, lectures, an art auction on August 17 and much more. Please call 978-283-1857 or visit for more information.


North Shore Arts Association is featuring a solo exhibition of watercolor paintings by artist member Doris Suminsby in the Hallway Gallery from May 2-21, 2013.

Doris is a true “New Englander” who enjoys painting close-ups of people, boats, flowers and beach scenes. She has taught in all mediums, but prefers watercolors.

Some of Suminsby’s recent accomplishments include a one artist show in October 2012 at Mahri in Manchester-by –the-Sea, as well as an honorable mention in the Spring juried show at The Guild of Beverly Artists for her piece “At Birth”.

In addition to exhibiting at the Salmagundi Club (NYC) and Museum of Fine Arts (Springfield), Suminsby was commissioned to do a large mural depicting Wenham Ice Cutting days which is on display at the Wenham museum.

North Shore Arts Association is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays Noon to 5 p.m. In addition to exhibitions, NSAA also offers demonstrations, workshops, lectures, an art auction on August 17 and much more. Please call 978-283-1857 or visit for more information.

Doris Suminsby’s  “Winter Harbor” 

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Community Stuff 5/11/13

S.O.S. Magnolia Needs You
This Saturday and next weekend (weather permitting) your Magnolia Library & Community Center will resume painting the Center. Many of you assisted in painting the first two sides of the building; we thank you and want you to know we have received MANY compliments on your fine work.
The last two sides are now ready for painting. This Saturday and next weekend, we’d appreciate it if you could join your neighbors, friends, and soon-to-be friends in finishing up the building. No equipment is necessary; MLCC will supply the necessary equipment.  Any amount of time you can help is appreciated and we need all levels of skill & experience, newbie to novice to expert.
In addition to working side-by-side with your neighbors & friends for a good cause that benefits the entire neighborhood, you will be treated to a barbeque of hot dogs and burgers by Magnolia’s own Doug Shatford. Many of you know Doug; he has assisted in numerous neighborhood fundraisers and endeavors for adults & children alike.  Jamie O’Hara has as well, and will also be organizing the painting effort; both are serving as contacts for the painting project. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Please come by for an hour or four, whatever you can do, this Saturday & next weekend.


“Mothers Day Brunch 11am-2pm with live music at the Castle Manor Inn”

This year, St. John’s Episcopal Church on Middle Street is celebrating 150 years of
being a place of sanctuary, service and solace to the people of Gloucester and Cape
The church was founded in 1863, with the idea of creating an open and free church to
the maritime community, and that mission continues into the present. By combining a
tradition of worship with serving the needs of the people of today, St. John’s helps
those in the community face the challenges of the present and the future.
St. Johns stands where it stood nearly 150 years ago, not as a imposing stone edifice,
but a simple jewel box of a church in the heart of Gloucester’s historical district, one
whose signature red doors are open to all people, not just Episcopalians. The mission of
the church is not only to honor the works of the fisherman and maritime families of the
past, but to be a vital part of today’s social fabric in Gloucester’s changing community.
The church continues that tradition of service to this day, serving as a gathering place
for those in need of succor both physical and spiritual, hosting the Grace Center on
Wednesdays and in providing space for twelve-step recovery programs several times
each week. The church is frequently used by civic and social groups as a gathering
place for meetings and events. Its art and music programs are open to all who wish to
St. Johns’s, like Gloucester, is proud of its history. It was the first Episcopal Church on
Cape Ann, where a hundred years earlier the first Anglican service was performed at
Fisherman’s Field (now called Stage Fort Park). Many of the family names of those who
helped build St. Johns are still recognizable today, including Thompson, Babson,
Gorton, Weber and Hall.
The church has adopted a theme for its 150th anniversary year: “Remember, Celebrate
and Serve.” In 2013, St. John’s plans to hold several events to commemorate its 150
years of service to the community;
The first is a Choral and Organ concert on May 19.
The second will be a simple outdoor service later in the summer in front of the
“Fisherman’s Memorial” on Stacy Boulevard followed by a cookout for past and present
parish members.
Finally there will be a special liturgical service with a guest homilist, festive music and a
gala celebration in October.
Throughout the year there will be other activities associated with the 150th including the
preparation of an oral history, a video depicting the life of St. John’s ,and notes from a
booklet in preparation called “Windows in Art & Spirit “ describing the great stainedglass
windows for which the church is renowned.

Come join garden-loving volunteers at the Sargent House Museum, 49 Middle Street,  who work 1-2 hours a week making the garden shine. Volunteers receive a free tour of the fabulous home of Judith Sargent Murray, first feminist writer in the New World.  Please come join us between May 30 – August 29 on Thursdays  11 am-2pm, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays noon-4 pm. Flexible schedule.

Contact Jo-Ann Michalak 781-729-9052.

imageKim Smith Photo

Blue Lilac ‘President Grevy’

Syringa vulgaris ‘President Grevy,’ hybridized by Lemoine in 1886. “Pure blue, immense panicles of sweetly scented starry florets.”    -Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities!

Announcing “Cape Ann ReImaged”

Gloucester, MA, May 9, 2013: Local artist Clare Higgins is pleased to announce the launching of “Cape Ann ReImaged.”

“Cape Ann ReImaged” is a series of digital art works depicting some of Cape Ann’s best known icons and events. While Cape Ann has long been a favorite subject for such masters as Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper, Clare has chosen to explore what would’ve happened if other great painters had visited the area – like Leonardo Da Vinci, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. “Cape Ann ReImaged” depicts the Man at the Wheel, the Annisquam Lighthouse and more as they might have been envisioned by these artists and others, on tees, tanks, posters and other fun items. There’s also a charming portrayal of Motifs No. 1 and 2 together, and a very cool rendering of Gloucester’s Greasy Pole event.

If you’d enjoy an innovative way of viewing your favorite parts of Cape Ann, take a trip to and be sure to bring your imagination!

Addison Gilbert Hospital Celebrates national Nurses Week

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Ruth George (L) nurse manager, Emergency Department and Julie Young, nurse manager Steele I and ICU at Addison Gilbert Hospital kick-off National Nurses Week (May 6-12), by helping serve cake to the nursing staff.