Christopher Godfrey Represents! In Cobscook Bay

This was recently seen waaaay down east (on Cobscook Bay, actually)!¬† I wonder…¬†You may label it as you see fit.¬† Cobscook Bay, by the way, is utterly beautiful!¬† And those reversing falls: wow!¬† Not for the timid.¬† Lubec is a strange little village: the folk must go stir-crazy during winter: all that fog, for one thing!¬†¬†Top of the morning to you!¬†Christopher


The Happy Couple

Susan and don get engaged

Special FOB’s Don from Island Art & Hobby and Susan from Toodleoos stopped into the gallery today and let slip the fact that they had gotten engaged on Tuesday 9/17 on Susan’s 50th birthday.¬† Don¬†got down on one knee to propose in Newburyport, where they¬†met and had their first kiss – don’t know if both things occurred on the same day.¬† So sweet and such a great couple.¬† I always thought they were married, as apparently did many people.¬† They also just celebrated their 5th anniversary of being together.¬† Best wishes to both of them.

E.J. Lefavour

Beautiful Saturday September Morning

Twin Light Sunrise good harbor Beach ¬©Kim Smith 2013I awoke this morning before dawn to film sunrise and found a sweet gift of Virgilios sauce and amazingly fat rigatonis in the basket on my front porch. I am recovering from a leg operation and my friend Catherine Ryan called at the very moment that I was trying my personal recovery technique–on the floor doing a shoulder stand, with phone in hand–and she really got an earful. Thank you Catherine for listening to me complain about itchy leg braces and hospitals. I gave her the wrong impression though because I can walk and work–I just cannot sit or stand in one place for very long.

Good Harbor beach ©Kim Smith 2013

After putting the sauce and pasta in the cupboard I left to go film, and once again, the exquisite Great Blue Heron was there at Good Harbor Beach fishing amongst the reeds. For the third morning in a row I have observed a flock of cormorants leaving Salt Island en masse to fish with the gulls in the outgoing surf along the shoreline. I wonder, do they sleep there every night?

Sailor Stans ¬©Kim Smith 2013Next stop was to a friend’s home on Rocky Neck to drop off peaches from my garden. The light was hitting the Sailor’s Stan’s sunflowers perfectly and I just had to stop and take several snapshots.

Sailor Stans Sunflower ©Kim Smith 2013

By now it’s after 8:00 and I almost always go to yoga on Saturday mornings but because of the stitches, thought better of it and instead went to measure a new border at the Gloucester HarborWalk.

Gloucester harbor walk Gardens ©Kim Smith 2013 copyBlooming today at the HarborWalk are asters, goldenrod, annual rudbeckia, and salvia.

Long Hill Beverly ©Kim Smith 2013Next stop was the farm stand and then on to Pick Your Own at Long Hill in Beverly. In case any pollinators stop by, I prefer to leave my own zinnias growing in the garden and just love the array of colors in the Long Hill garden mix.

All this gorgeousness before 10:00 and I still have a work day if front of me, but it’s been a September Saturday morning I won’t soon forget! For all these gifts, of friendship and of the beauty that surrounds, I am counting my blessings.

What? Is it still summer?

There’s so much music and fun tonight and tomorrow that you’d think it was the height of the tourist season. ¬†Click here for the latest updates.

TONIGHT, Saturday, September 28, 2013

ROOTS 66 1:00 pm Listen to ROOTS 66 ROOTS 66 americana classic rock blues

8 Vulcan Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-381-9522


8 Vulcan Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-381-9522

Orville Giddings 2:30 pm Listen to Orville Giddings ORVILLE GIDDINGS

with Ken Steiner
8 Vulcan Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-381-9522


8 Vulcan Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-381-9522


Bluegrass with Eric Wilson, John Hicks & Jon Stone
8 Vulcan Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-381-9522

4:00 pm  FOZZIE HILL

with Rocky Kramm
8 Vulcan Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-381-9522

Michael O'Leary 4:00 pm¬†Listen to Michael O'Leary¬†MICHAEL O’LEARY

Celtic Music Sunset Sail. Sailing ‘seisiun’ of trad songs ‘n tunes on the Lannon.
63 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA

Phone: 978-281-6634

4:30 pm  LISA MARIE

with Silvertone Steve
8 Vulcan Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-381-9522

Dan King 5:00 pm DAN KING

Acoustic Roots Session with Dan King till 7pm
75 Essex Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: (978) 283-2122


Starts at 5:20
8 Vulcan Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-381-9522


Starts @ 6:15 featuring Ric Saint Germain, Frank Hawks, Ken Steiner and Tod Ellyson
8 Vulcan Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-381-9522

Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester 7:00 pm HONKY TONK WOMEN OF GLOUCESTER

HONKY TONK WOMEN of Gloucester support Mayor Carolyn Kirk for re-election, fundraiser dance
Rogers St., Gloucester, MA

Indoors. Advance Tickets $12 @ Gloucester Music & Plum Cove Grind, $15 at the door
8 Vulcan Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-381-9522

8:00 pm  CRAZY MOON

6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-758-1210

Cape Ann Symphony 8:00 pm CAPE ANN SYMPHONY

Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique & Dvorak Cello Concerto
36 Lincoln St, Manchester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-281-0543

KBMG 8:00 pm Listen to KBMG KBMG

with J.B. Amero Evening Dance Party – Advance $12 at Door $15
8 Vulcan Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-381-9522


Bridge Deck – Pop/Rock/Soul
75 Essex Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: (978) 283-2122


Featuring violinist Daniel Stepner
11 Pirates Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-270-4463

8:30 pm  JOE THOMAS

2 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-879-4622

9:00 pm  WILDFIRE

27-29 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-283-6342

9:00 pm  FUNBUCKET

65 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-281-6565


25 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-281-0223

Groove Therapy 9:30 pm Listen to Groove Therapy GROOVE THERAPY

40 Railroad Ave, Gloucester, MA

Phone: 978-283-9732


TOMORROW, Sunday, September 29, 2013


a unique experience, extending beyond its headquarters in New York City
37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966

Phone: 978-546-7391

Barbara and Al Boudreau Jazz 5:00 pm BARBARA AND AL BOUDREAU JAZZ jazz

11 Rogers St., Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: (978) 282-7399

5:00 pm  CRAZY MOON

6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-758-1210


Fundraiser for the Gloucester Docksiders
2 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-879-4622

Michael O'Leary 6:00 pm¬†Listen to Michael O'Leary¬†MICHAEL O’LEARY

Celtic Music Session, 6-9pm. Trad songs ‘n tunes with string players Bob & Jennifer Strom.
7 Central Street, Manchester, MA

Phone: 978-526-7494

Dan King 8:00 pm DAN KING

Open Mic with AnnMarie
40 Railroad Ave, Gloucester, MA

Phone: 978-283-9732

The Wilkins Noise 8:00 pm Listen to The Wilkins Noise THE WILKINS NOISE

Joe Wilkins w/ The Royal Suns – Feat. Rory Walsh, Eric Reardon, Scott Noring, and Steve Burke
208 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA 01915

Phone: 978-524-0005


Airstrike ! The Instinct ! The Little Richards ! Hot Lemon ! Radio Control ! The Hive Community Center 11 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA



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Airstrike !

The Instinct !

The Little Richards !

Hot Lemon !

Radio Control !
All Ages 5 Bucks Doors at 6 30 pm

October Seacoast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Newsletter

October Seacoast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Newsletter

Thank you to the Friends of Seacoast!

The Friends of Seacoast has provided our facility with a new sound system which has enhanced the participation of residents who are hearing impaired in their leisure activities.

The Friends of Seacoast enhance the resident’s lives at the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center with hours of enjoyment by providing the finances needed for the special entertainment, supplies and community outings.

Any and all donations to ‚ÄúThe Friends of Seacoast‚ÄĚ are gratefully accepted.

FYI- The Cape Ann Museum has provided passes for any Residents their families and staff  from Seacoast who would like to attend the Museum.

The Cape Ann Museum received a grant from ‚ÄúMass Humanities‚ÄĚ and will be offering Seacoast an on going program from September 2013 through June 2014 called  ‚ÄúThe Power of Place‚ÄĚ

This artistic expression project will include poetry, painting

A museum tour and art demonstrations within the Seacoast facility.

We are looking forward to many upcoming events with the support of the Friends of Seacoast including foliage trips to Turner Hill and to Russell’s Apple Orchid in Ipswich.

Dinner Theater with entertainment and special foods, The Schooner Adventure History Sharing program, weekly concerts and more……

Alison Cox,

Activities Director

Mike Murray’s Gloucester Visit

Hey Joey,   I visited Gloucester once again on Saturday and had great fun.

I sailed in the footsteps of my ancestors on the Thomas E Lannon schooner.

Had a fabulous dinner at Passports and lucked into a block party.

I mingled with locals and truly enjoyed my stay. This is what makes Gloucester so unique.

Now unfortunately I also entered into  the redundant mode. When I first entered Gloucester naturally I stopped in at Oakhill cemetery. 

The grass was mowed this time which was a plus. However, a 40 ft branch that crashed upon a good size section of headstones and completely engulfed them as you entered the cemetery has kept my in need of maintenance visitation streak alive and well.   I don’t know what it is about Gloucester and its lack luster upkeep of cemeteries but apparently they just aren’t important enough for people to care.  Either that or people are just have too much fun to pay attention? 

I will make the notification calls to Malden Catholic Cemetery division but how long would it remain like this if I didn’t visit ? How long has it been like this and has just been mowed around instead of proper maintenance?

I’ve learned to like Gloucester for what it offers in the present and to see it like it truly treats the past.

A Frustrated Gloucester fan


Raising the sail

Community Stuff 9/28/13

Cape Ann Museum to close for renovations
The Cape Ann Museum will close at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 29 in preparation for a major renovation project. This transformational project will focus on four areas: updating the building‚Äôs infrastructure (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, lighting, fire and security systems) in the older parts of the Museum (1930s ‚Äď 1960s); architectural enhancements to the interior of the more than 50 year-old spaces (new flooring, ceiling and finishes); capitalizing on underutilized spaces; and reinterpreting and reinstalling the collection in ways that better tell the Cape Ann story.
The Fitz Henry Lane, Davis and Folly Cove Designers galleries will be totally redesigned. By reconfiguring existing spaces, two new galleries have been created: a Central Gallery which will serve as the educational hub of the Museum, a gathering place where visitors are introduced to the Museum and its collections, and the Thacher Island Fresnel Lens Gallery devoted to the newly arrived 10 foot tall, one ton First Order Fresnel Lens. Visitors will greatly benefit from the improved basic amenities, including a wireless environment, a more gracious reception area, an expanded gift shop, personal lockers, and an additional restroom. Boston-based designLAB Architects is responsible for the overall design.
While the Museum will be closed, it will continue to offer a full schedule of programs off-site, often in collaboration with area cultural and educational institutions. Please visit for current program listings and to keep informed of the progress of this very exciting project.
In many ways, the story of the Museum can be told through its architecture. Founded in 1873, the Museum settled in its first permanent home in the early 1920s. The gracious Federal period building (1804) on ‚ÄúCaptain‚Äôs Row,‚ÄĚ home of Captain Elias Davis, proved a good investment for the Cape Ann Scientific & Literary Society, as the Museum was first known. The Society‚Äôs collection grew and in 1930, it added a new gallery to display paintings, furniture and sculpture and an auditorium to accommodate cultural programming for the community. The 1960s brought the addition of a gallery to showcase the Museum‚Äôs growing Fitz Henry Lane Collection and another gallery for its maritime collection. The Cape Ann Scientific & Literary Society became the Cape Ann Historical Association. In the late 1980s, the Association purchased an adjacent building and created space for a library/archives, children‚Äôs room and a new wing for its maritime collection. A new gallery and sculpture garden were added in 2001. Fast forward to 2013 – The Association is now the Cape Ann Museum and updates to the earliest additions of the Museum are long overdue.
The Cape Ann Museum, located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester, MA, celebrates the art, history and culture of this singular place. In addition to being a preeminent art museum with the single largest collection of paintings by Gloucester native Fitz Henry Lane, it houses an extensive collection of marine and granite industry artifacts and the largest collection of textiles created by the Folly Cove Designers. The Museum welcomes over 20,000 visitors annually.


Rockport Community Blood Drive

Sponsored by the Rockport Rotary Club

Friday, September 27 from 1-6 p.m.

Rockport Community House

58 Broadway

For an appointment, please call

1-800 RED CROSS (733-2767)

or visit