Black and White Masquerade

Venetian Butterfly Masks ©Kim Smith 2013 copy

Having so much fun making masks and getting ready for a friend’s Black and White Masquerade Party tonight. I just hope the glue holds up!! I made two and can’t decide which one to wear, but daughter Liv needs one for a Halloween party next week so will get them off to her tomorrow. I just noticed–there’s a big blob of glitter in my nail polish–oh well, that’s what happens when you are trying to cram too much in one day!

Venetian Masks ©Kim Smith 2013 copy

I think we should have a Gloucester Black and White Masquerade Ball at Cruiseport in the dead of winter–February perhaps–when we all could use a glamarama night out. Everyone invited!

Family Ties Golf Event

Family Ties put on their 2nd Annual Golf Tournament at Ferncroft Country Club.  It was a beautiful day on the course. This event was made possible due to our great sponsors.  A big thank you to Dunkin Donuts, TRU services, Prattys CAV, Citizens Bank, Life Solutions Group, Mass Mutual, and Woburn Toyota.

Family Ties is a non profit created to benefit the local families of Cape Ann that have been affected by cancer.  We use the proceeds of our efforts to aid the families financial and emotionally through the tough times that cancer brings to their lives.

We would also like to thank our special guest Mike Watson; long drive champion who donated his drives on hole #4, a 360 yard par 4 where he reached the green consistently throughout the day.

Thank you to Thom Falzarano for donating his time to take all of the amazing pictures of the event.

The tournament ended with a sudden death card off between last year’s champs and Drew Dominick’s team (Drew Dominick, Nate Levie, JD Aspesi, Dean Babine).  In the end Mike Pratt, Anthony Ellis, Tony Grillo, and Billy Suppa took first place as repeat champions.

Also congratulations to Jason Balzarini for longest drive and Joe Nguyen for closest to the pin honors.

If you are interested in learning more about Family Ties please go to our facebook page at


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Senior Day for Manchester-Essex Boys Varsity Soccer

At Hyland Field in Manchester the Boys Varsity Soccer team took on the Georgetown Royals in their final game of the season. At the half the Hornets were up 1-0 but the Royals fought back in the second half with 2 goals and took the win with a final score of 2-1

New Addition to Boston Skyline?

skyline addition

I don’t know what this was – strange cloud formation, LNG tanker explosion, skyscrapers erected overnight in Quincy, a giant sea serpent – but it created a very different look to the horizon this morning from Eastern Point.

E.J. Lefavour

EJ’s double crested cormorant has a friend.


That Rubber Duck is too small. To get a gigantic Rubber Duck to our shores please “like” the Facebook Page, “Bring the Rubber Duck to Gloucester Harbor“. We need that page liked at least one hundred more times before we can submit a gigantic rubber duck request.

Brian Templeton to play the Thursday Night Blues Party with Dave Sag’s ~ The Rhumb Line 8:30-11:30 ~ Today 10.24.2013

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 Dave says,

I’m feeling a little woozy tonite. I’ve been having strange dreams about penises and bolt cutters, and I just sneezed and a tiny metal pellet fell out of my nose. There’s some guy and he has big eyes and a pair of Craftsman® pliers squeezing my brain stem. Oh, wait, it’s only Fred!

  But seriously, folks, I’m proud to present to you a new face, a new experience, a new surgical procedure in the form of Dr. Brian Templeton. Many cats grabbed and shook my arms and begged me to get this guy to play, and finally,here he is, the font of everlasting blues. Czech out his web site. Don’t ask me what it is, I can’t find it. Just kidding!
Again, I’m as serious as a hangnail, but you gotta see this guy to believe it. Calling in bombing co-ordinates will be Willie A’s master of guitar goulash, Mr. Billy Loosigian, who looks great in a cowboy hat, and knows how to spit between his teeth. Counting time and his blessings will be my favorite Irish Ace of Pace, Mr. Bennie Benson. I’m really excited about this.I hope you agree! I’m bringing’ extra Diaperine®!

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courtesy photo/Brian Templeton facebook

And, to put a bug in your ear, Next week is Halloween™ and it falls on a Thursday™. And it’s party time, right!? You’re gonna wear a costume, nez. pa? And who’s better than to put a spell on you but John Keegan®? Well, he’s gonna be my featured specimen with a whole lot of eerie lackawanna, tubes pulsing as we go for the jugular. Make sure you’ve made your peace and assuaged the gods of Erato before dressing in that nearly nude costume. We’ll see you then.
And remember: We’re nothing without You, the viewer. Live mucus is best! Seethe me on Phasebooke:

2013 GHS Field Hockey Kudos From John Nasser

Hello Joey,

I just thought that the 2013 GHS Field Hockey team should get a little recognition for qualifying for the State Tournament this season following a 3-1 victory over Peabody this past Monday night.

These girls worked their tails off this year.

Right now their record stands at 8-6-1 which puts them in 4th place in their division. They have one more game to play before the tournament begins.

I believe it’s been six years since they last qualified.

The team is led by head coach Lauren Riley and assisted by her Dad, Don Riley.

Congratulations Ladies!

2013 GHS Field Hockey

Cape Ann Youth Hockey – Announcement

Submitted by Kristin Michel


Cape Ann Youth Hockey Invites Kids Age 4-9 to participate in

Try Hockey for Free Day on November 2nd

Cape Ann Youth Hockey invites boys and girls ages 4 to 9 years old to Talbot Rink on Saturday, November 2nd at 9am for a Try Hockey for Free clinic to experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basics of the sport in a fun, safe environment.

Try Hockey For Free Day is part of Come Play Hockey Month. This program, designed to provide youth hockey associations a national platform to introduce new kids to the sport, is a joint‐effort between USA Hockey, the National Hockey League, and NHL member clubs. With Total Hockey and Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports, the official sponsors of Try Hockey For Free Day, USA Hockey has 500 locations offering kids between the ages of 4 and 9 years old this unique opportunity.

CAYH looks forward to introducing new families to our sport! Every participant will receive a special gift from CAYH and a hockey jersey from USA Hockey.

Advance on-line registration is required and space is limited.

To register for Cape Ann Youth Hockey’s Try Hockey for Free clinic, please visit


Please contact Kristin Michel at with any questions.

Community Stuff 10/24/13


Fall Park Cleanup
October 26 @ 8am!

(…and the park will be closed until we’re done.)

Dog parks do need maintenance! This fall we plan to add a few yards of gravel, move larger rocks, fill in holes, install some gravel guards at the entrance, and generally spiff the place up!
We need your help. And if you have the following tools bring them along: garden and leaf rakes, hand garden tools, a weed eater, wheel barrows and shovels. Don’t forget your work gloves!
We’re using VolunteerSpot  to organize cleanup day.  To  register:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up!    VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please reply to this email and I can sign you up manually.

Coffee will be served. We hope to be done in a couple hours. The park will be closed during the work session. Please leave your dog at home.

A collection of paintings by local artist William Beal will be on sale at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport, 4 Cleaves Street, Rockport, on Saturday, October 26 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Born and brought up in New York City, and  after a long career at WABC-TV in NYC, Beal retired to Rockport. Pursuing his love of art, he became an artist member  of both the Rockport and North Shore Art Associations. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will benefit the UUSR.
Light refreshments will be served.

Year Round Cottage Rental-

It is located at 6 Eastern Point Road in the backyard gardens of the main house.  Privacy plus! One small bedroom, full bathroom, living-room/galley kitchen, sun porch, garden terrace with grape arbor, basement with laundry.  Parking in driveway for one car or two tandem.  Walking distance to Rocky Neck, Last Stop, Theater and beach access right across the street.  $1,200.00 per month available November 1st, great for one person!

Please pass this information along.

Thank you,


The long awaited sequel to Ann’s Eyes: The Twins of Thacher Island by local author, Barry Stacks, is ready for your reading pleasure.  Ann’s Eyes II: Double Vision picks up exactly where the first book ended on September 11, 2001.  Of course, as he always does, the story takes place in the author’s hometown of Gloucester, Mass.  This is Barry’s tenth book with Publish America.  This prolific author has  regaled his readers with fanciful tales of vampires, haunted houses, his childhood pool hall hang-out and a new imaginary sleuth. 

cover for Anns Eyes II -4

     The two books in the Ann’s Eyes series address a question that has long nagged the author: would it be possible to write a book about historical events using fictional characters?  That question was answered in the pages of Ann’s Eyes: The Twins of Thacher Island.  That book begins on November 22, 1963 and ends on September 11, 2001.  Double Vision begins on 9-11-2001 and delivers the reader through to a horrific ending.  Once again your author takes the reader through twists and turns that have become part of our collective history.

     Please check the author’s website,, for news about two other books that are still in the developmental stages.  Barry’s books are edited by long-time Cape Ann resident, Paige Kippen Holmes.  She is currently editing the sequel to Tucker Norman (pronounced Tuckah Nawmin), while Barry is writing a third book about Tucker and his serious but comical friends.  Look for the second book in the Tucker Norman series in February, 2014.

Rockport Senior Center

There is still room for a couple of daytrips!

December 3rd We are heading to the Merrimack premium Outlets by motor coach. We will leave from the Rockport Depot at 9AM and leave the outlets at 3PM to return home after a day of shopping. Cost is $10.00 and is due when signing up. For more information, Call 978-546-2573.

December 10th We head out to Salem Cross Inn for a delicious luncheon, we also go to the Yankee Candle’s Bavarian Christmas Village in Deerfield, then to Bright Nights, new England’s most elaborate light display, where we will ride through on the motor coach and view the artistry of the lights. $68.00 is due when signing up. Call 978-546-2573 for more information.

Cooking demonstration and discussion  by Linnea Hagberg, Senior Care’s registered dietician will be held at the Rockport Senior Center on Tuesday, October 29th. You will have the opportunity to sample some freshly prepared soups and pick up some recipes. Please RSVP, 978-546-2573.

Beginner Computer Classes, Wednesdays, November 6-27th. 10-11:30AM This will teach you  the basics. 4 sessions/$40.00

Intro to Facebook 1-2:20PM Wednesdays, Nov 6th-27th You will learn the how to set up an account, learn about all the important privacy settings, create posting and messages, come learn how to become comfortable while joining the world of Facebook. 4 sessions/$40.00

Duplicate Bridge Thursdays 12-4PM

Traveling Chef, November 6th,  Brazilian BBQ, chicken craved off the skewer, rice& bean pilaf, creamed spinach, Brazilian cheese bread, dulce de leche cake $3.00. Please call Freda for reservations, 978-546-5027.

Free Continental Breakfast & Social Hour, Wednesday, November 13th from 9-10. Please RSVP 978-546-2573.

How to be Heart Smart program sponsored by AGH. November 12th 12:30PM. Come learn how to have a strong, healthy heart. Get the facts on how to live a heart healthier life.

Knitting & Hand Work Group Thursdays from 1-3:30. All are welcome to attend.

Exercise Classes

Strength Resistance Class Monday & Friday from 9-10  $4.00/class

Tai Ji  $4.00/class

Beginners 9-9:30

Intermediate 9:30-10:30

Yoga 9-10  $3.00/class