Throwback Thursday: “You Gotta Love Him!”

My contribution for Throwback Thursday.

I did this post below back in February 2010. I used to bust Joey’s Balls a lot back when I first started Posting for GMG. I used to wait until Late at Night or when Joey went on his Winter vacations. GMG was a little different back then. I think I quit GMG Three times my first year after Joey started censoring my posts and comments that the “readers” might find offensive. What a kill joy. Well stay tuned. Joey’s vacation times start in about a month.


You Gotta Love Him!

No Matter What He’s Doing,

Joey’s Always Working Hard To Bring You Great Content!

Thanks Joey!

Bound 2 ~ World’s Dumbest Music Video?

Is it me? Am I missing a message, or is Kanye West’s and Kim Kardashian’s music video for “Bound 2” the worst you have ever seen?

I haven’t yet heard the comparison drawn, but think too that it is a mindless and course appropriation of Mariah Carey’s and Miguel’s evocatively filmed video for #Beautiful. What do you think?

How to Grow Paperwhites

Paperwhites ©Kim Smith 2012 copyDouble Exposure Paperwhites and Snow Globe

Paperwhites (Narcissus tazetta) are another simple to coax into bloom bulb. I find ‘Ziva’ to be the most fragrant and ‘Galilee’ a close second. The ‘Chinese Sacred Lily’ (Narcissus tazetta var. orientalis) is almost as easy to force and has a sweeter, though no less potent fragrance. The scent is a dreamy blend of orange and honeysuckle. They are also a member of the tazetta group bearing multiple blossoms atop slender stalks, with white petals and cheery yellow cups. The ‘Chinese Sacred Lily,’ brought to this country by Chinese immigrants in the late 1800s, is traditionally forced to bloom for New Year’s celebrations.

Paperwhites ©Kim Smith 2013 copyPaperwhites (Narcissus tazetta)

With both paperwhites and ‘Chinese Sacred Lilies,’ place the bulbs in bowl or pot and cover with stones. The emerging green tips should be poking though the stones. Water up to the halfway point of the bulb and place in a cool dark room; an unheated basement is ideal. Water periodically and within a few weeks, new growth will be visible. Place the bulbs in the room away from strong light, continue to water as needed, and once in bloom, they will flower and scent your home for a week or more. Beginning in November, we maintain a continuous flow of blooming narcissus by planting a new batch every two weeks or so.

The above excerpted from Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! ~ Notes from a Gloucester Garden!

Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! sells for only $14.00 on Amazon, which is a $21.00 value off the publisher’s list price of $35.00.

Click here to purchase a copy of Oh Garden.

Artist Spotlight Series – Bridgette Mathews

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Spotlight on Bridgette Mathews

Bridgette feels so lucky to have been born and raised in the beautiful coastal community of Gloucester, and feels spoiled living next door to some of the most photographed surroundings in New England. Every time she goes “ova the bridge” to seek out bigger and better scenes to photograph, she always finds that there’s very little that compares to our breathtaking, ever-changing backyard.

She has raised three grown daughters on this island and is now enjoying her recent empty-nest status with her husband Neil, living life one adventure at a time. She has been taking “pictures” all her life but in the past few years has been able to slow down and use her creativity to create “Photographs”. As a Photo-hobbyist, landscapes are her favorite subjects and she’s a sucker for a stunning cloud filled sunset! She enjoys the process of capturing an image and finds that the most rewarding part of photography is the discovery and knowledge behind each subject that she photographs, as well as the many people she meets along the way.

You can see more of Bridgette’s stunning photography at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, East Gloucester during the Rocky Neck Holiday Art & Fine Crafts Festival

Saturdays and Sundays, Noon-4 PM

November 30 – December 29

E.J. Lefavour

Santa at Cape Ann TV’s Annual Santa Party on Monday, December 9

SAVE THE DATE: Children are invited to meet Santa at Cape Ann TV’s Annual Santa Party on Monday, December 9, 2013
Cape Ann TV will host its annual Santa Party on Monday, December 9 at 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Cape Ann TV Studio located at 38 Blackburn Center in Gloucester. Children are invited to come to the studio and meet Santa Claus. Their meeting with Santa will be videotaped and shown on Cape Ann TV’s Channel 12 on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This annual event is a free and open to the public.

As this is the season of giving, Cape Ann TV is a Project Uplift children’s toy and teen present collection site for families in need. Although it is not necessary to bring a gift, you may drop off a new unwrapped toy or new clothes for a child, or gift card for teens up to age 14.

For more information about Cape Ann TV’s Santa Party please call: 978-281-2443. Additional information can be found online at

Sista Felicia Out and About


Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan to Speak at Pigeon Cove Circle on November 21

Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan, known to her many followers as Sista Felicia, has written her first cookbook commemorates her family’s Sicilian traditions, lost recipes, and authentic dishes. Gifts of Gold: In a Sicilian Kitchen with Sista Felicia, begins with the end of summer and the harvesting of fruits and vegetables and celebrates all things autumn. On Thursday, November 21, Felicia will be the guest speaker at the Pigeon Cove Circle, providing an overview of how her cookbook was compiles from beginning to end.  

Felica’s cookbook contains delicious foods, easy-to-follow step-by -step directions, how-to photos, and beautiful photography, Sista Felicia’s cookbook has also been carefully crafted to highlight beautiful Cape Ann. Thirteen recipes are accompanied by QR codes, which directly link the reader to Sista Felicia’s online how-to videos on her website,[].

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a potluck buffet dinner and speaker at 7 p.m. Those attending the potluck dinner are welcome to bring an item for the buffet. There is no fee or pre-registration required.  All are welcome attend enjoyable evening.

 The Pigeon Cove Circle is located at Six Breakwater Avenue in Rockport.  The Pigeon Cove Circle is made up of men and women throughout Cape Ann, a civic group who provide fund-raiser for community needs such a scholarships, and other needs on Cape Ann. Those who would like further information about the availability of the Pigeon Cove function hall are welcome to call Michelle at 978-546-1195.


Power, Women, & Alchemy

My friend Silvie is yet again shaking up the scene, and in a good way. In September she hosted a successful event at Savour This month it's at Alchemy on Monday, December 2nd from 5pm to 8pm. She stressed that you need to get your tickets before Thanksgiving, because they're selling fast. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door. 10% of proceeds go to Pathways for Children.
My friends Silvie Lockerova and Annette Dion are again shaking up the scene, and in a good way. In September they hosted a successful event at Savour Next month it’s at Alchemy on Monday, December 2nd from 5pm to 8pm. They stress that you need to get your tickets before Thanksgiving, because they’re selling fast. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door. 10% of proceeds go to Pathways for Children.

Community Stuff Part II 11/21/13


More information needed? Contact 978-546-1234 or

Holiday Bazaar


Seacoast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

The community is invited to a Holiday Bazaar at Seacoast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center,

292 Washington Street, Gloucester (located behind Addison Gilbert Hospital) on

Saturday, November 23 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Santa to visit from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Fresh home-made pastries and cookies, raffle, quality craft vendors will be available in time for holiday gift-giving.   A white elephant table will also be available and lunch!  Don’t miss this fun and festive event. 

Snow or Shine

The Gloucester College Success Program of Salem CyberSpace is offering  two free hands-on workshops for Cape Ann (Gloucester or Rockport) high school seniors and their parents.

December 10, 2013 – Crash Courses in Filling Out College Applications – Gloucester High School (Room 2306 – computer lab behind the library)   6 pm – 8 pm

January 18,2014 – FAFSA Applications – Endicott College (Gloucester Campus)                  9 am – 3 pm (by appointment)

These workshops are perfect for any senior and parent who :

· Is starting to panic about completing their college applications.  Trained staff will be on hand to go through the Endicott (Gloucester campus), North Shore Community College, Salem State University or the Common Application. 

· Needs help filling in the application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA)

Joey – I am now (once again) in the Pacific Northwest ..but the fishin’ is great in Zihuatanejo, where I’ll be heading in January to host this writers and artists retreat.

Here’s some info to post if you wish!  Let’s get some of those Cape Anners out into the Pacific!

(I first came to Zihuatanejo for a yoga retreat in 1999 with Janet Green and Frank Garrison of Glosta – this began my love of Mexico, travel and school-building adventures, and my book-in-progress – The Zihua Diaries…)

Complete details also at


Lanesville Congregational Church Christmas Fair



Vist the Essex Shipbuilding Museum for your holiday shopping.  The newly revised Museum store is open and filled with wonderful gifts for the holidays!
Store is open on Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm.
We look forward to seeing you as you experience the history of Essex and the Shipbuilding Museum.


Community Stuff 11/21/13

The Magnolia Library and Community Center offers members and visitors samplings of all sorts of information on a regular basis.
Friday night, it will offer a taste of Magnolia itself.
The 19th annual Taste of Magnolia, an annual fund-raiser for the library and community center, is set for Friday, November 22nd, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Center, located at the corner of Lexington and Norman avenues in Gloucester’s Magnolia  village.
The event, said Jamie O’Hara, one of the organizers, offers the chance to enjoy the evening sampling food from restaurants from all over Cape Ann, while also tasting fine wine and beer.
The event will also include a silent auction, a prize raffle and a chance to enter the center’s 50/50 cash raffle (winner to be drawn on Feb. 13th).
Tickets are $30 — including all food and drink — and will be available at the door.
Also, residents or visitors may also purchase tickets for the event by calling (978) 290-3734, (978) 979-7533, or sending an email to
Attendees must be at least 21 years of age; all proceeds benefit the library and community center.

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Work Party this Sunday November 24th 3 – 5 PM

With the IDRC

We are long overdue to remove and put away our race dories for the season, so please volunteer a couple hours this Sunday from 3 -5 (working around high tide).  We plan to meet at the Eastern Ave Self Storage building and load up 2 practice dories to swap out with the outbound race dories.  Please let me know if you have a trailer available, we need at least one!  And, we will need 8 or more able bodied volunteers to help lift/nest the dories in the tent.

Please respond if you can help out!




Flatrocks Gallery will host a talk by Don Lindgren, ” A Look at Some Grand Meals” , what we know about feasting throughout history,with illustrations from a selection of cookbooks through history, and from various cultures. We have a wide selection of rare books on food and drink on sale from Don’s impressive collection.

Don Lindgren is the owner of Rabelais, Fine Books on Food & Drink, an antiquarian bookshop specialized in food, drink, farming and gardening. His inventory includes more cookbooks, manuscripts, and ephemera from six centuries. He is a member of the Antiquarian Bookseller Association of America, and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, the Ephemera Society of America, and the Wayward Tendrils (a wine book collecting society). Together with his wife Samantha, he cooks, gardens and keeps chickens.

Join us Thursday, November 21st at 7:30pm

Flatrocks Gallery 77 Langsford ST/Rt127 Gloucester, MA 01930


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5 minute doc on chef Paolo Laboa from Rockport

Just finished a lovely portrait of chef Paolo Laboa. Story and link below.
Twenty-nine year old Michael Magner, owner of a sub shop and pizzeria, decided to open an authentic Italian restaurant in Beverly, Massachusetts. He needed a chef. Paolo Laboa, a two star Michelin chef, had just moved to Massachusetts with his wife and children from San Francisco. This award-winning chef couldn’t find a job anywhere in the Boston area. Calling All Chefs is the story of the improbable meeting of these two men and the magic they created.

Please post for Cape Ann Theatre Collaborative. This is the last of our two weekends at Gorton Theatre. Our theatre is for the community and we appreciate your support to help us get the word out! Pat Maloney-Brown, Co-founder and director of Homestead Crossing.

PHOTO BY DESI SMITH / GLOUCESTER DAILY TIMES, HOMESTEAD CROSSING production by CAT Collaborative, Gorton Theatre, November 21-24 –  Last Weekend!