GREAT NEWS via Frankie from Captain Joes: The Lobster Pool Opens for the Season Tonight!!!

Lobster Pool Restaurant Rockport Cape Ann sunset ©Kim Smith 2012Sunset from the Lobster Pool

The Lobster Pool Restaurant opens tonight and will be open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the month of April. For more information call 978-546-7808 or visit their website at Lobster Pool Restaurant. The Lobster Pool is BYOB and the menu is also available for take out.

Lobster Pool Restaurant Rockport Cape Ann ©Kim Smith 2012Click images to view larger

Hobbit House Studio

hobbit house studio

Joey will appreciate this.  I have operated as Khan Studio for eleven years.  Since deciding to open my studio here at 1 Wonson Street, I thought it might be time for a new name.  I’ve been thinking about it while getting the place set up and today remembered what Joey said when he came here shortly after I moved it.  He said: “I feel like I’m in a hobbit house.”  So I’m thinking Hobbit House Studio.  Do you think the name fits?

E.J. Lefavour (chief hobbit)


Big City Concert Sound just down the road in Beverly

John Coretto (right) tuning the new system from Orchestra Center, Row F, seat 5.  See the Meyer Arrays on either side of the stage
John Coretto (right) tuning the new system from Orchestra Center, Row F, seat 5. See the Meyer Arrays on either side of the stage
Meyer M'elodie curvilinear array up close
Meyer M’elodie curvilinear array up close
John Coretto from WHB Concert Production tuning the new system.  He took that laptop all over the orchestra and balcony to make sure the sound is perfect in every seat!
John Coretto from WHB Concert Production tuning the new system. He took that laptop all over the orchestra and balcony to make sure the sound is perfect in every seat at The Larcom Theatre!
Our new digidesign SC-48 console
Our new digidesign SC-48 console
See how the Meyer 600-HP sub-woofers disappear next to the stairs.   Still good seats left in the Balcony where this picture was taken.
See how the Meyer 600-HP sub-woofers disappear next to the stairs. Still good seats left in the Balcony where this picture was taken.  Get them here!

Since we discovered the Larcom Theatre and produced our first concert there a year ago this weekend, Gloucester’s singer/ songwriter / multi-instrumentalist and ace sound man, Will Hunt has brought in his gear and, together with Bradley Royds, they’ve mixed our shows to wide acclaim (see a review here).

But Will’s kinda busy and needs his gear for other concerts, like The Nines @ Gloucester’s UU Meetinghouse and The Toasters Concert Cruise.  So we realized it was time to get new gear appropriate for the 550 seat theatre that we don’t have to keep moving in and out.

And we figured, if we’re going do it, we might as well do it right.

On Wednesday, Jon Coretto and his crew from WHB Concert Production (the people who revamped the sound at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom) installed the top of the line: Meyer M’elodie curvilinear array loudspeakers with 600-HP sub-woofers and Galileo system processor, Digidesign SC-48 console and 6 JBL VP 7212 MDP stage monitors.

Plus we have a 56 channel snake splitter for bands that want to make studio quality live recordings or simply MUST have their monitors mixed on stage.

Now if you don’t much care about all that techno-babble, just know this: IT SOUNDS AMAZING!

And you can hear it tomorrow night when Gracie Curran takes the stage with Roomful of Blues Horns and Lydia Warren Band opening.

Seats are still available.  The best ones are in the balcony.  Get them here.

Say “Hi” to Will, who will be working there tomorrow along with Bill Winn (who wrote the book on sound … literally).

Feel free to thank them for the excellent job they do making sure the sound is perfect in every seat!

Megan Burtt @ Old Sloop on Saturday April 5th

Every year or so, Megan Burtt comes to Gloucester to visit her good friend and Berklee chum, Chelsea Berry — and to treat us to her thoughtful, moving, gorgeous music at local venues.  This time she’s at Old Sloop on Saturday, April 5th with Boston singer/songwriter Danielle Miraglia.  This will be an excellent show!



Thank You Cape Ann Magazine….Who Wears It Best?








What a wonderful Surprise! ….Learned last night that this photo I took of Amanda during last September’s Wearable SeArts Fashion Show made its way onto the pages of the Spring 2014 issue of Cape Ann Magazine!  So honored to be included! It is with much gratitude, I thank Gail McCarthy, Andrea Holbrook, Karen Adreas and the entire staff at Cape Ann Magazine for their kindness and support over the past several months. 



Pick up a copy of  Cape Ann Magazine’s 2014 spring issue and be the judge…

Who Wears It Best?

Amanda Mohan, Sista Felicia’s daughter…



James Eves III, owner  of Cape Ann Giclee & the talented Creative Director Of “Gifts Of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia; Harvest”


You be the judge….




Pet of the Week-Bim


My name is Bim, I am a seven-month-old male kitten who is residing at the beautiful Cape Ann Animal Aid, located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter in Gloucester.   I am a fun cat, I am playful, energetic and good looking.  I have a handsome black-and-white coat and when I am fully grown; I will be medium in size.  I love meeting new human friends.

I hope you might visit me at the shelter located at Four Paws Lane.   It is so nice here and so are the staff and volunteers. If you want to go on line and learn more about me, please visit: you may also learn about our volunteer program, items that we appreciate receiving such as gently used towels, paper towels and of course it is okay to bring toys for shelter animals and you may leave them with me for safe keeping!



Help Backyard Growers Win

Hey Joey! Backyard Growers has a lot going on! Any chance you could post our stuff? Do I need to give you the actual links and photos or is it easy for you just to pop in our Constant Contact thing below? Just trying to make your life easier ; ) Anyway, if you need the actual link for “Click here to vote” it is Thanks Joey!


Join Backyard Growers at our upcoming events!

The week of April 14th is filled with Backyard Growers events! 

The annual miracle is about to occur. Winter will yield to spring and gardening season will return! Time to get ready! 

Join us for a free Fruit Tree Workshop

Learn how to prune, revitalize,and harvest overgrown fruit trees as a way of growing food for each other, connecting our community, and celebrating our heritage. People will learn how to work on their own trees, and receive training as a group so we can tend to fruit trees in selected downtown and East Gloucester neighborhoods.  

Workshop Instructor: James Harrison, North Shore Director of The Food Project

When: Wednesday, April 16, 5:30-6:30 PM(location TBD)

Limited spots available. To register contact John Sarrouf.

Movie Night! Come watch Growing Cities!

Calling all backyard, community, and schoolyard gardeners! And friends of people who garden!

Join Backyard Growers and Cape Ann Community Cinema for a screening of Growing Cities, a film about urban agriculture and sustainable food systems. Stick around after the film and participate in a panel discussion with youth from The Food Project, one of the organizations featured in the film.

Where: Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main Street

When: Thursday,

April 17, 7:30 PM

Ticket prices are $10 adults, $8.50 students & seniors, and a special discount for BYG and CACC members. A portion of the ticket sales goes to Backyard Growers to support our programming. 

Purchase your tickets here!

Shop for Spring Seedlings & Seeds

We have lots of lovely spring items for sale at the upcoming Cape Ann Farmers’ Market

We have spring seedlings for a buck each (broccoli, kale, Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower),  High Mowing Seeds, and cool Backyard Growers t-shirts.

First and second year Backyard Growers will receive free seeds and seedlings–don’t forget to come and pick up your free stuff!

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church Street

When: Saturday,

April 19, 9 AM-12 PM

We’re looking forvolunteers to help us on distribution day. Current Backyard Growers have their participation fee waived or returned in exchange for volunteering. Sign up to volunteer her

Friday April 4th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast …
Fri NE winds around 10 kt…becoming E in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 ft. A chance of showers.
Fri Night E winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Areas of fog. Showers likely. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.

Friday mostly sunny in the morning with an increasing threat of showers as we go later into the evening Highs in the low 40’s at the shore with a slight onshore wind variable 5-15mph!
Friday night wet/damp/raw lows in the upper 30’s with patches of fog! Se winds 15-20mph ….

Hourly Forecast….