Save the Date: Artist Spotlight Garden Tour and Film Screening at Willowdale Estate May 13th

Willowdale Estate Tulips ©Kim Smith 2012On Tuesday, May 13th,  at 6pm, I will be giving a free guided tour of the butterfly gardens at Willowdale Estate, located in Topsfield. After the garden tour, we will have a screening of my film, Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly, and serve a selection of Willowdale’s exquisite refreshments. I hope you can join us! For ticket information and to RSVP click here.

To learn more about Willowdale, visit their beautiful new website here.


For the month of April I, along with  Noah Quist, Willowdale’s new Director of Businesss Development, are featured in the Willowdale newsletter’s Meet the Team. Sarah Boucher, Willowdale’s Senior Sales and Marketing Director asked several questions of me for the feature. The following answer is in response to a question about creating welcoming habitat gardens, “My passion for creating butterfly and habitat gardens developed initially because I think butterflies and songbirds are exquisitely beautiful creatures and I wanted to draw these wild things to the gardens that I was designing. Butterflies and songbirds bring a garden to life with their grace in movement and fascinating life stories. The more that I learn, the greater the need becomes apparent for sharing information about the connection between native wildflowers and the web of life that they support.”

Read more here: Meet the Team

Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Update

We had a nice field trip on Friday night. Saw spotted sals, wood frogs and spring peepers at Stillington. Spermatophores, WF eggs and SS eggs. And some lovely leeches. Then to long and narrow for some fairy shrimp, a newt, more spotteds.

Weather looks promising for tomorrow night. If we get the rain they’re talking about then we should see some migration. So….

Field Trip
Tuesday April 15, 2014
Meet at Wallgreen’s parking lot on Main Street in Gloucester at 8:30pm.

Did I mention… the Caper Ann Vernal Pond Team needs a treasurer. Someone please volunteer for this fun and prestigious position.

Thanks, Rick

we only have one earth, save it

Addendum ~ Reader barrycuda writes in the comment section, “its always great to see a piece designed by the Lovely & Talented Helen Ann Lind.”  Through the GMG search box, I found several previous posts written by Joey about Helen’s beautiful work:

Helen Anne Lind Tells The Story Of How She Created The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Logo Back in the 70’s

Two Entries for The Downtown Gloucester Block Party Poster Contest Helen Lind and Linda Cordner- The Vote Ends Tomorrow Morning At 5AM


Spring Art Show

The Magnolia Historical Society Art was a great success. Wonderful artists, food, thanks to Classic Cooks and the artists and visitors. There were over 500 visitors during the weekend. Here are a couple of photos.

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During the Art Sale at the Magnolia Historical Society last weekend, a Magnolia resident came in with an original coat hanger from the hotel. The following is photo plus a GMG post from a couple of years ago.
Memories Of The Oceanside Hotel, Magnolia MA In 1931 From George Krewson III.  My Dad purchased the Oceanside Hotel at Magnolia in 1931. I was 6 at the time. He kept it until 1946. Dad had no idea how to operate a hotel, having most previous experience in the building business. When the 1929 depression hit he was out of building and just happened to acquire the Oceanside by what he called “trading cats for dogs.” He and Mom learned quickly, and within a few years a guest suggested that they journey down to Thomasville, GA and have a look a winter resort inn there. They liked what they saw and purchased the inn. Each year for the next 11 years they thrived on the resort hotel business–the Oceanside at Magnolia in the summer, and the Three Toms Inn at Thomasville in the winter, Needless to say I cam to really love growing up in the business. Then came WW II and changes in all family’s lives.

Magnolia and the Oceanside, in particular, will always remain as a fond memory.
April 12, 2014 asomeone brought this in to the Historical Society


Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ Special Guest: Fozzie Hill @ The Rhumb Line 8-11





Wednesdays Only:
Tenderloin Tips over Salad, $10.95!

Wednesday, April 16th
Special Guest: 


It’s been a long while since we’ve had Fozzie-Solo as guest –
maybe not quite as long as this image might suggest – but
believe me, she’s still every bit as sweet and lovely.  And her
music is captivating.  Don’t you just want to give her a big
hug?  Me, too! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Tenderloin Tips over Salad, $10.95 (while they last)
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ new wine menu!
Coming soon…
John Rockwell
john rockwell bw alchemy

Jon Butcher

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Looking forward……to seeing you there!  🙂 ~ Fly


Happy 67th Birthday To the Best Mother, Ma, Grandma, G~Swag, Mammaw….Ever

PrintHappy Birthday to YOU! Happy Birthday to YOU! Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday Day 22222222222222222222 YOU!

We are who we are because of you. Thank you for being with us every step of the way…We all Love and appreciate you more then you’ll ever know !

red carpet


With all our Love,  Libby, Joey, Felicia, Barry, BJ, Amanda, Eloise, Madeline, & Coconut




Pet of the Week- DAVE


Hi!  My name is Dave and I am residing at the Cape Ann Animal Aid, located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter in Gloucester.  I am sweet, affectionate and loving – by the way, I am on the left; my brother on the right thinks he knows how to sing.  We are here at the shelter with our other siblings.   I can be a little shy, but one I know you like me back; I am fine.   I think I am a Retriever mix.  I am only four months old, but will be medium in size when fully grown.   Now don’t get scared – we had demodectic a skin condition that can be treated.  It is not catchy to other healthy dogs, people or cats.  We do still need some medication and we will soon be following up with the vet.   Because of our special needs, we are looking to be adopted locally so our new families can follow-up with the kind staff here at the shelter for our skin care.

If you have the time and are up to the challenge that a pup brings – and all the joy too, please stop by the Cape Ann Animal Aid soon and adopt me/us soon!

April 15th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather…

Marine Forecast ….
Gale Warning!
Wind Advisory Noon – Midnight
South -South West Winds to 55mph!
Isolated Power outages Possible.
Flood Watch in Effect 1-3″ Expected..
Tuesday S wind 20 to 25 kt, with gusts as high as 31 kt. Showers, mainly after 11am. Patchy fog. Seas 5 to 6 ft.
Tuesday Night S wind 23 to 26 kt becoming WNW after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 34 kt. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 2am, then showers likely. Patchy fog between 7pm and 8pm, then Patchy fog after 11pm. Seas 6 to 7 ft.
Bummed that we didn’t get to see the “Full Blood Moon” Lunar Eclipse ! Next one is October 8th 2014…Hope we can view that one if weather cooperates …
Video Cast….

Hourly Forecast ….