Pure Whimsy!

Revelation. Productions Willowdale Estate ©Kim Smith 2014What a treat to see Willowdale’s event tent decorated in Anthony D’Elia’s wonderfully fun and whimsical design for Thursday’s “Power of the Purse.”  Upon arriving, I felt as though I had stepped into a Georges Lepape French fashion illustration from the early 1900s, when Orientalism was all the rage and summer garden fêtes were decorated in kind, and to the nines. Revelation Productions Design Willowdale Estate Anthony D'Elia Revelations Productions ©Kim Smith 2014 copyThe morning after the event, while the Willowdale crew and I were installing a new embroidered velvet curtain for the tent, I had the opportunity to meet Anthony as he and his staff were dismantling the decor. Anthony and his company, Revelation Productions, are responsible for many of the most stunning and beautifully produced special events held at Willowdale and venues throughout the North Shore and New England. Their creative and technical event services included imaginative décor, custom audio design, full spectrum video services, and gorgeous lighting. Visit their website for more information about Revelation Productions here.


The first two photos show how the parasols and lighting looked in daylight; below you can see how they appeared after sunset. I wasn’t the only one utterly captivated by the décor and Anthony received high praise from Briar, the Willowdale staff, and all attendees for his magical parasol and branch design.

parasols -2 ©Kim Smith 2014 Revelations Productions Parasols Willowdale Estate ©Kim Smith 2014. copyBriar Forsythe, proprietor of Willowdale, donated the tent, her signature refreshments, and stellar staff to the “Power of the Purse,” as did Anthony donate his time and décor to the event. See previous posts about the Power of the Purse here.

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Georges Lepape (1887-1971) was a French fashion designer and illustrator, engraver, poster artist, book illustrator, costume, and textile designer. He collaborated and designed many covers for leading magazines of the day including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Femina, and The Art Sheets. See several more Georges Lepape illustrations here: Continue reading “Pure Whimsy!”

Cripple Cove Quintet Featuring The Goddesses @ The Rhumb Line 9:30 tonight. 5.3.2014



WHAT: The Cripple Cove Quintet featuring The Goddesses

WHEN: Saturday May 3rd, starting at 9:30pm, ending at 12:30am

WHERE: The Rhumb Line (40 Railroad Avenue, Gloucester, MA)

Join The Cripple Cove Quintet featuring The Goddesses (and featuring James Cohen on drums) for their last scheduled gig before The Goddesses take a summer-long break to go forth and multiply.  Three sets of rock and roll standards, harmonies, guitarmonies, and dancing at The Rhumb Line on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 starting at 9:30pm.

Sista Felicia Finds Special Ingredient at Wilson Farms




Yesterday I made a special trip to Wilson Farm in Lexington Ma, with the hopes of finding a few bunches of fresh Ramps.   Theses highly sort after spring onions resemble scallion, an are sometimes called wild leeks, or wild garlic.  This springtime delicacy  is all the crazy in the culinary world during their short growing season each year.   The flavor can best be described as a cross between an onion and garlic.


Stay tuned for upcoming recipes containing Ramps this week!

Wilson Farm never disappoints, their fresh produce, prepared foods, and dozens of specialties items, along with an amazing gardening center is incredible!  I feel like a kid in a candy store each time I visit.  During yesterdays successful trip to find spring Ramps, I snapped a few photos including this beautiful floral art piece on display.



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May 3rd , 2014 Weekend Cape Ann Forecast..

Marine Forecast….
Sat SW winds 5 to 10 kt…becoming S in the afternoon. Seas around 2 ft.
Sat Night SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 2 ft.
Sun SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas around 2 ft. Showers and tstms likely.
Sun Night W winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas around 2 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
Video Forecast….

Have A Great Weekend 🙂