The Red Shed Film Festival is a micro film festival featuring selected short films produced on Cape Ann, by Cape Ann filmmakers, with a focus on Cape Ann. Contributing filmmakers include Henry Ferrini and Kim Smith, along with videos produced by C.B. Fisk and Cape Ann TV.

The films range in subject matter from the creation of a C.B. Fisk pipe organ to local prominent writers and painters. Festival-goers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite film at the end of the evening.

Come for dinner and film screenings–Wally’s Bistro will be on hand from 5pm to 8:30pm offering pulled pork, mac ‘n’ cheese, and much more!

The Red Shed Film Festival takes place at Harvey Park, located in downtown Rockport (between High Street and Broadway) on Saturday, May 17, beginning at 7:00pm. The Film Festival is under the umbrella of Rockport’s annual Motif No.1 Day. The Red Shed Film Festival is produced in conjunction with Granite Visions Video Productions. For more information please got to Rockport Art Festivals or call 978.290.9200

Twin Lights Soda, a staple of summers on Cape Ann and manufactured in Rockport for over one hundred years, will be available during the screenings.


Beautiful Creamy Panna Cotta by Willowdale’s Chef Bennie Lightbody

Panna Cotta ©Kim Smith 2014JPGToday at Willowdale we celebrated our dear friend Sarah’s new baby-on-the-way. Lots of fun was had by all and Sarah was truly surprised. I’ll post photos tomorrow after I have a few minutes to sort through, but wanted to share about this fabulous, elegant and simple desert that Bennie Lightbody, Willowdale’s Executive Chef extraordinaire, created for the shower.

Panna Cotta, which means cooked cream in Italian, is made by simmering cream, milk, and sugar with a very small amount of gelatin. The pudding is eaten all around Italy, but is thought to have originated in Piedmont. Bennie served the Panna Cotta with a coulis of mixed berries along with the whole fruit. Pure Heaven!

Willowdale Estate Noah, Bennie, Sarah ©Kim Smith 2014Noah Quist, left, Bennie Lightbody center, and Sarah Boucher right

FRED BODIN: The Road to Recovery

Regular readers of GMG are aware that contributor and friend-to-all Fred Bodin was stricken with cancer that has damaged nerves and muscles, greatly impairing his ability to walk and function at home and in the Bodin Historic Photo gallery.He  is now undergoing intensive physical and occupational therapy. In this video, Fred takes us into a therapy session, introduces us to members of his rehab support team and talks about his illness and his hopes. As you will see and hear, he has made dramatic progress and his attitude is nothing less than inspirational.

Many of you have generously contributed to the Friends of Fred Bodin Fund. Fred will thank each of you personally. In the meantime, bills continue to come in and we urge all readers to contribute what you can so that Fred’s business and home will be waiting for him when he is back on his feet.

Please send checks payable to Friends of Fred Bodin Fund c/o Marty Luster, 6 Castle View Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930.

Thank you.

Marty Luster and Donna Ardizzoni

 don’t panic :))


Woof…Woof…Dr. Ray Cahill Writes~We wanted to offer to help answer questions and hopefully quell concerns about the Canine Influenza Virus that has now spread to the North Shore. Here’s a primer with a link to some reliable information if you think it’s blogworthy.


Ray Cahill

SeaPort Vet Hospital

 don’t panic :))

According to the State Veterinarian, multiple cases of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) have been confirmed in dogs on the North Shore. All cases were reportedly exposed at the same day care facility in Ipswich.

The main thing to know is that this is not an epidemic. Canine Influenza is new to our area, and there is no need for alarm. Owners whose dogs go to daycare, boarding facilities or dogs shows are already familiar with the risks of traditional kennel cough and how to help protect their dogs via vaccination. CIV (the symptoms of which mimic those of kennel cough) presents one more challenge to dog care facilities and the pets that visit them. Those facilities may already be considering whether or not to require the influenza vaccine.

The Canine Influenza Virus is highly contagious between dogs but will not transmit to people or other species. Not all dogs become sick when exposed, and serious illness from CIV is uncommon. Also, just like for most diseases, dogs that are sick, immunocompromised or very young are considered most at risk.

Reliable information about CIV can be found at:

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Wednesday May 14th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast :
Wed SE winds 5 to 10 kt…increasing to 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Wed Night S winds 10 to 15 kt…diminishing to 5 to 10 kt after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Areas of fog. Areas of drizzle. Vsby 1 nm or less.
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