Adventure and Maritime Gloucester re-unite

Hi Joey,

Wednesday was a busy day for the Adventure.   Her crew finished repairing the stem and getting her ready to move.   She was re-launched at the evening high tide, and left GMR for her new at Gloucester Maritime on the Harbor Loop.   We had some friends and family come by to see us off.   Graham Makay once again captained the Adventure for her short ride across the harbor.   We were welcomed by our newly expanded family from Gloucester Maritime, with board members, family and friends from both organizations joining in a champagne toast.   A row crew also came out to give us an all oar salute.  Despite a bit of rain, the mood at the wharf was quite festive.   The Adventure’s Sarah Tuvim recognized that between the 2 organizations, we made a wonderful rainbow of raincoats to brighten our evening.

Mary Barker

Orange Poppies in the Rain

Planter Urn with spring flowers ©Kim Smith 2014jpgWednesday while planting at Willowdale in the on-again off-again rain, the luminesce orange of the crinkly tissue paper-like poppy petals kept catching my eye. They seemed especially incandescent juxtaposed against the drizzly gray light. I don’t really mind planting in the rain for a few hours and actually much prefer it to the heat of planting at mid-day on warm sunny days. The only thing with planting in the rain is that on long, non-stop nine- to ten-hour planting days, I get very chilled, which leads to a tired muddy mess that arrives home to my husband, who has actually been looking forward to my coming home. “Please don’t talk to me,” I say when first arriving but, after a solid half hour soak in a steamy tub, I cheer up and am ready to converse and get dinner underway.

orange iceland poppy ©Kim Smith 2014Look at all these buds yet to come!

We planted this urn back on May 1st, and it has filled out handsomely. The sweet peas are climbing up the pussy willow basket handles and their fragrance, along with the scent of the dianthus, Viola ‘Etain’ and sweet alyssum is really very enchanting. From one initial bud to dozens still yet to come, going on six weeks now this little poppy plant just keeps on bestowing her gift of great beauty!may-basket-c2a9kim-smith-2014-copy

May First May Basket

Historic Adventure

Today I went down to Maritime Gloucester to take a look at Schooner Adventure at her new summer home. While there, I ran into Jim Burkholder and Christine Minnix of New Hampshire. Jim and Christine have a particular interest in Adventure. Jim’s grandfather was Col Edwin H. Cooper, who, in the 1930s, photographed Adventure and other maritime subjects.Jim and Christine have recovered the collection and have reproduced many of the images as prints and note cards.They can be reached at or 603 997 9521.

DSCF4558Jim shows some of the photo collection to Ardelle’s skipper, Harold Burnham.

IMG2 IMG3_0001Two images from the Col Edwin H Cooper collection, circa 1937. Reproduced with permission.

Announcing the 31st Cape Ann Artisan Studio Tour

cape ann artisans tour

26 artisans will be welcoming visitors into their studios during the tour on June 21-22
from 10-5 pm. Those of you who have followed the tour before will be treated to new
work by veteran artisans and become acquainted with the work of artisans who have
joined in recent years. The work comes in many shapes, sizes, and media including:
• Fiber Arts – Camilla MacFadyen & Sarah Wright
• Glass Beadmaking – Beth Williams
• Jewelry/Wearable Art – Meredith Anderson, Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, & Judy
• Mosaic – Pam Stratton & Judith Wright
• Painting, Printmaking & Drawings – Pat Lowery Collins, Rob Diebboll, Julia
Garrison, Elizabeth Harty, David Montgomery, Pia Juhl Nadel, Sinikka Nogelo, Terry
Del Percio-Piemonte, Mace and Mary Ann Wenniger, & Judith Wright
• Photography – David Piemonte
• Pottery and Ceramic Arts – Cynthia Curtis, Anni Melancon, Scott and Erin Place, &
Ruth Worrell
• Sculpture – Mike Foley, Pia Juhl Nadel, Margaret Rack & Bart Stuyf
This best way to follow the tour is by obtaining an artisan brochure map, found in key
tourism kiosks, restaurants, most inns and other businesses around Cape Ann. For the
web-savvy, the map is downloadable as a PDA at
To learn more, please visit

SELL-OUT WARNING: THE TOASTERS on Beauport Princess Cruise Ship with the MILE 21 Reunion Next Friday

If you’ve been following our recent posts (like this one) you know we’ve been warning you of potential sell-outs, so you don’t lose out.

Last weekend’s James Cotton/Jay Geils show at The Larcom in Beverly sold out by Wednesday.

Next Friday’s (6/13) Concert Cruise featuring The Toasters with a special reunion of local favorites Mile 21 aboard Gloucester’s very own cruise ship, Beauport Princess is likely to sell out too.

The Toasters (called Ska “Pioneers” by Billboard Magazine) will bring their infections brand of Ska, Reggae, Jazz, Punk & Soul to Gloucester as part of their 2014 world tour.

Mile 21’s 2014 reunion features Lead Vocalist Mike Francis, Carlos Menezes, Jr. on trombone, Keith Amero on Bass, Steve Russo on Drums, Mike Lentini on saxophone, and Mike Goulart on lead guitar.  These guys alone are worth the price of admission.

Tickets are only $35 in advance and include this very special Concert PLUS a Gloucester Harbor Cruise and Party Buffet featuring Seafood Grille’s world famous Lobster Rolls!

As you might expect, seating is limited (this is a cruise ship, remember) so if you want to get aboard, you’re going to have to act quickly and get your tickets here.

You don’t want to be one of those losers who waits until it’s sold out and then tries to convince Homeland Security to let you aboard, do you?

Just in case you’re not sure what I mean by infections, watch this video:

Banana Split Scones



Banana Split Scones

This morning I created this recipe for my daughter Amanda, who requested freshly baked scones for breakfast.  I thought I whip up a batch using slightly overripe strawberries, and extra coconut milk leftover from another recipe.  The results were great! The scones are light and fluffy, and not overly sweet.  Tuck this recipe into your recipe box…strawberry season is around the corner!  


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Singing Beach and Eagle Head, Manchester

Warm October light enriched the colors and made lengthened the shadows on the beach. The setting sun revealed the moon and a star. This transparency was shot on a tripod with Fuji Velvia film with a Pentax 6x7 (cm) camera. The wide angle 55mm lens accentuated the blue sky. Except for adding my watermark (©Fredrik D. Bodin), no filters or digital manipulation were used.
Warm October light enriched the colors and made lengthened the shadows on the beach. The setting sun revealed the moon and a star.
This transparency was shot on a tripod with Fuji Velvia film with a Pentax 6×7 (cm) camera. The wide angle 55mm lens accentuated the blue sky. Except for adding my watermark (©Fredrik D. Bodin), no filters or digital manipulation were used.

Brett Gamache At The Cultural Center On Rocky Neck

June 5 – 29 : Landscapes & Seascapes,
Recent Paintings by Brett X. Gamache

Brett X. Gamache

SAT June 7, 4-7pm : Opening Reception
SUN, June 8, 4-5pm: Artist Talk

The Interview-

Plein Air Landscape Painting Workshop
with oil painter, Brett X. Gamache

Saturday, June 14, 9 AM-2 PM

At RNAC’s Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St. Gloucester, MA

Brett X. Gamache
Experience the joy of painting on site by joining a small group of fellow artists in a Plein Air Landscape Painting workshop on Saturday, June 14th from 9 AM -2 PM on Gloucester’s Rocky Neck. Gamache provides one-on-one instruction as participants paint at near by locations. Workshop fee: $100 (RNAC members, $75)
For more details, go to

Friday June 6th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather.

Marine Forecast
Fri W winds around 5 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Patchy fog. Vsby 1 nm or less.
Fri Night W winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Clouds / sunny breaks / few pop up showers / storms . 66-76° warmest inland away from the coast . Light west winds 5-10mph becoming SE onshore 10-15mph ..
Friday night few early showers / storms possible lows dipping into the 50’s ..
Humidity and Mugginess arrives Sunday and Especially Monday Through Wednesday with Dew Points in the 60’s … So hang in there if u like humid / sticky / sultry weather…

Hourly Forecast

Weekend Outlook



Community Stuff 6/6/14

Sign up now for the 3rd Annual Schooner Challenge

Len Burgess submits-

Don’t miss this fun filled 3rd annual Schooner Challenge Monday, June 16th. from 6pm to 8pm. Starts from Maritime Gloucester. Be on board one of the three Harold Burnham built schooners the ‘Thomas E. Lannon’, the ‘Fame’ or the ‘Ardelle’ and help your ship compete for the prize. SIGN ABOARD TODAY!  For tickets, visit or call: Marcia at 978-375-3337.