Second week Of June Mark Your Calendars- I was looking Through My Flickr Photos Of Gloucester At Dawn Photos And Wouldn’t you Know…

Look at these sunrises from the past few years on the same exact week of the year- Second Week Of June.  If you’re a photographer and planning on taking a trip out here to photograph sunrises, might I suggest the second week of June?  If this hack of a photographer can capture these images, you ought to be able to as well Smile 

‘08, ‘09, ‘10, ‘12 and ‘14 represented here-

Fishermen’s Wives Statue 4:46AM 6/14/08

Gloucester At Dawn, 4:45AM Good Harbor Beach 6/09/09

Gloucester At Dawn Good Harbor Beach and Thacher Island 4:50AM 6/11/10

Gloucester At Dawn 4:50AM 6/7/12 Good Harbor Beach at Thacher Island

Gloucester At Dawn- Good Harbor Beach 4:55AM 6/9/14

Some of my other favorite Gloucester at Dawn Photos can be seen here

Happy Luau on Niles Beach!

Niles Beach Luau ©Kim Smith 2014With ukelelists, singing, leis, grass skirts, hula-hoops, an island-style feast, and a fleet of wa’a kaukahis (kids in kayaks)–this was a Niles Beach Sunday not to be missed!Ukelists Niles Beach ©Kim Smith 2014JPG

Niles Beach kid kayakers ©kim Smith 2014

Happy Birthday Esme!!!Esme ©Kim Smith 2014

Dawn and Michelle ©Kim Smith 2014Dawn Sarrouf and Michelle Anderson

Thank you to Dawn and Michelle for inviting me to stay and have a bite of Esme’s wonderful luau birthday feast. John and Dawn prepared the most yummy pulled pork, served on Mandy’s homemade potato rolls, and guests contributed super delicious accompaniments, including the best bean salad, homemade, crunchy coleslaw, and Nicole Duckworth’s to-die-for death-by-chocolate cake.

cupcakes ©Kim Smith 2014Cupcakes decorated by EsmeJohn and Dawn Sarrouf ©Kim Smith 2014John and Dawn Sarrouf

Jude and Ken Duckworth ©kim Smith 2014Jude and Ken Duckworth

Niles Beach Esme's bday ©Kim Smith 2014Nicole and Jude Duckworth ©Kim Smith 2014Nicole and Jude Duckworth

Friendships, Family, Food, and Pure Fun~ what a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

See More Photos Here Continue reading “Happy Luau on Niles Beach!”

Wicked Tuna Special on Cape Ann TV TOMORROW (WED) @ 6:30 P.M.

Don’t miss the premiere of this very special Local Music Seen with Allen Estes tomorrow night at 6:30 on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.  This special was shot on location at Alchemy Bistro (at the same time as Nat Geo was shooting) and Mile Marker One.  Allen gets some of the Wicked Tuna captains to tell him what music they play aboard ship for good luck catching fish.  Then he performs his Howard Blackburn hit “Not With Ya Hands” for them.  Mix in a Wicked Tuna Seafood Throwdown and a few other surprises for a show you don’t want to miss.  Here’s a short preview of the energy you can expect from this show!

Sista’s Favorite Kitchen Gadget of the week!




IPAC Inox-Stainless Steel Fresh Herb Mill

It’s time to start jazzing up your marinades, salads, and side dishes with the fabulous flavors of fresh herbs, and produce from local farms! Put the winter recipes away…”Summer Cooking” has officially begun! Think Fresh, Fabulous and Flavorful when preparing meals…This week many CSA Farm Programs kick off their 2014 along with dozens of weekly community Farmers markets throughout the North Shore area.   Because I’m so excited to finally have an abundance of fresh locally grown produce, and herbs at my finger tips for the next several months, I thought I’d feature my IPAC Inox-Stainless Steel Fresh Herb Mill.  This handheld mill is by far the most used kitchen gadget, in my kitchen during the summer months. It’s easy to use, and cuts through herbs with minimal bruising, making pretty flake like cuts that are the perfect size to use to dress up a platted meal with a fresh professional look. 

*Friendly Reminder~ “The Cape Ann Farmers Market” held at Stage Forth Park, begins Thursday June 12 at 3 pm.

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Pet of the Week- Emily

This might be a family looking to adopt me!  My name is Emily, I am a four-month-old female Retriever mix.   I will be large when I am fully grown. I love dogs, people, toys and splashing in the kiddie pools here at the Cape Ann Animal Aid (CAAA), located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane in Gloucester.   I love to cuddle and then going outdoors to play.
I am a bit shy with new people, but it doesn’t take me long to warm up and then I can show my affectionate ad playful side.  I hope you might visit the shelter soon and our website at
If you are up to the challenge a new pup can bring – and the fun, too, stop by the CAAA soon and ask for Emily!

We’ve got a moth down… I repeat we’ve got a moth down. Send In A Medic STAT!

Prognosis, not good.  This big ass moth had his belly half smooshed on the sidewalk just outside of Last Stop Variety.

Moth ID from all you butterfly/moth freaks out there please?

(the only reason I’m saying this is a moth is because the owner corrected me inside Last Stop)  I woulda said Butterfly all day every day.


The GDT Is The Voice Of Reason In The Beverly High Cigar Atrocity


June 10, 2014

Editorial: MIAA, school chiefs should learn from Beverly cigar fiasco

Gloucester Daily Times

High school graduations have once again made spring an optimistic time across Cape Ann and around the North Shore.

In nearly every community, we are treated to a sea of cap-and-gown clad seniors, valedictory speeches that are at once soaring, hopeful and humorous, and smiles of unfiltered joy from young men and women who walk across the stage to accept their diplomas.

Leave it to the adults to stomp out the fun.

Check out the entire editorial here

I was gonna write a rant about the ridiculousness of it all but I was just too disgusted.

Politically Correct crap times a bajillion- the ruination of our great country.

Tuesday June 10th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather ..

Marine Forecast
Tue S winds 5 to 10 kt…increasing to 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt in the afternoon. Seas around 2 ft. A chance of showers. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Tue Night SE winds 5 to 10 kt…becoming NE after midnight. Seas around 2 ft. A chance of showers. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Tuesday Video Cast…



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Community Stuff 6/10/14

Kristine Matteo submits-

My 6 year old daughter Kiara Olson who is in Kindergarten at East Gloucester School has been chosen as a finalist for the Rotary Club of Stoneham’s “Stoneham’s Next Star.” The finals are on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 on the main stage of the Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main Street, Stoneham, Massachusetts.

Audience Tickets for the final performance will be $8.00 for children/students/seniors and $12.00 for adults.  Your family and friends can purchase tickets at Stoneham TV, 53 Central Street, Stoneham.  If you would like to schedule pick up of tickets contact or by calling (781) 438-8340.  

They will be awarding  third ($200) and second place prize ($300), as well as the first place prize, “The Stoneham Star” award (which has a $1000 grand prize donated by Pizzarello & Silvestro Family Dentistry).

It will be filmed by Stoneham TV. Kiara is an excellent dancer and acrobat who is trained through Dawn’s Studio of Dance in Gloucester.