Have You Picked Up Your Summer Issue of Cape Ann Magazine?

What a terrific issue and the perfect read to bring to the beach (and not just because my story about the Cape Ann to Mexico Monarch connection is featured on the cover!).

Cape Ann Magazine’s Summer 2014 issue provides a wonderful window into summer living on our beautiful North Shore. I throughly enjoyed reading all the articles, including Gail McCarthy’s about Essex sculptor Shelly Bradbury and the beautiful work she does designing for Mariposa; Alexandra Pecci’s two articles, one about Mariposa, aptly titled “Elegance for Everday,” and a second interesting story about Woodman’s celebrating their 100th year in business; Andrea Holbrook’s story featuring Gloucester’s only sailmaker Josh Bevins; and Sean Horgan’s article about tuna-chasing Johnny Johnson. Pick up the Summer 2014 issue of Cape Ann Magazine. I guarantee, you won’t be disappointed!

Cape Ann Magazine Summer 2014 butterfly ©Kim Smith 2014

Luxuriating before work with Cape Ann Magazine’s summer issue and Brother’s Brew fab house-made doughnut! 

Excerpt from “Cape Ann to Mexico: The Monarch Butterfly Connection”

Like many communities throughout North America, Cape Ann shares in the interconnected web of the wondrous migration of the monarch butterfly. The very same monarchs that we see nectaring in our gardens and along the shoreline in late summer make a journey of over 2,500 miles south to Mexico to spend the winter in the unique and magnificent oyamel fir and pine tree forests of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, known locally as the Sierra Nevada (Snowy Mountain Range).

Last December, reports began to pour in from Mexican and American scientists that the number of monarchs overwintering was the lowest ever documented, representing a 90% decline from population numbers recorded in the 1990s. This coincided with the lamentably few monarchs seen breeding and feeding in our Cape Ann gardens during the summer of 2013. For the past three years I have been filming the monarchs in Gloucester, and all around Cape Ann, for my forthcoming film, Beauty on the Wing—Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly. I came to the realization that if I did not travel to Mexico at this moment in time, there may never again be the opportunity to film the monarch butterfly migration.

Read more in the Cape Ann Magazine Summer 2014 issue available at the following shops: 


The Gloucester Times, 36 Whittemore St., 978-283-7000

The Book Store, 61 Main St., 978-281-1548

Good Harbor Liquors, 340 Main St., 978-281-7100

Harbor Loop Gifts, 1 Harbor Loop, 978-283-3060

Jeff’s Variety, 71 Eastern Ave., 978-281-5800

Richdale, 410 Washington St., 978-281-4670

Richdale, 120 E. Main St., 978-283-2179

7 Eleven, 50 Bass Ave., 978-283-6868

Savour, 76 Prospect St., 978-282-1455



Hershey Frame Shop, 8 Rr Pleasant St., 978-546-2655

Rockport Market, 21 Broadway, 978-546-3684

Toad Hall Book Store, 47 Main St., 978-546-7323

Tucks Candy, 15 Main St., 978- 546-6352



Richdale, 8 Beach St., 978-526-7294


See Joey’s funny post about GMG Media Moguls here.

Cape Ann Magazine Cover Kim Smith. Summer 2014


GMG Fob Chad Konecky is kinda a big deal


Gloucester resident and Friend of the Blog (FOB) Chad Konecky just did the voiceover forthis national ad for M&Ms. It’s been viewed / listened to more than 265,000 times so Chad’s kind of a big deal.

To put it into perspective, that’s about 264,997 more listens than the GoodMorningGloucester podcast that Chad and I did with you.

– John McElhenny

T/V Kings Pointer in Gloucester Harbor

T/V Kings Pointer in Gloucester Harbor

KINGS POINT, N.Y., April 17, 2014 – On Saturday evening, the T/V Kings Pointer, the United States Merchant Marine Academy’s (USMMA) newest training vessel tied up at her home port, Kings Point. The vessel, formerly the M/V Liberty Star, once served as a Solid Rocket Booster Recovery Vessel for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). On September 14th, 2012, she arrived at Kings Point and was transferred to the Academy during a formal Plaque and Key ceremony.  “We are thrilled to finally have the T/V Kings Pointer back at Kings Point and are also very pleased to see her tied up at a brand new Mallory Pier,” said Rear Admiral James A. Helis, Superintendent. “The newest  Kings Pointer will be an integral part of the training and development of our midshipmen. It will complement and enhance the Sea-Year experience of every Kings Pointer.”


The Seine Boat Seats…


PrintIMG_3756Last night Daughter Amanda sends my husband (AKA St. Barry) this text message at 9:45 pm…”Dad did you make my seine boat seat? I need it for 5:30 am practice.”  Guess what St. Barry found himself doing 10pm last night….??? 

The St. Peter Fiesta Seine Boat crew members can easily be identified walking around  St. Peter Square, and the Beach Court area, this week sporting; taped hands, rowing gloves, custom designed crew shirts, wooden plank cushion seats, and bed pillows.  For “Seine Boat Rowers,” having the “right seat” is an absolute necessity. At the beging of practice week, rowers except the known fact of their likelihood of rowing race day with blistered hands, but the thought of racing with a blistered bottom is the one thing all rowers commonly share a fear of, and don’t want to become their painful reality to have to deal with.  One of the first recommendations shared by senior crew members is the importance of having a comfortable seat that will protect your bottom and get you  to race day without blisters.  Having the perfect seat cushion and gloves are crucial to rowing a successful race. Each rower will fasten their “custom cushion” to their personal “liking” immediately upon boarding the boat. This ritual takes president over other preparations of adjusting footboards, taping hands and the tying in of oars. You will notice in the photo below some rowers, like my daughter Amanda, use wooden planks under a cushion to raise them up off the boats bench.  Some fasten a cushion directly to the bench with duck tape, and others, wrap their cushion in a slippery fabric or trash bag  before fastening it to the bench of the boat, with the hope of lessening the friction caused by the repetitious back-and-forth rowing motion. The Senior Crew members are really great about guiding the younger crews through the week of practices. Their love for the sport and passion to keep the “Fiesta Races” thriving for future generations is what drives them to teach younger crews all the special tips they have learned over the years. Their spirit is infectious… Viva Sam Pedro!

Click see more for photos from todays morning practice


Continue reading “The Seine Boat Seats…”

Saint Peter’s Fiesta Traditions Behind The Scenes- Generations Of The Linquata Family Making The Fiesta Pins


Huge thanks to the Linquata family for allowing us into their home and sharing their story of family, love and tradition.  It is families like this that make it all so special for all of us to enjoy.  So many stories, so much love, so much passion, and who wins?  Everyone in our close knit community.  The people who think the Fiesta is about the carnival and the rides are missing out.  They have no idea how much work goes in behind the scenes by beautiful families like the Linquatas.  Thanks for all you do to make it the most special time of year for so many.

Your labor of love and dedication will not go unnoticed if we have anything to say about it.

Look for tomorrow’s video with the Favazzas who make the Greasy Pole Flags.  GMG behind the scenes for Saint Peter’s Fiesta 2014.

Videos Part I and II




Monday June 23rd , 2014 Cape Ann Weather…

Marine Forecast ..
Mon E winds around 5 kt…becoming SE in the afternoon. Seas 1 foot or less.
Mon Night S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 2 ft.

Forecast … Sunny highs in the 70’s with light winds onshore … Monday night clear temps in the 50’s….

Hourly Forecast…

Looking Beautiful / And Dry !!




Community Stuff 6/23/14

Mile Marker One Updates

Hi Joey:  my name is Pam Ashe and I am a manager at Mile Marker One and I handle social media and press among other duties.  Ron, our chef mentioned he talked to you and asked me to contact you.
Last Sunday marked the launch of our Sunday Blues Breakfast Buffet on our Bridge Deck.  Every Sunday from 9am to 12 noon, we offer this Blues Breakfast Buffet featuring a Belgian waffle station, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, fruit and homemade breakfast breads. Mari Martin sings the blues starting at 9:30.  We also offer a build your own Bloody Mary bar!
Our raw bar opens at 12 noon Sundays for $1 oysters, and cherrystones!  Cape Ann Connect, Rhythm & Grooves featuring local musicians of all ages starts at 1pm and runs until 4pm.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we offer $11.99 Lobster Rolls! Freshly shucked lobster meat, lightly dressed with mayonnaise sits atop a brioche roll and served with french fries.