Thank You So Much to Our Friends, New and Old, of the HarborWalk!

American Lady Butterfly New York Ironweed Gloucester house HarborWalk ©Kim Smith 2014Thank you Beth, Lynn, Frieda, Catherine, Mary Jo, Lise, Susan, Deborah, and Roger for a super meeting and weeding this morning. Thank you to all our newest “Friends of the HarborWalk” members who, although could not make it this morning, have expressed interest in helping.

If you would like to join the Friends of the HarborWalk, please email me at In September I am giving a close-up photo workshop, in the garden, to all our Friends of the HarborWalk members. Date to be determined.

You do not need to be an expert gardener to join. Membership is open to all, and we’ll give you on-the-job training, no worries!

Note to Lucinda: I could not retrieve your email address from the comments. Please send me an email and I will add you to the mailing list. Thank you.

American Lady Butterfly New York Ironweed -2 ©Kim Smith 2014Look who joined us while weeding and meeting this morning at the gardens, an American Lady Butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis), and she was nectaring from the ginromously tall New York Ironweed (Veronia noveboracensis), a true North American native beauty and fabulous source of nectar for butterflies and bees. 

American Lady Butterfly New York Ironweed ©Kim Smith 2014American Lady Butterfly

Concert by the Sea at Beauport with Henry Allen

IMG_5892 StitchConcert by the Sea at Beauport , at the Sleeper-McCann House, in the garden overlooking Gloucester Harbor. Listened to great music by Henry Allen and the New Swingers, watching the sunset and schooners passing by, what a great setting.



Innuit Manuka Communicates with Moolongz in Alaska

freelang in Alaska with innuit

Of course Innuits tend to be more highly evolved humans because they live simpler lives, closer to nature and aren’t caught up in all the distractions like many other humans, so it not surprising that they can see and communicate with Moolongz. Can you?

E.J. Lefavour

Celebrate Gloucester Update: John Sebastian Concert Rescheduled

Due to a scheduling conflict, we have moved the Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert featuring John Sebastian to Saturday, September 13 at the UU Meetinghouse.  Get tickets here.


This is one more example of how things often work out despite my frustration when I found out about the conflict.  The UU Meetinghouse a fitting venue given that this concert helps raise money for its restoration and the acoustics are excellent.  But with no air conditioning, it wouldn’t have worked for an August concert.  However, it’s perfect for September when the average high is 72 and low is 55 (it might be a little chilly at 8pm on the water that time of year) and the cushioned pews are quite comfortable.

This concert is a perfect opportunity to experience the music that helped define a generation up close and personal.  Here’s a video of John Sebastian at Woodstock (45 years ago this August):

Sista Felicia’s Favorite Kitchen Gadget of the Week




Last night we ended an awesome beach day with S’mores.  Our Twins BJ & Amanda have been make S’mores year round using one of their very own favorite Kitchen Gadgets, The  Casa Moda “S’mores” Maker made by Lifetime Brands. Several people have inboxed messages inquiring about this gadget, and to be honest we have had it for so many years that I don’t remember where we purchased it, or how much we paid for it but what we can tell you is that is AWESOME! It’s fun, easily transports, can be used in or outdoors with little mess and fuss.   Some reviews were not in favor of this handy gadget, but we love ours and have used it successfully countless times for several years.  I was a little shocked by the price, on Amazon, and highly doubt I paid that price years ago.  I would encourage looking further online for a better price, because It’s definitely a Kitchen Gadget must have for all ages! 




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We Released The Rare Yellow Lobster We Had At The Dock This Morning After It Had Released Its Eggs While In Our Tank.

We Released The Rare Yellow Lobster We Had At The Dock This Morning After It Had Released Its Eggs While In Our Tank.

About a month ago we released the blue one and the quadruple clawed one for the very same reason.  A good lesson for the kids to learn about sustainability in the lobster industry.  Hated to see that rare lobster leave the dock but at least my girls got to witness it.

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Lunch at the Emerson Inn

A few weeks ago my sister (Painter Barb) and her husband Robert visited us in Rockport. We discovered that our neighbor, the Emerson Inn by the Sea, was open for lunch in the summer. The convenience was only equalled by the tasty food. We marked the occasion by eating a platter of Darmariscotta oysters, seafood luncheon entries, and a good sit on the open porch.
A few weeks ago my sister (Painter Barb) and her husband Robert visited us in Rockport. We discovered that our neighbor, the Emerson Inn by the Sea, was open for lunch in the summer. The convenience was only equalled by the tasty food. We marked the occasion by eating a platter of Darmariscotta oysters, seafood luncheon entries, and a good sit on the open porch.
Part of the restaurant at the Emerson Inn is called the Veranda, a screened in dining area with adjoining open porch with rocking chairs. It all overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.
Part of the restaurant at the Emerson Inn is called the Veranda, a screened in dining area with adjoining open porch with rocking chairs. It all overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.
The grounds of the Emerson have beautiful plantings, benches, and a pool.
The grounds of the Emerson have beautiful plantings, benches, and a pool.

Community Stuff 7/27/14


Hi there,
I hope your summer is going well J I would love to let the community know that Endicott Gloucester is having another Open House on Thursday, August 7th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. We would love to sit and chat with any folks who are interested in pursuing an education. Classes begin right after Labor Day! Hope to see you at 33 Commercial Street!

Jodi Frithsen
Staff Assistant/Recruiter
Endicott College
33 Commercial St
Gloucester, Ma
(978) 879-4250

The Magic of Peter Pan comes to Annisquam August 5-10, 2014

Peter Pan Poster

When Tinker Bell and Peter Pan fly through the Darling children’s window, life suddenly takes a magical turn. Pirates, mermaids, exotic animals, the Lost Boys, Indians, and, of course, Captain Hook, fill Neverland with exciting adventures that include flying! Peter Pan is a musical adaptation of J. M. Barrie‘s 1904 play Peter Pan, a show that has enjoyed several revivals on Broadway and beyond. Join the Annisquam Village Players for their rendition of this musical classic, and refuse to grow up!

Annisquam Village Players Present

Peter Pan

Tuesday – Sunday, August 5 – 10, 2014

7:30 p.m.

Annisquam Village Hall

36 Leonard Street, Gloucester MA

Ticket Prices: Reserved Seating $32 • General Admission $16

General Admission and Reserved Seating Tickets can be ordered online.

Go to and click on “Tickets”.

General Admission tickets also available after July 16th at the following locations:

The Annisquam Exchange

32 Leonard St., Gloucester • 978.281.0358

Common Crow Natural Market, 6 Elm Street, Gloucester • 978.283.1665

Main Street Arts & Antiques, 124 Main St., Gloucester • 978.281.1531

Lula’s Pantry, 5 Dock Square, Rockport • 978.546.0010

Ticket Information:

The Annisquam Village Players have been providing community theatre since 1917. The  mission of the AVP to provide an opportunity for local Cape Ann residents, young and older, to engage and develop their talents for musical theater. For two months every summer, we rehearse scenes, music, songs and dances; create sets, design costumes, prepare lights and sound, hawk tickets, set up chairs and welcome the audience, all in the hope of offering an experience — a brief midsummer night’s dream — that will engage, entertain and enrich our community, and that will provide lasting memories for our friends and children to pass on.

NORTH SHORE ARTS ASSOCIATION invites you to its Gala “A Taste of Art Auction Event 2014”, Sat August 16th, 2014.  Doors Open at 5:30 pm.

A Gala of Great Art, Great Food, Great Wine, Great Fun!


Rosalie Sidoti “Buttercup” 25.5×31.5

The North Shore Arts Association, home to some of our most acclaimed American representational artists, invites you to its Annual Fundraising Auction where in an exciting auction atmosphere you can bid to own some of Cape Ann’s finest representational art.
     Created and generously donated by their artist members, ninety-four juried pieces by these acclaimed artists and sculptors will be auctioned.   “This is our major fundraising event of the year, and it is the artists’ generosity and the support of the Cape Ann community that keeps our ninety-two year old organization afloat and sustains its continued artistic contributions,”  says event Chairwoman, Rosalie Sidoti. 
    This gala celebration will offer a Wine Raffle, a Spirits Tasting, and Tapas Tables.   The Board  of Trustees has donated fifty vintage bottles of wine to be raffled off to the fortunate winner as a complete  Instant Wine Cellar.  There will be a complimentary Spirits Tasting with a variety of liquors donated by Ryan and Woods Distilleries, and complimentary Tapas Tables offered by local restaurants:  Duckworth’s, ‘525’ Restaurant, Latitude 43, Lobsta Land, The Studio and The Rudder.  Local entrepreneur and art collector John Archer will be the presiding Auctioneer.
    Come celebrate this special opportunity to own and add spectacular artwork to your collection!  Major sponsors supporting the event are The Building Center, Bank Gloucester, Art New England Magazine and Serenitee Restaurant Group.
    The North Shore Arts Association’s galleries are open, free to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m. 
    More information on all North Shore Arts Association events is available by visiting  their website at, and by email at, or by telephone 978 283-1857.


KenKnowles, “Schooner Races”12×16”


We are gearing up for Illumination Weekend starting Friday August 8th.  There will be lanterns going up all over town starting Friday Night.  We have an Art instillation that will also begin Friday night.  On Saturday the 9th we will start the afternoon with Activities at Firehouse Trust beginning at 12:30.  We will have children’s crafts, face painting and free popcorn given out by the Institute of Savings.  There will be a great phot opportunity.  It will also be your last chance to buy Ken Knowles Raffle tickets for his original painting.  The drawing will be at 6:30 at the bandstand.  If you want to purchase a ticket you can buy them at Katie’s gift shop.  The evening will end with a Fireworks display over Sandy Bay at 9:30.  Like us on FACEBOOK “Rockport Fireworks”. If you are interested in donating you can send a check to Rockport National Bank 37 King Street.  Call Susan at 546-9566 for more information.


Dot Kill Dot

Out 18th of August 2014

Salem band devotes new album to promoting wildlife rehabilitation center Cape Ann Wildlife. Half of all album sales will go to benefit the Gloucester non-profit.

Album launch-party to double as fundraiser.

Neil Carlill has made a lot of albums with a lot of different people over his twenty-year career, but for the British singer/songwriter/bird fanatic (now a resident of Salem, Mass.), this one is special, as it fulfills a longtime fancy, and serves a beloved cause. Dot Kill Dot is the debut album from Harvey Mapcase, the outfit Carlill formed with drummer Doug Allen in 2011, with former Thee Hydrogen Terrors guitarist Matt White completing the three-piece on bass in 2012. This is Carlill’s first time fronting a fixed ensemble in many years, and, after a decade of joint projects, it marks a return to solo songwriting. This is also the first of his records to be brought out 100% independently, under his King Harvey label. Such unprecedented autonomy led Carlill to muse about how he could meaningfully link the project to his passion for avian creatures, combining his twin obsessions in a way that could benefit the latter, while perhaps making the former a more rewarding endeavor. Meanwhile, even as the album was shaping up to be his most inspired yet, Neil found himself weighed down by concerns about his friend and go-to bird expert, Jodi Swenson. A licensed wildlife rehabilitator, Swenson founded and operates Cape Ann Wildlife (CAW), a rescue, rehab, and release facility in Gloucester, Mass, caring for sick and injured wild birds and small animals. An ailing sparrow Neil found in the road first brought him to CAW in 2009, where he was deeply impressed by Swenson’s dedication. Then, over the years, there was the fledgling chickadee by the rubbish bins, the baby starling in the attic, and countless more instances wherein Swenson’s compassion and expertise were invaluable. “I have the highest admiration for what Jodi does,” Neil says. When financial difficulties threatened to close the non-profit, Neil knew he wanted to do whatever he could to help Jodi.

“It was already turning out to the ‘birdiest’ album I ever wrote,” says Carlill (Songs bear titles like “Bali Starlings,” “Screech Owls,” and “Ravens Pick Locks”—rumor has it, they can.) “So tying it to Cape Ann Wildlife just seemed obvious.” The album has other themes: “aging, the accumulation of time’s ravages, the race against the inevitable fading of the senses. . . . I suppose you could see the birds in the lyrics as wistful representations of youth, vitality, freedom . . . but mostly they just represent birds. Birds are elemental.” Musically, the album is stirringly melodic in the best tradition of Elliott Smith, later Beatles, Big Star (etc.), and as lithe and inventive as an offspring of Beefheart’sTrout Mask Replica and Electric Warrior by T. Rex, that grew up listening to The Fall. Carlill’s most intricate guitar work to date and Allen’s versatile, ingenious drumming form the musical core. Neil and Doug’s arrangements are stripped down to the naked essentials, with White bestowing sweet vocal harmonies. Production on the record, by Berlin-based producer Jayrope, was kept deliberately raw and unobtrusive, leaving room for the trio’s kaleidoscopic cadences and ever-transforming rhythms. Tracks like the flamenco-hued “Hysteria,” and the arresting “It’s a Ritual,” which snakes fluently through the abrupt yet graceful hairpin turns that epitomize Carlill’s song structures, highlight the band’s intelligent interpretation of alternative pop/art-rock.

Carlill first earned esteem in the 1990s as leader of the U.K. band Delicatessen (Big Life/Starfish Records), whose esoteric, sultry, subterranean sound, as compelling as it was anomalous in that Britpop epoch, moved the Melody Maker to praise the Leicester foursome as “the salvation of pop music.” (Earlier this year, Taylor Parks, writing in, singled-out Delicatessen’s 1994 song “C.F. Kane” as a beacon of quality in the long dark night that was British pop in the 90’s. See Later, Carlill swerved into top-40 territory with the London-based pop “supergroup” Lodger (Island Records) before relocating to America and teaming up with guitarist Warren Cuccurullo to form Chicanery for one eponymous album, which appeared in 2010. Other projects include the avant-garde, trans-Atlantic techno outfit Vedette (Stilll records) and atmospheric, post-punk oddity Me Me the Moth (Titicacaman records). In 2011, Carlill contributed to the Three on a Match project, a musical homage to the films of Bette Davis, along with his favorite fellow musician, the amazingly gifted King Toad(a.k.a. Jamal River, of Iowa City). Their plans for further collaboration came to a tragic end when River took his own life at age 35, in July 2013. It is impossible to overstate the influence King Toad’s work has had on Carlill’s own, and Dot Kill Dot is dedicated to River’s memory.

Though the album will be for sale in digital format from iTunes and Bandcamp, Neil hopes people will plump for the beautifully packaged CD, with its cover painting and stunning bird photographs created explicitly for the project by Portland, OR artists Junko Susuki and Shawn Martin, respectively. As for the title, Neil explains, “Dot Kill Dotis, in one sense, a reference to our modern culture of hostility, particularly the way the remote, anonymous nature of internet communication brings out the brutality in people.” But it’s also a bird thing: “I was on a pre-dawn drive and I could hear this birdcall, loud and clear like a whippoorwill’s, but it sounded like ‘dut-keeeel-dut /dut-keeeel-dut.’ This was after I had written the title track for the album. I thought, perfect.”

HARVEY MAPCASE (with Reindeer, Olneyville Sound System and This Day in History), play at the Church of Boston on August 28 to launch the new album, Dot Kill Dot, and raise funds for CAW. For more information, visit and