More Snapshots from Thursday’s Farmer’s Market and Seafood Throwdown

Nutty Redhead Lisa ©Kim Smith 2014Lisa, The Nutty Redhead ~ Exciting News from the Nutty Redhead ~ STAY TUNED!

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Amanda Copok ©Kim Smith 2014Amanda Cook Spinning Her Multi-blue-hued Hand Dyed Yarn

Rosalie harrington Gloucester Seafood Throwdown ©Kim Smith 2014Rosalie Harrington, Thursday’s Seafood Throwdown Winner

Rosalie Harrington's dogfish stew ©Kim Smith 2014Rosalie’s Dogfish and Fresh Vegetable Stew ~ Would you call this a cioppino, even though only made with one fish? Continue reading “More Snapshots from Thursday’s Farmer’s Market and Seafood Throwdown”


What will they think of next?  Circus performers, Dancers, Hula Hoops, Mary Poppins, Reptiles and more invade Main Street tomorrow night for this summer’s second block party — and what an extravaganza it will be (more info here).

Here’s a list of entertainment by stage.

And here’s a list of all the music by time.

Here’s a list of participating restaurants & merchants.  Remember to make reservations if you want to get a table.

And a big map with parking info right here.

Everything you need to enjoy a night on the town in beautiful Gloucester!

SELL-OUT ALERT: CASPIAN’S Pre-Sale nearly sold out in 1 day — if you want tickets get them now

You may or may not know that major rock stars live right down the road in Beverly, MA.  CASPIAN, performed at Beverly’s Block Party last year, but mostly they tour the world.  On October 18, they’re celebrating their 10th year as a band with a special hometown anniversary concert at The Larcom Theatre.  Yesterday at noon, they offered pre-sale tickets to their fan-base, who turn out to be highly loyal — meaning the show is nearly sold out barely 24 hours later (most of the orchestra was sold out within an hour).  That’s what I mean when I say, “rock stars.”  So if you want to go to this once-in-a-decade event, get balcony seats now (right here).

If you ever thought of doing a podcast- the App I produce mine on is now Half Off On iTunes

I can’t even explain how awesome BossJock is for recording, editing and exporting podcast files.  I paid $10 for it.  It was the most expensive app I’ve ever bought and truth be told after having used it and seeing just how incredibly useful it is I would pay five times that amount if I had to replace it because it’s that good.  It is for Apple iOS devices.

Right now it’s on sale for half off in the iTunes store. That’s $4.99 and that my friends is a steal if you are doing any type of podcasting.

Here’s the link-


A great tutorial demonstrating just how easy it is-

Here’s my demo too-

A Wealth of Resources for Sure!

For the last few summers I have come out of summer retirement to run a two-week summer session at the Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School.  The camp is focused on both Marine Science and Maritime History and the goal is to get the kids out on the water/waterfront as much as possible.  I am fortunate that my boys have that opportunity often and that they are naturally drawn to the ocean and all it has to offer.  That having been said, I know that isn’t true for all children who are growing up in this area.  Most importantly, I wanted to help educate these children on the history of the fishing industry and how important the ocean is to the community’s livelihood and to the creatures that call it home!

This year’s camp was a large success thanks to many local businesses.  I’m happy to be able to fire off a quick post to thank some of those places/individuals.

While one day took us into Boston to explore the New England Aquarium and watch a Journey to the South Pacific IMAX movie, all other days were spent outside experiencing the waterfront hands-on.

Our students spent a couple of days aboard the Sea Station vessel, Endeavour, in Salem Harbor.  This unreal floating classroom afforded us the opportunity to haul lobster traps, observe ocean life in its giant glass holding tank, sink the underwater camera to observe the ocean floor and eel grass beds + observe our discoveries on the giant flatscreen TV, and preform beach landings on Misery Island to go hiking, swimming, and tidal pooling. If you haven’t explored Misery Island, you’re missing out!

Sea Station

We had a fantastic day at the Nahant Marine Science Center where the children were given the opportunity to become scientists while recording their tide pool findings and the properties of the water in small groups.  They also had a wonderful tour of the facilities and the gorgeous property that the science center calls home. The Northeastern graduates/students that took care of our group were fabulous!

Nahant Marine Science Center

One day was spent onboard Cape Ann Whale Watch’s vessel, the Hurricane.  We saw several humpback whales and enjoyed a fantastic trip.  The naturalists, as always, added a wonderful educational component with small group lessons throughout the trip in addition to the narration while observing the whales.

Cape Ann Whale Watch

We greatly enjoyed a morning at Maritime Gloucester and were incredibly pleased with the workshops that Mary Kay had planned for our students…who ranged in age from 1st grade to 8th!  Maritime Gloucester was, as always, a must-do on our excursion list!

Maritime Gloucester

We enjoyed a visit from a wonderful artist named Kathy Abbott, who helped the children learn about caring for our beaches, waterfronts, and oceans while adding the element of art.  Learning about the Angry Ocean Project inspired many of our students to go home and create masterpieces of their own with debris the discovered on local beaches.

Angry Ocean Project

We headed North to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH where we did a self-guided tour of the exhibits, participated in a 60 minute Whale presentation (the highlight of which was definitely seeing the entire skeleton system of the Fin Whale that washed ashore on Cape Hedge Beach several years ago) and then explored the rocky shore of Ordione State Park with a naturalist who helped the children learn about all of the amazing things they found in the tide pools.  Stunning scenery!

Seacoast Science Center

Captain Steve Douglas, from Cape Ann Harbor Tours, agreed to a custom designed trip on his King Eider.  I really wanted the students to see the waterfront from the water.  I asked Steve to point out the many different types of vessels that call Gloucester Harbor home and to explain the different type of fishing gear that we saw along the way.  I wanted the children to get a feel for the history and the diversity of the fleet.  They also learned about the Cut Bridge and Annisquam River, Cape Pond Ice, the schooners, the state fish pier, the auction house, Capt. Joe and Sons (of course), Ten Pound Island, and so, so much more.

Cape Ann Harbor Tours

And a day that exceeded all expectations was the day that we visited the NOAA offices up at Blackburn Circle.  I was floored with the presentation and hands-on activities that had been prepared for our visit and the number of staff that was able to make themselves available to work with our students.  With several different learning stations, knowledgable staff, a large inflatable whale, an amazing interactive game that helped the children learn about sustainability, and much more, hey truly went above and beyond to help educate our students.  Their efforts were a perfect match for what I was hoping to achieve throughout the summer session.  I can’t thank them enough!

NOAA Gloucester

This summer session served as yet another reminder of the wealth of resources that we have in our area.  How lucky we are to be able to take advantage of such a wide array of fun and educational resources.  I am well aware, that a longer camp session could have visited so many other amazing destinations and that the places I have included are certainly not the only amazing choices that we have.  There’s always next year 🙂


Mornin’ At the Dock

5:00AM First Boat Of The Day, The Mighty Cabaret V


Captain Pete is looking at the stinky bait thinking to himself- “Do I really wanna do this?”

Stretch Pete, you’re gonna get through it.


Setting Up the Davit


Community Stuff 8/15/14

I can’t find call letters or abbreviations for Gloucester.
Rockport is RPT
Does Gloucester have an abbreviation?
Liz Prentiss

iartcolony is curating out of bounds 2014 – AUGUST 23, 2-5 PM

We are curating the most amazing exhibition — a dream team of artists from all over the world  — 18 alumni and faculty of the School of Museum of Fine Arts.  This exhibition is being hosted by the Rockport Art Association.

The opening reception, at the RAA, will be on August 23, 2-5 PM — Art New England will also be launching their JULY/AUGUST issue.  This ANE issue featured a two page article on out of bounds 2014 — awarding the cover to one of our exhibiting artists, Judith Larsen, SHIMA 2013.

Bob and Jill Armstrong


WITH their exhibition:  “Artists and The Cape Ann Experience,” 150 masterworks
from art collections around the country.  Come learn about the far reaching influence
of Cape Ann artists on our American artistic heritage. 

“Artists and The Cape Ann Experience” Gallery Walks:
    with Gloucester conservator and artist, Peter Tysver,  Tuesday, August 26th.
     with Rockport artist, Tom Nicholas,  Tuesday, September 2nd.
     with Gloucester artist, Paul Ciaramitaro,  Tuesday, September 9th.
     with Gloucester artist, David Curtis, Tuesday, September 16th.
All Walks are from 11 am to 12 Noon. 

“Artists and The Cape Ann Experience”  Gallery Talks:
    with art expert Judy Curtis, Thursday, September 11th
    with Gloucester artist, Charles Movalli, Thursday, September 18th.
    All Talks are from 7 pm to 8 pm.

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.


Thank you for supporting Relay For Life of Cape Ann!

Announcing big changes for 2015 Relay For Life!

As chairs of this year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Cape Ann, we would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support. Twenty teams joined in this year’s Relay For Life and raised over $46,000 to help save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Despite the rain, there were smiles on everyone’s faces and we were so proud that Cape Ann was “United to Finish the Fight.”
We would like to thank the many Relay For Life volunteers, committee members, and teams who worked to make this year’s event a success. Our committee members were Nicole Bauke, Lorinda Canty, Carol Clark, Kathy Golemon, Brenda Leahy, Dan Leahy, Suzanne Leathers, Jane Noble, Paul Richards, Sam Santuccio, Donna Saunders, Audie Tarr and Lisa Zellenka. Their tireless efforts were invaluable.

Our top fundraising teams were:

· Family Ties                                        $12,678

· Friends for Friends                        $7,112

· Christians for a Cure
(First Baptist Church)                $6,642.43

· Rockin’ For a Cure                          $4,838.61

· Heaven Can Wait                           $4,149

Our top fundraising individuals were:

· Dexter Murray                                $4,935

· Jonathan Pratt                                $4,250

· Cindy Antonuk                                $2,539.53

· Suzanne Leathers                          $2,116.29

· Lisa Zellenka                                     $1,983

We certainly want to thank our corporate sponsors: Dunkin Donuts; Addison Gilbert Hospital, a member of Lahey Health; Pratty’s C.A.V.; Cape Ann Sportsman’s Club; Vadala Real Estate; Amcomm Wireless and Proteus Industries for their support which made all of this possible.

The following businesses donated goods and/or services and/or hosted fundraising events for our teams: Elk’s Club at Bass Rocks, Mike’s Pizza, Azorean, Gloucester Rentals, Jalapeno’s, Cruiseport , Shaw’s, Stop & Shop, Cape Ann Coffees, City of Gloucester – DPW, Cape Ann Lanes, AGH Dining Services, Market Basket, Donut Jim’s, Audrey’s Flowers, Russell’s Florists, Magnolia Library, Domino’s, Magnolia House of Pizza, La Rosa’s/Nonni’s, Poseidon’s, and Leonardo’s, Yellow Sub and  Jenny-Cakes. Our thanks to local media for promoting the Relay and our fundraisers: Good Morning Gloucester, Gloucester Daily Times, The Cape Ann Beacon and The Bridge.

The 2015 Relay For Life will be a new and exciting one for Cape Ann! We will be moving to the newly renovated Burnham’s Field in downtown Gloucester and changing the timeframe to allow more people to participate. The 2015 Relay For Life of Cape Ann will be Saturday, June 20 from 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m., ending with the Luminaria ceremony. It is our hope that the extended daytime hours, move to a weekend day and elimination of overnight hours will allow more people to participate. We invite all in the community to come out to celebrate, remember and fight back with us next June at Burnham’s Field!

We are in the process of putting together our event leadership team for 2015. Many exciting changes are in store for 2015 making it easier for more people to become involved in Relay For Life. If you would like to help make next year’s event an even bigger success and work toward the time we no longer hear the words “you have cancer,” please contact Darlene Riley at

We’ll be planning a fun event in late fall to kick off the 2015 Relay season… look for more info soon!
Darlene Riley and Kate Golemon
2014 Event Co-Chairs, Relay For Life of Cape Ann