Apples ©Kim Smith 2014 copy Blossom to Fruit ~ With all the delicious smells associated, from the heavenly sweet scent of apple blossoms wafting on the breeze of a bright spring day to the fresh aroma of fruit ripening in the warm September sun, not to mention pies and tarts baking in the oven!

Apple Blossom ©Kim Smith 2012

Have you noticed that the foliage of pear, cherry, and apple trees looks exceptional this year? This is a far cry from the past several years when the winter moth took a tremendous toll on the trees. The very cold winter of last has put a damper on the moths devastating effects. A repeat of cold temperatures will give the trees and shrubs, such as maple, blueberry, and apple, which are most heavily afflicted by the moths, a second season to recover and grow in strength.

Read previous posts about the winter moth here:

White-throated Sparrow and the Winter Moth

winter-moth-operophtera-brumataWinter Moth (Operophtera brumata)

The 5th Annual Lanesville Music Festival ~ Sunday, Sept 21st 1-7pm




Here’s the line-up for next Sunday, Sept 21st 1-7pm at the 5th Annual Music Festival:

1:00-1:30pm – Lisa Marie Blues Duo
1:45-2:15pm – Marblehead School of Music Ensemble
2:30-3:00pm – Tom Eaton & Patrick Conlon Duo
3:15-3:45pm – Orville Giddings
4:00-4:30pm – Quentin Callewaert & Ken Steiner
4:45-5:45pm – The Treehouse Charlatans
6:00-6:50pm – Alek Razdan & the A Train Orchestra

Down Home Swing ~ Sunday night @ The Rhumb Line 8pm 9.21.2014



Chick & Ellen Marston & Jay & Laurie Keefe

Western Swing, Country Blues, Gypsy Jazz, Honky Tonk, American Folk Revival, Celtic, Cajun, Trad Jazz

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40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum

Essex Artists Gather to Celebrate Creativity September 27

Join the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum for a free festival of music and artistry provided by the residents of Essex. The afternoon kicks off with the Essex Choral Society featuring Michael March and Dave Driscoll, followed by Sawdust and Shavings featuring Barry O’Brien, then favorites Daisy Nell and Captain Stan with an introductory poetry recitation by David Tory, and finally rocking out with Day Job featuring Sarah Dyer. Artists showing work from 1 to 6 PM include Brad Story, Jay Havinghurst, Lynne Havinghurst, John Cushing, Mike Dyer, Jeff Lane, Susan Guest-MacPhail, Amanda Loebelenz, Julie Carpenter, Helen Tory, and Sandy Shaw with more signing up daily.
The event is one of more than 100 free events that are part of Trails and Sails, organized by the Essex National Heritage Commission.
The Essex Residents Arts and Craftsmanship Festival runs from 1 to 6 PM on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Parking is available on the street and behind the town tennis courts. Hot dogs and beer will be available for purchase. The festival is supported in part by a grant from the Essex Cultural Council, a local agency, through the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

For more information email:

or call 978-768-6441.

Visit our web site: or follow our facebook page for updates.

Block Party, September 20, the Best One!

The last Block Party of 2014 will be held on Saturday, September 20th. This event will be bigger and different than previous ones. Starting at 6 pm, the retailers and restaurants will be featuring their fare on Main Street and inside their establishments. A new feature will be "Little Italy," with music, cheese making, and specialty Italian food, courtesy of Gallo Productions of Gloucester. This is a first – so don't miss it. I'll be in my gallery until 9 pm or later. After all, I'm the appointed Party King. Hope to see you!

The last Block Party of 2014 will be held on Saturday, September 20th. This event will be bigger and different than previous ones. Starting at 6 pm, the retailers and restaurants will be featuring their fare on Main Street and inside their establishments. A new feature will be “Little Italy,” with music, cheese making, and specialty Italian food, courtesy of Gallo Productions of Gloucester. This is a first – so don’t miss it. I’ll be in my gallery until 9 pm or later. After all, I’m the appointed Party King. Hope to see you!

Pet of the Week- Dustin


Fancy meeting you here… What am I doing here you ask? I am looking for my forever home. I am a quiet and handsome fella…or so the ladies say! I’ll take their word for it because looks don’t matter so much to me it. I believe more about making connections and forming a strong friendship. I am a lover of attention and affection and adore getting my share of people time. I also love playing with all of the other pups here at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter. Marlon, Brando, August, and Coral are all part of my crew. We like to spend time just hanging out or playing because one of the best parts of being a dog after all is getting to be part of the pack. I am super sweet and my tail is always going. If you think we may be a good match, please stop on by. The shelter is located at 4 Paws Lane in West Gloucester.

Community Stuff 9/20/14 #GloucesterMA


The Essex Merchants Group, the Essex Division of the Chamber of Commerce and the Essex Enhancement Committee will be purchasing thousands of colorful potted mum plants at a wholesale price to be delivered to the parking lot of Main Street Antiques the third week of September. These locally grown plants will be sold for $5.00 each to those taking part in the campaign. (Checks payable to Essex Merchants Group)

Decorate your store front, porch and yard. Everyone is invited. Please let us know that you, your business or organization will be participating and how many plants you want us to order for you. In addition, if you are an individual, a business or an organization and would like to adopt a site or make a donation to the Mums Fund you can send it to

Bob Coviello

Main Street Antiques 44 Main Street Essex, MA 01929

For more information call Bob Coviello (978-768-7039)

or email

Posting For SAT Tutors


My name is Norma Ramirez and I am with LEAP for Education (formerly Salem CyberSpace) College Success Program.  You might have met Betty Haggerty, who was running the Gloucester College Success Program last year.  This year, due to the growth of our programs, I will be running the College Success Program in Gloucester along with Scott Memhard, who is a Gloucester resident and owner of Cape Pond Ice. 

The reason for my reaching out to you is to ask if you could possibly post something for us.  We would like to post that the College Success Program is looking for tutors to help high school juniors prepare for the SATs in Math and English.  SAT tutoring takes place once a week for 1 hour from October to May from 4:30 to 5:30pm at Gloucester High School.  Anyone who is interested can either email me ( or call me (978-741-6667 ext. 106).

Hi Joey,
Here’s an update on That Nutty Redhead-
WOOT!!!!!!!!!!! Wicked sweet!!!!!That Nutty Redhead’s application for product submission for Whole Foods Market!!!! I’ve worked in the food business for many years, this is a dream come true!! My gourmet nuts are based on my Victorian grandmother’s recipe. My ancestors once owned a candy factory so I grew up making confections. I’m picking up where they left off.

Whole Foods App 007

I’ll need help raising the funds for the required professional UPC/nutrition label packaging for Whole Foods & several other interested stores. Add another nut glazing machine, working capital, and I’m off to the next level!
Monday I launch my official Kickstarter fundraising campaign!!
It’s been a long road, but I’ve come this far, it’s gonna happen!!!!! 🙂
I’ll post the pledge link Monday. PLEASE share it with everyone, and ask them to share it. The more exposure I get the better my chances of making my goal. Kickstarter is all, or nothing, so making the goal is critical.

Does Kickstarter work? You bet!! Take a look at these numbers!

  A tremendous thank you from Lisa, That Nutty Redhead 🙂

Rep Debates STD

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Up-Coming Chamber Events
 Look for our Table at the Last Block Party of the Season-this Saturday 5-9:00pm On Main Street, Gloucester.
 State Representative Debate: September 24, 7:00am, the Elks Lodge at Bass Rocks.
 Women’s Mixer-September 24: 5-7:00pm, Mile Marker 1.
 $25K Game: October 2, 5-7:00pm at the Gloucester House. Tickets $100- $25,000 given in prizes!
 Business Women’s Fall Luncheon: October 9, Gloucester House, 11:30am-1:30pm, Angela Sanfilippo keynote speaker
 October BAH: Wednesday, October 15, 5-7:00pm, the Building Center/Harbor Loop Gifts.
 Fall Restaurant Week: October 19-24.
 ClamFest: October 25, Best Fall Festival by northshore magazine.
 Congressional Debate: October 29, 7:00am, location TBD
 On-Line Auction starts October 1-15, 2014
For more information or to register for these events, visit


The Collaborative of Holy Family Parish of Cape Ann and Our Lady of Good Voyage are planning our first joint event to welcome the Autumn season on October 4,2014.  Holy Family will welcome the gift of the Harvest Season and host the Harvest Festival.  The event will kickoff with a wonderful autumn breakfast of homemade Cider Donuts, Pumpkin Muffins, coffee and hot chocolate starting at 9:00 a.m. at St. Ann Church Hall.  Please don’t leave after breakfast because the festivities will just be getting started!  We will be offering a Yard Sale with treasures from all over Cape Ann.  There is something special with your name on it waiting for your discerning taste and pocketbook.  The famous bake table will be up and running too.  The theme for this bake table will be Harvest Delights.  Offered at the bake table will be Pumpkin, Apple and Squash Pies as well as the absolute Gloucester favorite ITALIAN and LEBANESE COOKIES.  Eat them now or put them in the freezer for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas Seasons.  There will be homemade Blueberry, Strawberry and Blackberry Jams and Cape Ann note cards to be enjoyed now or to put in Christmas Stockings!  The Autumn season on Cape Ann is as beautiful as any leaf peeping north of here!  Because of this beauty, we will have decorated and plain pumpkins you can carve yourself, garden art of dried hydrangea, bittersweet, cat-o-nine tails to name a few.  These dried arrangements and decorated, vintage farm tools will make a beautiful statement in your home or yard. Most importantly, we will be ending the Harvest Festival at 100 p.m. by celebrating the Feast of St. Frances of Assisi at Our Lady of Good Voyage parking lot.  At that time, our much loved pets will be blessed!  “All creatures great and small” will be welcome properly leashed, in their carriers or containers.  We hope to make this a yearly part of our Harvest Festival.  Come as we join together to celebrated this special saint who loved all of God’s creatures.  Save part of your week to join in fellowship with Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage.  See you there!

Good morning!  Rob Bradshaw here.  Would you be willing to consider mentioning the Cape Ann Soundscape project I am working on with Cape Ann Museum?  I’m trying to find the most interesting sounds of Gloucester and Cape Ann to use in a work to be premiered at CAM in January.

Here is an article in the paper from this week:

And I have started (need to update it!) a photo album of the places I am recording:



Religious Education at UU Church
Religious Education classes at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church begin Sunday, Oct. 5, under a new interim director, Rose Sheehan, a licensed early-childhood educator and former director of religious education at All Souls Church in Greenfield. A resident of Gloucester since 2004, Ms. Sheehan has trained in the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Renaissance Training Program for religious educators.  Classes at the Gloucester church are held simultaneous with Sunday family services starting at 10 a.m. The church, on Middle Street at Church Street in downtown Gloucester, is handicapped-accessible. For more information: (978) 283-3410.