Question for Paul M: Do you think the pale pink in the sky is a faint glimpse of the Lunar Eclipse?

Niles Beach sunrise ©Kim Smith 2014Click to view larger

I went looking for the eclipse this morning Paul M. It was way too overcast (as you predicted), but the colors of the sky over Eastern Point, facing west, were very unusual, for sunrise. The panorama was taken at Niles Beach, in the direction towards where the setting moon would be, at around 7:15 this morning. Do you think the bright light and pinkish color in the sky is a reflection from the setting Blood Moon?


Going Bananas for Pumpkin!

After listening to the latest GMG podcast I couldn’t help but laugh, noticing all the “Pumpkin in Everything” lining the grocery store shelves.

These chips are for Joey, cause we all know he loves pumpkin!

Punkin Cranberry tortilla chips ©Kim Smith 2014

I gave the chips a whirl, even though I’m not a big fan of pumpkin. Although I do adore pumpkin seeds slow roasted in butter, olive oil, and salt. And homemade pumpkin-filled ravioli, and pumpkin pies, but definitely not pumpkin pie soda. You may like the chips, if you like a very sugary-tasting chip but for me, the sweet flavor was too much of an unwelcome aberration.

Sends us your “Pumpkin in Everything” photos and we’ll post them here! Email to

Pumpkin pie soda ©kim Smith 2014

Harpoon Pumpkin pies hard cider ©kim Smith 2014
Ace Pumpkin hard cider ©Kim Smith 2014

Pick of The week- taste Of Cape ann Tomorrow Night at Cruiseport!

The Taste of Cape Ann Returns to Cruiseport Gloucester on October 9th


The most delicious fundraiser of the year is nearly here – it’s time to get your ticket. Last year’s event included nearly three dozen food and beverage purveyors and nearly 300 guests!

The Cape Ann YMCA’s 6th Annual “Taste of Cape Ann” returns to Cruiseport Gloucester  on Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 6-9PM. The event features the best of Cape Ann eateries offering food, wine and spirits for one $25 ticket price with the proceeds of ticket sales going to support Cape Ann YMCA Teen Service Trips to New Orleans, Navajo Nation and Nicaragua. 

The service trips empower local youth to spend a week working in communities hit by environmental and economic devastation.  Teens participate in learning modules before and after traveling on school break to offer hands-on aid in areas of great need.  The New Orleans Mission, now in its 4th year, originated as a Cape Ann trip but has generated enough interest to cause its expansion to include youth throughout the North Shore YMCA system two years ago and prompted the addition of the Nicaragua trip in 2013, and the Navajo Nation trip in 2014.

October 9, 2014 at 6:00pm
Taste of Cape Ann
Cruiseport Gloucester, MA

Link for Tickets:

Links to articles on service missions can be found here:

For information on Teen Programming at the Cape Ann YMCA contact Rick Doucette at or 978-283-0470

Last Hurrah for Madfish Wharf Galleries This Weekend

last hurrah for madfish wharf galleries

last hurrah

Columbus Day Weekend is the final open weekend for the galleries at Madfish Wharf. If you haven’t had a chance to come by and visit this season, this will be your last chance. If you haven’t experienced Regina Piantedosi’s YUPO Gallery and her amazing non representational mixed media paintings, you really should, and if you prefer paintings of things you recognize, don’t miss her magical new series of “Obligatory Boat” paintings. Sue Handman has come up with a wonderful lightweight plaid wool scarf with her trademark vintage fabric collage and clever sayings that are just adorable. Diana Pasquariello at Diana’s Gallery has done a whimsical “Wicked Tuna” painting which has been sold, but she has prints of available. Hobbit House Studio II has works by Joey C., Donna Ardizzoni, Len Burgess, Tom Nihan, Linda Sojda, Theresa Testaverde, Judy Wilburn, Kathy Chapman, Marty Morgan Pottery, Belle & Me scarves, and books, painting, photos and montages by E.J. Also, the Hobbit House Bargain Loft is chock full of paintings and prints available at “make an offer so I don’t have to move them again” bargain prices. Galleries will be open Thursday through Columbus Day Monday, with pack up and close down starting on Monday.

Also, if you haven’t seen the Spontaneous Collaboration series of painting by the collaborative team of Sue Handman, E.J. Lefavour, Brenda Malloy, Diana Pasquariello and brainchild Regina Piantedosi, one of each of the five pieces is on exhibit at Imagine Gallery, Sue Handman Gallery, Diana’s Gallery, YUPO Gallery and Hobbit House Studio II through Columbus Day weekend.

Charlee Bianchini Joins Fly Amero this Wednesday night 8-11pm 10.8.2014 @ The Rhumb Line

logo rl


This Wednesday Only:
Open Faced Hot Roasted Turkey Sandwich
w/mashed, gravy & cranberry sauce $8.95!


fly (2)


Wednesday, October 8th

cb fly rl gmg

Among my all-time favorite music guests, Charlee Bianchini
brings her joyful spirit to the stage each and every time she
performs. Be there. She’s gonna make you feel good. I promise. ~ Fly 🙂 –
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Open Faced Hot Roasted Turkey Sandwich
w/mashed, gravy & cranberry sauce $8.95!

Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
10/15: Ron Schrank

10/22: Rocky Kramm

Looking forward……to seeing you there! 🙂 ~ Fly

This Thursday @ The Dave Sag’s Blues Party . Mike O’Connell, George McCann and Forrest Padgett 8:30-11:30pm 10.9.2014

dave sag rl 4.3.2014


This week let’s welcome back the Kielbasa King of Woosta: Mr. Mike O’Connell. We’re gonna have some fun, Bwana,channelling the 3 Stooges and playing our arses off to please you, the viewer. Mike is bringing in the cavalry in the form of Mr.George McCann, Chuck’s brother, and the mainstay in James Montgomery’s band, to whoop it up on guitar. Mr. Forrest “Frosty” Padgett will be sweating profusely trying to get here on time to keep time, on the drums, that is. And I’ll be there, too!

mike george and forrest
After the last time we played here, the walls needed repainting and the bathroom fixtures had to be replaced. We recommend you bring your Insurance cards, and a white flag, just in case. Mikey’s the real deal!



logo rl

40 Railroad Ave

Gloucester, Ma.


Thanks for the Learning Op, Dave Moore!

If you listened to the most recent podcast or read Marty Luster’s post entitled, “Thank You, Dave” then you already know that we were all so happy to receive some postcards, maps, and currency from one of the most faithful and kind FOBs we have…Dave Moore!

Sunday’s Podcast

Marty’s “Thank You, Dave!”

After other contributors took their share of Dave’s gifts, I was lucky enough to secure the rest to bring to my students.  On Monday morning I shared the items with my class.  We admired the gorgeous postcards and were struck by their beauty, we learned a bit about the Won and its worth in comparison to our American dollars, and we studied the tourism maps to learn more about daily life in South Korea.  Dave’s gifts gave me the opportunity to share some maps of Asia with the class, to discuss time zones, and to, of course, revisit how to write “Thank You” notes.

David’s gifts are now on the shelf in our large geography area and many students have sat independently and looked through the cards…several had fun sorting them by natural landscapes, architecture, food, etc.  They have also tried to recreate the scenes found on the Won.

My students were incredibly grateful that someone so far away would think to share items with them and are making the most of the learning opportunity.

Some of you have asked to see some of the postcards so I took the liberty of photographing several….along with some of Dave’s other gifts and the classroom materials that we are now using along with them.

One act of kindness can go a long way.  So, that having been said, Thank You again to Dave and Kim Moore!

Grilled Steak Salad

PrintIMG_2918Grilled Steak Salad

Are you looking for a new tasty way to serve leftover grilled steak? Today’s easy Step-by-Step recipe will transform any cut of leftover grilled steak into a delicious steak salad lunch for the next day!

Click Read More for Step-by-Step Recipe Details and photos

Continue reading “Grilled Steak Salad”

Big Bear Hug!

The bear family is traveling to its new home at Simon Properties in their Premium Outlets in Quebec, Canada.
This bear family is traveling to its new home at Simon Properties in their Premium Outlets in Quebec, Canada.


Fred Bodin gives the Kodiak Bear Family sculpture a “bear hug” during a special preview on the grounds of the Chris Williams sculpture studio in Essex, MA. I am 6’1″ tall, and males of this species of bear grow to over 10′ tall when standing on their hind legs. The tree the bear family is climbing is 17′ high. The Kodiak bear is to scale! Kodiak, or brown bears, are named after an island of the same name in Alaska.

Community Photos 10/8/14

13th Annual Wine Tasting and Auction at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum

Len Burgess submits-

IT WAS A BIG SUCCESS FRIDAY NIGHT… at the13th Annual Wine Tasting and Auction at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. What an event! Over forty donations from local businesses, artists, and friends went in the silent auction. Another eight items went in the live auction handled superbly by Essex auctioneer Michael March. All of this was accompanied by a wine tasting organized by Chebacco Market and goodies from Tim Hopkins Catering and Lark Fine Foods. It was gratifying to see many familiar faces and seemingly just as many new faces with all having a great time. We are looking forward to next year’s event already!  –Lee Spence

Annisquam summer residents Bob and JoAnn Barrett representing in Florence, Italy


If you listen to the podcast you know how awesome I thought the pumpkin cannon at Connor’s Farm was-

Here’s the Schrafft family having at it-

Diggin the scene on Middle Street from Bing McGilvray


Wednesday Oct 8th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather…

Marine Forecast :
Today S winds 15 to 20 kt…becoming SW this afternoon. Gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft. Showers with a chance of tstms this morning…then a chance of showers and tstms this afternoon. Some tstms may produce gusty winds and heavy rainfall.
Tonight W winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.

Pod Cast Weather :
Hourly Forecast :