You Know What Tiny Little Space Is Just killing It With programming?

The Gloucester Writers Center.

Jesus I’m not sure there’s another joint around that packs as many events per square foot into their space.

The folks running the place are just relentless.

Kudos to them.

Check out and follow their website for updates-


And furthering the conversation about local arts, I’m not sure local writers get enough due.  It’s non stop with our awesome artists and great for them but let’s all take notice of all the awesome Working Writers in town.

Congrats on being big time relevant.

Chickity Check It! Maps and data for ocean planning in the northeastern United States

Redesigned Home Page Accommodates Growing Collection of Maps and Data Posted on Oct 27, 2014:

Check it Out by Clicking the Image

Redesigned Home Page

Dreaming of Spring Ephemerals at the Mary Prentiss Inn!

Spring Tulips Mary Prentiss Inn Cambridge MA. ©Kim Smith 2014JPGLoads of earth-moving in the fall equals a world of beauty in the spring. Thanks to my awesome crew, Patrick from the Mary Prentiss Inn and Jackson from the Kendall Hotel!

Jackson and Patrick Mary Prentiss Inn ©Kim Smith 2014jpg copy

The Mary Prentiss Inn is truly the most welcoming of guest houses and yesterday while there planting the smell of the cook’s apple muffins baking wafted through the garden. A bit later, plates of warm muffins greeted guests; I couldn’t resist when offered. They were divine and are without a doubt the best muffins I’ve ever tasted! I’ve been promised the recipe and can’t wait to give it a go and to share!


See previous GMG post here.

For more information on the project, visit my Design Projects page here.

Link to The Mary Prentiss Inn here.

American Bear at Cape Ann Community Cinema

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NOVEMBER 2 at Cape Ann Community Cinema
Screening and Q&A 6:30pm. Hosted by the Cape Ann Museum, part of the Cape Ann Community Cinema Festival. The filmmakers: Sarah (Mordecai) Sellman and Greg Grano will be present for your questions and thoughts.

Sarah and Greg set out to critically explore American culture, compassion, and fear by relying on the kindness of strangers for a home each night. Traveling through 30 states in 60 days, they spend every day in a new town, learning why people may or may not be willing to open their homes.

Sarah and Greg spend time getting to know their hosts – each uniquely, culturally American – while the film raises questions about how we define American identities. Sarah and Greg’s own social location – white, young, middle class, appearing as a straight couple – guides the way they interact with strangers, complicating the hospitality they receive.

American Bear captures Americans yearning for face-to-face connections and navigating the risks inherent in sharing their stories with strangers. Each character’s voice tells a unique story: from the daughter of the last warrior woman of the Cheyenne mountain tribe whose grandson still faces bigotry in Montana; to the single mother in Oklahoma rebuilding a relationship with her mother after a history of drug abuse; to young friends in Chicago finding new ways to articulate what modern segregation looks like; each character is facing obstacles that share a unique side of the multifaceted post-9/11 American identity. At times funny, heartbreaking, and inspirational, these individual stories reflect the daily choices we make to trust, to confide, to care for, and to sympathize. How do we develop relationships and navigate the barriers in society and in ourselves to actually form connections? While American Bear and its characters suggest some answers, the film offers many more questions, encouraging the viewer to take their own journey of reflection and discovery.

SELL OUT WARNING: Not many seats left for Chelsea Berry & Charlee Bianchini at Old Sloop on Saturday

Do you really want to be the schmuck who says, “What? We can’t get in? Really?”  Of course not.  So stop what ever you’re doing and get your tickets right here, right now!  (Forget what the poster says about tickets at the door.  There won’t be any.)



Community Stuff 10/28/14


Cape Ann Skating Club “Frozen” Party Open House

Hi Joey,

Cape Ann Families are invited to the Cape Ann Skating Club Open House “Frozen” Ice Skating Party on Saturday, November 15, from 1-3 pm at the Talbot Rink, O’Maley School, 32 Cherry Street, Gloucester.

Free Family Event!

*Free Skating Lesson with “Frozen” characters

*Free Arts & Crafts

*Bake Sale & Hot Cocoa

*Used Skate Sale

*Great opportunity to learn about Cape Ann Skating Club programs

Participants are welcome to dress up as Frozen characters! For free skating lesson, Public Ice and Skate Rental fees apply.
For more information regarding Cape Ann Skating please visit:



This Wednesday at the GWC


Hi Joey.

I am offering an outreach program for ‘Military Veterans of Cape Ann’ in honor of Veteran’s Day next month and wondered if you could help me spread the word! Thank you in advance for all that you can do for this special project!

11/11/2014. Reiki Clinic/Share   6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Manchester Healing Arts Center. 66 Summer St. (Rt. 127.)

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. FREE for Vets (with military I.D.)

Nominal donation all others. RSVP-

11/20/2014 ‘Evening of Wellness’ for Veterans and Their Families.

4-8 pm. Manchester Community Center. 40 Beach Street. (Yellow Building by the Train Station.) Manchester-by-the-Sea. FREE to Veterans for 1st Session. $10.00 Donation for others. Proceeds go towards local charities. Bring Military Card. Register in Advance – or phone- 978.283.4258.

Thank you!    Karen

Karen Pischke BSN, RN

Gloucester MA

Students at Manchester Memorial School were treated to a presentation by Nick Bollettieri. The world-famous tennis coach was here for the weekend visiting Manchester Athletic Club’s MAC Tennis program, where he gave private and group lessons to hundreds of up-and-coming tennis players from around New England, including those in the MAC Tennis Academy program. 

430 students in grades K-5 were treated to a Q&A with the energetic octogenarian who created the first full-time tennis boarding school that combined on-court training with an academic curriculum. A method that produced 10 number-one world-ranked players, including Andre Agassi, Maria Sharapova, and Venus and Serena Williams.

Bollettieri spoke to students about their school’s core values: Honesty, Effort, Acceptance, Respect and Responsibility, and Thoughtfulness (HEART); as well as the importance of education, working hard, and living a healthy lifestyle.

“A positive attitude gives you a chance to be successful and can make the impossible possible”, Bollettieri told students. “If you feel that you are special, you have to prove that you are special. Don’t ever say I can’t, say I will. If you put everything you have—every ounce of effort—into winning, then you are a winner no matter the final score.”

“Nick is a great example to young people of how discipline and hard work can provide opportunities and lead to great success,” said John Willis, Principal at Manchester Memorial Elementary School.” He has travelled the world motivating young people, and a lot of what he believes in is what we teach our students here.”

Bollettieri’s visit was made possible by the MAC Sports Foundation, which was created in 2012 by Manchester Athletic Club in partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA). The mission of the Foundation is to offer scholarships to talented junior athletes who do not have the financial means to reach their goals, as well as to provide grants to schools and community organizations offering youth athletic programs.

Manchester Athletic Club is located in Manchester by-the-Sea, MA, and is the only USTA Training Center in New England and one of only 12 USTA Regional Training Centers in the country. MAC is also home to New England’s professional tennis team, The Boston Lobsters.


Back Row: Tennis legend, Nick Bollettieri, with Manchester Memorial Elementary School Principal, John Willis. Front row: Students: Cole Riehl, Maria Rising, Milo Zeltzer, Nina Zalosh, Lily Stefanovich, Tess Carpenter and Hannah Davis.

Gloucester Democrats collect clothing, phone cards, and clothing for our troops

Once again, the Gloucester Democratic City Committee has organized a collection for our troops stationed overseas. They are gathering clothing (especially underwear and warm socks), as well as phone cards and books. Crossword and sudoko books are among the favorites; so are DVDs. All goods should be brand new, of course.

Items can be dropped off at the Cape Ann Democratic Headquarters in the Main Street Plaza, next to Walgreens. It is open 10am to 6pm weekdays, 9am to 5pm Saturdays, and 2pm to 6pm Sundays. The drive will conclude on Tuesday, November 4.


Deanna Fay

Tony from Magnolia Pizza

Tony and Lisa DiMercurio are asking for your help.  They need pictures of the inside of Tony’s Magnolia House of Pizza, ASAP for insurance.


Did you have a birthday party there, took a photo of Tony behind the bar, please look and take the time to send to Lisa and Tony’s daughter Angelica.  Angelica’s mail:

Thank you,  Please feel free to share this information.  If you are having any problems in scanning and sending photos, please call 978-290-3005.  Thank you again





Anyone Wanna Explain To These Women Scrunching Their Lips Together That They Just Come Off As Try-Hards? Updated…

What is it with this new trend with women scrunching their lips up for social media photos?

Can anyone pinpoint when this all started and who made it a “thing”?


Yo, your lips get stung by a bee or somethin?


Weird thing is that most of these women are already attractive so I don’t get the lip move.  I get that they’re probably not desperate for a date but what it does reek of is desperate for attention.

Anyway, not that I think we necessarily have a young readership that this would apply to but just in case I can save a youngster that might be reading, not a good look.


OK,I spotted the trend but apparently I’m way behind on this-  has been on the case for a while now.

Worth a looksie.



UPDATE 3 from Know Your Meme-

Community Photos 10/28/14

tough Week For Fires On Cape Ann

Here is a picture of our brave Essex firefighters battling a tough blaze at Pike Marine on Main Street Essex last Wednesday night.

Richard Ross


There’s Something About The beacon

Al Bezanson submits-

Beacon Marine was the winter home of Green Dragon 51 years ago, and here we are again

Green Dragon at Beacon Marine

Fall At Halibut Point From Peter Digre


New Buildings Go Up At Former Donut Jim’s Site and More From Anthony Marks 10/28/14

Happy Halloween – photos from Anthony Marks

Historic Magnolia Building Gone – photos from Anthony Marks

Rising From The Ashes Of Donut Jim’s – photos from Anthony Marks

Helpful or Hells No? Dining out Debate.

I’ve been thinking about this for years…as it is something that I’m conscious of and pretty particular about each and every time we go out to eat….especially with the kids.  So, here’s the question…  Do you clean up the table to help out your waiter or waitress or do you leave it as is?  Or does it depend on the degree of the mess?

I’m a big fan of doing what I can to make order of the mess.  I am admittedly more than a bit obsessive compulsive, so it is probably 60% because I feel like I honestly should and 40% because I can’t bear to not do it.

I’m a big fan of wiping down the table, stacking plates, placing silverware neatly on one dish….and even scraping leftover food onto one dish so that the wait staff doesn’t have to scrape each individual plate.  I’ve been told that I go too far on more than one occasion.

I should also add that with a very brief exception (one summer vacation), I’ve never worked in a restaurant so it isn’t out of any kind of kinship…I think of it rather as common courtesy.

On that note, when the boys were smaller…and hence messier, I was known to pick up the debris that lay like shrapnel all over the floor after the breakfast battle of pancakes and scrambled eggs.  How could I not?  But I can still hear my friend’s voice saying, “Could you please stop doing that?” as I was under a high chair picking up scraps of rejected food.

So, by the end of a fantastic evening at the Studio the other night our table was covered with no fewer than 25 dishes.  With three adults and four children..with pretty refined palates…we managed to knock down one salad, one bowl of chowder, one pizza, one fish and chips, one order of edamame, one order of chicken dumplings, six platters of sushi (don’t forget the 4 little bowls of soy sauce), four desserts (might I add those were a lovely surprise, on the house, delivered by the manager especially for the kids), tons of silverware, and a bunch of glasses.

Even with well-behaved kids who are old enough to not make any extra or over-the-top kinds of messes, the table was an absolute disaster.  I could never, in a million years, have felt ok about simply sitting there as things were cleaned up around me.  I made a meek attempt to stack, straighten, consolidate, and wipe….while simultaneously being told nicely to leave it alone by our waiter.  It is worth mentioning that the same waiter and a co-worker of his shooed me away repeatedly as I tried to help clean up the chocolate milk that Finn had spilled on the floor.  OK….I realize I just said that the kids are old enough to not make any extra or over-the-top messes….but, that was a total accident and it was a really big glass compared to his little hands!  Bygones.  In case the picture isn’t painted well enough….allow me to make it clearer….that is a FANTASTIC staff over there at the Studio.  But, I digress.

What’s your Modus Operandi when it comes to post dining dish etiquette?  I’d really like to know.  Anyone in the restaurant business care to chime in also?

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