Electricity Conversation Update #14 Paulie Walnuts Gets His Energy Assessment #GloucesterMA

Paulie Walnuts talks about his energy audit from Next Step:

We had the Energy Audit on the 22nd. Chris was our person. He was great. We got alot of free LED Lights and power strips.
We are also getting attic insulation really cheap! It was worth a couple of hours of our time. I’m a skeptical person. This out-did my expectations. JUST DO IT!

If you want to take advantage of awesome programs available to you right now for zero out of pocket then sign up for your own energy efficiency assessment and get a ton of free lightbulbs, power strips, electronic thermostats that will turn down the heat at night or while you’re at work automatically, and efficient showerheads.



Parts 1,2,3 Here
Electricity Update #4: Free Home Energy Assesment With Kevin From Next Step Living
Electricity Update #5: Video Walkthrough- Energy Efficiency Assesment and Free Stuff At Mom’s House
Electricity Update #6 Energy Saving Ideas
Electricity Savings Alternative Home Energy and Comfort Update #7- Cape Ann Chimney and Hearth
Electricity Update #10
Electricity and Home Heating and Comfort Update 11: Cape Ann Chimney and Hearth Part III
The No Brainer Electricity Update #12
Electricity Update #13 Next Step Experience At Lise Breen’s Laneseville Joint


Breaking News: Gloucester Music Store Opens Downtown!

Diamond Cove Music Store Gloucester MA ©Kim Smith 2014Welcome news for Gloucester’s musicians and music lovers! Diamond Cove Music is now open for business in downtown Gloucester. Tom Eaton, proprietor, specializes in stringed instruments, primarily guitars, ukeleles, banjos, and mandolins, and also repairs. He can special order music books and sheet music, too. Plans for jam sessions and music lessons are underway.

Diamond Cove Music is located at 57 Washington Street (conveniently two doors down from Sclafani’s Baker) and is open Christmas Eve Day from noon to 4pm.

For product information and store hours, visit Diamond Cove Music website here.Diamond Cove Music Store Gloucester MA ©Kim Smioth 2014


Did you know?

“Jingle Bells” is one of the most popular Christmas songs ever written. Except it’s not a Christmas song. It was written to celebrate Thanksgiving. In 1850, James Lord Pierpont was hanging out in a tavern in Medford, Massachusetts, when he was inspired by Medford’s famous sleigh races to write a tune called ‘One Horse Open Sleigh” for a children’s Thanksgiving play. Everyone loved it so much that it became incorporated into Christmas. Another bit of trivia for you: Mr. Pierpont was the uncle of banker John Pierpont Morgan, better known as J.P. Morgan. “Jingle Bells” was also the first song broadcast from space, in a Christmas-themed prank by Gemini 6 astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra.

Beautiful Christmas Arrangements From Sage Floral for Your Last Minute Shopping and Special Hostess Gift

Thanks to my mother-in-law Janet for sending this lovely arrangement from Sage Floral ~ and thanks to Sage Floral for making our Christmas table so pretty!Sage Floral Gloucester florist Christmas Arrangement ©Kim Smith 2014

Should we bring Booker T. Jones to the Larcom?

We’re about to book lots of new shows down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre and one of the people we’re seriously considering is Book T. Jones who wrote “Born Under a Bad Sign” with William Bell, recorded in 1967 by Albert King and later by Cream.  Here’s Booker T’s powerful version with his excellent touring band!  Leave a comment or Click here and tell us whether or not you think we should bring these guys to the Larcom this winter.

Christmas Can Can

I mentioned this last week, but the four of us have been enjoying watching The Great Christmas Light Fight this season (dorks, I know).

While this house wasn’t one of our favorites when the episode aired, this video is pretty sweet and the music-director-turned-Christmas-light-decorator has some mad holiday skills!


Tuesday December 23, 2014 Cape Ann Weather…


Pod Cast Weather :


Hourly Forecast :



Marine Forecast : 

Tue E winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt Seas 4 to 7 ft. Patchy fog. Rain likely. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Tue Night E winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt… Diminishing to 5 to 10 kt after midnight. Seas 4 to 7 ft. Patchy fog. A chance of rain. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.

Community Stuff 12/13/14


AR super sale

Hello Friends of Backyard Growers, 

We’re getting ready to move to our new digs at the top of the year! We’re looking for folks to volunteer for short shifts on Jan 2nd, 3rd, or 4th to help us move our stuff from storage into our new place at 269 Main Street. If you’ve got a truck or van—awesome! If not, that’s cool, you can help us pack our van.

Lots of different shifts available to accommodate your schedule! Click the link to learn more and to sign up for a shift = http://vols.pt/fqXbaK

Thanks a bunch,