TBT ~ The Cheetah Coat

Liv Cheetah coat ©Kim Smith 2015Liv sent this snapshot that Matt took over New Year’s. I designed the coat that she is wearing before she was born (!); and also designed a coordinating pencil slim skirt, too. The coat made appearances in a number of music videos, art films, and theatrical productions. I love that the ensemble has yet a new life and that she has fun wearing it out in the evening. I saved a few of the samples, just in case we were blessed with a daughter, and just in case she wanted to play dress-up.  There’s a leopard version on my website, with Gail Huff (Brown) modeling here.

Dave Sag’s Blues Party, Tonight! with “Willie Loco Alexander” 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 1.15.2015

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Tonight Willie “Loco” Alexander’s ragtime band featuring Billyclub Loosigian, the most dangerous guitarist I know. You’ll see.
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I Had to put my Girl BLAZE to sleep this morning. She had a rough couple of weeks. She helped me through a rough couple of years. She was a sweetheart. She’s now with my son and father.

I brought her to the GMG headquarters a few years ago. She almost took down GMG that day. I was so proud of her!  🙂

I will miss my sidekick so much.

RIP “BLAZE” 2001-2015

Blaze a few years before we saved her
Blaze a few years before we saved her



Nichole’s Picks of the Weekend 1/17 and 1/18

Pick #1

If you make it, they will come….I think.

With no real accumulation and the kids dying to go sledding…or in this case TUBING, New England Sports Park (formally Amesbury Sports Park) has you covered! This weekend is finally opening weekend so they must be making snow.

What is New England Sports Park? Where do we start? 

We are best known the steepest, fastest snow tubing hill in New England in the winter.  

But we are so much more.


Pick #2 

I am a huge fan of Scavenger Hunts…just saying.  So, this sounds like a ton of fun! I’ve been meaning do one of the Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunts for some time now.  I’m not going to lie, the outdoor ones around Boston are more my cup of tea, but this sounds great….especially if you have kids who can’t get enough of the Museum of Science!

The Mad Science Family Scavenger Hunt

See the surreal side of science on a whirlwind tour to see the best of the Museum of Science. Kids and adults work together to uncover the secrets of eye-popping interactive exhibits, a life-size T. rex, a sneaky snake, hidden messages, an electrified jumping disk, optical illusions, a mad scientist’s lab, a musical zebra in a hunter’s trophy room, a book by a cat, live animals and a nightmare chair.

For ages 7 and up. Kids must be accompanied by adults, and vice versa. Click on the button below to see the hunt schedule and find more fun!

Saturday 1/17 at 2:00.  Kids 7 and up.  Be sure to purchase tickets ahead of time on the link provided!  GOOD LUCK!


Pick #3

Ok. So this is a bit premature, but if you want to score tickets, you need to act now.  The new Cabot in Beverly is such a fantastic venue and they have opened with a bang offering a wonderfully diverse array of shows.  If you’ve been wanting to take your kids to a concert, but haven’t scored tix to Taylor Swift, One Direction, or Gosh Only Knows Who Else….or if you’re not sure that they’re old enough for such an event…next weekend’s Alastair Moock concert may just be the ticket you’ve been looking for. A sweeter, simpler concert for young music fans, for sure!

  • When: Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 10:30 AM (Doors open at 10:00 AM)
  • Ticket Price: $5.33 $8.24

AWARDS: 2014 Grammy nomination – Best Children’s Album; 2013 People Magazine Best Kid’s Album; 2013 Parents’ Choice Gold Medal; 2013 NAPPA Gold Medal.

Nearly twenty years into his performing career, 2014 Grammy-nominated musician Alastair Moock has managed to carve out a unique niche for himself: He is a songwriter committed to celebrating the roots of American music while knocking down the walls between different audiences, genres and musical traditions. Today, his audiences range from adults all the way down to preschoolers, and he plays everything from nightclubs to theaters to schoolrooms. Like his boyhood hero, Woody Guthrie, Moock believes in the power of music to reach all people — young and old, far and wide, for all occasions.



But it is Moock’s newest album, Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids, which is nearest and dearest to his heart. In July of 2012, one of Alastair’s daughter’s was diagnosed with leukemia. The Singing Our Way Through project began when they started writing songs together in the hospital. Over the next several months, Moock continued to write and collect songs that reflected his family’s experiences – the love, the pride, the surprising amount of joy, and some of the more difficult parts too.

Moock decided he wanted to record an album for other families traveling similar paths. With the help of an amazing fundraising campaign and the musical talents of friends including co-producer Anand Nayak, Chris Smither, Aoife O’Donovan, Rani Arbo, Mark Erelli, The Okee Dokee Brothers, and (fellow 2014 Grammy nominee) Elizabeth Mitchell, Moock released Singing Our Way Through in July, 2013. Since then, more than 2,500 albums have been distributed to hospitals, cancer organizations and patient families around the country.

Have You Opened Your Recent Electricity Bill and Seen The Energy Efficiency Charge? Update 15

Just a reminder with these extreme cold temperatures. When you open this month’s insane electric bill, take note of that energy efficiency charge and ask yourself if you feel like continuing to not take advantage of the free savings available to you.

Here’s a rerun of update 5 in case you didn’t take advantage then, when temp were in the 50. The ongoing series of finding ways to cut Home Energy Costs and Be More Comfortable In Your Own Home Part 5

In this video you’ll see the things Kevin From Next Step did to inspect and replace inefficient things in my mom’s house.

If ever there has been something I stand behind as being 100% no-brainer and you’d have to be crazy to not take advantage of it’s this.  Not only is it incredibly interesting, but the immediate money in your pocket saving and free lightbulbs that look exactly like the old inefficient ones that they are replacing. To know all the places where you are losing heat so you can take steps to correct those things.  If you want to have insulation work done or weather sealing to have Mass Save pay for 75% of THAT. To know that you can elect to have any of it done or not and to know you are already paying for it on your electric bill in the line item “Energy Efficiency Charge” and then not take advantage of it.  You would have to say to yourself “That person is crazy to not want to do this.”

I was blown away with what my mom got, how interesting it was and how much I learned about energy savings and teh construction of my mom’s house.

If you want to take advantage of awesome programs available to you right now for zero out of pocket then watch the video and 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.


Here’s the video walkthrough and conclusions of my Mom’s house so you can see what you can expect to learn and receive again, for zero cost-

totalcostzeroOh, I Forgot To Mention The Free Electronic Thermostats That They Will Provide and Install Free Of Charge.  My Mom has nine of the standard dial thermostats that they are going to come in and replace free of charge with programmable ones that will turn them down at night automatically and when you are off to work and then turn them back up just before you wake or come home from work for even more savings.  They are going to replace and install 9 of them for a total savings of $1062. and that is not to mention any of the monthly savings she will receive from not having to go around and turn down the thermostats herself every day.  No frickin brainer city.  A grand+ in savings for zero dollars.

freeelectronicthermostatsIf you want to take advantage sign up to get on board-

Cape Ann Chamber License Plate Drawing and Information

Great Gifts and No Better Way To Show Your Cape Ann Pride Watch Video To See If You Won!

Cape Ann License Plate



Cape Ann License Plate

LICENSE PLATE APPLICATION (pdf) DOWNLOAD > Print, Fill Out, Mail Back to the Chamber

Proceeds from the license plate will be used to benefit promotion, economic development and education initiatives for Cape Ann and the Cape Ann communities of Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Rockport.

After an extensive design submission and voting process, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce the winning design for the Cape Ann License plate. The winning design was chosen after nearly 2,000 votes were received from the Cape Ann community through online and ballot voting. The design was created by local Rockport artist, Annalei Babson, from Coveside Designs.
Download the Cape Ann License Plate Application

Thursday January 15th , 2015 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast :
Today N winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt… Becoming NW 5 to 10 kt this afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Patchy freezing drizzle. Snow showers likely this morning…then a chance of snow showers this afternoon. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Tonight W winds 5 to 10 kt…increasing to 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt after midnight. Seas 2 to 4 ft.

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