Cacciatore’s is opening its doors¬†Friday, March 20th, at 11am. Located at 23 East Main Street, you can read more on their Facebook page here: Cacciatore’s.


Photos Courtesy Cacciatore’s Facebook Page

Don’t miss Cacciatore’s at A¬†Taste of Cape Ann on March 18th at Cruiseport from 5:30¬†to¬†7:30. They will¬†be serving their¬†Lobster Potato Pancakes.

Anyone that drops by for a visit to the Cacciatore booth at A Taste of Cape Ann will receive¬†a coupon to use on their first visit to¬†Cacciatore’s!



The Saints Come Marching In!



In the past hour, as I prepare for this evenings Novena, Saints continue to¬†find their way to our¬†St. Joseph Altar¬†today in pairs.¬† My girlfriend Kerrie Callahan Donahue just stopped by to¬†gift two St. Patrick statues¬†to our¬†¬†alter, as gifts from her Irish family. As Kerrie was placing the beautiful green and blue¬†statues on the altar the door bell rang.¬† To my surprise stood Sebastian Lovasco with a matching St. Joseph Statue to the one I purchased this morning at Second Glance thrift Shop.¬† After reading my morning GMG¬†post Sebastian¬†went looking for the matching St Joseph statue he knew he had in his families collection,¬†to gift to our family knowing it would keep with the old altar tradition¬†of¬†displaying¬†everything in pairs!¬†I’m truly speechless.¬†If you look closely at the altar you will notice many of My Aunt Vincie and Uncle¬† Mike’s¬† antique paired statues and figurine that once adorned their altar for over 35 years.¬† Our 2015 altar continues to come together magically¬†in pairs, just as it did generations ago!


Thank you Sebastian and Kerrie for the gorgeous additions to the Ciaramitaro Family 2015  St. Joseph Altar!

Rain Forest Publications and Mourning Cloaks

Posting hurriedly today. My darling daughter is arriving Friday for a wedding dress fitting, and I am sooo behind in wedding dress making that I am sure I will be up half the next two nights!

Recently brochures from Rain Forest Publications arrived. Don’t you love pocket guides, for the very reason the name infers–so easy to tuck along when traveling and hiking. That’s my photo on the cover of “Mexico Butterflies.” The photo was taken not in Mexico, but in Gloucester!

Rain Forest Publications Butterfies of Mexico Guide Kim Smith cover photo ¬©Kim Smith 2015Be on the lookout for the first butterfly of spring, which will most likely be the Mourning Cloak Butterfly. Mourning Cloaks do not spend the winter in the cool volcanic mountains of Mexico as do the Monarchs, or as a chrysalis in our gardens, like the Black Swallowtail, or as a caterpillar rolled up in a tight little ball under a leaf, as does the Wooly Bear, but as an adult butterfly!

Pussy Willows, Salix discolor ©Kim Smith 2014Pussy Willow (Salix discolor)

During the winter months Mourning Cloaks live tucked away in cracks and crevices, between chinks of tree bark, for example. At the first warm breath of spring they begin to take flight, searching for a mate. You’ll often see them on the wing around Pussy Willows, one of the Mourning Cloak caterpillar’s food plants.

Mourning_Cloak_Butterfly_in_South_Central_AlaskaMourning Cloak image courtesy wiki commons media




Uber has partnered with the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and will be in town looking for partner drivers!
imageClick here to get signed up

. To fill you in (if you didn’t know), Uber is a mobile app that seamlessly connects riders with drivers at the push of a button.  The technology has taken-off in over 260 cities across the globe (it’s HUGE in Boston!) allowing residents to travel around their communities quickly and efficiently. Driving with Uber is perfect for a those looking for seasonal/temporary work or for folks who need an entrepreneurial full-time opportunity. You can work whenever you want at the push of a button (you’re the boss!) and no previous experience as a driver is necessary.

Uber’s driver partners come from all occupational walks of life ranging from traditional driving and transportation industries to service and creative industries. If you are a designer, artist, entrepreneur, fisherman, or in between jobs and need flexibility, you should try driving with Uber to supplement your income. Partners in Boston are making up to $35/hour ($6400/month in fares) and checks are deposited into their bank accounts weekly.

With the summer demand just around the corner, there will be huge opportunities to make some more money during our summer festivals!

Here are some pretty cool videos to see how people use Uber as a great way to keep their income rolling:

– Uber Partners for Every lifestyle

– Uber Partner Musician

Interested? Here is some basic information about being a partner driver:

What You Need to Get Started:

‚úď 4-door vehicle (2000 or newer)

‚úď Valid driver’s license and personal auto insurance

‚úď Vehicle registration

‚úď You’re at least 21 years old

Start the application today!

If you are interested, start the application process here:
If you have any follow-up questions, please visit us in person at The Hive on Tuesday 3/17 or contact .  The more you to today, the sooner you will be on the road making a difference and earning income!

Meet the team:
The Uber team from Boston will be holding an onboarding/information session on Tuesday 3/17 from 6p-9p at The Hive at 11 Pleasant St in Gloucester to explain the economic opportunities for the residents of Cape Ann.

34th Rockport Chamber Music Festival Lineup Announced

Yo_Yo_Ma_Michael_O'NeillYo-Yo Ma Kicks Off the 34th Rockport Chamber Music Festival

Friday, June 5
Opening Night Gala
featuring Yo-Yo Ma, cello

The Opening Night Gala honors David Deveau for his 20 years of Artistic Leadership

Gala Chairs: Diane Chen Koch-Weser & Jan Koch-Weser and Joe & Eileen Mueller
6 PM Concert :: 7:30 PM Gala Dinner


SAYGUN: Partita
BACH: Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
CRUMB: Sonata for solo cello
BACH: Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
Tickets: Concert Only $150, Gala Event tickets start at $600


Saturday, June 6, 8 PM
Shanghai Quartet

BEETHOVEN: Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 18 No. 6
BARBER: String Quartet
BEETHOVEN: Quartet in F major, Op. 59 No. 1
Tickets: $58, $48, $39 

Sunday, June 7, 5 PM
Shanghai Quartet with David Deveau, piano

HAYDN: Quartet in G, Op. 77 No.  1
BARTOK: Quartet No. 5
BRAHMS: Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25
Tickets: $65, $55, $45

Week 2

Tuesday, June 9, 7:30 PM
Rising Star: In Mo Yang, violin
Renana Gutman, piano

MOZART: Sonata in A major, K.305
BRAHMS: Sonata No.1 in G major, Op. 78
SCHOENBERG: Fantasy for violin and piano
RAVEL: Sonata No.2 in G major
Tickets: $34, $28, $19

Thursday, June 11, 8 PM
An Evening of French Music

Franziska Huhn, harp | Pei-Shan Lee, piano | Sooyun Kim, flute
Sophie Shao, cello | Randall Scarlata, baritone
FAURE: Fantaisie, Op. 79 for flute and harp
CAPLET: Deux Divertissements for solo harp
RAVEL: Chansons Madecasses (Madagascar Songs) for baritone, flute, cello and piano
POULENC: Sonata for cello and piano
DEBUSSY: Sonata for cello and piano in D minor
Tickets: $58, $48, $39

Friday, June 12, 8 PM
A Schubertiade Evening

Jennifer Koh, violin | Randall Scarlata, baritone | Benjamin Hochman, piano
Sonatina in D major for violin and piano, D.384
Selected lieder for baritone and piano
Piano Sonata in D major, D.850
Tickets: $46, $38, $28

Saturday, June 13, 8 PM
Art and Music: Boston Trio

A Collaboration with the Cape Ann Museum celebrating its ocean-related collection of works by Fitz Henry Lane and others
SALLY BEAMISH: The Seafarer (narrator and piano trio) ** U.S. Premiere **
FAURE: Piano Trio No. 1
DEBUSSY/arr. SALLY BEAMISH: La Mer  **  U.S. Premiere **
Tickets: $65, $55, $45 

Sunday, June 14, 5 PM
Russell Sherman, piano
Celebrating 70TH Anniversary of New York debut

All-Beethoven Program
Sonata in E minor, Op. 90, No. 27
Variations and Fugue in E-flat major, Op. 35 ‚ÄúEroica‚ÄĚ
Sonata in E major, Op. 109, No. 30
Sonata in F minor, Op. 57, No. 23 ‚ÄúAppassionata‚ÄĚ
Tickets: $68, $58, $49

Week 3

Thursday, June 18, 8 PM
David Deveau, piano
Andrés Cárdenes, violin
Anne Martindale Williams, cello

HAYDN: Trio in E major
HARBISON: Trio No. 2
BEETHOVEN: Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 ‚ÄúArchduke‚ÄĚ
Tickets: $68, $58, $49

Friday, June 19, 8 PM
Jupiter String Quartet
Nelson Lee, violin | Megan Freivogel, violin | Liz Freivogel, viola
Daniel McDonough, cello
BEETHOVEN: Quartet in D major Op. 18, No. 3
HINDEMITH: Quartet No. 4, Op. 22
BRAHMS: Quartet in C minor Op. 51, No. 1
Tickets: $65, $55, $45 

Saturday, June 20, 8 PM
Marc André Hamelin, piano

JOHN FIELD: Andante in E-flat Major, H. 64 (Unrevealed Andante)
MARC-ANDRE HAMELIN: Paganini Variations
DEBUSSY: Images, Book II
SCHUBERT: Four Impromptus, D. 935
Tickets: $78, $68, $49

Sunday, June 21, 5 PM
Jupiter String Quartet
Andrés Cárdenes, viola
Anne Martindale Williams, cello
David Deveau, piano

SCHUBERT: Notturno in E-flat major for piano trio
SU LIAN TAN: “Life in Wayang”
BRAHMS: Sextet in G major Op. 36
Tickets: $68, $58, $49

Week 4

Tuesday, June 23, 7:30 PM
Rising Star: Matthew Aucoin, composer and Friends

Program: Some of Aucoin’s recent instrumental and vocal chamber music, including The Orphic Moment¬†(a “dramatic cantata” for voice, solo violin, and ensemble), Celan Fragments, Celan Songs, and a series of piano √©tudes.
Tickets: $32, $28, $19

Emanuel Ax 1_LisaMarieMazzuccoThursday, June 25, 8 PM
Boston Symphony Chamber Players with Emanuel Ax, piano

SCHUMANN: Adagio and Allegro for horn and piano, Op. 70
MOZART: Quartet for oboe and strings, K.370
SCHUMANN: Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44
Tickets: $93, $83, $55 

Friday, June 26, 8 PM
Emmanuel Music

Ryan Turner, artistic director
Andrew Rangell, guest pianist
HANDEL: Overture The Queen of Sheba from the opera Solomon
BACH: Keyboard Concerto in D minor
HANDEL: Cantata Apollo e Dafne, HWV. 122
Tickets: $52, $41, $31 

Saturday, June 27, 8 PM
Peter Serkin & Julia Hsu, piano

SCHUMANN: Six Etudes in the form of Canons, Op. 56
BIZET: Pieces from Jeux d’Enfants
MOZART: Sonata in B-flat major, K.358
SCHUBERT: Lebenssturme and Rondo in A major
BRAHMS: Four Hungarian Dances, No. 8, 9, 11, 18
Tickets: $78, $68, $49

Sunday, June 28, 5 PM
Cuarteto Latinoamericano

MANUEL PONCE: Estrellita and Gavota
PIAZZOLLA: Four for Tango
VILLA-LOBOS: Quartet No. 5
GINASTERA: Quartet No. 2
Tickets: $46, $38, $28

Week 5

Tuesday, July 7, 7:30 PM
Rising Star: Cicely Parnas, cello
Tickets: $34, $28, $19

Anonymous 4 blue-credit Dario AcostaThursday, July 9, 8 PM
Anonymous 4

Anthology 25: A program of 25 songs from anonymous 4’s 25 albums featuring music from the Middle Ages to today
Tickets: $68, $58, $49

Friday, July 10, 8 PM
Richard Stoltzman, clarinet
Yehudi Wyner, piano
David Deveau, piano
SCHUMANN: Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73
HINDEMITH: Sonata for clarinet and piano
WYNER: Commedia
BRAHMS: Sonata in f minor, Op. 120, No.1
Tickets: $68, $58, $49

Saturday, July 11, 8 PM
Escher Quartet with Gilles Vonsattel, piano

MOZART: Quartet in D minor, K.421
JANACEK: Quartet No. 1 Kreutzer Sonata
TANEYEV: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 30
Tickets: $65, $55, $45

Sunday, July 12, 5 PM
Escher Quartet with Carol Wincenc, flute
MOZART: Quartet for flute and strings in C major, K. 285b
YUKO UEBAYASHI:  Misericordia for flute and strings  ** Massachusetts Premiere **
SCHUBERT: Quartet in G major, D. 887
Additional works to be announced.
Tickets: $65, $55, $45

Benjamin Grosvenor playingSaturday, August 1, 8 PM
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

MENDELSSOHN: Two Preludes & Fugues
CHOPIN: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 5
RAVEL: Tombeau de Couperin
LISZT: Venezia e Napoli
Tickets: $46, $38, $28



Dinner with David :: 5:45-7 PM
Fridays: June 12, 19, 26
Tickets: $35 (includes 3-course meal)
Pre-Concert Talks :: 7 PM
Fridays ::  June 12, 19, 26, July 10
Saturdays ::  June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11


Dr. Elizabeth Seitz  | Dr. Teresa Neff  | Dr. William Matthews  |  Dr. Jan Swafford
Free, Open to Ticketholders

Wednesday, June 10, 7 PM
Meet the Author-Collaboration with Rockport Public Library

Bonnie Marsden, author of Sleeping with Schubert
Location: Rockport Public Library

Tuesday, June 18, 7 PM
Masterclass: Anne Martindale Williams, cello

Saturday, June 20, 10 AM
Family Concert: Jupiter Quartet

Saturday, August 15, 10 AM

Family Concert: Alexa Tarantino Jazz Quintet

All Community & Education events are free and open to the public.

Ticket Sales Dates

Subscriptions: March 30, 2015
Single Tickets: April 14, 2015

Funds For Fridge PARTY ~ The Word (Reunion)

funds for fridge


the word



Don’t miss this dreadful winter’s best event to help support our good friend Paul Carr, as he fights the big C. AKA Fridge, was a big fan of the cover band “The Word”. Along with the long awaited reunion of this great band, comprised of the original 5 members, we are offering some great bucket raffles with chances to win many awesome prizes. All ages are welcome so bring your kids! Cash bar and light snacks. We anticipate a full room, so be early to get in. $5 cover at the door
Also, $25 buys a chance to win an original Ken Knowles Painting worth $5000. Call Ken or Eric Beal

Live From “Second Glance” The Thrift Store Of The Open Door


Second Glance Statue post

Yesterday Charlene M Delany a Facebook friend posted¬†the photo and caption above. After liking her post,¬†I couldn’t stop thinking about the photo of the religious statues. This morning after meeting friends for coffee, I decided to stop by The Open Doors Thrift Store, Second Glance¬†to see if the St. Joseph and St. Anthony statues were still on display,¬†and find out if they were indeed for sale. After a quick scan of the glass and collectable area of the store, I¬†was directed to their back room,¬†where I¬†immediately spotted them on a display shelf, exactly as shown in the photo on Facebook yesterday morning. As I approached the shelf I was thrilled to see they both¬†were labeled with¬†very reasonably priced sale¬†tags!¬†As I carefully lifted the heavy statues from the display, my heart was fluttering with joy, as I¬†carried them to the cash register to purchase them!




After a quick wash and polish, they were added to our family altar!  





They make beautiful additions to our collection!


Second Glance is located on Pond Road, Gloucester Ma.


Know Your Dinosaurs

The youngest Schrafft, 5 year old Finn, finished up his 3rd hockey season the other day. ¬†Thatcher’s team is in the play-offs and will finish up, one way or the other, this weekend.

While there will surely end up being some summer sessions or hockey camps in their near future, for now, the early morning wake-up calls are almost over.

I used to wake up at 5:45 to rally the troops and get myself to work and the boys to their respective classrooms, but lately I’ve been pushing it to a bit after 6:00. ¬†Try as I may to convince myself to go to bed just once before 11:00 pm, I can’t seem to do so. ¬†I love my boys…but, I also cherish my quiet late night hours alone.

So, while school days are always a bit of a whirlwind with a dash of crazy thrown in, when we miraculously get through to Saturday unscathed, the weekend early morning hockey practices usually do me in.

Until recently my husband worked early Saturday morning…which left me to get both boys into their hockey gear bright and early to get to the rink for 8:00 and 9:00 practices. ¬†Actually, now on a travel team, Thatcher’s early Saturday practices have turned into earlier Sunday morning games.

While both boys are now experts on getting into their gear…they still need a fire lit under their butts to do so. ¬†It wasn’t nearly as pretty for the first few seasons, however. It was always a mad rush…they both needed help with everything….they needed snacks to eat while the other one was on the ice…and even books, matchbox cars, and a bag of tricks to use as hush money to get through back-to-back practices. ¬†It was downright ugly for quite a while. Might I mention that I am not…never have been…and never will be…a morning person.

I was laughing the other day when Thatcher reminded me about the “Hockey Dinosaur.”

There must have been many, many consecutive Saturdays, that I teetered on the edge of sanity while trying to get them out the door.

I believe my mantra became something like, “If you think I want to be up at the crack of dawn, you’re wrong, so please just get dressed” or “If you don’t want to get into your gear, and you don’t want to skate, I certainly won’t mind not getting up at the crack of dawn, boys!” or “If you think I got up at the crack of dawn yet again to beg you both to get off the couch and into your gear,¬†you are crazy.” ¬†You get the gist. ¬†All very proud parenting moments.

So, one day, while I was no doubt stomping around like a mad woman, I heard Thatcher quietly say to Finn, “Mom sure is mad about the crackadon. ¬†I don’t even know that type of dinosaur.”

So, for a while, stomping around like a¬†Crackadon became my way of getting them ready for everything…school, hockey, soccer, etc. ¬†Somewhere along the way, the Crackadon left us and the boys started to become a bit more self-motivated. ¬†I won’t be surprised if however, years from now, a couple of giant crackadons visit my grown-up sons and their future families. ¬†And we can all laugh about it again.





Cape Ann TV Production Class

Cape Ann TV Video Production Class- 
Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 to 9:00 pm.

Did you know that the facilities and equipment at Cape Ann TV are available to all Cape Ann residents? All you need to do is to become a member and pay a yearly membership fee of $20. We also provide the training, no experience necessary. To sign up for the class or for more information about Cape Ann TV call: 978-281-2443 or email website:

The class is taught by Jim Capillo and covers how to use the field equipment.Jim teaches class



Mexico Day One…

Day One

I’m super planner guy when I travel.¬† Have just the right bags (four wheel 22 inch spinner and messenger style style second bag that slides over the handle of the spinner) with everything packed just right. Anyone who knows me knows about my obsession with staying dry and comfortable so I get up early, shower,¬† and power the hell out of my nuts to avoid that sticky nuts sensation you get on long flights where they get stuck to your leg and you gotta peel them off when you finally let the boys free.¬† I didn’t have any baby powder so I used this product that Kim Smith gave me last year which is a corn starch based powder.¬† ¬† I pre download several podcasts including the Tony Kornheiser Show, Joe Rogan and Adam Corolla podcasts onto my ipad.

imageAll set to go. Everything’s perfect.

We’re close to the last people boarding and our seats were toward the back of the plane but you could see that overhead compartments were all filled up at the back of the plane so I was worried about them having to check our carry ons if all the overhead compartments got filled. ¬†We purposely took carry on luggage to avoid having to check bags and lose an hour after getting off the plane waiting at the carousel instead of working our way through customs and ultimately to our hotel.¬† So I toss the carry ons up into the last couple of open compartments which are about 15 rows ahead of our actual seat assignments.

We have the middle and window seat and there’s already a guy in the aisle seat of our row and he gets up and we get settled into our seats but both of us really had to pee. ¬†Feeling terrible about making the guy get up twice because we had to go pee like five minutes after we made him move the first time,¬† I give him our assurance that I won’t make him get up again,¬† not wanting to be a total pain in the ass.

So now we’re three hours into the flight and I’m really bummed out because my ipad which had my downloaded podcasts stored on it is stored in the carry on that is 15 rows ahead in the overhead compartment and I had given this guy in the aisle seat my assurance that we wouldn’t get up again and he’s like like a water saving camel.¬†I figured at some point he’d have to get up and go pee which would give me a chance to go grab my ipad but no, the guy is like a rock.¬† Staring straight ahead the whole time, never once reaching for his seat belt or giving any signs that he’s gonna budge.

It’s a total test of wills but at this point. ¬†I’ve had this monster frontal wedgie where my nuts have been all mashed up into my body and because I used so much corn starch thinking it would keep my nether regions dry,¬† I realize that it’s created a corn starch /nutsack sweat-like paste between my balls and my inner theigh/taint area because I’m sweating from contracting my prostate for so long to hold in the pee because I don’t want to bother the half camel /half man creature sitting in the aisle seat.

Finally I can’t take it any more and I ask to get up because I’m just too uncomfortable and the big goofy ginger in the front row of our section wearing a Washington Wizards basketball jersey stinks so bad that my eyes are watering from his uncomprehensible BO.¬† And the reason I say it’s uncomprehensible is because he’s with a girl, not completely unattractive who you would think might tell him that he needs to take a frickin shower before you go on a four hour flight to an eighty five degree destination. ¬†You have to wonder how the not-completely unattractive girl is with Stinky, Neanderthal, Washington Wizards Basketball Tank Top Wearing Ginger Stinky Guy. ¬†No joke we were five rows behind him and could smell his BO.

So I work my way past stinky guy and get to the bathroom, lock the door behind me which slides the vacant sign to “occupied” on the other side of the door.¬† Not even 10 seconds into the bathroom the door handle starts jiggling uncontrollably and someone is trying to get in.¬† I figure they’re going to realize immediately that it’s locked a) because the door won’t open and b)¬† because the goddamn sign shows in their face that the frickin bathroom is occupado!¬† But no, not one but two more rounds of crazy handle jiggling at which point I fully expect an ax to come flying through the door and Jack Nicholson to poke his head into the chasm created by the ax,¬† screaming “Heeeeere’s Johnny!”


I finally finish my business and Super K is waiting for me on the other side of the door and I ask her if she was messing with me but, no it wasn’t her.
At the very least I got my frontal wedgie unstuck and relieved myself and we are starting our descent to our final destination.