My Pollinator Garden Talk and Short Films Screening at the Hamilton Wenham Public Library

Male Luna Moth ©Kim Smith 2013Male Luna Moth and Phlox davidii

Please join me on Wednesday evening, April 29th, at 7pm at the Hamilton Wenham Public Library where I will be giving my Pollinator Garden program and screening several short films. This event is free and open to the public. I hope to see you there!

Catbird eating  dogwood fruits ©Kim Smith 2014Catbird and Dogwood Fruits

Monarch Butterfly depositing egg ©Kim Smith 2012Female Monarch Butterfly Depositing Egg on Milkweed 

I am currently booking programs for 2016-2017 and would be delighted to present to your club, library, school, and private or public event. See thePrograms Page of my website and feel free to contact me at with any questions.

©Kim Smith 2014Willowdale Estate Topsfield

Tuesday is Passports Community Dinner Night!

Join us Tuesday nights for¬†Passports Restaurant’s¬†Community Dinner Nights!

  • 4 ‚Äď 9 pm
  • 3 Course Dinner
  • $15.00
  • 10% of Proceeds Go To Your Organization
  • Reservations Requested

Celebrating 20 years in business we are giving back to the community every Tuesday night. Full menu also available.

If you would like to inquire about support for your organization, please email us at We look forward to working with you!

Passports Restaurant 110 Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930

Please call for Reservations: 978.281.3680

For questions please call:

Eric Lorden

978 304-7723

Need a man’s opinion……….

For all you guys out there:

What is the age in which you DO NOT wear your baseball cap backwards?

I’m going to go with the answer of: when is doesn’t look ridiculous??

There are some guys that can pull it off in their 30’s and 40’s and others who it just looks ridiculous on.










Call for Entry: Gloucester Photography

Where is it?

A photography exhibit of Gloucester

The Matz Gallery Committee of the Lyceum Committee is seeking photographs of hidden corners of Gloucester. Photographs may be of any structure or location as long as it is accessible to the general public.


All photographs must be of Gloucester.

  • All sites photographed must be visible from public roads or walkways.
  • Minimum size 12″ by 12″ matted and framed.
  • Maximum size 24″ by 20″ matted and framed.
  • Photographers do not have to live on Cape Am
  • Artists may submit up to two (2) images for consideration.

Please send digital photographs to three email addresses: ,, and

Please put Gloucester Exhibit in the subject line.

Ifyou cannot send a digital image, please send an email to Matz Gallery Committee,, and ask to arrange a time to show the committee your work.

Submissions are due by April 23.
Applicants will be notified by May l0 if their work has been selected.

The photographs will be exhibited for the month of June 2015 in the Matz Galiery of the Sawyer Free Library.

New Kid on the Blog

Digital Painting by E3
Hi FOB’s,

I am James Eves,¬†owner of Cape Ann Gicl√©e. Some of you may recognize me from the blog and some from my work with artists and photographers¬†on Cape Ann.¬†I’ve been a huge Friend¬†Of the Blog for several years and¬†some folks have assumed that I am a contributor to the blog because I have been on it so often. However, today is my first day as an actual contributor. Wah-Hoo!

It all happened the other day…

during a little pre-game celebrating for the Bikini Speedo Dodgeball world championship 2015. I mentioned to Joey that I’ve been thinking about creating a calendar for art events on Cape Ann. I want a single place to go on-line to see what is¬†happening over the weekend and alert me on my phone. I have, too often, missed openings for shows that I really wanted to see simply because I didn’t have a convenient way to be reminded of the event. Joey loved the idea and wanted it for his FOB’s. He’s always looking for ways for¬†the folks in¬†his community be well informed.

I had a bit of a buzz on…

and didn’t think about it again,¬†until Joey called today and set me up as a contributor. I am so pumped. I can’t wait to have a single place to see what’s happening in the world of art on Cape Ann and to share it with all you FOB’s.

I’ll be posting art events in two ways

The first will be in the usual manner. I’ll post announcements and press releases straight into the blog.

The second is a public google calendar that I will maintain and is hosted at the Cape Ann Giclée web site on the Cape Ann Art Events page. Submissions for the Calendar must have the following

  • A Title
  • A Date and Time
  • A Place including complete address
  • A Short description (no more than a paragraph)

I hope this calendar will help us all get out and see (and buy) art.

A Delightful Havdallah Evening at Temple Ahavat Achim – May 2nd

Temple Ahavat Achim

86 Middle St., Gloucester, MA


TAA presents a special event for members and guests:




7:30 pm РSupper 

8:15 pm РHavdallah Service 

8:30 pm ’til closing –¬† A cabaret in three acts:


  • Danceable blues & rock with Bobby Kramer Trio & a special guest
  • Charlee Bianchini performing folk
  • Mark Arnold at jazz piano

Make your own sundaes to sweeten the evening!

$10 in advance or $12 at the door


RSVP is appreciated – it will allow us to know how much food to prepare!

Call Natalia at (978) 281-0739!

We look forward to seeing you for a night of frolicking and friendship!

Heath’s Tea Room … Re-opening Friday April 24th, 2015. Now accepting Mother’s Day Reservations for our 11:30 am, 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm seatings.



Here’s a slide show of one of my visits. I highly recommend the cottage pie, quiche and the¬†Roast Turkey with Stuffing¬† is to die for.¬†

visit their website> 

Gloucester Bingo

The Gloucester Downtown Association

Gloucester Bingo ¬†¬† Come downtown, support our local small businesses and have a bit of fun.¬†¬† You may have heard that Boston created “Boston Bingo” as a means to jump start their local economy…well, we are having some fun with “Go Fish/Gloucester”!¬† We thought this could be a great promotion for Gloucester too and we would love for you to participate with us. ¬† We are creating a “bingo” sheet with 20 or so general categories where one or more blocks could be satisfied by¬†shopping/dining in your business.¬†¬†¬† An example of a few categories are:¬†¬†¬†

Snag a sparkly piece of jewelry

  • ¬†¬† Upcycle something (buy something used)
  • ¬†¬† Enjoy a drink with a friend
  • ¬† ¬†Grab a sweet treat, pastry or cookie
  • ¬†¬† Visit a downtown bookstore
  • ¬†¬† ¬†Buy a Glosta themed Tshirt or item
  • ¬†¬† ¬†Purchase a Mother‚Äôs Day gift
  • ¬†¬†¬† Ahoy! Buy something nautical

The plan is for this promotion to run from April 22 through May 22 .   On April 22 there will be 6,500 inserts in the Gloucester Daily Times and we are planning a media/social media blitz to get the word out.   Once complete there will be a few  locations to drop off their bingo sheet and be entered in two different raffles.  A winning card will enter players in a raffle with prizes such as having lunch with Mayor Sefatia, a trip for two on the Ardelle, a Maritime Gloucester membership and we are working on other prizes from local businesses.  If you would like to donate a prize, please let us know.  Submitting a card with one line completed in any direction counts as one entry into a raffle, while a card that is completely filled out will see the player entered into the grand prize raffle.  Winners drawn from the raffle will have their choice of all the prizes available at that point with grand prize winners having first pick.
We truly think this is a fun and creative way for engaging our customers and thanking them for supporting their local businesses.

For more information regarding the Gloucester’s Downtown activities please follow the link below.




Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Field Trip Tonight!

Rick Roth writes:

We had a nice field trip on Saturday to Agassiz Rock for Ramona Latham and The Trustees of Reservations.  Found wood frog eggs and spotted salamander spermatophores in the pool, plus an assortment of invertabrates.  Nice crowd, beautiful weather.  Thanks to Ramona, Colleen Anderson, Anna DiPerna and Martin Basch.

If we can believe the weather forecast for tomorrow it should be some good migration action and lots of frog choruses.

Monday  April 20, 2015   9pm
Meet at Walgreen’s parking lot. ¬†Look for White Lightning, my big white van. ¬†Wear your rain gear and bring a flashlight.

See you there,  Rick


The Game Boy Of My Generation Now For Sale At Barnes and Noble

OMG the hours I spent playing this classic game when I was a kid.  The Game Boy of our generation.  They have them at Barnes and Noble.


I have been teaching forever.  Seriously, like FOREVER.  This is my 22nd year.

However, even after all of these years, I am continuously amazed, impressed, and humbled by my students and their love of learning.

Take last week, for example. ¬†After three weeks of learning about the Mayan Civilization my students presented their work, research, art, etc. to their parents and members of the school community. ¬†I couldn’t have been prouder.

Things got off to a slow start and for a few days I was worried that it may not all come together, but, as always, my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students worked, created, imagined, collaborated, and rallied.  Not only did it come together, but it surpassed any expectations that I may have had.

I am so proud of them for sharing their knowledge confidently, for working so diligently, and for expressing themselves so individually through the projects that they created.

Proud enough in fact that I had to take this opportunity to sing their praises a bit.  Forgive me.

If you’ve ever wondered what happens inside a Montessori classroom, this is a great example.

Healthy Hummus

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‚ÄėHealthy Hummus‚Äô¬†‚Äď

Hummus has its roots¬†in¬†the Middle East as ‚ÄėHummus bi tahini.‚Äô Hummus typically is made by combining¬†cooked, pureed chickpeas (a legume) with tahini (sesame) paste, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Other legumes (*) can be used in place of¬†chickpeas, such as soybeans, black-eyed peas and black beans.¬†Low-fat yogurt can¬†used instead of sesame paste.

* Legumes ‚Äď ‚Äúa class of vegetables that includes beans, peas and lentils ‚ÄĒ are among the most versatile and nutritious foods available. Legumes are typically low in fat, contain no cholesterol, and are high in folate, potassium, iron and magnesium. Legumes¬†also contain beneficial fats and soluble and insoluble fiber. A good source of protein, legumes can be a healthy substitute for meat, which has more fat and cholesterol.‚ÄĚ ¬†(Source:¬†

Hummus is a source of healthy protein, carbohydrate, oil and fiber. **

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