CB Fisk Open House April 25th To Celebrate Opus 145

We cordially invite you to join us at our
Gloucester workshop to celebrate the creation of
Opus 145, a new pipe organ for‚ÄĒ

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Southern Pines, North Carolina

Saturday, April 25

2 ‚Äď 6 pm

21 Kondelin Rd

Gloucester, MA 01930


978 283-1909

Can’t make it on the the 25th?
Watch To Hear the Music, a documentary film by Dennis Lanson. Learn about the art of pipe organ building and the life and legacy of our founder, Charles Brenton Fisk.
To Hear the Music is available on DVD & Blu-Ray


Brant Geese Plum Cove Beach Gloucester Massachusetts ©Kim Smith 2015

Brant Geese Plum Cove Beach Gloucester

Just kidding, however,¬†they have recently been spotted all around Cape Ann! Several weeks ago I noticed¬†three on Niles Beach, yesterday another 20 or so bobbing and diving in the waves off a little¬†beach in¬†Rockport, and this morning Michelle Anderson emailed that her son Atticus, with his¬†eagle eyes, had spotted a blizzard¬†at Plum Cove Beach. I was working on¬†a design¬†project in Andover and wasn’t able to get there until afternoon. The¬†Brants¬†were still there! Perhaps there were 50 or so feeding at the shoreline and another several hundred further off shore.

Brant Goose Plum Cove Beach Gloucester Massachusetts ©Kim Smith 2015The geese are shy. At one point while photographing, I lay flat down in the beach grass trying to blend in with the landscape while inching forward, but they were not deceived. Too far away for my camera to get a good close up, and heavily overcast today, nonetheless you can see that they are quite beautiful creatures.

Brant Geese Plum Cove Beach Rockport Massachusetts ©Kim Smith 2015

Brant Geese Rockport

Smaller than Canadian geese, the Brant Goose, also called Brent, Black Brant, and American Brant, is a coastal bird that breeds in the Arctic tundra. It migrates along both the Atlantic and Pacific flyways. With white or buff belly, black head and neck, and contrasting white bars at the neck, Brants are easy to identify. They feed on green plants including sea lettuce and eel grass. Brants have a highly developed salt gland, which allows them to consume salt water.


Brant Geese Plum Cove Beach Rockport Massachusetts -2 ©Kim Smith 2015*   *   *
Comsos 12 ©Kim Smith 2014 copy

Friend me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Vine. You can also subscribe to my design website at Kim Smith Designs, and film’s websites at Beauty on the Wing ~ Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly, Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project, and Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly.

State Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante Hosts Gloucester Girl Scout Tour of the State House

IMG_4282 (1)
Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo and Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante with Gloria Parson’s East Gloucester Girl Scout Troop
The East Gloucester Girl Scouts led by Gloria Parsons (Mrs. P) were privilged to visit the State House yesterday. During the grand tour, State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante and her aides gave the girls a history lesson as they visited the various chambers of the State House, including the House and Senate Chambers.
IMG_4278 (1)Representative Ferrante also introduced the girls to the Speaker of the House, Robert DeLeo. The girls had a great time visiting the State House and later taking a ride on the Swan Boats in the Boston Public Garden. Thank you Ann-Margaret for the tour and inspiring girls to become leaders!
IMG_4301 (1)Yesterday was also Girl Scout Troop Leader Appreciation Day. Gloria Parson has been the East Gloucester Girl Scout Troop Leader for over 30 years. Thank you for your service
Mrs. P.!

Application Deadline in One Day: Montserrat Summer Immersive Educator Fellowship

Educator Fellowship

WHAT: This year we are pleased to offer the Summer Immersive Educator Fellowship. This is a competitive award given to an educator of exceptional merit who would benefit from joining a studio program for one week of intensive study, and earning Professional Development Points. The award provides full tuition and housing and the option to give an educator’s/artist’s talk; an award valued at $1,300.

WHEN: The fellowship will take place during the Summer Immersive Studio Program, and all week-long courses offered from June 15 to July 10 are eligible. The deadline for submitting an application is April 24. All applicants will be notified of with the award decision by May 8.

WHO: Full-time educators from anywhere are eligible to apply. Secondary and Primary School Educations will be given preference.

HOW: Interested educators may apply for one course only. They must submit an application form, CV and statement describing how attending the Summer Immersive Program will benefit their career as an educator. Please note: Submitting an application to the Fellowship program does not guarantee a space. We will not reserve seats for fellowship applicants. Applicants who plan to attend the Summer Immersive Program regardless are encouraged to register and pay for courses early as seats may fill quickly. If an applicant is accepted for a fellowship, their course tuition will be refunded.

DEADLINE: Fellowship applications are due April 24th. All applicants will be notified of the decision by the week of May 8.


Chris Stovall Brown Tonight! Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line 8:30 – 11:30 April 23, 2015

dave-sag-rl-4-3-2014-1 (2)



Dave says,

I’m back! And I’m ready to esophageally regale you with tales of loup Garou, after visiting the hinterlands¬† of swamp county, USA. Let’s go!
This week is brought to you¬† by those¬† zzzing folks at Instant Blues¬ģ liver enlightener. Yes, Yes, feeling blue? or seasick?¬† Just mix our steaming powder with vodka¬† for instant relief of conundrums, boils and shortness of pants. Relief guaranteed!
That means Mr. Chris “Stovall” Brown and his band of renown are in town. Chris, the ultimate string-biting, double- jointed gootarist and vogellist is ready to take you to the cleaners, blues- wise. I love playing with this guy! Not only that, but Mr. Jim Gwin, Fred’s brother,and Boston Pops stalwart will be allowed to remove his ankle bracelet and join us. I’ll be back singing’ and frolicking’ on the bass. Come join us!




chris stovall brown maxresdefault


courtesy photo



rl p

40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732



SELL OUT ALERT: The Smithereens at Larcom on Saturday — Get $25 tix now before they’re gone

As promised, we’re letting you know before all the tickets are gone for New Jersey-based, power-pop rockers,¬†The Smithereens on Saturday right down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre. ¬†You can still get tickets here¬†(starting at only $25 — half of what you’d have to pay elsewhere)¬†and there are even a few of my favorite seats left in Balcony Center Row L (get them here).

The cool thing about these guys is that even though they had monster hits in the ’80s (e.g.,¬†“Behind the Wall of Sleep,” “A Girl like You,” “Blood And Roses,” “Only a Memory,” “Blues Before and After”) which they could easily just live off, they’re still writing new songs and releasing new records that are as good or better than their classics. ¬†Check out this Video of their new song, “Sorry.”

Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation May 2015

Cape Ann Wellness-
Your source for Cape Ann health, fitness and wellness information

Cape Ann Wellness


‚ÄúScenes of Cape Ann‚ÄĚ At Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Through the generosity of the of the local photographers and the beautiful work by James and Anna Eves from Cape Ann Giclee, pictures on canvases of familiar places and events on Cape Ann are on permanent display bringing memories and comfort to the residents on the memory impaired unit of Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation.. The unit looks like a museum of fine art and the residents love it!

It has been a year since the beatiful images have been hung on the walls.

These images have provoked memories, conversation and comfort to the residents on a daily basis as they are surrounded by images of places and events they know and love.

Many thanks to all the photographers who participated in this project making this memory enhancement program a huge success. Carl Gustin, Cathy Chapman, Charlie…

View original post 288 more words

Ski Rockport!

Good Morning Gloucester! We skied Rockport and Gloucester 32 days this winter and shoveled till our backs hurt – but look at all that snow we shoveled! We are silk screening t shirts to commemorate the snow. The shirts are available at John Tarr and Our Three Sons in Rockport:)

Sincerely, Cathryn Clark and John Gates 35 High Street Rockport 978: 290-6486 ūüôā

“Some Have Meat, and Cannot Eat‚Ķ”

Today I drank 4 oz each of vanilla protein coconut milk shake and raw coconut water. Nibbled on a nutrition bar and just about choked up the caribou bladder. I have gotten a new appreciation for Common Crow http://www.commoncrow.com natural supermarket. ANYTHING I can swallow is precious to me. Seeing my doctor tomorrow and will ask for a throat numbing remedy. Hope I don’t dream about food. Last night’s CSI: Cyber was a bust because I fell asleep after a few minutes ūüė¶

Half Off All Menu Items at The Rudder & The Studio!

For Cape Ann Food and Dining News-


Now through the end of April enjoy half off the entire menu* at The Rudder & The Studio (*excluding sushi). The Studio opens for a new season at 11:30am on Thursday, April 23rd. The Rudder will also be open at 5pm for dinner. Join us from Thursday through Saturday throughout the Spring. See you there!


View original post

Nichole’s Picks of the Weekend 4/25 and 4/26

Pick #1   Open House at Fenway Park

We have done this a couple of times and it is always a great day for the kids!

DATE:   Saturday, April 25
TIME:   10 a.m. Р6 p.m.
COST:   Free!
ENTRANCE:   All gates

An opportunity for fans of all ages to explore Fenway Park at their own pace. The free, open to the public event gives fans a chance to discover behind-the-scenes locations and learn more about “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” through a variety of family-friendly activities:

  • Appearances and autographs by Red Sox Alumni
  • Visits to exclusive areas of the ballpark, including the home & away clubhouses
  • From 10:00¬†a.m. to 1:00¬†p.m., fans will have an opportunity to walk on the warning track, sit in the dugouts, peer into the bullpens, and peek inside the Green Monster scoreboard (weather permitting)
  • The Open House will feature a special college showcase game between two Historically Black Colleges, Florida A&M University and North Carolina Central University starting at 2:00¬†p.m.
  • A college fair with participation from historically black colleges will be taking place in the State Street Pavilion Club from 10:00¬†a.m. to 2:00¬†p.m.
  • Explore 100 locations in Fenway Park: A Living Museum
  • Tour the Royal Rooters Club: Home of the “Nation’s Archives”

CONCESSIONS will also be available for purchase throughout the ballpark.

Information from official site:  see it all here!


Pick #2

Sheepshearing Festival at Gore Place in Waltham


$15 adults, Free to children 12 and under and Gore Place Members. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased at all entrance gates on the day.

Now in its 28th year, this outdoor farm festival has become a family favorite and a tradition throughout the region! Enjoy demonstrations of sheep-shearing, herding dogs, spinning, weaving and gardening on a beautiful 50 acre estate. Large crafts fair, live entertainment, historic demonstrators, games and farm animals. Wagon rides and museum tours (additional charge). Food vendors on site. Free parking. No dogs or other pets allowed.

Visit Official Website and get more information, including directions, HERE.

Pick #3

Ravenswood Tree Hunt and ID

recommended for children 10 years old and older

Date & Time
Sunday, April 26

Member: $5. Nonmember: $10

Contact Information

See full information HERE

Gone within five years, Ravenswood’s delightful hemlock groves. What is happening to them and what will take their place? Did you know we have Moosewood trees and naturally occurring Magnolias? What other trees will surprise you on a guided Tree Hunt? In honor of Arbor Day, join us with a local arborist, naturalist to learn to identify local woody plants by their growth habitats, bark, twigs, buds, and even smell. If you have a mystery woody plant on your own property, bring a 12 inch long sample with buds and we can help you identify it at the end of the walk. Recommended for 10 year olds and up.


For a much more comprehensive list of family friendly activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid.  NorthShoreKid.com