Tulip Garden Mary Prentiss Inn Cambridge ©Kim Smith 2015The Mary Prentiss Inn was named Yankee Magazine’s Best Inn, Greater Boston Area, and deservedly so!

As many of our readers have come to know from photos I’ve posted here, the beautiful family-owned and operated Inn is one of my landscape design projects.

Tulip Garden Mary Prentiss Inn Cambridge -6 ©Kim Smith 2015

Jennifer Fandetti, the Inn’s proprietor, and daughter-in-law of Cambridge artist Charlotte Forsythe and architect Gerald Fandetti, maintains The Mary Prentiss to the highest standards. The welcoming hospitality, combined with the gracious decor of the meticulously restored Greek Revival manor, along with their famously delicious breakfasts and afternoon tea, will make your stay truly memorable. During warmer months guests are invited to dine and relax in the exquisite secret garden.

Centrally located in the heart of Cambridge, and appointed with every modern amenity, when planning a trip to the Greater Boston/Cambridge area I highly recommend a stay at The Mary Prentiss Inn!

Tulip Garden Mary Prentiss Inn Cambridge -4 ©Kim Smith 2015

In autumn I mix a special custom collection of spring flowering bulbs for my clients, based on their preferences and the architectural features unique to their business or residence. The colors of the tulips in this year’s collection for The Mary Prentiss Inn are simply scintillating and especially beautiful juxtaposed against the warm creamy yellow tones of the exterior paint, emerald green of the boxwoods, and forest green of the hollies. You have to be very cautious in managing the colors though because a symphony can easily become a cacophony!

Tulip Garden Mary Prentiss Inn Cambridge -5©Kim Smith 2015

Tulip Garden Mary Prentiss Inn Cambridge -3 ©Kim Smith 2015

The orange parrot tulip in the above photo is a very old cultivar. Unlike the vast majority of tulips today, which are mostly scentless, this has a dreamy fragrance of citrus and honeysuckle.

Tulip Garden Mary Prentiss Inn Cambridge -7 ©Kim Smith 2015

For more information visit The Mary Prentiss Inn Facebok Page here and website here.



Raw Bar at The Fish Shack in Rockport on FRIDAY NIGHT

Say what? Yes, it’s true. Word on the street (the mean streets of Rockport, MA) is that Karin Porter of the Fish Shack (the restaurant, not the fish shack) in Dock Square is serving oysters along with a signature Motif No.1 Day cocktail to kick off the weekend’s pahtying in downtown Rockport in front of the Motif No. 1 Day festival on Saturday. Rockporters and assorted other types are eating raw mollusks in celebration of Motif No.1, Rockport’s famous fishing shack.

Motif No.1 is so famous that it has a festival dedicated to celebrating every inch of its surface, documented down to the last buoy and nail hole. It’s like Cape Ann’s very own Kardashian; we know everything about it and we still can’t get enough.

Come on down to Dock Square, eat oysters and lobster rolls, listen to music and generally party like it’s M1D:2015 this weekend! Because it is!

Motif No.1 for the win!


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iartcolony launches motif 2015 – 15 artists from around the country will present their visions of Motif #1

From the calendar section of Art New England May/June issue…

Art: motif 2015
OPENS Saturday, May 16
iartcolony launches motif 2015 – 15 artists from around the country will present their visions of Motif #1 in the form of conceptual paintings, sculpture, photography, video and performance art installations – honoring Rockport’s iconic red fish shack, the most painted and photographed building in America. motif 2015 marks the 65th anniversary of the celebrated Motif #1 Day, when the town of Rockport comes alive with activities involving dance, poetry, film, music and more. This art exhibition produced by iartcolony’s co-founders, Bob Armstrong and Jill Whitney Armstrong – opens on Saturday, May 16 at 10 AM.

42 Broadway, Rockport, MA

“motif double” 32” x 40” by Cody Justus
“secrets” archival inkjet print 20” x 30”, ed. 1/5 by Linda Pagani (taken looking out from the window of Motif #1 toward the Yacht club)
“secrets” archival inkjet print 20” x 30”, ed. 1/5 by Linda Pagani (taken looking out from the window of Motif #1 toward the Yacht club)
“grey barn, red sky” 30” x 40 “ acrylic on canvas by Adam O’Day
“grey barn, red sky” 30” x 40 “ acrylic on canvas by Adam O’Day

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ This week’s special guest “Sasquatch” @ The Rhumb Line 8-11pm 5.13.2015

Dinner Specials Every Week!

Wednesday, May 13th – 8pm
Special Guest: SASQUATCH!










Paul Cohan, a.k.a. Sasquatch brings his special brand of
entertaining music to the spotlight this week. With deep,
soulful (and sometimes hilarious) lyrical content, Paul gets
his message across in a hurry. His poignant, heartfelt anthem,
“Wrapped in the Arms of Gloucester” tells us who he is and
why he is here among us. Lucky us! We start at 8. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
Dan King



Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Cheryl Arena joins The Dave Sag’s Blues Party Thursday Night @ The Rhumb Line 8:30 -11:30pm 5.14.2015



dave sag
dave sag

Dave says,

Our chronically underfunded musical re-education program proudly presents the return of Ms. Cheryl Arena, citizen, harpist, and vogellizing ringmaster of the third degree. I let her pick her herd of thundering magicians and it’s always a blast. So, Thursday night, her orange-jumpsuited crew consists of Mr. Pete Henderson, encyclopedic amazo, on, yes, the catarrh and vocals, Mr. Forrest “Frosty” Padgett, on the eggbeaters, and me, on the blunt instrument. Ask your veterinarian if The Blues Bash is right for you. Do not dance to excess as the miracle ingredients can cause mirth defects in your unborn notions.



cheryl arena
cheryl arena


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

Saturday’s Clean Up

Hi All:


Clean Gloucester and The One Hour at a Time Gang has their schedule for Saturday, May 16, 2015.  I will be at a wedding in Charleston, S.C.


When:                  Saturday, May 16, 2015


Time:                    8:00 – 9:00


Where:                 We can all meet at Doyon’s parking lot


Thanks all



Ps  will miss seeing all your smiling faces


Unscheduled and Unplugged

I don’t know about all of you, but I have found…this year more than ever…that our “down time” is fairly nonexistent.  We leave home at 7:15 to get to work/school and most days the boys and I aren’t home until 5:00.  Hockey was 5 days a week from October to almost April and now there’s baseball, t-ball, and some flag football.  Throw in some meetings, appointments, errands, etc. and we are out straight.  When we get home it is a somewhat mad rush to tackle dinner, showers, guitar practice, and packing the necessities for the next day (I am thankful every day that they don’t have “real” homework yet).  If there was a moment to spare the boys’ “go to” for most of the winter had been to grab their iPads or some zombie time in front of the TV.  I’d be lying if I said that I minded.  Facts are that I needed time to get things done and they’re incredibly active all week long…so I did’t fret when they stole those moments of screen time at all!  As the weather got nicer, however, I started to cringe a bit when they would hunker down, iPads in hand, to zone out.

So….I couldn’t have been happier to come home from a run the other night and see them playing an ever so simple, and full of giggles, game of hopscotch with the neighbors.  I sat on the curb to watch…and once I overcame my embarrassment that they had somehow made it to “almost 6” and “almost 8” years-old without ever having played before….I took a few minutes to appreciate the moment.

Warmer weather has brought more hopscotch, bike riding, and some serious games of catch!