Instagramming My Garden

Running around like crazy today and in need of a post to fill my 6 o’clock time slot, I had a few moments of fun instagramming in my garden, but oh my, does it need a good weeding! And by the way, our garden truly smells like how you might imagine heaven would smell. My book on garden design, Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities!, is chock-a-block full of information on how to create a fragrant garden–a garden that will keep you wrapped in beautiful scents from early spring through autumn.

Milkweed Seedpod ©Kim Smith 2014

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Mutiny Avoided on Ardelle

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This group of buccaneers staged a brief mutiny on board Ardelle  last Friday when they refused to disembark from the vessel upon its return to Maritime Gloucester after a beautiful harbor cruise.

The mutineers, from Denver, Colorado and points west, explained that they had such a good time, they didn’t want to leave.

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck Opens the Season with Former Goetemann Artist Resident, Ekua Holmes

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, 53 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester MA 01930

Opening Reception: SAT, May 23, 6 to 8pm • Gallery hours: 10am to 6pm daily

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck (formerly Rocky Neck Gallery) at 53 Rocky Neck Ave., Gloucester, MA, opens officially for the season on Friday, May 22.  In addition to 28 Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) artists, former Goetemann Artist Resident, Ekua Holmes has been invited to exhibit her extraordinary, vibrant collages at Gallery 53 as part of RNAC’s Summer Artist series. The public is invited to meet Ekua and gallery artists at the Opening Reception on Saturday, May 23, from 6-8 pm.

Ekua Holmes is a Boston-based artist, who creates colorful collages that reflect African American life. She uses news clippings, photographs, vibrant color and composition to infuse her work with energy; her layered, abstract creations convey a sense of unity and evoke memories that are both personal and universal. Holmes was chosen as a Goetemann Artist Resident in 2010 and the gallery welcomes her back to Cape Ann for a three-week show, from May 20 until June 9.

Five new artists have joined the gallery this year: jeweler Trish Conant, silkscreen artist Jane Keddy, wood turner James Lemieux,  watercolor/mixed media artist Martha Swanson and Stephanie Mason who makes fish prints using Gyotaku, an ancient Japanese printing technique. These artists join 23 returning RNAC members, Katherine Bagley, Judith Bly, Cynthia Curtis, Susan W. Daly, Marci Davis, Phyllis Feld, Joyce Frederick, Elizabeth Gauthier, Deborah Geurtze, Dina Gomery, Susan Hershey, Frederick Jillson, Mary R. McCarl, Skip Montello, Michael Oleksiw, David Piemonte, Mary Rhinelander, Judy Robinson-Cox, Tom Robinson-Cox, Kate Somers, Pam Stratton, Deborah Way, and

Ruth Worrall.

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is a juried co-operative gallery located in a historic 19th century building, which features an original and distinctive collection of fine arts by Rocky Neck Art Colony members. Previously known as the Rocky Neck Gallery, the collective hosts opening and end of season receptions and showcases work by invited New England artists in seven Summer Artist Series shows throughout the season. Gallery 53 is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm from May 22 until October 13.  See for a full schedule of gallery events.

The Rocky Neck Art Colony, a 501(C)3 non-profit organization, nurtures excellence in the arts through exhibitions, workshops, residencies and vibrant cultural events for its members and the public. Long renowned for its luminous light, this harbor and coastal location has been a magnet for some of the most revered realist painters in American art and a catalyst for the progressive ideas of artists Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery, and Nell Blaine, among many others. Today Rocky Neck continues to attract artists and art lovers to a thriving creative community. For up-to-date information, visits

SELL OUT ALERT: 35 seats left for Art Garfunkel @ Larcom This Sat 5/23

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Only 35 seats left for this very special evening with Art Garfunkel, one of popular music’s most revered icons.  Most of the seats are in the Balcony (get them here).  For this show, with only 2 people on stage, the seats at Balcony left and right (that normally offer a partially obstructed view) will be fine.  And they’re a bargain. Get them NOW!

Imagine seeing him and hearing his extraordinary voice in the intimate Larcom Theatre (right down the road in downtown Beverly) with gimmeLIVE’s perfect sound.

This will be Art Garfunkel’s only Boston area appearance on this tour.

It will certainly be an experience you won’t soon forget!  Don’t wait until tickets are gone.  Get them now, right here.


2cnd Annual Essex Police Car Show

The car show was held behind the Essex Police station on Sunday. Cars ranged from Street Rods to classic American and Classic European. Never knew that Car 54 was from Middleton, but there it was!

Jim Dowd Pitches The Common Crow IndiGoGo Campaign


What’s up, neighbor?

Last time I was on the podcast we discussed how obnoxious all the Kickstarter/Gofundme/Indigogo/ action has gotten. Lately it does seem like everyone with a life goal expects somebody else to pay for it. We also railed on established businesses using Kickstarter in lieu of just getting a bank loan like normal people.

On that last point I’m going to walk back a little as part of the team helping the Common Crow move out to Eastern Ave. Kate and Pat (the owners) are taking a ginormous leap, investing literally a million dollars in partnership with Cape Ann Savings, the city’s Small Business Development arm and Stan Poole the owner/builder of the site and his crew. When they move out there next month the store will employ over 40 people full-time with bennies. And it’s a truly homegrown local business; they literally started in the corner of the Glass Sailboat on Duncan St. 15 years ago.

The Common Crow is going to crowdfund as part of their financing mix in order to pay for a few things they might otherwise put off at the outset and the rewards are pretty sweet if you are into what they have to offer. Stuff like bottomless cups of coffee, gift bags full of product, charcuterie boards (full disclosure: I had no idea what the crap that was a week ago), original pieces from local artists and and of course T-shirts and tote bags because that is apparently the law or something.

Folks should check it out and throw some support their way. It’s truly a local success story.



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Chickity Check it!- THE U.S. COAST GUARD MOBILE APP @USCGNortheast #USCG

Available for download May 16, 2015

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The USCG Boating Safety App features include:

  • Find the latest safety regulations
  • Request a vessel safety check
  • Check your safety equipment
  • File a float plan
  • Navigation Rules
  • Find the nearest NOAA buoy
  • Report a hazard
  • Report pollution
  • Report suspicious activity
  • Request emergency assistance

About the App

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Motif No. 1 Day

My coverage of Motif No. 1 Day doesn’t necessarily reflect how much fun we had!  If you missed it this year, make a point to be there next year.  Kudos (and then some) to the organizers, volunteers, performers, vendors, and everyone else who played a role in this tremendous community event!

Here are some of the photos that I did manage to snap while being pulled in three different directions…literally…thanks to two boys and a dog.

North Shore Pride Invites the Community to Join in Standing Proud Together

North Shore Pride Invites the Community to Join in
Standing Proud Together


Full Week of Educational, Cultural and Community Events Mark Fourth Annual LGBT and Allied Pride Celebration this June

The fourth annual North Shore Pride Parade and Festival will take place Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Salem, MA. The theme of this year’s celebration, voted on by members of the community, is Standing Proud Together.

New this year is a week long calendar of educational, cultural and community events leading up to the parade and festival, including a free “lunch and learn” on Monday, June 15, focused on how to make cities and towns more welcoming for LGBT people.

“The mission of North Shore Pride has always been to create unity in our community,” said president and founder Hope Watt-Bucci. “I’m proud to be expanding our educational mission this year by providing an opportunity for local officials and members of the public to hear from dedicated advocates like Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and Mason Dunn of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition about steps we can all take to make our North Shore cities and towns more unified and welcoming for all.”

“With a full week of events including a movie night, interfaith service and more, there’s something for everyone to participate in,” Watt-Bucci added, “It takes every one of us to make change in our communities, and this year we truly are standing proud together.”

The Grand Marshal of the 2015 North Shore Pride Parade is OUTVETS, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the contributions and sacrifices of LGBTQ Veterans, active service members, and their families. OUTVETS made history earlier this year as the first LGBT organization to officially march openly in the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

This year’s entertainment lineup at the festival on the Salem Common includes headliners XELLE (pronounced “XL”).  XELLE’s original, high energy songs sound like a delicious mix of Katy Perry, ABBA and The Spice Girls, and they’ve headlined pride festivals in Chicago, San Francisco, New York and more.

XELLE promotes a strong message of self-acceptance and empowerment. They released the song Red Flag as a powerful human rights anthem, in conjunction with the #iRaiseARedFlag online protest to inspire everyone who cares about equality to make their views known and raise their voice against oppression.

Also in our lineup: Adrienne Mack Davis as part of her world tour, local favorites, The DeJas, Rolla, Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket, Sarah & The Wild Versatile, Jenn Lombari and Lucky United.

North Shore Pride is a 100% volunteer run non-profit organization. The annual North Shore Pride Parade, Festival and year-round community events are made possible by the work of countless volunteers, individual donations and the support of community sponsors.

A full calendar of 2015 North Shore Pride events follows below. Complete details, including how to register to march in the parade, be a vendor at the festival, sponsor or volunteer, can be found at

North Shore Pride Events, June 15 – 20, 2015

Monday, June 15, 11:30 a.m. – Free public Lunch & Learn at The Cabot in Beverly: Making Our Cities and Towns More Welcoming for LGBT people. Panelists include: Mayor Kim Driscoll, City of Salem; Representative Paul Tucker, 7th Essex District; Paul Miller, One Gordon; Mason Dunn, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. Sponsored by Montserrat College of Art. Lunch provided by Gulu Gulu/Flying Saucer of Salem.

Wednesday, June 17, 7 p.m. – North Shore Pride Movie Night at the Salem Theater. Presenting the documentary The Case Against 8, with a reception to follow. $5 donation at the door.

Thursday, June 18, 7:30 p.m. – North Shore Pride sponsors the June 18th performance of The Normal Heart at the Salem Theater. Tickets available through Salem Theater.

Friday, June 19, 7 p.m.Interfaith Pride Service at Tabernacle Congregational Church in Salem. Participating clergy include: the Reverend Joseph Amico, the Reverend Tara Olsen-Allen, Rabbi Mark Newton, Father Silvestre Romero and Wiccan Priestess Helen Cymbala. A reception will follow the service.

Saturday, June 20, 12 p.m. – The fourth annual North Shore Pride Parade will kick off in front of the Salem Post Office on Margin Street, travel down Derby and New Derby Streets to Hawthorne Boulevard, ending at the Salem Common. This year’s parade Grand Marshal is OUTVETS.

Saturday, June 20, 1 p.m.The fourth annual North Shore Pride Festival will run from 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., with a full schedule of live music including headliners XELLE. Non-profit, community, business, food and arts and crafts vendors will once again be on hand. The full entertainment line up is available at The festival is free for all to attend and is a family friendly event.

Saturday, June 20, 5 p.m. – The official North Shore Pride After Party will take place outside at Murphy’s Pub on Derby Street in Salem, with entertainment from DJ Andrea. 21+, $5 suggested donation at the door.

The mission of North Shore Pride, Inc. is to promote the general welfare, and enhance the social life of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community of the North Shore, and to promote the acceptance of the members of this community by the broader North Shore community. To carry out these purposes, the organization engages in activities designed to promote greater understanding of LGBT issues, educates the members of the LGBT community on issues of importance to them and engages in fundraising activities, partnering with individuals and organizations, in furtherance of its stated purpose.

Community Stuff 5/19/15




My name is Lin Chandler and I am the owner of 222 Arts & Wellness Center
at 222 Eastern Ave. in Gloucester.
I am so excited to spend the evening with all of you this Thursday, May
21st. I am writing to let you know a little bit about us over at 222
Arts & Wellness Center, in the event that you were “on the fence” as to
whether this evening is what you really need. I say “YES IT IS!” and let
me explain why.  We are a caring, nurturing community of lightworkers.
We are privileged to have a wide variety of clients with different lives
and avocations, but they all have one thing in common. They are
wondering, “Am I the best person that I am supposed to be, and is my
life the very best it can be?”
We’re all different – maybe meditation will help some of you tune in,
where others may need crystals and singing bowls. Maybe breathing
exercises and songs will help you.
This Thursday, please come and safely experience some of these
therapeutic practices to see what supports you the best. Because your
higher source energy also has a plan for you and knows what is the very
best for you, we are more than happy to use cards, pendulums, crystals,
essential oils, etc., to get those very important questions answered for
Come enjoy this peaceful evening of spiritual tapas with us. Sample
therapeutic practices that interest you. I promise you will be uplifted,
confident and more joyful when the evening is done. Amazing sharing,
caring spirit community, great food, friends, a walking labyrinth,
bonfire and even some songs…it doesn’t get any better than this!
The event is $30.00.
Thank you!