Not much better than shrimp on the barbie…

Heat up a half a stick of salted butter in the microwave to liquefy it.  Add a half a tablespoon of minced garlic and then toss in your shrimp.  Heat up the grill to high heat.  Toss the shrimp in the butter/garlic to coat and keep your bowl with the remaining liquid off to the side to baste the shrimp after the first turn on the grill.  I don’t mind a little flare up as I like a little char.  Turn them often and look for a golden glistening sear mark.  After a couple turns and about 5 minutes on the grill they’re done.


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Stars of the Marsh

Male Red-winged Blackbird Massachusetts ©Kim Smith 2015Heard at nearly every New England marsh, one can’t help but notice the beautiful and seemingly never ending song of the male Red-winged Blackbird. From sunrise to sunset he’s calling to his girl. Early this spring I set out to record the sounds of the marsh for my Monarch film. The male Red-winged Blackbirds are the stars of the marsh and while capturing their vocalizations, I also was also able to capture footage of their fascinating behaviors.Male Red-winged Blackbird Massachusetts -5 ©Kim Smith 2015

 Male Red-winged Blackbirds Perching on Cattails (and Eating the Seed Heads, Too)

You’ll see many more males because they perch on higher ground, at the top of the cattails, phragmites, scrubby shrubs, phone lines, and treetops. They are defending their territory through song and a showy display of red and yellow wing bars. The males too, often swoop to the edge of the pond’s shoreline and peck at the sand.

Female Red-winged Blackbird Massachusetts  -3©Kim Smith 2015

Plain Jane Female ~ What’s All the Fuss About!

The female Red-winged Blackbird, with her more subdued feathers of brown and beige, typically stays closer to the ground, building her nest and eating insects.Female and Male Red-winged Blackbird Massachusetts ©Kim Smith 2015

Female Red-winged Blackbird in the foreground with male in the background. As you can see in the photo, the female looks like a large dark sparrow.

Loblolly Cove ©Kim Smith 2015Loblolly Cove ~ Red-winged Blackbird Superhighway

Comsos 12 ©Kim Smith 2014 copy

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Runaway Dog!!

We were just driving north around Blackburn Circle and saw a large brown dog running from the back road to Market Basket across to the company at the end of Gloucester Avenue! Bomco, maybe. We went around the rotary to circle back and try to find it, but couldn’t. Looked a lot like our German short haired pointer. It was running pretty fast like it has just escaped…not casually walking around like a dog who would normally be free.

I hope it is safe and finds its owner soon!!!

Attention Sushi Lovers…………

I am a HUGE sushi fan and also a fan of reasonably priced sushi.

Sushi can literally be served on a paper place and I would eat it. BUT can you stand how beautiful this art work is?


Pilot House now serving sushi!


YES that is hand drawn decoration and YES that is a light!








Seriously how cute is that shrimp?


Pilot House now serving sushi!!!


3 Porter St
Gloucester, Massachusetts
(978) 283-0131


Sad News


Since she knows much more about birds than I do, I decided to take Jodi from Cape Ann Wildlife’s recommendation to find an eider raft of sitters and young about the same age as the orphan duckling to release him to, in the hopes they would accept and take him in.  I walked all around Rocky Neck with him until I saw a crèche of 4 sitter aunties and a bunch of ducklings near a dock.  I went to the end of the dock and held up the baby who cheeped loudly and the eiders looked up at him while eyeing me suspiciously.  I asked them to please take him and set the duckling into the water.  He started to paddle but then immediately keeled over on his side and died.  I fear the 52 or so degree water was just to much of a shock for his little body which had become accustomed to being in a warm environment.  As I walked away, I looked back and the eiders were heading in his direction, although he was rapidly being pulled away by the current and there was nothing they could do for him.  It was very sad and I feel awful, although I and everyone who got to meet and know him was enriched by the experience.

E.J. Lefavour

Grateful Dead Cruise – June 12


Three hours of Dead music performed by Northbound Train, libations, great views, much fun.  Boat leaves at 8, back at 11.  All ages.  Tickets available online at

New Contemporary Gallery Opening in Downtown Gloucester, June 5th


65 Middle is opening it’s doors as Gloucester’s first gallery and project space featuring new and contemporary art culture. Founded in 2015 by Elizabeth Randlett, a former Brooklyn based creative director with strong Gloucester roots, 65 Middle is a multi-disciplinary project space in the downtown area of the city. The contemporary raw gallery is a platform for emerging and established artists from LA and New York, offering it’s patrons a look into a new time and culture of art.

Please join us in welcoming Los Angeles based painter and multi media artist Harrison Driggs Fraley to 65 Middle where he will be presenting his solo exhibition, Take Care & Control.


“Take Care & Control”

June 5 – July 5, 2015

Inaugural Opening Reception: Friday June 5, 4pm – 7pm

65middle_harrisonfraley_2Harrison Driggs Fraley’s work incorporates pharmaceutical beeswax, dye concentrates and processed drawing. “Take Care & Control” is a survey of material, and ultimately the remnant thereof, and explores how painting functions within a living experience. Performative and saturated, he implements wax and dye as a nod to the formal objectives regarding the ‘act’ and process of painting, while each surface is sized and titled after the French Neo-Classic painter Jean Ingres’ troubled lesser works. Combining the cynicism of new media culture and historical “baggage,” Take Care & Control encompasses a formal concern with painting’s relevancy, signature materiality, and a healthy disregard for the historical lineage of painting itself.

Harrison Driggs Fraley (b. 1986) currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his education at the Savannah College of Art and Design and Atlanta College of Art, 2005-2009.

Recent and upcoming solo exhibitions include Take Care & Control, 65 Middle, Gloucester, MA, 2015; Best Wishes/Revenge, Western Canon Projects, Beverly Hills, CA, 2010, 2012

Upcoming and group exhibitions include Landschaft (Heresy) LDC, Joshua Tree, California 2015; Moving Spaces, traveling from OAK DTLA, Los Angeles to OAK, New York City, 2015; Ryobi Room: Miami, Darlington Resort, Miami, Florida, 2014; Starving in the Middle of Nowhere, Werkarts, Los Angeles, 2014.

The exhibition is open to the public Tuesday – Friday 10 to 2 and Saturday – Sunday from 12 to 5.
For further information and/or images, please email
65 Middle St, Unit 1 Gloucester, MA
Elizabeth Randlett, Owner / 508-838-5920 / / @65middle

MASON DARING and JEANIE STAHL: Celebrating 40 Years!

Celebrating 40 Years!

Saturday June 13, 7:30pm

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck • 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930 • 978-515-7004

Tickets: $15 at the door, $10 Rocky Neck Art Colony members.  Limited seating – call ahead to reserve!

Gloucester MA, May 21, 2015:  The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) Only Excellent Music series is pleased to present Mason Daring and Jeanie Stahl, celebrating forty years of musical collaboration and a brand new release!

Daring and Stahl, core members of the Passim All-Stars, will bring their sweet harmonies and humor to the Cultural Center stage with bassist Richard Gates on Saturday June 13. Their new album, entitle “40” features songs ranging from folk and jazz to a little country, original tunes and some classics.

Mason is a noted film and TV composer and record producer and Jeanie a premier vocalist. In the 70’s they were the darlings of the Cambridge folk scene, recorded two albums together and garnered national attention with Mason’s song, Marblehead Morning, which also got them a spot on the Today Show. Mason went on to become an award winning composer for film and TV (The Secret of Roan Inish, Eight Men Out, Music of the Heart, themes for Frontline and Nova and more). Jeanie continued performing as a featured vocalist on videos for Masterpiece Theatre and for films, and in addition recorded solo albums on the Daring Records label. In collaboration with her husband, John Jacobsen, she executive produced the Oscar nominated IMAX film, The Living Sea.

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“Mason and Jeanie still sound great together…There’s a timelessness to the songs on the album and [their] originals stand tall next to the classics.”  FolkRootsFolkBranches

Check them out on Facebook (Daring and Stahl) and at their website

 Link to ePressKit including 5 songs from the new CD 

Comedian Bob Marley with a musical side of Ned Nugent & Pete Koeplin…7 Central in Manchester-by-the-Sea

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This Saturday night, 7 Central in Manchester-by-the-Sea welcomes nationally acclaimed comedian, Bob Marley, for 2 very special intimate performances at 7pm and 9:15pm

These intimate performances by Marley, who typically performs for sold out crowds of 1,000+ throughout New England, were made possible by Paul Barclay, 7 Central’s new managing partner. Barclay was the founder and owner of Boston’s iconic Comedy Connection and later went on to open The Rack, which was Boston’s place to see and be seen.

A limited number of tickets for both shows are available at

At 9pm, another local icon, Ned Nugent performs in the pub with Pete Koeplin. Their 2-man show goes until midnight and promises to be another great night of live, local music at 7 Central.

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For more information or for reservations, call 978-526-7494.

VIDEO: 2015 Schooner Challenge

There was a stiff wind blowing across Gloucester Harbor on Monday evening when FAME, THOMAS E LANNON and ARDELLE raced in the annual Schooner Challenge. The racing rules were A)suspended, B) ignored or C) never known by any of the captains. Nevertheless, the exciting 2 hour run benefited the Essex Shipbuilding

Join us now aboard the Salem berthed FAME for the race and excitement


Ohana’s Prix Fixe – Chef Enx lets his creativity shine through

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Merriam-Webster defines Prix Fixe as “a complete meal offered at a fixed price.” Ohana defines Prix Fixe as “a delicious three course dinner with ever changing choices.”  “The food is a delicious odyssey of tastes.”

In addition to popular regular items such as Mongolian Baby Back Ribs (indescribably good), Ohana Caesar Salad (a beautifully presented de-constructed salad) and Butterfish (Misoyaki marinated- seared and baked to perfection), Chef Enx creates new items on Ohana’s Prix Fixe menu.   This menu changes regularly with choices of 5-6 appetizers, 4-5 main courses and 2 desserts.

Here are some examples of what New American Cuisine can be all about:

Mochiko Dusted Bass, Pork Belly, Watermelon Curry, Scallion Lo Mein. This dish combines subtle Asian spices from Japan, India and China with fresh local ingredients.

Dusted Bass

Calamari Pad Thai with Grape Salad – A new take on two popular favorites combining calamari with the classic Thai rice pasta and…

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