As a fan of Both Apple and Android Products I Can Unequivocally State That Apple’s Lightning Cable Connectors>Micro USB Connectors

I have yet to have a micro USB cable that didn’t eventually loosen up over time , not make a connection or fail.  Never had a single issue with a lightning cable.

In this department Apple wins and it’s not even close.


Milkweed Field ©Kim Smith J.PGNancy’s Milkweed Field

Ninety-nine thank yous to Nancy Lutts of Salem who responded to my plea for Monarch butterfly eggs. She follows both GMG and my blog and emailed immediately after reading the posts. Nancy has the most amazing farm and fields located along the Danvers River. She and her family have been farming the land for decades. Nancy invited me to come and collect eggs. She had been to one of my lectures, but you hardly get to know people at the programs so it was a delight to meet her and super fun to peruse her fields for eggs while chatting and sharing butterfly info. milkweed butterfly eggs ©Kim Smith 2015 Interestingly, Nancy’s plow wasn’t working as well as usual, so the mowing of her fields, which usually takes place in early summer, happened later than usual. Good thing! The two-inch tall emerging milkweed shoots were the females’ preference. This goes to a topic that is often brought up in the lectures that I give and one of the most frequently asked questions, “When is the best time of year to plow my fields?” I recommend plowing in early fall, well after the monarchs have emerged from their chrysalides and headed to Mexico. Although, the very, very best practice for the pollinators is to mow half a field annually, alternating from one side of the field to the other every other year. This allows for the pollinators to complete their life cycle within a two year time frame. The single greatest threat to Monarchs, as well as all bees and butterflies, is habitat destruction in the United States, whether it be from Monsanto’s Roundup or from mismanagement and loss of fields and meadows. Nancy Lutts Salem ©kim Smith 2015Nancy has a truly fabulous butterfly and hummingbird garden that I’ll be back to photograph on a sunnier day. Nancy Lutts garden ©kim Smith 2015

Kamishibai Lady Storytelling New Summer Schedule

Abi’s Art Studio in Lanesville
1078 Washington St.  01930

Wednesdays @ 10:30
August 12, 19 & 26
*Kamishibai is a fun storytelling experience from Japan for kids ages 3-10.
At Abi’s Art Studio we tell stories, play games and create our own
Kamishibai Stories to take home and share with friends and family.
Parents can drop-off or stay and play with us, $12 a visit.

On Golden Ponds

Barbara and I are just back from several days with our family in the Adirondacks. We hiked, kayaked, canoed, sang, ate and drank (a little).

Here is a short video of one of our kayak excursions. We explored two remote lakes; Osgood Pond and Deer River Flow, both in northern Franklin County, not far from the Canadian border.

Opening Reception: Photography Show ~ by Land, Sea and Sky

Opening Reception: Thursday August 13, 2015, 5-8pm. Cape Ann Giclee, 20 Maplewood Ave, Gloucester, MA  GMG-AUG2015

Please join us for the 4 person photography show “by Land, Sea, and Sky” August 6 – 30, 2015. Photographic works by Merlyn Caswell-Mackey, David Fernandes, Law Hamilton, and Ricardo Marnoto will be featured. Check out the facebook event page for more info.

Print20 Maplewood Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 546-7070 • •

James Eves, owner of Cape Ann Giclée, Fine Art Printing and Gallery, is GMG’s Arts Enthusiast and the Calendar Guy. To submit arts related press releases, photos of arts events or any arts related posts email:
To add an event to the GMG Cape Ann Calendar go here to see how to submit events.


Sista Felicia Shops “The Cave”  for Next Weeks GMG Wine Tasting Cruise Aboard the Thomas E. Lannon

Do You Have Your Ticktes Reserved Yet?

Sail away on the Schooner Ardelle to the world of Fitz Henry Lane

Sunset Tours of Gloucester Harbor

Sail away on the Schooner Ardelle to the world of Fitz Henry Lane

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (August 4, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum, in partnership with Maritime Gloucester, is pleased to offer a narrated tour of Gloucester Harbor aboard the Schooner Ardelle on Wednesday, August 12 at 6:00 p.m. The cost for the Fitz Henry Lane Sunset Harbor Cruise is $30 for Museum members; $45 for nonmembers. Space is limited; reservations required. For more information please call (978) 281-0470 or visit This program will also be offered on August 12.

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Fitz Henry Lane, Gloucester Harbor at Sunrise, c. 1850. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum. [Acc. #2020]

The newly renovated Cape Ann Museum celebrates the art, history and culture of Cape Ann – a region with a rich and varied culture of nationally significant historical, industrial and artistic achievement. The Museum’s collections include fine art from the 19th century to the present, artifacts from the fishing & maritime and granite quarrying industries, textiles, furniture, a library/archives, and two historic houses. For a detailed media fact sheet please visit

The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 adults, $8.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at

The Jon Butcher Axis w/ Special Guest Cliff Eberhardt Together again for the first time! Saturday 8:00pm 8.15.2015



(doors open at 7pm)

The Cabot
286 Cabot Street

Beverly, MA 01915


If you haven’t seen them then you’re in for a wicked good treat..
I got to catch the last show “Jon Butcher Axis Experience” and it totally blew my mind….
Part of the buzz…This guy is f’n’s like Jimi Hendrix reincarnated….let me tell this person does not toss compliments around lightly…
Brought to you by GimmeLiveVickie & Peter Van Ness

Get tickets here >

Pet of the Week-Kenton

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Kenton is what folks call me, along with extremely sweet and loveable!  I am a happy young guy between 1-2 years old who loves to play and make new friends human and canine. Sniffing trails or romping in the play yards, these are all great fun to me.  I am an active and friendly fellow waiting for my match, maybe it’s you?

Visit for more information about Kenton and all the other animals waiting for homes and be sure to visit our booth at the Waterfront Festival in Gloucester this weekend.

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This is what Gloucester looks like at the WHITE HOUSE and CITY HALL: it’s all local!

Cat Ryan submits-

There’s a magnificent permanent art collection displayed throughout Gloucester’s City Hall, its public buildings and many outdoor locations. In an effort to promote, encourage and share current local art and artists with the public, Mayor Romeo Theken showcases a wide variety of media on temporary loan throughout the Mayor’s office. I took some photos back in February. She requested that buoys painted by our local youth at Art Haven be featured in Kyrouz Auditorium, along with the ‘Downtown Quilt’, the 13th panel from the Gloucester Neighborhood Quilt Project. These quilts are made by residents creating art with Juni Van Dyke, the Art Program Director Gloucester Council on Aging at Rose Baker Senior Center. (Twelve panels were prominently displayed for the 2014 Inauguration for former Mayor, Honorable Carolyn Kirk.)


Donna Ardizzoni, business owner, GMG contributor


Ana Connoli, photograph, Gloucester from Port. Hill


Phil Cusumano, painting,


Tina Greel, statue,


Jennifer Johnson, photograph


Ken Knowles, painting,


Marty Luster, photograph, GMG contributor


Bridget Matthews, photograph


Sam Nigro, painted oar,


Shelly Nugent, photograph


Eileen Patten Oliver, painting, and here


Premier Imprints, tea tray,


Louise Welch, photograph City Hall


The local art on display had me thinking about the collection at the ‘People’s House’ for our Nation: what’s the best art inside the White House? No matter what is your artistic preference, Gloucester and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts could top the charts as the City and state with the best and most art ties featured at the White House. Let’s break down a selection of that Massachusetts list currently on display at the White House room-by-room, shall we?


In the Oval Office:

Not one, but two Edward Hopper paintings, lent by the Whitney Museum of American Art, are installed one over the other, Cobb’s Barns, South Truro and Burly Cobb’s House, South Truro.  There are more than 100 Edward Hopper works inspired by Gloucester, MA. The Childe Hassam’s painting, Avenue in the Rain, and Norman Rockwell’s painting, Statue of Liberty, remain on view.


In the Blue Room:

Fitz Hugh Lane’s Boston Harbor gifted by Lew Wasserman


In the East Room:

Gilbert Stuart’s Washington, John Singer Sargent’s Roosevelt


In the Green Room:

Sargent’s Mosquito Net, John Marin’s Circus, George Peter Alexander Healy’s painting of Adams and Polk and Louisa Adams by Stuart


In the Red room:

Martin Johnson Heade’s Sunrise, Bricher’s Castle Rock Nahant, more portraits by Stuart and Healy


In the State Dining room:

Healy’s portrait of Lincoln


In the Ground floor corridor:

Healy’s Millard Fillmore portrait, Thomas Ball Daniel Webster sculpture, a craftsman chair attributed to Samuel MacIntire, and Charles Hopkinson’s portrait of Calvin Coolidge


In the private quarters:

William Glackens Pavilion at Gloucester, and two Maurice Prendergast’s paintings, Boston Harbor and Revere Beach


More examples in the collection and in storage such as: Augustus Saint-Gaudens bronze bust of Lincoln, John Henry Twachtman’s oil painting, Captain Bickford’s Float; Henry Hobart Nichols painting, Gloucester Dock; and Worthington Whittredge oil painting, Thatcher’s Island off Rockport, MA.


Several artists are represented by more than one piece. How does the White House collection work? It is unusual for the White House to accept art by living artists. There are more than 450 works of art in the permanent collection. New art enters the collection after its vetted and is restricted to works created at least 25 years prior to the date of acquisition. For the public rooms, the Office of the Curator works with the White House advisory committee, the First Lady serves as the Honorary Chair, and the White House Historical Association. The private rooms are the domain of the First Family. Works of art from collectors, museums, and galleries can be requested for temporary loans and are returned at the end of the President’s final term. The Obamas have selected contemporary art, including abstract art, from the permanent collection, and borrowed work for their private quarters. Besides the Hopper paintings and John Alston’s Martin Luther King sculpture, they’ve selected art by *Anni Albers, *Josef Albers, Edgar Degas, Jasper Johns, Louise Nevelson, *Robert Rauschenberg, Edward Ruscha, and *Alma Thomas. * indicates works that have been donated to the permanent collection. The Obama Administration upgraded the website so that anyone unable to visit in person can have open access. I encourage visits to the website I love the diverse rooms and all the interconnected doors such as the splendid Green Room installation with the Marin and the Jacob Lawrence activating the threshold.


My gratitude to Chris Pantano, Office of the Mayor, Gloucester, MA,  and the Office of the First Lady and the White House Office of the Curator for various courtesies shown to me while I prepared this entry.

Mad Camping Must Have

I’ve been looking into camping trips to take with the boys.  I actually have no problem roughing it in an actual tent…although the thought of renting a cute little river or lake front cabin is just as appealing.  For me location and camp site amenities are more important than accommodations.  I’d like canoeing or kayaking, a nice fire pit for sitting around at night, a decent bathroom would be nice.  As far as where we sleep at the end of a long day….well, I’m not too picky.  Tent is fine, totally rustic little cabin is ok, a pop-up camper would be fun…

“Not too picky” that was….until I saw this….

and now I want one.

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Seaport Economic Council

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the establishment of the Seaport Economic Council to guide the Commonwealth in realizing a shared vision of a strong maritime economy that leverages coastal assets. The Seaport Economic Council will focus on the strengths of Massachusetts coastal communities and the opportunity the maritime economic sector represents, with consideration given to the resilience and sustainability of coastal areas.  

“The Seaport Economic Council demonstrates our commitment to promoting economic prosperity in cities and towns of all sizes,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We look forward to the robust role coastal communities can contribute to job and economic growth in the Commonwealth.”

The Seaport Economic Council will challenge the 78 coastal communities of Massachusetts to leverage their unique geographic advantages in order to grow jobs and the economy, while preparing for the future to engage with the challenges posed by sea level rise and increasingly powerful coastal storms. Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito will chair the Council.

“The maritime economy remains a vital part of Massachusetts and presents an untapped potential for growth in this sector,” stated Lieutenant Governor and Council Chairwoman Karyn Polito. “The Council will prioritize innovation in creating ‘blue’ or ocean-based jobs, partnerships with public education institutions, local maritime planning efforts, and supportive coastal infrastructure projects that meet standards of resilience and sustainability.” 

Deputy Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development Carolyn Kirk, a former Mayor of Gloucester, shall serve as Vice Chair of the Council, and the remainder of the Council will be comprised of municipal leaders, representatives from coastal communities, trade associations representing the maritime economy, and senior level staff from the Commonwealth’s Departments of Transportation and Energy and Environmental Affairs.

“From deep water port cities to beach towns, the coastal communities of Massachusetts have long benefited from focused investment in the maritime sector,” said Carolyn Kirk, Council Vice Chair and Deputy Secretary of Housing and Economic Development. “The Seaport Economic Council will further the maritime economic objectives of coastal communities and in a way that considers the environmental, educational and sustainability needs of these communities.”

“Salem’s economy has thrived in part due to targeted grants from the Commonwealth focused on growing our maritime businesses and services,” said Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll. “We are excited that the Baker/Polito Administration is continuing this focus.”

“Quincy boasts 27 miles of beautiful shoreline and a great deal of coastal needs and opportunity, so I am very grateful for this appointment to the Seaport Economic Council,” said Quincy Mayor Tom Koch.

“The expanded focus on jobs and economic growth in the maritime economy is good news for Gloucester,” said Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken. “We are especially excited about prospects for projects related to the seafood industry which is a direct support to our fishermen.” 

Click here to read the Executive Order establishing the Seaport Economic Council.

Council Members:

Lt. Governor Polito, Council Chairwoman

Carolyn Kirk, Council Vice Chair

Mayor Kim Driscoll, City of Salem

Mayor Tom Koch, City of Quincy

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, City of Gloucester

Harlan Doliner, President, Marine Oceanographic and Tech Network

Matt Ciborowski, Transportation Planner, Ports Strategic Plan

Additional council members will be announced in the coming weeks.



Photo_4_1061Foreground: Clara: Marya Lowry; Background: Breda: Nancy E. Carroll

The New England Premiere of Enda Walsh’s The New Electric Ballroom ends its run at Gloucester Stage on Saturday, August 15. Directed by Gloucester Stage Interim Artistic Director Robert Walsh and written by Enda Walsh, the author of the musical Once, this award winning work has been receiving unanimous rave reviews during its run at Gloucester Stage. The New Electric Ballroom tells the story of three sisters living in a small fishing town on the coast of Ireland. The youngest, Ada, works at the local fish-packing plant, but older sisters, Breda and Clara stay home and relive their teenage encounter with a teen idol, a 1950’s rock and roll singer at the local dance hall, called the New Electric Ballroom. They relive their experience in a daily ritual complete with the clothes and makeup from their youth. Their surreal routine is interrupted by the fishmonger Patsy who ends up offering the sisters more than just the catch of the day. .Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at7:30 pm and Saturday at 2:00 pm. Ticket prices are $28 for all performances. Tickets are $1 for ages 25 Years Old and under for all performances.All performances are held at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit

Photo_7_1216Foreground: Breda: Nancy E. Carroll; Background L to R: Marya Lowry; Breda and Ada: Adrianne Krstansky

Community Stuff 8/11/15

Join us in our Discovery Lab this week for Whale Tails! Learn about how whales feed, and how marine biologists identify different humpback whales. Wednesday and Friday, 1:30-2:30, free with admission or Maritime Gloucester membership. Ages 6 and up, parent/guardian required.



Gloucester U, an after-school program based at Gloucester High School presents:

What to Expect Your Freshman Year At Gloucester High School

The Inaugural FAMILY WORKSHOP for Incoming 9th Graders

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Meet and Greet in the GHS Library at 6:00

Workshop will be held in in Rm 2308 

Register at:

Or go to the Gloucester High School website and follow the Gloucester U Family Workshop link.

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Cub Scouting wants you!
Now is the time to join the fun and excitement of America’s foremost youth program for boys—Cub Scouting.
Pack 55 will be holding a sign-up night on Friday, September 11, 2015 from 6-7:30 pm at Alvin S. Brown
Scout Hall, 47 Mount Pleasant Street, Rockport. Fliers with additional details will be distributed at school.
Designed for boys in grades 1 through 5, Cub Scouting combines outdoor activities, sports, academics, and
more in a fun and exciting program that helps families teach ideals such as honesty, good citizenship, and
Last year Rockport Cub Scouts hosted the annual Haunted Hayride, visited the TD Garden for a Celtics game,
led the Santa Claus parade from T-Wharf to Dock Square, performed for the residents of Den Mar Nursing
Home, hosted a Corned Beef & Cabbage dinner for Saint Patrick’s days engaged in hikes and camp-outs, visited
the Rockport Police Station, raced in the Pinewood Derby, slept on a famous WWII Battleship and were
involved in countless other fun and enriching activities.
Parents are also invited to accept leadership roles within the pack which include Den Leaders, Assistant Den
Leaders and Committee Seats such as advancement, recruiting and membership, public relations, social media
coordination among others.
The Boy Scouts of America comprises more than one million volunteers working together for the sole purpose
of helping its nearly three million youth succeed in life.
Pack 55 is a non-denominational, open, affirming and inclusive unit of the Boy Scouts of America.

Best Regards:

Paul F. Franklin

Wolf Leader – Den 5

Cubmaster – Pack 55
Rockport, MA