Male Swan Niles Pond September ©Kim Smith 2015A listless Mr. Swan this past Saturday

Mr. Swan is slowly coming back to life and has begun to move around to his other pond homes. He is very lonely still and cries his plaintive cry however, one of our dear readers writes that when he lost his first wife about six years ago, a cormorant came and sat with him everyday until “Little Girl Swan” showed up on the scene (his second wife). Hopefully history will repeat itself. Mr. Swan is thought to be about twenty years old, which is remarkable for a swan in the wild.

Male Female Swan January 2014 Niles Pond ©Kim Smith 2014

Mr. (right) and Mrs. (left) sharing pond vegetation with ducks, Niles Pond January 2014

Thank you to all who have written, sent photos, and reported sightings. We’re so blessed to be a part of this wonderfully caring community.

Female swan cygnet June 2015 ©Kim Smith 2015

Mrs. Swan and Cygnet June 2015

Mute swan male female cygnet cygnus olor ©Kim Smith 2015RIP Mrs. Swan and Cygnet

Katherine Howe at the Eastern Point Lit House open Mic

Hi Kim!

Can you help spread the word on this? As we mentioned at the last book club, we’re having Katherine Howe return to the Lit House to celebrate the release of her new YA novel, The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen (read an excerpt via Entertainment Weekly here: ).
Thanks for sharing all the incredible butterfly photos! Too darn cute!

Don’t miss our first reading and open mic event of the Fall!  We are pleased to welcome Katherine Howe to The Lit House to celebrate the release of her new novel The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen. She also is the author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, which debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, was named one of USA Today’s top ten books of 2009, and which has been translated into over twenty languages. Her second novel, The House of Velvet and Glass, was a USA Today andNew York Times e-book bestseller, and her third novel, a young adult historical thriller called Conversion, follows a group of teenage girls who must uncover the real reason behind a mysterious outbreak at their high school. She also edited The Penguin Book of Witches for Penguin Classics in 2014.

Join us at 7 for our Open Mic where you can read your own work to our growing and very supportive audience. Katherine will start at 8 p.m.


Fall Prevention Awareness Day

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Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Wednesday, September 23

10:00 am—1:00 pm

Rose Baker Senior Center

Gloucester Council on Aging

6 Manuel F. Lewis Street


Offered by Addison Gilbert Hospital, Lacey Health and

the Center for Healthy Aging

We invite you to attend Fall Prevention Awareness Day and to learn helpful tips showing how to prevent falling so you can always feel safe at home.  As we age, the risk of falling increases, but there are many ways to prevent falls. Recognize this important event with us and celebrate Fall Prevention Awareness Day. Featured will be health screenings, information, demonstrations and giveaways:

  • Center for Healthy Aging
  • Center for Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine
  • Falls Prevention Committee
  • Lahey Health Continuing Care
  • Lahey Health Senior Care
  • Lifestyle Management Institute
  • Northeast PHO – Primary Care Physician
  • Practices affiliated with Lahey Health
  • Pharmacy- “Ask a Pharmacist”
  • Senior Adult Unit & NICHE (Nurses Improving
  • Care for Elders Health System Elders
  • Trauma Prevention
  • The Discover Program
  • Lifeline®
  • Nutritional Services


Laurellin Kruse MMoAA Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015 copyLaurelin with the 1968 Cardinal trailer that serves as the Mobile Museum of American Artifact’s home.

The Mobile Museum of American Artifacts curator Laurelin Kruse is looking for donations from Gloucester residents. She is most interested in objects of a personal nature that tell a story about the owner. Stop in tonight at the Lanesville Community where the museum will be open and Laurelin will be accepting donations.

Laeurelin writes, I’ll be at the Lanesville Community Center tonight during the Mayoral Debates and Thursday at the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market. Otherwise I can usually be found at the Rocky neck parking lot [on the causeway to Rocky Neck] or check my Instagram (name: theMMoAA ) for my whereabouts. 

On the 24th at 7pm I will have an on open studio in the Rocky Neck parking lot where I’ll show all the artifacts I’ve collected from Gloucester in a final exhibit inside the Mobile Museum and will discuss my process and experience here. 
Until then, I’m looking for objects from people in Gloucester with personal stories behind them. People can email me at to set up an appointment to donate their artifact. Or they can come find me during one of my scheduled outings. 
This is all thanks to the Goetemann Artist Residency at the Rocky Neck Art Colony. 
Thank you!!
MMoAA George Sibley Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015

For more information about the Mobile Museum of American Artifacts, see E.J.’s previous post here: MMoAA.

and visit their website here: MMoAA

“The Mobile Museum of American Artifacts (MMoAA) is a touring museum of personal objects and their histories. Housed in a small vintage trailer, MMoAA travels from town to town, conducting an “archeology of the present” that uncovers objects of significant (and insignificant) connection to everyday American life. MMoAA’s presence in a city sparks a sense of local pride and inspires people to look into their communities for what gives them and their hometown a sense of place.

MMoAA is an exploration in the everyday, the local—the lives we live and the places we inhabit—and sees the present tense on its way to becoming a story, a thing regarded, the rough draft of memory.”

MMoAA surf board wax balls Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015

Surfboard Wax Balls

MMoAA George Seine Field arrowheads ©Kim Smith 2015

Arrowheads from Seine Field





Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director


Launches Cape Ann Symphony’s 64th Seas

Cape Ann Symphony kicks off the orchestra’s 64th Concert Season on Saturday, September 26 at 8 pm with Symphonic Spectacular featuring a sultry program of timeless favorites from superstar composers Mussorgsky, Ravel and Gershwin at the CAS performance venue at Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Founded in Gloucester in 1951, the Cape Ann Symphony is a professional orchestra of over 70 players from throughout the New England area. They perform a subscription season of four concerts per year plus several Pops and youth concerts. The Cape Ann Symphony concerts are held at the Manchester-Essex High School auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible. Ticket prices are $40 for adults, $35 for senior citizens, $5 for Youth age 18 and under. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visit


The concert program for the Symphonic Spectacular concert features passionate masterpieces including Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, George Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Maurice Ravel’s Boléro. Conductor Yoichi Udagawa offers a sneak peek into the evening’s program, “Composed of three virtuoso showpieces for orchestra, the first concert of the Cape Ann Symphony’s 64th season is a symphonic triumph! These fascinating pieces really give the orchestra an opportunity to demonstrate their skill, musicianship and passion for music. Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is a tour de force in particular for the brass and woodwind players, An American in Paris by legendary composer George Gershwin paints a musical portrait of a singular city in a sparking display of orchestral color and Maurice Ravel’s Boléro is one relentless, unstoppable, inescapable musical build up and massive explosion that always makes audiences go absolutely wild and crazy. It will be an exciting and thrilling way to open the orchestra’s 64th Season, and we can’t wait to present it to our wonderful audiences.” Composer Maurice Ravel provides a link to all three pieces in the program: he orchestrated Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition gave lessons to Gershwin in Paris, and he wrote Bolero.

The Symphony Board of Directors named Yoichi Udagawa the Music Director and Conductor of the Cape Ann Symphony in the summer of 2000 after a yearlong search. In addition to his leadership of Cape Ann Symphony, he is Music Director and Conductor of the Melrose Symphony Orchestra, and the Quincy Symphony Orchestra and a cover conductor at the Boston Pops Orchestra. Mr. Udagawa is on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory where he teaches conducting. Frequently invited to guest conduct, Mr. Udagawa has worked with many different orchestras including the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Nobeoka Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, the Indian Hill Symphony, the Garden State Philharmonic, the Brown University Orchestra, the Syracuse Society for New Music, the Boston Conservatory Orchestra, the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, the Newton Symphony, the Austin Civic Orchestra, and the Mid-Texas Symphony.


Yoichi Udagawa, Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor

Mr. Udagawa is at home in popular and contemporary music as well as the standard symphonic repertoire. He is known for his relaxed manner and ability to speak from the podium which has helped new audiences as well as enthusiasts gain a greater appreciation for symphonic music. His programs often include premieres of new works – some specially commissioned for the orchestra — as well as great orchestral works across the symphonic repertoire and lively Pops programs. He is also an integral part of the Cape Ann Symphony Youth Outreach programs to area schools.

Yoichi Udagawa, the son of a nuclear physicist father and singer/artist mother, was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1964. His family immigrated to the United States soon thereafter. He began playing the violin at age four and made his conducting debut at age fifteen. After receiving a music degree from the University of Texas at Austin, he continued advanced studies in conducting with Gunther Schuller, Seiji Ozawa, Morihiro Okabe, and Henry Charles Smith. A fan of many different styles of music, Mr. Udagawa also enjoys performing gospel music in addition to his conducting activities. He is also an accomplished violinist and an avid fan of exercise and yoga.







The Cape Ann Symphony’s Symphonic Spectacular is Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 8:00 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible. Ticket prices are $40 for adults, $35 for senior citizens, $5 for Youth (18 years old and under). For information, call 978-281-0543 or visit

Ever Wanted to Sleep on a Schooner? Ever Wanted to go to Nantucket?

How is this for an opportunity?  The Mystic, of recent Gloucester Schooner Festival Fame, will be tied up at the GORGEOUS Nantucket Boat Basin soon and you can seize the opportunity to sleep onboard.  She’ll be in Nantucket September 21st-27th…so act soon if you’re interested!

From September 21-27, Mystic will be docked at the Nantucket Boat Basin offering visitors a unique lodging experience.  Upon boarding Mystic, you will be captivated by tall masts, elaborate rigging and large, spacious decks. The interior of the ship boasts a delightful, roomy salon and comfortable lounge.  Oversized windows provide natural light and spacious views.  All cabins and common areas are climate-controlled and offer ample room for comfortable occupancy.  Two staterooms have a double bed and private bath, and there are 14 staterooms with either a double bed or twin bunks that share bathroom facilities.  A continental breakfast will be be served in the salon.


ALSO CHECK OUT MYSTIC ADVENTURE SAILS HERE…if you’d like to charter her or head to the Caribbean.

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Alicia Unleashed Episode 4 :The Dream Team Episode With Guests Flora Mannone, Stephanie Mitchell-Thurston, Erin Davis-King, KD, John Sheehan and Host Alicia Cox


Alicia Unleashed Episode 4 :The Dream Team Episode With Guests Flora Mannone, Stephanie Mitchell-Thurston, Erin Davis-King, KD, John Sheehan and Host Alicia Cox

Topics Include:
My Dream Team:
Flora Mannone make-up artist, Stephanie Mitchell-Thurston massage therapist, Erin King nail tech, John Sheehan hair stylist
Meg at Styles on Main, Joey Arsenault at Envouge Salon, Rosalie at Adesso Hair and Day Spa

Disclaimer for language and content, What Joey says is God, Cape Ann Animal Aid Swear Jar, GMG is diverse, Setting the record straight, If you don’t like it don’t listen, John is the first gay male to appear on a GMG podcast, What age did John come out and when other people come out, Dolores: John’s mother, Why does Joey want to interview 2 lesbians?, Setting the record straight: Kyle is not a lesbian, Shout out to Sal, 14 listeners we are world wide, swearing for puppies, when working with public do you attract certain personalities, loving dogs, do you watch a podcast, new school math and writing cursive and the generation that can not, Entitlement babies, The 90’s and OJ Simpson, How Sicilians make Spidinis, Cape Ann olive oil company, Flora’s boyfriend in the Army called from Boot Camp, American-Samoan Men, 30th anniversary of golden girls debut,Tyler loves Betty White, Golden girls and their auto-biographies, John is more aware than he comes across, Singing to Golden Girls theme song


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The First Cigar Night At Cape Ann Brewing Was A Huge Success!

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Yet another reason that Gloucester is a great place, with people like Tony Giacalone helping to shepherd cool events like this to happen and a willingness by City officials to take barriers to doing cool stuff out of the way instead of putting them in front of you. Gloucester is on the move and it’s because we have forward thinking leaders that are allowing progressive fun stuff to happen instead of trying to squash anything just for the sake of squashing it. Kudos to the organizers and hopefully when work isn’t so crazy I’ll be able to attend one.


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Community Stuff 9/15/15

Please – Join the “Coolest Guys Around” at Cape Pond Ice Company on Gloucester Harbor for our free Historic Icehouse Tours, offered over the next two weekends with Essex National Heritage Areas’ Trails & Sails programs…
Calendar & details at:

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