Furtive creatures that peer at you, while you are filming and photographing them!

White-tailed deer -2 ©Kim Smith 2015

While recording audio for my Monarch film at the same field over a several week period, occasionally I came upon a deer family. Not quick enough to get more than a fleeting snapshot however, these two deer were spotted peering at me while I waited in vain for their return, so that I could peer back at them!

Wild Turkey ©Kim Smith 2015 copySurprise Turkey-in-a-Tree Encounter

Rabbit ©Kim Smith 2015Ubiquitous bunny, abundantly present on every film shoot. 

Chipmunk ©Kim Smith 2015Chipmunk

White-tailed Deer ©Kim Smith 2015The wrong end of the deer I’m most likely to capture.



Mayor Romeo Thekan and Committee for the Arts Public Meeting with Arts Advisor Elizabeth Keithline

Last night, the first of three meetings to engage community members in determining a public art policy was held at City Hall. Consultant Elizabeth Keithline of Wheel Arts Administration has been hired to gather information and make recommendations. LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD – I urge everyone to attend these meetings at this critical crossroad in our changing public art policy! 

Keithline asked to hear from Gloucester residents about the following questions:

  • What is your vision for public art in Gloucester? What would you like to see happen here?
  • Do you have any recommendations on how that vision can become a reality?
  • Name and/or describe public art in Gloucester that you like or don’t like.
  • Do you have any recommendations on how Gloucester can improve its public art processes?
  • Do you have any specific recommendations on what a public art policy for Gloucester should contain?

Email your responses, or any information you care to share, to elizabethkeithline@gmail.com. All comments are unattributed. Keithline will be conducting a public meeting at City Hall on Wednesday, September 30th at 7:00 pm. She will present a second meeting for City Council on October 13th. A third meeting will be held on November 10 to present a draft of the new policy.

Elizabeth Keithline ©Kim Smith 2015

About the Gloucester Committee for the Arts (CFTA)

Made up of citizen volunteers appointed by the Mayor and City Council, the Committee for the Arts (CFTA) was established by City ordinance in 2000 to promote and celebrate Gloucester’s cultural heritage and to foster an appreciation of arts and artists in the local community. The Committee works to preserve and increase awareness of Gloucester’s WPA-era murals and other city-owned art. Additionally, the Committee develops and promotes educational programs and establishes awards and honors to recognize local artists. The committee works with other city departments to shape and implement a city-wide public art policy. The Committee advises City officials on the value of a diverse, cultural life as well as encourages art programs within public schools.  (From the City of Gloucester website). 


Saturday at Rockport Art Association

Natura Naturans Meets Natura Digitalis
(Photography Exhibition)

Opening Reception – Sunday, October 4th, 2:00-4:00 PM
Rockport Art Association, 
12 Main Street, Rockport MA 01966

This exhibition is a 2-person show of works by photographers Joe Reardon and digital artist Otto Laske which presents two different, but complementary, interpretations of Nature: what our eye sees more or less directly and what the mind imagines. These two interpretations are inter-related since the eye also imagines just as the mind sees.

In both artists’ work, the photographic or algorithmic capturing of nature produces endless varieties of fauna that turn into imaginary ones, and appear simultaneously as real and allegorical. While Reardon’s shapes represent real objects, their exquisite precision instantly turns them into allegories. While Laske’s shapes often have the energy of drawings, they are close enough to natural phenomena to evoke energies we sense in observing natural growth.

The show uses digital technology in the broadest sense in a way adapted to each artist’s predilections. It expands the notion of Nature beyond what can be seen, close by or at a distance, into what can be viscerally felt and experienced even with eyes closed.

This small group show will be on view through October 18th. The RAA is open Monday – Sunday and is free to the public.


The Rockport Art Association (RAA) is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. The Association has a long and distinguished history that has spanned 94 years. Each year the RAA welcomes thousands of visitors from all over the world. The RAA continues to be one of Cape Ann’s most prominent cultural beacons. Since its founding, the Association has steadily increased in size and currently includes approximately 250 artist & photography members, and hundreds of contributing members. By promoting year-round programs of classes, lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions and community outreach, as well as an impressive museum collection, the RAA remains dedicated to its mission of making fine art appreciation accessible to all. rockportartassn.org/

Tonight! Danielle Miraglia joins The Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line 8:30-11:30pm 10.01.2015

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This Thursday at the Rhumb Line,I’m really bubbling over due to the return of Ms. Danielle Miraglia. You’re in for a treat! She was here once before and afterwards Fred had to scrub the ceiling to get the footprints off. She’s a really great singer. And she’s bringing along an intense melange of players.
First, there’s Mr. Blob Enik, spluttering paint-by-numbers glitarist, who often works with Mari Martin or even Madhouse. Then there’s Mr. Jim Gambino,,of Swinging Steaks fame, as our speculative multi-fingered keyboard whiz.Thumping handled by a truly great drummer, Mr. Steve Bankuti. I’ll be wheezing in the corner, trying to keep up. A truly magical night.Hours: 8:30 to 11:30.

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Nichole’s Picks 10/3 + 10/4

October, for reals.

Time to get your Autumn on, my friends.

Pick #1   Harvest Fest at Mile Marker One

Always a great event…be sure to stop by!  Thanks to Cape Ann’s Marina Resort and Mile Marker One for hosting this morsel of perfect fall family fun.



Pick #2  Topsfield Fair

While I know that there exist families who do not enjoy the Topsfield Fair for reasons of their own, we have always loved the fair!

Find the calendar of events within this link and see all that the fair really has to offer!!



Pick #3  Family Day at the Bird Banding Station

Like many other local Audubon locations, Joppa Flats offers so many wonderful opportunities for families with young children.  This Sunday is no different.


Registration is required in advance.

Family Day at the Bird Banding Station

Sun, Oct 04, 2015 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Bird Banding Station, Plum Island


All (suitable for children 6 – 18 years)


Adult $8.00, Child $5.00


Adult $10.00, Child $6.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Come for an exciting visit to the Joppa Flats Bird Banding Station on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. See Mass Audubon scientists capture, measure, weigh, examine, and release migrant songbirds. Learn about migration, habitat use, and scientific research at a real field station. The station operates only during the height of migration in spring (April and May) and fall (September and October). Children must be accompanied by an adult.


For more family friendly activities, please see our friends at North Shore Kid

Alicia Unleashed Episode 6 Taped 9/30/15 With Special Guests KD, B-Side and Host Alicia


Alicia Unleashed Episode 6 Taped 9/30/15 With Special Guests KD, B-Side and Host Alicia

Topics Include:

Alicia whispering sexy voice, what did you think about podcast 5, babysitting Talia, primary results and endorsements (just kidding joey) how long has Ruberti been at it, people do not read, humans have a second less attention span than a goldfish, FitBit tweeted back, Jet Blue tweeted back, love of Terra blue chips, stupid Facebook madness and other hoax, finding water on Mars, crazy ass mutha F%$#@, movie The Martian with Matt Damon, Kyle is a Sci-Fi nerd, humans are ruining the earth, Kyles “earth math?, do you buy generic brands, Bridget clarifies cheer-leading IS NOW a sport, Joel at Treetop Yoga, Kyle thought for second dating again, Joey read an article about on new age dating, Bridget is single too, women are more picky than guys these days, Kyle has specific “wants”, for the record Kyle and Bridget are not lesbians, dentistry theory, Bridget’s dating PSA, Match.com VS. Tinder, Kyle’s profile for match.com and tinder, Alicia wants a good ole fashioned dating game, Is Joey on board, mirror selfies and push up bras, wrapping paper from Italy, bad internet pick up line, did we answer Joey’s questions, JJ Watt



Community Stuff 10/1/15

Hi Joey,
The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church is hosting a two day Open House on Saturday, October 3 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon and Sunday, October 4 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM to showcase its children’s and youth’s programs.
All are invited to stop in and visit. Rose Sheehan, Director of Religious Exploration will be on hand to chat and answer questions. There will be a make and take craft activity. Light refreshments will be available.
This event will take place on the church’s lower level. Entrance is at 10 Church Street, Gloucester, MA. The church is handicapped accessible.



“Our Town” by Thornton Wilder opens Thursday at 7:30 at Shalin Lui in Rockport. Produced by Theatre in The Pines, the cast includes many from Rockport and Gloucester. Performances are Oct 1, 2 & 3 at 7:30 and a Sunday matinee on Oct. 4. Admission is $20. Tickets available at the door or at Toad Hall, The Bookstore and Rockport Music at Shalin Lui.  Don’t miss this classic American play of
New England life.


Backyard Growers cordially invites you to the Grand Opening of the Riverdale Park Community Garden


Help us celebrate as Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken cuts the ribbon to our new garden! Learn about Backyard Growers’ Community Garden program, tour the new garden space, and plant some fall seeds.

Date: Wednesday, October 14 (rain or shine)

Time: 8:30-9:15 AM

Place: Riverdale Park, Veterans Way 

(off of Washington Street after the rotary—see map below)

To RSVP or for more information: Contact Lara Lepionka, 

Executive Director at lara@backyardgrowers.org or 978-317-8025

The Riverdale Park Community Garden is made possible with funding from the

City of Gloucester and private foundations. Garden programming and support

is provided by our MassLIFT AmeriCorps service member.

Thank you to the Gloucester Housing Authority for partnering with us on this project.