Yale releasing 170,000 photos about Depression era America from 1935-1945 Many featuring #GloucesterMA

Tim Gay submits-

Hey Joey,

I hope all is well.

I am not sure if you have seen this but I came across this post on gizmodo about Yale releasing 170,000 photos about Depression era America from 1935-1945.


There are a ridiculous amount of photos from Gloucester, figured maybe some of your readers would find this interesting.


Talk to you soon,




bst_banner_final copyPlease join me tomorrow night in Nashua, New Hampshire for a screening of my film Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly. For more information visit the Events page of my website. I hope to see you there!

Next week I am giving programs in Brockton and Nauset however in early November I’ll be home, with a screening of the Black Swallowtail film for the Seaside Garden Club at the Manchester Community Center on the 10th, and on the 12th of November I am the guest speaker at the Sawyer Free Library!

Black swallowtail Caterpillar ©Kim Smith 2011 copy

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly is a 45-minute narrated film that takes place in a garden and at the sea’s edge. Every stage of the butterfly’s life cycle is experienced in vibrant close-up, from conception to pupation to metamorphosis. The film is suitable for all ages so all can gain a deeper understanding of the symbiotic relationship between wildflowers and pollinators and the vital role they play in our ecosystem. Filmed in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Discussion and Q & A with the filmmaker to follow screening.

Queen Annes's Lace -4 ©Kim smith 2015Queen Anne’s Lace, Black Swallowtail Caterpillar food Plant

Gloucester Stage Appoints New Managing Director

logo_font-tests_3base-webJeff Zinn Moves North to Gloucester Stage

Gloucester Stage Board of Directors President Robert Boulrice is pleased to announce that Jeff Zinn has been named the new Managing Director of Gloucester Stage, effective immediately. Joining newly appointed Artistic Director Robert Walsh, Jeff Zinn, a longtime New England theatre professional, completes a new Gloucester Stage leadership team. According to Boulrice, “Gloucester Stage’s 2015 season has been a real thrill ride, filled with wonderful accomplishments. We’ve enjoyed critical acclaim and sell outs for Out of Sterno and Gloucester Blue,which is being extended through October 11! The great news of Robert Walsh’s appointment as Artistic Director coincided with the resignation of Jon Wojciechowski, Gloucester Stage’s Managing Director since October 2014, who has moved on to pursue other creative opportunities. Jon brought the Welcome Project and Never Dark programming to Gloucester Stage, along with The Collaborative, a very energizing Apprentice Program, which will endure for seasons to come.” Boulrice continues, “Next came some really excellent news with the appointment of Jeff Zinn as our next Managing Director. Jeff brings a sterling pedigree and an impressive tool set to Gloucester Stage. The thought of Jeff Zinn and Bob Walsh working together leaves me breathless. Ok, forgive the hyperbole, but this is theater after all and the Gloucester Stage board is very excited for the future, starting right now!”

Artistic Director Robert Walsh enthusiastically welcomes Zinn to Gloucester Stage, “Jeff is a wonderful director, producer, and collaborator and has an extraordinary track record for bringing connected, passionate work to the stage. He is a consummate theatre artist and manager and I couldn’t be more excited to partner with him to continue and grow the work at Gloucester Stage.”

Jeff_Zinn_2015 Continue reading “Gloucester Stage Appoints New Managing Director”

Michael Manring: Bass Workshop and Performance at Diamond Cove Music

Michael Manring: Bass Workshop

Working Toward a Deeper Connection with the Bass 
(all levels, bring an instrument) 

Thursday, October 8, 2015 7:30pm – Bass Workshop, $30
Diamond Cove Music, 57 Washington St., Gloucester, MA 01930
For reservations contact Tom – (978) 283-9877

Presented by Michael Manring http://manthing.com

Michael will work with students on exercises designed to increase their facility on and knowledge of the instrument. Topics include: muscle group isolation, permutation and combination studies for right and left hands, intervallic dexterity, and ear training, as well as introducing bassists to Solkattu, an ancient South Indian system used to study rhythm that offers great benefits for all musicians.

Michael Manring solo concert
with special guest Ken Bonfield

Friday, October 9, 2015 7:30pm, $15
Diamond Cove Music, 57 Washington St., Gloucester, MA 01930
For reservations contact Tom – (978) 283-9877

Solo bass concert?  Are you kidding me? It’s hard enough to sit through a bass solo, you want me to go to a solo bass guitar concert? Are you nuts?

WMichael Manring by P Lissart 3ell, not in this case. Michael Manring, who first became known as the Windham Hill house bassist in the 80’s for his work with seminal artists Michael Hedges, Alex DeGrassi, and Windham Hill founder, Will Ackerman, has expanded his range tremendously over the past three decades.  Michael is musically conversant in every conceivable genre and has appeared on hundreds, if not thousands of albums ranging from jazz to folk, rock and roll, new age, classical, and full on heavy metal.

But Michael’s passion is, and always has been, about showing off the versatility of the four string bass whether it’s his custom Zon Michael Manring Hyper Bass that’s tuned much higher than a standard bass and is capable of over 1000 different tunings all while he plays, or his fretted Zon bass Vinnie, or what he’s best known for; his 4-string fretless bass playing that he learned at the feet of the bass-master himself, Jaco Pastorius.  He can make the bass sound as if you’re hearing a shaman raise his voice in prayer in an ambient piece of music, or raise the hair on the back of your neck as he takes you on a death spiral of 64th notes played at breakneck speed. And he can play all three basses at once as evidenced by his song “Three Moons” which has been viewed well over a million times on YouTube through various videos of the song.

KenLouisePRGloucester resident, Ken Bonfield, who toured with Michael heavily in the late 90’s and early 2000’s will open the concert and join Michael for a duo or two. Here’s what Bonfield has to say about him. “Michael Manring may not be the best bass player in the world, but there’s no one better.  And the bonus is, he’s an even better person than he is musician.  You just really need to see and hear Michael to understand what this man is capable of playing on just 4 strings. Seeing is believing!”

Badfinger featuring Joey Molland * Opener: Brooks Young Band * Saturday 8:00pm @ The Larcom Theatre. Beverly, Ma.


Tickets Available @ gimmelive.com
British Invasion rock stars, Badfinger, kick off GIMMELIVE’s highly anticipated third season at Beverly’s fully-restored, historic Larcom Theatre, performing ONE NIGHT ONLY. Hand picked by The Beatles, Badfinger was the first group signed to the Beatles’ label, Apple Records and their first #1 hit “Come And Get It” was written by Paul McCartney!

George Harrison and Paul McCartney produced a string of world-wide Badfinger hits, including “No Matter What,” “Day After Day,” “Without You” and “Baby Blue”, which hit the charts again in 2013 on the Breaking Bad soundtrack.

Still led by founder Joey Molland, who performed on George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” album and John Lennon’s “Imagine” album, Badfinger’s high energy concerts continue to thrill audiences world-wide.

Don’t miss Badfinger’s only Boston area stop on their U.S. Tour at Beverly’s intimate, acoustically spectacular Larcom Theatre.

Brooks Young Band will open the show. Hailing from Salem, MA, Brooks Young Band saturate their songs with rock and roll edge and blues feel, going for a direct, emotional and powerful sonic blend.
Brooks’ searing guitar leads and soulful vocal performances lock in perfectly with the solid rhythm section, creating an inspirational and uplifting sonic texture along the lines of influential performers such as Eric Clapton and Dave Matthews.
The Brooks Young Band has toured extensively throughout New England, sharing the stage with icons such as B.B. King, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, The Wallflowers, and Boyd Tinsley of Dave Matthews Band. They have also had the privilege of performing for Vice President Joe Biden.


Find out more and let the music tell you the rest of the story! BrooksYoungBand.com

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Larcom Theatre
13 Wallis St, Beverly, Ma.
(978) 922-6313


Trident Live Art Series: Invisible Cities in Performance

12141696_955564557836919_4195143480324585120_nThe Trident Live Art Series is pleased to present Invisible Cities in Performance, an exploration of Italo Calvino’s novel Invisible Cites involving spoken text, music, visual art, projected images, and dance, produced by Gallery Director Matthew Swift, Trident Live Art Series Director Sarah Slifer Swift, and artist Ed Touchette. Members of the community

Admission is free. Voluntary donations ($10 suggested) compensate the artists. The free experience of art at Trident Gallery is made possible by those guests who support the arts through purchases of fine art and donations to performing artists. Continue reading “Trident Live Art Series: Invisible Cities in Performance”

No need to over-complicate steak prep for the grill. EVOO, @ATLANTICSALT, crushed black pepper. Everything tastes better with Atlantic Salt!

Chickity Check It! David Emch Who Sat In On Our Podcast On His Tour Around Coastal United States For His Capture America project Did A Piece On GMG and Gloucester


David sat In On Gloucestercast 152 which can be heard here-

GloucesterCast 152 With Guests @KimSmithDesigns, Toby Pett, David Emch and Host @Joey_C

Read David’s take on Gloucester and GMG here-

Monday, October 5, 2015

Massachusetts: Good Morning Gloucester

Welcome back to Gloucester.  You can read the first article on this area by Clicking Here.  For those of you that watch television, I am told this is the setting of a show called “Wicked Tuna.”  

Although Gloucester was the first settled area in Massachusetts, residents soon moved to Salem because the soil was more fertile there.   But the great natural harbor pulled them back and this became the country’s first viable seaport.

    Colonial Massachusetts had a requirement that any town with over 100 families have its own school system, and records show that Gloucester complied with this in 1698.  So this has been a thriving community since well before the American Revolution.

For the entire post click here to read it in entirety

Flu Shots. Check.

I try each year to make our appointments early enough that the boys may be lucky enough to get the nose spray, but they were out of luck this year.  A round of shots for us all!

I went first and, even though I thought it was wicked funny to shriek and yell “OUCH”, (That’s right, Mother-of-the-Year) the boys stepped up no problem and each took one in the arm.

So, if you catch the flu this year (and I really hope that you don’t!), chances are it isn’t from us.

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Community Stuff 10/6/15

Please join us for our next Gloucester U “Tuesday Talk” on 10/6

The talk begins at 2:15 in the Gloucester High School library, with refreshments. All students, parents, staff, teachers and community members are invited!

On Tuesday October 6th, Geanine Monzione, Director of Human Resources at Cruiseport Gloucester, will join us to discuss career opportunities in the hospitality business. She will also focus on upcoming job and internship positions for teens at Cruiseport Gloucester’s Seaport Grille, and the new Beauport Hotel opening June 2016. Come hear about this exciting company and how it may fit into students’ future plans! For more information please contact ckreitman@gloucesterschools.com or swhitney@gloucesterschools.com



Hi, Joey—
My friend Art Beane of Magnolia has published a humor book. I hope you’ll consider running the photo and press release, which I’ve combined into a PDF for your convenience.
Thank you and best wishes.
Janet Ruth Young