Check Out Desi Smith’s Incredible Gloucester Boxing Club Project

Thank you Joey for having me on your podcast and your interest in my photo project. I’m going to continue this project to include some of the younger boxers along with some women, and will share the images with you and your readers.

If I you could, I would like to give a shout out and thanks to Carlo and Joey DaSilva at the Gloucester Boxing Club for allowing me into their space to do this project.

Here are just a few photos from the project.

Thanks again,


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(Video) Pep Rally 2015: Cheering with the GHS Football Players

Here is the link for the GHS football players routine with the GHS cheerleaders on Wednesday November 25, 2015 at Gloucester High School. 

An annual tradition at Gloucester High School is for the football players to do a routine with the cheerleaders at the Pep Rally prior to the Thanksgiving Day game against Danvers. 

Thank you to the GHS Film Club for filming:
– Corryn Ulrich
– Jenna Taormina
– Katelyn Moore


What could be easier than to give the gift of membership to the Sawyer Free Library. There are different levels, beginning with the very low amount of only $10.00 for seniors and students. 

Membership dues are pooled to support the excellent library programming. One of the added benefits of becoming a member are the free passes or reduced admission to area museums, including the Peabody Essex Museum and the Boston Children’s Museum. CLICK HERE to learn more about what membership means and what your contribution brings.

Save the Date for the Gloucester Historic Middle Street Walk Event, upcoming December 12th unnamed-1

Any Ideas? I am Really Curious

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These very strange looking objects were out on the horizon Sunday afternoon off Brace Cove.  Anyone have any idea what they might be?  These were two distinct, very large things quite a distance away from each other.  They don’t look like any kind of tanker or ship I’ve ever seen.

E.J. Lefavour

RUSTED ROOT PLUS ROOTS OF CREATION This Thursday Dec. 3rd 8pm doors open at 7pm @ The Cabot in Beverly MA.

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World rockers RUSTED ROOT have been bringing people together since the early ’90s. With undeniably infectious anthems like “Send Me On My Way” and “Ecstasy,” they’ve captured hearts and minds while spreading their peaceful message around the world. The quintessential live band, Pittsburgh’s Rusted Root continues to perform high energy shows around the globe to sold out crowds.

Having collaborated for two decades, Rusted Root has honed the perfect combination of musical intuition, freedom and virtuosity, which has allowed them to organically shape their music into it’s own distinct and undeniable vision. With eight albums under their belt, over three million records sold and countless nights on the road, Rusted Root transcends age, cultures and musical styles.The members of Rusted Root are drawn to and have explored virtually every form of music. “I am very inspired vocally by anything from Indian to African to Middle Eastern sounds and scales having grown up with a lot of Hebrew music” Liz Berlin notes. Michael Glabicki cites the Bee Gees, Elvis Costello, Neil Young, Toni Childs, Black Keys, Black Sabbath and various Afro Pop music as among his influences. Combining a jam aesthetic and a global mindset, Rusted Root combines World influences into a transcontinental brew. The powerhouse ensemble’s hypnotic live performances have allowed them to tour alongside Santana, Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers Band, Plant & Page and many others.

Rusted Root brings down the house every time they hit the stage, and we’re proud to welcome them to the Cabot!JUST ADDED: ROOTS OF CREATION!

“From addictive reggae pop songs to consciously charged roots rhythms and berserk electronic improvisations, the grace and precision with which ROC executes their bass-heavy works is overwhelming. Their roots are tinged with rock, their rock brushed with electronica, and they’re as likely to dash off into a 10-minute guitar-led groove as they are to perform righteous vocal songs that resonate like the roots-rock classics of old” wrote Homegrown Music Network.

2013 New England Music and Cider Magazine Award Winners, Roots of Creation, mixes roots and dub reggae with guitar-heavy rock and electronica, all wrapped around lead singer/guitarist Brett Wilson’s introspective and consciousness-laden lyrics.

The band is raising the bar at every performance with the intent of delivering a true rock show cleverly disguised as a reggae dance bash with psychedelic and energizing lights.  The techno-beam and LED tube lighting increases the already high-energy sound that Roots of Creation (RoC) brings to their audiences.

RoC’s newest release, Live at Bella Terra Festival (. . . And Stoned at Church), captures the band, during a 10 show tour, from the east coast to Chicago to Eastern Canada in August 2011.  The stop at Bella Terra in Stephentown, New York allowed RoC to perform a high-profile slot directly after the headliner, The Mickey Hart Band.  As thousands of fans poured from the main stage over to the late-night tent, RoC delivered a truly unique musical experience with thumping reggae bass lines, piercing guitar licks, and an electronic-dub sound only this band could create.  RoC travels with their own lighting designer, who put on a show of techno beams and LED tubes to match the music and vibe of Bella Terra as lead singer Brett Wilson demanded the crowds’ attention with his soulful lyrics and revolutionary calls.

Roots of Creation is made up of original members guitarist/lead singer Brett Wilson, keyboard player Tal Pearson, and drummer Mike Chadinha.  RoC is currently touring with a rotating arsenal of bassists, horns, and auxiliary members to blow the audience away by enhancing the overall sound and energy. The band formed in 2001 with Wilson, Pearson, Chadinha and former bassists while attending Franklin Pierce College and began touring heavily in 2004. RoC also tours with a rotating arsenal of horns to blow the audience away by enhancing the overall sound and energy.

Local #CyberMonday sales



Enter discount code – Balsam – to get $20.00 off of your purchase!











Because we are thankful for you, our community,  from now through January 1 Cape Ann Power Yoga is offering special holiday prices.

We are offering:

One year – $1,150
Six months – $650
One month – $100 (limit two)

AND 20% off all merchandise!

Buy Online, Right Now – Here!

Do you have a loved one that loves Nautical Jewelry? @ShoreKnots Bracelets Are No Brainer Christmas Gifts! #CyberMonday Sale Today



Check them out here-

They are classy and if you have a JCrew minded person in your life I guarantee they’ll dig these.

Check Out The Cool Colors and Designs and The prices are Perfect For Gift Giving especially with the Cyber Monday Pricing-


Color Choices

We have a huge choice of color combinations available. Please put a comment with your color choice(s) in your order if you select a custom bracelet. In the future we hope to add this choice right into the order form, but we hope you will be patient with us as we continue to enhance our site. Here are our available colors below. Thanks!

(Left-to-right: gold, white, gray, black, maroon, red, orange, yellow, kelly green, emerald, teal green, dark green, Marblehead Green, turquoise, navy blue, royal blue, denim blue, light blue, purple, fuchsia, light pink, hot pink, salmon)

Finding “The One” at Beverly Tree Farm

Exactly one year ago I was waxing poetically (well, maybe not poetically) about how much we love cutting down our Christmas tree each year at the Beverly Tree Farm.

This year was no different.

Click HERE to read more about the Beverly Tree Farm

With a gorgeous red “barn”, a roaring fire, cider, hot chocolate, Christmas Cookies, holiday decorations, the friendliest staff going, and beautiful decorations, our time there each year screams Warm Fuzzies.

To some, the trees may seem pricey at $90 each, but the experience of living the good cheer, walking the fields, searching for THE ONE, sawing it down, and tagging it is honestly, truly priceless.

Another thing that you should know, is that every penny over the expenses of operating the tree farm goes to a worthy charity.  Over $110,000 has been gifted in just the four short years that the Bertolon family has been running the farm.  This year’s charity is the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem.

This year we spent a good hour searching for our perfect tree. CERTAINLY not because there were not hundreds of good options, but simply because it was fun to take our time.

We went on Saturday after gaining confidence that the rain was over.  In talking to the owners we learned that more than 450 trees had been sold on Friday.  Which, they also pointed out, was one tree every 48 seconds!

Sadly, if you are feeling inspired to go find the tree that speaks to you, you only have one more day to do so.  With so many fans, friends, and returning customers the tree farm sells out quickly.  They plan on being open Saturday, December 5th but that just may be the end of the season!  Please check the link above to be certain.

Community Stuff 11/30/15

It’s becoming a beloved Christmastime tradition: Local author and actor Doug Brendel will present two original holiday stories at a free event on Friday, December 18th, at 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 59 Main St. in Essex, MA. “Dirty” is the amusing, heartwarming story of the first Christmas told from the perspective of an unsophisticated shepherd. “The Day After Christmas” is a story in rhyme about an old man who works in “Refunds & Complaints.” This year’s event will also feature a third story, “Christmas, Inc.”, a whimsical look at Santa’s own struggles with the season’s commercialism. Voluntary donations will be received for Family Promise, an interfaith group dedicated to helping homeless families on the North Shore. For more information, contact Doug via

GloucesterCast 161 Taped 11/29/15 With Guests @KimSmithDesigns, Leslie Heffron, Desi Smith and Host @Joey_C #GloucesterMA

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Topics Include:

real tree vs fake tree vs cut your own
lobster trap tree
christmas presents/ christmas shopping/ black friday/ cyber monday have you started your shopping
art rundown with leslie heffron



Only 3 Days Left Til The GMG Holiday Party At Cape Ann Giclee December 5th!

Are You A FOB?

Then you better get your sexy ass down to Cape Ann Giclee For The GMG XMAS Party December 5th! 7PM Til We Burn Down The Neighborhood!

I’m just gonna put this out there that if you consider yourself a FOB you had better show up for our killer OFFICIAL GMG CHRISTMAS PARTY!!!!!!

We’re gonna celebrate it all, Kwanza, spinnin the dradel, all that fun shit!

Saturday, December 5, 20157 to 11pm (ish)

Cape Ann Giclée
20 Maplewood Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930

It’s pot-luck and byob



Recently my friend Lyn Fonzo became the new proprietor of Harbor Yoga, located at 114 Main Street. I stopped in to say hello and just fell in love with her clean, well-organized, and beautiful light-filled studio. The full class schedule is posted on the Harbor Yoga website, which you can read here. Look for exciting new programs and events upcoming in the new year, including a 200 hour teacher training program taught in conjunction with Yoga Joy.

Harbor Yoga Gloucester Ma ©Kim Smith 2015

A class card from Harbor Yoga that can be used anytime over a six month period would be a much appreciated gift for the yogi in your life and is easily purchased online. For more information about class cards and rates, click here.Harbor Yoga Gloucester MA 01930Lyn’s super organized props department