If You Store Firewood-I’m A 100% Endorser Of The Firewood Rack We Use

ShelterLogic Lumber Rack Firewood Adjustable Bracket Kit

Here’s mine assembled. Took all of 45 seconds.


You can get it on Amazon for $43.54 and when I tell you it couldn’t be more secure or easier to put together, I’m telling you it couldn’t be more secure or easier to put together.

Literally you measure the space for where you want to stack your wood, go to the Building center and have them cut two 2x4s and slide the 2x4s into the collars at the base of the rack. Listen, I’m a complete dope when it comes to DIY projects.  On a scale from 1-10 on completely useless with a tool I’m a 3.  This a grandmother could do with ease. 

It looks nice and you can store a ton of wood inside instead of having to go out into the snow and unbury your wet damp firewood.  It is made for indoor or outdoor use and gets a 4.5 star rating on amazon. Read the reviews here  Here’s the link to the listing on Amazon-


Special Gloucester Schools Edition @ShoreKnots Bracelets Now Available With free Shipping

I saw that Kim from www.shoreknots.com made bracelets with different school colors so she agreed to make up some Gloucester school colored ones for the holiday.  Only $35.  Perfect perfect perfect price gift!

There’s a free shipping promotion running through the end of the year. People just need to use the code FREESHIP2015 at checkout.

Gloucester Maroon and White


Gloucester Maroon and Gold


Contact Kim for Custom Colors-





Q: What kind of knot do you use for the bracelets?
A: It is a Carrick Bend knot that I tie with double strands of line. Beyond its great functionality for securely joining two lines, the knot also has some cool history. The knots pattern is seen in relief in the Elizabethan era plasterwork of Ormonde Castle in Carrick-on-Suir, so clearly I am not (no pun intended) the first one to recognize its beauty.

Q: What are your clasps made from?
A: I have literally searched the world to find the highest quality clasps available. Both of these unique magnetic clasps are very well made, and free of lead and zinc. Both are durable stainless steel with silver and brass plating. 

Q: What if I want a color or color combination that isn’t listed on the site?
A: I would love to make it for you! Right now I have over 30 different colors of cord. As you can imagine, that makes it really hard to list all the possible combinations! If you send me an email – kim@shoreknots.com – and describe what you want, I’ll put it together. If you don’t like it, we’ll keep trying until you do.

Q: What if I order a bracelet and it doesn’t fit?
A: Just send it back and we will get you one that fits.

Q: Can I wear my bracelet in the water?
A: It’s fine to wear your bracelet in the water, but we recommend moderation. Long term exposure to salt water may eventually cause some minor color fading of the cord and possible erosion on the clasp. 

Q: How can I keep my clasp shiny?
A: Natural wear and regular contact with your skin can cause some minor tarnish to the clasp. Jewelry polishes work great, but can be expensive. I’ll let you in on a little secret that is probably already in your house = toothpaste. Yep, just rub some toothpaste on the clasp, rinse it off, and your clasp will be as good as new!

Q: Do you guarantee your products?
A: Absolutely! We want our customers to be 100% satisfied! If you have any problems, let us know and we will make things right. As LL Bean has said for years, “there are two rules to customer service: 1 – the customer is always right, and 2 – if the customer is wrong, go back to rule number 1!”

Q: Do you have other products?
A: Not yet, but some are coming soon. I have lots of ideas and look forward to adding them to the website soon.

Q: Is Brewster a good dog?
A: He’s the best! A bit of a goof, but I sure love him!


Alexandra's Bread Louise kenyon ©Kim Smith 2015Don’t miss this rare opportunity to purchase exquisite handmade vintage linens. Pictured above is a Louise Kenyon table mat from 1943, in absolute mint condition. Alexandra has a fabulous array of table runners, place mats, and holiday cards by Folly Cove trained artists Sara Elizabeth and Isabel Natti, printed on cotton on the original acorn press. The prices are incredibly reasonable, starting at only five dollars for the cards and twenty dollars for the linens. I am positive any one of these whimsical designs would make a treasured gift (or you may just have to purchase one for yourself as I am so tempted to do!). Alexandra has many more designs than what you see pictured here so stop in and have a look see!

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Alexandra's Bread Isabel Natti Lobster ©Kim Smith 2015

Alexandra’s Bread is located at 265 Main Street, Gloucester. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30am to 5pm.

To learn more about Virginia Lee Burton and the Folly Cove Designers, visit the Cape Ann Museum’s beautiful collection of art and artifacts from the group’s heyday, on display in the Folly Cove room.


Shop Local for a New Orleans Experience & a Holiday Tribute to a Music Icon

Henri Smith for the New Orleans Peoples Project – taken after Allen Toussaint’s funeral in New Orleans.

Vickie and I applaud everyone who promotes shopping locally and truly appreciate people who buy tickets to local concerts as gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.  This Saturday at 7pm we present our third New Orleans Christmas concert at Beverly’s fully-restored, acoustically stellar Larcom Theatre starring Gloucester’s Henri Smith and featuring renowned trumpeter Stanton Davis (who performed with Henri at Celebrate Gloucester 2010) and Grammy-winner Amadee Castenell on Sax & Flute.  This year, Henri’s full brass band (complete with Tuba) will perform a special tribute to one of Henri’s mentors, Allen Toussaint, who died last month while on tour in Madrid.  Tickets are available here.

Check out this video of Henri with Allen Toussaint that I shot last year in Allen’s dressing room at Berklee Performance Center. Allen explains how Henri serves as a New Orleans ambassador — and also has very kind words for Amadee, saying “When Amadee was in New Orleans we didn’t leave home without him.  He’s our favorite saxophonist!”  Then he reveals why Amadee no longer lives in New Orleans.

This will be an emotional show for Vickie and me.  We hope you’ll join us in a Christmas Second Line Parade through the aisles of Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.

Chris & Joe Acoustic / Ladies Night at Katrina’s December 3rd 7:30 to 10:30

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This Thursday night, Chris and Joe take their acoustic tunes to Katrina’s in Gloucester for Gloucester’s holiday Ladies’ Shopping Night.

Great food. Good tunes. Holiday shopping. Raffles.

We hope you can join us!


Wednesdays with Fly Amero~This weeks special guest:Mary Lou Lord. Tonight 7-10pm 12.2.2015


Great dinner specials each week!

Wednesday, December 2nd – 7pm
Special Guest: MARY LOU LORD!

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I have been trying to get this girl back on our stage since
when she showed up unannounced at my open mic some 12
or so years ago – and blew everyone’s mind! Mary Lou Lord,
you’ll quickly find out, is a rare breed – a very, very special
human being. So accomplished! Her kind of music and talent
just doesn’t come by that often, people. No kiddin’. I don’t
want anyone to miss this! It all starts early… 7pm! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
12/9 – Chick Marston

12/16 – Marina Evans Toy Drive (see below)

12/23 – Amero Family Christmas

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

On Wednesday, December 16, Marina and I will be joining
hands (and voices) on behalf of “Pathways for Children”. We
hope everyone can pitch in with toys and books for the North
Shore kids in need. Feel-good stuff all the way. I’m very much
looking forward to this night. More details as we get close. ~ Fly

Ladies’ Night at Alchemy – Cocktails, Food & Shopping Under One Roof

More Cape Ann Dining News-


Eat, Drink & Shop ​at Alchemy
During Gloucester 42nd Annual Ladies’ Night!

Alchemy is mixing up some delicious cocktails and food specials just for Ladies’ Night when Wicked Peacock will be setting up shop ​right in the restaurant  – with fantastic gift ideas, ​from stylish bags to statement necklaces and delicate earrings.

Plus, you’ll get a FREE Around the World Card for every $100 you spend on Serenitee Gift Cards. So there’s something for everyone on your list!

Ladies_Night.pngThe Around the World Card is good for a free appetizer at each of the 10 Serenitee Group restaurants. AKA you can take a foodie tour of the North Shore with this card (worth over $100 in value).

Head to Alchemy after 5:00 PM on Thursday, December 3rd and you eat, drink and shop without even having to brave the winter elements 😉

Looking for something a little more low key? You can get the same Gift Card Deal at

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SometimesThe Best Things To Grill Are The Easiest Things To Grill- Grilled Garlic

More From Joey’s Pit-

Northeast BBQ

I’m not inventing this, people all over the place do it. This is just a gentle reminder of how stupid easy it is to do and how great the results are.
You chop off the top part of a head of garlic. Pour on some EVOO. Grind some Atlantic Saltworks Flake Salt on there and grind in a little pepper too if you’d like. Wrap in foil. Place indirect on opposite side of grill from the coals. Let it rip for about an hour or when you see the heads are browned up a bit and the garlic head is soft when you squeeze it.
I suggest you get a loaf of your favorite bread and smear that shit all up on there and you’ll swear you died and went to heaven.


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Buddy the Elf

Late night for the Schrafft boys last night.  We took the boys into Boston to see “Elf the Broadway Musical” at the Wang Center.

We enjoyed some city holiday decorations, a quick dinner in the theater district, and then went into the show about 40 minutes early to bask in what is the awesomeness of the Wang.

While the show certainly had some mildly inappropriate parts….and it’s fair share of adult humor….it was a great time and a really fun way to kick off our holiday season.

There are strict rules about no photography during the show and, while I entertained the thought of being sly and snapping a couple during the production, the boys were mortified at the thought of me “breaking the law” so I resigned to use my pre-game pics of the Wang and to Google some images when I got home.

If you are interested in learning more about the show, CLICK HERE



Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) at the Gloucester Stage

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) Opens At Gloucester Stage On December 3

Gloucester Stage proudly presents the holiday comedy, Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) by Michael Carleton, Jim FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez with original music by Will Knapp from December 3 through December 20 at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. The Grinch, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, Charlie Brown, and George Bailey—and just about every other holiday character—make an appearance in this hilarious comedy when three actors decide to retell every Christmas story ever told in only 90 minutes rather than perform yet another rendition of A Christmas Carol. This fast-paced and funny romp for all ages features holiday traditions from around the world, a sing-along of every carol ever sung, audience participation and all your holiday favorites reshaped into something entirely new. Directed by 2015 Directing Apprentice Allison Benko in her professional directing debut with a set design by 2015 Scenic/Construction Apprentice Rogin Farrer, Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)features three actors: Brady Adair, Arthur Gomez and Suzan Perry all making their Gloucester Stage debut in this comic holiday treat. Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm andSaturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. from December 3 through December 20. Tickets are $26 for Adults and $11 for Children 12 years old and under. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com.


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Community Stuff 12/2/15


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Hello Folks,

She simply didn’t believe me. There was no way that there could be carrots growing in her school garden because all she could see was a bunch of green leaves. But this little kindergartener from Veterans School had the surprise of her life when she reached down, scraped at the soil surface and found some orange! In the next moment she was yanking a carrot out of the ground along with her classmates and holding it up in the air with the biggest smile.

Please join us this year by donating to our end-of-year campaign in conjunction with Giving Tuesday, which is TODAY!

Why Backyard Growers this season? School, community, and backyard gardens yield delicious veggies, increase access to nature, provide learning opportunities, and improve children’s health — But more than that, gardens grow community and a powerful source of self-reliance.

This Giving Tuesday, help Backyard Growers strengthen our work serving Gloucester’s families and children. When you give today the first $2,250 we receive will be matched by three of our generous donors. This match represents a year’s worth of garden supplies for our district-wide Salad Days and Fall Harvest Days programs in Gloucester’s elementary schools. Double your impact and help us meet our match! Our partner, The Giving Common, will cover credit card fees so that 100% of your donation goes to Backyard Growers.

Please click here to make your donation.

Thank you!


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