Looking for a Valentine’s gift idea for your special cook? Alexandra’s Bread has the gamut, from crisp, tailored nautically inspired aprons to vintage girly girly ruffles and polka dots, and everything in-between. I especially love their current collection, including several made from cotton fabric prints seemingly inspired by Cape Ann author/illustrator/Folly Cove designer Virginia Lee Burton’s children’s book The Little House.

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Detail of vintage inspired apron

Alexandra's Bread Childrens' Aprons ©Kim Smith 2016

Laminated cotton for your littlest cook/artist

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Stage Fort Park Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2016 copySuper interesting meeting last night on the proposed improvements to Stage Fort Park, presented by Steve Winslow, senior project manager, Mass in Motion, Gloucester Community Development Department. A preliminary drawing was discussed outlining the new possible location for the Farmer’s Market. Amongst several proposed improvements, my favorite was the idea to connect, via a new trail, Stage Fort Park to Ravenswood. GENIUS!! A commitment was made to continue to work with the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market, Cyclocross, festivals, neighbors, and all interested parties. Looking forward to learning more!

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Cape Ann Museum Has something for everyone

Cape Ann Museum’s January Exhibitions and Programs

Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods Quilt Project, overseen by artist Juni Van Dyke, the project showcases the work of nearly one hundred senior artists across Cape Ann.

Saturday, January 16 at 3:00 p.m.
Artist Juni Van Dyke will give an illustrated talk about the special exhibition of Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods quilt project. This program is free and open to the public.

Image: Brier Neck. Quilt, mixed media. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum. Gift of the Art Program at Gloucester’s Rose Baker Senior Center, 2015 [Acc.#2015.033.11]. Project supported by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council

Gloucester, Three Visions featuring the work of Jeff Weaver, Peter Vincent and Don Gorvett

Saturday, January 23 at 2:00 p.m. Gloucester, Three Visions panel discussion with Jeff Weaver, Don Gorvett, and Eoin Vincent, joined in conversation by arts editor Debbie Hagan and author Peter Anastas. This program is offered in conjunction with the current exhibition Vincent, Weaver, Gorvett: Gloucester, Three Visions (on view through Feb. 28, 2016).

Free for Museum members / $10 nonmembers.
Space is limited, reservations required: (978) 283-0455 x10 or
Tickets can also be reserved/purchased online at Eventbrite.

Photo: Nicole Fandel

Cape Ann Museum and Eric Carle Museum kick-off “Cape Ann Reads” Picture book- themed workshops for children and adults.


“Cape Ann Reads” is a year-long collaboration among the public libraries of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester and Essex to promote literacy using picture books. The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to host the kickoff event with a day of picture book-themed workshops for adults and children hosted by the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art on Saturday, January 30. The program will take place at the Cape Ann Museum and is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Reservations are required. Please email, call (978)283-0455 x10, or go online to Eventbrite.

Reservations for the 9:30-12:00 Interactive Storytime events should be made for children only, not the accompanying adults.

Choose from the following activities:

Interactive Toddler Storytime
This storytime session, designed for very young children, combines interactive storytime with open-ended play, songs and movement. Two sessions offered: 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Art Making Workshop
An imaginative art-making workshop for 5- to 8-year olds inspired by elements of picture books. Workshop runs from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Adult Workshop
Discover the difference between reading to children and reading with children! The Whole Book Approach, developed by former Eric Carle Museum educator Megan Lambert, is designed to give educators, parents, and caregivers the tools to evaluate the picture book as an art form and to encourage the critical engagement of children during picture book reading experiences. Workshop runs from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


The recently renovated Cape Ann Museum celebrates the art, history and culture of Cape Ann – a region with a rich and varied culture of nationally significant historical, industrial and artistic achievement. The Museum’s collections include fine art from the 19th century to the present, artifacts from the fishing and maritime and granite quarrying industries, textiles, furniture, a library/archives, and two historic houses. For a detailed media fact sheet please visit

The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 adults, $8.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at

Our Lady of Good Voyage Church – Penny Sale

Our Lady of Good Voyage Church
Penny Sale

Our Lady of Good Voyage Church will host a penny sale on Monday, January 18, at 7 pm, in the parish hall, 142 Prospect Street, Gloucester.

Prizes include Portuguese sweet bread, baked goods and groceries.  There will be a 50/50 raffle and a dinner raffle.  All are welcome!

Tennessee Power Ball Winning Couple’s Attorney Recommends Going On The Today Show With The Winning Ticket Before Cashing It In

Tennessee lottery officials have not yet confirmed the ticket, and Tennessee law requires winners to come forward with the winning ticket and identification in order to claim their prize. So instead of doing that, they physically brought the ticket to New York City, a calm, peaceful metropolis where nothing goes wrong and no one ever gets robbed. This ignores all advice that winners should lay low and avoid the press, because winning a huge lottery can be a curse.

So I watched this interview and the couple from Tennessee seem like super nice grounded people.  I think the interviewer’s second question was “Whose idea was it to come on our show with the ticket instead of gong directly to the lottery office”  To which the husband points to his lawyer who was standing right behind the couple and says “It was his idea.”

Now in my opinion that lawyer should he fired on the spot.  The couple is just walking around with a ticket worth a half a billion dollars in NYC? And it was the attorney’s idea to go on the show with the ticket instead of gong to the lottery to lock it down? Why,  so the attorney could show everyone that he was the guy they picked? Fire that fucking guy on the spot for negligence.

Photography / Tips and Solutions How to Display Your Photos like a Pro From B&H Photo Website

Photography / Tips and Solutions

How to Display Your Photos like a Pro

By Cory Rice

The rise in popularity of digital photography in recent years has radically changed the way we interact with photographs. Much of this change can be attributed to the transformation of photos from physical objects to pieces of data. Drugstore envelopes and shoeboxes have been replaced by hard drives and, more recently, “cloud” systems, as preferred methods of image storage. Likewise, computer and phone screens have ousted photo albums as the dominant means of sharing family memories and artistic creations alike. Yet, for many, the barrage of images on touchscreens and monitors has led to a newfound appreciation for photographs that you can physically touch and hang on the wall. Analog processes have rebounded among dedicated professionals, as well as the casual photographer, nostalgic for the “feel” of film photographs. Although arguments over whether digital prints will ever match or exceed the aesthetics of analog photographs will probably go on forever, we can all agree that printing technologies have evolved to the point of creating quality photographs that deserve quality presentations. 

Preparing and displaying your work can be as easy or as complicated as you want it to be. If your photo is destined for a frame on your desk at work, this article is not for you. There are plenty of options available to take care of this need, here. On the other hand, if you have a photograph that you have been itching to get on the wall, whether it be in your home, office, or an art gallery, what follows should help orient you in the world of mounting and display.

The anatomy of a frame

Before getting too deeply into the decisions that go into preparing and mounting your photograph, it is important to come to grips with the components that make up a frame.

For the entire article and lots of great tips on framing your photos click here

From Lifehacker :Your Kids Can Now Walk to School Alone Without You Getting Arrested

Your Kids Can Now Walk to School Alone Without You Getting Arrested 

Article from Lifehacker-

You might have heard a few news stories recently of parents getting arrested because their children were walking to school alone or playing outside unsupervised. You can relax a little: A new federal law allows parents to choose whether your kids can roam free.

The new law is part of the recently-passed Every Student Succeeds Act (on page 858 of the 1,061-page document). It protects parents from civil or criminal charges for allowing their children to travel to or from school in whatever manner the parents believe are age appropriate.

This doesn’t overrule state or local laws, but it’s a step forward if you want to give your kids some freedom (even in a dangerous world). The law also only specifies walking to and from school, but hopefully one day maybe children will be able to go to the park on their own also if you give them permission to.

Federal Law Now Says Kids Can Walk to School Alone | Fast Company via Slashdot

Joey writes-

It’s such a different world now than when we grew up.   On my way to dropping off my girls to school I often see this young girl (guessing 7 years old) walking alone to school without her parents and it always seems a little strange to me in this day and age.  But then I was thinking about it and we always walked to the bus stop alone or we would ride our bikes to practices or were dropped off and picked up at practices.   Nowadays most parents stay at practices and either drop off their kids at school, walk to the bus stop with them or sit in the car with them til they get picked up by the bus.

I’m not saying one way is right or wrong, just pointing out that not too long ago it wouldn’t have ever been considered that a parent be arrested for letting their kid walk to school.

There’s A New Rotary in My Life

Not sure if it is temporary or permanent but there’s officially another rotary in my life.  This one near the school where I teach in Beverly.

Happily (I think) it is there due to the clearing and construction of the new Whole Foods due to open later this year.

In case you were not aware that Beverly is indeed getting a Whole Foods you can read more about it by following the link below.


Whole Foods Market will open a location at 140 Brimbal Avenue in Beverly, Mass.

The store, which will be part of the North Shore Commons Shopping Center, will be approximately 35,000 square feet and will employ approximately 150 team members.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to open another Whole Foods Market location in the metro North area,” said Laura Derba, president of Whole Foods Market’s North Atlantic Region. “Beverly is a great community, and we are eager to open and to become partners with our new neighbors.”

The store is projected to open in 2016.

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