A sampling of some of Cake Ann’s cupcakes that are available for your Valentine sweethearts.

Cherry cupcakes Cake Ann www.kimsmithdesigns.comCherry vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting

Cake Ann cupcakes www.kimsmithdesigns.comChocolate with salted caramel cupcakes

Cake Ann Carrot cupcakes www.kimsmithdesigns.comCarrot cake with cream cheese frosting

Cake Ann has extended their hours. They are open Valentine’s Day, and every Sunday, from 8am to 2pm. Cake Ann is located at 214 Eastern Avenue in Gloucester

Cake Ann www.kimsmithdesigns.comInga, Jeannine Daroga, and Karen Burbine

How Do You Photograph COLD?


With the coldest weather of the season upon us, send me your best photo of “cold.” I want to see pictures that make me shiver and run inside. Subjects might be people reacting to the cold or scenics that evoke a deep freeze or any imaginative approach you care to choose.

Send photos to <> and I’ll post them here at GMG over the next few days. Please include your name for proper credit.

Art Exhibit at Essex Shipbuilding Museum

There is an art exhibit at the
Essex Shipbuilding Museum

Feb 16, 10-5 daily.
The opening is Friday from 6-8PM.

It is an interesting show with work by Charlie Carroll, Virginia Eaton, Barbara Donnelly, Lindsay Hopkins Weld, Jay Havighurst, Lynne Havighurst, Katherine Richmond, Connie Sweet, Alison Taylor, Kristen Wilson,Constance Vallis, and Katherine Fitzgibbon.


The Artful Birdhouse: An Auction of artist-created birdhouses, Auctioneer State Senator Bruce Tarr

The Artful Birdhouse: An Auction of artist-created birdhouses, Auctioneer State Senator Bruce Tarr, Sunday, February 21, Preview: with light refreshments and Champagne punch from1-2 PM, Live Auction at 2:15 PM.

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Gallery hours, Thurs-Sun, 12:00-4:00 PM

Tickets are $10 per person available online beginning Wednesday, February10 through Saturday, February 20 until 5 PM at

Tickets also available at The Cultural Center gallery from Thursday, February 11 through Sunday, February 14.  As space is limited, early purchase is suggested.

“The Artful Birdhouse,” in the entertaining and capable hands of auctioneer State Senator Bruce Tarr, offers more than 20 original, artist-created birdhouses by auction on Sunday February 21, preview beginning at 1:00 PM, live Auction 2:15 PM.  Engaging the charm and appeal of birdhouses as a foundation, the imagination of friends and members of the Rocky Neck Art Colony soars in whimsical, modern, traditional, fantasy and completely unexpected “artful” birdhouses. The following artists have donated their time and talents for an auction of their birdhouse creations in support of Mass Audubon and in conjunction with the “For The Birds” avian-art exhibit at The Cultural Center.

A highlight of the event is the featured item:  A private naturalist walk with Mass Audubon’s Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology Chris Leahy.  With broad expertise in birds and insects, and an engaging communication style he leads many international tours.  Winner may invite up to 10 guests.  The value is “priceless.”

 Artists contributing to the auction event are Kathy Gerdon Archer, Deborah Barnwell, Carol Mansur Benesh, Lisa Carlson, Joy Dai Buell, Elizabeth Gauthier, Rachel Gauthier, Joy Halsted, Jane Keddy, Mindy Lind-terk, Ron MacNeill, Tom Nihan, Sinikka Nogello, Christy Park, Hans Pundt, Kenny Riaf, Sally Seamans, Betty Lou Schlemm, Pam Stratton, Karen Tibbetts, and Karen Tusinski among others.

A portion of the day’s event proceeds will support Mass Audubon’s mission to protect the flora and fauna of Massachusetts.


Block print card by Alexandra’s sister, Mary Rhinelander. Don’t you just love the mouse print fabric cushion?!?


IMG_6282I like the cut of your jib

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IMG_6272Valentine message for your prickly friend

Sawyer Free Library Week of February 14, 2016

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Save The Date: The next Cape Ann Reads Event is Saturday February 27, 2016:Seagull-Logo-72

Networking Event for Illustrators and Authors

February 27th (SAT) 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Network with Cape Ann illustrators and authors of all ages who want to take part in the creation of a new picture book.

Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St, Gloucester

Click HERE for the Cape Ann Reads website

 Technology class this week: Google Docs & Drive: 6:30-7:45, Tuesday February 16.

There are still a couple of spots available, sign up HERE

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11 Year Old Brothers Charles and George King’s Efforts to Save Civil War Union Soldier Coat Featured in the Banner!

Brothers Charles and George King write to GMG ~

“The Bay State Banner, a Boston newspaper, published an article about the Civil War coat after the Cape Ann Beacon article. We will pick up a copy of the Banner as soon as possible. In the meantime here is the link:

 Slave’s coat protected Union POW; now brothers strive to save the coat

Please share. Thank you to Yawu Miller, the Editor of the Banner and Jule Pattison-Gordon, the reporter. Jule, we think it’s fantastic! We think you did a great job of making it clear.

To learn more about the Banner and its 50 years of stories, see the documentary on their home page. We watched it after our interview with Jule.  We’re so excited Gloucester is in the paper!”

Charles King and George King

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Don’t Miss SeniorCare’s Valentine’s Breakfast!

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SeniorCare is  getting ready for tomorrow’s breakfast!!

Don’t forget to stop by and have a fabulous breakfast, see a bunch of friends, get your very own water glass filled with goodies, play the raffle, and support SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program!!

Meals on Wheels Valentine Breakfast
Friday, February 12, 7:00 – 9:30 a.m.
The Gloucester House Restaurant

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Not Exactly a Beach Day

While freezing, it was too pretty to not stop at Good Harbor Beach last night to snap this photo.  There was something about the juxtaposition of the snow and the sand at sunset that made us sit for a longer while than planned.

I’d rather it be July, but pretty nonetheless.