Making Smash Burgers On The @STOKGrills Charcoal Drum #GetStoked

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Northeast BBQ

My daughters wanted to have a cookout after school so we loosely formed up some 80/20 burgers with baked bacon bits inside and smashed em up on the STOK Drum!
Big hit



And a Ribeye for good measure! Note the hash marks you get with the cast iron grates on the STOK!

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Nina and Frank Groppo Saint Joseph Feast ©Kim Smith 2014 -2This year the Groppo’s are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Saint Joseph honoring Nina’ s mother, Di Gaetano Vincenza. Tomorrow night, Thursday, the nine day novena begins and all are most sincerely welcome at the home of Nina and Frank Groppo.

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Saturday is Saint Joseph pasta-making day at the Groppo’s and it is the most fun, with everyone lending a hand, from the oldest granny to the youngest child.

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Gloucester's Feast of Saint Joseph pasta making kim smith 2016saint-joseph-bread-caffe-sicilia-c2a9-kim-smith-2014- (1)Caffe Sicilia’s Maria Cracchiolo is returning from vacation on Saturday and special orders for her beautiful bread can be placed then. You can see a demonstration of how she expertly shapes the Saint Joseph altar bread here.Flowers feast of saint Joseph altar kim smith

Jane Harper Beddus Feast of Saint Joseph kim smith 2016Jane Harper Beddus, the ‘flower lady’ arranging this year’s altar flowers


Last night’s Cape Ann sunset (these snapshots from Loblolly Cove and Pebble Beach), was yet another splendid beauty treat. How fortunate are we who live here!

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1st Annual Winter Beach Blast – March 18

1st Annual Winter Beach Blast


Shake off the winter blues and warm up at the first annual Winter Beach Blast to benefit the Spaulding Education Fund at the Manchester American Legion on Friday night, March 18th. Featuring the sizzling hot sounds of acclaimed local band, The Runaround Sound, folks can end their winter hibernation with some ice-melting camaraderie all while supporting a great cause!

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The revelry will begin at 7 p.m. for this 21+ beach-themed party. Guests will enjoy live reggae and rock n’ roll music, beach themed snacks, a summer inspired raffle and a cash bar.  Flip flops are strongly advised and summer and beachwear is encouraged!  Winter Beach Blast “Beach Passes” to the event are $25 in advance at and $30 at the door.

As a part of the evening, winners of the organization’s Winter Beach Blast Raffle will be drawn.  This over-the-top raffle includes a chance to win a SUP package from Surfari ($1150 value), the Coolest Cooler ($500 value) and a $250 Travel gift certificate from  Liberty Travel.  A limited number of tickets will be sold and winners need not be present to win.  Tickets are available now for sale through the website.

All fun aside, this beach party has a serious purpose as all proceeds support the efforts of the Spaulding Education Fund, a local non-profit dedicated to making strategic investments in compelling educational initiatives in the Manchester Essex Regional School District.  Every dollar raised and every grant approved by the Fund helps to bring innovation and enthusiasm to our classrooms and help the schools continue to enhance the learning of each and every child. For more information about the Winter Beach Party and the organization, please visit http://www.


Wednesday, March 9, 2016: Springtime hits Boston

We made it. Hardly even had a winter. Just some randomness on the first really warm day in Boston.

That other winter that sucked.
That other winter that sucked.
Today they are rubbing the Georgia clay around before they lay in the new grass at Fenway.
Today they are rubbing the Georgia clay around before they lay in the new grass at Fenway.
Anybody know how they are doing this? It looks painted on. I thought it was lasers.
Anybody know how they are doing this? It looks painted on. I thought it was lasers.
The first halter top in Copley Square. Sure sign of spring. Notice bike with fishing pole holder. Soon.
The first halter top in Copley Square. Sure sign of spring. Notice bike with fishing pole holder. Soon.
Another sighting of a covey of halter tops on Newbury Street.
Another sighting of a covey of halter tops on Newbury Street.
OK, March so I had a piece.
OK, March so I had a piece.
Soon it will be time to hit Niles Beach.
Soon it will be time to hit Niles Beach.
Are you ready Rubber Duck?
Are you ready Rubber Duck?

Manchester Historical Museum: March Events


at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall
6:30pm Refreshments, 7pm Program
Members free, Nonmembers $10

Every Room’s a Gallery –
Exploring Our Collection of Fine Art

MHM curator John Huss and Tom Halsted will introduce us to the museum’s collection and the artists who created these works of art.

Please RSVP by the Monday before

Phone: 978-526-7230 or email

It’s a Small World – Exploring Our Collection of Miniatures

Saturday, March 19 (10am)
Free Family Program for ages 3 and up

See doll house pieces and other miniatures from the collection. Watch local doll artist, Erin Cherry, demonstrate how she makes tiny peg dolls and make your own.

Our Family programs are sponsored by:  Boston Financial Management,  Logue Insurance Agency Inc., Manchester Travel , New Generation Advisors, LLC, Standley’s Garage and the Manchester Cultural Council.

Rocky Neck Now: Selected Works by Member Artists

Rocky Neck Now:
Selected Works by Member Artists

March 10 to April 17, 2016
Opening Reception:  Saturday, March 12, 3-5 PM
Closing Reception: Sunday, April 17, 2-4 PM

 The Rocky Neck Art Colony is pleased to present “Rocky Neck Now”—an exhibition featuring selected works in a wide range of mediums by the members of the renowned Rocky Neck Art Colony whose work exemplifies its mission to push the boundaries of innovation while honoring its artistic traditions.

In “Rocky Neck Now” multiple artworks by 20 plus artists offer a broad scope of aesthetic styles rendered in oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, photographs, myriad mixed media, assemblages and jewelry. The public is invited to meet the artists at the Opening Reception on Saturday, March 12, 3-5 PM.

            The work of the Colony’s members will grace the gallery walls of the architecturally historic Cultural Center for six weeks beginning March 10, 2016.

Participating artists include painters Kathleen Gerdon Archer, Carol Mansur Benesh, Gail Gang, Kathleen George, Leslie Heffron and Marilyn Swift; those working in mixed media and assemblage, Deborah Barnwell, Pamela Courtleigh, Terry Del Percio-Piemonte, Ellen Lefavour, Valentin Zev Rejman and Sally Seamans; jewelry by Lisa Carlson and Mindy Lind-Terk; photography of Kathy Chapman, Michael Oleksiw, David Piemonte and Ron Pruett; digital paintings by Otto Laske and encaustic work by Regina Piantedosi.

            One artist from this wide-ranging exhibition will be selected for a solo exhibition as part of RNAC’s Gallery 53, Summer Artists Exhibition Series. The visiting public is invited to vote for a “Viewer’s Choice Award” with the favored artist and work recognized at the closing reception on Sunday, April 17 at about 3 PM.

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Gallery Hours: Thursday to Sunday, 12-4 PM


Join Sister Felicia in her kitchen with friends and family as they have a blast while showing you how to make limoncello at home. She has 2 recipes for you in this video, the classic and the creamy styles of limoncello!

(click the little gear at the bottom right for full HD video)

Seaport Grille Anniversary Celebration continues tonight with David Brown, Mike O’Connell, Roger Brockelbank and Dave Sag 6-9pm 3.9.2016

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Dave Sag
There’s a big party goin’ on at the Seaport Grille.
It’s Scott Cook Night, celebrating the very first customer of that venerable institution. From 6 to 9 I’ll be slugging it out with David Brown, Mike O’Connell and Roger Brockelbank. It’s gonna be a blast. Afterwards we’ll be shifting our bods to The Glou. House to join with Madhouse to celebrate the life of Kay Ellis, of Lannon fame who passed last week.

Where’s your favorite Sunrise spot?

My first post to GMG had me wondering what on earth I could possibly contribute to an already amazingly talented group of contributors. My daughter Abbey made it pretty simple for me by saying just start with what you know…photography! I picked up a camera about 7 years ago after my kids went to college thinking it would be something to pass the time and an outlet for my creativity, but as it turns out, the camera is evil! It makes you do evil things! It makes you learn stuff about what you are photographing. Like when the sun rises and sets (seriously…I had no idea that the best part of sunrise was actually before the sun rose!) So since this is a new beginning for me, and spring is in the air I thought I’d start this day off with a sunrise! You can visit lots of areas and see many sunrises, but I honestly can say that Cape Ann has THE MOST spectacular sunrises and sunsets. No…I’m not a morning person, in fact, I love sleep, but remember I told you the camera is evil? It makes you do evil things??   Well it makes you get up early too! So here you go….pick a day….get up early… bring your camera or just bring a blanket and a cup of coffee and treat yourself with the peacefulness and beauty of the early morning! My favorite place to go is Good Harbor Beach and on any given day there are a half dozen cars parked there and a handful of people on the beach walking and waiting.  This morning’s sunrise was hindered by the clouds, so I’m sharing one of my favorites from GHB.   I’d love to hear where everyone’s favorite places for sunrises are (on or off Cape Ann)!

(Nikon D610, 1/15 sec, F8, ISO 200 – shot in Raw with Lightroom edits) 

GHB Sunrise