FullSizeRender (36)Ken’s golden polenta, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside

There are still a few seats available for the next Duckworth’s Eastern Point Lit House Book Club event (Sunday evening, March 20th). Ken, Chris, Jenn, Michelle, and Colleen do a beautiful job welcoming guests, and if you haven’t been, they provide wonderful evenings of, quite possibly, the best book club fare ever, freely flowing wine, and great discussions.

IMG_6480Last month’s discussion was led by Eastern Point Lit House co-founders Jenn Monroe and Chris Anderson.

Don’t be intimidated if you haven’t read the book in time for the event (which is oftentimes the case with me). I’m usually so inspired after the discussion, I find the time.

FullSizeRender (37)So deliciooooooous, that’s all I can say about Ken’s meatloaf and potatoes

Lit House book Club Duckworth's ©Kim Smith 2015An array of salads, vegetable dishes, and soup accompanies every dinner.


Come, I promise you won’t be disappointed!!




A home full of friends and family at the always welcoming Groppo Saint Joseph Novena. 

Groppo Novena 2016 Gloucester Saint Joseph - Kim Smith

Groppo Novena Saint joseph altar 2016 Gloucester Saint Joseph - Kim SmithThe exquisite and elegant hand embroidery cutwork tablecloth was made especially for Nina’s altar. The flowers each year are organized and arranged by Jane Harper Beddus.


2016 St. Joseph Novena Night One at Sista Felicia’s




Family and friends gathered around this years altar dressed in gold and white for the first night of our nine day rosary honoring St. Joseph.



Rose Vizena ans Cindy Beck


Novena Coffee Time Confections!


Sue Lovasco slicing her delicious Almond Cake!



Hannah Kimberley with her yummy no-bake Chocolate Cake!


Andrea Carlson’s Almond Biscotti Cookies


GMG Contributor Bridget Mathews and Nicole Curcuru, serving

 Sista Felicia’s Limonciello and Aranciello

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Gloucester: When the Fish Came First

nubar alexanian book

a book of photographs by Nubar Alexanian

Retail Price: $295, Pre-publication price: $125. (Orders before May 6.)

Gloucester, MA— Walker Creek Media and the Rocky Neck Art Colony announce the release of GLOUCESTER: WHEN THE FISH CAME FIRST, a limited edition beautifully reproduced large format book (14”x11.5”) of 67 photographs by celebrated photographer Nubar Alexanian from his Gloucester collection.

A New England native and Gloucester resident, Alexanian accompanied the Brancaleone family of Gloucester and their crew aboard the Joseph and Lucia II on four ten-day fishing trips to Georges Bank in the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s, just prior to the collapse of the fishing industry. His photos from these trips form the heart of this book and reflect his deep connection to these Gloucester fishermen. They record the last glory days of commercial fishing out of Gloucester harbor, and also life as it was lived in Gloucester over a forty year period. In his introduction Sandy Tolan writes: “This book is a love poem to Gloucester; it is, as Nubar says, a ‘historical document describing a way of life that will never ‘be’ again.’ ”

The public is invited to a celebratory “Meet The Author” and book launch party at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson St. Gloucester, on Thursday, May 5, at 7:30 PM.

Copies of GLOUCESTER: WHEN THE FISH CAME FIRST are available to individuals at a pre-publication price of $125 from March 25, 2016 through May 5, 2016. See the book’s official website,

GLOUCESTER: WHEN THE FISH CAME FIRST is distributed exclusively through the Rocky Neck Art Colony.

Resellers interested in carrying this limited edition title may order through the Rocky Neck Art Colony, 978-515-7004 or by emailing


“In his fish photos Alexanian finds a metaphor of the people of Gloucester – endangered, atavistic, communal – and they’re as riveting as they are forlorn.”

—Christopher Mills, The Boston Phoenix

“These images manage to be beautiful and honest at the same time. They are the real Gloucester, hard edges and all.”

—Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm

“Alexanian’s pictures are metaphors. Read them like poems.”

—The Boston Globe

“Alexanian is ever moving, ever growing, enlarging scope and depth, yet rooted in our rock and water—and in us.  Join him in his explorations of our Gloucester and ourselves, and make them yours.”

—From the Foreword by Joseph Garland


A portion of the proceeds from the sales of GLOUCESTER: WHEN THE FISH CAME FIRST will be donated to the Northeast Seafood Coalition.


The Rocky Neck Art Colony, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization nurtures excellence in the arts through exhibitions, workshops, residencies and vibrant cultural events for its members and the public. Long renowned for its luminous light, Rocky Neck has been a magnet for some of the most revered realist paintings in American art and a catalyst for the progressive ideas of artists from Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery, and Nell Blaine, among many others. For up to date information visit


The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Tulips are rising!

Anyone else notice that the tulip bulbs are already rising? Last year I had a “significant” birthday so my husband and I with a couple of friends decided to celebrate it in the Netherlands and had an awesome adventure tooling around Amsterdam, the Tulip fields and Kuekenhof gardens. As a birthday gift my friends sent me 50 various tulip bulbs from the Keukenhof garden and I am now anxiously awaiting for them to bloom! So enjoy the rainy day and know that soon we will be gifted an early bloom of the bright beautiful colors of spring!

Product Review- X-Chef Heat Resistant Silicone BBQ Grilling Gloves

I was looking for a set of grill gloves to handle the Lodge Cast Iron Skillet.  When opening up all the vents on the pit and getting that cast iron searing hot, the last thing you want to do is for…

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From Cape Ann Museum ~
Happy Birthday to CAM artist Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington (1876-1973)! The incredibly successful sculptor had a specialty in portraying animals, partially due to the influence of her eminent paleontologist father, Alpheus Hyatt. Her most well-known work on Cape Ann is the 3,500 lb bronze statue of Joan of Arc in front of Gloucester’s American Legion Post. The monument sits atop historic stones from France as a memorial to the Gloucester men who fought and died among French allies in World War I. Her model for Joan’s noble steed was a local horse named Frank that once pulled a fire wagon.
12814804_1089749337744461_3195385424672608358_n PHOTO COURTESY CAPE ANN MUSEUM