Restoring The 2008 @WeberGrills Kettle That Matt Ring Gave Me Last Spring

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Northeast BBQ

Between this 2008 Weber One Touch Gold and the Smokey Joe Silver I cooked at least 6 times a week all spring/summer/fall of 2015.  They were both long overdue for a thorough cleaning and restoration.  The good thing about Weber kettles is that their finish is so durable, even the worst crud build up and nastiest looking grills can be restored with a little elbow grease and a few inexpensive supplies.

Following the guides from The Weber Kettle Club I picked up a cheap razor scraper that came with 10 extra razor blades and some extra fine #0000 steel wool.  A small flathead screwdriver helped get bits of gunk out of some tiny tough spots.

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Caffe Sicilia’s sea of zeppoles, and sfinci, too!

Caffe Sicilia Maria Domenic sfinci Saint Joseph. 2016 Kim SmithSfinci

Caffe Sicilia Maria Domenic zeppole -2 Saint Joseph. 2016 Kim Smith .JPGZeppole in progress 

So many thanks to Maria, Nina, and Domenic for their continued help with Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project. 

Caffe Sicilia Maria Domenic zeppole Saint Joseph. 2016 Kim Smith



Rockport Farmers Market on Saturday!

Supporting Local Food

The Rockport Farmers Market has been setting up at the Community House in Rockport this winter as a new venture in local food, and it has been an interesting and exciting experiment so far to hold a farmers’ market every month from January all the way into the summer when the weekly market returns. The Cape Ann community supports local food producers in a big way, and the farmers’ market vendors are looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday at the March market!

Local food patrons can pick up fresh greens and locally-raised meats from Arrowhead Family Farm, First Light Farm and Rockport’s own Seaview Farm. Plus, there will be loads of other foods from local producers: smoked fish from Sasquatch Smokehouse, locally-roasted direct trade coffee from Valverde Coffee, dried fruits from All-Fruit, soups from The Soup Guy, granola and more from The Yellow Plum, fresh baked goods from Cake Ann, pickles from Ma & Pa’s Pickles, and dahlia tubers from Roving Radish and much more!!!

RWinterFMposter (1)FREE Tote with $50 Purchase!

At Saturday’s Rockport Winter Farmers Market (March 19th from 9am to 1pm at the Rockport Community House), patrons who spend $50 or more will receive a Rockport Farmers Market tote: a high-quality screenprinted reversible fabric bag with inside pocket – perfect for carrying all your delicious farmers’ market goods.

Pick up a “farmers’ market patron” card at the Rockport Exchange booth at the market and vendors will check off each $10 increment you spend. If you spend $50 at tomorrow’s market, simply present your card back at the Rockport Exchange booth for redemption at the end of your Rockport Farmers Market visit.

Enjoy fresh, local food and support the work of local food producers, PLUS get a handy tote in the process: a winning situation!

For more info visit

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Pascha, Easter and Easter Eggs

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Easter, which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, is Christianity’s most important holiday. It has been called a moveable feast because it doesn’t fall on a set date every year, as most holidays do. Instead, Christian churches in the West celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21. Therefore, Easter is observed anywhere between March 22 and April 25 every year. Orthodox Christians use the Julian calendar to calculate when Easter will occur and typically celebrate the holiday a week or two after the Western churches, which follow the Gregorian calendar.

The exact origins of this religious feast day’s name are unknown. Some sources claim the word Easter is derived from Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Other accounts trace Easter to the Latin term hebdomada alba, or white week, an ancient reference to Easter week and the white clothing donned by people who were baptized during that time. Through a translation error, the term later appeared as esostarum in Old High German, which eventually became Easter in English. In Spanish, Easter is known as Pascua; in French, Paques. These words are derived from the Greek and Latin Pascha or Pasch, for Passover. Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection occurred after he went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover (or Pesach in Hebrew), the Jewish festival commemorating the ancient Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt. Pascha eventually came to mean Easter.

Easter is really an entire season of the Christian church year, as opposed to a single-day observance. Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter Sunday, is a time of reflection and penance and represents the 40 days that Jesus spent alone in the wilderness before starting his ministry, a time in which Christians believe he survived various temptations by the devil. The day before Lent, known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, is a last hurrah of food and fun before the fasting begins. The week preceding Easter is called Holy Week and includes Maundy Thursday, which commemorates Jesus’ last supper with his disciples; Good Friday, which honors the day of his crucifixion; and Holy Saturday, which focuses on the transition between the crucifixion and resurrection. The 50-day period following Easter Sunday is called Eastertide and includes a celebration of Jesus’ ascension into heaven.

In addition to Easter’s religious significance, it also has a commercial side, as evidenced by the mounds of jelly beans and marshmallow chicks that appear in stores each spring. As with Christmas, over the centuries various folk customs and pagan traditions, including Easter eggs, bunnies, baskets and candy, have become a standard part of this holy holiday.

Easter Eggs

At the Passover Seder, a hard-boiled egg dipped in salt water symbolizes both new life and the Passover sacrifice offered at the Temple in Jerusalem.

The ancient Persians painted eggs for Nowrooz, their New Year celebration falling on the Spring Equinox. This tradition has continued every year on Nowrooz since ancient times.

The Easter egg tradition may have celebrated the end of the privations of Lent. In the Medieval Europe, eggs were forbidden during Lent as well as other traditional fast days. During the strict Lenten fast of forty days no eggs were eaten. It was traditional to use up all of the household’s eggs before Lent began, which established the tradition of Pancake Day.  In Eastern Christianity, both meat and dairy are still prohibited during the fast, and eggs are seen as “dairy” (a foodstuff that could be taken from an animal without shedding its blood). That is the reason why eggs laid during that time were often boiled or otherwise preserved. It was during Easter that the consumption of eggs resumed after the strict Lenten fast. Eggs were thus a mainstay of Easter meals, and a prized Easter gift for children and servants. And this is probably the reason why eggs came to be associated with Easter. Read more at

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Muddy Ruckus returns to Gloucester tonight @ The Cape Ann Brewing Company 8pm 3.18.2016

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I am so very excited about this dynamic Americana duo coming back to Gloucester…so wicked good!
have a listen to one of my favorites
check out their website too!

The Folklore Theatre Company & Floating Lotus are proud to present MANTRA Himalayan Fusion Band ~ 7-9pm March 26

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All ages welcome!

The Folklore Theatre Company & Floating Lotus are proud to present MANTRA Himalayan Fusion Band, as part of our World Music Concert Series! Come dance and celebrate our Global Community right in the heart of Gloucester!

MANTRA supports the Napali community and the upcoming new generation who are far away for their native culture. Music is the universal language of all people. This Global Exchange bridges us to the world.

MANTRA Himalayan Fusion Band
Shyam Nepali (Sarangi)
Ranjan Boudathoki (Basuri )
Nandu Shankar (Tabla)
Ujjwal Dhaubadel (Chon jembe)
Salilandra singh mac (Guitar)
Sushil Chetrri (Bass)

Tickets are $12
Advance tickets available at

Men At Work with a Smile

IMG_3371The driver of a 60 foot truck, finds it much easier to carry his load to the construction site versus driving down Commercial Street, and attempting to turn around.  The cooper tubing must have been at least 20 plus feet long and heavy.






Gettin’ low at Eastern Point Light

10355502_10202360096547083_5077284816500798731_oThere are so many awesome, creative people out there it’s hard to find a different point of view of the places we have all seen photographed a zillion times. Sometimes it’s getting there during unique weather or lighting, but I’ve learned from some great photog friends that changing your own perspective by getting down low or up high can make a unique photograph as well. This is one of my favorite shots of Eastern Point Light, taken lying flat down on the granite (you might need knee pads for this one!) with my camera flat on the ground shooting into the puddle that was probably no more than a foot wide. So find a puddle from all these rain showers we’ve had and start shooting!

Keeping the Faith

I love this memorial.  It makes me sad…and it inspires me.

While I’ve previously researched it for my own purposes and have more than likely read about it here on GMG, when questioned about it the other day, I was at a bit of a loss for information.  So, I was happy to come home, look through my photos, and brush up a little.

I actually like to refer to the statue as “them” …because that’s what I see. While clearly it is a statue…I just see the family…a them.  Pained, proud, haunted, hopeful, wonderful, worried, scared, strong, certain, uncertain….and much more.  They are really beyond beautiful.

Please visit the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association here to read about the great work that they do, the Memorial, and more.  Below is a bit of what they include about the memorial.

On August 5, 2001, the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association (GFWA) dedicated a monument to honor the women who have been – and are – the soul of fishing communities.

As Angela Sanfilippo, GFWA president, so eloquently said at the dedication ceremony:

“The memorial serves as a testimonial to what wives, mothers, sisters, and children of fishermen of the world have endured because their men chose to be on the water. They had no choice but to stand on rock, to be on land.”

Envisioned by the wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters of Gloucester fishermen, the memorial honors not only the faith, diligence, and fortitude of the wives of fishermen and mariners everywhere but also honors all women for their unselfish contribution to the well being of their families and their communities.




Are fishcakes obsolete #9 from Al Bezanson

Fort Square Cafe fishcake closeup__1024 (1)Fort Square Café formula for fishcakes

  1. Take a short walk down the street to a just-arrived dragger
  2. Select a couple large hake from the top of the catch
  3. Wait a  minute for a crewmember to fillet the fish
  4. Hand over the fillets to Heidi at the Fort Square Café
  5. Enjoy another cup of Rusty’s coffee as you wait for breakfast
  6. Note that the spuds are on the side – not in the fishcake
  7. Enjoy.  You won’t be needing lunch after this breakfast Fort Square Cafe fishcake with one egg__1024 (1) Listings for 3/18/16

Cape Ann TV Production Class March 31

March 17, 2016 ~ Cape Ann TV

Jim Capillo, Cape Ann TV’s Studio Manager is teaching the basics of field video production on Thursday, March 31 at 6-8 pm. He will show you how to use Cape Ann TV’s cameras and microphones to capture good video and audio, and he will get you on the road to making your own television program.

Jim’s top three reason of why you should take this class is:

1- You will learn the basics on how to produce a tv show.

2- You will become a better camera operator.

3- You will better understand the process of how television is put together (behind the scenes.)

This class is open to any resident of Cape Ann who is Cape Ann TV member (see our website Membership page for details:

Contact Lisa at: or 978-281-2443 to sign up for the class.

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Cape Ann Museum’s Seafaring Women

March 17, 2016 ~ Cape Ann Museum

Captain Laurel Seaborn, a maritime archaeologist and sailing ship captain, will offer an in-depth look at the brave women who went to sea in the nineteenth century during her illustrated lecture on March 26 at 2:00p.m. at the Cape Ann Museum.

During the 19th century, when women chose to go to sea in sailing ships, they contributed as nurses, nannies and navigators, and in extreme cases took command of the ship. Besides the beds, chairs, and parlor organs that might be found during an archaeological excavation of a shipwreck, their personal possessions such as jewelry, sewing kits and children’s toys would also convey evidence of how the culture on ships changed with a woman’s presence. The investigation of these artifacts, as clues into the lives of these seafaring women, is part of Captain Seaborn’s ongoing PhD research at the University of New Hampshire.


Photo credit: Deck of J.L. Ralston, Canadian salt transport at Pew’s Wharf, 1920. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum.

Seaborn has crewed and captained both modern and historic sailing ships, and has worked on archaeological projects doing underwater excavations on such renowned ships as Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge and Captain Kidd’s Cara Merchant.

This program is free for CAM members / $10 for non-members (includes admission). Space is limited; reservations are required.

For more information or to make reservations please call (978) 283-0455 x10 or email

Reservations can also be made online at Eventbrite.


March 17, 2016 ~ taagloucester

Jazz, Wine Tasting & Auction Evening!

Sunday, April 10th at 6:30 pm

Come listen to wonderful jazz (“Jazmen” Trio feat. Mark Arnold will perform! An acclaimed vocalist Mari Martin will be joining us that evening!), bid on wonderful auction items and taste some delicious wines!

Space is limited to 80 people, so please buy your tickets early.




Purim Celebration!

March 17, 2016 ~ taagloucester

TAA Purim Celebration

Wednesday, March 23rd at 6:30 pm

Please join us for the Purim celebration!
Megillah reading! Carl Woolf will be joining us! Music! Beer from the Cape Ann Brewery! Potato pancakes! Blintzes! And delicious hamantaschen cooked by Abe Baron!
Suggestion donation – $5.

We will be also collecting gifts for the poor (Matanot L’evyonim).


Essex Elementary PTO is raffling off 2 Stand up Paddle boards and more. Check out the raffle and we will be following it up with an online raffle of local goods and services from Cape Ann. If you would like a ticket you can contact Kendra at Double Exposure. 978-283-0870 

Thank you Joey

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