GloucesterCast 177 w/ @KimSmithDesigns Rick Doucette @DonnaArd @Joey_C Taped 4/14/16 @CapeAnnTVCATV


GloucesterCast 177 w/ @KimSmithDesigns Rick Doucette @DonnaArd @Joey_C Taped 4/14/16 @CapeAnnTVCATV

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Thank you to Erich Archer, Becky Tober, Jim Capillo, Lisa Smith and Travis from Cape Ann TV who taped and produced the televised version of the podcast which will air soon on Cape Ann TV.

Pride Stride April 24th

Spring Almond Milk Share Being Offered At Mayflour Confections Rockport MA

six weeks of organic pressed almond milk being offered in April and May by Mayflour Confections- different flavors- Sea Salt & Honey, Vanilla Bean, Lavender, Pure, Matcha, Cacao

1 quart a week for six weeks-$80
2 quarts a week for six weeks – $150


A few notes:
  • We source our honey from Ipswich (Tomten Beeworks) and our sea salt from Atlantic Saltworks in Gloucester.
  • The almond milk is completely raw and contains about 30% almonds (store bought almond milk typically contains just 1-2%).
  • We press and bottle it on Mondays and it is available for pickup at Mayflour Confections in Rockport on Tuesdays.
  • Like the milkman, we take back the glass bottles each week for reuse.
If you need more info, here’s a link to our website, and one to the article that just came out in the Gloucester Times last week. To order, people can email

Happy Valley Ventures MA, Inc., the non-profit seeking to construct and operate a medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation facility in the Blackburn Industrial Park, will be holding an open house the evening of April 27

Mayor’s Art hotline-
On Sunday the doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the show will include a pick-a-prize auction and light refreshments – tickets are $35 each for adults and $15 for people 18 years and under.
Tickets are on sale at Bananas (78 Main St., Gloucester,) Alexandra’s Bread (265 Main St., Gloucester,) and online at Eventbrite. For more information, please contact

AJs At The Harbor Review tater tots appetizer. huge portions
The Rudder opens this Thursday 1/2 off everything including sushi and $1 oysters- No Brainer
Studio will be opening next weekend

Orange Leaf Open

This just in from George and Charles King:

WE HAVE AWESOME NEWS!!! Our Awesome Gloucester grant proposal for the Bacheler Civil War Coat has made it to the semi-finals! Now it’s up to our 3-5 minute pitch next Monday 7PM at the Gloucester House to bring it home!! Three other good projects will also try.


article we wrote for the Cape Ann Beacon


Tiny house hunters redefining the definition of success

Unbelievable amount of Turkeys  /Egrets
New Contraceptive method for men being tested on bunnies shot in the testes

Male Birth Control Working On Rabbits, Humans Are Next
Injections and birth control pills are completely blocking the flow of sperm in trials.

• Vasalgel, a reversible injection, blocked sperm in pre-clinical trials in rabbits.
• Male birth control pills have shown efficacy in animals.

Good Morning Gloucester Podcast 177 c Kim Smith


Turkey male fanning tale feathers feathers Kim SmithStructural Color

Have you ever wondered why sometimes you can see the brilliant red gorget (throat feathers) of the male Ruby-throated and Allen’s hummingbirds, and sometimes not at all? Or why iridescent feathers appear green, and then blue, or possibly purple, and then in the next moment look drab and dreary? I think about this when photographing birds such as grackles, buffleheads and hummingbirds. Most recently, the turkeys in our community are currently displaying their wildly varying iridescent feathers when in full courtship mode.

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Bufflehead Iridescence

Iridescent Red Gorget in Male Allen’s Hummingbird, same bird, different angles


There are two types of structural color, layering and scattering. Iridescence in bird feathers is created by layering. Bird feathers are made of a translucent protein called keratin, which is a very rugged substance. Not only are the feathers made of keratin, but keratin coats the bird’s claws, legs, and bill. Because of the structure of the feather, with its microscopic barbules, when light hits the feather it causes the wave lengths to bend, or refract. Keratin reflects short wave length colors like purples, blues, and violets. The other colors are absorbed by the underlying layer of melanin. The refraction works like a prism, splitting the light into an array of colors. As the viewing angle changes, because of the viewer’s movement or because the bird is moving, the refracted light displays a shimmering iridescence, or none at all. Beautiful color combinations are created when iridescent layers are combined with pigments present.

Turkey male iridescent feathers -2 Kim SmithIn the above photo, the male Turkey’s iridescent feathers surrounding the head make a splendid display in full sun.

These same feathers appear entirely different when back lit.

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Grackle Kim Smith 2016

Iridescence in Grackles


Keratin is interspersed with tiny pockets of air of within the structure of the feather filament (called barb). Scattering is created when light hits the pockets of air, which results in specific, non-iridescent color. The color blue in feathers is almost always created in this manner. Feathers of Blue Jays, Bluebirds, and Indigo Buntings are prime examples of scattering.

Here are two graphics found online that I found very helpful in trying to visualize the difference between layering and scattering. The first shows how iridescence is produced and the second, how blue scattering is created.Struct-Color-DIA-Iridescent_Myaedit_coloracrticle-674x441Bird_Biology-Feather_structural_blue-674x450


This Weekend in the Arts



Winter Shorts on Vacation

The mini tours you love in the winter are back for the warmer weather

The Cape Ann Museum docents are pleased to present Winter Shorts on Vacation, a series of mini tours highlighting their favorites from the Museum’s collection. These tours will take place on Saturday, April 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every half hour. This program is Free for CAM members / $10 non-members. Space is limited; first come, first served.

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Photo credit: Nicole Fandel

Spend a wonderful spring afternoon viewing the Museum’s collections with fresh eyes. Winter Shorts on Vacation offers a variety of six mini themed tours, developed and led by Museum docents. They are meant to appeal to a wide range of interests, so visitors can enjoy just a few or all of the tours if they choose. The schedule of tours is as follows:

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Wood You?
Explore the wooden objects in the Museum’s collection – from everyday kitchen implements to magnificent pieces of furniture, a cigar store Indian and several sculptures by James McClellan.

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Painting in the time of the Frog Ponders
Take a look at the paintings of Fitz Henry Lane through the lens of the Transcendentalists.

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. How Dear to Our Hearts are the Scenes of our Childhood
A quick romp through the Museum to look at several works relating to children and childhood on Cape Ann – the children who worked and those who played and those who sat still for portraits.

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Seeing the Light-Navigation & Lighthouses
During the age of sail, navigation was iffy at best. Learn why landfalls could be the most dangerous part of a voyage, and why the Fresnel lighthouse lens was a true breakthrough.

12:00 p.m.  – 12:30 p.m. Harvesting the Sea: Gloucestermen in the Heyday of Fishing Under Sail
More than 1,000 schooners called Gloucester their home port, sailing to fishing grounds as far as 1,000 miles away in search of finny gold. Both ships and men were called “Gloucestermen” — the ships tall, fast, and beautiful; the men tough, brave, tireless, and justly proud of their work.

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Fifteen Shades of Blue
Experience the impact of this favorite color during a whirlwind tour of the galleries.


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Open Thurs. through Sunday 12-5pm or by appointment
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Raymond Gonzalez in Concert

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930


April 16, 2016, Doors at 7:00 PM Concert Starts 7:30 PM
Tickets $25, $20 for RNAC Members
Buy Now:

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ROCKY NECK ART COLONY presents Raymond Gonzalez in concert at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, Saturday April 16. Doors at 7:00 PM, music begins at 7:30 PM.

Raymond Gonzalez is a composer, arranger, producer and multi-instrumentalist. A professional guitarist since the age of 16, he has traveled extensively throughout the US performing on concert stages, festivals, radio, TV, coffeehouses, house concerts, and most things in between. Classical, celtic, jazz, folk, blues, rock and the avant-garde are all in Raymond’s arsenal of musical styles. He began composing for solo guitar, piano, and small (classical) ensembles at a very young age, which ultimately lead to a Master’s degree in Composition from the New England Conservatory of Music.  He continues to compose and perform in the classical and modern music arena. Raymond taught guitar (all styles) at University of Massachusetts, Boston for 11 years and currently teaches at Salem State University.


Chris “Stovall” Brown Tonight with guest drummer Chris Anzalone Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line 8:30pm 4.14.2016


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Nose-busting Mr. Chris “Stovall” Brown returns this Thursday for yet another rousing evening of Bad jokes, incredible glitar and heartfelt vocals. Always a pleasure to have mr. B. around. He keeps me honest, knows a million toons and has a new wireless rig that allows him to communicate with the planet Altair IV, as well as jump around all over the place whilst whanging out yet another incredible solo enroute to the front door. You gotta see this.

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Of course, our Gatling drummmbler aka Mr. Chris Anzelone will remain forcibly rooted to the floor and the groove via welded connection to me; the basest.


chris a Wear your hardhat. Bring cash, tons of it. No salesman will visit your home.


40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

The Artist’s Cocktail Celebrates Cameron’s 21st Birthday bash! 9:30pm Saturday April 13, 2016

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Please share!
No cover, but tips gratefully accepted!
Memorial donations to The Brain Candy Project will be greatly appreciated. ♥

Come raise a glass on what would have been my son Cameron’s 21st birthday. Musical friends, join in with the Swingset or play one of your own. Let’s pack the joint!

Night Shots


Last year I started venturing into night shooting with my camera, starting to shoot long exposures with stars and the milky way, but one of the funnest ways is to find a completely dark area and play around with light sources.  Last fall I took a workshop at New England School of Photography and we went out to Fort Revere Park in Hull, MA  (which was pitch black at 10pm at night!) and had a blast playing in the dark!   This was shot using a clear tube with flashlights at each end.   As I opened the shutter Cousin Wendy walked back and forth with the light source, close the shutter and voila!   So fun to see what the camera can see when we can’t.


Nichole’s Picks 4/16 + 4/17

Pick #1  Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library book launch:  The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin


Pick #2:  Catch a Ride on the Swan Boats

It is opening weekend for the swan boats!  In my humble opinion, a ride on the swan boats and a walk through the Public Gardens never gets old.

Click Here to Learn More


Pick #3:  Patriots’ Day in Lexington

Lexington has so many historic, fun, and educational activities going on all weekend, but especially on Patriots’ Day!

Check them all out HERE


As always, for a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid