Mallard duckling families from around Niles Pond, Henry’s Pond, and Loblolly CoveFemale mallard ducklings copyright Kim Smith

The ducklings appear so small and vulnerable when crossing the road

Ducklings foraging in seaweed copyright Kim Smith.JPG

Ducklings hungrily foraging in the seaweed at dusk. The duckling with the darker feathers on top of its head has a gimpy leg yet despite that, she keeps up with her sibling.
Female mallard ducklings -2 copyright Kim SmithMama Mallard with ducklings tucked under her breast and well camouflaged

Female mallard ducklings -1 copyright Kim SmithThere’s always one in every crowd

Male mallards copyright Kim SmithThe bachelors

Public Assistance For Gloucester Police Department

Cape Ann Community

Gloucester Police detectives are looking for the public’s assistance in identifying the person in the following picture.

This person is not wanted for, or suspected of any wrong doing. This person is however a witness to a recent incident.

Should anyone recognize this person we ask that you contact the detectives by email at (

Thanks for any help

Detective Thomas Quinn


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Funny Girl at NSMT grabs you and won’t let go!

Shoshana Bean is Fanny Brice in North Shore Music Theatre’s production of FUNNY GIRL playing thru June 19, 2016. Photo © Paul Lyden

Every once in a while a live show delivers a truly moving theatre experience.  North Shore Music Theatre‘s production of Funny Girl is it.  This musical has everything you’d want in an evening out: It’s funny, heartwarming, music is stellar and the dancing is engaging — especially the tap.

Most importantly, the star, Shoshana Bean, grabs you from the moment she enters the stage and keeps hold of your emotions while she beckons your hopes, dreams and fears to go along with her on a wild ride through the early 20th century life of Zeigfeld Follies star Fanny Brice.

Shoshana Bean (who was the first replacement actress for the role of Elphaba on Broadway in the musical Wicked) has a gorgeous voice and is perfectly cast in the role made famous by Barbara Streisand on Broadway in 1964 and on film in 1968.  Bean is an extraordinarily good actress whose physical comedy and timing make this NSMT show one of our favorites in a long time.  Even our son loved it and he’s jaded by having been around rock stars all his life!

Funny Girl is selling fast and only running through June 19th, so get your tickets right now, RIGHT HERE!!

Here’s live performance of Fanny Brice singing one of her hits just to get you in the mood  . . .

Mr. Gordon “Sax” Beadle Tonight @ The Rhumb Line’s “Dave Sag’s Blues Party” 8:30pm 6.9.2016


It’s a biggie! Yes, yes, Mr. Gordon “Sax” Beadle is back in town this Thursday, comin’ at you with his atom smashing style and vaporizing sorties. it’s always a big deal to play with this guy…always takes a couple of days to recover…like a couch. Just back from a tour of Atlantis, our pied piper is dragging in the same vibrating rhythm section as last week.


I’m talking Mr. Pete Henderson on catarrh and Forrest “Forrest ” Padgett on the defibrillators. It’s always a blast! Do come!


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

Katrina’s is excited to add some Country Western / Blues music to their venue and host Cowboy & Lady! 8-11pm Thursday 6.9.2016


cowboy and lady

This event Is for Country/Blues music lovers!!!

I’ve been chomping at the bit waiting to announce this special event at Katrina’s.
Cowboy and Lady will be riding into town Thursday, June 9th for a evening
of classic country/blues at our venue. Cowboy and Lady is a country-blues inspired duo featuring Tyler-James Kelly (The Silks) & Jess Powers.


*Reservations recommended for this show!Reserve your seat now! 978-515-7817



seARTS art loan @ Bass Rocks 2016 and Cape Ann Plein Air panel


seARTS 9th and biggest art loan installation at Bass Rocks Golf Club opened last night. Visitors to Bass Rocks Golf Club will be able to see the art of 14 artists selected for this year’s seARTS art loan, and it’s all for sale. As if the art, food and party weren’t enough, the reception included brief panel talks about the national Cape Ann Plein Air festival that will kick off this October 11-16, 2016. 

Artists interested in competing in Cape Ann Plein Air make sure to apply by the July 14th deadline.



Leslie Heffron above, and below her painting in the distance and painting in the foreground is by Joan Bediz



Above, first time in the art loan @ Bass Rocks, Leigh with her husband Betts. Look for Leigh Slingluff’s painting hanging near prints by Rusty and Ingrid.


First prize went to Deb Schradieck. Head to seARTS for a complete list of all the participants and winners and to Bass Rocks to see all the artists (I didn’t get to take pictures of every work)  Congratulations to all!



A work by Ron Diebboll, also a Cape Ann Artisans participating artist.



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Nichole’s Picks 6/11 + 6/12

Pick #1: Strawberry Festival at Mile Marker One

Read all about it HERE

Always a lot of fun!  Great for kids…and their grown-ups too.


Pick #2:  Wee Woodland Fairy Festival at the Wenham Museum

Saturday, June 11 from 10:00-3:00

The fairy festival is included with admission to the museum…or  upgrade to the Premium Tea Party for $10 per child.


Read all about it and register HERE



Pick #3:  BeanStalk Adventure Ropes Course at Jordan’s Furniture


Experience the thrill of traveling from one activity to the next.  Test your agility and balance, as you make your way across our exclusive, one-of-a-kind sky ropes course. Head up 12 or 24 feet and step off onto zig zag beams, crisscross angled rope ladders, and hold tight for spaghetti hand lines.  Walk the plank at 24 feet where you travel out on a 6 inch standalone beam, only to pivot ever so perfectly and return.

Admission Prices:
BeanStalk Adventure Ropes Course (with Zip Line) – $12.50
BeanStalk Adventure Ropes Course (without Zip Line) – $10.50
Must be at least 48″ tall or 42″ if accompanied by a chaperone.

BeanSprout Adventure Ropes Course – $6.25
Must be less than 48″ tall.


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

It’s Official- I’m @WeberGrills Griller Of The Week- WOOOOOT!

Check Out My BBQ Blog-

Northeast BBQ

Labor of Love Doesn’t Begin To Describe The Fun I Have Putting www.northeastbbq.comA Coastal New England BBQ Journal Together.  Nice to have some recognition from my favorite grill company.

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Saint Peter's Fiesta -5 ©Kim Smith 2015Kathy and Dominic Nicastro

St. Peter’s Fiesta 2016

Novena to St. Peter

Monday, June 13 – Tuesday, June 21
7:00 p.m.
American Legion Hall

Wednesday, June 22

7:00–10:00 p.m.  Musical Entertainment….St. Peter’s Park:    
Barry Mooney and The Sounds of Legends ”                                                            


Thursday, June 23

Youth 3 on 3 Basketball Tounament      Time to be announced.
For further details, contact the Cape Ann YMCA.

6:30 p.m……      Fiesta 5K Road Race – with Cape Ann YMCA –
Starting location Stage Fort Park,
Finish line at St. Peter’s Park.
For further details, contact the Cape Ann YMCA.

8:00–11:00…      Entertainment, Dance and Music featuring…..
“WILD FIRE” …. St. Peter’s Park


Friday, June 24

4:45 p.m…….    Greasy Pole Contest…and…Women’s  Seine Boat Races
Pavilion Beach

6:30 p.m…….    Entertainment….Before Opening Ceremonies

7:30 p.m. ……    Formal Opening ….St. Peter’s Square

Entertainment immediately following to 11:30 p.m….                                                          featuring   Elio Lorusso and SEABREEZE


Saturday, June 25

9:30 a.m……          Family Activity Day….Newell Stadium
For further details, contact the Cape Ann YMCA.

10:00 a.m…….     Pavilion Beach…Military Seine Boat Race: 
U.S. Coast Guard vs U.S. Navy
Gloucester Fire Department vs Gloucester Police Department 

3:00 p.m……    Children’s Games…. Beach Court

4:45 p.m……    Sports Events… Pavilion Beach
Seine Boat Races..&..Greasy Pole Contest

8:00–11:30 pm. Musical EntertainmentSt. Peter’s Square….
“Gian Faraone and  Big Band Orchestra”


Sunday, JUNE 26

10:00 a.m……     Celebration of MASS OF ST. PETER….. at St. Peter’s Park

10:00 a.m……   Celebration of MASS OF ST. PETER….. at St. Peter’s Park

 12:00 noon…..  Procession following the Celebration of Outdoor Mass

3:00 p.m……    Blessing of the Fleet… Stacy Boulevard.

3:00 p.m… …   Concert….United States Navy Band Northeast…St. Peter’s Park

4:45 p.m……    Sports Events…at Pavilion Beach –
Seine Boat Races..&..
.Greasy Pole Contest

6:30 p.m……    Children’s  Pinata Contest –  Pascucci Court

6:30 -7:15 pm     Musical entertainment.. St. Peter’s Square… featuring  Jimmy Geany

7:15 p.m…….    Awards Ceremony – Trophies awarded to winners of the Sports Events

8:30 p.m……    Musical Entertainment –  St. Peter’s Park featuring  Paul London

11:00 p.m……  Raffle Drawings and Closing Procession

Save the Date:  Next Year….
St. Peter’s Fiesta, 90th Anniversary, June 21 – June 25, 2017

The 80s Greasy pole Champions Sunday Greasy Pole Rally ©Kim Smith 2015The 80s Greasy Pole Champions with David Foote, Steven LeBlanc Jr, Peter Frontiero, Nico Brancaleone, Jim Silva, Paul Nicastro, and Jake Wood

Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 6/9/16


Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

Joey C

A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

The web address will be

To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.

Friday 6/10 Meeting of the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club

June 8, 2016 ~ Michael Deneen


Friday night, 8:00 pm at the Lanesville Community Center is the June GAAC meeting, featuring a group of astrophotographers presenting some of their best work.

We’ll get to see a multitude of colorful pictures of all kinds of celestial objects, learn what each object is, what’s noteworthy about it, how big, how far, and we’ll find out a little bit about any challenges the photographers faced in getting the shot. All in all, this promises to be a terrific, informative and enjoyable night.

This annual program is always a favorite, so come early and grab a good seat, grab something good to eat, and enjoy a memorable night out at GAAC. Weather permitting we’ll even get to do a little observing of the first-quarter moon and a planet or two after the meeting.

The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club meets at the Lanesville Community Center in the Lanesville neighborhood of Gloucester MA, at 8:00 pm on the second Friday of every month, for presentations, discussions and activities related to observational astronomy. Thre is plenty of free parking, and there is no cost. For more info on the club see the website at, the facebook page at, or follow the club on twitter, @GAACster.

“Awesome Stuff Sale” Benefitting EPDS

June 9, 2016 ~ epdsfrontdesk ~

DONATIONS WANTED for our huge rummage sale!

All proceeds go to Eastern Point Day School!  If anyone that has donations in clean and good condition, they can drop them off at the the school between 9am – 11am this Saturday.

We welcome donations of all kinds that are clean and in good condition (no broken items please) Items can be easily dropped off at the school or items can be picked up. Contact us at 978.239.6800 or email us at to schedule a time for drop offs and pick ups between now and June 16th. We appreciate the support! Please feel free to pass this event around! Hope to see you there on Saturday, June18th! Thanks!

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Yoga at 5:30 in the morning? Yeah, right!

More Cape Ann Health Fitness and Wellness

Cape Ann Wellness

Why on Earth would you want to get up at the crack’a’dawn to go and work hard, push your limits, and sweat before 6AM? Well have you ever noticed how old folks get up at like 4 in the morning? Maybe they’re on to something. Maybe they realize that this life is short but sweet for certain, and it’s up to us to take advantage of every breath. And, if healthy, wealthy, and wise is just an alarm clock away……. we’ve got a spot for you to get on that project.

IMG_20160519_105020 This is a man who doesn’t need to “practice” his balance but he does anyway. You’ll see him on his mat at 5:30 a few days a week.

Our 5:30am weekday classes are taught by Johnna, Kim, and Atlee. These women shine energy and enthusiasm; they are happy to be there and it rubs off on everyone! The 5:30 crew is…

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