Crow battle copyright Kim SmithDear Friends,

A reminder that no dogs are allowed on Good Harbor Beach during the summer and particularly while the Piping Plovers are nesting. It truly is a matter of life and death for these rare and endangered tender shorebirds. The past several mornings there have been dogs on GHB, off leash. Although the Plovers nest is at the edge of the dune, once they have hatched, the tiny nestlings will soon be going to the water’s edge to feed. They will most assuredly be squished by an exuberant pooch if owners do not keep their dogs off the beach. Please let your house guests, friends, neighbors, and family know about these rare creatures calling Good Harbor Beach home for the summer, and why it is so vitally important to keep dogs off the beach.

Yes, I took photos of the scofflaws, but do not want to post another batch. I’d rather we spend the time helping people understand why, and trying to prevent further incidences.

Piping Plover with garbage plastic bottle pollution copyright Kim SmithOf far greater concern is the fact that last night some persons were picnicking in the Plover’s cordoned off area. The thoughtless ones buried their trash in the sand, but left some remaining on top. At daybreak several crows, I am sure drawn by the brightly colored Doritos bag, began digging in the sand. They were soon joined by a dozen or so crow family members, where a great noisy battle ensued over the bones and garbage. The combat took place in the Plover’s plot, causing the nesting Plover extreme distress. She left the nest, trying all her tricks to distract the crows from the eggs, and was really quite brave in fending them off, all the while calling frantically to her mate. The battle lines were coming closer and closer to the Plover nest.

Why was she so alarmed? Because crows (and gulls) eat Piping Plover eggs!

As a filmmaker I try very hard not to intervene in wildlife behaviors while filming, I stand as still as a stone and the creatures soon forget about me and go about their normal business. However, in this case, the garbage strewn about in the Plover’s plot was human created and needed human intervention. I chased the crows out of the area and within a few moments, the Plovers had resumed their morning routine.Crow battle -2copyright Kim Smith

Some folks are under the misguided notion that it is a good thing to bury trash, even burying glass bottles. Tony and Murray, our awesome GHB DPW crew, told me that burying bottles is the worst thing people do because as the clean up tractor unwittingly is driven over the hidden garbage, bottles break, and then there is broken glass everywhere. Burying food and bones and plastic is nearly as bad. The seagulls and crows inevitably find the trash, drag it all across the beach, and then the plastic ends up in the ocean. If there weren’t so much nightly trash left on the beach, we wouldn’t have nearly as many crows, and the shorebirds would be far safer.

Please, no dogs and no trash on our beautiful beach. Thank you. The Piping Plovers thank you too.Crow feeding copyright Kim Smith

Alicia Unleashed 32- Spillin’ the Tea

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Alicia Unleashed Episode 32 Taped 7/5/16 with B-Side, John Sheehan and Hostess Alicia Cox

How did John get on the podcast?, Arancini interruption, Weekend Festivities, Traffic to Winga, Kardashian’s, Body types filters on Grinder, Tindah, Dating off the island, John’s spiritual date, John rants about dating, Orlando, John’s summer career goals, Fatimas Hair Design, Summer drinks, Jamie at Stones, How did the EFX appear?, Love the YMCA has AC, Do’s and Don’ts with John, Salon pet peeves, Has there been an age that’s been hard for you?, Where you think you should be at your age?, Zodiac signs, Go visit Jessica at Etsy, John throws out a special deal for listeners, Follow John on Instagram @Jgaga92, Longest podcast

The Rockport Legion Band will perform first free concert of their 83rd consecutive Season ~ July 10

The Rockport Legion Band will perform our first free  concert of our 83rd consecutive summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand, Beach St, Rockport, MA. at 7pm

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Popcorn is available.  Children are welcome.  Folding chairs and blankets are good.  In case of rain we will play inside the Legion Hall, next to the bandstand.

Jim Davison will conduct this program.

  JULY 10 – 2016 at 7pm
6 THE THUNDERER John Philip Sousa
12 WASHINGTON POST MARCH   John Phillip Sousa
  THE SOUND OF MUSIC Richard Rogers
  JOSHUA Paul Yoder
103 CARTOON SYMPHONY arr. Larry Clark
  SOARING Sean O’Loughlin
  Jason Howard, trumpet
  UPTOWN FUNK Bruno Mars
  William Altman, alto sax, & Ben Fuller
  ROMANZA Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart
  John Basset, alto horn
  SATCHMO arr. Ted Ricketts
  AMPARITO ROCA Jaime Texidor

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ This weeks musical guests: ALLEN ESTES (w/Brother Dave)! At The Rhumb Line 7-10pm

rhumblineDinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, July 6th – 7pm
Musical Guests:
ALLEN ESTES (w/Brother Dave)!

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The Rhumb Line is alive and well! This week, we have the
great Allen Estes. As an added bonus, he’ll be accompanied
by his gifted brother David. I’ll be shades of The Estes Boys
all over again. Full kitchen (as usual) – we’re sure to have
another fantastic night. Be there! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen…
…now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
7/13 -TBA

7/20 – John Rockwell

7/27 -Jon Butcher

Looking forward to seeing you there 🙂

Lessons On the Water Part 2: $100 sailing PLUS call to artists

Winslow Homer, Sailing out of Gloucester Harbor, 1880, Yale



Sign up for $100 per week blocks of morning lessons. Sail GHS leaves from Maritime Gloucester, Monday – Friday, from 8AM-11-11:30ish AM. The program targets middle schoolers through high school age. Participants should be able to swim, wear closed toe footwear, sunscreen, and bring a water.

Rob Bent provided the distinctive t-shirts. They’re ‘foresail’ $15 to help fund the Sail GHS program. Does anyone have a photograph of the sail club from the Horribles parade for them to replace this one?

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Artists interested in live sketching from these sail times can email  me. Sail GHS is on Facebook.


Thanks to Sail GHS board member Hilary Frye and congratulations on her new book of poetry!


Additional Gloucester sailing lessons

YMCA sailing (see prior post)

Annisquam Yacht Club junior sailing

Eastern Point  junior sailing

Richard Roth Photographer – Visits Gloucester


“A native Californian, born in Los Angeles of Italian descent. Self-taught, photography has been a passion dating back to his earliest years.

Richard comes from a close-knit creative family of diverse talents.
Because of a physical infirmity, he retired early from the workforce,
enabling a more complete devotion to photography.

Richard Roth presently resides in Long Beach.”

See Richard Roth’s Photography


Grandma Felicia’s Sunday Morning Blueberry Cake Shared Today On Sista Felicia’s New Recipe Website!

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Grandma Felicia’s Sunday Morning Blueberry Cake

Hey check out my new website

Over the past several months you may have noticed my GMG “Sista Dish” posts have been few and far between with the exception of my St. Joseph and St. Peter’s Fiesta posts. I’ve been crazy busy designing and uploading 900+ recipe posts and thousands of photos to my new  website with the help of my good friend and cookbook designer Cathy Kelly. Over the winter I realized it was time to make some major changes to better showcase the enormous archive of recipe content posted on GMG and other Social Media Outlets, in more organized and easily accessible fashion for my loyal followers. I’m super excited to take this next step and even more excited for what’s planned for the near future, and ask for your continued patience during this transition period over the next few months. I am working as fast as the computer will allow me to load. Every post uploaded fuels my determination to have this new  Sista Felicia’s Kitchen website organized and running smoothly for your convenience by September. Lots of summer recipes are being added daily so be sure to take a peek before headed to the Farmers Market or Grocery store for some easy to prepare summertime dishes! Lots of yummy salad and grilling recipes are just a click away! website

PSA – Tag your kayaks!

I’ve owned kayaks for a few years now and it honestly never occurred to me to put my contact information on them until the article in the GDT yesterday.    They hang in my garage, I take them out to use them and I hang them back up.   After reading the article about two kayaks found unexplainably adrift in Salem with no identifying information and how it cost the Coast Guard and tax payers over $14,000 to search for any person who may, or may not, have been in the kayaks, I think I will get my $1.99 sharpie out and write my name and phone number on ours!Capture


Love or Hate?

I found myself, for some reason, completely fascinated…albeit disgusted…by this act the other day.  While watching, and ultimately video taping, I was torn between whether they were fighting or well, you know, procreating.  There are certainly insects and the like that look like they are coming as opposed to going to confuse their prey.  However, after a bit of research (yes, I actually did the research) it would seem that one was just being really nasty to the other one.  I have to admit, wrong or not, I did eventually separate them with a stick because I couldn’t watch it anymore.


Wayne berger Shares His Rainwater Collection Barrel Design With Us


Great seeing you and the gang on Sunday at the parade.  You guys certainly made it more fun and entertaining.  VERY much appreciated.

As you requested and I promised to do, attached are pictures of the completed rain barrel that I got from you.  As with many projects I was a bit unconventional in my way of doing things.

I put a floor drain in the bottom of the barrel (so that I can get as many drops of water out as possible) rather than on the side as so many barrels are designed.  This required an open bottom platform, but the 4×4’s worked well.

I used two inexpensive flower pots (plastic type) with a piece (12″x12″) sandwiched between them where the water enters the top.  I saw this trick on the internet; as a way to keep mosquitoes from getting into the barrel.  I’ll see if it works.

currently I do not have an overflow outlet installed.  I was waiting to see how much rain it actually collects before deciding what to do.  I have already found out that I will need some sort of overflow as in the brief storm on Friday night I collected nearly 50 gallons of water.  Even the light showers this morning yielded another 30 gallons and that is from one half of our roof on a very small house.  

Thanks again; I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time and you and your generosity made it possible.

Keep up the good work,


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unnamedGloucester Stage Company continues its 37th season of professional theater on Cape Ann with the New England premiere of Deborah Zoe Laufer’s The Last Schwartz opening on July 7 and running through July 30 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA., A funny and provocative look at family life, The Last Schwartz takes place in the Catskills as the Schwartz family gathers on the one year anniversary of their father’s passing. Playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer made her Gloucester Stage debut during the 2015 season with Out of Sterno, which earned high critical acclaim and audience accolades during its smash hit GSC run. The Last Schwartz reunites Laufer with GSC Out of Sterno director Paula Plum. An award winning actress and GSC favorite, Plum returns to stage Laufer’s comic drama spiced with intrigue featuring a cast including returning GSC actors Brianne Beatrice and Paul Melendy, and GSC newcomers Andrea Goldman, Gabriel Kuttner, Glen Moore and Veronica Anastasio Wiseman.

Lynn native actress and director Paula Plum was last seen on the GSC stage in 2014’s Auld Lang Syne opposite her husband Richard Snee. Her GSC directing credits include Out of Sterno and I’m Not Rappaport. Ms. Plum is a founding member of Actors’ Shakespeare Project. She has been Artistic Director of WGBH’s A Christmas Celtic Sojourn since its inception in 2003. Other directing credits include Macbeth and School for Scandal with Actors’ Shakespeare Project; Steel Magnolias at Stoneham Theatre; Jake’s Womenat Merrimack Repertory Theatre; Baltimore Waltz at Lyric Stage; The Lady and the Clarinet at New Ehrlich Theatre; Lone Star and Laundry & Bourbonwith Back Alley Theatre; Tell Me On A Sunday at Stuart St. Theatre; andRomeo and Juliet with Happy Medium Theatre. As the 2009 recipient of the Fox Actor Fellowship, awarded to five actors nationwide, Ms. Plum conducted a workshop at her host theatre, SpeakEasy Stage, entitled Handling the Hot Moments, exploring the ways actors negotiate intimacy on stage. Her article of the same title was published in the October 2011 issue of American Theatre Magazine. While she is best known to GSC audiences as an actress, Ms. Plum is also a playwright, teacher and acting coach. Her most recent play, What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, explores the passions and peccadilloes of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. Ms. Plum is the recipient of the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, five IRNE awards, two Elliot Norton Awards for Best Actress, and was the 2003 Distinguished Alumna of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts.

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Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 7/6/16


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.

July 8 Meeting of the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club

July 5, 2016 ~ Michael Deneen


The speaker for the Friday July 8 GAAC meeting will be astronomer Phil Orbanes, with the “Deep Sky Name Game,” a fun examination of all those deep-sky object names that can’t help but leave us baffled. The Running Man nebula, the Flame nebula, the Eagle nebula — look closely; do you see a running man, or an eagle in there someplace? Maybe a flaming eagle? What were astronomers thinking? How on Earth did they come up with those names?


Nebulae of every stripe are some of the most spectacular and colorful objects in the universe, but there is very often no obvious resemblance between names and appearances. Phil may or may not be able to explain some of these choices to us, but we’ll have fun watching him try. Come along on a tour of some puzzling examples of stunning nebulae that will leave you scratching your heads in wonder.

The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club meets at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street, at 8:00 pm on the second Friday of the month. There is plenty of free parking, and there is no cost. All are welcome. For more info on the club and its activities please see our website, at, and our Facebook page at Follow us on twitter, @GAACster.

Keep your fingers crossed for good weather for the very next evening, July 9th, our second Halibut Point State Park Star Party of the 2016 season. This one will be full of planets and moons from dusk to 10:00-ish, next to the Visitor Center. There is no cost. Please park in the paved lot and walk up to the Visitor Center.

Phyllis A Marine Association Presents Maritime Saturday July 9th

Image ~ July 5, 2016 ~ middlestwalk

July 9, 2016


Image ~ July 5, 2016 ~ Joey C