Look For The Oliver Hazard Perry the first ocean-going, full-rigged ship to have been built in the United States in over 100 years in Gloucester

On her way to Portsmouth NH she may be stopping off in G Town on Monday

The Oliver Hazard Perry is the first ocean-going, full-rigged ship to have been built in the United States in over 100 years.

– Sail Plan: full-rigged, 3-masted, square-rigged

– Spar Length: 196 feet

– Beam: 38 feet

– Draft: 13 feet

– Height: 130 feet


IMG_9811The other morning at the beach I was about to step out of my car barefoot when I looked down at the curbside to see about twenty of these small, cigarette but-sized glass vials littered around the curb. I fortunately stopped before putting my foot down in the glass in what could have a been yucky cut. Litter comes in all shapes and sizes but I was also wondering what they are. Please write if you know. Thank you!IMG_9810

Speaking of litter, that very same morning, while I was filming a group of crows pulling trash across the road and tearing up the MacDonald’s to-go boxes to get to the food remaining within, I looked up from the footbridge and saw a man in his car dumping a shopping bag full of food smack dab in the middle of Nautilus Road (the road that runs along Good Harbor). I stopped him and asked him why he did that. He shook his fist in my face and ironically, considering what I had just been filming, hollered that the crows and the gulls have to eat to.

So, to anyone who may be under the notion that crows and beach gulls do not get enough to eat of their own volition, I can assure you that they do, and that they are probably two of the best fed species on Planet Earth.

Gull and Beach Garbage copyright Kim SmithKeep Cape Ann Beautiful ~ Please Don’t Litter


Beautiful Essex-built Schooner Roseway this afternoon. Question for Marty or Len – where will she be berthed during  the environmental cleanup?

Roseway Schooner Gloucester Backshore -2 copyright Kim Smith

Roseway Schooner Gloucester Backshore copyright Kim Smith

From the World Ocean School website ~

In the fall of 1920 a Halifax, Nova Scotia, newspaper challenged the fisherman of Gloucester, Massachusetts, to a race between the Halifax fishing schooners and the Gloucester fleet. Therefore many schooners, such as Roseway, built at this time were not strictly designed for fishing but in order to protect American honor in the annual races.

Roseway, 137′ in sparred length, was designed as a fishing yacht by John James and built in 1925 in his family’s shipyard in Essex, Massachusetts. Father and son worked side by side on Roseway, carrying on a long New England history of wooden shipbuilding. She was commissioned by Harold Hathaway of Taunton, Massachusetts, and was named after an acquaintance of Hathaway’s “who always got her way.” Despite her limited fishing history, Roseway set a record of 74 swordfish caught in one day in 1934.

Roseway was built and maintained to an exceedingly high standard, using a special stand of white oak from Hathaway’s property in Taunton. She had varnished rails and stanchions and had a house built for her every winter. She was so well maintained that the coal for the stove was washed before being stored in the bunker. This kind of treatment, which contributed to her longevity, was unheard of in the commercial fishing fleet.

On December 7, 1941, just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Boston Globe reported the purchase of Roseway by the Boston Pilots Association. In the article, the Pilots described Roseway as “sturdily constructed of oak, the craft is fully capable of withstanding the battering of heavy seas and onslaughts of terrific gales that pilot boats maintaining the lonely vigil off Boston Harbor are called upon to meet.” Clarence Doane, agent for the Boston Pilots, stated that Roseway “approaches as close as possible to specifications of the ideal pilot boat as any vessel. . . .”

Read More About the Roseway and World Ocean School Aboard the Roseway Here


Where’s Gulliver? Manchester Public Library scratch ticket, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cape Ann libraries August Cape Ann Reads events

Cape Ann Reads offers the chance for the 4 libraries to collaborate and work together on community, literacy, and art. They’ve partnered with beloved organizations to celebrate the art and writing of children’s picture books.


The four Directors and Kate La Chance from Cape Ann Museum confer, early gorgeous morning on the grounds of the Manchester Public Library. Seated left to right in the nice new outdoor furniture:  Kate LaChance, Cape Ann Museum; Debbie French, Essex TOHP Burnham; Deborah Kelsey, Sawyer Free; Cindy Grove, Rockport; Sara Collins, Manchester by the Sea Public Library.

Every month features Cape Ann Reads events! Here arethe next 5 CAPE ANN READS EVENTS FOR AUGUST

ENDING SOON- August 4th, Where’s Gulliver at Manchester Public Library

Manchester Public Library visitors have until August 4th to play Where’s Gulliver for a scratch card. 


Manchester gets creative with their t-shirt sales at pop up library events. I am told Benedict has made it to the beach! t-shirts are $15 for adults / $10 for kids, designed through Cape Ann Art Haven art center. They are for sale at the libraries, Cape Ann Art Haven and Cape Ann Museum. Proceeds will go towards the original picture book contest.

Rockport: August 11th (THU), 6pm. Children’s Book Publishing. 

Damaris Curran Herlihy, a local resident and owner of a publishing firm will speak at theRockport Public Library. She will discuss how to prepare for publication and what to expect from the process. No registration required. FREE.

Essex:  August 18th (THURS) 1:00PM. Does your boat float?

Assorted materials will be available to create your own distinctive vessel. Test it out in our pool. Ages  four and up. Please sign up to calculate for materials @ mes.mvlc.org or 978-768-7410. TOHP Burnham Library, 245 Western Ave, Essex. FREE.

Director Debbie French

Essex: Teen Activity August 22nd (MON) 6:00PM

Experiment with modge podge using nautical charts. Cover books, boxes, frames or whatever to create your nautical decoration!  Please sign up to calculate for materials @ mes.mvlc.org or 978-768-7410.TOHP Burnham Library, 245 Western Ave, Essex. FREE.

Gloucester: August 27 (SAT) Ed Emberley will be at Cape Ann Community Cinema & Stage!

Come to Cape Ann Community & Stage for an afternoon with acclaimed author illustrator Ed Emberley and his wife Barbara. Emberley has published close to 100 books. He collaborated with his wife on earlier works including the 1968 Caldecott winning Drummer Hoff, and more recent books with his daughter, Rebecca, such as Chicken Little and Red Hen. Please RSVP Cape Ann Community Cinema & Stage, 21 Main Street Gloucester, MA. ticket event $15 adults; $10 kids under

Visit Cape Ann Reads for all upcoming programs 2016-17.

Theater and film buffs: hometown scop Israel Horovitz on “My Old Lady”- adapting plays to film Thursday @SawyerLibrary

Sawyer Free Library connecting notable speakers and community since 1830.

We’re lucky when artists touch down in their hometown(s). Come meet Israel Horovitz and relish an opportunity to hear him speak about his latest book, My Old Lady: Complete Stage Play and Screenplay With An Essay on Adaptation. Horovitz  has been coming to Gloucester since he was a boy, “brought here by my parents on special days. 70 years and 70 plays later, every day I spend in Gloucester is still very much a special day.” That’s a 2011 quote he gave me for the Rocky Neck marker on the HarborWalk.

Israel Horovitz on Thursday night, August 4th,  7pm, Sawyer Free Library.

I wonder why playwrights have the fancier spelling? The nomenclature of the writing world opted for screenwriter not screenwrighter, and the informal mash up of ‘screenplay’ over the dramatic double  ‘Stage (what?) Play (what else?)’.

John Prybot is wonderful! Wearing the team colors and pointing to the poster for the Horovitz talk, front desk, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library


A & B Burgers

I finally made it to A & B Burgers on Cabot Street in Beverly the other day.  I had always meant to go when they were in Salem after hearing such great things from so many friends, but never did.  Now they are just a couple of miles away from where I work and it still took me several months to pay them a visit.

Several of us went Friday evening after work.  We had a great time and a pretty yummy burger.  I’m a sucker for sweet potato fries….and my blood orange margarita was pretty refreshing too.  For the record, I went with the Sweet and Salty Burger.  Burraga cheese, fig jam, bacon, and arugula.  Kind of tremendous…if you’re in the mood for a burger.




Beat the Heat with some Cool Prizes!

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Summer time is a chance to refine your practice and to make new friends. At Cape Ann Power Yoga we’re taking a little more time in classes to work alignment, to move toward new poses, and to bring in some classical yoga philosophy.

To keep us all motivated we’ve got a challenge for you! In the month of August:

practice 15 times, get a CAPY water bottle

practice 25 times, get a CAPY tank or T

practice 31 times, get a CAPY yogi toes!

**All practices to be done at CAPY. Prizes DO accumulate, if you come 31 times you get all three!  Students keep track of their classes in a notebook at the studio (don’t fib, karma will get you if you do!)




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