Magnificent sails and scenes out and about the Harbor during the Trails and Sails event this weekend.trails-and-sails-schooner-lannon-4-copyright-kim-smith

Schooner Lannon

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Schooner Adventure Rounding Ten Pound Island

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trails-and-sails-schooner-lannon-copyright-kim-smithSchooner Lannon and Gloucester City Skyline


img_4947img_4937Thank you to Dawn and John Sarrouf for sharing their milkweed planting photos. They are visiting their friend Camilla at her family home in Small Point Maine, which sounds like, from Dawn’s description, a gorgeously beautiful location, and ideal Monarch habitat. There are fields of wildflowers, and Seaside Goldenrod grows just as easily in the rocky outcroppings there as it does on Eastern Point. After looking at maps, it appears as if you could draw a virtual straight line from Small Point to Eastern Point. Dawn and friends spotted about ten butterflies yesterday. Perhaps we’ll be the next stop (after the predicted rainfall).

img_4946Camilla collected milkweed seed pods and enlisted the Sarroufs to help plant.


Kindness just keeps rockin!

Back in July I had a post about the Kindness Rocks project which I happened to hear about through my friend Stephanie Deltorchio’s blog.    Well Stephanie took her kindness one step further and enlisted Mark Cole to get the city’s permission to “plant” a KINDNESS ROCKS garden at Stage Fort Park with the help of her 5 year old grandson Gabriel McQueeney, who worked hard collecting & painting the rocks.  They also left a basket with blank painted rocks for anyone who wants to make one.   Gabriel also “planted” a few in the playground area for children.   What a great lesson to pass on to the next generation!14440657_1122867341127764_1205885015468249877_n

Stephanie said she fell in love with the idea (as we all did!)  immediately and has since contacted Megan the originator and now Gloucester is listed on the Kindness Rocks website People can post photos of rocks they find or their own on Facebook @TheKindnessRocksProject and can tag their rocks #thekindnessrocksproject on Instagram too.   She told Gabe that small acts of kindness can make someone’s day and he really hopes the rocks make people happy!    Anyone interested in contributing can certainly drop some rocks off to add to the kindness garden….I know I have a pile ready to go!  Thanks Stephanie and Gabe!!


Thirty-four minutes and 6.07 seconds.  That is how long I waited in line for one dozen cider doughnuts at Russell Orchards yesterday.  And…I’d do it again.  My only regret is that some people in line around me had empty wine glasses because they were smart enough to partake in wine tasting prior to getting in line.  Me, not so much.

After an afternoon hockey game at Pingree we drove through Essex and into Ipswich to spend some time at Russell Orchards….which thousands of friends.

The boys tolerated the annual sit near the pumpkin photo before we headed into the bar to check out the line.  They immediately deemed it too long for them to stand in, but promised to not get the largest pumpkins on the farm if I held a place in line for them. Deal.

The boys picked out their pumpkins, found their favorite honey sticks, and did some drive-bys to check on my progress (or, most likely, to check on how much longer they had to wait for a warm cider doughnut).

Super warm doughnuts in hand, the boys tolerated the annual Russell Orchards Ford Truck photo and then we all meandered down to the pond and barns to see the animals.  We checked on the little pigs…and the giant one.  We looked at the goats, ducks, chickens, bunny, and one rat.  Finn picked up an apple that was already on the ground in front of a donkey and offered it to him….without shoving a finger up its nose.  I should explain that Finn had a thing for shoving his finger up the nostril of many a farm animal when he was younger.  We read the sign that said, “Please do not feed the donkeys” and did not do it again.

The boys tolerated the annual sit on the tractor photo and we were off.

Forced Family Fall Farm Fun. Check.  I was happy that their hockey schedules cooperated this weekend so we could get our farm fun on.



Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 9/26/16


Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

Joey C ~ 3 Comments ~ Edit

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.

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

Image ~ September 25, 2016 ~ middlestwalk


Image ~ September 24, 2016 ~ Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House


Businesswomen’s Fall Luncheon at Beauport Hotel

September 23, 2016 ~ chambercacc

Join the Cape Ann Businesswomen’s Group in Welcoming Adrianne Haslet-Davis to Cape Ann.


Thursday, October 13, 2016
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Beauport Hotel
55 Commercial Street, Gloucester
$35 per person

30th Anniversary Luncheon
This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Cape Ann Businesswomen’s Committee. We have a wonderful venue and excellent keynote speaker lined up.

Adrianne Haslet-Davis: Boston Marathon bombing survivor, philanthropist, advocate and inspirational speaker and now, Boston Marathon runner and finisher. Learn more about Adrianne here.

The Fall Luncheon is where we announce the winner of the Carolyn O’Connor Scholarship Award. This is a yearly scholarship awarded to a woman who is going back to school to further her education. Carolyn O’Connor was the first Chairwoman of the Businesswoman’s Committee. This award honors her dedication to the Businesswomen of Cape Ann and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

Click Here to reserve your seat for the Businesswomen’s Fall Luncheon.

Pigeon Cove Circle Bake Sale

September 23, 2016 ~ judithharris

Saturday  September 24th

Transfer Station in Rockport

8:00 AM – 12:00PM

Cakes, Cookies, Pies, Blueberry Muffins, Baked Beans and More…