Friendship, Fellowship and Welcome Back Ed Mug Up

Hi Joey,

I hope you can come this time, and would appreciate if you would let people know. Love, EJ

Friendship, Fellowship and Welcome Back Ed Mug Up

No one loves a good Mug Up like Ed Collard, so to welcome him back from his journey, EJ and Jean will be hosting a friendship, fellowship and welcome back Ed Mug Up on Saturday, October 8, at 9:30 am at 4 Kent Circle. Coffee, Tea and deviled eggs will be served. Feel free to bring along some kind of Mug Up fare to share.

This photo of Ed was taken at the GMG Mug Up held on May 20, 2012 at the gallery on Madfish Wharf.

Check Out Mark Ring In The New Issue of Scandanavian Traveler Out October 1


Here’s Mark at our dock, Captain Joe and Sons

Mayor Sefatia forwards this-

#proudmayor Mark Ring is an asset to Gloucester and the Fisheries Commission! 

Please find enclosed the article on lobster fishing/eating in the coming issue of Scandinavian Traveler, which will be out October 1. Hope you like it!

There will also be a film available on

Check out the entire article here-






On Tuesday morning, October 4th, I’ll be at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead to give my lecture on “The Pollinator Garden,” at 9:30am. I hope to see you there!


No, That is Not a Monarch Caterpillar on Your Carrot Plant

By far the most popular post on my Kim Smith Designs website is titled “No, That is Not a Monarch Caterpillar on Your Parsley Plant.” It has been the most trafficked post for several years, if you can believe it, and here is why.

Last fall, almost exactly to the day, through my office window I heard the sound of sweet voices on our front porch, well after dark, and wondered what our neighborhood dog walkers were doing out so late. It wasn’t dog walkers, but our neighbor Sharon and her son Treely, wondering what to do with what they thought was a Monarch caterpillar they had found in their garden. I sent them on their way with one of our terrariums and instructions on how to care for their little Black Swallowtail caterpillar.

Treely’s Black Swallowtail caterpillar turned into a chrysalis (in other words, pupated), spent the winter in the terrarium in a sheltered spot outdoors, and then emerged right on schedule this past spring. The Dowds returned the terrarium as it was needed later in the summer for our Cecropia Moth caterpillars.

Imagine how sweetly funny to get a call from my friend Michelle, wondering what to do with their newly discovered Monarch caterpillar. My first question to Michelle was did she find the caterpillar on her milkweed. No, she reported, it was found on carrot foliage. Michelle and her children, Meadow and Atticus, along with friend Sabine, stopped by this afternoon to learn about how to take care of their tiny little Black Swallowtail caterpillar and I sent them on their way with the ‘traveling terrarium.’

If you find a caterpillar in your garden, the first clue to identifying is to see on what food plant they are munching. Caterpillars that are actively feeding are usually only found on their larval host plant(s), the plant they have developed a distinctive coevolutionary relationship with over millennia. For example, female Monarch butterfly caterpillars deposit their eggs only on members of the milkweed family. Black Swallowtail caterpillars eat the foliage only from plants in the carrot family, which includes carrots, parsley, dill, fennel, parsnips, and Queen Anne’s lace. You may have noticed if ever weeding Queen Anne’s lace that the root looks identical in shape to a carrot, only it is white.

Chances are, you will never find a Black Swallowtail caterpillar on you milkweed plants and conversely, you will never find a Monarch caterpillar on your carrot plant (or parsley, dill, or fennel).

I am excited to hear from Michelle and the kids how their little caterpillar is developing over the next few weeks!


Edgar Winter reveals the first instrument he & his big brother Johnny played together in a wonderfully personal interview with Salem’s Blake Maddux

Every once in a while a reporter is able to get a rock icon to open up and share personal stories.  Local writer, Blake Maddux, is one of those rare few as you’ll be able to see in his interview with Edgar Winter in the Beverly Citizen.  Read it here!

Weaved through several fascinating stories about Woodstock, his brother Johnny, his father, mother and grandfather, Edgar says, “music is a lot more than just my internalized private world. It has the power to transcend boundaries and reach out and bring people together.”

You can experience what Edgar is talking about this Saturday, right down the road in Beverly at The Larcom, the most intimate, acoustically stellar listening room north of Boston!  Good seats still available starting at $29.00.  Get them here!


Here’s an Edgar Winter quote from the article:

So Johnny and I started out playing ukulele, singing Everly Brothers songs like “Wake Up Little Susie” and those kind of songs.

A Sad Day For Gloucester- Whatever The Outcome

Artists are so generous. Here’s the list of local artists for Sawyer Free. Don’t miss the lively auction Wednesday!

Reminder: silent bids close TONIGHT! Just 4 hours left for write in and absentee bids!


And donors are generous, too.  Don’t worry. There are two full days left to visit the exhibit. Come to the preview party Wednesday night at 6PM and get ready to bid in person!



Thanks to Sawyer Free for sharing the checklist featuring 70 local artists participating in the 2016 annual Sawyer Free auction.






Magnolia Sip & Stroll

Come enjoy a lovely evening out in beautiful Magnolia and stroll historic Lexington Avenue for our monthly “Sip and Stroll” Magnolia shopping spree event.

Shoppers will also enjoy free adult beverages, snacks and a street side BBQ that will serve up some delicious hors d’oeuvres. There will also be local musicians filling the avenue with song at this fun local event.

Shoppers can recall the glory days of Magnolia as our lovely village is making an important comeback with new merchants opening their doors offering exciting artwork, gifts and services. There is plenty of free parking available.

Save 10% at all participating merchants – get a head start on your holiday shopping

Save the date and thanks Sawyer Free and Cape Ann Cinema & Stage for bringing Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age to Gloucester

October 20th, 7:30PM at Cape Ann Cinema & Stage

This nighttime screening is a great chance to review and determine if it’s a good fit for an enrichment daytime screening at O’Maley. Andrew Sullivan’s New York Magazine article, Technology Almost Killed Me, includes “the first one to use the phone pays for lunch” strategy that I first saw in the trailer for this Screenagers documentary. I enjoyed the illustrations for the article–cell phone riffs into famous paintings–and am thankful I read it if only because it reminded me that I still haven’t seen Screenagers. Now I can!


Prior GMG Post Mobile Phones! Gaming! Social Media! Oh, My Screenagers

CNN 2015 report sussing 150,000 social media messages Being 13 on Social Media

Celebrating Papi

A very special day at Fenway Park yesterday and yet more history made.  Heartfelt “thank yous” and “goodbyes” to #34 and memories to last a lifetime for all of those in attendance. I am so thankful to have been there and, more importantly, to have shared it with Thatcher.

Pet of the Week- Mister

Hello! Mister is my name! I am a sweet, yet shy fellow looking for the perfect family to take me home. I can be a little unsure when first meeting new people and it may take me some time to feel comfortable around you. Yet once I do, I promise to be the best snuggler you have ever met! I am a little quirky and enjoy hanging out under a blanket or bed, but it’s only because I enjoy being nice and warm. Do you have the space to take a sweet adult kitty like me home? Then stop by and visit with me today! I have FIV, which means my immune system is compromised. With someone to love and care for me, to keep me safe indoors and well fed, I have just as good a chance as the next guy to live a long and happy life. FIV makes me a “Special” adoption. I say special is right because anyone getting to take me home is one lucky human! For information on all the animals available at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please visit our website: 

Football Grub: #atomicbuffaloturds #chickenwings #potatocrisps On the @WeberGrills Performer

Northeast BBQ

Set Up A Full chimney of blazing coals in the charcoal baskets in the center of the Performer with a handful of cherry wood chips. Opened teh vents wide and let ‘er rip for about 35 minutes.
Wings dusted with Paul Prudhome Blackened rub.






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Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 10/3/16


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.

October 14 Meeting of the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club

October 2, 2016 ~ Michael Deneen


At this month’s meeting of the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club, Friday October 14, 8:00 pm at the Lanesville Community Center, we’re lucky enough to have our very own Mario Motta with a presentation on his latest science project, an investigation of a white dwarf star (WD 1145+017) in Virgo that is orbited by the remains of a disintegrating small planet or asteroid.

This is the star that was thought by some to have an alien mega structure around it, because of its very strange patterns of dimming and brightening. Alas, no aliens that we can see, but the truth is almost as interesting; the star seems to be tearing apart a small planet, leaving multiple small planetesimals and cometary trails in its wake. The destruction of an actual planet is bound to lead to a really enthralling tale, and this one has the benefit of being true.

Mario’s been following and charting this phenomenon, and is going to share the process and the results with us on the 14th. It’s always fun to have GAAC speakers who can report first-hand on actual astronomical events, and our October 2016 meeting will be one of those rare nights. This will be an evening of astronomy, decaf, good snacks and great conversation. Don’t miss this one!

GAAC meets at 8:00 pm on the second Friday of every month except August at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street in Lanesville. All are welcome; you don’t need any special knowledge to have a great time. There are no dues or fees, and off-street parking is free as well. For more information see the club Facebook page at, the website at, or follow us on Twitter, @GAACster.

Gloucester Rotary Trivia Night on October 28

October 2, 2016 ~ trixy546

triviabanner-squareThe Rotary Club of Gloucester will host a Trivia Night on Friday, October 28, at the Gloucester House, located at 63 Rogers Street in downtown Gloucester. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the game will begin at 7 p.m.  Teams of four will compete for the title of Cape Ann Trivia Champions.

All trivia fans are invited to this fun night of knowledge and laughter. The registration fee is $100 for a team of four players.  Proceeds from this event will support programs of the Gloucester Rotary Club.  The night will also feature a 50/50 raffle, a cash bar, and light snacks for purchase. Registration forms may be obtained any Gloucester Rotary Club member or may be downloaded from

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.