schooner-lynx-gloucester-boston-skyline-copyright-kim-smithExciting news–the Schooner Lynx will be returning to Gloucester next year for the Schooner fest! The captain of the Lynx, Donald Peacock, wrote the following, “Thank you for noticing Lynx in your harbor. Gloucester Marine Railways have been most hospitable and we look forward to returning for Lynx 2017 yard period and the 2017 Gloucester Schooner Race and Festival.”

A magnificent ship under sail, she was a joy to watch and to photograph as she moved through the Harbor, setting course for Saint Petersburg, Florida, via Portland, Maine. You can see in the last photo that by the time she was passing Brace Cove she was under full sail with her square sail hoisted too. Safe travels Schooner Lynx and crew!

schooner-lynx-gloucester-mast-crane-piling-copyright-kim-smithAt the Railways this morning with crew members Casey and Hunter

schooner-lynx-gloucester-ten-pound-island-copyright-kim-smithPassing Ten Pound Island -note how much taller the Schooner is to the Lighthouse


Along the backshore with Boston in the distanceschooner-lynx-brace-rock-copyright-kim-smith

schooner-lynx-gloucester-brace-cove-copyright-kim-smithBrace Cove

World Food Day

More Cape Ann dining News-


Give Back By Dining Out on World Food Day

On Sunday, October 16th the Serenitee Restaurant Group will be donating a percentage of all food sales to local food-based organizations in honor of World Food Day.

A percentage of food sales from Latitude 43, Minglewood Tavern and Cala’s will be donated to The Open Door.

Here’s a complete list of local organizations, by restaurant:

Latitude 43 Minglewood TavernThe Open Door
Cala’sThe Open Door
15 WalnutAcord Food Pantry
Hale Street TavernBeverly Bootstraps
OpusSalem Food Pantry
Maggie’s FarmMiddleton Food Pantry
TWKThe Woburn Social Concern Food Pantry
The Spot:  First Church Boxford Food Pantry

In addition to donating a percentage of all food sales on the 16th, Maggie’s Farm and 15 Walnut will be hosting canned food drives for community food pantries. Guests who…

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Saturday’s Clean Up

Hi kids:

Hope all is well with everyone.

Tcleanup1                  8:00 -9:00

When:                  Saturday, October 15, 2016

Where:                 The corner of East Main Street by AJ’s on the Harbor /Gordon Thomas Park

Please bring gloves.

Thanks all. I will be leaving early because will be doing the Indoor Farmers’ Market at the Magnolia Library.

Be good..

Take care

Alicia Unleashed- Mr. Beardo


Alicia Unleashed taped 10/12/16 with B-Side, Mr. Beardo and Hostess Alicia Cox


Interview with celebrity Mr. Beardo, Learn about his journey and the power of social media!

Official You Tube page! #mrbeardo #beardnation

NEFA at New England Libraries Conference and in Ipswich: meet up Oct 17 calling all artists, creative orgs and biz


Representatives from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) will be in Massachusetts on the North Shore from Oct 16 – 18 participating and presenting at the annual New England Libraries Conference which will be held in Danvers.

NEFA developed an indexed website for the creative economy called Creative Ground. You may have seen it; there are a couple of Gloucester entries in there.

The directory is free and simple and is for all New England artists, cultural non-profits, and creative businesses.

During this upcoming MA road trip, NEFA offered to give another presentation in our area about CreativeGround. Kerrie Bates in Ipswich stepped up and invited Gloucester and Essex National Heritage to help spread the word to the North Shore. The directory is free. The event is free. Learn more:

Details & registration: NEFA Creative Ground | Mon. Oct.17 @ 7pm Ipswich Town Hall

Speaking of directories–I love the look and talent in the Young Artists Directory at the Hive for artists all media ages 18 up and under 30. they could be in both directories 


Take a Knee?

If you read much of what I write you know, like it or not, that at some point I’ll end up writing about my boys’ sports experiences.

This time around, however, I have a question for you.

Should opposing teams “take a knee” when a player from the other team is hurt?

Here are my thoughts….and what made me start pondering this in the first place.  I would love to hear what you think!

Thatcher and Finn both play hockey.  Thatch is in his 3rd season of competitive hockey while this is Finn’s first.  They both also play short seasons of baseball and soccer. In all three sports my only experience has been that if any player is injured, all players take a knee and wait while that player is tended to.  Thankfully, no serious injuries have occurred during our time on the ice or field.  Each time the players have gotten up fairly quickly and resumed play or limped off to the bench to fully heal.  Either way, especially with hockey, I have been so touched by watching the children stop play, fall to a knee, and wait silently for the signal that all is ok.  In hockey, they go one step further by gently banging their sticks on the ice to applaud the player as they leave the ice for further attention or get up and “shake it off.” Players bang sticks…parents breathe a sigh of relief. The game continues.

As adults, we all know how quickly an injury can change an athlete’s life and that of their friends and family.  We have all heard stories that make our hearts ache and we have all heard the deafening thuds, crashes, breaks, etc. that take our breath away.  Stopping play and remaining silent…whether to say a quick prayer…or just to show respect…should, in my mind, go without saying.  I, in all honestly, would be fine with players standing still silently while a player was down.  To me, the “taking the knee” isn’t as important as the focusing attention, recognition, or even healing energy on the downed player.  Now, don’t get me wrong…I am aware that, thankfully, more often than not the injury at this level of play is a simple cramp, twist, bump, or bruise…and that, sometimes, as with our own children at home, may even involve some theatrics or embellishment. Sometimes, even, the injury turns out to maybe be a slightly bruised ego as opposed to a hurt body part.  That is NOT, however, my call to make when a player is down.  I would no more tolerate watching one of my sons talk and skate in circles when a player was down than I would tolerate watching other grown-ups in the stands talk about weekend BBQs while another parent’s child was hurt and laying on the ice.

So, I take you to this past weekend.  With several rare home games taking place at Talbot Rink, a good part of the Cape Ann Youth Hockey family were in attendance for several games to show support.  We went to the rink early to cheer on the team playing before Thatcher’s team.  As the game progressed…and with the score close….I watched not once, not twice, but THREE times as a Cape Ann player fell to the ice injured.  Each of those three times the opposing coaches yelled to their team, rallied them up in front of their bench, and used the other player’s injury as an opportunity to coach and give pep talks…showing not an ounce of concern for what may or may not be happening with the opposing player on the ice.  Let me say again, that thankfully, most of these injuries turn out to be nothing. But those coaches, in my opinion, showed such a lack of respect.  Not only were they disrespectful to the fallen player, but also to the family and fans who stood with fear that this may be the time that a player did not get up.  As a mother, a sports fan, and an educator…I will go one step further and say that I also think the message that moment instilled in their players was incredibly detrimental.  To capitalize on one player’s injury, no matter how minor, to maximize their own competitive edge sends a egotistical, self-centered, and sad message to their young team.  A message that I don’t think belongs in youth sports.  Those who know me well, know that I have very high expectations for my children.  I can’t lie, as part of a team, I expect them to make big commitments and give 100% all of the time.  I can tell when they aren’t trying…and they hear about it afterwards. That having been said, I choose to raise my children to show empathy, compassion, and concern for the well-being of others…not to turn their backs.  I choose to raise my children to grow into adults who will hopefully role model better behavior than what I witnessed in those moments.  With all that is going on in the world today, I choose to raise children who will take a moment to not think of themselves….but, who will take a moment to take a knee.

So, I spoke to their coaches after the game.  I was, I hope, respectful and told them that I am no expert….which I am quite certain they already assumed on their own.  I told them that my child wasn’t even on the ice, but that I took offense to the fact that they chose to take advantage of a down player to benefit their own team…three different times.  I told them that they had no way of knowing how hurt that player would/could be and that the right thing to do is to show respect…and teach respect.  They told me that the officials had, in fact, told them to move their players off the ice.  While I’m not sure that is accurate, I told them…if that were the case, it would have been perfectly acceptable for them to have had their players stand quietly in front of the boards by their own bench. What is not acceptable is to start yelling, coaching, and rallying their troops when there is even the slightest chance that another player was in the midst of suffering an injury.

I have to admit, that I am quite certain my voice was trembling and my hands were shaking as I was sharing my thoughts with these grown men….and presumably fathers…and coaches.  One coach, said something to the effect of, “We’ll take that into consideration.”  The other…while walking away…mumbled, “thanks for your advice” in a very unconvincing tone.

I thought much more about what happened over the course of the next couple of days. Last night, I did a little research.  As with most things in life…and with everything involving youth sports….I found some conflicting opinions.  I’d say 90% of what I read about youth sports said that “taking a knee” is the way to go…or, at the very least, quietly waiting. With High School coaches it was more like 65% agreed that it would be disrespectful to do anything other than show silent respect.  With college it was a bit less.  Interestingly enough, at the professional level, it once again seemed like common practice.  I did read about many, in my opinion, “hot-headed coaches” who waxed not-so-poetically about the absurdity of taking a knee for every little cramp and johnny-sprained-his-knees (not my words.)  I read quotes from some incredibly ignorant (those are my words) coaches who pretty much declared, “Why not use their weakness to our advantage?”  Ugh.

In the meantime, popular or not, I’ll continue to teach my own children to do what feels right when a teammate or opposing player is down.  Take a knee?  Fantastic.  Remain silent? Definitely.   Talk, laugh, skate, dribble? Absolutely not.  Circle up for some free coaching? Please, please don’t.

Honestly, what are your thoughts?

Do We Have Any GMG FOBs That Could Pick Up This Classic Weber Redhead Kettle In Cambridge For Me Today?

If I wasn’t working all day I’d be on my way to pick it up.  The seller is asking $24 and I’ll reimburse you $4o plus a brand new GMG Cap and I’ll also place a free link in a post on GMG to your business or service.

Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 10/12/16


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.

Free screening of the Documentary film 1 Revolution and Q and A with Chris Waddell

October 12, 2016 ~

Dear Friends,
I invite you all to attend a free screening of the Documentary film 1 Revolution  and Q and A with Chris Waddell.  I hope you can make this event!!!
Here is the trailer:

ONE REVOLUTION: The story of Chris Waddell’s historic journey to the roof of Africa. ONE REVOLUTION captures…

Here are the details:
Erin Canniff

Community Screening of 1 Revolution with Chris Waddell
Wednesday, October 12th
Lane Auditorium, Rockport High School
Doors open at 6:30, film begins at 7 followed by Q and A
About Chris: Waddell was inducted into the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and the Paralympics Hall of Fame. The Dalai Lama honored him as an “Unsung Hero of Compassion”. People Magazine named him one of the “Fifty Most Beautiful People in the World”. Skiing Magazine placed him amongst the “25 Greatest Skiers in North America”. Middlebury College presented him with a Doctorate in Humane Letters. National Public Radio (NPR) named his 2011 commencement address to Middlebury College as one of “The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever.”
Sponsored by the RES Health, Wellness and Sustainability Team

OPEN HOUSE – Gloucester Biotechnology Academy

Image ~ October 11, 2016 ~ Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute

Please join us for our Open House!

Meet the instructors & current students.

Saturday, October 15, 2016
1:00pm – 3:00pm
55 Blackburn Center, Gloucester

Biotech Open House Flyer

  • All are welcome
  • Tour the Academy
  • Learn about enrollment for next year
  • Talk to scientists about marine research
  • Refreshments will be served
  • For more information about the Academy please see our website:, or email: