This morning I took a quick ride over to one of my top 1,000 places to relax in Gloucester, the Rocky Neck Ave. causeway. I pulled into the parking lot that overlooks Smith Cove, opened the driver-side window and took my camera out of its case. As I was firing up the camera and checking the settings, the sound of beautiful classical guitar entered the car and surrounded me. I just sat still for a moment, believing that somehow I had become part of a movie and the soundtrack I was listening to had been perfectly matched with the beauty and serenity of the Smith Cove scene that laid before me.

When the music paused, I left the car and noticed a man on a nearby bench. Sure enough, he had a guitar in hand and was just gazing out at the calm cove waters while taking a break. He introduced himself to me as Paco and explained that he is a former professional musician who now plays mostly for his own enjoyment. He told me that he currently plays the accordion more frequently than the guitar because that instrument can more easily punch through the sound of a busy deck while he entertains passengers and crew aboard some of Gloucester’s schooners.

I was pleased to have discovered Paco at the perfect time, in the perfect place while he supplied the perfect ambiance to a perfect scene.







good-harbor-beach-parking-lot-flooded-copyright-kim-smith-10-19-2016Folks sure had a surprise this afternoon when returning to their cars after a lovely beach day finding the Good Harbor Beach parking lot underwater. Some were angry and some panicking. I assured the panicking ones that they could get out safely. This is the second day in a row the parking lot has flooded. I’ve seen this in the spring more than once or twice but never in the fall. You can still maneuver through the lot by driving along the edge closest to the water. October’s Super Moon is the first of three in a row. I wonder what November and December’s full tides will bring.

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ Guest Host:Orville Giddings with special guests: Jerry Smith and Bella Palance 6pm @ The Rhumb Line 10.19.2016


Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, October 19th – 6pm


Orville Giddings steps in this week, hosting Jerry Smith, plus
up-and-coming singer/songwriter, Bella Palance (pictured below).
Rhumb Line Wednesdays will be in good hands through my brief
absence. Don’t miss this rare opportunity! ~ 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!

Due to the debate, it’ll be 6pm-9pm tonight only!
Come early, have dinner/show, go home and laugh
yourselves to sleep!!! 🙂

10/26 – Sheila & Ron (guest hosts)

11/02 – Dan King (guest host)

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

#MaMayorsArtsChallenge videos are LIVE. Please watch share like before November 1st! #GloucesterMA

“Gloucester’s Mayor, Sefatia Romeo Theken, took the Arts Challenge”

Mayor Romeo Theken announced that the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) Mayor’s Arts Challenge videos are ready to view.  Which cities and towns entered? The MCC uploaded short videos from Boston, Easthampton, Fitchburg, Gloucester, Newburyport, North Adams, Pittsfield, Salem, and Springfield for the MCC’s 2016 Mayors Arts Challenge. The last challenge was in 2010.  After November 1st – videos from 3 cities with the most “thumbs-up” are sent to the MCC selection panel, so click the thumbs up to help!



Announcing the 2016 Massachusetts Mayors’ Arts Challenge 




More Cape Ann Dining News-


Roast Turkey and Side Dish's on a Cherry Wood Table.

Join us for our very first Thanksgiving! Our dinner plans include a choice between our Ballroom Buffet at $57 (12-4PM) or a special three course meal in our 1606 Restaurant at $49 (12-9PM).  Find out more on our Facebook page at or call 978.491.5090 to make your reservations or ask a question. Looking forward to our first holidays at the Beauport Hotel Gloucester and we hope you will join us!

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The Inn at Castle Hill

I had a long work meeting at the Inn at Castle Hill the other day.  Talking work in the adirondack chairs looking at that view is not a bad way to increase productivity and put things into perspective.  Such a lovely venue and a phenomenal landscape.

Interesting to note the difference in the view as the tide rose throughout the day.  At one point the road was submerged.  I was thankful for the opportunity to share the day with some pretty great colleagues and to bask in beauty of quintessential fall in New England.


Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 10/19/16


Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

Joey C ~ 3 Comments ~

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.

Clean Your Car To Help Clean Up Breast Cancer Sunday October 23rd At Maplewood Car Wash

October 19, 2016 ~

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Students paint garden benches for GEF 10th Birthday Gala

October 18, 2016 ~ sam ~

East Gloucester Elementary School students paint a garden bench that will be auctioned off at the 10th Birthday Gala for the Gloucester Education Foundation.


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The Gloucester Education Foundation’s 10th Birthday Gala will be held on Friday, November 4th at the Beauport Hotel.

The evening is a fundraising event to celebrate and support GEF, and the organization’s work in the Gloucester Public Schools. In addition to the silent and live auctions, which will include the garden benches painted by students at each of the Gloucester schools, the night will feature a raffle with prizes from area businesses like Styles on Main, Pop Gallery and Treetop Yoga.

Plus hos d’oeuvres, dessert, cash bar, live music, dancing, birthday games and more!

Tickets are $125, reserve your ticket online at

Gloucester Halloween Festival 2016 Announced

October 18, 2016 ~ Chris Sicuranza ~

Sunday, October 30th, 2016 / Gloucester City Hall area / 2PM – 5PM


Please join Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken for a FREE Halloween celebration with hayrides, haunted house, food and memorable fun! Children of all ages are invited but must be accompanied by an adult.

Please contact Volunteer Mayoral Liasion Roseanne Cody to volunteer or ask any questions. E: / P: 978-335-0755

Beetlejuice Movie Party!

Image ~ October 18, 2016 ~ capeannanimalaid01930 ~


Bring your friends and family and join us for this spooktacular Halloween movie classic at Cape Ann Community Cinema!

Pizza served at 1:00pm, movie starts at 1:30pm. Costumes are welcome! Plus, enjoy the prize wheel, door prizes, raffle and more! A fantastic way to kick off the Halloween weekend and all for a great cause!

Adults: $15 | Kids (Under 18)*: $10
*Kids under 13 must be accompanied by an adult

Halloween Coffeehouse With The Docksiders October 27th

Image ~ October 18, 2016 ~ Joey C ~


SeniorCare Annual Breakfast Fundraiser at Lobsta Land

October 18, 2016 ~ trixy546 ~


SeniorCare Inc. will hold its annual autumn fundraising breakfast at Lobsta Land Restaurant, located on Causeway Street in Gloucester (Route 128, exit 12) on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Tickets are $12 per person and include your choice of pancakes, French toast, eggs, or a fruit plate with yogurt. Tickets are available in advance online at, by calling 978-281-1750, or may be purchased at the door. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the full spectrum of programs offered by SeniorCare.