Chickity Check It! -The grand hotels of Gloucester and Cape Ann, 1905 from Gordon Harris

This is one hell of a post from Gordon Harris.  You think we’re all touristy now?  LOL.

We have a fraction of the rooms here in Gloucester than we did back when they were landing 50 or more times the fish here-


Check out this awesome post from Gordon Harris-

The grand hotels of Gloucester and Cape Ann, 1905



Present Gloucester, located at 261 Main Street, is open now through Christmas.

Lovely , unique, and thoughtful handmade gifts for all the special someones on your holiday shopping list.


Love this beautiful photo by Stevens Brosnihan. Stevens is also making walnut ink, from local walnut trees!present-gloucester-opening-stevens-brosnihan-copyright-kim-smith



sunrise-gloucester-city-skyline-copyright-kim-smithThe light oftentimes glows warm golden pink over the Harbor late in the day, at sunset. On my way to photograph Niles Pond Saturday morning, it was surprisingly beautiful to see overhanging the Harbor wispy vertical pink clouds.

I love the time change with the sun rising an hour earlier because I can get out and film before the work day begins. Lately we have been treated to extra amazingly gorgeous and sumptuous sunrises and sunsets!sunrise-gloucester-harbor-november-5-2016-copyrightt-kim-smith

sunrise-gloucester-harbor-november-5-2016-2-copyrightt-kim-smithSame morning, the view looking towards Smith’s Cove

The Grand Hotels of Gloucester

Wonderful post by Gordon Harris about the grand hotels of Gloucester and Cape Ann cica 1905. He has posted pages from an early 20th century guidebook, The Summer Hotel Guide, which illustrates and describes the grandest hotels of the day. Of the hotels Gordon has featured in his post, it appears the only hotel still standing is the Brynmere in Annisquam. Read his post here on Stories from Ipswich and the North Shore.

Does anyone know the name and/or have recollections of the hotel that was on Witham Street, adjacent to the Good Harbor Beach Inn?summerhotelguide00glou_0010



During Sunday’s podcast we talked about Harold Burnham’s book The Shipwright and the Schooner and mentioned the book signing at Strawberry Banke on November 12th. On Thursday evening, November 17th, Harold will be giving a talk and book signing at Maritime Gloucester (with spirits tasting provided by Ryan & Wood).

From the publisher:

The Shipwright and the Schooner

Building a Windjammer in the New England Tradition


Beginning in 2010, Essex, Massachusetts shipbuilder Harold Burnham took on the challenge of constructing a wooden sailing vessel using traditional techniques. He cut the trees himself from his woodlot, and milled them himself at his boatyard. Using volunteer labor from hundreds of friends, acquaintances, and community members, and recycled and repurposed materials he constructed, in just under a year, the schooner Ardelle at a cost of less than $20,000.

The Shipwriight and the Schooner is an exploration into traditional New England shipbuilding, and it is a journey of discovery for both the author, who has spent his life building wooden boats, and the photographer, who had his first experiences in the boatyard. The book chronicles in words and stunning color photographs the construction, launch, and subsequent season of sailing aboard the Ardelle. The vessel is a testament to community involvement and a badge of honor in the age of mass production. It is a reminder of simpler times, when things were meticulously crafted by hand, and of a lifeway that has mostly vanished.

The Shipwright and the Schooner is published by Rowman and Littlefield and is available to purchase at Maritme Gloucester.


Another fun Sand to City Class

Have you wanted to learn how to paint your own piece of furniture and learn the basic techniques of chalk paint? Join this workshop to help you get it done.
Students learn the basic techniques of one-two color distressed finish with chalk type paint. and waxing and distressing techniques. Bring your own small piece of furniture and we will help you transform it into a beautiful, vintage piece.

Students will leave confident to tackle any project at home.

We supply all of the materials and professional guidance to teach you all you need to know to create a fabulous finish!!

Bring your own adult beverage

Snacks and soft drinks complimentary

Gloucester Motif Monday: coastal homes with cut out shutters

From where I was standing in Gloucester neighborhoods, here are several homes (and one gallery) with cut out shutters; beginning with the green shutters seen on the Beauport, Sleeper-McCann house, one of Gloucester’s two National Historic Landmarks, and a Historic New England property.









Beyond shutters: beginning with “Lookout Hill”, estate built by Natalie and John Hays Hammond, Sr :

Live Blogging Install Day: Our Solar Dream Becoming a Reality Thanks To Tim Sanborn at Cazeault Solar and Home

Call Tim Sanborn for your own free solar consultation- 774-228-3411

I talked to enough people who had over a year’s real world results with Tim’s company’s Solar Installation and every single one told me they were over-the-top happy with the results and how it was the best financial decision they ever made.

Now that it was time to select a company to do the install on our new home I knew it was going to be Tim Sanborn that I’d call.

Today’s the day after all the research and interviews with people I’ve done over the years that our Solar dreams are coming true!

Kate promises to send pictures throughout the day so check back to see how it’s going.

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Update 10:19AM- Prepping the roof!


1:30PM Update-First Row Is Up!


3:25PM Update- getting there!  Love how clean and symmetrical it’s looking!


We Love The Tackle Factory

Several weeks ago, while rushing from work, to home, to hockey, our home phone rang and the caller ID said, “Tackle Factory.”  While we didn’t really have time to take a phone call, my husband (a fisherman at heart) was not about to pass up a call with such an intriguing name attached to it.

Turns out, it was a gentleman from Fillmore, NY who was calling about a video that he saw on YouTube of Thatcher and Finn catching minnows in the pond on the backside of Cape Hedge Beach. Turns out also…that the minnow trap they were using was none other than the “GEE’S® Galvanized Minnow Trap (G-40)” that the Tackle Factory has been manufacturing in New York since 1903.

As both a tremendous act of kindness…and also a pretty intriguing marketing strategy…this gentleman was offering to send the boys some new gear.  He was calling not only to get our address, but also to be certain that the gift of new equipment wouldn’t be lost on them.  Do they fish often?  Is some new gear something they would enjoy?  After the boys were out of the house for hockey, I called this gentleman back and we chatted about the boys.  I told him that, for sure, their two favorite past times involve hitting the ice or hitting the water.  Fishing is something that they have loved for years already and I can’t imagine them ever losing interest in.  They have spent hours on end sorting through their massive tackle boxes and have already added a long list of fish tales to their repertoires.

Confident that the boys would indeed use some of the awesome gear that the Tackle Factory makes and that it wouldn’t sit sad in the corner of a garage or basement, he took our address and told me he’d be sending them a package soon.  Happy to see two young boys enjoying their product…the only thing he asked in return (if at all possible, but certainly not mandatory) …was that once they started fishing with their new traps, that maybe we take the time to make another short video.  No problem!

With November upon us and hockey season in full swing, the boys may not get to splash their new traps until the spring, but I kind of loved this whole story enough to write about it now.  And…I obviously look forward to watching the boys enjoy their new gifts like crazy and catching it on film for the Tackle Factory to enjoy in return.

In a world that is a bit crazy at times, my heart gets happy about things like this. Thatch and Finn enjoyed a perfect day at the pond with some friends, the simple little video has been viewed more than 2,000 times, the manufacturers and owners of the minnow trap company stumbled upon it, they loved that the boys love their gear, they sent the boys fantastic gifts, the boys and I got to learn about the pretty interesting history of Cuba Specialty and the Tackle Factory, I get to help spread the word about their excellent products (not to mention how kind and generous they were)…..and the boys get to look forward to more great days spent fishing.  Full circle…and nothing but good.  And, after looking through their catalogue, I know where I can do some perfect Christmas shopping.  Win, win.


They also manufacture a full line of minnow, eel, crawfish, crab traps and nets. Look for us under these trusted names:


Look at the unbelievable amount of awesomeness that arrived in the mail!  You can also check out both the original video of the boys using their Gee’s Minnow Trap below and a great video about how the traps are made.

Buy Hannah Kimberley’s New Book about Annie Smith Peck

Buy Hannah Kimberley’s new Book about Annie Smith Peck Here

Check out the beautiful cover designed by our pal James Eves @CapeAnnGiclee