GloucesterCast 218 With Steve Douglass, Nichole Schrafft, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 2/19/17


GloucesterCast 218 With Steve Douglass, Nichole Schrafft, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 2/19/17

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Topics Include: Stevie Douglass Breaking news left and right, also old Rocky Neck History, Susan Baker, Evie Parsons, Harbor Shuttle News and Deals
Rockport High School Seniors Hockey Game
Shirt’s Illustrated Henri and Julie Lopes Harborlight hat’s sold out and Nichole had a great experience with them. Vidalias.
Apple store at North Shore Shopping Center Suddenly Closed
Hey Heys– Brightly colored and boldly patterned tights for men
Wildlife Comeback Talk
YMCA Community Award Nominations
Lobster Pool can have their 96 seats.

Gloucester’s Lobster Trap Tree Comes Down til Next Year

20170218_132436Lisa Smith writes,
Hi Kim,
I took some pictures yesterday of the lobster trap Christmas tree being taken down, and thought you might want to post them on GMG and give a shout out to Art Haven.
A handful of volunteers helped Art Haven’s David Brooks retire the Lobster Trap Christmas Tree for the year. Passers-by commented on how sorry they were to see the beloved tree come down. One women thought that the tree should stay up all year and be decorated seasonally, with shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day, and eggs for Easter. David said that would be nice, but the traps are borrowed and the fishermen need their lobster traps back.




Our Community Celebration event honors community members who make an impact every day.

Do you know someone who is making a difference in our Cape Ann community? The Cape Ann YMCA wants to hear all about them and thank them for all they do!  The Y is accepting nominations for its second annual Community Awards in the areas of Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility and, new this year, the Mayor’s Youth Exemplary Award.

Join us Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:30 am
Cruiseport Gloucester (the event sponsor)
6 Rose Square, Gloucester.
Complimentary breakfast will be served.

Cape Ann Y Executive Director Tim Flaherty said, “This event is a great way for our Y to honor those people in Cape Ann who join us in our commitment to strengthening our community by providing  essential programming regardless of one’s socio-economic situation. Last year, the honorees included Maggie Rosa and Ed Shoucair of the Gloucester Education Foundation, Erin Canniff of the Rockport Public School System and the Reverend Tom Bentley of the Trinity Congregational Church.  We can’t wait to see who gets nominated and selected this year.”

It’s easy to nominate:

Please submit all nominations by 5:00pm on February 28th for consideration by the Y’s selection committee. For more information, please contact  Brian Flynn at

StudioCrepe in Rockport is a must

StudioCrepe on 17 Railroad Ave is an absolute must try if you haven’t been there. I am guilty of not making my way into Rockport with all the great restaurants.

My daughter Talia loves it and introduced me to brunch! Can’t make it for brunch? No worries they have lunch and dinner!

Here’s a glimpse of brunch but they offer so much more! Check out their website



I got the Sunrise Crepe with some Rose! Great beer and wine selection!


Ma Audubon’s Chris Leahy retirement party May 21

It’s not a surprise party, but it is limited in size. Invitations will go out in April. Mass Audubon is hosting a special retirement tribute for Chris Leahy in celebration of his remarkable career –45 years of “impact and success”. How nice to see a Gloucester naturalist treasure being recognized in the spring –(bird-a-thon season!)– at Joppa Flats Education Center, Parker River National Wildlife sanctuary.  Folks and fans can also swarm cards and MA Audubon gifts as a great way to acknowledge this milestone. Chris’s astonishing powers of observation and communication skills can make anyone care about birds, nature, and place. Within a mere twenty seconds of conversation he can capture history and immediacy in such an affable and effortless manner. What an ambassador.

“If I said, ‘Are there more birds around in the summer or the winter?’ most people would say the summer, and that’s right. But not by much,” said tour leader Christopher Leahy of Gloucester, who holds the Gerard A. Bertrand chair of natural history and field ornithology at Mass Audubon. “Actually almost 50 percent of the 300 bird species that occur in Massachusetts occur here during the winter.”– Chris Leahy  from Boston Globe article Thrills and Chills: Birders Brave the Cape Ann Cold and Find What They’re Looking For by Joel Brown, published February 5, 2009 

Congratulations, Chris



La Vida Rock Gym is excited to offer an indoor rock climbing camp February 21-23 for ages 10-15

Trying to find something for your kids to do during winter vacation? The La Vida Rock Gym is excited to offer an indoor rock climbing camp February 21-23 for ages 10-15. The camp will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each day and will cover the basics of climbing techniques. We’ll also incorporate fun climbing and bouldering games and knot tying lessons. The cost is $115 per person and your spot is reserved once you have made your payment in full. Sign-up here: