Finding Fall: bound into exquisite Rockbound art exhibit at Cape Ann Museum before Oct 29!


The blanketing New England autumn is stronger on the walls at Cape Ann Museum than the fall landscape all around us just now. (When I saw this ravishing exhibit at the beginning of June, I had that same feeling about ‘summer’.) Though the seasons of color may disappoint us one year to the next, the impact of these paintings only intensifies with close observation. This is a show for anyone with an interest in painting. Rockbound at Cape Ann Museum features a terrific variety of  iconic Cape Ann seacoast scenes and artists. There’s an added urgency to see the show in person: most are on loan from private collections, shown together for the first time. Come fill your eyes and heart before this exclusive opportunity passes by.

Rockbound:  Painting the American Scene on Cape Ann and Along the Shore closes October 29th.The Cape Ann Museum “gratefully acknowledges the many collectors* who lent to this exhibition and the following individuals: Mary Craven, Margaret Pearson, John Rando and Arthur Ryan.”  *anonymous private lenders, Endicott College, Roswitha and William Trayes, JJ and Jackie Bell, and others

(The wonderful Fitz Henry Lane exhibition that just opened will be on view through March 4, 2018.)

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3 works by W Lester Stevens



I think that the “Unattributed decorative mirror for over mantel” may be the hand of artist Frederick Stoddard. Perhaps it’s from a series or the “Morning Mantle Decoration by Fred L. Stoddard” that’s listed in the 1923 Gloucester Society of Artists inaugural exhibition.

UNATTRIBUTED over mantel view of Good Harbor Beach ca1920 ROCKBOUND installation Cape Ann Museum 170602_110624


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Margaret Patterson, Motif Number One Rockport Harbor, ca.1920, goauche, collection Roswitha & William Trayes, installed at Cape Ann Museum 2017 Rockbound exhibition

Artists include Yarnall Abbott, Gifford Beal, George Bellows, Theresa Berenstein, Hugh Breckenridge, Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley,  Aldro Hibbard, Max Kuehne, Emma Fordyce Macrae, Margaret Patterson, Lester Stevens, Anthony Thieme, and more (hover over image to see artist information)


photos pairings below: Finding Cape Ann Museum Rockbound color/mood inspiration just outside in Gloucester October vistas (not literal place/time pairings but that could be done as well!)


If you would like to help towards the completion of my documentary film Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly, filmed in the wilds of Cape Ann and Angangueo, Mexico, please consider making a tax deductible donation here:


Donors contributing over $5,000. will be listed in the credits as a film producer.

For more information, visit the film’s website here: Monarch Butterfly Film

For an overview of the film’s budget, please go here: Budget

Thank you so very much for your help.

With gratitude,

Kim Smith


Cape Ann Monarch Migration Update October 16, 2017

Monarchs roosting overnight in the old chokecherry tree.

We have had four beautiful waves of Monarchs pouring into Cape Ann. The first arrived on September 23rd and the fourth departed last Wednesday morning, on the eleventh of October. As there are reports of Monarchs still further north, we should be expecting at least one more wave, quite possibly this week. And, too, my friend Patti found several Monarch caterpillars in her garden only several days ago. These caterpillars won’t be ready to fly to Mexico for another week to ten days at least. If this warm weather continues, we may still yet have more batches coming through in the coming weeks.

What can you do to help the Monarchs, Painted Ladies, bees, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and all pollinators at this time of year? Don’t tidy up the garden just yet!  When you cut back remaining flowering stalks and sprigs, you are depriving winged creatures of much needed, and less readily available, nourishment. Bees, and migrating butterflies on the wing, especially Monarchs, need nectar throughout their journey to Mexico. Songbirds eat the seeds of expiring flowering stalks.

I keep my client’s gardens neat and tidy at this time of year by pulling out the occasional dead plant and trimming away dried out foliage. In deference to the pollinators, the very best time of year to plant bulbs and organize the garden for the following year, is after November 1st, at the very earliest. And even then, if for example my Korean Daisies are still blooming, I work around the plant. Usually in November and up until the first frost, it is covered in bees. I’ve had many a Monarch pass through my garden in November and the Korean Daisies were there at the ready to provide nectar for weary travelers.

Patti’s Caterpillar, found in her garden on October 14th. He’s now at our home in a terrarium, happily munching away on Common Milkweed leaves. I leave him outdoors in a sunny location during the day but bring him indoors late in the afternoon because the air temperature is dropping considerably at night. Patti Papow Photo

“Puffy- Lion Dog”

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From Wikipedia:The Chow Chow (sometimes simply Chow[1]:7–8) is a dog breed originally from northern China,[3] where it is referred to as Songshi Quan (Pinyin: sōngshī quǎn 鬆獅犬), which means “puffy-lion dog”. The breed has also been called the Tang Quan, “Dog of the Tang Empire.” It is believed [4][5] that the Chow Chow is one of the native dogs used as the model for the Foo dog, the traditional stone guardians found in front of Buddhist temples and palaces. It is one of the few ancient dog breeds still in existence in the world today.[6]

The Spirit of Cape Ann

Ryan & Wood Distillery produces fine gin, vodka, and whiskey.  I don’t pretend to totally understand the process, but I am enthusiastic about the product!  Today, Bob Ryan spent a generous amount of time explaining a little bit about what happens post production with some of the by-product and it was very intriguing.


These are the fermentation tanks.  You’ll note they’ve been named after some well known local vessels.  Ryan & Wood is careful to select “ancient” or “heritage” grains for their products.  Some of what is leftover after distillation is sent to the Sea View Farms for use.  A smaller amount is mixed with potting soil and used for growing vegetables like potatoes, beets and peppers.



Bob Ryan demonstrating some of the techniques used with the spent grain to produce these potatoes.


The potatoes hearken back to Bob’s Irish roots.  Bob told me he began distilling partially in order to be part of the change in Gloucester as the city adjusted to the reduction in the fishing industry.  We have heard a great deal recently about the changes in the fishing industry and potential ways for the area to maintain its heritage and also thrive.  Ryan & Wood is one way to contribute to the Spirit of Cape Ann.

As  much as we are all moving forward, using leftover ancient grains to grow and fertilize staple vegetables seems a perfect example of “the cycle of life” that was part of the lives of those early Cape Ann settlers.  Returning to the soil in the most basic way!  Thanks for sharing this with us, Bob, Kathy  and Doug!

Another Great Gran Prix on Saturday and Sunday

Every year I look forward to The Gran Prix and when asked to volunteer always enjoy doing it. This year and years past have been a Road Marshall, this helps keep the spectators safe as well as the bicyclists safe. The Gran Prix organizers have always been very polite and grateful. The bicyclists thanked me numerous times for volunteering as did the spectators. Kids of all ages really enjoy watching this event. A couple of the bicyclists also thanked me for sharing our beautiful Stage Fort Park. Thank you to the organizers, participants and spectators who all came out over the weekend. Look forward to next years event.

Upcoming Events at the Sawyer Free Library

Laura Harrington discusses her new book

Thursday, October 19  7:00-8:30pm
Friend Room at Sawyer Free Library

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Local author and playwright, Laura Harrington, will be talking about her latest book, A Catalog of Birds.

Greg and Axel Save Halloween

Saturday, October 21  10:00-11:00am
Friend Room at Sawyer Free Library; 2 Dale Ave.

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Greg and Axel save Halloween from the zombie book worms by using magic, comedy and audience participation.

Check our calendar for more details.

Halloween Crafts for Kids

Monday, October 23  3:00-5:00
Friend Room at Sawyer Free Library; 2 Dale Ave.


Come drop in and create some fun Halloween crafts!

The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape

Saturday, October 21, 2:00-4:00pm
Friend Room at Sawyer Free Library; 2 Dale Ave.


Photographer Mark Chester will present his work supporting the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition.  These portraits tell the story of Massachusetts cultural diversity and represent over 180 countries.

The World’s a Mystery Book Club

Tuesday, October 24,  5:00-7:00pm
Held at Pleasant St. Tea Company
7 Pleasant St, Gloucester, MA 01930

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A great opportunity to read and discuss mysteries from around the world.  Pick up your copy of October’s book Murder in the Marais at Sawyer Free Library (2 Dale Ave)  Register Online

Directions to the Sawyer Free Library

Sunday, Cape Ann Plein Air Quick Draw in Essex.

Forty CAPA 2017 artist and lots of other artist came together in Essex Sunday to create an amazing body of work in just two hours from 9am till 11am.  Many thanks to Cape Ann Plein Air 2017, Essex, The Essex Shipbuilding Museum and all the artist and volunteers that made this last week extraordinary!

Great entrainment, thanks Daisey Nell, Stan & the guys!

Grace Collins, an amazing young artist with so much potential is the painting I purchased.

Tim Kelly’s “Misty Morning” 1st Place 2017 Quick Draw

The Yellow Sub Shop–More Than just a Sub Shop


The Yellow Sub Shop along with catering, we serve breakfast sandwiches, coffee, and pastries. Our dinners are complete with bread bowl soups, hot and cold subs and dinner plates.  Come Visit and enjoy !!




Located: 73 Pleasant St, Gloucester, MA 01930

Telephone: (978) 281-2217

Regular Hours Mon – Wed7:00 am – 9:30 pm

Thu – Fri7:00 am – 10:00 pm

Sat7:00  m – 9:00 pm

Sun7:00 am – 3:00 pm

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R.I.’s tall ship Oliver Hazard Perry loses power in Newport Harbor, drifts into boats, runs aground

This is “photographically” one of my favorite ships.  So glad everyone on board was unharmed.

The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, an educational tall ship homeported in Newport, Rhode Island, is grounded Sunday, October 11, 2017 in Newport Harbor after the tall ship lost power and hit multiple other boats near Perrotti Park. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

NEWPORT, R.I. — Rhode Island’s educational tall ship, the Oliver Hazard Perry, lost power Sunday evening and drifted into multiple boats before grounding near Perrotti Park, according to a news release from the Coast Guard’s First District headquarters in Boston.

Station Castle Hill in Newport was providing a safety zone Sunday evening.

The tall ship, whose home port is in Newport, was leaving Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival with a crew of 12 when it lost power, the news release said. The 911 call came in at 6:15 p.m.

Two boats from Castle Hill and personnel from the Narragansett Bay Marine Task Force responded.

No injuries or fuel leaks were reported. The incident is under investigation.

The Oliver Hazard Perry, a 200-foot-long three-masted ship that took eight years to build, was finished in 2015. It’s a modern ship with a steel hull, but it was designed to look like a naval vessel of the early 1800s. It is the largest civilian sailing school vessel in the nation.

Perrotti Park is where passengers from cruise ships are ferried to spend time visiting in Newport.

Oliver Hazard Perry’s visit to Gloucester this summer


The Bruins Academy and Former Bruin Andrew Alberts at Talbot Rink

This past Saturday the Boston Bruins learn-to-skate program, the Bruins Academy, teamed up with Cape Ann Youth Hockey at the Dorothy Talbot Rink in Gloucester for some on the ice instruction and fun.

Some very lucky skaters received, in many cases, their first on-ice lesson, completely decked out in Bruins gear, alongside former Bruin and NHL defenseman, Andrew Alberts.

It was so much fun to watch him skate with the kids.  He was beyond phenomenal and played group games like the best of them….while also offering up many special one-on-one moments to wobbly first timers.

My favorite moment of the day?  Watching Andrew Alberts give his undivided attention to a tiny one who had fallen and had absolutely no idea of how to get up.  I hope the video footage finds its way to this little one’s parents as his potential skating career unfolds so they can look back and laugh at how it all began….on the ice at Talbot Rink…with a Boston Bruin cheering him along.  See video below.

A huge “thank you” to the Boston Bruins, the Bruins Academy, and the Cape Ann Youth Hockey volunteers who worked together to make this a huge success.

Read More About the Bruins Academy Here


Busy Sunday at O’Maley

The O’Maley school facilities were getting a workout on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Flag football outside:



Even the dogs were getting into the spirit of the game.  I think he’s got your flag, buddy!


Inside, at the rink, the little ‘uns had time on the ice.  These guys are around 6-7 years old, so we’ll be seeing them in on the high school teams in about 10 years.  More future of ice hockey for the Gloucestermen! Quite an inspiration for me, who cannot skate on blades or wheels!


It’s very nice to see the available fields and facilities put to such good use.  Kudos to all those accompanying parents that make the dream come true for their children.

The Art of Living: Empowering Those Touched by Cancer

Cape Ann Wellness

Sponsored by Friends of Mel Foundation. 

Saturday, October 28, 2017
8:00 am – 4:00 pm at  Lombardo’s in 
Randolph, MA.

For anyone ‘touched’ by cancer, this conference is affirming, informative, supportive and empowering. Designed to help survivors and their caregivers navigate the road to healing by offering a full day of professionally led workshops, skill building seminars and relaxing sessions of Massage and Reiki .

REGISTER ON – LINE and for a List of Workshops and Seminars –

To Learn More About Melanie Simmons, the inspiration behind Friends of Mel and to order Mel’s Bracelets – 

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Read About “The Impact of STRESS While Living with Cancer” from Friends of Mel’s Founder, Pauline Alighieri –

More Details, Make a Donation or Register for the Conference

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Cape Ann Masons’ Open House Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dear Joey,

We’re having another Open House this coming Saturday, October 21st.  Would you kindly consider publicizing it on your Blog, as you have so graciously done in the past?  It’s been very helpful.

Thank you in advance for your consideration,

Eric Bergengren,

Tyrian-Ashler-Acacia Lodge

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