After departing the shores of Cape Ann in autumn, where is the Monarch’s next destination on their several thousand mile journey to Mexico? Cape Ann Monarchs join the stream of Monarchs that are migrating southward along the Atlantic Coast. They hug the coastline, crossing bays and ponds, and pausing at beaches to nectar and rest when caught in a headwind or during a storm. When weather and habitat variables combine to create a favorable year for the Monarchs, there may be tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of butterflies traveling along the Atlantic Coast beaches.

The Gooseberry Island old lookout tower is surrounded by dunes and fields of Seaside Goldenrod.The next major stopover is Westport in Massachusetts, at Gooseberry Island and Allen’s Pond Wildlife Sancturary. Here they find dunes and fields of nectar-rich wildflowers such as Frost Asters, Purple-stemmed Asters, Seaside Goldenrod, Knapweed, Red Clover, and more.

Monarchs drinking nectar from Red Clover at Allen’s Pond Middle Meadow

The sanctuary at Allen’s Pond is host to many species of butterflies during the Monarch’s fall migration, including Clouded Sulphurs, Orange Sulphurs, and Painted Ladies.  They, too, drink nectar from the Knapweed, Red Clover, asters, goldenrod, and Black Mustard in the sanctuary fields.

The Atlantic Monarchs next head to New York, traveling along the coast of Long Island, from the eastern tip of Montauk, southwest to Fire Island, and continuing to Coney Island. On the day of October 9th, because of a storm passing through, a batch of migrating Monarchs was “stuck” on Plumb Island in Brooklyn.  After the storm passed the following morning, tens of thousand of Monarchs were observed flying over the dunes and along the beach, resuming their journey south.

Monarchs in the gardens at Battery Park with ferry to the Statue of Liberty in the background. Liv photo and video (below).

Our daughter Liv reports that over the weekend of October 21-22, New York City was teeming with Monarchs. She observed hundreds at Coney Island on Saturday, and even more at the gardens at Battery Park on Sunday. Liv has even seen them in the NYC underground subway stations!

After departing the shores of Long Island and NYC, the next great stopover and roosting area is Cape May, New Jersey. The Monarchs pause along the way, stopping to drink nectar and rest on the barrier beaches of the Jersey Shore. Latest field reports suggest that the dunes and fields of Cape May are rife with Seaside Goldenrod that is still in bloom. I am on my way there today and will report all that I see.

From Cape May Point the Monarchs travel ten miles across the Delaware Bay, then journey along the eastern shores of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Some years the Monarchs converge by the millions at the Virginia National Wildlife Refuge waiting for the right winds to carry them across the Chesapeake Bay.

Some Monarch Butterflies travel to Florida, but most are funneled in through the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains, on into Texas and central Mexico.


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

The Open Door Autumn Breakfast

Cape Ann Community

Please join The Open Door for our annual AutumnBreakfast on Thursday, October 26, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester. This celebration of community spirit kicks off the 2017 Thanksgiving Meal Basket and Food Drive season.

Breakfast is free. Donations requested. Reservations required by 10/23. Call 978-283-6776 ext. 205 or emailing breakfast@foodpantry.org.

Can’t make it? Want to help? Donate online or find out more at www.FOODPANTRY.org.

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Sunday clean up


To our One Hour at a Time Gang.

Clean up at Goose Cove

Val Gilman has asked me to spread the word for clean up at Goose Cove Reservoir.  Unfortunately I will not be able to attend due to another commitment.

Thanks all.

Please note day and time change

Please join members of the Clean Gloucester, One Hour at a Time Gang, Mutt Mitt Volunteers, Dogtown Advisory Committee, Friends of Dogtown, and Cape Ann Trail Stewards for a neighborhood fall clean up! All welcome.


Date:   Sunday, October 29th

Place: Goose Cove Reservoir     parking lot off Gee Avenue

Time: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Bring: Gloves and Pick Up tool

           We will provide bags and Cider and Donuts!

Questions call Ward 4 City Councilor Val Gilman 978-621-4682 or email her at




The Taste of Cape Ann Call to Action for Restaurants and Foodies

The most delicious fundraiser of the year is nearly here – it’s time to get your restaurant registered or your event ticket ordered. Last year’s event included nearly three dozen food and beverage purveyors and nearly 300 guests! We already have confirmation from over 20 restaurants, brewers and spirits companies. Add your name to the list!

The Cape Ann YMCA’s 9th Annual “Taste of Cape Ann” returns to Cruiseport Gloucester on Thursday, November 9, 2017 6-9 PM.

The event features the best of Cape Ann eateries offering food, wine and spirits for one $25 ticket price with 100% of proceeds of ticket sales going tosupport Cape Ann YMCA Teen Service Trips and Initiatives.

Taste of Cape Ann is:

A great place to showcase your business in front of people who’ll be dining local all winter

A great PR opportunity – your business in the spotlight helping your community and those beyond

A great place for locals to sample food and drink from their Cape Ann food choices

A great reason to get out and support kids doing good

We will heavily promote the event and announce event contributors as they come in on Facebook. We will also provide colorful event flyers to hang in your shop window announcing your participation in the 9thAnnual Taste of Cape Ann. Free press and food blogger tickets mean even more local food-focused coverage of the event. Fun event, local audience, free press and a good cause for some really great kids.

Tickets and info available at: www.northshoreymca.org/TOCA

Platinum Sponsors: Institution for Savings & Cruiseport Gloucester

Presenting Sponsors: Beauport Financial Services, Robert Stewart P.C., & Tom Davis CPA


Restaurants wishing to participate should contact Jennifer Amero at JameroMarketingSuite@gmail.com. There is no vendor fee. We ask only that you read and sign the logistics/registration form, plan to bring enough food for 250 guests to have a small sampling of your best buzz-worthy offering and that you come prepared to hand out menus and advertising information and anything you want to get in front of local diners. To that end, restaurateurs should plan on staying through the event or sending a sociable representative from their venue to help in a great PR opportunity for a great cause. (Detailed logistics will be sent upon signing on).

Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 6:00pm

Taste of Cape Ann

Cruiseport Gloucester, MA

For information on Teen Programming at the Cape Ann YMCA contact Rick Doucette at doucetter@northshoreymca.org

Sound Harbor music lessons in Gloucester new location still near Cape Ann Art Haven

With the HIVE move back to the main Cape Ann Art Haven location at 180 Main Street, Sound Harbor needed to relocate, too. Sound Harbor  has moved to the former Falcon’s Nest gallery of the HIVE; enter via the door next to Pleasant Tea or through Browns mall. Musical experiences for little ones: Sound Harbor is starting a hands on baby/toddler music class, too!

45R Pleasant Street


Red Sox Legend Ted Williams with Gloucester Youth Larry Veator


This photo was taken circa 1946.

Young Larry Veator an avid Red Sox fan, receives an autographed photo of Ted Williams after a game at Fenway.

Larry, also a great athlete at Gloucester High School, had a brilliant business career, and also author of “The Other Side of the Cut” A Memoir, now retired and living in Gloucester on the other side of the ‘cut’.

Many Thanks to Larry for letting me share this photo .

Fall preparations…

Did everyone else spend their weekend prepping for the impending winter??  Well lucky for me I got to chose whether I wanted to stack wood or go grocery shopping…which, in my defense, are equally hideous tasks!!  I, did however choose to throw myself into the Market Basket melee and was grateful to see that by the time I returned my OCD husband had all the wood neatly stacked and organized by seasoned, kiln dried and kindling.   Bring on the cozy fire weather!

Applecrest Farm

The stars aligned and neither of the boys had a hockey game on Saturday so we slept late and then headed north to New Hampshire. Destination? Our favorite farm….Applecrest.


We fed the goats….for like ever….because I really can’t get enough.  We took a ride past the corn fields to the apple orchards….even though we didn’t actually pick apples.  The boys strolled through the pumpkins to find the ones. We listened to the Monadnock Bluegrass Band play some pretty sweet music. We drank some cider and smoothies.  We shopped a lot in their gorgeous new barn shop….and ate some pumpkin whoopie pies in the sun before heading home.  The ride up there, if you take the back roads, is super pretty and only adds to the awesomeness of the day.

If you’re looking for a new farm to visit this should be it!  We’ve been bringing the boys since they were tiny.  The Storybook Hayride, put on by the theater department of a local high school, was one of Thatcher and Finn’s favorite fall traditions for several years in a row.  While the boys also love some of the farms closer to us with the potato launchers, paint ball, bouncy jump pillows, and go karts…. even they can agree that there is something undeniably special about simply being together at Applecrest.  The fall foliage, live music, delicious smells, baked goods, orchards, hay rides, and farm animals were exactly what we needed as we took a break from our over-scheduled and rushed weekends.  The fact that the farm is also incredibly dog friendly is a huge plus in my boys’ books.  They must have met 20 dogs along the way the other day.  Applecrest is the kind of place that strangers end up chatting, folks seem to be taking their time, and a perfect fall day unfolds around you while you can simply sit and take it all in.

Did I mention that they have a new outdoor bistro that serves wine and beer as well?  Shot, score.

Anita Diamant Event for Gloucester Writers Center

Author Anita Diamant appeared at the Azorean Tuesday evening to discuss Cape Ann’s role in at least three of her books:  Last Days of Dogtown, The Boston Girl and Good Harbor.  The event was hosted by the Gloucester Writers Center and was sold out.  More than 40 interested participants were treated to tapas from the Azorean staff like this:


Ms. Diamant considers Gloucester “home” and writes with authenticity about the area.  She considers Good Harbor Beach her special place , and though she stated she finds writing “painful”, she seems to be able to incorporate Cape Ann seamlessly into her stories.  She read an excerpt from each of her Cape Ann related titles, demonstrating the character driven stories so popular with readers.


It was a lovely evening and I look forward to more Cape Ann stories from Ms. Diamant!




Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director


Cape Ann Symphony Holiday Tradition Returns on

November 25 and November 26

The Cape Ann Symphony’s annual Holiday Pops Concert, the exciting annual celebration of holiday music favorites, kicks off the holiday season on Saturday, November 25 at 8 pm & Sunday, November 26 at 2 pm. This joyful Cape Ann Symphony holiday tradition features a program of holiday favorites by Leroy Anderson, Vaughn Williams, Delius, Leontovich, Pierpont and Mozart as well as the annual audience sing along. The Cape Ann Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts, joins the orchestra, under the musical direction of conductor Yoichi Udagawa, toperform a selection of songs of the season. According to Conductor Udagawa, “This program is a celebration of the holiday season for the whole family. It’s a fabulous, joyful way to start the holiday festivities. We typically sell out these concerts, so we urge people to buy their tickets now!” The Cape Ann Symphony concerts are held at the Manchester-Essex High School auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible. Single ticket prices are $43 for adults, $38 for senior citizens, $15 for Students of any age; $5 for youth 12 years old and under. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visitwww.capeannsymphony.org.