Please join me on Wednesday, November 7th, from 1:00 to 5:00pm where I am one of three presenters for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank. I hope to see you there!

Discover new ways to garden, and new plants to select to make your home more sustainable in three presentations that address methods and plantings that you can adopt to improve your local environment and welcome more wildlife to your gardens. Presentations will review methods of ecological landscaping, introduce you to native shrubs, and share what you can plant to support pollinators.

Register Now!


Organic Land Care – Why it Matters
Presented by Evelyn Lee, Butternut Gardens LLC

Protect your landscape, yourself, and the environment. Urban and suburban land care matters. It can save money in the long run and does a world of good for the birds, insects and other wildlife that coexist in our gardens, lawns and yards.

Evelyn Lee is a professional flower farmer and floral designer at her specialty cut flower farm – Butternut Gardens LLC in Southport, Connecticut. Evelyn received her horticultural training at New York Botanical Garden, is a Connecticut Advanced Master Gardener, holds a Masters degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, studied floral design at Flower School New York among other places, and is a CT NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional. Her farm is a certified Bee Friendly Farm.


Planting Native Shrubs
Presented by Karen Longeteig, Going Native Gardens

There are many beautiful native shrubs which you can incorporate into your landscape. These plants provide food and habitat to wildlife, lend color and beauty to your yard, and they require less maintenance. Karen Longeteig will review ten lesser-known native shrubs and their growing habits which grow very well in Massachusetts landscapes.

Karen Longeteig, owner of Going Native Gardens of Lexington, became a certified landscape designer from the Landscape Institute (formerly Radcliffe Seminars) in 2005. She is a 10-year member of Lexington’s Town Tree Committee, and an adviser on tree planting and management to the pro bono Lexington High School landscaping group. She belongs to the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD).


Pollinator Gardening
Presented by Kim Smith, Kim Smith Designs

Following the rhythm of the seasons, celebrated landscape designer Kim Smith presents a stunning slide show and lecture demonstrating how to create a welcoming haven for bees, birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Native plants and examples of organic and architectural features will be discussed based on their value to particular vertebrates and invertebrates.

Kim Smith, landscape designer and owner of Kim Smith Designs, documentary filmmaker, photojournalist, photographer, author, and illustrator. In conjunction with Cambridge Seven Associates architectural firm, Kim designed the award-winning Gloucester HarborWalk butterfly garden. In 2018 Kim was honored to receive the Salem State University “Friend of the Earth Award.” She both wrote and illustrated her book on landscape design, Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Look for Kim’s interview and preview of her forthcoming documentary film Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly in the PBS/BBC television special Autumnwatch: New England.


My friend Elaine writes, “I wanted to bring your attention to the movie Crows of the Desert, which has received excellent reviews and will be shown at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown.

The film will show October 7th at 4:30 PM as part of the ARLINGTON FILM FESTIVAL.

Purchase tickets here.


Dan King to join Fly Amero Tonight~ Wednesday Oct. 3rd 7-10pm @ The Rhumb Line


Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, October 3 – 7pm
My Musical Guest: DAN KING!

Love this pic. Who took it? Anyway, we’re all familiar with
Dan King’s contributions toward making the arts and
entertainment scene here on Cape Ann as amazing and
prolific as it has become in recent times. “Dan-O” is loved by
all. His music is pure, honest and touching. Last time he was
my Wednesday guest? January, 2016! How the hell did THAT
happen? Well, we make up for it this week! See you there. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……features Morgan Forsythe! Dishes are better than ever before!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Allen Estes, Lynne Taylor, Jon Butcher, Inge Berge… and more!
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Giant party subs! Jeff’s Variety of Gloucester feeding the crew of Topsfield Fair

Caught Jeff in action loading up delivery vans with delicious Jeff’s Variety & Deli  party platters and  giant subs for the Topsfield Fair. The fair is celebrating its 200th anniversary and continues through Monday, Columbus Day. Opens 10am daily- here’s the link to the 2018 Topsfield Fair daily schedule:

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Thatcher was walking around downtown Rockport with some friends after school yesterday when they were asked to guard a package by a gentleman on Bearskin Neck.  I’m proud of him for knowing that he should call me and make sure that sounded “ok.”  He told me the story, told me he was with two friends, and that they were outside in a public area….  he also explained that the man was leading his girlfriend on a scavenger hunt and that she’d be by within 30 minutes to find that package before moving on to her next surprise.  I made Thatch send me a photo of the package.  It was a swan, with a note,  in a nice little bundle.

Sure as anything, about 20 minutes later, a woman came by, discovered the package, read the note, and continued on her way.  Thatcher decided it felt too creepy to snap a photo of her.   Sigh.

At any rate, kudos to the man for arranging such a fun afternoon for his girlfriend.  He was kind enough to even give Thatch and his friends some money to split for making sure that no one else took off with his swan.

I hope the afternoon was everything that he expected it to be!  Was there a proposal at the end?  I wish we knew!  Are congratulations in order?  I hope so!

I’m not so sure about the duct tape though.


Cool Music Alert: Cables and Lines CD Release Show this Saturday Night

Cables and Lines

Gloucester residents Erin and Andy Luman and their new band Cables and Lines will play a show this Saturday night at MAGMA in downtown Gloucester. The band, which also features Calvin Joss, will release its first CD at the show. So you should go there.

Good Morning Gloucester peeps know Erin Luman because Joey posted about her art skillz here and he once asked if the Lumans should win “most creative family” in Gloucester. I’d vote for them.

People know Andy Luman because of the GMG post here about his previous band, which wasn’t nearly as good as the new band Cables and Lines and was back when Andy was more likely to wear a man bun in his hair like a rock star.

This Saturday night’s Cables and Lines show is at MAGMA, 11 Pleasant Street in Gloucester, from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10 and you can buy tickets here. Your ticket gets you into the show but you also get a CD and a portion of the profits is donated to the Open Door.

If you can’t make the show, you can hear their music and buy their CD here:

$25k Game – This Thursday Night!

Cape Ann Community

Join us at the Gloucester House THIS Thursday Night, October 4 from 5-7 PM for the $25k Game! A total of $25,000 is given away including- one Grand Prize of $10,000! The $25,000 game also features a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and much more! Tickets are sold for $100 each and grant you and a guest entrance the night of the event.

There are only FIVE tickets left – buy your tickets at the Chamber office, 33 Commercial Street! Stop by or call us at 978-283-1601.

$25K Game

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