Special Visitor from Kansas City – Ann Kennedy

I encountered Ann on my morning walk, Ann is an avid Good Morning Gloucester reader from Kansas City, she also often submits some of her photos to GMG when she is visiting Gloucester.  It was a wonderful meeting, thank you for your kind words, and enjoy Gloucester.


FOB Ann Kennedy Shares a Beautiful Vintage Photo

My beautiful pictureAnn Kennedy writes:

Hi Kim,

I’ve been looking at old slides and the one attached reminds me of your wonderful work. Bob took this photo of me peering through the butterfly panel at the Museum of Natural History in London, 1971. And although we’d much rather see butterflies in the wild, this display was quite memorable.

Hope you’re having a great summer with lots of successful planting and growing, documenting and filming! As always, we enjoy your GMG and G+ posts.

Best wishes,

Ann Kennedy

Thank you so much for sending Ann–what a neat vintage photo!

GloucesterCast With Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/13/14

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Topics Include: Gloucester, Massachusetts, Kim Smith Designs, Pleasant Street Tea and Coffee Co, Gloucester HarborWalk Cleanup, Catherine Ryan, Beth Chiancola, Susan Kelly, Jessie Carini, Earth Day April 22, Gloucester Strong With Art Haven and The Hive, The Hive Screen Printing, Killer Gloucester Strong Logo, Cape Ann Trail Stewards, Send In Your Earth Day Community Activity Information So We Can Post Them, Patti Amaral, Kim Smith’s Photos Featured In Sunday Boston Globe, Samson GoMic vs The Mutumbo Mic, Portable Podcasting Equipment, Cape Ann Media Group, Carry In Carry Out vs Trash Cans On The Beach, Proper Way To Send A Press Release, Tina Ketchopolos, GMG PR Person Of The Year, Addison Gilbert Hospital, Alison The Owner Of Pleasant Street Tea and Coffee Co Is Going With Dreadlocks, The Origin Of FOB, “American Blogger Documentary” A Spoof or Not?,  Frances Bouchie Asks Does Anyone Do Gloucester Geneology, Cape Ann Museum, Ann Kennedy, Call In Question, Google Hangouts Just Too Wonky, Planning The Podcasts, Washington St Sidewalks Looking Good, Email Subscription Service Is Broken, Webmasters Need To Understand Just How Many People Do Not Know How To Use A Search Engine To Find A Website Even If They Know The Name Of The Web Page, People Not Understanding How To Find And Bookmark The Blog, Please Explain To People That Aren’t Getting Their Email Subscription To The Blog That They Can Go Directly at www.goodmorninggloucester.com , Katrina’s, The Rudder, The Studio Opening Date!, Madfish,Gloucester MA, 01930

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Kim Smith Is A Regular Contributor On Good Morning Gloucester Here is Her Profile:

Currently creating documentary films about the Monarch Butterfly, Black Swallowtail Butterfly, and Gloucester’s Feast of St. Joseph. Landscape designer for the Gloucester Harbor Walk Gardens. Designer, lecturer, author, illustrator, photographer. Visit my blog for more information about my landscape and interior design firm- kimsmithdesigns.wordpress.com. Good Morning Gloucester daily contributor.
Author/illustrator “Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden”

GloucesterCast With Guests Sista Felicia, BJ Mohan and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/29/14


GloucesterCast With Guests Sista Felicia, BJ Mohan and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/29/14

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Topics Include: Art McCann- Local Hero, Veterans, Not Repainting Home of The Fighting Fishermen, The Petition,  JOHN A “GUS” FOOTE, BOB WHYNOTT, DAVID H,. WATSON, LEE KENNEDY,  MIKE McLEOD, RICK NOONAN, Article in the Gloucester Daily Times, Ann Kennedy’s Questions About The Blog Today vs the Blog a Couple Years Ago, Rants, Taking Things Literally, Frank Ciolino, An Intern, The Dilution of The Blog For The Broader Good, Striving For The Happy Medium, The Impossible Job Of Pleasing Everyone, Nichole Schrafft, How Can we Improve?, Felicia’s New Espresso Maker, BJ’s Online Tools You Should Know About- Google Drive, Google Drive vs Dropbox, Sista Felicia’s Chifeletti Cookies, Ethnic Grocery Stores Today, Filling Boat Orders At Pat’s Center Grocery,  Gelato

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FOB Ann Kennedy Shares About Meatloaf and Turkeys

Good morning, Kim.  I so enjoy your GMG posts and have been meaning to send a quick email.  Your great meatloaf post really gave me a chuckle–in the fondest way!  Recently I read one of my mother’s letters in which she had made a 6 lb. meatloaf for a PTA supper long ago, of course.  My brother and I didn’t like meatloaf and never really learned to either.   One night, she was constructing a very, very large stuffed meatloaf that was to be formed into a long log of sorts.  It didn’t fit in the pan and so she curved it until it fit.  My brother and I wandered into the kitchen to discover this awful looking thing and decided to help it out.  We sliced a pimento stuffed green olive to make 2 eyes, and added toothpicks for antennae, making it look like a giant, mythical caterpillar.  Quite an ugly thing!  Anyway, when Mom discovered it we all had a good chuckle and we were ordered out of the kitchen–the first time in our lives that ever happened:-)

I loved your recent turkey photo.  When I travel across the state via Amtrak (the slow route), the autumn fields are full of flocks of wild turkeys, seeking corn leftover from the harvest.  The train eventually travels along the Missouri River, and sometimes I’ll see a turkey at the river’s edge.

I hope you enjoy this marvelous season, and I look forward to your new and interesting posts.  By the way, I might enjoy your meatloaf since it includes bacon:-)

Kindest regards,


Anne Kennedy Haddock and DillAnn and Her Brother in a Japanese Tub

Visit Ann’s stellar blog, Haddock and Dill, which was inspired by a 40 year written correspondence between her mother and grandmother. It is a blog of letters that chronicle the life of one American family. The collection of nearly 2000 letters, notes and cards contain photos, clippings, and comments on everyday life, beginning in 1941.

FOB Ann Kennedy Shares Her Wren Photos and Story

Ann Kennedy wren photo

Hi Kim,

I’m excited about your film showing very soon and I hope your opening is wonderful in every way.  I just know it will be and I look forward to hearing all about it on GMG!  You bring such gifts through your photos and informative posts!

I’ve been watching the wrens outside my kitchen window, and while the pictures aren’t that great, what these precious birds do is just amazing as you well know.  The babies squawk until the mama returns with a winged treat.  As they get bigger, she will drop the bug on the ground and encourage them to come for it on their own for at least one of their feedings.  It is so fun to watch and thought you might enjoy these.  While I can’t clean up their messy birdhouse, I did clean up the last photo:-)

Best wishes always,


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Ann Kennedy wren photo-2Ann Kennedy wren photo-3Thanks for sharing Ann!!

Special Time with FOB Ann Kennedy

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I got to spend a very special morning with Ann Kennedy on Tuesday, toward the end of her and Bob’s month-long annual visit to their beloved Gloucester.  We met early for a delicious and hearty breakfast at Sailor Stan’s, then went for a nice long walk out Eastern Point, to the spot I now call Evelyn’s Point, beyond the Retreat House and Brace Cove.  We encountered many beautiful and fun things along our journey, including a mother duck with her ducklings (she had to be babysitting, as they couldn’t all have been her’s) and two turtles sunning on a rock in Niles Pond, plus a dreadful and vicious bullfrog that Ann attempted unsuccessfully to capture and bring to Joey.  This has become one of my favorite spots to walk to and it was nice to be able to share it with Ann, who had never been there.  The trails through the woods are soft and peaceful.  At one point we were forced to stop and turn back because of a large uprooted tree that made the path we were on unpassable.  It was a special time with a special FOB and friend, and I look forward to a repeat when they return next year.

Congratulations to Ann and Bob who just celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary.

E.J. Lefavour

Gloucester Harbor Dock Shots From 25 Years Ago Including The Hannah Boden From Ann Kennedy

Ann Kennedy Writes-

Hi All! We haven’t really had any winter here yet this year, but we’re already thinking of our summer or fall return to Cape Ann. Here are some favorite dock shots, 25 years ago. Love the Friday series and now the faces–great stuff!

On Leaving Gloucester Soon From Ann Kennedy

Good morning, Joey.  I dislike sounding like a cheesy tourist pamphlet, but Gloucester truly does have everything, and something for everyone.  We’re getting ready to leave with a feeling of having not had enough time for all there is to experience.  We will continue to rely joyfully on GMG and all of the marvelous images and information the community provides in order to stay connected.
We haven’t met the mayor, but we have met you–so as you commend the mayor, we commend you for your steadfast passion for all of Cape Ann.  It is palpable and contagious in the best of ways.   Hats off to all of your town, thank you Gloucester and we’ll see you again soon!
Ann and Bob Kennedy
P.S.  I’ve tried to sum up my view of the city here:

Neighborhood Quilts From Ann Kennedy

Saw the 8 marvelous quilts hanging in the Sawyer Free Library… each representing the special ethos and heritage of a Gloucester neighborhood.  My photos do not do justice, but all 8 quilts are really delightful!  As one who loves to walk Gloucester, they are really a treat and so representative of community pride.


50s Rockport From Ann Kennedy

Hi Joey.  Welcome home.  A dear family friend, no longer living, was a geographer and children’s textbook author.  While going through old books in the basement, I came across one of his texts and discovered that the first chapter was about Rockport.  Thought you might enjoy the images from the early 50s, from the book, Ways of Our Land, by C.W. Sorenson, 1954.