Happy International Women’s Day from these beautiful (and fearless) Gloucester women

Photos by Dani Shirtcliff

Sara McKinnon writes,
My name is Sara McKinnon from Happyhealthyhumanity.com. I co-hosted this incrediby HIGH VIBE event with Treetop Yoga studio. I have been Wild Swimming every single day, sometimes twice a day through the winter. My friend Jessica McGovern and I started our Wim Hof Cold Exposure journey back in October for the health benefits. Since then, it has grown and expanded across Cape Ann in ways we never imagined. It has been such a huge gift in all of our lives. We call ourselves “The Wild Swimmers of Cape Ann.” Breaking through fear and limiting beliefs one swim at a time. 
Our Sunrise Swim at Good Harbor Beach for International Women’s Day was inspired by Wild Swimmers of Scottland, their book Taking the Plunge, and their swim last year which attracted 70 women. This year women all across the globe swam in community today at Sunrise. We were the only ones participating in the entire United States! Representing in a big way in our beautiful Gloucester. 
Dani Shirtcliff of Shirtcliff Photography took this gorgeous photo. The photo includes all who swam and some who also participated didnt make it into the picture. Swimmers included- Sara McKinnon, Jessica McGovern,  Silvie Lockerova,  Julie Upton, Laurie Fleming, Michelle Barton, Ivana Ustariz, Brandeis Wright Conroy, Danette Verga, Tracey Richie, Nicole Sweeney Duckworth, Stephanie Hurley McQuillan, Mandy Davis, Leah Hunter, Whitney Connolly, Kathleen O’Shea, Sandra Qu, Karen Conant, Jenny Davis, Danielle Babin and her mother.
We represented health and wellness institutions across Cape Ann such as Happy Healthy Humanity, Silvie Lockerova Healing, Streamline Pilates, Cape Ann Cross Fit, and Treetop Yoga Studio and more.
Wild Women Woman Awakened and Happy Healthy Humanity both have new shows through 1623 studios. Look for Julie Upton’s segment on Wild Swimming coming soon
Health, Happiness and Hugs,



Spooky Haunted Happenings at the Barton-Anderson home! 





FullSizeRender (36)Ken’s golden polenta, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside

There are still a few seats available for the next Duckworth’s Eastern Point Lit House Book Club event (Sunday evening, March 20th). Ken, Chris, Jenn, Michelle, and Colleen do a beautiful job welcoming guests, and if you haven’t been, they provide wonderful evenings of, quite possibly, the best book club fare ever, freely flowing wine, and great discussions.

IMG_6480Last month’s discussion was led by Eastern Point Lit House co-founders Jenn Monroe and Chris Anderson.

Don’t be intimidated if you haven’t read the book in time for the event (which is oftentimes the case with me). I’m usually so inspired after the discussion, I find the time.

FullSizeRender (37)So deliciooooooous, that’s all I can say about Ken’s meatloaf and potatoes

Lit House book Club Duckworth's ©Kim Smith 2015An array of salads, vegetable dishes, and soup accompanies every dinner.


Come, I promise you won’t be disappointed!!



2015 Rocky Neck Polar Plunge

2015 Rocky Neck PlungeSarah Grow for the Open Door Food Pantry

2015 Rocky Neck Plunge ©Kim Smith 2015With below average temperature and wicked wind, the 2015 Rocky Neck Polar Plunge Open Door Food Pantry Fundraiser was a plunge to remember. Dru, pictured above and below, reports that it wasn’t too bad running towards, or even diving in. The worst was running back to the beach against the bitter biting blast that had picked up during the event, and the fact that he couldn’t feel his feet!

Hats Off and Congratulations to All You Brave Polar-Plunging Souls!

2015 Rocky Neck Plunge  Dru Anne Malveaux©Kim Smith 2015

Dru and Anne Malvaux

2015 Rocky Neck Plunge -3©Kim Smith 2015

2015 Rocky Neck Plunge -2 ©Kim Smith 2015

2015 Rocky Neck Plunge Emma Duckworht ©Kim Smith 2015Emma Duckworth

2015 Rocky Neck Plunge Meadow Michelle Anderson ©Kim Smith 2015Michelle and Meadow Getting Ready to Plunge

2015 Rocky Neck Plunge Emma Nicole Jude Duckworth ©Kim Smith 2015Emma, Nicole, and Jude

2015 Rocky Neck Plunge Michelle, Chris, Atticus, Meadow ©Kim Smith 2015Michelle, Chris, Atticus, and Meadow

2015 Rocky Neck Plunge Donna Ardizonni Pete Lovasco ©Kim Smith 2015Donna and Pete

2015 Rocky Neck Plunge Nicole Jude Emma Ben ©Kim Smith 2015Emma, Nicole, Ben, Jude, and David Calvo

2015 Rocky Neck Plunge Nicole aand Jude©Kim Smith 2015Nicole and Jude

2015 Rocky Neck Plunge Catherine Paul McGeary Karen Ristuben©Kim Smith 2015Karen Ristuben and Catherine and Paul McGeary back at the Cultural Center for hot cocoa and cookies.