Friday night, Charlotte and I attended the fabulous Art Haven Big Buoy Party. The family night was lots of fun, with tons of art activities for the kids and mountains of delicious food. Thank you to Traci and the Art Haven team for putting on a great event, and to Sheree Zizak for hosting at Cruiseport!

Running after a 1.5-year-old I was only able to take a few photos, but as you can see from the children’s and young teen’s faces, a fun night was had by all.

Gloucestercast 187 Taped @BeauportHotel With @nicholeschrafft , Neil Mathews, @shutterbythesea @DonnaArd, Marty Luster, @kimsmithdesigns @DeputySecKirk, Jimmy Douglass and @Joey_C


Gloucestercast 187 Taped @BeauportHotel With Nichole Schraft  , Neil Mathews, Bridgette Mathews, @Donna Ardizzoni, Marty Luster, Kim Smith, Carolyn Kirk, Jimmy Douglass and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

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Topics Include:

Taping At The Beauport Hotel On The Eve Of The Official Open, Initial Impressions

Donna’s Birthday. Thanks Bridgette For Getting A Cake

The Magnolia Farmers’ Market starts Monday, June 13, 2016,Donna will be participating

Annisquam exchange Art Gallery in Annisquam, so grateful for One Hour at A Time Gang t-shirts, Cigarette butt counter

Our Friend EJ Is All About Jesus speaking to her and telling her to do things.  I did not condone, endorse or approve her Homosexuality Religion Post.  She has been demoted from Editor to Author.  James Eves has been elevated to Editor Status.

West End Revival- Has Everything to do with Beauport Hotel

Brass Monkey-Tonno-Rusty Shatford Fort Sq Cafe

Carolyn Kirk Steps In

Cape Ann Whale Watch With Jimmy Douglass

New restaurant in Rockport. Feather and wedge.


Fiesta Beginning, Novena, I completely Disagree With Alicia’s Take On The Fiesta

Nichole Chartered Stevie Douglas’s boat last night with a bunch of friends. Such a no-brainer and tons of fun!

Boys want to paddleboard in the harbor this year to watch the greasy pole and boat races. Too dangerous for them?

Can’t wait to book a room at the new hotel and spend the day by the pool and at the pool bar.

Trolley about to start from stage fort park. Talk about no-brainer! A great way to get to good Harbor Beach on the weekends without having to pay a fortune to park.


Nichole Shrafft Photo


Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction -3

Andrew Luman, Schuylar Corbett, and Ruby Lyman

Cruiseport was filled to overflowing with the joyful sounds of children laughing and parents socializing, all there to join in the fun of Art Haven’s 8th Annual Buoy Auction. The hundreds of buoys hand painted by local children were displayed in a fresh new layout with a “Haven Walk” surrounding the perimeter.

Emily Bean Andrew Lumen Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction @www.kimsmithdesigns.comAndrew Luman did a fantastic job as the auctioneer and emcee (with Emily Bean above)

For the silent auction, beautiful buoy creations were donated by some of the most talented local artists.

Colleen Apostolos-Marsh Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction @www.kimsmithdesigns.comColleen Apostolos-Marsh “Sugar Skull”

Traci Corbett Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction @www.kimsmithdesigns.comTraci Thayne-Corbett “The Big Catch”

Jeff Weaver Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction Jeff Weaver

Art Haven’s Buoy Auction is truly a community event in every sense of the word ~

Special thanks were noted in the program to the lobstermen who loaned the traps, Peter Mondello, Bob Morris, Chris Orcsillo, and Scott Horne. Sheree Zizik once again generously donated Cruiseport, delicious food was provided by local restaurants and shops, and many area businesses donated buoy supplies, transportation, and event promotion. Thanks too was given to all who helped construct the Lobster Trap Tree, with thanks to the buoy auction committee, and a very special thanks to Traci-Thayne Corbett and Karen Conant.Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction -2 @www.kimsmithdesigns.comSEE MORE PHOTOS HERE Continue reading “A SIMPLY SPECTACULAR TURNOUT FOR ART HAVEN’S FAMILY FUN AND BUOY AUCTION!”

Sheree Zizik and Cruiseport Gloucester personally deliver breaking news to Sista Felicia that they will be rolling out the Red Carpet to make The Cookbook Launch Party a night Gloucester will remember!

Sista Felicia writes-

In early June, I reached out to Sheree Zizik about having the Gifts of Gold: In a Sicilian Kitchen with Sista Felicia Cookbook Launch Gala at Cruiseport Gloucester’s exquisite ballroom. I knew her venue overlooking Gloucester’s beautiful working harbor would be the perfect place for this celebration. Sheree is a community-oriented businesswoman who, time and time again, generously gives of herself and her business establishment, taking excellent care of her customers with the utmost attention and respect. She welcomed me with open arms and embraced hosting the cookbook event as if it were her own. She immediately reassured me that she personally would see that every detail planned would be delivered Sista Felicia style.
It was Sheree who guaranteed recipes from my cookbook would be prepared and served by her caterer, Vinwood Catering. It was Sheree’s idea to literally roll out the red carpet upon which guests would walk. It was Sheree’s idea to give GoodmorningGloucester’s paparazzi a designated spot to photograph guests as they arrived at Cruiseport for the Gala. It was Sheree who insisted all would be taken care of, thus allowing me to be able to relax and to enjoy the festivities with my guests.
Merely thanking Sheree is not enough. I am so grateful to know her and to call her my friend. Gloucester is so lucky to have such a community-spirited and dedicated business owner in its midst. Please help me thank Sheree Zizik for her part in creating such an extraordinary celebratory evening by supporting her and Cruiseport Gloucester in the future.
Here is the Gala’s menu…straight from the pages of Gifts of Gold…
Butlered Hors D’oeuvres
Fried Muddica Steak Skewers
Butternut Squash and Leek Soup Shooters
Caprese Crostini with Basil Pesto
Fried Chickpea Wedges
Caramelized Onion and Pear Flatbread Pizza with Prosciutto and Baby Arugula
Eggplant Caponala Crostini
Antipasto Misto
A colorful offering of grilled asparagus tips, imported olives, marinated cremini mushrooms, roasted sweet red and yellow peppers, stuffed sweet peppadews, stuffed cherry peppers, artichoke hearts, smoked meats, seasoned boconccini, gorgonzola, and provolone accompanied by breadsticks and focaccia bread.
Baked Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Dip
With assorted gourmet crackers
Pasta Station
Penne with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce
Tri-colored Tortellini with Meat Sauce
Fresh Breadsticks
Dessert & Coffee Station
Assorted Italian Cookies and Torrone
Provided by Sista Felicia
Featured Cocktail for the Evening
Sista Felicia’s Lemon Drop Cocktail