Eastern Point Lighthouse

The water has receded and left in its wake tremendous damage to a number of homes and property. In many cases, from the exterior, it appears as though the record breaking high tide never occurred, but interiors are an entirely different story. Power is being restored around the Cape and if you were one of the lucky ones, as were we, you never lost it.

Twin Lights

Things are looking up, with the sun poking out around 10:30, and folks doing their best to dig out, urgently so, with temperatures predicted to drop into the single digits overnight.

Schooner Sugar Babe appears to be AOKAY

The roads are very driveable! Thanks to incredible efforts by Mayor Sefatia, Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante, State Senator Bruce Tarr, Gloucester’s awesome DPW, policemen, firemen, emergency medical crews, and the Coast Guard for all that they did yesterday to help our community keep safe and all that they continue to do today to recover from the Bomb Cyclone of 2018. 

Turkey running down the road and trying to find a place to cross in the drifting snow.

Lined up for breakfast at Niles Pond.

Tiniest Snowman at Bass Rocks.


Turkey feathers wild copyright Kim SmithAll that remained of this turkey found in a coyote lair were its beautiful flight feathers. The kill was so fresh, clumps of flesh around the quills were still red with blood.

A bunch of these zebra striped turkey feathers in a vase I thought might be attractive. And too perhaps our neighborhood kids may like some to make quill pens with. Knowing that bird feathers are rife with parasites and lice, rather than picking them up with bare hands, I went home and got a large plastic bag and secured that tightly around the collected feathers. The feathers were kept in the freezer for over a week. Next step is to store the feathers at the ambient air temperature for another week to allow eggs of any remaining parasites and lice to hatch. After the week in fresh air, they will be placed back in the freezer for another week. Feathers that are dirty will be washed very gently in mild soapy water. The quill ends will need to be soaked in a light bleach and water solution to sterilize and remove residual clumps of turkey skin.

Interestingly, while looking up how to make quill pens, I learned that the word pen comes from the Latin word penna, which means feather.

Congratulations Joanne Frontiero! Your This Weeks GMG Cook Of The Week!


Early yesterday morning my Facebook Feed messenger was buzzing with cooking questions! Below is one of my favorites. Joanne Frontiero’s success story made my day! #CookingStep-By-Step with “Gifts Of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia;Harvest

Sista Felicia’s Turkey Hot-line…

I received this FB tag from friend Joanne Frontiero,”I Can Do This. Thank you for reminding me about the turkey recipe – Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan – it actually wasn’t so hard. The bird is in the oven!!! My first turkey ever… I feel so grown up!

Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan You can so do this girlfriend… My Turkey Recipe is foolproof!


Joanne Wojna Frontiero Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan… you know what? It was pretty easy…. turkey in for 2 hours, I am unsure how I am going to flip the 22 pound bird??? Any tips???

Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan Use 2 pair of long Kitchen tongs stick one in each end ( make sure you have oven mitts on your hands! You’ll be surprised it actually is not as hard as it seems
Joanne Wojna Frontiero I will let you know in 1 hour and 15 minutes…. wink emoticon

 Tanya Frost Anyone want to place bets she drops the bird?? Memory Layne Gnerre Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan?? Lol

 Joanne Wojna Frontiero I have faith in you!!
 Memory Layne Gnerre Jim Frontiero set up a webcam please

 Joanne Wojna Frontiero Getting nervous…. getting ready to flip the bird wink emoticon LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!
 Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan update…?

 Joanne Wojna Frontiero I flipped the bird!!!
 Joanne Wojna Frontiero And it wasn’t too hard Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan!!!!! XO
 Tanya Frost Woohoo Time for a drink 🍷🍷cheers
Joanne Writes~ “Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan… your recipe was a hit, and my turkey was delicious. Moist and flavorful!!! My 1st ever Thanksgiving feast had two thumbs up from all. :)”


Omg, it was delish… turkey coma now… Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan , you made my family very very happy with your delish recipe! And . more . importantly I rocked this meal!!! Cheers!!! XO. Pics to come when I get off the couch.

Congrats Joanne! I’m thrilled to have had a small part in the preperstion of your first ever Thanksgiving Feast for your family! Happy Thankskgiving! 


Furtive creatures that peer at you, while you are filming and photographing them!

White-tailed deer -2 ©Kim Smith 2015

While recording audio for my Monarch film at the same field over a several week period, occasionally I came upon a deer family. Not quick enough to get more than a fleeting snapshot however, these two deer were spotted peering at me while I waited in vain for their return, so that I could peer back at them!

Wild Turkey ©Kim Smith 2015 copySurprise Turkey-in-a-Tree Encounter

Rabbit ©Kim Smith 2015Ubiquitous bunny, abundantly present on every film shoot. 

Chipmunk ©Kim Smith 2015Chipmunk

White-tailed Deer ©Kim Smith 2015The wrong end of the deer I’m most likely to capture.



Baby Turkey Mini Video and Happy Thanksgiving to All Our GMG FOBs!

What a beautiful (and entertaining) surprise I experienced this past summer when filming B-roll and the milkweed patch at Waring Field in Rockport. From a distance the elusive hen was observed and I was delighted to see, upon coming closer to film her, that she had four little babies in tow (turkey babies are called poults).

Happy Thanksgiving! 

“Turkey in the Straw” Recorded by Fiddle, Fiddle, Fiddle

See GMG post Baby Turkey Encounter here.

Stuck in the Middle with Rubber Duck

Well I don’t know why I came here tonight,
I got the feeling that something ain’t right,
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs,
Ed’s to the left of me,
Joey to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you.

RD:”I am pretty sure this is not how you make Turduckin.”

Turkey Day, Plum Cove

We were invited to Judy and Ray's Thanksgiving dinner near Plum Cove. Eight birds entered the back yard and Tom and I went outside to take photos, but the turkeys headed for the woods. That may be because Tom was wearing a cook's apron, which scared the daylights out of them. Later, when I saw them travel around the other side of the house, a took a few shots thru the windows. I call this one: "The Turkey we didn't eat." The meal was delicious, and the guest of honor was a neighbor 100 years old.
We were invited to Judy and Ray’s Thanksgiving dinner near Plum Cove. Eight birds entered the back yard and Tom and I went outside to take photos, but the turkeys headed for the woods. That may be because Tom was wearing a cook’s apron, which scared the daylights out of them. Later, when I saw them travel around the other side of the house, a took a few shots thru the windows. I call this one: “The Turkey we didn’t eat.” The meal was delicious, and the guest of honor was a neighbor 100 years old.

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.

Roger Torre Baiting Turkeys For Thanksgiving


Who needs some store bought steroid laden Turkey when you can bait ‘em in your back yard?  Just sprinkle a little seed around and when they least suspect it on Thanksgiving Eve pop a cap in their ass!

Roger Torre submits-

Hi Joey,

I spread a little bird seed around the bird feeder for the chipmunks and squirrels and now turkeys…   Put your Thanksgiving order for your fresh bird:

Roger Torre


about to go VIRAL!

Catch this video now before it goes viral on Youtube.

I took this video when I brought Blaze out for a run in our yard. I didn’t See the Turkey at first, when I did I ran inside and got my camera. I just got the camera up to my eye when Blaze spotted the Turkey. Luckily for the Turkey he can fly just like EJ said they could. This Video got two thumbs up from Professional Videographer Ed Collard. Eat your Heart out Craig Kimberly!

The Video:

The Bird:

The Cherry Street Gang (of Turkeys)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

The turkeys populating Cape Ann are descended from wild-trapped New York birds. By 1851, the Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) was extirpated from Massachusetts because of widespread loss of habitat and hunting. Nine unsuccessful attempts to reestablish the birds were made between 1911 and 1967. Between 1972 and 1973, 37 birds were released in Berkshire County. The bird’s range quickly expanded, establishing populations from the western to the furthest eastern regions of Massachusetts. To read more about the Wild Turkey visit the Massachusetts Audubon Breeding Bird Atlas

Merry Christmas and A Feel Good Turkey Story From Charity (no relation) Ciaramitaro

If you don’t feel good about the way you or your mom cooks your Turkey after seeing this shit-show then god help us all.

Charity writes-

First turkey: my poor vegetarian mommy tried to cook a nice turkey for my brother and his beautiful girlfriend.  Second turkey: my daughter and I cooked, she is just basting it one more time.  I gave her directions but she didn’t listen.  She called me crying and said she couldn’t talk about it for 6 months. I warned her that it might end up on Good Morning Gloucester.  She said OK as a warning to others and as long as we don’t verbally talk about it.
Happy Holidays!
Charity Ciaramitaro

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Is that pineapple I see in that turkey?

Note to self- do not under any circumstances eat at a vegetarian’s house for Thanksgiving.



This is it – the vegan safehouse!

    By: Island Annie on November 8, 2009
    at 9:35 pm

    Mom and I had a big time reading all of the captions and had a hard time choosing the winner!  Congratulations Island Annie.  You can respond to this post or send me an email at to arrange to get your cookies!

    Turkey On Eastern Point

    We saved a turkey.  Or at least the Mrs thinks we did.  We were taking the kids for a ride and drove down Eastern Point when we made the turn in the road past old Joe Garland’s to the left on the road across from Raymond’s beach there were three turkeys and either a coyote or a wolf a couple steps away from one of the turkeys.  I told the Mrs to get the camera out quick! 

    Well as I was lowering the window and the Mrs got the camera out of the diaper bag the coyote (or wolf) trotted off into the woods.  The Mrs was convined that it was about to feast on one of the turkeys but it seemed like they were hanging out at the time and it could have gotten the turkey long before we had got there in that open field.  I wish I could have got that shot, drat!

    Turkey On Eastern Point, originally uploaded by captjoe06.