Congratulations to Lisa Smith, celebrating tens years of her dedicated service to the Cape Ann Community. Lisa has not only been the producer, director, and content creator for thousands of hours of Cape Ann community service through her work at Cape Ann TV, she has also taught countless members how to use the station’s recording equipment and how to edit. Thank you Lisa for all that you do for our community.

Happy to beat the traffic, I caught the end of the celebration and was able to get this quick snapshot before the remaining guests headed home.

Lisa Smith Cape Ann TV ©Kim Smith 2015

The Jon Butcher Axis w/ Special Guest Cliff Eberhardt Together again for the first time! Saturday 8:00pm 8.15.2015



(doors open at 7pm)

The Cabot
286 Cabot Street

Beverly, MA 01915


If you haven’t seen them then you’re in for a wicked good treat..
I got to catch the last show “Jon Butcher Axis Experience” and it totally blew my mind….
Part of the buzz…This guy is f’n’s like Jimi Hendrix reincarnated….let me tell this person does not toss compliments around lightly…
Brought to you by GimmeLiveVickie & Peter Van Ness

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GloucesterCast With Guests Peter and Vickie Van Ness and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/12/14


GloucesterCast With Guests Peter and Vickie Van Ness and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/12/14

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Topics Include: Peter and Vickie Van Ness, ,Seafood Throwdown at The Farmer’s Market, Mercedes Flavin vs Rosalie From Rosalie’s, Niaz Dorry, NAMA, Fisherman’s Wives, Robin Williams, Everybody’s Life Is Hard For Them, Celebrate Gloucester Series, Cape Ann Marina Waterfront Pavillion, Kudos To Tobin Dominick and Joe Liacono, Gloucester UU, Top 4-10 Must Do Things In Gloucester, John Sebastian, Block Party This Weekend, Kudos To The Current Block Party Committee, Henry Smith, Schooner Festival, Maritime Gloucester, Tracy Arabian, Props To Tom Ellis and Harold Blackburn, Sea Shanty Crazies, Cape Ann Museum, Cape Ann Whale Watch, Seven Seas Whale Watch, Gloucester Restaurants, The Atlantis for Breakfast, Duckworth Bistro, Passports, The Studio, GMG Mug Up Saturday This Week, EJ LeFavour, Lady Jillian Harbor Shuttle, The Other Cape, Peter Paul and Mary, Shout Out To Aurelia Nelson from 104.9, Curtain Up with Aurelia Nelson, Cape Ann TV, Being a Perfectionist With Online Media vs Creating Content Naturally, Realism vs Perfectionism, Putting The Content Before Advertising, GMG On Facebook, The Need To Respond To People’s Requests, An Idea For The Holistic People, Cape Ann SUP, Cape Ann Harbor Tours, All the Ways To Get Out On Gloucester Harbor.


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Johnny Winter’s Johnny B. Goode at the Larcom Last Night!

Congratulations to Gloucester’s Peter and Vickie Van Ness for a sold out Johnny Winter concert last night at the Larcom Theatre!

Click here for What’ Happening  Larcom

GloucesterCast 12/8/13 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guest Toby Pett

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Topics Include:  Topics Include: Holiday Fair Weekend, Cape ann Farmer’s Market Harvest Market, Downtown Gloucester Ladies Night, Magnolia Historical Society opening of Art in the Schoolhouse, The Hive Bex Borden, David Brooks,  Giftwrapping Service and Great Community Partners, Peter and Vickie Van Ness, GMG Holiday Party at Bodin Historic Photo, Thank You To Fred Bodin and His Ladyfriend Janet, Middle Street Walk, Bill OConnor, North Shore Kid, Gingerbead House Competition, Buoy Painting, Lobster Trap Tree Lighting, Rusty and Ingrid Handmade Prints, Half Marathon (Fu#$ing Up Traffic),Curmudgeons That Can’t Stand Being Slightly Inconvenienced,  Olivias For Sale or Lease, Restaurant Dead Pool, Ideas For Olivias Space, Question: Do Liquor License Boards Govern Entertainment As Well?, Former Old Timers Space, Aaron Tuftley, Sprockets, Your Dream Vintage Vehicle, Meg Frontiero, Tony Ciulla, Styles On Main, Sticky Fingers, Spin The Dradle With Toby At The GMG Holiday Party Friday Night, Downtown Gloucester Men’s Night, Passports, and Other Restaurants Doing 20% off Gift Certificates, Dinner Dealer Decks Are Out, Cape Ann Brewing Dinner Dealer Coupon

To Purchase- 2013/14 Dinner Dealer Decks, GMG Caps, Technical Jerseys, Hoodies, Dry Fit Shirts Here-

Chickity Check It!- City of Gloucester launches new, smart phone friendly, official visitor website

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City of Gloucester launches new, smart phone friendly, official visitor website-

A group of volunteers today launched a new visitor website for the City of Gloucester.  With stunning visuals, expanded listings, a highly intuitive interface and search feature, the new content-rich was built by Peter and Vickie Van Ness as part of a push by PR for Gloucester founders Tracey Muller and Jan Bordinaro to promote tourism and boost the City’s visitor economy.

“The new features Gloucester’s authentic beauty, maritime culture, storied history and thriving arts community,” says developer/marketer Peter Van Ness.  “We feel that promoting our unique, authentic nature is the best way to attract visitors to Gloucester.  Plus this website looks and works great on all smart phones — including the iPhone.”

“The visitor economy holds great promise for creating new jobs and generating new tax revenue for Gloucester,” said Mayor Kirk, who embraced the PR for Gloucester group’s enthusiasm and encouraged them to remake the website.  “This dramatic overhaul of our official Visitor website cost the City nothing.” She added.  “We are grateful to the volunteers and partners who gave their time, photos, data and inspiration to get the job done.”

Every effort was made to include all Gloucester businesses that serve the visitor economy.  Any business that may have been accidentally overlooked can go to the site and fill out the contact page and the developers will include them as soon as possible.  New businesses can do the same.

One of the new features on is a page of stories about Gloucester that includes videos chronicling the sinking of the Corinthian, Gloucester’s official song, links to the Cape Ann Museum’s story of Howard Blackburn, movies filmed on Cape Ann, T.S. Eliot, Rudyard Kipling and the Gloucester Daily Times special coverage of The Perfect Storm.  The PR for Gloucester group encourages anyone who has a story idea to fill out the contact form.

This website is a volunteer effort led by the City of Gloucester Mayor’s office, Tracey Muller, Jan Bordinaro and Peter & Vickie Van Ness, with the help on many partners.

The developers would like to extend our deep gratitude Joey Ciaramitaro of Good Morning Gloucester for sharing his spectacular photos & blog widget, and for his inspiring encouragement and undying support.

Special thanks go out to Bob Hastings of Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Frank Gentile of Udine4less for making their databases of Gloucester businesses available.

6:30AM and The Sidewalk Bazaar Is Taking Shape Pics From Ed Collard

Here is Christopher From Life Is Good, Vickie Van Ness and her mom along with Bob Hastings prepping the street for the three day extravaganza!



Tim Burton and The Kettle Corn Guy Setting Up!



I4C2 Beautification Review Video At The Site

Ed Collard walks us around the site and details the work that took place at the I4C2 beautification project May 22, 2010

About a third of the way into the video there is a very useful tip that could save you money!

Kudos to all that were involved

Vickie Van Ness, Erika Hansen and Councilor Jackie Hardy

Block Party Article From The Times

I’d just like to make sure everyone knows that Vickie Van Ness, Erika Hansen and Councilor Jackie Hardy are also part of the Block Party Team as they weren’t mentioned in the article today but the whole team puts in a ton of positive energy into bringing you the best Block Parties possible.

Voting Begins for The GIMMESOUND.COM GiveBack Live Music Series

From Vickie Van Ness-

Time to Vote!

For Fans Choice
For the GIMMESOUND.COM GiveBack Live Music Series

You can vote for your favorite artist NOW!
Save these dates: September 30, 2009 at T.T. the Bear’s Place in Cambridge, MA and October 7, 2009 at Public Assembly in Brooklyn. Details & sample tracks from our featured performers here.
Just to bring anyone up to speed- on GIMMESOUND.COM you can download any of these artists songs which are hosted at the site for free and they will get paid through advertisements.  It’s a win for the artist, a win for the consumer(you) and their music gets heard by a wider audience.  Good Stuff!

GIMMESOUND.COM GiveBack Live Music Series
click for details

Join the Evolution!
Submit to perform live as the
Fans Choice or GIMMESOUND Choice
at one of these upcoming benefit shows

September 30, 2009
at T.T. the Bears, Cambridge, MA

Dennis Brennan
Dennis Brennan
Sarah RabDAU and the Self-Employed Assassins
Sarah RabDAU


Mark Sandman Music Project
October 7, 2009
at Public Assembly, Brooklyn, NY

Golden City on Magic Bullet Records
Golden City
Pow Wow
Pow Wow


Food Bank for New York City

  • Benefit Shows
  • No submission fees
  • Artists cover all their own expenses
  • Artists are considered for both shows but will only be featured in one show
  • All genres, groups, duos, solo accepted
  • Must have an active GIMMESOUND.COM Artist Profile, at least 3 downloadable songs, location and at least one genre defined
Artists may submit online through August 7, 2009
Click here to Create an Artist Profile Now. It’s FREE!
  • GIMMESOUND.COM fans will vote online for the Fans Choice
  • Top vote getters win the Fans Choice performance slot
  • Fans may vote, August 8 through 22, 2009
  • The GIMMESOUND Choice performance slot will be selected by our A&R department
  • Winning artists will be notified September 1, 2009 via email

GimmeSound- Free Legal Music Downloads Video

Fellow Block Party organizer and super duper good egg Vickie Van Ness explains the way Gimme Sound works.  This is pretty freaking bad ass.  It’s this simple- you go to the site- and you download music for free.  No gimmicks – no special software to download that’s gonna mess up your computer, just great free music.  The bands that have their music listed on the site get paid by Gimme Sound through ad revenue.

It’s totally legal, totally free and there are great local musicians listed on there such as Dan King, Allen Estes, Henri Smith, Karen Ristuben and Will Hunt.  There are many other nationally recognized musicians too.  What are you waiting for get some free music!!!!!!!

The Van Ness Hotel South Beach Miami

I had no idea that Peter and Vickie were living so large!  Hey Pete, you’re buyin the pizza at the next Block Party meeting!


Team Can Do

I can’t even express how lucky I feel to have worked with our team on the first ever Downtown Block Party.

Work is a funny word though because not for a second did it feel that way.  It was 100% positive energy.

Erika and Dave Hansen, Peter and Vickie Van Ness, Janice, Jackie Hardy, the Council,  the performers, the Police, the liquor licensing board, Donna Ardizzoni paying for the banners, Steve Noble and Ringo Tarr for helping with the lights, Cathy Tarr for donating the domain name, Lee Bolton for providing technical assistance, Ernie Morin with his fantastic slide show.


You wanna know who else deserves much credit?

The restaurant owners who did everything we asked of them to get the permitting done and make their seating outside cool and funky.
The YMCA Street Team for helping out keep the place clean.

The Folks at seARTS that jumped on board and moved their art exhibits on Center street to coincide with the Block Party.   The stores that had cheese and grapes.

The list goes on and on and on, point being that it was all GLOUCESTER PEOPLE pitching in for their own great vibe and giving of and to each other.

It was positive energy put forth from positive people, it was destined to be great from the start.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for everyone that helped out and came down to rediscover how incredible downtown Gloucester with it’s cool coffee shops, incredible restaurants and unique retailers and art scene really is.

I feel like the luckiest guy on earth as I write this.

Erika, Dave, Peter, Vickie, Janice, and Jackie -the team with the positive vision and energy to carry it out, I don’t really know how it became that we all got together for this thing but I would assemble the same team 100 times out of 100 to do it all over again.

Team Can Do, we got ‘er done.

Downtown Gloucester Block Party August 16th -Be There!

Downtown Gloucester Block Party, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Thanks to the hard work and efforts of Janice Lufkin Shea, Councilor Jacki Hardy, Erika Hansen, Peter and Vickie Van Ness it looks like the request to close Main Street was voted favorably and unanimously to recommend to the full city council the granting of the permit as requested (with conditions).
The block party was voted in favor unanimously last night. 8-0 vote with several councilors expressing their desire to see this type of thing happen more often.
Bring your lawn chairs, get ready to dance and play and enjoy all that is Gloucester community spirit!
We Rock!