Monthly Archives: July 2014

Artist Spotlight Series – Photographer Catie Partridge

catie partridge

I recently came across some photography by Catie Partridge that I thought was great and should be shared with GMG.  

Catie moved to Gloucester in February of this year, but is not new to the city. Her grandparents, both sides, are from Gloucester. Her father, a Hildonen hailing from Lanesville, has family that goes back a few generations in Gloucester and Rockport. On her Mother’s side, she claims her Frontiero heritage and undying love of the sea.

She never lived in Gloucester because her father’s early navy career took her parents away from Gloucester and Massachusetts, but growing up with Gloucester roots was her stability. Christmas times, birthdays and, of course, the Saint Peter’s Fiesta were some of her favorite memories, here in her heart’s home by the sea.

Catie’s passion for photography started at a young age, when her elementary school ran a short program for gifted students that focused on photography. she won her first blue ribbon that year. She is fairly sure almost everyone got a ribbon, but it didn’t matter – something she loved seemed to love her back. To this day she still lovingly blames her teacher for her passion.

The ocean is one of the things she loves to photograph, but when she thinks about it, there are few things she doesn’t like photographing.  She has a special place in her heart for buoys though, perhaps because they bring to mind lobster boats and fishermen, and take her home to a place where she can smell the salt sea air and hear the seagulls cry.

Catie says: “Chances are if you see some silly girl in an odd position on the dock trying to get the right angle on the seaweed stuck to a chain, its me.”  She has photographed weddings, dabbled in portrait photography, and has sold a few photographs to individuals.

Catie is hoping that someday people will enjoy her artwork as much as she does and that she might be able to make her passion for photography into a career. She is happy to share her talent with others and has active flickr and facebook pages she can be reached at while she works on getting a full website up and running.

Above are a few of her favorite Gloucester Photos and you can see more of her photography at https://www.flickr.com/photos/cateforgotten/

https://www.facebook.com/catepartridgephotography

 

E.J. Lefavour

http://www.hobbithousestudio.com

Snapshots from the Schooner Lannon Cigar and Rum Cruise

Joey Ciaramitaro Alicia DeWolf ©Kim Smith 2014The cruise was wonderful fun! Thanks so much to our host Joey, Captains Tom Ellis and Heath Ellis, Bob and Doug Ryan for their fabulous Ryan and Wood rum cocktails, Paul Giacalone for cigars, which although I don’t smoke were throughly enjoyed by guests, and the always awesome Lannon crew! 

Schooner Lannon Cigar and Rum cruise -3 ©Kim Smith 2014

Schooner Lannon Cigar and Rum cruise ©Kim Smith 2014 -2

Bob and Doug Ryan Schooner Lannon ©Kim Smith 2014 copyBob and Doug Wood ~ Loved the cocktails in coconuts–what a delightful touch!

My apologies to our friends on the cruise that there are so few photos. This morning when looking at the images I noticed a giant black sploge on every photo–a huge goober on my image sensor. Here’s a few without the sploge after photoshopping out.

Today at Hunt’s photo in Melrose, my go-to place for all camera wants, needs, and crisis, Doug showed me how to professionally clean my image sensor, and its not as scary as you might think!

Schooner Lannon Cigar and Rum cruise ©Kim Smith 2014

Which of these national touring blues artists do you want to see the most?

WOW!  Good news is you don’t have to choose because they’ll ALL be at the Gloucester Blues Festival in 3 1/2 weeks.  And if you get your tickets now (right here), you’ll save $12.  You really don’t want to miss this one  . . .

This week “Wednesdays with Fly Amero” ~ “Down Home Swing ” Chick Marston, Ellen Ford, Laurie & Jay Keefe. 8-11pm 7.16.2014

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This Week:
Grilled Fresh Salmon, $12.95!

Wednesday, July 16th
Special Guests: 
DOWN HOME SWING!!

Chick Marston, Ellen Ford, Laurie & Jay Keefe.  This week marks the first
time I’ve had a chance to host all four of these wonderful guests, known
together as “Down Home Swing”.  Chick, as we all know, is the master.
Jay brings his brilliant mandolin playing to the table… and the girls sound
like sisters, with that seamless blend.  Not one to be missed, folks! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Grilled Fresh Salmon, $12.95!
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
Coming next week…
Julie Dougherty

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  :-) ~ Fly

WTF Wednesday

Dog Bark Park Inn: Idaho

Dog Bark Park Inn offers patrons a chance to stay in the belly of a 20-foot tall beagle — literally. The inn was built to resemble this canine species and is a fine example of chainsaw wood art. The Times, a British newspaper, has declared it one of the wackiest of hotels. Although lodging costs $90 a night, it’s free for visits. http://dogbarkparkinn.com/giftshop/

dog hotel

Does it Get Any Better?

I can imagine that it may get old listening to me drone on about how unbelievably awesome it is to live here on Cape Ann, but forgive me, because I’m about to do it again.

Last night, onboard the Lannon, I had the pleasure of meeting some people throughout the evening that I had never met before and whom I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with.  There was the “always trust a Burnham” friend who insisted that my super moon photos are inaccurate (whom I hope to prove wrong with a photo of the moon near the Annisquam Yacht Club that I’ll attach in a minute)…the “excuse me ma’am” friend who, while he made me feel like I was 90 years old, also made me smile each time he walked by…..a possible new dentist….a really nice gentleman and FOB who used to live in the same home on Pebble Beach that my husband grew up in, etc.  I love meeting new people and each of those conversations enhanced an evening that was already pretty phenomenal because of the company of existing friends, a gorgeous evening, and an amazing venue.  Ummm….and a rum drink in a coconut.  Come on, really!  Several people asked me the same question…”What do you write about for GMG?”  I found myself at a loss for a decent answer at first, but at the end of the night, I found myself saying, “I cheerlead for how crazy cool Cape Ann is.”  Seemed like a good enough answer.

So, for kicks, allow me to recap the last seven days….as if anyone really needs me to highlight how crazy awesome this community is.

In 7 days’ time, we have gotten up close and personal with no fewer than 20 humpback whales (both on the Hurricane from Cape Ann Whale Watch and a smallish center console boat courtesy of some very good friends). We spent a super fun evening with those same friends to celebrate my husband’s birthday, took their boat around the backshore (some of the most beautiful coastline in the world if you ask me), had lots of delicious food and drinks at The Studio, stopped at the Mile Marker, and saw an incredible sunset over Thacher’s Island on the way home.  Two days later the kids joined us as we all enjoyed a day that took us out of Rockport Harbor, around the backshore again, into Gloucester Harbor, out to Stellwagen Bank, to the Cape Ann Brewery, down the Annisquam River, for a evening swim at Wingaersheek Beach, a “meet and greet” with Tyler on the Pin Wheel from Wicked Tuna (who came over because he thought we were having boat trouble when he saw the kids waving to him…How nice is that?!), around Halibut Point, and back home into Rockport.  My boys have hauled lobster traps with “Uncle Dave”. We have spent time at what the boys call “our beach” right at the end of our road.  Meeting friends at Old Garden Beach is always one of our favorite types of summer day and never gets old.  To see my boys growing up alongside the children of good friends and playing with them summer after summer…all carefree and sandy is too good for words.  We have gone on the Gloucester Harbor Water Shuttle…twice….with two different groups of friends…and the boys were thrilled to help impart a bit of their knowledge of the waterfront.  Both of those harbor tours ended with fun meals and laughs on outdoor decks.  Does it get any better?  We spent an afternoon at Capt. Carlos and another one at the Studio (which will never get old).  We had a play date at Maritime Gloucester for probably the thirtieth time… and loved it as if it was the 1st.  We’ve ordered smoothies and simply driven around town…because, for some reason, that NEVER gets old for the boys.  We’ve watched boats unload and watched fisherman mend gear.  We’ve walked through Rockport, hung out with United States Navy, had a few ice creams along the way, bought cupcakes at Rockin’ Cupcakes on Bearskin Neck for Freddy’s b-day, and sat by our new fire pit at night.  Oh, and of course, took an incredible evening sail on the Thomas Lannon.  For real…quite a week.

I write this not to bore you with a-week-in-the-life-of-the-Schraffts, but rather to demonstrate how a completely normal week can unfold with ease in one of the world’s best communities.

Go get your summer on, peeps.  Embrace this place for all it has to offer!

Maritime Glouceter

The Lannon

Rockin’ Cupcakes

The Studio Restaurant

Gloucester Water Shuttle

Mile Marker

Capt. Carlos

Cape Ann Whale Watch

 

 

 

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