Category Archives: All Things Gloucester

Bring on the Rain – I Know Where I’m Going

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I considered posting a gloomy photo of rain running down a window pane. That could be depressing and sappy, but it’s not my style. When rain and storms block in the way, don’t slow down, stay the course. Move forward to where you want to go. During a rainy Gloucester Schooner Race, Captain Steve Douglass looks ahead, consults his charts, and sees beyond the rain. I do not look at the rain dripping down the glass, but rather navigate as Captain Douglass does: Carry on toward your destination. I welcome the impending rain.

Café Shalom… Reinvented! – Sunday October 26

Café Shalom… Reinvented!
Come to the Social Event of the Season!
Live Music and Dancing!
with

Squeezebox Stomper

(formerly known as  the Boogaloo Swamis – New Orleans zydeco music!!)

Sunday night, October 26th

TEmple Ahavat Achim
86 Middle Street, Gloucester

Doors open at 6:30 pm

Concert at 7 pm

Tickets at the door $10

Make your own Ice-Cream Sundae $2

Rubber Duck WTF #37

Since no one got #36 name the humpback (the answer was Music go check it out) #37 is going to be even harder but the prizes keep piling up.

First three winners get a GMG sticker signed by RD and one pirate Rubber Duck. First prize gets choice of Zombie Rubber Duck or Pirate.

To win the responder must say exactly where this is not just how/what and or why. Be precise. Precision wins.

WHAT!

Where is this? Not the image, where is the actual photo residing. If you get out in Cape Ann over the last two months you should know.

Crap: I just realized that if you follow me in Facebook you might be able to figure this out without actually having been there.

[edit Oct 12, 9:38AM] We have a winner! Anonymous correctly named the location. The fresnel lens as big as an outhouse is right behind me. Anonymous can come down to the dock to pick up her winnings. Proper ID required.

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Winner winner chicken dinner!

Daybreak Death Wish

Kitesurfing Kiteboarding Good Harbor Beach Gloucester -2 ©Kim Smith 2014Also known as kitesurfing.

Kitesurfing Kiteboarding Good Harbor Beach Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014

Look at what I came upon last Tuesday morning while filming the wildlife at the footbridge end of Good Harbor Beach. The kitesurfing appeared death defying, particularly from where I was standing far down the beach; one kitesurfer especially seemed precariously close to Salt Island. 

I would have loved to stay and continue photographing the three beautiful aerial/marine acrobats but I had been filming until the last possible moment and had to hurry off to work. The action that I did catch a glimpse of was simply stunning.

Kitesurfing Kiteboarding Good Harbor Beach Gloucester -3 ©Kim Smith 2014

Kitesurfing Kiteboarding Good Harbor Beach Gloucester -4 ©Kim Smith 2014 J.PG

Airborne ~ Click image to view larger

Note to Kitesurfers: Next time you are planning to kitesurf at dawn please contact me at kimsmithdesigns@hotmail.com. I would love to photograph and film your next adventure, from beginning to end. Thank you!

Several more photos here:

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This Just In: Ward 4 Candidates Forum on Cape Ann TV Tonight through Tuesday

This just in from Lisa Smith at Cape Ann TV.

Cape Ann TV Covers the Ward 4 Candidates Forum

The Gloucester City Council will vote on who will fill the vacant Ward 4 City Council seat at their next meeting Tuesday night on October 14. Five of the seven candidates attended the Ward 4 Candidates Forum hosted by the Lanesville Community Center on Thursday, October 9.

Cape Ann TV covered the Forum. It is a last minute addition to the Cape Ann TV program schedule and will air on Cape Ann TV Channels 20 and 67.

Cape Ann TV Channel 20 on

Friday, October 10 at 9:30 pm

Saturday October 11 at 11:00 pm

Sunday, October 12 at 9:00 pm

Monday, October 13 at 8:00 pm

And on Cape Ann TV Channel 67 at

Saturday, October 11 at 8:00 pm

Sunday, October 12 at 11:00 am and 7:00 pm

Monday, October 13 at 12:00 pm

Tuesday, October 14 at 12 pm

Summer is Over, But the Studio is Still Open!

I was a huge fan of late afternoons on the deck of the Studio this summer.  If you ask me, there was nothing better than sitting outside with some friends, having a yummy cocktail, eating sushi, and taking in the beautiful view of Rocky Neck.  Especially if you weren’t in a rush.

Summer is behind us, but when given a 3 hour window to go play this past weekend, we readily headed straight towards the Studio anyway.

The fall menu is out and we ordered some obscene chili and cheese fries, chicken dumplings, and….of course…sushi.  The Kiss the Fish and Red Dragon rolls to be exact.  Pair those with a pumpkin beer with a cinnamon sugar rim and I’m a goner.

True that the deck is gorgeous, but I’m equally as happy hunkering down at the inside bar.  The high ceiling, massive paned window, and wood finishings are totally cozy and comfortable.

They won’t be open much longer, towards the end of November is what I’ve heard rumored, so check out the fall menu soon.  And….maybe give me a call first ;)

The Studio

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Let’s Make The Open Door make the list of Top-Rated Nonprofits

opendoorThe Open Door has a chance to make the 2014 Top-Rated List at GreatNonprofits (greatnonprofits.org) and be eligible for some great prizes, but we need your help!

What is GreatNonprofits?
GreatNonprofits–a review site like TripAdvisor–honors highly reviewed nonprofits with this Top Rating. Being added to the Top-Rated List helps us tell our story to a broader audience and get the support we need to alleviate the impact of hunger right here in our community.

How can I help?
You can help us get that rating by posting a review of your experience with us or how you see us making an impact on the community.

Write your review here: http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/write/the-open-door-cape-ann-food-pantry-inc

All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes! If you can help us out, we need your review to be completed by October 29! (Deadline is 10/31, but we want to be on the safe side and get it done.) Thank you in advance for your consideration!

With much appreciation,
Julie

More of a Good Thing: Fall Fest @ Mile Marker One

Both Donna and Joey already posted some fantastic photos from this weekend’s Fall Festival at Mile Marker One, but it was such a great event, that more can’t hurt.  Mile Marker One, Marshall’s Farm Stand, and The Bridge pulled off a fantastic afternoon despite some threatening weather.

The city of Gloucester provided some pretty awesome vehicles including Fire Engine 3, a police Hummer, an ATV, and even a Coast Guard Vessel.  That’s pretty much all my boys needed to make a day of it, but the pony rides, face painting, bouncy houses, awesome vendors, pretty yummy Bloody Marys, gelato, the Sam Adams Brewery Oktoberfest Beer Hoisting Competition (what?), and some pretty sweet alpacas made it all that much more fun.  And…that was by no means all that the event had to offer.

A true collaboration of forces to pull off yet another fantastic family event here in our great city.  Thanks to all!  Put this one on your calendar for next year for sure.

 

Flu Shot?

You know I’ve had life threatening health issues. I asked my AGH cancer doctor when and if I should get a flu shot. He said get one now, it won’t interfere with my chemotherapy. On the way out, the hospital receptionist said she had no idea when the hospital flu shots would be offered, but soon: “Call next week.” Well, I called yesterday, a week later, and they still have no clue. I love my local hospital, Addison Gilbert, but please… Your local discount drug store is ready to help you. Sad.

Free Celtic Concert at Orthodox Congregational Church in Lanesville – Saturday 10/4/14

Crossing poster Gloucester (B)

Free Celtic music concert on Saturday October 4th in Lanesville at the Orthodox Congregational Church featuring The Crossing, visiting from Chicago. Doors open at 5:30 PM. They will play at the Firehouse in Newburyport on Sunday October 5th at 3PM. Tickets for the Sunday concert are $15. Find out more at www.grrrrecords.com/crossing.

The Coolest Tour around

During Sails and Trails went to the Cape Pond Ice Tour. Even though I have taken this tour many times, every time I Go, seem to enjoy it more. Thank you Cape Pond Ice Company.

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I Never Met a Fred I Didn’t Like

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I meet a ton of people in my gallery, and always say the same thing to guys who have the Fred name: “Freds are always good looking, friendly, and intelligent.” This Fred from Delft, a city in Holland, was happy to represent from his country. While in the hospital last fall, I decided to delay this post because of the tragic loss of life on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over the Ukraine. So here’s happy Fred, better late than never.

Welcome to the late Ken Kesey and son Zane’s magic bus Further

Florida visitors Sharon St Clair and husband Chuck King rolled into Gloucester about four weeks ago. By chance, they stopped into Charlie's Place and bumped into the Merry Pranksters. This trip, made by son Zane Kesey, replicated the journey from CA to NY made by renowned author Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, starring Jack Nicholson) in 1964.

Florida visitors Sharon St Clair and husband Chuck King rolled into Gloucester about four weeks ago. By chance, they stopped into Charlie’s Place and bumped into the Merry Pranksters. This trip, made by son Zane Kesey, replicated the journey from CA to NY made by renowned author Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, starring Jack Nicholson) in 1964.

1013384_699246396828088_3453607676989411140_n 1601386_699243326828395_4654099066811579173_nAfter the success of Ken Kesey’s novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken and this band of Merry Pranksters drove from The West Coast to the East in 1964. Fifty years later, on September 24, 2014, they came to Gloucester, and had breakfast at Charlie’s Place https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charlies-Place/111697215533360. My friends were there…

Sharon photographed the Furthur crew at breakfast. She and husband Chuck gave them their table for the bus crew. Ken Kesey’s son Zane sits center waving his hand. Sharon and Chuck leave tomorrow for home. I got to know what wonderful and generous people they are… and like me, they’re adventurous. Fair winds and smoothe seas, my friends forever.

Who Needs Ice?

Cape Ann Youth Hockey, along with some folks named the Boston Bruins, pulled off a fantastic event yesterday afternoon….all in the name of the Open Door Food Pantry.  The Boston Bruins Street Brigade Clinic gave about 50 kids the opportunity to participate in some street hockey games, meet Blades (the Bruins mascot), and receive gifts from the Boston Bruins.  In return, Cape Ann Youth Hockey and the Bruins simply asked that participants make a donation to the incredibly worthy Open Door Food Pantry.  A win-win!

Another example of great things happening on any given day within our community!

A huge thanks to all of those involved!  It is never too late to make a donation! Please consider.

The Open Door

Cape Ann Youth Hockey

The Boston Bruins

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