Peaches Ripening in the Warm Sun ~ Do I Hear Bellinis, Anyone?

Belle of Georgia peach ©Kim Smith 2014 copy

Bellinis would make a festive addition to your Labor Day/Schooner Festival weekend brunch or dinner, especially at this time of year when the farmer’s markets and grocer’s shelves are brimming with tree-ripened fresh fruit.

Our ‘Belle of Georgia’ white-flesh peach tree never disappoints. Each and every year since first planting, this semi-dwarf peach tree gives us mouth-watering sweet peaches. Not all of the peaches are perfect and the ones that are not eaten out of hand are whipped into smoothies, cooked in confections, or macerated with Prosecco.

~ Bellini Recipe ~

Marinate peeled, pitted, and sliced (halved or quartered) peaches in Prosecco for several hours. Just before serving, puree the peach-Prosecco mixture. Spoon the puree into champagne glasses, about 1/3 to 1/2 filled, and to taste. Gently add more Prosecco to the puree. Add a drop of raspberry liquor, Chambord, or a few fresh raspberries to the puree, to give the drink that beautiful pinky-peach glow.

Bellinis are traditionally made with white-flesh peaches such as ‘Belle of Georgia,’ but any variety of sweet peach will do.

Peach tree blossom Belle of Georgia ©Kim Smith 2011‘Belle of Georgia’ Peach Blossoms

In flower and in fruit, the peach is a pretty tree for your landscape ~

Belle of Georgia peach -2 ©Kim Smith 2014.j

Read an excerpt about the ‘Belle of Georgia’ from my book Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities ~ Notes from a Gloucester Garden here ~

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US Coast Guard Currently Leaving Gloucester Harbor

Saturday visiting the schooners

What a beautiful day for visiting the schooners on Saturday.  Rick and I had such a great time.  Looking forward to tomorrow on the Lady Jillian for the Parade of Sails.

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Live Blogging The 2014 Schooner Race With Play Action Call From Daisy Nell!

We will be posting live race results as they come in from the committee boat.

Just in:

1:41 “All boats have started the race. Tensions are high!”

2:35PM “Sugar being Towed In Damage To Forstay. Ocean reporter Towing In.”

2:38PM Adventure Heading For The Mark. Haze Coming In, wins change.  American eale Ahead, Then Roseway.”


2:40 Liberty Clipper


2:42 Roseway Overtaking The Lannon


2:44 Brilliant, Roseway, and Lannon


2:49 This Is Liberty Clupper Brilliant Looks Like A First.


2:51PM Al Bezanson’s Green Dragon Heeling Way Over, one entire lap ahead of Redbird.


3:02 American Eagle Crossing the Finish Line


3:32 Estela


4:16 USCG Barque Eagle Leaving


It’s a Bird eats Bird World

When I first spotted this Eagle Seagull eating something I was horrified thinking it was one of the Bro’s I hang out with at the State Fish Pier. I zoomed in and saw it was a unlucky pigeon. It’s sad when a Bird has to resort to eat it’s cousin. That’s life down at the Pier. Hopefully I won’t be hit by a car down there and be picked on by the Gulls. I’m sure my Bro’s won’t let that happen.



Close Look Of Gloucester Harbor Schooner Festival Parade Of Sails







Representing, at Eagle

Chuck and Sharon are FOBs from Florida. Chuck is from Miami and Sharon is the Tallahassee Lassie. We photographed the Eagle entering Gloucester Harbor, and later then they represented in front of the ship.

Chuck and Sharon are FOBs from Florida. Chuck is from Miami and Sharon is the Tallahassee Lassie. We photographed the Eagle entering Gloucester Harbor, and later then they represented in front of the ship.

Chuck and Sharon are from Florida. Chuck is from Miami and Sharon is the Tallahassee Lassie, and both love Cape Ann. We photographed the Eagle entering Gloucester Harbor, and then they showed the sticker in front of the ship.

Community Photos 8/31/14

Hi Joey,

Attached is a photo I shot at Rockport’s Front Beach this evening, Wed, Aug 27th.  My humble social network is likin’ in… hope you will as well

Matt Cegelis

Cegelis Art Group


Gordon Webster submits-

Hi Joey,

My name is Gordon and I’m a fine art photographer specializing in New England. I thought your readers might be interested in the images from my recent photo shoot around Cape Ann. I’ve created a collection of them with a vintage vibe that I used to try to capture the kind of romance and nostalgic atmosphere of Cape Ann’s fishing community.

I love your blog and follow your updates on Facebook, and I would be thrilled to have some of my photos of Cape Ann featured on it.

Here is the link to the Cape Ann photo set.

Best, Gordon


Sticky Fingers

Pineapple Coconut Cakes at Sticky Fingers Bakeshop! Stop by for Labor Day Weekend treats!
7 Pleasant street or Main Street inside Brown’s Mall


Lisa Wensberg submits-

Hi Joey:

Thought you may like this photo.  Fairly beautiful of the Annisquam side of town one of the few cloudy days we had this summer.

2014-08-04 17.56.00

ABOARD THE USCG BARQUE EAGLE / photos from Anthony Marks

Gloucester Schooner Festival – Friday From Elinor Teele

The Adventure going out and the Eagle coming in…

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Lisa freed submits-

Still wish she’d sailed in, but worth the wait.

The USCG Eagle


Hi Joey,

I was aboard the Adventure as she joined the Lannon, Ardelle, Coast Guard boats and others to welcome the Coast Guard Barque Eagle to Gloucester on Friday.

She is a beauty!    I hope everyone has an opportunity to see the Eagle while she is in port.  Captain Stephan Edick took the helm for our spectacular sail.  Here are 

some photos of our day aboard the Adventure including the newly renovated fo’c’sle, We had some youngsters eagerly helping to hoist the sails and man the helm. 5

Enjoy the Schooner Festival!

Mary Barker


The USCGC Eagle (WIX-327) is a 295-foot barque used as a training cutter for future officers of the United States Coast Guard. She is the only active commissioned steel hulled sailing vessel in American military service.


  1. Length295′ (90 m)
  2. Construction startedFebruary 15, 1936
  3. LaunchedJune 13, 1936
  4. Weight1,655 tons
  5. Beam39′ (12 m)
  6. Draught16′ 1″ (4.90 m)

Community Stuff 8/31/14

Schooner Festival Sunday-


Schedule of Events: Sunday, August, 31, 2014
10:30am-12:00 noon:  Parade of Sail
11:00am-1:30pm: Shuttle Bus to Eastern Point Light
1:00pm: Start of Mayor’s Race

3:00pm: Departure of the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle

6:00pm-8:00pm: Reception and Awards Ceremony 

Silver Season – 25th Anniversary of The Writer’s Block with John J. Ronan

Premier program to be taped at the Cape Ann Museum

Join Cape Ann TV and Gloucester resident John Ronan to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the award-winning series The Writer’s Block. The anniversary episode will consist of a panel discussion filmed in front of a live audience in the Cape Ann Museum Auditorium on Wednesday, September 3 at 1:30 p.m. This program is free and open to the public.

The Silver Season begins with a panel of distinguished visual and print media professionals talking about the roles of electronic media and print in American Culture. “PIXELS AND PRINT: The Word in an Electronic Age” will be hosted by Mr. Ronan. The panelists will be Ray Lamont, editor of the Gloucester Daily Times, former poet Laureate Rufus Collinson, Erich Archer, Executive Director of Cape Ann TV and a longtime television and film producer, and Sinikka Nogelo, a former Executive Director of Cape Ann TV and a distinguished artist. Daisy Nell and Captain Stan will provide music.

The Writer’s Block with John J. Ronan is one of the oldest, continuously-running public access shows in New England. In 2005, The Writer’s Block was awarded First Prize for an Educational Program Series by the New England Cable Television Association.

The Cape Ann Museum has been in existence since the 1870s, working to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of the area and to help keep it relevant to today’s audiences. More than 20,000 local, national, and international visitors come each year, and more than 9,000 adults, children, and families attend the Museum’s extensive program offerings annually.

Spanning 44,000 square feet, the major cultural institution on Boston’s North Shore also has two historic homes: The White-Ellery House (1710) and the Captain Elias Davis House (1804) as well as two sculpture parks in the heart of Gloucester’s Downtown.

Marriage Proposal During Last Thursday’s Harbor Loop Concert

Hey Joey! I was just on your website and I saw that you were covering the last harbor loop concert of the year last night! My fiancé proposed to on stage during the concert thanks to “What Time Is It, Mr Fox?” and I heard that it was being photographed and filmed for local news. I was wondering if you were one of the people covering it? Please let me know!

Adult Education Classes at Wellspring House

Registration for FREE adult education classes at Wellspring House in Gloucester is happening now for our Fall Session. Classes begin Monday, September 15 and we have an information session at 302 Essex Avenue on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm or call ua to arrange an appointment and tour.

Wellspring House’s Adult Learning Initiative (ALI) provides 8 weeks of FREE classes in Computer Skills, Career Development, English and math for women and men interested in passing the high school equivalency test, returning to school or finding a career. Classes are 8:45 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Monday – Friday and study time is 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Please call the Recruitment & Enrollment Coordinator for more information at (978) 281-3558, ext. 304. Wellspring House is located at 302 Essex Ave., Gloucester, MA.  FREE local transportation is available.


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