My Film at the Lowell Film Festival! April 29th, at 6:30pm

BST Banner FINALI hope you can come join me for an evening of screenings and Q and A at the 2014 Lowell Film Series. My film Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly is playing, along with Whales of Gold, a film by Lucia Duncan, about the gray whale migration and how to conserve habitat and species in a way that also sustains the livelihoods of local people.

About the film: Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly is a 45-minute narrated documentary that takes place in a garden and at the sea’s edge. Every stage of the butterfly’s life cycle is experienced in vibrant close-up, from conception to pupation to metamorphosis. The film is for adults and for children so that all can gain a deeper understanding of the symbiotic relationship between wildflowers and pollinators and the vital role they play in our ecosystem. Filmed in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

The location of the screening is at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street, Lowell. Click this link to read  more about the series.

The 2014 Film Series: Land, Air, and Water is offered in partnership by the Lowell Film Collaborative and the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust.

Click here to visit the film’s website: Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly

black-swallowtail-habitat-good-harbor-beach-gloucester-ma-© kim-smith-2011-copyBlack Swallowtail Habitat ~ The Wildflower Meadow at Good Harbor Beach

BomBom Butterflies, Voted People’s Choice Award Rockport Short Film Festival 2013

 

 

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In Honor of Earth Day ~ Xerces Society Letter to President Obama

April 14, 2014

President Barack Obama The Honorable Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture The Honorable Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior

Dear Mr. President, Mr. Secretary of Agriculture, and Madam Secretary of the Interior,

In light of the severe decline of both the eastern and western monarch butterfly populations that has occurred since the late‐1990s, we are writing to ask you to establish a multi‐agency monarch butterfly recovery initiative to restore the habitats that support the extraordinary migrations of this iconic species. We encourage you to direct the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), and Forest Service (USFS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of the U.S. Department of the Interior to develop a cooperative, landscape‐ level initiative with the many stakeholders willing to help foster significant monarch recovery.

These migrations can be saved for future generations by restoring to the landscape milkweeds, the host plants for monarch caterpillars, and nectar plants that sustain the adult butterflies. These habitats would support pollinators and a large number of other species as well. The federal agencies that incentivize conservation of wildlife habitat on private lands and that directly manage wildlife habitat on public lands can play key roles in this effort by targeting funding and technical support for such an initiative.

As you know, the eastern monarch population has been declining for more than a decade, and this year scientists observed the lowest numbers ever documented, representing a 90% drop from population numbers recorded in the mid‐1990s. Since then, there has been a significant loss of milkweeds in agricultural areas of the Midwest, which is directly correlated with the declining monarch population. Monarch habitat has also declined sharply in the West.

Monarch Migration Map

Paul Mirocha Illustration for Monarch Watch

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Gloucester’s Earth Day, Saturday the 26th, at 9:00: Finishing HarborWalk Gardens Cleanup

There’s much going on around town for Gloucester’s Earth Day on Saturday. At the HarborWalk Gardens we’ll be finishing our spring cleanup. Come on down and I hope to see you there! You don’t need to be an experienced gardener; everyone is welcome!

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They’re B-A-A-C-K (YEA!)

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Easter

Family means so much to me and being a grandmother is the best. If this is not the best do not know what more I could have.
Avery, Maddie, Riley, Owen, Cole and Nonnie.
April 20, 2014 Nonnie is so happy with her kids

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Submit Your Short Film or Poem for Rockport’s Upcoming Festival!

 

The Red Shed Film FestSUBMIT YOUR FILM FOR THE RED SHED FILM FEST ON ROCKPORT’S MOTIF No.1 DAY Are you a filmmaker? Apply to screen your film at the Red Shed Film Festival on Motif No.1 Day in Rockport! The Red Shed is a micro film festival featuring selected shorts produced on Cape Ann or with Cape Ann as the subject. The history, geography, art, people, city and towns of Cape Ann are all suitable for treatment — anything that conveys the region’s sense of place. The Red Shed Film Festival takes place on Saturday, May 17, 2014 as part of Rockport’s annual Motif No.1 Day festival of the arts. The Guidelines for Entries: Films must come in under 15 minutes and should be produced on, or be about, Cape Ann. Film structure and genre can be fiction or non-fiction, abstract or literal, linear or non-linear – play with your aesthetic tastes.Application does not guarantee screening. As such, a winner in this festival is anyone whose film is chosen to be screened. If your piece is chosen to be screened, you will be contacted based on the information you provide in the application (email or phone probably). Please submit your film at: www.rockportartfestivals.com/motif-1-festival-events/film-festival. For more information please contact granitevisions@gmail.com 978.290.9200 or go to http://www.rockportartfestivals.com

SUBMIT YOUR WORK FOR THE “WORDS BEFORE DINNER LITERARY EVENT” ON ROCKPORT’S MOTIF No.1 DAY! Have you written a poem or essay with Cape Ann as its theme? If so, we’d love to have your submission for the annual Words Before Dinner Literary event, taking place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 17th in downtown Rockport as part of the town’s Motif No. 1 Day festival. Readers will share selections of their own work from poems to brief essays (under 750 words) featuring the beauty, history, industry art and landscape of Cape Ann as inspiration. Please submit your work for consideration to rockportfestivals@gmail.com and plan to join other members of Cape Ann’s literary community for a few Words Before Dinner on May 17th. For more information go to www.rockportartfestivals.com or call 978-546-2861

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“Too much of a good thing … can be wonderful”

You probably know this as one of Mae West’s most famous quotes and on Friday, she’ll be proven right once again.  Just like our Solstice benefit at Gloucester’s UU Meetinghouse, this Friday, when 3rian King, Chelsea Berry, Renee Dupuis and others come together for a fresh take on The Beatles, we’ll have so much talent on stage that you could honestly complain it’s too much of a good thing.  But you won’t complain, will you?  Nope.  You’ll thank your lucky stars that you live in a town so full of talent that you can enjoy top quality entertainment all year long!  Or, you’ll kick yourself for not getting tickets and missing the show.  Which one will it be?  Get tickets here.

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Once in a Lifetime!

Forgive my self-indulgence, but how often can one post something like this?!  So proud of my little guy!!  And….those employees at Fenway Park who arrange and execute these pregame ceremonies are beyond phenomenal!!  They made him feel like the most important person in the world even though they do this 81 times each season.

Warm fuzzies.

 

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Are you looking For A Yummy Way To Use Up Your Left Over Ham From Easter Dinner?

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One of the best parts of holiday feasts are the leftovers!  For those who love turkey, the hot and cold turkey sandwiches stuffed with various combinations of leftover Thanksgiving Dinner fixings are enjoyed just as much as the feast meal itself.  In Sicilian and Italian homes the back to back Christmas Eve Feast of “The Seven Fishes” and the Christmas Day Feast leftovers yield plenty of ingredients to whip up dozens of quick after holiday meals each year.  But I have to admit I especially Love the traditional Easter feast leftover foods, like, cheese, eggs, lamb, ham, and fresh vegetables. They can be turned into delicious quick and easy breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes that can be enjoyed throughout this school vacation week.  Over the next few days I will be post some of my favorite Easter leftover recipe creations developed over the years, that my friends and family look forward to each year!

Todays Recipe “Pasta with Peas, Ham & Cipollini Onions” is one of my daughter Amanda’s most favorite pasta dishes! For recipe details and photos click see more Continue reading

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What Up Homie?

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Check Out- “Leash-law options on table tonight” By James Niedzinski

At The Gloucester Daily Times site
Leash-law options on table tonight By James Niedzinski

The fur may very well fly tonight at City Hall.

A proposed new dog ordinance, which may allow dogs to frolic leash free on city beaches, while also raising fines for owners who fail to pick up their dogs’ calling cards, will be up for a public hearing before Gloucester’s full City Council, a week after a council subcommittee passed a set of proposed changes without a recommendation to either approve or turn aside.

If the new ordinance gets approval from the City Council, the first offense for failing to pick up after a pooch is $50, and any subsequent offense is $100.

While dogs are allowed on city beaches during the fall and winter months, the City Council is also being presented with two off-leash options from an ad-hoc committee that began studying the city’s roughly 40-year-old ordinance last November.

The first option is to allow…

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Announcing the 2014 Citizenship Award Winners Including Some Of Our Own!!! WOOT WOOT! CONGRATS!!!!

CHURCH TO HONOR TEN RESIDENTS FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE

On Sunday, May 4, the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church will present Citizenship Awards to ten dedicated citizens (and one dog) for their selfless volunteer efforts on behalf of our city.

This year’s awardees will be Donna Ardizzoni, for her One Hour at a Time weekly cleanup efforts; Jim Flint, for spearheading the renovation and renewal of the Lanesville Community Center; Martin Krugman, for leading the restoration of the schooner Adventure; John McElhenny, for improvements to Burnham’s Field; Barry McKay, for his volunteer work at the Rose Baker Senior Center; Joe Novello, for helming the annual St. Peter’s Fiesta and keeping other traditions alive; Linn Parisi, for attracting tourism through Discover Gloucester; Maggie Rosa, for her work with the Gloucester Education Foundation and the preservation of City Hall; Terry Sands, for 23 years of musical theater productions at the Annisquam Village Players; and Ann Straccia and her rescue beagle, Ellie, for providing support and companionship to homeless people at the Grace Center.

The winners were nominated not just by members of the church but by individuals and organizations throughout the city. The final decision was made by the church’s Social Justice Committee. Many winners have no idea who nominated them and will not find out until they arrive at the ceremony.

The ceremony, which is informal, begins at 4 p.m. in the church sanctuary at the corner of Church and Middle Streets, with a reception downstairs in the church vestry to follow. Both floors are handicapped accessible. The event is open to all free of charge; freewill donations will be gratefully accepted. Sponsors of the program include Rockport National Bank, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Santander Bank, Jim’s Bagel & Bake Shop, The Dress Code, MAC Fitness, BankGloucester, and Dunkin’ Donuts.

Donna Ardizzoni

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John McElhenny

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Joe Novello

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Ann Straccia

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Martin Krugman

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Jim Flint

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Terry Sands

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Maggie Rosa

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Linn Parisi

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Tuesday April 22nd , 2014 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast…
Tue S winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Tue Night S winds 15 to 20 kt…becoming SW 10 to 15 kt after midnight. Seas 4 to 6 ft. Areas of fog. A chance of showers. Vsby 1 nm or less.

Tuesday Forecast : Partly sunny with increasing clouds through out the day highs generally in the lower 60′s with slightly cooler sea breezes at the shore .. Winds light out of the south , south east at 10-15mph … Tuesday Night chance of showers and a few thunderstorms after 9 pm or so lows in the mid to upper 40°s…winds south at 10-12mph …
Hourly Forecast :

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Thanks for viewing :)
GMG weatherman
Peter Lovasco

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Mass Motion Dance At The MAC

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Lanes Cove and Halibut Point From Mary Barker

Hi Joey,

I spent some time walking around Halibut Point and Lanesville recently. Despite the ice still left on some of the smaller more shaded ponds and the trees still dressed in their winter browns and grays, the sight of the ducks sunning on the rocks, the magnificent blues of the sky and water, and the gorgeous rock formations – natural and carved – helped me shed the winter doldrums. Here are a few photos.

Mary Barker

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Floor in The Art Room-

Kate Seidman submits-
I just spent the last two weeks painting the floor in The Art Room- I felt like Tom Sawyer because before I was finished others wanted to join in and have fun too- thanks: Judy, Loren and Stella.
What a great crew! The floor is done but now I have to finish the rest of my renovations. Hoping to be open by May 1st. Stay tuned….
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Kate and Stella painting The Art Room Floor…

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Antennae for Design: Native Flowering Dogwood

white dogwood cornus florida © Kim Smith 2013Currently I am working like mad on design projects, both creating new gardens and organizing existing gardens. Along with butterfly and pollinator gardens, I design many different types of gardens, including fragrant gardens, night gardens, children’s gardens, and seaside gardens. One of my favorite aspects of the design process is creating the horticultural master plan, which is typically done simultaneously after discussing with the client their needs, hopes, and aspirations for their garden, and when working on the plan drawings.

While working on planting plans, I thought our GMG readers would benefit from suggested plantings and illustrated design tips. I started this series awhile back and called it Antennae for Design, and still like that name.

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In designing gardens the first step is always creating the framework and trees comprise a major component in establishing the framework, or bones, of a garden. Trees provide a welcome sense of shelter with the shifting light and shadows filtering through the ever-changing ceiling. Fragrance, flowers, the shelter they provide, form, and texture of the leaves are not the only attributes of a tree garden. During the winter months there is the elegant beauty of pure line, the beauty of the branch.

Cornus florida rubra pink dowood © Kim Smith 2012 copyFor a multitude of reasons, one of my top choices when planting a tree-garden is our stunning native American dogwood (Cornus florida), both white and pink flowering forms. The fresh beauty of its spring blossoms, horizontal level branches, myriad pollinators attracted to the tiny florets, and the elegance of its bare limbs in winter are just some of the reasons why I love this tree! For a night garden especially, the white flower bracts are especially luminous in the moonlight. And, the American dogwood is also a larval food plant for the diminutive Spring Azure butterfly’s caterpillar!

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 Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! ~ Notes from a Gloucester Garden is available at my publisher’s website, click here.

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