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Check Out the Native Wildflowers at the HarborWalk Tonight Before the Outdoor Screening of Wizard of Oz
Yesterday afternoon and evening while weeding at the HarborWalk butterfly gardens I encountered a gorgeous male Summer Azure butterfly, lots of friendly Red Admirals, and myriad bees. If you are there at the HarborWalk tonight watching the The Wizard of Oz, stroll through the gardens and have a look at these beautiful native wildflowers in bloom today!
You may notice some bare spots in the garden, which will soon be filled! Hose spigots were just installed this week at the gardens and we now have an improved way to water!!!!! Up to this point, for the past several years, Lenny Linquata has graciously allowed the city to hook up hoses and fill watering cans at his restaurant spigot.
Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)
See previous GMG posts for more information about Gloucester’s Summer Cinema:
GMG Contributors Just All Over Local Media Today- Kim Smith Cover Story In Cape Ann Magazine Just Released Today!
First Sista Felicia is Featured on CBS Boston this morning and then Andrea Holbrook from The Times posts on Google + that the new issue of Cape Ann Magazine came out with the feature story and front page by our own Kim Smith. #Boom!
It’s what we do here, media mogul type stuff all day long baby!
Congrats to all our fantastic contributors!
June 20, 2014
By Times StaffGloucester Daily Times
Summer is finally here, and with it comes the latest issue of Cape Ann Magazine, which has started arriving in mailboxes and on local newsstands.
Inside are stories highlighting some of the people and places that make this region special. Features include:
A whole lotta clams: A fifth generation of family is growing into the restaurant business as Woodman’s of Essex celebrates its 100th birthday this summer.
Where the monarchs go: Travel to Mexico with Kim Smith as she follows the majestic, but vanishing, monarchs to their winter grounds.
She’s got the cover photo too-
Go to The Bookstore of Cape Ann and get yourself a copy! Or better yet, subscribe!!!
Friday night I had the joy to attend the fabulous new exhibit at the Berkshire Museum titled “Butterflies!” The galleries are filled with hands on art and science activities, contemporary butterfly sculpture, artifacts from the museum’s collections, live caterpillars, and mixed media of photography and film, including an audio track from Dr. Lincoln Brower discussing what happens within a chrysalis. And, as part of the exhibit, one of the galleries houses a large butterfly pavilion with over 200 live tropical butterflies from around the world!
“Butterflies” was curated by Maria Mingalone, the museum’s director of interpretation, and she deftly and beautifully combines science, art, and nature in an exhibit that is sure to inspire and delight the very youngest to the most senior of citizens, and every age in between! The opening was very joyful and buoyant—I most certainly felt that way and, judging from the expressions on visitor’s faces, wasn’t alone. I am convinced that butterflies bring out the happy in people! The audience for my short film “Flight of the Monarchs”—I watched as many people watched my film many times over, despite the case that because the galleries were so crowded you couldn’t hear the beautiful music. I think there were several thousand people at the event.
The music that I set my film to is “Fields of Blue,” written and performed by Jesse Cook. I wrote the artist and sent him a copy of my film and the most amazing thing happened where, within only the few day whirlwind to create this little film, we were granted permission to use his song!!!!!!!!
My film opens with a clip of a Monarch flying in front of Eastern Point Lighthouse (you can see our Lighthouse in the above photo). Most of the footage that I used for the movie was of butterflies in flight, shot on Cape Ann, and the audience was stunned at how beautiful the migration is through Gloucester. That opening clip of the Lighthouse and the Monarch took several days to capture the exact shot that I wanted. Butterflies don’t take direction! Some of my photos were used to illustrate Dr. Brower’s audio recording explaining what happens inside a chyrsalis
If you have never been to the Berkshire Museum, their website description reads as follows: “The Berkshire Museum offers a unique array of exhibitions, activities, and attractions for visitors of all ages. From fine art and ancient objects to fossils; from an aquarium of native and exotic creatures to the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation, we are your community museum: a place where everyone, from toddlers to elders, can learn, play, explore, innovate, be engaged and inspired.”
I arrived early, before “Butterflies” opened its door, and explored the galleries. It’s really a very engaging museum and especially while the exhibit is running, would be a wonderfully fun and interesting day trip with children.
Sam Jaffe making final adjustments to the chrysalis and cocoon display. To see some of Sam’s stunning photography, click on his website here: Sam Jaffee
See more photos from the Berkshire Museum galleries Read more
And Madam Butterfly Brings Awareness To The Masses With The Second Annual Cape Ann Milkweed Project…
On Tuesday, May 13th, at 6pm, I will be giving a free guided tour of the butterfly gardens at Willowdale Estate, located in Topsfield. After the garden tour, we will have a screening of my film, Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly, and serve a selection of Willowdale’s exquisite refreshments. I hope you can join us!
GloucesterCast With Lowell Peabody, Kim Smith and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/22/14
Topics Include: Gloucester MA, 01930, Happy Earth Day, Lowell Peabody, Kim Smith, 2014 UU Church Citizenship Award Winners- Donna Ardizzoni, Jim Flint, Martin Krugman, John McElhenny, Barry McKay, Joe Novello, Linn Parisi, Maggie Rosa, Terry Sands, Ann Straccia and her rescue beagle Ellie, Gloucester Strong Day At The Hive, Patti Amaral, Rose LoPiccolo, Dog Off Leash Article In GDT, James Niedzinski, Pot Farm In Essex, Arianna MacNeill, Over/Under Time Before Pot Farm Gets Approved, Over/Under Time Before Pot Dispensary Gets Opened, Phantom Illness, iPad vs iPad mini, Monoprice IPS Monitor A Tremendous Value, Petit Robert, The Franklin Lamb Chops, Grilled Brussel Sprouts, La casa de Luis, Montreal Spicy Steak Seasoning, Kim Smith PSwallowtail Movie In Lowell Eco Movie Festival, Palazolas Sporting Goods Baseball Cap Collection, Kim’s Daughter Liv Fair Weather Bostonian, Kim Does Not Know What Year Her Daughter Graduated, Liv’s New Blog,
On Tuesday, May 13th, at 6pm, I will be giving a free guided tour of the butterfly gardens at Willowdale Estate, located in Topsfield. After the garden tour, we will have a screening of my film, Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly, and serve a selection of Willowdale’s exquisite refreshments. I hope you can join us! For ticket information and to RSVP click here.
For the month of April I, along with Noah Quist, Willowdale’s new Director of Businesss Development, are featured in the Willowdale newsletter’s Meet the Team. Sarah Boucher, Willowdale’s Senior Sales and Marketing Director asked several questions of me for the feature. The following answer is in response to a question about creating welcoming habitat gardens, “My passion for creating butterfly and habitat gardens developed initially because I think butterflies and songbirds are exquisitely beautiful creatures and I wanted to draw these wild things to the gardens that I was designing. Butterflies and songbirds bring a garden to life with their grace in movement and fascinating life stories. The more that I learn, the greater the need becomes apparent for sharing information about the connection between native wildflowers and the web of life that they support.”
Topics Include: Gloucester, Massachusetts, Kim Smith Designs, Pleasant Street Tea and Coffee Co, Gloucester HarborWalk Cleanup, Catherine Ryan, Beth Chiancola, Susan Kelly, Jessie Carini, Earth Day April 22, Gloucester Strong With Art Haven and The Hive, The Hive Screen Printing, Killer Gloucester Strong Logo, Cape Ann Trail Stewards, Send In Your Earth Day Community Activity Information So We Can Post Them, Patti Amaral, Kim Smith’s Photos Featured In Sunday Boston Globe, Samson GoMic vs The Mutumbo Mic, Portable Podcasting Equipment, Cape Ann Media Group, Carry In Carry Out vs Trash Cans On The Beach, Proper Way To Send A Press Release, Tina Ketchopolos, GMG PR Person Of The Year, Addison Gilbert Hospital, Alison The Owner Of Pleasant Street Tea and Coffee Co Is Going With Dreadlocks, The Origin Of FOB, “American Blogger Documentary” A Spoof or Not?, Frances Bouchie Asks Does Anyone Do Gloucester Geneology, Cape Ann Museum, Ann Kennedy, Call In Question, Google Hangouts Just Too Wonky, Planning The Podcasts, Washington St Sidewalks Looking Good, Email Subscription Service Is Broken, Webmasters Need To Understand Just How Many People Do Not Know How To Use A Search Engine To Find A Website Even If They Know The Name Of The Web Page, People Not Understanding How To Find And Bookmark The Blog, Please Explain To People That Aren’t Getting Their Email Subscription To The Blog That They Can Go Directly at www.goodmorninggloucester.com , Katrina’s, The Rudder, The Studio Opening Date!, Madfish,Gloucester MA, 01930
The GloucesterCast Has Been Been Invited To Be A Station On Stitcher Radio On Demand!
Kim Smith Is A Regular Contributor On Good Morning Gloucester Here is Her Profile:
Currently creating documentary films about the Monarch Butterfly, Black Swallowtail Butterfly, and Gloucester’s Feast of St. Joseph. Landscape designer for the Gloucester Harbor Walk Gardens. Designer, lecturer, author, illustrator, photographer. Visit my blog for more information about my landscape and interior design firm- kimsmithdesigns.wordpress.com. Good Morning Gloucester daily contributor.
Author/illustrator “Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden”
GloucesterCast With Guests Kim Smith, James and Anna Eves and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/10/14
Topics Include: Kim Smith Definitely Does Not Sound Like Julia Child, 80% Dead Bees In Local Bee Hive, Frankly There Are Many Initiatives For A Lot Of Initiatives, Milk Drinking Game, Debating The New Cape Ann License Plate Logo, No Codfish Entries, Political Correctness and Corporate Speak, Suey Park and Steven Colbert, Burt’s Bee Dusting Powder, Cotton Is For Suckers, Calamari Appetizer At The Franklin, Duckworth’s Bistrot Lobster Risotto Takeout For Kim Smith, Kim Smith’s Mexico Butterfly Interview Video
GloucesterCast With Guest Kim Smith and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/25/14
Topics Include: The NasalCast, Kim Smith Theme Music, Does Kim Smith Sound Sound Like Julia Child?, Kim Smith Shot Girl, Kim’s Garden Design Work, Creative Work, Specializing In Butterfly and Habitat Gardens, Monarchs in Danger, Cape Ann Milkweed Project, When Do The Milkweed Plants Come In?, Joe Virgillio Witnessed The Monarch Migration, Butterfly Counters, Lovable Dogs, The Dog Whisperer, Scottish Terrier, Cosmo and Rosie, Kitty Alzheimers, Crooked Faced Cat, Bringing Your Partner, Gay Culture Acceptance Has Come A Long Way But It Has A Long Way To Go, Kim Throws The South Under The Bus, Kim Is An iPhone Person, Backing Up Your Computer, Rick Moore Computer Repair, Carbonite, Vine App, Instagram, Shazaam, Duckworth Bistrot, Lobster Risotto, Best Era For Fashion, Gail Huff, Clark Quinn, Marilyn Monroe, High-Waisted Jean Battle Royale
GloucesterCast 2/14/14 With Joey C and The Rabbit
Second Podcast In Two Days With The Rabbit (Audio is messed up from 5:20-9:34) so fast forward it to 9:34 to get back to the audio. We’re taping with a simple iPad so I don’t have my editing tools.
Topics: People who use coupons at restaurants and don’t tip on the full amount, The Rabbit chatting up 23 year olds on the beach (and how that went), results of the snow shoveling poll, thanks to Kim Smith, Sista Felicia banging out the Valentine recipes, LMGTFY, Shout Out To Nephew BJ, De-Clawing Cats vs Cutting The Vocal Chords Out Of Yapping Dogs, The Bear Necessities.
The Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance added updates and photos from their special 10 year celebration Smart Growth conference at ABX
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The Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance added updates and photos from their special 10 year celebration Smart Growth conference at ABX. Gloucester and the HarborWalk were showcased with other special MA placemaking spaces.
MA Smart Growth selected before/after photos by Kim Smith and Leaping, a photo by Cruz Ferreras (shows a Block Party evening, and James Owen Calderwood’s Parsons Street mural) for one of the posters in their booth.
The official event photographer for the 2013 Smart Growth Conference during the ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) was Jean Hangarter. She sent a shout out to photographer—and GMG contributor– Kathy Chapman!
Have fun exploring the range of topics in follow-up from the event http://ma-smartgrowth.org/take-action/smart-growth-conference/
I hope to see you there!
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 at 6:30 pm Lowell Eco-Film Festival ~ More details to follow.
Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 at 6:00 pm. Willowdale Estate, Topsfield Massachusetts: Artist Spotlight Event
GloucesterCast Taped 1/26/14 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guests Toby Pett and Kim Smith
Polar Vortex, Alberta flipper,local restaurant talk including DeWolf Tavern, new theme at Alchemy, The Mexican Touch, Sticky Fingers, Changes on the blog, addressing Craig Kimberley’s statement that the blog has gotten too soft, Bill O’Connor helps to streamline the blog, words to people who begrudge contributors to promote their work on the blog, Art Haven Buoy Auction Kudos, Kim’s Not So-Teasing Butterfly announcement.
My regular readers are aware, as are my fellow GMG contributors, that I write a monthly column/newsletter on gardening, with a focus on designing welcoming habitats for birds and butterflies. My readership has grown steadily, I think largely based on the fifteen or so habitat garden design lectures that I give each year (See the Lecture Program Page on my blog) and the newsletter is now read mostly in New England, but also throughout the US, England, Canada, and Mexico. As does my book, the columns contain a wealth of information on creating habitat gardens, how to attract birds and butterflies to our gardens, and stories about local wildflowers and wildlife. Oftentimes readers write and I find it wonderfully gratifying when they share their success stories with what they are feeding and planting to attract birds and butterflies to their gardens.
The newsletter began awhile back while I was writing a bi-monthly column for the regional newspaper the North Shore Planet. Reader’s who lived beyond the area of distribution of the newspaper became interested in the columns and it was easy to send the columns via email. The columns are in the process of being archived and they will eventually be featured on a page of their own on my blog. If in the meantime you would like to receive via email my monthly column, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden is available through my publisher’s website at David R. Godine, Publisher.
So Kim Smith asks if I’d like her to pick up lunch today. My cousin Joe Marcantonio a while back suggested I try out the Chinese restaurant on Washington St- Midori.
So wanting to step outside of the box a little I suggest to Kim Smith that she pick up something from Midori but not something deep fried and greasy.
She suggests some veggies with bean curds.
Now I ask you. Who in the world would make this kind of suggestion outside of the obvious Kim Smith?
Bean curds? As in some farmer feeds his cows beans and they collect the been laden feces and make it into bean curds?
Uhmmm no thanks Kim. Think I’ll take a pass on the bean curds and veggies.
Only commies eat bean curds. Mark my words. Next time you hear someone order bean curds in a restaurant you can rest assured they’re a commie.
GloucesterCast 10/20/13 With Guest Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro
Topics Include: Red Sox Clinching and Odds That John Farrell getting Manager of the Year, Farm Bar and Grille vying for East Gloucester Spot, Smartphones on planes, GMG Caps, Passports Closed for a couple of weeks for Olive Kitteridge miniseries taping, Posts of the week including Kim Smith’s Love Letters To Gloucester and Marty Luster’s Phyllis A Video, people who email comments to GMG instead of posting their comments under the respective post.
With Mayor Carolyn Kirk and the City’s leadership and support, here are some September updates for City Arts & Gloucester covering the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Community Development Downtown Work Plan, Harbortown Cultural District and the Committee for the Arts.
From now through October 15th submit a design for a Cape Ann license plate!
· The single most successful MA specialty license plate is…the one celebrating Massachusetts’ other Cape. The Cape and Islands plate, created in 1996, features an image of Eastham’s Nauset Lighthouse and the cliffs of Siasconset and Aquinnah. It has raised $20.1 million and was ordered for 45,000 cars in the state. At that time, the Registry of Motor Vehicles allowed backgrounds. The new image space requirements are smaller squares to the left of the number.
· Feeling competitive? There are currently more than 216,641 specialty license plates in circulation in the state now, according to the Registry. The five top sellers?
· What do you think the 2 letters should be?
· For more information on how to apply, see GMG announcement http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/cape-ann-chamber-launches-drive-for-special-cape-ann-license-plate/
News from Community Development and the Downtown Work Plan
The Downtown Work Plan group continues! Come to City Hall for the third and final public meeting Tuesday September 17, 2013. Like the others, this meeting will also be held in the Kyrouz Auditorium at City Hall and run from 6-8PM. You can check out the results from the 2nd public presentation on line http://www.gloucester-ma.gov/index.aspx?NID=760&ART=2142&ADMIN=1. It is a large file and may take a couple of minutes to load. Community Development will also post the other presentations to the website as well. If you have any comments or questions, email Community Development Director, Tom Danieltdaniel@gloucester-ma.gov
Enjoy this August 8, 2013 Boston Globe article on Mayor Kirk’s efforts for Community Development for downtown Gloucester. You can see it here
News from the downtown Harbortown Cultural District
Mayor Carolyn Kirk has committed the City’s major support as lead partner for our two Gloucester Cultural Districts!
2/3 of the Harbortown partners have filled out a survey to prioritize goals with a focus on arts and culture. Other partners will complete theirs as they meet with their committees/boards. Example of one of the questions (‘in progress’ screen shot)
Harbortown partners and stakeholders attending the August meeting at Cape Ann Museum were lucky to hear an outstanding update from Director Ronda Faloon:
Reaching Out and Strengthening Within, Cape Ann Museum’s recently announced Capital Campaign will raise funds to make essential and innovative changes, dramatically improving the Museum’s ability to care for its nationally significant collection, as well as to tell the Cape Ann story and the pivotal role it has played in the American experience. Dynamic new interior and exterior spaces will be created. Outdated systems will be updated and underutilized spaces will be maximized to provide secure, more cost-effective and visitor-friendly settings for the collection. The Campaign will also support efforts to make the Museum’s collection more accessible by digitization, allowing it to be viewed on a redesigned website. Whether you are a physical or virtual visitor, the Museum hopes to transform your experience. http://www.capeannmuseum.org/support/capital-campaign/
We also participated in a special hands-on discussion and workshop about the goals for our district which was facilitated by Rebecca Borden Art Haven’s interim director. Art Haven and Cape Ann museum are founding partners of the Harbortown Cultural District.
News from the Committee for the Arts
On behalf of Mayor Kirk and the City of Gloucester, we’re in the process of updating the Committee for the Arts page on the City website and all these logos are at play!
The Committee for the Arts is pleased to announce that James Owen Calderwood’s temporary public artwork, his abstract ‘Fish Net’ street mural covering Parsons Street, is the first of three 2013 HarborWalk public art awards to be completed.
INSIDER gHW ARTWORLD NEWS: New Parsons street signs are being designed and produced by Tricia O’Neill, Signs Unique, of Gloucester. Tricia is currently collaborating with world renowned British born contemporary artist, Matthew Ritchie, on his new mural commission for the Institute of Contemporary Art /Boston and Rose F. Kennedy Greenway’s Dewey Square. We are thrilled for Tricia and grateful she is helping with the gHW. AND Red Sox fans have long seen her sign work there!
INSIDER BLOOMS: Along with James’ wonderful net mural, also look forward to some lighting, a new fence on the west side of the street, and tucked along its edge, an additional patch of gHW butterfly and sustainable gardens with more of Kim Smith’s planting design! You can see the relation of mural/fence/garden spot and more from Kim’s fabulous Good Morning Gloucester posts
The end of September heralds the 12th year of Trails and Sails weekends. This year, the third and final Block Party is timed perfectly with the first Trails and Sails weekend. Gloucester’s Committee for the Arts is thrilled to take part in these weekends.
WALK Parsons Street to experience James Owen Calderwood’s Parsons Street mural for the 2013 HarborWalk Public Art Challenge
Send us your photos!
Leaping © Cruz Ferreras
Thank you, Marty Luster! http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/great-public-art/
Stop into City Hall and cherish our City’s major murals.
Over the 2nd weekend of Trails and Sails, July 27-29th, the Committee for the Arts is also hosting 3 special days of mural celebration and recognition! Art conservator, Peter Williams, who recently completed the first phase of mural restoration at City Hall, will be speaking about restoration and Charles Allan Winter on Friday September 27 at 7PM in City Hall. Mark your calendars for his lecture: “A Restorer’s Intimate View of Paintings and Murals by Charles Allan Winter”. Sign up too for guided tours Saturday and Sunday by Gloucester artist, historian, scholar, independent curator, adjunct professor, and former Committee for the Arts member, Susan Erony!
For more information on the restoration and photos see GMG posts including http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/the-gloucester-committee-for-the-arts-announces-13200-in-new-private-donation/
After four rounds it looked like Captain Hooks Had It In The Bag But in the Final Taste Round (accounting for 40% of the scores) Destinos Pulled Out A Dramatic Come From Behind Win.
We had Bex, Chris DeWolfe, Kim Smith and Brianmoc go in for the sub pick-ups last night. Brought the subs in and weighed and recorded the weights and sequestered the judges in a separate room while we marked each sub Sub A, Sub B, Sub C and Sub D to insure no bias and a blind tasting.
Judges Ed Collard, Chris DeWolfe, Brian O’Connor and Craig Kimberley took their judging duty very seriously. The one part I would say would not be a fair comparison is Cape Ann brewing based on price since their price includes fries, slaw and a pickle. However even if you threw the value category out Cape Ann Brewing would have come in last.
Captain Hooks wins People Choice with far and away most number of nominations.
Overall Best Gloucester Steak Bomb Challenge winner Based on Value, Taste, Packaging, Lack of Sogginess and Equal Distribution of Meat is Destinos.
Once again it was noted by all four judges that each one of these subs was a winner. To be nominated out of all the incredible sub shops in Gloucester is in itself a testament to how great each one of these Steak Bombs are and Cape Ann Brewing, Captain Hooks, Leonardos and Destinos all deserve accolades
Thanks To Mamie’s Kitchen for providing a neutral stage for judging. Thanks to our sub picker uppers. thanks to Kim Smith for filming (look for her awesome video Thursday).
You’d be happy to patronize any of these fine eateries. Today at Mamie’s Kitchen Chris will be serving up his killer Cheese Steak Sub in honor of yesterday’s competition.
The scoring sheet from last night-