Monthly Archives: May 2014

Poll- Since the Gloucester Daily Times Went Paywall- How Has It Influenced Your Viewership?

The poll is multiple choice, select as many as you feel are appropriate in your instance.

Feel free to leave comments below in the comment section if I left out an option which best describes you.

Thank You to Everyone Who Participated in This Year’s Cape Ann Milkweed Project!!!

Monarch Butterflies Pink New England Aster ©Kim Smith 2012Monarch Butterflies Nectaring at Pink New Enlgand Aster, Gloucester

Thank you so much to our most awesome community for participating in the Cape Ann Monarch Milkweed and Aster Project. Today was a huge and wonderful success and we were non-stop with folks dropping in to pick up their seeds and learn more about how they can help the Monarchs. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

And my most heartfelt thanks to Joey. He nudged me into doing the sale again this year by inquiring just about a month ago if we were planning a repeat of last year’s plant sale. Joey’s hospitality and interest in everyone who stops by makes Captain Joe’s a wonderfully fun place to have a community event!

Note to anyone who could not pick up their seeds or who was planning to have them sent via a self-addressed stamped envelope: You will recieve an email with information on where to send the check and order amount total. Thanks again to everyone!

Monarch Butterfly fur ©Kim Smith 2012Fun fact about butterflies: Butterflies do not grow fur. The fur-like structures that you see on butterflies are many single cells conjoined to form one long string.

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In case you misplace the instructions on how to prepare your milkweed seeds for spring planting ~

How to Vernalize Milkweed Seeds for Spring Planting

Seeds of most temperate plants need to be vernalized—in other words, exposed to cold temperatures. The best way to vernalize is by stratification, which means subjecting seeds to a cold and moist environment for a short period of time. By stratifying, the seed’s natural break of dormancy that occurs when the seed spends the winter in the ground is simulated.

#1 Method of Stratifying Milkweed

Open the bag of seeds and place them between very slightly moistened paper towels in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. After vernalizing for 3-6 weeks, the seeds can be planted out in the garden in warm 70º soil.

#2 Method of Stratifying Milkweed

Place ¼ cup of sand mixed with ¼ tsp. of water in a plastic bag. Add the seeds and mix again. Store in plastic bag in the refrigerator. After vernalizing for 3-6 weeks, the seeds can be planted out in the garden in warm 70º soil.

Prepare the planting bed in a sunny location. Scatter seeds, or plant in rows, and cover with no more than ¼ inch of soil.

For natural vernalization, sow collected seeds directly into a prepared bed in the fall and the seed will germinate the following spring.

Monarch Caterpillars Common Milkweed ©Kim Smith 2012Monarch Butterfly Caterpillars Munching on Milkweed

The First Dandelion

DSCF4397_edited-1 The First Dandelion.

Simple and fresh and fair from winter’s close
As if no artifice of fashion, business, politics,
had ever been,
Forth from its sunny nook of shelter’d grass—
innocent, golden, calm as the dawn,
The spring’s first dandelion shows its trustful


Seacoast Nursing Home Opening Reception

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These are some shots taken by Charlie Carroll at the Seacoast Nursing Home reception yesterday.  This is a wonderful exhibit of 30 canvas giclee photos of local scenes donated by a number of Cape Ann photographers, and printed by Cape Ann Giclee, to be hung permanently in the Alzheimer’s Wing at Seacoast Nursing Home.  Many of the residents and visitors came to the opening and really enjoyed the work.

For me, the highlight of the event was meeting Agnus MacQuade, 99 years young, who will turn 100 in January 2015.  She was amazingly sharp and a pleasure to talk to.  She was a student teacher at Lane School for a number of years and then taught at Salem State.  She said she loves being at Seacoast Nursing Home.

E.J. Lefavour



can we post this picture with the blurb on my carving school.  i am also looking to relocate and looking for 1000 square feet area with good natural light if anyone has any leads.

warm regards,


calvo wood-carving

Hi All,

This year’s wood carving school schedule is being posted if anyone is interested in taking any classes.  The class descriptions are on the website.

Five-Day Bare Bones of Wood Carving Classes

June 9-13, 2014

July 14-18, 2014

Sept 17-21, 2014

Oct 15-19, 2014

Two and Three Day Woodcarving Workshops

July 12-13, 2014

Sept 5-7, 2014

Nov 14-16, 2014

I am also running weekly woodcarving classes on Tuesday nights and some Sunday mornings.

I am also looking to relocate my studio.  I am looking for approximately 1000 square feet  with good natural light.  If anyone have any leads in Gloucester I would appreciate it.

Feel free to contact me for more information.

David Calvo


Calvo Studio

235 East Main St.

Making Vino The Old Fashion Way!

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Yesterday Gloucester residents, Neil and Bridgette Mathews, hosted their 4th Annual Wine Stomping Extravaganza! Family and friends gathered at their home here in Gloucester, for an afternoon of Old Fashion Fun. It was a day of…Family, Friendship, food , and of course lots of homemade “Vino.”   Neil, “Head Winer” of yesterday’s festivities, led an assemble line of helpers  through the first stages of wine making, while his wife Bridgett and their three beautiful daughters, Lindsey, Abbey, and Melodey, fixed an Italian style buffet lunch, which included several bottles of  wine produced by the family last year.  Neil and Bridgett are committed to producing wine “The Old Fashion way,” each step of the process is a labor of love done by hand.  All  540 lbs. of imported Chilean Carmenere Grapes were carefully inspected, for mold and leaves, before the  labor intensive work of  plucking thousands of  juicy plump grapes from their stems began.  Dozens of sorted grapes were mounded in large trays, and transferred to a giant plastic stomping tub in the Mathews garage. 

Thank you so much for your gracious invitation, and warm hospitality.   We were honored to be apart of your family tradition and are truly grateful for allowing us access to your behind the scene’s Vino Making! It was a fantastic day! Grazie!


Get ready folks… GMG’s  Craig Kimberley Master Videographer  is working his magic with yesterday’s behind the scene’s footage of  Vino Making,  The Old Fashion Way …Stay tuned!

Thank you Craig for all your hard work yesterday, and for always keeping things running smoothly on location and real on the set! I’m truly blessed to be working with you!…and to Miss Hannah, Thank you for sharing your hubby on a beautiful Spring Saturday<3  

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USS Indiana, First Battleship in Our Navy

In the early 1900's Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet conducted annual maneuvers in Sandy Bay, Rockport. The Battleship USS Indiana (BB1), commissioned in 1895, was part of that fleet. She was the US Navy's first battleship. The heavily armed and armored 350 foot long Indiana fought in the Spanish American War, and later served as a gun crew training ship in WWI.

In the early 1900’s Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet conducted annual maneuvers in Sandy Bay, Rockport. The Battleship USS Indiana (BB1), commissioned in 1895, was part of that fleet. She was the US Navy’s first battleship. The heavily armed and armored 350 foot long Indiana fought in the Spanish American War, and later served as a gun crew training ship in WWI.

The NEWS From Rocky Neck

Rocky Neck Art Colony

Dear Members of the Rocky Neck Art Colony,
Five pieces of important news:
1. Artist Member of the Board: The survey results are in by a quorum of the Art Colony members, and Ruth Mordecai is officially an Artist Member of the Rocky Neck Art Colony Board of Trustees, to finish out Gordon Goetemann’s term until November 2014.  We will have an election at that time for the two Artist members of the Board, as Kathy Archer’s two-year term will also expire (or be renewed).  Congratulations Ruth, and welcome to the Board of Trustees!
2. Mortgage Burning: As we have succeeded in raising all the funds necessary to pay off the Cultural Center building, the mortgage burning will commence in true Rocky Neck fashion at a party next Friday, May 23, from 7-10 at the Center.  Music, food, spirits – a bit of a ceremony at8PM – all members are invited — you made it happen, don’t miss it!!
3. Cape Ann Cultural Districts Mobile Phone app has launched!  You can now download the Cape Ann Cultural District mobile phone app from your Apple or Android App Store.  This is an excellent marketing and way-finding device developed in partnership with the four Cape Ann Cultural Districts and with funding from the City of Gloucester and Massachusetts Cultural Council.  We will be featured in the Globe & other outlets this week. Check out the press release below and download the free app from the App Store!
4. Personnel: Our first part-time aid staffer, the new RNAC/Cultural Center coordinator is Suzanne Gilbert Lee.  Please welcome her when you see her around the Neck.  And the fabulous, multi-talented, spreadsheet-loving Pat Conant is now our part-time paid bookkeeper, yay!
5.  Openings! The Cultural Center Gallery’s Pixel Revolution, curated by Otto Laske, opens this Saturday, May 18, 3-6PM.  The Rocky Neck Gallery with featured artist Ken Beck  is opening on May 24, 6-8PM.  And the Center renovations are cranking along – we should have bathrooms by June 1…fingers crossed!

For Immediate Release

May 15th, 2014

Four Cape Ann Cultural Districts Launch Mobile Application

App Helps Visitors, Residents Pinpoint Destinations within Essex, Gloucester and Rockport

Cape Ann, MA – The four Cape Ann Cultural Districts, seARTS and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce today announced the launch of a mobile application that will enable Cape Ann visitors and residents to use their mobile devices to explore the area’s four cultural districts.  

The new “Cape Ann Cultural Districts” mobile app is now available in the Apple and Android apps stores and can be downloaded free on these sites. The QR code for mobile app is at the bottom of the page for scanning.

The project seeks to increase awareness of Cape Ann’s creative communities, individual artists, museums, recreational attractions, historic sites, restaurants, lodgings and businesses. The mobile app provides a free, consolidated, flexible platform to access information and way-finding for each of the four state-designated Cape Ann cultural districts – Essex River, Gloucester’s Harbor town, Gloucester’s Rocky Neck and Rockport. 

Each cultural district has its own page and directory listing of cultural offerings and businesses that will include a description, location, phone number, directions and links to web sites and other associated social media sites.    

With the help of the project partners the mobile app is expected to open up new opportunities for tourists and residents to discover and experience the beauty and vibrant cultural scene across Cape Ann.

The mobile app project is funded in part through an Adams Art Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  Matching funds were provided by the City of Gloucester, the Essex Merchants Group, the Town of Rockport Economic Development Committee and the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (seARTS).  Additional support was provided by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and the Rocky Neck Art Colony. The application was created in cooperation with TapWalk, a Boston-based mobile app developer. 

Community Stuff 5/18/14

Addison Gilbert Hospital’s “Senior Supper Club” June 10

Gloucester Police Department K-9 Dogs will provide demonstrations

Addison Gilbert Hospital “Senior Supper Club” is available to Rockport and Gloucester seniors 65 years of age or older.

The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month through October at 4:30 p.m. The next dinner will be held on June 10th at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington Street, Gloucester.    A hot nutritious complimentary dinner will be provided by the Cafe at Addison Gilbert Hospital followed by a speaker.

To register for the June 10th dinner, Gloucester seniors are asked to contact Lucy Sheehan, Director, Rose Baker Senior Center at 978 281-9765, extension 22. Rockport seniors are asked to contact Diane Bertolino, Director, Rockport Senior Center at 978-546-257. Seating is limited.

At the June meeting, Gloucester Police Officer Chris Genovese and his K-9 partner Mako will be joined by Officer Jerry Ciolino and his K-9 partner Trident. Patrol demonstrations will be provided as well as how these dogs have been trained to sniff out drugs.

This program is hosted by Addison Gilbert Hospital and Unidine, in partnership with the Gloucester Police Department and the Rockport and Gloucester Senior Centers.

Hi Joey,

Hope you are well. Below is a listing with our new and expanded programming for the spring/summer season at Appleton Farms. We’d love it if you would be able to share this!

Many thanks,

Holly Hannaway

The Trustees of Reservations Announces New Farm-tastic

          Events and Programs at Appleton Farms

     Farm Dinners, Cooking Classes, Farm Tours & More!

The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) is excited to announce the seasonal program line-up for Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich. Whether your looking for a fun and easy (and wallet-friendly) ways to explore  and learn about America’s oldest working farm with family and friends or looking to spend an evening dining farm-style, Appleton Farms’ expanded suite of programs offers something for everyone. For more information about Appleton Farms, visit or call the farm at 978.356.5728.



Dinners in the Field – Fine Dining, Farm-Style

June 21 & September 13, 6pm

Join us for fine dining, farm style. Arrive to a cocktail, enjoy the view out over the fields, and then stroll the farm with our farmers. Gather back around the set tables and sit down to a seasonally-inspired, four-course dinner highlighting ingredients made or grown by Appleton and other local farmers.

Members: $75. Nonmembers: $85.Ticket price includes the meal, signature cocktail, non-alcoholic beverages and tour. Wine and local craft beer will be available for purchase. Dinners held rain or shine.

Friday Farm Dinners – Fresh Farm Food, Lawn Games & Live Music

June 27, July 11 and 25, August 8 and 22, 5pm

Join us for dinner featuring a seasonal menu, such as pizza from our earth oven or our own grass-fed burgers, fresh salads, and homemade ice cream. Enjoy a cold beverage from our friends at Mercury Brewing Company while you play old-fashioned lawn games and listen to live music.

Adults: $42. Children (ages 3-12): $15. Ticket price includes a dinner buffet, non-alcoholic beverages, dessert, games, music and all the fun you can handle! Children under 3 are free. Wine and local craft beer will be available for purchase. Dinners held rain or shine.


Wild about Greens

Wednesday, June 11 | 6-8:30 pm

Spring means the long-awaited arrival of abundant greens—overflowing at farms stands and then in your refrigerator. Learn to prepare unique and creative dishes spotlighting fresh greens and prepare a full menu including amazing starters, entrees, and sides. Possible dishes include Arugula Pesto and Collard & Black Bean Enchiladas. Never say again, ‘what am I going to do with more greens?’ when you pick up your next CSA share or shop you local farmer’s market!

Members: $60. Nonmembers: $65.

Let’s Get Grilling!

Tuesday, July 15 |6 – 9 pm

Join Chef Donna Keegan at the grille for an evening of culinary instruction, incredible flavor and hands-on cooking. Dishes will include: basil garlic chicken with grilled balsamic peaches, grilled Appleton veggie and rice salad, and the ultimate grilled steak sandwich.

Members: $75. Nonmembers: $85.

Summer Tapas

Tuesday, July 29 | 5:30pm

Join Cambridge School of Culinary Arts instruction Jenn Knight to learn delicious small-plate recipes. Following the Tapas tradition graze as you go on the farm-to-table bites!

Members: $75. Nonmembers: $85.

For more information and to register for Appleton Cooks! programs visit:

WEEKEND TOURS (Now through November)

Meet the Cows

Saturdays through November | 2:30–3:30PM

This tour will explore the workings of our Dairy operation including a visit with our calves. Meet the cows in the dairy barn during milking and learn about how we raise our Jersey herd of cows. A great tour for families and adults!

Members: $4. Nonmembers: $5.

Farmstead Tour

Sundays through November | 11–12:30PM

This 1/2 mile leisurely walk through the heart of the farmstead reveals the history of the Appleton family. Through tales of fires and chance meetings, Appleton Farms is brought to life and it’s almost 400 year history is laid out for all to hear. The tour includes an in-depth tour of the Old House. 

Members: FREE. Nonmembers: $5.

Mini Moos

Saturdays through November | 10–11AM

Start the day by helping to let our chickens out to play. Help collect eggs, learn how to milk a cow, and more. This tour of our farmstead, geared toward the toddler crowd, will introduce you to the animals of Appleton Farms and how we raise them.    

Members: $10/family. Nonmembers: $15/family.

Pasture to Plate: Cheese Making Tours

Sundays, through November | 2:30–3:30PM

This in depth look at our dairy operation will take you from the pastures to the cheese kitchen viewing area – and everywhere in between – to learn about how we make our delicious farm fresh cheese. Finish up with a sampling of some of our products!   

Members: $8. Nonmembers: $10

To learn more about weekend tours at Appleton Farms visit or call 978.356.5728.

EXPLORE ON YOUR OWN (Property & Trails Open Daily, Sunrise to Sunset)


Exploring Appleton Farms is easy and fun with a Quest, or outdoor scavenger hunt. Follow the series of clues that lead to you a hidden box. There are two Quests to choose from – The Pinnacle Quest (starts at the Highland Street Parking Area in Hamilton) takes you on wooded exploration through the Grass Rides and The Farmstead Quest (starts from the Waldingfield Road Parking Lot off Route 1A  in Ipswich) guides you through the inner area of the farm, past fields, historic barns and animals. You can find the Quest maps at the bulletin boards or download them online:

Storybook Walk

Looking to explore at your own pace? The new spring storybook walk at Appleton Farms is the perfect way to get out and enjoy the season! The storybook walk begins just outside the Appleton Farms Visitor Center parking area and the newest book is fittingly entitled, and then it’s spring by Julie Fogliano. Just follow the pages and read and enjoy as you go – a perfect wallet-friendly activity for adventurous families.

To learn more about Appleton Farms and the trails and visitor amenities visit:


Wellspring House’s 16th Annual Women Honoring Women Luncheon took place on May 5, 2014.  Over 700 women came together to hear keynote speaker, Sara Hall, author of “Drawn to the Rhythm” and four former Wellspring participants and Gloucester residents, Patty, Korynne, Katie and Claudia , share their personal stories of strength and perseverance.   Honored at the event were Jan Bell of Gloucester, Libby Hayes, Executive Director at Homes for Families, and Sara Hall.Photo 1

Participating in the luncheon L-R: Kay O’Rourke, Wellspring’s Executive Director, Sara Hall, keynote speaker and honoree, Korynne Rigolizzo and Katie O’Leary, participant speakers, Caroline Hovey, Wellspring Board Chair, Patty Philbrick and Claudia de la Cruz Medina, participant speakers, and Christine Lundberg, former Wellspring board member.

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Wellspring Luncheon Committee Seated L-R:  Rebecca Booma (Manchester), Julie Riordan (Manchester), Jen Sanford (Wenham), Louisa Attenborough (Manchester) and Devlyn LeBoeuf (Beverly).  Standing L-R: Caroline Hovey (Gloucester), Elizabeth Skates (Manchester), Dyane Cotreau (Manchester), Eliza Cowan (Topsfield), Lauren Gudonis (Manchester), Amy Jones (Hamilton), Ekta Patel (Georgetown), Melissa Dane (Beverly), Jennifer Eddy (Ipswich), Kate Horgen (Hamilton), Joan Lockwood (Manchester), Barbara DiGuiseppe (Beverly), Debbie Ebeling (Gloucester), Jeannie Leibovitz (Hamilton), Val Gilman (Gloucester) and Jennifer Ancevic (Gloucester).  Missing from photo: Michelle Galis (Middleton), Kim McGovern (Gloucester) and Cindy Ross (Manchester).

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Pictured with Wellspring’s Executive Director Kay O’Rourke and Board Chair Caroline Hovey, are luncheon honorees:  Cambridge resident and author of “Drawn to the Rhythm, Sara Hall (center), Executive Director of Boston’s Homes for Families, Libby Hayes (2nd from right) and Gloucester resident and volunteer, Jan Bell (right).

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Wellspring Luncheon Honoree, Jan Bell of Gloucester (right) poses for a photo with Caroline Hovey (left), Wellspring’s board chair, and Executive Director, Kay O’Rourke (center).

“Cape Ann ReImaged” Announces New Product Line Announces New Product LineMAW WHITE ON BLACKBOARD
Gloucester, MA, May 17, 2014: Local artist Clare Higgins is pleased to announce that her “Cape Ann ReImaged” store now has over 50 new products and half a dozen new styles.
“Cape Ann ReImaged” is a series of digital art works depicting some of Cape Ann’s best known icons and events, now in cool styles like grunge, chalk, color pencil, image tiling, watercolor and Droste. See the Man at the Wheel, the Gloucester Paint Factory, the Greasy Pole and more on tees, tanks, caps, mugs, posters and other fun items.
If you’d enjoy an innovative way of viewing your favorite parts of Cape Ann, take a trip to and be sure to bring your imagination!

Dear Joey,

As a reader of GMG, I am asking you to please consider posting my production blog for the upcoming Cape Ann TV show “Awesome Gloucester.”  

In short, I’m a videographer and producer of digital media, and I have taken it upon myself to start a new, high-quality TV show about Gloucester (and Cape Ann in general) for broadcast on Cape Ann TV and my YouTube channel.

It would really be a help for GMG to get the word out about the production of this show, see a trailer, and how people can get to know and support it.

The official blog is here:!blog/c1wzg

Thanks in advance for considering!