Monthly Archives: July 2015

Common Milkweed Abloom, Here, There, and Everywhere!

Common Milkweed and Bee Asclepias syriaca ©Kim Smith 2015A patch of Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) in bloom has a wonderfully sweet honey-hay scent. Look for it growing along the sand dunes, roadside edges, fields, meadows, and where ever there is a neglected patch. And keep your eyes peeled for Monarchs; the earliest arrivals (for the most part) are synchronized to the flowering of Common Milkweed.

Comsos 12 ©Kim Smith 2014 copy

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Hopper’s Houses – A Guided Walking Tour

A tour in downtown Gloucester to view houses immortalized by renowned American realist painter Edward Hopper

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (July 1, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a guided walking tour of select Gloucester houses made famous by American realist painter Edward Hopper on Saturday, July 11 at 10:00 a.m. Tours last about 1 1/2 hours and are held rain or shine. Participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time. Cost is $10 for Cape Ann Museum members; $20 for nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited and reservations are required. Email or call (978) 283-0455 x10 for more information or to reserve a space. The Hopper’s Houses tour will also be offered on July 25, August 1, 7, 15 & 22.

American realist painter Edward Hopper is known to have painted in Gloucester on five separate occasions during the summer months in the years 1912, 1923, 1924, 1926 and 1928. His earliest visit in 1912 was made in the company of fellow artist Leon Kroll. During his second visit to Cape Ann in 1923, Hopper courted the young artist Josephine Nivison. He also began working in watercolor, capturing the local landscape and architecture in loosely rendered, light filled paintings. In 1924, Hopper and Nivison who were newly married returned to Gloucester on an extended honeymoon and continued to explore the area by foot and streetcar. During his final two visits to the area, in 1926 and 1928, Hopper produced some of his finest paintings. This special walking tour will explore the neighborhood surrounding the Museum, which includes many of the Gloucester houses immortalized by Hopper’s paintings.

unnamedEdward Hopper, American, 1882-1967. Universalist Church, 1926. Watercolor over graphite on cream wove paper, 35.6 x 50.8 cm. (14 x 20 in.). Princeton University Art Museum. Laura P. Hall Memorial Collection, bequest of Professor Clifton R. Hall x1946-268. Photo: Bruce M. White.

You Just Gotta Try It

Cape Ann Dining News


Alchemy Bloody Marys

Yes, that’s a house made jalapeño popper and bacon.

On the left: The Bloody Hammer with house infused jalapeño tequila, topped with house made jalapeño popper

AND to the right: The Bacon Bloody with house infused bacon vodka, topped with candied bacon.

These are just two of the many delicious cocktails on Alchemy’s Brunch menu. Alchemy serves brunch on Saturday & Sunday from 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM, with live music on Sundays starting at noon.

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The Hive is Hiring! Art Instructors 

The Hive Center, Art Haven’s Community Art Center located on Pleasant Street in downtown Gloucester, is hiring art instructors for adult art classes. The Hive is equipped with a graphic design studio, fashion department, pottery wheels, spray paint booth, screen printing room, gallery, and extensive classroom space.

Here’s a link for more info:

James Eves, owner of Cape Ann Giclée, Fine Art Printing and Gallery, is GMG’s Arts Enthusiast and the Calendar Guy. To submit arts related press releases, photos of arts events or any arts related posts email:
To add an event to the GMG Cape Ann Calendar go here to see how to submit events.


Guess Who?

The photos were taken 34 years ago, this week, at the conclusion of the 1981 Marblehead to Halifax, Nova Scotia Ocean Race…the setting is the lawn of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, the co-sponsor of the race with the Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead…one of our crew couldn’t make it for the photo…we placed third overall, and the reason that there are 2 trophies is that we received the Lt. Governor’s trophy, also…that trophy is awarded to the highest placing Canadian yacht…I chartered the boat here, but we entered the race through the Lunenburg Yacht Club in Nova Scotia…I was the only American in the crew, everyone else were friends from Nova Scotia…this year’s race, it is only held every two years…will start off Marblehead on Sunday, July 5th.


FREE Concert on the Boulevard July 3 feat. Runaround & Laser Light Show

Ringo Tarr and the Gloucester Fund present another FREE CONCERT on the Boulevard featuring THE RUNAROUND SOUND starting at 5pm at the corner of Centennial and Western Ave (the Boulevard).

This has become a spectacular annual July 3 event drawing thousands of people down to the water for great music, dancing and fun for the whole family.

Music begins at 5pm, breaks for the Parade, resumes after the parade, breaks for the fireworks and continues after the fireworks with a spectacular laser light show.

It’s a terrific way to celebrate our independence.

Here’s a glimpse of the party from last year


McLobster? McGross!


Calamari McNuggets!


Priscilla Liguori

“Nothing says summer quite like a quest to get lobster rolls. Now, McDonald’s is offering their own fast food to-go version.
McDonald’s lobster roll

The fast food chain has a limited-time lobster roll on the menu in New England for $7.99. The value meal costs $10.99.

“The return of the Lobster Roll is exciting because we have requests for it every summer,” Nicole Garvey, Boston region spokesperson, said. “It’s a delicious sandwich and we are thrilled to offer this regional favorite at a great value.”

The sandwich, made from North Atlantic lobster, is 290 calories (a lot less than other McDonald’s choices). It will be available through mid-August.

This isn’t the first time McDonald’s is selling lobster. In 1993, the company launched the McLobster nationwide. It was brought back to New England periodically through 2005. The fast food giant’s version continued to be sold in Canada.

Twitter users say they have been hesitant to try the lobster roll, but some who tried it say they enjoyed it.”



Reiki Share to Benefit ‘Reid’s Ride’ – Raising Funds for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer

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July 7th. ‘Community Reiki Share’ to Benefit ‘Reid’s Ride.’ 

‘Community Reiki Share.’ 5:15 pm – 8:15 pm at the Manchester Community Center. 40 Beach St. Manchester-by-the-Sea. On the MBTA Train line; wheelchair accessible. Reiki Sessions ‘By Donation.’ $20.00 suggested donation. ($10.00 for Seniors.) Make Checks Payable to ‘Reid’s Ride.’

To find out more about Reid’s Ride and how you can participate and donate – Join Lorraine and Deb Sacco and their wonderful group of organizers and participants!  Just being there is energizing!

Each month a local charity is designated to receive a portion of the proceeds. Using ‘Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs’ to select which charity to team with, the first step being – Basic Physiological Needs (Air, Water, Food, Shelter.) The steps to ‘Realizing One’s Full Potential!’ 

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Charities we have partnered with include – Open Door Food Pantry, Beverly Boot Straps, (January,) Wellspring…

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Video: Making Pizza With KettlePizza Inventor/Owners and Sista Felicia At The Crib Part I

Part 1) Talking To Al Contarino and George Peters About The Inspiration For The KettlePizza System and Setting Up The KettlePizza Insert With The ProGrate. In part 2 we videotape making the pies.

We used the STOK Charcoal Drum Grill,Weber RapidFire Chimney and the KettlePizza Pro Kit which includes the basic KettlePizza kit PLUS the ProGrate/Tombstone for higher volume/higher temperature pizza bakes.

Note: we cooked pizza last night on Sista Felicia’s new STOK Drum and we used the included charcoal basket which comes with the STOK and does teh same thing as the Weber Rapidfire Chimney only the STOK system comes with the charcoal basket and with Weber you need to buy a chimney as an accessory.








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