Monthly Archives: July 2015

Brian O’Connor’s East Gloucester Solar Install Gets Him A Federal Credit of $10,000 and A State Credit Of $1500 As Well As A $9.73 Electric Bill After Cranking His Air Conditioning All Month Long

This year he will get a federal credit for $10,000 as well as a state credit for $1500

What people may or may not understand is that there have been mandates to get states to get to certain percentages of green energy use and they are practically giving away these programs to try to get to those numbers.  These credits and incentives are not going to last forever so you’d be foolish not to take advantage while they are available. Once the cat is out of the bag those incentives will most likely be cut in half or go away entirely.

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He used 564 kWh July 2014 and now his first full month with solar installed he used 33 kWh and paid only $9.73

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Pre-Blackburn Challenge Outrigger Canoe Video From Scott Ide

Hi Joey,
Yesterday, my wife, Mary Kay, Cindy Perry, Scott Tyrrell and I paddled an outrigger canoe from Salem, MA to Corliss Landing on the Annisquam to get a 15+ mile practice in before next week’s Blackburn Challenge.  We made this a one-way journey from where our club Boston Outrigger Racing Association keeps our canoes in Salem so that we can have the boat near Blackburn Challenge’s race start.  Here’s a short video clip of the adventurous sea conditions somewhere past Kettle Island.

Queen Anne’s Lace Series

Queen Annes's Lace -3 ©Kim smith 2015 Queen Annes's Lace ©Kim smith 2015 Although not a native North American wildflower, Queen Anne’s Lace has adapted to our climate well, reportedly growing in every state save for Idaho, Alaska, and Hawaii. A member of the Umbelliferae, or Carrot Family, Queen Anne’s Lace also goes by the common names Wild Carrot, Bird’s Nest, and Bishops’s Lace. The root of young plants, although white, tastes like a carrot, and when rubbed together between fingers, the foliage smells of parsley (also a member of the Umbel Family).Black Swallowtail osmeterium ©Kim Smith 2011 copy

Queen Anne’s Lace is a caterpillar food plant of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly. Don’t despair butterfly lovers. Although the butterflies have been slow to awaken this year, I have high hopes that just as flowering plants are several weeks behind, so too will the butterflies emerge–only later than expected.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Zinnia Male ©Kim Smith 2013.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Nectaring at Zinnia elegans

Please join me Tuesday evening  at 7pm at the Chelmsford Public Library for my lecture The Pollinator Garden. The event is free and open to the public. I hope to see you there!

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A Worthy Event Reid’s Ride

Reid’s ride was started by a mom who lost her son to cancer.  To see more information please follow the link below:

http://www.cancerinyoungadults.org/

The participants ride from Lynnfield to Stage Fort Park for this worthy cause.  They all should be very proud and we should all thank them for helping find a cure for this horrible disease.

 

NEWS FROM NORTH SHORE ARTS ASSOCIATION

NORTH SHORE ARTS ASSOCIATION, LOCATED IN EAST GLOUCESTER, MA, A FAVORITE PAINTING VENUE OF ARTIST LEGENDS WINSLOW HOMER, EDWARD HOPPER and FITZ HENRY LANE, CELEBRATES ITS “Year of The Artist!” WITH AN EXCITING JURIED, THIRD MEMBERS’ SHOW OF THE 2015 SEASON. Thursday, July 2 through Saturday, July 25. OPEN FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

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Honoring its founding artists Theresa Bernstein, Frederick Mulhaupt, and Hugh Breckenridge among many others, and 9 decades of groundbreaking exhibitions, the artists of the North Shore Arts Association continue to offer a stunning display of their oil, graphics, watercolor, and sculpture works in their third major exhibition of the 2015 season. These NSAA artists, national award winners in every medium, invite you to join them in celebrating “The Year of The Artist!”.


The historic North Shore Arts Association opens an exciting Artist Members’ Small Works Exhibit, July 30 – August 29, and offers its First Juried Associate Members’ Show of the 2015 Season, August 6 – August 29.   Receptions for both the Small Works and Associate Members’ Exhibits will be held Sunday, August 23, 1 – 3 pm.   Refreshments served.  Open and free to the public.

Many giants of the art world including Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Vermeer painted much treasured and highly prized small art works.  The appeal of small works is manifold with flexible display options:  the work can be clustered in and around other pieces; or placed in tiny, sometimes awkward spaces; or hung in discreet groupings, and easily placed on small easels atop a side table, and often lower price points are also an advantage.  The main appeal, however, is to enjoy an intimate and condensed expression of the artist’s focused vision.

Come join the North Shore Arts Association as it celebrates its “Year Of The Artist!” with a Small Works members exhibition and Associate Members Show.


“Three Artists, Three Unique Demonstrations”  will be a special demonstration and discussion of three unusual painting techniques.  Saturday, July 25, 10:30 am at North Shore Arts Association.  Open and free to the public.

5VjUQOspYWs6pVecSusanGuestMacfractured dress Essex artist Susan Guest-MacPhail will discuss mixed media and demonstrate Gelli Plate printing that requires no presses, special inks or paper.

DalyadcardFindings Gloucester artist Susan Daly is working with new mediums in Acrylic painting that create a variety of matte and glossy finishes and textures.  These new techniques have earned her recent awards.

IMG_0970Trudy'salcoholinks Gloucester artist Trudy Allen will demonstrate the trendy use of Alcohol inks which can be used on non-absorbent materials such as tiles and Yupo to create vibrant colors and unusual results.

The mini demos will accommodate questions and answers.  The audience is encouraged to actively participate and share their own discoveries in any new and exciting art materials and their uses.  Creativity has no boundaries!


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The North Shore Arts Association’s galleries are open, free to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.

More information on all North Shore Arts Association events is available by visiting  their website at www.nsarts.org, and by email at arts@nsarts.org, or by telephone 978 283-1857.

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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: james@capeanngiclee.com.
To add an event to the GMG Cape Ann Calendar go here to see how to submit events.

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Gloucester Tourists-Connecticut, Maine and Illinois

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This couple from Connecticut, have been coming to Gloucester for over fifty years, they are selective shoppers, and had just purchased this print at Main Street Art and Antique Shop.

 

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These young ladies are from different part of the country, Maine, Chicago Illinois and come visit a friend in Massachusetts.

Goodlinens Video From Doug Mclean

Hi Joey,

First off, my wife and I love the blog and have been longtime readers! We’ve just moved back to town after being away for several years and are now running our own small video production business called Yellow Hook Productions. Not sure if this is something you’d want to post, but we wanted to share a video we recently made for our friend and neighbor Joanne Chirico’s business Goodinens.

We love her towels and really believe in what she’s doing and thought other folks in the area might like to know about it – plus the video was filmed entirely in Gloucester! We’d also love to spread the word that we are very interested in working with other local small businesses on their video needs.

Thanks so much!
Doug McLean

How the Hell Does The Blue Lobster In #RockportMA Not Get More Love On Social Media?

Uhmmm,  $7.95 For homemade hash with Hollandaise and two poached eggs over English muffins. With views of Motif No 1 and Rockport Harbor.  Stupid good,  and way too good for none of the Rockport twitterati to ignore.  Thanks for a great meal. 
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Lynzariums On East Main Is A Treasure Trove Of Unique Cool Gifts

186 East Main Street
Picked Up A Cool Plant For The Big Jabroni’s Birthday And Lindsay Planted It In A rustic Looking Tin Container.  A gift that will keep on giving visually.

Follow Lynzariums on Instagram Here- https://instagram.com/lynzariums/

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She also has these lobster gauges turned into bracelets made by her friend –

https://instagram.com/fishbonemetalworks/  

He calls the design THE KEEPAH

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Today She Has Another Pop Up Featuring GrassyRootsJuiceShop- https://instagram.com/grassyrootsjuiceshop/
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