Author Archives: Kim Smith

Sunset Tours of Gloucester Harbor

Sail away on the Schooner Ardelle to the world of Fitz Henry Lane

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (July 1, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum, in partnership with Maritime Gloucester, is pleased to offer a narrated tour of Gloucester Harbor aboard the Schooner Ardelle onWednesday, July 15 at 6:00 p.m. The cost for the Fitz Henry Lane Sunset Harbor Cruise is $30 for Museum members; $45 for nonmembers. Space is limited; reservations required. For more information please call (978) 281-0470 or visit maritimegloucester.org. This program will also be offered on August 12.unnamedFitz Henry Lane, Gloucester Harbor at Sunrise, c. 1850. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum.

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 info@capeannmuseum.org 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.

SAINT PETER’S FIESTA SUNDAY ON MONDAY ~ VIVA SAN PIETRO!

Viva San Pietro!

Closing Ceremony Saint Peter Fiesta ©Kim Smith 2015

Throngs of the faithful filled Beach Court.

Filming continued for the Saint Peter’s Fiesta documentary and despite Sunday’s cancelled events, it was a fantastic last day of Fiesta 2015, fantastic in every way! 

Early afternoon was spent filming the Sunday Greasy Pole walkers for their pre-walk rally. After processing through downtown with stops along the way at the Gloucester House Restaurant, House of Mitch, and Saint Peter’s Club, the Walkers headed over to Beach Court. The 80s Greasy pole Champions Sunday Greasy Pole Rally  ©Kim Smith 2015Sunday Greasy Pole Rally Nicastro and ©Kim Smith 2015

Sunday Greasy Pole Rally Nicastro ©Kim Smith 2015

Because Sunday’s events had been postponed to Monday and the stage broken down on schedule, the statue of Saint Peter was temporarily moved to Beach Court.  After blessings and prayers, the revelers headed back to Saint Peter’s Square to board the ferry to the Greasy Pole.

Sunday Greasy Pole Rally ©Kim Smith 2015

Main Street with the Sunday Greasy Pole Walkers–the costumes were especially funny and fun this year!

I raced back to Pavilion Beach to film and photograph the walkers and seine boat race. The crowd was tremendous! A special note of thanks to Sally Elliot for holding my bag the entire time while filming/photographing as I was standing in the water to get as close as possible, and struggling with camera gear. THANK YOU SALLY for all your help, so very much appreciated!

Lock and Load 2015 Seine Boat Champions Gloucester MA ©Kim Smith 2015JPGLock and Load Gloucester Seine Boat ©Kim Smith 2015Lock and Load Men’s Seine Boat Champions

The men’s seine boat race was simply thrilling; Lock and Load won the close race, followed by an outstanding flag capture by Jake Wagner.

Jake Wagner Sunday Monday 2015 Greasy Pole Champion ©KIm Smith 2015Jack Wagner 2015 Sunday Greasy Pole Champion
Joe DaSilva Greasy Pole Gloucester  ©Kim Smith 2015Joe DaSilva Courtesy Round Walk (see more grease-flying-free-falling photos here)

It's Not Easy Being Greasy ©Kim Smith 2015It’s Not Easy Being Greasy!

The Walkers hoisted Jack upon their shoulders and carried him to the Greasy Pole Hall of fame wall. Then it was back to Beach Court where the closing ceremony was held. Heartfelt speeches were given by the team captains, with much cheering and accolades for all.

Good Night Saint Peter ©Kim Smith 2015 copyGoodnight Saint Peter

After the award ceremony, the statue of Saint Peter was processed through the Fort amidst much merriment, joyful singing, and the traditional call and response: “Me chi samiou tutti mutti?  Viva San Pietro,” which means, roughly: Are you all mute? (or Why are you not shouting?)- long live Saint Peter!

VIDEO: JOE DASILVA SATURDAY 2015 GREASY POLE CHAMPION

Joe DaSilva, winner of the 2015 Saint Peter’s Fiesta Saturday Greasy Pole. This is Joe’s second win (Friday 2011), achieving a lifetime place alongside the Sunday Greasy Pole Walkers.

Listen for Joe’s Mom, Anita. One proud Mama!

In 2011, Joe also won the gold medal for the Fall Greasy Pole Classic (a fundraiser to restore the Greasy Pole after it was destroyed by Hurricane Irene). He was the only Greasy Pole Walker that year to have won on both land and sea, and it has earned him the title “Surf and Turf.”

Congratulations to Joey DaSilva, our 2015 Saturday Greasy Pole Champion!

“SURF AND TURF” JOE DASILVA SATURDAY GREASY POLE CHAMPION!

Joe’s Mom, Anita Louis Stewart, writes on FB, “My son took his first flag down in 2011 on the 80th greasy pole anniversary . That year Hurricane Irene took down the greasy pole in Sept and In November they did a greasy pole fund raiser called the Fall classic down at the GHS; gold, bronze, and silver rounds. My Joseph took the gold and he was the only winner that day who had won over land and sea, dubbing him Surf and Turf. He set the Guinness world record in Cali in July 2012 for walking the greasy pole in 4.9 seconds and taking the flag down in the 2nd round. He held that record for 2 years. Today he took the flag down once again, 2nd round, and now he is a lifetime walker on Sundays. The only way to go Joseph Cole DaSilva– -Friday 2 Saturday and Saturday 2 Sunday…Keep going…” Joe Dasilva 2015 Saturday Greasy Pole Champion #GreaseGang

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JOEY DASILVA SATURDAY GREASY POLE CHAMPION!

Congratulations to Joey DaSilva, 2015 Saturday Greasy Pole Champion!

Joey Dasilva Saturday Greasy Pole Champion 2015 ©Kim Smith 2015

Joe’s Mom, Anita Louise Stewart, writes on FB, “My son took his first flag down in 2011 on the 80th greasy pole anniversary . That year Hurricane Irene took down the greasy pole in Sept and In November they did a greasy pole fund raiser called the Fall Classic down at the GHS; gold, bronze, and silver rounds. My Joseph took the gold and he was the only winner that day who had won over land and sea, dubbing him Surf and Turf. He set the Guinness world record in Cali in July 2012 for walking the greasy pole in 4.9 seconds and taking the flag down in the 2nd round. He held that record for 2 years. Today he took the flag down once again, 2nd round, and now he is a lifetime walker on Sundays. The only way to go Joseph Cole DaSilva– -Friday 2 Saturday and Saturday 2 Sunday…Keep going…”

Joey Dasilva Saturday Greasy Pole Champion 2015 ©Kim SmithJoey Dasilva Saturday Greasy Pole Champion 2015 -4  ©Kim SmithJoey Dasilva Saturday Greasy Pole Champion 2015 -3  ©Kim SmithJoey Dasilva Saturday Greasy Pole Champion 2015  -5 ©Kim Smith

GORGEOUS FESTIVE CAKES FOR YOUR FIESTA SUNDAY SPECIAL DINNER, MADE BY MARIA CRACCHIOLO

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Fabulous and delicious cake made by Maria for my in-laws 65th wedding anniversary. Needless to say it was huge hit, with layers of raspberry and lemon cream sandwiched between creamy sweet frosting. Stop in to Caffe Sicilia for your Saint Peter’s Day cakes and confections. See Maria featured on the front page of today’s Gloucester Daily Times!

Photo Courtesy Esther Mathieu

BEAUTIFUL FACES OF FIESTA

Buona Festa!

Bianca Saint Peter's Fiesta ©Kim Smith 2015 Love! 

Mayor Sefatia Saint Peter's Fiesta ©Kim Smith 2015Mayor Romeo Thekan and Joe Orlando

Saint Peter's Fiesta -4 ©Kim Smith 2015

Bianca, Rosaria Floyd, Mayor Sefatia (holding the key to heaven), Joe Orlando, State Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante

Saint Peter's Fiesta -5 ©Kim Smith 2015Kathy and Dominic Nicastro

Snapshots from Friday night opening ceremony. I am mostly filming, but do manage to take a few photos. So many beautiful moments last night–I wish there was a simple way to film and take good quality photographs at exactly the same time.

Dante Saint Peter's Fiesta ©Kim Smith 2015Saint Peter's Fiesta -8 ©Kim Smith 2015Saint Peter's Fiesta -1 ©Kim Smith 2015Saint Peter's Fiesta -2 ©Kim Smith 2015See More Photos Here

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Happy 65th Wedding Anniversary!

Can you imagine–sixty five years–truly an inspiration!

June 24th was my mother and father-in-laws 65th wedding anniversary. We’ve been celebrating all week and last night we had a beautiful dinner at Duckworth’s, our family’s go-to place for special occasions (and every other excuse to head to dinner there). Dinner was beautiful in every way, from the exquisite entrees, appetizers, and desserts to the outstanding service provided by Dan and Colleen. Thank you Duckworth Family for making our family’s celebration wonderfully memorable.

Cornelius Hauck Steve Marvin ©Kim Smith 2015Here we are in Cincinnati on May 5th this past spring celebrating my father-in-laws NINETIETH birthday. He and his best friend Steve Marvin, also 90, have been friends since they were babies.

Cornelius Hauck ©Kim Smith 2015Note the cake decorated with a train scene. My father-in-law has been passionate about trains since he was a toddler, to the extent that he and his friend Bob Richardson founded the Colorado Railroad Museum, which is located in Golden Colorado.

Fitz Henry Lane Walking Tour by Cape Ann Museum, Saturday June 27th

Lane-GloucesterHarborSunrise1851 (1)Explore downtown Gloucester through the historic lens of maritime painter Fitz Henry Lane

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (June 24, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Fitz Henry Lane’s Gloucester, a guided walking tour, on Saturday, June 27 at 10:00 a.m. Explore downtown Gloucester and discover what it was like in the 19th century when Fitz Henry Lane roamed the streets and painted the views. Tours last about one and a half 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 info@capeannmuseum.org or call (978) 283-0455, x10 for more information or to reserve a space.

Fitz Henry Lane was a Cape Ann artist, printmaker and world-renowned American marine painter. With his subtle use of gleaming light, Lane is generally regarded as one of the finest 19th century practitioners of the style known as luminism. The Cape Ann Museum’s unparalleled collection of works by Fitz Henry Lane – which includes paintings, drawings and lithographs – is on permanent display in the gorgeously renovated Lane Gallery, a space fully devoted to Lane’s life and work.

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