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A sampling of some of Cake Ann’s cupcakes that are available for your Valentine sweethearts.

Cherry cupcakes Cake Ann www.kimsmithdesigns.comCherry vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting

Cake Ann cupcakes www.kimsmithdesigns.comChocolate with salted caramel cupcakes

Cake Ann Carrot cupcakes www.kimsmithdesigns.comCarrot cake with cream cheese frosting

Cake Ann has extended their hours. They are open Valentine’s Day, and every Sunday, from 8am to 2pm. Cake Ann is located at 214 Eastern Avenue in Gloucester

Cake Ann www.kimsmithdesigns.comInga, Jeannine Daroga, and Karen Burbine


Block print card by Alexandra’s sister, Mary Rhinelander. Don’t you just love the mouse print fabric cushion?!?


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Gloucester Clamista love at Alexandra's!

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IMG_6272Valentine message for your prickly friend

11 Year Old Brothers Charles and George King’s Efforts to Save Civil War Union Soldier Coat Featured in the Banner!

Brothers Charles and George King write to GMG ~

“The Bay State Banner, a Boston newspaper, published an article about the Civil War coat after the Cape Ann Beacon article. We will pick up a copy of the Banner as soon as possible. In the meantime here is the link:

 Slave’s coat protected Union POW; now brothers strive to save the coat

Please share. Thank you to Yawu Miller, the Editor of the Banner and Jule Pattison-Gordon, the reporter. Jule, we think it’s fantastic! We think you did a great job of making it clear.

To learn more about the Banner and its 50 years of stories, see the documentary on their home page. We watched it after our interview with Jule.  We’re so excited Gloucester is in the paper!”

Charles King and George King

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After posting the Fishermen’s Memorial with snow flurries video, Facebook friend Susan Rittgers shared that her Grampa, Daniel Edward Cleary, was one of the engravers who carved the lettering at the base of the Leonard Craske statue. From the Bible’s Psalm 107:23, which reads: “They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships 1623-1923.” Daniel Edward’s brother, Timothy, worked in the quarry from where the granite was mined.

Thanks so much to Susan for letting us know that!

Gloucester Fishermens Memoria


Heart Boxes Nichols Candy House www.kimsmithdesignsDelectable chocolate dipped candies of every variety of nut, fruit, and creamy center, fudge (four kinds), freshly roasted in-house delicious nuts, and much, much more–Nichols has a sweet treat for all your Valentines!

Chocolate Basket filled with hearts Nichols Candy House www.kimsmithdesigns

Chocolate basket filled with chocolate hearts

Today when stopping by to pick up gifts for the family, Don Gibbons was making penuche fudge. As the penuche was heating and setting up in a great copper pot he was giving the batter a frequent stir and keeping a watchful eye. In case you are wondering, penuche (panucci in Italian) is chocolate-less fudge, made typically with brown sugar, milk, butter, and vanilla. The brown sugar lends penuche its warm maple-butterscotch hues.

Valentine's Penuche making at Nichols Candy House!

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Don Gibbons Nichols Candy House www.kimsmithdesignsDon Gibbons
Barbara Nichols Nichols Candy House www.kimsmithdesignsBarbara Nichols, Nichols Candy House Proprietor and truly lovely lady

New Harbortown Arts Festival in the Works for Memorial Day Weekend

Dear Partners and Supporters of Gloucester’s Harbortown Cultural District,

We have received a $4,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council which we are going to use to develop the “Harbortown Arts Festival” over Memorial Day Weekend – first of many, we hope!. We will be re-granting these funds to our members to help animate the Cultural District through creative placemaking projects and programs.
We will be asking local businesses, restaurants, coffee/tea houses, galleries and artist to hang new shows and open their studios on Saturday, May 28 so we can create a true downtown art-walk vibe the first night of the Festival.
For Saturday and Sunday, we will be opening the Call for Entries process where our downtown partners can apply for up to $500 to develop a creative placemaking project or program. These proposals must:
  • Happen on private, not public, property
  • Involve public engagement/participation in the planning or implementation of the project or program.
  • Partner with an artist – preference will be given to artists of Cape Ann.
  • Projects/programs must occur within the Cultural District boundaries and be completed by Monday May 30.
More information about these guidelines and how to apply will be available in early March; awards will be announced in April. The creative placemaking projects should be non permanent and they can be performance-based, multimedia, or digital. The creative placemaking programs can be hands-on activities, interpretive tours, presentations/lectures.  We really want to be as broad as possible so we can see what our amazing creative community comes up with to celebrate what makes Gloucester, Gloucester.
We hope you are excited as we are about this new festival, which will bring more visitors, families and people downtown over Memorial Day Weekend. We hope it will become an annual event and grows each year.
And, we’re going to need your help to do so! For now, please mark your calendars. When you get the email for the Call for Entries, please help spread the word about this great opportunity. When the Festival Program is finalized in April, please help promote it to everyone and all!
Stay tuned!

Watch for Gray Seal Pups on the Shoreline

unnamed-6It’s Gray Seal Pupping Season

From December through February, gray seals give birth on islands and shoreline areas in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. It’s not uncommon to see a mother and pup or a lone pup on a beach. Gray seal pups are born with a white, fluffy coat, known as lanugo, and nurse from the mother for approximately 16 to 17 days.
“A mother seal may be off feeding when someone comes across a seal pup on the beach,” says Mendy Garron, marine mammal stranding program coordinator for NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region. “The best thing you can do is keep people and pets away from the seal pup, so the mother has a chance to return.”

Gray seal pups are very vocal, and can sound like a baby crying, but this is normal behavior and doesn’t necessarily mean that the pup is in distress. This vocalization helps the mother find the pup when she returns from foraging.
NOAA Fisheries reminds members of the public to respect wildlife by maintaining a safe distance of at least 150 feet from seals.
Seal pups are often higher up on the beach, near the high tide line or even in the dunes, for protection while the mother is away. Sometimes pups do wander far from the beach, ending up in unusual places. If you suspect an animal may be in trouble, please take the following actions:
  • Call your local Marine Mammal Stranding Network Member or the NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional 24-hour hotline 866-755-NOAA (6622).
  • Always maintain a safe distance, at least 150 feet, from the animal to avoid injury to yourself or to the animal.
  • Do not touch the seal! They are wild animals. They will bite, and can transmit disease.
  • Keep your pets on leashes, and remove them from the area. Pets can further stress seals, provoking defensive behaviors. Seals can attack pets if they feel threatened, and they can transmit diseases to pets.
  • Never feed seals. This can make the animal sick or dependent on people for food.
  • Do not move or push the animal back into the water. Seals need time to rest and regulate their body temperatures, which is why they “haul out” on land.
  • If you see someone harassing a marine mammal, please contact our Office of Law Enforcement at 800-853-1964.
NOAA Fisheries is the federal agency responsible for monitoring marine mammal populations in the United States. In this region, NOAA Fisheries relies on a team of dedicated, trained personnel from Maine to Virginia to assist the agency in carrying out its mission.Marine Mammal Stranding Network has been in existence for several decades and is comprised of organizations from the wildlife rescue community, academic institutions, zoo/aquarium facilities, and federal state or local government agencies. The Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program (MMHSRP) was officially formalized in 1992 under the Marine Protection Act of 1972 after numerous mass strandings and unusual mortality events occurred around the country.
Get more information on NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region’s Stranding Program (covering the coastlines of Maine to Virginia).
Find out about our gray seal research on Muskeget and Monomoy Islands.


Looking for a super easy gluten-free dessert for a relative this afternoon, a quick stop at Turtle Alley was made. I was knocked out by Hallie Baker’s fabulous heart boxes, each filled with a different assortment of chocolates, and each clearly labeled–all ready to go for your Valentine sweetheart! FYI, Hallie informs that her chocolate truffles are definitely gluten-free.
Turlte Alley www.kimsmithdesigns

Leroy Gaynor at Turtle Alley

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Valentine's chocolate making at Turtle Alley

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Turtle Alley Leroy Gaynor chocolatier

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The Red Swirl at Turtle Alley

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Turtle Alley's Deepest Dark Heart

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Last night’s red sky was not today’s sailor’s delight. Is that old adage true more often than not I wonder?

Red sky at night, sailors’ delight.

Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.

Smith's Cove Marine railways Gloucester sunset www.kimsmithdesigns

Twilight Smith’s Cove looking towards Gloucester Marine RailwaysLong Bech Rockport sunset

Long Beach Sunset


Lovely and delicious fruit galettes perfect for Sunday brunch! Available at @cakeann_

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The full menu is up and running! If you can’t get there early in the morning and are worried about missing out on a favorite pastry, call the day before and ask to reserve it. For Sunday brunch we served fruit galettes and kougin-amann and they were a HUGE HIT with the Fam! Along with Inga’s welcoming smile, I love the open, clean design of Cake Ann’s interior space and find both very inviting.

One more of sweet couple Inga and Matt @cakeann_

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Cake Ann is located at 214 Eastern Avenue in Gloucester. They are open from 8am to 4pm Wednesday through Saturday and Sunday from 8am to noon.



Snow Day in the Hood!

The smell of yummy things cooking emanating from Duckworth's is so enticing!

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Duckworth's looks so pretty on a snowy evening!

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Beacon Marine Basin

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One Pirates Lane

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Trident Gallery Director Matthew Swift writes,

Dear Friends,
I am very pleased to announce that Trident Gallery now has a new, more comprehensive, and better organized web site at Trident.Gallery.
The content and design should be familiar to visitors of other contemporary gallery sites. Nearly a thousand images of works of art available for purchase are already online, and over the next few weeks, we will regularly be adding more images of art, documentation of past exhibitions and performances, introductions to artists and series, artists’ statements, publications, press clippings, and other news and information. I hope you will enjoy browsing the art and find the site increasingly informative and useful.
I also write to introduce the exhibition Nest, Trident Gallery’s third collaboration with the Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon to present a program of visual and performance art with a natural history theme.
1842; hand-colored lithograph; 21 x 27 in.

1842; hand-colored lithograph; 21 x 27 in.


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Cape Ann has been blessed with stunning sunrises and sunsets this winter, or perhaps it’s just that the weather temperatures are warmer than usual, which makes it much more fun to be out and about photographing. Fifties today and despite the overcast skies, the day was divine!

North Light Twin Lights Thacher island 2016

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