Author Archives: Kim Smith

ELF JR. THE MUSICAL AT ROCKPORT MIDDLE SCHOOL

Rockport Middle School presents Elf Jr. The Musical. Under the direction of Keith McCarthy, the musicals at Rockport Middle School are always outstanding and wonderfully fun. Break a leg friends!

Showtimes are December 15th & 16th at 7pm and December 17th & 18th at 2pm. Tickets: adults $10., senior and student tickets $8.14692184_10209471572539716_4106439362297979191_o

OneRepublic’s ANTHEM FOR COLLATERAL BEAUTY

Very much looking forward to seeing the forthcoming film Collateral Beauty. It looks to be an uplifting film for Christmas and was filmed in New York City last year during the holiday season. OneRepublic’s new anthem “Let’s Hurt Tonight” is the official single for the film’s soundtrack. The video was performed on a city rooftop and includes clips from the film throughout.

Collateral Beauty, starring Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Naomi Harris, Keira Knightley, Ed Norton, and Helen Mirren opens on December 16th.

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COOLEST GLOUCESTER GIFTS

Scott Memhard writes, “Locals know: Cape Pond Ice Company’s Gift Shop at 104 Commercial Street stocks a full range of great presents, not only traditional and new design “Coolest Guys, Gals & Kids” T’s, caps and sweats, but also unique Perfect Storm and Gloucester books, posters and gifts. Gift Certificates available.

Shop for “Cool Stuff” on-line at http://www.capepondice.com, stop down “the Fort” to our gift shop, or visit the Weathervane at 159 Main Street, Gloucester.”

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ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE LINDSAY CROUSE AND RADIO PERSONALITY CHRISTOPHER LYDON STAR IN ONE-NIGHT ONLY PERFORMANCE OF DYLAN THOMAS’ “A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES”

unnamed-1Gloucester Stage proudly presents a one-night only benefit performance of Dylan Thomas’ moving holiday classic, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, directed by GSC Artistic Director Robert Walsh and starring Gloucester Stage favorite: Academy Award nominee and Gloucester resident Lindsay Crouse, and host of WBUR’s Open Source, Christopher Lydon on December 16 at 7:30 pm at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. All proceeds from the evening benefit Gloucester Stage, a 37 year old non-profit professional theatre. The festive evening begins with a special Backstage Pre-Show reception featuring hors d’oeuvres from Willow Rest, fine wine, and craft beer, plus an exclusive opportunity to explore behind-the-scenes at Gloucester Stage. At 7:30 a short live auction of unique items begins on the stage led by auctioneer Jeff Zinn, Gloucester Stage’s Managing Director, followed by music from Meridian featuring Olivia Gale and Colin de la Barre, then the main event, a one-time only performance of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Following the performance the cast and audience can enjoy a fine dessert buffet and gourmet coffees in the lobby. Tickets are $150 per person for the entire evening of events including the backstage pre-show reception, performance and post-show dessert buffet, or $75-$50 per person for the performance and post-show dessert buffet only. All proceeds benefit Gloucester Stage. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com

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GOOD MORNING GLOUCESTER, BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE SENSATIONAL MR. SWAN!

mute-swan-mr-swan-niles-pond-gloucester-ma-copyright-kim-smithGlorious swan’s wings! In these photos you can see Mr. Swan’s magnificent new set of feathers.

Mr. Swan has resumed his habit of traveling from body of water to body of water within his territory. Why does he not travel during the summer months, primarily dwelling at Niles Pond? Swans molt each summer and during the molting period, they cannot fly.

Mute Swans molt when their cygnets cannot fly. The female (pen) begins to molt almost immediately after the young hatch. The male, or cob, waits until the female’s flight feathers have grown back completely. The reason for this staggered molting period is because swans use their wings in battle and to defend their young. The swan family will never be left defenseless with at least one of the pair’s set of wings fully functional. The molting period lasts anywhere from four to seven weeks.

mute-swan-stretching-wings-niles-pond-gloucester-ma-copyright-kim-smithGood morning Gloucester! Mr. Swan’s big morning stretch before he sets off to patrol his territory

HOLIDAY DELIGHTS SNEAK PEEK PREVIEW

Video by Lisa Smith

Performing at Gloucester Stage December 9, 10 & 11, 2016
Conceived and directed by Youth Acting Workshop’s program director, Heidi J. Dallin, this festive evening of stories, songs, and dance recounts the special traditions that other cultures and families experience as seen through one young girl’s magical journey on Christmas Eve. During her Christmas Eve journey the young girl learns about the special traditions of other families and comes to realize the importance of her own family traditions. This family holiday event marks the fifth time in Gloucester Stage history that a production has featured an entire cast of student actors from the Youth Program. First produced in 2007, Holiday Delights has proven to be an audience favorite, and has provided a nurturing and creative environment in the areas of stage performance, stagecraft and arts administration for YAW students.

PIGEON COVE FERMENTS GRILLED CHEESE

During Sunday’s podcast we met Kristen and Dylan of Pigeon Cover Ferments. Their sauerkrauts are out of this world delish. Don’t be turned off when we write sauerkraut; theirs is certainly not your run of the mill grocery store sauerkraut. Pigeon Cove Ferments sauerkrauts are simply fermented cabbage made with a variety of seasonings, hand made and in small batches  As theirs is not prepared with preservatives, Pigeon Cove Ferments sauerkraut is wonderfully flavorful and is also vitamin C and probiotic-rich.

It is so exciting to see the growing food industry emerging in Gloucester. When purchasing Pigeon Cove Ferments products you are also supporting other local businesses because Dylan and Kristen source all their vegetables from local farms, including Aprilla Farm, Seaview Farm, and Cedar Rock Gardens–hundreds and hundreds of pounds of cabbage for example. Their salt comes from Atlantic Saltworks, which is based out of Gloucester and produces salt from the Atlantic Ocean.

I have to take a second round of doxycycline for tick bite related illnesses; adding probiotics to my diet couldn’t have come at a more timely moment. Immediately after sampling at the podcast, I purchased several jars at Common Crow. The sales person could not have been more complimentary of Pigeon Cove Ferments products. Today I made a grilled cheese with the caraway and pepper flavored sauerkraut. The crunchy kraut contrasted beautifully with the creamy warm cheese. I think I feel better already!

To learn more about Kristen and Dylan listen to our podcast and visit their website here Pigeon Cover Ferments.

SHOUT OUT TO JAMES AND ANNA EVES AT CAPE ANN GICLEE

Don’t you love the look of a white mat and white frame? James and Anna over at Cape Ann Giclée are now offering matting and framing. Their workmanship is pristine, exquisite really.

For the past several years I have been trudging to frame shops looking for white frames, cutting the mats myself, and generally not happy about the inordinate amount of time spent doing these tasks. Now you can go to Cape Ann Giclée and they not only have a beautiful selection of papers and options for printing, but all can be matted and framed, in either a plain white or plain black frame, and all for a very reasonable fee. Thanks James and Anna for a terrific (and greatly simplified) experience. I am shipping “Lily Pads in the Moonlight” tomorrow to my client in Aspen and I just know she is going to love it!

dscf1485Simple white frame, mat, and reveal–just perfect! 

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Lily Pads in the Moonlight, Niles Pond

REQUESTS FOR CHRISTMAS CAROL COUNTDOWN

Do you have a favorite Christmas carol or holiday music that you would like to share? For the past several years we have featured a twelve days before Christmas carol countdown and I would love to continue the tradition, beginning on the 13th of December. Please send your suggestions to kimsmithdesigns@hotmail.com or leave a comment in the comment section. Thank you!

This Tom Petty song always gets me in the mood for decorating our home and I’ve been blasting it loudly off and on all day, much to my husband’s dismay🙂

DON’T MISS THIS RARE OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE NUBAR ALEXANIAN GLOUCESTER PRINTS! SALE ENDS DECEMBER 7TH

Nubar writes, “I am offering photographs from my Gloucester work for sale as single, partial or full portfolio sets. The normal retail price for these prints is $800 and up. However, from November 14 thru December 7, they are priced from $125 to $395 with free packing and shipping (U.S.). Prints will be delivered by December 20. The purpose of this offering is to raise money for the post-production of our documentary film, Scars of Silence: Three Generations From the Armenian Genocide. Click HERE for more information.

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WELL HELLO THERE BIG FOOT! RED-NECKED GREBE SPOTTED AT NILES POND

red-necked-grebe-niles-pond-gloucester-ma-1-copyright-kim-smithForaging around the perimeter of Niles Pond this morning was a charming Red-necked Grebe. I write charming because his feet are exquisitely enormous! As it dove for food, they were put to good use as a sort of paddling propellor. The bird spent much of the morning with its head half submerged and feet furiously working, vigorously hunting small fish and vegetation.red-necked-grebe-niles-pond-gloucester-ma-4-copyright-kim-smith

Check out the size of the Red-necked Grebe’s foot 🙂red-necked-grebe-niles-pond-gloucester-ma-3-copyright-kim-smith

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Niles Pond is a special place that provides habitat for myriad species of wildlife, birds especially. Its close proximity to the ocean, abundance of food, and clear fresh, gentle water draws beautiful creatures to our shores all year round.

red-necked-grebe-niles-pond-gloucester-ma-6-copyright-kim-smithAlthough considered a large member of the grebe family, the Red-necked Grebe is comparatively quite a bit smaller than the Mallards. The Red-necked Grebe is on the far right.

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rgrebe_leeRed-necked Grebe in Breeding Plumage, photo courtesy Cornell All About Birds

GLOUCESTER STAGE PRESENTS HOLIDAY DELIGHTS (Hurry Up and Get Your Tickets NOW!)

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HOLIDAYDELIGHTS

The Holiday Season Event for All Ages Returns

For Eighth Year

The Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops proudly present Holiday Delights on December 9, December 10 and December 11 at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester. Holiday Delights features a cast of over 40 young people ranging in age from 6 to 16, all students in Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops. This family holiday event marks the eighth time in Gloucester Stage history that a production has featured a cast of student actors from the Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop Program. First produced in 2007, Holiday Delights has become an audience favorite and Cape Ann holiday tradition. Conceived and directed by Gloucester Stage YAW Director and teacher Heidi Dallin, Holiday Delights is a festive evening of stories, songs, and dance recounting the special traditions that other cultures and families experience as seen through one young girl’s magical journey on Christmas Eve to discover what is really important during the holiday season. Holiday Delights performance times are 7:30 pm onDecember 9 and 2 pm on December 10 and 11. Ticket prices are $15 for Adults; $12 for Senior Citizens, $8 for Students and $6 for Children under 12. For tickets and further information, call 978-281-4433 or visitwww.gloucesterstage.com

The 2016 edition of Holiday Delights features the journey of Meagan, a young girl who discovers the spirit and the joys of the holiday season as she faces the unhappy prospect of leaving her beloved hometown of Gloucester and moving with her family to a new home in Michigan. Meagan’s special Christmas Eve journey helps her to realize and appreciate the importance of her family and friends as well as her own special holiday traditions. During her Christmas Eve travels with Mrs. Claus and the elves, she celebrates Hanukkah, travels back in time to turn of the century Gloucester to see her Italian-Irish ancestors celebrate the holidays, meets famous characters including The Cratchit Family and the young Ebenezer and Fan Scrooge from Charles Dickens’A Christmas Carol, and new to this year’s show. Cindy Lou Who, The Grinch and the residents of Whoville, and Charlie Brown and his friends.

All Photos by Gary Ng

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SHOUT OUT TO THE FANTASTIC TEAM AT WOLF HILL AND TO THEIR BEAUTIFUL TRIM-A-TREE SHOP

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Wolf Hill for their always super helpful assistance. Don’t you love that right here on Cape Ann we have simply the best holiday hot spot for all your decorating needs. I am constantly comparing prices for my client’s benefit and when you are purchasing greens by the carload it pays to shop wisely. Hands down, not only does Wolf Hill provide the very best customer service, but their holiday decor prices consistently beat out big box stores such as Home Depot.

Thank you, especially today, for help from Dave, Collin, and Jackie. 

Wolf Hill has expanded their hours during the holiday season beginning Friday, December 2nd:

Monday through Thursday from 8am to 8pm

Friday and Saturday from 8am to 9pm

Sunday from 9am to 8pm

See previous posts here:
SHOP WOLF HILL FOR ALL YOUR HOLIDAY DECORATING FANCIES!
CHECK OUT WOLF HILL’S FABULOUS AND FUN HOLIDAY DECOR AND TRIM-A-TREE SHOP!
BABY ROBINS, BROUGHT TO YOU BY WOLF HILL

 

Wolf Hill poinsettias ©Kim Smith 2014

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