Author Archives: Kim Smith

Baby Bunny Nest ~ An Enchanting Discovery!

Look what we uncovered while working at a client’s garden ~ 

A baby, baby bunny nest!!!

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Baby rabbits are called kits or kittens and these look like they are Eastern Cottontails, the most common and widespread species of rabbits in North America.

Discovered a bunny nest at a client's garden this morning. Sooooooo adorable!

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In the future if I accidentally come upon a similar looking nest, I think I would leave it undisturbed. We were very startled by the sight of the baby wild rabbits after pulling away leaves and the downy soft “lid,” or protective covering, and they very nearly were almost raked!

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Look What Andrea Holbrook Captured ~ A GLOSSY IBIS IN GLOUCESTER!

 

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Andrea writes, “OK , because of where I work — Gloucester — and amazing bird photos posted by friends — that would be you Kimberley Caruso and Kim Smith — I find myself stopping to shoot shorebirds with a camera. Spotted Thursday morning at Grant Circle, a glossy ibis and two snowy egrets. Not great photos but I had never seen a glossy ibis before!”

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Thank you so much Andrea for sharing your photos of the stunning Glossy Ibis. It’s breeding range in the Western Hemisphere is quite narrow and I would love, love to capture this species on film. Keeping my eyes peeled thanks to you!

From the Mass Audubon website, “In Ancient Egypt, ibises were venerated as sacred birds. They were believed to have a connection to the deity Thoth, the wise scribe and lorekeeper of the Egyptian pantheon. While Glossy Ibises are not literate, they are marvelous travelers. The Western Hemisphere population of this species represents a fairly recent arrival to the New World, believed to be descendants of birds who flew from Africa to South America in the early nineteenth century (Davis & Kricher 2000). Read More Here

 

NO GEESE ALLOWED!

Don’t mess with Mama Swan!

Mute Swan attacking ©Kim Smith 2015

Mute Swans are extraordinarily powerful birds and I have seen them turn on a dime, especially at this time of year when the cygnets are beginning to hatch. The above Canadian Goose tried to make a landing but was immediately rebuffed, in no uncertain terms. Several times since, I have observed geese circling overhead, but as soon as the swan is seen, they immediately change course.

Absolutely Amazing Awesome Gloucester Presentations by O’Maley School Students!

O'Maley Awesome Gloucester -12 ©Kim Smith 2015O'Maley Awesome Gloucester 11 ©Kim Smith 2015Not one, but TWO, micro grants of $1,000.00 each were awarded to the two winning teams of the O’Maley Innovation School student challenge for the Awesome Gloucester Awards.O'Maley Awesome Gloucester -2 ©Kim Smith 2015

O'Maley Awesome Gloucester -3 ©Kim Smith 2015The Bicycle Generator project, created by sixth grade students Cole Cunningham, Joseph Ciarametaro, and Owen Hardy, is an outstanding idea combining hands on building with harnessing kid’s natural energy in an effort to make their school more environmentally friendly. Read More About the Bicycle Generator Project Here.

O'Maley Awesome Gloucester -6 ©Kim Smith 2015O'Maley Awesome Gloucester -8 ©Kim Smith 2015The O’Maley Butterfly Garden is a wonderful project created by sixth grade students Emma Duckworth, Willa Brosnihan, and Kelsey Lowthers. The garden is already underway, with beds dug and ready for planting (the kids did all the heavy lifting)! The funds received will go towards purchasing plants. Read More About the O’Maley Butterfly Garden Here.

O'Maley Awesome Gloucester -5 ©Kim Smith 2015O'Maley Awesome Gloucester -9 ©Kim Smith 2015I just have to add that I was so impressed with the student’s presentations; with their poise, professionalism, humor, and their well-planned and well-executed proposals especially. I saw a roomful of beaming faces last night, not just of students, but wide smiles on teachers and parents as well. Hats off to all!

O'Maley Awesome Gloucester -4 ©Kim Smith 2015O'Maley Awesome Gloucester -10 ©Kim Smith 2015O'Maley Awesome Gloucester -7 ©Kim Smith 2015.JPGSuper Proud Moms Lara, Tracy, and Nicole!

New Video from Lisa Smith ~ Gloucester City-wide Arts Festival 2015

Lisa writes ~ “Here it is fresh off the press video highlight of the Gloucester Schools City-wide Arts Festival held earlier this month in downtown Gloucester. I couldn’t cover it all, but what I did cover was amazing! It includes a short interview with GHS science teacher Kurt Lichtenwald, his robotics program is fantastic. People got to play with the robots and other engineering marvels that his students made.”

 

Gloucester Stage Opens Tonight!

Richard Nelson’s “Sweet and Sad” opens May 28 at Gloucester Stage, 267 E. Main Street, Gloucester, MA, with performances until June 20.

Presented in collaboration with Stoneham Theatre. Directed by Weylin Symes. Video trailer created by 8mufnz for Gloucester Stage. For tickets visit gloucesterstage.com or call the Box Office at 978-281-4433.

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Make Way for Ducklings

Mallard Duckilngs ©Kim Smith 2015JPG I was standing so still while filming yesterday morning that I don’t think the female mallard was at first aware of my presence. What a wonderful treat to see she and the ducklings emerge from the reeds growing along the water’s edge. They are amazingly fast and adeptly darted through the water and across the beach, as though they had been born months earlier. I was getting a tremendous cramp and had to stand quickly, which was mama mallard’s cue to chide the ducklings back into the tall grass.

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Peggy’s House, a Cape Ann Cottage

Photographs by Robert Lerch

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (May 26, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Peggy’s House, a Cape Ann Cottage, a photographic series by Robert Lerch. The one-day exhibit will take place at the White-Ellery House onSaturday, June 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The White-Ellery House is located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester at the Route 128 Grant Circle Rotary. This program is free and open to the public.

Peggy’s House is a collection of photos, primarily interiors, all taken in one particular house in Annisquam. Built in 1761, “Peggy’s House” is one of only 65 or so known surviving Cape Ann cottages. Typically referred to as a story and a half with a gambrel roof, it was the vernacular house of the time. During the Colonial period, approximately 350 Cape Ann cottages dotted the coastline around the island, and were home to the many families who made their livelihood fishing and farming.

Robert Lerch said of working on this project, “I am fortunate and grateful that I was given the opportunity to photograph inside a very special Cape Ann Cottage, within the current owner’s daily living space.”

Robert Lerch is a contemporary fine art photographer who has owned and operated a gallery on Bearskin Neck in Rockport for 35 years. His work is sensitive, soulful, and full of substance. He uses all found material and works only with natural light.

Peggy's House: Blue Blanket

The White-Ellery House, located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester at the Route 128 Grant Circle Rotary, was built in 1710 and is one of just a handful of First Period houses in Eastern Massachusetts that survives to this day. Unlike other structures of this period, the largely unfurnished house has had very few interior alterations over the years. Stepping inside today, visitors enter much the same house they would have 300 years ago. The historic home will be open this year on the first Saturday of June, August, September and October as part of Escapes North 17th Century Saturdays. Parking is available off Poplar Street in the field behind the house.

 

Lit House Book Club Event with Karen Skolfield at Duckworth’s Bistrot

june15_book_club_webKaren Skolfield’s book Frost in the Low Areas won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry and the First Book Award from Zone 3 Press, and is a Massachusetts “Must Read” selection. She is the winner of the 2015 Robert H. Winner award from the Poetry Society of America and the 2015 Arts & Humanities Award from New England Public Radio. Skolfield is an Army veteran and teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts.
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Our History Told Through Scraps ~ Unveiling of the Gloucester “Downtown Quilt” with Juni Van Dyke

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Juni Van Dyke Downtown Quilt ©Kim Smith 2015Just Beautiful, and what a beautiful community turnout for today’s unveiling of the Neighborhood Quilt Project’s 13th panel, the “Downtown Quilt.” Congratulations to the amazing Juni Van Dyke and her talented troupe of Gloucester senior quilting artists. It was especially appropriate that the unveiling was conducted by our Mayor Romeo Thekan as growing up on Middle Street, her childhood neighborhood centered around many of the buildings depicted in the quilt. Our deepest thanks of appreciation to Juni and the artists for splendidly illustrating Gloucester’s history, with merely scraps.Gloucester Downtown Quilt Project Quilters ©Kim Smith 2015

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The Hosts with the Mosts

Craig Kimberley grilling ©Kim smith 2015Not only is GMG’s Craig Kimberley a superb videographer, editor, and cameraman, in case you haven’t noticed on these pages, he’s also the most amazing master of the grill. Yesterday we were treated to his superlative steak tips, barbeque ribs, and pulled pork. Thank you Joan, Hannah, and Craig for the wonderful gifts of friendship, fun, and fantastic food. Happy Summer Yet to Come!

Joan Hannah, Craig Kimberley ©kim Smith 2015Joan, Hannah, and Craig Kimberley

Craig, Barry, Joey, James ©Kim Smith 2015Craig, Barry, Joey, and James

Don’t Miss the Unveiling of Juni Van Dyke’s and the Seniors’s “Downtown Quilt” Tuesday with Mayor Sefatia

Juni Van Dyke writes, “Hi Kim, The stunning “Downtown Quilt” is finished and on Tuesday May 26th at 11:00am Mayor Sefatia will unveil the quilt at City Hall (second floor). Come cheer on the creativity of our amazing seniors!

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Maggie Rosa’s Detail of Beauport

 

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Montserrat College of Art and Roger Martin

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GLOUCESTER, Mass. (May 20, 2015) – In conjunction with the special exhibition Bill of Lading: The Art & Poetry of Roger Martin, the Cape Ann Museum presents a conversation with Montserrat College of Art professor Ethan Berry on Saturday, May 30, 2:00 p.m. This program is free for Museum members, Montserrat students and faculty, or with Museum admission.

Bill of Lading explores the art and poetry of Rockport native, Roger Martin (1925-2015). A founder of Montserrat College of Art and a long-time member of its faculty, the town of Rockport’s first Poet Laureate and compiler of three books celebrating the people and poetry of his hometown, and a highly respected graphic artist, illustrator and painter, Roger Martin has long been one of Cape Ann’s most distinguished and creative individuals. Professor Berry will be joined by some of Martin’s former students for this program.

Ethan Berry is a teacher in the printmaking department at Montserrat, as well as Senior Seminar, and has been teaching at the school since 1977. A producer and designer for film, video, and performance events, he is past president of the Board of Directors of the Boston Film/Video Foundation, which was founded in 1976 to provide artists with an organizational support system for the creation of independent film and video. He is also a co-partner in ART ON DEMAND, a consulting group that provides arts programming and design consulting services. His work has been shown at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA; the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; the University of Massachusetts; the Provincetown Young Artists’ Exhibition; and the Drawing Show at the Mills Gallery in Boston.

Photo credit: Roger Martin, 2012. Photo by Al Mallette. Print res images available on request.

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The Cape Ann Museum tells multiple stories, all relating to Cape Ann. Founded in 1873, the Museum’s collections represent the history of Cape Ann, its people, its industries, its art and culture. For a detailed media fact sheet please visit www.capeannmuseum.org/press.

The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday throughSaturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 adults, $8.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at www.capeannmuseum.org.

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