Author Archives: Kim Smith

Annisquam Village Church Talent Show Saturday Night!

Annisquam Village Players

Join us for our 11th Annual Talent Show!  
Saturday, April 116:00 p.m.
Annisquam Village Hall, Leonard Street in Gloucester
Tickets at the door: $10 adults – $5 children under 16 ($30 family maximum)
Potluck meal begins at 6:00 p.m.
Please bring a dish to share (appetizer, dinner, or dessert)
All proceeds from the show will benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid. 

Passports Restaurant Celebrates Twenty Years By Giving Back to the Community!

Last night, Passports held their first “community dinner night.” Ten percent of the evening’s total receipts will be donated to the League of Women Voters scholarship fund. Judging by the fun had by patrons as well as from the staff’s enthusiasm, Passports’s community dinner event was surely the first of many more to come!

Each Tuesday night, Passports is available for an event to raise funds and awareness for a worthy cause. The worthy cause need not be a non-profit organization. Eric Lorden, Passports’s owner and chef, explains that this is one way in which he can give back to the community that has supported his business for over two decades. February 12th of this year marked Passports Restaurant’s twentieth year in business!

What makes Passports’s community dinners unique is that in addition to having the option to order from the regular menu, guests are invited to order from the very specially priced fifteen dollar three course dinner. For the League of Women Voters event, the prix fixe menu included choice of soup or salad, steak or bouillabaisse, and the option to choose from any one of Passports’s regular menu dessert items. It is worth repeating that diners can order from either the regular menu or the prix fixe menu.

If you are looking for an inviting and welcoming venue (with exceptionally delicious fare) for your worthy cause, contact Eric at passportsrestaurant@gmail.com.

 

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Comsos 12 ©Kim Smith 2014 copy

Friend me on Facebook and follow me on TwitterInstagram, and Vine. You can also subscribe to my design website at Kim Smith Designs, and film’s websites at Beauty on the Wing ~ Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly, Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project, and Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly.

Will Johnson Performing at The Eastern Point Lit House Thursday April 9th

Chris Anderson from Eastern Point Lit House writes:

We have a very cool music event happening on Thursday with Will Johnson.  He typically plays much larger venues, especially when performing with bands like New Multitudes and Monsters of Folk (with Jim James, Conner Oberst, and M. Ward!) who typically play theaters and stadiums. This will be a very intimate and special performace–just Will and his guitar. Tickets are available online only, and no tickets will be sold at the show. They can be found here: http://undertowtickets.myshopify.com/collections/will-johnson

 

Meeting for Proposed Sculpture by David Black is Cancelled

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Location of proposed David Black
sculpture to wait on arts policy

Dear Friends:

   The meeting that was to have been held this Saturday, April 11, on the location of the proposed sculpture by renowned artist David Black at Solomon Jacobs Park has been cancelled.

The mayor has indicated she wants to have a full discussion of a City arts policy before making a decision on how to proceed with the acceptance and installation of David’s generous gift.

A city-wide forum to begin the process of developing the arts policy will be held in May. I encourage you to attend that meeting and be heard on the matter. I will provide further details as they are available. For now, however, the project is on hold.

Thank you all for your attention to this matter and your care for our city.

Welcome Home Swans!

The swans are returning to Cape Ann ponds and marshes!

During periods of extremely cold weather Mute Swans depart our region to search for vegetation to forage for at unfrozen bodies of water. The deep freeze of this past winter was especially difficult for our feathered friends.

Swan Male Cob

Note the fleshy black knob at the base of the bill. For most of the year, the male and female’s knobs are about the same size. During mating season, which we are coming in to, it is much easier to do a side-by-side identification to determine if cob or pen because the male’s knob swells and becomes more prominent.

Synchronized Divers ©kim Smith 2015

Synchronized Diving

Swan foot ©kim Smith 2015Swans use their large feet as both rudder and paddle when diving for vegetation.

Swan Male Cob Cape Ann ©Kim Smith 2015

Mute Swans have 23 separate vertebrate in their necks, which is more than any other bird, including other swan species.

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Cosmos ©Kim Smith 2014  --8

Friend me on Facebook and follow me on TwitterInstagram, and Vine. You can also subscribe to my design website at Kim Smith Designs, and film’s websites at Beauty on the Wing ~ Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly, Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project, and Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly.

Divers or Dabblers and the Green-Winged Teal

Happy Easter Peeps!

Did you know that chickens eat their own pooh, and other chicken’s pooh as well? You can see one of the chicks doing just that in the Vine below.

The first time the food passes through the gut it is not fully digested. Many species that eat primarily vegetation eat their own pooh to recover nutrients. Herbage can be a tough substance to breakdown. Vegetating-eating animals have evolved to either have several stomachs, a cow, for example, or to eat their own feces and digest it again.

I just can’t get enough of Backyard Grower’s adorable peeps. As of yesterday, there are two families remaining. Visit their website for more about the Cutest Fundraiser Ever!

Abigail and Samuel Cook Peep Viewing at Backyard Growers!

Cosmos ©Kim Smith 2014  --8

Friend me on Facebook and follow me on TwitterInstagram, and Vine. You can also subscribe to my design website at Kim Smith Designs, and film’s websites at Beauty on the Wing ~ Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly, Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project, and Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly.

Peeps Poll

Annually for the past nine years, the Washington Post has sponsored a Peeps Diorama competition, made with marshmallow peeps. This year’s PEEPles choice award went to “Peepalize It” created by Michael Romanyshyn.

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The dioramas are oftentimes politically satirical and ripped from the headlines. This year one of the finalists included “White House Trespeepers,” highlighting the theme of government incompetence specifically as it relates to embarrassing incidents involving the Secret Service.

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Images courtesy Google image search.

Live from Turtle Alley and Nichols Candy House ~ Happy Easter Chocolate Lovers!

 Easter Greetings from Turtle Alley

We are so fortunate in Gloucester to have not one, but TWO, fabulous chocolatiers! I Love Turtle Alley and Nichols Candy House, and both owners, Barbara at Nichols and Hallie at Turtle Alley are wonderfully helpful and accommodating. And the people that work at both places could not be sweeter and more friendly. Happy Easter Chocolate Lovers!

Easter Greetings from Nichols Candy House

Cosmos ©Kim Smith 2014  --8

 Friend me on Facebook and follow me on TwitterInstagram, and Vine. You can also subscribe to my design website at Kim Smith Designs, and film’s websites at Beauty on the Wing ~ Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly, Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project, and Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly.

Buona Pasqua from Caffe Sicilia!

The beautiful, beautiful Easter desserts and confections are all hand made by Maria Cracchiolo, including the marzipan lambs! The refrigerator was bursting with special orders and it was a treat to see Maria’s lovely (and wonderfully delicious) Cassata Siciliana in a range of sizes.

Maria’s family is oftentimes there, hard at work alongside her, and especially during the holidays. Pictured with Maria is her husband, Giuseppe Cracchiolo. 

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See a quick glimpse of Maria making the Groppo’s Cassata Siciliana, posted around the time of the Feast of Saint Joseph.

Order Your Beautiful Caffe Sicilia Cassata Siciliana

Caffe Sicilia Maria Cracchiolo Cassata Siciliana Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015

 

 

 

Happy Easter from Alexandra’s Bread

Silly fun at Alexandra’s Bread! I can’t believe how reasonably priced is the charming set of six glasses–Alexandra really keeps her prices affordable. Always a pleasure to pop into Alexandra’s  Bread ~ thank you John and Alexandra!! 

That is Sooo Cute!

 

 

 

Love

A sweetly random sign to come upon while walking our Rosie at Niles Beach this morning.

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Love Niles Beach!

LOVE was found just below the high tide line, which makes me wonder how the letters stayed in place because a fellow dog walker mentioned it had been there for a few days. Whatever the case, thank you to whoever made it!

Paul McGeary for Mayor Campaign Kickoff

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Campaign Kickoff 2015

Celebrate a City of Opportunity

You are cordially invited to join us
as Paul McGeary begins his campaign for Mayor of Gloucester
Saturday, April 25, at 9:00 a.m.
Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 Rogers Street
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Meet Paul McGeary

Hear Paul’s vision for the City of Gloucester

Show your support
Light refreshments
All are welcome – bring a friend

RSVP to mcgearyformayor@gmail.com or 978-283-8425

978.283.8425 // mcgearyformayor@gmail.com

GMG DOES NOT ENDORSE ANY CANDIDATES. THIS IS A CAMPAIGN KICKOFF ANNOUNCEMENT AND ANY OTHER CANDIDATES KICKOFF ANNOUNCEMENT WILL ALSO BE POSTED IF SUBMITTED

BREAKING NEWS: BACKYARD GROWERS CUTEST BABY CHIC FUNDRAISER EVER IS UNDERWAY!!!

Sweetest and Cutest Baby Chicks at Backyard Growers Main Street! Stop in and have a peep!

A video posted by Kim Smith (@kimsmithdesigns) on

Welcome adorable chix!

Backyard Growers was kind enough to allow GMG to photograph Main Street’s newest residents (albeit temporary). There are four different families of chickens, with a triplet in each. The babies must be sold in groups of three because, as Meghan explained, when a new baby chicken is introduced to a flock, if they don’t come with their own posse, they may be bullied by the flock. The four chicken families are Rhode Island Reds, Silver and Gold Laced Wyandottes, Buff Orpingtons, and Easter Eggers, which lay blue eggs!

Baby Chicks Backyard Growers ©Kim Smith 2015

Buff Orpington is on the left, Easter Egger on the right (I think) 

Lara and Meghan have named each family of chicks after a TV show, Downton Abbey and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for example, and each chicken is named after a character in the show. See Backyard Growers Facebook page to find out the names of the chicks and visit their beautiful new website for more information on the Cutest Fundraiser Ever!

Stop In and Have a Peep!

Backyard Growers Baby Chicks Meghan ©Kim smith 2015 copy

 Meghan and Rhode Island Red

Rhode Island Red Chick Easter Egger ©Kim Smith 2015

Meghan Backyard Growers Baby Chicks ©Kim Smith 2015 copy

Happy Spring!

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Cosmos ©Kim Smith 2014  --8

Friend me on Facebook and follow me on TwitterInstagram, and Vine. You can also subscribe to my design website at Kim Smith Designs, and film’s websites at Beauty on the Wing ~ Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly, Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project, and Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly.

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