Author Archives: Kim Smith

The Joey C and Izzy Love Fest Continues

Where Joey survives yet another attack from Paul Frontiero’s vicious (read adorable) Izzy.

Our dog loving Joey survives another vicious attack from Izzy.

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Joey Ciaramitaro Nicole Bogin, Donna, James -2 ©Kim Smith 2015James, Joey, Nicole, and Donna podcasting from the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market Stage Fort Park Visitor’s Center ~ note zit removed.

 

GOOD MORNING IN THE GARDEN!

Two pollinator attracting beauties for your garden, bougainvillea and native spiraea, or meadowsweet (Spiraea latifolia). We keep our bougainvillea’s in the basement during the colder months and bring them outdoors after all danger of frost has passed. Both swallowtails and Ruby-throated hummingbirds nectar from the blossoms. Our native meadowsweet is a fantastic shrub for creating wildlife habitats. Not only does it attract a bevy of pollinators, it is also a food plant for the beautiful Blue Azure Butterfly caterpillars.

Bougainvillea for Swallowtails and hummers!

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Bougainvillea and Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Meadowsweet (Spiraea latifolia)

LOBSTERMEN AT WORK CAPTAIN JOE’S SLO MO

Men at work Capt Joe slo mo #GloucesterMA #lobstermen

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Lobstermen at work Mark Ring, Captain of the Stanley Thomas #GloucesterMA #lobstermen

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Stanley Thomas Lobster Boat ©Kim Smith 2015 copy

Get Ready for Cape Ann’s Premiere Fashion Show!

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By Terry Weber

 

Fashionistas and jewelry lovers across the North Shore are gearing up for the Celebrate Wearable Art Fashion and Runway Show scheduled for September 27 at Cruiseport in Gloucester. Celebrate Wearable Art (CWA) is a half day celebration of handmade unique clothing, jewelry, and accessories crafted by local and visiting artists and designers. The event features a fashion runway show with local models, a sale of locally made clothing, jewelry and accessories, and a buffet of Mediterranean appetizers, coffee and sweets.

 

The proceeds will benefit the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts – Cape Ann (seARTS) and is organized by seARTS Wearable Art members and volunteers.  This year it will kick off Boston Fashion Week, and links the North Shore fashion community with the Boston Fashion Trail by way of Gloucester. 25% of the participating artist-vendors sales are donated to seARTS and for the first time, exclusive wearable vests will be auctioned at the event with vest artists donating all or part of the sale to seARTS).

 

Here’s what you need to know to participate in this event:

 

Would you like to attend? If you book your tickets before August 15, your name will be entered into the Arts Destination Drawing, sponsored by the Franklin Cafe. That means you could win one of two packages including a night’s stay after the show, and a gift certificate for shopping and dining. Gift package donors include: Blue Shutters Beachside Inn, Pleasant Street Inn, Lexicon Gallery, Ohana restaurant, and Canterbury Hill Studio & Gallery. Please note the August 15 deadline represents an extension from the original July 20 deadline. Don’t delay on buying tickets, two shows in previous years have sold out!

 

For best seating, purchase your tickets today at http://www.cwa3.eventbrite.com or mail a check to seARTS, PO Box 1476, Gloucester, MA. 01931. Please include your email for ticket confirmation. Or, stop by the Pop Gallery, 67 Main Street, Gloucester, MA to purchase your tickets. Ticket prices range from $125 to $175 and details about seating arrangements can be found here: http://www.searts.org/wp/cwa.

 

Are you a fashion designer, artist, or local creative looking to turn your idea into a wearable piece? To check out the possibility of your designs being showcased on the runway, download and save the PDF application from searts.org/cwa, and email to wearableart@searts.org. Or, send your application to seARTS, PO Box 1476, Gloucester, MA, 01931 with an application fee of $35 by August 15. A limited number of spots are available.

 

Are you a model? A call for additional models will be held on Saturday, August 22 in Gloucester at the Cape Ann Savings Bank Community Room (10 AM to 1 PM, 123 Main Street). Hosted by Darlene Sweeney of WSM Talent, Newburyport, participating models will be matched with fashions and jewelry submitted by designers and artists.   Potential models must sign up in advance by emailing wearableart@searts.org; please enter “model inquiry” into the subject line. Be sure to include your name and photo.

 

Would you like to sponsor this event? Event sponsorships are open for all categories; in particular, seARTS seeks a presenting sponsor. Sponsorship requests should be directed to Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco at jgdefalco@verizon.net.

 

For all other details and updates on this event, please visit www.searts.org/CWA. Don’t miss out on this Cape Ann original event!

Katherine Worth model

Katherine Worth models a Jane Wilson Marquis pressed flower wedding dress.

Both photos are from Linehan Photography

Kim Smith Lecture Tuesday Evening at the Chelmsford Public Library

Please join me Tuesday evening  at 7pm at the Chelmsford Public Library for my lecture The Pollinator Garden. The event is free and open to the public. I hope to see you there!

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GREAT EGRET: HUNTED TO NEAR EXTINCTION

Great Egret Gloucester airgrettes ©Kim Smith 2015During the breeding season, Great Egrets grow long feathers from their back called airgrettes.

Great Egret airgrettes ©Kim Smith 2015The airgrettes were the feathers sought by the 19th and early 20th century plume-hunters for the millinery trade.

The magnificent Great Egret was very nearly hunted to extinction during the “Plume Bloom” of the early 20th century. Startling, cumbersome, and hideous, hats were fashioned with every manner of beautiful bird feather. Europeans were partial to exotic birds that were hunted the world over and they included hummingbirds, toucans, birds of paradise, the condor, and emu. The American milinery trade favored herons for their natural abundance. The atrocities committed by the murderous millinery led to the formation of the first Audubon and conservation societies however, what truly led to saving the birds from extinction was the boyish bob and other short hairstyles introduced in about 1913. The short cuts could not support the hat extravaganzas, which led to the popularity of the cloche and the demise of the plume-hunters.

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humming-birds-rzsThousands of hummingbird pelts at 2 cents apiece

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MISSING EAST GLOUCESTER KITTY

Have you seen this sweet little kitty anywhere in the neighborhood? Please contact us with any leads. He went missing several days ago. His name is Carlos and he is super sweet and friendly. Carlos has yellow/green eyes and is wearing a blue collar with his name and phone number. Thank you for any information provided.

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Queen Anne’s Lace Series

Queen Annes's Lace -3 ©Kim smith 2015 Queen Annes's Lace ©Kim smith 2015 Although not a native North American wildflower, Queen Anne’s Lace has adapted to our climate well, reportedly growing in every state save for Idaho, Alaska, and Hawaii. A member of the Umbelliferae, or Carrot Family, Queen Anne’s Lace also goes by the common names Wild Carrot, Bird’s Nest, and Bishops’s Lace. The root of young plants, although white, tastes like a carrot, and when rubbed together between fingers, the foliage smells of parsley (also a member of the Umbel Family).Black Swallowtail osmeterium ©Kim Smith 2011 copy

Queen Anne’s Lace is a caterpillar food plant of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly. Don’t despair butterfly lovers. Although the butterflies have been slow to awaken this year, I have high hopes that just as flowering plants are several weeks behind, so too will the butterflies emerge–only later than expected.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Zinnia Male ©Kim Smith 2013.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Nectaring at Zinnia elegans

Please join me Tuesday evening  at 7pm at the Chelmsford Public Library for my lecture The Pollinator Garden. The event is free and open to the public. I hope to see you there!

Queen Annes's Lace -4 ©Kim smith 2015

WHERE TO GO FOR FABULOUS LATE NIGHT DINING ON CAPE ANN?

The Franklin Cape Ann is where! Did you know that EVERY NIGHT OF THE WEEK, the kitchen is OPEN UNTIL MIDNIGHT.

After seeing Out of Sterno at the Gloucester Stage Company this past Wednesday, my husband and I headed over to Rocky Neck for a late night dinner. By the time we walked from the theatre it was after 10pm and everywhere we went, the kitchen had closed. We next headed over to Main Street and were delighted to discover that the Franklin, already one of our top go-to places, serves their complete menu until midnight. Jared, our excellent and very accommodating bartender, informed us that they do not close early and enjoy their late night crowd.

IMG_2915Tom had one of his favorite Franklin entrees, the burger, and I had the arugula, mango, and avacado salad topped with perfectly grilled and richly flavorful wild salmon. We couldn’t resist the Franklin’s orange infused creme caramel and it was heavenly.

I find it’s always a scramble to serve dinner before a show and love that you can go out for a night on the town on Cape Ann and not only see great theatre, but have a wonderfully delicious dinner afterward!

The Franklin Cape Ann is located at 118 Main Street, Gloucester.

#GloucesterMA Franklin for late night dining on Cape Ann!

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OUT OF STERNO –DON’T MISS– AT THE GLOUCESTER STAGE THREE NIGHTS ONLY !

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Noah Tuleja (Hamel) and Amanda Collins (Dotty)

An acting tour de force set in an imaginatively envisioned comic strip world. Bravo to actors Amanda Collins, Jennifer Ellis, Richard Snee, and Noah Tuleja!

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night shows remain. For more information visit the fantastically easy to navigate Gloucester Stage Company website here.

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Zena (played by Jennifer Ellis) could be my Seaside Heights Jersey girl cousin’s twin sister.

She is H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S!

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Outstanding multi-character performance by Richard Snee

Images courtesy google image search.

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SHOUT OUT TO GLOUCESTER’S CARL EKBORG!

Gloucester’s former deputy fire chief, Carl Ekborg, was reluctant for me to acknowledge his good work, but did you ever wonder why off-the-beaten trail beaches such as Brace Cove look so pristine? From one end of the beach to the opposite end, weekly Carl cleans the beach of the garbage that has washed ashore. This mound is only one half of today’s trash collection. THANK YOU CARL!

Beach Garbage ©Kim Smith 2015JPG

 

 

 

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