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Good Morning Gloucester Cape Ann Giclee Photography Show Continues Through April 30th

Comsos 12 ©Kim Smith 2014 copyIf you didn’t have the opportunity to attend the Good Morning Gloucester Contributors Photography Show opening party last weekend, please do stop in. The show runs through April 30th. I promise you won’t be disappointed!2015GMG-invitePostcard

Save the Dates GLOUCESTER PUBLIC SCHOOL ARTS FESTIVAL!

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MAY 9TH AT 11AM THROUGH MAY 10 UNTIL 3PM

Gloucester Public School Arts Festival is a city-wide showcase that celebrates the incredible art, music, dance, and theater created in our schools all year long. This year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever, with art from pre-schoolers through 12th grade, performances, an outdoor community painting project, and art displayed all along Main Street in shops and restaurants!

 

1980s hit-maker Martha Davis interview on 104.9 SUNDAY @ 9AM

This Sunday (4/19) at 9AM, Aurelia Nelson welcomes 80s rocker Martha Davis, founder of The Motels, to her North Shore 104.9 radio show “Curtain Up” for a spirited interview about what it’s like to be “the most charismatic female performer in rock,” as described by Robert Hilburn of The Los Angeles Times.

Martha Davis is credited with helping to define the New Wave sound that dominated MTV and pop radio in the 1980s.

But she’s not one of those rockers who’s satisfied to live off her prior success. She’s still writing new songs, recording new music and discovering new talent, like Boston Music Award Winner Ruby Rose Fox who opens The Motels show down the road at The Larcom Theatre on Wednesday (good seats still available, especially in the balcony — get them here.)

And she’s about to release a film of her live performance at the 50th anniversary of the famed Whisky-A-Go-Go, where she changed the face New Wave music forever.  Check out the trailer here:

A. PIATT ANDREW BRIDGE DOORS ON DISPLAY AT CAPE ANN MUSEUM!

Comsos 12 ©Kim Smith 2014 copyDon’t miss this rare opportunity to see the stunning bas-relief A. Piatt Andrew bridge doors up close!!

Free admission for Cape Ann residents on April 18

Two of four bronze doors from the granite faced pylons on top of the A. Piatt Andrew Bridge which brings Route 128 over the Annisquam River and into Gloucester are currently on display at the Cape Ann Museum. The doors were removed from the bridge late last year for much need conservation work and this will be the first time in over half a century that the public will be able to view the doors up-close.

 

skylight-studios-bridge-doors-conservation-2015-03-19_ hDesigned by sculptor John F. Paramino (1889-1956), the doors were cast at the T. F. McGann & Sons foundry in Boston in 1950. One honors the bridge’s namesake, A. Piatt Andrew (1873-1936), founder of the American Field Service, a U.S. Congressman from this district, director of the U.S. Mint and a long-time Gloucester resident. The second door celebrates the history of Cape Ann and in particular the fishing industry. John Paramino was born in Boston in 1889 to immigrant parents and studied modeling at the North Bennet Street School. He continued his studies under Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Bela Pratt and by 1916 had his own studio in Boston. Examples of Paramino’s public sculptures are scattered across Boston and include The Founders Memorial (1930) and the World War II Memorial in the Fenway (1947-1948).

skylight-studios-bridge-doors-conservation-2015-03-19_ eRoute 128, officially known as the Yankee Division Highway, was built between 1936 and 1958 on its current alignment as a bypass route around Boston. It was the first circumferential highway around a major U.S. city and now incorporates sections of I-93 and I-95. The A. Piatt Andrew Bridge is the crowning achievement of the decades-long Route 128 construction project and serves as a gateway to Cape Ann.skylight-studios-bridge-doors-conservation-2015-03-19_ a

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to offer Cape Ann residents free admission to the Museum on Saturday, April 18, in order that all may view the doors. In addition, the Museum will offer a narrated walking tour highlighting outdoor public sculptures in downtown Gloucester. The tour will be held on Saturday, May 23 at 10 AM.  Tickets are $10 for Museum members and $20 for non-members. Space is limited, reservations are required. Reservations and tickets at (978)283-0455 x10or info@capeannmuseum.org.

skylight-studios-bridge-doors-conservation-2015-03-19_ bThis project is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the City of Gloucester and the Gloucester Committee for the Arts, and the Cape Ann Museum.

skylight-studios-bridge-doors-conservation-2015-03-19_ cPhotos courtesy of Skylight Studios, March 2015.

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 through Saturdayfrom 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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OCTOGRAPHY!

Meet Rambo, the world’s first octographer! She lives at The Sea Life Aquarium in New Zealand. After first destroying numerable cameras, once the team secured the camera, she learned how to take a photo in just three tries. Her trainer said that, on average, it would have taken a dog ten repetitions and a cat about twenty!

The photos cost $2.00 and the proceeds go towards octopus habitat protection.

Octopus photos ~

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#octographer photos courtesy Google image search.

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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.

 

Cape Ann Symphony Mother’s Day Concert Saturday, May 9 feat. BSO Soloists

Last month (in this post) I pointed to the roots of today’s music.  This month, the Cape Ann Symphony takes the whole thing one step farther.  First of all, they’re playing one of Beethoven’s most extraordinary compositions, the 7th symphony.  My guess is that the audience will jump to their feet after this finale just as they did last month for Beethoven’s first piano concerto, featuring David Deveau.

Beethoven’s 7th has been used in a number of films, most recently the 2nd movement in a tremendously powerful scene in which Academy Award winner Colin Firth as King George VI delivers a triumphant speech after struggling all his life with a terrible stutter.  Check out that scene in this video:

Now imagine hearing the whole symphony live.

And if that wasn’t enough, they’ve invited Boston Symphony Orchestra father and daughter team Richard and Erin Svoboda as soloists for Michael Gandolfi’s Double Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon.  Plus you’ll hear an overture by Rossini, the most popular opera composer of his time.  You really do want to be there!  Get tickets here.

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My Pollinator Garden Program Free and Open to the Public!

Comsos 12 ©Kim Smith 2014 copyPlease join me for a special event on Thursday evening at 7pm at the Tewksbury Public Library where I will be giving my Pollinator Garden program. This event is free and open to the general public. I hope to see you there!

I am currently booking programs for 2016-2017 and would be delighted to present to your club, library, school, and private or public event. See the Programs Page of my website and feel free to contact me at kimsmithdesigns@hotmail.com with any questions.

This past week I presented a screening and Q&A of Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly film and program to the Ipswich Town and Country Garden Club. Marion Frost, two time past President and six time Program Chair for the club had some very kind things to say about my program. Marion grew up in Gloucester!

Hi Kim,

How often does something you’ve looked forward to for a long time live up to your expectations? Not often. But last night at Ebsco your presentation, including your film, your comments and your Q&A were just about perfect in my book! I’ll smile as I remember the evening.

I liked having the trailer for the monarch film first. You gave the group something to look forward to. Jesse Cook’s music is an excellent choice, I think. I drum to his music often. I was pleased with the questions and with your answers. It’s obvious you’ve done a lot of research. The way you answered questions made the group comfortable. Very nice! And the film. What can I say. I’d seen clips, but seeing the whole thing was something I won’t forget. I especially liked your reference to other butterflies and your comparison of the swallowtail with the monarch. Liv’s voice was just right for the commentary!

I know from experience that the presenter is the harshest critic of the presentation. I hope you were feeling pleased with your work last night. I’d be happy to repeat the whole evening!

I’m wishing you well with the editing.

All the best to you,

Mim

The short film BomBom Butterflies, winner of the Rockport Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award, gives a glimpse of the full length documentary Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly.

Sorellanza’s Spring Schedule

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Sorellanza, a 14-woman a cappella chorus based in Gloucester, announces its Spring 2015 performance schedule.

Friday, May 1st at 7:00 p.m.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

24 Broadway, Rockport

Sunday, May 3rd at 4:00 p.m.

Annisquam Village Church

820 Washington Street, Gloucester

Saturday, May 9th at 7:00 p.m.

Ascension Memorial Church

31 County Street, Ipswich

Sunday, May 10th at 4:00 p.m.

St. John’s Episcopal Church

48 Middle Street, Gloucester

Tickets: $12/$10 Seniors & Students

Sorellanza has been entertaining audiences for nine years with an eclectic and upbeat repertoire. Their program ranges from Renaissance to Broadway, sacred songs, rounds, Beatles, and pop. Rockport resident Patti Pike co-founded and directs the chorus. As part of their community outreach program, Sorellanza has invited talented high school performers to audition for and join the chorus. Audiences will enjoy the youthful additions to the Sorellanza sound.

Video Preview: Aladdin at Beeman!

Come see the Beeman School students perform Aladdin. The show features the 4th and 5th grade students and is directed by Heidi Dalin. Show times are Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, April 14, 15 and 16, at 7 pm.

Lisa Smith from Cape Ann TV sent along this video preview ~

Vines and Snapshots Good Morning Gloucester Cape Ann Giclee Photo Show!

Thank you to all our GMG friends and family who came to the opening last night! Thank you Anna, James, and Joey for organizing a super fun event! With a special thanks of appreciation to Kathy Numerosi and Leslie Heffron.

Marissa Numerosi ©Kim Smith 2015Marissa Numerosi taking a photo of the photo of she and her friends at Fiesta.

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ALERT: Tickets to see Art Garfunkel just went on sale — this show will sell out quickly

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Tickets just went on sale to the public for this very special evening with Art Garfunkel, one of popular music’s most revered icons.

Imagine seeing him and hearing his extraordinary voice in the intimate Larcom Theatre (right down the road in downtown Beverly) with gimmeLIVE’s perfect sound.

This will be Art Garfunkel’s only Boston area appearance on this tour.

It will certainly be an experience you won’t soon forget!

Don’t wait until tickets are gone.  Get them now, right here.

 

Live! Bikini Speedo Dodge Ball

It’s the official check in and rule breakdown.
Joey speaks science!

Frankie backs up the rules.

Stay tuned for pure shannagins!

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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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.

PHOTO: Jon Butcher captivates Warren Haynes at Berklee Performance Center last night

This photo by Sue Sanderson proves what Berklee Performance Center audience members were saying last night about Warren Haynes being enthralled by Jon’s guitar playing.  There’s a big announcement about Gloucester’s own Jon Butcher coming in the next few days. Keep your eyes on GMG and get the scoop first!

Jimmy Fallon liked our SXSW pick so much he put her on The Tonight show last night

We all know that Jimmy Fallon is a huge FOB and either he or his staff reads GMG every day.

What we didn’t know is how seriously he takes our suggestions.

That is, until last night when he introduced our #1 pick from SXSW, Elle King (we picked her in this post) as his musical guest last night.

See Elle King’s Tonight Show performance here.

Cash Auction – April 4th, Saturday 6pm Extreme Snow Date, Sunday April 5th (Just kidding…we hope!) (Inspection 1-6) 6 Lexington Ave. Magnolia Village in Gloucester, MA

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April 4th, Saturday 6pm
Extreme Snow Date, Sunday April 5th
(Just kidding…we hope!)
(Inspection 1-6)
6 Lexington Ave.
Magnolia Village in Gloucester, MA
The reason the header in the upper left corner reads “Don’t believe your eyes” is because of our 200+ lots we always have at our auctions, we only get to post a small percentage of photos. And since auction lots come in right up until the day of the sale, there are always a lot of surprises. And often the best items in the auction, are not even shown in the photos.

This will be another one of our CASH AUCTIONS, so please know that CASH will be the only accepted form of payment.

Here’s what the cat has dragged in so far:

ART: A large o/c painting of a ship by Robert Alexandar, vintage lithographed calendars from the Cape Ann Tool co. of Rockport, MA, an etching by Geo. Harvey Wainwright of Annisqaum, & more paintings, prints, antique photographs & tintypes etc.

Over 1,500 antique postcards including small town New England cards, cards of Gloucester, MA, Newburyport MA, beautiful Victorian embossed Christmas postcards, some real-photo cards, military cards & more.

Silver Morgan Dollars & other collectible coins, a large bucket of antique keys, a beautiful fossil & amethyst crystals, primitives, antique tools, sea-glass, paperweights, ephemera, jewelry, pottery, porcelain, lamps, decorating items, fabrics and much more!
We’ll have our usual 200+ lots crossing the block.
Please bring your own boxes and packing.
There’s no snackbar on the premises, but we’re tucked in between Dunkin Donuts & The 525 (Magnolia’s great new restaurant!)

See updates, photos & more details at:
www.capeannauction.com

978-395-7077
MA Auction License #2621

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Chickity Check It! Essex County Greenbelt Osprey Cam Just went Live For 2015!

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Greenbelt’s OspreyCam is located at our 30 acre Allyn Cox Reservation in Essex, MA along the shores of the Essex River. This webcam was installed in 2013, the third year that the same osprey pair, Allyn and Ethel, nested on this platform. For 2014 updates, visit Greenbelt’s Osprey Blog shown to the right on this page or follow Greenbelt on Facebook.

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