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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 ULTIMATE IN SELFIE TECH: THE PANONO CAMERA #panonocam

As the art of documenting ourselves reaches an all time high (or low?) you know have a new toy to try!

Introducing the worlds first 360 degree selfie cam, the PANONO…or the “Pano no no no you didn’t” cam.

https://www.panono.com/#/en/home#at-a-glance

Inside a Birdhouse ~ Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork!

Patrick Dougherty Stickwork Peabody Essex -5 w ©Kim Smith 2015Today driving along Route 1A I passed the fabulous and fantastic Patrick Dougherty enormous two-story tall birdhouses in the midst of downtown Salem. I did a double take and turned around. They are simply extraordinary. Although a work in progress, it must have been lunch break because the site was empty of people. I would have loved to have met the artist and see the volunteers at work but it was a magical experience to walk through and around the birdhouses with no one present. Especially captivating was peering out from the round windows towards the passersby from inside the structures–evoking the feel of being a bird in its nest. GO SEE!!!!

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Looking up through the skylight.

“Stickwork” by Patrick Dougherty is under construction, with the help of local volunteers, through May 23rd. The finished structures will remain on the grounds of the Crowninshield-Bentley House for one year. The Crowninshield-Bentley House is located at the corner of Essex and Washington Streets and is owned by the Peabody Essex Museum. “Stickwork” is the first environmental art installation under the museum’s Present Tense Initiative. For more information visit pem.org/stickwork.

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The birdhouses are made of saplings from unwanted wood such as Norway maple and buckthorn.

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Chickity Check It! One Ocean Arts About To Go Live On Bearskin Neck!

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Hey Joey,

You probably (check that) most-likely have no idea who I am, but we did have a couple back-and-forth emails a couple months ago regarding your energy  blogs/potential savings. I did make the switch to the lower electric rate and am pissed I even hesitated on that fact. Love the savings!…quick “first time, long time” spiel – I’m a big fan of GMG and have been since my wife and I moved to Gloucester 5 years ago (we both fell in love with Gloucester a long ago, having spent many summer days up here).

Anyways, to the meat of the matter….I’ve seen through mutual Instagram friends that you have commented/taken a liking to One Ocean Art’s incredibly comfy beach clothing (you mentioned a anchor print sweatshirt that would sell bazillions). As you know, it’s the invention of Jamie Mathison (who’s an incredibly rocking artist). She brought on my wife, Erin Ferrelli, within the last year to be her partner in this endeavor to take over the clothing industry! They previously only sold gear via their etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/OneOceanArts) or at various local arts & crafts fairs.

Just recently they hit the brick and mortar business side of things and opened up last weekend on Bearskin Neck with a shop appropriately named: One Ocean One Love Shop. 

Have you had a chance to visit their store yet? I’m obviously biased, but the vibe in there is contagious!

Since GMG is all about spreading the good word for local business and here we have two local Gloucester, hard-working ladies taking on a tough industry, I thought it would be freaking AWESOME if they could get a shot-out and some love via a GMG post. I’m sure the girls would absolutely go head-over heels about it. Hell, if you wanna pop in and interview ‘em, have at it!

Here is their Facebook Page…
https://www.facebook.com/OneOceanArts

..and here is a recent blog:
http://countrydesignhome.com/2015/05/19/one-ocean-one-love-shop/

…and here is their soon-to-be website:

http://www.oneoceanoneloveshop.com/

Thanks! And keep on rocking at GMG! I’m still finding new places to go and things to see every day. Much love.

-Marc Ferrelli

You can be on James Montgomery’s new CD

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Tomorrow (5/21), you can be in the audience when the James Montgomery Band records a new live CD right down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.

This concert (and the CD) will also raise money for James Montgomery’s foundation V is for Veterans, which focuses on helping disabled veterans.  James donated most of the tickets to veterans organizations and the VA hospital, but you can still buy tickets here.

James will be joined by David Hull (from Aerosmith & The Joe Perry Project) on bass, Cliff Goodwin (from the Joe Cocker Band) on guitar and Jeff Thompson on drums.  Young, rising country stars Whitney Doucet (who sang with Keith Urban) and Lexi James open.

Be sure to scream and shout and clap loud enough to be heard on the CD, so when it comes out you can get one and play it for your friends — fast forwarding through the songs and waiting for the applause, of course.

Here’s a video of James the last time he was at The Larcom.  Notice the crowd in the middle of the song … this could be YOU!

Click here to read an excellent Boston Herald interview with James — especially the part where he talks about B.B. King!

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SELL OUT ALERT: 35 seats left for Art Garfunkel @ Larcom This Sat 5/23

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Only 35 seats left for this very special evening with Art Garfunkel, one of popular music’s most revered icons.  Most of the seats are in the Balcony (get them here).  For this show, with only 2 people on stage, the seats at Balcony left and right (that normally offer a partially obstructed view) will be fine.  And they’re a bargain. Get them NOW!

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.

 

Jim Dowd Pitches The Common Crow IndiGoGo Campaign

Jo-E!

What’s up, neighbor?

Last time I was on the podcast we discussed how obnoxious all the Kickstarter/Gofundme/Indigogo/gimmiemoneydotcom.com action has gotten. Lately it does seem like everyone with a life goal expects somebody else to pay for it. We also railed on established businesses using Kickstarter in lieu of just getting a bank loan like normal people.

On that last point I’m going to walk back a little as part of the team helping the Common Crow move out to Eastern Ave. Kate and Pat (the owners) are taking a ginormous leap, investing literally a million dollars in partnership with Cape Ann Savings, the city’s Small Business Development arm and Stan Poole the owner/builder of the site and his crew. When they move out there next month the store will employ over 40 people full-time with bennies. And it’s a truly homegrown local business; they literally started in the corner of the Glass Sailboat on Duncan St. 15 years ago.

The Common Crow is going to crowdfund as part of their financing mix in order to pay for a few things they might otherwise put off at the outset and the rewards are pretty sweet if you are into what they have to offer. Stuff like bottomless cups of coffee, gift bags full of product, charcuterie boards (full disclosure: I had no idea what the crap that was a week ago), original pieces from local artists and and of course T-shirts and tote bags because that is apparently the law or something.

Folks should check it out and throw some support their way. It’s truly a local success story.

Later!

–Jim

Here’s the link- https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/common-crow-natural-market-builds-a-new-nest

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Still a few tickets left for Roomful of Blues Cruise aboard Beauport Princess on 6/13

THIS IS AN ALL AGES CONCERT CRUISE featuring the first ever appearance by these national recording stars aboard the Beauport Princess.  

Dance, dine and cruise historic Gloucester Harbor with 5-time Grammy nominees Roomful of Blues aboard the Beauport Princes Cruise Ship. Your ticket includes the concert PLUS a Gloucester Harbor Cruise and Party Buffet featuring their world famous Lobster Rolls! A full cash bar is available aboard the cruise ship.

GET YOUR TICKETS RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW — There are only about 50 tickets left.  Don’t wait!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MARY PRENTISS INN ~ YANKEE MAGAZINE BEST OF!

Tulip Garden Mary Prentiss Inn Cambridge ©Kim Smith 2015The Mary Prentiss Inn was named Yankee Magazine’s Best Inn, Greater Boston Area, and deservedly so!

As many of our readers have come to know from photos I’ve posted here, the beautiful family-owned and operated Inn is one of my landscape design projects.

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Jennifer Fandetti, the Inn’s proprietor, and daughter-in-law of Cambridge artist Charlotte Forsythe and architect Gerald Fandetti, maintains The Mary Prentiss to the highest standards. The welcoming hospitality, combined with the gracious decor of the meticulously restored Greek Revival manor, along with their famously delicious breakfasts and afternoon tea, will make your stay truly memorable. During warmer months guests are invited to dine and relax in the exquisite secret garden.

Centrally located in the heart of Cambridge, and appointed with every modern amenity, when planning a trip to the Greater Boston/Cambridge area I highly recommend a stay at The Mary Prentiss Inn!

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In autumn I mix a special custom collection of spring flowering bulbs for my clients, based on their preferences and the architectural features unique to their business or residence. The colors of the tulips in this year’s collection for The Mary Prentiss Inn are simply scintillating and especially beautiful juxtaposed against the warm creamy yellow tones of the exterior paint, emerald green of the boxwoods, and forest green of the hollies. You have to be very cautious in managing the colors though because a symphony can easily become a cacophony!

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The orange parrot tulip in the above photo is a very old cultivar. Unlike the vast majority of tulips today, which are mostly scentless, this has a dreamy fragrance of citrus and honeysuckle.

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For more information visit The Mary Prentiss Inn Facebok Page here and website here.

 

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GMG EXCLUSIVE: RED SHED FILM FESTIVAL COMPLETE LINE UP OF FILMS AND FILMMAKERS ~ DON’T MISS THIS FANTASTIC EVENT!!!

For more information on Motif No.1 Day and the Red Shed Film Festival see Sarah Kelly’s post from earlier today: Motif NO.1 Day is Gonna Be Amazing

Films are listed in the order of showtimes:

Calling All Chefs, Nubar Alexanian, Walker Creek Media

Vincent in the Present, Henry Ferrini

A Flight of Monarchs, Kim Smith

Hugh Verrier: Portrait of an Artist, Ben Gadberry

Toby MacNutt: Body of Work, Ashley DeLucco & Elizabeth Rossano, Vermont Community Access Media

Candles in Paradise, Rob Azevedo

That Asian, Akiyo Nishiyima

Stillwater, Jon Halverson

Whiskey Boys, Justin Plasse, Sensorium Pictures

Monsura is Waiting, Kevin Newbury & Matthew Principe, Principe Dynamics

Here And Now, Julian Higgins, Innerlight Films and Cinelicious

The Waiting Room, Jaret Sears

Sailing & Art, Christine Schmitthenner

Greenheads, Gordon Baird

Bless It, Michael Kelly, Trust The Vibe

The Granite Stoke, Ryan Scura & Dylan Ladds

Life by Lobster, Iain McCray Martin

This Perfect Place, Paul Van Ness and Kristina Lindborg

The Red Shed Film Festival is part of the Motif No. 1 Day Rockport Arts Festival. Screenings will be held at the Peggy Brenner Room, Rockport Public Library, at 17 School Street.

The Brenner Room is on the second floor; take the main staircase and turn left at the top, take another left at the end of the hall and you’re there.
For the documentary shorts, there will be audience voting for the favorite first, second, and third places.

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ON-SALE ALERT: Tickets just went on sale for John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band with special guest Charlie Farren

John Cafferty singing one of his #1 hits with the audience at The Larcom in January photo Sheila Roberts Orlando

Most of you who follow us know that we present concerts just down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre (among other venues).

This summer we’ll also be presenting concerts at The Cabot — and the first one we’ve put on sale is John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band with special guest Charlie Farren on Friday, July 31 — and it’s helping us answer two questions at once: “When are you bringing John Cafferty back?” and “When are you bringing Charlie Farren back?”

We figured this summer was the perfect time to party at The Cabot with these 2 high-energy rock stars, who haven’t performed together on stage for years.

It’s an All Ages show with reserved seats starting at only $25.  Get your tickets now (RIGHT HERE) because this show will sell quickly!

Q: Who’s the Hendrix of the Harmonica? A: Sugar Blue and you can see him LIVE at the Gloucester Blues Fest Aug 8

Three months from today on Saturday, August 8th, The 4th annual Gloucester Blues Festival kicks summer into high gear at Stage Fort Park featuring top national blues stars, including the man who’s known as Hendrix of the Harmonica, Sugar Blue. You’ve heard his signature playing on “Miss You” by The Rolling Stones. (You didn’t think Mick played that harp did you?)

Now you have the chance to see this blues icon (who’s also recorded with Willie Dixon, Prince, Stan Getz, Bob Dylan and many other) LIVE IN GLOUCESTER at The Gloucester Blues Festival on August 8th at Stage Fort Park.

What kills me is how much cheaper the tickets are if you buy them in advance — only $28 (GET TICKETS HERE) as opposed to $40 at the gate.  So stop what you’re doing right now and GET A PAIR OF TIX FOR YOUR MOM (and a pair for yourself too).

Here’s Sugar Blue live (Ooooh, what a tight band he’s got too!)

And here’s the Rolling Stones’ multi-platinum hit “Miss You” — you don’t see a harp in Mitch’s mouth, do you?

It’s time for Beethoven tomorrow (SAT) with The Cape Ann Symphony Mother’s Day Concert feat. BSO Soloists

Past_PresentLast month (in this post) I pointed to the roots of today’s music.

And a few weeks ago (in this post) you saw the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony used in Academy-Award winning film, The King’s Speech.

So to help you get ready for tomorrow night’s powerful Cape Ann Symphony concert (Get tickets here), I’ve put a few other films and videos using this iconic music at the end of this post.

In addition to Beethoven, 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.

 

Beautiful, Beautiful Watecolors by Gloucester Artist Marilyn Swift Solo Show!

11150558_1112214238805833_8996139550142108701_nCome see Marilyn Swift’s exquisite solo show at the lovely gallery at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms. The opening is this coming Saturday afternoon, May 9th, from 4 to 6pm. Congratulations Marilyn!11149551_1112214018805855_1959557921795544107_n

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Save the Date for the Fourth Annual Schooner Challenge

Don’t miss this fun-filled event, the “4th Annual Schooner Challenge” June 1, 2015, 6-8pm!
Sail from Maritime Gloucester aboard one of (3) Essex-built schooners: the Fame, Ardelle or Thomas E. Lannon. Please be sure to select the boat of your choice in the “notes” section when purchasing tickets.  We will keep together parties who request to be together! Sign on board NOW, limited tickets available. Tickets are $40 ea.

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Deborah Cramer’s New York Times Op Ed: “Silent Seashores”

GLOUCESTER, Mass. — As the spring days lengthen, shorebirds have begun their hemispheric migrations from South America to nesting grounds in Canada’s northern spruce and pine forests and the icy Arctic.

They are among Earth’s longest long-distance fliers, traveling thousands of miles back and forth every year. I have watched them at various stops along their routes: calico-patterned ruddy turnstones flipping tiny rocks and seaweed to find periwinkles or mussels; a solitary whimbrel standing in the marsh grass, its long, curved beak poised to snatch a crab; a golden plover pausing on a mud flat, its plumage glowing in the afternoon sun.

I used to think that sandpipers flocking at the sea edge, scurrying before the waves, were an immutable part of the beach. No longer. This year, as the birds come north, one of them, the red knot — Calidris canutus rufa — will have acquired a new status. It is now listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. It joins four other shorebirds on the government’s list of threatened and endangered species.

Sadly, it is unlikely to be the last.

Read Deborah Cramer’s complete New York Times opinion editorial here: Silent Seahores

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Deborah is the author of The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey, Yale University Press, 2015. Visit Deborah Cramer’s website here to order a copy.

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 Advance Praise

“The Narrow Edge is at once an intimate portrait of the small red knot and a much larger exploration of our wondrous, imperiled world.”
Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction

“In the face of global warming, is our big brain connected to a big enough heart that we might preserve the beauty of the earth we were given? Heart is no problem for the red knot”
Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth

“I have a compass, GPS, and radio,” [Cramer] writes. “The birds have—what? By the end of this journey I am more in awe than when I began.” Follow her graceful writing for the full 9,500 miles and you will share in that awe.”
Laurence Marschall, Natural History

“A superbly written and gripping account…more thrilling than the Kentucky Derby.”
Thomas E. Lovejoy, National Geographic Conservation Fellow

“A book so multidimensional, yet somehow so admirably succinct, I wish I’d written it…”
Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

“Perhaps the red knot should replace the canary in the mine as the harbinger of impending changes that are good neither for birds or people . . . essential reading for anyone interested in conservation.”
Joel Greenberg, author of A Feathered River Across the Sky

“An eloquent exploration of our relationship to nature.”
Nancy Knowlton, author of Citizens of the Sea

“A remarkable tale of science, nature, and humanity.”
Susan Solomon, author of The Coldest March

“Cramer brilliantly presents us with an ecosystem of many parts.”
Don Kennedy, Pr

 

Thanks to Lise Breen for mentioning Deborah’s op ed piece and new book!

BREAKING: TO CELEBRATE TODAY’S WARM WEATHER THE DECK AT THE STUDIO IS OPEN ~ WITH HALF PRICE MEXICAN MENU ALL DAY!

Join The Studio Restaurant today only for a half price Mexican menu all day. The best “deck on the Neck!”

Cally Flaherty Greg Halle Studio Restaurant ©Kim Smith 2015Our favorite waitress from the Seventh Wave in Rockport, Cally Flaherty, is now working at The Studio, with the very affable Studio’s Greg Halle.

Thanks for a fabulous dinner last night Greg, Cally, and Colleen! 

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Mass Audubon Bird-a-thon ~ May 15-16, 2015

boy birdingThis is Mass Audubon’s annual fundraiser where teams of birders spend 24 hours trying to spot the most species in Massachusetts. Since the event began in 1983, thousands of dedicated supporters and team members have raised more than $2million to support Mass Audubon’s wildlife sanctuaries and programs across the state. You can help Mass Audubon and Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary by supporting our team! If you would like to help this year, please click on this link and ready, set, bird!

http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/carol-decker/bird-a-thon-2015bird-a-thon-2015-logo_small_landscape

 

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