Category Archives: Chickity check it!

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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WONDERFUL VIDEO TRAILER ~ EAST GLOUCESTER ELEMENTARY PRESENTS ROBIN HOOD BY MARTIN DEL VECHIO!!!

The East Gloucester Elementary School 5th-grade class presents Robin Hood! 

There will be three performances:

Thursday, April 9th at 7:00pm
Friday, April 10th at 7:00pm
Saturday, April 11th at 2:00pm

GREAT JOB on the video Martin and Robin Hood Cast!!

 

Chickity Check It!- “More than 250 million years before the first dinosaur, the most fearsome killers on Earth may have been lobsters”

Ancient, Predatory “Lobster” is an Ancestor to All Modern Arthropods

From Gizmodo-

More than 250 million years before the first dinosaur, the most fearsome killers on Earth may have been lobsters. Yawunik kootenayi, a common ancestor to spiders, shrimp and butterflies, was a predatory “lobster-like” creature that ruled the seas half a billion years ago.

As reported this week in the journal Paleontology, fossils of Yawunik were recently unearthed from Marble Canyon, part of the renowned Burgess Shale rock formation of British Columbia. This massive fossil bed holds specimens of many sea creatures that lived during the Cambrian period, the geologic era that saw a rapid diversification of marine life forms.

For the entire story and photos click here

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Journal reference: Paleontology

Cape Ann TV Lunch and Learn

Cape Ann TV Announces It’s Next

Lunch & Learn Event
“Online Marketing: The New Rules for Business”

Presentation by: Hans Riemer, President of Market Vantage LLC

(Gloucester, MA) – Cape Ann TV (www.capeanntv.org), a regional non-profit local access television station that serves all of Cape Ann, is pleased to announce the next learning experience in the popular “Lunch & Learn” series – “Online Marketing: The New Rules for Business”to be held on April 8th, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at Cape Ann TV (38 Blackburn Center, Gloucester MA 01930).

You need effective online marketing if you’re going to grow your business, but there are many roads you can take. Assuming you already have a website, you can attract visitors with ads through Google, Bing, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter just for starters. Then there’s SEO, social media and email, blogs and media buys.

Where do you start, and what should you expect for results? Can you do it yourself or assign this job to someone on your team? Should you hire an in-house expert or an outside agency to help you? Can your website designer do the job?

While each organization’s situation is different, there are some basic strategies every company should master. In this presentation, we will take a management view and separate the truth from the myths and rumors. We’ll highlight important trends and help you focus in the promising, challenging world of Internet marketing.

About the presenter: Hans Riemer has over 30 years of domestic and international experience working in marketing and sales for business-to-business technology companies – from startups to members of the Global 500.

As founder and President of Market Vantage over 10 years ago, Hans specializes in helping organizations develop and implement effective Internet marketing strategies that make a positive impact. Market Vantage optimizes organic search rankings, manages online advertising and continuously measures the results to reduce costs and improve ROI.

Seating is limited for this event. Please email: rtober@capeanntv.org to reserve your seat.

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Milkweed Seedpod ©Kim Smith 2014

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.

LIVE FROM FENWAY SOUTH: Twins @Sox – #gloucesterma, #fenwaysouth, #theherd

Game Time folks! And guess who wants my autograph first??
Colin Cowherd!

Then he has a moment. ( Most do when they finally meet me)

Hate the shirt, not the season.

Oh, and my sponsor and favorite Sox Fan, JOANY!!!

What a park!!

The retired folks waiting room to heaven.

Stay tuned for game time updates all week!!
#craigshoots to follow!

Save the Dates Cape Ann Artisans Open Studio Tours

unnamed34th Annual Open Studio Tours
June 20-21 and October 10-12
10 am to 5 pm each day

 

24 Artisans in 22 Studios
  • New work, new artisans, new studios!
  • Ongoing demos in many studios tucked away in hidden spots
  • Read more “behind the scenes” at
    From the Studio
  • Watch excerpts from 2014 tours here
  • Beautiful new brochures and maps available at all studios

You’ve got to see — and hear — to believe!

Ruby Rose FoxYou know we love to put young, rising stars on stage with national touring artists.  Often the young talent comes from Cape Ann, but this time, we’ve got Boston Music Award winner Ruby Rose Fox and her stellar band opening for Martha Davis and The Motels on April 22, right down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.

Just the thought of these 2 powerhouse voices on the same stage sends shivers up my spine.  Check her out!

In this excellent, in-depth article by Bill Copeland, Ruby says “I think it took me a long time until I could sing in the place where my voice lived.”  Truly the words of a poet and a dynamic singer-songwriter.  Don’t wait until the last minute.  Get tickets now, RIGHT HERE and be sure you’ve got a great seat to this super-hot show!

 

Check it out! Gloucester Blues Festival August 8, 2015

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I am so excited!

gloucester blues festival 2015

Website is setup for 2015 festival.
www.gloucesterbluesfestival.com
Order tickets
Line up with pictures and links to the aritsts.
Thanks to Jen Taylor of Vividpix

Click on the link and have a listen to all the bands. I just and it’s going to be another wicked good blues festival! Right on the water, too! > http://gloucesterbluesfestival.com/category/lineup/

“Take the L out of Lover and it’s Over” – April 22

Don’t you just love that line?  It’s the chorus of this MTV smash hit by Martha Davis and the Motels.

You can see her and the band LIVE, just down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre on April 22 during what is shaping up to be 80s week, with the Smithereens performing there on April 25.

Tickets just went on sale to the public today and they’re selling fast, so you might want to get them (RIGHT HERE) before it’s too late.  Here’s what the critics say:

“…arguably the most charismatic female performer in rock.” – Robert Hilburn, The Los Angeles Times

“Martha Davis, of the Motels, was still strong in voice and admirably delivered hits like ‘Only The Lonely’ and ‘Suddenly Last Summer.'” – Hollywood Reporter (about recent Hollywood Bowl Concert)

And here’s another of her top 10 hits, “Only The Lonely”:

Happy International Women’s Day!

I am looking forward to celebrating International Women’s Day, or Festa Della Donna, tonight with friends at the Gloucester House. We’ll be honoring Mayor Romeo-Thekan!

I was curious about the yellow flower that is traditionally given to women on International Women’s Day and it is the mimosa flower (Acacia dealbata), which has become a symbol of female solidarity. Immediately following World War II, it became popular in Italy to give the flower for La Festa Della Donna because of its cheery hue, sweet scent, and abundance in blossoms at that time of year.

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International Women’s Day began as a day of memory and protest, following a tragic event that took place in 1908. One story of its origins purports that in early March of that year, the women textile workers (mostly Italian) at a New York City factory went on strike to protest the abhorrent working conditions. The owner blocked all of the exits to the factory and set the building on fire. The 129 workers trapped inside all died.

BIKINI-SPEEDO DODGEBALL 2013 – THE MOVIE #gloucesterma

For all of you folks that have never witnessed THE MOVIE for 2013, please take the time to do so. You will be entertained.

(for ease of playback on a video of this length, click the play button, then pause it for a few seconds, it speeds up the loading process)

And please come out and support this years event, it’a for the NEXT STEP, they change lives…you could, too!

BREAKING NEWS: SMITHEREENS PRE-SALE AVAILABLE TO FOB’s

Like to rock?  Remember the mid ’80s?  On Saturday, April 25, you can party with the hitmakers who who lit up alternative rock radio in the ’80s and ’90s right down the road at Downtown Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.  That’s right folks, The Smithereens, with monster powerpop hits like “Behind the Wall of Sleep,” “A Girl like You,” “Blood And Roses,” “Only a Memory,” “Blues Before and After” and more are coming all the way from Jersey to Beverly just for you!

Tickets don’t go on-sale to the public until tomorrow (SAT) at noon, but FOB’s can get the best seats NOW by clicking RIGHT HERE.  Best of all, tickets are only $25, $35 and $45.  Check around and you’ll see this is the best Smithereens deal you’re gonna get!

Here are 2 of their top hits:

And here’s a great one from their NEW CD!

 

Awesome Local Workshop for Teachers Coming Up

Coming up on March 14th: a great workshop/micro-conference for teachers of English Lit and related subjects is taking place at the Eastern Point Lit House in Gloucester. There will be a communal meal and a few sessions on “Teaching Impossible Texts” with some outstanding local teachers. This event is designed for public, private and even homeschool educators to come together, connect and collaborate with other likeminded teachers who are into books and want to teach kids how to be into books as well. Feel free to call me (Sarah) at 978-546-2861 for more info. If you mention GMG there will be a 25% GMG Close Reader Discount refund offered after you register! :)

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