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Imagine the excitement when after filming Mr. Swan this morning, I spotted across the pond a very swan-like large white bird. The first thought that came to mind was a new Mrs. Swan had magically appeared on the scene. But no–not as wonderful–but equally as exciting, with its large orange pouched bill, the bird was unmistakably a pelican!

It was swimming toward the berm so I raced back to the other side of the pond and was able to get somewhat nearer, close enough so that the footage is passable. Without warning, the pelican suddenly took to the air with elegant, graceful wingbeats and I was lucky to have movie camera in hand. The light was murky this morning and all would have been more beautiful if the sun were out a bit more. Nonetheless, it’s great to have a record of this very unusual occurrence.

The American White Pelican is a rare sight in Massachusetts and I wonder if any of our readers have ever seen one on our shores. Please write if you have. 

With wings spanning nine feet, the American White Pelican is one of our largest native birds, only the Trumpeter Swan and California Condor are larger, reportedly having up to ten-foot wingspans. Comparatively, the wings of a Mute Swan span approximately seven to eight feet. Please note that Mr. Swan is a Mute Swan, not a Trumpeter Swan, and is not indigenous.

The Niles Pond pelican was far off course. Pelicans east of the Rocky Mountains typically migrate through the Mississippi Valley, from breeding grounds in northernmost North America to the Gulf of Mexico Texas and Florida coasts. Unlike Brown Pelicans, which dive and plunge for food, white pelicans catch prey while swimming.

As with the Brown Pelican, during the mid-twentieth century, the American White Pelican was severely adversely affected by spraying DDT in fields and wetlands. Habitat destruction, shoreline erosion, and mass poisonings when pesticides are used near breeding grounds continue to threaten the American White Pelican.

White pelican Massachusetts gloucester ©Kim Smith 11-16-15Far off course, a white pelican migrates through Gloucester

american_white_pelican_map_bigMap provided by South Dakota Birds, via Peter Houlihan, who is Anna from Cape Ann Giclee’s brother. Peter teaches biology at UMass Amherst, has a PhD in biology/animal behavior, and is an ornithologist. Thank you Peter!

SRO Seats Available for Yardbirds with Gloucester’s KBMG Opening

As always, we alert our GMG friends when a show is about to sell out. Gloucester’s KBMG (Dan King, Dave Brown, Dave Mattacks & Wolf Ginandes) are opening for The Yardbirds, right down the road at Beverly’s intimate Larcom Theatre this Friday 11/20 and there are 8 single seats left, but we added 8 more standing tickets behind the last row in the Orchestra.  The standing tickets are only available by phone on a first-call-first-served basis, so if you want them, please call 978.525.9093.  You can leave a message if you get voice-mail and one of us will call you back.

You may know that Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton were all former lead guitarists for The Yardbirds.  Malden, MA native Johnny A is their newest lead guitarist and by all accounts is carrying on the tradition in stellar fashion.  You may have also heard the story of when Jimmy Page left the Yardbirds to form his own band, he was going to call it “The New Yardbirds” and his friend Kieth Moon quipped, “Well that’ll go over like a led zeppelin.”

Here’s a video of a Yardbirds show from a couple of days ago.  They are HOT!

Community Stuff 11/17/15



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Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops 



A Holiday Season Event for All Ages Featuring Students from Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops


The Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops proudly presents Holiday Delights on Friday, December 11 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, December 12 at 2:00 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester. Holiday Delights features a cast of over 40 young people ranging in age from 6 to 17, all students in Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops. This family holiday event marks the seventh time in Gloucester Stage history that a production has featured a cast of student actors from the Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop Program. First produced in 2007, Holiday Delights has become an audience favorite and Cape Ann holiday tradition. Conceived and directed by Gloucester Stage YAW Director and teacher Heidi Dallin, Holiday Delights is a festive evening of stories, songs, and dance recounting the special traditions that other cultures and families experience as seen through one young girl’s magical journey on Christmas Eve to discover what is really important during the holiday season. The 40 young actors bring the original and classic stories to life on stage with a fresh perspective. Many actors play multiple roles in the production to bring all the stories to life. Holiday Delights features over 100 costume changes, Irish step dancing, folk dancing and a traditional Hebrew dance with the added twist of dancing dreidels; classic holiday music including Deck The Halls; Three Ships, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, and a holiday sing a long with the audience. Holiday Delights performance times are 7:30 pm on December 11, and 2 pm on December 12. Ticket prices are $15 for Adults; $12 for Senior Citizens, $8 for Students and $6 for Children under 12. For tickets and further information, call 978-281-4433 or visit

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The Gloucester Writers Center, Cape Ann Farmers Market and Backyard Growers present Will Allen.


December Happenings at Temple Ahavat Achim


A Delicious Temple Ahavat Achim Fundraiser!

I Love Lucy Chocolate Factory THE PERFECT GIFT for family, friends, hostess and teacher gifts… or keep them for yourself! *** COCONUT MACAROONS (6 plain and 6 milk chocolate) – $15 for 12 macaroons *** Made in the TAA kosher kitchen with 100% all-natural kosher ingredients: coconut, pure cane sugar, ground almonds, egg whites, pure vanilla extract, salt. Chocolate macaroons also include chocolate and cocoa. The macaroons are parve and gluten-free! MACAROONS CAN BE – PICKED UP (ready at the Temple beginning Wednesday, December 9th) – DELIVERED (local Cape Ann towns only) – OR SHIPPED ($6/per package, continental US only) PLEASE PLACE YOUR ORDER AND PAYMENT NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2nd!! We accept cash, checks (payable to “TAA”) or credit cards (call Natalia at (978) 281-0739 with your credit card information)!

Community Lobster Trap Hanukkah Lighting

Tuesday, December 8th at 6 pm hanukkiah Please join us on Tuesday, December 8th at 6 pm as we light our famous Lobster Trap Hanukkiah! There will be signing, dancing and latkes. Everyone is welcome! This event is free of charge.

Gloucester Rotary Trivia Night Recap

Thanks so much to everyone that helped make this a really fun night. The bonus– we not only had fun, but we raised over $2500 for Rotary projects. In addition, the TriTown team from TBM Rotary won the 50/50 raffle and will be donating their winnings to the TBM Rotary Foundation.
Congratulations to “Hell-th Project” and “Lawyers, Guns & Money” for tying for first place.* It should be noted that “Cape Ann On-Line’s Scrambled Eggheads” tied for second place with a 3-person team. Team standings for the evening were as follows–

Tied for First Place:

Lawyers, Guns & Money
Meredith Fine, Sal Frontiero, Tom Hills, Scott Enos
Hell-th Project
Frank Millitello, Jason Brisbois, Wendy Nunes, Susan Gould-Coviello

Tied for Second Place:

Cape Ann Online’s Scrambled Eggheads
Cathy Tarr, David Tapley, Tim Perkins
Four Aces
Bob Drohan, Sue Brearley, Anthony Favaloro, Jeff Pope

Tied for Third Place:

Interact Interlopers
Mike Perreault, Bela Parco, Charlie Sumner, Lia Ring
The 4 Cricketeers
Patricia Slade, Wendy Clark, Jim Clyde, Mike Buksa

Tied for Fourth Place:

It’s All Relative
Marlyn O’Sullivan, Mike O’Sullivan, Kelly Goyette, Bill Breslin
John Dugger, Suzyn Ornstein, Tom Dexter, Anita Blackaby
Orlando & Associates
Amanda Kesterson, Kevin Kesterson, Jenn Stonage, Joe Orlando Jr
Thirsty Bankers
Pat Thorpe, Dennis Doolin, Mark Grenier, Bud Ahearn

Many thanks to our gracious hosts– The Gloucester House Restaurant and their wonderful staff!

Thanks also to the generosity of the following businesses for donating prizes to the game:
Caffe Sicilia
Cape Ann Brewing Company
Dogtown Book Shop
Gloucester House
Latitude 43
Mark Adrian Shoes
Ryan & Wood Distilleries
Seaport Grille
Sticky Fingers Bakeshop
Sugar Magnolias
TBT Post
TD Bank
Turtle Alley

Thanks again everyone! We’ll see you next year!!!

*Please note that the team standings were questioned after the event.  All paperwork was checked and an error was found– resulting in the tie for first place. 


Tuesday, November 17


Tuesday, November 24

4:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Eat at Passports Restaurant

110 Main Street Gloucester, MA and

10% of your bill will be donated to

Relay For Life of Cape Ann!

Owner Eric Lorden will create a special 3-course meal for $15.00 or
you can order off the regular menu.

Reservations are suggested. 978.281.3680

Visit Passports website for menu and more information!





Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director


Cape Ann Symphony Holiday Tradition Returns on

November 28 and November 29


The Cape Ann Symphony’s annual Holiday Pops Concert, an exciting celebration of holiday music favorites including an audience sing-along, kicks off the holiday season on Saturday, November 28 at 8 pm & Sunday, November 29 at 2 pm. This joyful Cape Ann Symphony holiday tradition features the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts performing songs of the season with the orchestra under the musical direction of conductor Yoichi Udagawa. The  2015 Holiday Pops Concert features the return of “Yankee Swap!: White Elephant Gift Exchange” from Suite No. 4 “Cape Ann” for orchestra by Robert J. Bradshaw, a Gloucester based composer and CAS member. “Yankee Swap!” is a super fun musical take on the New England holiday tradition. “Yankee Swap!” wascommissioned by Cape Ann Symphony and premiered at the 2013 Holiday Pops Concert. The Cape Ann Symphony concerts are held at the Manchester-Essex High School auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible. Ticket prices are $40 for adults, $35 for senior citizens, $5 for Youth age 18 and under. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visit

Photos: Conductor Yoichi Udagawa


Live from Apple Pie Making at Russell Orchards AND ALL APPLES CONTINUE TO BE ONLY 99 CENTS A POUND!

GMG FOB Emily demonstrates how to make apple pie to Danvers siblings Kyla, Michael, and Ryan. Because of the banner apple crop of 2015, all varieties of apples at Russell Orchards are 99 cents per pound, from now until they close on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. Happy Apple Pie-making!


Apple pie-making with Good Morning Gloucester daily reader Emily, and a family from Danvers- Kyla, Ryan, and Michael.

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ANNISQUAM LIGHTHOUSE Sunset ©Kim Smith 2015What a treat, these last lingering days of Indian Summer! I am trying to get out of doors as much as possible to enjoy the fleeting amber-gold moments. The photos below were taken standing at the mouth of the Annisquam, looking towards Wingaersheek Beach.

Annisquam River panorama sunset ©Kim Smioth 2015 Annisquam River Sunset ©Kim Snith 2015 Annisquam sunset November ©Kim Smith 2015

WTF 911 – where did you go??

All the excitement about today’s purported UFO landing, in reality named WT1190F (but irresistibly dubbed WTF911) and, nothing happened! The six ton mystery object was expected to land in a shower of debris off the the Sri Lankan coast this morning at 6:30.

Read more about WTF911 at astronomer Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy blog here. 


Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line to host Evan Goodrow Tonight! 8:30pm 11.12.2015


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Dave Sag
“It’s time again for that clinically proven master of mayhem, Mr. Evan Goodrow. He’s flyin’ in on gossamer wings to drive all you kittens wild with his neatly shaven head and croon salivation. Makes me feel really old! Anyways, it’s always a pleasure to have him around to remind me of…what? Also, a new guy: Mr. Dave Moore, on pistons, will be handling the rhythm duties, so, cheer him on! showtime: 8:30 till 11:30.”

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40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732


Monarch Butterfly Exposion -2 ©Kim Smith 2014 300dpi copy

What is a Monarch Butterfly explosion? The butterflies migrate to Mexico to keep from freezing to death in northern climates. The air is cool and moist in the trans-Mexican volcanic mountains, cool enough to keep them inactive and in a state of sexual immaturity, called diapause, but not so cold that they will freeze. As spring approaches and the Earth’s temperature begins to rise, the butterflies sleeping in the oyamel fir forests need to get out of the hot sun. Millions explode from the trees, drink water from nearby mountain streams, and move to a cooler, shadier spot on the mountain.

I hope you’ll come join our program Thursday night at 7pm at the Sawyer Free Library. We’ll be talking all things Monarchs including the current status of the butterfly’s migration, habitat destruction here in our own community, and most importantly, ways in which we can all help the Monarch possibly survive the warming of the earth.

We will be premiering the trailer for my forthcoming film about the Monarchs, too (also titled Beauty on the Wing). I hope to see you there!

For more information, visit the Programs page of my website and the Sawyer Free Library Facebook page.

Monarch Butterfly Explosion -1 ©Kim Smith 2014 300dpi copy

Wednesdays with Fly Amero Tonight Special Guest: Allen Estes 7-10pm @ The Rhumb Line 11.11.2015

Wednesdays at the Rhumb Line
This week…
Lobster Roll w/French Fries for two – $22. (while they last)

Wednesday, November 11th – 7pm
Special Guest: ALLEN ESTES!

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Allen Estes has quietly-but-firmly held his tenure as Cape
Ann’s strongest original music artist for over three-and-a-half
decades under our very noses. His profound and loving lyrical
tributes to the local fishing community alone will surely stand
the test of time for generations to come. Allen has already
placed a personal stamp on our culture that will last forever.
To my definition, this is the true measure of success for us all. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Chick Marston

Mary Lou Lord

Jon Butcher

Looking forward……to seeing you there :-)


Don’t miss Jason Grow’s stunning Cape Ann World War II Veterans photography show on exhibit at Kyrouz Auditorium and open specially today, Veteran’s Day, from noon to four o’clock.

If you have a relative who served in WWII, bring a copy of a photo of them for the Memory Wall and post it (please don’t bring originals, they won’t be returned).

From Jason’s website:

“This year, 2015, marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Thousands of men and women from Cape Ann – Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester and Essex – served our nation during World War II. More than 5,600 of roughly 25,000 residents from Gloucester alone joined the conflict serving in every branch of the military. Of those, 119 never made it home. As we recognize the end of that great conflict, we have to acknowledge that fewer and fewer of Our Greatest Generation remain. Their actions, their history, and their stories are an integral part of who we are as a nation. Though we continue to see conflict in the world, with men and women stepping up to serve our nation, it is unlikely that we will ever see such an epic, world-wide conflict again. My goal has been to photograph these remaining veterans from, or who now call home, Cape Ann, to honor and recognize their service to our country, and their place in our history. These are ordinary men and women who were called upon to do, at times, extraordinary things. To all our veterans, from every conflict, thank you. Currently on display at Kyrouz Auditorium in Gloucester City Hall – Gloucester Massachusetts – during business hours, through November.” To see the portfolio of WWII Veterans, visit Jason’s website here.



Daybreak from around Niles Pond, Brace Cove, and Henry’s Pond in Rockport.

Niles Pond Sunrise ©Kim Smith 2015

Niles Pond 

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Good morning from Brace's Rock!

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Brace Cove Sunrise ©Kim Smith 2015

Brace Cove

Mr. Swan ©Kim Smith 2015Mr. Swan Morning Preening

Mr. Swan left Niles Pond yesterday morning and although he flew in his usual direction towards Henry’s Pond, he did NOT fly to Henry’s, which had become his habit. I did not see him at Henry’s, Niles, or the harbor this morning either. Perhaps he has flown to another region in search of a new Mrs. Swan. We can only hope!

See additional photos here of Mr. Swan, dead skunk, and more ~ Read more

Thanksgiving Food Drive with North Shore 104.9 Saturday, November 21st

12234845_10153145630601771_3034007594913679439_nNorth Shore 104.9 and State Senator Bruce Tarr and Representatives Ann-Margaret Ferrante and Brad Hill will join The Open Door in a one-day Food Drive Extravaganza! Drop by with food donations at these locations:

In Gloucester:
Market Basket at Gloucester Crossing
Shaw’s on Eastern Avenue
Stop & Shop on Thatcher Road

In Ipswich:
Shaw’s on High Street in Ipswich (for Ipswich Food Pantry)
Market Basket in Rowley (with the help of the YMCA and will help benefit Acord Food Pantry)

Items most needed: Cereal, 100% juice, tuna, peanut butter.

If you would like to volunteer, hit us up at


Presents ©Kim Smith 2015Stevens and Willa Brosnihan

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Charming felt ornaments

Shop Present for beautiful and fun handmade artisan Christmas presents for the special someones on your holiday gift list! Located at 120 Main Street (next to Passports and Harbor Yoga), Present pop up shop is open until midday Christmas Eve, everyday of the week Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and Sundays from noon to 5pm. Stay tuned for info about special Ladies, Mens, and Kids Night upcoming events.

Presents -5 ©Kim Smith 2015

Schuylar demonstrating Michele’s luminescent sea creatures that glow!

Presents -4 ©Kim Smith 2015

Greg Cook and Wife Kari Percival with son Ulysses

Present -2 ©Kim Smith 2015

Luxuriously thick mittens created from vintage sweaters.

Artist’s work for sale at Present: Amanda Cook, Michele Del Vecchio, Pam Lolly, Jill Josephson, Twin Light Studio (Erin and Scott Place), Stevens Brosnihan, Deborah Gray, Brittan Gray, Elizabeth Grammas, Camilla MacFadyen, Brittany Ashforth, Emma Scully, Peter Lacy, Stephanie Mason, Jessica Demarjian, Sharon Lowe, Mary Rhinelander, and Celia Gibson.


Gang of Thieves Tonight Minglewoodtavern Atlat 9pm 11.6.2015 . Vermont’s Premier Funk Rock and Roll Band

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Ya, A Premier Funk Rock and Roll Band, Indeed!
p.s. a few of my favorite songs right here >


25 Rogers Street

Gloucester, MA

(978) 281-0223


Some favorite images from Tuesday night ‘s election event at City Hall were of the hopeful and pensive faces of friends and families waiting for results. Best wishes and congratulations to all the candidates for jobs well done!

Maria and Giuseppe Cracchiolo ©Kim Smith 2015Maria and Giuseppe Cracchiolo

Joe Orlando and Family ©Kim Smith 2015

Jamie, Connie, and Joe Orlando

Marianne Pacquette ©Kim Smith 2015Marianne Paquette

Charles Ryan ©Kim Smith 2015JPGCharles RyanGloucester election 2015 ©Kim Smith 2015



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