Smiles, Music, Food at Seaport Grille for Mayor Kirk

Sunset Rock

Beautiful Glowing Backyard Sunsets, all Winter long.


Cape Ann Winter Solstice on Cape Ann TV Starting Tonight

If you missed this stellar December 20th show at Gloucester’s UU Church, hosted by Allen Estes and featuring Charlie Farren and Danielle Miraglia — or if you were there and want to re-live the extraordinary experience of that magical night, you can watch the entire concert on Cape Ann TV cable channel 12 tonight (WED) at 8pm.   Thanks to Jim Capillo for his excellent work on this show.  Here’s a teaser he put together for us.

It airs again tomorrow at 9am, Friday at 9:30pm, Saturday at 11am and 9pm, and Sunday at 9pm.  Check the schedule here for updates.

Wednesday’s with Fly Amero ~ Special guest: Fozzie Hill 8pm 1.7.2015

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Dinner Specials Every Week!

Wednesday, January 7th
Special Guest: F O Z Z I E !


I could not possibly think of a better way to kick in the new
year than with our very special musical guest this week…
Fozzie Hill, one of the Rhumb Line’s all-time favorites! My
suggestion would be to come early – it’s quite possible she
(upon her own request) could be starting off the night at
8pm. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
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Looking forward……to seeing you there :-)

Rick and Alec Razdan join The Dave Sags Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line 8:30 to 11:30 January 8, 2015

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Dave says,

Time to make the doughnuts. So welcome back that fabulous father/son combo plate of Rick and Alec Razdan. Two of the best known local musicians I’ve had the pleasure to work with. With their armada of saxophones and clarinets, lord knows what could happen. But by the process of random selection, i’m sure all your prayers will be answered. They’re dragging in their musical brethren from the A-Train Orchestra, namely Mr. Dan Whalen, on gritar,and David “Doc” Vincent, on drums to add to the confusion. We’re back to our 8:30 start, so c’mon down and have a ball!



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Information from the DPW

Rose Lucido LoPiccola from the DPW states:

Christmas tree collections will be the week of January 12-16 on your regular trash day.  Please have your tree out by 7am, free of lights, decoration and tree stands.  No plastic tree bags please!  Trees in bags will not be collected.  Thank you and hope everyone had a great holiday season.


Gloucester Patriots Youth Organization Fundraiser dance

Hi JoeyI was wondering if you guys could put something on your site for the Gloucester Patriots Youth Organization Fundraiser dance next Saturday, the 17th at the St. Peter’s Club? From 6-12:30.. Its $10 a ticket and money is going to rebuild the program…
here is the flyer…
Let me know I would appreciate it :)

Wednesday January 7th , 2015 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast :
Gale Warning :
Freezing Spray Advisory ;
Wed W winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt…increasing to 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Wed Night NW winds 25 to 30 kt with gusts up to 35 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Freezing spray.

Pod Cast Weather :

Hourly Forecast :



Standing Up for Gloucester

Mayor Carolyn Kirk farewell -6 ©Kim Smith 2015.Thank you Mayor Kirk for casting your visionary net far and wide over the Gloucester community these past seven years.

Kirk Family ©Kim Smith 2015I think I speak for many in wishing Carolyn congratulations on her new job with the Baker administration. We in Gloucester are so fortunate to have been the beneficiary of the gifts and inspiration she has brought to our community. The new Massachusetts Governor’s administration is so fortunate to have Carolyn on their team. We wish the Kirk Family all the very best!

Mayor Carolyn Kirk farewell -5 ©Kim Smith 2015.Mayor Kirk’s parting words to her fellow Gloucester citizens are Stand Up for Gloucester. She asks, “What will you (or already do) stand for in Gloucester”?

Mayor Carolyn Kirk farewell keys to the city ©Kim Smith 2015.Mayor Carolyn Kirk farewell -3 ©Kim Smith 2015.Presenting Carolyn with the Keys to the City

Carolyn and Sam Kirk ©Kim Smith 2015Carolyn and Sam

Sam and Bayilee Kirk ©Kim Smith 2015Sam and Bailey

Mayor Carolyn Kirk farewell ©Kim Smith 2015Mayor Carolyn Kirk farewell -4©Kim Smith 2015.Mayor Carolyn Kirk farewell -2 ©Kim Smith 2015

When Seagulls Attack!

Danger on the State Fish Pier


Nobody is More Surprised Than Me!

After whining to you all and my physical therapist, I didn’t feel half bad this morning. I asked my PT to take it easy with me, because I had muscle pain for the past 5 days. I rode the bicycle and did some side stepping. She asked me to try “free-walking” down the hallway without holding onto anything. It came easily, and I sauntered 120 feet with no sweat. She was very surprised. Last September, four months ago, I struggled to walk 20 feet.


Maserati Dreams on a Minivan Budget

You should have seen my boys’ eyes when we told them that we were renting a car for our weekend getaway to New York City….and then pulled into the Maserati Dealership…and then moved right along to the waaay back of the lot to the rental agency to pick up our mad minivan.

I’m still laughing.

But, really…who do they think we are?

Thatcher and Finn have become more than a little obsessed with cars lately. While a part of me is super impressed with how much they know, part of me could handle a day off from answering questions like, “What do you think goes faster?  A mustang or a corvette?” or “Would you rather have a fast little sporty convertible or a big 4WD SUV?” “Well, what if you lived in Florida? What if you lived in Alaska? What if you lived in Australia”  (Oh, for the love of God). Then there’s, “Which do you like better? A Bugatti or a Ferrari?” I had to Google Bugattis. Or the more elaborate, “If you had a mega yacht what type of car would you put on it to drive around all of the islands you visit?”  Ummm. Hmmmm. Good one.

Sometimes I get caught up in it and actually select my answers carefully….you know, because someday it might matter.  Other days, I just answer absentmindedly (don’t tell them…please).  Last week my mother was in the car with us and Finn announced, “There’s Nammy’s (their name for my mom) favorite type of truck!” as he pointed to a massive Dodge Ram.  I looked at my mom with a raised eyebrow and she whispered, “Sometimes its just easier to give them an answer.”

She’s right.  They’re relentless.  Always have been.

That having been said, they do love their cars….and they would be as happy as the Autobahn is fast just driving around looking at cars (and boats).  I know a couple of kids who will be attending some lawn events at the Lars Anderson Car Museum this summer, for sure.

So, while we didn’t actually take one of the Maseratis to NYC, the boys insisted that we give them some time on the lot to take photos and ooh and aah their little hearts out.

While they were running around all awestruck, I took a second to look around too.  In doing so, I learned a few things.  First of all, Maseratis cost a shit load of money! Secondly…and insanely…many of the cars on the lot were actually SOLD. What? To Whom?  And thirdly, Maseratis cost a shit load of money.  That bears repeating.


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Finn is still pissed that his Maserati dreams were shattered and he was pimping it minivan style instead.

Celebrating “Little Christmas” with Mardi Gras King Cake!


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I always remember today is Little Christmas, because it’s Grandpa Joe’s Birthday (grandpa Capt. Joe, with the Wharf )! Did you know today that today is  also the Roman Catholic Holiday called the Epiphany? On this twelfth day after Christmas,  Sicilians call this this Roman Catholic holiday of the “Epiphany/ The Three kings day”, ” Little Christmas.” In New Orleans Three kings Day is Celebrated with the Traditional Kings cake. Below is my Sista Felicia “King Cake” recipe posted last spring…  I always knew my grandfather was a king!  Happy Birthday Grandpa. You will be forever in our hearts.  Enjoy!

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Happy Birthday Grandpa !

Mark your calendar…Fat Tuesday will be celebrated on March 4th this year. Fat Tuesday is often referred to as “The Last Hurrah” marking the end of 2014 Carnival season. It’s the last day of eating sweets and rich foods before the fasting ritual of Lent season begins! King Cakes are traditionally made throughout all the days of Mardi Gras season. Every year I prepare this sweet treat for my kids, and each year we crown a new king or queen. The jeweled crown charm shown in the photos below is a charm my twins found in their very first “King Cake” given to them by my mother in-law Marsha, 12 years ago. I encourage you to whip up this sweet cake for Fat Tuesday this year, and indulge  in it’s rich sweetness!


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Formore photos and  Mardi Gras King Cake recipe details~ …click see more

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