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MISTY MORNING

Misty morning on the Harbor. Harumphhh, where did all that lovely, fog-producing warm air run off to?gloucester-harbor-cape-pond-ice-misty-morning-copyright-kim-smith

MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION

Last night’s wild and windy March sky over Rocky Neck.windy-rocky-neck-sunset-copyright-kim-smith

Followed by this morning’s whitecaps in the Harbor. gloucester-harbor-cape-pond-ice-unitarian-church-copyright-kim-smithCape Pond Ice and UU Church

Congratulations Essex Heritage on a big 20 year anniversary! And about that 2017 Trailblazers ballot? Go KIM SMITH!

Congratulations Essex Heritage on 20 years of leading Essex County by helping us connect, celebrate, and preserve our exceptional cultural and natural resources!

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Essex Heritage hosted Scaling Up! conference at Peabody Essex Museum October 7 2016. I took the group portrait on site intentionally– “Intersections” by ANILA QUAYYUM AGHA “meditation on what is universal in our shared human experience…”   L-R : Annie Harris, Chief Executive Officer, Essex Heritage;  Bob McIntosh, Retired Associate Regional Director, Northeast Region, National Park Service; Stephanie Toothman, Associate Director for Cultural Resources, National Park Services; Brent Mitchell Senior Vice President, QLF/Atlantic Center for the Environment; and Emily Bateson, Coordinator, Practitioners’ Network for Large Landscape Conservation

Essex Heritage established the Essex County Scenic Byway and annual Trails and Sails weekends. They bring stakeholders together as they did with Scaling Up at Peabody Essex Museum. They have partnered, supported and funded dozens of ideas and projects in Essex County including in Gloucester and on Cape Ann. Let’s do something easy that they’re asking in return.

Please help Essex Heritage narrow down that big, big list of worthy Essex County contenders for a special shout out at the 20th Anniversary Gala.  It’s up to us to choose which 4 Trailblazers will get a toast at the Essex Heritage’s milestone 20th Anniversary Gala on April 5, 2017. This idea is a very Essex Heritage thing to do: reflecting on what’s fine and good and sharing it around.

No surprise, I’m going all in Gloucester for this ballot.

Yes, they are all wonderful and deserving nominations, and you’ll recognize favorites throughout the county. BUT this isn’t an everyone gets an award type of deal. You have to narrow it down to one in each category; –  thankfully else Joey might need to add an arts rant 🙂 post.

Here’s the rundown as I see it. For Category 2 “connecting people to place” it has to be Kim Smith. She is a one of a kind and exceptional artist. Kim is inspired by the people, wildlife and the natural world all around us. Right here. We are so, so fortunate that she shares her visual experiences and art every day.

And she has memorably captured nearly ALL of the other nominees in photo or film!

Here’s the crib sheet breakout through a Gloucester lens:

1. Who is the best at Preserving the special region? CHOOSE ONE

Schooner Adventure, Gloucester

Cape Pond Ice, Gloucester

Good job to Cape Ann Trail Stewards, Essex County Greenbelt, Great Marsh Coalition, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge,  Thacher Island Assoc…

2.Who is Best at Connecting People to Place? CHOOSE ONE

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

Cape Ann Museum

Discover Gloucester

Gloucester HarborWalk

Schooner Thomas E Lannon

Kim Smith

Stage Fort Visitor Center

Also love Trustees, Ipswich Visitor Center (go Kerrie Bates :)), Rockport Art Association, North of Boston Convention and Visitors, but …go Kim!

3. Who is best at advancing our educational mission? CHOOSE ONE

Maritime Gloucester, Gloucester

Kestrel Education Adventures, Gloucester

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also love Essex Shipbuilding, Buttonwoods, and Wenham Museum  

 4.Who is the best at Building and growing our future? CHOOSE ONE

Vote YMCA of North shore (includes Gloucester)

also love Peabody Essex Museum, Brooksby Farm, Russell Orchards, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), Essex County Community Foundation,  and Community Preservation 

Read more about it in the Boston Globe David Rattigan article

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First Night Boston Copley Square: top crowd at Man At Wheel ice sculpture…by far! And Boston Public Library

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There were also large ice works of a lighthouse, clipper ship and sea serpent (live sculpting work in progress while we were there)

Across the street a favorite spot with more public art and large crowds– the ever stunning Boston Public Library. An art post for another day: for now some interior details. Here are a Kitson marble bust of Longfellow and a tease detail from the Sargent murals. (My sons said they like the Sawyer Free teen room more but this Boston Library was something to be proud of, too.)

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Cape Pond Ice

Locals know: Cape Pond Ice Company’s Gift Shop at 104 Commercial Street stocks a full range of great presents, not only traditional and new design “Coolest Guys, Gals & Kids” T’s, caps and sweats, but also unique Perfect Storm and Gloucester books, posters and gifts. Gift Certificates available.

Shop for “Cool Stuff” on-line at www.capepondice.com, stop down “the Fort” to our gift shop, or visit the Weathervane at 159 Main Street, Gloucester.

Here are some examples of the great gifts from Cape Pond Ice.

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COOLEST GLOUCESTER GIFTS

Scott Memhard writes, “Locals know: Cape Pond Ice Company’s Gift Shop at 104 Commercial Street stocks a full range of great presents, not only traditional and new design “Coolest Guys, Gals & Kids” T’s, caps and sweats, but also unique Perfect Storm and Gloucester books, posters and gifts. Gift Certificates available.

Shop for “Cool Stuff” on-line at http://www.capepondice.com, stop down “the Fort” to our gift shop, or visit the Weathervane at 159 Main Street, Gloucester.”

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ART @the IceHouse: Phil Cusumano, Christopher Fleming, Sue Memhard, Sam Parisi, Eoin Vincent, Peter Vincent

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Phil Cusumano – paintings

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Christopher R. Fleming – ink line drawings

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Sue Memhard (1949-2011) – paintings

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Eoin Vincent – photographs

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Sam Parisi – paintings

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Peter Vincent (1946-2012)–  paintings and prints

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SUPER COOL BEE SWARM AT CAPE POND ICE

Honey Bee Swarm -2 copyright Kim SmithCape Pond Ice and City Councilor Scott Memhard are the Bees Knees!

There was plenty of excitement at Cape Pond Ice this morning when a swarm of honey bees was discovered on the brick wall at the Ice House alley. Scott called honey bee remover Marty Jessel. Marty is a wealth of information about honey bees, which he shared generously with the crowd that soon gathered to watch him carefully vacuum the bees with a special bee removing technique (do not try this on your own).
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Beekeeper (and remover) Marty Jessel removing bee swarm at Cape Pond Ice

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Watch in action and listen as Marty describes one aspect of bee communication, the waggle dance.

The Waggle Dance! Listen to beekeeper Marty Jessel describe the Waggle Dance, at Cape Pond Ice

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Saving One Bee Hive One Bee at a Time  ~ Marty Jessel may be reached at m.jessel@comcast.net

Follow this link from the Essex County Beekeepers Association to learn more about honey bee swarms.

Cape Pond Ice is open for tours seven days a week during the summer. For hours visit the Cape Pond Ice website here. While there check out the Ice House Art House. ART@the IceHouse Gallery is thrilled to be exhibiting wonderful original marine and working waterfront paintings by Gloucester artists Peter F. Vincent ASMA (1946-2012),http://peterfvincent.com, and Capt. Phil Cusumano, http://www.philcusumanoart.com, as well as photography by Eoin Vincent.

ART@the IceHouse Gallery on the Fort is open 7-days a week, Monday – Friday 9-4, Saturday 9-3 and Sunday 9-Noon.

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BEE SWARM AT CAPE POND ICE!

It’s that time of year when bee swarms occur. City Councilor Scott Memhard shares photos from a bee swarm at Cape Pond Ice. More photos and complete coverage tonight at 6pm!IMG_3130

Please leave a comment in the comment section if you are interested in removing the bee swarm.

From the Essex Count Beekeepers Association website:

Honeybee Swarm Information

If you have a swarm, you may call us, however please read below and make sure they are HONEY BEES first and not something else. We are not exterminators!
If you have a swarm, please call one of the contacts below right away, an email through ‘ecba contact’ will result in a delayed response.

SWARMS

Swarming is part of the natural reproductive life cycle of honey bees. The swarming season in Massachusetts usually begins in June and can last through August. Warmer weather, combined with an abundance of nectar and pollen stimulate the colony to increase in population. This causes over-crowding which prompts some bees to swarm so they can reproduce. Swarms usually emerge from the colonies between 10:00am and 2:00pm on warm sunny days. The old queen together with about half of the bees from the colony, leave the hive and cluster on a nearby object such as a fence or a small shrub. The swarm may remain for a few hours or one to two days while scout bees search for a permanent nesting site. Once found, the swarm will move to this site and establish a new colony. Bee swarms are NOT normally aggressive because they are gorged full of honey and homeless, which reduces their defensive behavior. A swarm will become increasingly defensive, if provoked, the longer it remains in a given location. In the original colony, a new queen emerges and continues to maintain the parent colony.

Below you will find a list of Essex County Beekeepers Association members that are willing to assist in the removal of swarms, answer bee related questions or point you in a direction to help resolve any bee related issue you may have. Beekeepers are listed by town for the general geographical area they are willing to respond to.

Please be aware that in some instances the physical location of the swarm may present challenges. For example, if a swarm is too high in a tree, retrieval may not be a reasonable or safe option. Swarms located in structures or otherwise concealed may require the skills of qualified craftsmen to dismantle and rebuild portions of that structure. The manpower and equipment necessary to complete this type of retrieval is an expense that the property owner is expected to bear.

 

CAPE POND ICE FEATURED ON FOX NEWS!

Scott Memhard writes, “Hi all – We are thrilled to have our Cape Pond Ice, Gloucester historic Ice House tour featured last night on FOX 61 TV’s Connecticut “Day Trippers” program.

Sarah Cody & her FOX 61 film crew visited Monday, and got a lot of great footage of ice company & Gloucester harbor action at Fort Wharf.”

See full story here:

http://fox61.com/2016/06/09/keep-cool-this-summer-at-historic-cape-pond-ice-in-gloucester-massachusetts/

 

ICE HOUSE ART HOUSE!

IceHouse Cape Pond Ice copyrightKim SmithCheck out the fantastic new gallery above Cape Pond Ice. The space is undergoing some changes but can’t you just imagine what a gorgeous gallery it will make? To debut the gallery, on display are Sue Memhard’s beautiful dreamlike series of paintings. Sue was Scott’s cousin. She passed away several years ago. Sue painted and lived in Wayland with her husband Jim Crisp. I had the pleasure of meeting Jim at the gallery today and you can too. Stop in tomorrow, Sunday, for the official grand opening of Ice House Art House.

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For more information about Sue’s paintings, poetry, and books visit Sue Memhard here.

Ice House Art House is open tomorrow from 10am to 3pm. 

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Ten Pound Island Cape Pond ice copyright Kim SmithView from the Ice House Art House roof deck. I bet this view looks spectacular in late day light!

 

NEW GALLERY DEBUTING THIS WEEKEND: ART AT THE ICE HOUSE!

Debuting at this weekend’s Harbortown Arts Festival, we are pleased to announce our new “ART @ the Ice House” gallery at Cape Pond Ice Company, Fort Wharf, 104 Commercial Street, Gloucester.

We will be hosting an Open House / Gallery launch Saturday, Sunday &Monday, May 28 – 30, from 10 am – 3 pm.  A special retrospective of the paintings and art of Sue Memhard (1941-2011) will be featured. www.SueMemhard.com for more information about Sue’s life, creative passions, work and art.

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Gallery space to exhibit is also available – painting, pottery, sculpture & photography – so please contact us if interested in showing with us this summer. Email:  office@capepondice.com  Fort Wharf Arts Collective, Gallery @ Cape Pond Ice Company.

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SUNSET SAIL ABOARD THE ARDELLE, AT A DISCOUNT!

Driving home several nights ago, I passed Saint Peter’s Square at the moment the Ardelle was passing by and just had to turn around and take a snapshot of this beautiful pinky schooner in the golden late day light. For only one week more, you can purchase at Maritime Gloucester (or online at https://maritimegloucester.org/shopdiscounted pre-season passes for the Ardelle. 

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GloucesterCast 174 With @CapePondIceCo Scott Memhard, @KimSmithDesigns @DonnaArd & @Joey_C Taped 3/22/16 #GloucesterMA #Podcast

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GloucesterCast 174 With @CapePondIceCo Scott Memhard, @KimSmithDesigns @DonnaArd & @Joey_C Taped 3/22/16

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Topics Include:

April 9th Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Info April 9th at Camp Spindrift- Come Enjoy The day with Us!

Dave Moore sent Donna stuff- I wanna hear the story about how Dave Moore Met His Korean wife

The Magnolia Art In The Schoolhouse Show details here

Beauport Princess for Easter Brunch

Duckworths’ Bistrot

One Hour At a Time Gang- Like Them On Facebook Here

Where:                 Main and Rogers

Time:                    8:00 – 9:00

When:                  Saturday, March 26, 2016

St Joseph and Easter Back To Back
Local Candy Joints For Easter candy

Joe Scarborough Does The Unthinkable And Tells Hillary Clinton To Smile

(Salon)I only described MSNBC host Joe Scarborough’s subtweet of Hillary Clinton as annoying to keep the trolls out. But let’s be honest, it’s subversively sexist. Call it casual sexism, call it ever day sexism, call whatever you’d like, but it’s flippant, cavalier and annoying at best and sexist in all likelihood.

Have you ever been accused of not smiling and does it drive you up a wall?

(Mashable)At this point, men have to know better than to tell a woman to smile. Hillary Clinton had an incredible night during Tuesday’s primaries, locking down Florida and sealing a surprise win in Ohio. But Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, thought she could have acted, like, a little happier about it.

Snoring solutions- involves a sleep study- cpap machine- at that point dont you just have the person go into another bedroom?

Scott Memhard Joins Us

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Ten Pound Island Meeting recap and Thoughts

Inviting Steve Douglass on to talk about tentative plans

Thursday 5:00 Mayor Sefatia- Thoughts and Concerns about Ten Pound Island at City Hall

 

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2015 Cape Pond Ice Colest Dad Contest winner- Russell Smith

We received many great submissions, but the winner of the contest is Russell Smith nominated by his daughter Ainsley!
Runner up Coolest Dads are Jay nominated by Loretta Craveiro, Rob nominated by Phil Eckenrode, and Barry nominated by Marlee & Sydney Meinerth.

Congratulations & Happy Father’s Day to all Cool Dads out there!

Scott

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BREAKING NEWS: FIRST LOOK @USCGNortheast CUTTER KEY LARGO ARRIVES GLOUCESTER!

Key Largo Coast Guard Cutter Arrives Gloucester April 21, 2015 ©Kim Smith 2015Under the command of Captain LT Nolan Cuevas, Gloucester’s USCG new Cutter, the Key Largo, powered through the harbor before docking at the Jodrey State Fish Pier.Key Largo Coast Guard Cutter Arrives Gloucester April 21, 2015 ©Kim Smith 2015 -10

 

Key Largo Coast Guard Cutter Arrives Gloucester April 21, 2015 ©Kim Smith 2015 -5Brandon McCampbell Key Largo Coast Guard Cutter Executive Officer ©Kim Smith 2015Executive Officer Brandon McCampbell reports that the crew of the Key Largo is the same as the crew that operated the Grand Isle. Approximately 32 days ago, they picked up the Key Largo in San Juan, then onto Miami, then to Charleston, before arriving in Gloucester. Key Largo Coast Guard Cutter Arrives Gloucester April 21, 2015 ©Kim Smith 2015 -7

Key Largo Coast Guard Cutter Arrives Gloucester April 21, 2015 ©Kim Smith 2015 -3Key Largo Coast Guard Cutter Arrives Gloucester April 21, 2015 -2 ©Kim Smith 2015Interestingly, I asked Executive Officer McCampbell what the symbols mean that are painted above the Key Largo sign, each with a red X. The seven snowflakes represent seven cocaine seizures and the plant, marijuana seizures.

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