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GHS Football vs Saugus

The Fishermen win in a game that was no contest at all in conditions that were better suited for ducks. It was senior night and also featured the presentation of the King and Queen. The final score was 49-7. Next week will be the first game of the playoffs. It will be at home.


jeremy-adams-harpsichords-copyright-kim-smith-copyOpening tomorrow at the Cape Ann Museum, “Voicing the Woods” is a very special exhibition of some of the exquisite instruments created by Jeremy Adams. The exhibit is accompanied by Paul Cary Goldberg photographs of the instruments and of the artist at work .

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A world renowned instrument maker, Jeremy Adams is a Gloucester artist whose extraordinarily beautiful instruments will be treasured for generations to come. To see these works of art displayed in the light filled gallery of the museum’s top floor is a magnificent gift to the community, and one not to missed. Additionally, a selection of Jeremy’s witty and whimsical furniture is displayed in the Museum’s 1804 Captain Elias Davis House.bent-side-form-jeremy-adams-copyright-kim-smith

Jeremy Adams Bent-side Form, used to bend wood that has been steamed to create the curved side of the harpsichord. The process of steaming wood for the planks is similar to the technique used in boat building.

“Voicing the Woods” opens tomorrow, Saturday, October 22nd, at the Cape Ann Museum. Throughout the months of November, December, and January instrument demonstrations and concerts will be held at the Museum and at the Annisquam Village Church. See the schedule of events here.

To see more examples of Jeremy’s beautiful pieces, visit the Jeremy Adams Instruments website here. dscf9910

About Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker, from the Cape Ann Museum exhibit catalogue:

A keyboard player from early childhood, Jeremy Adams took his formal training with Roland Sturgis, Gregory Tucker and Melville Smith at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge. In the 1960s, an auspicious time for early music enthusiasts, Adams entered into a six-year apprenticeship at William Dowd’s Cambridge harpsichord shop, where he gained recognition for his skills as a musician and quickly developed his hand as a fine woodworker. (Dowd had established his workshop in the 1950s with harpsichord maker Frank Hubbard, engaging with the international movement to revive historic practices of performance and instrument building.) In the two years following his harpsichord apprenticeship, Adams honed his skills in reed voicing and tonal finishing in an organ building apprenticeship at the Gloucester workshop of Charles Fisk, working on signature instruments at Old West Methodist in Boston and Harvard University, among others. In 1969 Adams opened his own workshop on the North Shore.

Read more here.annisquamAnnisquam Village Church Jeremy Adams Pipe Organ

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Cape Ann TV Lunch & Learn Series: “DSLR vs. Camcorder – what’s the right choice for your shoot?”

Cape Ann TV’s Lunch & Learn Series continues on Wednesday, November 2nd at 12 pm with“DSLR vs. Camcorder – what’s the right choice for your shoot?” presented by professional video producer, Ted Reed.

Digital SLRs have become the hot video tool, but what’s the best way to use them? When is a traditional camcorder the preferred choice? Award-winning TV producer Ted Reed will show how to get the most out of both, their strengths and weaknesses, and even how to use both together effectively.

Please join us on Wednesday, November 2nd at 12 PM at Cape Ann TV for this event. Lunch is provided and this event is free.

Space is limited for this event; please RSVP to rtober@capeanntv.org to reserve your spot. 


good-harbor-beach-parking-lot-flooded-copyright-kim-smith-10-19-2016Folks sure had a surprise this afternoon when returning to their cars after a lovely beach day finding the Good Harbor Beach parking lot underwater. Some were angry and some panicking. I assured the panicking ones that they could get out safely. This is the second day in a row the parking lot has flooded. I’ve seen this in the spring more than once or twice but never in the fall. You can still maneuver through the lot by driving along the edge closest to the water. October’s Super Moon is the first of three in a row. I wonder what November and December’s full tides will bring.


juni-van-dyke-cape-ann-museum-the-neighborhood-quilt-project-pete-kovner-c2a9kim-smith-2016Pete Kovner at the Cape Ann Museum exhibit

Monday, the 17th, at 2:00pm, Juni and her amazing quilt makers will be unveiling the East Gloucester Quilt, number fifteen, their last and final piece. The simple ceremony honoring those who helped in its creation will take place at the Rose Baker Senior Center. The public is welcome to attend. I am looking forward to the Big Reveal! juni-van-dyke-cape-ann-museum-the-neighborhood-quilt-project-detail-c2a9kim-smith-2016Greasy Pole detail

Fall ocean evening sky – Agnes Martin






The next stop of the Agnes Martin retrospective will be the Guggenheim Museum, NYC, opening this week Oct 7- January 11, 2017. It’s the same show that was organized by and exhibited at Tate Modern, and just coming from Los Angeles- LACMA.



The beginnings of a rainbow appeared in the sky above Cape Hedge and Long Beach early this morning. Nothing spectacular, but it was pretty while it lasted, until the next batch of thunderstorms began to roll in. Thanking Mother Nature for the much needed rain! rainbow-cape-hedge-long-beach-cape-ann-copyright-kim-smith


On Saturday you may have heard the rumble of engines in the sky over Gloucester and looked up to see an astonishing sight: a vintage World War Two bomber or fighter plane cruising overhead. The planes are owned by the Collings Foundation in Stow, MA, and every year as part of the “Wings of Freedom” tour they fly into Beverly Airport for a weekend. The tour, which includes a B-17G Flying Fortress bomber, B-24J Liberator bomber, B-25 Mitchell bomber, and a P-51 Mustang, will be at the airport on Sunday from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm. You can even pay to ride in one as they cruise from Beverly to Gloucester and back. For more information, visit the Collings Foundation. 

b-52-mitchell-bomber-gloucester-ma-copyright-kim-smithThe Collings Foundation B-25 Mitchell bomber spotted in the sky over Niles Pond on Saturday afternoon.


harvest-moon-2016-copyright-kim-smithLast night’s Harvest Moon rising was spectacular, especially the striations of clouds in the moonglow. Early this morning the moon was nearly as big and beautiful too, and as I was setting up my gear, Snowy Egrets flew into the setting moon.



You may be wondering why I have been posting so many sunrise photos, more than usual, from GHB (sincerely hoping its not boring). I spent a good part of the summer there filming the Piping Plovers and other beautiful species of wildlife, but I am also there gathering B-roll for all film projects. While the movie camera is running, it’s fun to take stills as well.

Almost invariably, the light is at its prettiest well before the sun rises. I like the blues and violets in the first photo. The second photo was taken about five minutes later. Which one do you prefer? 

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Trails & Sails starts tomorrow! 2 weekends 30 towns 150 free events

2016 is the 20th anniversary year that Essex National Heritage hosts these back to back Trails & Sails weekends. Get out there and check out all the special Gloucester Cape Ann happenings (considered ‘east’ in the search box)!

In Gloucester you can climb City Hall tower or follow one of the 3 self guided HarborWalk tours. Walk up the Fish Net mural to see City Hall and Sawyer Free WPA murals. The library is also featuring an annual local artists exhibition. Read about extra special tours and events at Cape Pond Ice, Magnolia Library and Historical Society, Maritime Gloucester, Cape Ann Museum, Cape Ann Trail Stewards tour Rafe Chasm, and Babson Boulders.

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