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#Blizzard2015 Digging Out!

East Gloucester Blizzard 2015 Colleen digging out ©Kim Smith 2015Colleen Apostolos Digging Out!

Colleen Digging Out Blizzard 2015 ©Kim Smith 2015It’s a Glorious Morning! Although I did crash after only taking ten steps from our door and, not realizing it, got water spots all over my camera’s lens. Every photo had to be de-spotted prior to uploading. I hope I didn’t miss any spots.

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Ken Duckworth Hosts Catcher in the Rye Event

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Michelle and Mandy

Ken Duckworth moderated a packed house at The Eastern Point Lit House Writer’s Book Club event, held at Duckworth’s on Sunday evening. Ken did a superb job both leading the lively and interesting discussion about Catcher in the Rye, and preparing a beautiful and delightfully delicious dinner for the attendees.

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Ken’s beautiful dinner menu included out-of-this-world delicious meatloaf, yummy pan-fried potatoes, one of my very favorite veggies, broccoli rabe, deviled eggs, shrimp, fresh fruit and cheeses, and several fabulous salads.

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The Writer’s Book Club at Duckworth’s is taking the month of December off, but will resume again in January with possibly a potluck dinner at the Eastern Point Lit House (Duckworth’s closes for several weeks during January). We’ll keep you updated about the details on GMG.

CatcherInTheRye1Although published in 1951, it was noteworthy to learn that Salinger wrote his first version of Catcher in the Rye, a play titled “Slight Rebellion of Madison” in 1946, while in the Army stationed in Normandy.

Catcher in the Rye has sold over 65,000,000 million copies and continues to sell approximately 250,000 copies each year.Dream_Catcher_(memoir)

 

Steve Almond Writer’s Book Club Event at Duckworths

Stever Almond Duckworths ©kim Smith 2014Sunday evening’s Writer’s Book Club event featured best selling author Steve Almond and the sublime cuisine of Chef Ken Duckworth. Steve Almond is a gifted storyteller and wonderfully entertaining, as well as a superb moderator. He could teach any book and make it interesting!

SAteve Almond, Ken Duckworth, Chris Anderson ©Kim Smith 2014

Next month’s Writer’s Book Club event features Ken Duckworth moderating The Catcher in the Rye. This event will sell out quickly so purchase your tickets today.

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Anita Diamant Moderator at Duckworth’s and the Writer’s Book Club Event!

Anita Diamant Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014The Eastern Point Lit House Writer’s Book Club, held at Duckworth’s on Sunday evening, was an absolutely fantastic and super fun event. Anitia Diamant, author of The Red Tent and Good Harbor, was the guest writer and she led a discussion about Billy Collins, her favorite poet. Anita has attended several Billy Collins readings and describes herself as his fangirl. Collins is the former Poet Laureate of the United States and one of the most widely read and popular of poets in American history.

Duckworths ©Kim Smith 2014The evening began with a beautiful array of delicious dishes, including shrimp with guacamole, Ken’s always fabulous polenta, and a medley of lightly cooked and dressed seasonal vegetables.

Dawn Sarrouf ©Kim Smith 2014JPGDawn Sarrouf  Reading from Ballistics

Guests took turns reading aloud poems from the collection titled Ballistics. Poignant, humorous, accessible, and with a brilliant compactness of writing, Collins reportedly sites cartoons as one of his greatest influences. Although I did not have time to read ahead of time, after listening to the selcetion of poems read aloud, I definitely look forward to reading Ballistics. This brings me to the point that Ken Duckworth made, which is that at the Writer’s Book Club, no one need feel as though they must read the book prior to the event and that it can be just as interesting to hear about the book selection for the first time from the perspective of other guests, which (as it has for me on several occasions) may in turn lead to reading the book.

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Anita Diamant ©Kim Smith 2014Anita Diamant and Her Husband Jim Reading a Favorite Poem

Dan's Dahlia's ©Kim Smith 2014Master Horticulturist Dan’s Dinner Plate-sized Dahlia!

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September’s Writer’s Book Club selection is The Secret Life of Bees, and will be led by moderator S Stephanie. Purchase your tickets sooner rather than later as these fun and lively Writer’s Book Club events sell out quickly!

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What’s Your Favorite Leftover Lunch?

What’s your favorite leftover lunch? My husband’s is lasagna. Please write and let us know!

Here’s my move: Go to Duckworth’s Bistrot and, for the first course, order Chef Ken’s sublime Crispy Polenta with grilled portabella mushrooms, spinach, and creamy mushroom sauce. This is fairly filling. For the main course, ask for a full serving of their famously fabulous Lobster Risotto, which is served with a medley of fresh seasonal vegetables. You will be so full after only eating a third and won’t possibly be able to have another bite. No worries though because it makes the most magnificent leftover lunch the following day!

Duckworth's Lobster Risotto ©Kim Smith 2014

Notice all the chunks of lobster meat. Duckworth’s Lobster Risotto is so chock-filled with Captain Joe’s fresh-caught lobster, you won’t have any trouble partitioning off some for your sumptuous leftover lunch.

 

 

Happy Luau on Niles Beach!

Niles Beach Luau ©Kim Smith 2014With ukelelists, singing, leis, grass skirts, hula-hoops, an island-style feast, and a fleet of wa’a kaukahis (kids in kayaks)–this was a Niles Beach Sunday not to be missed!Ukelists Niles Beach ©Kim Smith 2014JPG

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Thank you to Dawn and Michelle for inviting me to stay and have a bite of Esme’s wonderful luau birthday feast. John and Dawn prepared the most yummy pulled pork, served on Mandy’s homemade potato rolls, and guests contributed super delicious accompaniments, including the best bean salad, homemade, crunchy coleslaw, and Nicole Duckworth’s to-die-for death-by-chocolate cake.

cupcakes ©Kim Smith 2014Cupcakes decorated by EsmeJohn and Dawn Sarrouf ©Kim Smith 2014John and Dawn Sarrouf

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Niles Beach Esme's bday ©Kim Smith 2014Nicole and Jude Duckworth ©Kim Smith 2014Nicole and Jude Duckworth

Friendships, Family, Food, and Pure Fun~ what a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

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“The Last Fish Tale” Writer’s Book Club Event at Duckworth’s ~ Get Your Tickets Now!

Another beautiful jpeg flyer from Chris Anderson at Eastern Point Lit House. Thanks so much Chris for making sharing with our GMG readers so enjoyable.  Also, get ready for some super exciting breaking news from Eastern Point Lit House!

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Reminder: Ken Duckworth Hosts the Writer’s Book Club on Sunday November 17th

Ken Duckworth ©Kim Smith 2013Ken Duckworth is not only preparing an array of seasonal appetizers, he is also leading the discussion!

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November 17: Ken Duckworth leads a discussion of The Book by Alan Watts. SOLD OUT

Ken Duckworth is the award-winning executive chef of Duckworth’s Bistro, where he focuses on local, seasonal ingredients that supports local industry. Following his passion for all things food, he honed his culinary skills at Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa and The Cloister in Georgia. He has been our gracious host for this series and we are so pleased to have him leading our last discussion of the year.

 

Eastern Point Lit House Update and Reminder About this Sunday’s Writer’s Club @ Duckworth’s

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Thank you note to GMG from Chris Anderson, Founder and Editor of Eastern Point Lit House  ~

Thank you for helping to get the word out about our first Second Sunday reading and open mic at The Hive! We really appreciate all GMG does for the community. The Second Sunday event was fantastic, with visiting writer Elizabeth Hilts blowing everyone away with her incredible work. I’ve attached a few pics of the fun. Hope to see some folks out at the book club @ Duckworth’s this coming Sunday. Onward!

Thank you Chris. It is always a joy to post for Eastern Point Lit House, especially as you and Jenn without fail take the time to thank us!

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The Writer’s Book Club @ Duckworth’s Bistrot

Great food, fine wine, and in-depth discussion about the books we love.

Eastern Point Lit House Fall Book Club Calendar

October 20: Tim Horvath leads a disscusion of Subtle Bodies by Norman Rush.

November 17: Ken Duckworth leads a discussion of The Book by Alan Watts.

About our Visiting Writers:

Tim Horvath is the author of Understories, (Bellevue Literary Press) and Circulation (sunnyoutside). His stories have appeared in journals such as ConjunctionsFictionThe Normal School, and elsewhere. His story “The Understory” was selected by Bill Henderson, founder and president of the Pushcart Press, as the winner of the Raymond Carver Short Story Award. He teaches creative writing in the BFA and low-residency MFA programs at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and has previously worked as a counselor in a psychiatric hospital, primarily with adolescents and children and young adults with autism. He received his MFA from the University of New Hampshire, where he won the Thomas Williams Prize. He is the recipient of a Yaddo Fellowship, occasionally blogs for BIG OTHER, and is an assistant prose editor for Camera Obscura.

Ken Duckworth is the award-winning executive chef of Duckworth’s Bistro, where he focuses on local, seasonal ingredients that supports local industry. Following his passion for all things food, he honed his culinary skills at Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa and The Cloister in Georgia. He has been our gracious host for this series and we are so pleased to have him leading our last discussion of the year.

Steve Almond and Duckworth’s Fabulous Writer’s Book Club Event

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Last night guests enjoyed a beautiful dinner prepared by Ken Duckworth, followed by a lively book discussion led by Steve Almond.

Steve Almond and Chris Anderson Duckowrth's ©Kim Smith 2013Author Steve Almond, left, and Eastern Point Lit House Co-founder Chris Anderson

The The Writer’s Book Club event was hosted by Duckworth’s and Eastern Point Lit House. The book of the evening was Stoner, written by John Williams, and it is Steve’s all time favorite. He had with him his own worn copy, from which he read several passages and quoted often. For the most part, the group adored the book and, after listening to the discussion while photographing, I am putting it at the top of my list of books to read this winter when design work and filming slows down.

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Steve Almond, his wife Erin Almond, 11-week-old baby Rosalie, and Lit House Co-founder Jenn Monroe leaning into the stroller.

This year there are two more upcoming  Writer’s Book Club book discussions hosted by Duckworth’s and Eastern Point Lit House. Last night the house was packed and I suggest you purchase your tickets now. I simply can’t imagine a more enjoyable dinner/literary event, with Duckworth’s warm and welcoming ambiance, Ken’s beautiful and divinely delicious dinners, along with discussing great books. And here’s a scoop for GMG readers: Ken Duckworth himself is going to be cooking and leading the November 17th discussion!!! As I said–better order your tickets now!

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Chris Michelle Anderson Steve Almond Duckworth's  event ©Kim Smith 2013Co-hosts Chris and Michelle Anderson

Previous Post on GMG about Steve Almond: 

Don’t Miss Steve Almond at Duckworth’s!

Ken Duckworth Graciously Shares His Recipe For The Most divine Lobster Risotto!

Kim Smith Reports-

Filming and photographing like mad for upcoming documentaries and specials. September is THE month for STUNNING Light, Flora, and Fauna and I will have much to share! In the meantime, please enjoy this wonderful and generous treat, courtesy of Ken and Nicole Duckworth. As always, many more photos and the recipe can be  found on my blog.

Warmest wishes,

Kim

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Chickity Check It! Ken Duckworth’s Zirit Entry

Tasty elephant: entry #2 by Ken Duckworth…

I am kind of a part time beekeeper. i have been doing it now for about 4 years. i am not sure what it was but something just drew me to it. To me it is therapeutic. A brainflush. I walk away cleansed. Recently my daughter suited up for the time. i am so happy to provide this experience to her. To me when you are in a hive with the bees it totally makes you present. ego is gone. time stops. what is time anyway? It is like witnessing a vibrant sunset or being exposed to breathtaking art. You actually stop thinking( in a ego sense) and you are one with the bees( or the sunset or the art). I read a lot of Ken Wilber. I like the way he thinks. If you do not know him check him out.

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Ken Duckworth Prepares Line Caught Gloucester Cod on Taste of the Times

Click the picture to watch Ken Duckworth of Duckworth's Bistrot and Duckworth Beach Gourmet prepare a remarkably easy gourmet dish.

Ken explains that he does not just cook, he composes a meal based on contrasting flavors in order to fully engage your taste buds. Whenever possible he also uses ingredients that are from local waters and farms. In this recipe he utilizes a line caught cod from a Gloucester fisherman and makes a celery root puree similar to mashed potatoes.”]<a href=”http://food.gloucestertimes.com/?

Duckworth’s Bistrot Gets Highest Zagat Rating In The Entire Boston and Surrounding Area Restaurants

Zagat has awarded our own Duckworth’s Bistrot a score of 29 out of 30.  Out of 1200 reviews (you read that right, 1200)  Duckworth scored a 29.   No restaurant in Boston or any of the surrounding communities have scored as high in the current edition.

Of course it couldn’t hurt that Ken being the knowledgeable restaurant owner that he is gets his lobsters at our dock. :)

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