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Nichole’s Picks 4/16 + 4/17

Pick #1  Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library book launch:  The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin

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Pick #2:  Catch a Ride on the Swan Boats

It is opening weekend for the swan boats!  In my humble opinion, a ride on the swan boats and a walk through the Public Gardens never gets old.

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Pick #3:  Patriots’ Day in Lexington

Lexington has so many historic, fun, and educational activities going on all weekend, but especially on Patriots’ Day!

Check them all out HERE

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As always, for a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

 

Public Art: Blooming Poetry. What are you doing this month to celebrate?

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National Poetry month celebrates a milestone this year: 20 years. If you haven’t heard of this commemorative theme, a generation of children has grown up with this awareness from a parent, teacher, librarian or friend. Please let us know of local events and programs honoring poetry this April so we can collect them in one spot (write in comments below and add to James Eves calendar). I am toying with ‘Terse Verse Thursdays’ as a possible theme for a series, because I’d love to share your poems on GMG. They don’t have to be strictly ‘terse verse’ where a two word rhyme response solves a question or statement.

In the meantime, you have two weeks till National Poem in Your Pocket Day. Although the date skips around annually, this year it falls on April 21 as it did in 2002 the year it was established. PIYP Day (not sure this acronym will ever have legs) was inspired by the Favorite Poem Project founded by Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the United States in 1997. Write your own or carry a favorite to share with others throughout the day. What will you choose?

Gloucester children can submit their original poems to Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library’s Poetry without Paper competition thanks to Christy Russo, John Ronan and volunteers who step up to serve on that jury panel.  Gloucester students can send their original poems to the Office of the Mayor, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA, any month. Mayor Theken promises to read them! Students should include their name, which Gloucester school, and their grade. Mention a teacher if they’ve helped.

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Gloucester: On the Waterfront by David Bovet

Good Harbor surf & boat  Red, white and green  Terra Nova on the ways

Exhibit at the Matz Gallery, Sawyer Free Library – February 2016

Photographs by David Bovet

Artist’s Statement

Fishing and the sea have defined Gloucester for centuries. The sights and smells of the water and boats are everywhere. I love roaming the docks in Gloucester to see what’s happening and perhaps capture a compelling image.

These photographs attempt to convey some of the unique marine flavor of Gloucester – especially the rugged beauty of the city’s pride, its fishing boats. And a few shots of the wide horizon’s grander view as well. My focus is on light, color and pleasing patterns, on large or small scale.

I hope you enjoy viewing these pictures as much as I’ve enjoyed making them. Walk around Gloucester and check out the waterfront in person!

Biography

This show combines my lifelong passion for boats and the sea with the art of photography. I first visited Gloucester during college, while in Boston for a work term at a fishing boat design firm. Originally trained as a naval architect, I’ve since moved on to management consulting but never lost my love of boats. A Lexington resident, I also own a home in Gloucester and enjoy spending time on Cape Ann. I’m a member of the First Parish Fine Arts Photography Club in Concord and have exhibited at the State House in Boston and at venues in Lexington and Concord.

“ROMANTIC OUTLAWS” AUTHOR AND ENDICOTT COLLEGE PROFESSOR CHARLOTTE GORDON TO SPEAK AT THE SAWYER FREE LIBRARY

51pzhdhu6QL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_About Charlotte Gordon’s latest book Romantic Outlaws, which was named one of the top books of 2015 by The Sunday Times (London), “This groundbreaking dual biography brings to life a pioneering English feminist and the daughter she never knew. Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley have each been the subject of numerous biographies, yet no one has ever examined their lives in one book—until now. In Romantic Outlaws,Charlotte Gordon reunites the trailblazing author who wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and the Romantic visionary who gave the world Frankenstein—two courageous women who should have shared their lives, but instead shared a powerful literary and feminist legacy.

In 1797, less than two weeks after giving birth to her second daughter, Mary Wollstonecraft died, and a remarkable life spent pushing against the boundaries of society’s expectations for women came to an end. But another was just beginning. Wollstonecraft’s daughter Mary was to follow a similarly audacious path. Both women had passionate relationships with several men, bore children out of wedlock, and chose to live in exile outside their native country. Each in her own time fought against the injustices women faced and wrote books that changed literary history.

The private lives of both Marys were nothing less than the stuff of great Romantic drama, providing fabulous material for Charlotte Gordon, an accomplished historian and a gifted storyteller. Taking readers on a vivid journey across revolutionary France and Victorian England, she seamlessly interweaves the lives of her two protagonists in alternating chapters, creating a book that reads like a richly textured historical novel. Gordon also paints unforgettable portraits of the men in their lives, including the mercurial genius Percy Shelley, the unbridled libertine Lord Byron, and the brilliant radical William Godwin.

“Brave, passionate, and visionary, they broke almost every rule there was to break,” Gordon writes of Wollstonecraft and Shelley. A truly revelatory biography, Romantic Outlaws reveals the defiant, creative lives of this daring mother-daughter pair who refused to be confined by the rigid conventions of their era.”

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THOUGHTFUL HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA ~ GIVE THE GIFT OF MEMBERSHIP TO THE SAYWER FREE LIBRARY!

What could be easier than to give the gift of membership to the Sawyer Free Library. There are different levels, beginning with the very low amount of only $10.00 for seniors and students. 

Membership dues are pooled to support the excellent library programming. One of the added benefits of becoming a member are the free passes or reduced admission to area museums, including the Peabody Essex Museum and the Boston Children’s Museum. CLICK HERE to learn more about what membership means and what your contribution brings.

Save the Date for the Gloucester Historic Middle Street Walk Event, upcoming December 12th unnamed-1

BEAUTY ON THE WING ~ TONIGHT! THURSDAY NOVEMBER 12TH AT THE SAWYER FREE LIBRARY!

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.

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GloucesterCast 158 Taped 11/8/15 With Guest Kim Smith and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

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GloucesterCast 158 Taped 11/8/15 With Guest Kim Smith and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include:

Shout out to Cape Ann Coffee sausage egg and cheese croissant
something exciting coming from James Eves
jason grow’s wwII exhibit got a good feeling seeing the faces, kudos to Donna for great coverage
Election signs and people that freak out if they aren’t down the very next day
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no brainer- christmas presents
Thursday night at 7 Kim’s Beauty On The Wing Kim’s lecture and slide program about the life cycle of the Monarch and habitat destruction and migration update
Passports wine dinner the 19th
saw in the times that the Cameron’s site  new architect’s rendering

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MONARCHS WEAPONIZE MILKWEED TOXINS

Monarch Caterpillars Common Milkweed ©Kim Smith 2012Milkweed Munching Monarchs

Although scientists have long known that the toxic sap that flows through milkweed veins, called cardenolides, can make a bird very sick if it attempts to eat a Monarch caterpillar, it was unclear whether the butterfly’s acquired adaption to the toxicity was a side effect that allowed the caterpillar to eat the milkweed or had developed separately as a defensive mechanism against predators. A Cornell University study recently published in Proceedings B of The Royal Society Publishing reveals that they have indeed evolved to weaponize milkweed toxins! Thank you so much to Maggie Rosa for sharing “The Scientist” article and you can read more about it here. 

“Monarch butterfly caterpillars have evolved the ability to store toxins known as cardenolides, obtained from their milkweed diet, specifically to make themselves poisonous to birds, as has at least one other species of milkweed-munching caterpillar, according to a study published Wednesday (November 4) in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

“This finding is fascinating and novel,” Stephen Malcolm, a professor at Western Michigan University who studies cardenolides but was not involved in the new research, wrote in an email to The Scientist. “It is exciting to have evidence for the importance of top-down influences from predators.” Continue Reading

Please join me Thursday evening, November 12th, at 7pm at the Sawyer Free Library for my illustrated talk, Beauty on the Wing ~ Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Meadow monarch caterpillar ©Kim Smith 2015

Meadow Anderson and Monarch Caterpillar

“Small Jewels” Kathleen George Show at the Sawyer Free Library Matz Gallery

image33My husband Tom came home raving about Kathleen George’s show at the Sawyer Free, calling her paintings “small jewels!” Go see, they are indeed jems!

About the artist ~

I have loved art my whole life. I come from a family that has always valued art. I find that art is an inextricable part of my very being; it’s in the way I see light, in the way I can tap into energy that shouldn’t exist in my busy life to paint for hours and hours after a busy work day…It doesn’t matter if I spend 5 minutes or 5 hours doing art, it is always a window into true beauty for me. Lately, with gratitude, I am making more space in my life for this art I have loved always. Read more here.

Visit Kathleen’s website here.

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ISRAEL HOROVITZ LIVE AT THE SAWYER FREE LIBRARY!

Israel Horivitz Live! Poetry reading at the Sawyer Free Library!

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Israel reading from Heaven and Other Poems!

Israel Horovitz Mary Weissblum ©Kim Smith 2015Israel Horovitz and Mary Weissblum

Gillian Horovitz © Kim Smith 2015Gillian Horovitz, center

 

 

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