Don’t be sleepin on the drumsticks…

At Stop and Shop East Gloucester they were cleaning out the meat cases. I normally wouldn’t even consider buying big ass chicken drumsticks for the grill but there wasn’t a whole lot of other options because all the steaks and pork were stashed away.

So I purchased chicken drumsticks, rubbed them up with the Paul Prudhomme (RIP) rub that I use for just about everything, and set up the grill with all the coals on one side. Closed top and bottom vent half way and tossed some brussel sprouts on the new cast iron pan Kim Smith got me for my birthday after I coated the brussel sprouts with EVOO, Atlantic Saltworks Sea Salt and Crushed Black Pepper.

Put the rubbed drumsticks on the opposite side of the grill as the coals, put the cast iron pan with the EVOO coated brussel sprouts over the coals and a russet potato covered with EVOO and Atlantic Saltworks flake salt on a piece of tin foil over the coals.

After a half hour the brussel sprouts were caramelized to crispy goodness (my favorite vegetable).  I put the lid back on and let the chicken cook at about 300 degrees opposite the coals with the vents half way choked down for an hour.  the skin of the chicken when I lifted off the cover was nice and crispy.  I mopped the drumsticks with some Carolina gold BBQ sauce all over and put them over the coals for a few minutes on each side to get the sugars in the sauce to liquefy and caramelize.

Let me tell you, my reluctance to buy drumsticks was completely unfounded. 

The chicken was so tasty it was like eating candy.  you know that feeling when you bite into something and you go ohhh my gawdddd.  it was just like that!



100% added to my list of things to grill. 

Ohhh My Gawdddd!

Live Art Opening! Sarah Wonson @ Passports

Enjoying some food and bev while admiring the fantastic new work by Sarah Wonson. Come on down tonight, or anytime soon to Passports and peep it folks! 

The scene

The food, it’s on the house! Mmmm Eric’s crab cakes!

Thistle. Monotype

1 Pine & White-Ellery Windows. Giant Wood Block prints.

Dandy. Framed Monotype


Scenes from around Niles Pond and Brace Cove OctoberCattails in the wind ©Kim Smith ©2015

Cattails in the windPainted Turtle Niles Pond ©Kim Smith 2015Painted Turtle

Brace Cove ©Kim Smith 2015

Gulls departing Brace Cove after the storm

Great Blue heron Gull Seals Brace cove ©Kim Smith 2015

Great Blue Heron, seals, and gull


See More Photos Here




Tune into into Cape Ann TV to see who will be your next Mayor, City Councilors and School Conmmittee Members. We are going Live with Gloucester Election Coverage from City Hall at 8pm. Meredith Fine is hosting the program and will talk to the candidates, while Heidi Dallin will giving you the latest results as they come in from the polls.


Sista Felicia’s #RoadTripSouth Shopping Live From Le Creuset #1 Outlet Store In Yemassee SC 

              Yes …This Just Happened! 


St. Barry pulled off the highway when he spotted this sign along Interstate 95! Who knew the main USA Distribution Center was located in Yemassee SC! This just made my Day!


Healing Harp Concert

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Sound Temple Music Presents Christine Tulis, Kem Stone and special guest Stan Strickland in a Healing Harp Concert

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 7:30 – 9 pm

Tickets $20, $15 for RNAC members

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-515-7004

Gloucester MA  — THE CULTURAL CENTER at Rocky Neck is pleased to welcome harpist, singer and healing artist Christine Tulis, multi percussionist Kem Stone and special guest Stan Strickland for a unique concert highlighting the healing qualities of music on Saturday, November 7 from 7:30 – 9 pm.

Christine Tulis and Kem Stone are award-winning composers who have forged a musical partnership based on a mutual love of the healing properties of music. Their evocative sound features Christine’s celestial voice and Celtic harp seamlessly blended with Kem’s keyboard and world percussion. They are joined by internationally acclaimed sax and flute player Stan Strickland for a magical evening of music to open your heart.

Inspired by the poetry of Rumi, one of the world’s greatest mystical poets, the writings of Saint Theresa of Avila and her own personal experiences Christine creates songs celebrating universal qualities of Divine love and beauty. The harp has an ancient history of being used to facilitate healing and help people connect to the sacred, inner dimensions of their being. This program promotes the healing qualities of music and highlights the spiritual ideas embedded in the poetry to contribute to inner peace, happiness and well-being.

Christine and Kem have shared their music widely including at the United Nations, New York and Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. Their deep love for Cape Ann inspires their frequent return to bring the healing and uplifting qualities of their music to New England audiences.

To purchase concert tickets, hear samples of their music and learn more about Christine’s individual healing sessions available on Cape Ann and the Boston area this fall please visit

Santa at The Larcom Theatre ~ A Magical Experience to Benefit the YMCA

Santa_PosterEnjoy a magical 90 minute Christmas program with your child at Beverly’s fully-restored, historic Larcom Theatre!
  • Multi-media presentation of The Night Before Christmas narrated by Le Grand David (David Bull) of the Le Grand David Spectacular Magic Company
  • Christmas songs by Allen Estes
  • Sing-along with Allen & Santa’s Elves
  • Special appearance by Santa
  • Perfectly Lit Photo Op with your child and Santa together on stage.
  • Limited Seating Available – Get Tickets Now

Mark Erelli, live this Thursday evening November 5, 2015 at 7pm @ 7 Central in Manchester by the Sea. 11.5.215

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The Washington Post says “Erelli addresses tough issues with the
grit of John Hiatt and the melancholy beauty of Ron Sexsmith” and there are still seats available for this very intimate Cape Ann show. Tickets are just $15.

You can get tickets here before they are gone

7 central7 Central St
Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
(978) 526-7494

GHS Football vs Beverly Playoff Game

The first playoff game of this year a HUGE win over a team that had beaten them 35-0 earlier at the start of the season. Not only did they win but they did it in a grand fashion driving 62 yards with just over 0ne minute left in the game scoring with 3.2 seconds left to play!!!

Don’t Forget to Make The Dough for Your Bones of the Dead Cookies Today!

Don’t Forget to Make your Bones of the Dead Cookie Dough for All Saints’ Day & All Souls’ Day today… recipe and our family story on page 112 of my cookbook ” Gifts of Gold”

Video: End of the Season By Leslie Heffron

Hi Joey, The season’s winding down in Pigeon Cove. Here’s a one minute slice of life on the waterfront late Sunday afternoon.

Editor’s note: the season is far from over for everyone except the small part timers. We’re actually in the heart of it.

Those Wind Turbines

It has been a couple of years….close to 3 actually, I think…and we have grown accustomed to how those wind turbines look from different angles all around town.  I’d say that we almost don’t even notice them anymore, but that’d be a lie.  We do.  We still notice them.  Actually, my boys notice them enough to pay attention each weekday morning at about 7:25 and most afternoons around 4:45 to see how many (if any) are “spinning”.

They’ve been asking me off and on, for a long time, to explain why sometimes none are moving, sometimes just one, and sometimes 2 or even all 3 are in operation.

I’ve guessed that they operate as needed.  But I haven’t been able to satisfy their curiosity completely.  Does a person actually turn them on as necessary?  Do they turn themselves on?  Is there a schedule we have not yet noticed?  How much does weather actually play a role?  What’s the deal?

I’d love some help from our highly knowledgable FOBs!

Help a kid (or two) out if you’re in the know and have a second.

Thanks in advance!