Monthly Archives: August 2016

The sliding lock top on my mom’s 30 oz double walled stainless tumbler in an action video-

So many people telling me they can’t find the link.

So here it is- The worlds greatest invention that everyone I know who got one absolutely loves theirs and can’t believe they’ve lived this long without-

Here’s the link to get one with two different style lids, one open and one with a locking lid- Buy it on Amazon by clicking this link $16.99

They are just like the YETI ones that sell for three times as much and only give you the one non-locking lid. $16.99 is like stealing this 30 oz tumbler!




A wonderful celebration of locally caught fish and fisherman, local produce and farmers, and top notch local chefs



Mayor Sefatia teaching Lt. Governor Karyn Polito about Sicilian eggplant, with Angela Sanfilippo

Who Fishes Matters

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market and Seafood Throwdown and last night’s competition did not disappoint. Local chefs Eric Lorden, owner of Passports Restaurant, and Danielle Glantz of Pastaio Via Corta joined forces (dubbing themselves the Center Street Chefs) to compete against David Gauvin of Addison Gilbert Hospital and Todd Shopkowski of SnapChef.

The mystery fish, revealed moments before the competition began, was caught by Al Cottone, Captain of the Sabrina Maria. Fresh, whole, beautiful and fabulous whiting, alternately named Silver Hake, was presented to the chefs and off they went through the market shopping for farm fresh local ingredients. With only fifteen minutes to shop and an hour to prepare, the race was on!

Celebrity and very special guests included Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante, Gloucester Fisherman’s Wives Association President Angela Sanfilippo, former Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk (now the Deputy Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office), lobsterman Mark Ring, author and Gloucester Times food writer Heather Atwood, and Maria and Sal DiStefano. DSCF0277

DSCF0247Throwdown Judges 


Judge Beatrix Brosnihan and Lara Lepionka

Seafood Throwdown Gloucester 2016 Al cottone Mark Ring copyright Kim SmithLobsterman Mark Ring and Fisherman Al Cottone

Seafood Throwdown Gloucester 2016 -Karyn Polito Carolyn Kirk copyright Kim Smith

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Carolyn Kirk
DSCF0172Daniele chopping squash blossoms for the pasta

DSCF0406Mayor Sefatia and Angela Sanfilippo frying whiting for their cooking demonstration

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Call For Help Bears Fruit

A few days ago I asked for help in uncovering photos or other information regarding the old “muster field”or fields described in Catherine’s post of August 16. There has been a vigorous response to my request, including suggestions for the location of the civil war field and theories regarding the possible colonial era field.

The jackpot was hit when Jude Seminara sent me photos of the inscriptions in granite described in the 1954 essay contained in the August 16 post. Obviously, the location of these carvings is known to Jude and others, but without the owner’s permission, I feel I shouldn’t publicly disclose that information.

The inscriptions are described in the 1954 essay as follows:

At the extreme end on a flat smooth ledge there is the record of at least one company of soldiers who trained there. Carved in the granite and still in good condition is the insignia of a crossed cannon, musket and sabre. Below are the letters “D. L. I.,” which I found afterwards stood for “Danvers Light Infantry,” then the letters “M. V. M.,” standing for “Massachusetts Volunteer Militia” and then “Co. C 17th Regiment, Capt. Fuller, 1861.”

On another smooth ledge adjoining are numerous initials, presumably of some of the men who camped there. The growth of the moss and lichens on the granite show conclusively that the carving was made on or about the year indicated, 1861.

Here are Jude’s photos. As you can see, some are hard to decipher.Try matching them against the written description contained in the essay.






Many thanks to Jude for sharing these photos. He and I are planning an autumn excursion into the Old Thompson Road area to search for other relics, perhaps even discover the location of the circa 18th century training field mentioned in the article and supported by entries in town records.



Join us for the 8th Annual Cape Ann Brewing Hop Picking Party on Thursday the 25th!

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Join us this coming Thursday as we harvest the hops we’ve been growing on-site at the pub and around the North Shore. Help us pick a mess of cascade & nugget hops. Fill a bucket and get a free Cape Ann Brewing pint glass!

We’ll use these hops in our Brew The Charles entry, our Homeport Pale Ale. We’re also pulling out our “Hopulator” and will load it up that night for some freshly infused beers. We’ll have live music, a homebrew seminar and, of course, great beer!

20160818_120432These hops, grown on-site at the Pub at Cape Ann Brewing, along with other locally sourced hops will be harvested and picked.

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