Author Archives: Kimsmithdesigns

About Kimsmithdesigns

Documentary filmmaker, photographer, landscape designer, author, and illustrator. "Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly" currently airing on PBS. Current film projects include Piping Plovers, Gloucester's Feast of St. Joseph, and Saint Peter's Fiesta. Visit my websites for more information about film and design projects at,, and Author/illustrator "Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden."

Waiting to Walk

If you were wondering why there were Greasy Pole Walkers seemingly everywhere Sunday afternoon, it’s because the boat to take them to the pole was a no show. The Walkers waited out the delay at Saint Peter’s Club before heading through the fair grounds to the beach. Next stop was the Greasy Pole Walker’s shrine, then to the dock. Back at the beach some Walkers decided to swim to the pole, when at long last a kindly yachtsman picked up the Walkers and gave them a lift to the pole.Sunday Greasy Pole Walkers -5 copyright Kim Smith

Sunday Greasy Pole Walkers -11 copyright Kim SmithKyle Barry Steve LeBlanc Sunday Greasy Pole Walkers copyright Kim Smith


Anthony Giambanco Six Time Greasy Pole Champion Celebrating 40th Year Walking

Anthony Giambanco Sunday Greasy Pole Walkers copyright Kim SmithAnthony has been walking since 1975. He has missed one year in 41 years because of a shoulder injury. His number one advice to the new walkers coming up is don’t drink.

Anthony Giambanco Joe DaSilva Sunday Greasy Pole Walkers copyright Kim Smith Anthony Gimabanco Sunday Greasy Pole Walkers copyright Kim Smith

Salvi Benson St. Peter and Greasy Pole Tatoo

Salvo Benson was at Saint Peter’s Club cheering on the Sunday Walkers. Salvi Benson is the All Time Greasy Pole Champion, with 4 Saturday wins and 6 Sunday wins.Steve LeBlanc Salvi Benson Joe Staline Dave Foote copyright Kim SmithSalvi Benson, Steve LeBlanc, Joe Staline, and Dave Foote

Salvi Benson Greasy Pole tatoo copyright Kim Smithsalvi-benson-all-time-greasy-pole-champion-gloucester-ma-c2a9kim-smith-2014-2 Salvi Benson from his 2014 walk


Thank you to the Saint Peter’s Fiesta Committee President Joe Novello and to all the Fiesta Committee members for making this year, and every year, a truly beautiful and unique tradition for our fair City. The committee members are as follows, and if you see them around town, please thank them:

Joseph Novello –  President

Michael Linquata – Vice President

Anthony Cusumano  Treasurer

Rose Aiello  – Clerk

Christopher Palazzola – Committee Member

Salvatore Ferrara – Committee Member

Ralph Puopolo –  Committee Member

Carlo Barbara – Committee Member

Rose Aiello – Committee Member

Tom Favazza – Committee Member

Alphonse Millefoglie – Committee Member

Lucia Sheehan – Recording Secretary

We are so blessed to have this extraordinary team working on all our behalves. It is astounding that with all its moving parts, Fiesta comes together so beautifully each year to honor Saint Peter, the patron Saint of fishermen. Viva San Pietro!

SAINT PETER'S FIESTA 2016 PROCESSION Joe Novello granddaughters-2 copyright Kim SmithSt. Peter’s Fiesta Committee President Joe Novello and his adorable grandchildren.

Thank You to Saint Peter’s Fiesta Sponsor Mama Rosie’s Nick Sardo

SAINT PETER'S FIESTA 2016 PROCESSION Nick Sardo Fay Puopolo copyright Kim SmithMama Rosie’s President Nick Sardo and the beautiful Fay Puopolo, Fiesta Committee Member Ralph Puopolo’s wife, Sunday Saint Peter’s Fiesta procession

For information about Mama Rosie’s visit their website here

Lenny Taormina Mama Rosies copyright Kim Smith

Fun and Fabulous Fiesta Hat Ladies!

Mayor Romeo Theken with sister Rose, niece Lia, and friends stop by to visit the fun and fabulous fiesta hat ladies Robyn and Amy.Fiesta Hat ladies copyright Kim SmithThis year’s hats are over the top fantastic and brimming with witty surprises. Be sure to stop and say hello and have a look see Sunday. Fiesta Hat ladies April Lia  copyright Kim Smith

Saturday greasegang with the Mayor copyright kim SmithThat’s our Saturday Greasy Pole Champion Lenny Taormina in the geisha costume, third from the left. Saturday #greasegang