EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 20, 2013

Editor's Picks: Highlights of entertainment and recreation as chosen by Managing Editor Tracey Dee Rauh

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Smith’s film career takes flight with butterfly project

Garden expert-turned-filmmaker Kim Smith will host the world premiere of her new film, “Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly,” on Friday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main St., Gloucester. This auspicious debut falls appropriately on the summer solstice, the first official day of summer.

The film is a 45-minute documentary, penned and narrated by Smith, that takes place in a garden and at the ocean’s edge. Every stage of the butterfly’s life cycle is experienced in vibrant close-up, from conception to pupation to metamorphosis. The film is appropriate for all ages, and was designed so that all who experience it can gain a deeper understanding of the symbiotic relationship between wildflowers and pollinators and the vital role they play in our ecosystem.

Tickets are $10 each, and advance purchase is recommended, either at the box office or online at www.CapeAnnCinema.com.

Dig this: Master sand sculptors come to Hampton

The Hampton Beach, N.H., Master Sand Sculpting Competition will be showcasing some new talent this year, including current U.S. National Snow Sculpting Champion David Andrews. The event will be held Thursday to Saturday, June 20 to 22, 2013, and will once again feature world-famous sand sculptors from all over the world.

This year’s competition is once again a qualifier for the World Championships of Sand Sculpting; it’s the only qualifying event on the East Coast and the largest Solo Masters Competition in the Northeast.

The sculptors use nothing but sand, water, and a few plastic or wooden forms to allow them to initially build their masterpieces up high (the forms are later removed). Past creations have featured elaborately detailed mermaids, mythical creatures, knitting grandmothers, hockey goalies, pirates, giant cats, buddhas, fairy tale characters, and an eagle.

The Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Championship is the longest running solo master sand sculpting event in New England. Known for its high caliber of competition, the event features several past world champions.

The sculptors have a total of 21 hours over three days to complete their sculptures. They are each given their own private plot and 10 tons of sand to work with. Sculptors will be carving June 20 to 22, with voting and awards given out on Saturday evening. The sculptures will remain on display through July 7, and will be lit for night viewing.

Once again, sculptors are competing not only for the HamptonBeach contest’s $15,000 in prize money, but also to qualify for the World Championships. To learn more about the Sand Sculpting Competition, and the many other activities at HamptonBeach, visit www.hamptonbeach.org.