Category Archives: Family

The Not-So-Great Pumpkin Caper

So, this is how we roll in my house.  It may have started when my husband and I were first dating and he instituted the “you pack it, you carry it” rule.  We’d take off for week-long vacations and he would chuck a couple of bathing suits, a tooth brush, a few t-shirts, and a pair of shorts into a carry-on while running out the door on the way to the airport…and I’d pack a large suitcase, a couple of carry-ons, and a camera.  He’d then breeze through the airport while I tugged and lugged.  He’s not completely barbaric.  Eventually he’d help lug and tug….but, certainly not without an “I told you so” and a dissertation on proper packing. By Day #6 of each vacation I would usually have to confess that I hadn’t worn at least 3/4 of what I had packed.

But, I digress.

Pumpkins.   Because I’m the meanest mother in the world, the Pumpkin Diaries went down like this….“Sure boys, you can pick out pumpkins, but you are responsible for carrying them all the way home.”

I’m not completely barbaric. That mandate was in response to the fact that I was already carrying a bag stuffed with 2 water bottles, 2 sweatshirts, a 1/2 eaten carmel apple, a tray of brownies they had won while playing a game downtown, a camera, 2 baseball hats that they simply could not wear, 2 pair of sunglasses that “weren’t the right ones”, and much, much (much) more.  I also told them that we would be getting pumpkins from a farm later.  But…they are fans of instant gratification and had to have pumpkins right then and there.

So, knowing full well that I rarely back down, the boys proceeded to pick out their pumpkins…hence sealing their fate.

Let the games begin.  You can only imagine the eye rolling that took place while I photographed the odyssey home.

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Trick or Treat at Fenway Park!

Well, it ain’t no Rolling Rally Parade, but I’ll take it.

On exactly October 30th, 2004 and October 30th, 2007 I was inside Fenway Park boarding a Duck Boat with the Red Sox ownership to ride in the Rolling Rally World Series Parades. Two of my craziest days ever.

So, while that  won’t be happening this October 30th….at least something fun will be!

The Red Sox have been finding more and more ways to keep Fenway Park fan friendly and to open its gates in lots of new and exciting ways.  Picnics in the Park, chances to run the bases, Frozen Fenway, ice skating open to the public, the Monster Sled sledding course, concerts…and much, much more!

This year they are also hosting Trick or Treating on the warming track and a viewing of Ghost Busters on the big screen.  All for free!  While you don’t have to buy tickets….you do need to reserve them.

To Read More Click Here

Claim Your Free Tickets Here

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Rockport’s Harvest Festival

One of my favorite days in Rockport is coming up this Saturday!  Lots of great music, food, vendors, artisans, and a Seafood Throw Down….plus, adding a beer truck doesn’t hurt either.  T-Wharf will be the place to be from 10-6!  I hope to see you there!

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Read More about Harvest Fest here!

Schedule of Events…check this out for sure!

Encore Vibrations with Glostafarians @ Mile Marker 1 8:00pm 10.17.2014

 

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We’ve been asked to do one more before they take down the tent. Come Dance with us one more time before Mile Marker One closes the tent for the season. Positive Vibrations all around.
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Jeff Arcari, Brian King, Lori Perkins, Saeed Kobiakov, Heather Vallis Harhay, and Dan King

 

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Gloucester, Ma.

http://www.milemarkerone.com/

GloucesterCast 97 With The Mohan Family and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 10/12/14

GloucesterCastSquareGloucesterCast 97 With The Mohan Family and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 10/12/14

Topics Include: Welcome to the Bitch Piss and Moan Club, The Mohan Family (-BJ) In The House, No Love From Brother’s Brew,  Revisiting the Bacon Maple Glazed Doughnut, Read Receipt On iPhone, Old School Love Notes vs Today’s High School Communication, New Cyber Bullying App StreetChat Tearing High Schools Apart, The fallacy of private internet communication, Colleges look at kids social media pages, Amanda feels that a small percentage of irresponsible teenagers makes an entire generation look bad, teen fashion today vs 30 years ago, Benetton Sweaters, Paulie Walnuts 275th Retirement From GMG, Dog Psychology, New Partner For 525 -Maria Seniti, Props to Joe Seniti, Freedom Fitness On Lexington Ave Magnolia, Giuseppe’s Closing,In Defense Of Joe and Memory, What Would You Like To See Go In The Space Vacated By Giuseppe’s? , Indian Food, Anmol, Would A Dedicated Steak House Make It Gloucester?, SmokyMountains.com Fall Foliage Map, Amanda’s Find Animal Webcam Website, Done With Topsfield Fair, Post Of The Week- Paul Morrison Eclipse Post ,Paul Morrison Brilliant and Socially Awkward, Kim Smith Deathwish Post, Rotary Trivia Night, John McElhenny, Chad Konecky, Steve Saleeba, #Mexico,  Merideth Fine, Taste Of Cape Ann, Sista Felicia Post of The Week- Nichole Schrafft’s Taste Of Cape Ann Post, Wally’s Bistro, Roasted Tomato Soup, Macaroons, Stone’s Pub, Virgilios, Going Home Hungry For Fear Of Looking Like A Pig, Smokin’ Jims At Dogbar, Azorean Octopus and Tuesday $5 Tapas Deal

 

 

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Big Bear Hug!

The bear family is traveling to its new home at Simon Properties in their Premium Outlets in Quebec, Canada.

This bear family is traveling to its new home at Simon Properties in their Premium Outlets in Quebec, Canada.


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Fred Bodin gives the Kodiak Bear Family sculpture a “bear hug” during a special preview on the grounds of the Chris Williams sculpture studio in Essex, MA. I am 6’1″ tall, and males of this species of bear grow to over 10′ tall when standing on their hind legs. The tree the bear family is climbing is 17′ high. The Kodiak bear is to scale! Kodiak, or brown bears, are named after an island of the same name in Alaska.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Sunday 10/12/14

Phantom-3THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA!

The timeless 1920s silent film classic starring Lon Chaney with live improvised score by International Sonic Artist Peter Krasinski

DATE:  Sunday, October 12th, 2014
TIME:Doors open at 7:00pm, the show starts at 7:30pm.

LOCATION:
Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church,
10 Church Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.

ADMISSION:

$15 general admission, $12 seniors (over 65), children under 12 free.

DESCRIPTION:

Experience a unique evening of entertainment for the whole family with one of the most famous silent film actors of all time, Lon Chaney, in his legendary role as the Phantom of the Paris Opera House.  When Krasinski accompanies a film it becomes literally a “once in a lifetime” event. Well known in the Gloucester area for his improvisational skills he began perfecting his craft at Hammond Castle and has become internationally know as a master of his art.  This is a “do not miss” event! This event is part of 2014-15 Concert & Lecture Series to benefit the Meetinghouse Preservation Fund.   For more information see:  www.gloucesteruu.org

REVIEWS:

“Anyone who has been lucky enough to hear Mr. Krasinski in performance knows his skill at presenting the essence and power of a film.”

“It was remarkable and seamless, and yes—no modern action movie could outdo it.

In fact, I’ll go so far as to say it was live theater…It was as if Krasinski became one with the elements”

“During the applause and encores, you gestured to the hall’s organ – I’m sure it was, in turn, bowing to you in appreciation for having being played so dexterously”

Let’s Make The Open Door make the list of Top-Rated Nonprofits

opendoorThe Open Door has a chance to make the 2014 Top-Rated List at GreatNonprofits (greatnonprofits.org) and be eligible for some great prizes, but we need your help!

What is GreatNonprofits?
GreatNonprofits–a review site like TripAdvisor–honors highly reviewed nonprofits with this Top Rating. Being added to the Top-Rated List helps us tell our story to a broader audience and get the support we need to alleviate the impact of hunger right here in our community.

How can I help?
You can help us get that rating by posting a review of your experience with us or how you see us making an impact on the community.

Write your review here: http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/write/the-open-door-cape-ann-food-pantry-inc

All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes! If you can help us out, we need your review to be completed by October 29! (Deadline is 10/31, but we want to be on the safe side and get it done.) Thank you in advance for your consideration!

With much appreciation,
Julie

More of a Good Thing: Fall Fest @ Mile Marker One

Both Donna and Joey already posted some fantastic photos from this weekend’s Fall Festival at Mile Marker One, but it was such a great event, that more can’t hurt.  Mile Marker One, Marshall’s Farm Stand, and The Bridge pulled off a fantastic afternoon despite some threatening weather.

The city of Gloucester provided some pretty awesome vehicles including Fire Engine 3, a police Hummer, an ATV, and even a Coast Guard Vessel.  That’s pretty much all my boys needed to make a day of it, but the pony rides, face painting, bouncy houses, awesome vendors, pretty yummy Bloody Marys, gelato, the Sam Adams Brewery Oktoberfest Beer Hoisting Competition (what?), and some pretty sweet alpacas made it all that much more fun.  And…that was by no means all that the event had to offer.

A true collaboration of forces to pull off yet another fantastic family event here in our great city.  Thanks to all!  Put this one on your calendar for next year for sure.

 

Team Spirit

On this otherwise cold and dreary Saturday morning, a beautiful view came into sight from across the soccer field.

The Peabody Thunder U12 Team is making a wonderful statement by donning pink socks for the month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Good job, boys!  I hope that your season is as fantastic as you are!

 

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Who Needs Ice?

Cape Ann Youth Hockey, along with some folks named the Boston Bruins, pulled off a fantastic event yesterday afternoon….all in the name of the Open Door Food Pantry.  The Boston Bruins Street Brigade Clinic gave about 50 kids the opportunity to participate in some street hockey games, meet Blades (the Bruins mascot), and receive gifts from the Boston Bruins.  In return, Cape Ann Youth Hockey and the Bruins simply asked that participants make a donation to the incredibly worthy Open Door Food Pantry.  A win-win!

Another example of great things happening on any given day within our community!

A huge thanks to all of those involved!  It is never too late to make a donation! Please consider.

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Get Your Bounce On!

So here’s some good news for parents of children with some energy to spare.  In case you read that wrong….the children should have the energy to spare.  Not the parents.  On that note, are there parents out there with energy to spare, because I’m wiped.

Regardless…

Sky Zone is coming to Danvers SOON….at the Liberty Tree Mall.

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What’s all the fuss about?  Find out here.

And…if I were to manage this place, I’d play this song over and over all day long.

The 5th Annual Lanesville Music Festival ~ Sunday, Sept 21st 1-7pm

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Here’s the line-up for next Sunday, Sept 21st 1-7pm at the 5th Annual Music Festival:

1:00-1:30pm – Lisa Marie Blues Duo
1:45-2:15pm – Marblehead School of Music Ensemble
2:30-3:00pm – Tom Eaton & Patrick Conlon Duo
3:15-3:45pm – Orville Giddings
4:00-4:30pm – Quentin Callewaert & Ken Steiner
4:45-5:45pm – The Treehouse Charlatans
6:00-6:50pm – Alek Razdan & the A Train Orchestra

Big Block Party Bash Celebrates End of Summer

Even after dark, the street is packed. Here is my neighbor Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant. Always busy and always tasty. All the restaurants serve late.

SATURDAY from 6-11, this year’s final Block Party features a stellar mix of entertainment, including The GHS Docksiders Big Band, a quintet of Boston jazz maestros and a variety of other talent on five outdoor stages PLUS The Brass Fed Horns (featuring Carlos Menezes, Jr., the hardest working musician on Cape Ann) roaming Main Street with Gloucester’s version of Little Italy at the West End (from THE CAVE to Washington).

COME OUT AND PARTY LIKE IT’S STILL SUMMER — ’cause it is!

See the Entertainment SCHEDULE BY STAGE HERE

Entertainment SCHEDULE BY TIME HERE

Participating Restaurants & Merchants here.

Forced Family Fun Fall Farm Tour

The last official day of summer marks the date for what we consider to be one of our favorite fall events. And when I say “we” I really just mean myself and the boys, because my husband isn’t necessarily fond of being on tour for the entire fall season. But, he does it….so, brownie points there.  This year’s Family Farm Day at Appleton Farm in Ipswich is happening on Sunday, September 21st from 10-3…oddly enough it may reach into the 80s.  Sadly, the Schraffts will most likely be no-shows this year due to an 11:30 hockey game…go figure.  But, you should all go!

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Our fall days at an assortment of farms continue to be some of my favorite memories with the boys. We are, and always will be, “summer people” but, that having been said, there is something about the crisp weather, the pick-your-own abundance of super yummy fruit, the music, the changing leaves….the cider donuts, etc. that gives me super warm fuzzies.  I am a stickler for tradition and there is something sentimental about the annual trip to each place that makes me happy.  I love seeing how much the boys have grown from autumn to autumn and see what parts of each farm draw them in each season.  My boys have also always been a bit obsessed with farm animals.  There are no fewer than 50 goats, cows, and pigs that could tell you tales about a Schrafft boy’s finger being shoved into places they don’t belong.  Primarily noses….but, there was that one time….   Bygones.

This year our Farm Tour will take a significant hit due to conflicting hockey schedules, but, we still have a few “must do” romps that I’m not willing to skip. Our favorite farm of all is Applecrest Farm in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. First of all, I kind of like that it is a bit of a drive.  A little known secret is that I’m a wicked Sunday driver. Again, my husband may disagree that the ride is a bonus, and…if I’m being honest here…it did lead to quite a marital tiff one year. The words “remind me again what exactly is wrong with the apples that are 20 minutes away from home?” were uttered in traffic on the way home….and we may or may not have missed the first quarter of the Patriots game.  I digress. Applecrest is a fantastic destination and if you take the back roads, the drive is stunningly gorgeous.  If you check out their event calendar you may get lucky enough to catch their super cute “Story Book Hayrides” that are put on by the drama students of a local high school to help pay for their annual school trip. They also host car shows, a field plowing day, and other events in addition to the already excellent activities that can easily fill a whole day.  I’m a giant fan of the petting farm (small barnyard animals, peeps….seriously) and the excellent blue grass music.  The good eats don’t hurt either!  There’s also some good shopping to be done in their barn.  We always come home with some classroom snacks for the boys and some sinful treats for the house.

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We have lots of close runner-ups when it comes to local farms, but I’d rather hear yours!  So, with fall approaching, where do you and yours always head?  I’d really like to know!

 

 

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