Category Archives: Family

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!

Check out the Event

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.

Applecrest

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!

 

 

Live Racing!!! FISH BOX DERBY!!!!!

Get down town and see some fast cars!! Runs from 12-3pm. (these are trial run pictures)

Peep Alex Golizzi’s Ride!

 

 

The ROMEOs

Cornelius HauckI adore my father-in-law, especially for his wit and sense of humor. He and my mother-in-law are here visiting for the week for my husband Tom’s 60th birthday. My father-in-law will be NINETY next May 5th. During dinner several nights ago he told us that he belongs to a club that meets every Friday for lunch, They call themselves the ROMEOs, an acronym for Really Old Men Eating Out. They go to each other’s clubs, drink alot and eat fun appetizers such as water chestnuts wrapped in bacon and pigs-in-a-blanket, but then are usually too toasted to actually eat lunch. When I’m ninety I hope to have as much joie de vivre as does he!

Cape Ann Symphony 63rd Season Opens on Saturday September 27

Cape Ann Symphony proudly announces the launch of the orchestra’s 63rd Concert Season on Saturday, September 27 at 8 pm with A Night At The Opera! featuring an exciting program of opera favorites performed by rising young stars of the opera world.. The orchestra’s new season features the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus in the annual Holiday Pops Concert in November, world renown pianist Cape Ann’s own David Deveau in March 2015 and  father daughter duo of Richard and Erin Svoboda in double concerto for clarinet and bassoon in May 2015. Music Director and Conductor Yoichi Udagawa is eager to open the CAS’s new concert season, “The incredible musicians of the Cape Ann Symphony and I are very excited about the musically thrilling and challenging 63rd season of the orchestra. We have everything from fantastic singers who will be joining us for A Night At The Opera, an amazing chorus who will be singing along at the Holiday Pops concerts, magnificent pianist David Deveau returning to play Beethoven to our final with a dynamic father/daughter pair playing a gorgeous concerto written by Boston based composer Michael Gandolfi for Mother’s Day. The support of our ever growing audiences inspires us, and we are looking forward to presenting concerts that will move and excite the heart and lift the spirit. Thank you for your support and see you soon!” All Cape Ann Symphony Concerts are held at the Manchester-Essex High School auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea. The Cape Ann Symphony opens the 63rd season with A Night At The Opera! On Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible. Ticket prices are $35 for adults, $30 for senior citizens, $20 for Young Adults and Free for children 18 years old and under.  For information, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA!
Performance:                Saturday, September 27, 2014                  8:00 P.M.

Cape Ann Symphony kicks off their 63rd season with A Night At The Opera! featuring BIZET, MOZART, PUCCINI, ROSSINI, VERDI and more thrilling opera favorites sung by Mara Bonde, soprano; Krista River, mezzo; Ethan Bremner, tenor; and Thomas Jones, baritone .

THE HOLIDAY POPS
Performance: Saturday, November 29, 2014               8:00 P.M.
Performance: Sunday, November 30, 2014                 2:00 P.M.

The Cape Ann Symphony’s annual Holiday Pops Concert is an exciting celebration of holiday music favorites to kick off the holiday season on Saturday, November 29 at 8 pm & Sunday, November 30 at 2 pm. The concert features Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts. as well as the orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and Anderson’s Christmas Festival/Sleigh Ride plus an updated audience sing-along.

DEVEAU PLAYS BEETHOVEN
Performance:                Sunday, March 22, 2015        2:00 P.M.

Pianist David Deveau returns to Cape Ann Symphony to play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 pm. He most recently performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Cape Ann Symphony in March 2013. Having appeared as a soloist with numerous symphony orchestras in many of the world’s leading concert venues, pianist David Deveau has been acclaimed internationally for his expressive and poetic interpretations of repertoire.. Mr. Deveau serves as the Artistic Director of Rockport Music as well.. The March 2015 concert program also features the orchestra performing Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 and Weber’s Overture to Euryanthe.

PAST AND PRESENT
Performance:                Saturday, May 9, 2015                    8:00 P.M.

Cape Ann Symphony welcomes the father and daughter team of Richard and Erin Svoboda to perform Michael Gandolfi’s Double Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon. Melrose resident Richard Svoboda has been the principal bassoonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players since 1989. He is currently on the faculties of the New England Conservatory of Music and the Tanglewood Music Center. The Past and Present Concert features the orchestra playing Rossini’s Overture to Italian Lady in Algiers and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. 

PLACE

Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium: 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA
Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible

TICKET PRICES FOR CONCERTS
Adult/$35.00
Senior Citizens/$30.00
Young Adults/$20.00
Children Age 18 and Under/FREE
Season Subscriptions are Available.

For Information call 978-281-0543 or Visit www.capeannsymphony.org

Wicked Learning From Wicked Tuna

My boys have been super excited about spotting Wicked Tuna boats all summer long. I have to admit it is pretty darn cute listening to the two of them talking about the boats, crew, fish, green sticks, the price per pound, fat quality, this pound test or that pound test, etc.  While they’ve watched the show here and there during past seasons, they’re just a bit older this year…and hence, much more into it.  Likewise, for whatever the reasons, the North vs. South episodes that are currently airing get them giddy.

They clocked some serious hours at the Blue Fin Blowout back earlier this summer and I was so proud of how long they sat patiently waiting for boats to arrive.  They were completely riveted by the weigh-ins and the size of the fish. They couldn’t get down there fast enough for Day #2 of the action. A couple of weekends ago they got their “Wicked Tuna” on down at the wharf and thought they were the coolest cats in town when they got to haul their own little fish down the dock.  And, worth mentioning, they both gobbled up the sushi like it was candy after helping my husband clean the fish.  Finn hasn’t quite mastered the “Tails Up” yet though.

Despite witnessing their enthusiasm all summer, I was still surprised to see the journal entry that Thatcher wrote at school yesterday.  Love that kid!  I get that many probably find the fact that we let our 5 and 7 year-olds watch Wicked Tuna in the first place may not be the best of parenting decisions….but, I’ll take the learning opportunity and run with it.  (insert shameless shout out to his amazing teachers at the Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School).

Just more proof that growing up salty is excellent and that this little slice of heaven that we call home is bursting at the seams with opportunities for the kiddos to find something unique that speaks to them and to be passionate about.

 

Brothers in Cancer, Brothers Forever

RobtFred4513wmThis past Sunday, my friend and brother-in-law, Robert Lee Doss (L), died after a courageous battle with cancer. He was diagnosed last February, two weeks after my own cancer diagnosis. Robert and my sister, “Painter Barb,” lived on Martha’s Vineyard, and were frequent guests at GMG and my own events at the gallery.

Robert was a CPA, attorney, and Chief Revenue Officer for the State of Alaska. This photo was taken by sista’ Barb during our last visit together, which was a delightful luncheon at the Emerson Inn. Rest in peace Robert, you were a true friend and the best oyster shucker and grill master I ever knew.

Bruins Street Brigade hits Cape Ann Youth Hockey!

Well, we’re back to school and that can only mean one thing…we’ll soon be back to the hockey rink too!  Soon, meaning next week.

I’ve been known to complain about the cold, crazy hours at the rink, but…between you and me…I wouldn’t have it any other way!  My boys love the game and being a part of Cape Ann Youth Hockey has been a fantastic experience for us all.

For any of you fellow hockey families, don’t forget about this great event!  A win-win for sure.  A win for the kids and a win for the Open Door Food Pantry who will receive donations from all registered players!  Check out the link below for much more information!  See you there!

Boston Bruins Brigade 2014.

Space is Limited — Register Today!

Back To School: Then and Now

A great friend from High School shared this with me last night and it made me laugh.  As it is so timely (and funny) I thought it was totally worth sharing with you all.  As a child of the 70s and a harried mom of two young boys…plus a Montessori Elementary Teacher….I can SOOOO relate.

Many of my back to school memories from the 70s indeed include several of the things that are mentioned (god, I loved those thermoses)…and, between you and me, I see a bit of myself in the “today” routine also. :)

http://www.scarymommy.com/back-to-school-the-70s-vs-today/

Back in the 70s and early 80s much of my back-to-school shopping was done at Hill’s in Ipswich and included a trip to Pennyworth’s across the street (was that the name?).

Some of my must-haves from waaaay back then you may ask?

Happy Back-to-School!

 

Friday is your last Chance to “Celebrate Gloucester” in the BIG TENT on the water

If you haven’t yet been to a concert at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion, now is the time — and if you’ve been to a concert in this gorgeous waterfront venue, you know what I’m talking about.

It’s the perfect summer music experience — ask anybody who was at the packed James Montgomery show last Friday.

Henri Smith

Henri Smith

This Friday (8/29) we’re bringing in the same concert stage and state-of-the-art sound & lights for Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours to kick off Schooner Festival weekend — get tickets here.

There’s a wonderful parallel between James Montgomery and Henri Smith.  Both bandleaders are major talents, they love to surround themselves with the best players available and both are committed to furthering their musical traditions by nurturing young talent.

Henri is bringing Grammy-winning saxophonist and flautist Amadee Castenell (who appeared in the HBO hit series Treme) along with Berklee professor Herman Hampton and top New England Conservatory trombonist Eric Stilwell — 3 generations of top musicians on the same stage!

And Mile Marker One will have a full bar along with perfect summer food: Lobster Rolls, BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Sausage/Peppers/Onions and of course Clam Chowda!

Don’t let summer pass you by without dancing a second line with Henri and his stellar band at the largest waterfront tent in Gloucester!  Don’t wait until it sells out.  GET TICKETS NOW!

Amadee Castenell

Amadee Castenell

Herman Hampton

Herman Hampton

Amadee Castenell

Eric Stilwell

Eric Stilwell

Guitar Concert by Brendan Evans. Rockport Community House. August 26th @ 7:30pm. 58 Broadway, Rockport MA

Brendan EvansBrendan plays solo concert music from of Spanish and Classical guitar works – bring family and friends! Donations accepted.

Check out Brendan’s site to listen to some of his recordings — this is going to be a fantastic show!

http://www.brendan-evans.com/

7:30pm

Rockport Community House

58 Broadway

Rockport MA

Sell Out Alert: A Few VIP Seats Left for Henri Smith YMCA Benefit on Friday 8/29 @ Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion (the BIG Tent)

JMB-WillieLast Friday’s James Montgomery show jam packed Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion (the BIG tent next to Mile Marker One) and VIP was sold out. The photo on the right shows how close the VIP seats are to the stage.

Wouldn’t you like to be this close to Henri Smith and his band New Orleans Friends & Flavours featuring Grammy-winning sax & flute player Amadee Castenell?

Henri_postcardYou can still get VIP seats (right here), but they won’t last long.  Plus you’ll be supporting Cape Ann YMCA Camp & Teen Services.

Don’t be one of those people who comes at the last minute and then complains that all the best seats are taken.  DO IT NOW!

Here’s a shot of the VIP section from behind the last row of VIP.
VIP Seating

Isn’t this where you want to be on Friday night to kick off the Schooner Festival?

Check out this video of Henri Smith’s sold out Mardi Gras 2013 concert at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly.

 

Get all the Schooner Fest Scoop & Songs tomorrow morning at 9AM on North Shore 104.9 – And Joey, here’s your answer

Daisy Nell (R) and Capt. Stan

“Curtain Up” host Aurelia Nelson

Tomorrow (Sunday) at 9AM Aurelia Nelson Welcomes Schooner Festival Chair Daisy Nell and Capt. Stan on her North Shore 104.9FM Radio show “Curtain Up”.

Daisy & Stan perform 2 songs and will tell you everything you need to know about next weekend’s Schooner Festival, one of our favorite weekends.  Click here for a complete Schooner Festival Schedule.

And here’s the definitive answer to Joey’s question about the Lobster Bake (from the Schooner Fest website)

Schooner Festival Lobster Bake

Two years ago, local blogger Capt. Joey of GoodMorningGloucester came up with a great idea!  Joey suggested that, in order to get the Gloucester community involved with the Schooner Festival, a community lobster bake should be held during the Festival.

Recognizing good advice, the Festival Committee held the 1st annual Community Lobster Bake in 2013 and it was a huge success!  Check out GoodMorningGloucester to see just how successful the event was!

The Community Lobster Bake will be held again in 2014 on Saturday, August 30, 4:30pm-7:30pm at Maritime Gloucester on Harbor Loop in downtown Gloucester. Enjoy freshly steamed lobster, corn on the cob, and a Virgilio’s roll– all for $15 per person. Relax with your dinner on the slopes of the Fitz Henry Lane lawn while listening to Old Cold Tater & Friends. Also available for sale: hot dogs, hamburgers, cookies, cold sodas & spring water, beer & wine. Tickets available in advance from Maritime Gloucester or at the event.

Allen Estes and The Souls & Joe Wilkins Band Tonight @ The Harbor Loop Concert 2014 6:30

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Allen Estes

 http://www.allenestes.com/allenestes/Souls_Of_The_Sea_(link).html

 

 

Joe Wilkins -Tonight- Playing at the Harbor Loop stage in Gloucester – outdoors! – with Steve Burke on Bass, Dennis Monagle on drums and Scott Noring on percussion. Allen Estes opens the night the Harbor Loop stage in Gloucester

http://www.wilkinsnoise.com/

Joe Wilkins original. One of my favorites…

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