Just in case you’re one of those people who thinks blues is a bunch of old folks singing sad songs, you’ve got to check out young rising star, Victor Wainwright, who will have you dancin’ on the grass at Stage Fort Park on August 9. Just 2 weeks left to save $12 on your Gloucester Blues Festival Tickets (get them here).
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It being Sunday and all, I thought I’d remind you of a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon during the summer. Polo.
I know as much as anyone that it is hard to tear yourself away from the beach, boat, deck, or backyard BBQ on a sunny afternoon during the precious and all too fleeting summer months, but, if you’re up for something a tiny bit different, taking in a Polo match is really quite fun!
I’d like to add, however, that better than simply doing it….is doing it right!
The best way to do it is to gather a bunch of your friends, grab a chunk of tailgate space on the sidelines, pack the picnic of all picnics, stuff a cooler to capacity and have a lovely afternoon. Despite popular belief, holding your pinky up while drinking is actually optional. The polo crowd is quite mixed and quite lovely. Ummm….and to any single ladies who happen to be reading….you could probably find a less attractive bunch of athletes elsewhere. Just saying. I should add that there are some pretty rad female players too. I, for one, would LOVE to learn the game.
My boys enjoy walking around and meeting the players and ponies before the match begins. I’ve yet to meet a player who wasn’t friendly and more than happy to let the boys ask questions and meet the horses. They also get a kick out of replacing the divots in-between chukkers….often times barefoot. (Insert mild shutter….horse poop and all).
Stage Fort Park, Hough Ave., Gloucester, MA
July 20, 7pm
Overdrive (R & B with Horns)
Chelsea is back from a her national tour and will be performing Friday (7/25) at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion (the BIG tent). There are still seats available and you can get tickets here.
We know we live in a very special music community when someone who made her name in Gloucester comes back from a national tour and remembers where she got her start by appearing on local radio and performing in local venues.
Aren’t you glad you live here?
Just in case you don’t know who Chelsea Berry is, check out this video of her at Shalin Liu:
BREAKING NEWS: We just announced the Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert Series — three great concerts for three great causes, beginning with Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee John Sebastian on August 15th, the 45th anniversary of his performance at Woodstock. Get tickets here.
In just one week Chelsea Berry will be at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion for A one-night-only summer homecoming concert in Gloucester, Ma. 7.25.2014 8:00pm
Getting ready for next Friday night
A one-night-only summer homecoming concert in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Next to Mile Marker One
75 Essex Ave.
In the big event tent on the water
Renee & Joe will be opening
There will be a solo act by Chelsea and also Chelsea and a full band with Renee Dupuis, Joe Cardoza, Brendan Burns and Dennis Monagle.
This line up is great and you know it’s going to be a most excellent time!
You can get your tickets here before the show > http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/709321
Groove Therapy to open The Harbor Loop Concert tonight with Mari Martin and The Lucky Boys as the headliner 6:30 July 17,2014
Dennis Brennan, Matt Stubbs and Forrest “Frosty” Padgett, Tonight @ The Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30-11:30 The Rhumb Line 7.17.2014
It’s a buzzer beater with my missive this time around: what with house guests and emergency cosmetic surgery, I simply don’t know where the time has gone. If you find it, send it back, postpaid, and I’ll buy you a cherry phosphate. So, let’s go!!
This Thursday at the Rhumb Line we feature that glottal gurgler and all-around nice guy, Mr. Dennis Brennan. A fabulous vocalist and harpist, you oughta see what he can do when I’m not around! He’s bringing along his fleet-fingered stunt double in the form of Mr. Matt Stubbs, on gootar, to add a lot of electrical spice, and Mr. Forrest “Frosty” Padgett to stir the pot.I’ll be on soup bone!
And Sunday evening, from 5 to 8, I’ll be down at the Brew Pub cringing whilst backing up a fabulous singer: Ms. Maureen Benson. Backed up by a bunch of the Old Salties, this portends to be a groovie evening of standards from the good old American Schlongbook. Come and say Hi!
And don’t forget Monday at the Rose Biker Senior Center,where the Good Old Salties rule from 1 to 3. C’mon down and get your pacemakers recharged!
40 Railroad Ave.
WOW! Good news is you don’t have to choose because they’ll ALL be at the Gloucester Blues Festival in 3 1/2 weeks. And if you get your tickets now (right here), you’ll save $12. You really don’t want to miss this one . . .
This week “Wednesdays with Fly Amero” ~ “Down Home Swing ” Chick Marston, Ellen Ford, Laurie & Jay Keefe. 8-11pm 7.16.2014
Grilled Fresh Salmon, $12.95!
Wednesday, July 16th
Special Guests: DOWN HOME SWING!!
Chick Marston, Ellen Ford, Laurie & Jay Keefe. This week marks the first
time I’ve had a chance to host all four of these wonderful guests, known
together as “Down Home Swing”. Chick, as we all know, is the master.
Jay brings his brilliant mandolin playing to the table… and the girls sound
like sisters, with that seamless blend. Not one to be missed, folks! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Grilled Fresh Salmon, $12.95!
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
Coming next week…
…to seeing you there! :-) ~ Fly
I can imagine that it may get old listening to me drone on about how unbelievably awesome it is to live here on Cape Ann, but forgive me, because I’m about to do it again.
Last night, onboard the Lannon, I had the pleasure of meeting some people throughout the evening that I had never met before and whom I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with. There was the “always trust a Burnham” friend who insisted that my super moon photos are inaccurate (whom I hope to prove wrong with a photo of the moon near the Annisquam Yacht Club that I’ll attach in a minute)…the “excuse me ma’am” friend who, while he made me feel like I was 90 years old, also made me smile each time he walked by…..a possible new dentist….a really nice gentleman and FOB who used to live in the same home on Pebble Beach that my husband grew up in, etc. I love meeting new people and each of those conversations enhanced an evening that was already pretty phenomenal because of the company of existing friends, a gorgeous evening, and an amazing venue. Ummm….and a rum drink in a coconut. Come on, really! Several people asked me the same question…”What do you write about for GMG?” I found myself at a loss for a decent answer at first, but at the end of the night, I found myself saying, “I cheerlead for how crazy cool Cape Ann is.” Seemed like a good enough answer.
So, for kicks, allow me to recap the last seven days….as if anyone really needs me to highlight how crazy awesome this community is.
In 7 days’ time, we have gotten up close and personal with no fewer than 20 humpback whales (both on the Hurricane from Cape Ann Whale Watch and a smallish center console boat courtesy of some very good friends). We spent a super fun evening with those same friends to celebrate my husband’s birthday, took their boat around the backshore (some of the most beautiful coastline in the world if you ask me), had lots of delicious food and drinks at The Studio, stopped at the Mile Marker, and saw an incredible sunset over Thacher’s Island on the way home. Two days later the kids joined us as we all enjoyed a day that took us out of Rockport Harbor, around the backshore again, into Gloucester Harbor, out to Stellwagen Bank, to the Cape Ann Brewery, down the Annisquam River, for a evening swim at Wingaersheek Beach, a “meet and greet” with Tyler on the Pin Wheel from Wicked Tuna (who came over because he thought we were having boat trouble when he saw the kids waving to him…How nice is that?!), around Halibut Point, and back home into Rockport. My boys have hauled lobster traps with “Uncle Dave”. We have spent time at what the boys call “our beach” right at the end of our road. Meeting friends at Old Garden Beach is always one of our favorite types of summer day and never gets old. To see my boys growing up alongside the children of good friends and playing with them summer after summer…all carefree and sandy is too good for words. We have gone on the Gloucester Harbor Water Shuttle…twice….with two different groups of friends…and the boys were thrilled to help impart a bit of their knowledge of the waterfront. Both of those harbor tours ended with fun meals and laughs on outdoor decks. Does it get any better? We spent an afternoon at Capt. Carlos and another one at the Studio (which will never get old). We had a play date at Maritime Gloucester for probably the thirtieth time… and loved it as if it was the 1st. We’ve ordered smoothies and simply driven around town…because, for some reason, that NEVER gets old for the boys. We’ve watched boats unload and watched fisherman mend gear. We’ve walked through Rockport, hung out with United States Navy, had a few ice creams along the way, bought cupcakes at Rockin’ Cupcakes on Bearskin Neck for Freddy’s b-day, and sat by our new fire pit at night. Oh, and of course, took an incredible evening sail on the Thomas Lannon. For real…quite a week.
I write this not to bore you with a-week-in-the-life-of-the-Schraffts, but rather to demonstrate how a completely normal week can unfold with ease in one of the world’s best communities.
Go get your summer on, peeps. Embrace this place for all it has to offer!
Obvious reasons, right?
See the full Harbor Walk Summer Cinema schedule here.
New update for the Harbor Loop Concert Series 2014. Tommy and The Toys will be playing instead of Choctaw Rocket on 8/7/2014
Updated/correction for The Harbor Loop Concert Series 2014
Tommy and The Toys will be playing instead of Choctaw Rocket
The bands are scheduled for these dates, but things happen and unfortunately are subject to change.
Special thanks to Bradley Royds for putting this together and for the info. Plus all those that are involved with making this event happen.
We all know this area has a ton of music talent, and SOUL REBEL PROJECT is among the best. If you love true Roots Reggae, then you already know these guys well. If you’ve never had the chance to see them live, start kicking yourself now. After you recover, go to SoulRebelProject.com and see where the next big show will be. Ok, I love these guys for many reasons, one being that they are professionals at what they do, and then there’s the fact that they’ve become good friends, and they just keep getting better every year. Today just so happens to be the iTunes album release date for HIGHER PLACE (on VP Records), and the release of their first video KING. I shot and cut this video for the guys from a live show I taped this past spring. We never intended on making any particular video that night, just grabbing some footage, but here you have it. So watch the video, please share the link, then go check out the tracks on iTunes, you will become a fan instantly. Enjoy!!! (remember click the gear at bottom right for 1080hd)
Now head over to iTunes and get some magic!!
CLICK HERE TO GET TO iTunes: Soul Rebel Project
FOR YOU ANDROID PEEPS GET IT ON AMAZON FOR ONLY $8.99 HERE- SOUL REBEL PROJECT HIGHER GROUND
Special thank you to all involved, Bradley Royds, Harry (Skip) Pardee, Frank Hawks, John Silviera ( the sound guys), Walter Peckham, the Police, the Mayor: Carolyn Kirk, Suzanne Egan, Gail McCarthy, Peter Van Ness, Lucky, Will Hunt, Sheila Orlando…the bands, and everyone who lives in and/or loves Gloucester…
It’s a community effort!