Category Archives: Rockport
An ironic place for some seagulls to snack on lobster legs, isn’t it?
Brazen little buggers sat right on top of our live lobsters to dine on some of their cousins. Well, I can’t really prove that they’re actual cousins…but, you know what I mean.
I can almost hear the lobsters in the crate….”Enough already. I can’t take it. STOP! Why are you doing this? What more do you want from me?”
This is the first time I’ve raised the flag since January. I’m home again with my birds. I have missed them. In this photo, I meant to show my “bullet hole,” but it’s hidden behind my right shoulder. Just as well! Photo, with flawless framing, is by my friend Donna Ardizzoni.
I look forward to posts than other than those about my health. However, I think I’ve opened up an area that many folks are have interest in. I’ll always cherish the hospital and nursing home/rehab/VNA friends who saved my life.
A little known secret about me is that I am full blown obsessed with the shows House Hunters and House Hunters International on HGTV. And then there’s Island Hunters! Did you know there are actually people out there shopping for islands?!
I’ve been watching them both for years and they never get old…
I LOVE living here…that comes as no surprise…but, I’d be lying if I didn’t find myself watching episodes of couples picking up everything and moving to some beachfront location on some tropical island paradise. I live vicariously through them for 30 or 60 minutes whenever possible. Dork, I know.
So, yesterday, upon finding a vulnerable little hermit crab at Cape Hedge Beach who was “between houses,” my boys suggested we conduct our own beachfront version of House Hunters. We found several shell options for the squishy little guy, placed him and them under a clump of seaweed as much protected from hungry seagulls and bigger crabs as possible, and let him do his thing.
We watched him for a bit, but he was shy so we left him alone to take a look around his potential new residences. We weren’t sure what he was looking for…striped, solid, beach chic, room to grow, open floor plan, comfy cozy, etc.
When we went back later to check, he was gone. The boys were thrilled….even though there was no commission to be gained.
Last night’s fireworks over Rockport Harbor were fantastic.
See Sarah Kelly’s complete coverage and schedule of events here: ROCKPORT IS GOING BIG THIS WEEKEND!
The people who put together the 2nd Annual Rockport Fireworks don’t mess around — they have created a huge show for everyone this Saturday night as part of what the organizers call Illumination Weekend. Shops, galleries, restaurants are participating by illuminating their businesses with lanterns in honor of what promises to be the biggest fireworks display north of the Charles River. And people, Rockport is going to be humming this weekend. We have Lobsterfest, the Acoustic Music Fest, the Rockport Farmers Market Ice Cream Social. On and on it goes…. Here’s the breakdown:
Saturday, August 9th:
- Rockport Farmers Market: 9 to 1pm in Harvey Park
- Ice Cream Social at the Rockport Farmers Market: 11:30 to 1pm in Harvey Park
- Rockport Fireworks Activities: 12:30: Kids’ crafts, 2 to 4pm: Music in the Old Firehouse Trust.
- Rockport Rotary’s Lobsterfest: 3 to 7pm at the bandstand at Back Beach. Click HERE for info.
- Rockport Fireworks: The BIG event is at 9:30pm! Get ready for an incredible display!
Sunday, August 10th
- Rockport Acoustic Music Festival: Noon to 6pm in Millbrook Meadow. Click HERE for more info. A free & fun event!
- Illumination at Shops, Galleries & Restaurants: many Rockport business are participating in Illumination weekend through special discounts and in-store promotions. Enjoy the lanterns hanging throughout town in honor of the weekend’s festivities.
About that Farmers Market:
This Week’s Rockport Farmers Market Vendors: Wally’s Bistro, Fudge Everything, Maitland Mountain Farm, First Light Farm, Seaview Farm, Sasquatch Smokehouse, Heath’s Tea Room, Sullivan’s Sugarhouse, Cuz It’s Good!, Twin Lights, West River Creamery, the Vermont Candy Dish, That Nutty Redhead, Vintage Greens, Sea Biscuit Fine Baked Goods, Trupiano’s Sausage.
Our vendors offer meat, eggs, smoked fish, cheese, lots of produce, pickles, sauces (sweet and savory), salsas, cookies, whoopie pies, breads, nuts = truly enough for a week’s worth of delicious, amazing, locally-produced food!
Music & More: We’ll have music from the talented Steve Lacey this week and don’t miss the home growers section of the Farmers’ Market is packed with a small amount of good things: Anadama bread from Sten af Klinteberg, honey from apiarist and cookbook author Melissa Abbott, the beautiful Northern Italian-style pesto from Mercedes Flavin and flower petal jams from local grower Jessie.
The Rockport Farmers Market takes place, rain or shine. And be sure to stop by our Ice Cream Social this week! A huge thank you to The Ice Cream Store for providing the ice cream, and to Fudge Everything and Twin Lights for providing delicious chocolate topping and soda for Old Fashioned Ice Cream Sodas! Ginger Ale, Root Beer and Orange soda will all be available.
PARKING NEWS The Rockport Farmers Market, with the permission of the Rockport Police Dept., has four spaces available on High Street for short-term farmers’ market parking every Saturday from 9am to 1pm. If you’re in a hurry and need some produce, you can park right next to the market for a few minutes while you dash through the market!
August At Rockport Music
This August, Rockport Music offers a wide variety of music with The Bad Plus and jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman to pianist Anthony De Mare in a tribute to Sondheim’s music on piano. In mid-August, the 3rd Annual Rockport Jazz Festival brings such legendary jazz musicians as Kenny Barron and Christian McBride to genre-defying Donal Fox to young jazz artists like drummer Ali Jackson and jazz singer Cyrille Aimée. The month doesn’t end there as we also have many other performers including the Kingston Trio, Tom Rush, Paula Cole and Capitol Steps.
I guess for someone, stealing is easier than working for it. And from kids nonetheless. Allow me to explain.
If you’ve browsed any of my previous posts here on GMG, you’ve probably come to know a few things about me. You probably know that I’m long winded (does that actually apply to writing?) and you’ve probably gotten to “know” my two young boys….and maybe you’ve learned that they love the ocean. More than loving it, they work hard at being budding little lobstermen, and they’re pretty passionate about it.
If you haven’t seen it yet, maybe this will help paint the picture
My boys, along with their three great friends…on our friends’ boat, go lobstering typically twice per week all summer long. With only ten traps, they certainly don’t do it to make money….they do it because they love it. And, they do it for Lobsterfest! Once each summer (maybe twice if we’re lucky)… we gather our families and some of our local friends, and we have a feast to end all feasts. More importantly, we have laugh after laugh, in one of the most picturesque towns I know. It is, without a doubt, one of our favorite evenings of the entire summer.
We check the tide chart….we check our busy summer schedules…and we pick a day. This summer…that day was Saturday.
The kids feel tremendous pride that their hard work supplies the Stars of the Show: The Rockport Harbor Lobsters! They feel tremendous pride that our guests….friends who have watched them grow, learn, laugh, and cry…gather to enjoy a quintessential summer evening and “oooh and ahhhh” over their bounty! They feel tremendous pride in being such a huge part of such a special tradition.
So, maybe you can imagine our shock and dismay to discover that THE lobsters had been stolen from the water on Friday night. Holding tank and all. Gone. As a friend put it, “It’s like losing your uniform the night before the Big Game.” The night before Lobsterfest.
I get that maybe the thief wasn’t aware that those lobsters had been slowly gathered by a group of dedicated children…and their two amazing dads. Two dads who take the time to show those kids how to haul and set their gear. Two dads who, while they love lobstering with the kids, may actually prefer to cast a few rods, set an anchor at the beach, or play a round of golf on a few more occasions, rather than continuously tend to the traps. Or maybe they wouldn’t rather do those things, either way, that isn’t the point.
The point is, Stealing is wrong…and I’m pissed.
“The children must be crushed!” you may be thinking. Well, actually, the children don’t know. Luckily, those two amazing dads also had the wherewithal to not let the children know that someone had stolen their lobsters. They would have been beyond devastated. They would have been hurt. They probably would have been confused.
Those two amazing dads also didn’t want our guests to know that they had to scramble and buy lobsters in the eleventh hour. They certainly didn’t want any guests to run out and purchase lobsters themselves….not that any of those guests would have minded! Lucky also is that Cape Ann is the type of community where friends rally for each other. Lucky also is that, having lived here forever, those two amazing dads have people who were happy to help them and that getting enough lobsters to feed our friends was possible.
So, Lobsterfest was a giant success. Those little “lobsterkids” are none the wiser and, while we’re still mad, it would take more than a small time thief (Jack Ass) to ruin a wonderful summer evening with such amazing friends. Still, shame on them.
Yesterday, during a miraculous 30 minute session of sitting still at the beach, I fired off this short little post about Beach Pros and Cons….as I was contemplating which beach is “best” for my boys (ummm….and me).
So, today, I invite you to participate in this little summer poll
Please comment with additional answers if you’d like as it is impossible to adequately include all kinds of beach experiences!
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!
There’s a lot of construction going on along Nugent Stretch from Gloucester along into Rockport these days.
What a ball! On Saturday morning men and women from the United States Navy joined forces with some young and eager kickball stars from Rockport. The results were a mad game of Kickball! The Midshipmen (trust me when I say I did some research to figure out the correct terms to use for these awesome men and women…but, since they were out of uniform, I’m at a loss) were unbelievable with the kids and, while the game was competitive, it was also hysterical to watch. Children 6 years old and older were welcome to register in advance for the opportunity to play with and against the Navy. At the end of the game they game some younger children (including the Finnster) a chance to kick and run the bases as well.
Thanks to all of those involved! Lasting memories for these young kids for sure.
Add some beautiful sailboats with nautical flags a flappin’ and some pretty easy on the eyes cadets all dressed in navy and khaki and Rockport just got even prettier!
Welcome back to town to the United States Navy!