Tag Archives: New England

Nothing Says “Fall in New England” like…

Want to get back at your children for whatever they’ve done wrong or failed to do when asked so far this season?  A little Doughnut Revenge is fun for all.

Nothing says, “Fall in New England” like being slapped in the face by a sugary doughnut.

 

Great Wolf Lodge…Pretty Great For Sure

We went way over the bridge this week and took a quick getaway to the brand new Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg.  Prior to the onslaught of some heavy duty advertising recently, you may not have heard of the Great Wolf Lodges, but I’d been hoping to get to one of their other locations for quite some time now for a short family vacation.  Last year I was psyched to hear that they were planning on building a lodge here in Massachusetts!

So, they opened in June and we booked during a promo offer back in March.  It did not disappoint.  The boys were psyched and even my husband made it through the 24 hours of Triple F (forced family fun….for those of you not in the know) unscathed….and happy.  We packed a cooler.

Because it is new…it is spotless.  They definitely pay attention to detail and they definitely cater to family fun.  From the wolf ears that they hand out upon check-in (that families oddly wear during their entire stay…ummm, but not us because we can’t pull off that type of crap off) to the “Have a Wolftastic Day” greeting that they offer even before you can drink a cup of morning coffee, to the door openers who never fail to beat you to the punch and are unbelievably eager to welcome you in and out of every single space with unwavering enthusiasm.  A vacation destination built for kids this is.  Cheesy sure.  But, a good cheesy, if this is the type of vacation that you went ahead and booked for your kids.  I, personally, wouldn’t have had it any other way.  Little Finn feel in love with Violet the Wolf and while Thatcher tried to be too cool for story and song time, I caught him singing along and doing the Wolf Lodge Howl with the best of them!

Our family suite overlooked the main lodge welcome area…which was odd and yet cool all at the same time.  The wrist bands that they give you upon check-in also serve as your room key….which, as a none-purse-carrying type of girl, I LOVED.  You could also just scan your wristband anywhere throughout the lodge and your purchases would simply get charged to your room. Bonus…albeit dangerous I suppose.  For the record…they don’t put those in the kids’ wristbands….that would be silly.

They have six pretty awesome water slides.  Four for kids 42″ and taller and two for anyone over 48″.  One is the the type where they put you in a little booth, count down from 5, and drop the floor out beneath you to propel you straight down into the unknown.  Crazy!  I, for the record, sat that one out. Fortunately, I can blame Finn as he was just a bit too short and someone “had” to stay with him.  My husband and Thatcher braved it eagerly….and loved it.

The lodge also has two water playgrounds, a pretty rad wave pool, a hot tub, a small lazy river, water basketball, an excellent ropes course high up in the air, some little mall-type rides, mini golf, a Magi Quest interactive game to be played throughout your stay, a 6D little movie theater ride, a super fun arcade (and I don’t normally love arcades so that’s saying something), a restaurant, a cafe, a Dunkin’ Donuts, an ice cream joint, a little day spa for the girls, and more!

Pretty cool too is that, while check-in is @ 4:00, they allow you to use the water park beginning at 1:00.  Even more cool is that, while check out is 11:00 a.m., they allow you to use the water park all the way up to closing (9:00 p.m.) that day.  They have lockers and showers so that once you put your luggage in the car you can still enjoy some fun, shower, change, and get ready for the ride home.  That being the case, if you live close enough, one night is a good enough stay.  More than two nights, in my humble opinion, would be too long.

Good, clean, family fun less than two hours from Cape Ann.  I’m guessing that come the long and abyssmal winter months this place will be jammin’!

See the Great Wolf Lodge

 

Today! The Eastern Coyote in New England Sponsored by Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary Sat, Jan 11, 2014

I hope Kim Or Paul or both go to this and get some interesting info to share.

This is what I know about coyotes:
If there was a child attacked by a coyote the news media would blast it all over the place but you don’t hear about those incidents so that gives me a little comfort.

On the other hand if you have a pulse and can see then you have most definitely seen an uptick from no coyote sightings 10 years ago to weekly sightings today.

I understand there are people who would rather see people’s pets eaten rather than take some type of action. I just hope that the current trends of seeing them more and more during the day and seeing them more often doesn’t end up turn into something where people can’t even go for a walk.

Maybe the answer is to walk around with a tazer? “Don’t taze me bro!”


The Eastern Coyote in New England
Sponsored by Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Sat, Jan 11, 2014 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location:

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
Instructor:

Christine Schadler – Wild Canid Ecologist and New England representative for Project Coyote, a national group promoting coexistence with coyotes.
Audience:

Adult
Members:

Adult $8.00
Nonmembers:

Adult $10.00
The howling in New England has returned! Since 1900, when the eastern wolf retreated into southern Ontario, our woods have not known a top predator. Since the 1940s, however, the bark and howl of the eastern coyote has resonated from pasture to mountain. Today, thousands of coyotes occupy New England, but unlike their smaller western cousin, our coyotes are part wolf, can hunt in packs to take deer, and are filling the niche of the wolf. Come learn about the natural history of this adaptable mammal and get answers to any questions or concerns you may have from an expert. How we rethink our woods as a domain to be shared will ultimately determine our success in adapting to life with this amazing predator.

Make it a day – bring a bag lunch and sign up for Tracking Predators with Bob Metcalfe in the afternoon from 12:30-4:30 pm.

Instructions and Directions:

Meets in the Barn.
Registration is required.
Call to register 978-887-9264.
Register by mail: program registration form (PDF 66K)

For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.
For more information, contact:

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
87 Perkins Row
Topsfield, MA 01983
ipswichriver@massaudubon.org

Who’s Who in New England’s Fisheries

Caleb Gilbert forwards-

I hope all’s well Joey…  I’m a dad!  Just got back to the office and ran across this little video that was getting sent around..  Thought you might like checking it out if you haven’t seen it yet…  Kind of a cool little general overview of fisheries…

Congrats Caleb!!!

Chickity Check It! The Daily Bird New England submitted By Jan Howarth

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Hello, Joey,

I look forward to your blog every morning — thanks so much for all your hard work!

A while back, two people posted photos of hawks and asked for help in identifying them. Then I saw a hawk in my own front yard, and I became really curious. After a little Internet searching, I found a blog by a fellow called Alexander Dunn: The Daily Bird (a seasonal site for watchers of New England birds). It’s a great site! (http://thedailybirdnewengland.blogspot.com)

I e-mailed the photos to him, and asked for his opinion. Here it is (along with two links to pages on his site that feature the birds he mentions)!

Hi Jan,

I’m glad you found my site and have enjoyed reading it. I took a look at the photos you sent and the first image is that of an immature red-tailed hawk. Image 2 is  bit harder to tell but I think you have either an immature sharp-shinned hawk or a cooper’s hawk. They are similar in appearance but differ in size so without context it’s hard to tell. For more on both of these species you can view my website:

http://thedailybirdnewengland.blogspot.com/2011/01/red-tailed-hawk-john-wayne-central-park.html

http://thedailybirdnewengland.blogspot.com/2011/03/coopers-hawk-other-hawk.html

The "first image" Alexander refers to is the one I’ve attached with the large picture and all the little ones. "Image 2" is the bird sitting on the railing. Alexander does note on his site that a sharp-shinned hawk is about the size of a blue jay, so that might help identify the visitor. A Cooper’s hawk is roughly the size of a crow.

So, what have I learned from all this? That I need lots more practice!

Thanks so much,

Jan Howarth

Rockport HarvestFest: Awesome Food, Live Music & Cooking Demos!

Scroll down for a HarvestFest Schedule of Events. And be sure to pick up your Scarecrow Stroll Contest Ballot! Great cash prizes awarded courtesy of Granite Savings Bank to the winning scarecrows!

HarvestFest All Day Events: October 13th from 10 am to 6 pm

Information Booth & Music Tent in Dock Square. Pick up information about all there is to do and see during HarvestFest and listen to some great live music in the heart of Rockport!

Local Fare Fair on T-Wharf.  Featuring food made locally on Cape Ann and in New England, with Cape Ann Brewing Co. offering a taste of some local brews from 11 to 6 o’clock.  Cooking demonstrations to take place at 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Click HERE for more information.

Scarecrow Stroll Contest throughout Downtown. Don’t miss Rockport’s unique & artistic collection of scarecrows from Front Beach to Bearskin Neck to Harvey Park!  (And be sure to vote on your favorite!). Great prizes offered to the winners sponsored by Granite Savings Bank in Rockport. Click HERE for more information.

Kids’ Zone in Harvey Park.  Climb the hay bales and more! And don’t miss our scheduled events: pumpkin painting from 2 to 4 pm and the costume parade, The Great Scarecrow Chase, at 4:30!

Glass Art Installations by John Bassett, seARTS Partner With an Artist 2012 Winner. Bassett’s work will be on display at three downtown restaurants, right in the heart of the new Rockport Cultural District. Bassett has created the colorful Hannah Jumper series with slumped and fused recycled glass from Rockport’s transfer station.

WOCA Fair in Harvey Park.  The What’s On Cape Ann Fair highlights area non-profits, organizations and sponsors.  Enjoy interactive booths as you learn just what resources are available to Cape Ann residents and visitors!. Click here for more information.

NYRE Food Booth in Harvey Park.  Proceeds to benefit New Year’s Rockport Eve, an annual tradition in Rockport.

HarvestFest Scheduled Events*

Cooking Demonstrations

11 am: Cooking Demonstration with author and educator Nancy Singleton Hachisu under the tent on T Wharf. Hosted by food writer Heather Atwood. Nancy will also be available to sign copies of her recently published cookbook, Japanese Farm Food.

1 pm: Cooking Demonstration featuring Chef Frank McClelland of Boston’s L’Espalier and Apple Street Farm in Essex. Hosted by food writer Heather Atwood.

3 pm: Seafood Throwdown Sponsored by NAMA and emceed by Heather Atwood of the Taste of the Times. For more information, click here.

Live Music

11 am -  12:15 pm
Tom O’Carroll playing in Dock Square.  Traditional Irish & Folk. Click here

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Nicholas Bogosian and Michael Knoblach playing in Dock Square. Old Timey Roots Music. Click here.

1:45 – 3:15 pm
Daniel Dye & the Miller Road Band playing in Dock Square.  Indie Americana. Click here.

3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Brad Byrd with full band playing in Dock Square. Indie/Alt Rock


11 am -  12:30 pm
Courtney Reid playing on T Wharf.  Indie/Alternative Rock. Click here

12:45 pm – 3:15 pm
The Sturdy Oak Boys playing under the tent on T-Wharf. Bluegrass

3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Old Cold Tater playing under the tent on T-Wharf. Bluegrass


2 pm – 3 pm
Rockport Legion Band in Harvey Park. Click here or here to watch a video clip.

Activities for Families

11 am – 1 pm
Make Your Own Instruments with Rockport Music! In Dock Square at the Old Firehouse Trust Building. Create your own guitar from cigar boxes and other supplies. Sponsored by Rockport Music.

12 noon
CAAA’s Best Dressed Dog Parade from Harvey park to Bearskin Neck and back again. Registration for the Parade begins at 11am with the actual Parade starting at noon. The winners will be announced and prizes awarded immediately following the parade at the CAAA table in Harvey park. Sponsored by the Cape Ann Animal Aid

2 pm – 4 pm
Pumpkin Painting at the Kids’ Zone! Paint a pumpkin to take home as part of your Autumn decor! $5 suggested donation – proceeds to support Rockport Festivals programming.

4:30 pm
The Great Scarecrow Chase!  Children of all ages can join us for a costumed parade throughout downtown, ending up with a very special surprise and treat!  Parade begins in Harvey Park at the Kids Art Zone. Click HERE for more information.

Art & Culture

11 am
Narrative of the Battle of Sandy Bay: Rockport during the War of 1812, as seen through the eyes of five speakers portraying real historical characters who instigated and lived out events in wartime Rockport. The Narrative will be followed by Gaetano Micalizzi reading his award-winning essay on the War of 1812 as well as a brief musical presentation by students.   Located at the First Congregational Church and Sponsored by the Cape Ann DAR

1 pm
MIT Juggling Club on T-Wharf. Traditional street entertainment: juggling, unicycles & more!

1 pm
Glass Art Installation at Brackett’s Oceanview Restaurant on Main Street. Meet Partner With an Artist 2012 Winner John Bassett. Light refreshments. Presented by seARTS and the Rockport Cultural District.

1:30 pm
MIT Juggling Club in Dock Square. Traditional street entertainment: juggling, unicycles & more!

2 pm
Glass Art Installation at Roy Moore’s Fish Shack in Dock Square. Meet Partner With an Artist 2012 Winner John Bassett. Light refreshments. Presented by seARTS and the Rockport Cultural District.

2 pm
MIT Juggling Club on Bearskin Neck. Traditional street entertainment: juggling, unicycles & more!

3 pm
Glass Art Installation at the 7th Wave Restaurant on Bearskin Neck. Meet Partner With an Artist 2012 Winner John Bassett. Light refreshments. Presented by seARTS and the Rockport Cultural District.

4:00 pm
Scarecrow Stroll Contest winners announced in Dock Square! Sponsored by Granite Savings Bank.

For More Information:
www.rockportartfestivals.com
rockportfestivals@gmail.com
978-501-3593

The HarvestFest Poster is Here!

It’s less than three weeks away, so make your plans now to come to Rockport’s HarvestFest celebration on October 13th. And just to add to the anticipation, here is the 2012 HarvestFest poster, designed by Darren Mason with additional credit going to Nina Samoiloff — and artwork by George Anderson of course!

The HarvestFest website: https://sites.google.com/site/rockportharvestfest/

2012 New England Beach Soccer Cup Highlight Reel From Good Harbor Beach

Check out their website here

click the picture below for the video

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The 2012 New England Beach Soccer Cup at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Filming and editing done by Anthony Sanfilippo:
anthonysans.com
www.youtube.com/anthonysans1
twitter.com/anthonysans
facebook.com/videosans
Audio Credit: Skrillex- "Breaking a Sweat"

Great turnout for the first ever New England Beach Soccer Cup

Check out the New England Beach Soccer website for the complete results of today’s games, with lots of photos. Click here for Joey’s Interview with Joe La Rocca and Mike Torres.

 Joe LaRocca, David Esposito, Mike Torres, Anthony LaRocca, Noah Curtis

Chickity Check It New England Beach Soccer Interview With Joe LaRocca and Mike Torres

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Nice header on their home page isn’t it?  You may recognize it from my www.gloucesterwebcam.com as it’s the same image. 

Joe LaRocca and Mike Torres are bringing a way fun tournament to Good Harbor with music and soccer.

Check the website and this video for the details.

My Nana and her Lighthouses

If there’s one thing I learned from my great grandmother, it’s the importance of being a hostess—welcoming people into your home and making them feel warm, loved and taken care of. But if you asked me for two things my Nana taught me in the 23 years I had with her, the second would be to never let a lighthouse go unappreciated.

Lighthouse and moon She loved lighthouses and had them everywhere – sweatshirts with lighthouses on them, calendars, magnets on the fridge. She loved to go driving around just to visit lighthouses in New England. Lighthouses like the one I get to walk by every day on my way to work. As I get ready to go say my good-byes at Nana Lyman’s memorial on Monday, I decided to take a little tour of Gloucester’s lighthouses and appreciate the beauty around us every day – just wanted to share a little bit of it.

The Great New England Hurricane, Boston, 1938

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The Great New England Hurricane of September 1938 killed 600 to 800 people, damaged or destroyed 57,000 homes, took out 26,000 automobiles, and felled 2 billion trees. It was the first major hurricane to hit New England since 1869. In New York City, the East River surged three blocks inland. This photo was taken on Boston Common where the Ducklings sculpture is now.

Fredrik D. Bodin Bodin Historic Photo

82 Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930

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Cape Ann Museum, Sargent House Museum, and Historic New England Program at the Cape Ann Museum May 14th

Museum presents Historic New England Lecture


In partnership with Historic New England and the Sargent House Museum, the Cape Ann Museum presents a lecture exploring the life and work of William Sumner Appleton, founder of Historic New England (formerly the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities) on Saturday, May 14 at 3:00 p.m. In 1910 when Appleton founded the organization, the New England preservation movement was still in its infancy. This talk, given by Historic New England’s Senior Curator of Library and Archives Lorna Condon, focuses on Appleton’s preservation efforts in Gloucester and Cape Ann. After the lecture, walk down Middle Street for a reception and abridged tours at the Sargent House. This program is free and open to the public.
The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Museum is closed during the month of February, on Mondays, and on major holidays. Admission is $8.00 adults, $6.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Children under 12 and Museum members are free. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information please call: (978) 283-0455. Additional information can be found online at www.capeannmuseum.org