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Oops, did you miss Mardi Gras? This year you’ve got a 2nd chance

Soooo …. you’re dealing with snow again today and you suddenly realize that Mardi Gras came and went yesterday without much thought on your part — you didn’t even go down to Lat 43 to support the YMCA Teens’ Service Learning Trips coming up this spring — yes, spring — I know you can’t even imagine spring, but it will come.  Trust me.

YMCA Teens at Larcom

Rick Doucette with the Y teens on the Larcom Theatre stage with Charles Neville, Amadee Castenell, Henri Smith and his band after last year’s Mardi Gras concert.

Don’t dispair.  You’ve got another chance to celebrate Mardi Gras AND support the YMCA Teens this Friday at the Larcom Theatre with Henri Smith and Charles Neville (of the Neville Brothers).  Melissa Cox will be there hosting a 50/50 raffle to support the Y Teens.  Get your concert tickets here and your raffle tickets at the theatre.  The music will be HOT.  The dancing even hotter — and you can contribute to a good cause, making you feel just great about having a good time!

Rick Doucette Just Turned Me On To The Dollar Shave Club

In light of my recent shaving disaster I’m taking my boy Rick Doucette’ (among other people’s) advice.  Literally 7 different people emailed me today telling me how much they dig the dollar saving club service.

Rick Says These Razors Are Great and They Ship You 4 New Blades Each Month for $6 Including Shipping and Handling.

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What a handsome son of a gun the Rick Doucette is.

So for $72 a year I’ll get 48 Blades.  Way Less Than Gillette razors for the same quality shave.  I get to toss the blades once a week and use a fresshie.  They give you a free handle and if you don’t like the razors you simply quit without any obligation.  No Brainer city baby.

I ordered the middle of the line razors-

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From the site-

How it Works

Are you ready to join the ranks of our enlightened membership?


Dollar Shave Club couldn’t be simpler. Select one of our great
razors, pay one low monthly fee, and we send ‘em right to your
door. No more over-paying for fancy brand name shave tech.
No more forgetting to buy your blades.

Don’t be the dope like me that goes for the cheapo generic brand ones and cut the heck out of your face-

cuts

It’s $6 including shipping and handling.  Cheaper than any package of Gillette razors you can buy.  The Gillette comparable blades cost over $3 per blade.  I don’t see much risk in trying it out especially with the recommendation from Rick Doucette.

So if you want to try it out like me here’s the website-

Dollar Shave Club

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FWIW I’m trying the wipes too. Nothing but the best for my butthole is what I always say.

O’Maley Innovation Middle School – New Pledge

O’Maley Innovative Middle School SAILS on with Pledge!

Oct. 1, the entire O’Maley community gathered in the auditorium for our first SAILS assembly of the school year. Rick Doucette, YMCA Executive Director and SAILS Community member volunteer, acted as Master of Ceremonies. Rick had the honor of revealing to all gathered the O’Maley pledge and led us all in the Pledges’ first public reading. Principal Deb Lucey was the first to sign and Rick followed as our first community member. After the assembly students returned to homerooms where each classroom has a poster of the pledge. Students were then asked to sign on!

The O’Maley community is now engaged with sharing the pledge with others and inviting them to sign on in support. On Oct. 9, while visiting our school Dr. Safier enthusiastically added his signature to our pledge while a group of 6th graders looked on with pride.

Last Spring, as part of the O’Maley School’s SAILS initiative, the whole school participated in an all school writing prompt. The prompt asked students to take a look at examples of pledges and then discuss what it means to make a pledge and commit yourself to it. Next the students were asked to make a list of what they think should be included in an O’Maley pledge.

The responses from the writing prompt were then given to a group of student editors, made up from volunteers from each grade, who then took on the task of narrowing down the broad categories and reworking these down to a manageable number reflecting values expressed by students that they would like to see in a pledge.

The final Pledge draft was presented and accepted. The beauty of the Pledge as written by the student editors needed no further work. The pledge speaks to all and ask of each what is theirs to give.

Supt. Safier signing our new PledgeO'Maley Innovation Middle School's New PledgeRick Doucette at an O'Maley Innovation Middle School Assembly

Video: Sista Felicia’s Book “Gifts of Gold” Red Carpet Interviews

The Gifts of Gold Gala Event was a smash hit in every way, from the outstanding hors d’oeurves and refreshments, all prepared from the pages of Gifts of Gold, to the stunning decor, created by Felicia, Daphne, and friends. Lillian, Rick, and Joey are wonderful interviewers and, with everyone there to celebrate Felicia’s much deserved success, there are lots of sweet moments in the video. Thank you Sista Felicia for a wonderfully memorable evening!

Rick Doucette and Christian O’Donnell Podcast ~ Listen here

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Rick Doucette on Easter Morning

If you were in church at 9am on Easter Sunday instead of listening to the radio, your reward is below: listen to a podcast of Aurelia Nelson’s interview, on her North Shore 104.9 show Curtain Up, with YMCA Teen & Camping Services Director, Rick Doucette and Christian O’Donnell, one of the teen leaders who is going on the New Orleans trip during April Vacation.

You can see a complete list of all teens going on the trip here.

It’s not too late to get tickets to Saturday’s Mardi Gras in April concert, that will help pay for the trip, featuring Henri Smith and Charles Neville at the historic Larcom Theatre in Beverly.  Here’s a video of these two New Orleans greats at Celebrate Gloucester in 2010.

Get tickets here and help local teens pay for their April Vacation service learning trip.

What are your kids doing this April Vacation?

NOLA-AirportFor the fourth year, Gloucester’s Rick Doucette, YMCA Teen & Camping Services director, is taking teens and chaperons from North Shore YMCAs to New Orleans during April Vacation to help people rebuild the City and even the Bayou — they plant trees as well as repair homes.

This trip works wonders on many levels: local teens are immersed in New Orleans culture; they feel the joy of having a profoundly positive impact on other people’s lives; they experience first-hand how working together builds a stronger community.

MardiGras2013_CabotAdMost kids goof off during April vacation.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a firm believer in giving kids free-time to explore the world and become themselves.  But something vital touches me when I hear that 47 local teens are going to donate their vacation time to work hard on a construction site or in a swamp so that people 1500 miles away can have a better life.

That’s one reason why Vickie and I are producing a concert next Saturday, April 6, featuring New Orleans natives Henri Smith & Charles Neville to help raise money for this trip.  Last year, we sold out Minglewood Tavern on Mardi Gras, so we decided to take it to another level this year and host it at the historic Larcom Theatre in Beverly (more about that here).

You can still get tickets and there are even a few VIP packages left.  Get on-line tickets here or go to Gloucester Music.

Here’s a list of the adventurous teens who are going on the trip and the YMCA they belong to.  Let’s honor them by helping to raise money so their parents don’t have to pay for their kids to work during April Vacation.

BEVERLY YMCA LYNCH VAN OTERLOO YMCA
Meghan Cafferty Emma Knittle
Elizabeth Coughlin Renee Pavolich
Anna Gibson Emily Peugh
Nicholas Jalbert Adam Rodgers
Jonathan Powers
Rebecca Salah SALEM YMCA
Graeme Marcoux
CAPE ANN YMCA Catherine Marcoux
Michael Collins Hannah Morin
Frederick Doucette Jr Jakob Murtaugh
Christian O’Donnell Will Parr
Kevin Redmond Morgan Rogers
Conor Williamson Aiden Scrimgeour
Zachary White Shannon Tucker
Tyler Bailey-Jerome Elektra Tzannus Newman
Molly White Madeline Wiryo
Leia Sturtevant Brenna Burke
Nicole Klink Marin Ian Carter
Nicole Williamson Nathaniel Clark
Shannon Gallagher Catherine Coleman
John Brisson Audrey Delgado
Zeke Pasquarelli Chase Duffin
Jared Marshall Jaclyn Jermym
Austin Sousa Cole Jermym
Steven Verga Abby Sherwood
Zoe Wong

 

How many people went to the last Block Party?

TONS!  As you can see by this photo of a small section of Main St.  The whole street was this packed.

Small section of Main St @ Downtown Gloucester Block Party July 21, 2012

These block parties just keep getting bigger … and bigger … and bigger.  More music, more dancing, more dining, more kid shows … you get the picture.

If you were there in July, you know what we’re talking about.   If not, come down tomorrow and you’ll see what we mean.

And speaking of Kid activities: Just look at this photo to the right.  Kids with painted faces, balloons in hand playing chess after dark in the middle of the street!  How cool is that?  Only in Glosta!

Be sure to visit Kid Town run by YMCA Kid & Teen Guru, Rick Doucette, who also makes all the balloon animals.

See complete the Block Party Schedule and more info here.

Allen Estes sings Brandy Jane

Allen Estes sings Brandy Jane

One of Allen’s early songs (written during his first batch of 30 songs about 40 years ago), Brandy Jane has become a favorite of many people.

Allen is gimmesound’s Artist of the week and sings this and 3 other wonderful songs on his Local Music Seen special, which premieres Wednesday at 6:30pm on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.

You can catch Allen at the Rhumb Line tonight with Orville Giddings and some surprise guests. See full lineup here.

And don’t forget the Mardi Gras benefit for Y Teens on Tuesday when Grammy winner Charles Neville joins Henri Smith and his band New Orleans Friends & Flavours. Call 979-281-0223 for tickets

Free Y Camp from Rick Doucette

Lunch & Dinner @ Latitude 43 and tonight’s concert @ Minglewood Tavern support Y Teens Rebuild New Orleans III trip to New Orleans — all day long.  In this video, Rick Doucette tells you how to enter to win a free week of summer camp just by wearing your T shirt!

Mardi Gras with Henri Smith feat. Charles Neville TOMORROW 7:30 Benefit for Y TEENS REBUILD NEW ORLEANS III

Don’t miss Grammy-winner Charles Neville with Henri Smith and a special Mardi Gras band featuring plenty of brass & percussion at Minglewood Tavern tomorrow at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $15 in advance (that means get them today) and $20 at the door.  10% of revenue from tickets, food & drink benefits Y TEENS REBUILD NEW ORLEANS III trip.

If you missed the interviews with Rick Doucette, see them here with Zack White and here with Steven Verga.

Don’t forget Allen Estes is gimmesound’s artist of the week and you can see him sing one of his most popular new songs, Beautiful Stranger, here (not yet available on any cd).

Rick Doucette & Zack White ~ Mardi Gras Family Party

Rick Doucette and Zack White preview the family Mardi Gras party starting at noon on Tuesday at Latitude 43 to help raise money for the Y TEENS REBUILD NEW ORLEANS III trip in April.

Grammy-winner Charles Neville joins Henri Smith following the party for a Mardi Gras benefit concert at 7pm.  Tickets are still available.  Call 978-281-0223.

More information here

Lots of high energy music tonight from Ska to Southern Rock.  See the full lineup here.