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Many Happy Faces were entertained on the Beauport Princess, sponsored by GIMMESOUND.
Rocky Neck 5k
Introducing the 1st Annual Rocky Neck 5K Road Race/Walk benefiting Rocky Neck Art ColonyCultural Center Building Fund. The course starts on Rocky Neck Causeway, proceeds to Gloucester’s scenic Back Shore and returns to the newly reopened The Studio Restaurant on Rocky Neck. Winners will be recognized and all race participants will be treated to a free celebratory lunch overlooking picturesque Smith Cove. Open to all ages.
The first annual Rocky Neck 5K run/walk road race will begin at exactly 10 a.m. on Sunday morning, June 8, 2014. The Start line for the race will be positioned under the banner on the Rocky Neck Avenue causeway, adjacent to the public parking lot. The finish line will be in front of The Studio Restaurant, at 49 Rocky Neck Avenue.
Tickets are $25 until May 31st, then $35 afterwards. Your ticket includes admission to the race, a buffet ticket to The Studio Restaurant after the race and a t-shirt for early registrants. Awards will be awarded to the top male & female in each of the folowing categories:
- 12 years old & under
- 13 – 19 years old
- 20-35 years old
- 36-59 years old
- 60 years & older
The Race Course
View the whole Rocky Neck 5k course here.
There are 300 parking spaces potentially available to race participants within one mile of the Rocky Neck 5K Start. Free curbside parking is available to race participants along East Main Street leading into the Rocky Neck area, and, on Rocky Neck, along Rocky Neck Avenue andWonson Street.
In addition, the following lots will be available for participants to park free for the duration of the event: 11-13 Rocky Neck Avenue – Public Lot; 31 Rocky Neck Avenue – Former Bickford’s Marina Lot; 81 Rocky Neck Avenue – Gloucester Marine Railways Lot; 20 Wonson Street – Rosenfeld Lot.
Additional offsite parking will also be available to race participants as follows:
Municipal Parking Lots
Harbor Parking Lot (near Gloucester House Restaurant)
Manuel F. Lewis Parking Lot
St. Peter’s Square (Town Landing Parking Lot)
Fitz Hugh Lane Lot (Roger’s St next to TD Bank)
Downtown Gloucester, MA 01930
Gloucester Harbor Water Shuttle will operate in a loop between 8:40 and 9:40 on the morning of the race, picking up passengers from Downtown Gloucester and depositing them at The Studio Restaurant dock on Rocky Neck for a $5 per person RT fare. Return passage from Rocky Neck to Downtown via the Water Shuttle will be available throughout the day of the race. From The Studio, proceed left onto Rocky Neck Ave. Start line will be 300 yds. ahead.
Went This Weekend With The Kids, Check It Out Some Time, Everything’s Made Of Paper
from the website-
About The Paper House
The Paper House is an actual house made from paper.
It was built by Mr. Elis F. Stenman, a mechanical engineer who designed the machines that make paper clips, began building his Rockport summer home out of paper as a hobby. That was in 1922.
The paper was meant to be good insulation. Eventually, not only was the house made of paper, but furniture as well, including some intricate and beautiful pieces.
For more about the background, read the interview with his grand niece. For an interesting look at what you’ll see, let’s step inside.
Here’s the website- http://paperhouserockport.com/index.html
A new year is upon us and I hope you will make dory rowing a part of it. Attached you will find the schedule of events and sign-up forms necessary to continue your membership with the IDRC for 2014. I hope you will continue another year with your recreational or race rowing in beautiful Gloucester Harbor . It has been a long winter and although we have four dories in the water, it’s been tough to get out, but Spring will soon prevail and our rowing season will resume. A special note for this year’s International Races is the Over 40 Men’s division has been moved by both the CDRA and IDRC to Over 50. I hope this will entice some veteran rowers to come back to racing! We are also planning a 2nd year of our “Learn to Row” program, but in July when we can count on a little better weather. Please make us part of your 2014 and send in your membership today! We will be mailing out the membership info as well, but you can save us a stamp if you send yours over the next couple weeks.
For the huge photo gallery click below- (there’s a ton)
The Figli di Trappeto Club is hosting their 7th annunal International Womens Day Celebration ~ “Festa Della Donne” at The Gloucester House this evening. FOB and one of Gloucester’s most famous and loved reporters Carl Mckay-Stratton will be live blogging for GMG at tonight’s “SOLD OUT” event!
Holy Family Parish Guild Meeting Tonight!
The March Guild Meeting of the Holy Family Parish will be held at 7 PM on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Meeting will be held in Monsignor Sullivan Hall. All are welcome to attend.
Our featured guest will be Felicia Mohan, author of GIFTS OF GOLD, who will share her cookbook story, and talk about her family favorite recipes and traditions handed down surrounding the feast of St. Joseph.
Over the years I have spent many hours picking fresh produce with my twins and nieces in the expansive fields at Appleton Farms. Our weekly trips could best be described as mini adventures. Each week we began in the barn, reading the current weeks list of allotted share items, before heading out into the fields with our baskets, clippers, and containers. Sharing stories and memories from my childhood in my grandparents garden with the kids while picking our share, was something the kids quickly became accustomed to. They often requested their favorite stories to be retold, and we often talked about recipes that could be prepared by using the items surrounding us in the fields, planning out our snacks and meals for the week throughout the seasons was something we all enjoyed doing.
Many photos of Appleton Farms gorgeous scenic settings are featured in my cookbook “Gifts Of Gold” surrounding the pages of a story I share that is very dear to my heart. Last week during a meeting at the Reservation, I was excited to learned that Appleton Farms will be hosting numerous opportunities for share holders and the general public to visit the Reservation throughout this upcoming season.
I’m thrilled to announce that I will be hosting cooking demonstrations, using freshly picked produce from the fields of Appleton in their barn throughout the 2014 season. GMG will be sharing their events and news throughout 2014 season under Sista’s Dish weekly. This week their season will kick off with all things Maple Sugar! The events are listed below, and they sound amazing for all ages!
Holy Crap! I asked Nichole to put together a list of cool February Vacation things to do and boy did she deliver!!!!
Nichole Schrafft writes-
So, Joey asked if I’d like to put together a little list of things to do to help keep the kiddos busy while on February Vacation (I read that as a challenge in how to keep parents somewhat sane during February vacation). I’d like to make note that there are some great options in town that are already highlighted on the blog…such as The Hive and Art Haven. If you follow GMG, you have heard of them! They are beyond cool and are an incredible asset to the city! Be sure to check them out! I also have to point out that while I have been to most of these places, I am no expert. Please check out the links that I’ve provided before heading anywhere incase things have changed since I have visited!!
I’d like to start by saying that, while I know this post is about finding possibilities of things to do outside of the house, I’d be remiss to not mention that the Winter Olympics are AWESOME and having your kids get excited about watching these amazing athletes wouldn’t be a bad choice either!
There are lots of great ways to get their brains and bodies moving while enjoying the 2014 Sochi Olympics as a family. My kids are psyched to make flags from the participating nations, cook some treats from some of the countries (HELP!), make torches (not real ones), keep a chart of the medal counts, and simply watch the events!
We’ll be tracking the Olympics here:
Fairly local activities:
1. Kids bouncing off the walls? Here’s an idea…take them to a place to bounce off the walls…literally!
School vacation screams, “TAKE ME TO SKY ZONE” if you ask me!! They have a toddler jump for little leapsters under 45″ or regular jump times for bigger kids! There is an Everett location as well as a Boston location. If they don’t leave Sky Zone tired, you’re just plain out of luck.
2. For some great indoor rock climbing check out MetroRock!
They have a location in Newburyport and one in Everett. Their website was “under construction” last time I looked, but you can find it yourself with Google or any other search engine….obviously.
3. Snow Tubing at Amesbury Sports Park! Come on, a no brainer. Fun! The kids need to be 4, I think, to hit the tubes. Helmets are required for younger kids.
4. Eurostove in Beverly offers all kinds of cooking classes for couples, families, girls nights out, and even for young kids. Check out their website and see if you find anything that looks good to you or contact them to set up your own small group event!
5. While, I do not have little girls, what little girl wouldn’t love a tea party? The Wenham Tea House is such a special place for some one-on-one time with a daughter, granddaughter, niece, etc.
6. Skating at Talbot Rink at O’Malley Innovation Middle School is super cheap and easy. If the kids can skate independently then the grown-ups can sit and relax (think hot coffee and Baileys) while they get their crazies out on the ice. Win, win.
Skating is offered most days from 2:00-3:50 but be sure to check their schedule first incase games were scheduled.
They rent skates also if need be!
7. Skating at the Market Street Rink and/or Bowling at Kings in Lynnfield
Dinner at the Yard House either way afterwards…the Spicy Tuna Roll is a must have!! It has to be about 8 inch in diameter and is SOO good!
My warning here is that when we’ve gone, there has been a long wait for bowling and for dinner. So plan accordingly! We put our name in for bowling, took the pager with us to the skating rink, and it buzzed nicely when it was our turn to bowl. One person headed to Kings to save our lanes for us while the others took off their skates and we were good to go!!
8. In the category of, I’ve never gone here but want to is, The Melting Pot in Burlington. Who doesn’t love fondue?
9. As of late, if I’m in Burlington, I’m at The Rainforest Cafe, but I’m happy to report that my boys are beginning to outgrow that venue!
10. Lowell Winter Fest’s claim to fame is the National Human Dogsled Competition…with an award for best costume. Need I say more? In all seriousness…it is actually loaded with fun activities such as ice skating, snowman building, horse drawn carriage rides, music, poetry slam contests, etc. Check out the link to see a whole list of activities. The festival takes place on Feb 21st-22nd and begs the question, “When will we be having our own Winter Fest because this looks really cool?”
Fun in the city!
11. I love this Boston Scavenger Hunt text style!!!! Check out the link for more information, but the premise is that you head to Boston, purchase the pretty inexpensive clues right on the website and they get sent right to your phone. Once you arrive to one location, you do what you need to do, and then the next clue is sent! Fun for groups of 2-12! They do these scavenger hunts in other cities too, fyi.
The next two go together…kind of. It’s my “one if by land, two if by sea” duo because my boys like anything that moves on land or at sea.
12. The “by land”
I have yet to visit this place, but as a mom to two young boys who like all things shiny and fast, it is only a matter of time. I was actually surprised to learn about it not long ago, and have wondered why I’ve never heard about it before. The Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline looks beyond cool and is definitely near the top of our little bucket list.
13. The “by sea”
My boys love going to the Charlestown Navy Yard and on the USS Constitution. During vacation week there is also a Ship Model show for the budding boat builders in the group!
14. Skating at the Frog Pond is such a great activity just because it is truly so cool to look up and see the city of Boston rising up all around you. You can’t beat the view and it is, in my humble opinion, a nice treat and an easy way to get the kids into the city if they don’t go in that often.
15. Likewise, ice skating at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge is cool too. I used to spend a lot of time in Harvard Square and it can be a really nice place to take the kids if the big city overwhelms you at all.
and then lunch/dinner at Fire and Ice
16. Also in Cambridge…and good old fashion fun…is the Bugs Bunny Film Festival. Come on, right!? If you want to get your “What’s Up Doc” fix, it is showing at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square throughout the entire vacation week!
17. Celebrate Chinese New Year in Harvard Square…not sure about the timing of this event as it seems a few weeks late, but it is happening over vacation, so cheers.
February 23 1:00pm – 3:00pm
18. Hairspray is playing at the Wheelock Family Theatre in Boston….which for the record, has never disappointed me. I’ve seen 4 shows there and each one has been fantastic! This particular production says, “Recommended for adults, teens and youth 9+.”
19. If Eurostove doesn’t work out for you and you don’t mind traveling to Newton, check out Create a Cook for some pretty awesome parent/child cooking classes. Their vacation schedule is loaded with fun activities, but is filling up fast!
20. My favorite museum in Boston by far as I tend to like the smaller, less obvious choices….check it out for sure sometime. All museums, etc are obviously going to be a bit more crowded over vacation….so if not now, be sure to head back there later.
21. You don’t need me to tell you that the Museum of Science is a cool place to go, but you may not know that the Planetarium will be showing a Magic Tree House adventure. I don’t know about your kids, but mine LOVE the Magic Tree House series and those little adventurers named Jack and Annie. I’m so psyched to go see this (insert, sigh, what has my life come to)!
There are also several great shows in the IMAX theatre over vacation week. The one I’m the most excited about is called Journey to the South Pacific. With an introduction that says, “Swim with the world’s largest shark, encounter mysterious creatures of the sea, and explore the planet’s most spectacular coral reefs” I’m in!!
22. If you’re a Beatles fan, RAIN: a Tribute to the Beatles is playing at the Wang Theater on February 21 and 22nd. This is a pricier option than most of the others that I’ve shared, but is a pretty cool way to infuse some culture into the kids without it be too formal and straight laced.
23. Of course, there’s always Disney on Ice. I personally dread it a bit, but it is back at the TD Bank Garden for all of vacation week…
Just a bit out of state to the North or to the South!
24. While a bit of a drive… if you’re looking for a longer day trip or a quick night away, head to Providence. The Roger William’s Zoo is my favorite zoo around…even in the winter. During January and February they charge half price admission. For a mere $7.50 for adults and $4.95 for kids you can see zebra, giraffe, elephants, eagles, river otters, wolves, buffalo, kangaroo, etc. I’m pretty critical about animal enclosures and the treatment of normally wild animals when in captivity, but I assure you that this place does it right. I was super impressed with their habitats and the knowledge of the many volunteers we met along the way. Again, we were there in January, and were still not disappointed!
25. Also in Providence, if you have any hockey fans in the family, are the Providence Bruins. If you’re not keen on paying hundreds of $$ to see the Boston Bruins, this is a phenomenal option. We recently attended a game in the 3rd row and paid a total of $78 for our family of 4! Their only home game of vacation week takes place on Sunday, February 16th @ 3:05 pm. You can opt for a “Buy one, Get one” option or a “Family 4 Pack” option. Some come with hotdogs and drinks. Fool around a bit with seat availability and price/package options and get yourself a great deal. Parking at the mall that connects with the Dunkin’ Donuts Center cost us a whopping $2 and we left our car there for easily 4 hours!
26. IF you happen to land in Providence and have kiddos between say 4 and 18, you could also check out Dave and Busters. For the record, you won’t catch me in a Chuck E. Cheese or Bonkers ever, but this place is awesome!! You can load a card with as much, or as little, cash as you’d like and the kids simply swipe and play. The place is loaded with cool games..some that the whole family can play together. The kids will score tickets to spend on the way out and, as is typical for this type of place, a gazillion tickets will buy you a rabbit’s foot key chain or a pair of whacky giant-sized plastic sunglasses. My 4 and 6 year olds had a blast running around playing games for a couple hours after we enjoyed a pretty decent dinner!
If you don’t land in Providence, Dave and Busters has a location in Braintree, Massachusetts too. Worth the drive for some fun.
27. This is a small but nice museum about 15 mins away from Portsmouth, NH…in Dover. This place is really cute and user friendly, so to speak. You’re only going to spend about 2 hours here, but it is easy, manageable, pretty quiet, really clean, and full of original, educational, and really fun activities. My boys loved it here and I felt like they could really take their time in the exhibits without being rushed by the massive crowds that we experience at bigger museums.
28. Speaking of Portsmouth, the small-but-packs-a-big-punch SeaCoast Science Center is a must. Ordione Point State Park is gorgeous if the weather is nice, but the science center is a hit no matter what the weather!! It isn’t crazy like the New England Aquarium, which I love…but I leave there feeling exhausted. It is hands-on and really cute, while being super educational! It is perfect for kids between 2-10 or maybe even a bit older.
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Last night the Gloucester Housewives, Lillian LoGrasso, Sabrina Alves Giordano , Nina Randazzo, Christine Guarrasi DaSilva, Cinsia Ciolino, and Josie Ferrara Martell hosted their annual Christmas Party at Cruisport Gloucester.
Early yesterday, Lillian LoGrasso made a public announcement that the weather forecast for the evening was predicted to be “100% chance of fun with a few scattered crazies!!!” She could not have been more correct! The snow did not stop this party from happening. Party goers arrived at Cruisport dressed in their very best holiday attire sporting snow boats and clutching their dancing shoes! The festive vibe in the ballroom was contagious with a packed dance floor all evening. This morning I woke thinking of all the times my parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents would pack the Amery on Prospect street each New Years Eve, for this type of fun. I am so thankful that the Gloucester housewives brought this tradition back to our beautiful community. Photos courtesy of the Housewives-
Gloucester Family and Friends Night This Thursday Night (Retailers send me your announcements and I’ll add them)
Big weekend here- HUGE weekend here in G Town! Thursday Night Family and Friends Night downtown, Friday Night The GMG Holiday Party, Saturday The Middle Street Walk and Lobster Trap Tree Buoy Painting and Lighting. That’s a perfect frickin trifecta of awesomeness right there baby!!!!
As more of our local merchants submit their plans I’ll add them to this post for handy reference on what to do and where to go.
Hopefully Fred Bodin will circulate this post to our local merchants so they know to submit stuff to me to add in.
First Up Maritime Gloucester submits-
Maritime Gloucester will be open for Gloucester’s Family & Friends Night this Thursday, 5:00-7:30. Bring the whole family! We’ll have a craft project for the kids and great deals in the shop for everyone. There will be snacks and hot chocolate and lots of good cheer!
Join us for Friends & Family Night
Why shop alone when you can make a night of it with friends and family? ‘Tis what the season is all about!
This Thursday, December 12th from 5pm to 10pm, celebrate the season at Harbor Goods with live music, specials, holiday treats and free wrapping.
Shop small and local in Downtown Gloucester while you enjoy strolling carolers and musicians in a family-friendly and festive Main Street event. The winner of the $1500 Shopping Spree will be drawn during the evening.
Mix, Mingle and Be Merry with the crew at Harbor Goods/Life is good
119 Main Street, Gloucester, MA
Yesterday began with a visit from Radio Talk show hosts, Aurelia Nelson from Nothshore 104.9 Sunday Morning “CurtainUp” and National Radio Talk show host Tonia King from “Creative Voice & Media, Tonia’s Kitchen”. Both joined me in my kitchen for a late afternoon luncheon to discuses my newly released cookbook “Gifts Of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia, Harvest”. Tonia, Aurelia and I enjoyed Lentil Soup and Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Flatbread Pizza, (both recipes featured in “Gifts Of Gold”), while chatting about our passions for cooking, connection to food, and our love for family and traditions. After lunch, we rolled up our sleeves and whipped up a batch of Pinulata, also know to many as Struffoli. It was a great afternoon, and I am already looking forward to their next visit. Thank you ladies for spending your afternoon with me in my kitchen!
To learn more about Tonia King and Aurelia Nelson Click on their links below
After an afternoon of food, fun and friendship, my mother and I rushed over to Rockport Ma, to join The Pigeon Cove Circle, as their Guest Speaker for the evening. After sharing a delicious potluck dinner, I share my personal story and the journey about creating my new cookbook “Gifts Of Gold.” The Pigeon Cove Circle is a lovely group of women who meet once a month for dinner to creatively organization ways they can serve the community. Their membership is open to all, and I am so honored to have been invited to be apart of their Circle last night. I encourage you to stop by their annual Holiday Fair, that will begin with quiche brunch this year… look for their public announcement for dates and more details.
Tonight I will be at “Taste of Magnolia at the Magnolia Library from 7-9pm signing copies of “Gifts of Gold” Hope to meet many of you there tonight ..It looks like a delicious and fun way to kick off the weekend!
To order copies on line click link below
Joey C writes from Sista Felicia’s blog account-
Happy Birthday To the Effervescent Lillian LoGrasso!
Lillian and her daughter Alessia are holding an incredible event tomorrow night at Cruiseport with over 35 vendors for their Girls/Guys Night Out Shopping Extravaganza.
Sista Felicia will be there with selling her cookbooks and will also have the GMG double thick heavyweight super soft Hoodies (I think there are only about 6 left)
Sista Felicia will be donating a signed cookbook and I will be donating a this Is Gloucester DVD to the fundraising effort.
Here’s our buddy Lillian at hosting Sista Felicia’s Gala with Rick Doucette and me this summer-
The deets for the shopping extravaganza-
Chocolate-Almond Torrone featured in “Gifts Of Gold” and Sista Felicia’s Holiday Pistachio Cherrie Torrone featured in the upcoming Cape Ann Magazine’s December issue, will be on sale tonight at the GMG/ Sista Felicia Table. Torrone proceeds will be donated to The GHS Photo Class Fundraiser. Hope to see you tonight !
Sawyer Free Library Annual Art Auction 2013
The Sawyer Free Library Art Auction is Heating up!
The Bid Book is filling up. Get a great deal on great artwork from some of Cape Ann’s Famous and emerging Artists.
Works of art will be displayed in the Adolph Matz Gallery, located in the main lobby of the library, and can be viewed by all that enter the library each day. Great interest in generated through the month as the bid book fills up. The final vocal auction is always an exciting event. In addition to funding art books, art DVDs, and a select number of museum passes, this year’s proceeds will support free art workshops for adults and children as well as an art movie series in the Fall and Winter.
The silent auction will take place in the Adolph Matz Gallery from August 26, to give visitors and opportunity to see the paintings and bid early. The vocal auction will be held October 2 at 7:00 p.m. A preview party will precede the auction.
Editor’s note: When I posted this yesterday I forgot to take my watermark off which my blogging software does automatically for me. Al these photos were taken by Catherine Ryan-
Phil Cusumano, artist/captain, and volunteer juror for the 2013 HarborWalk Public Art Challenge administered by the Committee for the arts, stopped by to inspect the public art in process on Parsons Street. The artist, James Owen Calderwood, was being filmed for an interview by Lisa Smith for Cape Ann TV. Dale Brown of the Committee for the Arts was there, too.
Jason Burroughs who is teaching with TAG is volunteering some hours yesterday and today for James’ project.
Though difficult for painting, the off and on rain does provide opportunities for visiting. Last week there were business meetings, here with Sarah Garcia Harbor Planning Director.
Today looking out from City Hall, peering past the high school kids cleaning, the bank, Parsons, and on to the harbor.
James visiting the Hive.
While there, we were privileged to witness GREAT news hot off the press and an intensity enough to match their vibrant space! TAG team members wrote and were awarded a $10,000 grant. Congratulations all!
Pictured are David Brooks(TAG Director) Emma Johnson(Forest Foundation Intern), Alex Barrett(Forest Foundation Intern) , Satomi Nishimiya, Rachel McClenagan, Rebecca Siswick Graham (Tag Open Studio Manager), Chrid Boudrow(TAG Assistant Director) , Lauren Horne, and Greer Viau. Also Not pictured is Katie Flores (Forest Foundation Intern) not pictured.
They were heading over to the Farmer’s Market and David promises to send in names and more information. They were also tracking down Mary Ann to share the news; she was at Maritime Gloucester with the Art Haven campers partnership week.
Next time we’ll head down Parsons over to see the permanent public art installation at Maritime Gloucester museum. The twelve foot diameter compass rose is being installed on city property where the HarborWalk crosses onto Maritime Gloucester. Two artists installing new public art downtown and connections—very exciting news.
Donna and Kathy documenting the compass rose on GMG: