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September 20 BLOCK PARTY HarborWalk – Trails and Sails – Harbortown – Committee for the Arts

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Thanks to Ringo, MBT Electricians, Parsons Street was ready and lit as darkness fell.

Downtown Block Party overlapped with the first weekend of Essex National Heritage annual Trails and Sails (Sept 19-21 and 26-28). James Owen Calderwood, the artist who created FISH NET, was here to experience both events, help set up and answer questions.

There were hours of great LIVE and local music by the stage in front of Bank Gloucester. I’ll add the entertainer names and sponsors for that stage into the comments below. Parents dining al fresco at Ohana watched their kids engage at the YMCA kid town area. 4Square dominates, effectively trapping all kids. The YMCA staff is excellent!

We enjoyed working with Don and Francis of FABOLA and the guys from Surfside Subs. Throughout the Block Party, happy customers lined up for Surfside Subs pizza (the biggest slices ever!) and it was non-stop at Markouk’s booth with City Hall rising beyond. (The next morning, Markouk would be up and at it again for Appleton Farms.) 

FABOLA enlivened the sidewalk and parking space with mid-century modern “parklet” seating areas. A cozy chair and ottoman upholstered with a touch of Provence did not sell, but a trio of friends paused on FISH NET with their new modern lamp purchase.

I didn’t get to Smokin Jim’s Barbecue in the back garden by Dog Bar, nor Cape Ann Community Cinema to see Charade with Cary Grant, or the cheese tasting, or…well, there’s no way to get it all in. I did see the King, Fred Bodin! Congratulations to Judith Brackley, Valerie Markley, Lucinda, and others for their professionalism and attention to detail for these top notch street festivals.

CREATIVE AWARENESS: PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS ON UTILITARIAN SURFACES New York Water Towers- Vancouver Silos- Gloucester Streets

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SELECTION OF TEMPORARY PUBLIC ART ON EXHIBIT NOW

See just a few of many artist’s ideas through temporary public art installations on utilitarian surfaces. Different purpose, message and style.

Os Gemeos, artists and brothers, monumental silos in Vancouver.

The Water Tank Project in New York City; overtime 100 will be wrapped.

Justin Desilva’s crosswalks and James Owen Calderwood’s FISH NET in Gloucester.

UPDATE: James Owen Calderwood

James Owen Calderwood’s FISH NET was recognized as an example of one of MA extraordinary public spaces. This summer Calderwood has re-painted and expanded the mural, completing his award. Professional photographer Linimberg Oliveira of Medford was in downtown Gloucester August for a photo shoot on Parsons Street. He described being inspired by Gloucester: the heady mix of historic buildings and architecture juxtaposed with modern art, specifically James Calderwood’s public street mural, FISH NET. You can see more of Calderwood’s work on view at the group show Sting! 18 Landscapes: Between Tradition & Imagination, at the Beehive in Boston. Calderwood works with lines in a variety of media. His welded aluminum sculpture Star was selected for the 2014 SculptureNow. The historic estate of Edith Wharton, the Mount, in Lenox, MA, is the current site for SculptureNow exhibition of large outdoor sculpture, which continues through October 31, 2014. REMINDER: The sculpture exhibit is a quick 5 minute drive to the Berkshire Museum’s Butterfly exhibit featuring work by Gloucester’s multi-talented artist, Kim Smith. 

UPDATE: Justin Desilva

Justin lives and works North of Boston. People have asked: Yes. Portuguese background. (Desilva’s grandfather emigrated from the Azores. He immigrated to the US, eventually working for a plastic injection mold company. An Uncle was a fisherman). His creative crosswalks make vivid connections based on Gloucester and stories from the HarborWalk. This installation is temporary and in progress. One of the next crosswalks will be on Harbor Loop and another on the east end of Main Street. He’ll reverse the crosswalks when the installation closes.  For a walking tour of the crosswalks Click for Google map for Justin Desilva crosswalk locations . Justin’s art is inspired by Jane Jacobs and her book the Death and Life of Great American Cities: “I was moved by her attention to detail of human interaction, and the idea that neighborhoods and cities are safest when they’re walkable.”

Justin Desilva’s art installation, With Every Street there’s a Story, is the second of three new works of art commissioned by the Committee for the Arts on behalf of the City of Gloucester for the 2013 HarborWalk Public Art Challenge, with funding from the Seaport Advisory Council. Calderwood’s was the first.

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Here in Gloucester, both installations are on view during the not-to-miss 2014 Essex National Heritage Trails and Sails weekends (Sept 19-21 and 26-28), which overlap with the September 20 Gloucester Block Party Saturday. MEET THE ARTISTS: they’ll be in town September 20th for these events.  Stop by the block party for special coloring page activity sheets!trails

Walking tours on the HarborWalk

Year round, select one of three Gloucester MA HarborWalk walking tours

1) Self-guided, year round, free, public-access and award winning walkway. 42 story moment granite posts installed as a permanent outdoor exhibit. The reclaimed granite posts feature plaques highlighting the city’s past and contemporary cultural treasures. Gloucester’s maritime heritage, innovators in business, politics and the arts are all featured. The signs also provide suggestions for exploration elsewhere in Gloucester and there are QR codes which scan to additional content. It’s family friendly for all ages and accessible for all. Visit just one story moment marker or “hop-on, hop off” like a transit line. Follow a specific inner loop 1.2 miles or extend it for a nice, long walk (3 miles RT). It is designed to be flexible for any length or duration, and for educational and programming opportunities for community and visitors. It was designed by Cambridge Seven Associates. http://www.ghwalk.org Contact: friends of the HarborWalk atgharborwalk@gmail.com
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2) Guided: a mini mobile tour that leads you to 14 story moments and is narrated by the coolest host ever, Gloucester singer, Ann Marie. You may know her work with Bandit Kings and elsewhere. The HarborWalk mobile guided tour –an American Alliance of Museums gold MUSE winner- can be downloaded ahead of time and brought along wherever you go. Loads of talented Gloucester creatives helped and/or featured.   You’ll be guided along a shorter trail (14 stops) by following Ann Marie to the Story Moment markers that include an extra sign, postcards lettered “A” through “N”. There are surprises within stores, public spaces, and businesses as you explore our community via the app’s activities. Along with the video introduction, the two short films, “HarborWalk Cinema”, can be viewed anytime, but reward a visit downtown with not to be missed interactive elements!  http://www.ghwalk.org Contact: friends of the HarborWalk atgharborwalk@gmail.com

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3) Self–guided kids and family activity: Become a “Gloucester Explorer”

Any kid who hunts and finds each trail marker icon can receive a certificate signed by the Mayor for becoming an official “HarborWalk Explorer”. People can print out this 2-page tracing master sheet (see attached PDF) ahead of time from their own printer OR check at the Chamber or Stage Fort Welcoming Center for copies. http://www.ghwalk.org Contact: friends of the HarborWalk at gharborwalk@gmail.com

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Don’t You Have Better Things To Do Than Get Eaten By a Shark In Cape Cod? It’s Schooner Festival weekend In Gloucester!!!!

You know you can avoid getting eaten by a shark in Cape Cod by attending Schooner Festival this weekend don’t you.  The way I see it, it’s your only option really (unless of course you’re one of those thrill seekers who like to jump in shark tanks and cages with lions in which case by all means head on down to the trafficky Cape Cod).

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Click here to view or print the entire program

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Why Go To Cape Cod And Get Eaten By A Shark When You Can Come To Gloucester For Schooner Festival This Weekend!

Getting Eaten By a Shark In Cape Cod = Bad

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Enjoying Schooner Festival In Gloucester = Good

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Click Here for Schooner Festival Program and Visitors Guide

WEEKEND RUN DOWN- Saturday Morning MUG UP To City Wide Gloucester Ice Bucket Chalenge- This Is What You Ought To Be Doing!

Saturday Morning Mug Up at EJ’s New Gallery On Madfish Wharf- Come Out and Meet Your Favorite GMG Personalities- Everyone would love To Meet You!  If You Are A GMG FOB You Need To Be Here!

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Saturday Waterfront Festival

Saturday Night Block Party!

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SENATOR BRUCE TARR’S CITY WIDE ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE SPONSORED BY CAPE POND ICE AND MELISSA COX TO #STRIKEOUTALS SUNDAY AT HIGH NOON

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Live From Finish Line Of Blackburn Challange!

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Friends Cindy Parisi and Mary Kay Ide minutes after finishing todays Blackburn Challenge

Congrats To all who Competed Today!

Steady stream of racers hitting the beach, enjoying a buffet lunch and live music!

Today- The First Annual Rocky Neck 5K!!!!

Rocky Neck 5k: Run for the Arts

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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.

Parking Options:

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.

The Paper House In Rockport Is An Interesting Joint

Went This Weekend With The Kids, Check It Out Some Time, Everything’s Made Of Paper

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About The Paper House

The Paper House is an actual house made from paper.
Newspaper.
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

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International Dory Racing Sign Ups! Get Involved!!!

IDRC Members:

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.

Thanks,

Erik Dombrowski

Gloucester IDRC

http://www.internationaldories.com/

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International Women’s Day Celebration ~ Festa Della Donna

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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! 

Sista Felicia Speakes at Holy Family Parish Guild Tonight

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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.

Sweet Happenings At Appleton Farms

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june i phone 004Over 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. 

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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!   

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How Sweet it Is!
Discover a New England Tradition as
Appleton Farms Hosts a Suite of Maple Sugaring Happenings this March
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Ipswich, MA – February 21, 2014 – The Trustees of Reservations invites the community to visit Appleton Farms in Ipswich this March to enjoy the sweet New England tradition of maple sugaring. Last winter marked the first season America’s oldest working farm added a sugaring operation to their already extensive farming list, which also includes an active vegetable CSA, a livestock operation with dairy and beef cows and laying hens, an onsite creamery, and haying and composting.
“Maple sugaring is a good fit for Appleton Farms as the 1,000 acre property boasts large sugar maple trees easily accessed by our farm roads, making for easier sap collection,” says Appleton Farms Superintendent Mark Bailey. “Thanks to some retired maple sugarer’s equipment, including taps and buckets and a wood-fired evaporator, we were able to retrofit the old garage as the new sugar shack. And, the farm woodlands provide plenty of downed wood for fueling the evaporator fire.”
The 2013 sugaring season proved worthy. Thanks to some hard work, community support, and a little help from Mother Nature, the farm produced and sold in their dairy store more than 35 gallons of finished maple syrup product. With their first successful season now under their belt, the farm is opening its sugar shack doors to the public this March to enjoy a variety of sugaring programs and events including:
Saturdays at the Sugar Shack
Saturday, March 1 & March 8  |  11AM-3PM
Drop-by and visit the sugar shack at Appleton Farms and experience the sights and smells of this historic New England tradition. Take a walk to see our beautiful, maple-lined avenues and help collect sap and then learn how it becomes delicious maple syrup. For more information visit: www.thetrustees.org/appletonfarms or call 978.356.5728. FREE and open to the public.
Tap to Table with Appleton Cooks!
Saturday, March 8, 3 – 5:30 & Wednesday, March 12, 10 – 12:30pm
Appleton Farms keeps a very special New England tradition alive by tapping Appleton Farms’ beautiful maple trees and producing wood-fired, small-batch maple syrup. In this Appleton Cooks! workshop, participants will enjoy a leisurely walk around the farmstead to see how sap is harvested and collected as well as tour the sugar shack to see (and smell!) the transformation of sap to syrup. Participants will gather in the farm kitchen for the second half of the workshop with Chef Carolyn Grieco to make delectable maple syrup treats including maple mustard vinaigrette, butter braised sweet potatoes, and upside down maple pear pancakes. Register online www.thetrustees.org/appletoncooks or call 978.356.5728 x12. Trustees Members: $60. Nonmembers: $65.
First Annual Appleton Farms Maple Festival! Saturday, March 15  |  10AM – 2PM
Discover the process of maple sugaring, from tap to table, as you tour Appleton Farms sugar maple stands and sugar shack. This community-friendly event includes activities fun for all ages including:
§  Tree Exploration & Sap Tasting: Learn about the natural history of maple trees as you explore the farm’s maple sugaring operation. Sample the sweet sap, straight from the tap!
§  Syrup Tastebud Test: Sample different syrups and see you can tell the “real thing” from imitation.
§  Maple Syrup Treats: Enjoy tasty maple syrup treats made in the Appleton Cooks! kitchen including  pancake bites, maple yogurt, and more.
§  Sugar Shack Tours: Meet the maple sugarers, tour the sugar shack, learn about the evaporation process, and more!
For more information email afeducator@ttor.org or call 978.356.5728 x18. Members: Adult $10; Child (age 3-12) $5. Nonmembers: Adult $12; Child (age 3-12) $6. Children under 3 are welcome free of charge.
Appleton Farms is located at 219 County Road/Route 1A,  Ipswich, MA. For general farm information visit www.thetrustees.org/appletonfarms or call 978.356.5728.
The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) “hold in trust” and care for properties, or “reservations,” of scenic, cultural, and natural significance for the general public to enjoy. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees are the nation’s oldest, statewide land trust, one of Massachusetts’ largest conservation organizations and an established leader in the conservation and preservation movement nationally and internationally. Supported by more than 100,000 members, donors, and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 112 spectacular reservations – 20 of which are located on Boston’s North Shore – including working farms, historic homesteads and gardens, community parks, barrier beaches and mountain vistas – located on more than 26,000 acres. In addition, The Trustees work closely with permanent affiliates including Boston Natural Areas Network and the Hilltown Land Trust, well as hundreds of community partners to preserve and protect special places and provide year-round programs for all ages. Visit www.thetrustees.org.
 

Holy Crap! I asked Nichole to put together a list of cool February Vacation things to do and boy did she deliver!!!!

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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:

http://www.sochi2014.com/en

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.

http://www.skyzone.com/everett#13873132-welcome

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.

http://www.amesburysportspark.net/winter%20hours%20and%20rates.html

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!

http://www.eurostoves.com/school_vacation_cooking_clases_s/515.htm

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.

http://www.wenhamteahouse.com/afternoon.php

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!

http://www.gloucesterschools.com/talbot-rink

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!

http://www.marketstreetlynnfield.com/event/the-rink-at-marketstreet-lynnfield/2145428001

http://www.marketstreetlynnfield.com/store/kings/2137033926/2138840489

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?

http://www.meltingpot.com/bedford-burlington/welcome

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!

http://www.rainforestcafe.com/

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?”

http://lowell.org/Pages/WinterfestActivities.aspx

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.

https://www.strayboots.com/locations/boston/tours/

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.

http://larzanderson.org/

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!

http://www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org/

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.

http://www.bostonfrogpond.com/winter-programs/pricing-season-passes/

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.

http://www.charleshotel.com/boston-hotels/things-to-do-in-cambridge.cfm

and then lunch/dinner at Fire and Ice

https://www.fire-ice.com/locations/cambridge-ma/

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!

http://brattlefilm.org/category/calendar-2/special-engagements/the-bugs-bunny-film-festival/

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

http://www.harvardsquare.com/Home/Articles/Winter-Carnival-in-Harvard-Square.aspx

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+.”

http://www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org/feature-performance.aspx

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!

http://www.createacook.com/

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.

http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu/on_exhibit.html

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)!

http://www.mos.org/planetarium/magic-tree-house-space-mission

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!!

http://www.mos.org/imax

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.

http://www.citicenter.org/show/1892/

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…

http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/8337/1349262?camefrom=CFC_TDGARDEN_CAL

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!

http://rwpzoo.org/

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!

http://www.providencebruins.com/View/Page/130

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!

http://www.daveandbusters.com/locations/alllocations.aspx

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.

http://www.childrens-museum.org/cmnh2010/

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.

http://www.seacoastsciencecenter.org/

Gloucester Housewives Christmas Party Photos

PrintLast 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 TownThursday 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!

familyfriends


Join us for Friends & Family Night

Dear Joey,

Season’s Greetings!

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

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