Valentine’s Day Destinations


Ok, Ok many people feel that Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday. That’s fine but don’t ruin it for the rest of us. I do not particularly care about the whole “gift receiving and giving” aspect. Its the “spirit” I LOVE! Its a day when everyone just LOVES. Isn’t that what we all want? Is just to love and be loved?

So, for the spirit of the holiday I have put together your Valentine destinations on Cape Ann! I will update as I find new places! Book your destination today!



Seaport Grille special pre-fixe menu! Check it out!

Katrina’s Special menu, music and more!

Magnolia 525 tavern keep posted for their festivities


Foreign Affairs Valentine’s Brunch AND dinner!


Chocolate for your honey

Turtle Alley 42 Rogers St, Gloucester

Nichols Candies 1 Crafts Road/Route 128, Exit 12 Gloucester

Tuck’s Candy 15 Main st, Rockport


Wine and Cheese

Savour Wine 76 Prospect St, Gloucester

The Cave 44 Main St, Gloucester



Celia’s Flower Studio 77 Langsford St, Gloucester

Sage Floral Studio 274 Main St, Gloucester

Russell’s Florist 18 Eastern Ave, Gloucester

Audrey’s Florist 38 Railroad Ave, Gloucester


Specialty Gift Shops

Pop Gallery 67 Main St, Gloucester

Magic Scarf Main St, Gloucester

La Provence 4 Main St, Rockport

Mimi 11 Central St, Manchester


If you know of more restaurants and destinations drop me a comment and I will add them!


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Ranking the new Barbies


So they finally came out with some curvy and darker skinned Barbies instead of that bag of bones bleached blond Barbie they’d been rolling out for decades.
Here’s my definitive rankings.
Number one is the curvy Barbie with the blue hair.  Screams freak in the sheets.
Number two Auburn hair Barbie,  seems classy and her hair reminds me of my Kate’s hair when she had it done up for one of her gigs for work.
Number three Barbie is nubian princess Barbie.  That chocolate skin and exotic beauty is hot but she’s killing it in that outfit. Timeless.
Number four is the shorter Barbie based on the fact that she’s got more curves than that scrawny bleach blond Barbie.
Number five is scrawny bleach blond Barbie.
Number six is bad denim Barbie.  Only reason she came in sixth behind scrawny bleached blond Barbie is because I have a physical aversion to bad denim and that’s just plain bad denim.  Only thing worse would be high waisted bad denim.  If Bad denim Barbie was wearing nubian princess Barbies’ outfit she would leapfrog to number 2.

All this being said I think the manufacturers missed a huge marketing opportunity overlooking the most perfect Barbie in the world,  modeled one of the new Barbies after my Kate,  but seeing as they are trying to go away from unattainable beauty I could see why they would shy away from that option.


How owe would your rankings go?

Nichole’s Picks 2/13 + 2/14

Pick #1:  Appleton Farm February Vacation Activities

So many wonderful opportunities for the younger ones at Appleton Farms this February Vacation!

Check out their list of activities below or head to this link to see more.

Sign up for one or sign up for all!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

From the Farm Kettle: Stews

Saturday, February 6
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore

Family Fun, Lectures & Workshops

Sunday, February 7, 2016
Learn to Snowshoe

Sunday, February 7
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore

Outdoor Recreation

Saturday, February 13, 2016
Farm Inspired Crafts for Kids

Saturday, February 13
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore

Family Fun

Valentine’s Farm Dinner and Culinary Workshop

Saturday, February 13
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore

Farms & Food, Lectures & Workshops

Sunday, February 14, 2016
Valentine’s Farm Dinner and Culinary Workshop

Sunday, February 14
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore

Farms & Food, Lectures & Workshops

Learn to Cross Country Ski: Classic Technique – Level 1

Sunday, February 14
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore

Outdoor Recreation

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Families in the Farm Kitchen: Cheese Making

Wednesday, February 17
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore

Family Fun, Farms & Food

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Farm Inspired Crafts for Kids

Thursday, February 18
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore

Family Fun

Families in the Farm Kitchen: Bread and Butter Making

Thursday, February 18
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore

Family Fun, Farms & Food

Friday, February 19, 2016
Families in the Farm Kitchen: Cheese Making

Friday, February 19
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore

Family Fun, Farms & Food

Saturday, February 20, 2016
Families in the Farm Kitchen: Bread and Butter Making

Saturday, February 20
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore

Family Fun, Farms & Food

Farm Inspired Crafts for Kids

Saturday, February 20
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore

Family Fun

Pick #2:  Maritime Gloucester February Vacation Activities


Maritime Gloucester has a lot of fun planned for vacation week.  Check out the action HERE

Highlights are sea creatures of Cape Ann for grades 1-5

or Sea Creatures of Cape Ann for Pre K-K

Sea Creatures of Cape Ann is an environmental vacation program.  The program is four days (Tuesday – Friday).  Students may enroll for a day or for the entire four days.  There are two different programs based on age of the students that are offered during the four-days.


Pick #3:  Art Haven February Vacation Week




As always, for a more comprehensive list please visit our friends at North Shore Kid


Quilt Conservation Show and Tell Feb. 27

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Cape Ann Community

On Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2:00PM, Textile conservator Kathryn Tarleton will give an illustrated talk and presentation on how to care for and conserve quilts. Tarleton will have quilts on display and provide practical tips for do-it-yourselfers looking to better care for their family heirlooms and creative projects. Following the lecture, Tarleton will offer personal consultations on quilt conservation. Consultations are limited to five people; pre-registration is required.

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This program is free for Museum members/ $10 non-members. Registration required for personal consultations only. For more information or to register, please email or call (978)283-0455 x10.

This program is offered in conjunction with the Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods exhibition currently displaying thirteen quilts designed and created by participants in the Art Program at Gloucester’s Rose Baker Senior Center under the leadership of artist Juni Van Dyke.

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Open House at EPDS This Thursday!

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Cape Ann Community

Are you or someone you know looking for a new school? Interested in finding out more about our homeschool program? New to the area? Consider Eastern Point Day School!

Join us for OPEN HOUSE this THURSDAY, Feb. 11th! 9:00 to 11:00 am @ 8 Farrington Ave, near Niles Beach!


Open houses at EPDS are a great way to learn about our school and programs for PreK through 8th Grade! Interested students and their families are welcome and encouraged to attend! Our kids will share with you why they love this school, as they tour you through our classrooms. From a parent’s perspective, you’ll learn about our focus on academic excellence, small class sizes, respect for your child’s individualism and our reasonable tuition.

Can’t make an Open House? CONTACT US anytime to schedule a tour!

Call us at 978.283.1700 or via email:

And don’t forget to check out our Facebook…

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7th Annual Mardi Gras Fundraiser

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New Harbortown Arts Festival in the Works for Memorial Day Weekend

Dear Partners and Supporters of Gloucester’s Harbortown Cultural District,

We have received a $4,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council which we are going to use to develop the “Harbortown Arts Festival” over Memorial Day Weekend – first of many, we hope!. We will be re-granting these funds to our members to help animate the Cultural District through creative placemaking projects and programs.
We will be asking local businesses, restaurants, coffee/tea houses, galleries and artist to hang new shows and open their studios on Saturday, May 28 so we can create a true downtown art-walk vibe the first night of the Festival.
For Saturday and Sunday, we will be opening the Call for Entries process where our downtown partners can apply for up to $500 to develop a creative placemaking project or program. These proposals must:
  • Happen on private, not public, property
  • Involve public engagement/participation in the planning or implementation of the project or program.
  • Partner with an artist – preference will be given to artists of Cape Ann.
  • Projects/programs must occur within the Cultural District boundaries and be completed by Monday May 30.
More information about these guidelines and how to apply will be available in early March; awards will be announced in April. The creative placemaking projects should be non permanent and they can be performance-based, multimedia, or digital. The creative placemaking programs can be hands-on activities, interpretive tours, presentations/lectures.  We really want to be as broad as possible so we can see what our amazing creative community comes up with to celebrate what makes Gloucester, Gloucester.
We hope you are excited as we are about this new festival, which will bring more visitors, families and people downtown over Memorial Day Weekend. We hope it will become an annual event and grows each year.
And, we’re going to need your help to do so! For now, please mark your calendars. When you get the email for the Call for Entries, please help spread the word about this great opportunity. When the Festival Program is finalized in April, please help promote it to everyone and all!
Stay tuned!

Chocolate & Wine Reception @ Central Street Gallery


Please join us for a special
Chocolate and Wine reception:

Saturday, February 13, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Please join us, and bring some friends!
Show starts: Fri., Feb. 12,
and runs through May. 14, 2016

Enhance your life with art…
Gallery Director:
Alison Rowell

Lynne Comb – Phyllis Feld – William Fusco – Richard Giedd – Ann Goldberg – Barbara Jones – Susan Kelley – Barbara Levine – LInda Jo Nielsen – Lynn Murray – Charleen Onanian – Mike Storella – Barbara Walsh – Grace Vasta-Carr

Wed- Sun, 12-5 or by appointment.

11 Central Street, Manchester by the Sea, MA 01944

Wednesday’s with Fly Amero…This weeks special guest: Allen Estes @ The Rhumb Line 7-10pm 2.10.2016


This week’s dinner special:
Chicken Cacciatore w/linguini – $11.95

Wednesday, February 10th – 7pm
Special Guest: ALLEN ESTES!

Cape Ann’s greatest songwriter, Allen Estes returns to our
Wednesday stage.  He brings with him not only his songs,
but the vast influences and flavors of folk, pop, blues, country,
bluegrass, Americana and so much more… all delivered with
pure honesty and genuine love.  I wonder how many of us
know how lucky we all are to have this man among us. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
John Rockwell

Inge Berge

Fozzie Hill

Looking forward……to seeing you there :-)

Judith Sargent Murray ‎Love Notes: The Love Letters of Judith Sargent Murray and John Murray, A Timeless American Love Story Set to Music @ The North Shore Folklore Theatre Company 169 Main Street. Gloucester, Ma

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John Murray is known as the Father of Organized Universalism in America, and was a charismatic, handsome firebrand who preached love, kindness and virtue, sometimes at his peril.

And Judith Sargent Murray is considered the most important female essayist of 18th-century America and a founding Universalist. She challenged the new American nation to be virtuous, fair, and philanthropic; to improve female education, respect women’s abilities, and allow them to participate as full citizens.

The couple was often separated and exchanged hundreds of letters. Their love story is timeless and compelling.

The event has been scheduled at 5:30 p.m. to give you plenty of time to enjoy a lovely Valentine’s Day meal before or after!

Featuring Bonnie Hurd Smith & Henry∞Cameron Allen

Suggested donation: $10

North Shore Folklore Theatre Company

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169 Main St

Gloucester, MA


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