Never Too Early to Start Thinking About How to Kick Off Summer!

So….two things.  First of all, I was excited to read today that Cape Ann Harbor Tours will be offering a new trip in their repertoire of already fun trips for tourists and locals alike.  Their new trip is called the “Annisquam River Trip.”

On this leisurely 2 hour journey, you will cruise along and view the barrier beaches, clam flats and tidal tributaries. Take in the unique waterscapes and experience first-hand a widely recognized Important Bird Area (IBA) featuring Herons, Egrets, Cormorants, Sandpipers, and Gulls.

Read about this and their other trips HERE

We’ve spent lots of time on the King Eider and the Lady Jillian as a family, with friends, while playing tour guide and with school groups.  My favorite nights with Harbor Tours have been when we charter the boat with a group of friends, bring some finger sandwiches and sushi, pack our coolers, play some music, and cruise around the harbor with Capt. Douglass at the helm filling us in on local lore and fishing industry facts.

And THAT…takes me to my next point…

Have you ever wanted to help out a charitable organization, but either didn’t know how (short of writing a check) or honestly didn’t feel as though you were in the position to part with enough funds to make a difference?  Well, first of all, we know that ANY amount is appreciated by all charities, but….that having been said…here’s another idea for you…

Earlier this month I called Cape Ann Harbor Tours and, along with three other friends, booked one of their vessels for a 2.5 hour trip in May.  The four of us split the price of the trip equally.  We then offered the boat excursion up to friends, families, and co-workers.  The money raised via the 25 tickets sold will go directly to the charity of our choice…which, in this case, is the school where we all work and that our children attend.  So, for a reasonable amount of money, the four of us offered up the boat (our donation to the school), 25 other people purchased tickets (their donation to the school), and…in the end…we all get a super fun night out with friends, on the water, doing what we love….and the school gets a pretty sweet sized donation.  Win, win, win….win.  Right?

This same scenario could be translated to any charitable organization or cause.  You and few friends decide who you would like to benefit, gather your friends and have them spend a little bit of money to hang out with you on the water, and Ka Bam, instant party and money raised!

I’m excited that this will be one of our first fun nights out when the winter weather turns to spring, I’m excited to raise some money for our school, and I’m excited to support Cape Ann Harbor Tours with a charter at the very beginning of their season.

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Photos both courtesy of Cape Ann Harbor Tours website

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  • What a great idea! Thank you Nichole.

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  • What a fabulous idea! I’m going to copy you! Plus I love the new Annisquam River Trip cruise!

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    • Thanks, Jenn! Please copy me! It is such an easy way to help raise money for a good cause…while also spending a fun night with like-minded friends who also want to give back a bit. The bonus is that you all get a fun night out together. I might just go ahead and book 3 or 4 more as the spring/summer progresses!

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  • Long term planning is a vision-quest and be ready when it hits- Did along of this in May early June daydreaming out classroom summertime …:-) Dave & Kim 🙂

    Ella Fitzgerald – Summertime (1968) What a voice and spirit 🙂

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    Ella Fitzgerald & the Tee Carson trio – Summertime (from Porgy and Bess, by George Gershwin).
    The first lady of song in Berlin, 1968.
    Beautiful mother singing a lullaby to her baby.

    Summertime lyrics
    Songwriters: George & Ira Gershwin, Du Bose & Dorothy Heyward

    Summertime,
    And the livin’ is easy
    Fish are jumpin’
    And the cotton is high

    Oh, Your daddy’s rich
    And your mamma’s good lookin’
    So hush little baby
    Don’t you cry

    One of these mornings
    You’re going to rise up singing
    Then you’ll spread your wings
    And you’ll take to the sky

    But ’til that morning
    There’s a’nothing can harm you
    With your daddy and mammy
    Standing by
    Don’t you cry

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  • Nice! All around winning idea, Nicole😃

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