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Nichole’s Picks 2/17 + 2/18

Pick #1:  New England Boat Show (still)

February 10th to 18th at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE

Read about Donna’s fun day at the boat show last weekend in her post HERE

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Pick #2:  Merrimack River Eagle Festival

READ MORE HERE

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Come to Newburyport and Amesbury on Saturday, February 17, for a full day of fun indoor and outdoor activities celebrating the return of our Bald Eagles! Learn more about these magnificent birds—as well as other amazing raptors such as Snowy Owls—and why our local habitat is so important to them.

 

Visit Eagle Hot Spots
9:00 am–4:00 pm

Drive yourself! Naturalist guides will be onsite all day along the Merrimack River. Parking available. Maps will be available on this webpage and onsite at Eagle Festival. All ages welcome. FREE.

  • Lowell’s Boat Shop: 459 Main Street, Amesbury
  • Andrews Boat Shop: 489 Main Street, Amesbury
  • Deer Island: midway between Chain Bridge, and First Lieutenant Derek S. Hines Memorial Bridge, Spofford Street, between Newburyport and Amesbury
  • Mersen: 374 Merrimac Street, Newburyport
  • Cashman Park: Sally Snyder Way (off Merrimack Street), Newburyport
  • Joppa Flats Education Center: 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport
  • Plum Island (10:00 – 3:00): Not on map. Look for the Eagle Festival signs! In parking lot at north end of Northern Boulevard; also, driving south on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge (free entry for Eagle Festival guests).

Eagle Festival Photo Tour with Hunt’s
2:00 pm–4:00 pm

Register in advance for this exciting opportunity for in-the-field wildlife photo tips from Hunt’s Photo & Video. Departs from Newburyport Chamber of Commerce.
Adults only | $50 per person

See A Raptor Show
10:00–11:00 am & 12:45–1:45 pm

Mary-Beth Kaeser of Horizon Wings presents two educational programs at Newburyport City Hall featuring raptors great and small. First come, first served. Recommended for adults and children age 6 and over. FREE.

Pose For A Photo With A Raptor
11:00–11:30 am & Noon–12:30 pm

Hunt’s Photo & Video will take your photo with a raptor for a $10 donation. Newburyport City Hall. Limited availability. First come, first served—advance registration recommended.

Have Fun With Your Family
10:00 am–3:00 pm

At the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters: Family activities, arts and crafts, and more! Special Feature: Live owls from Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm (11:00 am–3:00 pm). FREE.

At Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center: Family activities, arts and crafts, and more! Special Feature: Live hawks from Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm (11:00 am–3:00 pm). FREE.

Pick #3:  Snow Tubing at Nashoba

READ MORE HERE

 

As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

 

Nichole’s Picks 2/10 + 2/11

Pick #1:  New England Boat Show

February 10th – 18th, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

Tickets are $16 ($14 for a limited time) for ages 13+

READ MORE HERE

Pick #2:  CAM Kids: Valentine Printmaking Workshop with Coco Berkman

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10

10:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.     Youth and Family Programs

LEARN MORE HERE

Hand print your own animal themed Valentine’s Day cards in printmaker Coco Berkman’s family workshop! Participants will leave with a set of cards. Ages 6+ / Free for families. To register call Education Coordinator Kirsten Vega at (978) 283-0455 x16 or email kirstenvega@capeannmuseum.org.

Learn more about Coco Berkman here.

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Image from http://www.capeannmuseum.org/events/valentine-printmaking-workshop-cam-kids/

Pick #3:  Salem’s So Sweet Festival

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Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Festival – Feb. 9 through Feb. 11, 2018

Salem Main Streets, the Salem Chamber of CommerceDestination Salem, and local retailers, restaurants, and businesses invite you to attend the 16th annual Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival. A decadent tradition of delectable chocolate, sparkling ice sculptures, and Valentine’s Day shopping…don’t miss Salem’s sweetest event of the year!

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As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 2/3 and 2/4

Pick #1:  Ice Cream for Breakfast at Cherry Farm Creamery

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Who doesn’t want ice cream for breakfast? Eat ice cream for breakfast with zero guilt, because it’s for a great cause! (Please invite your friends!)

Saturday, February 3rd is National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. We’ll be celebrating at Cherry Farm with a special “breakfast” menu featuring…

Waffle Sundaes
Donut Sundaes
Muffin Sundaes
Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches
“Coffee & Donuts” Ice Cream
Maple bacon ice cream
Warm maple syrup sauce
Warm blueberry topping
Bacon bit topping
Sorbet/Sherbet fruit cup
& More!

Be sure to stop by early because from 8am – 12pm we will be donating half of the proceeds to support The NHL Alumni Corey C. Griffin ProAm Fund for Boston Children’s Hospital Concussion Prevention Research Center.

We hope to see you there! Please help spread the word by inviting your friends.

Pick #2: Ipswich Chinese New Year Celebration

All information is found in this flyer but you can also look here for more

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Pick #3:  Dana-Farber Rink Rats vs. Bruins Alumni

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Saturday, February 3, 2018
​Puck Drop is at 2:00PM

Warriors Ice Arena
90 Guest St
Boston, MA 02135

Head to the Warriors Ice Arena to watch Dana-Farber Cancer Institute doctors, nurses, researchers, and staff play a charity hockey game against Boston Bruins alumni to benefit the Jimmy Fund.

The Jimmy Fund supports pediatric and adult cancer care and research at Dana-Farber.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 children.  They can be purchased online at the link above or at the door!

 

As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 1/27 +1/28

Pick #1: Superbowl of Birding 2018

At Joppa Flats in Newburyport, Saturday, January 27th

READ MORE HERE

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Courtesy of Joppa Flats Website

Winter is a wonderful time to bird in northeastern Massachusetts and southeastern New Hampshire. In celebration of this season, the Joppa Flats is hosting the Superbowl of Birding XV on January 27, 2018.

Superbowls I-XIV were great successes with teams of all abilities participating. The challenge is renewed this year, with prizes awarded in ten categories!

This is a unique competition to find the greatest number of species and to earn the greatest number of points based on the rarity of the birds recorded. The Zeiss Joppa Cup is awarded to the team that collects the most points by the end of the specified 12-hour birding day. Strategy and planning are essential in order to win this competition.

Registration

  • $30 per participant if registered before January 1
  • $35 per participant if registered after January 1
  • $20 for participants 12 and under

Registration fees support refreshments and prizes for the winning teams.

To Register

Please mail the completed registration form with appropriate fee(s) to:

Joppa Flats Education Center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950

You may also register by calling 978-462-9998.

Pick #2:  Family Tours at Cape Ann Museum

READ MORE HERE

Family Tours

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27

1:00 p.m. — 1:45 p.m.Walking Tours, Gallery Tours Youth and Family Programs

A tour for history detectives of all ages! Discover the story of Cape Ann by taking a closer look at 10 objects from paintings to film. End your tour in the Activity Center with hands-on fun and art-making. Recommended for families with children under 12. Free for CAM members and Cape Ann residents or with Museum admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call or e-mail Kirsten Vega  at (978) 283-0455 x16 or kirstenvega@capeannmuseum.org.

Pick #3: Alastair Moock & Friends Winter Doldrums

Head to the Cabot and enjoy Alastair Moock and Friends.

READ MORE HERE

Twenty years into his performing career, Alastair Moock has managed to carve out a unique niche for himself. He is a songwriter committed to celebrating the roots of American music while knocking down the walls between different audiences, genres and musical traditions. Today, his audiences range from adults to preschoolers, and he plays everything from theaters to nightclubs to schoolrooms. Like his boyhood hero, Woody Guthrie, Moock believes in the power of music to reach all people — young and old, far and wide.

Moock started performing in 1995, moving from his home outside New York City to the folk haven of Boston. After working his way up through the local coffeehouse and club circuit, he began touring the U.S. and Europe, eventually graduating to renowned events like the Newport Folk Festival and Norway’s Bergen Music Fest. In 2007 Moock was nominated for a Boston Music Award for Outstanding Singer-Songwriter of the Year. The Boston Globe called him “one of the town’s best and most adventurous songwriters” and The Washington Post declared “every song a gem.” …..   visit this site to read more

As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 1/20 + 1/21

Pick #1: New England Sports Park Tubing

READ MORE HERE

We will be open the following days/times:

Friday:  3:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Saturday:  10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Sunday:  10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Rates: $25 per ticket, per block. (all ages)

Friday:

*NEW! One ticket gets you on the hill from open until close!  (not valid on holiday and school vacation days)

Saturday and Sunday:

Each guest must purchase a new ticket for each time block they wish to tube.

Minimum age to tube is 4 years old.

(must be able to sit in your own tube)

First Block:  10AM-12PM

Second Block: 12PM-2PM

Third Block:  2PM-4PM

Fourth Block:  4PM-6PM

Fifth Block:  6PM-8PM

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Pick #2:  Wingmasters Presents: North American Birds of Prey

READ MORE HERE

Sun, Jan 21, 2018 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
Instructor:
Jim Parks and Julie Anne Collier – Wingmasters
All (suitable for children 5 – 18 years)
Members:
Adult $12.00, Child $10.00
 Nonmembers:
Adult $14.00, Child $12.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Our first presentation from 11:00 am-12:15 pm has filled, so we have added a second presentation from 1:15-2:30 pm.

Come see live birds of prey up close in this indoor presentation that will introduce you to the different types of raptors including eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls. We’ll discuss the special features these birds have that enable them to be successful predators at the top of the food chain. We’ll talk about how they hunt, what they eat, and their amazing vision, hearing, and feathers. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to see birds such as the peregrine falcon, kestrel, red-tailed hawk, saw-whet owl, barn owl, barred owl, great horned owl, and eastern screech-owl (birds subject to change).

Instructions and Directions:
Meets in our warm, cozy Barn. This program is entirely indoors.
Registration is required.
Waitlist email or call 978-887-9264.
Register by mail: program registration form (PDF 66K)
For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.

For more information, contact:

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Pick #3: Ice is Nice! Winter Experiments at Joppa Flats Education Center

READ MORE HERE

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As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 1/13 + 1/14

Pick #1:  New England Auto Show

It’s that time of year again!

READ MORE HERE

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Pick #2:  MLK Day Free Admission to Zoos

Monday, January 15th

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In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo will offer free admission on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. At Franklin Park Zoo, guests are invited to write messages of hope and peace on the mural that will be located within the Tropical Forest Pavilion.

This is a wonderful opportunity to spend a memorable day with family and friends while learning about fascinating wildlife from all over the world.

Please note: Last admission will be at 3:30 p.m.

READ MORE ABOUT STONE ZOO HERE

READ MORE ABOUT FRANKLIN PARK ZOO HERE

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As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid 

Nichole’s Picks 12/16 + 12/17

Pick #1: Appleton Farm Gingerbread Farmer Decorating

The morning session is sold out but there is some availability in the afternoon session from 1:30-2:30!
Saturday, December 16
Afternoon Session: 1:30-2:30PM
Member Child: $15 Nonmember Child: $25

Contact Information
978.356.5728 x4118
crouillard@thetrustees.org

READ MORE HERE

Join us for some holiday fun on the farm and learn about the origin of this favorite Scandinavian tradition. We’ll start by decorating some delicious gingerbread farmers and cows with a variety of candy and homemade icing. After our creations are complete we’ll snuggle in for gingerbread man story. Finish the experience with a traditional German holiday craft to decorate your own home with. Hot chocolate will be served. Please register one ticket per child.

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Pick #2    Winter Solstice Lantern Walk at Ipswich River

Winter Solstice Lantern Walk – Sunday

Sun, Dec 17, 2017 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
Sanctuary Staff and Volunteers
All (suitable for children 4 – 18 years)

Members: Adult $9.00, Child $8.00

Nonmembers:  Adult $11.00, Child $10.00

Throughout time, people have come together to celebrate the shortest day of the year and welcome the lengthening days ahead. Sanctuary staff and volunteers invite you to join us for this beautiful candlelit event. Lantern making begins at 4:00 pm, followed by some solstice stories and folklore. With lanterns in hand, we will stroll the trails to light up the night. We will enjoy hot cider and cocoa at the bonfire on our return.

Meets in the Barn. Please dress for the weather.
Registration is required.
Register online or call 978-887-9264 to register by phone.

 

READ MORE HERE

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Pick #3  Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke

CANDLELIGHT STROLL  – Anchoring “Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth”
December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17, 2017

Saturdays, 5-9 pm. Sundays, 4-8 pm.

For tickets, click here. $5 off per ticket purchased before December 1, 2017.

READ ALL ABOUT THIS EVENT HERE

Candlelight Stroll, an annual holiday tradition at Strawbery Banke since 1979 showcases 350 years of seasonal and holiday traditions against the backdrop of the Museum’s furnished historic houses. On these weekend evenings, the Museum grounds glow with hundreds of lighted candle lanterns, the houses are adorned with thousands of hand-made decorations crafted from live greens and dried flowers and herbs collected from the Museum gardens, and the air is filled with the sound of holiday music and scent of woodsmoke from the bonfire. Its authenticity is the foundation for the claim that the Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth holiday celebration, echoed by Travel + Leisure magazine, makes Portsmouth ‘the Christmas capital of North America.’

Visitors stroll from house to historic house, greeted by costumed role players and performers who recreate the traditions of times past, rediscovering the joys of simpler times. Mrs. Shapiro prepares a Hanukah celebration her 1919 Russian Jewish kitchen. Mrs. Goodwin, her family and servants prepare a Victorian Christmas. Father Christmas, the night watchman, “Mayor Frank Jones” and other role-players make their rounds along the dirt lanes; and the Abbotts await news of their soldier fighting in Europe in the Second World War. Carolers, chestnuts and holiday crafts bring all the sounds, scents and moments for family ‘stopfulness’ to this event that is a cherished New Hampshire tradition.  Complimentary refreshments and hot apple cider are offered at the Cider Shed. Traditional hearth-cooking demonstrations, crafts demonstrations, and winter projects for kids provide interactive fun for multiple generations.

Add-on features:

Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond, provides seasonal outdoor ice skating at the heart of the 10-acre living history museum. The rink operates seven days a week, 9 am to 9 pm throughout December and on New Year’s Day, and the months of January and February.

Figtree Kitchen at Strawbery Banke café offers seasonal food and beverages during Candlelight Stroll in the TYCO Visitors Center.

Pickwick’s at the Banke, complements the museum with a shopping experience reflecting Portsmouth’s colonial maritime heritage. Pickwick’s also presents a ticketed, costumed holiday dining experience in Pitt Tavern — visited by George Washington, John Hancock, and the Marquis de Lafayette.

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As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 12/9 + 12/10

Pick #1:  Middle Street Walk

See website HERE

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Pick #2: Cape Ann Veterans’ Army vs. Navy Flag Football

Come cheer on some Cape Ann Veterans as they play in Cape Ann’s 1st Annual Army vs Navy Flag Football game!  Should be a fun afternoon!  12:00 pm @ Newell Stadium

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Pick #3:  Stevens-Coolidge Estate’s Illumination Nights

Read more HERE

Come one, come all and see the splendor of our illuminated winter gardens. Many holidays and festivals are based on lights, some even being called a Festival of Lights, like Diwali for Hinduism, Sikhism, and Jainism, and Hanukah for Judaism. Christianity also celebrates using lights, seen on a Christmas tree or in a snowcapped windowsill. Tonight, visitors are invited to explore the grounds of the Stevens-Coolidge Place as they twinkle and shine with holiday lights that brighten the landscape during this holiday season. Pick up a song book and sing holiday songs or simply listen to others as you warm up with hot cocoa and make s’mores around our outdoor fire pit.

This is a three-weekend event. Full event schedule includes:

Friday, December 8 through Sunday, December 10, 5-7pm
Friday, December 15 through Sunday, December 17, 5-7pm
Friday, December 22 through Saturday, December 23 5-7pm

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As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 12/2 +12/3

Pick #1: Santa’s Arrival in Rockport!

It doesn’t get any more quintessential New England small town than Santa arriving by lobster boat in Rockport, Massachusetts.  Santa is due at T Wharf at 1:00.  He’ll then hop in “his sleigh” (umm…firetruck) for a trip downtown. The stores are open for holiday shopping and then the town comes back together in Dock Square for caroling and the annual tree lighting beginning at 4:00 pm.

READ MORE HERE

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Pick #2: Christmas at Castle Hill: The Season of Carols

READ MORE HERE

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Trustees of the Reservation

Visiting Castle Hill at Christmas is a time-honored tradition for many New England families. Don’t miss this year’s spectacular “The Season of Carols”. Each room in our 1920s mansion is festively decorated for a beloved Christmas carol. You’ll find live music and dance, fresh baked cookies and cider, a treasure hunt, family activities, and a visit with Santa.

Make Friday, date night with evening tour hours, a cash bar, light appetizers, and festive music.

Come with friends on Saturday for great decorating ideas, shopping in the Castle Hill gift shop and Harbor Sweets pop up cafe, and more.

Bring the children on Sunday to visit with Santa, take photos, and hunt for carol-themed items in our holiday treasure hunt.

Persons named Carol get in free! Please bring i.d.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, December 1, 5-8pm

Piano music by Robert Allison

Cash bar with beer, wine, and our own holiday punch

Saturday, December 2, 10am-4pm

Season of Carols treasure hunt

11am   Ipswich High School Chamber Singers and Bel Canto directed by Abigail Frost

12:00  String Quartet: Michael Hamill, Carlos Heymann, Alice Newell, & Ann Ward

Ipswich High School Chamber Players

12:30pm  Ipswich High School Chamber Orchestra directed by Michael Coelho

1pm          Ipswich High School Jazz Ensemble

2pm          Ipswich Moving Company’s Youth Dance Ensemble

2:30pm     Venti Players and Bright Phoebe

Sunday, December 3, 12noon-4pm

Season of Carols treasure hunt

12Noon-2pm      Visit with Santa in the second floor bay

12Noon              Ipswich High School Honors Brass

1pm                  Ipswich Middle School Clarinet Ensemble

2pm                  Brass Bells

3pm                  North Shore Ringers

Date & Time
Friday, December 1
Friday, 5-8PM, Saturday 10AM-4PM, Sunday, 12Noon-4PM

Cost
Member: Adult $10, Child/Senior $5; Nonmember: Adult $20, Child/Senior $10; Ipswich resident with i.d. $10. Tickets are available at the door only.

Contact Information
978.356.4351 x4015
tschell@thetrustees.org

Pick #3: Polar Express 4D at the Museum of Science

READ MORE AND PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Go on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. THE POLAR EXPRESS 4-D Experience® is based on the inspiring and beloved Caldecott Medal children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.

Featured in digital 3-D and brought to life with 4-D multisensory effects, this is an immersive experience for the whole family to enjoy!

THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s17)

LENGTH

15 minutes

LOCATION

4-D Theater, Blue Wing. Find on map

AUDIENCE

Recommended for: Grades toddlers – 12 and adults

As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 11/18 + 11/19

Pick #1:  Arts Boston, Mayor’s Holiday Special 

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ArtsBoston, in partnership with Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the City of Boston, and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, announce the 14th Annual Mayor’s Holiday.  See the link below to enjoy an eight-week celebration of the area’s performing arts featuring thousands of discounted tickets to more than 100 holiday shows.

READ MUCH MORE HERE

Pick #2:  Ski, Board, and Skate Sale

Friends of Cutler School will once again be hosting their annual Ski, Board, and Skate Sale at the Cutler School in Hamilton

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READ MORE HERE

Saturday and Sunday, Nov, 18th and 19th

Saturday 11/18 – 9am-2pm
Our vendors will be here ALL day on Saturday

Sunday 11/19 – 11am-1pm
Clearance – 50% of most items (Vendors not included)

Cutler Elementary School
237 Asbury Street, Hamilton

Pick #3:  Rockport PTO Holiday Fair

Saturday 9:30-2:00 at Rockport High School at 24 Jerden’s Lane, Rockport

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As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 10/28 + 10/29

Pick #1:  Halloween Haunted Happenings in Rockport

The town of Rockport has all sorts of fun things planned for Sunday.  Pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating through town, a showing of Hocus Pocus and more.  Check out their facebook page HERE

Pumpkin carving begins in Harvey Park at 11:30

Trick or Treating takes place between 3:30-5:30 throughout the shops downtown

From 6:00-8:30 a screening of Hocus Pocus takes place in Harvey Park and the concession stand will be open.

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Pick #2:  Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium the Musical

Brooke and Zeke have been cast as the leads in the school’s new production of an old play about a…Phantom. Strange things start disrupting rehearsals and they have to wonder: is this someone’s idea of a joke? Or is the Phantom real? A silly and spooky adventure ensues that will keep the whole family in suspense until the final curtain! Suggested for families with young people ages 7-16+. The show is 70 minutes long with no intermission.

READ MORE HERE

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Pick #3:  Ipswich Ale Halloween Extravaganza

Saturday at 2 PM – 5 PM

The Ipswich Ale Brewery will be one stop that you won’t want to miss on your trick-or-treating route this year!

Swing by the brewery for free beer samples and take in the spooky sights and sounds of the brewery.

Don’t forget to bring the kids and let them sip on an Ipswich Soda Pop or snack on some candy while they show off their costumes!

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As always for a comprehensive list of family activities visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 10/21 + 10/22

Pick #1:  Essex ClamFest

The annual Essex Clamfest has everything the small town is known for including arts and crafts, K-9 demonstrations and, of course, the ever popular clam chowder competition. Nearly 1,000 people taste the best of the best, each voting for their favorite in the People’s Choice Award, while nine esteemed judges helped to select the winner of the Judge’s Award.

Read more at the Essex Chamber of Commerce HERE

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Pick #2:  Boston Children’s Theatre Presents: Goosebumps, The Musical Phantom of the Auditorium at the Larcom Theatre

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Brooke and Zeke have been cast as the leads in the school’s new production of an old play about a…Phantom. Strange things start disrupting rehearsals and they have to wonder: is this someone’s idea of a joke? Or is the Phantom real? A silly and spooky adventure ensues that will keep the whole family in suspense until the final curtain! Suggested for families with young people ages 7-16+. The show is 70 minutes long with no intermission.

READ MORE HERE

Dates from now through to November 5th available.

Pick #3:  The Addams Family at Stage 284 at the Hamilton Community House

READ MORE HERE

The Addams Family

The Addams Family features an original story, and its every fathers nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family  a man her parents have never met. And if that werent upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something hes never done before  keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesdays normal boyfriend and his parents.

Please note: Addams Family Musical may have some “spooky undertones” therefore, Parental Discretion is advised for this production.

Seating Description:
Green Seating is Premium Interactive Seating and handicapped accessible
Yellow Seating is General Seating and handicapped accessible
Red Seating is Riser Seating not handicapped accessible

RUN TIME: Approximately two hours.

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Performances on these dates:

Saturday, October 14 – 7:30pm
Sunday, October 15 – 2pm
Saturday, October 21 – 3pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, October 22 – 2pm & 6:30pm
Thursday, October 26 – 7:30pm
Saturday, October 28 – 3pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, October 29 – 2pm & 6:30pm

As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 10/14 + 10/15

Pick #1: Rockport Harvestfest

Saturday, October 14th.

Always a great time!  READ HERE FOR MORE!

The annual Rockport Harvestfest celebration features the best regional bounty of the season — all in an unbeatable setting.

New England food producers gather under a giant tent on one of Rockport’s historic working wharves to celebrate the best of local food with fresh seafood, pastries, cider doughnuts, chowder, small-batch jams, locally-grown produce and more.

Local craft beers and wine produced in Massachusetts are on hand, along with Rockport’s own Twin Lights, with soda crafted from the 120-year-old company’s original recipes. Cooking demonstrations take place throughout the day, the highlight of which is the Seafood Throwdown, a competition-style showcase between two chefs, demonstrating the versatility of fish, coastal New England’s most significant harvest.

Harvestfest features plenty of live bluegrass, jazz, folk, indie rock, cooking demos, a farm expo, and plenty of activities for families.

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Pick #2: Grand Prix of Gloucester

READ MUCH MORE HERE

CRAFT SPORTSWEAR Gran Prix of Gloucester | 14 & 15 Oct 2017
Rounds 1 and 2 of the Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series presented by Cycle-Smart

“Gloucester is a special race for me. It’s a true New England classic: the big, rowdy crowds always show up, the course is dynamic and challenging, and all the top riders line up.  Historic, classic, and epic” – Jeremy Powers US National Cyclocross Champion

“There is something about that place. It’s got a soul. I’ve been everywhere in the world that cyclocross races, and little comes close to the aesthetic drama of Gloucester.”
– Christopher Zigmont, cycling industry representative (Boston Globe)

“The incredibly well-organized event and huge, energetic crowds of racers and fans make Gloucester an amazing weekend of racing. It’s no surprise that it’s called ‘The New England World Championships.'” – Maureen Bruno Roy, Bob’s Red Mill-Seven Cycles

Read Posts from year’s past by GMG contributors at these links

https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/grand-prix-gloucester/

https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2016/10/15/video-2016-gloucester-grand-prix/

As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 9/30 + 10/1

Pick #1: Salem Food Truck Festival

The Salem Food Truck Festival is a two-day event being hosted in the Salem Common in historic downtown Salem, MA. The event will feature 40 food trucks, live music, and family fun. Save the date and save your appetites for one of the area’s biggest food truck events!

Check out their website HERE to learn more

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Pick #2: Topsfield Fair

Amusement rides, food and beverages galore, agriculture, livestock, vendors, educational experiences, live music, and much..much more.  While the Topsfield Fair may not be everyone’s cup of tea I’ve gone nearly every year of my life and always enjoy it!  Except that one time a few years back when it poured the whole time, the rides were closed, and the boys convinced us to bring home a new pet rabbit.

READ ALL ABOUT THE TOPSFIELD FAIR, PURCHASE TICKETS, FIND MAP + SCHEDULE HERE

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Pick #3: Chinatown Lantern Festival

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 7/23 + 7/24

My picks for this weekend are all of the great activities that make up the Essex National Heritage Area’s Trails and Sails weekend.

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Explore Essex County’s historic, cultural and natural sites during two weekends of 150+ FREE events during Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water, September 15-17 & 22-24, 2017!

Enjoy a variety of guided walks, paddles, historical tours and other adventures for all ages, skill levels and interests, that will connect you to the spectacular places, history and heritage that define the Essex National Heritage Area—the 34 cities and towns of Boston’s legendary North Shore. It’s all FREE and it’s all located within the 34 cities and towns of Essex County including the communities of Salem, Gloucester, Newburyport, Lawrence, Saugus and more.

Head here to read more and register to build your own itinerary 

Here are just some examples of the types of activities that can be enjoyed in our area

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Nichole’s Picks 9/16 + 9/17

Pick #1: Harvest Musical Festival

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The GLOUCESTER HARVEST MUSIC FESTIVAL blends art and music in one of the country’s most unique and rich artist communities. We invite you to experience the beauty and friendliness of Gloucester through a day long festival showcasing music, arts and culture while supporting our local community hospital (Addison Gilbert Citizens Fund) and community based outreach programs. Our hope is to make this a destination festival with a mission that all proceeds from the GLOUCESTER HARVEST MUSIC FESTIVAL go directly to the Addison Gilbert Citizens Fund, which is to guarantee the continued existence of a full service hospital. By supporting this, it will ensure the safety and well-being of the community and beyond.

  • Festival Schedule

    NADIA ROBERTSON ( National Anthem – shortset): 10:30 – 10:45
     
    OL BROWN SHOE: 11:00 – 12:00
     
    FENNARIO: 12:15 -1:15
     
    RED TAIL HAWK: 1:30 – 2:30
     
    COLD ENGINES: 2:45 – 3:45
     
    BIM SKALA BIM:  4:00 – 5:30
     
    FOUR LEGGED FAITHFUL: 5:45 – 6:45
     
    GANG OF THIEVES: 7:00 – 8:30
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Read all about it HERE

Pick #2: Fish Box Derby

Sunday, Rogers Street by Gorton’s

Every year since 1994, the Fish Box Derby has offered the kids of Cape Ann the opportunity to test their design, building and driving skills in a safe and exciting race down Rogers Street. We have purposely stayed independent from the All – American Soapbox Derby so that parents and kids could work together on the cars and the everything from buggy wheels to high tech bearings are allowed. There is no entry fee for the race, we are fully supported by charitable donations from individuals, businesses and local organizations, whose names are emblazoned on the hay bales that line the course. Through the generosity of our supporters, the Fish Box Derby now offers two $1000.00 college scholarships each year, for which all racers are eligible. It has been truly rewarding to see our former participants take lessons learned in the race with them into adulthood. To help support the Fish Box Derby please contact us at Fish Box Derby, Inc. PO Box 162 Gloucester, Ma. 01931-0162 or call 978-283-1932 or 978-281-6057

READ all about it HERE

As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks September 9th + 10th

Pick #1:  The Donkey Derby at Myopia, Hamilton

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THE DONKEY DERBY: run your a** off for the Equine Rescue Network. A sporting event for elite athletes and their human companions To help bring awareness to the plight of unwanted horses and donkeys.

SPECTATORS WELCOME You may purchase General Admission or VIP Tickets at www.EquineRescueNetwork.com *VIP tickets include seating under the Myopia Polo tent, lunch, and spirits (beer/wine/mint julep). Derby Attire encouraged for VIP seating. Be advised – VIP Seating is limited.

The mission of the event is to ENJOY the day, raise awareness of donkeys: They make great pets! They are affectionate, agile & athletic – AND are highly sought after by the Chinese 😦 If we raise money to save more donkeys – even better!

Don’t have a donkey but still want to “Run your ass off for the Equine Rescue Network” – no problem. We have a ‘Human Only Race” for runners. However, if you want to race a donkey – we have them….actually – there are over 40+ rescue donkeys on the North Shore that you may be partnered with. The donkey races are 2 person-team (one to lead and one to follow).

If you want to race with a donkey, send email to info@equinerescuenetwork.com – space is limited. You will need met your donkey, and perhaps even train your donkey before the race. We will match teams with donkeys based on the location of donkey and team. The leader of the donkey may carry treats. The follower of the donkey may only use a sanction plastic fly swatter to encourage their donkey team member. There is no riding or beating donkeys!

The races will be as follows:
– Minature Donkey Race
– Minature Horse and Minature Mule
– Standard Donkey Race
– Corporate teams
– Steeplechase race
– Riding Mule Race
– Pin the Tail on the Donkey Race for Humans-only

CHECK OUT THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

 

Pick #2: Essex Police Dept. Annual Classic Car Show

Sunday, September 10th 1:00-4:00 in the lot behind the Police Station.

Raindate is Sunday, September 17th 1:00-4:00.

Essex Police Department – 4th Annual Car Show – ANTIQUES, CLASSICS, MUSCLE, SPECIAL INTEREST, TRUCKS & MOTORCYCLES!

– People’s Choice Awards for Best Car and Best Motorcycle

– Live Music

– Food and beverages served by the Essex Lions Club

FREE ADMISSION! No cost to enter your vehicle.

Sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.

Please contact Chief Peter Silva or Officer James Romeos for more information at 978-768-6628Click here to see photos of last year’s show on Facebook >

SEE LOWELL PEABODY’S POST ABOUT THE 2nd ANNUAL CAR SHOW HERE (Great photos as well!)

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Pick #3: Connors Farm Corn Maize

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30 Valley Road(Rte. 35)

Danvers, MA. 01923

Opening Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017

Closing Date: Monday, October 31, 2017

1. Visit Connors Farm after September 9th

2.  Have a GREAT time

3.  On  your way out stop by farm stand and purchase your Bounce Back pass for $6.00.

4.  Use your Bounce Back pass for general admission day time activities one time while we are open during the 2017 season.

Passes may only be used by the person who purchases them.  They are not subject to transfer, refund, or exchange.  Bounce back passes must be purchased prior to leaving the grounds.  They are not valid with other special offers or birthday parties.  So easy and so affordable!

We are excited with this years maze theme.  It is a tribute to our good friend Bentley Warren a local race car legend. OPENING SEPTEMBER 9th!

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As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 7/22 + 7/23

Pick #1: Connors Farm Blueberry and Raspberry Festival

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Saturday, July 22, 2017 – 9am to 6pm (Rain date Sunday, July 23, 2017)

$9.95 Admission per Person, 2 and under are free.

Note: Everyone must pay the $9.95 fee for entrance to pick your own and all festivities.

The admission price includes the following activities: Hayrides, Barnyard Animals, Black Mamba, Cow Train, Duck Races, Giant Rocking Chair, Giant Tires, Grain Train, Horse Swings, Jumping Pillows,  Music, Mechanical Bull, Pedal Carts, Sandbox, Trikes, and MORE!

Additional charge for: Food, Blueberry desserts, BBQ Food, Pick Your Own Blueberries and Raspberries, Gemstone Mining, Pony Rides (10am to 4pm).

Note: Everyone must pay the admission price for entrance into the farm and festival.

READ MORE AND PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

 

Pick #2: 10th Annual Car Show at Faneuil Hall

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The BAMG is once again pleased to announce that we will be hosting our Faneuil Hall Car Show Series for the 10th year this summer. For 2017 we will be holding three British Car shows. Space is now available for these limited registration, high energy shows at New England’s premier tourist and family-friendly destination.

READ ALL ABOUT THE CAR SHOW HERE

Pick #3: The Z – Boston Zipline

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READ MORE HERE

Ride the Z over The Greenway!

Spanning 220-feet, the zipline carries one or two riders along The Greenway’s Parcel 12, starting from Clinton Street and landing near North Street, across from The Greenway’s North End Parks. With two parallel cords, riders soar alongside each other (or race!). From the top of the 30-foot tower riders have a unique view of downtown Boston, the waterfront, and The Greenway!

Rider Requirements

All riders must weigh between 45 lbs and 250 lbs, must be at least 40 inches tall, and must be in good physical health. All persons must weigh in and check their height at the zipline ticket booth before riding.

Prices

Tickets are $8 for one rider and $15 for a pair. Group tickets (10+ tickets) can be purchased at the zipline for $7/a piece and groups of 50 or more can reserve an hour to ‘Ride the Z’ together. For information on group tickets, please email info@rosekennedygreenway.org.

Hours

‘The Z’ is open for rides everyday at 11am until October. Closing times vary and occasionally we will have to close early due to inclement weather. To see specific closing times, please review the calendar below and click your preferred day. For the latest information on weather-related closings, please visit us on Twitter.

Location

‘The Z’ is the centerpiece of a temporarily revitalized ramp parcel (known as “Parcel 12”), whose development remains in a joint State/City planning phase. This summer, Parcel 12 will be a place for families, friends, and independent explorers to ride a zipline, observe public art and hang out in our iconic Adirondack furniture!

The zipline itself is located near the corner of Clinton Street and Surface Road, directly across from Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the Dock Square Parking Garage.

As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 7/15 + 7/16

Pick #1: Rockport’s Navy Weekend!

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READ ALL ABOUT THE WEEKEND’S SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES HERE

The United States Naval Academy (USNA) Offshore Sail Training Squadron (OSTS), aboard six NA-44 foot sailboats, will drop anchor on Friday July 14th in Rockport Harbor to take part in the Rockport Navy Weekend 2017. Sailors from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine and the USS Constitution in Boston, Massachusetts have been invited to participate in the weekend events.
 
The Rockport Navy Weekend is hosted by the Rockport Navy Committee. Activities are planned to encourage the entire community to interact with and learn about the US Navy. The enthusiastic support and generous financial donations of the residents and businesses of Rockport helps make the Rockport Navy Weekend a success. 

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Pick #2:  Gloucester Block Party! 

Saturday

July 15, 2017

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READ MORE HERE

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As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid. 

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