Author Archives: Nichole S.

Free Skate Girls’ Hockey Open House

CALLING ALL GIRLS for a free skate open house!  If you know a girl at the U10, U12, or U14 level who may be interested in learning more about Cape Ann Youth Hockey’s girls’ hockey program please come by and experience what it would be like to play.

This Sunday, June 24th from 5:00-6:00.

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Boston Cannons Lacrosse This Saturday @ Endicott! Ticket Giveaway too.

The oldest and most historic rivalry in Major League Lacrosse begins another chapter as the Boston Cannons and the New York Lizards face-off for the first time in 2018 at Endicott College in Beverly, MA on June 23rd.

 This is the third and final game of the Cannons In Your Community series and after two great crowds in the first two games of the series, this crowd may be the best of the three.

Where: Hempstead Stadium at Endicott College (Beverly, MA)
Who: New York Lizards vs Boston Cannons
When: Saturday June 23rd, 6:00 PM
For tickets to the final Cannons in the Community game, CLICK HERE!

Good Morning Gloucester is giving away one family four-pack of tickets to the game. Cheer on the home team as they take the field right here on the North Shore.  

Share this post to Facebook and comment below telling us why you’d like to attend Saturday’s game.  One person who does both between now and 5:00 pm tonight (6/19) will win the family four-pack of tickets.

Read this blog post to read more about the Cannons’ Cannon in the Community game that took place at Endicott earlier this month. 

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Deck Drinks

One of my favorite things about summer is the opportunity  to sit on one of the water front decks that we are lucky to have around town, look at the view, and have a drink after an awesome day at the beach or on the water.   Saturday’s deck of choice was the Mile Marker  for some shark bites , bang bang shrimp, and a Corona.

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The Stuff Childhood is Made Of

Thursday night lights.  Rockport Little League Play-offs, Major B. Game One.

A sweet little Thursday night game under the lights at Parisi Field with the High School field of dreams looming in the background.

National Anthem, 6 innings, team BBQ (for both teams of course), laughter, running, more laughter, and then ice cream over at the Dairy Train.

Quintessential small-town Little League and the stuff that childhood is made of.

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Meet the New Rotary in My Life

In case I should ever feel that Blackburn Circle and Grant Circle aren’t enough, now I have a 3rd rotary to navigate each day.  This one is miniature and kind of cute….oddly enough.

This is Route 22 off of Exit 18 in Beverly.  It is the younger sibling to the one that was added last year on Brimbal Ave near what will soon be the new Whole Foods….further ensuring that I have the joy of encountering drivers who don’t know how to navigate a rotary no matter which direction I head.

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Inaugural Bluefin Blowout Family 5K

Nice turnout. Check.

Exercise and Family Fun. Check.

Money raised.  Check.

Increased awareness for Alzheimers. Check.

#endalz.  Trying like hell.

The first ever Bluefin Blowout Family Fun Run and 5K took place at Gloucester’s Stagefort Park yesterday morning.  Runners and walkers rallied by the gazebo before starting out to complete the roundtrip course to Hammond Castle and back to the park. A beautiful course at that.

Adding to the excitement of the day, Becca Pizzi gave the word to kick off the run/walk as the honorary official. Becca Pizzi is a good friend to the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group and has also accomplished the unbelievable feat of running 7 marathons, on 7 continents, in 7 days for the World Marathon Challenge….twice.  Amazing!

If anyone needed a reason to put some pep in their step, the news that the event had already raised close to $60,000 certainly helped! Rockstars!

With yesterday’s successful event in the books, we are all one step closer to enjoying what many people have come to call THE weekend of the summer, the Bluefin Blowout 2018.  This year’s tournament marks year #7 and the goal is to make it the biggest and best yet.  That’s no easy goal considering the success of year’s past, but if anyone can do it it is Lyon-Waugh Auto Group and the tremendous sponsors that add to the tournament’s success each year….not to mention the captains and crews.

With that in mind, mark your calendars NOW for August 2nd-4th and plan on spending some serious time at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort

We hope to raise some big bluefin at weigh-in, raise lots of hands for bidding, raise awareness for #endalz, and raise a huge amount of money for the Alzheimer’s Association …. and maybe raise the roof with DJ Scottie Mac and other live entertainment.  Please join us!

 

 

 

Nichole’s Picks 6/9 + 6/10

Pick #1:  Bluefin Blowout Family Fun 5K

Join us on Sunday, June 10th at Stage Fort Park, Gloucester for the

Inaugural Lyon-Waugh Bluefin Blowout Family Fun 5K, benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association!

Join us as we run, walk, and stroll from Stage Fort Park to Hammond Castle and back to Stage Fort Park for a 5K loop. Enjoy the beautiful Cape Ann waterfront and fresh ocean air while raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association.

LEARN MORE HERE

Registration Fees:

Adults – $30 ($40 day of race, cash or credit only!)

Kids- $10 ($15 day of race, cash or credit only!)

*Please fill out one registration for each participant


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6:30am- Volunteers Check-In

7:00am – Registration & Participant Check-In

8:00am – Race Start


-THE AFTER PARTY-

Meet us after the race at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort’s Riverview Bar & Sunset Deck for the after-party featuring cocktails from our sponsors!

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Pick #2: Harborlight Community Yard Sale

SATURDAY, JUNE 9TH 9:00 am- Noon.

243 Essex Street, Beverly

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It isn’t too late to sign up to sell….or certainly to decide to stop by and shop, enjoy live music, participate in family yoga, or browse the bake sale!  $20 fee to set up an area to sell…otherwise, just come and have fun while shopping!

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Pick #3: Dragon Boat Festival

This year marks the 39th annual Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.

Saturday is races only while Sunday is races and cultural activities

75 boats participated last year!

Free admission to races and cultural activities.

READ MORE HERE

CHECK OUT FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS HERE

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

Explore Summer at Harborlight

If you are looking for something for your 1st-7th grade student to do this summer, consider looking at the summer programs Harborlight has to offer on and out of its Beverly campus.

Explore Arts and Adventure at Harborlight!   Biking, The Amazing Race, Fishing, Tasty Adventures, Crafts, Just Desserts, Showtime!, By Land and Sea water sports, and much more!

Grades 1st-7th can sign up for one week….or the entire summer!  P/K and Kindergarten students can sign up for the month of July and/or August.

Read all descriptions and see pricing below.

CLICK HERE to Learn More

Click HERE to Apply and Enroll

Have questions about Elementary Summer programs?  email Katie Oberlander @ koberlander@harborlight.net

Have questions about P/K or Kindergarten Summer programs? email Jamie Oakley @ joakley@harborlight.net

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Boston Cannons Lacrosse at Endicott

As part of their newly launched “Cannons in Your Community” initiative, the Major League Lacrosse team is bringing fast-paced and action packed lacrosse to Boston area towns including Beverly’s Endicott College and Hingham.

The Cannons home field is at Harvard Stadium, but the team is happy to be bringing games to other communities as well.

The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced today that the club has created a new initiative to bring select regular season home games to two greater Boston communities in 2018. The Cannons will play one game at Hingham High School in Hingham, MA, and two games at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. The “Cannons In Your Community” effort is focused on strengthening the team’s community outreach and increasing direct engagement with greater Boston area lacrosse fans.

“We’re extremely excited to bring Cannons lacrosse to the communities of the South Shore and North Shore, both are very passionate about the sport,” said Cannons President Ian Frenette. “While our game continues to grow at a significant pace, we need to continue to do our part to drive the continued growth and engagement with current and prospective lacrosse fans in their towns. This initiative is going to give fans an even closer look at Cannons action in an intimate environment and provide us the opportunity to reach new fans by bringing the game to their neighborhood.”

READ MORE ABOUT “CANNONS IN THE COMMUNITY” HERE

The boys and I attended yesterday’s game at Endicott College and had an amazing time.  The energy and enthusiasm was palpable and fans were able to get super close to the action.  The opportunity to see such a high level sporting event in such an intimate setting is one not to be missed.

After the game the players spent 30 minutes interactive with fans, posing for photos, and signing autographs.  My boys talked endlessly about how friendly the players were and how cool it was to get to meet them.  The team is spot on with their hopes that experiences like “Cannons in Your Community” will help introduce more fans to this great game.

This is such a phenomenal opportunity to attend a major league sports event.   Be sure to mark your calendars for June 23rd and don’t miss this chance to watch the Boston Cannons take on the New York Lizards back at Endicott College @ 6:00 pm

BUY TICKETS HERE

Nichole’s Picks 6/2 + 6/3

With warmer weather comes all sorts of fun springtime activities.

Pick #1:  Gloucester Grow Fest

What’s free, green, and fun?  Gloucester Grow Fest.

Presented by Backyard Growers, the first annual Gloucester Grow Fest sounds like a great way to spend a day!

When: Saturday, June 2, 2018, 11:00AM – 2:00PM

Where: Burnham’s Field, 9 Sargent St Ext. Gloucester 01930

www.backyardgrowers.org/events

https://www.facebook.com/events/199521507323168/

Join Backyard Growers as we present the first annual Gloucester Grow Fest, a free event for all ages to celebrate healthy eating, green living, and warm weather! We’ll have garden tours, art projects, yummy food, games, live music, community yoga, and more. Organizations from across Cape Ann will be there leading activities.

Activities for all Ages presented by the following organizations:

Action, Inc.
Alprilla Farm
Backyard Growers
Black Earth Compost
Cape Ann Art Haven
Cape Ann Farmer’s Market
Cape Ann YMCA
Change is Simple
Common Crow Natural Market
Crossfit Cape Ann
Essex County Greenbelt
Generous Gardeners
Harbor Health Group
Inner Harmony Music Therapy
Lahey Health
MAGMA
The Open Door
One Ocean/One Love
Sawyer Free Library
Seaside Sustainability
Treetop Yoga

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Pick #2:  Boston Cannons Lacrosse @ Endicott College

Exciting news!  The Boston Cannons Major League Lacrosse is coming to Endicott College this weekend and again on Saturday, June 23rd as part of their newly launched “Cannons in Your Community” effort.

The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced that the club has created a new initiative to bring select regular season home games to two greater Boston communities in 2018. The Cannons will play one game at Hingham High School in Hingham, MA, and two games at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. The “Cannons In Your Community” effort is focused on strengthening the team’s community outreach and increasing direct engagement with greater Boston area lacrosse fans.

“We’re extremely excited to bring Cannons lacrosse to the communities of the South Shore and North Shore, both are very passionate about the sport,” said Cannons President Ian Frenette. “While our game continues to grow at a significant pace, we need to continue to do our part to drive the continued growth and engagement with current and prospective lacrosse fans in their towns. This initiative is going to give fans an even closer look at Cannons action in an intimate environment and provide us the opportunity to reach new fans by bringing the game to their neighborhood.”

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

READ MORE ABOUT THE BOSTON CANNONS HERE

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Pick #3:  Strawberry Festival 

The Strawberry Festival at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort is always a lot of fun!

Saturday, June 2nd 11:00-4:00

Hosted by The Bridge Cape Ann, this event is a kick-off for the summer at Mile Marker One with Marshall’s Farm Stand.

FREE Parking! FREE Admission!

Kid Zone with Bouncy House, Pony Rides, Live Animals, Face Painting, Vehicles to explore from Gloucester Police Department (Official), Gloucester Fire Department, & the Coast Guard Station Gloucester.

Great Food & Drink, Live Music & Performers, Beer Tastings, Farmer’s Market, and of course, over 40 local vendors.

READ MORE HERE

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

Little Buoy Thief

Thatcher’s birthday was last Thursday, but he had a super busy day that day…so when baseball was cancelled on Wednesday we took advantage of a free night and went to the Studio for dinner to celebrate a little early….before celebrating a bit late later in the week.  #weeklongbirthdays

After dinner we stopped by Cape Hedge Beach for the annual and obligatory birthday-photo-on-the-beach that I subject my children to. The horror.

While driving down to the lot we inadvertently found ourselves driving through some movie filming that was taking place in the neighborhood.

They waved us through, walkie-talkied ahead, and kindly tolerated the interruption.  We went down to the beach long enough for the boys to scale the massive wall of rocks, oblige me with a few photos, and steal a lobster buoy.

That’s right.  Finn had spied a lobster buoy pretty far down the beach and took off to grab it.  As you all know, lobster buoys wash up on our beaches often….so I didn’t think much of it when Finn tossed it into the backseat of the car before we left.

We had to wait a bit for crew members to exit the home where the filming was taking place and I scanned the group for a face I might recognize….but had no luck.  Once the group had moved on towards the beach and the coast was clear, someone waved us along again.  I drove up the road slowly and paused to ask what the name of the movie was….but, I never found out.  Instead, as the nice movie crew peep walked up to my window, I started to apologize for interrupting their work and was about to explain why we had driven down the the beach…..birthday boy and all.   But, mid-sentence the movie crew guy interrupted and said, “Yuh…ummm….so did you by chance pick up a lobster buoy while you were down there?”

Oops.

Turns out the lobster buoy that Finn saw and ran 50 yards to pluck from the beach was actually a movie prop….and was kind of essential to the scenes that were about to be filmed. Bygones.

In thinking back on it….there was a girl in the parking lot with a walkie-talkie watching the boys and I on the beach.  She must have seen Finn take the buoy because she radioed my license plate # to the buy up the road.  I thought she was simply telling him that we were on our way up so they could pause filming for a minute.  Evidently not.  I can’t help but wonder why she didn’t simply tell us that the buoy was theirs…. Finn would have happily put it back….especially if to avoid the embarrassment of having to cough it up and hand it over up the street.

I wish we had thought to snap a photo of Finn with his buoy!  It will be funny to see the buoy make its appearance in the film once it’s released.  Whatever the movie is.

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Any Ideas?

I took the boys and some friends down to Pawtucket, Rhode Island to see the PawSox play on Saturday.  One game turned into a doubleheader….with fireworks as the cherry on top.  So, we got home pretty late.  After dropping one friend off in Magnolia we drove past Stagefort Park just past midnight and saw this scene.  I checked online the next day because the boys were pretty curious about what was happening, but didn’t find any information.

Anyone have any ideas?  Kudos to the fire, police, and ambulance responders who were out in the middle of the night taking care of whatever the situation may have been.

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Nichole’s Picks 5/26-5/28

Please take some time to Celebrate and Honor Memorial Day 

 

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Gloucester:  

Monday, May 28th

Gloucester will not hold a parade this year, but will be holding special Memorial Day Ceremonies at Gloucester High School at 10:30 in the morning. Followed by lunch in the cafeteria around noon.

Rockport:

Monday, May 28th

In Rockport, the Memorial Day parade will start at 10 a.m. from American Legion Hall on Beach Street,  proceeds down Beach Street to Main Street and then to School Street, Pleasant Street and into Beech Grove Cemetery.  Memorial services will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars lot in the cemetery.  It will then go back to White Wharf and on to the American Legion Hall.

Manchester-by-the-Sea:

As written on the town of Manchester’s Facebook page

Manchester American Legion Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade Program
Date: Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 9AM.

8:30 AM Report to Legion – Veterans, Auxiliary and all parade participants gather at Legion.

9:00 AM Waterside Service – Recognition with wreath and poppies cast into the water in memory of all servicemen and women lost at sea.

9: 15 AM Line up to March – Veterans and all parade participants form up and start marching by the Town Hall. Head up Pine St to Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Wreath laying, rifle salute, and Taps at flagpole.

Form up and march to Rosedale Cemetery. Wreath laying, salute and Taps with reading of Gettysburg address (by Manchester Essex Region High School 10th grader) Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) lot.

Walk down to the Legion Lot for Memorial Day Service. In Flanders Fields poem to be read by 10th grader.

Form up on Pleasant Street Extension and proceed down towards School St. to Hinckley Park for wreath laying, gun salute and Taps.

March to Union Cemetery for gun salute and Taps.

March to 1661 Old Burial Ground on Summer Street for gun salute and Taps.

Return to American Legion for National Anthem and raising the flag.

Collation to follow at the Legion.

The firing squad along with Commander, Selectmen, buglers and police escort will depart to Kettle Cove Cemetery in Jeffrey Creek located on Magnolia Avenue.

Allan Kirker, Post Commander
Manchester Legion Amaral-Bailey Post #113

Essex:

Monday @ 9:00 at Essex’s Memorial Park:  24 Martin Street.

As written on their Facebook Page:

Don’t miss the small town charm of a Memorial Day Parade in Essex. The parade progresses to the Town Cemetery for a military rifle salute to our country’s war veterans and then up Main Street to the Causeway Bridge. Town officials lead the parade followed by members of the school band and various athletic organizations. Norman Rockwell couldn’t have painted a better picture than our parade coming down Main Street.

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Join This Community Yard Sale To Sell Your Stuff!

Have you ever hosted your own yard sale and had a very slow turnout?

Would you like to clean out your basement, shed, garage, and closets….without the hassle of advertising and planning your own yard sale?

Would you like to be a part of a multi-vendor yard sale in a great location to increase your odds of selling your loot and making some money?

JOIN HARBORLIGHT’S COMMUNITY YARD SALE! 

PRIME Yard Sale location at 243 Essex Street in Beverly!

All are welcome! For a $20 participation fee, simply RSVP so we hold you a spot, pack up your items, and set up your space here on campus.

Crafters and artisans welcome as well!

Harborlight is hosting our first ever Community Yard Sale.  To make the event even more fun, we’ll have some live music, family yoga on the lawn, and some yard games and children’s activities like bocce ball, corn hole, and more.

Please RSVP to participate to Nichole at nschrafft@harborlight.net

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