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New Year’s Restaurant Rundown

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day is my favorite time of the year.

Represents new beginnings and renewal for the upcoming New Year.

Here’s what we have for the 2 days of celebration!

I encourage restaurants and anyone that can add to this list!

New Year’s Eve

Ohana NYE Price Fixe Menu 3 Course Dinner  $45 With wine pairing  $80

NYE Lobster Specials At Seaport Grille & NYE Party Cruise On the Beauport Princess 8:30PM-12:30AM

2nd Annual Family Fun Night at Mile Marker One

Free swimming and party favor for the kids

Lat 43 NYE Party

20% of the ticket sales go to Gloucester Education Foundation

Ohana New Years Eve Menu
3 Course Dinner  $45 With wine pairing  $80

Foreign Affairs NYE Dinner

Manchester by the Sea

Franklin Cape Ann NYE Dinner

Downtown Rockport New Year’s Eve

Celebrating the New Year with family, friends, and neighbors. Six hours of continuous entertainment in downtown Rockport. 6 PM – midnight.

For music rundown on New Years Eve visit Gimmesound web page

New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day Brunch At Seaport Grille & New Year’s Day Jazz Brunch Buffet Cruise On The Beauport Princess 11:00AM-3:00PM

Katrina’s New Year’s Day Music Brunch

11:30am to 2:30pm Music by Brian King

Foreign Affairs New Years Day Brunch

Bloody Mary Bar 10am to 2:30pm

New Year’s Day 11:00 am Rocky Neck Plunge at Steven’s Lane and donations to Open Door Food Pantry. Always a great turnout and fun to watch (and plunge if you’re so inclined). After warm up party at the Cultural Center.

Tribute to FOB Peter Albert Todd


Photo by: Mary Barker


Our FOB and Ward 2 Councilwoman, Melissa Cox, has informed us of the passing of Peter Albert Todd. Earlier today Peter lost his very long battle with cancer. Peter Albert Todd was named Poet Laureate of the City of Gloucester, Massachusetts, in August, 2014.

Often referred to as the City Poet Laureate of Gloucester, Peter had been a life-long resident of the city that he loved.  He celebrated his love of everything Gloucester in his deeply personal and moving poems. His poems centered around such diverse topics as the Gloucester City Council, the city’s rich history, the fishing boats and working waterfront, Gloucester landmarks, individuals who have made Gloucester great, his adored family, and his deep personal Christian faith.

He was active in the Masonic Order for most of his life, Peter is twice Past Master of Tyrian Lodge, twice Past Master of Acacia Lodge, Past Master of Ashler Lodge, Past Master of Charles C. Dame Lodge, Past Worthy Patron of Martha Washington Chapter #21, OES, and was a faithful and loving Rainbow Dad for many years.  In 2004 Pete was honored with the Joseph Warren Medal for long and faithful service by order of the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.  He celebrates his love of the Order in many of his poems.

Peter lived with the angel of his soul and the love of his life, his wife of over thirty years, Barbara. He has one daughter, Jenice; a granddaughter, Ashley; and two great-grandsons, Nathaniel and Daniel.

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken will lower the flag in front of City Hall on behalf of Peter.

Peter and his wife Barbara would visit us daily at Mamie’s Kitchen and when Peter was not sipping his hot chocolate with us he headed over to see his long time friend, Dean Salah of Georges Coffee Shop. We often heard the untold stories of Gloucester’s past and he brought copies of his poems to coffee shop to share with everyone. Peter had the most positive attitude towards life and the picture below says it all.




Time is a gift that one can spare
To help those who are in need
Just the knowing someone cares
Is a God given gift to all indeed
Time is also sharing flowers in view
Taking in their pleasant scents
Beneath the skies of heavenly blue
Rich of knowledge time well spent
As the years go by time does fly
Memories seem to all disappear
But as sure as the stars in night sky
Through God we have no fears
So treasure this gift in life each day
Share it with those you love
For does not the good book say
Trust in God beyond the sky above

by Peter Albert Todd


Shop Local for a New Orleans Experience & a Holiday Tribute to a Music Icon

Henri Smith for the New Orleans Peoples Project – taken after Allen Toussaint’s funeral in New Orleans.

Vickie and I applaud everyone who promotes shopping locally and truly appreciate people who buy tickets to local concerts as gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.  This Saturday at 7pm we present our third New Orleans Christmas concert at Beverly’s fully-restored, acoustically stellar Larcom Theatre starring Gloucester’s Henri Smith and featuring renowned trumpeter Stanton Davis (who performed with Henri at Celebrate Gloucester 2010) and Grammy-winner Amadee Castenell on Sax & Flute.  This year, Henri’s full brass band (complete with Tuba) will perform a special tribute to one of Henri’s mentors, Allen Toussaint, who died last month while on tour in Madrid.  Tickets are available here.

Check out this video of Henri with Allen Toussaint that I shot last year in Allen’s dressing room at Berklee Performance Center. Allen explains how Henri serves as a New Orleans ambassador — and also has very kind words for Amadee, saying “When Amadee was in New Orleans we didn’t leave home without him.  He’s our favorite saxophonist!”  Then he reveals why Amadee no longer lives in New Orleans.

This will be an emotional show for Vickie and me.  We hope you’ll join us in a Christmas Second Line Parade through the aisles of Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.

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