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SELL OUT ALERT: Cape Ann Symphony Holiday Pops TOMORROW (SAT)!

Once again, we’ve got you covered with a sell-out alert while you can still get tickets. Sunday is sold out, but if you act fast, you can get into tomorrow’s Cape Ann Symphony Holiday Pops Concert. BUT … they won’t last long so CLICK HERE and get them now!

Single Tree Music Presents Holidays & Wintertide featuring Chelsea Berry, Brian Alex of ENTRAIN, Renee Dupuis, Joe Cardoza and Dennis Monagle.

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On Saturday, December 12th at 7pm, join us for our 4th annual celebration of Christmas on Cape Ann: HOLIDAYS & WINTERTIDE.

Each year, this magical celebration of the holidays has highlighted holiday classics and lesser-known, future favorites performed by some of the area’s most acclaimed talents.

This year’s performance has moved to Gloucester, Massachusetts’ Tavern on the Harbor. The new location will afford our guests a more comfortable viewing and listening experience, a full bar and convenient access to parking.

Tickets are just $25 ahead of time or $30 at the door.

tavern eTavern on the Harbor
30 Western Ave, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930

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Tomorrow the Gloucester Meetinghouse will toll the Paul Revere bell in the Meetinghouse tower at 2:45pm, 15 minutes prior to the Spectrum Singers concert.  We will do this in honor of those who died or are suffering in Paris, the worldwide victims of terrorism or intolerance, and affirmation of our precious heritage of religious freedom.

The concert was planned before the tragic events in Paris but speaks to our common humanity through musical settings of the psalms and prayers of the 3 Abrahamic faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – including the premiere of a choral piece by Mohammed Fairouz.  It concludes with the hauntingly beautiful setting of Psalm 90 by Charles Ives with the full chorus, soloists, bell choir, chimes and organ.

Whether you subscribe to a traditional religious practice or simply find a divine presence in nature…we hope you will join us for this meaningful community event.

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HOOTenanny JAM & Cake Auction 1 Lexington Ave, Magnolia – Gloucester, Ma. 7pm 11.6.2015

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HOOTenanny Jam & Cake Auction. Time for another Hootenanny! The last one was so much fun, we decided to do another. Featuring the band Bare Bones from Newburyport. A benefit for the North Shore Folklore Theatre Company.

Santa at The Larcom Theatre ~ A Magical Experience to Benefit the YMCA

Santa_PosterEnjoy a magical 90 minute Christmas program with your child at Beverly’s fully-restored, historic Larcom Theatre!
  • Multi-media presentation of The Night Before Christmas narrated by Le Grand David (David Bull) of the Le Grand David Spectacular Magic Company
  • Christmas songs by Allen Estes
  • Sing-along with Allen & Santa’s Elves
  • Special appearance by Santa
  • Perfectly Lit Photo Op with your child and Santa together on stage.
  • Limited Seating Available – Get Tickets Now

Nichole’s Picks 10/24 + 10/25

Pick #1  33rd Annual Essex ClamFest

Because it is New England, you can go from candy apple eating and cider drinking at the Rockport HarvestFest…right to ClamFest the very next weekend.  Life is good.


Check out the link below for all of the important information

The highlight of the day is the Chowder Competition among area restaurants- the prize? Bragging rights for the year!

Entrants’ chowder is judged by a panel of locals and professional Judges, as well as a Popular vote by the people sampling the chowders.

Supplementing the Chowder event, is a variety of vendors – food, local arts and crafts people , all day entertainment, children’s activities , non-profits fundraising and information and Police and Fire Department Safety activities.  The local Board of Health also runs a flu shop clinic on the grounds.

Pick #2  

Halloween Happenings at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary


Click HERE for full event details and to register!

At sundown this Halloween season, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary will be transformed into a magical forest. Join us for a guided walk along our Halloween trail, home to some interesting creatures that come out just for Halloween. Glowing luminaries and carved jack o’lanterns will light our way. Learn firsthand about the creatures of the night on this fun family-friendly walk.

Pick #3  

Tide of Planktonstein at Maritime Gloucester

Head HERE for event details!  


Pick #4  

 Explore a Local Corn Maze

Both Connors Farm in Danvers and Marini Farm in Ipswich are home to some pretty cool corn mazes that are fun for groups of friends or families during the fall months.  Both locations, likewise, have many other fun activities too!





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

Crow Fest -Saturday 10/24/15 at Common Crow

CrowFestJoin us for a day long celebration of fall’s harvest at Common Crow Natural Market on Eastern Avenue! Live music in our backyard with Treehouse Charlatan, Brian King and more! Food demos, free samples, giveaways, community tables, art & family activities, herb and wellness classes, chair massages and 15% off storewide all day! A way of saying thank you to YOU, our incredible customers, for an amazing first summer season in our new digs.

Schedule of Events:
9am Bike Brigade
Road Bikes meet Jim Dowd at Niles Beach, Gloucester for Guided Ride to Store; Mountain Bikes meet Erin Canniff at Dock Square, Rockport for Guided Ride through South Woods

10am Crow Fest Begins
Cider Press Demonstration and Fresh Cider Sampling by Essex County Greenbelt;Community Tables with Cape Ann Farmers Market, Rockport Exchange, Open Door, Cape Ann Fresh Catch, Salt Marsh Poultry Farm, Cape Ann Vernal Pools Reptile Display; Vendor Demos and Storewide Samples & Giveaways All Day!

10 -11 Music
Bonnie Barrish & Jane Shapiro

10-12 Kid & Family Art Activity
Coco Berkman & Rocky Delforge Printmaking Station

11am Wellness
Family Plant Walk with Dr. Nicole Andrade

12-1pm Music
Drumming with John Holland & Lisa Bouchie

12-2pm Wellness
Common Crow Medicine Show with owner Pat Towler

12-4pm Kid & Family Art Activity
Crow Mural painting with Tina Lamond

1pm Family Activity
John Mahaney of Gloucester Uechi Karate Academy
Karate Demonstration and Instruction

1-2pm Wellness
Guided Ayurvedic Shopping Tour with Angela Corcoran

1-2pm Music
Brian King with Mike Leggio

2-4pm Wellness
Complimentary Chair Massage by Karen Lohnes

2-4pm Wellness
Meet the Herbalist with Margi Flint

2-4pm Music
Treehouse Charlatans

Harvestfest is SATURDAY! The Details on GMG

Harvestfest 2015 is here and the weather looks perfect and the schedule of events looks even better. Local food & drink will be on hand plus tons of things to do, from celebrating Rockport’s 175th birthday to hanging out and listening to some great live music. Harvestfest is organized by the nonprofit Rockport Exchange with the support of the Town of Rockport and a bunch of great local residents and business owners. We hope you join us for the fun!

Check it out and we’ll see you in downtown Rockport on Saturday to celebrate the best of New England in the fall! Scroll down for a Schedule of Events.


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Acclaimed singer Chelsea Berry will perform a solo concert of original vocals to benefit the Cape Ann Symphony.  Her exciting performance in the folk/pop/rock genre promises to be compelling and energetic.

Concert Tickets: $35 – General seating 2:00pm

Post-Concert Reception – 3 :30 pm

A post-concert reception will be held upstairs to meet Chelsea Berry. Live entertainment will be provided by guitarist Nate Weaver and vocalist Brittany Betts.  Refreshments will be served.

Post-Concert Reception Tickets: $15

Tickets for both the concert and reception are available at the Rockport Music Box Office, 35 Main Street, Rockport, through the website here or by phone at 978-546-7391.

About the Cape Ann Symphony:  Celebrating its 65th season, the Cape Ann Symphony has grown into a 70 piece professional orchestra that rivals any regional symphony in the country and features concert soloists throughout the year. The Youth Initiative Program gives 4th and 5th grade students their first exposure to Classical Music.  To learn more about the Symphony, click here. 

Meet Chelsea Berry

Chelsea Berry is a singer/songwriter with incredible edge, power, and finesse. Her presence has been described by listeners as “compelling… she draws the entire house into her world like moths to a flame.” Born and raised in Alaska, she now makes her home on Boston’s North Shore.

A favorite among venue owners up and down the East coast, Chelsea’s commanding stage presence and energetic rock/folk/pop sound has begun bringing her across the U.S. as regular support for Livingston Taylor as well as headliner of her own shows from California to Washington, Minneapolis, New York, and everywhere in between.

Along with her solo shows, Chelsea frequently supports artists such as Chris Isaak, Jonathan Edwards, Jon Butcher, Chris Smither, Cheryl Wheeler, Marshall Crenshaw, Patty Larkin, and many others.


Here’s an update on our third season at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre, the most intimate, acoustically spectacular listening venue north of Boston — and guess what: it’s just down the road from you!

We kick off the season in two weeks (OCT 10) with British Invasion Rock Stars, BADFINGER, the first band to be signed to the Beatles’ label, Apple Records, with huge #1 hits, “Day After Day,” “No Matter What,” “Without You,” “Baby Blue” and “Come And Get It” written by Paul McCartney!

Two weeks after that (OCT 24) it’s our Blues & Soul Festival featuring the triumphant return of Victor Wainwright (who brought the packed house down last year) with Soul sensation Eli “Paperboy” Reed and local Blues icons Ricky King Russell and Parker Wheeler’s Blues Party.

SELL OUT ALERT: As promised, we always warn GMG viewers about impending sell-outs BEFORE they occur.  On Friday, November 20th, we welcome rock icons The Yardbirds and this show is nearing sell-out.  Your best bet now is to get Balcony seats HERE.  If you haven’t been to the Larcom, don’t worry, the last row of the Balcony is only 60 feet from the stage.  Sight lines are perfect and the sound is spectacular.  You do have to walk up the stairs, though, so if you can’t do that, there are still some seats left in the Orchestra, here.

ON SALE ALERT: Tickets just went on sale to the public for this special appearance of Elisabeth von Trapp (granddaughter of Maria and Baron Von Trapp, who inspired “The Sound of Music”) in Beverly on the 50th anniversary of the film’s debut.  Here’s what the Boston Globe says about Elisabeth: “Before the concert is over, she will have the crowd gasping with the sheer beauty of her voice.”  Renowned composer/pianist Douglas Major (who now lives in Marblehead) joins her.  This show will sell very quickly, so get tickets right now, right here.

More shows will be announced soon.  If you want to be notified with an exclusive pre-sale link so you can get the best seats before tickets go on sale to the public, join our free Concert Club by clicking here.

Now you can sing Happy Birthday without fear

Before today, if you sang Happy Birthday on stage or to a restaurant patron or in a movie or video, you risked being sued by one of the largest record labels on Earth.  Check out this article for an interesting story about the most popular song in the English language.


My husband Tom’s latest Kevin Lone thriller, Roses for the Reaper, is available on Amazon!

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When the world’s most powerful criminal organization plots to take over the global energy market, only agent Kevin Lone stands in their way. His international pursuit of the Skull Group and their deadly agents leads to a final showdown on a missile-laden submarine. Far beneath the waves of the Pacific Ocean, the fate of Kevin Lone and his implacable foe Regis Bank will be decided while the clock ticks. This genre-bending thriller combines multiple narratives to create tension and excitement from the first page to the last.


From our friends at The Lanesville Music Festival — check it out!


On Sunday, September 27, 2015 between 12 noon and 7:00 pm, The Lanesville Community Center proudly presents its 6th Annual Music Festival featuring local musicians, food, artisan and cultural vendors, activities for kids and beverages for adults all supported by enthusiastic local volunteers.

Admission is by Donation at the event – Rain or Shine.

Performances feature the talents of Charlee Biancini, Quentin Callewaert, Joe Wilkins, Mamadou Diop, Steve Amazeen, Greta Bro, The Tree House Charlatans, and Squash, Hicks and Pickens. This brilliant line-up brings together new faces as well as old favorites performing in delightfully diverse musical styles from African Drumming to Digeridoo – from sea shanties to sultry Blues.

In addition to the music, the Festival promises food and other fun… the former provided by The WillowRest, Joe’s on a Roll, Holly Cow Ice Cream, and our own LCC festival fare…the latter by a showcase of wonderful vendors and community volunteers.

The Festival is generously supported by The Cape Ann Savings Bank, The City of Gloucester, and other friends of the LCC.  And, we in turn, are sharing raffle proceeds in support of the Cape Ann Animal Rescue who will be on hand with pet-able furry friends.

The Lanesville Music Festival is truly a celebration of our neighborhood and we look forward to sharing The Lanesville Community Center and the “Lanesville Way”.

Come early – stay late – listen to great music, amidst a festive combination of food, art, culture, education, beer, wine, raffles, popcorn, Hoola-Hoops and more.


BREAKING NEWS: Harvest Moon Music Fest Tix On Sale NOW!

We’ve just put tickets on sale for the Harvest Moon Music Festival benefit to help save Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Five years after Celebrate Gloucester, top north-shore musicians once again take the stage at Gloucester’s award-winning HarborWalk for an extraordinary day of music, food and family fun to help the Addison Gilbert Hospital Citizens Fund save our local hospital.

This is an all-ages festival with plenty of food, an artisan marketplace and a beer and spirits tent for people over 21.

North Shore Curtain Up host Aurelia Nelson will MC the show.

Dance, eat, drink, party and feel good about it because you’re contributing to a great cause.

Get your tickets right now, right here!

Dave Sag’s Blues Party Tonight with Scotty Shetler @ The Rhumb Line 8:30-11:30pm 8.27.2015

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Dave says,

This Thursday I’m really psyched to bring you something new and scrofulous: The Tenor Titan, Mr. Scotty Shetler. We played here in the “old” days and he just slipped through my cracks. Ah, all these years…. You gotta hear this guy play! He just oozes Omphalos! Sings, too. A great front man!

Not only that, but Mr. Pete Henderson,lonely in these parts, is making a rare appearance on catarrh and vocals. Another awesome boost to our flame-throwing lineup.Top it all off with the Atomic Clock, Mr. David Mattacks with me cringing in the background and you’ll be crying “Uncle!”. This could be one of the best shows all summer!

Scott Shetler

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40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

Liv and Matt’s Wedding on the Cover of North of Boston Weddings Magazine!

livmatt_06-20-2015-378Check out the elegantly beautiful spread in the summer issue of “North of Boston Weddings,” created by Gail McCarthy and Amy Sweeney, featuring our daughter Liv and son-in-law Matt’s Lighthouse Beach wedding.

Our family’s deepest thanks and appreciation to Gail and Amy–truly a wonderful memento of their special day that we will treasure for always.

Story by Gail McCarthy and Liv, photos by Esther Mathieu.

North of Boston Weddings

Bouquet by Aster B. Flowers

“North of Boston Weddings” presents a guide to planning your wedding day, local couple’s weddings, gowns, flowers, invites, venues, and more! To read this and more about Liv and Matt’s cover story you can pick up a free copy of “North of Boston Weddings” magazine at the following locations:

The Essex Room


Adesso Spa

Avanti Hair Salon

Bass Rocks Golf Club

Sunbanque of Gloucester

Cakes by Barbara

Cape Ann’s Marina & Resort

Captain Carlo’s

Castle Manor Inn

Chrisholm & Hunt Printers

Cruiseport Gloucester

Kyla Salon

Dr. Jeffrey H. Ahlin

Eastern Point Yacht Club

En Vogue Salon

Espresso Italian Grille & Pub

Fatima’s Hair Design

Gloucester Estate Buyers

Gloucester Rental Center

Hamond Castle Museum

Harbor Loop Gifts/Building Center

House of the Raven

Nor’east Cleaners

Russell’s Florist

Sage Floral Studio

Salon 127

Salon Unique

Soft Touch Hair Salon

Trident Gallery

Virgillio’s Itallian Bakery

West End Salon

Mila’s Beauty Salon

N Larson Jewelry

Seaside Wellness & Spa

Mimi Gift Gallery

Emerson Inn by the Sea

Nicole’s Hair Salon

Rockport Golf Club

Rockport Inn & Suites

Yankee Clipper Inn/Bistro 127





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