Category Archives: Family

Loretta LaRoche comes to Beverly in 3 weeks – Tickets selling fast

Tickets just went on sale to the public for Loretta LaRoche – Love Laughter and Lasagna (humor about growing with her Italian family) at our new, intimate venue, 9 Wallis in Beverly.  You may have seen Loretta on PBS or during prior tours, but you’ve probably never seen her in an intimate room with comfortable table seating, a delicious Lasagna dinner and bar service!

Pre-sale to our Kickstarter backers and Concert Club members sold quickly — this show will likely to sell out soon.  Don’t miss your chance to see award-winning inspirational humorist Loretta LaRoche right down the road in Beverly’s most elegant, intimate listening room.

Here’s Loretta on PBS:

More videos here.

Nichole’s Picks 1/7 + 1/8

Pick #1: Snowy Owl Prowl at the Crane Estate

Enjoy the Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate in Ipswich

Wide-open coastal sites are the location of choice for wintering Snowy Owls; common perches are dunes and salt hay staddles. In winters past, the owls have been frequent visitors to the Crane Wildlife Refuge. Join us as we hike the dunes in search of these magnificent birds. Unlike most owls, snowy owls are diurnal—they hunt and are active both day and night – so we have a good chance of sighting one even in the daylight hours!

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2 ½ – 3 miles. Suggested ages 13 and older. Pre-registration required.

Sunday, January 8    1-3PM

Cost:  Members: $9 Nonmembers: $15

Contact Information
978.810.5892
dantczak@thetrustees.org

Read MORE HERE

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Pick #2: Dorothy Talbot Rink

Head to O’Maley Rink for a few different reasons.

First of all, Public Skate is 2:00-4:00 on both Saturday and Sunday.

Cost:  Adults:$5, High School and under $4 .                                                                                            Skate Rentals $4 per pair, Skate Sharpening $5

Secondly, the Gloucester Girls JV High School team plays Groton at 6:00 pm on Saturday night.  This team is making waves and is fun to watch!

Third, Rockport High School plays Pentucket at 8:00 pm on Saturday night

and Fourth, Rockport JV Team plays Essex Tech at 4:00 on Sunday

See entire Talbot Rink Schedule and future games HERE  because even without a hockey player in the house, taking in a High School game is lots of fun.

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Pick #3: Sense of Wonder Walk: For the Birds

Sun, Jan 08, 2017 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield

 Rita Gallant – Lead Field Teacher
 All (suitable for children 3 – 18 years)
 Members: Adult $7.00, Child $6.00
 Nonmembers: Adult $9.00, Child $7.00
Meets in the Nature Center. Please dress warmly since most of our time will be spent outdoors.
Registration is required.
Register online or call 978-887-9264 to register by phone.

Come meet some of the birds that live in our area all winter long during our walk on the sanctuary. Afterwards, make a simple feeder for the feathered friends in your backyard. Bring some edibles such as nuts (unsalted, preferably raw), dried fruit, cranberries, or sunflower seeds, and we’ll supply the rest. Take home a ready-to-eat bird treat and some gourmet recipes to try.

READ MORE HERE

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

Christmas

This is what Christmas is all about. Papa and Nonnie went to Belfast Maine to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with the loves of our lives. Then we went to my sister’s in Dracut to be with more family wonderful day. Now time to rest. Hope everyone had a great day.

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The Ameros invade 104.9 FM tomorrow (SUN) at 9am

Amero_Family_Xmas[1]Just in case you didn’t know, the Amero Family Christmas is a Gloucester tradition and it’s coming back to the Rhumb Line next Wednesday 12/21.  You can get a taste of the fun tomorrow (SUNDAY) morning at 9AM when Curtain Up host Aurelia Nelson welcomes Fly, Linda & J.B. Amero into her studio — and you just never know what will happen when those folks get together.  Tune in for some outrageous musical fun!

Here’s a sampler of some of Fly’s Christmas songs.

Sista Felicia’s Exclusive Limited Edition Cookies for Santa & Rudolph cookie gift set now available while supplies last!

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Sista Felicia’s Exclusive Limited Edition Cookies for Santa & Rudolph cookie gift set now available while supplies last!

Remove cooking for Santa from your holiday chore list. Now the kids can WRITE their own
letter to Santa on a beautiful edible notepad and the cookies are decorated and
ready for him to enjoy! Sista’s adorable (8) piece cookies set includes an
assortment of Sista

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Felicia’s vanilla based Sugar, Gingerbread, and Chocolate Chip Royal Iced
Cookies. All three varieties are prepared using the very finest ingredients
including; fresh eggs, butter, vanilla beans, spices, and chocolate. Each cookie
is individually hand rolled for a thick 1/4″ cookie, hand cut, and baked to
perfection and intricately decorated with vanilla flavored royal icing… in a
licensed/certified Home Based Kitchen.

Each set includes 3 sugar, 2 gingerbread, 3 chocolate chip, and one edible food
coloring marker $30.00 per cookie set. Shipping available for additional fee.

Sista’s Cookies For Santa & Rudolph cookie gift sets are wrapped in beautiful white
Food Safe Packaging gift box , secured with Satin Christmas Red Ribbon, and
Metallic Sleigh Bell ready to gift!
Orders may Only be placed by email at SistaFeliciasKitchen@gmail.com or Facebook Private
message while supplies last!

The cookies will stay fresh for 2-3 weeks at room temperature if in container. The
best way to preserve them is to freeze cookies in the plastic bag you receive
them in or place boxed cookie in airtight container, until you are ready to
paint them. Remove from freezer 3 hours before removing cookies from their
packaging.

***Please note that everything is produced in a facility possibly containing known food
allergens, including, but not limited to: eggs, wheat, soy, milk, peanuts and
tree nuts, seafood

.******Choking Hazard Warning ~  Gold Metallic Sleigh Bell gift wrapping is NOT A TOY, and Should Not be
given to Children under age 12***

Also available to order while supplies last

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Sista Felicia’s Exclusive Limited Edition “Naughty Or Nice Elf” cookie gift set now available while supplies last!

This adorable set of two, makes the Perfect Gift for all the mischievous Elf On the Shelf visiting from the North Pole!
Sista Felicia’s vanilla based Sugar Cookies are prepared using the very finest ingredients including; fresh eggs, butter and vanilla beans. Each cookie is individually hand rolled for a thick 1/4″ cookie, hand cut, and baked to perfection… in a licensed/certified Home Based Kitchen. Each set includes one 4” Elf and one 3”x4” Metallic Gold Sleigh Bell adorned with red ribbon. $15.00 per set. Shipping available for additional fee.

Sista’s “Naughty Or Nice Elf” cookie gift sets are wrapped in beautiful white Food Safe Packaging gift box , secured with Satin Christmas Red Ribbon, and 25mm Gold Metallic Sleigh Bell ready to gift!
Orders may Only be placed by email at SistaFeliciasKitchen@gmail.com or Facebook Private message while supplies last!
The cookies will stay fresh for 2-3 weeks at room temperature if in container. The best way to preserve them is to freeze cookies in the plastic bag you receive them in or place boxed cookie in airtight container, until you are ready to paint them. Remove from freezer 3 hours before removing cookies from their packaging.

***Please note that everything is produced in a facility possibly containing known food allergens, including, but not limited to: eggs, wheat, soy, milk, peanuts and tree nuts, seafood.***
***Choking Hazard Warning ~ 25mm Gold Metallic Sleigh Bell gift wrapping is NOT A TOY, and Should Not be given to Children under age 12***

 

A NIGHT OF A CAPPELLA – Benefit GHS Theater Program – Nov 10

A NIGHT OF A CAPPELLA

Two GHS alums will be performing on the stage at Gloucester High School on Thursday evening November 10th, singing a cappella.  Proceeds benefit the GHS Theater program.  Tickets are on sale now (online) and will also be available at the door.  Advance ticket prices are significantly reduced, so get your tickets now! — https://gloucesterhighdrama.blogspot.com

Katy Geraghty (GHS 2012) is featured with “The Hexachords,” and Kate Parisi (GHS 2015) is featured with “For Good Measure.”  Both groups competed in the most recent season of ICCA (collegiate a cappella competition throughout the country.)  The Hexachords were most recently seen on season two of POP TV network’s “Sing It On” this past summer.

Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Robert McNamara, Norman Mailer, Maxwell Taylor & lots more

We just voted. It was easy. No lines. We understand if you don’t like the choices. You probably seldom do. But you still have to choose. We all do. That’s kind of the point of a democracy. We never get exactly what we want, but we all work together for the good of our country as a whole.

More importantly, there are MASS referendum measures on the ballot today that will most likely affect your life far more than the new president will. I woke up today with this song in my head. It’s Paul Simon’s satire of Bob Dylan and politics all wrapped up into one fun song on Simon & Garfunkel’s mega-hit album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (all of which we have growing in our garden). Listen, laugh, vote and feel better! Lyrics below the video…

I been Norman Mailered, Maxwell Taylored
I been John O’Hara’d, McNamara’d
I been Rolling Stoned and Beatled till I’m blind
I been Ayn Randed, nearly branded
Communist, ’cause I’m left-handed
That’s the hand I use, well, never mind

I been Phil Spectored, resurrected
I been Lou Adlered, Barry Sadlered
Well, I paid all the dues I want to pay
And I learned the truth from Lenny Bruce
And all my wealth won’t buy me health
So I smoke a pint of tea a day

I knew a man, his brain was so small
He couldn’t think of nothing at all
Not the same as you and me
He doesn’t dig poetry
He’s so unhip that when you say Dylan
He thinks you’re talking about Dylan Thomas
Whoever he was
The man ain’t got no culture
But it’s alright, ma, everybody must get stoned

I been Mick Jaggered and silver daggered
Andy Warhol, won’t you please come home?
I been mother, father, aunt and uncled
Been Roy Haleed and Art Garfunkeled
I just discovered somebody’s tapped my phone

Johnny Cash the way you remember him

We’ve presented over 100 shows — and a few festivals — since we produced Celebrate Gloucester in 2007 (almost 10 years ago). Most of our shows feature original music performed by the artists who first recorded and released it. Next Friday, November 11, we are presenting something a bit different — The Man In Black Show, a Tribute to Johnny Cash.  This is no ordinary tribute show. Shawn Barker is hailed by people who knew Johnny Cash very well as the pre-eminent Johnny Cash tribute artists. His 8 piece band puts on a tremendous show. Most importantly, the music is authentic Johnny Cash. Shawn has a deep love and respect for the Man in Black who inspired him as a young musician — and you can feel it. Check out the video below and you’ll see what we mean. There are still some good seats in the orchestra (get them here) and great seats in the Balcony (get them here) — but they won’t last long — this show is selling fast.

 

The Thousand Dollar Singer-Songwriter Challenge kicks off tonight! 7:30pm @ Katrina’s 14 Rogers Street. Gloucester, MA

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Tonight’s lineup for the kickoff of our $1,000 Singer-Songwriter Challenge. Call to reserve a table:(978)515-7817
7:30pm: Mike Foley (solo) – Michael Foley
7:45pm: Greg Guba (solo) – Greg Guba
8:00pm: Annabelle Lord-Patey (solo) – Kevin Patey
8:15pm: The Lucky Ones Duo – Tony Frontiero
8:30pm: Sasquatch (solo) – Paul Cohan
8:45pm: Banda de Goma (duo) – Lynne Taylor
9:00pm: Amy Spillert (solo) – Amy Spillert
9:15pm: Renee & Joe – Renee Dupuis & Joe Cardoza
9:30pm: Charlie Russell (solo)
9:45pm: Will Hunt (solo) – Will Hunt
IMPORTANT NOTES FOR PERFORMERS:
– These set times are approximate. Please arrive 45 minutes prior to your set.
– Each act will have roughly 15 minutes, including the 2 to 3 minutes needed for judges’ feedback. Please plan your 2 to 3 songs accordingly.
– Participants are not required to sing any original material, however, a points bonus will be given in the scoring if one original is performed.
– The stage will be set with 1 monitor, 2 microphones (Shure Beta58) on boom stands. Please bring guitar and/or keyboard cables.
– This week’s judges: Chelsea Berry (singer-songwriter), Brian Alex (singer-songwriter, ENTRAIN), and Aurelia Nelson (North Shore 104.9)

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This weekly event, hosted by Chris Langathianos, will showcase musicians – solo performers, duos, trios & bands (no drums as setups must take less than 5 minutes) – allowing them to perform up to 4 songs. Songs may be covers or originals and the number of songs will be dependent on number of sign ups – at least 2 and up to 4 songs. Performers will play before a panel of judges. The judges panels will change from week to week and will be made up of local musicians, business owners, etc. After each performance, judges will provide their live feedback to the performer and audience. A confidential score card will be kept, and a weekly winner will be announced at the end of the evening.

After the 7 weeks of preliminaries, all 7 finalist and 1 wild card will return for week 8 to perform 3 songs – 1 MUST BE AN ORIGINAL – before a panel of celebrity judges. 3 winners will be selected and will go home with a piece of the $1,000 cash prize. 1st place / $700, 2nd / $200, and 3rd / $100.

Other details:
1. Performers may participate on a weekly basis but may only win one week.
2. In the event of high demand for performance spots, the event host reserves the right to move previous performers further down the list.
3. All audio equipment is provided – PA, microphones, stands, and monitors.

Sign Ups:
Performers may register for a performance slot 1 week prior to the weekly event – starting on Wednesday. Performers may register through by leaving a request/comment on this event page https://www.facebook.com/events/232570887157735/or by emailing Chris Langathianos at clangathianos@me.com

If you have any questions, they may be directed to Chris at the email above.

THE MENTALIST & REGGAE FEST – Time to think about what you’re doing Thanksgiving Weekend

While we don’t ordinarily plan ahead that much, Thanksgiving weekend is one notable exception.  That’s because if you don’t plan ahead, you’re often left with just a couple of lousy choices.  Here are two very different (ALL AGES) entertainment options that will likely both sell out by Thanksgiving:

Ever wonder who’s the REAL MENTALIST?

The character of “The Mentalist” (portrayed by Simon Baker in the hit CBS TV series) was inspired by Jon Stetson, who was a consultant on the show.  He’s entertained five U.S. Presidents, The King of Sweden, The Royal Family of Monaco, and appeared on several major Television Networks (CBS, NBC, PBS, A&E and more).  On Black Friday (Nov 25), You can see him LIVE right down the road at The Larcom in Beverly.  It’s the perfect way to laugh off the pounds you put on the day before — and be amazed by his sleight-of-mind!  Check him out in this video:

Then on Saturday Nov 26 you can be part of the first North Shore Reggae Fest featuring Warrior King & the Rootz Warriors, who are making their first East Coast U.S. appearance in NINE YEARS with local favorite Mamadou Diop and his band with Rockport’s Jake Pardee on guitar!  Gloucester’s DJ’s Lion Pride Sound opens the show with top spins from roots, rockers, lovers rock ska, and dancehall.  Check out Warrior King in this video:

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Thirty-four minutes and 6.07 seconds.  That is how long I waited in line for one dozen cider doughnuts at Russell Orchards yesterday.  And…I’d do it again.  My only regret is that some people in line around me had empty wine glasses because they were smart enough to partake in wine tasting prior to getting in line.  Me, not so much.

After an afternoon hockey game at Pingree we drove through Essex and into Ipswich to spend some time at Russell Orchards….which thousands of friends.

The boys tolerated the annual sit near the pumpkin photo before we headed into the bar to check out the line.  They immediately deemed it too long for them to stand in, but promised to not get the largest pumpkins on the farm if I held a place in line for them. Deal.

The boys picked out their pumpkins, found their favorite honey sticks, and did some drive-bys to check on my progress (or, most likely, to check on how much longer they had to wait for a warm cider doughnut).

Super warm doughnuts in hand, the boys tolerated the annual Russell Orchards Ford Truck photo and then we all meandered down to the pond and barns to see the animals.  We checked on the little pigs…and the giant one.  We looked at the goats, ducks, chickens, bunny, and one rat.  Finn picked up an apple that was already on the ground in front of a donkey and offered it to him….without shoving a finger up its nose.  I should explain that Finn had a thing for shoving his finger up the nostril of many a farm animal when he was younger.  We read the sign that said, “Please do not feed the donkeys” and did not do it again.

The boys tolerated the annual sit on the tractor photo and we were off.

Forced Family Fall Farm Fun. Check.  I was happy that their hockey schedules cooperated this weekend so we could get our farm fun on.

 

 

Great Music this weekend: Lanesville Music Festival , Cape Ann Symphony & more

Saturday is Lanesville Music Festival FREE starting at NOON with a Dance Party from 8:30-11pm featuring King Brown Mattacks and Gates — only $10 at the door.  And if you’d prefer classical music to dancing you can go to the Cape Ann Symphony’s Big Night Big Music concert featuring Bernstein, Debussy and Respighi

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Then on Sunday 9/25 from 2-7pm go to The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence feat. Marina Evans, Jon Butcher, Fozzie Hill w/ Wolf Ginandes, Allen Estes, John Raymond Jerome & Fly Amero at Mile Marker One!  Free with donations accepted to support the North Shore Health Project.

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Check online for latest information

Check online for latest information

A weekend with our grandchildren, such a blessing

Maddie, Owen, Cole, Avery came to visit last weekend.  What fun we had, we had a Plan of Action and did everything.  From visiting the animals a Marshalls Farm Stand, to having treats at Orange Leaf.  We started on Saturday with a great big breakfast and off to Marshalls, Mile Marker’s Pool, by the way is fabulous, to Stage Fort Park, hiking Tablet Rock, swimming at Half Moon Beach, back to Papa and Nonnie’s house for a big cookout and then a movie, The Jungle Book.  The love of grandchildren is something you cannot put into words.  Here a couple of photos.

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4 HUGE Weeks of Music Starting THIS SAT: Harvest Fest, Lanesville Fest, Symphony, Concert Across America and the New Season at The Larcom

It all starts THIS Saturday at 11am with the Gloucester Harvest Music Festival — Music All Day — like getting 8 concerts for the price of 1 — only $20 and kids are FREE!  GET TICKETS HERE.

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Next Weekend kicks off with the Lanesville Music Festival FREE starting at NOON with a Dance Party from 8:30-11pm featuring King Brown Mattacks and Gates — only $10 at the door.  And if you’d prefer classical music to dancing you can go to the Cape Ann Symphony’s Big Night Big Music concert featuring Bernstein, Debussy and Respighilanesvilleposter

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Then on Sunday 9/25 from 2-7pm go to The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence feat. Marina Evans, Jon Butcher, Fozzie Hill w/ Wolf Ginandes, Allen Estes, John Raymond Jerome & Fly Amero at Mile Marker One!  Free with donations accepted to support the North Shore Health Project.

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Finally, on OCT 1 The Larcom Performing Arts Theatre Fall Concert Season kicks off with Victor Wainwright and the Wild Roots and special Guest Dwight & Nicole right down the road in Beverly.

And if that wasn’t enough, you can see rock legend Edgar Winter (Johnny Winter’s little brother) the following week OCT 8 also at The Larcom.  Remember these hits?

Puppy Love

This crazy pup turned one year old yesterday.  He’s a handful, but watching him interact with the boys reaffirms all of the reasons I took on getting a puppy last Christmas in the first place.  Surely a puppy isn’t right for everyone, but…even though we had two grown dogs when the boys were both born…I’ve always wanted to watch a puppy grow up along with them.  He’s their boy….and he loves them wildly.

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That Time of Year Again

School is back in session….which can only mean one thing…it is the time of year that I need to start complaining about packing school lunches.  This will be the only time that you have to hear about it though.  I think.  If you listened to yesterday’s podcast you have already heard some discussion about lunch packing….

So, first full week back at it and here are today’s lunches and snack bag snacks.

Lunch:  spicy tuna rolls, strawberries, mini peppers, and a granola bar.

Snack Bag:  Cinnamon english muffin with apple butter spread, cheddar goldfish, and an apple.

Can’t dare forget the water bottle….or the 4 individual ice packs that keep their food cold enough during the day.

The boys will, undoubtedly, still get in the car at 4:00 when I pick them up from “after care” at school and tell me that they are starving….so there will be a pre-popped bag of popcorn waiting for them.

In their defense, their schedule today looks like this:

Leave the house at 7:30

School from 8:00-4:00 (which, on a Monday, also involves a 30 mins. recess, a 45 minute fitness class for Finn, a 90 minute kayaking trip for gym class for Thatch, and then a full hour on the playground after school while I finish up my work.

Then, Finn has hockey practice from 5:00-6:00….and Thatch takes the ice from 6:00-7:00.

So….there also needs to be some extra apples and bananas in the car waiting for the ride home from the rink…to get them by until dinner.

Their appetites are insatiable lately (understandably) and I swear they eat more in one day than I eat in three.

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2nd Annual Gloucester Harvest Musical Festival September 17th 2016 11AM – 9PM 65 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA

 

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Nadia Robertson

Henry Allen & the New Swingset

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Allen Estes

Back Eddy

Liz Frame and the Kickers

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Danielia Cotton

8 shows in one day for twenty dollars! 

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Artist bio click ithttp://www.gloucesterharvestmusicfestival.com/#artistbio

Tickets click it > http://gimmelive.com/?c=80

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