Category Archives: Family

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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http://www.reverbnation.com/open_graph/song/15773235

Allen Estes

Back Eddy

Liz Frame and the Kickers

Zepparella

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

Lee Lewis and the Doo Wop All Stars close out the Summer Bandstand Series on Sunday August 28th

Lee Lewis and the Doo Wop All Stars
at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand
Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester MA
August 28, 2016 at 7pm

Lee Lewis And The Doo Wop All StarsThe concert is sponsored by The Gloucester Lodge of Elks. The Doo Wop Allstars bring the best of fifties and sixties vocal showpieces for your entertainment. This New Hampshire based group will bring back fond memories of your favorite classic tunes.

This will be the eighth and final concert of the Bandstand Series’ 2016 season. This year is the thirtieth anniversary season of these free concerts in the park.  Large audiences continue to attend and listen in this picturesque setting overlooking Gloucester’s outer harbor.

The concert is free to the public. Parking is free and the venue and rest rooms are wheelchair-accessible. Bring a blanket or chair and perhaps picnic dinner. The rain date is Wednesday, August 31. For further information please visit DavidLBenjamin.com or call 978-281-0543

John Raymond Jerome Band last night @ The Harbor Loop Summer Concert Series 2016..Next week “What Time Is It Mr. Fox 8.25.2016

 

John Raymond & Geoff small on guitar, Will Kidder on bass, Bob metzger on pedal steel, Steve Jerome on drums dickey Harper on harmonica 0. Have to get the violin players name.

Great night with  threatening clouds. The band played until8is because those clouds gave way to rain. There were so many familiar songs with some originals here and there. This band was real sweet and and so smooth. I think it’s safe to say the crowd loved them… I know I did.

Nex week “What Time Is it Mr. Fox?

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http://www.whattimeisitmrfox.com/

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Rockport Legion Band Free Concert Sunday August 21

On August 21, 2016, Jim Davison conducts the seventh concert of our 83rd summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand in Rockport, Massachusetts. The program will include the following pieces:

Popcorn is available.  Children are welcome.  Folding chairs and blankets are good. 

Concert #7 – August 21, 2016 – 7:00 PM
Jim Davison, conductor

STAR SPANGLED BANNER Francis Scott Key

BILLBOARD MARCH John Klohr

PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN Klaus Badelt

PROCESSION OF THE NOBLES Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov

THE DRUNKEN SAILOR arr. Grant Hill

BIG BAND BASH arr. Bob Lowden

GABRIEL’S OBOE Ennio Morricone ~ Bob Heineman, Oboe Solo

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Jerry Bock

YOU RAISE ME UP Rolf Lovland ~ Ben Fuller, Vocalist

OLD 89 Steve Thomas

THE IRISH WASHERWOMAN arr. Leroy Anderson

Celtic Celebration
Featuring The Creagan More Pipes & Drums
Dick Chain, Director

WINGS & MURDOS WEDDING Creagan More Pipes & Drums Entrance

HIGHLAND CATHEDRAL Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

COCK OF THE NORTH Creagan More

79TH FAREWELL TO GIBRALTER Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

A’ THE BLUE BONNETS Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

EILEEN ARUN / WESTERING HOME Creagan More

SCOTLAND THE BRAVE / NO AWA Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

AMAZING GRACE Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

AULD LANG SYNE Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

The name, “CREAGAN MORE” is Gaelic for “LARGE ROCKS!”
which means that our Celtic Celebration is actually
A LARGE ROCK CONCERT!  (who knew?)

Last Movie Tonight of the Gloucester Harborwalk Summer Cinema Series

FREE OUTDOOR MOVIE
TONIGHT – Wednesday 8/17/16
@65 Rogers Street (I4C2)
Movie Starts at Dark

This was rescheduled from last week due to the rain.  Don’t miss the final movie of the series – Bring the Whole Family!

The Urchin Exchange Expands!

The Urchin Exchange is now selling clothes and accessories for the wee ones AND for women!

If you’ve already been shopping and/or consigning at the Urchin Exchange then you have even more reason to continue.  If you have yet to visit…then this is the time to hurry up and do so!

The store’s owner, Melanie, is as helpful and friendly as she is enterprising. After building a large fan base, including myself, that turn to her often for children’s staples, original pieces, and the perfect gifts, she started receiving numerous requests to expand and begin handling women’s items as well.  She has now created a fabulous shop that offers selections of Women’s, Children’s and Maternity clothing, handbags, shoes, baby gear, toys and other gifts…that also presents Cape Ann with another wonderful opportunity to be eco-friendly.  With ever changing inventory and a large selection, it is next to impossible to leave empty handed.

Not looking to spend more money?  Well then, what about making some?

The Urchin Exchange is always looking for on TREND (search Pinterest for *on *trend *clothing) and CURRENT (1-3 years new) styles in the BEST condition!  Melanie is currently accepting Fall and transitional pieces.

No appointment is necessary if you follow the Tips & Rules of Consigning found on their website www.theurchinexchange.com

I spent last Sunday digging through my closet and taking an honest look at what pieces, still in good condition, current, and “trendy” (or at least as trendy as I am willing to go), that I knew I would not find the occasion to wear.  I brought them to Melanie and she made fair decisions about which pieces she would like to add to her inventory.  I can now look forward to earning some pocket money and having a trimmed down, tidy closet.

This year the Urchin Exchange is the proud winner of North Shore Magazine – Best Of North Shore for Maternity Clothing!  One stop shopping for Moms, Moms-to-be, and their little ones.

The Urchin Exchange is now operating a new inventory management system with consignor log it to track individual sales and earnings as well. I can’t lie, it is fun to take a peek once in awhile while sitting on the couch late at night and see my earnings add up!

Another option is Drop & Donate.  You can drop a bag of 20 or fewer items labeled with the D&D ticket, they will take what they want and donate anything they don’t to Second Glance.  Read more about Drop & Donate on the website!

You can also feel free to call with any questions 978-283-3300.

The Urchin Exchange is located at 214 Eastern Ave, Gloucester 01930…in The Commons Gloucester shopping plaza.

Cape Ann Community Band concert on Sunday, August 21, at 7pm

Cape Ann Community Band
Summer Concert at Gentile Bandstand (Stage Fort Park)
Sunday, August 21, 2016 @7pm

CommunityBandThe Cape Ann Community Band under the direction of David Benjamin, plays their annual summer concert, on Sunday, August 21, 2016, at 7pm at the at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand, Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester MA. The concert theme is “The Sea Around Us”. The program features nautical music including Victory at Sea and South Pacific. Local soloists David Oliver (tuba) and Dana Cohen (trombone) will also be featured. The concert is sponsored by Bank Gloucester. The band is comprised of Cape Ann musicians, young and old, who come together for six weeks of rehearsal;  culminating in the August concert.

This will be the seventh of eight concerts held at the bandstand this summer. This year is the thirtieth anniversary season of these free concerts in the park.  Large audiences continue to attend and listen in this picturesque setting overlooking Gloucester’s outer harbor.

The concert is free to the public. Parking is free and the venue and rest rooms are wheelchair-accessible. Bring a blanket or chair and perhaps picnic dinner. The rain date is Wednesday, August 24. For further information please visit DavidLBenjamin.com or call 978-281-0543

Happening now! The 37th Rockport Acoustic Music Festival August 7, 2016

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Oh man…This event is awesome..the setting is beautiful and the ocean breeze as well…Rockport
12:30 – Chris Rowan & The Troublemakers
1:00 – Bob Kramer Band
1:30 – Blue Cat Groove
2:00 – Eastern Standard
2:30 – The Jake Pardee Experience
3:00 – Deb Hardy and HUM
4:00 – Greg Dann and Friends
5:00 – Alek Razdan and Meadow Jam

http://www.rockportusa.com/festival-event.cfm?id=1472

WIN Concert Tickets, Downtown Dollars and MORE @ Sidewalk Bazaar RIGHT NOW!

Aurelia Nelson and the crew from North Shore 104.9 are in front of Cape Ann Savings Bank with their Prize Wheel RIGHT NOW.  And they’ll be there all day today!  Tomorrow you can enter your name to win prizes instead of spinning the wheel.  Either way, you’ll want to go down to the Sidewalk Bazaar and try your luck!

You can win tickets to see Henri Smith feat. Grammy-Winner Charles Neville and the North Shore debut of The New England Neville Brothers (the next generation of Neville Brothers) with Grammy-Winner Amadee Castenell — all in one fun night out Friday, August 19th at the Vittori-Rocci Hall (right off 128) in Beverly!

Other prizes include Downtown Dollars which you can spend at any shop downtown during the sidewalk bazaar!

Get down there now.  Don’t wait until all the prizes are gone!

Here’s a taste of what you’ll get to see if you with the concert tickets

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