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HELP! The Beatles Benefit – Tonight at Rocky Neck Cultural Center

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Time for fun with the Beatles. Bird Mancini and T Max (with special guest Karen Ristuben) do their Beatles show tonight at Rocky Neck Cultural Center, East Gloucester “Help!” since we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the single.

Did you get your tickets at Diamond Cove Music (57 Washington St, Gloucester) or did you pick them up online athttp://culturalcenterbenefit.bpt.me

Either way, we’ll see you tonight–get there on time, please (doors at 7:30) and we’re expecting a crowd–you know, the way fans would go to the airport to greet The Beatles. Please don’t throw jelly beans at us.

A Book Party in Rockport!

BookADayinRockportPlease stop by this Sunday, July 19th and join Mary Faino at her shop in Rockport, The Paper Mermaid, along with me (aka S.D. Kelly) for a party in celebration of our new release: A Day in Rockport.

Mary created beautiful illustrations of iconic places throughout Rockport, and I wrote the text to go along with her work. It was a fun collaboration and we enjoyed the entire process, from choosing the places that would make it into the book — ranging from Millbrook Meadow to Bearskin Neck to the Headlands — to the more technical aspects of book design.

We’ll have locally-made treats at the party, a Scavenger Hunt, and a raffle to win a framed print of one of the illustrations in the book. Celebrate Rockport with us and stop by!

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You know Summer is here because Harbor Loop Concerts Start Tonight w/ Mr. Fox

Time to bring your chairs, your kids, some good food from local restaurants — or left-over BBQ — your dancing shoes and party attitude down to Harbor Loop for a community evening of family fun and fabulous music with What Time Is It Mr. Fox.

For those of you who are new to Gloucester, we do this every Thursday night during the summer.  It’s fun & FREE.

Here’s the full Harbor Loop Summer Schedule (with a map).

Here’s a taste of what you can expect tonight.

Nichole’s Picks 7/11 + 7/12

Pick #1:  Rockport Navy Weekend

PLEASE GO HERE FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS

With kickball, tours of the ships, a Navy Band concert, a pancake breakfast, some softball against the Rockport Police, and more…Rockport Navy Weekend is always a good time.  Kudos to its organizers and the host families who share their homes with the sailors.

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Pick #2: Cape Ann Museum

Second Saturday/Family Fun Free Day:  Summers on Cape Ann

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SATURDAY, JULY 11

11:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.   Youth and Family Programs

Second Saturday/Family Fun Free Day 

A drop-in program for families with young children. 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Includes free admission for family members, gallery guides and related art projects in the CAM Activity Center.

Saturday, July 11 Summers on Cape Ann  

Check out more about the Cape Ann Museum HERE!

Pick #3:  Salem Willows Seafood Festival

  July 10th-12th

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Indulge Yourself at the Salem Willows Seafood Festival! Dozens of restaurants and food vendors serve up their seafood specialties including lobster, chowder, shrimp, clams & all the New England Favorites! Nonstop entertainment with the best regional bands, sample culinary masterpieces at the Wicked Bites Culinary Demonstrations tent, Kiddie Land, Local Arts, Crafts & Merchants. Beverage Courtyard serving beer & wine. Fireworks Saturday night at 9:30pm!

CLICK HERE TO GET ALL OF THE DETAILS!

For a more complete listing of family friendly events, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

BEST WEDDING VENDORS NORTH SHORE BOSTON REGION

Esther Mathieu livmatt_06-20-2015-256 (1)Perhaps you are planning a wedding or special event in the coming months. Our daughter Liv Hauck and Matt O’Rourke, married on June 20th, wanted to share about the talented people who helped make their dream wedding come true. From caterers Dan Allen and Andy Maitland to Esther Mathieu Photography, everyone involved did an outstanding job. We wish to express our most heartfelt thanks to all and thought the best way to say a big thank you to each was to provide contact information and a brief description about their businesses.

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Invitation by Shaina Gregory

First and foremost, our tremendous thanks and appreciation goes to Dan Allen Catering. He, along with partner Andy Maitland (Maitland Mountain Farm), prepared an exquisite menu using the most freshest and sweetest ingredients from local farms and fisheries. The theme was New England clambake meets county dinner, based around everyone’s favorite main courses—Ken Duckworth’s sublime recipe for lobster risotto and a wonderfully delicious buttermilk fried chicken. Captain Joe and Sons provided the lobster and the fresh vegetables came from Maitland Mountain Farm, as well as from Appleton Farms. Even the honey butter for the cornbread came from Dan’s own beehives! We were all raving about how delicious and unique were the hors d’oeuvres, which included such tantalizing tidbits as open-faced braised rib sliders, smoked tomato roasted corn arancini, and salmon canapés with mascarpone, capers, and fresh dill. Accompaniment dishes were devoured as equally as were the main courses and hors d’oeuvres—traditional clam chowder, farm fresh succotash, and homemade pickled vegetable—to name only a few.

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Son Alex’s Heaping Helping

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Dan’s assistant Mary made the divinely delicious desserts—raspberry tarts, brown butter chocolate chip cookies, brownie layers—the list goes on and on!

Dan and Andy were an absolute dream to work with. I know you will be hearing more about their catered events in the near future. Dan is in the process of launching his website and in the meantime, he may be reached at 978-491-9493 or dangallen@yahoo.com.

Esther Mathieu is simply the most talented life style photographer in our region. Liv first became interested in Esther’s work from her Instagram account and we all fell in love with her luminous imagery. And she is a total sweetheart to work with! The photos are a treasure and we’ll be pouring over all, thanking Esther for capturing Liv and Matt’s wedding day with such grace and beauty. Contact Esther at: info@esthermathieu.com.

Our deepest thanks to Lisa Smith who was our fabulous videographer. Lisa is a producer at Cape Ann TV and is also a dear friend. We so appreciate her time and talent. Lisa was discreet; you would hardly know that she was present. We’ll be looking at the footage in the coming days and can hardly wait to see. Lisa can be reached at: lsmith@capeanntv.org. 

Like a dream, the enchanting music floating throughout the evening was by none other than Cape Ann’s own beautiful songstress Renee Dupuis and the fabulously talented Joe Cardoza and Nathan Cohen. From the sweetly romantic, “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” to which the bride and groom danced their first dance, to one of the bridesmaid’s favorites, “These Boots Are Made For Walkin,” there isn’t a song Renee, Joe, and Nathan could not play, and play beautifully. Could we have been more fortunate than to have these extraordinary talents performing at Liv and Matt’s wedding? Click Renee, Joe, and Nathan to learn more about their current projects. To book the trio, contact Renee at: reneedupuismusic.gmail.com

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Melissa Glorieux of Aster B. Flowers created the exquisite bride’s bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets, and table arrangements. Not only were the flowers full and lush and perfect, they are all locally grown at her farm in Essex! Aster. B grows her flowers using organic practices only. Read more about Melissa and her sustainable farm here: Aster B. Flowers. 

livmatt_06-20-2015-261The very talented Maria Cracchiolo from Caffe Sicilia made the seashore inspired wedding cake as well as the perfectly coordinating 65th anniversary cake for Liv’s grandparents. Delicious and delightful (both cakes), Maria is a pleasure to work with. She also made the cannolis we served at Friday night’s celebration and they too, were devoured by all! Maria can be reached at: 978-283-7345.EM livmatt_06-20-2015-466EM livmatt_06-20-2015-301Emily Reed did a stunning job styling the bride and bridesmaid’s hairdos. Each girl’s hair was perfectly suited to her personality and each was so happy with her work. It was a delight to see their expressions after she had created her magic. Emily can be reached at: ejwatt@gmail.com.

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Special thanks to Virgilio’s Italian Bakery for catering the party the night before the wedding—the sandwiches, antipasto, and entrees were a tremendous hit. And Nancy Virgilio helped us order just the right amount so that there would be sandwiches enough for late night snacking! Call 978-283-5295 for information abut Virgilio’s catering menu

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Kathleen Erickson, owner of Savour Wine and Cheese, was instrumental in choosing the wines and Prosecco. We informed her of the menu and of our budget for both the reception and Friday night’s celebration and she knew just what to recommend. Thank you Kathleen for the wonderful selections; they were simply perfect.EM livmatt_06-20-2015-442

Fun and imaginative, the invitation set the tone of the wedding weekend from the get go. Liv and Matt designed the invite and worked with Shaina to refine the look. Contact Shaina at: sbethg@gmail.com.

Gloucester Rental Center did an excellent job and we found nearly all of our event needs there: Gloucester Rental Center.

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Last, but not in the least, we wish to thank Stan Wohlfarth of Stan’s Classic Service for the vintage VW limo service. Everyone loved that bus! Stan may be reached at: stan_wohlfarth@msn.com.

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PHOTOS BY ESTHER MATHIEU*

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*With the exception of invitation scans and the group photo of the wedding party.

Photos of the guests and wedding party to come after Liv and Matt return from Thailand.

 

Get Your Skateboard On!: Live Blogging With Two Pretty Excellent Local Companies in Rockport!

The boys were psyched to stumble upon this action right now!  On the corner of Marmion Way and Richard’s Ave in Rockport, two local companies are joining forces for an afternoon of skateboarding fun.

Pulp and Fizz a local label that produces independently made music and who has a fantastic mission for doing good and helping artists thrive, and whom follows the motto “thoughtful provisions for living a life full of love, color and music” AND RESTOKE (forgive me for not knowing how to make that R backwards!!) “a lifestyle apparel brand created to inspire the pursuit to relive the stoke and NEVER STOP!” are currently setting up some pretty cool obstacle courses for boarders to tackle.

I look forward to doing a longer blog post to do these two great companies justice later on…

In the meantime, if you’re in the area…get on down there!

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FREE Concert on the Boulevard July 3 feat. Runaround & Laser Light Show

Ringo Tarr and the Gloucester Fund present another FREE CONCERT on the Boulevard featuring THE RUNAROUND SOUND starting at 5pm at the corner of Centennial and Western Ave (the Boulevard).

This has become a spectacular annual July 3 event drawing thousands of people down to the water for great music, dancing and fun for the whole family.

Music begins at 5pm, breaks for the Parade, resumes after the parade, breaks for the fireworks and continues after the fireworks with a spectacular laser light show.

It’s a terrific way to celebrate our independence.

Here’s a glimpse of the party from last year

 

Nichole’s Picks 7/4 and 7/5

No rest for the weary…

Pick #1: GET READY TO CELEBRATE WITH SOME RED, WHITE, AND BLUE

With St. Peter’s Fiesta behind us, it is now time to immediately gear up for Independence Day Celebrations all over Cape Ann and beyond.

Gloucester boasts its Horrible’s Parade, Free Concert on the boulevard, and fireworks display on Friday, July 3rd

While Rockport then follows suit with its own Firemen’s Parade, Legion Band concert and amazing bonfire on Saturday, July 4th.

Please click HERE for a full list of events 

Pick #2

If you’re up for the challenge, Boston has the one of the largest Independence Day celebrations in the entire country.

Boston Harborfest, one of the largest Independence Day festivals in the United States, showcases over 200 events during its 6 days, including entertainers, historical reenactments, music, Harbor cruises, and walking tours.

Please Click HERE for the entire list of exciting events!

For a more comprehensive list of family activities please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Happy 65th Wedding Anniversary!

Can you imagine–sixty five years–truly an inspiration!

June 24th was my mother and father-in-laws 65th wedding anniversary. We’ve been celebrating all week and last night we had a beautiful dinner at Duckworth’s, our family’s go-to place for special occasions (and every other excuse to head to dinner there). Dinner was beautiful in every way, from the exquisite entrees, appetizers, and desserts to the outstanding service provided by Dan and Colleen. Thank you Duckworth Family for making our family’s celebration wonderfully memorable.

Cornelius Hauck Steve Marvin ©Kim Smith 2015Here we are in Cincinnati on May 5th this past spring celebrating my father-in-laws NINETIETH birthday. He and his best friend Steve Marvin, also 90, have been friends since they were babies.

Cornelius Hauck ©Kim Smith 2015Note the cake decorated with a train scene. My father-in-law has been passionate about trains since he was a toddler, to the extent that he and his friend Bob Richardson founded the Colorado Railroad Museum, which is located in Golden Colorado.

41.2828 N, 70.0994 W…. also Known as Nantucket

I’m not going to lie, I get asked each June why we pick up and leave Rockport as soon as school gets out to travel to Nantucket.  If you know me, you know that I’m a huge cheerleader for Cape Ann….or as we’ve come to call it amongst our group of friends “God’s Country.”  I LOVE Gloucester and Rockport.  I look forward to long, lazy summers more than anyone.  That having been said, there is something just unbelievably perfect about kicking off our summer on the island of Nantucket.  If you’ve traveled there, you may know what I’m talking about.  While there are certainly some similarities between Rockport and Nantucket….there is something undeniably quintessential, pristine, and just “right” about our little week at 41.2828 N, 70.0994 W.

As we finish stripping linens, emptying the refrigerators, scanning the yard for toys and sporting goods…and prepare to head out to the 12:00 ferry back to the mainland, I can’t help but be sad…but, yet really excited about 11 more weeks of eternal summer back in 01966.

I thought that some of you may enjoy a peek inside our week….

Nichole’s Picks 6/27 + 6/28

So, this post seems a bit silly because, after all, it is St. Peter’s Fiesta all weekend long!

And, while I’m out of town until late on Friday and am feeling bad about not being able to contribute much to the AMAZING GMG Fiesta coverage, the least I can do with my “weekend picks post” is to tell you to get your butts down there!

Pick #1   Fiesta

Read the full schedule of events HERE

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Pick #2

Strawberry Festival at Russell Orchards

Read all about it HERE

Strawberry Festival June 27th and 28th!
Festival hours are 11-4 both days.

Festivities include:
  • Strawberry Picking* (more info)(evenmore info)
  • Hayrides (Free with picking)
  • Pony Rides ($5/ride; 11:30-3:30)
  • Face Painting (11-4)
  • Wine Tasting ($5/glass; 11-5:30)
  • Live Cooking Demos (11-4)
  • Live Music: Daisy Nell and Capt. Stan and the Crabgrass Band on Saturday from 12:30-3:30;
  • Old Cold Tater on Sunday from 12:30-3:30.
  • “Buskers Row”: Young musicians showcase (11:30 & 3:30)
  • Fresh strawberry shortcakes with real whipped cream!
  • Strawberry donut poppers and loads more strawberry goodies made from scratch in our farm bakery.
General admission is free; costs apply to certain activities.
*Picking will be open as long as supplies last. Check status before coming to pick!

Pick #3 Red Sox “Out of the Park” Game Day

Head to Boston Commons to watch the Red Sox game on the big screen.

Read all about it HERE

Watching a Red Sox game at Fenway Park is a quintessential Boston experience, on par with swan-boat rides and checking to see if someone moved your space saver. But not everyone can make it to America’s oldest ballpark. To remedy this, the Highland Street Foundation—masterminds behindFree Fun Fridays—are bringing the Fenway Park experience to the Boston Common for all to enjoy, free of charge.

On June 28, “Out of the Park” will erect a giant television screen at the corner of Charles and Beacon Streets, just in time for the Boston’s 1:10 p.m. away game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Highland Street Foundation is partnering with the Red Sox to bring all the Fenway fixtures to the Common, including Wally the Green Monster, hot dog vendors, the Hot Tamales Brass Band, balloon artists, face-painters, and caricaturists.

For a complete listing of family friendly activities visit our friends at North Shore Kid

‎Meg & Joe @ 525 Magnolia, Last Wednesday of the Month, starting today, 6/24!!!!!

megan joeMegan McKenzie and Joe Wilkins team up for a night of acoustic covers performing a vast variety of hits from Aretha Franklin to Tom Petty! They’ll be performing every last Wednesday of the month throughout the summer, so mark your calendars! *6/24, 7/29, 8/26 *

Megan performs with a number of local projects including The Megan McKenzie Band, Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket and SAFETY, to name a few. And Joestays busy with multiple projects as well including the Joe Wilkins Band,Poppa Cigar and Funk du Jour. They found time in there busy schedules to collaborate their talents and bring you a fun, laid back show, presenting a more intimate side of these funky rock n’ rollers!

Magnolia 525 Tavern offers a full bar with unique beers on draft as well as special house cocktails. You can quench your thirst and appease your appetite for good ole’ American fare such as steak tips or pizza, including Gluten Free options.

Photos Courtesy of KM Photograpyhy (Kimberly Marchand )and John Andrews (Social Palates)

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http://www.525magnolia.com/

 

 

Magnolia 525 Tavern
12 Lexington Ave,

Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930

978.525.3230

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