Category Archives: Family

The LobstahCrackah Rides Again…DOWNTOWN! See a preview rehearsal tonight @ The Floating Lotus 6-8pm ~ Gloucester Employee Shopping Night.

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December 10th, we officially move the North Shore Folklore Theatre Company back to Main Street!

We will be in year-round residence at the Floating Lotus in the Old Empire building at 169 Main Street. If you would like to volunteer to help us move this week and next, please contact Henry Allen at 978-704-1269 or HenryAllen@NorthShoreFolk.org

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Nichole’s Picks 12/12 + 12/13

A great hometown weekend.

Pick #1:  The Middle Street Walk

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The Middle Street Walk is such a great way to experience community, celebrate the holiday season, and spend time with family.

As always, the program for this year is packed with some pretty special events such as choir concerts, buoy painting, a gingerbread house contest, story telling, a puppet show, holiday treats, guided walking tours, music, and of course…the lobster trap tree lighting ceremony at 4:30 at the Police Station.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL CALENDAR OF EVENTS!

Pick #2: HOLIDAY DELIGHTS

Come see members of the Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops preform this annual holiday treat! 

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PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!

PICK #3:

A Very Grinchy Holiday Special

We saw this holiday show last year and loved it!  A great opportunity to see a seasonal and funny show without spending tons of money or traveling too far.

Gallows Hill Theatre presents:
A very Grinchy Holiday Special!

Join us at Gallows Hill Theatre for a fun re-telling of the classic tale with music, audience interaction, Max the dog,The Who family and Thing One and Thing Two!
A great holiday show for all ages, featuring Erik Rodenhiser as The Grinch.
After the show, kids can meet The Grinch, and take picture with the cast!

READ MORE AND PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!

 

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

The Great Christmas Light Fight

We have several holiday traditions.  Some are silly and some are really, really special.

One of the sillier ones started last night….the 3rd season of The Great Christmas Light Fight.

The boys LOVE to hunker down with some cocoa and popcorn and watch the 4 families compete with pretty fantastic holiday light displays.  The boys continued to love it even after they realized it wasn’t going to be a show with families chucking holiday lights at each other….as the title evidently led them to believe.

We love “getting to know” the four families, seeing where they live, and hearing their stories.  We love seeing them come together and work so hard to make their magic happen.  We love guessing Who Will Win.

While it’s no, It’s a Wonderful Life, it works for us.

Check it out if you have some time to kill….if nothing else, it’ll help bring the holiday season to your living room.

CHECK OUT  “THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT” HERE

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OPENING NIGHT!!! OPENING NIGHT!! IT’S OPENING NIGHT!!! Revival of 18th-century farce written by Gloucester playwright

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Nichole’s Picks 12/5 + 12/6

Tree lighting in Gloucester last weekend….tree lighting in Rockport this weekend.

Pick #1:  Christmas in Rockport

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It is only fitting that in the incredibly quaint, picturesque, and perfect town of Rockport, Santa should arrive by lobster boat. This has been a tradition for as long as I can remember, but please note, that this year’s schedule will be a little bit different.

Santa has decided that he would like more time to linger, shop, and visit with the townsfolk so he has cleared his afternoon schedule to arrive in Rockport earlier than normal.

Santa’s boat should be arriving at T-Wharf at 1:00 in the afternoon on Saturday, December 5th. The tree lighting ceremony will begin at 4:00. That leaves a nice amount of time to shop, explore, walk our new breakwater, grab a snack or some cocoa, and maybe get some one on one time with Santa himself.

Read More by Clicking HERE

Pick #2: Family Holiday Present Workshop at Maritime Gloucester

What a great way to get in some family time while also hand-making holiday gifts for those special people on your list.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2015, 10:00 AM TO 12:00 PM

REGISTRATION : $5.00 PER CHILD (MEMBERS), $8.00 PER CHILD (NON-MEMBERS)

AUDIENCE: FAMILIES

Come spend the morning at Maritime Gloucester making nautical inspired crafts..the perfect handmade holiday presents. Ages 5 to 12 years. Cost is $5 per child members, $8 per child non-members. Parents/Guardians are required to attend.  The workshop will take place in the Sarah Fraser Robbins Classroom accessed from the walkway to the pier.

Click HERE to read even more

 

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Pick #3: Christmas at Castle Hill, Ipswich

Surely this event will be gorgeous and should get even the biggest curmudgeon into the holiday spirit….

Kick off your holiday season with us. Tour the Great House beautifully decorated for Christmas. With a nod to the great polar expeditions of the 1920s, you’ll see outdoor adventure paraphernalia, polar-inspired decorations, and a magnificent ice sculpture. Enjoy live music and dance, interactive activities, and warm cookies and cider. On Sunday afternoon, 2 pm-4pm, visit with the North Pole’s greatest celebrity Santa Claus.

Find that perfect holiday gift at the Castle Hill gift shop or the Harbor Sweets pop-up store. Please consider bringing a pair of warm new socks to benefit needy children through Ipswich Caring.

Christmas at Castle Hill Schedule of Events

Friday, December 4, 5-9PM
Acapella singers from The Essex Harmony
Cash bar with beer, wine, and our own polar punch
Special exhibition on Admiral Byrd’s 1928 polar expedition

Saturday, December 5, 10AM-4PM
Fitzy the Snowman carves an ice sculpture
Family explorer activities
Special exhibition on Admiral Byrd’s 1928 polar expedition
11AM String Quartet Music featuring Michael Hamill, Carlos Heymann, Alice Newell, and Ann Ward
3PM Ipswich Moving Company’s Youth Dance Ensemble

Sunday, December 6, 12Noon-4PM
Family explorer activities
Special exhibition on Admiral Byrd’s 1928 polar expedition
12Noon-2PM Sled dog meet-and-greet
2-4PM Visit with Santa
3PM North Shore Bell Ringers

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Courtesy of Ipswich Visitors Center

 

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

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.

Buddy the Elf

Late night for the Schrafft boys last night.  We took the boys into Boston to see “Elf the Broadway Musical” at the Wang Center.

We enjoyed some city holiday decorations, a quick dinner in the theater district, and then went into the show about 40 minutes early to bask in what is the awesomeness of the Wang.

While the show certainly had some mildly inappropriate parts….and it’s fair share of adult humor….it was a great time and a really fun way to kick off our holiday season.

There are strict rules about no photography during the show and, while I entertained the thought of being sly and snapping a couple during the production, the boys were mortified at the thought of me “breaking the law” so I resigned to use my pre-game pics of the Wang and to Google some images when I got home.

If you are interested in learning more about the show, CLICK HERE

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Finding “The One” at Beverly Tree Farm

Exactly one year ago I was waxing poetically (well, maybe not poetically) about how much we love cutting down our Christmas tree each year at the Beverly Tree Farm.

This year was no different.

Click HERE to read more about the Beverly Tree Farm

With a gorgeous red “barn”, a roaring fire, cider, hot chocolate, Christmas Cookies, holiday decorations, the friendliest staff going, and beautiful decorations, our time there each year screams Warm Fuzzies.

To some, the trees may seem pricey at $90 each, but the experience of living the good cheer, walking the fields, searching for THE ONE, sawing it down, and tagging it is honestly, truly priceless.

Another thing that you should know, is that every penny over the expenses of operating the tree farm goes to a worthy charity.  Over $110,000 has been gifted in just the four short years that the Bertolon family has been running the farm.  This year’s charity is the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem.

This year we spent a good hour searching for our perfect tree. CERTAINLY not because there were not hundreds of good options, but simply because it was fun to take our time.

We went on Saturday after gaining confidence that the rain was over.  In talking to the owners we learned that more than 450 trees had been sold on Friday.  Which, they also pointed out, was one tree every 48 seconds!

Sadly, if you are feeling inspired to go find the tree that speaks to you, you only have one more day to do so.  With so many fans, friends, and returning customers the tree farm sells out quickly.  They plan on being open Saturday, December 5th but that just may be the end of the season!  Please check the link above to be certain.

SO LOVING THIS THANKSGIVING WEEKEND!!

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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.

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SPECTRUM SINGERS PERFORM AT THE GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 AT 3:00PM ~ Tolling the Bell for Paris

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.

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Check out the link below for all of the important information

http://web.capeannchamber.com/events/33rd-Annual-Essex-ClamFest-2145/details

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

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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  

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Head HERE for event details!  

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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!

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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
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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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