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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Charlotte as Lambchop

Happy Halloween!!

Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year gives $11,000 to Special Olympics

Riley James, a Junior at Barnstable High School and two time Boston Herald All Scholastic gave $1000 to a cause near and dear to her heart: Cape Cod Champs Special Olympics. She won the money from earning the distinction of Gatorade MA Volleyball Player of the Year.  Riley went on to win the national Gatorade Play it Forward contest which awarded an additional $10,000! Riley wrote about her friend, Sara, and the programs in Barnstable schools and Cape Cod Champs where she volunteers. Sara is my goddaughter.

Coach Tom Turco led the Barnstable girls volleyball team to 18 Division One State Championships, the most wins in Massachusetts girls’ volleyball history. Turco established adapted physical education in Barnstable.

“Everyone has their needs, just in different ways,” (Coach) Turco 

“You’re only as successful as the will of your players,” Turco said. “You have to practice and take time to develop the will of your players.” 

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Sara loves sports and manages the high school volleyball team. Here she is #16 with the Cape Cod Champs volleyball team at Special Olympics, Harvard, Boston MA. 

The Cape Cod Champs Special Olympics equivalent organization here in Gloucester and throughout Cape Ann is Cape Ann SNAP. Learn more about the Cape Ann Special Needs Assistance Program http://capeannsnap.org/ Local  friends and supporters include: CATA, Azorean, North Shore 104.9, Dunkin Donuts, The Bridge Cape Ann, Turning Point Systems, Maplewood Car Wash, Gloucester House, Beauport ambulance, Protective Packaging, Beauport Princess, George’s of Gloucester, Beauport Princess, USA Demolition, JM Vacation Home Rentals, Prince Insurance Agency, Jalapenos, Sudbay, Passports, Katrina’s, Destinos, Wicked Peacock, Lat 43, and microfiber greens towel. Support also includes Mark Adrian, Lone Gull, Kids Unlimited, Topside Grill, Marshall’s Farmstand and the Fish Shack

Read the fabulous Riley James Cape Cod Champs essay for Gatorade Massachusetts Volleyball Player of the Year, plus a bit more inspiration from amazing Coach Turco

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Fun Sister day

My sister came to visit on Tuesday for a sister day.  We walked the boulevard and went to Beauport Hotel for lunch and sat outside.  It was so glorious with yummy food and the fog rolling around us.  Fog horns were blowing, it was a wonderful afternoon.

 





Gloucester Harvest Music Festival 2017~ Just a sample of all the great music you will hear this Saturday Sept. 16, 2017

The 2017 Gloucester Harvest Music Festival is going to be off the hook…just look at this lineup..i can hardly wait! Something for everyone and all for some…
Set times!
Nadia Robertson ( National Anthem – shortset) 10:30 – 10:45

Ol Brown Shoe 11:00 – 12:00

Fennario 12:15 -1:15

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Red Tail Hawk 1:30 – 2:30


Cold Engines 2:45 – 3:45


Bim Skala Bim Music 4:00 – 5:30

https://www.facebook.com/BimSkalaBimMusic/app/96687436973/


The Four Legged Faithful 5:45 – 6:45


Gang of Thieves 7:00 – 8:30

Phil Ochs Song Night @ Old Sloop Sunday 9/17 to benefit Family Promise North Shore

A wonderful concert for a very important cause.  GET TICKETS HERE:

Phil Ochs Song Night on Sunday, September 17 is a fundraiser for Family Promise North Shore Boston, an interfaith hospitality network that provides shelter, meals, job support and case management for homeless families. The First Congregational Church is a Family Promise host church.  The concert will feature performs Greg Greenway and Pat Wictor of Brother Sun, along with Reggie Harris and Tom Prasada-Rao.  The concert will be hosted by Sonny Ochs, Phil’s sister.

This evening! SEP 7 @ 6pm Rescheduled! Livin’ on Luck Band plays Harbor Loop ~ Week 10

Details

Livin’ On Luck is BACK for their rescheduled date to play Harbor Loop on Thursday, September 7 with special opener Nadia Robertson! Many thanks to our sponsor Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center! This is the last night for our sound company too, Fusion Blue Productions! Thanks guys for a great season! So come on out for one more concert on the hill you guys! See ya there!

https://www.facebook.com/Livinonluck/

OUR SWEET CHARLOTTE IS SEVEN WEEKS OLD TODAY

All smiles!

Smiles for me ❤️

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Babysitting for this adorable today ❤️

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It’s time to laugh

Feel like you’re drowning in negative buzz?  Maybe it’s time to laugh. You’ll laugh alright on Saturday night, right down the road in Beverly at 9 Wallis when Loretta LaRoche takes you back to Brooklyn and back in time to the humor of growing up with her Italian family in her hysterical show Love, Laughter, and Lasagna.

You can even eat some lasagna prepared by Beverly’s favorite deli Gloria Food Store before the show to get you in the mood.

You may remember Loretta from her PBS specials (see video below) or inspirational programs at North Shore Music Theatre a few years ago — and those programs were funny. Trust me: Love Laughter and Lasagna is even funnier!  Come on down; you’ll feel better!

Maggie, Alice, Rick from North Carolina

When walking out to Rafe’s Chasm on Tuesday ran into visitors from North Carolina.  While talking Maggie, a lovely woman, realized I was with Good Morning Gloucester.  Maggie, Alice and Rick have been visiting Cape Ann for 8 years and follow Good Morning Gloucester.  Love meeting visitors.  This family was so nice and enjoyed meeting them very much. 

Three big outdoor concerts happening * Gloucester Country Fest 8/5/2017, Gloucester Blues Festival 8/12/2017 & Gloucester Harvest Music Festival 9/16/2017

 

We are excited to announce that Gloucester Country Fest is back this year and is bigger than ever! Ringo Tarr Productions is proud to announce this year’s line-up, featuring Jillian Cardarelli, with Martin and Kelly, Stefanie Jasmine Band, Scarlett Drive and Shanna Jackman!

Visit our website www.gloucestercountryfest.com for ticket sales and more information.August 12 2017

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August 12 2017

Line up and times for Aug 12th
TULLIE BRAE 11:00 – 12:00
VANESSA COLLIER 12:15- 1:15
JEFF JENSEN 1:30- 2:30
JAMES ARMSTRONG 2:45- 4:00
MONSTER MIKE WELCH–MIKE LEDBETTER BAND
4:15-5:30
JOHN PRIMER 5:45-7:00

go check out each band …click on the photos and it takes you to their website >http://gloucesterbluesfestival.com/category/lineup/

Tickets here> https://shared9.mainehost.net/~gloucest/buytickets.html

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Saturday September 16th

11 am to 8pm

GHMF, supports the Addison Gilbert Hospital Citizens Fund a 501c3 charity.
Thru donations, sponsors and tickets sales can the AGH Citizens Fund do its community work. This year we again have a great line up and for a $20 ticket you access to vendors, artisans and a day of music. PLEASE Buy a ticket! It is giving back to the community and tax deductible. This is your chance to make a difference!
Buy a ticket and no worries if you can’t make it, give it as a gift the Music will blow them away!
Thank you for your support!
Check out this years line up at

http://www.gloucesterharvestmusicfestival.com

Tickets here > http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2947673

OUR BEAUTIFUL BABY GRANDDAUGHTER CHARLOTTE

Mom Jessica, our son Alex, and sweet baby Charlotte are all doing beautifully. Charlotte was born yesterday, July 10th, and is 9 pounds 1 oz. We’re so very blessed. ❤ ❤ ❤

Welcome Sweet Baby Charlotte 💖

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The Greatest Natural Spectacle on Earth was in Rockport Last Night

I’ve lived in Gloucester since the early 1980s (except 1995-1998, when I lived in CA and NYC) and Vickie has lived here since 1998 … and guess what, neither of us had ever been to the Rockport Bonfire?  Why?  Oh, lots of reasons; but none of them is reasonable — not after what we witnessed last night!

Kevin St. Peter, who chairs the Rockport Firemen’s Association, asked us to be judges in the Rockport Firemen’s Parade and we accepted. Having produced and promoted hundreds of shows & events, Vickie and I keenly appreciate just how much work it takes to pull off an event of this magnitude and, honestly, it was a true pleasure not having to deal with all the details. Kevin did that. And he dealt with all the crazy-last-minute emergencies that always pop during any large-scale event. Plus he took great care to make sure all the judges got where we were supposed to go and knew what they were supposed to do — because we had no idea.

More importantly, we had absolutely no idea what we’ve been missing all these decades.  The breathtaking power and splendor of Rockport’s giant bonfire tore its way into our psyches; seized every ounce of our attention. What struck me at first was how hot it was — those of us in front had to move back as the flames engulfed the outhouse atop the mountain of fiery palates.  Turning around I noticed the crowd of several thousand people all stood transfixed — and very quiet.  So quiet, in fact, that the blaze was the loudest sound you could hear — and it wasn’t nearly as loud as the band at the bandstand had been a few minutes earlier.

Then I realized just how bright it was. That’s when I took the picture, above. Notice how well everyone is lit — and it’s pitch black outside. No streetlights. Just the bonfire. It’s brighter than Times Square. (See Nicole’s awesome photo of the bonfire itself here.)

Fire has a magical power to captivate us in a way nothing else can. I certainly hope this Rockport tradition lives on forever. Thanks to Kevin St. Peter for throwing a giant party for thousands of people featuring one of the greatest natural spectacles our Earth has to offer — and making it feel as though everything is running perfectly smoothly!

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