Category Archives: Rockport
Well, it’s been a while since I posted. But in the meantime, Nichole Shrafft and others have been killin’ it in the representing Rockport department, so that’s been awesome. A whole bunch of stuff is coming up, so I wanted to pass along some information, starting with a local Food Forum in Rockport scheduled for next Thursday night. We can all get together and figure out the answers to some pressing food-related issues. There’s an anonymous survey too, in case you want to make your thoughts known and submit any questions to the panelists. Click HERE for the survey.
Today all systems were go: 33°F, daylight, dry pavement, and a craving to walk some distance without my cane. Janet took the cane at the front door and we walked at a medium pace to my favorite animal sculpture park. After stopping to take a few photos, we walked back home. Total distance: One half mile using no cane or other walking aid.
As the journey started thirteen months ago, I couldn’t roll onto my side in a hospital bed. I graduated to a wheelchair, then a walker, followed by a cane, and now two legs. I’m currently scouting around for a longer full–milestone trail. (Photo by Janet).
I think I’m in love with Dwight and Nicole, the opening duo for Mavis Staples. Their music is exquisite, and wonderfully fun, too. Here’s a link to their website: Dwight and Nicole.
My favorite of the favorites is “Wish I only Knew,” which I just downloaded from iTunes. Take a behind the scenes look at their new album, Shine On, in an interview with Steve Morse.
About Dwight and Nicole, from their website:
Dwight & Nicole, an American roots band formed by recording artists Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson are set to release their sophomore LP, the aptly titled Shine On, on April 22, 2014. An inspiring mashup of folk, blues, pop, jazz, gospel and reggae, the album can’t be categorized easily, but that’s fine. “I don’t like to be categorized…because I’m changing all the time. And in every moment, I’m a little bit different. And as I am feeling things, what I want to express becomes different. And I think our fans appreciate that honesty,” says Nelson.
Recorded at Milt Reder’s Rear Window Studio in Boston, Shine On was heavily funded by Dwight & Nicole’s devoted fans via music-centric crowd-sourcing site, PledgeMusic.com. The album is a culmination of an exciting couple of years that saw Nelson appear on NBC’s hit talent show, The Voice; chart a stirring rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at #24 on iTunes; and win a Boston Music Award for “Female Vocalist of The Year.” The duo’s recent momentum also landed them on Boston Globe’s “25 Most Stylish of the Year” list, found them playing major festivals and performing at storied Fenway Park. Read More Here
Main Street, Rockport, circa 1898. Poole’s Drug Store is on the left, and Rockport’s first school house, circa 1790, is on the right. The team of horses in the background is most likely a wooden wedge-plow or a weighted wooden platform to compress the snow.
As the blizzard started, we walked over to the Emerson Inn for a special dinner (it’s always special there). I had the pan seared scallops with lentils and wine sauce. It was delicious, but because of what chemo has done to my taste buds, I ate sparingly. The leftovers will make great omelettes at home. It was nice to dress up. The place is not as formal as my outfit indicates.
Janet, my Valentine: She had the Rack of Lamb, rubbed with brown sugar and dijon mustard, served with a Port Wine reduction. She cleaned the plate with a simile on her face. Leftovers: 4 bare lamb bones.
I haven’t ventured out of the house yet this morning, but I can tell you this much…. It is WINDY!
We have had just over a foot of new snow fall since Neptune started yesterday afternoon. Lots of news channels in town including Channel 7 and CNN. Chris Anderson from 7 News just said, “Rockport has been a Rock during this last storm.”
We’ve been judging the ridiculousness of it all by the size of the massive snow drift in the back corner of our yard. It is now many inches over our fence and prime for more stand-up sledding in a little while. We have also been laughing at the scary dorsal fin that has been rising from the depths of the snow on our deck.
Our front yard looks OK…nothing crazy out there yet. My Jeep is not covered, the deck has some new accumulation, and the driveway has been plowed in with a couple of new feet of snow.
It was exciting to come home yesterday and find the National Guard taking care of our street. Smith Road had become so narrow that I had to do a 3 point turn to get in and out of our driveway. Likewise, we had suffered a couple of stand-offs when faced with oncoming cars on our little street. Really nice guys out of Vermont. One commented on the fact that despite the crazy amounts of snow, Rockport looked like a nice little town. We told him to come back during the summer for sure.
Here’s your chance to get out of the house and enjoy one of the area’s best singer/songwriters in an intimate listening venue.
Terry Weber writes…
Shop Rockport, even in the winter!
Yesterday I was very happy to get out of the house and enjoy a day of walking, working and shopping. I went to Rockport, and although the shopping area seemed abandoned compared to summer months, upon closer inspection I found many businesses open. (See below for a partial list of businesses that are open during the winter in Rockport during the winter).
You might think there is nowhere to park, but I found parking easily as the usual tourists are not around and there weren’t many people to be found. But here’ a couple of folks I did run into…
This dog was determined to get into the Hula Moon Café! No owner was nearby, the folks at Hula called the police department to report a stray dog. Hope he or she made it home!
Here is a partial list of businesses open in the winter in Rockport. Always call ahead or look online for specific business hours which might be limited during the winter, especially during and after snow storms!
|Bean & Leaf Café||Eatery||12 Bearskin Neck||978 546 7500|
|Brothers’ Brew||Eatery||27 Main Street||978 546 3775|
|The Grand Café||Eatery||1 Cathedral Ave||978 546 9500|
|Hula Moon Café||Eatery||27 Mt. Pleasant St.||978 546 2572|
|Red Skiff Grille||Eatery||15 Mt. Pleasant St.||978 546 7647|
|Dolce Vita Salon||Salon||6 Dock Square||978 546 7900|
|AliKat||Shopping||2 Bearskin Neck||978 546 6737|
|Beadles||Shopping||23 Dock Square||978 546 2223|
|Bearskin Neck Leathers||Shopping||7 Old Harbor Road||978 546 2258|
|Canterbury Hill Studio||Shopping||41 Main Street||978 309 8468|
|James Russell Jewelers||Shopping||15 Bearskin Neck||978 546 1695|
|John Tarr Store||Shopping||49 Main Street||978 546 6524|
|La Provence||Shopping||4 Main Street||978 546 5868|
|London Venturers||Shopping||2 Dock Square||978 546 7161|
|Lula’s Pantry||Shopping||5 Dock Square||978 546 0010|
|Milk and Honey||Shopping||1 Main Street||978 546 6546|
|The Paper Mermaid||Shopping||57 Main Street||978 546 3553|
|Sand Castles||Shopping||9 Mt. Pleasant St.||978 546 9002|
|Sea Again||Shopping||14 Dock Square||978 309 8335|
|Scott Tubby Fine Art||Shopping||26 Bearskin Neck||978 309 8637|
|TBT Post||Shopping||8 Dock Square||888 676 7102|
|Tuck’s Candy and Gifts||Shopping||15 Main Street||978 546 6352|
|Tusinski Gallery||Shoopig||2 Main Street||978 546 2244|
|Wicked Peacock||Shopping||17 Dock Square||978 546 0200|
I physically can’t shovel snow and Janet had shoveler’s fatigue. This morning, I saw three people walking up the street, all carrying shovels. We asked if they were looking for work, and they started clearing our driveway and walkways. These were, in fact, our neighbors Eva Maria (L), Heike (mother of these kids), and Levin (R). They did an outstanding job, speak German (their native language), and I asked them to come back after the next snow storm.
What do so many of us have in common? Surely not all of us….but, many of us?
I’m guessing that, like me, many of you spent 30 minutes each week for 10 solid years hanging out with friends. And, by “friends”, I really mean FRIENDS….as in the television show.
From September 22, 1994 to May 6, 2004 I tuned in for 30 minutes of serious bonding with Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Ross, Chandler, and Joey. Good times.
Say what you will, but I’m not going to lie, I think we should all consider ourselves lucky if we are able to say that we have friendships in our lives as strong as theirs. And, yes, I do realize that they were merely television actors…
But, fresh out of college when we first “met” I loved getting to know them. I loved watching their ups and downs…while laughing, crying, wishing, hoping, wanting, wondering…you name it. We should all have a “Chandler” or a “Rachel” or a “Ross” or a “Phoebe” that we treasure in our lives.
So, if…like me…you were tuning in during that decade, you may remember when Ross and Rachel had a baby. An adorable little baby girl named Emma. But…did you know that Emma was played by not one but two adorable little girls named Cali and Noelle. AND….that Callie and Noelle have all sorts of Cape Ann roots.
They are the stunning, funny, generous, smart, talented, kind, and polite 13 year old daughters of Geoff Sheldon and Gretchen Carpenter. While they now live out in California, Geoff hails from Rockport. And nothing beats 4th of July week when they all usually make their pilgrimage home!
My own warm fuzzies about Geoff began the night I was introduced to him and my future husband on Christmas Eve back in 1998. Ironically, smack in the middle of the FRIENDS years. Little did I know when I met Geoff that night that I’d marry the guy he was out celebrating Christmas with….and that he and his beautiful wife would later boast to sharing custody of their daughters with Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer. Well, you know, kind of. And then there’s “Aunt Heather”. When Heather isn’t out being amazing on horseback….she can be found in all of her gorgeous glory making Halibut Point Restaurant and even better place to be!
So, how fun to read this article yesterday!
Also pretty cool is…
The twins made #11 of this Hollywood List:
Well, no invitation actually needed. Just need a sled.
Love these guys….or girls.
We see them almost every day here in Rockport, but I’ve never seen them up in the trees. Maybe I just haven’t looked up before. Or maybe the snow was just too much for them. I know how they feel. Maybe they’re on to something.
We get this big dump of snow and John Penaloza has a harebrained idea it would be fun to flip the lights on at Evans Field and go sledding. Jeff Proposki finds the keys to the light pole and done. People bring hotdogs, hot chocolate, kids, and sleds and this is what Evans Field looked like on Sunday night.
Jen Keough backed way up to get 99 people in the shot.
Facebook group “Rockport Stuff”. If you live in Rockport, definitely worth joining and checking out.
At the height of the storm, this was all I saw directly across the street. It made me think: “I’d like it if the snow would just STOP.” It snowed in Rockport this morning, and now Juno has moved on. There are no cars on the road.
Brrrrrrrr. Here’s some video footage from Old Garden Beach in Rockport along with some pics of the homes nearby. With a break in the snow and the plows slowing down, I ventured to the end of my street. It is a short walk, but a coooold one today. Mind you, it was not high tide, so the worst of it is yet to come.
The frozen salt water is beautiful albeit a menace to the ocean front homes. The price you pay, I guess.
I am in love with this building. From the inside and out. For so many reasons.
If you haven’t seen a performance at the Shalin Liu, you really need to.
I snapped these quick shots while out for a run the other afternoon. While my knowledge of architecture is very limited, my fascination for lines, angles, and the nuances of it all is pretty significant. Little parts of the whole have always been of interest to me, I guess.