Category Archives: Things to do

Mike O’Connell and Friends ~ Harbor Loop Summer Concert Series 2016 on July 28th. What a great night of live music!

 

Harbor Loop Summer Concert Series 2016
Mike OConnell & Friends
Jay Aptt- guitar/vox
Ben Ferrini- bass
Leo Ciaramitaro- drums
w/ special guest: Kylie O’Connell

They performed “Dear Mr. Fantasy” by Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood
Great night and some smokin songs by these guys.

Next week Groove Therapy! So far we made it without any rain and cancellations. Let’s hope it goes for the rest of the concerts.

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Playing with my food but not like Adam Bolonsky

Adam catches a bluefish and needs to make sure it is really really dead before he lays it between his legs in a kayak.

Waht better way than to rip the heart out with the gills and the blue is tastier after bleeding out.

What better way than to rip the heart out with the gills and the blue is tastier after bleeding out.

If I catch a big blue I need to scale and leave the skin on for the perfect Marcella Hazan “Bluefish with Crispy Potato” click for recipe.”  I was planning on making a post of gifts hanging on our kitchen wall from Fred Bodin’s Shop. But then I had a blue that I bled out when I caught it then scaled before filleting. But wait I needed a picture.

The small ceramic striper on the wall as well as an antique map of my neighborhood when our house was the only one both came from Fred's shop

The small ceramic striper on the wall as well as an antique map of my neighborhood when our house was the only one both came from Fred’s shop

Still bleeding out but I think I can make a new Zombie avatar before I fillet the fish.

Rock Lobster is playing in the background.

Rock Lobster is playing in the background.

Reading Marcella’s recipe she lists other fish you could use but I have tried them all and a fresh bluefish is the only way to make this dish. Half a fillet will rest on the crispy potatoes while remainder of the fish marinates overnight to become smoked bluefish tomorrow. Ryan & Wood wood chunks from the distillery whiskey casks for the smoke. Perfection. Then smoked bluefish paté sealed with a dog kiss from Stella makes Joey’s favorite snack on a Ritz cracker.

Nichole’s Picks 7/30 + 7/31

Pick #1:  Gloucester Country Fest

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Gloucester Country Fest
Stage Fort Park
Gloucester, MA

Cassadee Pope, The Houston Bernard Band, and Southern City Band!

July 30, 2016
Gates open at 11:00
Show starts at 12:00
 
Tickets go on sale
May 13 at 10:00am
Tickets purchased in advance
$30.00  at Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
33 Commercial Street, Gloucester
Tickets purchased at gate
$35.00

Pick #2:  B. Good Festival at the Farm

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Festival at the Farm is about connecting a community around great live music and delicious, local food and drink. And then giving back all the proceeds to our community together.

There’s no better time to do it than on a Summer afternoon. No better place than on a beautiful farm with a picturesque hill as the backdrop.

The farm provides natural good vibes with plenty of elbow room, a huge dance floor, and sprawling lawn for picnics, games, and booths where you can meet our farmers and charity partners. It’s about creating a community event that’s good for all — music lovers who want to jam, foodies who want to eat delicious food and drink craft beer, and kids who want to run free.

We’re out to do some good by delivering good times for everyone on the farm. 

READ MORE ABOUT THIS EVENT AND PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Pick #3:  See The Whales

One of my very best friend’s husbands, whom I adore, told me the other day that he has never seen a whale!  Wait, what!?   Hailing from Connecticut and having lived on Cape Ann for well over a decade….how is that possible!!  Sorry, T!

So, if you’re like him…. it is time.  Even if you’ve seen 1,000 whales, it could never be enough!

 

Cape Ann Whale Watch

Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch

Seven Seas Whale Watch

Yankee Fleet

 

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

Two more days and Stage Fort Park becomes Gloucester’s shoreline amphitheater for Country Fest. @cassadeepope headlining, also Houston Bernard Band and Southern City Band

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Apparently and not surprisingly Ringo helps Boston Fence set in the fences at Stage Fort for Gloucester’s first country fest,  coming this Saturday noon -5 (gates open 11 AM). I didn’t stop to chat or take more photographs because we were in the middle of a Gloucester beaches challenge. What an unforgettable venue to listen to Cassadee Pope (big single out right now and Voice Season 3 winner. Who was her coach?) and Boston bands Houston Bernard Band and Southern City Band ! Cassadee Pope’s twitter photograph features beach/dune background. Wonder where it was taken? Everyone will have some good photos from Stage Fort. You can listen to Ringo and Emily talk to Joey about the Country fest on the podcast.

 

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Whoa… Jon Butcher Tonight! Wednesdays with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line 7-10pm 7.27.2016

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Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, July 27th – 7pm
Musical Guest: JON BUTCHER!

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Fresh off another iconic National Anthem performance at
majestic Fenway Park, the legendary Jon Butcher graces our
stage at the Rhumb Line this week. Among the hardest working
people I’ve ever known, my friend Mr. Butcher never allows
himself to stand still. He continues to grow as an artist, and
spends each waking moment toward that end. Accordingly,
he’ll be featuring brand new material from his upcoming CD.
Every bit as gutsy, rootsy and soulful as we’ve always known
his music to be. Come meet Jon Butcher, up close and
personal. It all starts at 7! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Upcoming…

8/03 – Inge Berge

8/10 – Ron Schrank

8/17 – John Rockwell

8/24 – Charlee Bianchini

8/31 – Jay & Laurie Keefe (and friends)

9/07 – Liz Frame & The Kickers

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there:-)

 

 

The wait is nearly over! This Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 Grammy & CMA Winner Lori McKenna headlines Ebb & Folk in Gloucester, MA.

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http://www.ebbandfolk.com

On Saturday, July 23rd, New England folk music’s most recognized names share the stage on Gloucester’s historic waterfront for the first annual EBB & FOLK.

2016 Grammy Award winner for best country song, Lori McKenna, headlines an extraordinary day of music featuring Chris Trapper, Mark Erelli, Chad Perrone, Amy Fairchild, Brian Jarvis and others.

The event takes place under the event tent at Cape Ann Marina (Mile Marker One) on the banks of the Annisquam River just feet from historic Gloucester Harbor. In addition to a full day of live music, the the event will feature Cape Ann artisans and merchants presenting the best that the area has to offer.

Ticket information > http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2543337

Upon showing an event ticket, guests will be given an event bracelet allowing them entry and re-entry throughout the day to enjoy the artists of their choosing.

Artist of the event allowing guests to plan for their favorite performers.

1:00pm – Fozzie Hill with Wolf Ginandes (60 minutes) CAPE ANN STAGE

2:00pm – Allen Estes (45 minutes) GLOUCESTER STAGE

2:45pm – Chad Perrone (60 minutes) CAPE ANN STAGE

3:45pm –Amy Fairchild (45 minutes) GLOUCESTER STAGE

4:45pm – Chris Trapper (60 minutes) CAPE ANN STAGE

5:45pm – Brian Jarvis (45 minutes) GLOUCETSER STAGE

6:45pm – Mark Erelli (60 minutes) CAPE ANN STAGE

8:00pm – Lori McKenna (75 minutes) CAPE ANN STAGE

Contact info email Chris Langathianos at clangathianos@me.com.

Nichole’s Picks 7/23 + 7/24

Pick #1: Appleton Farms

Appleton Farms has 4 great events coming up this weekend!  (Please click on the name of the event to learn more).

Saturday brings  Rise and Shine Little Farmers and Butter in the Barnyard

Sunday’s activities include Fun in the Farmyard and Meet the Machines and Summer Picnic.  

CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT EACH EVENT AND TO REGISTER

 

 

Pick #2: Newburyport Brewing Company ReggaeFest

Saturday, July 23rd 12:00-7:00.  Tickets 21+ $10, Kids are Free

READ MORE ABOUT IT HERE

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Pick #3: Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival 

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READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE   http://reverebeach.com/sand-sculpting-2016/

This year’s festival will run Friday, July 22nd to Sunday, July 24th, 2016 and has a theme of Science, Technology, and Innovation. The event will highlight Massachusetts as a leader in the development and implementation of new and emerging technologies and discoveries by showcasing the innovation that is happening right here.

Hours for the 2016 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival on Friday, July 22nd and Saturday, July 23rd are 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 24th 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. It is recommended to use the MBTA and public transportation to and from this event. The MBTA Blue Line can be taken to the Wonderland or Revere Beach stops. Free parking and shuttle service to the T will be available at Suffolk Downs. Parking is also available at the Wonderland Garage.

 

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

Another perfect night for a FREE Movie at I4-C2 – Finding Nemo Tonight – Bring Food Donations for The Open Door

Last week over 700 people (including plenty of “Pink Ladies”) flocked to I4-C2 to enjoy “Grease” under the stars. Tonight will be just as beautiful, if a tad cooler. Perfect viewing weather for “Finding Nemo.” Bring non-perishable food to donate to The Open Door Food Pantry and do some good while having fun with the family!

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ This week’s special guest: Toni Ann Enes 7-10pm @ The Rhumb Line

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This week’s dinner special…
Roast Sirloin French Dip w/french fries – $10.95
Wednesday, July 20th – 7pm
Musical Guest: TONI ANN ENES!

 

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Toni Ann graces our presence at the Rhumb Line this week.
With solid guitar and vocal performance, she has steadily
moved forward as an artist, gaining so many, many fans over
the years here on Cape Ann. Come see the lady work her
wonderful magic once again! We start at 7! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen…
…now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Upcoming…
7/27 – Jon Butcher

8/03 – Inge Berge

8/10 – Ron Schrank

8/17 – John Rockwell

8/24 – Charlee Bianchini

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there:-)

 

 

Local Artist Naomi Lee is happy to be able to share her artwork at Addison Gilbert Hospital and at other local spots around town.

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Naomi Lee was called and offered an opportunity to show her art for the second time at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, MA, through the end of July.

Naomi says she is so happy to be able to share her feelings on canvas. Her passions, the warmth of the sun, the calm of the moon, respect for the strength of the wind and the power of the sea.
Naomi, a self taught artist has been asked to take part in exhibiting at the Marblehead and Beverly Art Festivals. Also, The Annisquam Art Gallery for the past three years. She is currently a member of the Beverly and Salem Art Associations.

You can see other art by Naomi around town at the Cape Ann Brewery, Capt Bill’s Wale Watch and the Welcome Center at Harbor Loop. Her next art show is scheduled at Cape Ann Coffees for the months of September and October

86 Bass Ave Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 282-1717

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Naomilee1950@hotmail.com

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