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Nichole’s Pick. Period.

I guess you could say that I’m boycotting my Picks Post this week, because….while I haven’t missed one since Joey asked me to start writing them….there is only one true pick for this weekend…  The 89th Saint Peter’s Fiesta.

Here is your list of events for this year….  taken from

St. Peter’s Fiesta 2016

Novena to St. Peter

Monday, June 13 – Tuesday, June 21
7:00 p.m.
American Legion Hall

Wednesday, June 22

7:00–10:00 p.m.  Musical Entertainment….St. Peter’s Park:    
Barry Mooney and The Sounds of Legends ”                                                            

Thursday, June 23

Youth 3 on 3 Basketball Tounament      Time to be announced.
For further details, contact the Cape Ann YMCA.

6:30 p.m……      Fiesta 5K Road Race – with Cape Ann YMCA –
Starting location Stage Fort Park,
Finish line at St. Peter’s Park.
For further details, contact the Cape Ann YMCA.

8:00–11:00…      Entertainment, Dance and Music featuring…..
“WILD FIRE” …. St. Peter’s Park                  

Friday, June 24

4:45 p.m…….    Greasy Pole Contest…and…Women’s  Seine Boat Races
Pavilion Beach

6:30 p.m…….    Entertainment….Before Opening Ceremonies

7:30 p.m. ……    Formal Opening ….St. Peter’s Square

Entertainment immediately following to 11:30 p.m….                                                          featuring   Elio Lorusso and SEABREEZE

Saturday, June 25

9:30 a.m……          Family Activity Day….Newell Stadium
For further details, contact the Cape Ann YMCA.

10:00 a.m…….     Pavilion Beach…Military Seine Boat Race: 
U.S. Coast Guard vs U.S. Navy
Gloucester Fire Department vs Gloucester Police Department 

3:00 p.m……    Children’s Games…. Beach Court

4:45 p.m……    Sports Events… Pavilion Beach
Seine Boat Races..&..Greasy Pole Contest

8:00–11:30 pm. Musical EntertainmentSt. Peter’s Square….
“Gian Faraone and  Big Band Orchestra”

Sunday, JUNE 26

10:00 a.m……     Celebration of MASS OF ST. PETER….. at St. Peter’s Park

10:00 a.m……   Celebration of MASS OF ST. PETER….. at St. Peter’s Park

 12:00 noon…..  Procession following the Celebration of Outdoor Mass

3:00 p.m……    Blessing of the Fleet… Stacy Boulevard.

3:00 p.m… …   Concert….United States Navy Band Northeast…St. Peter’s Park

4:45 p.m……    Sports Events…at Pavilion Beach –
Seine Boat Races..&..
.Greasy Pole Contest

6:30 p.m……    Children’s  Pinata Contest –  Pascucci Court

6:30 -7:15 pm     Musical entertainment.. St. Peter’s Square… featuring  Jimmy Geany

7:15 p.m…….    Awards Ceremony – Trophies awarded to winners of the Sports Events

8:30 p.m……    Musical Entertainment –  St. Peter’s Park featuring  Paul London

11:00 p.m……  Raffle Drawings and Closing Procession

Save the Date:  Next Year….
St. Peter’s Fiesta, 90th Anniversary, June 21 – June 25, 2017


BREAKING NEWS: Tickets just went on sale for Henri Smith feat. Charles Neville in Beverly Aug 19

Gloucester’s Henri Smith returns to Beverly on August 19 after headlining last year’s wildly successful Beverly Block Party! For this summer’s Mardi-Gras themed concert at Beverly’s Vittori-Rocci hall, Henri welcomes Grammy-winners Charles Neville and Amadee Castenell with a special appearance by the New England Nevilles featuring Charles Neville with his two sons: keyboardist Khalif and drummer Talyn.

This concert features reserved seats (get them here) with plenty of room to dance in the aisles with Henri, the New England Nevilles and the whole band during the traditional Second Line.

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ This Week’s very Special Guest: J.B. Amero 7-10pm @ The Rhumb Line 6.22.2016

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, June 22nd – 7pm
Musical Guest: J.B AMERO!

jb amero

Deep soul magic. Perhaps the most popular performer we
have here on Cape Ann… the great J.B. graces our presence
as we kick off Fiesta this Wednesday. We start at 7, but I’d
say come early. A crowd is expected. ~ 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!
6/29 – Fly Amero & Arizona Friends

7/6 – Toni Ann

7/13 -Jon Butcher

7/20 – John Rockwell

Looking forward……to seeing you there:-)

Ice Trampoline Challenge – Who is up for it?

Our son John came up with this challenge the other day with @ 10 LB of Cape Pond Ice but this time they bumped up the challenge with 40LB of ice.  Melissa Cox has agreed to the the Ice Trampoline Challenge after Fiesta – anyone else up for the Challenge?  John will shot, edit and post your Trampoline Ice Challenge Video.

If you want to see more of John’s videos (including Gloucester GoPro videos) subscribe to his Youtube Channel here.  Please like his videos too


Thomas E. Lannon – Celtic Music Sail

IMG_0004Captain Heath Ellis of the schooner Thomas E. Lannon and Michael O’Leary’s Celtic Music provided a great sail into a beautiful sunset and moon rise of the June Strawberry moon.




Solar Voyager: Gloucester to Lisbon Needs your Help!

Two days ago as Solar Voyager was whirring along under solar power from Gloucester to Lisbon 60 miles south of Sable Island and something happened. One of two motors conked out and it was tossed around, submerged a bit, maybe dragged by something. Two days later the motor is still out. The most likely explanation is that fishing line is wrapped around a propeller.

After two days I'm getting a little dizzy!

After two days I’m getting a little dizzy!

Last night Solar Voyager tweeted: “We could really use some help! Anyone know anyone who fishes in the Grand Banks or has a boat in Nova Scotia?


If you know anyone in the area fishing you can find the GPS coordinates refreshed ever 15 minutes here. Leave comments on this post if you think you might know someone. There is only a 7 knot breeze and 1 foot waves so it should be easy to spot. Think of a large aluminum kayak painted blue. I doubt there are many that size out there.

[edit] add photo of props (photo is from the Gloucester High School Sailing Facebook page)

[second edit] Read comments from Solar Voyager.

One prop jammed and the rudder is not happy either. Line might be wrapping a prop and dangling off hitting the rudder.

One prop jammed and the rudder is not happy either. Line might be wrapping a prop and dangling off hitting the rudder.

They call her “Queen of the Blues” ~ Toni Lynn Washington Joins The Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 6.16.2016



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Dave says,

The bases are loaded this Thursday as I Welcome Ms. Toni Lynn Washington to the Rhumb Line stage. A veritable living legend in the Boston area, Ms. T is sure to have your Adam’s apple bobbing with delight. I know she’ll hit it out of the park, too, with such luminaries as Mr. Mike DiBari, the mentalist of the blues, on catarrh, and Mr. Steve Bankuti,the drummer whose line is always busy!
It’s her first time here in town, so come early and stay late! You’ll be quizzed on this next week!




40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

Nichole’s Picks 6/18 + 6/19

Pick #1: Father’s Day Weekend Campout at the Crane’s Estate with REI.

Read all about it HERE     For Trustees members only…so sign up now if you haven’t already.

Adult $45 and Child $25.  Registration Required 

Spend an adventure-filled weekend camping at the Crane Estate! Our special site in the Pine Grove is an ideal location for both experienced campers and first-timers. This overnight includes a choice of optional programs and activities on Saturday afternoon, which may include a Great Marsh Creek Walk, a Dune Hike through the Crane Wildlife Refuge, a Guided Kayak Paddle in Essex Bay, or a Scavenger Hunt for the little ones. Of course you are also free to simply lounge on the beach, or explore the property on your own. Bring a bag lunch for Saturday. REI will teach us how to make a delicious, nutritious camp out supper – and we’ll follow that with s’mores around the campfire on Saturday night. A light breakfast will be provided on Sunday morning. After you pack up on Sunday morning, you are welcome to spend Sunday afternoon at the beach (parking in the lot by the Barn only).


Pick #2:  Connors Farm Strawberry Festival, Danvers

Always a favorite kick-off to summer!


Saturday, June 18, 2016 – 9am to 6pm (Rain date Sunday, June 19, 2016)

$7.95 Admission per Person, 2 and under are free.

(A Portion of the Proceeds Benefit Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana Farber)

Note: Everyone must pay the $7.95 fee for entrance to pick your own and all festivities

Activities Included with $7.95 admission: The Boston Rockabilly Band LIVE from Noon to 4pm, Jumping Pillow, Farm Animals, Hayrides, Cow Train, Grain Train, Duck Races, Pedal Carts & more!

Additional charge for: Food, Our Famous Strawberry Shortcake, BBQ Food, Pick Your Own Strawberries, Pony Rides, Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate and Face Painting.



Pick #3:  Arts Fest Beverly


Saturday, June 18th, 2016         10am-4pm on Cabot Street

NEW – Arts Fest is expanding – Cabot St will be closed from Judson to Bow St

Rain or Shine

Join us at Arts Fest on Saturday, June 18th from 10am-4pm. New this year, Arts Fest has expanded to include one more block of Cabot Street. Artist tents will be set up all the way from Judson Street to Bow Street. For fourteen years, Arts Fest has brought fine artisans and crafters downtown for a free festival that attracts thousands of shoppers and visitors. Artist tents will be set up with jewelry, clothing, furniture, paintings, photographs, pottery and more for sale. The free event also showcases live painting and local performers. There is plenty of fun for the whole family!


Pick #4:  Family Fishing Festival at Endicott Park, Danvers

Saturday, June 18th @ 10:00 a.m.


This festival is cosponsored by the MassWildlife Angler Education Program and Danvers Recreation. This is a non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours – limited equipment and bait will be provided. This is a free event; however, all visitors are subject to a $1 resident vehicle or $3 non-resident vehicle user fee. Open to the public. For more information, please contact Christine Dean at (978) 774-6518 or Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or


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


Harbor Tour with Mayor Romeo Theken -8 copyright Kim SmithHarbor Tour with Mayor Romeo Theke -5n copyright Kim SmithThank you to Mayor Romeo Theken, Pauline Bresnahan, and Captain Steve Douglass for a super fun tour of Gloucester Harbor this morning. A tour of Gloucester’s harbor aboard the M/V Lady Gillian is a fantastic way to experience the waterfront. It’s actually a shuttle and costs only ten dollars for an adult ticket, children are five dollars, and kids under six ride for free. You can take the round trip, which takes about an hour, or you can ride between destinations, all day long. The Water Shuttle connects Gloucester’s two cultural districts, Harbortown and Rocky Neck, with points of arrival and departure at Maritime Gloucester, The Gloucester House Restaurant, Saint Peter’s Town Landing, and more. Visit the Harbor Tours website here for a map, hours of operation, and tour schedule.

Harbor Tour with Mayor Romeo Theken -3 copyright Kim Smith

Harbor Tour with Mayor Romeo Theken -7 copyright Kim SmithMayor Romeo Theken, Pauline Bresnahan, Rosaria Gaimbanco Floyd, Marianne Giambanco Pacquette, Grace Numerosi, Nina Goodick, Rosalie Favazza, Pierina LoContro, Rosa Palazollo, Geriann Palazolla, Donna Ardizonni, Manny Simoes, Kathy Santuccio, Susan Canning, and Roseanne CodyBeauport Hotel Greasy Pole copyright Kim Smith


Love the Giambanco Sisters❤️

A video posted by Kim Smith (@kimsmithdesigns) on

The last photo in the gallery shows the new handicapped ramp at Pavillion Beach, given by Beauport Hotel

Harbor Tour with Mayor Romeo Theken -9 copyright Kim SmithCaptain Dave Marciano’s Hard Merchandise

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ Tonight’s Musical Guest: Bill Gleason 7-10pm 6.15.2016


rlineThis week’s dinner specials:
American Chop Suey – $9.95
and/or Grilled “Day Boat” Scallops – $14.95

Wednesday, June 15th – 7pm
Musical Guest: BILL GLEASON!


bill gleason

Think he don’t mean it? Think again. He does. Without a
doubt, Bill Gleason is the best we’ve ever had when it
comes to raw, genuine American blues. I’ve been kickin’
around here for a long, long time, folks… an’ I ain’t never
seen nothin’ close. ~ 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!
6/22 – J.B. Amero

6/29 – Fly Amero & Arizona Friends

7/6 – Toni Ann

7/13 -Jon Butcher

7/20 – John Rockwell

Looking forward……to seeing you there:-)

Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 6/13/16



Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

Joey C

A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

The web address will be

To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.

Pigeon Cove Circle Rummage Sale

June 12, 2016 ~ judithharris







9:00 ‘TIL 1:00








Thacher Island Association 2016 Annual Meeting

June 12, 2016 ~ saintgee74

The Thacher Island Association Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 21 at 7pm at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway in Rockport. The public is invited and admission is free.

An entertaining presentation of the work completed on both Thacher and Straitsmouth Islands in 2015 along with a special video on recent activity and plans for 2016 on Straitsmouth Island. Refreshments will be served.

Check our web site at

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Halibut Point tour

June 12, 2016 ~ judithharris

Local Foods Local Places — Big meetings Wed and Thursday

Image ~ June 12, 2016 ~ Joey C


Hopper’s Houses Walking Tour at the Cape Ann Museum

June 10, 2016 ~ Cape Ann Museum

Saturday, June 11

10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.


Image credit: Edward Hopper, Sun on Prospect Street (Gloucester, Mass), 1934, 
oil on canvas (Cincinnati Art Museum).

This special walking tour will explore the neighborhood surrounding the Museum, which includes many of the Gloucester houses immortalized by Hopper’s paintings.

Guided walking tours are held rain or shine and last about 1½ hours; participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time. $10 members; $20 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; reservations required. Call (978)283-0455 x10 or email for details. Tickets can also be purchased online at Eventbrite.

Not a member of the Museum? Join now and get discounted tickets to all our events!

American realist painter Edward Hopper is known to have painted in Gloucester on five separate occasions during the summer months in the years 1912, 1923, 1924, 1926 and 1928. During his second visit to Cape Ann in 1923, Hopper courted the young artist Josephine Nivison. He also began working in watercolor, capturing the local landscape and architecture in loosely rendered, light filled paintings. In 1924, Hopper and Nivison who were newly married returned to Gloucester on an extended honeymoon and continued to explore the area by foot and streetcar.

Upcoming Hopper’s Houses Walking Tours: June 25, July 1, July 23, July 30, August 12, August 27

Rubber Duck Public Service Announcement #8

Rubber Duck was ranting this morning. Went fishing off the rocks and all we caught was a dozen helium balloons with “Happy Birthday” on them. I tried to cast out to snag them before they headed off to Lisbon, Portugal, nailed them but they slipped off the hook. A Kayak fisherman paddled over and I hooked him and he then paddled out and hooked the balloons.

Rubber Duck could not wait to slay the balloons.

Rubber Duck could not wait to slay the balloons.

Even with no opposable thumbs Rubber Duck slew the balloons, sucked out the helium and pretended she was Donald Duck.

Even with no opposable thumbs Rubber Duck slew the balloons, sucked out the helium and pretended she was Donald Duck.

These balloons suck. It is not like they are going to float out there and kill a hundred fish. But eventually they break down in the water into shiny bits and fish eat them. Turtles eat them. Birds eat them. So yes, you could be killing quite a few aquatic animals. Could someone tell Supermarkets in Gloucester they shouldn’t sell them? Worcester? Fine, chances are slim they make it to the coast. But not in a coastal community.

Give it up Rubber Duck.

Keep your day job Rubber Duck.

ps. WAZZAT #38, although many good guesses, remains unsolved.

pps. OMG I just realized it is Donna’s Birthday today!! Happy Birthday Donna. I will bring over the slain birthday balloons to celebrate. Since you are the queen of the 1 Hour At A Time Gang you will appreciate that they are no longer fouling our ocean and we can unceremoniously stuff them in a Gloucester DPW Yellow Bag!

Wazzat? (#38)

There is a perfectly good explanation. First to comment the full reason gets a rare original pink Good Morning Gloucester bumper sticker signed by RD.

[edit] Adding Hint #1: This activity involved Rockport Police Radar. (It could have been any town but right now much easier in Rockport.)



Funny Girl at NSMT grabs you and won’t let go!

Shoshana Bean is Fanny Brice in North Shore Music Theatre’s production of FUNNY GIRL playing thru June 19, 2016. Photo © Paul Lyden

Every once in a while a live show delivers a truly moving theatre experience.  North Shore Music Theatre‘s production of Funny Girl is it.  This musical has everything you’d want in an evening out: It’s funny, heartwarming, music is stellar and the dancing is engaging — especially the tap.

Most importantly, the star, Shoshana Bean, grabs you from the moment she enters the stage and keeps hold of your emotions while she beckons your hopes, dreams and fears to go along with her on a wild ride through the early 20th century life of Zeigfeld Follies star Fanny Brice.

Shoshana Bean (who was the first replacement actress for the role of Elphaba on Broadway in the musical Wicked) has a gorgeous voice and is perfectly cast in the role made famous by Barbara Streisand on Broadway in 1964 and on film in 1968.  Bean is an extraordinarily good actress whose physical comedy and timing make this NSMT show one of our favorites in a long time.  Even our son loved it and he’s jaded by having been around rock stars all his life!

Funny Girl is selling fast and only running through June 19th, so get your tickets right now, RIGHT HERE!!

Here’s live performance of Fanny Brice singing one of her hits just to get you in the mood  . . .

Mr. Gordon “Sax” Beadle Tonight @ The Rhumb Line’s “Dave Sag’s Blues Party” 8:30pm 6.9.2016


It’s a biggie! Yes, yes, Mr. Gordon “Sax” Beadle is back in town this Thursday, comin’ at you with his atom smashing style and vaporizing sorties. it’s always a big deal to play with this guy…always takes a couple of days to recover…like a couch. Just back from a tour of Atlantis, our pied piper is dragging in the same vibrating rhythm section as last week.


I’m talking Mr. Pete Henderson on catarrh and Forrest “Forrest ” Padgett on the defibrillators. It’s always a blast! Do come!


40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

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