Category Archives: Things to do

Last day for Gloucester Bingo

Wishing all good luck with Gloucester Bingo.  I have two rows, maybe I will win. 

The Gloucester Downtown Association

    Gloucester Bingo    Come downtown, support our local small businesses and have a bit of fun.   You may have heard that Boston created “Boston Bingo” as a means to jump start their local economy…well, we are having some fun with “Go Fish/Gloucester”!  We thought this could be a great promotion for Gloucester too and we would love for you to participate with us.   We are creating a “bingo” sheet with 20 or so general categories where one or more blocks could be satisfied by shopping/dining in your business.    An example of a few categories are:

 

 

  • Snag a sparkly piece of jewelry
  •   Upcycle something (buy something used)
  • Enjoy a drink with a friend
  •   Grab a sweet treat, pastry or cookie
  •   Visit a downtown bookstore
  • Buy a Glosta themed Tshirt or item
  •    Purchase a Mother’s Day gift
  • Ahoy! Buy something nautical

The plan is for this promotion to run from April 22 through May 22 .   On April 22 there will be 6,500 inserts in the Gloucester Daily Times and we are planning a media/social media blitz to get the word out.   Once complete there will be a few  locations to drop off their bingo sheet and be entered in two different raffles.  A winning card will enter players in a raffle with prizes such as having lunch with Mayor Sefatia, a trip for two on the Ardelle, a Maritime Gloucester membership and we are working on other prizes from local businesses.  If you would like to donate a prize, please let us know.       Submitting a card with one line completed in any direction counts as one entry into a raffle, while a card that is completely filled out will see the player entered into the grand prize raffle.  Winners drawn from the raffle will have their choice of all the prizes available at that point with grand prize winners having first pick.
We truly think this is a fun and creative way for engaging our customers and thanking them for supporting their local businesses.

 

 

Throw Yourself to the Wolves

When I did my “Picks” post yesterday I wanted to include a fun event at the one and only Wolf Hollow, but I wasn’t able to confirm until this morning that it is indeed happening.  Didn’t want to steer anyone in the wrong direction!

This Sunday, May 24th, Wolf Hollow will be hosting “Family Fun Fest”.

The event takes place from 11:00-3:00 and includes activities such as:

Educational presentations every hour

Children’s games and activities

Pizza from Ipswich House of Pizza

Snow cones from the Kona Shaved-Ice Truck

AND, last but certainly not least, free samples of local brew served up from the Ipswich Ale Brewery. Not for the kiddos though.

Read all about Wolf Hollow HERE

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Inside a Birdhouse ~ Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork!

Patrick Dougherty Stickwork Peabody Essex -5 w ©Kim Smith 2015Today driving along Route 1A I passed the fabulous and fantastic Patrick Dougherty enormous two-story tall birdhouses in the midst of downtown Salem. I did a double take and turned around. They are simply extraordinary. Although a work in progress, it must have been lunch break because the site was empty of people. I would have loved to have met the artist and see the volunteers at work but it was a magical experience to walk through and around the birdhouses with no one present. Especially captivating was peering out from the round windows towards the passersby from inside the structures–evoking the feel of being a bird in its nest. GO SEE!!!!

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Looking up through the skylight.

“Stickwork” by Patrick Dougherty is under construction, with the help of local volunteers, through May 23rd. The finished structures will remain on the grounds of the Crowninshield-Bentley House for one year. The Crowninshield-Bentley House is located at the corner of Essex and Washington Streets and is owned by the Peabody Essex Museum. “Stickwork” is the first environmental art installation under the museum’s Present Tense Initiative. For more information visit pem.org/stickwork.

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The birdhouses are made of saplings from unwanted wood such as Norway maple and buckthorn.

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Get ready for the joint to be rockin! “Mr. Nick and The Dirty Tricks” @ The Rhumb Line’s Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30-11:30pm 5.21.2015

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Dave says,

I got a new group for ya this Thursday: Mr. Nick and the Dirty Tricks, minus one, that is, since I’ll be playing instead of their bassist. Apparently he’s suffering from a French foreign lesion. Wish him well! Mr. Nick is a well known harmonicat, although not around these parts, so cheer him on! He has the Q-Tip ability to ream out the smallest spaces in your cortical processes and will create a disturbance in your mind. Believe me!

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http://www.thedirtytricks.com/about

He’s bringing along his longtime gootarist in the form of Mr. “Lonely” Gus Carlson, a fine player and vocalist as well as Mr.Rick Russo, on drums and vocals, too. I brought these cats in the night of last year’s Horrible’s Parade and they tore the joint apart! Come see for yourself!
And Saturday night, I’ll be down to Carlo’s on the loop, whooping it up with that Perry Combover Award winning vocalist and jongleur, Mr. John Keegan and the local faves: Madhouse. Yes, Carlo’s is open and we expect to have a wonderful evening, since we’ve been rehearsing all winter!  See you there!

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

http://www.therhumbline.com/

Nichole’s Picks for 5/23 and 5/24

Pick #1

They’re open, they’re open.  Thatcher and Finn have been asking me for weeks when Maritime Gloucester will be opening for the season and I can finally tell them…and you…that their aquarium and exhibits are opening for the season on May 23rd!

Check out Maritime Gloucester HERE!

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Pick #2

The Newburyport Spring Festival!  Read all about it HERE 

Held Sunday & Monday of Memorial Day Weekend. Celebrate the season in downtown Newburyport! Enjoy great live music, art, fine crafts, and food from Newburyport’s best restaurants.

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Pick #3

The Peabody Essex Museum.

This is always a fantastic place to spend the day, but I’m super intrigued by a new exhibit that they have on display and I can’t wait to go see it.

Read about the exhibit here:  Stickwork:  Patrick Dougherty

Check out more of the artist’s incredible work here!

Patrick Dougherty bends, weaves and flexes saplings into architectural sculptures that dynamically relate to the landscape and built environment around them. Over the last 30 years, he has created more than 250 works throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Constructed from saplings collected by area volunteers, the natural structure will provide dramatic counterpoint to the highly finished wood-frame Crowninshield-Bentley House that dates to the early 18th century. This is the first time PEM has commissioned an outdoor sculptural installation.

From the PEM website

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

You can be on James Montgomery’s new CD

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Tomorrow (5/21), you can be in the audience when the James Montgomery Band records a new live CD right down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.

This concert (and the CD) will also raise money for James Montgomery’s foundation V is for Veterans, which focuses on helping disabled veterans.  James donated most of the tickets to veterans organizations and the VA hospital, but you can still buy tickets here.

James will be joined by David Hull (from Aerosmith & The Joe Perry Project) on bass, Cliff Goodwin (from the Joe Cocker Band) on guitar and Jeff Thompson on drums.  Young, rising country stars Whitney Doucet (who sang with Keith Urban) and Lexi James open.

Be sure to scream and shout and clap loud enough to be heard on the CD, so when it comes out you can get one and play it for your friends — fast forwarding through the songs and waiting for the applause, of course.

Here’s a video of James the last time he was at The Larcom.  Notice the crowd in the middle of the song … this could be YOU!

Click here to read an excellent Boston Herald interview with James — especially the part where he talks about B.B. King!

Gang Of Thieves Friday May 22 @ MinglewoodAtLat43 ~ You do not want to miss this band…seriously!

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These legendary Vermont Rockers are bringing the funky
fury back to Gloucester this Friday! If you missed them last time, this is your chance!

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High energy is the hallmark of Burlington, VT’s Gang of Thieves. Their sound and energy is a cross between Led Zeppelin and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with a funky blast of Green Mountain soul thrown in the mix. The key to their appeal is the infectious sense of fun and showmanship, delivered with a hint of spiritual and political awareness, without any of preachy self-righteousness. With a live show that will leave you screaming and exhausted from your nose to your rump, these up and coming rock stars will leave you begging for more!

These Green Mountain rockers have won over diverse audiences coast-to-coast, opening for the likes of Skid Row on the one hand, and up-and-coming jam band Twiddle on the other. The Gang was also recently nominated for “Rock Act of the Year” by the 2013 New England Music Awards, and Best Funk Group by 7 Days “Seven Daysies” contest.

“Gang of Thieves, you’ve really done it this time. Soaring guitars,
early 90s grunge style vocals, Flea level basslines, and a mix of funk and rock to make a party a rager… you [gave] us Thunderfunk and it’s just another damn level.”
-John Powell, http://www.angelica-music.com

Check them out here: http://www.thegangofthieves.com/#about-1

This will be one of the most exciting shows you will see this month!

Wednesdays with Fly Amero @The Rhumb Line – Special Guest: Chick Marston 5.20.2015

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Dinner Specials Every Week!

Wednesday, May 20th – 8pm
Special Guest: CHICK MARSTON!

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Traditional and contemporary folk music. Delta and ragtime
blues. Classic and old-time country. And, of course… sea
songs. Chick Marston is a master of all, with a pulsing
thumb-bass precise as a metronome. Such an incredible
study! We start at 8. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
Upcoming…
Dan King

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

 

SELL OUT ALERT: 35 seats left for Art Garfunkel @ Larcom This Sat 5/23

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Only 35 seats left for this very special evening with Art Garfunkel, one of popular music’s most revered icons.  Most of the seats are in the Balcony (get them here).  For this show, with only 2 people on stage, the seats at Balcony left and right (that normally offer a partially obstructed view) will be fine.  And they’re a bargain. Get them NOW!

Imagine seeing him and hearing his extraordinary voice in the intimate Larcom Theatre (right down the road in downtown Beverly) with gimmeLIVE’s perfect sound.

This will be Art Garfunkel’s only Boston area appearance on this tour.

It will certainly be an experience you won’t soon forget!  Don’t wait until tickets are gone.  Get them now, right here.

 

Still a few tickets left for Roomful of Blues Cruise aboard Beauport Princess on 6/13

THIS IS AN ALL AGES CONCERT CRUISE featuring the first ever appearance by these national recording stars aboard the Beauport Princess.  

Dance, dine and cruise historic Gloucester Harbor with 5-time Grammy nominees Roomful of Blues aboard the Beauport Princes Cruise Ship. Your ticket includes the concert PLUS a Gloucester Harbor Cruise and Party Buffet featuring their world famous Lobster Rolls! A full cash bar is available aboard the cruise ship.

GET YOUR TICKETS RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW — There are only about 50 tickets left.  Don’t wait!

Don’t Miss the Seaside Garden Club’s Plant Auction on Tuesday, May 19th at the Manchester Community Center

Doors open for a preview at 6:00 and the Auction begins promptly at 7:00. Don’t miss the chance to purchase the garden club’s prized perennials and beautiful one of a kind garden art. Donations from many local businesses will be auctioned off as well. Ryan & Wood Distilleries, Marshall’s Farm Stand, North Coast Too! Goose Cove Gardens, Sea Meadow Gifts are among the generous businesses that have donated their goods to the auction. A NOVA Star Cruise, including passage for 2 adults, a vehicle, dinner, breakfast and lunch will also be on the auction block!

Our board members and members have been hard at work dividing their tried and true perennial plants and creating garden art. Support the Seaside Garden Club and come home with great plants and garden art that will grace your garden with beauty for years to come! Light refreshments will be served.

This is the Seaside Garden Club’s only fund raiser and 100% of the proceeds go to fund our terrific programs throughout the year. The Seaside Garden Club meets the second Tuesday of every month, September through June at the Manchester Community Center.  Membership is open to all. Visit our blog at: http://seasidegardenclub.wordpress.com/

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Community Stuff 5/15/15

On Saturday, May 23 from 8 to 11 AM the annual Annisquam Sewing Circle Plant Sale will take place at the Annisquam Village Hall, 34 Leonard St., Annisquam.  The Sale will feature annuals, perennials, rose bushes, hanging baskets and more.  There will also be Bake Sale table laden with cakes, cookies and savories.  All proceeds will benefit Cape Ann community programs.

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New Tusinski Painting Showings

One of my goals is to bring my paintings to new locations. I am thrilled to announce that these fine art galleries will show my work this year:

Cove Gallery, Wellfleet & South Chatham, MA, www.CoveGallery.com
Eriksson Fine Art, Stowe, VT, www.ErikssonFineArt.com. Show: Aug 2015
Jules Place, Boston, MA, www.JulesPlace.com12th consecutive year showing
The Walsingham Gallery, Newburyport, MA, www.WalsinghamGallery.com

TRIO – 18″ x 48″ – Oil & Graphite on Canvas

Rockport this Summer

Motif No. 1 Day is this Saturday, May 16th. Come join the fun and see my newest works! Hint: I have painted smaller works just for this day, available only in the gallery.
Rockport First Fridays – Kick off your weekend by visiting the gallery on First Fridays, when the gallery is open until 8 pm on the first Friday of every month (through Oct. 2.)
And please stop by the gallery if you’re headed to Rockport. Tusinski Gallery is open from 11-5 every day with extended seasonal hours, except for Tuesday and Wednesday (open by chance or appointment .)
Rockport Art Association – Tusinski Gallery is proud to be a new member of the RAA. I strongly support their mission of making fine art appreciation available to all.


Hi Joey,

This Sunday, May 17 will see the second annual Gloucester May Celebration happen at 2:00 PM on the green in front of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church on Middle Street Gloucester.

This free, family-friendly event will run for about one hour or so and will feature group singing from song sheets as well as instruction for simple dances including Maypole dances.
Attendees are encouraged to wear festive clothing and flowers.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1564563153796378/

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Join us! Beginning Friday, May 22, Sargent House Museum will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with tours on the hour from 12 noon to 4 pm through Labor Day weekend.

Sargent House is proud to be a Blue Star Museum.*

The new Tour Reception Room features information about the early owners of the house and their families.  These families were ardent churchgoers, merchants and political leaders who took leadership roles in the community in the formation of state and national government both before and after the War of Independence.

AND, UPCOMING: 

Judith Speaks

on the lawn

Thurs. June 4, 5:30PM.

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The Goddesses help host Monday Night Open Jam at the Rhumb Line 9:30pm 5.18.2015

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WHAT: The Goddesses help host Monday Night Open Jam at the Rhumb Line
WHEN: Monday, May 18th
TIME: 9:30pm first set with The Goddesses
WHERE: The Rhumb Line (40 Railroad Avenue, Gloucester, MA)

Generous Gardeners – PLANT SALE TO BENEFIT GLOUCESTER EDUCATION FOUNDATION

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PLANT SALE TO BENEFIT GLOUCESTER EDUCATION  FOUNDATION

Stacy Boulevard near the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial, Gloucester, MA Saturday, May 16th 2015 from 8am –noon


Plant Donations Accepted
— Friday, May 16th, from 6pm-7pm at the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial

· Veggie Seedlings and Lettuce plants grown by 6th graders at O’Maley

· 19 varieties of tomatoes

· 15 varieties of peppers

· Hardy Gloucester Grown Perennials

Arrive early on Saturday for great bargains – $1.00 seedlings $2.00-$3.00 perennial plants! Help Gloucester Education Foundation and beautify your gardens. If you have a garden, please think about what perennials you have that may need to be divided and donate plants to our cause. Plant identification is helpful but not required.

All usable gardening items, plants, trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetable donations are welcome or contact Susan@GenerousGardeners.org to arrange pick up or drop off at an earlier date. Since all of the proceeds benefit GEF, you will get a tax deduction for whatever we earn from your plants.

Please contact Susan Kelly or 978-282-3306 if you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help. Also, if you need pots for your plants, we will be happy to provide them 

Nichole’s Picks 5/16 and 5/17

As with last weekend, Pick #1 was a piece of cake!

Get out and get your Rockport On!

Pick #1

MOTIF NO. 1 Day is a can’t miss day of fun, for sure!

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PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR EVENT DETAILS!

AND, HERE FORE A FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS!

Pick #2

Such a great month of events for you history buffs…or for anyone who hopes to share this piece of American History with their children.

Revolutionary Revelry in Lexington

SATURDAY, MAY 16th

Lexington Battle-Green BBQ Festival
11 am – 7 pm, $

Let the Battle Begin!  BBQ and Summer Food Vendors, New England Craft Beers on tap and Live Music! Admission benefits The LABBB Collaborative Schools for Special Needs Students!
Once inside food and beer may be purchased from vendors.

$5 Admission Fee, Kids 13 and under enter free! Food cost additional
At the corner of 1557 Massachusetts Avenue and Woburn Street, Lexington
Lexington BBQ Battle

Artists En Plein Air
10 am -2:00 pm, Free

Local artists will demonstrate their skills along the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway.  Watch as they create unique pieces and discuss their artistic process.

At Minuteman Commuter Bikeway sites between Hancock and Woburn Streets, Lexington
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Freedom’s Way Hidden Treasures
10 – 4 pm, Free

Hidden Treasures includes 45 towns in the Freedoms Way National Heritage Area. Free activities for intergenerational audiences to explore this area’s history, culture and nature. Lexington shows off the arts and culture “hidden treasures.” This event will spotlight Pop-up Art displays and performances, as well as guided, and self-guided walks around town and conservation lands.
Hidden treasure maps have been created for you to follow.

Along sections of the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway and at sites throughout Lexington
Freedom’s Way

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SUNDAY, MAY 17th

Lexington Battle-Green BBQ Festival
11 am – 7 pm, $

Let the Battle Begin!  BBQ and Summer Food Vendors, New England Craft Beers on tap and Live Music! Admission benefits The LABBB Collaborative Schools for Special Needs Students!
Once inside food and beer may be purchased from vendors.

$5 Admission Fee, Kids 13 and under enter free! Food cost additional
At the corner of 1557 Massachusetts Avenue and Woburn Street, Lexington
Lexington BBQ Battle

Freedom’s Way Hidden Treasures
10 – 4 pm, Free

Hidden Treasures includes 45 towns in the Freedoms Way National Heritage Area. Free activities for intergenerational audiences to explore this area’s history, culture and nature. Lexington shows off the arts and culture “hidden treasures.”  This event will spotlight Pop-up Art displays and performances, as well as guided, and self-guided walks around town and conservation lands.
Hidden treasure maps have been created for you to follow.

Along sections of the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway and at sites throughout Lexington
Freedom’s Way

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