Category Archives: Things to do

Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes, A.J. Croce, Rockport Jazz Fest & More @ Shalin Liu this month

This is it.  Right now.  August probably gives us, here in Gloucester, more entertainment choices than any other month — I haven’t really studied this, it just feels that way, but I’ll bet it’s true.

Shalin Liu‘s busy schedule is a prime example.  Many of their concerts are sold out, but here are a few choice shows we recommend, all of which have good seats left.

Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes this Thursday, August 6th.  They’re billing this show as ONE MAN, FIVE GUITARS AND TRUE ARTISTRY.  No kidding.  Get tickets here.

A.J. Croce next Wednesday, August 12.  Knowing he’s son of Jim Croce might be enough to get you there.  But you might as well just take it from Willie Nelson, who said, “A.J. Croce has wisdom beyond his years. With his music, he represents his generation with a profound sense of honesty in his lyrics and quality in his delivery. The future of entertainment is safe in his hands!”

And then there’s the Rockport Jazz Festival from August 13-16, featuring one of my newest friends, Sean Jones, on August 15.  Sean was Henri Smith’s special guest at Saturday’s Block Party in Beverly and let’s just say he owned the crowd of thousands, who showed up.  Expect great things from Sean Jones over the next few years!

Kamsihibai Storytelling at Abi’s Art Studio with Rachel Grinstead-Babson

Kamishibai Lady Storytelling at Abi’s Art Studio in Lanesville
1073 Washington St.  01930
August 3 – August 28
Monday & Wednesday at 10 and 12
Tuesday at 1:30
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*Kamishibai is a fun storytelling experience from Japan for kids from 3-10. At Abi’s Art Studio we tell stories, play games and create our own Kamishibai Stories to take home and share with friends and family.
Parents can drop-off or stay and play with us, $12 a visit.

This Saturday! The Gloucester Blues Festival 2015 August 8th 11am to 7:30 pm @ Cressy’s Beach

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Spread the word…The fourth annual Gloucester Blues Festival  is this Saturday, August 8 2015 ON THE BEACH AT STAGE FORT PARK…. Tickets $28 The last day of sale in advance price is Monday 8.3.2015 then  $40 at the gate. Check out the lineup and listen to the great mix of musicians! See You There!

click here for info and tickets > https://gloucesterbluesfestival.com/

Here’s the line up

JUKE JOINT FIVE 11:00am
ALEXIS P. SUTER 11:45
ALBERT CASTIGLIA 1:00
MITCH WOODS 2:15
JOANNA CONNOR 3:30
LITTLE ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS 4:50
SUGAR BLUE 6:15

FYI:
PARKING- City owned parking lot for 1100 cars, $15.00 fee,
beside the festival grounds
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION:
CATA (978)283-7916 Shuttle trolley “park n ride” with stops between Stage Fort park, downtown,and Good Harbor Beachhttp://www.canntran.com/Trolley.cfm
Gloucester Taxi – (978)283-0099
Lighthouse Taxi & Livery Service – (978)281-6161
A-1 Airport Livery of Cape Ann – (978)281-8121

MBTA COMMUTER TRAINShttp://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/
leave regularly from Boston’s North Station,
exit 75 Railroad Avenue in downtown Gloucester.

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photo by Joanne Silva  Gloucester Blues Festival 2014

Check out last years festival photos. https://www.flickr.com/photos/joey_grl/sets/72157646528871617

Gloucester’s 57th Sidewalk Bazaar August 6th, 7th and 8th

Joe, the Gloucester Downtown Association is proud to once again organize the Gloucester’s 57th Sidewalk Bazaar.  The Bazaar features Shopping, Deals and Steals, Crafts, Art, Food and Music.  The date is August 6th, 7th and 8th from 9:00 to 5:00 PM. We will have Kid’s Activities, Roaming Railroad, Non Profits, and Something for Everyone! See you all there.

Joe Ciolino

Director – Gloucester Downtown Association. 

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Once in a Blue Moon….

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“Once in a blue moon someone comes along that you’ll never forget.” ~ Unknown

How true this is! Tonight truly marks something special and it is; the Blue Moon!

“One of the most special aspects of this moon is that we won’t have another blue moon month until 2018. For many of us, we will be receiving our last bits of a long awaited wake-up call that actually began back in 2012, far before most of us were aware of the changes that were developing.” for citation click here

After having a stressful month my good friend Heather Ann Northcott posted an article on my facebook status and it made so much sense. I absolutely believe things happen for a reason and they do so when stars are aligned.

This is a great read. Enjoy!

 

 

Beverly’s Block Party vs Gloucester’s Block Party – Contrast & Compare!

Perhaps it’s worth a trip to Beverly tomorrow to see how they do their Block Parties (info here). There are some differences between theirs and ours in Gloucester, notably that the entire area is fenced and you can walk down the street drinking a beer (or wine).  Music is only on 2 stages and Gloucester’s own Henri Smith headlines the Beverly Bank Stage tomorrow, featuring Sean Jones (new, young chair of Berklee’s Brass Department) and Salem’s Henley Douglas, Jr.

Something new in Beverly for tomorrow is an AFTER PARTY at 9:30pm hosted by The Cabot featuring Beverly born comedian Dave Rattigan, an intimate New Orleans concert by Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours with Grammy-winner Amadee Castenell added to the bill along with other performers from the Block Party and a Taste of Beverly’s Best Late Night Snacks competition with food from Beverly Favorites: The Wild Horse, Gloria’s, The Indo, Freeda’s and Calibasil.

So check it all out, then come back here and tell us what you think . . .

 

 

Today’s Menu for The Cape Ann Farmers Market

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Sista Felicia’s Kitchen Menu

Captain Joe’s Lobster Chowder
Muddicca Steak Sandwich
Tomato Cucumber Salad
Sista Felicia’s Sweet Tea

Marshalls Farm Stand & Sista Felica’s Kitchen look forward to seeing you this afternoon at todays Cape Ann Farmers Market!

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Captain Joe’s Lobster Chowder ~ Captain Joe’s Fresh Cape Ann Lobster served up in Dairy Based Chowder, with Farm Fresh Corn, Onion, & Potato, & Topped with Crispy Bacon & Farm Fresh Chive

***Allergy Warning–  Contains Seafood , Lobster, Dairy, Bacon, Corn, Onion, Potato, Chive, Wine***

m5Muddicca Steak Sandwich ~ Grilled Sicilian Breadcrumb Crusted Steak Cutlets Served on Italian Bread with Sista Felicia’s Famous Basil Pesto (Pesto Contains Pine Nuts), Farm Fresh Red Roasted Peppers & Provolone Cheese

***Allergy Warning– Contains Italian bread, Cheese, Meat, Nuts, Lemon, Garlic, Italian Seasonings, Dairy, Olive Oil, Red Pepper, Basil***
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Tomato Cucumber Salad ~ Farm Fresh Tomato, Cucumber, & Red Onion Salad Dressed in Olive Oil &  Oregano Vinaigrette Dressing

** Allergy Warnings– Ingredients;  Farm Fresh Tomato, Cucumber & Red Onion, Olive Oil, Oregano, Salt Pepper, Sugar***

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Sista Felicia’s Sweet Tea~ Infused with Mint & Lemon

** Allergy Warning– Tea, Sugar, Lemon, Mint***

*Disclaimer: Pricing & Availability Subject to Change*
***Please Notify Your Server Of Any Food Allergies Before Placing Order***
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Marshalls Farm Stand Fresh Produce

Fresh picked Corn, tomatoes,  kale,beets,carrots, zucchini, summer squash, lettuce, raspberries, blueberries, basil, cilantro, dill, eggplant, cucumber, pickling cukes, sweet onions

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Nichole’s Picks 8/1 +8/2

August!  Yikes.  Slooooooow down, summer.

Pick #1     The Thomas E. Lannon

Thanks to Kim Smith for reminding us that kids sail free on Saturday mornings on the Thomas E. Lannon.  Take advantage of that great offer and receive one free child ticket for each adult ticket purchased.

Check out their website HERE!

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Pick #2  The Stage Fort Park CATA Trolley Shuttle

Thanks to Joey for reminding us that the CATA Trolley departs from Stage Fort park and makes stops all around Gloucester.  Parking at Stage Fort is FREE if you are riding the shuttle and ticket prices are the best take around at only $1 or $3 to hop on and off all day long!  Seriously!

The boys and I will often grab some smoothies and an ice coffee and just go for the round trip ride around the Cape to kill some time.  Totally an awesome thing to do….and even better if you want to hop off at Harbor Loop for a bit, or spend some time at Good Harbor Beach without the hassle (or cost) of parking, or walk around Rocky Neck and grab a bite to eat or an ice cream.  My only wish is that it was available on weekdays too!  For now, it is just weekends and holidays.

See Joey’s post HERE

And see the official website HERE

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Pick #3  Beverly Homecoming

Welcome to the 50th annual Beverly Homecoming celebration!

Join us as we celebrate the 50th annual Beverly Homecoming from July 29th – August 9th!  Over the past 50 years Homecoming has grown to include over 40 events for individuals and families, both young and old, including everyone’s favorite lobster festival on Wednesday, August 5th! See you there!

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Find much more information HERE

Pick #4  Salem Heritage Days

Find ALL the information you’ll need and see the SCHEDULE OF EVENTS, HERE

Heritage Days kicks off this year with the 27th Annual Salem Maritime Festival at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site on Derby Wharf from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The 27th Salem Maritime Festival will host an exciting array of free family fun festivities, including free harbor cruises, traditional craft demonstrations, and children’s activities. Come cruise, sail, paddle, and row through four centuries of Salem maritime history. Explore the Friendship of Salem and visiting vessels.  It doesn’t stop there folks, there are also three different events happening at the Willows on Saturday.  Be entertained by the Bridgin G.A.P.S. concert with performances ranging from local and non-local recording artists, live bands, dance groups, poets and other performance beginning at noon and running until 6:00 p.m. The Firemen’s Muster takes place at 12:30 p.m. where crews will compete to throw the longest stream of water with an antique hand pumped fire engine.  Clown Day will be also be happening from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. where clowns will be on hand all day to make balloon figures for your children, get their face painted and let them be entertained by a special performance at 2:30pm.

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

MOTH at the Gloucester Stage Company August 3rd and 4th

The Gloucester Stage Apprentice Program,an intensive, hands-on program, provides eight recent college graduates early career opportunities through apprenticeships in playwriting, directing, dramaturgy/education, stage management/production, stage management/costume design, scenic design/carpentry, and marketing as well as offering real world experience in a professional theatre. mothposter

Open House at the White-Ellery House Saturday August 1st

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The Cape Ann Museum, which owns and operates this historic property, will open the White-Ellery House on Saturday, August 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Museum docents and staff will be on hand to educate the public about the unique house and its history. The house is located at 245 Washington Street at the corner of Poplar Street in Gloucester and is open to the public at no charge on the first Saturday of the month from May through October as part of Escapes North 17th Century Saturdays. Parking is available off Poplar Street in the field behind the house.

The White-Ellery House was built in 1710 and is one of just a handful of First Period houses in Eastern Massachusetts that survives to this day. Unlike other structures of this period, the largely unfurnished house has had very few interior alterations over the years. Stepping inside today, visitors enter much the same house they would have 300 years ago.

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Ed Note- I was looking for a photo to go with this post for the Cape Ann Museum and found all photos through a Google image search. What history lies behind these walls!42_thumb

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OMG did you really wait ’till the last minute to get your Gloucester Blues Fest Tix? Save $12 get them now!

So … saving $12/ticket means nothing to you?  Really?  Here’s the thing: Advance sales END on Monday.  It’s a NO BRAINER to get your tickets RIGHT NOW — RIGHT HERE and save money! 

Every year the Gloucester Blues Festival gets better and better.  Next Saturday (Aug 8th) is your only chance to see major blues stars LIVE IN GLOUCESTER on the same stage.  Here’s a little taste of what you can expect from one of the SEVEN bands, Mitch Woods, who will ROCK stage Fort Park like you’ve never heard it done before!

 

Edward Hopper’s Houses ~ A Guided Walking Tour Saturday August 1st

A tour in downtown Gloucester to view houses immortalized by renowned American realist painter Edward Hopper

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (July 21, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a guided walking tour of select Gloucester houses made famous by American realist painter Edward Hopper onSaturday, August 1 at 10:00 a.m. Tours last about 1 1/2 hours and are held rain or shine. Participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time. Cost is $10 for Cape Ann Museum members; $20 for nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited and reservations are required. Email info@capeannmuseum.org or call (978) 283-0455 x10 for more information or to reserve a space. The Hopper’s Houses tour will also be offered on August 7, August 15 and August 22.

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. His earliest visit in 1912 was made in the company of fellow artist Leon Kroll. 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. During his final two visits to the area, in 1926 and 1928, Hopper produced some of his finest paintings. This special walking tour will explore the neighborhood surrounding the Museum, which includes many of the Gloucester houses immortalized by Hopper’s paintings.

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KIDS SAIL FREE Aboard the Schooner Lannon on Saturdays!

KIDS 16 AND UNDER SAIL FREE
ABOARD THE SCHOONER THOMAS E. LANNON IN JULY AND AUGUST! 
Don’t let the summer slide by without taking advantage of this fantastic deal. On Saturday mornings in July and August, the Schooner Lannon offers a special sail geared for families. On the 10 AM-12 PM sail, kids (16 and under) sail for free.  Each kid must be accompanied by an adult. Each adult must pay full fare for his or her ticket. No other discounts apply. The Lannon sets sail from Seven Seas Wharf at the Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 rear Rogers St., Rt. 127, Gloucester.
Tickets are $40/adults, $35/seniors and normally $27.50 for kids. Reservations are taken not more than two weeks in advance. Go to www.schooner.org/book-online or call(978) 281-6634 for information and reservations. All aboard!
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