Category Archives: Things to do

Sunday Afternoons are Getting Real Again at the new Blue Collar Lobster Co.

Many of you probably know by now that there is great new outdoor seating and a new restaurant area at the Gloucester House.  Named the Blue Collar Lobster Co., this new establishment stands to be a lot of fun on Sunday afternoons.  Think old school…like waaaay back to 1991ish.

Thatcher and I stopped by quickly today to take some pics and to grab a bite to eat.

Two crab races, two rounds of corn hole, one virgin pina colada, one margarita, a hotdog, and some great reggae songs later, we left thinking, “We’ll definitely have to go back with the rest of the family and some friends next week!”

Community Stuff 7/6/15

We have lost our small gray poodle.  His name is Little Guy, (LG)  His hair is cut to look like a mohawk. 

We let him outside to go to our backyard and he took off.  He is not wearing a collar. 

We are on Marshfield St. in West Gloucester.  If anyone finds him please contact us.  978-283-9759.

Thank you Joey for your help with this.  LG belongs to my mother who is visiting from PA.

Thanks again,

Eric Christensen

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Hi Joey,
Our annual online Auction to support the extensive outreach of The Annisquam Village Church is ready to launch!  It runs July 8 through July 22 and we have donations from all over Cape Ann that will make for lots of fun bidding. I have a poster that is going up around town, and we are hoping that you can post this on Good Morning Gloucester!  And bidding is easy by going to http://www.annisquamvillagechurch.org and there is a direct link to the Auction.
Thanks so much,
Nancy Guselli
Auction Chair

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The Friday July 10 GAAC meeting, 8:00 at the Lanesville Community Center, will feature astrophotographer extraordinaire Phil Orbanes with “Springtime for Galaxies,” an expansive, colorful look at the island universes all around us, unspeakably large and far away but connected directly and materially to us by the light they radiate. 

Galaxies, in their number and distance from us, test the limits of our understanding, but there they are nonetheless.
Phil’s presentation features a spectacular, lavishly illustrated look at 36 galaxies, alone, and in pairs and groups, culled from the areas between the Big Dipper and Virgo. Each galaxy, like our own, shines with the light of hundreds of billions of stars.
Phil will also be giving away, to one lucky person, a new copy of James Geach’s wonderful book “Galaxy,” and there will be a consolation drawing as well. We’re not going to tell you the prize; you’ll have to come in and take your chances. There’s big fun here folks, goodies to eat, great conversation, and an enlightening presentation on a stunning subject.
GAAC meets on the second Friday of the month at 8:00 pm at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street in the Lanesville neighborhood of Gloucester. GAAC is always free, no dues, fees or costs. Plenty of free parking.

More information on the club is available at http://gaac.us, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GAACpage, and on twitter, @GAACster.


Hi Everyone,
Happy 4th of July!
Our next Painter and Photographer Group Meeting will be held on Thursday, July 9, 6 -7:30 PM at Cape Ann Giclee, 20 Maplewood Ave.
Hope you can come . Be sure to bring something to share!
Alice Gardner

Get Your Skateboard On!: Live Blogging With Two Pretty Excellent Local Companies in Rockport!

The boys were psyched to stumble upon this action right now!  On the corner of Marmion Way and Richard’s Ave in Rockport, two local companies are joining forces for an afternoon of skateboarding fun.

Pulp and Fizz a local label that produces independently made music and who has a fantastic mission for doing good and helping artists thrive, and whom follows the motto “thoughtful provisions for living a life full of love, color and music” AND RESTOKE (forgive me for not knowing how to make that R backwards!!) “a lifestyle apparel brand created to inspire the pursuit to relive the stoke and NEVER STOP!” are currently setting up some pretty cool obstacle courses for boarders to tackle.

I look forward to doing a longer blog post to do these two great companies justice later on…

In the meantime, if you’re in the area…get on down there!

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Rockport Bonfire Aftermath

In 2011 Les Bartlett posted a photo on his website of dawn on July 5, 2011 and I have been fascinated ever since about what the bonfire is doing the day after. Click here for his shot and links to Les’s website.

This year it was as hot as ever. You could have roasted a Seaview Farm Grass fed Steer on these coals.

This year it was as hot as ever. You could have roasted a Seaview Farm Grass fed Steer on these coals.

So immature.

So immature.

There were 24 boats moored in Sandy Bay this year up from 4 last year when I took this photo.

There were 24 boats moored in Sandy Bay this year up from 4 last year when I took this photo.

Rockport 4th of July has everything.

There was a big announcement by the Continental Congress at 10 AM in Rockport Dock Square! Did anyone catch what that was about?

There was a big announcement by the Continental Congress at 10 AM in Rockport Dock Square! Did anyone catch what that was about?

Rubber Duck caught some black seabass while visiting Woods Hole yesterday and needs to make a tartar sauce for the deep fried bass chunks. Maybe one of these with some mayo will hit the spot.

Rubber Duck caught some black seabass while visiting Woods Hole yesterday and needs to make a tartar sauce for the deep fried bass chunks. Maybe one of these with some mayo will hit the spot.

Emily and Ken from Seaview Farms and Sarah from Sarah Kelly! Sarah says Seaview is grilling genuine cow parts that were grass fed in Rockport from 11AM to 1PM down at the Farmers Market in Rockport! I love the hamburger parts of the cow!

Emily and Ken from Seaview Farms and Sarah from Sarah Kelly! Sarah tipped Rubber Duck off that Seaview Farms is grilling genuine cow parts that were grass fed in Rockport at the market today. Grilling from 11AM to 1PM.  I love the hamburger parts of the cow! Ken also explained that the chickens with Rubber Ducks’s name on them are growing up fine. (The chickens are not named rubber duck. They are named Fried and Chicken and will be fried chicken in the fall.)

The bonfire is ready for the match at 9PM tonight but do not miss the food and fun and parade that starts at 6PM.

The bonfire is ready for the match at 9PM tonight but do not miss the food and fun and parade that starts at 6PM.

Ring side seats. Maybe since we are made of rubber we might move back a bit.

Ring side seats. Maybe since we are made of rubber we might move back a bit.

Melissa Abbott's bees made the honey but Melissa added the flowers of the rosa rugosa to make a special once in a lifetime specialty honey that will be gone soon so get on down to the market.

Melissa Abbott’s bees made the honey but Melissa added the flowers of the rosa rugosa to make a special once in a lifetime specialty honey that will be gone soon so get on down to the market every Saturday. Go now!.

Fun Shopping at the Magnolia Farmer’s Market

The Magnolia Farmer’s Market takes place every Monday from 4 – 7 on Lexington Avenue. When shopping at the Farmer’s Market take a look at the Lexicon Gallery, Cape Ann Auction, Magnolia’s Children’s shop and the other stores on the upcoming Lexington Avenue.

SELL-OUT ALERT: Only a few tickets left for James Montgomery Band aboard The Beauport Princess Cruise Ship tomorrow July 4th

James Montgomery – photo: Boston Herald

Tomorrow’s July 4th party cruise aboard Gloucester’s Beauport Princess Cruise Ship with blues icon James Montgomery and his band is nearly sold out.  If you want to go, you should probably click here RIGHT NOW.

 

The cruise boards at Cruiseport Gloucester at 7pm, departs at 8pm and returns at 10:30pm.  The Beauport Princess Cruise Ship has 2 enclosed decks, an open air top deck, 2 dance floors and three bars.  Your ticket includes the concert, Gloucester Harbor cruise and a lobster roll (chicken salad and veggie wraps available too.)

 

A fairly complete listing of July 4th parades, fireworks and other fun activities on the North Shore from North Shore Kid

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Hi Joey,

We’ve put together a fairly complete listing of July 4th parades, fireworks and other fun activities on the North Shore.  See the complete list here: http://northshorekid.com/category/events/holiday/july-4th

Enjoy!
~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

Sunset Tours of Gloucester Harbor

Sail away on the Schooner Ardelle to the world of Fitz Henry Lane

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (July 1, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum, in partnership with Maritime Gloucester, is pleased to offer a narrated tour of Gloucester Harbor aboard the Schooner Ardelle onWednesday, July 15 at 6:00 p.m. The cost for the Fitz Henry Lane Sunset Harbor Cruise is $30 for Museum members; $45 for nonmembers. Space is limited; reservations required. For more information please call (978) 281-0470 or visit maritimegloucester.org. This program will also be offered on August 12.unnamedFitz Henry Lane, Gloucester Harbor at Sunrise, c. 1850. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum.

Hopper’s Houses – A Guided Walking Tour

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

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (July 1, 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 on Saturday, July 11 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 July 25, August 1, 7, 15 & 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.

unnamedEdward Hopper, American, 1882-1967. Universalist Church, 1926. Watercolor over graphite on cream wove paper, 35.6 x 50.8 cm. (14 x 20 in.). Princeton University Art Museum. Laura P. Hall Memorial Collection, bequest of Professor Clifton R. Hall x1946-268. Photo: Bruce M. White.

FREE Concert on the Boulevard July 3 feat. Runaround & Laser Light Show

Ringo Tarr and the Gloucester Fund present another FREE CONCERT on the Boulevard featuring THE RUNAROUND SOUND starting at 5pm at the corner of Centennial and Western Ave (the Boulevard).

This has become a spectacular annual July 3 event drawing thousands of people down to the water for great music, dancing and fun for the whole family.

Music begins at 5pm, breaks for the Parade, resumes after the parade, breaks for the fireworks and continues after the fireworks with a spectacular laser light show.

It’s a terrific way to celebrate our independence.

Here’s a glimpse of the party from last year

 

Nichole’s Picks 7/4 and 7/5

No rest for the weary…

Pick #1: GET READY TO CELEBRATE WITH SOME RED, WHITE, AND BLUE

With St. Peter’s Fiesta behind us, it is now time to immediately gear up for Independence Day Celebrations all over Cape Ann and beyond.

Gloucester boasts its Horrible’s Parade, Free Concert on the boulevard, and fireworks display on Friday, July 3rd

While Rockport then follows suit with its own Firemen’s Parade, Legion Band concert and amazing bonfire on Saturday, July 4th.

Please click HERE for a full list of events 

Pick #2

If you’re up for the challenge, Boston has the one of the largest Independence Day celebrations in the entire country.

Boston Harborfest, one of the largest Independence Day festivals in the United States, showcases over 200 events during its 6 days, including entertainers, historical reenactments, music, Harbor cruises, and walking tours.

Please Click HERE for the entire list of exciting events!

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

Wednesdays with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line ~ This weeks Special Guest: Charlee Bianchini 7-10pm 7.1.2015

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This week only…
Prime Rib Dinner – $12.95 (while they last)

Wednesday, July 1st – 7pm
Special Guest:Charlee Bianchini

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It has been too long since her last appearance as my musical
guest. Charllee Bianchini never fails to sprinkle her magic
fairy dust over the Rhumb Line audience. Pure charm! Don’t
forget, it all starts early… 7pm! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Upcoming…
7/08 Marina Evans
Coming Soon… Fozzie-kins

J.B. (shhh… he doesn’t know it yet) :-)

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

 

“Bookmaking By the Sea”

This is a summer camp at the Magnolia Library. The camp was founded by Terry Hauck, Booking Making By the Sea, continues her successful children’s program at the Library. The camp consists of one-week sessions during the weeks of July 13th, July 20th, and July 27th. For more information please send an email to

bookmakingbythesea@gmail.com

 

June 22, 2015 about the authors

June 22, 2015 Bookmaking by the Sea

 

Magnolia Farmer’s Market

Every Monday from 4-7, Lexington Avenue has a great Farmer’s Market. On the second week, the street was even closed for the shoppers.

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