Category Archives: Things to do

These guys, tonight! Mike O’Connell, David Brown, Forrest Padgett & Dear Ol Dave himself. Put on your dancing shoes.. 8:30pm @The Rhumb Line 5.28.2015

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Dave says,

The Rockport Ghetto Rage Festival continues with the arrival of Mr. Mike O”Connell to our stage this Thursday. Mikey, the kapusta king of Worcester,will have all of you stubbing your toes on his brand of southern rock. That and he can cook, too. And sing, like an angel! What’s not to like? Spread out!
He’ll be joined by our own locally groaned hero of catarrh: Mr. Dave Brown. And to add to all the senseless violence, let’s add Mr. David Mattacks, the Atomic Clock, on drums. And me, too. This is a really great combo plate. Czech it out. Hope to see you there.
And don’t forget, next Monday, from 1 to 3, The Good Old Salty Jazz Band will be circling the wagons at The Rose Baker Senior Center. It’s free and the Jello® is really good.

Put on your dancing shoes…it’s gonna be a wicked good one…or just listen…you’ll be glad you did.

Gloucester Stage Opens Tonight!

Richard Nelson’s “Sweet and Sad” opens May 28 at Gloucester Stage, 267 E. Main Street, Gloucester, MA, with performances until June 20.

Presented in collaboration with Stoneham Theatre. Directed by Weylin Symes. Video trailer created by 8mufnz for Gloucester Stage. For tickets visit or call the Box Office at 978-281-4433.


Nichole’s Picks 5/30 and 5/31

Pick #1  Draft Horse Plow Day and Vintage Baseball at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury

While I’ve never been here for this particular event, we’ve enjoyed other days at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm.  I should add that the Ipswich Ale Tapmobile will be there too.

Read all about it HERE

Sunday, May 31, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.

Free to Historic New England members, $6 nonmembers, $4 children

Draft mules participate in plowing demonstrations as part of this twentieth annual event and enjoy games of 1860s baseball. Learn how horses are harnessed, hitched, and cared for. Watch the shearing of our resident sheep, and see how the wool is washed, carded, and spun into yarn. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, farm animals, blacksmithing demonstrations, children’s crafts and games. Listen to traditional New England music or watch the teams of the Essex Base Ball Association, the Newburyport Clamdiggers, Georgetown Samosets, Portsmouth Rockinghams, Lynn Live Oaks, and Lowell Base Ball Nine, play baseball using 1860s rules. At these fun, historically accurate games, players pitch underhand, a ball bounced once and caught is an out, and no gloves are allowed. Snacks, baseballs, and cards are available for purchase. Grass field seating: bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating.

Please call 978-462-2634 for more information. Purchase tickets now

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Pick #2  Millbrook Meadow Duck Race, Rockport

Saturday, May 30th at 11:00!

GMG’s own Paul Morrison and his RD will be there…head on down and cheer them on!

For the record, while the Duck Race is sure to be fun, Millbrook Meadow is always a gorgeous place to spend the day!  Located right across from Front Beach, the park has recently had a beautiful and extensive overhaul.  It is truly one of the town’s treasures!

Read more about Millbrook Meadow HERE


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Pick #3   Touch-a-Truck and ChowderFest

What child doesn’t want to get up-close and personal with some super cool trucks, ambulances, fire trucks, ATVs, motorcycles, and more?

Head on over to O’Malley Innovation Middle School on Saturday, May 30th to check out the cool vehicles and eat some delicious chowder….all to benefit the Fishtown Horribles Parade.

Tickets for Touch-a-Truck or Chowderfest are $5 (with a max amount of $20 per family)

Tickets for Touch-a-Truck AND Chowderfest are $8 each (family max of $30)

For a more comprehensive list of family activities, check out our friends at North Shore Kid

Peggy’s House, a Cape Ann Cottage

Photographs by Robert Lerch

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (May 26, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Peggy’s House, a Cape Ann Cottage, a photographic series by Robert Lerch. The one-day exhibit will take place at the White-Ellery House onSaturday, June 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The White-Ellery House is located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester at the Route 128 Grant Circle Rotary. This program is free and open to the public.

Peggy’s House is a collection of photos, primarily interiors, all taken in one particular house in Annisquam. Built in 1761, “Peggy’s House” is one of only 65 or so known surviving Cape Ann cottages. Typically referred to as a story and a half with a gambrel roof, it was the vernacular house of the time. During the Colonial period, approximately 350 Cape Ann cottages dotted the coastline around the island, and were home to the many families who made their livelihood fishing and farming.

Robert Lerch said of working on this project, “I am fortunate and grateful that I was given the opportunity to photograph inside a very special Cape Ann Cottage, within the current owner’s daily living space.”

Robert Lerch is a contemporary fine art photographer who has owned and operated a gallery on Bearskin Neck in Rockport for 35 years. His work is sensitive, soulful, and full of substance. He uses all found material and works only with natural light.

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The White-Ellery House, located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester at the Route 128 Grant Circle Rotary, 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. The historic home will be open this year on the first Saturday of June, August, September and October as part of Escapes North 17th Century Saturdays. Parking is available off Poplar Street in the field behind the house.



This is a video I did about 11 years ago while working for the Virginian-Pilot and in Norfolk, Va.

An amazing friend and musician Todd “Tones” Jones produced and played on the track. He’s an amazing guitarist as you will hear. When I first heard this track, I immediately knew I had to create a Memorial Day tribute video. I filmed all the locations throughout the entire Hampton Roads area. (this was pre-HD, sorry) Please enjoy and share!


The Hot Tub Piranhas R Back at Mile Marker One for 1st of 2 gig’s! Memorial Day ~ See Chuck & John Acoustic Duo Bridge Deck 1-4pm


Monday May 25th is a great time to meander on down to Mile Marker One to enjoy a fun rock performance by The Hot Tub Piranhas who will help you move your feet to some of the best classic & modern rock covers ever produced. We will be playing from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. We promise a terrific show for you to feast your ears on and move your feets to, all while you feast on some exquisite fare from the bounty that is the sea. The food is terrific here as are the beverages, all served by an attentive and friendly staff. You cannot go wrong when you go to Mile Marker One… so go. :) See you there! Please bring dancing footwear… You’ll be needing them, lol!

Today at 6:00pm – 9:00pm Mile Marker One 75 Essex Ave, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930 New American Restaurant (978) 283-2122

Don’t Miss the Unveiling of Juni Van Dyke’s and the Seniors’s “Downtown Quilt” Tuesday with Mayor Sefatia

Juni Van Dyke writes, “Hi Kim, The stunning “Downtown Quilt” is finished and on Tuesday May 26th at 11:00am Mayor Sefatia will unveil the quilt at City Hall (second floor). Come cheer on the creativity of our amazing seniors!

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Live Music Today @ Mile Marker One with Steve Caraway, Loose Ends and The Megan McKenzie Band starting @ 1:00pm to 11:pm On the bridge deck 5.24.2015

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Acoustic Pop/Rock
Bridge Deck 1-4pm

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Loose Ends
Acoustic Duo
Bridge Deck

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Megan McKenzie
Pop / Rock / Soul
Bridge Deck 8-11pm


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You’d Be Crazy To Not Take Advantage of This Red Sox Package

I know that I’m super fortunate that my boys have had the opportunity to experience some pretty awesome days at Fenway Park and with the Red Sox, but I also know that it can be REALLY difficult to score tickets that don’t break the bank…never mind actually feed the kiddos while you’re at the game.

If you’ve always wanted to go, but couldn’t justify spending that kind of $$$….or even if you’ve gone 100 times and simply want to go again….this is a SWEET DEAL!

Read all about it and BUY your tickets HERE

JUNE 1, 2, and 3 ONLY!

4 Game Tickets, 4 hot dogs, and 4 sodas ALL FOR ONLY $75!

A great deal for families! Bring the whole crew out to Fenway Park to watch the Red Sox take on the Twins. Courtesy of our friends at Aramark, $75 buys 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, and 4 sodas.*

* Tickets must be presented at concession stands to redeem food/beverage. No substitutions available.


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

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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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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!


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

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