Category Archives: Things to do

Cape Ann Indoor Farmers Market

From all of us at CAFM-A Giant THANK YOU for a great summer season!
Don’t miss us, come see us -this Saturday at the Gloucester UU Church- 10/29- from 10-1
Our indoor markets are partially sponsored by the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church on Middle Street-Thank you!
See you Saturday-


Nichole’s Picks 10/29 and 10/30

Pick #1: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

I am really hoping to get Thatcher and Finn into Boston to tour the museum sometime before next month’s election.  I am a big believer that studying the election process, democracy, Checks and Balances, and the levels + branches of government during an election year is an opportunity that should not be missed.  That having been said, it has been harder this go round to make it a positive learning experience….as much of it has been more of a circus than an age-appropriate lesson.  I want to use the opportunity to show my boys how great America can be…but, it is hard to shield them from the drama and nonsense.  So, I am hopeful that taking a trip to learn about JFK will help instill some of the pride and character that I would like them to feel and develop.

Just my two cents….

If you’d like to learn more about visiting the JFK Library CLICK HERE



Pick #2: Howl-o-ween Movie Party at the Cape Ann Cinema and Stage



Bring your friends and family and join Cape Ann Animal Aid as they raise funds with this spooktacular Halloween movie classic!

Pizza will be served at 1:00pm, and movie starts at 1:30pm.

Costumes are welcome!

Plus, enjoy the prize wheel, door prizes, raffle and more! A fantastic way to kick off the Halloween weekend and all for a great cause!


Pick #3: Go Do It!  Visit Salem.




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

Volunteer Artists and Illustrators Sought

There are a few local writers who would welcome help from local artists to complete their book submission into Cape Ann Creates for Cape Ann Reads Children’s Picture Book Contest! Please email

For more information about registration and the guidelines, see this dynamite flyer designed by Valerie Marino at Sawyer Free Library. Thanks to Cape Ann Chamber At-A-Glance weekly newsletter and Rocky Neck’s This Week on Rocky Neck- Art Opportunities for helping to get the word out!car-deadlines-register-now


Wednesdays at The Rhumb Line ~ This week Ron and Sheila Schrank with their special guest: Deby Wantman 7-10pm 10.26.2016


Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, October 26th – 7pm
Guest Hosts: RON & SHEILA!!!


The very popular Ron Schrank & Sheila Jones take the
reins at the “Rhumby” this week, hosting “Honkytonk Women’s
Deb Wantman (pictured below) as guest. A good time will be
had by all, I’m sure! ~ 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!
11/02 – Dan King (w/guest Bill Gleason)

11/09 – Fly Amero Returns! (w/guest Mark Hoffmann)

Looking forward…
…to seeing you there🙂

A NIGHT OF A CAPPELLA – Benefit GHS Theater Program – Nov 10


Two GHS alums will be performing on the stage at Gloucester High School on Thursday evening November 10th, singing a cappella.  Proceeds benefit the GHS Theater program.  Tickets are on sale now (online) and will also be available at the door.  Advance ticket prices are significantly reduced, so get your tickets now! —

Katy Geraghty (GHS 2012) is featured with “The Hexachords,” and Kate Parisi (GHS 2015) is featured with “For Good Measure.”  Both groups competed in the most recent season of ICCA (collegiate a cappella competition throughout the country.)  The Hexachords were most recently seen on season two of POP TV network’s “Sing It On” this past summer.

Gloucester’s Chelsea Berry at Female Music Fest in Beverly on Saturday $20

Once in a while, when good people work together, something wonderful arises.  That’s what you can expect on Saturday at the Queen Treatment Only Music Festival co-produced by award-winning Boston vocal powerhouse Ruby Rose Fox in partnership with us at gimmeLIVE.

Our vision was to bring the area’s top female artists together for one show on the same stage for an extraordinary night of music.  Ruby has chosen a stellar lineup for what the press are calling a “groundbreaking” show (see videos of all artists here).  Of course, no North Shore festival lineup would be complete without Gloucester’s Chelsea Berry!

Tickets are only $20 in advance GET THEM HERE ($30 at the door).  ALL AGES festivals like this can pave the way for the next generation of girls and women to make independent music without apologies, fear or rules.  Bring your friends for a one-of-a-kind musical experience you won’t see anywhere else!

Just in case you don’t know Chelsea, here’s a taste of some of her music:

And here’s a video of Ruby Rose Fox (some of which was shot the last time she played at The Larcom in Beverly)

Nichole’s Picks 10/22 + 10/23

Pick #1:  Essex Clamfest14479611_10153961060041724_7149893393695934696_n

Visit Cape Ann Vacations to learn more

The 33rd annual Essex Clamfest has everything the small town is known for including pony rides, arts and crafts, K-9 demonstrations and, of course, the ever-popular clam chowder competition. Nearly 1000 people tasted the best of the best in 2014.

Each voting for their favorite in the People’s Choice Award while nine esteemed judges helped to select the winner of the Judge’s Award. The event is open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm with the chowder contest from Noon to 2:00 pm.

Pick #2: Halloween Happenings at Ipswich River

Read more about it HERE

October 21 & 22, 2016
Giant carved pumpkin at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

At sundown this Halloween season, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary will be transformed into a magical forest. Join us for a guided walk along our Halloween trail, home to some interesting creatures that come out just for Halloween. Glowing luminaries and carved jack o’lanterns will light our way. Learn firsthand about the creatures of the night on this fun family-friendly walk.

Children and adults are encouraged to come in costume but dress warmly since we will be outdoors most of the time. The program begins in the Barn, where a variety of activities will keep children entertained before the outdoor walk.

Allow about 1-1/2 hours total for the program. At the end of the walk, warm up by the bonfire as you enjoy fresh local cider and Halloween cupcakes made by Ipswich River volunteers. Appropriate for children ages 4-10.

Please choose a date and an arrival time:

Friday, October 21: 6:00, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45, 7:00, 7:15, or 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 22: 5:30, 5:45, 6:00, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45, or 7:00 pm


$9 per person (members)
$10 per person (nonmembers)

Register Online

Please register early for this very popular event, and list a second time in case your first choice is filled.

Because of the popularity of this program, we cannot accommodate extra people the night of the program. When you arrive, please check in at the Barn to receive your group number. Rain or shine.

Advance registration required. Call 978-887-9264 to register.

Pick #3:  The Head of the Charles Regatta


I’m so sad that I used to LOVE this event so much…and yet I never seem to get in there anymore to watch it.  But, if you can make it in, you should!  Such a great way to spend a fall afternoon in New England!


Since 1965, rowers have come from near and far to take part in the world’s largest Regatta. But the fun isn’t limited to competitors. There are many ways for spectators to get involved in the weekend’s festivities.

Take part in the excitement on the banks of the Charles

Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned veteran, the Regatta offers spectators a variety of activities. Individuals looking for a relaxed setting that boasts spectacular views should check out the Eliot Bridge Enclosure; while, the Weld Exhibition is the go to place for great local grub and Regatta merchandise. For a lively and energetic venue, check out the Reunion Villagewhere alumni and spectators gather to support their favorite teams. Visit theRowing and Fitness Expo at the finish line to test out a rowing machine or browse vendor merchandise.

We encourage spectators traveling to and from the Regatta to use public transportation or catch a ride on one of our complimentary shuttle buses. Visit for schedule and route information, or click here for our Shuttle Schedule. Parking availability is limited for spectators and parts of Memorial Drive will be closed over Race Weekend. For more information please click “Here.”

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

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ Guest Host:Orville Giddings with special guests: Jerry Smith and Bella Palance 6pm @ The Rhumb Line 10.19.2016


Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, October 19th – 6pm


Orville Giddings steps in this week, hosting Jerry Smith, plus
up-and-coming singer/songwriter, Bella Palance (pictured below).
Rhumb Line Wednesdays will be in good hands through my brief
absence. Don’t miss this rare opportunity! ~ 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!

Due to the debate, it’ll be 6pm-9pm tonight only!
Come early, have dinner/show, go home and laugh
yourselves to sleep!!!🙂

10/26 – Sheila & Ron (guest hosts)

11/02 – Dan King (guest host)

Looking forward……to seeing you there🙂

You and Chelsea Berry making a new album! KICKSTARTER 16 days to go!


I’ve been living on the road, writing the songs, and now I’m ready to head in to the studio- with your help! Let’s make this album!

Read about/Back this project >

This Saturday October 15: “The Quarries of Cape Ann” by Les Bartlett at Cape Ann Museum

Les Bartlett will give a talk on the quarries of Cape Ann this Saturday at 10 AM at the Cape Ann Museum Click here for details.

Last month Rubber Duck visited Profile Rock and posted on the Rockport Facebook page.

Old photo of Profile Rock with Cape Ann Tool Company Smokestack in background.

Old photo of Profile Rock with Cape Ann Tool Company Smokestack in background.

Profile Rock as of September 2016

Profile Rock as of September 2016

RD checking out a circular mark at the very center of Profile Rock.

RD checking out a circular mark at the very center of Profile Rock.

Les promised to explain what that circular dent was during his Saturday talk. He said, “RD is next to perhaps the most important spot on Cape Ann and along the Northeastern seaboard.”

RD tried to google the answer but came up dry so she is going to the talk this weekend.

CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester coming this weekend

september-27-2015-she-looks-so-strongThis event is always fun and inspirational. Come and enjoy.


Hundreds of top professional and amateur racers from across North America and throughout Europe, including many former national champions, will again converge on Stage Fort Park for the CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester this weekend. The premier race on the New England cyclocross calendar is set for Oct. 15 and 16.

The two-day competition, now in its 18th year on the coast, is the opening event in the 2016 Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series.

Often called the “steeplechase” of cycling, cyclocross represents “everything that’s good about cycling,” says race promoter Paul Boudreau.

This unique, race-specific discipline is a wild, entertaining mix of road racing, mountain biking and running on an obstacle-laden clover-leaf course that snakes through every corner of the park. The sport requires racers to fight for position while negotiating sharp turns, mud, sand, hills and hurdles, all at full speed for an hour. Cyclocross is demanding, challenging, and humbling for racers of all ages, men and women alike.

“Gloucester is a special race for me. It’s a true New England classic: the big, rowdy crowds always show up, the course is dynamic and challenging, and all the top riders line up,” said Jeremy Powers, a United Stats Cyclocross Champion. “Historic, classic, and epic.”

Again this year, the race’s title sponsor will be CRAFT Sportswear, a Swedish apparel company headquartered in Beverly and presenting sponsor Ipswich Ale Brewing.

“We’re so fortunate to have such an iconic and prestigious race in our backyard, and having partnered with the event for a number of years, it’s frankly about time we took this next step,” said Eric Schenker, CEO of CRAFT Sportswear.

In addition to professional and elite racers, the CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester is an enormous draw for weekend warriors from throughout the Northeast. Anyone can race (pre-registration is required), with competitors placed in fields of similar ages and ability levels. All racers – even beginners – compete on the same course as the top riders. The result is an event that attracts roughly 1,000 competitors each day.

Cyclocross is also one of the most spectator-friendly bike-racing disciplines. The colonial-era Stage Fort Park, overlooking Gloucester Harbor and its views of the Atlantic Ocean, provides a stunning venue. Fans can eat, shop, and learn more about cyclocross racing in the Expo, or sample craft brews at the Beer Garden. Families can enjoy the picnic area with grills and a playground for youngsters. There will even be a free kids’ bike race for youngsters ages 12 and under.

“There is something about that place. It’s got a soul. I’ve been everywhere in the world that cyclocross races, and little comes close to the aesthetic drama of Gloucester,” Race announcer Chris Zigmont said.


* Races start at 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, and run for the better part of the day. Both days finish with the showcase Pro (Elite Class) races from 3-5 p.m.

* A free Kids Race will be held Sunday at 1:50 p.m. Registration for the Kids Race will be the day of the race. Up-and-coming racers ages 5 to 12 are invited to compete.

* The Ipswich Ale Brewing Beer Garden will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, where spectators can sample a variety of craft brews. The Expo will also be open both days, featuring a food court, cycling vendors, and local businesses.

Dave Sag’s Blues Party tonight to host Diane Blue, Ricky “King” Russell and Ed Scheer 8:30pm 10.13.2016 There’s gonna be whole lotta shakin going on!


Diane Blue. She’s a fireball of intergalactic rocket fuel,and no fool, either. Watch flames erupt from her harmonica as she thrills you with her cantankerous systemic vibrosis! Watch mere ordinary world-famous vocalists cringe as she lets loose with her four dimensional uvula! You’ll need your Ridalin!

Diane Blue
And she’s dragging in kicking and screaming two of your favorite (and mine!) mooseicians to tickle your brain stem. First, Mr. Ricky “King” Russell, mastermind of the Boston Blooze Scene,will be in the glitar chair ,safely fastened for that burning sensation. Then there’s “Mr.” Edd Scheer, our diaphanous yet protophonic swamp popper, on the skins. and me two, on base. Ommm…..
It just doesn’t get any better than this. I mean it!

Dave Sag…


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

Nichole’s Picks 10/15 + 10/16

Pick #1:  Rockport Harvest Festival


Pick #2:  Grand Prix of Gloucester



What is the Gran Prix of Gloucester? Take a dramatic harbor front park at the height of fall foliage season. Set up a twisting grass, dirt and asphalt racecourse with challenging obstacles. Unleash a crowd of world class cyclists to charge through the sharp curves and jump the barriers. Add screaming, cowbell ringing fans incited by a dynamic announcers. What do you have? One of the premier bicycle races in the country, right here in Gloucester.

The Gran Prix of Gloucester is two days of international calibre races where competitors from all over the US, Canada & Europe converge to race on the most beautiful race course in North America.

The 2016 dates are 15 & 16 October.
Amateur Races: 8:00am-2:30pm (both days)
Kids 5-12 race 2:20pm (Sunday only)
Elite Women: 3:00pm (both days)
Elite Men: 4:00pm (both days)


Pick #3:  Appleton Farm:  Down on the Farm Concert Series



Sunday, October 16

Member Car: $20 Nonmember Car: $30

Contact Information
978.356.5728 x4112

Join us for fall concerts in the Stone Paddock! This family-friendly concert will offer live music from Soul Rebel Project. Food will be available for purchase from Boston Burger Company and CopperDome Crust Pizza. Beer and Wine will be available for purchase from Ipswich Ale and Old Planters Brewing. Or bring your own picnic! Enjoy our lawn games, meet our animals, and enjoy a gorgeous fall evening on the farm. Gate opens at 4pm, concert begins at 5pm. Sorry no dogs or byob.

No pre-registration required. Cash accepted at the gate. Bring your own lawn chairs.


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

Hottest Show of the Season Under $20 THIS FRIDAY ~ Don’t forget: all seats are good at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre

Larcom Theatre BaclonyWatch the 2 videos below and then tell me you’re not gonna stop whatever you’re doing right now and get tickets to see Lez Zeppelin this Friday, Oct 14!

While staying true to the sound and spirit of Led Zeppelin, this is no ordinary tribute.  Lez Zeppelin’s album was produced by Eddie Kramer, renowned for having mixed much of Led Zeppelin’s material and Lez Zeppelin was hailed as “The most powerful all-female band in rock history” by Spin Magazine.

Don’t worry that much of the orchestra is sold.  Great seats are left in the balcony starting at $19.00 (including the seat this picture was taken from) GET THEM HERE!


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