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Mike O’Connell Tonight with David Brown and Forrest Padgett and Dear Ol’ Dave, of course @ Dave Sag’s Blues Party . The Rhumb Line 8:30pm 1.12.2017


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Thursday night at the Rhumbline sees the resprouting of that local hero: Mr. Mike O’Connell and his band of Stooges.

mike-o-rl-mon-1-18-2016-bwcSpread out! No greasy kid stuff on his chinny chin chin as he brings in Mr. Dave Brown, pound for pound the best guitarist this scene has ever seen and Comrade Drummer Forrest “Frosty” Padgett on commie shrapnel shoe bangings. We will bury you!*


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

Nichole’s Picks 1/14 + 1/15

Pick #1: CAM Kids: Cape Ann Improv at the Cape Ann Museum


Saturday, January 14th at 11:00

What happens when history and fine art meet improv and silliness? Bring the kids and find out for yourself when Cape Ann Improv performs at the Cape Ann Museum. The arts and objects on display in the galleries will provide the inspiration for scenes and characters for interactive improvisational games throughout the Museum. Discover the art, history and culture of Cape Ann and have a good laugh with the talented and witty Cape Ann Improv performers.

Free for families with school aged children. Space is limited, reservations are required. Call (978)283-0455 x16 or email for more information.


Pick #2: Swim at the Newly Renovated Aqua Room

We’ve been anxiously awaiting the opening of the pool and renovated Aqua Room over at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort for a few months now.  We spend a lot of time there…especially between November and April.

Check out my blog post from yesterday to read much more information


Pick #3: Discover the Dinosaurs, Unleashed


Follow this link to read more about Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed

Tickets also available for purchase at the link above!

Venture back to a time when the dinosaurs roamed the earth at the ALL NEW Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED! Experience up-close encounters with a lifelike Stegosaurus, Velociraptor and the king T-Rex in this thrilling walk-through exhibit. Kids can also meet a baby Apatosaurus, take an exciting spin in the Jurassic Jeeps at the Dino Raceway and visit the Kids Adventure Zone filled with themed bouncy houses, crafts, face painting and more. Parents and kids can test their skills playing an all-new mini golf course, become junior paleontologists while completing the scavenger hunt as they explore the exhibit and dig for fossils in the Valley of the Bones. It’s family fun of prehistoric proportions!


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

Wednesdays at the Rhumb Line with Fly Amero … Tonight’s guest: Sasquatch – 7pm 1.11.2017

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, January 11th – 7pm
Special Guest: SASQUATCH!



One of my all-time faves, Sasquatch, a.k.a Paul Cohan
graces us with his illustrious presence this week at the Rhumb
Line. Paul has successfully captured the heart and spirit of
Gloucester with his music over and over again. He represents
a giant part of our local culture – and for that, he’s one of the
big reasons why I love my Wednesdays! Come see! ~ 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!
01/18 – Jeff Frasier

01/25 – Jon Butcher

02/01 – JB & Dave Brown

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂


The New and Improved Aqua Room at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort

We’ve been a little bit lost for the last several months while the Aqua Room at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort has been undergoing some pretty sizable renovations.  With the windows and doors covered, exactly what had been going on inside has been quite a mystery. Which, I’ll admit, has only added to the excitement for two little swimmers that I know well.  Finn, in fact, may or may not be guilty of peeking through little gaps in the window coverings to try to get a sneak peak.

Well, the wait is over.  The Aqua Room is now open. And…just in time for a long weekend!  I had the opportunity to take a look around on Monday afternoon and was completely impressed with the changes and improvements that have happened!

Some of those improvements are noticeable the second you walk through the doors. Whiter, brighter walls and new windows help let natural light in. The bar has been built up has undergone quite a facelift making it an even more appealing place to sit with friends. The brand new jacuzzi is gorgeous and the new pool deck is spotless. The pool itself has been completely resurfaced and has new tile.  Colored lights under the water’s surface change from blue, to green, to red, to white giving the pool a sleek and polished finish. The restrooms and locker rooms have undergone improvements including some geared to the youngest swimmers. All of this is easy to spy and looks beyond great.

What isn’t easy to see, but is equally…if not more…important, are the major steps that have been taken to ensure that the aqua room environment and pool water is the best it can possibly be year round.  With a brand new, state of the art, pool filtration system, the perfect combination of saltwater and chlorine treatment for the water, new heating, and even a brand new sound system, they have thought of it all.

We have always loved stopping by the pool for a swim and lunch or dinner.  The Aqua Room has been a staple on our list of easy get togethers with friends and hockey teams…and the absolutely perfect escape on rainy or stormy days.  We clock some serious time there and always have a great day.

Day passes, punch card passes, and individual and/or family memberships are available to fit everyone’s needs and budgets. The pool is open daily from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm. The children’s pool hours have also been extended to Fridays and Saturdays 11am-10pm; Sundays-Thursdays 11am -8pm.

Mile Marker One continues to serve both lunch and dinner at the tables surrounding the pool and now includes new menu items as well. In addition, COMING SOON, will be the newly enclosed year-round River Deck dining area overlooking boat slips and the Annisquam River.

I am so excited to start spending some lazy afternoons in the company of good friends while watching the boys swim and play with their best buddies.  I am thankful for the measures that the owners/management of Cape Ann’s Marina Resort have put into renovations that will help build community in such a clean and safe environment. We are fortunate to have the Aqua Room as an option for family entertainment….now more than ever.


Dave Sag’s Blues Party Presents ~ The Davis Boys @ The Rhumb Line Thursday 8:30pm 1.5.2017



Wow! The hills are alive with the sound of
music! So braid your hair ,wind your cuckoo
clock and c’mon down to get a load of the
Fabulous Von Davis Family. This Thursday
night we have a special treat for ya: Mr. Bob
Davis, AKA Johnny Carwash is dragging his
entire family kicking and screaming into the
Rummie for a sonic supersession. All three
“Flatwounds” will be there. Flatwound “Bob”
on the Qatar, Brother “Flatwound” Jeff, on
tympanic membrane busters, and Fils
“Flatwound” Josh on vocals. I’m bringing my
But seriously, folks, Bobby and company are
always a blast to work with and I look
forward to seeing you all there, cheering
them all on! Let’s start the New year with a





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

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 at the Rhumb Line – 7pm ~ Guest Host: JOHN ROCKWELL!







Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 – 7pm



















Happy New Year! The amazing John Rockwell hosts the
Wednesday show this week in my absence (I have a private
performance elsewhere). It has been a while for John, so
do come and cheer him on. He is pure joy onstage! …and
I’ll see you all next week! ~ 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!
01/11 Sasquatch

01/18 Jeff Frasier

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Boston Public Market

How, seriously HOW, have I never gone here before?

I remember all of the hubbub when they were in the planning stages and when they were getting ready to open…but since then, July 30th 2015 to be exact, I hadn’t made it in.

Well, that changed just before Christmas.  And now I CAN NOT WAIT to go back.

Cheeses, chocolates, produce, pies, cannoli, cupcakes, fish, figs, salami, sushi, meats, muffins, wine, wheatgrass….oh my!

Cooking demonstrations, cooking lessons, wine tasting, and more.




WHAT: AN AFTERNOON OF PRESENTATIONS ON THE MLK HOLIDAY hosted by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation
WHEN: MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2017, 1:30-5:30pm
WHERE: THE GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE (Unitarian Universalist Church), corner of Church & Middle Street, accessible side entrance at 10 Church Street

1:30 Mary Ellen Lepionka, Cape Ann Algonquians’ first encounter with Samuel de Champlain
2:30 Lise Breen, history of early African-Americans and slavery in Gloucester
3:30 GWC Fish Tales, first-hand stories about injustice and hope
4:30 Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken, summation on cultural diversity
5:00 Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers the ‘I Have a Dream Speech’ on the CAC&S big screen
5:30 Closing, tolling of the Meetinghouse Paul Revere bell for freedom

WHAT’S SPECIAL? A rare opportunity to gather in community to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, learn about persons of color and diverse identities on Cape Ann, and rededicate ourselves to the American creed that all persons are created equal.

COST: FREE with voluntary donations, all welcome. Refreshments will be available.

ABOUT THE GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE FOUNDATION: The mission of the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is to preserve the 1806 landmark building, Gloucester’s last-surviving historic Meetinghouse, as a civic hub, entertainment venue and community center.

RELATED MORNING EVENT: The Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport holds its annual Peace March commemorating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. in which members and friends gather at 9:30 am for sign making, followed by a march through downtown Rockport at 10:00 am, and gather after the march for hot cider and goodies, followed by a short worship service. For more information see:

GLOUCESTER EVENT CONTACT (not for publication)
Charles Nazarian, president
Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation
10 Church Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation, Inc., is a nonprofit Massachusetts corporation qualified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. With this designation, contributions to the GMF are tax-exempt to the extent of the law with no goods or services received in exchange.

Are you going to be awake @ midnight 2017?


James Montgomery Kicks 2016 outa here!

For us NYE is different every year.  Some years we struggle to stay awake.  Other years we’re in party mode. Like many of you, we’re eager to see 2016 gone and welcome 2017 in the most fun way possible, so we’re in PARTY MODE.

If you’re in party mode too, there’s lots to do (see here) — and all night long, meaning you don’t necessarily have to choose — YOU CAN DO IT ALL!  You could go to an early show that’s over by 9:30 and then bop down the road to Beverly’s Vittori-Rocci Hall and help blues legend James Montgomery KICK 2016 out and rock in 2017.  That’s where we’ll be.

Check out this story in the Gloucester Daily Times for a preview of what to expect.  In James’ own words, “It’s going to be a powerful show.”

Just in case you forgot what a true rock star he is, here’s a video of James Montgomery with the Allman Brothers Band about 4 years ago.


TBT Post Sale

With the cold weather here, looks like a great time to shop at TBT Post.

Your friends at TBT Post just wanted to let you know that we have extended our 50% Off Store-wide Christmas Sale until New Year’s Day!

Cozy pure alpaca clothing and handmade unique jewelry all at incredibly low prices, that’s our promise to you.


TBT Post
33 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Nichole’s Picks 12/31 +1/1

First of year, Happy New Year.  May 2107 be all that you want it to be.

Pick #1: Rockport New Year’s Eve



The mission of Rockport New Year’s Eve (RNYE) is to broaden and deepen the public’s appreciation for the performing, literary, and visual arts through innovative, diverse and high-quality programs that offer the community a shared cultural experience that is accessible and affordable.   RNYE presents year-round programs that both support this mission and raise funds.  RNYE is also supported by business sponsorships and individual donations.

RNYE’s most important event of the year, and the one for which the organization is named, is the celebration of the arts on New Year’s Eve. The evening is designed to be an impressive, “small seacoast town” version of First Night celebrations held throughout the country.  New Year’s Eve in Rockport is a treasured tradition enjoyed by Cape Ann residents and visitors

Attendees purchase buttons online or at stores throughout Rockport and Gloucester in advance of New Year’s Eve, or at the event headquarters on New Year’s Eve.  A button allows the bearer to attend any events that are scheduled throughout the evening.  The following description gives a good perspective of the depth, breadth and cultural diversity of the entertainment.

The celebration begins at 6PM on New Year’s Eve.  New Year’s Eve entertainment is scheduled on the hour, every hour, from 6PM to midnight, with 15 minute breaks in between each 45 minute session to allow attendees to walk from venue to venue and venue managers to reset for the next act.  The entertainment options scheduled throughout the evening are culturally diverse and suitable for all ages.  Musical acts may include folk, Celtic, blues, reggae, calypso, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, funk, soul, bagpipes, gospel, songs of the sea, 50’s and 60’s doo wop, country, western swing, African pop, New Orleans jazz, big band, and a cappella..  Other entertainment may include clowns, jugglers, puppeteers, story tellers, face painters, dancers, psychic readers, and telescope viewing with the astronomy club.  Children of all ages participate in the drum jam and parade through the downtown streets, with a large dancing dragon and costumes.  At midnight, attendees gather in Dock Square to watch the ball drop from the highest ladder of the town fire truck and sing “Auld Lang Syne”.

Pick #2:  Noon Year’s Eve at Legoland



Who says you have to wait until midnight to celebrate 2017?

Help us ring in the 2017 a few hours early with our first ever “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration! There will be special activities, prizes and giveaways, and a celebratory balloon drop, all included in the price of admission!

Read more about Legoland HERE

Pick #3: Rocky Neck Polar Plunge

Test your tolerance for icy cold water, have some belly laughs with friends, and (most importantly) help raise donations for the Open Door!


Once again, it’s that time to come and celebrate the New Year with our invigorating celebration. Please join us!! We ask everyone to bring non-perishables to help out those in need. The Open Door will have a van set up at the entrance of the beach !! We also collect cash or checks made out to The Open Door. If you haven’t joined us before, please do so and bring friends!!!!! We start this yearly tradition with a poem from George Sibley and then take our plunge !!

Sunday, January 1st at 9:00 a.m.

Rocky Neck. Stevens Way, Gloucester,MA


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

Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza

We spent the afternoon in the city yesterday and had such a great time!   While not all of our grand plans for winter vacation will get crossed off the bucket list, skating at City Hall Plaza’s Boston Winter was one that we were sure not to miss.  Kids skate for $8 and adults for $10….skates are available for rent and there is a warm room with benches to store your shoes and lace up.

Some pretty nice outdoor shopping, plenty of places to grab a snack or even a drink (yes, please), and enough ice to accommodate plenty of skaters….all under the city lights of Boston. Kind of magical, really.

We got in there on the early side so we left just shy of the live entertainment rink side. The boys can never quite get enough skating so they skated once, we walked down to Faneuil Hall for lunch and a bit of shopping, and then walked back up the stairs to City Hall to hit the ice again.  During their second run my friend and I figured we had earned a hot mulled wine drink….sounds iffy, but was pretty yummy…and being able to stand outside by the rink in the middle of the city with a drink in our hands (legally) was a nice treat.

The Urban Lodge, conveniently located right next to the ice, has a bar, some comfy seating, snacks, warm blankets, and even a giant sized Jenga game.  There are also plenty of snack shacks serving up other drinks and treats. The shopping is pretty eclectic with a variety of items and maybe a little something for everyone.  In fact, I was thrilled to discover Rusty and Ingrid snuggled into the midst of some other shopping chalets.  Check out their website now, but expect a blog post about their amazing work very soon…now that I’ve been pleasantly reminded how incredible their work is!

The boys probably would have stayed all night, but we were getting chilly.  We took a spin through the phenomenal Boston Public Market (also a blog post for another day!) and headed home.

So happy to have made it into the city….and to have spent the day with good friends.



Sax Gordon Tonight! Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 12.22.2016


I know a lot of you are frustrated from the ravages of Father Time and an eerie lack o’ wanna so, why not get hip to the latest and greatest in the phony cyber world of adult matchmaking services? Try new Carbondating® for adults. Just send in a sample of hair (if any), spittle, or toe jam and the wonderful failed German South American doctors at our cosmetic laboratory will have you fixed up in no time with a truly compatible specimen. Just like you! And if that doesn’t work, try this:
Our special Xmas show this Thursday features the clinically-proven Magi of Mayhem: Mr. Gordon “Sax” Beadle. With his own brand of fairy dust, Big G, catnip to your ears, will have you convulsing in the aisles,whilst you beg to donate to our Musician’s Retirement Plan©, and just basically turning the old bar into a steaming heap of writhing bodies.




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

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