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Nichole’s Picks 10/8 + 10/9

Pick #1: Down on the Farm Concert Series: Appleton Farm


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Sunday, October 9
Member Car: $20 Nonmember Car: $30

Join us for our first Down on the Farm Fall Concert Series at Appleton Farms! These family-friendly concerts will feature live music, food trucks, lawn games, and an opportunity to meet our dairy cows and farm animals. The series kicks off on Sunday, October 9th at 4pm. Bring your own picnic or purchase food from a selection of food trucks. Beer and wine will be available for purchase with Ipswich Ale, Old Planters Brewing, and Mill River Winery.

October 9th will feature classic rock music by Decades of Rock Band. The food trucks will be Gabi’s Smoke Shack and Joe’s on A ROLL

Gates open at 4pm and concert starts at 5pm.

Leaf-peeping and family photo opportunities among the foliage in our historic Stone Paddock a bonus! (Sorry, no BYOB or dogs)


Pick #2: Team American Chunker at Marini Farm with Captain Dave Marciano from Wicked Tuna

Read more about it HERE

Team AC is very excited to be headlining Marini Farms Family Fun Harvest Weekend, this Saturday October 8th.  As an added bonus, Captain Dave from National Geographic’s hit show Wicked Tuna will be on site to help Team AC as we take aim to annihilate a boat he’s bringing with him.

Marini Farms is the area’s premier farm and event attraction for family oriented fall activities.  In addition to their award winning farm stand and bakery, they have attractions to satisfy families and children of all ages.  In addition to an 8-acre world class corn maze, they also have a jumping pillow, 60 ft tube slide, bounce houses, hayrides, pick your own pumpkin patch, pedal cart track, rope maze, face painting, corn kernel silo, rubber duck races, play structures, sandcastles, and more.



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


THE MENTALIST & REGGAE FEST – Time to think about what you’re doing Thanksgiving Weekend

While we don’t ordinarily plan ahead that much, Thanksgiving weekend is one notable exception.  That’s because if you don’t plan ahead, you’re often left with just a couple of lousy choices.  Here are two very different (ALL AGES) entertainment options that will likely both sell out by Thanksgiving:

Ever wonder who’s the REAL MENTALIST?

The character of “The Mentalist” (portrayed by Simon Baker in the hit CBS TV series) was inspired by Jon Stetson, who was a consultant on the show.  He’s entertained five U.S. Presidents, The King of Sweden, The Royal Family of Monaco, and appeared on several major Television Networks (CBS, NBC, PBS, A&E and more).  On Black Friday (Nov 25), You can see him LIVE right down the road at The Larcom in Beverly.  It’s the perfect way to laugh off the pounds you put on the day before — and be amazed by his sleight-of-mind!  Check him out in this video:

Then on Saturday Nov 26 you can be part of the first North Shore Reggae Fest featuring Warrior King & the Rootz Warriors, who are making their first East Coast U.S. appearance in NINE YEARS with local favorite Mamadou Diop and his band with Rockport’s Jake Pardee on guitar!  Gloucester’s DJ’s Lion Pride Sound opens the show with top spins from roots, rockers, lovers rock ska, and dancehall.  Check out Warrior King in this video:

Fozzie Hill and Wolf Ginandes Join Fly Amero This WednesdayEvening 7-10pm @ The Rhumb Line 10.5.2016

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, October 5th – 7pm
Special Guests: FOZZIE & WOLF!

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Alberta “Fozzie” Hill is among my all-time favorite female
artists here on the island. Wolf Ginandes and I have been
sharing one stage or another for well over 30 years and
running. Small wonder. The man is a genius. These two
unique, gentle spirits share a chemistry rarely found in the
world we all know today… and it all starts at 7! ~ 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!
10/12 – Toni Ann

10/19 – Orville Giddings (guest host)

Looking forward……to seeing you there🙂

Edgar Winter reveals the first instrument he & his big brother Johnny played together in a wonderfully personal interview with Salem’s Blake Maddux

Every once in a while a reporter is able to get a rock icon to open up and share personal stories.  Local writer, Blake Maddux, is one of those rare few as you’ll be able to see in his interview with Edgar Winter in the Beverly Citizen.  Read it here!

Weaved through several fascinating stories about Woodstock, his brother Johnny, his father, mother and grandfather, Edgar says, “music is a lot more than just my internalized private world. It has the power to transcend boundaries and reach out and bring people together.”

You can experience what Edgar is talking about this Saturday, right down the road in Beverly at The Larcom, the most intimate, acoustically stellar listening room north of Boston!  Good seats still available starting at $29.00.  Get them here!


Here’s an Edgar Winter quote from the article:

So Johnny and I started out playing ukulele, singing Everly Brothers songs like “Wake Up Little Susie” and those kind of songs.

Magnolia Sip & Stroll

Come enjoy a lovely evening out in beautiful Magnolia and stroll historic Lexington Avenue for our monthly “Sip and Stroll” Magnolia shopping spree event.

Shoppers will also enjoy free adult beverages, snacks and a street side BBQ that will serve up some delicious hors d’oeuvres. There will also be local musicians filling the avenue with song at this fun local event.

Shoppers can recall the glory days of Magnolia as our lovely village is making an important comeback with new merchants opening their doors offering exciting artwork, gifts and services. There is plenty of free parking available.

Save 10% at all participating merchants – get a head start on your holiday shopping

Ten Foot Polecats Tonight @ Katrina’s! It’s gonna be a good one for sure…9pm Saturday 10.1.2016




Their sound, though hard to define, has been referred to as “punk-blues”, “gutbucket soul” and “explosive stomp and groove”. This high-octane trio from Boston, MA has been touring every year since 2008, taking their unique form of roots and blues all across the United States.

In 2013, Ten Foot Polecats were featured in Relix Magazine and their song, “Moonshine and Mud”, was featured on the accompanying October/November CD, along with songs by North Mississippi Allstars, Jack Johnson, and others. The band also had two songs (“Moonshine & Mud” and “So Good To Me”) featured on episodes 8 and 10 of the History Channel show, “Hatfield and McCoy’s”.

In 2014 Ten Foot Polecats will be traveling half way around the world and back, literally. Check out what is going on in 2014 with the band.
TFPC has been featured on the TV Series “From Dusk Till Dawn” on the El Rey Network as their song “Squeeze” was played on the third show from this season.
Touring Europe for the first time as they will be playing The Blues Rules Festival in Switzerland and Muddy Roots Europe in Belgium in June. Other dates have been scheduled in Germany, France, and possibly in The Netherlands and UK as well.
One week tour of Alaska in early August
Playing the Garvin Gate Blues Festival along with Anson Funderburgh in Louisville, Kentucky in October
Playing Moonrunners Music Festival II with Scott H Biram, Roger Alan Wade, and more in Chicago Illinois in April
Playing Muddy Roots Festival in Cookeville Tennessee on Labor Day Weekend
Playing Dark Horse Brewery Festival in Marshall,Michigan in August
Playing The Dead of Summer Festival in New Hampshire in July
Scheduled to open for “The Moody Blues” in New Hampshire in August
Touring with Molly Gene One Whoaman Band in May. Tour stops include Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, West Virginia
Touring with The Cannibal Ramblers in October. Tour stops include Kentucky, Tennessee, Delta area (TBD), Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio and/or Michigan
…..and as usual Ten Foot Polecats will be playing regionally across the Northeast throughout the year.

Jay Scheffler (Vocals, Harp)
Jim Chilson (Guitar)
Chad Rousseau (Drums)

2013 – “Undertow” (Hillgrass Bluebilly Records)
2010 – “I Get Blamed For Everything I Do” (Hillgrass Bluebilly Records)
2009 – “Sterno Soup” (Independent)

2014 Blues Rules Festival – Switzerland
2014 Muddy Roots Europe – Belgium
2014 Muddy Roots Music Festival – Cookeville, TN
2014 Moonrunners II – Chicago, IL
2014 Garvin Gate Blues Festival – Louisville, KY
2014 Dead of Summer Music Festival – NH
2013 Muddy Roots Music Festival – Cookeville, TN
2013 Heavy Rebel Weekender XIII – Winston Salem, NC
2013 Return to Milltown VII – Palmer, MA
2012 Bloody Roots Music Festival – Worcester, MA
2012 Deep Blues Festival – Cleveland, OH
2012 New England Winter Blues Festival – Salisbury, MA
2011 Muddy Roots Music Festival – Cookeville, TN
2011 Deep Blues Festival – Cleveland, OH
2011 Heavy Rebel Weekender XI – Winston Salem, NC
2011 Heavy Hammer Jamboree – Three Rivers, MI
2011 Roots, Rock & Deep-Blues Festival – Minneapolis, MN
2011 Return To Milltown V – Palmer, MA
2011 Bloody Roots Music Festival – Worcester, MA
2010 Muddy Roots Music Festival – Cookeville, TN
2010 Heavy Rebel Weekender X – Winston Salem, NC
2010 Return to Milltown IV – Palmer, MA
2010 Hot Rod & Kustom Fallout V – South Glastonbury, CT
2009 Deep Blues Festival – Minneapolis, MN
2009 Keene Music Festival – Keene, NH
2008 Keene Music Festival – Keene, NH
2008 Boston Music Festival – Boston, MA


angies-alpaca-gloucester-1-copyright-kim-smithAngela Marshall is simply amazing. Since the last time I stopped by to say hello and visit her beautiful alpacas, which was only several weeks ago, she has set up a charming shop in a tiny little red shed that was recently added to the Marshall family compound of farm buildings. Freshly scrubbed, painted, and wares beautifully displayed, there is something for everyone in this petite shop.angies-alpaca-gloucester-copyright-kim-smith

angies-alpaca-gloucester-massachusetts-copyright-kim-smithThe skeins of yarn are shorn and spun from her alpacas and come in a lovely array of soft, natural shades, from creamy white to rich chocolatey browns and blacks. Alpaca, which is as luxurious as cashmere, is not only one of the warmest fibers, it is not in the least itchy.

At Angie’s Alpacas you’ll find alpaca hats, mittens, hand warmers, scarves, socks, super comfortable felted alpaca insoles, and much more.angies-alpaca-gloucester-magnolia-copyright-kim-smith

The alpaca named Magnolia came over to check out the above afghan-in-progress. Christy Marshall, now living in Georgia, is visiting the family farm and is crocheting the throw. The white in the afghan comes from Magnolia!

Presently, Angie’s Alpacas is open by appointment. Call 978-729-7180 or email Angela at As the shop becomes established, so too will the hours. A website and Facebook page, created by Angela’s daughter Jenn, are underway. Angie’s Alpacas is located at Marshall’s Farm, 148 Concord Street, Gloucester.

You can see Angie’s Alpacas yarns and accessories tomorrow, Saturday, October 1st, at the Fall Festival at Mile Marker One. If the weather isn’t too inclement, the Marshall’s alpacas will be there as well. Admission to the festival is free.

See previous post about the Marshall’s alpaca yarn here.



Harumby is growing so quickly, both eating hay and nursing simultaneously.


That’s Angela in the background. She works from sunup till well past sundown. It’s a tremendous amount of work taking care of the alpacas, all the farm animals, and managing the office at Marshall’s Landscaping Supply.angies-alpaca-gloucester-marshalls-copyright-kim-smith angies-alpaca-gloucester-stormy-copyright-kim-smithHarumby’s Mom, Stormy, has the most intense gaze. She is always on high alert and doesn’t miss a thing that goes on at the farmyard.

Brian Templeton Tonight! Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb LIne 8:30pm 9.29.2016…There shall be lots of dancing!


It’s been a long time since Brian Templeton has graced our stage, so we’re getting out of wimp mode and into a strong belt of scotch. I’m putting my bass to the grindstone for a hone job to keep up with Mr. T’s ebullience. Brian’s the big guy with an acoustic guitar and a huge unmuffled glass pack voice. Every time he comes here it’s guaranteed to cure your IBS (irritable blues syndrome). See if you agree.

He’s draggin’ in that proton beam of a catarrist: Mr. Billy Loosigian and the Atomic Clock: Mr. David Mattacks. Ask your chirofractor if BT is right for you.



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Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

Nichole’s Picks 10/1 + 10/2

Pick #1: Salem Food Truck Festival

11:00-6:00 on both Saturday and Sunday

Get all of the facts HERE

The Salem Food Truck Festival is a two-day event being hosted in the Salem Common in historic downtown Salem, Ma. The event will feature 25 food trucks, live music and family fun. With a range from grilled cheese to whoopie pies, there is sure to be something for everyone! Save the date and save your appetites for one of the area’s biggest food truck events!


Pick #2: Family Day at the Bird Banding Station at Joppa Flats, Newburyport

Read all about it HERE


Sun, Oct 02, 2016 9:30 am – 11:30 am


Bird Banding Station, Plum Island


Ben Flemer – Banding Station Manager; Lynette Leka – Naturalist


All (suitable for children 6 – 18 years)


Adult $8.00, Child $5.00


Adult $10.00, Child $6.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Come for an exciting visit to the Joppa Flats Bird Banding Station on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. See Mass Audubon scientists capture, measure, weigh, examine, and release migrant songbirds. Learn about migration, habitat use, and scientific research at a real field station. The station operates only during the height of migration in spring (April and May) and fall (September and October). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Instructions and Directions:

Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center. Bring binoculars and cameras. Please be prepared for the weather, and protect yourself against mosquitoes and ticks.Joppa Flats Cancellation Policy: Please notify us at least 24 hours prior to your program if you must cancel. If you cancel less than 24 hours ahead, we can only offer a refund or credit if we subsequently fill your space. We cannot transfer your payment to another registration with less than 24 hours’ notice.

Registration is required.
Register online or call 978-462-9998 to register by phone.
Register by mail: program registration form (PDF 66K)
For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.

For more information, contact:


Pick #3: Vintage Baseball at Spencer Peirce Little Farm

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Saturday, October 1, 11:00 a.m.

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.

Watch the four teams of the Essex Base Ball Association, the Newburyport Clamdiggers, Lynn Live Oaks, Lowell Base Ball Nine, and the Portsmouth Rockinghams, 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. Weather permitting, please call.

In partnership with Essex Base Ball Association andIpswich Ale Brewery.

Free to Historic New England members
$5 nonmembers

Please call 978-462-2634 or buy online.

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

Wednesdays at the Rhumb Line – 7pm with Fly Amero ~ This week’s special guest: Chick Marston 9.28.2016

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, September 28th – 7pm
Special Guest: CHICK MARSTON!

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I was about 13 years old when I first met Chicklet Marston.
Jonathan Pope picked up a gang of us and drove to his house
in Rockport to see if Chick wanted to buy his metal-flake blue
Fender Stratocaster. Chick, a well-schooled acoustic guitarist
with a Berklee Conservatory background, had never played an
electric guitar in his life. He had no idea what to do with the
thing, fumbling all over it – and I was left wondering what all
the fuss was about with this supposedly “great player”. Well…
couple weeks go by, him playing his vintage 1936 Martin 0018,
and I find myself going to music school BIGTIME, soaking up
all I could from this brilliant, classic American folk & blues
picker. His thumb was a perfect metronome on the bass
patterns. The music he played was simple and poignant.
He went on to introduce an entire world of music to me that
changed my life and helped build my character as a more
well-rounded musician. Staple Singers. Doc Watson. Jelly
Roll Morton. Mississippi John Hurt. Odetta. On and on and
on. Chick Marston will forever be my mentor and hero. Most
people around here, I think, just don’t know what they got.
This is no shit. ~ 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!
10/5 – Fozzie Hill

10/12 – Toni Ann

10/19 – Orville Giddings

Looking forward… seeing you there🙂


unnamedThe Gloucester Stage Company is excited to present the world premiere of Founding Artistic Director, Israel Horovitz’s newest play, Man In Snow. A drama suffused with relational cues and miscues, we follow the varied passions of a family seeking resolutions to the highs and lows of the mountains we climb in life. This is passionate, compelling storytelling that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

To learn more about Man in Snow, check out our podcast interview with director Israel Horovitz and Heid Dallin here.

To purchase tickets and show times visit the Gloucester Stage website here.


Last Insights On Site art show for the season at White Ellery House: Leslie Lyman and Karen Battles installation October 1

Meredith Anderson from the Cape Ann Museum reminds us that “the one day exhibits at the White-Ellery House are not only a place to see some interesting local  contemporary art in a historical context…They are also a great chance open house for people who’ve never been to experience this remarkable 17th century home.”

Cape Ann Museum printed matter about the Leslie Lyman and Karen Battles Insights On Site one-day-only exhibit on October 1.


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Super special offers September 24 Holland America Cruise Ship and Trails&Sails

How exciting that  Holland America  and Trails and Sails are coming to Gloucester and Cape Ann this weekend! There are many special offers and events to help welcome visitors. This will be the second of three big cruise ships coming into port this month to Cruiseport Gloucester. It won’t leave Gloucester harbor till 11PM.  Last time I expected sight seeing, museum visits and shopping as reasons passengers disembarked. They did that. If you go by the clicker counter, 844 (give or take another hundred), plus 650 who pre-booked excursions, came ashore.


photo caption: Elizabeth Carey Discover Gloucester greeted and clicked. Peter Webber Cape Ann Chamber photograph.

I was surprised by how many passengers from a seemingly all inclusive cruise opted to take a whale watch trip and dine out. They did that, too. I’ll report back fun facts, but today I wanted to post about the special offers and events.

Working TOGETHER to welcome everyone is a beautiful thing. Thanks to the organizers (with a big shout out to Jeanne Hennessey, Joe Ciolino, Kathie Gilson, Peter Webber, Lorre Anderson, Bob Ryan and Elizabeth Carey):





photo caption: Bob Ryan/CATA, Jeanne Hennessey, Paul Talbot at Cruiseport planning out logistics for Saturday September 24, 2016

CATA created a special map for continuous downtown trolley loops (“frequency is key”) and to Rocky Neck and Rockport. The special pass covers their bus routes. What an incredible deal! They are extending operations until 10PM.  A new addition: Beauport Ambulance Services will be offering a shuttle bus for an Essex/Manchester/Cruiseport route. Kathie Gilson prepared and made hundreds of copies of a lobster roll list (a big common request), special events, and the Gimme Sound music schedule. Kudos to the volunteers, organizations and businesses for their hard work and creativity.

And now for Gloucester downtown Special events and offers. You can click logos to follow links.

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Great Music this weekend: Lanesville Music Festival , Cape Ann Symphony & more

Saturday is Lanesville Music Festival FREE starting at NOON with a Dance Party from 8:30-11pm featuring King Brown Mattacks and Gates — only $10 at the door.  And if you’d prefer classical music to dancing you can go to the Cape Ann Symphony’s Big Night Big Music concert featuring Bernstein, Debussy and Respighi



Then on Sunday 9/25 from 2-7pm go to The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence feat. Marina Evans, Jon Butcher, Fozzie Hill w/ Wolf Ginandes, Allen Estes, John Raymond Jerome & Fly Amero at Mile Marker One!  Free with donations accepted to support the North Shore Health Project.


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Toni Lynn Washington ~ Tonight’s host @ The Rhumb Line’s “Dave Sag’s Blues Party” 8:30pm to 11:30pm 9.22.2016


Dave says,
Another huge week for you music fans! It’s still summer as far as I’m concerned, so, here ’tis:
Thursday night at the Rump Line: you gotta come and see Ms. Toni Lynn Washington. If you don’t know this lady; shame on you.A world class performer who’ll rip your lungs out,Jim. Last time here, she had ’em swinging’ from the rafters.



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Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

Clock Strikes Ten will bring Gloucester three sets of classic Cheap Trick tunes this Friday, September 23rd at House of Mitch starting at 9pm.


If you love the hits, or you love the deep cuts, they’ve got ’em all!  This is the first Gloucester show for Clock Strikes Ten which has been nominated as “Tribute Band of The Year” for six years running.  Clock Strikes Ten features Gloucester local Tony Goddess (Papas Fritas, Jenny Dee & the Delinquents) on bass, Boston-based John Powhida (The Rudds, John Powhida International Airport) on lead vocals and guitar, John Brookhouse (The Dirty Truckers, Worshipper) on lead guitar, and Johnny “Rock” Lynch (The Neighborhoods, Watts) on drums.  9pm start.
WHAT: Clock Strikes Ten (Cheap Trick tribute band)
WHERE: House of Mitch (18 Rogers Street, Gloucester)
WHEN: Friday, September 23rd, 2016
TIME: 9:00-midnight
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