Category Archives: Things to do

Funny Girl at NSMT grabs you and won’t let go!

Shoshana Bean is Fanny Brice in North Shore Music Theatre’s production of FUNNY GIRL playing thru June 19, 2016. Photo © Paul Lyden

Every once in a while a live show delivers a truly moving theatre experience.  North Shore Music Theatre‘s production of Funny Girl is it.  This musical has everything you’d want in an evening out: It’s funny, heartwarming, music is stellar and the dancing is engaging — especially the tap.

Most importantly, the star, Shoshana Bean, grabs you from the moment she enters the stage and keeps hold of your emotions while she beckons your hopes, dreams and fears to go along with her on a wild ride through the early 20th century life of Zeigfeld Follies star Fanny Brice.

Shoshana Bean (who was the first replacement actress for the role of Elphaba on Broadway in the musical Wicked) has a gorgeous voice and is perfectly cast in the role made famous by Barbara Streisand on Broadway in 1964 and on film in 1968.  Bean is an extraordinarily good actress whose physical comedy and timing make this NSMT show one of our favorites in a long time.  Even our son loved it and he’s jaded by having been around rock stars all his life!

Funny Girl is selling fast and only running through June 19th, so get your tickets right now, RIGHT HERE!!

Here’s live performance of Fanny Brice singing one of her hits just to get you in the mood  . . .

Mr. Gordon “Sax” Beadle Tonight @ The Rhumb Line’s “Dave Sag’s Blues Party” 8:30pm 6.9.2016


It’s a biggie! Yes, yes, Mr. Gordon “Sax” Beadle is back in town this Thursday, comin’ at you with his atom smashing style and vaporizing sorties. it’s always a big deal to play with this guy…always takes a couple of days to recover…like a couch. Just back from a tour of Atlantis, our pied piper is dragging in the same vibrating rhythm section as last week.


I’m talking Mr. Pete Henderson on catarrh and Forrest “Forrest ” Padgett on the defibrillators. It’s always a blast! Do come!


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

Katrina’s is excited to add some Country Western / Blues music to their venue and host Cowboy & Lady! 8-11pm Thursday 6.9.2016


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This event Is for Country/Blues music lovers!!!

I’ve been chomping at the bit waiting to announce this special event at Katrina’s.
Cowboy and Lady will be riding into town Thursday, June 9th for a evening
of classic country/blues at our venue. Cowboy and Lady is a country-blues inspired duo featuring Tyler-James Kelly (The Silks) & Jess Powers.


*Reservations recommended for this show!Reserve your seat now! 978-515-7817



Nichole’s Picks 6/11 + 6/12

Pick #1: Strawberry Festival at Mile Marker One

Read all about it HERE

Always a lot of fun!  Great for kids…and their grown-ups too.


Pick #2:  Wee Woodland Fairy Festival at the Wenham Museum

Saturday, June 11 from 10:00-3:00

The fairy festival is included with admission to the museum…or  upgrade to the Premium Tea Party for $10 per child.


Read all about it and register HERE



Pick #3:  BeanStalk Adventure Ropes Course at Jordan’s Furniture


Experience the thrill of traveling from one activity to the next.  Test your agility and balance, as you make your way across our exclusive, one-of-a-kind sky ropes course. Head up 12 or 24 feet and step off onto zig zag beams, crisscross angled rope ladders, and hold tight for spaghetti hand lines.  Walk the plank at 24 feet where you travel out on a 6 inch standalone beam, only to pivot ever so perfectly and return.

Admission Prices:
BeanStalk Adventure Ropes Course (with Zip Line) – $12.50
BeanStalk Adventure Ropes Course (without Zip Line) – $10.50
Must be at least 48″ tall or 42″ if accompanied by a chaperone.

BeanSprout Adventure Ropes Course – $6.25
Must be less than 48″ tall.


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

Great Day at the Cox Reservation

The boys and I explored the Cox Reservation the other day and attended the Intro to Geocaching class that I mentioned in my “Picks” post.  While the fun of hunting for geocaches isn’t really new to us, we had a great time joining a small group of other attendees and hunting for some hidden boxes with some “professionals.”

The Essex County Greenbelt boasts tons of great properties that are always offering a large variety of fun and educational activities.

Check them out HERE

Dave Sag’s Blues Party Tonight with Cheryl Arena 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 6.2.2016

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Thursday night Ms. Cheryl Arena returns to Fred’s Coliseum in force!  Yes, that lovable gal with the nasty harmonica and the big voice is ready to chase you back to whatever evil rock you’ve been lying under.

cheryl arena

And, oops, I forgot to write down who the guitar player is, but rest assured you won’t be disappointed. Forrest “Forrest” Padgett will be the heartbeat du jour. My buddy Paul F’oss will be arriving by sled dog from the hinterlands of Bangor ME to tickle the ivories, and I’ll be on base with two men out.



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

Nichole’s Picks 6/4 + 6/5

Pick #1: Audubon Nature Festival at Ipswich River

Sunday, June 5th 10:00-4:00 rain or shine @ the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

$15 per car…member and non-member

Join us on Sunday, June 5 for a day of nature and fun. Featuring Marcia and Mark Wilson of Eyes on Owls.An unforgettable natural history experience for the whole family!

Among the many activities:

  • Live owl presentations throughout the day
  • Insect Zoo
  • Face-painting & Henna
  • Children’s games and activities
  • Craft demonstrations & sales
  • Butterfly Plant Sale
  • Food! Whoopie Wagon! Captain Dusty’s ice cream!
  • Raffle with lots of great items to choose from
  • Naturalist-guided walks & pond explorations
  • Guided tours of our butterfly & bird habitat gardens
  • Exhibits and activities on solar power, sustainability, & being green
  • Native reptiles & amphibians exhibit
  • Live music all day


Pick #2: Intro to Geocaching at the Cox Reservation

My boys and I love using our hand-held GPS to look for geocache boxes in our area.  I’ve been meaning…and will eventually…do a blog post it.  For now, I bet this event will be lots of fun!

SIGN UP HERE…SPOTS WON’T LAST for this cool event!

Saturday, June 4th 1:00-2:30

Come experience the fun new sport of Geocaching, the web-based hide-and-seek game that is growing by leaps and bounds across the country!


Instructors will share how to use a GPS unit and astute powers of observation to find hidden caches at the Cox Reservation.
Learn strategies for locating cleverly hidden caches and Geocaching etiquette.
Along the way, we will also teach basic GPS skills,  including creating waypoints and plotting a course. One GPS unit will be provided to be shared per family.

RSVP.  Capacity limited.

We will be walking on woodland paths. Proper footwear and insect repellent are recommended.


Pick #3: Cape Ann Harbor Tours Water Shuttle

According to their schedule they should be operating 12:00-4:00 on the weekends now.


We love hopping on the Lady Jillian, going for a cruise around the harbor, listening to the informative tour, and maybe jumping off for a bite to eat, an ice cream, or a stroll through Rocky Neck before getting back on to head home.

Not only a great mode of transportation, but also an inexpensive way to spend some time on the water with the kids.


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


1189401982_f-1-The Women’s Guild of Holy Family Parish is having a Strawberry Festival and Plant Sale this weekend, Saturday, June 4th from 9am-2pm at St. Ann Church.

They will also be featuring their super special 2nd Annual Mug Up Fundraiser, which includes a donated local artisan pottery mug, bottomless cup of coffee, and a homemade biscotti or muffin, all for only $15.00!!

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The handmade mugs were donated by Marty Morgan, Deb Carlson, Jenny Rangan, Jean Dugan, Nina Goodick, and Judy Bidwell.Mug up 1

Allen's_book_of_berries_-_1916_(1916)_(17951710725)Strawberry images courtesy Wiki Commons Media search

John Rockwell and his band Loose Tongues @ Katrina’s 7-10pm 6.1.2016

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Last time I got to see Loose Tongues they were so wicked good..
Wicked nice guys, too!
I tried to keep track of all the songs they played. not sure if the titles are correct or not but you get the drift. One song after another and with awesome harmonies…seriously…if you want to fill your Wednesday evening up with some sweetly performed all time favorites Katrina’s is place for it tonight…

Here’s the list…

Here comes the sun
But there’s a full moon risin’
Let’s go dancin’ in the light
We know where the music’s playin’…
She’s got a ticket to ride..
Gone Gone Gone …..really gone…cause you done me wrong
You’ve lost that lovin feelin..
She was just seventeen
Lord I was born a Ramblin man..
Drinks to remember
If not for you
Working on her night moves
Kathys clown
Me and Julio down by the school yard
Mussels from a shell
So sad …save it for a rainy day…jayhawks
All the right reasons…
Here comes the sun
Beware of darkness
Falling Slowly
Let you down
Shower the people
Weather with you


Dave Sags Blues Party Tonight with Greg Luttrell and Benny Benson 8:30pm 5.26.2016 It’s gonna be smokin!

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I’m so excited about all the fun for me this weekend that I’ve practically burst my diaper. Let’s be quick about it:
Thursday night: Rhumb Line: Greg Lutrell is back from China and along with Benny Benson, Fred’s insurance is going to go up.

greg lutrell

Saturday night: John Keegan® and Madhouse™ lays waste to the stage at Captain Carlo’s here in beautiful, clogged, Downtown Gloucester. 9 to 12
Sunday night: I join Stovall Brown and Johnny Juxo for some real dice-shaking fun at Terry O’Rielly’s in downtown Newton.5 to 9
Monday night: close out the long weekend by enjoying the groovy sounds of Tony and Samantha Goddess plus friends like John Cameron ,Steevee Chaggaris, and meself at the Mile Magic Marker at the CA Marina. 5 to 8. Whoo, boy, I’m pooped already! Dave…


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

Nichole’s Picks 5/28 + 5/29

Pick #1:  Gloucester Harbortown Arts Festival 

Harbortown Arts Market is an eclectic marketplace of New England’s vibrant indie-maker scene, featuring more than forty of the best designers, artists, and vintage curators from Cape Ann and beyond. Happening on Gloucester’s working waterfront in the heart of the city, this market features FREE PARKING, gourmet food trucks, exceptional harbor views, as well as proximity to the outstanding food, galleries and special events of the city’s Harbortown Arts Festival happening Memorial Day Weekend.

The Harbortown Arts Market is happening Saturday, May 28th, from 10AM to 4PM, at 65-67 Rogers Street in Gloucester. It is a co-production of Harbortown Cultural District, Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company of Gloucester, and Mill Gypsies, and it is a part of the Harbortown Arts Festival.

Etsy Mill Gypsies are an eclectic caravan of artists, makers and vintage dealers who travel to converted, artist/retail mills throughout New England. We bring awareness and a sense of community to the amazing mills we visit! The Gypsies are making a special appearance at the Harbortown Arts Festival in downtown Gloucester, MA.




Pick #2: Free Family Fun Fest at Wolf Hollow

Free Family Fun Fest

Sunday, May 29th, 2016 (11am – 3pm)

Make your Memorial Day weekend truly memorable! Bring the whole family to howl with the wolves for FREE!

Guests will enjoy:

Overflow parking will be directed to the side of Route 133 West

  Wolf Hollow (114 Essex Road, Ipswich, MA)


Pick #3:  Opening Weekend at Maritime Gloucester

Still and forever a favorite!  Maritime Gloucester opens this weekend and you should really make a point to stop on by.  So much to see and do for a variety of ages and one of my favorite gift shops ever….not to mention the incredibly easy-on-the-wallet price of admission!

Check out Maritime Gloucester HERE


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

Wednesdays at the Rhumb Line with Fly Amero ~ This weeks musical guest: Ron Schrank 7pm 5.25.2016








This week, dinner special trifecta!
BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich w/Fries – $10.95
Southwestern Veggie Wrap – $8.95
Vegetable Terrine – $9.95

Wednesday, May 25th – 7pm
Musical Guest: RON SCHRANK!

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He’s not as grim as he looks here, folks. Ron Schrank is just
about as warm and gentle as a musician can possibly be. We
love him dearly. Don’t miss it! ~ 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!
The very near future…
J.B. Amero

Liz Frame & The Kickers

Jon Butcher

Looking forward……to seeing you there:-)


The Artist’s Cocktail with Henry Allen & The New Swingset 9:30pm Jalapenos 5.28.2016


Excited to welcome Noah Harrington, Derek Dupuis, & Shane Dähler to The New Swingset! Join us!

Sunny in Boston today.

Sox take over first place in AL East. Buck Showalter's team gives it up in the 13th inning and will never see first place again. Meanwhile the Yankees climb out of the basement with six straight wins to get to .500 but they are still the Yankees and of course they still suck.

Sox take over first place in AL East. Buck Showalter’s team gives it up in the 13th inning and will never see first place again. Meanwhile the Yankees climb out of the basement with six straight wins to get to .500 but they are still the Yankees and of course they still suck.


So toasty in Boston today that the tourists are vaporizing.

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