Category Archives: Things to do

Charles Fine Arts: Form–Face-Figure Exhibit


IMG_3296On Exhibit at the Charles Fine Arts located at 196 Main Street Gloucester.

FORM  FACE FIGURE  starting Saturday March 18th – April 9th

Includes Live Portrait Sessions by Geoffrey Chalmers, Eli Cedrone, and Leon Doucette



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Women of Essex exhibit at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum opens this weekend

Slated to run in conjunction with National Women’s History Month, Women of Essex Stories to Share, will be on display most weekends from March 18-April 29. The show is hosted by Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum. Lee adds:

“The motivation for this exhibit was the recognition that, while our emphasis at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum has been on shipbuilding and the men involved with it, there were many significant roles of women in the community. Hence the exhibit Women of Essex – Stories to Share. This exhibit features about a dozen women that we are featuring individually in this first phase of the project. To help scope this effort, we are focusing this phase on women who are no longer with us. These include the women that were instrumental in building the first meeting house, one of the first woman auctioneers in the country, a female professional baseball player, a woman who was a motivator behind several town projects, several individuals active in the arts, and even an enslaved woman. There will be collections of several other groups of women, namely teachers and restaurateurs, an Essex mainstay.”


Toni Lynn Washington Tonight! Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line 8:30pm 3.9.2017

Thursday at the Rummie, let’s welcome back the amazing Ms. Toni Lynn Washington. The most amazing, long time, world travelling singer and an absolute joy to work with, having 65% more chutzpah than the leading brand.

Not only that, but she’s dragging in Mr. Mike DiBari, fabulous gootarist who just won the 2017 Swiss Kriss® Award for excellence in downloading. Also, drummer to the gods, Mr. Steve Bankuti. Let’s get funky! See you there!

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

Globe critics pick their 42 favorite upcoming New England arts: 2 from Cape Ann

Boston Globe

Boston Globe critics –Kate Tuttle (books); Zoe Madonna (classical music); Karen Campbell (dance); Loren King (film); Michael Andor Brodeur (pop music); Don Aucoin (theater); Malcom Gay (visual arts)– published an arts preview:  “Globe Critics survey of 42 Essential art events in New England that you won’t want to miss this spring and summer.”

Congratulations to Rockport Chamber Music Festival and Clara Wainwright for making the list! Rockport Chamber Music Festival is June 2-July 9 at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Clara Wainwright, artist and First Night Founder, is one of 8 artists selected for the  21st round of Art on the Marquee, the “massive three sided, seven screened, 80 foot tall marquee at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center” public art project. Look for that exhibit March 16-April 17.

Here’s the geographic tally:

Boston area, MA arts events: 19
Western, MA: 8
North Shore, MA: 2 –Rockport/Chamber Music Festival and Lincoln/Thoreau. (Clara’s work will be shown in Boston)
Cape and islands, MA: 4
ME: 4
RI: 3
VT: 1
CT: 1 (could be New Bedford…)

Most of the MOTT seasonal round ups and e-blasts are light on North Shore listings.



Quentin Calleweart tonight with Fly Amero 7-10pm @ The Rhumb Line 3.8.2017


Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, March 8th – 7pm

Shame on you if you miss this, is all I can say. This kid is
pure joy and utterly amazing to watch and be near to. Come
see Quentin Callewaert! He’s only 16! ~ 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!
Upcoming guests…
03/15 – Allen Estes

03/22 – Charlee Bianchini

03/29 – Liz Frame

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂


Dave Sag’s Blues Party tonight, with Jon Ross and Mr. Rick Russo 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 3.2.2017

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Thursday at the Rhummb Line, Mr. Jon Ross blows into town from Mew Hampshire along with Mr. Rick Russo. These cats are old friends and incredible musicians. You will be licking your ear drums in pain.



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

Nichole’s Picks 3/4 + 3/5

Pick #1:  Cultural Festival at Harborlight in Beverly

I am pretty excited about this event.  First of all, it is free.  A suggested donation of $10 per family would be appreciated, but is not necessary.

Children will be given a “passport” to go on tour through several different countries (classrooms).  Along the way, they will make crafts and be introduced to a bit of the cultural that makes each country special.  At 11:15 all guests will be invited upstairs to watch the live entertainment.  There will be a Lion Dance troupe and a group named Ballet Folklorico Colombiano Bajucol who will perform three separate cultural dances.  Harborlight students will also sing some songs that they have learned in Mandarin and Spanish…along with American Sign Language.   Baked goods will also be available for purchase.



Pick #2: Sugar Shack Saturdays at Appleton Farms

Saturdays, March 4, 2017 10am-11:30am & 1:30-3pm

Spring is coming and the sap is running! Experience the time-honored tradition of maple sugaring with Sugar Shack Saturdays at Appleton Farms. Spend the morning with us and see how we turn sap into sweet syrup. Start by getting creative with some maple themed crafts in the Appleton Old House then get outside and explore our very own sugar shack! Learn how we tap our trees every spring, see the evaporator in action, and taste the freshly made syrup.  We will end back inside with a farm snack, including Appleton Farms cheese, apple slices, and homemade maple ice cream while we read a story about maple sugaring!

Recommended for ages 8 and under but everyone is welcome! Space is limited. Registration is by the family- if you have 5 or more in your family, please register 2 families.  Crafts and snacks included and we want to have enough for all.




Pick #3: Lego Batman Movie Days at the LegoLand Discovery Center



Every weekend in March!

Super hero. Crime-fighter. Master Builder. LEGO® Batman is all of those and so much more. Come meet Gotham City’s Caped Crusader during this celebration of the Warner Bros. feature film, which will include photo ops with the scene-stealing star, a themed scavenger hunt and a LEGO® Batman-inspired LEGO build activity including:

  • LEGO® Batman Meet & Greets!
    Hi, kids. This is LEGO Batman, the star of his own brand new big adventure, The LEGO Batman Movie. Come meet the coolest, strongest, smartest and best-looking Super Hero of them all.
    Meet & Greets schedule TBD. Schedule of appearances subject to change.
  • Mystery Mosaic LEGO® Build
  • MINILAND Scavenger Hunt: The Villians have escaped

To avoid disappointment, please pre-book your tickets online to guarantee entry. BUY TICKETS NOW

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

Mari Martin and Mark Retallack 6-9pm Thursday March 2nd @ The Beauport Hotel 1606 Gloucester.



Hello dear North Shore friends and family…hoping this finds you all well. Mark and I will be at the Beauport Hotel 1606 Restaurant and Bar  (Thursday night, March 2nd) from 6-9pm, playing a mellow and fun mix of music for your dining and listening pleasure. This place is really fabulous–good food, comfy couches, and great atmosphere. Come on out for a full meal, or just a drink by the fire. We’d be so happy if you’d join us! xo, Mari.

The Honkytonk Women Join Fly Amero Tonight Wednesday the 1st of March 7-10pm @ The Rhumb Line

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, March 1st – 7pm

Honkytonk Women 2014                                                            photo by Sheila Roberts Orlando


This is one serious blast of a show, ladies and gentlemen. These
wonderful, talented artists – most commonly known as Honkytonk
Women – totally packed the place and ripped the walls down last
time they came in on a Wednesday. Let’s do it all again! ~ 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!
Upcoming guests…
03/08 – Quentin Callewaert

03/15 – Allen Estes

03/22 – Charlee Bianchini

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Israel in Egypt at the Gloucester Meeting House


TITLE: Musica Sacra: George Frederic Handel’s oratorio ‘Israel in Egypt’
WHAT TO EXPECT: The biblical tale of the Exodus inspired Handel to write some of the most dramatic music of his career, depicting the story in vivid detail from the increasingly unpleasant plagues visited upon the Egyptians to the Israelites’ feelings of exultation and triumph in escaping their oppressors. Join Musica Sacra, their professional soloists and Baroque orchestra drawn from Boston’s best for this extraordinary musical journey. For more information and advance tickets please visit

WHAT’S SPECIAL? One of the largest and most poignant oratorios in the entire Classical repertoire, Handel sets to music the sufferings of the Israelites under Pharaoh’s terrible enslavement and the incredible Biblical story of their symbolic baptism and dash to freedom in the Promised Land through the parted waters of the Red Sea, blessed by a loving God. This is a musical depiction of the most definitive story of God’s power and engagement by hearing the sufferings of his chosen people and directing a leader in Moses to take them out of bondage, using the waters of the Red Sea to drown the hapless Egyptians who give chase. This magnificent oratorio concludes with a hymn of praise to the Almighty for mercy, miraculous power and deliverance as only Handel could conceive.

WHEN: Saturday, March 18th 2017, 7:30pm

WHERE: The historic 1806 Gloucester Meetinghouse (home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church), corner of Church & Middle Street.

ADMISSION (at the door or on-line at
$60 Preferred VIP Seating (reserved front rows & rear gallery)
$35 General
$25 College Students & Seniors (65+)
Under 17 free

PERFORMERS: From a choral repertoire spanning five centuries, Musica Sacra performs works both familiar and rare, with a crisp passion that awakens the listener to yearnings and joys, sorrows and delights—all that defines and inspires the best in human lives. In March 2015 the group performed J.S. Bach’s great Mass in B-minor at the Gloucester Meetinghouse to high acclaim.

Since 1959, Musica Sacra has been performing choral music with the highest standards of musical excellence and a sound that has been called “gifted,” “breathtaking,” and “uncommonly fresh and direct.” Director Mary Beekman, now in her 30th season, continues to thrill Musica Sacra’s singers and audiences with a varied and engaging repertoire.

The group has performed at the invitation of institutions such as the Boston Early Music Festival; WGBH Radio; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University. In 2003, Musica Sacra released their much-anticipated studio recording, Love, Lust, and Laudations: Flemish Choral Music of the High Renaissance. In 2004, Musica Sacra premièred Boston composer Daniel Pinkham’s Magnificat for chorus, soprano and wind quintet—a new work written especially for Mary Beekman and Musica Sacra.

SPECIAL MUSICIANS: Soloists are among Boston’s most acclaimed vocal artists:
Barbara Allen Hill, Soprano
Caroline R. Olsen, Mezzo-Soprano
Ian Pomerantz, Bass-Baritone
Janet Ross, Soprano
Jonas Budris, Tenor
Ulysses Thomas, Bass-Baritone
They will be joined by a large Baroque orchestra including strings, brass, woodwinds, timpani and organ continuo, as specified by Handel, drawn from New England’s finest players.

SPONSORSHIP: This Oratorio Series concert is made possible by our generous donors: J.J. & Jackie Bell, H. Woody Brock, Phil & Eve Cutter, Alec Dingee & Susan Gray, Charles Nazarian, and sole corporate sponsor, the Cape Ann Savings Bank. Additional sponsorships remain available. If you would like to be a donor in support of this annual Oratorio Series event please see our website for details:

ACCESSIBILITY: Persons with disabilities may enter from the 10 Church Street side entrance where there is an attendant and an elevator to the Meetinghouse sanctuary level.

AFTERWARDS: There will be a gala reception downstairs in the Vestry after the performance to which the entire audience is invited to meet the performers.

Charles Nazarian, president
Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation
10 Church Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Anne Riesenfeld
Executive Director
Musica Sacra
P O Box 381336
Cambridge, MA 02238
(617) 349-3400

SELL OUT WARNING Loretta LaRoche in Beverly Tomorrow Night

As promised, we warn FOBs when a show is about to sell out. Tomorrow’s Loretta LaRoche – Love Laughter and Lasagna (taking you back in time to the humor of growing up with her Italian family in Brooklyn) is selling fast and there are only a few tables left at our new, intimate venue, 9 Wallis in Beverly.  You may have seen Emmy-winning Loretta LaRoche on PBS or during prior tours, but you’ve probably never seen her in an intimate room with comfortable table seating, a delicious Lasagna dinner and bar service!

You don’t want to be one of those people who calls us tomorrow begging for a seat that we can’t give you because there just isn’t any space left, do you?

Here’s Loretta on PBS:

More videos here.

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