Category Archives: Things to do

Nichole’s Picks 7/16 + 7/17

Pick #1: Hammond Castle Renaissance Fair

July 16th and 17th 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

ADULTS = $15.00
5-11YEARS = $10.00

“Come and enjoy
Live Music, Magic, Comedy,
Knights, Storytelling, Plus our Artisans and Vendors”





Pick #2:  Connors Farm Blueberry + Raspberry Festival



Saturday, July 16, 2016 – 9am to 6pm (Rain date Sunday, July 17, 2016)

$7.95 Admission per Person, 2 and under are free.

(A Portion of the Proceeds Benefit Local Animal Shelters)

Note: Everyone must pay the $7.95 fee for entrance to pick your own and all festivities.

Activities Included with $7.95 admission: Music, Jumping Pillow, Farm Animals, Hayrides, Cow Train, Grain Train, Duck Races, Pedal Carts & more!

Additional charge for:Food, Blueberry and Raspberry desserts, BBQ Food, Pick Your Own Blueberries and Raspberries, Pony Rides (10am to 4pm) and Face Painting.


Pick #3:  Summer Moon Native American Pow-wow




SAT. & SUN., JULY 16-17, 2016

Endicott Park
57 Forest Street
(look for signs to get to pow-wow parking lot across from Saint Richards Catholic Church)
Danvers, MA  01923
11AM – 5PM

Host Drum:  Iron River Singers              Invited Drum: Urban Thunder Singers
Emcee:  Dave Weeden

Drumming and singing will be performed by the Iron River Singers and the Urban Thunder Singers.  They provide music for the dancers.

An interactive educational workshop with Claudia Fox Tree, M.Ed. – Arawak (Yurumein) will take place. There will be conversations about First Nations People (Native American) identity, culture, and history. On one day you will learn about assumptions that perpetuate stereotypes and myths, and how to expand ideas about Native American history, and the begin to explore the role of language and the power you have to change inaccurate stories about the First People of this land. On the other day, you will discover and learn about First Nations female role-models and their contributions to contemporary society and Native American history and culture. The workshop will begin around 11:30 AM each day. 

Music and songs will be performed by Medicine Mammals, a vocal harmony group. They will share traditional and contemporary Native songs accompanied by hand drums, rattles, guitars and rain sticks. (Sat. they will sing a cappella with rattles and hand drums; on Sun, the full band will play.) 

Join in some of the inter-tribal dancing. The public is always welcomed and encouraged to share in these dances especially the children.

Sit back and enjoy the various dance-style demonstrations inside the Circle. They will include the lady’s fancy shawl dance, jingle dress dance, grass dance, crow hop, lady’s traditional dance, men’s traditional dance, and others.  You will also see a small group of youth dancers taking part in the Circle.  Give them some encouragement (not monetary) for showing so much pride in their culture.

Have the children take part in craft making (antler tip necklaces) and storytelling with Loril and Peter around the tipi.

Self directed Native games will be set up around the tipi too. Some of the games includeHoop Game, Pine Cone Toss, Corn Cob Dart Throw, Standing Ones Game, etc.

Kerri Helme will also offer craftmaking at her table near by – corn husk dolls and traditional clay pinch pots.

Vendors will be selling their arts & crafts. A sampling of the items include wampum jewelry, beaded jewelry, silver and turquoise jewelry, carved bone jewelry, cedar feather boxes, paintings, tipi lamps, leather goods, fans, Native-themed clothing and hats, bamboo musical instruments, ponchos, rattles, blankets and so much more.

A few Native artisans will be set up demonstrating their intricate craft work.  Stop by and watch bead looming techniques by Rhonda Mills; finger weaving by Marlene Lopez; quill work by Yolanda Smith; leather hair ties by Keiko Moreno; and drum making by Strong Oak.

Taste some of the traditional Native food and some American fare for sale by “Silver Moon”.  A few of the foods include Three Sisters Rice (rice, beans corn & squash); Fry bread, Seafood Chowder, Fish Cakes, Strawberry Moon Tea, as well as hamburgers and hot dogs.

We will have a resource table that will include information, event flyers, newsletters, membership applications and other information that might be of value and interest to you. We will also be selling T-shirts with the organization’s logo which represents The Circle of Unity, The Four Directions, The Pipe of Peace, and The Feather of Brotherhood.

Raffle tickets will also be on sale at this table. You will have a chance to win two admission tickets to Six Flags New England.  The drawing will take place on Sunday (July 17th).  You do not need to be present to win.

Adults – $5.00
MCNAA Members and Seniors: $4.00
Children: 4-12 years – $3.00

Children 3 and Under – FREE

Parking:  FREE

The Pow-wow is “OPEN TO THE PUBLIC”  –  Everyone is Welcomed!

Bring a lawn chair or a blanket for seating! 


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

Blackburn Challenge Big GMG Reveal is 2:30 PM Thursday!!

The Cape Ann Rowing Club will be meeting with the Coast Guard tonight to work out the logistics of Saturday’s Blackburn Challenge Race. It looks to be perfect tide, and perfect weather. Hot.

Tomorrow GMG will post info about how you as a spectator can follow your favorite contestants. Go to RaceJoy and download the app to your smart iPhone or Android device. We will publish all RaceJoy Bib numbers of contestants tomorrow. Punch in the bib number, follow your paddler. Want to practice? Rubber Duck is bib number 40.

Start at the high school, gun goes off north of the railroad bridge, paddle down the river and then start taking right turns until you go all the way around and into Gloucester Harbor to the Greasy Pole Finish line. Simple.

Start at the high school, gun goes off north of the railroad bridge, paddle down the river and then start taking right turns until you go all the way around and into Gloucester Harbor to the Greasy Pole Finish line. Simple.

You might still be able to register for the race but do it now. Click here.

What we know currently:

  1. You will not be able to follow RaceJoy from a computer. Cool. Get out of your house with your phone, stop following Pokemon and follow real paddlers.
  2. Bib numbers. Check the bib numbers tomorrow, Thursday, to see who you want to track.
  3. Find “Blackburn Challenge” under Massachusetts in the RaceJoy app.
  4. More info tomorrow.

Contestants: Be Safe. Mandatory on your craft, PFD, Noisemaker, Map. It’s going to be hot. Make sure you bring water and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Magnolia Pier Debate Part 2 – Check out this video from 4 years ago — NO Barricades=Safer and More Fun!

4 years ago, I filmed people of all ages (from 5 years old to grandpa) jumping off Magnolia pier, with at least 3 people jumping for the first time — all the while there’s a game of “Pier Tag” going on too.  Pier Tag is impossible when the barricades are up. It’s time for the bureaucrats to man-or-woman-up, stop worrying so much about getting sued and remove the barricades to encourage kids, teens, adults, and grandparents to gather together in a safe, healthy place for some summer fun!  While you’re at it, put the ladders back too. Joey – you think we should have a pole about this?

Awesome video of Pier Jumping at Magnolia Pier

For some odd reason, somebody keeps barricading the kids’ favorite spot. This is creating an unsafe situation.  Generations of young children have learned to jump off the pier by being able to jump without having to climb the railing, which makes it a lot harder to learn — and way more scary too.  Whomever keeps barricading the jump spot, please remove the barricades.  Thanks!

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Danielle Miraglia tonight Davesag’s blues party @ The Rhumb Line 8:30 to 11:30 7.7.2016


Dave says,

This Thursday put those pain pills away and hobble on down to the Rhumb Line for some wholesome entertainment! I’ve got Ms. Danielle Miraglia on tap and it’s gonna be a corker. She drove the place wild last time! She sings like an angel, plays gootar,too.

Mr. Blob Enik sits down to put you in his guitar sights. Mr. Chris Anzalonedrums and Ms Cheryl Arena, who was just here a month ago, is comin’ with her harps and voice!
drums and Ms Cheryl Arena, who was just here a month ago, is comin’ with her harps and voice!


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

Nichole’s Picks 7/9 + 7/10

Pick #1: Thursday Night Picnic Concert at the Crane Estate



Photo Courtesy of The Trustees

We’re celebrating 20 years of Picnic Concerts and we want you to be a part of the fun! Bring a picnic supper, explore the grounds, dance on the lawn, and experience some of the region’s best bands. You’ll enjoy special 20th anniversary activities all summer long. The celebration begins on July 7 with Picnic Palooza, a friendly picnic competition. Prizes will be awarded for Most Elegant Spread, Best Beach Picnic, and Best 1996 Throwback Picnic. Look for picnic fare inspiration and share your amazing picnic photos on the Crane Estate Facebook page starting in July.

Tickets available at the gate only. Gates open at 5PM for picnicking. Concerts start at 7PM and end at 9PM. A weather decision, if necessary, will be announced on our website,, by 3PM on the day of the concert.

Members: $20/car.
Nonmembers: $30/car.

Walk-in, bicycle, & motorcycle: $10.

Tickets available at the gate only.

July 7 The BaHa Brothers
(Summertime Music)
July 14 The Piano Men
(Music of Elton John & Billy Joel)
July 21 Soul City
(Soul, Motown & Funk)
July 28 Soul Rebel Project
August 4 Sorry, no concert. Celebrate The Trustees 125th Anniversary with The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra at Castle Hill
August 11 Beantown Swing Orchestra
(Big Band Swing – Come at 6PM for the group swing dance lesson)
August 18 Entrain
(Rock Funk Jam Band)
August 25 Help!
(Beatles Tribute Band)
Sept 1 Orville Giddings Band
(Boogie Blues)

Pick #2: Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell, Boston

Each time I drive down Storrow Drive on my way to Fenway I think, I should really bring the boys in here to bike ride or paddle board along/on the Charles and make a day of it.

What better way to end a day of doing just that than taking in a free movie on the lawn at the Hatch Shell?

Disclaimer:  Upon writing this post, I realized that there isn’t a movie scheduled for this week…probably because of the 4th of July festivities, but I kept it as a “pick” because you can plan ahead for the remaining weeks of summer.


Free Friday Flicks is a summertime tradition in Boston, attracting thousands of movie-goers to enjoy family-oriented feature length movies under the stars all summer long at DCR’s Hatch Shell in Boston! Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic, and watch a movie with family and friends on Friday night for free! Movies begin at sundown, but arrive early to grab your spot on the lawn and enjoy free games and giveaways with WBZ NewsRadio 1030. The fun starts at 6pm with WBZ’s Morgan White Jr!


Pick #3:  Cape Ann Harbor Tours Lighthouse Cruise


As seen on their website…..

Enjoy the history and beauty of Cape Ann’s coast, up close! Presented by Cape Ann’s longest-running sightseeing company — since 1969!

Eastern Point LighthouseYou and your family will love our Cape Ann Lighthouse Cruise. Many people consider it to be the highlight of their visit!

Straitsmouth Island LightSee parts of the Cape you can’t reach by car — or on any other boat trip! Bring your camera — you’ll see historic lighthouses, Gloucester’s fishing fleet, lobstermen, drawbridges, islands, and Cape Ann’s spectacular natural beauty. Learn about some of the names of famous artists and poets that spent time here painting and writing. Hear about the great granite industry that flourished here for many years.

Restrooms, snacks and drinks are available on board. Trip length is approximately 2-1/2 hours.

Advance ticket purchase strongly suggested!


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



Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ This weeks musical guests: ALLEN ESTES (w/Brother Dave)! At The Rhumb Line 7-10pm

rhumblineDinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, July 6th – 7pm
Musical Guests:
ALLEN ESTES (w/Brother Dave)!

allen fly

The Rhumb Line is alive and well! This week, we have the
great Allen Estes. As an added bonus, he’ll be accompanied
by his gifted brother David. I’ll be shades of The Estes Boys
all over again. Full kitchen (as usual) – we’re sure to have
another fantastic night. Be there! ~ 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!
7/13 -TBA

7/20 – John Rockwell

7/27 -Jon Butcher

Looking forward to seeing you there:-)

Harborwalk Summer Cinema Kicks Off July 13

Gloucester’s outdoor movies series now in its 3rd year

Movie_2016_smallThe City of Gloucester, Cape Ann Cinema & Stage, and North Shore Radio 104.9 are pleased to announce The Third Annual HarborWalk Summer Cinema Series. These free outdoor movies will run Wednesdays for 5 weeks throughout the summer, July 13 to August 10 (with a rain date on August 17) at 65 Rogers Street (I4C2).

IMG_1548In addition to the partners listed above the, Harborwalk Summer Cinema Series is sponsored by Cape Ann Savings Bank, the Green Carpet Sponsor and North Shore Community College the Community Sponsor. Individual film sponsors include Doyon’s Modern Home, The Open Door Food Pantry, Toodeloos! Toys, The Building Center of Gloucester and Essex, and Manchester Athletic Club. Other local businesses providing support include: Ipswich Bank, Gloucester Stage Company, Auto Expressions, and BankGloucester.

Movies start at 8:00 PM (or when it gets dark, whichever is earlier), and feature the following blockbusters:

July 13––GREASE (presented by Doyon’s Modern Home)Come dressed as your favorite character- there will be a prize for the best costume!

July 20––Disney/Pixar’s FINDING NEMO (presented by The Open Door Food Pantry)Bring a canned good for the Movie Night Food Drive!

July 27––MINONS (presented by Toodeloos! Toys)

August 3––STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (presented by The Building Center of Gloucester and Essex)

August 10––Disney/Pixar’s INSIDE OUT (presented by Manchester Athletic Club)

The movies are a free “BYOC” event (Bring Your Own Chair”) free. Local vendors Kettle Masters, Nana’s Fried Dough, Joe Popcorn’s Slush, Salty Frank’s Hot Dogs, Copper Dome Crust Pizza, and Cape Ann Cinema & Stage will provide snacks for purchase.

While in Gloucester, guests are encouraged to take the opportunity to visit the HarborWalk. The HarborWalk features 42 “story moments” on Cape Ann-sourced granite markers that weave in and around the waterfront and through Gloucester’s historic downtown. As noted by former Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk, “Our goal was to link Gloucester’s waterfront with the downtown area, and to make it easy for residents and visitors to experience the working waterfront’s edge without interfering with it.”     North Shore 104.9 will provide pre-show entertainment with music, contests and prize giveaways beginning at 6:00 PM every night.


Horribles, 4th, done, What’s next? Blackburn Challenge!!

Blackburn Challenge, July 16, 2016. Long range forecast shows partly cloudy 85 degrees for that Saturday. Tide chart shows high tide at 9:30AM so the boats will be flushed out of the Annisquam at the beginning. So, perfect weather, perfect tide.

And for the 30th running of the Blackburn most contestants will be tracked by GPS using RaceJoy. (Click here.) Even if you are just watching the race you should go download the app to your phone now. Besides clicking to see that the race starts in 11 days, 17 hours, 30 minutes, you will get to see a progress report of participants. Rubber Duck will be finding out more about this app in the next week so watch GMG for updates. If you want to try it out on Rubber Duck her “Bib Number” is 40. (RD needs a bib, she dribbles.)

Breaking news: Cape Ann Rowing Club Facebook page might be able to change Rubber duck into a shark!! She feels faster already!

Rubber Duck in a shark costume.

Rubber Duck in a shark costume.


Participants: if you want to be tracked by the unwashed masses of GMG just post your bib number in the comments. Then you will see Rubber Duck closing in on Jimmy T.

Start at the high school, gun goes off north of the railroad bridge, paddle down the river and then start taking right turns until you go all the way around and into Gloucester Harbor to the Greasy Pole Finish line. Simple.

Start at the high school, gun goes off north of the railroad bridge, paddle down the river and then start taking right turns until you go all the way around and into Gloucester Harbor to the Greasy Pole Finish line. Simple.


VIDEO: PASTAIO VIA CORTA- Fresh Hand Made Pasta in Glosta!

It’s a dream come true! Yes, fresh daily-made by hand pasta has come to 11 Center Street in downtown Gloucester. I had some last night, and OMG! It’s stunning! Support our local businesses folks!!

Nichole’s Picks 7/2 + 7/3 and the 4th of July


I feel like I talk about this once a month or so because it is such a good take.  Park at Stage Fort Park, for FREE mind you, hop on the trolley, tour the city, jump on and off all day long if you’d like, and then be delivered right back to your car at the end of the day.  You can choose to simply take a ride for exactly one hour….or make a day of it by stopping at several of its destinations.  What an easy way to get to Good Harbor Beach!

READ MORE HERE  and also see the full schedule.

Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays  10:00-5:30

one way fare:  $1

all day pass: $3       and children under 5 are free



Pick #2: The Horribles Parade!

Sunday, July 3rd

Free Concert on Stacy Boulevard begins between 5:00- 5:30 and resumes after the parade, the parade starts at 6:00 from the High School, and fireworks over the harbor at 9:30



Pick #3:  Rockport’s 4th of July Parade

Rockport Firemen’s Parade begins at 6:00, Rockport Legion Band Concert on Back Beach after the parade, and the Bonfire at 9:00




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

Last Chance To Catch Albatross at Gloucester Stage


Last Chance To See Award Winning Albatross At Gloucester Stage Company

The critically acclaimed Albatross by Matthew Spangler and Benjamin Evett runs through July 3 at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. The production has been receiving rave reviews and nightly standing ovations during it run in Gloucester. Inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s classic, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Albatross brings Coleridge’s tortured seaman into the present day to recount one man’s doomed journey on the open sea. A fast paced adventure filled with sea battles, storms, and ice-bound ships, Albatross uses visually thrilling stagecraft powered by the latest multimedia technology to bring The Mariner into the modern world. Directed by Rick Lombardo, this rollicking sea yarn features actor and co-author Benjamin Evett recreating his bravura 2015 Elliot Norton-winning solo performance of The Mariner in his Gloucester Stage debut. In 2015 Albatross enjoyed an acclaimed premiere at The Poets’ Theater in Boston winning two Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Production by a Small Theater and Outstanding Solo Performance. Following the limited engagement at GSC, Albatross will move to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, 2016 and Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters in New York City in January, 2017.

Matthew Spangler and Benjamin Evett’s Albatross July 3rd at Gloucester Stage Company. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Single ticket prices are $28 to $38 with discounts available for Senior Citizens and Patrons 25 years old and under. Gloucester Stage Flex Passes for the 2016 Season are also on sale now. All performances are held at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. For more information about Gloucester Stage, or to purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit


Nichole’s Pick. Period.

I guess you could say that I’m boycotting my Picks Post this week, because….while I haven’t missed one since Joey asked me to start writing them….there is only one true pick for this weekend…  The 89th Saint Peter’s Fiesta.

Here is your list of events for this year….  taken from

St. Peter’s Fiesta 2016

Novena to St. Peter

Monday, June 13 – Tuesday, June 21
7:00 p.m.
American Legion Hall

Wednesday, June 22

7:00–10:00 p.m.  Musical Entertainment….St. Peter’s Park:    
Barry Mooney and The Sounds of Legends ”                                                            

Thursday, June 23

Youth 3 on 3 Basketball Tounament      Time to be announced.
For further details, contact the Cape Ann YMCA.

6:30 p.m……      Fiesta 5K Road Race – with Cape Ann YMCA –
Starting location Stage Fort Park,
Finish line at St. Peter’s Park.
For further details, contact the Cape Ann YMCA.

8:00–11:00…      Entertainment, Dance and Music featuring…..
“WILD FIRE” …. St. Peter’s Park                  

Friday, June 24

4:45 p.m…….    Greasy Pole Contest…and…Women’s  Seine Boat Races
Pavilion Beach

6:30 p.m…….    Entertainment….Before Opening Ceremonies

7:30 p.m. ……    Formal Opening ….St. Peter’s Square

Entertainment immediately following to 11:30 p.m….                                                          featuring   Elio Lorusso and SEABREEZE

Saturday, June 25

9:30 a.m……          Family Activity Day….Newell Stadium
For further details, contact the Cape Ann YMCA.

10:00 a.m…….     Pavilion Beach…Military Seine Boat Race: 
U.S. Coast Guard vs U.S. Navy
Gloucester Fire Department vs Gloucester Police Department 

3:00 p.m……    Children’s Games…. Beach Court

4:45 p.m……    Sports Events… Pavilion Beach
Seine Boat Races..&..Greasy Pole Contest

8:00–11:30 pm. Musical EntertainmentSt. Peter’s Square….
“Gian Faraone and  Big Band Orchestra”

Sunday, JUNE 26

10:00 a.m……     Celebration of MASS OF ST. PETER….. at St. Peter’s Park

10:00 a.m……   Celebration of MASS OF ST. PETER….. at St. Peter’s Park

 12:00 noon…..  Procession following the Celebration of Outdoor Mass

3:00 p.m……    Blessing of the Fleet… Stacy Boulevard.

3:00 p.m… …   Concert….United States Navy Band Northeast…St. Peter’s Park

4:45 p.m……    Sports Events…at Pavilion Beach –
Seine Boat Races..&..
.Greasy Pole Contest

6:30 p.m……    Children’s  Pinata Contest –  Pascucci Court

6:30 -7:15 pm     Musical entertainment.. St. Peter’s Square… featuring  Jimmy Geany

7:15 p.m…….    Awards Ceremony – Trophies awarded to winners of the Sports Events

8:30 p.m……    Musical Entertainment –  St. Peter’s Park featuring  Paul London

11:00 p.m……  Raffle Drawings and Closing Procession

Save the Date:  Next Year….
St. Peter’s Fiesta, 90th Anniversary, June 21 – June 25, 2017


BREAKING NEWS: Tickets just went on sale for Henri Smith feat. Charles Neville in Beverly Aug 19

Gloucester’s Henri Smith returns to Beverly on August 19 after headlining last year’s wildly successful Beverly Block Party! For this summer’s Mardi-Gras themed concert at Beverly’s Vittori-Rocci hall, Henri welcomes Grammy-winners Charles Neville and Amadee Castenell with a special appearance by the New England Nevilles featuring Charles Neville with his two sons: keyboardist Khalif and drummer Talyn.

This concert features reserved seats (get them here) with plenty of room to dance in the aisles with Henri, the New England Nevilles and the whole band during the traditional Second Line.

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ This Week’s very Special Guest: J.B. Amero 7-10pm @ The Rhumb Line 6.22.2016

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, June 22nd – 7pm
Musical Guest: J.B AMERO!

jb amero

Deep soul magic. Perhaps the most popular performer we
have here on Cape Ann… the great J.B. graces our presence
as we kick off Fiesta this Wednesday. We start at 7, but I’d
say come early. A crowd is expected. ~ 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!
6/29 – Fly Amero & Arizona Friends

7/6 – Toni Ann

7/13 -Jon Butcher

7/20 – John Rockwell

Looking forward……to seeing you there:-)

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