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Bluefin Blowout: Bidding, Free Samples, Music, and Fun Under the Tent. Now.

At least two fish on their way in, but even before that happens there is a lot of fun to be had down here at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort and the Bluefin Blowout.  The bar is open for business, some vendors are in the house, and the silent auction is bursting with fantastic items!  Tonno is serving up samples….and Lyon-Waugh has some sweet vehicles on display. Scottie Mac is playing some great music and the anticipation is building.

Bluefin Blowout



Live From the Bluefin Blowout

Big happenings here at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort and Mile Marker 1.

The Bluefin Blowout is under way and promises a weekend full of fun!

Come have a great time and support an even greater cause. This year the tournament is donating funds to The Alzheimer’s Foundation.

See the full calendar of events and read more about the organizers, sponsors, and history at the link below.

Bluefin Blowout

We have our first fish!  

Congratulations to Captain James Dolan and his crew!  Shark Bait has officially weighed in the first fish of this year’s tournament.

A  beautiful 485 pound and 95 inch bluefin tuna!

Email them here

The Bill Rose Memorial Striper Tournament


Fishing for Sight, Sponsored by the Magnolia Lions Club.

James Fialho sent me the information on this great event.

Saturday August 6, 2016 is the tournament.  The tournament goes from 5 am to 5 pm, $25 per person, $300 first prize, $125 second prize, weigh in closes at 6 pm cook out starts at 5:00 pm at the  Magnolia Town Landing.

Here is a couple of photos from 2015’s tournament.

August 1, 2015 That is a big one

August 1, 2015 over 40 inches


WIN Concert Tickets, Downtown Dollars and MORE @ Sidewalk Bazaar RIGHT NOW!

Aurelia Nelson and the crew from North Shore 104.9 are in front of Cape Ann Savings Bank with their Prize Wheel RIGHT NOW.  And they’ll be there all day today!  Tomorrow you can enter your name to win prizes instead of spinning the wheel.  Either way, you’ll want to go down to the Sidewalk Bazaar and try your luck!

You can win tickets to see Henri Smith feat. Grammy-Winner Charles Neville and the North Shore debut of The New England Neville Brothers (the next generation of Neville Brothers) with Grammy-Winner Amadee Castenell — all in one fun night out Friday, August 19th at the Vittori-Rocci Hall (right off 128) in Beverly!

Other prizes include Downtown Dollars which you can spend at any shop downtown during the sidewalk bazaar!

Get down there now.  Don’t wait until all the prizes are gone!

Here’s a taste of what you’ll get to see if you with the concert tickets

Lisa Marie Tonight! Thursday the 8th.8:30pm. Davesag’s blues party @ The Rhumb Line 8.4.2016

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Are you ready? Do you suffer from 4 weal drive? Wheys and miens? Corrosive carbuncles? Well, we offer the perfect ointment for your troubles in the form of Ms. Lisa Marie. Yes, this Thursday Ms. LM descends through the clouds spraying sunshine on all those parts that you fear need toning. Gonna be a big dance party. She’ dragging in Mr. Johnny Juxo on the keys and those fabulous wombat-skinned pointy Italian Shoes to shake things up. A drummer of dubious origin, too? I’m not sure….
It’s also Dave Trooper’s Going away party! From 6 to 8 pm, come by and wish him and Catherine good luck as they deport themselves to Ecuador, where the living is easy, the fish are jumpin’ and the coca grows high. Bring your instruments and show him who’s boss! Seriously, I’m going to miss him terribly and wish both all the luck on their new adventure. Do come!
Dave Sag

TBT Post

From FOB Mario and Richard at TBT Post,


Thursday, Friday and Saturday is the 58th Annual Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar.

TBT Post 33 Main Street Gloucester Ma 01930 will be celebrating with 50% OFF Store Wide on all;

  • Unique Jewelry
  • 100% Alpaca Wear
  • Organic Cotton Summer Wear

Please come to the wonderful City of Gloucester Massachusetts for all the fun, shopping, food and excitement August 4th, 5th and 6, 2016.December 4, 2014 great bag from TBT Post

Nichole’s Picks 8/6 + 8/7

Pick #1:  2016 Bluefin Blowout


Click HERE for more information

FRIDAY| AUGUST 5 – Open to the Public

  • 12:00 AM – Boats permitted to leave dock
  • 6:00 PM – Weigh In Opens
  • 9:00 PM – Weigh In Closes
  • 8:00PM-11:00 PM – Live Music– Groove Therapy

SAT | AUGUST 6 – Open to the Public

  • 1:00PM – 4:00PM
    • Music, Food and Cocktails served under the tent
    • Live tuna demonstration by Tonno, Gloucester
    • Silent auction and 50/50 to benefit Alzheimer’s
  • 3:00 PM – Weigh In Opens
  • 6:00PM– Dinner
  • 6:30PM– Awards
  • 8:00 Live & Silent Auction
  • 8:30-12:00 PM – Live Music- Herland Brothers

SUN | AUGUST 7 – Open to the Public

Brunch & Bloody Mary’s at the Cape Ann Marina / Mile Marker 1

Pick #2:  Gloucester Blue Festival


Click HERE for more information


Saturday, August 6 2016



Pick #3:  The Salem Maritime Festival


Click HERE for more information

The 2016 Salem Maritime Festival will be hosted on the weekend of August 5th, 6th and 7th!
Celebrate ships, sailors, and song at this annual free family festival! Hosted by the National Park Service, which is celebrating its Centennial Anniversary, the festival features live music, historical reenactors, harbor cruises, demonstrations, interactive programs, arts, crafts, and more! Join us for Free family fun! (Schedule subject to change.) Festivities will begin Friday evening and will extend through Sunday afternoon! The Salem Maritime Festival is hosted by Salem Maritime National Historic Site in cooperation with the Essex National Heritage Commission.

Event Contact Information
Salem Visitor Center (978) 740-1650

Festival Hours:

Friday, August 5: 3 PM to 8 PM (Dockside Vessels and Live Music)

Saturday, August 6: 10 AM to 7 PM (Exhibitors and Demonstrators 10 AM to 5 PM)

Sunday, August 7: 11 AM to 5 PM

Harbor Cruises

One of the most popular features of the Salem Maritime Festival is the free 90-minute boat rides around Salem Harbor. On Saturday, August 6, festival goers can enter a series of raffles for a chance to set sail in Salem’s harbor. We will start taking lottery entries at around 10:30 AM. Participants can set sail on the following vessels:

Schooner Adventure, built in 1926 and located at Maritime Gloucester (Sail time 2:15 PM)
Schooner Ardelle, an authentic Cape Ann Vessel from Gloucester (Sail times 12:15 PM and 1:45 PM)
Sea Shuttle’s Endeavour, learn about marine science of Salem Sound (Sail times 12:30 PM and 2:15 PM)
Schooner Fame, a full-scale replica of a War of 1812 Privateer (Sail times 12:00 PM and 1:15 PM)

In addition to the harbor cruises, Coast to Coast Paddle will guide participants on paddleboarding and kayaking adventures in Salem Harbor!


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

The Force is With Us Tonight @ I4-C2 Star Wars: The Force Awakens – FREE

After a couple of days of dicey weather The Force has delivered us perfect a outdoor movie-going night. FREE screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, presented by Building Center.  Refreshments at 6pm.  Movie starts at dark.  65 Rogers Street (I4-C2)!  Be there to awaken the Force within you!  Special thanks to Aurelia Nelson of North Shore 104.9 for keeping Movie Night Alive!

July 31st- TODAY!-Summer Soiree-EARLY SHOW! For Surfer’s Healing Autistic Children/6pm*Dan King Acoustic Duo/7pm*KnockUps/8pm*Cal Cali Band/9pm*Litefingers Klepto @ The Dog Bar



Bands Singer/Songwriters, Raffles and all kinds of fun!

6-6:45 Dan King Acoustic Duo
7-7:45 The Knock Ups
8-8:45 Cal Cali Band
9-9:45 Klepto Litefingers
The Bands ~
Dan King
The Knock Ups
Cal Cali Band
Litefingers Klepto



Dog Bar
65 Main St, Gloucester, MA

(978) 281-6565

dog bar

Mike O’Connell and Friends ~ Harbor Loop Summer Concert Series 2016 on July 28th. What a great night of live music!


Harbor Loop Summer Concert Series 2016
Mike OConnell & Friends
Jay Aptt- guitar/vox
Ben Ferrini- bass
Leo Ciaramitaro- drums
w/ special guest: Kylie O’Connell

They performed “Dear Mr. Fantasy” by Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood
Great night and some smokin songs by these guys.

Next week Groove Therapy! So far we made it without any rain and cancellations. Let’s hope it goes for the rest of the concerts.

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Playing with my food but not like Adam Bolonsky

Adam catches a bluefish and needs to make sure it is really really dead before he lays it between his legs in a kayak.

Waht better way than to rip the heart out with the gills and the blue is tastier after bleeding out.

What better way than to rip the heart out with the gills and the blue is tastier after bleeding out.

If I catch a big blue I need to scale and leave the skin on for the perfect Marcella Hazan “Bluefish with Crispy Potato” click for recipe.”  I was planning on making a post of gifts hanging on our kitchen wall from Fred Bodin’s Shop. But then I had a blue that I bled out when I caught it then scaled before filleting. But wait I needed a picture.

The small ceramic striper on the wall as well as an antique map of my neighborhood when our house was the only one both came from Fred's shop

The small ceramic striper on the wall as well as an antique map of my neighborhood when our house was the only one both came from Fred’s shop

Still bleeding out but I think I can make a new Zombie avatar before I fillet the fish.

Rock Lobster is playing in the background.

Rock Lobster is playing in the background.

Reading Marcella’s recipe she lists other fish you could use but I have tried them all and a fresh bluefish is the only way to make this dish. Half a fillet will rest on the crispy potatoes while remainder of the fish marinates overnight to become smoked bluefish tomorrow. Ryan & Wood wood chunks from the distillery whiskey casks for the smoke. Perfection. Then smoked bluefish paté sealed with a dog kiss from Stella makes Joey’s favorite snack on a Ritz cracker.

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