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I know what you’re thinking….”Nichole is going to tell us to go swim in the pool again”….and I am….but, that’s not all. So there. Bear with me.
Yes, for sure, the pool passes at Cape Ann Marina’s Aqua Room are a total no-brainer and if you’re looking to kill some easy time with the kids you’d be crazy to not log some hours there….but, more importantly, I can not say ENOUGH about the staff and their graciousness, hospitality, and patience.
Seriously, I’m not going to lie, if you aren’t taking kids to the pool, this may not be where you want to be during a school vacation week (but hang in there because it is almost over). Quiet will soon prevail and then, if you’re looking for some peacefulness in the pool, get yourself down there. I’ve been there 3 times this week so far and it is not for the faint of heart. It can get a bit loud…and peaceful it is not. Fun, however, it sure is!
That having been said, we have had fantastic and gloriously low-maintenance days hanging by the pool. Today, for example, the boys and I met three other families….with a staggering total of 10 kids. We logged 7.5 hours. The children were well-behaved and HAPPY for each and every second!
We all had a delicious lunch, the kids had frozen shirley temples AND ice cream, and we treated ourselves to some incredibly yummy pina coladas. Why not?
The real point of this post, however, is not to tell you about how my boys spent their day, but rather to tell you that I was beyond impressed with literally each and every member of the staff! Joe Loicano is the manager of all managers! He is incredibly hands-on and makes the rounds talking with guests, high-fiving the kids, clearing tables, sharing funny stories, and making sure everyone is happy. He’s busy each and every second…yet somehow manages to make everyone feel like they are his top priority. Think The Captain, Gopher, Doc, and Isaac all rolled into one. Hopefully, you all got the Love Boat analogy or that last sentence just seemed weird.
The bartenders and servers are phenomenal. We joked several times about how this week, with so many kids laughing and splashing, must be their worst nightmare but, even with the window open to express their dread, they all responded by saying different versions of, “No, it’s totally fun.” Seriously. The girls who were making drinks, taking lunch orders, checking in on everyone, and clearing tables were incredibly friendly and accommodating. I really can’t say enough positive sentiments about them….and I really hope that they get a chance to read this so that they know how relaxing and wonderful they made our day today!
Kudos to the entire team for being so kind, helpful, and incredibly hard working! You’ve all taken hospitality to the next level.
So, from Team Schrafft, THANK YOU!
If, by chance, you’re reading this and you don’t know much about Mile Marker 1 and Cape Ann Marina….check out this great video that Joey C. filmed while interviewing Joe Loicano back when the restaurant was getting ready to first open a couple of years ago. Makes me long for summer just a little bit more.
The boys and I met my mom, dad, sister, and nephew for a super yummy breakfast at the Cape Ann Marina this morning and then spent a couple of hours swimming in the pool….and having a couple of mimosas.
While there, I bought my February School Vacation Pool Pass! SUCH a great deal! For $59 a family of four can use the pool all week long (ending 2/22). If you have more than four in the family there is an additional fee per head.
A totally easy way to spend some time, get some exercise, and tire out the whippersnappers! A total bonus is that you can order lunch/dinner/drinks while there.
Cape Ann Marina Resort Call and ask them about the deal….or stop on by!
Happy New Year!
I hope that 2015 proves to be everyone’s best year yet!
It looks like the cold weather is here to stay, but with no snow there’s no chance of sledding, snowshoeing, or cross country skiing anytime soon. There’s still plenty to do!
Check out the link above for the weekend’s schedule of events! It looks like a great time! And…as the 1st event of its kind, you can be a part of the history!
The Lawn on D kicks off its winter season with Winter on D’s inaugural event – Boston’s first Fire & Ice Festival!
Enjoy the chilling beauty of this winter season as The Lawn on D is magically frozen into a wonderland of ice. The Fire & Ice Festival offers fun free daytime activities and exciting winter attractions that will keep you happily frolicking in the cold including an ice labyrinth, free daytime and evening activities including kids dance parties.
The Fire & Ice Festival will feature one of the largest ice labyrinths in America that will allow visitors to walk through a glass-like maze built out of nearly 300 giant ice blocks bathed in colorful lights during the evening hours. Guests can also admire photos from world-famous adventure photographer Paul Nicklen whose polar photos of penguins, polar bears and other arctic creatures will be frozen into the ice labyrinth walls.
Watch the finest fire art performers from The Boston Circus Guild manipulate the orange and yellow hues of fire at their will. Feel the heat and watch the flames flicker and dance in the evening sky by skilled performers in an icy winter wonderland.
Got a chill? Kids and adults can warm up under the winter pavilion with a nice warm cup of cocoa! The pavilion will feature a beautifully carved ice bar, serving up seasonal favorites including apple cider and hot cocoa for the little ones, along with wine and beer for adults.
Fire & Ice Festival goers can sit by one of the many fire pits placed around on the lawn to warm their hands and feet after grabbing a bite to eat from one of our food trucks including free samples of Legal Sea Foods’world-famous chowder and good hearty bites from Stoked Pizza, The Taco Truck and Sheherazad.
Music and entertainment will be provided throughout the three day Fire & Ice Festival.
(Please note: Evening fire performances and Legal Sea Foods will not be present on January 4, 2015)
As has been mentioned here on GMG before, swimming at the Cape Ann Marina is a total no brainer. Swimming, food, and drinks, oh my! For the record, the kids’ meals are $8 and come with a drink, the meal, and even a small vanilla ice cream.
GloucesterCast With Guest Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 10/03/14
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Topics Include:Guest Toby Pett, Muffin Eating Etiquette, Donut vs Muffin, Last Stop Variety, Reasons For Not Getting A Flu Shot, The Internet and Bad Medical Information, Fenway Park Derek Jeter Love Fest, Anna and James Eves Chase Mission Main Street small business grant, Cape Ann Farmer’s Market, Maitland Farms Pickles, Toby Talks about Stuff He Baked That Had Nothing To Do with The Original Question, Mile Marker One Marshalls Farm and The Bridge Fall Fest, Mile Marker One $5 Burgers On Thursdays, The Causeway Restaurant, The Pool At Cape Ann Marina In the Winter, Fan of Fall and Shorter Days Or Not?, Cape Ann Chimney and Hearth, Bait Truck Comes Down With A Broken Pallet Jack Once Again, Bonus Mid-week Podcast.
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If you haven’t yet been to a concert at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion, now is the time — and if you’ve been to a concert in this gorgeous waterfront venue, you know what I’m talking about.
It’s the perfect summer music experience — ask anybody who was at the packed James Montgomery show last Friday.
This Friday (8/29) we’re bringing in the same concert stage and state-of-the-art sound & lights for Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours to kick off Schooner Festival weekend — get tickets here.
There’s a wonderful parallel between James Montgomery and Henri Smith. Both bandleaders are major talents, they love to surround themselves with the best players available and both are committed to furthering their musical traditions by nurturing young talent.
Henri is bringing Grammy-winning saxophonist and flautist Amadee Castenell (who appeared in the HBO hit series Treme) along with Berklee professor Herman Hampton and top New England Conservatory trombonist Eric Stilwell — 3 generations of top musicians on the same stage!
And Mile Marker One will have a full bar along with perfect summer food: Lobster Rolls, BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Sausage/Peppers/Onions and of course Clam Chowda!
Don’t let summer pass you by without dancing a second line with Henri and his stellar band at the largest waterfront tent in Gloucester! Don’t wait until it sells out. GET TICKETS NOW!
Sell Out Alert: A Few VIP Seats Left for Henri Smith YMCA Benefit on Friday 8/29 @ Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion (the BIG Tent)
Last Friday’s James Montgomery show jam packed Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion (the BIG tent next to Mile Marker One) and VIP was sold out. The photo on the right shows how close the VIP seats are to the stage.
Don’t be one of those people who comes at the last minute and then complains that all the best seats are taken. DO IT NOW!
Isn’t this where you want to be on Friday night to kick off the Schooner Festival?
Check out this video of Henri Smith’s sold out Mardi Gras 2013 concert at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly.
Today’s Globe North Best Bets column features 4 events and the first 2 listed are in Gloucester. Here’s what they say:
Gloucester: Gloucester Stage Company closes its current season with August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Fences.” The play tells the story of a former Negro baseball leagues star working as a garbage man in Pittsburgh in 1957. Thursday through Sept. 7. $35, $40. Gorton Theatre, 267 East Main St. 978-281-4433, www.gloucesterstage.com .
Gloucester: The Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert Series presents blues artist James Montgomery, joined by Danielle Miraglia, Marissa Licata, Sax Attax Horns, and Willie Loco Alexander. Friday, 8 p.m. $25-$55. A portion of proceeds will go to The Open Door food pantry. Waterfront Pavilion, Cape Ann Marina, 75 Essex Ave. www.gimmelive.tv
Looks like the editors of the Boston Globe know where to go for top entertainment north of Boston.
Aren’t you glad you live here?
BREAKING NEWS & VIDEO: Whitney Doucet, who sang with Keith Urban, to join James Montgomery at the Celebrate Gloucester Kick-off on Friday
James Montgomery just added young, rising Country star, Whitney Doucet to his lineup for the Celebrate Gloucester Benefit for The Open Door this Friday at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion in Gloucester. Whitney is fresh off a duet with Country Star and American Idol judge Keith Urban that blew Keith away.
Whitney’s addition to the stellar lineup will add a Country flavor to the already unique benefit concert that showcases two beautiful and talented young women namely Jazz phenom Marissa Licata, and rising Blues star Danielle Miraglia, and also one of the Founders of the Boston Rock scene Willie Loco Alexander. Backing the Montgomery Band that night will be the Sax Attack horns, one of Boston’s premiere horn sections, who add a lot of power on the songs they perform.
The very best in Blues, Rock, Jazz, and Country will all be represented in one unique electrifying performance. This is a very special James Montgomery benefit concert that can only be seen on This Friday, August 22! VIP is already sold out, but good seats are still available. Get them NOW (right here)!
GloucesterCast With Guests Peter and Vickie Van Ness and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/12/14
Topics Include: Peter and Vickie Van Ness, www.gimmesound.com ,Seafood Throwdown at The Farmer’s Market, Mercedes Flavin vs Rosalie From Rosalie’s, Niaz Dorry, NAMA, Fisherman’s Wives, Robin Williams, Everybody’s Life Is Hard For Them, Celebrate Gloucester Series, Cape Ann Marina Waterfront Pavillion, Kudos To Tobin Dominick and Joe Liacono, Gloucester UU, Top 4-10 Must Do Things In Gloucester, John Sebastian, Block Party This Weekend, Kudos To The Current Block Party Committee, Henry Smith, Schooner Festival, Maritime Gloucester, Tracy Arabian, Props To Tom Ellis and Harold Blackburn, Sea Shanty Crazies, Cape Ann Museum, Cape Ann Whale Watch, Seven Seas Whale Watch, Gloucester Restaurants, The Atlantis for Breakfast, Duckworth Bistro, Passports, The Studio, GMG Mug Up Saturday This Week, EJ LeFavour, Lady Jillian Harbor Shuttle, The Other Cape, Peter Paul and Mary, Shout Out To Aurelia Nelson from 104.9, Curtain Up with Aurelia Nelson, Cape Ann TV, Being a Perfectionist With Online Media vs Creating Content Naturally, Realism vs Perfectionism, Putting The Content Before Advertising, GMG On Facebook, The Need To Respond To People’s Requests, An Idea For The Holistic People, Cape Ann SUP, Cape Ann Harbor Tours, All the Ways To Get Out On Gloucester Harbor.
In similar fashion to the tournament’s opening day, Day #2 of this year’s Bluefin Blowout also ended with two large Bluefin Tuna being landed. The Osprey and the Tonno (Italian for tuna) both brought fish to the dock.
This year’s event was fantastic and it is safe to say, with such enthusiasm from organizers, participants, vendors, and spectators, it is only going to get better. I’m already looking forward to next year. This tournament provides a new take on the already rich summer schedule that Cape Ann offers and I hope it continues for years to come!
In all, 53 boats were entered and four scored some pretty phenomenal bluefin tuna!
The Miss Fern’s fish weighed in at 805 pounds
Tuna.com tipped the charts with a 913 pounder
The Osprey’s fish showed 497 on the scale
and a 588 pound fish was brought in by The Tonno
Check out the event’s website for updated information.
As always, this is a legitimate tuna tournament, with action not to be missed.
In fact, it is “New England’s Premier Giant Bluefin Tuna Tournament” and it does not disappoint.
Great work done by the organizers, the sponsors, the boat crews, and everyone else involved.
A great chance to peak inside what this side of the fishing industry can be like!
The crowd was excited, the competition was on…yet friendly, the Orion was up to their usual antics all “Funky Red Barn” style, and the fish were…well, BIG.
A heartfelt moment of silence for past “Weigh Master”, Mark Godfried (whom I worked for and loved), was a really nice touch.
To kick-off this year’s tournament, Day #1 ended with The Miss Fern bringing in a fish that weighed 805 pounds. It was immediately followed by Tuna.com’s 913 pounder. Yikes!
Congratulations to all! Check out tournament info here
When Henri Smith brings New Orleans Friends & Flavours, featuring Grammy-winner Amadee Castenell to Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion on August 29, he’ll be helping to raise money for the Cape Ann YMCA — and he’ll release his new live CD recorded at The Larcom Theatre last March.
This will be Henri’s first live CD and it features stellar guests, including Grammy-winners Charles Neville and Amadee Castenell along with young, rising stars — all brought together by Henri Smith, one of the country’s premier band leaders.
Recorded and mixed by Bill Winn (whose award-winning credits include Whitney Houston and Herbie Hancock among many others), this CD is destined to become a classic — and you can get yours signed at the concert.
Henri Smith concerts have been selling out, so you probably shouldn’t procrastinate.
Get your tickets now (right here) and then you can relax the rest of the summer.
James has invited young rising stars Danielle Miraglia & Marissa Licata along with Gloucester’s own Willie Loco Alexander to join him on stage Friday night August 22 at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion to help raise money for the Open Door.
This is James’ first appearance in Gloucester on over 2 years and he won’t be back for a while — and you can’t see him with this lineup anywhere else. So get tickets now (right here) before it’s too late.
Check out these videos of James and his guests and you’ll see why this is one summer concert you absolutely don’t want to miss!
Get your tickets now for our outdoor July concert on Cape Ann! Renee and Joe will open… and this gorgeous shot on Wingaersheek is of course by Louise Welch!!!
Buy your tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/709321
Wow, what an unbelievable amount of boat stuff all in one place. If you put all these boats in the water the ocean level would rise at least a few inches.
Cape Ann Marina has just way too much cool stuff going on. If you have not had breakfast at the Mile Marker Restaurant lately, order one of the Eggs Benedict and don’t forget the home fries. (Menu here.) These are not your ordinary home fries. They do some kind of magical double cooking of them so they are soft on the inside and crunchy but not greasy on the outside. I could just eat them alone for breakfast but their Benedict sauce has just the right amount of creamy goodness, and their crab cakes … oh wait, they also have a pretty nice marina, swimming pool (buy a punch card!), and they’ll fix your engine. You have to click through their entire web page and dream about summer.
Anyway, why did I label this post New England Boat Show: Dazed and Confused? Find out by clicking more below:
Tobin Domenick writes-
Thanks again for all your support – it was a very special weekend here for the marina the tournament and also Gloucester!!!
I am in charge of the Parade of Lights, and need help recruiting boats. It is this Saturday at sunset of Jones Creek to start. If you enter you receive $100 in fuel from the Cape Ann’s Marina Resort. We need support with boats, so we can have a parade.
Registration forms are available at the Marina, or I can email.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Boat "Parade of Lights"
Check Out Last year’s fun-
Sharon Lowe Photo-
Mile Marker 1 Is Located In the Back Right Hand Corner of The Cape Ann Marina Property (Opposite Back Corner of Where The Gull Was Located) 75 Essex Ave
Call for Free Dockage Tied Up With Meal from Mile Marker One on VHF Channel 10.
Thirty years ago Gloucester, Massachusetts was home to one of the best Bluefin Tuna tournaments in New England. So when my good friends Rob Bouley and Joe Boreland brought up the idea for a big tournament, I knew it was time to bring all tuna fanatics back to America’s Oldest Seaport for the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group First Annual 2012 BLUEFIN BLOWOUT!
Our home base at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort is the premier location to access the tuna fishing grounds north to Ipswich Bay, east to Jeffrey’s Ledge and south to Stellwagen Bank. Our mission is to gather commercial and recreational, experienced and greenhorn, young enthusiasts and old salts together for a weekend full of huge prizes, great bands, big parties and amazing fishing!
Nothing compliments two days of competitive fishing like three days of music, food, cocktails and fish stories. The feel of a big tournament will be in the air with the suspense of the day’s cash Calcutta. Get a chance to talk to some of the captains and mates on the new National Geographic series “Wicked Tuna” and watch as some of the biggest tuna fish of the year are weighed in right on location.
Whether you are the big cash prize winner or enjoying everything the tournament has to offer, we are excited to have you aboard with us at the most exciting tuna tournament of the year! See you at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort for the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group First Annual 2012 BLUEFIN BLOWOUT
Capt. Drew Hale