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Nichole’s Picks 9/17 +9/18

Pick #1:  Appleton Farm Family Farm Day

One of my favorite fall events!

Read all about it HERE


Come celebrate the fall season with some good old-fashioned fun on America’s oldest working farm. Grab your friends and family and join us at Appleton Farms for our annual Family Farm Day! Visit with our farm animals, climb aboard a tractor, paint your own pumpkin, learn about beekeeping, challenge your friends at the potato spoon relay or hay obstacle course, and make sure to enjoy a pony ride! Looking for more? There are old-fashioned games like tug-o-war, crafts, face-painting, farm tattoos, and live music by Ben Rudnick and Friends.

All this activity will surely have you hungry for some fresh-from-the- farm food. Visit the food court where you will find our own 100% grass-fed burgers, seafood selections from Joe’s on a Roll, and Sa’ls Pizza. Snacks, drinks, and dessert will include White Farms Ice Cream, Pure Pastry, cider donuts, popcorn, Mojo cold-brewed coffee, and lemonade.

Admission includes everything except food and beverages. This event runs rain or shine. Admission fee is per car.  Trustees members don’t forget your membership card to receive discounted admission. Not a member yet? Join at the event and receive a free Appleton t-shirt plus $10 off a family membership! (Promotion available at the event only).


Pick #2:  Fish Box Derby

Thanks to Greg Bover’s post back on August 31st, I have had the Fish Box Derby on my radar for a couple of weeks!  Which is great, because I often miss it.  This year’s event takes place on Sunday, September 18th at noon.

Read Greg’s Post HERE



Pick #3:  Cape Ann Youth Hockey Presents: Bruins Alumni vs. Gloucester Police Department



Friday Night (Sept. 16th) @ Talbot Rink

Gloucester Police vs. Bruins Alumni

Puck drops at 7pm

Fishermen Girls Hockey will be running a concession with snacks, drinks & pizza

Come wear your CAYH colors and cheer on the teams!


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

Fish Box Derby

September 20, 2015 PrayingAnother fun day at the Fish Box Derby

2014 Fish Box Derby Pics and Results From Melissa Cox

2014-09-14 14.48.45

Live Racing!!! FISH BOX DERBY!!!!!

Get down town and see some fast cars!! Runs from 12-3pm. (these are trial run pictures)

Peep Alex Golizzi’s Ride!



2013 Fish Box Derby Photos From Rick Isaacs


Hi Joey,

Here are some of my pics from Sunday’s Fish Box Derby.  They’re all from the same vantage point, the finish line, as I was the timer for the race.  FBD family and friends feel free to use these, just go to:   http://www.flickr.com/photos/rickisaacs/sets/72157635607117484/

GloucesterCast 9/15/13 With Guest Ed Collard and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

GloucesterCast 9/15/13 With Guest Ed Collard and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Click to play-

Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Thanks to Bill OConnor from www.northshorekid.com for the fancy “NEW EPISODE” GIF

Topics Include:

“There’s nothing around here”, LobsterFest, Bluesfest, Gloucester Daily Times Comment Section Banning Anonymous Commenting, Bloody Mary Competition, Mark Ring, Fish Box Derby, Manchester Festival By The Sea, Essex Mums, Rockport Merchants, Sara Kelly, Angela Cook, Dawn Noble, Joey’s Show At Cape Ann Coffees

2013 Fish Box Derby Registration and Inspection


For more info and pics- http://www.fishboxderby.org/


Fish Box Derby Registration and Weigh-in was held at the Fisk Organ shop today, here are a few pics!  We will also accept registrations and do inspections for those who could not make it today – this Wednesday evening Sept. 11th, 6-7pm.  We urge any previous racers who may be interested in loaning or selling their cars to contact the Fish Box Derby at 978-283-1932.  Don’t forget the THRILL OF THE HILL! this Sunday, Sept. 15th at High Noon, on Rogers Street hill!


Rick Isaacs for the Fish Box Derby

Event Information

2013 Fishbox Derby Race will be held

September 15th High Noon

The cars are entered into one of two categories: “Freestyle” or “Modified”. Prize categories include the traditional First, Second, Third, Fourth, Best Pit Crew and Koolest Car. In the past, First Place winners have won a mountain bike from Seaside cycle, Second Place winners have won a six month family membership to the YMCA, Third Place winners have won tickets from Cape Ann Whale Watch  and Fourth Place winners have won wrist watch. Many other great prizes donated by local merchants are awarded.

Donations made to the Fish Box Derby Race help to cover all race related expenses. The balance is placed in a scholarship fund for the young participants. Each participant is eligible to apply for scholarship funds as she or he prepares to graduate from High School. For race details, helping on a committee or general information you can write to us at: Fish Box Derby, Inc. PO Box 162 Gloucester, Ma. 01931-0162 Or call Greg at 978-283-1932 or Beth at 978-281-6057. Email us at info@fishboxderby.org

Need more information about purchasing cars, parts, etc.?  Please see the following links:

Official Soapbox Derby Website

Way Cool Kits

2012 Fish Box Derby Registration and Weigh In Photos From Rick Isaacs

Hi Joey,

Here are some photos of the Fish Box Derby registration and weigh-in held last Sunday morning at C. B. Fisk.  The race will be this Sunday, Sep. 16th, at High Noon on the Rogers St. Hill.  We encourage everyone to come out there Sunday and cheer these fantastic kids on – the Thrill of the Hill is at its best with a great audience!


Rick Isaacs for the Fish Box Derby Committee

2012 Fish Box Derby This Sunday September 16th!!!

“The Thrill of the Hill”

The 19th annual running of the Fish Box Derby is coming up on Sunday, September 16th at High Noon. We will be racing down Rogers Street in front of Gorton’s and have more than thirty entrants. The kids and their cars will traverse the 500 foot course in about 20 seconds.

Trophies are awarded to all participants with the grandest prizes (bikes, Y memberships, whale watch tickets, and watches) going to the top four finishers in each of the two classes: Freestyle (sleeve bearings) and Modified (ball and roller bearings). Other prizes are awarded for Best Pit Crew and Koolest Kar. Over 100 sponsors from the community bought advertising signs on the hay bales that will line the course. This widespread support will also allow the Fish Box Derby Committee to award two $1,000 scholarships to former racers going on to higher education.

This is one of the great family events of the year. Much more information is on www.fishboxderby.org.

video from Kenny MacCarthy-

http://capeanninfo.com Another great day for the kids in Gloucester MA and Cape Ann at the Fishbox Derby on Roger’s St. Lot’s of action with the hay bales and burnt out brakes. NASCAR: eat your heart out.

For past GMG Fish Box Derby Coverage Click Here

Ron Schrank Has Some Nice Things To Say

Ron writes-

Hey Joey,

We haven’t met but I live in Gloucester and we really enjoy your blog/web site.

My reason for this contact is to thank you for the great coverage of the Fish Box Derby. The post by Patrick really made my day as the father of two adult girls and the Papa of Alexis and Ava who won this years event.

Your coverage of all things Gloucester is beyond compare and I can only imagine the time and effort you put into this thing. Keep up the great work and know that your efforts are appreciated.

Ron Schrank

Well Ron we ain’t done yet.

Here’s a whole lot more photos in a slide show from Melissa Cox (click the pic for the photos)

Prepare Yourself For Another Bat Shit Crazy Fun Filled Weekend In Gloucester- Here’s Your Playbook

I suggest y’all rest up because yet again (I feel like I say this every week) there is an insane amount of fun just about free stuff to do.  Get Ready To Partay!

Saturday September 17th

Downtown Gloucester Block Party


At 6 pm sharp start dancing to the Docksiders Big Band plus jazz, reggae, African, folk, rock, show tunes and oldies. Linda Amero is at the Franklin Café, the Bandit Kings play at the Dog Bar.  The Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester and we will be performing at 7p.m. in front of the Sovereign Bank.  Enjoy exquisite dancing by OmBellyCo Tribal Dance and the Cape Ann Center for Dance Performance. Buy 50/50 raffle tickets from our Gloucester High School cheerleaders and help support the parties.

Also at 6 pm, a special magic show in Kids’ Town – win a special prize from magician Joe Howard!

GMG/ Lat 43 Outdoor Celebrate Gloucester II Bash To Renew Newell Stadium

Stop by and say hey and let me take your pic.  We will be live blogging the event!

LAT 43 Entrance

Saturday Starting at 7PM

Matt Burke From the Gloucester Daily Times Will be presenting  Awards To the top 25 Gloucester High School Gridiron Greats and we will have photos of the award winners blown up 25 feet on the big screen as Matt gives out the awards.

We will unveil the 25 foot screen that Ed Collard and I conceived and Ed mostly built with help from Sista Felicia and screen Sam Hartson’s “This Is Fiesta” movie- outside hoisted high up on the pilings in front of Lat 43, show footage of the blue lobsters albino lobsters, golden sea robin, Sunday Senior Seine Boat race, Friday Saturday and Sunday greasy pole footage, Monkey Balls, Craig Kimberly’s Fiesta Videos, Faces Of The Fishermen From EJ, Gloucester’s Finast Kind Calendar, and much much more.  The Outdoor café setup in the parking area in front of Lat 43 will be incredibly set up Lat 43 will be practically giving the food away and there will be adult beverage service- NOT TO BE MISSED!!!!!

Lat 43 will be serving Sista Felicia’s Special Hot Cocoa and Peppermint Schnapps (also served without the booze for the little ones) and we will be proudly serving The fantastic Ryan and woods Folly Cove Rum with hot mulled Cider to keep y’all warm through the night.

Best of all 10% of all food and beverage sales goes to GFAA to help rebuild Newell Stadium.

Art Now Rockport


Tickets are available for this evening event, please visit www.artnowrockport.com. (The official promo poster is attached to this email.)

Featured artists: Kurt Ankeny, Renata Fryshara, Ben MacAdam, Nina Samoiloff, and Karen Tusinski. Much thanks to Sarah Kelly, Rockport’s very own events guru and all around booster for the arts!

Sunday September 18th


Mug Up and GMG Lobster Roll Competition!!! at Khan Studio Good Morning Gloucester Gallery

Swing by the Gallery at 77 Rocky Neck Ave gallery G3 (On Madfish Wharf)

Meet lots of your favorite GMG personalities and enjoy free coffee, pastries and EJ’s killer deviled eggs.  Bring some pastries if you would like but it’s not mandatory.  Sometimes Paul Morrison even graces us with Monkey Bread!

On Sunday, September 18th during Mug Up, we will be holding the First Annual Lobster Roll Competition.  Judges for this competition will be Sista Felicia (we all know what an awesome cook and foodie Felicia is), Wendie Demuth (who grew up working for her father’s lobster business and ate huge amounts of lobster, prepared in every imaginable way), Brenda Hill (food judge for the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association, author and freelance writer from FL, originally from Gloucester) and Kim Smith (butterfly garden and lobster roll expert, who’d better show or Ed Collard gets her spot).  The lobster roll competition will be fierce and require special handling, so we need to have an idea of the number of entrants in advance.  Bun grilling can be done here at the gallery just before the entry goes to the judges, so entrants only need to bring a batch of their filling (hopefully enough to share a little with everyone after judging is complete) and their buns of preference.  If you are planning to enter, please reply post on the blog, or if you want to be more secretive, you can email me at khanstudio@comcast.net.  You might also want to put in a reservation early with Joey at Capt. Joe & Sons for your lobsters.

12:00PM Sunday

The Fish Box Derby On Rogers Street!


Fish Box Derby Info Here

Sunday September 18th
The Lone Gull 10K


Runners (and those interested in running),
An email will be sent out to all registered runners sometime tomorrow in regards to the final race details. I will outline some important points below for anybody who doesn’t feel like waiting for the email. This year’s Lone Gull 10K will in fact be its final running. It has been a great five years and I really want to thank all of the runners, volunteers, sponsors, and most of all my family for helping and putting up with my September stress! So here are some details for the race:

1) Pre-race packet pickup is available at New England Running Company on Friday (10-7) and Saturday (9:30-6).
2) You can pickup your numbers and shirts on raceday starting at 7:30 AM at Good Harbor Beach.
3) You can sign up for the race on raceday.
4) There is plenty of free parking available at Good Harbor Beach.
5) We will not be holding on to shirts that have not been picked up so after the race it will be on a first come, first serve basis.
6) Good luck to all runners!!!!!

For more info-


Fish Box Derby Inspection Pix From Rick Isaacs

Rick writes-

We had a great inspection and registration clinic today – looks like we’ll have about 30 great cars for the 17th consecutive running of the Fish Box Derby Race on Sunday, Sept. 18th at High Noon on Rogers Street!

For More Info- http://www.fishboxderby.org/









Fish Box Derby Facebook Page Here

Fish Box Derby -2010 Drivers, Finalist and the Fans

More Fish Box Derby Photos….  

 Click on the below Photos to enlarge the Finalist  

Click on Photo to view Slide_Show of the FANS


Click on Photo to View the Slide_Show of the Drivers

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