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Gloucester Cape Ann: history of fall art fairs and events


October is gorgeous!  And it’s teeming with parallel exhibitions and cultural events. What an exciting environment to view and buy vital work from living artists and artisans– emerging, mid-career and established.

Founded in 2016-  Cape Ann Plein Air October 10-16– beginning next week!

Founded in 2015- Brace Cove 2nd Annual Art Market (one day only!) 1pm till dark.


Founded in 2015 – Pumpkin Carving at Cape Ann Art Haven, October 29, 2016

Founded in 2012- Paint Essex annual Plein Air moved from summer to fall to coincide with Cape Ann Plein Air in 2016

Founded in 2009- the Annual DoctoberFest Documentary Film Festival curated by Cape Ann Cinema & Stage (estab.2008) runs Oct 14-20. Busy schedule includes  3D Flight of the Monarch Butterflies co-hosted with Kestrel Educational Adventures and Screenagers co-hosted with Sawyer Free and evenings with filmmakers.



Founded in 1984- Annisquam Arts & Crafts show Oct 8 & Oct 9, 10-5



Founded in 1984-  Annual Art Auction, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library, held October 5, 2016. October book reading with Anna Solomon October 13, 2016




Founded in 1983-  Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour (the oldest in the country)- Oct 8 and 9th featured as part of Artweek Boston Sept 30-Oct 9


Founded in 1979- Gloucester Stage is world class professional American theater in our country’s oldest seaport. Premiering this month- Man in Snow, the newest play by Israel Horovitz through October 23rd. GMG Podcast


Founded in 1873- Cape Ann Museum is a top notch American art museum. The must see exhibit Design/Build closes October 9th. Voicing the Woods- Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker opens October 20. Recent Acquisitions continues into December.



More scenes from October 2016 Annisquam Arts&Crafts fair, Annisquam Exchange, and Brace Cove Art Market


Founded in 2006- Cape Ann Farmers Market outdoor market Thursdays into October.

Founded in – Oktoberfest at Cape Ann Brewing Company

Founded in 1972- Annual Essex Clamfest October 22 (rain date Oct 23)

Founded in 2016- Look for Magnolia Sip and Stroll nights –  “Enjoy complimentary food, beverages and live music while visiting the wonderful shops on historic Lexington Avenue in Magnolia, MA” October 7th was the last one.

Founded in 2012- Fall Fest at Mile Marker 1 by Bridge Cape Ann October 4th. Look for this fun event next year!

The list above gathers special events and festivals that run annually each October.  At the same time, look into the monthly art gallery exhibitions, live music, performances, and readings going on in the many art and culture venues as well as non-traditional spaces, businesses, organizations, accommodations, and restaurants. 

This is the Bluefin Blowout

With four fish landed, lots of  money raised, fantastic music, delicious food and drinks, and a good time had by all, I’d say this year’s Bluefin Blowout was a pretty big success.

If you weren’t able to make an appearance, here is a little video to show you what you missed.

Bluefin Blowout

Fat Tuna Brings in a Pretty Fat Tuna


The 2nd fish in at this year’s Bluefin Blowout was landed by Fat Tuna!  Congratulations.

A beautiful fish weighing in at 412 pounds was just a little too small to take the lead from Shark Bait….and was soon outweighed by the Miss Fern’s 536 pound fish that hit the dock just 15 minutes later.  Good showing though!

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  sharkbaitcharters@gmail.com

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


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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

Nichole’s Picks 6/11 + 6/12

Pick #1: Strawberry Festival at Mile Marker One

Read all about it HERE

Always a lot of fun!  Great for kids…and their grown-ups too.


Pick #2:  Wee Woodland Fairy Festival at the Wenham Museum

Saturday, June 11 from 10:00-3:00

The fairy festival is included with admission to the museum…or  upgrade to the Premium Tea Party for $10 per child.


Read all about it and register HERE



Pick #3:  BeanStalk Adventure Ropes Course at Jordan’s Furniture


Experience the thrill of traveling from one activity to the next.  Test your agility and balance, as you make your way across our exclusive, one-of-a-kind sky ropes course. Head up 12 or 24 feet and step off onto zig zag beams, crisscross angled rope ladders, and hold tight for spaghetti hand lines.  Walk the plank at 24 feet where you travel out on a 6 inch standalone beam, only to pivot ever so perfectly and return.

Admission Prices:
BeanStalk Adventure Ropes Course (with Zip Line) – $12.50
BeanStalk Adventure Ropes Course (without Zip Line) – $10.50
Must be at least 48″ tall or 42″ if accompanied by a chaperone.

BeanSprout Adventure Ropes Course – $6.25
Must be less than 48″ tall.


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

The New and Improved Mile Marker One

As is often my go-to on rainy weekend days, I headed to the pool at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort yesterday.  You have heard me say this before, but it is a total score if you are a parent of a  young child…especially ones that can swim confidently on their own.

We were there for a little over four hours, the kids swam, we ate lunch, and hung out with friends.

We always have great, easy, inexpensive fun there and that has only become better with their new and improved menu by the pool AND the great renovations outside!  Today I ordered the strawberry summer salad, the boys had the chicken tenders with the world’s BEST honey mustard, and we shared the cheese trio plate with havarti, manchego, and brie….and mango slaw + pita chips.

I love hanging out with the boys, but I can’t wait to go back hit the raw bar, have some yummy drinks, hear some music, and sit by the water with some friends too.

Cape Ann Chamber Spring Tourism Mixer Mile Marker1





Live blogging: it is a gorgeous night and packed — ready for discussing upcoming season plans! Mile Marker One looks beautiful — getting all their outdoor decks ready to roll.


*news update: I amended the post to update it with some names and businesses seen in the photos and at the party–which I couldn’t manage live blogging.

So who was there and who helped?

Peter Webber, Ken Riehl, Kerry McKenna were there for the Chamber. The photographs show a range of businesses and organizations across Cape Ann coming together on such a nice evening like: Blue Shutters Beachside Inn, Cape Ann Camp Site, Cape Ann Plein Air, Cruiseport, Gloucester Stage,  Vista motel, artist Melody Phaneuf, Mile Marker One, North Shore Music, Pauline’s Gifts, Rocky Neck Art Association, Ryan and Wood, Schooner Adventure, seArts, Seven Seas Whale Watch, and Woodmans.

The Spring Tourism Mixer was presented by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s Tourism Council. Members of the Tourism Council are:

Sara Young (Chair) Schooner Adventure;

Matt Anzivino, Rockport Inn & Suites;

Laura Dow, Vista motel;

Tony Sapienza, Blue Shutters Beachside Inn;

Bonnie Scatterday, Woodman’s;

Jim Douglass, Cape Ann Whale Watch;

Meredith Anderson, Cape Ann Museum;

Rev. Sue Koehler-Arsenault, Rockport Cultural District;

Tom Balf, Maritime Gloucester;

Steve Frisch, Loblolly Seal Cruises;

Richard Nestel, Lantana House;

Ted Marshall, Agawam Boat and Fishing Charters;

Carol Thistle, City of Gloucester Community Development/Tourism;

Mike Storella, Central Street Gallery;

Charlie Brackett, Brackett’s Oceanview Restaurant;

Tony Beadle, Rockport Music 


Safety played to a wall to wall packed house last night, actually it was more than a packed house, the place was overflowing with rockin fans, with Tony Goddess, Renee Dupuis, Dan KingBrian King, Megan McKenzie Downey, and Dennis Monagle.

FUN at Mile Marker with Safety 80s!

A video posted by Kim Smith (@kimsmithdesigns) on


The Hot Tub Piranhas R Back at Mile Marker One for 1st of 2 gig’s! Memorial Day ~ See Chuck & John Acoustic Duo Bridge Deck 1-4pm


Monday May 25th is a great time to meander on down to Mile Marker One to enjoy a fun rock performance by The Hot Tub Piranhas who will help you move your feet to some of the best classic & modern rock covers ever produced. We will be playing from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. We promise a terrific show for you to feast your ears on and move your feets to, all while you feast on some exquisite fare from the bounty that is the sea. The food is terrific here as are the beverages, all served by an attentive and friendly staff. You cannot go wrong when you go to Mile Marker One… so go.🙂 See you there! Please bring dancing footwear… You’ll be needing them, lol!

Today at 6:00pm – 9:00pm Mile Marker One 75 Essex Ave, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930 New American Restaurant (978) 283-2122 info@milemarkerone.com

Live Music Today @ Mile Marker One with Steve Caraway, Loose Ends and The Megan McKenzie Band starting @ 1:00pm to 11:pm On the bridge deck 5.24.2015

Steve Caraway
Acoustic Pop/Rock
Bridge Deck 1-4pm

steve caraway mm7

steve caraway

Loose Ends
Acoustic Duo
Bridge Deck

courtesy photo

courtesy photo

loose ends bob cooney and mike mcnair

Megan McKenzie
Pop / Rock / Soul
Bridge Deck 8-11pm


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If You Get Tired of the Snow, Go for a Swim!

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!

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GloucesterCast 101 With Guests Frank Ciolino and Kim Smith and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 10/26/14

GloucesterCast 101 With Frank Ciolino and Kim Smith Taped 10/26/14

Topics Include:  Magnolia House Of Pizza Fire, Niece Amanda gets Released From the Hospital, 100th Podcast Recap, Brothers Brew Is Out, Last Stop Variety Is In, Thanking James and Anna Eves From Cape Ann Giclee, Anna Bangladesh, Sad That We Left Jenn Cullen Out, Missing Ed Collard, If Someone Wants To Make Me Happy They Should Mention That They Liked The Podcast, Joey Ciolino Bails Out The Dock, Frank Ciolino Stops By, Pizza Void In Magnolia, The Three Stooge Special At Tuckers Farm Family Diner, Dave Tucker Cooking Breakfast At Mile Marker One Now, 525 Doing Sunday Brunch and It Looks Amazing, Kim Smith Apparently Has No Juice At 525, Frank Is A Fan Of The Shrimp Scampi At 525, Frank Gives The Pros and Cons Of Moving From Central Gloucester To Magnolia,  Going To Magnolia Is A Commitment For An East Gloucester Guy, Frank Turns Into The Incredible Hulk Behind The Wheel, Franks Favorite GMG Events- The Food Eating Challenges, The Rogue Burger Challenge At Passports, The Three Stooge Challenge At Tuckers Farm Family Diner, The Hot Wing Challenge At The Farm Bar and Grille, Ed Collard, Big Lar, The Last Day Open For Mayalisa and Co At The Lobster Pool, Lobster Pool Fans Pleas To Not Change It, Frank Goes Off On TV Dumpers and Has A Solution, Frank’s Take On Question Two and The Bottle Bill, Gloucester Citizen’s Police Academy, Election Get Out The Vote Party, Agreeing To Disagree

Joey and Frank Ciolino ©Kim Smith 2014

More of a Good Thing: Fall Fest @ Mile Marker One

Both Donna and Joey already posted some fantastic photos from this weekend’s Fall Festival at Mile Marker One, but it was such a great event, that more can’t hurt.  Mile Marker One, Marshall’s Farm Stand, and The Bridge pulled off a fantastic afternoon despite some threatening weather.

The city of Gloucester provided some pretty awesome vehicles including Fire Engine 3, a police Hummer, an ATV, and even a Coast Guard Vessel.  That’s pretty much all my boys needed to make a day of it, but the pony rides, face painting, bouncy houses, awesome vendors, pretty yummy Bloody Marys, gelato, the Sam Adams Brewery Oktoberfest Beer Hoisting Competition (what?), and some pretty sweet alpacas made it all that much more fun.  And…that was by no means all that the event had to offer.

A true collaboration of forces to pull off yet another fantastic family event here in our great city.  Thanks to all!  Put this one on your calendar for next year for sure.


GloucesterCast With Guest Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 10/03/14

GloucesterCastSquareGloucesterCast 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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Friday is your last Chance to “Celebrate Gloucester” in the BIG TENT on the water

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.

Henri Smith

Henri Smith

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!

Amadee Castenell

Amadee Castenell

Herman Hampton

Herman Hampton

Amadee Castenell

Eric Stilwell

Eric Stilwell

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