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We’ve been a little bit lost for the last several months while the Aqua Room at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort has been undergoing some pretty sizable renovations. With the windows and doors covered, exactly what had been going on inside has been quite a mystery. Which, I’ll admit, has only added to the excitement for two little swimmers that I know well. Finn, in fact, may or may not be guilty of peeking through little gaps in the window coverings to try to get a sneak peak.
Well, the wait is over. The Aqua Room is now open. And…just in time for a long weekend! I had the opportunity to take a look around on Monday afternoon and was completely impressed with the changes and improvements that have happened!
Some of those improvements are noticeable the second you walk through the doors. Whiter, brighter walls and new windows help let natural light in. The bar has been built up has undergone quite a facelift making it an even more appealing place to sit with friends. The brand new jacuzzi is gorgeous and the new pool deck is spotless. The pool itself has been completely resurfaced and has new tile. Colored lights under the water’s surface change from blue, to green, to red, to white giving the pool a sleek and polished finish. The restrooms and locker rooms have undergone improvements including some geared to the youngest swimmers. All of this is easy to spy and looks beyond great.
What isn’t easy to see, but is equally…if not more…important, are the major steps that have been taken to ensure that the aqua room environment and pool water is the best it can possibly be year round. With a brand new, state of the art, pool filtration system, the perfect combination of saltwater and chlorine treatment for the water, new heating, and even a brand new sound system, they have thought of it all.
We have always loved stopping by the pool for a swim and lunch or dinner. The Aqua Room has been a staple on our list of easy get togethers with friends and hockey teams…and the absolutely perfect escape on rainy or stormy days. We clock some serious time there and always have a great day.
Day passes, punch card passes, and individual and/or family memberships are available to fit everyone’s needs and budgets. The pool is open daily from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm. The children’s pool hours have also been extended to Fridays and Saturdays 11am-10pm; Sundays-Thursdays 11am -8pm.
Mile Marker One continues to serve both lunch and dinner at the tables surrounding the pool and now includes new menu items as well. In addition, COMING SOON, will be the newly enclosed year-round River Deck dining area overlooking boat slips and the Annisquam River.
I am so excited to start spending some lazy afternoons in the company of good friends while watching the boys swim and play with their best buddies. I am thankful for the measures that the owners/management of Cape Ann’s Marina Resort have put into renovations that will help build community in such a clean and safe environment. We are fortunate to have the Aqua Room as an option for family entertainment….now more than ever.
Featured restaurants and scenes from scrumptious good eats 2016 YMCA Taste of Cape Ann @Cruiseport #GloucesterMA
All I can say is don’t miss it next year! Several new establishments joined this fantastic annual fundraiser for the Cape Ann YMCA held at Cruiseport, 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester, MA. All photographs from November 10, 2016.
PIGEON COVE TAVERN @ Emerson Inn by the Sea
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 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.
Even though it was raining and damp, it did not keep fun from going on.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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Pick #1: 2016 Bluefin Blowout
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
Saturday, August 6 2016
ON THE BEACH AT STAGE FORT PARK
Pick #3: The Salem Maritime Festival
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
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
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
Pick #1: Strawberry Festival at Mile Marker One
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.
ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED…. Follow LINK below to sign-up.
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.
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.
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.
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 King, Brian King, Megan McKenzie Downey, and Dennis Monagle.
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
Today at 6:00pm – 9:00pm Mile Marker One 75 Essex Ave, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930 New American Restaurant (978) 283-2122 email@example.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
Bridge Deck 1-4pm
loose ends bob cooney and mike mcnair
Pop / Rock / Soul
Bridge Deck 8-11pm
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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