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Gloucestercast 133 With Donna Ardizzoni, Nichole Schrafft, Alicia Cox, Toby Pett, Super K and Host Joey Ciaramitaro taped 4/26/15

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Gloucestercast 133 With Donna Ardizzoni, Nichole Schrafft, Alicia Cox, Toby Pett, Super K and Host Joey Ciaramitaro taped 4/26/15

Topics include: Dave Moore from Summahville, 28th Annual Pride Stride, Downtown Gloucester Bingo, CB Fisk Opus 145 Open House, James Eves New Arts Calender Category- Open Houses That Offer Free Grub, New Management At Greg’s On Railroad Ave, Rockport Looking For Youth Baseball Players, Saltwater Massage Studio Opens at 65 Pleasant Street, Group Question -Would You Get a Massage From A Person Of The Same Sex?, Male Gynecologists, Massage Chubbys, Clam On The French Fry, Thanking James Eves For Creating New Navigation Buttons and The Poll, Contributor’s Picks For The New Navigation Buttons, How Different People Access GMG, Nichole’s Trip To Virginia Beach, Unrest Outside Of Camden Yards Holds Baseball Fans Inside The Park After The Game, Staycation Success, The Redevelopment of Baltimore Waterfront, Nichole Is a Twitter Egg, iPad Apps Reccomendations- Instagram, Crossy Road, Amazon, Dropbox, Amazon Video, Hulu, Netflix, Carousel, Phonto, Apple Watch, Super K’s Verbal Abuse Of Siri,Favorite Android Keyboard Apps, Swiiftkey vs Swype, Joey Still Makes Phone Calls, Scrap Metal Drive At Magnolia Historical Society.

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GloucesterCast 119 Taped 2/22/15 With Guests Alicia DeWolfe, Kim Smith Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

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GloucesterCast 119 Taped 2/22/15 With Guests Alicia DeWolfe, Kim Smith Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include:Guests Alicia DeWolfe, Kim Smith Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro, Kudos To The DPW, No Novena Trolley, Sista Felica On Hyper St Joseph’s Day Mode A Month Out, Lemoncello, Arancello, Walgreens Open 24/7,Kudos To Gloucester Police for Quick Response To Local Shooting and Props For Local Police Chief Len Campanello and John Macarthy For Being Such A Great Communicator, Props to Former Mayor Kirk and Current Mayor Romeo Theken,How To Win friends And Influence People- Food, How To Politely Decline Food That You are Not Interested In, Cast Iron Skillet Cooking, Debbie Clement Picks Up Clarke Snow’s Book and We Talk About Debbie’s Married Last Name, Cape Ann Brewing Double Dead Eye IPA, Alicia Loves The Keurig Cinnamon Dolce K Cups, Harbor Cove Dental, Pee Wee Football vs Pop Warner Football Controversy, When A Free Boat Isn’t A Free Boat, Passports Wine Dinner Coming Up This Thursday Night, Cape Ann Chamber Business Women Wine Down Tuesday Night At Savour Wine and Cheese, Chamber License Plate Initiative and Giveback From The Serenity Restaurant Group, Chris DeWolfe Rates The Steak Tips At Mile Marker Number 1 In The City, Nichole Schrafft’s Mile Marker Kids In the Pool Recommendation

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GloucesterCast 117 Taped 2/16/15 With Guests Nichole Schrafft, Kim Smith, Donna Ardizzoni, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

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GloucesterCast 117 Taped 2/16/15 With Guests Nichole Schrafft, Kim Smith, Donna Ardizzoni, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include: Coping Strategies For Winter Depression or How To Avoid Committing Suicide When You Hear That There May Be Two More Storms This Week, GMG Snow Shoveler Project, The Outrage Over The MBTA Head, Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Tournament Is On!, Sherman Morss Coyote Pack Photos On Eastern Point, Lawmakers Ruining The American Way- The Movement To Ban Sledding and Yoga Pants, Pinoli Reverts To Alchemy, Foreign Affairs Has Reopened, Duckworth’s For Valentine’s Day, Poll- When With The Stage Fort Snow Farm Be Gone?, Freedom Boat Club, Kudos To Mike Hale and The Gloucester DPW, Smart TVs Ditching Traditional Cable, Kim Smith Amaretto Truffles

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GloucesterCast 113 #GloucesterMA Podcast Taped 1/18/15 The Super Cheery Podcast

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Topics Include: Guests Melissa Cox, Donna Ardizzoni, Nichole Schrafft, Bill Cox, Mr Effervescent Toby Pett and Joey Ciaramitaro, Cape Ann Museum Favorite Parts, Mark Ring, Lobstermen Are Fishermen Too Dammit!, GMG Electricity Series, Poop In Burnham Field, Who Picks Up Poop?, RIP BINGO, Upcoming Political Season Means You Need To Subscribe To The Gloucester Daily Times, Good Luck To Sefathia, Getting Behind Whoever Is In The Mayor’s Seat, Chamber Cape Ann Chamber License Plate, Congratulations To Catherine Schlichte New Chamber Board of Directors President, Nichole’s Experience At The Car Show, No Shame In Driving A Minivan, David Black Sculpture, Controversey Over Public Art Installations, Phyllis A Annual Meeting, 525 Now Delivering, Walt Kolenda, Donna’s TBT Post Hat, Passports, Gloucester Breakfasts, Sugar Mag’s, Willow Rest, Fort Square Cafe, George’s, Two Sisters, Charlie’s Place, Foriegn Affairs, Doug Pappows to Come In, Tacos Lupita, Jalepenos, Melissa Cox Loses the Vegan Vote, Regina Razabonni Ardizzoni, Donna Is Going To Take Elocution Lessons, The Farm Bar and Grille Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Tourney, Art Haven Buoy Auction , Winner of Last Week’s Podcast Subscriber Contest Who Won A Fish City Gloucester T Shirt From Fred Bodin and A Copy Of Carol Perry’s Book “Caught Dead Handed” Is Chuck Cook -Prize Must be Picked Up At The Dock

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GloucesterCast 12/26/14 With Toby Pett, Kim Smith, Nichole Schrafft and Host Joey Ciaramitaro #GloucesterMA

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GloucesterCast 12/26/14 With Toby Pett, Kim Smith, Nichole Schrafft and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include: Taping with The Blue Yeti, Guests Toby Pett, Kim Smith, Nichole Schrafft, Host Joey Ciaramitaro, Hockey Moms, D Small and His Kwanza Bowtie, Food Coma At Sista Felicias, Middle Street Is A Cool Place To Live, Christmas Rundown, Shout Out To Joe Marcantonio For Holiday Seafood, 7lb Banza In Three Days, Turkey For Christmas?,  Canada Goose Arctic Program Jackets, Relative Bargains, Restoration Hardware Robe, Ray Borque Wears His Canada Goose Jacket, Grit Pod Hockey Bag, Marmot Outerwear, Kim’s Camera, Rocky Neck Plunge Oakes Cove Beach, Bertha’s, Open Door Food Pantry, Joey’s Problem With Ugly Sweater Contests, The Phrase “Jump The Shark”, Giblees, Coogi Sweaters, North Shore Shopping Center and Liberty Tree Mall For The Holidays In The Old Days, Nichole Schrafft Holiday Vacation To-Do Picks, Joey Is A Grumpy Hungry Bear, Talbot Rink, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, North Shore Kid, Check Out The Clam Post- Texting An Elf, Do You Think The Clamistas Use Online Collaborative Tools?, Joey’s Zero Success Rate In  Getting GMG Contributors To Use Online Collaborative Tools, Global Shark Tracker, Ukulele Christmas Sin-A-Long, Foreign Affairs Is Closed Til Some Time In February, Dinner Dealer Deck, Duckworth Bistrot Closed For January, New Year’s Plans, Rockport Rockin New Year’s Eve, Don’t Forget To Subscribe To The Podcast Here For A Chance To With the Cape Pond Ice Mug Generously Donated By Donna Ardizzoni

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Thank You Nichole Schrafft for the Beverly Tree Farm Recommendation!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMany thanks to Nichole for her wonderful recommendation to purchase Christmas trees at the Beverly Tree Farm. Nichole wrote of her family’s tradition in this week’s “Nichole’s Family Picks of the Weekend.” Although we don’t have little ones any longer living at home to enjoy the wonderful hospitality provided by the Bertolon Family, I needed a freshly cut tree that will last through an extended holiday season. Usually our tree goes up the second week or so in December, but as our daughter won’t be home for Christmas she asked if we could get the tree up and decorate while she is visiting.

The dork that I am, I showed up at the farm by myself and without saw–I thought it was pick your own, not saw your own, too! Fortunately, the very sweet Mrs Bertolon had just the solution, which was to select from a small pile of trees that folks had cut the previous day, but had left behind.

My next dilemma was the fact they place the tree on top of your car, but for liability reasons cannot tie it down for you. After watching the dad in the car next to mine expertly tie his down, I attempted to secure ours. I couldn’t have been more inept and within a few moments, the super nice dad had successfully tied mine down, too (he mentioned that he formerly worked at a tree farm). Thank you beautiful family from Marblehead!

The Farm is only open tomorrow, Sunday, and next weekend, December 6th and 7th, or only as long as this year’s crop of harvestable trees last.

For more about Nichole’s family’s experience read her post here and visit the Beverly Tree Farm website here.

 

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GloucesterCast 105 Featuring Kim Smith, Nichole Schrafft and Toby Pett With Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 11/23/14 #GloucesterMA

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Topics Include: New GloucesterCast Subscriber Contest Number 2 Click Here To Subscribe and Enter– One Of The First Ten New Subscribers To The GloucesterCast Will Win a New Copy of Kim Smith’s Book Oh Garden Of Fresh Possibilities, A $35 Value, Winner Must Pick Up Book At the Dock and Will Be Announced On GloucesterCast 106, Kim Smith’s Monarch Film Trailer, Kim Smith’s Kickstarter Campaign For Her Monarch Film, Collin Keegan Science All Around Us, Tom Ellis, Nubar Alexanian, Last Week’s Podcast Subscriber T Shirt Winner Is Robert Lukach, Donna Ardizzoni Is Everywhere, Eating Like a Dock Worker, Passports Wine Dinner, Nichole Schrafft Let’s Down the Entire Readership and Baby Orphans Are Dying Because Of It, Paulie Walnuts Is Back (Surprise Surprise), Turducken, Big Green Egg, Nichole Schrafft, Chinese Food For Jewish People On Christmas, Mench On A Bench, Elf On The Shelf, When Do You Have Your Christmas/Hanukkah Shopping Done?, Trader Joe’s Amaretto, Trader Joe’s Frozen Fish Is Disgusting, Trout Is Like Poison, Detroit/Newark/Cincinnati, Energy Efficiency Discussion, Toby’s Gorton Review, The Food and Gift Emporium, Jessica Brand, Request For Nichole To Put Together A Children’s Gift Suggestion List, Grandpa Gave All the Cousin’s Hatchets When We Were 7 Years Old, Report On Finn’s Status After His Horrible Fall, Participation Awards and MVP Awards, The Game Ball,Happy Thanksgiving :)
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GloucesterCast 100 Taped At Cape Ann Giclee With 15 Of Us 10/25/14 #GloucesterMA

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GloucesterCast 100 Taped At Cape Ann Giclee With 15 Of Us Taped 10/25/14

Topics Include: 100th GloucesterCast, Cape Ann Giclee, Last Stop Variety Muffins, 15 Contributors, Fred Bodin In The House, Marty Luster Taping, Donna Ardizzoni, Kim Smith, Craig Kimberley, Nichole Schrafft, Kenny MacCarthy, Paul Morrison, Melissa Cox, Alicia DeWolfe, Bill Cox, Anna Eves, Hanna Kimberley, James Eves, Lowell Peabody, Rich Bean, Shout Out To Jenn Cullen, Kenny MacCarthy My Original Podcast Partner, Shout Out To Niece Amanda and Sista Felicia and Barry Who Is In The Hospital, Rotary Trivia Night Must Do Event, Chad Koneckey’s Stripper Dance, Merideth Fine and Sal Frontiero Go Down To Joel Favazza’s Team, Kudos, To Rick Doucette, Ruth Pino and Tracey Arabian, Toby Pett Breaks China Port News, Hoping Dragon Light Keeps The Kitch, Joey’s Pet Peeve Cable’s “Free With Subscription” Is Never Free!, Blame ObamaCare, Free TV With UHV Antennae Works, Kenny MacCarthy Breaks Down and Buys A TV, Amazon Prime Free With $99 Subscription, James Eves Favorites, Fred Bodin’s GMG Holiday Parties, Phil Who Recently Passed From Northern Vermont Travels Down For The GMG Holiday Party, Donna Ardizzoni Risks Her Life To Get A Shot Of Paul Morrison Paddling Under The A Piatt Andrew Bridge During The Blackburn Challenge, The Blog Never Sleeps, The Pressure To Come Up With Decent Content, Kim Smith Falls Apart, Kim’s Fishermen Thanksgiving Video, Loveletters To Gloucester, Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Coverage, The Farm Bar and Grille, Craig Kimberley Talks About The Fury That IS GMG Fiesta Coverage, Being From Somewhere Else But Being Taken In By The GMG Family, No One Is Getting Paid, Nichole Schrafft Talks About Jeff Schroeder and The Amazing Race, The Diversity and Wealth Of Community Events Reported About On GMG, Cardboard Box Races, Bluefin Blowout Coverage, Nichole Recognized While Hollering At her Children, Dealing With the Haters, The Difference Between Posting A Difference Of Opinion Comment vs An Ignorant Hurtful Comment, Kenny MacCarthy Loves The History, Being The Clearinghouse of Local Information For Newcomers and Locals, Rich Bean Another FOB Who Moved Here Because They Fell In Love With Gloucester Through GMG, Rich Figures Out It’s About Positivity and Not Money, The Diversity, When My Father First Asked Me Why I Would Do GMG Without Getting Paid, Friendships Worth Wayyy More Than Any Money, GMG Unlike Comcast Is Actually “Free With Subscription, Lowell Peabody Fell In Love With The Political Correctness of Joey’s Rants, Lowell Decides To Cover The Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Tournament And Gets A Big Surprise, Alicia, Dewolfe As A Townie Says The Blog Opened Her Up To Many Local Things That She Wouldn’t Have Ordinarily Participated In And How We Break 95% of Local Restaurant News, How If We Don’t Break The Restaurant News They Become Dead To Me, Stay At Home Mom Yoga Pants Post, John McElhenney’s Yoga Pants That Said Joey Across The Butt, Manscaping, Overly Sensitive Hypocrites, The Person Who Pukes Out The Side Of My Car Shitfaced Who Says They Are Offended By Comments I’ve Made, Cancel Your Free Subscription, Trying To Push An Edgy Joke With Overly Sensitive People, Paul Morrison’s Life Lessons From Joey, Being A Judge In The Hot Wing Challenge At The Farm Bar and Grille, Marty Luster Moves To Gloucester After Spending One Weekend In Town And Falling In Love With The Place, Bill Cox Appreciates The Help For The Non Profits We Provide, Every Person That Came To The Phyllis A Steele Drive Came And Donated Because They Saw It On GMG, The Impact GMG Has Made On Making Things Happen In Gloucester, Melissa Cox Remembers The Coyote That Was Hit By A Truck On Moorland Ave and Wants To Be A Part Of Our Horribles Parade Float, Anna Eves Loves Vajazzling and The Woman With the Extreme Camel Toe, Appreciates The Positiveness, The Banter Broadcasting About Local Businesses with Humor, Felicia’s Favorite Memories, Horribles Float Building, Building The Outdoor Movie Screen with Ed Collard, Tuffy, Sean’s Jock Strap Jump, Buddhist Lobster Liberation, Buddha Is My Homeboy, Bottom Line- A Group Of Good People Pulling In The Same Direction Can Achieve So Much More Than One Individual, Thanks To Our Fans and Our Contributors.

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GloucesterCast 97 With The Mohan Family and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 10/12/14

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Topics Include: Welcome to the Bitch Piss and Moan Club, The Mohan Family (-BJ) In The House, No Love From Brother’s Brew,  Revisiting the Bacon Maple Glazed Doughnut, Read Receipt On iPhone, Old School Love Notes vs Today’s High School Communication, New Cyber Bullying App StreetChat Tearing High Schools Apart, The fallacy of private internet communication, Colleges look at kids social media pages, Amanda feels that a small percentage of irresponsible teenagers makes an entire generation look bad, teen fashion today vs 30 years ago, Benetton Sweaters, Paulie Walnuts 275th Retirement From GMG, Dog Psychology, New Partner For 525 -Maria Seniti, Props to Joe Seniti, Freedom Fitness On Lexington Ave Magnolia, Giuseppe’s Closing,In Defense Of Joe and Memory, What Would You Like To See Go In The Space Vacated By Giuseppe’s? , Indian Food, Anmol, Would A Dedicated Steak House Make It Gloucester?, SmokyMountains.com Fall Foliage Map, Amanda’s Find Animal Webcam Website, Done With Topsfield Fair, Post Of The Week- Paul Morrison Eclipse Post ,Paul Morrison Brilliant and Socially Awkward, Kim Smith Deathwish Post, Rotary Trivia Night, John McElhenny, Chad Konecky, Steve Saleeba, #Mexico,  Merideth Fine, Taste Of Cape Ann, Sista Felicia Post of The Week- Nichole Schrafft’s Taste Of Cape Ann Post, Wally’s Bistro, Roasted Tomato Soup, Macaroons, Stone’s Pub, Virgilios, Going Home Hungry For Fear Of Looking Like A Pig, Smokin’ Jims At Dogbar, Azorean Octopus and Tuesday $5 Tapas Deal

 

 

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GloucesterCast 96 With A Group Of Your Favorite GMG Contributors

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Topics Include:Lone Gull Coffee, Brothers Brew Bacon Donuts, BIL Barry, Sista Felicia, Alicia DeWolfe, Donna Ardizzoni, Nichole Schrafft, A Lot Of Cox, Life After Mamie’s Kitchen, George’s Coffee Shop, Fort Square Cafe, Pumpkin Coffee Love vs Pumpkin Coffee Disgust, Donna Ardizzoni From Summahville, That One Bad Pistachio and Burnt Coffee, Paul Bruce and The Benjamin Smith Playground, Is It A Donut or Is It A Muffin?, GMG SuperFan Dave Moore, Olive Kitteridge, Bex, Passports,Pirate’s Lane, Frances Macdormand,Captain Amanda Madeira, Schooner Ernestina, Effie Morrissey, Maritime Gloucester, Piper Boatworks, http://www.ernestina.maritimegloucester.org/,Chester Bringham, Pheonix Of The Seas, James Eves, Cape Ann Giclee, Changing The Name Of The Ernestina, Ocean Classroom, Thomas Lannon, Ardelle, Connors Farm, Pumpkin Cannon, Safety Concerns With The Pumpkin Cannon, Corn Maze, Russell Orchard, YMCA Taste of Cape Ann, Cruiseport, Open Bowl, Art Haven Buoy Auction.

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GloucesterCast 08/03/14 With Guest Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

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GloucesterCast 08/03/14 With Guest Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

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GloucesterCast With Guests Nichole Schrafft, Sista Felicia and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/30/14

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Topics Include: Topics Include: Coconut Licking The Mic, Foreign Affairs, Als Cafe, Top 4 Restaurants On The North Shore, Duckworths, The Franklin, Passports, Latitude 43, Seaport Grill,  The Blue Ox, The Cheesecake Factory, Ithaki, Artu in the North End, Modern Pastry vs Mike’s Pastry,  Lexington Ave Resurgence, Innovation House in Magnolia, 525, Donna Ardizzoni, Larry and Misty From Glosta Joes Kickstarter, Village Market, The Surf, Edgewater Cafe, Bruni’s, Willow Rest, Mariposa Sale, Art McCann and The Change.org Petition About The Petition, Spring Sports, The Information Needed To Sign Up Kids For Sports Nowadays, Indoor Sport Facilities Making Sports Year Round, Participation Awards

 

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Holy Crap! I asked Nichole to put together a list of cool February Vacation things to do and boy did she deliver!!!!

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Nichole Schrafft writes-

So, Joey asked if I’d like to put together a little list of things to do to help keep the kiddos busy while on February Vacation (I read that as a challenge in how to keep parents somewhat sane during February vacation).    I’d like to make note that there are some great options in town that are already highlighted on the blog…such as The Hive and Art Haven.  If you follow GMG, you have heard of them!  They are beyond cool and are an incredible asset to the city!  Be sure to check them out!   I also have to point out that while I have been to most of these places, I am no expert.  Please check out the links that I’ve provided before heading anywhere incase things have changed since I have visited!!

I’d like to start by saying that, while I know this post is about finding possibilities of things to do outside of the house, I’d be remiss to not mention that the Winter Olympics are AWESOME and having your kids get excited about watching these amazing athletes wouldn’t be a bad choice either!

There are lots of great ways to get their brains and bodies moving while enjoying the 2014 Sochi Olympics as a family.  My kids are psyched to make flags from the participating nations, cook some treats from some of the countries (HELP!), make torches (not real ones), keep a chart of the medal counts, and simply watch the events!

We’ll be tracking the Olympics here:

http://www.sochi2014.com/en

Fairly local activities:

1.  Kids bouncing off the walls?  Here’s an idea…take them to a place to bounce off the walls…literally!

School vacation screams, “TAKE ME TO SKY ZONE” if you ask me!!  They have a toddler jump for little leapsters under 45″ or regular jump times for bigger kids!  There is an Everett location as well as a Boston location.  If they don’t leave Sky Zone tired, you’re just plain out of luck.

http://www.skyzone.com/everett#13873132-welcome

2.  For some great indoor rock climbing check out MetroRock!

They have a location in Newburyport and one in Everett.  Their website was “under construction” last time I looked, but you can find it yourself with Google or any other search engine….obviously.

3.  Snow Tubing at Amesbury Sports Park!  Come on, a no brainer.  Fun!  The kids need to be 4, I think, to hit the tubes.  Helmets are required for younger kids.

http://www.amesburysportspark.net/winter%20hours%20and%20rates.html

4.  Eurostove in Beverly offers all kinds of cooking classes for couples, families, girls nights out, and even for young kids.  Check out their website and see if you find anything that looks good to you or contact them to set up your own small group event!

http://www.eurostoves.com/school_vacation_cooking_clases_s/515.htm

5.  While, I do not have little girls, what little girl wouldn’t love a tea party?  The Wenham Tea House is such a special place for some one-on-one time with a daughter, granddaughter, niece, etc.

http://www.wenhamteahouse.com/afternoon.php

6.  Skating at Talbot Rink at O’Malley Innovation Middle School is super cheap and easy.  If the kids can skate independently then the grown-ups can sit and relax (think hot coffee and Baileys) while they get their crazies out on the ice.  Win, win.

Skating is offered most days from 2:00-3:50 but be sure to check their schedule first incase games were scheduled.

They rent skates also if need be!

http://www.gloucesterschools.com/talbot-rink

7.  Skating at the Market Street Rink and/or Bowling at Kings in Lynnfield

Dinner at the Yard House either way afterwards…the Spicy Tuna Roll is a must have!!  It has to be about 8 inch in diameter and is SOO good!

http://www.marketstreetlynnfield.com/event/the-rink-at-marketstreet-lynnfield/2145428001

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My warning here is that when we’ve gone, there has been a long wait for bowling and for dinner.  So plan accordingly!  We put our name in for bowling, took the pager with us to the skating rink, and it buzzed nicely when it was our turn to bowl.  One person headed to Kings to save our lanes for us while the others took off their skates and we were good to go!!

8.  In the category of, I’ve never gone here but want to is, The Melting Pot in Burlington.  Who doesn’t love fondue?

http://www.meltingpot.com/bedford-burlington/welcome

9.  As of late, if I’m in Burlington, I’m at The Rainforest Cafe, but I’m happy to report that my boys are beginning to outgrow that venue!

http://www.rainforestcafe.com/

10.  Lowell Winter Fest’s claim to fame is the National Human Dogsled Competition…with an award for best costume.  Need I say more?   In all seriousness…it is actually loaded with fun activities such as ice skating, snowman building, horse drawn carriage rides, music, poetry slam contests, etc.  Check out the link to see a whole list of activities.  The festival takes place on Feb 21st-22nd and begs the question, “When will we be having our own Winter Fest because this looks really cool?”

http://lowell.org/Pages/WinterfestActivities.aspx

Fun in the city!

11.  I love this Boston Scavenger Hunt text style!!!!  Check out the link for more information, but the premise is that you head to Boston, purchase the pretty inexpensive clues right on the website and they get sent right to your phone.  Once you arrive to one location, you do what you need to do, and then the next clue is sent!  Fun for groups of 2-12!  They do these scavenger hunts in other cities too, fyi.

https://www.strayboots.com/locations/boston/tours/

The next two go together…kind of.  It’s my “one if by land, two if by sea” duo because my boys like anything that moves on land or at sea.

12.  The “by land”

I have yet to visit this place, but as a mom to two young boys who like all things shiny and fast, it is only a matter of time.  I was actually surprised to learn about it not long ago, and have wondered why I’ve never heard about it before.  The Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline looks beyond cool and is definitely near the top of our little bucket list.

http://larzanderson.org/

13.  The “by sea”

My boys love going to the Charlestown Navy Yard and on the USS Constitution.  During vacation week there is also a Ship Model show for the budding boat builders in the group!

http://www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org/

14.  Skating at the Frog Pond is such a great activity just because it is truly so cool to look up and see the city of Boston rising up all around you. You can’t beat the view and it is, in my humble opinion, a nice treat and an easy way to get the kids into the city if they don’t go in that often.

http://www.bostonfrogpond.com/winter-programs/pricing-season-passes/

15.  Likewise, ice skating at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge is cool too.  I used to spend a lot of time in Harvard Square and it can be a really nice place to take the kids if the big city overwhelms you at all.

http://www.charleshotel.com/boston-hotels/things-to-do-in-cambridge.cfm

and then lunch/dinner at Fire and Ice

https://www.fire-ice.com/locations/cambridge-ma/

16.  Also in Cambridge…and good old fashion fun…is the Bugs Bunny Film Festival.  Come on, right!?  If you want to get your “What’s Up Doc” fix, it is showing at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square throughout the entire vacation week!

http://brattlefilm.org/category/calendar-2/special-engagements/the-bugs-bunny-film-festival/

17.  Celebrate Chinese New Year in Harvard Square…not sure about the timing of this event as it seems a few weeks late, but it is happening over vacation, so cheers.

February 23  1:00pm – 3:00pm

http://www.harvardsquare.com/Home/Articles/Winter-Carnival-in-Harvard-Square.aspx

18.  Hairspray is playing at the Wheelock Family Theatre in Boston….which for the record, has never disappointed me.  I’ve seen 4 shows there and each one has been fantastic!   This particular production says, “Recommended for adults, teens and youth 9+.”

http://www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org/feature-performance.aspx

19.  If Eurostove doesn’t work out for you and you don’t mind traveling to Newton, check out Create a Cook for some pretty awesome parent/child cooking classes.  Their vacation schedule is loaded with fun activities, but is filling up fast!

http://www.createacook.com/

20.  My favorite museum in Boston by far as I tend to like the smaller, less obvious choices….check it out for sure sometime.  All museums, etc are obviously going to be a bit more crowded over vacation….so if not now, be sure to head back there later.

http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu/on_exhibit.html

21.  You don’t need me to tell you that the Museum of Science is a cool place to go, but you may not know that the Planetarium will be showing a Magic Tree House adventure.  I don’t know about your kids, but mine LOVE the Magic Tree House series and those little adventurers named Jack and Annie.  I’m so psyched to go see this (insert, sigh, what has my life come to)!

http://www.mos.org/planetarium/magic-tree-house-space-mission

There are also several great shows in the IMAX theatre over vacation week.  The one I’m the most excited about is called Journey to the South Pacific.  With an introduction that says, “Swim with the world’s largest shark, encounter mysterious creatures of the sea, and explore the planet’s most spectacular coral reefs” I’m in!!

http://www.mos.org/imax

22.  If you’re a Beatles fan, RAIN: a Tribute to the Beatles is playing at the Wang Theater on February 21 and 22nd.  This is a pricier option than most of the others that I’ve shared, but is a pretty cool way to infuse some culture into the kids without it be too formal and straight laced.

http://www.citicenter.org/show/1892/

23.  Of course, there’s always Disney on Ice. I personally dread it a bit, but it is back at the TD Bank Garden for all of vacation week…

http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/8337/1349262?camefrom=CFC_TDGARDEN_CAL

Just a bit out of state to the North or to the South!

24.  While a bit of a drive… if you’re looking for a longer day trip or a quick night away, head to Providence.  The Roger William’s Zoo is my favorite zoo around…even in the winter.  During January and February they charge half price admission.  For a mere $7.50 for adults and $4.95 for kids you can see zebra, giraffe, elephants, eagles, river otters, wolves, buffalo, kangaroo, etc.  I’m pretty critical about animal enclosures and the treatment of normally wild animals when in captivity, but I assure you that this place does it right.  I was super impressed with their habitats and the knowledge of the many volunteers we met along the way.  Again, we were there in January, and were still not disappointed!

http://rwpzoo.org/

25.  Also in Providence, if you have any hockey fans in the family, are the Providence Bruins.  If you’re not keen on paying hundreds of $$ to see the Boston Bruins, this is a phenomenal option.  We recently attended a game in the 3rd row and paid a total of $78 for our family of 4!  Their only home game of vacation week takes place on Sunday, February 16th @ 3:05 pm.  You can opt for a “Buy one, Get one” option or a “Family 4 Pack” option.  Some come with hotdogs and drinks.  Fool around a bit with seat availability and price/package options and get yourself a great deal.  Parking at the mall that connects with the Dunkin’ Donuts Center cost us a whopping $2 and we left our car there for easily 4 hours!

http://www.providencebruins.com/View/Page/130

26.  IF you happen to land in Providence and have kiddos between say 4 and 18, you could also check out Dave and Busters.  For the record, you won’t catch me in a Chuck E. Cheese or Bonkers ever, but this place is awesome!!  You can load a card with as much, or as little, cash as you’d like and the kids simply swipe and play.  The place is loaded with cool games..some that the whole family can play together.  The kids will score tickets to spend on the way out and, as is typical for this type of place, a gazillion tickets will buy you a rabbit’s foot key chain or a pair of whacky giant-sized plastic sunglasses.  My 4 and 6 year olds had a blast running around playing games for a couple hours after we enjoyed a pretty decent dinner!

http://www.daveandbusters.com/locations/alllocations.aspx

If you don’t land in Providence, Dave and Busters has a location in Braintree, Massachusetts too.  Worth the drive for some fun.

27.  This is a small but nice museum about 15 mins away from Portsmouth, NH…in Dover.   This place is really cute and user friendly, so to speak.  You’re only going to spend about 2 hours here, but it is easy, manageable, pretty quiet, really clean, and full of original, educational, and really fun activities.  My boys loved it here and I felt like they could really take their time in the exhibits without being rushed by the massive crowds that we experience at bigger museums.

http://www.childrens-museum.org/cmnh2010/

28.  Speaking of Portsmouth, the small-but-packs-a-big-punch SeaCoast Science Center is a must.  Ordione Point State Park is gorgeous if the weather is nice, but the science center is a hit no matter what the weather!!  It isn’t crazy like the New England Aquarium, which I love…but I leave there feeling exhausted.  It is hands-on and really cute, while being super educational!  It is perfect for kids between 2-10 or maybe even a bit older.

http://www.seacoastsciencecenter.org/

“I love the look on the non-defecating eagle’s face. “

Hey Joey,
Happy New Year!  I snapped this photo today at the Roger William’s Zoo (AMAZING place fyi…open all year and 1/2 price in January + February).  Timing is everything.  I love the look on the non-defecating eagle’s face.  I could almost hear him saying, “Nice, really nice.  Way to represent.”     :)
-Nichole Schrafft

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GloucesterCast Taped 12/22/13 With Guests Toby Pett, Nichole Schrafft and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

GloucesterCastSquare1GloucesterCast Taped 12/22/13 With Guests Toby Pett, Nichole Schrafft and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

podcasticonTopics Include:

GMG “Holiday” Party, Kudos To Fred Bodin, Weak Lobsters, Phobia About Eating or Drinking Food At Public Events, Ryan and Wood Knockabout Gin, Paul Morrison’s Gin Regimen, Mamie’s Kitchen Hilltop Special, Men’s Night, The Hive, Pop Gallery, Gretchen At Saltwater Massage, Craig Kimberley’s Proctology Exam, Nubar Alexanian’s Windmill Short Documentary, The Green Lobbying Steamroller, City Councillor Paul McGeary,
Shoutouts, That Nutty Redhead, Joey Fails The Listeners, Chunuka Gifts, Are Gift Cards Impersonal, Kim Smith’s Orange Infused Wine, Ryan and Woods Rye Whiskey, Cape Ann Brewing Rock Porter, New Schooner Lannon Rum Mugs, Skiing vs Lodging, VRBO, Amesbury Sports Park Tubing, Monster Sledding At Fenway, Antonio’s In New Bedford, Rocky Neck Polar Plunge, Open Door Food Pantry

Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School Students Get A Little Lobster Edumacation Here At The Dock

Hi Joey!
Thank you so much for being willing to entertain 26 students from the Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School this afternoon!  The two-week summer session that they’ve been participating in has followed the theme of "Marine Biology and Maritime History."  They have been incredibly fortunate to spend most days on the water engaged in a variety of hands-on activities.  Today they had to opportunity to explore Gloucester Harbor to learn about the rich fishing industry and to see up close the large variety of vessels that call Gloucester their home. 
Last week was spent learning about plankton, mollusks, echinoderms, fish, and crustaceans while conducting research at sea.  After having hauled traps and having learned about lobsters, it was important to me that they see "what happens next."  I really wanted the students to see a working waterfront and you very kindly supplied that opportunity!  As expected, you were incredibly patient with their questions and able to hold their attention while refining their knowledge.  They felt at ease with you right away and would have gladly stayed for hours had they the chance.
Not only do you now have 26 new FOBs, you’ve also helped this group of children better appreciate an industry that has been incredibly foreign to many of them.  To quote one of your new friends as he boarded the bus to head home, "That place is so cool!" 
Thanks so much!
Nichole Schrafft

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The Scraffts Make a Day Of It At The Seacoast Science Center

Hey Joey,
Just when I thought we had dragged our children to every possible day trip imaginable, we took off after hockey today and went to the Seacoast Science Center…just a couple of miles off the Portsmouth Circle. SOOO worth the short drive!!! My boys LOVE the Gloucester Maritime Center and, as members, we go there all summer long, but the Seacoast Science Center is a perfect compromise between our own “little red aquarium” (as my boys call it) and trekking to Boston to the NE Aquarium. While it is no Mystic Aquarium, it is a fantastic day trip!! During warmer weather they also have great trail hiking and tidal pool exploration because they are located in Odiorne Point State Park. I thought that some of your readers may want to check it out! http://www.seacoastsciencecenter.org/
Nichole Schrafft