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New candy cane curb appeal at SurfSide Subs and they’re GHS Interact Pizza Taste off winners

Opening Tomorrow–

Looks great! The green and yellow is gone, replaced by a cohesive festive summer look, red and white stripes matched up with the blue and white.



Plus they’re heralding good news: SurfSide Subs and pizza & Ice Cream is the 2017 Rotary GHS Gloucester Interact Club‘s 10th Annual Pizza Taste Off (held at Cruiseport) winner –  3x!
1st place best overall
1st place best sauce
1st place best crust 

Look for pizza specials on Wednesdays

Upcycled pallets vs international playground design: one dad’s inspiring backyard ninja course, Stage Fort, and BSA Extraordinary Play


“And on to the zip line. Once again, she has a lot of stuffed animal friends to cheer her on the course today…one-handed over the water bottles, and she makes it no problem…” (the father’s sweet narration)

The inspiring viral video of one dad’s DIY backyard obstacle course for his daughter could easily have been featured in Design Museum Boston‘s  excellent Extraordinary Play exhibition which was held at the BSA space, Boston Society of Architecture.  Extraordinary Play featured the best international public playground design, mostly big budget projects. Based on the posters, my sons and an older cousin thought the sky playground in City Museum, St. Louis, the Blaxland Riverside Park in Homebush Bay Australia, and the Globe Dokk1 Aarhaus in Denmark look amazing!




We’d visit any of the BSA notable playgrounds in a heartbeat if we traveled nearby: Geopark Stavangar, Norway; Adventure Playground, Berkeley; Parque Gulliver, Valencia, Spain; The Globe Dokk1, Aarhaus, Denmark; Maggie Daley Park, Chicago; and Brooklyn Bridge Park, NY. (Scroll below to see those posters.)

Gloucester is lucky to have several good playgrounds. My children loved the gigantic truck, pirate ship and lighthouse at Stage Fort, plus so many paths, boulders and expansive fields and vistas. (I don’t think the sea serpent was there when they were little. We hope they might come back to supplement the excellent swings and climbing structure)


The BSA Space is just across the bridge from the Boston Children’s Museum and alongside the Greenway. The exhibitions are free.




A tip for visitors coming to Massachusetts for the first time is to stop by the BSA lobby to check out the model of the city.

Go before the Freedom Trail! Very helpful- reminded me of the old display at Gettysburg.



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BIIIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGG Weekend in Little Rockport!

Saturday, August 10th

Rockport Farmers Market from 9 am to 1 pm

This week’s vendors: Seaview Farm, Prides Osteria, Sullivan’s Sugarhouse, Wally’s Blackburn Bistro, Brothers’ Brew, First Light Farms, Home Grower’s Wheelbarrow, Rockport Festivals Market booth, Sea Biscuit Bakery, Batter Up Bakery

Rockport Rotary Club’s Lobsterfest

Lobsterfest will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 3-7pm. Tickets will be available and include a hot-boiled lobster, home-made clam chowder, corn-on-the-cob, roll, watermelon, and soda or water. There will be a cash menu with hot dogs, hamburgers, and beer, wine, and desserts. Tickets will be on sale from any Rockport Rotarian, at the Legion Hall on the day of the event, or from Granite Savings Bank, John Tarr Store, Rockport National Bank, Village Silversmith, or Bearskin Neck Leathers.
This event will be held rain or shine and is handicapped accessible.

ILLUMINATION NIGHT at 9:30 from Granite Pier (Rockport’s first official fireworks show! Say WHAT?)

Sunday, August 11th

The annual Rockport Acoustic Music Festival! Here’s the lineup & some info:

34th Annual Rockport Acoustic Music Festival
Sunday August 11, 2013
Millbrook Meadow (across from Front Beach)
Noon to 6PM
Blues, Rock, Jazz, Folk, World, Fun!
FREE (thanks to all the volunteers!)
More info and videos at www.RockportFestival.com
Performers this year…
Noon – Jackson Ally
12:30 –  Eastern Standard
1:00 – Will Diehl
1:30 – Wicked Pickers
2:00 –  Mari Martin and Friends
2:30 –  Deb Hardy
3:00 –  Quentin Callewaert
3:30 –  Fireplace Ten
4:00 – Baze Band with Greg Dann
4:30 – The Dejas
5:00 – Jake Pardee and Friends
5:30 – Alek Razdan and A-Train Orchestra


Hey lookey lookey our boy Greg Bover who contributes the quote of the week get’s the Rotarian Club Highest Honor! (Along With Paul Ingram)

Here’s Our Buddy Greg At C. B. Fisk-

The Gloucester Rotary Club has named Gregory Bover and Paul Ingram as Paul Harris Fellows, the prestigious award named after the Chicago lawyer who founded Rotary in 1905.  Bover was selected by a Club Committee of previous recipients of the award, while Ingram was chosen by members of the Interact Club, the very active group of Gloucester High School Junior Rotarians.  Bover and Ingram will be honored at a special dinner on Monday, May 9, at Cruiseport Gloucester. The social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Bover is Vice President for Operations and Project Manager at C.B. Fisk, Inc., designers and builders of pipe organs.  Born in Derry, N.H., he was educated at Pinkerton Academy and the University of New Hampshire, and began building musical instruments in 1975 with harpsichord maker William Dowd, first in Cambridge and later in Paris.  In 1978, he moved to Gloucester to work with Charles Fisk and has built organs for churches, universities, and symphony halls across the country and around the world.  At C.B. Fisk, he shares responsibility for visual, structural, and mechanical design, as well as scheduling, personnel, and financial concerns.
Greg has been on the board of the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library since 2005 and has served as its President since 2008.  He was President of the Gloucester Rotary Club in 2003, and has served three years on the Board of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.  He has been an officer of the Fishbox Derby Committee for 15 years, helping to bring the Thrill of the Hill to hundreds of Cape Ann kids.  An avid sailor, cook, and snowboarder, Bover lives in Magnolia with his wife, harpsichordist and organist Frances Conover Fitch.  They have a son, Nick, a recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, who is also an organ builder.
Ingram has been involved in the Gloucester public schools since 1973, as a teacher of students in biology and health education and as a football coach for 38 seasons.  Raised in Falmouth, Ingram graduated from Springfield College, and later received his master’s degree from Salem State College.   He was appointed head coach of the Gloucester High School football team in 2003, and over the last eight years, his teams have won 90% of their games.  In the past four years, the record has been an astounding 50 wins and 2 losses.  Ingram has been an inspirational leader and mentor for athletes, students and the entire community, and has received numerous awards in recognition of his incredible career.
Ingram is married to Susan Hooper, a former teacher at Gloucester High School.  They have three daughters – Laura, Jessica, and Emma, and one granddaughter, Giselle.  Since his retirement last spring, Ingram now has more time for his family and his boating, golfing, and gardening hobbies.
Tickets for the Paul Harris dinner are $45 per person and may be reserved by contacting event chair Steve Kaity at (978) 879-1051.  The dinner is open to the general public, and friends and colleagues of Bover and Ingram are welcome to attend.

Paul Ingram Photos By David Cox

Things To Do- Rotary Club Comedy Night

The Rotary Club of Gloucester is holding its third annual Comedy Night at Cruiseport on Thursday, September 3, 2009.   The show has sold out every year and the 2009 show promises to be another enjoyable evening.  It’s a great event to begin the Labor Day weekend.

Followers of Paul D’Angelo will be happy to hear that he will be headlining the show this year.  Paul has many fans throughout New England and is a regular performer at the Boston Comedy Festival.

Dave Rattigan will be back as host.  Dave has earned rave reviews for his quick, dry wit and has been a popular choice at theater shows, comedy clubs, fund raisers and corporate events all over New England.

The show will also feature Steve Bjork who is one of the funniest observational humorists in Boston, and

Mike Prior who has long been one of the top crowd-pleasing comics on the Boston scene.

Light Refreshments will be served.  Doors open at 7:00 pm, Show at 8:00 pm.

Tickets are $25 and are available from Ruth Pino at 978-865-1232 or at the Chamber of Commerce at 33 Commercial Street in Gloucester.