Tag Archives: St Patrick’s Day

Nichole’s Picks 3/19 + 3/20

Pick #1:  The Power of Play Festival

This has received a lot of press…and rightfully so!  What a fantastic event this will be and with such an important message.

See Kim Smith’s post from yesterday to read more

The festival, open to families and children of all ages, will feature games, art projects, dance, sports and other activities to celebrate the importance of play in educating children.  The Power of Play Festival will feature giant building blocks; tiny, 3-D house- and boat-building; Lego-building challenges; sensory play tables with water, sand and goop; giant floor puzzles; collaborative art projects; taekwondo and yoga; puppet workshops and shows; and an obstacle course.


Pick #2:  The Boston Flower  & Garden Show

March 16-20, 2016

Seaport World Trade Center, Boston




The Boston Flower & Garden Show will return to the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston on Wednesday, March 16 through Sunday, March 20, 2016 with the theme “Nurtured by Nature”.   The care we put into our gardens comes back to us a thousand-fold.  Well-designed landscapes rejuvenate by offering places to connect with nature and each other. Floral arrangements, houseplants and containers enliven and refresh our living spaces.  Homegrown food and the results of popular urban agriculture activities like beekeeping fill our tables with nutritious delights.  Celebrate the bountiful benefits of the garden and learn how to keep yourself, and your garden, growing strong!

Please share your photos on our Facebook page and check back often to watch the show take shape!

Package and coat check is available.  There are a limited number of wheelchairs available on a first come first serve basis.

Don’t forget to bring your camera and video recorder to the Show!  There are tons of great photo opportunities and the pictures will help you plan your new garden long after the Show is over.  Share your best footage with your family and friends, and of course with us!

Pick #3  Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 20th at 1:00 pm.


Did you know that “the South Boston, St. Patrick’s Parade is Listed as the second largest parade in the country, being viewed by nearly 600,000 to 1 Million people every year!”


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

PODCAST: Malachy McCourt says, “The best way to lose weight this week is to see A Couple of Blaguards. You’ll laugh your arse off!”

Malachy McCourt (L) with his brother Frank

In a very funny interview, earlier this morning, Dana & Mugs welcomed Malachy McCourt to their morning show on North Shore 104.9. Malachy regaled them with stories about growing up in Ireland with his Pulitzer Prize winning brother Frank (author of “Angela’s Ashes”), working on the docks in NY, 50+ years of marriage, meeting the Queen and the play that he and Frank wrote, A Couple of Blaguards, which you can see right down the road at Beverly’s Intimate Larcom Theatre tomorrow (St. Patrick’s Day) at 2pm and 8pm as well as Friday 3/18 at 8pm [GET TICKETS HERE]

Listen to the podcast below and join us tomorrow or Friday for a pint and some good laughs!

“If you don’t have a good evening, you should have yourself checked to make sure you haven’t died during the day.” -Malachy McCourt

On St. Patricks day, you can mosey on down the road to Beverly’s intimate Larcom Theatre, and see the only Boston area performance of the critically acclaimed Irish comedy, “A Couple of Blaguards” by Frank McCourt (Pulitzer Prize winning author of the New York Times Bestseller “Angela’s Ashes”) and Malachy McCourt, author of New York Times Bestseller “A Monk Swimming.”

Called “Wickedly Funny” by Time Out New York, “Memorable” by the New York Times with “An unholy amount of charm!” (Washington Post). GET TICKETS HERE!

According to Malachy McCourt, This show is the result of Frank and me listening to the stories of our elders which in turn tunes the ear, the eye and the tongue to observe and give voice to even the most trivial of events. I think we had more fun than anyone writing and performing Blaguards, which has become an affectionate term for the rowdy, outgoing, and sometimes drinking sort of boys. If you don’t have a good evening, you should have yourself checked to make sure you haven’t died during the day.

Veteran actors Howard Platt (“What About Joan?” “Sandford and Son,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “The Rock,” “Nixon” … many more) and Jarlath Conroy (“True Grit,” “Law & Order,” “NYPD Blue,” “Putzel,” “The Art of Getting By,” “Across the Universe,” “Kinsey,” “Stay,” “Day of the Dead,” “Heaven’s Gate,” to list but a very few) portray Malachy and Frank McCourt in this extraordinarily moving and “Wickedly Funny” stage production.

Can you imagine a better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?


Brian n Craig ask ” Why are u not here?”

This dude is reppin!

The Band is killing it!!!

Next stop? Stones????

St. Patrick’s Day Celabration At The Dory Shop Photos from Anthony Marks

St. Patrick’s Dinner with a performance by the GHS Docksiders

On St. Patrick’s day, the Holy Family Parish Women’s Guild organized a traditional Irish dinner in the hall at St. Ann’s, with corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, Irish soda bread, and (mostly green-frosted) desserts.  After everyone was served, the Gloucester High School “Docksiders” provided entertainment, playing a fantastic set including jazz, bossa nova, etc.  If you haven’t heard them before, look for an opportunity – they are really great!

We had a good turnout for the event, and everyone seemed to have a great time! Here are some photos.

Guild members served the buffet

Almost a full house

Fr. John Kiley with friends from his previous parish

The Docksiders provided excellent music.

Part of the sax section

Various of the musicians got the opportunity to shine playing solo parts within their section. They all did a great job!

The evening ended with a 50/50 raffle. Here we have the happy winner.

More photos are on my Flickr photostream in my Holy Family Parish set.

A Sneak Peek at the St Paddy’s Windows Downtown!

dsc_6253 Take a walk downtown and see if you can locate these St. Patrick’s Day displays before we post the poll. It will give you a chance to see the actual windows and visit some of the store owners and their employees. dsc_6362I talked with many of them today and they would like you to consider shopping downtown. There’s  incredible items in all of these stores.

And the kids from Art Haven had a ball decorating their windows  for the competition.

Go downtown and check it out!