MAC’s 6th Winter Wonderland Holiday Extravaganza!

Can you believe the holiday season is almost here? We are all excited at MAC!

Come check out Manchester Athletic Club’s 6th Annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Extravaganza! Our holiday shop event is open to the public and is not one to miss. You have two chances to shop: Friday, December 4th from 5-8 PM at our Sip N’ Shop Event and Saturday, December 5th from 9-2 PM. We also will be hosting a special Zumba class each day that are free of charge and will get you moving!

Check out all of our wonderful vendors- we look forward to seeing you there!



ANNISQUAM LIGHTHOUSE Sunset ©Kim Smith 2015What a treat, these last lingering days of Indian Summer! I am trying to get out of doors as much as possible to enjoy the fleeting amber-gold moments. The photos below were taken standing at the mouth of the Annisquam, looking towards Wingaersheek Beach.

Annisquam River panorama sunset ©Kim Smioth 2015 Annisquam River Sunset ©Kim Snith 2015 Annisquam sunset November ©Kim Smith 2015

WTF 911 – where did you go??

All the excitement about today’s purported UFO landing, in reality named WT1190F (but irresistibly dubbed WTF911) and, nothing happened! The six ton mystery object was expected to land in a shower of debris off the the Sri Lankan coast this morning at 6:30.

Read more about WTF911 at astronomer Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy blog here. 


I Saw Two Ducks Mating this Morning

They were on Smiths Cove.  I saw them bobbing their heads at each other, then the male moved around behind and then mounted and mated with the female.  I’ve seen it occur many times in the spring, but never in November.  Does anyone else think this is strange?  Do ducks sometimes mate before heading south for the winter?  Or maybe it is a sign of a mild winter.  Any input from birders in the know would be appreciated.  I couldn’t tell what kind of ducks they were, but I don’t think mallards, as they both appeared to be brown and it wasn’t aggressive like mallards tend to be.

E.J. Lefavour

Every Kid in a Park. Pack Your Bags 4th Graders…and Bring Your Families Too

It occurred to me yesterday that some of you may not know about this.

4th graders all over the country can get free admission to National Parks for the duration of the school year thanks to the White House Administration launching the “Every Kid in a Park Pass.”

Fourth graders nationwide can visit the new Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a pass that provides free access to students and their families to all federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. The pass is valid for the 2015-2016 school year and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 federally-managed sites.

Check out the White House link introducing the program HERE


There are so many great places in Massachusetts and certainly New England!


“Because no matter who you are, no matter where you live, our parks, our monuments, our lands, our waters — these places are your birthright as Americans”


A little preview of the good things to come from Anthony Caturano At Tonno In the Former Blackburn Tavern Building

Famed North End Chef Anthony Caturano who will be opening Tonno in the former Blackburn Tavern Building shares this:
Anthony writes:

Joey, here is a video of Potato Gnocchi we made last year. I can give you a turkey brine recipe later.

For more info about Tonno-

Breaking #GloucesterMA Restaurant News: Former Blackburn Tavern Space To Be Occupied By Tonno


Community Stuff 11/13/15

Give A Gift That Can Save A Life…Give Blood


The Rockport Navy Committee is sponsoring a Holiday Blood Drive at the First Baptist Church

4 High Street, Rockport on Saturday December 5, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in conjunction with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). There’s limited parking at the church. Additional blood drive parking is available at the former Masonic Hall on the corner of Broadway and School Street.

This year’s blood drive is dedicated to those who have served and are still serving in the US military and Rockport firefighter Kris Juncker Jr. who was treated at Mass General Hospital earlier this year. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with written parental permission). Donors over 65 please call 617-726-8171 for special guidelines. Most healthy people over 65 CAN donate.

To make donating as easy and comfortable as possible, MGH will bring a state of the art bloodmobile completely staffed with a RN, phlebotomists, and/or LPNs. The bloodmobile is entirely self-contained with four donor beds, two soundproof medical history booths and snack area.

Blood is a medicine that can only be given from one person to another – no other source is currently available. Blood supplies often run low during the holiday season due to increased need and donors feeling they’re too busy to donate. A half hour can save three or four lives! Challenge your friends and family to give blood. The bloodmobile can accommodate three to four people every fifteen minute. Make your appointment early and donate as a group!

For those who cannot give blood there’s another opportunity to help by donating small stuffed animals, hand-held games and tween/teen puzzle/crossword books to be distributed to the children in MGH and at Shriners Hospital. The stuffed animals must be NEW and 6-10 inches. Donating a gift to a hospitalized child is a wonderful opportunity to teach children about compassion and the spirit of giving.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Sharon at 978-290-1393 or go to

Hi Joey,

The next Cape Ann Contra Dance will be held on Saturday, November 14 at 7:00pm at the Magnolia Library Community Center, 1 Lexington Street, Gloucester, MA.

We hope the early start time of 7:00 PM will encourage families to attend. Contra

dancing is family friendly and appropriate for ages seven years through 90.

No experience is necessary, nor do you need to bring a partner. Live music and dance instruction are provided by the Cape Ann Contra Dance House Band.

There is a requested donation of $10 per dancer/sit-in, dancers/sit-ins younger than 16 are free.

This will be the final dance for 2015. We plan a break in December, but we’ll be ready to go again in January 2016.

For more information,  contact us at