Try Hockey for Free

Saturday afternoon 1:00 – 2:00 at Talbot Rink
Advance registration is required at

This event is designed to provide kids, between the ages of 4 to 9, a completely free experience to try youth hockey. A limited amount of equipment is available to borrow. Our top coaches will be on the ice to assist your child in learning the basics. Your son or daughter does not need any previous skating or hockey experience.


Head to Jalapeños on Wednesday Night to Support GHS Girls’ Basketball!

Yummy food, good drinks, AND raising money to help support GHS Girls Basketball!  Win, win, win.
Bring your appetite and lots of friends to Jalapeños on Wednesday night any time between 4:00-9:00 and a portion of the proceeds from your dinner/drinks will help the team!

Wednesday, February 20th
4:00PM to 9:00PM

A Fun Night For A Great Cause
Authentic Mexican Food


Nichole’s Picks 2/16 + 2/17

Pick #1:  New England Boat Show

February 9-17 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center


Thursday 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Friday 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Saturday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM



Pick #2: Wenham Museum Annual LEGO Train

Annual Lego® Train

Saturday & Sunday, February 16 and 17, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Included with Admission
Free for Members 

Wenham Museum 

Come see a rainbow colored, L-gauge model train speeding along a Brick track as it races by soaring skyscrapers, country cottages, mountainside ski slopes and much more. All features are designed with the highest degree of precision by the New England Lego Users Group. Suitable for ALL ages.


Pick #3:  Monster Jam Triple Threat at the DCU Center

Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series™ brings adrenaline-charged family entertainment to fans across the country.  These world-class Monster Jam vehicles and athletes deliver what fans want to see most…more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more action!

Each event tests the versatility of the athletes as they go head-to-head in six different competitions driving three different vehicles — Monster Jam Trucks, Speedsters and ATVs. These athletes battle for points in challenging, fast-paced competitions that push themselves and their machines to the limit. The point leader for the series will receive an automatic bid to the prestigious Monster Jam World Finals® to compete for the title of World Champion.  In a competition this big, every athlete is in it to win it!

Pit Party

The Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series Pit Party provides unprecedented access to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers.  This unique experience in the world of motorsports gives you access to see the trucks up close, take pictures, meet the drivers and get their autographs.



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

Check Out Victory Designs by Vee

Check out Victory Designs by Vee for some unique, handmade, locally crafted gifts for friends far and wide or for yourself and your home.

I have ordered three of her Longitude and Latitude signs and they are wonderful.  She takes custom orders and creates them quickly….with very fair prices!  While the photos I have included are of her signs, she also designs custom apparel so be sure to scroll through the Facebook page here

I think these are such fantastic gifts for weddings, vacation homes, home buyers, college graduates (with their college/university symbol), businesses (I ordered one for the school where I work…see below), to celebrate an engagement, or honeymoon, favorite vacation destination…..  the possibilities are endless!

You can contact her via message on Facebook or at the following email:



Kestrel’s Cape Ann Summer Program Fair

This is a great opportunity to learn about a large variety of summer options for your children all under one roof.


Come join us at the 4th Annual Cape Ann Summer Program Fair hosted by Kestrel Educational Adventures. Learn about opportunities to Get Outside, explore science and nature, and have wild adventures this summer. Local organizations from the area will be presenting their summer programs. The camp fair is an adventure in itself, with fun kids’ activities at every station plus bonus activities and free snacks.

Learn about summer programs from: Kestrel Educational Adventures, Glen Urquhart School, North Shore Nature Programs, Clark School, Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, Summerquest camp with The Trustees of Reservations, Appleton Farms Camp with the Trustees of Reservations, Maritime Gloucester, Gloucester Museum School Camp, Cape Ann Art Haven, Eastern Point Yacht Club, MassAudubon at Joppa Flats, Harborlight Montessori School, Waring School Summer Camp, and Cape Ann SUP (and likely other camps as well)


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Come About

This red lobster boat caught my eye Sunday afternoon as did the colorful backdrop of the homes and shops that dot the coast along downtown Rockport.  We pulled onto Granite Pier to take a look and Thatch said, “I hope he’s done fishing in time to watch the Super Bowl.”  Just as he said that the boat did an about face….hopefully preparing to head home.



To Every Season, Turn Turn Turn

As Donna mentioned yesterday, it was Truck Day at Fenway.

Fresh off a Super Bowl Championship our groggy Patriots landed in Boston to get ready for (yet another) Duck Boat Parade within hours of when the Red Sox equipment truck departed Fenway to make the 1,500 mile trip to Fort Myers.

You’ve got to love Boston.  Can any other city boast that their Championship football team arrived home at the culmination of their victorious season on the very same day of the, albeit unofficial, start of the Championship baseball team’s new season?

As Brady, Gronk, Edelman, and the McCourty twins stepped onto the runway, Al Hartz stepped into the cab of the big green truck.  Who is Al Hartz you may ask?  He’s the guy who has carefully driven the Red Sox team equipment all the way down to Spring Training for 21 years in a row now.

Just what’s in that truck?   The Red Sox tweeted out the answer to that question yesterday.

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Nichole’s Picks 2/2 + 2/3

Pick #1: Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

Saturday, February 2nd from 8:00-12:00

Half of this year’s proceeds will support The Corey C. Griffin NHL Alumni Pro-Am and Boston Children’s Hospital

Who doesn’t want ice cream for breakfast? Eat ice cream for breakfast with zero guilt, because it’s for a great cause! (Please invite your friends!)

Saturday, February 2nd is National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. We’ll be celebrating at Cherry Farm with a special “breakfast” menu featuring…

Waffle Sundaes
Donut Sundaes
Muffin Sundaes
Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches
“Coffee & Donuts” Ice Cream
Maple bacon ice cream
Warm maple syrup sauce
Warm blueberry topping
Bacon bit topping
Sorbet/Sherbet fruit cup
& More!

Be sure to stop by early because from 8am – 12pm we will be donating half of the proceeds to support Boston Children’s Hospital Concussion Prevention Research Center.

We hope to see you there! Please help spread the word by inviting your friends.




Pick #2: Newburyport’s Winter Kite Festival

Saturday, 9:30-3:00

Maudslay State Park, 74 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport


Join us for a day of winter wonder as kite flyers from around New England bring their large kites to fly over the field at Maudslay State Park. Bring your favorite kite as well!

Join us early for a kite making session between 9:30-10:30am at the Bresnahan School. Kite kits are $5 each (paid for onsite- cash only).

Stop by Maudslay State Park between 11am-3pm to fly your kite, see the large kites, do some sledding and enjoy some hot cocoa!

There will be attendants to assist with parking. It’s $5/residents and $10/non-residents–please bring cash (though the parking machine is there too for credit cards). NO STREET PARKING!!!!!

This event is free to all!

Pick #3:  That Little Thing Called “Super Bowl LIII”

Sunday @ 6:30.


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

Best Salad Ever

Our busy schedules and racing from rink to rink and activity to activity often leads to eating on the road, late take out dinners, and tons of money spent.  I used to be much, much better about packing food, but that ship has sailed.

Last week, after an 8:00-9:00 pm practice, we yet again phoned Mike’s Place for a late dinner.

I ordered up some pizza, chicken fingers, and french fries and for the assortment of boys who were landing at our house for the night and I got the Protein Power Salad.  It was phenomenal.  Not only was it delicious, but it was so packed with great stuff that there was a ton left over of the “regular” size for Freddy to finish it once he and Thatch got home from an even later game.

NEW! Protein Power Salad 
Served with orange vinaigrette dressing
Grilled chicken tenders, avocado, and sliced hard boiled egg, over a bed of baby spring mix. Topped with crumbled goat cheese and walnuts.

Check out Mike’s Place HERE 

The photos don’t do it justice, but you should give it a try.



Nichole’s Picks 1/26 + 1/27

Pick #1: Family Tour of the Cape Ann Museum


1:00 p.m. — 1:45 p.m.Youth and Family Programs

A tour for history detectives of all ages! Discover the story of Cape Ann by taking a closer look at 10 objects from paintings to film. End your tour in the Activity Center with hands-on fun and art-making. Recommended for families with children under 12. Free for CAM members or with Museum admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call or e-mail Kirsten Vega  at (978) 283-0455 x16 or



Pick #2:  Patriots Send Off Rally

We did this last year and it was so much fun!    Last year it took place on a Monday so we went to Gillette on Sunday night, ice skated, had dinner in Patriot Place, and spent the night at one of the two hotels located right on the property.  We made signs before bed and got ready to rally!

This year’s Super Bowl Send Off is on Sunday at

More information can be found here

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Pick #3:  Harlem Wizards at St. John’s Prep



Danvers, MA

Please join us at St. John’s Preparatory School, located at 72 Spring Street. The game begins at 6:30 pm and the doors will open at 5:30 pm. Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance. If available, tickets will be sold at the door for $15 for students and adults. An online processing fee of $1.25 per ticket will be added to your final total. THE ONLINE BOX OFFICE FOR THIS EVENT CLOSES AT 11:59 PM THE NIGHT PRIOR TO THE GAME. If you purchase tickets online, you will receive your ticket via email. You MUST print the ticket(s) and bring them to the event. Your ticket will be scanned for entry.



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

Pond Hockey

I love that the boys would rather play pond hockey in between their 100s of hockey games than anything else.  Don’ Get me wrong… Xbox is a very close second.

The Mill Pond was a buzz this weekend.   As I often say about Rockport….it was very Norman Rockwell.

Good times….great memories in the making.



Nichole’s Picks 1/19 + 1/20

Pick #1: Living the Island Life, A Musical Comedy 

January 19 @ 7:00 pm

January 20 @ 2:00 pm

$15 – $25

You can purchase tickets HERE


Rotary Club of Rockport Presents: Living the Island Life, A Musical Comedy

Saturday, January 19, 2018 | 7 PM
Sunday, January 20, 2018 | 2 PM
Rockport Middle/High School Auditorium

Rockport Rotary is presenting the first-ever original musical comedy about living here — on this side of the bridge! Don’t miss LIVING THE ISLAND LIFE — a new musical comedy that follows a family of six (including a large dog named Kitty) from Buffalo on vacation in—they think—Rockport, Maine. They land, instead, on Cape Ann and learn about life on our side of the bridge through eleven locals’ colorful interpretations of “island” life and its people.

In between uproarious laughs, the players sing very familiar musical tunes—with all-new lyrics. A grand showcase of community talent and local heroes will add to the audience’s delight.

TWO SHOWS: Saturday, January 19 at 7:00pm and Sunday, January 20 at 2:00pm. Come laugh off the January cold with LIVING THE ISLAND LIFE!

Featuring the talents of Jeff McKeen, Wendy Betts, Guy Parsons, Emily Marques, Kathleen Morgan, Bob Ellis, Sue Bonior, Andy Heinze, Jack Reed, Chas Kreis, Gordon Baird, Evelyn Reed, Carolyn Howard, Derek van Gulden, Anne Hyde, and Frances Fleming.

Laura Fillmore Evans, Piano
David Benjamin, Sax, Clarinet, Flute
Art Adamson, Trumpet
Gary Wolseiffer, Bass
Rick Geraghty, Drums

Book and lyrics by Linda Sanders with humorous input from Ian Crown.

Proceeds benefit Rockport Rotary’s community and international service projects.

Pick #2:  New England International Auto Show

January 17-21 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center


This is one of my boys’ favorite events of the year.  We weren’t able to squeeze it in this year, but it gives me the excuse to share the video of them tearing up the car show a couple of years ago.

It’s the Biggest Auto Show in New England… and the perfect place to browse hundreds of the newest vehicles!  Located at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the Seaport District, the New England International Auto Show is the premier showcase of the newest model year imported and domestic vehicles — cars, vans, crossovers, hybrids, light trucks and sport utilities –  cars to suit every budget and lifestyle. Factory and dealer representatives are on hand to answer your questions in a no pressure environment, and with your favorite car lines all under one roof, it’s easy to compare prices and features, saving both time and money.

So come sit in the cars, pop the hoods, inspect the trunks, kick the tires. The New England International Auto Show is great entertainment for serious shoppers, car buffs and the entire family!


Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210


Thursday, January 17, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, January 18, 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, January 19, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday, January 20, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Monday, January 21, 10:00 am- 6:00 pm

*Box Office closes 1 hour prior to the end of the Show each day.
*No refunds


Pick #3:  The Boston Globe Travel Show

January 18-20 at Seaport World Trade Center, Boston


“Not just a show, a total travel experience”

Open to Public
Friday, Jan. 18: 
5:30 – 8pm 
Saturday, Jan. 19:
 10am – 6pm
Sunday, Jan. 20: 10am – 4pm

$10 online / $15 onsite 
Get Tickets

Friday Trade Day, Jan. 18
(8:30am – 5:30pm)
Click here for more info

Directions, parking & other attendee info click here.




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