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Bruins Academy Learn to Play Coming Back to Talbot Rink

Cape Ann Youth Hockey is thrilled to once again be hosting the Bruins Academy Learn to Play hockey program this year for children ages 4-8.  Sessions will run Saturdays in October at Talbot Rink, Gloucester.  Your $100 registration fee includes four sessions and a full set of equipment valued at $500.  You really can’t beat this opportunity.  This year’s dates are:

Oct. 6, 13, 20, 26 4:00PM

Registration is required through the Boston Bruins website at

Registration is limited to 60 participants and will fill up quickly.  Local folks should take advantage of the pre-sale code!

Promo Code Pre-Sale will go live: July 16 at 10:00 AM.  This will allow you to register before the general public.  Our unique code is CAPE7

Registration will go live for the general public: July 19 at 10:00 AM.

The Boston Bruins are excited to continue and grow the Bruins Academy Learn to Play Hockey Program presented by Pure Hockey (previously called “Little Bruins”) to help aspiring, youth hockey players develop their skills. For the first time this season, the program is expanding to over 80 locations across New England and over 5,000 youth players will have the opportunity participate. The program is available to boys and girls ages 4-9. For a registration fee of $100, the program includes a full free set of CCM equipment to keep valued at $500 retail, which includes skates, a professional personalized fitting, and four weeks of on-ice instruction led by certified coaches. The Boston Bruins are thrilled to share their passion for hockey with the next generation of hockey players.* This year, $2,500,000(retail value) worth of equipment will be donated through this program. *

Equipment fittings will take place at the six stops of the 2018 Bruins Fan Fest Tour in August and at designated Pure Hockey locations in September. Following the fitting, the gear will be shipped and delivered to participants between August 23 and September 14.

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Chefs at Sea

I had such a great time last night on the Chefs at Sea cruise with Beauport Cruiselines. Everything prepared by Chef Jason Bond of Bondir Restaurant was spectacular.

The Chefs at Sea series will continue each Wednesday until August 15th.

Make a point to book your tickets soon! It is such a great way to see Gloucester’s gorgeous historic seaport while enjoying amazing cuisine by celebrity chefs. It is hard to think of a better way to spend a summer evening.  

Live music, cash bar, and great company are the icing on the cake. 

Beauport Hospitality Group (BHG), a regarded collection of upscale, full-service hotels, restaurants, event facilities and harbor dinner cruises situated along the picturesque North Shore coastline of Massachusetts, is pleased to announce the debut of its inaugural “Chefs at Sea” dinner series aboard its luxuriously appointed 124-foot ship – Beauport Cruiseliner, located at 6 Rowe Square in Gloucester.

Beginning July 11th and running every Wednesday through August 15th, BHG’s “Chefs at Sea” cruises will take guests along for an incredibly scenic and gastronomically satisfying three-hour culinary experience, featuring creatively-themed menus penned by acclaimed local chefs, including: Kevin O’Donnell and Michael Lombardi of SRV, an Italian wine bar and bacaro located in Boston’s hip South End neighborhood, Matt O’Neil of the highly acclaimed Ledger restaurant and the Blue Ox, and Ledger, Jason Bond of Bondir, Rachel Miller from the wildly popular Nightshade pop up, as well as Rory Lee of Moona in Cambridge, whose authentic Eastern Mediterranean mezze has landed the restaurant on every critic’s “must-try” list.

Upon boarding at 6:30 p.m., seafarers will be treated to delicious bites prepared by the featured chef and their talented “crew,” with dinner service commencing as “Cruiseliner” pulls away from the docks. In addition to a satisfying, multi-course meal, guests will enjoy an interactive cooking demonstration, live entertainment, custom décor, dancing, and sightseeing from spacious decks, all while sailing the tranquil waters of Gloucester Harbor. Cash bars featuring a full selection of premium beer, wine and spirits will be available for those who wish to imbibe. Upon request, pickups at the commuter rail is available via Beauport Hospitality Group and hotel stays are recommended at the nearby Beauport Hotel! Tickets are $80.00 per person (tax and gratuity not included) and include your meal, entertainment and a 3-hour scenic tour. All beverages are on a cash-bar basis. Menus are at chef’s whim, and will be released 72 hours prior to the event. Those with allergies, or dietary restrictions should make requests in the notes section of Eventbrite at time of booking and when possible accommodations will be made. Tickets will sell out in advance quickly!

Here is the line up of amazing celebrity chefs, their restaurants, and the charities that some of the proceeds are going to!    To call that a Win, Win.

Chef Jason Bond of Bondir Restaurant

Date:July 11, 2018 | 6:30PM

Some proceeds to benefit Faith Kitchen

Chef Matt O’Neil of Ledger and The Blue Ox

Date:July 18, 2018 | 6:30PM

Some proceeds to benefit ALS & MS Associations

Chef Rory Lee of Moona

Date: July 25, 2018 | 6:30PM

Some proceeds to benefit PCRF

Chef TBD

Date:August 1, 2018 | 6:30PM

Chef Rachel Miller of Nightshade

Date:August 8, 2018 | 6:30PM

Chef Kevin O’Donnell and Michael Lombardi of SRV

Date:August 15, 2018 | 6:30PM

Some proceeds to benefit No Kid Hungry


Body Recovered

At around 3:45 yesterday afternoon Finn and I saw a couple of police cars, a firetruck, etc. drive down towards the fort and onto the wharf by Compass Seafood.  We drove past the area and around the building to discover an active scene with members of the Coast Guard, Gloucester Police, and Fire Department.  Shortly after taking these photos we learned that a body had been discovered in the harbor.  An update later in the evening reports that the body was of a male in his 50s that had gone missing after listening to some music Sunday evening.  Thoughts and prayers to the family.


Firing Up Pizza Grill Opening Today

Has anyone been here yet?  If so, what can you tell us?


721 Gloucester Crossing Rd
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
(978) 491-5450
Opens at 9:00 AM

Bloopers and Blunders: Greasy Pole Edition

These guys.  All so much fun to watch.  Those winning walkers get lots of press, and rightfully so, but also worth celebrating are some of the Greasy Pole’s unsung heroes. Cheers to those who hit the water with no flag in their hands.

3rd Wheel

This guy joined my husband and me for dinner the other night on the roof of the Beauport.  He didn’t seem to mind being a 3rd wheel and was actually pretty endearing.  Super handsome…for a seagull.  Of note, did you know that seagulls drool?  If you watch the short video you can actually see him drooling (I mean, I guess that’s what he was doing).


Boston Cannons Lacrosse is a Must See

I was fortunate enough to spend another day at Endicott College photographing the Boston Cannons Major League Lacrosse game….this time against none other than the New York Lizards and their Paul Rabil. The Boston/New York rivalry exists on the lacrosse field as it does on the court, the rink, and in the end zones of other major league sports.  Both teams were phenomenal to watch and at many points during the game the score was tied.  After an unreal beginning to the 4th quarter, the Cannons were able to rally and finish the game up 15-13.

As with before, I was struck by not only the fast paced and action packed game, but also the incredibly fan-friendly environment.  Lacrosse is no joke and the speed, agility, and fierceness demonstrated on the field is in stark contrast to the friendly and engaging fan experience that takes place on the sidelines after the game.  Which simply adds to its appeal.

The two games at Endicott College were part of the Boston Cannons Cannons in Your Community initiative that’s goal was to bring Major League Lacrosse to both the North and South Shore areas.  The South Shore games took place in Hingham.

Endicott was a spectacular venue for a large sporting event and nothing would make me happier than hearing that the Cannons will be returning next summer.  That being said, I look forward to heading into Boston later this season to catch the action on their home field at Harvard Stadium.

The Cannons’ next home game is on Saturday, July 28th at 5:00 pm

Check out the Boston Cannons here


TONIGHT! Rockport’s Music at the Beach Concert Series Begins

For the second summer in a row Rockport is thrilled to be hosting the  Music at the Beach concert series! A series of fantastic bands will play on Mondays this summer from 6 to 8 at the bandstand on Back Beach.

Grab a blanket, beach chair, and a picnic dinner and plan on listening to Pier Ave tonight…and then mark your calendars for the rest of the summer.

Much thanks to 10-year-old Wyatt Wilkinson as well as Bruce Reed for bringing this series to us last year.  We all hope that it becomes a summer tradition for years to come!


Last Night’s Wicked Tuna Season Finale/100th Episode Party

When the season finale and the 100th episode of Wicked Tuna happen to fall on the same day, National Geographic throws a party!  Possibly they planned it that way.  Who could blame them.

We were super excited to be invited down to Bass Pro Shops at Patriot Place last night to attend National Geographic’s viewing party of the 100th episode and to be in attendance to see who was named winner of this past season.  Congratulations, by the way, to Tyler McLaughlin and his crew on the Pinwheel.


Free Skate Girls’ Hockey Open House

CALLING ALL GIRLS for a free skate open house!  If you know a girl at the U10, U12, or U14 level who may be interested in learning more about Cape Ann Youth Hockey’s girls’ hockey program please come by and experience what it would be like to play.

This Sunday, June 24th from 5:00-6:00.

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