Order Your Pie to Support “Pie in the Sky” and Pick Up at Engel & Volkers

“More than a fundraiser, Pie in the Sky fosters community spirit by bringing together more than 20,000 people throughout Greater Boston – including bakers, Pies Sellers, volunteers, donors, and sponsors to create the “World’s Greatest Bake Sale” in support of Community Servings’ food and nutrition program.

Each fall, more than 100 of Greater Boston’s most generous bakers, chefs, and caterers bake and donate thousands of pies that more than 500 volunteers sell to family, friends, and coworkers. You can select an apple, pecan, pumpkin, or sweet potato pie to pick up before Thanksgiving at one of our 100+ pick-up locations. (includine Engel & Volkers By the Sea on Main Street in Gloucester)

Each $30 pie or donation provides a week’s worth of nutritious meals for a neighbor who is too sick to shop or cook for themselves or their families.

The last day to purchase pies is Saturday, November 23rd! Get your pie before the shopping cart closes!”

CLICK HERE to purchase or donate a pie! 

🥧 Buy a pie and help someone in need! Hundreds of top bakers in the area donate pies to Pie in the Sky.

🥧 Each $30 pie (donation) provides a week’s worth of nutritious meals for a neighbor who is too sick to shop or cook for themselves or their families.

🥧 If you donate and purchase a pie you can come pick it up at many locations around MA including Engel & Volkers by the Sea on Main Street in Gloucester.

View their unbelievably impressive list of restaurants and bakers.  Who wouldn’t want a pie from someone on this list!

https://www.pieinthesky.org/bakers

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Time to Check the Balloons

It only makes sense that before the big day….the Macy’s Day Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade that is…that they test those awesome, massive balloons.  This year they are premiering four new balloons and bringing back many fan favorites.

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https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/2019/11/02/macys-thanksgiving-parade-new-balloons-tested-east-rutherford-nj/2495523001/

New Jersey landed a sneak peek on Saturday at the giant balloons Macy’s will debut later this month for its 93rd Thanksgiving Day parade.

There were clear skies and no wind outside MetLife Stadium, perfect weather to test whether the massive, helium-filled characters will be able to make it down the 2.7-mile parade route in Manhattan.

“It’s nothing but fun,” said Dawn Weidow, one of the hundreds of balloon handlers. “Pure fun. Adrenaline rush.”

Four balloons will make their first appearance this year: Snoopy in an astronaut suit; two characters from the Netflix adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs & Ham;” SpongeBob SquarePants and his pet sea snail, Gary; and a creation designed by artist Yayoi Kusama. Smokey Bear is also returning in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the character’s creation.

The Macy’s parade debuted in 1924 with Central Park Zoo animals coming down the parade route and no balloons. Those premiered in 1927, with Felix the Cat.

The SpongeBob balloon is the character’s third iteration for the parade and Snoopy’s eighth, a record. Charles M. Schulz’s iconic beagle has floated above parade-goers 39 times, as an aviator, an astronaut once before, on ice skates, with Woodstock twice, as a “flying ace” and wearing a jester’s hat. This year Snoopy is 49-feet tall and 29-feet wide.

John Piper, a senior director of the Macy’s Parade Studio, said Macy’s returns to Snoopy because the world does.

“He is a classic and a perennial favorite,” Piper said. “There’s been a couple of years where we had other Peanuts characters, like Charlie Brown specifically, and I had some people ask me, well Snoopy’s in too, right?”

The annual balloon test in East Rutherford is not just a promotional event intended to kick off the holiday season. It’s also a required step for Macy’s to receive permits from New York City. Lt. Sean Patterson said the city has to make sure the new balloons fly safely.

The city implemented new rules after the 1997 parade, when a gust of wind caused a six-story-tall Cat in the Hat balloon to strike a light pole, showering debris on people below and injuring one woman so severely she almost died.

Each balloon has a police sergeant assigned to it to make sure it is flying correctly, and there are “wind sergeants” along the route who monitor wind speeds, according to Patterson, a safety officer for the parade who works for the New York Police Department’s emergency service unit.

Nichole’s Picks 11/16 + 11/17

Pick #1:  North Shore Gamers Club at the Sawyer Free Library

Saturday, 9:00-4:30

Looking to get into the fun of modern board gaming? Come and learn from the best! North Shore Gamers will be hosting a game day open to all levels and types of board gamers. Bring your favorite game or play from our communal library.
Including Chess.

CONTACT: Devon Winkler  978-281-9763  devon@northshoregamers.com
LOCATION: Friend Room

 

Learn more about the North Shore Gamers HERE

North Shore Gamers is a meetup group dedicated to offering gaming events that are open and welcoming to all sorts of gamers. Whether you’re an old pro or brand new to the hobby, you’ll find a place here. The organizers have made a lot of friends in this group, and enjoy providing the opportunity for others to do the same.

We generally focus on strategy games, but there’s plenty of room for all sorts of genres, from dexterity games to word games, from trivia games to trick-taking games. We also tend to focus on learning new games, and are happy to teach anyone interested in trying something new. But, we also like to revisit old favorites from time to time. If it rates well on Board Game Geek (http://www.boardgamegeek.com) (and even if not, as there are plenty of hidden gems on that site) it’ll likely get played at one of our events.

To give you an idea what to expect, here are some of the games currently getting a lot of play: Codenames, Pandemic Legacy, No Thanks!, Deep Sea Adventure, Tokaido, Dominion, 7 Wonders, and Splendor.

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Pick #2: Boston International Kids Film Festival 

The Boston International Kids Film Festival highlights the talent of independent filmmakers everywhere while inspiring young people to share their own stories with the world.

Welcome to a weekend of workshops and screenings of family-friendly films, both professionally and student-made, hailing from countries that span the globe!

Filmmakers Collaborative created the BIKFF in 2013 with a goal of showing kids that making a film can be a powerful way to tell a story, express your emotions, state a point of view and ( more importantly) to have fun!

By screening amazing student-made films from around the world while at the same time offering these young filmmakers a look at professionally-made films created just for them, we are enabling the next generation of filmmakers to realize the power and potential of media.

The young filmmakers that participate in FC Academy, our after-school and summer filmmaking program, are given center stage at special blocks throughout the weekend, as we screen the short films that they have created in front of their family and friends.

Combine all that with hands-on workshops on stop-motion animation, storyboarding and filmmakers meet-ups and you are in for an event that families of Greater Boston will be enjoying for years to come!

LEARN MORE HERE

SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE HERE

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Pick #3: Ski, Skate, Board Friends of Cutler Consignment Sale

READ MORE HERE

Saturday and Sunday, Nov, 16th and 17th
Saturday 11/16 – 9am-2pm
Our vendors will be here ALL day on Saturday
Sunday 11/17 – 11am-1pm
Clearance – 50% off most items (Vendors not included)

Cutler Elementary School
237 Asbury Street, Hamilton

Find great deals on new and gently used clothing and gear for the whole family! Skiing, skating, hockey, snowboarding, sledding and more! Top vendors include Plymouth Ski & Sports, Hardy’s Ski Emporium, Wenham Sports Stop, and More!

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

Sal Grasso Memorial Tournament

This weekend is a big weekend for Cape Ann Youth Hockey! It is the annual Sal Grasso Memorial Tournament.  Each year, since 1987 (there may have been couple of years taken off in the middle) teams from Cape Ann play in a tournament against teams from Westmount in Montreal, Canada.  Programs alternate between traveling to the opposing host city each Veteran’s Weekend in November. This year Montreal teams will be traveling to us and we are excited to host their players and families.

Families who have been a part of Cape Ann Youth Hockey will tell you that the camaraderie off the ice between teammates, friends, and families is just as important as any game play that takes place on the ice…if not more.  Hockey is a commitment… to say the least. There are long weekends spent in cars, early morning wake ups, and expenses that are sometimes quiet hard to believe, but….through it all, the highs and the lows, shines the Sal Grasso Memorial Friendship Tournament.

Opening ceremonies take place on Friday at 4:30 and will continue all weekend long until the 3:00 pm closing ceremonies on Sunday.  Please stop by and cheer on our home teams.

Sportsmanship, friendship, and teamwork are at the heart of it all, but both programs will tell you that winning is nice too.  The Westmount teams, unbelievably, took the trophy for the tournament’s first 14 years in a row!  Since then, Cape Ann has won seven and Westmount five.

Montreal won the tournament last year.  Cape Ann is looking to keep the cup here in Gloucester Sunday afternoon.  Full stands and local support will certainly help that cause.

Read more about past tournaments by following these links:

https://goodmorninggloucester.org/2018/11/15/for-the-love-of-hockey/

https://goodmorninggloucester.org/2017/11/13/3-days-24-games-72-periods-25th-year-check/

https://goodmorninggloucester.org/2017/11/09/sal-grasso-memorial-tournament/

https://goodmorninggloucester.org/2016/11/14/congratulations-cayh-nation/

https://goodmorninggloucester.org/2015/11/16/a-lot-of-hockey-was-played/

This tradition is important to Cape Ann Youth Hockey and the City of Gloucester. Please come to Talbot Rink this weekend to cheer on our teams and to welcome our friends from Westmount.

Friends of CAYH, Paul T. Russo and Shawn Grasso will be dropping the ceremonial pucks for the first games.

Let’s fill the stands!!!

 

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Nichole’s Picks 11/2 +11/3

Pick #1: Purely Good in Our Neighborhood

This great event was rained out last weekend, but is on for Sunday, November 3rd.  Lots of local pure goodness. The event is FREE, but lots of great artisans and vendors will be on hand to sell their goods.  This event will raise money for Sweet Paws Rescue and Windrush Farm.

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Pick #2: Fall Twice Loved Toy Sale

Friday, Nov 1st 5:00pm — 8:00pm

The Community Giving Tree will host their Twice Loved Toy Sale at Coolidge Hall on the Topsfield Fairgrounds. Get amazing deals on toys and books while helping local children. All proceeds support low income families with basic necessities such as clothing, school supplies, baby equipment, and personal care items.

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Pick #3: Sense of Wonder Family Walk: Cool Camoflauge

Sponsored by Ipswich River
November 3, 2019 (Sunday) 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Location:

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield MA
Instructor: Carol Maynard – Sanctuary Field Teacher
Audience: All
(suitable for children 3 & up)
Members:
Adult $9.00, Child $8.00
Nonmembers:
Adult $11.00, Child $10.00

Each outing will begin with a short introduction indoors before going outside for a walk. We’ll explore the topics listed below, but stop to investigate anything of interest that crosses our path. These walks are a wonderful introduction to the sanctuary for the whole family. Sign up for one or more!

November 3: Cool Camouflage
In order to survive, animals use many disguises. They can stay very still, blend in with their surroundings, and even change color. Take a hike to look for these secretive creatures that hide themselves from prying eyes.

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Read More Here: https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/ipswich-river/69213-sense-of-wonder-walks-for-families-cool-camouflage

 

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

Open House at Harborlight Montessori

Harborlight Montessori, Infant – Grade 8, is hosting an Open House on Tuesday, November 5th from 9:00-11:00.

Looking to make a change?  Always been curious?  Never thought independent school education was possible?  Have wondered, “Just what is Montessori anyway?”

If your children have the day off for Election Day, feel free to bring them with you.

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Pingree

We are often coming in hot to hockey, but I love when the stars align and we play at Pingree School in Hamilton…and have a chance to walk the campus.  Finn loves to walk the pond and look for frogs and fish.  We all love to look at the amazing art installations that they place around campus.  Here are just a few photos from a spare five minutes the other day.  I’m hoping to find more time this month to appreciate the rest!

To learn more about the Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit CLICK HERE

We are excited to share the news about our tenth annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, the largest display of its kind in New England, featuring more than 50 works by artists from as nearby as Hamilton and as far away as Africa.

Pingree is proud to be the only school in the country to host such an exhibit for its students and the public, a statement of the school’s commitment to civic engagement and to art as a vehicle to question and engage in dialogue about issues of substance and meaning. Moreover, at Pingree, we believe that art should be accessible to all and that living amidst art enhances the quality and substance of life. That is why our exhibit is free and open to the public seven days a week.

The show will open on September 1 and continue through November 30, extended this year to allow visitors to enjoy during the Thanksgiving break.

Catalogue of artists can be viewed HERE

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Essex ClamFest

We stopped by Essex ClamFest on Saturday after a hockey game at Pingree School in Hamilton.  We missed the chowder competition, but the boys enjoyed lunch from Ipswich Clambake and an ice cream from Down River while we enjoyed two beers from Ipswich Ale.  It was a beautiful afternoon and I’m glad they got so lucky with the weather!

Nichole’s Picks 10/26 and 10/27

Pick #1: Gloucester’s Halloween Festival!

Thank you, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, the City of Gloucester, and friends!  This Halloween Festival is such a treat for the city’s children.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27th

City Hall, 9 Dale Ave from 2:00-4:00

Hayrides, haunted house, face painting, story telling, food, FUN and more!

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Pick #2: Essex Clamfest

Saturday, October 26th.  Rain date of Sunday.

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Chowder Tasting Noon – 2 pm
Memorial Park
24 Martin Street
Downtown Essex
Rain Date: Sunday, October 27, 2019

Join us for the 37th Annual Essex ClamFest from 11AM to 4PM in Shepard Memorial Park in Essex. The festival is free to attend and it is $10 to take part in the Clam Chowder Tasting Competition.

CLAM CHOWDER COMPETITION
from Noon – 2 PM (while supplies last)
$10 to Taste & vote for your favorite

2019 CLAM CHOWDER COMPETITORS
Lobsta Land Restaurant
Ipswich Clambake
Village Restaurant
Shea’s Riverside Restaurant & Bar
J.T. Farnhams
C.K. pearl
Woodman’s of Essex
Windward Grille
Mile Marker One

Although the highlight of the day is the Chowder Tasting Competition, there is a great variety of activities, including local vendor and maker booths, live entertainment and plenty of food vendors on-site! Rain Date: October 27

** NO PETS ALLOWED

PRESENTING PARTNER: BankGloucester
GOLD SPONSOR: First Ipswich Bank
SUPPORTING SPONSOR: Solar Five

Also, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day (from 10-1, outside the police/fire station), and that we will also be giving out flu shots in the Town Hall auditorium from 10:30-1

 

Pick #3: Pure Pastry, Real Good in the Neighborhood

Sunday, October 27th

Beverly’s Kim Gregory Pure Pastry (the creator of some of the most decadent and delicious treats you could ever taste) is hosting a wonderfully local street fair this Saturday.  While the family friendly event is free, they are excited to raise money for both Sweet Paws Rescue and Windrush Farm.  Information about both amazing organizations can be found at the links below.  Several fantastic vendors, artisans, and farmers will be showcasing their goods….available for purchase.  There will also be live music.

Do you love your North Shore Neighborhood? We sure do!!!! We feel so blessed to live in an area that gifts us with great New England foods, music, art, devoted community members…. Let’s celebrate all this pure goodness together!!!!

Come join us at our Purely Good in Our Neighborhood event on Sunday, October 27th from 2p to 5p. We’re hosting a celebration honoring our local neighbors, encouraging a purely good time in our Gateway Lane neighborhood. All the goodness of our local talented, kind, giving neighbors here, in the Beverly area, come together for an afternoon for you to enjoy local sweets, savory foods, live music & other entertainment, sustainable goods, local artisans, farmers and more!

BONUS * * This is a FREE family-friendly event. All local farmers, artisans & food vendors will be selling their goods. Cash, Debit or Credit Cards will be accepted.

This celebration supports Sweet Paws Essex, MA & Windrush Farm based in North Andover, MA. Donations appreciated; however, not required for attendees. Kim Gregory | Pure Pastry is hosting the non-profit “Purely Good in Our Neighborhood”. 100% of the donations go to these non-profit organizations. Please consider donating.

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

Purely Good in our Neighborhood Street Fair

Beverly’s Kim Gregory Pure Pastry (the creator of some of the most decadent and delicious treats you could ever taste) is hosting a wonderfully local street fair this Saturday.  While the family friendly event is free, they are excited to raise money for both Sweet Paws Rescue and Windrush Farm.  Information about both amazing organizations can be found at the links below.  Several fantastic vendors, artisans, and farmers will be showcasing their goods….available for purchase.  There will also be live music.

Do you love your North Shore Neighborhood? We sure do!!!! We feel so blessed to live in an area that gifts us with great New England foods, music, art, devoted community members…. Let’s celebrate all this pure goodness together!!!!

Come join us at our Purely Good in Our Neighborhood event on Sunday, October 27th from 2p to 5p. We’re hosting a celebration honoring our local neighbors, encouraging a purely good time in our Gateway Lane neighborhood. All the goodness of our local talented, kind, giving neighbors here, in the Beverly area, come together for an afternoon for you to enjoy local sweets, savory foods, live music & other entertainment, sustainable goods, local artisans, farmers and more!

BONUS * * This is a FREE family-friendly event. All local farmers, artisans & food vendors will be selling their goods. Cash, Debit or Credit Cards will be accepted.

This celebration supports Sweet Paws Essex, MA & Windrush Farm based in North Andover, MA. Donations appreciated; however, not required for attendees. Kim Gregory | Pure Pastry is hosting the non-profit “Purely Good in Our Neighborhood”. 100% of the donations go to these non-profit organizations. Please consider donating.

! ! RAIN DATE: November 3rd from 2p to 5p ! !

SEE EVENT FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

SEE KIM GREGORY PURE PASTRY WEBSITE HERE

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Nichole’s Pick 10/19 + 10/20

Pick #1: Rockport HarvestFest

Saturday:  10:00 am – 5:00 pm

READ MORE HERE

The annual Rockport Harvestfest celebration features the best regional bounty of the season — all in an unbeatable setting.

New England food producers gather on one of Rockport’s historic working wharves to celebrate the best of local food with fresh lobster, chowder, pastries, grass-fed beef, wood-fired pizza, small-batch jams, locally-grown produce and more. Craft beers  produced in Massachusetts are on hand, along with Rockport’s own Twin Lights, with soda crafted from the 120-year-old company’s original recipes. Cooking demonstrations take place throughout the day demonstrating the riches of harvest in New England.

Harvestfest features plenty of live bluegrass, jazz, folk, indie rock, cooking demos, a farm expo, and plenty of activities for families.

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Pick #2:  Head of the Charles Regatta

Charles River, Boston:    Saturday and Sunday:  Schedules HERE 

This is such a fun way to spend a beautiful fall day!  Walk up and down the Charles and watch the races, enjoy the foliage along the river banks, grab a few pumpkin ales and some lunch….

Since its origin in 1965, the Head Of The Charles® Regatta has welcomed the world’s best crew teams to the banks of the Charles River for the ultimate two-day rowing competition.

READ MORE HERE

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Pick #3:  Boo at the Zoo

Both Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo are hosting Boo at the Zoo.

READ MORE HERE

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Children throughout New England are invited to trick-or-treat among the animals at Stone Zoo. Thrills, chills, and animals lurk around every corner on the trick-or-treat trail, while other haunted happenings include creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests, and a haunted maze! Throughout the day, guests can learn about the importance of enrichment as they watch many of the animals receive pumpkins.

Brick Safari – This year only!

Go on a safari unlike any other! As you explore the paths of Stone Zoo, prepare to spot over 40 life-size animal sculptures made from millions of colorful LEGO® bricks! Learn more.

BUY TICKETS

• General admission rates apply to Halloween events (Purchase online and save 15%).
• Zoo admission is free to all members.
• Halloween events take place rain or shine.

Haunted Happenings

  • 11:30 a.m. – Bat keeper chat
  • 12:00 & 1:30 p.m. – Creepy crawler encounter (Location: Animal Discovery Center)
  • 12:00 & 2:00 p.m. – Costume contest
  • 1:00 p.m. – Howling contest
  • 2:00 p.m. – Black bear keeper chat
  • 3:00 p.m. – Cougar keeper chat
  • Visit the B.A.C.A. candy table. Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. is an organization of bikers dedicated to empowering and supporting children who have experienced abuse.
  • Come make planning for the future fun with the U.Fund Dreams Tour. A full interactive experience allows children to imagine themselves in different occupations while parents learn all of the information they need about saving for college. Fidelity representatives will be on hand to answer questions and provide resources about the U.Fund, the flexible and tax-advantaged Massachusetts 529 college savings plan.*

Sustainable Sweets

This Halloween (and every day) look for candy made with certified sustainable palm oil. Palm oil plantations are wiping out orangutan habitat, and from snacks to soap, palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet. Check out Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s palm-oil friendly candy guide for some sustainably sweet treats for your tricksters! Learn more about the palm oil crisis and how to shop responsibly.

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