The Opening Day That Wasn’t

While this pales in comparison to all that is crashing down around us, it’s still a sad day nonetheless. Today would have marked the Red Sox Home Opener…against the Chicago White Sox. A day that, to me, has always marked the start of spring, longer and carefree days, and new beginnings. Some feel anew on New Year’s Day….for me, it has always been the beginning of baseball season. Funny, coming from someone who isn’t actually a huge baseball fan per se….but, more someone who LOVES all that baseball stands for.

My wish is that there will be a day soon when we all feel anew. Be it at a backyard BBQ, the beach, back at our jobs, in our classrooms, sharing a drink at our favorite restaurant…or at Fenway Park. These empty seats (some of my favorite Fenway photos from my seat fetish days…and some fav opening days pics) will be waiting for us….and the stands…and our hearts…will be full again. #oneteam #theopeningdaythatwasnt 

Dr. Charles A. Steinberg, President of the Pawtucket Red Sox, said something that gave me goosebumps earlier this month in a letter to fans

For now, we sit by our windows and wait for spring. We listen to our leaders, and we take each step to protect the health and safety of ourselves and our loved ones. When this fog clears and the sun shines once again, we seek to welcome you with open arms, as we sing, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” and most poignantly, “Take me out with the crowd.”

Here’s to dreams of happy, healthy, cheering crowds.

 

 

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Stay Home

We have gone for walks and bike rides in places where we are certain to simply pass neighbors and a few other local residents from afar.  We have also taken many drives….without actually getting out of the car.  Some of the places that we thought we might stop and walk have actually been so busy….that we have chosen to simply move on.  Howard’s Flying Dragon in Essex has a reminder for all of you.

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Thank You to Those Who Are Taking Care of Us

While driving around the island to get out of the house for a bit yesterday, we saw these two houses.  We should all be very thankful to all of those who are still working to keep us safe, healthy, provided for, etc.  In both big ways…and little.  Have you seen any other homes giving this message?  Please share if so!  Thank you to these home owners for taking the time to share these messages.

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ESPN8: The Ocho

I mean, I’ve been kind of wondering what all of the sports networks would be covering during these long weeks, but I didn’t give it much thought.  But then Sunday night I found my husband watching “Dodge Juggle.”  What?   So, I had to look into it. You’ve all probably heard about it…but, I hadn’t.

Turns out it’s a thing….and it was part of ESPN8: The Ocho’s all day line up of sports…. “seldom seen sports” as ESPN affectionately calls them.  I’m so sad I missed much of the line up, but maybe you can find it on demand.  I listed all of the events included in The Ocho below…along with some videos from a few of the competitions.

Straight out of “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” and in an attempt to fill the void for viewers in need of competitive sports content, ESPN is bringing back ESPN8: The Ocho with “a full 24 hours of seldom seen sports” programming Sunday on ESPN2, the network announced Thursday.

This will be the fourth version of ESPN8: The Ocho since 2017, inspired by the 2004 movie starring Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor and the late Rip Torn as Dodgeball legend Patches O’Houlihan.

Some of the self-explanatory events scheduled for Sunday include the Stupid Robot Fighting League, Jelle’s Marble Runs, Cherry Pit Spitting, Sign Spinning and World Sport Cup Stacking championships, as well as events in Cornhole, axe throwing, arm wrestling Spikeball, putt-putt golf and stone skipping.

Yes, there even will be a Dodgeball tournament involving teams from the United States and Canada, although it’s unclear if it will feature Peter LeFleur (played by Vaughn) and his Average Joe’s Gymnasium squad pitted against White Goodman (portrayed by Stiller) and his Globo Gym.

Check out the line up:

Midnight
Johnsonville ACL Cornhole Championships: 2020 Kickoff Battle

2 a.m.
World Axe Throwing League: 2019 World Championship

4 a.m.
U.S. Open Ultimate Championships

6 a.m.
2019 Spikeball College Championship

7 a.m.
2019 Las Vegas Highland Games

7:30 a.m.
Putt Putt Championships

8 a.m.
2019 IDEAL Electricians National Championship

9 a.m.
E:60 as part of The Ocho

9:30 a.m.
51st National Stone Skipping Competition

10:30 a.m.
2007 World Sport Stacking Championships


Noon
11:30 a.m.
2019 World Sign Spinning Championship

2006 Krystal World Hamburger Eating Championship

1 p.m.
2006 Johnsonville Brat Eating World Championship

2 p.m.
European TramDriver Championship

3 p.m.
2019 Stupid Robot Fighting League

3:30 p.m.
46th Annual Cherry Pit Spitting Championship

4 p.m.
Professional Arm Wrestling Championships

4:30 p.m.
2019 Golden Tee World Championship

5 p.m.
2018 Classic Tetris World Championship

5:30 p.m.
E:60 on ESPN8 Presented by Liberty Mutual

6:30 p.m.
America’s Dodgeball Continental Cup: USA vs. Canada

7:30 p.m.
2019 Jelle’s Marble Runs

8 p.m.
Slippery Stairs: College Tour

8:30 p.m.
2019 Death Diving World Championship

9:30 p.m.
Dodge Juggle 3

10:30 p.m.
Moxie Games 3

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A Drive Around the Cape

If Gloucester/Rockport is your home and you’re missing it or can’t get out, this video is for you.  My boys and I were getting a little stir crazy in the house thanks to no school, no hockey, no anything (aka Covid-19) so we took a long drive around the Cape. We thought we would video tape it for those of you who may be missing home….or who are home, but can’t get out. This is Cape Ann: Part #1. Stage Fort Park to Back Beach, Rockport.

Buckle up because it’s a long ride. I thought about speeding it up, but then you would have missed things.  Either way, it was a nice activity to do with the boys (who took turns filming for you) during these unchartered times.

 

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Bringing the Zoo to You

Kudos to the Cincinnati Zoo for starting this daily Zoo-to-You at Home Safari schedule.  With the zoo closed they wanted to find a way to enrich the lives of the children who would have visited and continue to spread the word about their awesome residents.

Each day at 3:00pm they go live on their facebook page for a 15 minute interaction with one of the zoo residents.  If you miss the live video, fret not.  The video is then uploaded to a page on their website along with some fun follow up activities.

On Monday we met Fiona the hippo and on Tuesday we met Pico the Porcupine.

Check out the page HERE: http://cincinnatizoo.org/home-safari-resources/

Check out their Facebook page HERE: https://www.facebook.com/cincinnatizoo/

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Starting the Day with Calm

I’ve been happy to have a little bit of extra time each morning this week to take a drive and get a little centered before heading off to work.  Finn and I watched some happy dogs playing on the beach and Took the opportunity to chat for a little while. I’m glad we did as the day seemed to have snowballed after that quiet start.

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Rocky Neck

Our morning schedule has been a bit different this week and Finn and I have been finding ourselves driving through Rocky Neck each morning before I drop him off. While many of the homes are empty this time of year it is pretty bustling down in the railways and waterfront. Getting ready for summer.
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Oliver’s

Several of us enjoyed a delicious dinner at the new Oliver’s on Main Street in Gloucester the other night.  We shared several salads and appetizers before ordering lots of sushi and a few entrees to also share…. and then some espresso martinis and desserts.  Everything was delicious and I’ll happily go back again. Give it a try!

 

Northshore Magazine’s Grand Tasting

Northshore Magazine sure knows how to throw a party.  Last night’s Grand Tasting at the Blue Ocean Event Center in Salisbury was phenomenal.  With over 40 vendors with unique culinary treats and delicious cocktails we were able to sample some of the North Shore’s finest for sure.  Beautiful displays, a fun crowd, and attention to detail allowed the atmosphere to rival the amazing food.  Definitely an event to not be missed so keep an eye out for next year’s date!

Award-winning chefs, exquisite wines, and tantalizing tastes from the region’s top restaurants and gourmet food and wine shops come together once again for this fun foodie event. Enjoy scrumptious savory and sweet nibbles from local food artisans—making everything from lobster ravioli to small batch rum to hand-made chocolate treats.

 

READ ALL ABOUT THE EVENT AND CHECK BACK FOR DETAILS FOR NEXT YEAR HERE

Harpoon St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Get your St. Patrick’s Day on early!  Just make sure you have a responsible driver.  Head to Boston for this super fun event.

March 6th + 7th, 2020

Join us for a weekend of friendly banter, live music, flowing taps, and thousands of other beer loving folks loving the heck out of life under heated tents at our Boston brewery!

READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE

Friday March 6th Early Access + 1 Beer Ticket: $30 

Friday March 6th Early Access + 3 Beer Tickets: $42

Come the day of, simply pay $25 at the door on Friday and $30 on Saturday to join the fun! When you pay at the door, your admission includes your first beer and a souvenir cup.

Friday March 6th Pay at the Door: $25

6:00pm – 11:00pm (Doors close at 9:30pm)

Saturday March 7th Pay at the Door: $30

1:00pm – 7:00pm (Doors close at 5:30pm)

Door Hours: 5:30pm – 6:00pm

Live bands all weekend (line up listed in link above) and lots flowing on tap.

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Photo from http://www.harpoonbrewery.com