Author Archives: Nichole S.

Nichole’s Picks 8/18 + 8/19

Pick #1:  Gloucester Waterfront Festival

38th Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival

Location: Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue

Show Hours: Saturday 9-6 / Sunday 9-5

Free Admission – Outdoor Event



Photo Credit:  Donna Ardizzoni, Good Morning Gloucester


Pick #2:  Fishermen’s Feast, Boston

Thursday, August 16, 2018 – Sunday, August 19, 2018

The Fisherman’s Feast is an annual event that began in Boston in 1910 and is based on a tradition that goes back to the 16th century in Sciacca Sicily. The Feast is based on the devotion of the fishermen from Sciacca to the Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help). When the fishermen immigrated to America in the early 1900’s, they brought their traditions with them. Today’s Feast is much the same as it was over 100 years ago with lights adorning the street and the smell of sausage in the air. The current Feast is organized by the descendants of those original immigrants and still includes a procession of the Madonna through the streets of the North End.

Each August since 1910, the Feast has been held in Boston’s historic North End on North and Fleet Streets, making it the North End’s oldest continuously running Italian festival. The Feast traditionally starts on Thursday when the statue of the Madonna is moved from her home in the Fisherman’s Club to a chapel at the center of the feast. This will be her home throughout the weekend. Thursday is also when the fishermen that founded the Feast are remembered with a blessing of the fishing waters. Each night and during weekend days there is entertainment on the bandstand and vendors selling food (Italian sausages, calamari, pizza, pasta and much more) as well as crafts. The Feast culminates on Sunday night with the spectacular “Flight of the Angel”.




Photo From YouTube 


Pick #3:  Ride the Trolley or Harbor Shuttle

One of our favorite summer activities is still to pack a little snack and tour the island by land or by sea.  Hop on the Cape Ann Harbor Tours Water Shuttle and get on and off all day long at your convenience….or do the very same thing on the CATA Stage Fort Park Trolley.

Water Shuttle Information can be found HERE:  

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Stage Fort Trolley information can be found HERE: 

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

Into the Wind

Last month Thatcher and the Sandy Bay Yacht Club Race Team spent three days, in somewhat snotty conditions, sailing at Marblehead Race Week.  About 25 different clubs and sailing programs were represented in the three day event at Pleon Yacht Club.  Upon dropping Thatch off each morning I sat, completely impressed, and watched the scene unfold around me.  I couldn’t believe how independent, confident, and dedicated all of the young sailors were.  Rigging boats is no joke and takes it hard work and preparation…and often times, commitment to jump in and help others.  There is no simply show up and race.

Here is a little time lapse video of just some of the action as about 175 boats set sail….

Nichole’s Picks 8/11 + 8/12

Three big things happening this weekend, never mind all of the other exciting things that you can take advantage of in this beautiful place we get to call home!  Click on the links to read more about Rockport Illuminations, the Block Party, and the Blues Festival.

Pick #1:  Rockport Illuminations

Saturday, August 11th




Pick #2: Gloucester’s Block Party

Saturday, August 11th


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Pick #3: Gloucester Blues Festival

Saturday, August 11th


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

Get to the Bluefin Blowout Now

Cape Ann’s Marina Resort is the place to be right now. A confirmed 4 fish coming into the dock for weigh-in beginning at 4:30 and GoodMorningGloucester’s Very own Joey throwing it down on the barbecue for a cook-off against Peter Zappa from the Causeway Restaurant.  Joey will be backed up by his fantastic daughters and Peter will have the support of his two rockstar sons. Bid live in the crowd for one of the judges’ seats….  alongside Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Warren Waugh of Lyon-Waugh Auto Group, and Karen Hanson!

Tons of great shopping to be had and lots of great family fun activities under the tent! You are missing out if you’re not here!


Nichole’s Picks 8/3-8/5

Pick #1: 7th Annual Bluefin Blowout

I mean, I’m a little biased….but this tournament has something for everyone!  Beginning at Friday at 1:00 under the tent at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort you can enjoy Family Fun Day.    From there the action just keeps going and going!

Children’s Fishing Derby, shopping, live music, DJ Scottie Mac, rides in a Lyon-Waugh Auto Group Luxury Car, a BBQ Cook-off with local celebrity chefs (including GMG’s very own Joey C.),  watermelon eating contest, epic Corn Hole Tournament, tuna coring demonstrations, silent auction, live auction, food, drinks…..   All to raise money to #endalz and find a cure for Alzheimer’s

55 Boats with some of the best bluefin tuna captains and crews around will compete to land the biggest fish.  Watch the weigh-ins live and be in the center of the action!


Read all about the Bluefin Blowout HERE



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Pick #2:  Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar


August 2nd-4th

The 60th sidewalk Bazaar will take place on Main Street in downtown Gloucester. With more than 120 vendors, street food, live music and children’s activities it promises to be a great time!


Courtesy of Good Morning Gloucester and Joey Ciaramitaro


Pick #3:  Gloucester Country Fest

Saturday, August 4th


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



I am in love with this amazingly cool shot captured by Cristy Grace and I’m so glad she was willing to let me share it.  Talk about a perfectly timed photo bomb by one of Gloucester’s “finest.”   If this photo doesn’t scream Gloucester, I don’t know what does. Thanks, Cristy!


Nichole’s Picks 7/28 + 7/29

Pick #1:  Patriots Football Training Camp


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Pick #2: Snakes Show at the Sawyer Free Library

Snakes of New England and the world with Rick Roth

Saturday, July 28th at 10:00 a.m.  ALL WELCOME



Pick #3:  Essex Heritage Boat Tours to Bakers Island Lighthouse


*Not for children under the age of 4

Boat & Light Station Tour Schedule

Essex Heritage will be hosting guided boat tours aboard landing craft, Naumkeag, to Bakers Island Light Station again this June – September!

    • Tours offered Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
    • Tours will also run on Monday, September 3rd (Labor Day)
    • Departures are at 10:30 AM on Friday, 10:30 AM & 2:00 PM on Saturday/Sunday
  • Adults: $35
  • Children (4-12 yrs): $25
  • Essex Heritage Members receive a 20% discount!  Not a member?  Not a problem.  Click here to become a member.  (New members: A discount code will be provided on your membership confirmation)


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

Nichole’s Picks 7/21 + 7/22

Pick #1:  Blueberry Festival at Cider Hill Farm


45 Fern Ave, Amesbury

July 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


Pick #2: Annual Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach

July 20-22nd



The 2018 International Sand Sculpting Festival will take place from July 20th -22nd. Come on down to America’s first public beach and enjoy the magnificent sand sculpting competition, delicious Food Trucks and Vendors, and amusements and fun for the whole family! Plus, don’t miss the spectacular fireworks display on Saturday night. This is an event that you won’t want to miss!

Pick #3: Abbadia Mare Rennaissance Fair at Hammond Castle 


July 21& 22, 201811am-5pm

ADULTS – $15.005-11years – $10.004 and under FREE

Come and Enjoy!Live Music, Magic, Comedy!Knights, Storytelling, Merchants!

Parking is at Stage Fort Park with free busing to and from the castle.



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



State Senator Tarr Hosts the Gloucester Sea Cadets – David G. Ouellet Division at the State House

The Gloucester Sea Cadets – David G. Ouellet Division were honored to be State Senator Bruce Tarr’s guests at the Massachusetts State House yesterday. Thank you also to Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante for helping to host them so graciously.



Rockport’s Music on the Beach Tonight

Pack a picnic dinner, a beach chair, and a blanket and head to the bandstand at Back Beach in Rockport for this week’s Music on the Beach concert.

None other than Satch Kerans will be performing tonight from 6:00-8:00.

Tom “Satch” Kerans wears many hats here in Rockport — husband, father, Little League Coach, member of Town Rights of Way Committee, and we can’t forget he is the front man for the Satch Kerans Band.
If you have never heard the Satch Kerans Band you are in for a Rock & Roll treat. In a feature story that ran about Satch on May 22, 2009, Boston Globe music critic Jonathan Perry wrote, “years after settling into an entirely different identity and new set of priorities – reemerges with some of the best songs he’s ever written… nodded in sound and temperament to his longtime heroes Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, as well as ex-Dream Syndicate front man Steve Wynn and Mark Knopfler. At the collection’s core was a clutch of sturdy melodies and classic pop structures”.

The Satch Kerans Band has just finished as the opening act for the great Southern band, “The Outlaws”, so get ready for a great night of ROCK.

PS The Legion will have Popcorn, soft drinks and the famous Jimmy’s Sunrise Steamed Hot Dogs for sale this Monday night.







UPDATE: 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.


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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.


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