Impressive and functional!
Balmy summer eve was all monochromatic big sky a mere thirty minutes earlier.
For all those interested in the progress of the Cape Ann Reads Children’s Book Contest story The Best Way Home, written and illustrated by Barbara McLaughlin, McLaughlin will be at the Burnham Library in Essex for a reading with an art demonstration and activities for young artists.
Friday, May 31 from 4 – 5 PM, art materials will be provided
Bring children and grandchildren ages 5 and up so they can share their budding talent!
Very best regards,
Temporary Public Art: Alexia Parker
Fun Fridays: May 10, 17, 31, June 7 4PM
Author James McKenna & Illust. Juni VanDyke If I were Series 5/10; llust. Alexia Parker Bike’s Big Adventure and Pumpkin Carving 5/17; Author & Illust. Barbara McLaughlin The Long Way Home 5/31; Author Diane Polley & Illust. Marion Hall Let’s Go! Animal Tracks in the Snow 6/7
TOHP Burnham Library, Essex
30 Martin Street, Essex, MA 01929
Essex Bicentennial display also on view.
snapshot scenes from Fun Friday May 10th and today below and TOHP Burnham hall installation views, Alexia Parker paper collage series, Hometown, for Once Upon a Contest group exhibition.
Courtney Richardson shares Cape Ann Museum Once Upon a Contest February 2019 Vacation Fun!
print out and share the flyer!- Cape Ann Museum February Vacation 2019 Flyer
Once Upon a Contest: February Vacation Fun! Special family workshops with local children’s book illustrators and authors
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (February 8, 2019) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present special February Vacation week programming from Tuesday, February 19 to Friday, February 22, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cape Ann Museum. Each unique session will feature one of the illustrators from the Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads special exhibition. Daily registration is required, $15/member family; $25 nonmember family. To register call Courtney Richardson at 978-283-0455 or email email@example.com.
Tuesday February 19: Fun with Figures and Find Franklin the Cat: illustration in marker and ink with Leslie Galacar, illustrator of the award winning “Where in the World is Catherine Abigail,” written by Michael LaPenna
Wednesday February 20: Make story headbands with “Small Elephant” Cape Ann Reads award winning book illustrator Betty Allenbrook Wiberg, written by Kirsten Allenbrook Wiberg
Thursday February 21: Create nocturnal paintings on colored paper like “Henrietta’s Moon Egg,” a Cape Ann Reads Gulliver award winning book written and illustrated by Claire Wyzenbeek
Friday February 22: Cape Ann houses of illustration – paper collage with Alexia (“Lexi”) Parker – Bring a picture of your house! Lexi’s illustrated projects include Cape Ann Reads Gulliver Books “Bike’s Big Adventure” and “Pumpkin Carving”; also Crabs the Lobster, a volume of Poetry, and a historic coloring book for the town of Essex.
GLOUCESTER– In the spirit of connecting the past to the present the Cape Ann Museum will display classic trucks on the lawn of the historic White-Ellery House (245 Washington Street in Gloucester) on Saturday, August 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. All ages are invited to enjoy a ride down “memory lane” while taking in these classic vehicles as well as the historic house that served as a home until 1947. Local historians and Museum docents will be on hand to share the history of the house with visitors. Classic truck themed drawing, coloring and “I spy” activities will be available for children and families. All are welcome!
opening on August 10. For more information visit capeannmuseum.org or call 978-283-0455 x10.
The White-Ellery House, located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester at the Route 128 Grant Circle Rotary, was built in 1710 and is one of just a handful of First Period houses in Eastern Massachusetts that survives to this day. (First Period means c. 1620–1725.) Stepping inside today, visitors enter much the same house they would have 300 years ago.
Image credit: Martha Hale Harvey, Old Ellery House, photograph. c1895. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum.
We went way over the bridge this week and took a quick getaway to the brand new Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg. Prior to the onslaught of some heavy duty advertising recently, you may not have heard of the Great Wolf Lodges, but I’d been hoping to get to one of their other locations for quite some time now for a short family vacation. Last year I was psyched to hear that they were planning on building a lodge here in Massachusetts!
So, they opened in June and we booked during a promo offer back in March. It did not disappoint. The boys were psyched and even my husband made it through the 24 hours of Triple F (forced family fun….for those of you not in the know) unscathed….and happy. We packed a cooler.
Because it is new…it is spotless. They definitely pay attention to detail and they definitely cater to family fun. From the wolf ears that they hand out upon check-in (that families oddly wear during their entire stay…ummm, but not us because we can’t pull off that type of crap off) to the “Have a Wolftastic Day” greeting that they offer even before you can drink a cup of morning coffee, to the door openers who never fail to beat you to the punch and are unbelievably eager to welcome you in and out of every single space with unwavering enthusiasm. A vacation destination built for kids this is. Cheesy sure. But, a good cheesy, if this is the type of vacation that you went ahead and booked for your kids. I, personally, wouldn’t have had it any other way. Little Finn feel in love with Violet the Wolf and while Thatcher tried to be too cool for story and song time, I caught him singing along and doing the Wolf Lodge Howl with the best of them!
Our family suite overlooked the main lodge welcome area…which was odd and yet cool all at the same time. The wrist bands that they give you upon check-in also serve as your room key….which, as a none-purse-carrying type of girl, I LOVED. You could also just scan your wristband anywhere throughout the lodge and your purchases would simply get charged to your room. Bonus…albeit dangerous I suppose. For the record…they don’t put those in the kids’ wristbands….that would be silly.
They have six pretty awesome water slides. Four for kids 42″ and taller and two for anyone over 48″. One is the the type where they put you in a little booth, count down from 5, and drop the floor out beneath you to propel you straight down into the unknown. Crazy! I, for the record, sat that one out. Fortunately, I can blame Finn as he was just a bit too short and someone “had” to stay with him. My husband and Thatcher braved it eagerly….and loved it.
The lodge also has two water playgrounds, a pretty rad wave pool, a hot tub, a small lazy river, water basketball, an excellent ropes course high up in the air, some little mall-type rides, mini golf, a Magi Quest interactive game to be played throughout your stay, a 6D little movie theater ride, a super fun arcade (and I don’t normally love arcades so that’s saying something), a restaurant, a cafe, a Dunkin’ Donuts, an ice cream joint, a little day spa for the girls, and more!
Pretty cool too is that, while check-in is @ 4:00, they allow you to use the water park beginning at 1:00. Even more cool is that, while check out is 11:00 a.m., they allow you to use the water park all the way up to closing (9:00 p.m.) that day. They have lockers and showers so that once you put your luggage in the car you can still enjoy some fun, shower, change, and get ready for the ride home. That being the case, if you live close enough, one night is a good enough stay. More than two nights, in my humble opinion, would be too long.
Good, clean, family fun less than two hours from Cape Ann. I’m guessing that come the long and abyssmal winter months this place will be jammin’!
If you’re like me, and you have young children or grandchildren, you’ve probably exhausted most short day trip venues. Don’t get me wrong, there are so many tremendous places to visit around this area and I feel incredibly fortunate to have such fun, educational, and diverse opportunities for summer fun at our doorstep! We certainly have our favorite stomping grounds that never get old, and that we’ll visit time and time again, but every once in a while, we plain ole want something new. I feel compelled to add that the boys have also had plenty of down-time by just hitting the beach, riding bikes, and playing in the yard….but, we like to throw a day trip into the mix once a week.
With a seek and conquer attitude, we hit the road on Monday morning, determined to visit someplace we’ve never been.
Destination: Kimball Farm, Westford.
Just a mere few minutes over an hour away….and loads of fun. Oh, and clean! Our choice was a big success!
Kimball Farm has a bit of everything. Bumper Boats, mini golf, a driving range, Pitch and Putt golf, an indoor arcade, batting cages, a small animal experience highlighting some rescued and orphaned animals, a seafood shack, and, of course, ice cream!
I chose Monday because I had to head “up the line” to Danvers for an errand anyway…so, it was really only a 40 minute drive. Once there, we spent about 3 hours having outdoor fun. We could have easily stayed longer, but we love the driving range and batting cages at Richardson’s Dairy so we skipped those options and focused our fun elsewhere…promising them another trip to Richardson’s soon.
The Bumper Boats were the obvious winner for the boys. I gave the win to the fact that the place was well-cared for, clean, and nicely landscaped and decorated. A big family win all around! Check it out for sure if you don’t mind a short drive!
Just when I thought we had dragged our children to every possible day trip imaginable, we took off after hockey today and went to the Seacoast Science Center…just a couple of miles off the Portsmouth Circle. SOOO worth the short drive!!! My boys LOVE the Gloucester Maritime Center and, as members, we go there all summer long, but the Seacoast Science Center is a perfect compromise between our own “little red aquarium” (as my boys call it) and trekking to Boston to the NE Aquarium. While it is no Mystic Aquarium, it is a fantastic day trip!! During warmer weather they also have great trail hiking and tidal pool exploration because they are located in Odiorne Point State Park. I thought that some of your readers may want to check it out! http://www.seacoastsciencecenter.org/
Today’s featured buoy (by request) is the pop-up fish buoy by Kelsey Marr! Bidding starts at $20 in the comments section, send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm.
However, for your entertainment, I also bring you a great assortment of artist buoys to check out 🙂 If you’d like to put a bid in on any of these, you’re more than welcome to in the comments section, just make sure to send us an email also (email@example.com). And the online bidding ends at 4:00 today. THEN, you come to the auction from 5:00-8:00 at Cruiseport!
Also, keep in mind that there will be live music, lots of local food, tons of beautiful kids buoys, childrens activities and, in case you haven’t heard… A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT FROM ART HAVEN ABOUT AWESOME PLANS FOR THE YEARS TO COME!!