Nichole’s “Family Picks of the Weekend” 12/20 and 12/21

This is the last weekend before Christmas so I’d like to remind you of a few events/attractions that you might want to squeeze in while you can.

Edaville Railroad Festival of Lights

Strawberry Banke Candlelight Stroll

Blink! Boston

My new picks for this week are as follows

#1   Holiday Delights!

Hopefully you’ve already read about this on GMG as it has been well covered!

The Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops proudly presents Holiday Delights from December 19 through December 21 at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester. Holiday Delights features a cast of over 30 young people ranging in age from 6 to 17, all students in Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops.

A fantastic holiday event for all ages!  Read much more about it here!


#2  Rockport’s 69th Annual Christmas Nativity Pageant 

Follow the torch-lit procession beginning at Dock Square on Saturday evening at 5:00 and celebrate holiday traditions while sharing the story of the nativity.

Discover more here


#3  Wenham Museum

I list this as a “great take” this weekend for two reasons.  On any given weekend from November to February, the Farm to Table by Train exhibit is worth seeing! My boys could watch the trains all day long.  This weekend, however, is extra special because one of my favorite children’s authors is also at the Wenham Museum signing books!  Meet Caldecott Award Winner, Chris Van Allsburg…maybe most famous this time of year for writing The Polar Express, but also the author of many other amazing books such as JumangiThe Adventures of Harris BurdickJust a Dream, and now The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie.  See all of his books here.

Meet Chris Van Allsburg

#4  Public Skate at Talbot Rink

On most Saturdays and Sundays Talbot Rink offers almost two hours of public skating…from 2:00-3:50.  A great chance to get active during the long cold winter months and see lots of familiar faces.  Skate rentals are available and the cost is nominal.

Check out the rink here and find their calendar at the bottom of the link’s page.

The little “Green Bomber” in the black helmet with Schrafft displayed proudly (usually) on his back is my littler one.  Watch out for him.



Don’t Miss Gloucester Stage Company’s Holiday Delights!

“Holiday Delights,” is a fun-filled holiday spectacular presented by the Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops, playing December 19th through the 21st. For more information please call 978-281-4433 or visit

Holiday Sip ‘n Shop: TONIGHT at 7:00pm – 9:00pm @7 Central St, Manchester-by-the-Sea


Tonight, we welcome a number of local artisans and retailers to set up shop in 7 CENTRAL for our first Sip ‘n Shop event. Get your last minute shopping done while enjoying live music by John Rockwell and cocktails specials throughout the evening!

local artisans and retailers including: One Ocean Arts,mimi, Sweetwater & Company, Ocean Chic Boutique & Waterbar, Memory Layne Creative, and J.Hilburn.

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Tonight! Greg Luttrell joins The Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line. 8:30pm -11:30pm 12.18.2014


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It’ll be good to have back Mr. Greg Lutrell this Thursday night. Just back from six months in in China, Greg’s bringing his wok and giving a demonstration on it’s use between sets of excruciatingly endocrining-inducing blues. He plays to die for and sings like an banshee in heat. You’re gonna love it. Our international composition also includes Mr. Benny Benson, our Irish Ace of Pace, on drummps, and your favorite Polish-Italian bassist: me. Ask your doctor if Dave sag’s Blues Party is right for you. Do not attempt to drive or operate heavy machinery whilst under the influence of three chords.
And, by the way, if I don’t see ya: Merry Xmas or Kwanza or seasonings greetings!

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Thursday December 18th , 2014 CapeAnn Weather…

Marine Forecast :

Thu W winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Scattered showers.
Thu Night NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 30 kt…decreasing to 20 kt after midnight. Seas 3 to 5 ft.


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The Sargent House thanks everyone who helped create a magical day to appeal to Middle Street Walkers’ eyes, ears, and appetites.

The Sargent House Museum gives a huge cheer to Nathan Cohen and His Talented Rockport High School Student Chamber Music Players who regaled us with an extraordinary playlist.

The stellar performers included:
Isa Brisson, Aidan Flynn, Lydia Giangregorio   , Sayles Kasten , Nelson Pike, Soni Razdan, Emma Sekercan

Gloucester High School Sargent House intern Hannah St Cyr graciously greeted guests and revived their frosty fingers with hot mulled cider and homemade goodies—fresh baked muffins, anyone? Not a crumb remained.

None other than our own Kimberlee Cloutier-Blazzard performed as Judith in Jay Di Prima’s original production, “Mingling of Souls from Sorrow to Joy” at the Unitarian Universalist Church.

Jay performed the part of Reverend John Murray, the love of Judith’s life. Judith led an appreciative audience back to the House to view John and Judith’s bedrooms and her rare writing closet.


Many thanks go to the volunteers who decorated the House with fresh greens. Eva DiLascio, Barbe Ennis, and Vicky Bennet showed off their artistry and skill.

The showcase designs on view throughout the House are rendered in ribbons, greens and berries, gilded shells and holly–often in unique containers–are for sale. Next year, stop by for special holiday events and pick out your own fresh wreath or centerpiece to help support the Sargent House!

Happy Holidays to all!

Credit must go, with pleasure, to Sharron Cohen for her photographs.