Brine your Turkey!

More Cape Ann Dining News



Anthony Caturano Chef/Owner Tonno Restaurant Gloucester

A few years ago on Thanksgiving, I brined a Turkey and have done so often since.  The sweet and salty solution is a great way to add flavor to the turkey, which would otherwise be dry and bland (especially if it is overcooked).  Brining allows some leeway to overcooking as it adds moisture and firmness to the meat.

This Thanksgiving, I am planning to cook three smaller birds (eight to ten pounds each): one smoked, one fried, and one traditional roasted.  You can choose all three or just one, but its great to try all three together.  The smoked turkey takes the longest and seems to draw the most attention, though you don’t necessarily need a smoker.  The traditional is always a staple on Thanksgiving.  The fried turkey is fastest (and the most dangerous!) to prepare, which always adds a level of…

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This Weekend in the Arts

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“We Need a Hero”
Closing Party & Panel Discussion
at Flatrocks Gallery

Nov. 20th 3pm 


A creative renaissance is occurring in a medium that had been mired in triviality for generations. Graphic novels – i.e. comics – have become a serious art form in the 21st Century. Comics are about connection. They express intense personal experiences while challenging cultural ideologies and precepts. Comics create meaning by sewing together fragments of data in fragmented times when data is everywhere. Employing the symbols and icons of popular culture, these artists build visions at once universal and deeply personal.

On Sunday, November 20th at 3pm, Flatrocks Gallery will host closing party and panel discussion with the participating artists in its current exhibition, We Need a Hero.

The artists participating in the We Need a Hero show will offer insight into the cultural importance of visual art, and the exploding phenomenon of graphic/comic book art as a means of expression in today’s complex world. Please join Jess Semeraro, Andrew Houle, Greg Orfanos, David Leblanc, Mark Hoffmann, Michael Crockett, and Kurt Ankeny for a lively discussion and a celebration. 

Flatrocks Gallery 77 Langsford St./Rt127
Gloucester, MA 01930  978-879-4683


Happiness is art for Naomi Lee ~ See her work at Cape Ann Coffees through the end of December 2016


Artist Naomi Lee, of Gloucester Massachusetts, found a new way of
self expression, taking nature’s gifts and turning them into art.
Naomi, usually, tries for perfection by taking many photos of natural subjects she sees, whether landscapes, seascapes, sun and moon rises and sets, over land or sea and, of course, sea gulls. Naomi studies the ever changing light and shadows and when she’s ready, puts the image on canvas.
Naomi’s inspiration of self expression does indeed come from nature’s gifts.

Naomi says, “It is all in the eyes of an artist.”

Driftwood, fishing line, gill net, fishermen’s knotted ropes, shells, sea glass or anything else she finds on a beach or rocky coast is what she turns into art.
Naomi has created art with branches, bark and twigs from her own backyard. Some of these elements are added to existing paintings to further express the feeling of the work.


Contact: text Naomi at 781-710-1080

Come see for yourself Naomi’s concepts of nature’s beauty a through the end of December 2016 at:cc

Nichole’s Picks 11/19 + 11/20

Pick #1: Faneuil Hall Market Place Tree Lighting

Learn all about it HERE




Join thousands of Bostonians in lighting the city’s first holiday tree of the season! Enjoy a full day of entertainment by some of Boston’s top performers! We kick off the day at 3 pm with The Revels SingersScullers Jazz Club, and Them Apples Band leading up to the live broadcast on WBZ-TV Channel 4 and myTV38 from 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Hold tight after the confetti clears from flipping the switch to the tree, The Sugarbabies Band will be performing a concert from 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm! 

The “Holiday Spectacular” will be co-hosted by WBZ-TV News anchors Lisa Hughes and David Wade. The program will feature holiday musical performances by Livingston Taylor, Sons of Serendip, Boston Children’s Chorus and performances of The Nutcracker by Boston Ballet, Blue Man Group and Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Mayor Martin J. Walsh will help “flip the switch” to light the 80-foot+ holiday tree, located at Marketplace Center adjacent to Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

The lighting marks the start of Blink!, a six week state-of-the-art light and sound extravaganza featuring more than 350,000 LED lights with daily performances between 4:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. The event also kicks off the New England Patriots Annual Holiday Toy Drive for which Faneuil Hall Marketplace will be a drop-off location for toy donations for needy children.

Pick #2: Sleigh Bell Artisan Fair: Wenham Museum



Friday, November 18 – Saturday, November 19, 2016

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Free Admission to Fair

Each November, the Wenham Museum hosts a festive fair of hand-crafted artisanal goods for the holiday, hostess, and home. Participating artisans generously donate 20% of their sales proceeds to benefit the Wenham Museum.




Pick #3: Big Woods Hike

Read More HERE

November 20, 2016

Trail through the woods at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

There’s a walk in the woods…and then there’s a walk in the woods with a naturalist.

Bring your family and friends for a pre-Thanksgiving guided walk to discover what is happening in the world of nature as plants and animals prepare for winter.

Sanctuary naturalists will lead small groups as they venture out to the “Big Woods” on Averill’s Island. Stop along the way to hear stories of the original settlers and learn about the fascinating cultural history of the sanctuary. Look for animal signs as we hike through the woodlands and marshes, taking in the beauty of the muted colors of late autumn.

We will be out for about two hours, so dress warmly and wear comfortable footwear. Warm up by the woodstove in the Barn upon your return. Hot drinks and homemade soup and desserts will be available for purchase beginning at 11:00 am, so feel free to come early to enjoy a bite to eat before you go out on your hike.

This walk is appropriate for adults and families with children 5 years and older.

Please choose a hike time: 11:30 am, 11:45, noon, 12:15, 12:30, 12:45, or 1:00 pm


$8 member
$9 nonmember
$7 member
$8 nonmember

Advance registration required.

Register Online

Or call 978-887-9264 to register by phone.

Rain or shine. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable footgear.

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

Joe Higgins is Having A Garage Sale- This Is Big

A preview of the fish print garage sale (only 25% of prints) that will be held this Friday – Sunday most prints prices at $25, $50, $75 and $150 and $200 and the winner of last raffle

Check out his Facebook page for more-

Essex County Tourism Leaders Celebrated

North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau Celebrates Essex County’s Tourism Leaders at their

Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony on November 2nd

The North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau held their Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, November 2nd at the Beauport Hotel, 47 Commercial St. in Gloucester. North of Boston CVB leadership presented the 2016 Essex County Tourism Awards, recognized 2016 Tourism Mini-Grant Recipients, inducted new Board members and thanked outgoing Board members for their service.

NBCVB Award Winners 2016

2016-2017 Board of Directors

Executive Board

Kate Fox, Chair – Destination Salem

Jennifer Close, Vice Chair – Peabody Essex Museum

Patrick Cornelissen, Immediate Past Chair – Hawthorne Hotel

Tammy Harrington, Treasurer – Salem Trolley

Bethany Groff Dorau, Secretary – Historic New England

Pilar Garro, At Large – The Trustees of Reservations, Castle Hill at The Crane Estate

Tami O’Brien, At Large – Encompass Premiums & Apparel

Board of Directors

Julie Arrison-Bishop – House of the Seven Gables

Michael Bevilacqua – Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce

George Carey – FINZ Seafood & Grill and Sea Level Oyster Bar

Tobin Dominick- Cape Ann’s Marina Resort

Karen Nascembeni – North Shore Music Theatre

James O’Brien- Topsfield Fair

Rinus Oosthoek -Salem Chamber of Commerce

John Orlando – The Harborview Inn

Linn Parisi -Over the Bridge Tours

Eva Valentine – Aegis Financial Strategies, Inc.

Taunya Wolfe Finn, CTP – Wolfe Adventures and Tours, LLC

Rhonda Woodman – Woodman’s of Essex

Ann Marie Casey, North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau – Ex Officio

New Directors

Krista Marchand – DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore

Drew Russo – Lynn Museum/LynnArts

Merry Ward- Salem Witch Museum

Departing Directors

Tina Jordan – Salem Witch Museum

Scott Marshall – Seacoast Events

2016 Award Winners

The 2016 Anne Turcotte Leadership Award was presented to Donna Abdulla. Donna and her family own and operate Joe’s Playland in Salisbury. This leadership award was renamed in 2012 in honor of CVB colleague and friend Anne Turcotte. The award is given to an individual or organization whose innovation, expertise and energy serves as an inspiration for others in the tourism industry.

The 2016 Geoff Woodman Hospitality Award was presented to Robert Simonelli. Robert is a partner and general manager at the Landing Restaurant in Marblehead. The Geoff Woodman Hospitality Award is given to an individual who has contributed significantly to the tourism industry of the North of Boston region and honors the NBCVB member who best exemplifies the region’s hospitality.

The 2016 Story Teller Award was presented to Ryan Conary. Ryan is the Marketing & Reservations Coordinator at The House of the Seven Gables in Salem. The Story Teller Award honors the region’s best storytellers-the individuals, who share not only their company’s story, but all the rich history and culture of the region in everything they do in celebration of the North of Boston’s regional theme: “A Story in Every Mile”.

The 2016 Small Business Award was presented to Dan Clapp. Dan is the owner of 1634 Meadery in Ipswich. The Small Business Award is given to a small business owner who recognizes the importance of the tourism industry and is committed to servicing the visitors of Essex County.

The 2016 Frontline Hospitality Award was presented to Carol Earle. Carol is a long-time front desk employee at the Emerson Inn in Rockport. The Frontline Hospitality Award, given for the first time in 2012, has been designed to honor a member of the region’s frontline service ambassadors. The friendliness, knowledge and customer service of these individuals set the tone for a visitors’ stay within the region. This individual regularly goes beyond to provide excellent customer service and encourage guests to explore the region while visiting.

The 2016 New Member Award was presented to Carla Villa. Carla is the Director of Sales & Marketing at Ipswich Ale Brewery in Ipswich. The New Member Award is given to a new member of the North of Boston Convention and Visitors’ Bureau that recognizes the importance of tourism within the region and has made great strides within their first year of membership to support tourism.

The 2016 Award of Appreciation was presented to the National Park Service. 2016 marks a century of stewardship of America’s national parks and engaging communities through recreation,

conservation, and historic preservation programs. Essex County is fortunate to be the home to both the Salem Maritime National Historic Site and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site. The Award of Appreciation is given out to those individuals who have gone above and beyond to promote tourism in Essex County.

The 2016 Special Recognition Award was presented to the Ellis Family. The Ellis Family owns and operates the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon in Gloucester. The Ellis Family and the entire tourism community lost a great person and leader when Kay Ellis passed away this earlier this year.

For many years, the North of Boston CVB has implemented a Tourism Mini-Grant program as part of our core programming. Over the last 5 years, the CVB has awarded more than $200,000 in matching grants to chambers, destination marketing organizations and non-profit organizations throughout Essex County to assist with tourism promotion projects that include print, website development, blogging, digital, tv, YouTube, audio messaging, radio, social media projects, language translations and signage for tourism-related businesses.  In 2016, the CVB awarded 11 Tourism Mini-Grants, totaling $45,000. Congratulations to our 2016 Tourism Mini-Grant Recipients.

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

Discover Gloucester

Essex Merchants Group

Essex National Heritage Commission

Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce

Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce

Marblehead Museum

Rockport Division, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

Salem Office of Tourism & Cultural Affairs: Destination Salem

Salisbury Chamber of Commerce

The House of the Seven Gables

About the North of Boston CVB

The North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau represents the needs of its members and the region overall through involvement with the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, the Regional Tourism Councils across the state, and those industries represented on the MA Governor’s Advisory Council on Travel and Tourism.  The CVB’s mission is to strengthen the economic impact of tourism throughout the North of Boston region by marketing the entire region as a travel destination. This is achieved through development and implementation of marketing programs targeting domestic and international visitors, group travel, meetings and conventions. We work with our members, municipalities and legislators to aggressively promote the region’s natural, historic, and recreational resources, thereby increasing overnight business for the lodging industry of North of Boston.

NBCVB 2016 Tourism Mini-Grant Recipients

Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 11/17/16


Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

Joey C ~

A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

The web address will be

To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.

Sea Shells and Jingle Bells is coming up on December 4, 2016

November 17, 2016 ~

Sea Shells and Jingle Bells is coming up on December 4, 2016

This annual Holiday Inn and Home Kitchen Tour is planned and managed by Rockport High School DECA as one of their major fundraisers. 

Tour is self guided and starts at Rockport Inn and Suites —12-4 PM on Sunday, December 4, 2016

Tickets will be on sale at Rockport Inn and Suites starting on November 27 and also are available on our website-


St John’s Country Cupboard Holiday Fair Saturday Nov. 19th

November 17, 2016 ~


Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Image ~ November 17, 2016 ~


‘PEKING and the MYSTICS’ – vintage a Capella vocals at the Meetinghouse

Image ~ November 16, 2016 ~ chasnaz


Educators’ Open House at Cape Ann Museum

Image ~ November 15, 2016 ~ Cape Ann Museum ~