CAM Kids: Cape Ann Improv

Cape Ann Community

Saturday, January 14 at 11:00 a.m.

CAM Kids

What happens when history and fine art meet improv and silliness? Bring the kids or grand-kids and find out for yourself when Cape Ann Improv performs at the Cape Ann Museum. The arts and objects on display in the galleries will provide the inspiration for scenes and characters for interactive improvisational games throughout the Museum. Discover the art, history and culture of Cape Ann and have a good laugh with the talented and witty Cape Ann Improv performers.

FREE for families with school aged children. Space is limited, reservations are required. Call (978)283-0455 x16 or email for more information.

Cape Ann Improv

Cape Ann Improv is a North Shore-based improv group dedicated to bringing the art of improvisational comedy to the community. They believe that improv is for everyone, and that there’s nothing better than unleashing ideas, musings, characters, voices and quirks on stage in a…

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Tractor as scratching post

Farmer Ken Lane’s beautiful cows are currently grazing at Waring Field. Seaview Farmstand is open on Saturdays through the winter (from December 26 through May 14).


About Seaview Farm from their website:

SINCE 1838

The farmland was purchased by Andrew Lane in the early 1800’s and at the time was known as the Davis Pasture. The exact acreage is unknown but it was believed to have been approximately 2000 acres, all around the south end of Rockport. The original barn was moved to the property from a farm on what is now known as Jerden’s Lane. By assessing the architecture of the barn, it appears to have been built around the late 1700’s. The original barn is still standing and is currently used as a tool shed. A new asphalt shingle roof was put on in 2012, replacing the older metal roof. Under the metal roof is believed to have been some of the original cedar shingles from when the barn was moved to the property and repaired. The house was built in 1838 and the large cow barn followed. A small farm store was added onto the house in 1914, in which the farm’s vegetables, homemade ice cream, milk, candy and a variety of other items were sold.

Early on in the farm’s existence, a milk route was established. In the old days, milk was transported in a large milk can on a horse-drawn wagon and a dipper was used to measure the amount of milk a customer purchased. The cows were here until Charlie Lane sold them in 1972 and converted the business to a horse boarding facility. At Charlie’s death in 2008, his grandson Ken and wife Regina (click here to view video) moved from their beloved home in Florida to run the farm and keep the family tradition alive.

After Ken assumed control, the farm continued exclusively as a boarding facility until 2011, when a beef cow and calf were purchased.  This began Seaview Farm’s expansion into the grass-fed beef business. Vegetables were also re-introduced to the farm, and the farm store was re-opened–in its original space–for the first time since its closing in the 1930’s.

The farm has been a great fit for Ken as his background includes a high school education at Essex “Aggie” where he took animal nutrition and management, and became an FFA member. Ken also took post-graduate classes at the “Aggie” in farm management. He went on to college majoring in business at Columbia Greene College in Hudson NY.

For Ken and Regina, It has been a challenge and an honor to run the family farm these past years. They are excited to continue the family tradition of offering healthy, sustainable food for all to enjoy. The Lane family thanks all of its patrons for helping to keep the farm going from the 1800’s to now and ensuring that this wonderful family tradition is kept alive!

Read more about Seaview Farm Here

Finally we have our own venue!

9WallisKickstarterThose of you who know us may know that we’ve presented over 100 shows in over a dozen venues since we produced the first Celebrate Gloucester Festival to launch Cruiseport Gloucester in 2007.  You may also know that all of our concerts were held in other people’s venues.  Now we have one of our own.  And we need your help to get it open.

We just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to cover the opening costs of this new venue — right down the road at 9 Wallis Street in downtown Beverly, MA. We recently signed a long-term lease on this beautifully restored, historic building formerly owned by members of Le Grand David and his own Spectacular Magic Company, next to The Larcom, where we’ve been presenting shows since 2013.

It’s a gorgeous, fully-accessible room with parquet floors, plenty of natural woodwork, an elegantly curved oak bar, marble restrooms and all the modern conveniences you’d ever want!

We’re calling this new multi-purpose space “9 Wallis” and it will give us a home where we can continue and grow our passion – to feature national touring artists on an intimate stage and showcase local rising stars, plus offer our guests comfortable table seating with food and beverages.

Once we open, 9 Wallis will offer something not available elsewhere on Cape Ann: a fully-accessible, year-round performance space with flexible seating that can also host fundraisers, corporate events and private parties (see splash page) in any number of configurations.

We’ve cooked up some “wicked cool” rewards for pledges of all sizes (see here) so feel free to pledge any amount that you’re comfortable with.

PLEDGE HERE! and Please share with your friends!

Dave Sag’s Blues Party Presents ~ The Davis Boys @ The Rhumb Line Thursday 8:30pm 1.5.2017



Wow! The hills are alive with the sound of
music! So braid your hair ,wind your cuckoo
clock and c’mon down to get a load of the
Fabulous Von Davis Family. This Thursday
night we have a special treat for ya: Mr. Bob
Davis, AKA Johnny Carwash is dragging his
entire family kicking and screaming into the
Rummie for a sonic supersession. All three
“Flatwounds” will be there. Flatwound “Bob”
on the Qatar, Brother “Flatwound” Jeff, on
tympanic membrane busters, and Fils
“Flatwound” Josh on vocals. I’m bringing my
But seriously, folks, Bobby and company are
always a blast to work with and I look
forward to seeing you all there, cheering
them all on! Let’s start the New year with a





40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

Nichole’s Picks 1/7 + 1/8

Pick #1: Snowy Owl Prowl at the Crane Estate

Enjoy the Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate in Ipswich

Wide-open coastal sites are the location of choice for wintering Snowy Owls; common perches are dunes and salt hay staddles. In winters past, the owls have been frequent visitors to the Crane Wildlife Refuge. Join us as we hike the dunes in search of these magnificent birds. Unlike most owls, snowy owls are diurnal—they hunt and are active both day and night – so we have a good chance of sighting one even in the daylight hours!

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2 ½ – 3 miles. Suggested ages 13 and older. Pre-registration required.

Sunday, January 8    1-3PM

Cost:  Members: $9 Nonmembers: $15

Contact Information



Pick #2: Dorothy Talbot Rink

Head to O’Maley Rink for a few different reasons.

First of all, Public Skate is 2:00-4:00 on both Saturday and Sunday.

Cost:  Adults:$5, High School and under $4 .                                                                                            Skate Rentals $4 per pair, Skate Sharpening $5

Secondly, the Gloucester Girls JV High School team plays Groton at 6:00 pm on Saturday night.  This team is making waves and is fun to watch!

Third, Rockport High School plays Pentucket at 8:00 pm on Saturday night

and Fourth, Rockport JV Team plays Essex Tech at 4:00 on Sunday

See entire Talbot Rink Schedule and future games HERE  because even without a hockey player in the house, taking in a High School game is lots of fun.


Pick #3: Sense of Wonder Walk: For the Birds

Sun, Jan 08, 2017 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield

 Rita Gallant – Lead Field Teacher
 All (suitable for children 3 – 18 years)
 Members: Adult $7.00, Child $6.00
 Nonmembers: Adult $9.00, Child $7.00
Meets in the Nature Center. Please dress warmly since most of our time will be spent outdoors.
Registration is required.
Register online or call 978-887-9264 to register by phone.

Come meet some of the birds that live in our area all winter long during our walk on the sanctuary. Afterwards, make a simple feeder for the feathered friends in your backyard. Bring some edibles such as nuts (unsalted, preferably raw), dried fruit, cranberries, or sunflower seeds, and we’ll supply the rest. Take home a ready-to-eat bird treat and some gourmet recipes to try.



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

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