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Moving away from your family is a right of passage when you turn 18, but as an adult it can feel more like a loss. For many of us, we rely on our families for comfort and support. Our relationships are strengthened and defined by the day to day interactions and the yearly holidays are a bonus. However, when you no longer live a 5 minute drive from your core family members, things can change a bit. Having room in your new home to host your family can make all the difference.  Create space, and fill it with love so that your family is never far away.

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Mortgage Rates Continue to Drop

Cape Ann Home

Daily Mortgage Rates

If you were a home shopper, or wanted to refinance your home this fall, you were probably in for sticker shock.  Not at higher home prices, but higher home-mortgage rates.  Mortgage rates through December rose to the upper 4’s and lower 5’s.  Combine that with escalating home prices, and some people all of a sudden got priced out of the market.

The good news in 2019 is we may have stabilizing mortgage rates.  The Fed announced last month they may be easing the rate hikes they had planned for 2019.  In 2018, the Fed had 4 increases to the benchmark lending rate.  On January 17, 2019, the Fed said they are going to be more careful of rate hikes in 2019 as to not to interfere with the economic growth the country has been experiencing.

All of this means that consumers, at the moment, have a brief interest rate respite…

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Violinist Sara Pajunen and accordionist Teija Niku bring their contemporary chamber-folk sound to Cape Ann. Thurs., Feb. 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m

Pajunen was warmly received in performance here in 2018, and now with Niku draws on their Nordic heritage to create traditional and modern folk music as well as distinctive vocals.

Aallotar plays on Thurs., Feb. 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St., Lanesville.

Free will donations appreciated.

Hunka Hunka burning love fest! Feb 14 Today 8:30 PM · The Rhumb Line


Valentine’s Day KissFest 2019 at the Rhumbline in Gloucester. We’re celebrating by giving out free kisses to the first 600 patrons that evening. Join me, the hotter-than-hell Brian Alex of Entrain, Grammy nominated Mark Earley of roomful of blues and Victor Wainwright and the train, Dave Sag holding down the big bottom bass, and rhythmic Einstein, Benny Benson on the drums. 2-14-2018. 8:30-11:30


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

Nichole’s Picks 2/16 + 2/17

Pick #1:  New England Boat Show

February 9-17 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center


Thursday 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Friday 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Saturday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM



Pick #2: Wenham Museum Annual LEGO Train

Annual Lego® Train

Saturday & Sunday, February 16 and 17, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Included with Admission
Free for Members 

Wenham Museum 

Come see a rainbow colored, L-gauge model train speeding along a Brick track as it races by soaring skyscrapers, country cottages, mountainside ski slopes and much more. All features are designed with the highest degree of precision by the New England Lego Users Group. Suitable for ALL ages.


Pick #3:  Monster Jam Triple Threat at the DCU Center

Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series™ brings adrenaline-charged family entertainment to fans across the country.  These world-class Monster Jam vehicles and athletes deliver what fans want to see most…more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more action!

Each event tests the versatility of the athletes as they go head-to-head in six different competitions driving three different vehicles — Monster Jam Trucks, Speedsters and ATVs. These athletes battle for points in challenging, fast-paced competitions that push themselves and their machines to the limit. The point leader for the series will receive an automatic bid to the prestigious Monster Jam World Finals® to compete for the title of World Champion.  In a competition this big, every athlete is in it to win it!

Pit Party

The Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series Pit Party provides unprecedented access to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers.  This unique experience in the world of motorsports gives you access to see the trucks up close, take pictures, meet the drivers and get their autographs.



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

This Sunday! Rockport Jazz Brunch Featuring Harry Wagg


Stop into Feather & Wedge this Sunday for Jazz Brunch featuring Ipswich-based guitarist Harry Wagg. Harry will be performing a variety of traditional jazz, contemporary classics and original tunes, all arranged for solo guitar.

Reservations highly suggested! 978.999.5917

Sunday, February, 17
10:30 – 2:30 PM

Harry Wagg Jazz Brunch Feather & Wedge Rockport MA

Feather & Wedge, 5 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966

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Seaside Garden Club Reschedules

Cape Ann Community

The snow-flakes have settled and our program committee has co-ordinated the speaker and the Manchester Community Center for Tuesday, February 19, same time and place. Let’s hope Mother Nature cooperates.

Seeing History, floral work of women artists, slide show by Martha Chiarchiaro

This programs is supported in part by a grant from the  Manchester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.” The program is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Explore the art of Maria Sibylla Merian, botanical artist of the 17th century, and Rachel Ruysch, international master of floral still life in the 17th and 18th centuries. These distinguished women artists created a legacy and broadened our knowledge of flora and fauna.


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Manchester-Essex Rotary Mixer

Cape Ann Community


The Manchester-Essex Rotary Club will be hosting a light dinner and cocktail event at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum on Wednesday February 20 from 6 – 8 pm.   Guests are invited to learn about Rotary’s local and international initiatives, to get a look at the museum, and to hear a little about Essex’s upcoming 200th anniversary celebration.  The dinner is free to our guests.   Contact Mike Storella at 781-710-2475 or David Ray at 978-857-1353 for more information or if you would like to attend.   Hope to see you there!

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