Hoping to capture the Supermoon, in all its huge glory, rising between the Twin Lights last night, but the sky was pink and hazy around the horizon line. Still, I think it’s good to have a record of a rarely occurring full moon on the first day of spring.

Thacher Island Twin Lights, waiting for the Moon to rise, North Light, left; South Light right.

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken Murder Mystery


On Saturday, March 23rd, Glousester’s very own Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken will be hosting a one-evening-only, roaring 20’s themed murder mystery benefit you won’t want to miss!

Come donned in your 1920s best, ready for an evening of intrigue and amusement. As you enter Cape Ann Brewing Company, you will be transported back to the jazz-age where socialites, artists, flappers, and musicians mingle at the swankiest event of the year. You will receive your role in the play and join in the festivities. The party is full of laughter and flirtatious fun… until someone is murdered. Don’t trust anyone – you must figure out who the murderer is before you’re next.

But don’t let a little blood spoil your evening! As you solve the murder, take a moment to savor the four small plates crafted by celebrity chef Wheeler del Torro, paired with four delicious Cape Ann craft brews you know and love.

Tickets are a steal at $75, a portion of which will be donated to our local branch of Crush Cancer and Alzheimer’s. The tickets include includes 4 beers paired with each food tasting, a role in the murder mystery game, and a chance to win the grand prize. There’s a limited number of tickets available, so book your spot today!

PLEASE NOTE: In order for chef to provide the most exciting and fulfilling experience possible to his guests, it is important that everyone in attendance has no food allergy or restriction. If you have a food limitation, please refrain from purchasing a ticket to this event.

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Join Chef Wheeler for Murder Mystery on the Orient Express!

Tonight! 3/21/19 – Thursday 8:30 – Rhumbline~ DaveSag’s Blues Party w/Greg Izor (from Austin), Dan Whalen & Andrew Jones


Greg Izor
A mash-up of Louisiana grit, Austin soul, and low-down Chicago heat, blues harmonica powerhouse Greg
Izor is on a roll. Aer a successful run in Louisiana and appearances at New Orleans Jazz fest /Jazz Fest
harmonica shows, Izor packed up his harps and set his sights on Ausn. In Ausn, Izor connected with
the blues icons that have called Austin home – Pinetop Perkins, Gary Primich, Derek O’Brien, Denny
Freeman, and Marcia Ball – and newer players like the Fabulous Thunderbirds’ Mike Keller, Johnny
Moeller, and Nick Curran. He has been described by Living Blues Magazine as “That all-too-rare total
package- a creative vocalist, harp player, songwriter, and showman.” Izor also landed the gig fronting
the legendary Texas band Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets



RESULTS WEEK 2 Defending #GloucesterMA | try Mr. Goulart’s local history hunt Throwback Thursday #TBT

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Gloucester, Mass.- Great teacher at Gloucester High School, Shaun Goulart, creates a local history scavenger hunt trivia game for his 9th grade students that takes place weekly for 6 weeks. We’re taking the challenge one week after the students. Good luck!


How did you do? Week two delved into scenes of historic battles. I’ve added some background. Stop here if you prefer to go back to see Week 2 questions only from 3/17/19 


  • Who was the first governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony? ANSWER –  ROGER CONANT
    • Go to the location of the fort named after him and take a picture with a member in it. *Stage Fort Park “Fisherman’s Field”

*“In 1623, 14 English fishermen set up the first European colony on Cape Ann here in what was then Fisherman’s Field and is now Stage Fort Park. These ramparts overlook the harbor, first built during the Revolutionary War, renewed for the War of 1812, the Civil War and the Spanish American War. Alas, those first settlers, sent across the ocean by the Dorchester Company, were unable to live off the sea and these rock-bound fields. They moved a few miles south to what is now Salem in 1626. Then, within a decade, there were enough permanent settlers on Cape Ann to incorporate the town of Gloucester. The first meetinghouse was built on the Town Green in 1642 near what is now the Grant Circle rotary of Route 128. The City set this land aside as a public park in 1898 and its Tablet Rock was dedicated by Henry Cabot Lodge in 1907.  James R. Pringle was designated to write the inscription for the bronze plaque. The execution of the design was by Eric Pape. “The nautical scheme of decorative framework and embellishment was the composite suggestion” of various committees dating as far back as the 1880s.” *see Gloucester HarborWalk Stage Fort Park marker #42  photo on marker ©Sharon Lowe. See also Stage Fort Park then/now photos in prior GMG post

Bronze tribute plaques embedded in Tablet Rock at Stage Fort Park detail the site’s history and were commissioned and unveiled at different times. The monumental and stunning Founders plaque from 1907 on Tablet Rock itself is in fantastic condition. Two DAR plaques were inlaid on the glacial outcroppings past half moon beach on the way to the cannons. The Fisherman’s Field (ca.1930) is so worn it’s nearly indecipherable, though that’s part of its charm. The plaque compels close inspection, lingering and discovery. It’s a fun family activity for anyone who likes a challenge. For those who want help reading the content, I transcribed it back in 2010. Scroll down below the “read more” break in this post to open.


  • During which war did it receive this name? ANSWER – FORT CONANT during the Civil War 
When you zoom in on this 1901 photograph, you can see the big ‘Battery K’-  for the Spanish American War (Camp Hobson) Fort conant during Civil War


Location #2

location 2 courtesy photos


  • Take a picture at Fort Point with the former location of the Coast Guard Aviation Station behind you (must be visible in the picture) ANSWER – TEN POUND ISLAND
  • What was the fort called on Fort Point? ANSWER – FORT DEFIANCE Fort Point Hill, Fort Lillie (Lily)
  • Name a war it was utilized in. ANSWER – Efforts to fortify as early as 1703 (see Pringle) ATTACK OF CAPTAIN LINDSAY (OR LINZEE) 1775 –population about 5000 –REVOLUTIONARY WAR, WAR OF 1812, CIVIL WAR

“In 1743, what is known as the old fort on Commercial Street, now encroached upon and surrounded by buildings, was completed. On this point, well selected strategically, is a hill which effectually commands the inner harbor. In 1742 and 1742, the General Court appropriated 527 pounds to defray the cost of fortification. Breastworks were thrown up and eight 12-pounders placed in position in the fort. The immediate cause of its erection was the fear of French incursions, but these fears were never realized. An effort had been made as early as 1703 to fortify the place, but the petition of the selectmen to the General Court for an appropriation for the purpose was refused. The petition shows that he harbor, even at that early date was extensively frequent for shelter, and was “very seldom free from vessels.”

“In order to be better prepared for future assaults breastworks were thrown up at Stage Fort, the Cut, Duncan’s Point and Fort Point. This, however was the last attack by sea or land that the people experienced.”

Location #3

  • From Fort Point go to the location of the seven-gun earthwork battery and barracks in ramparts field. Take a picture with the old towers in the background (do not go on private property) ANSWER –  EASTERN POINT FORT by eminent domain, Ramparts Field Road Fort Hill 
  • Name a war it was utilized in  ANSWER –  CIVIL WAR

“Immediate action was taken toward the erection of fortifications. Land at Eastern Point, belonging to Thomas Niles was acquired by the government, and earthwork fort erected and manned…”


  • Screenshot Google Earth with all three above locations in it and circle them. Submit the image.


Continue reading “RESULTS WEEK 2 Defending #GloucesterMA | try Mr. Goulart’s local history hunt Throwback Thursday #TBT”

Nichole’s Picks 3/23 + 3/24

Pick #1:  Power of Play

Sunday, March 24th: 11:00-2:00

Cost is $5 per family


Back by popular demand, the Power of Play festival will be returning to Gloucester High School’s Benjamin Smith Field house on Sunday, March 24th, and is open to all Gloucester Public School District students and their families. Featuring fun for all ages, the program will include arts and crafts activities, giant board games, Legos, field games, family games, yoga, dance and much more.


Pick #2:  Golden Goose Awards

March 22 @ 7:00pm |  March 23 @ 2:00pm


Written and Directed by Katie Oberlander  |  Harborlight Montessori Experience Weeks

This performance culminates a two-week course bringing students to Gloucester Stage Company (GSC) for an intensive experience in theatre production, on stage and backstage. In addition to acting, students participate in all aspects of production, including box office management, lighting and set design, auditions and casting, costumes and props. Actors, assistant directors, stage managers, designers, and marketing and sales are all part of what it takes to stage an original production, which is what the students do on the GSC stage as the culmination of their theatre experience.

The GOLDEN GOOSE AWARDS is a World Premiere play written by Katie Oberlander (Mastermime, Out of Circulation), presented at Gloucester Stage Company Friday, March 22 at 7:00pm and Saturday, March 23 at 2:00pm. The show is approx. 80 minutes. Tickets are $15 and Students $8 – available online:




Pick #3:  Spring Flapjack Fling at IRWS

Join us as we wrap up the maple sugaring season with our Spring Flapjack Fling. Bring your family and friends for this special breakfast and enjoy the fruit (OK, sap!) of our labor and our maple trees on some delicious pancakes. Flapjacks with our own maple syrup, along with fruit, orange juice, coffee, tea, and milk are on the menu.


March 23, 2019 (Saturday) 8:15am – 1:00pm


Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield MA


Sanctuary Staff and Volunteers


(suitable for children 0 & up)


Adult $17.00, Child $14.00


Adult $17.00, Child $14.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Join us as we wrap up the maple sugaring season with our Spring Flapjack Fling. Bring your family and friends for this special breakfast and enjoy the fruit (OK, sap!) of our labor and our maple trees on some delicious pancakes. Flapjacks with our own maple syrup, along with fruit, orange juice, coffee, tea, and milk are on the menu.

The breakfast sitting is 45 minutes, followed by an hour-long sugaring tour to see and learn about the transformation of sap to syrup.

Breakfast & Tour

8:15 am, 9:15 am, 10:15 am, 11:15 am, and 12:15 pm

aduts $17 members and nonmembers
children* $14 members and nonmembers
Babies on laps are free

Sugaring Tour Only

A limited number of spaces are available for the sugaring tour only (sorry, a breakfast-only option is not available).

9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm

adults $10 members, $11 nonmembers
children ages 3 & up $8 members, $9 nonmembers
Children under 3 are free and should be in a backpack

Instructions and Directions:

Meets in the Barn. Dress warmly with warm waterproof footgear for the sugaring tour (you will be outside for an hour). Children under 3 are free and should be in a backpack for the sugaring tour.

Registration is required.
Register online or call 978-887-9264 to register by phone.
For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.

For more information, contact:


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

Adventureman Arrival Time Updated

In order to allow Adventureman ‘s family and friends in the UK easier access to his Super US Run finale, his planned finish time has been adjusted to 4 PM at the Fisherman’s Memorial on the boulevard. If you plan to run with Adventureman from Stage Fort Park, you should plan to be in place by 3:30 PM. He would especially appreciate any children who want to join him there or along the boulevard.

After I have consulted with Adventureman regarding times to be at Hammond Castle or in Manchester to accompany him on those segments, I will share his best advice ASAP.

All are invited to encourage him along the route–starting near Robert Sweeney Park in Manchester By the Sea; following 127 to Hesperus to Hammond Castle to Stage Fort Park to boulevard and Fisherman’s Memorial Statue.  We are hoping for a big gathering on the boulevard.

We also encourage you to consider a donation to assist sick children in getting needed treatments by clicking here.  That’s what this huge run has been all about for Jamie Adventureman McDonald!


Cape Ann’s Marina Resort and Mile Marker One are really excited for the upcoming change of season with some new improvements!


Cape Ann’s Marina Resort and Mile Marker One we are really excited for the upcoming change of season with some new improvements! The Bridge Deck will reopen May 3rd for its sixth season. When we started the Bridge Deck we wanted to offer up a great waterfront restaurant where you could get outside, enjoy the views, come by boat and have a good time with your friends and family. As owners, our vision was to be inviting for all guests and enjoy our marina, hotel, restaurant and a casual place to chill on the water.

The last few seasons the Bridge Deck catered to A LOT of guests, to the extent in the height of our season, it became too much to really make sense. We found ourselves quickly hiring excess staff, fixing damages to our property, fielding complaints and overall more expense just to handle the…

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