Please join me Thursday evening at the Sacred Heart Church in Manchester where I will be giving my presentation “The Hummingbird Garden” for The North Shore Horticultural Society. It has been a phenomenal year for Ruby-throated Hummingbirds on Cape Ann and I am looking forward to sharing information on how you, too, can create a hummingbird haven. I hope to see you there!

“The Hummingbird Garden” is free for members and five dollars for guests.


The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the only species of hummingbird that nests in Massachusetts. Learn what to plant to help sustain this elusive beauty while it is breeding in our region and during its annual spring and fall migrations. Through photographs and discussion we’ll learn about the life cycle of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird and the best plants to attract this tiniest of breeding birds to your garden.

Rockport Harvest Festival

On Saturday, October 19th from 10a-5p we will host the annual Rockport Harvestfest celebration featuring the best regional bounty of the season — all in an unbeatable setting.

New England food producers gather on one of Rockport’s historic working wharves to celebrate the best of #localfood with fresh #lobster #chowder #pastries #grassfedbeef #woodfiredpizza, #coldpressedjuice small-batch jams, locally-grown #produce and more. #craftbeer produced in Massachusetts are on hand, along with Rockport’s own Twin Lights, with soda crafted from the 120-year-old company’s original recipes. Cooking demonstrations take place throughout the day demonstrating the riches of harvest in #NewEngland. Entry to wharf free; drink bracelets $5 – please come and enjoy the bounty of the season!

Harvestfest features plenty of live #bluegrass #jazz #folk #indie #rock #cookingdemos and plenty of activities for #families

Harvestfest is funded in part by the sale of $5 drink bracelets that will be sold at the entrance to T-Wharf. Proceeds help to ensure that Harvestfest continues! Don’t drink? We appreciate all donations and will have special Harvesfest pins available, as well. Looking forward to celebrating with you!


Saturday at 10 AM – 4 PM

Shh, don’t tell anyone but I have a product that we’ll be able to retire on- Family Member Labeled Cell Phone Charging Cables!

So after buying no less than 10 lightning iPhone charging cables in the past calendar year I’m down to exactly ONE.  Yes ONE.  I have the same one from the beginning but others have somehow either lost or broken theirs.

My suspicion is that there are lots of adults that take care of their charging cables whose kids or spouses don’t necessarily take care of theirs.

Soooo these family member name cords are just what us responsible cell phone charging cable owners need.   No cord thievery.  Mom is responsible for Mom’s. Dad is responsible for Dad’s and so on down the line.

I looked it up on Amazon and they are not available.

So who wants to go in on it and have these bad boys mass-produced?

Just in time for Christmas shopping.  Let’s get it done and retire early while saving the sanity of responsible cell phone charging cable owners throughout the world!


Nichole’s Pick 10/19 + 10/20

Pick #1: Rockport HarvestFest

Saturday:  10:00 am – 5:00 pm


The annual Rockport Harvestfest celebration features the best regional bounty of the season — all in an unbeatable setting.

New England food producers gather on one of Rockport’s historic working wharves to celebrate the best of local food with fresh lobster, chowder, pastries, grass-fed beef, wood-fired pizza, small-batch jams, locally-grown produce and more. Craft beers  produced in Massachusetts are on hand, along with Rockport’s own Twin Lights, with soda crafted from the 120-year-old company’s original recipes. Cooking demonstrations take place throughout the day demonstrating the riches of harvest in New England.

Harvestfest features plenty of live bluegrass, jazz, folk, indie rock, cooking demos, a farm expo, and plenty of activities for families.



Pick #2:  Head of the Charles Regatta

Charles River, Boston:    Saturday and Sunday:  Schedules HERE 

This is such a fun way to spend a beautiful fall day!  Walk up and down the Charles and watch the races, enjoy the foliage along the river banks, grab a few pumpkin ales and some lunch….

Since its origin in 1965, the Head Of The Charles® Regatta has welcomed the world’s best crew teams to the banks of the Charles River for the ultimate two-day rowing competition.



Pick #3:  Boo at the Zoo

Both Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo are hosting Boo at the Zoo.



Children throughout New England are invited to trick-or-treat among the animals at Stone Zoo. Thrills, chills, and animals lurk around every corner on the trick-or-treat trail, while other haunted happenings include creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests, and a haunted maze! Throughout the day, guests can learn about the importance of enrichment as they watch many of the animals receive pumpkins.

Brick Safari – This year only!

Go on a safari unlike any other! As you explore the paths of Stone Zoo, prepare to spot over 40 life-size animal sculptures made from millions of colorful LEGO® bricks! Learn more.


• General admission rates apply to Halloween events (Purchase online and save 15%).
• Zoo admission is free to all members.
• Halloween events take place rain or shine.

Haunted Happenings

  • 11:30 a.m. – Bat keeper chat
  • 12:00 & 1:30 p.m. – Creepy crawler encounter (Location: Animal Discovery Center)
  • 12:00 & 2:00 p.m. – Costume contest
  • 1:00 p.m. – Howling contest
  • 2:00 p.m. – Black bear keeper chat
  • 3:00 p.m. – Cougar keeper chat
  • Visit the B.A.C.A. candy table. Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. is an organization of bikers dedicated to empowering and supporting children who have experienced abuse.
  • Come make planning for the future fun with the U.Fund Dreams Tour. A full interactive experience allows children to imagine themselves in different occupations while parents learn all of the information they need about saving for college. Fidelity representatives will be on hand to answer questions and provide resources about the U.Fund, the flexible and tax-advantaged Massachusetts 529 college savings plan.*

Sustainable Sweets

This Halloween (and every day) look for candy made with certified sustainable palm oil. Palm oil plantations are wiping out orangutan habitat, and from snacks to soap, palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet. Check out Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s palm-oil friendly candy guide for some sustainably sweet treats for your tricksters! Learn more about the palm oil crisis and how to shop responsibly.

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

Update From Mayor Sefatia

Boat House Grille in Essex

I stopped at the Boat House Grille in Essex at the end of a VERY long ride home from Maine on Monday. Note to self: avoid long road trips on a holiday weekend…..anyhow, the Boat House was a welcome sight so I stopped in. Oddly enough, it made the second night on a row I had dinner at a restaurant which labels the bathrooms Inboard and Outboard. Lucky for me and other clueless patrons, at least the Boat House was nice enough to add an M on the Outboard sign as well as a W on the Inboard sign. Not true of the Geddes Restaurant in Bar Harbor……enough said about that…..

Another genius move by the Boat House are the table lights to assist those of us over the age of 40 or so. Wonderful service was provided by Lisa and I was very satisfied with my sandwich and drink.

JAZZ BRUNCH: Jose Allende at Feather and Wedge!


Feather & Wedge is delighted to feature Jose Allende for this week’s Jazz Brunch. Allende delivers a captivating mix of jazz standards and Latin American music featuring improvisation, South American rhythms and classical music influences.

Reservations highly suggested!  978.999.5917

Sunday, October 20
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

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

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Medication Take Back Day 10/26

Cape Ann Wellness

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Please join us and drop off any unused medications for safe disposal. Disposal event will be held rain ( inside) or shine (back parking lot) on Saturday, October 26th (10:00 am-1:00 pm) at Rose Baker Senior Center parking lot. Questions? Please contact: or call: 978-325-5271.

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