The melodious notes of the Song Sparrow are heard from sunup ’til sundown, spring, summer, and fall. Their beautiful song is most welcome, especially at this time of year when there are fewer songbirds on our shores and many that remain through the winter months don’t sing during the non-breeding season.

Song Sparrows have adapted to a wide variety of habitats. Despite the narrowness of the strip of land that separates freshwater Niles Pond from salty Brace Cove, Song Sparrows find plenty to forage on and excellent cover in the shrubby undergrowth found there.

Follow this link to hear the Song Sparrow’s song


BBQ iT Smoking RIBS DEMO @ ACE in Gloucester this Sat!!!

Have you ever wanted to learn how to smoke competition level ribs in your own backyard? How about cooking them in a Pit Barrel Cooker? Well, Saturday at 11am until 2pm, come join GMG’s Craig Kimberley, of Youtube’s BBQ iT Show , Team B&B, & North East BBQ, and learn, ask questions and eat some AMAZING RIBS!!

Nichole’s Picks 10/26 and 10/27

Pick #1: Gloucester’s Halloween Festival!

Thank you, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, the City of Gloucester, and friends!  This Halloween Festival is such a treat for the city’s children.


City Hall, 9 Dale Ave from 2:00-4:00

Hayrides, haunted house, face painting, story telling, food, FUN and more!


Pick #2: Essex Clamfest

Saturday, October 26th.  Rain date of Sunday.


Chowder Tasting Noon – 2 pm
Memorial Park
24 Martin Street
Downtown Essex
Rain Date: Sunday, October 27, 2019

Join us for the 37th Annual Essex ClamFest from 11AM to 4PM in Shepard Memorial Park in Essex. The festival is free to attend and it is $10 to take part in the Clam Chowder Tasting Competition.

from Noon – 2 PM (while supplies last)
$10 to Taste & vote for your favorite

Lobsta Land Restaurant
Ipswich Clambake
Village Restaurant
Shea’s Riverside Restaurant & Bar
J.T. Farnhams
C.K. pearl
Woodman’s of Essex
Windward Grille
Mile Marker One

Although the highlight of the day is the Chowder Tasting Competition, there is a great variety of activities, including local vendor and maker booths, live entertainment and plenty of food vendors on-site! Rain Date: October 27


GOLD SPONSOR: First Ipswich Bank

Also, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day (from 10-1, outside the police/fire station), and that we will also be giving out flu shots in the Town Hall auditorium from 10:30-1


Pick #3: Pure Pastry, Real Good in the Neighborhood

Sunday, October 27th

Beverly’s Kim Gregory Pure Pastry (the creator of some of the most decadent and delicious treats you could ever taste) is hosting a wonderfully local street fair this Saturday.  While the family friendly event is free, they are excited to raise money for both Sweet Paws Rescue and Windrush Farm.  Information about both amazing organizations can be found at the links below.  Several fantastic vendors, artisans, and farmers will be showcasing their goods….available for purchase.  There will also be live music.

Do you love your North Shore Neighborhood? We sure do!!!! We feel so blessed to live in an area that gifts us with great New England foods, music, art, devoted community members…. Let’s celebrate all this pure goodness together!!!!

Come join us at our Purely Good in Our Neighborhood event on Sunday, October 27th from 2p to 5p. We’re hosting a celebration honoring our local neighbors, encouraging a purely good time in our Gateway Lane neighborhood. All the goodness of our local talented, kind, giving neighbors here, in the Beverly area, come together for an afternoon for you to enjoy local sweets, savory foods, live music & other entertainment, sustainable goods, local artisans, farmers and more!

BONUS * * This is a FREE family-friendly event. All local farmers, artisans & food vendors will be selling their goods. Cash, Debit or Credit Cards will be accepted.

This celebration supports Sweet Paws Essex, MA & Windrush Farm based in North Andover, MA. Donations appreciated; however, not required for attendees. Kim Gregory | Pure Pastry is hosting the non-profit “Purely Good in Our Neighborhood”. 100% of the donations go to these non-profit organizations. Please consider donating.


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

Essex is Jumping

There’s a lot going on with our neighbors in Essex. The 37th annual clamfest will be held this Saturday Oct 26 11am to 4 pm at Shepard Memorial Park in Essex. This is always a great event. Raindate Sunday Oct 27.

We also noticed good news from Woodman’s!


The Great Marsh Brew Company is seeking employees:


The former White Elephant shop is now showing antiques by appointment with David Neligan, who also has another storefront nearby.


More good news here for antiquers: half price at Main Street Antiques:



Let’s plan your holiday party at Beauport!


Let’s plan your holiday party! 🥂 Experience a new level of hospitality for the holidays! Whether it’s a buffet, stations, or a plated dinner, we have menus that can be customized to fit all the needs of your party.


Beauport Hotel
55 Commercial St
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
(978) 282-0008

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