Unbelievably, several folks have cancelled their reservations for tonight’s beautiful New Year’s Eve dinner. There are openings at both the 5:30 and 9:00 times. Chef Ken Duckworth and staff have prepared a most elegant and delicious menu for your New Year’s celebration. Call Duckworths asap if you would like to make a reservation at 978-282-4426.

Nichole’s Picks 12/31 +1/1

First of year, Happy New Year.  May 2107 be all that you want it to be.

Pick #1: Rockport New Year’s Eve



The mission of Rockport New Year’s Eve (RNYE) is to broaden and deepen the public’s appreciation for the performing, literary, and visual arts through innovative, diverse and high-quality programs that offer the community a shared cultural experience that is accessible and affordable.   RNYE presents year-round programs that both support this mission and raise funds.  RNYE is also supported by business sponsorships and individual donations.

RNYE’s most important event of the year, and the one for which the organization is named, is the celebration of the arts on New Year’s Eve. The evening is designed to be an impressive, “small seacoast town” version of First Night celebrations held throughout the country.  New Year’s Eve in Rockport is a treasured tradition enjoyed by Cape Ann residents and visitors

Attendees purchase buttons online or at stores throughout Rockport and Gloucester in advance of New Year’s Eve, or at the event headquarters on New Year’s Eve.  A button allows the bearer to attend any events that are scheduled throughout the evening.  The following description gives a good perspective of the depth, breadth and cultural diversity of the entertainment.

The celebration begins at 6PM on New Year’s Eve.  New Year’s Eve entertainment is scheduled on the hour, every hour, from 6PM to midnight, with 15 minute breaks in between each 45 minute session to allow attendees to walk from venue to venue and venue managers to reset for the next act.  The entertainment options scheduled throughout the evening are culturally diverse and suitable for all ages.  Musical acts may include folk, Celtic, blues, reggae, calypso, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, funk, soul, bagpipes, gospel, songs of the sea, 50’s and 60’s doo wop, country, western swing, African pop, New Orleans jazz, big band, and a cappella..  Other entertainment may include clowns, jugglers, puppeteers, story tellers, face painters, dancers, psychic readers, and telescope viewing with the astronomy club.  Children of all ages participate in the drum jam and parade through the downtown streets, with a large dancing dragon and costumes.  At midnight, attendees gather in Dock Square to watch the ball drop from the highest ladder of the town fire truck and sing “Auld Lang Syne”.

Pick #2:  Noon Year’s Eve at Legoland



Who says you have to wait until midnight to celebrate 2017?

Help us ring in the 2017 a few hours early with our first ever “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration! There will be special activities, prizes and giveaways, and a celebratory balloon drop, all included in the price of admission!

Read more about Legoland HERE

Pick #3: Rocky Neck Polar Plunge

Test your tolerance for icy cold water, have some belly laughs with friends, and (most importantly) help raise donations for the Open Door!


Once again, it’s that time to come and celebrate the New Year with our invigorating celebration. Please join us!! We ask everyone to bring non-perishables to help out those in need. The Open Door will have a van set up at the entrance of the beach !! We also collect cash or checks made out to The Open Door. If you haven’t joined us before, please do so and bring friends!!!!! We start this yearly tradition with a poem from George Sibley and then take our plunge !!

Sunday, January 1st at 9:00 a.m.

Rocky Neck. Stevens Way, Gloucester,MA


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

Christmas Done ~ New Year’s Eve


At the Vittori-Rocci Hall ~ Beverly, MA

Limited Quantity $95 – ONLY A FEW TABLES LEFT!

Rock in 2017 with Blues Legend James Montgomery, Sax Attax Horns & friends for the first benefit of 2017 at Vittori-Rocci Hall directly off Route 128 with plenty of FREE on-site parking.  Your ticket includes:

  • Scrumptious Dinner Buffet created especially for the occasion by chef Peter Capalbo (formerly of Tryst and now of Fresh Food Catering in Wenham)
    • Sauteed Organic Chicken Piccata with Parsley, Lemon & Caper Butter
    • Beef Bourguignon
    • Basmati Rice
    • Seasonal Vegatables
    • Tossed Garden Salad with Assorted Garden Vegetables, Mixed Greens, Balsamic Vinaigrette
    • Fresh Rolls and butter
  • Concert
  • Dancing
  • Midnight Champagne Toast
  • Party Favors

Full cash bar available.  Portions of proceeds benefit V is for Veterans.



New Year’s Eve in Rockport with Cape Ann Big Band featuring John Rockwell and Renee Dupuis and What Time Is It Mr. Fox @ The Shalin Liu.

Cape Ann Big Band with Renee Dupuis and John Rockwell 

What Time Is It Mr. Fox?

This was the first time going to NYE In Rockport. I got my button and went straight to The Shalin Liu. I moved around a bit. Got a seat right away in the balcony then asked if it was ok to move down to the main floor. It was excellent. Twenty dollars for a button and I got to see two great shows at the same venue. There was music all over the small town of Rockport and all kinds of festivities. I was happy,so there was no need to venture out. Make sure to check out  the website next year to see what’s happening. You will be glad you did! >

New Year’s Eve, and Thankful



I stayed home today (12/31/14) because I didn’t feel that great. I had a cough at night and a muscle pain in my left leg from physical therapy. When Janet came home from work, we ate a simple dinner of chicken and wild rice, washed down with some bubbly. She went off to a girlfriend’s party, and I’ve been sitting in front of the fire. Soon I’ll be watching CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin report on the Times Square festivities. To be honest, I couldn’t imagine seeing 2015, but I clearly will. Less than 11 months ago, I was in Beverly Hospital with tubes running in and out of my body, saving my life. For two months, I couldn’t roll over in bed without assistance. That’s in the past. I’ve had a year of recovery, loss of friends and family, and many challenges. I’m looking forward to Valentine’s Day. Happy New Year all.

Alchemy brings New Orleans to New England for New Year’s Eve

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Alchemy will be celebrating 2014 New Orleans style with cocktails inspired by the Big Easy, creole fare and smooth jazz.

Sip Sazeracs while enjoying Chef Scott’s special prix fixe menu

Alchemy will be celebrating 2014 New Orleans style with cocktails inspired by the Big Easy, creole fare and smooth jazz.

Sip Sazeracs while enjoying Chef Scott’s special prix fixe menu:

 1st Course
Fried Oyster Po’Boy
Confit Alligator Hush Puppies
Maque Choux Salad

2nd Course
Sous Vide Grilled Filet Tenderloin
New Orleans Cassoulette
Crab & Crawdad Etouffee

3rd Course
Orange & Cinnamon Beignets
Glazed Doughnut Bread Pudding

 Judith Murray and her trio will be crooning jazz standards throughout the night, and guests who order the specialty prix fixe menu ($75) will also score a ticket to Minglewood’s New Year’s Eve party right down the street! Call for Reservations: 978.281.3997

The Franklin New Years Eve


Franklin Cape Ann

Still looking for New Years Eve plans? Look no further! 

Join us for Dinner…

We will be serving four courses with a complimentary glass of Prosecco. 

Enjoy live jazz from Billy Novick & Thomas Hebb  

6:00 – 9:30pm  

$65 per person

Call to reserve your spot 978-283-7888

We will also be reserving seating at the bar.

Our New Year’s Eve Menu

For the table…

Tuna nigiri with a jalapeno salsa

Complimentary glass of La Marca Prosecco 


First Course

Lobster Bisque


Second Course

Baby Arugula Salad

goat cheese, strawberries, walnuts, white balsamic & berry vinaigrette


Entree Course

Surf & Turf 

filet mignon, panko scallops, sauteed mushrooms, roasted garlic potato, red wine sauce

Braise Lamb Shank 

spinach & mint risotto, orange zest

Pan Seared Sea Bass

vegetable succotash, saffron & caper sauce 


Dessert Course

Warm Chocolate & Banana Pudding

homemade vanilla ice cream & fresh strawberries 

Call 978-283-7888 to reserve your spot.

Join us upstairs for the biggest New Years Eve party on Cape Ann!

The party starts at 10:00pm.

There will be music, dancing, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

We will be staying open until 2:00am!

Tickets are $20 per person.
(Or free if you join us for dinner.)

You can pick up tickets at Franklin Cape Ann or call 


Hope to see you there!

GMG New Year’s Eve Restaurant Round-Up

Here are the submissions from local joints that have sent me stuff-

If your restaurant isn’t represented here send in your submissions and I’ll add it in.



New Years Eve & Day @ The Topside

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Still no plans for New Years Eve? Come join us at The Topside Grill! No expensive covers or outrageous mark up’s. Dinner features Roast Duck Ala Orange, Broiled Filet Mignon, Pork Scalopini Ala Oscar, Shrimp Vieste, Salmon with Mango Salsa, Pork Chops Vinegarette, & Yellow Fin Tuna with Lobster Risotto. Plus many more options off of our very special New Years menu!!

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Don’t have a million bucks this year to drop on New Year’s Eve? Ring in the New Year at The Topside Grill!

Join us for our annual New Year’s Eve Celebration. Monday December 31st at The Topside Grill

Complimentary Champagne Toast at Midnight!

Wonderful live entertainment featuring The John Jerome Band starting at 9:00pm.

Make your reservations now to hold an amazing table. (978) 281-1399
We will be serving New Years Day Brunch on Tuesday!

Roast Leg of Spring Lamb, Monte Cristo Sandwich, Spanish egg Frittata

Topside’s famous Huevos Rancheros, ,Egg, Cheese & Sausage Omelette

Corned Beef Hash, Asparagus & Cheddar Quiche, Eggs Benedict, Kahlua French Toast

Mimosa’s & Bloody Mary’s!!!

  Ring in the New Year at The Franklin Cape Ann!

Join us for our 12th Annual

New Year’s Eve Celebration
Monday December 31st

There will be live jazz with

Billy Novick & Thomas Hebb

We will be accepting all reservations
Call Maria @ 978-283-7888


For The Table…



First Course


Second Course



Entree Course – Choice of…





Dessert Course



gift cards not accepted for special events

Have a Happy and Safe New Year from the Franklin Cape Ann!

Dinner Reservations:

Latitude 43 978-281-3997

Alchemy 978-281-0223

New Year’s Rockport Eve is Just a Few Days Away!

NEW YEAR’S ROCKPORT EVE will entertain you with clowns, cowboys, magicians, musicians – classical, pop, jazz, Dixieland, folk, country, gospel swing and rock and roll – ventriloquists, dance, drama, puppets, and MUCH, MUCH MORE! And, we have planned a spectacular midnight event that will be a truly memorable welcome to the beginning of a new year.

Our buttons ($15 adults, $6 children 12 & under, 3 & under, free–no button needed) are now available. Buttons can be purchased at the following locations:

In Rockport:

John Tarr Store, Main St.

Smith hardware & Lumber at the Lumber Desk, 3 Station Square

Toad Hall Bookstore, Main St.

In Gloucester:

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Commercial St.

House of Raven, Main St.

Gloucester Music, Main St.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION: Can I buy buttons on the 31st?

Buttons also sold on December 31st at Spiran Hall (our headquarters) on the corner of Broadway & School Street from noon ’til 11pm.

Many of our inns, B&B’s, and motels will be open and we suggest you make your reservations early. Click on the Food/Lodging link for a list of Rockport Inns with links to many of their web sites courtesy of

As a non-profit organization, we are continually engaged in fundraising. Besides tax-free donations (which we would welcome – make checks payable to NYRE, Inc.), we are offering items for sale. Please click on the Store button on the site navigation to order NYRE souvenirs.

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New Years Eve Run Down

I’ll add to this list as restaurants submit their flyers



Topside Grille


Hey Everyone,

Still no plans for New Years Eve? Well the Topside Grill has a little bit of everything! We have a special NYE menu featuring Filet Mignon, Roast Duck Ala Orange, Sautéed Pork Scallopni Ala Oscar, Almond En Crusted Salmon, Braised Lamb Shanks, Lobster and Finnin Haddie. Reservations welcome :) We also have Live Entertainment in the Bar/Pub starting at 9:00 featuring John Jerome. Also complimentary Champagne Toast at Midnight!!   New Years Day come and check out some of the beat brunch on the North Shore! Eggs Benedict, Corned Beef Hash, Kahlua French Toast, Omelette’s & more! Don’t forget about Mimosa’s, Bloody Mary’s and Passion Flowers…

Thanks, Doug Silva

Topside Grill, 50 Rogers St.

Cape Ann YMCA


Don’t miss out on our New Year’s Rockin’ Sleepover! A great way to ensure that your children (and you) have a great New Year’s Eve! Drop your children off at the YMCA for an overnight full of art projects, dance parties, swimming, gymnastics, sports, movies and FUN! Drop off is December 31 at 6:00pm and pick up is January 1 at 9:00am.

Registration forms are available at the Cape Ann YMCA front desk.

YMCA Members- $50

Community- $75

Rockport will be having a grand celebration, you can read about that here


From the Rockport NYE website-

Welcome to NEW YEAR’S ROCKPORT EVE: the web site that is dedicated to celebration. We celebrate the future, the joy of sharing a special evening with family, friends and neighbors and our hope that a New Year will bring good health, happiness and new opportunities.

We will entertain you with clowns, cowboys, magicians, musicians – classical, pop, jazz, Dixieland, folk, country, gospel swing and rock and roll – ventriloquists, dance, drama, puppets, and MUCH, MUCH MORE! And, we have planned a spectacular midnight event that will be a truly memorable welcome to the beginning of a new millennium.

Our buttons ($15 adults, $6 children 12 & under, 3 & under, free–no button needed) are now available.

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Two Menus

Two Prices

One Fabulous Way to Celebrate the New Year


3 course $40

Choose 1 item from course one, two or three

Choose 1 Main Entrée, Dessert Flight

5 course $60

Choose 1 item from each course, Dessert Flight

5 course option Includes ticket to NYE Bash with Hootchies in Minglewood Tavern and DJVITO in the dining room and a complimentary glass of champagne.

Course One

Lobster Bisque with brioche crouton, wasabi truffled crème fraîche and wasabi caviar


Jeff’s Clam Chowder with applewood smoked bacon

Course Two

Winter Napoleon of Beets with layers of apples and shaved fennel, finished with picked watercress and a pistachio and goat cheese vinaigrette


Caesar Salad with romaine hearts, garlic croutons, shaved parmesan and parmesan-anchovy dressing

Course Three

Beef Carpaccio


West Coast Mushroom and Baby Brie Streudel drizzled with cinnamon and chipotle teased agave nectar


Grilled Bruschetta topped with roasted butternut squash, feta cheese, balsamic vinegar and olive oil

Main Course

Chilean Sea Bass


Heart Steak

*Available with a Lobster Tail for additional $20


Australian Rack of Lamb

Dessert Flight

Chocolate Hazlenut Truffles, Egg Nog Panicotta and Thai Banana Spring Roll with coconut ginger gelato

Reservations at 978-281-0223

Party like it’s 1918

New Year’s Eve

Pre-Prohibition Elixir Dinner

Mix Masters Clay and Matt will Shake Things Up

with a cocktail menu fashioned reflective of more genteel times.

Join our staff in donning your haberdashery finery (or choose to stick with your current couture) and enjoy two different prixe fix options


Local Jonah Crab Bisque

shallot rings, poblano peppers, crab demi, crème fraiche

And then…

Choice of

Quick Fried Oysters

apple & blood orange gremolata, cumin, tarragon & lime aioli

Grilled Eggplant Roulades

burrata cheese, fennel, spinach, warm farm beet vinaigrette

After that…

Choice of

Endive Salad

Belgian Endive, blood orange supremes, melted fennel,

goat cheese croutons, simple vinaigrette

Beet Timbal

roasted farm red & golden beets, honey crisp apple,

Great Hills bleu cheese mousse, arugula

The Big Show…

Choice of

Farm Raised Pork Osso Bucco

saffron risotto, root vegetable mire poix, blood orange water

Fire Charred Bone-in Filet

Yukon gold potato puree, sauce espagnole,

roasted west coast mushrooms

Pan Seared Fisherman’s Wharf Cod

Fried boniato, tat soi salad, flash fried uni, thai vinaigrette


Chef’s Choice Petit Dessert

3 course Option

with surprise course and champagne


3 Course Complete Option

with time-travel worthy pairings, champagne and surprise course


Call to reserve 978-281-3997


Sober Connections Presents Our 3rd Annual Rockin’ New Years Eve


Come join us for our 3rd New Years Eve Show, which also happens to be Sober Connections Second Anniversary!

Dance with DJDK, Live music featuring Group 62 and Tmax. There will be a 50/50 raffle, and Dancing thru-out the night for those that might want to let loose! Refreshments and snacks will be for sale as well, & the coffee, as always is free! (Proceeds to also to Benefit Sober Connections).

We will count down the New Year with Live feeds of New York City’s Times Square, and we will provide noisemakers as well!

This New Year’s Eve show is looking to sell out! Make sure you purchase your tickets in advance to guarantee a seat!

Please consider our "Sponsor a Ticket" program to help those new in Recovery at local organizations and sober houses are able to experience what it’s like to find a great time without the use and abuse of Alcohol and/or Drugs!

This show is open for everyone, and the net proceeds will be donated to Sober Connections to help them support those in recovery, promoting events as well as outreach.

For More info call: 978-381-9888 or 978-407-0219 or you can check out

Location: American Legion Hall (Side Entrance) 8 Washington St, Gloucester MA 01930

Time: 7:30pm – 12:30am

Ticket Price is $7.00

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Dog Bar

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Cape Ann Brewing




HI Joey, Karen here from Sailor Stan,s ROCKY NECK we will be open this weekend, SAT.,SUN. &MON. 7:30am til 11:30am for breakfast lots of variety,& special homemade hashes ,LOBSTER BENEDICT, omelets ,pancakes, and more! please post thanks Karen HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL

The End is Near

The end of 2010, that is.  Even though I’m spending Christmas far from Cape Ann, I’m dreaming of a White Christmas in New England, and of course already planning for the last night of 2010 at New Year’s Rockport Eve, the annual party (including a ball drop in Dock Square) in downtown Rockport.  Claire Franklin, the one-woman whirlwind who founded and organizes the event, works hard all year to bring all of us this event, offering entertainment of all kinds – magicians, puppet shows, and every genre of music you can think of.

Click the link for more information and the Schedule of Events.  The video is of the band BeatleTracks playing at last year’s New Year’s Rockport Eve.

Rocky Neck Plunge Info From Brenda Malloy

Joey, baby, H A P P Y  D A Y  to you!
Thought it may be a good idea to give people some directions on exactly where the beach is that The Rocky Neck Plunge takes place. It is called Oak Cove Beach at the end of Stevens Way, neither of which names are commonly known to most, even on Rocky Neck!
When one is driving down Rocky Neck and bears right at Sailor Stan’s restaurant, you take the first street on the  left ‘Stevens Way’. This is a short street, 2 houses long, then you must go either right or left on Wonson St.  If you were to continue straight you go down the gravel path ahead of you, this leads to Oak Cove Beach where the plunge takes place.
Hope to see a big crowd, one and all are welcome!

Friends of The Blog Who Said they Will Take The New Years Day Rocky Neck Plunge-


Nephew BJ (Beasley)

Paul Morrison (and his rubber ducky)

Patrick Ryan

Amanda Nash

Ed (I’m game for anything) Collard

Who Else?

New Year’s Eve with Sober Connections



Daniel Driscoll Writes-

I‘m writing you in regards to our upcoming event called “New Year’s Eve with Sober Connections” at the Blackburn Performing Arts Center at 1 Washington St in Gloucester MA. (On the Corner of Washington & Main about the restaurant Guiseppe’s)

This Event is the vision of being hosted at the Blackburn Performing Arts Center. We at Sober Connections are striving to create activities for the sober communities here on the North shore, and hope to expand across the state. Our Social Website, has started picking up people from all across the country! Our goal with these events is to offer the sober community a sense of awareness that there are fun things to do without the use and abuse of alcohol and/or drugs. Our website provides a forum for people to find or share these events, whether it be simply a group of people heading to the movies, or a larger event like we are pulling together for this venue.

We are scheduled to open the doors around 7 PM to offer the live music, DJ, and Dancing from 7:30 -12:30 PM. Below is an excerpt of what we are sending people:

Sober Connections New Years Eve Party

Come Join us for a night of Sober Festivities as we celebrate our 1 year anniversary and countdown the end of the year and usher in the New Year at the Blackburn Performing Arts Center in Gloucester, soon to be our new home for Sober Connections! This is a Family Friendly Event.

All are welcome! The only requirement is a desire to party without the use of alcohol!

Children under 10 are free!

We will be having local talented Musicians perform, like Marty Dunphy and Bob Ledger as well as others, We will be also having Dance Music, And Lee C will be organizing a few dances including a Line Dance for those of you have asked about it from our past events!

DJ DK will be rocking out the tunes with a a few songs hand picked from our younger crowd, and as always, VJ Mike will be making sure that your visual cortex’s are assaulted properly watching our 100" large video screen.

Daniel D is again gathering Gift Certificates from the local merchants and other prizes for our end of night giveaways.. looks to be a Great Night!!

We do encourage you to think about our "Sponsor a ticket" program. This was designed so that people that couldn’t pay for a ticket could get in with the donation of others. This has been very popular, and these tickets will be held at the door for those wanting to come but their budget is a bit tight. We all have been thru it in early sobriety, and have been to many wonderful events due to the generosity of others in sobriety.

We are also having a musical instrument Drive to help the Beverly School for the Deaf. They are looking for used musical instruments for the new music program they are bringing to these children, so if you have anything from a kazoo to larger instruments, please bring them to donate. They will be going to a good cause!”

Tickets can be purchased at the door, but we are hoping to sell out, so if you’re looking to come, Advanced Tickets are available thru Ticket River at:

And if you want to promote our event to your friends, we are also located on Here:

We hope to see you there!

If you have questions or need to get a hold of us, Feel free to email us back at or Call us at:

Daniel D    978-515-7036

Sheldon K  978-407-0219

New Year’s Rockport Eve

For Info on Rockport New Year’s Eve celebration click Motif #1

There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that GMG nor anyone connected with GMG has convinced the sea chantey music group “Three Sheets to the Wind” to sing about a sea captain’s wife complaining of too many sailors brought home by her husband. They will be singing other sea chanteys from 10-10:45 & 11-11:45 PM upstairs at the Rockport firehouse. Then you have 15 minutes to get to the twenty million dollar jewel encrusted ball drop back at Motif #1.

Fun Fact: New Year’s Eve is also the first time in twenty years that a Blue moon occurs on that day. A Blue moon is when there are two full moons in the same month. When this posts at 2PM you only have until 3:03 PM today to go take a photo of that Blue Moon rising. (It sets at 7:07 AM tomorrow in the rain.)

GROOVE on New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2009, 10:00 pm! THE BLACK AND WHITE MASQUERADE BALL!!!