Tony Sapienza writes, “This little lost boy — our very friendly house cat, Max — wandered away from our place in Magnolia Wednesday afternoon (5/20). For those of you in the area, please keep an eye out. If anyone has any ideas, we’re all ears — we contacted the police, animal control and the area vets, as well as the Cape Ann Lost Pets FB page. Fingers crossed!”
Julie Douglass Writes-
The oldest Rocky Neck family, the Douglass’, participated in their own polar plunge on New Year’s Day, in remembrance of their father, grandfather & father-in-law Capt. Fred Douglass who passed away on 1/1/2006. This was taken on “Flynn’s beach”- Wonson’s Cove at 4:30 in the afternoon as the sun was setting.
Tony Sapienza Writes-
Happy New Year from the crew at the Blue Shutters Beachside Inn.
We wanted to share some photos of two of our New Year’s traditions – our January 1 Good Harbor Beach plunge and a New Years Eve ugly sweater contest.
We may have had a smaller group than other New Year’s Day plunges around Cape Ann, but the water was just as cold and the support was just as strong for the “Blue Shutters Dips” as they braved the frigid waters of Good Harbor Beach on the morning of January 1. This is the third year for this New Year’s tradition.
Here are some shots of Innkeeper Patty Sapienza and friends Mary Igo of Burlington , Kim Reardon of North Andover and Deb Raymond of Waltham , as well as the group that was there to cheer them on. In one of the shots you’ll also spot a surprise diver emerging from the waters: Patty’s son Mike.
Finally, we tossed in a photo from the ugly sweater contest held on New Year’s Eve. I think you’ll agree – they’re all pretty damn ugly.
Happy New Year
– Tony and Patty Sapienza & Ed and AnnMarie Comer
2012 Rocky Neck Plunge Pic- Kayak View From Bruno Morel
JoAnn Bell Writes-
Thought this photo was particularly good at capturing the Plunge. The
photo was taken from the water by Bruno Morel who was out in my
husband’s kayak so he could get some action shots from the front.
Joey — here’s a report on last night’s Blue Shutters Beachside Chili Cookoff.. I’ve attached some photos..and included a link to our blog post on this.
It’s been just a few hours since the last of the chili leftovers were stowed in the fridge, but folks are already talking about plans for our next Blue Shutters Beachside Chili Cookoff. Last night’s event — our first-ever — featured nine different chili contestants…and even more very happy unofficial chili tasters. It was up to our judges — Jeremy Goldberg of the Cape Ann Brewing Company and Doug Silva of the Topside Grill and Pub — to chose the winner. Taking the trophy was Joe Paonessa of Stoneham, who was awarded a gift card for a free return visit to the Blue Shutters. Jeremey and Doug also chose second- and third-place runner-ups — Mark Sapienza of Stoneham and Sheri Dellagrotta of Rhode Island — and rewarded them with gift certificates to the brewery and the Topside (Mark had an a bit of an advantage…he’s the executive chef at the Langham Hotel in Boston; he’ll be back at the Blue Shutters next month to headline our wine and food tasting). The judges agreed: it was a tough decision, with a varity of chili recipes and every one was a winner. In addition to chili, guests enjoyed a selection of Cape Ann Brewery beers (courtesy of Jeremy), wine and sangria, Valentine’s desserts and all of the usual chili accompaniments. Thanks to everyone who helped make this a fun evening. We’ll be holding another Blue Shutters Chili Cookoff — once we finish off the left-overs…which could take quite awhile. But for now, our focus is set on our next event: a Mardi Gras Murder Mystery on March 5. If that’s half as much fun as the Chili Cookoff (and our pastmurder mystery nights) we’re all in for great evening.