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Fireworks Schedules on the North Shore


Firework & Parade Schedules, North Shore MA

Fireworks Schedules

Locally, many communities on the North Shore schedule their fireworks and parades on July 3, 2011.  Did I just say parade?  Always a fabulous prelude to the fireworks, many of our local communities have Horribles Parades as well. What is a “Horribles Parade” you may ask? Well, it is pretty much a parade for the people by the people!!! It is usually humorous, the more unsophisticated the better, opinionated and features homemade floats and costumes. Those parade schedules are below as well.

July 3, Sunday

Gloucester – Horribles Parade starts @ High School 6PM  Fireworks over Harbor 9:30

Danvers – Fireworks Festival Plains Park 7PM (rides, music, kids games) Fireworks 9:30ish

Swampscott  & Lynn – Fireworks Kings Beach @dusk (rain date July 5)

July 4, Monday

Beverly FarmsHorribles Parade Hale St., starts @ Oak St.8AM  Fireworks West Beach @dusk

Marblehead – Horribles Parade 10AM  Waterfront Festival all day Fireworks 9PM

Rockport – Firemans Parade starts @ High School 6PM Band concert & bonfire 8PM Back Beach

Manchester -by- the Sea –  Independence Day Parade starts @ High School 9AM

Salem – Derby Wharf Kids Space 4PM, Music 5PM, Fireworks 9:15PM

Enjoy your Fireworks Schedule on the North Shore!


Greasy Pole at Fiesta

We caught some video Saturday afternoon: Gloucester’s unique Greasy Pole contest.

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St. Peters Fiesta Schedule, Gloucester MA

St. Peters Fiesta in Gloucester MA is an iconic tradition centered on faith, family and fishing. The Fiesta is based on the faith of the fisherman in asking the patron saint of fisherman (from the Catholic tradition), St. Peter, to keep them safe in the upcoming year, gratitude for the past year of fishing and solomn recognition of any fisherman 

St. Peters fiesta

A Procession from St. Peters Fiesta

(and his family) who lost his life at sea. Although now well known for the athletic events associated with this three day celebration, especially the greasy pole, the most profound part of St. Peters Fiesta is the solomn tradition of processions and the open air mass on Sunday morning.  Most people mark their calendar to attend the greasy pole events but 10 AM Sunday mass in St. Peters Park is the most moving event of the entire Fiesta in my opinion.

Read about the history of St. Peters Fiesta in Gloucester MA, get a taste of the live action at GoodMorningGloucester and visit the “Fiesta Carnival/Greasy Pole Competitions” via a live cam.

St. Peter’s Fiesta Schedule 2011

Wednesday, June 22

7:00–10:00 p.m.  Musical Entertainment….
St. Peter’s Park: “Forever Legends” featuring “Sinatra & Friends”

Thursday, June 23

6:30 p.m……       Fiesta 5K Road Race with Cape Ann YMCA – Starting
at St. Peter’s Square

8:00–11:30…      Youth Block Dance…..D.J. Sam Santuccio …. St. Peter’s Park

Friday, June 24

4:45 p.m…….      Greasy Pole Contest…and…Women’s  Seine Boat Races
Pavilion Beach

6:30 p.m…….      Entertainment….Before Opening Ceremonies

7:30 p.m. ……     Formal Opening ….St. Peter’s Square
Entertainment immediately following to 11:30 p.m….
Music by Seabreeze

Saturday, june 25

9:30 a.m……      Youth & Adult Soccer Games…. Newell Stadium

10:00 a.m…….     Pavilion Beach…Military Seine Boat Race:
U.S. Coast Guard vs U.S. Navy
Gloucester Fire Department vs Gloucester Police Department

2:30 p.m.……     Championship Series - Youth Basketball Tournament….
Fort Playground

(Rain Date Sunday, June 26)
3:00 p.m……      Children’s Games…. Beach Court

4:45 p.m……      Sports Events… Pavilion Beach – 
Seine Boat Races..&
..Greasy Pole

8:00–11:30 pm. Musical Entertainment…St. Peter’s Square….
Aaron Caruso with Musicians, Vocalist
And  Comedian.

Sunday, June 26

10:00 a.m……      Celebration of MASS OF ST. PETER….. at St. Peter’s Park

12:00 noon…..    Procession following the Celebration of Outdoor Mass

3:00 p.m……      Blessing of the Fleet… Stacy Boulevard.

3:00 p.m… …   Concert….United States Navy Band Northeast…St. Peter’s Park

4:45 p.m……     Sports Event at Pavilion Beach – Seine Boat Races &
Greasy Pole Contest

6:00 p.m……      Concert…..St. Alfio’s Band (One Hour)  St. Peter’s Park

6:30 p.m……      Children’s  Pinata Contest –  Pascucci Court

7:15 p.m…….     Awards Ceremony – Trophies awarded to winners of the 2011 Sports Events

8:30 p.m……      Musical Entertainment –  St. Peter’s Park – featuring Gianni Faraone w/ Ray Cavichio and his mini Big band

11:00 p.m……      Raffle Drawings and Closing Procession

Novena to St. Peter
Monday, June 13 – Tuesday, June 21
7:00 p.m.
American Legion Hall
St. Peter’s Park Gloucester, MA


Walk the dog …

Wheeler’s Point Gloucester has some great rocks to climb and a big open area up top. Not really any trails but the view’s great and lots of room to run around. Check it out …

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Dogtown anyone?

New off leash for us! Inland and off Cherry St., look for the Dogtown Common sign 100 yards from the Cape Ann Sportsman’s Club. There’s another entrance off Gee Ave. but we’ve yet to use it. Click for map.

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Has the real estate market hit bottom? Yes!!!

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In Housing Market, Uncertainty Reigns


In recent days, we’ve been a hit by flurry of reports about an increasingly weak housing market and falling home prices in the Boston area. Just Tuesday, a new forecast projected a drop in Massachusetts home prices by as much as 6.5 percent.

So how bad is it? Are we heading toward a double-dip? Or has the market hit bottom? Some analysts say we can expect the market to begin to recover in the coming months. Are they right?

As the spring home sale season heats up, many prospective buyers and sellers are caught in the middle of a market in transition. Is it a good time to buy? Should owners be looking to sell?

We speak with housing experts on the state of the market.

Do you have a question about the housing market in Massachusetts? Are you looking to buy or sell a home? Do you rent because you’re too scared to buy?

Leave your thoughts and questions in the comments or on our Facebook page.


  • Scott Van Voorhis, real estate blogger and columnist,
  • Karl Case, retired Wellesley College economist; co-founder, Case-Shiller Index
  • Patty Knaggs, real estate agent based in Beverly
  • Curt Nickisch, business & technology reporter, WBUR


Running Rock Head

YouTube Preview ImageWhen you are a dog mom, one gets invitations to yards (byod-bring your own dog), or walks much more then homes! It was at one of these yards I learned the story of “Running Rock Head”.

Great art by great artists can be found in the most surprising places! Visiting a friends’ yard (yes on Cape Ann and no I can’t say where) for the first time, I was introduced to this very unique work of art, hidden behind her fence, “running” in the side of her yard. It is inspiring to look at and special in significance. The story how it came to be located there is at once intriguing and sad.

The artist, Joe Wheelwright is the intrigue. His art ranges from tree “sculptures” to traditional stone sculptures, all the way to cast bronze. His art is one of vision, imagination and execution. It is not so much the art of using materials to create an object, but more one of seeing a vision that people like myself can not see. He “liberates” this vision, from its’ encumbered natural existence into that of a piece of art. Now eligible to be seen, admired and enjoyed by mere mortals like you and me.

Tree figures he creates, are one piece of wood. Joe removes the unnecessary part of the tree to fit his vision. He then designs a wax feeder system that will channel the molten bronze around the tree form. The form is then enveloped in plaster. The plaster contains the bronze as it surrounds the tree form. When it cools post-casting, it is again heated in an oven. After the plaster is removed, he often creates a patina on the surface using a heat torch, chemicals and a brush. Joe often sculpts heads out of stone and frequently sees trees as forms having life energy apparent in arms and legs. It is so very fitting that in this sculpture he has used a rock as the head and the tree as the movement of the figure. His most common stone sculptures are heads and faces. Yet, his most plentiful tree sculptures are of the human body consisting of torso, arms and legs.

The sad part of the story: Running Rock Head came to reside at my friend’s house as a gift from a friend. It was received, post-mortem, after a tragic youthful death. It dances (in my eyes) or runs every day as a testament to a friend with way too much life to ever really die. Thank you dear friend and Joe Wheelwright for this gift of life. Both the artist, and the gift giver, are and were two truly exceptional people in life and in death.

Annisquam antique …

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You’ll find some of the oldest housing stock in the country right here on Cape Ann. At some point it’s necessary to bring it up to today’s standards and codes. Our “preferred builder” Don Knowles of the Rocky Neck Associates is an expert from idea to design to implementation.

Snow farm?

Gloucester DPW has their work cut out for them this year getting rid of the snow. It’s the end of January and we’ve had 8 storms of 6 inches or more, 50 or 60 inches??? (I’m guessing!) And they have to put it somewhere. Up until a few years ago, conventional wisdom said it was OK to dump it in the ocean. (Remember it was OK to change your oil and dump it in the storm drain? WHAT were we thinking?!?!) The plowed snow is almost as dirty: it’s full of oil, trash and “street debris” so it definitely should NOT be dumped on the beach and in the ocean. So, it’s stored at Stage Fort Park, where it melts until May. Yup. May. And then DPW sweeps up the debris and none of it goes floating out to sea. That works. Leave a comment if you know of another Farm like ours!

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