Monday, April 15, 2013

April Vacation is Here - things to do while I'm soaking up the Caribbean sun

T minus 22 hours till I ascend into the blue en route to St Martin, French West Indies, gastronomic capital of the Caribbean. Sorry, no, you can't come with me.

I will report on what I ate, where I danced, fish I chased, boats I sailed, neighboring islands I visited,French wine I purchased and didn't bring home and how I made out with my yoga practice working around my rusty French and my limited handle on Yoga Pose terminology. That ought to be a hoot.


Until then, I wish my readers a wonderful, fun, warm, springy April vacation week. I also hope you aren't worn thin with the never-ending drone of , "I'm bored" that is the soundtrack of school vacation. To that end, I'll leave you with some leads on things to do to keep the funwreckers busy.

See you soon, or as they say on French St Martin, "A bientot!"

Eco Scavenger Hunt

Cape Ann Timebanks Eco Scavenger Hunt
Solve verbal & visual puzzles like mazes & word searches to learn what eight downtown Gloucester businesses are doing to reduce their carbon footprints. Find out who's recycling or using energy-saving lighting. Play on a team or on your own. Win prizes from local merchants & enjoy refreshments at the after party at 2:30 p.m. at Latitude 43. Walk, learn, shop, & socialize at this Cape Ann TimeBank fundraiser.

*It's $10 before 4/13 to play solo or in teams. After 4/13 it's $15.
*Register Early & Learn more from our Frequently Asked Questions at: www.capeanntimebanks.org

Walk in the Woods, Learn about Nature

Trustees of Organizations has a packed schedule of activities at their properties across the state. Take a hike! http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/

Get Cultured


Here's a list of free and cheap museums and cultural activities in Boston this week. http://ow.ly/jZfic

Good reads 

Here's my lasted blogpost from Home News Here, the food section with lots of great spring recipe you can make together with ingredients form you local farmstand, plus a few videos on gardening (also a great activity for the family), and how to pair drinks with food, for when the entertaining of monsters is complete. You've earned it.
http://hnhfood.blogspot.com/2013/04/gardening-tips-spring-dinners-and.html


Customer's Always Right Family Tradition Edition


I just love the folks at Guiseppe's in Gloucester. Memory and Joe are great, fun family people with a great little concept in their casual Italian venue - mixing up piano bar and theme nights in a way that's really family friendly and fun. This "game show" night is always well attended - I'd make reservations. https://www.facebook.com/events/510412359000967/







Sign up for Spring Sports at the Cape Ann YMCA. 

Get out and get moving and help support our amazing local YMCA. Program booklet here. http://www.northshoreymca.org/locations/cape-ann/programs/download-program-booklet/



Do the Harbor Walk

Harbor Walkin
Here's a local walkabout that is pretty and cultural, local and leaves you in the middle of a whole lot of good eateries no matter how you approach it.


Pirates' Tour and Sailors' Path

I made this post card  in my days doing restaurant pr. Although it's clearly a tool to brand the restaurants - it's a cool map of kid friendly stuff downtown. Ignore the prompts to the eateries and just do the tour, hit the museums, read the markers and get to know our town.








Ok, so I gotta go. The family is glaring at me to wrap it up.  House/dog sitter to settle. Bags to load, i's to dot, t's to cross. Time's up.

Have a great week.  I know I will. 


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