Blog :: 2015

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Snug Harbor Day

Join us this Saturday, November 21st for the first annual Snug Harbor Day! Celebrate the upcoming holiday season on the patio outside of the Sweetser’s Building  from 2-6 p.m. This event is free and will feature seasonal tastings and fun for the whole family. Macdonald & Wood Sotheby’s International Realty, French Memories Bakery, Snug Harbor Fish Co. & Snug Harbor Wine look forward to seeing you and celebrating. And don’t forget to shop locally and place your holiday orders!

A Cure in the Nick of Time

This Saturday, September 19th, beginning at 10 a.m. is the first 5k run/3.5k walk, A Cure in the Nick of Time, in honor of young Duxbury resident Nick Curran. Nick is fighting Batten Disease and 100% of the proceeds for the race are going to the Beyond Batten Disease Foundation (BBDF) for research.

Nick, now 23 years old, was one of the most loved students at DHS during my time there. He is the youngest of three children- he has twin older sisters, Jess and Steph, who also attended DHS.

Nick was diagnosed with Batten Disease at the age of nine. Batten Disease is a lysosomal storage disease (LSD). Anyone from our high school who took biology remembers the rhyme that reminds us lysosomes are the garbage men of our cells. If the garbage men, or lysosomes, are functioning properly there is a buildup of intracellular waste in the brain and central nervous system. Overtime, the affected cells begin to die causing progressive neurological impairment including seizures, visual impairment or blindness, personality changes, dementia, and loss of motor skills including the ability to walk, talk and communicate. Eventually, after becoming completely incapacitated, sufferers of this horrible disease pass away, usually in their early twenties.

As of yet, there is no treatment for Batten Disease. Symptoms can be managed, but nothing can reverse or even stop the disease from taking hold.

Let's all rally around Nick Curran and his amazing family this weekend and raise some money for research! 100% of the proceeds will go to the Beyond Batten Disease Foundation (BBDF) for research.

Registration begins promptly at 9 a.m. at Duxbury High School. The course is the scenic Powder Point Loop beginning and ending at the high school. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome and awards will be presented to top finishers. A raffle will be held in the high school cafeteria following the event.

 

Pre-registration: $30
Youth (Under 13 years old): $15
Pre-Registration will close Saturday, September 12th

If you can't make the run/walk, please click here to donate to the cause!
 

Who Run the World?

The end of the school year is fast approaching. While there are many options available to keep kids busy this summer, there is one program that stands out as a cut above the rest. esTeam Girls was founded four years ago by Duxbury native, Katie Grossman. Katie is extremely passionate about fitness, and not because she believes in achieving any sort of bodily aesthetic. Katie’s passion comes from the knowledge that physical strength and overall wellness stems directly from emotional and mental strength. Her goal is to teach girls and young women that health is about a mind, body, and spiritual connection- a message that is incredibly powerful in today’s world of bombarding media and advertising.

Katie’s fitness class is an amazing sight to take in. There is an incredible amount of energy, laughter, and excitement that fills the room. She is a positive role model and the girls really look up to her. After speaking with Katie it is impossible not to feel enlightened and view the world through a clearer lens. Her cool, upbeat, and confident attitude is contagious and refreshing.  A 2013 graduate of the University of Michigan, Katie studied women’s health and nutrition, and was a member of the university’s crew team. Katie has since continued her education becoming a certified Reiki Master, a certified personal trainer, and a certified children’s yoga instructor.  She really does it all.

Katie has designed programs to give girls the tools to make healthy food choices, move their bodies, and feel confident in their own skin. The biggest lesson Katie teaches is that you have to love yourself and support others. She says, “my goal is to encourage girls to dream big and to step fully into themselves… I am trying to shift the paradigm in how girls see themselves and support others.”

It seems that women are continually cutting each other down and competing with each other in an unhealthy way. Imagine the possibilities if women supported each other and lifted each other up. That is precisely the message Katie aims to instill within girls who participate in her programs. She envisions a world where all girls can “be fully confident in themselves”, dream big and have the tools to reach their greatest potential.

Programs for girls grades three through nine will build self-esteem and confidence through fitness based programs, but it doesn’t stop there. Topics covered in Katie’s curriculum include body confidence, friendship, self-respect and discovery, giving back, goal setting, and a whole lot more.

In addition to summer fitness programs, Katie also offers sports performance training for high schoolers, mother/daughter sunset yoga, zumba, and a running club. She even offers healthy cooking classes at her home. Did I mention she can make a mean plant-based smoothie?

For more information about Katie and her team of fellow "strong girls" visit esteamgirls.com and follow her on Instagram @esteamgirls for great photos and videos.

 #stronggirlshavemorefun!

 

Opening of the Bay 2015

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For the past 17 years, the beginning of summertime in Duxbury has been marked by the Opening of the Bay at Duxbury Bay Maritime School. This year is the 18th year of weekend festivities for the whole family.

 

Friday, May 22nd is the Dockside Gala. The Dockside Gala is a 21+ night of entertainment featuring live music by the Williams Reunion Jazz Band and Dale and the Duds. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided by The Silent Chef and desserts from our wonderful neighborhood bakery, French Memories. Expect fabulous silent auction items and Duxbury’s own Island Creek Oysters.

 

General admissions tickers are $65 and can be purchase online or by calling (781) 934-7555. VIP tables are also available for $1,000 for up to ten guests. The VIP area will have a dedicated bartender and a server in addition to crudite and two bottles of wine.

 

Saturday, May 23rd is Family Day from 10am-2pm. Fun for the whole family includes live music, face painting, bouncy houses, a dunk tank, balloon animals, games, vendors, food, and much more! Tours of the Schooner Roseway will be available for purchase.

 

Admission to Family Day is free! Tickets will be available for purchase for games, food, and attractions.

 

Don’t miss out on the first summer celebration - We look forward to seeing you this weekend and the weather is supposed to be gorgeous!

 

Duxbury Idol

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This Saturday, May 9th, the Duxbury Music Promoters presents Duxbury Idol. The version of American Idol has become a yearly event here in town and it is truly a fun filled night for the entire family. In the past there have been judges, but this year is different. This Saturday the audience decides the winner making it the most interactive Duxbury Idol thus far. The stakes are high as the winner will receive one recording session at MDI Studios to help jump start his or her music career. Come watch 18 talented DHS students compete for the title of Duxbury Idol! All proceeds will benefit school music students and programs.

The show is being held at the Performing Arts Center on Saturday and the show will run from 7:30 until 10:30. Tickets can be purchased through PayPal for $10 each.

 

Duxbury Half Marathon 2015

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In 2013 the Duxbury Half Marathon was founded by Pam Smith to support the Duxbury Senior Center’s Alzheimer’s programs. Pam originally set out to run a marathon distance (26.2 miles) around town in an effort to raise funds for the program. After further consideration, she realized the potential to raise thousands of dollars if her run became a town effort and that is how the Duxbury Half Marathon was born.

There were a little over 100 runners the first year ranging from elites to everyday weekend warriors. Now in its third year, the race has grown to a field size of over 250 preregistered runners and that’s no surprise. This years race has attracted runners from as far away as Colorado! It is a beautiful course along the water featuring a handful of hilly sections that make the course both fun and challenging. The race is great final long run for those participating in the Boston Marathon which is only nineteen short days away.

The race begins at the Senior Center, which is located at the top of Mayflower Street next to the town forest. Runners make their way to hilly and scenic Bay Road. This is a challenging part of the course because the hills are consecutive for two straight miles, but the views of the bay and Standish Monument are wonderful.  Next, you loop around Standish Shore and head down Washington Street before the final four miles back to the Senior Center and the finish line.

Runners are guaranteed loud cheering, good times, and scenic views as well as orange slices, water stations and even jelly beans along the way.

Both first place male and female finishers win $100. Even if you aren't planning on running get out and cheer the runners to the finish line. A great section of the course for cheering is Hall's Corner because runners will be passing through twice during the race.

The registration fee for the 13.1 miles is $65 and 100% of the proceeds benefit Alzheimer’s programs here in Duxbury. Registration is available online at Active.com. You can also register onsite at the Senior Center in Duxbury on April 3rd from 4-7pm and race morning from 6:30-7:15am.

The race starts at 7:30am sharp on Saturday, April 4th- lace up your racing flats, charge you iPod, set you watch, and hit the pavement! It’s supposed to be closer to 50 degrees but a bit rainy so dress accordingly and see you there. Best of luck to this year’s runners!

 

(Photo: 2013 Overall Male & Female Winners- Pamela Manley & Greg Seery)
 

Spring Clean Up

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On a positive note, spring is only 16 days away, but who's counting, right? Hopefully we've made it through the worst of the winter because I know not a single one of us can handle another snow storm [knocking on wood]. Looking ahead to sunny spring weather there are some outdoor clean up projects to consider as the snow melts.

1. As the temperatures warms up it comes time to remove the burlap coverings from trees and shrubs. Time to let the sunlight in to stimulate growth!

2. After you remove the burlap check for any dead or damaged branches. I'm sure after this winter's snowfall there will be lots of broken and/or damaged branches on bushes and tress left uncovered. Trim smaller branches with shears. For larger branches you'll need to break out the saw so avoid slipping the branch and causing further damage.

3. When the threat of frost has passed rake fallen leaves and dead foliage from under plants if you didn't get to it in the fall. It's also a good time to remove excess mulch from last season and add fertilizer that is appropriate for your individual plants.

4. Early spring is also time to prep damaged areas of the lawn for reseeding. Lawn can become very damaged and ripped up especially along roadways, driveways, and walkways. Raking sand out of the lawn is essential before adding fresh soil and ultimately seed.

5. Patching, replacing, painting damaged wood is a must. You may consider touching up your fence, lattice work, lampposts, and mailbox posts before things start to rot.

 

A great company to help with all of your spring clean up needs is SPM Tree & Shrub owned by Shawn Moloney of Pembroke. He does great work with tree removal, but they also have a landscaping service as well as a storm damage service. If you're feeling overwhelmed with snow damage give Shawn a call for assistance - We know you'll be impressed!

 

Happy almost spring!

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DBA Map Project

With all of the technology out there to help you get to where you are going, why would a small group of people feel they need to spend their time creating an updated paper map? Because people still like to hold maps in their hands to a get a sense of where things are in relationship to a bigger picture than you can't see on a tiny screen.

That's the reason why the Duxbury Business Association is in the process of updating a town map.

The DBA was started about twenty years ago as a way to help Duxbury businesses grow and prosper. I grew up here in town and this is where I started my business, so I wanted to get involved with the DBA and give something back to the town.  I am still involved today as the Treasurer of the organization and am also on the committee charged with updating the map.

We have a town rich with history as evidenced by many street names such as Standish Street and Standish Road, Alden Street and Mayflower Street, Mayflower Road and Mayflower Ave.  It does get a little confusing!

Those of us who are involved with the DBA love our town and we give back in other ways including giving to scholarships every year and organizing Holly Days which is a celebration right before the holidays to help our retail community.

Ah, but the map is a core part of the identity of the DBA. We spend our time and money on it as a group so others can get to know and appreciate the beautiful community we all love so much.

To learn more about the Duxbury Business Association visit our website or our Facebook page!

Don't Feel Like Cooking?

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Winter is the perfect time of year for all the warm and hearty food we crave. Homemade soups, macaroni 'n cheese, pot roast.... but what should you do when you're too tired to shop and prepare an amazing dish after that aggressive shoveling we all know too well? When your back hurts and your toes are chilly take solace in the fact that there are places here in Duxbury and the surrounding South Shore to pick up dinner that you could even pass off as home cooking if you want to tell a little white lie.

Here is a list of my favorite take home meals and where you can find them yourself-

1. Pot Roast

I swear it takes just like my grandmother's recipe. Slow cooked and tender with copious amounts of gravy and a side of creamy mashed potatoes. This dish leaves nothing to be desired. Find it at the Wildflower Cafe & Tavern located on Depot Street.

2. Macaroni & Cheese

I consider myself to be somewhat of a mac 'n cheese connoisseur. However, when homemade just isn't an option I bop over to Foodies Market. There you can expect a think cheese sauce covered elbow pasta that isn't overpowering and just the right amount of Ritz Cracker topping to add a great texture. Foodies has really outdone themselves with this fabulous recipe.

3. Chicken Piccata

I always say feta makes it betta, but that's only if capers didn't exist. Nothing is better than a lemon butter sauce and capers. The chicken piccata from Depot Street Market is pretty grand. It comes fresh or frozen- I prefer fresh because the bake time is significantly shorter. My only criticism is that there aren't enough capers, but then again there are never enough capers for my taste. I bake it and add a few more tablespoons and serve it over angel hair pasta. It's deliciously dreamy. Did I mention they also have a gluten free menu AND they deliver?

4. Clam Chowder

The Snug Harbour Fish Market is not to be overlooked just because it's not summer anymore. They cook fresh and tasty food year round, but during the colder months there's one very special item on the menu- New England clam chowder. It's thick and creamy and incredibly fresh. The clams are a good size and the potatoes are perfectly tender. Many places think they make good chowder, but Snug Harbour is on top of their chowder game.

5. Shrimp Scampi

The Milepost Tavern has great comfort food and fabulous seafood. The lobster roll is always delicious, but one of my cold weather favorites is the shrimp scampi over linguini. The shrimp is fresh and tender, and the linguini is perfectly al dente. This dish is available as an entree or an appetizer and I find the appetizer portion to be so large I order it as my main meal.

6. Family Style Dishes

If you want to look beyond Duxbury for some exceptional food look no further than Bloomy Rind in Hingham Center. Bloomy Rind is an artisanal cheese shop with some great imported foods and home cooking that is to die for. The owner makes large family style dishes that change daily. They always have great sandwiches as a grab and go option, but the hot food selection is some of the best I've ever seen. Don't forget to pick up a nice selection of olives while you're there.

7. Homemade Soups

Chef Oz at The Pub at The Kingsbury Club knows his way around a good soup. A popular choice right now is the corn chowder topped with a fresh piece of white fish. My personal favorite is the butternut squash bisque. It has a bit of cinnamon and maple syrup, but isn't too sweet. After all, the pub is located above the gym so healthy food isn't hard to come by. You don't have to be a member of the club to try out Oz's delicious homemade soups.

Considering we just got hit with another foot of snow I hope these suggestions make you feel a little bit better about the weather. Oh, and did I mention there are 39 days until spring?

Happy eating!