Thursday, October 2, 2008

Chili Con-Carnival Around The Corner

The Chili Con-Carnival Cook-Off is coming!

On Saturday, October 18th from 12 noon to 3 pm, the parking lot at The Grog will be steaming with some of the best chili in the area. Local restaurants & chili-aficionados will be putting their best chili forward for a very good cause.

With high gas prices, the increase in home heating oil prices and the generally depressed economy, the local food pantries are being stretched to - and, in some cases, beyond - their limits. Our Neighbors' Table in Amesbury, The Pettengill House in Salisbury, and Community Services of Newburyport are all facing a far greater demand this winter. The Chili Cook-Off will benefit these three agencies and, in fact, each agency will be in attendance at the Cook-Off to provide information regarding their services and to accept direct donations.

A brave group of judges - Richard Eaton, President, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank; Frank Cousins, Essex County Sheriff; Thomas Howard, Newburyport City Marshall; John Macone, Editor, The Daily News; and Ann Ormond, President, The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry - will be on hand to formally judge the chili entrants. Everyone attending will also have a chance to vote for their favorite chili for The Peoples' Choice Award.

There will be live music, raffles and some great chili. Don't miss this! Admission $10 Children Under 12 Free.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

It's A Blues Bash

Coming up on Labor Day Monday is an event no blues-lover should miss.

As a special Benefit for Amadee Castenell, who is currently recovering from quadruple bypass surgery, The Sunday Blues Party is gathering friends and talent for a great jam.

Featured performers are Chis "Stovall" Brown, John Colby, Steve Bankuti, Wolf Ginandes, Deric Dyer & Parker Wheeler.

The special guests include Cheryl Aruda, Joe Bargar, Diane Blue, Bob Enik, Chris Fitz, Joe Mack, Bev Rohlehr, Ricky "King" Russell, Vykki Vox, and more to come...

A donation of $10 would be appreciated. The event runs from 7pm to 11pm.

Monday, August 18, 2008

James Montgomery at The Grog

A few takes from The Blues Party on August 10th.

Music - Now & Then

North Shore Magazine has chosen The Grog as the Best Live Music Venue in its annual Best of the North Shore picks. To quote - "...The Grog offers the best local music in a kick-backed setting."

Congratulations to Parker & Joey and the hundreds of fine musicians who make the Downstairs the place to be. A special thanks to Richard who, 37 years ago, had a vision of great live music, good food & service, and a place to see and be seen.

Speaking of history, just found this clip of Shirley Lewis "The Regal Queen of the Blues" Downstairs at The Grog from 1983. Recognize anybody?

And the music goes on...

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Parker's Blues Party

Sundays just keep getting better at The Blues Party.

This coming Sunday, Danny Draher will appear with Ken Clark & Deric Dyer - $5 cover

On August 10th, James Montgomery returns to the stage - need we say more? - $7 cover

August 17th brings Mike Lynch, Cliff Goodwin and Wolf Ginandes - $5 cover

On August 24th, Joe Mack & Joe Bargar will be kickin' out the jams - $5 cover

August wraps up on the 31st with Tom "T.H." Hambridge returning for a special visit - $7 cover.

A special Blues Party Event will be held on Labor Day Monday, September 1st to benefit Amadee Castenell. A donation of $10 is appreciated.

You can now enjoy highlights of The Blues Party on YouTube. Most recently, some footage from July 20th with Robert Holmes. Deric Dyer, David Hull, John Colby, and, of course, Parker -

How Time Goes By...

The last week of July has arrived and, with it, Yankee Homecoming. We'll be serving food Wednesday night at the Newburyport Brew Fest from 6 to 9pm behind the Custom House. Stop by and say hello to Patrick & Matt - Make sure they're not enjoying the evening too much! Tickets for the Brew Fest are $30 at the gate ($25 in advance). There will be 16 brewers in attendance and proceeds will benefit the C-10 Research & Education Foundation, Inc.

Thursday night in The Cabaret, The Divorced return with Kings Highway opening. Friday, Sunchunck will rock the house down with a Yankee Homecoming blast. Saturday, as the fireworks glow on the horizon, the Henry Welch Band completes the party!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Mother's Day Is Around The Corner

Sunday, May 11th is Mother's Day - just in case no one had mentioned it to you yet. A great way to enjoy the day with that special Mom in your life is our Mother's Day Brunch Buffet. Made-to-order Omelets, Eggs Benedict, Honey Baked Ham, Crepes Stuffed with Boursin and Lobster, Waffles, Smoked Salmon Platter... and a whole bunch (brunch) more. Check out the menu and then call to make that reservation. It's a special event and space fills up quickly. As a reminder, the number to call is 978 465-8008.

A Funkraiser...

Das Pintos returns on Friday, May 16th in a special performance to benefit The Newburyport Education Foundation. The cover charge is $7.00 and - as with all Das Pintos events - it's a good time for good reason.

Thursdays Are Back!

Summer is around the corner and our Downstairs welcomes back Thursday nights. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the shows start at 8:30 pm. The big news!? - No Cover Charge!!

May 1st brings Dan 6 opening for Chad Verbeck. The following week we welcome back Elephant House with two new lead off bands - Left Over Wine and Bayssic Knetks. May 15th, Superfrog returns and May 22nd, Dan Blakeslee brings back his special mix of folk/rock. The final Thursday of the month has Chad Verbeck opening for Alice Austin. Good sounds, good times...

Monday, March 17, 2008

They're Back...It Must Be Easter!

Looking for a sumptuous Easter Brunch? Our upstairs will feature a brunch buffet on Easter Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm - very literally with all the fixings. Space is filling fast - call soon for a reservation. Need more temptation? The menu should take care of that.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Just Eleven Days Left

That's right...only eleven days (and counting) left to buy tickets for Hearts & Minds. This is the dinner theatre event being presented at The Grog by P.O.V. Stage Company. Each performance will include six one-act plays focusing on the eccentricities of relationships. It's a perfect Valentine's Day celebration. Good food, good entertainment - a creative break from the last minute roses/candy cycle. Performances will be on Valentine's Eve (Wednesday, February 13th) at 7 pm; Valentine's Day at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm; and a special Brunch Encore on Sunday, February 17th at 12 noon. However, tickets must be purchased by Sunday, February 10th. We need a little time to make sure your dinner is special...

It's Carnaval & Mardi Gras

Fat Tuesday is coming up - actually, this next week. We'll be celebrating Carnaval on Monday night in the Cabaret and there'll be Cajun specials on the menu through Tuesday. Come in and try some Cajun Catfish, Rainbow Trout with Cornbread, Gumbo, Jambalaya, Soft-Shelled Crab, or Conch Fritters and complete the meal with a wedge of Pecan Bourbon Pie or Mississippi Mud Pie. Let's see...what was the reason they called it Fat Tuesday?

All of this means that Ash Wednesday is on February 6th and Easter is on March 23rd. Why, you ask? Why does the date for Easter move as much as 30 days each year?

  • Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or after the day of the vernal equinox;
  • this particular ecclesiastical full moon is the 14th day of a tabular lunation (new moon); and
  • the vernal equinox is fixed as March 21.
If you need a bit more information or perhaps the most detailed explanation in the world, check here.