The Countdown


The showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties have all been had. These are the final days before we head back east for the biggest day of our lives. We are getting so excited to GET MARRIED and celebrate with everyone.

We just met with our friend Whitey (Eric) who will be marrying us. I think it jumpstarted a lot of excitement for both of us. In the coming days the ceremony, speeches and such will all get fine tuned and it will soon be time to put it all on. It’s crazy to think its been 2 1/2 years in the making.

As we pack up here in Colorado and head back east there are some final updates to mention:

  • There are a few extra hotel rooms that we had reserved and don't need. SO please let us know if you need a room. We will be canceling them at the beginning of the week of the wedding. You can call us at the numbers below.
  • Again, I know we have probably said it to many times, be prepared for it to be chilly and/or raining. Better prepared then sorry! We added a weather link to the side page of the site.
  • If you are around on Friday there will be a bunch of things going on from sightseeing trips along the coast to golf and paddle tennis. Let us know what you are interested in and we can get you started and let you know if anyone else is headed in the same direction.
  • Friday night after the rehearsal dinner festivities we would love to meet up with everyone. Let’s keep in touch. You can reach us at the numbers below to find out what is planned for that evening.

Contact Sarah at 720-308-8215 or Conor at 303-888-0281

Updates

How time flies, we can’t believe the wedding is just around the corner. We wanted to update everyone on a few things.

The accommodations section of the site has been updated. Nearly all of the hotels are sold out and any availability is noted in the accommodations section. Let us know if you are running into trouble finding a place to stay so we can recommend some other areas to look into. Remember the wonderful city of Boston is about 40 minutes south of the area and has a lot to work with if you can’t find anything near the wedding.

We’re hoping for a beautiful fall day but you never know, especially being right near the shore. There are some “items”, as Conor would say, that you should be sure to bring. Those being warmer clothing/something to cover up with if it is cold or windy and also an umbrella. Speaking of clothing. Formal attire as noted on the invitation really means typical wedding attire, cocktail dresses, etc. Nothing super fancy is required by any means.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call or email us.
Home # 303-282-8555 sarabf@aol.com donnellc@aii.edu

We are so excited to see everyone! Travel safely and we’ll see you in Mass. Go Yanks!

The Irish Invade Myopia

On October 14, 2006 glasses will be raised, music will be heard, and bells will be ringing in celebration of Sarah and Conor’s wedding. Some say it's overdue, but to that we say "Good things come to those who wait." This celebration will be well worth the wait, especially since it could be the biggest gathering of Irish folks ever allowed at Myopia!

That means you need some important information. On this page you will find all the details you need to make it a great weekend. There is a lot to do in the area referred to as, The North Shore. We have provided lots of highlights for those wishing to explore this beautiful area of New England during its most spectacular of seasons. Please check back as the date gets closer for any important updates. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Wedding Events

Friday, October 13th
The wedding party will do a run through of the ceremony at Lynch Park at 4:00. Following the rehearsal we will head over to the beautiful Home of Stacy and Chief (Conor’s sister and brother-in-law). Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate everyone, so this event will be for the wedding party and family members. We will gather there for some food, good spirits, and hearty laughter. Chief has many creative ideas for this event, though few have made it though the rigorous approval/veto process that goes on daily at the house. Currently the fog machine is making its way back through the appeal process. After dinner we will most likely wander down to one of the festive bars in the Hamilton area or somewhere nearby the hotels. If you are interested we would love for everyone to meet up. Please contact us or another guest to find out exactly what the plan is. We would love to celebrate the beginning of the wedding weekend with everyone! Everyone is on their own for transportation to and from this event.

Saturday, October 14th
The big day! Some of you may remember this day in history as the day Conor was born. Needless to say this will be the greatest birthday and birthday gift of Conor’s life, with a close second being the time he got the G.I. Joe Aircraft carrier.

On a more serious note here is the important info:

Ceremony
The ceremony is at 3:00 in the Rose Garden at Lynch Park in Beverly.
Some important things to keep in mind:
*We will be right near the shore and it could be cool so don't forget your cover ups.
*Umbrellas are a good idea to have handy, just in case.
*There will be a shuttle bus going from the Spring Hill AND Courtyard Marriotts to the ceremony.
*Guests who arrived by shuttle can hop aboard again to head over to the reception at Myopia.

Reception
Myopia Hunt Club in Hamilton
Following the ceremony the reception will begin with a cocktail hour starting at 4 o'clock. The club is about a 20 minute drive from Lynch Park. Get ready to eat, drink, and dance for this is where the real celebration and fun begin.

After the reception the shuttle bus will be available to make sure you return home safely. Be responsible, please don’t drink and drive!

Sunday, October 15th
We just don’t want it to end! We are planning on gathering at Sylvan Street Grille at 11:30. Join us for Football Sunday. The Pats have a bi this week but we will still be in Football Sunday spirit. We will be serving apps on us and there are plenty of TVs and beers on tap for when it’s after the noon hour (Conor's rule). This gathering is by no means centered around Football if that’s not your thing. Come and hang, eat and drink with the family and friends that are still in town.

Directions to Sylvan Street Grille:
12 Sylvan Street in Danvers (978) 774-1724
*From the Liberty Tree Mall hotels Sylvan Street Grill e is at the end of the road that the Days Inn is on (right out of mall or left out of Days Inn).
*From the Spring Hill Marriott and Hampton Hotel take I95 North to exit 47A then make a Left onto Sylvan Street. The restaurant will be on your left.

Accomodations

We've come up with a list of accommodations for you to consider. October in New England is very popular and nearly all of the hotels we have recommended to you have already filled up. We have updated the availability of each hotel below. Please let us know if you are finding it impossible to get a room in the area.

Danvers Hotels (about 20 minutes away from the wedding)
The Courtyard by Marriott in Danvers is SOLD OUT. Shuttle service will be located here. The hotel is right next to the Liberty Tree Mall, movie theater, and various restaurants. (978-777-8630)

The Days Inn in Danvers is SOLD OUT. This hotel is less than a mile away from the Courtyard Marriot and shuttle service. Denny's is just next door if you get the munchies. (978-777-1030)

The Comfort Inn in Danvers is SOLD OUT. This hotel is just 7 minutes away from the Courtyard Marriott shuttle stop. (978-777-1700)

Peabody Hotels (about 25 minutes away from the wedding)
The Spring Hill Suites by Marriott is SOLD OUT. Shuttle service will be located here. All the rooms in this hotel are suites with separate sleeping/living areas, a sofa pull out, microwave and refrigerator. Breakfast is included with your stay. (978-535-5000)

The Marriott in Peabody is SOLD OUT. This is a full service hotel with a restaurant and bar (open to 11). This hotel is less than 10 minutes away from the Spring Hill Suites Shuttle stop. (978-977-9700)

The Hampton Inn currently has 1 room available on both Friday and Saturday. It is however a double bed smoking room. This hotel is just next door to the Spring Hill Suites shuttle stop. (978-536-2020)

Local B&Bs, a true New England experience
Myopia Hunt Club is where the reception is. They have some Inn style rooms available on site. Contact Penny at 978-468-4433
The Inn at Castle Hill in Ipswich is SOLD OUT
35 min to ceremony and 15 min from reception
Yankee Clipper Inn in Rockport has 1 deluxe room with a queen AND a full bed available.
35 min to ceremony and 35 min from reception
Vine & Ivy Inn in Beverly Farms
15 min to ceremony and 15 min from reception
George Fuller House in Essex has a few rooms available.
20 min to ceremony and 15 min from reception

Staying in Boston
Boston is only 40 minutes away from the wedding and there are endless options for great places to stay. For more information on finding the right place and location try Boston's hotel guide.

Shuttle Info
The shuttle service is available to all wedding guests regardless of where you are staying. The shuttle can take you to the ceremony, reception, and back home. The 2 shuttle stops will be the Courtyard Marriott in Danvers and the Spring Hill Suites Marriott in Peabody. We have arranged this transportation in effort to keep everyone safe. Please consider using our shuttle even if you’re not staying at the shuttle stops. Be responsible, please don't drink and drive!

Travel

Air
If you are flying Boston Logan International Airport is the obvious choice (about 35 minutes from the main hotels). You may also want to consider flying into Manchester Airport in NH (about 1 hour away from the main hotels). From either airport, it is easiest to rent a car to drive to the North Shore area.

It could get complicated but public transportation is a possibility to get you where you’re staying. If you're flying into Boston, you can take a taxi or ride the "T" to North Station. From there you will take the train (the “T”) to the North Shore. Your train stop will depend on where you are staying. You will then need transportation from the train station to your hotel.

Car Rental
The car rental companies that are available at both airports are: Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Thrifty
Alamo is also available at Boston Airport only
U-Save is also available at Manchester Airport only

Taxis from Boston Airport
Taxis from the airport to the main hotels will run you about $50 depending where you are staying (the flat rate fee is $2.60 per mile).

Sightseeing

For general information visit these web sites about the
North Shore and Massachusetts

Leaf Peeping
Fall in New England and the beauty of the leaves is one of the reasons we picked October for our wedding. There are several reasons that determine when the leaves change and “peak” to a gorgeous show of color. To learn more or plan some leaf peeping excursions check the Mass Office of Tourism and New England Foliage Central.

Whale Watching and Deep Sea Fishing
Head out on to the ocean blue and you'll be treated to the awe-inspiring sight of 50-foot, 40-ton whales breaching and spouting. The World Wildlife Fund named Massachusetts as one of the world's top ten whale watching spots. Gloucester has the fastest access and is located directly between two major whale feeding grounds which are home to numerous Humpback and Finback whales. A full or ½ day deep sea fishing trip is always fun too. Remember it can be cold this time of the year so bring your layers.

Beaches
Since you are practically on the coast in all of these North Shore towns you have a lot of beaches to choose from. Here are a couple we recommend. Feel free to explore on your own and ask for local’s favorites.
Cranes Beach, Ipswich is has a gorgeous coast line. $7/car
Singing Beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea has its name for a reason. When you walk on the sand it sings to you, really.
Dane Street Beach is just down the street from Conor's mom Kathy. It a great place to hang out and look for treasures on the beach.

Hiking
Ravenswood Park in Gloucester has 10 miles of trails and carriage paths offering moderate hiking in a tranquil wooded setting. Enjoy the overlook to Gloucester Harbor and traverse a boardwalk through the Great Magnolia Swamp.
Coolidge Reservation in Manchester-by-the-Sea offers a 1 mile of easy walking. Although the hike is short the views are great. At the tip of Coolidge Point is the magnificent ocean lawn offering views of Magnolia Harbor.
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary & Massachusetts Audubon Society in Topsfield offers more than 10 miles of interconnecting trails that invite you to explore the forests, meadows, and wetlands. You can also canoe along eight miles of the Ipswich River that run through the sanctuary and go camping on Perkins Island.
Appleton Farms in Ipswich is one of the oldest continuously operating farms in the United States. There is six easy walking miles of footpaths, bridle paths, and farm roads.
Long Hill in Beverly offers five acres of beautiful gardens. Each garden is distinct in its own way and is accented by ornaments, structures, and statuary. The gardens are flanked on all sides by more than 100 acres of woodland as well as an apple orchard, meadow, and agricultural fields. There are 2 miles of trails and footpaths with moderate hiking.

Golf
Cape Ann golf course offers beautiful and scenic views. The Fourth fairway overlooking the tidal marshes of the Essex River provides one of the most beautiful views of any golf hole in New England.

Museums
Peabody Essex Museum in Salem has impressive exhibits on Asian art and culture, Native American art, and Oceanic art, not to mention New England art and architecture. PEM’s Art & Nature Center was highlighted as a "Don’t Miss" experience in Child Magazine’s feature article "The Ten Best Art Museums for Kids" in March 2006.
North Shore Children’s Museum is a terrifc museum for kids of all ages to create, learn and explore.
New England Pirate Museum is the place to relive the adventures of Captains Kidd and Blackbeard.
Essex Shipbuilding Museum explores how Essex built more two-masted wooden fishing schooners than any other place in the world.

Fun Historic Towns
Cape Ann represents Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, and Manchester by the Sea. For information on these areas check out Cape Ann Vacations and See Cape Ann.

Gloucster is America's oldest seaport and continues to be one of the busiest fishing ports on the Eastern seaboard. The town is rich in New England history, natural beauty, extraordinary beaches, fresh seafood and on-water activities - especially the popular whale watching excursions. Rocky Neck Art Colony is a historic and festive section of Gloucester known for its art galleries and restaurants.

Rockport is located on the tip of Cape Ann (at the end of the world, or so it seems), this little town is a favorite of visitors and locals alike. Its residential streets boast historic colonial homes and cottages, many with picket fences and lush gardens. The narrow street known as Bearskin Neck leads to the ocean and is lined with tiny and charming old cottages that have been converted into shops and restaurants. Rockport is also a renowned art colony, there are more than 20 galleries many are artist-owned featuring fine art, sculpture & crafts. If you decide to visit the Rockport Harvest Festival is on the 14th and 15th.

Essex is a scenic small town that has retained much of the character and charm of its nineteenth century shipbuilding heritage. Tourists are mainly drawn to Essex for its restaurants, excursions down the Essex River, and the 30 or so antique shops.

Manchester-by-the-Sea is a beautiful New England town with a quaint downtown area, picturesque harbor, and the wonderful Singing beach. Coming from either the north or south we recommend taking the scenic route which gives you a chance to drive along the beautiful shore road past beautiful homes, ice cream stands and other roadside attractions.

Salem in the month of October is a lot of fun and a big attraction for tourists and locals alike. If you like Halloween you must make time for a visit. Lucky for you October is Salem Hunted Happenings. There are a lot of great museums like the House of the Seven Gables and the Salem Witch Museum. Be sure to stroll the streets looking for witches and watch out for those casting spells.

Ipswich has some great hiking and the famous Cranes Beach. There are a few things to do here with the family. You can take the kids to Russell Orchards for the afternoon. Anyone else that likes to pick their own fruits and veggies or visit apple orchards this place is for you.

Newburyport is one of the most beautiful cities in the state! The city has a strong tourist industry and is a favorite destination for art lovers. You will find a most charming and large downtown area full of art galleries, specialty shops, historic B&B’s, and terrific restaurants.

Visit BOSTON
Check out what the great city of Boston has to offer.

Fenway Park is home to the Red Sox. Sorry Sox fans but your team couldn't get to the playoff so no games will be had. If you can, try taking a tour of the ball field. You get an entire history of Fenway and the Red Sox, and sometimes you even get to venture onto the field! It's really quite an experience, and all the better if you're a fan. Go Yanks!

Freedom Trail offers a way to see tons of interesting spots by foot. The trail is marked by a red brick line on the cobblestones and sidewalks.

Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market is a spot on the Freedom Trail, but you can visit it all on your own. There are plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops.

North End is Boston’s Italian neighborhood, also its oldest neighborhood. There are terrific restaurants (Giaccomo's is a favorite) and pastry shops (nothing beats Mike's Pastries). People here really speak the language and show it in their food.

Museum of Fine Arts boasts impressive collections and special exhibits.

Boston Duck Tours is a tour in a renovated World War II amphibious landing vehicle. How cool. You'll cruise by all the places that make Boston the birthplace of freedom and a city of firsts.

Boston’s Children’s Museum is a great place to let the kids explore. Be sure to check out the giant soap bubble-making tools and the "New Balance Climb" (a two-story-high maze).

New England Aquarium: Don’t miss the penguins!

Museum Of Science is a hands-on museum that has something exciting for everyone.

USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy and undefeated in battle. Old Ironsides earned its famous nickname with its legendary ability to repel any shot fired. Active-duty sailors guide visitors around the ship.

Harvard Square: Walk around the Harvard campus, grab a beer and a bite to eat, browse through a bookstore (there are more in a square mile here than any where else in the US). For kids you have to check out Curious George Goes to WordsWorth.

Newbury Street is one of Boston's most enchanting streets. There are eight blocks filled with salons, boutiques, and fabulous dining.

Local Flavor

For the best seafood in the area these are a must:
Village Restaurant in Essex is Conor’s mom Kathy’s favorite.

Woodman’s in Essex is the lobster hangout. They also have music and a lively young crowd.

The Clam Box in Ipswich is a quick take out type of place but reputed to have the best clams on the east coast.

Farnham's in Essex is a casual type of place to enjoy all kinds of fried seafood or cuppa chowdah.

Other local favorites:
Wenham Tea House: Take a step back in time and enjoy an old-fashioned lunch or a cup of tea with scones.

Black Cow Tap & Grill in Hamilton: A bar with more beers on tap than you'd expect in a town of 6,000, so enjoy them all responsibly.

Nick's Roast Beef in Beverly: Home of many a good high school lunches back in the day. Also look for Conor's dad, Rick Donnelly's picture on the wall. You can get a variety of items from salads to wings but there is a reason they are known for their roast beef. If you have good timing you will see Conor in there, while Sarah waits in the car.

Hamilton House of Pizza has terrible pizza (especially for the Jersey folks) but the best meatball subs in all the land.

Childcare

Although children are not invited to the wedding, we'd hate for you to miss out on anything because you've got a precious one (or two or three or four) with you. Please email us or give us a call if you need help finding childcare.
Home phone (303) 282-8555
Sarah at sarabf@aol.com
Conor at donnellc@aii.edu