The 200 Pot Rockland Tree Is Up

They claim it is the largest lobster trap tree in the world with 200 traps.

Well we will see about that.

From The Herald Gazette

Rockland — A team of about 30 community volunteers gathered to construct Rockland’s lobster trap tree Friday morning at Mildred Merrill Park.

The annual event was organized by Rockland Main Street Inc.

Building the holiday tree were volunteers from the business community, Atlantic Challenge and the U.S. Coast Guard, and inmate volunteers from the Bolduc Correctional Facility in Warren, according to Lorain Francis, director of Rockland Main Street.

The tree will be built using 200 traps from Brooks Trap Mill in Thomaston.

In Rockland Main Street’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the organization is selling 300 raffle tickets for $50 each, and one ticket holder will win 100 lobster traps, Francis said.

The lobster trap tree lighting ceremony will be held Friday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m., complete with cocoa and cookies.

Thanks Penelope Crane for forwarding the story.

Festival Of Trees at 137 Main St

A Festival of Trees now on Display!
The trees are gathered at 137 Main Street (formally Bubbles, to right of the Cormorant) for the Silent Auction. During the concert weekend you can view them in the lobby of Fuller School when you come to hear the Holiday Pops concert.

Floral designs, signature glass, 5-course dinner and more!

The trees show off some highly inventive finery: tiny lights wrapped in white silk roses from Sage Floral Studio; beautiful signature glass lighthouses from concert sponsor Cape Ann Savings Bank; a bounty of holiday goodies, including gift-card filled stockings, from Stop and Shop; a vision of the best fresh eating with a tree of fruits and veggies from Willow Rest/Utopia Farm (including a $50 gift certificate); and a promise of more superb eating from Duckworth’s Beach Gourmet with a certificate for a five course dinner for six from the store, valued at $700! And there are MANY more, twenty total!!

Keep tabs on your bid

Come and see them all and put in your bids on your favorites. Then keep tabs on them to be sure you have the winning bid, until the Auction closes on December 5, back at 137 Main St.!

David Brooks From Art Haven Weighs In On The Gloucester vs Rockland Lobster Trap Tree Debate

From David Brooks-

So just so you all know this year the street will be shut down 3:30-5:00 so we can accomodate the masses of people who will be coming out to see the lighting of New Englands biggest and best Lobster Trap Christmas Tree!

Did anyone mention the the Gloucester Tree is adorned with the artwork of hundreds of Gloucester childrens. The Lobster Trap Tree represents more than just Christmas. It is a true representation of the fisherman of Gloucester, their families and the rich artistic heritage that makes Gloucester what we all hold so dear.

Our tree is more than just wire and rope and bricks. Its a symbol, and that what make it so much better the the Rockland tree.

Remember this nice soup recipe? It’s a Winner Winner Chicken Soup Dinner!

Remember this nice soup recipe from a few weeks ago?  Well, I know it’s not a giant Christmas tree made from lobster pots, but this is pretty exciting to me!  I have posted the recipe again for you but scroll down past the recipe to see what I won!

Pesto Kissed Tuscan Chicken and Olive Stew

3 bone in chicken breasts with skin, trimmed
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup fennel, diced
1 cup sweet onion, diced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon black pepper, plus more to taste
1 ½ teaspoons thyme
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
1-15.5 oz can diced tomatoes in sauce
2 bay leaves
5 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup pitted olives of your choice (not brined) drained and cut in half
1-1lb 13 oz can navy or small white beans, rinsed and drained
8 tablespoons prepared basil pesto

Shredded parmesan cheese (optional)

Heat the oil in a heavy 7 quart Dutch oven over medium heat.  Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper and place them skin side down in hot oil to brown, turning frequently to prevent scorching.  Brown the skin and remove breast to a plate.

To the pot, add the fennel, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary and saute until vegetables are translucent, about 5-minutes. Sprinkle in flour and stir until flour turns slightly brown, about 2 minutes.  Stir in the tomatoes, stock, tomato paste and bay leaves and the browned chicken to the pot.

Bring the mixture to a low boil and then reduce the heat to low.  Allow the chicken to cook, uncovered but submerged, until cooked through, about 25 minutes.  Remove the chicken to a cutting board and allow to cool to a workable temperature.  Remove skin and bones from breast and cut or pull chicken into bite sized pieces.

Remove bay leaves from pot, add beans and olives and allow broth to thicken and reduce slightly.   When broth is thickened, return chicken to the pot, stir and re-season with salt and pepper to taste.  Bring soup back to a simmer. Ladle soup into serving bowls and drizzle with one tablespoon prepared basil pesto and top with shredded cheese.  Serve immediately.

It won me this!

This is an Emile Henry 7 quart Dutch Oven!

Here is the link to my winning recipe and those of my equally as talented cooking pals Sally and Deborah who came in 2nd and 3rd–check them out!

It has been along “dry spell” since I have won anything in any of the many recipecooking contests that I enter so hopefully, this will start another winning streak!  If you make the soup, please let me know what you think and thank you all for your nice comments when I see you out and about.

More recipes to come!

Things To Do StudioVO Open House Sunday Nov 22

SUNDAY NOV. 22nd!!!


Bob and Deej Viau

Welcome You to Visit Our


1:00 – 4:00

121R East Main Street

Gloucester, MA


(At the East Gloucester Marina)

Please view our website at

StudioVO: Commercial and Fine Art Studio

Portraiture: Photography: Custom Christmas Cards: Sculpture: Jewelry and Ornaments

(All portraits done from photographs. Please allow 3 weeks)

Light Refreshments Served


GMG vs. CAO Smackdown Slide Show From Thom Falzarano

We had a great time at Cape Ann Lanes and raised money for The Open Door Pantry in the meantime! I love it when everyone wins!

Here’s my version of how it went down-
Great Time- Great People- Great Cause

Thanks go to Cathy for setting it all up and all who participated including POCA and Crystal who provided the video stream.

My groin is freaking killing!

By my calculations the score was GMG 5,767,000 to CAO 220 (or something like that)

and here is Cathy Tarr’s version-

Ditto the thanks to all the bowlers, PoCA and Crystal and photographers, and Cape Ann Lanes for having us. It was a blast!

$210.00 plus 3 shopping bags of groceries for the Food Pantry.

Team GMG knocked down 1579 pins in 21 strings.

Team CAO took out 1758 pins in 23 strings.

Team GMG Average: 75.19

Team CAO Average: 76.43 (And we looked good, too!)

Click the Picture For Thom Falzarano’s Slide Show

click the picture to view the slide show

Banana Glam O Rama Pics From David Cox


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Banana Glam O Rama Pics From David Cox
Banana Glam O Rama Pics From David Cox
Banana Glam O Rama Pics From David Cox
Banana Glam O Rama Pics From David Cox

Merry Christmas (even before Thanksgiving)

Lest we all forget amidst our fun poking  jabs at each other’s tree-

Merry Christmas 🙂 From Gloucester To Rockland

as an aside (at the bank the other day I heard Christmas muzak a full week before we even had Thanksgiving)  WTF!

Here’s some more pics from last years Gloucester Lobster Trap Tree-

Ya think they have anything this cool in Anytown, or Plainsville USA? No freakin way! This is another reason Gloucester Rocks!

Gloucester's 2008 Lobster Trap Tree
Gloucester's 2008 Lobster Trap Tree and Art Haven Ice Sculpture
Gloucester's 2008 Lobster Trap Tree Adorned With Buoys Painted By Our Youth
Merry Gloucester Christmas

If you would like to help out building the tree or know any lobstermen who would like to donate traps to use they sure could use a hand-

Friday, November 27, 2009 at 9:00am

Gloucester Police Station Plaza