Gloucester Education Foundation Upcoming Events


The Gloucester Education Foundation has several exciting events coming soon that we thought you might like to know about.

Wednesday, December 1st:  Race to Nowhere Fundraiser at Cape Ann Community Cinema


On Wednesday, December 1st, the Cape Ann Community Cinema will show the award-winning film "Race to Nowhere" to raise money for the GEF.  “Race to Nowhere” is new documentary about the pressures faced by American schoolchildren and their teachers in a system and culture obsessed with the illusion of achievement, competition and the pressure to perform.   It is a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.  Watch the trailer here.

The film will be shown at 7:00p; $2 of the $10 ticket cost will be donated to the GEF.  The cinema is located on Main Street above Mystery Train; special thanks to Rob Newton for supporting the GEF!

Thursday, December 2nd:  Holiday Book Fair to support Gloucester District Schools


The Gloucester Public School District is holding a holiday book fair in collaboration with Barnes & Noble.  Shop at B&N (near the North Shore Mall ) any time on Thursday, December 2nd; identify yourself as a GPS book fair customer, and the Gloucester Public Schools District will receive 15% to 20% of your purchases!  This includes their huge selection of books, music, and toys, and even cafe purchases.  In addition, each GPS district school has put together a wish list for its library.

You can also shop online between December 2nd and December 7th at; just enter book fair ID #10355451 at checkout.  If you already have an B&N account, please click the "Change Payment" link at checkout to specify the book fair ID.

Prefer to shop in Gloucester?  Both the Dogtown Book Shop and The Bookstore of Gloucester will have books requested by GPS teachers and librarians on display throughout the holiday season.  A book donation is a wonderful way to honor an educator or school supporter.

The GEF is proud to help GPS with this exciting fundraiser.

Today:  The Gloucester Education Foundation Is On Facebook!


The Gloucester Education Foundation is now on Facebook!  If you are on Facebook, simply click this link to view the GEF’s Facebook page, where you can see photos and articles about past events.  Then click the Like button, and you will receive notices of upcoming GEF events.

The Arts Scene in Rockport

Yes, we do have an arts scene.  While we love our artistic heritage (William Lester Stevens, Aldro Hibbard…I could go on and on), many people don’t realize that a vibrant community of artists is based here still.  Now.  In the 21st century.  And to underscore the point that Rockport’s appeal for artists hasn’t waned, our village is playing host to one of Cape Ann’s best for the entire month of December: Eugene Quinn.  His paintings are both timeless and contemporary, featuring subject matter that doesn’t seem entirely locked in any place or time.  A few summers ago in Rocky Neck I bought one of his small studies of Back Beach in Rockport and I often myself taking a moment to stare at it as I go through the mundane tasks of the day (it hangs near our dining room table). Even without being a finished painting, it so completely captures the quality of the early morning light (the sun hitting the clock tower of the Old Sloop Church) that for a minute I am someplace else entirely, pulled away from feeding time and all the mess associated with giving pre-schoolers their breakfast.  This fact alone makes the Eugene Quinn painting I have very near and dear to my heart.  Better than a pharmaceutical.  Now if only artists were compensated as well as drug companies, the world would be a better place.

Detail of a Painting

Don’t miss Eugene Quinn’s “2010 Light and Sea Exhibit” for the month of December, located at the Thistle Fine Art Gallery at 8A Main Street in Rockport.  Open Monday – Saturday from 10 – 6, Sunday 12 – 5.  (Call 617-894-1552 to schedule an appointment or reserve a painting).  The artist himself is available for questions and conversation – always a plus – and he makes his process available as well by providing his studies for browsing (and purchasing) as well as his larger works.  An Exhibit Reception will be held on Saturday, December 11th, from 4-9pm.  Below are a few photos from the exhibit, with apologies for my inability to do the work justice:

Gallery View

Clouds Over Lake. (My favorite - not that this matters)

Santa in Rockport this Saturday!!!

This Saturday, December 4, looks to be a peach of a day for Santa’s arrival in Rockport. Last year it was blowing a gale and still hundreds of nice and not naughty children came to scream “IT’S SANTA!!” at the top of their lungs as Santa stepped off the lobster boat at 3:45 PM.

This is what the weatherman predicts. Partly cloudy in the forties with a bare hint of a wind.

Last year Santa hooked up with the Ocean Reporter:

The year before it was the Freemantle Doctor:

Who gets to drive the rotund red one into the harbor this year? (The competition has been fierce.) I’ll be there to report what boat and if there is enough whipped cream and marshmallows to cover all the gallons of hot chocolate that will be handed out in Dock Square when Santa lights the tree.

So get your grog on and don’t miss him. Spend the whole day on Bearskin Neck but at 3:45 PM be there or it’s coal in your stocking.

Festive Fun Fundraising At Imagine Rocky Neck


Festive, Fun, Fundraising

H o l i d a y  O f f e r i n g s  a t


43  Rocky  Neck  Ave,  E. Glou.

O p e n  W e e k e n d s I n D e c e m b e r

Sat & Sun 11am – 4pm

champagne drinks and yummies will be served

handpainted magnets $2 – $15 great stocking stuffers!

Purchase inexpensive handcrafted items while helping to support two wonderful local charities. 50% of all IMAGINE proceeds will be divided between TheGloucester Education Foundation (GEF), which funds Gloucester public school art and science programs and encourages excellence and

The Open Door Food Pantry, feeding Cape Ann’s neediest

Paintings and festive holiday crafts handmade by Brenda: Ornaments, greeting cards, magnets as well as fair trade goods purchased during Brenda’s Asia travels to Thailand, Bali, Nepal and India

hand painted ornaments, mini paintings by Brenda $$15 ea, 2 for $25, 3 for $30

Great stocking stuffers, inexpensive gifts

Jewelry, scarves, hats, bags, bobbles

Handmade, blank cards, holiday and all occasion $6 each, 5 for $25.

Holiday Special: Custom greeted box sets of 5 for $25 978-559-1709


Fourth Annual Holiday Arts Sale & Open House 134R Leonard Street, Annisquam MA

Fourth Annual

Holiday Arts Sale & Open House

134R Leonard Street, Annisquam MA 01930

Friday, December 4th – 5 pm to 9 pm, Saturday, December 5th – 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday, December 5th – Noon to 4 pm

Paintings, planting, pottery, painted furniture, wreaths, cards, culinary treats & more!

Artists /Crafts persons

Bonnie Stafford, Connie Sweet, Margaret Sweet, Diana Hoyt, Pia Nadel, Evy Stewart


Purchased at last years sale, Soap Dish by Evy Stewart

Gloucester To Play Saturday at 8PM! just announced the Super Bowl Schedule at Gillette.

Div. IA
Bridgewater-Raynham vs. Gloucester, 8 p.m.

Tickets and Gate Information
Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for students, children and seniors. They will be available at the Gillette Stadium Ticket Office, located outside the Patriot Place Gate, beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. All fans will enter the stadium via the Patriot Place Gate, located near The Hall at Patriot Place and CBS Scene.

Parking is included as part of the Gillette Stadium/MIAA Tournament experience. Fans arriving via Route 495 and Route 1 North should enter the stadium parking lots via the P7 or P8 entrances. Fans arriving via Route 95 and Route 1 South should enter the stadium parking lots via the P1 entrance. No tailgating will be allowed in the parking lots.

The Tide Floods the Dog Bar

The Tide, featuring Gordon & Jock Baird and Dr. Keen
The Dog Bar
65 Main St,
Gloucester 978-281-6565
Saturday, Dec 4  9-12 p,m,

One last Saturday night in between the Thanksgiving Stuff and the Christmas Crush. Kick the family out and join The Gloucester Beatles, the singing  Baird Bros and the guitar legend, Dr. Keen. to dance the night away, singing along to songs you haven’t heard for decades but you know every word to them. Songs that no other band will dare play, but wish they could. Eat, drink and be merry at Dog Bar,  Gloucester’s rock’n’roll livingroom – the former White Rainbow –  it’s nothing but fun and The Official Best Burger in Town, plus a menufull of tempting eats, reasonably priced and yummy. As yummy as the music

Ladies’ Night Downtown…

Thursday (TOMORROW!)

Shop locally!

And while you’re downtown, stop by PRESENT at 271 Main St. for a glass of wine and the best assortment of unique gifts on the island! See you there!

A reminder – The Cape Ann calendars are available at PRESENT or online here.

Gina Fettig Is Baking For Good- Bake Sale For The Families Who Lost Their Homes To The Rockport Fire


Hi Joey..

Two families have lost there home due to a major fire on Sunday, in Rockport.  Three years ago my family also lost there home to a devasting fire.

People were so kind and thoughtful so it is my turn to give back and to show there is renewal after such a loss.

So on December 18th from 10-4 at my home at 11 Stockholm avenue in Rockport..I am going to bake 100’s and 100’s of holiday cookies.

They will be for sale by donations only  so hopefully we can give a big chunck of change to these families the week before XMAs.

This will be my third BAKING FOR GOOD bakesale.  the first one I had raised $1300.00 for Haitan relief after the earthquake..the second one raised $2400.00 for a friend who was dying of Cancer..with a little butter and sugar we can change the world or at least our tiny corner.

thank you

gina fettig

Cape Ann Symphony – Christmas Trees and Wreaths Auction

The Trees and Wreaths are now at Brown’s Mall, Come in and bid or just come in and see the great decorating of the tress.

Bidding ends Saturday December 4th, in time to enjoy your tree at home.

Watch video with Elizabeth.