Santa in Rockport 2010

As if it was a tradition that went back centuries Santa Claus came to visit Rockport today.

On the way to the harbor:

Time’s a wasting. Santa will be there at 3:45PM

The crowd packs the wharfs in the harbor as Santa’s arrival is just moments away:

Harbormasters Rosemary Lesch and Scott Story lead the way, the Freemantle Doctor with Santa, and the Coast Guard protecting the rear:

It’s SANTA!!! It’s SANTA!! It’s SANTA!!!

The crowd goes wild as Santa pulls into Bradley Wharf:

Santa thanks the skipper Mike Tupper of the Freemantle Doctor for the smooth ride while his mother-in-law Nancy McDowell looks on. (Nancy was the one who convinced us that Rockport was the best place on earth to live.) :

Low tide so Santa needs a bit of a goose up the ladder:

Carolers warm up the crowd as Santa makes his way down Bearskin Neck:

Dock Square is cheek to jowl of children all of which swore they had been nice and not naughty:

Santa’s ride is a vintage 1941 Fire Truck. Why buy new when used will do?

The countdown 3, 2, 1

A burst of light as the tree is lit.

Time to refill the hot toddy mug.

Gloucester Schooner Festival Video from Jim Merchant

Short Documentary of the 25th Anniversary Gloucester Schooner Festival from Jim Merchant. After some footage of the welcome parties, the parade of lights and fireworks the bulk of the film features many beautiful schooners as they sail past the Dogbar Breakwater. No less than three of the schooners were built by Harold Burnham of Essex who himself skippered a fourth, the schooner Maine. The film features music by Allison Crowe, Amelie, Arctic, Lonah, Raindog, Fluydo, Misery and Silence is Sexy. All music is licensed through creative commons. I am also putting out this film under creative commons Noncommercial – No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.​licenses/​by-nc-nd/​3.0/​us/ Enjoy!

Ankeny Studio Sale Today


Here’s one of the paintings still unsold on the walls. These make beautiful gifts, but four of the 20 paintings are already sold, so come up to Lanesville today in order to have the best selection! I’m open until 6pm, across the street from Lanesville Package.
Jennifer Beauchamp-Ankeny


The Giving Tree: A Timeless Holiday Tradition

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The Giving Tree: A Timeless Holiday Tradition

Grace Giambanco writes-

Back in 1994, Rockport National Bank had an unusual fundraiser that sparked a great response from customers and employees alike, wishes were being granted through two “Bless the Beast and Children” wish trees. The trees were decorated with little candy canes that each had a wish from a Rockport child or a request for food or toys for a pet at the Cape Ann Animal Aid shelter in Gloucester.  Then, in 1995 the bank sponsored a campaign to help 12 local families in need during the holiday season. The endeavor was so successful that the next year an effort began during the holiday season to provide socks, hats and mittens to the needy children of Rockport, and that was the beginning of what has grown to become The Giving Tree.  

This is a special tradition that has now expanded beyond its original goal and grown into a project that distributes gifts, clothes, toys, food, and basic necessities. Last year, hundreds of families, individuals, elderly and children in the communities of Rockport & Gloucester anonymously received gifts.  This is a true testament to the goodwill and undeniable spirit of generosity of our customers and the residents of Cape Ann.

The simplicity and home-grown nature of The Giving Tree has made it a vibrant tradition during the festive holiday season on Cape Ann.  The project begins with the collection of wish lists from local participating churches, non-profit organizations, and the elderly; anonymity is an important requirement.  The Rockport National Bank “elves” cut out red candy canes and label each one with a wish.  The day after Thanksgiving, customers can begin to take the candy canes off the trees in order to fulfill those wishes. 

Rockport National Bank is proud to once again sponsor The Giving Tree. Anyone can participate………just stop by the Rockport National Bank location nearest you and select a candy cane gift tag from The Giving Tree.  Return the wrapped gift along with the original gift tag by Wednesday, December 15th.  Your gift will be anonymously distributed to the appropriate organization and rest assured your generosity will be deeply appreciated.

We thank you for your kindness in making this season brighter for so many families and children in need. 

Rockport National Bank Branches:  16 Main Street, Rockport * 37 King Street, Rockport

                            4 Parker Street, Gloucester

RNB Annual Giving Tree


Due to an overwhelming popular request, I will no longer be posting any Holiday flatulence videos.  After one negative email and my wifes pleas for me to remove “On the 22nd day of Christmas post” I’ve decided to end my fascination with musical gas.

I consider posting on GMG an Art. To get people to take a look at what you post and comment on it, takes a lot of Brain power. You need just the right title and content for that post to be successful.

 I may be “Crude” sometimes.

 I may not think of the consequences, sometimes.

 I may not think what the Art community thinks of me, Sometimes.

I may not think how my family thinks of me, most times.

But, Should I care? What is Art? Should I compromise my creative thinking?

And Does anyone really give a Crap?

Let me know!

I’d be happy to hear from you. Sometime.

I really care what the readers of GMG are thinking! Sometimes.

North Shore 104.9 Holiday Toy Drive

Hi Good Morning Gloucester ,

We just wanted to invite you to our North Shore Holiday Toy Drive. We team up with Bruce Tarr each year for the event and thought you might have some interest in the event as we are in several Cape Ann locations and the toys at 5 stops go to Cape Ann Charities.




  North Shore Holiday Toy Drive expected to collect thousands of toys for North Shore Children in need.

BEVERLY , MA- Once again, North Shore 104.9 and State Senator Bruce Tarr will hit the road collecting toys for children on the North Shore and broadcasting live all day. This year’s Holiday Toy Drive will take place on Thursday, December 9th from 6:00am to 6:00pm from nine locations on the North Shore . The live broadcast will feature local entertainment, school choirs and bands, great food, interviews with local officials and even Santa Claus will be on the road helping the cause. Eastern Insurance and Safety Insurance have partnered with North Shore 104.9 to present the 15th annual North Shore Holiday Toy Drive broadcast. North Shore 104.9 is proud to announce that Eastern Insurance will be presenting a cash donation at each broadcast location to go to the charity of choice.

“This year’s Toy Drive is another great opportunity for the North Shore’s holiday spirit and generosity to shine as we all come together to bring happiness to children at a time when every child deserves to know that we care about them,” Tarr said. This toy drive will be his 15th since being elected into the Senate in 1994. 

North Shore 104.9 President Todd Tanger stated, “Once again we are delighted to be a part of the North Shore Holiday Toy Drive. Year after year we are overwhelmed by the generosity that the North Shore extends to the children in our community with the greatest need. This event affects so many families and being a part of that is so heartwarming and we thank the people of the North Shore who contribute, our listeners, clients, employees, and friends. We work hard to focus our energy on all things North Shore and this annual toy drive is our favorite event of the year because it is truly all about the kids and their smiling faces. We thank Senator Bruce Tarr for all his energy and his continued efforts year after year. We are asking businesses and residents of the North Shore to help us bring some holiday joy to the lives of children on the North Shore this holiday season.

5:00pm                          Cape Ann Savings Bank                         109 Main Street , Gloucester , MA

Toys being collected for:                                            

Action Inc.

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops Presents HOLIDAY DELIGHTS


The Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops proudly presents Holiday Delights from December 16 through December 19 at Gloucester Stage. Holiday Delights features a cast of 30 young people ranging in age from 6 to 16, all students in Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops. This family holiday event marks the second time in Gloucester Stage history that a production has featured an entire cast of student actors. Conceived and directed by Heidi Dallin with music direction by Gloucester Public Schools’ Helen Greene, choreography by Windhover’s Carol Burnham, set design by Susan Frey, costume design Linda Stockman and lighting design by Brendan Marr, this festive evening of stories, songs and dance tells the story of a young girl’s journey to discover what is really important during the holidays. During her journey she learns about the special traditions of other families and comes to realize the importance of her own family traditions. On Christmas Eve Mrs. Claus takes the young girl to visit the Cratchit Family and Fezziwig Family from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the March Sisters from Louisa Mae Alcott’s Little Women, a contemporary family celebrating Hannkuah and the animals of the forest in Henry Van Dyke’s The Very Best Kind of Christmas Tree.  Performances are December 16 through December 19 at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Performance times are 7 pm on December 16, December 17 and December 18 and 3 pm on December 18 and December 19. Ticket prices are $15 for Adults; $12 for Senior Citizens, $8 for Students and $6 for Children under 12. For tickets and further information, call 978-281-4433 or visit

Art Haven Winter Workshops Dec 6th-17th



Hey Joey!
It’s that time of year and we’re getting prepared for a pretty awesome couple weeks here at Art Haven, so I wanted to make sure you know what’s going on! I think you already get the regular emails, but I’m also attaching a flier about buoy painting and the two fliers about winter workshops to this email. It’s quite a bit of info, so let me know if any of it is undecipherable [or we can always just do an interview or two to explain it ;-)] Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and are getting excited about buoy painting and ice sculpting and the Middle Street Walk!
Thanks and hope to see you soon!
Dawn Gadow
Art Haven Director

Cellist Kristen Miller Warms The Season with a Holiday CD Release Concert December 11

“Open your mind and Let miller’s playing spiral in; you’ll be captivated by the sound.” –Chris Hislop, The Spotlight

Award-winning contemporary cellist Kristen Miller and critically acclaimed producer/engineer/composer Tom Eaton will release a brand new Holiday CD with a concert on December 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main Street, Gloucester.

The CD, entitled Winter Loves Company, is a sweet mix of cello and piano with a Windham Hill sensibility. It includes fresh arrangements of traditional Christmas carols as well as original seasonal compositions by both Kristen and Tom.

Kristen is a classically trained cellist who has been pushing the boundaries of the instrument for the past eight years with her rich, multilayered trademark style. She plugs her antique Parisian cello into a digital phrase recorder and effects pedals to stack layers of percussive and buttery cello sound.  Billboard’s Bobby Borg calls her music “romantically, hauntingly, charmingly brilliant.”

Tom Eaton, who is best known as a contemporary folk producer, (Vance Gilbert, Ellis Paul, Melissa Ferrick) has had his work featured on ABC, NPR, and Bravo. For this reason, most people are used to seeing Tom on the other side of the glass, behind the recording console. But on this record, Tom premiers five of his most beautiful piano compositions, and the listener is in for a real treat.

The Noise proclaims: “When the holiday snow is falling and you’re sitting cozily by a fireplace, Winter Loves Company is the perfect soundtrack for the hypnotic flames dancing before you.”

Concert Details:

Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main Street. Gloucester, MA

Saturday, December 11, 6:30 p.m., following the tree lighting

Tickets: $8 in advance or at the door.  Advance tickets at

For more information or to set up an interview, please contact Kristen Miller at or 978-270-8705.

Kristen Miller
Cellist/Singer/Songwriter/Spoken Word Artist

“Everybody starts out pure, starts out ridiculous, starts out beautiful.” — Rickie Lee Jones

Real Santa Today 3:45PM Rockport!

This is no fake Santa at the mall. Rockport gets the real red rotund one. My investigative reporting at the bar last night my elf informant revealed to me that it is the Fremantle Doctor that won the job of piloting Santa to the dock at Motif #1 today at 3:45 PM. When you see harbormasters Scott Story and Rosemary Lesch in the lead boat rounding into Rockport Harbor with blue lights flashing you will know the unloading of the horizontally challenged bearded one is just moments away.

Freemantle Doctor in 2008 transporting Santa and elves.

GMG Shop Gloucester- Kids Unlimited

Christine Orlando At Kids Unlimited explains the details of the $1100 Gloucester Shopping Spree which you can get a chance to win with any purchase at one of the  establishments listed below-

Here is Christine’s number one gift ideas at Kids Unlimited

Here are the list of stores where you can get a free chance to enter the drawing with any purchase-

Alchemy Café & Bistro 3 Duncan St., Animal Kracker Inc. 23 Main St., Audrey’s Flower Shop 38 Railroad Ave., Ben’s Wallpaper & Paint 6 Railroad Ave., Beth Williams Studio 17 Pleasant St., Cape Ann Brewing Co. 27 Commercial St., Common Crow 6 Elm St., Debrorah Coull Salon 116 Main St., Dogtown Book Shop 132 Main St., Doyon’s Modern Home TV & Appliance 15 Whistlestop Way, Giuseppe’s Restorante 2 Main St., Gloucester Estate Buyers 43 Main St., Gloucester House Restaurant Seven Seas Wharf, Green Life 196 Main St., Harbor Goods Inc. 33 Main St., Harbor Loop Gifts 1 Harbor Loop, Headlines Salon 98 Main St., House of the Raven 141 Main St., Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant 86 Main St., Jim’s Bagel and Bakery Shoppe 26 Railroad Ave., Kids Unlimited 186 Main St., Latitude 43-Minglewood Tavern 25 Rogers St., La Trattoria of the West End 64 Main St., Mark Adrian Shoes 103 Main St., Ocean Optical 127 Eastern Ave., Palazola’s 85 Main St., Parrelli Optical Company 29 Railroad Ave., Passports Restaurant 110 Main St., Pisces 96 Main St., Russell’s Florist 18 Eastern Ave., Seaside Graphics 33 Railroad Ave., Soft Touch Salon 22 Whitemore St., Stone Leaf 57 Main St., Sugar Magnolias 112 Main St., The Black Swan 122 Main St., The Bookstore of Gloucester 61 Main St., The Dress Code 159 Main St., The Franklin Cape Ann 118 Main St., The Magic Scarf Company 180A Main St., The Menage Gallery 134 Main St., The Weathervane 153 Main St., Toodeloos! 137 Main St., and Virgilio’s Bakery and Deli 29 Main St.

For more details check out the article at The Beacon here