Lobster Trap Tree Wars Covered By The Associated Press

Lobster ports create Christmas trees — from traps


Albert Carver AP – In this photo taken on Dec. 2, 2010, Albert Carver, looks at a 50-foot-tall Christmas tree made of lobster …

By CLARKE CANFIELD, Associated Press Clarke Canfield, Associated Press Sun Dec 5, 10:55 am ET

PORTLAND, Maine – Lobster fishermen are known for bragging about who has the fastest boat or the biggest pickup truck.

Now, some of the top lobster-fishing ports in New England are claiming bragging rights about who has the biggest and best Christmas tree created from lobster traps. As the holiday season gets into full swing, a new lobster trap tree in eastern Maine is stirring the pot.

Gloucester, Mass., started the trap-to-tree tradition 12 years ago, and Rockland, Maine, followed five years later. Both are threatening to be upstaged this year by the small lobstering town of Beals, Maine, which is getting into the act with a monster tree that stands 50 feet tall.

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I’ve been hearing from friends all over the country that have read this story.  I guess it was the lead story on the Yahoo news page over night.

Chickity Check It!- Kim Smith’s Latest Blog Post

Be Kind to Your House and Garden

I must admit I am not the world’s greatest housekeeper. During the warmer months, we manage to keep our home tidy-enough by vacuuming, dusting, and mopping. Very time consuming household chores like washing and ironing curtains and slipcovers, scrubbing walls and woodwork, and polishing floor and furniture are relegated to the furthest corners of my mind. With gardens tucked-in for their winter respite, my thoughts turn to the holiday season and those cozy, nesting passions are reawakened. Cooking for friends and family is my favorite holiday activity, although prior to becoming immersed in the cooking life, I go on a cleaning tear.

Our wooden furniture was looking increasingly neglected, made worse by my mindset that I must go to a store and purchase furniture polish. That only proved frustrating because when shopping at the local grocery and hardware stores I could not find a single polish that provided the consumer with a list of ingredients. Furthermore, I had to ask myself why is it that I felt compelled to purchase furniture polish, especially since we already make so many of our own cleaning products from ingredients readily available from the pantry?

After only a very little experimenting the following is a recipe with which I am quite satisfied.

4 parts canola oil (or olive oil)

2 parts fresh lemon juice

2 parts white distilled vinegar

Optional: a few drops of almond and/or lemon extract

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Ten Pound Studio – Open House

Ten Pound Studio – Open House

Ten Pound Studio welcomes: artists, art teachers and potential students to our Open House on Saturday December 18, 2010, from 11 AM to 2 PM at One center Street, 3rd. Floor, Gloucester, MA Refreshments    Music by "The Girl Next Door"  Ten Pound Studio is a teaching studio started by Kate Seidman focused on creating textile arts. We are reviving the art and craft of hand-made textiles in Gloucester, drawing on the traditions of the Folly Cove Designers, using French and Japanese techniques.  We are  beginner & professional artists taking classes in silk painting and working independently on surface design projects.  We invite you to meet our textile artists and teachers, to view our magnificent Studio with views of downtown Gloucester and the ocean. An inspiring place to work with 22’ ceilings and large arched windows. Work independently, take a class, or teach a workshop.  We are looking for more artists and teachers and students to share our space – be part of a new vision for Gloucester.  For more information contact: Susan Quateman, Studio Coordinator squateman@verizon.net.


Kent Circle Train!

Kent Circle is all decked out with the big tree from Nova Scotia, lights and decorations in all the other trees, and a train built by Tony at Precision Roofing Services!

A great big kudos to Tony and crew for coming out to appraise our roof the same day we called – and fixing it the next morning! A relief to get that settled before the snow comes. Box of rocks to the squirrel (or squirrels) that had made a big hole up there.

Ohhhh Yeah BOYYYY!!!!!! New GMG Stickas Are In!!!!!!!!

Thanks to Frank Ciolino and Shew we gots new Two Color Gloucester High Maroon Homie GMG Stickas!!!!!!

Shew surprised us last night with them.

Here’s Bree at Stone’s Pub Representing!


To get yours-

Free GMG Gloucester Sticker

As long as supplies last if any GMG folks want a bumper sticker but can’t drop down the dock, just send a self addressed and stamped envelope longer then 7 and a half inches and I’ll drop one in the mail for you.
Send the self addressed and stamped envelope to the dock at 95 East Main St Gloucester Ma 01930 care of Joey (put my name in big letters to make sure it gets to me)

Laurie Lufkin To Hold GMG Christmas Cookie Contest

Here are the details from Laurie-

Contest is sat dec. 11.   One oclock at city hall.  Judges are julie la fontaine jannine fisk and melissa abbott.  Great prizes for adults and kids entries.  Drop off at one judging begins at 1:30.
Entry fee is five dollars and two non perishable food items for the open door food pantry.
More tomorrow 

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Great gift for everyone!


The Cape Ann calendars make excellent holiday gifts for:

-Your kids’ teachers
-The dog groomer
-Your hairdresser
-Friends who have moved away
-An elderly person
-Mail delivery person
-Your favorite waitress
-Party host(ess)
-Newspaper delivery person
-Your mother-in-law
Just about anybody!

You can order your choice of Cape Ann, Good Harbor, Magnolia, or Sun Up~Sun Down calendars.

They’re $15 each, and if you need it mailed to you or somewhere else, shipping costs are pretty low.

For the locals, the calendars are now available at the gift shop PRESENT at 271 Main St. Gloucester.

PayPal and credit cards are accepted.

Thanks! —Sharon

Beaux Arts Ball Roman Orgy Poster

The pictures of this Beaux Arts Ball Roman Orgy Print were sent in by Coby Umstead,  It lists the location of the Beaux Arts Roman Orgy Ball as The Rocky Neck Lobster House which I don’t remember so it is probably pretty old.

Does anyone know the history or year when this Rocky Neck Roman Orgy took place? The Artwork was done by someone named J. Black.

Deb Clarke?  Richard Leonard?  We want details and we want them NOW!

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