Sista Felicia’s Saint Lucia Holiday Pudding Recipe


Click Here To Go To The Gloucester Daily Times Taste Of The Times For The Written Out Recipe That You Can Print Out

Santa Lucia Day, a traditional Sicilian holiday that many celebrate, is December 13th. To Felicia (Ciaramitaro) Mohan and many other Sicilians it is remembered as a day when her grandmother invited all of the kids to her house to eat the large pan of pudding simultaneously in an “eating race.”

Catholic traditions tell the legend of how there was a great hunger in Syracuse, Sicily, and the town’s people had gathered in the cathedral on her feast day, December 13th, to pray, and two ships loaded with wheat arrived, with her at the helm of one, dressed in white, with a halo of candles on her head. This is the explanation given for the cucci, or cooked wheat which is an ingredient in all her festival ‘s foods. Cuccia, a kind of sweet porridge is made with wheat berries, chocolate, sugar and milk. Each family has their own versions of this dish.

For Felicia’s grandmother’s version, additional ingredients of cornstarch, vanilla, salt and fresh ground cinnamon are added. Felicia strongly recommends that it is worthwhile to go to a specialty spice store and find the Italian cinnamon sticks and grind them yourself.

4 Easy Ways to Give This Holiday Season

If you can give this season, here are 4 great places to donate locally. When you head over and shop Gloucester and hit  Toodeloos, pick up a toy to make someones holiday bright.  If you have any other great local places, post in the comments and we will update the post!

Each holiday season, Action sponsors the Project Uplift children’s toy and clothing drive. We seek the help of businesses, organizations, families, and individuals to sponsor toy and clothing collection points and donate gifts.

This year, we’re expanding the program to youth up to 14 years old and are hoping to increase gifts for older participants. Gift cards are always a big hit and can be purchased at your local grocery store or pharmacy!

2010 Toy Drop-off Points

Action Inc., 180 Main St. / 5 Pleasant St.     Golden Living, 272 Washington St.
Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St.      Gorton’s, 128 Rogers St.
Azorean Restaurant, 133 Washington St.     Kid’s Closet, 37 Main St.
BankGloucester, 160 Main St.     Magnolia Variety, 2 Raymond St.
Bass Rocks Golf Club, 38 Beach Rd.     Montagnino Real Estate, 186 Main St.
Beeman School, 138 Cherry St.     NOAA, Blackburn Industrial Park
Cape Ann Savings Bank, 109 Main St.      Nor’East Cleaners, 31 Railroad Ave.
Citizens Bank, 147 Main St.                         Nor’East Cleaners, 6 Thatcher Rd.
CVS Pharmacy, 6 Thatcher Rd.                Palazola’s Sporting Goods, 85 Main St.
Destino’s, 129 Prospect St.                        Pigeon Cove Whole Foods, 15 Parker St.
Dunkin’ Donuts, 103 Eastern Ave.           Rose Baker Senior Center, 6 Manuel F. Lewis St.
First National Bank of Ipswich, 207 Main St.                                                                            Seacoast Nursing Home, 292 Washington St.
Gloucester City Hall, 9 Dale Ave.                                             Shaw’s, 7 Railroad Ave.
Gloucester Police Dept., 197 Main St.                                     Sovereign Bank, 159 Main St.
Gloucester Seafood Display Auction, Harbor Loop               TD Bank, 2 Harbor Loop
Toodeloos, 137 Main St.
Gloucester Community Arts School, Blackburn Industrial Park                                           West Parish Elementary, 10 Concord St.

It is easy to become a member of the GOOD EGG CLUB.

Your monthly donation can help make a difference in the lives of hungry people not just at the holidays, but all year long.

How it works:

1. Choose an amount you can comfortably give each month for the next 12 months.

One dozen contributions makes you a member of The Good Egg Club.

2. Fill out your Good Egg Pledge Card, select your payment preference, and mail it to:

The Open Door
28R Emerson Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930

We can bill you monthly, or you can provide a credit card and we will charge your card.

Thursday December 9th 6am-6pm

Broadcasting Live Thursday from Cape Ann Savings Bank, Gloucester – 5-6pm

All donations go directly to North Shore children in need, through charities including Toys for Tots, The Lynn YMCA, Making Ends Meet, Beverly Bootstraps, Neighbors in Need, Action Inc. and Pathways for Children

Cruiseship Clelia II Pictures and Video Pulling Safely Into Port and Facing 30 Foot Waves On Antarctic Voyage






Here is the video of it gracefully backing into Gloucester Harbor At Cruiseport October 14th,2010-

And here is a video of it getting tossed around yesterday after losing power at sea-

Mermaids on Main Street

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In anticipation of tomorrow night’s special shopping event in Rockport, here’s a little preview of the store The Paper Mermaid, located at 57 Main Street in Rockport, just around the corner from Front Beach.

The Paper Mermaid is a treat, both visually and practically-speaking.  Mary, the owner, carries some fantastic toys – we are faithful fans of the Automoblox line of cars (check ’em out, parents & grandparents – they are inexpensive, well-made, and kids like them – what more could you ask for?), books, and games.  She also covers a lot of ground in the world of paper.  There is a great selection of cards, many of which feature designs by local artists (including Mary herself), notepaper, and art supplies, both for children and grown-ups.  The atmosphere of the store is both modern and vintage, wildly colorful but also somehow very calm.  Shopping for toys and greeting cards can actually be a pleasant experience, shockingly enough, when you do it at The Paper Mermaid.   The store is featuring a discount during tomorrow night’s shopping event – for details give Mary a call at 978-546-3553.

SAFETY IN NUMBERS: Cape Ann YMCA Teen Leaders Club

Triad-YMCA volunteers

SAFETY IN NUMBERS: Cape Ann YMCA Teen Leaders Club volunteers Colby Ferris, Jared Marshall & Brandon Stewart, help put up reflective safety numbers on the home of a Gloucester senior who needed assistance with the installation.  These numbers were donated by The Building Center to the Gloucester Council on Aging’s TRIAD House Numbering Initiative Program.  If you are a Gloucester senior, living in a home that is not clearly identified by street numbers that can be seen clearly from the road, please visit the Rose Baker Senior Center or call them at 978-281-9765 to get your free numbers.

If you have any questions regarding this program or submission, please let me know as I am on the TRIAD Board as well.  Thank you!

Best Regards,


Sonja Grondstra Event At Pop Gallery Saturday Dec 11th

Sonja Grondstra Event At Pop Gallery Saturday Dec 11th


Sonja Grondstra, Founder of the SHE Network and jewelry designer at Sonja Grondstra Designs: Fine Beach Glass Inspired Jewelry, along with the artisans of Pop Gallery Invite you to a day of Shopping to benefit the SHE Network!

And special scent classes by Elemental Scents


Saturday December 11, 11am to 6pm

10% of the days sales will go to benefit the SHE Network*

Elemental Scents was founded by Roberta Andrade-Gringorten, the inspiration for the line of scents comes from the four basic elements that make up our world: air, earth, fire, water, and a fifth element, spirit. She will be in-store from 1:00-6:00pm to answer questions about Elemental Scents and the fragrance line, help holiday shoppers pick a scent for that special someone, as well as doing a few formula mixing demonstrations to show how scents are made in small fragrance houses like theirs.

* Share Help Empower (SHE) Network. Is a non-profit organization based on Boston’s North Shore that provides community based assistance for women in transition, through a network of volunteer services.  SHE is committed to strengthening the spirit of women through organized support and random acts of kindness.

Pop Gallery

check out her beautiful designs here-

67 Main Street Gloucester MA

Lots of great energy at Pop Gallery! It was a pleasure to meet Sonja

view my interview with Sonja here-



Ladies, gentlemen and kids of all ages–fire up those ovens and bring your holiday cookies to Gloucester City Hall on Saturday, December 11th at 1:00pm for the second annual Good Morning Gloucester Holiday Cookie Contest to benefit The Open Door Food Pantry.

Entry fee is $5.00 and two non-perishable food items for The Open Door.

And here are the rules:

You may enter more than one type of cookie but you must donate $5.00 and two non-perishable food items per entry.

Your entries will be judged on the following criteria by qualified food professionals and local notables, all with excellent taste buds:

Taste 40%

Appearance (of cookies and overall presentation) 20%

Texture 20%

Overall Appeal of cookies 20%

And now, the particulars:

You may decorate and garnish your entries with holiday flair as desired, 12 cookies per plate please–presentation is important!

No professional bakers/chefs or culinary arts students allowed to enter please.

No mixes allowed.  All entries must be from scratch.

Three legible copies of recipe must accompany all entries. Please include name, address and telephone number on the BACK of each sheet.  Recipes may be reproduced.  If your recipe is not original (your personal creation), please attribute its origin.

Judging will begin promptly at 1:30 and will conclude when all entries have been judged.  Announcement of the winners will follow the conclusion of judging.

You do not have to be present for announcement of the winners, but it will be more fun if you are.

The decisions of the judges are final.

All cookie entries will be packaged and donated to The Open Door the night of the event.

I am assembling prizes now so if you have something foodie/local/fun you would like to donate to the prize baskets, please let me know.    There will be adult first, second and third prizes and prizes for the kids too!

If you have any additional questions please feel free to email me at and I will help you.

A Winter Carnival Gloucester Block Party!

My good buddy Erika Hansen Writes-

A Winter Carnival Block Party! Fun for all ages! 

A block of Main Street (Elm Street to Pleasant Street) will be closed to traffic and we will be singing and dancing in the street! 

Come join your friends and neighbors on Main Street…You can always warm up by stepping into Art Haven or a shop or having a complimentary cup of hot chocolate (or having an even warmer beverage in Cameron’s or Alchemy or Pleasant Street Tea Co.).

Hope to see you there!


This Thursday at Latitude 43 ~ Mark Early & Karen Ristuben

This Thursday at Latitude 43, it’s Mark Early’s gig, featuring Rocky Neck’s own Karen Ristuben – Leading the band and singing from the American Songbook while holding down the rhythm guitar chair.  Nick Aparo will be the bassist, with special guest wizard Gary Wittner on guitar.

Don’t miss this special evening of music by some wonderful players, 6:30 – 9:00.

Deb Clarke’s Art Show and Opening Reception Sunday Dec 19th

Debbie Clarke’s Art Show and Sale is now Open to the Public at the Random Arts Gallery on Lexington Ave. in Magnolia.

Debbie will also be having an opening Reception On Sunday

December 19, 2010 between 5pm and 8pm

Drop in and say hello, share some cheer. (usual artist offerings: wine and cheese)

Artist in residence Sunday-Monday 1pm-5/6/7pm ish throughout December
For a private viewing or for more information call:  978-652-8273

Looking through the window of the Random Arts Gallery at Debs Show
One wall of Debbies Art show
Some of Deb's Sharpie Drawings only $25. signed. What a Deal!

You can check out more Photos of Debs Art that will be for sale by clicking the link:



imageThanks to Bill from North Shore Kid For Making this Legible Enough For Me To Use-

9 am – 3 pm Unitarian Universalist Church,10 Church Street Fair & Luncheon, Pictures with Santa ( 9am1pm), tours highlighting Glosta Dalton (17231813) a black religious freedom pioneer (11am1pm).
10am-3pm City Hall, 9 Dale AvenueSchooner Adventure“Schooner Brunch” $10.00 per person. “Ships Store” will offer items for sale to support Schooner Adventure and an ongoing children’s activity making “Sailor’s Valentine Ornaments”. Committee for the Arts will sell postcards of City Hall’s WPA Murals and have a table with information on City Hall Restoration efforts. The Gingerbread House Contest Displaywinner will be announced in Kyrouz Auditorium. The Phyllis A. Marine Associationwill have an information table. Girl Scouts Troop #235 Bake/Cocoa SaleGirl Scout Cookies for sale.
9 am – 6 pm Saunders House, Middle Street entrance at Sawyer Free Library, SeArts Wearable Arts Show and Fundraiser Raffle Sale to benefit Sawyer Free Library – tickets sold at Saunders House and at Library.
10am-2pm Saunders House, Middle Street entrance at Sawyer Free Library, presentation of history of murals and Samuel Sawyer.
10 am2pm Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant Street, Arts and Crafts for Families, decorate gifts for the holidays.
10 am – 3 pm Trinity Congregational Church, 70 Middle Street Cape Ann Thrift Shop Seasonal Goods Sale.
10 am – 4 pm Cape Ann Art Haven, 180B Mains Street, Free Events10 am–12 pm (or until complete) help create a Giant Ice Sculpture (ice courtesy of Cape Pond Ice), Buoy Painting for Lobster Trap Tree.
10 am – 4pm Sargent House Museum, 49 Middle Street, Open House decorated for the season, Holiday Goodies, Seasonal Gifts.
11 am & 2pm Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant Street, will host tours of the Elias Davis House with period “Winter Display” decorations for the Holidays by Gloucester Civic & Garden Council.
11 am Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church Street – tour highlighting Gloster Dalton (17231813) a black religious freedom pioneer.
11 am Children’s Room Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Avenue, Robb Preskins Magic Show “Arctic Fantasy”. Refreshments will be served.
11 am City Hall, 9 Dale Avenue, Cape Ann Big Band Performance.
11am – 2 pm City Hall, 9 Dale AvenueTours of City Hall Tower on the half hour by Maggie Rosa, Chair of City Hall Restoration Committee. Ring the bell for $100 donation.
12pm Trinity Congregational Church, 70 Middle StreetThe Heavenly Bell Choir performs Seasonal Music.
12pm – 2pm Middle Street Trolley Rides, narrated historical tour along with the Songbirds singing seasonal music, courtesy of CATA.
1pm Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant Street, Connie Richards Plum Cove Singersstudents singing Holiday Songs.
1pm Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church Street, tour highlighting Glosta Dalton (17231813) a black religious freedom pioneer.
1 pm St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle Street Children’s chorus concert with children’s chorus groups from St. John’s, Annisquam Village Church and St. Mary’s.
1pm – 4:30 pm Brown’s MallKids Unlimited & Dawn’s School of Dance, 271 Main Streetsinging and dance performance starting at 1:30pm.Visit with Santa and photos for sale. Goodie bags and penguin tattoos
1:30 pm Trinity Congregational Church, 70 Middle Street, piano and cello concert with Louis Stella and flutist.
1:30pm – 3:30pm Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Avenue, The Dan Murphy Trio playing a variety of musical selections including holiday SingALongs.
2pm City Hall, 9 Dale Avenue, St. Ann’s School Student Concert.
2 pm Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant Street, will host tour of c.1804 Captain Elias Davis House decorated for the holidays by Gloucester Civic & Garden Council. Museum with period “Winter Display”.
3 pm Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church Street, O’Maley Middle School Band and Gloucester High School Chorus perform.
4pm Trinity Congregational Church, 70 Middle Street, Old Fashioned Holiday SingaLong and refreshments.
5 pm Cape Ann Art HavenAnnual Lobster Trap Tree Lighting at Police Station Plaza with a visit from Santa
All Day till 8pm Rocky Neck Art Colony, 117 Main Street 6th Annual Winter Exhibit. Shop open from 10 am – 8pm.

Dani Lubbers Eastern Point Lighthouse Christmas Decoration Photo


Hi Joey!

My husband and I are faithful followers to GMG! We love it! We just moved to Gloucester in May and we’re living at Eastern Point Lighthouse. A few days ago we put up our only outside Christmas decoration….an illuminated 15ft wreath. We found the wreath stashed next to the lighthouse the day we moved in a couldn’t figure out what it could possibly be. Not knowing too much about the past holiday traditions with the lighthouse, I only assume that it used to be hung on the lighthouse itself. I took a few pictures and thought maybe you’d like to add it to the site for a little more holiday spirit! Take care! -Dani Lubbers


My apologies that the pictures aren’t the greatest….a cell phone can’t cut it all the time!