Christmas Terror

This holiday season, our 4-year-old son was introduced to the  1964 Christmas classic Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.  When he went to bed that night, I imagined that he was thinking about this:

Actually – as we soon discovered through his terrorized screams – he was thinking about this:

And this:

photo by Paradox Blue

I don’t know if he learned any life lessons from watching Rudolph, but I know I sure did.  When it comes to pre-schoolers, the Abominable Snowman is no joke.

Did you know? Greater Yellowlegs

E. J. Lefavour writes-

Did you know?

That Greater Yellowlegs, a large sandpiper, breed in muskeg bogs in the northern boreal forest? Their wintering and migration habitats are more general; they can be found in many fresh and saltwater wetland habitats, including open marshes, mudflats, estuaries, open beaches, lakeshores, and riverbanks. In comparison to Lesser Yellowlegs, Greaters are typically found in more open areas, on larger bodies of water, and on more extensive mudflats. Although the Greater Yellowlegs is common and widespread, its low densities and tendency to breed in inhospitable, mosquito-ridden muskegs make it one of the least-studied shorebirds on the continent. A group of yellowlegs are collectively known as an "incontinence" of yellowlegs. This painting is of an incontinence of yellowlegs on a rock at Goose Cove.

E. J. Lefavour-Khan Studio

Gloucester’s Sea Serpent Author Book Signing At Cape Ann Museum Dec 18th

Soini Book Cover

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a book signing and reading with Wayne Soini, author of Gloucester’s Sea Serpent (History Press, 2010). Mr. Soini will be at the Museum on Saturday, December 18 at 3:00 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. Books will be available to purchase through the Museum Shop. Surprise a loved one this holiday season with an autographed copy of this new publication!

In 1817, as Gloucester, Massachusetts was recovering from the War of 1812, something beneath the water was about to cause a stir in this coastal community. It was a misty August day when two women first sighted Gloucester’s sea serpent, touching off a riptide of excitement among residents that reached a climax when Matt Gaffney fired a direct shot at the creature. Local historian Wayne Soini explores the depths of Gloucester harbor to reveal a treasure-trove of details behind this legendary mystery. Follow as he tracks Justice of the Peace Lonson Nash’s careful investigation—the world’s first scientific study of this marine animal—and judges the credibility of numerous reported sightings.

Wayne Soini was born in Gloucester in 1948, regrettably too late to see the sea serpent swim into or out of the harbor. He graduated from Gloucester High School in 1966. His most recent degree, a master’s degree in history from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, was awarded in 2009. Soini coauthored the biographical sketch and local sports history book, Judge Fuchs and the Boston Braves, with the late Robert Fuchs in 1998. Soini is a member of the National Writers Union, Local 1981, Boston Chapter, and of the Boston Athenaeum. He makes his living as a lawyer and lives with his partner, Anne, in Brookline, where he basically reads and watches his weight. Mr. Soini is donating the proceeds of his book to benefit the Cape Ann Museum and the Gloucester High School Scholarships Fund.

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Museum is closed during the month of February, on Mondays, and on major holidays. Admission is $8.00 adults, $6.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Children under 12 and Museum members are free. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information please call: (978) 283-0455. Additional information can be found online at


Chelsea Berry will be performing in a holiday concert with some of her friends   on Friday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m., at the Meetinghouse in the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church on Middle Street .

“We love the acoustics in the Meetinghouse and thought it would be a wonderful place to have a holiday concert in,” Berry said .

Renowned among musicians and audiences for its acoustics, the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, built in 1805, is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places and an iconic landmark on the city’s skyline. The church is at of Middle and Church Streets, one block off Gloucester ’s Main Street/West End shopping district.

Tickets for Chelsea ’s Dec. 17 Gloucester concert are $10 ($5 for students or seniors) and are available at the door.


Karen Rembert

Administrator, Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church

978-283-3410               Hours Available:  Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (9:00 am — 12:00 noon)

On the 12th Day Before Christmas……….


I hope it’s the 12th day before Christmas. I’m starting to get confused and losing count.

But Anyway’s, Here’s a Video of my favorite modern christmas song.

It doesn’t hurt that she is probably one of the hottest singers out there with a beautiful voice!

Just my “Male” opinion! 


Middle Street Walk Videos- The Heavenly Bell Choir and The Plum Cove Singers

Ellen Lefavour Videotapes The Heavenly Bell Choir and The Plum Cove Singers at The Middle Street Walk

The Heavenly Bell Choir performing at Trinity Congregational Church during Middle Street Walk on Saturday, December 11.

Connie Richards Plum Cove Singers performing at Cape Ann Museum during Middle Street Walk.  Aren’t they just the most precious little angels! and such a beautiful, obviously well rehearsed performance.