LOBSTER TRAP TREE UNDER CONSTRUCTION, WITH A VISIT BY MAYOR SEFATIA, KEN RIEHL, THE DI STEFANO FAMILY -AND DON’T FORGET TO VOTE FOR WHITE OR COLORED LIGHTS

By noon today the super dedicated Lobster Trap Tree building team had made great headway. With snow predicted for tomorrow, the crew plans to have the tree built by day’s end. Don’t let the photos deceive; Shawn Henry was wearing shorts but it was frigid at noon and only getting colder as the day progressed.

Many thanks to Three Lanterns Marine for providing the 360 lobster traps required to construct the tree.

Mayor Sefatia and granddaughters, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce CEO Ken Riehl, and Gloucester’s Economic Development Director Sal Di Stefano and his wife Maria (and kids), all stopped by to check on the tree’s progress while they were out shopping local for Small Business Saturday.

Please vote your preference for either warm white lights or multi-colored lights for Gloucester’s unique and beautiful Lobster Trap Tree. Thank you!

 

Gloucester Rotary Calendars now for sale.

Gloucester Rotary Calendars now for sale.  We have a calender with great local scenery and also draw a winner every week who gets $50.  We someone all has the opportunity to win $250 and $500.  The cost of the calendar is  $25 .  See the link below.

 

https://www.gloucesterrotary.org/

LOBSTER TRAP TREE BUOY PAINTING SCHEDULE!

Monday, December 2, 2019 2:30 – 4:30pm at East Gloucester Elementary School
Tuesday, December 3, 3:30 – 5pm at Art Haven: West Parish
Wednesday, December 4, 3:30 – 5pm at Art Haven: Beeman
Thursday December 5, 3:30 – 5pm at Art Haven: Plum Cove
Friday December 6, 3:30 – 5pm at Art Haven: Rockport Elementary
Saturday December 7, 10 to noon at Art Haven: Open Day for All
Monday December 9, 3:30 – 5pm at Art Haven: Manchester Essex
Tuesday December 10, 3:30 – 5pm at Art Haven: O’Maley
Adult times: December 3rd and December 10th, 6 to 8pm.
Art Haven is located at 180 Main Street, Gloucester, MA

The Lobster Trap Tree Lighting Ceremony is Saturday, December 14th at 4:30 pm, following the Middle Street Walk

Merry Magnolia

ARTS ABOUND 21C Lexington Ave
Magnolia’s new art gallery and boutique offers a variety of handcrafted gifts for the holidays including ocean-inspired pottery, scarves, copper and silver jewelry, whimsical fish mugs and placemats, local photography, and gorgeous woodwork, in addition to an extensive selection of paintings. Stop by to say hello and enjoy holiday cookies. 10% off Wheeler paintings.

STILL TIDES MASSAGE & SPA 15 Lexington Ave
Take a tour and learn more about services offered. Shop our unique and thoughtful selection of 100% natural products and enjoy light refreshments and holiday goodies. Gift certificates available with a limited time special offer of $20 for yourself for each $100 spent. Also receive your 20% off coupon card for future purchase of products and services.
stilltides.com

BEAUPORT HEARING CARE 8 Lexington Ave
Hearing health offering hearing testing, custom-fit hearing aids and hearing protection, and tinnitus care. Discounts on therapeutic wellness products. Offering gift bags with CBD products and other wellness products for hearing loss people and families. beauporthearing.com

ALL PURPOSE FLOWERS 29 Lexington Ave
Stop in into All Purpose Flowers florist and gift shop. We will have a sale of 15% off all our Christmas items including fresh and silk Christmas wreaths, poinsettias, amaryllis plants, and garlands. Stop in to check us out and enjoy some hot apple cider. allpurposeflowers.net

AYURVEDA WELLNESS 25C Lexington Ave
Give the gift that keeps on giving – give the gift of wellness. Email: info@ayurvedawellnesshealing.com or text/call (978) 395-1234 to purchase gift certificates and save 15%. Check out our website for services.
ayurvedawellnesshealing.com

MAGNOLIA 525 RESTAURANT 12 Lexington Ave
This beloved local tavern is open for lunch and dinner this weekend. Receive a free $10 gift certificate for each $50 certificate purchased. 525magnolia.com

And don’t forget to come back the following day to make your weekend complete with the MAGNOLIA GIVING TREE LIGHTING,
Sunday, December 8th from 4-7pm
1 Lexington Ave
Visit with Santa, enjoy cookies and cocoa, and buy crafts. Giving Tree benefits Pathway for Children and vistors are encouraged to sponsor local needy children. Tree lighting at 5pm at the Magnolia
Library and Community Center. Sponsored by Agape Brewing Community.
agapebeer.org

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Barnacle Tea Room Annisquam

I was meandering through Ebay recently and came across this postcard featuring the Barnacle Tea Room in Annisquam. I thought it was completely charming and, naturally, began to do some research. Link to ebay here.

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That research led me to this document by Peter Fortune outlining (among other tidbits) the history of this building which is still standing at 25 River Road in Annisquam. It is now a private residence. It’s called A Brief History of Cape Ann, Massachusetts, most recently revised in 2017. You can read it or download it here. It’s a very interesting read. I appreciate Mr. Fortune’s efforts!

I also found this ad in an August 1914 Cape Ann Shore provided online by the Cape Ann Museum (thanks to them as well!)  It’s well worth checking out. Perhaps you have a little extra time over a long weekend to do some reading. You just never know what you might find when you are wandering around the internet!

Barnacle ad 1914

 

BEAUTIFUL WILDLIFE CURRENTLY AT EASTERN POINT, BRACE COVE, AND NILES POND – GREAT BLUE HERON, HARBOR SEALS, AMERICAN COOTS, BONAPARTE’S GULLS, RUDDY DUCKS, RING-NECKED DUCKS, LARK SPARROW AND WILL THE RECENTLY DEPARTED SWANS RETURN?

The past week Eastern Point has seen a wonderful influx of wildlife, in addition to the beautiful creatures already wintering over and migrating through.

On Tuesday before Thanksgiving, a great raft of Ring-necked Ducks joined the flock of Buffleheads and Mallards at Niles Pond. Five chunky American Coots have been there for over a week, and two female Ruddy Ducks have been spotted.

American Coot

Fifteen Harbor Seals were sunning and basking on the rocks at Brace Cove on Wednesday, along with several Bonaparte’s Gulls that were diving and foraging in the waves. The increasingly less timid Lark Sparrow is still here, too.

Lark Sparrow

Great Blue Heron agitating the Ring-necked Ducks

The most enigmatic of Great Blue Herons criss crosses the pond a dozen times a day but, unlike last year’s fall migrating GBH, who allowed for a closer glimpse, this heron is super people shy. He has been here for about a week and was present again today.

This morning I watched the four beautiful Mute Swans depart over Brace Rock, in a southerly direction. Will they return? Mute Swans migrate from body of water to body of water within a region. Perhaps they will return, or they could possibly have flown to a nearby location–further exploring our Island.

The four had not returned to Niles Pond by day’s end. If any of our readers sees a group of four Mute Swans, please write and let us know. Thank you so much!

 

Leaving Niles Pond this morning and flying over Brace Cove.

 

LOBSTER TRAP TREE POLL- PLEASE HELP US DECIDE WHETHER TO DECORATE THE TREE WITH WHITE OR COLORED LIGHTS

It’s that time of year when the awesome David Brooks and Crew are once again constructing Gloucester’s famous and fabulous Lobster Trap Tree. Friday morning, the base of the tree and entrances were laid out and tomorrow, Saturday, construction will be complete. The lights won’t go up for several days.

This year David is leaving it up to the community to vote on whether warm white or multi-colored lights are preferred. The voting ends at 6pm on Tuesday, December 3rd.

Please vote your preference for Gloucester’s unique and beautiful Lobster Trap Tree. Thank you!


Jason Burroughs, Shawn Henry, Shane O’Neil, and David Brooks laying out the tree.

From Gail McCarthy Gloucester Daily Times, Gloucester’s Christmas Parade

The annual Gloucester Santa Parade is getting ready to set the holiday stage for children of all ages when it starts its procession from Jodrey State Fish Pier this Sunday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m.

The parade ends at Kent Circle, at the intersection of Essex and Western avenues, where there will be music and opportunities for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. But this year, the tree lighting will be a bit different. There will be no formal speeches or stage erected, and the judges will give out the awards from the judges float, which will be moved onto the green.

Other than that, organizers plan for the usual festive nature of this annual event.

Linzee Coolidge of Gloucester will lead the parade as the 2019 Grand Marshal, said Joe Ciolino, one of the organizers.

“Linzee continues the Christmas spirit all year

 

Coolidge and his late wife have provided significant gifts through the Dusky Foundation and the Belinda Fund charitable organizations to The Open Door, Cape Ann Animal Aid, Addison Gilbert Hospital, the Gloucester Fishermen’s Athletic Association and its restoration of Gloucester High School’s Newell Stadium, and the Cape Ann YMCA for its building fund for a new home on the Fuller School site, among other organizations.

The tree once again comes from Nova Scotia, this year from the Harris Christmas Tree Farm in the town of Lower Ohio, among the communities in the Municipality of the District of Shelburne.

This year Ringo Tarr and Nick Curcuru traveled the roughly 600 miles to Nova Scotia to pick up the tree.

Tarr explained that in exchange for the tree, the Topsfield Fair in recent years has donated money for the Canadian community to purchase small trees from a nearby nursery that will adorn their main street for the holidays.

“The only thing the Harris Christmas Tree Farm asked in return for their donation of the tree was to have this tree donated in memory of the late owner, Michael Harris, who died in January of this year,” Tarr said.

In that similar spirit, Tarr hoped that this year’s Kent Circle gathering after the Santa parade would be in honor of his late wife, Cathy Tarr, who died just weeks ago on Nov. 1.

As for the parade and Kent Circle gathering, Ciolino, who calls himself the “chief elf,” said the music from the bands is an important part of these events.

The featured bands are the Docksiders, sponsored by the Institution for Savings; the O’Maley Innovation Middle School band, sponsored by Gloucester Rotary Club in honor of the late Rudy Macchi; and the Boston Fireman’s Band, organized by Gloucester’s David Benjamin.

“The music sets the tone,” Ciolino said. “This is a holiday parade, with no political statements — there’s already too much politics in our lives. This is for the children. I want everybody to feel good and that’s what the parade is all about. It’s about being together and getting the season started.”

Ciolino noted that each year he is thankful for the efforts of many people who make it happen and for the support he sees along the parade route.

“What amazes me is that after we take off from Parker Street, we go past Pratty’s and they come out of that bar and the looks on their faces, they are like little kids. We go by many bars and when we go by the Crow’s Nest, they are all outdoors watching too,” he said. “No matter how old you are, it all reminds us of our childhood, of a happy time.”

Ciolino said the parade usually arrives at Kent Circle about an hour after it starts. At the circle, the judges will award first, second and third place for the floats in addition to an honorable mention.

Also at the circle, he said the Girl Scouts will do some singing as will some student actors from Gloucester Stage Company’s Youth Acting Workshop. The Gloucester Rotary’s Polio Bear also will be part of the festivities.

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-675-2706, or at gmccarthy@gloucestertimes. com.

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