THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE LOBSTER TRAP TREE LIGHTS POLL!!

The polling has shown fairly consistently that approximately 60 percent are in favor of multi-colored lights and 40 percent favor warm white lights.

The final number as of 6pm tonight is that of the 1,605 people who participated, 58.75 percent voted for multi-colored lights and 39.31 percent voted for warm white lights (1.9 percent voted for other).

Thank you so much to Everyone for voting!!!

Voting Ends Tomorrow Night at 6:00pm LOBSTER TRAP TREE POLL- PLEASE HELP US DECIDE WHETHER TO DECORATE THE TREE WITH WHITE OR COLORED LIGHTS

This year David Brooks and Crew are 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!

 

Voting Ends Tuesday at 6:00pm LOBSTER TRAP TREE POLL- PLEASE HELP US DECIDE WHETHER TO DECORATE THE TREE WITH WHITE OR COLORED LIGHTS

This year David Brooks and Crew are 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!

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!

 

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

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.

LOBSTER TRAP CHRISTMAS TREE TAKING SHAPE (and breaking news of sorts!)

David Brooks and crew spent a solid eight hour day building Gloucester’s famous lobster trap tree, the one and only lobster trap Christmas tree decorated with hand painted buoys by local children and artists. They will be returning tomorrow to finish up, weather permitting. Lending a hand this afternoon when I stopped by to take snapshots were Mark Schlichte, Shawn Henry, Jake Hennessey, Peter Asaro, Jason Burroughs, and David Brooks. If you see these guys around town, let them know how awesome you think they are!

 

The exciting news is that this year we will be enjoying COLORED lights!!! Although white holiday lights are wonderful and beautiful, it just seems to me that colored lights on our lobster trap tree are more festive and compliment better the hand painted buoys. For the past several years, the tree was decorated with white lights and I am glad to see they are mixing it up with colored lights this year. What is your personal preference?

Did you know that it costs approximately $800.00 for lights each year? The cost seems relatively modest when you think about the delight and wonderment this most unique of holiday trees and accompanying buoy painting brings to our community. If you would like to help with the expense of the lights, please contact David Brooks at 978-335-2219. Thank you!

This year’s tree lighting takes place on December 8th, from 4:30 to 5pm.

RAIN OR SNOW, COME ON DOWN FOR LOBSTER TRAP TREE LIGHTING TONIGHT!

Despite the soggy wet snow and freezing temperatures, the Lobster Trap Tree lighting is taking place right on schedule. Caroling begins at 4:30.

SCENES FROM THE LAST NIGHT OF OPEN STUDIO LOBSTER TRAP TREE BUOY PAINTING AND WHY WE LOVE CAPE ANN ART HAVEN!

Thank you to Cape Ann Art Haven’s program director Cathy Kelley and executive director Traci Thayne Corbett for the invitation to photograph this year’s Lobster Trap Tree lighting and buoy painting. The joy was all mine–the children’s enthusiasm, the pride and joy on their faces, the parent’s participation, and the priceless gift of community spirit make this one of Cape Ann’s most cherished (and most fun) holiday traditions. And it has been wonderful to see how conscientiously Traci and Cathy run the program and how caring and thoughtful they are with the children.

Did you know that Cape Art Haven buoy painting is 100 percent FREE and open to the entire community?

What has become a much beloved Cape Ann tradition is a way of saying thank you from Art Haven to the community. If you haven’t already done so, please consider donating to this tremendously worthwhile organization. Not only is buoy painting free, but all the programs Art Haven offers are available to everyone, whether or not they have the ability to pay. Visit the Cape Ann Art Haven website here to learn more about classes, scholarships, the teen guild, and more.

So, please, donate to Art Haven today!

Lobster Trap Tree lighting Saturday, December 9th, at 4:30. Party after at Art Haven.

DONATE HERE

The Littlest Buoy Painter ~ Two-year old Marissa evolving from a not-too-messy handprint to full coverage 🙂

LITTLEST BUOY PAINTER

Posting lots of photos tomorrow from Cape Ann Art Haven’s last day of buoy painting before the grand tree lighting event (Saturday, December 9th at 4:30pm). The wall of buoys is growing and growing!

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Marissa, two years old

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY FOR BUOY PAINTING AND LOBSTER TRAP TREE LIGHTING SCHEDULE

LAST DAY FOR BUOY PAINTING!

O’ Maley Middle School: Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Open Day for Everyone: Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Manchester/Essex Elementary: Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm

Lobster Trap Tree Lighting and Party at Art Haven After
December 9th, 4:30 pm, Main St at Lobster Trap Tree

Buoy Auction
January 26, 5-8pm, Cruiseport

THE WALL OF BUOYS IS GROWING EVER GREATER! @GLOUCESTERMA #LOBSTERTRAPTREE

Wednesday afternoon is the very last day of buoy painting before the great Lobster Trap Tree lighting. Don’t miss all the fun!

O’ Maley Middle School:  Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Open Day for Everyone: Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Manchester/Essex Elementary:  Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm

Lobster Trap Tree Lighting and Party at Art Haven after

December 9th, 4:30 pm, Main St at Lobster Trap Tree

Buoy Auction

January 26, 5-8pm, Cruiseport

SCENES FROM ART HAVEN’S LOBSTER TRAP TREE COMMUNITY-WIDE BUOY PAINTING TODAY

Throngs of young painters filled Art Haven today at the community-wide buoy painting for Gloucester’s very special Lobster Trap Tree. A line formed out the door, but it wasn’t a long wait before kids were seated at a work table, supplied with blank buoys, paints, and brushes.

With thanks to founder David Brooks, executive director Traci Thayne Corbett, and assisted by a tremendous team of staff and volunteers, the children are participating in a wonderful holiday event, sharing a bit of Gloucester culture, holiday tradition, and FUN!
On Monday, children from Rockport are invited to attend. Wednesday, students form Manchester/Essex Elementary and O’Maley will be painting and Wednesday is also the last day for community-wide buoy painting. 
Rockport Elemenary School:  Monday 12/4 – 3:30-5:00pm
O’ Maley Middle School:  Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Open Day for Everyone: Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Manchester/Essex Elementary:  Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm

Lobster Trap Tree Lighting and Party at Art Haven after

December 9th, 4:30 pm, Main St at Lobster Trap Tree

Buoy Auction

January 26, 5-8pm, Cruiseport

FOLKS LINED UP TODAY TO PAINT BUOYS AT ART HAVEN FOR GLOUCESTER’S LOBSTER TRAP TREE!

 NOT TO WORRY, THE LINE IS MOVING VERY QUICKLY.More photos tonight from Gloucester’s fabulous annual Art Haven Lobster Trap Tree buoy painting event.

MCELHENNYS SPIED AT THE LOBSTER TRAP TREE!

After painting buoys, the McElhennys stopped by the police station to meet several of the awesome Gloucester police officers. Dax could not have been more thrilled with his official Gloucester police sticker badge and officer cards.

Dax, Ruby, and John

WEST PARISH LOBSTER TRAP TREE BUOY PAINTERS!

Art Haven’s Executive Director Traci Thayne Corbett and Cathy Kelley are doing a fantastic job managing the fabulous buoy painting taking place daily after school. Today they were joined by volunteers Michael Kelley and Lianna Sours. The finished buoys are gathering in great piles all around the studio. Today’s ernest artists were representing from West Parish Elementary. Saturday, December 2nd, buoy painting continues, and is open studio day for any young person.

Michael and Cathy Kelley, Lianna Sours, and Traci Thayne Corbett

 
West Parish Elementary: Friday – 12/1 – 3:30-5:00pm
Open Day for Everyone: Saturday – 12/2 – 10:0am – 1:00pm
Rockport Elemenary School:  Monday 12/4 – 3:30-5:00pm
O’ Maley Middle School:  Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Open Day for Everyone: Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Manchester/Essex Elementary:  Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm

Lobster Trap Tree Lighting and Party at Art Haven after

December 9th, 4:30 pm, Main St at Lobster Trap Tree

Buoy Auction

January 26, 5-8pm, Cruiseport

BUOY PAINTING SEASON HAS BEGUN!

Art Haven was filled with the joyful sounds of happy painters. Today, Veterans and East Gloucester Elementary School kids participated in Gloucester’s traditional buoy painting. Tomorrow, Plum Cove and Beeman students:)

East Gloucester Elementary: Wednesday 11/29 – 3:30-5:00pm
Veterans Memorial: Wednesday 11/29 – 3:30-5:00pm
Plum Cove Elemenary: Thursday 11/30 – 3:30-5:00pm
Beeman Elementary: Thursday 11/30 – 3:30-5:00pm
West Parish Elementary: Friday – 12/1 – 3:30-5:00pm
Open Day for Everyone: Saturday – 12/2 – 10:0am – 1:00pm
Rockport Elemenary School:  Monday 12/4 – 3:30-5:00pm
O’ Maley Middle School:  Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Open Day for Everyone: Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Manchester/Essex Elementary:  Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Lobster Trap Tree LIghting and Party at Art Haven after
December 9th, 4:30 pm, Main St at Lobster Trap Tree
Buoy Auction
January 26, 5-8pm, Cruiseport

buoy painting dates announced for area schools #CapeAnnArtHaven

Hundreds of buoys are primed every year.

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Schedule for the annual lobster trap tree buoy ornament painting sessions held 3:30-5pm (except Sat Dec 2nd). This year includes O’Maley middle school kids!

  • East Gloucester + Veterans Memorial Wed. November 29
  • Plum Cove + Beeman Thursday November 30 
  • West Parish Friday December  1
  • Rockport Monday December 4
  • O’Maley Middle School, Manchester Essex Elementary, & Everyone: Wednesday December 6th 
  • Open for all Saturday December 2nd, 10AM-1PM and Wed Dec 6th 3:30-5

Cape Ann Art Haven paint a b uoy dates announced