Dealers in Ice Since 1848!



Maybe she’s able to balance it all and seems relaxed and at ease.

Maybe she has the patience of a saint.

Maybe she always has an encouraging word.

Maybe she always goes above and beyond in her special way.

If she does–then NOMINATE your "Coolest Mom!"

  Submit a short essay about why she is the "Coolest" and a picture of your "Coolest Mom."  Don’t forget to include your name, address, phone number and don’t forget to tell us your "Coolest Mom’s" name.

The Lucky Winner will receive…………..


Includes a pink baseball hat, a pink hooded sweatshirt, pink long & short sleeve tee shirts and a few other surprises!

All entries must be submitted to us by April 30, 2011 to qualify.

The winner will be announced the week of May 2, 2011.

You can e-mail your entry to, mail it or drop it by 104 Commercial Street , Gloucester , MA   01930

All entries will receive a

Cape Pond Ice Gift Certificate.

(Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8)

"Coolest Gals" in Avalon, New Jersey !

Beth Williams Lobster Bead Demonstration Video

You can visit Beth William’s incredible studio (the same place she sells her stuff is where she makes it)

17 Pleasant St Gloucester MA also on Twitter @BWilliamsStudio

Beth Williams Studio – 17 Pleasant St, Gloucester, MA 01930

Did You Know? (Creekites)

That Cricket Press was named after the Creekites, what the early inhabitants of Jeffries (or Jeffreys) Creek were called, before it incorporated in 1645 and became Manchester, and then Manchester-by-the-Sea in 1990?

Established as a family owned business more than 87 years ago, The Cricket Press, Inc., remains steadfast to the ideals on which the company was originally founded in 1921. They strive to insure that each product that leaves their building is held to the highest quality standards, led by a seriously experienced and professional print team and backed by dependable customer service. These basic business ideals have weathered the test of time and technology and are as true today as they were 87 years ago.  The business has grown from a small printing company, whose main job was to output the town’s newspaper, The Manchester Cricket (which by the way only prints good news), to one of the region’s most respected commercial printing companies. Harry E. Slade, Sr., The Cricket’s original owner and president, would not recognize his print shop as it is today, but he would be proud that his forebears continue to operate it with care, innovation and reliability.

I can personally attest to their professionalism, highest quality standards, patience, good humor and willingness to work with a customer to make a job happen.  I originally had planned to print Did You Know? with a company in NC, mainly due to cost considerations.  After running into Barry at the Chamber’s Home and Business Expo, just before I was preparing to send the files off to NC, we decided to see if we couldn’t work something out to have Cricket do the printing.  I have to thank David Slade and Barry Pollock for making it work that this project could be all Cape Ann from start to finish.  Some of you might say that Manchester is not officially part of Cape Ann; however Barry Pollock is from and very involved in Gloucester, and David Slade, although he lives and has his business in Manchester, is so connected to Gloucester through the Rotary, Interact Club, his wife and other endeavors, to make them totally Cape Ann in my mind.  I also wanted to mention Jim Graham Clyde from Sales, who popped into the video in the pressroom and put his arm around Barry – Jim is an exceptional painter, and he looks really dashing in a kilt!  

This short video was taken to capture the birth of Did You Know? as it started coming off the press.  If you’ve never been inside and watched the running of a large press, it is very interesting; and GMG was heavily represented.

I won’t have the books in hand until Tuesday, but it was very exciting yesterday to have my first Did You Know? book sale from my website to GMG reader and Cape Ann lover, Bruce from Ontario, Canada.

E.J. Lefavour

Updates From The Blue Shutters Inn


Two updates from the Blue Shutters…plans for a Beachside Easter Egg Hunt on April 23 and more Specials for Knitting Lovers.

On Saturday April 23, we’re launching a new Blue Shutters tradition this Easter — our younger friends (and their parents) are invited to join us for our first Beachside Easter Egg Hunt. On that afternoon, we’ll let the kids search our lawn for treats left by the Easter Bunny. There’ll be plenty of time to walk the beach or check out other activities around Cape Ann.  Families who join us can make it a truly special visit and stay with us Friday night — we’ll be roasting marshmallows by the firepit that evening and there’ll be special Easter breakast treats  for the kids on Saturday morning. We encourage folks to call or email us to let us know if they can be there to celebrate Easter Shutters-style…and get a little taste of what’s in store as the warm weather arrives.

And for those knitting lovers…our Knitters Weekend sounded like such a nice idea that we extended our special offer to those who like to "sit and stich" across the entire month. April is offically Knitters Month at the Blue Shutters. The Coveted Yarn — a knitting lovers heaven just minutes from the Blue Shutters — has offered to extend a discount to knitters who visit us this month. And we’ll be featuring the Seaside Knitting Mysteries — set right here on Cape Ann — courtesy of author Sally Goldenbaum. Whether you are part of a group or looking for a quiet getaway with your knitting — whether you’re an expert or a novice — you’ll no doubt enjoy what we have in store. There are discounts for groups and for weekend stays — and the usual attractions that have made the Blue Shutters a favorite for knitters over the years.

Tony, Patty, Ed and Annmarie

Lupe–Adopt A Pet of the Week


Lupe – Pet of the Week

Hi, my name is Lupe and I am feeling a little sad because the dog next to me asked if I was part rabbit because of my ears!  I think my ears are one of my many good qualities.  I am a small Chihuahua who is brown-and-white.  I am eighteen months old.   Because of my tiny size I would do best with children 12 years and older.   I love to give kisses andI am very affectionate.  Oh!  I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid (CAAA), a non-profit shelter caring for homeless cats and dogs – like me!

I know as soon as you see my photo, you will run right down to 260 Main Street in Gloucester and adopt me and I won’t be homeless any more!!!

Found on Twitter #2

This is for all the Photographers out there, or like me The Point and Shooters.

I follow this on Twitter and they have great tips everyday.

Check out their Website and also follow them on Twitter.

Fstoppers website:

Fstoppers Twitter page:!/fstoppers

Shared by:!/fstoppers on Twitter

Also you can follow me and my very interesting Tweets and “Art, Rocks!” on Twitter:!/capeannpainter

Lemon Asparagus Pizza

I love making pizzas on weeknights. It’s quick, easy and you get to experiment. It’s pizza, you really can’t screw it up! Here’s the recipe, I made this with what I had in the house and I don’t measure so you’ll have to give it your own spin.

Whole wheat pizza dough- from Stop & Shop (cut in 1/2 for two medium pizzas, or keep whole for large with thick crust)

Cream sauce:
Plain Greek yogurt
Lemon juice (depending on taste)
Minced garlic
Grated Parmesan cheese
Heat until combined, you want it to be creamy, not too watery

Stretch dough and put pizza on pan, I use a large cast iron that I coat with olive oil. Spread cream sauce on pizza lightly covering. Add sliced asparagus and very thinly sliced lemons. You can add more cream sauce, salt and pepper to taste. Lastly, add parmesan cheese to melt on top. Cook in oven at 450 until golden brown.

And Eat!