GMG Shop Gloucester Initiative- Pleasant St Tea and Coffee Co

Trish gives us her best gift ideas at Pleasant St Tea and Coffee Co in this first installment of the annual GMG Shop Gloucester Initiative in which we ask each shop owner what their best gift giving ideas are for this holiday season!

Trish would like to also add that you can get loose beans and tea as well.

Gloucester Downtown Holiday Calendar Of Events

Thanks to Christine Orlando for forwarding this-

Dec. 1st- The 33rd Annual  Ladies Night

Stores will be opened late, many offering special offers and free refreshments.

With every purchase receive a free entry to the One Winner take all $1,100.00 Shopping Spree given by forty three businesses.

Dec. 3rd- A Visit With Santa

Sponsored by Kids Unlimited and Hosted by Cape Ann Savings Bank, 109 Main Street

Santa Will Listen to the Kids Wish List

Get a sweet treat from Santa

Girl Scout Troop #73495 celebrating their 100th year, will be Caroling and giving hand made crafts to the kids

Free Photos with Santa – two 5×7

Free Refreshments will be served

All kids are invited to share this day with Santa and his Elves

Dec 8th- The 33rd Annual Men’s Night

Store will be opened late, many offering special offers and free refreshments.

With every purchase receive a free entry to the One Winner take all $1,100.00 Shopping Spree given by forty three businesses.

Dec 10th- Middle Street Walk

Programs and events in celebration of Gloucester’s Historic District  All of the events are free and open to the public.  Programs for the day’s events will be available at City Hall and the Cape Ann Museum that morning.

Visit Historic Houses, Churches, the Sawyer Free Library and the Cape Ann Museum.

Ride the CATA Trolley from 11:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. with a Holiday Serenade starting at City Hall.

Enjoy  musical concerts, dance performances, kid’s activities, tours and much more!

At City Hall, see a short preview of “The Annie’s” Lobstah Crocka Ballet at 11:00 A.M. and view gingerbread houses.

At the Sawyer Free Library, attend the SeArts Holiday Wearable Arts Show Sale 9-5 P.M.

Finish the day at the Lobster Pot Tree Lighting at Court House Square ( outside the police station) decorated with lobster buoys painted by kids at Art Haven at 5 P.M.  Immediately following the Winner of the $1,100.00 Downtown Shopping Spree will be drawn.  Plenty of time before Christmas to be spent or given as Christmas Gifts.  Please join us for the drawing and all of our Downtown Events.

Danish – Pet of the Week

Danish – Pet of the Week


Hi, my name is Danish, I am a two-month-old girl kitten.

I am white-and-orange, very curious and I have lots of energy and love to play.    I am staying at the Cape Ann Animal Aid (CAAA), in Gloucester until I am adopted.  I hope you might stop by and meet me, I would love to have a home for the holidays.  

The CAAA is a non-profit organization and we appreciate donations to our Building Fund and items such as bleach, large trash bags, gas cards for our shelter van, postage stamps and of course, toys for the cats and dogs at our shelter.

Please visit and see other photos of me and my sisters; Croissant, Bagel Twist and Raspberry Crumble.  You can tell by our names that we are all extra sweet!

Monday’s Sunrise From Brianmoc and Skip Montello


Check out Brian’s Site Here

Twins Dawn

Skip Montello writes-

Hi Joey,

The Cape Ann sunrises lately have been fantastic to say the least…here is one from this morning as the sun just up off the horizon behind the twins at Thatcher.

"Twins Dawn"

North Coast Angler

Skip Montello Photos

Ladies Night at Rocky Neck Art Colony Winter Show

Update: Stop by the Rocky Neck Art Colony’s winter show on Ladies Night (tomorrow, Thursday, December 1), enjoy some wine and chocolate and enter your name to win a free gift.

Put your name and contact info into our hat between 6 and 8pm and you may win one these great gifts:

A handmade mug by potter Marty Morgan

A set of Lilliputian Landscape greeting cards by Judy Robinson-Cox

Set of Gloucester Docks photo cards by Michael Oleksiw

Three hand-painted greeting cards, suitable for framing by painter Elynn Kröger (pick-up at her gallery on Rocky Neck)

A Cape Ann calendar by Vicki Diez-Canseco

A 2012 Dogtown and Babson Boulders complete collection calendar by EJ

Holiday ornament by Judith Bly

One winner will be drawn every twenty minutes.

E.J. Lefavour


Rosa ‘Aloha’

The French have a beautiful sounding word for a repeat flowering rose and, without doubt, the most remontant rose that we grow is ‘Aloha.’ Embowering our front porch pillars, she welcomes with her fresh-hued beauty. ‘Aloha’ begins the season in a great flush, followed by a brief rest, and then continues non-stop, typically through November, and in one recent, relatively mild autumn, into December. With one bud yet to open, I imagine this year will be another where I can claim she bloomed into December. I like her so very much that I planted a second and then third and they are all three sited where we can enjoy her great gifts daily.

‘Aloha’ Blooming in Mid-Novmeber

‘Aloha’s’ buds are full and shapely, and colored carmine rose with vermilion undertones, giving us a preview of nuanced shades to come. She unfurls to form large, quartered, and subtly two-toned blossoms, initially opening in shades of clear rose-pink with a deeper carmine pink on the reverse, or underside of the petals. The blossoms are long lasting, fading to a lovely shade of  pale coral pink. And the petals fall loosely, never becoming balled clumps. With luxuriously long stems and shiny emerald foliage, ‘Aloha’ also makes a divine cut flower.

Oh, and I can’t believe I am several paragraphs in and haven’t yet mentioned her fragrance. She not only welcomes with her great beauty, but also with her potent and dreamy scent. I have often heard ‘Aloha’ described as having a green apple fragrance, but find that description only partially accurate; the scent is really much more sophisticated, with notes not only of fresh Granny Smith apple, but also the warm sensuous undertones of the old Damask and Bourbon roses.

‘Aloha’ (Left Pillar) Blooming in Early June

For more photos and to read the full article visit Kim Smith’s blog


DSC_0015Trinity Congregational Church, 70 Middle Street, Gloucester, holds their Christmas by the Sea Fair and Luncheon on December 3 from 9am to 2pm.
There will be a variety of handmade crafts, fresh holiday foods, Christmas white elephant, jewelry, and “cookie walk”, pictures with Santa, and fresh greens and wreaths. The silent auction will feature gift certificates donated by local businesses and restaurants and other special surprise items. The luncheon is home-made fish chowder and hot dogs and will be served from 11:30 – 1:00.
The Trinity Thrift Shop, next door, will be open with white elephant and clothing buys. 
Proceeds support community and church projects. 


Cape Ann Forum Dec 4th Features Beena Sarwar


Peace & Democracy in Pakistan

What are the prospects and why does it matter?

Relations between the United States and Pakistan are at an all-time low, following a series of incidents involving U.S. and NATO forces either inside Pakistan or along its border with Afghanistan, even as Pakistan itself has been convulsed by a rash of antigovernment bombings and assassinations and as the Obama administration prepares to draw down U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Can Pakistan move towards peace, democracy and stability under such conditions, and why should this matter to Americans?

Beena Sarwar is a leading Pakistani journalist, artist and democracy, human rights and peace advocate. An initiator of the Pakistani Campaign for Democracy and a former Harvard Nieman Fellow, she is currently working with the Jang Group in Pakistan, and she maintains a political blog titled Journeys to Democracy (].

Sarwar has worked for newspapers in Karachi and Lahore and was the founding editor of the Pakistan weekly "News on Sunday."  She has also written extensively for the InterPress News Service, and has made several film and television documentaries. She has degrees in Art and Literature from Brown University (1986) and in Television Documentary from London University (2001). Sarwar was a Nieman Foundation Fellow at Harvard in 2006 and a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy (Harvard Kennedy School) in 2007.

For more information, go to the Forum’s Web site at

Jeff Weaver New Works 2011 Show

2011 New Works
Opening reception
Saturday, December 3, 2011,2-6 p.m.
Show runs from December 3 through December 17, 2011
JEFF WEAVER studio/gallery
16 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
for gallery hours and more information please call: (978) 590-2979


gimmesound $200 Look Good / Feel Good Give-Away Question 3 & Today’s Music Lineup


Check out today’s music lineup and find out how to answer question 3 in our $200 Look Good / Feel Good Give-away, sponsored by Sunbanque.  And don’t forget the great live music in town tonight.  Listen to Chelsea Berry here.

Ladies Night Downtown Gloucester Thursday December 1st


Fundraiser For Diabetes On Ladies Night


Harpist at Island Art And Hobby Ladies Night!

Susan Parent writes-

Hey Joey- Just wanted to let you know we’ll have a Harpist playing on ladies night!!! Promises to be an awesome evening 🙂

Bill Hubbard Gloucester Paintings Now Online

Bill Hubbard has been chosen to have a showing of 14 of his paintings in the Main Gallery of Copperflame Galleries from December 1 through December 31st, 2011. Beginning on Dec. 1st. you may view his artwork at Six other artists will be showing their work in adjacent galleries at Copper Flame.
Hubbard shares Indian River Artiosts Studio with his wife and partner, Theresa A. Kraemer.  He specializes in marine art, seascapes and boats as well as fishing and fish.
He is a member of the Strawbridge Art League in Melbourne, Florida, where he lives. Hubbard studied in Gloucester, Massachusetts, with Margaret Taylor and Robert Benham. Anton Stetzko, the watercolorist, greatly stimulated his urge to create art while he was living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, from 2002 to 2006.
He is currently working in the mixed media of acrylic, pen and ink. He is from a fishing family, so his painting leans heavily toward seascapes, nautical and tall ship subjects. He paints realistic historical subjects like famous Gloucester fishing schooners, Maine trading schooners and Indian River wind and steam driven boats and ships. He looks at his marine paintings as telling a story – sometimes obvious and sometimes subtle..
For more information, visit his website andbBlog at:

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