Bill O’Connor At North Shore Kid Made The Middle Street Walk Event Schedule Web Friendly For Us

Lots of people when putting together advertising for local events they still think in terms of printing flyers.  Bill from North Shore Kid get’s it and took all that info designed for flat print (and there’s a whole lot) and re-entered it with the proper hyperlinks to each organization so people can follow up with any questions and find contact info for each participating community organization by clicking through.

He was nice enough to offer to share it with us so here you go- straight from the pages of the best resource for Children’s and Families on The North Shore, North Shore Kid!

2011 Middle Street Walk Schedule of Events

Saturday, December 10, 2011 10:00am – 10pm

9 am-6 pm
Saunders House, Sawyer Free Library
SeArts Wearable Arts Show and Fundraiser Raffle Sale to benefit Sawyer Free Library – tickets sold at Saunders House and at Library.

10 am
Sawyer Free Library

Deborah Costine, Gerwick Puppeteer, with her program ‘A Woodland Cinderella’.  Refreshments will be served.

10:30 am

3 pm

Gloucester City Hall

  • Girl Scouts Troop #235 – Bake/Cocoa Sale
  • Schooner Adventure – Coffe and Pastries, Ships Store will offer items for sale to support [node: 1323] and an ongoing FREE children’s activity making ‘Sailor’s Valentine Ornaments’.
  • Committee for the Arts will sell postcards of City Hall’s WPA Murals and have a table with information on City Hall Restoration efforts.
  • The Gingerbread House Contest Display – winner will be announced in Kyrouz Auditorium at 1pm.
  • The Phyllis A. Marine Association will have an information table and Ship’s Store.


Saunders House, Sawyer Free Library
Presentation of history of murals and Samuel Sawyer.

10 am-2pm

Cape Ann Museum

  • Arts and Crafts for Families
  • Decorate ornaments the holidays

10 am-3 pm

Trinity Congregational Church of Gloucester
Cape Ann Thrift Shop Seasonal Goods Sale.

10 am-4 pm

Cape Ann Art Haven
Free Events:

  • 10 am–12 pm (or until complete) help create a Giant Ice Sculpture (ice courtesy of Cape Pond Ice)
  • Buoy Painting for Lobster Trap Tree

10 am-4pm
Sargent House Museum
Open House decorated for the season, Holiday Goodies & Seasonal Gifts.


Rocky Neck Art Colony Main Street
Annual Winter Exhibit

11 am
Cape Ann Museum
Tour of the Elias Davis House with period “Winter Display” decorations for the Holidays by Gloucester Civic & Garden Council.

11 am
Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Church Tour

11 am
Gloucester City Hall
Live performance – The Lobstah Crackah preview

11 am-1 pm

Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Chowder Lunch

11 am-2 pm
Gloucester City Hall

  • Tours of City Hall Tower on the half hour by Maggie Rosa, Chair of City Hall Restoration Committee.
  • Ring the bell for $100 donation.

12 pm
Trinity Congregational Church of Gloucester
The Heavenly Bell Choir performs Seasonal Music.

12 pm

Cape Ann Museum
Connie Richards and the Plum Cove Singers singing Holiday Songs

12-2 pm
Middle Street Trolley Rides
Narrated historical tour along with the Songbirds singing seasonal music, courtesy of CATA.

12:30 pm
Temple Ahavat Achim

Learn about Shabbot and tour the new temple

1 pm
Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Church Tour

1 pm
Saint John’s Episcopal Church
‘A Children’s Holiday’ with area churches children’s choirs.

1 pm

Gloucester City Hall

1:30 pm
Trinity Congregational Church of Gloucester
Louis Stella and Friends concert

1:30-3 pm

Sawyer Free Library
The Girl Next Door concert

2 pm
Cape Ann Museum
Tour of the Elias Davis House with period “Winter Display” decorations for the Holidays by Gloucester Civic & Garden Council.

2 pm
Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
O’Maley Middle School Band and Gloucester High School Chorus perform.

2:30 pm

Gloucester City Hall
Saint Ann’s School Student Concert

5 pm

Cape Ann Art Haven
Annual Lobster Trap Tree Lighting at Police Station Plaza with a visit from Santa

Gloucester City Hall
Family Friendly Holiday ball featuring the Cape Ann big Band to benefit City Hall’s Restoration
($15 per person)

Participating business and organizations include:

When: Saturday, December 10, 2011 10:00am – 10pm

Location: Downtown Gloucester

Prices: Free

Phone:  978.283.9292



Good Morning Gloucester Middle Street Walk Coverage

Richard Blatchford Asks Where He Can Buy A Man at The Wheel Sticker


I currently have an aged car decal of The Man at the Wheel.  It is starting to come off, and I’d like to replace it.  It was given to me by a cousin who was a life long Gloucester resident before retiring to Florida.  I am interested in replacing it as Gloucester is a large part of my heritage.  My grandfather was a life long reisdent.  Two of my uncles were life long residents – one a Gloucester police officer and the other a Postal Service employee.

If you could direct me to a source for purchasing replacement Man at the Wheel decals, I would be most appreciative.  Thanks in advance.

Richard Blatchford

Mount Airy, MD

Did You Know? (Malls Suck Your Soul)

This holiday season there are so many reasons not to go to the mall.  With all the wonderful, unique shops we have on Main Street, and all the unique locally made creations available to Cape Ann residents and lovers, there is no reason to go across the bridge (unless you’re in Essex or Manchester in which case you have to cross the bridge to get here).  Some great, affordable holiday gift ideas include: Joey C.’s This is Gloucester DVD for $20 (which you can order through the blog here; my new complete collection 2012 Dogtown and Babson Boulders calendar ($15), Gloucester’s Finest Kind Calendar (now $15 for the holidays) and Did You Know? Book (now $10 for the holidays), which you can order through my website at or buy at Dogtown Book Shop; a great, unique collection of creative gifts by local artisans at Presents; an incredible collection of beautiful original art, photography, jewelry, pottery, ornaments, cards, calendars and more at the Rocky Neck Art Colony Winter Show at 130 Main Street; beautiful contemporary handmade glass beads and jewelry by Beth Williams, 17 Pleasant Street; wonderful vintage photos and artwork at Fred Bodin Historic Photo; Toodeloos for the kids; Island Art & Hobby for your artsy and crafty family and friends, and so much more, including a plethora of great holiday fairs.  Save gas and yourself from the stress of crazy holiday shopping mobs and traffic at the mall, support local Gloucester businesses and artists, enjoy the holidays and shop locally.

E.J. Lefavour

Trivia Question 1~gimmesound Music Lineup ~ 11/21/11

We have a new contest starting today (11/21/11) sponsored by Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, you can win a $50 Cape Ann Gift Certificate.  Here is how it works:

  • There will be a trivia question in every lineup video (Monday – Friday)
  • After you see the Friday Video and you have all 5 trivia answers
  • Give us your answer (remember don’t answer until Friday)
  • The FIRST person with the 5 correct answers wins a $50 Cape Ann Gift Certificate from Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.  GOOD LUCK!

Join the Bandit Kings at the Rhumb Line tonight for Open Mic.  Get today’s live music lineup and check out Gloucester’s best local music!

Sal Grasso Thank You!!!

This past weekend Cape Ann Youth Hockey and the city of Gloucester hosted over 400 hockey players and their families from Westmount, Quebec. There were sixteen games played over the course of the past three days by boys and girls ranging from 5 to 14 years of age at the newly remodeled Dorothy Talbot Rink.
The Cape Ann/ Westmount Friendship Tournament was started back in 1987 by Sal Grasso of Gloucester, Mike Deegan and Pete Wallace of Westmount when Sal paid for a bus out of his own pocket and took a crew of Gloucester kids 6 hours north to play some hockey. The trek was a huge success as most players billeted with host families and formed bonds that continue to this day. When Sal passed in 2006 the Tournament was aptly named The Sal Grasso Friendship Tournament.
I never did have the opportunity to meet Coach Sal but in speaking with some of his players I was told that he was a big man with a big burly voice that was only overshadowed by his big heart. I was told of numerous random acts of kindness. Like taking the entire team out for Chinese food after a game or when a player needed a new piece of equipment it somehow found its way into their bag. By all accounts Mr. Grasso was one of those remarkable people that if you are truly lucky, you will get to meet one in your lifetime.
As a testament of Mr. Grasso, Mr. Deegan and Mr. Wallace’s vision; this year’s tournament saw the sons and daughters of those first players compete against each other 24 years later.
Cape Ann Youth Hockey would like to thank all of this year’s host families for opening up their homes so our guest’s players whose parents could not attend, Mayor Kirk for allowing us the usage of City Hall to hold our banquet and show off our beautiful city, Jeanine Harris and Rosalie Nicastro for walking us through the steps to host at City hall, Mike Hale and Mark Cole for their work in adjusting the rink schedule, Cape Ann Figure Skating Club for allowing us to inconvenience them, all the local establishments for their generous food donations, Nicole Curcuru, Jenn Costanzo, Kristin Michel, Lisa and Mike English, Rob Anderson, Jamie Marshall and the countless others that donated their time in making this season’s tournament a spectacular event.
On Behalf of all of Cape Ann Youth Hockey Nation,
Thank You,
Pete Scola

Help Disabled Gloucester High Student Whose Laptop Was Stolen

Judith Ring writes-

A Gloucester High School sophomore who has visual and learning problems had his computer taken from Gloucester High on Friday. The student is completely reliant on the computer to read and write and is, quite literally, lost without it. His parents are offering a reward, no questions asked. His mom, Karen Barth, has written the following appeal:

Our son’s HP laptop computer in a black computer bag was taken from Gloucester high school on Friday. Our son has visual and learning problems and his computer is loaded with special software. He is completely dependent on it for reading and writing. Without it he cannot do his school work. We are offering a $500 reward for the return of the computer or information leading to its return. No questions will be asked and we guarantee that no action will be taken against any student if the computer is safely returned to the school office.
Thanks for any help you can give us with this.
Please be in touch with Karen Barth at or call 917-575-2930


Judith Ring,

a loyal reader