Get Your Letters to Santa In!

Don’t forget to write your letter to Santa!  You can conveniently drop your letter off at the Gloucester Post Office and it will be delivered straight to the North Pole.

I’m writing mine right away!

My favorite photo of the trip to Peru! From Jackie Ganim DeFalco

Hi Joey,

I’m not sure if you got to use this one, but I just loved the way this Macauw deep in the Sacred Valley wanted to chew up the GMG sticker!  He personally asked me to get noticed on your Blog in Gloucester, so I had to send this in again.  He’s just so colorful, I thought he’d fit in right next to Homie.  I am also sending (in another email) the last GMG shot from Machhu Picchu since after that, I left my sticker with Pedro our guide!

Best, Jackie


GMG arrives overlooking Machhu Picchu, the great Inca city in Peru! Jackie DeFalco, Tracy Moore (Atlanta), and Kari Heerdt (North Carolina) represent!


LOVE IT!!!!!  Thanks Jackie!!!!!

Santa Visited Rockport Today!!

It’s true, the actual real, not a mall Santa, visited Rockport today. I’ll put a larger article together for tomorrow with complete details but these rush photos of the breaking news. (As always, click on the photos to go to a much larger shot.)

Santa says HO HO HO to Rubber Duck:

The crowds were cheek to jowl (someone must have leaked the news that the Rockport Santa was actually the REAL SANTA CLAUS!!), but everyone was on best behavior so that no coal will be delivered to these folks’ stockings.

Rubber Duck had a ringside seat for the lighting but then Santa had to split with the truck before the tree was lit:


Bam! That just happened! (An animated GIF available tomorrow.)

On a side note, Santa thanks Brad of Hales Plumbing who fixed the leak in Santa’s basement on a Saturday within an hour of getting the call. Someone put something good in Brad’s stocking. Oh wait, Santa already knows he’s been very good.

Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities!

Dear Friends,

It’s that time of year again for holiday gift making and gift giving. Possibly you are one of those fantastically super organized holiday spirits finished with your holiday shopping, or even more probably, you’re not in the mood to hear another holiday commercial. If so, please forgive, but I am writing to suggest that my book Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! ~ Notes from a Gloucester Garden, which I wrote and illustrated, makes a wonderful holiday gift. If you already own a copy, perhaps you will agree that it would make a thoughtful gift for that someone on your list who loves to garden, or a young couple who may have recently purchased a home and needs sound advice, or someone who simply likes to read about flowers, butterflies, garden lore, and garden-making.

Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Front Cover 

This is a link to the Press Page of my blog, where you can read excerpts of reviews by The Boston Globe’s Carol Stocker, Bloomsbury Review, Patriot Ledger, North American Butterfly Association, and more. With spending any spare hours blogging and my video projects and garden design newsletter, I am embarrassed to say that my website has not been updated in over a year, however, both the Book Page and Story Page on my website provide more information about Oh Garden. 

Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! is available at Toad Hall, and wherever fine books are sold.

Excerpt from the introduction ~

We all carry within us the image of a home to create and a garden to tend. Perhaps you dream as I do of a welcoming haven to foster family bonds and friendships and to rejoice in life’s journey. The garden and the home to which it belongs becomes a memory catcher to weave a life’s tapestry.  To read more 

Congrats Melanie Greeke – $200 Look Good/Feel Good Winner


Watch the video to see how Melanie got all the answers to this week’s contest sponsored by Sunbanque.

Lots of Blues in tonight’s music lineup, check it out here.   Here’s a sample from New Orleans band leader Henri Smith who is at Cape Ann Brewery.

Peter Serkin presents the eagerly anticipated world premiere of a work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Charles Wuorinen

Photograph © Kathy Chapman 2011

Peter Serkin, Piano
Sunday, December 4, 3 pm

Shalin Liu Performance Center



Wolpe: Toccata
Takemitsu: For Away
Charles Wuorinen:  Adagio
Beethoven: Diabelli Variations

Peter Serkin
Biography (excerpt from CM Artists New York)

Recognized as an artist of passion and integrity, the distinguished American pianist Peter Serkin is one of the most thoughtful and individualistic musicians appearing before the public today.

Peter Serkin’s rich musical heritage extends back several generations: his grandfather was violinist and composer Adolf Busch and his father pianist Rudolf Serkin.

An avid proponent of the music of many of the 20th and 21st century’s most important composers, Mr. Serkin has been instrumental in bringing the music of Schoenberg, Webern, Berg, Stravinsky, Wolpe, Messiaen, Takemitsu, Henze, Berio, Wuorinen, Goehr, Knussen and Lieberson, among others, to audiences around the world.

He has performed many important world premieres, in particular, works by Toru Takemitsu, Peter Lieberson, Oliver Knussen and Alexander Goehr, all of which were written for him. Most recently, Mr. Serkin played the world premieres of Charles Wuorinen’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Boston Symphony/James Levine in Boston, at Carnegie Hall and at Tanglewood as well as a fifth piano concerto by Mr. Wuorinen with the Met Opera Orchestra/Levine, also at Carnegie Hall; a solo work by Elliot Carter commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival; and Mr. Wuorinen’s new piano quintet (commissioned by the Rockport, MA Music Festival) with the Brentano String Quartet.


Elvis spotted in Magnolia!

Elvis spotted in Magnolia!

From Terry Weber
Last Thursday, about 60 people gathered at the Patio Restaurant in Magnolia to celebrate the 50th birthday party of Gloucester good guy, Ronnie Rodgers. Even Elvis dusted himself off and showed up for this one!  Here is Ronnie walking in to his surprise in the Patio’s function room…

And Elvis popping up to flirt with the women…
In the pic below, Debbie almost fainted when meeting the King!


For all the details and more pics, visit

Art at the Annie

If you haven’t made it over to the Annie yet to see the art on display, you still have time!   The exhibit will be open Saturday, Dec. 3, 3PM-7PM, and Thursday Dec. 8, 5PM-9PM.

I stopped by today, and it was well worth it.  There is quite a collection of beautiful art available for purchase, and artists are on hand for friendly chats about their artwork.

When I first got to Gloucester a few months ago, it took me a while to find "the Annie", not knowing to look for the "Blackburn Tavern"...
One of the two rooms in the exhibit
Artist Kerry Mullan with her beautiful "pets". She also has other sculptures and paintings on display. And she's a musician too...
Alice Garder paints these colorful images of Gloucester - and shares my interest in origami too! (she is folding a crane in this photo...)
Marion Hall stands by her marvelous watercolors
There was also live music!

Stop by if you can! Maybe you can pick up a nice piece of authentic Cape Ann art as a Christmas present for a friend.

Authentic Greasy Pole!

Schmoopie writes-

Good Morning Joey,

Merry Christmas!

Here’s the email I’ve been promising you. 

I have come up with a Fiesta Committee Approved way to help contribute to the Greasy Pole Rebuild Fund…

AUTHENTIC Greasy Pole!  I’ve attached a couple of pictures as well as a link to my video with Santa and special guest stars called "Message in a Greasy Bottle". 

AUTHENTIC Greasy Dust Bottles cost $12.00 and each Certificate of Authenticity is numbered!  Viva!