The lobster trap tree is up once again and it needs to be decorated! Art Haven is once again offering a free day of buoy painting on December 10th from 10:00am – 4:00pm. Children and teens of all ages are welcome to visit the 180B Main Street studio space in Gloucester to create their own original painted buoy ornament for this year’s community tree. The tree will then be lit with all of its festive décor at 5:00pm on Saturday as a culmination of the Middle Street Walk events happening all day.

Also for the fourth year, everyone is welcome to participate in creating a giant ice sculpture in front of Art Haven from 10:00am – 12:00pm on Saturday the 10th. All of these activities are made possible by generous donations from Cape Pond Ice, Ben’s Paint, Winchester Fishing and Rose’s Marine.

“We are so thankful to have been able to start a new holiday tradition for the community,” says Art Haven Director Dawn Gadow. “It’s great to see the kids faces as the lights go on around their beautiful buoy creations on the tree! Things like that start teaching them at a young age what it means to be a part of the Cape Ann community.”

The day is becoming even more of a community effort this year, as Project Uplift will also have a presence at the tree lighting and buoy painting day. Santa will be collecting toys, clothes and gift cards for Action Inc.’s Project Uplift program throughout the day and tree lighting, so you can bring a toy to help out another family this holiday season. In addition, the winner of this year’s downtown shopping spree will also be drawn at this year’s tree lighting ceremony.

In addition to this annual event, Art Haven is offering a series of afterschool workshops over the next two weeks in a variety of things, including wreath and ornament making, a clay day, jewelry making, and other Christmas present friendly creative projects. All of these classes run from 3:30-5:00pm.

“Workshops are a great way for us to try out fun and different things,” says Gadow. “And this time of year, it’s also a great way to finish up their Christmas list with a handcrafted present.”

There are small class fees charged for these workshops, but financial assistance is available if needed. For more information visit, call Art Haven at (978) 283-3888 or email


Discounted Shopping, Holiday Treats & Hot Chocolate This Friday in Rockport!

Big stuff in Rockport tomorrow night, December 9th, from 4 to 8pm! Over 30 (thirty!) stores throughout downtown Rockport will be offering discounts and promotions for holiday shoppers. The Old Firehouse Trust in Dock Square will be open serving hot chocolate, coffee and homemade holiday treats. And so that you can do two good deeds at once by shopping local and donating to the food pantry, donations of canned goods can be dropped off at The Old Firehouse Trust building as well.  All donations of food benefit The Open Door, Cape Ann’s food pantry. Come enjoy the festivities and a fun night in downtown Rockport during this holiday season! Feel free to print out this handy shopping map to bring along with you so that you know what’s available tomorrow night – and don’t forget to stop in at The Old Firehouse to make your donation and enjoy something warm to drink!

Just download and print for your Rockport Shopping Guide!
Food Drive for The Open Door!


Did You Know? (Holiday Mug Up)

That there is a Holiday Mug Up this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. in Annisquam.   Deviled eggs, fresh baked cinnamon rolls and orange sweet buns (Paul, your favorite Pillsbury doughboy), coffee, tea and whatever else people might bring along to share.  Location: EJ’s at 6 Union Court (Annisquam).  Please park on Leonard Street and walk up the Court (first house on the left).  If you need directions, email me at or call 857-891-9054.  Hope to see you, and if you like, bring your cameras for a photographic walkabout after.

E.J. Lefavour


Christmas Tree Giveway Question 4 @ gimmesound

Chelsea Berry joins us with Music Trivia Question #4 in the Christmas Tree Giveaway brought to you by Dan Leaman Landscaping and!

A little reminder on how it works:

  • There will be a Christmas Music Trivia question in every lineup video (Monday – Friday)
  • After you see Friday’s Video and you have all the answers…
  • Click the ANSWER LINK under the video to give us your answers
  • The FIRST person with the correct answers wins a Christmas Tree of your chioce.  GOOD LUCK

There is a lot of great music tonight,  check out the full list here.  Listen to Chelsea Berry here.

Tonight Lisa Marie Joins The Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line

Thursday – 9:00 to 12:00 ~ Dave Sag’s Blues Party with Lisa Marie

It’s Simian Appreciation Week  at the Rhumb Line so we’re all trimming our eyebrow in anticipation of the return of Ms. Lisa Marie to our stage. The divine Miss LM, known around here as the premier songstress of da blooze will once again be bringing  her own special brand of hot sauce to your eyes and ears. We’ll even be pulling some xmas chestnuts out of the fire and into your pineal gland, so, watch out!!

Photo by Ray Dollard

Rounding off the quintet will be that Madhouse metronome and hepcat drummbler with the hollow leg: Mr. Roger Broccoli. We also snagged Mr. John Cameron, keyboard centipede and vox populi to keep it smood. Of course, Mr. Greg T. and myself will be on hand to make your every dream come true. A love story for the ages.   And don’t forget: Thursday is  the Two-for-one dinner special, mexican in nature. Chez natchez and choice o’burrito stuffing at the amazing price of only 18 bux. Gimme two!     

A project to benefit The Open Door Food Pantry

Hi Joey,

I wanted to personally share with you my business, ENNIS Inc’s holiday video. I created this as a way to benefit the Open Door food pantry in Gloucester. As a resident of Gloucester and a business owner, I wanted to use this year’s holiday greeting to bring awareness to the wonderful work the Open Door does for the community.

ENNIS represents Food Stylists, Wardrobe Stylists, Prop Stylists, Makeup and Hair Artists from Boston, NY, and LA.  We pulled together a group from Boston and NY to gather at my home in Gloucester and prepare meat and fruit pies, which we then delivered and served at the Open Door food pantry that same evening.

Tripp Clemens from Windpowered Productions shot the whole process for us. It was a fun and rewarding experience. We hope to do more in the future and motivate others to use their resources to do the same.

Today Is A Great Day To Check Out All The Gloucester Webcams With The Coastal Storm

Breaking Waves On the Back Shore?

Is there sleet building up on Main Street?

Is The Footbridge at Good Harbor under water?

Want to check and make sure The Schooner Lannon and Schooner Adventure are tied up safely at their docks?

yeah, we got that!

You really ought to bookmark it, there are so many cool Gloucester Vistas to view!



Special thanks To Tim Blakeley from www.gloucesterbytes who has been installing the webcams at a reduced service rate because he believes in the project.

Community Stuff


Scola Cantorum & the Middle Street Walk

Please join
the Scola Cantorum from the Annisquam Village Church performing with the choirs of St. John’s, St. Mary’s & the First Congregational, Rockport at St. John’s Episcopal Church,
48 Middle St., Gloucester, Mass. 01930
December 10th 2011, 1:00 pm

Annisquam Village Church Christmas Pageant

Dec 18, 2011 at 4:00pm
Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA

Old Sloop Coffeehouse

Hi Joey,
I enjoy reading your blog.  Thank you for this service to the community!
I help to run Old Sloop Coffeehouse at the First Congregational Church of Rockport.  We have two concerts this Saturday, December 10, that I thought might warrant a mention.
At 10:30 AM, there will be a children’s concert featuring Debbie and Friends.  Debbie and Friends contributed a song to an anti-bullying CD that was just nominated for a Grammy.  "Debbie" is former West Parish Elementary School teacher Debbie Cavalier, now Dean of Continuing Education at Berklee College of Music.  Also in the band is Gloucester resident Rory McKenzie on bass.
At 7:30 PM, there will be a second concert featuring Carolann Solebello, best know as a founding member of female trio Red Molly, who are local favorites.  Carolann will appear on Live at Noon on WUMB radio with Dave Palmater Friday, December 9.
Thank you!
Geof Lyon, for Old Sloop Coffeehouse

Safe Steps for Seniors – new community exercise program at Addison Gilbert Hospital

The Center for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington Street, Gloucester is providing a new community exercise program for those aged over 60 with fear of falling and balance difficulty. 

The benefits of this new dynamic group exercise program will aid in fall risk reduction, increased balance, confidence in mobility and ability to be independently active participants in the local community.

All participants will be required to undergo a free 30-minute individual pre- and post-screening for balance and fall risk.

The fee is $3. per class which is due at the beginning of the class which are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 12 Noon.  Space is limited.   Space availability is determined on a first-come, first-served basis.  

For further information or to schedule a screening required to participate in the class, please call 978-283-4001,     ext. 141.

Cape Ann YMCA’s Teen Night!


Join us this Friday, December 9, at the Cape Ann YMCA for another fun filled teen night! The YMCA will be open to all Gloucester teens ONLY from 9:00-11:00pm. Come in and work out, shoot some hoops, go for a swim or have fun in the gymnastics center. Teen night is FREE for YMCA members and $5.00 for visitors.


Ho, ho, ho! The Cape Ann TV Santa Party will be held at our studio on Tuesday, December 13 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Bring the family and let Santa know what you would like for Christmas!


Hello Joey,

Gene Seidman here – I wanted to tell you about an event we are having at Passport Restaurant on Monday December 12 from 7 pm.

Renown photographer Stephan Gersh is showing some new photographs and a few old favorites.  I’m performing a special edition of my one man show – PROVOCATION and Eric of Passports is making a very special global collection of treats for guest

Tickets are $40 available at or call 978-281-3680