Chickity Check It- Be Grateful Project – Open Door and the Cape Ann Food Pantry From Jen Amero


Jen Amero writes-

Continuing the Be Grateful Project through the holiday season with a nod to Gloucester’s own Open Door/Cape Ann Food Pantry. Under the energized direction of Julie Hazen LaFontaine, the Open Door offers a free grocery store and community meals for the needy, the elderly and the lonely at their Emerson Ave location as well as neighborhood, senior care and school-based mobile farmers’ markets and a second hand clothing and furniture shop at it’s "Second Glace" resale boutique on Pond Road.


For the rest of her blog post about The Open Door Pantry click here

A Christmas Twist

On December 1st at 8 PM and December 2d at 3PM the Fishtown Players will perform a staged reading of A Christmas Twist,  a little Christmas Carol and a dash of Oliver Twist combined to produce an hilarious parody that shouldn’t be missed. This fundraiser for the Cape Ann Community Cinema costs only $15 per ticket which can be purchased purchased or reserved by calling the cinema at (978) 282-1988 or the players at (978) 515-7957 or e-mailing

For further information click here

Here is a slideshow of Monday night’s rehearsal.


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Duluth Jeans Trading Company

First we talked about Skinny Jeans and Yoga Pants now there are pants called, are you ready,  “Crouch without singing soprano jeans” and “Jeans for men who are tired of feeling the pinch”. Ballroom denim jeans built with a Crouch Gusset™ so you can crouch without the ouch.  Click below to see more.  Vickie and I actually saw this commercial while watching the weather channel during Sandy.

Thanks to all who helped raise money for The Rockaways on Sunday

This just in from Will Hunt:

Thanks to the generosity of musicians and audience, we raised over $400 for relief efforts in the Rockaways on Sunday night. Thanks also go out to the Hive and David Brooks, for providing the venue as well as the Van Ness Group, Joanne Silva, the Gloucester Times and the Beacon for helping publicize the event. Terrific musical performances were enjoyed by all. Ron Schrank, Allen and Dylan Estes, Guy Zacardi, the Satch Kerans Band, the Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester, Just Like Newman, the Gordonaires, Ed Sakurai, and finally the BFs kept things rocking until Cape Ann’s own hurricane survivor and New Orleans native Henri Smith, backed by Tucker Lindquist, Ira Levine, Janice Fullman and John Buckner, ended with a soulful and heartfelt rendition of “Wonderful World” that really drove the message home…we are all in this together.
Thanks again everyone for helping spread some love in a dangerous, but indeed wonderful world.
                                                                                              Will Hunt
I don’t usually embed videos with commercials in them on GMG, but this one is worth it:

Santa in a Lobster Boat! Rockport December 1

Thanksgiving is still two days away but we have to get ready for Santa’s arrival now because it will be the earliest in history! Rockport will be visited on Saturday, December 1st by Santa Claus! That is only eleven days away. Dock Square today was adorned with the most perfect Christmas Tree ever. The little Christmas trees up and down the street are already up. Rubber Duck and I have our Santa hats all dry cleaned. Are you ready?

Last year’s lighting:

B-roll Stills from Our Beautiful Gloucester

More stills from B-roll locations for my Monarch Butterfly film. I saved filming B-roll for my film until after the butterflies had departed our shores. When I write B-roll, I mean B-roll relevant to the script, not in terms of beauty. B-roll around here is equal to A-roll everywhere else!

The light is gorgeous year round on Cape Ann, but I find its ephemerality in autumn the most beautiful of all.

View from the dock at Captain Joes

Degelyse Lobster Boat

A hundred million thank yous to Joey and Frankie for allowing me to film and photograph lobster boats coming home from the dock at Captain Joes. I have much video footage to share and will when I have a bit more spare time work-wise.

Eastern Point Lighthouse Gloucester

Oakes Cove

NB4T, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, What’s next?

Why it’s TB4NB4T of course!  Translation: Tuesday Before the Night Before Thanksgiving.   Yup, that’s today and there’s plenty happening tonight too.  Check it out here.  Most music venues in Gloucester offer special entertainment for tomorrow, sometimes referred to as Homecoming or NB4T (you can decipher this based on the translation, above).  Check out tomorrow’s full live music lineup here.

Now, maybe I’m old, but when I was a kid, none of this existed.  It was just plain Thanksgiving.  I don’t ever remember shopping the next day.  I did go to the parade in NYC a couple of times (people called it the Macy’s Day Parade).  There was no Internet, so no Cyber Monday.  And the day before was spent cooking or travelling or both.  We sang Over the river and through the woods (the Thanksgiving version, not Christmas).

Here’s the original 1844 poem by Lydia Maria Child.

Now there’s so much to do it makes your head spin.  So, take Joey’s advice from this post, buckle your chinstraps, enjoy the ride and have a very happy 21st Century Thanksgiving!

Twitter Faceoff @GDTnews vs @Joey_C is a fun site which lets you create infographics based on twitter statistics.  You can have fun plugging in your favorite twitteratti, just go to the site and click on Twitter Faceoff and then enter two twitter usernames and it will create your infographic.


You can and should follow the Gloucester Daily Times Twitter Feed here

My Twitter feed can be found here

I plugged in The Gloucester Daily Times Twitter feed and Mine- here are the results they came up with (I based the GDT Character off of my buddy Andrea Holbrook)





Pet of the Week-Willy

Hello, my name is Willy and I have a suite at the Cape Ann Animal Aid located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane, Gloucester .  I am handsome, smart, friendly, my coat is one that everyone envies because I am so good looking.

Please attend our Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 8 (snow date, December 15), from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at our new shelter at Four Paws Lane in Gloucester.  Please stop by and help us celebrate the holidays.  I can’t wait because I love to party!

Did I mention that I am handsome?

Gloucester Downtown Calendar of Events


Nov. 23rd -BLACK FRIDAY – SHOP LOCAL – Twenty five Shops opening at 6AM – With Special Discounts. Look for the Gold Star in Participating Windows. Every purchase made receive a free entry to the $1,500. Shopping Spree look for the posters in participating Store windows.

Nov. 25th -Gloucester Downtown Christmas Parade starting at 3PM at the State Fish Pier on Parker Street proceeding to Main Street to Western Avenue.

Nov. 25th -The Annual Tree Lighting at Kent Circle will follow the Christmas Parade.

Dec. 6th -The 38th Annual Ladies Night – Stores will be open late. Many offering refreshments and special offers. With every item purchased receive a free entry to the $1,500. Shopping Spree.

Dec. 8th -The Middle Street Walk -10AM to 3PM FREE – At City Hall -Cape Ann Big Band Concert -11AM Gingerbread House Contest winners announced at 1PM non profit Organization presentations, special concerts and events until 3PM. During the day there will be concerts and special events at: Cape Ann Museum, Sawyer Free Library, Trinity Church, Universal Unitarian Church, Sargent House Museum, and more! All day free kids’ activities and buoy painting for the Lobster Pot Tree at Cape Ann Art Haven, 180B Main Street. List of events and schedules at City Hall, Sawyer Free Library Visit Middle Street Walk on Facebook and

Dec. 8th – The Annual lighting of the Lobster Pot Tree at 4:45PM.

Dec. 10th -Bank Gloucester’s Tree Lighting 5-6PM. A reception to follow in the Bank Lobby, to benefit Hospice of the North Shore.

Dec. 13th – The 38th Annual Men’s Night – Stores will be open late. Many offering refreshments and special offers. With every item purchased receive a Free entry to the $1,500. Shopping Spree.

Dec 19th. – Last chance to enter the $1,500. Shopping Spree.

Dec. 20th – The 1st Annual Family and Friends Night -Come Home for the Holidays. Many Stores will be open late offering Refreshments and special offers. Many Restaurants will be offering a free desert or appetizers. There will be Carolers strolling Main Street Gather your friends and family and join us and enjoy the evening Downtown.

Dec. 20th – Santa will draw the Winning Ticket at 9PM, to the $1,500.Shopping Spree.
Plenty of time to be used or given as Gifts. Please join us for the drawing. Good luck to all the entrants!

Community Photos 11/20/12

Stone Cold Stunning Gloucester Harbor Sunsets From Brianmoc

Brian writes-

sunset is in your backyard for the next two weeks then is back over in west Gloucester.


Check out more from Brian here-

Decorating The Kent Circle Christmas Tree photos by Joanne Marks

Community Stuff 11/20/12

Meet the chiefs at Gloucester UU Church November 26th


GAAC Has Moved!

After almost ten years at the St Paul Lutheran Church, the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club has started to outgrow the space, and we have moved our monthly meetings to the Lanesville Community Center, right up the street.

The Community Center has a lot of space to grow, all the amenities we’ll ever need, and a nice dark area outside where we can set up scopes before and after meetings. This is a real plus. Maybe in the warmer months we can even do some guerrilla astronomy there for the folks in and around Lanesville.

Come and see us in our new digs on December 14, our Christmas party! We’ll have door prizes, a new video from NASA on Saturn and the Cassini spacecraft, followed by a presentation by our own Steve K on what’s up in the winter sky. And of course there’ll be plenty of Christmas goodies to eat and lots of good conversation. GAAC charges no dues or fees. See you there at 8:00!

CAST Call For Actors-

Interested in acting? Want to participate in a twenty first century production of William Shakespeare’s "Julius Caesar"? Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe has several roles (from 18 years and up, male and female) still open in this tragedy about ambition, power, intrigue, and politics. The play will run the first week of March at the Gorton Theatre in Gloucester, with evening rehearsals in Rockport starting in December, breaking for the holidays and resuming in January. For more information and to arrange an interview, contact the director, Joseph Stiliano, at  .


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Schooner Adventure’s Holiday Tea

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 (1:30-4 pm) at the beautiful Inn Magnolia, 18 Norman Avenue, Gloucester (Magnolia).

Come enjoy tea tasting with Upton Teas (yes, there’ll also be coffee for those who must…), finger foods, live music, raffles and our Ship’s Store for holiday shopping.

Tickets are $10 per person at the door. For more info – call 978-281-8079, email bwelin@ or go to

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Date: Tuesday, November 20 , 2012

Time:    8:30 to 11:00 a.m.                               Time:     2:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Place:   Gloucester Marine Railways              Place:    Jodrey State Pier
            81 Rocky Neck Ave                                3 State Fish Pier

It’s not too late to get a flu shot – and if you need a tetanus shot or pneumonia shot, those are available as well.  Three vaccines, all FREE, for you and your family.  You don’t need health insurance to participate in the clinic.