Kenny MacCarthy’s Cape Ann MarketWatch

Interested in Gloucester/Rockport real estate? Watch Kenny MacCarthy’s video commentary, complete with photos, stats and attitude. This week there’s a tour of 7 properties and analysis of sales to date.


Kenny MacCarthy’s weekly review of Gloucester and Rockport homes and condos for sale. 7 properties reviewed this week as well as some analysis of this year’s sales.

Call Kenny here (978) 758-0983 if you have any questions.  He’s my boy!

8th Annual Rocky Neck Winter Show

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street
Gloucester MA 01930

Thursdays – Sundays
11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (except as below)
December 1 – 23, 2012

Join us for four receptions:
Saturday, Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m. Opening Reception
Sunday, Dec. 9, 2-4 p.m. High Tea Reception
Saturday, Dec. 15, 3-5 p.m. Happy Hour Reception
Friday, Dec. 21, 7-10 p.m. Winter Solstice Potluck Party


Green Family Thanksgiving Dinner


We had a very nice meal – just my parents and I, as my brother was with his in-laws.  The menu also included pumpkin pie, and a few other treats that didn’t make it into this photo.  We have leftovers to last us for a while!

Yesterday I also posted on my own blog on something I am (perhaps oddly) thankful for.

Fr. Matthew Green

Good Harbor Desk Calendar just added!

Good Harbor Beach is always magical! This year the beach has give us the most incredible displays of color, action, and beauty. These images show the many faces of Good Harbor from sunny summer days to the wind-whipped surf of Hurricane Sandy.

This is one of 4 calendars available for holiday gift giving or as a gift for yourself.

You can order yours here.

Thanks so much!  ~Sharon

Video- Toodeloos Killing It With Their Black Friday Sale and Downtown Gloucester Retailer Raffle Info

25% off til 10am, 20% For The Rest Of The Day Today. Plus Door Prizes!



There are a whole lot more Downtown Gloucester Retailers Offering Killer Black Friday Deals Get Down There and Save!!!


Thanksgiving Day Plunge @ Thurston Point!

Jennifer L submits-

Hi Joey!

They are at it again…at least it is a little warmer this year. :-)  Thought you would enjoy some pics I just took (most of which I took by holding up my binoculars to my cellphone camera lens…). It’s a little misty on the Annisquam today… 

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Jennifer L.


GMG Thanksgiving FOB Photo Orgy

At SIL Meg and BIL Jamie’s NYC


Anne Malvaux –
It was very close- 2 seconds later and no Turkey!


17 Thanksgiving Diners from Caroline Haines

Getting ready for the ritual of stating for what each one is Thankful.

(I think I see our Toby in there)


Next shot shows the diners on Lincoln ave at the Haines house- guests included sister Lynnie from Florida.


Thanksgiving Dinna From Kimberley Howlett


Parisi family Thanksgiving- all 18 of us! From Linn Parisi


Wendy Morgan Did Thanksgiving right!

Wendy writes-

My Thanksgiving dinner- these should replace turkeys for Thanksgiving.


Greg Bover Submits-

Here’s the salad I made to contribute to Thanksgiving Dinner at my sister’s house in New Hampshire. Baby spinach and mixed greens, halved grape tomatoes, thin-sliced cucumbers, mushrooms, hard-boiled eggs, avocados, and anchovies. Bacon bits for sprinkling, and homemade vinaigrette with basil infused evoo.


Community Stuff 11/23/12


Back_Shore_Surf_by_Paul_GeorgeCape Ann artist Paul George will be having a one-man show at the Rockport Art Association from November 25 – December 6th, 2012.

There will be a reception on Sunday, December 2nd from 1– 5PM

Paul studied at the MFA School in Boston and is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, North Shore AA, New England Watercolor Society and current member – former Vice President of the Rockport Art Association.

Paul has won many awards including the Winsor & Newton Award for Excellence at the National Watercolor Society, Award of Excellence at the Mystic Maritime International Show and the Gold Medal at the New England Watercolor Society.

He has been teaching watercolor and oil painting workshops since 1996 and has also recently released his video Painting White Roses. His work can be seen at the George Gallery, located in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

WHAT: Paul George Solo Show

WHERE: Rockport Art Association / 12 Main Street, Rockport

WHEN: November 25-December 6

CONTACT: 978.546.6604 /


Hi Joey ~ If space allows, please post …

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Hi Joey C,
Rockport merchants are excited to share with you news about our upcoming night event being held, Friday, Dec 7th. This event began 4 years ago with only 10 participating shops and has grown to include 56 businesses this year!
On Friday, Dec. 7, holiday shopping gets off to a festive start at 4 PM, with more then 56 downtown Rockport merchants open and offering exclusive promotions, discounts, raffles and give-a-ways through 8 p.m. With light refreshments from wine to hot apple cider and munchies, shoppers will enjoy Christmas cheer with a unique gift-buying experience while shopping Rockport’s tree-lined streets. By Thanksgiving, Rockport will be transformed from the beach town it is known as, to a small quaint New England village, straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting. The customary elimination of in-town parking meters are replaced with miniature Christmas trees secured atop poles, illuminating the streets below. It is an enchanting site to gaze up Main Street and down Bearskin Neck at the twinkling of holiday lights! Rockport’s traditional Christmas tree will be aglow along with its distinctive shops dazzling us with the shimmer of lights and the sounds of Christmas music from within. With everyone in the holiday spirit, local shoppers and visitors alike will stroll together to support local businesses while enjoying an evening of great deals and holiday cheer!
Thank you!
Dawn Noble, La Provence


Cape Ann Chamber At A Glance Holiday Edition


In the spirit of the season, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce has produced this special holiday edition of Chamber at a Glance, highlighting the myriad of unique and festive events and special local shopping promotions happening in every Cape Ann community.  As you will see, there is so much going on everywhere, if you happen to miss a visit from Santa or the lighting of a Christmas tree in your community, chances are very good that you and your family can still experience all that and more in your neighboring Cape Ann city or town. 

So as Thanksgiving Day nears, and the holiday season is almost upon us, all of us on your Chamber team want to wish you and yours a most happy and healthy,  joyous and prosperous Cape Ann holiday season.

Cape Ann Chamber Holiday Parties

Wednesday, November 28, 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Manchester Division featuring Lucky Nine Drawing

The Landing at 7 Central
7 Central Street, Manchester

Tuesday, December 4, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Rockport Division featuring the Half-Price Sale

The Fish Shack Restaurant

21 Dock Square, Rockport

Thursday, December 6, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Essex Division featuring the Clamfest Awards

The Fortune Palace Restaurant

99 Main Street, Essex

Wednesday, December 19, 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Cape Ann Chamber Holiday Party

Chamber Office

33 Commercial Street, Gloucester

Essex Holiday Festival

Thursday, November 29 to Saturday, December 1

The first weekend of December is set aside in anticipation of this very special time of year…the giving and sharing of holiday spirit in Essex.

Thursday, November 29, 6:30 pm Join us for a solemn, special ceremony, the lighting of our Memory Tree at Town Hall on Martin Street, where we honor our lost loved ones. The town’s children’s bell choir performs in the background.

Friday, November 30, 6:30 pm Santa arrives by boat at the Town Landing on the Essex River . From there he and Mrs. Claus will go to the Waterline Center of the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. Children get to sit on Santa’s lap and review their holiday "wish list". Refreshments of clam chowder, donuts and hot chocolate are served.

Saturday, December 1, 8:00 to 11:00 am Breakfast with Santa with crafts, songs and photos is held at the Essex Elementary School on Story Street. Come join in all the fun!

Shop locally all day Saturday during Essex’s 4th Annual Holiday Shopping Day. Many participating businesses will be offering everything from free food and drink, discounts and sales to complimentary gift wrapping until 8 pm. There will be raffle prizes and silent auction items to bid on, storytelling and caroling. Eat, Shop and be Merry in Essex!

Gloucester Downtown Holiday Events

Friday, November 23 to Thursday, December 20

November 23

BLACK FRIDAY – SHOP LOCAL – Twenty five Shops opening at 6AM – With Special Discounts. Look for the Gold Star in Participating Windows.

November  25

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

The Annual Tree Lighting at Kent Circle will follow the Christmas Parade.

December 6

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.

December 8

The Middle Street Walk – 10AM to 3PM – FREE – 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!

Full list of events on The Middle Street Walk’s Facebook page.

The Annual lighting of the Lobster Trap Tree at 4:45PM.

December 10

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

December 13

The 38th Annual Men’s Night – Stores open late. Many offering refreshments and special offers. With every item purchased receive a free entry to the $1,500 Shopping Spree (REMINDER: last day to enter is December 19).

December 20

The 1st Annual Family and Friends Night. Stores open late! Restaurants will

offer free desert or appetizers! ­Carolers strolling Main Street! Gather your friends and family and join us and enjoy the evening.

Santa will draw the Winning Ticket at 9 pm, to the $1,500. Shopping Spree.


Wednesday, November 28 to Sunday, December 2

Open Houses in the shops all weekend long!

Thursday, November 29 5:00 to 8:00 pm: Manchester Division Party featuring the Lucky Nine Drawing at The Landing (tickets $25; grand prize $1,000, more than 20 prizes in all!)

Friday, November 30: Shop Manchester Night! 4:00 to 9:00 pm

How to Play

-Get a Shop Manchester Night Passbook, available by mid-November from participating stores.
-Collect stamps from ALL participating shops, between 4:00 and 9:00 pm.
-Bring your Passbook to The Landing for a complimentary drink and a gift pack filled with valuable gift certificates from local merchants valued at over $200! Plus be entered in a drawing for a brand new Google Nexus 7 Tablet.

Saturday, December 1: Santa arrives by tug boat, Jingle Bell Walk, Surfari’s Stand Up Paddleboard’s harbor "parade", weekend shop-around event, Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, December 2: Concert, weekend shop around event, Friendship Tree lighting, and shop around prize winners announced

Rockport Holiday Events

Saturday, December 1 to Monday, December 31

Over 100 Quaint Shops & Art Galleries

Unique Gifts for the Whole Family in Every Price Range

Strolling Minstrels & Carollers ~ Gaily Decorated Streets & Stores

Fairs, Festivals & Concerts Seaside Inns & Restaurants Open for Your Enjoyment

December 1

Santa’s Arrival by Boat * Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 7

Shop Rockport! A Festive Evening of Exclusive Events! 4:00 to 8:00 pm 

December 8

"Seashells and Jingle Bells" Inn & Kitchen Tour, 1:00 to 5:00 pm

December 8 – 9

Seaside Village Open House

11th Annual Holiday Gallery Stroll

December 22

67th Annual Christmas Pageant

December 31

New Year’s Rockport Eve 2012

For further information and a complete Calendar of Events for this month-long program, now in its 28th year, contact the Rockport division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce at 978-283-1601 or visit us on the web at

Celebrate the Holidays on Cape Ann!

Shop Local!

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce invites you to join the

Cape Ann Gift Certificate Program!

Great gift idea and a wonderful promotional opportunity for the

upcoming Holiday Season!

Don’t delay – It is FREE TO JOIN this tremendously successful program.

How Does My Business Benefit?

The Program creates economic growth on Cape Ann

Free advertising and exposure for your business

Access to dollars that stay on Cape Ann

How Does It Work?

Certificates are deposited as a check – just fill in the store name in the payee space. The Chamber maintains an account funded by the original purchase of the gift certificate. Certificates can be purchased for $10 and up.

How Is It Promoted?

– Gloucester Daily Times ads

– Cape Ann Beacon ads

– Tent cards at cash registers, window decals, signs at Shaw’s Supermarkets

– Mentioned at Chamber events

– Special notice sent to Human Resource Directors of Cape Ann’s largest


How Much Does It Cost?

There is no charge to join in the Cape Ann Gift Certificate program –

participation is a benefit of Chamber membership

Who Participates?

The Chamber encourages participation from all Cape Ann business types: retail, dining, hospitality, services, and professional.

There are currently over 200 Chamber members participating in the program.

The names of participating businesses are given out with each gift certificate sale, and are listed on the Chamber’s website at

Where Can They Be Purchased?

– At the Chamber office in Gloucester

– At both Shaw’s Supermarket Gloucester locations

How Many Gift Certificates Have Been Sold?

Sold in 2010: Over $87,000 worth

Sold in 2011: Over $81,000 worth

Sold in 2012 (to date): Over $36,000 worth