Community Photos 11/26/13

M/V Beauport Princess photo from Anthony Marks

M/V Beauport Princess @ Cruiseport Gloucester


Bing McGilvray submits-

Finally fixing the stairs to the Courthouse/GPD from Rogers St. Noisy but necessary I guess.


Sheila Maguire submits-

I am hoping you find this interesting enough to post on GMG…….thanks
Here is a sample of the many new crafts/art that will be available on December 7 th at the Trinity Congregational Holiday Fair and Luncheon, 70 Middle Street. These fish are appx. 18 inches long and have been painted by many people throughout the community.

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Tina Ketchopolos submits-

Seacoast Holiday Bazaar

held last Saturday was festive and fun!

Thank you to everyone who attended and

supported this wonderful event!

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Plenty To Be Thankful For!

Plenty To Be Thankful For is my favorite video from last year. What are you thankful for on the eve of this most beloved and uniquely American holiday?

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Everyday I count my blessings for my beautiful and thoughtful children (now young adults) and today I am especially grateful for my very hard-working and sweet son Alex. The last batch of several hundred bulbs needed to go in the ground. We did speed planting along the HarborWalk and, in less than 45 minutes–done! Thanks so much Alex for your much appreciated help! His new truck, that he saved for with his hard earned money, came in handy, too!

I am so thankful too,  for my wonderful GMG family of friends!

Please forgive the old photo–it only annoys my son when I try to take a snapshot!


Artist Spotlight Series – Anna Vojtech

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Spotlight on Anna Vojtech

Anna grew up in Prague, Czechoslovakia, what is now the Czech Republic. She studied art and animation film in Prague, Antwerp (Belgium) and Hamburg (Germany), where she met her German-American husband, Roland Cornelis Baumgaertel.

In 1971 Anna and Roland moved to Montreal where she worked as a freelance artist for the National Filmboard of Canada and for various film companies. During that time Anna started to illustrate children books and work with Canadian publishers. Her first book published in the US was “The Star Husband”, a Native American legend, published by Doubleday in 1979. Since then Anna has been working and publishing with major publishers like North South, Putnam, Dial, Penquin, Abrams, and many others.  Her botanical paintings, another of Anna’s passions, have been published as”Wild Flowers for All Seasons”, a beautiful coffee table book.

In 1983 Anna, Roland and their two sons, Mathis and Lukas, moved to the North Shore. They lived in Marblehead for a time, but for the last 14 years they have been happy residents of Gloucester along with their grandchildren, Cyrus and Natasha. In 2001 Anna and Roland purchased a building in East Gloucester and turned it into an artist haven with 7 studios, called “Cripple Cove Studios”. This is where Anna continues doing what she has done all her adult life – illustrating, painting and experimenting with various media. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

In March 2013 Anna exhibited her paintings along with her husband’s sculptures at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck.  Anna will be participating in the Rocky Neck Arts and Crafts Show where she will be selling some of the books she has illustrated. Her most recent book are “Look What I can Do!” written by Nancy Viau and The Friendly Beasts”, an old English Christmas Carol, which includes a CD. All of the books will be autographed and at special times Anna will be signing them especially for your special little ones.

Look for Anna and her wonderful books at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, East Gloucester during the Rocky Neck Holiday Art & Fine Crafts Festival Saturdays and Sundays, Noon-4 PM November 30 – December 29

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Cape Ann Artists – Town Hall Art in Manchester

Move quickly to see works of 6 Cape Ann artists at the Manchester Town Hall. The exhibit will be there through Thanksgiving and all pieces are for sale. The artists include: Andrea Dunn, Kathleen Miller, Nancy Molvig, Ann L. Pulver, Leigh Slingluff, and Trina Smith. There are a variety of subject matters shown with several outdoor scenes and landscapes you may recognize.

Santa Parade and Tree Lighting Sunday December 1st

Gloucester’s annual Santa Parade and Kent Circle Tree Lighting is Sunday December 1st.

Parade begins at the State Fish Pier at 3pm and ends at Kent Circle for the tree lighting around 4:30pm.

Look for the Pink Elephant and donate an unwrapped toy to Toys4Tots.

Santa arrives at Kent Circle by fire truck and children are invited to sit on Santa’s lap.

Everyone at Kent Circle is invited to sign holiday cards to be sent to our troops overseas and to bring an unwrapped toy for children in need.

Free popcorn, hot chocolate and chowder provided by Lobsta Land, MileMarker One and The Gloucester Fund.

Music at Kent Circle by North Shore Bell Ringers.

Bring the kids and help celebrate the season with your friends and neighbors in Gloucester!

Cape Ann Symphony Holiday Pops Concert – Nov 30 & Dec 1


Performance: Saturday, November 30, 2013      8:00 P.M.
Performance: Sunday, December 1, 2013             2:00 P.M. 

The Cape Ann Symphony’s Holiday Pops Concert is an exciting celebration of holiday music favorites featuring a World Premiere by Robert J. Bradshaw commissioned by the Cape Ann Symphony, The Cape Ann Symphony Singers under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts and an updated sing along  to kick off the holiday season on Saturday, November 30 at 8 pm & Sunday, December 1 at 2 pm. The Holiday Pops Concert features the world premiere of   “Yankee Swap!: White Elephant Gift Exchange” from Suite No. 4 “Cape Ann” for orchestra by Robert J. Bradshaw, a Gloucester based composer and CAS member. “Yankee Swap!” is a super fun musical take the New England holiday tradition. Pick your number, wait your turn, unwrap or steal someone else’s present and then get ready for some serious symphonic bargaining! According to composer Bradshaw, “I am very grateful to Maestro Yoichi Udagawa and the Cape Ann Symphony for commissioning this work.  It provides me with the opportunity to write for an orchestra and community I care deeply about and the commission itself offered me the chance to explore aspects of my musical experience not often heard on the concert stage (including popular musical influences such as dub step, funk, rock and jazz).”  Maestro Undagawa is eager to premiere the new work,” Rob Bradshaw has written a terrific piece that captures the holidays here in New England. It shifts quickly from one idea and feeling to another, but at the same time paints a complete picture of the joy and complexity of feeling that accompanies the season. I know the audience is going to love this piece!”

Rob Bradshaw Composer
Rob Bradshaw Composer

The Cape Ann Symphony concerts are held at the Manchester-Essex High School auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible. Ticket prices are $35 for adults, $30 for senior citizens, $20 for Young Adults and Free for children age 18 and under. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visit


Sea Salt Chocolate Fudge Caramel Candy

PrintLast week Joey and I received this tweet from a new company located in Salem Massachusetts, about their new  sea salt product line. This Recipe had already been swirling in my head after a friend of my mother’s recently shared with her a box of Caramel Sea Salt Fudge. My mother simply can not stop talking about how delicious this fudge tastes, and keeps nagging me to make It for the holidays. I finally sampled a piece and she was right! The wheels in my head began to swirl and I added it to my running list of recipes to create for my family and friends this year. A few days latter my brother Joey and I receive this tweet “AtlanticSaltworks‏@AtlanticSalt @SistaFelicia we are excited for everyone, incl. you and @Joey_C to try it! Will be on its way to your table via USPS this week…enjoy!.” I couldn’t wait for their product sample to arrive and I knew exactly what I was going to make first with their sea salt sample.

salt35When the samples arrived, I went straight to my kitchen to create my own version  incorporating my family’s love for sea salt caramels and chocolate fudge together to create “The Ultimate”  of all confections”. The results far surpassed my expectations and turned out to be a five star recipe perfect for the upcoming holiday season. If your looking for a new holiday candy to gift or bring to a cookie swap, this is the recipe for you.

Sea Salt Chocolate Fudge Caramel Candy

*Special Note From Sista~Make fudge and caramel at the same time in separate pans

Fudge Ingredients:

2 cups granulated sugar

10 ounces evaporated milk

1 stick Margarine

16 oz. marshmallow fluff

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

1 1/2 teaspoon chocolate flavoring

24 ounces semi sweet chocolate morsels (dark or milk)


1 combine first five ingredients in 5 quart saucepan; stir over low heat 3–5 minutes


 2 increase heat to medium-high; bring to roiling boil; boil 5 minutes, continuously stirring

3 remove from heat; Stir in chocolate and chocolate flavoring; whisk well

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Caramel Ingredients:

2 cups packed brown sugar

2 sticks unsalted butter cut into pieces

1  14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

2/3 cup dark corn syrup

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon molasses

1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt

 2 tablespoons Alantic Saltworks Flake Finishing Salt


1  In 2 1/2 quart sauce pan combine first 8 ingredients; stir over medium low heat until sugar dissolves and butter is completely melted

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2 Attached candy thermometer to side of pan increase heat to medium-high


3  Bring mixture to rolling boil until candy thermometer reads 230° stirring constantly


4  Carefully transfer hot, two mixing bowl; attach candy thermometer to side of bowl; cool caramel to 200°

5 Generously spray 11×16 aluminum foil line cookie sheet with cooking spray


6 Carefully pour caramel into reserved chocolate fudge mixture; mix well


7 Pour into prepared cookie sheet


salt188 Sprinkle Atlantic Saltworks Flake Finishing Salt over top; cool 8 hours at room temperature

salt349 Using long sharp knife cut into 1×1 inch pieces


salt 4010 place candy pieces salt side down on wax lined foil candy wrap; fold and twist wrapper ends


11 Arrange foil warped Sea Salt Chocolate Fudge Caramel Candies in festive candy dish; or wrap in holiday candy boxes to gift!

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For more information on Atlantic SaltWorks products visit their website at

J. H. Rowe & Co. Anyone know?

My friend Gail McDonald would like to know more about this wooden box she acquired. It's a beautiful box. This is what I know: Joseph H. Rowe founded his oiled clothing company in 1884 in Gloucester. He improved apparel technology to be waterproof, especially useful for fishermen. His "Mother Ann" brand manufactured coats, pants, Sou'westers (hats), boots, horse covers, and wagon covers. We have a Rowe's Wharf, where Cruiseport is now. Any additional information will be appreciated.
My friend Gail McDonald would like to know more about this wooden box she acquired. It’s a beautiful box. This is what I know: Joseph H. Rowe founded his oiled clothing company in 1884 in Gloucester. He improved apparel technology to be waterproof, especially useful for fishermen. His “Mother Ann” brand manufactured coats, pants, Sou’westers (hats), boots, horse covers, and wagon covers. We have a Rowe’s Wharf, where Cruiseport is now. Any additional information will be appreciated.

The Manchester Athletic Club Crazy Free Deal

Hey Joey,

Long time no see!! Where have you been?

Can you please post the following on GMG? We started an AMAZING Black Friday promo early!!! Zero fees until 2014! No joining fee, the rest of this month for free and the whole month of December! Promotion ends on Cyber Monday- 12/2/13.

Call Samantha Larsen at the MAC at 978-526-8900 and secure the deal for yourself!


See y’all there in January when work slows for me!

Pet of the Week-Laura Lee

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Hello!  My name is Laura Lee, I am a six-month-old female Lab/Hound mix.  I am an active and affectionate girl.   I like making new friends – humans and canines, too.    I am learning on how to walk nicely on the leash and looking forward to getting it down pat.   I weigh about 43 pounds and I think I will be medium to big when I am fully grown.  I am a very sweet, goofy and fun dog.   If you would like to learn more about me, please visit the Cape Ann Animal Aid (CAAA), located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, located at Four Paws Lane in Gloucester.

I have been asked to tell you about the Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 7 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Receive a behind-the-scene tour of the shelter, meet and great shelter animals, enjoy festive activities that will be fun for the entire family!

I have a wonderful nose to sniff things out – I don’t think I will be much of a hunting dog, I think I will just sniff out toys and treats!

Community Stuff 11/26/13

Middle Street Walk: Holiday treats, gifts, décor & more!

Celebrate Middle Street Walk
at the Sargent House Museum
December 14, 2013

Come to the Sargent House to see—and purchase—fabulous decorations provided by local florist Blue Gate Gardens, decorator Katerina Gates, and others. Snack on holiday treats and enjoy our programming: 

  • 12:00-1:00PM – Listen to a chamber music concert provided by Rockport High School musicians, led by director Nathan Cohen
  • 2:30-3:00PM – Take in scenes from Judith Sargent Murray’s 1795 play “The Medium,” staged by the North Shore Folklore Theatre Co.
  • All Day – Check out the museum store for holiday gifts and treats


Middle Street Walk features open houses, concerts, special programs and traditional decorations throughout the afternoon, focused in and around historic Middle Street. Gloucester’s historic neighborhood welcomes visitors for a number of special events throughout the day, from arts to music to dance. Locations include Cape Ann Museum, Sawyer Free Library, Trinity Church, Unitarian Universalist Church, Sargent House Museum, and more!

For more information, visit our website: or our Facebook event page.

Thanksgiving Post from Pop Gallery

Home for the Holidays!

We hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday this week/weekend!

Check out a few Holiday goodies in our “Home for the Holidays” digital edition lookbook! Thanks to our amazing patrons for a great Fall season thus far!

Click the link to see the book!


And please remember to support your local shops on Small Business Saturday!


Photos With Santa Toy Drive

Angela Cook submits-

Could you help me spread the word?  This year’s toy drive will be happening on Seaside Village Open House Weekend.  The flyer is below:

Toy Drive Cards


Please distribute:

Due to the high level of interest for the webinar presentation on Monday, December 2, by the SBA and USDA, we had to switch to meeting software that could accommodate a larger number of participants. In order to access this meeting remotely, please dial 866-647-1746 and enter the pass code 6042534. To view the presentations, go to, enter your name and “knock” for access. 

For more information, contact Olivia Rugo, Northeast Regional Office, at or 978-675-2167.