Art in the Schoolhouse Preview Opening Party

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Friday, 12/6 5-8:00PM at the new Magnolia Historical Society’s Museum and Cultural Center building (in the old Blynman School), 46 Magnolia Ave.  A great collection of artists and photographers, plus a large selection of affordable holiday gift items -cards, books, prints, mini paintings, calendars and more.  Refreshments, live music and free admission.  Come see, shop and find out what Magnolia Historical Society is up to – exciting developments for Magnolia and the Gloucester historical, arts and cultural scenes.  Hope to see you there.

E.J. Lefavour

Gloucester Fire Department New Engine In Service


To see the engine as it was being built click here for past posts

Final Photo Album of Gloucester Fire Engine 2 Being Built

Posted on September 3, 2013 by Joey C


Updates on Engine 2 Being Built at The Pierce Factory From Fire Chief Eric Smith

Posted on August 19, 2013 by Joey C


Mayor Kirk Forwards A Photo Album of Gloucester’s New Fire Truck (Engine 2) Being Built

Posted on August 7, 2013 by Joey C

How big is your Bathtub this Xmas?

How big is your Bathtub this Xmas?

Adopt a Whale From Ocean Alliance for This Xmas.

From Amy Kerr;

“Buy a priceless gift that supports whales and ocean conservation.

Humpback Whales are among the best known and most loved of all whales. From their playful aerial behaviours, a delight of whale watchers around the world, to their haunting and mysterious songs, humpback whales capture the imagination of young and old alike.

Humpbacks are primarily identified by the distinct characteristics of the black and white pigmentation on the underside of their flukes (tails). This pattern is as unique as human fingerprints, and allows us to photograph this pattern, identify specific whales and determine their offspring. With Ocean Alliance, you do not only support one individual whale, but a whole family of whales! Five humpback matriarchs (female heads of families) are offered through our whale sponsorship program. These matriarchs have been chosen because they are consistently sighted with their growing families and have been since the early 1980’s. These families have endeared themselves to casual whale watchers and Ocean Alliance researchers alike.

Adopting a whale gives whale lovers an opportunity to share the unique experience of getting to know these very special individuals and their families. This winter buy a holiday gift that will keep on giving!  Click on any of the items below to learn more!”

Bubbly at Savour Wine and Cheese for Ladies Night!

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Stop by Savour Wine and Cheese on Ladies Night to enjoy complimentary Champagne, sparkling wines, fabulous appetizers prepared by Chef Matt Beach, and cheeses from around the world. We hope to see you there!

 This is a wonderful opportunity to sample sparkling wines and Champagnes–the Lanson is a fine French Champagne that typically sells for 60.00 a bottle!

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Lovely Gift Boxes to Fill with Yummy Treats

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Gloucester High School Thanksgiving Day football Game on Cape Ann TV Tonight

This just in from Erich Archer:
Hello Friends of CATV,

We would like to invite you to tune in to our broadcast of the Gloucester High School Thanksgiving Day football game tonight at 8pm on Channel 12.

This production is part of our Enhanced Sports pilot program. The goal of the program is to send three cameras to 25 sports games this year at the Gloucester, Manchester/Essex, and Rockport high schools to provide dynamic, high-quality coverage of these events. We will also provide supplemental sports programming such as highlight packages, interviews with players and coaches, and promotional videos.

As an added bonus at this year’s Thanksgiving game we also included a fourth camera on a 6-foot camera crane at midfield!

The games will premiere on channel 12 and then air on channel 20 for the remainder of the week.

We hope you enjoy our enhanced coverage and look forward to providing the best, local sports coverage in the area.

Anything you can do to help spread the word about this exciting new coverage would be much appreciated.

Thanks very much,
Erich Archer
Executive Director
Cape Ann TV
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Twitter: @CapeAnnTVCATV

Spotlight on Marty Morgan

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Spotlight on Marty Morgan Pottery

Marty Morgan was a French lit major in college, but a good friend introduced her to the magic of clay and firing. She learned the basics of throwing on the wheel with Frances Trapp at the Boston Museum School. Living in California in the late 60’s she learned to fire gas kilns, did extensive glaze testing and took many workshops at Big Creek Pottery in Santa Cruz, with Daniel Rhodes and other well-known potters.

Returning to the East Coast in 1972 Marty opened a retail crafts gallery and teaching studio, the Works, in Manchester, MA. In 1979 she moved to her present home on the Mill River in Gloucester, turning the garage into a studio and showroom. The studio features her dream kiln, a 65 cubic foot car kiln, which is loaded in the studio and then rolled outside to be fired.

As well as creating her own work, Marty has been very involved in the Cape Ann community, as a founding member and president of the Cape Ann Artisans which has held studio tours twice a year for over 30 years. She is also known as “the bowl lady” for her work helping to organize the Empty Bowl event, an annual fundraiser since 2001 for the Open Door food pantry. Marty says: “After making pots for forty years, I still love it when someone tells me they have to have their coffee in a Marty mug”.

Marty will be holding an Open House at her studio December 7th & 8th, 10 -5 featuring her porcelain mugs, serving pieces, lamps and vases and her latest “quarry vessels” and tile wall sculptures. Stop by for some home-made cookies and holiday cheer.

Marty Morgan Pottery 428 Washington Street, Gloucester. 978-281-3347

E.J. Lefavour

Festival of Trees Update

A lot has happened since last Friday when the trees went up, but there are still a few trees to be decorated. Some groups are showing a little imagination with their trees… All trees are to be decorated by this Friday December 6th.

The Friendship Tree will be lit Sunday at 4:30 PM at the First Parish Church on Town Hall Common and the Trees in the Festival of Trees will be lit right after.

Weekend Schedule Starting Thursday – Too Many Choices!

Thursday, December 5

40th Annual Ladies Night – Gloucester Downtown – 5-10pm

It’s soooo easy to make Holiday Shopping Painless By Shopping Local and now with the Hive and Teen Artist Guild offering Gift wrapping service on Ladies night, it’s even easier and MORE FUN to get your shit done locally instead of fighting the crowds at the mall.  No Brainer City Baby!  To add to the awesome traditions of Ladies Night the Teen Artist Guild is having an open studio/boutique and wrapping event.

Custom made wrapping paper to wrap gifts – for free, of course donations to the program would be lovely!

December 5th,  with a special tree lighting ceremony in front of Town Hall on Martin Street beginning at 6:30.
December 6th – Arrival of Santa by boat at 6PM at the Town Landing. As you are waiting for Santa, activities and refreshments will be set up including: riding Thomas the Train, Woodman’s Clam Chowder, Dunkin’ Donuts Hot Chocolate, and more.
December 7th, features a breakfast with Santa at the Essex Elementary School from 8-11AM as well as all day Holiday Shopping Open Houses at many Essex’s local businesses.

Friday, December 6


SoulCove CFA’s Grand Opening Gala! @ 8 Atwater Ave, Manchester, MA
Join us for our grand opening event! The Manchester Athletic Club is holding their Holiday Fair Expo on December 6th and we will be opening our doors to the community as well.

From 5:00pm-8:00pm Rach and Thom will be on hand with many of our faculty members to speak with you about all of the exciting classes, ensembles, camps, and performances being offered at SoulCove. Guests will also have the opportunity to view and purchase some of the amazing art on our walls!

At 8:00pm we will move into The Garden Room for cocktails and a performance by members of the SoulCove faculty (collaborations galore!)

December 6
Shop Manchester Night from 4-9 pm.Win an iPad Mini or a BMX Bike

 December 7
Shop Manchester Day
Win an iPad Mini or a BMX Bike
The Jingle Bell Walk with Santa

December 8 3:30 pm
Christmas Concert and the Lighting of the Friendship Tree

Saturday, December 7

A delicious LUNCHEON will be served at 12:30 pm!

The Christmas Fair features fresh holiday greens, centerpieces, wreaths and plants; exceptional handicrafts, and a glittering display of costume jewelry.  The Sewing Circle is proud of the lovely presentation and wrapping of home-baked, gourmet foods and preserves prepared by our members. Delightful hostess baskets are always popular items at the sale. The Circle of Recipes cookbook, filled with cherished family recipes and historical commentaries from Sewing Circle members, will be available as a perfect Christmas gift!

The festive and delicious three-course luncheon will be served at 12:30 and tickets are $15.00. Reservations are recommended.  Please call 978-283-2247.

Founded in 1837, the Annisquam Sewing Circle is one of the oldest, continuous, independent societies of women in the United States. The Sewing Circle contributes the proceeds of their Christmas Fair and other fundraisers to the needs of many of Cape Ann’s community programs.

The Village Hall in Annisquam, Gloucester, is located on Leonard Street off Rt. 127A. Watch for the signs at Gran Circle and the Annisquam Village Church!

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Rockport Holiday Activities:
Santa Arrives via a Lobster Boat and Tree Lighting @ Bradley Wharf on Bearskin Neck, and Dock Square, 3:45pm

Sunday, December 8


St. John’s Church, 48 Middle Street, Gloucester will host “Lessons and Carols for Advent” on Sunday, December 8 at 4 pm. The program is open to the public. Featuring music and readings for the season of Advent, the Parish Choir as well as the new young Choir School Choristers (pictured) will sing. Featured is the anthem “Advent”, a composition by music director, Mark Nelson, for choir and flute with words by Gloria Richardson, noted Cape Ann poet and church member. Playing the flute will be Jean Antrim. The congregation will sing several hymns including “Lo, he comes with clouds descending” and “O come, O come Emmanuel”. The church is decorated with deep blue altar hangings and the blue “contrails” hanging from the arches overhead and lit with the light of a hundred blue candles. Freewill offering at the door. Free parking at 33 Washington Street. A reception follows. 978.283.1708 ext 2.

If that was not enough there is great music happening all around Cape Ann check out the complete listing here

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There are only 9 days left to build a gingerbread house for the Middle Street Walk Contest on Dec. 14. Your house must be completed by Dec. 13.  Checkout this video on how to make one from Cape Ann TV

See, go see and Shop Locally ~ Hand Made with Love @ Present ~ Ladies night downtown Gloucester… 5-10 pm December 5, 2013

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Present Gloucester

Many thanks to Dan King, KBMG and friends! Here is a taste of this year’s Present. We hope to see you Thursday night for Ladies’ Night!

Top Neck Stuffed Clams


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The Ultimate Appetizer of all times!

For years Stuffed Top Neck Clams have been the highlight of our holiday feast. It’s become tradition for the men in the family to gather around my kitchen island to prepare the clams for stuffing. A daunting task and skill taught to the younger generations year after year to keep the tradition alive. The only compliant you may hear from the men is that their not cooking fast enough!

clam10 This photo of my Father teaching my husband Barry how to open the clams safely several years ago, is a photo I will cherish forever. Although he may not be with us physically and mentally, he is forever with us in spirit as each clam is opened at my island each holiday.

Top Neck Clams


35 top neck clams split open and mussel loosened

4 stacks original Ritz Crackers crushed in food processor

1-2 handful of Sicilian Breadcrumbs (recipe pg 2o1 “Gifts of Gold”

1 envelope Good Season Italian Dry Dressing Mix

1 large sweet onion puréed

1 medium ripe tomato seeded and finely hand chopped

1-2 sticks melted salted butter

1 green pepper cut finely by hand

½ lb. sliced bacon cut into ½ inch pieces

1 tablespoon olive oil


1  Place all ingredients except butter, olive oil and bacon into a large mixing bowl

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2  Add butter a little at a time while working crumbs together with your hands, mixture should be a moist consistency not wet soggy

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3  Drizzle stuffing mixture with olive oil and mix well

4  Carefully place prepared clams on a cookie sheet, (keep natural clam juices in each shell)


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5  Using your hand top each clam with a heaping tablespoon of stuffing

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6  Top each stuffed clam with bacon

7  Place clams uncovered into a preheated 350 degree oven

8  Bake 5-10 minutes or until tops of crumbs are golden and bacon is slightly crisp

 For my Step-by-Step video Tutorial clink on link below at The Gloucester Daily Times Taste Of The Times


Trenel Cove, circa 1915

You've seen Trenel Cove on Wolf Hill many times, commuting onto or off of Cape Ann island. The A. Piatt Andrew Bridge (Route 128) connects us with the mainland. It spans the Annisquam River from Rust Island on the left to just beyond the house with the turret on the right (Wolf Hill). Trenel Cove is in the foreground, and was where a small ferry operated. It's now a Gloucester Public Landing (see #11):
You’ve seen Trenel Cove on Wolf Hill many times, commuting onto or off of Cape Ann island. The A. Piatt Andrew Bridge (Route 128) connects us with the mainland. It spans the Annisquam River from Rust Island on the left to just beyond the house with the turret on the right (Wolf Hill). Trenel Cove is in the foreground, and was where a small ferry operated. It’s now a Gloucester Public Landing (see #11):

Rockport Granite Company’s vessel captains

The attachment is a very clear 1922 photo of 15 Captains of Rockport Granite Company vessels.
At that time the company operated quite a fleet 17 of stone sloops and schooners as well as steam tugs, lighters and barges.  Their schooners and big sloops delivered granite products up and down the atlantic coast between Cape Ann and Virginia.

Only one of the captains has been identified.  He is Capt. William Poland of Gloucester who was captain of the Stone Sloop, “Albert Baldwin” and he is standing far left in the  picture with a spy glass under his arm.  I know that Capt. Ben Paschal was captain of the sch. Ervin J. Luce” and Capt. Gene Weber of Gloucester captained the schooner “George R. Bradford” but they and the other 12 men are not yet identified.  I would be grateful if any GMG readers can identify other men in this amazing picture. I  hope to share the names of the other men with the Cape Ann Museum and with Les Bartlett who is writing the history of the Rockport Granite Company.

Bill Hubbard

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Les Bartlett Photo

Make A Difference This Holiday Season

Hey Joe- 

The GMG community has been so generous and supportive of Next Step through the annual bikini/speedo dodgeball tourney, that I thought they might be interested in this opportunity. 

Each December we host a holiday party for all of the Next Step youth. Some of these teens and young adults are battling cancer, some HIV, and some rare genetic diseases, but all are dealing with life-threatening illness, every day. The holiday party is a chance for them to have fun, see friends, and get away from their day-to-day pressures and struggles. 

We make sure that each youth walks away from the party with a holiday gift. This year we put together a wish list of gifts for the youth. It’s a great way for generous people like GMG readers to give DIRECTLY to one of our kids and help put a smile on their face this season. The wish list link is below- all gifts will be sent to Next Step, wrapped and given to our youth on Dec. 14. Thanks so much!


Aria McElhenny
Development Director

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The Next Step Fund
For Young People With Cancer and Blood Disease

Community Stuff 12/4/13

Weather permitting, the Docksiders will be will be playing a concert  in front of Sovereign Bank from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm compliments of the Christmas Parade Committee.  Since the 

Docksides could not play in Sunday’s parade because of the weather this will serve as their rain date.  The street will be blocked off at Duncan Street for the duration of the concert an hour or less. Merry Christmas!




Dec 8th Contra Dance

Hi Joey,

Our next dance is this Sunday, December 8.
Everybody is welcome, and our local contra dance family just keeps on growing.

We had several folks who’d never done a contra dance before join us in November and they all promised they’d be back for more!

Some folks come just to hear the music and visit with friends.

The fun starts at 6:30 with a helpful Introduction to the Basics of Contra Dance.  The dancing starts in earnest at 7:00 and goes to 10:00.

It all happens at the First Baptist Church, 38 Gloucester Ave., Gloucester.

Check out the smiling faces on these photos by Mary Barker.

People can get more info at

Thanks for helping to spread the word!

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Angela Cook Is Crowdsourcing Her Book-

I wanted to share some news – I put together a book, full of scenic
images of Rockport through all the seasons of the year, along with some
anecdotes and stories. Toad Hall has already offered to throw me a book
release party, to be held in conjunction with Motif 1 Day in May.  I am
self-publishing the book, so funding is essential.  I decided to start a
Kickstarter campaign to see if I can crowd-fund the project. Any way you
can help me spread the word? The campaign is at the link below:
Thank you 🙂