10 Best Cities In Massachusetts- Where Do You Suppose Gloucester Ranked?

The 10 Best Cities in Massachusetts

Thinking about moving to Massachusetts? Now you’ll know which of its cities are the best.

Natalie Grigson

Staff Writer MOVOTO

Massachusetts, the Bay State, is renowned for many things. It has some of the richest history and oldest buildings in the nation; some of our country’s best colleges; and, of course, Boston.

Bean Town is just one city, however, so we wanted to do all Massachusetts residents proud and determine which cities in the state are its very best. It’s the same thing we’ve already done with states like Washington and, a bit closer to home, New Jersey.

Of course, narrowing our selection down to a list of 10 and one winner overall—Marshfield—was not without a certain degree of challenge, but we figured Red Sox and Celtics fans are accustomed enough to dealing with that. When the results were tallied, the 10 best cities in the Bay State emerged:

Click here for the list-

The 10 Best Cities in Massachusetts


Art in the Schoolhouse – Holiday Art Sale Presented by The Magnolia Historical Society

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ART SALE  – Saturday Dec 14th & Sunday Dec 15th from 10am till 2pm

A great turnout of Artist and shoppers during last weekends opening, with over 16 artists participating and 150 plus pieces of work on display, the Blynman School once again fill with joy, laughter and creativity.

Stop in next weekend Saturday Dec 14th & Sunday Dec 15th from 10am till 2pm, and take your time to enjoy some great Art work and see the revitalization of the Blynman Schoolhouse, the home of The Magnolia Historical Society, 46 Magnolia Ave  Gloucester, MA.


Chef Matt Beach’s Best Apple Tarte Tatin

Chef Matt Beach’s Sublime Dinner ~ continued

Matt Beach Apple Tarte Tatin ©Kim Smith 2013Individual little apple tarte Tatins hot and fresh from the oven

For the Chef’s Table dinner that I was so very fortunate to recently attend, Chef Matt Beach prepared simply the most delicious apple tarte Tatin you could possibly imagine.

A tarte Tatin is a tart cooked upside down and made with fruit (typically apples) that have been caramelized in butter and sugar prior to baking. The recipe originates from the Centre Region of France, a rich agricultural area where many tree fruits are grown. Peaches, plums, pears, and apricots may also be used to make the tarte.

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Matt Beach Apple Tarte Tatin -2©Kim Smith 2013Flipping the tartes from the ramekins

Matt Beach Apple Tarte Tatin -6 ©Kim Smith 2013.

Warm and ready to serve

Matt Beach Apple Tarte Tatin -5 ©Kim Smith 2013Chef Beach served the apple tarte Tatin with his equally as wonderful salted caramel homemade ice cream.

Beach Gourmet is a full-service catering company. They have a passion for sharing good food and friendship. And they know how to throw a great party! Their primary business is Catering and Event Management for parties large and small. Additionally, they have a thriving Personal Chef business, working for clientele they care deeply about and with whom they have grown to regard as both client and friend.

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hotel_tatinHotel Tatin, Lamotte Beuvron, France 

End Note ~ Legend has it that apple tarte Tatin was originally created by Stéphanie Tatin in the 1880s at the Hotel Tatin, located in Lamotte Beuvron, France, and which is still in operation. Visit this fabulous website Friends of the tarte Tatin for more information, the history of, and for a recipe as close as possible to the original 19th century apple tarte Tatin recipe.

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Chef Matt Beach’s Sublime Dinner

Tommorrow is St Lucia Day…Soak Your Wheat Berries Tonight


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St. Lucia Pudding is traditionally served in Sicilian homes on December 13th, Santa Lucia Day. I have my Wheat Berries soaking do you?

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4 cups wheat berries, soaked in water overnight

8 cups whole milk

2 cups sugar

8 tablespoons Argo cornstarch

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon fresh ground cinnamon

1 large Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with almonds candy bar, chopped into bite size pieces


1 Drain wheat berries, and add them to fresh pot of water; bring to boil; cook  20-25 min; drain and set aside

2 Mix milk, sugar, cornstarch, vanilla and cinnamon  a large sauce pan

3 Cook over high heat stir continuously until it comes to rolling boil, and become thick

*Note~ scrapping the bottom of the pan while stiring to prevent mixture from sticking and burning

4   Remove from heat;  add 3 cups cooked wheat berries to pudding; mix well

5  Pour pudding on large serving platter;  cool for 5- 10 minutes;  sprinkle with chocolate pieces and dust with 2 tablespoons of fresh ground cinnamon

Click link below for my recipe video tutorial



A Different View of Cape Ann Tool

From some shots I took last summer I have been putting this together. A montage of sorts. As you look at it, there appears more than just rusty relics of buildings, but also Pigeon Cove and the granite breakwater. Thought I’d share this different view.

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Cape Ann Tool

Win Dinner & A Show with Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr and help needy kids!

Senator Bruce Tarr

If you’re listening to North Shore 104.9 today, you know they’re broadcasting Senator Bruce Tarr’s North Shore Toy Drive live until 6pm and you’ll hear Senator Tarr mention a “Once in a lifetime” auction on air.  We don’t want people who can’t have the radio on to miss out, so here’s the scoop:

This Sunday, Senator Tarr is taking 4 people as his guests to the Larcom Theatre at 2pm for Henri Smith New Orleans Christmas Matinee followed by dinner at Teresa’s Prime (the new steakhouse in North Reading). 

You can bid on this “once in a lifetime opportunity” by sending an email to northshoretoydrive@yahoo.com with your name, phone number and your bid.

Senator Tarr will be updating the bid price live on the radio during the day — and you can continue bidding during the day tomorrow too.  The winning bid will be announced tomorrow (FRI) at 5pm.  The money will be donated to the winner’s local Toy Drive charity.

The are still some seats left for this show! Guest Presentation Friday, December 13, 8 PM Presented by M.E. Productions ROCKPORT BLUES SUMMIT —LUTHER “GUITAR JUNIOR” JOHNSON, SUGAR RAY NORCIA, & “MONSTER” MIKE WELCH



Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson has emerged as the bona fide leader of the West Side guitar style with his unique blend of blues, soul and funk. His blazing guitar riffs and plaintive vocals leave no doubt that Johnson is a blues master at the top of his game. He served an apprenticeship with Muddy Waters (one of the last direct links!) and Magic Sam before developing his own signature style. “Guitar Junior” earned his moniker by performing blistering blends of single string playing on the electric guitar. Magic Sam immediately signed him upon hearing the teenage “Little Junior” sing Sam Cooke’s “Somebody Have Mercy” at a club on Chicago’s West Side in the early ’60s.

Singer and harp man Sugar Ray Norcia’s career kicked into high gear in 1979 when he formed the original Sugar Ray & the Bluetones with guitar giant Ronnie Earl, and it has stayed there ever since. They backed Big Walter Horton, Big Joe Turner, Jimmie Rogers, Otis Rush, JB Hutto & countless others in the early ’80s all over the North East. In 1991 Norcia hooked up with Roomful of Blues and toured the world with the 11 piece band, appearing on their Grammy-nominated Turn It On, Turn It Up!

Mike Welch has been on the international blues scene for 15 years, and he’s only about 30!! Dubbed “Monster Mike” by Dan Ackroyd at the opening of the first House of Blues club some 15 years ago, Mike has seen his career move through three distinct phases already, from young teen phenom in the mid 1990s, to in-demand session guitarist, to a deep, soulful artist whose early promise has been fully realized working with Sugar Ray and solo projects.

Luther is at the top of his game and the pinnacle of his legendary career. Sugar Ray is nothing short of an icon in the New England blues scene, and “Monster Mike” is blazing his own distinct path. It’s the Blues baby, don’t miss it!

Tickets: $25, $35, $39

*Additional fees apply

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Dave Sag’s Blues Party tonight with Dennis Brennan, Matt Stubbs and Chris Rivelli and dear Ol’ Dave @ The Rhumb Line tonight 8-11 12.12.2013

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Dave says,

Let’s welcome the Boston Brain Trust back to Gloucester in the form of  the incandescent Dennis Brennan with his cohorts Matt Stubbs and Chris Rivelli. Another close shave with  three chords and the truth. Every time these guys show up, I feel like I’ve been reborn into a higher form of reptile! Someday, I won’t need the sun to make my aorta pop with rhythm. But for now,I’ll get out of the house before it’s too late. Put on your Keds and come out swinging.
Dennis, of the oleaginous windpipes and great collection of hats, is truly a master of the blues. Not only that, but of many other styles, too. Why am I telling you this?? You should already know!  His gunzel  Matt Stubbs has travelled the world  many times around backing up many famous cats. A sizzling guitarist, watch his fingers: now you see it, now you don’t. And Chris? Well, he’s the de facto Rheumful o’ Blooz agitprop, reedy to scramble your eggs with his whisking style.
Truly one of my favorite agglomerations, I can’t wait to see how it ends! Remember: Winter hours now 8 to 11


40 Railroad Ave.

Gloucester, MA 01930

phone: 978-283-9732


Do you know where Winniahadin is? It's in West Gloucester, near the Castle Manor Inn. The little bridge is still there. We may see some snow on Sunday similar to this. I researched Winniahadin several years ago on the internet, and it's referenced in historical documents.
Do you know where Winniahadin is? It’s in West Gloucester, near the Castle Manor Inn. The little bridge is still there. We may see some snow on Sunday similar to this. I researched Winniahadin several years ago on the internet, and it’s referenced in historical documents.

Gloucester Schooner Festival awarded four scholarships to Cape Ann organizations who foster greater knowledge and appreciation of Cape Ann’s coastal waters

On Tuesday, December 3rd at Maritime Gloucester, the Gloucester Schooner Festival awarded four scholarships to Cape Ann organizations who foster greater knowledge and appreciation of Cape Ann’s coastal waters by providing opportunities for young people to sail, row or otherwise become immersed in our ocean environment. The 2013 Gloucester Schooner Festival Awards were given to adults and student representatives from GHS Sailing, Cape Ann YMCA, the Gloucester Museum School and Sea Scout Ship 5. Checks for $1,000 were presented to each organization. The grants are made available through the generosity of the corporate sponsors of the Schooner Festival, as well as raffle and merchandise sales.

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The picture include the following individuals from left to right

Tom Balf, Maritime Gloucester,

Patti Paige, GHS Sailing
Amanda Madeira, North Shore Sea Scouts Ship 5

Jo-Anne Crawford, Gloucester Museum School/Project Adventure

Katy Coffey, YMCA Sailing

Daisy Nell, Gloucester Schooner Festival

Community Stuff 12/12/13

December 9-15, 2013


Museum Pop-Up Shop and Guided Tours

Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Gloucester City Hall on Middle Street

Paul Cornoyer (1864 -1923), December, Gloucester (c. 1916).
Oil on canvas. Museum purchase. 2007.23.

Guided Walking Tours

Join Museum docents for an illuminating tour of Gloucester’s historic Middle Street. Tours leave City Hall at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. No reservations necessary; free and open to the public.
Ornament Making and Museum Pop-Up Shop
Drop in any time from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for this family oriented activity during the Middle Street Walk. Create a Folly Cove Designer inspired holiday ornament and browse a special selection of holiday gifts in our one-day only Museum Pop-Up Shop.

A full schedule of the day’s events can be found here.


Grandpa’s Turnip (n.d.). An original Folly Cove Design

by Irina Tolford. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum.

There’s still time to make a year-end gift to help sustain the Museum’s day to day operations – particularly vital in this transitional period. Please be bold and give generously. For more information please contact the Development Office at (978)491-7959.  

Cape Ann Artists Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
Saturday December 14th 2013
10.00am – 2.00pm
Essex Yoga Coop, 121 Eastern Ave (above Schooners Market)

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December at Rose Baker Senior Center

Rose Baker Senior Center
December Activities

Special December Events

When    What    Comments
10:00 December 11     Educational Program    Senator Bruce Tarr
1:00 December 9 & 16    Good Ole Salty Band   
11:45 December 11    Traveling Chef    American Carvery: Roast Beef, Signup by December 9
10:00 December 12    Elder Abuse Presentation   
11:45 December 12    Singing Seniors    Special Performance
10:00 December 19    Financial Consultation    Tom Dexter, CFP, signup required
11:15 December 19    Christmas Luncheon    Signup by December 17
11:45 December 19    Ice cream Social    Provided by Walgreens
11:45 December 19    Blood Pressure Screening    Courtesy of Walgreens
11:30 December 20    Congressman John Tierney    Appointment required
1:00 December 30    Seafood Retires Meet   

Ongoing Programs    When    Comments
Arthritis Pain Relief Exercise    10:15 Mondays    
Gentle Mat Yoga    10:00 Tuesdays    
Gentle Chair Yoga    12:15 Wednesdays   
Gentle Chair Yoga Plus    10:00 Thursdays    
Zumba Dance Exercise    10:00 Fridays     Held at City Hall
Tai Chi Easy    12:30 Tuesdays & Fridays     Registration required
Cards, Games and Entertainment       
Duplicate Bridge    11:30 Tuesdays    
Scrabble    Noon Tuesdays    
Cribbage Tournament    1:00 Tuesdays    
Bingo    12:30 Wednesdays & Fridays    
Bridge and Whist    1:00 Thursdays    
Thursday Movie    12:30 Thursdays   
Computer Classes       
New Sessions Starting    January 13    Signup Now
One on One Computer help        Signup required
CATA Shopping    10:00 Mondays   
Southern Charm    March 23 – 29    Brochure at Sr Center
Alaskan Cruise    May 26 – June 8    Brochure at Sr Center
Arts and Crafts       
Art Program    10:00 Mondays   
Drawing Class    10:00 Tuesdays & Fridays   
Knit and Crochet Group    Tuesdays at 10:00   
SHINE    9:00 to 4:00 Monday thru Friday   
VNA North Shore Clinic    9:30 Wednesdays   
Podiatry    9:30 Thursday    October 10 and 24 only
Singing Seniors    11:30 Tuesdays   
Supportive Day Care    9:00 Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays   
Handy Sewing Lady    10:00 Mondays   
Grief and Loss Support    1:30 Mondays   
Care Giver Support    2:30 Tuesdays   

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As a part of the Gloucester Middle Street Walk, Temple Ahavat Achim is offering a tour of its wonderful building and a session of Questions & Answers with Rabbi Steven Lewis!

Please visit us this Saturday, December 14th from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm!

We are located at 86 Middle Street in Gloucester.

Marty Morgan sale continues


Hi Joey,

My studio sale continues on Saturday December 14th and 21st from noon to four. Call ahead for other hours: 978-281-3347.  I have lots of mugs of all sizes, beautiful vases, lamps and serving pieces, as well as some new quarry vessels. A selection of bowls, planted with narcissus bulbs will be available during December.  All of the pottery is on sale at 20% off for this month. Marty Morgan Pottery 428 Washington Street , Gloucester .

In other news – I am very honored that Discover Gloucester gave me this year’s “Good on Ya” award for my work with the Cape Ann Artisans over thirty years and the work I’ve done for the Empty Bowl Event.

Happy Holidays!


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  Friends & Family Night Dec. 12  

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Join us for a jingle bell rockin’ good time from 5pm to 10pm.   

Thanks for shopping small and shopping local. Enjoy the holiday season. 

The crew at Harbor Goods

Harbor Goods

119 Main Street

Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930