Did Someone Say Keg Beer, Pulled Pork Sliders, Chair Massage and Complimentary Cigars?

Mens Night Promotion from Pop Gallery

Pop Gallery  will be participating in Men’s Night! Come for the keg beer, pulled pork, chair massage and complimentary cigars…. stay for the wide assortment of jewelry, apparel, stocking stuffers and more! Chair massage will be provided by Gretchen Hill from Saltwater Massage Studio.

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My Grandmother’s Super Simple Peppermint Walnuts Recipe

Listening to Sunday’s podcast with Lisa and John and learning about Lisa’s nut company, The Nutty Redhead, and passion for all things Victorian, I thought she would want to know about this authentic Victorian recipe. My Mimi always served Peppermint Walnuts at Christmastime because she had in turn learned if from her mother, my great grandmother! My Mom made minted walnuts, too, and every holiday season I make several batches for friends and family. Nutty snacks are especially great during the holiday season when you want something sweet but don’t want to load up on the butter and white flour. Best wishes to The Nutty Redhead and her growing business!

Peppermint Walnuts - ©Kim Smith 2013 copy


4 Cups sugar

2 Cups water

4 Tbs. corn syrup

pinch of salt

32 marshmallows (regular size, not minis)

2 tsp. pure peppermint extract

16 Cups walnuts

In a large pot cook first four ingredients until very soft ball stage, 230 degrees. Add marshmallows and stir until melted Add peppermint oil. Add walnuts and stir until nuts are thoroughly coated with frosting. Turn out onto parchment paper and spread evenly about 1 -2 inches thick. When thoroughly dry, about 4-6 hours, break any large clumps into smaller pieces and store in airtight containers. Makes approximately 16 cups.

Note ~ The recipe can easily be halved or quartered. Add fewer nuts proportionately for a sweeter batch. We save Bon Maman jam jars throughout the year as they make  the perfect gift-sized container.

The Honorable Judges

cookie judges

We have some great cookie bakers, judges and prizes lined up for this Saturday’s Season’s Best Cookie Competition at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck during our Winter Solstice Party from 2-4:00.  This also happens to be Mayor Carolyn Kirk’s birthday, so come by, have some cookies, home made mead and other goodies, and wish her a Happy Birthday.

Our next to the last weekend of the Rocky Neck Holiday Art & Fine Crafts Festival promises to be a great last minute shopping experience and a fun time for all who come to the party and cookie competition, which will start promptly at 2:00PM.  The festival runs this weekend Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4:00PM and December 28 and 28 from noon to 4:00PM with a Pre New Years Party on Sunday the 29th from 2-4:00pm.

E.J. Lefavour

Baccala ~ Italian Style Codfish…One Of The Seven Fishes


Baccala ~one of the “Seven Fishes” prepared in Sicilian homes on Christmas Eve. Growing Grandma Felicia prepared and hosted the feast of the 7 fishes the weekend before Christmas each year. Her celebration was the official kick off to our holiday season.

A few years ago I invited “The Godmother” of Gloucester to my kitchen to film  a few video cooking tutorial recipes about the Feast of the Seven Fishes with Gallo Productions Inc. It was a night Gianni Gallo, his staff, our small audience and  I will never forget. The set was ready to tape 4 recipes, but the Godmother and I were simply having to much fun to stay on schedule to say we had a few laughs would be a huge understatement. I vividly remember hearing the words “Cut…Cut…Testing 123”  through the laughter filling my kitchen that evening. Gianni Gallo and Joseph Langhan created this for the Gloucester Daily Times.

Maritime Gloucester’s 12 Days of Fishmas

A B C D E F G H I J K L Maritime Gloucester’s 12 Days of Fishmas

Fun facts for A – L:

The peppermint angelfish is a very rare species from the South Pacific. These candy-striped fish are found at depths of over 300 feet!

The banded coral shrimp is colored like a candy cane! While they look like shrimp, these tropical crustaceans are more closely related to crabs and lobsters.

Could there be a more festive sea creature than a Christmas tree worm? These tropical marine worms use their feathery tentacles for both feeding and breathing.

Decorator crabs are known for decorating themselves with seaweed and small marine animals for camouflage. This decorator crab used tiny sea stars!

In the United States, these fish are called bluefish, but in South Africa, they’re known as elf! Whatever you call them, these speedy fish can be found off of every continent but Antarctica.

Nudibranchs are sea slugs, related to snails and land slugs. The frosted nudibranch is a Pacific species, known for feeding on a various prey, including crustaceans, snails, and sea squirts.

Ginger gobies are small bottom-dwelling fish found in Eurasia. Females lay their eggs on rocks, and afterwards, the males guard the eggs until they hatch.

The holiday darter is found in rivers in the Southeastern United States. These colorful fish feed on small crustaceans and aquatic insect larvae.

Antarctic icefish produce antifreeze proteins. This prevents ice crystals from forming in their blood, allowing them to live at freezing temperatures that would kill most fish species.

Jingle shells, jingle shells, jingle all the way! A jingling sound can be heard when waves crash upon beaches covered with these oyster-like shells.

Do you enjoy sledding when the snow is just right? When not in the water, Antarctic king penguins are often seen tobogganing along the ice on their bellies.

Christmas Island is known for its bright red land crabs. Once a year, over 40 million of these forest-dwelling crabs migrate to the ocean to lay their eggs.

— Curtis Sarkin

Marine Science Educator

Maritime Gloucester

A Very Special Holiday Celebration: Amero Family Christmas @ The Rhumb Line 8-11~ 12.18.2013


Wednesdays Only: Prime Rib, $12.95!

Hello everyone!
Wednesday, December 18th

A Very Special Holiday Celebration:
Amero Family Christmas!

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Fly, Linda & J.B.

We do this pretty much every year, and it’s always fun and
festive!  David Brown will be joining us this time ‘round, so
please come and be a part (and maybe even sing along).
Merry Christmas everyone! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prime Rib Special –
  $12.95 (while they last)
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ new wine menu!
Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  🙂 ~ Fly


40 Railroad Ave.

Gloucester, MA 01930

phone: 978-283-9732

The Winter is Upon Us

Main Street, Gloucester, at 5pm. Believe it or not, I made some money today. It was busy. Now all I have to do is get home without incident.
Main Street, Gloucester, at 5pm. Believe it or not, I made some money today. It was busy. Now all I have to do is get home without incident.

Snow photos make great content. But I just got a message from home: LEAVE NOW! internet is going in and out . . .  no phone . . .  at all … If i were you I would get my FA out of there. They just plowed here (I think she’s talking about the issue of access to our driveway). So, I guess it’s time to go. Thankful that I have a 4WD Jeep. My commute is only 6 miles to Rockport. Tomorrow, the CATA (Cape Ann Transportation Authority) bus might be good. 60 cents? Ya think? Our area, Cape Ann, is predicted to get 5 to 7 inches of snow. Maybe! If I have internet when I get home, I’ll let you know more.

Pet of the Week-Leo


I am doing what I like to do best – hunt and play!  Hi, my name is Leo, I am a five-month-old, orange-and-white male kitten. I am staying at the  Cape Ann Animal Aid (CAAA), located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter in Gloucester.

I am here with my siblings. It is okay to stop by with toys for shelter cats and dogs here, we always welcome toys, bowls, paper towels, trash bags, etc.   I hope you might consider adopting me.   If you would like to learn more about the CAAA, please visit: CapeAnnAnimalAid.com

Sometimes when I get playing really fast, I get a little out of line and I can hear the volunteer saying “time out”, Leo!

Community Stuff 12/18/13

Hi Joey.

I have a perfectly good (22 year old) standard size, tan Magic Chef refrigerator.

(Someone from Gloucester Housing Authority was going to take it, but they haven’t shown up to get it and may be having trouble finding someone to help them.)

if someone has a truck and some big strong men that can take it to the woman in need of it, that would be great!!! It would make a great Christmas present for this family. If anyone can help with this- email me info@dreamtimewellness.com or call- 978-283-4258. OR- If one of your readers needs it/wants, it has to be picked up between 7 and 8 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday 12/17.) (otherwise the appliance people are taking it away!)

Thank you Joey!     Karen Pischke

Extended hours for the Sarah Elizabeth Shop

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Hi Joey,

I’ve been printing like crazy and for those who don’t know, The Sarah Elizabeth Shop has awesome old fashioned cards that are all hand printed on the Acorn Press right in the shop. If people come down they are likely to find me printing out orders, which is a great opportunity to see the old girl in action (meaning the press-its from 1850)

This Christmas Ive printed limited editions of two local artists. One is Delores Rapp, who’s 20″x30″ linoleum block was bought recently at a church fair by Christina Rhodes and brought to me to be printed. Although it took two people to handle printing it, it looks great! With a copyright 1950, signed by the artist, it is Christmas nostalgia personified and a masterpiece of carving and design. If anyone has any other information about how she learned to carve so well or any other Delores Rapp prints, come in to the shop.

The other artist who’s work I printed is Mahlon Hoagland. His son Jay asked to do a special edition on the Acorn Press. He said that it was an honor to have them reprinted on the press that the Folly Cove Designers all used. The name of the blocks are “Cruising I” and Cruising II” and I have a few for sale in the shop for Christmas for those who can’t afford originals.

Some people ask me why I print other people’s work and I tell them, it’s to get people interested in the shop and to keep the shop going. No one ever got rich block printing on fabric but the more people realize the history and see it’s relevance, the more it can contribute to the quality of life on Cape Ann. It’s always a pleasure for me to enlighten people about the Folly Cove Designers, so if you don’t know much about them, come on by.
My shop has extended hours for December. Wednesday December 18- Tuesday, December 24, I will be open 10-5. Call (978)546-1037 to make an appointment for another time to shop or go to the website and place an order www.sarah-elizabeth-shop.com

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

Julia Garrison

owner and printer

The Sarah Elizabeth Shop

5 Whistlestop Mall

Rockport, MA