6th Annual Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction & Family Fun Night January 24th


Looking for a fun event the whole family can enjoy? Come to the 6th Annual Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction and Family FUN Night on January 24th from 5:00 – 8:00pm. There will be art activities, live music, open buffet, silent auction of our amazing artist buoys and much more!

$20 Family | $10 Adult | $5 student. [@ DOOR: $25 Family | $20 Adult | $10 student]

BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE or through your local parent representative:

West Parish: Stephanie Pallazola

East Gloucester Elementary: Muffy White or Aria McElhenny

Beeman: Jennifer Sanfilippo

Veterans: Melissa Francis or Jenn Fernandez

Plum Cove: Kristen Virgilio

Eastern Point Day School: Traci Corbett or Muffy Lake

St. Johns: Mary Terelak

Rebecca Borden

President & interim Executive Director

Check Out Bobby Viau’s Buoy- Speaks to me for some reason Smile


Bad Ass!

Also Check Out Bex Borden’s-

Bex wrote-

Here is the buoy I made. Labor of love, baby. You can plug in the lights. I made 98 traps and 80 mini buoys. It’s ridiculous


It’s time to skate at Gloucester’s Talbot Rink. Come enjoy Gloucester’s newly refurbished rink!



Hey Joey,

It’s time to skate at Gloucester’s Talbot Rink.  Come enjoy Gloucester’s newly refurbished rink!

The Cape Ann Skating Club is taking registrations for group lessons for hockey & figure skaters (boys & girls 4-11, teens 12 & up, Tiny Tots 2 1/2 & up, & adult classes), private lessons, birthday parties or any type of group skating parties.

Classes are filling fast!  Download registration form at http://www.cafsc.org and get your new skater off to a great start with professional skating coaches recognized by USA Hockey & US Figure Skating Associations.  Ongoing registration.  Prorate for late start in any ongoing sessions.

Talbot Rink, O’Maley School in Gloucester:

Group lessons for beginners-advanced skaters, children & adult classes offered

Saturdays 1 pm & Tuesdays 6 pm 

Birthday Parties or Family/Brownie-Girl Scout Troupe etc. Parties available at Sat. 1 pm

More ice-times are available for private or semi-private lessons for hockey and figure skating skills from beginner to advanced to get their skating edge!

For more information visit our website at http://www.cafsc.org or call 978-546-2290.

For more information regarding Cape Ann Skating please visit:

website: http://cafsc.org/

Kathleen Erickson Writes About Savour’s Super Healthy VB6 Program


I am writing from San Francisco, where it is sunny and 72 degrees! I have been searching out some wonderful eating spots that focus on fresh, healthy, and often, vegan or vegetarian dishes. I took all of these photos with my phone, and they are all vegan (no meat, no dairy) and delicious! It is my husband’s birthday today and we are going to Greens, a gourmet vegetarian and vegan restaurant with a view of the Golden Gate bridge, for dinner.

This inspired me to finalize the options for our “Vegan Before 6” prepared foods and fitness program we plan to launch next week.


Many of you have expressed an interest in participating in our exciting VB6 program to lose weight and/or get healthy in 2014. I have enjoyed hearing from you and have worked to make the program accessible to anyone who wants to be a part of it.  I have written a full week of sample menus so you can get an idea of the spectacular food you will be eating, which even includes wine and dessert on the weekends! Just click the link below.

VB6 Week of Sample Menus

So – here are 4 options that should work for everyone:
1)12 week program, 7 days a week, 20 meals and snacks – $299.00
(This will get you the best results)
2)12 week program, 5 days a week, 15 meals and snacks – $229.00
3) Dinner only, 6 days a week, with bottle of wine – $189.00
4) Interrupted Program for Travelers
Some people need to take a break for travel.  You pay for the weeks you participate.
The program requires that you  pay the first two weeks up front.  We will charge your credit card each week thereafter.  Pay the whole program up front and save 10%.  (Please note that because these are prepared meals, the state requires us to charge tax, which is not included in the price).


  Obviously, we cannot guarantee results, especially since all participants who follow the program will have access to other foods outside the program.  BUT – we are here to give you the highest quality food that supports radiant heath, exercise suggestions, a stress-management program, cooking instruction, and support.
We have worked very hard to put something together that will make you the best you can be in 2014.  I hope several of you that have been “on the fence” will find an option that will work for you.  I know of no program  anything like this.  We will offer it once a year – so sign up now!
I will be back in Gloucester to sign you all up on Friday, January 17., but you can call John at Savour anytime.  We will have a simple contract to sign that tells us which option you will be following and allows us to charge your credit card to “pay as  you go” according to your instruction.  We need at least 8 people to make a go of it and will take at least 12 full participants with a few doing a modified program, according to their individual needs.  We need to know ASAP – we have a lot of shopping and cooking to do!

AERODREAMS – The Sculpture of Brad Story VIDEO

Brad Story of Essex, Ma. is a sculptor who focuses on the theme of flight. I recently visited with Brad and his wife Beth at his studio on the Essex  marsh. I hope you are as intrigued and impressed by his work as I am.

For more information visit http://www.bradstory.com

Sista’s Helpful Tip

PrintJanuary is a perfect month to reorganize the house after the holiday season. Do you or someone you know keep a supply of plastic grocery bags on hand to reuse at a later date? Are they stuffed in a draw, closet or fabric bag dispenser hanging from a doorknob, annoyingly in the way every time you open or close the door? 

Thought I’d share a helpful tip for storing used “plastic grocery bags”  that I adopted from the internet several years ago.  It is clean, convenient, and compact.  Perfect  for any home, office or car!

Supplies Needed

1 empty plastic wipes container

several plastic grocery bag


1 collect plastic bags after shopping


2 remove lid top from wipes container


3 crumble and stuff each plastic bag into container; feed end of last bag through lid top opening; secure lid top back onto container





4 store container in convenient location; use and restock  bags as needed



Lobster Trap Tree

The best Lobster Trap Tree is down for another year. Great exercise, fun, and a great sense of community spirit. Please do not forget the 6th Annual Buoy Auction and Family Fun Night on January 24, 2014 at Cruiseport Gloucester from 5PM-8PM. For more information please email info@arthaven.org.

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Rambling Endicott, Cordage, Social Media, The Hook

(Click video and read my four minute post.)

Every time I drive past the Endicott exit on Route 128 on the way to Cape Ann this song by Kid Creole and the Coconuts runs through my brain. So much so that most times I have to annoy passengers (even Stella) by singing the chorus badly.  But now, a new twist. On Friday, I turn off on Endicott and go to West Marine. Why? Because they send me an email on Thursday telling me what is for sale. Last week, 50% off boat hooks! This week, 40% off cordage!

The Point: If I had a shop on Cape Ann that wanted to pull me in every week and lighten my wallet, send me an email! Or Refresh your Facebook Page with a Special every week. If it’s a good special people will “Like” your page. If Three Lanterns had a special, “Fishing Lures 30% off this Saturday only!” I would be there. If it’s a special on Rubber Ducks, I’ll post it here!

The Pointless: I bet that if you listened to that whole song, it’s less than four minutes long, you would sing along with Kid Creole too as you drove onto the Cape. It never fails to put me into a Tragabigzanda state of mind.

I’ll never be, I’ll never be, Endicott! Drives Sue and the dog crazy. LYRICS HERE! There will be a test.

A post without a duck? Not a chance. Here is a slightly over exposed rubber duck waiting for sunrise.

VIDEO PREVIEW: Cape Ann Winter Solstice Concert on Cape Ann TV Sat & Sun @ 8PM

Cape Ann TV’s Jim Capillo has edited the historic Cape Ann Winter Solstice Concert on Dec 21, 2013 at the Gloucester’s Meetinghouse into a 2 hour special that will premiere on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 this Saturday and Sunday (Jan 18 & 19) at 8PM.  Jim organized a 3 camera shoot using his wicked cool crane and film crew Roger Ward and Tina Greel from Local Music Seen.  The result is a gorgeous production that you truly don’t want to miss.

Chris Stovall Brown to play the Blues Party tonight @ The Rhumb Line 8-11

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Thank god Chris “Stovall” Brown is coming in this Thursday nite: it’s been a while since I had to deflect a whole boatload of  invective, innuendo and out the other. Chris, besides being a fabulous guitarist ,uvula-waggler, and eidetic librarian  of all things recordable, is simply a joy to work with. Plus, he makes me laugh. You may wet your pants watching this guy sing  whilst playing his axe with his dentures. I’m always amazed. Eardrum duties by  our fallow-headed buddy, Mr. Steevee Chaggaris. I’m on base.We’re keeping this a trio so that we can flood the stage next week with the likes of the Good Old Salty Jazz Band. Sex after menopause? I can’t remember….




40 Railroad Ave.

Gloucester, MA 01930

phone: 978-283-9732

Life Saving Commendation


On 1-3-14 R-1 (LoCoco and Severance) and E-1 (Harvey, Trupiano, Wonson D, Wonson B.) all responded to a cardiac arrest with by-stander CPR in progress.  The gentleman was successfully resuscitated and subsequently went home with his faculties intact.  This crew was given a great opportunity to make a difference and they did.  Their outstanding resuscitation efforts resulted in a life saved and I want to commend them for a job well done.   The GFD is making regular CPR saves above the traditional averages and the credit for this extends to the community for calling 911 and performing CPR until our arrival and for the dedication to excellence demonstrated by our personnel.

I want to thank these personnel and they will be provided with a written Life Saving Commendation.

Best regards,

Eric Smith

Fire Chief

City of Gloucester Fire Department