Very Limited Edition GMG Caps IN Pigment Dyed Charcoal gray

For sale on the All Things Gloucester site, click the photo to order yours- The purchase of these caps helps to pay the costs associated with running the blog.  With the enormous amount of content we provide the content hosting fees have quadrupled in the past 4 years.  If you appreciate the effort we put in, we’d appreciate you supporting us with a cap or two purchase.  Thanks

For sale on the All Things Gloucester site, click the photo to order yours-



GMG Logo Cap Pigment Dyed Stonewashed Charcoal. Velcro strap. Three Color High Stitch Count Embroidery. If you need your cap shipped be sure to select the shipping option and not local pick up. If you purchase 5 caps at once you get a 6th cap free and free shipping.
If you order 5 I’ll know to include the extra cap, you won’t need to check off any special box.
If you purchase 5 caps also select the local pick up option so you won’t be charged for shipping.


For All You Mariners Out There- The Coolest Animated Wind Map Ever- www.windytycom

For people that make their living based on how rough the seas will be I can tell you that an incredible amount of forecasts that have to do with sun and temperature mean diddly.  It’s all about the wind- direction and speed. gives you just that in an interactive map which changes as you click along the timeline.  check for yourself and bookmark it!


Niles Pond Brace Cove Berm Restoration Update

Niles Pond Brace Cove berm causeway restoration ©Kim Smith 2014Progress continues on the restoration of the barrier that protects Niles Pond from becoming Brace Cove’s salt marsh.

Niles Pond Brace Cove berm causeway restoration -3 ©Kim Smith 2014.JPGThe native pussy willow trees remain intact while much of the invasive phragmites appear to have been removed. Come spring, perhaps Seaside Goldenrod and other tough, salt tolerant natives will be planted to help hold the rocks in place.

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RB Strong excavator bucket ©Kim Smith 2014Beautiful R.B. Strong Excavator Bucket ~ Do you think the lettering and decorative design were created by soldering metal to the bucket? The decoration must be incredibly well applied to survive daily earth-moving.

Eight Days Before Christmas Carol Countdown: Mele Kalikimaka Ukelele Tutorial!

Rather than post the beautiful and familiar Bing Crosby rendition of “Mele Kalikimaka,” we have here a ukelele tutorial brought to you by Mele Fong from the shores of Hawaii!

To add to your Hawaiian Christmas experience, learn how to hula to “Mele Kalikimaka,” with this dance tutorial.

Another fun rendition ~

Gloucester’s 40th Annual Men’s Night is THIS THURSDAY!

Gloucester’s 40th Annual Men’s Night is THIS THURSDAY!

This Thursday (Dec. 18th), from 5 pm to 10 pm, stroll Gloucester’s historic downtown on MEN’S NIGHT! Shops will be open late, with refreshments and special discounts for our gentlemen of the North Shore.  POP Gallery and BUOY will be serving up pulled pork sliders, beer and awesome sales on a variety of clothing, jewelry and housewares!


Shop unique gits for your loved ones and friends or perhaps find a smart look for yourself! Come hang out with the sassiest gals on Main Street at 67 Main!

Here’s a sneak peek at some of our top selling inventory of the season!




Bodin Historic Photo, 82 Main Street, will be open for Men’s Night from 5pm until 10pm. We’ll be featuring the etchings of Gloucester Allen Sloane. Over his long career on Cape Ann, this master printmaker has captured classic scenes of the area, in limited editions. We also have the oil paintings of Laureen Maher and other artists. Oh, my work too, of historic photos and maps of your neighborhood and favorite beaches. In Cod We Trust and Fish City shirts are in, all sizes and all colors (blue or blue). They won’t last long. Food: cheese and meat platter, sardines and smoked and pickled fish of various kinds, and drinkable wine and beer. Open 5pm to 9pm. 


Good Afternoon,

I would like to let you know that for Men’s Night we will be offering a 10% discount on purchases of 2 items or more and drawing of 5 bottles of wine (winners will be an announced Friday in the morning).

Thank you very much

Mario A. Bravo
TBT Post 33 Main St. Gloucester, MA 01930

Saturday’s Clean up/ Clean Gloucester and The One Hour at a Time Gang

Ok folks, this is it! The last clean-up of the year, and the last one before we take a long winter’s nap, and it’s…Good Harbor Beach! This is an all ages clean-up, lots of area to cover from the dunes to the marshes, so let’s end strong – 8-9 am Saturday December 20th, meet at the footbridge to grab your bag. See you there! Remember even the cold of winter, always bring a bag and pick up. Thanks all.
July 22, 2014 Summer at Good Harbor Beach

An Amero Family Christmas ~ Tonight @ The Rhumb Line 8-11pm 12.17.2014

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Dinner Specials Every Week!

Wednesday, December 17th

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A festive night of holiday cheer. Pianist extrordinaire, Jack Senier joins Linda, J.B. and yours truly for
an evening of Christmas songs – including a brand new original by moi, making its world debut. Surprise
guests are highly expected along the way. YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS ONE, FOLKS! ~ Fly
Ellen Tasker on the staff!






Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
…Fozzie returns, 2015

Back by Popular Demand! Gang of Thieves this Friday 9pm Minglewood Tavern 12.19.2014


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These legendary Vermont Rockers are bringing the funky fury back to Gloucester this Friday. If you missed them in October, this is your chance!

Their sound and energy is a cross between Led Zeppelin and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with a funky blast of Green Mountain soul thrown in the mix.

A national touring act, Gang of Thieves is coming to you live in support of their NEW ALBUM: THUNDERFUNK, recorded in Berkeley, CA with Grammy Award winning engineer Michael Rosen (Santana, Rancid, Less than Jake). The Gang was also recently nominated for “Rock Act of the Year” by the 2013 New England Music Awards, and Best Funk Group by 7 Days “Seven Daysies” contest.

“Gang of Thieves, you’ve really done it this time. Soaring guitars, early 90s grunge style vocals, Flea level basslines, and a mix of funk and rock to make a party a rager… you [gave] us Thunderfunk and it’s just another damn level.”
-John Powell,

Can We Start Talking About This Again?

Outdoor ice rink here in town?

We’re a big hockey and skating family for sure.  In the course of the a 9 day span last week and this week, my young boys will don their skates 11 times. They can’t get enough and have not once even hinted at wanting to skip a practice, a game, a skating party, or extra time on a sheet of ice or pond somewhere.

So, after recapping our busy weekend the other night while trying to fall asleep, I remembered some talk about turning 14-C2 into a skating rink!

I immediately realized that I must have heard about it here, on GMG, because…well, you know…where else would it have been, so I put it into the search queue and found the post I was thinking of.

Check it out here! 

We drive all over the place for outdoor ice time during the winter months when we’re unsure about pond conditions.  We’ve headed into Boston on many occasions and to Market Street in Lynnfield, but I’d much rather skate here in town…on the waterfront.

I have to admit that I’m not privy to the details so forgive me if it was ruled out for some commonly known reason, but if not I vote that we get the conversation started again!  I’ll be the first one in to volunteer some rink duty hours if it’s ever a go!

Who’s in?


CUCCIADATTA COOKIES ~ Christmas Fig Cookies Sicilain Style


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It simply would not be Christmas in a Sicilian home without Cucciadatta Cookies on the table. Each year on December 19 the ladies in our family reconvene in my kitchen to prepare Pinulata and Cucciadatta Cookies, two very special traditional holiday desserts that have been made for generation in the Sicilian culture. The event of making these desserts is celebrated as if it were a holiday of its own for the women in my family. It is a night we all look forward to, we bake, compete,  joke, laugh, and reminisce about years past. A family gathering that sweetens our soles.


Fig Filling Ingredients

1 stick fresh cinnamon

8 cups brewed coffee (reserve 1/12 cups)

3  8 oz. packages dried figs
1  15 oz. box seedless raisins
2  cups pitted dates
1  teaspoon lemon extract
1  teaspoon orange extract
Zest of 1 lemon & 1 orange
Juice of 1 large orange
2 cups chopped almonds (toasted)
2 cups chopped walnuts (toasted)
3 teaspoons freshly ground cinnamon
1 ½ large Chocolate Hershey bars with almonds (chopped)
1 cup orange marmalade

ÂĽ cup orange juice

Cookie Dough Ingredients

6 cups flour

2 cups granulated sugar

6 teaspoon baking powder

2 heaping cups Crisco

2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract

3 tablespoons orange extract

Zest of 1 large orange

Zest of 1 large lemon

1 ½ cups warm milk (plus 1/2 cup for basting)

Glaze Frosting Ingredients

3 cups powder sugar

Juice of 1/2  large lemon

2 tablespoons of vanilla

2 tablespoons of milk

Multi color candy jimmies


1   Place figs, raisins and dates in large mixing bowl



2   Brew 8 cups coffee with 1 cinnamon stick; pour 6½ cups hot coffee over dried fruit, reserve 1/12 cups coffee, cover mixing bowl loosely with plastic wrap; soak fruit overnight at room temperature





3  Strain fruit in large colander

4   Using food mill or food processor fitted with metal blade; working with small batches grind figs, raisins, and dates until smooth thick paste forms

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5  Add reserve 1½ cups coffee to ground fruit mixture

6  Add extracts, nuts, chocolate, fresh ground cinnamon, orange marmalade and orange juice; mix well

Note~Fruit mixture can be prepared and stored refrigerator in air tight container up to one month


1  Sift dry ingredients together in bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment

2  Add Crisco; mix on medium /low speed  until dough is crumbly

3  Add extracts, and orange/lemon zest to 1½ cups milk; mix well; add to crumbly dough; mix on medium /low setting until dough comes together; wrap in waxed paper chill 3-4 hours before shaping cookies

Note~ dough should feel soft and more like pie crust dough than cookie dough

4  Divide dough ball into 4 sections; working one section at a time, roll dough out ¼ inch thick on lightly flowered work surface

5 Using the lid of a coffee can or 4 inch biscuit cutter; cut circles of dough; transfer rounds of dough to parchment paper lined cookie sheet

6  Baste edges of dough circles with milk

7  Place 1½ heaping tablespoons  fig mixture in center of each round

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8   Bring outside edges of dough together meeting in the center; pinch edges gently together

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9   Gently shape cookie with pinched edges facing up and in the middle, while pressing it slightly downward and curved to soft crescent half moon shape

10   Using kitchen scissors snip 3 small slits at top pinched edge of cookie

11   Chill shaped cookies in refrigerator for 10-15 minutes before baking

12   Bake in preheated 375 degree oven 10-12 minutes; or until slightly golden; cool 5 minutes; transfer to cookie rack; cool completely before frosting

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Note~While cookies cool, make glaze

Glaze Frosting


1 Combine all ingredients except jimmies in bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment; whisk together till smooth

11302  Using pastry brush, fix glaze over cookies and sprinkle with jimmies


3  Allow glaze frosting to set 1 hour before packaging up in airtight containers  or boxing up to ship to family and friends

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Wednesday December 17th , 2014 CapeAnn Weather…

Pod Cast Weather :

Hourly Forecast :image image


Marine Forecast :

Wed NE winds 5 to 10 kt…becoming W 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Patchy fog. Showers. Vsby 1 nm or less.
Wed Night W winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. A chance of showers.







Community Stuff 12/17/14

December 15, 2014
St John’s Episcopal Church of Gloucester, Ma will be presenting a unique pageant play by Louise Mundinger as part of its Christmas Eve Service at 5pm.  The Young Shepherds’ Tale is a Christmas Celebration with scenes, music and dancing and promises to be a lot of reverential fun.  Audience members are invited to come dressed as animals or at least be willing to join the crush to the manger. 
Billed as an alternative to the traditional Christmas Pageant, it focuses on the experience of the shepherds and the joyful incarnation of the Son of God. It is first and foremost a festive, playful celebration involving an organist, a choir (young and old), a congregation, shepherds, the holy family and many animals. 
The performance will take place on Christmas Eve (December 24rth) at 5pm. Come celebrate and share the good news of the birth of Jesus through music, song, drama and dance.