Winter Solstice 2014 From Thomas Philbrook


IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE — because on Sunday, December 21st at 6:03pm EST, your days will begin to lengthen. That is — if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. Those of us who do can rejoice at the coming of the Winter Solstice.

Mary and I wish you a vast abundance of goodness and light through this holiday season — and beyond!


Tom Philbrook


Historic New England’s Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House receives CPA funds

Historic New England received $20,000 through the City of Gloucester Community Preservation Act (CPA) to support electrical upgrades at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, its most visited historic house museum.


Beauport, one of two National Historic Landmarks in Gloucester, received the grant to rehabilitate the electrical systems and install new fire protection sensors. As part of Historic New England’s charge to preserve and maintain its historic properties, this project has been identified as one of the most pressing preservation needs at the site. Work will include system upgrades, the removal and re-installation of fixtures, and the rewiring and conservation of lamps – an important part of the ambiance and décor for the visitor. Site Manager Martha Van Koevering stated, “Beauport visitors are in for a treat next season. The project will protect this historic property and better illuminate the museum for increased public use and enjoyment.”

About Historic New England
Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House is one of thirty-six historic sites owned and operated by Historic New England, the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation. Historic New England shares the region’s history through vast collections, publications, public programs, museum properties, archives, and family stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England. For more information visit

New Fish Species Discovered!

And its a beauty ~

An international team aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor set a new record for the deepest fish ever recorded at 8143m in the Mariana Trench. The fish is a completely unknown variety of snailfish with a translucent body, broad wing-like fins and an eel-like tail.

Five Days Before Christmas Carol Countdown ~ Happy Xmas (War is Over) by John Lennon

An eye for an eye, leaves the whole world blind ~ Mahatma Gandhi

The Most Refreshing Way to Start the New Year – The Rocky Neck Plunge!

rocky neck plunge collage

rocky neck plunge january 2014

These are some shots from January 1, 2012 and 2014 Rocky Neck Plunges. The Rocky Neck Plunge is a great, fun Rocky Neck tradition, whether you take the plunge or just come by to watch and cheer on those bold daring ones who do. The Open Door Food Pantry truck will be there, so please bring along some food stuff to donate (they also accept cash and checks payable to Open Door). The Plunge will take place at noon on New Year’s Day at Oaks Cove Beach (Stevens Lane and Wonson Street) on Rocky Neck. Be there, or be somewhere not quite so fun, crazy and exciting.

E.J. Lefavour

Save $5 on CAPE ANN WINTER SOLSTICE TICKETS if you get them at Liquor Locker before 3pm today

WinterSolsticeBenefit2014Tickets for tonight’s Cape Ann Winter Solstice benefit for Gloucester’s UU Meetinghouse Restoration are only $20 in advance at The Liquor Locker 287 Main Street. But you can only get those tickets until 3pm today.

After that, tickets are $25 at the door.

Plus we have a few VIP tickets left on-line here.

We realize this holiday season can be hectic and stressful.  That’s why this year’s Solstice concert is designed to take you away and give you an new appreciation for the power of acoustic music in a magical space to cleanse the soul.

When you hear Boston rock star Charlie Farren’s hits like ‘Fool In Love’ and ‘You are the Only One’ solo with guitar in this intimate room, you’ll feel them even more deeply than the electric versions.  Add Danielle Miraglia’s soulful blues with slide guitar and mix in Gloucester’s iconic Americana singer/songwriter Allen Estes as host and we guarantee you’ll leave having been taken to a place you’ve never experienced before.

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” outside.  Join us tonight and feel the holiday spirit inside.

Here’s a taste of what it will be like:


"Growing Hair cuz We Care" Gloucester Police Officers Growing Beards to Raise Money for Special Olympics

Police Chief Leonard Campanello announces that he and other members of the Gloucester Police Department will be sporting facial hair for a very worthwhile cause in December and January.

From Dec. 15 through Jan. 31, Gloucester Police are raising money for the Special Olympics of Massachusetts by growing out their beards and facial hair. Each officer is paying $75 to spend a month and a half growing out a nearly-trimmed beard, and generous residents can match the donation or donate any amount they are able to give. All proceeds go directly to the Special Olympics. 

“The Gloucester Police Department continues to be committed to the idea of charitable contribution and giving back to the community and beyond,” Chief Campanello said. “We have done several events for our sponsored charities and this one is a fun way to keep the contributions coming. Police Officers never get to grow a beard, so they are looking forward to this fundraiser!”

The Gloucester Department is hoping to raise $1,500 by the end of January. If you are interested in donating, please call Chief Campanello’s Office at 978-281-9775.

Police Departments are very proud of their commitment to the Special Olympics. The largest single grassroots Special Olympics fundraiser, The Law Enforcement Torch Run, raised raised more than $42 million in 2012, involving nearly 100,000 volunteers in 46 countries.

Fred Bodin’s was rockin’ last night

Who started the rumor that I was going to be dressed as Santa? Must have been asked where my Santa suit was a half dozen times by Santa hat wearers.

Reenacting the New Year's Day Plunge 2013 Gangnam Style. Maybe next week we should do chicken dance?
Reenacting the New Year’s Day Plunge 2013 Gangnam Style. Maybe next week we should do chicken dance?

Cape Pond Ice T-Shirt shop

Hey Joey -We’ll make it worth folks’ trouble who are brave enough to battle the road construction of Commercial Street – Brittany, Larry and I are here to help meet their last minute Cape Pond Ice Holiday present problems in Good Gloucester style.  And we have a great $65+ value Raffle Gift Basket for visitors to enter their names for:


If anyone is still searching for that perfect holiday gift, come down to Cape Pond Ice and find something special for everyone on your list!

Anyone who makes a Cape Pond Ice T-Shirt shop purchase now through Tuesday (12/23/14) will be entered in a raffle to win a Cape Pond Ice gift basket. Winner will be announced on Tuesday afternoon at 4pm. (Tee-shirt shop items only)

We are open for shoppers Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday 9am-1pm, and Monday and Tuesday 9am – 4pm!

Scott, Brittany & Larry
Cape Pond Ice Company