Breaking News From Sclafani’s Bakery




Mark your Calendar & Set you cellphone alert for Monday morning March 31, 2015! Just received word  from an employee of Sclafani’s Bakery, that starting Monday morning they will be taking orders for their famous freshly made  Cartocci, Lobster Tails, Cannoli, and Ricotta Pies, for next weekends Easter Celebrations!. 


Brother Joey and I have posted numerous times about brothers Frank and Gus Sclafani’s delectable hand crafted “Ricotta Cartocci.” We both agree, that the Sclafani’s  brothers Cartocci are by far the best Cartocci sold in town!


Every Saturday morning my twins, husband, St. Barry and mother Pat, look forward to enjoying a freshly made Italian pastry from the Sclafani’s Bakery. This year it’s been requested they be added to our Easter Brunch menu. Over the past several months, this Italian Donut’s popularity has grown to sell out by 10:30 am each Saturday morning.  Knowing this fact, first hand after leaving the bakery a few times empty handed, I decided to inquire about pre ordering a dozen for our families Easter Brunch next weekend. While inquiring this morning while shopping for Easter basket fillings, I asked if they would be willing to extend a pre order option for Cartocci to their customers and general public this holiday season. Without hesitation Frank agreed! 


The Sclafani borthter’s Cartocci are usually sold “Saturdays Only,” in limited supply. Take advantage of this opportunity for next weekend. Call your Easter orders in before next Friday. 

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If your planning a Easter Brunch, lunch or Dinner, or invited out for any of the above, I highly recommend calling in an order bright and early Monday morning for one of  Sclafani’s delicious handmade pastries. All will be freshly prepared and awaiting your pickup next Saturday! 


Trust me… your guests will be licking their dessert plates clean!

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Monday Sista Felicia shares an Easter Basket filled with products she uses often, sold at Sclafani’s Bakery. One product included is a childhood favorite. Look for the Sista Dish post Monday to learn what that childhood favorite is! 

Call Sclafani’s Bakery  to Place your Easter Orders

49 Washington Street, Gloucester Ma. 01930

 Phone #1-978-283-6622

Cartocci $2.50 each

Lobster tail  $2.50 each

Cannoli $1.75 each

Ricotta Pie $12.99 each

Italian Cookies $5.99 per lb.


#RockportMA Doing It Big With Upcoming Rockport @ Night Event Featuring Over 35 Participants! This Is Huge For Rockport Merchants!

Rockport MA Once Again Opens It’s Doors At Night!

Rockport expands it’s 2014 Main @ Night event throughout all of downtown for this years…

2015 Rockport @ Night event !! over 35 participants !

Every First Friday night, from MAY 1st through OCT. 2nd.

Galleries and shops open their doors from 4:00-8:00+ pm, for a “Rockport @ Night” event. From Main St. to Bearskin Neck. The town’s merchants welcome you with hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beverages while you enjoy the renowned talents of this creative Art Colony. See artist demos, enjoy music and visit the unique shops. Come celebrate as the community illuminates its streets, and enjoy the ambiance that only Rockport can offer. Meet with the artists and shopkeepers and tour their galleries. Artists will be on hand to take questions from visitors.

Come share in the history and hospitality of this seaside community as you stroll the streets of beautiful downtown Rockport.

Rockport At Night poster Press-PR 2015

Bodin’s Historic Reorganization

P1010968Fred Bodin is reorganizing Bodin Historic Photo at his Main Street gallery. Years of accumulated supplies, equipment, cabinets, negatives, prints, frames etc have been moved from the loft where they have been stored to the gallery for sorting and evaluation. Fred will gradually offer selected items to the public and will consolidate the balance in the gallery. This also means that Fred will no longer develop his historic photos in the darkroom, but will digitally scan the negatives and print them at the gallery for quick and clean 21st century service.

Shop To Win Easter promo Put On By Gloucester Downtown Association

Hi Joey!

Hope you are well!

As you may know, the Gloucester Downtown Assoc. is doing an easter promo. We are participating and I wanted to make sure people knew about it 😉 



SHOP TO WIN on Main Street!

So, you may have noticed the bunnies taking over windows of businesses along Main Street…right?


Here’s the pitch:

Shop any of the businesses with a bunny and basket in their window and every purchase gives you a chance to enter the raffle and win that shop’s bunny and unique basket. POP is excited to be participating and our basket is chock full of Spring goodies!

The more you shop and dine downtown, the better your chance to WIN.


Promotion runs through April 4. 


THINK SPRING AND A SEASON OF FUN BOATING! This Sunday March 29th Sea Scouts 2015 Open to boys and girls ages 14-20 years

Join the Sea Scouts Sunday March 29th from 1-3 for an informational meeting at Maritime Gloucester.

Meet our staff, explore our boat shop, facilities and fleet and discover the opportunities to connect to the marine world through education and exploration.

Sea Scouts will meet regularly three times a month during the school year and more often in the summer when the boating season is in full swing.

Find us on Facebook “North Shore Sea Scouts Ship 5”. or  at

or .

Or contact:   Amanda Madeira

Maritime Gloucester 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester MA 


Sista Felicia’s Favorite Picks for Filling Easter Baskets Locally!



The Seven day countdown to Easter Sunday begins tomorrow!


Planning for the holiday is well underway. The house is officially decorated, and our Easter Brunch menu is set! It’s now time to start the Easter baking and basket making! Thursday while shopping for ingredients at Virgilios Bakery I was inspired to fix a few traditional and “nontraditional” Easter baskets using items sold at local stores that I shop often. This year I’m looking forward to surprising friends and family with a few of my favorite things tucked into the decorative Easter Baskets my loved ones look forward to receiving each year! Over the next several days I will share my theme basket ideas highlighting items I adore sold at local business. 

Get ready to think in and out of the basket!



Starting off this week’s Sista Dish Easter Basket Blog Series off with a basket created for the special cook in your life. If you are looking to create a special gift for the hostess preparing your celebratory Easter meal this year, stop by The Cave and seek owner Laura Cramer’s expert help selecting the perfect items to tantalize the pallet of your Easter chef!  

Laura Cramer Owner of “The Cave” Writes ~ The Cave is filled with an incredible amount of cheese. Blues, double & triple cremes, cheddars, classic Italian, & so many more. Foie gras, pate, olives, spreads, smoked fish & salami too. A bounty of chocolate & confections also just in. Come by for a taste. Open 10-5





 All items displayed in this hostess theme basket, are items sold at “The Cave” on Gloucester’s Main Street.


Sista Felicia’s Cookbook for sale while supply last…


Note~ Easter basket embellishments were shopped locally at “The Dollar Store” located in Gloucester Crossing Plaza. Easter Basket was selected from my personal basket collection.

Wine will be on sale starting April 1, 2015

Don’t forget to pick up a wedge of “Rat Cheese” at The Cave and follow my Step-by-Step Recipe for a delicious “Lent Friendly” Homemade Mac & Cheese!

Click Read more for Step-by-Step Mac & Cheese Recipe and complete photo gallery of shopping “The Cave”… Continue reading “Sista Felicia’s Favorite Picks for Filling Easter Baskets Locally!”

Pet of the Week- Emmie

Looking for a sweet and lovable lady with plenty of personality?  Well your search is over!


I love to play and do not act my age. I am a fool for canine companions and everyone I meet always says I am very, very sweet and a little goofy!   If you are interviewing for a “best friend” and a “great family dog” position then be sure to call me in because I could be the perfect fit!


Visit for more information about me and all the other animals waiting for homes.

I Never Knew

I can’t even begin to count how many times I have walked by this sign without bothering to read it.  So, the other day, I did.  I’m not sure why it never occurred to me that there was an actual bear associated with Bearskin Neck.  Felt bad for the bear, but glad to have learned something new.


Community Stuff 3/28/15




Cape Ann TV Announces
Sports Coverage Training Workshop
Gloucester, MA – Cape Ann TV ( ), a non-profit local
access cable station serving Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester-by-the-sea,
and Essex, is hosting a sports coverage training workshop on
Thursday, April 2, from 6-8pm
Attendees will qualify to be paid to cover Cape Ann high school sports
–    Have you ever wanted to capture the action of live sporting events?
–    Have you ever marveled at the production value of the Patriots or the
Bruins playing on tv?
Cape Ann TV has your Fighting Fishermen, Vikings, and Hornets covered, but
we need people interested to learn the basics of sports camera operation
to create the same magic you see for your favorite professional teams –
and get paid to do so!
The training session is free to all and will cover single- and
multi-camera setup and operation. To qualify for sports coverage, you must
use your own transportation, be able to lift 20lbs, and stand for the
whole game. Cape Ann Television pays $25 for single-camera coverage and
$40 per person for multi-camera coverage. To register for the workshop,
email Henry Cooper ( with the subject line “sports