Have You Ordered Your @FirstHarbor Company Nautical Christmas Wreath Yet?

Check out their beautiful styles here- http://firstharborcompany.com/

I got mine in Navy Blue/ White-




Wolf Hill’s trim-a-tree shop is bursting with bows, wreaths, ribbons, handmade ornaments, seashells, glitter pinecones, lights of every kind, and much, much more. And of course, a great selection of Christmas trees, too. I love shopping at Wolf Hill throughout the year not only because they always have a fantastic selection of nursery product, mostly because the staff is always super, super helpful. Stop in and see this awesome crew of holiday elves working round the clock to create Christmas magic.


From left to right: Colin, Heather, Karen, Pam, Haley, Jodie, Rickie 

Wolf Hill has expanded their hours during the holidays:

Monday through Thursday from 8am to 8pm

Friday and Saturday form 8am to 9pm

Sunday from 9am to 8pm

More photos here: Wolf Hill’s Fabulous and Fun Trim-a-Tree Shop 



Laura Lepionka writes,

Hello Folks,

She simply didn’t believe me. There was no way that there could be carrots growing in her school garden because all she could see was a bunch of green leaves. But this little kindergartener from Veterans School had the surprise of her life when she reached down, scraped at the soil surface and found some orange! In the next moment she was yanking a carrot out of the ground along with her classmates and holding it up in the air with the biggest smile.

Please join us this year by donating to our end-of-year campaign in conjunction with Giving Tuesday, which is TODAY!

Why Backyard Growers this season? School, community, and backyard gardens yield delicious veggies, increase access to nature, provide learning opportunities, and improve children’s health — But more than that, gardens grow community and a powerful source of self-reliance.

This Giving Tuesday, help Backyard Growers strengthen our work serving Gloucester’s families and children. When you give today the first $2,250 we receive will be matched by three of our generous donors. This match represents a year’s worth of garden supplies for our district-wide Salad Days and Fall Harvest Days programs in Gloucester’s elementary schools. Double your impact and help us meet our match! Our partner, The Giving Common, will cover credit card fees so that 100% of your donation goes to Backyard Growers.

Please click the link to make your donation: https://www.givingcommon.org/profile/1141198/backyard-growers/

Thank you!

Lara Lepionka, Executive Director
Backyard Growers
269 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930




For the Birds

A multi-media, juried exhibition and fundraiser inspired by everything Avian

 The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) invites New England artists to submit work to “For the Birds” a six-week exhibition at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. A portion of all sales will be donated to support Mass Audubon’s mission “to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife”.

 Juror: Amy T Montague, Director, Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon

Exhibition Dates: January 28-March 6, 2016

Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12:00-4:00 PM

Opening Reception: Sunday, January 31, 2:00-4:00 PM

 The Call: The RNAC seeks traditional, decorative and expressive works of art and craft inspired by everything avian including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, decoys, birdhouses, jewelry, cards and more.

 Eligibility: Open to all artists 18 years and older living and working in New England.

 Artwork Requirements:

  • Work submitted will have been created within the past 4 years.
  • Artwork previously shown at any other Gloucester venue will not be considered.
  • Artists may be asked to supply a pedestal for 3-D work.
  • 2-D work will not exceed 48 inches in width, 60 inches in height.
  • All art must be original by the artist. No reproductions, video or installations.
  • Accepted work must be delivered in person, absolutely no shipping.
  • Work must be suitably framed and wired for hanging; no saw-tooth or sandwich frames allowed.

 Entry Fees: $35 for 3 entries, 2 additional entries $10 each; RNAC members: $25 for 3 entries, 2 additional entries $5 each. (Member discount code available.) Please make sure you have a credit card or a PayPal account to make your payment at the time of applying.

 Submissions Open: 9:00 AM, November 30, 2015

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 11:59 PM

Notification: Names of selected artists will be posted on the RNAC website (www.rockyneckartcolony.org) by 5:00 PM on January 15, 2016. Accepted artists will also be contacted with a follow-up email.

Images: You will need good quality photos of your work in JPEG format, sized no greater than 2 MB, with1200 pixels for the longest dimension. Each image must be labeled with the following information: last name, first initial, title, medium.jpg. Do not use any special characters (e.g. !@#$%^&*+()][{}|/) in your image name. Example: Smith_J_SunsetSymphony_acrylic.jpg

 Size Requirements: Submitted 2-D work may not exceed 48 inches in width and 60 inches in height, including the frame. 3-D work must fit on a 16 x 16 inch pedestal top (3-D artists should be prepared to supply pedestals as needed).

 Accepted Work

  • Deliver: Sunday, Jan 24, 2016, 1:00-3:00 PM or Monday, Jan 25, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM to the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA.
  • Pick-up unsold work: Sun, March 6, 4:00-5:00 PM or Tuesday March 8, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM.

 Commissions: All work must be for sale. There is a 40% commission on the sale of non-member work; 25% on RNAC member work. Artists must be members when entering to take advantage of the reduced entry fee and the membership commission rate. To join the Rocky Neck Art Colony go to http://rockyneckartcolony.org.

 Please send any questions about this call to entry@rockyneckartcolony.org.

See www.rockyneckartcolony.org/newsletter/se_FAQ.html for information about the Smarter Entry submission system.

For more information about the gallery at the Cultural Center or to join the RNAC see www.rockyneckartcolony.org.

And Here’s the Drone Video of The #GloucesterMA #RightWhale From Martin Del Vecchio

On November 29, 2015, a rare North Atlantic right whale visited Bass Rocks, along the coast of Gloucester, MA. It spent about an hour and a half swimming very close to the shore, spy-hopping, rolling in the waves, and generally appearing to enjoy itself.

North Atlantic right whales are extremely rare and are critically endangered, with approximately 400 animals remaining. The New England Aquarium catalogs all known whales and sightings at http://rwcatalog.neaq.org/, and in an email said:

“The folks at the Aquarium concur that this is a young whale. They believe it might be one of the calves that was born in the winter of 2014, so about 2 years old. Hopefully they’ll be able to confirm that once they get all available images/footage. If that’s the case, then that makes this an even more valuable sighting. Survival rate for calves and juveniles during the first couple of years is somewhat low, so when we can confirm that a calf has survived we all get pretty psyched. ”

You can read more about North Atlantic right whales here:


Filmed with a DJI Inspire 1 Pro drone, a Zenmuse X5 camera, and the Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm lens.
Video is copyright © 2015 by Martin Del Vecchio



Absolute savage pee move right here.  What guy pulls his pants down over his butt to take a leak? Zippers buddy, ever hear of them?

One more inch down and I’d consider this nudity.  As it is the bottom of his big ol ass is covered so I guess it’s just a monster butt crack shot.

there’s plumbers butt and now a whole new category- lobsterman’s butt.

Pet of the Week-Foojin

Let’s meet in person!  Foojin here and I am a happy and laid back 11 year old senior fellow.  Snacks, naps and cuddling that is what life is all about!  I am perfect travel companion size, fit in the passenger seat just fine and I don’t mind joining you on a leisurely stroll.  Did I mention I like those stuffed toys?

I am a special needs adoption with some health concerns.  So if you are willing to give a senior fellow his second chance and don’t mind helping out with some of the aches and complaints that come along with age, look me up! I may need a little extra care but I promise to make it all worth your while with the way you will always have a buddy who adores you, is ready to listen to you and willing to join you on any adventure!

Visit www.capeannanimalaid.org for more information about Foojin and all the other animals waiting for homes here at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter.

Martin Del Vecchio Right Whale On The Back Shore #GloucesterMA Photos

Martin Submits-

This whale was swimming along the Back Shore for a couple of hours this morning.  I got some video footage with my drone, which I will post in the next day or two.

But here are a couple of frames that make it look like a North Atlantic right whale.  if it is, it’s one of only 400 left on earth.

Pretty freakin’ awesome.



December 1st Community Reiki Share

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Dreamtime Wellness ™ Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Monthly Community Reiki Share – Tuesday. December 1st. 5:15 – 8:15 P.M. $20.00 Suggested Donation. Portion of the proceeds to to charity.

Join us for some relaxation for this holiday season. The holidays can be joyful, but can also create additional stress for many. A session of Reiki can help relieve stress and promotes a greater sense of well being.

Come for the whole evening to enjoy the beginning meditation and Japanese reiki practices of a mawashi (circle) and open reiju (attunement.) Or pre-register for a scheduled session of Reiki.

You can come for some or all of the evening and enjoy the sense of peace and calm, and healthy snacks and tea. You don’t have to be a Reiki practitioner to join in. Those attending often comment on “how welcomed” and “relaxed” they feel and “how peaceful” the evening is.

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Maritime Gloucester’s Annual Holiday Party!

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Don’t be a Scrooge…come on down to Maritime Gloucester for our annual holiday party and sale!

Thursday December 3, from 5 to 8 pm. There will be food and beverages as well as 25%* off most of our items.  Take some time to get caught up with old friends and learn what is going on at Maritime Gloucester.

*For one day only! 25% discount for MG members (and for teachers); 15% off for non-members (and non-teachers).

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