boat on the beach

Hi Joe,

Not sure if this qualifies for a “human interest story” for the blog, but it’s kind of amazing that this little boat survived the 80 +miles between Casco bay and Coffins beach! 

File this under it is a very small world….
My son and daughter-in-law were here for the weekend so we went for a walk on the beach by our house. Came on this boat which had washed ashore. The owner had his phone number on the boat so my son called him to say we found his boat on Coffins Beach in Gloucester. He is a 74 year old gentleman, lost the boat in a blow last summer in Casco Bay, Maine, and just happens to live down the street from them in Topsham, Maine! They are coming back for Christmas with my son’s  truck and will bring the boat back for their new friend!

Carol McMahon

boat on beach


maritime gloucester -5 ©Kim Smith 2015Fran Miondello maritime gloucester -4 ©Kim Smith 2015So many thanks to the super helpful and wonderfully welcoming Fran Mondello for the gift shop grand tour. Maritime Gloucester’s shop is simply bursting with terrific and interesting gifts for your seafarer, budding young marine-biologist-oceanography, and just about anyone who loves anything and everything about the sea!

maritime gloucester -1 ©Kim Smith 2015Schooner Ardelle gift passes start at the unbelievably low price of $24.00 and would be an incredibly fun gift. Book a chartered sail aboard the Ardelle by January 1st and receive up to 200.00 off. For more information about Schooner Ardelle trummel tickets and charters visit or call 978-290-7168.

maritime gloucester -3 ©Kim Smith 2015Don’t you want this Lighthouse Bingo? What a fantastic way to learn about lighthouses!!

The gift shop is open Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Maritime Gloucester is located at 23 Harbor Loop. Besides shopping locally at the heritage center, giving the gift of membership to Maritime Gloucester is another tremendous way to support this gem of a resource for our community. For more information about member benefits and the modest cost of membership visit here.maritime gloucester -6 ©Kim Smith 2015

maritime gloucester -2 ©Kim Smith 2015While visiting the gift shop, check out the Harbor dredging from the great vantage point of Gloucester Maritime’s pier.

Art News

Give a child an experiential gift ARTS and CRAFTS for LITTLE ONES in the Montessori Art Kitchen East Gloucester

Creative Montessori Based Art Classes ages 3-7 with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh 978 648 0601



Leslie Heffron and  Jonathan Zuker are among 15 artists featured in the 15th Anniversary 2016 Illuminations Calendar, published by the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center. Images were selected from a field of over 400 art pieces displayed this year in the waiting rooms of the Cancer Centers of Mass General.

The 2016 calendar marks the 15th Anniversary year of the Illuminations Program. The rotating art exhibits, which constitute the Illuminations Program, are intended to offer enlightenment and encouragement to patients, families, staff and friends of the Cancer Center as they receive care, provide care, or accompany loved ones.

The calendar is not for sale but is provided to MGH Cancer Center patients free of charge when they visit MGH. The calendar is intended to carry over the mission of the Illuminations Program, by providing a visually healing reference point for patients, in the comfort of their own homes.

Artists for the Illuminations Program are chosen through a submission process, and interested artists are always welcome to apply. Information about submitting art can be found at:

The Illuminations Program is funded entirely through philanthropy and donations are always welcome. To make a gift to support the program, please go to: select “Other” under designation and enter “Illuminations Program” OR via check made out to the Mass General Cancer Center with “Illuminations Program” on the memo line. Please send checks to the MGH Development Office c/o Meagan Coons 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540 Boston, MA 02114. If the gift is in memory or honor of a friend, please include that information, as well.

National Christmas Tree & Mass Christmas Tree

Had a wonderful time walking around DC last night in short sleeves.  Temp as about 65 degrees.  The Lincoln Memorial was as inspiring as ever — this monument never loses its power.

We thought FOBs might like to see a shot of the National Christmas Tree and the smaller Massachusetts tree that was among trees from all states surrounding the National tree.

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The Goddesses are helping Joe and Dennis host Monday Night’s OPEN JAM at the Rhumb Line Tonight! Monday, December 14th.@ 9:30pm

The Goddesses at The Rhumb Line December 14th promo

Photo by Jane Cunningham


40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

Madeline Beannie and I Admire the #GloucesterMA 2015 Lobster Trap tree In This desi Smith Photo

Thanks for capturing this moment for the girls and I Desi

this is the view inside the Lobster Trap Tree- AMAZING!


Check out the Lobster Trap Tree On The Gloucester Daily Times Website Here

Afternoon Walk on Old Garden Foot Path

The boys and I took the two dogs for a walk down the street, along the Old Garden Foot Path, and on to Marmion Way to visit a friend.  Along the way I took this quick photo of Rockport’s outer harbor.  The photo somewhat mimics the very same view that our friends have from their upstairs window.  When I showed it to our friend he said, “Sometimes we get numb to the fact that we live here.”

So, for all of you who may have become numb to the fact that we live in such an unbelievably beautiful place…. Here’s a reminder.


Community Stuff 12/14/15

Saturday, December 19, 4PM-6PM enjoy this NEW family tradition as we light up the night with a woodland solstice stroll by candlelight followed by a fire dance, warm fire, and S’mores! 

Stroll by candlelight along Ravenswood’s carriage paths through the woods. Catch a mesmerizing fire dance performance by Tetra, a fire spinner who blends contemporary dance movements with poi spinning. Warm up by the fire and enjoy hot chocolate and S’mores celebrating the coming season.

Members: Adult $10; Child Free. Nonmembers: Adult $25; Child $5; Family $30!

Preregister on our website:  or or 978.281.8400



The Rockport Christmas Tree Committee, now in its 117th year, is Rockport’s oldest ongoing tradition.

Started in the 1890’s by Rockport grocer Tim Sheehan, the custom of remembrance is carried on today. Members of the Rockport community 80 years of age and older, shut-ins, people with illnesses and others are remembered on Christmas Day with the delivery of a fruit basket and cookies. Residents of area senior housing, nursing homes and local hospitals receive a visit in the days before Christmas. Santa Claus himself visits residents of the Den Mar Nursing Home and presents each with a small basket of fruit and other goodies.

On Christmas morning in Dock Square, Santa arrives at 10:30 and gives all the town’s children a bag of goodies, in the tradition of the 1890’s. 

Santa’s volunteer helpers will meet at Spiran Hall on Broadway at 7:00 PM on December 22 to pack the bags and baskets. On Christmas morning volunteers are welcome at Spiran Hall from 8:30-9:30 AM to deliver baskets. Generations of Rockporters have participated, all you need is a willingness to help, and a smile.

The Committee needs your help to continue this tradition. We rely solely on volunteers and donations. Donations may be mailed to the Rockport Christmas Tree Committee, %Doreen Carter, 2 Mary Helen Way, Rockport, MA 01966 or dropped off at Smith Ace Hardware & Lumber. Donations are tax deductible.

If you have a neighbor or friend who you feel should receive a basket, just let any committee member know, or leave a note with name and address at the Lumber desk at Smith Hardware and Lumber.

Committee members include Dana (Buddy) Woods, Jay Smith, Lisa Littlefield, Doreen Carter, Judy Harris, Mary Helen MacLeod, Linda Johnson, Janice Ramsden, April Beaton, Sally Frithsen, Ruth George, Andrea Ritchie, Chris Murch, Judy Bogage, Mary-Kathryn and Jeff Gray, Darlene Trumbour, Pat Brown, Roger Lesch, Nina Samoiloff, Toni Rowe, Bethany Brosnan and John Thompson.