Fish Tales at Gloucester Stage Friday

This is the live storytelling event that has been keeping Gloucester entertained for the last four years. This time the theme is therapy and therapists, so there are sure to be special stories that are funny or poignant by turns. And how do you really feel about that?

It’s a joint fundraiser for the Writers Center and the Stage Company, just the sort of collaboration that makes our town the vibrant art and culture scene that it is.

So come hear folks you know speak from the heart, you’ll be glad you did.


Nichole’s Picks 12/3 +12/4

Pick #1:  Christmas at Castle Hill

Read more here .  Schedule of activities and Live Music at link

Get into the holiday spirit with Christmas at Castle Hill. We’re celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas with room decorations inspired by the classic song. Enjoy live piano music from Robert Allison, take a self-guided tour, or get a holiday drink from our cash bar.  Complimentary warm cookies and mulled cider included.

Friday, December 2  5-8PM

Cost:  Member: Adult $10, Child/Senior $5; Nonmember: Adult $20, Child/Senior $10; Ipswich Resident with proof of residency: $10.



Pick #2: Santa Arrives in Rockport by Lobster Boat and Tree Lighting Ceremony


Santa’s arrival and tree lighting ceremony.  READ HERE


Where else can you see Santa arrive by lobster boat? Santa will arrive at Rockport’s T-Wharf on Rockport Harbor on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 1:00 PM, following a brisk lobster boat ride across Sandy Bay. Then Santa will climb up onto a Rockport Forest Fire truck and proceed along T-Wharf and Mt. Pleasant Street to the Old Firehouse led by Rockport cub scouts. This year Santa will be able to linger a while to visit and have photos taken with the children until the Tree Lighting Ceremony begins. Then Santa will ascend the platform to greet the crowd and kick off the Tree Lighting festivities, before climbing back onto the fire truck to begin his long return journey to the North Pole.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will get underway at 4 PM welcoming Santa and the public at the Tree in Dock Square with carols and a stirring rendition of “Christmas in Rockport”.

Singers are invited to join the Dock Square Carolers to welcome in the season. A rehearsal for the carolers will be held at the Rockport Baptist Church at 2:30 PM prior to the ceremony.

The Chairperson of the Board of Selectmen will offer official greetings from the Town and then pull the switch to light this year’s Rockport Christmas tree.

Pick #3: Gloucester Stage Company’s Holiday Delights

This is actually happening NEXT weekend, buy you need to play ahead…still sell out quickly!


Performance Dates Include:

Friday, December 9: 7:30pm

Saturday, December 10: 2:00pm

Sunday, December 11: 2:00pm

Photos courtesy of Gloucester Stage Company:

As always, for a more comprehensive list of family activities, visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Decked the Halls of the Beauport Hotel

A friend and I went to the Beauport Hotel last night for their “Deck the Halls” event.  We had a really nice time and it was just what I needed to help get further into the holiday mood.  The Beauport, which is exquisitely decorated with what I have previously called Pottery Barn Meets America’s Cup, looks even more beautiful dressed in its holiday best.  Kudos to designer, Dana Markos, who was transformed the hotel’s grand main floor into a winter wonderland.  Kudos to the hotel staff for their holiday cheer and gracious smiles as guests mingled, nibbled, and sipped.

Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 12/1/16


Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

Joey C ~ 3 Comments ~

A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

The web address will be

To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.

World AIDS Day Flag Raising Ceremony Tomorrow Thursday, Dec 1st @10AM – City Hall

November 30, 2016 ~ Chris Sicuranza ~

Please join us tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. at Gloucester City Hall, where Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken will raise the #WorldAIDSDay flag along with other elected officials and community activists and groups, including North Shore Health Project, to preside over a short ceremony marking this important day of remembrance and gratitude.World AIDS Day 2016.jpg

Gloucester High School Open House December 7th

Image ~ November 30, 2016 ~ ghspublicity ~

GHS Fall open house 2016

CATA Wednesday Mall Bus

November 29, 2016 ~ fswebb ~

Each Wednesday, CATA provides service to shopping centers outside Cape Ann for senior and disabled customers.  Locations include WalMart, Christmas Tree Shops, Trader Joe’s, and Liberty Tree/North Shore.  Pickups are at the Rockport and Gloucester Senior Centers.  The cost is $5 round trip.  Please call 978-283-7916 with any questions!



Maritime Gloucester Holiday Party

Image ~ November 29, 2016 ~ maritimegloucesterprograms ~


“Blue Christmas” healing service this Saturday

November 28, 2016 ~ brethays ~

For many people, the holiday season is anything but joyful. St. John’s Episcopal Church is offering a healing service for those who are alone, stressed, or in pain this Saturday at 5 p.m. The church will open at 3 for individual prayer and contemplation. All are welcome, regardless of faith (or lack thereof).