Live Blogging: Opening night Holiday Delights 2016


The Gloucester Stage presents Holiday Delights  tonight at 7:30. Saturday and Sunday 2pm. Conceived and directed by Heidi Dallin with help this year from Sarah Vandewalle and other professionals. Amazing group!


Photographs from tech week


Sarah Vandewalle




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Enjoy Gail McCarthy advance press in the Gloucester Daily Times Pg 01: Holiday Delights and here A Glosta holiday   “Gloucesters Meagan Gallo, center, plays the role of a girl who takes a Christmas Eve journey through time in the annual production of Holiday Delights, produced by Gloucester Stages Youth Acting Workshops. Three shows are planned this weekend Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. This is a scene from Santas workshop with some of the 40-member cast of local youth and teens. For a full story of the Holiday Delights show and more photos, see Gail McCarthys…”




linus_charlie_brownand-friends_0025 Don’t miss this wonderfully heart warming and festive holiday show, created and directed by Gloucester Stage’s Heidi Dallin, starring our neighborhood kids. Only a few seats left, don’t miss the fun! 

Holiday Delights showtimes are Friday evening, December 9th, at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday, December 10th and 11th, at 2pm.

For tickets: or 978-281-4433


From our friends at TBT Post

Hello again from your friends at TBT Post,

We just wanted to let everyone know of our new hours for our Gloucester store at 33 Main St. starting next Tuesday, December 13th.

We will be open 7 days a week like always but starting next Tuesday, our daily hours will be 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. That’s right, 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is not just for the holiday season, but will continue into 2017!

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Happy shopping,

The team at TBT Post Gloucester


“Decorating the tree each year is like seeing a friend you’ve been missing”….or so says my older son, Thatcher. I couldn’t agree more. I LOVE some of our favorite ornaments….and it’s like, well…it’s like Christmas…unpacking them each year.

The other night was tree decorating night in the Schrafft house and I promised myself I’d be “in the moment” and not worried about lunch packing, laundry folding, email checking, work finishing, or even blog posting.  Not easy for me…sad, but true.

It is amazing to me that, at the fine ages of nine and seven, the boys already cherish these miniscule moments….the who always hangs what and the Oh! I remember buying this whens.  We have all adopted these quirky little practices of how the ornament boxes are placed in a row on the couch, which ones are gently unpacked first and who hangs which ornaments. It has played out organically over the years and without real intention, but each moment is special in the tradition that makes Christmas “ours.”

With Storms Coming These Etekcity Portable Outdoor LED Camping Lanterns Are Cheap Insurance At $12.99 For Two 74% Off- Amazon Deal of The Day


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Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 12/9/16


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.

Children’s Holiday Microgreen & Craft Workshop THIS SATURDAY!

December 8, 2016 ~ backyardgrowersgloucester ~


Is your to-do list miles long this season? Then drop your children off at Backyard Growers for our gardening and craft workshop: “Holiday Greens for little Gardeners” while you shop!

Our team has developed a window gardening workshop tailored to little gardeners! They’ll learn about planting and growing microgreens, and each child will decorate and bring home a microgreen window planter like the one pictured above! The perfect gift for any family member.

Saturday, December 10th, 10am-12pm
Backyard Growers Office
271 Main Street
$15 per child, cash or check at the door.

Space is limited, so reserve now by signing up here!

All proceeds benefit our school and community gardening programs.

Cape Ann Summer Camp Fair

Image ~ December 8, 2016 ~ kestrel.educational.adventures ~


Movies & Chinese Food with Temple Ahavat Achim at Cape Ann Cinema!


December 8, 2016 ~ taagloucester ~

Movies & Chinese Food* at Cape Ann Cinema!

Join TAA for Movies and Chinese Food on the First Night of Hanukkah on Saturday, December 24th at the Cape Ann Community Cinema (21 Main St., Gloucester)

Adults $20 | Kids 6-18 $12 | Kids under 5 FREE

5:15 pm Lighting Lobster Trap Menorah at TAA
5:30 Doors open at Cape Ann Community Cinema
Dinner for kids
6:00 “Toy Story” begins (81 minutes)
7:30 Dinner for adults
8:15 “Tootsie” begins (119 minutes)
10:30 Clean up and leave cinema by 11:00 pm

Come for some, or come for all!

Children of all ages invited with parents. (Parents to determine whether “Tootsie” is appropriate for their older kids.)


*Vegetarian Chinese Food will be served.

2017 Rotary Photo Calendar Now Available

December 8, 2016 ~ trixy546 ~

2017rotarycalendarsignThe 2017 Rotary Raffle Calendars are printed and can now be purchased. This calendar is our best ever, displaying the award winning photos of Cape Ann taken by serious amateur and professional photographers. Calendars can be purchased from any Gloucester Rotarian or at these locations: BankGloucester, Local Colors, Building Center Gloucester, and Carroll K Steel Insurance.

$20 each.  All profits go to the club’s local and international projects.

An added bonus is that this is a raffle calendar, and all are numbered, with a limited number being printed. The Club will give away $50 every week next year. There will be “bonus” giveaways of $250 in June 2017 and $500 the in December 2017.

Congratulations to the following photographers whose work is featured in the calendar:

  • January-   John Zellenka
  • Febraury-  Karen Joyce
  • March- Jim Sousa
  • April- Steven D Carr
  • May- Arlene Taliadoras
  • June- Marion Bayly
  • July-  Jim Sousa
  • August- Phil Ierardi
  • September- Elinor Teele
  • October- Rich Correale
  • November- Cate Partridge
  • December- Amy Smith
  • Cover- Marion Bayly
  • Back Cover- Donna Ardizzoni


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