present-gloucester-copyright-kim-smithAt the pop up shop Present Gloucester, this year conveniently located within the Eastern Point Lit House, you’ll find a wealth of gifts for everyone on your holiday gift-giving list. Every present is handmade by local artists and artisans. Prints, paintings, garments, dolls, angels, jewelry, photos, toys, yarn, ornaments, pottery, and much more–too numerous to name all here. The photos only show a small sampling of the treasure trove of gifts you’ll find at Present Gloucester.

Present Gloucester is located at 261 Main Street, Gloucester. For more information, visit the Present Gloucester Facebook page here.



rs-the-killers-20a51a57-5f3f-473a-99dc-86e6d7d4d679Annually since 2006 the Killers have released a holiday-themed new single for Bono’s charity (RED), which strives to end aids in Africa. The band has collected all ten songs on a new website and Christmas album Don’t Waste Your Wishes, released on December 9th. Featured guests on the singles include Toni Halliday, Elton John, Jimmy Kimmel, Neil Tennant, and Dawes. The songs are melodic, quirky, comic, provocative, some a little dark, some beautifully moving, and the videos for each, always entertaining.

My favorite, “A Great Big Sled,”

“Joel the Lump of Coal”

“The Cowboy’s Christmas Ball”

There’s no video yet for this year’s single “I’ll be Home For Christmas” but here is a link to the website where you can hear it and all ten songs.


Party with James Montgomery and Friends this New Year’s Eve!

Over the past decade or so, you may have seen James Montgomery at various venues in Gloucester.  He’s played at Cape Ann Marina’s Pavilion tent, on the Beauport Princess cruise ship and made a special appearance at Harbor Loop.

This New Year’s Eve you can PARTY with James Montgomery, Sax Attacks horns and friends right down the road at Beverly’s Vittori-Rocci Post — directly off Rte 128 with plenty of free on-site parking.  The party includes a scrumptious dinner buffet by Fresh Food Catering, dancing, midnight champagne toast and party favors with a full cash bar available.

And you can feel even better knowing you’ll be doing some good by supporting V is for Veterans (the charity founded by James Montgomery that supports veterans particularly with food and housing assistance).

Let’s say goodbye to 2016 and welcome 2017 with music, dancing and lots of fun together!  Here are some videos of James Montgomery to get you in the party mood! GET TICKETS HERE

This Wednesday evening…Liz Frame joins Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line 7-10pm 12.14.2016










Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, December 14th – 7pm
Special Music Guest: LIZ FRAME!
















Yo people! You really need to get out and see some of the
amazing Rhumb Line Wednesday happenings. It’s just over
the top, the talent we have tucked away on Cape Ann. Let’s
take this week’s guest, for instance… Liz Frame. Some of
the sharpest, wittiest and most polished lyric writing you’d
ever pay a fortune to see and hear – for no cover charge
whatsoever! She is pure joy. Do NOT make me come out
there and literally drag your rum-pum-pum bums from the
house in which they sit! 🙂

Also… please tune in for the Amero Family (Linda, JB & Fly)
on North Shore 104.9’s “Curtain Up” with Aurelia Nelson
this coming Sunday, 9-9:30am. We’ll be playing a few festive
songs and chatting up our annual “Amero Family Christmas”
show, scheduled for Wednesday, December 21. ~ Fly

ps: click the link to play/download a few of my original holiday
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen…
…now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
12/21 Amero Family Christmas!








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01/04/17 John Rockwell (guest host)

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Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Holiday Cards Show the Passing of Time

Typically, we save all of the holiday cards that arrive in our mailbox for just one year.  The boys love opening them each night and we keep them on display until it is time to pack up the other holiday decorations and Christmas tree ornaments.  We then pack them away carefully and look forward to seeing the cards again the next year.  After looking through them 12 months later, they are then recycled….even though it hurts a little to do so.

That being the case, I was surprised when my husband brought a large pile of cards down from the attic this year that were actually much older.  This stack of cards was from the year 2000.  16 years ago.

16 years, it turns out, is a long time in Christmas Card years.  For example, during the Christmas season of the year 2000, we were very recently engaged….but were not married and had no children.  We had, in fact, not even sent out Christmas cards that year….but we had received a lot.

Going through that stack of cards ended up being rather bittersweet.  A lot had changed. Some for the better, some for worse.  Addresses…landscapes….faces….family dynamics….hair color….hair lines….furry friends….and more.  Some single friends are now “coupled.” Some couples without children….now have several.  Some married friends are now divorced….and some remarried.  And, the hardest to discover, some (too many) of the cards were sent by friends and family who have since passed away.  Worst of all are the family photos now missing a member….whose void is hard to believe.

Much love to all who are missing someone special this holiday season….and to those who know those voids all too well.


Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board listings For 12/13/16


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.

CAFM Winter Market this Saturday!

December 12, 2016 ~ modpodge16 ~


Come join us for the last market of 2016 on 12/17 from 10-1

Pick up the last of the season’s produce, food items to get you you through the busy days ahead, and handmade gifts for all!

This year we are sponsoring a Holiday Food Drive for The Open Door-our goal is to collect 100 items at the market by noon-help us reach our goal-bring in 10 items or more and receive a free CAFM Tote!

We will have our amazing holiday raffle baskets featuring gift certificates and items from area restaurants and shops-also our CAFM membership drive-a memberships makes a great gift!!!!
For more info and to purchase a CAFM membership check our website at
To purchase raffle tickets before 12/17 please email


Dining for Diapers Fundraiser

December 12, 2016 ~ Gloucester Health Department ~

Dine at Jalapeno’s Restaurant on December 21, 4 PM – closing and portions of your bill will be donated to The Open Door Food Pantry Diaper Fund. There will be raffles and prizes!


Help Backyard Growers spread garden magic across Gloucester!

December 12, 2016 ~ backyardgrowersgloucester ~

Did you know that gardens are magic?


I didn’t think there could possibly be enough room in our little backyard. But Backyard Growers came, and before I knew it, there was our garden. I couldn’t believe that I’d end up with food for my family if I just followed their directions. Plant some seeds. Water. Weed. The veggies appeared. And my kids actually ate them! Magic.

We’ve had our ups and downs. One summer Chris was injured and out of work. I was working, mothering, pregnant and tired, and money was tight. Our garden was the constant. Plant some seeds. Water. Weed. Magic.

Last fall, I got sick. Doctor visits, chemo and long hospital stays threw our family into a tailspin. I told my 3-year-old Dash, “Mom will be better when the plants come up.” I kept looking at my garden, praying that would happen.

Then Backyard Growers came.

I never asked for help, they just came. They planted my garden with such care and purpose. They brought bins of new soil. Their rows of seeds were so straight and evenly spaced. And the plants grew. Magic.

If you ever wonder about what a garden does for a person, a family, a community, come visit me on Harold Ave. Ask any of the kids. You grow a garden, magic happens!

You are part of this magic in our community. Thank you. So many in Gloucester struggle to put food on the table, and with your support, Backyard Growers can help.

Will you help us reach our $10,000 goal and build 40 more gardens next year by giving today? Every $250 raised is another garden. Another family’s table full of fresh, healthy food.

Another opportunity for magic.


Peggy Lyman, Backyard Growers Participant

Click here to make your tax-deductible donation today. Thank you!

Sign up Today for Classes!

Image ~ December 12, 2016 ~ lwheels2636



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