JV Girls Fishermen Hit the Home Ice

A nice sized crowd gathered at Dorothy Talbot Rink last night to cheer on the Girls  JV Fishermen as they took to the ice for their first home game of the season.  It was, in fact, the first home game in many seasons as Gloucester/Rockport has been without a girls’ team for years.  And, while the final scored showed them down by one, the team did not disappoint.

I watch a lot of hockey and I have to say that I couldn’t stop smiling.  These girls worked hard, showed amazing spirit, and demonstrated great sportsmanship and teamwork.  They should be incredibly proud of the team they’ve become and I, for one, am excited to see what the rest of the season has in store.

This year’s team:

Rachel Alexander, Grade 12    Captain

Nicole Tocco, Grade 12        Captain

Brianna Fernandes, Grade 12    Captain

Sophia Pata, Grade 12           

Noelle Perry, Grade 12      

Jenna Taormina,  Grade 12         Goalie 

Cara Burley, Grade 12                

Samantha Cominelli, Grade 12    

Elizabeth Luster, Grade 11        

Isabella Ciluffo, Grade 11           

Zoe, Venetsanakos, Grade 11    

Jesse Alexander, Grade 10          

Rose Degrange, Grade 10                

Jemina Grow, Grade 10           

Maisie Grow, Grade  10        

Bailey Marshall, Grade 10           

Alaina Noble, Grade 10        

Eliza Nugent, Grade 10       

Caroline O’Leary, Grade 10        

Anna Zerilli, Grade 10          

Marisa Orlando, Grade 10           

Kaylee Burgess, Grade 9             


We all love stopping into Alexandra’s Bread (not just because Alexandra and Jon are always so welcoming) for their yummy cranberry scone’s, breads, cobbles, and cookies. The smells of fresh baked breads emanating from the bake shop are inviting and inviting too are Alexandra’s wonderful selection of fun and practical home and kitchen gifts. Amidst the shelves brimming with aprons, tea towels, vintage dishes, prints, and handmade ornaments, you’ll find one-of-kind gifts as well.

alexandras-bread-6-copyright-kim-smithThis very unusual sterling silver spoon is etched with schooners and the words Gloucester Mass. The handle has both a lobster and starfish.

detail-alexandras-bread-copyright-kim-smithDetail of spoon

alexandras-bread-copyright-kim-smithA favorite of the favorites, I love the neat way to contain clothes pins with this clothes pin bag that you hang on your laundry line.

Alexandra’s Bread, located at 265 Main Street, Gloucester, is open Tuesday through Saturday. For more information phone 281-3064.dscf1700


Last of the 2016 super moon trifecta, the December Frost Moon (also called Full Cold Moon and Long Night’s Moon by Native Americans) was the brightest moon of the year according to the Farmer’s Almanac. Whatever called, it was stunning to watch as it went down over Gloucester’s skyline on Tuesday morning.full-cold-moon-frosty-moon-december-2016-fitz-henry-lane-house-gloucester-ma-copyright-kim-smith

Super Moon over Fiitz Henry Lane Housefull-cold-moon-frosty-moon-december-2016-fitz-henry-lane-house-gloucester-ma-4-copyright-kim-smith-copy



One Republic makes some beautiful music

And here is there new song, “Let’s Hurt Tonight,” written for the much anticipated forthcoming film Collateral Beauty.

This Weekend in the Arts

Christmas in the New World,’ performed by Musicians of the Old Post Road at the Gloucester Meetinghouse.


Musicians of the Old Post Road is one of the best-loved chamber ensembles in the Boston area. Founded by Artistic Directors Suzanne Stumpf (flute) and Daniel Ryan (cello), the ensemble takes its name from its acclaimed concert series, originally entitled Old Post Road Historic Concerts, begun in 1989. They are joined by Sarah Darling (violin & viola), Marcia Cassidy (viola) and Michael Bahmann, (harpsichord).

This is a rare opportunity to celebrate the holiday season with a unique program abounding with festive music exported to 18th-century Central and South America! Selections include lively Spanish villancicos, ornate Italian cantatas, and rhythmically-playful works with indigenous influences. Castellanos, Durán, Jerusalem, Pacheco, and Torres are among the featured composers.

Special guests: Jessica Petrus, soprano, and Catherine Hedberg, mezzo-soprano, and special guest Eloy Cruz (Mexico), Baroque guitar


Friday, December 16, 2016 at 7:30pm  (doors open at 7:00pm)


The historic 1806 Gloucester Meetinghouse (home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church), corner of Church & Middle Street, with accessible side entrance at 10 Church Street.


$35 Preferred Seating (reserved front rows & rear gallery), $25 General, $20 College Students & Seniors (65+), under 17 free.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org or at the door with cash, check or major credit card.


Meetinghouse Preservation Fund


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Rocky Neck Art Colony Holiday Festival

The Cultural Center Gallery at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester MA 01930
Open Weekends November 26 to December 18
Gallery Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 10 AM – 5 PM

The Rocky Neck Art Colony will hold its annual Holiday Festival at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester, the final weekend is Saturday and Sunday, December 17 and 18, hours are 10am – 5pm.

 Come to the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck for the last weekend of the beautiful Holiday Festival. There are many reasonably priced and more expensive items to choose from; fine craft ceramics, jewelry, wall art of various sizes, designer one of a kind handbags, scarves and much more.

DEMONSTRATIONS & Do It Yourself Holiday Art Project

Join us for the last Saturday demonstration drop-in “do-it-yourself” art workstations, where visitors can make their own collage holiday cards for a small materials charge. Saturday from 1 to 3pm.

Take your own holiday selfies in our photo booth and you can insert the photos into handmade cards or ornaments.

 SAT Dec 17: Collage cards, ornaments with photo, 1 to 3pm

Solstice Party and ‘Leven performance: Welcome back the sun with our solstice party and the warm sounds of a-caplla group ‘Leven. Light refreshments served.

SUN Dec 18: Solstice party with A capella group ‘Levin, 2 to 4pm.

Last chance to shop these great artistic gift ideas:

  • Assemblage by Pam Courtleigh
  • Ceramics by Elizabeth Gauthier, Susan Hershey, Evy Stewart, Ruth Worrall;
  • Jewelry by Katherine Bagley, Deborah Barnwell, Lisa Carlson, Joanne Demetra, Jackie Ganim DeFalco, Mindy Lindtek, Mary McCarl, Zev Rejman, Karen Tibbets, Deborah Way;
  • Designer Handbags by Marlene Cann;
  • Hand painted scarves by Jane Keddy, Brenda Malloy;
  • Paintings by Loren Doucette, Phyllis Feld, Dina Gomery, Brenda Malloy, Mary McCarl, Debbie Schradieck, Martha Swanson, Marilyn Swift;
  • Photography by Skip Montello, Michael Oleksiw II, Judy Robinson-Cox, Tom Robinson-Cox;
  • Printmaking by Deborah Geurtze, Jane Keddy, Stephanie Mason


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The One Hour at a Time Gang Schedule

Good Morning kids:

Hope everyone is doing well. Our clean up on Saturday will depend on the weather and wind conditions.

Where:                 Main Street starting near Tonno’s

Time:                    08:00

When:                  Saturday, December 17, 2016

Please bring gloves and any pickers you may have.

Yesterday I cleaned in front of Brown’s Mall. It was a mess and hopefully we can do something to contact the landlord to keep it clean.

I would like to keep a list of stores on Main Street that seem not to care what the front of the stores look like.

Thanks peeps..


Dave Sag’s Blues Party tonight with Brian Templeton, Billy Loosigian 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line.12.15.2016 Put on your dancin shoes

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Dave says,

Everybody keeps asking me: when ya gonna bring back that guy, you know, big as a bear with designer overalls and a voice that could shatter diamonds? Or your sub-human desires. What? Who are you?
But seriously, folks; we got him this week. i’m talking about Mr. Brian Templeton, a great songwriter and foghorn, who commands your presence. His incisive toons and heady interpretations of classic gems is sure to explode the elastic in your BVD’s. He’s one of my go to guys when the goin’ gets rough, like my shrimp Po-boy- induced acne that needs some lovin’.



Helping out on the guitar will be Mr. Billy Loosigian, celebrity pet stylist and New Hampshire’s answer to Jimmy Page. Been in every Boston band in the world since 1975.Mr. David Mattacks, the Atomic Clock, will add his cesium and desist order to the proceedings. I’m bringing my big-ass tube amp, just to show ya. Do not miss this.
Nexxxt Week: Sax (Flash) Gordon Beadle and the hippies from hell. OMG! Free radiation suits to the first 20 customers.

here’s a short clip from the last time Brian, Dave, Billy and Dave played The Rhumb Line


Men’s Night

november-27-2015-tbt-post-beautiful-scarfesA friendly reminder for all our great customers, friends and business partners,

The team here at TBT Post just wanted to let you know what we have going on for Men’s Night TONIGHT from 5 p.m.- 10 p.m.!

We will be offering:


In addition, we will also have a refreshment and snack stand with apple cider, holiday cookies, candy canes and chocolate!

Finish your holiday shopping with TBT Post in style and with BIG SAVINGS!

 -The team at TBT Post Gloucester


The Mathews’ Christmas silliness continues…

Today’s Christmas card throwback is one of my favorites from 2008 (i think?) and it was a Caricature I had done of all of us.   I have this hanging as a print in my house too!    I’d love to share some of our FOB’s crazy Christmas cards so email them to me at shutterbythesea@comcast.net!

2008 Mathews Family Christmas

If you missed yesterday’s….click here!

Nichole’s Picks 12/17 + 12/18

Pick #1:  Elf, Jr. the Musical

Thanks to a post by Kim Smith last week, I am happy to know that Rockport Middle School will be presenting Elf Jr. The Musical this weekend.

Showtimes are December 15th & 16th at 7pm and December 17th & 18th at 2pm. Tickets: adults $10., senior and student tickets $8.

Read Kim’s post here for all information


Pick #2: Rockport’s Christmas Pagaent

Help celebrate Rockport’s 71st Annual Christmas Pagaent.

“Dock Square and Main Street, 5 pm. A torch-lit live re-enactment of the Nativity. (Inclement weather date Dec. 18)” More from rockportusa.com HERE

December 17 @ 5:00 pm6:00 pm



Pick #3: Gingerbread Farmer Decorating at Appleton Farms

Join us for some holiday fun on the farm and learn about the origin of this favorite Scandinavian tradition. We’ll start by decorating some delicious gingerbread farmers and cows with a variety of candy and homemade icing. After our creations are complete we’ll snuggle in for some entertaining gingerbread facts and read Hansel & Gretel, the story which spurred the popularity of gingerbread houses. Finish the experience with a traditional German holiday craft to decorate your own home with!

Hot chocolate will be served.

Register for morning event >>

Register for afternoon event >>

Please register one ticker per child.

Saturday, December 17
10-11AM & 1:30-2:30PM

Member Child: $15; Nonmember Child: $25



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