Link to Purchase- Link To GMG Store

There will not be another sale on the Calendars so if you want the best holiday gift you can possibly get for that Gloucester Lover/GMG fan in your life- the time to act is RIGHT NOW.  People loved them last year as they are so easy to buy to have on hand to pass out as teachers gifts, stocking stuffers, secret Santa gifts and more.  It’s the perfect price point and the more you buy the more you save.

Sale For GMG Calendars Will Start Now and Run through Midnight of Black Friday.

Here’s The Deal and It Will Not Repeat After Black Friday-
Buy Three Calendars and I automatically add a Lg, XL or Sm New Logo GMG T Shirt To your Order. Buy Four Calendars and Get a Free Calendar. Buy Five Calendar and Get a Sixth Calendar Free and A GMG T Shirt.

Link to Purchase- Link To GMG Store

Link to Purchase- Link To GMG Store

Link to Purchase- Link To GMG Store


A Tradition Unlike Any Other- Richard Baressi Delivering His Special Cheesecake On Thanksgiving Eve!

Thanks Richard!

Nutella Cheesecake

Past Years-





Friend Of The Blog Richard Baressi, Executive Chef At St Anselm College Tuned Me Up This Morning When He Came To Pick Up His GMG Cap!

There’s too much for me to eat do if you come down this morning for your cap you’ll get a slice of heaven courtesy Richard!



Wishing all our Good Morning Gloucester friends a deliciously cozy Thanksgiving, safe travels, and happy bellies.


Thanksgiving Eve day is pie day in our home. What do you do with your leftover pie dough?



Snowy Owl at Captain Joe and Sons, East Main Street, Gloucester

Audubon “Birds in the News”
By Leslie Nemo
November 17, 2017

Will this winter bring an irruption of the Arctic raptors to the continental U.S.? A few clues from up north have Project SNOWstorm predicting yes.

Four years ago, thousands of Snowy Owls stormed the northern United States, taking up posts in surroundings drastically different from the flat Arctic tundra over which they typically preside. Some whiled away the hours peering at dog walkers from suburban fences; one learned to hunt around a Minnesota brewery with mouse problems. In a typical winter, around 10 Snowies visit Pennsylvania, but in 2013 the state was graced by 400. They were part of the largest Snowy Owl irruption, or influx of a species into a place they don’t usually live, the U.S. has seen since the 1920s.

If you missed it, you might be in luck. Project SNOWstorm, a volunteer-fueled Snowy Owl-tracking organization founded after that irruption, predicts another wave of Arctic raptors will hit North America this winter, according to their most recent blog post.

Scott Weidensaul, one of the directors of Project SNOWstorm, says the clues point to a big irruption, but the group also fully admits there’s no way to definitively know how big it could be or if it will even happen at all. “There’s a little bit of voodoo and black magic in all of this,” Weidensaul says. Though Snowy Owl migration patterns are mostly mysterious, there have been some tell-tale signs that the birds are on their way.

For one, some Snowy Owls already seem to be retracing the last irruption’s process. Data are sketchy and variable, but it appears that big southward movements occur about once every four years. That’s because lemmings, their preferred prey, go through regional population explosions at about the same interval. In 2013, those little Arctic rodents had a banner year on the Ungava Peninsula in Northern Quebec, fueling a highly successful breeding season for the owls that flocked to that area. Sure enough, this past breeding season, Canadian wildlife biologists studying caribou reported an unusually high number of owls flapping around the same area, reports others have confirmed.


Snowy Owl and East Gloucester Kids at Bass Rocks


Mr. Swan and the Young Swan were seen again at Niles this past week, without incident, and seemingly quite comfortable with one another. I wish we could see the Young Swan take a sustained flight; she (or possibly he) will have a chance of surviving the winter if she can.

Some Quotes for Thanksgiving

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but also the parent of all the others.” Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC)

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”          Henry Van Dyke (1852 – 1933)

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
Melody Beattie (1948-    )

“By holding up a fancied golden era of yesteryear, we can devalue where we are and who we have become. Thanksgiving aims at gratitude not for what was, but for what is.”   James Carroll  (1943-     )

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.”                                         Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)



Sawyer Free announces 2018 Matz Gallery exhibitions | Michael Oleksiw now

photos: Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library Adolph I Matz Gallery, 2017 November exhibition- Michael Oleksiw, Digital Photography, Hale Street Studios

upcoming in 2018: 

Linda Bourke (January); Kirk Williamson (Februrary); Alice Gardner (March); Bradley Dickinson (April); Gloucester High School Students (May); Where is it photography contest (June); Andrew Manning (July); Jurek Schreiner (August); annual Art Auction (September); Willam Travis (October); David Lyman (November); Delpine Zohn (December)

Looking forward to Andrew Manning, and all the shows! There are Manning paintings at Pleasant Tea and here are photos of 2017 work from his solo exhibition at the Hive.



Big Time Sale On Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 6-Quart $36.70 Compare To Le Creuset At $327.99 almost 10 times cheaper!!!!





Link to buy at Amazon-

Lodge EC6D05 Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 6-Quart, Gray

  • 6-quart Dutch oven made of cast iron with chip-resistant porcelain-enamel finish
  • Broil, braise, bake or roast in the oven up to 500° F
  • Cast-iron loop side handles for a safe, secure grip when transporting
  • Smooth glass surface won’t react to ingredients; Hand wash only
  • Measures 10-3/4 inches in diameter by 4-1/2 inches deep

Compare this to the same one by le Creuset which costs $327.99 and the Lodge is a crazy steal!!!!!!

Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven, White



Size: 5.5 qt

  • 45% larger handles that provide a sure grip, even with oven mitts
  • The superior heat distribution and retention of le Creuset enameled cast iron
  • An advanced sand-colored interior enamel with even more resistance to wear
  • A larger composite knob that withstands temperatures up to 500f
  • Colorful, long-lasting exterior enamel that resists chipping and cracking

Chronicle WCVB Ch 5 “Women on the Byway” airs 12/6! #GloucesterMA #EssexCounty in the news

still from ©Kory The Bridge
Filming the filming: Chronicle @paulinesgifts with Pauline and Mayor Romeo Theken, still from ©TheBridge

Save the date! Chronicle  is devoting a special to Woman Owned Businesses Along The Essex Coastal Scenic Byway which is sceduled to air December 6, 2017

Chronicle has been a popular news magazine TV show focusing on stories of New England for 35 years. Weeknights at 7:30pm on WCVB-TV Channel 5 Boston.

The award-winning Woman Owned Businesses Along the Essex Coastal Byway is comprised of local women retailers and colleagues from Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich and Rowley. They are working together to market their businesses and began work on a great trail map brochure last spring.  Their street level shops represent 4 cities and towns, and share a regional ‘Main Street’ – Route 133/1A, part of the gorgeous 90 mile Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. They’ve inspired other routes and articles, and now Chronicle. Congratulations to all!

#1 Pauline’s Gifts, Gloucester; #2 Essex Bird Shop & Pet Supply, Essex; #3 Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens, Essex; #4 The Essex Exchange, Essex; #5 Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery, Ipswich*; #6 AnnTiques, Ipswich; #7 Be Modern, Ipsiwch; #8 Lost Treasures, Rowley; and #9 Serendipity at Todd’s Farm, Rowley


Sebastian Miniatures

I found these gems recently in an antique store in Corning New York.  They were sitting there among a bunch of others just calling to me to take them home.  So, I paid $5 each and it was well worth the cost.  I was so intrigued that I began to do a little research.

These are examples of Sebastian Miniatures, manufactured in Massachusetts since 1938.  There are many, many of them exhibiting various themes but most are only about 5 inches high.  These appear to be ceramic but there are pewter and wood ones as well.  A brief ebay search demonstrates there are many available and most are not particularly rare or valuable.

Interestingly, several with local ties have been issued privately such as for Gorton’s, the Harbor Loop Gift Shop and Eastern Yacht Club.  There are fishermen, lobstermen, wives and children, Old Salt and even Our Lady of Good Voyage (I’m going looking for her).  In 1950, Old Salt sold for $1.50 and today can probably be obtained for $10 or less to give you an idea of value.

But value isn’t always monetary, is it?  I just love these guys and they sit right at my desk as I work everyday.  I’m quite fascinated by them and their history, especially local to Cape Ann.  Perhaps you have some around your house too?


Timestamped Version Now Up: GloucesterCast 253 With Stephanie Benenson, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 11/19/17

GloucesterCast 253 With Stephanie Benenson, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 11/19/17

Timestamped Topics (click the timestamps to go directly to that topic on the podcast) include:

00:42 Stephanie Beneson Dec 8th & 9th At Kyroz Auditorium Follow Harbor Voices on Instagram @HarborVoices

25:20 Cape Ann Lanes

15:32 Cape Ann Donut Voting Announcing The Cape Ann Donut Taste Test Winner Thanks Judges BJ Mohan, Craig Kimberley, James Eves, Wayne Berger, Assistants Catherine Ryan, Kim Smith and Chris Brien.

29:30 Dead In The Water- Filmaker David Whittkower

30:28  North American River Otters

37:40 One Reader With A Great Sense of Humor

44:20 Cape Ann Farmer’s Market Next One December 23

45:55 Diane Corliss Goat Cheese

48:30 Free Tickets To Cape Ann Community Cinema – Share this post on Facebook for a chance to win two free tickets to Cape Ann Community Cinema, The Cinema Listings are always stickied in the GMG Calendar at the top of the blog or you can click here to go directly to the website

48:56 Paula Ryan O’Brien Winner of Last Week’s Cape Ann Community

49:15  Plastic Bag Ban

54:50 Pop Up Book Shop from Owner Of Andover Book Store and Cabot Books In Beverly

58:14Shop Local Week -Looking For A Press Release From Pauline

59:10 Present Has Opened For The Season At Eastern Point Lit House

Small Business Saturday local specials

Small Business Saturday 2017 specials

Joey asked Pauline’s Gifts for information about the 6th annual Small Business Saturday and a list of specials. She was an early adapter. Here it is, and thanks Pauline!

“In 2011 the Senate unanimously supported Small Business Saturday, and in 2012 all 50 states had participants. This one day event is bringing awareness of the importance in supporting your Local Small Businesses and giving many small businesses a way to promote at no cost to them. If you are an American Express merchant you are able to use the tools made available to you by AMEX. Many of us receive banners, balloons, postcards, reusable bags, and lots of other swag to use for our businesses. Even those who do not take AMEX are able to utilize the promotion working with a Neighborhood Champion. These champions obtain the materials and are able to share with other businesses in their neighborhood. In 2016 there were over 6,700 Neighborhood Champions in the country. Small business owners embrace the day. Through their own promotional efforts small business owners generated an estimated $15.4 billion dollars on Small Business Saturday in 2016.” GMG search pulls up posts about Small Business Saturday in 2012. Some of the 2017 GMG posts: Bridgette’s post, Donna’s post, Kim’s post about PRESENT, and GMG podcast (timestamped!)

*GC = gift certificate

Call your other favorite shops to find out what specials they may be having!

7 Seas Whale Watch: Adult GCs $29 & Season Pass Discounts
Cake Ann: 10% off Next in-store Purchase When You Buy a GC
Cape Ann Olive Oil: Buy 6 Same Size Bottles, Get 1 Free
Design of Mine: 20% off Total Purchase
DIVA : 12-20% off
Dogtown Books unique gifts, rare & used books, work by local artists
Essex Bird Shop and Pet Supply
, 121 Eastern Ave, Essex: 20% off Treats, Toys, & Accessories
goodlinens – Gloucester buy-two-get-the-third-50%-off special on all of our linen on Friday and through December
Hair & Color Studio, The: Buy $50 GC get $10 GC free
LifeBloom Massage & Spa: Refer a Friend & Both Get 10% off Any Treatment (no limit)
Magic Scarf Company: Wholesale Prices, Wine/Snacks
Manchester Athletic Club: $50 Join Fee thru 11/30, 1/2 Donated to The Open Door
Maplewood Car Wash: 25% off Book of 5 Washes, 10% off GCs
O’Neil Fitness: 20% off Package of 12 Personal Training Sessions
Pauline’s Gifts: 512 Essex Ave, Gloucester: 20% off Entire Purchase (Excludes Pauline’s Painted Items)
Pop Gallery 
Premier Imprints: Gloucester: 20% off Premier Imprints gifts
Present: Celebrate Small Business Saturday as we release our holiday ornaments!
R & B Carpet Cleaning Services: 10% off
Sand to City Style: 20% off
Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens, 7 Main St, Essex: Up to 40% Off
The Urchin Exchange: 20% off