Special Olympics Torch Run

Join the Cape Ann Sharks and athletes of  Special Olympics (CASO) teams by running,  walking or donating.   Your funds help support the programs for all the athletes on Cape Ann, including swimming, soccer, bowling, track and field, basketball and bocce.

Join the fun….Join the Team!

This Sunday, December 3rd, Centennial Park in Peabody for the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics!



Art Haven’s Executive Director Traci Thayne Corbett and Cathy Kelley are doing a fantastic job managing the fabulous buoy painting taking place daily after school. Today they were joined by volunteers Michael Kelley and Lianna Sours. The finished buoys are gathering in great piles all around the studio. Today’s ernest artists were representing from West Parish Elementary. Saturday, December 2nd, buoy painting continues, and is open studio day for any young person.

Michael and Cathy Kelley, Lianna Sours, and Traci Thayne Corbett

West Parish Elementary: Friday – 12/1 – 3:30-5:00pm
Open Day for Everyone: Saturday – 12/2 – 10:0am – 1:00pm
Rockport Elemenary School:  Monday 12/4 – 3:30-5:00pm
O’ Maley Middle School:  Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Open Day for Everyone: Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Manchester/Essex Elementary:  Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm

Lobster Trap Tree Lighting and Party at Art Haven after

December 9th, 4:30 pm, Main St at Lobster Trap Tree

Buoy Auction

January 26, 5-8pm, Cruiseport

#Shrimp On The @WeberGrills Performer #KISS

Northeast BBQ

Keep It Simple Stupid.

So often we get caught up in complex recipes with a million ingredients when some of the best things are simple to make with just a few.

Shrimp peeled and deveined.  Swathed in butter and minced garlic.

A half a chimney of charcoal spread evenly on the bottom of the charcoal grate.

A turn or two and when the grill flares up from the dripping butter close it to snuff out the flames.  Easy Peasy lemon Squeezy.  5 minutes prep time 5 minutes cook time.




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Goodlinens Studio 1st Year Celebration

Gloucester’s goodlinens studio celebrated its first year in business with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at 130 Main Street, where shoppers find useful, well-designed goods for kitchen, bath, home and gift.  Thank you to all of our patrons!

2017 11 30 Very Misc G15 Good Linens 050


For those of you who don’t know, Sista Felicia makes the most gorgeous and precious holiday cookie collections you’ve ever seen…in addition to a ridiculously long list of other culinary treats for the tastebuds.

I was so mad at myself for missing out on ordering her Halloween and Thanksgiving cookies…they kind of go like hot cakes….so, as soon as I saw heard that she was putting together gingerbread house kits, I reached out and ordered one!

Hands down one of the best holiday purchases I have ever made.  I mean, I knew it would be great….but great is beyond an understatement.  The time, care, attention to detail, and holiday spirit that goes into each and every kit is priceless.  Finn and I picked it up the other day and were immediately dying to tear into it….but, we patiently waited…although not for long.  I was able to hold the boys at bay for two nights, but come Tuesday, they couldn’t wait another second.

As we untied the bow, opened the box, unwrapped the goodies, and spread out the enormous number of treats, candies, intricate decorations, icing, and beautifully baked gingerbread roof and walls the boys’ imaginations starting racing.  We have built Gingerbread Houses every year….but, this one takes the cake.

We melted the little hard candies into beautiful stained glass windows and went crazy decorating.  The boys worked happily while listening to Christmas carols until we ran out of frosting.  My boys were a bit heavy handed with their frosting application, otherwise we could have continued for another hour easily.

The best part is that we still have so many candy decorations left that we can go back this weekend and decorate lots more!  The boys want to make a shed and a doghouse.

If you are interested in ordering do so quickly!  No doubt these will sell out FAST!



A Day Made for Poets and Artists

I took a walk on Good Harbor Beach this week in the sunshine and wind.  The sand was swept toward the ocean pushed by the wind, rushing to meet the incoming waves.  This picture doesn’t really show you how the sand was moving, but picture “Lawrence of Arabia” sandstorm and dial it back a couple of notches.  (Allow me to note that I was crunching in sand in my teeth as I got into the car to leave just to add some color to the imagery.)


As the wind pushed and the tide approached against the wind, lovely spindrifts left the impression that the water and sand were moving as a couple out to sea.


If you look hard and squeeze your eyes a little, you can see the sun allowed for a little rainbow to make an appearance.  Think “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and dial it back several notches.


Invigorating.  Thank you Mother Nature.

Backyard Growers awarded Community First Grant to increase healthy food access in Gloucester

Cape Ann Community

 Whole Cities Foundation announces 44 local community partners through innovative grant program.

Whole Cities Foundation, an independent nonprofit foundation established by Whole Foods Market, awarded Gloucester-based Backyard Growers a $5,000 Community First Grant, to fund healthy eating initiatives in the city.

Backyard Growers, in partnership with Gloucester Housing Authority, will be using grant funds to improve fresh food access in Gloucester by establishing new community gardens and expanding existing gardens at housing communities throughout the city. Backyard Growers has 64 gardening beds in low-income housing communities as well as 9 community gardens throughout Gloucester. Their school garden programs are in every school in the Gloucester Public School District, serving over 2,000 students, and their school garden program model is now being used in Manchester, Rockport, Marblehead, Lynn, and Chicopee School Districts as well.


With the support of the Whole Cities Foundation, Backyard Growers built the Willowood Community Garden in…

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