Throngs of young painters filled Art Haven today at the community-wide buoy painting for Gloucester’s very special Lobster Trap Tree. A line formed out the door, but it wasn’t a long wait before kids were seated at a work table, supplied with blank buoys, paints, and brushes.

With thanks to founder David Brooks, executive director Traci Thayne Corbett, and assisted by a tremendous team of staff and volunteers, the children are participating in a wonderful holiday event, sharing a bit of Gloucester culture, holiday tradition, and FUN!
On Monday, children from Rockport are invited to attend. Wednesday, students form Manchester/Essex Elementary and O’Maley will be painting and Wednesday is also the last day for community-wide buoy painting. 
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


 NOT TO WORRY, THE LINE IS MOVING VERY QUICKLY.More photos tonight from Gloucester’s fabulous annual Art Haven Lobster Trap Tree buoy painting event.


After painting buoys, the McElhennys stopped by the police station to meet several of the awesome Gloucester police officers. Dax could not have been more thrilled with his official Gloucester police sticker badge and officer cards.

Dax, Ruby, and John

Give the Gift of Cape Ann!

If you want a gift for the person who has everything stop by the Cape Ann Chamber Of Commerce and pick up a gift envelope for free, you add the $40.00 and they can order their very own Cape Ann Licence Plate.  All the instruction are in the gift envelope, you just add the cash.  The proceeds from the plates fund non-profits grant request on Cape Ann.  This year Cape Ann Farmer’s Market, Action and Backyard Growers were all recipients of grants.  So spread the Cape Ann Love!

The Cape Ann Chamber also has Gift Certificates that can be used at over 200 local merchants.  You will be giving a gift that won’t be returned and supports Cape Ann Businesses.

Martin Ray’s new book! Cape Ann Narratives of Art in Life

Cape Ann Narratives of Art in Life, by Martin Ray

December 4, 2017 at Trident Gallery

“The book will be offered for sale at $30.00 during a SIGNING PARTY at Trident Gallery, 189 Main Street, Gloucester, 3:00-5:00 Sunday afternoon December 10. At 4:00 I will give remarks of acknowledgement to the profilees and to the team which coalesced to grace the printed book with elegance. I hope to see you there.” – Martin Ray

January 13, 2018 Cape Ann Museum reception and panel


Welcome Santa!

Rockport Santa by Fred Bodin prob 1970s

Since I can’t be on the dock to greet Santa in Rockport later today (1 PM), I will have to settle for this recent purchase from Fred Bodin’s collection available at Cape Ann Auction.  According to Walt Kolenda at the store, this probably dates from the 70s.  This week’s Gloucester Daily Times noted this event has been taking place since sometime in the 70s so perhaps this is an early version.  Perhaps some GMG readers have insight as to a more specific date??  And is that Mike Tupper at the helm with the Halibut Point t-shirt??  Gotta love Santa’s sneakers.  I’d be wearing some pretty solid footwear if that was me!!  Great job to all the Santas and their drivers out there.

Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting Named 2017 Massachusetts Retailer of the Year


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Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting Named
2017 Massachusetts Retailer of the Year


SALEM, MASS., November 16, 2017 – Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting has received the prestigious Massachusetts Retailer of the Year Award from the Retailers Association of Massachusetts.

“’Retailer of the Year’-worthy businesses are those that continuously go above and beyond to provide their customers with an exceptional product, unparalleled service, and that demonstrate originality in all they do,” the Retailers Association of Massachusetts said of the award.

Judges visit nominees’ businesses and retail locations, and give the award based on factors such as attentive customer service, attention to detail, creative store design, and visual interest.

“We are honored to be named Retailer of the Year,” said Julie Arcari Cook, CEO of Landry & Arcari. “All of us at Landry & Arcari take intense pride in what we do —we love rugs and we strive each day to provide a seamless and exceptional customer experience. We sincerely thank our valued customers and employees as well as the Retailers Association of Massachusetts for its continued support of the Bay State’s retail community.”

The Retailers Association of Massachusetts awards were presented on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at noon, at the annual Association’s luncheon at the Conference Center at Bentley University in Waltham.

Governor Charlie Baker delivered the keynote address and weeknight news and business anchor Mike Nikitas of New England Cable News Network (NECN) presented the Awards.

To celebrate this award and as a show of appreciation to its customers, Landry & Arcari will be having a store-wide sale on all in-stock handmade rugs and carpeting, now thru December 2, 2017.