Thank you to Cape Ann Art Haven’s program director Cathy Kelley and executive director Traci Thayne Corbett for the invitation to photograph this year’s Lobster Trap Tree lighting and buoy painting. The joy was all mine–the children’s enthusiasm, the pride and joy on their faces, the parent’s participation, and the priceless gift of community spirit make this one of Cape Ann’s most cherished (and most fun) holiday traditions. And it has been wonderful to see how conscientiously Traci and Cathy run the program and how caring and thoughtful they are with the children.

Did you know that Cape Art Haven buoy painting is 100 percent FREE and open to the entire community?

What has become a much beloved Cape Ann tradition is a way of saying thank you from Art Haven to the community. If you haven’t already done so, please consider donating to this tremendously worthwhile organization. Not only is buoy painting free, but all the programs Art Haven offers are available to everyone, whether or not they have the ability to pay. Visit the Cape Ann Art Haven website here to learn more about classes, scholarships, the teen guild, and more.

So, please, donate to Art Haven today!

Lobster Trap Tree lighting Saturday, December 9th, at 4:30. Party after at Art Haven.


The Littlest Buoy Painter ~ Two-year old Marissa evolving from a not-too-messy handprint to full coverage 🙂


To purchase the recently published The Inner Voice and the Outer World, mail a check to the Gloucester Writers Center at 126 East Main Street, Gloucester MA 01930. Please make the check to the Gloucester Writers Center and at the bottom of the envelope write: re: Veterans Book. The book costs $15.00. plus mailing. 

New seasonal offering from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Gloucester

UU Church Gloucester 2016.jpgcommunity notice:

When the Holidays are Hard A Vespers Service Sunday, December 10, 7:00 p.m.

The holiday season can be challenging for all who struggle to participate in the joy and excitement that can seem to be expected of us.  All are welcome on Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. in our sanctuary for a short vespers service. We will pause for quiet music, candlelight, meditation and readings to help us find peace.  Please join us, and bring a friend!

For any questions, please contact Linda Wilkes, or 617-851-2738.  

F/V Misty Blue coverage shares Perfect Storm experience and New Bedford Tribute memorial

Boston Herald Perfect Storm family experience and advice alongside coverage about the 2 missing men Michael Roberts, 44, and Jonathan Saraiva, 32, both of New Bedford, and 2 crew rescued from the sinking of the F/V Misty Blue. South Coast Today  and the Boston Globe


Boston Herald ©Nancy Lane photograph of the New Bedford FISHERMENS TRIBUTE MONUMENT. The monument is by New Bedford artist, Erik Durant, dedicated in 2016, people have started to leave flowers in tribute this week

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Army vs Navy Flag Football at Newell!

Cape Ann’s First Annual Veterans Flag Football Army/Navy

High Noon land and sea Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Newell Stadium Gloucester High School– easy back and forth from Middle Street Walk and the game. Austin Dorr & Mayor Romeo Theken have the coin toss. Carlos Goulart and Daniel Collins are the refs. GHS boys soccer is ‘kicking in’ some Gatorade and water support.

Army Navy Flag Football at Newell

Nichole’s Picks 12/9 + 12/10

Pick #1:  Middle Street Walk

See website HERE



Pick #2: Cape Ann Veterans’ Army vs. Navy Flag Football

Come cheer on some Cape Ann Veterans as they play in Cape Ann’s 1st Annual Army vs Navy Flag Football game!  Should be a fun afternoon!  12:00 pm @ Newell Stadium


Pick #3:  Stevens-Coolidge Estate’s Illumination Nights

Read more HERE

Come one, come all and see the splendor of our illuminated winter gardens. Many holidays and festivals are based on lights, some even being called a Festival of Lights, like Diwali for Hinduism, Sikhism, and Jainism, and Hanukah for Judaism. Christianity also celebrates using lights, seen on a Christmas tree or in a snowcapped windowsill. Tonight, visitors are invited to explore the grounds of the Stevens-Coolidge Place as they twinkle and shine with holiday lights that brighten the landscape during this holiday season. Pick up a song book and sing holiday songs or simply listen to others as you warm up with hot cocoa and make s’mores around our outdoor fire pit.

This is a three-weekend event. Full event schedule includes:

Friday, December 8 through Sunday, December 10, 5-7pm
Friday, December 15 through Sunday, December 17, 5-7pm
Friday, December 22 through Saturday, December 23 5-7pm


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

Sista Felicia’s “Paint Your Own Christmas Cookie Kits” Pre-Order Sale NOW through December 8th!

Sista Felicia’s, “Paint Your Own” Christmas Sugar Cookies are READY TO PRE-ORDER! Paint your own (PYO) cookies are a great activity for children and adults of all ages! These beautifully boxed Sugar Cookie Gift Sets are perfect for you, your loved ones, teachers, children, houseguests, and even co-workers.

This edible cookie craft project kit is perfect for holiday parties, classroom projects or parties, Yankee Swap Gifts, Family get togethers, Girl Scout/Cub Scout Troops, and any holiday gathering you might have going on. Give a gift this holiday season that will bring out the creative side of all your elves and holiday helpers. Let these fun Christmas cookies bring it up a notch with a magical and delicious crafting project.

Directions: Simply dip the enclosed paintbrush in water; hydrate the palette of colors with moistened paint brush, and start painting your very own Winter Cookie Masterpiece! Sista Felicia’s vanilla based Sugar Cookies are prepared using the very finest ingredients including; fresh eggs, butter and vanilla beans. Each cookie is individually hand rolled for a thick 1/4″ cookie, hand cut, and baked to perfection… in a licensed/certified Home Based Kitchen.

**Each “PYO Sugar Cookie Kit” includes the following:cookies from their box.

Square, Round or Rectangle Shaped Iced Vanilla Sugar Cookie Embellished with one Christmas image. Each hand rolled/hand cut cookie is approximately 4″ x 4″ in size.

The following Images are available:

~ Elf On The Shelf

~ Charlie Brown & Snoopy

~ Nutcracker

~ Christmas Wreath

~ Christmas Tree

~ Christmas Stocking

~ Santa Claus

~ The Rednose Reindeer

~ Gingerbread House

Each kit includes Sugar Cookie, (10 ) color tabs,

paint brush (brush will vary in color). WARNING: Children under age 6 should be supervised while using paint brush; and Jingle Bell gift waring ornament IS NOT A TOY & could be a choking hazard.

For your convenience each “Paint Your Own Sugar cookie Set” is beautiful wrapped in a box, adorned with Christmas Red Satin Bow Ribbon, and includes a Shiny Jingle Bell ! Cookies are produced in a facility possibly containing all known food allergens, heat, soy, milk, peanuts and tree nuts, and shellfish .***

Orders may Only be placed by email at or Facebook Private Message me by December 8, or while supplies last!

The cookies will stay fresh for 2-3 weeks at room temperature if in container. The best way to preserve them is to freeze cookies in the plastic bag you receive them in or place boxed cookie in airtight container, until you are ready to paint them. Remove from freezer 3 hours before removing cookies from their packaging.



Post Storm Rewards

Wednesday December 6 seemed to be a popular day for closures.  Lone Gull closed for electrical work; Cape Ann Museum closed to public for event; Parker River National Wildlife Refuge closed for Deer Hunt (yes, that’s what the sign said).  We were turned off Rt 133 – closed for unknown reasons.  We ran into a washed out road at Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary and turned back.

BUT the ocean was open for business and it was just spectacular at Eastern Point.

Cape Ann Special Olympics Ugly Sweater FUNdraiser!

Cape Ann Community

LET’S BOWL!!! December 17, 2017

Cape Ann Special Olympics Ugly Sweater FUNdraiser!


Date: 12/17/17

Location: Cape Ann Lanes 53 Gloucester Ave Gloucester, MA 01930

Online registration is open till Friday 12/15/17 :

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Come to the GAAC Holiday Party Dec 8!

Cape Ann Community


GAAC is extremely fortunate to have Sky & Telescope Magazine Senior Editor Kelly Beatty as our speaker for the December 8 Holiday party, with a riveting presentation on “The Sputnik Years.” Kelly will show us how it all happened, who was involved, and what some of the many important historic results of that event have been.

October 4, 1957 marked the beginning of the Space Age, with the launch of Sputnik by the Soviet Union. The satellite sped by over the heads of the world, and the space race was on. Everything that came later, from John Glenn to Neil Armstrong, from the Mercury rockets to the moon landings, to the Voyagers and the Rovers, to New Horizons’ visit to Pluto, follows from this one little satellite.

Kelly Beatty has been honored twice by the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society. In 2005 he received the…

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