Listen Please don’t think you’re not invited if you didn’t get a Facebook invite or personal invitation.  YOU’RE INVITED!

I/We don’t have the time top dig through to try to remember each and every GMG FOB to tag on Facebook and some of you don’t even have Facebook.

But the fact is that GMG wouldn’t be what it is without our awesome readers and friends.

we want you there.

Good Morning Gloucester Holiday Party

Hosted by Cape Ann Giclee

Saturday, December 16 at 6 PM – 9 PM

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Are You A FOB?

Then you better get your sexy ass down to Cape Ann Giclee For The GMG XMAS Party December 16th! 6PM Til We Burn Down The Neighborhood!

I’m just gonna put this out there that if you consider yourself a FOB you had better show up for our killer OFFICIAL GMG CHRISTMAS PARTY!!!!!!

We’re gonna celebrate it all, Kwanza, spinnin the dradel, all that fun shit!

Saturday, December 16, 2015 – 6 to 9pm (ish)

Cape Ann Giclée
20 Maplewood Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930

It’s pot-luck and byob


One of the many fantastic guests for the NORTH SHORE 104.9 Holiday Toy Drive was the talented and cheerful group of young women from the Academy at Penguin Hall.


for more info on the toy drive go to :

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Eastern Point residents Lyn Fonzo and Dan Harris discovered the Young Swan frozen in the ice at Niles Pond early this morning. Dan reached into the water and scooped her up. She seemed relatively tame and did not try to bite Dan as we had imagined would happen. Dan and Lyn carried her to Lyn’s home, where she is currently living in one of Lyn’s chicken coops. Plans are underway to modify the chicken house to make it a bit more swan friendly. Joel Munroe, one of several of Mr. Swan’s caregivers, is also a carpenter and she is planning to help Lyn.

Tremendous shout outs to Lyn Fonzo, Dan Harris, Skip and Joel Munroe, and to Michelle Smith. West Gloucester resident Michelle formerly raised swans and emus on the family farm and she is providing excellent advice on how to care for swans in our New England climate.

Photos and video courtesy of Lyn Fonzo.

New digs for the Young Swan



Updated: The Latest Banded Seagull From The Gulls of Appeldore project Photographed At Captain Joe and Sons Band 3YN Photographed 2:20 12/15/17


Bill Clark, Volunteer, Gulls of Appledore writes back after I reported the sighting: 


Thanks for the report and photo link for GBBG 3Y9.

3Y9 is a young adult Great Black-backed Gull banded July 15, 2014.  Great Black-backed Gulls nest for the first time in their fourth of fifth year so 3Y9 may join the nesting colony on Appledore Island this summer.

We have no reports for 3Y9 since the gull was banded by Justin Stilwell, then a student, now Dr. Stilwell a veterinarian. At the time of banding 3Y9 was a chick at nest 14G518 on Appledore Island just getting ready to fly.

You have scored a ‘FIRST’ with this report.  Your report is important since it indicates that 3Y9 has survived the tough juvenile years.

Some gulls disperse as far as Texas, Florida, Nova Scotia, or Quebec while others stay closer to New England.  Reports such as your are providing information about their travels and gathering places; information of interest to health workers, veterinarians, wildlife managers, airports, and others.

The long-term project on Appledore continues to serve several college and university research studies.  Started in 2004 it continues as a field training program for students as well as providing ‘known age’ gulls and research samples such as DNA  and feathers for cooperating researches.

Again, thanks for the report and photo link.

Bill Clark, Volunteer, Gulls of Appledore


More Gulls of Appledore Photographed Gulls On The Pages Of GMG Some As Far Back As 2010 Here

Here is a link for reading more about the Gulls of Appledore

Here are some other captured a couple of banded gulls also….Check out his here….

Jingle Rock Sip’n’Shop – Come Support Cape Ann Vendors

We are very excited to be hosting our first Sip’n’ShopSeveral Gloucester vendors will be selling their wares (come support them) like

Come enjoy some Rockin’ Holiday Music, a cocktail and fun hassle-free shopping.  Hope to see you all on Wednesday.

Cape Ann Angels–Bring Gifts of Love to Families

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___2017_12_14_101945Michele Rich, Kelly Reardon, and Michaela Pisano, and a group of women who have joined together to help make the community a better place.  (Michele and Kelly in Photo)


Volunteers, Families, and Donors, joined together at the Elks to gift wrap and enjoy a Christmas buffet, and share in the Christmas spirit.

This year Cape Ann Angels sponsored 24 families that were selected by  Kelly Reardon and Michele Rich personally.  The families post a message on Cape Ann Christmas Angels Facebook Page  several months before our event asking people to either nominate or family that is less fortunate and needs help for the holidays or they can send in their story themselves.

These families send us private messages and emails with their personal stories to
the facebook page Cape ann Christmas Angels  or our Email.
Kelly and Michele, after careful screening, hand picked the families.

, the generosity from sponsors and special gifts from the Gloucester Fire Department of two Bicycles and the Gloucester Police Department donated a dozen winter coats.

Cape Ann Angel Contact:

Nichole’s Picks 12/16 + 12/17

Pick #1: Appleton Farm Gingerbread Farmer Decorating

The morning session is sold out but there is some availability in the afternoon session from 1:30-2:30!
Saturday, December 16
Afternoon Session: 1:30-2:30PM
Member Child: $15 Nonmember Child: $25

Contact Information
978.356.5728 x4118


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 gingerbread man story. Finish the experience with a traditional German holiday craft to decorate your own home with. Hot chocolate will be served. Please register one ticket per child.


Pick #2    Winter Solstice Lantern Walk at Ipswich River

Winter Solstice Lantern Walk – Sunday

Sun, Dec 17, 2017 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
Sanctuary Staff and Volunteers
All (suitable for children 4 – 18 years)

Members: Adult $9.00, Child $8.00

Nonmembers:  Adult $11.00, Child $10.00

Throughout time, people have come together to celebrate the shortest day of the year and welcome the lengthening days ahead. Sanctuary staff and volunteers invite you to join us for this beautiful candlelit event. Lantern making begins at 4:00 pm, followed by some solstice stories and folklore. With lanterns in hand, we will stroll the trails to light up the night. We will enjoy hot cider and cocoa at the bonfire on our return.

Meets in the Barn. Please dress for the weather.
Registration is required.
Register online or call 978-887-9264 to register by phone.




Pick #3  Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke

CANDLELIGHT STROLL  – Anchoring “Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth”
December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17, 2017

Saturdays, 5-9 pm. Sundays, 4-8 pm.

For tickets, click here. $5 off per ticket purchased before December 1, 2017.


Candlelight Stroll, an annual holiday tradition at Strawbery Banke since 1979 showcases 350 years of seasonal and holiday traditions against the backdrop of the Museum’s furnished historic houses. On these weekend evenings, the Museum grounds glow with hundreds of lighted candle lanterns, the houses are adorned with thousands of hand-made decorations crafted from live greens and dried flowers and herbs collected from the Museum gardens, and the air is filled with the sound of holiday music and scent of woodsmoke from the bonfire. Its authenticity is the foundation for the claim that the Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth holiday celebration, echoed by Travel + Leisure magazine, makes Portsmouth ‘the Christmas capital of North America.’

Visitors stroll from house to historic house, greeted by costumed role players and performers who recreate the traditions of times past, rediscovering the joys of simpler times. Mrs. Shapiro prepares a Hanukah celebration her 1919 Russian Jewish kitchen. Mrs. Goodwin, her family and servants prepare a Victorian Christmas. Father Christmas, the night watchman, “Mayor Frank Jones” and other role-players make their rounds along the dirt lanes; and the Abbotts await news of their soldier fighting in Europe in the Second World War. Carolers, chestnuts and holiday crafts bring all the sounds, scents and moments for family ‘stopfulness’ to this event that is a cherished New Hampshire tradition.  Complimentary refreshments and hot apple cider are offered at the Cider Shed. Traditional hearth-cooking demonstrations, crafts demonstrations, and winter projects for kids provide interactive fun for multiple generations.

Add-on features:

Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond, provides seasonal outdoor ice skating at the heart of the 10-acre living history museum. The rink operates seven days a week, 9 am to 9 pm throughout December and on New Year’s Day, and the months of January and February.

Figtree Kitchen at Strawbery Banke café offers seasonal food and beverages during Candlelight Stroll in the TYCO Visitors Center.

Pickwick’s at the Banke, complements the museum with a shopping experience reflecting Portsmouth’s colonial maritime heritage. Pickwick’s also presents a ticketed, costumed holiday dining experience in Pitt Tavern — visited by George Washington, John Hancock, and the Marquis de Lafayette.

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

Directory Discoveries

In my collection of Gloucester material, I am fortunate to have two city directories–one from 1917 and another from 1937.  City directories are a treasure trove of interesting information and trivia.  Back in the day, they were a bit like phone books as we remember them.  City directories listed residents by name, with spouse if available along with address and occupation. It might also list a death date or a “removed to _____(city or state)” date.  They also contain various statistics and general information about the area covered, as well as advertisements from area merchants.

These statistics are from the 1917 Gloucester City Directory published by Sampson & Murdock Co. of Boston Massachusetts.  The cost was $4.00.

Gloucester City Directory Stats 1917 Stats0005

The statistic that caught my eye was the 423 Registered Female Voters in 1915, well before the 19th amendment was approved in 1920.  Some research showed that Massachusetts women were allowed to register to vote for school committee members after the poll tax was abolished in 1892.  

The 1937 Gloucester City Directory was published by the same Sampson and Murdock Co and sold for $8.00.  Here are the statistics published for the city at that time and take note of the tenfold increase in the number of Registered Women Voters in 1936!  Well done, Gloucester Women of the day!

Gloucester City Directory Stats 1937 Stats

At this time in our social history, women (and women voters) are having a major impact on the news cycle.  I can imagine that though only 16 years had passed since women were guaranteed the right to vote, these 5008 women also had a major impact on the city’s business.

**Not sure yet how the square area changed over these 20 or so years. Perhaps someone out there knows?**