The Alison Carol pulling in with a load of Christmas Lobsters

The Alison Carol and Pete Mondello and crew arrived today at Captain Joe & Sons just like every day. But the fresh lobsters offloaded were special Christmas Eve lobsters. Spreading joy from here to Boston restaurants but the last five girl lobsters went in my bag for the annual Christmas Eve feast. Sue has put up with me for over 30 years which means Christmas Eve is our 30th wedding Anniversary.

We call it lobster casserole but really I want to invent a new name for it. Because it is really five baked stuffed lobsters without the hassle of the shells. You get the crispy Ritz Cracker thing going on top but buttery goodness below without having to fight through the shells. I now call it Boneless Baked Stuffed Lobster. The shells are saved to make a stock for some soup on Christmas day before the big beef. I’m getting fat just typing this.

Dockside conversations with my hearing aids tuned to the machinery so I say “what” a lot.
Joey: What are the blue and yellow ducks?
Me: Ducks?
Joey: Ducks
Me: What ducks?
Joey: Dots!
Me:(figuring out it is analemma dots) The yellow dot is Christmas and the blue dot is when you jump in Gloucester Harbor!
Joey: Who the fuck figured that out?
Me: The Greeks.
Joey: Did they have a clock?
Me: No. Eratosthenes used a deep well at noon to mark the time.
Joey: Cool.

You can also google in youtube, “Say “what” one more time I dare you” 🙂

Donation box for The Open Door at CAFM’S Holiday Fare tomorrow from 10-1



Hoping you can help spread the word-

We will have a donation box for The Open Door at CAFM’S  Holiday Fare tomorrow from 10-1

Our goal is to collect 100 Lbs of food

For every ten items you bring in CAFM will donate fresh produce.

items most needed are-


100% Juice

Hearty soups

Peanut butter

Pasta sauce

Breakfast Cereal

Baking Items

Nicole Bogin, Director
Cape Ann Farmers Market

Quotes for Christmas

“Nothing’s as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas.”– Kin Hubbard

“For Christmas this year, try giving less. Start with less attitude. There’s more than enough of that in the world as it is – and people will usually just give it back anyway!”– Anne Bristow

“Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids pay for it.”– Richard Lamm

 “Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.”– Harlan Miller

Just No

Stumbled upon this while doing some last minute shopping yesterday morning.  Does anyone really need this? As a mother and wife who shares a bathroom with a husband and two young boys, I assure you that this is the very last thing I need in my house!  I never get a turn in the bathroom as it is.  And then let’s talk about the guy who actually sat for this photo advertisement…..  I’m sure he doesn’t get much shit from his friends.  No pun intended.

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A Noble Record

I read with interest a recent article in the Daily Times regarding the Phillips Library Collections in Salem.  Apparently a trove of local historical information pertinent to researchers and historians has been unavailable to the public recently and there is talk of moving the collection to a facility in Rowley.  Previously it had been housed at the Peabody Essex Museum and there is great concern about moving it to Rowley.

As I have mentioned before, Gloucester is very fortunate to have several repositories of local historical information — three of the major ones are located within a city block of each other: Sawyer Free Library, City Archives and City Hall and the Cape Ann Museum Archives!  I had the great good fortune recently to finally locate a detail regarding John Handran who won a Medal of Honor while serving in the US Navy, and later drowned while serving on the Schooner Cleopatra.

This notation in the January 1 1886 Cape Ann Advertiser seems to confirm that Gloucester’s John Handran had been presented the Medal of Honor by connecting this drowned John Handran to US Navy service.  (Born in Newfoundland, married and started family in Gloucester) I have been searching for such a detail for a long long time in response to correspondence from a Canadian researcher specializing in Canadians who won the Medal of Honor from the United States.

John Handran death Cape Ann Advertiser Jan 1 1886

Special thanks to the staff at the Cape Ann Archives who assisted me in finding this and allowing me to look through the actual 1886 newspaper for coverage of the sinking of the Schooner Cleopatra. They were as happy as I was to find this tidbit.  That day, I strolled from the library to the archives and was able to get what I needed before the parking meter ran down.  Gloucester indeed has a noble record of access to historical records and I would hate to ever face losing any of it and I wish those interested in the Phillips Library the best of luck.

CAFM Holiday Market Saturday 12/23 10-1

Cape Ann Community

CAFM logo vectorIt’s our last market of 2017!

Saturday December 23 10-1

Gloucester UU Church

Come celebrate the brightening of the days, the hope of a new year and all that we share as a community.
Stock up for the coming months, grab the provisions you need for your special meal, and pick up a few unique last-minute gifts!
Don’t forget: CAFM memberships make great gifts and help us to remain viable and growing.
Thanks to so many generous shops and restaurants on Cape Ann and our ever supportive vendors, we have amazing holiday baskets to raffle off as well!

See you at the market! 

Check out our weekly newsletter for more information on what you’ll find at the market, our annual raffle, and our holiday membership special AND RSVP on our Facebook event.


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