GloucesterCast 310 With Chris Spittle, Ralph DiGiorgio, Chris McCarthy, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 12/9/18


GloucesterCast 310 With Chris Spittle, Ralph DiGiorgio, Chris McCarthy, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 12/9/18


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Tree lighting

Chris Spittle AKA @CapeAnnWeather

GMG Holiday Party December 29th At Gloucester Stage
There’s a photographer that submits photos and freaks out when I don’t post them.

First he submits them and adds “Let me know when they will be posted.” The next day I generally get a disappointed email that he hasn’t seen his photos on the blog yet. The day after that he goes on insinuating that I don’t want to promote local artists. Relentless.

“Santa Baby” non-controversy.  Outrage culture vigilantes are a minority.  I used to get freaked out but now it seems the public is starting to wear of these stories.

Topside Grill- Not Your Grandaddy’s Topside Grill

Nantucket Christmas Stroll

Shingles Shots

Send In Lobster Trap Tree Photos To Kim

Winged Creature Update





Kim and Ralph DiGiorgio

The Dubinskis and fellow Dolliver’s Neck neighbors


On my way to Ace hardware in Rockport this morning, I passed Rusty and Ingrid’s beautiful print shop and noticed a very cool Rusty and Ingrid graphic in their front window–about a new holiday festival called the Rockport Makers’ Market. I just had to stop in and find out more.

Rusty took a few moments from his super busy morning to explain. “This is the first event of its kind in Rockport. We are creating an on-trend holiday market (like the one’s we sell at in Boston), and we are combining it with a town-wide festival in Rockport. Ingrid and I designed the concept of the event and we are doing most of the production. We are even hand printing much of the event decor in our shop.

We have tremendous participation with town businesses and we are also bringing in some of the best vendors in New England to sell at a holiday market.
The event is getting a lot of attention. We have over 16,000 Facebook Responses to the event (“Going” and “Interested”). We also have two TV News channels that will be reporting on it (NBC Boston, and Chronicle).”


Rusty shared the press release (see below) and you can find out more here:

Rusty Kinnunen

Phone: (978) 491- 9632


Event Website:

Making a Trendy New Holiday Festival in Rockport!

Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company, an artist couple based in Rockport, who are mainstays of Boston’s art markets, are teaming up with the Town of Rockport and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce to create the first ever Rockport Makers’ Festival, to be held in Rockport, on the weekend of December 15 and 16, 2018.
The town-wide festival connects holiday shoppers with “Makers” of handmade and artisan gifts; and it activates the seaside village with festivities including food trucks and free horse drawn carriage rides on Bearskin Neck.
A juried indoor Holiday Market brings 30 creative brands from all over New England to sell at two locations in the village: the Rockport Art Association & Museum and Brackett’s Oceanview Restaurant. The market will be open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day and admission is free. The market vendors offer on-trend handmade wares including home decor, apparel and jewelry.Free carriage rides
Throughout the village, over 50 of Rockport’s own creative businesses will be showcasing their maker-made gifts, as well as hosting festive and crafty events in their shops, galleries, and restaurants. Some of the attractions include: an interactive “Print-Your-Own” screen print event at Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company, an indoor Holiday Farmer’s Market hosted by Rockport Exchange, Gingerbread House Decorating at The Sally Webster Inn, a candle making demonstration at Rockport Candle Company, and a free showing of A Christmas Carol at the Shalin Liu Performance Center at 7:00 PM on Saturday evening.
Book signing with author Mary Faino 
Print your own screenprint
An event map will be distributed at the festival to guide visitors to the many attractions. There will be free hand printed tote bags for the first 1,000 visitors, and a chance to win a raffle prize giveaway. A full schedule is available on the event website, .

Free screening of A Christmas Carol at the Shalin Liu


Santa, Ken and Pat want to remind you that a Cape Ann License Plate is a great gift. For years to come $40 every two years comes back to the Cape Ann Community Foundation and every year they give out grants to nonprofits and education programs on Cape Ann. Go to and order a plate today!

Gloucester Lobster Trap Tree – gather round

The lobster trap tree in downtown Gloucester at Main and Pleasant Streets basked in glorious early morning light and festooned with buoys hand painted by kids at Cape Ann Art Haven.

A welcome pause any time any vantage.

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Cemetery Walk Through Bay View

Bay View Cemetery, according to A Guide to Cemeteries in Essex County Massachusetts, is also known at Third Parish Cemetery. It is said to be the third oldest in Gloucester established in 1728 (according to Find-a-Grave).  One of the most notable items from my recent walk through are the slate stones. These always fascinate me and it appears the slate stones in this cemetery are  much wider than the slate stones I typically see in New York cemeteries. The etchings are art in themselves and it makes me want to study up on the stone carvers of the era.

It’s very hilly and uneven so take care. There are also signs of disrepair so be vigilant if you are doing  your own walk through.IMG_9810IMG_9815IMG_9814IMG_9816

I wondered if there was ever a view of a bay from here and it seems perhaps so: water is visible off in the distance.


It shows beauty even in winter:


This is the scene that attracted me to this cemetery in the first place one October day a while back. Even cats sometimes want to pay respect, although I suspect a different motivation here.

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Every Sunday at Feather & Wedge: Jazz Brunch starting at 10:30 AM


Start off your week with a delicious brunch accompanied by the area’s most talented jazz musicians. This Sunday Jazz guitarist, Peter Fedele, takes the stage at Feather & Wedge entertaining diners lingering over their Mimosas and coffee. Local celebrities are often present so watch out for the Paparazzi. Reservations strongly suggested. 978.999.5917

Sunday, December 9th

10:30 to 2:30 PM

Peter Fedele Jazz Brunch Feather & Wedge

5 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966

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