Cape Ann Wreaths Across America

Picture of Laid wreaths 2017

In 1992, Morrill Worcester – owner of Worcester Wreath Co. of Harington, Maine –  found himself with a surplus of Christmas wreaths and decided the perfect solution was to bring them to Arlington National Cemetery in order to honor our veterans during the holiday season. Since that time, Wreaths Across America has grown into a national movement, each December covering close to a million veteran’s graves throughout the United States. Cities and towns across the country raise funds in order to purchase Christmas wreaths to decorate the graves of the veterans who are buried in their community.

For the third year in a row, Cape Ann will honor its veterans by placing Christmas wreaths on their graves. The effort has expanded for this year, and, in coordination with Gloucester and Rockport’s veterans’ representatives, and Adam Curcuru, Cape Ann Veterans’ Coordinator, this year 400 wreaths will be placed on veterans’ graves in Gloucester and Rockport. Last year(2017), 345 wreaths were placed, and the first year, (2016), 300 wreaths.

American flags will be placed on the graves of Jewish veterans.

“It is a testament to the strength and energy of our Cape Ann community that this effort has grown each year,” states Amanda Orlando Kesterson, chairwoman of Cape Ann Wreaths Across America. “I am continually amazed by the generosity of so many in our communities.”

Cape Ann Veterans Coordinator Adam Curcuru concurs, “This is a program which I’ve long wanted to bring to Cape Ann, and it’s a great feeling to see so many come together and volunteer at Christmas time to honor our veterans.”

Cape Ann Wreaths Across America is looking for volunteers to help place the wreaths on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Volunteers should gather at Gloucester’s Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion Post 3 to check in with Amanda Kesterson as to where to place the wreaths. There will then be a short ceremony at noon at the Legion hall(indoors), and then volunteers will head out to assigned cemeteries to place wreaths. The volunteers will be covering the entire veterans plots at Beechbrook in West Gloucester, and Beech Grove in Rockport, and then placing one wreath at each Gloucester cemetery either by the flag pole or by the sign indicating the cemetery’s name.

If you are able to financially support this effort, please send a donation made payable to Wreaths Across America, PO Box 463, Gloucester, MA 01931.

Please also follow Cape Ann Wreaths Across America on Facebook, where updates and information will be posted.


Walking with Charlotte and out from the trees there suddenly appeared a shadowy bird, swooping very low and closely over our heads. A Red-tailed Hawk!

He perched for a moment on a nearby limb, turning his head in all directions, hungrily triangulating the landscape for a tasty meal. Next he flew to a nearby telephone pole, and then over the houses towards the Harbor.

A few minutes later the Red-tailed reappeared, followed by several crows noisily haranguing and giving him the business, in no uncertain terms!


Project Manager Position

Cape Ann Home

pexels-photo-239886.jpegGrand Banks is looking for a talented and outgoing project manager to join our growing team. The right candidate would enjoy working with people to help them find the right building products for their project. By working with a variety of suppliers and manufacturers, we are able to consult on a wide variety of products. From there we help our customers with design ideas, product questions, quotes, and orders. We support our clients throughout their construction project, from first quote to final build and beyond. We offer a fast-paced, open work environment with great benefits for a creative, enthusiastic candidate who is willing to learn new things. You can meet our team here.

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Let Lyricora put some extra mirth into your holiday season with their festive concert series, Joys Seven.

We find reasons to celebrate every time we sing together, and it is our great joy to share it with you at this special time of year.
Selections will include works by Biebl, Howells, Thompson, Chilcott, Koppin, Pärt, Lassus, and many more. We hope that you’ll come join us to help spread the spirit this December!

Tickets are available at the door and to purchase HERE

Friday, December 14 at 7:30 pm

Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington St.
Gloucester, MA

Live Music from Headlands this Thursday at Feather & Wedge!


Head on over to Feather & Wedge this Thursday to hear Rockport’s own Headlands, featuring John Rockwell, Amy Rich and Eric Wilson. Their playlist includes selections from Roots, Country and other American music genres. These guys can harmonize all the way to North Pole and back. Come take a well-deserved break from holiday shopping and enjoy this incredible talent.  Reservations highly suggested. 978.999.5917

Thursday, December 12th

7:30 – 10:00 PM


Feather & Wedge, 5 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966

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Paulines’s Gift

If you have time stop in anytime Wednesday 12th. From 10-8. Pauline’s Gifts annual Ladies Day is all about celebrating another great season. Hope you find time to stop by.
PLEASE share and bring a friend. ❤️👍🇺🇸❤️
— at Pauline’s Gifts.

When going to Pauline’s there is always lots of laughs, hugs and fun.