“You and Me” isn’t a Christmas carol but I include the song with my Christmas playlist each year because it’s so sweet and because of the story of how this demo by an unknown soul group that was recorded in 1970 became popular today–so much so that you may recognize the song from the movie Blue Valentine and an Oreo cookie commercial.

The forgotten demo of “You and Me,” recorded by Penny (Nannie Sharpe) and the Quarters (Penny’s three brothers), was discovered at a yard sale by a record collector who later gave the track to the Chicago reissue label Numero Group. Forty years after the demo was made, Ryan Gosling heard the song and recommended it to the director for the film Blue Valentine. Even at the time of the release of the film, the identity of Penny and the backup singers had yet to be discovered.

The sweetly irrepressible song has taken on a life of its own since its rediscovery and you can read the full story here, here and here.

New Business opens in Gloucester – Cape Ann Electric Bikes – “portable convertible”

Owner Kathy Reed opened the first and only AddMotor exclusive retail shop in the country a month ago, in the off season, in order to gear up and be fully ready for a busy 2019 rental season

Cape Ann Electric Bikes rolled into “The Commons” plaza at 214 Eastern Avenue, Gloucester, MA, in the corner space formerly occupied by The Urchin Exchange. “The Commons” shopping center is just past Pond Road and Common Crow along Rt. 127. Stores include Cake Ann and O’Neil Fitness.

Cape Ann Electric Bikes are bikes (“not scooters!”) equipped with an optional motor assist that’s set to a maximum 20mph for safe rentals.  There are many styles and options to try out. All of the bikes are fitted with fat tires to accommodate year round enjoyment, all terrain, and New England weather. Snow? Sand? Wet leaves? Check check check. Bicycles built for two? Check. There are accessory trailers for tools, coolers, pets and kids. The shop will deliver rentals to your home or business. Cape Ann Electric Bike offers free assembly for bike sales and will comp a full day’s rental towards any purchase if you want to try before buying.

Fun facts:

Cape Ann Electric Bikes will be showcasing their NEW business –and Gloucester and Cape Ann– at booths in the New England International Auto Show, host to 75,000 visitors annually and  “voted the #1 consumer show in Boston by Bis Bash Media for the last 3 years.” Stop by January 17-21.

Owner Kathy Reed grew up in Gloucester and resides in Essex. She is a Mayor’s daughter. Can you name the Mayor? She’s currently favoring that bike with the blue wheels.

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Maritime Gloucester Open Saturday 10-4PM & Sunday 12-4PM

It a beautiful day at Maritime Gloucester, we are open. Still have Christmas Trees ($30) and Wreaths ($10) lots of books and gifts. Tours are half price this weekend and you can always give the gift of a Maritime Gloucester Membership that will keep on giving throughout the year.

sale at goodlinens and everyone’s favorite penguin is fishing now


photos above- holiday window 2018 goodlinens studio, 130 Main Street, Gloucester, MA

photos below – They’re my towel of choice for piping plover watch at Good Harbor Beach, body surf days, and rainy camping. I love how quickly these towels dry out, and how light and compact they are– perfect to pack down.

Sunday Roast at Feather & Wedge !


Is anything nicer than a Sunday Roast dinner? We don’t think so!

Back by popular demand, Feather & Wedge is serving Prime Rib this Sunday! Reservations recommended. 978-999-5917

Sunday, December 16

Dinner seating from 5 PM on.


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

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The Gift of Quiet & Deep Relaxation

Cape Ann Wellness

Join NSRY and Katie Schroeder THIS Sunday for our Monthly Restorative Workshop 6:30-8PM for only $25. The GOLD standard of deep relaxation and nourishment for your body, mind & spirit this holiday season.  Gift yourself SELF-CARE and presence so you can truly enjoy all your presents!

All levels welcome for this blissful hour and a half by candlelight with essential oil massage assists and reiki as you bask in gentle, therapeutic restorative poses that help balance, clarify and bring you back to the heart of what matters…your breath, your body and a clear mind. All props provided. All you have to do is SHOW UP!

Pre-register at www.nsryoga.com & check out our other workshops for December to end the year right.

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CAFM Holiday Market TODAY!

Cape Ann Community


Cape Ann Farmers Market’s annual Holiday Market!

Saturday December 15 10am-1pm

Gloucester UU Church


Come celebrate the holiday season with us this weekend! 

We’ve got delicious food, thoughtful local gifts, and our annual raffle! 


Use your monthly HIP bonus SNAP dollars at the CAFM Holiday Market!

That’s at least $40 dollars of bonus SNAP dollars to spend on fruits and vegetables!!!


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