Charming Elf hats can be found at Present Gloucester, vintage pattern quilt (but never used) at Seraphina, succulent planters from our favorite farm lady Elise Smith (Cedar Rock Gardens) at Joy, fun kitchen and home goods at Alexandra’s Bread, and thousands of other unique and beautiful handmade gifts. Don’t forget to stop at Engels and Volkers for music with D.J Scottie Mac and yummy refreshments. Come on down and enjoy the fun and festivities at Ladies Night.


Cape Ann Community Foundation, Santa and Charlene would like to remind you how easy it is to give the gift of Cape Ann License Plate. All you need is:
* Drivers License
* Vehicle Registration
* Credit Card
Go to and in 8-10 days your plate will come in the mail. Never have to go to the registry!

The Cape Ann Community Foundation has given out $39,000 in grant to nonprofits and education initiativein the last three because you ordered a Cape Ann License Plate. The proceeds from the plates fund the grants, more plates on the road means the foundation can give more grants. So show your love for the great place we live and order a Cape Ann License Plate today a

This Week in the Arts 12/6-9/2019

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Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group Opens Thirteenth Show

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Caselden_Surface No1_7.5×7.5 mixed media on cardboard

The Rockport Art Association & Museums Experimental Group opens its thirteenth group exhibition, “Unexpected No. Thirteen – The Experimental Group Small Works Holiday Show” at Rockport Art Association & Museum, 12 Main Street, Rockport, MA, 978.546.6604. This juried show features artworks of both the RAA&Ms artists and contributing members. Works on view in the exhibition range in medium to include paintings, mixed-media, graphics, sculpture, digital art and photography, but all pieces of artwork must be smaller than 12 x 16 inches.

The exhibition runs from: December 7th through December 31st

Artist Reception on Friday, December 6 from 6-8 pm.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 1-5 pm
or by appointment. Closed Monday.

The Experimental Group is a creative forum, its main mission is to increase public awareness and to foster self-expression by bringing artists together to explore and share ideas that cultivate creative freedom. The EG is encouraged and supported by the Rockport Art Association & Museum. 

If you would like more information about the exhibition, would like to schedule an interview and a walk through, or need additional promotional images please contact: Nella Lush, Experimental Group, Chair, 978.886.4582 or via email 

The Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. The Association has a long and distinguished history that has spanned 96 years.


Karen Tusinski One-Artist Show

December 7 – 31, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 7th, 2 – 4 PM

An exhibition of oil, acrylic and mixed media paintings by artist Karen Tusinski will open in the Marguerite Pearson Room of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) on Saturday, December 7th with an artist’s reception from 2 – 4 PM. The exhibition will be on view Saturday, December 7 – Tuesday, December 31.

Karen Tusinski subscribes to the natural contrast found in our world.  Geometric and organic form play together in each piece, combining in an energized abstraction. Common themes include bright poppies in a variety of color schemes, pebble strewn beaches with tranquil seas, and reoccurring circular patterns in both abstracts and expressive still lifes. Tusinski’s work offers pleasing tonal relationships through common motifs and patterns inspired by nature. Her keen observation of the seemingly ordinary allows the viewer a new lens to hold against everyday images.

Karen Tusinski is the owner of the Tusinski Gallery in Rockport and is an artist member of the Rockport Art Association & Museum and the Newburyport Art Association. She received a B.F.A. in Painting from Montserrat College of Art in 1998 and attended Montserrat’s Viterbo, Italy Summer Program. Tusinski is a featured artist at Jules Place in Boston and also exhibits her artwork in numerous galleries throughout the country.

Karen Tusinski’s website:

For more information on this and other exhibitions, please visit the RAA&M’s website at

RAA&M December Hours:  Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM; Sunday 12 – 5 PM.




Annisquam Sewing Circle Annual Luncheon Saturday, December 7, 2019, 12:30 pm

Annisquam Sewing Circle Annual Luncheon
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 12:30 pm
Annisquam Village Hall
34 Leonard Street, Gloucester MA
Open to all. Reserve your place today!
Each year the Annisquam Sewing Circle members prepare a Luncheon featuring Chicken Tetrazzini, which has been prepared for each Luncheon for many years, plus a large selection of salads, topped off with homemade pies and tea or coffee. We will be entertained again this year by Kathleen Adams at the keyboard serving up a selection of holiday favorites.
To reserve your place or a table for eight, contact Linette at or 978-283-2247. Please leave a message – name, number of reservations and phone number. Cost per person $20.
The Luncheon is preceded by the Annual Christmas Fair offering decorated wreaths, swags, centerpieces and boxwood trees. Each item is one-of-a-kind. Come early! Stay for lunch.

Nichole’s Picks 12/7 + 12/8

Pick #1:  Santa Arrives in Rockport 

Saturday, December 7th beginning at 1:00 pm

It doesn’t get more “New England quaint” than this.  Like a scene from a perfect holiday movie is Christmas in Rockport.

Santa will arrive by lobster boat at Rockport’s T-Wharf on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 1:00 PM. After carefully navigating his way off the boat and up onto T-Wharf, Santa will climb up onto a Rockport Forest Fire truck and parade across the street to Rockport Baptist Church.

Santa will be available to have photos taken with the children at the church until the Tree Lighting Ceremony begins. At 4:00 pm, Santa will head over to Dock Square to greet the crowd and kick off the Tree Lighting festivities, before climbing back onto the fire truck to begin his long return journey to the North Pole.

Magic 106.7  and HOOD will be in Harvey Park playing Christmas music and handing out eggnog samples from 12:30 – 3:45 PM.


Pick #2: Rockport Holiday Shopping Night

Friday, December 6th

Visit Rockport USA for more information HERE 

Enjoy a festive Friday shopping evening with many shops and galleries staying open for extended hours and offering exclusive promotions and giveaways. Stroll throughout Rockport’s historic downtown to the sounds of carols and songs of the season, and get into the holiday spirit. A hundred lighted Christmas trees will guide you to beautifully decorated shops and galleries along Main Street, Mt. Pleasant Street, Dock Square and Bearskin Neck.

Holiday Shopping Night Raffle:
To enter, simply fill out tickets from participating businesses and turn them in at The Fish Shack by 8:30 PM. The drawing will take place at The Fish Shack at 9 PM. You do not have to be present to win. Enter to win one of two $50 Cape Ann Gift Certificates
Get updates from participating businesses.


Pick #3: Winter Lights by the Trustees 

Tickets are necessary for this lovely event. The closest one to us is at the Stevens-Coolidge Place in North Andover.


Trustees’ Winterlights returns and is bigger and better than ever. Join us for magical experiences at three of our beautiful garden properties, Naumkeag in Stockbridge, The Stevens-Coolidge Place in North Andover, and new this year Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton, as they sparkle with thousands of shimmering and artfully designed holiday lights. Bring the family for scavenger hunts, crafts, seasonal characters and experiences, food and refreshments, and more. Winterlights runs multiple evenings each week starting the weekend before Thanksgiving and running through the end of December.

Get your tickets early before they sell out.



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

Rockport Santa Arrives 1PM Saturday December 7

I’ll post soon (Friday) the details and history of why the real Santa rides a boat into Rockport this Saturday at 1 PM. I’ll just link to Les Bartlett’s five part series on Rockport Santa. (It’s where I got the photo.)

Here is an actual photo of real live Santa in the early years when Rockport Harbormaster Shorty Lesch would head north with eggnog to coax the round one to get in the boat and shortly after Santa  would saunter onto Front Beach.

Tonight December 5th Ladies Night Sip and Shop at Minglewood Harborside



Please join us for a fabulous night of shopping and entertainment this year on Ladies Night in Downtown Gloucester.

We will have independent consultants in the function room (the old Minglewood Tavern) with amazing gifts for sale that you can’t find in stores, as well as food specials, and Mike Forgette performing in the restaurant side, and DJ Skully spinning Christmas tunes in the shopping area.

We have the following vendors, some who can take pre orders to pick up that night..

*Brooke Gray’s Frugal Finery
Fabulous and fun fashion accessories.
Add a little flair to any outfit for just $5
Styles to meet everyone’s needs and fantastic for gift giving!
-Brooke Gray Independent Consultant – Paparazzi Accessories

*Join Dawn Burnham for some great gift ideas. Learn how easy entertaining can be. She will have some cash & carry products. All orders will be shipped directly to your home. Pampered…

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