Real Santa! 1PM Saturday in Rockport

Trying to research why the real Santa Claus comes to Rockport by fishing boat at 1 PM on Saturday and checking out Les Bartlett History of Rockport here. This tradition goes back a few years. An ancient Rockport Harbormaster made a deal with Kris Kringel many years ago.

On Saturday, the boat arrives at 1PM. All children who have not been naughty need to be there on arrival. Then there is music, egg nog, shops open all afternoon and the Dock Square Tree Lighting at 4PM.

2019: Low tide is at 1:38 PM. Santa at 1 PM will be looking at a very long wet ladder. Will he make it? Of course he will! If Sandra Bullock can climb that ladder in heels, Santa will fly up even if Harbormaster Rosemary Lesch has to goose him.

Santa is really coming to town.
Early on Harbormaster Shorty Lesch would dissapear to fill out Santa paperwork then boom, Santa arrives!

DECK THE DOCKS, Hammond Castle, Merry Magnolia, Agape Giving Tree and shopping local

Lots of great way to shop local this weekend.

Holiday Craft Fair, Saturday, December 7th         

What better way to do all your holiday shopping than in a seaside castle offering local crafts? On December 7th, from 10 am to 2 pm, we will be hosting a craft fair in the Great Hall. Our vendors include: Abram and Olivia Burton, Nicole M Dahlmer Arts & Photos, Pure Pastry, Selkie Handknits, Whitecap Creations, Victory Designs, Lisa Bowers Soaps and Fragrances,  Art Nook Gallery, Style Street Boutique, Ardizzoni Photography, Ma & Pa’s Pickles, Your Welcome Home Artistry-by-the Sea, SeaTales Publishing, Finabella & Cape Ann Fabrics, and Love Home Wreaths.   Ticket are:  $15 Adults, $12 Seniors, and $10 Children. Off-site parking will be provided! Please park at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. Free shuttles will run continuously with drop offs every 15 minutes. Click here to purchase your tickets.

Jon Butcher, Fly Amero and Allen Estes Saturday DEC 7th 8pm @ Shalin Liu Performance Center


A special upcoming event you’re not gonna want to miss.

There are still some tix left for our Shalin Liu show this coming Saturday… but not 

many!  Now’s the time to get ’em. I’ve been told Mayor Sefatia will be in attendance, 

along with Senator Bruce Tarr – and perhaps even Governor Charlie Baker!  But it is 

most assuredly Jon Butcher, Allen Estes myself who plan on tickling your hearts with 

holiday love and spirit.  You’re just gonna have to be there, my friends!  HAPPY HOLIDAYS! ~ Fly

NOTE: Not depicted on the poster (an innocent oversight on our part, apologies), the great 
Sal Baglio of The Stompers will be the opener! He can tickle, too! I promise! ~ Fly
Looking forward… seeing you there Fly 🙂

December 7th Auction Antiques, Fine Art, Vintage Christmas 6pm viewing at 4pm

Public Auction
Cape Ann Estates Treasures
No Reserves – No Internet Bidding
Jewelry, Fine Art, Vintage Christmas & Hundreds of Other Lots!

December 7th, Saturday 6pm
Extreme Snow Date, Sunday December 8th – Same Time
(Inspection 4-6)
1 Kondelin Rd.

The auction is on unless the roads are closed.

Rain, Snow or Shine! We’ll ONLY cancel if the roads are closed, in which case, the extreme weather date is Sunday, 12/08/19 – same time.

Partial Listing: 200+ lots including An excellent large antique original 1906 Winslow Homer etching “All’s Well” the Lookout issued by Hamburg American Cruise Lines, a very interesting antique mirror with reverse painted depiction of Old Ironsides (U.S.S. Constitution) under attack, a wonderful Nude-Oil painting 19.5“ x 15.5“, Louis Icart etching Les Jardin Japonais, 8.5“ x 10“, A pair of beautiful matching victorian floral paintings in oval frames each 29“ x 19“, MCM Oil painting orange sailboat 9.5“ x 8“ signed Tillet, a miniature folk art painting of a whale (as found)

Misc: Lots of vintage, MCM, Retro & Modern era Christmas decorations, linens, stocking stuffers etc! large Seth Thomas 30 day antique wall clock, lots of coins including Silver proof sets, other proof & mint sets, a full State Quarters collection, paper currency etc. a 1915 MA license plate in excellent condition, lots of old toys, incl: Ertel tractor in orig box, Mechanical battery opp accordion playing bear in orig box, Erector set, 14″ tall wooden Pinocchio with extra nose & more, a collection of books from the personal library of John Hays Hammond the builder of Hammond Castle in Gloucester MA, one is personally hand signed by him, one by Natalie Hammond, all have the Hammond Bookplates, antique Chinese porcelain, small bronze antique sun dial, 2 antique trophies circa 1930s, an interesting bronze Joan of Arc statue approx. 14″ tall, a wonderful Heide Mosaics of Denmark Chargers, A beautiful carved crystal swan w/ .835 silver wings, a Tiffany Sterling Silver Bowl & other sterling silver,

Vintage & antique jewelry including carved cameo brooch set in 14kt gold & other cameos, mens cufflinks, costume jewelry lots, sterling silver jewelry, New jewelry with precious/semi-precious stones set in base metals including: 1 ct. Diamond hoop earrings, Large diamond estate bracelet, Tiffany style 5.12 ct. Emerald estate necklace, Large diamond estate ring, 6.25 ct. Ruby estate ring, Marquise cut Tanzanite dinner ring, Oval cut amethyst dinner earrings,Large diamond dinner ring, Large diamond hoop earrings, 6.05 ct. Genuine garnet dinner ring, Bottle of Genuine 24 flakes, Rolex style diamond estate ring, Rolex style diamond necklace, Diamond hoop earrings, 1.88 ct. Citrine dinner ring, 3.44 ct .Tanzanite estate ring, 4.11 ct. White topaz estate ring, Genuine Constantine the great Roman coin 330 a.d., Oval cut Tanzanite dinner earrings, Diamond estate bracelet, Large diamond waterfall ring, Designer diamond necklace, Princess cut 2.11 ct. Tanzanite estate ring, 2.11 ct. Deep sapphire dinner ring, Opal dinner ring, Large diamond estate necklace, 5.85 ct. Near flawless white topaz estate ring,

From stocking stuffers to fine art, box lots, tray lots furniture and so much more are waiting at this no reserve auction!

There is a 15% buyer’s premium. Cash, known checks and credit cards are accepted (no extra charge for credit card use).

MA Auc Lic #119

Catered by Classic Cooks of Gloucester MA, Get here early, relax & have a hot dinner!

Please note that there is plenty of parking at our new location. You may use the front lot, the side lot and the street.

15% Buyer’s Premium, Cash, Known Checks & Credit Cards Accepted.

(No extra fee for credit card use.
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Boxwood Tree Event at the Beauport

Audrey’s Flowers sponsored another fantastic floral arrangement event last night at the Beauport. This time we built and decorated our own boxwood tree complete with Beauport service (thanks Matt and Kevin). About 80 women participated and everyone left with a lovely tree. Heather and her staff did another outstanding job! I was joined by three sisters Katey, Maryanne and Jane and they were great company. It really helped get me into the holiday spirit.


Cape Ann Community

Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gloucester Meetinghouse corner of Middle and Church Streets in Gloucester. The accessible side entrance is at 10 Church Street. Event parking is available on the green and at additional parking lots nearby in the Historic District.

The ensemble, The Musicians of the Old Post Road, returns for the fourth season to perform their greatly anticipated annual holiday concert held at the Gloucester Meetinghouse, home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church. The program includes traditional favorites by Handel and Telemann and rarely-performed works by Bach contemporaries Christoph Graupner, Johann David Heinichen, Johann Christoph Pez, and Augustin Pfleger.

Tickets for A Christmas Pilgrimage are available at the door or online with more information at Preferred seating $45; general $30; students $10 with ID; under 12 free. Thanks to a generous sponsor this concert is dedicated to the memory of Carol Ackerman.

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