More adventures at Corliss Landing

Since I have had much interest on the adventure at Corliss Landing, thought I would put up another photo.  Also would like to remind drivers that if your car or truck starts to roll just let it go.  It is dangerous if you try and stop it.  When my truck was rolling realized that I could not stop it and it could have run me over.  Doing a little research read many people have been run over by their own vehicles.

Deadline for the 2020 Bruce J Anderson Foundation funding opportunities

Don’t miss the Bruce J Anderson Foundation funding opportunity in the New Year! The foundation has helped many local organizations and initiatives annually like Cape Ann Reads.

They are low key modest with credit but impact many. The Bruce J Anderson generous recommendations from 2019– for just the Cape Ann region– bolstered support across four areas of focus. Chances are every one of us has benefited, or knows someone that has benefited, from this largesse: Arts (Gloucester Education Foundation $8,400; Rockport Music $8,000; Gloucester Stage Company $5,000; and Cape Ann Art Haven $7,500) Environmental Protection recommended for funding (Clean River Project $11,000; Backyard Growers $12,000; Ipswich River Watershed Association $10,000; Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center $6,000; Cape Ann Farmers Market $2,500) Historic Preservation recommended for funding (Cape Ann Museum $7,000; St. Peter’s Fiesta $2,500; Gloucester Writers Center $5,000; Mental Health recommended for funding (Pathways for Children $7,500; Action Inc. $5,000)

Don’t miss the information session and deadline to apply for 2020. Good luck!

Here’s the News from the Boston Foundation outreach for the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation:

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

We are pleased to announce the 2020 Request for Proposals for the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, a supporting organization of the Boston Foundation.  The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation has been making grants on Cape Ann and in the Nashoba Valley for over 30 years.  Please review the guidelines carefully and note that the application deadline is Friday, February 14, 2020. Grant announcements will be made in mid-June.

This year we will be hosting an informational webinar session on Wednesday, January 15th. Those interested in attending can join us to hear about the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation’s grantmaking priorities, and the process for applying for funding.  Please note that this webinar is not mandatory and attendance will not affect how your application is reviewed. If you would like to participate in the webinar, please accept the attached calendar invitation.

This year all applications will be submitted online.

Please find the 2020 application and a back catalogue of prior grants made from the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation here.

We hope you will consider taking advantage of this Bruce J. Anderson Foundation funding opportunity.  Questions regarding program eligibility can be directed to the attention of Loren Van Allen at or 617-338-1621.


The Bruce J. Anderson Team
Ritika Kumar
Senior Donor Relations Associate
The Boston Foundation
75 Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116
Direct Line: 617-338-4294

Gloucester and Rockport Guide to Real Estate

Cape Ann Home

If you’re wondering which Gloucester and Rockport homes and condos are for sale during the holidays, this is an easy way to find out. In the Cape Ann Waterfront Guide, you’ll receive up-to-the-minute information on pricing, size, bedrooms and “the market”, all via email.

Click here and tell us where to send your free report.

Kenny MacCarthy / Bob and Sue McDermott / Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

Photo: Annisquam River from Riverview Road, Gloucester MA by Kenny MacCarthy

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More Holiday Lights and cocoa drives #GloucesterMA 2019

Here are a few more twinkling neighborhood lights in Gloucester,  Massachusetts, from December 2019, including a few GMG reader requests and tips following the “merry drives and cocoa” post part 1.

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(you can double click the photos to enlarge and pinch and zoom)


There are plenty of local homes decorated with white lights only or candles in every window aglow with single color bulbs. I love these, too, but my phone camera not so much.

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photo caption below- I’ve always been in love with holiday lights. Personal distinction or traditional inspiriation- I’m grateful for all creative cheer each year. Decades ago ca.1970s, this home and yard (on Lowell Street between Peabody and Lynnfield) was trimmed all in pink lights. Just pink. 

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photo caption below: Decorated Saugus condos just off Rt. 1 and homes off surrounding streets  if you happen to be in that neck of the woods. 

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(Saugus condos just off Rt.1)
Lobster Trap buoy tree Gloucester MA © Margaret McDonald 2019
Home is best! Gloucester lobster trap tree lighting photo from FOB Margaret



4 Piece Houndstooth Caroling Family Set[1]
Eats, drinks, & camaraderie 12:30 -2:00 p.m.
The Whynott Residence
27 Poplar Street, Gloucester
(see directions below)
All ages – musical talent not required – just a smile!
Trolley leaves Poplar Street around 1:50 p.m. and “Santa” makes three


2:00 p.m Seacoast Nursing & Rehab
2:45 p.m. McPherson Park
3:30 p.m. Curtis Clark Building

Then back to the Whynott’s for dessert and coffee!
We guarantee you a good time if you bring the Christmas Spirit!  (we have the spirits!)
REGRETS ONLY –  978-/283-8230
Directions:  from I-95/Route128 Northbound:
Come in over the bridge.  As you enter the rotary (Grant Circle) – go ¾ of the way around heading toward the Hospital (Rte. 127).  Take your first right (Poplar Street) – we are the 5th house on the right – #27 (cedar shingles/blue trim).
Park across the street in the DPW lot, just don’t block the entrance and exit.   If you get lost, call us at the above number.

Game Changer- The Ororo Heated Vest. I’m not sure I’ve ever wanted a piece of clothing as much as I want this one!

When out for dinner last night this smartly dressed woman had a vest on it and on the chest there was a light that was glowing.  Kate leaned over to her and asked if it was one of the heated vests she’d been hearing about and the women went on to tell us about how it’s an absolute game changer!  it has a smallish battery pack with three settings high/medium/low that really keep you super toasty warm.  The little logo would be a different color with each setting.  It even has a cell phone charging port built in!   She loved it so much she even invested in a couple extra battery backups so she’d always have one charged up and ready to go and told us she’s purchased 18 more for friends and family because they’re so life-changing!

Click this link to read all about it and order if you’d like

I posted this on Facebook and this is what perennial running star athlete Jenn Brooks had to say about it-

Click this link to read all about it and order if you’d like


  • 100% Nylon; Model is 6’2″ and wearing a size medium.
  • NEAT AND TAILORED DESIGN: Lightweight insulated for you to wear in many ways with unrestricted movement; Water and wind-resistant.
  • KEEP YOUR BODY AND HANDS WARM: 2019 redesigned heating system with 4 carbon fiber heating elements generating heat across the collar, mid-back, as well as underneath two pockets for core-body warmth. 3 available heating settings can be adjusted with just a simple press of the button.
  • QUICK AND LONG-LASTING WARMTH: Fast heating in seconds with 7.4V UL/CE-certified battery; Up to 10 working hours on a single charge; USB port for charging smartphones.
  • FOR ALL OCCASIONS: Perfect for the daily commute, walking your dog in the brisk fall air, tailgating for your favorite football team, wearing underneath your winter jacket or even in a way-too-cold office!
  • EASY CARE: Machine washable; The heating elements and vest construction are designed to endure 50+ machine wash cycles.


Here’s a guy that did a review-

Here’s another review-

Carol Johnson
This vest is awesome! It gets nice and warm and is Very good looking and comfortable! I found that the 6′ 2″ tall thin (40 year old) man in my family needed a size Medium. Whereas, the 5′ 10′ (60 year old) man, who is not at all fat but has a thicker waistline, needed the size Large. My family like the vests so much that I got 2 men’s vests and 5 women’s vests for the ladies! The ladies vests fit well as sized. Two of the ladies wear their vests everyday since their office is very chilly. My granddaughter says the vest is “life changing” because she is always cold and now has that wonderful warmth. One of the ladies raises horses and she no longer dreads the early morning and late night cold when its time to care for the horses. She loves the light on the jacket bc she can see better in the barn at night Another of my daughters loves the light to help her see the door keyhole and when she walks through dark areas. ! They all went skiing for New Years and said the vests made them feel wonderful in the freezing Vermont weather. My granddaughter called me and told me that yesterday she that was in the freezer at the Costco club when she realized that someone from her work was standing outside the door who had just gotten fired. She didn’t want to embarrass him so she turned on her heated vest and waited in the freezer until he left! These are the best gifts I ever gave my family!

CAFM is evolving in 2020

Cape Ann Community

Dear Cape Ann Farmers Market Friends,

Started in 2006 by a group of volunteers who wanted to purchase and enjoy local food while making it accessible to the whole community, the Cape Ann Farmers Market (CAFM) is about to conclude its 14t​h​ season.

Since our beginning, numerous local farmers and small food businesses have gotten their start at CAFM. Many have moved-on to open brick-and-mortar storefronts and regional distribution networks.

CAFM is truly an example of what it means to generate ‘home grown’ local success stories.

I was one of the early volunteers back in 2006 who envisioned a thriving community gathering space where farmers and food producers would connect directly with the residents of Cape Ann. I was also one of the people who hired Farmers Market Director, Niki Bogin.

At the end of 2019, Niki will be stepping down after 12 years leading the market and making it…

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