Magnolia Pier

Information regarding the Magnolia Pier

Pier update: working with BTT Marine on their plan to bring in a crane so they can put in the remaining 16 piles. The crane will be on private property and city property so they still need the city engineer’s approval. If they get approval they hope to start February 14.

2nd Annual Free Family Movie & Crafts Day


The second annual free Family Movie and Crafts Day will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 10:00am – 4:00pm at the Gloucester Meetinghouse, 10 Church Street, in the downstairs social hall of the Unitarian Universalist Church. The program is a partnership with Pathways for Children, Maritime Gloucester, and the Cape Ann Community Cinema. The event features two popular animated movies that are appropriate for all ages, crafts and games, face painting, and prizes for the whole family, with refreshments and a pizza lunch.
Shake off the winter chill and kick off school recess week with the second annual Family Movie and Crafts Day. The event begins at 10:00am with refreshments, face painting, and an opportunity to explore exhibits and demonstrations by local organizations. There will be craft projects designed for the whole family, followed by a feature length animated movie about toys. A pizza lunch will be served at noon. Following lunch, families are invited to enjoy a specially designed tour of the historic 1806 Gloucester Meetinghouse complete with a ringing of the Paul Revere bell. The second feature movie starring a snowman screens at 1:00pm. Additional craft projects will be offered in the afternoon. Prizes for outstanding projects, best face painting, and other achievements will be awarded throughout the day.
The annual Family Movie and Crafts Day is a great opportunity for the whole family to enjoy a day of activities and refreshments together, all in a warm and inviting space close to home. The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is pleased to partner with Pathways for Children and Maritime Gloucester again this year, in collaboration with the Cape Ann Community Cinema, to make this day possible. Program partners will offer educational exhibits, demonstrations, craft projects, and two movies suitable for all ages.
The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is dedicated to preserving the historic Meetinghouse, built in 1806 for the first Universalist Congregation in America, as a civic hub, entertainment venue, and community center.
Thanks to the generous support of our 2019-2020 Concert and Event Series Sponsors, the Foundation is pleased to offer this special treat for the children and parents of our community free of charge
The event will be held at the Gloucester Meetinghouse, 10 Church Street in the downstairs social hall of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church. The social hall is located in the lower level, accessible by an elevator from the Church Street entrance. Weather permitting, parking is allowed on the green and at parking lots nearby. For more information, please visit the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation website at

Did you choose a FREE sterling silver spoon THEN? Shop Small 1952 #GloucesterMA Art Jewelers gift for GHS graduates

In 1952*, Art Jewelers on 117 Main Street (now Unwind) in Gloucester, Massachusetts, offered GHS female graduates a FREE sterling silver teaspoon in a pattern of their choice.

Pauline Bresnahan writes about a great conversation she had with her mother this week:  “We were talking about running a small business on Main Street today compared to when she was growing up here. She told me about the following story which I had not heard before. My Mom Graduated GHS in 1952. Art Jewelers on Main St. offered each Female Graduate a FREE Sterling Silver teaspoon in a pattern of their choice. My Mom picked Blossom Time, an International Silver Co. pattern. She and my Dad were married in 1953 and by then purchased 7 more teaspoons. They were gifted more place settings as a wedding gift.”

Other businesses catered to students, too. Gloucester Pants Co. at 211 Main Street advertised “special rates to students” in the yearbook. Nichols Candy and Luncheonette was across the street in 118 Main Street, where Franklin is now. There were several jewelers on Main Street. (Pauline worked at Blanchards and remembers her boss taking them to Cameron’s for celebrations.)

*How many possible spoons? The GHS1952 senior class size looks to be  > 250 inyearbook.

1949 Our Lady of Good Voyage – Schooner “Columbia”

LOGV Arrival

“In 1949, the Portuguese Ambassador personally presented to the church a silver model of the famous American schooner “Columbia”. This was installed in the right-hand of the Virgin above the alter to replace the Portuguese rigged model.”

New England Boat Show

The annual Progressive New England Boat Show is coming up NEXT weekend.  The show runs from February 8th-16th at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.


There is a discounted rate for tickets purchased on line in advance, however, so plan ahead now and save yourself a little bit of money.  Children 12 and under are still free of charge with the purchase of adult tickets.  Adult tickets are currently $14 and will be $16 at the door.   Also poke around for a Groupon.  This link is not active yet, but may be soon.

Did you know that in addition to seeing all of the pretty sweet boats and water craft, the boat show has a pretty thorough schedule of seminars to attend and activities to participate in?

Navigate your way around the website above to see some of what is offered!


Jazz Brunch Featuring HARRY WAGG at Feather and Wedge in Rockport


Join Feather & Wedge for the best brunch on Cape Ann featuring music from Ipswich-based jazz guitarist Harry Wagg. Harry’s setlist is a combination of traditional jazz, contemporary classics and original compositions – all arranged for solo guitar.

Reservations highly suggested!  978.999.5917

Sunday, February 2
10:30 – 2:30 PM

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

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Frozen JR – This Weekend at O’Maley!

Cape Ann Community

O’Maley Innovation Middle School

O’Maley Academy Drama Club‘s

production of

frozen jr

Music & Lyrics by

Kristen Anderson-Lopez &  Robert Lopez

Book by

Jennifer Lee

Based on the Disney film written by Jennifer Lee

and directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee

All shows at the O’Maley Innovation Middle School Auditorium- purchase tickets at the door!

DOUBLE-CAST Show Dates & Times:

Friday January 31, 2020 Cast X @7pm

Saturday February 1, 2020 Cast Y @ 1pm

Sunday February 2, 2020 Cast X @ 1pm

Friday February 7, 2020 Cast Y @ 7pm

Saturday February 8, 2020 Cast X @ 1pm

Sunday February 9, 2020 Cast Y @ 1pm

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Girls Grade 1-8th can join a softball clinic and play softball with the Gloucester High School Girls over February Vacation!

Got February Vacation Plans?  Girls Grade 1-8th can join a softball clinic and play softball with the Gloucester High School Girls over February Vacation!
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday February 18th, 19th & 20th at the GHS Field House 9:00AM – 11:00 AM DAILY.  Cost: $75.00 per player
All players should bring water, glove, sneakers and a smile!
The Gloucester Softball Team is regrouping this year after finishing 2nd in the State last year.  Proceed from this Softball clinic will help sponsor a training camp in Florida for the high school athletes looking to kick off the season early and to continue their winning seasons.  

New Era Releases “Team Described” Red Sox Cap With Paul Revere and A Lobster Roll On It

The Homie Cast

People that know me know that I’m a huge lobster roll guy.

So when even I think these caps look like dogshit, you know they’re really horrendous. Whoever designed these needs to find a new profession. Huge fail.

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I haven’t seen any Snowies yet this winter on Cape Ann; there simply seem to be fewer that migrated to our region than there were several years ago when Hedwig was the star of the backshore.

These Snowy Owl photos were taken earlier in the month at Parker River. The dirt road, the one that begins after the Hellcat Trail, has reopened, although I wouldn’t recommend going there on the weekends, much better to go during the week. There are so many photographers and owl lovers on the weekends, especially in the afternoon, that it has become really disruptive to the owls, both the Snowies and Short-eared. Even though folks are very respectful and (most) stay on the road, the Short-eared Owls aren’t catching much food, as far as I can observe, when there are great crowds chasing them up and down the road.

Interesting clouds over Kettle Island

Went for a walk to Ocean Lawn on Sunday.  It was so beautiful outside and of course the Ocean Lawn is amazing.  For more information on Coolidge Reservation please follow the link below:


New Era has apparently released a new set of “Team Describe” hats for Major League Baseball. Here’s the Red Sox design. Paul Revere (not George Washington) and a lobster roll…… what do you think?

Here’s a link for the other teams and additional info

I am More Project

Gloucester’s amazing artist Amy Kerr. Love the name of this article.

Next the exhibit will travel to UMass Amherst and then the State House in May. The original series of sixteen mostly Cape Ann subjects is currently on display at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital until April.