Nova Scotia’s Annual Tree on Boston Commons – fascinating history and ties!

Annual tree at Kent Circle in Gloucester, Mass., also from Nova Scotia.

Follow the excellent thread to learn more about Canada’s annual remembrance and giving tree; its history concerns a disaster as catastrophic as the Johnstown Flood.

There are many Nova Scotia ties in Gloucester, too. Canadians immigrants, especially ones born on the east coast, settled throughout Massachuestts. Canadian born fishermen worked and lived in Gloucester. More than 1200 Nova Scotians went down to the sea and are memorialized here.

Thanks to the Tarr family, Gloucester has an annual tree from Nova Scotia. Read more about this year’s journey to install the tree from Shelburne Falls at Kent Circle.

Holiday Lights and Cocoa Drives 2020 map #GloucesterMA #CapeAnn 🚗☕🎄✨⛄

When I was a girl, my family, like many other families, considered every nocturne drive a chance to look for Christmas lights. Of course we carried on this tradition with our own children. The magic of the season is so easy to find in neighborhoods throughout Gloucester and all of Cape Ann. Coasting past classic New England home styles decorated for the holidays– while driving along bends and dips in the roads by charming coves– is sheer visual delight. There is a surprise around every corner.

Plus the season’s early nightfall is most welcome for little ones’ bedtime enchantment. Throw on some comfy holiday attire and toss in a thermos of hot chocolate to make it an extra special treat for the youngest, and the young at heart, and the perfect outing for social distancing in this year of Covid. Repeat visits are encouraged because there’s so much to see and more added every day.

Last year readers asked for a map. Here are some of the homes spreading cheer NOW with their Christmas lights and holiday yard displays, and it’s not yet December 1, 2020! Is your favorite friendly seasonal character out there? Or favorite color lights twinkling bright? I’ll continue to update the map and photographs, including specific requests and location recommendations from GMG readers.

Holiday lights & cocoa drives Gloucester Mass as of November 30, 2020

NEW for 2020: And still more attractions with festive lights coming soon.  First Annual Winter Lights Display on Cape Ann starts December 7th. Check out all the businesses and organizations readying light displays downtown and local shopping!

More photos

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Not Your Typical Game Day

I took a trip down to do some shopping at Finn’s favorite store at Patriot Place. After some time at Bass Pro Shops I wanted to go to the ProShop at Gillette and I happened to be right outside the stadium gates at 1:00. While the pregame festivities inside the stadium may have sounded like a typical game day (minus the thousands of rowdy fans)…nothing else seemed right. As they played the hype music, introduced the starting lineup, and then sang the National Anthem…..there were maybe six people in sight. As I shopped some more, it was so strange to know that a Patriots home game was taking place right there and, if you didn’t know it was game day, you could have totally missed it. Sigh.

These photos were taken at 12:50…..for a 1:00 start. And, see the video below.

Festive Lights at Stage Fort Park

The almost-full moon helped the festive lighting at Stage Fort Park seem even brighter and more joyful. I think Carol Mondello is probably responsible for the lighting at the Visitors Center, so thank you! It look great. Mother Nature did a much better job showing off the moon than these cell photos, but I think it still looks pretty wonderful.

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