Friends of The Blog Christmas Shopping Ideas: Twin Lights Smokehouse Products Are Elite

When people bring us food on the podcast or host us in their restaurants they get promoted, it’s just that simple. Lucky for us in Gloucester that we live in such a culinary rich community that we get to sample the best of the best.

Let me tell you Twin Lights Smokehouse mussels, salmon and “Hit the Deck” smoked mussel spread is OUTRAGEOUSLY good. This is the stuff you want to put on the table for the holiday and keep in the fridge. It is ELITE, no question about it. Check it out:

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131 years ago Thanksgiving eve, 4 couples married “in the Great Fish City” #GloucesterMA Boston Globe wedding announcements

From the Boston Globe evening edition 1889, news of four weddings held on Thanksgiving Eve in Gloucester, Mass. John R. Pringle was a best man for one (and perhaps the reporter). One minister married two of the couples. Schooners were festooned with bunting. And five couples married, not four.

The marriage of George F. McDonald of the Western Union Telegraph staff and Miss Helen M. Procter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Procter of Pond Street, occured Thanksgiving eve at the residence of Rev. W. R. Rider. The bride was becomingly dressed in a princess gown, blue nun’s veiling ecru, with silk trimmings. Miss Lottie Perry was the bridesmaid and J.R. Pringle, best man. After the ceremony the couple held a reception at the residence on Pond street, which was attended by many friends and relatives, a delegation coming from Avon. The wedding gifts were numerous.

Capt. Joseph Swan, one of Gloucester’s most popular and successful master mariners was united in marriage to Miss Edith Scott by Rev. G. W. Mansfield at the residence of the bride’s parents on Procter Street Thanskgiving eve. The schooners of the firm of Wilham H. Jordan in whose employ Capt. Swan has sailed, were gayly decorated with bunting in honor of the event. The couple departed for a trip to New York and other ports.

James Crawley of the custom house force and Miss Margaret Ryan, daughter of Capt. Joseph Ryan, were married by Rev. C.W. Regan at St. Anne’s parochial residence Thanksgiving eve. The schooners of Benjamin Low, from whose firm the bride’s father sails were decked in bunting in observance of the occasion. Mr. and Mrs. Crawley left for a trip to Albany, N.Y., and other large cities.

Edward E. Tobin and Miss Nellie A. Fanning were united in matrimony Thanksgiving eve by Rev. C. W. Regan. They left on the 5pm train for an extended tour.

Levi Norwood and Miss Ella Skillon were united in marriage by Rev. Rufus H. Hibbard at the residence of the bride’s mother, 26 Cleveland Street, Thanksgiving eve.

-(possibly Pringle)

“GLOUCESTER WEDDINGS.: FOUR COUPLES UNITED IN THE GREAT FISH CITY.” Boston Daily Globe (1872-1922), Nov 29 1889, p. 10. ProQuest. Web. 25 Nov. 2020 .

Nayad has a houseboat question

Hi Joey,
Hope you’re doing well amidst these crazy times. I’m currently house-sitting in Gloucester and have fallen in love with the land and community here. I am interested in living on a houseboat or house by the ocean on a month-to-month basis starting in January. Would you know of anyone I can speak to about such an inquiry?
Thank you,

Opening Nov 27th: Winter Light | a light installation by Adin Murray at Jane Deering Gallery #GloucesterMA

Courtesy photographs and news from Jane Deering Gallery upcoming exhibition opening November 27, 2020:

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Alicia Unleashed- Thanksgivingsode


Episode 103!

It’s the 5th Annual Thanksgivingsode! And we are within Zoom limits! We talk about how Tyler has finally shunned us! On all episodes of episodes!!!!

We talk about what’s happening in Gloucester for Holiday Shopping for Small Business Saturday, Ladies Night and Men’s Night. BSide highly recommends stopping by Turtle Alley for their Advent Calendar.

Shoutouts to Downtown shops:
VIP Fitness-Enza Groppo
Stones Pub (come back soon).

Bossman Joey got new studio lighting! And using Fiverr…Where you at John Jerome with ours? Do we need to call Neon 90s or Chris Grice? Don’t worry B doesn’t have blackmail, but she does know roommates of some of you! Shoutout to Parsons of Neon90s for our disclaimer on our last episode!

We talk about our Thanksgiving Tshirts (thanks HippieRunner). Also shoutout to Saturday Morning Pancakes. Talk about our Thursday Plans and what may or may not happen?

Bside gave approval for Xmas to be celebrated and decorated early! Peter on the other hand said no! However Alicia started listening to Music on November 1st, Even B got a few songs in.

We talk about what we are thankful for (where Alicia almost kills B). Also we are thankful for our Home Gyms?! Thank you Obe Fitness and Beachbody!

See you soon, on the Zooms!






Arts Abound from the Cape Ann Chamber

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Magnolia
This week’s #mylocalma business spotlight is
Arts Abound Magnolia,

Arts Abound features a variety of beautiful and unique artwork from local artists as well as carefully handcrafted gifts such as pottery, hand-painted scarves, hand-carved wooden cutting boards, greeting cards, jewelry, local photography and more. A Glosta embroidered hat designed by owner, Sue Wheeler, is available for purchase in our 33rd Annual Love Cape Ann Fundraising Auction. You can view all of Arts Abound’s work online at #shoplocal #capeann #smallbusinesssaturday #meetmeinmagnolia #capeannchamberofcommerce

Rockport artist Leslie Heffron’s new body of work, “Seaside Studio 2020” is featured at the Matz Gallery, Sawyer Free Library, Gloucester, from December 1-31, 2020.

Leslie considers herself a large scale colorist and her acrylic paintings and colored pencil drawings reflect her love for bold colors and shapes. She paints area favorites; a Good Harbor beach lifeguard chair, a Twin Lights soda bottle, Willow Rest, and, in particular, Pigeon Cove Harbor imagery. 

Since COVID slowed everything down, the artist has spent a good deal of time close to home in Pigeon Cove where she takes daily walks to the harbor in her neighborhood. There she observes the activity on both the wharf and water, takes photos, and uses the images to create paintings, drawings, and videos back in her studio. “Pigeon Cove Harbor is a magical place with beautiful light and color… truly a painter’s paradise,” said Ms. Heffron.  The Matz Gallery show includes several pieces which resulted from her observations of the cove, including a life-size portrait of one of the lobstermen.

The artist holds a diploma in studio art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and both a teaching certificate and Master’s Degree in Art Education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.  Ms. Heffron is a member of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, the Rockport Art Association Experimental Group, and an associate member of the North Shore Art Association. She has exhibited her work at the White House, Allentown Art Museum, Kutztown University, Muhlenberg College, and galleries throughout the United States. 

Visit the artist’s website: to view more of her work and watch her interview with Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco on 1623 Studios’ Cape Ann ARTWaves at:

This Thanksgiving help those who are homeless living with HIV/AIDS on the North Shore. Please, share.

This Thanksgiving help those who are homeless living with HIV/AIDS on the North Shore. Please, share.
Holidays during this pandemic are hitting homeless people with HIV particularly hard. Due to capacity restrictions, many of the shelters have not taken new guests since March. Those without other options are forced to constantly stay on the move and sleep outdoors, and in some instances are unable to safely store their life-saving medications. Even something as simple as finding a safe place to charge a phone can seem like climbing a mountain, leaving some without access to call their providers or follow up with housing leads. The weather is only going to get colder from here on out, making this situation more dire than ever for these individuals living with compromised immune systems.
Throughout the pandemic,
North Shore Health Project
has been working hard to provide the extra support our homeless HIV+ clients require, but we need more resources. To bring attention to this issue, a bunch of North Shore musicians have come together with a message of hope — singing the classic 80s Crowded House tune, “Don’t Dream It’s Over.” Using the Acapella app, they passed the DIY video from phone to phone to contribute their instruments and voices to the cause.
The video features: Joe Cardoza on bass;
Nathan Cohen on violin; on vocals and keys;
Chris Fritz-Grice on vocals; Brian King on vocals and keys;
Mari Martin on vocals;
Dennis Monagle on drums;
Nadia Robertson on vocals; and Megan Wolf on vocals.
Please, help us support homeless people living with HIV with emergency funds for whatever they might need to stay safe and healthy — things like shelter, transportation, clothing, toiletries or sleeping bags.
Donate today and make a note that it’s for the HIV & homeless fund.
North Shore Health Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
There is a donate link at the bottom of the page on on

Watch the video here > or here>



Cape Ann Home


Are you caught in the tax-deferred paradigm? Do you think income tax rates will be higher or lower in the future? If you think you are being squeezed today . . . Do you know the difference between a defined benefit plan and a defined contribution plan? Between a simple IRA, a SEP, or a ROTH IRA? Which plans provide guaranteed lifetime income and which do not? Which plans are exposed to the vagaries of equity markets and which are not? The fact is most people contribute to or participate in plans without professional advice or knowledge and don’t have a clue about their real exposure, risks and costs. Before you get too invested in a plan that may not provide you with the financial security you desire why not learn whether…

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