A virtual event this Saturday for anyone who wants to make a book

Publish Your Book!

Real World Lessons from Local Authors
A group of local authors associated with the Gloucester Writers Center will present a workshop on how to publish your own work using the free Amazon online publishing tools. The free workshop is this Saturday, Dec. 5, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. We’ll walk you through the process, step by step. Anyone can make a book. Photographers. Bakers with recipes to immortalize! Poets. Artists. Even writers! Maybe some of you just completed your novel-in-a-month using the NaNoWriMo challenge and you want to publish your Great American Novel!

Here’s the link you’ll need to join on Saturday: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81166834308#success.

This event is presented by Literary Cape Ann and the Business of Writing group. 

Ladies’ Night Gift Idea: Coffee Gift Baskets from Breakwater Roasters

Coffee Gift Baskets from Breakwater Roasters 

Taste the difference fresh, locally roasted coffee makes 

Coffee Sampler Gift Baskets $25 Plus every basket purchased during Ladies’ Night will come with a bonus $10 Gift Card to TAJ It’s like two gifts in one! 
Breakwater Roasters & TAJ are located at 3 Duncan Street in Gloucester All our coffee beans are roasted right on site. 

From @USCGNortheast : This is not funny

Holiday Lights and Cocoa Drives 2020 map #GloucesterMA 🚗☕🎄✨⛄Update 2 – Portuguese Hill, other stretch Essex Ave

NEW photos in this post include: the second stretch of Essex Avenue from Richdale heading up to Farnham’s; Portuguese Hill neighborhood; don’t miss Happy Santa indigo up on Perkins; Harrison; and sweet charm of Hartz. Check the map for updates. Still to come: East Gloucester, Annnisquam, Lanesville, Magnolia.

annual beauty Concord/Essex Ave

Holiday lights & cocoa drives Gloucester Mass as of Dec. 2, 2020

What a gift our neighbors have shared for the community! There are so many festive houses in Gloucester it’s easy to plan multiple merry excursions.

  • For families and friends, eyespy challenges could switch nightly. Can you find a Santa? A peace sign? Snoopy?
  • How about a Bring the Cuddlies Christmas Light Tour- children can help their toy friends see out the car window. This one may be a given: Happy to share photos of your precious travelers :).
  • Pick a specific route by color lights or house style.
  • Bring art supplies to sketch a view.
  • Older homes make it fun to wonder about what it was like in the past. For families that like Old Timey winter scenes–imagine New England Little Women, Little House on the Prairie, Winslow Homer, and Currier& Ives– pretend the car is a sleigh or horse and buggy. Find some dress up attire that looks vintage (or go all out and find some duds at Bananas). Add a hot water bottle for the feet. A towel or blanket can wrap around like a hand warmer muff. For fans of Louisa May Alcott, point to Braewood* on Essex Avenue (across from Pauline’s gifts) and Rocky Neck, where she stayed on Gloucester holidays. Picture a winter skating rink in front of the UU Church on Middle Street. *For more about the history of Braewood and Alcott in Gloucester, search “Braewood” in this prior post.
  • For the train and dinosaur train enthusiasts, all aboard! The express car might even time with the T or train.
  • Switch off date night driving so the passenger can enjoy a festive eggnog.

These are special outings just outside your door. Don’t miss them!

Illustration for Louisa May Alcott Jack and Jill, 1880 – distant town and harbor suggestion of Gloucester from a property like Braewood at the time

happy Santa indigo

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Wellspring Holiday Store Collection

Cape Ann Home

Last year we were able to partner with Wellspring House to bring the community together and collect donations for their Holiday Store. As we continue to adjust to the new normal, we’d like to once again come together to support our community. With current restrictions preventing Wellsprings annual holiday store, they are instead asking for gift certificates and cash donations. While we can’t have a party this year, we can still help by collecting donations.

From now until December 11th we’ll be collecting donations of gift cards or cash here at Grand Banks. We’ll have a box on the side porch by the warehouse for drop off. If you don’t have the time to get here, you can donate online here. All of the online donations will be used to purchase Cape Ann Gift Certificates, so you can support your community by supporting local businesses. 

Donations received between now…

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Kent Circle Tree Lighting Committee Seeking Help

As you know, the tradition of installing and lighting a Christmas tree at Kent Circle was continued this year, thanks to extraordinary arrangements made due to the pandemic. Due to border closures, the tree had to be shipped from Halifax to Portland ME then picked up there by Ringo Tarr and his crew. The Boston Globe covered the event here. https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/11/28/metro/virtual-tree-lightings-symbol-covid-19s-impact-this-years-holiday-season/?outputType=amp

And it is beautiful.

It did get a bit battered in the winds and rain this week, but it still standing proud. Seems symbolic of the times. The Kent Circle Tree Lighting Committee is seeking help from the community to help pay for the expenses incurred in this monumental effort. A GoFundMe page has been started with a goal of $2000 and you can donate here if you choose. If you prefer to send your donation directly, please send it to Kent Circle Tree Lighting Committee 18 Timberview Dr. Gloucester MA 01930. You can follow the tree on Facebook at the Kent Circle Tree Lighting page here. It just did my heart good to see this tradition continue despite all the difficulties. I LOVE seeing the lights on the circle and would like to sincerely thank all involved in the major effort.



The wait is finally over — Sahil Warsi and Kevin Scollins return tonight 12/3 to Feather & Wedge for live jazz! Also, don’t miss out as F&W introduces wine flights… pick 3 from a selection of 7 wines to try 🍷 Visit www.featherandwedge.com/menus to view the full dinner menu!

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On The Waterfront with GMGI: November Updates

Cape Ann Community

2020 will be remembered as the year that saw a complete upheaval of daily life. Everyone needed to pivot and adjust — quickly — to a new normal.

Here at GMGI, it was no exception. With the stay-at-home order implemented in the Spring, our research team lost valuable time in the Institute’s laboratories. Our Academy internships were cut short due to closings, and the graduation was both delayed and scaled down.

Despite these obstacles and disappointments, the past eleven months have produced some incredible outcomes.

• The Academy graduated its fourth class (with an impressive 78% graduation rate) and enrolled a full fifth class, which has maintained in-person learning without any positive COVID-19 cases to date.
• We began the expansion of our Academy to create a new biomanufacturing learning environment, made possible by a grant from Governor Baker’s Workforce Development Cabinet.
• Our Science team continued its innovative research…

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Happy Hookers of Cape Ann show up for Ladies (Day?) Night 2020Photos from Cat Cavallinni

The Happy Hookers of Cape Ann, a local group of SLUTS (stressed out ladies unwinding together-during a pandemic!), are making their debut on Main Street during Ladies Night 2020.  They are crocheting and selling cozy handmade ‘warrior shawls’ and blankets in an effort to raise funds toward food insecurity in Gloucester.  Let’s shop locally, help donate locally, these make great holiday gifts.  You can find these creations on Main St. at Mermaid’s Tale (foto with Lourie Killian, owner), The Dress Code (foto with Barbara, owner) as well as Design of Mine (thank you Melissa). They are also in Magnolia at Arts Abound (thank you Sue) and The Magnolia Shoppe (thank you Betty, Magnolia Historical Society).  Much thanks to our local shops for supporting the cause and keeping the Hookers happy!  Contact the Happy Hookers of Cape Ann at crcav@msn.com if you’d like to place an order.  We will do custom designed colors of your choice.  Stay safe and Happy Holidays!