1931 Gloucester Times Story About Pauline Bresnahan’s Great Grandfather that learned about his wife’s passing only after returning from a trip aboard the Schooner Morning Star and died himself shortly thereafter.

Pauline writes:

Many of you might not know that I’m 4th. Generation Gloucester born. This story is about my Paternal Great Grandfather published in the Gloucester Times 1931. My Great grandfather fished out of #Gloucesterma on the Morning Star and when came home from fishing he was informed of his wife’s passing. He passed away a few weeks later. Fishing was part of my heritage. My fathers ancestors arrived here in the 1860’s from Nova Scotia and My Moms ancestors even earlier arrived here from Ireland. God Bless the men and women who still work to bring fish to Gloucester. I am #gloucesterproud

Who Can’t Love Snow? — pat morss

Here are some weekend photos around Eastern Point following the snowstorm. Regarding the first, the closest conjunction (visual) of Saturn and Jupiter since the Middle Ages is right now. I knew it would be overcast, so got this picture last Friday.

Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter
Chair where a neighbor often sits with his service dog
Overlooking Niles Pond
St Anthony Chapel, at Farrington and St Louis – like a SW Mission Church
Horse scultures romping in the snow, Farrington Ave
A snowbird that didn’t go South
Turkeys huddling for warmth (or just social)
Last call – kitchen’s closing
Fluffed up and smiling
Home stretch of an invigorating cross country ski trip
Rewarded with a cozy fire and toasting marshmallows

Cape Pond Ice shirts, caps & sweats – infant & youth – adult 3XL (some big fishermen out there) – the Coolest Gloucester holiday gifts:

Kati and I are open here at 104 Commercial Street, and Joe Ciolino’s Weathervane Shop, 153 Main Street, next to Citizen’s Bank, afternoons until 6 pm.

HOLIDAY HOURS! ��We have solved a lot of last minute gift problems over the past few decades. This year we can still help!Our Gloucester Cape Pond Ice Co location Gift Shop is open next week Monday 9-2pm✨Tuesday 12-5pm Wednesday 9-2pmOr by calling us for an appointment/ pick-up outside of these hours- 978-283-0174 also at the Weathervane, 153 Main Street: Open Noon – 6 pm every afternoon until Christmas ! Scott

Santa visiting Reynard St., MAD MERRY highlights tour, and 35,000+ views to Holiday Lights and Cocoa Drives 2020 map 🚗☕🎄✨⛄ #GloucesterMA!

photo caption: Santa visiting sign at white lights home on Reynard St. Dec 17-23. 5:30-7pm (no pix with Santa)

Holiday Lights and Cocoa Drives Map 2020 edition features 250+ decorated residential homes with Christmas light displays in Gloucester. Massachusetts. The map was viewed more than 30,000 times within 7 days of going live this year.


Gloucester is tough to match for winter lights charm and show stopping homes. From Beach Court to Stage Fort; West Gloucester to East; Magnolia to Annisquam; and Portuguese Hill to Plum Cove- Gloucester is illuminated. Many neighborhoods join in together glittering, and have for years. With each passing new day more join in.

Concentrated streets include:

  • Essex Avenue is beautiful and long– and it’s good driving from both directions. I split it up into Essex Ave stretch between Causeway Restaurant and Richdale and
  • Essex Avenue stretch (between Richdale and Rt.128 and then to Farnham’s)
  • Elizabeth Road neighborhood block
  • Reynard Street neighborhood block and Spruce Street expansive, elaborate displays
  • Hartz street charming sweet little block
  • Finch Lane delightful little block
  • Annisquam for an old timey route, mostly white & gold lights with multi colored trees at turns on the road.

Mad Merry Highlights Tour

as in deck the halls, doors, windows, roofs and yards with boughs of holly-holidays! These 20 or so Gloucester homes are LIT! Bedecked, top twinkling in 2020 (alphabetized by road):

  • 6 Abbott Road
  • Centennial Road – Hope 2x
  • 12 Concord St (next to West Parish-near Essex Ave.)
  • 4 Elizabeth Road (entire block, multiple homes)
  • 326 Essex Ave (all of Essex Ave is great/multiple homes)
  • 2 *Goose Cove Lane (end of block) & Holly Street
  • Grove (and Maplewood)
  • 6 Harbor Road at Bass Ave
  • Hesperus Ave (all trees- next to Hammond Castle)
  • 29 High Popples
  • 9 Lowe Drive
  • 22 Magnolia Ave and 124 Magnolia Ave
  • Luzitania Ave (off Friend St.)
  • 79 *Perkins Street
  • Reynard St. whole block (#22 white lights; #42 blue house)
  • 8 Spruce Road
  • 15R Stanwood Ave
  • 160 Washington Street

*animation Santas

Along with the map, winter lights house photographs were featured by neighborhood on GMG as follows:

This year’s trends include peace signs, illuminated words, melting multis, and a particular blue-green light (outlining windows in photo below).

Clear, mild nights make it easier to park, walk and linger. Snow and rain make for lovely routes, too.

photos below: Lanesville added, and homes missing from prior neighborhood batches

and pretty by day

Also **NEW** for 2020 — Gloucester with Manchester, Essex and Rockport (the Four Communities of Cape Ann) have collaborated to share beautiful Winter Lights on Cape Ann – 150+ businesses and organizations are merry and bright into January

Mask Hack

A mask-hack you might find helpful: When the eyeglass chain I had been using to keep my mask around my neck broke, I was a little frantic for a quick fix. I attached safety pins to each end of a necklace and VOILA! Problem solved. A necklace and safety pins make a pretty and functional way to keep my mask nearby. You’re welcome. Please share your own mask hack in the comments!

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