Deck the Docks is Coming!

We have a full lineup of festive events for this year’s Deck the Docks including tree and wreath sales, an art show in partnership with seARTS, a maker’s market, a holiday sing-along with schooner Adventure, kids crafts with ArtHaven, and more!

Deck the Docks is Dec 1st-6th.

Click the link below to view the full lineup of events.
Event Schedule

The Grace Center Gloucester Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary  

GLOUCESTER, Mass. – The Grace Center Gloucester will host a 10th Anniversary Virtual Celebration on Tuesday, December 7 at 7:00 PM. The event will highlight the Grace Center’s history, community impact, and work in helping the most vulnerable. There will be inspiring messages from the founders, organizational leaders, volunteers, and guests.  

The Grace Center helps the homeless and others, including older or disabled adults, isolated community members and people at high risk or in crisis. We connect guests to critical services, as well as provide necessities of restrooms and meals.  

This day resource center was founded on the values of acceptance, hospitality, and opportunity by Reverend Tom Bentley, Reverend Anne Deneen, Reverend Alice Erickson, and Father Ron Gariboldi on December 21, 2011.  

With an innovative regional approach, Lifebridge North Shore expanded services to Cape Ann by bringing the Grace Center under its umbrella in 2018. Lifebridge is filling a variety of needs offering shelter, community meals, day drop-in centers, and supportive services across three locations in Beverly, Salem, and Gloucester.  

“The creation of a day resource center has been an incredible addition to the Cape Ann Community,” says Lifebridge Executive Director Jason Etheridge. “This model has proven successful resulting in Lifebridge opening a Grace Center in Salem as well. We are proud to celebrate 10 years of service and grateful to all those who have made it possible along the way.”  

To join the virtual anniversary event on December 7 (complimentary registration,) visit or scan the QR Code below.  

Holiday Pop-In

The Cape Ann Artisans are opening their studios for a Holiday visit on December 4th, from 10AM-4PM. It’s such a wonderful way to celebrate in your own neighborhood or visit Gloucester and Rockport during this special time of year – give the gift of art!

Artisans have gifts of all price ranges.  Below are some gift ideas from $25-$100.  Your gift will go even further as 5-15% of all sales will be donated to the “Art of Lunch Program” at the Grace Center in collaboration with the Cape Ann Museum. 

Plan Your Visit
Visitors are encouraged consult the online map of Holiday Tour studios. The numbers pictured on the images below correspond to the numbers on the Holiday Tour map. Click on any image to learn more about the artisan.
Jackie Ganim-DeFalco (1) is thrilled to host Linda Hogan(pictured on the right) and her quilts in the downstairs space of her studio.Jackie’s Cape Ann Designs Collection hair accessories include great gift items such as Alligator Clips, Mini-Brooches, Hair Sticks, Combs, Sea Glass Notecards, and books. She will also have a gift certificate drawing. 

Painter Deb Gonet (2)will offer Hand-painted silk pillows and David Archibald (3)has a collection ofbowls, vases, tableware, and lamps to find the perfect gift for anyone. 

Also, don’t miss a chance to cozy up in a hand-knitted scarf or other handknit accessories, from Sara Wright (5)!

Cynthia Curtis (6)suggetsBerry Bowls and a reminder that Winter Pottery Classes begin on January 3.
 Pam Stratton (7) will have mosaic earrings and necklaces plus her wonderful Christmas ornaments

At Twin Lights Studio (8) experience a unique collection of ceramic art ranging from lobster and fish studies to garden inspired vessels. Classes for all ages are offered year round

Deb Schradieck (9) has a wide range of ideas including Gloucester, Magnolia, and Rockport-themed Christmas cards in boxes of 10 cards w/red envelopes, triple-framed prints of Cape Ann watercolors, and Holiday Special Giclee prints in custom frames.  
Jeweler Marcie Rae (pictured on the right) will be co-located with Deb Schradieck and showcase her Sterling silver and 14 k gold fill earrings with matching bracelets and necklaces and introduce her new Filigree line of earrings and pendants. 

Rob Diebboll (10) will offer boxes of eight Greeting Cards as well as a Holiday Special: ‘Dog Day’ 10×10″ archival prints. And make sure to stop by painters Sallie Strand (11)and Sinikka Nogelo (12) on your tour!

Chloe Leigh (13) has lovely freshwater pearl silver earrings ranging in the $45-75 range. In addition to having an eco-friendly and sustainable jewelry practice, for every jewelry purchase at Chloe’s a tree is planted on your behalf through one Tree Planted.
Beth Williams (14)is introducing stud earrings to her collection of handmade glass jewelry along with new colors of hoop beads/earrings and pendants. As a downtown merchant, Beth will also be part of the Holiday Shopping Spree drawing!

Please support our generous Partners while visiting
Cape Ann during the Tour

INTRODUCING Beauport Hotel Jingle Bar – Holiday Pop Up Cocktail Bar & Piano, hosted in the Hotel Lobby Lounge every Wednesday evening from 5-9pm in December.



Sip on champagne and holiday seasonal cocktails, relax by the fireplaces, savor light bites and enjoy our festive trees and decor, to the sounds of live piano.

Join us Wednesday, December 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29!

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Catching Up After Thanksgiving — pat morss

The holiday had no impact on life around us (except the first photo).

A selfie with a sign of the season
Not certain whether this ball is normal
That’s better; lots of Mallard couples on Niles Pond
What did this Merganser find on the bottom? Yucky!
Red-breasted Merganser (left) showing proper fishing form to a juvenile
Seal waiting line at Brace Cove as tidal rocks get exposed
I claim this one
Last Fresh flowers of the season
Northern Harrier hunts low over the Audubon sanctuary
It’s getting dark early
And the sun is setting well south of the lighthouse

Deck the Docks

Deck the Docks Art Show and Sale

Maritime Gloucester, Wednesday – Monday December 1 – 6

“Deck the Docks” is back!  And once again seARTS is partnering with Maritime Gloucester in this festive art show and sale.  We’ll have an opening night reception with excellent food and drink where artist and a Ladies’ Night.

Here is example of some of my photos that will be on display.

Wednesday, December 1 – 5PM to 8PM Schooner Gallery: SeArts Artist and Member Opening Reception Dory Shop Deck: Tree/Wreath Sales with hot cider/snacks Museum Store: Open for Holiday Gift Shopping

Thursday, December 2 – 10AM to 7PM Schooner Gallery: seARTS Art Show Dory Shop Deck: Tree/Wreath Sales with hot cider/snacks Museum Store: LADIES NIGHT – Holiday Gift Shopping and Gift Wrapping 2:30 – Light Refreshments in Gallery 5:00 – Light Refreshments in Museum Store

Friday, December 3 – 4PM to 7PM PIER: Winter Lights Event with Discover Gloucester Hot drinks (cider, cocoa, and egg nog) on the pier 4:30 – Holiday Music Sing Along with Schooner Adventure 5:30 – Lighting of the 2021 Pier! Ice House: Decorate your Wreath craft shop – purchase a wreath and we provide the decoration for you to customize Robbins Classroom: Artisans By The Sea PopUp Maker Market Schooner Gallery: SeArts Art Show Dory Shop Deck: Tree Sales/Wreath Museum Store: Open for Holiday Gift Shopping

Saturday, December 4 – 10 to 4 PIER: Demonstrations and Santa (time tbd) and Carolers Ice House: MG PopUp Craft Workshop fishprinting, wood lobster buoy painting, and kids-of-all-ages crafts with hot cider/snacks 2:30 to 4:00 – Paint a Buoy with ART HAVEN Robbins Classroom: Artisans By The Sea PopUp Maker Market Schooner Gallery: SeArts Art Show 5:00 – Light Refreshments Gallery Dory Shop Deck: Tree Sales/Wreath Museum Store: Open for Holiday Gift Shopping Light Refreshments at 2:30

Sunday and Monday, December 1-6 – 10AM to 4PM for tree sales and art gallery viewing and museum store