Gloucester is big on winter lights charm and New England architecture. Many neighborhoods join in together, glittering, and have for years. Every year is unique. Scroll down to see the first batch of photos for the 2021 map – as of December 4, 2021. More homes and neighborhoods will be added, so be sure to check back. This first week in December is twinkling less than last year at this same time. (By December 29, 2020, more than 250 illuminated homes were mapped.) Weather impacts planning and displays. Perhaps the mighty wind storms October 24th and 27th and November 11, 12, & 19 may have waylaid some early trimming prep. Could it be the supply chain clog?

Trends so far? 2021 is looking like “The Year of the Snowman”, which by the way is an easy & cheery Ispy addition for Holiday Lights and Cocoa Drives. A Mandalorian holding a baby Grogu was new to the list of lawn inflatables.

How lovely to see Temple Ahavat Achim Lobster Trap Menorah back again!

2021 Map Holiday Lights and Cocoa Drives

#GloucesterMA house photos Dec. 4, 2021: C. Ryan

GIF Wrap around down Perkins Portuguese Hill Gloucester MA

Lobster Trap Christmas Tree Main Street as of 11/20/2021

Before the lighting ceremony and hand-painted buoy ornaments. Town wreaths and banners were installed even earlier. 2021 lobster trap tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 11th ** new date** Due to the forecast, the event will move to Sunday, Dec. 12th.

Behind the scenes- deck the home prep STARTS EARLY

Bring on the ladders! Before Thanksgiving- some photos November 18th, 2021.

Mighty effort: the Blue Christmas and Red Trim dazzlers on Reynard were surprisingly bare November 18, 2021. Now they’re all decked out, too.

2021 Food Pantry Drive on Reynard

Open Door food pantry drive drop


This is the 5th year of Holiday Lights and Cocoa Drives. Here’s the 2020 map for comparison. More than 250+ homes were illuminated and over 100,000 map views were tallied in just a couple of weeks!

Notes about the maps: The maps are great in the embed mode because when you scroll down, each house photo(s) pop up, with a big arrow that directs you to that one point. From a desktop, hovering or right clicking the house icons reveal the photos for each pinpoint. For those who prefer a paper copy –which doubles as a seek and find sheet–click on the three vertical dots and then select “print” (horizontal mode best) from pull down menu. You can also google search Holiday Lights and Cocoa Drives Good Morning Gloucester.

Niles Pond Never Disappoints — pat morss

The winter birds are back.

Something has the Cormorants’ attention
A Great Blue Heron, motionless like a statue
Watching me, ten feet away, as well as the pond
A female Mallard beauty with every feather in place
The boys (with one interloper) huddle to discuss the next play
We gather this is a cross between a Mallard and an American Black Duck
OK, so this was a month or so ago – last flight out to Mexico for the Monarchs
A Bald Eagle flew in over our heads this morning
Some kind of interest in the harbor
Here it is – some tender loving care for ‘One Love’
And concluding with this evening’s sunset. We’re spoiled.

Annual Live Rockport Christmas Pageant December 18th!

t’s back! We are thrilled to announce the return of the annual live Rockport Christmas Pageant to be held Saturday, December 18 at 5:00PM. Our pageant is now in its 76th year! The Rockport Art Association and Museum will continue the tradition this year with a few new safety measures in place: 

Masks ARErequired while inside the Art Association and costume dressing; masks are optional outside during the procession. And we’ve added staggered costume dressing times to keep inside gatherings small. 

Want to participate? Great! There are so many roles include Adults: Lady of Bethlehem, Shepherd, Torch Bearer  Children: Child of Bethlehem, Dove children (just to name a few). Costumes provided for all ages, shapes and sizes! To participate, please email me by December 13th! 
Pat AltoRockport Christmas Pageant Chairperson

Barbara Brewer participates every year as a Lady of Bethlehem.

Musicians of the Old Post Road Gloucester Meetinghouse


Sounding Joy: Musicians of the Old Post Road

Friday, December 17th, 2021, 7:30 pm in the historic (1806) Gloucester Meetinghouse, on the green at the corner of Middle & Church Street.

On December 17 at 7:30 pm, The Musicians of the Old Post Road present its new holiday program “Sounding Joy.” The concert features jubilant works from
the Classical Period, including Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, with acclaimed soprano Jessica Petrus. This is the ensemble’s fifth holiday concert hosted by the
Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation.

Soloist Jessica Petrus has been a frequent guest for the group’s holiday programs. She has performed widely in the U.S. but is familiar to regional audiences
through her performances with Musicians of the Old Post Road, Handel & Haydn Society, Emmanuel Music, among others.

Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate will be performed in its less often heard Christmas version. The program will also include rarely-performed musical gems— charming pastorellas
by Bernhard Hupfeld and Gregor Joseph Werner and a folksy Christmas aria by Joseph Haydn. Enthusiastic audience response to a delightful “Sleigh Ride” suite by
Leopold Mozart performed by the ensemble last season inspired the group to explore and include another Mozart “Musical Sleigh Ride” for this program.

Instrumentalists for this concert include flutists Suzanne Stumpf and Rachel Carpentier; violinists Sarah Darling and Jesse Irons; violist Marcia Cassidy;
cellist Daniel Ryan; and organist Wesley Hall. All will perform on period instruments or replicas.


Tickets are available at the door and in-advance at:

Preferred seating $45; general $30; students $10 with ID; under 12 free. Masks are required inside the Meetinghouse and proof of vaccination or
recent negative Covid test is requested.

Accessible side entrance with a lift is at 10 Church Street. Event parking is allowed on the green.

Please consider being a Sponsor or our 2021-22 Concert and Events Series, which offers superb quality music, civic events and educational entertainment
for the Cape Ann community and on our YouTube channel. Sponsors receive preferred seating. See the web site for more details.


Musicians of the Old Post Road takes its name from its acclaimed concert series that brings period instrument performances of music of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries
to beautiful historic buildings along New England’s fabled Old Post Road, the first thoroughfare to connect Boston and New York City in the late 17th century.

Winner of the 1998 Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society, Musicians of the Old Post Road has also received programming awards from
Chamber Music America and the US-Mexico Fund for Culture. The ensemble has toured in Germany, Austria, and Mexico, and has appeared at festivals and on
concert series in the US, including the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival Concert Series, the Castle Hill Festival, the Artists Series
at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and the Connecticut Early Music Festival. The ensemble has held a residency at Dartmouth College and was featured on
WCVB television’s “Chronicle” program and 99.5 All Classical radio’s “Live from Fraser” program.

The ensemble’s discography includes seven recordings that have each been praised in the US and abroad. They include: The Virtuoso Double Bass (Titanic, 1994),
Trios and Scottish Song Settings of J. N. Hummel (Meridian, 1999), Galant with an Attitude: Music of Juan and José Pla (Meridian, 2000),
Quartets of Telemann and Bodinus (Meridian, 2004), Feliz Navidad: Christmas from Spain and New Spain (Meridian, 2008), Roman Handel (Centaur, 2013),
and Earthly Baroque (Centaur, 2017).

GloucesterCast 534 With Chris McCarthy, Bex Borden, Jim Capillo, Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz and Joey C Livestreaming 12/5/21

GloucesterCast 534 With Chris McCarthy, Bex Borden, Jim Capillo, Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz and Joey C Livestreaming 12/5/21

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Deck the Docks at Maritime Gloucester

We stopped down at Maritime Gloucester to check out some of this year’s Deck the Dock events and found it to be cheerful and bustling! There’s an art gallery, tree sales and museum store still open for the Deck the Docks event Sunday and Monday, December 5-6 – 10AM to 4PM. Stop by Monday 10-1 and say hi to Jim and I who will be selling trees and manning the art exhibit. **LATE UPDATE FROM MARITIME: all 40 trees and 48 wreaths have been purchased! Thanks for your support and if you are like us, start looking for another place to get your tree.