Present Gloucester Artists Jess Damargin, Amanda Cook, Britton Davis, Mary Rhinelander, Liz Gramnas, Michele Del Vecchio, and Pam Lally

Beautiful, beautiful handmade wonderments can be found at Present Gloucester. Located this year at 186 Main Street, the open, sunny space is perfect for showcasing the whimsical, and often nature-inspired, gifts. You’ll find holiday ornaments, clothing, jewelry, original prints, hats, mittens, dolls and doll clothes, tree toppers, colorful yarn, teacup-sized decor, seahorses, and much, much more. Come do your shopping at Present Gloucester and be swept into the holiday spirit with magical fancy and imagination.





Would have loved to stay, but looking forward to babysitting this littlest sweetheart  <3. Next year she can come with!

Annisquam Arts & Crafts Fair | Fall art shows

Arts events are still going strong tomorrow October 8 AND Monday, Columbus Day weekend.
Annisquam Arts & Craft Show Sunday only Oct 8

Cape Ann Artisans trail Sunday and Monday

Peabody Essex Museum Ocean Liners  Sunday and Monday  CLOSING OCT 9TH

American Craft Week Oct 6-15 goodlinens event, Local Colors, Pauline’s gifts, DIVa, and more

Cape Ann Plein Air Oct 8-16

Cyclocross is Oct 14 & 15 2017

Cape Ann Cinema & Stage Doctobrefest Documentary Film Festival Oct 13-19
Cape Ann Cinema & Stage Scary Movies all October Why should Salem have all the fun?
Cape Ann Cinema & Stage with UU Church SILENT horror movies- Hunchback of Notre Dame Oct 17, 7:30PM featuring world famous pipe organ maestro Peter Krasinski

FANTASTIC Rockbound at Cape Ann Museum CLOSING oct 29

Photos: Some of the booths and participating artists from today at the Annisquam Arts & Craft fair which is open two days only: Saturday Oct 7 & Sunday October 8, from 10-5. Many of the artists are part of the Cape Ann Artisans trail this weekend and/or have shops/stores!

Sue Niemi, Ten Pound Studio various textile artists- Sue Niemi wearing and touching some of her scarves in the group booth, Annisquam Arts & Craft Fair 2017
Jane Keddy clothing, sachets, original prints mostly Gloucester scenes

Continue reading “Annisquam Arts & Crafts Fair | Fall art shows”


Photo’s from Gloucester’s fantabulous-in-every way Maritime Heritage Day. With wonderful activities for mariners at heart, both young and old, beautiful wares for sale, folk music, and delicious seafood, this event just gets more and more awesome every year. I can’t wait to take our granddaughter to next year’s Maritime Heritage Day!

Maritime Heritage Day Sunrise Panorama

So you want to write a children book and win $10,000 prize?

Register for Cape Ann Reads by November 15, 2016. It’s easy!  Applicants are signing up.

Visit the Cape Ann Libraries and the Cape Ann Reads website. Huge shout out and great feedback for Amanda Cook, the Gloucester Writers Center, for leading a monthly writers group at Sawyer Free for Cape Ann Reads which concluded yesterday.




Cape Ann Reads updates including: Want some help with your writing for your picture book entry?

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1)If you asked us: “I have a story to submit for the picture book contest, and would like to participate in a writing group, is there one?”  You were not alone. We are pleased to announce:

Free writers workshops all ages at Sawyer Free Library

3rd Wednesday each month May – October, 1-2pm

Led by Amanda Cook of the Gloucester Writers Center

Register here. For more information: contact Deborah Kelsey, Director, Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Public Library kelsey@sawyerfreelibrary.org. The libraries will be hosting informational help sessions as needed and requested leading right up to the contest submission deadline which will fall in November 2016.

2)Mark your calendars for Cape Ann Reads programs

Thursday, May 12, DAISY NELL, 6pm, TOHP Burnham Library, 245 Western Avenue, Essex Local author, singer, songwriter discusses the creation of her three picture books


Saturday, May 21, MOTIF#1 DAY, Building Poetry with Picture books, 9AM-5PM. Visit the Rockport Public Library to design, photograph and display poetry created by stacking together picture books.

Saturday June 4, Round -trip double Story Walk,  10am-2pm, Manchester public Library and Manchester Historical Museum. This self-guided story walk of two great picture books will be available starting at 10 and will be accessible throughout the day. Picture book lovers of all ages are invited to walk and read and act the route together. Featured books: Stella, the Star of the Sea by Mary Louise Gay and Storm Whale by Benji Davies.

For the complete list of events for the year and all the latest information check the website capeannreads.wix/picturebooks. Additional programs may be added to the calendar.

Cape Ann Reads is a collaboration among the Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library, Manchester Public Library, Rockport Public Library and TOHP Burnham Library in Essex.


Presents ©Kim Smith 2015Stevens and Willa Brosnihan

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Charming felt ornaments

Shop Present for beautiful and fun handmade artisan Christmas presents for the special someones on your holiday gift list! Located at 120 Main Street (next to Passports and Harbor Yoga), Present pop up shop is open until midday Christmas Eve, everyday of the week Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and Sundays from noon to 5pm. Stay tuned for info about special Ladies, Mens, and Kids Night upcoming events.

Presents -5 ©Kim Smith 2015

Schuylar demonstrating Michele’s luminescent sea creatures that glow!

Presents -4 ©Kim Smith 2015

Greg Cook and Wife Kari Percival with son Ulysses

Present -2 ©Kim Smith 2015

Luxuriously thick mittens created from vintage sweaters.

Artist’s work for sale at Present: Amanda Cook, Michele Del Vecchio, Pam Lolly, Jill Josephson, Twin Light Studio (Erin and Scott Place), Stevens Brosnihan, Deborah Gray, Brittan Gray, Elizabeth Grammas, Camilla MacFadyen, Brittany Ashforth, Emma Scully, Peter Lacy, Stephanie Mason, Jessica Demarjian, Sharon Lowe, Mary Rhinelander, and Celia Gibson.


Breaking News: Present Gloucester is Setting Up Shop!

Amanda Cook Brittan Davis Present Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014Brittan Davis (left) and Amanda Cook were setting up Present Gloucester at their charming new holiday space, located at 269 Main Street. I heard through the grapevine that their grand opening is this coming Saturday night. Updates to follow!

To catch a glimpse of just some of their gorgeous hand made treasures that they have created, visit the Present Gloucester facebook page here.

More Snapshots from Thursday’s Farmer’s Market and Seafood Throwdown

Nutty Redhead Lisa ©Kim Smith 2014Lisa, The Nutty Redhead ~ Exciting News from the Nutty Redhead ~ STAY TUNED!

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Amanda Copok ©Kim Smith 2014Amanda Cook Spinning Her Multi-blue-hued Hand Dyed Yarn

Rosalie harrington Gloucester Seafood Throwdown ©Kim Smith 2014Rosalie Harrington, Thursday’s Seafood Throwdown Winner

Rosalie Harrington's dogfish stew ©Kim Smith 2014Rosalie’s Dogfish and Fresh Vegetable Stew ~ Would you call this a cioppino, even though only made with one fish? Continue reading “More Snapshots from Thursday’s Farmer’s Market and Seafood Throwdown”

Clamtributors and Clamrespondents at Eastern Point Lit House Clam Night Event!

Gloucester Clam ©Kim Smith 2014

Front row, from left: Stevens Brosnihan, Amanda Cook, KT Toomey; back row: Adam Kuhlmann, Jeremy McKeen, James Dowd, Len Pallazola, and Brooke Welty

The Clam ~ Filter Feeding on All Things Gloucester

We are Family!!!

There are so many good people here on Cape Ann. A big happy family!

To add to Ed’s thank you’s for the help on the Lobster Tree, I’ll add mine to Laurie Lufkin and her crew of people from Essex and Gloucester who made the GMG Cookie Contest a great success. She worked tenaciously to gather the prizes, choose the judges, prepare the score sheets and run the whole show. And SMILING through it all! Thanks also go out to all the prize donors including those that I was able to get – Friendly’s Restaurant and Cape Ann Lanes. A huge thank to Jim Montanginio and  his daughter Marcy for donating the space at Brown’s Mall. All good eggs!

And from all of us at PRESENT -a big thank to the Common Crow for the yummy cheese platter on Ladies’ Night.

More huge thank you’s go out to everyone who works at PRESENT. Without the invitation from Amanda to join the artisans this year, I would have never been able to create (and sell) the calendars that have become a huge hit. I’ve been crazy working two jobs, but it’s all been worth it as I’ve met so many creative people who are as whacko as me! 🙂

Open Invitation to Everyone!

please join us

for the opening of


Thursday, November 12

6-9 p.m.

196 Main St.

Gloucester, MA

with work by:

Amanda Cook

Jane Cunningham

Jessica Demarjian

Karen Chapin

Elizabeth Grammas

Staphanie Mason Thibedeau

Jill Josephson

Sharon Lowe

Jeanne Romansky

Elizabeth Berthould,

Twin Lights Pottery

Melanie Murray-Brown

Pam Lally