Holiday Lights and Cocoa Drives 2020 map #GloucesterMA ­čÜŚÔśĽ­čÄäÔťĘÔŤäUpdate 5 – Magnolia, Centennial, Maplewood, Madison Ave., Wash., and more!

Awesome – Hope & Joy house vibe is visible on descent Centennial Drive to Blvd

This is the sixth and final in a series featuring Christmas lights on 200+ decorated homes throughout neighborhoods in Gloucester Massachusetts for the 2020 season. Festive displays range from draped garland lights & wrapped trees to elaborate tableaus. Gloucester is beautiful! Streets that are covered in this post:

  • Magnolia area of Gloucester including Magnolia Ave., Hesperus Ave., Western Ave., Linden Ave., Lowe Drive
  • downtown Gloucester blocks including: Centennial Drive, Maplewood Ave., Prospect St., Riverside Ave. block, Washington St., Gloucester Avenue, Mystic Avenue, Madison Avenue (w/ Madison Sq. and Ct., and Springfield St.)
  • neighborhood additions: nearby Elizabeth Road; Abbott Road; East Gloucester- Mt. Pleasant area and East Main; and West Gloucester – Essex Ave.




Abbott Road | East Gloucester additions

West Gloucester additions

Follow links to see scenes from other Gloucester neighborhoods (or follow through to the end of the post and look for/select page 1,2)

Holiday Lights and Cocoa Drives Gloucester Massachusetts map 2020. Photos have been added to the Google maps: tour by car or keyboard!

FAQ – how to print

The map is smart phone ready with house pictures. If you want to print the map see below: (1) navigate to the map page URL and (2) click on the three dots menu bar on the upper right. Pull down and select “print” PDF as of 12/7/2020



Wishing the Duckworth Family and Friends a Happy Fifteenth Year in Business ÔŁĄ

Duckworth’s is the heart of our East Gloucester neighborhood. Thank you to Ken and Nicole for hosting countless joyful celebrations and making wonderful memories for so many at your beautiful and welcoming restaurant.

Here’s to fifteen plus more years ÔŁĄ ÔŁĄ ÔŁĄ

Emma Duckworth was only one year old when Duckworth’s Bistrot first opened in 2004. Here she is today at sixteen with Gillian, Colleen, and Michelle.


Friends, please consider donating to my friend Nicole Duckworth’s fundraiser. She is running the NEDS Falmouth Road Race on Sunday, August 18th, to raise money and awareness of the need for organ donations. NEDS is an acronym for New England Donor Services. She had a wonderfully successful bake sale to raise funds and any additional donation would be tremendously appreciated. Thank you so much! Please donate here.

Erica is here thanks to her organ donor. Learn more and register online at Register Here


Happy Father’s Day to all our Good Morning Gloucester Dads. I hope you have a fantastic day with loved ones ÔŁĄ

Like father, like son, like grandson – my three favorite Dads ÔŁĄ

What a memorable Father’s Day dinner we had at Duckworths. It was Charlotte’s first time there and Colleen, Michelle, and Nicole provided her with lots of love and fun and games so we could all enjoy our fabulous dinner.


My father-in-law on his 90th birthday


Emma, Ben, and Lily – note that the snow is nearly as high as is the Duckworth’s sign – Snowmageddon 2015

On Sunday’s podcast we asked our guest, Chris Spittle, the Cape Ann weatherman to predict whether 2018-2019 would be a snowy winter, or not. Judging by the snowstorms of the past that have brought the greatest amounts of snowfall, it is likely that we may very well have a snowy winter and here’s why Chris suggests yes.

Historically, the greatest amounts of snowfall occur when North America’s trade winds are transitioning (Neutral state) from La Ni├▒a to El Ni├▒o. During the transition, and at the beginning (weakest) state of the transition to El Ni├▒o we are most likely to experience the greatest amounts of snowfall. Currently, La Ni├▒a (east to west trade winds) is oscillating to El Ni├▒o (west to east).

Chris shared the graphic below classifying the ten worst snowstorms of the past two centuries.


On the plus side, El Ni├▒o summers are generally warmer ­čÖé

NOAA website: What are El Ni├▒o and La Ni├▒a?

El Ni├▒o and La Ni├▒a are opposite phases of a natural climate pattern across the tropical Pacific Ocean that swings back and forth every 3-7 years on average. Together, they are called ENSO (pronounced ÔÇťen-soÔÇŁ), which is short for El Ni├▒o-Southern┬áOscillation.

The ENSO pattern in the tropical Pacific can be in one of three states: El Ni├▒o, Neutral, or La Ni├▒a. El Ni├▒o (the warm phase) and La Ni├▒a (the cool phase) lead to significant differences from the average ocean temperatures, winds, surface pressure, and rainfall across parts of the tropical Pacific. Neutral indicates that conditions are near their long-term average.


Our front dooryard, in 2015, between blizzards.

Pirate’s Lane East Gloucester 2015

Plum Street 2015

We even had visit from a Snow Goose during the winter of 2015! He mixed with a flock of Canada Geese, staying for about a week, foraging on sea grass at Good Harbor Beach. 

Eastern Point Lighthouse Snowy Day


Chris Anderson and Chef Ken Duckworth

DON’T MISS THE LAST BOOK CLUB EVENT OF THE YEAR! The literary dinners sell out quickly. If you would like to attend, purchase your tickets here.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Moderator: Erin Almond has published fiction, essays, and reviews in The Boston Globe, Roar Magazine,Colorado Review, Normal School, Small Spiral Notebook, and on,, and The She is a graduate of the UC-Irvine MFA program and a recipient of a St. Botolph Foundation Emerging Artists Grant. She is currently seeking a home for her novel WitchesÔÇÖ Dance, and at work on her next book. Erin lives outside Boston with her husband, Steve, and their three children.┬áNOTE: This event will run from 6-8 p.m.

Maggie Dietz and Todd Hearon led a lively discussion on October’s sold out book club selection, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Many of our Piping Plover volunteers will recognize two of October’s attendees, Kerry and Patty. Every morning at sunrise, these two are at Good Harbor Beach cleaning up, what on some mornings amounts to, a mountain of litter.┬á


Nicole and her sweet boys George and Jude stopped by to pick flowers to garnish a beautiful dessert that she had made to surprise two friends who were celebrating their anniversary. This is her croquembouche, a mini version of the larger that she had made for their wedding years ago. Yummmmmm!!!!!

Nicole Duckworth’s croquembouche (and photo)

George and Jude having caterpillar fun ­čÖé

Boston Globe comes to #GloucesterMA for a perfect weekend

“How to spend a perfect weekend in Gloucester and the other cape”, by Christopher Muther, Boston Globe.┬á

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Article describes some Gloucester highlights: Cape Ann Museum and Harrison Cady exhibition, Gloucester Beaches, Stage Fort Park, Half Moon Beach, Gloucester Shuttle, Cape Ann Cinema, Gloucester Stage, Schooner Thomas E. Lannon, Hammond Castle Museum, Perfect Storm, Wicked Tuna, Rocky Neck, Latitude 43, Lobsta Land, Zeke’s Place, Willow Rest, Beauport Hotel, Ocean Hotel at Bass Rocks, Beth Williams, and (couldn’t get a reservation at) Duckworth’s Bistro.

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Detail from Harrison Cady on exhibition Cape Ann Museum 



I know there are more than a few of you out there. Just saying–DUCKWORTH’S BISTROT is now serving cr├Ęme br├╗l├ęe!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nicole’s Blood Orange┬áCr├Ęme Br├╗l├ęe is beyond fantastic. My darling husband took me to our fabulous neighborhood French bistrot, and favorite hangout, for a divine Valentine’s dinner. Tom had his very favorite, the chicken schnitzel and I ordered two half-portion dinners–the always to-die-for lobster and vegetable risotto, and steak with an exquisite Bernaise sauce. Of course it was one dinner too many, with their very generous portions, and the lobster made for the greatest lunch the following day. Michelle, and all the staff at Duckworth’s, make every dining experience there a wonderful treat, with their warm, welcoming ways. Thank you Nicole and Ken Duckworth for the best Valentine’s dinner date ever!

Only a cell phone photo, next time bringing my good camera! 


Duckworth’s was hopping this morning as customers were picking up their beautiful Christmas cakes, all handmade by Nicole. This year, instead of little meringue mice scampering around the yule log, are chubby carmel nut turtles basking!

Nicole Duckworth B├╗che de No├źl


Chef Ken Duckworth out did himself in the fabulous and delicious department!

Jenn did an outstanding job leading the discussion last night at The Great Gatsby book club event. A mandatory high school English class read for many, nonetheless, it was very enjoyable to read again, and especially interesting in light of our current political climate.


img_4320Lit House Co-founders Jenn Monroe and Chris Anderson

The next Lit House Book Club @ Duckworth’s Bistrot event is Old Filth on Sunday, March 19th, with moderator Laura Harrington.┬áLaura is an “award winning playwright, lyricist and librettist, winner of the 2008 Kleban Award for ÔÇťmost promising librettist in American musical theatre,ÔÇŁ has written dozens of plays, musicals, operas and radio plays, which have been produced in 28 states, Canada and Europe, in venues ranging from Off-Broadway to Houston Grand Opera to the Paris Cinemateque. She has twice won both the Massachusetts Cultural Council Award in playwriting and the Clauder Competition for best new play in New England.┬á Harrington teaches playwriting at MIT where she was awarded the 2009 Levitan Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Alice Bliss, (Penguin/ Viking) her first novel, won the 2012 Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction. Her second novel, A Catalog of Birds (Europa), launches in July.” For tickets and more information go to the Lit House website here.static1-squarespace


Lots more snow in the forecast. I hope everyone is keeping warm and cozy and having super fun snow days!beacon-marine-copyright-kim-smithBeacon Marine Basin at dawn

good-harbor-beach-snow-day-copyright-kim-smithGood Harbor Beach

schooner-sugar-babe-snow-copyright-kim-smithSchooner Sugar Babe

gloucester-harbor-city-hall-snow-day-copyright-kim-smithGloucester Harbor Skyline

A few more snapshots from this morning