Spectacular Holiday Lights and Cocoa Drives past 350 #GloucesterMA Houses. Batch 4 Mapped 2022. And a couple #RockportMA 🚗☕🎄

Last UPDATE – 2022 That’s a wrap

Gloucester neighborhoods are shining bright! There are some 350 houses on the 2022 map. The map is smart phone ready with house pictures. A little light goes a long and welcome warm way. It’s dark so early now!

New homes mapped on December 14th,16th, &18th cover some of Gloucester’s main roads, mostly in West Gloucester, Magnolia, and along Rt. 127. Enjoy scenes from:

  • Rt. 133/ Essex Ave from Kent Circle tree past Little River to Rt. 128
  • Concord St.
  • Main Street – lobster trap tree
  • Magnolia Ave.
  • Western Ave.- Rt. 127
  • Thatcher R. – Rt. 217A by Long Beach Dairy Maid, thru Rockport, Tree in Dock Square, then Rt. 127-Washington St. loop Lanesville, Plum Cove, Bayview, Annisquam

(Scroll down to see photos. Pinch and zoom or double click depending upon your phone/desktop. On mine I double click and then have to select “Full size”. Scroll down to map.)

Lobster trap tree

and buoy ornaments inside and out

Walk inside – video (15 secs)

GIF – Gloucester Lobster Trap Tree

Tree in Kent Circle

Tree in Dock Square

GIF – House on Essex Ave.-Rt. 133

Annual merry dazzler Rt. 133

Map

Batch 1 photos and gifs published 12/5 here

Batch 2 photos and gifs 12/9 here

Batch 3 photos and gifs 12/13 here

Holiday Lights Cocoa Drives #GloucesterMA Houses 2022 – Merry and Bright Batch #3 Mapped🚗☕🎄

UPDATE

100 more homes mapped as of December 9, 2022. New streets (and/or newly lit homes on previously mapped streets), especially in East Gloucester, include:

Abbott Road, Abbot Place (off Harrison), Bass Ave., Brightside Ave, Chapel St., Crestwood Terrace (off Harrison), Davis St., Decatur St., East Main St., Grapevine Road, Green St., Harrison Ave., Hartz, Haskell, High Popples, Jacques Lane, Mt. Pleasant Ave., Perkins St., Rocky Pasture Rd., Skywood Terrace (off Harrison), Witham

GIFs

Map

**Raindeer are trending in East Gloucester**

Holiday Lights Cocoa Drives #GloucesterMA Houses 2022 – Merry Batch 2 Mapped 🚗☕

Finch Lane

UPDATE

Gloucester nearing 200 sparkling homes added to the map so far. Batch 2 (this post) streets include :Arthur Ct., Carlisle Ave., Cherry St., Cleveland St., Collins Ave, Doane Road, Essex Ave, Finch Lane, Gloucester Avenue, Honeysuckle Road, Lupine, Maplewood (near Poplar bend), Marchant, Millet St., Montvale Avenue, Mystic Ave., Reynard, Riverside Ave., Sargent St., Shore Hill Road, Riverside Ave., Thatcher, Thornhill Way, Thurston Point, Warner St., Washington St (at Piraino), Washington St. (near Capt. Hooks), Wheeler Street, Whittemore St.

First Batch streets: Centennial Drive, Cherry St (near O’Maley), Crestwood Ter. – Skywood Ter. (off harrison), Derby St., Elizabeth Road, Essex Ave / Rt. 133 (between Kent Circle and Little River), Fleetwood Dr., Friend Ct., Green St., Grove St &Colonial, Grove near Maplewood, Hampden & Gaffney, Hodgkin St., Lendall St off Harrison, Lupine Lane, Maplewood at Derby, corner Mt Vernon & Oak St, Perkins St., Poplar St., Reservoir Road, Reynard St., Spruce St., Starknaught, Washington St. (between Azorean and the rotary)

countdown clock – Millet St.

More to come. photos: c. ryan, Dec. 6, 2022. Click or pinch and zoom to enlarge.

Map

It’s easy touring whether by car or via smartphone, desktop, or preferred device. Grab a hot chocolate and go or view from home! Imagination and themed repeat visits encouraged.

Notes about the map: This map is 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.

2021 Map here

2020 Map here

Animation/GIFs

Finch Lane twinkling tree, Thurston Point Rudolph with your nose so bright, Cleveland chatoyant

Beauty, light, and kindness

Tis’ the season of lights! Bright and colorful festivals of light illuminate dark nights heightening religious and secular celebrations and traditions around the world. October – February holidays include: Diwali, Bodhi Day, Lucia’s Day, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, New Year’s, Lunar New Year, Teng Chieh, and many more.

Reminder! tomorrow Dec. 10, 2022

Gloucester’s Lobster trap tree lighting 4:30pm culminates Gloucester’s enchanting Middle Street Walk (program here) all day 10-4:30pm! Holiday Delights 1pm at the Legion. https://middlestreetwalk.org/

Dec. 10, 2022

Jul Fest Spiran Lodge, Rockport, MA 9am – 1pm

Dec. 20, 2022

Temple Ahavat Achim’s Lobster trap menorah lighting – Hanukkah 18-26 — celebration Dec. 20 5:30-6pm

mini lobster trap tree – Finch Ln

Winter Solstice Tonight at 6:03PM

Festivus for the Rest of Us, The winter solstice, the day that our ancestors  back at least 50,000 years understood to be the shortest day of the year. A day one needs to do weird stuff in order to convince the sun to turn around and come back. It happens at 6:03 PM Eastern Standard Time tonight.

This is the analemma as seen from the Shores of Cape Ann. Our sunrise tomorrow is that little yellow ball at the bottom of the figure eight. The blue ball marks New Year's Day when we celebrate that the sun really has made the turn so we jump in the harbor.
This is the analemma as seen from the Shores of Cape Ann. Our sunrise tomorrow is that little yellow ball at the bottom of the figure eight. The blue ball marks New Year’s Day when we celebrate that the sun really has made the turn so we jump in the harbor.

Some stuff about New Year’s Eve Plunge. See EJ’s post here.

“The Plunge will take place at noon on New Year’s Day at Oaks Cove Beach (Stevens Lane and Wonson Street) on Rocky Neck.”

1/1/2015 is looking to be a pleasant day in the 40s. A nice North Easter is going to blow a gale on Christmas Day dumping two inches of rain into the harbor so it will be at least a tenth of a degree warmer.   After the Polar Vortex of last year, a nice change. The tide will be ebbing to low at 2:08 PM so plenty of beach to spread the blankets on. My one tip: Low tide means running on sharp tiny rocks and barnacles in the water. Wear some sturdy beach shoes. I go with a nice neoprene booty.  Neoprene usage on any other appendage is illegal and you will not receive your official plunge pin if wearing even a tiny neoprene Speedo. There will be a package check prior to the recitation of the plunge poem. The Rockport Information Booth package checker will be responsible for flagging fouls.

A little old lady does a great job answering all of the questions you might have.
A little old lady does a great job answering all of the questions you might have.

Winter Solstice 2014 From Thomas Philbrook

Greetings!

IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE — because on Sunday, December 21st at 6:03pm EST, your days will begin to lengthen. That is — if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. Those of us who do can rejoice at the coming of the Winter Solstice.

Mary and I wish you a vast abundance of goodness and light through this holiday season — and beyond!

OXOXOXO

Tom Philbrook

www.thomasphilbrook.com

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The Earliest Sunsets Are Not the Winter Solstice!

Late afternoon light through the trees Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014Late October Eastern Point, Gloucester

The weatherman caught my attention this morning when he mentioned that in our region the earliest sunsets do not take place on the winter solstice (December 21st).

Late afternoon light through the trees Gloucester -2 ©Kim Smith 2014. copy

Take heart fellow-lovers-of-sunlight, Gloucester’s earliest sunset of the year will be on December 14th, at 4:09 pm. We’re on the side of gaining late day light everyday thereafter!

Late afternoon light through the trees Gloucester -3 ©Kim Smith 2014.

UPDATE: Cape Ann Winter Solstice Benefit Concert – Saturday Dec 21

L-R: Matt Leavenworth, Dave Mattacks, Allen Estes Wolf Ginandes photo: Renata Greene
L-R: Matt Leavenworth, Dave Mattacks, Allen Estes, Wolf Ginandes ~ photo: Renata Greene

Cape Ann’s top musicians come together this holiday season to celebrate the Winter Solstice and help raise money for Gloucester’s historic UU Meetinghouse Restoration Project.  Local legend, Allen Estes, is back with Matt Leavenworth on guitar and fiddle, Wolf Ginandes on bass and Fairport Convention founder Dave Mattacks on drums — all of whom brought us a magical night at the Larcom Theatre in October.

Sharing the stage with Allen and his band are some of Cape Ann’s top performers, from have a dozen genres, who come to celebrate the power of music to bring people together and lift our spirits.

Willie Loco Alexander & The Raztones
Fly Amero Gordon Baird
Inge Berge Charlee Bianchini
Ken Bonfield Dan King
T Max Michael O’Leary

Special Appearance: Gloucester Police Chief, Lenny Campanello sings Springsteen.

The entire concert will be taped for a Local Music Seen Christmas Special to be shown on Cape Ann TV.

TICKETS
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