New Film: A Flight of Monarchs

When watching, know that the first two minutes of the film were shot in Gloucester. I think you will be dazzled by the sheer numbers of Monarchs that travel through Cape Ann’s backyards and meadows during the peak of migration.

I began photographing the Monarchs in 2006, which was a year when we had an extraordinary number of Monarchs visiting our shores. At that time, I became determined that if ever again this phenomenon were to occur on Cape Ann, I was going to have the ability to document on film, rather than only through still images, this beautiful event for my community. It’s hard to imagine without observing and here you can see what I have wanted to share.

A Flight of Monarchs begins on a September day as first one and then passels of Monarchs begin to arrive to the fields and meadows of Cape Ann, carried across Massachusetts Bay on a tailwind. By the early evening light they begin to pour into the surrounding trees, clustering to stay warm in the branches furthest away from the prevailing breezes. The following morning as the sun begins to touch their wings, they alight from the trees, seeking the freshest wildflowers from which to drink nectar to help build their lipid reserves for the several thousand mile journey south. They drink and drink until the last of the sun’s rays dip below the tree line. As they arrived on a tailwind, they again depart, and are carried to the next gathering area. For coastal Monarchs, Allens Pond, which is located in Westport, Massachusetts is often the next stop.

In the next scene, the butterflies have arrived to the sacred oyamel fir forests of Angangueo, Michoacán, deep in the heart of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt. It’s early morning and the butterflies are suspended in great primordial branched clusters that may become so heavy from the weight of so many butterflies the boughs of the trees bend to the breaking point. Later in the day, as the sun begins to warm their wings, the butterflies begin to stir. During the winter, it is imperative that the Monarch’s body temperature remains relatively low. They leave the sunniest branches in search of shade and a drink of water from nearby mountain streams. Occasionally in late February, as the air temperatures begin to warm with the coming springtime, for a short period during the day, the butterflies leave the trees all at once. This phenomenon is called a butterfly “explosion,” and is a truly magnificent event to observe.

A Flight of Monarchs is set to the evocative and tender “Fields of Blue,” written and performed by composer and guitarist Jesse Cook and his band, to which permission was granted by the artist for the purpose of this short film. Here is a link to Cook’s website. I highly, highly recommend attending a live performance of Jesse Cook and Company. As was I, you will be completely taken by their gorgeous music, exquisite artistry, and with Cook’s songwriting, will travel in beautiful melodies inspired from around the world.

I am currently editing my feature length documentary, Beauty on the Wing, which after months and months of organizing and editing three years of footage, is currently running at approximately twelve hours in length. At eleven hours too long, I have a great deal of editing to accomplish in the coming winter months!

A Flight of Monarchs presented here is the shorter version of the film that I created for the Berkshire Museum’s “Butterflies” exhibit. The first version is six minutes long and played on a continuous loop in the main gallery of the exhibit hall. The longer version will soon be posted on Vimeo.


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Happy Stuffing Day!

Today is National Stuffing Day 2014.

But I’ll save the Stuffing eating for next Week.

Our Family’s favorite Turkey Stuffing is The Italian Hamburg Stuffing which also doubles as the Stuffing for our Green Peppers.


Below is my favorite stuffing and a side dish that goes great with it.

stove top

Just boil some Gloucester water and it’s ready in five minutes! How easy is that? It also has real Turkey broth.

cranberry sauce

I love the shape, texture, color and flavor. The real stuff can’t beat it!

What’s Fair is Fair…Or Not.

Since I’ve started contributing to GMG there’s been a particular hot topic that seems to come up every so often…so today, I took that topic to the streets.

Actually, not so much to the streets, as to the classroom.

Joey has referred to it as “The Pussification of Sports”….I chose to not use that term in the classroom today.  But, I was very interested in what my students would have to say.

The hot topic in question has centered around the belief that some parents have that all kids should be praised, rewarded, celebrated, and applauded equally no matter how they play or contribute (or don’t contribute) to the team’s success. Don’t go all nutty here about the word “success” and how it should be measured. I realize that a team’s success could just as easily be measured by the number of laughs the kids had or the great team morale…or even because of an injury free season.  But, for the sake of playing devil’s advocate, let’s say that just for a second, we’re measuring the success of a season by the “Win vs. Loss” column. Is it OK to single out players who excelled?  Is it OK to acknowledge those who gave 110% all season long?  Is it OK to determine that one kid’s talents and abilities are clearly above the rest?  Is it OK to give awards for things like MVP? Or Most Improved?  Or by naming one kid the Captain?

Some parents will say that hurts feelings.  Some parents will say, “There’s no I in Team” and each player is equally important.  Singling out the “better” players is wrong…and not fair.  Other parents will say that in the college or professional sports we have things like captains, MVPs, Golden Glove Award winners, Heisman Trophy awards, Cy Young Awards, the coveted Master’s Green Jacket, or the Tour de France yellow jersey.  And what about Gold Medals?  Parents from the other side would clearly retort, “But our kids aren’t playing professional sports….these are just little kids.”  Fair enough.

FYI…the same conversation has been happening in academics.  Who remembers this story from last year?  It isn’t fair to give Awards of Academic Excellence to just some students!  It will hurt other kids’ feelings.  Oooh, Oooh, Oooh……OooooR, I have an idea….it just might motivate them to work harder. Or to put energy into something that they excel at or have a passion for.  Maybe they’ll never be top of their class, but maybe they become motivated to paint more, or write more poetry, or practice more piano, or donate time to a worthy cause, or think outside the box.  Because, really, being top of the class isn’t everything, but those kids do deserve their academic merit awards…and hopefully other children will find their own way to shine…or at least feel good about themselves!  Just Saying.   (Darn..I wasn’t going to offer my own opinion…but it got away from me for a minute).

The sports question came up mid October in the Boston Globe when Globe Columnist Thomas Farragher wrote, “Put Our Kids In, Coach”.   And then Sports Columnist, Bill Speros (Obnoxious Boston Fan), countered with “There’s a Reason Why Your Kids Aren’t Playing – They’re Not Good Enough” on

So, when, if your child has decided to become part of a sports team, should you expect that the Direct Goal is a winning season and the Indirect Goals (added bonus) would be that all the kids have fun, learn about team work, get some exercise, learn a bit of stick-to-it-ness, and maybe gain some discipline.  I ask that seriously.  What is the “correct” age for the transition.  I mean clearly Professional Sports are concerned about THE WIN.  Safe to say College Sports are too.  I’d even dare say, High School sports would rather win than lose…even if that means some players didn’t get a chance to touch the ball.  So, when should a child be prepared for less playing time or smaller (or no!) trophies unless they’re the high scorer, most valuable, etc.?

Well, those questions may have been too abstract for my 3rd grade students today.  So, with the help of Time For Kids Magazine, we explored this question instead.

“Should everyone get a prize or is it OK to acknowledge just the “best” players?”

My students had some pretty interesting and wise things to say.  At first the majority quickly thought, “Yes, everyone should get a trophy for being part of the team” but then we started discussing it a bit.  Some interesting “what ifs” came up.  I won’t try to wax poetically about our whole debate, but some of the key points became:

What if one player plays well, but has really poor sportsmanship?

What if one player plays well, but never shows up to practice, doesn’t try much until its a game situation, and doesn’t act like a part of the team?

What if a player isn’t so great, but supports all of his/her teammates, tries really hard, takes advice, works on skills, never gives up?

After some back and forth, my students decided that all members of a team (up until High School) should receive acknowledgement and, ideally, a really cute little trophy…or at least a ribbon and a certificate :)   BUT…then, in addition, the “best” or “hardest working” or “most helpful teammate” players could all get bigger and more special awards.  Their words, not mine.  Aren’t they cute!?

So, I’ll ask you too.

Take the Poll Here.  


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Can the Gloucester, Massachusetts, fishing fleet survive with no fish? John Bullard, the NOAA administrator who ordered ban on cod fishing in Gulf of Maine, and Jackie Odell, the executive director of Northeast Seafood Coalition, joined NECN to discuss the depleting resource.

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Friday November 21st , 2014 Cape Ann Weather…

Marine Forecast :
Fri W winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Fri Night NW winds 15 to 20 kt…becoming W 10 to 15 kt after midnight. Gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

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Community Stuff 11/21/14

What’s Happening at GHS 11/19/14

TOMORROW NIGHT: The Guidance Department will present a Financial Aid Night on Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 pm in the Lecture Hall. A representative from MEFA will be here to guide you through the financial aid process. Included in the presentation will be information about the FAFSA form, CSS profile, PELL Grants and other loans. This presentation is highly recommended for parents who are new to the college application process.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Open House on Thursday Evening November 20, from 6:30 until 8:00pm.  Please join us in introducing course offerings, student panel presentations, student performers, guided tours and refreshments so that all may see the dedication to excellence in education that occurs daily within our school.

Cap and Gown Measurements will be taken on Thursday November 20, at GHS for any student in the class of 2015, who is preparing to graduate on June 14th this year.

The Student Council will be collecting all non- perishable food items for the FOOD DRIVE this year and hopefully will reach their goal of 2000 items. Items may be dropped off in most classrooms but all will be collected in the library divided by class, Frosh, Soph, Junior and Senior. May the most dedicated class win!

Upcoming Dates of Interest

GHS Open House Thursday, November 20 for all new incoming 8th grade students and their parents
MEFA Financial Aid Night    Thursday,
November 20
Early Release ½ Day for Students Wednesday November 26, for Thanksgiving Recess

Sea Change Theatre Company Presents “Cariboo Magi”

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Good Afternoon,

Would you please publish this community announcement? thanks! Pastor Anne Deneen

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, to be held on Monday, November 24th at 7:00 p.m., hosted by the First Baptist Church, 38 Gloucester Avenue, Gloucester. First Baptist kindly opened their doors for an interfaith gathering for Thanksgiving. The service will include readings, prayers, and songs from different faith traditions, focusing on the theme of gratitude and blessings. Please join us for a lovely evening.

Hi Joey-  My name is Julie Arvedon and I handle PR for Boston Children’s Theatre.  I was talking with Mary Barthelmes at the Wenham Museum yesterday and she recommended that I reach out to you as well.  BCT is so excited to be bringing our family-friendly holiday production of THE VELVETEEN RABBIT to the North Shore this season.  We will be performing at the Manninen Center for the Arts at Endicott College December 6 – 21.  Many of our young actors are from the North Shore and BCT’s Executive Artistic Director Burgess Clark and Executive Director Toby Schine both live in Beverly.  This past summer we were also conducting our summer program at Shore Country Day.


A rocking horse that talks, boats that dance, a toy soldier that marches and a soft, endearing rabbit who changes a young boy’s life.  This is all part of the magic created on stage in Boston Children’s Theatre’s (BCT) annual production of the classic children’s story THE VELVETEEN RABBIT.  Returning for a 6th season, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT will be performed this year at Endicott College’s Manninen Center for the Arts in Beverly from December 6 – 21.

By combining the unique art of puppetry with live actors on stage, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT captures the essence of the holiday spirit with memorable characters and beautifully hand-crafted puppets designed by Marjorie Tudor of the Tasha Tudor Family.  “We are so proud to bring such a heartwarming story to our audiences each year during the holiday season,” said BCT Executive Artistic Director Burgess Clark.  “The magic and joy of The Velveteen Rabbit appeals to all ages and it’s wonderful to see multi-generational families come together to enjoy this touching tale of friendship, love and loyalty.  We are especially excited this season to bring one of our most cherished productions to new audiences on the North Shore.”

Adapted by Clark from the classic children’s book by Margery Williams, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT tells the moving and amusing story of a friendship and love between a boy and his beloved Velveteen Rabbit.  Audiences follow the boy and his stuffed rabbit on a journey that ends with a life lesson that is guaranteed to warm the heart.                                                                                                            

Directed by Jay Pension, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT features young actors from 10 area communities.  The cast includes Amesbury student Carly Gendell as ‘Boy’; Beverly actress Katie Clarke as ‘Nana’; Lexington student Chloe Thorburn as ‘Rabbit’; Peabody actress Jenney Dale Holland as ‘Margery’; Quincy student Alex Cox as ‘Wooden Lion’; Sudbury student Owen Sherrin as ‘Skin Horse’; Tyngsborough student Cameron Perrin as ‘Velveteen Rabbit’; Wayland student Sophie Stowell as ‘Fairy’; Winthrop student Heather Buccini as ‘Rabbit’; and Worcester student Sima Kasten as ‘Tin Soldier’.

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT will be performed at Endicott College’s Manninen Center for the Arts, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA.  Performances are December 6 at 2:00 pm; December 7 at 6:00 pm, December 13 at 4:30 pm, December 14 at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm, December 20 at 2 :00 pm and 4:00 pm, and December 21 at 12 noon and 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $27.00 and can be purchased by visiting the BCT website at or calling the BCT Box Office at 617-424-6634, x222.  Grandparents Packages are also available that include 2 tickets to the show, a special souvenir and a photo with the cast. School groups can also reserve tickets for weekday performances by contacting the BCT Box Office.

About Boston Children’s Theatre

For over 60 years, Boston Children’s Theatre has served as one of the regions premier not-for-profit theaters.  Named Best of Boston® 2013 and 2012 by Boston Magazine for Best Children’s Theatre, BCT’s mission is to provide access to exceptional theatrical experiences dedicated to fostering the artistic and personal development of diverse youth, with a focus on professional training and the development of new works.  Programs at Boston Children’s Theatre provide a unique chance for self-discovery and individual expression in a supportive, and productive environment. At BCT, talented and motivated students gather from across traditional boundaries and nationalities to learn about themselves, each other and the world as they create some of the finest theatrical productions in New England.  

Photo Caption: (l-r)  Heather Buccini of Winthrop, Carly Gendell of Amesbury and Cameron Perrin of Tyngsborough will be appearing in Boston Children’s Theatre’s production of THE VELVETEEN RABBIT running December 6 – 21.  Photo courtesy of Boston Children’s Theatre.

North of Boston Cast

Hello Joey,

We are a group of concerned Gloucester residents that are trying to spread the word regarding the proposed height of the cell tower in West Gloucester and it’s permanent impact on our scenic shoreline and hiking vistas.  I am requesting that you post a reference to our grassroots website,, on GoodMorningGloucester so that local residents can be more informed before the zoning board of appeals soon makes a decision.  Feel free to grab an image from the site if you should choose to post an article on the matter.


Many thanks in advance,
Jennifer McTiernan West Gloucester




The O’Maley Innovation Middle School Guidance Department will host a special parent/guardian information night Tuesday, December 2nd entitled:


A look at how adolescents are using social media, the internet, and cell phones today and understanding how we can help them make healthy choices.

As technology continues to change so rapidly and middle school students are getting more and more involved with communicating via multiple platforms it is important that we stay informed and updated.Think Before You Send, a presentation developed by Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office that highlights using digital communication responsibly will be shared along with tips and strategies, and students will on hand to present and enlighten us about what is really happening in their world of texting and online communication. Please join us!

6:30-8:00pm – O’Maley Auditorium

Refreshments will be provided


Awesome Gloucester November Winner- St. Vincent DePaul of Cape Ann

Hi Joey!

Monday night Awesome Gloucester gave $1000 to St. Vincent DePaul of Cape Ann.

This charity works tirelessly to address the needs of local folks who need assistance in times of hardship.

The Awesome Gloucester Grant will go to their Christmas program which provides gift and clothing to local children in need.  What’s better than that?

Awesome Gloucester wants to remind our fellow residents… We need pitches to give away money!  If you have a great cause, idea, business, creation, etc… that you think will make Gloucester more awesome, contact us!


Bates Basketball – Babson Invitational Champion – How would have Roger Babson felt?

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Bates Men’s Basketball defeated Babson College at the buzzer 54-51 to claim the 29th Babson Invitational Champion at Babson College this past Sunday.   Captained by Gloucester standout Adam Philpott, Bates opened the season defeating Nichols 81-78 on Saturday to advance to defeat the #23rd nationally ranked Babson College Beavers.  With a healthy Gloucester crowd in attendance, how would have Roger Babson, the Gloucester native and Babson College founder felt?   To add to the irony, the current Bates squad has Gloucester native, and football captain, Mike Tomaino, as a student assistant.   Additionally, current Babson head coach, Stephen Brennan, is a 1987 Bates College grad and 3 year college roommate of Gloucester’s Anthony Burnham.   What would have Roger wrote on a rock in Dogtown after this weekend?  


FREE Wine Tasting @ The Cave Tomorrow (FRI) 3:30 – 5:30

Laura will have delicious and affordable Italian wines for her FREE tasting tomorrow (Friday) from 3:30 to 5:30 at The Cave 44 Main Street.  It’s a great chance to try something new just in time for Thanksgiving and a perfect way to start your weekend!  Oh, and she always has terrific cheese and other goodies for you to taste along with the wine.


Just 3 of the wines at the Cave Free Tasting on Friday 11/21/14

Also, check out the music she has playing.  It’s always great.  Last time I went in there she had Satchmo on!


MUSIC & MEDITATION IN THE MEETINGHOUSE (MMM) featuring meditation leader Janet Green with guitarist & balladeer Gerry Ryan, November 30th, 2014 in the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse


Meditation and Music combined in a candle-lit setting
November 30th, 2014 at 7:30pm in Gloucester’s 1806 Meetinghouse, home of the
Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Corner of Middle and Church Street, on the green
Free-will Offering ($10 suggested), disability accessible, all are welcome
Social gathering afterwards with light refreshments
Web site: Email:, Phone: (978-283-3410)


The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church is pleased to announce the next event of its monthly series called Music & Meditation in the Meetinghouse (MMM) that offers Cape Ann residents and visitors a unique combination of beautiful music and relaxing meditation. Each MMM event offers the participants an opportunity to enjoy a different combination of peaceful self-awareness through various kinds of meditation enhanced by the musical offerings.

The MMM experience is intended to be comforting, entertaining and spiritual but it is emphatically not a church service. It is held in the candle-lit sanctuary of the grand Meetinghouse, a place of gathering and welcoming for the entire Gloucester community for over 200 years. The Meetinghouse, whose lantern tower with a Paul Revere bell has guided generations of mariners safely into our harbor, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the oldest, largest and last surviving historic Meetinghouse in Gloucester.

The October event will feature meditation leader Janet Green with guitarist & balladeer Gerry Ryan. There will be a collation with light refreshments afterwards in the Entrance House, giving participants the opportunity to meet the leaders and each other in a convivial atmosphere.

Parking is allowed on the church green at the corner of Middle and Church Street, entering between the granite pillars but please be aware of the newly-installed granite benches. A free-will offering of $10 is requested but everyone is welcome regardless of financial capability. The Sanctuary is accessible with facilities for persons with disabilities via the side entrance at 10 Church Street.


Janet Green PhotoJanet Green Garrison, M. Ed., R.Y.T., CADAC, Founder and Director of Yoga for Health

Janet began teaching Hatha Yoga forty years ago and named her practice Yoga for Health because of her personal experience with the healing powers of yoga. Within six months of regularly practicing the yoga asanas, or postures, Janet stopped smoking, lost weight, changed her diet from junk food to health food and felt as though she had found a path that could guide her through whatever challenges life had to offer. The positive changes in her body, mental attitude and spiritual beliefs were undeniable and inspired her to pursue further training and become a yoga instructor.

Janet completed the 6 week Teacher Training Program with Swami Vishnudevananda in 1973 and the White Lotus Teacher Certification Program in Santa Barbara in 1994. Each year she continues her studies with various renowned Iyengar, Bikram, Kripalu and Sivananda instructors and maintains a personal practice that feeds the wealth of experience that her teaching comes from. Her classes are an eclectic blend of Hatha Yoga styles reflecting her continued study with instructors such as Rodney Yee, Angela Farmer, Erich Schiffmann, and Gayna Uransky.

Janet is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor and has led therapeutic groups at local substance abuse clinics for two decades. She is a popular speaker on the benefits and pleasures of yoga, and hosts ” Yoga For Health ” on Cape Ann Cable Access Television, Channel 12, Thursdays, 8:30 to 9:00 pm. She maintains her practice as a teacher and guide from her Lanesville studio.


Gerry Ryan PhotoMUSIC & MEDITATION IN THE MEETINGHOUSE “Gerry Ryan – an acoustic guitar player from Massachusetts who is well known throughout coffeehouses, clubs and festivals throughout New England.” –

For most of his adult life, Gerry Ryan has been chasing the musical muse, learning and writing songs in a wide range of styles… folk, country blues, western swing, rock, ballads … songs that explore topics snatched from the ledger of life. He has performed his songs wherever lovers of acoustic music gather — coffeehouses, clubs, and camps, festivals — and any place good songs are welcome.

Based on the North Shore, Ryan is a singer/songwriter who performs solo as well as in the popular trio, Ryan, Ortolani & Fleming. In performances, you will hear catchy original tunes, American classics, country blues, and songs from the Celtic traditions. Ryan has issued two CD’s of original music, Halfway Home and Today in Yesteryear both of which

have received airplay on WUMB-FM in Boston and on other popular folk and acoustic programs on radio and the internet stations across the country.

As a solo act and with Ryan, Ortolani & Fleming, he has featured several times at Geoff Bartley’s singer/songwriter nights at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge and performed at the Nameless Coffee House in Cambridge, the Me & Thee Coffee House in Marblehead, the Linden Tree Coffee House in Wakefield, the Amazing Things Coffee House in Framingham and the Parish Center for the Arts in Westford, the Beal House in Kingston and many other venues.

Tonight Mr. Gordon “Sax” Beadle joins the Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line 8:30 to 11:30 Nov. 20, 2014

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Dave says,

Tighten up your asteroid belt this Thursday as we blast off with the espied piper on the tenor sax: Mr. Gordon “Sax” Beadle. Everybody’s favorite! Just released from MGH where frantic doctors worked slavishly to relieve his screech defect , Big G. is being served piping hot for your musical edification. Not only that, but “Mr.” Edd “Duato” Scheer, on drums, will be joining us, too. What a night! We’re also dragging in Mr. Mike DiBari, kicking and screaming, on gootar, for that new car smell. We all sing, dance and play and will be cracking up all night long.You won’t get a chance to see anything like it again for many months!



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Nichole’s “Family Picks of the Weekend” November 22nd and 23rd

Ok, peeps.  I’m giving you one Schrafft family faithful field trip in case you’re not up for anything big, but my other two picks involve going over the bridge.  Not just that bridge….but, also the big bridge.  We’re talking The Tobin Bridge, people.


So, Pick #1

If you’ve never gone, you should.  Wolf Hollow.

If you or your kids aren’t up for learning, this isn’t for you.  I didn’t mean that in a snarky way…I meant it for real.  Wolf Hollow is no zoo.  Your children should be of an age where they’ll feel like sitting and listening to a fabulous and informative talk about the wolves while watching them romp and play in their large enclosure.  For a couple more weekends they are open for Saturday and Sunday presentations, but starting in December they only do Sundays.  Ticket sales begin at 1:00 and shows are at 1:30. My boys “adopted” Bear and Angus and they’ve become a part of the family.

Check them out here



Pick #2

Saturday afternoon check out the “Free Day of Holiday Fun For the Whole Family” at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in Boston from 11-2. Cookie decorating, face painting, photos with Globe Santa, lots of arts and crafts, Legoland Discovery Center activities, a live holiday performance, and more!

A great event to kick off your holiday season!

Read all About it Here


Pick #3

AND talk about kick starting the holidays!!!!  The annual lighting of the Christmas Tree in Faneuil Hall also takes place on Saturday!  As a huge bonus, if you’ve ever wondered what 350,000 LED lights look like, you’ll be in luck, because it’s also the first night of BLINK “A light and sound Extravaganza” featuring music of the Holiday Pops! 

Stroll through Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, get a bit to eat, drink some hot cocoa, listen to the music, and be amazed by the lights… and then count down as the huge Christmas Tree gets lit for the new holiday season.  Does it get any more festive?

More about BLINK!

Schedule of Events for the Tree Lighting Ceremony


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