Monthly Archives: December 2009

And now….for the prizes….TIME TO PREHEAT THE OVEN AND BAKE THOSE COOKIES!

Here are the prize baskets with what I have gathered so far.  There will be multiple additions to each basket by the time I get to Brown’s Mall this afternoon.   Cookie Drop Off begins at 4:30!

YOUTH AND FAMILY ENTRY WINNING PRIZE

*NOTE THE ADDITION OF THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SESAME STREET BOOK WITH DVD

THIRD PLACE:

SECOND PLACE:

FIRST PLACE!

It was nearly impossible to photograph all of the items in each basket but here is a partial list.  This list does not include the donations I am adding this afternoon on my way and once I get to Gloucester…………if you are still on the fence—JUMP INTO THE CONTEST and start baking!

3rd place

5 lb flour
Knockabout gin
Baking soda
Ghirardelli cocoa
Snowball candle
Seahorse hat
Cookbooks: Cooking for two, Betty Crocker Slow Cooker, Party Drinks, Cooking with Wine,
50 Ways to Celebrate your Best Life Card Deck
Snowman Tealight holder
Essex Marina Tee Shirt
Dr. Lisa Murray mug, toothbrush and more
And more……………………….

2nd place

Silicone muffin/cupcake pan
Cool notepad
Cookbooks:  500 Cookies, bars and Squares, Paula Deen’s Recipe Journal, Cooking with Beer, Pampered Chef Salad Recipe Cards
Oneida Candle holder and candles
Cheese board and implements
Wine stopper candles
5 lb flour, 5 lb sugar, baking soda
Mini note pads
Leaf pancake molds
Essex “I’d Rather Be Down River” shirt
Cape Ann By The Sea from Captain Stan & Daisy Nell
Mini note cards
Tropical Drink Deck
Butterscotch baking chips
And more!

1st place

5 lb flour, 5 lb sugar, baking soda,
Designer placements
Ceramic candy making bowls
Betty Crocker Cookbook, the Localvore cookbook, The joy of vegan baking,  Katie Lee Joel cookbook,
Beauport Vodka
Candy
Easy scrapbook kit
Mini journals
5 uncirculated State quareter set
One Yard Wonders sewing project book
Love Hotels book
Pretty Pantry Gifts Pack
Sweetened dried cranberries
Gift Certificate for a Heritage Swatch book
And more!

And now….for our esteemed panel of holiday cookie judges….may I present:

Hope you are preheating the oven!

Bridget Collins

Bridget Collins is currently employed as the District Chef and Nutritional Coordinator for the Medford Public School System. She is a graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and has honed her culinary skills at several catering companies over the past many years. Bridget has also taught non-professional cooking classes, and has been employed as Executive Pastry Chef for such companies as The Country Club in Brookline, MA, the Davio’s Restaurant Group and the Executive Corporate Dining facility at Fidelity Investments. Most recently, Bridget earned her degree as a Certified Whole Health Educator and Nutritional Counselor from the National Institute for Whole Health.  Bridget will be bringing her many years of experience and impressive culinary background to the judging table to help select the best Holiday Cookie

Jannine Fisk:

Jannine Fisk is a credit manager by day and passionate home cook by night. She began baking at a very young age and has won several recipe and cooking contests. Over the past ten years, she has won nearly 200 blue ribbons from the cooking contests at the Topsfield Fair, for her many creations ranging from breads, brownies and pies to cookies, cakes and cheesecakes. Jannine was also awarded “Best of Show” for the fourth straight year at this year’s Cooking With Honey contests, sponsored by the Essex County Beekeeper’s Association. She has won prizes in several National recipe contests and most recently has been selected as one of 100 finalists who will compete in the 44th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest in Orlando, FL in April. Jannine will be bringing her discriminating palate and years of baking experience to the judging table to help select Gloucester’s most delicious holiday cookies

John Savastano:

John Savastano is the owner operator of Cucina Savastano Catering of North Andover MA. John is an accomplished trained chef, with an extensive background based in Italian cusine. John began his culinary career in San Diego at Troys Two, as a chef catering to everyone from athletes to the elite at the San Diego Sports Arena . He is familiar with many types of cuisine, having been employed by many local establishments over the years. John has been a food judge for the past several years at the Topsfield Fair and plans to lend the same amount of experience and expertise to judging the Good Morning Gloucster Holiday Cookie Contest.

Julie LaFontaine:

Julie LaFontaine has more than 20 years of food service experience. She has worked as a personal chef; she has managed restaurants; and, she has cooked for crowds of more than 600 at a New England convention/retreat center. Currently she is the director of The Open Door which provides free meals and hospitality to those in need.

and last but not least, Bob Hastings, Executive Director of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce!

Hope we see you tonight!

Holiday Reception in Honor of State Senator Bruce Tarr

Greetings Music Fans,

Garfish is proud to announce, we will be performing at the Special Holiday Reception in Honor of State Senator Bruce Tarr, Friday December 4th from 6:30 to 11:00pm at the Gloucester House Restaurant located on Rogers St. Gloucester.

Dancing and entertainment, special guests, along with assorted buffet, cash bar, door prizes and silent auction will be held. Suggested donation: $50.00 per person. Tickets may be reserved by calling Karen @ 978-281-5371.

For more information on upcoming events visit: www.myspace.com/garfishband or www.garfish.net

Happy Holidays………Gar

Maine Blog Declares Gloucester Lobster Trap Tree Tops!

Shannon Bryan from MaineToday.com states-

“Although already lit on Nov 27, Rockland’s lobster trap tree is worth visiting if only to frustrate authors of the blog Good Morning Gloucester. They’re pitting their Gloucester, MA lobster-trap tree against Rockland’s in a heated battle of stacked traps and colored lights. They’ve even set up a completely unbiased poll asking readers which tree trumps the other: “The Colorful Vibrant Unique Gloucester One or The Crappy Unimaginitive [sic] Rockland One?” I think both trees are delightful in their own right, but Gloucester wins the award for exemplifying true Christmas spirit and neighborly generosity.”

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WOOOOHOOO, LOLOLOLOL Take that Monkeyballs

Even Maine websites declare the Gloucester Lobster Trap Tree tops!

GHS Football vs Westford Academy Division 1A Playoff Slide Show From Thom Falzorano For GMG

I know that Thom and David do our coverage of the Gloucester High Football and other community events because they love it but I’d like to extend a huge thank you for putting in the time and effort to get the best shots and share them with us. No one is covering GHS Football and Cheerleadingf in pictures like GMG thanks to David Cox and Thom Falzorano.

Next time you see em on the street make sure you let em know.

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2009 Major Holiday Events Calendar From The Chamber

DECEMBER 3

LADIES’ NIGHT, GLOUCESTER
A special evening for women shoppers, including refreshments and drawings for gift certificates in many stores.

DECEMBER 3-5

ESSEX HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
Three days of holiday fun: Thursday: Memory Tree Lighting (6:30 p.m.); Friday: Toy Land Parade (5:30 p.m.), a Tree Lighting at Town Hall (6 p.m.); and Saturday: Breakfast with Santa (8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.), and Eat, Shop & Be Merry In Essex.

DECEMBER 5

SANTA’S ARRIVAL BY BOAT & TREE LIGHTING, ROCKPORT
Santa arrives by boat at Tuna Wharf, 3:45 p.m., followed by tree lighting ceremony in Dock Square, 4 p.m.

DECEMBER 5-6

CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA, MANCHESTER — CORRECTED
Open House in stores, hayrides, caroling, pancake breakfast. Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Santa arrives by boat on Sunday at noon, followed by the Jingle Bell Walk, and the Friendship tree lighting at 3:30 p.m.

DECEMBER 10

MEN’S NIGHT, GLOUCESTER
A shopping evening designed with a man’s shopping needs in mind. Refreshments and drawings for gift certificates in many stores.

DECEMBER 12

MIDDLE STREET WALK, GLOUCESTER
Middle Street and Pleasant Street, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Open houses and special events will take place along these historic streets

DECEMBER 12-13

SEASIDE VILLAGE OPEN HOUSE, ROCKPORT
Both days: Annual Gallery Stroll and Open Houses in the shops. Sunday: Open Houses in the Inns

DECEMBER 19

63rd ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PAGEANT, ROCKPORT
The candlelight procession recreating the Nativity through downtown Rockport, 5 p.m.

DECEMBER 31

NEW YEAR’S ROCKPORT EVE