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Santa in Rockport 2011; this Saturday December 3rd

Elfen wifi wireless reports that Santa will be arriving by boat in Rockport this Saturday December 3rd at 3:45PM. Santa disembarks at Bradley wharf then makes his way to Dock Square to flip the switch on the Christmas Tree at 4 PM.

The following is what it all looked like last year. This year we may be wearing shorts

Santa in Rockport 2010:

As if it was a tradition that went back centuries Santa Claus came to visit Rockport today. On the way to the harbor:

Time’s a wasting. Santa will be there at 3:45PM

The crowd packs the wharfs in the harbor as Santa’s arrival is just moments away:

Harbormasters Rosemary Lesch and Scott Story lead the way, the Freemantle Doctor with Santa, and the Coast Guard protecting the rear:

It’s SANTA!!! It’s SANTA!! It’s SANTA!!!

The crowd goes wild as Santa pulls into Bradley Wharf:

Santa thanks the skipper Mike Tupper of the Freemantle Doctor for the smooth ride while his mother-in-law Nancy McDowell looks on. (Nancy was the one who convinced us that Rockport was the best place on earth to live.) :

Low tide so Santa needs a bit of a goose up the ladder:

Carolers warm up the crowd as Santa makes his way down Bearskin Neck:

Dock Square is cheek to jowl of children all of which swore they had been nice and not naughty:

Santa’s ride is a vintage 1941 Fire Truck. Why buy new when used will do?

The countdown 3, 2, 1

A burst of light as the tree is lit.

Time to refill the hot toddy mug.

Santa in Rockport 2010

As if it was a tradition that went back centuries Santa Claus came to visit Rockport today. On the way to the harbor:

Time’s a wasting. Santa will be there at 3:45PM

The crowd packs the wharfs in the harbor as Santa’s arrival is just moments away:

Harbormasters Rosemary Lesch and Scott Story lead the way, the Freemantle Doctor with Santa, and the Coast Guard protecting the rear:

It’s SANTA!!! It’s SANTA!! It’s SANTA!!!

The crowd goes wild as Santa pulls into Bradley Wharf:

Santa thanks the skipper Mike Tupper of the Freemantle Doctor for the smooth ride while his mother-in-law Nancy McDowell looks on. (Nancy was the one who convinced us that Rockport was the best place on earth to live.) :

Low tide so Santa needs a bit of a goose up the ladder:

Carolers warm up the crowd as Santa makes his way down Bearskin Neck:

Dock Square is cheek to jowl of children all of which swore they had been nice and not naughty:

Santa’s ride is a vintage 1941 Fire Truck. Why buy new when used will do?

The countdown 3, 2, 1

A burst of light as the tree is lit.

Time to refill the hot toddy mug.

Real Santa Today 3:45PM Rockport!

This is no fake Santa at the mall. Rockport gets the real red rotund one. My investigative reporting at the bar last night my elf informant revealed to me that it is the Fremantle Doctor that won the job of piloting Santa to the dock at Motif #1 today at 3:45 PM. When you see harbormasters Scott Story and Rosemary Lesch in the lead boat rounding into Rockport Harbor with blue lights flashing you will know the unloading of the horizontally challenged bearded one is just moments away.

Freemantle Doctor in 2008 transporting Santa and elves.

Santa Arrives Saturday in Rockport!!!

Just one day left. How will the kids get to sleep tonight?

Checking SANTA TIMER.

Santa rounds Bearskin Neck at 3:45PM Saturday. He then offloads at the Tuna Wharf (that’s the pier with the Fudgery. I like to say Fudgery.) Santa then gets on an old Fire Truck (have you seen the youtube of the baby saying Fire Truck?) for a quick ride to Dock Square.

Santa comes up from Bearskin Neck on the left and the tree that he lights is right in the middle of Dock Square at 4PM. Boy, I need to update my photos which I will tomorrow. I will have an orange jester’s hat on just like Sean’s (but will not be wearing a jockstrap) and my daughter will have a Santa hat on. We will be hanging out at the hot chocolate and cookies or saying hello to the harbormasters Scott Story and Rosemary Lesch who will have escorted Santa’s boat into the harbor.

Photos posted to GMG no later than Tuesday at my normal time slot at 2PM. If you have never seen this you have to come down. I witnessed this event for the first time last year. Even the Grinch’s cold cold heart would melt by the sight of dozens of small children jumping up and down screaming, “IT’S SANTA, IT’S SANTA!!!” Mine was warmed and then I started screaming “IT’S SANTA!!!”

Fun Fact: It has been proven that screaming warms the peripheral blood system. Since Santa has ordered at least 4.7 million snowflakes to dust Rockport tomorrow you need to join in.

New GMG Rockport Reporter!

Joey is tired of me posting my “sick and twisted humor” (his description) comments on GMG and so has invited me to post on GMG at 2PM every day. I might not be able to do that every day but if I can post at least one photo of the sunrise from a Rockport vantage point with a comment here or there about what is happening to the east of the oldest seaport in America I’ll be doing good. I’ll also certainly post about Gloucester itself from the point of view of the newbie to Cape Ann. I’ve been renting in Gloucester and visiting Cape Ann for thirty years but as of last year am now partially moved to the island.

Another sentence about me. I grew up in Woods Hole but was not born there so I know the definition of local, tourist, townie, and newbie. Although my best friend from high school went long lining swords on Grand Banks I won’t pretend to know anything about the fishing industry. I’m a scientist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for the past 30 years and probably won’t talk about my day job much either.

Instead, a paragraph about something that might be of interest to GMGers. For example, and just to see whether I know how to embed a photo on this site, last year I was on Bearskin Neck as the Freemantle Doctor rounded up to drop Santa off on T-Wharf in Rockport:

SAnta on the Freemantle Doctor

A quick search for “Freemantle Doctor” on GMG shows that Joey must know Santa personally. Not surprised one bit.

Fun Fact: Freemantle Doctor is the name of a cooling afternoon sea breeze in Western Australia. Who knew?

Santa will again be visiting Rockport Harbor this December 5th at 3:45PM to light the Christmas Tree in Dock Square. Mark your calendars.

CJ Morgante Prepares To Go Lobstering With The Freemantle Doctor

Here’s CJ Morgante, MLS soccer ref preparing to go lobstering for the day with Mike Tupper aboard The Freemantle Doctor.  Mike said he did pretty good banding the lobsters and kept up the pace which isn’t always the case with a greenhorn.