Listen Please don’t think you’re not invited if you didn’t get a Facebook invite or personal invitation.  YOU’RE INVITED!

I/We don’t have the time top dig through to try to remember each and every GMG FOB to tag on Facebook and some of you don’t even have Facebook.

But the fact is that GMG wouldn’t be what it is without our awesome readers and friends.

we want you there.

Good Morning Gloucester Holiday Party

Hosted by Cape Ann Giclee

Saturday, December 16 at 6 PM – 9 PM

Show Map

Are You A FOB?

Then you better get your sexy ass down to Cape Ann Giclee For The GMG XMAS Party December 16th! 6PM Til We Burn Down The Neighborhood!

I’m just gonna put this out there that if you consider yourself a FOB you had better show up for our killer OFFICIAL GMG CHRISTMAS PARTY!!!!!!

We’re gonna celebrate it all, Kwanza, spinnin the dradel, all that fun shit!

Saturday, December 16, 2015 – 6 to 9pm (ish)

Cape Ann Giclée
20 Maplewood Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930

It’s pot-luck and byob

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Timestamped Topics (click on the timestamp in front of each topic to go directly to that topic) Include:


06:57 Free Tickets To Cape Ann Community Cinema – Share this post on Facebook for a chance to win two free tickets to Cape Ann Community Cinema, The Cinema Listings are always stickied in the GMG Calendar at the top of the blog or you can click here to go directly to the website


07:50 Review of Middle Street Walk Activities

15:44 Kudos To The Gloucester Police and Fire Departments
19:30 Lobster Trap Tree Lighting
24:26 Picked Out A Christmas Tree At Cape Ann Marina- Leeman Landscaping Reasonably Priced Nice Full Tree- Are There Less Places Selling Trees This Year?
28:20 Blow Up Ornamentals Decorating Outdoors- Can’t Go Half Way  Madeline Says You’re Either All In Or Just A few Outdoor Decorations Can’t Get Stuck Half Way.
32:00 Harbor Voices
35:00 O’Maley Middle School fundraiser last week for O’Maley Academy “Holiday Showcase” sneak preview at Shrek Jr. performance first two weekends in March.  Our middle school spy tells me our friend Nate from To Kill a Mockingbird will star in one of the casts for Shrek Jr.
39:50 Feather and Wedge Book Signing Rockport Through The Ages Photographs From The Sandy Bay Historical Society- Charles Cleaves December 14th
41:44 Snowstorms rural vs urban

Call To Action Paprika Grill-

Giancarlo Stanton Signed With The Yankees And Unless The Red Sox Make Some Type Of Crazy Move They May As Well Pack It In Next Year.

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One of the many fantastic guests for the NORTH SHORE 104.9 Holiday Toy Drive was the talented and cheerful group of young women from the Academy at Penguin Hall.


for more info on the toy drive go to :

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Eastern Point residents Lyn Fonzo and Dan Harris discovered the Young Swan frozen in the ice at Niles Pond early this morning. Dan reached into the water and scooped her up. She seemed relatively tame and did not try to bite Dan as we had imagined would happen. Dan and Lyn carried to her to Lyn’s home, where she is currently living in one of Lyn’s chicken coops. Plans are underway to modify the chicken house to be a bit more swan friendly. Joel Munroe, one of several of Mr. Swan’s caregivers, is also a carpenter and she is planning to help Lyn.

Tremendous shout outs to Lyn Fonzo, Dan Harris, Skip and Joel Munroe, and to Michelle Smith. West Gloucester resident Michelle formerly raised swans and emus on the family farm and she is providing excellent advice on how to care for swans in our New England climate.

Photos and video courtesy of Lyn Fonzo.

New digs for the Young Swan



Updated: The Latest Banded Seagull From The Gulls of Appeldore project Photographed At Captain Joe and Sons Band 3YN Photographed 2:20 12/15/17


Bill Clark, Volunteer, Gulls of Appledore writes back after I reported the sighting: 


Thanks for the report and photo link for GBBG 3Y9.

3Y9 is a young adult Great Black-backed Gull banded July 15, 2014.  Great Black-backed Gulls nest for the first time in their fourth of fifth year so 3Y9 may join the nesting colony on Appledore Island this summer.

We have no reports for 3Y9 since the gull was banded by Justin Stilwell, then a student, now Dr. Stilwell a veterinarian. At the time of banding 3Y9 was a chick at nest 14G518 on Appledore Island just getting ready to fly.

You have scored a ‘FIRST’ with this report.  Your report is important since it indicates that 3Y9 has survived the tough juvenile years.

Some gulls disperse as far as Texas, Florida, Nova Scotia, or Quebec while others stay closer to New England.  Reports such as your are providing information about their travels and gathering places; information of interest to health workers, veterinarians, wildlife managers, airports, and others.

The long-term project on Appledore continues to serve several college and university research studies.  Started in 2004 it continues as a field training program for students as well as providing ‘known age’ gulls and research samples such as DNA  and feathers for cooperating researches.

Again, thanks for the report and photo link.

Bill Clark, Volunteer, Gulls of Appledore


More Gulls of Appledore Photographed Gulls On The Pages Of GMG Some As Far Back As 2010 Here

Here is a link for reading more about the Gulls of Appledore

Here are some other captured a couple of banded gulls also….Check out his here….

Jingle Rock Sip’n’Shop – Come Support Cape Ann Vendors

We are very excited to be hosting our first Sip’n’ShopSeveral Gloucester vendors will be selling their wares (come support them) like

Come enjoy some Rockin’ Holiday Music, a cocktail and fun hassle-free shopping.  Hope to see you all on Wednesday.

Cape Ann Angels–Bring Gifts of Love to Families

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___2017_12_14_101945Michele Rich, Kelly Reardon, and Michaela Pisano, and a group of women who have joined together to help make the community a better place.  (Michele and Kelly in Photo)


Volunteers, Families, and Donors, joined together at the Elks to gift wrap and enjoy a Christmas buffet, and share in the Christmas spirit.

This year Cape Ann Angels sponsored 24 families that were selected by  Kelly Reardon and Michele Rich personally.  The families post a message on Cape Ann Christmas Angels Facebook Page  several months before our event asking people to either nominate or family that is less fortunate and needs help for the holidays or they can send in their story themselves.

These families send us private messages and emails with their personal stories to
the facebook page Cape ann Christmas Angels  or our Email.
Kelly and Michele, after careful screening, hand picked the families.

, the generosity from sponsors and special gifts from the Gloucester Fire Department of two Bicycles and the Gloucester Police Department donated a dozen winter coats.

Cape Ann Angel Contact:

Nichole’s Picks 12/16 + 12/17

Pick #1: Appleton Farm Gingerbread Farmer Decorating

The morning session is sold out but there is some availability in the afternoon session from 1:30-2:30!
Saturday, December 16
Afternoon Session: 1:30-2:30PM
Member Child: $15 Nonmember Child: $25

Contact Information
978.356.5728 x4118


Join us for some holiday fun on the farm and learn about the origin of this favorite Scandinavian tradition. We’ll start by decorating some delicious gingerbread farmers and cows with a variety of candy and homemade icing. After our creations are complete we’ll snuggle in for gingerbread man story. Finish the experience with a traditional German holiday craft to decorate your own home with. Hot chocolate will be served. Please register one ticket per child.


Pick #2    Winter Solstice Lantern Walk at Ipswich River

Winter Solstice Lantern Walk – Sunday

Sun, Dec 17, 2017 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
Sanctuary Staff and Volunteers
All (suitable for children 4 – 18 years)

Members: Adult $9.00, Child $8.00

Nonmembers:  Adult $11.00, Child $10.00

Throughout time, people have come together to celebrate the shortest day of the year and welcome the lengthening days ahead. Sanctuary staff and volunteers invite you to join us for this beautiful candlelit event. Lantern making begins at 4:00 pm, followed by some solstice stories and folklore. With lanterns in hand, we will stroll the trails to light up the night. We will enjoy hot cider and cocoa at the bonfire on our return.

Meets in the Barn. Please dress for the weather.
Registration is required.
Register online or call 978-887-9264 to register by phone.




Pick #3  Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke

CANDLELIGHT STROLL  – Anchoring “Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth”
December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17, 2017

Saturdays, 5-9 pm. Sundays, 4-8 pm.

For tickets, click here. $5 off per ticket purchased before December 1, 2017.


Candlelight Stroll, an annual holiday tradition at Strawbery Banke since 1979 showcases 350 years of seasonal and holiday traditions against the backdrop of the Museum’s furnished historic houses. On these weekend evenings, the Museum grounds glow with hundreds of lighted candle lanterns, the houses are adorned with thousands of hand-made decorations crafted from live greens and dried flowers and herbs collected from the Museum gardens, and the air is filled with the sound of holiday music and scent of woodsmoke from the bonfire. Its authenticity is the foundation for the claim that the Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth holiday celebration, echoed by Travel + Leisure magazine, makes Portsmouth ‘the Christmas capital of North America.’

Visitors stroll from house to historic house, greeted by costumed role players and performers who recreate the traditions of times past, rediscovering the joys of simpler times. Mrs. Shapiro prepares a Hanukah celebration her 1919 Russian Jewish kitchen. Mrs. Goodwin, her family and servants prepare a Victorian Christmas. Father Christmas, the night watchman, “Mayor Frank Jones” and other role-players make their rounds along the dirt lanes; and the Abbotts await news of their soldier fighting in Europe in the Second World War. Carolers, chestnuts and holiday crafts bring all the sounds, scents and moments for family ‘stopfulness’ to this event that is a cherished New Hampshire tradition.  Complimentary refreshments and hot apple cider are offered at the Cider Shed. Traditional hearth-cooking demonstrations, crafts demonstrations, and winter projects for kids provide interactive fun for multiple generations.

Add-on features:

Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond, provides seasonal outdoor ice skating at the heart of the 10-acre living history museum. The rink operates seven days a week, 9 am to 9 pm throughout December and on New Year’s Day, and the months of January and February.

Figtree Kitchen at Strawbery Banke café offers seasonal food and beverages during Candlelight Stroll in the TYCO Visitors Center.

Pickwick’s at the Banke, complements the museum with a shopping experience reflecting Portsmouth’s colonial maritime heritage. Pickwick’s also presents a ticketed, costumed holiday dining experience in Pitt Tavern — visited by George Washington, John Hancock, and the Marquis de Lafayette.

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As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Directory Discoveries

In my collection of Gloucester material, I am fortunate to have two city directories–one from 1917 and another from 1937.  City directories are a treasure trove of interesting information and trivia.  Back in the day, they were a bit like phone books as we remember them.  City directories listed residents by name, with spouse if available along with address and occupation. It might also list a death date or a “removed to _____(city or state)” date.  They also contain various statistics and general information about the area covered, as well as advertisements from area merchants.

These statistics are from the 1917 Gloucester City Directory published by Sampson & Murdock Co. of Boston Massachusetts.  The cost was $4.00.

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The statistic that caught my eye was the 423 Registered Female Voters in 1915, well before the 19th amendment was approved in 1920.  Some research showed that Massachusetts women were allowed to register to vote for school committee members after the poll tax was abolished in 1892.  

The 1937 Gloucester City Directory was published by the same Sampson and Murdock Co and sold for $8.00.  Here are the statistics published for the city at that time and take note of the tenfold increase in the number of Registered Women Voters in 1936!  Well done, Gloucester Women of the day!

Gloucester City Directory Stats 1937 Stats

At this time in our social history, women (and women voters) are having a major impact on the news cycle.  I can imagine that though only 16 years had passed since women were guaranteed the right to vote, these 5008 women also had a major impact on the city’s business.

**Not sure yet how the square area changed over these 20 or so years. Perhaps someone out there knows?**

Music at the Annisquam Village Church – Lyricora returns!


2017 Christmas Concert Series


will feature original compositions and arrangements by


as well as others.


Friday, December 15, 2017
7:30 p.m.

Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington St.




Listen Please don’t think you’re not invited if you didn’t get a Facebook invite or personal invitation.  YOU’RE INVITED!

I/We don’t have the time top dig through to try to remember each and every GMG FOB to tag on Facebook and some of you don’t even have Facebook.

But the fact is that GMG wouldn’t be what it is without our awesome readers and friends.

we want you there.

Good Morning Gloucester Holiday Party

Hosted by Cape Ann Giclee

Saturday, December 16 at 6 PM – 9 PM

Show Map

Are You A FOB?

Then you better get your sexy ass down to Cape Ann Giclee For The GMG XMAS Party December 16th! 6PM Til We Burn Down The Neighborhood!

I’m just gonna put this out there that if you consider yourself a FOB you had better show up for our killer OFFICIAL GMG CHRISTMAS PARTY!!!!!!

We’re gonna celebrate it all, Kwanza, spinnin the dradel, all that fun shit!

Saturday, December 16, 2015 – 6 to 9pm (ish)

Cape Ann Giclée
20 Maplewood Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930

It’s pot-luck and byob


Doesn’t this scene look deadly brutal? It is a photo of Mr. Swan chasing the Young Swan.

The thing is, we think that this may be Mr. Swan’s way of encouraging the Young Swan to fly. If she is going to survive a New England winter in the wild, she has to move to saltwater coves and harbors. Niles Pond resident Skip Hadden has seen her fly but she seems to have no interest in leaving the Pond. Niles Pond is freezing over, and unless the Young Swan follows Mr. Swan’s lead, she will have to be relocated.


Let’s get air borne winged one! #muteswan #cygnusolor #capeann

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Bring it home! Rockefeller Edward Hopper #GloucesterMA Dogtown painting @ChristiesInc

EDWARD HOPPER Cape Ann Granite oc 29 x 40 1928 est 6 to 9 mil private collection Rockefeller

Christies, the New York auction power house is currently marketing the Peggy and David Rockefeller art collection across the (art)world–Hong Kong, London, and Los Angeles– before the spring 2018 live sale back in New York. The collection includes a painting by American artist, Edward Hopper (1882-1967), that was inspired by Gloucester: Cape Ann Granite is one of the rare Hopper paintings remaining that’s not currently held in a museum. There are more than 110 Gloucester houses and vistas depicted by Edward Hopper.

Advance promotion of Christie’s upcoming Rockefeller auction have yet to illustrate the painting, although the artist’s recognizable name is mentioned in every press release and the painting is included in the world tour highlights exhibit. The catalogue for the sale is not ready.

Former owners of Cape Ann Granite have in common connections to Harvard, banking and art collecting

Billionaire and philanthropist, David Rockefeller (1915-2017), was a Harvard graduate and longtime CEO of Chase Manhattan bank (later JP Morgan Chase). His art appreciation began early,  influenced by both parents and the Rockefeller family collections. His father was the only son of  John D. Rockefeller, a co-founder of Standard Oil Corp. His mother, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (1874-1948), helped establish the Museum of Modern Art, and the fund in her name helped secure Hopper’s Corner Saloon for the permanent collection. Several family members were Trustees. After his mother’s death, David took her Trustee seat.

Like David Rockefeller, the first owner to acquire Cape Ann Granite was a Harvard graduate, art collector and financier, about the same age as Rockefeller’s parents, and Hopper. Benjamin Harrison Dibblee (1876 – 1945) was the scion of  California businessman, Albert Dibblee. The family estate “Fernhill” was built in 1870 in Ross, California (later the Katharine Branson School). Benjamin H Dibblee was a Harvard graduate (1895-1899), an All-American Crimson football player (halfback and Team Captain), and head coach (1899-1900). W.H. Lewis, a famous center rush, was the Assistant Coach. (Harvard football dominated under this coaching team. See the standings below the “read more’ break.) In 1909, Dibblee donated his father’s historic papers concerning California’s secret Civil War group “The Home Guard of 1861” including its muster roll and pledge of loyalty to Lincoln and the Union cause. Dibblee was an alternate delegate from California to the Republican National Convention in 1912. As a  Lt. Col. he was listed as one of five California committee members for the American Legion in 1919. He was a big wheel investment banker at EH Rollins & Sons, a firm impacted by the Wall Street crash of 1929.

Benjamin Harrison Dibblee Harvard Football all american then Captain Wikipedia photo first purchaser of Edward Hopper Cape Ann Granite Gloucester MA Dogtown painting later owned by Rock
Wikipedia photo of Dibblee  from The Official National Collegiate Athletic Association football guide, 1899

It’s fun to think about Dibblee possibly visiting Gloucester during his time at Harvard, like so many students and faculty; then, decades later, acquiring a major Hopper because it was both a modern masterpiece, and a Gloucester landscape.

The Hopper Cape Ann Granite painting has me itching to research all Crimson team photos– not simply varsity nor football circa 1895-97– because of the (remote) chance of another Gloucester-Harvard and athletic connection. In 1895 Dibblee was involved with sports at Harvard at the same time as author and Olympian, James Connolly.  In 1899 both were involved with football; Dibblee as the Harvard coach and Connolly as Gloucester’s athletic director and football player**. Maybe they scrimmaged. Maybe they scrimmaged in Gloucester.

Hopper’s artist inventory log pages for ‘1928 oils’ itemizes Cape Ann Granite as follows: “Sent on from Gloucester September 27, 1928, 3 canvases. Cape Ann Granite, 29 x 40, Green picture on hill with rocks. Fresh green in foreground. Slanting shadows cast by rocks and boulders. Sky blue with clouds. Small tree on R. BH Mr. Dibblee 49 Wall Streeet of San Francisco (Lived near 14 miles from San Francisco. Knows Alex Baldwin in Calif. (SanFrancisco) 1500 -1/3. 1000 on June 5, 194 ” 

EDWARD HOPPER diary page includes Gloucester entries

From Hopper’s Artist’s ledger -Book, ink graphite on paper, Whitney Museum of American Art, Gift of Lloyd Goodrich


The pencil annotation “Modern Masters EH 1933” accompanying the thumbnail sketch for the painting on the right of this entry may be mixed up. There was a  “Modern Masters” exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) held in 1940 but it did not include this painting on the checklist. There was an Edward Hopper Retrospective held at MoMA October 30–December 8 in 1933 that did list this Gloucester painting, and the lender, Dibblee. (Incidentally, two other 1928 oils catalogued on that same inventory page, Manhattan Bridge Loop and Freightcars Gloucester, would both end up in the Addison Gallery collection at Phillips Academy.)

The Pure Landscapes

Excerpts from the 1933 MoMa Hopper retrospective exhibition catalogue:

“…When Hopper went to art school the swagger brushstroke of such painters as Duveneck, Henri, and Chase was much admired. Perhaps as a reaction against this his own brushwork has grown more and more modest until it is scarcely noticeable. He shuns all richness of surface save where it helps him to express a particular sensation…in spite of his matter-of-factness, Hopper is a master of pictorial drama. But his actors are rarely human: the houses and thoroughfares of humanity are there, but they are peopled more often by fire hydrants, lamp posts, barber poles and telegraph poles than by human beings. When he does introduce figures among his buildings they often seem merely incidental. Perhaps during his long years as an illustrator he grew tired drawing obviously dramatic figures for magazines. Hopper has painted a few pictures in which there are neither men nor houses. The pure landscapes Cape Ann Granite (9), Hills, South Truro (16), Camel’s Hump (22) occupy a place apart in his work. they reveal a power which is diconcertingly hard to analyze. Cezanne and Courbet and John Crome convey sometimes a similar depth of feeling towards the earth and nature…” Alfred Barr, 1933

“In its most limited sense, modern art would seem to concern itself only with the technical innovations of the period. In its larger and to me irrevocable sense it is the art of all time; of definite personalites that remain forever modern by the fundamental truth that is in them. It makes Moliere at his greatest as new as Ibsen, or Giotto as modern as Cezanne.” Edward Hopper, 1933 

Yale owns a related watercolor by Edward Hopper, Cape Ann Pasture

EDWARD HOPPER, oil on canvas, Yale University collection, Edward Hopper All Around Gloucester by Catherine Ryan


Catherine Ryan art image design Edward Hopper all around Gloucester MAProceeds from the sale of the Peggy and David Rockefeller art collection at Christies next spring will benefit 10 selected charities. Perhaps a magnanimous collector might consider this Hopper Dogtown purchase for the Cape Ann Museum, a philanthropic twofer in this case, and needed. Cape Ann Museum does not possess a Hopper Gloucester painting and if any musuem should, it’s CAM. We need to eventually guide back the Hopper painting Gloucester Street, too.

Gloucester Street private collection Edward Hopper all around Gloucester

Glou Street Edward Hopper

To date Christie’s auction house has promoted primarily a Picasso and Matisse as the star lots from this collection of masterpieces because of their hefty valuation. The presale estimate for the Matisse Odalisque couchée aux magnolias (1923) is 50 million.  The Picasso painting, Fillette à la corbeille fleurie (1905), a “Rose period Masterwork”, is estimated to top 70 million. The presale estimate for the Hopper is 6 million to 8 million.

Christies highlight page for Rockefeller does not show the Hopper yet Dec 12 2017

Christies first press roll out features the Pciasso and Matisse


The Picasso was diplayed in the  libary of  the Rockefeller Upper East Side mansion at 146 East 65th Street.   Its first owners were Gertrude and Leo Stein. Gertrude Stein hated it though her brother bought it anyway. After Alice B. Toklas (Stein’s partner) died in 1965,  MoMa trustees drew lots and were offered first pass on the legendary Stein collection. David Rockefeller won first pick, and selected the Picasso. I wonder how it will fare in this #metoo awakening. At the time of her death, Toklas had long been evicted from their Paris home as she had no legal standing nor benefit from any estate sales.

Gertrude and Leo Stein Rockefeller Picasso provenance

installation Leo and Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas collection at home

installation Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas

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