Valentine’s Day Destinations


Ok, Ok many people feel that Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday. That’s fine but don’t ruin it for the rest of us. I do not particularly care about the whole “gift receiving and giving” aspect. Its the “spirit” I LOVE! Its a day when everyone just LOVES. Isn’t that what we all want? Is just to love and be loved?

So, for the spirit of the holiday I have put together your Valentine destinations on Cape Ann! I will update as I find new places! Book your destination today!



Seaport Grille special pre-fixe menu! Check it out!

Katrina’s Special menu, music and more!

Magnolia 525 tavern keep posted for their festivities


Foreign Affairs Valentine’s Brunch AND dinner!


Chocolate for your honey

Turtle Alley 42 Rogers St, Gloucester

Nichols Candies 1 Crafts Road/Route 128, Exit 12 Gloucester

Tuck’s Candy 15 Main st, Rockport


Wine and Cheese

Savour Wine 76 Prospect St, Gloucester

The Cave 44 Main St, Gloucester



Celia’s Flower Studio 77 Langsford St, Gloucester

Sage Floral Studio 274 Main St, Gloucester

Russell’s Florist 18 Eastern Ave, Gloucester

Audrey’s Florist 38 Railroad Ave, Gloucester


Specialty Gift Shops

Pop Gallery 67 Main St, Gloucester

Magic Scarf Main St, Gloucester

La Provence 4 Main St, Rockport

Mimi 11 Central St, Manchester


If you know of more restaurants and destinations drop me a comment and I will add them!


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Block print card by Alexandra’s sister, Mary Rhinelander. Don’t you just love the mouse print fabric cushion?!?


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Gloucester Clamista love at Alexandra's!

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Sawyer Free Library Week of February 14, 2016

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Save The Date: The next Cape Ann Reads Event is Saturday February 27, 2016:Seagull-Logo-72

Networking Event for Illustrators and Authors

February 27th (SAT) 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Network with Cape Ann illustrators and authors of all ages who want to take part in the creation of a new picture book.

Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St, Gloucester

Click HERE for the Cape Ann Reads website

 Technology class this week: Google Docs & Drive: 6:30-7:45, Tuesday February 16.

There are still a couple of spots available, sign up HERE

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11 Year Old Brothers Charles and George King’s Efforts to Save Civil War Union Soldier Coat Featured in the Banner!

Brother’s Charles and George King write to GMG ~

“The Bay State Banner, a Boston newspaper, published an article about the Civil War coat after the Cape Ann Beacon article. We will pick up a copy of the Banner as soon as possible. In the meantime here is the link:

 Slave’s coat protected Union POW; now brothers strive to save the coat

Please share. Thank you to Yawu Miller, the Editor of the Banner and Jule Pattison-Gordon, the reporter. Jule, we think it’s fantastic! We think you did a great job of making it clear.

To learn more about the Banner and its 50 years of stories, see the documentary on their home page. We watched it after our interview with Jule.  We’re so excited Gloucester is in the paper!”

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Don’t Miss SeniorCare’s Valentine’s Breakfast!

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SeniorCare is  getting ready for tomorrow’s breakfast!!

Don’t forget to stop by and have a fabulous breakfast, see a bunch of friends, get your very own water glass filled with goodies, play the raffle, and support SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program!!

Meals on Wheels Valentine Breakfast
Friday, February 12, 7:00 – 9:30 a.m.
The Gloucester House Restaurant

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Not Exactly a Beach Day

While freezing, it was too pretty to not stop at Good Harbor Beach last night to snap this photo.  There was something about the juxtaposition of the snow and the sand at sunset that made us sit for a longer while than planned.

I’d rather it be July, but pretty nonetheless.



After posting the Fishermen’s Memorial with snow flurries video, Facebook friend Susan Rittgers shared that her Grampa, Daniel Edward Cleary, was one of the engravers who carved the lettering at the base of the Leonard Craske statue. From the Bible’s Psalm 107:23, which reads: “They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships 1623-1923.” Daniel Edward’s brother, Timothy, worked in the quarry from where the granite was mined.

Thanks so much to Susan for letting us know that!

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Heart Boxes Nichols Candy House www.kimsmithdesignsDelectable chocolate dipped candies of every variety of nut, fruit, and creamy center, fudge (four kinds), freshly roasted in-house delicious nuts, and much, much more–Nichols has a sweet treat for all your Valentines!

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Chocolate basket filled with chocolate hearts

Today when stopping by to pick up gifts for the family, Don Gibbons was making penuche fudge. As the penuche was heating and setting up in a great copper pot he was giving the batter a frequent stir and keeping a watchful eye. In case you are wondering, penuche (panucci in Italian) is chocolate-less fudge, made typically with brown sugar, milk, butter, and vanilla. The brown sugar lends penuche its warm maple-butterscotch hues.

Valentine's Penuche making at Nichols Candy House!

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What are Sand Dollars?

February 7, 2016 Sand Dollars at Wingaersheek Beach
What is a Sand Dollar?

A sand dollar shell looks sort of like a round white coin, which is where it gets its name. When you see a sand dollar that’s washed up on the beach, it usually appears to be a round, white circular disk, typically one inch to four inches in diameter. When they’re alive they’re actually a dark color, covered with short dark spines that look almost like fur. These spines are moveable, and the sand dollar uses them both to move around on sea bottom and to push small pieces of food to its mouth. Just as the common sea star or starfish has five arms, most sand dollars have a pattern of five sets of pores on them. Those are used to move sea water into the sand dollar’s body, which is then pumped to where it’s needed to aid in movement or other internal functions. Sand dollars like smooth sandy or muddy ocean bottoms. They mainly live in shallow water, near land.  Sand dollars reproduce by releasing eggs and sperm into the water, where they join and develop into free-swimming larvae. These develop through several steps until the hard skeleton starts to form. Then they drop to the bottom and live the rest of their lives there. If the water is fairly calm where they live they will often stand on edge, partly in the mud and partly exposed to the clear water. If they live in an area with strong currents, sand dollars can hold their position by burrowing into the soft bottom. They will also swallow sand grains to build up their weight so they don’t get washed away!  If you find a sand dollar skeleton on the beach (looking at low tide is best), and it’s white (so you know it’s not still alive), and the rules for that beach say it’s O.K. to take it, then you may.





Raffle For the Birds

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February 10, 2016


Suzanne Gilbert Lee

978-515-7004   617 872-7633 cell


“For The Birds” Raffle of Baskets of Birding Related Items to Support Mass Audubon.

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Gallery hours, Thurs-Sun, 12:00-4:00 PM

Drawing of winning tickets on Sunday, March 6, 2 PM.

Gloucester MA, February 10, 2016.  This is a fun and special opportunity to support Mass Audubon’s important work in protecting the flora and fauna of Massachusetts’s natural environment. In conjunction with the “For The Birds” multi-media avian-related art exhibition juried by Mass Audubon’s Director of the Museum of American Bird Art, a special raffle drawing for two gift baskets of birding related items plus An autographed copy of “The Birdwatcher’s Companion to North American Birdlife” by Christopher W. Leahy will be held on Sunday, March 6, at 2 PM. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

Support Mass Audubon with three chances to win. Raffle tickets: 1 for $5.00, or 3 for $10.00 available now at The Cultural Center gallery, Thursdays through Sundays, 12–4 PM.

The Rocky Neck Art Colony extends many thanks in appreciation to the raffle item donors: Ace Hardware/ Changing Tides Gift Shop; Animal Krackers, Gloucester; Bird Watcher’s Supply, Newburyport; Essex Bird and Pet Supply; Petco, Gloucester; Wolf Hill, Gloucester; Chris Leahy; and two anonymous friends of Mass Audubon. A sample of raffle basket items includes: a “Woodland Pines” birdfeeder, plus a $25 gift certificate from Bird Watchers Supply, Newburyport;  Sibley Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern North America; wooden suet feeder with 2 fillers from Essex Bird  and Pet Supply; turtle necklace courtesy of Changing Tides Gift Shop/Ace Hardware, Gloucester; Audubon note cards from Animal Krackers, Gloucester; a pet grooming Gift Certificate from Petco, Gloucester; $25 Gift Certificate from Wolf Hill, Gloucester; an autographed copy of “The Birdwatcher’s Companion to North American Birdlife by Christopher W. Leahy with Gordon Morrison, Illustrator.  Complete list of items below:

Raffle Basket # 1

  • A lovely wooden suet feeder and 2 suet fillers from Essex Bird and Pet Supply.
  • $25.00 Gift Certificate from Animal Krackers, Gloucester
  • The Sibley Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern North America, by David Allen Sibley
  • Turtle necklace, courtesy of Changing Tides Gift Shop/Ace Hardware, Gloucester.
  • To See Every Bird on Earth: Obsessive Birding, nonfiction by Dan Koeppel
  • Audubon Notecards donated by a friend of Mass Audubon


Raffle Basket # 2

  • “Woodland Pines” bird feeder, a 10# bag of their Premium Cardinal-Finch Mix Seed, plus, a $25.00 Gift Certificate from Bird Watcher’s Supply, Newburyport
  • A  pet grooming Gift Certificate from Petco, Gloucester.
  • Bracelet, courtesy of Changing Tides Gift Shop/Ace Hardware, Gloucester.
  • A $25 Gift Certificate from Wolf Hill, Gloucester
  • Fabulous Bird Calendar
  • “Birds in Bloom” magazine


Raffle item # 3

An autographed copy of The Birdwatcher’s Companion to North American Birdlife by Christopher W. Leahy with Gordon Morrison, Illustrator. The quintessential A-Z guide, this is a book that anyone interested in birds will want to have close at hand. Readers will discover everything from the color of a dipper’s eggs (glossy, white, and unmarked) to the number of species of woodpeckers in the world (216).  And for those who want to go beyond reading about their favorite birds and take to the great outdoors, the book offers still more useful information: descriptive entries on a selection of the best-known bird watching spots of North America.

VALUE: $50 or more


The Rocky Neck Art Colony, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization nurtures excellence in the arts through exhibitions, workshops, residencies and vibrant cultural events for its members and the public. Long renowned for its luminous light, this harbor and coastal location has been a magnet for some of the most revered realist paintings in American art and a catalyst for the progressive ideas of artists from Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery, and Nell Blaine, among many others. Today Rocky Neck continues to attract artists and art lovers to a thriving creative community. For up to date information visit

Professor Harp Joins the Dave Sag’s Blues Party Tonight @ The Rhumb Line 8:30pm 2.11.2016


Wow. I’ve been so busy. Just got back from Fat Tuesday gig and i’m bushed. So here goes:
Lets welcome back the inimitable Mr. Professor Harp. Comin’ all the way from New Bedford where the blues smells like fish, he certainly fits in here in Gloucester. He’s got a razor sharp take on all things musical and will have you quivering in your mukluks as he dives deep into the muddy waters. Backing him up will be that nun-eating master of the Qatar, Mr. Mike DiBari and the shivaree-inducing drumambulist Mr. Stevvee Chaggaris. And me, too. Showtime 8:30. See you then!



Proffessor Harp


40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-973
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