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Santa Visits Rockport Part II

Part I here <<<.

Santa Warming up his waving by greeting the Homies roosting out on Sandy Bay Ledge.

Santa Warming up his waving by greeting the Homies roosting out on Sandy Bay Ledge.

Hearty souls up on the Headlands.

Hearty souls up on the Rockport Headlands.

First the Tuna Wharf.

First the Tuna Wharf.

Then Bradley Wharf. Surprise! The tide is so low that Santa said no way is he going up that rickety ladder moving on.

Then Bradley Wharf. Surprise! The tide is so low that Santa said no way is he going up that rickety ladder. Moving on to T-Wharf.

Santas helpers. Now here is where it gets weird. Harbormaster Scott Sotry is alone on the Harbormaster boat. Where did Harbormaster Rosemary Lesch go?

Santa’s helpers. Now here is where it gets weird. Harbormaster Scott Story is alone on the Harbormaster boat. Where did Harbormaster Rosemary Lesch go?

Look at that! Elfen pixy dust or something and she magically appears on the top of the ladder to help Santa.

Look at that! Elfen pixy dust or something and she magically appears on the top of the ladder to help Santa seconds later. There is a rumor that the original Rockport Santa Claus, Harbormaster Shorty Lesch handed down some Santa tricks to his daughter in law.

You had to get an A in Holiday Spirit to get this job.

You had to get an A in Christmas Spirit to get this job.

Carolers really cranking it up. Hey, wait a minute, I saw some of these people at the Photography show over in Magnolia the night before!

Carolers really cranking it up. Hey, wait a minute, I saw some of these people at the Photography show over in Magnolia the night before! Serious Christmas Spirit here.

And Dana-Farber Cancer researcher Marc Vidal holding some adorableness!

And Dana-Farber Cancer researcher Marc Vidal holding some adorableness! Dock Square every year like clockwork.

Did not get name but hilarious photobombing of the carolers.

Did not get name but hilarious photobombing of the carolers.

This crowd just a small fraction of the thousands who braved the weather to greet Santa Claus.

This crowd just a small fraction of the thousands who braved the weather to greet Santa Claus.

OMG, the blog counter tells me that was my 599th post here at Good Morning Gloucester. What to post for number DC? (Hey, I’m a nerd, DC is 600 in Roman numerals.) -Paul Morrison

Santa arrives for the 30th time in Rockport

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Santa waves to the throngs crowding around Motif #1.

 

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Mike Tupper who expertly drove Santa’s ride into the harbor.

 

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Santa showing a little concern over the height of the slippery ladder.

 

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Santa’s helpers who safely got him from the north pole to the dock in Rockport.

 

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The parade bringing Santa to the Dock Square tree lighting.

 

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Christmas music and carolers to get everyone into the Christmas Spirit.

 

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And the switch is thrown. More photos tomorrow.

 

Santa Detected on Radar Heading Towards Rockport!

Noon Radar has spotted Santa Claus swooping in from the North Pole today. Santa then will transfer to the lobster Boat Freemantle Doctor for the ride into Rockport Harbor

Noon Radar has spotted Santa Claus swooping in from the North Pole today. Santa then will transfer to the lobster Boat Freemantle Doctor for the ride into Rockport Harbor

Santa should arrive escorted by the Rockport Harbormaster vessel as well as Coast Guard Cutter rounding into Rockport Harbor around 3:45PM.

The rotund one then climbs aboard an ancient Rockport Fire Truck for a 100 yard ride to Dock Square where the bearded one will flip the switch on the 2014 Rockport Christmas Tree.

Hot chocolate with marshmallows, cookies, caroling, and other zany things galore in Dock Square for any child who screams, “It’s Santa!, It’s Santa!”

There may be a Good Morning Gloucester reporter onboard the Freemantle Doctor getting an exclusive interview with the actual real Santa Claus. That is unless he wimps out because of a few rain drops.

Rockport is Open Tonight 4-9PM!!!!

Joey already posted but here are four ladies you can meet tonight if you get yourself down to the east end of this island. Where? Rockport! At night! They will not roll up the sidewalks until 9PM!

Free Stuff! Discounts! Hot women in bikinis!

Window shop these fine bikinis and think of warm days on the beach.

Window shop these fine bikinis and think of warm days on the beach.

Or maybe run into these two ladies window shopping on Dock Square.

Or maybe run into these two ladies window shopping on Dock Square.

Santa Comes To Rockport On a Lobster Boat 3:45 PM This Saturday December 6th

Elfen Wi-Fi wireless reports that Santa will be arriving by boat in Rockport this Saturday December 6th 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 this all looked like in 2010 (Sue me I’m lazy!) 50 degrees and maybe a light rain forecasted will not deter the teaming throngs of children screaming “It’s SANTA!!!” when the Freemantle Doctor turns into the harbor.

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.

Focus on the Homie

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This is a scientific experiment in visual processing. Stare at the Homie for at least three minutes. Do not blink or look away. Now quickly turn and look at a blank white wall. What do you see? Results can vary. Try it right after you have wedged that last slice of Pumpkin Chiffon into your pie hole tomorrow. You may see something spectacular!

If the Annisquam River Buoy is not spinning either get a new Internet Browser or clean your eyeglasses.

Jamie Wyeth Exhibit Boston Museum of Fine Arts ends December 28

Son of Andrew, well worth the trip. Goya downstairs if the copious amounts of Jamie do not do the trick. If you like Jack Russell Terriers you have to check it out. And Seagulls, lots of seagulls, JFK, Andy Warhol and Nureyev’s large member.

Goya did a bunch of portraits which I had never seen. Compare the size of his head to body length then go over into the American Gallery and check out the portraits there. I always thought the early American portraits were botched a bit because they were not trained in getting the head size right.I thought you needed to shrink them on huge canvas but not too much. Now I am not so sure. Big canvas and sometimes the head goes too big. Check out John Singleton Copley over in the American Gallery as well as compare heads that Jamie Wyeth did.

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I did not actually touch this seagull’s butt. But I will use it for tomorrow’s meme on G+ #seagullbuttsaturday.

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The Seven Deadly Sins as portrayed by Seagulls. This would be Pride.

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Jamie painted this circle on my face and then I took a Selfie. At first I was a bit put off but now I like it. Can I show you my tramp stamp?

 

Cape Ann Tool Company Refurb in Pigeon Cove

Click the photo for a larger Panorama. (The roof is not tilted, that is my iPhone 6+ panorama stitching the photo.)

Cape Ann Tool Company November 10, 2014.

Cape Ann Tool Company November 10, 2014.

So the renovation seems a little weird but now I think I got it. Ream out the inside and put in nice new windows and redo the stucco on the stone end of the Cape Ann Tool Company. I would have thought those would be done last but I think they are aiming to get businesses in there quickly.

I could see a coffee shop, a little market selling fish, bread, and coffee, maybe even some light tackle so a kid could go catch a flounder over on the right. If I was dreaming I couple picture Plum Cove Grind moving into the front and a restaurant moving into the back overlooking Pigeon Cove.

No law against dreaming. An Indian Seafood Restaurant! Anmol II. Be still my heart. If you did that Anmol I promise to bring my family dining at least once a week.

Trees Cut Down Under the Keystone Bridge

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And all I can say is, awesome! It makes the granite walls and the bridge really stand out. I would love to see a few other places cleared out of weed trees. The top of Pigeon Hill used to have scenic vistas with Profile Rock close to the summit. Now it is hard to even find.

Profile Rock on Pigeon Hill

Keystone Bridge

One more Sunday storm photo

Andrews Point with no rubber duck

My Google Plus account takes all my iPhone photos and sticks them into my G+ account. I don’t even know how to turn it off. If I take a bunch of photos of the same thing it tries to “AutoAwesome” them usually making a GIF image that makes you seasick. Like this. Andrews Point Sunday morning looking east. I can’t look north because the snow would sting my face.

I have been asked by viewers (have to be off Cape) if the granite is moving because of the waves.

Answer, yes and no. The movement in the GIF is completely caused by the patching together of the photos. I was hand holding the camera so there is a bit of wiggle. The autoawesome feature selects things that do not move when patching together. In this case it made some of the granite shift around.

But in a storm like that, some of the granite does move. Huge slabs weighing many multiple tons are being slammed by the waves. When the wind calms down one can hear the grinding of the granite. You can feel it in the ground.

STORM WREAKS HAVOC !!!

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The lime tree, although protected from the wind, tipped over and some of the limes fell off. It needed culling anyway since it is now indoors for the winter. I’ll probably pick another dozen limes next weekend. Gin and Tonics and Pad Thai! I stuffed these in my pullover and now I smell like a fragrant lime. Just add gin. Oh wait, Pats in one hour, just in time.

Epic Solar Eclipse a total Bust for Cape Ann

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Tonight you will see photos just like this from all over North America where it is not raining.

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Actually, even if it wasn’t raining Gloucester would still lose out because the shadow cast by the moon starts in Worcester at sunset and heads west to California and we need the rain. :-)

 

Rubber Duck WTF #37

Since no one got #36 name the humpback (the answer was Music go check it out) #37 is going to be even harder but the prizes keep piling up.

First three winners get a GMG sticker signed by RD and one pirate Rubber Duck. First prize gets choice of Zombie Rubber Duck or Pirate.

To win the responder must say exactly where this is not just how/what and or why. Be precise. Precision wins.

WHAT!

Where is this? Not the image, where is the actual photo residing. If you get out in Cape Ann over the last two months you should know.

Crap: I just realized that if you follow me in Facebook you might be able to figure this out without actually having been there.

[edit Oct 12, 9:38AM] We have a winner! Anonymous correctly named the location. The fresnel lens as big as an outhouse is right behind me. Anonymous can come down to the dock to pick up her winnings. Proper ID required.

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Winner winner chicken dinner!

Wednesday Lunar Eclipse at Dawn Once in a Lifetime!

Tomorrow morning, Wednesday, when the sun rises in the east the full moon will be setting in the west. But this time a full lunar eclipse will be taking place.

The countdown:

5:18 AM eclipse starts (moon starts getting red)

6:27 AM total eclipse (moon is red!)

6:47 AM maximum eclipse in Gloucester

Sunrise is at 6:47 AM and the moon sets at :6:52 AM  So you can see there is a pile up with the sun rising, the moon setting and the moon is epic total all at the same time!

So if you are out at the Eastern Point lighthouse before 6:30 AM you can set up to watch the lunar eclipse set over the western harbor while the sun rises behind you in the east behind the lighthouse.

Except it is going to be raining at dawn with a 17 mph wind out of the south making it no so much fun out there. But what if the clouds part?

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That yellow line points to where the sun will be coming up and the dark blue line points to where the moon is setting.

Because the blood red eclipse will be on the horizon the moon will look about as gargantuan as a giant Rubber Duck sitting in Gloucester Harbor. Except we won’t see a thing because it will be raining.

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