Who started the rumor that I was going to be dressed as Santa? Must have been asked where my Santa suit was a half dozen times by Santa hat wearers.
Paul T Morrison
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 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.
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!
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.
If the Annisquam River Buoy is not spinning either get a new Internet Browser or clean your eyeglasses.
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.
Click the photo for a larger Panorama. (The roof is not tilted, that is my iPhone 6+ panorama stitching the photo.)
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.
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.
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.
Socially Awkward Rubber Duck
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.