Category Archives: Tree Project

Paint Your Own Piece Workshop

These events are always fun and informative.
Tickets: $65.00
Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Sand to City Style
21 C Lexington Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930
For more information please call Lisa at 978-526-0954
Or email

Sand to City provides all the materials and professional guidance to teach you all you need to know how to create a fabulous finish. They will also provide adult beverages and snacks.


More last minute gifts

Our friends at TBT Post sent some information for last minute Christmas Gifts.
TBT Post Stocking-Stuffers $12.50 and Under!
TBT Post has great last minute stocking-stuffers while supplies last!

1. Alpaca socks- $10
2. Alpaca hats- $12.50
3. Alpaca scarves- $12.50

Plus 50% OFF everything else in our stores until Christmas!

Lobster Trap Tree – 2012 -2016

The first one I saw in 2012 was amazing and it gets better every year! From the days of stacked traps and colored lights we now have a wider base with doorways opening the inside with cantilevered traps opening up the center of the tree for a great view from inside, a look at the dome and viewing a light show of Christmas Colors on the floor. (The lightshow with its colored moving dots of light brought back memories of college…but that’s another story!) The stack is tighter and now the traps are color coordinated Yellow and Green by level and the colored lights have given way to energy efficient white LEDs.  The yearly engineering advances allow for more and more hand painted buoys from the kids at Art Haven. Hard to imagine anything more spirit lifting than just walking past the tree, not to mention spending some time in it and around! I met two photographers who were waiting for the light to go down and then were going from Gloucester to Rockport, ME and Portland to capture some other trap trees. Their take? Others might be a little taller but none are better than Gloucester’s tree!

Festival of the Trees Manchester November 29th

A newly formed group made up of downtown merchants in Manchester have formed the Manchester Mercantile. In order to promote the Christmas season, create a festive atmosphere and plant the seed to think locally when shopping, they are organizing the first Festival of the Trees hoping to make this an annual event.

The plan is to decorate 24 8 foot tall Evergreens on the Town Hall Common. Groups (Hornet sports teams, a Middle School art class or make up a group) will be provided a tree and a string of white lights. The rest of the decorations are left to the imagination of the groups and individuals decorating.

Trees will be set up for decorating which will take place between November 29th and December 7th. The number of trees is limited so people are encouraged to sign up early.

For specific guidelines and sign-up sheets contact Nicole DelRosario at Surfari (978) 704-9051 or email

Daisy and I Have a Mug Up

Written by Guest Author JoeAnn Hart ~ First Published on April 13, at Coffee with Canine.

Who is in the photo?

This is a photo of me and my dog Daisy. I’m JoeAnn Hart, author of the novels Addled and Float, both of which have all sorts of animals in them, including dogs. We live in Gloucester, Massachusetts, although Daisy is from West Virginia, where she was picked up off the streets when she was around nine months old. I adopted her from Save A Dog in Sudbury, Ma. in 2010, so she’s still young. She’s a messy Cock-a-poo, with a miniature poodle dad, and a Cocker Spaniel grandmother, who slept around, so Daisy’s mom was only half Cocker Spaniel. We only know this because my sister is a vet and had Daisy’s DNA tested.

What’s the occasion for Coffee with a Canine?

I had to drop my husband’s car off to be repaired, and in exchange, he bought me a coffee at Lone Gull. Daisy came along for the ride. She loves the car and all the smells on Main Street, but she has to wear a harness when she goes anywhere with me. Her head is smaller than her neck, so a collar is just a place to hang her license.

What’s brewing?

I’m having a large light roast with milk. Hot, because it’s not ice coffee season quite yet.

Any treats for you or Daisy on this occasion?

I was tempted, because I love Lone Gull’s almond cookies, but resisted. No goodies for either of us. Daisy loves sweets but she puts on weight too easily to indulge her. She finds ways to indulge herself as it is. We think she was raised in a dumpster in the back of a bakery, because she cannot resist frosting. At Christmas we found her on the dining room table with her face in the whipped cream and gingerbread, but that was nothing compared to last summer, when the day after my son’s wedding we found her with all fours in the leftover cake. She is a very well-behaved dog except for this one strange obsession.

How did Daisy get her name? Any nicknames?

Daisy was the name that came with her from Save A Dog. For weeks we played around with other names and none of them fit quite as well. So Daisy she stayed. Sometimes we call her Sausage because of that weight issue. We don’t consider that an insult, and neither does she. It is simply her shape.

How were you and Daisy united?

I had lost my standard poodle, Annie, in 2009. She was 16 years old when she died and I was just too heartbroken to get another right away. When I was ready in the fall of 2010, I started looking at shelters across New England. I knew I wanted a rescue, but I needed a hair breed or mix because of allergies, and I wanted a medium-sized dog this time. It turns out that most dogs at shelters tend to be either very small or very large. I spent a lot of time searching near and far, but every time a candidate popped up, it was already taken by the time I contacted them. In December I decided to wait until late winter, when, unfortunately, many puppies given as Christmas presents are surrendered for adoption. Then, three days before Christmas, I got an email saying Daisy had just arrived at Save A Dog. I drove down there and I fell in love. She was exactly the dog I was looking for. We took her home the day before Christmas. 

Who are your dog’s best pet-pals?

She loves other dogs. She adores Gussie, my daughter’s Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, but Gussie doesn’t even look at her when she visits so we can’t call her a pal. Daisy was an only dog until this summer, when my husband got a Golden Doodle puppy, Happy. It was then we realized that Daisy loved dogs, not puppies. Happy hung on her ear all day, like a large fuzzy earring. Now Happy is older and calmer, not an annoying puppy, so they are best friends. They especially like to chase squirrels around the yard together.

What is Daisy’s best quality?

Daisy has amazingly soulful eyes. She always looks as if she’s in deep sympathy with my feelings. Then again, she looks as if she is in deep sympathy with everyone’s feelings.

If Daisy could change one thing about New Englanders, what would it be?

Daisy wishes New Englanders would make more cakes with frosting and leave them unattended. She has very powerful little thighs, so leaving them on tables is just fine with her. She’ll get there.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life in which Daisy could speak, which actors should do her voice?

Jennifer Aniston. Daisy is that sweet.

If Daisy could answer only one question in English, what would you ask her?

I’d ask her what her life was like before we met. What was she doing wandering the streets of West Virginia? I know there are a lot of puppy mills there, so I sometimes think she was tossed in a dumpster when she didn’t turn out to be a perfect Cock-a-Poo. A dumpster behind a bakery.

CAPE ANN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINE-UP 32 films plus guests, live events, music at 18-day movie party


Cape Ann Community Cinema, the unique, living room-style digital movie theater at 21 Main Street in Gloucester, has earned a reputation as "the film festival that never ends," and from November 1-18, they up the ante with 32 films, plus visiting filmmakers, live events and music, HD operas from Europe, and one Bond girl via satellite.

"The Festival is like a Whitman’s sampler of all the things we offer at the Cinema all year long," explained Robert Newton, creative director of the Cinema and the Festival. "It’s like a whole season on fast-forward, delivered in just 2 1/2 weeks."

Most of the Festival’s events take place at the Cinema at 21 Main Street, with a handful happening at Film Haven, located inside The Hive at 11 Pleasant Street.

"Like in our year-round line-up, we program as many quality local films as we can," Newton added, "and like in our year-round line-up, we balance them with the best films we can find from around the state, around the country, and around the world."

The 5th Annual Cape Ann Film Festival’s Opening Night is Thursday, November 1st at 7:30pm, when CinemaSalem’s Paul Van Ness and naturalist Kristina Lindborg present their short feature, "This Perfect Place: A Natural History Of The Massachusetts North Shore." Also part of the evening is a selection of Festival trailers, and free pizza from La Trattoria.

"Paul’s CinemaSalem was part of the inspiration for the CACC, so showing his film is a great match for this year’s Festival," Newton said, "and his steady output of original homespun fare has inspired me to do the same for our Cinema." Newton is now raising money for "Over Cape Ann HD," a planned 45-minute feature to replace the dated flyover video that has been airing on Cape Ann TV since 1988.

The Cape Ann Community Cinema has been open for over four years now. Newton got his start showing movies on Cape Ann in 2007, when he started showing independent movies every week at John Williams’s Gloucester Cinema on Essex Avenue. He has been an exhibitor since 2003, when he retired from 17 years in the video rental business. He had stores in Hamilton, Swampscott, Auburn, and Worcester, the latter of which he sold to Hollywood Video.


The CAFF’s Guest of Honor is character actor extraordinaire Stephen Tobolowsky, aka "The Guy Who Everybody Knows (But Nobody Knows They Know)." He has appeared in over 200 movies and TV shows, and is known best as Ned Ryerson in "Groundhog Day" and Sammy Jankis in "Memento," plus series like "Deadwood," "Glee" and "Californication." He appears at the Festival on Monday, November 12th at 6:30pm, when he will perform a story from his new book, "The Dangerous Animals Club" (which he will sign copies of) and host a Q&A.

Former 007 girl and "X-Men" star Famke Janssen will appear via satellite after the Saturday, November 3rd at 7:30pm screening of her first film as writer-director, "Bringing Up Bobby." The film features "Resident Evil" star Milla Jovovich as a con artist who moves with her young son to a conservative neighborhood in Oklahoma. It has been called "sensitively acted, carefully written and directed with heartfelt compassion" and "an engrossing little independent film.


A more local guest visits on Sunday, November 4th, when Cape Ann’s own professional prankster and Presidential candidate Vermin Supreme brings his film "Vote Jesus: The Chronicles Of Ken Stevenson." The political satirist’s documentary details his trip behind the moral iron curtain and into the steamy viscera of American Fundamentalism, disguised as a right-wing politician. Speaking of politicians, voters are invited to watch the election results come in starting at 6:30pm on Tuesday, November 6th (presented by The Gloucester Democratic City Committee). On Thursday, November 15th at 6:30pm, the Festival hosts "The JFK Experience," a live, multimedia encounter with history featuring historic performer Mike Lowe as John F. Kennedy. Lowe’s presentation is impressive, immersive, and interactive, with audience members able to actually ask questions of the 35th President of the United States.


A quartet of local filmmakers makes up the Thursday, November 8th at 7:30pm "ArtShorts" line-up, with "Boo," "Citgo Dance" and "The Builder" by Elizabeth Cornaro; "Princess" and "Icarus" by Christy Park; "No More Gloomy Sundays" by Robert Newton & Kristen Miller; "Où est Fleuri Rose?" by Mark Warhol.

Ipswich filmmaker Brendan Fay brings his debut feature "Weekend In Summer" to the CAFF on Friday, November 9th at 7:30pm. The coming-of-age hometown homage, made on a budget of $1,200, is about two days in the lives of three friends just out of high school.

Inaugurating the Cape Ann Community Cinema’s "Dinner & A Movie" series is the all-time Greek box office champ "A Touch Of Spice," playing Sunday, November 11th (doors at 6:00pm, movie at 6:30pm). The night, which features a light Greek meal by Brothers Kouzina in Peabody, benefit’s Cape Ann’s food bank, The Open Door.


The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church hosts the classic 1973 crime drama "The Harder They Come" starring reggae legend Jimmy Cliff on Wednesday, November 14th at 7:30pm. Rockport artisan Leslie Wind has partnered with the CACC in bringing folk musicians Debra Cowan and John Roberts on Friday, November 16th at 7:30pm. Later the same evening at 10:00pm, Manchester’s Allison Sigrist and her all-girl Queen tribute band, Gunpowder Gelatine, hit the stage, followed by a special movie treat. Additionally, two HD operas from Europe are also part of the Festival line-up – Wagner’s "Siegfried" (from Milan’s La Scala) on Sunday, November 11th at 12:00pm and Tuesday, November 13th at 2:00pm, and Mozart’s "The Marriage Of Figaro" (from London’s Royal Opera) on Sunday, November 18th at 2:00pm.


The Healthy Gloucester Collaborative debuts "Our Town," their new teen-made PSAs on Saturday, November 17th at 12:00pm.

Gloucester’s Mick Verga hosts an encore presentation of the adoption story "Somewhere Between" on Saturday, November 17th at 5:00pm, and will read the children’s book that he wrote called ‘The Lonely Little Horse.’

The Festival closes on Sunday, November 18th at 6:00pm with a work-in-progress version of "Maritime Capsule," the new documentary on dory boats by Gloucester guys Sal Zerilli and Keith Palazzola. Palazzola will present the film and host a Q&A session after.


The other films in the 5th Annual Cape Ann Film Festival are: "An Affair Of The Heart," "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," "All Together," "The American Scream," "Arrugas (Wrinkles)," "Atlas Shrugged – Part II: The Strike," "Beloved," "The Best Of The New York Children’s Film Festival," "Compliance," "Detropia," "FDR: American Badass," "Fear and Desire," "Holy Motors," "The Invisible War," "The Island President," "Kumaré," "Nine Nation Animation," "Samsara," "Searching For Sugar Man," "Tales Of The Night," "Trade Of Innocents," "The Well-Digger’s Daughter," and "Wuthering Heights."

Operas and the "Touch Of Spice" Dinner & A Movie event are $17.50 adults, $15.00 for Members. The Debra Cowan & John Roberts show and the Guest of Honor night are $15.00 adults, $12.50 for Members. The "Our Town" event and the screening of "FDR: American Badass" are free. All other films and events cost $9.75 for adults, $8.25 for students and seniors (60+) and $6.75 for Members.

A full schedule, trailers, advance tickets on select presentations, and more information on all Festival films and events can be found on the Festival’s official website,

Welcome Tulip Trees!

The magnificent Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), also called Tulip Poplar or Yellow Poplar, is named and noted for its tulip-shaped flowers. Tulip Trees are native to the eastern United States and are relatively fast growing, without the problem of weak wood strength and short life span typical of fast growing trees.

Tulip Trees at the Gloucester HarborWalk Butterfly Garden

The foliage of the Tulip Tree has a distinct four lobed shape, with a beautiful fluttering habit when caught in the wind. Come fall, the tree is ablaze in brilliant clear yellow. Rich in nectar, Tulip Trees are a major honey plant of the east. In our region the tree typically flowers in June. The nectar also invites songbirds Cardinal and Gold Finch, as well as Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Liriodendron tulipifera is one of only two species in the genus Liriodendron in the Magnolia Family.

Fun fact from wiki: Native Americans so habitually made their dugout canoes of its trunk that the early settlers west of the Appalachian Mountains called it Canoewood.

Planting Underway at the Gloucester Harbor Walk Gardens

Tulip Trees (Liriodendron tulipifera)

Monday the Tulip Trees were planted at St. Peter’s Square and Tuesday was devoted to Whale Watch and General Store planting areas. Today we are tackling Gus Foote Park. You may notice a few bare spots; not all plants have been delivered. We’ll be adding more to the gardens as they arrive.

Jay Ramsey and his crew from Farm Creek Landscpaping are doing a top-notch job—professional and so enthusiastic. We are all so excited to see the installation of the city’s Harbor Walk gardens underway. I’ll be bringing you information on some of the native beauties we have planted and their value to the landscape and to wildlife. People often ask me why they have so few bees in their garden and I respond, “What have you planted for the bees and for all the pollinators?”  When you plant for the pollinators, they will come!

Rubber Duck and Homie Wishing you all a Merry Christmas

Rubber Duck and Homie with their very own Lobster Trap Christmas Tree all decorated:

Hey, you try decorating without opposable thumbs!

Rubber Duck: “You just crack yourself up, dontcha Homie?  That’s why I stick around.”

Live Blogging Celebrate Gloucester 2 From Lat 43

Click here or pic for live feed from Lat 43!!!!






Screen Construction- Ed Collard on Lead with help from Joey and Frank Ciolino,Paulie Walnuts, Thom Falzarano, Donna Ardizzoni and Rick, Sista Felicia, BJ and Amandacakes!


The Café is starting to take Shape!



It’s ALIVE!!!!!!!


Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce HOME & BUSINESS EXPOSITION MARCH 26th and 27th


The Cape Ann Chamber Home & Business Exposition will be held this year at Gloucester High School on March 26th and 27th.  The event, which will be held inside the high school’s athletic field house, is open to all businesses.  The floor will be open on Saturday (the 26th) from 10:00 to 4:00 and Sunday from 10:00 to 3:00.

Committee chairman Ed Collard reports interest for the show is extremely high.  “We are excited to have the interest of so many businesses on Cape Ann and other areas,” said Collard. “This year’s show is going to showcase many businesses that help the community in a variety of ways and I believe we will have a terrific turnout.  This will be a ‘Show and Sell’ event.”

The Exposition replaces the Home & Garden Show from prior years.  Bob Hastings, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce said, “We decided we would have a better show by opening it up to all businesses in the area.  It will be a more diverse show with expectations of more booths than in prior years.”  

The Exposition will feature a show kitchen with cooking demonstrations by local culinary stars. Another featured highlight will include an interactive children’s section;  many exhibitors will be providing door prizes and other giveaways.

Booths are $375 with an early bird discount rate of $325 for businesses registered by February 25thTo register your company for the show please download the attached registration form or contact Project and Events Director Tim Burton at 978-283-1601 or email

Community Celebrations at BankGloucester

BankGloucester would like to invite the Cape Ann community to participate in their annual holiday events. On Wednesday, December 9th join us for the annual Tree of Lights. From 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at BankGloucester, celebrate the grand illumination of the 2009 “Tree of Lights”. For those who have lost a loved one, their absence is felt even more profoundly during this season. As the “Tree of Lights” is lit, we remember those who have touched our lives. To sponsor a light in memory of a loved one – pick up an order form at BankGloucester or get an order form through our website – click on the “community” link at the top right of the homepage at On Saturday December 12th join us for a FREE photo with Santa. Have a picture taken with Santa from 11 am to noon in the new building on Main Street. We will take your picture with Santa and give you one free 4×6 print. If you would like, we will also e-mail you the electronic file to use however you like. On Saturday, December 12th The Middle Street Stroll. Stroll historic Middle Street between 11 am and 4 pm and enjoy open houses, concerts, and special programs offered FREE throughout the afternoon. BankGloucester is offering FREE refreshments and holiday music performed live by local musicians in their Middle Street building from noon to 3 pm. BankGloucester is located at 160 Main Street in Gloucester. If you have any questions please contact BankGloucester at 978-283-8200.

Birdseye Public Meeting Saturday Nov 21

Gloucester City Hall
Saturday, November 21, 9am

Finishing the Job
An Urban Renewal History – Gregor Gibson
On-going transition of Downtown Gloucester & Review of
Neighborhood Meeting & Focus Groups  – MaryJohn Boylan
Vision / Possibilities / Dreams – Mac Bell
Hot-mulled apple cider & free tours at the BirdEye Factory after.


Cape ann Community Cinema Schedule For 10/16




It is summer, and thirty-year-old Antoine is forced to leave the city to return to his family in Provence. His father is sick, so he must assume the lifestyle he thought he had shed – driving the family grocery cart from hamlet to hamlet, delivering supplies to the few remaining inhabitants. Accompanied by Claire, a friend from Paris whom he has a secret crush on, Antoine gradually warms up to his experience in the country and his encounters with the villagers, who initially seem stubborn and gruff, but ultimately prove to be funny and endearing. Ultimately, this surprise French box-office hit is about the coming-of-age of a man re-discovering life and love in the countryside. In French with subtitles.

This free show is part of our Thursday FilmMovement series, which in November becomes

“Captivating…intoxicating. This valentine to country life is…that proverbial gem
that art-house fans should discover and savor.” -Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International


Tuya, hardworking and hardheaded, is a Mongolian desert herder who refuses to be settled in a town in accordance with the new industrialization policy. She is kept busy with two kids, a disabled husband and 100 sheep to care for, but one day she hurts her back. The only way for the family to survive is for her to divorce her husband on paper and look for a new spouse who can take care of the whole family. A series of suitors lines up, but it’s not easy to find a man who fits the bill. This warm, endearing tale, featuring stunning cinematography, won the top prize at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival.

“A compact near-masterpiece that combines a slow-motion romantic comedy with a docudrama-style portrait of a remote, nomadic culture as it is gradually eroded by the tides of the 21st century.” -Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

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