Straight Outta Aliens. Just Landed @CaptJoeLobster #GloucesterMA Who Can ID This Creature? @NEAQ @MaritimeGlou

Who do you think responds with the correct ID first? Mary K at Maritime Gloucester or The New England Aquarium?
Click the photos for larger photos and check out that green evil alien living inside. The stuff of nightmares.




Landed @CaptJoeLobster just now.  Anyone who can ID it?

Festival of the Trees in Manchester by the Sea

This is the second year of the Festival of the Trees in Manchester. The trees were set up and strung with lights today (Sunday) and will be decorated between 4:00 to 7:00 PM this Wednesday 12/03/2014.  Trees are set up on the green in front of the Town Hall and are sponsored by Town merchants and groups within the Town like the Boy Scouts, the Athletic Association, the Hooper Trust and many others.

Last year there were a total of 24 trees decorated and lit. This year there are 45 trees! The official tree lighting ceremony will be next Sunday December 7th with the lighting of the Friendship Tree and the Festival of the Trees at 4:30pm. It would be wise to arrive early and get a good spot as if last year was any indication, this year will be an even larger celebration!

These will also be great times to walk through Town and finish, start, or develop ideas for Christmas presents as you walk by all the shops.

Lights of Love at Addison Gilbert Dec. 3rd

KnowlesPainting Addison Gilbert Hospital’s Seventh annual celebration of life and hope – Lights of Love – will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the hospital. Lights of Love was co-founded by Sue Kyle, who fought a courageous five-year battle with colon cancer. Together, Sue and her partner Shawn Wilson founded Lights of Love to ensure that Cape Ann residents could benefit from the comprehensive care provided by the cancer care team at AGH. Since 2008, Lights of Love has raised more than $116,000 to ensure access to high-quality cancer care for Cape Ann families and the 2,000 patients served each year at the Gorton’s Specialty and Cancer Care Center. This year’s goal is to raise $25,000 for cancer services, with proceeds supporting Addison Gilbert Hospital’s cancer program, including the provision of special care packages to new cancer patients. This year’s event will be presented in honor of Tina Ketchopulos.

For a chance to win an original 20×24 framed oil painting, “Schooner Races in Gloucester,” by renowned Cape Ann artist Ken Knowles, visit the web site listed below. All event proceeds support cancer care at Addison Gilbert Hospital, including special care packages to patients.

For more information or to make a donation, please visit

Writer’s Note: This is my special place is for cancer care, which I’ve written about extensively here and for my Facebook Page I look forward to attending and also donating.

Welcome Back to Gloucester, Santa

Gloucester’s Annual Santa Parade

December 1st , 2014 Cape Ann Weather…

Marine Forecast :
Today SW winds 10 to 15 kt…becoming W this afternoon. Gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A slight chance of showers.
Tonight N winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Pod Cast Weather :

Hourly Forecast :



Had a Great Time Last Night with the Santa Parade / Tree Lighting … Lots of people showed up gathered around the stage and Christmas Tree having Hot Cocoa and Popcorn … Also got to meet my friend Matt Noyes Chief Meteorologist At NECN .. He was here as the Honorary … An Amazing Friend , class act Guy .. Hope u all got to meet him ..

Pics From Last Nights Event ….
















Question For Julie LaFontaine At Second Glance

Julie, lots of GMGers are getting energy audits and free lightbulbs from Next Step’s program through the Mass Save energy program.  My mom got over 30 new bulbs alone and many other GMGers will be getting free new bulbs as well.

My question is if there is any way that the bulbs that are in perfectly good working order can be of any use for Second Glance to either sell and the money go toward needy families or give them to needy families?

Let me know if there’s any way we can make good use of them.

If you want to take advantage of awesome Energy Saving programs available to you right now for zero out of pocket then watch the video and sign up for your own energy efficiency assessment and get a ton of free lightbulbs, power strips, electronic thermostats that will turn down the heat at night or while you’re at work automatically, and efficient showerheads.


Here’s the video walkthrough and conclusions of my Mom’s house so you can see what you can expect to learn and receive again, for zero cost-

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Come find your bargains today!

All proceeds from sales at Second Glance support our hunger-relief programs.

We provide the community with a fun place to shop, and offer these services:

  • Reduced-cost items
  • Referrals for free items
  • Re-training for unemployed
  • Recycling of unwanted items

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GloucesterCast 106 With Guests Donna Ardizzoni, Kim Smith, Toby Pett, Paulie Walnuts and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 11/30/14

GloucesterCast 106 With Guests Donna Ardizzoni, Kim Smith, Toby Pett, Paulie Walnuts and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 11/30/14

Topics Include: Winner Of GloucesterCast Subscriber Contest #2 Is Leslie Heffron, Week Three GloucesterCast Podcast Subscriber Contest: One of the first ten subscribers to the GloucesterCast this week will win a mini framed sketch from Paulie Walnuts of your local scene request, Toby Pett Wearing Sailing Arch-nemesis Fred Shrigley Boat Shirt despite intense sailing rivalry, Is There A Bigger Drinking Institution Than The Rhumb Line In Gloucester Since The Old Timers Is Gone?, Is there a better feeling than having your Christmas shopping done early?, Donna Ardizzoni still smiling after falling and bruising her ribs half way up the Lobster Trap Tree, Kudos To Hiltz Trucking for trucking the Lobster traps for the lobster trap tree and Sticky Fingers for treats for the builders more kudos to come, Buoy Painting At Art Haven For The Lobster Trap Tree , GMG Holiday Party December 19th, A Present To Me would be If Someone bought a gift for them self or for a loved one from Fred Bodin at Bodin Historic Photo, Mini-Rant- Local retailers That Don’t retweet or share Dawn at La Provence or Susan From Toodeloos efforts to promote shop local initiatives that would help them out, Shopping Local Is So Much Less Stressful and studies show that over 50% of the money you spend locally stays and gets re-spent locally, Just a Few Local stores to get great gifts- Toodeloos, Island Art and Hobby, TBT Post, Premier Imprints, Pisces, Palazolas, House Of The Raven, Cape Ann Olive Oil, Alexandras Bread, The Cave, Savour Wine and Cheese, Bookstore of Gloucester, Main Street Art and Antiques, Pearls, Ace Hardware, Building Center, Ect Ect Ect, Donna has pillows which she can put any of her photos on them for a gift, Cape Ann Giclee, Confused Over The Flap Over The Increased Cost for The Post Thanksgiving Gloucester Daily Times, Christmas Tree Talk, Lumberjack Kim Smith, White Lights vs Colored Lights, C9 Ceramic Lights, For Anyone That Is Doing The Home Energy Assesment Please advocate To Get As Much free Stuff as Possible Including Free Lightbulbs, Free Power Strips,  Efficient Shower Heads, and Electonic Thermostats, Going To Find Out If The Functional Lights We Replaced are of use at Second Glance, Shout Out To Steve Corbett Electricians, What Kind Of Savage Eats Mince Meat Pie?, Pie Pole Adventures With Kim Smith, Secret To Non-Runny Pecan Pie, Donna Is Not A Pie-Eater, Rocky Neck Holiday Art and Craft Show, Magnolia Historical Society Art In The Schoolhouse, Rusty and Ingrid, Local Colors, Joe Higgins Gyotaku Prints, Brother’s Brew Donuts Mandatory Mention, The Reach of The Blog, Judith Sudduth on Eastern Point, Reminder: How To Get a Free GMG Sticker , Brodies Pub, The Secret To Brodies Steak Tips, What Other Places Are North Shore Drinking Institutions Like Mattys In Marblehead, Brodies in Peabody Square and The Rhumb Line In Gloucester?, GMG Holiday Party December 19th, Toby Is Getting a Knee Replacement, Councilwoman Melissa Cox, Killer No-Brainer $300 Camera Recommendation.

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Christmas Parade

Weather was perfect for a great Christmas Parade on Sunday.

Don’t Think,- Just Buy This Ridiculous Camera Buy

Anyone That Follows The Blog Knows I’m A Sony Fan and this camera that less than a year ago was $600 can be bought right now for $298.

It is actually two newer versions of the camera that I use and paid full price for and would buy all over again at that same full price because they are THAT GOOD.  At $298 IT’S A STUPID RIDICULOUS DEAL.  YOU’RE GETTING A DSLR QUALITY CAMERA BRAND NEW FOR THE PRICE OF A POINT AND SHOOT.

Get it on amazon for a gift or for yourself and thank me later.  BTW, Amazon has the very best return policy out there for electronics so buy it with confidence!

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Sony Alpha a5000 Interchangeable Lens Camera with 16-50mm OSS Lens (Black)



The same camera that I use but was two generations older captured these images-

Brace, Brace’s, Brase’s, Bracy’s ~ How Do You Refer to Brace Cove and Brace Rock?

Brace Cove Panorama ©Kim Smith 2014Click to View Full Size

Reader Cynthia Hill wrote the following in response to a recent GMG post, Thanksgiving Day Brace Cove Gloucester:

Hi Kim,
Can someone prove to me that this is Brace Cove, when for 65 years it’s been Brace’s Cove?
Old maps show it both ways, but I spent a third of my life there ~ always at Brace’s Cove.

When I was small, all our parents “managed Brace’s”, kept it clean and raked, had many a great
clam bakes in front of the Kaknes’ house, all to keep us kids safe during the polio scare.

Every time I see your beautiful photos, I think Brace’s Cove….I’ve explored maps at Fred’s.

Would love it if an “old timer” such as myself, could help sort this out.

Happy Holidays,

Hi Cynthia, Here’s what I found in Joe Garland’s book Eastern Point, page 11, 2nd paragraph:

“Incidentally, this is one of the earliest references to what should properly be called Brace Cove, variously identified as Bracy’s and Brase’s in contemporary documents.  Viewed as a proper name, the etymology leads to a dead end; but rid yourself of that mental set, and the derivation is surpassingly direct: a brace, from the Middle English and Old French, was an arm. Brace is an obsolete word for an arm of the sea, an inlet–a perfect figure of speech in the case of the stunning cove whose waters are so nearly embraced by the lethal, pincer-like arms of Brace Rock and Bemo Ledge.”

Cynthia, I too have seen it spelled several different ways on antique and newer maps. Perhaps if they have a spare moment, some of our “old timer” readers will weigh in–it would be very much appreciated. Thank you!

Brace Cove Vertical Panorama ©Liv HauckVertical Panorama with Moon Courtesy Liv Hauck

Santa Parade

Ho Ho Ho, Don’t forget to go!

Don’t forget that the Gloucester Santa parade begins today at 3:00! The route begins at the State Fish Pier and ends at Kent Circle on the boulevard for the annual tree lighting. The tree is expected be lit between 4:30-5:00. I’ve heard differing reports so I’m covering my bases.

The Gloucester Fleet Found on the Hard Drive 2008

The Gloucester Fleet Found on the Hard Drive 2008

The “Allison Carol”


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