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The 2010 Gloucester Lobster Trap Tree Is Up- David Brooks Has Some Words of Thanks


A special thank you to all involved with the 2010 Lobster Trap Christmas Tree. The tree isn’t as big as last year but It certainly is a beauty. Standing around 30 ft. topped off with a lobster trap star. Its a sight to behold. If you haven’t seen it yet make sure you do. Location: Gloucester Police Station Plaza 197 Main St. Decorating of buoys for the tree will take place at Art Haven on Dec. 10th and 11th from 10am-4pm with the official lighting at 5:00 pm on the 11th. Feel free to call for more information.    978 283 3888

Traps came from the following fisherman:

Scott Horne, John Symonds, Jay Gustaferro, Kevin O’Malley

Special Thanks to Volunteer Builders:

Ed Collard, Paul Morrison, David Brooks, Russell Hobbs, Daniel Brooks, Donna Ardizzoni, Rick Moore, Alex Bigger-Allen, Shane O’Neill, Theon O’Neill, Vicotor Quesada, Iris Quesada

Also Thanks to media from:

Joey Ciaramitaro  (Good Morning Gloucester),Desi Smith  (Gloucester Daily Times), Masao Okano and Yuichi Watanabe (Cape Ann TV)

more video coming later

What’s A Lobster Dealer Eat For Thanksgiving?

Why Lobster of course. 

The folks that read the blog know that we spent Thanksgiving in NYC. 

After the Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade and watching the Pats we went out to a great restaurant in Chelsea – COOKSHOP. 



Now I don’t know about you but if you are going to give me an option to eat lobster over turkey I’ll take lobster 100 times out of 100.  COOKSHOP offered a multi-course prix fixe menu.


Here is my first course, the roasted lobster salad.  Avocado, cilantro,red onion, lobster and roasted chili sauce.  It was RE-DIC-U-LOUS!


The main course was Beef Short Ribs.  Man o man.  It was great.  Loved eating out and being able to enjoy each other’s company instead of the mass hysteria that can be associated with huge Holiday meals.  I vote that we eat out every thanksgiving!


Jaime’s Pumpkin Soup


Gloucester Lobster Trap Tree ’10 -The Beginning

Featuring the 9:00AM Crew- David and Daniel Brooks, Paul Morrison, Shane and his brother The Emo kid, Scotty Horne, Ed Collard, Donna Ardizzoni and Rick Moore.

If you have any time at all today they could surely use a hand constructing the Lobster Trap tree.  If you are not able to physically help maybe you could drop off some warm cider or hot coffee.  It is cold as a motherfu$%er up there at Gloucester Police Station Pavillion.

We will be taping for The Learning Channel as well so come on down and be part of the fun.

Donna Ardizzoni is down there lugging traps that are bigger than her.  That woman is crazy I’m telling you!

Also if there are any lobstermen that have any lobster traps that they can contribute to the tree please swing down.  David and company will pick them up and drop them back off in your yard when the tree is dismantled.



Thank you for your interest in the Gingerbread House Contest, presented in conjunction with the
community’s annual Middle Street Walk. This year the Walk will be on December 11th.
1.The contest is open to everyone.
2. Contestants may submit entries either individually, or as a group. More than one entry may
be submitted.
3. All entries must be made entirely of gingerbread and decorated with candy or other edible
embellishments. Anything that appears on the house must be edible. Contestants may
decorate their entry with non-edible figures, material, etc. However, these embellishments
may not be connected to the house in any way. Everything that appears on, or is connected
to, the house must be edible.
4.The gingerbread house submitted may take any shape, form or size. Creativity is encouraged
and contestants should model their houses on places real or imaginary, basic or elaborate.
5. Each entry must be submitted on a cardboard, wooden or plastic base. There is no standard
size or shape for the bases although it must be larger than the house.
6. Entries must be dropped off at Kyrouz Auditorium in Gloucester’s City Hall either Thursday,
December 9th between the hours of 8:30 AM and 6:30 PM or on Friday, December 10th
between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM. There is an elevator in case you need it as the
Auditorium is on the second floor. Judging will occur prior to the start of the Middle
Street Walk which begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 11th and ends at 4:00 PM.
Entries will be on display to the public that day at City Hall until it closes at 3:00 PM.
Contestants can pick up their houses at that time or can pick them the next week during
regular City Hall hours.
7. Prize ribbons will be awarded in numerous categories as stated on the entry form.
8. Please let us know if you are planning to submit a gingerbread house by registering over the
phone to either of the following contacts: Barbara Catalini of Cakes by Barbara at 978-
281-0639 or Jan Bell at 978- 283-1107, or Gloria Parsons at 978-283-9292
Points will be given:
For the degree of difficulty and creativity
Uses of edible confections and decorations
Points will be taken away:
For use of plastics. However, you may use a
limited amount.

Senator Bruce Tarr and Ringo ‘s Kent Circle Christmas Tree Adventure 2010 Edition

Senator Tarr and Ringo videos from the recent trip to Shelburne, Nova Scotia to obtain the official Christmas tree for the city of Gloucester- Click here for all the videos at Bruce’s Website TarrTalk

Here’s just a couple of samples-


Things To Do- ESSEX CLAMFEST 2010



The Essex Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the twenty-eighth annual Essex ClamFest on Saturday, October 23 (rain date: Sunday, October 24), from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Memorial Park in Essex.

The highlight of the day will be the Clam Chowder Tasting, a competition that pits area restaurants against one another to determine who serves the best chowder on Cape Ann. Several local restaurants are expected to serve up their favorite chowder recipes starting at 12:00 noon and ending at 2:00 p.m.

The chowder will be judged by Legal Seafoods President & CEO Roger Berkowitz, Senator Bruce Tarr, Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante, Essex Town Selectman Jeff Jones, Chamber President Kathy Low, Amy Harnois of TD Bank and local personality Ed Collard. The public will also have the opportunity to sample and vote on their favorite chowder.

In addition to the Chowder competition, an interesting variety of activities has been planned, including an arts and crafts area; entertainment throughout the afternoon; the Lions Club food pavilion; an Ipswich Ale station; organization, church, and non-profit tables; a number of rides and games for the children; a health fair, a free flu shot clinic from 11am-3pm, and a raffle for a catered clambake by Woodman’s to benefit the Essex Elementary School. The crafts area and the rides will be open to the public starting at 11:00 a.m.

For more information:
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
33 Commercial Street, Gloucester, MA 01930, 978-283-1601

2010 Cape Ann Restaurant Week Menus


The following restaurants are participating in the 2010 Cape Ann Restaurant Week. Click on the restaurant name for their special menu offerings.

Click on the following community names for a list of restaurants participating in that community only:



Alchemy Tapas & Bistro
3 Duncan Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

The Azorean
135 Washington Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Bistro 127
at the Yankee Clipper Inn
127 Granite Street
Rockport, MA 01966

Cala’s Restaurant
7 Beach Street
Manchester, MA 01944

Dog Bar
65 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

The Fish Shack
21 Dock Square
Rockport, MA 01966

Franklin Cape Ann
118 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

The Grand Cafe
at the Emerson Inn by the Sea
One Cathedral Avenue
Rockport, MA 01966

The Landing
@ 7 Central

7 Seven Central Street
Manchester, MA 01944

Latitude 43
25 Rogers Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Lobsta Land
10 Causeway Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

My Place by the Sea
68 Bearskin Neck
Rockport, MA 01966

The Patio
12 Lexington Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930

74 Main Street
Essex, MA 01929

Seaport Grille
6 Rowe Square
Gloucester, MA 01930

The Village
55 Main Street
Essex, MA 01929

Windward Grille
109 Eastern Avenue
Essex, MA 01929

Chickity Check It!- Kim Smith Monarch Butterfly Migration Late Summer 2010

Monarch Butterfly Migration Late Summer 2010


Magical Seaside Goldenrod


Dear Gardening Friends,

So many have telephoned or emailed inquiring about the status of the annual Monarch butterfly migration through our region. This past summer I have observed umpteen Monarch butterflies and caterpillars in cultivated gardens, wildflower meadows, and along the shoreline; however, I did not see the great numbers in great heaps roosting in any one particular place that I have observed in some years past. Rather I would find a small passel here and a small passel there—perhaps several dozen at a time—roosting in the wild black cherry trees (Prunus serotina) at Eastern Point, awakening in the early morning and nectaring at the Seaside Goldenrod in the meadow below.


Monarchs Mimic Withering foliage of Black Cherry Tree

Although the Monarchs are guided genetically, using their internal sun-compass navigation and circadian clock, each year the annual southward migration takes a different form that depends on many other variables, primarily the weather conditions in their overwintering site in Michoacán, Mexico as well as weather patterns in their US and Canadian breeding grounds. Because Cape Ann is located at approximately 43 degrees latitude north, our peak migration pattern is estimated at around September 11, but I modify this pattern because of the strong winds and storms we often experience in the late summer living along the coastline.

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