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Christmas Tree. Check.

Another successful search for the most perfect of trees is in the books.  Cheers again to the Bertolon Family and Beverly Tree Farm for opening their doors, helping us to create lasting memories, and raising money for The Cabot Performing Arts Center.

Beverly Tree Farm

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Thank You Nichole Schrafft for the Beverly Tree Farm Recommendation!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMany thanks to Nichole for her wonderful recommendation to purchase Christmas trees at the Beverly Tree Farm. Nichole wrote of her family’s tradition in this week’s “Nichole’s Family Picks of the Weekend.” Although we don’t have little ones any longer living at home to enjoy the wonderful hospitality provided by the Bertolon Family, I needed a freshly cut tree that will last through an extended holiday season. Usually our tree goes up the second week or so in December, but as our daughter won’t be home for Christmas she asked if we could get the tree up and decorate while she is visiting.

The dork that I am, I showed up at the farm by myself and without saw–I thought it was pick your own, not saw your own, too! Fortunately, the very sweet Mrs Bertolon had just the solution, which was to select from a small pile of trees that folks had cut the previous day, but had left behind.

My next dilemma was the fact they place the tree on top of your car, but for liability reasons cannot tie it down for you. After watching the dad in the car next to mine expertly tie his down, I attempted to secure ours. I couldn’t have been more inept and within a few moments, the super nice dad had successfully tied mine down, too (he mentioned that he formerly worked at a tree farm). Thank you beautiful family from Marblehead!

The Farm is only open tomorrow, Sunday, and next weekend, December 6th and 7th, or only as long as this year’s crop of harvestable trees last.

For more about Nichole’s family’s experience read her post here and visit the Beverly Tree Farm website here.

 

the-girls-and-JacksonMrs. Bertolon (holding her granddaughter)

Images courtesy Beverly Tree Farm Website

Kent Circle Christmas Tree photos from Anthony Marks

Hi Joey
It’s that time of year. Ringo Tarr and crew set up the Kent Circle Christmas tree Friday November 15th.  Ringo Tarr and Joe Novello traveled to Nova Scotia to pick up the tree.
The Santa parade a part of the tree lighting will step off about 3:00 pm Sunday December 1st from the state fish pier in Gloucester.
The parade route is Parker street to Main street to Western ave. and ends at Kent Circle for the annual Christmas tree lighting with Santa and Mrs. Clause.
Hope to see you and the girls there.
Best Anthony

Origami Fish from Out of State

The other day I got an envelope in the mail from someone in Pennsylvania named Ali Thome, who read my blog posts about the origami Christmas/Fishmas tree, and decided to chip in!

Thanks for the beautiful origami, Ali!

She draws caricatures for a living. Check out her blog!

Fr. Matthew Green

 

Snoop Maddie Mad and The Bean Decorate Their Trees 2012

Continuing a tradition in the house since Eloise was born and captured last year by Desi Smith for Cape Ann Magazine-

Crazy? Yeah We Got That. Snoop Maddie Mad On the Cover of Cape Ann Magazine

Posted on December 16, 2011 by Joey C

I’ve been getting emails from all over the country ( I didn’t realize how many people get Cape Ann Magazine delivered to addresses out of state) in regards to Snoop Mad being on the cover.  They all say how cute she is and all but what they don’t know is the level of crazy I’m dealing with.  Check out this video of this conversation we had yesterday.MadelineCapeannmagazine

Desi Smith came by the house and did a fantastic job shooting for the article. Desi also does some portraiture work you can check out his site here

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Results Of The Christmas Tree Poll For Our Jewish Readers

A couple of days ago we posted this poll-

I’m curious amongst our Jew buddies here on GMG, Do you freak out when you see Christmas Trees lit up on town squares or are those just the extremists Jews in the community raising a stink?

Personally I’m more pissed off that we’re gonna have to listen to Christmas muzak starting any day now all the way through January and at “those neighbors who leave their Christmas lights up past Easter”, but then again I’m not Jewish.

I just read the first of the obligatory annual “Jewish townfolk are pissed off because someone put lights on a Christmas tree” story in the newspaper and it struck me as being a bit early for that.

I’d like to know where the middle of the road Jews stand on this issue. Thanks in advance for your comments below.

Here are the results through two days-

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and the comments-

  • lise breen – 15 hours ago

    I feel strongly that we should keep any overt religious symbol such as the ten commandments, creches and menorahs out of government buildings and public spaces. But, in contradiction, we do like to watch the Rockport pageant on Main St. with its donkey and girls wrapped in sheets and boys with fake beards and squawky loudspeaker recitation of the nativity event.

    I so enjoy the trees and the colored lights. Despite their name, they don’t signify Christianity to me. The lobster trap tree is fun especially since children decorate the buoys.

    I would prefer not to be bombarded with recorded religious music in commercial establishments. I enjoy religious music of many denominations in their appropriate sacred spaces or in my own home. Silent Night is gorgeous and best heard sung by local carolers on the street corners during a chilly, snowy Ladies Night.

    We are lapsed members of the Give Me More denomination with worship of its Santa Claus deity and elve disciples in store sanctuaries. It seems to be a rite of passage for those with children that is not easily avoided. We have had great times reading the Night Before Christmas and leaving carrots for the reindeer before a piney tree with colored lights with hokey music and giving holiday hugs and eating Christmas cookies.
    It’s complicated.

  • Natalie Simon – 17 hours ago

    I agree wholeheartedly with Ms. Weinstein. Amen!

  • Ellen Bevins – yesterday

    I find the Christmas/holiday season with all the lights on the trees very uplifting. It does not offend me. I love that the lights are left on throughout the year.

  • Mark Godfried – yesterday

    A jew for 77 years, who has always seen Xmas as a wonderful expression of faith for Christians and acknowledges that historical Jesus existed and bettered mankind. For any of us to do otherwise is disengenuous! Would you not heed Martin Luther Kings words because you are not afro-american! Creches, menorahs, trees, and what-have-you are all welcome! And Joey, you’re right! Let the music start after Thanksgiving!

  • EPK – yesterday

    It doesn’t bother me as long as you don’t bother me about my religion. Live and let live.

  • Jenny Bernstein Rangan – yesterday

    I love Christmas trees, I love Christmas lights, I love giving and receiving Christmas presents. I have a tree and a menorah. Any opportunity to celebrate. The tradition is older than the religion it is associated with and I see it as part of an impulse in the dark of winter to create warmth and joy, connection and sacredness with light.

  • Miriam Weinstein – yesterday

    The Supreme Court has been inconsistent about the constitutionality of this, but as a member of a minority, it always feels hurtful and offensive. Saying that a tree is not a religious symbol is disingenuous. And no, I don’t want a menorah displayed next to the creche.
    The best protection is a separation of church and state.

  • On the third day of Christmas, I saw THREE ships…

    …come sailing in, on my Christmas tree!

    Remember, it’s still Christmas until January 6th (you know, the 12 Days of Christmas…). I didn’t get three French hens, but at the suggestion of several people after my earlier post, I added a third ship to my tree.  (On the left is an origami snowflake folded from a hexagon.)

    What’s a Gloucester Christmas tree without a ship or two?

    Some nautical decorations are necessary on a Christmas tree in a city like Gloucester, so I made these for my tree (which only has origami decorations).

    Models designed by Martin Wall (rear ship) and Patricia Crawford (front ship),  and folded by me, each from one uncut sheet of 5″ square tissue foil.

    Any other Cape Ann origami folders out there? Comment on this post if you’d like to get together to fold from time to time! Maybe we could start a Cape Ann origami group.  I’m willing to teach.

    2011 Tree Decorating With The Girls

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    Shot these with the Mrs’ Nikon D40 and the cheap awesome 35mm nikon 1.8 prime lens I got her for her birthday.  You can find it here. The beauty of a 35mm prime lens this fast is that you can isolate your subjects and throw the background out of focus.  They also perform super well in low light.  With the kit lens that shipped with her D40 I would have had to use the flash and the photos would have had all that blown out whitewashed look to them-UGLY.  Not using the flash with the kit lens would have produced blurry out of focus photos as well.  Love manually focusing with these, makes photography fun!   Every enthusiast photographer that has a dslr or interchangeable lens camera should own a fast 35mm prime. (Paul Morrison this means you)

    Christmas Tree for Liv

    My darling daughter, away at graduate school, is missing home and missing especially Christmas-making. She called last night to request a snapshot of our Christmas tree. My wish for Christmas was that both Liv and Alex could come home for Christmas.  Alex we knew for sure would be home (if for no other reason than he misses home cooked dinners) but Liv started a brand new job with a crazy schedule and is mired in papers and finals.  I learned yesterday that she will be traveling home on the 21st and son will be home Thursday of this week. Happiest of moms am I!

    Click any photo for slideshow.

    Rockport Christmas Tree Donated By The Nagle Family Video- Skip Montello

    Skip writes-

    Hi Joey,

    I had a chance to capture the event of "Christmas" coming to Rockport with the addition of a beautiful 33 foot Christmas tree in Dock Square that was donated by the Nagle family on White Way. The Rockport DPW and Ace Hardware teamed up to carefully cut the 50 + year old tree down and load it onto a flat bed truck for its short journey to Dock Square for all to enjoy during this holiday season.

    Please feel free to post it up on GMG for all to see….

    (Photos and slideshow choreography by Skip Montello)

    Thanks Joey,

    Skip

    North Coast Angler www.northcoastangler.com

    Skip Montello Photos www.skipmontellophotos.com

    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-

     

    Chickity Check It!- Trip For The Tree From Our Senator Bruce Tarr

    Bruce Writes-

    Sister cities Gloucester, Ma and Shelburne, Nova Scotia have a great tradition of Shelburne giving Gloucester a Christmas tree each year and Gloucester’s legislative delegation giving books to the Shelburne library in return.

    A delegation from Gloucester is now on the way to get the tree, with Ringo Tarr at the wheel of the truck and trailer that will carry it on the long journey to its place of honor at Kent Circle.

    I am part of the crew, and we have video equipment so we will post clips of the trip here over the next few days. The first clip is posted below.

    Bruce has his own blog if you didn’t know.  You can check it out here-

    http://www.tarrtalk.com/

     

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