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WEDDING BELLS FOR MOLLY ROSS AND RYAN STOKES AT THE LOBSTER TRAP TREE

Thank you to Sheree Zizak, owner of the Beauport Hotel, who shared that the bride and groom that braved Saturday’s snowstorm to have photos taken in front of Lobster Trap Tree are Molly Ross and Ryan Stokes. Molly and Ryan held their reception at the beautiful Beauport Hotel.

Many of us marveled at how relaxed were the wedding party, especially the bride and bridesmaids, wearing sleeveless dresses and gold heels in the slush and freezing snow. Art Haven’s program director Cathy Kelley, on the spur of the moment, quickly painted a buoy with wedding rings and the date, and David Brooks presented the buoy to the happy couple. Congratulations Molly and Ryan!

MORE PICS FROM #GLOUCESTERMA LOBSTER TRAP TREE LIGHTING FESTIVITIES!

Last batch of photos from the festive and fabulous Lobster Trap Tree preparations, lighting, and party. Go see–the tree looks beautiful day or night. Hats off and thank you to David Brooks, Shawn Henry, Traci Thayne Corbett, Cathy Kelley, and every one of the volunteers who have created this wonderful holiday tradition for all to enjoy! See you at the Buoy Auction at Cruiseport on January 26th!

WEDDING PARTY AT THE LOBSTER TRAP TREE!

A wedding party shows up during the Lobster Trap Tree lighting preparations and David Brooks has on hand a buoy to give to the newlyweds 🙂

RAIN OR SNOW, COME ON DOWN FOR LOBSTER TRAP TREE LIGHTING TONIGHT!

Despite the soggy wet snow and freezing temperatures, the Lobster Trap Tree lighting is taking place right on schedule. Caroling begins at 4:30.

It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas…at the Beauport

Christmas at the Beauport is beautiful.  I stopped by for an hour the other day while they were still in the midst of decorating.  I struggled with wanting to take photos …and wanting to stay out of their way.  So, this is all I left with…but, you get the gist.  I look forward to going back for a holiday cocktail and to enjoy the holiday ambience again soon.

SCENES FROM THE LAST NIGHT OF OPEN STUDIO LOBSTER TRAP TREE BUOY PAINTING AND WHY WE LOVE CAPE ANN ART HAVEN!

Thank you to Cape Ann Art Haven’s program director Cathy Kelley and executive director Traci Thayne Corbett for the invitation to photograph this year’s Lobster Trap Tree lighting and buoy painting. The joy was all mine–the children’s enthusiasm, the pride and joy on their faces, the parent’s participation, and the priceless gift of community spirit make this one of Cape Ann’s most cherished (and most fun) holiday traditions. And it has been wonderful to see how conscientiously Traci and Cathy run the program and how caring and thoughtful they are with the children.

Did you know that Cape Art Haven buoy painting is 100 percent FREE and open to the entire community?

What has become a much beloved Cape Ann tradition is a way of saying thank you from Art Haven to the community. If you haven’t already done so, please consider donating to this tremendously worthwhile organization. Not only is buoy painting free, but all the programs Art Haven offers are available to everyone, whether or not they have the ability to pay. Visit the Cape Ann Art Haven website here to learn more about classes, scholarships, the teen guild, and more.

So, please, donate to Art Haven today!

Lobster Trap Tree lighting Saturday, December 9th, at 4:30. Party after at Art Haven.

DONATE HERE

The Littlest Buoy Painter ~ Two-year old Marissa evolving from a not-too-messy handprint to full coverage 🙂

LITTLEST BUOY PAINTER

Posting lots of photos tomorrow from Cape Ann Art Haven’s last day of buoy painting before the grand tree lighting event (Saturday, December 9th at 4:30pm). The wall of buoys is growing and growing!

We love @capeannarthaven ❤️

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Marissa, two years old

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY FOR BUOY PAINTING AND LOBSTER TRAP TREE LIGHTING SCHEDULE

LAST DAY FOR BUOY PAINTING!

O’ Maley Middle School: Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Open Day for Everyone: Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Manchester/Essex Elementary: Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm

Lobster Trap Tree Lighting and Party at Art Haven After
December 9th, 4:30 pm, Main St at Lobster Trap Tree

Buoy Auction
January 26, 5-8pm, Cruiseport

THE WALL OF BUOYS IS GROWING EVER GREATER! @GLOUCESTERMA #LOBSTERTRAPTREE

Wednesday afternoon is the very last day of buoy painting before the great Lobster Trap Tree lighting. Don’t miss all the fun!

O’ Maley Middle School:  Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Open Day for Everyone: Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Manchester/Essex Elementary:  Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm

Lobster Trap Tree Lighting and Party at Art Haven after

December 9th, 4:30 pm, Main St at Lobster Trap Tree

Buoy Auction

January 26, 5-8pm, Cruiseport

SCENES FROM ART HAVEN’S LOBSTER TRAP TREE COMMUNITY-WIDE BUOY PAINTING TODAY

Throngs of young painters filled Art Haven today at the community-wide buoy painting for Gloucester’s very special Lobster Trap Tree. A line formed out the door, but it wasn’t a long wait before kids were seated at a work table, supplied with blank buoys, paints, and brushes.

With thanks to founder David Brooks, executive director Traci Thayne Corbett, and assisted by a tremendous team of staff and volunteers, the children are participating in a wonderful holiday event, sharing a bit of Gloucester culture, holiday tradition, and FUN!
On Monday, children from Rockport are invited to attend. Wednesday, students form Manchester/Essex Elementary and O’Maley will be painting and Wednesday is also the last day for community-wide buoy painting. 
Rockport Elemenary School:  Monday 12/4 – 3:30-5:00pm
O’ Maley Middle School:  Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Open Day for Everyone: Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Manchester/Essex Elementary:  Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm

Lobster Trap Tree Lighting and Party at Art Haven after

December 9th, 4:30 pm, Main St at Lobster Trap Tree

Buoy Auction

January 26, 5-8pm, Cruiseport

MCELHENNYS SPIED AT THE LOBSTER TRAP TREE!

After painting buoys, the McElhennys stopped by the police station to meet several of the awesome Gloucester police officers. Dax could not have been more thrilled with his official Gloucester police sticker badge and officer cards.

Dax, Ruby, and John

WEST PARISH LOBSTER TRAP TREE BUOY PAINTERS!

Art Haven’s Executive Director Traci Thayne Corbett and Cathy Kelley are doing a fantastic job managing the fabulous buoy painting taking place daily after school. Today they were joined by volunteers Michael Kelley and Lianna Sours. The finished buoys are gathering in great piles all around the studio. Today’s ernest artists were representing from West Parish Elementary. Saturday, December 2nd, buoy painting continues, and is open studio day for any young person.

Michael and Cathy Kelley, Lianna Sours, and Traci Thayne Corbett

 
West Parish Elementary: Friday – 12/1 – 3:30-5:00pm
Open Day for Everyone: Saturday – 12/2 – 10:0am – 1:00pm
Rockport Elemenary School:  Monday 12/4 – 3:30-5:00pm
O’ Maley Middle School:  Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Open Day for Everyone: Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Manchester/Essex Elementary:  Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm

Lobster Trap Tree Lighting and Party at Art Haven after

December 9th, 4:30 pm, Main St at Lobster Trap Tree

Buoy Auction

January 26, 5-8pm, Cruiseport

BUOY PAINTING SEASON HAS BEGUN!

Art Haven was filled with the joyful sounds of happy painters. Today, Veterans and East Gloucester Elementary School kids participated in Gloucester’s traditional buoy painting. Tomorrow, Plum Cove and Beeman students:)

East Gloucester Elementary: Wednesday 11/29 – 3:30-5:00pm
Veterans Memorial: Wednesday 11/29 – 3:30-5:00pm
Plum Cove Elemenary: Thursday 11/30 – 3:30-5:00pm
Beeman Elementary: Thursday 11/30 – 3:30-5:00pm
West Parish Elementary: Friday – 12/1 – 3:30-5:00pm
Open Day for Everyone: Saturday – 12/2 – 10:0am – 1:00pm
Rockport Elemenary School:  Monday 12/4 – 3:30-5:00pm
O’ Maley Middle School:  Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Open Day for Everyone: Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Manchester/Essex Elementary:  Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Lobster Trap Tree LIghting and Party at Art Haven after
December 9th, 4:30 pm, Main St at Lobster Trap Tree
Buoy Auction
January 26, 5-8pm, Cruiseport

BUILDING THE LOBSTER TRAP CHRISTMAS TREE #GLOUCESTERMA


As of Friday afternoon, and in preparation of building the Lobster Trap Tree, the base of the tree was aligned in a circle. Many more traps were stacked neatly in piles around the perimeter.

David Brooks and the Art Haven crew began building the tree Saturday morning. Around and around and around the crew worked stacking traps all day, carefully securing each and every pot with ties. As the tree grew taller and taller, the man on the ground passed the lobster trap to the next person in the chain, hand to hand, to the top of the tree. By early evening Saturday the last lobster trap was in place and the tree construction complete.

The Lobster Trap Tree lighting ceremony takes place December 9th on Saturday afternoon at around 4:30.

Teamwork!

Unlike in previous years where our local lobsterman have generously donated their working traps, this year’s brand spanking new traps were donated by Three Lanterns Marine & Fishing. The lobster traps are deep green, with lighter bright green nets, and red plastic escape vents. As Joey Ciaramitaro and lobster boat Captain Mark Ring explained, modern lobster pots are designed with in-trap escape vents, which allow for freedom of movement in and out of the trap by lobsters that are too small to catch legally. The larger in-trap escape vented lobster traps are one of the many ways Massachusetts lobstermen work together to insure a sustainable lobster fisheries for future generations.

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