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NEW VIDEO: Gloucester’s Giant Lobster Trap Christmas Tree and Menorah

Wonderful new video from Lisa Smith and Becky Tober, Gloucester’s Giant Lobster Trap Christmas Tree and Menorah ~ Celebrating the Holidays Gloucester Style featuring David Brooks, Jim Dowd, Avery McNiff, Jill Wach, our Joey, and many more!!


Lobster pot tree lighting!

A video posted by Kim Smith (@kimsmithdesigns) on


IMG_5031A new feat in lobster pot tree engineering–we can walk inside the tree!


Lotus caroling at the tree lighting


Another view from inside the tree

Lobster trap buoy tree KIDS BUOY painting all week

Cat Ryan submits-

Hi Joey-
Cool interactive gateway this year on Cape Ann Art Haven lobster trap design! Great photo op for everybody.

If we ever have buoy overflow –or enough requests and funding– wouldn’t it be great to hang the buoys with the wreaths downtown?  We used to have gold buoys with the wreaths.

The wreaths at the train station and along Railroad Avenue look wonderful this year with the new sidewalk.


Tree Lighting and CATA, Where Art Thou?

LobsterTree5321wmI’ve never seen the lobster trap tree lighting, but today I was determined. After the 5pm lighting, I walked to the nearby bus stop, and was ten minutes early. Twenty minutes after the pickup time, still waiting, cold and shivering with my walker, I hobbled back to the gallery. What to do? I called Gloucester Taxi (978-283-0099) for a ride home to Rockport. It cost $11 plus tip ($5). I had a nice and smooth ride with driver Scott. Although CATA is 99% reliable, keep a $20 bill in your wallet, along with the Gloucester Taxi business card.

GloucesterCast 104 Featuring Guests Kim Smith, Donna Ardizzoni and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 11/16/14

GloucesterCast 104 Featuring Guests Kim Smith, Donna Ardizzoni and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 11/16/14

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The Daily Traveler Chimes in On Gloucester’s Most Beautiful Lobster Trap Tree (and those other horribly misfigured Lobster trap trees from other places)


This Is a Thing? Lobster Trap Christmas Trees Are Serious Business in New England

By Jennifer M. Wood

December 7, 2013, 11:00 AM

We’re always excited to discover a Christmas tree that isn’t a “tree” at all. Like the one made of wine bottles at Seattle’s Hotel Vintage Park, the 2,130-foot tall “tree” of lights on the side of Italy’s Mount Ingino, and Lithuania’s recycled plastic bottle spruce. But for more than a decade, a new holiday tradition has been brewing in some of New England’s most charming coastal towns: lobster trap Christmas trees. And the competition to build the best of the bunch has gotten heated. We’re not about to get in the middle of a friendly fishing village rivalry, but take a look at the different ways in which five towns are putting their personal stamps on the lobster trap tree trend.

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I believe we’ve already chimed in year after year on the matter-  the evidence is clear and the people have spoken.   Sane people prefer our Lobster Trap Tree decorated by sweet adoring children from the Gloucester Community with heart felt appreciation for our lobster industry and hard working fishermen to the abominations seen below.

Don’t forget to bring your children down to Art Haven to paint a buoy to adorn the tree.  That’s what separates our lobster trap tree from all those horribly disfigured monstrosity lobster trap trees up in Maine that are all simply  built out of generic traps and cheap pre-made ribbons imported from China and manufactured in sweat shops with unfair labor practices.

Here we go folks, the fourth year of our fair and balanced GMG Lobster Trap Tree poll-

Gloucester’s Lobster Trap Tree Decorated With Hand Painted Buoys By The Loving Appreciative Children Of Gloucester MA-



Provincetown lobster trap tree adorned with cheap imported Chinese pre-made slave labor ribbons-



Isn’t Provincetown where all the gays are?  I know the gays are better than this, much more creative and artistic.  Be better Provincetown, you’re not representing well here- at all.


Then you got the terribly disfigured one from Maine where it looks more like a Christmas Spike than a Christmas Tree-


GloucesterCast 12/1/13 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guests Toby Pett and Amandacakes


GloucesterCast Taped 12/1/13 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guests Toby Pett and Amandacakes

Topics Include: Family Cookie Day, Turducken, ChromeCast, Downtown Gloucester Ladies Night, The Hive Gift Wrapping Service, Buoy Painting, Lobster Trap Tree, Rockland Maine’s Lobster Trap Spike, Favorite Gloucester Breakfasts, Sugar Mag’s, Lobster Land, Sailor Stans, Mamie’s Kitchen, Charlie’s Place, George’s Coffee Shop, Willow Rest, Best House Made Hash, West Indian Hash, Reader Subjects, Cruise Ships, Beauport Princess, Thanksgiving Dinner, Turkey Pot Pie, Sista Felicia On Cover Of Cape Ann Magazine, Mariposa, Lowell Peabody Call-Out, New GMG Technical Jackets, Manchester Athletic Club Holiday Fair

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Bex Borden from Art Haven Shares Gloucester’s Lobster Trap Tree Story

BuildingTree_DavidBrooks and Ed CollardDavid Brooks and Ed Collard

Recently Rebecca Borden, President and Interim Executive Director of Cape Ann Art Haven, was asked by Conde Nast Traveler to provide background information on Gloucester’s lobster trap tree for an online slideshow they are preparing about New England’s lobster trap Christmas trees. Rebecca shared with me the same information for a Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism post on which I am working. Especially as the tree has become a holiday tradition beloved by all, I thought our GMG readers would love to know the story as well.

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Rebecca writes ~

“Our tree is about 45′ tall and is built from 350 traps. We go for quality community engagement experience over height alone. The idea behind the tree began in 2001 by Janice Lufkin Shea, a downtown business owner. Jeff Worthley started it and built it for 10-years and then handed it off to David Brooks, founder of Cape Ann Art Haven and Ed Collard from the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.


No one “owns” the tree. Local lobstermen donate their traps and volunteers work to build it. The fire department uses their hook and ladder to set the star at the top.  It is truly an event that brings out the best in the Cape Ann community and that’s why Cape Ann Art Haven has played a leadership role making it happen for the last six years. Cape Ann Art Haven is a community space where artists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to develop creativity and confidence through hands on learning and collaboration.  BuoyPainting3

We close off Main Street for our tree lighting ceremony because we have so many people and families that attend the event. I cannot put an exact number on those who show up but its in the hundreds. Everyone loves the tree – it is a beloved symbol of our winter holiday season.

Buoys Ready for Auction

BuoyPainting1BuoyPaintingFamilyOne of the things that makes our tree unique is that we have children paint donated buoys the week before the tree lighting ceremony. Last year we had more than 440 buoys painted by children – it’s a really big deal for them. The buoys are then used as “ornaments” to decorate the tree. When the tree comes down in January, we keep the buoys and auction them off as a fundraiser for Cape Ann Art Haven where they can go as high as $450 each. We also have local artists create specialty buoys and those have gone as high as $750 each.”

GFD+HangingStarGloucester Fire Department

All Photos Courtesy David Brooks

2013 Gloucester MA Lobster Trap Tree Being Built

Bex submits-

All the traps are on loan from local lobstermen.

Volunteers dedicate a weekend to building the tree.

Children paint buoys as “ornaments” to decorate the tree. Buoy Painting is December 14 and the Tree Lighting Ceremony is 4:30 – 5:00 on December 14.

When the tree comes down in January, the buoys are saved and auctioned off as a fundraiser for Cape Ann Art Haven on January 24th @ Gloucester Cruiseport.

Thank you to Awesome Gloucester for awarding Cape Ann Art Haven $1000 towards the Lobster Trap Tree and Buoy Painting Week!



Taking down the Lobsta Trap Tree

So many volunteers today, Maryanne, Rich Bean, B.J. Mohan, Steve Douglas, Bree and her daughter, Patrick Kelly, Rick Moore, Oliver Cleary, Ed Collard, Melissa Cox, Andrew NiCastro, Peter Asaro, Little Jeremiah,  Justin, and dad Tim, Nick Zagami and Heather Smidt (they are from Waltham and FOB’s), David Brooks and Donna Ardizzoni, a big THANK YOU.  It was another fun ways to spend 5 hours.  If I missed anyone to thank please forgive me.

January 12, 2013taking down the lobster trap tree

January 12, 2013 Ed, Nick Heather, Melissa

January 12, 2013 loading up the truck

January 12, 2013 Rick on top of the truck

January 12, 2013 littlest helper Jerimah

Big Time Kudos To Those That Step Up Long After The Glory Is Gone

Rich Bean Submits This Photo-

After the thanks are handed out and the lobster trap tree is lit in the dead cold of the middle of winter the arduous task of taking the lobster trap trree has to take place.  Thank you  to all of those who pitch in to help take it down.

Hopefully Ed or David or Donna or Bex has a list of those that contributed their efforts, taking it down

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