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A Lobster Trap tree mini buoy from Cape Ann Art Haven goes to the State House

More public art and heart-

Thanks to Janice Lufkin-Shea, Pauline Bresnahan, Hannah Morris, David Brooks Cape Ann Art Haven, Senator Tarr and others,  Gloucester and its lobster trap tree and traditions  have a place in the Massachusetts Senate President’s Office. Here are photos of Senator Bruce Tarr with Stan Rosenberg, the 93rd President of the Massachusetts Senate, in the Senate President’s Office. First two photos from inside the State House were from Senator Tarr.

David Brooks writes that he hopes the buoy will be a permanent ornament, “but I’m not sure how long it will last. Its made of a small plastic net buoy and plaster. We made it as an Art Haven team and tried to make it look like a kid did it so it fit the character of the tree.” Perhaps a bronze version may be commissioned from Cape Ann Art Haven one day.

There were special ornaments to discover on the tree in City Hall, too, in the rotunda outside the Office of the Mayor.

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Lobster Trap Tree – 2012 -2016

The first one I saw in 2012 was amazing and it gets better every year! From the days of stacked traps and colored lights we now have a wider base with doorways opening the inside with cantilevered traps opening up the center of the tree for a great view from inside, a look at the dome and viewing a light show of Christmas Colors on the floor. (The lightshow with its colored moving dots of light brought back memories of college…but that’s another story!) The stack is tighter and now the traps are color coordinated Yellow and Green by level and the colored lights have given way to energy efficient white LEDs.  The yearly engineering advances allow for more and more hand painted buoys from the kids at Art Haven. Hard to imagine anything more spirit lifting than just walking past the tree, not to mention spending some time in it and around! I met two photographers who were waiting for the light to go down and then were going from Gloucester to Rockport, ME and Portland to capture some other trap trees. Their take? Others might be a little taller but none are better than Gloucester’s tree!

BEAUTIFUL EARNESTNESS

Buoy painting today, up to the very last moment before the tree was lit.

LIVE FROM GLOUCESTER’S LOBSTER POT TREE LIGHTING!

Four, three, two, one…Merry Christmas!

 

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SHOUT OUT TO ART HAVEN’S DAVID BROOKS AND CREW

david-brooks-cape-ann-art-haven-lobster-pot-tree-gloucester-december-10-2016-copyright-kim-smithThank you to David Brooks, the Art Haven crew, the lobstermen who donated their traps, and all the buoy painters for their phenomenal creation of Gloucester’s 2016 lobster pot tree. The most magical to date (if that is possible) and as always, the “World’s Best Lobster Pot Tree!” Thank you for this beautiful gift, and for all that you do for our community throughout the year.

David placing the star with the firemen, crew adding finishing touches, and Tim Bushfield and band from the East Gloucester Community Church leading carolsimg_1616-2

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Three festive Thursdays in December: you can’t beat Gloucester’s Main Street for the holidays

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Scenes from Ladies Night — which kicked off big at Topside Grill!

Their wrap-around bar and surrounding tables at capacity with gals gathered round and special appetizers and drinks.

 

If you missed Ladies Night, still to come:

  • Friends and Family Night this Thursday Dec 8, 5-10pm

  • Middle Street Walk Saturday Dec 10 capped off by Cape Ann Art Haven buoy Lobster Trap tree ceremony 4pm

  • Men’s Night Thursday Dec 15

 

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photos from Ladies Night

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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!!

LIVE FROM LOBSTER TRAP TREE LIGHTING! 

Lobster pot tree lighting!

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

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Lotus caroling at the tree lighting

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Another view from inside the tree

Lobster trap buoy tree KIDS BUOY painting all week

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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.

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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.

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