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Joey Ciaramitaro, a blogger from Gloucester, Mass., called it “ridiculously disfigured” and “horribly disproportionate.”

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Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.

New York Times, Front Page.  It’s What We Do.

Click here for the entire story

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Excerpt-

When Jonesport joined Beals to make a lobster trap tree on the island for the first time last year — it was 56 feet tall — Joey Ciaramitaro, a blogger from Gloucester, Mass., called it “ridiculously disfigured” and “horribly disproportionate.”

Mr. Ciaramitaro said he preferred his hometown’s tree, which stands about 35 feet, illuminating a plaza in the fishing city’s downtown. Each year, a local arts group invites children to decorate buoys as ornaments, which are auctioned off to raise money for the group. There are 353 on the tree this year.

“I think ours has a lot more soul in it than the other trees,” Mr. Ciaramitaro said. “It’s not just a bunch of traps all stacked up.”

Gloucester is believed to have started the tradition of the large lobster trap tree when it built its first one in 2001. Janice Lufkin Shea, who was a Gloucester shopkeeper at the time, was frustrated that Main Street had no holiday display. She saw a tiny lobster trap tree in someone’s yard and thought a bigger version would be perfect for downtown.

Legend has it that when people in Rockland, Me., learned of it, they decided they had to have one, too.

Click here for the rest of the story at The New York Times Website

I mean was there ever any question?  Last year’s fair and balanced poll proved out the numbers without a shadow of a doubt- the Gloucester Lobster Trap Tree Is Clearly the Most Beautiful.   Especially when you factor in the love and care from Art Haven and 353 sweet children who pulled together to adorn our tree with community messages and incredible art work.  You see, Gloucester isn’t just one dimensional.  Sure we have a great fishing community but it is so much more.  The Arts, The Food Scene, The Literary Scene, we’re not just a one dimensional fishing town.  We’ve got it all!

The Gloucester Lobster Trap Tree Has Been Constructed and Adorned With Buoys Hand Painted With Love and Special Messages Of Peace, Joy and Hope By The Children Of Gloucester.  And then there are the sterile generic boring trees erected by prisoners of the Maine criminal system who have been incarcerated for unspeakable crimes against the elderly and sick and destitute.

We’ve Got God On Our Side.  The Results Of The Poll Were Inevitable.

The numbers don’t lie, here’s the poll-

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Nice That The Bean’s Buoy Was Featured In The Article-

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Here’s the Bean painting her buoy last week at Art Haven-

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David Brooks, Shane O’Neil and Jesse Cremeans Deliver The Last of The Lobster Trap Tree Traps

It’s all fun when you are building the lobster Trap Tree and there are a bunch of people lending a hand.  Dismantling it and delivering the traps long after the fanfare has subsided shows dedication.

Huge props to the boys working in the snow and cold to finish up a job well done!

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Video with David Brooks and his latest endeavor coming tomorrow.

This Is It!!!!! Friday Night- The Art Haven Lobster Buoy Auction and Art Show

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You know all that positive energy that began way back when the lobstermen donated the use of their traps, the merry elves from Art Haven and the usual suspects spent days coordinating and building the lobster trap tree, the kids (and some adults) painted very special buoys to adorn the shining beacon of community spirit that is The 2010 Lobster Trap Tree?

Well here comes the payoff!  Here comes the celebration!   The night when everyone comes together to laugh, shout and enjoy each other’s company at Cruiseport for the Third Annual Art Haven Lobster Buoy Auction.

What better event to tie our incredible community together than the Art (Art Haven) and Sole (fishing community) in one huge collaborative ball of positive energy?

THIS IS IT!!!!!!

I can personally tell you this event is so much fun.  To see these kids beaming on stage as their hand painted buoy gets bid on is absolutely priceless.

So get yourself and your family down to Art Haven and soak in all that positive energy baby!   It’s on Friday night at 6:00PM

Jan 28th- For More Info- http://www.arthaven.org/

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David Brooks Wrote-

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.

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 Buoys To Paint During The Winter Carnival Block Party! Saturday Dec 18th

Art Haven Director Dawn Gadow Writes-

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to paint buoys at Art Haven last weekend! We had a record number of buoys painted and wanted to make sure to say a huge thanks to Ben’s Paint, Rose’s Marine, Winchester Fishing, Ace Hardware, Building Center, and everyone who came out to help build the lobster trap tree this year! If you haven’t gotten to see it all lit up yet, you better check it out!
Also, since we ran out of buoys last weekend, we’ve got another buoy painting opportunity this Saturday during the Winter Carnival Block Party! We picked up a few more buoys and those who didn’t get a chance last weekend are welcome to come Saturday between 5 and 7 to paint their own unique ornament for this year’s tree. We do still have a limited number, though, so let us know if you’re definitely coming down to paint one and we’ll be sure to have one for you. You can email us at arthaveninfo@gmail.com or call 978.283.3888.
Thanks again to everyone who was a part of this year’s tree (and is going to be this weekend)! Gloucester’s lobster trap tree is clearly the best around – when else is this much of the community involved in one masterpiece?!?
Happy Holidays from Art Haven!
Dawn

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Be A Part of The Gloucester Lobster Trap Tree- Buoy Painting At Art Haven Dec 10th and 11th

What sets our lobster trap tree apart from the inferior sterile ones from Maine?  Well it’s the kids of course!  Our children get to paint buoys at Art Haven with their names or designs or Scenes on them to adorn the tree.

Our tree isn’t just tossed together by a bunch of lobstermen who should be out hauling traps.  Our tree is a true community project in which everyone young and old can adorn and take pride in.   Snoop Maddie Mad and The Bean had a ball last year painting their buoys at Art Haven as part of the Middle street Walk day activities.  You can too!

I’ll go as far as to say that you are a negligent parent if you don’t bring your child down to Art Haven on either the 10th or 11th so they can paint a buoy and be part of a Great Gloucester Tradition!!!  Winking smile

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The Buoys Are All Primed And Waiting For You To Decorate

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Click Pic Below for  Slide Show Of Last Years Lobster Trap Tree Buoys

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Lobster Trap Tree Wars Covered By The Associated Press

Lobster ports create Christmas trees — from traps

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Albert Carver AP – In this photo taken on Dec. 2, 2010, Albert Carver, looks at a 50-foot-tall Christmas tree made of lobster …

By CLARKE CANFIELD, Associated Press Clarke Canfield, Associated Press Sun Dec 5, 10:55 am ET

PORTLAND, Maine – Lobster fishermen are known for bragging about who has the fastest boat or the biggest pickup truck.

Now, some of the top lobster-fishing ports in New England are claiming bragging rights about who has the biggest and best Christmas tree created from lobster traps. As the holiday season gets into full swing, a new lobster trap tree in eastern Maine is stirring the pot.

Gloucester, Mass., started the trap-to-tree tradition 12 years ago, and Rockland, Maine, followed five years later. Both are threatening to be upstaged this year by the small lobstering town of Beals, Maine, which is getting into the act with a monster tree that stands 50 feet tall.

For the rest of the story click the link

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_lobster_trap_trees

I’ve been hearing from friends all over the country that have read this story.  I guess it was the lead story on the Yahoo news page over night.

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

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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

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.

Looking For Lobster Trap Tree Volunteers

Help build the lobster trap tree!

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Hi Joey, 

Please get the word out.

The Planned build for the 2010 Lobster Trap Christmas Tree is This Sat-Sun. Nov. 22-28th. We are still in need of volunteers for the build. Which will start at 9:00 AM. There are a few other ways to help. We are still looking to borrow traps so if you know anyone who may have good strong traps the more the merrier. We are looking to have a total of around 450 traps, the more traps from less fisherman the less we will have to run around. Also we may need help coordinating the events for the lighting of the tree on Dec. 11th around 4:30PM. We may also need someone to coordinate having TV releases for those on camera. So if anyone is interested in that please contact me directly at david-brooks@hotmail.com.  Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, and for those who and to work off the calories I can think of a better way to do that than to lift a few hundred traps.

Best,

David Brooks

I Wanna Puke!!!!

The Discovery Channel chooses to film the construction of The Inferior Vanilla Rockland Lobster Trap tree as opposed to The REAL DEAL.

Read On-

Discovery Channel to film Lobster Trap Christmas Tree

Gloucester’s 2009 Tree-

click picture for slide show

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Rockland’s Crappy Vanilla Tree-

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Thanks to Penelope Crane for alerting me to this horrible injustice.

The Gloucester UK/US Connection

From Linn Parisi-

Hi Joey,

Got this alert from the Gloucestershire UK destination marketing organization executive director whom I’ve been communicating with re: the Gloucester UK/US connection.

The article was in their local paper’s equivalent of the GD Times’ Saturday “Talk of the Times”, on 1/4/10.
Very cool for Gloucester US, the lobster pot tree and Art Haven buoys!
With Art Haven’s Buoy Auction coming up, I thought it would be a good time to share the article and to let everyone know how far reaching the news about the lobster pot tree and Gloucester extends.
 
We’re all giving it our best shot at getting Gloucester out there, right?!
 
Thanks again for all you do-      Linn

The Gloucester UK/US connection, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

 

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