Tag Archives: Pauline’s Gifts

Operation Troop Support

Pauline Bresnahan forwards the Cape Ann Veterans Services list. “Please share, boxes will be shipped overseas to arrive in time for the Holidays.” When my kids were at East Gloucester  awesome Mrs. Pierce organized for this collection, helping kids understand the significance and giving them an opportunity to be helpful and give back.



Phyllis A Marine Assoc Fall Art Show & Sale @ Marine Railways

In case you missed the one day art show for the Phyllis A Marine Assoc good cause, here’s a link to their current  fundraising campaign. The photographs indicate some of the participating artists–look for their work!


more than one hour at a time and always smiling

Greg and Gold Star Mom Anita Coullard Dziedzic present a $2000 check to Cape Ann Veterans Services- honoring her son Sgt David J Coullard by helping returning veterans


Anita sharing a photo of her son with Adam Curcuru, Director Cape Ann Veterans Services

Anita’s son David served in the Marine Corps and was killed in action on August 1, 2005. She and her husband, Greg,  help returning veterans. They spoke about her son and some of the projects they’ve supported. Good Morning Gloucester readers may remember Anita’s joy in finding a Paul Frontiero “Art, Rocks!”, and donating a flag to the Boulevard. Anita’s mom was born in Gloucester in 1917; her Uncle was dear friends with Pauline Bresnahan’s father.

Adam Curcuru and the veterans office volunteers discussed projects that the Cape Ann Veterans Services is involved with. Stories were shared and a few tears. It was all very inspiring. We passed around a copy of the children’s book that is going to all the elementary school classes for Veterans Day.  We spent time admiring the Welcome Home to Cape Ann Veterans Gift Packages, a program “designed to show Cape Ann’s appreciation for our returning veterans and let them know that Cape Ann supports them in this process of transitioning out of the military and back into our community.”


With or without the Gloucester family connections, I believe that Anita and Greg are so impressed by the Cape Ann Veterans Services that they would be delighted to work together anyhow. Learn more about David, and Anita and Greg’s projects  http://www.sgtdavidcoullard.com. Mutts Mending Military  is another organization they’ve supported. How nice that Cape Ann Veterans Services is included.

I learned that the 2016 Welcome Home to Cape Ann Veterans we left the light on for you Gift Packages were made possible by the Cape Ann Veterans Services, Gloucester MA Elks Lodge #892, and the Manchester Athletic Club, and that they are made extra homey special because they are stuffed with support information and gift certificates from so many local donors, businesses and organizations:

A Shade Down

Ace Hardware at Gloucester Crossing

Azorean Restaurant

Blue Marlin Grille

Brothers’ Brew Coffee Shop

Cape Ann Lanes

Cape Ann Veterans Services

Cape Ann Whale Watch

Randy Korpi Carpenter

Celia’s Flower Studio

Destino’s Subs & Catering

Dunkin Donuts

Elks Lodge #892, Gloucester 

Extreme Truck and Auto Repair


Gloucester High School

Gloucester High School art department

Gloucester House

Gold Coast Realty  (North Shore’s)

Goodwin Party Shop

Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant

Jeff’s Variety & Deli

La Casa DeLuis

Linsky’s Service Station

Magnolia 525 Tavern

Manchester Athletic Club

David and Jeana JMB Narkowitz


Orlando & Associates

Our Lady of Good Voyage, Gloucester

Pauline’s Gifts

Gary Porter

Dr. Dana Powers Manchester

Dr. Michael Powers Gloucester

Tim and Lori Sandborn


Stone’s Pub & Eatery

Styles on Main Salon & Spa

Sunbanque Tanning

Virgilio’s Bakery

Nancy and Joe Virgilio

Dr. Robert Viventi

Yankee Fleet


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Pauline Bresnahan goes to the State House: Watch it live 1pm


Congratulations, Pauline! She is one of the inspiring women to be honored today at the State House in the 13th Annual Unsung Heroines Award from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. Gloucester can watch it live on app Periscope at 1pm! This will be the first time the Unsung Heroines event is livestreaming, and the first time Pauline has been inside the State House.  

Open the Periscope app in your phone or tablet. Search for “MassCSW” 1pm live feed.


Cape Ann Chamber Spring Tourism Mixer Mile Marker1





Live blogging: it is a gorgeous night and packed — ready for discussing upcoming season plans! Mile Marker One looks beautiful — getting all their outdoor decks ready to roll.


*news update: I amended the post to update it with some names and businesses seen in the photos and at the party–which I couldn’t manage live blogging.

So who was there and who helped?

Peter Webber, Ken Riehl, Kerry McKenna were there for the Chamber. The photographs show a range of businesses and organizations across Cape Ann coming together on such a nice evening like: Blue Shutters Beachside Inn, Cape Ann Camp Site, Cape Ann Plein Air, Cruiseport, Gloucester Stage,  Vista motel, artist Melody Phaneuf, Mile Marker One, North Shore Music, Pauline’s Gifts, Rocky Neck Art Association, Ryan and Wood, Schooner Adventure, seArts, Seven Seas Whale Watch, and Woodmans.

The Spring Tourism Mixer was presented by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s Tourism Council. Members of the Tourism Council are:

Sara Young (Chair) Schooner Adventure;

Matt Anzivino, Rockport Inn & Suites;

Laura Dow, Vista motel;

Tony Sapienza, Blue Shutters Beachside Inn;

Bonnie Scatterday, Woodman’s;

Jim Douglass, Cape Ann Whale Watch;

Meredith Anderson, Cape Ann Museum;

Rev. Sue Koehler-Arsenault, Rockport Cultural District;

Tom Balf, Maritime Gloucester;

Steve Frisch, Loblolly Seal Cruises;

Richard Nestel, Lantana House;

Ted Marshall, Agawam Boat and Fishing Charters;

Carol Thistle, City of Gloucester Community Development/Tourism;

Mike Storella, Central Street Gallery;

Charlie Brackett, Brackett’s Oceanview Restaurant;

Tony Beadle, Rockport Music 

GLOUCESTER 18up and Under30: COOK UP SOME GOOD ART THIS SEMESTER and let your hometown buy Thanksgiving Break Pop Up Art Fair

Cat Ryan submits-

Hi Joey

Check out this great idea! Pauline Bresnahan, artist owner Pauline’s Gifts, mom of three (one a 4th generation Gloucester artist herself) had this great idea to help kids with the business side of art.

Save the date pop up art fair for gloucester college

Gloucester College Students

Thanksgiving Break Pop Up Art Fair sale and exhibit

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on how grateful you are and remember others. We want to thank you by celebrating your art. Home for the holidays- or not- here’s a chance to show what you’ve done and add an exhibit to your CV! Way better than calling your mother. But do that, too.

Where: the HIVE part of Art Haven (established 2008!) amazing arts center is the host venue, 11 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.

When: One day only, Saturday 11/28/15, from 4-8pm, Thanksgiving break weekend

It’s also “Small Business Saturday” – just after Black Friday. Come downtown and support our local shops and young artists. BONUS! 8pm is still early night for young creatives

Who: Gloucester creative collegiates, recent grads, 18 up and under 30

What: Exhibit a sample of your art, any media (sculptor, song writer, musician, poet, jeweler, dancer, graphic designer, ceramicist) Take us from “Hey my kid could do that” to “Hey my kid did that!” and “I want it!” We’ll help figure out the display if you can’t. You are responsible for delivery and take away. Stay in touch for more information.

We’re in the ‘save the date’ early planning stage and hope:

· that you can be there in person to experience the pop up art fair exhibit and celebration, host your ‘booth’, network, and more. If you can’t your art can (and your friends and family at home can drop by. More than turkey for the empty nesters.)

· that you can sell something

· that a digital one page tear sheet for each artist is created

· that you buddy up with one TAG artist

· that a directory is fostered – like an alumni news so you can together share contacts and expertise, friendship,  and that you can build a contact list of people interested in your work

· Did you know that Pauline’s daughter, Kate, David Brooks (founder Art Haven) and Leon Doucette (currently working at Cape Ann Museum) graduated the same year from Gloucester High? What other local news will we learn?

Contact: Email Pauline Bresnahan paulinebresnahan@hotmail.com

if you want to exhibit, if you’re a parent of a college student who may want to hear about it, if you’d like to help, if you’d like to be a sponsor. Three artists have already signed up Kate Bresnahan, James Curcuru and Nicole Dahlmer.

GloucesterCast 130 With Toby Pett and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/6/15 #GloucesterMA

GloucesterCastSquareGloucesterCast 130 With Toby Pett and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/6/15

Topics Include: Guest Toby Pett, Jazz Brunch at 525, Easter at Sista Felicia’s, Felicia’s Grille Lamb Chops, Toby Qualifies His Celebration Of Easter, Dispelling The Cafe Bishco Rumor, Some Movement at The Former Giuseppe’s Site, Indian Joint Plea, Pauline Bresnahan Doing Pauline Bresnahan Things…, Special Olympics Coming To Gloucester, 2015 GMG Photography Show This Friday Night Hope To See All Our GMG Friends There, Bikini Speedo Dodgeball This Sunday At Camp Spindrift Event Page Here, Sign Up For UBER here and use coupon code CAPEANN to get a free ride, John McElhenny fearful of imprisonment by ISIS for wearing his skinny jeans, Feel less comfortable temperature-wise this spring vs last winter, Boston Massacre Roller Derby Home Opener Coming Up, Rockport @ Night Rockport Twitteratti Are Social Media Savages, Miranda Russell Donates Two Tickets To Her Upcoming Show For The Podcast Subscriber Contest


This Week’s Podcast Subscriber Contest Winner Will Win Two Free Tickets At The Shalin Liu For The Miranda Russell Band’s May 7th Concert Details Here

Thank You Pauline Bresnahan From Pauline’s Gifts

For making this special flag for my Beannie’s Birthday sail Smile

Check her out on Facebook – Pauline’s Gifts On Facebook

She does custom mailboxes, flags, you name it.


and Captain Heath Ellis For hanging it for us.


Pauline’s Gifts was voted number one gift shop on Cape Ann –


512 Essex Ave Rt 133

Gloucester, Massachusetts

(978) 281-5558

Today 11:00am – 5:00pm


New Fiesta Greasy Pole Caps Available at Pauline’s Gifts!

Pauline writes-

Hi everyone, these are designed by a Gloucester artist and made locally. First shipment almost gone. Next shipment on Tuesday, red and tan caps. In case you wanted one for yourself or a gift.
Thanks and please share.
Supporting Local!!


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Pauline Breshnahan On The American Flag


With Memorial Day this weekend I thought I could pass along a little information on flying your American flag that people may or may not know.

On Memorial Day flags should be flown at half-staff until noon.

It should not be displayed at all during stormy or rainy weather, unless for some special reason and in NO case should it ever touch the ground. It should be raised with hearty briskness and when lowered, it should be done solemnly and slowly.

When the flag is displayed horizontally or vertically flat against a wall or similar place, the blue field must be at the left of a person facing it.
I have proudly sold American flags at the store for over 12 years and proudly carry ONLY American flags that are Made in USA!

Whenever purchasing an American flag I think that people do not realize that many of the flags that cost less are made overseas.

Please buy American and fly it with pride.

Our next important date for flying your American flag is Flag day which is June 14th.

Don’t forget to thank a Veteran this weekend.

Pauline Bresnahan

Pauline’s Gifts 512 Essex Ave.

Gloucester, MA 01930 www.paulinesgiftshop.com

New Handpainted Flags at Paulines Gifts

Hi Joey,
Tom and Lisa from the amazing “LOBSTER POOL” restaurant have been coming into the store for many years purchasing flags. This year after no luck finding a pre-made lobster flag for the restaurant I offered to paint one for them.
Should be flying there this weekend. It was a lot of fun creating this for them.
I think after this hand painting flags will be a new item for the shop.
Thanks and hope to see you soon.

Pauline Bresnahan
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