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SHOP LOCAL DOWN-TO-THE-WIRE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IDEAS

While out running holiday errands today, it was wonderful to see our local shops crowded with Christmas shoppers and brimming with good cheer. A few last minute stocking stuffer and gift ideas ~

Stocking stuffers from Nichols Candies – heavenly dark chocolate dipped cherries!

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More exquisite Folly Cove Designs from Alexandra's Bread!

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Shopping Bananas for holiday bling!

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Rockport Winter Farmers Market on SATURDAY. Plus more stuff…

Christmas in Rockport this year has been Christmas-ier than I can ever remember it being in the 14 years I’ve been around (now you all know that I’m 14 years old, because of course I was born a Rockport native). You will get in the spirit in spite of yourself, even if the weather is so mild it’s more like June (which is always so freakin cold here) than December.

TOMORROW the Rockport Winter Farmers Market features fresh food from actual farmers who grow stuff and have been growing stuff specifically for this market and the Cape Ann Farmers Market (next Saturday 12/19 in Gloucester!). So don’t let the farmers down and come buy fresh, local food. The market will also feature baked goods, nisu bread, pickles, fruits, granola, nuts, and more more more. 9am to 1pm at the Rockport Community House at 58 Broadway.

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A raffle to support the work of the nonprofit Rockport Exchange (organizers of the farmers’ market) will be part of the fun. A bag of Rockport Farmers Market swag will be raffled every hour on the hour (10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm) so buy a ticket for just $1 and have a swell time winning stuff, supporting the market, and most importantly, supporting local food producers.

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Also: Spiran Lodge has the annual Jul Fest tomorrow! This is a fantastic Rockport tradition and a nod to the village’s heritage. Pickled herring can be yours, along with tons of other great food and crafts. 9 to 1pm at Spiran Lodge on Broadway. And Rockport’s annual Gallery Stroll is tomorrow, with Rockport artists welcoming visitors to town.

AND the entire Charlie Brown Christmas album will be featured at the Old Sloop Coffeehouse Saturday night! This is just too much…. come for the Rockport Winter Farmers Market and stay for the day, ending the evening listening to live music, sipping coffee at the Old Sloop Coffeehouse at the beautiful First Congregational Church on Main Street in Rockport.

 

THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM IS BRIMMING WITH FABULOUS HOLIDAY GIFTS!

Thank you to Leslie Heffron who mentioned in last week’s podcast that she had done nearly all her holiday shopping at the Cape Ann Museum. The Museum’s gift shop is simply a treasure trove of unique and special gifts for loved ones of all ages on your Christmas list.

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The inspirational and beautiful Folly Cove Designers Catalogue is in its third printing! First published in 1996 in conjunction with an exhibition held at the Cape Ann Museum, the book incorporates updated information.

Cape Ann Museum -7 ©Kim Smith 2015From the witty and wonderful art of Virginia Lee Burton comes the Cape Ann Museum’s exclusive new carry-all tote bag “Gossips.” Made of a very sturdy 100 percent cotton, with magnetic closure and zippered inside pocket. 

Cape Ann Museum -2©Kim Smith 2015Terrific Trivets!

Cape Ann Museum ©Kim Smith 2015The Museum is closed tomorrow, Wednesday, for the 7th Annual Women’s Luncheon, and will reopen Thursday at the usual 10am time. Open Tuesday through Sunday, the Cape Ann Museum also has a terrific schedule of events lined up for Saturday, December 12th, for the Middle Street Walk. Click here for programming. The Museum is free and open to the public all day.

Cape Ann Museum's Victoria decorating for the 7th Annual Women's a Holiday Luncheon.

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HOLIDAY SHOP LOCAL SUPER SCOOP: FOLLY COVE DESIGNS FOR SALE AT ALEXANDRA’S BREAD!

Alexandra's Bread Louise kenyon ©Kim Smith 2015Don’t miss this rare opportunity to purchase exquisite handmade vintage linens. Pictured above is a Louise Kenyon table mat from 1943, in absolute mint condition. Alexandra has a fabulous array of table runners, place mats, and holiday cards by Folly Cove trained artists Sara Elizabeth and Isabel Natti, printed on cotton on the original acorn press. The prices are incredibly reasonable, starting at only five dollars for the cards and twenty dollars for the linens. I am positive any one of these whimsical designs would make a treasured gift (or you may just have to purchase one for yourself as I am so tempted to do!). Alexandra has many more designs than what you see pictured here so stop in and have a look see!

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Alexandra's Bread Isabel Natti Lobster ©Kim Smith 2015

Alexandra’s Bread is located at 265 Main Street, Gloucester. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30am to 5pm.

To learn more about Virginia Lee Burton and the Folly Cove Designers, visit the Cape Ann Museum’s beautiful collection of art and artifacts from the group’s heyday, on display in the Folly Cove room.

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Sista Felicia & Marshall’s Farmstand Are All In On Local Farmers Markets! Catch Us Today @ The Magnolia Farmers Market! 

 

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IMG_3346Sista Felicia’s Menu for Today Magnolia Farmer’s Market    
     
Marshalls Farm Fresh Corn Salad

Olive Tapenade

Captain Joe & Son’s Lobster Dip

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Marshall’s Farmstand Fresh Produce

Corn, Kale, Beets, Carrots, Zucchini, Sumer Squash, Lettuce, Raspberries, Basil Dill, Eggplant, Cucumber, Pickling Cucumber, Sweet Onion

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This Morning Sista Felicia Shopped Local for the freshest ingredients for today’s menu!

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Filling Easter Baskets with Mariposa at Harbor Loop Gifts!

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Spring has Sprung in Sista’s Mariposa!

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I decided to shop “Harbor Loop Gifts,” located at the Building Center on Harbor Loop here in Gloucester for useful items to fill a nontraditional Easter Basket filled with my beloved Mariposa tableware! Harbor Loop Gifts has a wonderful assortment of collectable pieces from the Local “Mariposa” company’s product line, and is my go to store to purchase gifts of Mariposa for friends and family throughout the year!  One of the great things about gifting Mariposa aside from the fact it always makes a perfect gift for any occasion, is that it’s sold at many different price points. I fell in love with the Starfish Salt & Pepper Set, Butter Dish and Trivet on display at the store. Below are a few photos of the Starfish pieces arranged in baskets that I prepared and brought with me to the store, to use as props to highlight a few gift basket ideas for last minute Easter shoppers!

 

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If you’re still looking for a special gift basket idea, or special something to add to a loved one’s Easter Basket, or in need of a hostess gift for the chef preparing your Easter feast, stop by and check out the selection of Mariposa gifts available at Harbor Loop Gifts!  

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Mariposa will make a great addition to any Easter basket!  

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Beautiful handcrafted Easter Sheep Mazapan a perfect addition to any Easter Basket!


Small Single Sheep $15, Large in Basket $18

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Enter Raffle To Win Giant Uova di Pasqua!

Tickets on sale now for a chance to win the “Uova di Pasqua” Giant Chocolate Easter Egg! A Traditional Italian Chocolate Egg Suprise, enjoyed by all ages during the Easter Holiday!

IMG_4470Caffe Sicilia has an assortment of  Uova di Pasqua Eggs available for sale while supplies last! Shop Caffe Sicilia soon for best selection of color, sizes and price ranges!  

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Don’t forget to place your holiday pastry order for next weekend!

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Don’t forget to tell them Sista Felicia Sent you in!

Beautiful, Beautiful Lynn Swigart Photos of Gloucester and Other Favorites at Trident Gallery

Don’t miss Lynn Swigart’s show of stunning photographs, many from Gloucester, along with other favorites, currently on display at the Trident Gallery through January 4th.

Trident Gallery will be open late and serving refreshments on Thursday night, the 18th, for Men’s Night, which also coincides with the opening of Pinoli. You can check out the Lobster Trap Tree next door to Trident, see Lynn’s photos, shop local, and have dinner at Pinoli (or any of the other fabulous dining establishments on Main Street). Sounds like a wonderfully fun night out to me!

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Carousel, Geneva

Every single image in the show is beautiful and gorgeous, but my favorite amongst the favorites is this chromogenic print titled “Carousel, Geneva”

More Shopping local

Did some shopping for more gifts at Pauline’s Gift Shop, http://www.paulinesgiftshop.com/
TBT Post http://www.tbtpost.com
Harbor Loop: bcgloucester.com/departments/harbor-loop-gift-shop.com

Shopping local

As I was looking for a gift for someone I realized what great gifts there are locally. Gifts for visitors and residents alike. Here is a small sample of some fun gifts to get. If of our FOB’s see more interesting gifts please let us know.

 

Shop Local Initiative

Dear Joey,

I thought you might want to hear about a funny coincidence and just one example of how GMG shop local initiative is impacting small businesses.

I found intriguing Paul Morrison’s recent review about the book Moby Duck, written by Donovan Hohn, and thought it would make a great gift for a friend. I placed an order at Toad Hall and stopped in yesterday afternoon to pick up my copy of Moby Duck.  While browsing the books at Toad Hall a woman coincidentally stopped in (Debbie I believe is here name) and asked if they had a copy of Moby Duck. She is a regular reader of GMG and had read about Moby Duck on GMG. Because Paul mentioned in his review that both Toad Hall and The Bookstore of Gloucester had been given a heads up about stocking Moby Duck, she was hoping Toad Hall had a copy. They did have a copy in stock and she purchased a book on the spot!

Shopping local is especially meaningful to booksellers. I know from speaking with my publisher and local booksellers that booksellers are having a very challenging time competing against mail order giants such as Amazon. Some people actually browse a book in a bookshop and then scan the bar code and purchase elsewhere. I am thankful that here on Cape Ann we have not one, but three book shops (including Dogtown Book Shop), and unlike many communities, we have a genuine Main Street. Thanks Joey for all that GMG is doing to help local Cape Ann businesses and artists!