Gloucester Gets Into the Holiday Spirit!

The beaches are closed, the leaves have fallen, and the turkeys are ready to be stuffed. Which can only mean one thing – it’s time for Gloucester to get into the holiday spirit!

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(image courtesy of Good Morning Gloucester)

The local festivities begin this Friday after Thanksgiving with the annual Shop Local Black Friday extravaganza. Who needs to wait in line for hours at big chain stores when Main Street beckons with deals right along the waterfront? The fun starts early on Friday, November 28th with special discounts at 6:00 a.m. and continues on Sunday, November 30th with an early season Downtown Christmas Parade at 3:00 p.m. followed by a traditional Tree Lighting at 4:00 p.m.

Just two weeks later, the Middle Street Walk event and related events add more spirit to the season. The joy starts with the annual Gingerbread House Display, hosted this year at City Hall on Saturday, December 13th.  Entries must be delivered to City Hall and registered no later than noon on Friday, December 12th.

Ginger Santa (image courtesy of Good Morning Gloucester)

Later on the afternoon of 13th, holiday ‘strollers’ will gather for the Annual Middle Street Walk, which features open houses, concerts, special programs and traditional decorations throughout the afternoon. But first, stop by the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church on Church Street for pictures with Santa. Then be sure to visit the newly renovated Cape Ann Museum, Trinity Church, Unitarian Universalist Church, Sargent House Museum, and more for celebratory season arts, music and dance programming. Two fun tips— (1) keep your eyes open for ‘Characters from the Past” as they stroll Middle Street and (2) swing by The Saunders House at the Sawyer Free Library from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to the SeARTs Holiday Wearable Art & Home Décor Show and Sale!

If this is not enough celebrating for you, one of our unique Gloucester traditions caps the day on December 13th as the Lobster Trap Tree Lighting ceremony takes place at 5:00 p.m. Not only is this ‘tree’ the best decorated attraction of its kind in New England thanks to the amazing work of children from Cape Ann Art Haven, it is said to be the tallest!

Happy holidays to Gloucester – may the season be filled with joy!

GMC Community Announcements

Be sure to visit Good Morning Gloucester for weekly community announcements, which this week focus on great events, including the “Songs of The Season” Holiday Concert on Friday, December 5th at the O’Maley Innovation Middle School Auditorium featuring performances by students in The O’Maley Band and The O’Maley Academy Vocal Performance Club. GMC also shares news about Maritime Gloucester’s annual Holiday Reception on Thursday, December 4th beginning at 5:00 p.m. (with special guests author Paul Erickson and photographer Andrew Martinez and their new book The Pier at the End of the World) and BankGloucester‘s Customer Appreciation Day & Photos With Santa events on Saturday, December 6th (with the ‘Big Guy’ appearing between 10:30 a.m. and noon.)

Gloucester & Gorton’s: 165 Years of Inspiration and Success

By Jan Soolman, Gorton’s

Gorton’s, America’s seafood company, has been headquartered on Rogers Street for 165 years. Gloucester is not just part of the company’s heritage – the city’s values are woven into the very fabric of Gorton’s culture and influences all that it does. Gorton’s has employed some local families for 3 or 4 generations, and is constantly inspired by the rugged beauty of the area and the strong, hard-working people of the town.

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Gorton’s devotion to Gloucester is unwavering, and it continues to give back through company and employee programs.  Some of the giving that Gorton’s has done in the past few years ranges from helping to ensure high quality local healthcare to the residents of Cape Ann by investing in the Gorton’s Specialty & Cancer Care Center at Addison Gilbert Hospital, to organizing employees to conduct group volunteer projects at local non-profits including Pathways for Children, the Maritime Heritage Center, and the YMCA. Gorton’s also encourages individual employees to raise money for causes like the Rodman Ride for Big Brother Big Sister, the Special Olympics, the Pan Mass Challenge and the Travis Roy Foundation.

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The company’s yellow-slickered icon and beloved jingle, “Trust the Gorton’s Fisherman,” are based on the trustworthy experts we see in the community every day. There is a little Gorton’s Fisherman in all of us and his values can be seen all over this town. We feel privileged to bring that trust and that little touch of Gloucester to all of America.

The Holidays in Gloucester: “Shop Local. Shop Downtown!

More than 50 businesses are participating in the 2014 “Shop Local. Shop Downtown!” holiday celebration, which begins on Saturday, November 22nd and continues through the season.

From Nov. 22nd and Dec. 14, anybody who makes a purchases at a participating merchant, business or restaurant will receive a FREE entry for a chance at a $1,500 shopping spree!!!!

The “Shop Local. Shop Downtown!” calendar of events is loaded with fun & cheer, starting with the Black Friday on Nov. 28th and continuing with many more, including the Christmas Parade on November 30th and the Lobster Pot Tree Lighting on December 13th!

For more info, visit the Gloucester Downtown Association website.

(Image courtesy of GoodMorningGloucester.)

GMG Community Announcements

This week, Good Morning Gloucester features a number of great upcoming events and meetings in its weekly community announcements. These include the 20th Annual Taste of Magnolia on Friday, Nov. 21st from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Magnolia Library & Community Center, the Cape Ann Farmers Market Thanksgiving Harvest Market on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church and the Rockport Navy Committee’s annual Mass. General Hospital Blood Drive on Saturday, December 6th at the Rockport Police Department.

For more information, check out GoodMorningGloucester’s blog.

Community Announcements

Women's Community Club of Magnolia Holiday Fair (Image via Good Morning Gloucester)

Women’s Community Club of Magnolia Holiday Fair (Image via Good Morning Gloucester)

In honor of the holiday season we’ve rounded up some events from Good Morning Gloucester to get you in the spirit of giving.

Snack on some delicious Mexican food while saving wildlife at the Cape Ann Wildlife Fundraiser at Jalapenos is this Wednesday, November 12th from 4:30pm-closing. Take a chance on the luck of the draw with Jalapenos’ raffle (which has over 50 items) and enjoy music by Down Home Swing. Ten percent of the night’s sales will be donated to Cape Ann Wildlife, Inc.

The Women’s Community Club of Magnolia Holiday Fair is this Saturday November 15th from 9am- 2pm at the Magnolia Library. Come out for crafts, baked goods, and raffles and partake in the silent auction. There will even be activities for the kiddies! It’s the perfect day for family fun and fundraising!

Later on November 16th at 6:30pm, POP Gallery kicks off the holiday season with an epic night at the movies, featuring a very special appearance by Barbarella. Admission is just $7.50 and the early birds will receive a free “Swag Bag!” It’s not to be missed!

For more info on these events and many more, be sure to head over to Good Morning Gloucester:

http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/category/things-to-do/

New Harbortown Mural Honors Gloucester Poet and Celebrates Local Arts

Tricia O'Neill stands in front of the Harbortown Mural she painted (Photo by Eliot Francese ©2014)

Tricia O’Neill stands in front of the Harbortown Mural she painted (Photo by Eliot Francese ©2014)

One of America’s greatest writers and a Gloucester native, Vincent Ferrini is now honored in a Harbortown mural painted by Gloucester-based artist Tricia O’Neill. The work was created as a partnership between the Gloucester Writers center and seARTS, the collaborative artists’ organization dedicated to energizing Cape Ann’s art community.

This Saturday, November 8, at 2pm, the public is invited to join Tricia, the Gloucester Writers Center, seARTS, and Cultural District representatives in the Fred Bodin Historic Photo Gallery for a reception celebrating the mural’s completion.

Tricia will share her inspirations for the project, discuss her artistic process, and talk about her partnership with the Gloucester Writers Center.

For more information, contact Tony Sapienza at tsapienza@gmail.com or 617-650-2995