Give the Gift of Cape Ann!

What do you get that hard-to-buy-for person on your list this holiday season? A Cape Ann Gift Certificate! These can be used at over 200 participating shops, restaurants, service businesses and more. Your gift… their choice. Click Here for a list of participating businesses.

Not only is this a great gift option, but it is a wonderful way to support our local businesses. They can be purchased at either Gloucester Shaw’s locations, Tuck’s Candy & Gifts in Rockport or at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

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You can also give the gift of Cape Ann by giving a Cape Ann License Plate to friends and family.  Stop by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce to pick up a free Cape Ann License Plate gift envelope – the perfect stocking stuffer!  And remember the proceeds go back to the community.  Plates can be ordered online and are mailed right to your door! Learn more here.

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‘FOLLOW THE STAR,’ performed by the The Musicians of the Old Post Road in the Gloucester Meetinghouse, Saturday December 16th at 7:30pm.

Join us for a joyful celebration of the completed fire-sprinkler project with a magical Baroque chamber music concert!

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We will thank the key civic grant sources and private individual donors to the sprinkler capital campaign; especially Linzee & Beth Coolidge who provided the initial and capping gifts that made it possible

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The Musicians of the Old Post Road is a chamber ensemble based in the Boston area that specializes in the period instrument performance of dynamic and diverse music from the Baroque to early Romantic eras.  Founded by Artistic Directors Suzanne Stumpf (flute) and Daniel Ryan (cello), the ensemble also includes Sarah Darling (violin & viola), Marcia Cassidy (viola), and Michael Bahmann (harpsichord).

Follow the Star’ is a program showcasing music written for Epiphany and shining a light on the Magi’s journey toward Bethlehem. This festive concert includes selections by Telemann, Geist, and a modern day revival of a cantata by Graupner.  The ensemble is joined for this concert by distinguished vocal soloists: soprano Jessica Petrus, mezzo-soprano Catherine Hedberg, and tenor Jason Wang.

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LOCATION:  The historic 1806 Gloucester Meetinghouse (home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church), on the green at the corner of Church & Middle Street. Accessible side entrance with a lift at 10 Church Street, near the corner of Pine Street.

COST:  $45 Preferred Seating (reserved front rows & rear gallery), $30 General, $25 College Students & Seniors (65+), under 17 free.  Tickets may be purchased online at:

http://www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

or at the door with cash, check or major credit card.

PARKING:  On Meetinghouse Green (enter at the curb cut between the granite pillars) or next door at St. John’s Church

THE EXPERIENCE:

“To attend an Old Post Road concert is to be transported back in time. Picture yourself sitting in the pews of a beautiful old church…with bold, graceful, or spritely music filling the intimate venue. The program that rests in your lap details the rich history of the music you are listening to, and the concert venue you are enjoying. In front of you, the ensemble charms on a variety of period wind, string, and keyboard instruments.”

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Vote Gloucester for Lyon-Waugh Christmas Charity Challenge

The City of Gloucester is trying to edge our friends in Peabody for the first ever Christmas Cruiser Charity Challenge, as organized by the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group. The rules are simple: head to the Lyon-Waugh Facebook page, vote for your city by replying to the contest post (seen here) and like/share to get the word out. The City with the most votes wins, with the losing side making a donation to the charity of their choice. Contest ends 12/15, so please help Gloucester win by liking and voting on the post now!

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Full details from the Facebook post are as follows:

CHRISTMAS CRUISER CHALLENGE!
VOTE AND SHARE TODAY!!

STEPS FOR THE CHALLENGE. It’s as easy as 1,2,3.
1. Visit Lyon-Waugh Auto Group Facebook page
2. Like Lyon-Waugh Auto Group Page (we will monitor these likes so please be sure to perform this important step)
3. Vote for the best looking police #BMW i3 Vehicle by noting in the comment space Gloucester or Peabody

*1 Vote per person. The City with the most votes wins. The loser will make a donation to the charity of their choice. Challenge runs 12-11 until 12-15

Holiday Lobster Trap Tree Lighting

Join us this Saturday, December 9th at 4:30, for the Lighting of the Lobster Trap Buoy Tree in front of the Police Station in Gloucester. Find your buoy hanging on the tree, enjoy some caroling, watch as we put the star on top of the tree and join us for the countdown as we celebrate the season and Light the Tree!

Make sure to stop by Art Haven after for our Open House where we will have crafts, snacks and more. See the studios and meet some of our teachers.

Event sponsored by Art Haven, The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Three Lantern Marine and Fishing, who along with Brooks Trap Mill in Maine, furnished the lobster traps for the tree this year.

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Come to the GAAC Holiday Party Dec 8!

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GAAC is extremely fortunate to have Sky & Telescope Magazine Senior Editor Kelly Beatty as our speaker for the December 8 Holiday party, with a riveting presentation on “The Sputnik Years.” Kelly will show us how it all happened, who was involved, and what some of the many important historic results of that event have been.

October 4, 1957 marked the beginning of the Space Age, with the launch of Sputnik by the Soviet Union. The satellite sped by over the heads of the world, and the space race was on. Everything that came later, from John Glenn to Neil Armstrong, from the Mercury rockets to the moon landings, to the Voyagers and the Rovers, to New Horizons’ visit to Pluto, follows from this one little satellite.

Kelly Beatty has been honored twice by the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society. In 2005 he received the Harold Masursky Award for meritorious service, and in 2009 he was honored with the inaugural Jonathan Eberhart Journalism Award. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Astronomical League Award (in 2006) for his contributions to the science of astronomy and the American Geophysical Union’s Cowen Award for Sustained Achievement in Science Journalism (2009).

Kelly holds a Bachelors degree in geology from the California Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree in science journalism from Boston University. During the 1980s he was among the first Western journalists to gain firsthand access to the Soviet space program. Asteroid 2925 Beatty was named on the occasion of his marriage in 1983, and in 1986 he was chosen one of the 100 semifinalists for NASA’s Journalist in Space program.

GAAC meets on the second Friday of every month at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan street in Lanesville. All are welcome, and there is no cost. No special knowledge is necessary to have a great time. For more info on the club see the website at http://gaac.us, the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/GAACpage, or follow us on twitter, @gaacster.