Magnolia Cribbage League

Magnolia Cribbage League starts its winter session on Wednesday, December 4 at 6:30pm at J.D. Meyers Pub, 24 Lexington Ave, Magnolia. New players are welcome to join in this friendly game of cribbage. $45 covers 10 weeks of play plus a dinner and cash prizes.  If you cannot commit to a 10-week session then consider substituting for a regular player. Arrive at 6:30pm to sign up and learn more about the league. Call Andy Heinze at 508-596-3857 for more information.

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The Open Door Thanksgiving Meals

There’s still time to make a family’s Thanksgiving!

Gobble, gobble! More than 350 volunteers came together at The Open Door this weekend to assemble and distribute Holiday Baskets and join food drives throughout Cape Ann and beyond to help feed local families and people that need a little help over Thanksgiving.

Mountains of orange and green bags filled with potatoes, carrots, stuffing, squash, apples, cranberry sauce, muffin mix, gravy, and, of course, plump turkeys, ensured local families have ALL the fixings to prepare a hearty Thanksgiving meal with their own traditions in their own homes.

Big shout-out to the entire community for the Thanksgiving food drives held Saturday, Nov 23 at five local grocery store locations that collected 24,320 pounds of food for The Open Door that will help stock neighbors’ shelves over the next few months.

Distribution of Thanksgiving Baskets continues through Wednesday, Nov 27 at The Open Door so no one in need will go without.

You can still help!

Donate $30 to The Open Door to provide a Holiday Meal basket this Thanksgiving at

If you need help!

You may still register for a Holiday Meal Basket at The Open Door, 28 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester or call 978 283 6776 for more information. (The Open Door serves residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester-By-the-Sea, Essex, Ipswich, Hamilton, Wenham, Boxford, Topsfield and Rowley.)

Happy Thanksgiving! #CommunityKindness

Gloucester Area Astronomy Club Holiday Party!

On Friday night, December 13, for our 16th annual Holiday Party, we are fortunate to once again have with us the celebrated Kelly Beatty, Senior Editor of Sky & Telescope Magazine (see more of Kelley’s bio below). This year Kelly’s presentation asks the perennial question “Are We Alone?

Our galaxy, Kelly writes, “likely contains more planets than stars — so what are the odds of finding distant Earth-like worlds that teem with life? After surveying the amazing diversity of life on Earth — and the theories of how it started here — we’ll sample the kinds of worlds around other stars that astronomers have discovered and explore whether any of them might be suitable for life. And we’ll catch up on efforts to contact alien civilizations directly, via radio transmissions and other means.”

This will be a very entertaining and richly informative night, so come early and grab a good seat and some great food and conversation before all the festivities begin.

The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club meets at 8:00 pm on the second Friday of the month, at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street in Lanesville. There is plenty of off-street parking. All are welcome, there is no cost, and no special knowledge is required to have a great time.

A little bit of Kelly Beatty’s bio: 
Kelly 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 hails from Madera, California. He holds a Bachelor’s 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.

Cape Ann Special Olympics at Stop & Shop selling raffle tickets

Massachusetts Special Olympics Calendar raffle tickets are now available and are only $10 a ticket this gives you 31 chances to win one of the great prizes available – see calendar above.

On this Sunday, November 24th,  Cape Ann Special Olympics will have a table at Stop & Shop selling our calendar raffles from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm – please stop by and support our wonderful local team of athletes! Your generous $10 raffle ticket purchase helps us buy uniforms and equipment for our athletes!

CAFM Harvest Market is THIS SATURDAY 11/23

Our annual Harvest Market is THIS SATURDAY!!

We’ve got some of the best local farmers (and food) on Cape Ann coming with their season’s harvest! Grab a delicious slice of pizza while you shop (or a slice of desert from one of the best bakers in town), get everything you need for your special holiday meals, and maybe pick up a gift for your host! 

We’ve got some of your favorite vendors from the summer season, plus some special guests – both newcomers and CAFM veterans alike!

Check out our full vendor list here!

Gloucester Gig Rowers host Blood Drive on Nov 24 to fight Leukemia and honor one of their own

Show your gratitude thia pre-Thanksgiving weekend by helping Maritime Gloucester’s Gloucester Gig Rowers during our blood drive. We are saluting those who battle Leukemia, specifically honoring our own rower, Suzyn Ornstein who is fighting this battle today. All who give receive a $5 Dunkin Donuts gift card.

We are pleased to partner with Dana Farber, Brigham Health, and Dunkin Donuts to make this effort possible.GGR Blood Drive

Fall Art Show at Senior Center

For the fall art exhibit at the Rose Baker Senior Center, Juni Van Dyke, Director of the Art Program at the Center, is honoring a group of artists: Mary Rhineland McCarl, Ed Leavitt, Marion Linden, Helen Burgess and Gen McNamara. The artists and Juni are pictured below in front of the exhibit. The public is encouraged to stop by the Center between 9am and 4pm any weekday to see the work of these accomplished artists.

Fall 19 Artists

From left to right, the artist being honored are Mary Rhineland McCarl, Ed Leavitt, Valerie Sandler and her mother Helen Burgess, Susan Harrington, Juni Van Dyke (Art Director) and Marion Linden. Gen McNamara was not at the photo session.

Many of you may know Mary Rhinelander McCarl’s work as she has been honored as artist of the month before.  Mary studied medieval art at Radcliff College.  Many years later, the influence of her studies are evident in her intelligent abstract interpretations rendered through a bold use of color and unique collage application. For this exhibit Mary selected several of her brightly colored paintings. One of the featured paintings is shown below.


Ed Leavitt’s is another familiar artist. He like Mary has been honored before as artist of the month. Ed’s profession was in the building trades and now in retirement he spends his time following his love of art.  He brings his understanding of fine detail and serious craftsmanship to the medium of watercolor and acrylic. This piece from the exhibit show his attention to fine detail and sense of color.


Helen Burgess came to the Art Program six years ago without any prior instruction in the visual arts.  She has come a long way since then and has been honored as artist of the month a number of times. Helen’s delightful “Bird Series” bears witness to the promise that creativity is a unique gift that dwells within us all. Her bird paintings are unique and this piece from the bird series show her playful style.


Susan Harrington is one of three artists in this exhibit who are being honored for the first time.  Her recent floral arrangements are examples of watercolor’s potential for fluid, graceful, and immediate renderings. For this exhibit she has selected a number of her watercolors that help to define unlimited forms of expression. One of her pieces from the exhibit is shown below.


Marion Linden is another of the first-time artists being honored in this exhibit. Marion brings an insatiable curiosity to her investigation of the formal techniques of established artists.  Antecedents of the work of Fairfield Porter are impressively evident in works on display. As you can see in the piece below, her work is both detailed and whimsical.


The final new artist in the exhibit is McNamara. Gen approaches the art process with a curious embrace of new possibilities and brave exploration. Her watercolors and acrylics help define her most recent discoveries. Her work advances in directions that both surprise and delight as you can see in this piece from the exhibit.



2 Weeks Left until the Deck the Docks @ Maritime Gloucester!

Maritime Gloucester is working hard to get ready for the 2nd Annual Deck the Docks, December 4 through 7!

  • Visit the Deck the Walls Art Show co-hosted by seArts (see below)
  • Select and get your Christmas tree from us this year, direct from Maine and loaded on your car by our helpful staff
  • Buy a beautiful Holiday Wreath from us and you can decorate it in our DIY workshop
  • Visit our Pop Up Gifts Shop with local makers, crafters, and artisan bringing you unique holiday gift ideas and options
  • Come and make your own gifts in our Holiday DIY Workshop, including fish printing, lobster buoy ornament painting, wreath decorating, and pre-school crafts for the kids.  Also, come and do fish buoy painting with our Art Haven partners!
  • Take pics with Santa in a Dory
  • Get your signature gifts in our own Maritime Gloucester Gift Shop.
  • Enjoy music from roaming Christmas Carolers with Gloucester Stage’s Holiday Delights.
  • There will be hot cider, cocoa, and a lighted pier at night.

Deck The Docks! Nov 11

Today’s Star feature:  Our “Deck Your Walls” Art Gallery (thanks to partner group seARTS!) seARTS put it best:

We put out the call for art and were FLOODED with response. So the walls will be FILLED with incredible works from incredible artists from Cape Ann and [way] beyond!
It’s a perfect way to get a great gift for the holidays, support Artists and support Maritime Gloucester, and we hope you’ll join us for the show, the reception, and do some of your gift shopping in the BEST way possible!

Volunteers for the event are still needed.  Contact us at if you would like to be part of this great event.